The Titans (feminine form Titanesses) were the first generation of the Olympian gods on Earth worshiped as gods by the people of Greece. According to myths, they presided in the realm of Olympus and lived apart from their worshipers, often taking wives and lovers from within their family rather than trafficking with mortals, considering themselves "lords of the Earth." (HTLJ: "Full Circle").
The Titans were the progeny of the primeval gods Uranus and Gaea and brethren with the Cyclopes and Hecatocheiroi, whom Uranus locked away in the underworld for not being perfect. Gaea called upon the Titans for one of them brave enough to overthrow their father and free their brothers from the underworld, but they all refused from fear of him and his power. From among them, Kronos promised to carry out her wishes and slew Uranus, seizing his throne and neglecting to follow his mother's wishes. Dying, Uranus prophesied that Kronos would likewise be overthrown by one of his own children, and upon the birth of his own children, he swallowed his children upon their birth. His wife, Rhea, however, concealed the birth of their last son, Zeus, and upon reaching adulthood, Zeus freed the Cyclopes and Hecatocheiroi. Supported by a few Titans, such as Oceanus, Tethys, Prometheus, Eprimetheus and Hecate, Zeus conquered Olympus and imprisoned the Titans in the underworld. Kronos meanwhile fled from Greece while the Titans dwelled in the Isles of the Blessed. These events unfolded in the Xenaverse with several variations. For example, only Prometheus from the Titans actually sided with the Olympians and Cronus was slain by Zeus rather than allowed to escape. The Titans are also revealed to be of extraordinary size and strength.
The Titans encountered by Gabrielle shortly after she first joined Xena (Crius, Thea and Hyperion) had the appearance of gigantic humans, dressed in generally human fashion, and didn't appear to have any special powers beyond what their size granted them.(XWP: "The Titans")
The Titans freed by Evander several years later had a similar appearance, but these Titans (Atlas, Helios and Oceanus) dressed differently and clearly possessed powers akin to (but apparently lesser than) those of the Olympian gods.(HTLJ: "Full Circle")
Dramatically different Titans appeared during the Battle for Mount Olympus. Porphyrion, Tethys, Mnemosyne and Crius appeared as gigantic, humanoid embodiment of the four classical elements (earth, water, fire and air, respectively).
Much like the Olympian gods, the Titans were worshiped as gods throughout Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
The Titans seem to possess many of the same superhuman Powers and Abilities equal or on par with the Olympian gods, including superhuman strength, stamina, endurence and immortality, but they seem to have less potential to tap into and manipulate mystical energies than the Olympians. They can tap into and control the natural elemental energies in nature, but only those energies linked to their personalities and spheres of influence. For example, Oceanus and Tethys could control the sea while Mnemosyne could conjure and control aspects of the volcano, including fire and magma. Several Titans working together are able to control natural phenomenon or create natural disasters.
The full limitations of the Titans are unrevealed, but they possibly share the same attributes as the Olympian gods.
- Asteria, goddess of night
- Atlas, mightiest of the Titans
- Crius, father of Pallas and Perses
- Eos, goddess of dawn
- Helios, god of the sun
- Hyperion, god of the sun
- Kronos, king of the Titans, slain by Zeus
- Leto, goddess of day, mother of Apollo and Artemis
- Mnemosyne, Titan (and goddess) of memory
- Oceanus, god of the sea
- Perses, father of Hecate
- Prometheus, god of forethought, the Titan closest to humanity
- Rhea, Queen of the Titans
- Tethys, goddess of the sea
- Theia, goddess of the sun
- The Titans are the most notable of the many children of Ouranos (the sky) and Gaea (the earth). The male Titans were named Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus; the Titanesses were Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis. The progeny of the Titans were also considered Titans, including Prometheus, Eprimetheus and Hecate.
- The children of Cronus and Rhea were considered Olympians; however, it should be noted that the Olympian pantheon was besotted by numerous groups (such as the Fates, Furies, Graces et al.) and companion races (Titans, Cyclops, Hecatocheiroi, Satyrs, Potamoi and numerous nymphs, et al.)
- XWP: "The Titans"
- Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mt. Olympus