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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. Their goat parts may be a reminder of their nasty nature. 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 Our Centaurs Are Different for a similar half-man half-beast creature from Classical Mythology.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Monster Musume: Fauns and satyrs are shown to be separate species, being sheep-like and goat-like liminals 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.
  • One Piece: Caesar Clown's Gas Mask Mooks look like this when they don't wear their suits. They used to be fully human, but they lost the use of their legs due to the poisonous gas on Punk Hazard, so they were given new animal legs by Trafalgar Law.

  • Nymphs and Satyr: A satyr from Classical Mythology is being abducted by a group of nymphs. He has long ears and hoofed, hairy legs.
  • Satyr by Gabriel Grün features a standing female figure with goat legs that evokes the classic faun or satyr.

    Comic Books 
  • In Arak: Son of Thunder, one of Arak's travelling companions was Satyricus; the cowardly and lecherous 'last of the satyrs'. He frequently disguised himself as a monk as the robe concealed his goat's feet.
  • Marvel Universe's long-forgotten character Woodgod resembles one. He's actually biologically engineered.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Circe transforms Maj. Keith Griggs into a humanoid goat-like beast when she overwrites his mind. He retains his human arms and humanoid torso but his legs and head are those of a large goat.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): During "The Witch and the Warrior" Circe transforms The Joker into a Satyr. This does very little to slow him down and he becomes a major wrench in her mass murdering plans when he teams up with Lex Luthor, who knows how to work with him and gives him far more respect than Circe.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Owl House and Cthulhu Mythos crossover The Gods Awaken, One of Nyarlathotep's forms is a goat-like humanoid known as the Black Man which coincidentally is a reference to the form he would take when acquiring acolytes in The Dreams in the Witch House.
  • "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 .
  • Vow of Nudity: The owner of the circus Spectra works for is a satyr named Qalek.

    Film — Animated 
  • Allegro non Troppo features an elderly satyr chasing after nymphs, with no success.
  • Fantasia: The "Pastoral Symphony" segment includes faun kids among its menagerie of mythological creatures.
  • Disney's Hercules alters Philoctetes, a human who lit Heracles's funeral pyre and was perhaps his lover, into Philoctetes "Phil" the satyr, an Eccentric Mentor to Hercules and a Chivalrous Pervert (as well as a Danny DeVito look-alike).
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): The Storm King has a mostly non-human satyric appearance, being essentially a yeti with goat-like hooves and horns.
  • The Wind in the Willows (1995) is one of the few adaptations of the book to feature the "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" chapter, an Arcadian Interlude in which Mr. Otter's son goes missing at the height of summer. Mr. Rat follows his distinctly mystical intuition, and eventually finds the boy under the protection of a mysterious satyr-like nature spirit. It's some of the nicest animation in the film, with a truly surreal mood of summertime delirium as the Piper's outline fades into the trees.
    Mr. Mole: Ratty, are you afraid?
    Mr. Rat: Of him? Never.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • Sorcery!: The fourth book has an all-female race of satyrs, called She-satyrs, who lives in the mountains outside of the Mampang fortress. They are not hostile unlike most of the encounters in the book, and will help you in your quest by giving you essential items for your journey.

  • Almost Night. Hope is a female satyr, and a couple satyrs pop up as extras.
  • In Matt Bell's 2021 science-fiction/fantasy novel Appleseed, there are two major faun characters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Book of Imaginary Beings: The Greeks called them satyrs, the Romans called them fauns, pans or sylvans. They have the legs of goats, short horns, pointed ears and hooked noses. They are fond of wine, dancing, chasing nymphs and playing the flute, and are attendants of Bacchus.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Fauns are common natives of Narnia, along with satyrs. The difference between them is that fauns have long tails, and satyrs have goat tails. The films expand this difference, making fauns human from the waist up with regular goat tails while satyrs look more like human-sized goats that walk on their hind legs.
  • Cthulhu Mythos:
  • Damsels of Distress: Satyrs pop up here and there. One of them is a cowboy.
  • Dark Hollow has a satyr is the villain.
  • Dragon Calling: One of the primary characters in the series is a satyr named, Norf. He's the Plucky Comic Relief and Deadpan Snarker of the group. Fauns and satyrs are of the smaller populations of creatures in the land of Valadae; most reside in the forests of the southern kingdom of Gelian and are lovers of nature and music.
  • 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.
  • Fablehaven: Satyrs have some of the qualities of the original mythical version (they're often seen trying to impress girls, and at one point, they offer Seth wine), but they're also TV addicts.
  • 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 Firebringer Trilogy has "pans," which are basically blue-skinned fauns.
  • The Fires Of Arcadia, by G. B. Harrison, features genetically-engineered human-goat hybrids that act a bit like creatures of folklore.
  • 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.
  • Halvgudene: Fauns are one of the many races of Tiladnen.
  • Hyperion Cantos: Martin Silenus undergoes Space Opera style body modifications to turn himself into a satyric figure. He eventually gets it changed back.
  • InCryptid: Ithaca, the Arcadian dimension that Alice visits sometimes, is home to satyrs and centaurs. Two satyrs, Helen and her wife Phoebe, are friends/allies of Alice.
  • The Marble Faun: The faun is a 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Satyrday: Matthew 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.
  • In This Immortal, there are satyrs in inland Greece, although they are the result of genetic mutations 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.
  • Through The Ice: 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 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.
  • Witches Of Eileanan, by Kate Forsyth, 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.
  • In Wolfwinter, one of Thomas Burnett Swann's 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.
  • In Xanth, Fauns love chasing nymphs and simulating summoning the stork with them.

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    Mythology and Religion 
  • The original Fauns and Satyrs are the Trope Namers.
  • While the pucca from Irish folklore can look however they like, being skilled shapeshifters, one of their common "base forms" is a satyr-like being with goat horns and and/or hooves.
  • 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 is 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 given in the King James Bible, referring to a type of demon. In everyday ancient Hebrew, this term also simply referred to male goats.
  • 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 Circus 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.
  • Choctaw legend has the Kashehotapalo, described as a short, ugly man with a deer's legs. It has a high-pitched scream (its name literally means "woman's call") that it uses to scare away hunters. That detail is so similar to Pan that many scholars believe that the legend was at least partly influenced by white settlers.

  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour: The "Beyond Belief" episode "Second Star to the Wrong" features a creature called the Pan. While primarily a Peter Pan Parody, he has goat legs reminiscent of Pan the god to add to the pun of his name. His second episode, "Straight on til Mourning", also has him referred to as a Satyr.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Changeling: The Dreaming: Satyrs are one of the kith. 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).
  • 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.
  • Godforsaken: Satyrs are muscular humanoids with long horns and goatlike legs. They are amoral, selfish hedonists, and happily resort to theft, lies and trickery to sustain lives dedicated to food, drink and other sybaritic pleasures.
  • GURPS: In GURPS Dungeon Fantasy, Saturs are a possible character race, which includes females as well.
  • Iron Kingdoms: Satyrs 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.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The first satyr to appear in the game, Lumering Satyr, is a bizarre, hornless, elephant-skinned creatures with large class.
    • Satyrs are first introduced as a valid creature type in the Theros block. 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...
  • Pathfinder:
    • Satyrs and fauns are two types of fey, with some significant differences. 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.
  • RuneQuest:
    • Satyrs are a kind of Beast Men with the upper torsos and heads of large gnarled men and the lower parts of either horses or goats. They have long curled horns like those of goats and rams.
    • Broos can resemble any animal, since they reproduce by impregnating other creatures and can breed with literally anything, but most have the features of goats and sheep due their being very common as both wild animals and livestock.
  • Shadowrun: Two distinct types of satyrs exist:
    • The first is a metatype of ork distinguished by caprine horns and hooves. They're far more prone to developing magical powers than other metahumans, and most are shamans who follow the totem Bacchus.
    • The second — referred to as "wild satyr" — is an Awakened version of the wild goat, largely resembling a bipedal ungulate with three-fingered hands. They mostly live in the wilderness and often associate with centaurs, and their saliva can ferment sugary liquids into alcohol.
  • Tephra: Satyrs are a bioengineered race created by the Haudi Empire, only recently freed from a life of slavery.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: Beastmen, 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.

  • 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 
  • Age of Mythology: Satyrs are available in The Titans expansion pack to Atlantean players who worship Hyperion. They are elite skirmisher units who throw javelins.
  • The Battle of Olympus: Satyrs show up as Fragile Speedster mooks in Attica.
  • Battlerite: Blossom is called a faun in her bio, although she's half-deer instead of half-goat.
  • Lucas, one of your newest customers in Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly, is a satyr, judging by the goat horns on his head and the goat legs on his full pic of himself in one of his status updates. He also comes from a One-Gender Race, which is why it took his species a while to be legally recognized as Sapient (intelligent and bipedal) beings.
  • Dante's Inferno: Lucifer looks like a satyr in his smaller, Bishōnen Line form, horns, hooves, and all. He even has a Gag Penis that the Satyrs were depicted with in classical artwork.
  • Diablo has Goatmen, which are actually demons and not related to either goats or humans.
  • Devil May Cry 2: Goat demons appear as Elite Mooks and are collectively called the "Goat Clan". They come in three variants, from the weakest to the strongest; Goatlings, Blood Goats, and Abyss Goats. The latter two tend to fly and utilize magic during combat.
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Satyrs show up in the bestiary. They use their flutes as a weapon.
  • The Elder Scrolls series has an example in the Herne, a race of lesser Daedra who invoke this in appearance. They are humanoid, but have goat-like horns, tails, and cloven feet.
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy Tactics A2, Ifrit has the appearance of a satyr wearing a red, horned helmet.
  • Gems of War: The region of Pan's Vale is home to them, as befits its name. The units which can be fought and recruited there reflect this (notably the Satyr unit and the Faunessa unit).
  • God of War: Satyrs feature as some of the toughest regular enemies.
  • Onmyoji: Satyrs appear despite this being a game set in Heian period Japan and is specifically about Japanese mythology.
  • Radiant Historia: One of the two races of Beastmen , the appropriately-named Satyros, take this form.
  • 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.
  • A Total War Saga: TROY: Satyrs are a type of agents available to players who court Aphrodite's favor. They're bearded human men who wear goat furs and horned headdresses, and can play a number of songs to boost a region's production or lower enemy moral. The implication, as part of the game's Legend Fades to Myth conceit, is as tales of historic events were distorted over the centuries these men came to be remembered as literally goat-legged and horned figures.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has Beatrice's Goat Butlers who can devour humans such as those who lost in Beatrice's game.
  • Village Monsters: Dio, one of the residents of the Monster Town, is a satyr.
  • Warcraft has several of these:
    • Satyrs are night elves corrupted by demonic influences, resembling red-skinned humanoids with hooves and tall, straight horns.
    • Some sources mention the centaurine dryads as having the lower bodies of fauns, but given that every other source and every depiction of them shows them with the bodies of deer this was most likely a misspelling of "fawn".
    • The latest expansion Shadowlands introduces us to the Sylvar: inhabitants of Ardenweald who serve as the caretakers of the realm of rebirth where Wild Gods and those connected with Nature dwell as they slumber awaiting to be reborn to serve the Wilds once again.
  • Will Rock: Satyrs appear as mooks armed with bows.

  • The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant!: Ursula has horns and goat legs bellow her knees.
  • 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."
  • 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. They're one of the most common species among European mythical creatures.
    • Fauns resemble deer instead; they possess full-body, mottled fur, deer tails and antlers.

    Web Original 
  • Brackenwood: Though his species is named "Dashkin", Bitey 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.
  • Fauns and satyrs are separate species in Looming Gaia. The most notable differences are that satyrs have goat-like horns, are poor magic users and are physically stronger, while fauns have antlers, are better magic users, and are physically weaker. In-universe, they are often mistaken for each other.

    Western Animation 
  • Gravity Falls: A small, almost goat-like satyr appears as a guard for the unicorns.
  • The Mighty Hercules: Tewt the satyr is a recurring character and Newton's sidekick.
  • Santiago of the Seas: Pepito the faun is a new villain introduced in season two who specializes in music and magic.
  • The Smurfs (1981): A few fauns were seen in Bacchus' fictional paradise in Lazy Smurf's dream in "Paradise Smurfed".


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Fracture Hill Satyrs and Fauns

The fauns and satyrs in Fracture Hills are harassed by Earthshapers who imprisoned the satyrs and their temple in stone.

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