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The Monster is the unnamed main antagonist of one of horror short stories of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series which titled Big Toe. It is an entity that live in gardens - it is also based on a earlier folk tale / ghost story (like many of the creatures in Scary Stories): the Big Toe story itself has parallels to the more modern legend of "Johnny, I Want My Liver Back" (which follows a near-identical story).

In the film, the monster was portrayed as Javier Botet who played in films like Mama, The Mummy, and Slender Man.


One day; it was in a garden, with it's toe sticking out of the ground.  The only child of the couple who lived there saw the toe, and for some reason he grabbed it and yanked it out of the ground!  The poor monster gronned and went deeper underground.  The child took the big toe into the house, and he and his barbaric family ate it for dinner!  So, naturaly, the monster came back in the night and killed the little cannibal (what happened to the parents is unknown).

(Not counting the alternate ending)  The story does not provide much description for the creature.  Since it was underground (however) it might have been some sort of mole-like creature.  It was also sentient, as it had the ability to inquire; "Where's my toe?!!". 

Alternate Ending

There is an alternate ending to the "Big Toe".  In this version; the boy finds the creature inside the chimeny.  He asks it; "W-w-w-what you got such big eyes for?" The creature then replies; "To look you thro-o-o-ugh and thro-o-o-ugh!" (This sentence indicates; 1 The creature's probably not to good at English.  2 He is an underground creature with high quality vision.  3 He might have X ray vision.).  The boy then asks; "W-w-w-what you got such big claws for?" The creature then replies; "To scra-a-atch up your gra-a-ave!" (this again suggests mole-like features).  The boy then asks; W-w-w-what you got such a big mouth for?" The creature then replies; "To swallow you who-o-ole!" (at this, we have to assume that it was a very large creature).  The boy then asks; "W-w-w-what you got such sharp teeth for?" The creature then replies; "TO CHOMP YOUR BONES!"

It is unknown what the monster did to the boy's parents.  However; wether the monster wanted revenge, or to get it's toe back, or both, their chances of survival are slim.  

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Film 

The Monster makes only one appearance in the film, going to a house where Auggie is after a bowl of soup appeared out of nowhere in his fridge, the soup turns out to have a big toe in it, which Auggie begins to eat the soup but drops it and notices theres a big toe in the soup, Auggie runs to a bedroom and hides under his bed, The Monster walks in the hallway to the door and opens it, Auggie looks around when he turns around to find out The Monster is right behind him under the bed, The Monster drags Auggie by the legs to the darkness behind him possibly killing him.

Mouse Soup

In the movie Mouse Soup; the mouse reads an alternate version of the Big Toe.  In this version the cannible people are mice.  Also; it provides an illistrated description of the creature.  It is a tall, thin, and distorted humanoid covered with green hair.

In this version; the creature doesn't eat the cannible mouse boy, because he had a bag full of toes to spare (flexible guy).  However; we can't be sure that this version of the creature was good either.  First of all; where did he get all those toes?





           Guillermo del Toro Villains

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See Also
Blade Villains | Hellboy Villains | Tales of Arcadia Villains