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Special bonus #3 - Triffids
The What: Triffids are the villain of the awesomely fun 1962 movie based on the book "The Day of the Triffids." I'm familiar with the movie but not the books, so I'll tell you what the movie triffids are like. What exactly is a triffid? It is a plant that mutates and comes to life after a meteor shower. Everyone who watches the meteor shower is blinded, which is pretty much everyone in the movie's world, except for a few people. So now you have these giant mutant plants, who make creepy noises, trying to murder the people of Earth...for some reason.
How They Would Work In An Episode: "Ardeospina," you might be saying to yourself, "those sound campy and cheesetastic." And I would agree with that assessment! But wouldn't they be fantastic villains in an episode dedicated to old '50s and '60s Sci-Fi? We've already had the monster movie homage episode. Why not the campy Sci-Fi homage episode?
22. Jersey Devil
The What: A flying biped with hooves, the Jersey Devil is a creature that lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It has been sighted a number of times going back to the 1820s by various people in the New Brunswick area. Numerous livestock killings, strange tracks, and random noises have been attributed to it. The New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League get their team name from this creature, as well.
How It Could Work In An Episode: The Jersey Devil is basically an east-coast chupacabra, so what could work here is Sam and Dean could go investigate a number of livestock mutilations, thinking it's a nest of vampires like Lenore's gang from "Fresh Blood." Instead, though, it turns out to be this thing! Then the boys have to go hunt it down wendigo-style. My friend Johanna grew up in New Jersey and told me all sorts of weird stories about this thing. Plus, look at it! Creepy!
The What: A mythological female creature from Ancient Greece, nymphs are generally found in nature, especially around water. There are numerous sub-categories of nymph, but they generally like to stay away from humans, if at all possible. Nymphs were often very sexual creatures, and mated with men or women of their own choice, outside of male control. The term "nymphomania" has come into the modern lexicon based on this trait and is often used to describe a highly sexual woman today.
How It Could Work In An Episode: I call a "Bugs" do-over! Have some developer destroy the nymph's wooded paradise, maybe to build a mall or something, and she gets super mad about it and goes on a killing spree. She could even call upon her nature friends the bees to help her out.