Sliding Door Demons (挡门妖)
These monsters haunt the subway during rush hour. Even when there is ample space behind them, the two have a secret agreement to stand in the middle of the doorway and block mortals from boarding the train.
Tortoiseshell Demons (龟壳妖)
Although they appear harmless when alone, these monsters can be lethal when they appears on a crowded subway. The demon’s movements through the car can crush and destroy a human’s internal organs.
Sleeping Demon (睡妖)
This monster can only find comfort when it is seated. Although it usually appears awake, it can fall into a deep sleep whenever an ill or elderly passenger draws near. It has the amazing power to awaken as soon as the train arrives at its station.
Ponytail Demon (马尾妖)
During peak hours, a ponytail demon can be even more dangerous than a tortoiseshell demon. With a quick flick of its head it can scratch and damage a man’s face.
Peeping Demon (偷看妖)
These monsters are drawn to big screens. They will often rest their chins on your shoulder to watch Korean dramas or movies on your iPad. It’s almost impossible to shake them without leaving the train.
Newspaper Demon (爽报妖)
There are many kinds of newspaper monsters. Some are subtle and will hold their newspaper low. Others open their arms an unfold an entire broadsheet as if they are planning to share the news with neighboring passengers.
Pole Demon (钢管妖)
This monster moves about in search of an empty pole. On sighting one, it will wrap itself around the pole as tightly as possible while ignoring everyone else.
Mr. Football Demon (Mr.橄榄球员妖)
This monster is usually sighted during the morning rush hour. No matter how crowded the train may be, he will run at the car and body check all the other passengers. The most dangerous will refuse to get off the subway even when other passengers are being crushed into each other.
Elbow Demon (肘击妖)
Although it appears tall and sturdy, this monster is always terrified of taking a tumble. Its clings to the subway rings and uses its elbows to crush the skulls of mortal passengers as the train fills up. Even if you dodge an elbow, its arm position enables it to release a hellish body odor.
Rock Demon (石头妖)
These monsters tend to hang out in front of the exit. It falls asleep and block the exit whenever other passengers try to disembark. It requires great kung fu to avoid tripping over them.
(Translated from the Beijing Youth Daily’s Saturday edition)