The traditional gargoyle is a horrendous creature who leers out of medieval church walls. But people have continued making gargoyles right up into the modern day, bringing science fictional flourishes to these fantasy creations.

A Xenomorph on Paisley Abbey, Scotland, built in the early 14th century

Many of the original gargoyles were replaced during the renovations in the early 1990s, so we're afraid that one of the stonemasons was in a funny mood.

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The Darth Vader grotesque at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C., sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett in the 1980sA Menagerie of Church Gargoyles Includes Aliens and Astronauts

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Cologne Cathedral, Germany

A gargoyle at the University of Chicago, Illinois

A man kissing his leg on Rufford Abbey, Nottingham, UK, a Cistercian abbey converted to a house in the 16th century

Magdalen College, Oxford

A Pig playing bagpipe on Melrose Abbey, Scotland

A scorpion on the West Portal of Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France

A reading monk on the City College campus, New York City

A Menagerie of Church Gargoyles Includes Aliens and Astronauts

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On west front of Salisbury Cathedral, England

The carving of an astronaut and a demon with ice cream on the wall of Salamanca Cathedral in Salamanca, Spain, built in 1102, added in 1992 during some restoration work

A Menagerie of Church Gargoyles Includes Aliens and Astronauts

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The Chapelle de Bethléem (Bethlehem Chapel) in Nantes, France, a 15th century church with sci-fi themed gargoyles: a Gizmo and a Gremlin from the movie Gremlins, a xenomorph from Alien and a super robot from UFO Robot Grendizer

A gargoyle on Freiburger Minster, Feiburg im Breisgau, Germany, built in the 13th century

Firefighter gargoyles at the old headquarters of the Philadelphia Fire Department at Race Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A scared or surprised dragon on Bamburgh Castle, England

A Menagerie of Church Gargoyles Includes Aliens and Astronauts

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The New Town Hall, (Neues Rathaus) Munich, Germany, from the late 19th century

Westminster Abbey, London

A Cockatrice somewhere in Switzerland

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic