Hybrids are an untypical class of monsters whom have each parent from a different heritage line. They are not exactly a harpy or a unicorn, for example, but rather, a combination of the two. Examples of hybrids are Neighthan Rot, Avea Trotter, Bonita Femur and Sirena Von Boo.
Traditionally, there has been only one Minotaur, who was kind of like a Minotaur himself in "Minotaurs" plural as one altogether, but frankly to be told, he was more a bull-headed creature with a human body, arms, hands, and legs, and feet. The Minotaur was considered to be a creature with the head of a bull and a man's body, opposite to that of a centaur, as the centaur has a man's upper neck and head with the body of a horse, and there are many centaurs. The name "Minotaur" comes from the Greek word "Μίνως" (Minos), with a compound of the Ancient Greek word ταύρος, meaning "bull". The name is simply translated as "(the) Bull of Minos". While this Greek monster possessed a violent temper when the color red was flashed into his vision, he was kind and understanding; as well as someone whom competed with his older brothers to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon, the Greek sea god, to send him a snow-white bull as a sign of support (the Cretan Bull).
The Minotaur was eventually slayed by the Athenians, as his death is what made this hybrid-based monster most famous. The contest between Theseus and the Minotaur was frequently represented in Greek art. The "Minotaur" still lives on in history in mythology to this day.
Although being the quite opposite of Minotaurs for more than just horse over bull; this monster being is known to be a polar opposite for having the human part be the body as in rather than the head. Centaurs are usually portrayed as horse-given-bodied humans with strong popularity in Greek mythology as well as Latin mythology. While they are most commonly said to be born of the deities Ixion and Nephele, as a cloud made from the image of Hera; these creatures are sub-grouped as "hybrids" and in mythology, usually has the facial upper body of a human adult male. Another version, however, makes them children of a certain Centaurus, who mated with the Magnesian mares. This Centaurus was either himself the son of Ixion and Nephele (inserting an additional generation) or of Apollo and Stilbe, daughter of the river god Peneus. In the later version of the story his twin brother was Lapithes, ancestor of the Lapiths, thus making the two warring peoples cousins. They are said to be legendary creatures, and to have inhabited the region of Magnesia and Mount Pelion in Thessaly.
Centaurs are one of the most common form of "hybrids" in fan fiction and folklore, as they have abilities and strengths that are unique to them; as well as a long history. They were sent by Zeus to guard the infant Dionysos. nother tribe of centaurs was said to have lived on Cyprus. According to Nonnus, they were fathered by Zeus, who, in frustration after Aphrodite had eluded him, spilled his seed on the ground of that land. Unlike those of mainland Greece, the Cyprian centaurs were horned. The Centaurs are best known for their fight with the Lapiths, which was caused by their attempt to carry off Hippodamia and the rest of the Lapith women on the day of Hippodamia's marriage to Pirithous, king of the Lapithae, himself the son of Ixion. The strife among these cousins is a metaphor for the conflict between the lower appetites and civilized behavior in humankind. Theseus, a hero and founder of cities, who happened to be present, threw the balance in favour of the right order of things, and assisted Pirithous. The Centaurs were driven off or destroyed. Another Lapith hero, Caeneus, who was invulnerable to weapons, was beaten into the earth by Centaurs wielding rocks and the branches of trees. Centaurs are thought of in many Greek myths as wild as untamed horses. Like the Titanomachy, the defeat of the Titans by the Olympian gods, the contests with the Centaurs typify the struggle between civilization and barbarism.
The Centauromachy is most famously portrayed in the Parthenon metopes by Phidias and in a Renaissance-era sculpture by Michelangelo.
The centaurs have a long line of history and seem to be overall more popular in folklore to the singular man Minotaur.
Just like sirens, harpies are also humanoid bird-bred female monsters. However, unlike the siren, who lives in waters to seduce men with her voice, harpies were classified as monsters with a form of the bird with a the face of a woman. While possessing a woman's face, they were however to been classified as quite ugly. The name "harpies" comes from a meaning to mean "snatchers". The god, Homer, wrote that a harpy was the mother of two horses of Achilles sired by the West Wind Zephyrus. Hesiod calls them two "lovely-haired" creatures, the daughters of Thaumas and the Oceanid Electra (not to be confused with Electra, daughter of King Agamemnon), who were sisters of Iris. Pottery art depicting the harpies featured beautiful women with wings. Roman and Byzantine writers detailed their ugliness. They were originally gifts given by the prophecy of Zeus, and angry that Phineus gave away the latter's secret plan, Zeus punished him by blinding him and and putting him on an island with a buffet of food which he could never eat because the harpies always arrived to steal the food out of his hands before he could satisfy his hunger, and befouled the remains of his food. This continued until the arrival of Jason and the Argonauts.
Harpies remained vivid in the Middle Ages. In Canto XIII of his Inferno, Dante Alighieri envisages the tortured wood infested with harpies, where the suicides have their punishment in the seventh ring of Hell:
Here the repellent harpies make their nests,
Who drove the Trojans from the Strophades With dire announcements of the coming woe. They have broad wings, with razor sharp talons and a human neck and face,
Clawed feet and swollen, feathered bellies; they caw Their lamentations in the eerie trees.
In Greek mythology, a "siren" is typically a dangerous hybrid creature in the form of a human woman who lures in nearby sailors with her voice as musical songs known as "siren calls". Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalized traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa, is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae. All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks. When Sirens are named, they are usually as daughters of the river god Achelous, with Terpsichore, Melpomene, Sterope, or Chthon (the Earth), despite Sophocles fragment makes Phorcys their father. One of the sirens' most relateable sister-like similar creatures is the mermaid, who is also a female water monster, but with fish-based qualities with the body of a woman rather than a bird. According to Ovid (Metamorphoses V, 551), the Sirens were the companions of young Persephone. They were given wings by Demeter to search for Persephone when she was abducted. However, the Fabulae of Hyginus has Demeter cursing the Sirens for failing to intervene in the abduction of Persephone.
The most notable siren in Monster High is Melody Carver, originally known for her bird-like nose and given with the identity of a human and biological to Candace Carver, Glory Carver and Beau Carver half of her full life up until the age of fifteen.
A mystical, magic-like legendary creature of female origin, the mermaid is the creature known as the female counterpart of a merman (plural mermen), and are very associated with water. In all parts of the world, with both Western and Eastern countries of the Western and Eastern region continents, mermaids are known to be woman-based creatures with the top part of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry. Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.
Some of the attributes of mermaids may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside of folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe.
Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen's well-known fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics.
Mermaids are commonly known in the Eastern countries such as China, in the continent of Africa, and other parts of the Western continent of Europe. In Asian culture such as China, mermaids are included in the Shanhaijing (Classic of Mountains and Seas) compilation of Chinese geography and mythology, dating from the 4th century BC. 15-century Chinese literature tells of a mermaid "who wept tears which became pearls". An early 19th-century book entitled Jottings on the South of China contains two stories about mermaids. In the first, a man captures a mermaid on the shore of Namtao island. She looks human in every respect except that her body is covered with fine hair of many colors. She can't talk, but he takes her home and marries her. After his death, the mermaid returns to the sea where she was found. In the second story, a man sees a woman lying on the beach while his ship was anchored offshore. On closer inspection, her feet and hands appear to be webbed. She is carried to the water, and expresses her gratitude toward the sailors before swimming away.
In Near East of Ancient Greece, the first known stories of mermaids appeared in n Assyria c. 1000 BC.
The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal (a shepherd) and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid — human above the waist, fish below — although the earliest representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish with a human head and arm, similar to the Babylonian god Ea. The Greeks recognized Atargatis under the name Derketo. Sometime before 546 BC, Milesian philosopher Anaximander postulated that mankind had sprung from an aquatic animal species. He thought that humans, who begin life with prolonged infancy, could not have survived otherwise.
A popular Greek legend turned Alexander the Great's sister, Thessalonike, into a mermaid after her death, living in the Aegean. She would ask the sailors on any ship she would encounter only one question: "Is King Alexander alive?" (Greek: "Ζει ο Βασιλεύς Αλέξανδρος;"), to which the correct answer was: "He lives and reigns and conquers the world" (Greek: "Ζει και βασιλεύει και τον κόσμον κυριεύει"). This answer would please her, and she would accordingly calm the waters and bid the ship farewell. Any other answer would enrage her, and she would stir up a terrible storm, dooming the ship and every sailor on board. Lucian of Samosata in Syria (2nd century A.D.), in De Dea Syria (About the Syrian Goddess) wrote of the Syrian temples he had visited:
- "Among them – Now that is the traditional story among them concerning the temple. But other men swear that Semiramis of Babylonia, whose deeds are many in Asia, also founded this site, and not for Hera but for her own mother, whose name was Derketo."
- "I saw Derketo's likeness in Phoenicia, a strange marvel. It is woman for half its length; but the other half, from thighs to feet, stretched out in a fish's tail. But the image in the Holy City is entirely a woman, and the grounds for their account are not very clear. They consider fish to be sacred, and they never eat them; and though they eat all other fowls they do not eat the dove, for they believe it is holy. And these things are done, they believe, because of Derketo and Semiramis, the first because Derketo has the shape of a fish, and the other because ultimately Semiramis turned into a dove. Well, I may grant that the temple was a work of Semiramis perhaps; but that it belongs to Derketo I do not believe in any way. For among the Egyptians some people do not eat fish, and that is not done to honor Derketo."
- In Western Europe:
- A freshwater mermaid-like creature from European folklore is Melusine. She is sometimes depicted with two fish tails, or with the lower body of a serpent.
The best-known example of mermaids in literature is probably Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, first published in 1837. In the original story, a young mermaid falls in love with a human prince whom she saves from drowning when his ship is wrecked in a storm. Although her grandmother tells her not to envy humans, who live much shorter lives than mermaids, and whose only consolation is an immortal soul, the mermaid chooses to risk her life in order to be with the prince. She trades her tongue and her beautiful voice to the sea-witch in exchange for a draught that will make her human and allow her to live on land. She will have to rely on her beauty and charm to win the prince's love, as she will be entirely mute.
The sea-witch warns the mermaid that, although she will be graceful, each step will feel as though she is stepping on knives; and that if she does not earn the prince's love, she will die of a broken heart after he weds another. The spell is worked, and the mermaid is found by the prince, who sees the resemblance between her and the one who rescued him from drowning, although he does not realize that they are the same person. Although the prince cares deeply for the mermaid, he is betrothed to the daughter of a neighboring king, and the mermaid cannot prevent their marriage.
The mermaid's sisters trade their beautiful hair to the sea-witch for a knife that the mermaid can use to break the spell and return to the sea. She must kill the prince before dawn on the day after his wedding. But the mermaid still loves the prince and cannot harm him. She flings the knife into the sea and jumps in after it, then begins to dissolve into foam. Then she is transformed into one of the daughters of the air, ethereal beings who strive to earn an immortal soul by doing good deeds in the world of men.
A world-famous statue of the Little Mermaid, based on Andersen's fairy tale, has been in Copenhagen, Denmark since August 1913, with copies in 13 other locations around the world – almost half of them in North America.
In 1989, Walt Disney Studios released a full-length animated film based on the Andersen fairy tale. Featuring an Academy Award-winning soundtrack with songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the film garnered glowing reviews, and was credited with revitalizing both the studio and the concept of animated feature films. Notable changes to the plot of Andersen's story include the elimination of the grandmother character and the religious aspects of the fairy tale, including the mermaid's quest to obtain an immortal soul. The sea-witch herself replaces the princess to whom the prince becomes engaged, using the mermaid's voice to prevent her from obtaining the prince's love. However, on their wedding day the plot is revealed, and the sea-witch is vanquished. The knife motif is not used in the film, which ends with the mermaid and the prince marrying. Among other things, the film was praised for portraying the mermaid as an independent and even rebellious young woman, rather than a passive actor content to let others determine her destiny.
- In Eastern Europe, Russians and other Salvics had the rusalkas, which are the Slavic counterpart of Greek sirens and naids. The nature of rusalkas varies among folk traditions, but according to ethnologist D.K. Zelenin they all share a common element: they are the restless spirits of the unclean dead. They are usually the ghosts of young women who died a violent or untimely death, perhaps by murder or suicide, before their wedding and especially by drowning. Rusalkas are said to inhabit lakes and rivers. They appear as beautiful young women with long pale green hair and pale skin, suggesting a connection with floating weeds and days spent underwater in faint sunlight. They can be seen after dark, dancing together under the moon and calling out to young men by name, luring them to the water and drowning them. The characterization of rusalkas as both desirable and treacherous is prevalent in southern Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, and was emphasized by 19th-century Russian authors. The best-known of the great Czech nationalist composer Antonín Dvořák's operas is Rusalka.
In Sadko (Russian: Садко), a Russian medieval epic, the title character—an adventurer, merchant and gusli musician from Novgorod—lives for some time in the underwater court of the "Sea Tsar" and marries his daughter before finally returning home. The tale inspired such works as the poem "Sadko" by Alexei Tolstoy (1817–75), the opera Sadko composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the painting by Ilya Repin.
Avea Trotter is a monster hybrid girl who is the daughter of a female harpy, her mother, and a male centaur, her father. Avea is very quick-witted and stubborn, as well as being opinionated and shown with a bit of an attitude. This ghoul loves to horse jump and fly with her harpy wings. The latter will over be depicted and act as the leader of the party; with a no-nonsense attitude and sharp observational skills. Despite her stubbornness, she is kind, generous and loyal to her friends; and though she never appeared in any webisodes, Avea makes up for it for portrayed a big role in Freaky Fusion. She interrupts a lot, and at the beginning of the Freaky Fusion film, does not believe that regular monsters can be accepting of hybrid monsters, having no doubt that Monster High would be just like all her and her friends' other schools. Her favorite foods are oats, corn, alfalfa, hay, apples, and sugar cubes.
She lacks bird taste buds, but makes up for it for her love of flying with her small harpy wings. She is a strong and confident leader with strong potential and high hopes. Avea is depicted to be very unafraid to show her true opinions on topics, and is the leader of the group out of herself, Sirena, Neighthan and Bonita.
The hybrid son of a zombie (father) and a unicorn (mother). Like his unicorn mother, Neighthan possesses a healing power through his unicorn horn, but due to his zombie side from his father, he is quite clumsy. He is depicted as a clumsy, shy, but sociable zombie-unicorn boy who does not like any monster to judge other monsters by appearances. Neighthan is shown to not be very athletic as seen in "Graveball Grates" due to his clumsiness. He is portrayed as kind, outgoing and friendly, but with a shy streak.
Neighthan will often trip or fall over something he has no intention of falling or tripping over, and even claims he wishes he had two left feet because that way, he'd be much less clumsy. He has a huge crush on Frankie Stein, being very impressed by many traits the latter has.
Sirena Von Boo
Her mother is a mermaid and her father is a ghost. Sirena is a happy-go-lucky, optimistic, "go with the flow" kind of girl, whose main intentions are unseen due to her active imagination and bubbly space-outs. She is portrayed as positive and radiant, being the type of girl to had being pinned down to any situation. Sirena is usually portrayed as kind and friendly, with no intention to harm any monster or normie, as her personality is kind and civil. She is even shown to have a sense of humor has shown in "Haunted" where she had commented: "It could be worse…I don't know how; but, it could be worse" when the ghouls could not take full control of their new ghost floating abilities.
Sirena's family does not celebrate their heritages as for fear of it dominating oneself's origins over the other, as seen in "Happy Howlidays" where Spectra and Lagoona each wanted to share part of their holiday heritages with her, one from Lagoona, being the mermaid holiday and Spectra's holiday as the ghost holiday; but since Sirena cannot seem to celebrate both, she sets a plan and makes her own combination in the school's swimming pool room.
Her name is a pun on "bone" as "Bonita" sounding similar to the English word bone while "Femur" is a type of bone in the body. Despite her bone-oriented name from her mother's side of the family, her father the Moth, is also included as one of her parents. Bonita's father is a moth and her mother is a skeleton. She is said to be the daughter of the Mothman, but the daughter of the actual Mothman is Luna Mothews, an arthropodian girl who is a moth girl from Boo Jersey with a big dream for Bloodway (Broadway) and a beautiful, powerful singing voice. Bonita is shy and nervous, and when she gets nervous, she tends to chew on her clothing-wear.
Bonita is portrayed as someone who believes that meditation calms her down. She teaches this to Clawvenus when Clawvenus has difficulty controlling her werewolf powers with plant powers. She is shown to be a good mentor and has similar opinions to Avea Trotter on what non-hybrids like and don't like, believing non-hybrid monsters simply do not like them; proven to her that Monster High is different along with Avea in Freaky Fusion.