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The Minotaur (Ancient Greek: Μῑνώταυρος [miːnɔ̌ːtau̯ros], Latin: Minotaurus, Etruscan Θevrumineś), is a creature in Greek mythology that have the head of a bull on the body of a man or, as described by Roman poet Ovid, "part man and part bull".

Biography

Minotaur's birth was a form of Poseidon's punishment towards the Grecian king Minos. At that time, Minos prayed to the sea God to give him a bull that appeared from the depths of the sea as means to help win the throne and validate the Gods' support and authority to him as the ruler of Crete. In return, Minos must sacrifice the bull to honor his part of the vow. However, the king, too fixated by the majestic bull that he sacrificed other bull instead. As the result, Poseidon punished Minos by making his wife Pasiphae fell in love with the supernatural bull, culminating to her giving the birth of half-human, half-bull hybrid.

For a time, Pasiphae raised the Minotaur as if she is her own son. The problem began as Minotaur progressively grew into a ferocious and monstrous beast. To make matter worse, he developed taste for human flesh. To hide his wife's unholy affair and keeping him from causing more harm, Minos had Daedalus and Icarus building a great Labyrinth to house the beast.

In the light of the death of Androgeos, Minos' human son and half-brother of the Minotaur, at hands of Athenians, Minos coerced the people of Athens to pay a tribute to Crete in form of Seven maidens and seven youths every nine years (some sources claimed it to be once a year instead). Said tributes then sent into the Minotaur's labyrinth as the meal for the beast within. This term remained that way until Theseus showed up.

When Theseus, son of King Aegeus came along by volunteering to be among the third tribute of youths, Ariadne and Phaedra, half-sisters of the Minotaur, fell in love with him. To ensure his survival in his mission to kill the beast, Ariadne consulted with Daedalus for the means to exit the Labyrinth, and thus gave Theseus a ball of string to guide him through the beast's lair. Ultimately, the hero found the beast in the furthest corner of the Labyrinth and slew it (with either smuggled swords or bare fists), ending Minos' term and ensuring the survival of both his own and his fellow sacrifices.

In Fiction

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Minotaur (Final Fantasy)

Minotaur was the second boss and a minor villain in the RPG game Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, where he was poisoning the forest - prompting Benjamin to stop him alongside Kaeli, a girl who also wished to see the corruption end. However when Kaeli cut down the cursed tree that was being used by the Minotaur to poison the land he attacked, poisoning her before engaging them both in battle. Eventually the Minotaur was defeated and Benjamin is sent to the Sand Temple to find an Elixir to save Kaeli's life.

Legendary

Minotaur (Legendary)

The Minotaur is a monster found in the video-game "Legendary" and is based on the man-bull hybrid of legend - in the game it is depicted as a large vaguely anthropomorphic bull that attacks with a berserker rage and feral instincts such as charging on all fours, gorging with its horns and smashing through pillars and walls with its brute strength. If caught, the Minotaur will spank the hero's bottom until his health reaches zero. Minotaurs are very durable but ultimately will succumb to death if they recieve sufficent damage, so are by no means impossible to defeat.

King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow

Minotaur

Minotaur

The Minotaur is a minor villain from the adventure game King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. He only appears in the catacombs on the Isle of the Sacred Mountain.

The Minotaur somehow took refuge in the catacombs on the Isle of the Sacred Mountain. The Winged Ones were forced to make a sacrifice to the Minotaur in order to keep him from reeking havoc on their city. Alexander defeats the Minoataur in his lair by showing him the Red Queen's red scarf and tricking him into falling into a fire filled pit.

It is said that when Alexander became King of the Land of the Green Isles, another minotaur has since taken up residence in the catacombs.

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