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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.

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.


See also Everything's Better with Cows, Brutish Bulls, Horn Attack and Bullfight Boss. Not to be confused with a figurative load of BS or The Load.


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  • 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. Minotaurs also 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 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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 named Ferdinand, who prefers to be called a Kythotaur, as Kythira is where he's from.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The 2008 B-Movie Minotaur, whose minotaur is not a man-bull hybrid, but a ZOMBIE COW.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Thomas Burnett Swann's minotaurs 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.
  • 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 José 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.
  • Rose Madder: Both a minotaur-type creature (oddly named Erinyes, and blind) and a rubber Ferdinand the Bull mask figure in the plot.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In A. Lee Martinez's Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest, 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; instead, she has to muddle through suburban life with horns, hooves, and an embarrassing propensity to shed brown-and-white fur.
  • The Minotaur appears, of course, in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. 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.
  • In Rjurik Davidson's Caeli-Amur novels (Unwrapped Sky and Stars Askew), 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 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.
  • 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.
  • In 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 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.

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  • OX, bassist of Finnish shock rock band Lordi, is a skeletal "bulltaur".
  • The creature in the logo for Radiohead's Amnesiac is referred to as the "Minotaur," even though it doesn't really resemble a bull.
  • The "Artist/Minotaur" is part of the dramatis personae on David Bowie's 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".

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  • SCP-432 ("Cabinet Maze"). 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 of Classical Mythology. In the Discussion for SCP-432, its creator admits this to be the case.


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

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has savage, flesh-eating minotaurs and Baphomet, the Demon Prince of Beasts. The later typically takes the appearance of a giant, demonic minotaur and is worshiped by them (as well as by ogres and giants in D&D settings other than Dragonlance).
    • 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.
    • Dragonlance also 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 also has Enduks — winged Minotaurs.
  • Pathfinder also features minotaurs and Baphomet. However, Baphomet is changed to a lean goat-headed man with wings, although the minotaurs still remain as his primary worshipers.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 lower legs of an aurochs.
  • In the mystic cyberpunk game 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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?
  • 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 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).
    • 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.
    • A Tauren Marine makes a cameo appearance in Starcraft II as a very strong but joke unit that makes cow puns with every single line.
  • Minotaurs are a race of creatures in Might and Magic and Heroes of Might and Magic. Once Heroes began they were 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 are 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mega Man:
  • The God of War series 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.
  • 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.
  • Brahminator (fun encounter) in Fallout Tactics.
  • Bigbutt from Banjo-Kazooie, 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).
  • King's Quest:
    • In direct reference to the Greek myth, King's Quest VI 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 as a boss 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.
  • In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link the fifth boss, Gooma, is a minotaur wielding a ball and chain.
  • Minotaurs appear as mooks in Will Rock. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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...
  • 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.
  • Fantasy Quest pits you against one, hand to hand, in a volcano.
  • 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: All-Stars 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. Also, another strength-based hero Earthshaker was a Tauren in the original Dota, but changed to a gorilla-like creature for Dota 2.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Dark Souls I 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.
  • Eternal Card Game has banker minotaurs.
  • In Battleborn, Thralls are a Slave Race of minotaur demon-like altered beasts.
  • The Minotaur himself is actually a summonable Servant in Fate/Grand Order 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.
  • 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.
  • Miitopia has Minotaur enemies.
  • Moshi Monsters has Lummox, a Moshling who looks like an anthro bull.
  • 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.
  • Gryphon Knight Epic: Asterion Hornedson, one of the bosses in the game, is a minotaur riding a rhino.

    Web Animation 

  • Looking for Group: Krunch Bloodrage (and the whole Bloodrage clan) are hulking, muscular minotaurs. 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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. In this show, bulls and cows are separate species, and "male cows" have udders.
  • The Hollow: The desert land has a significant population of antagonistic minotaurs.
  • Egyxos has Apis, a humanoid bull who trains young warriors.
  • 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.
  • 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, an anthropomorphic 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. Like most other part-human Mix-and-Match Critters, his design is adjusted to fit in with the fact that there are no humans in the setting — he's entirely bull from the waist down, with two bovine legs instead of a human lower half — but his clearly human torso and arms are still quite jarring.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • An episode of Wishfart 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.
  • 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.
  • In Zootopia, Chief Bogo, head of the Zootopia Police Department, is a gruff and bulky anthropomorphic cape buffalo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Minotaur


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