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Final Fantasy Series: The Coeurl Enemy is Based off of a Sci-Fi Species
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The recurring enemy Coeurl, the giant leopard-like creature with very long whiskers, is named after and based off of a similar alien creature from the short story Black Destroyer written by A. E. van Vogt in 1939.

Coeurl was an alien encountered by humans in outer space in the Black Destroyer short story. It had the visual appearance of a large leopard with two tentacles attached to its back. The alien was intelligent and called itself Coeurl, and its species was also named coeurl.

The Coeurl enemies from the Final Fantasy Series are also large feline beasts, but have very long whiskers attached to the face instead of two tentacles protruding from the back.

In Final Fantasy VII, Coeurl was mistranslated as Cuahl.
In Final Fantasy VIII and IX, the creature was named Torama, which is a combination of the words Tora and Ma, meaning Tiger and Demon in Japanese.

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Sources:
Coeurl from Final Fantasy: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Coeurl

A Creature Profile about Coeurl: http://johnrozum.blogspot.com/2011/10/31...ay-14.html
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