Western Animation: Class of the Titans

Class of the Titans is a Canadian animated television series created by Studio B Productions and Nelvana. The series lasted from December 2005 to February 2008 for a total of 52 episodes in two seasons.

Cronus, the God of Time, has been imprisoned in Tartarus for four thousand years. But when all of the planets come into perfect alignment at midnight on New Year's Eve, it provides him with the power he needs in order to escape. Now loose in the world with an army of giants behind him, Cronus intends to conquer and destroy the world.

While the gods of Olympus no longer have the power to stop Cronus on their own, they bring together seven teenage descendants of heroes from Greek mythology. Under the guidance of the gods, these chosen ones are the only ones with the power to save the world from the encroaching evil.

Heroes:

  • Jay - "The Leader," descendant of Jason of the Argonauts.
  • Odie - "The Brains," descendant of Odysseus.
  • Herry - "The Brawn," descendant of Hercules.note 
  • Atlanta - "The Hunter," descendant of Atalanta.note 
  • Archie - "The Warrior," descendant of Achilles.
  • Theresa - "The Fighter," descendant of Theseus.
  • Neil - "The Good Looking," descendant of Narcissus.


This show contains examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In "Trojan Horse," Odie quits the team after a mishap causes the staff of Hermes to break while in his possession. It's actually a trick, but the others don't know that.
  • The Ace: Adonis.
  • Accidental Hero: In the episode "Labour Day", it is shown that Herry was the one who completed a few of the 12 labors of Hercules. Hercules merely showed up in time for the masses to give him the credit.
  • Adorkable: Possibly Archie. Definitely Hermes.
  • Addiction Displacement: Dionysus, in the series, has given up alcohol and replaced it with an obsession with science and chemistry.
  • All Myths Are True: Greek myths, at least, with an offhand nod to the Egyptian in one episode.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Jay is All Work; Neil is All Play. The other heroes fall somewhere in the middle, though they take turns at trying to persuade Jay to relax a little more.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Mr. Suez is Zeus, the king of the ancient Grecian Gods.
    • The gods in general get bonus points for having their secret entrance in a janitor's closet.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Mostly averted, but some of the gods have rather striking coloring. The biggest example would be Hades, who is purple. Persephone usually looks normal, but turns blue when she gets upset.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Cerberus, guardian of the gates to underworld, alternates between this and Big Friendly Dog. If his master Hades is around, or someone is playing the lyre, he's a happy dog; he's also very friendly and welcoming to anyone arriving in the underworld. Those that try to leave, though...
  • Are We There Yet?: When it takes a long, long time to get to the lost continent of Atlantis, the kids finally ask this.
  • Artistic License – History: Mostly averted, but utilized for Rule of Funny purposes in one way: the gods, or occasionally museums, often have items which are inscribed with various dates "B.C."
  • Artistic License – Religion: "The Game Plan." It makes perfect sense that the seven kids would celebrate Christmas, but the ancient Greek gods?
  • Because Destiny Says So: The first thing Cronus does after breaking out of Tartarus is to walk up to the Oracle and ask; "What, if anything, can stop me?" For an answer, he is shown images of the seven teens, and he promptly gets to work trying to destroy them. This is the main reason the Olympian gods recruit them in the first place.
    • To a lesser extent, the gods - Hera in particular - frequently speak of the seven teenagers performing various actions 'as has been foretold.' Odie's above-mentioned 10-Minute Retirement is one example. They never really explain what prophesies they're referencing.
  • Big Bad: Cronus.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Jay and Theresa in the finale. Neil even tells them to "Get a room!"
  • Bigger on the Inside: How Hope describes the interior of Pandora's Box.
  • Blessed with Suck: Neil, in "Golden Boy," when Nemesis curses him to have the Midas Touch as punishment for his arrogance and self-absorption.
  • Bound and Gagged: A decent amount of it happens, to males and females alike.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Archie has this bad toward Atlanta.
    • Theresa and Jay also have their moments, though much less frequently.
  • The Chosen Seven
  • Christmas Episode: "The Game Plan".
  • Composite Character: Cronus is predominantly based on Kronos, the father of the gods and the leader of the Titans. However, he also has time powers associated with Chronos, a entirely different deity.
  • Conflict Ball: Theresa never has a problem with her life as a hero before the season two finale.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The cars in the background of the city are this, unlike Herry's truck, which is drawn and animated.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Neil complains about the heat of a volcano in "Many Happy Returns". Otherwise, this is played straight when Archie and Atlanta jump on rocks in the lava.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Oracle and Mr. Suez. Hera is a Cool Old Lady.
  • Cosmic Chess Game: Cronus kidnaps Zeus in "The Game Plan" and forces him to play one of these; Zeus's pieces include the seven heroes.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The gods are prone to this sometimes. Jay grumbles about it to Hera in one episode.
  • Daddy's Girl: Theresa is implied to have been this in her childhood. Among the gods, Athena comes closest; she's the only one of Zeus's children who directly addresses him as "Father," and seems to be the most fond of him.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: The first thing Cronus does after escaping Tartarus is go to the Oracle to find out if there is anyone who can stop him, completely averting Nothing Can Stop Us Now. He then proceeds to target the one he thinks is the weakest link, Neil, and almost downright wins. Throughout the rest of the series, Cronus will prove to be extremely Genre Savvy, which is what makes him so dangerous, even when his titanic ego sometimes becomes his undoing.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Athena.
  • Elaborate University High: New Olympia High School.
  • Empathic Weapon: Jay's sword and energy shield are this to an extent.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Naturally, since the god of time wants to take over and enslave all of mankind. Heck, Cronus self-admits that there's not gonna be much of the world left once he's done.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: In a few episodes.
  • Everyone Can See It: Archie, we're looking at you.
  • Evil Laugh: Cronus has a maniacal one that sometimes borders on Laughing Mad.
  • Exact Words: In "Road to Hades," the group is told not to stray off the path - but in order to reach the field of asphodel flowers, they need to do just that. Odie realizes that if they fill their shoes with the gravel from the path, they're technically still walking on it.
  • Fake Defector: Odie pulls this off in the episode "Trojan Horse."
  • Famous Ancestor: Built on it.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: The kids always wear life jackets while on boats. Archie still manages to be submerged under the water briefly, though.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Cronus has his friendly moments, but it's unlikely to be anything more than this.
  • Fem Bot: Hephaestus built a pair of these in ancient times to help him in his forge; they're recovered from a volcano in "Many Happy Returns". He calls them "my girls" and they fawn over him. They perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Talos.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The seven kids were all complete strangers until they were attacked by Cronus' mooks and were saved and brought to New Olympia.
  • Fiery Redhead: Atlanta, and sometimes Theresa.
  • Fission Mailed: In "Cronus Vanquished", the kids think they've fulfilled the prophecy, and are trying to come to terms with the idea of being separated. In reality, Cronus cooked up the ruse in order to take over the Underworld.
  • Fluffy Tamer:
    • Hermes seems to have shades of this. He tames griffins on the side and even baby-talks to them.
    • Also Hades, who absolutely adores Cerberus. He even refers to it as "Puppy!"
  • Free-Range Children: To some extent; although they are living at the school under the care of the gods, the seven heroes are frequently left to their own devices.
  • Get a Room!: Invoked by Neil during instances of excessive public displays of affection.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Evil Theresa summons one in the finale.
  • Giant Mook: Literally; Cronus has giants for henchmen.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Half-sisters Artemis and Athena take this to a whole new level.
  • God Favoritism: Each of the kids seems to be the particular favorite of one of the gods. For instance, Hera is particularly fond of Jay, Hermes of Odie, and Aphrodite of Neil.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Somewhat literally, as Envy enjoys ratcheting up people's jealousy to the point where they're willing to kill one another.
    • Hades is this concerning his beloved Persephone. She uses this to her advantage when Cronus invades the Underworld in "Cronus Vanquished".
  • Guttural Growler: Hephaestus.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Persephone is presented this way usually, although she does have her moments. See You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry.
  • Halloween Episode: "See You at the Crossroads".
  • Happily Married: Multiple examples are seen in the series:
    • Hades and Persephone.
    • Eros and Psyche.
    • Possibly Zeus and Hera as well, although this is left more ambiguous; she does kiss him under the mistletoe in "The Game Plan", though.note 
  • Heroes Want Redheads: The show has two examples in Jay toward Theresa, and Archie toward Atlanta. Special mention goes to the fact that all four are heroes.
    • There's even a third example if you count Pan and Atlanta. Bonus points for the fact that they both have red hair.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Theresa comes to hate the gods and goes about stealing their powers and turning them mortal, thus effectively becoming a god herself. Lampshaded by Zeus in their battle in order to bring her back to her senses.
  • Hidden Depths: Archie has read the old Greek poems, such as The Iliad.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Odie pulls this off from time to time.
  • Hypno Trinket: Cronus uses one on Medelia, a descendant of Medea, to make her try to destroy the team (and Jay in particular).
  • Identical Grandson: Jay to Jason, but surprisingly averted with everyone else.
  • I Have Your Wife: Cronus uses this on Eros in "Bows and Eros", holding Psyche hostage in exchange for the god of love's cooperation.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Jay has this sort of attitude at first, since he's the only one who doesn't have a cool ability. Odie also has this from time to time, since his skills aren't particularly combat-oriented.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Applies to several characters, but most notably Theresa, in the series finale.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Aphrodite.
  • Insult Backfire: In the episode "Man's Worst Enemy", the protagonists discover that the lyre can be used to calm Cerberus down. This prompts the following exchange:
    Odie: But who plays the lyre these days? It's so lame.
    Theresa: I do.
  • Invisible Parents: Most of the team's parental figures are absent for one reason or another. For example, Jay's parents have been told that he's in an astronaut training program, to explain his departure. Herry's parents are not around, but his grandmother appears in a few episodes and is implied to have raised him.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Theresa, but she gets over it. See below.
  • The Jailer: Kampe, the jailer of Tartarus. Cronus was the only prisoner to have ever escaped under her watch. She hopes to correct this, even if it means sacrificing others to do so.
  • Jerkass Façade: Archie is normally an aloof Deadpan Snarker who really is a big softy inside.
  • Large Ham: Cronus. Does not make him any less of a threat. Being voiced by David Kaye helps.
    "Sleep well, mortals. Tomorrow brings the dawn of a new era, and those who live through it will serve me... Neh, who am I kidding? No one's going to live through it! Ha ha ha! No one! Aha ha ha!"
    • Ares and Hephaestus have shades of this as well.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Happens on a few occasions.
    • In the episode "Forget Me Not", the entire cast, except Neil, lose their memories due to exposure to the river Lethe. This also includes Cronus.
    • Also happens in any episode where a character is hypnotized into serving Cronus or one of his minions. Once the mind control is broken, they usually have no memory of what happened.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Jay and Theresa. Archie and Atlanta may also have this, although it's much less explicit; they hold hands as opposed to Jay and Theresa's big damn kiss.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Herry and Atlanta frequently appear to have this dynamic. It may partly be due to the fact that they were two of the first three team members recruited, and have therefore known each other a bit longer than the others.
  • Love Potion: In "Bows and Eros", several members of the team are cured of their anger, caused by Eros's evil arrows, by drinking a distillation of pure love. Theresa and Herry are the first two to imbibe, causing Theresa to warily ask if Herry is now going to be in love with her. A bit later, they have this exchange:
    Herry: Want to get some dinner?
    Theresa: Are you hitting on me?!
    Herry: No! I'm hungry!
  • Membership Token: Each of the seven heroes has a monogrammed golden pendant, which they found or were given just prior to the start of the series. The pendants are actually keys which allow them to access hidden parts of the school, like the janitor's closet which houses the gods' secret entrance. Cronus knows that they exist and that they're important, but he doesn't know exactly what they do; in "Cronus Keystroke", he steals one and attempts to make a copy so he can figure it out.
  • Mind-Control Music: Used by Cronus in "The Nature of Things", in which he otherwise never appears, to force the demigod Pan to do his bidding. Pan turns around and uses it on several female students at the school, including Atlanta.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Herry's granny is tiny (and badass).
  • Mistaken Identity: Orpheus is persuaded to assist the heroes in "Men's Worst Enemy" because he mistakes Theresa for his beloved wife Eurydice.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Being based on Greek mythology, this pops up a lot when dealing with monsters. The chimera is a lion/goat/snake creature; the minotaur is half-bull, half-human; griffins are lion/eagle animals; and Typhoeus is a winged beast with snakes for legs.
    • In an early episode, Cronus takes one of his giant henchmen and swaps his upper torso with a bear. He turns another giant into a spider-monster-thing, just because he can.
  • Mr. Exposition: Jay is something like this in "Chaos 101", as he is the most well-versed in Greek mythology and is able to explain things to the others. His mother is Greek and raised her son on the stories of her home country.
  • My Beloved Smother: Demeter toward Persephone, to an extent.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Two very different examples.
    • On one hand, there's Herry's beloved Granny, who is the one who taught him to fight. He does not take kindly to anyone hurting her, and - as seen in the episode "Mother Knows Best" - will fight to the death to defend her if necessary.
    • On the other hand, there's Zeus's grandmother Gaia. As long as you remember your manners, she's perfectly lovely. Slight her, however, and you're in for a world of hurt - rather literally, as she's the goddess of the earth.
  • Nice Hat: Whoever wears the Helmet of Darkness gets to rule the Underworld.
  • The Only One: In the finale, Zeus explains why the gods don't take care of Cronus themselves.
    "We don't know what it's like to be mortal. That's why gods can't be true heroes; we can't be hurt, so we can't take real risks or make genuine sacrifices."
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The teen heroes all had regular lives before weird things started to happen and they were swept away to be trained as heroes. Some of them were already aware of their abilities, such as Herry not being too surprised that he could knock out a pair of Cronus's giants, but they had no idea about the prophecy. Jay in particular fits this as he is the most ordinary of the bunch, having no exceptional talents.
  • Papa Wolf/Team Dad: Chiron. He's most frequently the kids' direct mentor, being the one they go to with questions and for help with mythological research. When Jay is poisoned by Cronus's chimera, he goes into a rage, declaring that he will take revenge on Cronus "in this world or the next!"
    • Poseidon lets his inner Grandpa Wolf out with a roar when he learns that Cronus has taken his descendant Theresa prisoner in one episode. It's a trap for Poseidon, of course.
  • Police Are Useless: Usually played straight whenever the kids are running all around the city chasing Grecian monsters, but justified in "Breathtaking Beauty" because the police can't stop a Sphinx from eating whoever she wants.
  • The Power of Love: What breaks Cronus's mind control in "Bows and Eros".
  • Prisoner Exchange: When the heroes capture Medusa, the other Gorgons retaliate by kidnapping Neil and demanding this.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: As the Oracle says himself, he's always right without a mistake in over 4000 years.
  • Prophecy Twist: In the finale, the heroes defeat Cronus, but he is still alive with all his powers intact and free by the end of it. This is one of several Sequel Hooks in the episode which suggest that it was intended only to be a season finale, instead of the series finale it turned out to be.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A bunch of mortal teenagers up against an immortal god. Justified, as it was foretold that descendants of Greek heroes would be able to stop him and Prophecies Are Always Right.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The gods are usually this, and often trust the kids to do the right thing.
    • Oddly, even Cronus fits the bill occasionally. For example, in the Halloween episode he angrily demands to know why one of the kidnapped scientists didn't tell him something. The scientist reminds him that his mouth had been taped shut at the time, and Cronus relents, acknowledging that this is a fair point.
  • Refusal of the Call: Archie at first and Theresa later on. But You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Played straight. Many antagonists are reptilian.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: Mr. Suez is actually Zeus.
  • Self-Duplication: Cronus employs this at least once to disorient the heroes.
  • Ship Tease: For Archie/Atlanta and Theresa/Jay.
    • Shipper on Deck: All of the other heroes, for both of these pairings, though Jay and Herry do enjoy ribbing Archie about his feelings for Atlanta.
  • Shout-Out: Several, often very clever.
    • The episode title "They Might be G.I. Ants" refers to the band "They Might be Giants".
    • There are numerous shout outs to Ray Harryhausen's Greek mythology movies, especially the Kraken episode. The Kraken is actually a Norse critter, whose only connection to Greek myth is the movie Clash of the Titans. And then of course, there's the show's title.
    • In "See You at the Crossroads", one of the kidnapped scientists asks Cronus where he got his giant henchman.
    "Where'd you get this guy? The Fire Swamp? The Pit of Despair?"
  • Shown Their Work: The writers clearly did a lot of reading and research into Greek mythology, and it shows.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Hades and Persephone; Eros and Psyche.
  • Sinister Scythe: Kronos had one in Greek mythology, and Cronus has one in the show. Sometimes two.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: One of the main themes of the series.
  • Taken for Granite: A recurring problem.
    • "Sibling Rivalry" features Medusa and her two sisters. It is also explicitly stated in the episode that anything that gets turned to stone stays that way forever.
    • "Road to Hades" has the teens, minus Jay, venturing into the Underworld on a mission to save him from death. Persephone warns them not to stray off the path. What does Neil do? Walk off the path. What happens to him? He gets turned into a stone statue. Granted, he does turn back to normal when he set on the path again.
    • "Golden Boy" sees Neil accidentally turn Atlanta, Herry, and Odie into gold statues.
  • Team Mom: Athena fills this role in an official capacity, serving as the seven heroes' resident dorm mother and protector. She's an excellent cook and frequently has to scold Herry for cleaning out the refrigerator.
    • Team Granny: Once they're introduced to her, all of the heroes refer to and address Herry's grandmother as "Granny." She's the only parental figure who is confirmed to be told the truth about what the kids do, and even helps them take on Cronus.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Theresa and Atlanta are quite outnumbered.
  • Undying Loyalty: Part and parcel with being Fire-Forged Friends, the seven teens have this for one another. They will go to most any lengths to protect each other or rescue the others from danger - even if it means defying the gods, such as getting Medusa out of lockup to rescue the kidnapped Neil. When Hera points out that this could have had terrible repercussions if they had failed, Jay replies that if they had to do it again, they would.
  • The Unreveal: "Prisoner Kampe" ends with the seven teens and Granny stranded in the Caucasus Mountains, in Russia, and Odie wonders how they're going to get home. By the next episode, "Little Box of Horrors", they're back at the school, with no explanation as to how they got there.
  • Weirdness Censor: Despite some of the odd things which happen there, none of the other students at New Olympia High ever cotton on to the fact that the school is merely a hiding place for the gods of ancient Greece, nor that seven of their classmates save the world on a regular basis. May overlap with Selective Obliviousness.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Theresa.
  • When the Planets Align: How it all begins; Cronus uses such an alignment to free himself from Tartarus.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Water for Archie; enclosed spaces for Odie.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: During the finale, Theresa becomes tired of having to save the world every week and blames the gods for putting everybody in this situation in the first place. Theresa then goes about stealing some of the gods' powers and using them. Before long, Theresa begins systematically hunting down everyone in the Greek pantheon to take away their powers so the teens can have "normal lives" again.
  • Xanatos Gambit: How Odie gets the Herald's Staff back from Cronus.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Archie.
  • You Never Asked: What Atlas says when Odie asks him why he didn't tell the heroes of Atlantis' location earlier.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Persephone is beautiful, sweet, and kind-hearted until something makes her really angry. When that happens, she wigs out, turns blue, and basically reminds anyone who looks at her exactly why she is the Queen of the Underworld.

Alternative Title(s):

Class Of The Titans