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The multitude of mythic humanoids can be divided into four categories.
These humanoids can pass unnoticed in human society if their attributes are small enough to go unnoticed. 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 appear at night or under specific circumstances. This category includes elves, fairies, nymphs and house spirits.
Portions of these humanoids are clearly not of human make. They may have drastic differences in skin color and eye type and may have scales, fur, claws, and tails. The average person may find them quite unpleasant and untrustworthy because they are not entirely human.
These humanoids are likely to instill fear and revulsion. They may walk, talk, and think like a human, but they are obviously not human.
These are creatures that may temporarily disguise or transform into a human shape, but have entirely different true forms.