A Load of Bull
"'Moo'. Are you happy now?"Talking bulls or bull-men, especially those who stand on two feet (usually hooves, though not always). They tend to take strength- and toughness-based characteristics, often being either a Mighty Glacier or a Lightning Bruiser, but rarely a Fragile Speedster or Glass Cannon. For some reason they tend to wield axes, note and no self-respecting labyrinth level is complete without one of these as a Boss Battle. Mostly carnivorous and man-eating, despite the Fridge Logic this raises for something with a herbivore's head. note If they are represented as more than Always Chaotic Evil monsters, you can expect them to be Proud Warrior Race Guys. This trope goes all the way back to the Gud-alim of Mesopotamian Mythology, so it's Older Than Dirt. The later myth of the Minotaur has directly inspired about 99% of all examples below. See also Everything's Better with Cows, Horn Attack, and Bullfight Boss. Not to be confused with a figurative load of BS.
—Tauren Male, World of Warcraft
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- The Apostle form of Nosferatu Zodd from Berserk is that of a giant minotaur with a tiger's face and gigantic bat wings.
- Ilfort Grantz from Bleach.
- Pantyhose Tarou from Ranma ½, whose cursed form is a two story-tall winged minotaur. With an eel for a tail. And octopus tentacles. You see, he was baptized and named in the Spring of Drowned Yeti Riding an Ox While Carrying a Crane and an Eel. Later, he splashed himself with water from the Spring of Drowned Octopus (neither the octopus' presence, nor the drowning, nor the method of application is ever explained) to get the tentacles.
- Minotaur from the Cyborg 009 2001 series.
- Loa from Fullmetal Alchemist looks human, but is a chimera fused with a bull. He's an insanely strong hammer-wielder, but while pursuing someone, his teammates leave him behind because he can't keep up.
- The 8-Tailed Giant-Ox from Naruto, being based on ushi-oni, is a giant bull octopus mix. Consequently, its host's most powerful attack when not fully transformed, Lariat, has his Battle Aura take the shape of a bull's horn (with the upgraded form it even takes the shape of a bull's whole skull and spine).
- From One Piece, Minotauros, one of four demon guards in Impel Down. Actually some sort of zoan fruit user.
- Actually, despite its name, he/she/it was more of a Cow, really.
- Earlier on in the series, the former Drum Kingdom guard captain Dalton used the Ox-Ox Fruit: Model Bison to become one of these.
- Sgt. Frog features Giroro getting turned into a minotaur-like monster in one chapter.
- Humanoid Monster Bem has one show up in the thirteenth episode, abducting humans working on a subway.
- Fairy Tail gives us Taurus, a Stellar Spirit of the Ecliptic Zodiac.
- Digimon has Minotaurmon, Bullmon, and Vajramon.
- YuYu Hakusho had a few of these as background demons.
- The Marvel Universe villains Man-Bull (originally a foe of Daredevil) and Bison (originally a foe of Thunderstrike).
- Bova is a cow-woman who sometimes appears in The Avengers comics.
- Wonder Woman has occasionally been seen encountering the, or at least a, Minotaur. She had one as the chef for her embassy.
- Tony Stark once faced a human / bull hybrid, during the age he also met Midas and Madam Masque, in a trend of Greek foes for the Ironclad one.
- Rintrah, who was Doctor Strange's apprentice for some time in the nineties, resembled a green minotaur.
- A humanoid buffalo shows up in the Hack/Slash short comic "Home, Home on Derange." It was created when bigoted cowboys interrupted a Native American ritual.
- One of the superheroes created for the comic Kingdom Come is actually called "The Manotaur". He's got a really HUGE set of horns, and is surprisingly durable.
- Transformers had two Decepticon characters in G1 that turned into mechanical bulls: Tantrum, one of the Predacons (who is unusual compared to other examples of this trope in that he's noted to be on the physically weak side) and Horri-Bull who really looks more like a Terror Dog than an actual bovine.
- Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger had the Minaton, a giant bronze minotaur-shaped golem.
- The 2008 B-Movie Minotaur, whose minotaur is not a man-bull hybrid, but a ZOMBIE COW.
- In Time Bandits Kevin accidentally helps King Agamemnon defeat a bull-headed warrior. It's not clear whether it's meant to be a real minotaur or just a guy wearing a bull's head mask, but the latter seems more likely since the scene doesn't take place in the Time of Legends.
- The Last Unicorn: The Red Bull.
- Somewhat subverted by Thomas Burnett Swann's minotaurs Silver Bells and his son Eunostos, who have at least as much brains as brawn. However, it's probably worth noting that their heads are more human-looking than the classical minotaur.
- Bull-centaurs or shedu (see below) may exist in The Chronicles of Narnia. Regular minotaurs exist as well (mostly bad in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, although the Prince Caspian movie has a heroic badass one.)
- The Philip Jose Farmer story The House of Asterion is narrated by the title character (the Minotaur himself), who is portrayed as being a bit... off the wall.
- Om from Small Gods, when manifesting himself on the Disc, would take the shape of many animals, the bull being one of the most popular, and the holy horns being the sacred sign.
- Sergeant Colon finds himself meeting, in Feet of Clay, Rogers the Bulls. No, that's not a typo. To everyone not a bull, there's only one bull. However, apparently each eye of a bull sees a noticeably different field. Thus, the bull reasons, this must be the sight of two bulls. This explains why bulls tend to tilt their heads: so each bull can see what's going on.
- Both a minotaur-type creature (oddly named Erinyes, and blind) and a rubber Ferdinand the Bull mask figure in the plot of the Stephen King novel Rose Madder.
- House of Leaves has numerous references to Greek mythology, including the Minotaur. The book has mythological references printed in red, and passages which are, to some degree, threatening to the reader are also struck out. Minotaur may or may not be struck out, depending on if it's in one of the aforementioned mythological references.
- A Cordwainer Smith short story has B'dikkat, a humanoid bull-person, as a caretaker of the inmates on a prison planet.
- In the Thursday Next book The Well of Lost Plots, a murderous Minotaur escapes and wreaks havoc throughout the books of the Book World. He goes by the alias Norman Johnson, and in the following book Something Rotton he is hit with a Slapstick marker so that they can track him through Fiction. No one in the books he enters seems to notice he's a Minotaur.
- Fablehaven briefly features a huge shedu-style creature (see below) called a Lammasu. They also have traditional minotaurs.
- A genetically engineered minotaur appears in the third book of Piers Anthony's Warrior's Circle trilogy. He's a nice guy normally, but he's been built to go into a murderous sexual frenzy periodically, inflamed by the smell of a virgin. Murderous because, well, he's hung like a bull.
- As well as several briefly-mentioned minotaurs, Neil Gaiman's American Gods gives us "the buffalo man" (a man with the head of a bison), who seems to be an Anthropomorphic Personification of America itself.
- When Philoctetes tells Sirena the story of Theseus and the minotaur in the novel Sirena, the heroine constantly interrupts him with Fridge Logic questions, such as why would a creature that was half-human and half-bull (an herbivore) eat human flesh, and how could he survive by being fed only once a year?
- In Burned, an ancient mythos of Darkness and Light being represented by telepathic bulls is introduced.
- Fred Saberhagen's Books of the Gods have Prince Asterion, son of the bearer of Zeus' Face and Pasiphae. Born an eunuch with dream powers, he primarily serves as an advisor and messenger to the heroes, though he is fearsomely strong.
- References in The Bible to an animal called a "re'em", although sometimes translated as "unicorn", are most likely referring to the aurochs: A much larger wild ancestor of domestic cattle, now extinct.
- In Wen Spencer's Deepest Blue minotaurs are an alien race. They mostly look like the typical minotaur except for an equine shaped head (which however has horns and bovine ears), are atypically, herbivores and while very territorial and stubborn are not evil.
- Doctor Who:
- The minotaur in The Time Monster, The Mind Robber and "The God Complex."
- The Nimon in The Horns of Nimon.
- Super Sentai and Power Rangers has featured numerous bovine-themed mechs over the years, starting with Choujuu Sentai Liveman's Bisonliner (though technically it's just a big rig done up to look like a bison). Since there's been the Grand Taurus from Chouriki Sentai Ohranger / Zeo Zord IV from Power Rangers Zeo, Bulltaurus from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman / Torozord from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, at least three of them in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger / Power Rangers Wild Force, Magitauros in Mahou Sentai Magiranger / Mystic Minotaur from Power Rangers Mystic Force, and the Ushi Origami from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger / Bullzord from Power Rangers Samurai. Strangely enough, all the Rangers who use them (except for in Shinkenger / Samurai) have been either green or black. There have also been a few Minotaur monsters of the week, such as Dora Minotauros from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger / Mighty Minotaur from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
- A few Kamen Rider kaijin qualify, like the buffalo Grongi Go-Baberu-Da, and the Taurus Ballista Lord in Kamen Rider Decade.
- The pilot episode of MythQuest features the protagonist taking the place of Theseus. Naturally, he meets the Minotaur.
- A horrifying example occurs in American Horror Story: Coven. In the first episode, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a nineteenth-century Historical-Domain Character from Louisiana who keeps tortured slaves in the basement of her mansion, talks about how the Minotaur has always been her favorite element in Greek mythology... and the camera reveals that she's made one by grafting a bull's head onto a human man. The Minotaur later turns out to be immortal, and becomes a recurring antagonist in the present day.
- Classical Mythology:
- The Minotaur, Trope Maker. Its origins in some versions are about as squicky as you'd imagine (in others, it's just Minos' pet monster): Pasiphaë, the wife of Cretan king Minos, had fallen in love with a white bull, given to the king by the Gods. To cut a long and darkly comical story short, Minos locked the resulting abomination up in an underground labyrinth ("Minotaur" meaning "Minos' Bull", although traditionally its proper name is Asterion). Minos demanded an annual tribute of seven youths and seven maidens from Athens (which owed a debt to Crete at the time) to feed to the monster. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus, with help from Minos' daughter Ariadne. Just to add to the Squick: a 1967 excavation showed there was, at the real palace at Knossos, bones of children. The knife marks on the bones indicate the children were butchered and eaten, presumably by the people there. A monster in the palace, indeed.
- Heracles' 7th labor was to capture the Cretan Bull. Incidentally, this might have been the same bull that fathered the Minotaur (the myths are sketchy with this matter).
- Heracles' 10th labor was to obtain the cattle of Geryon.
- Zeus appeared to Europa as a white bull. She subsequently gave birth to the aforementioned king Minos. I guess the family just has a thing with bulls.
- Irish Mythology: The Brown Bull of Cuailnge
- Mesopotamian Mythology:
- Behemoth, the great beast of the land in Semitic mythology, is often identified as a bull.
- An Italian popular fable features a talking, savant (and possibly magical) Ox who helps the protagonist and eventually helps him subdue a younger fierce bull.
- The Ushi Oni (Ox Ogre/Demon) yokai from the Japanese legends may sometimes rarely be described as an an ox-headed kimono clad human; more commonly seen, however, is the version from the coasts of Western Japan, which is a Giant Spider with an ox's head.
- Ox Head is a minotaur-like Oni who, alongside Horse Face, serves as a lackey in the Hells of Chinese Mythology.
- The WWF gave us Mantaur. Somehow, mankind survived anyway.
- Dramatic Dream Team: Bull Armor TAKUYA
- Warhammer: The almost-forgotten Chaos Dwarfs, being heavily influenced by Mesopotamia, have the Great Taurus, a chariot-sized red bull with wings and which can also breathe fire unless I'm quite mistaken. They also have Bull Centaurs and the Lammasu, based on the mythological Shedu mentioned above. The original Lammasu was a lion with a human head.
- The Beasts of Chaos utilize minotaurs in their ranks as well.
- Dungeons & Dragons has Minotaurs and Gorgons. The latter are NOT the snake-headed chicks from Greek Mythology — those are listed as Medusae — but metal plated foul-tempered carnivorous bulls with petrification Breath Weapon.
- Also part of the bulls = strength thing, the spell bull's strength...increases strength.
- Dragonlance also included minotaurs as a fairly civilized, if not always nice, Proud Warrior Guys Race.
- Which may have inspired 4e to make them a playable race in general. It definitely is the reason they are playable in 5e.
- Mystara also has Enduks — winged Minotaurs.
- Minotaurs in Magic The Gathering are usually portrayed as Proud Warrior Race Guys. Hurloon Minotaur was an iconic creature in the early history of the game, but it wasn't actually a very good card.
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse often speaks of the extinct Apis breed: a race of were-aurochs whose task was matchmaking, to ensure successful bloodlines of shifters. Sadly, they were wiped out in the massive wave of werewolf jackassery known as the War of Rage. The Minotaur was the last of their kind.
- A spirit of Minotaur also shows up in the line. The connections between the spirit and the Apis are unclear, but if there are any ties, they've obviously been warped, as Minotaur serves as the patron to the Skin Dancers (a small movement of werewolf-blooded humans who become true shifters by killing their Garou cousins and performing blasphemous rituals using their skins).
- Their spiritual heirs, the Baal-Hadad (alternatively, "Gudthabak"), appear in Werewolf: The Forsaken and are much less nice. They are a race of Helios (sun-spirit) worshippers who are convinced it is their purpose to rule over humans as "lords of the herd" and who only reproduce by magically transforming wolf-blooded humans into their own kind.
- The Mutants & Masterminds setting Freedom City has Taurus, who in addition to being the original Minotaur, has prospered quite well since his days of being locked up in the Labyrinth on Crete. Now, he runs another sort of Labyrinth, a criminal organization operating behind so many shell companies that few individuals get a glimpse of the whole thing.
- Scion introduces Minotaurs as a Demigod level threat (and potential followers)... and makes their origin even more squicktastic, by virtue of making Poseidon even more of a Jerk Ass then Classical Mythology normally makes its gods! In the most common version of the myth, Poseidon cursed Pasiphaë to fall in lust with the White Bull after King Minos tried to cheat his way out of giving it back to Poseidon. In Scion, the White Bull's first act upon emerging from the sea was to rape Pasiphaë, then rampage across Crete raping any woman it could catch! King Minos couldn't do anything to stop the creature as, while Poseidon took no interest in what it was doing, he knew that harming it would draw the Sea God's wrath — the only relief came to Crete when Heracles came and carried the White Bull off as one of his labors. In its wake, it left a considerable brood of Minotaurs, which are still a One-Gender Race that procreates by raping human women.
- One of the signature Lunar Exalted is Strength of Many. Since his Spirit Totem is a bull, his war form greatly resembles a minotaur. His Tell is having the hooves of a bull for feet.
- In Sophocles’ tragedy, The Women of Trachis, Hercules’ wife Deianira speaks of the spirit of the Acheloüs River who appeared to her as a bull, a great water serpent, and finally as “a man’s body but a bull’s face, and from his clump of beard whole torrents of water splashed like a fountain.” (The Disney movie Hercules also depicted the river spirit as a man-bull.)
- In the Doom series, anything in the Baron family (namely Barons of Hell, Hell Knights, Cyberdemons, Skulltag's mod-exclusive Belphegors, possibly even The Baphomet itself unless you clip through his face and find John Romero's head; then he's just a wall sprite with attitude) all base themselves off minotaurs. The 3D versions? Eh... Our Cyberdemons Are Sissier.
- While far more bloated and chubby, Pain Elementals share the Baron's bull horns, even bearing stubby, useless little arms as well. An evolution / degradation to the Baron genus?
- The Tauren race from the Warcraft universe, who, in something of a subversion of the classic minotaur concept, are Gentle Giants with a culture inspired by western Native American tribes. They are the largest Player Character race in the game and, appropriately enough, are the only ones whose "/moo" emote sounds like an actual bovine's.
- Villainous Tauren are relatively rare in World of Warcraft; there is a (now defunct) villain named Mr. Smite in Deadmines, and there are the Grimtotem, a tribe that views Tauren as the Master Race and is willing to kill anyone who sides with another race. With those exceptions, most Tauren tend to be friendly (and cuddly.)
- Two off-shoots of the Tauren have been introduced in expansions. The bison-styled Taunka of Northrend have a bleaker outlook than the Tauren, their harsh homeland forcing them to fight for survival. The yak-styled Yaungol of Pandaria are even worse, having developed a Proud Warrior Race Guy mentality to help them survive on the steppes. The Taunka joined the Horde, while the Yaungol are enemies of all races.
- Minotaurs are a race of creatures in Heroes of Might and Magic.
- Hell Bovines from the Secret Cow Level in Diablo II.
- In Lord of Destruction, there are some enormous minotaur-like demons in Act V, called [Descriptor] Lords. For some reason, bull-demons are all named for the Clans of goatfolk from Act I and Act II—Moon Clan/Lord, Blood Clan/Lord, etc.
- The Wario Land series has Beefne from the first game and Red-Brief J from Wario World. Amusingly fitting, they both imitate some of Wario's trademark abilities.
- Mino Magnus from Mega Man Zero 4.
- God of War features several Minotaurs as Giant Mooks and pits Kratos against a gigantic armored minotaur demon zombie who is on fire as a level boss.
- Subverted and played straight in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Subverted with Sepps, (a quick agile race that looks mostly human). Played straight with Redflanks (Mighty Glaciers, much larger but less human looking). Both races have heroic examples. Danette (female Sepp) and Grunzford (male Red Flank, who's also a Cool Old Guy).
- General Slaughter in the Battletoads games.
- El Odio from Psychonauts is a giant, pink bull that not only terrorizes one character's mind, but also the player, for the entire level.
- And as it turns out, killing him would be unthinkable as he is, in fact, the character whose mind he is found in.
- Goht in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (the one who had to be beating by being out-raced and bashed as a Goron).
- Heretic. The Maulotaurs were the second episode boss, and were about as tough as the Cyberdemon. In the final battle of Shadow of the Serpent Riders, you had to fight eight of them.
- They also showed up in Hexen as well, where they could be summoned to help you in battles.
- Taurus Fire in Mega Man Star Force.
- Brahminator (fun encounter) in Fallout Tactics.
- Bigbutt from BanjoKazooie, who is extremely powerful and only appears in three places in the entire game. He's functionally immortal (he can never die), but not invulnerable (you can attack him and knock him out but he always gets back up).
- In direct reference to the Greek myth, King's Quest VI included a minotaur which had driven the residents of an isle out of a labyrinth and claimed it as his own. The residents even wore Greek-styled togas.
- Quest for Glory I had a minotaur as the guard of the gate of the Brigands' Lair. He's actually there only to protect the Baron's daughter, Elsa, who due to an enchantment has forgotten who she is and become the Brigands' leader. He shows up again in the fifth game as the Guildmaster of the Adventurers' Guild in Silmaria... even if you killed him in the first game.
- In order to get into a house in MechQuest, you need to complete a quest with a Minotaur boss.
- ActRaiser: the final boss of the first land is named Minotaurus, no guesses as to what he is.
- MadWorld has these in the form of recurring miniboss Big Bull Crocker. "Now that is a bunch of bull!" Granted, Big Bull Crocker is just a giant man wearing a helmet, but still.
- Anarchy Reigns features a return of Big Bull Crocker (sorta) with Big Bull, a giant cyborg bull that wields a rocket-propelled hammer. What's not to like?
- Minotaurs play an important role in Puzzle Quest. They are mostly Proud Warrior Race Guys, and the protagonist has to earn their respect, after which minotaur priest joins the party. The minotaurs' god — Lord Sartek — is also a huge minotaur. Among the bad guys there are minotaur slavers, undead Skelotaurs (skeletal minotaurs), undead minotaur Doomknight, and even mechanical Mechataur.
- First appeared as a boss in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the Minotaur has been hanging around the Castlevania franchise for a while now.
- Partially subverted in Blue Dragon. Jiro's shadow is a Minotaur, though he's also the brains of the team (that is, at least before Zola joins the party), has a smooth voice and tends to fight better as a back-row mage.
- Tohma from Tales of Rebirth. He provides the muscle of the Four Stars, though he's not dumb at all.
- Originally, Bowser, the main villain of the Super Mario Bros. series games was actually not perceived as a turtle-dragon, but instead an ox.
- Minotaurs appear as mooks in Will Rock. They throw axes at you and can split up into two smalle Blood Minotaurs if killed with anything but the Sniper Crossbow, the Acid Gun, Medusa Gun or Atomic Gun.
- Minotaurs appear as Demonic Spiders in Warriors of Might and Magic, having lots of HP and being very strong in battle. The best way to kill them is using Air magics like Thunderbolt and Ghosts.
- In Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, a minotaur disguises itself as a tree and infects Kaeli (one of the hero's traveling partners) with poison.
- Xain from Legend of Legaia.
- Dwarf Fortress features minotaurs. They sometimes attack your Fortress and can be found in Labyrinths in Adventure Mode. They are less than a tenth the size of any other semi-megabeast, but more than make up for it by naturally being experts with all melee weapons.
- Minotaurs appear in City of Heroes as boss enemies. You'll find them in Cimerora, which is loosely based on Rome and it's mythology.
- And thanks to the Animal Pack, players can make one of their own, complete with Beast Run.
- In Academagia, Minotaurs are one of the non-human intelligent species of Elumia. While civilized and not innately hostile, they apparently tend to keep to themselves and don't normally mix with humans or other species. One notable exception to this seclusion is Gorithnak, Academagia's Master Smith and head of The Grand Forge. Although he isn't portrayed as particularly gregarious either...
- Alistar the Minotaur is a playable champion in League of Legends. He's a dual tank and support-type champion, being both incredibly durable and having several crowd control attacks and an AoE heal.
- A minotaur appears as a boss in several Castlevania games, including Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
- Fantasy Quest pits you against one, hand to hand, in a volcano.
- Tauros from Pokémon.
- Amiga platformer Yo! Joe! Beat the Ghosts has a boss named Meanotaurus who, oddly enough, lives in an Egyptian pyramid.
- In Guild Wars 2, minotaurs are (non-sapient) animals with a gorilla-like posture. The shamanistic Norn race considers their totemic spirit a manifestation of nature's savage strength and feral cunning.
- They also appeared in the first Guild Wars where they inhabited most regions of Tyria and were also found in the northern reaches of Elona. Some of their herds were domesticated by the Sand Giants of Vabbi.
- Warlords Battlecry has them as an entire faction, serving under the horseman of war. They vary from simple grunts with a ball on a chain, through ax tossers and ending up with a gigantic minotaur king that could well cut a tower down in two or three blows of its gigantic axe. Getting a minotaur hero also opens up some interesting possibilities for a One-Man Army that can solo entire maps without so much as building a base.
- The Defense Of The Ancients and Dota 2 hero Barathrum the Spirit Breaker is a Minotaur-like Lightning Bruiser whose playstyle is largely based around charging across the map at high speeds and stunning other heroes, and actually does more damage the faster he is. He actually is a Tauren in the original DotA, but in Dota 2 he's an extradimensional being who deliberately chose to be A Load of Bull because he thinks it fits his strength and speed. The game also includes a character who is known as "Tauren Chieftan" in the original game, but "Elder Titan" in the sequel, who is also a strength-based hero but is based mostly around long-ranged spell casting.
- Age of Mythology has minotaurs as trainable units if you chose to worship Athena in the classical age. The campaign also features Kamos, a minotaur pirate leader with a sword for a hand, as one of your enemies.
- NetHack, being a mythology kitchen sink, has them. They're fast-moving, hard-hitting, carnivorous monsters that show up almost exclusively in mazes.
- Shin Megami Tensei series has used Minotaur has a recurring demon, and is one of few mythological creatures to appear as a Shadow in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series. Asterius himself has appeared as a downloadable demon for Shin Megami Tensei IV and as a Persona for Shadow Labrys in Persona 4 Arena.
- Final Fantasy VIII has Sacred and Minotaur, a pair of brothers who start out as bosses, and then become the Brothers Guardian Force, working on your side.
- Krunch Bloodrage (and the whole Bloodrage clan) from the webcomic Looking for Group. Believe it or not, he's not the warrior.
- The dreaded Minotaur of Crete appears in Gunnerkrigg Court. He's called Basil, and he's a nice guy who's easily startled.
- The Superest: Janitaur.
- Principal Beau Vine from Ozy and Millie.
- Dungeons & Denizens stars Min, a beefy, yet mild-mannered Minotaur working as a janitor in a dungeon. His brother is much taller and beefier. A recently-introduced new Minotaur, called Titanic, is even larger.
- Atland features Bruce the minotaur as a main character. Physically, Bruce has the body of a tall muscular human male with the head of a bull. While he has a pair of human hands, his feet are stout cloven hooves. His entire body is covered with short sleek brown fur and he has a very human-like tuft of black hair on top of his head. Bruce has sired a half-human son named Tad who seems to be entirely human with the exception of a pair of horns and green eyes lacking in pupils, just like his old man.
- Tavros Nitram, one of the trolls in Homestuck, has huge horns that are very much like a bull's. Unsurprising, since all of the trolls follow a Western zodiac theme and he represents Taurus, the bull sign.
- Then there's Rufio, his self-esteem personified, and the Summoner, his Famous Ancestor, both with similar horns.
- A story in The KA Mics featured a minotaur named Bob
- The Dreadful gives us Boozloaf, who doubles as a somewhat Badass Preacher and Pungeon Master.
- Dagg the Fierce in At Arm's Length, a would-be pillager minotaur, runs afoul of dragon mercenaries Kaige and Kiley.
- Also, his cousin supposedly once attacked main characters Ally, Reece and Sheila, with a .44 Magnum at that.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic has Turg. Sort of cool big chap, but as the only member of his species around, very lonely — until he met a Sphinx and chose to stay with her. Yeah.
- The legend of the Minotaur is referenced in this Oglaf comment, and the Minotaur himself appears here. (Caution: the linked comics are sfw, but the comic as a whole is very much not.)
- Gaur from The Pride Of Life is a minotaur. Minotaur there refers to any sentient bovid.
- In the "Nightmares And Daydreams" episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang briefly hallucinates that Appa the bison can talk.
- The Venture Bros.'s "The Mighty Manotaur!", although it turns out that he's not very badass.
- In Jimmy Two-Shoes, all of Lucius' typical henchman and enforcer jobs are done by minotaur-like creatures. There's also Miseryville's soccer star Wreckem who combines this with Cyclops.
- Freakazoid!'s Longhorn, a half-man, half-steer country singer supervillain.
- Back at the Barnyard. Where the bulls have udders.
- And actual bulls are a separate species.
- Taurus, of the New Olympians on Gargoyles.
- Manish Man, the Manly Minotaur, guardian of the Hero's Enchiridion in Adventure Time
- Taurus Bulba, the first big-time criminal Darkwing Duck faces. Note that while he is pretty big, stocky, and strong, he's also cunning, putting him in Genius Bruiser territory.
- Everyone in Wild West Wild West COW Boys Of Moo Mesa.
- The bouncer from the Houseof Mouse short "Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot."
- Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures had archvillain The Cow — walks on two feet, (super)humanoid physique, clearly male and thus should be "The Bull", but...
- Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness has Temutai, a Water Buffalo who is a somewhat of a Genius Bruiser who can also seriously challenge Po with his physical strength alone.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Putting Your Hoof Down" introduces minotaurs to the mythology of Equestria, in the form of a motivational speaker named Iron Will.
- Scrooge takes a magic harp from an ancient temple in an episode of DuckTales, causing the treasure's guardian (a giant stone minotaur) to come to Duckburg looking for it. Interestingly, since this is a Funny Animals world where the human species doesn't exist, when the chief of police is describing the monster to Scrooge, he says, "They say it's as big as an office building, like a living stone statue with the head of a bull and the body of a... a..." before the monster itself appears and cuts him off.
- The Gravity Falls episode "Dipper vs. Manliness" features the Manotaurs, who are half MAN and half...er, taur. They help teach Dipper to be more manly.
- "You know what I am back at the ranch? I'm a breeding bull." After throwing off Peter in a rodeo, the bull immediately rapes him. The bull invites Peter to visit his house on the cape, and makes it clear that Peter had better call in advance to give the bull time to tidy up and bring a blazer so they go to a wider range of restaurants.
- An episode of Dan Vs. features a minotaur beneath the DMV used to dispose of problem customers. It's revealed that when the DMV was founded, its initials originally stood for "Dungeon of Minotaur Violence."
- Petula, the spoiled brat child that adopts Smurfette as her new toy doll in The Smurfs episode "The Trojan Smurfs" has two minotaurs in her house that serve as guards.