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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.
  • 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.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Cerberus, guardian of the gates to underworld. Known to become a big friendly dog when in the presence of his master Hades or whenever he hears lyre music.
    • Also with everyone who is entering the underworld. Those that try to leave, though...
  • Are We There Yet?: It takes a long, long, long time to get to the lost continent of Atlantis, and the team finally name-drops the trope.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Cronus.
  • 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 both 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 in a volcano one episode, but the trope is otherwise played straight with Archie and Atlanta jumping on rocks in the lava.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Oracle and Mr. Suez. Hera is an Cool Old Lady.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The gods are prone to this sometimes. Jay grumbles about it to Hera in one episode.
  • 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.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: In a few episodes.
  • Everyone Can See It: Archie, we're looking at you.
  • Evil Laugh: Cronus has a manic 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.
  • 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 one episode. He calls them "my girls" and they fawn over him. They perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop another mechanical creation.
  • 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 one episode, the kids think they've achieved the prophecy, and are trying to come to terms with the idea of being separated. Cronus cooked up a 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 calls the thing "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 gets this way over his beloved Persephone - who uses it to her advantage when Cronus invades the Underworld.
  • Guttural Growler: Hephaestus
  • Halloween Episode: "See You at the Crossroads"
  • Happily Married: Hades and Persephone are shown to be this. Possibly Zeus and Hera as well, although this is left way more ambiguous.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: The show has two examples - 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 a descendant of Medea, to make her try to destroy the team (but particularly Jay).
  • Identical Grandson: Jay and Jason, but surprisingly averted with everyone else.
  • I Have Your Wife: Cronus uses this on Eros in the Valentine's Day episode, 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.
  • 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. 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 Fašade: 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: 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.
  • Membership Token: After a fashion. Each of the seven heroes has an identical 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.
  • Mind-Control Music: Used by Cronus in one episode, 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 one episode 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/bird 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. He's a god.
  • Mr. Exposition: Jay is something like this in the pilot, 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: Seriously, she taught her grandson Herry how to fight. Said grandson will also not like it.
    • In a different vein, there's Zeus's grandmother Gaea. 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 the trope 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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, Theresa later. 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.
  • Shout-Out: The episode title "They Might be G.I. Ants" refers to the band "They Might be Giants".
    "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
  • Sinister Scythe: Kronos had one in Greek mythology, and Cronus has one in the show. Sometimes two.
  • Sins of Our Fathers
  • Taken for Granite: "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. This mainly takes the form of her cooking for them, which she does very well, and scolding Herry for emptying 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.
  • 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: One episode 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 they're back at the school, with no explanation as to how they got there.
  • 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: Atlas' response 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. She wigs out, turns blue, and basically reminds anyone who looks at her exactly why she is the Queen of the Underworld.

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