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Cerberus

  • Profile

    Cerberus is a big, crazy hellhound with three doggy heads, lion claws, and a mane of snakes. So, yeah, there weren't a lot of folks lining up to adopt him at the pound. Luckily for Cerberus, he was adopted by Hades, Lord of the Dead, who loves every inch of his hellish body. Cerberus is now gainfully employed as the watchdog of the Underworld, where he makes sure that no ghosts ever try to break out of their gloomy home. Aw, we love happy endings.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Cerberus

    Nickname

    Kerberos, Poochy Woochy

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Underworld Watchdog

    Education

    Persephone's Obedience School (drop out)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Hades for King of the Gods

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Typhon (Dad), Echidna (Mom)

    Siblings

    Orthrus, the two-headed hound (I win!)

    Children

    None

    Friends

    Hades (Hades is a hellhound's best friend)
    Orpheus (Orpheus might not feel the same way, but Cerberus still dreams of the time the lyre guy played for him)

    Enemies

    Heracles (Cerberus still growls when he thinks about the time this guy dog-napped him)
    Charon (he's always throwing rocks at Cerberus when he rows his boat past him—not cool)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single

    Interested in

    Lady dogs (but they're totally freaked out by him)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan
    Bad Dog!
    Ghost Hunters
    Scooby Doo

    Quotations

    "Every dog has its day."
    – Proverb

    "A dog is not almost-human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such."
    – John Holmes

    "All right. Have it your own way. Road to Hell paved with unbought stuffed dogs."
    – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

    "I'm on the highway to Hell."
    – AC/DC

    Books

    The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Pet Sematary by Stephen King 
    "Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant
    The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Cerberus hearts Fenrir Greyback)
    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
    "Acquainted With the Night" by Robert Frost
    "Dream-Land" by Edgar Allan Poe
    Cujo by Stephen King

    Music

    Crystal Mountain by Death
    Brutal Remains by Cerberus
    How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? (Poor Cerberus. If only people sang that song about him.)
    Fenrir by Mythos 
    Highway to Hell by AC/DC
    Who Let the Dogs Out? by the Baha Men
    Anything played on a lyre—it reminds Cerberus of the time Orpheus played for him.

    Movies

    Frankenweenie
    Best in Show (They never let him enter these shows!)
    Marley and Me
    Old Yeller (Why do all these dog movies end so sadly?)
    Benji the Hunted
    Cujo
    Beethoven
    Pet Sematary
    Hellboy
    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
    Turner and Hooch

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Ghost hunting
    Chew toys
    Milk bones
    Fresh meat
    Honey cakes

    Interests

    Cynology
    Thanatology
    Guarding

    Groups

    Monsters
    Society for Composite Animal Rights
    Frisbee Lovers
    Dog Lovers

    • Spotter's Guide

      Um, you're looking for Cerberus? You do know that he's a three-headed hellhound with lion claws and a mane of snakes, right? Okay, well as long as you're clear on that. You'll find Cerberus down in the Underworld—he belongs to Hades, Lord of the Dead, so where else would he be? He's usually prowling around the mouth of the River Acheron, the River Styx, or he's at the Gates of Hades where he makes sure that no spirits of the dead try to take a vacation in the land of the living. He isn't real keen on visitors, so we suggest you either learn to play him a sweet song to calm him down or bring him a honey cake—his favorite doggy treat. You seriously need to have some kind of plan for charming this pooch, or you might just end up making the Land of the Dead your permanent home.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Prime of his immortal doggy life
      Build: Super muscular
      Complexion: Furry
      Hair Color: Black and brown (covers entire body… also known as fur)
      Facial Hair: Black and brown (see above)
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Tons of battle scars
      Jewelry and accessories: Nah, unless you count his mane of snakes
      Clothing: No way, not even on Halloween
      Armor: No need
      Type of Weapon: Three heads full of teeth; lion's claws; venom (from the mane of snakes); may or may not breathe fire

      Typical Companions:

      Hades (everybody else is afraid of him—not Cerberus)

      Known Hangouts: 

      The River Styx
      The River Acheron
      The Gates of Hades
      The Underworld Doggy Park

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Theogony by Hesiod

      This ancient writer claims that Cerberus had 50 heads. Was he counting the snakes or something?

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Aeneid by Virgil

      In this epic poem, Aeneas manages to tip toe right past Cerberus after the Sibyl puts the hound to sleep with tranquilizer-laced cake.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Inferno by Dante Alighieri

      The most hellish hound of all spends his days punishing the gluttonous in Dante's vision of Hell.

      Dec 20, 1966

      Marvel Comics

      In the Marvel Universe, Cerberus can transform into a big muscled man who blasts fire from his helmet - which is awesome.

      Dec 20, 1999

      One Piece

      Cerberus dukes it out anime style. Check it.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

      Cerberus tries to take a bite out of Percy Jackson in this YA novel. Bad, Cerberus.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      God of War Series

      Kratos dukes it out with Cerberus and lots of three-headed look-a-likes in this violent video game.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Gods Behaving Badly

      Cerberus makes a poochy appearance in this movie about gods living in modern day NYC.