Characters / Aztec Mythology

The characters who can be found in the Aztec beliefs. There are over 100 deities and supernatural creatures in the mythology as a whole so it'll take a while to fill up this page.

Quetzalcoatl

The god of the Morning Star, light, wind, and corn. He was also the patron of the Aztec priests.
  • Animalistic Abomination: He's a primordial deity whose true form is a massive feathered dragon, though he's a mostly benevolent example.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When his father, Mixcoatl, was slain by his uncles, the Centzon Mimixcoa ("Four Hundred Cloud-Serpents"), he went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, slaying them all and sacrificing them on a temple he built to his father. The Feathered Serpent has some fangs on him.
  • Blow You Away: He was the god of wind, also known as Ehecatl.
  • Cain and Abel: With the Black Tezcatlipoca.
  • Celibate Hero: He was a virgin up until the sister-boinking incident.
  • Depending on the Artist: Did Q have wings or not?
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether he demanded human sacrifice or not was often argued, though he's generally agreed to have at least discouraged them being used for him specifically.
  • Enemy Mine: Teamed up with Tezcatlipoca to slay Cipactli.
  • Feathered Serpent: Quite possibly the Trope Codifier, in fact most examples are either partly based off of him or are simply named after him.
  • Giant Flyer: So giant, in fact, that he was the namesake for a real life giant flyer: the prehistoric Quetzalcoatlus. Now, whether or not Quetzalcoatl had wings depends on the depiction, but he was still consistently capable of flight.
  • God in Human Form: The legendary king of Tula was believed to be Quetzalcoatl in human form.
  • Hybrid Monster: His true form is a gigantic, coiling animal that looks like a cross between a snake and a bird.
  • I Have Many Names: The Plumed Serpent deity was also known as Kukulkan to the Maya and Tepeu Q'uq'umatz to the K'iche'.
  • King in the Mountain: According to many accounts of the myths, Quetzalcoatl sailed to the east and swore he would someday return.
  • Mighty Whitey: When in human form, he was often described as light-skinned - which, according to many accounts, is why Cortez recieved such a warm reception. This theory is largely considered irrelevant by scholars nowadays. The consensus is that the Spanish probably put that little spin on the story to paint themselves in a better light. The confusion may have stemmed from Quetzalcoatl being described as "White Tezcatlipoca", or having white hair (he was often depicted as an old man).
  • The Old Gods: Quetzalcoatl was the name the Mexica gave to the primordial feathered serpent deity that dated back to the Olmec, and according to some variations of the origin myths he was one of the first gods born.
  • Token Good Teammate: He was just about the only Aztec god that didn't demand huge amounts of bloody sacrifice.

Tezcatlipoca

The god of rulers, sorcerers and warriors; night, death, discord, conflict, temptation and change.
  • Artificial Limbs: His right foot was replaced with, depending on the version, an obsidian mirror, a snake, or a deer's hoof.
  • Cain and Abel: He and Quetzalcoatl were eternal rivals and enemies.
  • Casting a Shadow: He was the god of darkness, both literal and in the hearts of men.
  • Enemy Mine: Teamed up with Quetzalcoatl to slay Cipatli.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Tezcatlipoca isn't technically a name, it's a title, one shared by Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Xipe Totec (White, Blue, and Red respectively. Tez is Black)
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a mirror/snake as a peg leg, depending on what myth you look at.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tezcatlipoca was not a god of tricksters for nothing and wormed his way into Quetzalcoatl's court in Tula through manipulation.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His epithets include "The Mocker", "Enemy of Both Sides" and "He Whose Slaves We Are"
  • Older Than They Look: "The Young Man" is one of his titles, as he is perpetually presented as such.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Quetzalcoatl toppled him from his position as the First Sun, Tezzy was so enraged he transformed into a massive jaguar and ate just about everyone. He stayed in this state well into Quetzalcoatl's reign as the Second Sun, and was the one who overthrew him.
  • Panthera Awesome: Often turned up in jaguar form.
  • Pet the Dog: He was the god of slaves and severely punished anyone who mistreated theirs.
  • Running Both Sides: By his epithet of Necoc Yaotl, meaning "Enemy of Both Sides".
  • Trickster Archetype: He was a god of mischief and malice.

Tlaloc

The god of rain, fertility, and lightning.
  • Ax-Crazy: Quetzalcoatl once asked him to make it rain, after denying humanity water. Tlaloc then killed everything on earth by making it rain fire.
  • Exact Words: See Ax-Crazy above.
  • Human Sacrifice: The most well-known aspect of him.
  • Shock and Awe: As the controller of lightning, he did this a lot.
  • The Grotesque: By our standards at least. Tlaloc was green-skinned, goggle-eyed, with a cleft lip and fangs. And of course, this leads to...
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Both Xochiquetzal and Chalchiuhtlicue were gorgeous.

Tonatiuh

The current sun god, originally named Nanahuatzin. First, Tecciztecatl was meant to be the sun god, but was too cowardly, so the Nanahuatzin sacrificed himself to become the sun god, changing his name to Tonatiuh. Tecciztecatl joined as well, but due to his cowardice a rabbit was thrown on his face and therefore he became the Moon.

Xochiquetzal

The goddess of the flowers, dancing and beauty. The first wife of Tlaloc.

Xochipilli:

The god of flowers, dancing, beauty and homosexuality. Xochiquetzal's twin brother.

Huehuecoyotl:

The god of dance, song, trickery and male sexuality. Often represented as an anthropomorphic coyote.

Chalchiuhtlicue

The goddess of love, beauty, youth, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms, and baptism. The second wife of Tlaloc.
  • Making a Splash: She was the goddess of water itself, and sacrificial victims to her were drowned.

Mictlantecuhtli

The god of the underworld, Mictlan.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Mictlan, while the worst of the three Aztec afterlifes, wasn't really a bad place once you endured the four-year journey it took to get there.
  • Dem Bones: He was depicted as a skeleton in the regalia of a king.
  • Impossible Task: Gave one to Quetzalcoatl when he showed up.

Coyolxauhqui

The moon goddess
  • The Smurfette Principle: Coyolxauhqui was accompanied by her 400 brothers when she attempted to murder her mother, before Huitzilopochtli could be born.

Huitzilopochtli

The god of war.
  • One-God Army: The very first thing he did, as a newborn god, was killing his 400 older siblings.
  • Badass Adorable: Was often associated with hummingbirds.
    • Killer Rabbit: Though real hummingbirds truly are aggressive bastards.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: The infamous heart-ripping-out ceremonies were in honor of this guy.
  • Cain and Abel: With his sister, Coyolxauhqui the moon goddess.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He carried a turquoise fire serpent as a weapon.
    • Better still, he used it as a spear-thrower
  • Light Is Not Good/The Power of the Sun: He is associated with the Sun and sometimes outright called a solar deity. He's also the main god of war and the one calling for human sacrifices.

Tlazolteotl:

The Goddess of sin and absolution, specially sexual sins. Also associated with the earth, midwives and steambaths.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She's somewhat associated with the Earth in some of her forms. Also associated with dirt and filth, both literally and metaphorically.

Cipatli

An enormous crocodilian monster that lived in the primordial waters before Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca teamed up to slay it and make the world from its corpse.

Toci

The goddess of healing, is depicted sometimes as a old wise lady wearing a headdress with cotton spools.
  • Cool Old Lady: Especially since how well knowledge she is with herbs, medicine, and midwifery.

Xiuhtecuhtli

The god of fire, day, and heat. He was lord of the volcanoes, personification of life after death, and light in darkness. He also is called Cuezaltzin by some. He is sometimes mistaken for another god called Huehueteotl however the reason he is a entirely different god is because Huehueteotl is depicted as a old man, while Xiuhtecuhtli is depicted as a young man.
  • A God I Am: Many Aztec emperors believed they were the reincarnation of Xiuhtecuhtli.
  • The Dandy: He is usually seen as a well dressed man wearing plenty of turquoise mosaics on his body, earplugs, paper crown painted with many various colors and on top of the crown was green feathers. He also carried around a wooden golden staff that a deer head on top of it.
  • Tribal Face Paint: His face was usually painted with red or black pigment.

Centeotl

The god of maize (corn). He is the son of the earth goddess, Tlazolteotl. Majority of evidence from written records suggest that he was depicted as a young man (however the debate is still ongoing), with yellow body coloration. He was considered one of the most important Aztec deities in the Aztec Empire especially since he was also the god of agriculture.
  • Green Thumb: Well yes, pretty much since he is the god of maize and agriculture.
  • Farm Boy: That as well with the way he is always depicted as.
  • Food God: He is the god of corn.
  • Fruit of the Loon: In his headdress he wears it has a single stalk of maize used as a decoration for his hat.

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