If you hadn’t guessed by now, I love me some top 10 lists. Outside of friends and family, I rank everything. And the latest addition will be fantasy creatures/monsters.
IMO, if you are a sci-fi/fantasy writer (which I am), you must have some knowledge on mythical beings. If you don’t, get to it! 🙂 Remember, I said “IMO”
Now, before I get started, let me state that Dragons will not be on this list, for obvious reasons. Dragons are no. 1, always have been, always will be. Everyone knows that. (not my opinion… FACT!… lol) But here are my top 10 favorites. Not most badass or dangerous or popular, just my personal favorites.
Also, GET THIS BOOK! I used it as a guide for some of the creatures on this list, and there’s some other pretty damn cool stuff in here too.
Alright, enough chit-chat. Here it goes.
(Greek Mythology) A being part man, part horse. These beings were, some say, fathered by Ixion, king of Lapiths, on Nephele (a likeness of the goddess Hera made of cloud), or by his son, Centaurus, on the horses known as the Magnesian mares. They were permanently in conflict with the Lapiths, who were known as horse-tamers. They are sometimes pulling the chariot of the god Dionysus. *(description taken from The Dictionary of Mythology)
-For my peoples over 30, y’all remember the centaurs on Hercules and Xena? That was where my interest in them began.
(Folklore) A sprite is a supernatural entity. They are often depicted as fairy-like creatures or as an ethereal entity. The belief in diminutive beings such as sprites, elves, fairies, etc. has been common in many parts of the world, and might to some extent still be found within neo-spiritual and religious movements such as “neo-druidism” and Ásatrú. *(from Revolvy.com)
Can’t really recall when my fascination with sprites began, but I’ve done my research on them (quite a bit). They have a pretty big role in my YA fantasy novel.
(Navajo culture) Skin-walker is a shape-shifting mythological creature in Navajo culture. Sometimes referred to as a witch, a skin-walker has the ability transform into and/or possess an animal. (from Knowyourmeme.com)
Like Giants, there are a bunch of different types of shape-shifters, but the skin-walkers are my favorite, thanks to Supernatural.
(Medieval architecture) A grotesque carved human or animal face or figure projecting from the gutter of a building, typically acting as a spout to carry water clear of a wall.
This may come as a surprise to the list. Probably the least popular/unknown of my picks, I mean it’s technically not a fantasy creature, but the cartoon show from the 90s was one my favorites. So, yeah, that’s why it’s here. 🙂 Gargoyles need love in the fantasy world.
(Greek Mythology) The winged horse of Apollo; the horse of the Muses. The animal, fathered by the sea god Poseidon, sprang from the blood of the Gorgon Medusa when she was decapitated by Perseus. It was ridden by Bellerophon, prince of Corinth, when he rescued Andromeda from the sea monster. It also carried the thunderbolts used by Zeus. It is said that the fountain Hippocrene, on Mount Helicon, sprang from one of the horse’s hoof-prints. *(taken from The Dictionary of Mythology)
It’s a flying horse! Come on.
5. Djinn or Jinnee or Genie
(Arabian) A powerful spirit made of fire which assumes all kinds of shapes. They were created some 2000 years before Adam and Eve and lived on Mount Qaf but God dispersed them when they became disobedient. The survivors reassembled on an island in the Indian Ocean from where they now operate. They are said to have magic powers over humans and to interbreed with them. *(taken from The Dictionary of Mythology)
If you had three wishes, what would they be?
4. White Walker
(Game of Thrones) The White Walkers are an ancient race of humanoid ice creatures who come from the Far North of Westeros. After remaining hidden for thousands of years, they have returned and been sighted by several sworn brothers of the Night’s Watch and countless wildlings. However, most who live south of the Wall believe them to be nothing more than creatures of legend. *(from gameofthrones.fandom.com)
Arguably, my favorite part of the show are the White Walkers. And thanks to the Night King, we now have, SPOILER!!!, an ice dragon. Someone once compared them to zombies and it pissed me off. lol. They. Are. Not. Zombies.
Giants are beings of human appearance, but of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many different cultures.
I can’t reference one giant and leave the others off. I love them all (including San Francisco, excluding New York lol). So, here is a list within a list. My favorite Giants (no order); Cyclopes, Trolls, Ogres, The GOT Giants, BFG, ugh so many.
(folklore) An aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Probably a surprising addition to the list, but I’ve always been fascinated with the historical claims of mermaid sightings from around the world. Not saying I believe, but still pretty cool. Not a fan of the mermaids depicted in movies & shows (well the ones in Prates of the Caribbean were dope) but I love the mermaid.
A monster leaving the grave to suck blood from the living; the spirit of one excommunicated, a heretic, etc. It is said that a vampire can be killed only by driving a stake through its heart or by shooting it with a silver bullet. *(taken from The Dictionary of Mythology)
Vampires were my first nightmare as a child, thanks to Bram Stokers Dracula. Nothing is more menacing than a blood-sucking creature in human form.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Took a while, but it was fun. If I left anything out, please share. I’d love to hear your thoughts.