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16th Nov '17 1:56:05 PM Dimensio
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* Medusa heads are a recurring enemy in the ''{{Franchise/Castlevania}}'' games, with the gold variant able to inflict a petrification StatusEffect starting in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''. Many games of the series have Medusa herself appear as a {{Snake Pe|ople}}rson. Two games have her appear as a gigantic head instead for some reason.

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* Medusa heads are a recurring enemy in the ''{{Franchise/Castlevania}}'' games, with the gold variant able to inflict a petrification StatusEffect starting in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood''. Many games of the series have Medusa herself appear as a {{Snake Pe|ople}}rson. Two games have her appear as a gigantic head instead for some reason.
15th Nov '17 7:56:31 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'':
** [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981 The original 1981 film]] included Medusa as an obstacle for Perseus to overcome - cutting off her head so he can use it to petrify the sea monster who will eat Andromeda. She's made even more monstrous than usual - with a rattlesnake tail that she uses to [[HellIsThatNoise scare people when she's off screen]]. She also becomes an AdaptationalBadass who is pretty nifty with a bow and arrow, hunting down Perseus's comrades one by one. As noted above, this portrayal [[ColbertBump brought Medusa into to pop culture]].
** [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010 The 2010 remake]] includes Medusa's backstory about being cursed. This time it was Aphrodite rather than Athena[[note]]A deleted subplot would have had Athena and Apollo conspiring to help Perseus behind the other gods' backs; presumably having Athena be the one who cursed her would have put her in DesignatedHero territory.[[/note]] - and this version also follows the compromise of Medusa being beautiful and terrible. She's a GorgeousGorgon here, but has a GameFace whenever she petrifies people. She also becomes far more sadistic - cackling cruelly whenever she petrifies someone.

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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'':
** [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981 The original 1981 film]]
''Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981'' included Medusa as an obstacle for Perseus to overcome - cutting off her head so he can use it to petrify the sea monster who will eat Andromeda. She's made even more monstrous than usual - with a rattlesnake tail that she uses to [[HellIsThatNoise scare people when she's off screen]]. She also becomes an AdaptationalBadass who is pretty nifty with a bow and arrow, hunting down Perseus's comrades one by one. As noted above, this portrayal [[ColbertBump brought Medusa into to pop culture]].
** [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010 The 2010 remake]] * ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010'' includes Medusa's backstory about being cursed. This time it was Aphrodite rather than Athena[[note]]A deleted subplot would have had Athena and Apollo conspiring to help Perseus behind the other gods' backs; presumably having Athena be the one who cursed her would have put her in DesignatedHero territory.[[/note]] - and this version also follows the compromise of Medusa being beautiful and terrible. She's a GorgeousGorgon here, but has a GameFace whenever she petrifies people. She also becomes far more sadistic - cackling cruelly whenever she petrifies someone.
4th Nov '17 4:51:12 AM jormis29
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* Medusa is one of the Gorgon Sisters that Davey must defeat in one Ancient Greece stage of the NES game ''Day Dreamin' Davey''.

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* Medusa is one of the Gorgon Sisters that Davey must defeat in one Ancient Greece stage of the NES game ''Day Dreamin' Davey''.''VideoGame/DayDreaminDavey''.
11th Oct '17 9:26:41 AM fearlessnikki
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In almost all versions, Medusa is fully humanoid and AlwaysFemale. In some versions, her hair-snakes are venomous. In others, they are not literal snakes but rather hair that supernaturally behaves as if it were made of living snakes. When a version contain a male Medusa, it's usually some [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] with some other name.

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In almost all versions, Medusa is fully humanoid and AlwaysFemale. In some versions, her hair-snakes are venomous. In others, they are not literal snakes but rather hair that supernaturally behaves as if it were made of living snakes. When a version contain a male Medusa, it's usually some [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] with some other name.
name. Medusa's appearance varies depending on what source you're reading. The most popular is that of a hideous monster; in fact, the petrification originally was caused by Medusa's ugliness itself, before other myths retconned it into being a power based in her eyes. Other myths say that Medusa retained her mortal beauty, as a cruel {{Irony}}. And then there are some that offer a compromise and state that she was both beautiful ''and'' terrible at the same time.



Medusa is the trope namer to GorgeousGorgon. Some of her depictions make her one of the SnakePeople.

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Medusa's popularity is somewhat NewerThanTheyThink. She doesn't appear that often in media made before the 80s. ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981'' (mentioned below) featured her as one of the monsters - and it has been said that modern generations owe their knowledge of Medusa to the film.

Medusa is the trope namer to GorgeousGorgon. Some of her depictions make her one of the SnakePeople.



* ''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]].

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** [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981 The original 1981 film]] included Medusa as an obstacle for Perseus to overcome - cutting off her head so he can use it to petrify
the Titans|1981}}'', sea monster who will eat Andromeda. She's made even more monstrous than usual - with a rattlesnake tail that she uses to [[HellIsThatNoise scare people when she's off screen]]. She also becomes an AdaptationalBadass who is pretty nifty with a bow and arrow, hunting down Perseus's comrades one by one. As noted above, this portrayal [[ColbertBump brought Medusa into to pop culture]].
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[[Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010 the The 2010 remake]], remake]] includes Medusa's backstory about being cursed. This time it was a bit unusual Aphrodite rather than Athena[[note]]A deleted subplot would have had Athena and Apollo conspiring to help Perseus behind the other gods' backs; presumably having Athena be the one who cursed her would have put her in that its DesignatedHero territory.[[/note]] - and this version also follows the compromise of Medusa was not humanoid. Instead, being beautiful and terrible. She's a GorgeousGorgon here, but has a GameFace whenever 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 also becomes far more sadistic - cackling cruelly whenever she was scaly and monstrous all over, while in the remake she was rather beautiful [[GameFace except when she petrified people]].petrifies someone.



* The Film/HammerHorror film ''Film/TheGorgon'', where a small village is terrorized by the eponymous beast and its secret is the DrivingQuestion.
* In the first ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' film, she's played by Creator/UmaThurman. So, not so much hideous.

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* The Film/HammerHorror film ''Film/TheGorgon'', where a small village is terrorized by the eponymous beast and its secret is the DrivingQuestion.
DrivingQuestion. In this case, the titular Gorgon is a lot like a werewolf, who transforms at night and is human during the day. It was notably made before Medusa's pop culture popularity - as the Gorgon in this version is named as Magaera ([[SadlyMythtaken who was one of the Furies]]).
* In the first ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' film, she's played by Creator/UmaThurman. So, not so much hideous. When she discovers that Percy is the son of Poseidon, she snarks "[[FromACertainPointOfView I used to date your daddy"]].



* Medusa is present in the Enchanted Forest in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. It turns out that her head can't be cut off, but she also ''isn't'' immune to her own gaze. Petrifying herself also seems to restore her other victims back to life.



* Another origin is that Medusa and her sisters were so beautiful that they angered Athena by bragging about being more beautiful than the goddess, in any case, Athena turned them into monsters so hideous men would turn to stone if they looked at them.
** A slightly different version of this origin is that they were ''still'' beautiful, but they couldn't be looked at without the beholder turning to stone, making their beauty pointless.
*** So beautiful in fact that anyone who looked at them [[IncrediblyLamePun got hard]].
* A slightly different version of the second origin is that Medusa was willingly seduced by Poseidon rather than raped.
** In some versions, we'll never know if it was consensual. The ancient Greeks (and a number of modern cultures) define rape as having sex with a woman against the wishes of her patron - either her husband, her father, or in this case, Athena. The woman's decision is entirely inconsequential.

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* Another origin is that Medusa and her sisters were so beautiful that they angered Athena by bragging about being more beautiful than the goddess, in any case, Athena turned them into monsters so hideous men would turn to stone if they looked at them.
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them. A slightly different version of this origin is that they were ''still'' beautiful, but they couldn't be looked at without the beholder turning to stone, making their beauty pointless.
*** So beautiful in fact that anyone who looked at them [[IncrediblyLamePun got hard]].
* A slightly different version of the second origin is that Medusa was willingly seduced by Poseidon rather than raped.
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raped. In some versions, we'll never know if it was consensual. The ancient Greeks (and a number of modern cultures) define rape as having sex with a woman against the wishes of her patron - either her husband, her father, or in this case, Athena. The woman's decision is entirely inconsequential.
7th Oct '17 5:30:43 PM StrangerDan
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The oldest story known to feature Medusa is the adventures of Perseus. In this story she is merely a boss monster whom Perseus defeats by decapitating her (and later using her head to petrify enemies) without looking at her he sticks to looking at her shadow or looking through a mirrored shield, depending on the version.

Myths and stories with background for Medusa was added later. There are two different such prequel myths regarding the origins of the original Medusa. When Medusa is used in fiction as a unique being rather than as a species, she is typically given either one of these two origins, or no origin at all.

The ancient Greek origin is that she and her fellow Gorgons was simply created/born that way. In this origin, the Gorgons are typically three sisters, the other two being Stheno and Euryale. The Greek word "gorgon" means "horror". Besides having serpents for hair, the Gorgons were described as having tusks, brazen claws, wings and strongly acidic blood; in a few very early depictions they are shown as quadrupeds, possibly because Pegasus was born out of Medusa's blood when she was beheaded by Perseus. Note that the Erinnyes (Furiae) were depicted very similarly as hideous snake-haired women.

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The oldest story known to feature Medusa is the adventures of Perseus. In this story she is merely a boss monster whom Perseus defeats by decapitating her (and later using her head to petrify enemies) without looking at her he sticks to looking at her shadow or looking through a mirrored shield, depending on the version.

Myths and stories with background for Medusa was were added later. There are two different such prequel myths regarding the origins of the original Medusa. When Medusa is used in fiction as a unique being rather than as a species, she is typically given either one of these two origins, or no origin at all.

The ancient Greek origin is that she and her fellow Gorgons was were simply created/born that way. In this origin, the Gorgons are typically three sisters, the other two being Stheno and Euryale. The Greek word "gorgon" means "horror". Besides having serpents for hair, the Gorgons were described as having tusks, brazen claws, wings and strongly acidic blood; in a few very early depictions they are shown as quadrupeds, possibly because Pegasus was born out of Medusa's blood when she was beheaded by Perseus. Note that the Erinnyes (Furiae) were depicted very similarly as hideous snake-haired women.
30th Sep '17 11:47:14 PM VulgarBee
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[WorldsMostBeautfiulWoman Boa Hancock]] and her two sisters earned the title "Gorgon Sisters" after they allegedly slew a Gorgon, who left them with eyes on their back that will petrify anyone who sees them. Hancock has the ability to intentionally petrify anyone who feels lust toward her, while her sisters can transform into snakes, with one of them being able to transform her hair into snakes. In reality, their powers come from [[GreenRocks Devil Fruits]], and the story about the eyes on their backs is intended to hide their [[spoiler:slave marks]].

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[WorldsMostBeautfiulWoman [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Boa Hancock]] and her two sisters earned the title "Gorgon Sisters" after they allegedly slew a Gorgon, who left them with eyes on their back that will petrify anyone who sees them. Hancock has the ability to intentionally petrify anyone who feels lust toward her, while her sisters can transform into snakes, with one of them being able to transform her hair into snakes. In reality, their powers come from [[GreenRocks Devil Fruits]], and the story about the eyes on their backs is intended to hide their [[spoiler:slave marks]].
14th Sep '17 7:33:05 AM Shadowgazer
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One origin is that she and her fellow Gorgons was simply created/born that way. In this origin, the Gorgons are typically three sisters, the other two being Stheno and Euryale. The Greek word "gorgon" means "horror". Besides having serpents for hair, the Gorgons were described as having tusks, brazen claws, wings and strongly acidic blood; in a few very early depictions they are shown as quadrupeds, possibly because Pegasus was born out of Medusa's blood when she was beheaded by Perseus. Note that the Erinnyes (Furiae) were depicted very similarly as hideous snake-haired women.

The other origin is that Medusa was a virgin priestess of Athena, but her incredibly beauty attracted the attentions of the god Poseidon. Eventually Poseidon raped Medusa in Athena's temple. In some versions of this Origin, Medusa actively sought refuge from Poseidon in Athena's temple; in others she was simply performing her duties when he came for her. In either case [[JerkassGods Athena did nothing to stop the rape, choosing instead to punish Medusa for being violated by turning her into her new hideous form]]. She was then banished to a desolate island until Perseus slew her.

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One The ancient Greek origin is that she and her fellow Gorgons was simply created/born that way. In this origin, the Gorgons are typically three sisters, the other two being Stheno and Euryale. The Greek word "gorgon" means "horror". Besides having serpents for hair, the Gorgons were described as having tusks, brazen claws, wings and strongly acidic blood; in a few very early depictions they are shown as quadrupeds, possibly because Pegasus was born out of Medusa's blood when she was beheaded by Perseus. Note that the Erinnyes (Furiae) were depicted very similarly as hideous snake-haired women.

The other Roman origin is that Medusa was a virgin priestess of Athena, but her incredibly beauty attracted the attentions of the god Poseidon. Eventually Poseidon raped Medusa in Athena's temple. In some versions of this Origin, Medusa actively sought refuge from Poseidon in Athena's temple; in others she was simply performing her duties when he came for her. In either case [[JerkassGods Athena did nothing to stop the rape, choosing instead to punish Medusa for being violated by turning her into her new hideous form]]. She was then banished to a desolate island until Perseus slew her.
14th Sep '17 5:38:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the first major villains faced by the the heroes of ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'' is Gyasa, a reptile Enterran with snake hair and the complexion and demeanor of the Joker. He turned Yakumo to stone before dropping her off in an acid lake (it's later reversed) and could shed his skin to avoid getting killed, growing stronger each time.

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* One of the first major villains faced by the the heroes of ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'' is Gyasa, a reptile Enterran with snake hair and the complexion and demeanor of the Joker. He turned Yakumo to stone before dropping her off in an acid lake (it's later reversed) and could shed his skin to avoid getting killed, growing stronger each time.
14th Sep '17 5:37:56 AM Morgenthaler
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''Manga/OnePiece'': [[WorldsMostBeautfiulWoman Boa Hancock]] and her two sisters earned the title "Gorgon Sisters" after they allegedly slew a Gorgon, who left them with eyes on their back that will petrify anyone who sees them. Hancock has the ability to intentionally petrify anyone who feels lust toward her, while her sisters can transform into snakes, with one of them being able to transform her hair into snakes. In reality, their powers come from [[GreenRocks Devil Fruits]], and the story about the eyes on their backs is intended to hide their [[spoiler:slave marks]].

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[WorldsMostBeautfiulWoman Boa Hancock]] and her two sisters earned the title "Gorgon Sisters" after they allegedly slew a Gorgon, who left them with eyes on their back that will petrify anyone who sees them. Hancock has the ability to intentionally petrify anyone who feels lust toward her, while her sisters can transform into snakes, with one of them being able to transform her hair into snakes. In reality, their powers come from [[GreenRocks Devil Fruits]], and the story about the eyes on their backs is intended to hide their [[spoiler:slave marks]].


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* One of the first major villains faced by the the heroes of ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'' is Gyasa, a reptile Enterran with snake hair and the complexion and demeanor of the Joker. He turned Yakumo to stone before dropping her off in an acid lake (it's later reversed) and could shed his skin to avoid getting killed, growing stronger each time.
9th Sep '17 4:04:27 PM Pichu-kun
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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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* The song "[[https://youtube.com/watch?v=c4WCK8P-LHg Medusa]]" by folk artist Heather Dale Music/HeatherDale (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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