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17th Jul '16 8:53:28 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' was a bit unusual in that its Medusa was not humanoid. Instead, she was a huge snake with a somewhat humanoid torso on it. The original even added a rattlesnake tail, [[HellIsThatNoise so she didn't even need to appear on the screen to scare people]]. Both versions turn her into an [[ColdSniper expert archer]] - with added sociopathy in the remake, where she [[GigglingVillain laughs]] as she either shoots or petrifies people. In the original film, Medusa was cursed by ''Aphrodite'', for being a willing sexual participant in her temple. Aphrodite then cursed her into her monstrous form out of jealousy. Additionally, in the original film, she was scaly and monstrous all over, while in the remake she was rather beautiful [[GameFace except when she petrified people]].

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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'', and [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010 the 2010 remake]], was a bit unusual in that its Medusa was not humanoid. Instead, she was a huge snake with a somewhat humanoid torso on it. The original even added a rattlesnake tail, [[HellIsThatNoise so she didn't even need to appear on the screen to scare people]]. Both versions turn her into an [[ColdSniper expert archer]] - with added sociopathy in the remake, where she [[GigglingVillain laughs]] as she either shoots or petrifies people. In the original film, Medusa was cursed by ''Aphrodite'', for being a willing sexual participant in her temple. Aphrodite then cursed her into her monstrous form out of jealousy. Additionally, in the original film, she was scaly and monstrous all over, while in the remake she was rather beautiful [[GameFace except when she petrified people]].



* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a champion named Cassiopeia which is a snake-woman very similar to that in the Clash of the Titans movie. She has snake hair and her ultimate ability is to turn enemies into stone in a cone in front of her. Her name is even tangentially related - Cassiopeia was the mother of the princess that Perseus was out to save.

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* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a champion named Cassiopeia which is a snake-woman very similar to that in the Clash ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans movie.Titans|1981}}''. She has snake hair and her ultimate ability is to turn enemies into stone in a cone in front of her. Her name is even tangentially related - related: Cassiopeia was the mother of the princess that Perseus was out to save.



* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' has Steve Irwin fighting against a Medusa. The fight ends with a ShoutOut to the ending of the original ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' has Steve Irwin fighting against a Medusa. The fight ends with a ShoutOut to the ending of the original ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''.
13th Jul '16 1:16:30 AM MercutioDreams
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* The song "[[https://youtube.com/watch?v=c4WCK8P-LHg Medusa]]" by folk artist Heather Dale (which provides the page quote) describes a Medusa who has chosen to own her identity as a monster in the face of other people's scorn.
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11th Jun '16 6:43:31 PM Prfnoff
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* ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'' has a villainess named Donderadusa, who, aside from magically [[TakenForGranite turning people into stone]], looks and acts much more like a stereotypical CatGirl than a classical Gorgon.
5th Mar '16 3:06:13 PM nombretomado
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* In issue four of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' which featured the Silver Age return of CaptainAmerica, Cap encounters an alien who turned the other Avengers to stone with a special ray. The alien had been stranded on Earth for thousands of years living in a cave and Cap surmised that the alien's wild hair, made him look like a woman in the shadows and was the basis for the myth about Medusa. Cap got the alien to change the Avengers back and helped him leave Earth and return home. The alien would turn out to belong to the D'Bari, whose planet was later destroyed when the [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] caused their sun to go nova.

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* In issue four of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' which featured the Silver Age return of CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Cap encounters an alien who turned the other Avengers to stone with a special ray. The alien had been stranded on Earth for thousands of years living in a cave and Cap surmised that the alien's wild hair, made him look like a woman in the shadows and was the basis for the myth about Medusa. Cap got the alien to change the Avengers back and helped him leave Earth and return home. The alien would turn out to belong to the D'Bari, whose planet was later destroyed when the [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] caused their sun to go nova.
5th Feb '16 4:01:18 PM jormis29
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The show had Sedusa; a character with tentacle-like hair (wasn't snakes but definitely had a life of its own) whose speciality was to, [[MeaningfulName yes]], [InstandSeduction seduce men]].

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The show had Sedusa; a character with tentacle-like hair (wasn't snakes but definitely had a life of its own) whose speciality was to, [[MeaningfulName yes]], [InstandSeduction [[InstandSeduction seduce men]].
5th Feb '16 5:44:12 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* Medusa is the BigBad in ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' and ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''.

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* Medusa Medusa, the Goddess of Darkness in opposition to BigGood [[GodOfGood Palutena]], is the BigBad in ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' and ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''.''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''. [[spoiler:Well, at least for the first part of the latter game.]]



* Medusa's are among the creatures you can summon in ''{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}}''. True to the myth, they can turn other characters to stone. You can also summon only a Medusa's head, which Maxwell himself can use to petrify others.

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* Medusa's are among the creatures you can summon in ''{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}}''.''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}''. True to the myth, they can turn other characters to stone. You can also summon only a Medusa's head, which Maxwell himself can use to petrify others.



* One of the ''{{Webcomic/Oglaf}}'' strips featured a man who survived a Medusa encounter by being distracted her breasts. In the end it is implied that he got more than a RagingStiffie...

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* One of the ''{{Webcomic/Oglaf}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' strips featured a man who survived a Medusa encounter by being distracted her breasts. In the end it is implied that he got more than a RagingStiffie...



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The show had Sedusa - a character with tentacle-like hair (wasn't snakes but definitely had a life of its own) whose specialty was to, yes, seduce men.

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The show had Sedusa - Sedusa; a character with tentacle-like hair (wasn't snakes but definitely had a life of its own) whose specialty speciality was to, yes, [[MeaningfulName yes]], [InstandSeduction seduce men.men]].
7th Dec '15 5:47:15 PM BattleMaster
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*** In Savage Species, several intelligent monsters including Medusas were made into playable classes: If you wanted to play a Medusa under the standard rules you had to start at level 10 or higher, but with Savage Species you could start as a level 1 immature Medusa who had not yet developed her full potential. The same expansions also introduced a Feat that allowed Medusas to enable and disable their gaze attack at will, allowing others to see their faces without being turned to stone.

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*** In Savage Species, several intelligent monsters including Medusas were made into playable classes: If you wanted to play a Medusa under the standard rules you had to start at level 10 or higher, but with Savage Species you could start as a level 1 immature Medusa who had not yet developed her full potential. The same expansions also introduced a Feat that allowed Medusas to enable and disable their gaze attack at will, will or to focus it at specific opponents, allowing others to see their faces without being turned to stone.stone unless the Medusa wants to do so. Sadly, like most monsters in the book, Medusas are CoolButInefficient due to not only losing so many class levels to normal player character races, but also because their two main powers (petrification and poison) are things that are extremely dangerous to normal PC races but something that [[UselessUsefulSpell many monsters are immune or highly resistant to]].


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* A non-hostile Medusa appears in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' as one of the women in the [[PlatonicProstitution Brothel for the Slaking of Intellectual Lusts]]. You never clearly see her as she's hiding in a dark room to avoid harming anyone with her petrifying gaze due to having lost the veil she normally wears over her face. Finding it for her is one of the quests you can complete inside the Brothel.
3rd Nov '15 3:27:15 PM nombretomado
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* In issue four of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' which featured the Silver Age return of CaptainAmerica, Cap encounters an alien who turned the other Avengers to stone with a special ray. The alien had been stranded on Earth for thousands of years living in a cave and Cap surmised that the alien's wild hair, made him look like a woman in the shadows and was the basis for the myth about Medusa. Cap got the alien to change the Avengers back and helped him leave Earth and return home. The alien would turn out to belong to the D'Bari, whose planet was later destroyed when the [[TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] caused their sun to go nova.

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* In issue four of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' which featured the Silver Age return of CaptainAmerica, Cap encounters an alien who turned the other Avengers to stone with a special ray. The alien had been stranded on Earth for thousands of years living in a cave and Cap surmised that the alien's wild hair, made him look like a woman in the shadows and was the basis for the myth about Medusa. Cap got the alien to change the Avengers back and helped him leave Earth and return home. The alien would turn out to belong to the D'Bari, whose planet was later destroyed when the [[TheDarkPhoenixSaga [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] caused their sun to go nova.
26th Oct '15 2:55:19 AM ChrisX
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* Medusa will make a playable appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' and for once, able to go toe to toe against the ones who caused her misery: Poseidon and ''especially'' Athena.

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* Medusa will make a is playable appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' and for once, able to go toe to toe against the ones who caused her misery: Poseidon and ''especially'' Athena.Athena. She's not a Goddess, but gets the pass for being one of the more famous monsters in mythology (when they have already included monsters like Scylla or Demigods like Hercules)
11th Oct '15 5:43:44 PM nombretomado
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* PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''The Source of Magic'' has a Gorgon with snakes for hair. Any man who looks at her face is turned to stone. She is treated sympathetically since she does not want to do this and is forced to live alone; later she marries the Good Magician Humphrey after he fixes her problem by turning her face invisible.

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* PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''The Source of Magic'' has a Gorgon with snakes for hair. Any man who looks at her face is turned to stone. She is treated sympathetically since she does not want to do this and is forced to live alone; later she marries the Good Magician Humphrey after he fixes her problem by turning her face invisible.
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