Centaurs vs. Unicorns

As some of you know, when we were at Hume Lake a heated debate was born.  It created quite the divide between two growing armies.  There was shouting, there was impromptu questioning, there was some crying (you can probably guess which side would cry).  The debate is simply this: Which creature would you rather go into battle with: a Centaur or a Unicorn.  Here is a brief history of the debate.

We were seated in the Snack Shop, enjoying burgers, fries, corn dogs, and sodas.  Each night when you order, instead of asking for your name, they ask for fun things.  This evening, it was your favorite animal.  Well, James Norwood went to order his food and he said, “Unicorn”.  When I heard of this, I simply questioned his manhood.  James was convinced that a Unicorn was a very manly animal, to which I posed the question that bore the debate.

The debate started with simply asking people everyone around us, and two sides were firmly formed.  Before we knew it, we were yelling out reasons why our animal was better for battle and asking strangers in the snack shop which they would choose.  Needless to say, reputable individuals chose Centaurs.  To prove our point, we began to form a list of reasons why Centaurs were better than Unicorns.  Here is the list!

  1. It has the mind of a human
  2. It can wield heavy, dangerous weapons
  3. It has six limbs, not just four
  4. It has the ability to be an ethical creature, understanding good and bad
  5. Can see all around them, can’t be surprised from behind
  6. Can defend and attack from 360 degrees
  7. Can carry and execute long range weapons
  8. They are simply more manly
  9. They have no terrorist ties (some proponents of Unicorns were saying they could drop Anthrax on armies from above).
  10. Can carry a conversation and are good for companionship
  11. Not associated with rainbows, which are simply for girls
  12. Can execute and carry out commands by themselves
  13. Have opposable thumbs
  14. Getting dirty doesn’t bother them
  15. Princesses ride unicorns
  16. Warriors ride centaurs
  17. Are not scared by lightening
  18. Darker colors provide natural camouflage
  19. Pink and purple are associated with Unicorns
  20. Dark colors are more manly
  21. There are thousands of centaurs and they travel in groups.  You have one, you have a hundred.
  22. Centaurs can get and prepare their own food
  23. You can lead a Unicorn to water, but you can’t make it drink
  24. Centaurs do not like glitter
  25. If a centaur loses his sword, he gets another
  26. If a unicorn gets its horn cut off, he’s out of luck
  27. Centaurs can talk and clearly communicate
  28. Unicorns can only neigh, stomp its feet, or shake its head
  29. Little girls dream of Unicorns
  30. C.S. Lewis dreamed of centaurs
  31. Centaurs eat meat, which is manly
  32. Unicorns eat hay, hardly food for war preparation
  33. Centaurs can play catch when you are bored
  34. Guys who like squirrels like Unicorns (this one is for Kim)
  35. A sword can be 5-6 feet long
  36. A horn can be 2 feet long, max
  37. Centaurs can reproduce, creating lineage
  38. A centaur has more options for weapons
  39. It is more likely that a centaur could get saved
  40. Centaurs cannot be bought with carrots
  41. Unicorns cannot set up camp and start a fire
  42. The camp speaker thinks centaurs are better
  43. Centaurs can properly cleanse themselves
  44. Centaurs can rock out, playing any instrument in a band
  45. Centaurs can get a mohawk, creating group unity
  46. Centaurs can give back rubs without killing you.
  47. Centaurs can wear clothes
  48. Horses can’t vomit, and if they eat something, they will die.
  49. Centaurs love Aslan
  50. Centaurs aided Hercules
  51. Centaurs would kick but at Kijabe Kan Kan
  52. Centaurs have better balance
  53. Centaurs can lift and move large obstructions so others can pass through
  54. Unicorns would only be able to jump over them
  55. As Motaro, in Mortal Kombat made clear, they are fantastic one on one fighters.
  56. Centaurs can carry a torch and bravely lead the way into a dark cavern or canyon
  57. Centaurs can count to ten with their fingers.  Unicorns can’t count
  58. Centaurs are able to form and sign treaties to prevent or resolve conflict.
  59. Can sleep lying down, horses are going to die if they lie down
  60. Not self conscious about feminine physique
  61. They have twice the internal organs, making them twice as healthy.

141 comments on “Centaurs vs. Unicorns

  1. rachaph says:

    1. I would have to say riding on the back of a centaur would be weird- he would turn around and talk to me- I would much rather ride a unicorn.
    2. Unicorns can reproduce!
    3. How would centaurs have better balance- wouldn’t they be a little off-balance?
    4. You think centaurs have two sets of internal organs- I don’t think so. They have one mouth and one anus so at least the digestive system would probably be unified. All your comments about food/ vomiting- irrelevant. (31, 32, 48, 61)
    5. Gandalf rode a unicorn.
    6. Your not distinguishing between the unicorn itself and how people portray them. It’s not the unicorn’s fault that 8 year old girls paint them pink and purple with glitter. It could have just as easily happend to the centaur. Luck of the draw.

    • casey hannink says:

      gandalf never rode a unicorn there are no unicorns or centaurs in middle earth
      if you had read the chronicles of narnia you would find that both centuars and unicorns were highly valued in battle and CS Lewis did in fact dream of both centaurs and unicorns
      unicorns could attack with horn teeth and hooves all at once and their horn grows back
      centaurs had a binary organ system with forks in it so that the human intestines joined with the equine intestines cs lewis said centaurs ate a human breakfast and then they ate a horse breakfast and unicorns could talk and they had excellent balance not to mention faster than the heavy centaur

      • Victoria says:

        Gandalf did so ride a unicorn when he was saving Faramir and his soilders from the Nazgul
        Peter also rode a unicorn in the battle in Lion, WItch and the Wardrobe

        i’m not taking a side in this argument because i think both animals are equally amazing

        i mean seriously unicorns are gorgeous and centaurs are heroic you can’t compare them the two!

    • Ashley Forsyth says:

      Im sorry but i must say centars are better!:D And Gandalf never rode a unicorn he rode the king of all horses who just happened to be white.

      • Erin Bayas says:

        I agree about Gandalf but not about the fact that cantaurs are better. The creatures are level. But I also think that some of the ‘so-called’ facts about unicorns are misleading. Its not the Unicorns fault that eight yr old girls draw them with rainbows. I think that you are referencing My Little Ponies, which have nothing to do with the unicorn.

      • Erin bayas, I’m pretty sure more 20 yr old boys watch mlp than girls.

    • dylan giese says:

      you know nothing about horses and unicorns theres a big differance caose i know alot about horses and they eat all the time you are making the centour sound like it is so popular and unicorns have nothing to do with a rainbow.

    • derik says:

      YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. BethsMomToo says:

    Nay, nay… You are confusing the 8 year old girl corruption of the noble unicorn. One needs to observe the Medieval unicorn to truly understand the value of having one on your side:

    “In even the earliest references he is fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary, but always mysteriously beautiful. He could be captured only by unfair means, and his single horn was said to neutralize poison.”

    Did you catch that? FIERCE… CAN NEUTRALIZE POISON… and then there are all those magical abilities. A very useful compatriot, indeed!

  3. BethsMomToo says:

    And the collective term for a grouping of unicorns is called a “blessing of unicorns”. How great would it be to go into battle with a “blessing of unicorns”?

  4. ehudadams says:

    Beth- I cannot believe my own blood has betrayed me! Here are my replies:
    1. I never said you would be riding them. We know that centaurs don’t like people riding on them.
    2. Can they reproduce? I say its unsubstantiated.
    3. They would have better balance due to the strong core muscles, as wells as the ability to shift balance with arms and torso. duh.
    4. This is also unsubstantiated. We know that horses can’t throw up. that is a fact. That would be neutralized by the torso being a man’s.
    5. only because Tolkien thought the Chronicles of Narnia was ridiculous and wasn’t therefore worthy of writing of Centaurs.
    6. We would only portray an animal as they portray themselves to be. Don’t you think there is a reason that Centaurs never caught on as a girly creature? Because they would never tolerate being defined that way.

    Mother- there is a reason they were called ‘the dark ages’. may I ask, what was going on theologically during this time? I can hardly think that we can trust writings from this period of time.

    you said they are solitary in that quote, too. therefore, no ‘blessing’. And they live in an imaginary world. Who ever said that the bad guys would be fair? A centaur would know and predict the unfair means that the bad guys would attempt to bring upon him. A unicorn, apparently, would just be naive and dancing on clouds, giggling and throwing glitter, and with its last, dying breath after being knifed from behind, it would say, “That’s not fair!” of course unicorns can’t talk, so even that isn’t true.

  5. Anna Halverson says:

    i would like to add one thing to both sides

    A unicorn is talked of in Narnia in a battle scene…yes it did take part in a battle and helped to win!

    Some one commented earlier that unicorns can reproduce…well so can centaurs! in Narnia it did talk about a centaur and his family (wife and children).

    i personally don’t take a side in this argument either animal is fine with me! While the unicorn can be pictured as slightly more magestic the centaur portays the honor of a worrior.

    p.s. please forgive my spelling mistakes.

  6. ehudadams says:

    good words anna. I would only add that a Unicorn is mentioned in the Last Battle, but who was the general of the army…. that’s right, a centaur!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Of course they can reproduce… how else could you have a “blessing” of unicorns?! There were only two on the ark 😉 … and it takes at least three to have a “group”, otherwise it would be a “pair”.

    I think you ought to post that macho unicorn picture I sent you.

    I understand your point about the theological wasteland of medieval times [I refuse to call them “Dark Ages”]…though God ALWAYS had His remnant! So… I’m assuming you find pagan Greek myths to be more edifying?

  8. ehudadams says:

    when it comes to unicorns and centaurs, i would be quicker to listen to greek ‘myths’ than medieval insights.

  9. BethsMomToo says:

    OK, it’s time to take the gloves off and shatter dreams…

    SOMEONE has to point out James’ superior knowledge of literature, art and history, demonstrated by his choice of the “unicorn”. Though besmirched and laughed at, he has shown himself to be the better man. Unaffected by a shallow Hollywood subculture OR by a single beloved author’s REconstruction of the reputation of the “centaur”, James has chosen the way of Truth! (hum “God Bless America” softly as you continue reading…)

    As previously pointed out, the “unicorn” has historically been considered a creature of consistent purity and goodness. Can we say the same thing about the “centaur”? Unfortunately, we cannot. With the ONE exception of Chiron, tutor to princes, centaurs are creatures known for their drunkenness and debauchery. Yes! Consider their infamous slaughter of the Lapiths! Graciously invited to a wedding, they went into a drunken frenzy and slaughtered the wedding guests and even attempted to rape the Bride, mind you! Are THESE creatures worthy of our admiration?

    As a professor of medieval literature, our beloved Lewis KNEW the Truth, yet he portrayed “centaurs” as having an entirely different nature. [but then, he WAS British… continue humming “God Bless America” … want another piece of apple pie?]

  10. BethsMomToo says:

    I bet James Norwood honors his Mom, too…

  11. Tash says:

    I still vote centaurs… because at the end of the day a centaur could still kick a unicorn’s butt!

  12. ehudadams says:

    exactly, we’re talking about battle warriors, not someone who you would want to raise your children.

  13. rachaph says:

    If we’re talKing battles here- wouldn’t unicorns be faster than centaurs? I would imagine the upper body of the centaur slows him down– again another negative.

    Go mom!

  14. ehudadams says:

    centaurs have the same speed of a unicorn, but more agility because of being able to swing on things with their arms. AND, battles are not won with speed, but strength. a unicorn is NOT a soldier. they are more adept to running away in retreat like the girls that like to play with them.

    • Nicole says:

      Running in retreat? You should try being a mom! Now that is a battle.

    • casey hannink says:

      what being do you know that can withstand the impact of a very sharp very hard horn that is being driven into your chest with a whole lot of momentum
      momentum equals mass multiplied by velocity a unicorn weighs as much as a horse so lets say 500 pounds which is the same as 186 kilograms multiply that by lets say 80 miles per hour which is the same as 35 meters per second
      so its 186kg times 35 m/s equals 6510 joules
      thats the energy that you would get hit with in an area that is the size of a sword point

    • Tanril says:

      Centaurs can’t be as fast as unicorns, because of air resistance. They simply have no predisposition for being aerodynamic. Imagine, if they “crouched” their upper body, they would tip themselves off balance and went tumbling down. And if they tried to flatten down to their backs, they would lost the sight of where there are heading to and probably tripped over the first dead body on the battlefield 😉 That leaves them the option of running upright which would be quite difficult especially in windy weather. Moreover, every gust of wind would affect them so that they would have to change the center of their gravity all the time…

      As for the casey hannink: It certainly is a great deal of energy, however the centaurs are equally gifted if they had a spear. And in addition to that they would be even heavier which would compensate for slower gallop.

      But yes, unicorns are – pictured by our modern world – girly. And since they are beings of ultimate wisdom and purity and complete do-gooders, they would not be able to join a war. They would not cause harm in an unending chain of battles – they would see it as futile and barbarous. The only thing they coul do is to run over the battlefield in a great herd so stop the fight, because every warrior would be smitten with their beauty and purity and converted to Good.
      So manly or not, I would rather have a centaur with me, even though I am a girl =)

  15. BethsMomToo says:


    I just saw an All Spice commercial of a centaur taking a shower! I have to admit he looked worthy of battle.

  16. big boy says:

    centors are ausoum and they are housetraind unlike unicorns

  17. macho says:

    unicors can be housetraind and can wear armer and bring good luck but I HATE the girly coulers people give them

  18. macho says:

    I ment to put unicorns at the start

  19. Me says:

    I think that centaurs are better because while unicorns WERE creatures that bring luck and stuff, but it has been transformed into a pink lump of *£$! smothered with cheap glitter that has been badly dolloped on by some 8 year old girl. Centaurs are strong, fast, masculine, strong, intelligent, agile, strong, enduring, have the ability to talk, strong, can use their arms, can count, can fight, strong, are not remotely femine, strong, can reproduce and strong.

    what are unicorns?


  20. macho says:

    I agree with Me cetaurs are strong they can weild a wepon what can a unicorn weild nothing but a lowsy horn

  21. Macho says:

    Pluse the unicorn is just a hourse with a decarated stick [horn] on its head and a little magic. Allso unicorns can`t talk the use some kind of dopy sighn langege to coumunacate

    Mind my spelling mistakes

    • Anonymous says:

      i love unicorns i think it is pretty like me

      • Anonymous says:


  22. Me says:

    exactly!!! also I would like to point out how rubbish a racaphs comments are:

    1. Centaurs don’t like people riding on them anyway-and why would it turn around? They like to run fast, so they wouldn’t turn around incase they crashed into something. And surely it would be nice to have someone to talk to!! And besides, every time the unicorn reared up it would impale you on its horn.
    2. Really? Can they? Wow!! Did you know that centaurs can reproduce too? And dogs!! And cats!! And goldfish!! And hamsters!! And lions!! And sparrows…..
    3. Admittedly, unicorns aren’t off balance. But how would having torso put you off balance? It would be better, as they can use there arms for different things. Unicorns can just bite stuff.
    4. They don’t, hmmmm? Would that be why C.S lewis said wrote that centaurs have two hearts, stomachs, brains and four lungs? And the vomiting is very relevant-it’s a way to get rid of germs in your body. If you’re saying unicorns don’t vomit, they die when they get ill.
    5. Centaurs don’t like being ridden. Horses aren’t magical. Gandalf isn’t real.
    6. No. Just no. Do you have a seven year old sister? Have you ever asked her to draw a centaur instead of a unicorn? Has she replied, ” No, they’re too mean and fightingy”?

    didn’t think so…..

  23. Luke says:

    Centaurs come makie Armour they are a Like a knight excpet the horse does everything the man wants. They would own a unicorn. But the unicorn from Chronicles of Narnia Kicked ass Pretty GOOD but Centaurs in general are more kick ass. the unicorn from the crhonicles of narnia can talk too!

  24. N says:

    Is it true that centaurs don’t like to be ridden by a human because it means that they’re “whipped” so to speak?

  25. Me says:

    i dunno. Ask one. See, with a centaur you can ASK, unlike a unicorn who might not like being ridden but cant say coz they cant talk!!

    • casey hannink says:

      all of you should read the chronicles of narnia and maybe then it will get through to all of you that unicorns can speak

      • ehudadams says:

        i think its really funny that you assume 1. we haven’t read them. and 2. that this is a serious conversation where we’re not purposely presenting ‘facts’ that are only convenient to our side. unicorns are stupid.

    • Tanril says:

      Now that is interesting. Unicorns can’t speak, because of all this vocal cord, lips, tongue and so on stuff.
      But what about telepathy? Since they are creatures of wisdom, purity and magic, they would undoubtedly be able to communicate not only with each other, but with everybody. And all it takes is to wake up a certain part of their brain.
      Centaurs – having a mouth to talk – would not see the need to develop something like that. However the spoken world can be heard and understood only so far… And that’s quite a disadvantage, when you need to coordinate all your forces on the battlefield.
      Well, ehudadams, you’re right. Alas, that would sentence this discussion to the swift death, because the unicorns and centaurs we have in our heads are always the best – no matter which one is the favorite.
      And casey hannink – I’ve read it. But I’ve read Harry Potter too – and there, unicorns cannot speak. The same goes for Lords and Ladies written by Terry Pratchett. On te other hand in Gulliver’s Travels can speak even horses and they need no horn for that. So presenting one book like an ultimate proof seems a bit wrong 😉

  26. Howthehellrya says:

    LOL this is awesome good job!

    But one other thing if you r u good friends with a centaur then they will be glad to give you a ride. And for the girls there r girl sentars too they r not all boys (btw)

  27. BethsMomToo says:

    Unicorns use ESP. They don’t need to talk.

  28. L says:

    According to medieval tradition, after being killed the Unicorn is resurrected, making him essentially immortal.

    ‘Nuff said.

  29. BethsMomToo says:

    At last! Someone with an historical appreciation for the unicorn! Where have you been “L”? Another voice of reason heard at last.

  30. ehudadams says:

    again, medieval times? what truths have ever taken from the medieval times? they were the dark ages, people. if we took everything they believed in the medieval times, we’d be in a lot of trouble. I hardly think anything from then is authoritative. even so, immortality doesn’t make you a great fighter or leader. if anything, it would alienate you from the rest of the army. they wouldn’t relate to you. they wouldn’t trust you, either. imagine you are following someone immortal into battle, you don’t know if they are leading you into a winnable battle. if they die, they just come back. if you die, game over. you are risking much more than them.

    • casey hannink says:

      the greeks said the same thing about unicorns that they resurrected

    • Tanril says:

      Nobody said the unicorn has to be the leader of troops. “Which creature would you rather go into battle with: a Centaur or a Unicorn.” – that was the question. It could be a leader, but it could be a companion too. Or a healer waiting in the back.

      The ability to resurrect would be wonderful for a spy, wouldn’t it. More so if you had an illusionist in your army. That would take care of the pale colors…

  31. Dino says:

    The first recorded account of a unicorn describes it as a ginormous beast with shaggy bear-like fur, a gigantic horn, a humped back, elephant, and a bad attitude. Hardly sounds girly, does it. Like wise, Marco Polo, during his visit to China, described unicorns he saw there as “ugly” and “bad-tempered.” While most assume he is reffering the Wooly or Javan rhinoceros, some have taken the accounts above and suggested that he may be reffering to an extinct species known as Elasmotherium, a ancient shaggy rhino with a fifteen foot horn in the middle of its forehead and a bad attitude. It could only be killed with poisoned arrows.

  32. BethsMomToo says:

    Ok. Now we’re cooking. There are actually people who are aware life existed before My Pretty Pony! You go, Dino! [Of course it would probably be a good idea to avoid bringing up any of the other stuff Marco Polo wrote about…]

  33. Dino says:

    Well, Marco Polo did not that Chinese had dragons pulling their chariots and the Chinese did have the actual position of Royal Dragon feeder. There is a possibility that he could have encountered now extinct species there.

  34. Dino says:

    “Did note”, sorry. I meant so say “did note” on my previous comment. I also meant to say the Elasmotheruim had elephant-like feet.

  35. Dino says:

    If you want to see the Elasmotherium in action, then watch this video. A guy tries to catch one for a Jurassic Park sort of place. The video is Spanish, though.

  36. Me says:

    I just thought, if unicorns were historically bad tempered and all that, then why are they better than centuars, BethsMomToo? You were arguing that centuars were agressive and all that when you admitt that unicorns are MORE agressive? I mean, honestly, talk about hipocrytical*…

    *I don’t know if that’s how you spell hipocrytical. Sorry.

  37. BethsMomToo says:

    I didn’t say they were bad-tempered… Marco Polo did. I’m sure he must have been mistaken. Unicorns are fierce, but it a “pure” kind of way…

  38. Dino says:

    If we are speaking about the medieval unicorn, then yes, they were pure, lovely, graceful, and beautiful creatures. If we are speaking about the prehistoric unicorn, then they were utter savages. But the same goes for centaurs. If we we go by the medieval centaur, then they were wise sages, knowleged in every part of the universe. If we go by the Greek centaur, then they were drunkards and rapists.

  39. Me says:

    never mind the greek, prehistoric, medieval stuff, what about now? About now people say that centuars are wise and knowledgeable, as the unicorns are pink and glittery. I agree that unicorns are really more pure and graceful, but my little pony has taken over that, and besides, this is meant to be arguing who you want prefer going into battle with, and I still think centuars would be better.

  40. me says:

    sorry, I meant ‘this is meant to be arguing who you would prefer going into battle with’.

  41. BethsMomToo says:

    This may be a record number of Comments… and it continues! We’ve been arguing the merits of each side since August! Love it!

  42. Me says:

    hey, this could be a record breaker : Largest number of comments left on online arguement!!

  43. Macho says:

    I think the record is at 300 or somthing or is that how many people think unicorns are gay

  44. big boy says:

    why dont we get back to the real argument and bring unihorns and centaurs back into it.

  45. Dino says:

    A few people have misunderstood my Elasmotheruim argument. I meant as an example of a TRUE unicorn, that a unicorn was not a girly animal, but a true beast that could hold its own against a full-grown wooly mammoth.

  46. TT says:

    The perceptions of both creatures have been skewed over time; perhaps we can conclude that both of them have changed with the ages, as have humans. In which case we only have to worry about the perceptions of they today. Or you could look at it the other way – which species has most IMPROVED their reputation through the ages. Clearly they must be superiour;

    Unicorns, adopted by little 8-year old girls everywhere (hardly a surprise; of course they’ll go for the pretty horses with horns rather than the horses with yucky men’s body attatched :P) to be the representatives of pink and glittery things.
    Centaurs, wise and noble, yet savage, and powerful fighters. Adopted by games everywhere when they needed a random monster to fight. Centaurs win.

  47. Macho says:

    unicorns are cool right there gay (my girl freind was here a moment ago) so unihorns are GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and centars are cool they read stars fight kill things unicorns cant do and what they can plus you can kiss a centar cause he/she has lips try to kiss a unihorn it will gauge your eye out

  48. BethsMomToo says:

    Have you ever seen a female Centaur? [If such a thing exists, you may not care to kiss it.]

  49. Seleuf says:

    Horses are magnificent creatures, which makes it no wonder there are so many fantasy creatures with horse traits. Centaurs, Unicorns, Hippogriphs, Hippocampi, etc. And yes, I say that the unicorn has “horse traits”, because as opposed to what some people may think, a unicorn isn’t just a white horse with a horn on it’s head. It has a goat’s beard, a lion’s tail and cloven hooves (not to mention magical abilities).

    Whether I would want a centaur or a unicorn by my side when I charge into battle is a tough question, though… Although centaurs have their origins with a Greek God, they are fully mortal. Unicorns are said to be immortal, but aren’t really the warrior type. […]

  50. Seleuf says:

    […] Both creatures are wild and untamable, although unicorns tend to be universally good and pure while centaurs can vary as much as humans, and both possess great strength and agility. I would debate which is faster or more agile, though, since having a human torso sticking up like that might get in the way in tight situations.

    Centaurs are fierce warriors and can wield just about any weapon a human can wield. Unicorns possess magical abilities and although not designated warriors, they are not to be trifled with.

    Both creatures are also noble creatures and even if the unicorn cannot speak like humans, both creatures are highly intelligent. Of course, the unicorn may not have to speak as it is magical and can probably communicate via telepathy. […]

  51. Seleuf says:

    […] I don’t think unicorns are gay, although it is very difficult to find a masculine picture of a creature that is associated with luck, purity and magic (hense rainbows, feminine qualities and glittering colors). This site has a few options, though:

    And these two picture looks fairly masculine:
    http://www.nwbotanicals.org/oak/magick/tma/stagandunicorn.jpg […]

  52. Seleuf says:

    […] And, YES, there are both male and female unicorns and, YES, unicorns can reproduce. Otherwise, they’d be fairly extinct, wouldn’t they? Not to mention lonely.

    As for if female centaurs exist, I say “Of course! How else would they reproduce??” And if you would like to kiss one, this picture might give the answer:

    And don’t come arguing that unicorns and Gandalf don’t exist as some way to make centaurs better, because guess what: Centaurs don’t exist either. We are discussing mythological creatures here. The whole question of which would you rather charge into battle with is purely hypothetical. (Although if I could choose, I’d probably want both centaurs and unicorns at my side. And while I’m at it, I might throw in some dragons. What? I want to win, don’t I?)

    Oh, and on a funny side note: Although it probably doesn’t have this meaning in the word “centaur” (because “centaur” is derived from the Greek God “Centaurus”), the word “taur” means bull. ^^

  53. Dino says:

    Napoleon Dynamite drew centaurs and unicorns. I guess he should be the expert in all things mythical. I’ll have to ask him next time I see him.

  54. you are a unicorn basher. you suck.

  55. Dino says:

    While both might formidable foes in battle, the unicorn has the advantage of less time it takes to eat. C.S. Lewis noted in THE SILVER CHAIR that a centaur has to eat both a human’s breakfast and a horse’s breakfast thus they must start eating at daybreak and can’t stop until noon. A unicorn, meanwhile, can eat on the run and, should a battle start spontaneously can rush in right away, while the centaur will become fatigued from having not eaten everything yet.

  56. Dino says:

    Oh, and while the centaur can just get another sword if it loses it, if its arm gets cut off its out of luck. But a unicorn’s horn grows back..

  57. BethsMomToo says:

    Dino… Significant NEW points in the argument AND they are backed up by literary/historical references and not just your own opinion or the short-term influence of modern culture. Bonus points, my man…

  58. Dino says:

    Hmmm…just wondering. Hypothetically, if centaurs are compatable with humans, then what do we get? Do we get a horse top-half, human bottom-half, or a human top-half, horse bottom-half? Does it depend on which is the father and which is the mother? This is a curious case…

    • Tanril says:

      I think the first question should be “How in the world did they managed to have an intercourse?”… It’s just… yuck. Physically impossible.
      If I were a centauress I’d certainly go for a real stud and a lousy human with his fragile body would stand no chance.
      And should it be a centaur with a human girl… I won’t even go there.

  59. Dino says:

    I am asking about what their children would be, if it is too vague.

  60. BethsMomToo says:

    Maybe we shouldn’t go there…

  61. Macho says:

    what you shuld be asking about is how would you give birth to a baby or faun what ever you call them just how would you do it oh and female centars do exist and my mate would kiss one. one problemo centars arnt seen evry day oh look a unicorn no its just a horse with a plastic horn stuck to its head

  62. Macho said says:

    back to my point if you see a male unicorn you wonder where it came from did it come from the ground no did it come from the great sky god or the god of life NO it came from its MOTHER which is not a male its FEMALE as i said before and the unicorn is just a horse with a horn on its head SUKAS and look at a picture of both of the speices and which one is best

  63. Charmed says:

    I don’t think that anyone mentioned that a Unicorn’s horn is pure luck as well:) Both creatures would be great in battle, but I would certainly pick the Unicorn over the Centaur.

  64. BethsMomToo says:

    Well this has been discussed for almost a year! That’s got to be a record of some sort. Apparently this is still on a number of minds! I think it may be time for Tim to come up with a NEW totally meaningless challenge that has some historical or literary connection [if it’s math or science, I’m out…].

  65. macho man says:

    well charmed if u were a girl u wud pike a unihorn and they cant even hold a sword

  66. macho man says:

    i changed my name as u can see

  67. Elisabeth says:

    Sorry but whoever wrote the arguments don’t no much about unicorns. I do however agree that centaurs would be better for battle then unicorns, or even better, why not have both. Unicorns do sleep laying down, it is horses that can’t-big difference. The unicorns horn lights up in the dark (if he wants it to) therefore providing light. The unicorns horn can grow back, and the length of a unicorns horn is at the longest, 3 feet not 2. One big advantage that unicorns have is that only virgin maidens can capture unicorns and tame them. Men cannot capture nor kill unicorns, giving unicorns a big advantage over the centaurs in battle.

  68. macho man says:

    well what if my army (if i had 1 )was a unisex goblin army and they could kill unihorns
    anser that 1

  69. Anonymous says:

    centaurs rock uincrons suck

  70. Me says:

    Jesus christ, look, if you want an army you want to able to control it!! a virgin maiden is an easy target and she is the only one to control the unicorns. centaurs could kill th emaiden and they’d need a new one, etc, etc. and even if the maiden WASNT killed, how cud she control a whole army????

    • Tanril says:

      A maiden can capture and tame them. Unicorns seems to be really shy guys =)
      And supposing that they can comunicate telepathically, would it be too difficult to hide her in a well-guarded fort? Then she wouldn’t be an easy target…
      And she needs not to control a whole army, just the unicorns. She could have a superior, why not.
      I wonder, if the main condition is “virgin” or “maiden.” What about an old maid? A battle-hardened strategist with lots of experience… she could control a whole army as well as a man.

  71. Taerie says:

    Sorry. When I was an 8 year old girl. I drew centaurs. I wanted to be a centaur. I know I wasn’t unique cause my best friend drew centaurs too. So that argument is dead.

  72. Macho man says:

    aurgament not over going back to the maiden if she dies the unicorns cant be controled so my unisex army kill them or imprison them there horns are used in potions and aurmor + they grow back so more for me centars are more brutal but love all creatures unless 1 of there people acts like a mule see they have laws unicorns DONT

  73. Hancelot says:

    Centaurs don’t have human minds their minds are far superior

  74. Mamona says:

    Drop the CS Lewis reasons for speaking unicorns. Mice don’t speak either.

    And it’s harder to draw a centaur with the right proportions for the human and horse part than to draw an unicorn. No wonder eight year old girls draw them more often. I’ve only recently (17 years old) managed to make a reasonable drawing of a centaur, and much earlier of an unicorn.

  75. Me says:

    when i was in year 6 (age 11) I drew a centaur, entered it in a competion meant for 15-16 year olds, won second prize of £30.

  76. gracie says:

    oh sorry i ment to say like not kike

  77. macho man says:

    ok we r talkin bout unihorns and centars here so they are cool but are kinda equal unicorns have magis centars have strength unicorns have beauty centary have apposable thumbs and im changin my name to aiden my real name i cant be bothered to keep typin macho man ok so now im AIDEN on this blog

  78. Mattijs Peeters says:

    unicorns have some magic powers but thats it
    they cant carry weaponry and armor
    the centaur can
    and even if gandalf rode a unicorn; he is gay so that says enough

    • Tanril says:

      Let’s compare an ability to wield weapons and carry armor with the one to use “some magic.”

      1) Weapons have one kind of use and hardly can be used for anything else. Magic can do everything. Illusions, curing disease or countering poison, defend and attack, stun your opponents or turn them to stone… In its flexibility, magic wins.
      2) You have to take care of your weapons and they are prone to corrosion and jaggedness. There is no reason to polish your magic, it wins again.
      3) Weapons are heavy so they train your muscles, ergo you are stronger. Magic train your spirit (if anything) and your magic-wielding ability, nothing else. Weapons win.
      4) Weapon can be stolen or destroyed. You can do no such thing to magic. Magic wins.
      5) Both will eventually exhaust you – stalemate. But if a cantaur is wxhausted by wielding his weapons, he needs to rest. If an unicorn’s ability to wield magic is exhausted (meaning mental exhaustion), he can still fight with its horn. Magic wins.
      6) Armor can be worn even by the horses – the cases are good-known from the Middle Ages.

      To sum it up: Magic 5, weapons 1 ^^

  79. AIDEN says:

    PHA unihorns are gay and can we bring dragons into this

  80. awsome says:

    unicorns are a bit gay and centarsare awsome but dont forget that a unicorns horn is pure magic

  81. hana says:

    unicorns are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Me says:

    Oookaaaay, Hana, I’m guessing you’re a high eight year old who randomly typed ‘unicorn’ into Google and commented. Am I right?

  83. awsome says:

    yes your probbably right my friend she is

  84. victoria says:

    as far as i know them, centaurs are of course, mythological creatures, but are those that are wild, and possess an intelligence far greater than a human. they really dont like to be in contact with humans, let alone having people ride them, it would be absurd and most likely be considered a traitor. they are very skilled in magical healings and even more so in philosophy and spend a great deal of their time engaged studying the heavens and the planetary movements. very attuned with nature and its signs, and much prefer at the most a simple bow and arrow.

    centaurs are also associated with the astrological zodiac of Sagittarius, which is masculine, and is recognized by the sign of fire and the code of mutable. properties of the zodiac are flexibility, free-spirited, always on the move, always setting new and higher goals, restless, adventurous and very intensive, also can be stubborn and authoritative. they thrive on the rush of life. the sign is ruled by Jupiter, which is the planet of expansion and good luck, possibly connected to their mastery of astrology. and also rules the properties of the higher mind: knowledge and wisdom.

    unicorns: the traditional (not modern) image is one of that with a goats beard on the chin, a lions tail, and cloven hooves and of course a horn, which has magical properties including the ability to neutralize poison. they are fierce yet good, selfless but yet solitary, and mysteriously beautiful. they really can be only captured by an unfair means, and have great strength, in which a lot of it lies in the horn, and very swift on foot, making them near impossible to catch. in some other definitions, the foals are pure gold and turn silver at 2, growing their horn at 4, and fully grown at 7. their hooves are golden, and the horn, blood and tail hairs have magical properties that were often used in potions, or healing brews and also defined as the purest beast.

    i personally have a love for centaurs and the practices of astrology as i am a Sagittarius myself, and i think they they would be great to have in war, but it is most likely they wont participate, unless it is their own self-interest, as they are quite egocentric. but nevertheless, would be great to have. unicorns also would be good to have as well as they are highly magical creatures, fierce, very swift and have great strength. i personally drew real horses, since i grew up with them, and when i found in my drawing books the traditional unicorn, that is the only I’ve drawn since, and to me the trad. form has more of a masculine look anyhow, so either way, i like them both, and to have either in battle would be fine, though neither would be likely to participate anyway

    p.s. im really sorry for making this so long, just wanted to get my opinion/facts out there..and i came across this looking for centaur pics to draw for an art class. and kudos for having such a long blog…i just extended it another 2 months 😀

  85. jonas says:

    look at mine thebusters.wordpress.com

  86. caidy says:

    LOL!!! i must admit, centaurs are WAYYYYYYYYYYYY better than unicorns. Who ever thought centaurs were girly magical creatures from a land in the sky? cause isnt that where unicorns came from? and im sorry, but unicorns cant be exepitionaly good looking like centaurs and purple glitter doesnt go with swords. im a girl but swords and war out do pretty purpl and pink butterflie- sorry unicorns

  87. caidy says:

    and this must be the LONGEST conversation on the internet EVER!!!

  88. michael zavis says:

    Okay, seriously, you HAVEN’T read Steven R. Boyett’s novel ELEGY BEACH? There’s a HUGE centaur vs. unicorn fight on the freeway in — believe it or not — Long Beach, California. And human vs. unicorn. And human vs. centaur. Here’s the book’s website: http://www.elegybeach.com

    Fun post, btw!

  89. Michrella says:

    lol Unicorns…mate for life. (implies both sexes, yes?) They live in open dells or woodland glades they protect. Good & neutral travelers may pass freely but evil creatures do so at great risk. (implies something dangerous…hmmm?)Lone unicorns do occasionally allow themselves to be tamed and ridden by good humans or elven maidens of pure heart(different than virgin, and will be a loyal steed and protector for life. They either charge doing damage with their horn like a lance or strike with their hooves. (The horn is a +3 magic weapon.) They can TELEPORT! (Once per day but hello, here one minutes and not the next, might that not be a HUGE advantage???) They can cure wounds and neutralize poison. They are immune to compulsion, charm and poison. They can raise a magic circle against evil…. 🙂 Yes I am a D&D fan. lol I LOVE unicorns. Nothing personal against centaurs just prefer strength and beauty on my side.

  90. Michrella says:

    oh…and ya’all might want to expand your reading options. I could probably go through my personal library and pull 5-6 different authors that ALL have different descriptions of unicorns. One does cite them as silly brainless beasts, but the majority cite them as fierce fighters and a force to be reckoned with. They may or may not talk or communicate telepathically, they may or may not allow a rider, they may or may not have more than one sex. Just a matter of YOUR taste and what you want to believe. 🙂 You can find anything to support a theory… lol

  91. Unicorns rock so don’t talk bad about them!!!!!!!!!

  92. me says:

    i love unicorns. love me

  93. why do you want to know? says:

    My argument: NEITHER ARE REAL.

  94. derik says:

    I think both are real I just believe in unicorns the most.

  95. Anonymous says:

    hey peeps im ashwaria ria and i think these thin gs are fake

    thanks for reeding my blog

  96. Anonymous says:

    all u guys that go on this is mad besides me

  97. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE centaurs and unicorns but centaurs i LOVE EVEN MORE thank you.

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