There is a huge list of mythical creatures that includes Greek mythical creatures, mythical sea creatures and humanoid mythical creatures.People considered many mythical creatures to be real.
Mythology has introduced use to many weird and scary creatures that we often think if they ever existed or were imagination of a brilliant mind. Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Chinese and Japanese Mythology have mainly affected a lot on the world’s culture. There were many legendary creatures introduced in these mythologies that actually forced to people to examine about their realities. Here we have chosen 44 most popular mythical creatures ever:
Popular Mythical Creatures
Pixiu is hybrid of Lion and Bird. It is popular in Chinese Mythology. It protects the followers of Feng Shui.
Ghouls are Gravediggers according to Arabian Mythology. They are evil spirits and eats flesh of dead ones.
Manticore is part of Persian mythology. It has head of human, body of lion, wings of bat, tail of dragon or scorpion and voice of trumpet. It kills its venom by spraying venom from its tail.
41. Baba Yaga
Baba Yaga is popular in Slavic Folklore where it is called as a legendary creature that dwells in deep forest. It flies in mortar and can either kill you or may help you, depends largely on its mood.
Pegasus is a horse like creature that that has large beautiful white wings and can fly long distances. It is popular in Greek mythology.
Chimera is a hybrid creature and is popular in Greek Mythology. It has three heads – one of lion, one of goat and one of dragon. It flies with dragon wings, has body like lion and tail like a snake.
Banshee is very scary woman spirit in Irish Mythology. If anyone hear or sees it crying then it means any of his loved one is going to die.
Tarasque have head like lion, legs like bear, tail like dragon and back like tortoise. It is said to protect ancient treasures from mankind.
Kodama are said to be spirit of trees according to Japanese Mythology. Kodama were most popularly shown in Japanese Anime Princess Mononoke.
If you ever go on treasure hunting then beware of Draugr as they are the undead warriors who protect the treasure buried with them.
Wendigo is the spirit of cannibalism that can possess its victim’s body and make it murderous.
Griffin is a mix of King Size eagle and lion. It has body, tail and legs of a lion where as head and wings of an eagle. It is said to be rode by legendary warriors in war.
32. Sea Dragon
Sea Dragons are also called as Sea Serpents. They have a large snake like body and are excellent swimmers. It is said that they attack the ships and take it to the sea bed with them.
Kelpie is the name given to the water spirit. It can adopt any form of its choice but mainly remain in horse form. It is said that Loch Ness Monster was actually the kelpie of that water body where it was first seen.
Mothman is part of modern pop culture and became popular in the 1960s. It is described as average sized man with large wings and red eyes. Many people claim that their sighting signifies death and those who see them will die soon.
Sirens are beautiful mythical women who had amazing voice and often lured sailors to shipwreck Islands. They then devour them while the sailors scream in pain.
Seahorses might have misidentified as Hippocampus in ancient times. Hippocampus is part of Greek mythology and has upper body of a horse and lower of a fish. Some cultures describe them as a winged creature that can swim in ocean and as well as fly over it.
Redcaps are popular in British folklore where they are described as murderous goblins/dwarves. They live in ruined castles and murder travellers who stay in the castle. They dip their hat in the victim’s blood and hence got the name redcap.
Elves were made popular again by JRR Tolkien via Lord of the Rings. They are popular in German folklore and part of Norse mythology. Some mythologies consider them friends to human while other considers them a threat. However all agree that they are powerful then human.
Soucouyant is the name given to an old lady (like Melissandre type old) that shape shift into a flying fireball and search for its victim all night. It enters to the house of victim by keyhole or any crack and suck victim blood through head or arms.
Just a simple imagination of this mythical creature gives us chills. Kraken became popular in 1700s when many ship captains and pirates reported to have encountered a huge sea monster with multiple arms and size almost twice of a huge ship. Many biologists claimed it to be a big giant squid that can grow up to 15 metres but the artistic description makes it look scarier.
The Half man and half animal experiment got scary when Minotaurs were introduced. They have body of man and head of bull. Like other half man half animal breeds, Minotaurs too were trained warriors who trusted more on their sheer power and energy. Minotaurs have inspired many super villains of Marvel and DC comics.
Menehune could actually be real as they are claimed to be inhabitants of Hawaiian Islands. They are rumoured to be excellent builders and love bananas. They live in isolation way from humanity.
Have you Seen Johnny Depp’s Sleepy Hollow? The ghostly headless horse rider is what is called Dullahan. Dullahan has his head in one hand and weapon in the other. Its head can see in the darkest of the nights and can see up to an unimaginable distance. Its other hand is equipped with a weapon made of human bones. It comes out when it have to kill somebody. Oh also, it is scared of Gold. It shoos them away.
Cerberus was pet dog of Hades, the god of underworld (in Greek Mythology). But it was no normal pet dog; it had three heads and was always protecting the gates of hell so that the dead do not escape. One positive thing is that If Cerberus is real than Ghosts are not real as they cannot escape underworld.
Talos give us a unique insight to the ancient Greek culture. According to Greek Mythology, Talos was an automaton or better say robot that used to Europa from invaders. It spends all its life on the border of the city circling it thrice a day. It may be true or may be false but in both cases one thing that we can deduce is that Greeks were fascinating about robots and machines.
Jorogumo is the name of a Japanese mythical creature that is actually a spider but can transform into a beautiful woman. She often lures the man out in dark and play musical biwa for them. When its victim is hypnotized by the music, it binds him and eat him.
No we are not talking about Tyrion Lannister but the goblin looking mythical creatures that were dangerous to human beings. Imps are part of German Mythology.
Zombie is the word used for animated corpse. They are part of modern folklores and are made popular by movies and TV shows. They are said to eat human brain.
Medusa is one of the most popular villainess in folklore. She was killed by Hercules during his twelve deadly tasks. Medusa has a very ugly face and has live snakes on his head instead of hairs. Anyone who look at her turns into stone immediately.
No Not the Internet troll but the scary supernatural creature of Norse Mythology. Trolls have a scary physical appearance and are said to live with families in remote deserts or caves. They can attack and eat a human being without second thoughts.
You will be the luckiest man alive if you ever catch a Leprechaun. These little men with big beards and green coats grant three wishes to their captor in exchange of freedom. They are part of Irish mythology.
A Centaur has a body of horse and a head of man or woman. They are believed to be of raged warriors who fight for truth. They were part of Roman culture.
We all loved the scene in Harry Potter where Dumbledore’s Phoenix dies and then born again from the ashes. Phoenix is popular in Greek mythology and it comes back to life from its own ashes.
Sphinx is popular in Greek and Egyptian mythologies. Since there is pyramid dedicated to Sphinx so people believe it was real one time. A Sphinx has a head of human and body of lion. It asks riddles to its victim and if they do not answer then they are killed mercilessly by the Sphinx.
Yeti is the Bigfoot of Himalayas or better say Asia. There was a time when people actually believed in Yeti and many say that it was real one time but is either extinct now or on verge of extinction. Yeti or the Himalayan man was a tall ape like creature that had white fur.
Vampires are the blood sucking mythical creatures that lives for thousands of years. Although Vampire were part of pop culture since middle Ages but it was Bram Stocker’s novel that made vampire one of the most popular mythical creatures.
Fairy is unreal and we use the word fairy tale to describe the unrealistic tales of heroes. Fairies are part of our culture since the ancient times and they are still popular among kids. Thanks to the success of Peter Pan.
Werewolf is a mythical creature with a head of wolf and body of man with several additional features of wolf. There are just bogus claims of werewolf sightings but in reality they are just part of folklore and modern fictional work.
5. Loch Ness Monster
Even though it was Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson’s image of an unknown head/tail that sparked the Loch ness monster myth in 1934, but Loch Ness Monster has been part of myths since the middle ages. In fact there were many reports and claims by sea sailors and sea pirates about a large sea monster that was capable enough to destroy a whole ship.
The most popular sighting of BigFoot was the 1967 footage of Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin. The footage showed a blurry image of ape like creature (around 7 feet tall) walking away from the camera in the desert. Since then there was a rise in Bigfoot sightings but none of them were true.
Unlike other legendary mythical creatures, Mermaids still are part of modern pop culture. You can see dozens of videos on Youtube that claim of Mermaid sighting. A mermaid has lower body of fish and upper body of a woman.
Unicorn is described as a horse like creature with horn on its head. Unicorn has been popular in global mythology since the ancient times. The Unicorn is considered as sacred animal and was part of medieval folklore.
Dragons are the most popular mythical creature of all time. Don’t you love the three dragons of Daenerys Targareyn? Dragons are considered sacred in Chinese Mythology. Dragons are popular in European culture as well. The appearance of dragon is subject of debate. Some call it a serpent with wings while modern description suggests it to be a large lizard with wings. However everyone consider them to be fire breathing.
Which of the above legendary creature impress you most? Which mythical creature you wish to encounter? Also tell us if we missed any popular mythical creature.