The Wikipedia:Qilin has appeared many times in works of popular culture.


Qing dynasty qilin, a bronze sculpture located at the New Imperial Summer Palace


"It is universally held that the unicorn is a supernatural being and of auspicious omen; so say the odes, the annals, the biographies of worthies, and other texts whose authority is unimpeachable. Even village women and children know that the unicorn is a lucky sign. But this animal does not figure among the barnyard animals, it is not always easy to come across, it does not lend itself to zoological classification. Nor is it like the horse or bull, the wolf or deer. In such circumstances we may be face to face with a unicorn and not know for sure that we are. We know that a certain animal with a mane is a horse and that a certain animal with horns is a bull. We do not know what the unicorn looks like."

  • In the Wikipedia:Otori Tales series by Wikipedia:Lian Hearn, a kirin is brought to the Three Countries in the last book of the series, The Harsh Cry of the Heron. It is most likely a giraffe. It is left ambiguous if it is a truly mythical omen or just an animal.
  • In the 2010 Novel, Wikipedia:Raiju: A Kaiju Hunter Novel, Qilin is the name given to one of the two main giant monsters in the story (whether it is truely meant to be a qilin or not is not specified, though this is the only name associated with it). The monster Qilin is a kami, originally a benevolent water-god bound to a girl named Aimi, a Keeper. However, he was used by Aimi's father to clean up pollution and the pollutants corrupt him, turning him into a shape-shifting sludge monster. Qilin takes several forms, usually manifesting tendrils that mix the appearance of serpents and centipedes. His first manifested form resembles a frog and is the first form to battle Wikipedia:Raiju, the titular "hero" monster. Its next manifestation is humanoid, though only used briefly. Its third form is a gigantic cephalopod. Its fourth form is that of a water-serpent, its original form. Its final form is a gigantic reptillian creature with a crocadillian head.

Film and televisionEdit

  • In Wikipedia:Takashi Miike's Wikipedia:The Great Yokai War, the hero is bitten during a street festival by the dancer's kirin head. According to local custom that makes him the next "kirin rider", a hero who defeats malevolent yokai, and he is seen riding the kirin through the sky at the climax of the film.
  • In the Wikipedia:Monster Hunter series, there is a monster called the Kirin, bearing a resemblance a white unicorn with the ability to control lightning.[1]
  • The Kirin is one of the mythical beasts that passes through Count D's mythical petshop in Wikipedia:Pet Shop of Horrors. It is said to have changed the fate of the world several times by choosing a worthy leader for a country. The Kirin's inability to walk on living beings is compared to the ancient, crippling Chinese practice of Wikipedia:footbinding.
  • In the film Wikipedia:Snakes and Earrings (蛇にピアス), Shiba-san, a tattoo artist, explains the magical nature of the Kirin to Lui, including its peaceful nature and its ability to walk on grass without trampling it. He then gives Lui a tattoo of a Kirin and dragon fighting, but leaves the pupils of both creatures' eyes blank, at Lui's request.

Comics and mangaEdit

  • In the Wikipedia:Twelve Kingdoms Wikipedia:anime series, based on the fantasy novels by Fuyumi Ono, the monarch of each kingdom is chosen by a kirin, who then becomes his (or her) principal counselor. The kirin's name is derived from the name of the kingdom plus either "ki" (male) or "rin" (female).[2]
  • The Kirin in the manga Wikipedia:Genju no Seiza is the only deity who can tell which baby the constantly reincarnating Holy King has taken host of. He is blind and deaf, but able to sense thoughts, and thus unpopular in the palace despite the respect given to him.
  • In the popular manga series Wikipedia:Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha's ultimate attack is called Kirin and forces a lightning bolt to take the form of the legendary beast.
  • In Pokemon 4 Ever and Pokemon Zoroark Master Of Illusion, pokemon Suicune(see in games if you scroll down)is in both of the movies.


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