Top 10 Coolest Animals (Real or Imaginary)

The Top Ten
1 Tiger The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. An apex predator, it primarily preys on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally... read more

Honest to God, I've loved tigers ever since I can remember. They are the most dangerous, fierce, powerful, skilled, courageous, unique, and gorgeous animals in creation. My list can go on forever. The largest big cats on Earth, these magnificent felines prowl through territory ranging from tropical jungles to freezing tundras. Tigers are incredibly powerful swimmers and are able to take down a water buffalo while swimming!

I get teased nearly every day for loving them so much, but really, they're a true symbol of power, determination, and royalty. It angers me, and I mean outrages me, when people are killing off these amazing beasts for no good reason at all, just out of greed for money!

2 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. Over thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, with gray wolves comprising the wild subspecies. As the largest extant member of the Canidae family, the wolf is distinguished... read more

I LOVE wolves! I love their eyes, their fur, their intelligence, and the way they show affection to their pack. I love everything about them. I hate people who hunt them. Wolves are rarely a threat to humans, and wolf attacks on humans are almost unheard of. These majestic creatures do not even hunt for sport. They only hunt for food, or they'll starve.

Wolves are among the most intelligent and beautiful creatures. Also, just for the record, dogs are not direct descendants of wolves. A recent study was done, and it turns out dogs and wolves share a common ancestor that is now extinct. Again, it's important to remember that dogs are not wolves. They are two totally different species, and I really wish people would stop comparing them as much as they do. The biggest and most obvious difference is that wolves are wild, and dogs are domesticated. Anyway, wolves are still really awesome creatures.

3 Dragon A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.

Dragons are awesome. I mean, really, come on, people! Tigers are cool, but can they breathe fire, fly, have hard scales, or spikes on their tails? No, they just can't. Don't get me wrong, I love tigers, but they are just tigers. Just think, who would win if it was dragon vs. tiger? Let's see, we have one who is pretty strong and looks really cool, and has a lot of other cool stuff, and one who can fly, breathe fire, has really hard scales that are hard to break, can bite down hard, sometimes can spit acid, is really smart, and sometimes has a tail with spikes. Hmm, it's really hard to decide. Oh, I know, maybe the dragon because it has two very important advantages: it can fly and can breathe fire. So, how is a tiger cooler than a dragon? Mythical beats normal any day. But, it all depends on what type of dragon. But in general, dragons are the coolest thing ever.

4 Phoenix A mythical bird from Greek mythology, the Phoenix is said to burst into flames upon death and be reborn from its ashes. Often associated with themes of rebirth and immortality, it is traditionally depicted as a large, colorful bird with a melodious song.

I'm telling you, the Phoenix is the best, okay? The Phoenix is a bird surrounded by fire, and it's really awesome how it can control fire at will because my favorite element is fire! The Phoenix should be number one. They also have the ability to cure themselves and others. They can even revive from death. Basically, they never die. They possess eternal strength and power, unlike dragons or other mythical/existing animals. I'm telling you, the Phoenix is the most awesome and fabulous bird ever created, and my lifelong dream is to meet an actual Phoenix in front of my own eyes.

5 Lion The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is... read more

These animals' manes are like the greatest thing ever. They are big cats, similar to tigers but without the stripes and color. They prowl and hunt in the wild. These animals deserve place No.5 as they are unbelievable. Their manes stick out, showcasing the beautiful creature and its fur. This animal is amazing, real, and not fictional. -TryNotToLaugh

Lions are more ferocious than tigers. Just watch the black and white video on YouTube of a lion fighting a tiger. It's wild, but the lion is winning. That's because lions are social animals that actively engage in 'warfare'. The male lion has to show dominance. The mane is a symbol of that cocky pride they need to have to be alpha. Tigers are lone creatures, which I can identify with, but solitary living can leave you a bit soft.

6 Bear The polar bear is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.

Bears are good. They are dangerous for the same reason as tigers. Sometimes clumsy on their big paws, but other than that, they're cute. Polar bears are cute and brilliant as they camouflage in the snow. These animals are understandable, but I wouldn't say they're my favorite. -TryNotToLaugh

Polar bears aren't just cool, they are too amazing for words! All animals that don't exist, for example, dragons and phoenixes, don't count. Lions, wolves, and tigers are nothing against this guy. Respect to the Polar Bears, may the P-bears be ever in your favor! (Watched too much Hunger Games)

7 Platypus The platypus, also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.

The platypus is so awesome! The male platypus has a secret weapon: spurs on its hind feet that are connected to a gland producing toxic venom. When released, this venom can kill a medium-sized dog and severely incapacitate a human. The first scientists who encountered this odd-looking platypus believed someone had sewn together the body of a beaver with a duck's bill as a joke. The animal appears to be an unlikely mix of the bill and webbed feet of a duck, a beaver-like tail, and the fur of an otter.

Although they are one of a kind, they are very picky creatures. Zoos that house them have to be very careful where they put them and what other machines and animals are around them. The reason is that more than half of the platypuses in captivity die.

They can sense electricity, which helps them hunt in murky water. Thus, any motors or other devices need to be muffled to make the platypuses comfortable.

8 Fox Foxes are small to medium sized animals and belong to the Canidae family along with other animals such as jackals, wolves, and domestic dogs. There are 37 species of fox but only 12 are considered true Vulpes. A fox's prey is small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, fish, crabs,... read more

Sneaky. Cunning. Intelligent. Beautiful. Small. Loyal. Foxes! I personally love them because they are one of the world's most loyal animals. If you get them as a pet, they will love you and never leave your side. I have one fox. We found her in the streets as a pup. A car ran over her paw, and we rescued her. She was forever thankful, and never left our side anymore. We have the license to own exotic animals, so, we are also thankful for having her. Her name is Kat. Instead of an orange color, her color is a little browner. When I saw her, she looked like a real, giant KitKat. I love foxes!

9 Liger

Now, this is a mix between a tiger and a lion. No one can doubt this should be higher up on the list. Yet again, people may not know them as they aren't fictional. Real animals and they are huge. This deserves to be higher up, but I'd let it have No.8. Ligers have a cool name too, so without a doubt, this is a cool animal. -TryNotToLaugh

Ligers are so much better than any other animal on the face of the planet. Am I right? Even Napoleon Dynamite loves them. If you don't know who that is, then you should go look him up. Like, right now. Anyway, if you don't vote for Liger, then you are lame.

10 Cheetah The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat and native to Africa and central Iran. It is the fastest land animal, estimated to be capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph) with the fastest reliably recorded speeds being 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph), and as such has several adaptations... read more

One of my favorite animals. I definitely vote for this to be higher. These animals are not just fast, they are speedy. They're the fastest animals in the world, more like! Their spots are beautiful, and they are a wonderful creature to live in this world. Maybe someday you can see these spectacular creatures. They are hunters, but they are wild animals. You would normally see these with lions and tigers in zoos. They should definitely be higher on the list. -TryNotToLaugh

Running as fast as the wind, specially spotted to whiz through the air, the cheetah is pro. Also, the lines on the side of its muzzle help it look ahead despite the sun's glare.

The Contenders
11 Dog The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated,... read more

I had a dog that was there for me when I was sad, depressed, and lonely. He helped me with my depression, but ever since he was in pain from getting hit by a car, I became even more depressed. At the time, my grandmother ended up putting him down without telling me. I couldn't get out of bed for a week and still cry now, and it's been over 5 years, and I still mourn his death.

Okay, dogs are super awesome and stuff. But what makes them great is all the different breeds! I love pugs because they are super adorable. But other people like golden retrievers, huskies, or whatever. That's what makes them so great. Thanks to all the loved breeds, dogs should be way higher on this list. Is a platypus a man's best friend?

12 Lynx A lynx is any of the four species (the Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, or bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. The name lynx originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ, derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ('light, brightness') in reference to... read more

Favorite animal by far, they're fluffy, graceful, and overall awesome. Did you know the Iberian Lynx almost went extinct? But for unknown reasons, their fertility rate skyrocketed, going from 156 individuals to almost 200. It might sound like not a lot, but for repopulation, it's awesome! To this day, their numbers continue to increase!

The lynx is one of the most majestic animals on the planet, if not the most. It also has giant feet, which add to its cuteness. They can be vicious, and they are overall beautiful animals who deserve much more attention. While everyone's voting for Tigers and Lions, Lynxes are the real top dog (or cat).

13 Eagle Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Eagles belong to several groups of genera, some of which are closely related. Most of the 60 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found - 2 in North America, 9 in Central... read more

Eagles are birds full of pride, and they're also a symbol of America's pride and freedom!

The powerful symbol of America is a great hunter and a devoted parent.

So cool. Could beat any other bird in a fight, except maybe a Cassowary.

14 Shark The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as the white shark, white pointer, or simply great white, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. It is notable for its size, with larger female individuals growing to 6.1... read more

Sharks are awesome animals that are too misunderstood. If you hate sharks, please reconsider your stance. Without them, the whole ocean ecosystem would fall apart. Over 80% of sharks are docile and friendly creatures. Humans kill more sharks than sharks kill humans.

Sharks are the most misunderstood creatures in the world due to movies. People who kill these amazing animals are appalling. Long live sharks!

Sharks are hurting people because they mistake them for fish. However, I quite like sharks because they are big, and baby sharks are super cute.

15 Elephant African elephants are elephants of the genus Loxodonta. The genus consists of two extant species: the African bush elephant, L. africana, and the smaller African forest elephant, L. cyclotis.

It is by far the strongest animal. It is able to take down trees to eat leaves and is not affected by any of the predators such as lions. The predators do not attack the elephant as they know they cannot mess with the sheer strength of the elephant.

They are one of the smartest animals in the world, gentle, and caring. Giraffes are inferior to the elephant. There are three types of elephants: the African, Indian (Asian), and another kind that lives in forests (round-eared) and are rare.

Elephants are slowly going extinct, and I don't want them to. They are such fascinating creatures! They don't deserve to be killed off. We must save them! I love elephants. They are adorable, beautiful, majestic, and they must be saved!

16 Black Panther

Beautiful. I own one. Her name is BlackStream. We call her Berry because we rescued her as a kitten in the jungle, where her mother got shot and she ran from the hunters. We decided to save her because she would never have survived.

The Black Panther is my brother's favorite animal. I know he is happy right now that I voted for the Black Panther.

It's back in black. This cat is secretive and shy, but it is still super cool and amazing.

17 Dolphin A dolphin is an aquatic mammal within the infraorder Cetacea. Dolphin species belong to the families Delphinidae (the oceanic dolphins), Platanistidae (the Indian river dolphins), Iniidae (the New World river dolphins), Pontoporiidae (the brackish dolphins), and the extinct Lipotidae (baiji or Chinese... read more

I love dolphins. I have gone swimming with them and have met them on multiple occasions since I live close to the ocean. They are truly beautiful. I also love multiple other sea creatures.

I hate that they are being held captive. I understand that people want to see them, but trapping them in aquariums isn't good. Wouldn't you rather see happy dolphins frolicking in the oceans than them floating around in a glass tank? I think dolphins should be higher on this list. They are truly amazing animals, extremely smart, and have emotions.

18 Leopard The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus Panthera. It is one of the most adaptable and the most widespread big cat; it's secrets being:well camouflaged fur; its opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength to move heavy carcasses into trees; its ability to adapt to various... read more

Leopards are, like, the coolest animals on the planet. Stealthy, smart, agile, fast, and so much more! Not only that, but they are also elegant and stunning. But when you look one in the eye, you can tell that both of you know who outranks whom on the food chain. They are pound for pound the strongest cat in the big cat family. Favorite animal for sure!

Almost all humans, dogs, and whatever wear leopard patterns. No other mammal has that kind of pattern in the wild. It's called natural swag.

Leopards can climb, swim, run, hide, fight, and much more! I say these should be in first place because of their talent.

19 Jaguar The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a large cat species and the only living member of the genus Panthera native to the Americas. With a body length of up to 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) and a weight of up to 158 kg (348 lb), it is the largest cat species in the Americas and the third largest in the world. Its distinctively... read more

How do you people not include jaguars? They're awesome cats and the third strongest of the big cats. They're better than leopards!

Jaguars are really cool and awesome. Also, really? Loch Ness Monster? Phoenix? Dragon? Come on, people, focus on real animals, like the best one - JAGUAR!

This big cat has such an impressive bite. The bite force is incredibly strong. This is also a beautiful cat.

20 Duck Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the waterfowl family Anatidae, which also includes swans and geese.

Ducks are not one of my favorite animals. There are good and bad things about them. First of all, they are cute in their annoying ways. Quack, quack, quack! Well, they are adorable, whether a baby or not. I just dislike the fact that they couldn't care less about their ducklings getting taken by crows or other predators.

Come on, people. We all know that ducks are the best. There are so many different species and subspecies! They live in so many different places! Their waddling is adorable, as is their quacking. Quack quack.

21 Crocodile Crocodiles (family Crocodylidae) or true crocodiles are large semiaquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. The term crocodile is sometimes used even more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia, which includes the alligators... read more

Crocodiles are super cool. A crocodile is cooler than a lot of animals, like some snakes and some of the cats. I think the Nile crocodile is the coolest ever. They are like the second coolest animals in the world (only the platypus is cooler than the Nile crocodile).

Alright, it's animals, not like dragons, Bigfoot, and the unicorn. The coolest animal ever. They have a strong mouth. It could kill a person in one swallow. All I can say. It should be number one.

Dude, it's just a straight-up boss. I forgot where, but somewhere it's an apex predator.

22 Horse The horse is an odd-toed, hoofed mammal of the taxonomic family Equidae whose sole major subspecies (Equus ferus caballus) is a domesticate, although wild subspecies have survived into the modern period. All subspecies, including the two extant ones, descend from the Pleistocene Equus ferus. The horse... read more

Approximately 4.6 million Americans work in the horse industry in one way or another. The US horse industry has an economic effect of $39 billion annually on just nine million American horses. There are approximately 58 million horses in the world, and the vast majority are cared for by humans.

Horses are among the fastest animals, alongside tigers. Heroes from medieval and western stories ride them, full of bravery. I would just love to ride one someday.

How is this not first? Horses are the best animals! Reasons:

1. They are beautiful and intelligent.
2. They are awesome.
3. You can have them as pets, who wouldn't love that?

They should be first, period.

23 Owl Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes over 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Exceptions include the diurnal northern... read more

How is the owl not on here? They are amazing and by far my favorite animal. Owls can fly almost silently, but very slowly. Seventy percent of their skull is made up of eye sockets, while only five percent of a human's skull is made up of eye sockets. They can turn their heads all the way around because the veins are connected much differently than in humans. If a human attempted to do that, they would cut off their circulation and die. Owls can see at night because they see twice as bright as a human does. All in all, owls should be at the top of the list, in my opinion.

24 Falcon Falcons are birds of prey in the genus Falco, which includes about 40 species. Falcons are widely distributed on all continents of the world except Antarctica, though closely related raptors did occur there in the Eocene... read more

Falcons are fast-diving birds, and there's so much more to them. Their hunting tactics are incredibly cool, and these birds are super special.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal in the world. It is a serious predator, eating pigeons and other birds.

They dive or fly up to 242 mph. They kill with a literal falcon punch (they kill prey with their talons balled up).

25 Cat The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal.
It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter... read more

Cats are the best and most awesome animals. Felidae is the family of animals most perfectly adapted for hunting, being essential to balanced ecosystems. Their behavior is fascinating.

Domestic cats make wonderful, intelligent, communicative, independent, affectionate pets if they are treated with love and respect. My cat is my best friend, and he loves me so much. Despite this, cats are so often anthropomorphized and misunderstood by poorly educated people. They deserve to be at the top of this list.

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