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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: During the finale, Theresabecomes 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.
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.