->''"Nothing tears us apart. In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power. Well that football field out there, that's our universe. Let's rule it like titans."''
-->-- '''Coach Boone''', ''RememberTheTitans''

In ClassicalMythology, the Titans (and their Primordial parents before them) were ancient god-like beings that had ruled reality, until they were overthrown by the [[OurGodsAreGreater Olympians]] in the [[DeathOfTheOldGods Titanomachy]][[note]]The Titans were originally considered true gods, not merely "god-like beings." Later Classical writers started confusing them with Giants, but this was not the usual representation. Also, the name Titan sometimes only refers to the first generation, though usually the non-nymph, non-Olympian children of Titans are also called Titans[[/note]]. Titans and primordials have since been featured in many works of fiction, and have several common traits among their varying depictions.

These include:
* Being incredibly [[OurGiantsAreBigger huge]].
* Having tremendous power, which often rivals, if not surpasses, the [[PhysicalGod gods]] themselves.
* Being [[TimeAbyss extremely old]]. As in, they're the first things to ever exist, old. If this is the case, the Titans in question might be some kind of [[PrimordialChaos primordial entities]], and may very well be AnthropomorphicPersonifications or [[EldritchAbomination completely inhuman monsters]]. Due to their age, they often serve as {{Precursors}} to the gods.
* As a consequence of the above two traits, the titans often have a rivalry/animosity/connection with the [[OurGodsAreGreater gods]] of the setting. [[DeathOfTheOldGods This may have led to their doom]].
* [[TheMaker They probably created the world/universe the setting takes place in]]. Or ''[[GeniusLoci are]]'' the setting.
* The biggest variable would be their appearance. They often range from looking human-ish (if somewhat larger than normal), to [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm something that can't be described by mere words]].
* Their other big variable is their morality. This generally goes along with their appearance, for if they look human, they'll probably act human, and if they do look like {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, they'll act [[BlueAndOrangeMorality accordingly]]. Occasionally, a writer may switch the two traits around.

Compare OurGiantsAreBigger, OurGodsAreGreater, and TheOldGods. For the moon by that name, see UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* The titular titans of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' (''Kyojin'', or ''Giants'' in the original Japanese) are mysterious, giant (starting from 3 meters, to ''60 meters'' tall), NighInvulnerable[[note]]save for their AchillesHeel on their nape[[/note]] {{Humanoid Abomination}}s with a powerful HealingFactor and varying intelligence who [[ImAHumanitarian feed exclusively]] on humans and have been attacking humanity for just over a century.[[/folder]]

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* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules - The Titans and Chronos are imprisoned behind sealed doors, and they break free when the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk accidentally breaks the seal. The exception is Atlas, who is placed at The Axis of the world (center of the world that sometimes moves, changing the political situation of the world, and can also serve as a nexus to all the mystical foundations of the world).
** There are also [[HumanSubspecies Eternals]] that live on the moon of Titan, [[DeathSeeker Thanos]] being the most famous of them. Eternals were always mistaken for the traditional pantheons and those on Titan are no different.
* The Titans from the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans New Titans]] story "Who Is Wonder Girl?" ([[MultipleChoicePast one of the earlier attempts to give Donna Troy an actual origin]]) were absolutely indistinguishable from their Greek and Roman children, falling on the "nice" end of the morality scale as a result by abducting random orphan baby girls throughout the cosmos, raising them to have super powers, then rewriting their memories to forget this before sending them back to their homeworlds (which somehow atones for the whole "eating their offspring" bit from myth). This also subconsciously influenced Donna to suggest the name "Teen Titans" via retcon.

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* The "aunts" and "uncles" (and presumably, parents) of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Luna and Celestia]] in ''FanFic/UnderTheNorthernLights''. They are vast elemental beings which created the world and its intelligent species (learning the latter from the much younger Luna and Celestia [[spoiler: when their toys turned into the first ponies because the sisters loved them so much - so yeah, ponies originated as toys of two little girls]]). The one we have seen in the fic is the water being called Karhu-Akka by reindeer. She combines traits of bear, cow, squid and whale, and now sleeps in the shape of a huge glacier. If she awakes, horrible things will happen. [[spoiler: Her rolling over in her sleep when Discord got free is one of the causes for the crisis in the fic, one which might kill all life in a country.]] Luna, however, remembers her as a kind aunt who played with her and Celestia by the sea and gave them wonderful toys. Their greatuncles and greataunts, however, are pure EldritchAbomination, seen in a vision as "lights... sounds... patterns of magic in a black sphere that itched the brain and made the soul cry". Discord is one of them.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s mix-and-match approach to mythology means that while the Gods are mostly [[ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman]] in nature, the Titan-like figures they overthrew are the [[NorseMythology Ice Giants]].
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has the Titans looking almost exactly like normal humans, with the exception of Oceanus. Kronos is [[spoiler: possessing Luke]] and so looks just like him except for having solid gold eyes. The Titans are about as tough as the Olympians, and Kronos is apparently [[OhCrap even more so]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Gabrielle once read a scroll and woke up three Titans, 30 foot giants who repaired the town. The three Titans had a cunning plan to make Gabrielle read the second scroll which would awake 1,000 other Titans and destroy the world.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Chronos shows up in season seven as a time traveler [[spoiler: who needs to kill to control where he can time travel to, and is seeking to get back to his love.]] An amnesiac [[spoiler: Prometheus]] shows up in season eight.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the Titans are a group of supernatural beings who terrorized ancient Greece and were then [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned until the present day.]] They are certainly powerful enough to be worthy of the myths of the Titans (enough so to scale the heavens and kill almost all of [[CelestialBureaucracy the Elders]] (angels), but they don't seem to have the kind of cosmic significance you might expect from a creation myth.

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[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]

* The word 'Asura' in Indian Mythology (which includes [[HinduMythology Hinduism]], Buddhism, and several other Indian religions) is usually translated as demon, or "fighting fiend", but in actuality, "Titan" would be the closest equivalent.
* ClassicalMythology, of course, is the TropeNamer for Titans, and their Protogenoi/Primordial parents count as well.
* NorseMythology is quite similar to the classical/Greek one. The Jotunn ([[OurGiantsAreBigger giants]]) are basically a mix of the Titans and Protogenoi.
* JapaneseMythology: Izanagi, Izanami, and the obscure deities who appeared before them. The obscure deities no longer appear in the universe. Izanami died giving birth to god of fire Kagutsuchi, and Izanagi is too grief-stricken to have anything to do with the world. The current pantheon consists of Izanami's daughter Amaterasu and the rest of the gods in Takamagahara.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* At 6'6, when Wrestling/{{FMW}} regulars Atsushi Onita, Tarzan Goto, W*ING Kanemura, Koji Nakagawa, Mr. Pogo and others were usually under 6', Big Titan (Rick [[TheOtherDarrin "The Fake Razor Ramon"]]/"Ric Titan" Bogner) was a definite Type 2.
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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Titan titans]] are a race of [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent outsiders]] (creatures native to the outer planes) who happen to be about 25 feet tall, so they're not only ''celestial'' giants, they are taller than the tallest "normal" giants. Every aspect of them is [[PerfectLifeForm perfect]]. In addition, they can cast powerful spells and speak several languages as standard abilities for the race. At a starting CR of 21, a titan with no other skills is equal to an epic-level PlayerCharacter in battle. In contrast to their usual portrayals, they're also (slightly) weaker than the gods and act as their servants. They are traditionally ChaoticGood and live on the plane of Arborea (also known as Olympus), though the Greek titans (Cronus, et al) are imprisoned in Carceri (Tartarus).
** There are also the Epic-Tier monsters known as Elder Titans, who have more Hit Dice than most deities, more spellcasting levels than most deities in both arcane and divine, have epic spellcasting as the rule rather than exception, and have all-round better stats. They lack the gods' divine salient abilities and maxed HP, but they could definitely throw down with the gods on a similar level, suggesting the above are the younger, weaker generation.
** The Primordials (also known as Dawn Titans) of the 4th Edition are a mix of this trope and ElementalEmbodiment. The class of creatures known as titans are the Primordials' first creations, who sided with their parents in the war against the gods and in turn created the various races of giants.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', titans were the first creations of the gods, and half of them rebelled against their creators in the equivalent of the Titanomachy. The giants are their degenerate descendants. The titans who fought against the gods were imprisoned in the Abyss, while those who remained loyal live in Elysium.
* In ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands'', the Titans held sway over the planet Scarn, treating it as their plaything, creating and destroying casually as they went. Their children, the major gods, objected to this, as the Titans were laying waste to the world and their worshippers, and went to war against them; since the Titans could not be truly killed, the gods imprisoned and/or crippled the Titans so they could no longer roam free. One Titan, Denev the Earth Mother, sided with the gods, and remained free after the war, bending her efforts towards restoring Scarn. The setting's present day is about 150 years after the war ended, and there's a ''long'' way to go before Scarn is healed.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', Titans are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, elemental embodiments of fundamental concepts such as Sky, Fire, Darkness, Time, and Chaos, who are free of human shaping, hard to comprehend, and [[RealityWarping shape reality]] simply by existing. The Titans spawned the earliest gods, who sought to avoid being devoured by their predatory parents by anchoring themselves to humanity. Doing so allowed the gods to rise up against the Titans and imprison them; unfortunately, in the last few decades, the Titans have broken free, and once more seek their children's destruction.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the Primordials, eldritch beings of vast power who built Creation and then created the gods as their slave janitors. The gods got fed up with their cruddy jobs and had the Exalted overthrow the Primordials (while they stole their bosses' crack stash), but it turns out that [[DividingByZero killing]] some of them [[NiceJobBreakingItHero broke the universe.]]
** To elaborate, the death of several Primordials in the setting's equivalent of the Titanomachy is the reason TheUnderworld exists. One of the Primordials who surrendered, as a parting shot before her imprisonment, ''[[RetGone erased, by some estimates, ninety percent of Creation from existence down to a conceptual level.]]''
** The two remaining Primordials, who sided with the gods, are: Gaia (the Earth Mother, creator of the Five Elemental Dragons, who is in some way connected to Creation) and Autochthon (the inventor of Exaltation and the patron of technology, who later fled to Elsewhere and became a [[GeniusLoci planet]] made of {{Steampunk}}). Both of them also happen to be the kindest of the Primordials even prior to the war, with Gaia having an all-encompassing empathy and Autochthon being particularly fond of humans and their skill at technology.
** Worth mentioning is that in 2e ''you'' can become a Titan yourself, if you're a Green Sun Prince. This means you tie your personal legend into Creation, and exist forevermore barring serious disasters. Since one of the Titans destroyed 90% of Creation back then, the job vacancy of Titan-hood is always open.
* In the ''RoleAids'' supplement ''Giants'', the Titans were the first giants. They had godlike abilities and powers, including the ability to cast any spell at will, and have artistic abilities that outmatch those of any other culture.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Titan unit from ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology: The Titans''. In game, Titans serve as the Pantheon of the Atlantean civilization, with [[BigBad Kronos]], [[LightIsNotGood Oranos]] and [[TokenGoodTeammate Gaia]] as main gods, and others serving as minor ones. Barring Oceanus (who is blue-skinned, but otherwise human-looking) and Kronos (who is a giant rock demon), all of them look like Olympians. Furthermore, it's possible for a civilization to summon a gargantuan, city-destroying Titan to fight for them: Greeks have [[HellHound Cerberus]], Egyptians have [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey Horus]], Norse have [[OurTrollsAreDifferent Ymir]] and Atlantineans have [[MagmaMan Perses]]. Yes, they took a little artistic license here and there....
* Titans are powerful units, lightning-wielding-giants, on the Wizard/Academy side in the ''HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' games.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': Titan is an Earth-elemental [[SummonMagic summon]] who originally caused a great earthquake to do damage to enemies, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', for example, he picks up the ground the enemies are standing on, flips it over, and smashes it down. This guy dwarfs half of said game's bosses. The other half aren't dwarfed ''per se'', but they're still smaller.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', barring those who look like Olympians like Helios, Prometheus and Rhea, all the other Titans are mountain-sized beings that look somewhat human-ish. Some also are ElementalEmbodiment(s) like Perses (Lava), Oceanus (Water/Lightning), Epimetheus (Rock), Gaea (Nature) and Typhon (Wind), who [[SadlyMythtaken wasn't even a Titan in the myths]]. [[note]]In fact, he was the father of all the famous Greek monsters like the Hydra, and was described as a mountain-sized beast with a horse's or dragon's head, writhing serpents for fingers, and wings that stretched across the sky while his arms could scrape the stars. Also, he was the only thing Zeus was afraid of.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'': there are the Telkines, eldritch-looking sorcerers with tentacles instead of legs that are said to be remnants of the Titans. In the last part of the game [[spoiler: you have to defeat Typhon, a huge four-armored behemoth with tons of attacks.]]
* The Titans in OgreBattleMarchOfTheBlackQueen are upgraded Giants, who are large, club-wielders, and are Wind/Lightning-aligned, and PaletteSwap(s) of the other Giant upgrade classes like Frost/Fire Giants and vice versa.
* Titans in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' are, essentially, ginormous [[MixAndMatchCritters randomized]] [[OurMonstersAreWeird creatures]] spewing things like fire or random disease carrying clouds which can literally be made of anything. They're usually [[ThatOneBoss a bitch to kill]], as they're immune to traps, temperature (including magma), pain, hunger, drowning, and a lot of other things. This varies significantly with ''what'' material, though: ones made of metals rival [[ImplacableMan Bronze Colossi]] for NighInvulnerability, but you'll occasionally get one made of a liquid that breaks into pieces with a single strike. Forgotten Beasts are a similar class of creature except found underground instead of above-ground.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rygar}}'' has Titans as the main enemies. Some of them are living statues - some of them are apparently little worm-monsters.
* Titans of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' 'verse are, essentially, a race of demigods (stated to be more powerful than some of the gods themselves). Their powers are, untypically for a HighFantasy setting, entirely based on incredibly advanced technology. They travel the cosmos terraforming worlds such as Azeroth to fit their idea of order and leaving behind golem-like "seed races" crafted from metal or stone to manage their machinery. The local EldritchAbominations, the Old Gods, went ahead and cursed those seed races with flesh, turning them into the dwarves, humans, gnomes, and several other races. This doesn't account for all life, however; the trolls for example were around ''before'' the Titans arrived
** They actually resemble SufficientlyAdvancedAliens more then any kind of God or Titan. Therefore, they'll be more at home in a Sci-Fi Space Opera then in High Fantasy. [[WildMassGuessing Consider]] that ''Warcraft'' and ''{{Starcraft}}'' share the same core writer...
*** In a naming convention probably just meant to screw with Tropers' heads, the Old Gods of Azeroth would probably fit this trope better: beings who ruled over a chaotic, volatile Azeroth and then become supplanted by the Titans' quest to order the universe, and to this day are still licking their wounds waiting to strike back. Further enhanced by the fact it's been revealed it takes a team of Titans to contain a (fully empowered) Old God, similar to Zeus having to form an alliance of more than just the Olympians to usurp his father. The Titans are more the current gods, being those who empowered the Dragon Aspects, the current HomeGuard.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' was [[TheMaker created]] by the Titans of Ark, who look like giant Elvis Impersonators.

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* In ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', the Titans are ChaoticEvil [[ElementalEmbodiment elemental beings]] imprisoned by [[TopGod Zeus]]. Hades' EvilPlan is to free them and use them to storm Mount Olympus and take over.
** The animated series has appearances by Prometheus and Atlas, who are more human-looking and considerably more benign, though Atlas is still a self-centered jerk.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus'': [[EarWorm "Boom shakalakalaka boom shakalakalaka."]]

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