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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.

They tend to wield axes, as a kind of ancient waraxe called the labrys was strongly associated with the Minotaur's legendary home of Crete, and no self-respecting labyrinth level is complete without one of these as a Boss Battle. Mostly carnivorous and man-eating, despite having an herbivore's head, as the original Minotaur was explicitly a man-eater.

If they are represented as more than Always Chaotic Evil monsters, you can expect them to be Proud Warrior Race Guys. In this case their horns emphasize their barbaric nature.


This trope goes all the way back to the Gud-alim of Mesopotamian Mythology, so it's Older Than Dirt. The Greek myth of the man-eating Minotaur, specifically, was the Trope Maker in western culture, and has directly or indirectly inspired most of the examples below. An interesting note is that the classical Minotaur of Greek, Etruscan and Roman myth, besides being an unique figure instead of a whole species of beings, was also depicted as an otherwise normal human with the head of a bull. The concept of depicting minotaurs as having bovine hooves instead of human legs and feet is something that developed (or at least became prevalent) in relatively recent fiction.

Compare Brutish Bulls, as minotaurs are often portrayed as aggressive, violent or generally barbarous creatures. See also Everything's Better with Cows, Horn Attack and Bullfight Boss. Not to be confused with a figurative load of BS or The Load.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: The Apostle form of Nosferatu Zodd is a giant minotaur with a tiger's face and gigantic bat wings.
  • Bleach: Yylfordt Grantz, when he releases his Zanpakutō, Del Toro.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Minotaurs 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. The creature type is sometimes also applied to humanoids with the heads of other bovids besides true bovines.
    • Minotaurs feature prominently in the Classical Mythology-inspired plane of Theros, where they're vicious and barely sapient monsters who worship Mogis, the God of Slaughter (who himself takes the shape of a colossal minotaur) and in the Egyptian Mythology-inspired Amonkhet, where they have ovine upper bodies instead, with the overall effect being reminiscent of the ram-headed Egyptian god Khnum.
    • The legendary creature Zendruu the Greathearted is a minotaur with the head of a kudu-like antelope.
    • The Ixalan and War of the Spark storylines include and give speaking lines to a minotaur named Angrath, who wields a metal chain that he swings like a whip and can make red-hot.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has the Battle Ox, one of Seto Kaiba's iconic cards in the anime, and literally called "Minotaurus" in the original Japanese. It can fuse with the centaur Mystic Horseman to become the Rabid Horseman and has a stronger counterpart, appropriately called the Enraged Battle Ox, which grants every Beast-Warrior piercing damage against Defense Position monsters.

    Comic Books 
  • De Argonautjes: Since the series is set in Ancient Greece, it was inevitable that the heroes would encounter the mythological Minotaur sooner or later, which happens in the story The labyrinth.
  • DC Comics:
    • Kingdom Come: One of the new superheroes is actually called "the Manotaur". He's got a really HUGE set of horns, and is surprisingly durable.
    • Legends of the Dead Earth: In the Supergirl Annual #1 story "Shootout at Ice Flats", the Nerfs, the native population of Bonechill IV, are a race of bovine humanoids.
    • Wonder Woman: Diana has occasionally been seen encountering the, or at least a, Minotaur. In Wonder Woman (1987) and Wonder Woman (Rebirth) she is friends with one who is the chef for her embassy named Ferdinand, who prefers to be called a Kythotaur, as Kythira is where he's from.
  • The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones: In #17, Indy and Marion are confronted by a Minotaur wielding a massive club in the labyrinth beneath Knossos on Crete. It turn out to be a man in costume: part of a local Cult taking advantage of the legend.
  • Hack/Slash: A humanoid buffalo shows up in the short comic "Home, Home on Derange." It was created when bigoted cowboys interrupted a Native American ritual.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • The Avengers: Bova is a cow-woman who appears from time to time.
    • Daredevil: Man-Bull is a supervillain who was turned into a humanoid bull by after being used as a Human Guinea Pig for an experimental serum. He's later transformed into a fully fledged Minotaur and terrorises Greece before the Scarlet Witch gets involved and breaks the spell. He then tries to commit suicide, as he'd gone from a god to, in his view, a genetic freak.
    • Doctor Strange: Rintrah, who was Stephen Strange's apprentice for some time in the nineties, resembles a green minotaur.
    • Iron Man: 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.
    • The Mighty Thor has Bison, a supervillain who wears a minotaur-like bison costume.
      • More recently and more seriously, Thor has Dario Agger, CEO of Roxxon, who can transform into a Minotaur at will. This is noted by Malekith, when Agger explains his Dark and Troubled Past, to be the result of a bargain with a very old, very angry god. It also actually makes him less of a threat to Thor in many ways: as CEO of Roxxon, he has vast resources and is capable of subverting the law to advance his agenda, making him effectively untouchable. As the Minotaur, sure, he's as strong as the Hulk (at baseline). He's also a giant monster who has no idea how to actually fight, and who Thor can therefore beat the crap out of with ease and impunity.
      • He also becomes one of the primary villains of Immortal Hulk, being drawn as much more overtly as beastly. However, while he's in Minotaur form all the time - and a surprisingly sharp suit - seeing it as a reflection of his impunity following the fallout of the War of the Realms, he very sensibly doesn't try to fight the Hulk head on.
  • 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.
  • Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts: The Kudan from "The Cow Head" looks less like its traditional portrayal - a cow with a human face - and more like a minotaur.

  • Facing the Future Series: In the opening of Trial by Fire, Danny and Sam fight a ghost bull that can transform into a minotaur.
  • The Palaververse: Minotaurs are one of the subraces of cattle alongside shorthorns, longhorns, bison and yaks. They are thought to have first arisen due to the chaotic magic that filled the word after the Fall of Antlertis, which would explain their great degree of physical divergence from other cattle. They don't have any magic active or latent, unlike almost every other sapient species, but their hands and bipedalism (and more specifically the resulting advantages in tool usage) have historically more than made up for this.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Vix-Lei, being a minotaur, and the rest of her family when they appear late in the story and its sequel.
  • The Rainsverse:
    • The canon character Iron Will the minotaur appears the head of Baroness Dazzle's guard. Adagio notes that there is an astounding amount of misinformation about the minotaurs, painting them as everything from tattooed barbarians that drink the blood of ponies under the dark boughs of forests to some highly advanced magical super nation. In actuality, the Minoan City States are simply a small island chain in the eastern sea and used to be a satrap state of old Equestria.
    • The setting also features the caprataurs, the minotaurs' goat-headed cousins. These actually are barbarians and demon-worshippers, and are one of the main inhabitants of the Everfree Forest.
  • The Sword of Justice and the Shield of Time: One of the new Witches is a minotaur wielding a giant axe with a crystal embedded inside. It's a strong fighter and has an incredible Healing Factor that lets it shrug off being sliced in half multiple times by Kyoko. It's ultimately defeated when Homura deduces that the axe jewel is the weak point and has Sayaka destroy it, killing the Witch.

    Film — Animated 
  • Zootopia: Chief Bogo, head of the Zootopia Police Department, is a gruff and bulky anthropomorphic cape buffalo.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Books Of The Gods, by Fred Saberhagen, has 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, although he's fearsomely strong.
  • Dave Made a Maze: Just like the Greek myth, Dave's (cardboard) labyrinth has its own (cardboard) minotaur.
  • Immortals subverts this despite being an adaptation of Theseus' myth. The Minotaur is not a human/bull hybrid, but in fact a freakishly large man with a bull helmet.
  • Minotaur: The titular monster is not a man-bull hybrid, but a ZOMBIE COW.
  • The Scorpion King: In The Scorpion King II: Rise of a Warrior, Mathayus and his companions encounter the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, which serves as entrance to the Underworld.
  • Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger had the Minaton, a giant bronze minotaur-shaped golem.
  • 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.
  • Wrath of the Titans: Perseus fights a Minotaur in the Labyrinth. The Minotaur has a more human, yet deformed, face than the more common bull-headed depiction.

  • American Gods: In addition to several briefly-mentioned minotaurs, there's "the buffalo man", a man with the head of a bison who seems to be an Anthropomorphic Personification of America itself.
  • Book of Imaginary Beings discusses the Greek Minotaur, opining that, although a house designed to make visitors lose their way is more fantastical than a man with the head of a bull, the two things go well together and it makes sense that a monstrous building would be home to a monstrous creature. Borges also notes that bull-headed figures feature prominently in Minoan art, and speculates that the Greek myth is likely just a faded retelling of much more horrifying tales.
  • In Burned, an ancient mythos of Darkness and Light being represented by telepathic bulls is introduced.
  • Caeli Amur: A race of long-lived minotaurs saved the city of Caeli-Amur from an invasion and from then on have been held as near-sacred beings there.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Bull-centaurs or shedu may exist in Narnia. Regular minotaurs exist as well; they mostly feature in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as part of Jadis' army of monsters, although the Prince Caspian movie has a heroic badass one.)
  • Cordwainer Smith: One short story has B'dikkat, a humanoid bull-person, as a caretaker of the inmates on a prison planet.
  • 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.
  • In The Divine Comedy, the Minotaur guards the entrance to Hell's Circle for the Violent. He is depicted as wrathful and savage enough to attack himself upon seeing someone trespass on his domain. Curiously, this version is often depicted in art as a bull-headed centaur instead of the tradition bull-man.
  • Fablehaven briefly features a huge shedu-style creature (see below) called a Lammasu. They also have traditional minotaurs.
  • In Helen And Troys Epic Road Quest, by A. Lee Martinez, Helen was born with minotaurism, an hereditary condition that runs in her mother's otherwise-human family. Five thousand years ago she'd likely have died fighting heroes in an arena; today, she has to muddle through suburban life with horns, hooves, and an embarrassing propensity to shed brown-and-white fur.
  • The house of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges retells the Minotaur legend from the monster's perspective.
  • 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.
  • The Immortals: The Tauros are a One-Gender Race that exists only to rape and kill human women. In this series, immortals are created from human dreams and fears, and the Tauros was borne of women's fear of rape. Daine notes that it doesn't have any choice in what it is and tries to petition the gods to help them, but because of the nature of Immortals, Tauroses will exist as long as women fear rape.
  • Journey to the West has the Bull Demon King, an old friend of Sun Wukong from his days as a hellraising rebel against the Celestial Bureaucracy. He appears during the journey to India, but because of an encounter between Sun and the Bull Demon King's son earlier, it's not a happy reunion to put it mildly.
  • The Laundry Files:
    • Minotaurism is the result of a certain type of extradimensional entity residing in the subject, causing increased testosterone production and horn-like bone outgrowths. The victims tend to seek seclusion in order to deal with the pain and physical and mental changes.
    • There is also "Man-Bull", a man who, when the barriers of physical reality began to deteriorate, found himself waking up with super-strength and a bull's head. He is a pretty affable type, but he is also dumber than a bag of wet mice.
  • The Minotaur Trilogy by Thomas Burnett Swann: Silver Bells and his son Eunostos subvert the usual Dumb Muscle stereotypes of this trope, as they have at least as much brains as brawn. However, their heads are also more human-looking than the classical minotaur (basically they're more like bovine versions of Satyrs).
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • The Minotaur appears, of course. Amusingly, this isn't in book four (wherein the characters end up in the actual Labyrinth), although he is mentioned by name a few times, but the very first book, possibly because he's one of the creatures in Classical Mythology most people know about/remember. Also amusingly, he is both easily dodged (because once he gets up a head of steam he can't stop or turn aside) and easily fooled (because of his lack of intelligence and Hot-Blooded nature). He reappears in book five, as monsters come back to life eventually due to their immortal nature.
    • Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes retells the original Minotaur legend, and gives the Minotaur a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal — as the story notes, from his own end of things the Minotaur was essentially an innocent child who was imprisoned at birth for something he had no control over and left alone in a mazelike building to become, essentially, a perpetually starving feral child.
  • Philip José Farmer: The House of Asterion is narrated by the title character (the Minotaur himself), who is portrayed as being a bit... off the wall.
  • Rose Madder: Both a minotaur-type creature (oddly named Erinyes, and blind) and a rubber Ferdinand the Bull mask figure in the plot.
  • Sirena: When Philoctetes tells Sirena the story of Theseus and the minotaur, 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?
  • Thursday Next: In 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 Rotten 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.
  • The Wandering Inn: Calruz, the adventurer, is a minotaur with the typical axe in hand, who prefers to use brawn over brain. Later, Venaz, a minotaur [Strategist], is introduced who prefers to use both brawns and brains.
  • Warriors Circle: A genetically engineered minotaur appears in the third book. 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • American Horror Story: Coven: A horrifying example occurs in the first episode when 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.

  • David Bowie: The "Artist/Minotaur" is part of the dramatis personae on the Concept Album Outside. He may or may not have killed Baby Grace and is represented by dark songs "The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)" and "Wishful Beginnings".
  • Lordi: OX, the bassist, is a skeletal "bulltaur".
  • Radiohead: The creature in the logo for Amnesiac is referred to as the "Minotaur", even though it doesn't really resemble a bull.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Wrestling/WWE: The WWF had Mantaur. Somehow, mankind survived anyway. Torito, his successor in the WWE, has simliar impact.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 13th Age: Minotaurs are unholy monstrosities driven by bestial bloodlust. At their best, they prowl the underworld, seeking fresh blood. At their worst, they enter the service of unholy cults devoted to human sacrifice.
  • Banestorm: Minotaurs look like outsize humans with bull heads, but eat other sapient species and are extremely violent Blood Knights who often go berserk in combat. Some, however, manage to overcome their brutal nature towards other lifeforms enough to instead turn Psycho for Hire. They're among the numerous species that originated on another world and were carried to Yrth by the Banestorm; they specifically come from Loren'dil, which they shared with the centaurs, giants and halflings.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has had minotaurs and a number of minotaur variants across multiple editions and histories.
    • When first introduced, minotaurs were an Always Male One-Gender Race created by magical curses, in much the vein of the mythical minotaur. They were savage, brutish flesh-eating monsters. This was slowly modified; they started becoming a true-breeding race by 2nd edition, and were a fully functioning race (just evil and savage) in 3rd edition. Like orcs and goblinoids, despite being evil, they also slowly came more into the limelight as a playable race.
    • D&D is also home to Baphomet, the Demon Prince of Beasts. Typically taking the appearance of a giant, demonic minotaur, Baphomet is worshiped by them (as well as by ogres and giants in D&D settings other than Dragonlance) as their racial patron god, in a manner similar to gnolls and Yeenoghu. The similarity is even subtly called upon by the two Demon Princes, and their respective races, loathing each other and wanting to war with each other.
    • Goristros are massive demons that resemble fiendish minotaursnote . They're Baphomet's preferred demonic servants and sometimes seem in the armies of other demon lords as living siege engines.
    • The connection between minotaurs and Baphomet is taken to its logical conclusion with Baphitaurs, a race introduced in 3rd edition material for the Forgotten Realms; these are a race of minotaurs with fiendish blood, usually connected to the minotaur-like bovine demons called goristros and ghours. They're essentially the minotaur equivalent of tieflings.
    • Al-Qadim: The Yakmen, or Yikaria as they call themselves, are a race of malevolent humanoid yaks who possess powerful innate magic, and can even enslave genies.
    • Dragonlance includes 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 has Enduks — winged minotaurs with a Mesopotamian civilization. Unlike other minotaurs, especially during the time period when they appeared, they are a highly civilized and benevolent race, even after being driven from their former cities by the treachery of the Scorpion Folk.
    • Nentir Vale has minotaurs as a race created by Baphomet when he was a Primordial. After Baphomet was driven into the Abyss, they were adopted by the gods Moradinnote  and Erathisnote  , who made them into one of the world's first great civilizations. Unfortunately, Baphomet Came Back Strong as a Demon Prince and used his spiritual connection to the minotaurs as a whole to corrupt a significant portion of the race so thoroughly that the gods Meloranote  and Kordnote  destroyed their empire by sinking their homeland beneath the sea, Atlantis style. The minotaurs have been a fractured race ever since; some embrace Baphomet's savagery and seek to bring the world under his thrall, others preserve their civilization and use strict philosophical paths to shield themselves from Baphomet's influence.
    • In the 3rd party setting Odyssey of the Dragonlords, for D&D 5th edition, minotaurs descend from humans cursed by the cruel god Sydon, who transformed their whole city-state into cattle and yoked them to plows that they were cursed to pull until the yokes finally broke. The result is that minotaurs bear a true for that mingles human and bull to various degrees, and they can also transform into bulls at will.
    • Another 3rd party setting, Arkadia, has two kinds of minotaurs in it. Those of the mainland are savage, bestial Fey creatures. Those of the island of Kinos are a civilized people who still inhabit the ruins of the empire they once shared with the native dwarves.
    • In Seas of Vodari, another 3rd party setting, minotaurs have a background that combines elements of the Nentir Vale and Dragonlance versions; they were created as slave-soldiers by a powerful demon, which abandoned them during the mighty divine conflict that sank most of the world beneath the waves. They have since become a race of seafaring traders, mercenaries and pirates.
  • Exalted:
    • 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.
    • One of the setting's most commonly featured secondary gods is Ahlat, the southern god of war and cattle and patron of the kingdom of Harborhead. His favored form is that of a towering, dark-skinned human with the head and legs of an aurochs.
    • Arctic demitaurs are creatures with taurine heads, humanoid bodies and horses' hooves. They're highly territorial, and any intrusion into a herd's territory will send it on a maddened rampage until it finds a new suitable home.
  • The Laundry: The Mythos Dossiers brings its own take on the minotaur in the form of Asterion Snarl. It's not an actual intermingling of man and bull so much as possession by a low-grade demon that results in increased bulk, monstrous rage, bone-like growths from the head, and a penchant to wander around labyrinthine structures. It's possible for the minotaurs to reproduce, however, resulting in a child that doesn't lack in size and easily makes up for its parent in mental stability.
  • The Madness Dossier: The horrific Anunnakku created a number of species as servitors (including humanity, but we got away and they want us back); the kusarikku, or bull-men, are the heavy assault troops in Anunnakku forces. This is an explicit reference to Mesopotamian Mythology — see the entry above.
  • Mutants & Masterminds: 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.
  • Noumenon: The Minotaur is a horned beast who walks on powerful legs and hooves and slouches its way through the labyrinth that is the Silhouette Rouge.
  • Pathfinder features minotaurs and Baphomet much like Dungeons & Dragons does. However, Baphomet is changed to a lean goat-headed man with wings, although the minotaurs still remain as his primary worshipers.
    • The third-party supplement In the Company of Minotaurs offers them as a playable race. They can(and culturally, have to) breed true from Human, Dwarf, Orc or Giant women. They are not a One-Gender Race, but not for lack of trying: Due to a curse mentioned in their origin story, Minotaurs try to drown females as soon as they are born. But many mothers(and just as many fathers) have arranged to spirit their daughters away and/or fake their deaths, meaning female Minotaurs exist outside of Minotaur lands. This has also led to the sort-of half-breeds known as Meretaurs, sort of a Cute Monster Girl version of the Minotaur, who have less-bovine faces(some can even pass for their mother's race) and only two of the three "sacred" Taurian features(Horns, Hooves, and Tail). Most(90%) of females are born Meretaurs, but full-blooded female Minotaurs and male Meretaurs do exist.
  • 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 Jerkass than 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.
  • Shadowrun: There are actually two forms of minotaur.
    • The standard kind are a troll variant (trolls in this game are technically a Human Subspecies with a heavy build and horns) that are more symmetrical (and thus less ugly) than normal trolls, with only two horns.
    • The second kind, the "wild minotaur", is a wild bull awakened by natural occurring magic into an incredibly powerful form that can rise up on its hind legs and grab things with its tripartite front hooves. Despite its herbivorous ancestry, the wild minotaur is an aggressive carnivore with a taste for human flesh.
  • The Strange: The singular half-man, half-bull Minotaur (there's no other) is the most famous inhabitant of the Labyrinth, a recursion seeded by the original Greek myth.
  • In the Dreamhounds of Paris campaign frame for Trail of Cthulhu, savage bull-men roam the Dreamlands, albeit in low numbers.
  • Warhammer:
    • The beastmen include minotaurs in their ranks, as well as their heavily mutated variants, the gigantic Ghorgons with an extra pair of arms ending in bone blades and the one-eyed Cygors whose mere presence disrupts and prevents magic casting. Regular minotaurs are powerful, dangerous monsters given to berserker rages at the mere smell of blood, and are often used by the powers of Chaos and their servants as guards for shrines, tombs and other such sites.
    • Regular beastmen can also have the heads of cattle instead of the more iconic caprine or ovine variants; these beastmen, known as bovigors, are distinguished from true minotaurs by their smaller size, as minotaurs are much larger than regular beastmen, and by lacking the minotaurs' insane aggressiveness — bovigors are still as violent and aggressive as any other beastman, but minotaurs are berserk killing machines even by beastman standards.
  • The World of Darkness:
    • Werewolf: The Apocalypse:
      • The Apis are an extinct Changing Breed, who before their extinction were 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).
    • Werewolf: The Forsaken: The Apis' heirs, the Baal-Hadad (alternatively, "Gudthabak"), 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.


  • In The Women of Trachis, one of Sophocles' tragedies, 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."

  • 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...
  • ActRaiser: The final boss of the first land is named Minotaurus, no guesses as to what he is.
  • 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.
  • Blue Dragon: Jiro's shadow is a Minotaur, although 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.
  • Castlevania: First appeared as a boss in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the Minotaur has been hanging around the franchise as a boss for a while now.
  • City of Heroes: Minotaurs appear as boss enemies. You'll find them in Cimerora, which is loosely based on Rome and it's mythology. Thanks to the Animal Pack, players can make one of their own, complete with Beast Run.
  • Dark Souls gives us the Taurus Demon, along with the non-bovine but very much minotaur-inspired Capra Demon. They appear as early game bosses and come back much later as DegradedBosses.
  • Defense of the Ancients: 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. Also, another strength-based hero Earthshaker was a Tauren in the original Dota, but changed to a gorilla-like creature for Dota 2.
  • Diablo:
    • Diablo II:
      • Hell Bovines from the Secret Cow Level.
      • 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.
    • In Diablo III Infernal Bovines appear in a rare Rift and during a special event.
  • Doom: 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?
  • Dragon's Crown: The Bilbaron Subterranean Fortress has a Minotaur whom has made its lair in the sewers, acting as the stage boss of the A Route.
  • Dwarf Fortress: Minotaurs will sometimes attack your Fortress and can be found in Labyrinths in Adventure Mode, where they will taunt you with the ways they plan on devouring you. 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.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The series' backstory includes Morihaus, an Aedric demi-god who aided the Alessian Revolt against their Ayleid masters. Morihaus took the form of a massive "winged man-bull" with a favored fighting style of goring enemies with his horns. Morihaus fell in love with Alessia, the human "slave queen", and remained with her for the rest of her life. What happened to Morihaus after her death is unknown.
    • Minotaurs, a massive race of half-man/half-bulls, are are believed to descend from the union between Alessia and Morihaus. They are believed to be a sapient beast race, but are treated as little better than monsters by most other denizens of Tamriel. Alessia's son, Belharza, was said to be the first Minotaur, and became the second Emperor of the Alessian Empire following her death.
  • Eternal Card Game has banker minotaurs.
  • Fantasy Quest pits you against one, hand to hand, in a volcano.
  • Fate/Grand Order:
    • The Minotaur himself is a summonable Servant as a Berserker-class Servant, with his Noble Phantasm being the labyrinth he was trapped in most of his life. In a twist, however, he's mostly referred to by the protagonist and his closest friends by his real name Asterios (lightning) and he's actually a pretty nice and loyal guy by Berserker standards. Also, while he does have the horns, his face is actually humanoid though usually covered by a metal mask in the shape of a bull. He deeply regretted killing the children that his foster father Minos sacrificed to him and welcomed his death at Theseus' hands.
    • In the first Lostbelt story, "Permafrost Empire, Anastasia", the heroes run into an Alternate Self of Asterios who completely embraced his feral nature and enjoys killing and eating people. He is referred to as Minotauros and is nothing but a mindless killing machine.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • 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. They are fought inside a tomb that has practically identical corridors, and a map that costs a bit of money early on in the game, making it easy to get lost.
    • In Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, a minotaur disguises itself as a tree and infects Kaeli (one of the hero's traveling partners) with poison.
  • In Gems of War, the Wild Plains region is home to minotaurs (specifically the Tauros and Soothsayer troops). They live next door to the land of the centaurs, and across a strait from the land of the cat-people, so that part of the world seems to belong to animal-inspired creatures.
  • A minotaur serves as the first boss of Goblin Sword. He attacks by charging back and forth across the arena, then punching the ground, causing three stalagmites to shoot up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gryphon Knight Epic: Asterion Hornedson, one of the bosses in the game, is a minotaur riding a rhino.
  • In Hades The Minotaur of Crete, who has taken the name "Asterius", is one half of a Dual Boss together with Theseus. With Theseus' aid he was able to re-invent himself after death into a better, nobler being, and as such now dwells within the fields of Elysium together with his former slayer.
  • 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.
  • King's Quest:
    • King's Quest VI, in direct reference to the Greek myth, includes a minotaur which has driven the residents of an isle out of a labyrinth and claimed it as his own. The residents even wear Greek-styled togas.
    • King's Quest VII has a subversion. Fernando Bullforth may be a bull, but he's also a shy gentleman who runs a store in Falderal specializing in exquisite and delicate china. Yes, a bull in a china shop. The writers loved their puns.
  • Last Armageddon: A minotaur is one your party members. While he can wield different weapons, he gains extra attack when using axes.
  • League of Legends: Alistar the Minotaur is a playable champion. He's a dual tank and support-type champion, being both incredibly durable and having several crowd control attacks and an AoE heal.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Gumas are enemies from the early games who resemble giant humanoid bulls wielding ball-and-chains. A unique one appears as the fifth boss in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
  • 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?
  • MechQuest: You need to defeat a Minotaur boss to get into a certain house.
  • Mega Man: Mega Man X3 has Blizzard Buffalo, an anthropomorphic buffalo.
  • Might and Magic:
    • Minotaurs are almost always associated with the Warlock/Dungeon/Asylum faction (Might and Magic VI leaves it at implication and history, the warlock faction having collapsed in the region years earlier) but in Might and Magic VIII they're both a Proud Warrior Race Guy faction of their own you ally with in the mid part of the main quest and a playable race. Interestingly, they are not only indicated to be a created species, but implied to be a fairly recently created species — their human creator was still alivenote  as recently as the end of Heroes II — less than two decades prior to Might and Might VIII.
    • Warriors of Might and Magic: Minotaurs appear as Demonic Spiders, having lots of HP and being very strong in battle. The best way to kill them is using Air magics like Thunderbolt and Ghosts.
  • Miitopia has Minotaur enemies.
  • Moshi Monsters has Lummox, a Moshling who looks like an anthro bull.
  • NetHack, being a mythology kitchen sink, has them. They're fast-moving, hard-hitting, carnivorous monsters that show up almost exclusively in mazes.
  • Puzzle Quest: Minotaurs are mostly Proud Warrior Race Guys and the protagonist has to earn their respect, after which a 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 Doomknights, and even mechanical Mechataurs.
  • Quest for Glory:
    • The first game has a minotaur named Toro 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. If you defeat him in the first game, he shows up in the ending with one arm in a sling.
    • In addition to Toro making a return in Quest for Glory V, there is a minotaur in the Very Definitely Final Dungeon. The Minotaur's owner? Called Minos.
  • Shin Megami Tensei series has used Minotaur has a recurring demon, and is one of few mythological creatures to appear as a Shadow in Persona series. In Shin Megami Tensei IV, the first major boss is Minotaur, who guards the gate that leads into the Unclean One's Country a.k.a. Tokyo. Asterius himself has appeared as a downloadable demon for Shin Megami Tensei IV and as a Persona for Shadow Labrys in Persona 4: Arena.
  • Starcraft II: A tauren marine makes a cameo appearance as a very strong but joke unit that makes cow puns with every single line.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Originally, Bowser was actually not perceived as a turtle-dragon, but as a giant bipedal ox.
  • Tauronos: The minotaur pursues your character throughout the game.
  • Total War:
    • Total War: Warhammer: Minotaurs are powerful Lightning Bruisers in the Beastman roster, appearing both as regular units and through the Gorebull melee hero, all of whom are savage terrors in combat. Their Regiment of Renown variant, the Butchers of Kalkengard, in addition to possessing regeneration, are colored black-and-white like Holstein cows and wear belt plates shaped like udders.
    • A Total War Saga: TROY: The Minotaur, rather than being an actual bull-headed monster, is a bandit lord who uses a bull skull as a helmet and wields a double-headed axe, using the symbols of the bygone Cretan civilization to solidify his own power. The implication here is that he ended up inspiring later legends through centuries of retellings.
  • Warcraft: The tauren race, in something of a subversion of the classic minotaur concept, are Gentle Giants with a culture inspired by western Native American tribes (piss them off, and they have tough melee units that like dealing area-of-effect damage). They are the largest Player Character race in World of Warcraft and, appropriately enough, are the only ones whose "/moo" emote sounds like an actual bovine's.
    • While evil Tauren are relatively rare, there are Mr. Smite, a now-defunct villain stationed in the Deadmines, and 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).
    • Three offshoots 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.
      • The Highmountain tribe of the Broken Isles, while still strictly tauren and not an offshoot, is visually distinct from the rest of the species for the moose-like antlers bestowed upon them by the demigod Cenarius. They are a playable race like the main tauren are.
  • Wario Land:
    • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3: Beefne is a stout, nose-ringed and red-skinned minotaur and part of Captain Syrup's pirate crew.
    • Wario World: Red-Brief J is a bipedal bull (he has hooves instead of hands) wearing a horned helmet.
  • 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.
  • Will Rock: Minotaurs appear as mooks. They throw axes at you and can split up into two smaller Blood Minotaurs if killed with anything but the Sniper Crossbow, the Acid Gun, Medusa Gun or Atomic Gun.
  • Yo! Joe! Beat the Ghosts has a boss named Meanotaurus who, oddly enough, lives in an Egyptian pyramid.

    Web Animation 

  • At Arm's Length: Dagg the Fierce, a would-be pillager minotaur, runs afoul of dragon mercenaries Kaige and Kiley. His cousin supposedly once attacked the main characters Ally, Reece and Sheila, with a .44 Magnum at that.
  • 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.
  • Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell has Pat, an affable but crude minotaur. He is implied in one strip to literally be the Minotaur from the original myth.
  • The Dreadful gives us Boozloaf, who doubles as a somewhat Badass Preacher and Pungeon Master.
  • Dungeons & Denizens stars Min, a beefy yet mild-mannered Minotaur working as a janitor in a dungeon. His younger brother is much taller and beefier, being half-hill giant. A recently-introduced new Minotaur, called Titanic, is even larger.
  • In El Goonish Shive, when Mr. Tensaided is offered the chance to be transformed into a form from a magical board game he chooses cowgirl since he's a D&D nerd and it's the closest to being a minotaur. Later, Grace also transforms herself into this form for the same reason.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: The dreaded Minotaur of Crete is one of the denizens of the Court. He's called Basil, and he's a nice guy who's easily startled.
  • Homestuck:
    • Tavros Nitram, one of the trolls, 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.
  • The KA Mics: One story features a minotaur named Bob.
  • Looking for Group: Krunch Bloodrage (and the whole Bloodrage clan) are hulking, muscular minotaurs. Believe it or not, he's not the warrior.
  • Oglaf: The legend of the Minotaur is referenced in this comment, and the Minotaur himself appears here. (Caution: the linked comics are sfw, but the comic as a whole is very much not.)
  • The Pride of Life: Gaur is a minotaur, a term which here refers to any sapient bovid.
  • Slightly Damned: Talus is a brutish Earth Demon (which resemble large land animals) who looks like a 12ft minotaur with a nose ring and also wields a large battle axe like minotaurs are frequently depicted with.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-432 ("Cabinet Maze") is an extradimensional maze haunted by an unseen entity that eats people. It's strongly implied that the labyrinth inside SCP-432 and the monster SCP-432-1 that haunts it are the Labyrinth of Knossos and the Minotaur Asterion of Classical Mythology, which the creator has admitted to be the case.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Manish Man, the Manly Minotaur, guardian of the Hero's Enchiridion.
  • Castlevania (2017): The horde of monsters that attacks the main characters while they're in the ruins of the Belmont house includes a gigantic minotaur with apelike arms, which serves as the monsters' main muscle both in smashing through the seal and in leading the charge against the heroes.
  • Dan Vs.: One episode 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."
  • Darkwing Duck: Taurus Bulba, the first big-time criminal Darkwing faces. Note that while he is pretty big, stocky, and strong, he's also cunning, putting him in Genius Bruiser territory.
  • DuckTales (1987): In "Raiders of the Lost Harp", Scrooge takes a magic harp from an ancient temple 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.
  • Egyxos has Apis, a humanoid bull who trains young warriors.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In one episode, after Timmy wishes the world was like a superhero comic, the resident bully Francis becomes a minotaur-like villain known as the Bull-E.
  • Freakazoid!: Longhorn, a half-man, half-steer country singer supervillain.
  • Gargoyles has the children of New Olympus. They are hybrids of humans, animals and fairies, and therefore often look like humanoid animals. One of them, Taurus, is stated to be the descendant of the original Minotaur. He's still quite bitter about his ancestor's demise at the hands of a human.
  • Gravity Falls: "Dipper vs. Manliness" features the Manotaurs, who are half MAN and half... er, taur. They help teach Dipper to be more manly.
  • The Hollow: The desert land has a significant population of antagonistic minotaurs.
  • Wishfart: One episode sees Dez and his friends incur the wrath of a Minotaur ice cream man after Puffin gets into an argument with him over ice cream flavors. This Minotaur notably has the ability to create a magical labyrinth that can only be escaped by passing three tests before the Minotaur stomp-eats you.


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