If you see a giant with one eye smack-dab in the middle of his forehead (likely, we know), then you've got yourself a Cyclops. Basically, there are two main branches of the Cyclopes family. The elder Cyclopes are named Brontes, Steropes, and Arges, and these are the guys who got locked up by Ouranus and later by Kronos. Eventually, they allied with Zeus, forged some weapons for the Olympians, and retired to a cushy career working at Hephaestus' forge. (Fine, cushy for a Cyclops.) The other main branch of the Cyclopean family comes in the form of shepherds with a taste for man-flesh. This tribe became famous when Odysseus made a pit stop on their island and stuck a rather sharp stick in the eye of a Cyclops named Polyphemus. Ouch.
Oh, and before we forget: Cyclopes is the plural of Cyclops. Aha.
|Name||There are a bunch of us, but our head honchos are Polyphemus, Brontes, Steropes, and Arges|
|Nickname||Winky, Baby Blue Eye|
|Sex||Male (all of us)|
|Occupation||Shepherds, Blacksmiths, Builders|
|Education||Polyphemus attended Pan's School of Shepherding|
Brontes, Steropes, and Arges went to The Hephaestus Academy of Blacksmithing
|Political views||The Olympian Party|
|Parents||Polyphemus: Thoosa (Mom) and Poseidon (Dad)|
Brontes, Steropes, Arges: Gaia (mom) and Ouranus (Dad)Yeah, we have some pretty good genes.
|Friends||Zeus (thanks for freeing Brontes, Steropes, and Arges!)|
Hephaestus (best boss ever)
|Enemies||Odysseus (he blinded Polyphemus—not cool)|
Ouranus (for burying Brontes, Steropes, Arges… yeah)
|Relationship status||Generally single, but Polyphemus had a major crush on Galatea|
|Quotations||"In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king."|
– Dutch Proverb
"Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant."
– Yiddish Proverb
"Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary."
– Oscar Wilde
"You've heard of the Age of the Dinosaurs? Well, welcome to the age of the Cyclopes."
– Michael Guillen
"Gigantic! Gigantic! Gigantic! A big big love!"
– The Pixies
|Books||Grendel by John Gardner |
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Harry Potter and the Oder of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
"Lycidas" by John Milton
The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander Weygers
Storm Chasing Handbook by Tim Vasquez
|Music||Gigantic by The Pixies|
Society's Disposable Son by Beneath the Massacre
Cyclops Revolution by Monster Magnet
Ride the Lightning by Metallica
Wait and Bleed by Slipknot
With Different Eyes by Voyage of the Damned
War Pigs by Black Sabbath
Strike by Primal Fear
Cyclops by Marilyn Manson
The Lonely Shepherd as played by Gheroghe Zamfir, the King of the Pan Flute
Hungry Eyes from the Dirty Dancingsoundtrack (hey, everyone has their guilty pleasures)
|Movies||Land of the Giants (TV)|
The Iron Giant
Despicable Me (Love those little guys!)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Grawp (Hagrid's brother)
The Jolly Green Giant
Monster truck shows
Eating people (natch)
Building giant buildings
|Groups||We're Not Monsters |
Grawp Fan Club
The Federation of Giants
Recovering Cannibal Support Group
Zamfir "King of the Pan Flute" Fan Club