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I put this thread here, hoping it wouldn't offend the boardgamers, And I HAVE read some stuff about rpg's lately on these forums, so here goes.
I thought a top 10 list was more appropriate, based on other's threads, but I don't want to overdo it. Therefore, I just wanted to get an idea from those who HAVE played D&D if you have a favorite monster.
To begin the list, mine is the Peryton. He's a flying critter with horns like a stag and evil talons he uses to acquire his only food source: humanoid hearts. As creatures go in the worlds of D&D, he's far from the toughtest, at 32 hit points. But there are two unique things about the Peryton.
One, it never casts his own shadow--only the shadow of the last creature it consumed. I find that somehow comforting. If my character's heart is eaten by a peryton, my shadow will live on, until the beast feeds again.
And two, in a world of D&D books filled with superlatives, for me this one takes the cake: "As a consequence of their origin as the creation of a twisted deity, perytons are THE most miserable creatures in existence." Imagine! More miserable tan a purple worm, a night hag, a rot grub, even those demon maggot things that clutter up the abyss.
Sartre would have loved the Peryton, and so do I.
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I'll go with my avatar on this one. Not because the Rust Monster is my favourite beastie to use in-game, but because its origin story (its actual, out-of-game origins, I mean) are fascinating to me.

It's very satisfying knowing that it made its way into the Monster Compendium because the DM had a funny-lookin' toy and made something up on the fly to fit it. I do that sort of thing all the time and it's always fun to see what others come up with. Rust Monsters exist in posterity and will always bring back fond memories for me.
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Have to go with the Lich. So many possibilities for adventures with them.
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The Gelatinous Cube was one of my all time favourites. Perhaps influenced by the placement of a jelly cube on the table whilst playing!

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Owlbears are like the Cowbell of D&D. No matter how many you have planed, you just need more Owlbears.

It's a bear! With Feathery legs and the head of what at times I have seen depicted like a hawk, and at other times like a Bald Eagle, but never as an actual Owl. It doesn't Hoot or fly silently or turn its head directly around in a ponderous range of motion. So it's definitely not a wingless cousin of a griffin. Nope. Owlbear. Write it down for future reference.
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It's kind of a toss up for me. I always had an odd love for these guys:



How mighty, the umber hulk!

But you just have to love the beholder.



I still like to flip through the pages of the original Monster Manual now and again, though it's been many years since my last D&D night...
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My favorite would have to be the invisible stacker since I did the artwork for it in the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual.
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Oh yeah, Dragons might be important to Dungeons and Whatchamacallit, too.
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I'll go with the Beholder as my favorite.

By the way, did anyone else subscribe to Dragon Magazine? I kind of miss it, and I have been thinking of ordering Kobold Quarterly since (printed) Dragon is defunct, but I haven't made the jump yet.

I loved the "Ecology of..." articles that Dragon magazine used to have. Actually, the pre-Paizo articles with more fluff than crunch about the monsters were my favorites.

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Kobolds. They died so easily! devil
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OWLBEAR!
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I have to give 'props' to the almighty, invincible, unfazingly indestructible: "GAZEBO"! devil
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There are lots of critters that are unique to D&D: umber hulk, gelatinous cube, displacer beast, mind flayers, but nothing says D&D to me more than the beholder. Just so iconic.

But the pages that I read the most in my monster manual as a kid were the dragons. All the different colored dragons with their different kinds of breath attacks fascinated me! But dragons are all over fantasy land, but the beholder is only in D&D.
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Serious: Minotaurs (so many possibilities!)
Silly: Flumph or zygom
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Gotta go with the Bulette. Although we always pronoiunced it (in jest) like Arnold woudl say bullet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulette

described as "a landshark that burrows underground and feeds on humans, horses, and halflings."

Think "Tremors"
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GROGnads wrote:
I have to give 'props' to the almighty, invincible, unfazingly indestructible: "GAZEBO"! devil


"I hail it."
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Beholder for utter freaky fascination (though the rust monster is a very close second).

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The various colors and attacks of the dragons to me were the stars of the show. Beholders were definitely cool, but there was always something unsettling to me about a living statue.
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It's a toss up between Death Knights and the Tarrasque.
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I loved the owlbears, as mentioned above, stirges, and the will o' wisp.

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Rust monster was FIRST in my mind. I think our campaign was very gear oriented and the mere suggestion that our all-metal magic weapons could be reduced to piles of brown dust made us more afraid that of liches, carrion crawlers, efreets and Asmodeus.
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The liger. It's pretty much my favourite monster.
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Owlbear
Displacer Beast is a close second.
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Got to be the troll. I know it's not a D&D exclusive but it is my favorite. Second would be Umber Hulk.
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