Daedalus was a total mastermind. He was kind of like Einstein, Leonard da Vinci, and Thomas Edison all rolled up into one. On top of being an amazing inventor, he was also a genius architect, a master craftsman, and an off-the-charts sculptor. One of his most famous creations was the mysterious Labyrinth of Crete, where the man-eating Minotaur was imprisoned. His other major claim to fame was inventing the fabulous wings that carried him and his son Icarus into the sky. Unfortunately, though, the first test flight ended in tragedy when Icarus flew too close to the sun and fell to his death in the sea.
Wingman, First in Flight, Greek Einstein
Elysium, the Underworld
Inventor, Architect, Craftsman, Sculptor
Mom: Alcippe, Athena, Iphinoe, or Phrasimede
Fling with Naucrate
"Necessity [...] is the mother of invention."
Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci by Leonardo Da Vinci
Daedalus by Thrice
Mythbusters (TV) (I wish they'd done one about wings made of wax before I tried my hand at it…)
Daedalus' workshop is down in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead. You can't really miss it—the place is surrounded by Daedalus' fabulous creations. There are tons of statues so realistic that they look like they could come to life. Come to think of it, don't be surprised if a couple of them actually do. After all, the D-man also has a knack for building automatons (old-school robots). Also, the air around his workshop is surrounded by his flying machines. Icarus, Daedalus' daredevil son, is always up there testing them out (doesn't matter if he falls again—he's already dead!). But be careful walking the halls of Daedalus' workshop. He's modeled the whole thing after the Labyrinth he designed on Crete, so it's a total maze. You'll know Daedalus when you see him: he'll be the guy with crazy Einstein hair, a worn-in tool belt, and the spark of genius in his eyes.
Complexion: Pasty (He's inside inventing all the time.)
Hair Color: Brown, with a little grey (Icarus gave him every single one of those greys)
Facial Hair: Beard
Scars/marks/tattoos: The mark of a bird (to keep him in check)
Jewelry and accessories: Nope
Clothing: Inventor's robes, tool belt
Type of Weapon: Brains of steel
Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019
Daedalus' whole life story is just a click away.
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
In this epic poem, the Trojan hero Aeneas visits a temple that was built by Daedalus when the inventor first landed in Sicily.
Dec 20, 2019
Get the inside scoop on the Labyrinth-construction process in Ovid's epic collection of poems.
Dec 20, 1995
Daddy Daedalus puts in some appearances in this popular TV series.
Dec 20, 2019
Get ready for creepy: the spirit of Daedalus hides in the body of Quintus, the sword master of Camp Halfblood, in this installment.
Dec 20, 2019
When Kratos comes upon Daedalus in this video game, the inventor has gone totally crazy with grief over the death of Icarus.