Follow TV Tropes


Fauns and Satyrs

Go To

Elora: Oh, hello. We didn't get the chance to introduce ourselves before. My name is Elora.
Spyro: Uh, hi. I'm Spyro. What are you, some kind of goat?
Elora: I'm a faun, you dork!

Fauns and Satyrs, while originally quite different, have often been fused together, both in the original myths and modern fiction, which is why they share a page. Both are human from the waist up, but fauns have the legs of deer, while satyrs have the legs of goats. Both may have pointed ears, or horns, or both — and for some reason, both are very likely to be male (though fauns seem a bit more likely to have females.)

Originally, Satyrs had the tail and ears of either horses or donkeys, though later they acquired goat legs, becoming almost identical to fauns. In earlier Greek art they were portrayed as quite ugly, though later they became more youthful and graceful. They were associated with sex, wine, and pipe playing (the Classical Greek equivalent of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll). They also laughed at everything, and had reverence for none but their patron deity, Pan.


A faun, more akin to deer than to goats, would be the satyr's more gentle and retiring cousin, preferring the forest to the field. They live in harmony with nature, and are generally just low-key and peaceful. They also had goat legs originally, though now they also have deer legs in popular art (maybe because faun sounds like fawn?)

The most famous of all goat people is the great god Pan, and his Roman counterpart Faunus/Inuus. Pan was the god of all wild creatures, and had a trickster streak a mile wide. Despite his wildness and temper (his shouts would inspire pan-ic in all who heard him) he was a true friend to shepherds and little critters. And if your Satyr lives underground in a cavern full of flame, well, he might be a bit nastier...

See also Our Centaurs Are Different.



    open/close all folders 

     Anime And Manga  

  • Caesar Clown's Gas Mask Mooks in One Piece are actually become this before events the series. They used to be fully human, but because they lost the use of their legs due to the poisonous gas on Punk Hazard, they were given new animal legs by Trafalgar Law.
  • Fauns and satyrs are shown to be separate species in Daily Life with Monster Girl, as sheep-like liminals and and goat-like respectively. Personality-wise, they are Foils of each other: satyrs are dark-skinned, sharp-tongued and aggressive and one of THE most sex-crazed liminals shown in the series, with only the melusine lamia giving them any real competition. Fauns are light-skinned, gentle, shy, and fitting for a species that represents purity and chastity...they're every bit as lustful as satyrs, while just being more covert and polite about it.

     Comic Books 

     Fan Works 

  • "Satyrs" have become somewhat popular on 4Chan's /mlp/ board and brony sites like Derpibooru. Essentially they are the theoretical offspring of Anonymous and one of the ponies, with the entire Mane 6 having Fanon satyr children all with generally agreed-upon appearances and personalities. A number of minor characters like Gilda and Chrysalis have been done as well, and even one of the Diamond Dogs note .

     Films — Animated 

     Films — Live-Action 


  • Mr. Tumnus, a faun in The Chronicles of Narnia. Also, other fauns are mentioned throughout the series, along with satyrs. The difference between them is that fauns have long tails, and satyrs have goat tails. The films expanded this difference, and made fauns human from the waist up with regular goat tails, and satyrs looking more like human-sized goats that walk on their hind legs.
  • In Xanth, Fauns love chasing nymphs and simulating summoning the stork with them.
  • Matthew in Satyrday is ages old, but is quite irresponsible, with a mind of a child. Bonus points for having a pipe and being quite skilled with it.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a novel called The Marble Faun, though the faun there is the statue by Praxiteles, which is almost totally human in form. The faun has a human counterpart, however, in the novel's Donatello (no, not that one), Count of Monti Beni.
  • Martin Silenus from the Hyperion Cantos undergoes Space Opera style body modifications to turn himself into a satyric figure. (He gets it changed back eventually).
  • In Wolfwinter by Thomas Burnett Swann, one of his many stories drawing on classical mythology, a human woman searches for the satyr who fathered her child. Swann's portrayals of non-humans can involve Blue and Orange Morality.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Here and in the sequel series The Heroes of Olympus, Satyrs and Fauns both are half-man/half-goat, but their personalities and roles are different depending on if they are Greek or Roman creatures. The Greek satyrs help find and protect demigods till they get to Camp Halfblood and serve the camp in various ways. The Roman Fauns are lazy beggars and thiefs who hang around Camp Jupiter bothering people for any food or money they are willing to spare or stealing things left unattended.
  • Satyrs appear in the Fablehaven books. They have some of the qualities of the original satyrs (they're often seen trying to impress girls, and at one point, they offer Seth wine), but they're also TV addicts.
  • In the book Through the Ice the character Rame is in self-exile from the community of satyrs because he considers himself a faun. While he is less obsessed with sex and thus somewhat more acceptable to humans, his fellow satyrs treat him like a pervert.
  • The Orphan's Tales series features the Gaselli, who are obviously enough more related to Gazelle, but have a similar motif. A race of nature oriented beings with cloven hooves. They tend to be more interested in food than sex however. Eshkol and her family represent more traditional version of this trope.
  • The Firebringer Trilogy has "pans," which are basically blue-skinned fauns.
  • G. B. Harrison's The Fires of Arcadia features genetically-engineered human-goat hybrids that act a bit like creatures of folklore.
  • Fauns are one of the many races on Tiladnen in the Halvgudene book series.
  • Kate Forsyth's Witches of Eileanan universe has "satyricorns". While they mostly look like the traditional model in appearance (except for being seven feet tall, having a variable number and arrangement of horns, and having six mammaries) and behavior (albeit towards the nastier side), they zigzag the trope by being primarily female.
  • A satyr is the villain in the Brian Keene horror novel Dark Hollow (AKA The Rutting Season).
  • Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene features satyrs, first as a group of surprisingly pious forest dwellers who even have a half-satyr knight living among them, Sir Satyrane. Later, a separate band of satyrs are depicted as the usual riotous sex maniacs.
  • The Everworld gang meets a bunch of satyrs at one point. When they get a little too rowdy with April, David cuts one in half, which not only fails to kill him, but also lets the gang discover that they don't really have organs. The satyrs themselves are too drunk to care, the bisected one complaining that the wine is just pouring onto the ground. The bottom half follows them around, and is traded to a leprechaun for entry into their city.
  • Damsels Of Distress: Satyrs pop up here and there. One of them is a cowboy.
  • Almost Night. Hope is a female satyr, and a couple satyrs pop up as extras.
  • The Wind in the Willows: In a chapter often expurgated, Mole and Rat search the river for a lost otter child and find him safe at the feet of Pan himself.
  • In This Immortal, there are satyrs in inland Greece, although they are the result of genetic mustations caused by nuclear pollution and superstition, with people abandoning their mutant newborns in the forest and some of those babies growing up to become satyrs. Satyrs are said to be of subhuman, limited intelligence and to love dance and pipe playing, but to otherwise be very shy.
  • L'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun) is a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. Claude Debussy adapted it into a symphonic-poem Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and it was adapted into a ballet as Afternoon of a Faun by Vaslav Nijinsky, Jerome Robbins, and Tim Rushton.
  • Though never glimpsed on-screen, Fauns are featured prominently in the Cosmic Horror Stories of Arthur Machen, particularly The Great God Pan. According to Machen's cosmology, the myths and folktales of creatures such as Fauns and Fairies are actually heavily sterilized accounts of truths too terrible to contemplate, with all the bits that might make someone Go Mad from the Revelation edited out.
  • Ology Series: In Monsterology, fauns are goat-legged and –horned humanoids with pointed ears; they cannot speak, but communicate with a complex system of panpipe melodies.
  • In Umberto Ecco's Baudolino, the title character eventually learns that under her dress, his beloved Hypatia has goat legs, because the people of her Lady Land have had no males to mate with in generations except the local satyrs. He's shocked, but decides he still loves her anyway.

     Mythology and Religion 

  • The original Fauns and Satyrs are the Trope Namers.
  • Glaistigs from Scottish mythology are similar to satyrs. Apparently, they were exclusively female.
  • The Greek nature god Pan and his Roman counterpart Faunus, which is clearly the same word as 'faun'.
    • The Gaulish/Celtic hunter god Cernunnos is sometimes the Celtic counterpart of Pan/Faunus.
      • The Horned God, a variation on Cernunnos, is worshiped in certain pagan/Wiccan circles.
      • The English ghost/spirit Herne the Hunter who even acts as English pagan counterpart of Pan/Faunus with few portrayals in fiction are sometimes like a Deer-like satyr with Deer head or not.
  • The Krampus is mostly based on this combined with Satan, and he is a dark equivalent of Santa Claus in South-east German traditions.
  • Satan and his demons are often depicted similarly to fauns, (though never in The Bible) having cloven hooves and horns, with the addition of a long tail with a arrow head shape at the end, (sometimes) bat wings, and a bright red color. See Big Red Devil.
  • "Satyr" is the translation of the Hebrew se'irim in the King James Bible. According to The Other Wiki, a more literal translation is "hairy ones."
  • Goatmans are recurring characters in multiple Urban Legends from the U.S.A. Interestingly, all of them wield an axe as their Weapon of Choice.
    • Maryland's Goatman - One version claims he was a normal human turned into a goat hybrid possibly by genetic engineering.
    • Texas Goatman/Lake Worth Monster - It haunts the aforementioned Lake and has the most goat-like appearance of the bunch.
    • Kentucky's Pope Lick Monster - Said to live under a railway bridge with one of its origin stories claiming it was a Cirus Freak that escaped and now kills people who dare enter its home.
  • The Huay Chivo of Mayan legend is an evil sorcerer who can transform into a humanoid, demonic goat to carry out his evil deeds.

     Tabletop Games 

  • Dungeons & Dragons has satyrs that are a combination of the fauns and satyrs of Greek Mythology. They like to party and they're great panpipe musicians, but generally spend their days frolicking in the woods. The 3.5 edition of Deities and Demigods also offers stats on fauns as a separate, less powerful race (who unlike satyrs explicitly come in both male and female forms.) Also worth mentioning are the Ibixians, a race of humanoid goats.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Satyrs and fauns, while both part of the Fae, are differentiated significantly. The former are exclusively male hedonists with a penchant for seducing young women, while the latter can in fact be female (though female Fauns are rare) and are much more gentle (unless you mistake them for a satyr). Interestingly, the first fauns were (and many later ones still are) actually born from the copulation of satyrs with particularly Good women.
    • There are also the seilenos, resembling hornless and portly middle-aged satyrs with a strong affinity for raw, passionate emotions and mind-altering substances. They’re just as hedonistic as regular satyrs, and are popular among other fae creatures due to their skill as storytellers and at inciting revels and inflaming emotions. As such, they’re commonly accompanied by groups of other fae creatures, including satyrs.
  • In Magic: The Gathering:
    • Prior to the Theros Block, Magic had a pretty weird satyr.
    • In the Theros Block, satyrs are first introduced as a valid creature type. They are depicted basically as duplicitous, almost downright evil hedonists: they depict themselves as happy, joyful free spirits that provide entertainment for free, but their more secret revels are violent and extremely depraved (there's a reason said revels are called called "Bakkeia"), and they lure humans into being their servants, humiliating them all the while. Basically, a very, very dark version of The Fair Folk, which is no small accomplishment, given the competition.
    • Xenagos is a satyr planeswalker from Theros that used to be like those above, but after ascending and exploring the multiverse he realised he was utterly insignificant. So he returns to Theros with one thing in mind...
  • Shadowrun. Both male and female satyrs have large curling horns like a bighorn sheep. They're implied to be the Awakened version of the wild goat. Their saliva can ferment sugary liquids into alcohol. Another type of Satyr exists, as a racial variant of the Ork Metatype.
  • Beastmen in Warhammer, especially the goat- and sheep-headed and -legged Gors, are about all the darkest parts of this put together, embodying every unpleasant trait of mythical satyrs — their wild and aggressive natures, their impulsiveness, their depravity — exaggerated, worsened, and flavored with worship of dark and evil gods, barbarous savagery, pathological hatred for civilization, and plenty of fangs and spikes.
  • Broos in RuneQuest. There are also actual satyrs. Mistaking the two for one another is not a good idea. The Broos are chaos creatures that breed by raping any creatures that are available (all Broos are male), and their offspring takes features of those creatures. Farm animals, especially goats, are apparently most easily available for them.
  • In GURPS Dungeon Fantasy, Saturs are a possible character race, which includes females as well.
  • Satyrs are one of the kith in Changeling: The Dreaming. However, satyrs within the World of Darkness exemplify passion in general — not just sex and drunkenness. Thus there may be satyrs who are passionate about debate or running (goat legs mean they're fast).
  • In Tephra, satyrs are a bio-engineered race created by the Haudi Empire, only recently freed from a life of slavery.
  • Satyrs in the Iron Kingdoms are more like goat-headed Minotaurs than the original. In Hordes, the Circle Oboros fields them as Beasts of War to defend and carry out the wills of their Warlocks. How intelligent they are isn't mentioned much, but at least one was smart enough to become a Shaman.


  • The famous Greek tragedies originally came in tetralogies. The first three were traditional tragedies following some sort of story arch. The final play was a Satyr play which satirized the first three (though "satyr" and "satire" aren't actually etymologically related) and also made tasteless jokes about well-known people. They were so-called because the actors wore fur leggings and big fake leather cocks, like satyrs. Of the hundreds of ancient satyr plays only one still exists today, Euripides' The Cyclops, which is indeed a ribald satirical depiction of the cyclops island passage of The Odyssey.

     Video Games 

  • Satyrs also show up in Dragon Quest VIII, in the bestiary. They use their flutes as a weapon.
  • Satyrs in the Warcraft universe are half-demonic corrupted night elves, while Fauns are the Centauroid daughters of the Demigod Cenarius.
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!/Gateway to Glimmer has both fauns and satyrs. In addition to primary character Elora, there are humanoid-looking fauns and satyrs in the Fracture Hills, and smaller more monster-y looking fauns in the Magma Cone. Exactly what differentiates them is not entirely clear. It's also worth noting that the Fracture Hills fauns, and to a lesser extant Elora, aren't all that humanoid to begin with. The ones in Fracture Hills in particular look more like anthropomorphic wolves with goat legs. Also in Fracture Hills the fauns are all female and the satyrs are male, while in Magma Core the fauns seem to be mostly male.
  • Diablo has Goatmen, which are actually demons and not related to either goats or humans.
  • Goat demons appears also in the second Devil May Cry game as Elite Mooks.
  • The satyrs in Will Rock are mooks armed with bows.


  • In Men in Hats, Aram tells Gamal he used to be one of these, before the forest burned down, the animals died and his goat legs "turned into butterflies and flew away."
  • Ursula from The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant! has horns and goat legs bellow her knees.
  • Skin Deep: Fauns and satyrs are separate species, but are very closely related and often mingle and interbreed with one another. They share a basic body plan — human with the ears, legs and horns of an ungulate mammal — and hands with three fingers and hoof-like nails.
    • Satyrs come most commonly in the classical goat form, but hornless, horse-based satyrs also exist. Both groups tend to resemble specific species or breeds of caprines and equines; donkey and zebra-based horse satyrs are known to exist, although they're rare.
    • Fauns resemble deer instead; they possess full-body, mottled fur, deer tails and antlers.

     Web Original 

  • Though his species is named "Dashkin", Bitey in Brackenwood is quite similar to a faun, being a woodland-dwelling humanoid with goat legs and horns, though his face is furry. He is also extremely fast and an amoral trickster.

     Western Animation 

  • A few fauns were seen in Bacchus' fictional paradise in Lazy Smurf's dream in The Smurfs episode "Paradise Smurfed".
  • Tewt from The Mighty Hercules was a recurring character as Newton's sidekick.
  • A small almost goat-like satyr appears in Gravity Falls as a guard for Unicorn.


Video Example(s):


Spyro Reignited Trilogy

The fauns and satyrs in Fracture Hills.

Example of:

Main / FaunsAndSatyrs
Main / FaunsAndSatyrs