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Medusa
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"There is a solution. But it is an impossible one. The Gorgon Medusa."

Affiliations

Hades
Kraken

Status

Deceased

Appearances

(1981) Clash of the Titans
(2010) Clash of the Titans
(2010) Clash of the Titans: The Videogame
(2010) Medusa's Curse

Medusa is a major antagonist of the clash of the Titans franchise. She served as one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Thetis) of the 1981 version and the tertiary antagonist of the 2010 version. She was one of the kraken’s servants and allies.

History[]

Clash of the Titans (1981)[]

In the 1981 film, Medusa was portrayed using stop motion animation and shown to be a skilled archer.

In the past, Medusa was a priest of Aphrodite and was a very beautiful woman. However, she was seduced by the god Poseidon and they made love in the goddess's temple, which angered her. She decided to punish Medusa by metamorphosing her into a Gorgon and banish her in a temple of the Underworld. Over time, many men came into her hideout but she killed all of them by petrifying them or by using her archery skills.

One day, the demigod Perseus comes in Medusa's hideout accompanied by two soldiers in order to behead her and use her head to petrify the Kraken. The Kraken has informed her of this, so she sends Dioskilos to stop them. Unfortunately, however, Dioskilos was easily defeated by Perseus’ men. After their entry, she shoots one of the soldier in the back with an arrow, but Perseus and the other soldier split up and hide behind columns. Medusa spots the soldier and shoots an arrow on him, making him fall to the ground, and she petrifies him before he gets up. She also spots Perseus and tries to shoot arrows on him, but he manages to escape by using his shield as a mirror to see her. He then grabs a torch and throws it near a statue, causing Medusa to shoots it. Perseus decides to throw his shield in the arms of one of the statues and the Gorgon, seeing his reflection, shoots an arrow on it. Medusa then advances ahead, seeking the demigod. However, the latter suddenly springs from behind a column and manages to behead her with his sword. Her body and her head continue to move for a while even after being separated, and her corrosive blood starts to dissolve Perseus's shield, but he finally grabs the head and leaves.

During the following night, Calibos comes to Perseus's camp and stabs Medusa's Head with his fork-hand , making it bleed, and her blood creates three Giant scorpions. Much later, Perseus uses the head to petrify the Kraken, then he throws it into the sea.

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.

Overview[]

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Other appearances[]

Clash of the Titans: The Videogame[]

Medusa's Curse[]

Trivia[]

  • 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.
  • Io explains that Athena was responsible for cursing Medusa after Poseidon raped the latter, however this myth was a Roman interpretation made by Ovid some three centuries later, intended to portay Athena in an unflattering light. The original Greek myth had Medusa as monster from the very beginning.

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