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    Some people would say that Creon was kind of hard to get along with. Most famously, this king of Thebes had a big ol' showdown with his niece Antigone, the daughter of his sister Jocasta and her husband Oedipus. When Antigone defied Creon's decree that no one could bury her rebel brother, Polyneices, Creon had the girl buried alive in a tomb. (A little harsh, yeah?) This bad decision set off a chain of events that caused the death of not only Antigone, but also Creon's son, Haemon, and wife, Eurydice. Don't go thinking that Creon was some kind of ruthless, power-hungry tyrant, though. He only took the throne as a last resort. In fact, earlier in his career, he abdicated the throne twice—to Oedipus and to Oedipus' sons. Hmmm, maybe he had the right idea early on. It could be that Creon just wasn't cut out for politics.

    Basic Information




    Old sour puss



    Current city


    Work & Education


    King of Thebes


    The Zeus School of Kingliness


    Political views

    The law above all

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    Lycaethus or Menoeceus (Dad)
    My dad's wife (Mom)




    Menoeceus (Named after his granddad)


    Oedipus (well, until that whole controversy)


    Antigone (I told her not to touch that body, didn't I?)
    Theseus (He was very rude to me at Colonus and, according to some people, he even killed me in a war.)


    Relationship status

    Married to Eurydice (not Orpheus' Eurydice, a different one.)

    Interested in

    I'm just too exhausted to be interested in anybody or anything.


    TV Shows

    The West Wing 
    Anderson Cooper 360 
    Law and Order 
    Judge Joe Brown 


    "'There must be some way out of here,'
    said the joker to the thief.
    'There's too much confusion.
    I can't get no relief.'"
    – from "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan

    "There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
    – Oscar Wilde

    "I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow."
    – Voltaire

    "There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."
    – Winston Churchill

    "When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear."
    – Mark Twain


    All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren 
    Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe 
    The Fall by Albert Camus 
    Henry V by William Shakespeare 
    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 
    The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy 
    Oedipus the King by Sophocles 
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Sometimes I wish my life were more like this.) 
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 


    All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan 
    Bad as Me by Tom Waits 
    Lonesome by Dr. Dog 
    Philander by Glen Hansard 
    Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars 
    The Wind by Zac Brown Band 
    All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan 
    Everything by Chopin (It's my thinking/being sad music.) 


    The Dictator 
    There Will Be Blood (So true... so, so true.) 
    The American President 
    Ted (It's just a dude thing.) 
    Henry V 
    Oz: The Great and Powerful 
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (I was idealistic once, too.) 
    The King's Speech 
    Pet Sematary (See Antigone, sometimes it's a terrible idea to bury the dead.) 

    Activities & Interests


    Bran Muffins
    Cuff links
    Rubber duckies (Just because.)




    Kings of Thebes
    Anderson Cooper Fan Club 
    The International Society for Bran Muffins 
    Theban Party
    Fans of Creon (only member)

    • Spotter's Guide

      You know, not a lot of people come around here asking for Creon. He's been pretty unpopular ever since he walled up his niece Antigone in a tomb. Well, really he wasn't too popular before that either. Everybody always thought of him as kind of a sneaky, bureaucratic politician. Still, he's totally worth talking to. He's seen some pretty crazy stuff, after all: the Sphinx attack, the plague, the Oedipus scandal, the civil war—chances are this guy has some stories to tell. If you want to set up a meeting with him, you'll have to call his office down in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged/old
      Build: Not so buff
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Crown of Thebes
      Clothing: Royal robes
      Armor: Not much of a warrior, but sometimes necessary
      Type of Weapon: Power of the state

      Typical Companions:

      Oedipus (Well, before the scandal broke)

      Known Hangouts:


    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      Antigone by Sophocles

      When Creon declares that anyone who buries Polyneices' body will be killed, Antigone buries her brother anyway. Creon is still a little ticked off about how he's portrayed in this play.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Oedipus the King by Sophocles

      Oedipus accuses Creon of treason in this tragedy before the O-man finds out the horrible truth.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Phoenician Women by Euripides

      In this tragedy, the seer Tiresias tells Creon that he has to sacrifice his son, Menoeceus, in order to save Thebes. (Creon is more than a little unhappy about this.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles

      Creon kidnaps Antigone and Ismene in this tragedy to try to win Oedipus' corpse for Thebes.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

      Fabulae by Hygenius

      This collection of myths includes an alternative version of Antigone's story, where she lives long enough to have a son by Haemon, until Creon finds out and causes tragedy all over again. This guy never learns.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

      Oedipus by Seneca

      The big deal Roman playwright puts his spin on the Sophocles original. It doesn't get any happier, that's for sure.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Antigone by Jean Anouilh

      This modern version of Sophocles' play was performed in Nazi-occupied Paris as a thinly-veiled protest against France's invaders.

      Dec 20, 1977

      The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona

      This play was a protest against South African apartheid, and it tells the story of two African men who rehearse Sophocles' Antigone while imprisoned for fighting for the rights of their people.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro

      This modern Chicano riff on Oedipus the King is set in a L.A. barrio and comes complete with a Chicano Creon.

      Dec 20, 2019

      These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney

      Creon hits Antigone in the head with a hammer in this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays. (Can we say harsh?)