According to The Tale of the Heike, Emperor Konoe, the Emperor of Japan, became ill after having terrible nightmares every night, and a dark cloud appeared at two o'clock in the morning on the roof of the palace in Kyoto during the summer of 1153. The story says that the samuraiMinamoto no Yorimasa staked-out the roof one night and fired an arrow into the cloud, out of which fell a dead nue. Yorimasa then supposedly sank the body in the Sea of Japan. In a local expansion of the story, the nue's corpse floated into a certain bay, and the locals, fearing a curse, buried it. A mound near the bay which exists today is supposed to be the grave created for this nue.
The word, Nue, appears in the oldest of Japanese literature. Early quotes include Kojiki (712) and Wamyō Ruijushō (c. 934). Due to the use of Man'yōgana, the historical spelling is known to have been nuye. At this early time, although, it had a different semantic meaning. It referred to a bird known as White's Thrush.
In the thirteenth century, Heike Monogatari makes reference to a creature called a nue. In addition to having the head of a monkey, the body of a tanuki, the paws of a tiger, and a snake as a tail, it has the voice of a White's Thrush.
Around 1435, Zeami Motokiyo wrote a Noh song titled Nue dealing with the events described in Heike.
In the manga/anime series "Clannad" Fuuko and Sonohara need to sculpt a Nue to decide Sonoharas faith.
In the manga/anime series Bastard!!, Arshes Nei contains a Nue in her magic sword, the Thunder God Sword.
In the manga series Black Bird, Misao had been targeted by a clan of Nue possessing humans.
In the manga/anime series Air Gear, Nue the leader of team "Black Crow" is a Thunder King of Genesis
In the OVA anime series called "Karas" one of the main characters is called Nue who has a human/demon transformation (resemblance of a Nue) and controls lightning as one major ability besides being an expert gunner.