14 Greek Mythical Creatures from Mythology

HARPIES

In my childhood, I always strive to my grandma for stories or fables to read me out!

These stories were mostly mythical and inspired by some ancient civilizations’ beliefs and culture.

The stories include monsters, heroes, a war between good and bad, and a happy ending!

Although the generation and its beliefs now differ due to time still the children love to hear about such mythical creatures that might be projected as monsters or a hero!

In Classical mythology-inspired and originated from Greek ancient fables, there is a magnificent world where strange animals and mythical creatures live their own existence and there is also a fair mention about their mysterious disappearances from Greek mythology.

However, they are created and perish in unique ways, and they live to cruel and unusual punishment and confront humans and Gods combined!

Greek mythical creatures are fictitious entities formed purely by merciless fantasy.

Each mythical creature generally mixes some genuine elements of various existent species with other fictitious traits; they commonly figure in minor roles in Ancient mythology, either as a barrier that great heroes must face or, less frequently, as a hero who must save them.

Here’s a nearly complete list and explanation of Greek mythical creatures and their mind-blowing facts!

TYPHON

When I was constructing this article, I pondered who would have been the most terrifying mythical creature from Greek mythology.

I polled various coworkers and asked them to their polls regarding this.

When we evaluate all of the Greek mythical creatures, though, there could only be one outright pick for this horrible creature!

The “Lord of All mythical creatures,” as he is known.

Typhon was Gaia’s ultimate son, his father was Tartarus, and he is the most powerful and deadly of all Greek mythical creatures.

His presence would be surrounded by a tremendous thunderstorm, making it difficult to precisely characterize his genuine shape.

Others claim he had a human-like top portion, while others believe he included a thousand dragon faces instead of just one.

His lower half was made up of massive snake bristles that emitted a hissing noise.

His eyeballs blazed with fire and he possessed a gigantic wingspan.

Typhon was a terrifying creature that even the Olympians feared.

His consort was Echidna with whom he fathered several mythical creatures.

They once attempted and failed to assault the Olympian Gods as a group.

Typhon was attacked by Zeus, King of the Olympians, who threw 100 lightning bolts at him and confined him beneath Mount Etna.

ECHIDNA

If Typhon was the father of all mythical creatures in Greek mythology, then can you guess who was called “The Mother of Mythical creatures”? Yes, you got this one!

That’s, my friend, is Echidna! Echidna which means “Snake” is a half-woman, half-serpent Greek mythical creature.

Echidna’s ancestors were either the sea gods Phorcys and Ceto (according to Hesiod’s Theogony) or the mythographer Apollodorus’ story of Tartarus and Gaia; Tartarus and Gaia are the parents of Echidna’s spouse, Typhon.

Ladon (the monster that safeguarded the Golden Fruit of the Hesperides), another monster who safeguarded the Golden Fleece, the Hydra, the goat-like Chimera, and the hellish dogs Orthus and Cerberus were among Echidna’s kids with the 100-headed Typhon.

Her children included the Sphinx and the Nemean lion, both of whom were conceived by Orthus.

Echidna was half a flying lady with bright blue eyes and half a gigantic scaly serpent.

It was also mentioned that she had the face of a beautiful woman while also the physique of a reptile.

She was considered an eternal immortal being.

She used to drag her victims to sand holes, where she enjoyed devouring them whole.

How terrifying the scene would be! I’m having some serious level goosebumps!

Moving on, she was living underground deep beneath the earth’s surface.

Echidna is also attributed to giving birth to a number of well-known creatures in Greek mythology which we already mentioned!

THE GORGONS

THE GORGONS
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Can you think of any mythical creature that can turn into you just by looking at you, straight in the eyes!

That’s more than eerie and uncomfortable to hear! But these are the three sisters also known as The Gorgons in Greek mythology.

they were three wicked sisters with tresses made of venomous, poisonous snakes and the ability to transform someone stone simply by glancing into their eyes.

Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa were the renowned sisters. Medusa is unquestionably the most renowned and infamous of her kind.

According to some legends, she was once a lovely priest at the Temple of Athena, rather than a dreadful monster.

Well, that’s another story to tell you later as this one is more fascinating!

Poseidon, the God of the Sea, assaulted her, and Athena cursed her by turning her into a hideous beast (because she couldn’t penalize Poseidon).

Perseus, a Greek warrior, beheaded Medusa and used her skull to turn his foes to rock. He subsequently gave it to Athena, who wore Medusa’s head on her enclosure.

THE SIRENS

The Sirens were lovely mythical creatures that sang seductive songs, enticing passers-by to their graves.

Each Siren had a hybrid look of a woman and a bird, with the artist’s interpretation changing.

Some painters created Sirens with the bodies of birds and the heads of ladies, while others created Sirens that resembled ladies.

It is mentioned in the mythology that their seductive songs were very problematic for the time people.

Like, of course, you are not likely to love these mythical creatures to behead you by drug you by their seductive song while you are just on the way to enjoy a vacation!

It was indeed a problem.

But, the true hero Odysseus being as smart as he was, found a way for this emerging problem as he plugged his sailors’ ears with wax along with chaining himself to his ship’s deck so that he can enjoy the Sirens’ lovely music without succumbing to the alluring Sirens.

That’s what you call brilliance! Claps for Odysseus!

SCYLLA

That’s another Greek mythical creature, especially a sea creature named Scylla.

This mythical creature was the daughter of Forky and Kitos, and she used to be a lovely Maiden but, the deity Poseidon lusted over, according to Greek mythology.

Poseidon’s vengeful partner, Amphitrite, transformed her into a monstrosity by contaminating her bathing pool.

After the curse, she had a fishy body, a feminine upper torso, and projecting animal heads from her head.

She stalked the cliffs of a tiny strait near the whirlpool of Charybdis, another terrifying creature. 

Odysseus’ ship crosses through the passage in the Odyssey after losing six of his men to the creature.

As apparently, she endeavors them all!

LAMIA

The beautiful the name of this mythical creature sounds the more vicious this one is!

Trust me on that! This is a story of what despair can turn into!

Lamia ruled Libya and was a magnificent queen. Because of her bond with Zeus, she found herself at the mercy of Hera.

Hera killed all her children which were the god of thunder’s love child with Lamia.

With so much grief and wrath, Lamia converted herself into a child-devouring monster.

Envy has driven her to kidnap the babies of other mothers ever since.

She had the ability to pull her eyeballs out and put them back in whenever she wanted.

One should never mess with a mother, whatsoever!

SPHINX

SPHINX
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Sphinx was always considered as a sacred animal in ancient Egyptian culture and it carries great importance in Greek mythology as a mythical creature as well.

The Sphinx is a creature with a man’s head and a lion’s torso that guards the everlasting monuments of the Egyptian pharaohs like Tutankhamun.

The Greeks, on the other hand, adapted this mythical creature into their literature as a treacherous and vicious monster with a woman’s head, lion’s belly, eagle’s wings, and a serpent’s tail.

It protected the gateway to Thebes, Greece, and required travelers to solve a riddle before entering.

Those who did not respond were devoured alive! be careful before entering such gates! I am quite sure you won’t like to be in someone’s belly eaten alive!

CHARYBDIS

In Greek mythology, Charybdis is yet another fearsome female mythical creature.

Poseidon and Gaia are supposed to be her ancestors.

She resided on the Asian side of the Bosporus, across from Scylla.

Scylla lived on the European eastern seaboard.

Charybdis resembled a massive tornado, with a gigantic mouth full of large, sharp fangs prepared to swallow any ship or crew passing through.

Charybdis, like Scylla, is mentioned in the stories of Odysseus and the Argonauts, who perished while passing through these straits.

After observing so many sea mythical creatures and their tale of endeavoring people alive I’m quite sure I have developed some weird phobias like hating for sea traveling!

HARPIES

Harpies’ literal meaning is a malicious woman with a fierce temper!

While this is what this mythical creature be described as. In Greek mythology, the Harpies were humanoid creatures with a bird’s carcass and a female’s head.

They managed to nail’ human souls and turned wrongdoers over to the Erinyes (Furies), three gods of wrath and punishment who punished mankind for numerous crimes.

When someone vanished from the World, it was thought that the harpies had taken him to the Underworld, the Kingdom of Hell, and the land of the deceased.

They were most likely to be punishing agents that kidnapped and tormented victims on their route to the Underworld.

They were ruthless, nasty, and bloodthirsty.

THE GIANTS

The Giants were monstrously large mythical creatures.

They look like you and me but their size was never looked human-wise.

They were gigantic in size and unstoppable in power, according to Greek legend.

Their body was leathery, and they had lizard-like tails. They had a long beard and heavy hair. Their bushy arms clutched bows and arrows that were long and glittering.

In Greek mythology, it was said they were earthly, despite their supernatural origins.

According to mythology, as long as the Giants walked on the land where they were born, they were invincible.

They are thought to have superhuman strength, vast stature, and a long life span, yet they lacked conscience and inventiveness.

One of the biggest examples of the Giants is Argus, who served as Hera’s guardian, was a well-known Giant.

CENTAUR

We have known this mythical creature from fables to harry potter movie series!

They are certainly having this charm that people can mesmerizingly just invest into them just by looking.

A centaur or unicorn is a half-human, half-horse hybrid mythical creature.

Centaurs have ahead of a man, hands, and chest, as well as a horse’s body and legs.

The Centaurs resided in Thessaly’s highlands beside the Lapiths, with whom they fought often because the Centaurs intended to capture Hippodamia, King Piritoo’s lovely wife. 

King Piritoo held a grand supper for his wedding, inviting all of the region’s residents, including the centaurs.

Centaurs, on the other hand, had never tasted the wine, and when they were intoxicated, they plotted to capture Hippodamia and the other feast guests.

The Lapiths eventually won a war as a result of this episode.

CERBERUS

CERBERUS
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As we are talking about harry potter and their movie series, you must be aware of the existence of fluffy (A three-headed dog pet by Hagrid) if you are a true potter-head!

We all were thinking it must be the creation of the writer but it was actually adopted by Greek mythology where this mythical creature was supposedly the son of Typhon.

Cerberus was a renowned three-headed dog that was Hades’s Hades god’s pet.

He was positioned at the Underworld’s Gates, ensuring that no dead souls escaped and no live man entered the land of the dead.

He was a safeguard of both worlds.  He possessed a snake for a tail in addition to his three scary heads.

Just two heroes managed to beat this creature; Heracles (Hercules) and Orpheus.

Heracles used his might to vanquish him, while Orpheus used his music to put him to sleep.

Typhon and Echidna had a son named Cerberus. He had a two-headed dog named Orthrus who was his sibling from the same parents.

MINOTAUR

The minotaur is one of Greek mythology’s most interesting mythical creatures.

His name means “Bull of Minos,” as he had a man’s body and a bull’s head. He was indeed the son of Pasiphae and Crete’s Bull.

After Asterion’s death, Minos, son of Zeus, requested Poseidon for assistance because then his people would crown him King of Crete.

Poseidon consented and summoned a gorgeous white bull from the depths of the sea, which Minos pledged to sacrifice on his behalf. 

Minos, however, was taken aback by the bull’s magnificence and sacrificed a different one in its stead, trying to deceive Poseidon.

Poseidon was angered, and in vengeance, he incited Pasiphae, Minos’ spouse, to have a baby with the white bull, which resulted in the story of the minotaur.

As the Bull got older and more ferocious, Minos constructed a maze and imprisoned it.

Minos offered 7 females and 7 males to be consumed by the Minotaur every 9 years since the Minotaur only ate human blood.

CYCLOPS

CYCLOPS
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The Cyclops was the first giants who were among the first mythical creatures to inhabit the universe, thus according to Greek mythology.

They were barbaric people who lived off of farming and poaching.

They had no fear of deities or man. 

The first-generation sons of Uranus and Gaea, who were committed to architecture and handicrafts, were followed by the second-generation sons of Uranus and Gaea.

They were obstinate and had a bad attitude. 

As they created highly constructed swords, they eventually became famed for their force and physical. 

A small tribe of Cyclops resided on a distant island in the 2nd gen.

One of these Cyclops is one of Greek mythology’s most well-known mythical creatures. Polyphemus is the son of Poseidon and the nymph Toosa, who famously lost an eye when Odysseus blinded him to get out of his dungeon, where the Cyclops had taken him and other men.

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