How Many of These Mythological Creatures Can You Name?

Is that a unicorn or a yeti?

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93% of Americans can't name these mythological creatures.

For all of human history, people have shared stories of mythical creatures like unicorns, griffons, or even the Loch Ness Monster. In some cultures, these creatures came about as a result of seeing a real animal that then became more magical and legendary over many retellings of a story. In other cultures, these legendary creatures were invented to explain natural phenomena that couldn't be explained by the available science that humans had back in the day.

Some of these creatures are terrifying monsters that no one would want to tangle with, like the Gorgons. Others are sweet or helpful creatures that humans might want to encounter, like pixies. And some are a little bit of both, like the leprechaun, who has gold but might be a bit of a trickster. But whatever their origin, every country has a monster they're afraid of or even celebrate.

Have you heard of the manticore? What about the Chupacabra? Do they scare you, or are you just fascinated by them? How many of these legendary beasts can you name from just a picture? Take our quiz and find out!

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93% of Americans can't name these mythological creatures.

For all of human history, people have shared stories of mythical creatures like unicorns, griffons, or even the Loch Ness Monster. In some cultures, these creatures came about as a result of seeing a real animal that then became more magical and legendary over many retellings of a story. In other cultures, these legendary creatures were invented to explain natural phenomena that couldn't be explained by the available science that humans had back in the day.

Some of these creatures are terrifying monsters that no one would want to tangle with, like the Gorgons. Others are sweet or helpful creatures that humans might want to encounter, like pixies. And some are a little bit of both, like the leprechaun, who has gold but might be a bit of a trickster. But whatever their origin, every country has a monster they're afraid of or even celebrate.

Have you heard of the manticore? What about the Chupacabra? Do they scare you, or are you just fascinated by them? How many of these legendary beasts can you name from just a picture? Take our quiz and find out!

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93% of Americans can't name these mythological creatures.


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Let's Play!

1. Which mythological creature is this?


1. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Unicorn

2. Dragon

The correct answer is unicorn. Legends of the unicorn were based partly on real horns from narwhals. They are a species of whale that has a noticeable "tusk," really a canine tooth, that resembles a horn.



2. Which mythological creature is this?


2. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Leprechaun

2. Selkie

The correct answer is leprechaun. The Celtic leprechaun is a magical sprite with a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.



3. Which mythological creature is this?


3. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Dragon

2. Griffon

Dragons appear in the mythology of wildly disparate cultures across Europe and Asia.



4. Which mythological creature is this?


4. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Pegasus

2. Yeti

The pegasus was a winged horse in Greek mythology.



5. Which mythological creature is this?


5. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Cyclops

2. Biclops

The cyclops ("circle-eye") in Greek mythology was the monstrous son of Poseidon sent to harry and waylay Odysseus in The Odyssey.



6. Which mythological creature is this?


6. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Pixie

2. Nac Mac Feegle

The correct answer is pixie. Though the term is often interchangeably used with "fairy," pixies and fairies were traditionally at war with each other in Celtic mythology.



7. Which mythological creature is this?


7. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Hydra

2. Gorgon

Gorgons are often erroneously referred to as "medusas," after Medusa, the most legendary gorgon ever.



8. Which mythological creature is this?


8. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Phoenix

2. Yeti

The correct answer is Yeti. The Yeti, a giant snow mammal, is said to live high in the Himalayas.



9. Which mythological creature is this?


9. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Phoenix

2. Quezacoatl

The phoenix was a legendary firebird from Greek mythology that would die and then rise from its own ashes.



10. Which mythological creature is this?


10. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Chupacabra

2. Bigfoot

The correct answer is Bigfoot. The mythical Bigfoot still has believers—tons of people still hunt for it every year through the wilds of North America.



11. Which mythological creature is this?


11. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Griffon

2. Manticore

The correct answer is griffon. The griffon is a legendary creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.



12. Which mythological creature is this?


12. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Siren

2. Will-O'-the-Wisp

Sirens used their beautiful voices to lure sailors to their death on dangerous reefs in Greek mythology. Although now it is common to see images of sirens that look similar to mermaids, originally they were depicted as a combination of both human and bird.



13. Which mythological creature is this?


13. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Chupacabra

2. Hydra

In Greek mythology, the Hydra was a beast with three heads. When you cut off one head, three more would take its place.



14. Which mythological creature is this?


14. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Hippogriff

2. Cerberus

The correct answer is Cerberus. In Greek mythology, Cerberus was the three-headed hound that guarded the gates of the underworld and prevented the dead from escaping.



15. Which mythological creature is this?


15. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Jersey Devil

2. Manticore

In Greek mythology, the fearsome manticore was a beast with the body of a red lion, the wings of a bat, and the tail of a scorpion.



16. Which mythological creature is this?


16. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Satyr

2. Chupacabra

The Chupacabra, whose name literally means "goat-sucker," is a cryptozoological creature that supposedly drains the blood of livestock.



17. Which mythological creature is this?


17. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Will-O'-the-Wisp

2. Werewolf

The correct answer is will-o'-the-wisp. In Celtic mythology, will-o'-the-wisps lure travelers down dangerous paths in the wilderness and strand them there.



18. Which mythological creature is this?


18. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Satyr

2. Centaur

The half-man, half-goat satyr was known for its voracious...uh...appetites in Greek mythology.



19. Which mythological creature is this?


19. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Kraken

2. Centaur

Centaurs are half-man and half-horse, and are one of the few Greek mythological creatures not generally regarded as malevolent.



20. Which mythological creature is this?


20. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Loch Ness Monster

2. Hippogriff

The correct answer is Loch Ness Monster. The Loch Ness Monster is an aquatic beast (possibly a trapped plesiosaur) that supposedly inhabits Loch Ness in Scotland.



21. Which mythological creature is this?


21. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Kraken

2. Cthulhu

The kraken was a giant cephalopod—sometimes an octopus, sometimes a squid—which would grab and wreck ships at sea.



22. Which mythological creature is this?


22. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Hippogriff

2. Gnome

The correct answer is hippogriff. The hippogriff has the front half of an antlered bird and the back half of a horse.



23. Which mythological creature is this?


23. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Jersey Devil

2. Troll

The legendary beast that roams the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, the Jersey Devil is said to be the spawn of Satan himself.



24. Which mythological creature is this?


24. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Kobold

2. Gnome

Gnomes were introduced relatively recently for mythological creatures, in the 16th century. Their characteristics change depending on the author, but they're usually small humanoids who live underground.



25. Which mythological creature is this?


25. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Dryad

2. Elf

The correct answer is dryad. Dryads are forest protector spirits whose form changes pretty dramatically depending on the author.



26. Which mythological creature is this?


26. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Zombie

2. Kobold

Like many other mythical creatures, kobolds' appearances change depending on the author, but they're generally agreed to be small, rat-like humanoids who do household chores—unless they're angered.



27. Which mythological creature is this?


27. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Dwarf

2. Troll

Trolls are creatures from Scandinavian folklore. They always live in the mountains, though they're sometimes harmful and sometimes apathetic towards humans.



28. Which mythological creature is this?


28. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Orc

2. Elf

Elves exist in several forms in mythology—either as beautiful lithe humanoids or as otherworldly spirits, also known as the Sidhe in Celtic/British mythology.



29. Which mythological creature is this?


29. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Vampire

2. Orc

Orcs were created by 20th-century fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien to be evil, corrupted elves.



30. Which mythological creature is this?


30. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Vampire

2. Zombie

The correct answer is vampire. Vampires are undead beings in European folklore that drink the blood of the living in order to sustain themselves.



31. Which mythological creature is this?


31. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Rakshasa

2. Werewolf

Werewolves are creatures that appear as men except under the full moon, when they transform into a half-man, half-wolf creature with a ravenous appetite.



32. Which mythological creature is this?


32. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Zombie

2. Bogeyman

Zombies come from Haitian mythology, and are created when a sorcerer brings a corpse back to life.



33. Which mythological creature is this?


33. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Strega

2. Chimera

The correct answer is Chimera. Chimeras are another beast from Greek mythology. They are typically depicted with the head and body of a lion, with a goat head rising from their back and a tail made out of a snake.



34. Which mythological creature is this?


34. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Demogorgan

2. Kitsune

In Japanese folklore, kitsune are intelligent fox spirits who can be both helpful and extremely vexing.



35. Which mythological creature is this?


35. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Griffin

2. Sphinx

The correct answer is sphinx. A creature with the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the head of a woman, the sphinx waylaid travelers in Ancient Egyptian mythology and ate them if they couldn't answer her riddles.



36. Which mythological creature is this?


36. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Pixie

2. Mermaid

Like dragons, mermaids appear in a wide variety of cultures around the world—sometimes friendly, sometimes malevolent, and always with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a fish.



37. Which mythological creature is this?


37. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Banshee

2. Minotaur

The original Minotaur was the guardian of the Labyrinth in Greek mythology.



38. Which mythological creature is this?


38. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Boggart

2. Mongolian Death Worm

Supposedly inhabiting the western or southern regions of the Gobi Desert, some residents of Mongolia claimed the existence of the giant death worm.



39. Which mythological creature is this?


39. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Demon

2. Banshee

Banshees come from Irish mythology, and are typically depicted as shrieking to herald the death of a family member.



40. Which mythological creature is this?


40. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Harpy

2. Tengu

Harpies are monsters from Greek mythology with the body of a woman and the wings and talons of a bird.



41. Which mythological creature is this?


41. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Selkie

2. Succubus

The correct answer is succubus. Succubi are temptress demons who lure men to their deaths with the promise of...uh... adult pleasures.



42. Which mythological creature is this?


42. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Grindylow

2. Tarrasque

The Tarrasque is a creature from French mythology which was impervious to being hunted until a woman named Saint Martha tamed it with her song.



43. Which mythological creature is this?


43. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Leviathan

2. Tiklabang

Leviathans are giant sea serpents originally mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.



44. Which mythological creature is this?


44. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Fenfir

2. Jormungandr

Fenrir is a monstrous wolf from Norse mythology who is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarok.



45. Which mythological creature is this?


45. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Cockatrice

2. Tengu

The cockatrice, a dragon-like creature with a rooster's head, is capable of killing with a stare. It comes from generalized European mythology.



46. Which mythological creature is this?


46. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Octorock

2. Cthulhu

The correct answer is Cthulhu. A creation of horror author H.P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu is an elder god who sleeps under the city, and who will one day rise to lay waste to the cities of man.



47. Which mythological creature is this?


47. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Roc

2. Lamia

The correct answer is roc. The roc is an enormous, building-sized bird from Arabian mythology.



48. Which mythological creature is this?


48. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Tengu

2. Hobgoblin

Tengu are legendary bird-men from Japanese mythology who are supposedly the most legendary swordsmen in existence.



49. Which mythological creature is this


49. Which mythological creature is this

1. Dryder

2. Lamia

Lamia is a snakelike monster with the head of a woman who devours children.



50. Which mythological creature is this?


50. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Tiklabang

2. Grindylow

The correct answer is grindylow. Grindylows are water-dwelling spirits from British folklore that are said to drag under children who come too close to the water's edge.



51. Which mythological creature is this?


51. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Poltergeist

2. Erinyes

Erinyes are winged vengeance demons from ancient Greek mythology.



52. Which mythological creature is this?


52. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Tanuki

2. Balor

The correct answer is tanuki. Tanuki are mischievous raccoon dogs, trickster spirits from Japanese folklore.



53. Which mythological creature is this?


53. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Jackalope

2. Charybdis

Jackalopes are a North American myth of a jackrabbit with antler horns.



54. Which mythological creature is this?


54. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Hippogriff

2. Hippocampus

The correct answer is hippocampus, also known as the hippocamp. It is from Greek, Phoenician, and Etruscan mythology, having the upper body of a horse and lower body of a fish.



55. Which mythological creature is this?


55. Which mythological creature is this?

1. Drake

2. Amphiptere

The correct answer is an Amphiptere, a winged serpent commonly found in European coat of arms.




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