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Medusa

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Medusa definitely isn't going to win any beauty pageants. She and her Gorgon sisters, Euryale and Stheno, are totally revolting. They have snakes for hair, for Pete's sake, and anyone who looks them in the eyes instantly turns into stone. (Yeah, that’s about as ugly as it gets.) Medusa became famous when the hero Perseus chopped off her head (with a little help from the goddess Athena).

Basic Information

Name

Medusa

Nickname

Medousa, Gorgon Medusa, Dussy, Medussssssa

Sex

Female

Current city

I refuse to release my current location. Some stupid hero might try to behead me (again).

Work & Education

Occupation

Being a hideous monster (but seeking new employment)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Phorkys and Keto, or maybe Gorgo and Keto

Siblings

The Gorgons
The Graeae

Children

Pegasus
Chrysaor

Friends

My sister Gorgons, Euryale and Stheno
Anyone who hates Athena, including Arachne and the Crow

Enemies

Athena, who turned me into a monster
Poseidon, who got me into this monster mess to begin with
Perseus, who beheaded me

Relationships

Relationship status

Single. I once had a fling with Poseidon, but then Athena turned my hair into snakes. It kind of put a bad taste in my mouth for romance.

Interested in

Men to add to my growing sculpture collection

Favorites

Quotations

"In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star." 
– Bette Davis

"All changed, changed utterly:
a terrible beauty is born."
– William Butler Yeats

"Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today"
– Lady Gaga, Born this Way

"A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren't so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?"
– Wes Craven

"Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster." 
– George Eliot

"I think you have to know who you are. Get to know the monster that lives in your soul, dive deep into your soul and explore it." 
–Tori Amos

"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice." 
– Benjamin Franklin

Books

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Confessions of an Ugly Step-Sister
Grendel
Kafka's Metamorphosis
Frankenstein
Wide Sargasso Sea
Sleeping Ugly
Howl's Moving Castle

Music

Anything by Lady Gaga, but especially Born This Way
The Les Miserables soundtrack, especially I Dreamed a Dream and At the End of the Day
The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, especially Learn to Be Lonely and No One Would Listen
The soundtrack to Wicked, the musical
The Funny Girl soundtrack

Movies

Shrek
Monsters, Inc.
Beauty and the Beast
X-Men: First Class (I like Mystique)
Beastly

Activities & Interests

Likes

The Cookie Monster
Versace (they use my face as their symbol!!!)
My snakes (they're actually pretty friendly)
Pretty flowers (Really. I like them, but nobody ever brings me any. It’s depressing.)
Ugly dolls

Dislikes

Mirrors and other reflective surfaces
Heroes
Meddling, self-righteous goddesses
Swords
Athena's aegis
Pumpernickel bread
The Percy Jackson series (okay, mainly just The Lightning Thief)
The 1981 Clash of the Titans movie
The 2010 Clash of the Titans movie

Interests

Feminist studies
Herpetology
Revisionist fairy tales and myths

Groups

Deadly Greek Monsters
Card-carrying member of he AAV (Athena's Angry Victims)
Poseidon's Ex-Lovers
Snakes are so misunderstood
"Hero" Haters
Decapitation Survivors

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