|Average height||Human height or shorter|
|Place of origin||Europe|
|Related species||Glaistigs, Satyrs|
|Behind the Scenes|
Fauns (sometimes spelled Fawn in English) are a species of forest humanoids featured in Greek and Roman mythology. They're characterized as having the body of a human being with goat-like or deer-like legs and tail, as well as long ears and horns. Traditionally, they're mostly benevolent nature spirits, associated with the god Faunus (himself often conflated with Pan) and his female counterpart Fauna.
The Satyrs from Greek myth were originally a distinct race, completely separated from Fauns. For centuries now, however, artists have been representing Satyrs with goat legs and other features which make them more Faun-like, to the point that nowadays, the two are practically indistinguishable and often used interchangeably.
The Glaistigs from Scottish myth are female spirits typically portrayed as women with goat legs, very similar to Fauns. They may be good or evil, depending on each story.
Works featuring Fauns
- L'après-midi d'un faune, by Stéphane Mallarmé.
- The Circus of Dr. Lao, by Charles G. Finney
- Face Off
- Season 5 ep. "Going for Gold"
- Season 6 ep. "In the Shadows"
- Season 7 ep. "Teacher's Pets"
- Season 11 ep. "Odd Couples"
- Sofia the First, ep. "Winter's Gift".