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Top 10 Mythical Creatures

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We have all heard or read stories about mythical creatures – either from ancient Greek stories or more modern tales. This is the list of the most well known mythical creatures. As always, if you want to add more, use the comments at the bottom of the page.

1. Griffin (or Gryphon) [Wikipdia]

The griffin is normally characterised as a lion with the head and wings of an eagle. It was thought to be a particularly strong creature as the lion is the king of beasts and the eagle is the king of birds. In ancient times it was considered the protector of the divine. The creature was seen in civilisations as early as the Minoan civilisation (2700BC to 1450 BC).

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2. Phoenix [Wikipdia]

The phoenix is a mythical firebird from Ancient Egypt which is portrayed as a bird that dies in fire and is reborn of it. It is normally portrayed as having gold and red feathers. At the end of its life, a phoenix is said to build a nest of cinnamon twigs which it then ignites. The bird is destroyed in the fire but a new young phoenix is born from the same fire. It was believed to have a life span of 500 – 1461 years (depending on who you ask). Its tears were thought to heal wounds.

3. Unicorn [Wikipdia]

The unicorn is usually shown as a horse with a long single horn on its head, but it originally had a billy-goat beard, lion’s tail, and cloven hooves. The unicorn is virtually the only creature in legend which did not come from human fears and was, in fact, a rather gentle creature. It was considered impossible to capture a unicorn except by using unfair methods. The horn was said to be able to neutralise poison. The unicorn first came to be known during the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300–1700 BC).

4. Satyr [Wikipdia]

Satyrs were originally seen as companions of the goat god Pan in ancient Greek civilisation. The first drawings of satyrs were of normal men, though often with an erect phallus. It was later merged with the Roman faun which is when they began to be depicted as half men half goats (the upper body being that of the man, and the lower half being that of a goat). Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk — subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly. In old age they are often seen with horns on their head, while young satyrs are seen with nubs instead.

5. Minotaur [Wikipdia]

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur had the upper body of a bull and the lower body of a man. It was said to live in the centre of the labyrinth which was a large maze-like construction built for King Minos of Crete especially to house the minotaur. It was designed by Daedalus and is generally thought to have been at the site of Knossos. The minotaur appears briefly in a scene from the Satyricon by Petronius. He was eventually killed by Theseus.

6. Cyclops [Wikipdia]

A Cyclops is a member of a primordial race of giants, each with a single round eye in the middle of its forehead. Cyclopes are described by both Homer and Hesiod. According to Hesiod, the Cyclopes—Brontes, Steropes and Arges — were the sons of Uranus (Sky) and Gaia (Earth), while according to Homer the term “Cyclops” refers to a particular son of Poseidon and Thoosa named Polyphemus who was a Cyclops.

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7. Mermaid [Wikipdia]

The mermaid (or merman in the case of a male) has been discussed since at least 5000 BC. It is highly possible that manatees or dugongs may have been confused for these creatures, and even Christopher Columbus claimed to have seen some on his journeys. In British folklore they are considered to be a forewarning of doom or disaster.

8. Gorgon [Wikipdia]

Gorgons were wicked women with fangs, and living snakes instead of hair. Legend says that looking at the face of a gorgon will turn a person into stone. Probably the most famous gorgon is Medusa who was the only mortal sister of three (the others being Stheno and Euryale). Because Medusa was mortal, Perseus was able to kill her by cutting off her head while he looked at her reflection in his shield. Images of Gorgons were often used by the Greeks to ward off evil.

9. Banshee [Wikipdia]

The banshee is from Irish mythology and are usually seen as female spirits. They were considered to be omens of death and were believed to have come from the “otherworld”. They are generally thought to be remnants of an ancient Celtic pagan religion in which they were minor gods, spirits, or ancestors. In English they are often referred to as fairies. According to legend, banshees will wander around the outside of a house wailing when someone inside is about to die.

10. Giant [Wikipdia]

“Giant” is the English word to describe monsters of great strength and size but human form. They appear in the Bible (in the story of King David and Goliath). In mythology they are frequently seen to be in conflict with the gods and are generally considered to be associated with chaos and wild nature. They were seen as early as the Ancient Greek culture where they were known as gigantes – creatures born from Gaia who was fertilised by the blood of Uranus when he was castrated.

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Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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  • What? No dragon?

    • I LOVE VAMPS

      yeah and what about vampires liycians(were wollf) and stuff

  • DOOOMKULTUS

    Dragons are real,don’t u know :)

  • Morphy1701

    I have to agree… no dragon??? Just about every culture has dragon myth, although some have the Pheonix instead. Still, dragon would have been number one on my list.

    Yetis are another good one, although they could be sub-classified under Bigfoot.

  • I didn’t know that dragons were considered real animals…when was that decided?

  • Kyouki

    i think 2005? but yeah ilove this site

  • tjgrs

    I agree, almost every cuture from the Chinese and Japanese cultures to the Mayan cultures and european nations as well have all had dragons. they are the most widely common mythological creature.

  • Concerning the dragons: you are all right – they would have been a worthwhile addition, but at least they have been mentioned in the comments :)

  • MANTICORES FTW!!!

  • The Manticore: I guess if there were a battle here between all of the creatures, the manticore would win – he is not a pretty creature!

    • SPARKLE!

      NO!!!! the vampire would win!!!!!

  • damn right. but we make up for it by being badasses. lol.

  • The Manticore: I believe it!

  • What? No Jakovasaur?

  • Alan

    What about god? and Allah?

  • Alan: naughty naughty :)

  • Tom

    What? No pegasus?

    • SPARKLE!

      YEAH!!!!! GREEK MYTHS!!!!!!

      • G-man Unit Awesome

        Myths

        • Same as above.

          Lie!

  • Tom: an excellent addition – thanks :)

  • Cy76

    Regarding dragons, even Klingon has a word for them – it’s my understanding that EVERY language on earth does. I did an extensive research project on the topic of dragons for a college class a few years back. In ancient times they were included in what would be the modern equivalent of biology books. Check out the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, where long-necked “dragon” creatures are depicted right alongside lions and bulls – they called them “sirrush.”
    Or check out Anton Moortgart’s “The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia” – he has some art images from 3300BC that are dragonish – or Apatosaurian.
    Point is, SOMETHING, probably many somethings, existed in the past, which we don’t have now – or at least don’t know we have. Some things have a funny way of surviving (see the Coelacanth, a fish that was believed to have died out at least 65 million years ago, till they started finding living ones in the last few years).
    Dragon’s are many things, but in one form or another, at one time they were real creatures. Probably nothing like what we think of when hearing the word “dragon” – but something did exist. Check out John of Damascus’s account of a Roman legion led by consul Regulus killing a “dragon” in the 3rd century BC, when they were fighting Carthage, the skin of which was measured out at 120 feet. These hisotrical examples go on and on, some extending even into the 19th century (monks in remote mountains, etc). Anyway, the point is not all monsters are mythical, but perhas rather misunderstood and misrepresented.

    • Jennifer Bates

      I'm trying to find out who said the quote, "not all monsters are mythical, but perhaps misunderstood and misrepresented." I'm writing a middle school novel with a cryptid sanctuary and would LOVE to put this quote at the front of the book. I'd like to know who to give credit to.

      Thanks,
      Jennifer Bates
      [email protected]

    • sean

      ya very true. even like vampires and werewolves were real but not as movies portrayed them. there would be men with full body hair or men who were very pale, which were birth defects i guess. i believe every supernatural creature is or was real at some point at time, just decribed in a way that would create an image of them that we see today as monsterous.

  • Cy76: thanks for that excellent comment – it is a very interesting read.

  • librarian

    Heiho,

    I’ve read somewhere that the Unicorn origins from misunderstood travel reports. Of course they had no cameras and stuff back in the days of yore, so the description of a rhino was given, which evolved into ‘a horse with a spike at its head’. Not sure if that’s true … but it would explain the tail and cloven hooves in early descriptions.

  • librarian: that may well be true. Unicorns are mentioned in the Bible as well I believe.

  • StewWriter

    This is one of those lists where just about anything that has been passed on through generations that has never truly existed can be considered myth. How about Leprechauns? Not real but certainly in everyone’s vernacular. Or, Santa Claus for that matter? Sure, at one time there was a fellow with similar responsibilities and characteristics of Santa, but he has exploded into myth and legend and nearly everyone state-side takes his existence as somehow ‘real’… well, children at any rate. As always, loved the list!

  • StewWriter: I didn’t even think to add Santa – and yet he is probably one of the most famous mythical creatures! Most people reading this article mightn’t know all the creatures here – but will know Santa. BTW – if you are under 13 and reading this – I am just joking – of course Santa is real – I had dinner with him last week.

  • Luna

    Although i completely agree about the dragons, because they are a VERY common mythical creature for very good reasons, i would also like to add that Fairies as well are an extremely common mytholgical creature who has been expressed throughout almost every culture. I am currently doing a research paper on mythological creatures and how i believe many do exist or have in history. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • Alexandra

    Gorgon's were the only name that was unfamilliar to me. When I was in primary school I loved Greek Mythology so much, it was such a big fascination, and it does come in handy quite a bit, surprisingly.

    Well, now I know that Medusa was a GORGON. There you go. :D

    • Qwerty

      Along with Stheno and Euryale

  • Alexandra: I did alot of research on Greek Mythology as well growing up…correction, I did alot of personal study on Mythology as a whole. There were some areas I never got to.

    • G-man Unit Awesome

      Same as me… except I am now huge with Greek Mythology and almost believe it myself! PS Athena rules! :)

  • Oh I also for got to mention that each of these come from a different mythology, German, Greek, Latin, Nordic, so on.

  • Luna

    I’ve just always loved mythology personally and yeah it does come in handy sometimes ^_^ it’s just become part of my life and everday i learn something new

  • Jade

    kinda disappointed with no pictures.

  • Vannah

    What about Cerberus? he’s cool.

  • Vannah

    Centaur is pretty famous too but i hav to agree, y no pics? lol. but its pretty cool without em.

  • Oggy

    santa claus is real. it is a nickname for the legendary kind-hearted man, St.Nicholas. On christmas, he went around his town, giving money to those who need it. Santa Claus is just a symbol of him.hehe

  • Oggy

    what about dwarves? my unc claimed that he once saw 7 tiny men. but he said they were ghosts.eeek..

  • maria

    Um. Oggy. Was this in or out of the Snow White movie?

  • Yay for unicorns!

  • myth freak

    Maria: why you ickin’ on Oggy’s wow?

  • The Manticore

    the Manticore is traditionally depicted as a red lion, with the face of a bearded man and a scorpion tail or a tail with long thorns on the end. Horns and wings are optional.
    We're from Persian mythology and are not very nice creatures.
    The name itself means "Man-eater"

    that or you can go with the one everyone asks me about.
    it's the "evil organization" in the tv series Angel. which most people assume I love.

    I don't
    lol.

    • G-man Unit Awesome

      two things 1. sometimes it’s a dragon tail. 2. It mainly was known as a GREEK monster. It was highly aggressive and from a distance looked like an old bearded man.

  • Liz

    Whats a manticore?

  • Chimaera and Centaur.

  • sir…
  • Yogeshwar

    what about the creatures from the book “Lord of the Rings”

    like Elves, Dwarves,etc.

  • dahnz

    man what a cool list! i had heard of most of these but didnt kno their names.
    would be cool if there were pics tho!

  • Midnight Wraith

    bravo quite a nice list I’ll admit though the comments also added quite well information wise…I’d speak for my kind but we’re rather overused lol meaning we’ve got a few different creatures based upon us and a few different descriptions.

  • Midnight Wraith

    Oh yes before I forget Harpies seem to be forgotten as well.
    There’s also the rather dragon like Hydra

  • Concerned Observer

    Meh, there are loads that were forgotten, but after all there are loads of mythical creatures :D

    Oh, and JF, I resent that, I’m under 12 :S

  • Concerned Observer

    Sorry, I meant to write that I was under 13, I am 12 lol.

  • Csimmons

    Concerned observer: you’re 12! So am I! of course im only 12 for two for months longer.

  • Csimmons

    JF:I thought you were lying, I saw Mommy kissing Santa! LOL!

  • Kreachure

    I find your lack of Cthulu disturbing.

    And dragons too. They rock.

  • DH2

    Agree; Dragons are worldwide famous! (well, not exactly everyone knows about it, though….)

  • yo. gangsta

    did u know that dragons DID exist like a long time ago.

  • Ghidoran

    Kreachure: Chtulhu isn’t a historical monster, awesome as he is. He was created by an author in the early 19th century, so he isn’t really a monster that has been captivating people for many years. And he’s a god. AND he will kill you all.

  • Judy

    Looking for something called a Scorpion Bird, Alton, Il, Where a prison for the worst prisoners used to be, they took the bricks and built the rest of the town with. Now the gosts of these pisoners are in every building. This was on the T.V. rogram, The Scarests Places in The World. I hae a friend who lives there. He told me to look up the Scorpion Bird, but I can’t find anything on it!! By the way your site is great. I didn’t know there ere s many creatues, we all know of a few, but not that many. Thanks, Judy

  • mags

    why is there nothing about vampires?????they kick all other mythical things butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mags

    who cares about dragons and stuff, why is there nothing about vampires. they are about the coolestr thing ever and the kick all other mythical creatures butt!

  • blaa

    DRAGONS ARE COOL BUT I LIKE THE CHIMAERA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drogo

    There’s the mythical creature known as An Honest Politician.

  • Draco the Dragon

    Blaa I have to agree with you,I like chimaeras.But let me tell you somehing mags,vampires SUCK.I meen,they can’t even go in a charch.Dragons can go any where they want,and breath fire!All hail the Dragons!

  • the gorgon

    What about the pegasus, they’re a very common mythical creature. Although they may be considered to be a real creature now. I’m not sure.

  • Dronatar

    Fenrir/fenris The giant wolf of norse mythology > The Gods tried chaining him up then saked him do do a few tasks in return for his freedom > He said on one condition that whenever they talked one of the gods had to put they’re hands in the giant wolf’s mouth( Meant to be like 6 miles long =D) and then they tricked him, Practicaly ‘HA in your face, you fell for our trap’ But Alas, They fell for his. Bye bye Tyr’s hand.

    Also at the end of the world (ragnorok) The heros in vallhalla will fight for the universe which they will fail and Fenrir will eat Odin… Mmmm Tasty!

    So, I sorta think the demon wolf of the appocolaypse would own all the others?(The way he’s going to get free is via his non-stop growing.) Loki’s son Vs Odins son The Final Battle!

  • Dronatar

    Oh yeah and don’t forget about ‘the cannible cookie’ (My trade mark =P)

    • Riya

      That isnt about dragons

  • Cogito13

    I’ll name just a few of the one’s that come to mind.

    The Cherufe, who was a enormous lava creature in Chilean mythology who lives in volcanoes and feeds upon young maidens.

    Also the hippocampus, which was a fabled sea animal from Greek mythology. It resembles a horse with the hind parts of a fish or dolphin. The chariot of Poseidon was drawn by a hippocampus.

    In Norse mythology, Jormungand is one of the three children of the god Loki and his wife, the giantess Angrboda. The gods were well aware that this monster was growing fast and that it would one day bring much evil upon gods and men. So Odin deemed it advisable to render it harmless. He threw the serpent in the ocean that surrounds the earth, but the monster had grown to such an enormous size that it easily spans the entire world, hence the name Midgard Serpent. It lies deep in the ocean where it bites itself in its tail, and all mankind is caught within his coils.It was believed that
    at the destruction of the universe, Jormungand and Thor would kill each other.

    Or my personal favorite, The Sphinx. Who, in Greek mythology was a demon of death and destruction and bad luck. She was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. It was a female creature, sometimes depicted as a winged lion with a feminine head, and sometimes as a female with the breast, paws and claws of a lion, a snake tail and bird wings. She sat on a high rock near Thebes and posed a riddle to all who passed. The riddle was: “What animal is that which in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?” Those who could not solve the riddle were strangled by her. Finally Oedipus came along and he was the only who could answer that it was “Man, who in childhood creeps on hands and knees, in manhood walks erect, and in old age with the aid of a staff.” The Sphinx was so mortified at the solving of her riddle that she cast herself down from the rock and perished.

  • Andrew

    My dad and I always talk about the bible.He often discribes abeast that cannot be beaten.I think its called the Leviton any information would be cool thanks.

    • joshua weilbacher

      Leviton? either you mean a leviathin or theres this amazing creature ive nvr heard of haha whats it look like?

  • SlickWilly

    Andrew: You dad is probably talking about the Leviathan, referred to several times in the book of Job I believe, among others. Look it up on google. Most people think the Leviathan was probably an extremely large Nile crocodile, but I don’t know much about it.

  • cuddlebot

    im just sad there arent any pictures. they could have been really fun ones! :(

  • Kalli

    Fairies/faeries anyone??

    how could you forget them??

  • So that is where the expression, “Screaming like a banshee” comes from. I didn’t know they were an Irish creation.

    Something more obscure: the Cherufe

    Lives in the magma reservoirs of Chilean volcanoes, has a taste for virginal maidens, and guarded (not always sucessfully) by the two warrior daughters of the sun god.

    More Info

  • Coyote

    Actually, according to Irish mythology, Banshees ONLY mourn for the five specific bloodlines which happen to be the major Irish families: O’Brians, O’Connors, O’Graves, O’Neils and the Kavanaghs.

  • No banshees for me then :-D

  • Noah

    To Andrew:
    In the bible Leviathan was a sea monster, who, along with Behemoth was created was created on the fifth day of creation… supposed to be like three hundred miles long and looked like a Nile crocodile.. in other words.. Bad ass.
    Course, thats the jewish version.
    And Behemoth is pretty wicked too.
    And Ziz too.
    All three are pretty crazy.
    Wiki it.

  • Brittany

    Can anyone tell me some stuff about banshees?

  • Coyote

    Brittany – Banshees (alternative name Bean Sidhe) are female spirits according to Irish myth. They only mourn/lament for the five major Irish families listed in my previous post and supposedly families related to those specific bloodlines through intermarriage. Some mistake them for spirits who provoke death when actually they simply predict it.

    Her physical portrayal varies depending on the form she chooses to take. Its believed that she can take one of several forms: First and foremost her humanoid forms which include that of a young maiden, a middle-aged matron, and an elderly woman. She may also appear as a ’washer woman’ who rings the victim’s clothing in blood. She is rumored to be able to take on forms that are related to witchcraft (a weasel, hare, cat, etc).

    The origins of a banshee are indeed believed to be Irish, but they also play a role in Scottish folklore. Her physical characteristics are difficult to describe because there have been multiple claims as to what her true features are. There’s a continuous argument as to what she should be classified as (Spirit vs. Fairy).

    Some believe she is a single individual. Others believe there are multiple banshees. Well, lolz didn’t mean to ramble on but there’s my knowledge on banshees :D

  • logicpls

    Why SUPERMAN is not listed there??

  • miss

    yea where is sandking,,, viper, rasta, voijin, or EVEN BUSH!!!

  • happy saddy

    no need to publish my pets, guys!!

  • littleR

    Ahaha. I learn alot from this list. xD

  • dubatuluk

    “Or my personal favorite, The Sphinx. Who, in Greek mythology was a demon of death and destruction and bad luck. She was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. It was a female creature, sometimes depicted as a winged lion with a feminine head, and sometimes as a female with the breast, paws and claws of a lion, a snake tail and bird wings. She sat on a high rock near Thebes and posed a riddle to all who passed. The riddle was: “What animal is that which in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?” Those who could not solve the riddle were strangled by her. Finally Oedipus came along and he was the only who could answer that it was “Man, who in childhood creeps on hands and knees, in manhood walks erect, and in old age with the aid of a staff.” The Sphinx was so mortified at the solving of her riddle that she cast herself down from the rock and perished.”

    I was going to mention this. :P :) But I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  • dude

    I think the Dragon or the Alien should be on here.

  • Kiara

    how about sirens? i pretty like them. haha

  • Beiz

    I didn’t read all the comments here but…

    Unicorns.
    Unicorns are most likely “based” on an extinct rhinoceros that had the body of a horse, and a long horn on the center of it’s head. This is actually documented by Ibn Fadlan on the account of Elasmotherium. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasmotherium
    There were also a similar rhinoceros over at the Americas, which was hunted to extinction by the native Americans.

    Another possibility is the genetic disorder that may have occurred, inspiring the legends of unicorns (I take it you’ve all heard of the one-horned deer? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1025793/The-horned-deer-solve-mystery-unicorn.html ).

    Santa Claus.
    This man is no myth, nor is it St.Nicholas as modern inventions wish to suggest (all to support Christianity). Santa didn’t even cloth the way he did until Coca-Cola company made him a Christmas logo.
    No, Santa Clause is a stolen tradition from the Dutch. aka. Sinterklaas. the entire tradition and everything about it is sugarcoated by the Americanized Christianity version.
    Now how can I make such a claim? well, first off, it’s a christian modern suggestion due to the “research” made regarding St. Nicholas, and also, it’s Americanized since the elves are not elves, they’re african slaves.
    Don’t believe me? hehe, here’s your hard-coded fact unless you live in das netherlands ;)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas

  • JOSEPH

    hi

  • Jinkartubi

    1.
    Dragon is must be here
    2.
    second, what about Garuda? it famous in Asia, in hindu culture, india, indonesian, malaysian and thailand culture. event chinese, korean and japanese know this creature as a Karura.

  • Talsin

    What about the Hippogriff, said to be the offspring of a Griffin and a Mare. Or the Basilisk said to be either a snake or a three foot high Cockerel with a snake’s tail and teeth known as a cocktrice.

    And although I beleive i them I can’t believe noone mentioned the Loch Ness Monster!

  • .Margie 74lk.

    i think that the dinasour dianalieger which is like a tiger and a alie and dinousour together would beat all your animals haha
    pwn!

  • b.

    what about vampires everyone loves vampires my sister loves edward

  • Dronatar

    Edward isn’t a vampire he’s just some ugly guy whom plays a vampire. I don’t see why people obsess over movies, Bands or anything. (So says the one addictive to caffine…)

  • b.

    yeah i know but vampires there still cool

  • b.

    but my sister still loves edward so what now!

  • kAYkAY

    SOOOO…….. does anybody even believe in this crap anyways?

  • kAYkAY

    who actually believes in this bullcrap?

  • The Manticore

    I’m pretty sure no one does. thus why it’s called MYTH. as for vampires, the “vampires” in Twilight are not true vampires. Vampires don’t sparkle in sunlight. The Twilight “vampires” and the entire Twilight franchise is an abomination.

  • wyvern

    Listen to me kAYkAY The only bullshit that is around here is that big mouth of yours. I for one love all types of myth and I think that this is a wonderfull site.

  • bree

    what about werewolves?!? werewolves f’n rock. there have been these weird accounts on them on bray’s road in wisconsin.

    http://www.prairieghosts.com/brayrd.html

    there it is but it’s a very long read…

  • Oubliette

    Hmmm, I am also one surprised by the lack of dragons – but perhaps they had too much about them and were too common that one could not write a justifiable synopsis.

    Dragons are entirely too complicated, and have no one single origin – whereas most of these mythological creatures listed can be traced to some sort of origin. They are usually a symbol of great majesty and might – whether to be feared or respected. Then people argue whether things like Tiamat, Leviathon, or Quetzalcoatl are dragons when their only description is of being a serpent. Tiamat doesn’t mean dragon at all – it’s meaning has something to do with being the all mother. Leviathan literally means twisted, coiled, or wreathed. Quetzalcoatl literally means feathered serpent. For some reason, though, people interpret all mighty serpents as dragons. Why is that? (TANGENT) It’s REALLY difficult to describe a dragon without someone yelling at your for omitting some criteria, or raising a point that your criteria doesn’t cover all examples.

    As for vampires, well, they are supernatural, but when I think mythology I strangely always overlook vampires. I always, for some off reason, set them apart in my mind as something else entirely. Let’s say nothing of people with serious dementia paired with hemophilia and/or photosensitivity. Such people ave existed – those who would bleed too easily and believed that they needed to ‘drink’ blood to replenish it. Think of it as an archaic blood transfusion (that didn’t work).

  • dubatuluk

    I’ve been following this since I posted in it last, and I must say lots of it has had me laughing.

    I, personally, don’t like the Twilight stuff-but that’s just based on the back cover of the books not the movie or actually reading said books. It just didn’t interest me, and when the movie came out it went further into “totally uninteresting” territory for me. I’m a writer of speculative fiction myself, and I have my own “version” of vampires like most spec. fic. authors out there, but it’s darker and more organic than the canon for vampires, and less romanticized than the Twilight vampires.

    As for dragons-they come in all shapes, sizes, mythologies and legends, and I agree with you Oubliette, it is hard to speak of them and have people not go crazy on you for “not getting it right.” On that note, it’s quite the same for vampires now I think about it.

    And setting apart vampires is normal, I believe, just because the western world has only come to know of them recently-or their canon aspects anyway-as in within the last hundred or so years, whereas the creatures listed in this list, and much of those added by the commentators were known by western civilization for several hundreds of years in comparison.

  • Oubliette

    Oh yes, I’ve gotten a few chuckles myself. I omitted saying anything about the Twilight stuff mainly because I have not seen the movie or read the books and only know a little here or there about it (sparkle in the sunlight? I prefer good ol’ spontaneous combustion – it’s a lot more fun). If the writer wishes to portray her vampires that way, it’s her prerogative. I mean, other mythical creatures are often changed to suit a writer’s needs. Examine something as simple as elves – from the small silly industrious elves of Satna’s Work-shop, to the short nature loving elves from uh… some literature, to the tall slender, magically superior, long-lived enlightened jerks with superiority complexes from other literature.

    I myself have a story with vampires that are fairly standard in most regards – drink blood, burn in sunlight, live long, can’t enter consecrated grounds such as some churches and temples and all that. No shapeshifting though. It doesn’t mean I am a purist, though.

    Hmm, yes, I supposed vampires just seem ‘newer’ than other mythological creatures. For sure there have been parasitic or cannibalistic spirits and monsters, but not quite the vampire as we know it.

  • dubatuluk

    “to the short nature loving elves from uh… some literature”

    lol, traditional folk tales tend to have these more than modern literature.

    And certainly, a writer’s prerogative is just that. Just because we, the audience don’t like their take on a creature or idea, doesn’t mean they had not the right to share it with us.

    I thought I was being so clever, not too long ago, and decided to use a creature not normally used in modern fantasy lit. and found, lo and behold! a series of books out with this creature as it’s main center. *face palm* I guess the world of fantasy lit. is starving for something different than “an elf, a man and a dwarf walk into a pub…” :-P

  • Oubliette

    An elf, a man, and a dwarf walk into a pub…. actually sounds like the start of a D&D campaign.

    I’m curious – what creature did you decide was so clever to use in modern fantasy? I myself am a pain in the butt and just make up my own darn creatures with the same methods ancient people made up there’s – chopping them to pieces, mixing them up, then patching random pieces together. Of course, their mythilogical creatures often were a compilation of symbology. Often they took the associations of certain creatures and put them together to create the most fierce, or the most regal, or the most wise creature – or a nice well rounded creature like the Lamassu, whom had the body of a bull, wings of an eagle, and face of a man. This meant it had strength, freedom, and intelligence.

    I don’t think that much about them – I just mix and match what appeals to me.

  • dubatuluk

    D&D is what sparks much of modern fantasy lit though.

    And I think it was a Doppelganger that I had picked for my story combined with another not often used creature to be the Doppelganger and its opposite. I don’t remember completely what it was.

    I make up my own creatures as well for the most part, but it’s fun to use the old creatures every now and then and see what you can do with them. :) Much of the time I take old sects and tribes of true, human history and create a race around them utilizing one of their names or titles as the race name. I tend to come out with some interesting results.

  • Oubliette

    I used to hate doing research – but now I love it. I’ve been compiling a Zodiac of sorts for a concept I am coming up with using Middle Eastern Mythological creatures, but I am trying really really really hard to avoid as many demons/angels/spirits/gods (but will admit one or two)because a Zodiac means a circle of animals. So far I have Tiamat (serpent), Ziz(giant bird – much like a roc), Keresh(one-antlered deer), Sirrush(dragon), Haizum(Flying horse, like a Pegasus), Karakadan(A rhinoceros), Behemoth(Giant Ox), Calopus(Small creature with serrated horns), and Miraj(A rabbit with a single horn – unicorn rabbit). These are all real myuthological critters. Hmmm I forgot Tigris the lion whose roar knocked out the molars of all the roman soldiers – I’ll have to add him too.

    I think Mythology is a great revenue for writers – even those who don’t use fantasy as their medium. Using just reference to mythology, say in the puzzle of some mystery, or as the symbol of some resistance movement, or…. I could go on. Actually while I was searching for mythological creatures for my zodiac is how I ended up here.

  • ange

    where is da vampires and the werewolves?!?

  • Max

    Does anyone know the name and story behind the mythical creature that roams the earth looking for its other half?

  • dubatuluk

    I think that’s a doppelganger AKA fetch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelg%C3%A4nger

  • meh

    djinn? efreet? chimera? hydra? basilisk? titan?

    unicorns and mermaids are so boring..

  • yani

    how about nymps and sirens?

    i don’t believe in those myths but i love this site too anywayz! Whoever doesn’t must be really closed minded.

  • bff5gd

    hello…every1 noes the vampire. This list is kinda weird half of them i never heard of…

  • emmified

    Hello?! Remember Twilight? Edward Cullen? Vampires should be at the top!!!

  • dubatuluk

    If vampires are indeed to be at the top, the least we could do is keep the legend of them rather than any one specific. But if I did have to have a specific vampire at the top it would either be the original Count Dracul, The Blood Countess or Lestat, NOT Edward from Twilight thank you very much.

    To be fair, however, I was disappointed with this list as well, as I was expecting far more exciting creatures (and perhaps more obscure ones as well.)

  • The Manticore

    This list was written before that stench pile Twilight became popular. If you want modern vampires go for Spike and Angel from Buffy. They could at least kick some ass.

  • Asthronimiosth

    So far as Dragons there are several scientests who believe that they were dinosaurs, you know the giant lizzards, some of which were thought to breath fire like the Bombadier Beetle by combining hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide. (Though thru the mouth and not the abdomin.)

    So far as Santa being the Saint Nicholas… what about his counterpart Krampus? If Santa is Good Old Saint Nicholas, is the inccubus demon who tortures children real too!!! Just something to think about.

    Finaly, I like Unicorns, I believe that people didn’t screw it up and they knew how to draw, but an interesting piece in the Bible, most bible scholars think that the Unicorn… was a hippo!!! To me thinking that it was a Rino would be more believeable, but turns out that rinos were commonly known in the pre-christian era so they feel people didn’t know what they were talking about and a unicorn is a hippo.

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  • Nickoomba

    What about the demon, Legion?
    In regards to dragons being real, you may be interested to know that there are some cultures who came with the idea of dragons without ever knowing about dinosaurs.
    As far as tyhere being many mythical creatures, sometimes they’re the same creature with different names. Jinn are known as demons, and there is always the Greek and Roman mythologies as an example. The jinn were also classified into three groups, one of them being the kind that fly in the air, so it is possible that at least some jinn are, in fact, dragons You could also site the fact that daemon (demon) also meant “guardian” at one time and that dragons often guarded as evidence.
    I talk about this kind of thing all the time on my blog.
    http://nickoomba.wordpress.com

  • Nickoomba

    I als forgot to mention that since some dragons are thought to be able to change form, it is very possible that they are still functioning in today’s societies.

  • Cali

    i would love it if there were more names. i am doing a report and this really helped! thanks

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  • martinosferatu

    The Jackalope – and it was real!!!

  • The Manticore

    if it was real, then it can’t be on a mythical creature list, can it?

  • Nickoomba

    I’m thinking he is trying to prove that some mytghs can be proven real, in which case it would need to be taken off the list, but until then…

  • archangel

    great list, my only complaint is that it’s a geo/sociocentric list.

  • Leah

    How about Hippocampus? Dragon? CHIMERA?!?!?

  • aristae

    What about orcs, goblins, fauns and the like? Those things are spread just about everywhere nowadays.

  • 999buzz

    what about vampires.

  • Wood

    Hey great list again!

    what about other Greek Mythology;
    – Harpies were described as beautiful winged maidens.

    -Sirens were actually prophets and described as having bodies of a bird and beautiful human heads.

    and some other legends krackens, werewolfs, gaint squids, sea serpants(Also known as SEA dragons) and lets not forget the lock ness monster:)

  • Mac

    Woo nice list. For anyone who enjoys vampires, and wants a differant slant (not at all like Twilight tho) you shhould read The Saga Of Darren Shan by Darren O Shaughenessy (but his pen name is Darren Shan). Its a 12 book series. For anyone who enjoyed thoose books, Darren is aslo writing (tho is writing last one now, and ninth is about to be published) the Demonata series, 10 books,with demons, not like Satan, Mephistopheles ect, but more like mythical creatures, random parts of animals thrown 2getha : )

  • Jade Dean

    What, No werewolf? No Vampire?
    I don’t know about you people, but they are two of the
    most well known creatures in modern culture.
    I’d like to see them on this list.
    Great info though!

  • Senemi1998

    Werewolfs and vampires are one of the most well known creatures but seeing the others ones you didn’t know about is cooler. It is great info though

  • Mythcreatures obsessive

    As long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with mythical creatures. Half of the books I’ve read have been based on mythical creatures (lolz) the last ones I read was the companions quartet which was really nice, lots of info.. Anyawys I know a lot about mythical creatures so will share so knowledge…

    There was once this real dracula. His name was Prince Vlad III of Wallachia. His nickname was Vlad Dracula/ Vlad the impaler and he lived from 1431-1476 Historians guess that he was probably born in real-life transylvannia, Romania.

    There was also a giant wolf who fed on people (look up Beast of Gevauden)kinda like a werewolf

    And Zombies are REAL!!! They are people who have eaten a special type of poison called the zombi poisons. If ingested they can bring on a state of apparent death that can even fool phisicians, pufferfish contain these toxins as well…

    What about the pheonix? or the Selkie? What about the sidhe?

  • Mythcreatures obsessive

    never mind about the pheonix, I over read things…

  • Aidan

    The griffin is the best it has been since I was 8.But I think that the dragon should have been in the top ten.I hate the Phoenix it makes me sick.

  • Aidan

    My favorite is the griffin it’s no mistake that it came first.But I agree the dragon should have been in the top ten.I hate the phoenix It is an awful creature.

  • Aidan

    Sorry I noticed I said that Twice

  • Aidan

    Does anyone else hate the phoenix

  • Aidan

    I agree with wyvern this is a wonderful site as for you kaykay you are nothing but a @$#@$#

  • Karmella

    Many people want Dragon added to this list.

    When I hear the words “mythical creatures” I think Ancient Greece. I don’t believe dragons originated from Ancient Greece, perhaps China or Japan.

  • Whoa

    Some gryphon supporter probably put the gryphon in place of the dragon. Honestly, if you ask anyone what a dragon is, they would know what it is. If you ask someone what a gryphon is…different story.

  • So

    Unicorns are real! D:

  • Dancer

    which is more believable, werewolves or black dogs? (black dogs were thought to have blood red eyes and fur as black as night)

    which is more believable, elves or angels and demons?

  • Dragonsember

    No dragons, werewolves, or vampires!? Those are the three most common!!!

  • solaris station

    we could add the sphinx. it lived in the same city that i come from.

  • Kai

    How about some of the lesser-known mythical creatures?

    Shisas also called Lion dogs or Fu Dogs are my top favorite mythical animal.

    There’s also the cerebrus, naga, kraken, kistune, chimera, barghest, basalisk, kirin, quetzalcoatl, nekomata, and kappa.

  • scholarmom

    as a person who works in the field of mental health, my guess is, vampires are a simple explanation for the Jeffrey Domers and Ted Bundys of the ancient world. What about Big Foot a.k.a. Sasquatch?

  • Sick of hearing your crap

    You morons keep crying about this or that not being on here. Just shut up about the dragons and manticores!

  • imrighturwrong

    this sucks how can you have a top ten mythological creatures list without lycanthropes

  • Bekkii

    hahah santa claus is not real … youse people shouldnt lie to your children about him … That’s like a pedo could be walking in a childs room on chrismas day and the child is like are you santa and then what.. The pedo tkes you kid and never sees you again .. HELLO STANGER DANGER

  • Maggot

    @Bekkii (142): Right…like what are the odds of that happening?

  • Nayusha

    Exactly,what is a Sidhe,Miraj,Cherufe,Lamassu,Keresh,Sirrush,Ziz,and Selkie anyways?

  • Trazz

    cool – check out a similar list at listsoplenty dot com

  • kennedy

    what about vampires, witches, and werewolves? i think most people know what they are and vampires and werewolves are pretty popular right now.

  • Namehere

    @ all you people:
    OMIGOSH!
    instead of arguing, follow link.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures

    Dragons and Unicorns, i beleive, are the most commonly known mythological creatures. Sadly forgotten from this list, but alas, woe must I remain.

    @ those who want vampires and werewolves and lycanthropes on this list:
    The vampires and werewolves and lycanthropes and all that boloney you see today are MOVIE MAGIC. The original legends were nothing like what you see in movies today, so those MOVIE versions don’t count. I bet most of you twilighters and underworlders don’t know anything about the ORIGINAL versions.
    For example, the first vampires were Elizabeth Bathory and Count Vlad the impaler. They were MURDERERS. Elizabeth drained the blood of beautiful young women into a bath thinking she could make herself live forever. And Vlad the Impaler, the original “vampire”? He would jab a big, dull stick through people’s bodies and watch them die slow, painful deaths. He would arrange the dead and dying in patterns. He called it his “art”. He also enjoyed skinning people or burning people alive to mix things up a bit. Then, when he died, they decapitated him and buried his head and body in different places; but when they dug him up both his head and body were gone! Now go on and tell me that your precious Edward should be on this list, go on. Vampires sparkle in the sunlight, yeah, right. Hello?! READ A FRICKING DECENT MYTHOLOGY BOOK INSTEADD OF THAT WATERED DOWN ROMANTISIST CRAP!
    Gosh.
    Werewolves and Lycanthropes, same thing, started as rumours about cultic rituals during the medieval. All sorts of ideas about witchcraft and sorcery and magic were used. Usually it was just a label for unusual people that someone had a grudge against. What’s his face the werewolf needs to take a look at his family roots. As for the Underwordl series, I not even going to get into all that twisted mythology.(I mean, for pete’s sake, Michael is part lycan part vampire? It doesn’t even make sense.)

    Furthermore, I dont think humanoid creatures should be on this list at all. I mean, yeah, fairies and elves and dwarves and all that, but they have been twisted (as i said above) by pop culture. So i don’t think we should really count the messed up versions.

    Also, this list is for the “Top 10” “most well known” mythological creatures. I mean yes, Cthulhu and the doppelganger, and etc. are great creatures, all other merits aside, but this list os for the TOP TEN MOST WELL KNOWN, not the 30000000000 most vague creatures you people have to dig for months to find. Nor is this the “see who can find the most obscure cryptid” contest

    Blah blah blah more words. My fingers hurt now so goodbye and leave the freaking list alone.

  • Namehere

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that werewolves were FLESH EATING MONSTERS!!!
    They prefer the virgins, so I guess that twilight girl is safe.
    (just kidding, they’ll eat anyone; virginity doesn’t protect you)

  • Namehere

    non-virginity*
    non-virginity doesn’t protect you*

    woo-hoo three in a row

  • vampire girl xx

    u no am a vampire n they r real n how com dere isnt no vam,pire on da list?

  • x cneg

    CHUPACABRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lir

    I think this list was a good place to start. It seemed to ignite all these young people on quest of their own to find more mythical beasts. The list provided people with accurate information, to make their own conclusions. Downgrading this will only keep the author from following up with anything else interesting. I also think the reason that Dragons, Vampires, And werewolves were not put on here is because they are so widely known. What fun would it be to have yet another take on these overwritten subjects?

  • kits

    Komodo… Dragon. Not a Mythical Creature.

  • sparxx23

    all of these mythical things are bullshit!! they’re just crazy rumors people make up…

  • you don’t have the ultimint mythical creature the DRAGON they should be on the list I mean the are the baddaddy of monsters and could easilly kick a griffon on its but

  • you should add dragons they are grate monsters

  • you should add a dragon I mean what good anime dosn’t have a good dragon? but not one anime show has a griffon!

  • knownown has heard of a satar and gorgons arn’t that famus you should swich them with a dragon and a vampire

  • kro

    the only problem with the list is the word MYTHICAL it’s all real u kno
    satyrs r my fav tho

  • Choosilicious

    You forgot the Garuda and Xilin.

  • wahyudani

    check this web about mythical creatures :

    http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com

    here some addition:
    Megalodon
    Gremlin
    Golem
    Troll
    Bahamut

  • L1984

    The banshee is not commonly believed to mourn for major bloodlines only – that’s a misconception. She is by far most often thought of throughout Ireland as a sort of signal of death of one known to those who hear her cry or scream, like a family member.

  • surrender

    add the chimera!!!

  • eme rei

    you should add pictures if you dont it gets boring i have to right a story on this and i want pictures to see which ones look cool

  • jadedemon

    As far as the list goes I’ve heard and did personal research on all of them. Dragons are real but not as we know of them from myth as being large flying fire-breathers. Look up the Komodo dragon, the only known living dragon creature. The creatures on the list are only known from mythology not sightings, if you want to know about possible living myths look up Mokele-mbembe, a possible dinosaur living in the congo with large amounts of known witnesses from tribes through out the congo. Also there are bigfoot, chubracabra, and lockness with photos of each.

  • Straigh

    Here’s a question:
    Are Basilisks and Cockatrices the same thing, or are they different?

    Also, what are some good books on Greek Mythology, or mythology in general?

  • What about medusas or ninfas? (I don´t know their names in english). They’re very famous too.

  • reg dwight

    #11 — attractive lesbians.

  • GTT

    I love mythology… I used to be hard-core obsessed with Greek myths when I was younger and this list has been like reopening a closed wound. I´m going to have to reread my greek myths encyclopedia. :)

    And just three extra notes:
    – for the millionth time, please, please read previous comments so we can avoid endless repetitions of “where are dragons and vampires!?!”

    – for the mental sanity of those of us who actually LIKE the english language, please (pretty please) refrain from using the incredibly annoying txt spk

    – just an FYI, any further mention of Edward Cullen or the Twilight series will result in me retiring to the nearest, darkest corner and hitting my head repeatedly against the wall until a blessed concussion renders me unconscious.

    Thank you.

  • Aphex

    Top ten LAMEASS monsters more like it.
    Anybody notice how they’re all Greco-Roman?
    (Oh, and you missed hydras, if you’re trying to be greek-centric, which are WAY cooler than the rest of this whole list)
    What about the mythical creatures from other lands?
    Surely the Skinwalkers of native american lore are much more terrifying.
    What of the Grendel? The Chupacabra? The Fear Gorta? The Pishacha? The Xana? The auroral spirits, the Wassan-mon-ganeehla-ak?
    Hell, what about LOVECRAFT?

    I guess this is a list of the lamest monsters with the most screen time in film.
    “So what’s #10?” “A really big dude.”
    Brilliant.
    Just brilliant.

  • Alex

    Vampires or some variation are existent in the mythology of EVERY SINGLE CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD!!!! Also, to quote George Carlin, “where the f*** are all the zombies?”

  • Deep

    I like mythical creatures

  • gargoyle

    what about GARGOYLES,FAIRIES, MANTICORES,And DRAGONS

  • Angel

    What about my sister? it's hard to believe she's not on there!

  • Athena

    I wish some of you people would realize the differance between a mythical CREATURE and a mythical BEING. Really, its not that hard. Mythical creatures are the ones with an animal or animal-Like form. Mythical BEINGS, on the other hand, had a human-like form. Meaning Vampires are mythical beings, not mythical creatures. Me, personally, I like dragons, unicorns, gargoyles, griffins, pegasus’, pheonixs, hippocampi, ophiotaurus, (Egyptian) sphinx, pixies, fairys, and a few others. Hey, did you know a dobby is an acual mythical creature? I just found that out. And if we’re also going to do other mythical creatures, I also like the kitsune of Japanesse mythology.

  • alex

    so do any of u no how many mythical creatures there are. i can name off 30 off the back

  • Will Trame

    Leave us not forget the rakshasha.

  • danny k

    Wheres GODZILLA? :P

  • Siiyat

    Mimics (everyone loves gaining a ton of treasure after killing something), Sprites, Drakes (which is the classification for Dragon), Werewolf (or various versions of the Were type), Elves, Goblins, Kender (greatest race ever, thanks DragonLance's Weis and Hickman), Halfling, Dwarves, Gnomes, Minotaurs, Centaurs, Trolls, Orcs, Undead, Sphinx, Nymph, Siren.

    By the way, Mermaid should be Merfolk (since that's the racial type).

    For those of you complaining about Vampires, they are not a fantasy creature. They are based on the Count who actually sucked the blood out of his victims. I would still add it, but the fact is, you brought up Twilight, which is crummy at best, when you have better examples from Underworld, Buffy, Van Helsing, and the Dracula movies.

    And who can forget the Ent? Seriously…

  • jhong

    ange vampires aren't creatures or werewolves they are ghouls! and dragons are real duh! You need to learn about animals there are such thing as dragons like Komodo Dragons!

  • jhong

    Jackalopes are real!!!

    • Margarette

      how do u know??

    • Anonymous

      Uh…no.

  • Juri

    My favourite monster is either the Chimaera or the Kelpie.

  • ShadoeGirl

    You forgot the Chimera, Centaur, Nymph and the Pegasus

  • J.R.

    I was visiting a friend one hot summer day, and she was very upset. She was babbling on and on about a little man in the basement of her apartment building (she had just come upstairs before I arrived). She was the only one who had a key to the basement besides the middle eastern restaurant on the first floor that used it for storage, and the owner who lived far away and was never around.

    She described the little man as wearing a loin cloth and sitting on a crate. He had a horn that curved upwards coming out of his belly (at the belly button). I asked if it was his male part and she gave me an obnoxious look and screamed that she thinks she knows what that looks like and it wasn't that. She didn't say anything else that described it, she was freaking out and just repeated that there was a little man, and they shouldn't keep him in the basement since it is so hot.

    I have not come across any mythical middle eastern references for a creature like this and was wondering if anyone else happens to know a creature that would fit this description? Thank you!

    JR

  • J.R.

    P.S. Found a good ebook on google with references to many mythical creatures. Sorry for the long link.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=GKrACS_n86wC&amp

  • Margarette Natividad

    Hello,
    Thank you this is the page i was looking for! See i hve strted 2 write a story i hope of publishing but my mind is still blank of ideas so i decided 2 tke a bunch of characters n see where it goes. But if any of you have an i dea of what my story will be i would glady take ur idea n add it in. I am looking for things like should it b nonn-fiction? or should it be somthin i had experienced? Should i add a lot of mythical creatures? Or sshould i hve just 1 or 2??? i neeed help I am working on a deadline until Feb 2 2011 but still send me emails for ideas!! its never tooo late!! I should also mention dat i am aimin 2 publish thid into a real book sooo anybody who helps me please put your full name in as i want 2 thank evry single person dat has helped me throughout my journey!! Thank you to all of you!!
    Bye,
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    12 Years Old
    Australia
    Gladstone Park Secondary College

  • Margarette

    Hello,
    Thank you so much to this site it has helped me a lot!! See i am strting 2 write a novel, but the problem is i hve no idea what to do with it!! i dnt know if it should b mythical or not. If it should be non-fiction or life experienced! Sooo i am asking evryone dat reads this comment please contact me at [email protected] if u hve any good ideas at all!! I am aimin to hve it published soon so i want to thank evrybody dats helped me!! Soo if u do send me an email pls make sure u write ur name at da top! Thank you so much for reading this comment!!!!!!! I look forward to reading all of ur ideas!!!
    Bye,
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    12 yrs old
    Gladstone Park Secondary College
    Australia

  • bob

    what about vampires and werewolves

  • kammhaishwad

    woah! :)

  • frittz

    where’s the fury u no, from percy jackson and the lightning theif

    there is no fury.

  • Cullen821

    what in the gods name there is no dragons or pheonix in this list. mabey you people should look up some more resherch in your myths

  • Name

    this is a best monsters list but I bet if you go to a top 10 most terrifying mosters list you will see.
    1.Beiber
    2.Hitler
    3.Bush
    4.Ed Wood(he wrote plan 9 in case you didnt know)
    5.my best friend(thaught it would be a “tasty idea” to bake fish on a grill with a grape juice filled frying pan)
    6.little bo beep(shouldnt have lost her sheep I mean thats just plain irresponsible)
    7.The Joker
    8.The entire DBZ cast
    9.the leave brittany alone guy.
    And last with a 1 in 21 chance of being least
    The Mongolians for being so scary that they were scary enough to scare china into scaring up a real scary wall so these scary guys would not scare them anymore. but that is not the scary part. the scary part is the scary mongolians continued to scare the chinese.

  • Poog

    My favorite creature is the Wiindigo. He’s a creature in my culture (Ojibwe-Pottawatomi). The wiindigo was once a person but in an extremely harsh time, committed cannibalism on his family. When he was finished, Gitche Manitou (Great Spirit) changed his shape. He was turned into a hairy, skinny creature with fangs and claws, doomed to wander the earth in a perpetual state of starvation. Every time he eats a person, he grows in height, so he can never be satisfied. There is a longer story, but it is so much better told than typed.

  • Capin crunch

    U should add a wererat u have to look them up k

  • trixy-vj

    What no pictures ???

  • Pheaux

    Dragons, manticores, pegasi, centaurs, and harpies I think should be added. Cerberus, the hydra, and shouldn’t be added. Cerberus is the three headed dog who guards the entrance to the underworld and is sometimes referred to as ‘Hades’s pet’. The hydra is an ancient nameless many headed dragon. If you cut off one of her heads she grows 2 more.

  • Pheaux

    Does anyone know if a Phoenix can turn human? I had this weird dream where I was a Phoenix and I could turn human

  • Pheaux

    Enter your comment here.

  • That is soo interesting!

  • why are there no pictures!

  • Anonymous

    No Centaur?

  • RAWRZ

    i loveeeeeee your site. Its AMAZING! :p just some other mythical creatures to add; there’s Wyverns, Nympths, Dryads, Angels, Demons, Goblins, Harpies, the siren, ZOMBIES, eleves, succubs, gorgons, and Encantado,
    btw did i mention i love your website? :p

  • matthew

    And the dragon?>=(

  • jaci

    hi yall r weird!

  • SPARKLE!

    WHAT THE HECK!!!!????? NO VAMPS!!! VAMPS R SOOOOOOOOO HOT/SEXY!

  • Matt

    Chinese creatures I find interesting, many of them considered spirits, guardians and demons and usually in animal forms.

    examples of a few:

    horse demon

    elephant demon

    frog demon

    Bull Demon

    Fox spirit and so on…..

    also there are many types of dragons, good and bad….each with a different role

    also mistaken for a chinese dragon is the chinese lion, it was said it was made by combining all the chinese lucky animals along with loud drumming music to protect them from evil and scare off bad spirits. hence the lion dancing festivals you see to this day.

  • deathbyreply

    No love for Hydras? Cerberus? Werewolves? Vampires, specially the GLITTERY ones? xDDD

  • blair

    (1)werewolf (2)vampire (3) witch (4)wizard (5)seer (6)meremaid (7)banshee (8)giant (9)prophet (10)angel

  • avirgintomorrow

    No Centaur. Interesting.

  • beast

    what about my dick

  • chrisseeee

    MYTHICAL CREATURES

  • Jake

    WHAT!!! NO ZOMBIES!!! AND WHAT IS EVERYONE ABOUT THE DRAGON?!!!

  • Jack

    You should’ve had the hippocampus, which is half-horse and half-dolphin. It was created by Poseidon.

  • Kel levi

    where is the jabberwocky??^.~ ;-> ;->

  • Kel levi

    OH and btw why no dragons?? they are the most popular in the myth world!they should top the list.forget about banshees,gorgons or whatever,who in the world doesnt know what dragons are!??ask that 5Year old kid n he will tell u all about dragons!

  • Jay plus A

    love this website

  • The list would greatly benefit from more impressive creatures such as the dragon or from more accurate accounts of mythical creatures from cultures other than the traditional English mythos such as the Behemoth or the Golem

    In other news, Tues is especially important this week.. got some big news.. for now its a go… will call

    • kraftykitsune777

      received

      • Don’t worry big news might be good news.. see you next Tues. hopefully

        • kraftykitsune777

          …might? If you say so. Call earlier if something changes. If not see you then

          • kraftykitsune777

            Went to class for the book…Kelley said she gathered all the ones in the classroom already, including the one in the bookshelf, to return to depository. So you should be okay. And I’m sorry about hanging up on you earlier I feel really bad about that

    • 1. Thanks for checking up on the book thing

      2. NEVER CALL BACK TO MY HOUSE…almost had a close call last time… im not the only one in my house who has your number memorized, even if you have to hang up or the call goes bad ill call you not vice versa

      3. BAD NEWS: I”m going to be basically out of commission for a week or two (unfortunately genetics decided to gift me with 4 wisdom teeth, two of which are growing horizontally and not vertically… x-rays are not pretty) and Tuesday are out cuz my brother’s tutor is preggers so she quit her job… im really sorry…….

      4. GOOD NEWS: i really don’t want to jinx things but I sent my transcripts and it looks like im most likely going to UCSD.. so even if we don’t see each other for summer we’ll be seeing a lot of each other come fall.. ill call you when i can until then as soon as i recover

      Listverse is being weird about the whole commenting thing so alt. communication = Just comment on the youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEJe8Py5LGGHpJJSe
      If the link doesn’t work then post me your youtube account name and I’ll invite you to a private video where we can converse through the comments

  • bryan

    Mythical creatures have become legendary creatures that many people believe to be real and many just think are story created years and years back. http://www.whatisall.com/mythology/what-are-mythical-creatures.html

  • Pyncky

    You forgot allah, jehovah, or what ever you want to call him or her.

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  • K.O.

    The early description of a female type creature that had a voice of angels, beautiful hair that would mesmerized even other woman & the bodies of goddesses themselves known as Eva mendes. Sure would like to run into one of those.

  • karen

    What’s happened 2 the fairies?

  • Maddy

    Sucubus and Nymphs and Awsome

  • Degeneratedcannibal

    My top 10 mythical creatures:
    1.Ghouls
    2.Ghosts
    3.Vampires
    4.Werewolves
    5.Zombies
    6.Shapeshifters
    7.Demons

  • james

    where is a dragon that should be at the top of the list

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