Follow TV Tropes

Following

Characters / Classical Mythology Titans

Go To

The Titan gods of Classical Mythology.

    open/close all folders 

First Generation Titans

    Cronus / Kronos / Saturnus 

Κρόνος | Sāturnus | ♄

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2nd_century_roman_saturn_from_bulla_regia_giorcesbardo6_on_wikisource.jpg
The previous king of the gods, he was the leader of the Titans, the generation of gods prior to the Olympians. Typically associated with time (mostly due to the similarity of his name with the Greek word for "time"), the harvest, and agriculture.

His Roman counterpart was Saturnus, although frankly because Romans mixed their own mythology with the Greek one, it's unclear if they should truly be considered the same entity. Most likely Saturn was an entirely separate Roman god before being assimilated into Cronus.


  • Abusive Parents: Swallowing your newborn children doesn't win you the "Parent of the Year" award.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite being a real asshole to his siblings and a true villain to his kids, he did rule over humanity in a Golden Age of peace and prosperity. According to Hesiod at least, after his overthrow he was allowed to rule Elysium.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Uniquely, he's on both ends of this trope; Oranos was his archnemesis dad, and he himself was the archnemesis dad to Zeus and his siblings.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Romans believed that Saturn fled to Latium after being overthrown by his son. Saturn proceeded establish the Golden Age in Latium and bring agriculture and civilization to the people (the Greeks also believed that Cronus ruled during the Golden Age, but that it took place before Zeus overthrew him).
  • Asshole Victim: The logical conclusion of his baby-eating tendencies when his wife manages to save their youngest child- Zeus.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As the previous king of the gods
  • Big Bad: If you root for Zeus and his siblings, that is.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He killed his father who had imprisoned his siblings which made his mother upset. However, he not only turned his back on them, but he even began to eat his own children to retain his status; becoming as cruel if not more than his father.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Castrated and overthrew his dad Oranos for imprisoning the Hecatonchires and Cyclopes in Tartarus. Shame he didn't turn out to be much better.
  • Child Eater / Eats Babies: Each kid he had with Rhea was eaten, except Zeus.
  • Depending on the Writer: What exactly happened to him after his overthrow by Zeus differs depending on the writer. To Homer, Cronus was still locked up in Tartarus, and remains there to this day. To Hesiod on the other hand, Cronus was later released and allowed to rule the Isle of the Blessed in the underworld. The Romans claimed that Saturn never went to Tartarus at all, but fled over to Italy.
  • Druidic Sickle: The sickle was one of the many symbols associated with Cronus, most notably as the weapon he used to overthrow Uranus. Overlaps with his role as an agricultural deity.
  • The Exile: The Romans had a tradition of Saturn being an immigrant god that fled to Latium after being overthrown and was welcomed by Janus.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He mistook a stone for the newborn Zeus. Though the stone was wrapped in blankets like a baby.
  • Fallen Hero: Kronos, the youngest but bravest child, overthrew his evil father, was crowned king, married the beautiful Rhea and oversaw a new Golden Age. All very classic hero's journey stuff... too bad he got so paranoid he ended up repeating dear old Dad's tyranny.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Just as his father, he was cut into tiny pieces. With his own scythe. After which his remains were unceremoniously tossed into Tartarus along with much of the rest of the titans. And as Titans are technically immortals...
    • Subverted in Orphic tradition, where Cronus just got drugged into a stupor and dragged into the Cave of Nyx, the goddess of night, where he would sleep for eternity. Maybe not ideal, but doesn't sound all that bad.
  • For the Evulz: After freeing the Cyclopses and Hecatonceries long enough to build a palace on Othrys, then he threw them back into Tartarus with extra security just to be a dick.
  • God-Eating: Infamous for devouring his divine children so they wouldn't overthrow him, like how he overthrew his own father.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: An interpretation of his moral alignment, as he was an agricultural god who may have brought a golden age to mankind, and yet ate his offspring and probably raped his wife (how else would she have made more babies to be eaten?), and disrespected Gaia's wish to free his imprisoned siblings.
  • Green Thumb: As the god of agriculture.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Eat his newborn children one by one in order to preserve his rule, but unlike most examples, it's less permanent as Zeus manages to have them vomit them all out and they were just as immortal as he is after all, meaning they couldn't die. It helps that he also swallowed them whole- immortal or not, if he had chewed them up, the Olympians would have remained seriously mangled for eternity.
  • Jumped at the Call: Some sources state that he was very eager to use the chance when Gaea asked who would take revenge on Ouranos.
  • Jerkass: Patricidal, power hungry, paranoid, doesn't keep his word, and eats his own sons and daughters. There's a reason so many Titans bailed on him once war broke out.
  • Mister Seahorse: Somehow his children emerged fully grown once Zeus induced vomiting many years after they had been swallowed. Most likely because Cronus is extremely huge and his belly is habitable paired with the facts that said children are literally immortals, incapable of dying. Or because Greek myth is weird like that.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His nickname was "The Crooked One" or "Crooked Cronus" (Κρόνος ἀγκυλομήτης).
  • Physical God: Just like most Greek gods, he was divine power in humanoid form.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in Tartarus after being overthrown.
  • Sinister Scythe: His token item, which he used when eviscerating his father Ouranos.
  • Time Master: Associated with time, in particular time as a destructive force that "devours" all things.
  • Youngest Child Wins: He is always mentioned last in the lists of Titans by birth order. Even if one source mentioned male Titans first then female Titans, and other mentioned female Titans first then male Titans, and still other a combination of them, Cronus is always the last. Fittingly, he is also the most famous of them.
Advertisement:

    Hyperion 
Of all the Titans, this is probably the most mysterious, since practically nothing about him comes on Greek texts, though it is known he fought against the gods in the Titanomachy, and probably might had helped Cronus kill his father Ouranos, not to mention that he is father of Helios, Selene and Eos, the gods of the Sun, Moon and Dawn respectively. The Lord of light and of the East, the first making him not very unique since there are several other deities in Greek Mythology aligned with light, but should he appear as an enemy of the Olympians in modern media he would be quite the nice contrast to the usual demonic legions (and, in fact, he did appear once).
  • Brother–Sister Incest: With Theia.
  • Disappeared Dad: Most likely thrown into Tartarus. An ancient fragment says that at night Helios returns home to "his dear wife, his beloved children and his mother", but the father is nowhere to be found.
  • Flat Character: Not a lot is known about him.
  • God of Light: Is associated with light and may possibly be the sun depending on who you ask.
  • Light 'em Up: As the Titan god of the sun.
  • Light Is Not Good: If depicted negatively.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "he who watches from above". Aside from fire, lightning and astronomical objects are the most obvious natural light sources.
  • Physical God
  • The Power of the Sun: Zigzagged. He is the father of the sun god and they are treated as the same in many texts, but Hyperion's role in the myth is little more than to father the actual sun, rather than act as a solar god on his own right.
  • Superhero Speciation: Averted, He's the Lord of light, which makes him not very unique in that respect since there are several other deities in Greek Mythology aligned with light.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

    Iapetos / Iapetus 
The god of the mortal lifespan as well as craftsmanship and Lord of the West In addition to being ancestor of mankind. Helped subdue Ouranos so Cronus could castrate him. After this, got married to Asia/Clymene/Themis and had four sons: Atlas, Menoitius, Prometheus and Epimetheus. He sided with Cronus during the Titanomachy and was banished into Tartarus after losing.
  • Blade on a Stick: He carried and possibly invented the spear.
  • Continuity Snarl: Who his wife is and how many children he has. The main ones are Asia and Clymene but some sources mention that Themis is the mother of his son Prometheus, and presumably his other sons as well since atlas is still his brother there.
  • The Dreaded:Iapetus is really hyped by the myths(even his chains get some hype as well) and is constantly put in the same sentences as Cronus as if to imply they were equals. Zeus wishes not to fight him again and when Typhon is whooping his ass, he dreads thinking of Iapetus. Typhon even says that he will keep Iapetos chains for Poseidon. According to valerius flaccus, he was the general of the titans(instead of his son Atlas) and had to be defeated before Zeus could rule the universe.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name means Piercer.
  • Physical God
  • Single Sex Offspring: Only had sons. Averted in the texts where he is the father of a woman named Anchiale.

    Koios / Coeus / Polus 
Titan god of heavenly oracles and Intelligence, and Lord of the North. Another accomplice of Cronus. His alternate name was Polos (Of the North Pole). One of the few titans with a Roman name, Polus. Occasionally celebrated as the grandfather of Apollon via Leto, as the Olympian's role in divination is said to come due to his role as the heavenly axis.
  • An Ice Person: Titan of the North, which the ancient Greeks associated with intense cold.
  • Grim Up North: Was the Titan of the North, which in Greek mythology is depicted as a pretty hostile place.
  • Physical God
  • Seers: Was the Titan of celestial oracles and divination, while his wife/sister Phoebe was associated with earthly oracles.
  • Single Sex Offspring: Only has two daughters.
  • Star Power: Associated with the northern star and the axis of the Heavens.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the god of intelligence.

    Krios / Crius 
The Titan lord of the South, who helped Cronus to depose Ouranos. Associated with the constellation Aries (The Ram).
  • Animal Motifs: His name means Ram. His sons are also associated with animals. Pallas with goats and Perses with hounds.
  • Physical God
  • Star Power: Also associated with constellations.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Unlike his other siblings, doesn't have a hint of a relationship with his full sister Mnemosyne, but interestingly marries his half sister Eurybia.
  • Single Sex Offspring: Has three sons, but no daughters.

    Mnemosyne 
No, not that Mnemosyne. The Titan goddess of memory, and the daughter of Gaia and Uranus. She and Zeus had sex for nine consecutive nights, and each copulation led to the birth of one of the nine Muses. It was said that kings and poets receive their great oratorical ability from Mnemosyne and her daughters, the Muses.
Advertisement:

    Oceanus 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/naples_archaeology_museum_5914746240.jpg
Oceanus was the oldest of the Titans and son of Oranos and Gaia. He ruled over the rivers, so his job was pretty distinct from Poseidon's, who ruled over salt water. Oceanus was also the god who regulated the rising and setting of the heavenly bodies which were believed to emerge and descend into his watery realm at the ends of the earth.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the Ocean, the great river.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Married his sister Tethys.
  • Happily Married: He and his wife had around 6,000 children (3,000 sons, 3,000 daughters) together. They were a busy couple.
  • Heroic Neutral: Oceanus never involved himself in things like the overthrowing of Ouranos or the Titanomachy. The Iliad claims that he and Tethys provided protection to Hera while the Titanomachy was raging, but didn't take part in the battle themselves. Thus he was one of the few Titans Zeus tolerated after ascending to the throne.
  • Lord of the Ocean: The god of the ocean, which is a river. In later times, where the idea of a great earth-encircling river was abandoned, Oceanus became more and more associated with the sea, mostly the one beyond the Gibraltar (the Atlantic) while Poseidon gets the Mediterranean.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Eleven or twelve Titans, plus three Hecatoncheires, three Cyclopes, numerous Giants nymphs and the Erinyes for siblings, and 6,000 children of his own.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: A rare heroic example. He and Tethys together had 6,000 children, some of whom became famous in their own right.
  • Making a Splash: He is the embodiment of the Ocean, which to the ancient Greeks was a huge river that encircled the earth.
  • Physical God
  • Snake People: He has the lower body of a serpent.

    Phoebe 
One of the original Titans (children of Gaia and Uranus), she is traditionally associated with the moon due to her name, though she doesn't do anything with it. her husband was Coeus, with whom she had Leto and Asteria. She later received control of the oracle of Delphi from Themis before it became the shrine of her grandson, Apollo.
  • Action Girl: Fights against the Giants next to her daughter Asteria in the Gigantomachy frieze on the Pergamon Altar.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: With Coeus.
  • Flat Character: Not much is know about Phoebe besides who she birthed and her having the Oracle of Delphi, which became Apollo's anyway.
  • God of the Moon: It was common for Greek lunar goddesses to receive the epithet "Phoebe", but as for the original Phoebe herself, she doesn't seem to have actively fulfilled the role of a moon goddess at any point.
  • Lunacy: Her name was given to a number of lunar goddesses, most famously Artemis/Diana and Luna.
  • Physical God
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Associated with the moon closely, but she wasn't the pantheon's original moon goddess.
  • Seers: Once had the power, later gave it to Apollo.
  • Single Sex Offspring: Has two daughters, Leto and Asteria.

    Rhea 
Titan goddess and "Mother of the Gods", Rhea was the wife of Cronus, identified in Rome with the goddess Ops. She would give birth to all the original Olympic gods. However, Cronos learned from Gaia and Uranus that he was destined to be overthrown by one of his children. Thus, Cronus swallowed all of his children as soon as they were born, with the exception of Zeus, because Rhea gave him a rock to eat instead. She hid Zeus in a cave where someone else raised him.
  • Almighty Mom: She is the only Titan Zeus not only allows, but encourages. She was said to be exclusively worshiped in certain parts of Crete. Saving her children at the cost of her husband, went a long way.
  • Composite Character: She would eventually assimilate a lot of the attributes of the Phrygian Mother Goddess Cybele, including a chariot pulled by lions and orgiastic rituals including wine and dancing, hence her raising Dionysus. Some myths even have her fleeing Cronus from the Mount Ida in Crete (where she originated) to the Mount Ida in Anatolia, near Troy (which was sacred to Cybele).
  • Good Parents: In some texts, it's at least implied that Rhea genuinely loved her children, not wanting Kronos to devour them and by the time Zeus came along, pleading with Gaia to tell her a way to save him. Additionally, some stories claim that she continued to associate with the Olympians after the Titanomachy, implying that she and her children remained on good terms.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Due to the aforementioned Composite Character status, Rhea's worship rituals included wine, dancing and orgies. Evidently, the mother of the Olympians had something of a wild side.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Rhea is depicted riding a lion, her sacred animal.
  • Mother Goddess: The mother of the gods.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Rhea is tasked with raising a young Dionysus by Hermes in some tellings of Dionysus' backstory.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She just disappeared after giving birth to all her children and Cronus the stone. There's no mention if she approved Zeus overthrowing Cronus. But then, all female first-generation Titans are like that.
    • Although she makes a brief appearance in some versions of the myth of Persephone, as a messenger sent by Zeus to persuade Demeter to return to Olympus, so presumably she was able to stay on her children's good side.

    Tethys 
Wife of Oceanus and a sea goddess, she was the mother of the chief rivers of the world (know to the Greeks at the time) such as the Nile. She is also probably most well known for a having a lot of children. In fact, other than being everybody's mother, she really plays no other major role in Greek literary tradition, other than raising Hera as her stepchild during the war with the Titans. Is supposedly the reason Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are circumpolar (at Hera's request).
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Married her brother Oceanus.
  • Doting Parent: To Hera, and presumably her own children as well.
  • Making a Splash: Though take note that she isn't the sea itself.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: A rare heroic example. She sired with Oceanus 6,000 children (divided equally between the males and females), some of whom became famous in their own right.
  • Nephewism: She and Oceanus adopted Hera, the daughter of their siblings Cronus and Rhea, in some versions, and were very doting parents to her. In one version Hera asks Tethys not to let Ursa Major (Callisto, whom Zeus impregnated) sink in the water for having bore Zeus' son, and Tethys granted her wish.
    • Tethys also nursed two other of her niblings, Helios and Selene, in their infancy.
  • Physical God

    Theia 
Theia was a Titan goddess and wife of Hyperion. Her name simply means goddess, which should tell you that there is not very much to her character. She, however, may have been a Titan glory. Some sources do stress that she gave eyesight to mankind and that she was the mother of Helios, however.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: With her brother Hyperion.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Apparently associated with gold and shiny metals, as per Pindar's Fifth Isthmian.
  • Flat Character: Even compared to other members of her generation, there is not much special about her.
  • Glowing Eyes : The Greeks actually believed that eyes had tiny suns in them. One of the few concrete aspects about Theia is her role in supplying this "light of the eyes". Through this she is also said to give jewels and precious metals their beauty.
  • I Have Many Names: Also according to the aforementioned Fifth Isthmian, Theia is "the goddess of many names". And truly enough she has been variously known as Euryphaessa, Aethra, or Basileia.
  • God of Light: The goddess of light and sight. May or may not be a relic from a Pre-Greek sun goddess.
  • Light 'em Up: As with most of her family.
  • Physical God
Advertisement:

    Themis 
Zeus's second (Depending on the Writer) wife and daughter of Uranus and Gaia, Themis was the goddess of divine law, order, and custom. Themis in many ways represented tradition, mores, customs, and such, especially those said to have been handed down by the gods. A prophetess, with the ability to see into the future, and thus received the Oracle at Delphi, which she passed on to Phoebe. It is sometimes said that she became a goddess of divine justice, but this role is also taken up by Nemesis. She was so respected, even Hera, her successor as Zeus's wife, referred to her as "Lady Themis". With Zeus, she gave birth to Astraea, the Moirai (possibly), and both generations of the Hours. She was also stated to be the mother of Prometheus in some myths, which would make her Iapetos wife(along with two other goddesses)
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of divine law.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has eleven Titan siblings, plus three Hecatoncheires and three Cyclopes. And that's not counting the various half-siblings born to either her father or her mother alone. She herself had six daughters, three Horae and three Fates, with Zeus.
  • Nature Adores a Virgin: Defied, as Nyx prophesized that Themis would remain a virgin until a son was born to Rhea and Cronus.
  • Physical God:
  • Scales of Justice: Themis as the goddess of law and order has a set of scales as her symbol. Themis along with Dike are the providers of the Tropenamer.
  • Second Love: Zeus' second wife after he ate Metis. It didn't last.
  • Seers: Received the Oracle of Delphi from her mother Gaia, and then gave it to her sister Phoebe.
  • Single Sex Offspring: Six daughters (the three Horae and the three Fates) but no sons.
  • Token Good Teammate: In the Titanomachy, Themis and Prometheus were the only Titans to ally themselves with Zeus and oppose Kronos. The rest either sided with Kronos or remained neutral.

Second Generation Titans

    Asteria 
The titan goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars, she was the daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus, the sister of Leto, and the mother of Hecate. She flung herself into the Aegean Sea to escape the womanizing Zeus (while transformed as a quail) and thus became the "quail island", Ortygia, which became later identified with the island of Delos. It was the only piece of Earth that would give refuge to Leto when she was pursued by the always vengeful Hera while pregnant with Zeus's children.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Zeus. He chased her so she transformed into a quail and leapt into the sea to escape him, thereupon she further transformed into a wandering island with no fixed location that would eventually be known as Delos. According to Nonnus, after Asteria fled from Zeus, Poseidon was the one to pick up the chase, forcing Asteria to transform into an island to escape.
  • Action Girl: Fights against the Giants next to her mother Phoebe in the Gigantomachy frieze on the Pergamon Altar.
  • Animal Motifs: Quails, duh.
  • Animorphism: Transformed into a quail and then an island.
  • Attempted Rape: By both Zeus and Poseidon.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Associated with the night, but is not evil.
  • Kissing Cousins: She and her husband Perses are first cousins.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "starry."
  • One-Steve Limit: There are several characters in Greek mythology named Asteria besides her.
  • Physical God
  • Star Power: Her name means "she of the stars" and might denote a role as a stellar goddess, though surviving evidence is little and obscure.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Her means of escaping amorous gods.

    Astraeus 
The Titan god of the dusk, and son of Crius and Eurybia (however, Hyginas identifies him as a Gigantes and son of Tartarus and Gaia). Was the husband of Eos (goddess of the dawn), and together, they were daybreak and nightfall. They are the parents of the Anemoi and Astra Planeta (Wandering Planets).

    Asia 
Asia is interesting: she is the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, making her a second generation Titan (and Oceanid), but is the wife of Iapetus, a first generation and her uncle. Together, she and her husband had Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius. It is from her that we get Asia, as in the continent.
  • Flat Character: Didn't figure much, other than being one of Oceanus and Tethys' 3,000 daughters and siring four sons with Iapetus. However, we did get the name of a continent after her.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has 5,999 siblings (3,000 male and 2,999 female), all of whom represent rivers and bodies of water around the world.

    Atlas 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/farnese_atlas.JPG
Probably one of the more well known Titans, his task, as punishment for fighting against Zeus during his war against the Titans, is to hold up Uranus (the sky) away from Gaia (the Earth) to prevent the two from "embracing". Generally considered the son of Iapetus and Asia. Later Hercules came to Atlas to ask him to retrieve the Golden Apples for him, one of his Twelve Labors. When Atlas returned, he attempted to trick Hercules into holding up Uranus permanently, as anyone who wants to take Atlas away from his task had to do it voluntarily. Hercules, however, tricked Atlas into retaking his load. Depending on the myth, Hercules either ran away with the apples or built the two Pillars of Hercules to hold up the sky, thus freeing Atlas from his task forever and liberating him, much like how Hercules also liberated Prometheus.
  • And I Must Scream: He must hold up the Heavens for all of eternity. You probably know this wasn't at all painless. He may as well be the god of this trope, since he is the god of endurance.
  • Badass Bookworm: Was the general of the titans even though there was a literal War God on their side, is powerful enough to hold the sky forever and taught mankind Astronomy and mathematics.
  • Barrier Maiden: He forever holds up the sky and thus separates Uranus from Gaia. What would happen if he stopped doing this isn't quite clear but it may be possible that Uranus and Gaia could create even more monsters (assuming that Uranus' castration wasn't truly the end of that..).
  • Continuity Snarl: Even considering the usual divergences to Greek mythology, Atlas has two attestments to this trope to this day; the Atlas mountains are named after the myth where Medusa's head was to turn him to stone, while the Pillars of Hercules have been named after two promontories said to be raised up by Hercules to hold up the sky and relieve Atlas of his duty. This being said though, some Roman sources actually reconcile the two myths by claiming the Pillars of Hercules was the Atlas mountains until Hercules decided to smash through it instead of climbing over it.
  • Physical God
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Today, many people mistakenly believe that Atlas's task was to hold up the Earth, not the Heavens. Most likely because the heavens were depicted as a sphere.
  • Taken for Granite: Either Perseus or Athena showed him Medusa's head as a Mercy Kill, turning him into the Atlas Mountains and relieving him of his duty.

    Eos / Aurora 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eos_kidnapping_boy.jpg
The Titan goddess of the dawn, known as Aurora in the Roman pantheon. She either opens the gates for her brother Helios to ride out or harnesses his horses to the chariot.
  • Abduction Is Love: Carried off a lot of men she fell in love with at first sight. Not everyone was happy with that, though.
    • Cephalus was so vocal about wanting to return to his wife she had to let him go.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To all the men she carried off, though Cephalus probably wins by a long shot.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the dawn.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With fellow daylight deity Helios. She is said to open the gates for him each morning, and some texts even say she accompanies him throughout the entire duration of his diurnal journey through the skies.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Made her boyfriend immortal, but forgot about eternal youth.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: She often carried off mortal men to be her lovers, whether they wanted it or not.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Often carried off handsome young men to be her boy toys regardless of if they already had a wife or if they were unwilling participants. In at least one case she sent one guy back because she got tired of him begging to see his wife and home again.
  • Empathic Environment: When she witnessed her son Memnon dying in war, in sorrow she made Helios downcast and asked Nyx to come out earlier, bringing night.
  • Extreme Libido: Thanks to Aphrodite, she was incredibly sex-obsessed.
  • Fiery Redhead: Often depicted with red hair.
  • Immortality Inducer: She secured immortality for Tithonus. Too bad she forgot about eternal youth...
  • Interrupted Intimacy: A rather extreme example; in The Odyssey, Calypso mentions that Artemis killed Orion while he and Eos were in the middle of making love.
  • God of Light: The goddess of the dawn, sometimes also the day.
  • Kissing Cousins: Her husband Astraeus is her first cousin.
  • Light 'em Up: Goddess of dawn and all that shines. Even may be synonymous with Hemera, carrying the chariot of day in some poems.
  • Light Is Not Good: Besides being a Serial Rapist, the myth of Tithonus (i.e. she makes him immortal and still aging, so much so he becomes either a wreck or a cricket), combined with Ushas being described as aging human beings, it seems that the original role of the dawn goddess in Proto Indo-European mythology was to make you old.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: For the ancient Greeks, who saw Eos as the bright day-bringer who disperses the dark and cold night. Meanwhile she had an unquenchable lust and kidnapped young men to satiate it.
  • Love Goddess: Might have originally been that; she and Aphrodite share some traits, pointing to semi-shared origins.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Attempted to avert this by asking Zeus to grant Tithonos immortality, but forgot to ask for eternal youth.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is the Greek word for the dawn.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: She is usually said to be the daughter of Hyperion and Theia, but in some rare traditions she is the daughter of Pallas, or even Helios himself. Shares this with her sister Selene.
  • Opposites Attract: Despite her lust, she did have a proper divine husband/spouse. He just happens to be the god of dusk: Astraeus and he may or may not be in Tartarus
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her son Memnon was slain during the Trojan War, despite her pleas to Zeus to spare his life.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Sort of. She had a son called Memnon who was killed in The Trojan War, and in some paintings was depicted as holding him across her knees.
  • Plot-Inciting Infidelity: The story of Eos, Cephalus and Procris, though it isn't as much infidelity as it is kidnapping (though for practical purposes, this is how Procris saw it). Eos kidnaps Cephalus, he wants to go back, she tells him that Procris hasn't been faithful, Cephalus with Eos' help tricks Procris into agreeing to sleep with a "stranger" (Cephalus in disguise) which ruins their marriage. Some time later, after the two reconciled, when Cephalus calls upon the breeze ("aura" in Latin, sounding similar to "Aurora"), Procris thinks Cephalus is once again leaving her for Eos, so she spies on him hidden in some bushes. The hunter Cephalus, thinking it's a wild animal, throws his spear at the bush, killing Procris.
  • Really Gets Around: After sleeping with Ares, she was cursed by Aphrodite to have an unquenchable lust.
  • Secret Test of Character: When she put word into Cephalus's mind that his wife Procris hadn't been faithful to him while he was busy being Eos' sex captive, she altered his appearance so he could proposition Procris as a stranger to see whether she would stay true to her marriage vows.
  • Serial Homewrecker: She abducted Cephalus, who was married to Procris. She also slept with Ares, famous for his affair with Aphrodite.
  • Serial Rapist: Due to Aphrodite's curse upon her, she became sex-obsessed and proceeded to abduct any men who she took a fancy to.
  • The Lost Lenore: Orion is this for her, who was killed by Artemis because gods don't approve of goddesses seeking out relationships with mortal men.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever? She granted her lover Tithonus' immortality, but forgot to ask for eternal youth as well. So he kept on aging, but not dying, until he became a shrivelled, helpless old man who could do nothing but suffer.
  • Winged Humanoid: Also depicted as having wings.
  • Woman Scorned: When Cephalus makes it very clear that no, he doesn't like Eos and yes, he'd very much like to return to Procris, she didn't take it well, so she poisons his mind that she hadn't been faithful to him while he as gone.

    Epimetheus 
Brother to Prometheus and Atlas, and son of Iapetus. Epimetheus was the direct brother to Prometheus, and together, they created mankind and all animals (mostly). While Prometheus was smart and crafty, Epimetheus was foolish and unwise. Epimetheus was initially tasked with giving positive traits to every animal, but when he got to man, he found he had nothing left to give, lacking his brother's foresight. His brother then decided to give man fire and civilization. Later married Pandora (yes, the one who opened the box).
  • Always Identical Twins: He and Prometheus are twin titans of hindsight and foresight, almost always portrayed as identical.
  • Captain Obvious: So estranged to being able to think ahead, he is often portrayed as not being able to accurately gage something unless it is literally happening in front of him.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • As the Titan of afterthought, this was in his nature. He was literally unable to consider the consequences of his actions until they had already happened.
    • "Oh boy, oh boy! Humans, I'm going to put so much cool stuff on you! Like claws and a tail and night vision and an awesome sense of balance—oh, wait. Just gave the last of those to cats. Well, how 'bout wings and beautiful plumage and awesome vision and voices that carry for—Birds. Darn. I know! I've got a slime trail that'll let you climb things and some nice thick shells... which look great on those snails over there. Prometheus! Little help?"
    • "What's that, Prometheus? Zeus holds a massive grudge against the two of us, and by extension the humans we love so much? Well, I'm still accepting this gift from him. And her box."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Prometheus warned him against Pandora, but she was so beautiful Epimetheus immediately forgot about it.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: It's right in their names.
  • Good Job Breaking It Hero: He messed up when he tried to create mankind, and his brother Prometheus had to finish the job.
  • The Maker: He did make a decent job when he created animals. Too bad he forgot our species.
  • Meaningful Name: It means "hindsight" or "afterthought".
  • My Skull Runneth Over: He has such an extensive memory, he has trouble finding brain space for even basic forethought.
  • Photographic Memory: The further back an event is, the finer details he can recall. Considering his absolutely horrendous decision-making ability, this trait may have very well been life compensating him...or possibly just cursing his memory with his foolishness further.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: At least intellectually. He a Prometheus are twins and often portrayed as identical; But where Prometheus is so insightful he can see the future and is very proactive, Epimetheus is so short-sighted he has trouble rationing his efforts and very easily lead by others.
  • Physical God

    Helios / Helius / Sol 

Ἥλιος | Sol | ☉

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ilion_metopa.jpg
The Titan god of the sun, known as Sol in the Roman pantheon. Sometimes equated with Apollo, he is usually the one driving a chariot of fiery steeds across the sky.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Clytie is this for him. She was an Oceanid nymph who fell in love with him, but he preferred a mortal princess named Leucothoe over her (due to Aphrodite's shenanigans). Clytie was desperate to get him back, so she indirectly caused Leucothoe's death. Surprisingly this failed to get his affections back on her. So she pined after him, until she turned into a heliotropium, so she is still gazing at him after all that time.
    • He might be this to Nerites. In one version of the tale, he is the one to turn Nerites (Poseidon's lover) into shellfish. The author, Aelian, says he doesn't know why he did that, but speculates he might have wanted Nerites for himself.
  • Age Lift: Some of the early artwork may depict him with a beard, but he was presented as a beardless young man later on.
  • Ancestral Name: He shares a name/byname, Hyperion, with his father. In several texts the two of them are entirely identified.
  • Animal Motifs: Closely associated with white horses and cattle.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Same as Selene. Helios is literally the Sun itself.
  • Berserk Button: Helios is generally a nice god, he restored the giant Orion's eyesight and even took Herakles shooting him with arrows in stride before offering him a ride out of the desert (mainly because they didn't hurt him). But he had Odysseus' men killed without mercy after they ate one of his sacred cattle, even though they were risking starvation - this is the point that turns Odysseus into the Sole Survivor of the Odyssey.
  • Blinded by the Sun: Entirely averted in Orion's myth. Orion, who had been blinded by some mortal king, went to Helios, and Helios fixed his eyes and gave him back his sight.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: In some versions, he and his sister Selene are the parents of the Horae, goddesses of the seasons.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With fellow daylight deity Eos. She is said to open the gates for him each morning, and some texts even say she accompanies him throughout the entire duration of his diurnal journey through the skies.
  • Cool Car: His flaming chariot.
  • Cool Horse: His four horses that pull him. Their names vary but are usually associated with fire, light or lightning.
  • Defector from Decadence: Among the Titans, the only one who abstained from attacking the gods. He then joined them in the new era.
  • Deus ex Machina: For Medea in Euripides's Medea. He doesn't show up, but gives off-page a flying chariot to his granddaughter so she can escape the wrath of the Corinthians.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Promised his son Phaethon any favor, not expecting him to ask permission to drive his chariot for one day.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: According to one hymn, the reason why summer days are longer is because he stops mid-air to watch beautiful nymphs dance during festivals.
    • Also when Aphrodite made him fall for Leucothoe; he made the winter days longer because he would linger in the sky longer just to watch her from above.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: He and all of his descendants have fiery eyes.
  • Forced Transformation:
    • Turned Arge, a huntress, into a doe when she claimed that the stag she was pursuing, fast as the sun as it was, would eventually be caught by her.
    • Turned Phineus into a mole in one of the many versions of his myth over some insult.
    • Turned Nerites into a shellfish for unspecified reasons.
  • Happily Married: To Rhode in the Rhodian tradition. Though this being Greek mythology, other traditions give different women as his wife/official consort.
    • A few traditions have him actually marry Clymene (Phaethon's mother) and they were pretty happy in their marriage too.
  • Has a Type: Most of his girlfriends are sea nymphs, in particular Oceanids. Even those who are not Oceanids tend to be descended or otherwise related to one, with few exceptions.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: The ancient Greeks never sacrificed wine to Helios, reasoning that the god in charge of the solar system sould not get drunk.
  • I Gave My Word: When his son Phaethon asks for evidence of his paternity, Helios swears on the River Styx to do anything he can to prove it. When Phaethon demands to drive the chariot of the sun Helios desperately tries to talk him out of it, telling him at length about how difficult and dangerous the task is, to the point that Zeus himself wouldn't be able to do it - it would be impossible for anyone other than Helios himself. But Phaethon insists, and Helios can't go back on his word, so he very reluctantly lets him do it. With predictable, borderline apocalyptic results.
  • God of Light: The god of the sun.
  • God of Order: He was seen as the god of oaths (thanks to his lofty position as the all-seeing sun that witnesses everything) who made sure liars and traitors did not escape justice.
  • Light 'em Up: He's the sun god.
  • Light Is Good: The Sun was seen as a giver of life and happiness. Plato writes that Helios is the symbolic offspring of the idea of the Good.
  • Light Is Not Good: Not himself (unless pissed off), but his daughters were often witches who had a power called "evil eye", derived from himself; Circe is the most famous one.
  • The Lost Lenore: Leucothoe is this for him. Aphrodite made him fall in love with her, leading him to abandon his then-girlfriend Clytie for her. Clytie didn't take it well, and ratted him out to Leucothoe's father, who then had his daughter buried alive. Helios tried to revive her, but he was too late, and he turned her lifeless body into a frankincense tree instead so that she would still breathe air in a way, rather than stay hidden from the sunlight beneath the earth.
  • Love God: Apparently he has traces of this, as Pindar claimed that lovesick young men would pray to him for help in love matters.
  • Male Sun, Female Moon: He and Selene are some of the oldest and well-known examples.
  • Meaningful Name: Helios is simply the Greek word for the sun.
  • Night and Day Duo: With Selene.
  • Opposites Attract: He and his water nymph lovers. Selene counts too.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Now this naturally happens with all his mortal children, being an immortal god, but it's particularly emphasized in the story of Phaethon, who is killed trying to drive his father's chariot, leaving Helios a sobbing mess.
  • Papa Wolf: Ask Picolous. After the Gigantomachy was won, one of the Gigantes named Picolous attacked Circe and tried to drive her off her island. Helios answered by killing him.
  • Physical God:
  • Pretty Boy: Some times characterized as this.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He is the god of the sun, and according to Ovid dresses in purple.
  • Really Gets Around: Like most male gods, he has several lovers.
  • Solar and Lunar: Helios and Selene are this.
  • Shipper on Deck: Agrees that Hades is the perfect husband for Persephone. Demeter is not amused.
    • Though if we want to get technical, the word he uses in the original Greek translates to "son-in-law" as well, and he's talking more in the sense of Hades being a respectable choice due to his status and power as king of the Underworld and brother of Demeter, rather than a Nice Guy who will make Persephone happy.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Although "Helios" is most commonly used, his name is some times transliterated as Helius, following Latin grammar rules.
    • The speakers of Doric greek would have called him Halios, and those of the Cretan dialect, Abelios.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has golden, light-emitting eyes he passed down to his descendants.
  • Super Senses: Can see and hear everything.
  • The Night That Never Ends: When the Gigantomachy began, Zeus ordered Helios, Selene and Eos to stop shining so that Gaia would not find a herb that could make the Gigantes immortal. Subverted since after the fight was over, he resumed his job as before.
    • Also applies when Zeus ordered him not to rise because he wanted to spend extra time with Alcmene, though it was only for three days.
  • The One Guy: Has two sisters, but is an only son. Among the day and night deities that were said to cross the sky in their chariots he is also the only male one, as Nyx, Eos and Selene are all female.
  • The One That Got Away: He is this for Clytie.
  • The Power of the Sun: He is the Sun. Then there's Medea's prayer to him: 'O sire, give me the right to guide thy fire-bearing steeds with the flaming reins; then let Corinth... be consumed by flames and bring the two seas together.'
  • The Rival: With Poseidon over Corinth. The Hecatoncheir Briareus was choosen to settle matters, and he awarded the Corinthian isthmus to Poseidon, while Helios got the Acrocorinth.
  • Token Good Teammate: A fragment attributed to the lost epic Titanomachy claims he was the only of the Titans who did not attack Zeus. This is borne out by the fact that he was one of the few titans not to be punished or imprisoned, and retained his position after the Olympian victory.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His son, Phaethon, asks to drive the chariot of the sun as proof that he is actually Helios' son. No version of the story ends well.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: From a certain point of view (Circe's, to be exact). His killing of Picolous made the herb moly spring from the giant's blood; years later Odysseus would use moly to gain immunity to Circe's magic, allowing him to retain his human form and force her to free his crewmates. From Odysseus' point of view of course, this was a fortuitous blessing.

    Leto / Latona 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leto_with_apollo_and_artemis.jpg
The Titan daughter of Coeus and Phoebe, and sister to Asteria, Leto is quite honestly famous for only one thing: Giving birth to Apollo and Artemis, the children of Zeus. When she got pregnant, she was forced to run for her life from the jealous Queen Hera, who made all the lands of the world shun her. Once her twins are born, she goes back to Olympus and recedes from being prominent. She did have one more myth associated with her; see below. Her Roman equivalent is Latona.
  • Action Girl: Takes part in the Trojan War, and Hermes even refuses to fight her after seeing Hera beat up Artemis, telling her to just say she won! Archaeological finds also show her fighting against the Giants during the Gigantomachy.
  • All-Loving Hero: At least according to Hesiod, who calls her "ever mild, gentle to mortals and immortal gods, mild from the beginning, most kindly within Olympus"
  • Animal Motifs: Transformed into a shrew mouse hen Typhon attacked Olympus. Several traditions also connect the wolf (fitting for a goddess from Lycia, "wolf land") and the rooster with her.
  • Attempted Rape: Hera sent Tityus to rape her, but Artemis and Apollo slew him.
  • Berserk Button: Please don't brag about your children as being more exceptional than her own. Just ask Niobe.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Though not as disproportionate as in other cases since there was a justification, but it didn't make it any less jerkass. She ordered Apollo and Artemis to kill Niobe's fourteen children because Niobe bragged them more than Leto's own children. While this might count as Values Dissonance, the ancient Greeks did regard hubris as one of the most heinous crimes you could ever commit, especially against the mother of one of their most favorite gods, Apollo.
  • Parents in Distress: She was one before she had actually managed to give birth, as Hera made her labour a living hell; one of the very first things Apollo did mere days after being born was to slay Python, the dragon Hera sent to terrorise Leto. Played straight when Tityus tried to rape her, and she called upon Artemis and Apollo to save her.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: Leto is seen as a proper lady and the perfect model of demure wife/girlfriend, whereas her daughter Artemis is the goddess of hunting and wild animals.
  • Good Parents: To her children, who accordingly adore her.
    • To Carnus too, a son of Zeus whom she adopted.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is the gentlest goddess on Olympus, and is described as golden-haired.
  • The Heart: To her family and Olympus in general.
  • Kissing Cousins: With Zeus.
  • Mama Bear: Insult her children, prepare to see your own children get offed.
  • Mother Goddess: Was worshipped as one, especially in Lycia.
  • Nice Girl: The most caring goddess of the pantheon.
  • Physical God
  • Pregnant Badass: Hera threw everything she could at her to keep her from giving birth, including a freaking dragon. None of them worked.
  • Proper Lady: The myths paint her as this.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Ordered the killing of Niobe's fourteen children because the latter had insulted her own. Not killed, insulted.
  • Sacred Hospitality: When she took her newborn twins to Lycia and tried to drink from a fountain, the peasants there prevented her by stirring the mud at the bottom. Leto turned them all into frogs for being terrible hosts.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Never had another lover after Zeus.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Leto is the Attic and Ionic spelling of her name; those speaking Doric Greek would have known her as Lato.
  • Team Mom: Of the Delian triad, literally too as she is their mother.
  • We Used to Be Friends: According to Sappho, Leto and Niobe were the best of friends at first.

    Metis 
A daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, making her an Oceanid. Was actually Zeus's first spouse, and was a goddess of Wisdom and deep thought, though her name actually implies a combination of wisdom and cunning. It was Metis who gave Zeus the poison that forced Cronos to vomit out his children. However, Zeus feared Metis, because she was prophesied to have extremely powerful children, the second of which would be more powerful than Zeus himself. Zeus promptly swallowed her. Metis, however, was already pregnant with a powerful child (Athena) and went to work building armor for her inside Zeus, causing him great pain. Eventually, one way or another, Zeus got his head cracked open, and out popped Athena. After Athena's birth Metis continued to live in Zeus's head giving him advice and it is said that she was the source of his wisdom.
  • Amicable Exes: She willingly offers Zeus a divorce when she notices he is trying to win over Hera. He kept her on as an advisor and it seemed like they would stay friends... at first.
  • And I Must Scream: After Zeus swallowed her, she spent the rest of her life inside of him. She's a titan, which makes her immortal. You do the math.
  • Badass Bookworm: One of the most scholarly Titans, and the one who helped Zeus get the drop of Cronos.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She didn't die, but she still suffered a pretty undignified fate.
  • Eaten Alive: Her ultimate fate.
  • Fusion Dance: Some interpretations of her ultimate fate lean towards this - since she can't die inside Zeus she ends up subsumed completely and becomes part of him, with Zeus becoming wiser as a result.
  • Irony: Two sets of it. Firstly, Metis was swallowed by Zeus the same way that Zeus's siblings (whom she helped rescue) were swallowed by Cronos.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: How Zeus dealt with her potentially dangerous (for him) pregnancy. Literally.
  • Master Poisoner: She is a master of mixing potions and whips something up for Cronos, whether this was a poison to make him vomit up the other gods, or put him asleep to let Zeus cut him open depends on the author.
  • The Confidant: She was Zeus’s Gal-Friday.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In some versions, Zeus tricked her into turning into a fly, which he ate. In others he just swallowed her in her regular form.

    Menoetius 
Brother to Prometheus and Atlas, and son of Iapetus. His one claim to fame is that Zeus kicked his butt during the war with the Titans and banished him down to Tartarus.
  • Physical God
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His only claim to fame is getting one-shotted by Zeus and booted into the underworld in short order.
  • Flat Character: He's a brother titan to Prometheus and Atlas, and Zeus kicks his ass. That's literally it. Oh, and his name means "doomed might", which is basically that last sentence condensed.

    Pallas 
A Titan god associated with war, possibly making him Ares' predecessor. He was the son of Crius and Eurybia, the brother of Astraeus and Perses, and the husband of Styx. Was actually killed by Athena in the war of the Gigantes. Became conflated with Athena in later years, to the point that in Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, a bust of Athena is identified as "Pallas".

    Perses 
Son of the Titans Kreios and Eurybia, and the titan god of destruction. Was wed to Asteria and had their child Hekate together.

    Prometheus 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prometheus_staatliche_museen_zu_berlin_vase_350_bc.png
Son of Iapetus, brother to Epimetheus, Atlas, and Menoetius, this deity is a hardcore fan of humanity and proud of it. He was one of the original Titans who was neutral during the war between the Titans and Olympians (or, depending on which source you look at, sided with Zeus simply because he foresaw he'd win). Instead, his sympathies were with man. In fact, according to some stories, he created mankind (with possibly Epimetheus) and refused to accept that humans were inferior to gods. He tricked Zeus into accepting the uneatable parts of animals as sacrifices for eternity, leaving the meat to the humans. He is also the one who gave Fire to the mortals after he stole it from Olympus. He also saved his son Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha from a flood sent by Zeus to wipe out humanity, warning them of the events to come. Said son helped to renew humanity and became the first ruler of Greece. Zeus wasn't very happy with that, so he sent to Epimetheus Pandora. Despite the warnings of Prometheus, Epimetheus accepted her as a wife, and Pandora unleashed on Earth all the woes we know today. One day Prometheus stole fire from the gods with (maybe) Athena's assistance and gave it to man. For his troubles, he was Chained to a Rock and tortured for centuries...until he was freed by the demigod Herakles.
  • Always Identical Twins: He and Epimetheus are twin titans of foresight and hindsight, and often portrayed as identical in artwork.
  • And I Must Scream: Probably the Ur-Example; his punishment was not only being Chained to a Rock; he had an eagle eating out his liver every day and, every night, his liver would regenerate and the process would repeat. Although he was freed eventually thanks to Herakles.
  • Badass in Distress: During his punishment.
  • Badass Pacifist: He didn't fight during the war against Titans and gods, and he challenged Zeus many times with only words and tricks.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Slight subversion in that they are twins, but Prometheus is definitely the more responsible of the two, and as such very protective of Epimetheus.
  • Chained by Fashion: Some stories say that even after Herakles freed him, Zeus declared that his sentence was permanent, thus Prometheus would always wear a wreath and a ring of his chain. Men, in turn, began to wear rings and wreaths in tribute to him.
  • Chained to a Rock: Of course.
  • The Champion : Hasn’t be called the champion of humanity for nothing.
    • He tricked Zeus into accepting only bones and uneatable parts of animals as sacrifices, so humans can keep the meat and don’t starve.
    • He saved his son Deucalion from The Great Flood, allowing humanity to be reborn thanks to the latter and his wife Pyrrha.
    • And of course he stole fire. According to Aechylus, he gave humanity art, science, and hope.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: He's chained to the Caucasus, and every day, a bird ate his liver. Bonus points for recognizing the liver's regeneration capability.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Depending on the Writer of course, but he's often depicted as one.
  • Determinator: In at least one version of the tale, Zeus had him tortured because he wanted Prometheus to tell him which of his children would overthrow him so he could prevent it. Prometheus, knowing that if he told, mankind would forever suffer under the yoke of the gods, held silent for millenia of suffering.
  • The Discovery of Fire: He stole fire from the gods to give to the humans, introducing them to fire.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He had one of the cruelest fates inflicted by the gods...because he shared knowledge with mankind? Harsh.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After centuries of suffering, he was freed by Herakles.
  • The Gadfly: He certainly annoyed Zeus well enough for such a Disproportionate Retribution to happen.
  • God of Good: Well, he's not exactly a God, but he's one of the very rare deities in Greek Mythology who never hurt anyone (sans Zeus' pride). That, and he willingly sacrificed himself for mankind.
  • Guile Hero: Unlike most of the Titans, Prometheus would rather use brains over brawn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Prometheus willingly gave mankind fire and enabled civilization to start developing, knowing full well the consequences he would suffer once Zeus got his hands on him.
  • Humans Are Special: Prometheus certainly thinks so.
  • Iconic Item: While Zeus pardoned Prometheus and allowed Heracles to free him, Prometheus still had to symbolically show his bondage. Prometheus was required to always wear a laurel crown and a ring crafted from his chains. Mortal humans in turn started wearing these things to honor him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Several ancient authors included this in his torment.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: He stole the secret of making fire from the gods and gave it to humanity.
  • The Maker: He created mankind with Epimetheus.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The only god who would unfailingly put humanity before himself.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "Forethought".
  • Messianic Archetype: Gave humanity an invaluable blessing at great personal cost. His fate even resembles crucifixion. Unfortunately he couldn't die.
  • Moral Pragmatist: Prometheus didn’t so much turn on Cronus for being an evil bastard, as much as he just knew he was going to lose against Zeus.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The son of Iapetus by either Clymene or Asia. Aeschylus makes him a son of Themis by an unnamed father, and a Hellenistic poet wrote that he was conceived when a Giant named Eurymedon raped a young Hera.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Obviously.
  • Nice Guy: Probably the only Greek deity to be capable of embodying this trope, he is by far one of the most selfless deities in classic mythology and doesn't quit being a nice guy despite the horrible punishments he endures because of his kind actions
  • Papa Wolf: The creator of mankind always stood for humans against the most powerful god, no matter how gritty the consequences were for him. He also saved his own son Deucalion from The Great Flood.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Intellectually, where Epimetheus is so a nostalgic introvert, Prometheus is a progressive extrovert.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Some sources claim that Prometheus prophesied that Zeus would make a critical mistake that would cause him to fall the way Cronus fell and only Prometheus could prevent it. This is said to be one reason why Zeus eventually relented and allowed Herakles to free Prometheus. Prometheus would eventually make good on his word by warning Zeus not to woo the sea-nymph Thetis since any son she bore would be stronger than his father. This probably saved Zeus's throne.
  • Seers: In some myths, he's able to see the future and the past, including his own, so you should take his advice at heart.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He really hates the hierarchy between humans and gods.
  • The Trickster: He stole the fire from the gods and tricked Zeus many times.
  • Undying Loyalty: Although he couldn't really help the undying part, he never, ever regretted his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He sided with Zeus during the Titanomachy. When Zeus tried to rule over humans and ended the Golden Age, though...

    Selene / Luna 

Σελήνη | Lūna | ☾

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/diana_selene_da_originale_ellenistico_da_porta_s_sebastiano_02.JPG
The Titan goddess of the Moon, known as Luna in the Roman pantheon. Specifically, she is the goddess who drives the chariot of the moon across the sky. Sister of Helios and Eos (all offspring of Hyperion) and the most well-known of the three, if only because her name makes for an elegant allusion and looks very French (the "e" at the end is not silent).
  • Action Girl: According to Nonnus' Dionysiaca, she fought against the freaking Typhon, which is why the Moon has craters. Badass indeed.
    • She also appears in the Pergamon Altar fighting against the Giants during the Gigantomachy.
  • Animal Motifs: She is associated with bulls and mules.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Unlike Artemis and Hecate, Selene is literally the Moon itself. This is reflected in her names: Selene and Luna are the Greek and Latin words for "moon".
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Or rather satyr. This is how Pan seduced her; by wrapping himself in sheep skin, perhaps to hide his goat legs or to get close to her without Selene noticing him.
  • Berserk Button: Don't compare yourself to her. Ampelus, who was given a bull to drive like her own, found out the hard way. She sent a gadfly to sting the bull, and then bull ended up goring him to death.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Gave birth to the Horai, or the four seasons, with Helios.
  • Chariot Pulled by Cats: Her chariot is sometimes pulled by two horses like Helios' own, but in other writings it's two white bulls instead, or she even rides a mule.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: According to a little-known tradition, a girl named Myia fell in love with Endymion and would wake him up with her endless chatter, annoying him and enraging Selene, so she turned Myia into a fly.
  • Cool Car: Her lunar chariot.
  • Deface of the Moon: The moon got its craters during her battle with Typhon (or from rocks Typhon threw at Zeus, who dodged).
  • Dude, She's Like in a Coma: She had fifty daughters with Endymion after he was put into an eternal slumber.
    • Though to be fair, while he was put in sleep indeed, it's not specified that he was asleep when they had their daughters.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Often depicted as such.
  • God of the Moon: She was the personification of the Moon itself. Mirroring her brother, the sun god Helios, she was described as driving a shining chariot across the sky every night, representing the movement of the Moon. Even today, her name is the Greek word for the Moon, while Luna's name is the basis for most moon-related terminology.
  • The Hecate Sisters: In some parts of Greece she came to became part of a trinity like this, seen as a triple goddess who is "Selene in Heaven, Artemis on Earth and Hecate in the Underworld"
  • Horned Humanoid: She is often depicted with horns, representative of her moon-rays or the crescent moon.
  • Icy Gray Eyes: Several authors write she has silvery grey eyes, the same way Athena is often described.
  • Kissing Cousins: With Zeus, to whom she bore two or three daughters.
  • Love Goddess: Kinda. Pindar wrote that lovesick young women would pray to Selene to help them.
  • Lunacy: The Trope Namer - the Romans thought epilepsy as well as madness was caused by the moon. On the other side of the coin, a full moon was thought to cause easier childbirths (quite a desirable claim considering the risks of childbirth even today, let alone in ancient times). Naturally, this makes the moon quite a femininity symbol by the Greeks' reckoning since childbirth is of course one of the most feminine actions ever.
  • Male Sun, Female Moon: She and Helios are some of the oldest and well-known examples.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Attempted to avert this with Endymion.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is of course the Greek word for the moon, and literally translates to "luminous one."
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ancient Greeks and Romans didn't shy from depicting her bare-breasted.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: She is usually said to be the daughter of Hyperion and Theia, but in some rare traditions she is the daughter of Pallas, or even Helios himself. Shares this with her sister Eos.
  • Night and Day Duo: With Helios.
  • Nosy Neighbor: One myth mentions that she's a busybody who spies on people at night.
  • Really Gets Around: She is famous for her love for Endymion, but he was far from being her only lover. She also had adventures with Zeus, Helios, Pan, and a mortal man named Eumolpus.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With both her siblings, Helios and Eos, who are daylight deities, while she is a nocturnal goddess associated with the moon. Literally night and day duo.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Averted actually. She's mostly known for her love for Endymion, and while he was her greatest romance, he was not the only man she was interested in.
  • Solar and Lunar: Selene and Helios are this.
  • Spell My Name with an S: In Doric and Aeolic Greek her name is spelled Selana and Selanna respectively.
  • Stealth Pun: Her affair with Pan. Pan ("all") x Selene ("moon") = full moon (panselenos).
  • Truly Single Parent: Some myths mention that she gave birth to the Nemean Lion. (Some say Hera did instead).
  • Winged Humanoid: Sometimes depicted with wings.

    Styx 
No, not the river in the Underworld; the Titan goddess, mother of Zelus, Nike, Kratos (not that Kratos), and Bia, husband of Pallas, and daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. During the Titanomachy, she sided with and came to Zeus's aide, being one of the first to do so. For this, her name became a binding oath for the gods.

Titan groups

    The Oceanids 
The 3,000 daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. While their brothers, the Potamoi, personified only rivers, the Oceanid were the patronesses of more varied bodies of water, including seas, lakes, springs, and clouds. Also, while the Potamoi have inhuman appearances, the Oceanid were shown as beautiful women; they are nymphs after all, in addition to being goddesses. This characteristic is apparently noticed by the gods and Titans too since not few of them decided to choose some of the Oceanid as their spouses, and they sired gods or other nymphs, some of them very important.
  • Flat Character: Though better than the Potamoi, since some of the Oceanid actually became the ancestors of some very important gods by virtue of their association with equally important gods and goddesses (the Oceanid Pleione gave birth to Maia, who gave birth to the Olympian Hermes).
  • Hot Consort: Three Oceanids became the wives of the original male Olympians—Metis for Zeus, Leuce for Hades and Amphitrite for Poseidon, though Zeus and Hades' marriages didn't last.
    • Eurynome was another Oceanid that became one of Zeus' early wives.
    • Dione, who is an Oceanid in some versions, was Zeus' consort in Epirus.
    • Doris became the wife of the sea-god Nereus.
    • Perse married Helios.
    • Pleione, the wife of Atlas.
    • Idyia to King Aeetes of Colchis.
  • The Lost Lenore: One Oceanid, Leuce, was this for Hades—she was his first wife before Persephone and she passed away during her and Hades' marriage. Hades comemmorated her by turning her into a white poplar tree, which is said to stand eternally in the Elysian Fields.
  • Making a Splash
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: 3,000 in total. And all of them are very beautiful.
    • And Doris in turn had fifty daughters (the Nereids) of her own.
  • Nature Spirit
  • Physical God

    The Potamoi 
The 3,000 sons of Oceanus and Tethys, and the fathers of Naiads, these groups of gods were the river gods of Greek Mythology, depicted in three forms: a man-headed bull, a bull-headed man with the body of a serpent-like fish from the waist down, and a man with an arm resting on an amphora jug pouring water.
  • Flat Character: Inevitable given that there are thousands of them. A good hundred of them, though, are named in a list and even fewer get their own myths.
  • Making a Splash
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: There are 3,000 of them! And this is not counting the fact that they also have 3,000 sisters, the Oceanid, which mean that all of them number 6,000. Oceanus and Tethys must have loved each other very much for that to happen.
  • Nature Spirit

Top