basiliskIn mythology, the basilisk is the king of the serpents who can kill with a single glance

cerberusCerberus is the three headed dog who guards the gate to Hades.

chimeraThe Chimera had the body of a lion, a tail that ended in a snake’s head, & a goat’s head rising from her back. Yeah, that’s a good look!

gryphonThe gryphon had the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. He was known to be a particularly fine guardian of treasure.


The sphinx had the body of a lion and the head of a human woman (is anyone else seeing a trend here?) who were typically temple guardians. If you couldn’t answer the riddle of the sphinx, she would eat you. Lovely!

krakenThe kraken was a giant sea monster that attacked passing ships. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid.


The Phoenix is a magical bird that, at the end of its life, bursts into flames and from the ashes is born the egg of the new phoenix.


Echidna, the “mother of all monsters”, had the head & torso of a woman & a serpent’s tail. She supposedly birthed mythological monsters


The hydra had 9 heads and breath so deadly that even her tracks could kill.


The manticore had the body of a lion, the head of a human (with three rows of teeth), and the tail of either a dragon or a scorpion. I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley!


The Sirens were 3 women who lured sailors to a rocky death by making the men follow their beautiful singing.

typhonTyphon was the most feared monster! He was enormous and had 100 dragons on each hand, the body of a serpent but that was covered in wings, & eyes that flashed fire.



  1. very cool. thank you for this. Its a handy resource and I love the illustrations you found.

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