10 Obscure but Awesome Greek Gods & Monsters Fit for Film

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10 Obscure but Awesome Greek Gods & Monsters Fit for Film

10 Obscure but Awesome Greek Gods & Monsters Fit for Film Most movie lovers are familiar with the standard gods, demigods and monsters from Greek mythology. Writers like Homer and Hesiod once told stories of these characters through epic poems, but now modern audiences hear these tales in theaters. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Immortals, Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans all draw heavily from Greek mythology - using it as the main source for their stories. While it is refreshing to see Wrath of the Titans (read Our Review) introducing audiences to several new creatures - including the Chimera, Makhai and the Titan Kronos - Greek mythology has hundreds of characters. We've sifted through a good portion of that mythology and found 10 obscure gods and monsters we think would look Hollywood should consider for their next swords and sandals film.

Ichthyocentaurs (God)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies Ichthyocentaurs were a couple of badass sea-god brothers named Bythos and Aphros whose parents were the mighty Poseidon and the sea goddess Amphitrite. These guardians of the sea are described as being part man, part horse, part fish, with lobster claws for horns on their head. Little is known about their purpose, but legend tells they carried the defeated companions of the god King Dionysus back to the sea. Image Credit - EvilInstinct

Kerberos/Cerberus (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies Kerberos, sometimes called Cerberus, was a fearsome looking hellhound that guarded the gates of Hades. Its only purpose was to prevent damned souls trapped in the underworld from escaping. Kerberos is believed to be the offspring of the goddess Echidna and the fire-breathing primordial giant, Typhon. It is described as a three-headed dog with a mane of serpent heads, a snake for a tail, and the lion claws extending from his paws. As the final task assigned him by King Eurystheus, Hercules had to capture Kerberos alive without using any weapons. Image credit - Vyrilien

Echidna (God)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Echidna Echidna was an immortal goddess who was part beautiful woman and part fearsome snake. She is said to have given birth to most of the monsters in Greek mythology, earning her the appropriate nickname "Mother of  All Monsters". There seems to be some question as to her own lineage, as some Greek writers think Tartarus and Gaia raised her, and others think she was the offspring of Peiras and Styx. Regardless, after she and Typhon attacked the Olympians, Zeus mercifully spared her life, deciding to instead leave her as a challenge for future heroes - that is, until she was killed in her sleep. Image credit - Sarapsys

Colchian Dragon (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Colchian Dragon When Jason and the Argonauts set out on a quest given to them by King Pelias to acquire the Golden Fleece, they had to first defeat the deadly Colchian Dragon. It is described as a giant serpent with three tongues and a long crest going down its back. Like Kerberos, it too was the offspring of Echidna and Typhon.

Scylla (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Scylla Once a beautiful nymph, Scylla was turned into a hideous sea monster when the sea-god Glaucus placed a curse on her for not returning his love. She is described as having four eyes and six long necks, to which gruesome heads were attached, each having three rows of sharp teeth. Her body wasn't any prettier as she had twelve octopus-like legs, the tail of a cat, and around her waist were the ferocious biting heads of six wolves. She lived in a channel between a mountain side and the city Charybdis, and anytime an unfortunate ship would cross her domain each of her heads would eat a crew member.

Amphisbaena (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Amphisbaena In both the original and the remake of Clash of the Titans, Perseus fought scorpions which were created when blood from Medusa's head dripped onto the sand - but in Greek mythology what actually appeared was called Amphisbaena. It was an odd-looking, but dangerous, double-headed serpent creature that feasted on an even odder diet of desert ants and the corpses of men. The deadly and poisonous beast traveled by grabbing its head/tail in its mouth and rolling along the desert like a hoop.

Phorcys (God)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Phorcys Phorcys, like his siblings Cronus and Rhea, was one of the primordial gods from Greek mythology and ruled in the oceans. Depending on who you ask, his parents were either Oceanus and Tethys or Pontus and Gaia. He is described as a merman with crab-claw front legs and red-spiked skin. He took Ceto as his wife and together they had several monstrous children: Skylla (a crab-like monster), Thoosa, Ladon  (a hundred-headed sea-serpent), Ekhidna (a she-dragon viper), the Graeae spirits of the sea-foam and the Gorgones sisters, Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale.

Cerastes (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Cerastes If you are walking through the desert, spot what appears to be food sticking out from under the sand, and go to retrieve it, then chances are you're about to be eaten by a Cerastes. This Greek mythological beast is described as a vicious, spineless, snake-like creature that has a set of ram-like horns on its head, which it buries in the sand to appear like food and lure its prey. When the prey gets within range, the Cerastes springs forth from hiding and kills it. Image credit - Bill French

Ophiotaurus (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Ophiotaurus The Ophiotaurus was part black bull, part sea serpent and very dangerous. Greek legend has it that if someone was to burn the entrails of the Ophiotaurus, then they would be granted the power to defeat the gods. This explains why Zeus had an eagle snatch them up before Briareus - a hundred-handed giant and ally to the Titans - could complete the ritual after killing it. Image credit - New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

Hippalectryon (Monster)

Mythological Creatures Who Should Be in Movies - Hippalectryon The ancient Greek creature Hippalectryon was said to have a body that was half horse and half bird. The front half had the head of a horse, but the rear was made up from the wings, tail and legs of either a rooster, giant vulture or eagle. This strange-looking animal, much like Pegasus, could be tamed and ridden - though not many people chose to do so. Image credit - Frank Palmarti

10 Obscure but Awesome Greek Gods & Monsters Fit for Film

Greek Mythology Creatures in Wrath of the Titans There are literally hundreds of gods and monsters we didn't put on this list that are just as worthy to share a movie screen with some of Hollywood's finest actors. Is there a favorite you would like to see come to life? To get your fill of mythological creatures on the big screen, check out Wrath of the Titans - and be sure to read our official review.
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  1. I hope Marvel introduces Hercules in “Thor 2″. Expanding the Marvel Universe to the other Pantheons would be awesome!

    • Hercules vs. Thor ;)

    • Well snce Thor is a space alien, why not have a planet of neighboring Greek “gods”. And thrn they team up against the Roman & Egyptian “gods”.

      • errm, the Roman Gods are essentially the Greek gods. ;)

        • The “Greek” gods are essentially Phoenician, Sumerian, Persian and Hindu.

      • Thor isn’t an alien!!!!

  2. Eh, i’ve already killed most of these creatures in the God of War series.

    • Me too, The wrath of the titans look like the bluepring for a possible God of War movie

    • @SK47 Meh, God of War 3 ain’t nothing but Big Budget Fan Fiction. Or rather; Anti-Fan Fiction. They claim to “love” greek mythology but seems more like they hate it.

      The original God of War was awesome! It really did feel like it could have been based on some newly discovered ancient Greek manuscript. Like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. God of War 2 has its merits, but part 3…

      So let me get this right Kratos. You want to kill Zeus for doing his job? He’s the King of the Gods.Its his AOR (Area of Responsibilty) to keep the other gods in check. You went rogue.So Kratos, as the Rock says, “Know your role and shut your mouth!”

  3. I could have sworn Cerberus appeared in the first Harry Potter movie with the name, “fluffy”.

    That seems like a big Hollywood movie to me.

    • @santa – I considered Fluffy when putting this list together but since Rowling brought him into a magical world specifically to guard the Philosopher’s Stone and not keep dead souls from crossing the River Styx I decided to add him.

      Paul Young

  4. Hecate is a very cool goddess you only see used in the old paper and pen RPG,s.

  5. Giod article. Thr main thing I have wanted to see is a story whete Hades is nit the film. He is actually a synpathetic character. Zeus is the manipulative one. I would like to see him as the villian.

    • Damn i just saw. my error filled post lol

      **Good Article. The main thing I want to see is a story where Hades is not the villian. He is actually a sympathetic character. Zeus is the manipulative one & should be the villian.

      • Zeus, Hades and Poseidon are based on the Triune God of the Hindu mythology Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and they act as one being with different aspects of their character taking hold of them, transforming them into different states of being. This is why Zeus is known under the epithets of;

        Zeus Ombrios
        Zeno-Poseidon
        Zeus Kataibates
        Zagreus

        Zeus is often an amoral form in the myths and a vengeful god taking offense at nearly everything. God can take any form he wishes essentially and has no rules as to his behavior so Zeus is already characterized as a “manipulative” god-head.

  6. yes cerberus would be awesome. he was ok in hp but not the true cerberus.

  7. The Scylla picture is from the game Zeus

    • @DC – Yeah, I had a very hard time finding pictures for some of these things. Some were either bad photos of broken pottery or faded images from ancient paintings. I tried to use the one that best represented the character the most.

      Thanks,

      Paul Young

  8. Just in response to the above posts. Hercules is an actual Marvel character. He’s an Avenger just like Thor. I’ve always enjoyed him too. I would love to see Artemis in a Greek mythology movie. She got some great treatments in books, but never film. The story of Narcissus and Echo would be excellent too.

  9. Cerberus actually appeared in the original clash of the titans. He was guarding the entrance to Medusa’s temple.

  10. Mr Young!
    Please stop digging downe the underworld and present to this world creatrurs, Monsters , Demons and Fallen Angels that they have ruled on Earht destriyed and have devestaed Empitre of mighty power that where holding the light, becasue they are the offspring from the reptilians alines, that want to take hold on in this sector of the Galaxy.

    This needs to stop, Why not teach Hollywood to make something of the light of God Creation the love and mercy he put up his Childeren of the light, and all to be waken up from their deep slumber.sto stand strong and remove the old pattern of deceit and rule and fear, and chaos.
    There is a reoson why the lack of the primordil gods, and emons been wiped out, and their relics destroyed and that bygone age had to be forgotten. Why resurrect something to mankind that gives them the evil deeds and false warshipping of reptilian aliens as gods that tryes to fullfill the agenda to unsalve the world.
    I’m sick and tired hollywood praising their brethren Monsters, Titans, Creatures, Aliens,Demons and ect.
    Those days are gone and need to be forgotten as a shadow of the bygone age, never to be resurrected, it ownly can bring mankind teaching of chaos and distruction.
    Hollywood need to teach manking the glory , and splender of Light, so all humans can unite and live in peace and harmony abide togheter to help bring hevens on earth and once again to florish the Love and Light in his sector of the galaxy.
    This is what is needed from many people like you moviegores,and moviwlovers to react and to chnage the thought patterns of the few.

    The only thing is to do that is unite one other and stop suppoting false teaching and wrong deads that where written in stories, legend, and myths of the ages of long ago.

    • @pelegon – Calm down buddy. These are fake monsters/gods for a movie. I’m not encouraging the revival of some long dead religion here. Time to sit back, have a cold drink and relax. You’re taking this way too seriously.

      Paul Young

    • Prude.

      • Whoa! Too much kool-aid.

    • Yes because Christianity has no awesome creatures in the bible that could be used for film. Its all love and salvation. Get real. Im a baptist, and the bible is such a bloody book of war and sin, until it honestly reads as an ambitious blockbuster full of philosophy. I mean this in no way to be out of line, but learn your religion and learn the manuscript. Dont bash the greek myths just b/c of this odd social perspective you have.

      Great List, Paul

      • I’d honestly be in a happier place if more Hollywood movies had the stones to have their good-aligned Angel characters appear in some of the more… interesting… forms they do in the Bible and Medieval literature. (Think amorphous beings of light with thousands of eyes, wheel-shaped beings with dozens of wings, and glorious creatures with the heads of four different species.)

      • The irony is that every story in the Bible can be traced to a Greek, Phoenician, Persian, Sumerian or Hindu form written in a more complete way much earlier than the scribes of Yahweh (the pronunciation) or Jovis (the Roman written form) otherwise known as Jupiter from the Levant choose to portray. The Apocrypha has dragons that Christ fights with a sword in it, or the story of St. George essentially though.

        The Bible is an attempt to historicize mythology at a time when history was becoming more important for survival than astronomy so you get a confusing example of mythology due to interspersed tales of actual human tragedy.

    • What the hell are you talking about dude, do the rest of us a favor, take your meds.

      • That was to pelegon not you prophet king, I’ve read the Bible you are right.

    • Wow…..

      • Yeah, if nothing else, that was one of the most deeply strange and oddly fascinating reactions to anything I have ever seen.

  11. I just wish we could get a faithful God of War! Kratos! Yup I know it doesn’t follow the actual greek history/myth but damn come one Hollywood this one would be a slam dunk.

  12. cool list. I feel centaurs should appear in film more often. The best they got was the Chronicles of Narnia and the Golden Voyage of Sinbad. I mean yeah they were in the Harry Potter films but they were in the shadows (you could barely see them). And it would be cool to see Typhon in his original from with the multiple snake heads.

  13. How about some of the druid deities. The old Celts had some awesome mythology and great heroes.

  14. My point here is you all missed the mark

    We need to teach mankind Love and Salvation.Pepole need to tap deep down inside them self’s and find peace and tranquillity, for the sake of mankind.
    It’s nonsense to resurrect dead Myths of ancient religions, and dogmas of bygone age.
    Just know something whatever you watch it transforms negative emotions into your subconsciousness mind that troubles your consciousness mind.
    The controllers already know that.
    And Hollywood is paid big $$$ just to brainwash the population through their industry.
    People these days a getting artificially entertained, they don’t have the time to read books and to do spiritual awakening, to connect with nature and so on and find their internal GOD.
    They are searching at the wrong doors, it’s easy to watch something unreal and pretending is real, because the movies serve them as school lessons.
    I saying it not for bible believers, regions’ thinkers, followers but for the whole mankind.Thre is error in all religious aspects, but the truth is something different, you have to experience it in order to believe it.
    I don’t want to make enemy here, but please don’t put so much effort and been enthusiasm on mythical character that won’t serve you well.

    • @pelegon – Seriously bud. I’m a Christian and there is a time for proselytizing but I think your attempt is is misguided. To say that the mere talking about the gods of a long dead religion is like worshiping a golden calf is ridiculous. I’m not sitting here cutting myself with knives waiting of Baal to answer my prayers (read Genesis to understand that reference).

      I expect to see your responses across multiple boards as people worship Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt and other celebrities. money and other worldly possessions.

      Have a fantastic day.

      Paul Young

    • LOL this guy uses the same “Pelegon” username in many other blogs, forums etc preaching the same stuff.

      • It’s weird because it feels less like any variation of Christianity I’ve ever known and more like a weird mix of Scientology (“negative emotions” connected to/possibly controlled by ancient otherworldly entities) and Otakukin (“If enough people believe in something, it becomes REAL in an alternate universe or whatever, that’s how come I can be Sepiroth in another life!”)

  15. This article made me gain more respect for you, Paul Young.
    I hope you see this comment as it will not allow me to post a comment of your ‘The Event’ article.

    In response to your first comment: Taking out everything you deem as a personal attack, really? Does that make you feel high and mighty?

    And secondly, no one said I was holding my breath. I know it has 2% chance of coming back at this point. I simply miss it and only in my best dreams would it come true. Sorry for being a passionate being.

    Nevertheless I would LOVE to see Echidna in a movie. She’s legit.

  16. What about Typhon? Supposed to be the most dangerous monster in Greek mythology.

    • I personally feel the creatures from the Aliens movies represent Typhon or they are meant too.

  17. So Scylla is in there but Charybdis isn’t?? You know they are basically a team.. Right??