This article will show you some of the most beautiful mythical creatures known throughout folklore, mythology, and other types.
We all know that mythical creatures are usually portrayed as scary, but what if they were instead depicted as the majestic and beautiful beings they truly are?
A lot of misconceptions about these creatures have been made.
This article will give you an insight into how they originally looked like before being transformed by modern-day media and popular culture.
Top 30 Beautiful Mythical Creatures List :
One of the best-known mythical creatures, and one of the absolute most beautiful, is the unicorn. While some mythical creatures are described as beautiful in some stories and less physically appealing in others – the white horse-like unicorn with its sole horn is almost always envisioned as a breathtaking creature.
Many stories, such as the original story of Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy) tell the tale of mermaids that used their irresistible beauty to lure men into the water and drown them. It is a gruesome myth, but what it has in common with stories like the Little Mermaid is that mermaids are very easy on the eye.
Fairies are thought to be small, beautiful female creatures that do not seem to age, and they are equipped with wings and the ability to perform magic and sometimes even grand wishes. Many of the older stories show them dressed in thin, flowing clothing, or in leaves and vegetation.
4. Wood Nymphs
These little nymphs live in the woods and they are also known as tree nymphs, and in Greek mythology, they are known as Dryads. Wood nymphs are sny and generally harmless, but their shyness disappears among allies, such as the goddess Artemis.
Scylla is known as a sea monster lurking in the sea, but did you know that she was once beautiful? Some stories claim that she became a monster after the pool she swam in was poisoned by a jealous Amphitrite – Poseidon’s wife! The other version tells how she was turned into a monster with what the giver thought was a love potion.
6. The Mormo
While her looks are described as pleasant in some tales and unpleasant in others, this creature is found in Greek mythology and it is something mothers can invoke when their children are misbehaving, to help scare them straight.
Lamia has been described as anything from a beautiful queen and to a child-eating demon. In the oldest stories, she was supposedly Zeus’ mistress, and once his wife found out, she forced Lamia to eat the children she had with Zeus. Lamia was never the same after that and slowly became a monstrous creature.
8. The Sphinx
Plenty of mystery surrounds this mythical creature, known for telling an impossible riddle and killing whoever was unable to answer correctly, but the Sphinx is also known for its beauty! To this day, the Sphinx statue is known as one of the most beautiful sites in the world.
According to Slavic folklore, the Alkonost is a big bird with a woman’s head. The sounds she omits are so beautiful that anyone who hears them forgets anything else they’ve ever wanted and needed, and it is like she instantly brainwashes them with her song.
Medusa might not be the first creature that comes to mind when discussing mythical creatures, but she was once beautiful! Athena supposedly turned her beautiful hair into a nest of hideous snakes as a result of jealousy, and Medusa became the monster she is known as in myths, movies, books, and pop culture.
You could certainly say that half of this mythical creature is beautiful, and the other half – not so much. Echidna has a woman’s face and upper body, but the lower part of her body is that of a snake. Typhon is known as the “father of all monsters,” and since Echidna was his wife, that would make her the mother of all monsters.
Jewish folklore speaks of Lilith – a demonic creature that presents a threat to women and children, and that is active mostly at night. She may have been beautiful to look at, but there is nothing about her personality or actions that could be described as good.
These are sometimes the same as wood nymphs, and they are believed to be beautiful beings living in the trees. What makes Hamadryads special is that when they are born – they are automatically bound to a specific tree. The Hamadryad would get hurt if the tree got hurt, and die if it died.
The seductive Succubus haunts men in their dreams, and if the men choose to engage with her, it usually results in declining mental or physical health. Interaction with a Succubus could even result in something as definite as death.
Just like many other myths in Greek mythology, this one involves Athena! Arachne started out as a weaver and crafty woman – beautiful if you are to believe the tales. One day, she disagreed with Athena and challenged her, which resulted in Athena turning her into a spider.
A siren is something very close to a mermaid, but unlike mermaids, they are never portrayed as good or sweet. Sirens were always believed to present a real threat to sailors, and real sailors were worried to end up in the unforgiving hands of one.
The story goes that God hired the harpies to punish sinners on their way to Hades’ kingdom, where they would kidnap and torture travelers that passed them by.
In some tales, vampires are vicious and ugly creatures, but many myths and stories also portray them as breathtakingly handsome and alluring.
The very old tale of Carmilla is that of a vampire who prays mostly on women at night. Her stories date back even further than those of Dracula, and the interesting part is that she is female, unlike most other famous vampires.
Elves are described as having “supernatural beauty” and often the ability to remain forever young.
The myth of the ‘encantados’ is rooted in Brazil and other South American countries, where it is believed that the full moon turns dolphins into beautiful and handsome men. In some stories, they lure children away from their homes, and in others, they walk into the towns dressed in white to seduce women.
These legends are found mostly in Uganda, where the Emandwa is a wise healer that has the ability to mend souls and spirits. There can only be one Emandwa at a time, and their purpose is positive and healing.
In the court of gods, the Gandharvas act as singers and musicians. According to the stories, they produce music that works as a connection between gods and humans.
The daughters of the evening are also called Atlantides, and they are both stunning and sing beautifully. Another name for these three is the nymphs of the west.
25. Hyter sprites
Hyter sprites are usually used to encourage good behavior in children, and parents would use phrases like “do this or the hunter sprites will get you.”
A vibrantly colored phoenix is commonly found in old stories, and they are known for “rising from the ashes” so to speak, where they die only to regenerate and come back to life.
Pixies are similar to fairies, but these are usually associated with England and its countryside. Pixies are happy, joyful, and friendly, and they throw parties and live out their lives in close connection with nature.
Undines are also known as Ondines, and they are small and pretty water nymphs. If a man falls in love with them, the Undines become human, but they only get to live for as long as the man remains faithful.
When a battle is held in Norse mythology, Valkyrie is the one who decides who lives and who dies. If the decision is made to have a warrior die, Valkyrie takes them with her to Odin’s afterlife hall, where they get to live out their days.
30. Winged Horses
Most people have heard of the Pegasus, but there are other winged horses too in tales from all over the world! They are usually described as large, muscular, and white, with stunning wings that take them through the air.