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God of Death

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THANATOS (Θάνατος) is the god of Death, the son of Nyx and Erebus, and the brother of Hypnos, Nemesis, Eris, Keres, Oneiroi, and many others. He is often shown as the Grim Reaper. He is often confused with Charon the ferryman. His Roman form is known as Mors.

He was seen as the God of peaceful death whilst his sisters, the Keres, were seen as the goddesses of violent deaths. In saying that, however, Thanatos was seen to have presided over all death.

There is no fairness in Death. If you free me, I will do my duty.

–Thanatos; Rick Riordan

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History and Myths

Thanatos was the Greek god of nonviolent deaths. His name literally translates to “death” in Greek. In some myths, he’s considered to be a personified spirit of death rather than a god. The touch of Thanatos was gentle, often compared to the touch of Hypnos, who was the god of sleep. Thanatos and Hypnos are twins; this is where the saying, “Death, and his brother, sleep,” comes from.

Thanatos was believed to be merciless and indiscriminate, and both mortals and gods hated him.

Thanatos was once tricked by Sisyphus which was one of the reasons why he (Sisyphus) was punished in the Fields of Punishment. When Thanatos came to take Sisyphus to the Underworld, Sisyphus chained Thanatos to a rock which greatly angered him. Due to this Thanatos could no longer take souls of people. Ares was annoyed because everyone whom he killed would not die so it took the thrill out of kills. He then released Thanatos and death went on.

Thanatos is the harbinger of peaceful death while the others bring the complete opposite of it. He is depicted as a young man with an inverted torch and wreath of butterflies in his hands.

Vital Statistics

Titles

God of Death
Lord of Peaceful Death
Lieutenant of Hades

Gender

Male

Status

Immortal

Species

God

Affiliation

Hades

Weapon

N/A

Home

Underworld

Roman Form

Mors

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Erebus

Mother

Spouse(s)

N/A

Siblings

Hypnos [ twin brother ]
Oizys, Hemera, Elpis Sophrosyne, Eleos, Apate, Styx, Nemesis, Lyssa, Philotes, The Furies, The Keres, Fates and the Arai [ sisters ]
Aether, Geras, Charon, Epiphiron, Dolos, Moros, Ponos [ brothers ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

N/A

Lover(s)

N/A

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Death / Peaceful Death

Symbols

Wings / Inverted Torch / Sword / Theta

Sacred Animals

Butterfly

Sacred Plants

Poppy

Assumed Powers

  • Possesses the natural abilities of a god.
    • Immortality
    • Omnipotence
  • Necromancy
    • Death-Force Manipulation
    • Death Empowerment
    • Death Inducement
      • Death Field Projection
    • Death Sense
    • Divine Slayer
    • Fatal Touch
    • Killing Intuition
    • Omnicide
    • Omnilingualism
    • Omnislayer
    • Resurrection
    • Soul Removal from the body
    • Teleportation
    • Unavertable Death

Trivia

Trivia

  • Some consider him to be among the most powerful gods, given that death played an important role in Greek mythology.

God/Goddess of the Month Awards
Thanatos won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for June 2011.
Thanatos won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for July 2013.

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