First published on October 16, 1950, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” introduced the world of Narnia, a land where humans are extremely rare. Instead, Narnia is populated by remarkable animals and creatures: some of them look like the animals in our world except they talk, some are hybrids, some are beasts from mythology, while others are wackadoo creatures straight out of C. S. Lewis’ vivid imagination.
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of this classic, we’re ranking the creatures of Narnia (as depicted in the 2005 film) from the cuties we want to cuddle with, to the ones that chill our blood.
They’re fluffy with pinchable cheeks, and we just want to snuggle with them. But don’t let their adorableness fool you – these beavers are pretty badass. When they’re not building dams, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver are busy helping the Pevensie siblings save Narnia.
Unicorns are majestic creatures that reportedly fart rainbows. ‘Nuff said.
These sly animals look like a cross between a cat and a dog, combining the cutest features of each to create an über cutie. And, luckily, the fox is a good guy in Narnia, so we don’t have to feel guilty for wanting to hug him and squeeze him and call him George.
The lion is not just the king of the jungle in Narnia, Aslan the lion actually created Narnia with the power of his singing. With magic that strong, it’s no surprise his perfectly coifed mane looks like it came straight out of a shampoo commercial. And even though he can be a little intimidating, we still want to pet those luscious locks.
Yeah, we know the wolves are on the side of the White Witch, so we shouldn’t find them so darn adorable. But they’re basically bigger, fluffier dogs, so it’s pretty much impossible to resist these canine cuties.
Gryphons have the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. While this combo doesn’t seem especially cuddly, this one has such a goofily charming expression on his face that we want to be his pal and ask for ride on his back.
Nymphs are nature spirits, and dryads are a type of nymph who live in trees. In the movie, their physical bodies are formed from flower petals, which gives them an eerie beauty.
Fauns are another hybrid, with the upper body of a human and the legs of a goat. Mr. Tumnus the faun is the first creature Lucy Pevensie meets in Narnia. The fact that he’s played by James McAvoy adds to his cutie patootie points, but the constant wearing of a scarf with no shirt slides him back toward the creepier side of the scale.
Yet another hybrid is the centaurs, which are human from the waist up, with the lower body of a horse. And while horses are awesome, and muscular men are awesome, splicing the two of them together is a bit … unsettling.
Phoenixes are elegant birds, but then they go and set themselves on fire. And that’s just weird. Even if it does help in a battle against evil.
The Black Dwarfs are Team White Witch, while the Red Dwarfs are Team Aslan, although they basically look the same except for their hair color. With their wild eyebrows and bulbous noses, they won’t be making People’s Sexiest Man Alive list any time soon.
This hybrid has the head of a bull and the body of a man, although the movie version is a bit furrier than the classic depiction. But even with all that fluffy fur, there’s no way we’d ever want to snuggle with him.
Like the fauns, the satyrs are part human and part goat, they just happen to be … goatier. We feel bad about putting one of the good guys this far down the list, but they kind of look like fuzzy zombies.
Maybe with only one eye the Cyclops can’t see how evil the White Witch is? Regardless, we don’t want to run into one of these scary dudes in a dark alley at night.
With their beak-like noses and mouths, these ladies give us the heebie-jeebies. Even worse, they have nasty attitudes to go along with their nasty faces.
Yikes! Now that’s a face straight out of a nightmare. Although we do feel a bit sorry for them – when you’re born looking like that, it’s a kind of a given you’re going to end up on Team Evil.