Cryptidcore is an aesthetic traditionally associated with cryptozoology, or the study of creatures from urban legends and folklore, and the glorification and idolization of cryptids, conspiracies, and all-around mystery. Cryptidcore is also, generally speaking, fairly vintage, and takes inspiration from the 1970s-90s.

Another aspect of cryptidcore is the romanticization of cryptids. Phrases like "Mothman is real, I'm married to him" aren't uncommon in cryptidcore circles.


  • X-Files
  • Gravity Falls
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Stranger Things
  • Lemon Demon
  • Welcome To Night Vale
  • The SCP Foundation
  • Twin Peaks
  • The Adventure Zone: Amnesty
  • Trevor Henderson
  • Supernatural
  • The Magnus Archives
  • Buzzfeed Unsolved
  • King Falls AM
  • Nexpo

Key Motifs

  • Dark Forests
  • Abandoned Buildings
  • Polaroid Cameras
  • Kitschy T-Shirts
  • Key Chains
  • Glow-In-The-Dark Iconography
  • Alien Imagery
  • Anything Supernatural
  • Urban Legends
  • Supernatural-themed tourist traps
  • Ouija boards
  • Tin foil hats
  • Old alien or supernatural movies
  • VHS tapes
  • Government cover-ups


Some of the most popular cryptids popular amongst the cryptidcore folk:

  • Mothman
  • Dover Demon
  • Jersey Devil
  • Fresno Nightwalkers
  • The Loch Ness Monster (a.k.a. "Nessie")
  • Ogopogo
  • Flatwoods Monster
  • The Rougarou
  • The Honey island Swamp Monster
  • The FeuFollet
  • Bigfoot (a.k.a the Sasquatch)


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