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Fauns and Satyrs, while originally quite different, have often been fused together, both in the original myths and modern fiction. (Which is why they share a page.)

Originally, Satyrs had the tail and ears of either horses or donkeys, though later they acquired goat legs, becoming almost identical with fauns. In earlier Greek art art they were portrayed as quite ugly, though later they became more youthful and graceful.

They were associated with sex, wine, and pipe playing. They were obsessed with and would pursue the nymphs, and would frequently dance with them. Despite their shy and cowardly nature, they could be dangerous.

The faun was a forest god manifestation of forest and animal spirits, it was associated with nature, and it could inspire fear in man, but it also could guide them, if it felt so inclined.

Other goat people include the Greek god Pan, his Roman counterpart Faunus/Inuus, and in some depictions, Satan (which, coincidentally, sounds a lot like "satyr").

See also Our Centaurs Are Different.

Examples of Fauns and Satyrs include:


Anime and Manga Edit

  • Caesar Clown's Gas Mask Mooks in One Piece actually become this semi-biologically. They used to be fully human, but because they lost the use of their legs due to the poisonous gas on Punk Hazard, they were given new animal legs by Trafalgar Law.

Fan Works Edit

  • Speaking of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Satyrs" have become somewhat popular on 4Chan's /mlp/ board and brony sites like Derpibooru. Essentially they are the theoretical offspring of Anonymous and one of the ponies, with the entire Mane 6 having Fanon satyr children all with generally agreed-upon appearances and personalities. Even a number of minor characters like Gilda, a Griffin in canon, and Chrysalis have been done as well, and even one of the Diamond Dogsnote, a Dog humanoid in canon.

Film Edit

  • Disney's Hercules has Phil the satyr, he was Hercules friend and trainer. He was also quite perverted, but being a Disney film he went through Bowdlerization to a Chivalrous Pervert.
  • Disney's Fantasia also includes fauns.
  • Pans Labyrinth has a wooden decay faun that guides the protagonist.
  • Percy Jackson's Black Best Friend Grover, at least in the movie.
  • Allegro Non Troppo features an eldery satyr chasing after nymphs, with no success.
  • In Manos the Hands of Fate, Torgo is meant to be one, but instead just looks like a guy with deformed wonky knees in final cut.
  • What little we in see of the real Santa Claus in Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale implies him to be a creature like this.
  • While its official My Little Pony Friendship is Magic spinoff film trilogy Equestria Girls, That Human versions of Main Six and Sunnyset Shimmer are mostly close to being this at point of being some female version of Horse Satyr if they go their transformed in same time.
    • Sunnet Shimmer and Human Twilight Sparke in third film (Friendship games) actually become demonic satyr-like woman? with complete (Demonic) horn, hoof-like feet long horse tail and Wings..
    • Later in third film revealed that Sunnet Shimmer is actually impliying that she combine two verisons of herself thus make it as first possible semi-biological horse satyr in both film and TV series as whole

Literature Edit

  • Mr. Tumnus, a faun in the The Chronicles of Narnia. Also, other fauns are mentioned thoughout the series, along with satyrs. The difference between them is that fauns have long tails, and satyrs have goat tails. The recent films expanded this difference, and made fauns human from the waist up with regular got tails, and satyrs looking more like human-sized goats that walk on their hind legs.
  • In Xanth, Fauns love chasing nymphs and simulating summoning the stork with them.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a novel called The Marble Faun, though the faun there is the statue by Praxiteles, which is almost totally human in form. The faun has a human counterpart, however, in the novel's Donatello (no, not that one), Count of Monti Beni.
  • Martin Silenus from Hyperion undergoes Space Opera style body modifications to turn himself into a satyric figure.
  • One story by Thomas Burnett Swann (who apparently wrote a lot of mythology themed stories), was about a human's friendship with a faun, and portrayed them as having Blue and Orange Morality.
  • In the Camp Half-Blood Universe, Satyrs and Fauns are considered as the same things.
  • Satyrs appear in the Fablehaven books. They have some of the qualities of the original satyrs (they're often seen trying to impress girls, and at one point, they offer Seth wine), but they're also TV addicts.
  • In the book Through the Ice the character Rame is in self-exile from the community of satyrs because he considers himself a faun. While he is less obsessed with sex and thus somewhat more acceptable to humans, his fellow satyrs treat him like a pervert.
  • The Orphans Tales series features the Gaselli, who are obviously enough more related to Gazelle, but have a similar motif. A race of nature-oriented beings with cloven hooves. They tend to be more interested in food than sex however.
    • Eshkol and her family represent more traditional version of this trope.
  • The Firebringer Trilogy has "pans," which are basically blue-skinned fauns.
  • Kate Forsyth's Witches of Eileanan universe has "satyricorns." While they mostly look like the traditional model in appearance (except for being seven feet tall, having a variable number and arrangement of horns, and having six mammaries) and behavior (albeit towards the nastier side), they zigzag the trope by being primarily female.

Mythology and Religion Edit

  • The original Fauns and Satyrs the Trope Namers.
  • Glaistigs from Scottish mythology are similar to satyrs. Apparently, they were exclusively female.
  • Diañu Burlón are pretty much Asturian or Northwestern Spanish version of both Leprechaun and Satyrs but ironically less demonized entities and them also sub-mythical creature of Trasgu which they are Asturian/Spanish Leprechaun and like others, similar creatures are revision by Early Christians who want demonized Pagans by means demonized their mythological creatures.
  • The Greek nature god Pan and his Roman counterpart Faunus, which is clearly the same word as 'faun'.
    • The Gaulish/Celtic hunter god Cernunnos is sometimes the Celtic counterpart of Pan/Faunus.
    • The English "ghost", Herne the Hunter who even acts as English pagan counterpart of Pan/Faunus as few portrayals are sometimes like this (Most examples are seen media are Over the Garden Wall who treated in theory as mixed of him and satan by appearance/personality or Webcomic Dreaming of Utopia that treated him as their Death-like Horned God from fictionalized version of Furry fandom where their universe they are religion)
    • The Horned God, a variation on Cernunnos, is worshiped in certain Wiccan circles.
  • Satan and his demons are often depicted similarly to fauns, (though never in The Bible) having cloven hooves and horns, with the addition of a long tail with a arrow head shape at the end, (sometimes) bat wings, and a bright red color. See Big Red Devil.
  • "Satyr" is the translation of the Hebrew se'irim in the King James Bible. According to The Other Wiki, a more literal translation is "hairy ones."
  • Krampus is mostly based on this and Satan, Who presents a Southern German version of Bad Santa Claus. Put their theory by historians that Krampus origins were connected to pre-Germanic paganism instead Christians combines Satan with other Pre-Alpine creatures.
  • Goatman(s) from United States are have few versions of them have their own many origin stories like Maryland goatman claim he was normal human turn goatman through possibly proto-genetic engineering while Pope Lick Monster was Cirus Freak who escape and (all them) kills people who dare enter its zone.
    • Maryland's Goatman
    • Texas Goatman/Lake Worth Monster
    • Kentucky's Goat-Sheepman/Pope Lick Monster

Other Edit

  • Mallarme's poem, the tone-poem based on the poem, and the ballet based on the tone-poem, all sharing a name: L'Apres-midi d'un faun (The Afternoon Of A Faun).

Tabletop RPG Edit

  • Dungeons and Dragons Has satyrs that are a combination of the fauns and satyrs of Greek Mythology.
  • Shadowrun. Both male and female satyrs have large curling horns like a bighorn sheep. They're implied to be the Awakened version of the wild goat. Their saliva can ferment sugary liquids into alcohol.
    • Another type of Satyr exists, as a racial variant of the Ork Metatype.
  • Beastmen in Warhammer are about all the darkest parts of this put together.
  • Broos in Rune Quest.
    • There are also actual satyrs. Mistaking the two for one another is not a good idea. The Broos are chaos creatures that breed by raping any creatures that are available (all Broos are male), and their offspring takes features of those creatures. Farm animals, especially goats are apparently most easily available for them.
  • In GURPS Dungeon Fantasy, Saturs are a possible character race, which includes females as well.

Theater Edit

  • The famous Greek tragedies originally came in tetralogies. The first three were traditional tragedies following some sort of story arch. The final play was a Satyr play which satirized the first three (though "satyr" and "satire" aren't actually etymologically related) and also made tasteless jokes about well-known people. They were so-called because the actors wore fur leggings and big fake leather cocks, like satyrs.

Video Games Edit

  • Satyrs also show up in Dragon Quest VIII, in the bestiary. They use their flutes as a weapon.
  • Satyrs in the Warcraft universe are half-demonic corrupted night elves, and Fauns are half-daughters of the Demigod Cenarius.
  • Spyro the Dragon: Ripto's Rage/Gateway to Glimmer has both fauns and satyrs. In addition to primary character Elora, there are humanoid-looking fauns and satyrs in the Fracture Hills, and more monster-y looking fauns in the Magma Cone. Exactly what differentiates them is not entirely clear.
    • It's also worth noting that the Fracture Hills fauns, and to a lesser extant Elora, aren't all that humanoid to begin with. The ones in Fracture Hills in particular look more like anthropomorphic wolves with goat legs.
    • The fauns are all female in this game, and the satyrs are male.
  • Diablo has Goatmen, which are actually demons and not related to either goats or humans.
  • Goat demons appears also in the second Devil May Cry game as Elite Mooks.
  • The satyrs in Will Rock are mooks armed with bows.
  • Lucifer in Dantes Inferno
  • One of the two races of Beastmen in Radiant Historia, the appropriately-named Satyros, take this form.
  • Satyrs feature in the God of War series as some of the toughest regular enemies.
  • Undertale have one Faun literally named Faun who portayal as Deer-like monster.

Web Comics Edit

  • In Men In Hats, Aram tells Gamal he used to be one of these, before the forest burned down, the animals died and his goat legs "turned into butterflies and flew away."
  • Ursula from The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant! has horns and goat legs bellow her knees.

Web Original Edit

  • Though his species is named "the Dashkin", Bitey in Brackenwood is quite similar to a faun, with goat legs and horns, though his face is furry. He is also extremely fast and an amoral trickster.
  • There are ether independent species or subspecies? of human or just "race" nicknamed in-universe 'Faunus' in RWBY arent fully related of Roman god of same name or his Fauns put only share of idea are every Faunus people have different type of other animal traits by depends usually common for there ears, horns or rarely tails.

Western Animation Edit

  • Small unnamed Faun appear in Gravity Falls episode that serves an female Unicorn as both friend and guard who disturbing her.
  • A few fauns were seen in Bacchus' fictional paradise in Lazy Smurf's dream in The Smurfs episode "Paradise Smurfed".
  • Tewt from The Mighty Hercules was a recurring character as Newton's sidekick.
  • In series finale of China, IL that one of main character discovered later on that he unknowledgely dates female satyr all long.
  • Have one in episode Mr. Pickles when his father dream and wished to be dog for one day.

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