As usual, instead of finishing this article, I was in major procrastinating levels and pushing the deadline as far as possible. So while perusing through the depths of the internet, and catering to my hourly needs of cat gifs, I came across an internet article with some really classy Legendary Gods. That struck me with the next idea for an article: We are going #OdysseyOfLegends this Pearl, so here is my top 10 of the classiest Legendary Gods of mythology.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the truest of my knowledge (and the internet). Inconsistencies will always be there because too many people have written about these Gods, in too many different ways.
Another disclaimer: My list has been heavily influenced by time spent playing God of War
Achilles, the Greek’s greatest warrior during the Trojan War. Though technically not a God living in the Heavens, he still made it to those leagues. It was either him, or Hercules. Now, after Brad Pitt’s Achilles in Troy the movie, I’d pick Achilles any day. Especially when you can dole out quotes like, “The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last.”
He was practically invincible in war, as he single-handedly finished off armies. Right after he had been born, his mother dipped him in the river Styx – holding him by his heel. This left his body invulnerable… well except for the heel. I mean, come on, Mom. You had ONE job!
He would’ve lived on too, if it weren’t for an arrow – shot by Paris, and guided by Apollo- to his heel (cheap tricks, I tell you!)
Apollo, the guy who guided an arrow into Achilles tendons. God of light, music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, prophecy, poetry, purity, athleticism, manly beauty and enlightenment. This guy was on fire! Literally: he was the Sun God. His chariot is supposed to pull the Sun around the Earth. Though, right now, he might just be unemployed because of Copernicus.
He was the son of Zeus and Leto, and twin brother to Artemis (who was the Moon Goddess. She later went on to be reborn as Daenerys Targaryen, the moon of Khal Drogo’s life). Okay, no, the last bit is not actually true. Helios is referred to as the Sun God as well, but at some point in time, there were both acknowledged to be the same person, more or less.
One of my favorite entries from Norse mythology and our God of Mischief. Loki literally wanted to overthrow and kill all the other Gods; though no reasoning is ever mentioned in Norse texts about WHY he wanted to do this. He even fathered three of the most feared creatures in the world – Hel (she who eats a portion of the dead), Fenrir (the God-eating Wolf) and Jörmungandr (the Mid-Gard Serpent who played the Nokia game Snake with our realm).
I would be lying if I said the British accent of Tom Hiddleston didn’t play a part in Loki creeping into the list.
Hades, Brother of Zeus and Poseidon and rules of the underworld. Uttering his very name is supposed to bring death to you sooner: this hellbringer with a pitchfork has the underworld named after him. One fine day when he wanted to marry Persephone (daughter of Zeus and Demeter), he just abducted her into hell with him. He is also presumed to be God of the hidden wealth of Earth – gold and other metals.
Ruler of the underworld and God of shiny metals: that definitely checks all my boxes.
Probably from the lesser known side of Greek mythology, Erebos is one of the Primordial deities. These 5 beings are the first to come into existence, and every God from thereon descended from them. Other notable Primordial deities are Uranus (Father Sky) and Gaia (Mother Earth and Mother of all Titans and Olympians). He is the personification of Darkness and born of Chaos.
He is basically like at Hades’ level times a few thousand.
Son of Zeus and Hera, and the God of War. People feared him even while worshipping him, because he was an uncontrollable force and manslaughtering machine. He had constant distaste for Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. His sons Fear and Terror, and his lover Discord are said to accompany him into battle.
He is NOT a force to be reckoned with. Unless, of course, you’re the next contender in the list…
Remember when I said that the list would be influenced by the game, God of War? Well, here you go. While there is a Kratos in Greek mythology – son of Pallas and Styx, and personification of Strength and Power – our Kratos goes much further than that. He was born as a Spartan, along with his brother Deimos; both of them excellent warriors. Deimos was abducted by Ares to avert a prophecy about the destruction of Olympus. Much later, Ares went on to make Kratos kill his wife and children too. It was probably a very bad decision on Ares’ part to make a sworn enemy of Kratos.
This guy literally rose from the league of mortals, to slaying almost every Olympian including the God of War himself.
Aphrodite was the great Olympian goddess of beauty, love, pleasure and procreation. She owned a magical girdle which made everyone desire her.
Her birth was probably not the best characteristic about her. She was born when Kronos cut off the testicles from his father Uranus. The testicles fell down in the ocean creating a froth from which she was born. Her husband is probably not the best thing about her either. She was married to the ugly Smith God Hephaestus.
Okay, fine, I get it. She doesn’t exactly deserve third place here. But we needed a Goddess. I did say it was MY top 10. Also, I see TWO REASONS right now.
Son of Uranus and Gaia, and the youngest of the first Generation of Titans.
He is symbolized by the sickle he carries. He overthrew his father, castrated him using his sickle and threw the bits into the sea. Scared of a prophecy that one his children would overpower him, he ate all of his children, except Zeus (his mom fed him a rock dressed like a baby instead). Immensely strong, dumb enough to eat a rock, and the leader of all Titans, he was overthrown only by our top contender…
Zeus, the God of Sky and Thunder and Father of all Men and Gods(he literally had lots babies). He was probably the most OP God ever. He got his way to happen almost all the time, and if it didn’t he made sure it did. He overthrew his father Kronos (like father like son), rescued his brothers whom Kronos had swallowed, and banished dad to Tartarus. Leader of the Olympians, and owner of an amazing sex drive, he fathered Ares, Hebe, Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo and Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen of Troy, Minos, and the Muses.
Yes, his wife hated that he cheated on her so much.