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Centaurs are a specific kind of MixAndMatchCreature originating in mythology, possessing the upper body (head, torso and arms) of a man and the lower body (everything below the shoulders) of a horse (though other animals are common). In the original myths they tend to be a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil savage and brutal species]]: most Greek depictions show them living only to drink and... kidnap[[note]]read "rape"[[/note]] [[MarsNeedsWomen women]], or to attack travelers [[HorseArcher with their arrows]]. One possible [[DoingInTheWizard explanation]] for the original myth is of a non-horse-using culture seeing [[BornInTheSaddle horse riders]] for the first time and misinterpreting what they saw (see RealLife below).

Some modern depictions will have centaurs as [[ProudScholarRace wise scholars]]; this version is inspired by the mythological centaur Chiron, who mentored several of the Greek heroes. He was [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch very much atypical, though]]. [[note]]Justified to a degree: standard centaurs have the ancestors Ixion/Nephele, only Chiron has Kronos/Palmyra.[[/note]] The other common modern depiction is to make them into a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]], which at least agrees with the myths that centaurs are violent, even if the whole "code of honor" thing seems to clash with the Classical centaurs' frequent depiction as drunken, dimwitted thugs.

Physically, a few other things can vary. For one, traditional centaurs [[ExposedExtraterrestrials do not bother with clothing.]] Also, modern depictions (possibly to make them look more distinctive) sometimes have their human parts look [[LittleBitBeastly slightly equine]], which was never mentioned in the original myths.

Centaurs are often depicted as a OneGenderRace composed entirely of males (often [[MarsNeedsWomen used as an explanation for all the... kidnapping]]) but in fact female centaurs (''Kentaurides'') are also mentioned in some ancient Greek and Roman myths. According to Ovid they were [[CuteMonsterGirl quite comely]].

A few works of fiction include winged centaurs, sometimes as the result of a cross between a centaur and a {{Pegasus}} or a [[OurGryphonsAreDifferent Hippogriff]]. Other fictions include centaurs with black skin and African features, often combining them with the body of a zebra. Centaurs with the lower bodies of non-equine animals show up from time to time, with the most common variants being based on other ungulates such as deer, goats and cattle, as well as large cats and sometimes draconic reptiles .

SubTrope of VertebrateWithExtraLimbs. See also FaunsAndSatyrs who are half-man half-horned animal, OurMermaidsAreDifferent who are part fish, SnakePeople who are part snake and SpiderPeople who are part spider.



* [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Old Spice]] advertised their new moisturizing bodywash with commercials and print ads featuring a centaur, to go with the theme of "It's two things."
* Progressive Insurance also used a centaur to emphasize the two-in-one aspect of their bundled insurance in "The Bundler" commercial.
* The 2011 Preakness horse race ran the "Kegasus" ad campaign, featuring what the Baltimore Sun described as "a centaur with a nipple ring, body hair and ample beer gut," "half-man, half-horse and altogether drunk" and "a 'party manimal'" clearly going more for the frat-boy version of the myth. Kegasus returned for the 2012 running.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Locus in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' in his [[OneWingedAngel Apostle form]] is a [[http://manga.animea.net/berserk-chapter-27-page-142.html faceless metallic centaur]]. All the [[http://manga.animea.net/berserk-chapter-32-page-79.html demon cavalry's]] transformations are like this, except [[http://manga.animea.net/berserk-chapter-27-page-144.html a giant mutated version of their mount's head appears at the waist]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[ExtremeOmniGoat Nel]] is based on antelope and goat-antelope themes to such an extent that when she enters resurrection, her form takes on a centauroid shape. The animal part of her body is based on the gemsbok rather than a horse.
* Pegasus Saber from ''Anime/TheBraveFighterOfLegendDaGarn'' is a CombiningMecha in the shape of a winged centaur.
* ''Manga/ACentaursLife'' stars Himeno, a Japanese ''kentauride'' teenager and chronicles her daily life in High School. She's a classic centaur, though with horse ears on the top of her head, and considered just as human as angels, mermaids, and [[LittleBitBeastly long ears]]. Probably the biggest thing setting these centaurs apart from other kinds is their insistence on wearing clothing on their lower bodies. The centaur equivalent of a bikini is a three-piece, with an item of clothing at the base of every pair of limbs.
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', [[spoiler:Isley's]] awakened form is a gigantic, bizarrly shaped centaur. [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091118111610/claymore/images/0/0a/Isleay_awakened.jpg And it looks awesome!]]
* Centorea Shianus from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is a very attractive centaur knight. Male centaurs are shown once. They're so {{Gonk}} that not even female centaurs find them attractive.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** Centaurmon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' and ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' is an odd looking variety since their "human" features are hidden, are covered in odd purple pustule looking things, and are partially cybernetic with a built in arm canon despite still being considered a "nature spirit" type.
** Gulfmon from the first ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' movie has definitely [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Gulfmon nothing to do with a horse]].
** A royal knight from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', [[Myth/NorseMythology Sleipmon]] [[DubNameChange or]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Kentaurosmon]], is a 6 legged centaur with a more horse-like head on its humanoid upper body, thus having [[MeaningfulName 8 limbs in total]] (though they also have two fake "legs" acting as a belt just in case the last two being arms "didn't count") just like the horse they are originally named after. Their weapons of choice are a shield and crossbow instead of a traditional bow though and unlike many other examples is covered head to hoof in armor.
* ''Manga/{{Jagaaaaaan}}'': Medetaurus, a bride with a horse's body replacing her lower half, her right arm converted into a lance and her left into a organic crossbow, all crowned with the mother of all [[SlasherSmile slasher smiles)] on her face.
* ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg''. The mechanical horse Antares allows Jeeg to become a powerful centaur armed with a drilling lance. The module is launched by Big Shooter, once launched the horse retracts its head to allow it to connect directly to Jeeg. The module can act independently and is able to fly in the air.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast Kentol Γ7]] was a blue, armored mechanical centaur. It was armed with a spear and a spiked shield, was capable of flying, and its helmet's horns shot beams that could control other machines.
* In the anime ''Nessa no Haou Gandalla'', the BigBad has LostTechnology [[spoiler:that is controlled by music, so he kidnaps promising musicians,]] transforming his victims into winged-centaurs (or [[Creator/HRGiger Giger-esque]] monsters if they rebel). It MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In the beginning of the Thriller Bark arc , three of the characters are escorted to a mansion in a carriage. One of the horses drawing the carriage is a [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie centaur]].
** Not to mention [[spoiler: the ''actual centaurs'' from Punk Hazard. There's giraffe centaurs, leopard centaurs, alligator centaurs... However, none of them seen to be natural centaurs, as one of them was originally introduced as a human]].
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' has the entire Panzer Trampler [[HumongousMecha mech line]], which are naturally shaped like centaurs.
* In ''Manga/{{Stardust Memories|Manga}}'', Hoshino Yukinobu took an interesting take on the centaur concept in one of his series of short stories, [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/stardust_memories/c004/2.html "The Centaur of Sagittarius"]] in his science fiction anthology "Stardust Memories". Said centaur was an alien on a distant planet called Sagittarius Alpha that looked like a thick-tailed, headless ungulate with a circular maw filled with rows of sharp teeth. Lacking most of its brain, nervous system, and digestive organs, the creature survived by preying on the nearby amphibian-like aliens, eating everything beneath their abdomens and merging with the rest to make it appear as a hideous-looking centauroid creature. In the story, an [[EvilOldFolks elderly]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} of a gigantic corporation funds an expedition to the planet Sagittarius so he can capture [[RuleofSymbolism Chiron]] (the name of the alien) in hopes of using its body to give his dying body immortality and eternally rule over his vast empire. After incurring many casualties, the man is betrayed by his female assistant (whose family was one of the many victims he crushed on his bid to the top) by poisoning his pills and leaving him to die. While trying to escape on her aircraft the assistant is killed by Chiron, who discards its used-up host and gallops towards the old man, mouth wide open. The story ends with the old man becoming Chiron's new host, having [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor finally attained his immortality]] at the cost of [[AndIMustScream suffering excruciating pain forever]].
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' has Elg, a member of the Gourmet Corp., who fused with a baby legendary horse called a Heraku, which along with the typical centaur also granted him an [[FromASingleCell astonishing]] HealingFactor which essentially made him immortal and stopped him from aging.
* Early in ''Manga/YuGiOh'', the centaur "Mystical Horseman" was introduced as part of Kaiba's deck. It was immediately [[FusionDance fused]] with "Battle Ox", a minotaur, and they become "Rabid Horseman", a centaur-minotaur hybrid, and its Japanese name is actually "Minocentaurus".
** Another centaur used by Kaiba is "Chiron the Mage."

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Centaurs are a recurring creature type, usually aligned with Green, the color of nature, tradition and the wilderness.
** They're mostly fairly standard fantasy centaurs, but there are some unusual variations. Centaurs from the Gruul Clans of Ravnica, for instance, have large antlers, as did some Dominarian centaurs from the Ice Age, while [[http://magiccards.info/pc/en/139.html other Dominarian centaurs]] have the heads and lower bodies of antelopes.
** Given the plane's roots in Myth/ClassicalMythology, centaurs are naturally also a major race in Theros. There, they’re divided between the civilized Lagonna Band (representing the traditionally wild but generally benevolent ''Magic'' centaurs) and the savage, aggressive Pheres Band (representing the dangerous and barbaric centaurs of Greek myth). [[https://magiccards.info/c16/en/205.html Iroas]], the god of victory, honor and war, also takes the form of a centaur with the lower body of a bull.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics have Dawn getting turned into a [[RunningGag centaur]][[InsistentTerminology ette]]. [[HorrorHunger Cravings for hay]] are mentioned.
* In ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'', centaurs are the reincarnations of rapists, used as heavy cavalry by the Lemures against the vampires.
* There's a Belgian [[http://www.bedetheque.com/serie-2447-BD-Centaures.html series of comics]] by Pierre Seron named appropiately ''Les Centaures'' (''The Centaurs''). It's about a pair of young blue-skinned centaurs that have to wander across the Earth after being expelled from Olympus.
** Do not, we repeat NOT confuse it with the French comic by the same name. You will recognize that one by the interesting concept that the author tells the same story, with only slight differences, with a) centaurs b) Hell's Angels (an interesting analogy -- the bike works as the horse part). Oh, and by the gratuitous porn.
* The short-lived 1990s comic ''TigerWoman'' featured centaurs and other fantastic creatures. The story took place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic future]] where mythical creatures are descendants of humans who had been transformed while attending futuristic theme parks and became trapped in these bodies when society broke down.
* Donna Barr's comic ''Stinz'' features the adventures of the Bavarian "half-horse" of that name (In this setting "Centaur" only refers to the barbarian nomads of the same species.)
* Centaurs were different in the old Franchise/DCUniverse ''Weird War Tales'' issue #65 story "The Last Cavalry Charge". They [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/65-1-792183.jpg carried machine guns and fought tanks!]]
* A [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comic of [[{{Superman}} Superman's]] Girlfriend ComicBook/LoisLane had a story where [[http://www.vinegeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/LoisLane_centaur_comiccover.jpg Lois turns into a Centaur.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|of Comic Books}} comic character Speed Centaur was a centaur who fought crime in New York. His adventures were published in, of course, Centaur Comics.
* Comet the Superhorse in pre-Crisis ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' was originally a centaur named Biron, who took a potion that was supposed to make him human, but instead made him a horse. The post-Crisis Comet (in Creator/PeterDavid's ''Supergirl'') was a jockey who'd been [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuilt]] with [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] and equine DNA following an accident, and then merged with Andi Martinez in the same way as Supergirl merged with Linda Danvers. When Comet fully embraced their Earth Angel powers, they became a winged centaur.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] "Monster Falls", based on the premise of Gravity Falls' residents being turned into various mythical creatures by water from a cursed river, Dipper becomes a deer centaur.
* George [[VoluntaryShapeshifting does a centaur]] frequently in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', both to carry Ringo and to trot along with serious stamina and still be able to talk. In that shape he's extremely hairy, he's terrified of things that smell like predators, and he has good hearing and night vision. He defaults to a heavy warmblood horse-half rather than a sleek Arabian, so he's not very fast (though he could certainly do a sleeker one if he wanted).

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': The Pastorale symphony segment features centaurs and centaurettes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour'' has a mechanical cyborg centaur that sings a VillainSong. In what appears to be a setting that is anything but fantasy or futuristic.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', the title character battles one named Nessus when first meeting Meg. Centaurs also appear in certain episodes of the animated series.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'': Near the end, Sinbad fights a one-eyed centaur.
* ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians-The Lightning Thief'' features Pierce Brosnan as Chiron.

* Poul Anderson's "Polysotechnic League" stories mention centaurs being common, but they rarely appear and the ones that do are quite non-human
* The Andalites of ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'' are best described as mouth-less blue centaurs with a scorpion tail and two extra stalk eyes. One book even has a TV show with a few seconds of a Andalite on film as a centaur.
* The centaurs of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' are completely opposed to the classic Greek ones, as they are brave fighters in Aslan's army. The individual centaurs Glenstorm (''Literature/PrinceCaspian'') and Roonwit (''Literature/TheLastBattle'') are Chiron-like scholars.
** In an interesting detail, in the movies the centaurs have pointed, horselike ears that stick out almost horizontally from their heads as well as more horselike noses.
** The books note that they are expensive guests because they have both a human and a horse stomach "and naturally both want breakfast."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s centaurs are a fiercely independent society of forest-dwelling stargazers, who tend to be distrustful of humans and dangerous with a bow. However, a few help out when Harry gets lost in the forest, as well as terrifying Umbridge in a most satisfying way. Despite only having males appear in the main books it is pointed out that female centaurs do exist according to the W.OM.B.A.T test since "[[OneGenderRace There are no female centaurs]]" was a false statement that appeared there (The seemingly true statement being "Hags eat small children" instead), and are explicitly not a [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrid species]] which rules out Centaur/Human breeding being a common event.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', the LEP's InsufferableGenius and TechnoWizard Foaly is a centaur. Centaurs are polygamous, so one can, if one squints, perhaps see where a reputation for kidnapping women might have came from. They're also an endangered species because they tend to be paranoid, even of each other. Foaly muses at one point that he should start dating because there are only about forty left.
* Centaurs in Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series are a race of scholars and researchers who consider magic (which is pervasive in Xanth) to be obscenity. They tend to have a superiority complex like -- although not as severe as -- [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], and are excellent archers.
** Magic is obscenity when ''centaurs'' practice it. They generally don't have a problem with PunyHumans resorting to its use. Also, it's mostly the ones from Centaur Isle that have a problem with it. Centaurs living in Xanth proper tend to be more open-minded about one of their own practicing magic.
** They are also said to have originated when a couple of [[InterspeciesRomance human men and their female horses]] unwittingly drank from a [[LovePotion love spring]]. But only man/mare pairings seem to produce centaurs. Woman/stallion pairings instead produce a werehorse.
** Winged centaurs develop as an additional subspecies of centaurs. Regular centaurs tend to consider them to be dirty half breeds, which is ironic give the [[BestialityIsDepraved origin of centaurs.]]
* Centaurs are found in Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]''. They are armed with bows and arrows and ensure that the sinners stay in Phlegethon, a river filled with boiling blood.
* Christian legend has the enigmatic legend of St. Anthony Abbot and the Centaur, which may represent the desire of early pagan converts to have some of the more poetic elements of their beliefs adopted by the new religion.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarmanJones'' had centaur-like aliens. They appeared to be stupid, but the humans who landed on their planet discovered that they were highly intelligent and had other alien creatures on the planet under their control.
* The Centaurs in ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' are a typical ProudWarriorRace, skilled and powerful fighters, but they're also arrogant jerks who think they should naturally be in charge and are uninterested in helping anyone but themselves, even when the fate of the world is on the line. Every character who has expressed an opinion has said they dislike dealing with them. Additionally, an alcetaur (human above and moose below) appears in book 4 as one of the inhabitants of Wyrmroost.
* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' includes a blacksmith centaur briefly in [[Literature/SummerKnight the fourth book]], depicted as being a breed of Fairy. While centaurs are Summer-aligned, he's not really what you'd call friendly, and seems to have some of the rage tendencies of more traditional centaurs.
* The centaurs in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebooks are (mostly) intelligent and honorable, if unfriendly and avoiding contact with humans. They believe themselves to be horses who were cursed with a human appearance for angering Hunnynhan the Stallion God.
* In ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' by Madeline L'Engle, winged centaur-like creatures lived on the planet Uriel. Mrs. Whatsit transformed into one in order to help show Charles Wallace, Meg, and Calvin the nature of what they were fighting against.
* Creator/JohnVarley's [[Literature/GaeaTrilogy Titanides]] are different on several levels. For one thing their colors vary wildly, from normal horsey hues to patterns like checkers or plaid. For another, each one is a multiple {{Hermaphrodite}}, with both types of equipment on the horse half plus a third set on the human half. The third set determines the individual's pronoun gender (while all Titanides can give birth, those who can do so [[TrulySingleParent by parthenogenesis]] are considered female), but even the [[{{Bishonen}} males]] have [[MostCommonSuperPower prominent breasts]], causing most humans to [[GenderReveal mistake them]] for [[OneGenderRace an all-female race]].
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'' portrays centaurs as somewhat rustic but very intelligent farming people who are creatures of the Light along with unicorns, brownies, elves and others.
* Centaurs in the Literature/TortallUniverse look standard enough, but they are Immortals -- creatures that live forever unless they're killed, never aging beyond maturity. "Killer centaurs" are just [[AlwaysChaoticEvil clawed monsters]], but the standard variety is variable, with individual alignments. They refuse to be shod, hate crossbows, and like using Immortal feathers in their fletching. It's also shown, in ''Squire'', that they keep horses, call them "slaves", and [[BestialityIsDepraved mount them]]. Female centaurs attack males if not given gifts, they call killing their own people "culling", and one attempts to purchase Keladry of Mindelan, believing she's stocky enough to "breed well, maybe even bear sons of my kind". Kel doesn't like them.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has Chiron, the wise trainer to heroes. He's pretty much just like the original myths, except he can hide his horse self in a magical wheelchair. His relatives, though? The "Party Ponies" could be best described as four-legged frat boys (a young adult-acceptable version of their original portrayal in Greek mythology). In the sequel series, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Percy discovers another tribe of horned centaurs that are bad guys and part of Gaea's army, terribly confusing him.
* One of the [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation New Crobuzon]] books by China Mieville included a Remade man who'd been turned into a centaur for his crimes. Unusually cruel in that the biomancer responsible attached his human torso to the equine neck ''backwards'', meaning he could only see where he was going if he forced his horse body to back up, which horses aren't built for.
** Rahul from ''Iron Council'' is a lizard-bodied centaur Remade.
** Some non-equine centaurlike beings turn up in other books, such as an aquatic lobster-bodied race in ''The Scar'' and the ravening, caterpillar-like inchmen from ''Iron Council''.
* Centaurs from the world of ''Literature/GarrettPI'' are somewhat smaller than usual (donkey-sized), and are natives of the war-torn Cantard region. Their tribes served as mercenary scouts for both sides of the war until they deserted to support Glory Mooncalled's renegade republic, which makes them even less popular with [=TunFaire's=] human majority than most non-humans in the war's aftermath.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's novel ''Literature/DeepSecret'', centaurs turn out to be very central to the plot, after they first appear roughly halfway through. They're standoffish and proud with a distinctive set of cultural norms, and they require a certain level of ambient magic to survive long, which is why none of them live on Earth anymore, due to universal drift.
** Includes lovely tidbits like the 'human' part's skin matching the horse part's, so that a bay looks fairly normal but a grey resembles a granite statue. (Which gets its head blown up.)
** Also, their culture has a clannish approach to reckoning lineage rather like certain First Peoples. Most notably, a centaur stallion's ''sister's'' child has more claim on him than his own. Since, y'know, it's a lot more indisputable that they're related. [[SeriousBusiness This fact is]] ''[[SeriousBusiness very]]'' [[SeriousBusiness important to the plot of a novel about an incredibly straitlaced computer programmer in a nice suit who also happens to be a dimension-defending wizard attending a perfectly normal fantasy convention for professional reasons and getting culture shock.]]
*** That fantasy convention was ''not normal''. Point one, it was super awesome beyond reason and I want to attend it. Point two, and largely unconnected, there were like three separate groups of magic-users, several fragments of a god, a heavily bleeding centaur, and an insane Croatian witch-hunter there, and it ended with extradimensional hovercraft troop carriers shooting somebody during the Guest of Honor's speech.
*** It was also being held on some kind of ley-line node that was being so regularly scrambled the convention hotel did not obey the conventional rules of geometry. Everyone knows that at a con it'll probably take seven turns to make a square trying to find your room, but literally?
* The ''Literature/WellWorld'' series has Dillians and Rhone [[spoiler:(which are basically the same race on two different planets; long story)]] as more-or-less the classic model (albeit with horse ears, and only about the size of big ponies) in the original series. Dillians also appear in the ''Watchers at the Well'' series; there, they're stated to have become a [[LittleBitBeastly smoother synthesis of hominid and equine]] than the classic centaur. And then, there are the matriarchal Gekir felitaurs.
* Another [[Creator/JackChalker Chalker]] series, ''Changewinds'', has the ba'ahdon, who look more like a cross between a chalicothere and a pygmy elephant from the waist down.
* In ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy'', Centaurs are ''warchanged'', humans who were turned into savage berserkers to take part in a war, with the intention of turning them back mentally and physically once the war was won. The war proved far bloodier than expected and mages capable of restoring them became quite rare. As a result the centaurs went feral and interbred with "men and beasts", becoming a new species [[AlwaysChaoticEvil similar in disposition]] to their mythological counterparts. Notably, actual horses are thought to be extinct on Thimhallan, due to most of them being as raw materials for creating centaurs.
* Centaurs appear in some books by Creator/LordDunsany, including, obviously, ''The Bride of the Man-Horse'', where they're rather warlike -- said to have defeated some human cities and tried to play a Trojan Siege with the city of gods. Also, briefly met in ''The Long Porter's Tale''.
* In ''Literature/TheEchoriumSequence'', centaurs are one of the four races of "half-creature". They use herdstones to bend light so as to render themselves invisible to humans; obtaining one's herdstone serves as a rite of passage into adulthood.
* In Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert's ''Hellhole'' series the alien Xayans have a humanoid top half and caterpillar-like bottom half.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': When Eric meets one of these in ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'', the narration takes care to make a distinction. This is not a creature with the lower body of a horse and the upper body of a human, but a horse with a human head. It also has a snake for a tail. He thinks Eric is the weirdo.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' has cat-centaurs, who live near the Paths of the Dead. Vlad and Morollan share a NotSoDifferent moment with them in Taltos.
* In ''Literature/ThisImmortal'', centaurs are only mentioned in passing, but are said to live in the mountains of Greece and to be the product of genetic mutation caused by nuclear pollution.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' Justin briefly dated a female centaur.
* Centaurs often appeared in both ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and were the most common non-human race. Episodes featuring them usually dealt with FantasticRacism.
** ''Hercules'' also had the Golden Hind, an all-female race in contrast to the all-male centaurs (but the two are not shown to be related). Golden Hinds have the lower body of deer, golden hooves, and golden horns on their heads. They have a healing ability and their blood can kill a god.
* An episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had Chris Parnell as a centaur interviewing for a typical office job. He was quite polite and well-mannered, but the boss, played by Christopher Walken, could not get past the fact that he was, indeed, a centaur; asking such questions like, "Does centaur pornography exist?" and, "If I watch centaur porn with the bottom half blocked out by a sheet of paper, would I be aroused?"
--> '''Centaur:''' Are there going to be any questions regarding my aptitude or employment history?\\
'''Walken:''' All the remaining questions... will be centaur related.
* The 1990s television version of ''Series/{{Beastmaster}}'' featured an episode titled "Centaurs." The titular centaurs Sagitto and Radia were unique in that they could split into separate beings, two humans and two horses, and merge together to become the combined creature. If separated for too long, both beings would die.
* Dobbin the [[PantomimeAnimal Pantomime Horse]] in ''Series/{{Rentaghost}}'' was occasionally turned into a Chiron-like centaur. On one occasion he became a two-headed centaur (one at either end).

* As noted, centaurs were something of a BarbarianTribe in Myth/GreekMythology, with the only exceptions being Chiron (who raised the hero Achilles) and Pholus. A straighter example is Nessus, who before being killed by Heracles' poisoned arrows, told his (Heracles') wife to dip her philandering husband's tunic in the centaur's blood, as this would make him faithful. However, [[ThanatosGambit this ended up]] [[TakingYouWithMe killing Heracles as the poison ate him alive]].
** The ''Centauromachy'' is another well-known story: having been invited to a wedding and getting drunk, proceed to kidnap the women at the wedding, including the bride. This does not go well [[CaptainObvious with the groom]], and violence ensues.
** There're also the onocentaur, part man part donkey.
** Some early Greek vase paintings depict a bizarre variant of the centaur: a complete human body, with the rear end of a horse attached to the butt. There's no explanation for [[FridgeLogic how these could walk, let alone run.]] One vase even depicts what's clearly supposed to be Medusa as a female one of these, with a SkullForAHead, and somehow wearing a dress.
** There were at least two other sympathetic centaurs depicted in Ovid's Literature/TheMetamorphoses, the husband and wife Cyllarus and Hylonome. They were attending the wedding feast depicted in the ''Centauromachy'' when they got swept up in the ensuing battle. No word if they were taking part in the drunken revelry with the rest of the centaurs, but Cyllarus was killed by a spear during the ensuing brawl, and heartbroken, Hylonome took her own life rather then go on without her husband.
** [[EnthrallingSiren Sirens]], though commonly remembered as [[SirensAreMermaids mermaids]], were also depicted as bird-centaurs--they had the torsos of women (usually with [[EvilIsSexy exposed breasts]]) and the bodies of [[FeatheredFiend birds]] from the waist down. Which is also the physical description of the East-Asian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinnara Kinnara]]; with the exception of conflicting Indian literature of demigods with the same name, like the ''Mahabharata'' which describes the Kinnaras as horse-centaurs.
** There's also the Ipotanes, humanoid bypedal horses, considered the original centaurs.
* In ancient Persian and Mesopotamian sculpture, AlwaysMale guardian statues called shedu and lamassu have the forms of bulls and lions, with human heads and eagle wings. The leonine ones are basically male sphinxes. Unlike centaurs, they don't have arms.
* Much closer Mesopotamian analogs to the centaurs are the urmahlullu, which have a human torso on a lion's body.
* Some depictions of Cernunnos, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Celtic]] god of fertility, are like this; with a deer's body, a man's torso and arms, and a stag head and horns.
* Possibly the Nucklavee from Scottish Mythology, one of the fey folk who appeared as a skinless man fused onto a horse's back.. http://bogleech.com/nuckelavee.html
* There is also the bucentaur, kind of an inverted Minotaur: The Other Wiki says, "The term bucintoro [referring to the state galley of the Doges of Venice] was Latinized in the Middle Ages as bucentaurus on the analogy of an alleged Greek word boukentauros meaning "ox-centaur" (from bous, 'ox,' and kentauros, 'centaur'). The common supposition was that the name derived from a creature of a man with the head of an ox, a figure of which served as the galley's figurehead. This derivation is, however, fanciful; the word boukentauros is unknown in Greek mythology..."
* The ichthyocentaur was sorta like the mermaid version of a centaur, having the lower body of a hippocampus (a half-horse, half-fish creature) instead.

* The antagonist of Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'', who has a human/horse face, a human torso, a motorcycle lower half, a horse's tail, and some sort of clawed feline hindleg.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has quite a few.
** Human/Horse: Centaur
** Human/Lion: Wemic
** Drow/Spider: Drider
** The interplanar Zelekhut, a (winged) clockwork centaur, "charged with hunting down those who would deny justice".
** Basic D&D had the winged pegataur (pegasus plus centaur), the chevall (could shapechange between horse and centaur forms), nuckalavee (transparent skin) and the [[http://arcona.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/manscorpion.png?w=273&h=300 manscorpion]] (Human top half, scorpion lower body).
*** Manscorpions stuck in ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', known as "stingers" or "tlincalli".
*** And humans aren't the only ones combined with scorpions. Since ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s [[OurElvesAreBetter Drow are different]], they have the Scorrow.
** Common Lamias are described as having the upper body of a woman and the lower body of either a lioness, a goat, a deer, or an antelope (only the lion form ever got drawn) in earlier editions of the game, but were permanently switched over to being lioness-taurs in 5th edition. Their Noble Lamia rulers are [[SnakePeople tauric mixtures of human and snake]]. In 4th edition, [[CallAPegasusAHippogriff they were depicted as skin-stealing carnivorous beetlel swarms]], one of the edition's many depictions of TheWormThatWalks.
** 1E had the hybsil (half pixie/brownie/sprite, half antelope).
** 2E had centaur-kin: dorvesh (dwarf plus donkey), gnoat (gnome plus goat), ha'pony (halfling plus pony) and zebranaur (human plus zebra).
** 2E also had the armanite (demon tanar'ri centaur), manotaur (human plus bull) and [[http://tinyurl.com/y98f8lt bariaur]] (human/mountain sheep) from the plane of Gladsheim. The latter is a PlayerCharacter race in TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}.
** 2nd Edition ''Kara-Tur Monstrous Compendium Appendix''. The hannya was a ChaoticEvil monster. Its upper half was that of an ugly woman and its lower half was that of a giant constrictor snake.
** The TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting had several of these.
*** The Monitors are {{shapeshifting}} winged centaurs [-IN SPACE-].
*** Dracons are human/dragon hybrids that are 10-12 feet long. They have the body of a brontosaurus, a human torso and arms, a dragon's head and a long tail like that of a snake.
** At least in TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}, Pegataur is the ''Elf''/Pegasus variant centaur. As to the attutude -- take a guess from this:
---> "I'm half elf, half mighty stallion, and half noble eagle, and more'n sum of me parts."
** From ''3.5E Monster Manual 3''; the Dracotaur (doesn't have the upper body of a human, but a humanoid torso coming up from the lower body of a wingless dragon) and the Quaraphon (a squat, muscular centaur with lumpy blue skin, elephant's feet, and two mouths and four eyes randomly placed on its face... don't look up the picture, you don't wanna know.)
** 4E has the Drakkoths, which a weird mixture of crested lizardman upper torso (with NonMammalianMammaries for the females) on the body of some sort of spiny-tailed drake.
** And just in case that's not enough, there's a "tauric" template for 3.5 that can be applied to combine still more critters with humanoids, centaur-style.
** 3rd Edition ''Creature Collection'': The Proud (lion bottom, human trunk, lion head), Marrow Knight (skeletal undead), Sandmasker (scorpion/human).
** One webpage has a [[http://www.elftown.com/_Centaur%20Races list]] of the different centauroids that populate the D&D universe.
** ''Dragon'' magazine #116 "Dragon's Bestiary". The Sea Centaur is an aquatic creature that appears to be a cross between a triton and a hippocampus.
** MC13 ''Al-Qadim Monstrous Compendium Appendix'' has the desert centaur. Its top half is human. Its body has a barrel-like chest (like a pony) and long antelope-like legs.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has several kinds of centaur-like creatures, none of them good.
** Dragon Ogres are a species of monsters aligned with Chaos, resembling giant (some can look over city walls, and the oldest one is mistaken for mountain) horned humanoids from the waist up and wingless dragons from the waist down.
** The [[Characters/WarhammerBeastsOfChaos Beastmen]] have centigors, a sub-breed of beastmen resembling goat-bodied centaurs with horns and clawed feet instead of hooves. The are raging alcoholics, and will [[DrunkenMaster randomly receive bonuses]] according to their level of intoxication.
** The Chaos Dwarfs had Bull Centaurs, created by the Chaos Dwarves' sorcerers by mutating their people's own infants into the image of their evil bull-god Hashut.
* Both ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' had [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Zoat Zoats]], centaur-shaped lizard creatures used as vanguard troops by the Tyranids in their early attacks upon the galaxy. Between wars against the Imperium, the Tyranids not needing them after the invasions' start and a failed rebellion on the Zoats' part, they are almost entirely extinct by the setting's present.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''
** One of the Major Races was the K'kree (alien centaurs), which lived in the Two Thousand Worlds.
** ''Marc Miller's TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' supplement ''Aliens Archive''. The Graytch looked like six-legged spider centaurs (and were in fact nicknamed "spidertaurs").
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. First introduced in ''Paranormal Animals of Europe'' supplement, centaurs of the Sixth World are an awakened (magical and sapient) type of horse, and 4th edition's ''Runner's Companion'' and 5th edition's ''Run Faster'' make them playable. Physically they're distinct from most centaurs in that they only have three fingers and a thumb, and standard centaurs have horse-like faces with shorter snouts, though a fraction of the population includes "lesser" centaurs with human faces that face discrimination from their common brethren. Centaurs were originally thought of as primitive and barely sapient, but in truth just prefer a less technological life style and are every bit as intelligent as humans; some outliers among their kind have become well known mercenaries or started rock bands.
* ''TableTopGame/RuneQuest''. The Glorantha campaign setting had scorpionmen, a human-scorpion hybrid.
* ''Arcanum'' RPG, ''The Lexicon (Atlas of the Lost World of Atlantis)''.
** The Dreaming Wood had the arcitenus (two headed centaurs) and malataurs (half human, half ram). ''The Bestiary'' says that malataurs are a combination of human and mountain goat.
** In the Mediterranean Sea, the islands of Delphos and Tenedos have centaurs that are skilled painters, musicians and artisans.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' offers various variations on the theme in different supplements:
** Yrth, the world of ''TabletopGame/GURPSBanestorm'', has fairly conventional (human/horse-like) centaurs. They're actually immigrants from Loren'dil, a world without humans or horses; the mere existence of horses (initially seen as deformed or maimed centaurs) may confuse or horrify them, and they dislike the paraphernalia of human horse-riding. They live in small nomadic herds across the plains of al-Wazif, al-Haz, Cardiel, and the Orclands. Most are brash, impetuous, footloose party animals, and not especially bright, but a few are highly intelligent and scholarly -- thus reflecting both the Greek idea of thuggish centaurs (in toned-down form) and the intellectual Chiron.
** ''GURPS Fantasy Folk'' has Onocentaurs: half human, half donkey.
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'' has two relevant chimeras: a spider centaur (Homo Sapiens Arachne) and a serpent centaur (Homo Sapiens Serpens).
* ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'' adventure ''Devil's Domain''. The Abomination demons had a lower half like a bent over gorilla (with 4 legs like a gorilla's) and an upper half like a gorilla's trunk, with four arms. They had four [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]] and a malevolent face on their chest.
* Zombie centaurs are nothing new when necromancy is involved. For Swords and Sorcery in-universe, magic users specializing in the dead can sew the bodies of different creatures to create one composite one, such as a skeletal undead with the upper torso of a human attached bone to bone to the body of a horse.
* Generic RPG supplement ''Booty and the Beasts''. The Masjenada is a 12 foot long lobster with the torso of a human female sticking out of it. They are powerful magicians and are fairly civilized, not normally attacking strangers.
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has classic centaurs, several variations of lamia, and girtablillu (scorpion-centaurs inspired by Mesopotamian myth). The ''Legacy of Fire'' adventure path has buraq (winged mules with human faces).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has two distinct breeds of the classic Centaur: The normal kind, and the high-tech Cyber-horsemen from Ixion. Serving the Mesopotamian Gods are also the Scorpion People, who given this trope are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Nightbane}}'', centauroids are just one of the shape variations available for Nightbane with an animal-based Morphus.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Splicers}}'', this is also one of the options for [[PoweredArmor Host Armor]], as shown [[http://chuckwalton.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d3k3lql here]]. The pilot's legs fold up inside the lower body.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rolemaster}}'' ''Shadow World'' setting supplement ''Star Crown Empire and the Sea of Fates''. Centaurs are not wild creatures living in the wilderness: they are full citizens of the Empire, live in buildings and practice farming and shepherding.
* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters''
** Volume I. The humbaba is half human, half giant scorpion with a tail 6-9 feet long.
** Volume III. The Jushkaparick is a half man, half ass (donkey) with a jaw made of brass. It will attack any centaurs it meets on sight.
* Centaurs in ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' are faerie creatures concerned with exploring the boundaries of civilization/barbarism and humanity/beastliness. As with other faerie beings, rules for playing them can be found in "Realms of Power: Faerie".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' has modern-day centaurs: half-man, half-motorcycle.
* The ''TabletopGame/WorldOfSynnibarr'' has Cattars, who have the lower body of a tiger and a humanoid upper body.
* ''TabletopGame/KingsOfWar'' has Abyssal Dwarf half breeds which are half-dwarf and half-demon.
* ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' has "taur" Vectors which are based on a variety of species.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. The T.O.M.E. (Theatre Of the Mind Enterprises) supplement ''Pursuit to Kadath'' has the Dragon Warriors, a set of monsters created by the Franchise/CthulhuMythos deity Yig. One of them is Choara, a giant black scorpion with the torso, arms and head of a human.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s Artakha Bulls are, for all intents and purposes, biomechanical centaurs with bull heads.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'''s centaurs follow the brutal and savage description to a T, with a society based on Mongol hordes (their leaders are called Khans and use axes and bows), said to be the cursed offspring of Cenarius (a night elf/stag god, see Cernunnos above), whose daughters are the Dryads (night elf/doe).
** There are also Magnataurs, a much larger polar creature that are a mix of human and mammoth.
** Dragonspawn are draconian versions, following the same body layout as a centaur. They used to be human, but gradually evolved after centuries of serving dragons and taking in the energies they gave off.
** Nerubians are sometimes presented as spider versions, although there's some inconsistency about whether they're a humanoid torso stuck on top of a spider-like creature or a more coherent and not particularly centaur-like form. Artwork has shown them as clearly resembling [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons driders]] and holding weapons, something no Nerubian in the actual games does.
** And then there's the Pit Lords, humongous demonic mixes of god-knows-what, with thick reptilian hides and tails, bat wings, and spider eyes.
** The male counterparts of the dryads are the Sons of Cenarius, also night elf/stag (with an inexplicable wooden claw replacing one hand).
** The Tol'vir were recently introduced in Cataclysm, being feline (Sphinx-like) centaurs created by the Titans to guard the (Egypt-inspired) land of Uldum. The Tol'vir used to have stone-like bodies, but most of them lost them. The Ramkahen have normal flesh bodies, while the Neferset have regained their stone forms.
* ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients''[=/=]''VideoGame/DOTA2'' has several:
** Aiushtha, the Enchantress, a NatureSpirit that appears in the form of a perky, cute red-haired elf atop a doe (female deer).
** Bradwarden, the Centaur Warrunner, is a fairly normal BloodKnight centaur, save the bull-like horns and tusks.
** Atropos, the Bane is a centauric EldritchAbomination with DreamWeaver powers.
** Harbinger, the Outworld Devourer is a winged centaur-like alien possessing SuperIntelligence.
** Leshrac, the Tormented Soul is a ghost centaur, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation an insane]] embodiment of GaiasVengeance.
** Magnus, the Magnoceroes is some cross between a Centaur, a Mammoth, and a Rhino, with powers derived Tectonic and Volcanic energies that somehow result in magnetic effects.
** Vrogros, the Underlord is a demonic centaur-like being originating from deep underneath the earth.
** There's also a generic Centaurs as neutral creeps, although the bigger one's blue and the smaller one's white.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has an enemy known as a Lynel. These creatures are a lion-human centaur (or even a lion-human-horse centaur). Despite appearing commonly in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI first game]], they've only appeared in a few games since. Which is a good thing because [[BossInMookClothing they are extremely difficult to deal with]], and get progressively harder every time they appear, especially in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', where the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Silver and Gold variants]] are even tougher to beat than the FinalBoss.
* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series has centaurs in various forms. Centaurs in I and II are Warlock (evil) aligned archers. Centaurs in III are Rampart (good) aligned wood dwelling spear wielders. In IV, they're Might-aligned spear throwers who hate magic a la Xanth's centaurs, and in V and VI they're {{Half Human Hybrid}}s created by [[AWizardDidIt magical experiments]], allied with the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]].
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' has centaurs as an enemy, and also the player character can learn their language as a skill. This has been their only appearance in the series to date.
* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'': the Tarvos and Maeldiun monsters who wield giant axes and bows.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' has the robot master Centaur Man.
* The [[http://www.imperial-library.info/bestiaries/oblivion_large_dreughland-1.jpg Land Dreugh]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''.
* The Centaurians from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', of which Motaro is a member, have whiplike scorpionish tails and a set of nasty-looking horns in conjunction tauric, reptilian-looking forms. They are the natural enemies of the MultiArmedAndDangerous Shokan race.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'': The first game has classic centaurs, who are are perfectly civilized, but also has cheetaurs, which have a panther's head on a human torso on a panther's body and are always hostile. Later games in the series introduce liontaurs, who are similar to cheetaurs but [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin have leonine features]] and are also civilized; the third game in the series even has the player spend most of the game in their capital city.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', centaurs are freakish mutant creatures with whiplike tongues, and are what you get when you dip multiple people and animals in a vat of FEV for awhile. As one can imagine, they are also epitomes of BodyHorror.
* The first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', as well as the third, has you kill a number of these. They match the Greek tradition, and are [[GiantMook about a rung below miniboss]].
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher''. They do not look human at all.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has several "prides" of centaurs. Prides from Tyria generally like furry humans on a horse body, and are all hostile, and prides from Elona have a more bestial, catlike head and horns, and ally with you. You even get one as a party member.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' had drider-like spider centaurs: top half human woman, lower half spider.
** And a GINORMOUS one in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', which requires a ColossusClimb to defeat.
* ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}: Stranger's Wrath'' features the steef, a race of centaur-like creatures with gorilla-like forearms, antlers, and leonine heads.
* The Centaurions of ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' were originally created by magic, but since then became a conquering race.
* The ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' series featured Centaurs as a major player race. They act as Knights in both the player's force and enemy armies, being fast and heavy-hitting troops, and a few on both sides also use bows or other ranged weapons. Most party members are friendly, and the personalities are varied, though they have a reputation for arrogance among the common folk. The enemy armies also use ''Pegasus'' Centaurs(the second game features one who makes a MookFaceTurn), as well as demonic ones with no heads.
* ''ShadowBane'' featured them as a civilized playable race.
* In keeping with the "savage monsters" interpretation of the creature type, various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games have centaurs and centaur-like creatures as {{Mook}}s. If it has armor, it has a roughly 90% chance of being given a name like "[[IncrediblyLamePun Centaurion]]."
* Dora, the centaur girl from ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe: Revenge of Death Adder''. When mounting other creatures, she turns her lower body into that of a human woman.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor'' turns into a huge robot centaur with a lance for the final battle.
* [[http://forum.lol.garena.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1419&d=1333941321 Hecarim, the Shadow of War]], a champion from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is certainly not your normal centaur -- he's a spectral undead monstrosity that seems to be a centaurlike AnimatedArmor filled with baleful fire. Not a friendly chap by any means. He also wasn't a centaur when he was alive: he was a human who, after falling victim to the Black Mist, was fused with his steed to turn him into the monster he is today.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'''s centaurs looks nothing like those you are familiar with. They are bipedal blue creatures with hoofed hands and feet, a horse's tail, no head, and {{Winged Unicorn}}s on its shoulders.
* The VideoGame/DragonQuest series has a few examples, such as the [[PunnyName sintaur]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' and the [[MoneySpider balhib]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', there's a kingdom inhabited mostly by centaurs. True to common form, they're avid hunters (although most of them aren't depicted using bows. Unlike some depictions, there are female centaurs, and no mention of abducting women.
* ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'' combines this with OurAngelsAreDifferent with a dash of EldritchAbomination, introducing new angelic species such as the Acceptance, the Accolade, and the Allegiance, who are all depicted as bulky, headless centaurs with angelic wings and armor, and a giant marble face on their abdomens. And that's not even getting into what they look like [[NightmareFuel once they start taking damage]].
* ''VideoGame/AbyssOdyssey'': Padutaurs are basically Deer-Centauresses. They wield poleaxes and can bring the hurt due to their agility and attack range. As a mook, padutaurs need support to back them up or they get "jumpy". When playing as one, use area attacks to push back the melee attackers.
* The Windows 95 RPG ''R2 Iseki e no Michi'' 「R2 遺跡への道」 by TGL (who also made ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo'') has centaur party-member Sanisshu 「サ二ッシュ」 and a town full of them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'''s Orisa is a centaur-shaped [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Omnic]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' has pig centaurs as enemies. They're heavy damage dealers and tanks, but they lose combat effectiveness if you force them to stay in the front row of combat, preventing them from using their knight spear.
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'': Chiron, as in the original mythology. A couple of his optional skins turn him into unusual variants on this trope, such as a centaur with the lower body of a demonic HellishHorse, or one with the lower body and the head of either a moose or a reindeer.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Centaurs are one of a small number of creatures that exist as in-game myths: they have a bare minimum of game data and show up in engravings, but they do not exist as actual creatures you can encounter. Despite this, dwarves can still express a liking for their strength. A female centaur is called a centauress.
* The centaur from ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' is an utterly grotesque mix of man, horse and wagon. It was originally a man whose limitless indolence led him to a quest to do the less as possible as he considered that even the minimal effort was an insurmountable task. While starving to death inside his wagon, even eating and drinking was too much of a bothersome thing to do for him, he saw a white chalice floating in front of him and heard a voice that told him: "An offering shall be rewarded with a wish befitting the sacrifice." The man then sacrificed his body in exchange for a body that would make his life easier. Thus this revolting aberration was born.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Bard}}'' has Vas, who became a centaur by various incidents caused by his brother. His sheer stature makes him ideal for the job of being a bar bouncer.
* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' has Allison Taverner, a human-turned-centaur who runs a convenience/grocery store in downtown Tandy.
* The title characters of ''Webcomic/AccidentalCentaurs'' are humans from Earth who find themselves transformed into centaurs after a teleporter accident.
* ‘Taurs in ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' are not a natural species, but rather beings that have been transformed. Most are mortals used for slave labor or victims of magical curses.
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' ups the ante with Unipegataurs; [[{{Unicorn}} horned]], [[{{Pegasus}} winged]] centaurs. Some of which are turned [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead]]
* Equius' [[RaisedByWolves lusus]] Aurthor in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a male mustachioed centaur-shaped creature... [[{{Squick}} with cow udders.]] His species was the only one that could handle Equius's absurd strength and acts as a sort of a butler to the boy. [[spoiler: These creatures later propagate an island on an alternate version of earth, where it's shown they can reach ''sauropod-level sizes.'']]
** It's worth noting that Equius's self-picked screenname is "[[UnfortunateNames centaursTesticle]],'' which means that [[WeHaveThoseToo his home planet probably has some centaur analogue.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Hotblood}}'' has a centaur protagonist. Centaurs and humans live together on Earth (even in places where horses never lived or died out). Interactions between the two run from apathy to fetishization to FantasticRacism.
* ''[[http://silvermoonwolf.web.fc2.com/ The Story of Cenzelburg]]'' is a {{doujinshi}} that features several of the horse variety in the "Grand Grass" and "Stray Dragon" prologues, as well as some half-tiger types in the "Twin Head Wolf" series. They exist in a world with all sorts of {{shapeshift|ing}}ers, primarily [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolves]] and [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent birds]].
* A centaur male features in a strip in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', where a nervous young woman offers herself to him since their village cannot afford to pay him a proper reward. To her immense relief, he can detach the human part of himself from his horse half.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': A centaur can be seen in Mechanicsburg behind [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110404 Vanamonde von Mekkahn and his aide while they are discussing the city's defenses.]] She evidently sharpens knives, swords and tools for a living and is presumably the result of a Spark experiment, likely having started out life as an ordinary human.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'' features Firenze as a parody of the "wise and noble" type of centaur. (The costume is half of a horse plushie sewn to the back of the actor's pants.) It also goes to explain that [[{{Gendercide}} a plague caused all the female centaurs to go extinct,]] explaining why they are so rare. Firenze also states that centaurs have attempted to find suitable human mates, but all the women they have tried have been killed by accident during mating. [[spoiler:Until they met [[{{Yandere}} Umbridge]].]]
* The [[http://valley-of-siyyon.deviantart.com/ Valley of Siyyon]] is a Website/DeviantArt-based shared world populated entirely by centaurs. The twist is that the nonhuman half can be "any species of your choosing" and everyone must choose a unique species. This results in the population of Siyyon including [[http://pokemaniette013.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2t7s21 a Kangaroo-taur]], [[http://wingsgirl.deviantart.com/#/d2urmr2 an Armadillo-taur]], [[http://gwennafran.deviantart.com/art/Oko-Character-Sheet-175470436 Poison Dart Frog-taur]], [[http://konjiki-kitsune.deviantart.com/art/Valley-of-Siyyon-Kilah-170464474 Cassowary-taur]], ''[[http://readytoloseitall.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2upgyf Sea Slug-taur]]''. Ah, [=DeviantArt=]...
* The [[http://iririv.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2i129c Mantidae]], drawn by IRIRIV on Website/DeviantArt, have only a superficial resemblance to mythical centaurs. In his description, they are actually a type of sentient bug that evolved from an era where birds didn't exist and insects became bigger and stronger until they changed into the first neovertebrates.
* Website/DeviantArt member, DoodleBuggy, [[http://doodlebuggy.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ni8dc drew]] [[http://doodlebuggy.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4npt68 many]] [[http://doodlebuggy.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4okh47]] [[http://doodlebuggy.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5azlcx pages]] devoted to mermaids based on the myriad marine animals of the sea beyond simple nondescript fish. Also counts as {{Our Mermaids Are Different}}.
* Artist Frederik K T Andersson takes a different direction with his [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/Carcass-Centaur-Concept.3553029.html "Carcass]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=crab+centaur+#/d598wjz Centaur"]]. An undead horse mutated by a demonic spirit, its fleshless skull and neck split vertically into bony hooks which it uses to grab living humanoid hosts that it has chased down. The lower waist of the victim is then pulled into the creature's neck-maw, while the head up the upper waist is encased in its split skull. After taking control of the still-living body, the monster sustains itself by feeding on the host's life force while appearing as an undead centaur. Similar to the alien Chiron centaur above.
* It's common in the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom to have a "taur" character, which basically uses a centaur-like body [[HeinzHybrid but otherwise has the design]] [[MemeticMutation of whatever species you desire]].
** One of the most famous examples, if maybe not the oldest, are the Chakats of Literature/ChakonaSpace. Female humanoid cat from the waist up, giant [[{{Hermaphrodite}} hermaphroditic]] cat from the waist down. The same universe also includes Skunktaurs and Stellaur Foxtaurs, which, other then the obvious species change, use the exact sort of physical arrangement.
* A very NSFW web-game called Corruption of Champions has a JerkAss male centaur character named Kelt, who is incredibly abusive towards the player character, and a female centaur character named Edryn, a literal HookerWithAHeartOfGold who is friendly and affable whether she's working as a city guard or using her off-duty hours to prostitute herself for extra funds and her own pleasure.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2869 SCP-2869 ("Fuckworms")]]. SCP-2869 are approximately 3.5 meters long. Their lower half is a long muscular tail like that of a caterpillar, with four claw-like legs and two long gripping limbs in front. The upper half is a humanoid torso (with arms and head) at one end of the tail.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Leela becomes one in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie Bender's Game, as well as a {{Hermaphrodite}} Hermes who leads a pacifist army of them.
** Centaurs also appear in New New York. In "The Luck of the Fryish" they can be found at the race tracks where they serve as both the jockey and the horse (they even whip themselves to go faster). Also a female centaur appears [[http://theinfosphere.org/images/thumb/0/03/Us_people_cover.png/800px-Us_people_cover.png on the cover of a tabloid magazine]] in "The Thief of Baghead".
* WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules has his sidekick Newton (and, in one episode, a new more-competent centaur named Notwen).
* One "Treehouse of Horror" episode of ''TheSimpsons'' involved Ned Flanders turning into a cow-centaur ([[AnimalGenderBender with an udder!]]).
** Another "Treehouse" episode involved Lisa first becoming a [[FaunsandSatyrs satyr]], and later on a centaur.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** The very first villain in the franchise was a demonic centaur named Tirek, who sought to bring about TheNightThatNeverEnds (in fact, he's the TropeNamer). The Little Ponies' human ally Megan killed him with the Rainbow of Light. He is a cross between a Centaur and a BigRedDevil, having red skin and a pair of large horns.
** Tirek returns in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Season 4 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 fin]][[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 ale]], seeking to steal the magic of every living thing in Equestria for himself. He's probably the most humanoid character of the show so far (except maybe [[ALoadOfBull Iron Will the minotaur]]). Even so, due to the the established point that [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals there are no humans in the world of the show]], his human parts are rendered as very ape-like instead, giving him a gorilla's head and torso on the body of a bull.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'' had the heroic Saggitar, a member of a race of sort-of-centaurs who have hands on their forelegs. They can walk on their hind legs and use their forelegs as an extra set of arms.
* [[IdiotHero Mike Tyson]] from ''WesternAnimation/MikeTysonMysteries'' assumes that Cormac [=McCarthy=] is one because he's a famed recluse. [[spoiler: Not only did this turn out to be true, but he had wings too.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Mabel summons a centaurtaur, which is essentially a centaur with ''another'' horse half where its human half would be.
* A centaurette is one of the students in ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'', considered beauty for monster standards.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the early stages of the conquest of South America by the Spanish, horsemen were given orders to [[BornInTheSaddle live, eat and sleep on their horses]], so as to reinforce their "divine" appearance and reputation.
* The constellation Sagittarius is a centaur archer. According to some interpretations, he used to be Chiron before being made into a constellation after death.
** There's another centaur in the sky: the southern constellation of [[CaptainObvious Centaurus.]] Other interpretations consider it represents the aforementioned Chiron.
* The traditional arms of King Stephen show either one or three "Sagittaries", which are usually, for some reason, depicted as being bow-bearing men to the waist conjoined to lion bodies.