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This Writer’s Bestiary is intended to compile all existing mythology surrounding fantasy creatures to be used when writing original fiction. Some characteristics listed will directly contradict other characteristics of the same creature. This is not a mistake.
When contradictions are seen, it is because the lore surrounding the creature contains both descriptions, depending on which source is used.

The Basics

Ogres are always depicted as large, muscular, human-shaped creatures. From there, everything is variable. From intelligence to skin tone, an ogre (or ogress if female) is described in almost as many ways as there are tellers of tales.


  • Human-shaped
  • Large & muscular
  • Very tall
  • Short & compact
  • Green skin
  • Blue skin
  • Flesh-toned skin
  • Ugly faces
  • Large head
  • Very hairy
  • Bald
Another interpretation of an ogre


  • Dim-witted
  • Intelligent
  • Live in ‘unpleasant’ places such as swamps or caves
  • Live in a castle
  • Voracious appetite
  • Eats people, especially children
  • Known for destructive rampages
  • Scavengers
  • Bullies
  • Solitary
  • Family groups


  • Superhuman strength
  • Shapeshifting
  • Uses magical artifacts
  • Wealthy


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