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While accounts of the Kappa are rare in modern times, there are still sightings in remote areas like the Fukuoka Prefecture. In fact, to this day, there are still signs posted around bodies of water throughout Japan warning of the Kappa.
— Ancient Aliens

Kappa, also known as kawatarō, komahiki, or kawatora are humanoid turtle-like yokai or imps who hide out in rivers and ponds. Kappa are known to cause mischief ranging from fairly innocent acts such as looking up a woman's dress or scarring passers-by, to malevolent, like rape and drowning animals and humans. They often pray on humans for their shirikodama, a mythical organ hidden inside of the anus.

Being amphibious creatures kappa are very fast swimmers and are able to hold their breath for long periods of time. Kappa also possess superhuman strength, being able to pull grown horses and cows into ponds to drown, this combined with their skill in wrestling makes them hard to deal with in close quarters combat.

There are a few ways of fending off a kappa. One could befriend a kappa by offering it a cucumber, which is one of their favorite meals. Because of their obsession with politeness bowing for a kappa will cause it to return the gesture, which in turn makes them spill the water on their dish like heads making the kappa unable to move. Should one refill the dish, the kappa will serve them for life. Another way to exploit a kappa's polite nature is to expose oneself, forcing the kappa to shield their eyes and flee. Lastly one could force a kappa to retreat by beating it in any test of skill. They also have an aversion to iron, sesame, and ginger.

Battle vs. Tikoloshe (by Battlefan237)[]

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Mr.Yokoyama hadn't been feeling good recently. To be precise, he hadn't been feeling good after the pub fight with that strange-looking man in Cape Town. "I'll hunt you down. No matter where you live. I 'll turn your home into a living hell." The statement made by the man after their drunk brawl was still crystal clear in his mind, even though two weeks had passed.

In dire need of a rest after the exhausting business trips, he asked for a few days off, and found himself in a countryside famous for its holiday resorts, but notorious for the countless incidents of cryptid spotting and paranormal activities. "Hopefully this trip can wash away those bad memories." He thought to himself, as he rested in the yard of his resort villa, sipping the afternoon tea.

Chilling out in the yard, little did Mr. Yokoyama notice the small group of children of the pond edging themselves towards the house behind the bushes.

Making sure that they had been as quiet as possible, the leading Kappa swiftly climbed up the balcony and entered the house through the window, who was soon followed by the rest. It didn't take a long time for them to locate the kitchen.Feeling glad about the abundant supply of foods displayed inside, the Kappas were more than rejoiced. However, as they buried their heads into drawers and the fridge, little did the hear the weak noise of someone stepping on the floor, approaching the kitchen. If they'd paid enough attention to the noise, it would have also been easy for them to realize that the noise was too weak to be the human enjoying his teatime in the yard, and the frequency of the noise was too high to be the result of a single human, or something else.....

Finishing gorging themselves over the food, the Kappas were ready to make their exit. However, the moment the leading Kappa reached the door, a kitchen knife set on the table floated up and stabbed into its unprotected throatGreen, as if someone had picked it up and threw it out.Seconds later another knife was lifted up and tossed at another Kappa, which ended up clashing onto its carapace and got bounced back, landing on the ground. Startled, hardly had the Kappa realized what exactly happened when figures of their size with dry, pale skin and a gigantic hole on forehead appeared around the kitchen. Upon revealing themselves, the gremlin figures immediately kicked off their assaults. One of them swung a wood stick at the kappa nearby, knocking it over. With its head leaning towards the ground as the fatal result of the blow, the Kappa began gasping heavily, as the water stored in the slot poured out. The moment the water ran out, the gasp transformed into painful groans, as the Kappa's once smooth, watery skin chapped and the light of life inside its pupil faded out.With another quick bash applied, the Kappa's groan was put to an eternal endGreen.

Losing two friends in such a short period of time, the Kappas, now submerged in a mix of anger, shock and fear, scattered around the room and traded blows with the sudden intruders.

One Tokoloshe, who had been on the cabinet, attempted to ambush a kappa as it hopped down and slashed its claws across the river child's back, only to find all of its nails broken.

Feeling the impact, the Kappa turned around and chopped of the gremlin's arm with his claws.Gaining the upper hand, it then proceeded to slashed at the Tokoloshe's head, tearing the dead flesh composing the head apartGrey.

On the shelf nearby, another imp picked up a china plate and smashed it at a Kappa coming towards, only to have the plate torn into pieces by the Kappa's arm block. Sensing his enemy still moving, the African water spirit quickly armed itself with a pairing knife. Seeing this, the Kappa dashed towards the imp and grabbed both of its arms before it could slash back, and wrestled the knife out of it. Scarcely had the Tokoloshe steadied itself when it was lifted up by the Kappa and tossed down the shelf, crashing on the tiles. Another Kappa nearby finished it off with a head stompGrey.

Back on the table, another Tokoloshe brawled with the cabinet kappa with a bread knife. In an attempt to help out its friend, the stomping Kappa kicked off a coming Tokoloshe and hopped onto the table and lifted up its claw behind the bread knife imp. Sensing the noise from its supernatural hearing, the imp instantly turned back and punctured the knife into the Kappa's face. Losing balance, the Kappa tripped over and fell back, landing on the floor. The two remaining Tokoloshe immediately overwhelmed it, rapidly raining down stabs with blades and shards in their hands until the Kappa sunk into silenceGreen.

However, the stomping Kappa was avenged, as the shelf Kappa jumped down and landed on one of the Tikoloshe, beheading it with its clawsGrey. The other imp, however, was able to escape.

Meanwhile, back on the table, the Kappa had succeeded in knocking the knife out of the imp, forcing the Zulu demon into a quick retreat.

Engaging in hot pursuit, the two remaining Kappas cornered the last two remaining imps around the countertop, only to find the two imps gathering around a bowl of water prepared for washing vegetables. Sipping the liquid, the two imps spontaneously regained their invisibility.

Puzzled by the sudden disappearance of their foes, hardly had the two kappas settled down when an excruciating pain stuck one of them's neck. Slowly reemerging was the two imps, with their remaining nails pierced stiffly into the Kappa's vulnerable fleshGreen.

With only one target left, the imps turned their focus towards the last Kappa, who smashed the window open and hopped out of the house. Immediately did the two imps follow up. Chasing the Kappa across the yard, the Kappa's hopping noise vanished after a flopping sound was sensed. Losing the track of their target, the two Tokoloshes wandered around the spot, exerting themselves to capture any noises or smells. Little did they realize that they'd been led to the Kappa's home field. The moment the two imps waddled to the edge of the lake, a pair of claws poked out of the surface and grabbed both of them by the feet, dragging them into the stream. Instantly filling the silent steam was waves and whirlpools stirred up by the struggles between the two imps and the Kappa.

Minutes later, Mr.Yokoyama, who had just finished his time outside, strode alone the steam and headed back to his villa."Where did all these garbage come from ?" Wondered Yokoyama, as he took a glance at the weird thing floating on the surface --- It seemed that someone had dumped a bin of rotted protein into the river,along with some tree branches and broken glassGreyGrey.

Continuing his journey back to the villa, regardless of the mess in the stream, little did the poor man realize the true chaos awaiting him inside the kitchen......

Winner: Kappa

Expert's Opinion[]

The Kappa was smarter, stronger and more capable fighters in general. While the Tokoloshe only took edges in terms of brutality. With all that said, the winning team is team Kappa ! To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.