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

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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 1980s

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Cologne Cathedral, Germany

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A gargoyle at the University of Chicago, Illinois

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

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Magdalen College, Oxford

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A Pig playing bagpipe on Melrose Abbey, Scotland

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

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

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On west front of Salisbury Cathedral, England

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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

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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

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

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

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A scared or surprised dragon on Bamburgh Castle, England

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

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Westminster Abbey, London

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A Cockatrice somewhere in Switzerland

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

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