Believe in Magic: 15 Enchanting Mythical Creatures We Wish Would Step into our World!

Humans weave a vast tapestry of fantasy. Throughout cultures and histories, humanity developed stories filled with fantastical beasts, legendary heroes, and critical lessons about the human condition.

Mankind’s imagination knows no bounds. Here are 15 imaginative creatures that we wish were real.

Alicanto

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A gorgeous golden bird native to the Southernmost regions of the Americas, the Alicanto is said to feed on gold, giving it majestic glimmering feathers. Alicantos come from Chilean myth.

Alicantos have expesive upkeep, but the gorgeous bird can lead us to gold mines. 

Azeban

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The Abenaki people, indigenous to the Northwestern forests of North America, tell of a tricky raccoon-like creature who’s always getting into trouble. The Azeban isn’t malevolent. Like many of us, he’s primarily motivated by food.

Centaur

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The majestic half-man, half-horse originated in ancient Greece. The creature highlights man’s dichotomy, portrayed as both barbaric and wise, representing man’s struggle to overcome his animalistic nature.

Centaur’s are too intelligent to keep as pets, but we wish they were real so we could be friends with them. 

Chimera

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In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous beast with a lion’s head, goat’s body, and serpent’s tail. However, the term “chimera” now represents any imaginary being that’s a mash-up of different animal parts. 

Dragon

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Dragons appeared in several cultures and mythologies throughout the ages. From the lucky Chinese dragons to the ferocious European ones, these mythical creatures enchanted humanity for eons.

If Pixar taught us anything, it’s that many dragons are actually adorable and would make fantastic pets. 

Genie

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Though popular culture transformed the mystical jinn into a wish-granting powerhouse, the original creature wasn’t always as benevolent. The earliest Jinn appeared in Arabic myth. They could inspire poets but also had a destructive sense of justice and were known to punish humans severely for the slightest grievance.

A pet genie would be able to make all our dreams come true, but it would probably be better to have as a best friend. 

Gnome

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First introduced in 16th century Germany, gnomes have adapted over the years. They’ve been grotesque counterparts to fairies, underground protectors of the Earth, and even celestial protectors of women. Modern culture sees gnomes as benevolent protectors of plants and gardens, a viewpoint that took off with the prominence of commercial garden gnomes.

Golem

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Jewish tradition allows humans to create a helper out of dust. The Golem can help or hinder. Though it can act as a warrior for the community or a trusted servant,  and can also turn on its creator, wreaking havoc until it’s destroyed.

We’d hope that our golem would just help around the house and not turn evil. 

Griffin

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The Griffin combines the king of the forest with the king of the skies. The majestic beast features an eagle’s head and wings affixed to a lion’s body. Griffins are often guarding precious treasures and vast riches.

Hippogriff

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Griffins combine with ponies to make the legendary creature popularized in the Harry Potter franchise. The stunning creature has the head and wings of an eagle, but a horse’s back, making it perfect for riding. 

Jackalope

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The American West created a fabled creature similar to a rabbit but adorned with gorgeous antlers. Visitors to states from North Dakota to Texas will find taxidermized jackalopes decorating saloons and lodges, a testament to how much goes into maintaining these fantastical legends.

Leprechaun

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The most loveable figure in Irish folklore stores his gold at the end of the rainbow. Though similar to fairies, leprechauns are typically solitary creatures, and their mischief is usually limited to minor pranks. They don’t typically mean to cause actual harm.

Mermaid

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The famous sea creature is found in folklore from all over Europe. Some think they may have origins in the Greek siren stories. Merfolk are associated with shipwrecks, sailing, and the sea, and despite the lack of tangible evidence regarding their existence, people still report seeing them today. 

Pegasus

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The winged horse that assisted Perseus with his quest is one of the most well-known legendary creatures. Pegasus differs from the rest of the list, as it’s the horse’s name, and as far as the myth goes, he’s the only one of his kind.

Phoenix

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A phoenix burns itself and then rises from the ashes once every 100 years. The modern view of the phoenix comes from Greek myth, but similar creatures appear in Egyptian and Persian cultures.

Pixie 

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Pixies originate in Britannia. These tiny, humanlike creatures are similar to fairies but tend to be helpful more often than not. They’re playful little beings and may cause mischief in the pursuit of fun.

Raiju

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The thunder beast from Japanese mythology looks like a dog wrapped in lightning. It’s unclear whether there’s just one, the companion to the Shinto God of Lightening, or if it’s an entire species. Raiji likes to nap in human navels, prompting some folks to sleep on their bellies during thunderstorms for protection.

Unicorn

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The fabled horse with a single horn holds strong as a favorite mythical creature. Unicorns symbolize purity and grace, and rarity. Some have healing powers. 

Wolpertinger

Rabbit with wings and antlers cartoon.
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These hodgepodge rodent-like creatures are said to live in the Alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany. They’re a random mashup of a rabbit, squirrel, deer, and pheasant. They’re typically depicted as a rabbit with antlers and wings, not too far from their North American cousin, the jackalope.  

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