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Minotaur

The Minotaur—whose real name was Asterion, meaning "the starry one"—was a man-eating monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull. How's that for an image? Well, hey it's not his fault. His mom, Queen Pasiphae of Crete, was cursed to fall in love with a magical bull sent from the sea by Poseidon. See, her husband, King Minos, offended the sea god, so he thought this would be the best way to get revenge (and he was kind of right—canoodling with a bull? ew). Born out of a very troubled relationship, Asterion was such a problem child that Minos (not his biological dad, mind you) ordered the genius Daedalus to build an inescapable Labyrinth to imprison the bull-boy. Nightmare! The Minotaur spent his life trapped in the Labyrinth, dining on whatever human sacrifices Minos decided to chuck in there at him, until the monster was finally slain by the Athenian hero Theseus. Sad end to a pretty sad life.

Basic Information

NameThe Minotaur, Asterion
NicknameOle Horny Head, Bull-Boy
SexMale—all bulls are male, after all.
Current cityThe Underworld

Work & Education

OccupationMonster (not as glamorous as it sounds)General Duties: Being imprisoned in the Labyrinth and eating anybody who comes in. (That one just doesn't even sound glamorous.)
EducationLabyrinthine Community College

Beliefs

Political viewsBovine Party

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsThe Cretan Bull and Queen Pasiphae. Not your typical couple.
ChildrenNope.
FriendsI eat friends.
EnemiesTheseus (yeah, he killed me)
Minos (angry kind-of-step-dad)
Ariadne
Daedalus
Everybody else

Relationships

Relationship statusI eat relationships.

Favorites

Quotations"Everyone carries around his own monsters."
– Richard Pryor

"I like myself, but I won't say I'm as handsome as the bull who kidnapped Europa."
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all others are games."
Ernest Hemingway

"Only the foolish visit the land of the cannibals."
– Maori Proverb
BooksThe House of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Grendel by John Gardener
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Kaz the Minotaur by Richard A. Knaack
Music[Disclaimer: These are all really creepy—not for the queasy!]

Mad World by Gary Jules
Pychosocial by Slipknot
Public Enemy No. 1 by Megadeth
Ride With Death by Speedwolf
Mother by Danzig
Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
Do Not Go Gently by Animals as Leaders
MoviesTalk to Her
Monsters Inc.
Cannibal! The Musical
Ferdinand the Bull
Monster
Edward Scissorhands
The Silence of the Lambs
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
Sons of Anarchy (TV show)

Activities & Interests

LikesBull fights (when the bull wins)
The running of the bulls in Pamplona
Rodeo clowns (when they're dead)
Human sacrifice
ActivitiesEating people
Stomping
Snorting
Charging
InterestsBullfighting (or more like bullwinning)
Thanatology (the study of death)
Cannibalism
GroupsEat Humans, Not Cows!
Steak Haters
Maze Junkies
The Society for Half-Animal Rights
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