"There is a solution. But it is an impossible one. The Gorgon Medusa."
Medusa, in Greek Mythology, was a woman cursed with the hair of asps, golden wings and skin, and whose glare had the power to transform men into stone statues. She had two sisters, Stheno and Euryale, who are also Gorgons, but unlike Medusa, Stheno and Euryale were immortal. She and her sisters were once beautiful maidens full of promise and hope. Medusa was the goddess Athena's prized priestess, until Medusa was raped by the sea-god, Poseidon. Athena did not protect her from him.
Athena turned Medusa and her two sisters into the Gorgons, and banished them from the world of man despite their innocence in the whole ordeal. The three settled on an island on the edge of Ocean and hid there, protecting one another. Stheno and Eurayle killed anyone who came ashore the island in order to protect their sister who was only Functionally immortal, while Medusa stayed hidden in an abandoned Temple in the heart of the island, pleading with the Fates for death.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
In the 1981 film, Medusa was portrayed using stop motion animation and shown to be a skilled archer. The Stygian Witches told Perseus that in order to defeat the Kraken, he and his group must travel to the Underworld and make their way into Medusa's lair. Medusa managed to kill some of the soldiers with Perseus and turn one to stone before Perseus managed to behead her.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
In the 2010 remake, Medusa was played by Natalia Vodianova. Medusa was computer animated and was still a skilled archer. The Stygian Witches told Perseus that in order to defeat the Kraken, he and his group must travel to the Underworld and make their way to Medusa's lair. Ixas, Eusebios, and Draco end up turned to stone while Sheikh Sulieman sacrifices his life to damage Medusa. Using a mirror shield to see Medusa, Perseus managed to behead Medusa whose body falls into the lava afterwards.
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Clash of the Titans: The Videogame
- Medusa is referred to as a Titan by the Stygian Witches. Medusa was never considered a Titan in the myths; the Stygian witches may have spoken metaphorically.
- The 2010 remake has a notable difference. This version of Medusa actually still retains her former beauty, in that her face itself can be considered attractive. However her death glare involves a more hideous appearance.