Pan in popular culture

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Pan is often portrayed in literature, stage, and cinema, as a symbolic or cultural reference.


  • In The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Pan appears as one of the attractions in the circus. He seduces Angela Benedict, the librarian, with his enticing music and even takes the form of the man she secretly admires, Ed Cunningham, the newspaper editor. Pan is one of the seven characters in the film played by Tony Randall.
  • Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (Spanish title: El Laberinto del Fauno, 2006). Although the faun featured in the film is not Pan, the design was based on Pan.
  • Sa majesté Minor by Jean-Jacques Annaud (A French film from 2007, where Pan is a main character)



Video games[edit]

  • Pan is a high-level antagonist in the computer game Freedom Force. He plays a Pan flute that hypnotizes player characters into attacking their allies.
  • Pan appears as a Greek god in Dungeons and Dragons.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Brian Stableford, The A to Z of Fantasy Literature. Scarecrow Press,Plymouth. 2005. ISBN 0-8108-6829-6 (p. 311-312)