The Minotaur is an immortal magical creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull, originally found in the myth of Theseus and the Labyrinth. At some point approximately 3000 years ago, either the ownership of the Labyrinth was passed to the Golden Axe Food Company, or they found a way to recreate it and trapped a Minotaur inside.
For millennia, the company sacrificed people to the Minotaur--seven young men and seven young women, every seven years--in order to guarantee prosperity and power. These people were released in the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur would hunt them down and kill them.
By 2014, the company had modernized the process under the guidence of CEO Karen Willis, spreading out the sacrifices to attract less attention. However, the Librarians became aware of the situation, and Ms. Willis set them up to be hunted by the Minotaur. Although they escaped the main Labyrinth, the curse followed them, and the Minotaur was able to shift into the form of a human male biker in order to continue hunting them. He was fought to a draw by Eve Baird and Jacob Stone before the Librarians managed to collapse the Labyrinth, freeing him from his prison.
Once free, the Minotaur went after Ms. Willis and her assistant Mr. Franklin, seeking vengeance for having been imprisoned.
The Minotaur is a massive, bull-headed creature with a human male body covered in fur. In its natural form, it stands at least a foot taller than Eve Baird, making it somewhere around seven to eight feet tall. When disguised as a human, it appears as a tall, imposing male biker, with the same nose ring as its bull form, and a number of tattoos.
It is a relentless hunter when given prey, continuing to stalk the Librarians and Eve even after being shot at close range and hit with a car, and appears to have excellent tracking abilities.
Jenkins refers to Minotaurs as "nasty creatures" who hold grudges.
Powers and Abilities
- Immortality: As mentioned by Jenkins, The Minotaur can be injured, but never killed by conventional means, and it has been alive for millennia.
- Strength: The Minotaur was able to throw Jacob Stone and Eve Baird across the street with ease.
- Durability: Eve Baird shot seven rounds at the Minotaur, and it was still able to get back up shortly after. Likewise, hitting it with a car only briefly slowed it down.
- Shapeshifting/Illusion: The Minotaur was able to either take on the form of a human male, or appear as one.
- Granting of Power and Prosperity: The Minotaur is somehow able to give power and prosperity to those who hold the Labyrinth, provided they sacrifice seven young men and seven young women every seven years to it.
- In the original myth, the Minotaur was the monstrous son of King Minos' wife, Pasiphae, and a bull. When Minos refused to sacrifice the bull to Poseidon, as was intended, his wife was cursed with an all-consuming lust for the bull and ended up bearing the Minotaur from her union with it. The Minotaur was imprisoned within a Labyrinth on Crete, and every seven years, seven young men and seven young women were sacrificed to it. It was eventually killed by Theseus, who was given a ball of thread by Minos' daughter Ariadne, which allowed him to navigate the Labyrinth without getting lost.
- The Minotaur's human form was referred to as the "Manotaur" during production in order to avoid confusion.
- John Rogers says that once released from the Labyrinth, the Minotaur was "free to return to the magical worlds" after settling some debts.
- Bernstein, Jeremy (writer) & Roskin, Marc (director) (December 14, 2014). "And the Horns of a Dilemma". The Librarians. Season 1. Episode 3. TNT.
- Rogers, John, Marc Roskin, and Jeremy Bernstein. Audio Commentary. "And the Horns of a Dilemma", The Librarians, season 1, episode 3, TNT, 2016.
- Rogers, John. "LIBRARIANS 101/102 +103 Answer post" Kung Fu Monkey, 21 Dec. 2014, http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2014/12/librarians-101101-103-answer-post.html