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Clockwise from center: Jay, Theresa, Neil, Atlanta, Herry, Archie, and Odie.

Class of the Titans is a Canadian animated television series themed around Classical Mythology and created by Chris Bartleman and Michael Lahay. It was produced between the Vancouver-based Studio B Productions and Toronto's world-famous Nelvana studio, as their second collaboration following Being Ian.

Thousands of years ago, Cronus, God of Time and leader of the Titans, was defeated by his son Zeus, king of the Olympians, and imprisoned in Tartarus. But in the present era, a prophecy has revealed that he will break free of his imprisonment at exactly midnight on New Year's Eve when all the planets of the Solar System come into perfect alignment, providing him with the power he needs in order to escape. Now loose in the modern world with an army of giants and monsters at his command, Cronus intends to exact his revenge against the Greek gods and Take Over the World.

While the gods of Mount Olympus no longer have the power to stop Cronus on their own, an oracle has foretold that Cronus will be defeated once and for all by seven teenagers descended from Greek mythology's greatest heroes. These chosen ones are gathered at Olympus High, a school that hides a secret entrance to a special training ground for them. There, they learn and undertake training under the guidance of the Olympians, honing their skills and working as a team in order to save the world from Cronus, as he unleashes some of Greek mythology's most famous monsters and villains against them.

Our heroes are:

  • Jay - "The Leader," descendant of Jason.
  • Odie - "The Brains," descendant of Odysseus.
  • Herry - "The Brawn," descendant of Hercules.note 
  • Atlanta - "The Hunter," descendant of Atalanta.note 
  • Archie - "The Warrior," descendant of Achilles.
  • Theresa - "The Fighter," descendant of Theseus.
  • Neil - "The Good Looking," descendant of Narcissus.

The series debuted on Teletoon on December 31, 2005 as a three-part premiere special and proceeded to run for a total of 52 episodes in two seasons, with the finale airing on June 22, 2008. Stateside, the show was shown on Qubo. Episodes can currently be found on YouTube through Nelvana's Retro Rerun channel. It also can be found on Tubi, Amazon Prime, and most other online streaming services where you can find Nelvana's library.

This show contains examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In "Trojan Horse," Odie quits the team after a mishap causes the staff of Hermes to break while in his possession. It's actually a trick, but the others don't know that.
  • Accidental Hero: In the episode "Labour Day", it is shown that Herry was the one who completed a few of the 12 labors of Hercules. Hercules merely showed up in time for the masses to give him the credit.
  • Addiction Displacement: Dionysus, in the series, has given up alcohol and replaced it with an obsession with science and chemistry. Of course, Neil alludes to his drinking problems when he asks if he is still drinking through a gesture.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The episode involving Sybaris and her rivalry with Hera. Hera says that Sybaris betrayed her and Hera took her children away from her as punishment, the reason of which is never stated. Given that Sybaris is shown to be a lamia, the first known vampire, people who know enough about this story would be aware that the lamia was separated from her children because Hera learned that Zeus was having an affair with the woman and had fathered several children with her. (Zeus's serial philandering from the legends is never mentioned on the show.)
  • Agent Peacock: Hades, who is given a rather high voice by Trevor Devall, and a campy personality. He's shown to be Camp Straight, though, and is very Happily Married to Persephone, whom he adores.
  • All Myths Are True: Greek myths, at least, with an offhand nod to the Egyptian myths being true as well in one episode.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Jay is all work; Neil is all play. The other heroes fall somewhere in the middle, though they take turns at trying to persuade Jay to relax a little more. Strangely, they do not attempt to persuade Neil to make more of an effort in tasks.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Mr. Suez is Zeus, the king of the ancient Grecian Gods.
    • The gods in general get bonus points for having their secret entrance in a janitor's closet.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Mostly averted, but some of the gods have rather striking coloring. The biggest example would be Hades, who is purple. Persephone usually looks normal, but turns blue when she gets upset.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Cerberus, guardian of the gates to underworld, alternates between this and Big Friendly Dog. If his master Hades is around, or someone is playing the lyre, he's a happy dog; he's also very friendly and welcoming to anyone arriving in the underworld. Those that try to leave, though...
  • Are We There Yet?: When it takes a long, long time to get to the lost continent of Atlantis, the kids finally ask this.
  • Artistic License – History: Mostly averted, but utilized for Rule of Funny purposes in one way: the gods, or occasionally museums, often have items which are inscribed with various dates "B.C."
  • Artistic License – Religion: "The Game Plan." It makes perfect sense that the seven kids would celebrate Christmas, but the ancient Greek gods, whose worship was supplanted by Christianity? Of course, they could be doing it to make the children more comfortable especially because they might just practice the holiday and not the religion behind it.
  • Because Destiny Says So:
    • The first thing Cronus does after breaking out of Tartarus is to walk up to the Oracle and ask, "What, if anything, can stop me?" For an answer, he is shown images of the seven teens, and he promptly gets to work trying to destroy them. This is the main reason the Olympian gods recruit them in the first place.
    • The gods, Hera in particular, frequently speak of the seven teenagers performing various actions "as has been foretold." Odie's above-mentioned 10-Minute Retirement is one example. They never really explain what prophesies they're referencing.
    • This is also the answer Gaia, primordial deity and personification of the Earth itself, gives when Atlanta asks her why, with all her power, she doesn't stop her son Cronus herself. Gaia responds saying that it's not her destiny to do so, it's theirs.
  • Big Bad: Cronus, whom our heroes are destined to defeat.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the Halloween episode "See You at the Crossroads", the spells are all in actual Greek:
    • The spell Hades uses to release Hecate translates to "with the power of the new moon may you present (yourself)". Hecate
    • The binding spell is "with the power of goodwill Ι bind you".
    • The spell Teresa fails to use is "bask in the kindness my sweet child".
    • And finally the spell Hecate uses to resurrect the dead is "with these torches I disrupt the dead".
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Jay and Theresa in the finale. Neil even tells them to "Get a Room!!"
  • Bigger on the Inside: How Hope describes the interior of Pandora's Box.
  • Blessed with Suck: In "Golden Boy", Nemesis curses Neil to have the Midas Touch as punishment for his arrogance and self-absorption.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Cronus subverts this a couple of times:
    • His first act after escaping Tartarus is to find the Oracle and learn whether anything can potentially stop him from taking over the world. Upon learning about the seven teen heroes who are foretold to have this ability, he makes it his first priority to eliminate them.
    • When Cronus gets beaten in the series finale, he mentions that despite the prophecy saying he would be defeated by the seven teens, he is still free and alive with his powers and minions intact. He reasons that this means that he's no longer bound by fate to lose in the end, has a chance of definite victory, and can make his attacks against the teens all the more unpredictable. He makes plans to immediately use these perks.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Cronus refers to both Zeus and Hera as his children in the episode "Get Kraken" and the two are portrayed as husband and wife. Yes, this something from the original mythology that managed to make it past the radar.
  • Bound and Gagged: A decent amount of it happens, to males and females alike.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • Archie has this bad toward Atlanta.
    • Theresa and Jay have their moments, though much less frequently.
  • The Chosen One: Seven teenagers are chosen to stop Cronus.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Game Plan".
  • Classical Chimera: The Chimera appears twice in the first season, both times as a lion with the hide quarters of a goat, with a goat head on the back and a red snake in place of a tail. Its first appearance, in the episode "Sibling Rivalry," the Chimera is a virtual guardian of Medusa's cell, that is brought to life by the heroes fighting it. They manage to defeat it, by not fighting back, thus causing it to dissolve. Then in "Road to Hades" the real Chimera appears in the opening, being defeated, but not before poisoning Jay. This then leads to a Race Against the Clock, as his friends must go through the Underworld, to find a cure.
  • Composite Character: Cronus is predominantly based on Kronos, the father of the gods and the leader of the Titans. However, he also has time powers associated with Chronos, an entirely different deity.
  • Conflict Ball: Theresa never has a problem with her life as a hero before the season two finale.
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The cars in the background of the city are CGI, unlike Herry's truck, which is drawn and animated.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Neil complains about the heat of a volcano in "Many Happy Returns." Otherwise, this is played straight when Archie and Atlanta jump on rocks in the lava.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Oracle and Mr. Suez. Hera is a Cool Old Lady.
  • Cosmic Chess Game: Cronus kidnaps Zeus in "The Game Plan" and forces him to play one of these; Zeus's pieces include the seven heroes.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Hades is this concerning his beloved Persephone. She uses it to her advantage when Cronus invades the Underworld in "Cronus Vanquished."
  • Cryptic Conversation: The gods are prone to this sometimes. Jay grumbles about it to Hera in one episode.
  • Daddy's Girl: Theresa is implied to have been this in her childhood. Among the gods, Athena comes closest; she's the only one of Zeus's children who directly addresses him as "Father," and seems to be the most fond of him.
  • Death by De-aging: In "Time Enough for Everything," Cronus gets his hands on the timepiece of Zeus and, among other things, uses its power to de-age Jay out of existence. Fortunately, all the time travel shenanigans get undone by the end of the episode.
  • Death Takes a Holiday: In one episode, Thanatos, the Greek god of death, was captured using his own chains once more by Sisyphus and Cronus, preventing people from dying from accidents or fatal injuries.
  • The Dreaded: Though only appearing in the episode "Mother's Day", Antaeus is one of the few characters who visibly makes Cronus frightened, to the point he even calls to Agnon to stop before rushing forward to fight Gaia's henchman.
  • Elaborate University High: New Olympia High School.
  • Elderly Immortal: Zeus, who, according to "Time After Time", got that way after sending the kids back to their own time.
  • Empathic Weapon: Jay's sword and energy shield are this to an extent.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Naturally, since the god of time wants to take over and enslave all of mankind. Heck, Cronus self-admits that there's not gonna be much of the world left once he's done.
  • Epic Fail: Cronus tries to pull a Xanatos Gambit by sending Herry back in time to complete the twelve labors of Hercules before Hercules does, with the plan being that either Herry will be killed or Hercules will lose his immortality. Not only does Herry make it through the first three labors, but Hercules manages to show up just after Herry leaves, allowing the bystanders who show up to give Hercules the credit. Cronus pulls Herry back to the present after the third labor, realizing he should've just killed him when he had the chance.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Subverted. He's a very nice guy, as long as you're not hitting on his wife.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: In a few episodes.
  • Everyone Can See It: Archie, we're looking at you.
  • Evil Laugh: Cronus has a maniacal one that sometimes borders on Laughing Mad.
  • Exact Words: In "Road to Hades," the group is told not to stray off the path - but in order to reach the field of asphodel flowers, they need to do just that. Odie realizes that if they fill their shoes with the gravel from the path, they're technically still walking on it.
  • Fake Defector: Odie pulls this off in the episode "Trojan Horse."
  • Famous Ancestor: Built on it.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: The kids always wear life jackets while on boats. Archie still manages to be submerged under the water briefly, though.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Cronus has his friendly moments, but it's unlikely to be anything more than this.
  • Fem Bot: Hephaestus built a pair of these in ancient times to help him in his forge; they're recovered from a volcano in "Many Happy Returns". He calls them "my girls" and they fawn over him. They perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Talos.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The seven kids were all complete strangers until they were attacked by Cronus's mooks, at which point they were rescued and brought to New Olympia.
  • Fiery Redhead: Atlanta, and sometimes Theresa.
  • Fission Mailed: In "Cronus Vanquished", the kids think they've fulfilled the prophecy, and are trying to come to terms with the idea of being separated. In reality, Cronus cooked up the ruse in order to take over the Underworld.
  • Fluffy Tamer:
    • Hermes seems to have shades of this. He tames griffons on the side and even baby-talks to them.
    • Hades, who absolutely adores Cerberus. He even refers to it as "Puppy!"
  • Free-Range Children: To some extent; although they are living at the school under the care of the gods, the seven heroes are frequently left to their own devices.
  • Get a Room!: Invoked by Neil during instances of excessive public displays of affection.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Evil Theresa summons one in the finale.
  • Giant Mook: Literally; Cronus has giants for henchmen.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Half-sisters Artemis and Athena take this to a whole new level.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: The explanation for why the Gods don't just take down Cronus themselves is that a prophecy states the seven heroes will defeat him. It makes sense why they play a supportive role - they are Greek gods, they know personally that You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Grandparental Obliviousness: Subverted. Herry's grandmother is the only person outside of the school who knows what the kids are really doing. For some reason, she's perfectly fine with it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Envy enjoys ratcheting up people's jealousy to the point where they're willing to kill one another.
  • Guttural Growler: Hephaestus.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Persephone is usually presented this way, although she does have her moments.
  • Halloween Episode: "See You at the Crossroads".
  • Happily Married: Multiple examples are seen in the series:
    • Hades and Persephone.
    • Eros and Psyche.
    • Jay's mother and stepfather appear to be this.
    • Possibly Zeus and Hera as well, although this is left more ambiguous; she does kiss him under the mistletoe in "The Game Plan", though.
  • Hate Plague: Happens in two episodes. The first time was in the Valentine's Day Episode "Bows and Eros", where Cronus mind controls Eros to spread hate on Valentine's Day instead of love. The second time was in "Applet of Discord", where Eris the goddess of strife spreads strife with a ringtone that encourages fighting. Both times, they break up the seven heroes for a time until they realize whats up.
  • Headgear Headstone: Demonstrated in the episode "Odie-sey". The nymph Calypso helps the heroes and her new beloved Odie escape her island with a boat in her possession, since she is forbidden from leaving the island. When asked how she got a boat, she reveals she Really Gets Around and got the boat from one of her now deceased ex-boyfriends, consisting of various men who wash up on her island every hundred years or so that she takes as lovers. Cue a graveyard full of time-relevant helmets showing the burial places.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: The show has three examples in Jay toward Theresa, Archie toward Atlanta, and Pan towards Atlanta (and vice versa, in fact, for that one episode).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Theresa comes to hate the gods and goes about stealing their powers and turning them mortal, thus effectively becoming a god herself. Lampshaded by Zeus in their battle in order to bring her back to her senses.
  • Hidden Depths: Archie has read the old Greek poems, such as The Iliad.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Odie pulls this off from time to time.
  • Hypno Trinket: Cronus uses one on Medelia, a descendant of Medea, to make her try to destroy the team (and Jay in particular).
  • I Have Your Wife: Cronus uses this on Eros in "Bows and Eros," holding Psyche hostage in exchange for the god of love's cooperation.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass:
    • Jay has this sort of attitude at first, since he's the only one who doesn't have a cool ability.
    • Odie has this from time to time, since his skills aren't particularly combat-oriented.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Applies to several characters, but most notably Theresa, in the series finale.
  • Identical Grandson: Jay to Jason, but surprisingly averted with everyone else.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Aphrodite.
  • Insult Backfire: In "Man's Worst Enemy", the protagonists discover that the lyre can be used to calm Cerberus down. This prompts the following exchange:
    Odie: But who plays the lyre these days? It's so lame.
    Theresa: I do.
  • Invisible Parents: Most of the team's parental figures are absent for one reason or another. For example, Jay's parents have been told that he's in an astronaut training program, to explain his departure. Herry's parents are not around, but his grandmother appears in a few episodes and is implied to have raised him.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Theresa, but she gets over it. See below.
  • The Jailer: Kampe, the jailer of Tartarus. Cronus was the only prisoner to have ever escaped under her watch. She hopes to correct this, even if it means sacrificing others to do so.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Archie is normally an aloof Deadpan Snarker who really is a big softy inside.
  • Lady Luck: She appears in the form of Fortuna, the Goddess of Luck and Chance and owner of the Fortune Casino, in "The Game Plan" episode. After Zeus is kidnapped by Cronus, the group tries to get Amalthea's Cornucopia, an item that can grant any wish, to rescue him. The Cornucopia is in the hands of Fortuna, who refuses to give anyone anything unless they succeed at her deadly Wheel of Fortuna game, which is why they send their luckiest member Neil to get the job done.
  • Lampshade Hanging: As the series goes on, more and more characters comment on how a bunch of mortals rather than all-powerful gods are tasked with saving the world from Cronus.
  • Large Ham:
    • Cronus. Does not make him any less of a threat. Being voiced by David Kaye helps:
      "Sleep well, mortals. Tomorrow brings the dawn of a new era, and those who live through it will serve me... Neh, who am I kidding? No one's going to live through it! Ha ha ha! No one! Aha ha ha!"
    • Ares and Hephaestus have shades of this.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Happens on a few occasions:
    • In "Forget Me Not," the entire main cast, except Neil, lose their memories due to exposure to the river Lethe. This includes Cronus, leading to Amnesiac Villain Joins the Heroes for most of the episode as they all work together to figure out what happened.
    • This happens in any episode where a character is hypnotized into serving Cronus or one of his minions. Once the mind control is broken, they usually have no memory of what happened.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: Jay and Theresa. Archie and Atlanta may also have this, although it's much less explicit; they hold hands as opposed to Jay and Theresa's big damn kiss.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Herry and Atlanta frequently appear to have this dynamic. It may partly be because they were two of the first three team members recruited, and have therefore known each other a bit longer than the others.
  • Love Potion: In "Bows and Eros," several members of the team are cured of their anger, caused by Eros's evil arrows, by drinking a distillation of pure love. Theresa and Herry are the first two to imbibe, causing Theresa to warily ask if Herry is now going to be in love with her. A bit later, they have this exchange:
    Herry: Want to get some dinner?
    Theresa: Are you hitting on me?!
    Herry: No! I'm hungry!
  • Mama Bear: Sybaris became a monster because Hera separated her from her children, and Hera has this attitude towards Sybaris when she threatens Herry and Jay.
  • The Magic Touch: In "Golden Boy," selfish Neil is cursed with the Midas touch by the goddess Nemesis to teach him a lesson.
  • Matchstick Weapon: Hecate uses a pair of magical torches that shoot purple flames.
  • Membership Token: Each of the seven heroes has a monogrammed golden pendant, which they found or were given just prior to the start of the series. The pendants are actually keys which allow them to access hidden parts of the school, like the janitor's closet which houses the gods' secret entrance. Cronus knows that they exist and that they're important, but he doesn't know exactly what they do; in "Cronus Keystroke," he steals one and attempts to make a copy so he can figure it out.
  • Mind-Control Music: Used by Cronus in "The Nature of Things," in which he otherwise never appears, to force the demigod Pan to do his bidding. Pan turns around and uses it on several female students at the school, including Atlanta.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Herry's granny is tiny (and badass).
  • Mistaken Identity: Orpheus is persuaded to assist the heroes in "Men's Worst Enemy" because he mistakes Theresa for his beloved wife Eurydice.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • Being based on Greek mythology, this pops up a lot when dealing with monsters. The chimera is a lion/goat/snake creature; the minotaur is half-bull, half-human; griffons are lion/eagle animals; and Typhoeus is a winged beast with snakes for legs.
    • In an early episode, Cronus takes one of his giant henchmen and swaps his upper torso with a bear. He turns another giant into a spider-monster-thing, just because he can.
  • Mr. Exposition: Jay is something like this in "Chaos 101", as he is the most well-versed in Greek mythology and is able to explain things to the others. His mother is Greek and raised her son on the stories of her home country.
  • My Beloved Smother: Demeter toward Persephone, to an extent.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Two very different examples:
    • On one hand, there's Herry's beloved Granny, who is the one who taught him to fight. He does not take kindly to anyone hurting her, and — as seen in the episode "Mother Knows Best" - will fight to the death to defend her if necessary.
    • On the other hand, there's Zeus's grandmother Gaia. As long as you remember your manners, she's perfectly lovely. Slight her, however, and you're in for a world of hurt - rather literally, as she's the goddess of the earth.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Cronus himself, at least in the early episodes. His Evil Plan in the first few episodes involves causing worldwide natural disasters:
    "Sleep well, mortals, tomorrow will bring the dawn of a new era — and those that live through it will serve me. Gah, who am I kidding? No one's gonna live through it! No one!" *Laughter*
  • The Omnipotent: In a cast full of almighty janitors, a.k.a. Greek gods, Gaea, Mother Earth herself, would be this considering neither Zeus nor Cronus, strongest of the gods and Titans, respectively, could control or defeat her, only appease her temper and earn her favor. It took an apology from Zeus for not thanking Gaea for saving Zeus from Cronus to prevent her from wiping out the heroes.
  • The Only One: In the finale, Zeus explains why the gods don't take care of Cronus themselves:
    "We don't know what it's like to be mortal. That's why gods can't be true heroes; we can't be hurt, so we can't take real risks or make genuine sacrifices."
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The teen heroes all had regular lives before weird things started to happen and they were swept away to be trained as heroes. Some of them were already aware of their abilities, such as Herry not being too surprised that he could knock out a pair of Cronus's giants, but they had no idea about the prophecy. Jay in particular fits this as he is the most ordinary of the bunch, having no exceptional talents.
  • Our Sphinxes Are Different: "Breathtaking Beauty" features a sphinx as the main antagonist. She spends most of the episode disguised as a human girl, under the alias Josephine X. In her true form, she has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. In the episode, she has trapped an entire town for being unable to solve her new riddle, and attempts to do the same to Odie. He is, however, able to solve the riddle, and together with his team manages to defeat the Sphinx.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Chiron. He's most frequently the kids' direct mentor, being the one they go to with questions and for help with mythological research. When Jay is poisoned by Cronus's chimera, he goes into a rage, declaring that he will take revenge on Cronus "in this world or the next!"
    • Poseidon lets his inner Grandpa Wolf out with a roar when he learns that Cronus has taken his descendant Theresa prisoner in one episode. It's a trap for Poseidon, of course.
  • Parental Favoritism: Each of the kids seems to be the particular favorite of one of the gods. For instance, Hera is particularly fond of Jay, Hermes of Odie, and Aphrodite of Neil.
  • Police Are Useless: Usually played straight whenever the kids are running all around the city chasing Grecian monsters, but justified in "Breathtaking Beauty" because the police can't stop a Sphinx from eating whoever she wants.
  • The Power of Love: What breaks Cronus's mind control in "Bows and Eros".
  • Prefers Going Barefoot: Athena since she's never seen wearing any shoes.
  • Prisoner Exchange: When the heroes capture Medusa, the other Gorgons retaliate by kidnapping Neil and demanding this.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: As the Oracle says himself, he's always right without a mistake in over 4000 years.
  • Prophecy Twist: In the finale, the heroes defeat Cronus, but he is still alive with all his powers intact and free by the end of it. This is one of several Sequel Hooks in the episode which suggest that it was intended only to be a season finale, instead of the series finale it turned out to be.
  • Protectorate: As the destined heroes of prophecy, the seven kids regard the world this way; even moreso, however, they will do just about anything to protect each other.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A bunch of mortal teenagers up against an immortal god. Justified, as it was foretold that descendants of Greek heroes would be able to stop him and Prophecies Are Always Right.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • The gods are usually this, and often trust the kids to do the right thing.
    • Oddly, even Cronus fits the bill occasionally. For example, in the Halloween episode he angrily demands to know why one of the kidnapped scientists didn't tell him something. The scientist reminds him that his mouth had been taped shut at the time, and Cronus relents, acknowledging that this is a fair point.
  • Refusal of the Call: Archie at first and Theresa later. But You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: While Antaeus' traditional relation to Heracles (cousin and great-uncle) is not stated, he is given a different relationship to the demigod son of Zeus, being identified as the one who taught him wrestling.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Played straight. Many antagonists are reptilian.
  • Scenery Censor: When the flashback showing how Sybaris was killed in Ancient Greece occurs, Sybaris's human form is shown clearly naked, but the magic and her turning from stone prevents the body from fully materializing before becoming stone.
  • Science Fantasy: Well, we got ancient gods and monsters, but we also got cartoon technology like lasers and cloning.
  • Screw Destiny: In a rare Face–Heel Turn version, Theresa takes this stance in the series finale, getting sick of the prophecies of the gods running her life and her friends' along with the belief the gods did not care about any of them in their millennia-long feud against Cronus. As such, she decides to steal the powers of the gods in an attempt to stop the prophecies by removing the gods from power and give herself and her friends normal lives. Unfortunately, the more power she gains, the more insane she becomes.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: The school janitor Mr. Suez is actually Zeus.
  • Self-Duplication: Cronus employs this at least once to disorient the heroes.
  • Shiny New Australia: In one episode Cronus, who thinks his victory is guaranteed at that point, takes Agnon aside and has this to say:
    Cronus: You know, you've always been my favorite, Agnon. How about a country to rule? Hm? How would you like to rule New Zealand?
  • Ship Tease: For Theresa/Jay and Archie/Atlanta.
  • Shipper on Deck: All of the other heroes for Theresa/Jay and Archie/Atlanta, though Jay and Herry do enjoy ribbing Archie about his feelings for Atlanta.
  • Shout-Out: Several, which are often very clever:
    • The episode title "They Might be G.I. Ants" refers to the band They Might Be Giants.
    • There are numerous shout outs to Ray Harryhausen's Greek mythology movies, especially the Kraken episode, "Get Kraken". The Kraken is actually a Norse critter, whose only connection to Greek myth is the movie Clash of the Titans. And then of course, there's the show's title.
    • In "See You at the Crossroads", one of the kidnapped scientists asks Cronus where he got his giant henchman:
      "Where'd you get this guy? The Fire Swamp? The Pit of Despair?"
  • Shown Their Work: The writers clearly did a lot of reading and research into Greek mythology, and it shows.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Hades and Persephone; Eros and Psyche.
  • Sinister Scythe: Kronos had one in Greek mythology, and Cronus has one in the show. Sometimes two.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: One of the main themes of the series as Cronus targets the descendants of heroes of Greek mythology.
  • Stellification: After Artemis was tricked into killing Orion, she turned him into the Orion constellation. In the present, Cronus revives him as a celestial man to get revenge on Artemis, but he eventually departs peacefully back to be part of the stars once again.
  • Taken for Granite: A recurring problem:
    • "Sibling Rivalry" features Medusa and her two sisters. It is also explicitly stated in the episode that anything that gets turned to stone stays that way forever.
    • "Road to Hades" has the teens, minus Jay, venturing into the Underworld on a mission to save him from death. Persephone warns them not to stray off the path. What does Neil do? Walk off the path. What happens to him? He gets turned into a stone statue. Granted, he does turn back to normal when he set on the path again.
    • "Golden Boy" sees Neil accidentally turn Atlanta, Herry, and Odie into gold statues.
  • Team Dad: Chiron, as noted above under Papa Wolf.
  • Team Mom:
    • Athena fills this role in an official capacity, serving as the seven heroes' resident dorm mother and protector. She's an excellent cook and frequently has to scold Herry for cleaning out the refrigerator.
    • Herry's grandmother is the Team Granny. Once they're introduced to her, all of the heroes refer to and address her as "Granny." She's the only parental figure who is confirmed to be told the truth about what the kids do, and even helps them take on Cronus.
  • Titanomachy, Round Two: The show uses this as its premise. The plot kick starts with Cronus using the alignment of the planets to stop time for a second, which he uses to escape Tarturus. A new team of young heroes who are descended from heroes of Greek mythology are assembled to stop his plans.
  • True Neutral: invoked
    • The Oracle. In "Chaos 101," Cronus tries to say that the Oracle works for him, but the Oracle tersely reminds him that "I work for everyone." Throughout the series, he proves this, providing information not only for Cronus but also for the seven heroes, of whom he seems to be rather fond.
    • Thanatos, the god of death, whose purpose is very simple: to collect the deceased. He is neither good nor evil, and will obey only whoever wears the Helmet of Darkness.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Theresa and Atlanta are quite outnumbered.
  • Uncanny Valley: In "Cronus 2.0", Odie devises a computer program that simulates Cronus. Hephaestus builds a robot to utilize the program for training, but the resemblance to the actual Cronus terrifies Theresa. With good reason, as it turns out.
  • Undying Loyalty: Part and parcel with being Fire-Forged Friends, the seven teens have this for one another. They will go to most any lengths to protect each other or rescue the others from danger — even if it means defying the gods, such as getting Medusa out of lockup to rescue the kidnapped Neil. When Hera points out that this could have had terrible repercussions if they had failed, Jay replies that if they had to do it again, they would.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: No mention of any kinship made mention of between a few of the deities, besides keeping Cronus as the father of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon and Hades. This, by extent, means none of the teens are stated to be related to any of the gods, except for Theresa's relation to Poseidon, as the ancestry of their famous ancestors includes descent from gods, with a few of them even being descended from Zeus.
  • The Un-Reveal: "Prisoner Kampe" ends with the seven teens and Granny stranded in the Caucasus Mountains, in Russia, and Odie wonders how they're going to get home. By the next episode, "Little Box of Horrors," they're back at the school, with no explanation as to how they got there.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: "Bows and Eros".
  • Valentine's Day Violence: Cronus is inspired by the fact it's Valentine's Day to kidnap Cupid and use his arrows of love to wreak havoc, even managing to nail Herry and convince him he's in love with Theresa (who is not happy that her attempt to deliver Valentine's Day balloonagrams to Jay goes awry as a result).
  • Villain Has a Point: When Theresa becomes the main villain in the series finale, she exclaims about how unfair it is that everybody was forced into fighting for the gods instead of being allowed to live normal lives. Not one person refutes her claims. The gods simply repeat that the prophecies are absolute and that You Can't Fight Fate in response. Even her friends express blatant discomfort at the realization of the fact that their personal lives are negatively affected by their affiliation with the gods. Their only complaint about Theresa's actions is that she can't handle the power she's stealing.
  • Weirdness Censor: Despite some of the odd things which happen there, none of the other students at New Olympia High ever caught on to the fact that the school is merely a hiding place for the gods of ancient Greece, nor that seven of their classmates save the world on a regular basis. May overlap with Selective Obliviousness.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Theresa.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The location of New Olympia is never specified; it appears to be somewhere around North America, but it apparently is close enough to the Mediterranean for the heroes to frequently visit famous places from Classical mythology.
  • When the Planets Align: How it all begins; Cronus uses such an alignment to free himself from Tartarus.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Water for Archie; enclosed spaces for Odie.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: During the finale, Theresa becomes tired of having to save the world every week and blames the gods for putting everybody in this situation in the first place. Theresa then goes about stealing some of the gods' powers and using them. Before long, Theresa begins systematically hunting down everyone in the Greek pantheon to take away their powers so the teens can have "normal lives" again.
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • Hercules is depicted as pot-bellied and bald (albeit still possessing his great strength). "Labour Day" shows he looked more like what you'd expect during the days of Ancient Greece.
    • This is discussed In-Universe when Herry, Atlanta, and Archie watch a remake of Jason and the Argonauts. Atlanta takes issue with how the Harpies are depicted as Gorgeous Gorgon types (not that Archie's complaining) and (in a bit of Self-Deprecation) says filmmakers never get this kind of stuff right. They also comment on how buff the movie version of Zeus is compared to the guy they know.
  • You Never Asked: What Atlas says when Odie asks him why he didn't tell the heroes the location of Atlantis earlier.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Persephone is beautiful, sweet, and kindhearted until something makes her really angry. When that happens, she wigs out, turns blue, and basically reminds anyone who looks at her exactly why she is the Queen of the Underworld.


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Hades, Persephone, and Cronus

While being held captive by Cronus, Persephone considers becoming his queen - all while her husband Hades is right there. Hades promptly smashes his way out of captivity to show Cronus who is boss.

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