Krampus, Santa's Sinister Sidekick
In Austrian folklore, this mythical creature accompanies Santa during the Christmas season. However, he's far from a typical "Santa's Little Helper". This demon-esque Krampus, is a cross between a really pissed-off Grinch, and an Orc from Lord of the Rings. His main task is to frighten bad children into becoming good, by threatening to beat them with long birch whips and rusty chains. Oh, and there's his promise of dragging you to the pits of hell with him as well. Almost makes getting coal in your stocking seem like a good thing. See also Holidays.