Mythic humanoids

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Mythic humanoids are mythological creatures that are part human or resemble humans through appearance or character.

Categories of mythic humanoids[edit]

The multitude of mythic humanoids can be divided into four categories:

Human skinned humanoids

These humanoids can pass unnoticed in human society. Their ears may be slightly misshaped, their eyes may not line up, or their height may not measure up, but their difference in appearance can be attributed to genetic mistakes or mutation. Sometimes they live separated from society, live in alternative realities, or occur only by night or under specific circumstances. This category includes elves, fairies, nymphs and house spirits.

Monster skinned humanoids

Portions of these humanoids are clearly not of human make. Drastic differences in skin colour, eye type, scales and fur, claws and tails. The average person may find them quite unpleasant and untrustworthy because they are not all human.

Monstrous humanoids

These humanoids are likely to instill fear and revulsion. They may walk, talk, and think like a human, but they are obviously not.

Temporary form humanoids

These are creatures that may temporarily disguise or transform into a human shape, but have entirely different true forms.

Human skinned[edit]

  • Angel Spiritual being depicted as a human with wings.
  • Arkan Sonney Fairy creature resembling a pig with long hairs.
  • Bannik Slavic bathhouse spirit.
  • Brownie Scottish household spirit
  • Bugbear A type of hobgoblin comparable to the bogeyman.
  • Changeling Fairy child that had been left in place of a human child stolen by the fairies.
  • Ciguapa Women in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.
  • Clurichaun Irish fairy resembling a leprechaun.
  • Diwata
  • Dökkálfar Norse dark elves.
  • Domovoi Protective house spirit in Slavic folklore.
  • Dryad A tree nymph or tree spirit.
  • Dullahan Irish unseelie fairy, headless rider.
  • Dwarf Small human-shaped being that dwells in mountains and in the earth.
  • Ebu Gogo Human-like creatures in Indonesian mythology.
  • Elf Supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore.
  • Erinyes Greek Furies, female chthonic deities of vengeance.
  • Fairy Mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore.
  • Fiura Evil creature in Chilean mythology, a small nasty woman with large breasts.
  • Frankenstein's monster Creature from the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Stitched together from the bodies of several humans.
  • Giant Monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength.
  • Gnome Typically said to be a small humanoid that lives underground.
  • God Supernatural Being common with varying interpretations in almost all cultures.
  • Gremlin A creature commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented.
  • Gwisin General term for ghost in Korea.
  • Haltija A spirit, gnome, or elf-like creature in Finnish mythology that guards, helps, or protects something or somebody.
  • Hobbit A fictional, diminutive, humanoid race who inhabit the lands of Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction.
  • Huldra Seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore.
  • Imp A mischievous mythological being similar to a fairy or goblin.
  • Incubus Seductive male demon. The male counterpart of a succubus.
  • Kabouter The Dutch word for gnome or leprechaun.
  • Kallikantzaroi A malevolent goblin.
  • Kikimora Female house spirit in Slavic (especially Eastern) mythology.
  • Klabautermann (Klabautermannikin, Kaboutermannikin) A water kobold or nix.
  • Knocker
  • Kobold
  • Korrigan
  • Lares
  • Leprechaun
  • Little people
  • Ljósálfar Norse light elves.
  • Menehune Small people living in hidden Hawaiian valleys.
  • Monaciello
  • Monopod
  • Naiad A type of water nymph.
  • Nereid
  • Nix German shape-shifting water spirit.
  • Norse dwarves
  • Nuno Dwarf-like creature in Philippine mythology.
  • Nymph
  • Oberon (Fairy King)
  • Oceanid Sea nymphs, the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys.
  • Pixie
  • Pombero Mythical humanoid creature of small stature being from Guaraní mythology.
  • Poltergeist
  • Pookha / Puck A domestic and nature sprite, demon, or fairy.
  • Redcap A malevolent, murderous dwarf, goblin, elf or fairy found in Border Folklore.
  • Rusalka
  • Salamander Fire spirit or elemental.
  • Satyr / Satyress
  • Seelie
  • Sidhe
  • Slavic fairies
  • Spriggan A grotesquely ugly mischievous fairy.
  • Sprite Fairy, ghost and/or elf-like creatures
  • Succubus Seductive female demon. Female counterpart of the Incubus.
  • Svartalfar Norse for "black elves".
  • Sylph A mythological spirit of the air.
  • Siren Beautiful yet dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
  • Tennin spiritual beings found in Japanese Buddhism that are similar to western angels, nymphs or fairies.
  • Titania (Fairy Queen) A character from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Tomte (Or Tonttu)A Scandinavian creature associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season.
  • Trauco Dwarf or goblin-like creature that inhabits the woods of Chiloé.
  • Undine Water nymph.
  • Valkyrie Female figure who chooses who lives and who dies in battle.
  • Vampire A being from folklore who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of the living.
  • Vetter Nature spirits.
  • Vila (fairy) Slavic version of nymphs, with power of wind.
  • Xana A female creature of extraordinary beauty in Asturian mythology.

Monster skinned[edit]

Monstrous humanoids[edit]

Temporary form humans[edit]

See also[edit]