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{{Centaurs}} are a specific kind of HalfHumanHybrid originating in mythology, possessing the upper body (head, torso and arms) of a man and the lower body 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.

Traditional centaurs [[ExposedExtraterrestrials do not bother with clothing.]]

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.

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.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[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.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Locus in ''{{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]].
* Centorea Shianus from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is a centaur knight.
* In the beginning of the Thriller Bark arc of ''OnePiece'', 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]].
* Centaurmon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' and ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', and Sleipmon from ''Anime/DigimonSavers''.
** Gulfmon from the first ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' movie has definitely [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Gulfmon nothing to do with a horse]].
* Pegasus Sabre from ''Anime/TheBraveFighterOfLegendDaGarn'' is a CombiningMecha in the shape of a centaur.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[ExtremeOmniGoat Nel]] is based on antelope and goat-antelope themes to such an extent that when she enters resureccion, her form takes on a centauroid shape. The animal part of her body is based on the gemsbok rather than a horse.
* In Manga/StardustMemories, 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/CentaurNoNayami'' stars Himeno, a Japanese ''kentauride'' teenager and chronicles her daily life in High School.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' has the entire Panzer Trampler [[HumongousMecha mech line]], which are naturally shaped like centaurs.
* ''{{Toriko}}'' has Elg, a member of the Gourmet Corp., who fused with a baby Heraku, a legendary horse called a which along with the typical centaur also granted him an [[FromASingleCell astonishing]] HealingFactor which essentially made him immortal and stopped him from aging.
* 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!]]
* Early in ''Manga/YuGiOh'', the centaur "Mystical Horseman" was introduced. 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".
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* The ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics have Dawn getting turned into a [[RunningGag centaur]][[InsistentTerminology ette]]. [[HorrorHunger Cravings for hay]] are mentioned.
* In ''RequiemChevalierVampire'', 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, I 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) Hells Angels (an interesting analogy - the bike works as the horse part). Oh, and by the gratuituous 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 descendents 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 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 SilverAge comic of [[{{Superman}} Superman's]] Girlfriend LoisLane had a story where [[http://www.vinegeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/LoisLane_centaur_comiccover.jpg Lois turns into a Centuar.]]
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* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'''s Pastorale symphony segment features centaurs and centaurettes, one famous for the UnfortunateImplications of a centaurette servant in blackface with the body of a donkey (oddly enough they also had far less offensive Zebra-bodied black centaurs as well). The sequence has been cut from every release of ''Fantasia'' since 1960, but stills and occasionally the clip itself can be found online.
* ''TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'' - near the end Sinbad fights a one-eyed centaur (cyclops plus centaur?).
* ''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.
* ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians-The Lightning Thief'' features Pierce Brosman as Chiron.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 ''{{Narnia}}'' are completely opposed to the classic Greek ones, as they are brave fighters in Aslan's army. The individual centaurs Glenstorm ("Prince Caspian") and Roonwit ("The Last Battle") 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. It's implied outside of the main books that they are a OneGenderRace, and the fact Firenze is so popular with the human girls he teaches after becoming a teacher at Hogwarts may indicate how they reproduce.
** Then again, with the canonical disdain centaurs evince for humans (muggle and wizard alike), it may be that a [[MisterSeahorse certain trope]] often seen in fanfiction for the series may apply to the propagation of the centaur species.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', the LEP's InsufferableGenius and TechnoWizard Foaly is a centaur.
** Though they 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.
** 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 ''[[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 ''Starman Jones'' 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.
* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' includes a blacksmith centaur briefly in 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 ''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 ''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]].
* 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.
* ''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.
** In the Sequel Series, Percy discovers another tribe of centaurs that are horned bad guys and part of Gaea's army, terribly confusing him
* One of the [[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 ''very'' important to the plot of a novel about an incredibly straight-laced 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 ''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 [[JackLChalker 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 ''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.
* 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 caterpillarlike bottom half.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' Justin briefly dated a female centaur.
* Centaurs often appeared in both ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''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 ''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.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* As noted, centaurs were something of a BarbarianTribe in 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.
* In ancient Persian and Mesopotamian scultpure, 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 [[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..."
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* 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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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has quite a few.
** Human/Horse: Centaur
** Human/Lion: Wemic, Lamia (in older editions)
** 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 ''{{Eberron}}'''s [[OurElvesAreBetter Drow are different]], they have the Scorrow.
** 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}}.
** The TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting had the Monitors, {{shapeshifting}} winged centaurs [-IN SPACE-].
** 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Dragon-Ogres and centigors (goat-headed centaur).
** The [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Chaos Dwarfs]] had Bull Centaurs.
** Both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' had [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Zoat Zoats]], centaur-shaped lizard creatures.
** Also the [[Characters/WarhammerBeastsOfChaos Beastmen]] have the centigors which are like 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.
* ''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}}''. The ''Paranormal Animals of Europe'' supplement had centaurs with horse-like faces.
* ''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.
* ''{{GURPS}}''
** ''{{GURPS}} Fantasy Folk'' has Onocentaurs: half human, half donkey.
** ''{{GURPS}} Technomancer'' had two chimeras: a spider centaur (Homo Sapiens Arachne) and a serpent centaur (Homo Sapiens Serpens).
* ''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.
* Chaosium's supplement ''All the World's Monsters''. The humbaba is half human, half giant scorpion with a tail 6-9 feet long.
* Centaurs in ''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".
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s Artakha Bulls are, for all intents and purposes, biomechanical centaurs with bull heads.
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* ''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.
** 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 [[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'' 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.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series sometimes has annoyingly tough Lionels, lion-human hybrids (or even lion-human-horse, judging by the artwork).
* 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]].
* The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall has centaurs as an enemy, and also the player character can learn their language as a skill. They haven't shown up in an Elder Scrolls game since.
* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'': the Tarvos and Maeldiun monsters who wield giant axes and bows.
* ''{{Dragaera}}'' has cat-centaurs, who live near the Paths of the Dead. Vlad and Morollan share a NotSoDifferent moment with them in Taltos.
* The classic ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series has the robot master Centaur Man.
* The [[http://www.imperial-library.info/bestiaries/oblivion_large_dreughland-1.jpg Land Dreugh]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has vanilla centaurs.
* The Centaurians from ''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'' has centaurs which are perfectly civilized, but it also features cheetaurs, an all black feline with a humanoid torso topped with feline head. They later added liontaur, which were much like the cheetaur but with lions, though they were actually civilized, ruling a very Egypt-inspired 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.
* ''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.
* ''{{Castlevania 64}}'' had drider-like spider centaurs: top half human woman, lower half spider.
** And a GINORMOUS one in ''OrderOfEcclesia'', which requires a ColossusClimb to defeat.
* ''{{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 ''ShiningForce'' series featured Centaurs as a major player race. They act as the Knights standard to most Strategy [=RPGs=], being fast and heavy-hitting troops. Most party members are friendly, and the personalities are varied, though they have a reputation for arrogance among the common folk. The enemy armies use ''Pegasus'' Centaurs, 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 ''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 ''LeagueOfLegends'', is certainly not your normal centaur- he's a spectral undead monstrousity that seems to be a centaurlike AnimatedArmor filled with baleful fire. Not a friendly chap by any means.
* ''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 DragonQuest series has a few examples, such as the [[PunnyName sintaur]] from DragonQuestVI and the [[MoneySpider balhib]] from DragonQuestV.
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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.
* ''{{Erfworld}}'' ups the ante with Unipegataurs; [[{{Unicorn}} horned]], [[{{Pegasus}} winged]] centaurs.
* 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 ''saurapod-level sizes.'']]
** It's worth noting that Equius's self-picked screenname is "[[UnfortunateNames centaursTesticle]],'' which means that [[LotsOfPlanetsHaveANorth 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.
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* ''[[AVeryPotterMusical A Very Potter Sequel]]'' 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 [[PhysicallyImpossibleSex killed by accident]] during mating.
* The [[http://valley-of-siyyon.deviantart.com/ Valley of Siyyon]] is a 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, Deviant Art...
* The Mantidae http://iririv.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2i129c, drawn by IRIRIV on deviant art 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
* 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 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 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.
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* Leela becomes one in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie Bender's Game, as well as a {{Hermaphrodite}} Hermes who leads a pacifist army of them.
* WesternAnimation/TheMightyHercules has Newton.
* One "Treehouse of Horror" episode of ''TheSimpsons'' involved Ned Flanders turning into a cow-centaur.
** Another "Treehouse" episode involved Lisa first becoming a [[FaunsandSatyrs satyr]], and later on a centaur.
* In Disney's Disney/{{Hercules}}, the title character battles one when first meeting Meg. Centaurs also appear in certain episodes of the animated series.
* The very first villain from ''MyLittlePony'' 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.
* ''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.
* Tirek returns in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Season 4 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 fin]][[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 ale]] , probably the most humanoid character of the show so far.
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* 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.
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