Works based largley on Classical Mythology are listed on the Myth page.
See also Religious and Mythological Theme Naming.
- Jurassic World: Indominus is exceptionally vicious mainly because she was raised in isolation and was artificially created to exaggerate her predator traits. In some versions of Greek mythology, the Minotaur—an unnatural hybrid of human and bull—was a man-eater because, as an unnatural creature, it had no natural prey and had to eat manflesh instead, and was also raised in the isolation of the Labyrinth. Just like Indominus.
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire contains a few nods to the story of Orpheus.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: The tale of the 'Rat Cook' in which Lord Wyman bases his 'pork' pies references the Classical Mythology tale of Atreus cooking and the sons of his twin brother Thyestes and then feeding them to the latter, thus bringing down a curse upon their house.
- The Dresden Files:
- Grave Peril: Cassandra's Tears is an obvious Classical Mythology reference, as is Bob's quip about dating Charybdis.
- Death Masks: Deirdre is described by Harry as "the demented love child of Medusa and Doctor Octopus". He later calls her Madame Medusa to her face, but she's far from impressed.
- Blood Rites In the soulgaze, Thomas's inner self is described to look like Mount Olympus after the gods had died.
- Dead Beat: Harry sarcastically refers to Thomas as the forgotten Greek god of body cologne.
- "To The Barest": Parris, the lawyer, being forced to choose between six men for the title of "the barest" is an allusion to Classical Mythology and Paris the swine-herder being forced to choose between three goddesses for the title of "the fairest".
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who: In "Vincent and the Doctor" the Doctor fights a monster by looking at its reflection, just like Perseus fighting Medusa. Even better, there's a statue of Perseus with Medusa's head in the museum that the Doctor passes by.
- Elementary: The fighting cocks from "The One Percent Solution" are named Romulus and Remus, after the two brothers who founded Rome in Classical Mythology. In the myth, Romulus kills Remus, but by the end of the episode Sherlock teaches his cocks to get along.
- Game of Thrones: Stannis, much like Agamemnon in the myth of Iphigenia, is a leader faced by unfavorable weather and a stalled military campaign who chooses to sacrifice his innocent daughter to appease the gods and ensure victory. Also like Agamemnon, that decision ultimately leads to his destruction after he meets his death at the hands of a vengeful woman.
- Castle Cats:
- Dio is based on Dionysus, considering the similar name and the fact that she led a clan that was obsessed with "-Grape Juice-".
- Cassandra is a feline Medusa.
- Thena is likely named after Athena.
- Amortina is based on Cupid/Eros.
- Venus, of course, is a reference to Venus/Aphrodite.
- Minerva was likely named after Minerva.
- Calli, a musical cat, was probably inspired by Calliope.
- Criminal Case: "Poseidon" is carved into the floor in the Sun Deck scene during Case 43: Troubled Waters.
- Fire Emblem: Castor is named after one of the twins, Castor and Pollux, of Classical Mythology.
- Flight Rising: Olympia Oyster: "A delicacy fit only for the gods. Dragons are advised to eat quickly, before theirs notices!" (Classical Mythology; Mount Olympus is the mountain on which the major gods were said to reside, and the concept of a food only gods are allowed to eat is similar to ambrosia)
- Adventure Time:
- "Princess Monster Wife" alludes to Perseus and Medusa when Finn and Jake use mirrors in order not to gaze upon the titular monster's hideousness directly, though they are only in danger of fainting instead of being turned into stone.
- Clarence and Ghost Princess' story is basically that of Achilles and Penthesilea.
- Glitch Techs: Nogrog is a mashup of Draclua, Dimitri and Medusa, including having a Sdrawkcab Name from gorgon.
- Hey Arnold!: Grandma Pookie misreads Helgas name as Helen of Troy.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: More for the franchise as a whole, but the way Maul always ends up falling from grace, right when it seems he clawed his way back to the top, is seen as a reference to Sisyphus of Classical Mythology.