Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 6 – Ennedi Tiger to Bunyip

As you’ve seen in my previous posts, there tends to be a lot of legendary creatures that are associated with spirits or the dead like zombies, vampires, ghosts, or wendigos. Some of them are harmless like the Noppera-bo while others not so much. Of course, death can be a scary thing but what’s even scarier is seeing a person you sort of know who’s dead moving around as if still alive. Even scarier than that is your dead grandmother rising out of her grave hungry for your brains. Still, in this selection, we’ll take a look at these other wordly beings like the Angel, the Demon, the Genie, the Krampus, and others. We’ll also explore urban legend creatures like the Ennedi Tiger, the Nandi Bear, and the Mngwa from Africa as well as the Bunyip from Australia and the Snallygaster from the United States. Then we’ll see other legendary creatures like Beowulf‘s Grendel, Fenrir and the Draugr from Norse Mythology, the Tengu from Chinese Legend, and the Kitsune from Japanese Mythology. So for your viewing pleasure, here are some more mythological creatures to see.

 

76. Ennedi Tiger

No, this isn't Diego from Ice Age or a Saber Tooth Tiger. It's actually an Ennedi Tiger from the Ennedi Plateau in Central Africa. Sure it can rip you to shreds but it's a cryptid, you might want to take its picture if you saw it.

No, this isn’t Diego from Ice Age or a Saber Tooth Tiger. It’s actually an Ennedi Tiger from the Ennedi Plateau in Central Africa. Sure it can rip you to shreds but it’s a cryptid, you might want to take its picture if you saw it.

Type: Cryptid, Living Fossil
From: Africa
Features: Basically resembles a saber tooth cat larger than a lion and lacks a tail. Said to be reddish brown with white stripes. Water type has red with white markings and may look more like a walrus or otter with long teeth. Its appearances vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Very fierce and could carry large antelope.
Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa on the Ennedi Plateau near Chad and the Central African Republic. Has two different species with one living in mountains and the other in water.
Is It Dangerous?: Uh, yes, because it’s a large fearsome cat that can tear you to shreds.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how, nor whether we’d want to since it’s a cryptid.

 

77. Nandi Bear

Of course, this creature looks more like a cross between a bear and a hyena. Yet, the Nandi Bear is very aggressive and will kill you in very brutal ways so it could chomp on your brains. Lovely.

Of course, this creature looks more like a cross between a bear and a hyena. Yet, the Nandi Bear is very aggressive and will kill you in very brutal ways so it could chomp on your brains. Lovely.

Type: Cryptid
From: The Nandi People of Africa
Features: Overgrown hyena like beast with one eye. Has long sharp claws and spotted fur. Very muscular.
Behavior: Very fast, agile, and aggressive. Can climb trees to spy and ambush on victims.
Habitat: Kenya.
Is It Dangerous?: Known to be extremely violent and attack its human prey viciously for their brains. Once you see their single eye, there’s no way to escape.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Forget about it, if it goes after you, you’re basically screwed.

 

78. Fenrir

Cry all you want, Fenrir, but there's no way you're going to get out those chains until Raganarok when you'll join your father Loki against the Asgardians in the epic battle that would lead to each other's mutual destruction.

Cry all you want, Fenrir, but there’s no way you’re going to get out those chains until Raganarok when you’ll join your father Loki against the Asgardians in the epic battle that would lead to each other’s mutual destruction.

Type: Abnormal Animal
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Gigantic wolf. Sometimes depicted with horns and giant jaws as well as white.
Behavior: Son of Loki. Solitary.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. He could kill other Norse gods, let alone humans.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not since he’s Loki’s son. Yes, I mean that Loki.
How to Get Rid of It: Destined to die at Raganarok.

 

79. Grendel

Grendel seems so happy that King Hrothgar hold all those lavish parties at his house despite all the drunken noise and revelry they're making. Of course, this means spending every night for 12 years on an all you can eat buffet of his favorite food: humans. That is, until Beowulf shows up.

Grendel seems so happy that King Hrothgar hold all those lavish parties at his house despite all the drunken noise and revelry they’re making. Of course, this means spending every night for 12 years on an all you can eat buffet of his favorite food: humans. That is, until Beowulf shows up.

Type: Humanoid
From: Beowulf
Features: Giant and deformed troll-like human. Has impenetrable leathery skin, large canine teeth, and long nails at the end of his claw like hands. Sometimes depicted with horns and like something out of Maurice Sendak as well as with hair. Usually portrayed as brown. Still, depictions vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Has supernatural strength and absolute lack of fear of death. Also, hates noisy neighbors who like to party at night.
Habitat: Denmark. Hangs out in swamps.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Loves to torture helpless animals yet his greatest hunger is human flesh, especially if they’re partying at King Hrothgar’s place. He crashed his party for human flesh every night for 12 years.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Beowulf basically cut off his arm and had him bleed to death. On to his mom.

 

80. Genie (a. k. a. Djinn or Jinn)

I don't usually use Disney caricature paintings for blog posts on mythology. Yet, since the recent passing of Robin Williams, I couldn't resist using the Genie from Aladdin.

I don’t usually use Disney caricature paintings for blog posts on mythology. Yet, since the recent passing of Robin Williams, I couldn’t resist using the Genie from Aladdin.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Middle Eastern Folklore
Features: Usually depicted with an upper human body and a wispy haze for legs. Tend to be either red or blue. Wardrobe varies but usually in Arab dress.
Behavior: Have free will, can grant wishes. Also, have amazing phenomenal cosmic powers packed into an itty bitty living space. Come in a wide range of personalities.
Habitat: The Middle East or North Africa. Usually reside in a lamp or in a ring. Actually they could live in practically any inanimate object.
Is It Dangerous?: Depends on the genie or who its master is. Bad ones can send sandstorms and kidnap people just for kicks. However, they are unable to kill anyone though.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, not as a pet. Yet, they can grant their masters wishes (which is usually 3). Yet, the wishes sometimes have prohibitions though which may consist of: make people fall in love, killing anyone, or having people come back from the dead.
How to Get Rid of It: C’mon you don’t want to get rid of one if you found it. I mean if I had one, I’ll just wish for a job, to move out of my parents’ house, and perhaps a publishing deal for a book I wrote.

 

81. Angel

Now while the popular imagery of angels is depicted in this picture, the original imagery of them based on what you see in the Bible are pretty funky. For instance, cherub aren't those fat little angels you see in Renaissance paintings. They more or less resemble rock music guitarists than those.

Now while the popular imagery of angels is depicted in this picture, the original imagery of them based on what you see in the Bible are pretty funky. For instance, cherub aren’t those fat little angels you see in Renaissance paintings. They more or less resemble rock music guitarists than those.

Type: Spirit, Celestial Being
From: Worldwide (though mentioned in the Bible).
Features: Usually depicted as human with feathered wings. There are many different types and appearances vary.
Behavior: Very good and have many magical powers and are powerful second to God. Have enhanced senses as well as super strength and speed.
Habitat: Heaven or the celestial regions of the universe.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, maybe that one named Lucifer. However, unless you’re no demon or destined for Hell, they’re usually harmless.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t they’re immortal and have God on their side, well at least the good ones.

 

82. Demon

Who though that such a badass scary guy like the Demonic Lord Metalpants would scream like a little girl while watching The Exorcist? Oh, I forgot he's a demon and was really horrified what the priest did to that evil spirit in the movie.

Who though that such a badass scary guy like the Demonic Lord Metalpants would scream like a little girl while watching The Exorcist? Oh, I forgot he’s a demon and was really horrified what the priest did to that evil spirit in the movie.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Worldwide.
Features: Usually depicted as red with horns and a forked tail. Sometimes seen with bat wings. However, appearances may vary.
Behavior: Almost impossible to kill and capable of all kinds of evil magic. Also are very strong and fast.
Habitat: Hell or the Underworld.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they’re known to possess and rape people as well as get others to do very bad things in exchange for their souls.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in Hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Either get Jesus or an exorcist. Jessica Tate from Soap is a good choice as well as your parish priest. Also, you can use holy water, Solomon’s Key, salt, angelic weapons, and a Devil’s Trap.

 

83. Krampus

So kids, in a lot of places in Europe, if you've been good, you receive a lot of great presents from Santa Claus. If you've been bad, then this guy would take you on a trip to his torture dungeon. Of course, he'll have to kidnap you first.

So kids, in a lot of places in Europe, if you’ve been good, you receive a lot of great presents from Santa Claus for Christmas (or around that time anyway). If you’ve been bad, then this guy would take you on a trip to his torture dungeon. Of course, he’ll have to kidnap you first.

Type: Spirit
From: Northern and Central European Folklore.
Features: Has a goat’s head, red skin, razor sharp teeth, a fur covered body, and an unusually long tongue. About 6ft tall but is constantly hunched over.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Very strong and fast.
Habitat: Europe. Has his own torture chamber in a large cave.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, he’s known to kidnap and torture naughty children. Considered the evil counterpart to Santa Claus.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Just be good this year and I’m sure you’ll have Santa give you gifts instead of be visited by this guy.

 

84. Boogeyman

Yes, it's a boogeyman in that closet. No, I'm not sure if it works for Monsters Inc. or loves disco music but I will ask.

Yes, it’s a boogeyman in that closet. No, I’m not sure if it works for Monsters Inc. or loves disco music but I will ask.

Type: Spirit, Undead
From: European and American Folklore.
Features: Shadow that takes a shape of a feared monster. Has no specific appearance.
Behavior: Has shape shifting powers. Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Where kids sleep.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, as long as children are well behaved. Or else, if they’ve been bad, then it’s bound to kidnap them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Just don’t feed off fear as well as be good.

 

85. Draugr

No, I'm sure this guy doesn't want you to bring him a shrubbery. He's a Draugr who's from a race of walking dead Viking warriors, not a Knight of Ni. I'm not sure if he'd want anything to do with a shrubbery anyway.

No, I’m sure this guy doesn’t want you to bring him a shrubbery. He’s a Draugr who’s from a race of walking dead Viking warriors, not a Knight of Ni. I’m not sure if he’d want anything to do with a shrubbery anyway.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Basically they are the ghosts of dead Viking warriors who didn’t make it to Valhalla. Have a strong and decaying stench and can adjust size at will. Described as extremely heavy.
Behavior: Travel in groups as well as think telepathically and subject under the goddess Hel. Have superhuman strength and can enter the dreams of the living. Have some semblance of intelligence as well as guard their treasure in some legends.
Habitat: Land, sea, or the Viking graves.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, they are known for driving living people and animals insane. Also, if one of them or Hel, get you, you can become one of them. Enjoy devouring the flesh and sucking the blood of their victims.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they’re created and controlled by Hel but only by her.
How to Get Rid of It: When a Viking died, their loved ones placed scissors on their chests along with bits of twigs hidden in their clothes. Also, had their big toes tied together. Yet, once they become these creatures, they’re almost unstoppable. Yet, can only be stopped after being completely disabled.

 

86. Mngwa (a. k. a. Nunda)

Sure this may be a pretty feline but remember that the Mngwa is a stealthy and sneaky predator that tends to be out of control. So if you find yourself being chased by one, you're basically screwed.

Sure this may be a pretty feline but remember that the Mngwa is a stealthy and sneaky predator that tends to be out of control. So if you find yourself being chased by one, you’re basically screwed. Seriously, you won’t survive this man-eating cat’s grasp for even natives won’t hunt it.

Type: Cryptid
From: Swahili Hunting Song
Features: Said to be about the size of a pony and as well as resembled a leopard in gray fur. Has huge razor sharp teeth as well as padded paws. Also is said to have creepy yellow eyes.
Behavior: Solitary, nocturnal, and stronger than a lion. Tends to be out of control.
Habitat: Tall grass in the Savannah of Tanzania and Kenya.
Is It Dangerous?: Absolutely, has been a known man-eater and a very stealthy predator said to stalk without a sound.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not in your life.
How to Get Rid of It: No hunter has ever succeeded in killing one. So if you have one chasing you, you’re screwed. Even natives won’t go after it just out of common sense.

 

87. Snallygaster

Yes, that tentacled bird carrying a cow is a Snallygaster, best known for its fight with the Dwayyo. Also, well known for taking large livestock that some Maryland have 7 pointed stars on their barns. Hey, don't ask me for I didn't make up this creature.

Yes, that tentacled bird carrying a cow is a Snallygaster, best known for its fight with the Dwayyo. Also, well known for taking large livestock that some Maryland have 7 pointed stars on their barns. Hey, don’t ask me for I didn’t make up this creature.

Type: Cryptid, Divine Bird, Hybrid
From: United States
Features: Descriptions vary widely though it has giant wings. Earliest incarnations have it as having half-bird features of a siren with the nightmarish features of a ghoul or demon. Other descriptions have it as half-reptile and half-bird with a metallic beak lined with razor sharp teeth and sometimes octopus like tentacles. Later legends have it with a single eye on its forehead and claws like steel hooks sounding like a train whistle. Sometimes depicted as a one eyed dragon.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Very sneaky predator.
Habitat: Between Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland.
Is It Dangerous?: Said to suck the blood of its victims and go after livestock.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Put a seven-pointed star on your barn and it will avoid devouring your livestock.

 

88. Kitsune

The Kitsune is a beautiful 9 tailed fox of Japanese Legend known for possessing high intelligence and magical powers. Yet, it could also be a trickster as well as be portrayed in stories as a guardian, friend, lover, or wife. Yes, I know it's fucked up but the Japanese didn't come up with the Minotaur did they?

The Kitsune is a beautiful 9 tailed fox of Japanese Legend known for possessing high intelligence and magical powers. Yet, it could also be a trickster as well as be portrayed in stories as a guardian, friend, lover, or wife. Yes, I know it’s fucked up but the Japanese didn’t come up with the Minotaur did they?

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Japanese Folklore
Features: Fox like with numerous tails. Usually white or black.
Behavior: Has magical powers and is very intelligent. Can change into human form as well as bend time and space.
Habitat: Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, they can be evil and destructive but usually not. Yet, they tend to be vicious pranksters as well as possess people.
Can It Be Domesticated?: I’m not sure but probably not.
How to Get Rid of It: It’s revered in Japan and served as an inspiration for a character on Pokemon so you probably don’t want to get rid of it.

 

89. Tengu

Despite originating in China, the Tengu has more lasting appeal in Japan as well as appears in a lot of its legends. Also, tends to be depicted as red with a big nose.

Despite originating in China, the Tengu has more lasting appeal in Japan as well as appears in a lot of its legends. Also, tends to be depicted as red with a big nose.

Type: Humanoid, Hybrid, Divine Bird, Spirit
From: Chinese and Japanese Mythology
Features: Head of a beaked man with the wings and talons of a large crow. Appearances vary in depiction. There are a few different types.
Behavior: The larger its nose, the more powerful it’s supposed to be. Very mischievous and tend to take the shape of monks to trick travelers as well as serve their victims succulent meals of feces. Can telepathically speak to their victims as well as usually drop them in some foreign land where they remain lost.
Habitat: China and Japan.
Is It Dangerous?: Have a tendency for kidnapping children and were blamed for many unsolved disappearances. In Buddhism, they are harbringers and demons for war.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No since it’s part human.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how on this one.

 

90. Bunyip

Sure there may be a few lush riverbeds and swamps in Australia but you don't want to venture in the waters with this creature giant hanging around, especially since it finds women and children delicious.

Sure there may be a few lush riverbeds and swamps in Australia but you don’t want to venture in the waters with this creature giant hanging around, especially since it finds women and children delicious.

Type: Water Monster, Cryptid
From: Aboriginal Mythology
Features: Very large with huge mouth and crocodile tail. Body can be snake like furry, or human looking. Some accounts describe it as having a dog like face, dark fur, flippers, a horse’s tail, as well as large tusks, and/or horns.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Australia. Prefers marshes and riverbeds.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Known to attack or mutilate anyone who ventures too close to swamps or lakes where they hide and live. Is especially fond of women and children for dinner.
Can It Be Domesticated?: You got to be kidding me.
How to Get Rid of It: Mostly it will get you before you can get it. Then again, Australia doesn’t have a lot of swamps and lakes anyway since most of the country is practically desert.

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Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 5 – Hippogriff to Dwayyo

Some of the legendary creatures depicted in this series are derived from mythological stories, superstitions, and folklore passed on through generations over centuries and have been well represented in the media or in art. Others are cryptozoological creatures alleged to actually exist in contemporary times though its existence has yet to be documented by the scientific community. However, these creatures can also appear in the former category yet many are usually the stuff of urban legend where the lines of truth and fiction are blurred. In this selection, we’ll see cryptids like Spring-heeled Jack and Owlman from Britain, the Dover Demon, the Squonk, and the Dwayyo from the United States, and the Mongolian Death Worm from the Gobi Desert. As for legendary creatures, we’ll take a look at the Ghoul from the Middle East, the Satyr from Greek Mythology, the Cockatrice, the Hippogriff, and the Catolbepas from Ancient Rome, the Wraith and the Fomorian from Ancient European Folklore, the Noppera-bo from Japanese Mythology, and the Wendigo from Native American legend. So without further adieu, here are more legendary creatures for your pleasure.

 

61. Hippogriff

Though best remembered as a creature from Harry Potter, the Hippogriff was first made by Virgil in his Ecologues though it wouldn't receive its name until the 16th century. So J. K. Rowling didn't make this creature up.

Though best remembered as a creature from Harry Potter, the Hippogriff was first made by Virgil in his Ecologues though it wouldn’t receive its name until the 16th century. So J. K. Rowling didn’t make this creature up.

Type: Hybrid, Divine Bird
From: Roman Mythology (yet, it’s most famously featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.)
Features: Head, wings, and claws like an eagle but body like a horse. Well-toned and muscular. Sometimes depicted as having claws like a lion.
Behavior: Faster, stronger, and more intelligent than griffins. Can move as fast as lightning.
Habitat: Egypt, the Middle East, and parts of Europe and Asia
Is It Dangerous?: Not as long as you can treat them with respect. Otherwise, you know what Buckbeak did to Draco Malfoy.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, they can be easily tamed and serve as companions to knights and sorcerers.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, you can behead it or strike it with an air missile. Yet, you probably don’t want to do that, especially if it’s Buckbeak.

 

62. Satyr

Satyrs are best known for being peaceful forest dwelling creatures known for engaging in hedonistic pleasures like music, dance, wine, and sex. In short, they're kind of like the Greek mythological equivalent of hippies. Yet, why is there one in C. S. Lewis Narnia series I have no idea.

Satyrs are best known for being peaceful forest dwelling creatures known for engaging in hedonistic pleasures like music, dance, wine, and sex. In short, they’re kind of like the Greek mythological equivalent of hippies. Yet, why is there one in C. S. Lewis Narnia series I have no idea.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Human upper body with goat like legs and tail. Usually depicted with brown fur and often as male with horns. Often wear a full beard and have long curly hair. Sometimes seen as old and ugly and sometimes not. At times could be depicted as being well endowed or balding.
Behavior: Associated with pipe playing and play a tail piece during festivals honoring Dionysus in Greek myths. Love wine, music, dance, and any kind of pleasure. Often seen pursuing mountain nymphs and trying to seduce them. Still, they are absolutely fearless and has a deep connection with nature.
Habitat: Deep in woods and mountains.
Is It Dangerous?: Only when drunk and/or horny. Still, will only attack in self-defense so don’t try to get on its bad side.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No, for they are humanoid.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how for the Greek myths don’t say. Then again, environmental devastation may do it.

 

63. Cockatrice

Sure this may resemble a dragon with a chicken head. Yet, be warned that this creature is capable of killing you by looking at you, touching you, or even breathing on you. Keep away at all times.

Sure this may resemble a dragon with a chicken head. Yet, be warned that this creature is capable of killing you by looking at you, touching you, or even breathing on you. Keep away at all times.

Type: Hybrid, Dragon
From: Roman Mythology
Features: Head, claws, and wings of a rooster. Has reptile’s body and tail. About as tall as a large rooster. Often depicted as a dragon with a rooster’s head. Tends to be confused with a basilisk.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Europe.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Can terrorize people into an extreme state of panic. Can turn people into stone just by looking at them as well as kill just by touching and breathing on others. Powers of petrification are still active after death. Has a deadly poisonous breath.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Have a weasel or crow go after it. Also, trick the beast into seeing its own reflection. It also doesn’t like roosters either.

 

64. Ghoul

Ghouls are basically zombies which are more persistent predators for brains and have paralyzing touch. They're also capable of shape shifting as well as lure people into the desert to devour.

Ghouls are basically zombies which are more persistent predators for brains and have paralyzing touch. They’re also capable of shape shifting as well as lure people into the desert to devour.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Arabian Folklore
Features: Undead and decomposing human body in an emaciated form. Skin is pale and lifeless while eyes and hair seem that they have never seen daylight. Appearances vary though.
Behavior: Despite being seemingly weak and fragile, they’re actually very strong. Have powerful hands and fingers. Capable of regeneration and shape shifting. Tends to steal coins. Travel in groups and nocturnal.
Habitat: Worldwide. Live in the desert or abandoned places.
Is It Dangerous?: Very capable of tearing a normal healthy human apart in mere seconds. Their hands can make an incredibly deadly grip. Usually tend to eat on kiddie corpses and drink blood but they would take a living human on occasion and they especially like fresh brain matter. Has a paralyzing touch and is a super persistent predator. Seriously, they make zombies seem friendly. If you survive being bitten by one, you become one of them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Kill it with a single swipe of the sword. If you miss swinging it twice, it will come back to life twice as powerful. A light can also help as well as using fire, acid, or decapitation.

 

65. Catolbepas

Now the catoblepas won't eat you but this doesn't mean that it's safe to be around it. After all, it eats poison plants so its breath could either kill you or turn you into stone. Still, this one pictured doesn't seem too happy for some reason.

Now the catoblepas won’t eat you but this doesn’t mean that it’s safe to be around it. After all, it eats poison plants so its breath could either kill you or turn you into stone. Still, this one pictured doesn’t seem too happy for some reason.

Type: Hybrid
From: Ancient Roman Folklore
Features: Has large boar’s head, a small pig’s body, with wings. Sometimes described as having a body of a buffalo or bull with iron like scales along its back. May be depicted with horns. Appearances may vary.
Behavior: Doesn’t see much of anything since its head is so big. Solitary.
Habitat: Ethiopia.
Is It Dangerous?: Has toxic breath due to eating poisonous plants and is capable of killing anything around it. When it sets its eyes on anything living, it turns to stone.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure about that one.

 

66. Wraith

I know this is a ring wraith from Lord of the Rings since it's on a horse. Yet, the dementors from Harry Potter also qualify. Still, these dark spirits usually hunt souls for sport and fill the air with hate, sorrow, and doom. Let's just say, it wouldn't be a good idea to invite a wraith to a Halloween Party, despite being terrifying.

I know this is a ring wraith from Lord of the Rings since it’s on a horse. Yet, the dementors from Harry Potter also qualify. Still, these dark spirits usually hunt souls for sport and fill the air with hate, sorrow, and doom. Let’s just say, it wouldn’t be a good idea to invite a wraith to a Halloween Party, despite being terrifying.

Type: Undead, Spirit
From: Ancient European Folklore
Features: Often portrayed as dark and shadow like entities wearing black hooded cloaks. Arms, legs, and faces tend to be skeletal. Faces could be endless black holes in their hoods. Sometimes appear as dark and shapeless shadows. May be depicted on deadly horses.
Behavior: Travel in hordes and nocturnal. Very intelligent and are super persistent. Always fill the air with hate, sorrow, and doom. Can make a room seem lifeless and cold in seconds. The dementors from Harry Potter can qualify as these.
Habitat: Worldwide but mostly in dark forests and caves.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, my God, yes. These ghostly terrors hunt souls for sport. They are evil to the core draining the life out of anything they touch and leave bodies lifeless without souls. That or the victims become part of their clan. When angry, can unleash powerful waves of energy with their hate and drain entire villages of the will to live and take their souls.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, they were hired by Sauron and Azkaban, but you’d have to be morally bankrupt to use these on people.
How to Get Rid of It: Either try to survive until midnight in a place where it can’t get to you or use holy magic. You could also try cutting its head off.

 

67. Fomorian

The Fomorians were considered to be a race of semi-divine spirits in Ancient Ireland, perhaps being the old gods similar to the Greek Titans. Still, they kind of resemble creatures that you'd find at a bar in Mos Eisley. Just saying.

The Fomorians were considered to be a race of semi-divine spirits in Ancient Ireland, perhaps being the old gods similar to the Greek Titans. Still, they kind of resemble creatures that you’d find at a bar in Mos Eisley. Just saying.

Type: Hybrid
From: Celtic Mythology
Features: Large deformed body made up of animal parts. Appearances vary but every way grotesque looking.
Behavior: Travel in groups. Possess magical powers.
Habitat: Ireland.
Is It Dangerous?: Said to have poisonous skin that oozed with deadly sweat, which doomed any person who made contact with one. Known to terrorize the Irish people, destroy armies, and forced them to make child sacrifices.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Driven by Tuatha De Dannan into the sea.

 

68. Noppera-bo

Sure she may be terrifying with no face but this noppera-bo is usually harmless. Yet, that doesn't mean that she's caused an occasional heart attack once in a while.

Sure she may be terrifying with no face but this noppera-bo is usually harmless. Yet, that doesn’t mean that she’s caused an occasional heart attack once in a while.

Type: Spirit, Humanoid
From: Japanese Mythology
Features: Human body without a face. Perhaps impersonating someone familiar to the victim.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: Japan. Usually around graveyards.
Is It Dangerous?: No, these ghosts are absolutely harmless.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Sorry, but they’re humanoid and could scare the shit out of you.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t. They’re ghosts for God’s sake.

 

69. Spring-heeled Jack

Spring-heeled Jack may wear an outfit similar to Batman but remember he's not known to be associated with good things. In fact, just the opposite. Still, he's one of the better known creatures from Victorian urban legend.

Spring-heeled Jack may wear an outfit similar to Batman but remember he’s not known to be associated with good things. In fact, just the opposite. Still, he’s one of the better known creatures from Victorian urban legend.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid (may actually be former Cryptid but there were sightings in the Victorian Era. Also, may have inspired Batman in appearance.)
From: 19th century British Folklore
Features: Wears a metal mask to cover his hideous face and breathes blue flames. Has evil glowing eyes and long sharp metal claws. Mask might be part of his face or cover his face after being horribly disfigured with severe burns. Sometimes depicted in a black cape like Batman.
Behavior: Can jump to great heights with extreme speed and ease into surprise attacks or away from authorities. Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: England
Is It Dangerous?: Has been reported attacking several young women and men. Said to blow his blue flame in their faces and freeze them with fear. Would later proceed to slash them with his iron claws.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Sorry, you can’t stop him because he’s always able to escape.

 

70. Wendigo (a. k. a. Windigo or Witiko)

The Wendigo is a very violent creature from Native American legend known to feast on human flesh in snowy forests.  Still, it has been mentioned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1855 Song of Hiawatha. And it is prevalent in a lot of recent media depictions.

The Wendigo is a very violent creature from Native American legend known to feast on human flesh in snowy forests. Still, it has been mentioned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1855 Song of Hiawatha. And it is prevalent in a lot of recent media depictions.

Type: Undead, Humanoid, Spirit
From: Native American Folklore
Features: Has a bone body, sharp crooked teeth, and disfigured face. Has very thin skin and sunken eyes. Said to have a heart of ice visibly seen through the chest pumping. Appearances may vary according to depiction.
Behavior: Solitary and very patient hunter. Said to be formerly human but starved and turned to cannibalism. Known to have the ability to control the weather and bring powerful snowstorms.
Habitat: United States and Canada. Lurks in snowy forests.
Is It Dangerous?: Known for silently stalking its human prey in the snowy forests. Also have the power to summon wild beast to aid in its attacks. Very violent.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely no way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Shatter its icicle heart with a silver stake.

 

71. Dover Demon

The Dover Demon is a strange urban legend creature that was reportedly sighted by two teenagers in 1977 in Dover Massachusetts. Of course, these sightings have ceased for a short period so there's not much to go by. Yet, it's still a good idea for a cheap Halloween costume.

The Dover Demon is a strange urban legend creature that was reportedly sighted by two teenagers in 1977 in Dover Massachusetts. Of course, these sightings have ceased for a short period so there’s not much to go by. Yet, it’s still a good idea for a cheap Halloween costume.

Type: Cryptid, Spirit
From: United States
Features: Watermelon shaped head which is disproportionally large for its body. Has illuminated orange eyes, long, thin arms with slender fingers, as well as sand paper like flesh toned skin. Could be bipedal or walk on all fours. Said to have no nose, no mouth, no ears, and no mouth. Also said to be 3ft tall, chalky skin, and made a blood curdling noise.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Dover, Massachusetts. Lives in forests.
Is It Dangerous?: We’re not totally sure.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Probably not.
How to Get Rid of It: If you’ve seen this, you’d want to take a picture of it. Getting rid of it won’t be in your best interests.

 

72. Mongolian Death Worm

No, that's not an intimidating worm monster from Tatooine but close. It's actually a Mongolian Death Worm which may give Genghis Khan a run for his money. Still, someone in Hollywood really should be pitching a monster movie for this guy.

No, that’s not an intimidating worm monster from Tatooine but close. It’s actually a Mongolian Death Worm which may give Genghis Khan a run for his money. Still, someone in Hollywood really should be pitching a monster movie for this guy.

Type: Cryptid
From: Mongolian Mythology
Features: Enormous slimy red worm with long razor sharp fangs. Body is about 2 -5ft long. Resembles a living piece of intestine riddled with visible veins and gooey slime. That or a giant monster parasite.
Behavior: Solitary. Hibernates most of the year except June and July.
Habitat: The Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes it is. Humans are its favorite prey. Capable of spitting fatal splashes of venom and electricity (even at a distance). Said to make anything it touches turn yellow and corrode. Can emerge from the sands out of nowhere to attack. Touching it causes an instant and painful death.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how at this point. Perhaps drop a bomb on it.

 

73. Squonk

Sure this may seem like an idea pet if you're into that sort of thing. However, the Squonk is known to dissolve into tears and bubbles so to capture it is impossible. Sorry kids. Still, a Pittsburgh based art collective is named after this creature called Squonk Opera.

Sure this may seem like an idea pet if you’re into that sort of thing. However, the Squonk is known to dissolve into tears and bubbles so to capture it is impossible. Sorry kids. Still, a Pittsburgh based performance art collective is named after this creature called Squonk Opera.

Type: Cryptid
From: United States
Features: Has unfitting skin covered in warts and blemishes. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Spends a lot of time weeping and hides in plain sight out of being ashamed for its appearance.
Habitat: The hemlock forests of northern Pennsylvania.
Is It Dangerous?: I haven’t heard anything about it that’s dangerous.
Can It Be Domesticated?: It just dissolves into tears and bubbles when hunters try to capture it. Therefore, impossible.
How to Get Rid of It: It just gets rid of itself by dissolving into tears and bubbles.

 

74. Owlman

Behold, Owlman, a man sized owl that haunts the village of Mawnan in Cornwall, England. Its stare could petrify people with fear for days, sometimes weeks. Still, it's said to be Britain's answer to Mothman in the cryptozoological world.

Behold, Owlman, a man sized owl that haunts the village of Mawnan in Cornwall, England. Its stare could petrify people with fear for days, sometimes weeks. Still, it’s said to be Britain’s answer to Mothman in the cryptozoological world.

Type: Divine Bird, Cryptid
From: British Folklore
Features: Human-sized owl with glowing eyes. Has huge razor sharp talons and a large pointy beak. Sometimes depicted as an owl-man hybrid.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal.
Habitat: Cornwall’s village of Mawnan in England. May live in a church tower.
Is It Dangerous?: Its stare is said to leave whoever encounters it petrified with fear sometimes for days or weeks.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: We’re not sure how. Missiles?

 

75. Dwayyo (a. k. a. Dewayyo or the Maryland Dogman)

The Dwayyo is an urban legend creature in Maryland best known for almost resembling a close relation to Chewbacca as well as its ongoing struggle with the Snallygaster. Hey, it's not like I made this stuff up here. That's what the legend says.

The Dwayyo is an urban legend creature in Maryland best known for almost resembling a close relation to Chewbacca as well as its ongoing struggle with the Snallygaster. Hey, it’s not like I made this stuff up here. That’s what the legend says.

Type: Cryptid, Humanoid
From: United States
Features: Said to be hairy, have a bushy tail, and is sometimes bipedal. Can be depicted as a werewolf, Bear man, or others. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Enemy of the Snallygaster.
Habitat: Between Middletown and Wolfsville in Maryland.
Is It Dangerous?: Has been known to attack humans according to some news reports.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure how. Maybe we should just watch it fight with the Snallygaster.

Mythological Creatures Reexamined: Part 4 – Zombie to Adlet

In my series I have gone over many legendary creatures you’re familiar with as well as quite a few you may or may not have heard before. Then there are some you might know rather well but others, well, wouldn’t know otherwise. Still, virtually all of these creatures are mythical as far as I’m concerned. Yet, if you’re tired of having to pick a scary monster to be for Halloween, then this is the blog series for you. In this selection we’ll go over a few favorites like the Zombie, the Unicorn, the Werewolf, the Vampire, the Leprechaun, the Loch Ness Monster, the Goblin, and the Banshee (though I’m not sure about that one). We’ll also see some creatures that you may not have heard before like the Valkyrie from Norse Mythology, the legendary spirit of La Llorona from Latin America and the American Southwest, the Roc and Leviathan from Middle Eastern Mythology, the legendary Stymphalian Bird from Greek Mythology, the Kongamato from Africa, and the Adlet from Inuit legend. So without further adieu, here are some more legendary creatures from myth and urban legend for your pleasure.

 

46. Zombie

From how I see it, this could either be an artistic representation of a zombie rampage or a bunch of them doing the Michael Jackson "Thriller" dance at a rave.

From how I see it, this could either be an artistic representation of a zombie rampage or a bunch of them doing the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance at a rave.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Bantu Mythology and Caribbean Folklore
Features: Reanimated human corpses in different stages of composition. Usually depicted as green.
Behavior: Usually travel in groups and active 24/7. Are stronger than the average person and though they may seem slow, they are actually clever predators who know the value of team work. Also have superhuman stamina and are absolutely fearless.
Habitat: Anywhere humans live but particularly graveyards.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. They’re always violent man-eaters searching for new meat and spread disease wherever they go. If bitten by one, you turn into a zombie.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Not on your life.
How to Get Rid of It: Basically you have to decapitate it or aim for its brain. Cuts, blows, bullets, and severed limbs might slow them down but will not stop them. Using fire on them has various effects.

 

47. Unicorn

There's no way anyone could hate these majestic and beautiful creatures, especially little girls and My Little Pony fans. Of course, I hope most My Little Pony fans are little girls. But then again, to each his own.

There’s no way anyone could hate these majestic and beautiful creatures, especially little girls and My Little Pony fans. I mean these legendary creatures are relatively harmless, represent everything wholesome and good, and are associated with rainbows and sparkles. But then again, to each his own. Still, I’m very sure this unicorn is a male since his junk is showing.

Type: Divine Horse
From: Various Mythology and Folklore
Features: Usually horse like with a horn on forehead. Can be of any color but usually white. Tend to be very beautiful. In the past have been described as having a body of a wild ass and being white, read, and black. Sometimes described as having a head of a stag, feet of an elephant, and tail of a boar with a single long black horn. Sometimes depicted with a billy goat’s beard, a lion’s tail, and cloven hooves.
Behavior: Solitary and peaceful. Fast and nimble. Blood may have restorative properties but it’s cursed. Also said to poop in rainbows and sparkles.
Habitat: Worldwide, particularly woodlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Not at all.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Yes, but they’re very difficult to capture. Sometimes can only be trapped by a virgin but good luck finding one.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of one. Seriously, you don’t.

 

48. Valkyrie

Of course, though many may have heard the name of Valkyrie from that Tom Cruise movie, those familiar with this beauty are opera goers and Richard Wagner fans. Then again, we've all heard "Ride of the Valkyries" at least once. I mean how can you not?

Of course, though many may have heard the name of Valkyrie from that Tom Cruise movie, those familiar with this beauty are opera goers and Richard Wagner fans. Then again, we’ve all heard “Ride of the Valkyries” at least once. I mean how can you not?

Type: Humanoid, Spirit
From: Norse Mythology
Features: Beautiful female warriors. Sometimes depicted with wings or riding a magnificent horse. Often portrayed as carrying a shield, sword, and/or spear. Sometimes may yield a bow and arrow. Usually depicted with blond hair and in armor.
Behavior: Travel in groups. Charged with escorting fallen warriors to Valhalla or the Folkvangr. Absolutely fearless but may be the occasionally instigate battles and engage in them.
Habitat: The Viking world of the gods, particularly Asgard and Valhalla.
Is It Dangerous?: Not really but I really can’t say. Yet, they have been accused as devouring the flesh of the slain.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not. Also, they work for Freyja.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t for they’re immortal.

 

49. Werewolf

Of course, werewolves have been known to howl at the moon at night, especially when the moon is full. Yet, other than being half human and half wolf, yet as to how people become one and what they do varies by culture.

Of course, werewolves have been known to howl at the moon at night, especially when the moon is full. Yet, other than being half human and half wolf, yet as to how people become one and what they do varies by culture. Still, these animals aren’t sexy beasts you might want to sleep with. Well, Remus Lupin may be a possible exception to that but he’s a nice guy who knows his magic.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Ancient European Mythology
Features: Large wolf-like body, long fangs, and glowing eyes. Often humans transformed into wolves whether voluntarily or during the night of a full moon. Can have humanoid bodies and walk on two legs. Have strong teeth and claws. Usually depicted brown or gray and let out a howl at the moon.
Behavior: Often travel in groups and tend to be nocturnal. They are very strong and very fast as well as very good swimmers. Are telepathic, relatively fast healers, and could see in the dark. Capable of learning magic and have increased senses and stamina.
Habitat: Wherever wolves and humans are present at times. Tend to hang out in graveyards where they feast on corpses.
Is It Dangerous?: In human form, most of them aren’t (think Remus Lupin from Harry Potter). Bitten by one in human form and you won’t turn into one. Yet, in wolf form, they are especially dangerous and if they bite you, you can be one of them.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not for they are practically people and in wolf form are very dangerous.
How to Get Rid of It: Remove its heart, give it wolfsbane, or shoot it with a silver bullet. Using a weapon blessed by your local church would do nicely if silver bullets aren’t available. Still, they aren’t immortal and will succumb to old age and can be killed in regular ways.

 

50. Vampire

Hardly any legendary creature has generated much media from the West as the vampire. Sure theses bloodsucking creatures may have their fans, but seriously, you don't want to date one.

Hardly any legendary creature has generated much media from the West as the vampire. Sure theses bloodsucking creatures may have their fans, but seriously, you don’t want to date one.

Type: Undead, Humanoid
From: Various Mythology and Folklore
Features: Pale humans with fangs that consume blood. Could be depicted as sexy, aristocratic, or beastly but they don’t reflect in mirrors. Can have pointy ears or bat wings. Can live forever if you let them and usually are portrayed with antiquated fashion sense. Can be depicted from nearly human to rotting corpse.
Behavior: Can be solitary or travel in groups. Sometimes can transform into bats. Often nocturnal. Capable of magic, flight, invisibility, telepathy, telekinesis, weather and mental manipulation, hypnosis, and more. Are very strong and fast as well as have enhanced senses.
Habitat: Anywhere where humans live. Also tend to inhabit dark and dingy castles.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. Getting bitten by one will turn you into one whether you like it or not. And they usually tend to go on killing sprees or invade people’s houses (though they will settle for the blood of the family pet). Yet, they can be warded off with garlic, holy water, or holy paraphernalia like a crucifix or rosary. Not to mention, they also tend to avoid churches and any place where there’s a lot of fire or garlic. Still, don’t have sex with one no matter how tempted you are. And I mean you, lovers of Anne Rice, Twilight, and True Blood.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell. They’re practically humans and are very dangerous.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, there are a number of ways. You can expose them to sunlight, decapitate them, drive a stake through their hearts, touch them with a crucifix, remove their hearts, set fire on them, bless them with holy water, have them chase you into a church, and enlist the help of your friendly neighborhood werewolf.

 

51. Leprechaun

Sure this leprechaun may seem scary looking but he's a mostly harmless creature associated with Saint Patrick's Day. Of course, he doesn't take too kindly on negative Irish stereotypes though.

Sure this leprechaun may seem scary looking but he’s a mostly harmless creature associated with Saint Patrick’s Day. Of course, he doesn’t take too kindly on negative Irish stereotypes though.

Type: Imp, Humanoid, Spirit
From: Irish Folklore
Features: Usually human looking but only about 5 inches at height though usually portrayed as high as a small child. Mostly depicted with red hair and wearing green (or red) as well as smoking a pipe. Appearances vary.
Behavior: Very clever and fast. Said to spend its time making shoes, storing coins in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and partaking in mischief.
Habitat: Ireland. Often live in moors, caves, forests, or gardens.
Is It Dangerous?: Not really.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Well, it can lead you to its pot of gold or grant you three wishes but it’s very hard to catch. Yet, you have to let it go afterwards. Of course, in the Harry Potter universe, you might want to go with the three wishes because Leprechaun gold disappears quickly and is considered pointless to pursue.
How to Get Rid of It: You don’t want to get rid of this creature.

 

52. Leviathan

The Leviathan is a large sea monster from Mesopotamian Mythology that can cause storms and chaos as well as eats humans. You might want to avoid this creature at all costs.

The Leviathan is a large sea monster from Mesopotamian Mythology that can cause storms and chaos as well as eats humans. You might want to avoid this creature at all costs. Unless you have supernatural aid, you’re basically screwed with this one.

Type: Sea Monster, Serpent
From: Mesopotamian Mythology (mentioned in the Bible)
Features: Is very large and usually depicted as serpent like. Can appear in many forms like a large fish or whale. Has a large powerful jaws.
Behavior: Solitary but a natural born swimmer and very strong. Shape shifting and see angels and demons where humans cannot.
Habitat: Can survive on land or water.
Is It Dangerous?: Oh, yes. They are venomous and eat humans. Also, capable of causing storms and other chaos.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: Can only be killed through supernatural means. Can survive most wounds, reattach themselves, and are immune to disease. So if you’re pursued by one, go down on your knees and pray like mad even if you’re an atheist. That or call for a wizard.

 

53. Loch Ness Monster (a. k. a. Nessie)

One of the most prolific creatures in cryptozoology is the Loch Ness monster who was reputed to be first photographed in 1933 (though it's now known to be a hoax). Still, whether it be a possible living dinosaur or outright hoax, I'm sure the people of Loch Ness aren't complaining how the monster has helped their tourist industry.

One of the most prolific creatures in cryptozoology is the Loch Ness monster who was reputed to be first photographed in 1933 (though it’s now known to be a hoax). Still, whether it be a possible living dinosaur or outright hoax, I’m sure the people of Loch Ness aren’t complaining how the monster has helped their tourist industry.

Type: Water Monster, Cryptid, Living Dinosaur
From: Scottish Folklore
Features: Long neck, large body, flippers, and tail.
Behavior: Solitary.
Habitat: The waters of Loch Ness in Scotland.
Is It Dangerous?: We’re not sure but Saint Columba reported of one killing a man and dragging him to watery depths according to a 7th century story.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Well, Saint Columba just made the sign of the cross and told the monster to stay away. Still, nowadays you don’t want to get rid of it since seeing one makes it a great photo op.

 

54. La Llorona

La Llorona is a spirit of a woman who drowned her children so she could be with the man she loved who wouldn't have her. Thus, she drowned herself and has never been permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Still, to drown your kids for a man is seriously messed up.

La Llorona is a spirit of a woman who drowned her children so she could be with the man she loved who wouldn’t have her. Thus, she drowned herself and has never been permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Still, to drown your kids for a man is seriously messed up.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Latin American Legend
Features: A spirit of a young woman in white seen weeping. Can be depicted crying “Ay mis hijos!” (“Oh, my children!”).
Behavior: Was once a woman named Maria who drowned her children after discovering her husband was unfaithful or to be with the man she loved. Yet, she committed suicide when he wouldn’t have her. Unable to enter the afterlife until she has found her kids. Solitary and nocturnal. Yet, you can summon her if you say her name twice in front of a mirror in a locked room.
Habitat: Mexico and much of the American Southwest.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s believed that those who hear her are marked for death and in some versions of the legend, she may kidnap kids that bear a resemblance to her missing children.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: You can’t she’s doomed to walk the Earth for eternity.

 

55. Roc

On the subject of mythical birds, the Roc is a giant bird from Middle Eastern legend that could carry elephants by its claws. Still, whatever you do, don't take any of its giant eggs. Seriously, don't.

On the subject of mythical birds, the Roc is a giant bird from Middle Eastern legend that could carry elephants by its claws. Still, whatever you do, don’t take any of its giant eggs. Seriously, don’t.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Middle Eastern Mythology
Features: Gigantic bird of prey with a forked tongue. Could either have the same color as an eagle or simply white. Its enormous beak is lined with sharp pointed teeth.
Behavior: Solitary. Presence can darken the night sky and the flap of its huge wings could cause hurricane like winds. Said to be a fierce guardian of a secret valley filled with jewels. Lays huge eggs.
Habitat: Madagascar.
Is It Dangerous?: Well, it’s know n to swoop down to grab animals and people in order to carry them off to feast upon or rip apart for its young. Can carry anything as big as an elephant in its talons. So yes. Also, don’t steal one of its eggs or it will destroy entire ships over in revenge as Sinbad learned the hard way.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: Large harpoon or missile might do the trick.

 

56. Stymphalian Bird (a. k. a. Stymphalides)

Stymphalian birds may seem awesome but these pets of Ares were nothing but hostile pests in Arcadia that Hercules had to perform his Sixth Labor with the assistance of Hephaestus and Athena. Still, this painting may give the idea that Hercules' Sixth Labor was the Ancient Greek version of Angry Birds.

Stymphalian birds may seem awesome but these pets of Ares were nothing but hostile pests in Arcadia that Hercules had to perform his Sixth Labor with the assistance of Hephaestus and Athena. Still, this painting may give the idea that Hercules’ Sixth Labor was the Ancient Greek version of Angry Birds.

Type: Divine Bird
From: Greek Mythology
Features: Large bird with sharp and arrow like bronze feathers, metal beak and claws. Sometimes depicted with helmets.
Behavior: Ferocious and superiorly strong. Travel in groups.
Habitat: Arcadia in Ancient Greece.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, their dung is poisonous and would shed their killer feathers like spears among attacking soldiers that easily pierced armor. Their killer plumage is said to terrorize the people of Arcadia. Known to devour all the dead and killing those injured with their beaks.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Only by Ares for they were his pets.
How to Get Rid of It: With the help of Athena, Hercules managed to disperse these monster birds with a loud thunderous rattle Hephaestus made for the occasion. He then proceeded to shoot each one of them with his arrows.

 

57. Kongamato

Now the Kongamato may be a creature you may not have heard of but it's sort of a large Pterodactyl on steroids that is said to reside in Central Africa. Still, if you see it, don't ever dare to look it in the eye since it will be sent into a flying rage and kill you.

Now the Kongamato may be a creature you may not have heard of but it’s sort of a large Pterodactyl on steroids that is said to reside in Central Africa. Still, if you see it, don’t ever dare to look it in the eye since it will be sent into a flying rage and kill you.

Type: Cryptid, Living Dinosaur
From: African Folklore
Features: Large bird with a tooth filled bill, leathery reptilian skin, and bat like wings. Has large, sharp, and powerful claws. Can resemble a pterosaur and is said to be red or black. Wingspan is said to be 3-3 ½ ft and is estimated to be 4 ½ ft from feet to tail.
Behavior: Hates being looked at in the eye. Said to have a very short temper.
Habitat: The jungles and swamps of Central Africa covering Angola, Zamibia, and the DRC.
Is It Dangerous?: Can clutch and carry off substantially large prey with ease. Known to suddenly attack from the sky only to dive into lakes and rivers to capsize boats and drown any passengers. Any living creature who dares looks into its eyes, angers it and faces certain death. Sightings or mention sends entire villages running in fear, abandoning possessions and homes.
Can It Be Domesticated?: No way in hell.
How to Get Rid of It: If you saw one, you wouldn’t want to get rid of it. Just don’t look at it in the eye.

 

58. Goblin

Goblins come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personality. I see that this one is some badass warrior with a big ass knife as well as a bow and arrow. You may not want to mess with him.

Goblins come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personality. I see that this one is some badass warrior with a big ass knife as well as a bow and arrow. You may not want to mess with him.

Type: Imp
From: Worldwide Legend
Features: At most they are 3 – 3 ½ ft tall and weigh up to 40 – 45 pounds. Utterly grotesque looking. Often depicted as brown, gray, green. Could have long fingers and elf like ears. Can be flat faced with small sharp fangs and a broad nose. Sometimes portrayed with hair or horns. Give off an awful stench. Appearances vary and there are a lot of different types.
Behavior: Travel in large numbers. Can range from annoying, mischievous, to downright evil. Said to be greedy and love gold. Can resort to dirty tricks and ambushes. Sometimes may possess magical abilities. Can be stupid or cowardly though in Harry Potter, they’re seen as dependable bankers.
Habitat: Caves, dungeons, ghost towns, and woodlands.
Is It Dangerous?: Depends on the story. The Gringotts goblins in Harry Potter aren’t very hostile but you don’t want to mess with them. The ones in Middle Earth, well, let’s say you want to go anywhere near them. Yet, some legends have them ride giant wolves into battle.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Once again, depends on the story.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure about this one.

 

59. Banshee

Now if you think this fearsome banshee isn't much to look at, you don't want to hear anything that comes out of her mouth which is an omen of death. Yeah, kind of kills the mood rather literally.

Now if you think this fearsome banshee isn’t much to look at, you don’t want to hear anything that comes out of her mouth which is an omen of death. Yeah, kind of kills the mood rather literally.

Type: Undead, Spirit, Humanoid
From: Irish Folklore
Features: Can appear as a young woman, a distinguished matron, or a tousled old hag. Known for shrieking incredibly loud but can sometimes be heard eerie singing or softly wailing. Hair is often long and light in color. Often seen wearing a gray or white hooded cloak. Often depicted in decomposition. Still, appearances vary.
Behavior: Solitary and nocturnal. Said to be capable of transforming into animals associated with witchcraft like a crow, hare, and weasel. Often depicted as airborne.
Habitat: Ireland.
Is It Dangerous?: Hearing her cry at night means that someone is about to die. Originally it only pertained to five Irish families but intermarriage has expanded that. In some legends, her cries meant that someone holy was about to bite the dust. In any event, hearing her cries isn’t a good sign.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Absolutely not.
How to Get Rid of It: I’m not sure if you can.

 

60. Adlet (a.k.a. Erqugdlit or Erqugdlit)

You may think the Adlet is some Native American werewolf and in a way you might be right. Yet, these creatures were as wolf people and are in this state all the time. Werewolves are a different story.

You may think the Adlet is some Native American werewolf and in a way you might be right. Yet, these creatures were as wolf people and are in this state all the time. Werewolves are a different story.

Type: Hybrid, Humanoid
From: Inuit Mythology
Features: Has upper body of human and lower body of dog. Covered in fiery red fur and often have a long snout, pointed ears, long tails, and fiercely yellow eyes. Depictions may vary.
Behavior: Travel in packs and are very ferocious.
Habitat: Labrador and Hudson Bay Coasts of Canada.
Is It Dangerous?: Yes, they are known to be bloodthirsty and some were said to be sent across the sea to ravage the white races by their mother. They are merciless killers known to attack and feed on anything that crosses in their path. Favorite treat is blood from a newly slain human.
Can It Be Domesticated?: Hell no.
How to Get Rid of It: Are susceptible and can be destroyed with silver and fire.