A minotaur is a creature in several fantasy settings that resembles a humanoid with the body of a human and the head and tail of a bull or cow. They are based on the mythical Minotaur ("bull of Minos") from Greek mythology, who was imprisoned in the great maze called the Labyrinth and eventually killed by the hero Theseus.
In role-playing games[edit | edit source]
Minotaurs often appear as monsters in action-adventure games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, and especially in games based more strongly on Greek mythology, like Agon. However, they can sometimes also be player characters. In Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition, for example, they were introduced as a playable race in the Player's Handbook 3; in 5th edition, they were a playable race in Mythic Odysseys of Theros.
In Paul Czege's The Clay That Woke, all player characters are minotaurs in a fantasy setting called the Dégringolade. In this setting, minotaurs are all male, and adhere to a code of Silence that lets them hold their wild natures at bay and live among the fading human civilisation. Silence demands that minotaurs pursue the social good, pursue justice, be contemplative, do not want, do not express their emotions, and do not use the names of women. Those that break Silence go temporarily mad and flee into the ever-encroaching jungle in order to recover before they can return. Minotaurs start play without names, but may earn them later. Minotaurs are second-class citizens, discriminated against by many humans and forced into menial and brutal jobs to survive. Minotaurs often form romantic relationships with human women, which may produce minotaur offspring, but such relationships are also taboo among the majority human population.