Mythic Warriors

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Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend
Narrated by James Blendick
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run 1998  – 2000

Mythic Warriors (Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend) is a Canadian-produced animated television series that was a fixture of CBS' Saturday-morning cartoon lineup. The show featured retellings of popular Greek myths that were altered so as to be appropriate for younger audiences.

Two seasons of episodes were produced in 1998 and 1999; then aired alongside reruns until 2000, when CBS' abolition of its children's programming resulted in its cancellation.

The programme continues to be re-aired on STV. Original in 2009 on wknd@stv, which is a children's television strand on Scottish television channel, then on Saturday mornings on STV during 2010. The series has been translated into Scottish Gaelic and is broadcast on BBC Alba since 2010.

Most of the characters in the show are all portrayed with their original Greek names, though Romanized exceptions (e.g. Hercules, Ulysses, etc.) were also utilized.

Premise[edit]

Depictions of gods[edit]

The sun god Helios and his demigod son, Phaeton.

This show is well known for its unique depictions of the Greek gods. Most were shown as gigantic (approximately 10–12 feet tall) humanoids possessing immortality, the abilities to fly and teleport, supernatural powers of a magical nature (as opposed to cosmic), and the ability to alter their appearances at will; including reducing themselves to the size of a typical human, as well as completely altering their looks, voices, and even gender. When in their natural form, an echo would accompany their voice whenever they spoke.

Instead of classic attire resembling that which human nobility often employed during Hellenic times, the Olympians were instead depicted as wearing brightly colored clothing more typical of a warrior's formal attire... the exceptions being Hera, Demeter, and Hephaestus.

Between the first and second seasons, the depictions of several gods changed. Hades' attire was slightly altered. Persephone aged from a teenage-looking young girl to a grown goddess. The most significant changes, however, were to Aphrodite and Athena: the former shifted from a giggling pencil-thin schoolgirl-like teenager, to a conniving fully mature armor-clad lust goddess, with an entirely different voice and manner of speech as well. Athena was altered from a blonde in monotonous silver armor; to a brunette cloaked in blood-red dual-split dress with matching cape, plus golden shin guards and arm-bands in addition. Despite the complete change in depiction, her voice did remain the same.

Featured Gods[edit]

  • Zeus – King of the gods, ruler of Olympus, and god of the sky, thunder, and lightning. He is the father of Hercules and Perseus.
  • Hera – Queen of the gods and goddess of marriage and childbirth.
  • Hades – God of the Underworld and husband of Persephone.
  • Demeter – Goddess of fertility, grain, and harvest. She is the mother of Persephone.
  • Poseidon – God of the sea, horses, and earthquakes. He is the father of Pegasus and Theseus.
  • Hermes – Messenger of the gods; god of travelers, wit, thieves, and invention.
  • Athena – Goddess of wisdom, warriors, handcrafts, and reason. One of only three virgin goddesses.
  • Ares – God of war, murder, and bloodshed. Because of his role in mythology, his role in the show was limited.
  • Apollo – God of light, music, prophecies, poetry, archery, and (in Hellenistic myths) replaced Helios as god of the sun. He was to become known as "Phoebus Apollo." He is the twin brother of Artemis.
  • Artemis – Virgin goddess of the hunt and wildlife. In Hellenistic myths, she replaced Selene as goddess of the moon. She is the twin sister of Apollo.
  • Hephaestus – The Gods' Blacksmith.
  • Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty. Formally known to be the most beautiful of the goddesses.
  • Dionysus – God of wine, intoxication, and disorderly conduct. Dionysus is the only demigod to have the divinity of an Olympian. Replaced Hestia as the 12th pantheon member.
  • Helios – The Hellenic sun god. His role was later usurped by (Phoebus) Apollo in Hellenistic myths.
  • Eros – God of lust and infatuation. The son of Aphrodite.
  • Persephone – Goddess of Spring and Queen of the underworld. Daughter of Demeter and wife of Hades.

Gods who made cameo appearances[edit]

  • Pan – God of shepherds and rustic music.
  • Hebe – Goddess of youth, cupbearer to the gods; daughter of Zeus and Hera.
  • Hecate – Goddess of night, sorcery, and the horrors of nature. She is the mother of Scylla.
  • Zephyrus – God of the West Wind.
  • Boreas – God of the North Wind.
  • Notus – God of the South Wind.
  • Eurus – God of the East Wind.
  • Achelous – A River God who battled Heracles/Hercules.

Featured Titans[edit]

  • Alcyoneus – In this show, Alcyoneus is featured as a Titan King despite the fact that he is actually a Giant and not a Titan. The actual Titan king was Cronus, father of Zeus.
  • Atlas – Atlas holds up the sky.
  • Epimetheus – Brother of Prometheus, and the deity who brought animals into the world.
  • Prometheus – Titan who defied Zeus by giving fire to mankind, and was punished by being chained to a mountainside and tormented by eagles. After humanity proves its worth, Zeus forgives Prometheus and has him released.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  1. Andromeda: The Warrior Princess
  2. Hercules and Iolas
  3. Odysseus: The Journey Home
  4. Perseus: The Search For Medusa
  5. Jason and the Argonauts: The Search for the Golden Fleece
  6. Persephone and the Winter Seeds
  7. Icarus and Daedalus
  8. Odysseus and Circe
  9. Atalanta: The Wild Girl
  10. Prometheus and Pandora's Box
  11. Bellerophon and Pegasus
  12. Theseus and the Minotaur
  13. The Labours of Hercules

Season 2[edit]

  1. Psyche and Eros
  2. Odysseus and the Trojan Horse
  3. Odysseus and Penelope: A Kingdom Lost
  4. Hercules and the Golden Apples
  5. Cadmus and Europa
  6. Jason and Medea
  7. Damon and Pythias
  8. Castor and Pollux
  9. The Hounds of Actaeon
  10. Phaeton: The Chariot of Fire
  11. Androcles and the Lion
  12. King Midas: The Golden Touch
  13. Hercules and the Titans: The Last Battle

Cast[edit]

External links[edit]