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Uranus (Ouranos, Caelus)

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    Uranus is famous for his spectacular downfall. His career started out pretty promising—this god of the sky was actually the first king of the gods. He and his queen Gaia, the earth, were in charge of everything way back at the beginning of time. Everything was cool until Gaia got pregnant and had the giant one-eyed Cyclopes and the monstrous many-handed Hekatonkheires. Uranus was totally freaked out by his hideous monster-babies, so he buried them deep under Gaia. This seriously ticked off the lady, so she got their other kids, the Titans, to help her get revenge on her husband. Next thing Uranus knows, the Titans are holding him down, and the youngest one, Kronos, is castrating him with a giant sickle. Yes, that means that Kronos cut off his father's man parts. (Sometimes Greek mythology really just takes it over the edge.)

    Basic Information

    Name

    Uranus

    Nickname

    Ouranos, Ouranus, Caelus, Aeon, The Big Guy in the Sky

    Sex

    Male

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    First king of the gods (Forced into retirement)
    Being the sky

    Education

    The Chaos School of Everything and Nothing (It was a confusing education.)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Me for king

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Depending on who you ask...
    Gaia (Mom)
    or
    Gaia (Mom)
    Aether (Dad)
    or
    Chaos (pulled myself from Chaos at the beginning of everything)

    Siblings

    Nobody can agree on how all of us primordial gods are related, and we're all too old to remember exactly, so these are all maybes...
    Gaia
    Nyx
    Aither
    Hemera
    Tartarus
    Eros
    Pontos
    Ourea

    Children

    I did a lot of procreating while I still could...

    The Cyclopes: Brontes, Steropes, Arges
    The Hekatonkheires: Briareus (Aegaeon), Gyges, Cottus
    The Titans: Kronos, Oceanus, Koios, Krios, Hyperion, Iapetos (boys); and Rhea, Theia, Themis, Mnemosyne, Tethis, Phoebe (girls)
    Born from my blood dripping on the earth when Kronos castrated me: The Furies (maybe), The Gigantes, The Meliae, The Kouretes
    Born from the magic foam that fizzed up from my man-parts when Kronos threw them in the ocean: Aphrodite

    Friends

    Aether (The bright upper atmosphere who is always up for a chat.)
    Helios (We used to spend a lot time together when he drove the Sun across the sky.)

    Enemies

    Gaia (My awful ex-wife who had me castrated.)
    Kronos (My evil son who chopped off my manhood.)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single (Haven't had a lot of takers since Kronos castrated me...)

    Interested in

    I've kind of lost the motivation.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Game of Thrones
    Wings
    The Care Bears (I respect any creature who chooses to live in the clouds.)

    Quotations

    "Too low they build who build below the skies."
    – Edward Young

    "The bluebird carries the sky on his back."
    – Henry David Thoreau

    "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child"
    – William Shakespeare, King Lear

    "I'm at a payphone trying to call home
    All of my change I spent on you.
    Where have the times gone, baby it's all wrong,
    where are the plans we made for two?"
    – Maroon 5

    "I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive
    I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
    To fly
    To fly"
    – Nicki Minaj

    Books

    The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (One day I'm making my comeback too.)
    Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (The kid in this book is about as psycho as Kronos.)
    All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne 
    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (It's a very serious game.)
    Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Sometimes I dream of kicking all these usurpers off my throne. You know, set everything right like Joan did back in France.)
    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (I get a kick out of sci-fi because I live so close to space.)
    "I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)" by William Wordsworth

    Music

    Set Fire to the Rain by Adele (This song reminds of my relationship with Gaia...)
    Up Up and Away by The Fifth Dimension
    Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
    Payphone by Maroon 5
    Fly by Nicki Minaj ft. Rihanna
    Look Into the Air by Explosions in the Sky
    I've Been in the Storm too Long by The Mighty Clouds of Joy

    Movies

    Up
    The Avengers (These guys ought to come avenge me.)
    Wrath of the Titans (I like it when my traitorous kids get beat down at the end of this movie.)
    The Boy Who Could Fly
    Howl's Moving Castle
    The Dictator (Kronos was a lot like this guy once he took over.)
    Top Gun
    So I Married an Axe Murderer (Yep, I definitely identify with this one.)

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Skydiving
    Hang gliding
    Airplanes
    Seeing shapes in clouds
    Kites
    Stargazing

    Dislikes

    Getting kicked off of my throne
    Being brutally assaulted by my own family
    Being the sky (It's a lot more work than it sounds like.)

    Interests

    Meteorology
    Climatology
    Astronomy
    Aeronomy

    Groups

    Primordial Gods
    The O.G.s (Original Gods)
    Deposed Kings Support Group
    The Society for Eunuch Rights

    • Spotter's Guide

      It won't be too hard to find Uranus—all you have to do is look up. He'll be the big blue thing with all the clouds in it. Yep, that's right, he's the sky itself. Don't be offended if he doesn't answer back right away. He's been kind of hard to talk to ever since his son Kronos chopped off his man-parts with a sickle and kicked him off his throne. You should totally give Uranus a shout out though. After all, he's right above you all the time, so it'd be rude to ignore him, right?

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Muscular
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Nope
      Clothing: None
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Aether (The upper atmosphere)
      Atlas (Who has to hold me up)
      Birds
      Airplanes

      Known Hangouts:

      The Sky
      Air Shows

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Theogony by Hesiod

      Hesiod gives you all the dirt on Uranus's downfall in this ancient epic poem.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Library by Apollodorus

      Read all about Uranus's monster-babies in this epic poem.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Ovid kicks off his epic collection of poems by describing the birth of Uranus (the sky) and everything else. (Yay, we love baby pictures.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Comics

      The god of the sky first makes an appearance in the Hulk vs. Hercules.