Study Guide

Poseidon (Neptune)

  • Profile

    Poseidon, god of the sea, has some anger management issues. Sometimes he is super placid and calm, but other times he is about as angry and vengeful as it gets. We suppose this personality makes a lot of sense for the god of the ocean; sometimes its waters are calm, and other times they send waves crashing. If you make Poseidon mad, he won’t hesitate to send storms, floods, and earthquakes out to get you. Like his brother Zeus, Poseidon is a famous womanizer. He is married to the sea goddess, Amphitrite, but that doesn't stop him from sleeping with everybody in sight.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Poseidon

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Mount Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of the Sea (all water, really)
    God of Earthquakes

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Cronus, Rhea

    Siblings

    Zeus, Hades, Hera, Demeter, Hestia

    Children

    Triton, Rhode, Theseus, Pelias, Neleus, Orion, Hippothoon, Nauplius, Arion, Chrysaor, Pegasus, Polyphemus, Alebion, Bergion, Otos, Ephialtae, and many more…

    Friends

    My brothers Zeus and Hades (when they don't tick me off)

    Enemies

    The entire city of Troy
    Odysseus

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Amphitrite
    It's complicated with Medusa

    Interested in

    I'm not picky.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Shark Week on the Discovery Channel
    River Monsters and Fish Warrior
    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Quotations

    "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean."
    – Arthur C. Clarke

    "Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen."
    – Stephen Wright

    "Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths."
    – Muhammad Ali

    "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
    – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    "Under the sea
    Under the sea
    Since life is sweet here
    We got the beat here
    Naturally
    Even the sturgeon an' the ray
    They get the urge 'n' start to play
    We got the spirit
    You got to hear it
    Under the sea"
    – Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

    Books

    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel

    Music

    Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
    Anything by Enya – she loves oceans almost as much as I do
    On a Slow Boat to China by Kay Kiser
    How Deep Is the Ocean – Billie Holiday

    Movies

    I like to watch movies with my kids.
    Finding Nemo
    The Little Mermaid
    Pirates of the Caribbean (all of them)
    Oceans and The Blue Planet
    Titanic

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Tridents
    Horses
    Dolphins
    Aquariums

    Interests

    Marine biology
    Seismology
    Underwater archaeology

    Groups

    Gods of Olympus
    The Hottest Gods of Mount Olympus
    People Who Always Have To Spell Their Names For Other People
    Gods Against Water Pollution
    Titan War Vets

  • Spotter's Guide

    You have to watch out for Poseidon, god of the sea. He's a man of extremes. That guy is just like the ocean – sometimes he's super placid and calm, but at the drop of a hat he can flip out and cause tsunami-size devastation. If you make him mad, he's likely to send floods, storms, earthquakes, and/or a giant sea monster your way. So yeah, you might want to avoid him. Our advice: if you're chilling on the beach, and you see a muscular bearded guy driving a chariot across the ocean, you really ought to bury your head in the sand – especially if he's carrying a trident.

    Physical Description

    Sex: Male
    Age:
    Middle-aged
    Build:
    Muscular
    Complexion:
    Tanned
    Hair color:
    White
    Facial hair:
    Beard and mustache
    Scars/marks/tattoos:
    None
    Jewelry and accessories:
    None
    Clothing:
    Little to none
    Armor:
    None
    Type of weapon:
    Trident

    Typical Companions

    • Horses
    • Dolphins
    • Sea monsters
    • Amphirite, his wife

    Other Notes

    Known hangouts: Poseidon tends to spend time near the bodies of water, including the ocean, rivers, lakes and streams.

    Escape vehicle: Horse-drawn chariot. His horses often have fish tails or are made of water.

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Odyssey

    In The Odyssey, Homer's epic poem, the hero Odysseus' main rival is Poseidon. When Odysseus blinds the Cyclops Polyphemus, Poseidon's son, the god of the sea decides to make Odysseus' sea travels really hard. You can get most of the details in Book 1, Book 5, Book 9, and Book 13.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Iliad

    Homer brings the gods into The Iliad as well, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo are fighting for the Trojans.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses

    The Roman poet Ovid collected many myths in The Metamorphoses, including the stories about the temperamental god of sea and his escapades. See Book 8 for a few stories.

    Dec 20, 2019

    "My Last Duchess"

    Robert Browning's creepy poem about a murderer references a statue of Neptune (a.k.a. Poseidon) taming a seahorse. Yep, that sounds like the god of the sea to us. Check out the poem here.

    Dec 20, 1965

    Marvel Comics

    Poseidon entered the Marvel universe in the 1965 comic series Tales to Astonish. His superhero outfit is pretty wild, so be sure to check it out.

    Dec 20, 2019

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Since 2002, King Neptune (a.k.a. Poseidon) has made numerous guest appearances on the SpongeBob SquarePants TV show and also in the movie. He's a bit touchy, especially on the topic of his thinning hair. Watch a sneak peek of Neptune's birthday party here.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians

    Poseidon lucks out in the Percy Jackson series – he gets to be the coolest god of all and the father of the mortal hero, Percy Jackson. Read about The Lightning Thief, the first book in the series, to learn more about this nicer version of the god of the sea.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    God of War and God of War III

    The Greek gods make it onto the PlayStation in the God of War video game trilogy. The mortal hero of the games, Kratos, butts heads with the gods of Olympus, including Poseidon. Though they are briefly allies, in God of War III, Poseidon appears as one of the bosses (and we all know what happens to bosses in video games.)