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Minotaur

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    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

    Name

    The Minotaur, Asterion

    Nickname

    Ole Horny Head, Bull-Boy

    Sex

    Male—all bulls are male, after all.

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Monster (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.)

    Education

    Labyrinthine Community College

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Bovine Party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    The Cretan Bull and Queen Pasiphae. Not your typical couple.

    Children

    Nope.

    Friends

    I eat friends.

    Enemies

    Theseus (yeah, he killed me)
    Minos (angry kind-of-step-dad)
    Ariadne
    Daedalus
    Everybody else

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    I 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

    Books

    The 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

    Movies

    Talk 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

    Likes

    Bull fights (when the bull wins)
    The running of the bulls in Pamplona
    Rodeo clowns (when they're dead)
    Human sacrifice

    Interests

    Bullfighting (or more like bullwinning)
    Thanatology (the study of death)
    Cannibalism

    Groups

    Eat Humans, Not Cows!
    Steak Haters
    Maze Junkies
    The Society for Half-Animal Rights

    • Spotter's Guide

      You'll have to truck it down to the Underworld if you want to chat with the Minotaur: he was offed by Theseus a long time ago. Once you're down there, it shouldn't be too hard to find him: he'll be the big muscular guy with the head of a bull. (Yeah, it's a pretty distinctive look.) Watch out when you're talking to him, though. He has a habit of eating people, and all in all he's a pretty angry dude. Being locked in the Labyrinth, getting killed, being born at all—he's got a major chip on his shoulder. One sure fire way to butter him up is to call him Asterion. That's his real name, and it means "starry one." He prefers it to the Minotaur. Can't say we blame him on that one.

      Sex: Male
      Age: How can you tell?
      Build: Ripped
      Complexion: Dark
      Hair Color: Brownish black
      Facial Hair: Thoroughly furry
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Battle scars all over
      Jewelry and accessories: Bullring
      Clothing: Loincloth
      Armor: Too tough for armor
      Type of Weapon: Horns (or just bare hands)

      Typical Companions:

      • Eats companions.

      Known Hangouts:

      • The Labyrinth
      • Rodeos
      • Bull Fights
      • Cow Pastures
    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Read the Minotaur's whole story—from creepy birth to tragic (or not-so-tragic) death—in book 8 of The Metamorphoses.

      Inferno by Dante

      Dante and Virgil run into the Minotaur in the seventh circle of Hell, home to some very violent souls. Asterion is not super psyched about their appearance.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "The House of Asterion" by Jorge Luis Borges

      Want to hear Asterion's side of things? Here's your chance: he speaks in the first person in this short story. And he's not too happy.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

      There's more than just one minotaur in the world of Narnia. (We were really set with just one, thank you very much.)

      Dec 20, 1960

      The Minotaur, Wild Beast of Crete

      Check it out as the 1960s take on the story of the Minotaur.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Kaz the Minotaur by Richard A. Knaack

      The Minotaur travels on horseback in this Dungeons and Dragons novel. Whoa, Asterion!

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

      Percy gives the Minotaur no mercy in this take on the story. Hey, he had it coming.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Minotaur

      As creepy as you thought the Minotaur was, this movie has got you beat. The movie cover alone has given us nightmares.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War II

       Epic tale? Check. Novel? Check. Movie? Check. And now, he's made his way into the world of video games.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Immortals

      Sorry, Asterion. This one is a story about Theseus, but hey, it's in 3-D. We couldn't pass it by.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Wrath of the Titans

      This flick might not be super accurate to the myth, but you know what they say: there's no such thing as bad press.