Minotauros, as he appears in Puyo Puyo!! Quest
Max Minotaur ('92EN)
|First appearance||Madou Monogatari III|
|Latest appearance||Minna de Puyo Puyo (major)|
Puyo Puyo!! Quest (in general)
|Japanese||Kyoji Amako (Puyo Puyo CD)|
Nobuyuki Hiyama (Puyo Puyo CD Tsu)
Shu Murasaki (Puyo Puyo Sun - Madou Monogatari (SS))
Cho (Puyo Puyo~n)
Hiromichi Tezuka (Quest)
|Puyo Puyo!! Quest information|
Minotauros (interchangeably known as Minotaur) is Rulue's intimidating bodyguard. Though he tries to pull off an intimidating personality, in reality he's fairly sensitive and nice. He only acts aggressive for the sake of trying to impress his charge, who he secretly harbors a crush on. He is often seen carrying around an axe, which he uses as his primary weapon. He is also a rather dangerous opponent, with his most notable technique simply being titled "Ichigeki", meaning 'Strike'.
- 1 Biography
- 2 History
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Character-specific mechanics
- 6 Chants
- 7 Gallery
Minotauros looks precisely like his namesake: the classic minotaur of legend. He usually wears a green sleeveless jacket over a white tank top (sometimes depicted as a white T-shirt instead), alongside a pair of his jeans. More often than not, he also appears barefoot. His right eye appears to have been scratched out, leaving only his left eye active.
While he is intimidatingly powerful and should not be taken lightly, Minotauros is very much a self-sacrificing individual. He goes to great lengths to meet Rulue's expectations and as her bodyguard, is very protective of her, to the point of taking things poorly even when his charge is slandered in front of his face and ultimately dedicating his life to her. He is also quite pleasant to be around, as seen when he and Arle have a perfectly casual conversation in Minna until the latter points out that Rulue doesn't treat him with the proper respect, despite his devotion towards her, which he takes as slander towards her name, prompting him to attack Arle instead.
While it is debatable just how much magic potential he holds, Minotauros still manages to be one of the greater challenges Arle has had to face. His skills on both the battlefield and at Puyo Puyo are very high, and his trademark axe serves as the centerpiece of most of his moves.
Minotauros' mistress. It is unknown exactly how or when they met, but Minotauros is known to be highly devoted to Rulue, to the point of having a genuine romantic crush on his boss, a feeling Rulue does not reciprocate in any manner. In fact, Rulue is rather harsh towards him, notably more so than she is towards others. Despite many characters pointing out the abuse she usually doles out towards him, he gets defensive about this on her behalf, prompting him to attack those 'insult' her.
It should be noted that Rulue does genuinely care for him, as seen in Madou Monogatari for the SEGA Saturn, as she greatly worries over his well-being after he takes heavy damage by a Yog, even ordering him to return back home for his own sake when it doesn't look like he can continue adventuring with Rulue and Arle.
- Arle Nadja
While he has gotten in her way time and again, Minotauros and Arle actually have a rather friendly relationship. As revealed in Minna, he reveals to Arle that really only ever fights her because either Rulue said so, or Arle has insulted Rulue somehow.
Madou Monogatari series
Madou Monogatari (Saturn) features him as a playable character.
Minotauros is the eleventh opponent in Scenario mode. He threatens Arle while dangerously swinging his axe around. Arle asks him to settle it in a Puyo match, an offer which he happily accepts.
In the English version, he is known as Max Minotaur. Aside from the fact that he claims to work for the Dark Prince, the exchange is identical.
Minotauros resides on the penultimate floor. He frightens Arle with his axe swings.
He appears as a non-playable character during the Arle vs. Rulue cutscene. He fans Rulue with a giant leaf and, on Rulue's orders, uses the leaf to blow Arle (and inadvertently Rulue) into the ocean. He becomes a playable character in the GBC version.
Minotauros cameos in the console version's Mission mode, but becomes a playable character in the GBC version. However, he is notably the only character to lack any voice clips whatsoever in the GBC version.
Minotauros appears as the 5th boss with one of the 6 medals in Quest mode. Initially found with Rulue immediately after defeating Harpy, he is later found trying to procure the medal at the Ruins of the Zoh Daimaoh, which he ends up challenging Arle for. In the process of trying to get the medal by body slamming the pillar holding it (he refers to this as Final Beef Attack), he causes earthquakes that disrupt a nearby village. In Rally mode, he normally plays with OPP rule, but a version of him that fights in Yon rule can also appear.
In Minna de Puyo Puyo, Minotauros states that he doesn't harbor a personal grudge against Arle, yet he immediately challenges Arle to a Puyo match when she insults Rulue. Unlike his previous two appearances as a playable character, Minotauros has voice clips in this game.
Minotauros does not appear in this game, but is mentioned when Arle meets Baldanders.
In an animated short, Minotauros has a nightmare with Rulue seducing him. In another short, Rulue orders him to make her a pair of boots after seeing Arle's new pair, and he comically breaks down (with his pants coming off) after working overnight and Rulue beginning to show off her new boots to Arle.
- In Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Kirby's Avalanche, Dragon Breath and Kracko use his AI strategy.
- Minotauros's inconsistent English name is likely due to the fact that English generally drops the final syllable from the name of the mythological creature while other languages (including Japanese) do not. Draco Centauros has similar name issues.
- Minotauros' birthday is on February 24, sharing the same birthday with Rulue.
- Super Nazo Puyo 2
- Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon
- Puyo Puyo DA!
- Rulue's Spring Break
- Puyo Puyo!! Quest
- Puyo Puyo!! Quest Arcade
- Puyo Puyo!! Touch (Unreleased)
- Pocket Puyo Puyo~n
- 11-Come BIG Puyo: The player receives a Giant Puyo that, upon being placed, squashes everything below it.
- Puyo Puyo Box
- Cut: Erase everything above the player's bottom four rows.
- Stage Start
|一撃！||Ichigeki!||Strike!||Who are you?|
Puyo Puyo CD Tsu
- Player Combo
|5||好きだー！||Sukida!||I love you!|
- Enemy Combo
- Match Start and Result
- Mission Mode
|Mission Failure||立ち去るがいい||Tachisaru-ga ii.||I demand that you leave.|
Minotauros has the dubious honor of being the only playable character in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n to not have voice clips, being totally silent.
- Player Combo
|2||行くぞ||Iku zo!||Here I go!|
- Enemy Combo
- Match Start and Result
|Character Select(?)||お任せください！||Omakase kudasai!||Please leave it to me!|
|Win||立ち去るがいい||Tachisaru-ga ii!||I demand that you leave!|
Hiromichi Tezuka (手塚ヒロミチ)
Other Puyo Puyo spinoffs