Study Guide

Ammit

  • Profile

    With a crocodile's head, wildcat's/lioness's torso, and hippo's buttocks, Ammit is a ham and a half. She's a hungry mama that eats the souls of the unworthy in the Underworld. Anubis is her BFF—they go to the Underworldly Cafeteria together every day. And you know what? They usually get to go right to the front of the line. Word to the wise: Don't stand in Ammit's way when she's hungry.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Ammit

    Nickname

    Meaty, Ammo, Eater of the Dead, the Devourer

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Heart chomper

    Education

    Osiris taught me how to gorge myself on human hearts.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-monster

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    I never knew them—but that doesn't mean I didn't nibble their hearts if they weren't virtuous.

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    I'm not exactly the mothering type.

    Friends

    Anubis, Osiris

    Enemies

    Ma'atwhat a goody two-shoes.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single and ready to mingle.

    Interested in

    I like 'em bad. Really bad.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Hell on Wheels
    So many hearts I'd like to nibble on in this one.
    House of Anubis
    A shout-out to my main girl!
    Bored to Death
    Not possible—I checked.

    Quotations

    "There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud"—Carl Sandberg
    "I like being the girl nobody can have"—Miley Cyrus
    "Let me give your heart a break, give your heart a break"—Demi Lovato
    "People bring about their own undoing through their tongues"—Egyptian Proverb

    Books

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Four of my favorite words of all time.
    Electra by Sophocles
    I got to eat Clytemnestra's heart.
    Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    These creatures are my kind of beautiful.
    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    I'd like to take a little bite out of Tyler Durden's heart.
    Medea by Euripides
    Now there's a woman after my own heart.
    A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
    So long and so many wars—music to my ears.
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
    My kind of bedtime story.
    Othello by William Shakespeare
    Betrayal's at its finest here.
    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    I'm the lonely hunter, and the heart is a delicious meal.
    The Iliad by Homer
    I have a face that emptied a thousand stomachs.

    Music

    "Forgive My Heart" by Nat King Cole
    What can I say? My heart yearns for the hearts of others…
    "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
    I was born a heart-eater.
    "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
    I'm a really good time, if I do say so myself.
    "Eat It" by Weird Al Yankovic
    Humans! Yum.
    "Helps I'm Alive" by Metric
    I feel like I've heard a few people singing this song as I come their way…
    "The Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
    I am a mash-up of monsters.
    "Walk This Way" by Run-DMC and Aerosmith
    … so you can tip over the scales of Ma'at.
    "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams

    Movies

    Heart
    Good film. Not enough bodily organs, though.
    Snakes on a Plane
    So much potential for death—I love it!
    The Mummy
    I always appreciate a shout-out to my Egyptian peeps.
    The Lion in Winter
    In the cold months, my furry lion third keeps me toasty.
    Monsters University
    Monsters have feelings, too, you know.
    Scary Movie 5
    I am even scarier than the fact that this franchise was taken this far.
    Isis
    I could totally take this chick.
    Underworld
    Greatest movie ever made, without a doubt. I watch it to help me fall asleep at night.

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Guilty people
    Hybrid animals
    Savage hyenas
    Mummies
    Funeral processions
    Offal

    Interests

    Cardiology
    Thanatology (study of death)
    Criminal justice
    Necrology
    Biostratinomy (study of what happens to a body after death)

    Groups

    Underworld Empire
    Nom Nom Nom 
    Amenti—The Egyptian Theatre Haunted House 
    Egyptian Artists for Animals

  • Spotter's Guide

    Ammit's not too easy on the eyes. She's one-third hippo, one-third lioness, and another third crocodile. She's not a kind soul, either, and she eagerly devours the hearts of the guilty when their organs are weighed against Ma'at's feather of truth—when the hearts are heavier, Ammit gets to chow down. Ammit loves to linger, looking for a healthy heart to nibble on.

    Sex: All woman
    Age: Forties
    Build: Slithery in some parts, furry in others
    Complexion: Crocodile-y
    Hair Color: Dark
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: Mar this glorious body? I think not.
    Jewelry and accessories: None
    Clothing: Nudist at heart
    Armor: Lion's fur; hippo tush
    Type of Weapon: My teeth

    Typical Companions:

    Osiris
    Anubis
    Isis
    Nephthys
    Thoth

    Known Hangouts:

    The Hall of Two Truths in the Underworld
    Jail cells
    Grocery store produce aisles
    Funerals

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Book of the Dead (The Papyrus of Ani)

    Watch Ammit at work. She sits, ready to eat a bad guy's heart, in this big papyrus scroll. Girl's got hungry eyes.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Book of the Dead of Hunefer

    This guy Hunefer had a Book of the Dead, too. He doesn't want Ammit to have anything to do with him, though! But come on… a girl's gotta eat.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

    The heroes of this book pop into a tomb and are scared to death—well, almost—by a picture of Ammit. Since they don't die, she just passes them by. After all, she can only eat the hearts of the bad dead. Sigh.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

    Here, Ammit the Devourer, as she's called, is dubbed a "cute little thing." Ammit? Cute? Hey Thoth—we think you owe her an apology.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Eye of the Sun by Dianne Hofmeyr

    Here, Ammit's accused of carrying people off to the Lake of Fire. Everyone knows she only does that if people are really, really bad, though. Yeesh.