Also Known as Jenny Haniver
Appeared in Series 1
2006 Series
The Video Game
Number 22
Point Value 15

Haniver is monster #22 from the Series 1 figures, and was one of the monsters redesigned for the 2006 relaunch series.

Legend of HaniverEdit

A Haniver, also known as Jenny Haniver, is the carcass of a ray or a skate which has been modified and subsequently dried, resulting in a grotesque preserved specimen. For centuries, sailors sat on the Antwerp docks and carved these "mermaids" out of dried cuttlefish. They then preserved them further with a coat of varnish. They supported themselves by selling their artistic creations to working sailors as well as to tourists visiting the docks. Hanivers have been created to look like devils, angels and dragons. Some writers have suggested the sea monk may have been a Haniver.

The earliest known picture of a Haniver appeared in Konrad Gesner's Historia Animalium vol. IV in 1558. Gesner warned that these were merely disfigured rays, and should not be believed to be miniature dragons or monsters, which was a popular misconception at the time. It is possible that Hanivers were the source of some tales of dragons during the Middle Ages, and they affirmed people's belief in dragons. Hanivers may also have contributed to the legends of Mermaids and Bishop Fish.

Series 1 FigureEdit

Haniver is a fifteen-point monster that comes in yellow and purple, as well as all four later neon colors. It is depicted as a vicious creature with a giant head and sharp fangs, and a tiny body.

Trading card textEdit

Species: Reptilian Serpent

Born: 16th Century in Belgium

Size: 4 Feet Across

Habitat: In shallow waters and beach areas

An extremely vicious monster, the Haniver lives both on the land and in the sea. This unusual looking creature has a huge head, virtually no body and two short stubby legs. He can be found just off the shore where, underwater, he may resemble an innocent ray - that is until he opens his mouth and exposes multiple rows of sharp, poisonous teeth! The Haniver is known to surprise his victims by burying himself in the sand and waiting for an unsuspecting beachgoer to pass. (He's especially fond of tourists!) Be sure to think twice next time before you pick up that sea shell sticking out of the sand - it may be the top of a Haniver, waiting for dinner!

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Konami video gameEdit

Haniver (NES)
Usually has his head buried, but pops up with a mouthful of fire.

Haniver appears in the Monster in My Pocket video game as an enemy monster. Found in the first area of the third level, the Sewer, Haniver appears from the ground and blasts the player. It is harder to kill than the earlier monsters, taking two hits to get rid of it.

Comic book seriesEdit

Haniver appears briefly in the comic book series as an attendee of the meeting on Monster Mountain.

2006 remakeEdit

2006 haniver

Haniver was one of the monsters remade for the 2006 series. It is depicted similar to the original figure, only much more fish-like. Rather than being one of the Sea Monsters, it is instead one of the Ancients. Its overall points value on the website and collectable game card is 177, and the description runs as follows:

"Haniver is a small, ugly creature that lives in the water near the beach. He has a scary face and a mouth full of many rows of large teeth, his main weapons to bite enemies. Haniver can also camouflage himself in the sand and surprise his enemies and prey."


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