Original ἅρπυια
Romanization harpyia
Body type Avian
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient
Place of origin Greece
Diet Carnivorous or omnivorous
Locomotion Flight
Related species Siren
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real

Harpies are mythical female creatures from ancient Greece. Their appearance is that of a human-sized predatory bird with a woman's head. Different authors seem to disagree on whether their human faces are beautiful or hideous. Sometimes, they're depicted with a human head and torso, but always with wings. They're widely regarded as hostile creatures who will swoop down from above to steal food from people and sometimes abduct them or violently attack them. They appear in the story of Jason and the Argonauts and also make an appearance in Virgil's The Aeneid.



  • Harpies in modern fiction often look nothing like their mythical counterparts. For instance, in Xena: Warrior Princess, they're portrayed as strange humanoids with membranous bat-like wings. The baby Harpies who later show up in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys are even more peculiar, having huge ears and a vaguely Mogwai-like appearance.