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Caprines such as goats and sheep are commonly portrayed as either adorable little lambs or all-consuming extreme omnivores. And then there's these guys.

There's something a little unsettling about fully-grown goats and sheep. Their long curved horns remind us of typical portrayals of Satan. Their horizontal pupils are a good way to invoke the Uncanny Valley. The tuft of hair on a goat's chin resembles a Beard of Evil. For this reason, it is common to portray goats and rams as scary, aggressive, or monstrous in fiction.

Goats are often explicitly tied to satanic themes and demonology, as various demons — most notably Baphomet and Satan himself — have traditionally been depicted as wholly or partly caprine in appearance; Big Red Devils often have goatish horns and hooves as well as goatees as part of their demonic appearance.

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Compare Brutish Bulls for other negative portrayals of bovids, and Extreme Omni-Goat for the stereotype of goats as Extreme Omnivores. For goat- or ram-like humanoids, see Fauns and Satyrs, who may be portrayed as benign or as aggressive and demonic. Contrast Sweet Sheep.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Berserk:
    • During the Egg of the Perfect World arc, a depraved sex cult led by a man wearing a goat-head mask turns into an actual goat-man (with a snake for a penis) when the God Hand starts influencing the world. It can jump far longer than a creature its size should be able to and is obsessed with raping Casca, and is decapitated after a messy battle where half its face gets blown off.
    • An early chapter features a very quick appearance by a mercenary company called the Black Rams, who are immediately curbstomped by the Blue Whales mercenaries.
  • The Dragon Ball Super manga-only villain Moro is an Evil Sorceror who closely resembles a goat and drains all life from entire planets.
  • Overlord (2012):
    • During the aptly-named Katze Plains Massacre, Ainz' Dark Young spell (a Shout-Out to Lovecraft's Shub-Niggurath) summons colossal goat-footed Eldritch Abominations that sound like regular goats, which only makes them seem all the more alien and wrong as they stomp on tens of thousands of people with utter impunity. Ainz then rides one of them and forces his "allied" army to acclaim him.
    • The light novel goes into further detail, noting that one soldier was left with such tremendous mental scarring that whenever he hears a goat bleating, he goes into a fugue state where he snaps to attention and starts screaming "ALL HAIL AINZ OOAL GOWN!" as he cries and pisses himself. Not one of his squadmates mocks him for it, as they were there too.
    • Ainz' former guildmate Ulbert Alain Odle (also know as World Destruction and Demon of Great Disaster, and was an even stronger mage than Ainz) had the form of a goat-headed man. From Ainz' memories and the personality of his custom-designed NPC Demiurge, it's clear he had a serious edgelord problem.

     Film — Animated 
  • My Neighbor Totoro: One scene has the four year-old Mei trying to deliver an ear of corn to the hospital. At one point, she is harassed by a goat that tries to eat her corn, which is portrayed as terrifying from her perspective, complete with extra detail on the facial features.
  • Ringing Bell: Chirin, the protagonist, starts out as a sweet and innocent little lamb, but after his mother dies and he receives training from the sinister wolf, he grows up to be a terrifying horned creature that the narration states to be "more wolf than ram".
  • Zootopia: The villain's henchmen are large and intimidating-looking rams with large curved horns and rectangular pupils. Despite the villain being a sheep herself, she is not this trope, but rather a subversion of Sweet Sheep.
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     Film — Live-Action 
  • The VVitch: The Puritan family owns a goat, Black Phillip, that becomes increasingly ominous as the Creepy Twins play with him and claim that he speaks to them. At the end, he fatally gores William and is strongly implied to be Satan in disguise.

     Literature 
  • Dr. Seuss: "I Can Read With my Eyes Shut!" at one point features a disturbing humanoid goat-like creature with glaring yellow eyes known simply as "Foo-Foo the Snoo".
  • In The Stand, the women who Big Bad Randall Flagg has sex with are described as taking him "the way they would take a ram with golden eyes or a black dog"; in the miniseries, one of the forms he takes gives him goat-like horns.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Gotham: A Serial Killer who preys on the children of wealthy families that Bullock investigated was known as the Spirit of the Goat. The killer even wore a goat mask. However, the men wielding the mask were actually themselves victims who were brainwashed with hypnotic suggestions by a Psycho Psychologist.

     Mythology and Religion 
  • Goats are often associated with evil and sinful behavior in Christianity and Christian demonology:
    • In The Bible, during the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus compares God dividing the righteous from the sinners to a shepherd dividing sheep from goats.
    • Christian demons are often given caprine features:
      • Baphomet, a demonic god whom the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping during their order's purge, is traditionally depicted with the head of a goat.
      • Modern depictions often give Satan goat's horns and hooved legs.
  • The Jersey Devil is commonly portrayed with a goat-shaped head and ram-like horns.
  • Many states such as Texas, Maryland, and Kentucky have a fair share of terrifying "Goatman" urban legends, usually with axes as weapons.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Call of Cthulhu: In the Dreamlands supplement, in the adventure "Season of the Witch", the witch Hester Payne has a familiar named Specter who's the size of a human being and looks like a satyr (goat/human hybrid). Specter assists Hester in her evil plot to perform a Human Sacrifice of Eric Watson and Susan Mason in order to bring Hester back from the Dreamlands.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Goats are sacred to several evil deities, including Asmodeus, the archdevil Belial, the infernal duke Zepar, the daemonic harbinger Slandrais and the demon lord Orcus. Of these, Orcus also has the head and legs of a monstrous goat.
    • A number of demons, including schirs (demons born from the souls of mortals who engaged in violent, spiteful crimes) and brimoraks (born from mortals who engaged in violent arson), have the heads and hooves of goats. This is subverted through the ez-azaels, celestial beings created when a schir is used a very literal scapegoat to atone a mortal population's sins; the schir usually dies, but sometimes is itself cleansed of its demonic nature and changed into a creature of good.
    • The illustration of the Shepherd (pictured above), a throne of bones that turns any animal seated on it into an evil, intelligent servant of the archdevil Barbatos, shows a four-horned goat reclining on it, with a flame burning between its horns and A Glass of Chianti in its hoof.
  • RuneQuest: The Broo are a species of Beast Men who chan theoretically resemble almost anything, but are usually depicted as humanoid goats. They're heavily themed around rape, and can impregnate anything — literally anything, including trees and the ground — to breed a new Broo.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: Gors, the most common type of the Always Chaotic Evil and civilization-hating beastmen, have goat heads. Beastmen use the number and size of their horns as status symbols, to the point where those with small or even no horns are looked down on and allowed to serve as Cannon Fodder at best.

     Videogames 
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon has Adramelech, the boss of the Chapel Tower, who is a gigantic ram-man with thick green fur and clawed hands wearing black leather straps with buckles over his eyes and chest embedded into the wall.
  • Diablo II has Goatmen, poleaxe-wielding enemies that have the heads and legs of goats and the torsos of men, who appear in Act 1 and 2.
  • Dune II: House Harkonnen has a red ram emblem instead of a blue griffin in the original novels. Though they were quite power-hungry and vicious in the novel, the games level them up into Always Chaotic Evil who like to backstab and their superweapon is a nuke.

     Web Original 
  • The Comics Curmudgeon: Josh found a goat-based Pluggers strip extremely off-putting; from the post titled "Behold Plug-Niggurath, goat with a thousand puns!":
    Dum de doo, let's see what folksy bit of lower-middle-class reactionary agitprop Pluggers has for us today AAAHHH TERRIFYING DEMON GOAT FROM THE PIT OF HELL ITSELF! All apologies to faithful reader True Fable and other known goat-a-philes, but this fellow looks a little bit too much like Baphomet for my taste. I believe that's actually a mummified goat head that "Bernie Lange" wears as a mask for human sacrifices.
  • The Onion: In an article reporting on the U.S. Department of Evil's decision that all must die, the department's Dread Secretary of Evil Hammond S. Reynolds is depicted as a humanoid with the head of a red-eyed goat.

     Western Animation 
  • Darkwing Duck: Two of Taurus Bulba's henchmen, Hammerhead and Mouth, are a goat and a ram, respectively. They are ruthless crooks who kill the scientist Professor Waddlemeyer and kidnap his granddaughter Gosalyn.
  • DuckTales (2017): The Wendigo is a humanoid monster with goatlike head and horns, rumored to be a poor soul searching for something he lost turned into a monster out of desperation.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019): In contrast to his benign book counterpart, the Goat is a ruthless and persistent bounty hunter who will do anything, including destroy buildings and other structures, to get his target, to the point that even the cheerful and upbeat Sam-I-Am is terrified of him. His leitmotif consists of heavy metal music and, when angry, his pupils turn from round and human-like to horizontal and more anatomically correct.
  • My Little Pony
    • G1's My Little Pony 'n Friends has Grogar, an Evil Sorcerer ram who rules as a tyrant over the city of Tambelon and plans on conquering the whole world in the four-part serial "The Return of Tambelon".
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
      • The villain turned Anti-Hero Discord has a design meant to invoke this trope, with his long face, horns, and beard making him look especially goat-like.
      • Arimaspi, the monster responsible for stealing the Idol of Boreas and thus causing the collapse of Griffonstone in is a cyclopean, apelike being with the horns, legs and eye of a goat.
      • The aforementioned Grogar makes an appearance as the Big Bad of Season 9, complete with a crystal ball resembling a goat's eye, and is portrayed as so powerful even some of the show's previous Big Bads are intimidated by him. He is later revealed to be the aforementioned Discord in disguise.
  • Total Drama: Episode 10 of Season 4 has mountain goats who were mutated by toxic waste, giving them bat wings, fangs, fire breath, and now lay eggs instead of giving birth through mammalian reproduction. The latter trait is lampshaded.

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