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Pandora

  • Profile

    Pandora, the first woman ever, is responsible for the biggest oops of all time. In fact, people blame her for every bad thing that's ever happened. You see, way back in the day, she opened a jar full of evil and suffering, letting all that nastiness fly out into the formerly perfect world. Luckily, Hope was chilling in the jar, so humanity still has a little something to get us though the day. Even though Pandora gets a bad rap, it's not really her fault. Zeus had Hephaestus make her out of clay and gave her the jar full of nastiness, knowing full well what she would do. In a way, it was all a total set up, right? It's okay, Pandora—we forgive you.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Pandora

    Nickname

    "All Giving," "All Gifts," Trouble

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    First Woman Ever in the World (It was a tough job, and I kind of messed it up… oops)

    Education

    They didn't have schools back when I was alive

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Down with Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    I was molded from clay by Hephaestus—does that count?

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    Pyrrha. And I guess since I was the first woman, all humans are kind of descended from me.

    Friends

    Only my husband Epimetheus and my daughter Pyrrha like to hang out with me.

    Enemies

    Pretty much everybody hates me, because I accidentally let evil and suffering into the world.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Epimetheus

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Ugly Betty
    Freaks and Geeks
    Smash (I wish my life were more like this.)

    Quotations

    "Curiosity killed the cat."
    – Proverb

    "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."
    – Tom Bodett

    "God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist."
    – St. Augustine

    "Oops!... I did it again."
    – Britney Spears

    "Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect."
    – Stephen Wright

    Books

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (I picked this up because the title reminded me of my stupid jar. But I totally understand Esther's depression—it's really sad being me.)
    "My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun -" by Emily Dickinson (I hear you, Emily.)
    A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
    "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats (I wish my jar had been as beautiful and amazing as Keats makes this urn sound.)
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (I totally get the whole women being controlled thing.)
    "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
    The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Maybe I was bored like Madame Bovary. Maybe that's why I did it.)
    Medea by Euripides (Medea: another woman with a bad reputation.)
    "The Sick Rose" by William Blake (This poem totally describes how I felt after I opened that stupid jar.)
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (Alice: another girl whose curiosity got her in trouble.)

    Music

    Only Girl (In the World) by Rihanna
    We Are Young by Fun. (I remember when everything was young.)
    Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
    Lonesome by Dr. Dog
    Pandora's Aquarium by Tori Amos
    Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine (This song always cheers me up.)
    Hold On by Alabama Shakes (Oh man, this one, too. New fave.)
    Oops!... I Did It Again by Britney Spears

    Movies

    Virginia (Mega girl power here)
    Edward Scissorhands (I totally know what being an outcast feels like.)
    Girl, Interrupted
    Ghost World (Outsiders unite!)
    The Lucky One
    Mean Girls
    Persepolis
    The Good Girl

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Pottery (Kind of a love/hate relationship here)
    Kitty cats
    Brunch always cheers me up

    Interests

    Philosophy
    Feminism
    Nihilism

    Groups

    First Women on Earth (I'm actually the only member)
    Lonely Hearts Club

    • Spotter's Guide

      If you're up for an adventure, you should totally swing through the Underworld and talk to Pandora. She'd love to have a little chat. The poor girl doesn't have a lot of friends because she accidentally caused all the evil and suffering in the world by opening that stupid jar. Yeah, a lot of people say it was a box, but it was actually a jar. Anyways, she'd love the company. Plus, she'll have plenty to talk about—she was the first woman ever, which has got to give you some serious perspective on things. Also, being first woman and all, she's kind of like everybody's far off grandma. And you know how grandmas get when you don't come by for a visit.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Young
      Build: Toned
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Blonde
      Facial Hair: Nope
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: A very troublesome jar
      Clothing: Sexy robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Her jar turned out to be pretty destructive, but she didn't mean for it to be.

      Typical Companions:

      Everybody is still mad at me.

      Known Hangouts:

      The Underworld
      Pottery Barn

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Theogony by Hesiod

      Here we get the oldest version of Pandora's story. Pandora's not a fan, though, because Hesiod totally hates on her.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Works and Days by Hesiod

      Because he hadn't had enough fun Pandora-bashing in Theogony, Hesiod takes another shot at her here.

      Dec 20, 1994

      Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

      Pandora may not show up in person in this award-winning novel for young adults, but you still get to hear two different versions of her story.

      Dec 20, 1998

      Pandora

      In this comic book series, Pandora is a warrior woman fighting to get rid of all the bad stuff she released back in the day.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Pandora

      Check out this really cool retelling of the Pandora story, complete with illustrations.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Pandora Gets Jealous

      In this fun series for kids, Pandora and her BFFs try to hunt down the evils that she accidentally released into the world. Can you say oops?

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

      Pandora doesn't put in a personal appearance in Percy Jackson book, but Prometheus does give Percy her jar of hope to help in his battle against Kronos.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War III

      Pandora sacrifices her life to help Kratos take down Zeus in this bloody video game, which remixes Greek mythology.