Character sheet for Ulysses 31.
Crew of the Odysseus
The series' main protagonist, and the captain of the Odysseus. As an ambassador from Earth in the 31st century, he achieved the Solar Peace, putting an end to a galactic conflict on the planet of Troy, before becoming the subject of the Olympian gods' revenge. He is brave, noble, determined, and will stop at nothing to overcome the conditions imposed upon himself and his companions.
Named "Ulysse" in the French version.
- '80s Hair: Sports a glorious mulet. It must have become a thing again one millennia and then some after the 1980s (the show was made at the start of that decade in Real Life).
- Ace Pilot: He is a damn good pilot with the small vessels of the Odysseus.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Classical Mythology Ulysses was extremely cunning (much more than him), sneakily enabled the Achaeans to finish The Trojan War through Rape, Pillage, and Burn and bloodily killed all of Penelope's suitors by himself, among many other very Anti-Hero things (by modern standards that is). This version of Ulysses is The Hero, is undeniably a Nice Guy, found a peaceful resolution to the space Trojan War and is The Fettered and a Martial Pacifist.
- Adult Fear: Considering the fact that he finds himself alone against all-powerful cosmic entities with only his beloved son to help (plus an alien girl and a small robot), it's only natural that he fears for his son's life (plus that of Yumi as well).
- Ambadassador: He was ambassador / space peace treaty-maker during the space version of The Trojan War, yet he never hesitates to face down the assorted dangers the gods of Olympus throw in his path.
- Badass Beard: Ulysses is bearded, and has the badassery to match.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long white cape, and surely looks badass with it.
- Badass Mustache: In addition to the beard.
- Badass Normal: Considering he's basically going up against the gods themselves, other various Cosmic Entities, magicians and the like... completely alone with the help of only two children, a small robot and his ship's technologies.
- Catchphrase: Has one in French: "Par la grande Galaxie!" ("By the great Galaxy!") when he's surprised.
- Combat Pragmatist: In "Phantoms from the Swamp" the Monsters of the Week are mud creatures that can turn themselves into likenesses of Ulysses and his crew. It turns out they can also copy his weapons but not his shield since "it's transparent." Once he figures this out he stops trying to sword fight and just shoots them from a distance since they have no defense against that.
- Comm Links: The red chest insignia he wears to hold his cape together on his sky blue Latex Space Suit allows him to communicate with Shyrka and the kids.
- Cool Sword: Ulysses' Laser Blade, blatantly inspired by the lightsabers of Star Wars, although it doesn't seem to be able to cut through anything unlike the lightsabers of Star Wars (then again, most of Ulysses' enemies are equipped/empowered by the gods, so go figure). The hilt can be used as a blaster gun.
- Determinator: He's going up against the gods themselves with no help except for a computer, two preteens and a small robot. He'd kind of have to be.
- A Father to His Men: He cares deeply about his crew.
- The Fettered: He's an Ideal Hero, Martial Pacifist and so on.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Ulysses might be slightly naive at times, but he's smart enough to always overcome the odds in his favor.
- Hero Protagonist: He's both The Hero and The Protagonist.
- Ideal Hero: Good luck finding a single moral flaw in his character.
- Identical Grandson: Played with. 31st century Ulysses and the original Ancient Greece Ulysses (and both Telemachus) are confused for each other, but their loved ones can tell the difference fairly easily.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Ulysses is tempted many times into choosing an easier way to get back to Earth (usually by having to let his companions behind) by the gods throughout the series, yet he always chooses to stay and never abandons his companions.
- Jet Pack: Ulysses' Utility Belt allows him short flights and hovering.
- Latex Space Suit: He's got two versions. A brown casual one when onboard the Odysseus, and a sky blue when exploring worlds and piloting ships.
- Looks Like Jesus: Justified in that in this version, Ulysses is a Messianic figure of sorts.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He uses an energy shield combined with his Laser Blade, making him a 31st century version of ancient world warriors, basically.
- The Magnificent: The gods nickname him "Ulysse aux mille ruses" in French ("Ulysses of a thousand tricks").
- Manly Tears: In the episode "Calypso", he almost sheds a tear.
- Martial Pacifist: He only resorts to using violence when he has no other choice, usually to defend himself.
- The Men First: The gods often tempt him with an easy shortcut to get back to Earth with the condition of leaving his crew behind. He never accepts it out of loyalty to them.
- Nemean Skinning: Referenced in the design of his spacesuit's helmet.
- Nice Guy: Noble at heart, polite, compassionate, helpful, Friend to All Children... you name it.
- Papa Wolf: Ulysses will do anything to protect or save Telemachus. And Yumi as well, since she has become an adoptive daughter of sorts.
- The Punishment: Condemned by the gods to wander in the unknown in the galaxy of Olympus after destroying the Cyclops.
- Undying Loyalty: He is loyal to his crew, no matter how the gods tempt him into abandoning them.
The son of Ulysses and second in command of the Odysseus. Very beautiful, courageous, adventurous, level headed and a skilled pilot.
Named "Télémaque" in the French version.
- Adaptational Badass: The Classical Mythology Telemachus didn't follow his father into The Trojan War nor did he take part to Ulysses' perilous journey (in The Odyssey). This Telemachus accompanies his father through virtually every dangerous situation they have to confront, and finds crafty solutions aplenty to help win the day.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Much like his father, his mythical counterpart had blood on his hands. This one doesn't.
- Bishōnen: He's a Pretty Boy with androgynous/"feminine" physical traits. Add to that the French version in which Jackie Berger, a woman, replaced Fabrice Josso to voice him sometimes.
- Brats with Slingshots: Some of his pranks involve his slingshot.
- Determinator: He's as determined as his father to get through the obstacles the gods of Olympus put in their path.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He is made of this trope. He has blond hair, he's pure in heart and always willing to help.
- Nice Guy: He's as noble at heart as his father.
- The Prankster: He likes to prank Nono sometimes.
- Suffer the Slings: His Weapon of Choice is a high-tech slingshot that shoots energy balls.
A blue-skinned humanoid alien girl from the white planet, Zotra. She is the younger sister of Numinor and possesses telepathic powers. She is saved from being sacrificed to the Cyclops, along with Telemachus and her older brother, by Ulysses. Although physically very frail, she is very intelligent and courageous, and exhibits psychic and even telekinetic powers.
Named "Thémis" in the French version.
- Animal Eyes: Zotrians have cat-like slanted eyes with a vertical slit for a pupil.
- Big Brother Instinct: Unusually for the trope, it's Little Sister Instinct. Her older brother Numinor spends most of the series in the inanimate state the gods cursed Ulysses' crew with, so she vows to protect him during the perilous journey through the Olympus and worries for him whenever the dangers the Odysseus faces also directly threaten the inanimate crew.
- The Cutie: She's the cutest, sweetest and most lovable protagonist of the series.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her outfit is mostly purple. And she surely is graceful.
- Magical Flutist: She plays a mystical melody on a flute in the episode "The Sirens" after hearing said melody in a dream. A sarcophagus is found, and she finds out the melody opens it. It proves to be useful as a Brown Note against the Sirens and their petrifying metal tentacle (in a Snake Charmer way) later on.
- Mystical White Hair: Yumi is a telepath and she's got white hair.
- Nice Girl: She has a heart of gold.
- Pointy Ears: She has pointy ears, like all Zotrians.
- Psychic Link: She has a strong psychic link with her brother. She can instantly sense when he is awakened for instance, even when she can't see him.
- Rapid Aging: She ages rapidly while being prisoner in the Room of Seasons in the realm of Chronos. Ulysses reverses the effect with Chronos' universal clock.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female main character.
- Telepathy: She has telepathic powers.
The small red robotic companion of Telemachus, given to him by Ulysses as a birthday present. He is rather shy, but can be relied upon in a crisis. He is skilled at machinery repair and possesses tremendous physical strength, and he's also fond of eating nuts and nails.
- Butt-Monkey: He's often the butt of Telemachus' pranks.
- Fingerless Hands: He has mitten-like hands.
- Kid-Appeal Character: He has a very toyetic appearance (well, he is a toy In-Universe to begin with), he's goofy and adorable.
- Long Neck: He is able to stretch his neck to great lengths.
- Mr. Fixit: He is of great help to repair and maintain the Odysseus and always carries tools on him.
- Nervous Wreck: He very rarely cools down.
- Nice Guy: As noble at heart, kind and ready to help as everyone else on the Odysseus.
- Parrot Pet Position: He climbs on the shoulder of either Ulysses or Telemachus at times.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He's basically there to provide humor with his clumsiness to counterbalance the otherwise deadly serious tone of the cosmic threat the gods put upon Ulysses, although he's really helpful as well most of the time.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Nono's antics make him ridiculously human. He packs a wide range of human emotions like shyness, nervosity, anger, sadness and love.
- Robot Buddy: A small robot Ulysses offered to Telemachus for his birthday.
- Small, Annoying Creature: His antics can be pretty annoying at times, although he's nowhere near The Load.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves snacking on nails.
A Zotrian teenager and older brother of Yumi. He is saved by Ulysses from being sacrificed to the Cyclops. The gods curse him with suspended animation along with the rest of Ulysses' crew for most of the series, although he is awakened on three occasions before the finale.
Named "Noumaïos" in the French version.
- Animal Eyes: Zotrians have cat-like slanted eyes with a vertical slit for a pupil.
- Bishōnen: A blue-skinned version.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Numinor is among the companions who get revived and mind controlled to turn against Ulysses and the children in "Mutiny on Board". Yumi manages to free him from the gods' control with her Psychic Link abilities, but only temporarily, as the effort is exhausting for her.
- Pointy Ears: He has pointy ears, like all Zotrians.
- Rapid Aging: What happens to him when the Odysseus is stuck in the realm of Chronos.
Shyrka is the command computer/artificial intelligence of the Odysseus. It speaks with a deep female voice.
- Artificial Intelligence: A super-computer with an intelligence of its own.
- Benevolent A.I.: Always calculates the best options for Ulysses when the Odysseus is in trouble and informs him, Telemachus and Yumi on the ship's state.
- Computer Voice: Shyrka is a computer speaking with the voice of a woman.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When sending the Odysseus into the unknown of the Olympus galaxy, the gods wipe the map of return to Earth from Shyrka's memory.
- Master Computer: The Odysseus is nigh-entirely automated, and Shyrka's main job is to control it, make calculations and assist Ulysses when he has to pilot it manually.
The crew of the Odysseus before Ulysses was condemned to wander in the Olympus. The gods placed them in suspended animation for the entirety of Ulysses' ordeal to complicate the task.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the episode "Mutiny on Board", the gods revive the companions and Numinor and mind-control them to take over the Odysseus, kill Ulysses and the children and crash the ship into space reef.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: In the first episode, they decide to come to Ulysses' help when he's cornered by the Cyclops' Monks. When they arrive, the Cyclops has already been killed and the monks are blinded.
- Fate Worse than Death: They are in constant suspended animation and coma and can't do anything, made even worse when the Odysseus is directly threatened.
- Ghostly Glide:
- Whenever they are displaced from the room in which they remain in suspended animation, the curse of the gods makes them come back at it in levitation this way, usually at the end of the episode.
- When the Odysseus reaches the Kingdom of Hades, they are taken out of the ship this way to become literal ghosts.
- Rapid Aging: What happens to them when the Odysseus is stuck in the realm of Chronos.
- Revenge by Proxy: They did not kill the Cyclops by themselves per se (Ulysses and Nono did) but the gods curse them to be inanimate anyway.
Forces of Olympus
The divinities reigning over the galaxy known as Olympus, and possibly over the whole universe. Ulysses offended them when killing the Cyclops to save his son, and they condemned him and his crew (which they cursed to be inanimate) to wander aimlessly in the unknown in said galaxy, putting plenty of dangers in the path of the Odysseus until it reaches the Kingdom of Hades for Ulysses' ultimate judgement.
- Adaptational Villainy: Zeus. In the original Odyssey myth, he is more of an arbitrator. Here, he is the main tormentor of Ulysses instead of Poseidon.
- All Myths Are True: Ulysses and his crew believed them to be legends from Ancient Greece. Turns out they're real.
- Berserk Button: A universe-sized one for them is being defied.
- The Corrupter: They can corrupt some people into hampering Ulysses one way or another. They do this with the Sphinx's daughter Hercronne, for instance.
- Cosmic Entity: They are cosmic entities who are omnipotent and omniscient over the Olympus galaxy, and possibly over the universe.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Mostly averted. Hades takes part to Ulysses' final trial in the last episode and his role is more or less faithful to his mythical one.
- Evil Laugh: Zeus regularly lets these out.
- Evil Sounds Deep: They all have deep-sounding and authoritative voices. In the French version, Zeus (Jean Topart) particularly stands out.
- Jerk Ass Gods: The gods persecute Ulysses in particularly petty and underhanded ways. This is normal for Classical Mythology, which is practically defined by this, but the gods of Ulysses 31 manage to be even crueller.
- Punishing Ulysses for slaying the Cyclops here is arguably worse than in the original Odyssey, because here it's not Poseidon's son but a cyborg monster he created, and which was used by a cult of lunatics to drain the lives of children so they can see, as it implies that either Poseidon didn't care what they were using it for... or actually created it all for that purpose!
- The episode "Flowers of Fear" features killer robo-plants that can hide themselves away perfectly when dormant, but react to the presence of life by growing into huge monstrous plants that seek to blast the living creature with lasers. The gods sowed these things across the entirety of a planet devoted solely to medicine... because they were too good at curing sick people for the gods' liking (Mind you, they were so good at curing sick people they could cure death).
- Leitmotif: The ominous and haunting "Curse of the gods".
- The Man Behind the Man: The antagonists or helpful people Ulysses meets are often either in league with the gods or forced to obey their orders lest they want to die or suffer forever.
- Ominous Opera Cape: The personifications of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades during Ulysses' final trial in the last episode wear large capes.
- Powers That Be: They intervene overtly but also like to pull the strings unnoticed.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Poseidon is depicted with one in the first episode. Moreover, in this universe the trident seem to symbolize the Olympus gods as a whole and not just Poseidon, since even minions of Zeus and the Cerberus satellite of the Kingdom of Hades have trident symbols.
- Sadistic Choice: They regularly inflict this on the people they torment.
- Secret Test of Character: Most of the Cosmic Plaything ordeal they put Ulysses through is this. They near-constantly tempt Ulysses into abandoning his crew or the children one way or another to get a shortcut to Earth, in addition to sending deadly threats in his path.
- Upon finally reaching the Kingdom of Hades, Hades allows Ulysses to return to Earth... provided he leaves all his companions behind. Ulysses refuses. Just as it seems that all is lost, it turns out this was the final trial of the gods and he is now free to return to Earth with all his revived crew.
- Top God: Zeus is the king of the gods and the central figure tormenting Ulysses in his journey, despite the "offense" of killing the Cyclops being made to Poseidon.
Small fighter ships belonging to the armies of the gods. They are often sent to attack the Odysseus.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Their main armament, fired from each "dent" of the ship's trident shape.
- Mook Mobile: They seem to exist solely to harrass the Odysseus in large numbers and be destroyed by Ulysses.
- Prongs of Poseidon: They are shaped like tridents.
- Space Fighter: Their main role in space battles.
- Stock Sound Effects: They emit TIE Fighter sounds occasionally. Especially when they shoot their lasers.
- Zerg Rush: They're not much of a threat individually, and thus always attack the Odysseus in large numbers.
Foot soldiers in service of the gods.
- Mind-Control Device: They use brooches called 'remoras' on the people of Nereus to mind-control them in "Nereus - The Hidden Truth".
- Mook Lieutenant: The shark man lieutenant seen in "Rebellion on Lemnos" is more heavyset than the normal shark men and doesn't have the nose of a shark.
- Mooks: Nameless and numerous soldiers serving the gods.
- Prongs of Poseidon: They are armed with tridents, and have trident symbols on their uniforms (since they are minions of the gods). The episode "Rebellion on Lemnos" shows them exploiting the enslaved women of Lemnos to produce material to build trident-shaped monoliths that are used to raze cities.
- Shark Man: As their name and appearance suggests, they are shark-like humanoids.
A giant monster created by Poseidon and worshipped by a cult of blind one-eyed priests.
- Cyber Cyclops: A cyborg revamp of the mythical Cyclops from The Odyssey.
- Cyborg: Seems to be part-living creature part-machine.
- Cyclops: A cybernetic monster with only one eye.
- Eye Beams: Shoots powerful Frickin' Laser Beams with its eye.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When rescuing Telemachus, Yumi and Numinor, Ulysses finds out the antenna of the destroyed pod Nono came in can reflect the Cyclops' beam, and orders Nono to redirect the beam at the Cyclops' eye, which causes the creature to kill itself.
- Load-Bearing Boss: The whole planet on which the Cyclops lives implodes after its death.
- Magitek: It was created by the gods' magic.
- Monster of the Week: The first creature Ulysses has to confront, and the one whose death causes his exile into the Olympus as a punishment by the gods.
- No Ontological Inertia: When the Cyclops' own beam gets sent back right into its eye by Nono, the monks are blinded.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Drains the life energy of sacrificed children to fuel its own energy and that of each monks' eye.
- Starfish Aliens: Nothing is even remotely humanoid in this creature.
A cult of one-eyed monks who worship the Cyclops. They bring children to the Cyclops as sacrifices so the Cyclops can empower their eye.
- Black Cloak: They wear long black cloaks with hoods.
- Cult: They form a cult that worships the Cyclops.
- Cyclops: They only have one eye, in the shape of a crystal jammed above their nose. The only way for them to see is to be empowered by the power of the Cyclops' eye.
- Evil Wears Black: They kidnap children to sacrifice them and dress in black cloaks so it's safe to say they're evil.
- Eye Beams: They can shoot Frickin' Laser Beams with their eye once they're empowered by the Cyclops.
- Keystone Army: A variant. When the Cyclops is blinded, the monks loose their eyesight as well.
- Looks Like Orlok: They have a pale (well, pale green) and vampirish appearance (fangs in particular) and they're bald.
- Mind over Matter: They have some degree of telekinetic power apparently, given how one of them magically lifts an unconscious Telemachus to bring him into his cell.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: The leader of the monks angrily tells Ulysses that Poseidon and the other gods won't let his slaying of the Cyclops unpunished and that "their revenge will be terrible". Then the Cyclops' planet explodes, and Ulysses' ordeal with the gods starts there...
- Ominous Latin Chanting: They chant ominously when the sacrifice ceremony starts, seconds before Ulysses kicks in.
- Small Role, Big Impact: They only appear in the first episode, and they're the very cause of Ulysses' perilous journey in the Olympus as a punishment by the gods.
- Targeted Human Sacrifice: They sacrifice humanoid children (not only humans, but Zotrians too apparently) to the Cyclops. The Cyclops' ritual only works using children.
A tyrannical computer created by the gods. It rules a planet that is exclusively populated by machines.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: A malevolent artificial intelligence.
- Computer Voice: A sinister one at that.
- Evil Laugh: Lets one out when Ulysses defies it.
- Master Computer: Controls everything in its realm.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Has a trident symbol on its central unit, since it was created by the gods.
- Scavenger World: Cortex' robotic servants scavenge every ship unfortunate enough to be captured in its realm.
- Technopath: Cortex can take control of plenty of machines, the Odysseus and its service robots included.
Robotic parasite flowers that were created by the gods to punish a hospital-planet's civilization for its very advanced medical technologies they saw as pure arrogance.
- Eye Beams: They have eyes, and shoot Frickin' Laser Beams with them.
- Extra Eyes: Each plant has three eyes.
- Fantastic Flora: A dangerous robotic flora created by the gods.
- Final Solution: The flowers carried out a genocide on the hospital-planet.
- Monster of the Week: The threat Ulysses has to deal with in "Flowers of Fear".
- The Punishment: The gods destroyed a whole civilization with them because said civilization's medical technologies were so advanced they could cure death.
- They Have the Scent!: They can detect any form of intelligent life, then track it down to destroy it.
- When Trees Attack: They are parasitic plants who attack any form of life that dares setting foot on the hospital-planet.
A robotic killer disguised as an ancient astronaut from Earth. The gods created it as a bait to lure Ulysses towards Scylla and Charybdis.
- David vs. Goliath: Nono, of all people, tries to distract it. He's just a mere annoyance to the killer robot, but that's still very ballsy from him.
- Femme Fatalons: Its true form's hands are like sharp claws.
- Glowing Eyes: The robot's eyes glow when it gets rid of its synthetic flesh to reveal what was beneath.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ulysses eventually runs it through in the neck with his Laser Blade.
- Implacable Man: Very reminiscent of a T-800 (predating it by 3 years, actually) in that it relentlessly tries to kill Telemachus, Yumi and Nono.
- Killer Robot: Its true form is revealed when Nono tears synthetic skin and flesh off one of its feet.
- Meat Sack Robot: A human-shaped robot with synthetic flesh. Not unlike a T-800 Terminator, again.
- Monster of the Week: The enemy Ulysses has to get rid of in "Trapped Between Fire and Ice". Scylla and Charybdis don't quite qualify as they are space storms and not sentient monsters.
- The Speechless: It never speaks.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Ulysses disposes of it in space after its death.
Mud monsters created by the gods. They have built-in cameras that scan their targets, then they copy said target's appearance to turn into doubles.
- Blob Monster: Their default state.
- Didn't See That Coming: They can copy Ulysses' Laser Blade... but not his energy shield.
- Ditto Fighter: They can copy Ulysses' Laser Blade/blaster gun.
- Evil Knockoff: They copy Ulysses, Yumi, Telemachus and Nono then try to kill them.
- Glowing Eyes: The cameras in their eyes glow when they're scanning their targets to copy them.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Throwing objects at them is useless since they can regenerate. They are vulnerable to Ulysses' blaster, however.
- Monster of the Week: In "Phantoms from the Swamp".
- My Skull Runneth Over: Projecting the image of someone then moving it rapidly makes their central unit overload and explode.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Once they're destroyed, the gods' trident symbol can be seen on their command units.
- ShapeShifting: They can morph into any creature they copy (humans, Zotrians, and even Nono).
- Swamps Are Evil: ...and the mud is alive and copies your appearance, then tries to kill you.
Former men or humanoids the gods punished for entering the domain of the Parcae. They are condemned to help the Parcae weave the threads of life forever.
- Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: For some reason, Ulysses doesn't activate his energy shield when fighting them, while they all have shields.
- Faceless Goons: They have dark helmets that hide their face.
- Fate Worse than Death: When Ulysses enters the realm of the Parcae, the gods threaten to condemn him to the same fate as these slaves.
- Instant Militia: The gods turn some of them into soldiers to attack Ulysses.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: They get shields when turning into soldiers.
- Lured into a Trap: How they are eventually dealt with. Telemachus tensions a wire that makes them trip atop stairs and then tumble down said stairs.
- Mooks: The main physical threats to Ulysses in the episode "The Seat of Forgetfulness". They are numerous and lacking individuality.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: According to Zeus, they are invincible.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Their swords are trident-shaped.
- The Punishment: The gods condemned them to be slaves of the Parcae, weaving the threads of life on a giant loom for an eternity.
- Shoulders of Doom: They have prominent blue armored shoulders.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: They throw their swords at Ulysses in unison at some point. And they miss their target, of course.
- Was Once a Man: They dared entering the domain of the Parcae, and the gods punished them by having them work on the Parcae's gigantic loom forever.
- Zerg Rush: They try to overwhelm Ulysses and the children through sheer number.
Vulture-like creatures the gods used to keep the Saurians enslaved on the geologically identical copy of Earth before the Flood happened. The gods left them behind on the planet, and they attack everyone in sight.
- Feathered Fiend: They are cruel vulture-like creatures.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: They shoot energy beams with their beaks.
- Hydra Problem: Shooting a Kenocopter with Frickin' Laser Beams doesn't kill it. Instead, it creates another one.
- Monster of the Week: The main threats in "Before the Flood".
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Their only vulnerability is water.
- Self-Duplication: Any damage on a Kenocopter creates another one.
- Weaksauce Weakness: They are vulnerable to water.
- Zerg Rush: They attack in large numbers.
An old scientist and space explorer who's tormented by the gods.
- Beard of Sorrow: He has a long beard, and he's been tormented by the gods for years and finds himself forced by the gods to lie to Ulysses and lead him to a certain death.
- Blinded by the Light: When he found a map of the Olympus galaxy inside the Zotrian ship by Atina's side, he tried to take it. The gods then punished him for this attempt and permanently blinded him with a flash of light.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: Out of remorse for leading Ulysses to the spaceships graveyard, he decides to yake the risk go there to help him and amend.
- Cosmic Plaything: One of the many people the gods torment for (not even intentionally) defying them.
- Interspecies Adoption: He is human, and he adopted a Zotrian girl.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Astronomy, archeology and paleontology.
- The Punishment: The gods blinded him for daring to acquire a map of Olympus.
- Sadistic Choice: The gods offer Heratos to recover his eyesight... provided he lures Ulysses to a magnetic graveyard for spaceships where he will die. If Heratos doesn't obey their orders, the gods will kill him and Atina.
A Zotrian orphan girl Heratos found in her parents' ship. He adopted and raised her.
- Animal Eyes: As a Zotrian, she has cat-like slanted eyes with a vertical slit for a pupil.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She wears purple, although to a lesser extent than Yumi.
- Happily Adopted: She was happily raised by Heratos.
- Nice Girl: Seems to be a common trait among Zotrians. She's as nice as Yumi.
- Pointy Ears: She has pointy ears, like all Zotrians.
- Sole Survivor: Her parents disappeared from the Zotrian ship — likely killed by the gods, and she was alone when Heratos found her.
The master of time itself. The other gods of Olympus cast him away and he captures Ulysses in order to bring him to them and earn back his place among them.
- Clock Punk: His realm and his servants are literally made of clocks.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a Time Abyss, and he's evil.
- God in Human Form: He looks no different from an old human save for the face in the back of his head.
- The Hyena: The other face he has laughs evily pretty much all the time.
- Nice Hat: Wears a Phrygian cap.
- Rapid Aging: One of his realm's powers is to curse people with this. This is what happens to Ulysses' companions and Numinor.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Chronos has never been depicted as Two-Faced, which is rather an attribute of the Roman god Janus. Interestingly, while not being the Roman equivalent of Chronos by any mean, Janus traditionally has time-related powers.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: His realm's beautiful theme contrasts heavily with his devious persona.
- Time Master: The exact extent of his powers over time itself in the Olympus are not known, but they are tremendous within his realm. He also has a giant clock that can rewind time itself, which Ulysses manages to use as a Reset Button.
- Two-Faced: He has two faces. One is that of an old man with a grey beard and it is dead serious. The other face is in the back of his head. It is beardless and lets out Evil Gloatings and Evil Laughs pretty much constantly.
- Villainous Rescue: He reverses time on the Odysseus just as it was about to explode when sustaining critical damages from a surprise and massive Tridents attack. Then he captures Ulysses.
The king of winds and master of cosmic currents. He captures Ulysses to provide entertainment for his daughter's birthday.
- The Caligula: He rules a planet, seems to be lazy and enjoys nothing more than seeing people going through hell in his Deadly Games.
- Cosmic Entity: Albeit not on par with the gods of Olympus.
- Deadly Game: He puts Ulysses through a manhunt game to divert the guests of his daughter's birthday, much to her dislike.
- Evil Cripple: He never leaves his wheelchair.
- Evil Laugh: Lets out a few of these as he enjoys the games.
- Fat Bastard: He's quite heavyset.
- Heel Realization: Realizes the wrongs he has committed when his daughter almost dies, and lets Ulysses go as a result.
- Human Chess: The second ordeal he puts Ulysses through is a deadly human-sized chess game with the chess pieces out to kill him.
- It Amused Me: Puts Ulysses through Deadly Games just for his own amusement and that of his party guests.
- Pinball: For the third ordeal, Aeolus has Ulysses thrown in a giant pinball game and bounce on obstacles like a ball.
The king of Corinth who once sought the secret of Death in the desert of Tartarus in order to be granted eternal life. The gods punished him for this, by condemning him to push spherical metallic debris into a pit. Forever.
- Ancient Greece: His Happy Flashback indicates he comes from there. Either the Olympus galaxy is (most likely) out of space and time, or he has pushed metallic debris for millennia.
- Beard of Sorrow: He's bearded, and constantly wonders when his ordeal will end.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted eternal life for himself and his wife Merope. The gods gave him eternal life... albeit with an eternity of suffering and a meaningless purpose.
- Cosmic Plaything: Needless to say, the gods are very petty with him.
- Fate Worse than Death: Pushing metallic debris into a pit forever under a blazing sun, and having only mushroom-beetles to eat.
- Immortality Seeker: He once sought to find the secret of death, which according to him is the secret of eternal life.
- Impossible Task: More like endless task.
- The Punishment: The gods condemned him to push metallic debris spheres into a pit forever. The Classical Mythology one had to push boulders up a mountainside, which inevitably rolled down the mountain and he had to do it all over again.
A creature living in a pyramid in the Olympus. He captures space travellers and they have to answer his riddle correctly if they want to be freed.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He is a wise ruler in his kingdom and has none of the man-eating and suicidal tendencies of the mythical Sphinx.
- Ancient Egypt: He looks nothing like an Egyptian Sphinx in appearance per se (he looks very much like his Greek myth counterpart minus the Gender Swap, and the riddle thing is purely Ancient Greece as well), but his kingdom is a Futuristic Pyramid and the dominant color on him and in his lair is sand-like and his clothing is really evocative of Ancient Egypt.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: He is more animalistic-looking than his daughter (including having fur) and uses four legs to walk.
- Cat Folk: A humanoid lion.
- Follow in My Footsteps: He wants his daughter to succeed him one day, and wants her to be as wise as he is.
- Futuristic Pyramid: His kingdom / lair looks like an ancient Egyptian temple.
- Gender Flip: The Classical Mythology Sphinx is female, this one is clearly male. Although, he does have a daughter whose devious personality is much closer to the mythical Sphinx.
- The Good King: He rules a kingdom and wants his daughter Hercronne to be wise enough to succeed him one day.
- I Gave My Word: Releases Ulysses after he answered his riddle and defeated Hercronne.
- Monster of the Week: A rather honorable one considering the many downright hostile threats Ulysses bumps into. The main danger for Ulysses actually comes from the Sphinx's daughter and not really from his (easy) riddle.
- Only Smart People May Pass: He lets the people who answer his riddle go. Those who cannot end up enslaved.
- Riddle of the Sphinx: The classic one, and no other: "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, three legs in the evening, and no legs at night?". Ulysses gives the right answer, naturally: "Man".
- Riddling Sphinx: He has the classic mythology attributes of the Sphinx (human head - although with Cute Little Fangs - and torso, the body of a lion and wings) and captures space travellers to ask them a riddle. Should they give the right answer, he will let them go. Should they give a wrong answer, they will become his slaves (or those of his daughter).
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The Sphinx is not part of the Odyssey myths, he is an enemy of Oedipus traditionally.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The mythical Sphinx commits suicide after Oedipus gives the right answer. This Sphinx, not being a proud and crazy creature, doesn't.
- Winged Humanoid: He has wings.
The devious daughter of the Sphinx.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: She is more humanoid than her father, she has no fur and she stands on two legs.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She's self-serving and demanding, and abiding by the rules of the Sphinx's kingdom bores her to no end.
- Cat Folk: She looks very much like a humanoid cat, minus the long hair and wings.
- Cute Little Fangs: Although not so cute given her devious personality.
- Heel Realization: She realizes how devious, selfish and corrupted by the gods she was upon watching her true ugly inner self in the Magic Mirror, and vows to become a better person afterwards.
- Master of Illusion: She can create multiple illusions of herself.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Her father is wise enough not to let her watch her true inner self in his Magic Mirror. When she does, she realizes how ugly she is in the inside. She then cries and amends, wishing to become a better person.
- Pointy Ears: She has cat-like pointy ears.
- Self-Duplication: She can create multiple illusions who all have her appearance, although they're not physical.
- Spoiled Brat: She is quite selfish with none of the wisdom of her father, and badly wants Ulysses to belong to her.
- Villainous Crush: She has one on Ulysses and wants him to become her slave.
- Winged Humanoid: She has wings.
A half-human half-bull creature King Minos keeps in a labyrinth.
- Fed to the Beast: Minos disposes of his enemies and people he wants to get rid of by locking them in the labyrinth with the Minotaur, although the monster just kills them instead of devouring them.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ends up impaling himself on the Laser Blade of Ulysses (hold by Theseus).
- Inescapable Net: Fights using a net in addition to his trident.
- A Load of Bull: He isn't much different from his Classical Mythology half-human half-bull hybrid counterpart.
- Master of Illusion: Projects his image on many mirrors inside the labyrinth to confuse his preys.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Fights using a trident.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Theseus is there and does finish the monster off, but it's Ulysses who does most of the fight against him. Not to mention Theseus kills the monster using Ulysses' sword.
The titan who supports the whole universe.
- Apocalypse How: Removing the stone from his forehead can cause this on a "universal" scope. His job is to prevent this.
- Atlas Pose: He's a rather faitfhul version of the Classical Mythology Trope Namer and takes this pose to prevent the universe from collapsing after Ulysses puts the stone back on his forehead.
- Basso Profundo: He is basically the keystone of the universe, and he has a very deep and commanding voice.
- Cosmic Entity: He supports the whole universe thanks to the strength contained in the stone he has on his forehead.
- Gentle Giant: He means no harm to Ulysses and only seeks to maintain the balance of the universe.
- Glowing Eyes: His eyes start glowing when he gets up to prevent the universe from collapsing.
- Living Statue: He takes the form of a giant living statue.
The tyrant king of the Lestrigones. He loves using a prism to shrink ships and creatures to add them to his collection.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is pale blue, whereas all the other Lestrigones are Ambiguously Brown.
- The Collector: He collects shrunken living creatures.
- Collector of the Strange: Collects shrunken creatures and ships alike.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets hit by his own shrink ray after tripping. And his own cat chases him after that.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The Lestrigones are rather primitive. They found the prism inside a ship that crashed on their planet.
- Jerkass: He treats his people like dirt, to say the least.
- Shrink Ray: He possesses a prism that can shrink (or enlarge) anything.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has blue hair.