FANDOM


Stop hand

Jojo Stardust 2

Click To Help DIO!
DIO has declared that this article has stopped in time, and any and all information on it may be outdated.
Help improve this article by checking and updating it's info wherever necessary
And now time resumes!

The Leviathan is a gigantic sea-monster from Biblical lore. It is one of the three beasts of the earth; it is specifically the beast of the ocean, with Behemoth being the beast of the land and Ziz being the beast of the air.

The Leviathan has become associated with any large and frightening sea creature in legend, such as the sea serpent or fictional whales (as mentioned in Moby Dick).

History

Traits

Through various interpretations, the Leviathan is shown to be an incredibly violent creature that cannot be tamed nor reasoned with. It looks down upon all that is weaker than it, and the mere thought of those who try to challenge it just makes it laugh.

Its portrayal also varies from culture to culture, but it is often portrayed as either a serpentine dragon-like monstrosity or a giant fish/whale. It is said to have a hide of impenetrable armor, along with graceful limbs, blade-like teeth, glowing white eyes, and even multiple heads (despite being portrayed with only one head).

Abilities

The Leviathan is said to possess a variety of different abilities that make it impossible for humans to defeat it. Not only does it have sharp teeth and tough scales, it is also said to possess the ability to shoot fire from its mouth that is capable of boiling the entire ocean.

It is also said to have control over the earth's oceans; mere thrashing from it is enough to form entire tsunamis.

Symbolism

The Leviathan symbolizes the wild and unpredictable side of the world's oceans, which were revered and feared in equal parts by the ancient world. In many religions and folklore, the ocean was also the traditional prison for evil spirits, primordial gods, and Lovecraftian horrors. The Leviathan can be seen as a merging of these primal fears and wonder.

Its draconic appearance and fierce nature is likely a symbolism for Satan himself, and its continual struggle against God is seen as the primordial chaos of the past (the darkness prior to the light) fighting with the inevitable order of the future (the "World to Come").

Demonology

In demonology, Leviathan is one of the seven princes of Hell as well as the realm's gatekeeper, taking the form of the "Hellmouth."

Gallery

Trivia

  • Most people believe that the Leviathan is either a whale, giant squid, shark, hippo, or a crocodile. Some Creationists believe it is either a Plesiosaurus, Mosasaurus, prehistoric whale (such as Basilosaurus), Hadrosaurus, Megalodon, T. rex, or Spinosaurus. Some Creationists believed the crocodile theory (which was mentioned in the Book of Job), but most likely say that it is a Sarchosuchus, a giant prehistoric crocodile. It is even notable that the fossil of Sarchosuchus has an unknown part on its jaw, which some believed that it breathes fire, since the Book of Job mentions that the Leviathan can breathe fire.

Navigation

           Legends

Folklore, religions, and myths
A-mi’-kuk | Abaddon | Abyzou | Aka Manto | Akkorokamui | Angra Mainyu | Ares | Asmodeus | Asuras | The Antichrist | Atlas | Averesboro Gallinipper | Aye-aye | Baal | Balor | Bandits | Banshee | Baphomet | Baron Samedi | Basilisk | Beelzebub | The Beast | Behemoth | Behemoth the Elephant | Belphegor | Bigfoot | Black Cats | Black Monk of Pontefract | Black Rock Witch | Black Shuck | Black Volga | Blair Witch | Boneless | Buer | Cain | Cockatrice | Coffin on Wheels | Crom Cruach | Cthulhu | Damballa | Delilah | Demiurge | Demons | The Devil | Devil Monkeys | Dog-headed Men | Doppelgangers | Dragons | Dybbuk | Eight Feet Tall | El Charro Negro | El Silbon | Enma Daio | Escornau | Fallen Angels | Fairies | Fomorians | Fossa | Fouke Monster | Foxes | Ghost Trains | Ghosts | Giants | Giants of Voronezh | Golden Cicada | Goliath | Great Old Ones | Green Witch | Gremlins | Grim Reaper | Groundhogs | Hades | Hags | Haman the Agagite | Harpies | The Headless Horseman | Hellhounds | Herod Antipas | King Herod | Herodias | Hinnagami | Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Hydra | Iblis | Jackalopes | J'ba Fofi | Jezebel | Jötunn (Loki, Hel, Sköll and Hati, Fenrir, Jörmungandr, Surtr,Hræsvelgr) | Judas Iscariot | Kali | Kali | Kelpie of Loch Ness | Kappa | Keyser Söze | King Ahab | King Arthur | Kitsune | Kroni | Kronos | Krampus | Kuchisake-onna | La Cegua | La Llorona | La Sayona | La Viuda | Legion | Leviathan | Lilith | Lucius Tiberius | Mackenzie Poltergeist | Madman Marz | Mahishasura | Malsumis | Mammon | Mara | Mares | Mark Slender | Meg of Meldon | Mephistopheles | Michigan Dogman | Moloch | Morgan le Fay | Nure-Onna | Ogres | The Pharisees | Paparrasolla | Pesanta | Poltergeists | Rakshasa | Ravana | Rich Man | Romans | Samael | Santa Compaña | Satan | Saul | Sawney Bean | SCP Foundation | Set | Silas Scratch | Six Demons | Skeleton | Slender Man | Stolas | Succubi | Tailypo | Tarasque | Termagant | Titans | Trolls | Tsuchinoko | Unholy Trinity | Vampires | Victor Crowley | The Rake | The Watchers | Water Horses | Whore of Babylon | Wolves | Xolotl | Zozo

Urban Legends (Common)
Amanda the Doll | Black Goo | Bunnyman | Bye Bye Man | Candyman | China Doll | Clown Doll | Cropsy | Crying Boy | Hairy-Armed Woman | Homey the Clown | Hook Killer | John and Susan Buckley | Joliet the Haunted and Cursed Doll | Licking Maniac | Melon Heads | Men In Black | Mystery Killer | Nain Rouge | Nameless Thing of Berkeley Square | Old Man Try-By-Night | Peeping Tom | Rain Man | Robert the Doll | Paimon | Patasola | Skinned Tom | Teke Teke | The Killer In the Backseat | The Man Upstairs

Urban Legends (Cryptids)
Ame-onna | Beast of Gévaudan | Black Eyed Children | Black Stick Men | Bloop | Cherufe | Chupacabra | Devil Monkeys | Dog-headed Men | Fairies | Fallen Angels | Fear Liath | Flatwoods Monster | Ghosts | Goatman | Greys | Hoop Snake | Jersey Devil | Kelpie of Loch Ness | Kongamato | Kraken | Loch Ness Monster | Malawi Terror Beast | Mamlambo | Manananggal | Maricoxi | Mngwa | Momonjii | Mothman | Nobusuma | Pope Lick Monster | Popobawa | Pukwudgies | Reptoids | Roc | Ropen | Salawa | Sea-Serpents | Shadow People | Slide-Rock Bolter | Spring Heeled Jack | Tanuki | Thunderbird | Two-Toed Tom | Water Horses | Yeti | Yowie

Modern Legends
Charlie | Bloody Mary | Bloody Mary | Ghost | Momo | Orie Chef | Herobrine

Creepypasta
Creepypasta Villains

SCP Foundation
SCP Foundation Villains

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.