Mythic Warriors (also known as Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend) is a 1998-2000 animated television series, which featured retellings of popular Greek myths that were altered so as to be appropriate for younger audiences, produced by Nelvana and Marathon Media. Two seasons of episodes were produced in 1998 and 1999; then aired as reruns until 2000, when CBS' abolition of its children's programming resulted in its cancellation. The series was based on the book series Myth Men Guardians of the Legend written in 1996 and 1997 by Laura Geringer and illustrated by Peter Bollinger.
|Also known as||Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend|
|Narrated by||James Blendick|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
Scottish Television Enterprises
|Distributor||Nelvana International (Internationally)|
Scottish Television Enterprises (United Kingdom)
|Original release||1998 –|
The series was a fixture of CBS' Saturday-morning cartoon lineup. Scottish Television screened the series as part of its children programme Inside Out. The show was repeat in 2009 on wknd@stv, which is a children's television strand on Scottish television channel, then on Saturday mornings on STV during 2010. The series has been translated into Scottish Gaelic and is broadcast on BBC Alba since 2010.
Most of the characters in the show are portrayed with their original Greek names, with a few Romanized exceptions (e.g. Hercules, Ulysses).
Myth Men Guardians of the Legend is a book series written in 1996 and 1997 by Laura Geringer and illustrated by Peter Bollinger. It is a comic series targeted at children age 4-8 and published by Scholastic Books, Inc. It received the Children's Choice award.
The series includes both male and female mythical heroes, including Perseus, Heracles, Odysseus, Theseus, Andromeda and Atalanta. The books retell the actual myths and legends with added fantasy elements.
Depictions of godsEdit
This show is well known for its unique depictions of the Greek gods. Most were shown as gigantic (approximately 10–12 feet tall) humanoids possessing immortality, the abilities to fly and teleport, supernatural powers of a magical nature (as opposed to cosmic), and the ability to alter their appearances at will; including reducing themselves to the size of a typical human, as well as completely altering their looks, voices, and even gender. When in their natural form, an echo would accompany their voice whenever they spoke.
Instead of classic attire resembling that of human nobility often employed during Hellenic times, the Olympians were instead depicted as wearing brightly colored clothing more typical of a warrior's formal attire, the exceptions being Hera, Demeter, and Hephaestus.
Between the first and second seasons, the depictions of several gods changed. Hades' attire was slightly altered. Persephone aged from a teenage-looking young girl to a grown goddess. The most significant changes, however, were to Aphrodite and Athena; the former shifted from a giggling pencil-thin schoolgirl-like teenager, to a conniving fully mature armor-clad lust goddess, with an entirely different voice and manner of speech as well. Athena was altered from a blonde in monotonous silver armor; to a brunette cloaked in blood-red dual-split dress with matching cape, plus golden shin guards and arm-bands in addition. Despite the complete change in depiction, her voice did remain the same.
- Zeus – King of the gods, ruler of Olympus, and god of the sky, justice, thunder, and lightning. He is the father of Hercules and Perseus.
- Hera – Queen of the gods and goddess of the sky, marriage and childbirth.
- Hades – God of the Underworld, the Dead, wealth and burial. He is the husband of Persephone.
- Demeter – Goddess of fertility, grain, agriculture and harvest. She is the mother of Persephone.
- Poseidon – God of the sea, horses and earthquakes. He is the father of Pegasus and Theseus.
- Hermes – Messenger of the gods; god of travelers, trickery, commerce, messages, international trade, wit, thieves, speed and invention.
- Athena – Goddess of wisdom, battles, crafts, battle tactics, warriors, handcrafts and reason. One of only three virgin goddesses.
- Ares – God of war, murder and bloodshed. Because of his role in mythology, his role in the show was limited.
- Apollo – God of light, music, prophecies, poetry, medicine, truth, archery and (in Hellenistic myths) replaced Helios as god of the sun. He was to become known as "Phoebus Apollo". He is the twin brother of Artemis.
- Artemis – Virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, virginity, fertility, children, childbirth and wildlife. In Hellenistic myths, she replaced Selene as goddess of the moon. She is the twin sister of Apollo.
- Hephaestus – The Gods' Blacksmith; god of the forge, fire, metalworking, volcanoes, arts and crafts.
- Aphrodite – Goddess of love and beauty. Formally known to be the most beautiful of the goddesses.
- Dionysus – God of wine, intoxication, mysteries, drama, revelry and disorderly conduct. Dionysus is the only demigod to have the divinity of an Olympian. Replaced Hestia as the 12th pantheon member.
- Helios – The Hellenic sun god. His role was later usurped by (Phoebus) Apollo in Hellenistic myths.
- Eros – God of lust and infatuation. The son of Aphrodite.
- Persephone – Goddess of Spring and Queen of the underworld. She is the daughter of Demeter and the wife of Hades.
Gods who made cameo appearancesEdit
- Pan – God of shepherds and rustic music.
- Hebe – Goddess of youth, cupbearer to the gods; daughter of Zeus and Hera.
- Hecate – Goddess of night/nighttime, sorcery/magic, witchcraft, mystery, crossroads, the Moon, and the horrors of nature. She is the mother of Scylla.
- Zephyrus – God of the West Wind.
- Boreas – God of the North Wind.
- Notus – God of the South Wind.
- Eurus – God of the East Wind.
- Achelous – A River God who battled Heracles/Hercules.
- Alcyoneus – In this show, Alcyoneus is featured as a Titan King despite the fact that he is actually a Gigantes and not a Titan. The actual King of the Titan was Cronus who was the father of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia.
- Atlas – Atlas holds up the sky.
- Epimetheus – Brother of Prometheus and the deity who brought animals into the world.
- Prometheus – Titan who defied Zeus by giving fire to mankind and was punished by being chained to a mountainside and tormented by eagles. After humanity proves its worth, Zeus forgives Prometheus and has him released at the hands of Hercules.
- Andromeda: The Warrior Princess (November 7, 1998) –
- Hercules and Iolas (November 14, 1998) –
- Odysseus: The Journey Home (November 21, 1998) –
- Perseus: The Search For Medusa (November 28, 1998) –
- Jason and the Argonauts: The Search for the Golden Fleece (December 5, 1998) –
- Persephone and the Winter Seeds (December 12, 1998) –
- Icarus and Daedalus (December 19, 1998) –
- Odysseus and Circe (December 26, 1998) –
- Atalanta: The Wild Girl (January 2, 1999) –
- Prometheus and Pandora's Box (January 9, 1999) –
- Bellerophon and Pegasus (January 16, 1999) –
- Theseus and the Minotaur (January 23, 1999) –
- The Labours of Hercules (January 30, 1999) –
- Psyche and Eros –
- Odysseus and the Trojan Horse –
- Odysseus and Penelope: A Kingdom Lost –
- Hercules and the Golden Apples –
- Cadmus and Europa –
- Jason and Medea –
- Damon and Pythias –
- Castor and Pollux –
- The Hounds of Actaeon –
- Phaeton: The Chariot of Fire –
- Androcles and the Lion –
- King Midas: The Golden Touch –
- Hercules and the Titans: The Last Battle – After being denied a throne on Mount Olympus by Zeus despite Athena's vision, Hephaestus is tempted by Alcyoneus into freeing the Titans from Tartarus. Zeus and Athena work to convince Hercules to help them fight the Titans.
- Denis Akiyama as Polyphemus the Cyclops, Amycus
- Emilie-Claire Barlow as Siren #2
- Lawrence Bayne as Hercules, War Spirit
- Rick Bennett as Ares (1st Time)
- Zachary Bennett as Talos
- Tyrone Benskin as Elpenor
- John Blackwood as Calais
- James Blendick as Narrator
- Stephen Boggaert as Hermes (3rd Time)
- Kristen Bone as Hope Spirit
- Natalie Brown as Atalanta (2nd Time)
- Valerie Buhagiar as Queen Telephasse
- Donald Burda as Lyceus
- George Buza as King Minos (1st Time), Gorgus
- Lally Cadeau as Athena (2nd Time)
- Sally Cahill as Medea
- Benedict Campbell as Daedalus, Perimedes, King Midas
- Cole Caplan as Iolaus's Brother
- Juan Chioran as Antonius
- Richard Clarkin as Hermes (1st Time)
- Jesse Collins as Apollo
- Vincent Corazza as Cilix
- Alyson Court as Delona
- Amos Crawley as Icarus
- Michael Daingerfield as Actaeon
- Lisa Dalbello as Graeae
- Jennifer Dale as Medusa
- Tony Daniels as
- Richard Denison as Achelous
- Daniel DeSanto as Iolaus
- Philip DeWilde as Cadmus
- Francis Diakowsky as Poseidon
- Don Dickinson as King Iobates
- Catherine Disher as Aethra
- Cathal J. Dodd as Lucius
- Robin Dunne as Perseus
- Christopher Earle as Prince Meleager
- Adrian Egan as Deceit Spirit, King Agenor
- Michael Fletcher as Iphicles
- Colin Fox as King Cepheus, King Menelaus
- Edward Glen as Ictinus
- Janet-Laine Green as Hera
- Katie Griffin as Siren #4
- Nicky Guadecki as Princess Danaë
- Paul Haddad as Theseus
- Elizabeth Hanna as Artemis
- Terri Hawkes as Pandora
- David Hemblen as Hephaestus
- Ellen-Ray Hennessy as Graeae
- Dan Hennessey as Nessus
- Tori Higginson as Circe
- Roger Honeywell as Odysseus
- Pam Hyatt as Jealousy Spirit
- Loretta Jafelice as Despair Spirit
- Howard Jerome as Polites
- Taborah Johnson as Siren #3
- David Klar as Young Damon
- Lorne Kennedy as Philonoe, King Minos (2nd Time)
- Gary Krawford as Zeus, Eumaeus
- Wendy Lands as Aphrodite
- Caroly Larson as Andromeda, Atalanta (1st Time)
- Shannon Lawson as Queen Cassiopeia
- Ron Lea as Chiron (1st Time)
- Julie Lemieux as Penelope
- Shauna MacDonald as Lachesis
- Jonathan Malen as Young Castor and Pollux
- Judy Marshak as Graeae #3, Ecylceia
- Diego Matamoros as Antiphus
- Shiela McCarthy as Clotho
- Scott McCord as Phineus
- Dean McDermott as Phoenix
- Hamish McEwan as Prince Dionus
- Tracey Moore as Siren #1, Iolaus' Sister
- Kristina Nicoll as Helen
- Deborah Odell as Deianira
- Colin O'Meara as Cimon
- David Orth as Jason
- Stephen Ouimette as Dionysus
- Reagan Pasternak as Europa
- Ross Petty as King Pelias
- Jonathan Potts as Prometheus
- Toby Proctor as Telemachus
- Karl Pruner as Chiron (2nd Time)
- John Ralston as Paris
- James Rankin as Figgis
- Martin Roach as Lycopheus
- Wayne Robson as Eurystheus
- Susan Roman as Aspasia
- Tony Rosato as Orpheus
- Ron Rubin as Axos, Brutocus
- Tyrone Savage as Young Achilles
- Cedric Smith as King Polydectes
- Lyon Smith as Pythias
- Robert Smith as Epimetheus, Hate Spirit
- Linda Sorenson as Demeter
- Norm Spencer as Hades
- Greg Spottiswood as Bellerophon
- Kent Staines as King Aeëtes, Boreas
- Rob Stefaniuk as Phaëton
- Allen Stewart-Coates as Ares (2nd Time)
- John Stocker as Zetes, Polemius
- Joy Tanner as Cybele
- Wendy Thatcher as Athena (1st Time)
- Robert Tinkler as Androcles
- Adrian Truss as Arios
- Maria Vacratsis as Hecate, Atropos
- Chris Wiggins as Great Oracle, King Proetus
- Philip Williams as King Polydectes' Advisor
- Rod Wilson as Castor
- Maurice Dean Wint as Atlas, Alcyoneus
- Victor A. Young as King Glaucus
- Lenore Zann as Persephone
- Bob Zidel as Helios
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- barnesandnoble.com: Ulysses
- barnesandnoble.com: Perseus
- barnesandnoble.com: Hercules