|For the myth in GTA Liberty City Stories, see The Woods Creature.|
"The Woods Creature" is a vague term that encapsulates a large number of mythical creatures. It was originally coined this way as to describe phenomenon in the woods, including Bigfoot, Piggsy, and the Bear. As time progressed, the Woods Creature became it's own unique entity rather than a catch all term. Later, the dominant view in the myth hunting community switched to two creatures, the Shady Creeks Creature and the Back o' Beyond Creature, as is the belief that two unique monsters inhabit the different regions.
The identity of the Woods Creature can never fully be described accurately. As one of the most controversial topics in the Grand Theft Auto myth hunting community, each individual sighting and eyewitness has their own idea of what the creature actually looks like. Despite this, there are a few common traits that can be used to give a basic understanding of these creatures.
Shady Creeks Creature
As the name implies, this beast can only be found within the region of Shady Creeks. The creature stands at about the same height as the player, and has yellow or beige skin with blood stains over it's entire body. The monster is quite hairy, with chest and leg hair resembling a human's, and some reports showing the creature with a beard or a full head of hair. Believers point to the encounters filmed by DarthDementous to support their claims. This interpretation remains the most widely believed depiction of the Shady Creeks Creature even after DarthDementous' video was disproved.
Back o' Beyond Creature
The region of Back O' Beyond has historically been tied to sightings of the legendary Sasquatch. As such, the Back o' Beyond Creature borrows elements from that myth. The beast is a primate, similar to a gorilla, with broad shoulders that is much taller than the player. The monster has either black or brown hair covering it's entire body. It is uncommonly said that the beast has a lack of hair on it's chest, face, and the palms of it's hands. Most famously, a creature of this description was captured by DarkMythHunter.
Origins (2004 - 2008)
The origin of this mystery lies in another: Bigfoot. Bigfoot originated shortly after the release of the game, as players reported seeing the hairy beast in almost any wooded area. Bigfoot remained the most popular myth in the game's community for a long time until interest wained thanks to a lack of credible sightings. The final death blow of the Bigfoot myth came along thanks to various statements by game developer Rockstar Games denying the existence of the creature. Relevant to the Woods Creature is a statement by Terry Donovan, in an article titled "Sasquatch Watch."
|“||There is no Bigfoot, just like in real life.||”|
While this statement caused the Bigfoot hunting movement to decline, it spurred on the creation of a new mystery. A fabricated version of the interview changed Donovan's statement:
|“||There is no Bigfoot, just in real life, but there is something in the woods.||”|
The modified statement was spread across the internet, and was a firestorm in the myth hunting community. This is the start of the Woods Creature - the statement was intentionally vague and allowed players to run wild with their imagination.
Rise in popularity (2009 - 2013)
After the debunking of the Bigfoot myth, the community was in shambles. Nevertheless, myth hunters still ventured out into the woods to formulate ideas for a new cryptid. Some people switched to beasts like Piggsy and the Bear. Around 2009 and 2010 was when the Woods Creature came into fruition. The earliest video that uses the name of the Woods Creature (that has not been deleted) appears to be a video by YouTuber ronaldsgra. From this point, the Woods Creature experienced some mild success. The beast experienced it's big break a year later when popular user DarkMythHunter published his video on the monster. Dark's video is also notable for being one of the few videos to showcase an encounter with the Woods Creature, as well as coining some of the terminology and being the basis of the Woods Creature mythos. This video continues to inspire debate and analysis in the myth hunting community.
This era was when a majority of myth hunters began actively searching for the Woods Creature rather than alternatives. However, during these years, credible sightings of the beast were slim at best.
New Evidence (2014 - Present)
In the following years, a new era began where the Woods Creature reached it's peak. A menagerie of new sightings started appearing on the internet. While many of these encounters were later debunked as being simple errors in draw distance or mis-identifications of bushes and rocks, there remains an elusive few that cannot be disproved.
The first major encounter of the era was captured by renown myth hunter StrangeThingsGonnaHappen in a September 2014 forum post titled "The Woods Creature Caught on tape?" It's a simple thread, a handful of sentences, and the image claiming to show a male hiding behind a tree. While the image can easily be explained as simple part of the tree, StrangeThingsGonnaHappen's fame encouraged myth hunters to find the truth behind the beast.
A month later, another major sighting was documented when a bizarre photograph was uploaded to the GTA Myths Wikia. In a forum post titled "What is this?," myth hunter SolarKiller3r tells his tale of adventure in the countryside with his friends, when they spotted a tall black figure in the foreground. Again, the photo was acclaimed, but later discovered to be a hoax as the so-called creature greatly resembles the model used in a myriad of Bigfoot CLEO mods.
Over a year later, Wikia user OpForSoldier uploaded a YouTube video in July 2015, which is believed to show the monster. In the video, the uploader is wandering around the wilderness until a figure can be seen in the distance sprinting in the opposite direction. Skeptics often say that the beast is simply part of the leaf texture of the tree OpFor is standing in front of, but it's animation also seems to suggest otherwise. This video is widely accepted to indeed be the creature.
Another important sighting of the Woods Creature occurred two years later. In January of 2017, YouTube user Mythstery uploaded a video that reportedly shows and encounter with the Shady Creeks creature. The video is an analysis of a previous one by the same user, which shows a black creature hiding in the bushes. The video is widely believed to be genuine, as traditional explanations (a tree branch, a misspawned pedestrian, and so on) do not apply to this situation.
The DarkMythHunter Debate
As mentioned previously, the sighting recorded by DarkMythHunter remains the most controversial piece of evidence for the Woods Creature. As it currently stands, it is most likely that the creature captured was just a mis-identification of a bush. Despite this, the argument over this particular piece continues on.
|A bush of similar figure appears in the location where the beast was photographed.|
|This comparison photo shows that the monster and the bush are in different locations.|
- ↑ GTA San Andreas - Myth Hunters -Case 10:Shady Creek Creature by GTA MYTH HUNTERS- GTA 4, San Andreas, Vice City, Machinima!!
- ↑ "Sasquatch Watch"
- ↑ Strange creature in the woods of GTA Sanandreas ( advancing ) by ronaldsgra
- ↑ GTA San Andreas: Myths & Legends - Shady Creek Creature by DarkMythHunter
- ↑ The Woods Creature caught on tape? (Found by me) by StrangeThingsGonnaHappen
- ↑ What is this? by SolarKill3r
- ↑ GTA San Andreas-Shady Creek Creature Found? by OpForSoldier S3LIM
- ↑ SHADY CREEK CREATURE FOUND! (WARNING) by Mythstery