List of Mythical Creatures & Creature Names

Over 432 Monsters, Creatures and Evil Beasts

Our database currently features many monsters, creatures and beasts found in myth, legend, folklore, Greek Mythology and rumors. Mythical creatures have been around since the dawn of mankind. These myth, folklore and legends were then passed through the generations. For centuries these monsters were both feared and loved. No one could actually capture or find fossils of the creatures but people today still speculate that they exist.


Do Living Monsters Exist?

Monsters like Bigfoot are searched for everyday with endless witnesses claiming that they have seen the creature. Demons, vampires and werewolves join the modern day underground teen fan base. TV Shows like The Walking Dead have revived the zombie genre in the new generation.

Greek Myths and Legends

Some of the creatures listed here are from Greek mythlogy and legends. To name a few, we have Chimera, Centaur, Cerberus, Cyclops, Gorgon, Hydra, Medusa, Minotaur, Pegasus and Satyr. Anyone who has watched the famous Hercules should know some of these beasts.


List of Mythical Creatures & Cryptids

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  • Abarimon - An ancient country in the Himalayan mountains where the people had backwards turned feet. (Hindu)
  • Abiku - The Yoruba and Dahomey people in West Africa tell of the Abiku creatures. The Abiku are tree spirits that take the form of children and are born as children. The Abiku die several times, mostly with the same family. The Abiku and the Ogbanje are very similar and may be the same creatures.
  • Abominable Snowman - Giant human-like body, white shaggy fur, big feet.
  • Adhene - A mostly mischievous fairy being. Also Cloan ny moyrn. (Isle of Man)
  • Adze - The Adze creature is found in Togo, Ghana. This mythical creature is a vampire that transforms into a firefly. The Adze feeds on its victims during the night sucking their blood and killing them.
  • Aigamuxa - Human-like mythical creatures with eyes on their feet.
  • Alicorn - The name for a winged unicorn.
  • Alien - An intelligent being from a planet other than Earth.
  • Alien Big Cat - A large cat occurring in an area where large cats do not normally occur.
  • Alma - Wildman of the Caucasus and Pamir Mountains. (Mongolian)
  • Alp - A spirit associated with nightmares. Also Alp-drucken, and Painajainen. See Nightmare. (German)
  • Amarok - Gigantic wolf that hunts alone.
  • Ammit - The Ammit is found in Egypt and is the embodiment of a Goddess in the form of a lion, hippo, and crocodile combination. She eats the souls of the impure dead bodies causing them to wonder as a restless soul.
  • Amphiptere - A small winged serpent related to the wyvern. (Arabian)
  • Amphisbaena - Snake with a head at each end.
  • Anansi
  • Angel - A spiritual being created by God as a way to communicate with and watch over human beings.
  • Angel Of Death - A being that helps souls transition into death, sometimes associated with Satan. (Christian, Islam, Jewish)
  • Angels - Angels show up in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, and other religions and traditions of belief as messengers of God.
  • Anthropophagus - A cannibal; a man eater, one who eats human flesh.
  • Antmen - Four weapon bearing arms, red eyes and a crushing jaw.
  • Anunnaki - Ancient deities whose blood was used to create humankind. (Sumerian)
  • Archangel - Chief angel, or one of the highest ranking angles in the celestial hierarchy. (Christian, Islam, Jewish)
  • Archdemon - An upper level demon in the infernal hierarchy. (Christian)
  • Aspidochelone - A monstrous sea turtle often mistaken for an island. Also Asp Turtle. See Zaratan.
  • Aswang - In the Philiphine, residents keep wary of the Aswang. The Aswang are shape-shifting creatures that devour unborn children. To discover an Aswang in the daytime, look for your upside down reflection in their eyes.
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  • Bahamut
  • Bajang - A vampiric demon with the ability to take the form of a cat.
  • Bakru - The Bakru are little creatures that are gnome-like and found in Suriname, South America. They are half-flesh and half-wood beings. They grant their master wealth, many desires, and will do "dirty" work for you. You must always keep them happy though and whatever they request in return, must be given.
  • Banshee - The Banshee is an Irish female spirit who signals the death of someone, mostly someone very important or famous. The Banshee will appear and wail warning of the impending death. The Slavic Bozalosc may be the same creature but with a different name.
  • Barghests - The Barghests are demonic dogs with vicious claws and huge teeth. They dwell in Northern England and reveal themselves only when you are about to die. They may also be referred to as just "Black Dogs" or "Hounds of Hell."
  • Barguest - See Black Dog.
  • Basilisk - A legendary giant lizard reptilian who was said to be able to kill a man with a gaze. Also called by some as "Cockatrices."
  • Basilisks - These reptiles can kill a person with a single glance. Sometimes people call them cockatrices.
  • Beast of Gevaudan
  • Behemoth - The largest and most powerful beast to ever exist, the king of all land animals. (Christian, Hebrew)
  • Biblical - Fabulous beasts and beings found in the Bible. (Christian)
  • Bigfoot - The Sasquatch native to North America forests.
  • Bird (fabulous) - A fantastic creature related to the bird. (Prevalent)
  • Bishop Fish - A Catholic being with a head that resembles a monk and a fish-like lower body.
  • Black Angus - See Black Dog.
  • Black Dog - The evil spirit dog that stalks city streets at night. Some say that if you see the black dog three times, you will surely die.
  • Black Eyed Beings - They take human form but have black, soulless eyes and emanate a sense of pure evil.
  • Black Orcs - Black Orcs are the bigger, stronger and smarter version of the regular Orcs, Goblins and Hobgoblins. Often seen leading smaller Orc tribes.
  • Black Shuck - See Black Dog.
  • Black-eyed Children
  • Blemmye - A headless creature with a mouth, nose, and eyes on its chest.
  • Blue Men - A race of beings that live in underwater caves.
  • Bogeyman
  • Bogle - A ghostly being whose purpose is to confuse and scare humans and other creatures.
  • Bonnacon - Wild bull-like creature with horns.
  • Bray Road Beast - A werewolf-like beast creature spotted multiple times in Wisconsin.
  • Brownie - A small fairy being that helps out with household chores during the night in exchange for room and board. (Scottish)
  • Brownies - Small humanoid creatures found in England and Scotland wearing all brown clothing who sneak into homes at night to help with household chores. An angry brownie can turn into a Boggart which is a little angry beastly creature.
  • Btsan - The Btsan are fierce sky spirits found in Tibet. They look like red hunters riding red horses.
  • Bungay Dog - See Black Dog.
  • Bunyip
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  • Caesg - A being with an upper body that resembles a human while the lower body resembles a trout.
  • Cait Sith - A huge fairy cat with deep green eyes and all black bristly fur except for one white spot on its breast.
  • Caladrius - Mythical snow-white bird.
  • Callicantzaro - A flesh eating creature related to the elf.
  • Camazotz - A giant, evil vampire bat demon.
  • Cambion - The offspring of a human and a succubus or an incubus.
  • Carbuncle - A small bird that collects crystallized dragon brains and wears them on its forehead.
  • Cartazonon - A beautiful orange creature that resembles a horse with a leonine mane and a single horn growing from its forehead.
  • Caucasian Eagle - An eagle that every day ate the liver of Prometheus.
  • Ceffyl-Dwr - A flying water horse related to the fairy. (Welsh)
  • Centaur - Creatures who ran wild and untamed in the wild. Said to be half-man and half-horse.
  • Cerastes - Large and extremely flexible serpent with horns.
  • Cerberus - The three headed dog that keeps intruders out of Hades (Hell) and the damned souls in.
  • Cerebus - In Greek mythology, the Cerebus is a monstrous three-headed dog that guards the door to the Underworld. It keeps the souls in the Underworld and trespassers out of the Underworld.
  • Changeling - Many European countries have stories about the fairies or trolls stealing human babies and leaving sickly or malignant magical babies in their place. These myths have some similarities with the abiku, above.
  • Changlings - In many European countries, Changelings are the sickly and false babies (sometimes deformed) left after fairies or trolls stole human babies. Changelings are very similar to the Abiku.
  • Charybdis - The whirlpool on one side of the Strait of Messina that swallowed ships that came too close to it.
  • Cherub - A winged being that appears as a chubby child with wings or a multi headed beast. (Christian, Hebrew)
  • Chimera - The embodiment of a mutation, said to be part-lion (head and body), part-goat (goat head sticking out of its back and goat-udders), and part-snake (tail).
  • Chimisit - A large primate known for attacking humans and sometimes walking on all fours. (African)
  • Chuman - Chimpanzee/human hybrid. (Underground Labs)
  • Chupacabra
  • Church Grim - A sacrificial animal buried alive during the construction of a new church. (Scandinavian)
  • Ciguapa - Blue or brown nude females with backwards feet.
  • Civatateo - A reanimated noble woman that feeds on human flesh.
  • Cloan Ny Moyrn - A mostly mischievous fairy being. Also Adhene. (Isle of Man)
  • Cloud People - In Pueblo Native American traditions, Cloud People are supernatural beings from the Underworld that bring rainfall. Cloud People are also known as Shiwanna.
  • Clurichaun - A being related to the leprechaun. (Irish)
  • Co-hon - In Vietnam, the Co-hon are the spirits of people who died a tragic and horrible death and buried without ceremony, if buried at all. They bring bad luck to people who pass them unless appeased in some way.
  • Cockatrice - A flying part-rooster, part-snake monster that was said to kill with its stare.
  • Coraniaid - The Coraniaid are Welsh dwarves with very well developed sharp hearing. They are immune to all human-made weapons. Coraniaids use fairy money that at first, looks legit. After some time, however, this money soon turns into toadstools.
  • Cretan Bull - A giant and beautiful white bull.
  • Cthulhu - Large green body, long tentacles, wings and talons.
  • Cu Sith - A huge fairy hound with shaggy green fur and a long braided tail. See Black Dog. (Scottish)
  • Cwn Annwn - The Cwn Annwn are Welsh "Hell Hounds." They are different from "Black Dogs" because they are white with red ears. But, like Black Dogs and Hell Hounds, they gather souls and drag them to hell. Another reference to these creatures can be found by looking for Dando's Dogs.
  • Cyclopes - Big hairy giants with one eye.
  • Cyclops - A one-eyed giant who captured people and then ate them.
  • Cynocephalus - Said to be an ancient split of the evolutionary scale in which these men had the head of dogs.
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  • Daemons - Daemons (Daimons) are from Greek mythology and are not the same as demons and very much the opposite. In Fact, they are the helpful spirit guides very similar to Guardian Angels.
  • Dearg-due - A ghastly vampiric creature with bat wings. (Irish)
  • Demigod - The offspring of a god and a human. (Greek)
  • Demon - A generally malevolent being with supernatural powers. (Prevalent)
  • Demons - Demons are malevolent evil spirits of Hell with the primary purpose of wreaking havoc on humanity. Demons are from ancient East religions, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and other faiths. Here is a full list of the worst ones, a list of many or all of the demons with names, and here are the different types of demons.
  • Devil Monkey - A giant dog-like monkey. (American)
  • Devil Whale - A colossal whale often mistaken for an island.
  • Dhampir - The offspring of a vampire father and a human mother. (Gypsy)
  • Dire Wolf - Dire Wolves are a larger breed of wolves. These wolves are more vicious and intelligent then normal wolves. Often dark grey and black colored fur are reported. Some believe that a Dire Wolf is a giant wolf that has been brought back from death to hunt. Pack hunters and sometimes seen leading smaller packs of wolves.
  • Djinn - In Arabian mythology, the Djinn are supernatural beings can be conjured up for aid. Djinn can refer to one creature or many. Djinns are malicious tricksters and shapeshifters. There are many types of Djinn including the Afrit (also spelled Ifrit) who are large beings made of living smoke and fire.
  • Dodore - The Dodore are creatures from the Solomon Islands who are little people with one eye, one leg, with long red hair and are very unfriendly.
  • Doppelganger - Creatures who are similar in every respect to the original human that it looks like but often try to eliminate the original and take over that persons life.
  • Dracae - The Dracae (singular "Drac") are water spirits found in England that take the form of floating wooden dishes. If someone tries to grab a floating wooden dish, they are dragged underwater. If this person is female, she will be made into a nanny forever.
  • Dragon - Giant, often flying, often fire-breathing lizards who were said to guard huge hoards of treasure. Dragons are found in mythologies of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as powerful creatures of mythology.
  • Dragons - List of various dragons.
  • Drake - A fire breathing dragon. (Teutonic)
  • Drude - A witch associated with bad dreams. Also Hexe, Unhold, and Walriderske. See Nightmare. (German)
  • Dryad - A forest nymph, each one born to live with and protect a certain tree. (Greek, Roman)
  • Dryads - Dryads are found in Greek mythology and are tree nymphs.
  • Duende - The Duende are small pixie-like creatures who may either get you lost in the forest or may help you find your way out of the forest. Some tale tells that they hide under your bed or in the walls and trying to clip off kids' toenails but sometimes accidentally cut off kids' toes instead. Sometimes Duende are just responsible for giving people nightmares.
  • Dwarf - A small humanoid living mostly underground in cold mountain regions all over the world. (Dutch)
  • Dwarves - Dwarves are short and stalky humanoids who live in underground mining communities. The Dwarf came mostly from Norse mythology, but there are also Teutonic dwarves, Slavic dwarves, Welsh dwarves (see the Coraniaid, above), and other kinds. They are almost mostly miners and blacksmiths (metal workers) who live underground.
  • Dybbuk - The Dybbuk is an evil creature originating in Israel as a malevolent creature that attaches itself to a living human trying to take over their body as its own. More details on the Dybbuk found here.
  • Dæmons - (also spelled daimons.) These not the same thing as demons. In ancient Greek mythology, they were helpful spirit guides, similar to guardian angels.
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  • Each Uisge - A supernatural water horse that feeds on human flesh. (Scottish, Irish)
  • Echidna - Greek mythology says that she was the mother of all Greek monsters and appeared as a snake-woman.
  • Elemental - A nature spirit that represents water, fire, earth, or air. (Greek)
  • Elf - Pointy-eared humanoid beings who are often associated with great magic and archery skill. Tall and slender and featured in classic tales like The Lord of the Rings.
  • Elves - There are so many different kinds. This link discusses the álfar (singular, álfr) — light-elves in Norse Germanic mythology, which clearly inspired Tolkien — as well as some other types.
  • Emandwa - These protective household spirits in Uganda are loyal to families and help women to be fertile.
  • Encantado - A dolphin-like being with the ability to shape shift into human form.
  • Encantados - In Brazil, this can refer to shape-shifting dolphin men who live in an underwater realm. In the vodou religion, the word has a different meaning.
  • Ephialtes - A demon that causes bad dreams. See Nightmare
  • Erymanthian Boar - Huge wild boar with sharp teeth.
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  • Fairies - Dozens and maybe hundreds of cultures across the world have myths about magical, tricksy little people, a few of which are called out separately on this list. Here are links to read about English fairies, Irish fairies, and fairies on the Isle of Man. There’s some discussion of Italian fairies, or “fatas,” in this article about Italian witchcraft.
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  • Fallen Angel - An angel that has lapsed into sin or has been exiled from heaven. (Christian)
  • Familiar - A spirit in the form of a small animal that assists in sorcery and witchcraft. (European)
  • Fastitocalon - A monstrous whale often mistaken for an island. See Zaratan.
  • Faun - A being with a goat-like lower body, goat-like horns, and a torso and head resembling a human. (Roman)
  • Fauns - C.S. Lewis may have introduced you to these half-human, half-goat forest pals. They are Roman in origin, and this article discusses the difference between fauns and satyrs.
  • Fenrir - Gigantic wolf.
  • Firebird - In Russian mythology, this bird has feathers that glow in the night.
  • Flagae - (singular, flaga)
  • Frankenstein - A hideous monster made of deceased human body parts.
  • Fuaths - These ugly little jerks live in bodies of water in Scotland and play tricks on you or try to sink your boat. You can kill them with sunlight or steel.
  • Fury - A female deity of blood vengeance with snakes for hair. (Greek)
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  • Gahe - Also known as the Mountain People, because they live inside mountains. According to Apache beliefs, these spirits have healing powers.
  • Ganas - In Hindu mythology, these are different kinds of supernatural beings in Lord Shiva’s entourage (though Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is their boss.)
  • Gandharvas - Gandharvas are male nature spirits who are, among many other things, wonderful singers and musicians. They figure in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
  • Gargoyle - A grotesque creature with the ability to appear as a stone statue. (European)
  • Ghost - Spirits of the dead that have not passed on and remain in the world  of the living.
  • Ghosts - Spirits of the dead whose souls remain in the realm of the living.
  • Giant - An exceptionally tall being resembling a human. (Prevalent)
  • Globster
  • Gnome
  • Gnomes - They are somewhat similar to dwarves, but they don’t live underground, and they wear cute peaked red hats.
  • Goblin
  • Goblins - These European creatures can be very short or human-sized, and they are as ugly as they are mean.
  • Gogmagog - Distorted human-like body and twice the size.
  • Golem - Often solid stone carvings who were created in the likeness of a human and then imbued with magic to come to life with the soul purpose of carrying out what ever the creator commanded.
  • Golems - Human-like body made of clay, rock or wood.
  • Gorgon - Medusa is the most famous snake-haired and snake-bodied humanoid with a stare said to turn any creature to stone instantly.
  • Grave Sow - An apparition in the shape of a piglet that forebodes death and disaster. (Scandinavian)
  • Gray Sow - See Grave Sow.
  • Gremlin - A mischievous creature that causes machinery to malfunction.
  • Gremlins - Small pesky little monsters with point ears.
  • Grendel - Giant and deformed, troll-like human.
  • Grey - An alien species described as small with grey skin and large black almond shaped eyes.
  • Griffin - Mythical creature with the body of a lion, the tail of a snake with the head and wings of an eagle.
  • Grim Reaper - Death itself personified who is said to visit you when the time of death has come so he may carry you to the afterlife.
  • Grootslang - According to South African legend, the Grootslang was one of the first creatures created by the Gods. The Grootslang was a massive and powerful serpent larger than an elephant and smarter than any man. The Grootslang great snake would coil its body around a creature and suffocate it just like a Boa Constrictor does today. The Gods called their creation a great error. These mythological creatures lived in bottomless pits and great caves that extended 50 miles across. It is said that a Grootslang still lives today hides in a cave in Richtersveld, South Africa - one of history's most terrifying mythological creatures.
  • Gryphons - Also spelled griffins. They have the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
  • Guivre - A snakelike creature with a huge dragon head. (French)
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  • Hag - In some European tales, a hag is a supernatural being that takes the form of a crone. Some hags sit on people when they’re sleeping and give them nightmares.
  • Harbinger - A beast or being that foreshadows things to come. (Prevalent)
  • Harpies - In Greek and Roman mythology, these are vengeful wind spirits. They have the heads and torsos of ugly women, long talons, and bird bodies.
  • Harpy - A creature with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a vulture. (Greek)
  • Hecatoncheires - Giants with fifty heads and one hundred arms.
  • Hellhound
  • Hellhounds - Hellhounds are huge dogs with rusty red fur along with glowing red eyes. Some say they can even breathe fire. These expert hunters are highly aggressive and will hunt in packs just like wolves.
  • Hesperides - These Greek nymphs are associated with the light of sunset, and they guard a sacred tree of golden apples.
  • Hippocampus - A creature with an upper body that resembles a horse and a dolphin-like lower body. (Greek)
  • Hippogriff - A beast with a head and front legs that resemble an eagle while the rest of its body resembles a horse. (Greek)
  • Hobgoblin - A type of Brownie who is inherently less helpful and more mischievous, even to the point of causing harm if antagonized.
  • Hongaek - This Korean word means “Red Disaster,” and describes a cloud of fear and confusion that shows up at the scene of a suicide, murder, fatal traffic accident, or other catastrophes. The cloud infects people and brings them bad luck.
  • Hopkinsville Goblins - Little gray aliens with orange glowing eyes.
  • Horse (fabulous) - A legendary creature related to the horse. (Prevalent)
  • Howlers - Howlers are dog-like creatures who run on all four legs. They have no fur but their skin is very tough. They have long claws and have long spikes sticking out from its back. Associated with evil and dwellers of dark places. They haunt in packs just like wolves and are very smart predators. They charge in together to stun the victim then back away only to charge back again thus wearing down the victim.
  • Hu Hsien - In Chinese mythology, these are shapeshifting foxes who turn into gorgeous women.
  • Huitzilopochtli - Blue human dressed in feathers.
  • Hybrid - An offspring produced by breeding beings or creatures of different species, or a composite animal.
  • Hybrids - List of mythical human and animal hybrids.
  • Hydra - Made famous by Greek myths where a giant serpent with nine heads. If one head was cut off, two would grow in its place. The only weakness was to fire.
  • Hyter Sprites - Awwww… these green-eyed fairies in East Anglia, England can shapeshift into sand martins, and they help lost children get home.
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  • Ichthyocentaur - A being with the upper body of a human, the forelegs of a horse or lion, and the tail of a dolphin. (Greek, Roman)
  • Ifrit
  • Igigi - In the mythology of ancient Mesopotamia, these spirits hovered above the earth’s horizon and, like angels, helped the deities.
  • Imp - Small ugly mischievous creatures who play pranks on people.
  • Incubi - (singular, incubus)
  • Incubus - A male demon that attempts to have sexual relations with people while they sleep.
  • Inkanyamba - The Inkanyamba is a giant winged eel also associated with brutal storms found in South Africa.
  • Insectoid - An intelligent insect-like being from a planet other than Earth.
  • Intulo - An evil lizardish being related to the dwarf. (African)
  • Ipotanes - A being that resembles a human with the ears, tail, and legs of a horse. (Greek)
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  • Jack-o-Lantern - Scary pumpkin head.
  • Jackalope
  • Jaculus - A small winged serpent related to the wyvern. (Arabian)
  • Jaracacas - A vampiric creature that appears in the form of a snake. (Brazilian)
  • Jasconius - A monstrous whale often mistaken for an island. Also Jasconye or Jascon. See Zaratan.
  • Javerzaharses - These Armenian nymphs sometimes have wings. Their name means “The Perpetual Brides,” and they are involved with planning wedding ceremonies.
  • Jersey Devil
  • Jikininki - A ghoulish demon that feeds on human corpses. (Japanese)
  • Jinn
  • Jormungand - Enormous snake with huge fangs and a flat tail.
  • Jormungandr - A serpent long enough to reach around the world and grasp its own tail in its mouth. (Scandinavian)
  • Jumbie - A ghost or an evil spirit. Also Jumby or Jumbee. (Caribbean)
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  • Kaches - In Armenian tales, these mean spirits hide in rocks and trap and torture humans.
  • Kakamora - In the Solomon Islands, these little people have long hair, long teeth, and long nails. They hide in caves and banyan trees, and either eat people or play tricks on them, depending on who you talk to.
  • Kanaima - In Guinia, these avenging spirits can possess people.
  • Kappa - A vampiric creature that resembles a human with green skin. (Japanese)
  • Karkadann - A carnivorous unicorn found in the desert regions of North Africa and India. (African, Indian)
  • Kelpie
  • Keshalyi - Transylvanian fairies. It doesn’t get any cooler than that. They appear in Romani folklore.
  • Kimpurushas - A servant spirit the resembles a horse with a human head. (Hindu)
  • Kirk-grim - Also Kirkegrim or Kyrkogrim. See Church Grim. (Scandinavian)
  • Kitsune - “kitsune” is Japanese for “fox.” In some Japanese tales, foxes have magical powers and can shapeshift into women. The more tails a kitsune has, the older and more powerful she is.
  • Kludde - Gigantic black dog with a blue flame around it’s head.
  • Knockers - Also called “Tommyknockers,” these mine spirits live in Cornwall and sometimes in the U.S. (I believe some emigrated). They are similar to kobolds and to dwarves.
  • Kobold
  • Kobolds - These little German guys might live in mines or in your house. They have similarities to brownies and to dwarves.
  • Kongamato - Large bird with teeth, leathery skin and bat-like wings.
  • Korrigan - In northwestern France, these elf-like female beings have long hair, flowing white garments, and sometimes delicate wings. Their songs and firelit dances can lead travelers astray.
  • Kraken - The fishermen of Norway sighted the legendary Kraken numerous times, and the Norwegian bishop Erik Pontoppidon stated in the 18th century that the Kraken was no myth. The men stated, "that the Kraken is at the bottom of the sea." It was the largest creature in the sea with a back that measured a mile and a half long by reports. The tentacles from this massive squid or massive octopus, depending on reports of the shape of its head, would pull down ships and boats with ease into the greater depths of the watery grave ocean below. Viking reports of this horrifying mythological creature haunting the seas since the 13th century from various testimonials from the Vikings. Scientists have recently discovered a giant squid, which can grow up to 600 lbs with a length of 39-46 feet dubbed the Colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni).
  • Krampus - Evil Christmas time monster.
  • Kupua - These are supernatural tricksters in Hawaiian mythology. They are versatile shapeshifters.
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  • Ladon (Python Snake) - The golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides were guarded by this snake.
  • Ladon (Python) - The snake that guarded the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides.
  • Lamia - A Lamia is a cross between a lion and a human. These evil creatures are lion from the torso down and usually an attractive human from the torso up. These beasts are horrid cruel monsters that take pleasure in pain and suffering. They have the ability to drain the knowledge from those that they attack.
  • Langsuyar - A female vampire that has produced an undead offspring. (Malaysian)
  • Leprechaun
  • Leprechauns - Leprechauns are said to live in farmhouses and cellars. Often associated with Irish folklore but found in many other countries. These sprites may help humans with luck and fortune in exchange for supplies and furniture. Often said to be merry little people dressed in old fashioned green clothing with buckled shoes and often like to wear red caps. Some say they even make shoes for other elves. Some say that they never make a pair of shoes, they only make one. Popular belief is that Leprechauns possess a great treasure and if a human were to capture them, that human will receive the treasure.
  • Lernaean Hydra - Serpent with nine heads.
  • Leviathan - An immense sea creature with a long serpentine body that is coiled in rings. (Hebrew)
  • Limoneads - I know, it looks like “lemonheads.” These ancient Greek nymphs protected meadows and fields of flowers.
  • Lindworm - A flightless dragon with a serpentine body and one pair of legs. (German)
  • Lobishomen - A blood sucking werewolf from Portugal. (Portuguese)
  • Loch Ness Monster - Nicknamed “Nessie”, Scotlands elusive sea-monster said to live in Loch Ness, hence the name.
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  • Ma-mo - Female disease demons in Tibet who dress entirely in black.
  • Man-eating Tree
  • Manananggal - The Manananggal is another creature from the Philipines. This bloodsucker has a self-segmenting body that sprouts bat-like wings and hunts unborn children at night.
  • Manticore - Mythical beasts that are said to possess the body of a lion and the head of a human.
  • Mapinguary - A hairy beast of the Amazon Rainforest with the ability to speak. (South American)
  • Mara - A demon that causes bad dreams. See Nightmare
  • Marching Hordes - Swarms of demons that cause war.
  • Maricoxi - A savage human-like ape. (South American)
  • Martian - An intelligent being from the planet Mars.
  • Matabiri - Nasty swamp spirits in Papua New Guinea.
  • Matagaigai - Malevolent tree spirits, also in Papua New Guinea. The females have one big breast and one small one.
  • Medusa - One of the three Greek Gorgon monsters with snake-hair and a snake-body with a gaze that could turn any creature to stone. Medusa was once a disciple of Athena but was turned into this Gorgon monster.
  • Megalania
  • Megalodon
  • Melusine - A sometimes winged being with an upper body that resembles a woman and a fish or serpent-like lower body. (Celtic)
  • Mermaid
  • Mermaids - These sea creatures are a perfect split between the upper body of a beautiful woman and the lower half is all fish.
  • Mermaids And Mermen - Dozens of cultures have myths about these half-human, half-fish creatures.
  • Merrow - A mermaid with green hair that lives off the coast of Ireland. (Irish)
  • MIB - Men in Black. Human, alien, or hybrid agents who work to cover up UFO encounters.
  • Minotaur - The guardian of to the exit of The Labyrinth who has the head and legs of a bull and the torso of a man.
  • Mister Hyde - Evil version of Dr. Jekyll.
  • Mngwa - Oversized and out of control, deadly tabby cat.
  • Mokele-mbembe - Large water creature with a flexible and long neck.
  • Moksin Tongbop - In Korea, these wood imps can hide in an armload of firewood and come into your house, where they will cause disease and misfortune.
  • Mongolian Death Worm
  • Montauk Monster
  • Morgawr - Popular, large hump-backed water serpent.
  • Mosquito Man - A humanoid creature with a long proboscis used to suck the blood of humans and animals.
  • Mothman - West Virgina local spook who has is said to make an appearance before great disasters and may either show itself as a warning or may very well be the cause. Mothman flies with massive wings and looks like a man but has huge red glowing eyes.
  • Muses - In Greek mythology, these nine nymphs or goddesses are patronesses of the arts.
  • Mutants - Creatures who are the by-product of genetic or environmental mutations and are mostly associated with gruesome looking monsters.
  • N
  • Naga - A divine snake-like being with human attributes. (Hindu)
  • Naiad - A nymph associated with streams, lakes, springs and other bodies of freshwater. (Greek)
  • Nandi Bear - Overgrown hyena-like beast.
  • Nats - These tree spirits, sometimes worshipped in parts of Myanmar, may guard the environment.
  • Neanderthaloid - An intelligent but primitive being, related to the Neanderthals, living in modern times. (Pacific Northwest)
  • Nemean Lion - The giant lion with an indestructible hide that later becomes the constellation Leo.
  • Nephilim - The offspring of the sons of God and the daughters of men. (Christian, Hebrew)
  • Nereid - A nymph associated with the Mediterranean Sea. (Greek)
  • New Jersey Devil - A native of the New Jersey Pine Barrens with a horse-like head who flies and a high-pitch scream.
  • Nian - Ancient China was plagued by the mythical creature named "Nian." The immortal Nian would descend from the mountains looking for food. The Nian had a flat face like a lion with horns and sharp teeth that jutted out from its mouth. The Nian was larger than an elephant. The Nian was scared easily however by the color red and loud noises. The belief is that if people were to stop their festivals and fireworks that the Nian would return.
  • Nickar - A sea demon. (Scandinavian)
  • Night-Witch - A sorceress, usually female, that appears in the night. Also Night-Fiend and Night-Hag. See Nightmare.
  • Nightmare - A demon that causes night terrors. Also Ephialtes, Mara, and Walriderske. (Scandinavian)
  • Ningyo - A being that appears to be human from the neck up and fish from the neck down. (Japanese)
  • Nix
  • Nixies - Water spirits in Germany, Scandinavia, and Switzerland.
  • Noggle - A small grey horse with supernatural powers. (Celtic)
  • Nommos - An intelligent amphibious being from a planet circling the star Sirius. (Dogon)
  • Nordic - An extraterrestrial being that resembles a Scandinavian human.
  • Norns - Also called the nornir, these are the three Fates in Norse mythology.
  • Nulo - A mountain in ancient India where the people had backwards turned feet. (Indian)
  • Nymph - Divine female nature spirits who inhabit certain natural sites.
  • O
  • Oceanid - A nymph associated with the oceans and other bodies of saltwater. (Greek)
  • Octomaid - A being with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of an octopus.
  • Ogopogo - Large sea serpent with horns and flippers.
  • Ogre - A huge humanoid creature that is dumb as nails but possesses incredible strength.
  • Old Shuck - Also Black Shuck or Shuck. See Black Dog. (British, Irish, Scottish)
  • Orang Pendek - Small ape-man with dark fur found in the Sumatran jungles. (Sumatran)
  • Orcs - Evil creatures with long fangs, red eyes and long arms.
  • Orthros - The two-headed dog monster.
  • Orthrus - A fearsome two-headed hound that lived with giants.
  • Owlman - Large human sized owl with red glowing eyes.
  • P
  • Pari - A beautiful fairy born of fire. (Persian)
  • Pegasus - Bellerophon’s winged horse and became the general name for all winged horses.
  • Penanggalan - The Penanggalan from Malasia takes the form of a female head detached from the body floating through the air with organs dangling. The Penanggalan attaches to the body during the day.
  • Phantom Cat - A large cat foreign to the area, also an other dimensional or extraterrestrial creature resembling a cat.
  • Phoenix - Signifying rebirth and renewal, this golden bird bursts into flames upon death to be reborn and rise again from the ashes.
  • Phooka - A pitch black being with glowing red eyes. Takes the shape of a horse, dog, or giant bird. (Irish)
  • Pixie
  • Pixies - Pixies or Piskies are small people who live on the dons and moors of Cornwall and Devon in the South of England. Myths say that Pixies were originally druids who resisted Christianity and became Pixies growing smaller. Other myths tell us Pixies were a race of people who were not good enough to go to heaven nor were they bad enough to go to Hell; therefore they were doomed to walk the earth forever. Pixies are known to steal horses and make nocturnal trips on them over the moors. Pixies like to trick humans such as throwing objects around the house. Pixies are said to be hardworking and will work in the fields the entire night for some food.
  • Pleiadean - An intelligent being from the Pleiades star cluster.
  • Poltergeist - A noisy, mischievous spirit connected to a live human, usually a child. (German)
  • Poltergeists - Spirits of the dead or malignant forces that live in some houses and throw things around. The name means “noise spirit” in German.
  • Pontianak - The ghost of a stillborn child in the form of an owl. (Malaysian)
  • Popobawa - Similar to the demon Incubus, the Popobawa (Popo Bawa) is a bat-winged creature that preys on Tanzania people by aggressively dominating them during the night, man or woman. The victims are "taken" throughout the night in a violent encounter.
  • Primate (fabulous) - A hairy hominid usually found in a remote wilderness area. (Prevalent)
  • Psychopomp - A guide that escorts the newly deceased to the afterworld. See Angel of Death. (Prevalent)
  • Puck - A mischievous nature spirit or demon.
  • Pulgasari - The Pulgasari was created by a Buddhist monk who escaped capture as an evil governor ordered every monk to be imprisoned. This monk hid in a wall closet and created a creature out of steamed rice to pass the time and to his amazement, the creature came to life. The monk fed the creature steel needles. With each feeding, the creature grew until it was bigger than the building and had an increasing hunger for more steel.
  • Q
  • Qalupalik - The Inuit children stay away from the ocean waters for fear of the Qalupalik. When the Qalupalik is near there is an eerie distant hum of its song under the sea. When the Qalupalik was too eager, it would gently tap the ice under the victim's feet. In an instant, the Qalupalik would strike in an instance with its long fingernails at the victim's neck and drag them into the water. People describe the Qalupalik as having a woman's face that has turned green and bloated from being underwater decomposing under the sea.
  • Qilin
  • Questing Beast - A large, hoofed monster that appears to be part snake and part lion. (European)
  • Quetzalcoatl - A feathered serpent deity. (Aztec)
  • R
  • Raicho - A majestic bird that can mimic the sound of thunder. (Japanese)
  • Raven - Creator of the world, the heavens, and the first humans. (Native North American)
  • Reaper - A being who harvests human souls. See Angel of Death. (Prevalent)
  • Reptilians
  • Reptoid - A highly advanced, possibly extraterrestrial being with a lizard-like appearance.
  • Revenant
  • River-Witch - A mermaid-like being. (African)
  • Roc
  • Rokurokubi - A demon that appears to be human and has the ability to stretch its neck to unnatural lengths. (Japanese)
  • Rusalka - A type of mermaid known for seducing and killing human men. (Slavic)
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  • Saba-leippya - This is actually a sub-category of nats (see above), but they are so lovely I had to call them out specifically. They are guardian spirits of rice paddies. One is assigned to each field, and they take the form of butterflies.
  • Salamander - A nature spirit that dwells within the element of fire. (Greek)
  • Salamanders - These are real lizards, but they also have legends associated with them. European medieval philosophers said that salamanders could create and put out fires.
  • Sasquatch - Large, hairy ape-man hybrid beasts that live in the woods.
  • Satyr - The god Pan was one such creatures who are said to be half-man from the waist up and half goat from the waist down. These creatures are often wild and lustful.
  • Scylla - This monster lived on the opposite side of the Strait of Messina from Charybdis and would devour anyone in it path.
  • Sea Monster - A a strange or frightening creature that lives primarily underwater. (Prevalent)
  • Sea Monsters - The general term used for the many water based monsters of the sea.
  • Sea Serpent - A mythical serpentine creature of immense size. (Prevalent)
  • Sea-Goat - The constellation of Capricorn who once was Pricus. His children are such creatures of myth and legend who are half-goat and half-fish.
  • Sea-trow - A monkey-faced sea creature with webbed fingers and seaweed hair. (Scottish)
  • Selkie - A seal-like being with the ability to shapeshift into human form. (Irish, Scottish)
  • Selkies - Most cultures have shapeshifter stories. In Orkney, the selkies are seals who can turn into humans.
  • Serpent (fabulous) - A remarkable creature related to the snake. (Prevalent)
  • Shade - A name used for ghosts of those who died before they enter the gates of Hades and become trapped by Cerberus.
  • Shadow Cat - A revenant or other dimensional creature resembling a cat.
  • Shadow People - Dark vaporous entities in vaguely human form. (Prevalent)
  • Shapeshifter
  • Shapeshifters - General term for humans who possess the ability to alter their shape into any animal while still remembering who they are.
  • She-demon - An evil female being or spirit.
  • Shuck - Also Black Shuck or Old Shuck. See Black Dog. (British, Irish, Scottish)
  • Sileni - A bipedal being that appears human form the waist up and horse from the waist down. (Greek)
  • Siren - A sea nymph with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a bird. (Greek)
  • Sirens - Sailors spoke of folklore in which beautiful women would sing mesmerizing songs that captivated the sailors. The sailors would then leap off the boats to their doom.
  • Sisimite - Large savage wildman known for attacking and abducting humans. (Central America)
  • Skinwalker - A human with the ability to shapeshift into an animal form by wearing the animal’s skin. (Native American)
  • Skinwalkers - In Navajo mythology, a skinwalker can take on the appearance of any person or creature, and they can be terrifying. This link is scary and NSFW.
  • Skunk Ape - Large orange and furry beast with long forearms.
  • Sleipnir - Giant eight legged, black horse.
  • Sphinx - The half-human, half-lion that would challenge anyone who crosses it’s path to answer a riddle. If the answer was wrong, the passerby would be eaten by the Sphinx.
  • Springheeled Jack - Mask wearing monster that breaths blue flame.
  • Sprite - A category of elemental, fairy-like spirits, invisible to humans (a Sylph is one of these).
  • Strigoi - A malformed vampiric creature. (Romanian)
  • Strix - A nocturnal bird-like creature believed to feed on human flesh. (Roman)
  • Stymphalian Bird - Large bird with bronze feathers, metal beak & claws.
  • Succubi - (singular, succubus)
  • Succubus - A female demon that attempts to have sexual relations with people while they sleep.
  • Sylph
  • Sylphs - These elemental, delicate spirits of the air may be the souls of women who died as virgins. From medieval European mythology.
  • T
  • Talos - Gigantic human-like body made of bronze.
  • Taniwha - A reptilian guardian spirit of the Maori tribe of New Zealand. (Maorian)
  • Tarbh Uisge - A gentle water bull of the Highland regions of Scotland. (Scottish)
  • Thunderbird - The giant bird in Native American belief that is said to create storms with its wings.
  • Titan - Titans originated from Greek Mythology and were huge human creatures with estimates of about twenty five feet in height.
  • Trickster
  • Troll - A magical being that lives inside the hills. (Scandinavian)
  • Trolls - Large and ugly beast-like monsters.
  • Typhon - The father of most Greek monsters and the fire-breathing giant who challenged Zeus for control of Mount Olympus.
  • U
  • Undead
  • Undine - An elemental being that governs and exists within the element water. (Greek)
  • Undines - Beautiful but soulless female water spirits, according to medieval European tradition.
  • Unicorn - The mythical and magical horse with a single glowing horn on its head. Thought to be the most benevolent creature of the forest and terrified of humans especially.
  • Unicorns - Horse-like mythical creatures with a horn on their foreheads.
  • Unipeg - A winged horse-like creature with a single spiral horn growing from its forehead.
  • Urisk - A grotesque yet friendly elf-like being of Scotland. (Scottish)
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  • Valkyrie - Beautiful female Viking warriors.
  • Valkyries - Mythical Norse female divinities who choose heroes to die in battle and carry them to the great Valhalla.
  • Vampire - Creatures who must drink blood or the life force of humans or other living creatures in order to survive. Vampires of the past were gruesome and horrific things that plagued mankind. Modern day culture has made vampires seem like timid misunderstood creatures with a great burden.
  • Vampire Fruits - Vampires of fruit origin. (Slavic)
  • Vampires - Forget about sparkling — in all the old stories, vampires are beyond disgusting. This site has a pretty good breakdown of vampires and vampire-like creatures from different cultures. Most of our modern vampire lore comes from early 18th century Eastern Europe, when everyone lost their minds, claimed to see vampires, and tried to stake and kill them. (You can read about one case here.) The vampires in Romanian mythology are called the strigoi.
  • Veela - Also spelled vila. These ladies are beautiful mountain nymphs of Serbia who like to dance in the forest under the light of the moon.
  • Vetala - A vampiric being with the ability to possess and reanimate corpses. (Indian)
  • Vilkacis - A type of werewolf. (Latvian)
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  • Walriderske - A witch associated with bad dreams. Also Drude. See Nightmare. (German)
  • Water Nymph - A female nature goddess or spirit living in or near water. (Greek)
  • Wendigo - The spirit of the forest who turn lost travelers into wild savage beasts who are faster, stronger and unlike anything of their former selves. These cannibals will eat any living thing they find and capture.
  • Wendigos - In Native American mythology, these giant creatures was once human, but turned into lanky, hairy monsters after they resorted to cannibalism. They roam the woods looking for more people to eat.
  • Werewolf - Sometimes referred to as shapeshifters because they are human by day but by night, they transform themselves into wolves. The size of the wolf creature has been speculated as the size of a regular dog to the huge beast in folklore that stands on two legs and is huge in size and mass. Ready and willing to tear anyone to shreds.
  • Werewolves - Wolves are some of the most common kinds of shapeshifters in folklore. Here’s a pretty comprehensive werewolf site, and you can read about Louisiana’s loup-garou here.
  • Wichtlein - A mine-fairy that announces death by knocking three times. (German)
  • Wight - A being or a creature.
  • Will-o'-the-wisp - The strange flame-like lights in the forest that seem to lure travelers off their path.
  • Winged Horses - There are many of them, from a few different cultures, besides the famous Pegasus.
  • Woman In White - A female apparition that weeps for her dead children. (Prevalent)
  • Woodwose - A hairy woodland being. (European)
  • Wraith - Evil spirits of the dead who are trapped on Earth.
  • Wyrm - A very large or very old serpent or dragon. (English)
  • Wytche - The old English term for witch-riding or night-mare. See Nightmare.
  • Wyvern
  • X
  • Xanthus - The name of an immortal horse with the power of speech. (Greek)
  • Xiang Shi - A Chinese vampire. (Chinese)
  • Xipe Totec - The Aztec god of agriculture and the seasons, or "our lord the flayed one". (Aztec)
  • Xiuhcoatl - The fire serpent of Aztec mythology. (Aztec)
  • Xloptuny - A human who has been possessed by a sorcerer.
  • Xorguinae - A type of vampiric bird from Portugal. (Portuguese)
  • Y
  • Yasha - A human reincarnated as a vampire bat. (Japanese)
  • Yeren - Wildman found in the central and southern mountain regions of China. (Chinese)
  • Yeti
  • Yowie - Hairy man-beast of the Australian bush. (Australian)
  • Yuki-Onna - A beautiful but deadly snow queen with long hair and pure white skin. (Japanese)
  • Z
  • Zaltys - A small gaurdian snake that brings good fortune. (Baltic)
  • Zaratan - A monstrous sea turtle often mistaken for an island.
  • Ziz - An enormous bird with a wingspan that eclipses the sun. (Jewish)
  • Zombie - The living dead who feed on human flesh. Variations have slow moving to fast paced zombies. These zombies seem to have some weird variation of rabies. Other forms have a mixture of herbs etc that are sprayed into the face of the victim. The victim would die soon after to rise again as a living dead zombie who would obey the masters commands.

References:
- Gods-and-Monsters.com
- Mythology.net
- Mythical-Creatures-and-Beasts.com
- AllThatsInteresting.com
- MatadorNetwork.com - BrynDonovan.com - LizaPhoenix.com

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