|Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend|
|Narrated by||James Blendick|
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||1998 – 2000|
Mythic Warriors (also known as Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend) is an animated television series, which featured retellings of popular Greek myths that were altered so as to be appropriate for younger audiences, produced by Nelvana and Marathon Media. 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 series was based on the book series Myth Men Guardians of the Legend (Myth Men) written in 1996 and 1997 by Laura Geringer and illustrated by Peter Bollinger.
The series was a fixture of CBS' Saturday-morning cartoon lineup. Scottish Television screened the series as part of its children programme Inside Out. The show was repeat 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.
Myth Men Guardians of the Legend (Myth Men) is a book series written in 1996 and 1997 by Laura Geringer and illustrated by Peter Bollinger. It is a comic series targeted at children age 4-8 and published by Scholastic Books, Inc. It received the Children's Choice award.
The series includes both male and female mythical heroes, including Perseus, Hercules, Ulysses, Theseus, Andromeda and Atalanta. The books retell the actual myths and legends with added fantasy elements.
Depictions of gods
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.
- Zeus – King of the gods, ruler of Olympus, and god of the sky, justice, thunder, and lightning. He is the father of Hercules and Perseus.
- Hera – Queen of the gods and goddess of the sky, marriage and childbirth.
- Hades – God of the Underworld, the Dead, wealth, and burial; Husband of Persephone.
- Demeter – Goddess of fertility, grain, agriculture, 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, trickery, commerce, messages, international trade, wit, thieves, speed, and invention.
- Athena – Goddess of wisdom, battles, crafts, battle tactics, 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, medicine, truth, 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, wilderness, virginity, fertility, children, childbirth, and wildlife. In Hellenistic myths, she replaced Selene as goddess of the moon. She is the twin sister of Apollo.
- Hephaestus – The Gods' Blacksmith; god of the forge, fire, metalworking, volcanoes and Arts & Crafts.
- Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty. Formally known to be the most beautiful of the goddesses.
- Dionysus – God of wine, intoxication, mysteries, drama, revelry, 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
- Pan – God of shepherds and rustic music.
- Hebe – Goddess of youth, cupbearer to the gods; daughter of Zeus and Hera.
- Hecate – Goddess of night/nighttime, sorcery/magic, witchcraft, mystery, crossroads, the Moon, 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.
- Alcyoneus – In this show, Alcyoneus is featured as a Titan King despite the fact that he is actually a Gigantes and not a Titan. The actual King of the Titan was Cronus who was the father of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia.
- 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 at the hands of Hercules.
- Andromeda: The Warrior Princess (November 7, 1998) –
- Hercules and Iolas (November 14, 1998) –
- Odysseus: The Journey Home (November 21, 1998) –
- Perseus: The Search For Medusa (November 28, 1998) –
- Jason and the Argonauts: The Search for the Golden Fleece (December 5, 1998) –
- Persephone and the Winter Seeds (December 12, 1998) –
- Icarus and Daedalus (December 19, 1998) –
- Odysseus and Circe (December 26, 1998) –
- Atalanta: The Wild Girl (January 2, 1999) –
- Prometheus and Pandora's Box (January 9, 1999) –
- Bellerophon and Pegasus (January 16, 1999) –
- Theseus and the Minotaur (January 23, 1999) –
- The Labours of Hercules (January 30, 1999) –
- Psyche and Eros –
- Odysseus and the Trojan Horse –
- Odysseus and Penelope: A Kingdom Lost –
- Hercules and the Golden Apples –
- Cadmus and Europa –
- Jason and Medea –
- Damon and Pythias –
- Castor and Pollux –
- The Hounds of Actaeon –
- Phaeton: The Chariot of Fire –
- Androcles and the Lion –
- King Midas: The Golden Touch –
- Hercules and the Titans: The Last Battle – After being denied a throne on Mount Olympus by Zeus despite Athena's vision, Hephaestus is tempted by Alcyoneus into freeing the Titans from Tartarus. Zeus and Athena work to convince Hercules to help them fight the Titans.
- Dennis Akayama – Polyphemus the Cyclops, Amycus
- Emilie-Claire Barlow – Siren #2
- Lawrence Bayne – Hercules, War Spirit
- Rick Bennett – Ares (1st Time)
- Zachary Bennett – Talos
- Tyrone Benskin – Elpenor
- John Blackwood – Calais
- James Blendick – Narrator
- Stephen Boggaert – Hermes (3rd Time)
- Kristen Bone – Hope Spirit
- Natalie Brown – Atalanta (2nd Time)
- Valerie Buhagiar – Queen Telephasse
- Donald Burda – Lyceus
- George Buza – King Minos (1st Time), Gorgus
- Lally Cadeau – Athena (2nd Time)
- Sally Cahill – Medea
- Benedict Campbell – Daedalus, Perimedes, King Midas
- Cole Caplan – Iolaus's Brother
- Juan Chioran – Antonius
- Richard Clarkin – Hermes (1st Time)
- Jesse Collins – Apollo
- Vincent Corazza – Cilix
- Alyson Court – Delona
- Amos Crawley – Icarus
- Michael Daingerfield – Actaeon
- Lisa Dalbello – Graeae
- Jennifer Dale – Medusa
- Tony Daniels –
- Richard Denison – Achelous
- Daniel DeSanto – Iolaus
- Philip DeWilde – Cadmus
- Francis Diakowsky – Poseidon
- Don Dickinson – King Iobates
- Catherine Disher – Aethra
- Cathal J. Dodd – Lucius
- Robin Dunne – Perseus
- Christopher Earle – Prince Meleager
- Adrian Egan – Deceit Spirit, King Agenor
- Michael Fletcher – Iphicles
- Colin Fox – King Cepheus, King Menelaus
- Edward Glen – Ictinus
- Janet-Laine Green – Hera
- Katie Griffin – Siren #4
- Nicky Guadecki – Princess Danaë
- Paul Haddad – Theseus
- Elizabeth Hanna – Artemis
- Terri Hawkes – Pandora
- David Hemblen – Hephaestus
- Ellen-Ray Hennessy – Graeae
- Dan Hennessey – Nessus
- Tori Higginson – Circe
- Roger Honeywell – Odysseus
- Pam Hyatt – Jealousy Spirit
- Loretta Jafelice – Despair Spirit
- Howard Jerome – Polites
- Taborah Johnson – Siren #3
- David Klar – Young Damon
- Lorne Kennedy – Philonoe, King Minos (2nd Time)
- Gary Krawford – Zeus, Eumaeus
- Wendy Lands – Aphrodite
- Caroly Larson – Andromeda, Atalanta (1st Time)
- Shannon Lawson – Queen Cassiopeia
- Ron Lea – Chiron (1st Time)
- Julie Lemieux – Penelope
- Shauna MacDonald as Lachesis
- Jonathan Malen – Young Castor and Pollux
- Judy Marshak – Graeae #3, Ecylceia
- Shiela McCarthy – Clotho
- Scott McCord – Phineus
- Dean McDermott – Phoenix
- Hamish McEwan – Prince Dionus
- Diego Montamores – Antiphus
- Tracey Moore – Siren #1, Iolaus' Sister
- Kristina Nicoll – Helen
- Deborah Odell – Deianira
- Colin O'Meara – Cimon
- David Orth – Jason
- Stephen Ouimette – Dionysus
- Reagan Pasternak – Europa
- Ross Petty – King Pelias
- Jonathan Potts – Prometheus
- Toby Proctor – Telemachus
- Karl Pruner – Chiron (2nd Time)
- John Ralston – Paris
- James Rankin – Figgis
- Martin Roach – Lycopheus
- Wayne Robson – Eurystheus
- Susan Roman – Aspasia
- Tony Rosato – Orpheus
- Ron Rubin – Axos, Brutocus
- Tyrone Savage – Young Achilles
- Cedric Smith – King Polydectes
- Lyon Smith – Pythias
- Robert Smith – Epimetheus, Hate Spirit
- Linda Sorenson – Demeter
- Norm Spencer – Hades
- Greg Spottiswood – Bellerophon
- Kent Staines – King Aeëtes, Boreas
- Rob Stefaniuk – Phaëton
- Allen Stewart-Coates – Ares (2nd Time)
- John Stocker – Zetes, Polemius
- Joy Tanner – Cybele
- Wendy Thatcher – Athena (1st Time)
- Robert Tinkler – Androcles
- Adrian Truss – Arios
- Maria Vacratsis – Hecate, Atropos
- Chris Wiggins – Great Oracle, King Proetus
- Philip Williams – King Polydectes' Advisor
- Rod Wilson – Castor
- Maurice Dean Wint – Atlas, Alcyoneus
- Victor A. Young – King Glaucus
- Lenore Zann – Persephone
- Bob Zidel – Helios