Mythical creature is a term used to describe a creature that appears in legends and folklore. Although there is no known scientific proof that supports the existence of mythical creatures, many people remain fascinated by the very idea of such fantastical creatures.
Mythical creatures are, like their namesake, simply myths but they do much to get creative imaginations flowing. In fact, there is a pseudoscience called “cryptozoology” that focuses on conducting searches for and studies of creatures whose existence is not confirmed! Furthermore, the creatures found in cryptozoology—like “mothman”—are said to have been based on actual sighting reports…and that has made these creatures into the stuff of urban legends.
The existence of mythical beings in the actual world is far less pressing than their all-too-real existence in stories, television, film song and Internet media. In fact, entire genres and franchises have been built around the adventures of mythical creatures and this has made them driving forces behind some of the biggest entertainment brands and iconic songs and shows (examples include “Harry Potter,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” and “X-Files”).
Below is a list that chronicles some of the most well-known mythical creatures that continue to make frequent appearances in modern pop-culture.