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Most epic mythical creatures chart ever. I’ve put up the image below for a clearer view. There should be something here for everyone, along with new creatures and legends for everyone too.

Here’s my reasoning and background!

ORIGIN
I had an idea for a Venn/Euler diagram of mythical creatures, and someone showed me Unwin and Carline’s chart from 2009. This is a very classy diagram but there are some inaccuracies (e.g. Mermaid is human + fish, not narwhal) and I knew I could make a far more comprehensive chart.

RESEARCH

  • My research conducted via Wikipedia and Google Images, along with my own knowledge and memories of playing Warhammer Fantasy Battle as a kid. I make no apology for this.

COMPROMISE

  • This was a difficult chart to create! I know that many people will either have a problem with the way I’ve laid it out, or a suggestion/complaint about something that hasn’t been included, but this was the best I could do, and I’m happy with it.

ACTUAL MYTHICAL CREATURES

  • All creatures and characters listed here have a heritage in historical mythology
  • One of my problems with Unwin and Carline’s chart from 2009 is the “Mermahuataur”, which they basically made up. That is not happening here.
  • Recent inventions like the Pegacorn are not included (much as I love the Pegacorn)
  • Cryptids like the Loveland Frog and Yeti are not welcome here.

NO DUPLICATES

  • Centaur, Ipotane, Tikbalang and Buraq are all different combinations of horse + human. Pegasus, Hippogriff and Hippalectryon are all different versions of horse + bird.
  • Russian folklore features both the Sirin and the Gamayun, but they are identical in form, so only the Sirin was included.

DRAGON = LIZARD + BAT

  • As a fan of dinosaurs, it would have been easy for me to include Dragon as lizard + bird. But dragon wings are strictly lizard-like, scaly and/or leathery wings, not feathered (unlike the Cockatrice). So they had to go down as lizard + bat.

THAT DAMN NARWHAL

  • I felt strange including the Narwhal like Unwin and Carline, because it seems like a mythical combination of animals in its own right. But it’s a real, single creature!
  • For Unicorn, I could have used rhino instead, but the nature and shape of the narhwal’s tusk is far closer to the unicorn’s horn.

CREATURES, THEN INDIVIDUALS

  • Gorgon is included instead of Medusa, but there is no clear name for a horse with wings, so Pegasus is included by name.
  • The same goes for humans or legends who are individuals and do not come from any species.

MYTHOLOGY NOT RELIGION

  • This is a very hazy area, and one person’s religion is another person’s mythology. But I tried to stick to mythical creatures, rather than religious “gods”, and not including things like angels. Ammit, for instance, seems more of a mythical creature than the Egyptian gods like Anubis. Ultimately though this was just a decision I made myself.

FLYING OR NOT FLYING

  • Some creatures are sometimes known as having wings, but are not listed as part-bird, e.g. Chimaera. This is because some creatures are definitely, exclusively winged (e.g. the Lamassu) while some like the Chimaera and Manticore are not always winged.

LIZARD vs SNAKE vs SERPENT vs FISH

  • Some legends are not clear about whether something is part lizard or snake (Ladon, Hydra), or part snake or fish (Ophiotaurus). I’ve done my best.

MY FAVOURITES

  • Uchchaihshravas – 7-headed flying horse from Hindu mythology
  • Hippalectryon – back end of a rooster, front end of a horse. Great name!
  • Zahhak – Persian legend with snakes rising from his shoulders
  • Hecatonchires – the “hundred-handed” (and fifty-headed) destroyers of the Titans from Greek mythology
  • Chimaera – lion’s body and head, goat head, lizard head and snake for a tail. Can’t beat it for totally bad-ass monster.

THE COMPLETE LIST:
Ammit
Argos Panoptes
Bai Ze
Balaur
Basilisk
Buraq
Camahueto
Centaur
Cerberus
Chamrosh
Chimaera (chimera)
Cockatrice
Cyclops
Dragon
Dryad
Echidna
Gandaberunda
Geryon
Gorgon
Griffon (Griffin, Gryphon)
Harpy
Hecate
Hecatonchires (Hekatonkheires)
Hippalectryon
Hippocamp (Hippocampus)
Hippogriff
Hydra
Ichthyocentaur
Ipotane
Kaliya
Ladon
Lamassu
Longma
Makara
Manticore
Mermaid
Minotaur
Monopod
Myrmecoleon
Nuckelavee
Ophiotaurus
Orthrus
Pabilsag
Pegasus
Satyr
Sirin
Sleipnir
Sphinx
Sun Crow (Three-Legged Crow)
Tikbalang
Typhon
Uchchaihshravas
Unicorn
Vampire
Werewolf
Wyvern
Zahhak

Tags

epic, euler, mythical, creatures, fantasy, myth, mythology, myths, mythological, magic, chart, venn, diagram, unicorn, griffin, dragon, hydra, legendary, wyvern, cyclops, mermaid, centaur, hippocampus, manticore, chimera, ammit, hippogriff, sphinx, gorgon, medusa, hecatonchires, sleipnir, basilisk, uchchaihshravas, cockatrice, cerberus, zahhak, camahueto, echidna, panoptes, dryad, lamassu, list, harpy, werewolf, ipotane, tikbalang, nuckelavee, satyr, minotaur

Comments

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 2 years ago

    great concept

  • Thanks :)

    – jezkemp

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    Well, this is uncompromisingly brilliant. Colors, creatures, imagination, & undoubtedly, TRUTH. But now it’s time to saddle up the old Longma & mosey on….

  • Thank you kindly! Had a lot of fun (and frustration, but mainly fun!) putting it together :)

    – jezkemp

  • Dylan Carline
    Dylan Carlinealmost 2 years ago

    A good stab at the version 2 of the Euler! I like the circular design; that’s quite neat.

    Thanks for providing a link back to ours, although I’d prefer it to link to the original on Jim’s Flickr, if you are able to change it? We got past 1,000,000 (!) views recently so we may as well try for 2. The link is:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/preshaa/3847027500/

    We’re still a little perplexed with how much traffic and further work this generated, and we continue to get flak from various sources (here included!) about our ommisions/errors/mermahuataur, which is all good IMO! Really though, the point was a joke, and Mermahuataur (and dog x 3) was the punchline.

    So how about a couple of free stickers? I’ll send one out to Jim in Califronia to stick on his car/fridge/small child!

  • Hey dude, cheers for commenting! Changed the link as suggested :)
    Appreciated about the Mermahuataur being a joke, although as with many things on the internet, a Google search shows it’s taken on a life of its own :D
    Chur
    Jez

    – jezkemp

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