I came across this list of memorable D&D monsters over at io9.com. I like their list from the perspective that this collection of monsters "feels" like D&D to me.
I've been trying to think of any others that I would put in a list of top ten monsters that say "D&D" to me. I would obviously have to delete some from their list to do that, but I don't have the intellectual capacity for that tonight.
Instead, I'll just offer some other monsters that my mind equates with D&D.
I think that the list would have to include sahuagin. I just love raider shark-men who climb ashore to plunder unprotected coastal villages.
Crab men--just because.
Ixitxachitl. Evil rays. I only used them once in an adventure, but I always thought that they were cool.
Remorhaz. Giant, many-legged, fire worm. Yes!
Tiamat. Initially, I was trying to NOT include unique creatures on the list, but the list at io9 included the tarrasque--and rightfully so.
Looking at my monsters above, with the exception of the crabmen (Fiend Folio), they are all Monster Manual monsters. I find this strange, because I loved the Monster Manual 2. For the life of me, I can't think of any monsters from the MM2 that come to mind.
Must be old age...
So how about you? What monsters say "D&D" to you?