The Ghouls of Monster High
Not only is Monster High a huge media franchise consisting of a line of dolls, a web series of animated shorts, video games, and more, but it’s a glorious combination of the three things we love the most:
Every student at the school is a walking reference to a classic monster, and they all work so well. Here’s a quick rundown of each of the main Ghoulfriends, and where they came from:
Daughter of the Yeti
The original yeti has its roots in the early 1800s, as a bigfoot-style creature that supposedly lived in the Himalayas and served as the source for the modern “abominable snowman.” As well as the abilities to conjure ice and snow, Abbey has the superhuman strength of the Yeti, too, using it at times to rough up bullies.
Daughter of the Werewolf
By “the Werewolf,” we mean title characters of classic horror films like The Werewolffrom 1913 (which was the first ever Universal horror movie, by the way). Taylor Lautner has nothing to do with this. Clawdeen’s siblings at Monster High include younger sister Howleen as well as older brother Clawd, star of the varsity casketball team. Clawdeen’s official character bio has actually drawn some of the most controversy across the franchise, as the detail about her need for frequent shaving has been criticized as a negative message about self-image.
Cleo de Nile
Daughter of mummies
De Nile isn’t just a river in Africa, you know.
A Monster High-canon-only mummy named Ramses de Nile is Cleo’s dad (in other words, not the mummy from The Mummy), and she has an older sister named Nefera too. She also has a pet asp, Hissette, which may or may not be a questionable life decision. One thing we have to call shenanigans on, though, is Cleo’s age. Her official bio lists it as 5,842 years, and some quick math would put her birthday at roughly 3800 B.C. (because when we’re talking about millennia, what’s a couple decades between friends?). That actually dates her well into the Prehistoric Egyptian period, which is ironically before mummies as we know them existed. Frankly, we are shocked that Monster High isn’t 100% historically accurate.
Daughter of Count Dracula
A transfer student from Transylvania (obviously), Draculaura is Dracula’s adopted daughter. Like other vampires, Draculaura is basically immortal – she celebrates her sweet sixteen hundredth in one episode of the web series. Unlike other vampires, though, she doesn’t drink blood. In fact, she faints at the mere mention of the stuff, and identifies as a vegan (even though she’s been well-known to eat ice cream). As such, she’s a huge animal lover and is always dressing up her pet bat, Count Fabulous, in cute costumes, much to his chagrin.
Daughter of Frankenstein’s monster; the Bride of Frankenstein
Technically, that means Victor Frankenstein is Frankie’s grandpa, making him one of the only humans in the “official” Monster High canon. Frankie definitely gets her hairstyle from her mom – Elsa Lanchester’s character in the 1935 movie Bride of Frankenstein (the Bride character is actually not in Mary Shelley’s original novel, as Victor destroys her before she is completed). Since Frankie was built from pieces of dead bodies like her parents were, parts of her body tend to fall off at times. She also has the power to emit lightning, since that’s how Frankenstein created his monsters, but she often accidentally shocks her friends with it.
Daughter of zombies
Unlike most of the other girls, Ghoulia’s parents aren’t linked to a specific piece of fiction – they’re just generic zombies. The writers were probably going for Romero zombies, though – click here to read more about the history of zombies in fiction. Since Ghoulia’s a zombie, she can only speak in moans and groans, naturally. None of the webisodes have subtitles, but the other characters can always understand her. Here’s just one example:
Of course, since she’s (by default) one of the quietest students at the school, she’s also one of the smartest.
Daughter of the Gill-man; water nymph
The Gill-man is perhaps better known as the The Creature from the Black Lagoon, title character of that 1954 B-movie classic and its sequels. Lagoona’s mom is an ocean nymph from Greek mythology – likely either one of the Nereids or Oceanids. Unfortunately, this causes some tension between Lagoona and the parents of her boyfriend, Gil Webber: as fresh water river monsters, they don’t approve of Lagoona’s sea monster heritage. Monster High: tackling the heaviest of social issues since 2010.
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