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Scylla

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    Scylla is a big crazy sea monster. She's most famous for munching on some of Odysseus' crew when the hero cruised through the narrow strait where she makes her home. The giant whirlpool Charybdis is on the other side of the strait, so losing a few men to Scylla was the lesser of two evils. There are a lot of different opinions out there about what exactly Scylla looks like. Most say she has the upper body of a woman with a fishy tail and a ring of snarling dogs sprouting from her waist. Others say that she has six snake-like heads growing from her, too. Either way, not great. In later mythology, it's said that she was once a beautiful sea nymph and was turned into the hideous man-eating monster by the sea witch, Circe. Moral of the story: stay the Hades away from Circe.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Scylla

    Nickname

    Skylla, Godzilla Girl

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    A narrow strait somewhere in the Mediterranean

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Sea Monster

    Education

    Ceto's School of Sea Monstery

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Protect our oceans!

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Phorcys (Dad)
    Ceto (Mom)

    Siblings

    Ekhidna
    Ladon
    Medusa and the Gorgons
    The Graiai

    Children

    I'd only eat them.

    Friends

    Charybdis (The whirlpool demon who lives across the strait from me. I really just don't have anybody else to talk to.)

    Enemies

    Circe (Who turned me into this awful creature.)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Extremely single

    Interested in

    I mean, does it matter? Who's going to go out with me?

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    True Blood 
    The Blue Planet 
    Snorks 

    Quotations

    "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

    "It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought! Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves."
    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    "In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans"
    – Khalil Gibran

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

    Books

    Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Captain Ahab: the guy you love to hate.) 
    Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (I wish the giant squid had eaten them.) 
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare 
    The Odyssey by Homer (Even though Homer makes me out to be some kind of monster, I do love the attention.)
    "Diving Into the Wreck" by Adrienne Rich 
    Grendel by John Gardner 
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 

    Music

    On the Sea by Beach House 
    Bad Reputation by Joan Jett 
    Crazy For You by Best Coast 
    Drift Dive by the Antlers 
    Wide Awake by Katy Perry 
    What the Water Gave Me by Florence and the Machine 
    Oh Love by Green Day 
    Dragula by Rob Zombie (For when I'm feeling monstrous.) 

    Movies

    Creature From the Black Lagoon (I know it's the sea monster part of me, but I think he's sexy.) 
    The Abyss 
    Monsters Inc. 
    Titanic (Otherwise known as the all-you-can-eat buffet.) 
    Bridesmaids 
    The Little Mermaid 
    Whale Rider 
    Jaws 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Sailors (for dinner)
    Scuba divers (for dinner)
    Kite boarders (for dinner)
    Surfers (for dinner)
    Boogie boarders (for... well, you get the point)

    Interests

    Cryptozoology
    Oceanography

    Groups

    Monster Human Alliance
    Sea Monsters
    Cannibals of the Mediterranean

    • Spotter's Guide

      People disagree on exactly what Scylla looks like, but everyone knows she's a total monster. We've never made a point of getting a glimpse of her because, well, she has a habit of eating people. In pictures we've seen, she's got the body of a woman from the waist up, but from the waist down there's a whole lot of crazy. Sometimes she has a long fishy tail and six hungry heads set on long snake-like necks (perfect for snapping up passing sailors). Other times she's shown with a pack of hungry, drooling dogs sprouting from her waist (also great for sailor-munching—go figure).

      Sex: Female
      Age: Hard to tell
      Build: Monstrous
      Complexion: Slimy
      Hair Color: Green
      Facial Hair: We wouldn't be surprised.
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Ring of slobbering dog heads. NBD.
      Clothing: None
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Teeth—lots of 'em

      Typical Companions:

      Charybdis

      Known Hangouts:

      The Strait of Messina

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Odyssey by Homer

      Scylla makes her most famous (and most grisly) appearance in this epic poem when she gobbles down six of Odysseus' men.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Ovid gives us the scoop on how Circe turned Scylla into a psycho monster all for the love of the hunky Glaucus.

      Dec 20, 1997

      The Odyssey

      The epic poem transformed into an epic TV series—Scylla included.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey

      Don't miss Scylla in Marvel's digital comic version of Odysseus' greatest adventure.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War: Ghost of Sparta

      Kratos goes up against Scylla and her monstrous brood in this hack-and-slash video game. (She looks totally disgusting in this one.)