Enkidu is often depicted as a wild looking humanoid. This interpretation stems heavily from how Enkidu is described in the Epic of Gilgameš. In the Akkadian tradition, he was created by An. In the Sumerian tradition, he is reportedly created by the deity named Aruru. In both cases, Enkidu is represented as a wild looking man who lives among the animals. His purpose was to confront Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk who was oppressing his people.
Enkidu as the bull-man
Some scholars have speculated that Enkidu is depicted as a bull-man in Mesopotamian art. Jeremy Black and Anthony Green have taken a clear stance in asserting that this is not the case.
"There is no basis for the suggestion that the figure of the bull-man in art represents the legendary hero Enkidu." 
While this representation may seem trivial, it is important to remember how often the bull-man is shown in Mesopotamian cylinder seals and inscriptions.
Enkidu takes on various mythological roles in Mesopotamian literature. Notably, there is an important contrast between Sumerian and Akkadian literature.
Relationship to Gilgamesh
In Sumerian literature, Enkidu is depicted as the servant of Gilgamesh, whereas they are friends and equals in Akkadian literature.
Debated death in Gilgameš, Enkidu, and the Nether World
There is debate whether Enkidu dies in the Sumerian poem titled Gilgameš, Enkidu, and the Nether World. In "ETCSL 188.8.131.52 (Version A)," Enkidu does go to the netherworld but is not explicitly stated as being dead. Jeremy Black has notably indicated that Enkidu does indeed die in the and it is his ghost (gidim) that is brought back to life by Utu. In any case, Enkidu is confidently dead in the later Babylonian version of the Epic of Gilgameš. In contrast, scholar Alhena Gadotti argued in 2014 that Enkidu does not die in the Sumerian poem. Instead, she argued that Enkidu did not die a traditional death; rather, the netherworld took him and he never belonged there in the first place. Gadotti's stance, moreover, argued for a Sumerian hero cycle that originated from Gilgamesh himself.
Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the NetherworldAfterlife myth
While Enki was saling, the south wind uprooted a single ḫalub tree on the bank of the Euphrates river. A woman found it, planted it in Inanna's garden, and watered it by only using her feet; it grew massive after ten years. Inanna wanted to use it for a chair, but its bark would not break. Inanna cried and asked her brother, Gilgameš, to do it. Gilgameš cut the tree with his strength and also made a powerful mallet from its branches. During a game, both the ball and the mallet fell down into the netherworld. When Gilgameš could not recover items, his servant Enkidu offered to retrieve it. Enkidu became trapped there. Gilgameš asked Enki and Enlil to rescue Enkidu, but without success. Utu, however, obliged and made a hole for Enkidu to return. Gilgameš rejoiced and asked Enkidu how different kinds of people fare in the netherworld, ending the poem.
Black, Jeremy, et al., eds. "ETCSLtranslation : t.184.108.40.206 : Gilgameš, Enkidu and the nether world [Version A]." ETCSL: The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature. The University of Oxford. http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.220.127.116.11#. Accessed June 15, 2020.
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