Everyone has gone through a phase of being utterly obsessed with mythology. While the all-powerful and feuding Gods, folklore heroes, and fantastical quests are remarkable, one facet of mythology takes the cake for the epic characters it’s produced: mythological creatures. From one-eyed monsters to winged lions to snake-headed women, all mythological beasts seemingly have their own fascinating histories, abilities, and means of terrifying the people who were alive during their era. These are some of the stunning mythological creatures that brought awe and amazement to those who supposedly came face-to-face with them.

The creepy qualities of the Chimera

You’ll have a hard time finding a mythological creature with a more disturbing appearance than the Chimera. These spooky female beasts have a lion’s head, a serpent’s tail, and a goat’s body to balance them out. Oh, and they breathe fire. Awful, right? Boasting other terrifying siblings such as the Hydra and Cerberus, you definitely wouldn’t want to be alone with this monster. The multi-species beast is mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, which helped elevate the creepy creature to the mainstream. It is the haunting daughter of Typhon and Echidna, and the three-headed, hellish creature began to wreak havoc on the world from the day she was born. The original beast was said to have been slain by Bellerophon, who murdered the monster while riding horseback on his trusty Pegasus.

The haunting tale of the Hydra

Could you imagine going sword-to-head with this terrifying, nine-headed aquatic beast? In a two-for-two disaster set of family members, the Hydra was another lovechild of Typhon and Echidna. The terrifying creature was a squatter in the lake of Lerna. The serpent frequently enjoyed slithering out of hiding on their own time to cause trouble and fulfill their cravings in nearby Lerna. What’s wrong with leaving the house for a snack? Well, nothing…if those snacks weren’t people. While many citizens attempted to stop the water beast from ruining their settlement, the Hydra had a trick up their sleeve—when one head was decapitated, another two sprung back into its place. And one was immortal. So, not ideal. Fortunately, the hero Hercules found that by burning the wounded locations on her body where he had chopped off her heads, the creepy craniums were unable to grow back. After her run-in with Hercules, the Lernean Hydra was finally dead for good, yet they remain one of the most disturbing and powerful beasts in the history of mythology. Who do you know who can grow back their heads?

The terrifying song of sirens

Sirens are arguably one of the most terrifying mythological creatures, simply because of how innocent they appeared before they attacked their victims. From a distance, these lovely-voiced ladies were a sight to behold. Through seductive song, they were able to woo sailors on passing ships who were sick for love, affection, attention, and comfort. By singing to passing ships, the sirens lured in reams of men who found it impossible to resist the voices of the stunning women. But what happened when they got up close? Chaos. The islands that the sirens lived on were rocky ship-traps, resulting in spellbound sailors getting shipwrecked and stuck on the island with the sirens. Some have theorized that these shipwrecked men died from causes related to the shipwrecks, such as starvation, while others testified that sirens were cannibalistic and consumed the men they robbed the lives of. Either way, the fact that any creature can sing sickly-sweet songs to draw people to their deaths is pretty dang horrifying.

The jolly, reckless lives of satyrs

Satyrs are certainly some of the more joyful creatures in the sphere of mythology. These half-man and half-goat spirits are often depicted with horns, ears, hooves, and other goat and horse-like body parts. During their lifespan, they were bound to the woodlands, where they liked to get drunk, dance, and play epic music with their fellow satyrs. They answered to the call of the god Dionysus, who, as the literal God of wine, gave them plenty of drink-based rewards to help them loosen up and have a jolly good time during their expeditions into the woods. However, satyrs aren’t typically too socially smooth, especially with the ladies. Despite frequently trying to seduce nymphs, satyrs were often rejected when they tried to make a move. Still, if you ever need instructions on living a happy-go-lucky lifestyle, satyrs could give you a few pointers.

The importance of Pegasus

Pegasus may be very well-known, yet they are famous for a reason. They were one of the most important players in several key events during the era of mythological creatures. Born from Poseidon and the blood of Medusa’s decapitated head, Pegasus was a little helper from a young age, becoming the chosen transportation unit of heroes across the years. Riding the stunning, winged-horse was akin to ascending to Heaven, and, in their flight to the top, Pegasus eventually ended up working for Zeus himself (right after dying and getting turned into a constellation, of course). Chaueffering the likes of Perseus and Bellerophon, Pegasus guided many great men into battle against chaotic and evil creatures. This was no easy gig, but Pegasus was always first in line to cart around the heroes who needed them to carry them into battle. We aren’t sure where a horse with wings got so much bravery from, but we have to applaud their incredible narrative in so many classic hero stories. Great work, Peggy!