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Also Known As Kledde, Klerre, Kleure, Waterkledde
Province Brabant
Natural Habitat Edge Of Civilization, Forests

In Brabant - but mostly in parts of Belgium[1] - people feared the nocturnal "Kludde"-shouting monster; hence the name Kludde (also known as Kleure, Klerre, Kledde or Waterkledde). People know him as a horrifying Tormentor. Some people have described the Kludde as a water demon; supposedly a big dog that walks on its hind legs with heavy chains (at least one around its ankle), bear claws, a black beak, green glistening scales on the batwings on his back and crimson colored bulging eyes.[2] He's a Child Terror and pulls children into the water. The Kludde can move at immeasurable speeds and is said to spawn from the cremated bodies of witches and wizards. Some say if one were to kill the Kludde, 7 more would crawl from its corpse. He likes to play dangerous games such as jumping on unsuspecting passersby and becoming increasingly heavy. The monster can sometimes be found in the reeds, under bridges and inside of hollow trees. Should one encounter the beast, their best hope is that their feet are faster than the Kludde's claws..[3] Throwing a handkerchief could save their life; Just like with the werewolf, this fiend has no other choice but to rip it apart carefully, fiber by fiber.[4]

Some say the demon used to live in Dender, but the civilians of Aalst managed to chase him off to Dendermonde. An unlikely story, especially since Kludde was known in a much wider area.[5]

A Shapeshifting Tormentor[]

Kludde has the ability to change into a wide assortment of animals, such as ravens, snakes, cats, frogs, bats and even trees that grow high above the clouds. Other times he would show up looking like a human being, anything was possible, really. Sometimes he'd appear as a meager horse and took people for a ride, only to shake them off in a pond somewhere. Others believed him to be a werewolf, a demon or even the devil himself.[6] There's people who believe Kludde teams up with the Lange Wapper, another tormenting shapeshifter from Flanders.

List Of Dutch Monsters (edit)
Ghosts Haunted Locations Aamsveen · Folperd van der Leede · Huis De Griffioen · Goddeloas Tolhûs · Goddeloaze Singel · Pelgrim van der Leede · Skilige Pypke · Solse Gat · Urnenveld · Witte Wievenkuil

Border Ghosts

Dove Waander · Laakmannetje · Venrayse Schepenen · Vurige Landmeter
Unsorted Assepoesters · Barende Vrouwe · Barneman · Beeldwit · Budde · Bornes · Elf-rib · Folperd van der Leede · Ijzeren Veulen · Jager van het Meer · Klopgeest · Ossaert · Spinwijf · Spookuur · Trije Wiif · Vliegende Hollander · Wederganger · Witte Wieven · Zwarte Juffer
Child Terrors Bietebauw · Bloedkoets · Bloedpater · Boeman · Boezehappert · Bornes · Bullebak · Duivel · Elf-rib · Griet Met De Lange Armen · Haarhand · Heintje Faar · Heintje Pik · Ijzeren Veulen · Kladdegat · Loekenbeer · Lorrenboer · Man Met De Haak · Nikker · Pikkepoot · Roggemoeder · Sint Nicolaas · Spinwijf · Takkenman · Tongesnaier · Waterwolf · Zwarte Piet
Hellhounds Belleman · Börries · Den Dier · Elf-rib · Flodder · Kardoes · Kladdegat · Kludde · Korenwolf · Loeder · Nikker · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Stommelstaart · Waterwolf · Weerwolven
Witches Alruin · Bloedende Wind · Danskring · Heggemoeder · Nachtmerries · Olde Marolde · Tante Cor · Trije Wiif · Vaar-Köbke · Varende Vrouwen · Wanne Thekla · Weerwolven · Witte Wieven · Witte Wievenkuil
Tormentors Belleman · Blauwe Gerrit · Den Dier · Flodder · Gloeiige · Hémänneken · Kludde · Korenwolf · Lange Wapper · Loeder · Opwippen · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Weerwolven
Dragons And Serpents Basilisk · Draak van Gelre · Draak van Rodeklif · Hazelworm
Other Lange Man