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Quetsalcóatl, often viewed as a living creature, a feathered serpent, has appeared in a great number of contemporary games. For example, the icon appears in the video game, Final Fantasy VIII (spelled as "Quezacotl" due to character-space limits) and as one of the servers in Quetzal Video GameFinal Fantasy XI. In the GBA game Riviera: The Promised Land, Quetzalcoatl is a lightning-based elemental enemy. In the Nintendo DS line Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, the icon appears as a bone serpent with a small individual riding on his neck, and in the video game, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich, Quetzalcoatl is a superhero who has been summoned by a mysterious energy. In the Crossfire MMORPG, Quetzalcoatl is a race that a player can choose for his character. Other works of popular culture include Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and the Japanese manga Spriggan, which depicts Quetzalcoatl as a being who assisted Yu Ominae and the Sasakura sisters in sealing the power of the Mask of Palenque.

Additionally, the icon has been the subject of films including its first appearance in The Menace (1932, working title, The Feathered Serpent, director Roy William Neill, based on an Edgar Wallace novel of the same name), its appearance as a monster of the King Kong and Godzilla cast that is behind a series of killings, and on Star Trek, Stargate SG-1, and other works of popular culture.