|“|| Hades: Brothers! Titans! Look at you in your squalid prison! Who put you down there!?|
Hades: And now that I set you free, what is the first thing you are going to do!?
Titans: DESTROY HIM!!!
Hades: Good answer.
|~ Hades unleashing the Titans.|
The Titans of Disney's Hercules appeared briefly in the series, but played a much larger role as major antagonists in the film. They were used by Hades to stage an unsuccessful uprising against the gods of Olympus. While being far more than just powerful monsters, the Titans were one of the few beings depicted with the power to challenge and even temporarily defeat a god of Zeus' level when working together. However, they were powerless once Zeus gained his lightning bolts and smashed their empire.
It was revealed in the series that the Titans are all the offspring of the primordial goddess named Gaia, who shared her children's malicious nature but was thankfully much less destructive and spent most of her time sleeping under the earth (which she embodied).
Role in the Film
The Titans are initially introduced via the Muses, who sing a song about the dark days of the primordial earth - where the Titans ruled over a hapless population as cruel and chaotic gods, causing all manner of misery to befall mankind until a young Zeus rose against them and cast them down using his legendary lightning bolts.
The Titans (totaling five) were then tossed down into a seemingly bottomless pit (probably representing Tartarus) beneath the ocean and left for all eternity, that was until Hades came up with a plan to unleash the Titans and use their ancient power to exact his own revenge against the gods of Olympus. When the planets aligned in the proper manner after 18 years as precisely foretold by the three Fates, Hades set them free: he sent four of them - Hydros, Stratos, Lythos and Pyros - to Mt. Olympus, while the fifth, a cyclops, was given a "special job" - to keep Hercules busy.
The other four Titans easily took over Olympus, with Lythos battering down the front gates and Stratos sucking all of the gods up and capturing them. Hydros and Pyros used their combined ice and lava powers to imprison Zeus and immobilize him. Back down on Earth, Hercules managed to defeat the Cyclops by first blinding him and then tying his ankles together, causing him to fall from a high cliff. It is unknown if this actually killed him. In so doing, he accidentally caused the death of Megara; as the clumsy Cyclops fell to his death, a column toppled towards Hercules, and Meg pushed him out of them, and was crushed to death instead.
As a side effect of Megara being injured, Hercules was able to regain his strength because of a deal made Hades that Meg herself would be safe from harm's way. He rode Pegasus to Mt. Olympus where he engaged and defeated the other four Titans. They attempted to run away (except for Stratos, who intends to stand his ground), but Herc grabs Stratos and swung him around to suck up his three remaining brothers. He continued swinging Stratos around before finally releasing him, sending him, Lythos, Hydros and Pyros into space, where they all explode to their deaths.
- Lythos- A two-headed rock Titan.
- Hydros- A skeletal ice dragon-like Titan.
- Pyros- A Titan made of living molten lava.
- Stratos- A Titan formed from a living tornado.
- Cyclops- An enormous, fat cyclops imprisoned with the other Titans; possibly an unknown element one. Unlike the other four Titans, he was sent to battle Hercules.
- The Titans have made an appearance in several of the Kingdom Hearts videogames.
- Lythos is a boss in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, and briefly appears in Kingdom Hearts II.
- Hydros is also a boss in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded while a boss known as Ice Colossus which appears in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep has an almost identical appearance.
- They both return as bosses in Kingdom Hearts III along with Pyros and Stratos.
- The individual names of the Titans come from the script, except for One-Eyed Jack (a scrapped name for the Cyclops), who was named in an issue of Disney Adventures.
- Aside from representing the four elements, Lythos, Hydros, Pyros and Stratos also represent nature disasters.
- Unlike other titans of Greek mythology, Lythos, Hydros, Pyros and Stratos only have four fingers.
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