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  1. A bouncy rock
  2. A bull
  3. Tail flips
  4. A leaping walrus
  5. Some angry eyes, and an angrier tail
  6. A butt mouth
  7. A pine cone
  8. A tyrannosaurus cat

What do these things have in common?

HINT 1:

The Crimson Chin, a sick chicken, and a dog with fleas do not have this same thing in common with each other or the other things.

HINT 2:

Number 3 has a male counterpart, whose Rage-Inducing Tupperware is perhaps the most famous.

HINT 3:

The pine cone is often referred to as "Steve".

HINT 4:

The through-line is not the franchise.

HINT 5:

In response to feedback I have received:
Number 1 does not itself bounce, but causes everything that touches it to bounce.
Number 4 is not thick and blubbery like a walrus, instead being thin and agile like a cat.
Number 5 lives in the jungle, and is known for its speed.

EDIT 1: Updated hint 5

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  • $\begingroup$ A... butt mouth??? xD $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Apr 14 '19 at 9:16
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    $\begingroup$ Yes a butt mouth. take that as you will. $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Apr 14 '19 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ is hint 1 saying that it is not rot13(Oveq jlirea oehgr jlirea be snatrq jlirea)? $\endgroup$ – IT Alex Apr 22 '19 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ @ITAlex yes, that's what it means $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Apr 22 '19 at 21:16
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Partial/guess, but I'm thinking

Banjo-Kazooie

Here's why:

1. ?
2. The first stage has a bull you avoid
3. They can tail flip to jump higher
4. They can turn into a walrus in one stage
5. ?
6. Kazooie can shoot eggs from her butt
7. Pine Grove is a location in Banjo-Tooie?
8. ?


I can't make sense of the title, so this is more of a guess than anything, but too many clues fit my answer not to at least go for it!

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope, not the right track. I like the idea though. Keep trying! $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Apr 12 '19 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ I figured there's a bunch I'm missing, I just got excited that maybe there was a BK reference somewhere :D $\endgroup$ – Somebody Apr 12 '19 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ It seems as though rot13(pevzfba puva naq cvar pbar fgrir ner ersreraprf gb Zbafgre Uhagre Jbeyq) but I don't know that game well enough. $\endgroup$ – Somebody Apr 15 '19 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ you are getting warmer... $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Apr 15 '19 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ ah, then hopefully someone comes along who knows it better! I've got some suspicions but lack the knowledge to know where to go $\endgroup$ – Somebody Apr 16 '19 at 16:19
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It is:

Flying Wyverns

2.

Diablos. Known for charging at people with its bull like horns

6.

Khezu. Look up its picture... nuff said.

7.

Sergios. goes by steve.

Hint 1

Implies that Deviljho, Kulu yaku, and odogaron are all not included. Brute, Fang, Bird Wyverns as a species.

Thats all I could muster with my knowledge of monster hunter! Good luck to everyone else!

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  • $\begingroup$ Your overarching category is correct, well done. I will say that #6 is not correct, its mouth is not a butt, nor is its butt a mouth. $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Apr 22 '19 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ Also, small gripe, although you got the right information out of hint 1, none of the individuals you listed there are correct. $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Apr 22 '19 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ none of those individuals being right legitimately suprises me! I commend your devious puzzle. $\endgroup$ – IT Alex Apr 23 '19 at 12:39
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I forgot about this puzzle for a while, so I'm coming back to clarify for anyone who is curious.

All of these are

Flying Wyverns, as IT Alex said, a family of monsters from the Monster Hunter franchise.

This refers to Gravios, a massive dragon with skin of stone. Its rocky armor is strong enough to cause all but the sharpest of weapons to bounce off it pathetically, hence "bouncy rock". Its young form, Basarios, also works for this point because although its armor is weaker, it uses it to disguise itself underground, pretending to be a natural rock formation.

Diablos, a desert-dwelling monster with two massive horns. It gores hunters on its horns by charging forward, much like a bull.

This is Rathian, one of the most iconic monsters that uses both fire and poison to take down targets. Her tail contains all her poison, which she administers by taking flight while flipping her tail forwards. Hint 2 and the title text refer to the male counterpart, Rathalos, a very low drop rate item, the Rathalos Plate, and the struggle to find one.

Here we have Barioth, an agile monster with prominent tusks and icy breath. When attacking the player, it will often move around the room quickly through a series of jumps and leaps, rather than walking or flying.

This refers to Nargacuga, which has a similar build to Barioth, but faster and without any of the ice powers. It is famously hard to deal with when enraged, where its eyes will glow a bright red and its tail bushes out into a barbed end, as opposed to its thin and slender appearance otherwise.

Giginox, a poisonous cave-dwelling creature. It is unique in its anatomy, which is completely reversible, allowing it to eat with either its mouth or its butt, much to the disgust of hunters.

Seregios, also known as Steve, is covered in sharp scales that it can fling at unsuspecting prey. Normally, these scales lay flat against its body, but when angry they stand on end in a hilarious fashion that can only be described as "a pinecone".

Tigrex, a tiger-esque dinosaur that leaps and scrambles its way across the floor to charge hunters down. The clue took inspiration from its name, and its general aesthetic.

Hint 1:

The Crimson Chin refers to Urugaan, who slams his chin on the ground to create a shockwave, much like the titular superhero. His chin also glows red when enraged, but it is far more pronounced on its variant, the Steel Urugaan. Sick chicken could refer to several monsters in the same family, but the one I had in mind was Gypceros, which spews poison excessively while running around like a chicken. The dog with fleas is Zinogre, a massive wolf that harnesses the power of lightning found in parasites known as Fulgerbugs that infest its back. All 3 of these hints were intended to point out that the family is not Brute Wyverns, Bird Wyverns, or Fanged Wyverns.

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