Considering that there's a lot of freaky sex - and even incest - in stories from ancient Greece and the fact that the gods and goddesses didn't seem to mind taking weird creatures as sex partners, it’s only natural that there are a lot of strange offspring in Greek myths. Just imagine: what would you expect to come out of a union between a woman and a bull? Or a god and the earth? What about a man and a cloud?
Some of these weird kids in Greek mythology were created from crazy sex, while others were simply born from strange, monstrous parents in unfathomable ways. Their weird nature was then amplified by a dark origin story.
With all these strange-looking creatures, it’s no wonder that films often take inspiration from Greek mythological creatures. It’s likely that you’ve seen a lot of these weirdest offspring from Greek myths in movies. Centaurs, Pegasus, and Hydra all come from Greek mythology. What’s even more interesting about them is the stories of where they came from and their family drama. Read on for some seriously strange origin stories about the weirdest offspring from Greek myths.
The Minotaur was the son of Pasiphae, Queen of Crete, and her husband's bull. So naturally, he had the physical feature of both creatures: a bull’s head and a man’s body. And, unfortunately, a beastly temper.
King Minos of Crete was given a very fine white bull by Poseidon so that he could kill it as an offering to the sea god. However, Minos refused to sacrifice the bull and decided to replace the offering with another bull. Furious, Poseidon cursed Pasiphae, causing her to uncontrollably lust for the bull. She eventually gave in to her repulsive desires and mated with it.
Being born from a half-serpent half-human mother, Echidna, and Typhon, the god of destruction, it's not surprising that Cerberus is so monstrous. Cerberus is a dog-like creature with three vicious heads, snakes sprouting from his body, and a serpent as his tail. The creature's sinister origin and grotesque physical features impressed Hades, as he entrusted Cerberus to guard the underworld gates. One of Heracles’s twelve labors was to capture this beast alive with no weapons; a nearly impossible feat.
Being born from the ultimate mother of the beast Echidna (a human-serpent hybrid that represented corruption) and her husband Typhon (a winged giant that caused devastating storms), Chimera did not disappoint her parents. With the heads of a lion and a goat and a serpent as her tail (or was it another head?), Chimera was not any less freaky than her other monster siblings, Cerberus, Sphinx, and Scylla. As if her look wasn't threatening enough, she could also breathe fire from any of her three heads. She was later slain by Pegasus, the winged horse.
The Furies are goddesses of vengeance, and of course, they have a great story to go with their great title. Their father, Uranus, was castrated by his son, Cronus. When Cronus threw his father’s penis into the sea, a few drops of blood landed on the Earth, and this union birthed the Furies. No one really knows how many Furies there are, but the best-known Furies are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. Consistent with their dark origin story is the goddesses' physique: some stories claim they have dog-like heads that are wreathed with serpents and their eyes drip with blood. Later, from Uranus’s testicles in the sea, Aphrodite came to life.