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A hidebehind is an American folkloric creature that a human may spot in the corner of their eye, but disappears upon further inspection, because it is always hiding behind something.


Nobody knows what a hidebehind looks like because no one has ever seen one clearly.


Certain species of hidebehinds are aggressive, however, and assert themselves over territorial conquest and unknowing human intervention.


  • Borges, Jorge Luis; Guerrero, Margarita (1969). The Book of Imaginary Beings. Dutton. p. 107.
  • Botkin, Benjamin Albert (1997). The American People: Stories, Legends, Tales, Traditions and Songs. Transaction Publishers. p. 251. ISBN 1560009845.