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The What: Ge-no'sqwa is the Iroquois term meaning "stone giant," but many native groups in the United States and Canada have their own term to describe the same sort of creature. The picture above was drawn by an Iroquois child and shows the stone giants chasing a group of warriors. The giants were woodland creatures who were thought to be flesh eaters and possibly cannibals. They had rock-hard skin; hence the name stone giant. They are often described as throwing rocks and other projectiles in an effort to stun or injure their prey. And they have also come to be associated with Bigfoot lore in that descriptions of the stone giants is often very similar to descriptions of a Sasquatch.
How It Could Work In An Episode: A Sasquatch with rock-hard skin that throws things? That would be freaking scary, especially if an earlier episode had the nice version of the Sasquatch. Sam and Dean could go in somewhere to investigate another Bigfoot sighting, thinking it was going to be a nice one, when bam! Rocks go flying by their heads. Double bonus for two episodes in a season where a monster dwarfs Jared.
The What: Oni is kind of a catchall phrase that is translated as demon, ogre, troll, or devil. There is a great variety in their depiction, but generally they are giant creatures with sharp claws, crazy hair, and two horns coming from their head. Red and blue skin are the most common skin colors, and they often carry large iron clubs. As you can imagine from a description like that, they aren't generally nice creatures. Pretty nasty stuff here.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Giant red demon with big claws, two horns, nasty sharp pointy teeth, and a large iron club? Yes, please! Supernatural has depicted a lot of different cultural creatures, but Asia has been pretty underrepresented, which is a shame because they have some crazy cool spirits and creatures. Seriously, if you want an interesting read, take a look at the Wikipedia entry The List of Legendary Creatures. There are some amazingly specific Japanese monsters on there. But I digress. I think an Oni could work as a sort of Bruce Banner/Hulk situation where you have a seemingly normal person transforming into one of these nasties when they get really mad.
The What: A golem comes from Jewish folklore and is a large humanoid creature comprised entirely of inanimate material. And yes, the golem is on the right in the picture above. I love that I feel the need to clarify that because we've seen so many creepy little girls on Supernatural. At any rate, they aren't evil in and of themselves but are at the mercy of their creators, answerable to their every beck and call.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Here I like the idea of someone creating a golem for protection, intending it merely to help them in a tough situation and nothing more. But then the power goes to the creator's head, and the creator has the golem do more and more vicious and horrible things. This would create a very interesting dilemma because the human here would be the evildoer. The golem itself wouldn't be at fault per se, so what would Sam and Dean do with it? Clearly, it would still be a dangerous commodity, but once the human controller was out of the picture, would it need to be destroyed?
That's it for part one. There are 11 more monsters and creatures in store for you in part 2, my top 11 picks. What do you think about my choices for part 1? Do you want to see any of these things in an episode? Let me know in the comments!