The Ultimate List of Mythical Creatures and Magical Beings

Growing up for as long as I can remember, there have been stories of mythical creatures. Either a story that you hear from your friends or stories of creatures in movies or even cartoons.

We would see Hercules ride on his Pegasus or hear about the trolls under the bridge. We would play games with golems in them or hear facts like the unicorn being Scotland’s official animal.

Regardless of where the stories originate from, it’s a fact that they have and most likely will always be around in some shape or form. Below I decided to showcase some of them so that the next time you hear about them, you have a better understanding of who they might be and what they could potentially look like.

Alicorn – A Mythological creature, a mixture of a pegasus and a unicorn. A winged horse with a single horn on its head.

Banshee – A spirit appearing as a frenzied old woman whose high-pitched shriek prophesied a death soon to come.

Basilisk – A legendary lizard who could kill a man with its stare.

Bigfoot – A type of Sasquatch native to North American forests.

Black Dog – An evil spirit dog that stalks city streets at night.

Black Eyed Beings -They take human form but have black, soulless eyes and emanate a sense of pure evil.

Btsan – Fierce sky spirits in Tibet that looks similar to red hunters riding red horses.

Boogeyman – A semi-corporeal being whose sole purpose is to scare children.

Bogle – A ghostly being whose purpose is to confuse and scare humans and other creatures.

Bray Road Beast – The nickname for a werewolf-like creature seen multiple times in Wisconsin.

Brownies – Small humanoid creatures wearing all brown clothing who sneak into homes at night to help with household chores.

Centaur – Half-men, half-horse creatures that ran wild and unruly.

Cerberus – The three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades.

Charybdis – The whirlpool on one side of the Strait of Messina that swallowed ships that came too close to it.

Chimera – Part-lion, part-goat, part-snake – all monster.

Cloud People – Supernatural beings from the underworld who bring rainfall.

Cockatrice – A flying part-rooster/part-snake that could kill with its stare.

Co-hon – Spirits who have died violent deaths and weren’t buried, they bring bad luck to people who pass them by unless they are appeased.

Cyclops – The one-eyed giant who captured and ate people.

Cynocephalus – A member of an ancient race of men with the heads of dogs.

Demon – Malevolent spirits of Hell who battle humans for control of their souls.

Doppelganger – Apparitions of people that occur in impossible situations.

Djinn – Arabian mythology, beings who can be conjured up for aid. However, they turn out to be quite malicious tricksters and shapeshifters.

Dragon – Giant, flying, fire-breathing lizards who often guard treasure.

Dryads – Tree nymphs in Greek mythology.

Dwarf – A short, stalky humanoid who lives in underground mining communities.

Echidna – The snake-woman who became the mother of most Greek monsters.

Encantados – In Brazil, they can be referred to as shape-shifting dolphin-like men who live in an underwater realm.

Elf – A race of pointy-eared humanoids who excel in magic and archery.

Fairy – A small, flying humanoid with magical abilities.

Fauns – Half human, half-goat forest pals.

Firebird – Russian mythology where the bird has feathers that glow in the night.

Ghosts – Spirits of the dead whose souls remain in the realm of the living.

Gnome – A small, humanoid creature who lives and moves beneath the earth.

Goblin – A grotesque, troublesome little creature with a strong greed for gold and jewels.

Golem – Magically animated human-shaped creatures typically made of solid stone.

Gorgon – The snake-haired and snake-bodied humanoid that was created in its mother’s image. Its stare could turn a person to stone. Medusa became one of these creatures in a later myth.

Griffin – A creature with the body of a lion, the tail of a snake, and the head and wings of an eagle.

Grim Reaper – The embodiment of death itself, the Grim Reaper comes to take your soul to the afterlife.

Hag – a supernatural being that takes the form of a crone. Some hags sit on people when they are sleeping to fuel their nightmares.

Hobgoblin – A type of Brownie who is inherently less helpful and more mischievous, even to the point of causing harm if antagonized.

Hu hsien – Shapeshifting foxes who turn into gorgeous women.

Hydra – The nine-headed serpent who grew two new heads for everyone that was cut off.

Imp – Small, mischievous creatures who liked to play pranks on people.

Impundulu – The Impundulu or Lightning Bird is a supernatural bird from Pondo, Zulu, and Xhosa folklore. The South African bird is as big as a human and can summon lightning and storms, hence the name.

Inkanyamba – The Inkanyamba is a huge carnivorous eel-like animal in the legends of the Zulu and Xhosa people of South Africa. The ancient legends say Inkanyambas can control the weather. They are said to have fins and/or flippers and grow to tremendous size.

Kaches – Spirits that hide in rocks and trap humans.

Kanaima – Avenging spirits that can possess people.

Kongamato – A flying monster called Kongamato in Zambia, Angola, and Congo is described as a flying reptile we may recognize as a pterosaur.

Ladon – The snake that guarded the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides.

Leprechauns – Small, bearded men who have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Loch Ness Monster – The elusive sea monster from the Loch Ness in Scotland.

Manticore – A mythical beast with a lion’s body and a human’s head.

Medusa – A disciple of Athena who was turned into a gorgon. She had the hair of snakes and could turn men to stone with her gaze.

Mermaids – Sea creatures with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish.

Minotaur – The creature with the head and legs of a bull and the torso of a man, who guarded the exit to The Labyrinth.

Mothman – A winged creature in the shape of a man with hypnotic red eyes sighted in West Virginia.

Muses – Nine nymphs or goddesses that are patronesses of the arts.

Mutants – A term describing abnormal creatures created by genetic or environmental mutations.

Nemean Lion – The giant lion with impenetrable hide who becomes the constellation Leo.

New Jersey Devil – A flying creature with a high-pitched scream and a horse-like head native to the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Nixies – Water spirits in Germany, Scandinavia and Switzerland.

Nymph – Divine female nature spirits who inhabit certain natural sites.

Ogre – An ugly, oversized humanoid creature with great physical strength and little intelligence.

Orthros – The two-headed monster dog.

Pegasus – Technically the proper name of Bellerophon’s winged horse, which became the general name for winged horses.

Phoenix – The golden bird who, at the end of its life, burst into flames only to be reborn again.

Pixie – A small humanoid creature with pointy ears who likes to cause mischief.

Poltergeists – Spirits of the dead that live in some houses and throw things around.

Sasquatch – Large, hairy, man-like beasts that live in the woods.

Satyr – Half-men, half-goats who were wild and lustful. The god Pan was one of these.

Scylla – The man-eating beast that lived on the opposite side of the Strait of Messina from Charybdis.

Sea Monsters – The generic term for several breeds of water-based monsters.

Sea-Goat – The half-goat, half-fish who are the children of Pricus, who becomes the constellation Capricorn.

Shade – The ghosts of dead people before they are admitted entrance to Hades.

Shapeshifters – Humans who can willingly take the form of an animal while maintaining their consciousness.

Sirens – Man-eating beautiful women whose song compels men to them.

Skinwalkers – They can take the appearance of any person or creature and can be quite terrifying.

Sphinx – The half-human, half-lion that forces those it meets to answer its riddles or die.

Sprite – A category of elemental, fairy-like spirits, invisible to humans (a Sylph is one of these).

Succubi – (singular, succubus) – These are female demons that have sex with sleeping men.

Sylph – An invisible, fairy-like being dedicated to the element of air.

Tokoloshe – an evil-spirited gremlin in Zulu mythology. A shaman may send a Tokoloshe to vex his enemies, causing anything from harmless fright to illness or death. Tokoloshe are described as short-hairy humanoid figures that can render themselves invisible by swallowing a pebble – all the better to sneak up on their victims.

Thunderbird – A giant bird that creates storms with its wings.

Trolls – Malicious beings that are mostly hideous in appearance.

Typhon – The fire-breathing giant who challenged Zeus for control of Mount Olympus. Also the father of most Greek monsters.

Unicorn – A magical horse with a single horn on its forehead.

Valkyries – Mythical Norse female divinities who choose heroes to die in battle and carry them to the great Valhalla.

Vampire – Legend’s most charming bloodsucker gets a whole section of this website all to itself.

Veela – Beautiful ladies that are mountain nymphs in Serbia that dance in the forest under the light of the moon.

Wendigo – An evil spirit that possesses humans and turns them into cannibals.

Will-o’-the-wisp – Strange flame-like lights that seem to beckon travelers to follow.

Werewolf – Human by day, wolf by night.

Wraith – Evil spirits of the dead who are trapped on Earth.

Zduhać – in Slavic mythology, these were men with the natural magical ability to protect their people and their property from storms and hail. During sleep, they could leave their bodies to do battle with the evil spirits who caused foul weather.

Zombie – The living dead who feed on human flesh. Think the walking dead, or shaun of the dead.

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