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Cyclopes

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    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.

    Basic Information

    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)

    Current city

    Singleeyetopolis

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Shepherds, Blacksmiths, Builders

    Education

    Polyphemus attended Pan's School of Shepherding
    Brontes, Steropes, and Arges went to The Hephaestus Academy of Blacksmithing

    Beliefs

    Political views

    The Olympian Party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    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!)
    Poseidon
    Gaia
    Hephaestus (best boss ever)

    Enemies

    Odysseus (he blinded Polyphemus—not cool)
    Ouranus (for burying Brontes, Steropes, Arges… yeah)
    Kronos

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Generally single, but Polyphemus had a major crush on Galatea

    Favorites

    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)
    King Kong
    Godzilla
    The Iron Giant
    Monsters Inc.
    Despicable Me (Love those little guys!)
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Krull
    X-Men

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Monocles
    Grawp (Hagrid's brother)
    The Jolly Green Giant
    Professional wrestling
    Sumo wrestling
    Monster truck shows

    Interests

    Animal husbandry
    Forging
    Masonry
    Meteorology

    Groups

    We're Not Monsters
    Grawp Fan Club
    Monocle Society
    The Federation of Giants
    Recovering Cannibal Support Group
    Zamfir "King of the Pan Flute" Fan Club

    • Spotter's Guide

      You really should think hard before you go looking for a Cyclops. Those guys are known for having really nasty tempers... like really nasty tempers. They also, um, eat people, so that's probably even more of a concern. If you're dead set on it, though, they won't be too hard to find. They are giants, after all, so it's kind of difficult for them to hide. You can tell Cyclopes from other giants because they only have one big eye in the middle of their foreheads. Seriously, though, be careful. Otherwise, you might just end up being a tasty snack.

      Sex: Males
      Age: Differs, usually look middle-aged
      Build: Majorly built—they're giants, after all
      Complexion: Tanned, weathered
      Hair Color: Brown and matted, sometimes bald
      Facial Hair: Bushy beards
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Lots of battle scars
      Jewelry and accessories: The occasional human skull
      Clothing: Ragged loin cloths, dirty wool
      Armor: Too tough for armor
      Type of Weapon: Rocks, clubs

      Typical Companions:

      Other Cyclopes
      Hephaestus

      Known Hangouts: 

      Islands
      Volcanoes
      Forges
      Monster Truck Shows

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Theogony by Hesiod

      Read all about the first Cyclopes to ever stomp the earth—and be imprisoned far beneath it.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Odyssey by Homer

      Polyphemus gets a stick in the eye from Odysseus in this epic poem.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Cyclops by Euripides

      In this only surviving satyr play, Euripides turns the story of Odysseus blinding the cannibalistic Cyclops, Polyphemus, into an R-rated comedy.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Idylls by Theocritus

      Ah, Polyphemus in love. (Poor Galatea!)

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Aeneid by Virgil

      In this epic poem, Aeneas and company run into Polyphemus after the whole Odysseus blinding him thing.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Ovid tells us all about Polyphemus' stalking of Galatea in his epic work.

      Dec 20, 1961

      Atlas Against the Cyclops

      What do you think? So cheesy it's good?

      Dec 20, 1983

      Krull

      This cult classic from the 80s has a particularly noble Cyclops as a main character.

      Dec 20, 1997

      The Odyssey

      Check out the epic poem transformed into an epic TV series—Cyclops included.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey

      Marvel's digital comic version of the Odyssey also features a Cyclops.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      God of War

      All kinds of Cyclopes butt heads with Kratos throughout the God of War video game series.