Top 7 Mythical Hybrids

Just like we enjoy mixing animals, television, movies, religion and folklore are known for their mythical hybrids. Whether it is Napoleon talking about his favorite animal, “a lion and a tiger mixed … and bred for its skills in magic” or a group of centaurs saving Harry Potter’s life in the Forbidden Forest, mythical hybrids are creative and captivating. Check out our favorites with this list of the Top 7 Mythical Hybrids.
 
7. Pegasus
Pegasus can be found in Greek mythology as the son of Poseidon (god of the sea) and Medusa. A white horse with large gold wings, myth suggests that Pegasus sprang from Medusa’s neck when Perseus beheaded her. Pegasus is so loved in lore that there is even a constellation named for him, said to be a gift from Zeus upon his death.
 
6. Centaur
Half man, half horse, centaurs have the body and legs of horses with human heads, making them fast and fearsome.
 
5. Ammit
Found in Egyptian mythology, the Ammit is a half goddess/half demon that dwells in the underworld. An Ammit has the combined anatomy of a lion, hippopotamus and crocodile and is a personification of the fear of the “second death” in Egyptian culture.
 
4. Qilin
The Qilin is the equivalent of a Chinese unicorn. They have the body of a deer with a single horn, the tail of an ox and hooves of a horse. They have dragon-like scales, and embody mysticism.
 
3. Mermaids
One of mythologies greatest loves, some version of the mermaid can be seen across almost all cultures. Some prefer the kindness and musicality of The Little Mermaid to the dark mermaids that live in the Black Lake at Hogwarts, but all mermaids are part human, part sea creature.
 
The oldest mermaid legends date back as far as 3,000 years and were often reported by New World Europeans. Often depicted as beautiful women with long hair, some stories tell the tale of mermaids saving men at sea while others describe deceptively beautiful creatures that seduce men and drown them mercilessly.
 
2. Sphinx
With the body of a lion and the head of a human, the legend of the sphinx has origins in ancient Egypt. Sphinxes are associated with guardianship and are often placed at the entrances to buildings.
 
1. Loch Ness Monster
While you might not think of the Loch Ness Monster as a hybrid, many people believe Nessie is the combination of a plesiosaur (a type of dinosaur) and a seal. While her existence has never been proven, this lake monster (who supposedly resides in Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands) has been a topic of curiosity since 1933.