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"...Oink. There, you happy now? Now stop starin'."

Kramer: Hey, I just saw a pig man. A pig man! You know, he was sleeping and then he woke up and he looked at me and... and he made this horrible sound, this [makes screeching noises].
George: Kramer, what the hell are you talking about?
Kramer: I'm talking about a pig man! I walked into the wrong room, and there he was!
George: A pig man.
Kramer: A pig man! Half pig, half man!
Seinfeld, "The Bris"

A combination of a man and a pig. He doesn't have to be a genetic hybrid, sometimes he's just a pig-like humanoid alien.

In fantasy settings they may be a rare kind of were-animal, or just a pig-faced monster. Sometimes the work will call the Pig Man an "orc" — this probably stems from the fact that orcs are often depicted as pug-nosed, tusked creatures and because of Dragon Quest, an RPG series that was and is extremely popular in Japan depicting them as Pigmen based off an illustration in 1st edition Dungeons & Dragons. There's also the similarity between the words "orc" and "pork", strengthening the connection (even though the two words are etymologically unrelated). In more futuristic settings, they'll be the product of genetic manipulation; these are usually human with "pig" added to them, but it could be the other way around. Either way, they're used as grunts, they have little intelligence, and they can be slaughtered by the hundreds with no moral implications.

In science-fiction settings, it makes a certain amount of sense that the pig is the preferred species for this type of gene splicing: pigs and humans are anatomically similar enough on the inside that pigs may soon be grown as human organ donors. The similarities even extend to behavior, pigs being omnivores with furless skin and similar behavior in the wild, enjoying beer as much as the next guy.

Due to their association with Orcs and to negative cultural associations of their animal nature, pig men are often cast as villains. Heroic pig men also exist, although they typically have somewhat slovenly characteristics and function as antiheroes. Heroic pig men typically stand for men in their late forties, and as such tend to have jaded or hard boiled personalities. They may also have positive characteristics which are typically associated with this demographic, such as jolliness and caring parental traits. The villains in these cases will typically also be cruel, vain, narcissists; Uncle Pey'j from Beyond Good & Evil who went up against trumped up military officials (among others), and Porco Rosso who went up against a cocky fascist fighter pilot are examples of anti-heroic pigs with awful adversaries.

If the character is young then they will stand for a chubby child and may be subject to bullying if they are sympathetic characters or be bullies if they are non-sympathetic. In fantasy stories heroic pig men will typically be turncoats who have defected from an evil force. For this reason they may go through ostracization or racial stigmatization. Tragic is the story of the Pig Man who escapes his evil masters and tries to live a human life; they'll usually be outcasts who will never know what it's like to be loved.

As the trope name implies, a character of this type will almost always be a Pig Man, similar to how cats are usually female. There are a number of reasons for this, the most prominent being that both pigs and men are stereotypically boorish and disgusting, and of course pigs are not considered the most attractive animal; Beauty Is Never Tarnished after all! If there is a whole race of Pig People you might see some Pig Women in the background but don't expect them to play an especially vital role. If there are any, expect Cute Monster Girl to be in full effect; they'll be less a humanoid pig and more a Big Beautiful Woman with pink skin, pig ears, a pig tail and maybe a cute little snout.

In yet another (almost entirely gay) sense, anthropomorphic pigs and boars can be very potent fetish appeal in furry Bara. This is somewhat rare in the Western Furry Fandom (and any cultural context where pigs are culturally considered unappealing to look at), but is more abundant in the Japanese Kemono community, where it peaked during the Year of the Pig in 2007, and again in 2019. Much of the appeal is in the highly masculine Unkempt Beauty of Pig Men portrayals (sometimes overlapping with Ugly Cute), having much in common with the aesthetic ideals of The Bear community.

Subtrope of Beast Man. Compare Half-Human Hybrid, Full-Boar Action, Government Conspiracy and Corrupt Corporate Executive, for when the pig person is a Gluttonous Pig. Oh, also Beauty Equals Goodness, Mooks and Hollywood Evolution.

See also:

Has nothing to do with the title character of The Pigman. Or Pikmin either, for that matter.


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  • Those "Feed The Pig" PSAs that run on Nightmare Fuel.
  • The mascots for the "Energy Hogs" PSAs are depicted as sleazy, electricity eating pigmen.
  • The Burger King advertisement for their limited time offer Ribs features a winged pigman as a spoof of the expression "when pigs fly". Of note is that he was actually driving a pickup truck, not flying; he explains that he's moving out of his mom's basement and needs the truck to carry his stuff.
  • Hannah, a plump pig-girl who's the mascot for a line of...pickled sausages.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Swine Apostle from Berserk.
  • And let's not forget Tesla from Bleach (his release that is).
  • Delicious in Dungeon has pig-like orcs, drawn as basically more realistic versions of the ones from Dragon Quest. They have cloven feet, tusks, upturned snouts, small curly tails, and are covered in bristly fur (they also frequently have small horns, but it's clarified in supplementary texts these are implants). Young orcs have backs covered in stripes like a boar squeaker.
  • Oolong from the Dragon Ball series.
    • He comes from a village populated solely by pig people... and they're all just as perverted as he is.
  • Pig-men are part of the Black King's troops in Drifters, among other non-humans.
  • In Eyeshield 21, part of the Shinryuuji Naga's line consists of four look-alikes for the main characters of Journey to the West. Naturally, Hakkai (named for the Japanese translation of Zhu Bajie) is rather pig-like in appearance.
  • Zampano the chimera from Fullmetal Alchemist, who looks human most of the time but can become more porcine at will.
  • Hoshin Engi: One of Joka's Yokai Sennin minions is a pig monster who becomes absurdly powerful when exposed to a power boost. He still is burnt to ashes by Nento Dojin.
  • In Interspecies Reviewers, orcs are depicted as a race of rotund, yet virile pig men.
  • Kichikujima:Kaoru who wears a pig Mask all the time and later Ami Murata who is a Pig woman that Kaoru marries. Takahisa also took on a pigman for a while.
  • King Ton of Kinnikuman; When Kin was a baby, a pig got aboard his family's spaceship, and in the confusion Kin was stranded on Earth. That pig grew up to become a powerhouse that defeated Kin's father King Kinniku and took over the Kinniku Planet. Kin's first duty was defeating Ton and win back the throne...failing miserably. Luckily, the butcher the pig escaped from all those years ago showed up and chased him away, allowing King Kinniku to retake his title. King Ton was briefly mentioned in Kinnikuman Nisei as a student of the Hercules Factory alongside the other Justice Choujin.
  • Orcs in KonoSuba are a race of muscular pig women with tusks and absurdly high libidos.
  • The male Orcs in Monster Musume are Dragon Quest-style boar men, in contrast, the females are instead Little Bit Beastly Cute Monster Girls.
  • Kensuke Shibagaki from Odd Taxi is an anthropomorphic boar who forms one half of an in-universe comedy duo.
  • There're a few pig minks (minks are basically animal people) on Totto Land's WCI 31 in One Piece.
  • Porco Rosso. He used to be human, but he became half-pig through some unexplained event, implied to be his refusal to be Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence. He essentially wants to quit humanity.
  • Ranma ½ had Ryouga, who turns into a pig at comically proper times.
  • The Orcs in Slayers are pig-men with red skin. In one episode of NEXT, they're even cooked and served in a restaurant! Not that they taste good, mind you...
  • Soul Eater: in the Gluttony Chapter of the Book of Eibon, the heroes are attacked by a massive, apron-wearing pig man wielding a cleaver, who boasts about the top quality of his meat to the heroes... causing them to become so hungry they kill, cook and devour him in short order.
  • In Spirited Away Chihiro's parents were turned into pigs because they ate food left out for the spirits. Apparently Miyazaki likes pigs.
  • Super Pig. A Magical Girl who transforms into a pig.
  • In Sword Art Online's Alicization arc, due to the fact that Underworld is based pretty heavily on Tabletop RPG and Dragon Quest type games there are, of course, Orcs. Much like the common Japanese depiction, these Orcs appear as anthropomorphic pigs.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Orcs are portrayed as gluttonous anthropomorphic pigs, but they are shown to not be entirely evil as Rimuru is able to recruit them into the village of monsters after defeating their leader.
  • Ulysses 31: Much like in The Odyssey, Circe turns the crew of Ulysses into pig creatures. In this case, it's zombified humanoid pigs. She uses all the people she turns into humanoid pigs as slaves to build her ever expanding tower.
  • Words Worth: Pig-men rapists.


     Asian Animation 
  • Dreamkix features an anthro pig named George as one of the main team's players.

    Comic Books 
  • While not an actual pigman, Grant Morrison introduced Professor Pyg to Batman's Rogues Gallery, who wears an incredibly disturbing pig mask. Given his creator, the mask is the least disturbing aspect of the character.
  • Pig-Iron, of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, used to be just a cute little anthromorphic pig until a magic meteorite knocked him into a vat of molten iron - now he's the hulking Pig of Steel.
  • Duckburg has quite a few pigmen, which seem to fall into two stereotypes: the sneaky villain and the gentle Big Eater. Both are usually rich. Carl Barks revealed that, for the most part, pigmen were used when he wanted a generic villain. That didn't stop him from making them memorable... Porkman De Lardo, anyone? Interestingly enough, if the Mayor of Duckburg makes an appearance, he'd usually be a pig.
  • Jim Woodring's often-unsettling comic Frank has Manhog (described by his creator as a "lamentable father figure").
  • Gilbert Shelton's Underground Comics included the satirical superhero Wonder Warthog.
  • Green Lantern has a heroic and villainous example in Kilowog and Larfleeze, respectively. Although neither of them explicitly looks like a pig, the porcine appearance is there; Kilowog looking more like a domestic pig and Larfleeze looking more like a warthog. Though some artists make Larfleeze look more like a horse or a rat.
  • Sir Porga, an uplifted pig, is a member of the Knights of Wundagore in the Marvel Universe.
  • In Art Spiegelman's Maus races of humans are being depicted as various species of anthropomorphic animals. Poles are depicted as pigs.
  • Pig is an Italian comic series about a man who has undergone some genetic experiment and as a consequence, turns into a pig-man with Super-Strength whenever he is sexually excited. The only way for him to turn back into a human is to have sex with a different woman every time.
  • In the Red Dwarf Smegazine comic strip "Evolution", a Devolution Device turns Lister's bacon sandwich into a pig, and reversing the effect turns the pig into an attractive woman with pink skin and pig ears. When Lister tries to flirt with her, she points out that he was about to eat her and puts herself in a stasis booth until other pigs have evolved as far as her.
  • Porker Lewis from Sonic the Comic who, interestingly enough, started off as a cute non-anthro pig and gained more human traits as the comic went on. Also of note, even after becoming taller and gaining clothes, he kept his pig trotter hands before the writers realized that being the secondary tech genius of the group, he needed fingers.
  • Spider-Ham. He's a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig.
    • Don't forget The Kingpig of crime.
    • A borderline case at best, since the entire Spider-Ham universe is populated by Funny Animals — there aren't any "humans" to speak of.
  • Pigs occasionally turn up as characters in Usagi Yojimbo. Gunichi, the mentor who originally sponsored Usagi to Lord Mifume, who deserted them at the Battle of Aichi Plain and whom Usagi later tracked down and killed, was a warthog. There's also Zato-Ino, the Blind Swordspig.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Diana visits an allegorical probable future in which Paradise Island is invaded by aliens who are humanoid with pig-like heads.
  • In the first volume of the Filipino comic Zsazsa Zaturnnah, this is revealed to be the male form of the Straw Feminist, exclusively female, Human Alien invaders. The Reveal comes when Zaturnnah forces the alien queen to swallow the magic stone that gives Zaturnnah her powers (and triggers a change in gender as well—Zaturnnah's alter ego is a gay man).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Art of the Dead: While trying to escape from the Portal Paintings, Kim and the kids have to get past the porcine embodiment of gluttony.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia has creatures called "minoboars".
  • The Deathstalker films love to recycle a particular shot of a pig-man contemplating eating a suckling pig.
  • Gruagach from Hellboy (2019), one of The Fair Folk has a boar like head complete with tusks.
  • In Legend (1985), Pox was a (humanoid) goblin with a pig's head.
  • In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Rita and Zedd had a pig-like henchman named Mordent; oddly enough, this character never appeared in any of the series. According to an early draft, he is Goldar's second cousin, three times removed on his mother's side, visiting for the summer, but this was written out for the final draft. In any case, he seemed to play the same role as Squatt and Baboo did, a non-combative lickspittle.
  • Time Bandits: Evil turns Og into a half-pig half-man. Later he turns him entirely into a pig.
  • The movie Penelope (2006) is about a girl who is cursed with a pig's nose and ears until she can find one who will love her as she is.
  • Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone has the heroes attacked by a shambling horde of piglike mutant humans in an abandoned tower.
  • The villains of Squeal are three pig people that were result of a science experiment Gone Horribly Wrong.
  • Star Wars:
    • Gamorreans are green-skinned pigmen who serve as Mooks for Jabba the Hutt. In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, they're a violent, primitive people that gravitates towards being Mooks or guards. The X-Wing Series introduces the pilot Voort "Piggy" saBinring, whose brain chemistry was tampered with, making him a calm Genius Bruiser (although he will revert to his basic instincts if critically wounded and/or someone tries to assassinate a higher officer during a briefing, as an unlucky brainwashed Twi'lek officer discovered). Also, according to Word of God, they are so primitive that even bribing them will not work in getting them to betray their boss, explaining why they are so popular to have as guards. The depiction of Gamorreans is somewhat inconsistent, with a few individuals being civilized enough to work in modern society, while most Gamorreans (especially on their homeworld Gamor) are completely tribal. Female Gamorreans are depicted as somewhat smarter and less innately aggressive than males, but still less intelligent than the average human.
    • Of course, as a 'verse with Loads and Loads of Races, there are a few other at least somewhat piglike aliens out there (mostly just costumed extras in the films, but sometimes more detailed in the Expanded Universe), such as Snivvians and Ugnaughts. Whiphids are a borderline example in that they have tusks like warthogs; but they are much larger and hairier that warthogs, walk on two legs, and have faces more like those of horses.
  • While not actual Pig Men, Jigsaw and his apprentices from the Saw films do have rather disturbing pig masks, which they're mostly seen wearing alongside some sort of coat.
  • This was the appearance of Those We Do Not Speak Of in M. Night. Shyamalin's The Village (2004), which were really costumes created most likely with wild boar skins and other items.

  • In a way, Animal Farm - but those were more like Manpigs (pigs who slowly became similar to men, walking on two hooves, and wearing clothes).
  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a baby is so ugly he turns into a piglet. For such an ugly baby, he did make a rather handsome pig.
  • Harry Potter: Harry's greedy, chubby cousin Dudley is Hagrid cursed with a pig tail by Hagrid.
  • The Hogfather, Discworld's Santa-figure, is mostly a jolly toymaker, but because he's mythologically descended from traditions of killing a wild boar to bring the summer back, there's still "a hint of hair and tusk".
    • And, in Paul Kidby's illustrations, a ring through his nose.
  • William Hope Hodgson's novel The House on the Borderland features an underground-dwelling tribe of monstrous pigmen as one of the sources of horror.
    • For those who haven't read the novel: we don't actually know that they're a tribe, and it's hinted (for that horror-filled touch) that they're the lesser/younger versions of an evil Pig Man god who turns up later in the novel, possibly as the primary antagonist. (It's a long story.)
  • Orcs in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, on the other hand, are also piglike, about as big, and aggressive and powerful enough to serve as a Beef Gate for adventurers trying to go from the upper levels of the Dungeon to the middle ones.
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau featured strange experiments resulting in various creatures, including pigmen.
  • Journey to the West features Zhu Bajie/Cho Hakkai/Pigsy, who is notably the least virtuous of the heroes. While in late depictions he's usually portrayed as a shaved clean pig man, in the original text he's more monstrous and boar-like, given his alternate name of Zhu Gouliang (Strong-maned Boar).
  • The French scifi novel Le Père de nos Pères by Bernard Werber (who also wrote the novel that "inspired" the movie Antz) postulates a human-pig (or rather some sort of simian-boar) hybrid as the origin of humanity, Also, genetically modified pigs used for human organ transplant.
  • A Message from the Pig-Man (by John Barrington Wain): Averted. The juvenile narrator initially thinks the Pig-Man might be an example of this trope, but he turns out to just be a man who raises pigs.
  • In the fantasy worlds of Michael Moorcock, humans who willingly serve Chaos eventually degenerate back into animal caricatures. The Chaos army faced by the hero Elric has many pig-men, who began as wholly human.
    • The Hawkmoon series of novels by Moorcock has the armies of GranBretan, a sort of chaotic fascist version of Britain, looking to conquer the world. Its legions and regiments wear stylised helmets in animal likenesses and the most brutal and cruel of all is the Legion of the Boar, in stylised full-face pig-helmets.
  • A pig-man adventurer converses with Pookie and Spider in one of the short stories from Myth-Told Tales. Presumably, he's from a dimension where everyone is a pig-person, although his species and origin are never specified.
  • In Paths Not Taken, one member of Herne the Hunter's bestial entourage is a boar-headed ogre called Hob In Chains. Not only is Hob an example of this trope, but he's attended by a mob of dimwitted lesser pig-men, who are implied to have once been human.
  • Quite literary in Oryx and Crake, where pigs are spliced with human DNA in order to create ultra-large pigs who grow multiple human organs that are used for transplants. Some of them even have some human brain tissue, which makes them viciously intelligent. Of course, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.
  • The Pigman (by Paul Zindel): Averted. The elderly Mr. Pignati is a kindly and perfectly normal looking man, who gets this nickname because he collects porcelain pigs.
  • The novel Pig Tales by French author Marie Darrieussecq features a woman who turns into a pig-woman over the course of the book.
  • The "hyperpigs" of the Revelation Space Series are a race of genetically modified pigs who were originally used as Walking Transplants, though at some point scientists began to augment their intelligence; likely once their original purpose was made irrelevant following advances in technology. Due to their tendency for muteness and poor intelligence, they form the criminal underclass of Chasm City. Even Scorpio, an intelligent pig crime lord, notes that he doesn't understand complex human interaction and cannot understand music. However, an intelligent hyper pig cop named Sparver appears in The Prefect, working as a data analyst for Yellowstone's Prefects.
  • The Kanamit are described as looking like bipedal pigs in Damon Knight's short story "To Serve Man". The Twilight Zone (1959) dropped this aspect in its adaptation because the crew couldn't find a non-silly way to show alien pigs.
  • The Iberian Orcs of The Weakness of Beatrice the Level Cap Holy Swordswoman. They're three to four metres tall and nearly as wide, and are incredibly strong. Unlike many depictions, they are peaceful in nature, only killing in self-defense or to eat.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One of the evil henchmen in Ace Lightning. Dumb as a sack of hammers, of course.
  • American Horror Story
    • The Piggy Man from Roanoke was a deserter of the Lost Colony Roanoke that tried to escape after stealing provisions. He was eventually caught by the colonists who, after he was scalped by the Dragon-in-Chief Scáthach, was forced to wear a pig's head over his own, had a pig's tail nailed to his tail-bone and was roasted alive on a spit as if he was a real pig. Due to the curse the Butcher and Scáthach placed on the grounds there, he manifests as a ghost that aggressively attacks any living person on the property during the blood moon, never speaking but squealing like a pig. It is implied that he is only aggressive because his spirit is a slave to the Butcher's power, as he and her other victims are seen playing with the still living Flora Harris. In My Roanoke Nightmare, he is portrayed by Marti Matulis.
    • The Piggy Man of urban legend is mentioned in the Murder House episode "Piggy Piggy", revealed in Roanoke to have been a member of the Polk Family who, inspired by the Butcher and her bloody history, went to the Chicago State Fair in 1893 and massacred people in an identity homaging the Piggy Man spirit. Ironically, he died in an accidental circumstance where he was eaten alive by his own pigs.
  • Bear in the Big Blue House has Doc Hogg, who is a good friend of the title character.
  • 1976 TV film Beauty and the Beast has a boar-like version of the Beast played by George C. Scott (several classic illustrations of The Beauty And The Beast show the Beast as a boar-man)
  • The Chronicle had a heroic hacker pigman. He was the consequence of government genetic manipulation.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Aliens of London": This one is a subversion, since it turns out to be an ordinary pig that was messed with by the real aliens in order to make it walk on two legs. The Doctor is disgusted at what they did to the poor animal.
    • "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks": The Daleks turn their captive humans into these and use them for manual labour. One of them is only partially converted and helps the good guys.
    • "The Talons of Weng-Chiang": Mr. Sin is a robotic toy constructed with the cerebral cortex of a pig.
  • In Goosebumps (1995) episode "Squeal of Fortune", Jessica turns into a Pig Girl as Karmic Transformation for scamming lemonade customers by making them pay hefty prices before she tried auctioning off the "last" glass of lemonade (which had a very addictive mix made by Carl, the man responsible for Jessica's transformation).
  • The Bauerschwein in Grimm are Pig Men.
  • Loquasto in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire is a member of a race called Grobbles and has the nose, ears and tail of a pig. Not evil but terribly dimwitted.
  • The Pudgy Pig was one of the earliest Monsters Of The Week to oppose the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. (He looked like a large pig's head with arms and legs, wearing a Spartan helmet. And he had an unlimited appetite.)
  • Miss Piggy is a benign example. (Well, unless you make her angry.) Others on The Muppet Show include Captain Link and Dr. Strangepork, both from the "Pigs in Space" segment.
  • On SCTV, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas played brothers Carl and Fred, butchers and film editors, who had a fixation on head cheese, and had snoutish noses and a propensity to squeal when agitated.
  • In Seinfeld, Kramer walks into the wrong hospital room and believes he saw a pig man, but it turns out to be a mental patient with pig-like features. George says he wouldn't mind it if there were pig men walking around, since they'd make him look a lot more attractive in comparison, to which Jerry responds that it would also result in there being women out there with a fetish for pig men, so his chances likely wouldn't improve.
  • Tellarites in the Star Trek universe. Not evil (in fact, along with the humans, Andorians and Vulcans they founded the Federation), but incredibly arrogant and argumentative. Thanks to their Blue-and-Orange Morality, they consider insults and blustering arrogance good manners, and find excessively "polite" behaviour somewhat offensive. The Star Trek Novel 'Verse expands on this to prove that pride is a virtue to them, not a vice. In the Starfleet Corps of Engineers novels, Fabian Stevens insists he finds racist jokes about the Tellarite-pig resemblance tasteless, yet he seems to have an awfully enormous collection of them stored away in his mind. He would never accuse Tellarite team-member Tev of "hogging the glory", oh no...
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): The surgeons in the episode "The Eye of the Beholder". The heroine is considered deformed because she doesn't look like this.

  • Several music videos of Jose Gonzalez include the same pig man character.
  • Les Claypool of Primus, as mentioned in the music videos section for the "Mr. Krinkle" song. But he's also known to wear a pig mask on occasion when performing live, especially if it's this particular song.
  • Paul Gray of Slipknot used this image with his early mask. His nickname was "The Pig".
  • One of the title characters in the Tonio K song "Willy and the Pig Man": "Champion of the luckless, lunchless, faceless little folk. You and me, know what I mean?"

    Music Videos 
  • The Rutles video for "Piggy In the Middle".
  • Primus' video for "Mr. Krinkle" features lead singer Les Claypool playing the double bass in a pig mask.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Kamapua'a, a demigod from Pacific Mythology. He was rather The Trickster, and shared a (very) Destructive Romance with Pele. Their Belligerent Sexual Tension almost destroyed both of them.
  • In the legends describing Alexander the Great's India campaigns he and his men meet a creature that is described as a hulking humanoid boar creature. They try to trap it by having a beautiful woman lure it into an ambush. However that plan goes pear-shaped when the boar-man takes off with the woman and starts eating her alive, forcing Alexander and his troops to chase it down and kill it with spears.
  • Slavic Mythology: Chort, the demon son of the god Chernobog, is a pig-like humanoid.
  • Hindu Mythology: Varaha. The third avatar of Vishnu is depicted with the head of a boar.
  • Jimmy Squarefoot of Manx folklore is described as one. He's named for his large feet but said to be pretty peaceful despite his fierce appearance.
  • The Other Wiki tells us of the legends of pig-faced women, whose existence was believed as late as the early 19th century. In the typical versions of the story, a pig-faced woman is depicted as an otherwise fair, gentle and intelligent lady who happens to have been born with the head and voice of a pig, and thus can find no suitor.
  • According to New Jersey urban legend, Roycefield Road in Hillsborough is frequented by an axe-wielding woman with the face of a pig, who will attack anybody that calls out her name.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Before orcs were different, the old-school orcs had piglike features and tusks.
    • Wereboars become hulking humanoid boars when in hybrid form.
    • The B/E/C/M/I version of D&D introduces the devil swine: were-pigs with the power to Charm their victims.
  • Eclipse Phase has uplifted pigs as a playable character option. It's noted that their history with pre-transhumanism humanity can make things a bit... awkward.
  • GURPS: GURPS Aliens leads off with the An Phar, who are a Pig Man race with significant quirks (such as the social habit of bathing, individually and in groups, several times a day).
  • Iron Kingdoms: The Farrow are boar-men.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Nalfeshnee demons are depicted as twenty-foot, four-ton Pig Men with small wings.
    • In late 1st and in 2nd Edition, trolls are usually depicted with the protruding muzzles, curving tusks and bristly manes of wild boars.

    Video Games 
  • Going with the theme that Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs sets, the mooks, from lowly to elite, are all this. Given a truly horrific justification: the titular Nightmarish Factory is using unearthly alchemy and twisted surgery to fuse human captives and pigs together into a viciously child-like species to replace humanity through industrialized Human Sacrifice.
  • Edgar Oinkie of Anarchy Reigns is a fat man (albeit a surprisingly agile one) who wears a mask with a pig snout and makes a lot of pig-related puns.
  • Animal Crossing has some friendly examples of this trope.
  • Bacon Man: An Adventure has the Pork King, who was appointed ruler after Bacon Man was framed for the murder of his grandfather, King Roast Beef.
  • Barnyard Blast is set in a world populated entirely by pig-men, with the hero, a (literal) pig-headed Hunter of Monsters taking on the forces of darkness with his trusty revolver.
  • Beyond Good & Evil: Jade's "uncle" Pey'j is a Sus sapiens, an evolved pig whose kind developed anthropomorphic bodies and hands while retaining pig-like heads and large tusks.
  • The Tom-Tom Gang from the Blinx series.
  • Porkrind, the shopkeeper in Cuphead, is a burly pig man.
  • Cyberswine, which was about a cop who was a machine-pig-human hybrid. It was based on a short-lived Australian comic book of the same name.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Swine are the result of attempts to summon demons by using pigs as bodily vessels. They are about as pleasant to look at and be around as you might expect.
  • Wizpig, the Big Bad of Diddy Kong Racing, is a giant alien Pig Man sorcerer, and boy is he fast!
  • Troff from Donkey Kong 64, and the Tutorial Pig from Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • In the survival game Don't Starve, they are simply known as "pigs" in-game. They live in pig houses or villages and a pig king that rules them. You can befriend one by giving them meat. You can also trade with the pig king with meat or grave dug objects in exchange for gold nuggets.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Akira Toriyama's Orc monster design looks like an anthopomorphic, spear-wielding boar. It also bucks the "lowly minion" convention by usually being first met in mid-to-late game Random Encounters, meaning just one could very easily mop the floor with starting or low-level characters.
    • Rashers, half of an early-game Dual Boss in Dragon Quest VII, as well as his Palette Swap clones that appear later as normal enemies.
  • In Duke Nukem, the LAPD is "mutated" into pigmen by the alien invaders and renamed LARD. Subtle.
  • Boris the pig from Dusty Revenge, a porcine-man boss who uses meat cleavers on chains as a weapon and can use his oversized guts to perform a Belly Flop Crushing. He returns in the prequel game, Dusty Raging Fist, but degraded into a one-time enemy.
  • The demon-themed bosses of Eastern Exorcist are mostly animal-people, one of them being a boar-man carrying a mighty cleaver to slice you up.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • Pigsy in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is not only fat, but he has a scope with pig-ears and a Grappling Hook arm in the shape of a pig hoof.
  • EverQuest II has the Boarfiends, a race of pigmen created when the god Brell Serilis got just a little too drunk one night.
  • Final Fantasy: The Seeq from Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics A2 are a pig-like race who come in a variety of colors and sizes.
  • Most of the NPCs you'll meet in FreezeME are pig men. Well, more like Pig Waddling Heads, but they are talking pigs. One of them, Piggleston, is a fully upright pig humanoid.
  • The Orcs from Golden Sun are Pig men.
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins: The first level of Ghouls n' Ghosts has pigmen armed with pitchforks among the various enemies. If you stand directly below them, they will vomit on you.
  • One of the enemy types in Goblin Sword is a pig man carrying a bindle stick.
  • Headbone Interactive's edutainment games such as Alphabonk Farm and Pantsylvania featured a friendly Pig Woman as one of the main characters.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic 2, Orcs are Pig Men.
  • Aros Helgason from Jitsu Squad is a warthog-man, who used to be a human Viking warrior until he's caught by a curse that turns him into an animal.
  • Junkworld: One of the enemies fought in the swamp is the Man Pig, a mutated humanoid boar. When they see a unit in front of them, they go into a temporary frenzied charge towards that unit until they reach it, becoming immune to damage while they're charging.
  • Legend (1998) have you fighting various hostile Beast Man enemies, the lowest-ranking goomba variety being pig-headed humanoids.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The main villain, Ganondorf, tends to appear as either a green-skinned human man or a giant humanoid pig called Ganon. Generally, Ganondorf is his original form, while he turns into Ganon after absorbing considerable power from the Triforce at the cost of his intellect and lucidity; as such, while Ganondorf is a cunning manipulator and sorcerer, Ganon tends to be ravening beast who still displays occasional periods of brilliance. His minions, most notably the Moblins, also tend to look like this.
    • Exactly how porcine Ganon looks tends to vary by game. The original game, The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past and other 2D games go for a huge humanoid boar with blue skin. By contrast, in Ocarina of Time he becomes somewhat pig-like in appearance, though he has horns in addition to tusks and a tail that more draconic than anything, making more resemble a demonic Beast Man that just happens to have a few noticeable pig traits, while his appearance in Twilight Princess can be best described as a giant hybrid lion-ape thing with a somewhat porcine face and huge tusks. In Breath of the Wild he sheds any and all anthropomorphism to appear first as a vaguely boar-shaped cloud of darkness and then as a giant flaming boar the size of a hill.
    • Ganon(dorf)'s minions have also tended to become increasingly porcine over the series' history. The Moblins started out as humanoid bulldogs but gained piglike designs in A Link to the Past that they kept in most later games. The smaller Bokoblins debuted in The Wind Waker as pretty standard fantasy goblins with porcine noses, dropped this trait in later appearances, and then went to being full-on Pig Men in Breath of the Wild. Hinoxes, which in all earlier games had just been cyclopes, are also redesigned in Breath of the Wild to be supersized Bokoblins with one eye and small tusks.
  • Manhunt. The final boss is 'Piggsy', a psychopathic killer wearing a severed pig's head. And nothing else.
  • Minecraft:
    • Zombified Piglins (previously called Zombie Pigmen), are residents of The Nether (and the result of an ordinary pig being struck by lightning, or if a Piglin stays in the overworld for too long). Unlike regular Zombies, Zombified Piglins will not attack you without provocation... but if you do provoke them, they attack you en masse, creating one of the most difficult fights in the entire game.
    • Regular Piglins are also residents of the Nether, and unlike Zombified Piglins, they will attack you on sight, making it an interesting case where the zombie variant is actually less hostile. Thankfully, they have a massive fondness for gold and wearing any gold armor will make them neutral towards you — as long as you don't open any chests or mine gold around them. Once neutral, the player can barter items with them using gold ingots.
    • Oddly, the zombie versions have existed since the Nether was added (in 2010) but the living piglins took until the Nether got overhauled an entire decade later, in 2019-2020. This is because "Pigmen" were originally planned to inhabit the Overworld villages but were tabled in favor of the more humanoid Villagers, and it took years for the concept to come up again.
  • Minecraft Legends: Throughout the game, the player will almost exclusively fight pig men known as Piglins. The Piglins resemble pigs but stand upright. They wear primitive clothing and exhibit warlike behavior, including the use of weapons. They can't speak, but can communicate with each other through various grunts.
  • Mother:
    • Porky/Pokey in general, though he's a pig boy and is clearly more boy than pig. It's obvious, though, that the developers tried to make him as piggish as possible without making him a full-on pig man.
    • Mother 3: The Pigmasks. They even grunt and squeal just like pigs! Used to unnerving effect in the Chimera Lab.
  • In Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, one of the main protagonists is a Pig Man named Bormin. He, like all mutants, is the result of genetic experiments performed by the Precursors.
  • Oriental Legend, a duology of games based on Journey to the West, has Zhu Bajie as one of the playable characters. He's surprisingly acrofatic and can kick plenty of ass with his trusty rake and serves as The Big Guy among the bunch of playable heroes.
  • Mr. Hoggle the hot dog salesman from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Midbus from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
  • Pignite, Emboar and Grumpig from Pokémon all qualify.
  • Pigsaw: The enemies in the game are pig people with a buzzsaw in place of their right hand who work for a huge meat processing plant where humans are the meat.
  • Giant pigmen with boar heads called Orks are met in the Windward Forest halfway through Quest 64. Their offspring, Ork Jrs., are met somewhat earlier.
  • Rocket Knight Adventures: The main enemies from the first game are all pig-people.
  • The Pigskins in Rimworld were originally created as organ farms. At some point in the past they escaped and their ruggedness and ability to eat pretty much anything led to them spreading across various worlds, even if their trotter-like hands cause problems with dextrous tasks.
  • The Pig-Imps that appear in the later stages of Rule of Rose. It appears that they are normal Imps that have strapped extra padding over their bodies and wear living pig heads as masks.
  • Slashout have red-skinned pigmen enemies, labelled "Porco" in-game, in the first stage. It ends with a particularly strong Porco general as a King Mook.
  • Pigma Dengar from the Star Fox series, former member of team Star Fox, wo betrayed them to Andross, and later joined rival team, Star Wolf.
  • Startopia's Salt Hog race are all pig people.
  • Boarmen appears as rare, Elite Mooks in Titan Quest as part of the army of monsters marching on Athens. They're both tall and broad, come in distinct colors (reddish, black and white) and are all considered champion monsters, attacking with Ground Pound and sometimes Lightning. The first you meet, Cepharis, is a boss you must kill to complete a quest in Delphi.
  • Nork and Snork in the Tobal series.
  • One recruitable ally in Tokyo Afterschool Summoners is a boar man named Gouryou/Ganglie, who takes direct inspiration from Journey to the West's character Pigsy. Though he's not as bad as his inspiration - unlike Pigsy he was never evil - he's still a chubby, lazy, slobbish, corrupt drunkard Casanova Wannabe who spends his time trying to flirt it up with pretty much anyone available rather than fulfilling his duties as a monk.
  • The Orcs in Ultima are described as "the prolific product of a foolish experimental genetic mating of human and boar".
  • Vagrant Story has Orcs that are absolutely pigmen, floppy ears and all. See here.
  • Warcraft: The quillboars are a race of boar men with porcupine-like quills. They also worship a gigantic boar.
  • Hoggus, some kind of Mad Artist Ghost Pig from Wario Land 4.
  • In Weird West, Pigmen are the result of a profane ritual in which corpses are mutilated with pig parts stitched onto them and are reanimated into monstrous humanoids. One of the protagonists is a Pigman who has somehow managed to keep his ability to think but cannot remember who he was.

    Visual Novels 

  • Champions of Far'aus has Boarben, a race of boar people. They seem to be about as tall as (or possibly shorter than) dwarves.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Ellen meets one in her alternate universe dream.
  • Future Pig: The protagonist is this.
  • In The Legend of Lucy, the title character is an anthropomorphic, bounty-hunting pig. Pigs are seemingly rare and Lucy is apparently one of the tamer ones.
  • The Redacverse has pig folk as one of its standard humanoid races, mostly as background extras. They live more or less like humans and aren't associated with many negative pig stereorypes (aside from gluttony). They're usually bright pink (as opposed to more realistic flesh tones) and as tall as humans. The Moon got its own variant of shorter and grey-skinned pig people.
  • Squigley, a stoner pig, is the only intelligent being so far shown in Sinfest who isn't human, isn't a spiritual being like God or Death, and (as far as we know) didn't become intelligent from being exposed to demonic power. His precise origins are uncertain, but it's worth noting that he becomes a true pig in the "reality zone."
  • Slightly Damned: We meet an earth demon note  named Sahne who looks like a 12ft horned boar huminoid but unlike most examples is both female and heroic, and in this art commission we see another earth demon who looks even more boar-like (green fur notwithstanding) due to his digitigrade legs and hooves.

    Web Original 
  • Tails of Fame has Seamus Osgranov, a corpulent anthropomorphic pig and one of the story's main villains.

    Western Animation 
  • Archer - Krieger created a pig-man hybrid. We never saw it; just saw Krieger gunning him down.
    Krieger, sadly: "Ah, Piggly..."
  • Bravestarr: Hawgtie, a minor member of Tex Hex's gang.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Hoggish Greedly has a porcine nose and very sharp fangs, makes loads of pig-related puns, and he even snorts! This is just to make it more obvious that he's a corrupt industrialist, because he's really a normal human.
  • The Peter Hannan Productions Vanity Plate shows a pig man dressed as a cowboy.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog has Jean Bon, a good-natured pig man who owns a diner. Courage spends most of the episode wrongly (for once) believing that Jean Bon is dangerous. His wife on the other hand is a different story, if her saying she wants to "sink [her] teeth into that cute little dog" are any clue.
  • Drawn Together has Spanky Ham, who is also a representation of the Perverted Pig trope.
  • Cornfed in Duckman.
  • Circe from DuckTales (1987) is an evil pig witch, whom, like her Classical Mythology counterpart, likes to turn her enemies into pigs. At the end of the episode she was in, she is tricked into becoming a pig herself.
  • A rare child example happens in Fairly Oddparents where Timmy Turner in "The Switch Glitch" gets turned into a pig by a 5-year old Vicky before she tries to slaughter Timmy. Doubles as Karmic Transformation because Timmy was being an outright dictator towards Vicky forcing her to do labor-intensive work and endure humiliating torture.
  • On Fangbone!, one of Venomous Drool's monsters is the Pigataur, which is basically a minotaur but if the bull parts were replaced with those of a wild boar. It has terrible eyesight but a superb sense of smell that allows it to smell down a Skullbanian through even the most labyrinthine of complexes.
  • In Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series Cassandra uses Circe's staff to return her enchanted friends to human form. When it doesn't work on Circe's pigmen guards, they explain, "we're just talking pigs, ma'am; do you mind if we go root around in the mud?"
  • Invader Zim: Pigfoot. And Bloaty the Pizza Hog.
    • And let's not forget the Shadowhog. Seems Jhonen Vasquez really likes pigs.
  • A child example happens in Jumanji: The Animated Series, Peter turns into a warthog, his pants disappear and his appearance scares to his friend Maria.
  • Porky Pig of Looney Tunes. Notably, Porky is the only long-running Looney Tunes animal character who doesn't ever 'play' an animal - if he's in a barnyard setting, he owns the farm. He often interacts in a world of humans as a peer.
  • Hamilton in Maggie and the Ferocious Beast is a kind and slightly neurotic pig man who loves to cook.
  • The Mask: "When Pigs Ruled the Earth" is a parody of Planet of the Apes where Peggy and The Mask end up in a Bad Future where anthropomorphic pigs rule over a ruined Edge City.
  • Peppa Pig has the titular piglet and her family.
  • The obscure show Pig City had the titular city of pigs.
  • Piggsburg Pigs!, an entire city of anthropomorphic pigs.
  • Sometimes appear on Rocko's Modern Life. A recurring character is a pig-woman named Tammy, with a Southern accent.
    • Another episode featured Rocko complaining about how his house has gotten to Trash of the Titans levels, comparing his house to a pigsty. A blue pig angrily asks (in a New Jersey accent) "You got a problem with that?!" before being kicked out of the house by Rocko.
    • In the grocery-shopping episode, a pig butcher named Marty is lamenting how lonely he is.
    • In the episode "No Pain No Gain," Richard Simmons is animated as one of these and teaches an aerobics class at the health club Rocko and Heffer are trying to get into.
  • In The Simpsons, Chief Wiggum is pig-like in appearance, and was shown as a pig in two episodes: A Treehouse of Horror and a World of Warcraft parody. He complains that Sideshow Bob actually called him 'Chief Piggum' at one point. When he finally gets the joke, he actually found it funny and when sprayed with mace in another episode, he actually screams "Ow, my snout! My beautiful snout!"
  • South Park: ManBearPig is half this and half bear. Or he might be half man and half bear-pig or half man, half bear and half pig.
  • The SuperMansion episode "Home is Where the Shart Is" starts with a flashback where Titanium Rex and the 1940's roster of the League of Freedom were chained above a pit of lava as Hitler planned to kill them with a porcine supervillain called Schwein Kampf. Instead, Schwein Kampf turns on Hitler due to growing sick of Hitler repeatedly insulting him for being a humanoid pig and throws Hitler into the lava in response to Titanium Rex confirming that Schwein Kampf is far from the only person who hates Hitler. Because of Schwein Kampf killing Hitler, Titanium Rex encourages the government to establish a law that villains are absolved of their criminal charges after doing heroic deeds, which in the present time causes Titanium Rex frustration when the law he started has made it so that he is obligated to share his mansion with the Injustice Club because of their hand in thwarting the Subtopian invasion. This leads to Titanium Rex asking Robobot to spy on Schwein Kampf in hopes of finding proof that the pig-man has committed felonies since his exoneration and therefore give power to repeal the law.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop, the half-warthog dimwitted henchman of the old cartoon.
    • Also, in the first cartoon appearance of Usagi Yojimbo, he is seen fighting off some samurai pigs.
    • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features recurring villain Meat Sweats, a former TV chef mutated into a pig-man who cooks and eats other mutants in order to gain their powers.
  • Odd variation in The Tick with Pigleg, a quasi-villainous man with a fully-formed pig as a leg. He has a vast collection of pig figurines because he once said he liked pigs, and friends and associates stared buying them as gifts - it just kind of snowballed.


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