Lernaean Hydra

Lernaean Hydra
Today if you say "Hydra" most people might think about the fictional villanous organization in the Marvel Universe, but ages ago the Hydra was something different, something more powerful and probably more scary. Often known as Hydra of Lerna, this fantastic creature was the daughter of two other famous greek monsters, Typhon and Echidna. There are many variations and interpretations of the creature, but the most common one is the big dragon (or sea monster) with multiple heads - often nine, or even more. Each head was dangerous, but the central one was the biggest threat since it was immortal! To add even more power, the Hydra was poisonous - not only her bites, but also her blood, her breath and according to some stories even her footprints. Of course a monster this powerful and strong could only be defeated by one of the stronger heroes in Greek mythology: Hercules, or Herakles. The Hydra was one of his Twelve Labours ,the second one to be precise, and it wasn't a easy task. The hero tried to cut off some head, but for each head he cut, two other were born. The only way the hero was able to win was to obtain the help of his friend Iolaus, who burned each neck of the Hydra while the hero was cutting off them. Of course the final head was immortal and this strategy was impossible, so the hero buried it under a big enormous rock! The Hydra is often depicted in many movies, books or videogames with mythological monsters - or even just monsters in general, since is a very interesting concept. For example the Disney Movie Hercules show the hero fighting a purple Hydra in one of the most memorable scenes in the movie - with a slightly different strategy. Some games, for example Titan Quest which is largely based on various mythology, features some Hydras as enemies. And I could go on and on for a long while, listing as many examples as the Hydra's different heads.

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  • Have a immortal head
  • Extremely poisonous
  • Even Hercules needed help to defeat the creature
  • Almost a limitless amount of heads

  • The heads that are cut off, after all, end up dying
  • Many people consider her legs her weakness: cutting off them would surely limit her capability
  • Need to be hurt (heads cut off) to become stronger (grow new heads)
  • If someone cauterize the wounds like Hercules did, no new heads will grow




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Posted by Anonymous on 11-13-2018


The Lernaean Hydra was just amazing. I remember reading the Percy Jackson series as a kid and this was one of the things they had to come up against (I think, can't remember perfectly if this was the creature they came up against). I didn't realise that the middle head was immortal really. I always knew that you had to burn off the head/neck part because just cutting it off meant another head would grow there.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-07-2017


Dude, I'm confused. You say that the head is immortal, yet it can die? I'm not sure if it's immortal since the heads can be easily cut off...

Anyways, I remember facing off against the giant Hydra in the video game God of War. And it was an amazing battle! The epic fight took place in a huge ship. Eventually, Kratos was able to slay the Hydra with his blades.

I believe that the Hydra is a lot cooler than Cerberus, and is also a lot more powerful. It's bigger and can destroy ships and other sea vehicles. I think only Cthulu beats hydra as the most fearsome sea creature.

Posted by limberg on 11-07-2017

Lernaean Hydra

I think appearance wise, Hydras look a lot tougher or "cooler" than Cerberus on average and by average I mean average the average image that Hydras imply vs what the standard for a three-headed dog looks like. Even taking away what makes both creates extremely cool, their obscene amount of heads, a dragon-like creature is still a lot cooler than a big dog.
Posted by AlexHarris on 11-08-2017

Scary Beast

The hydra, to me, is a much more interesting beast than the guard dog of Hades. This monstrosity is horrifying in its very nature due to its ability to regenerate and keep coming back at you. Hercules and his companion who fought the hydra found a way to defeat it by cauterizing the beheaded areas of the beast, but still, this had to be done while contending with all of the other viper heads trying to kill you simultaneously until you finally got down to the last one. In any case, I would rather deal with three-headed demon-dog than a nine headed multiplying serpent creature.
Posted by JoeMilford on 11-14-2017

Hydra has the power.

"Cerberus" certainly succeeds in being very intimidating and scared, but I think "Hydra" has a few more important elements that make it more dangerous and relevant after the pros and cons are placed on the balance.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-07-2017

Looks better to me

I am not a fan of either because I'm not too fond of monsters especially ones from ancient times, but between the two of these I will have to go with hydra because it's closer to the design that I would like. I usually would prefer a dragon design so this one fits my taste a bit more, and also I like that it grows more the more you attack it, which makes it a worthy adversary for a protagonist.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-13-2018


Hydra is one of the monsters of Hades, God of the Underworld, where if you slice one head, two will grow back and one of them breathes fire. I've seen this creature in movies like Hercules, Percy Jackson, and more. This is truly a vicious beast and deadly but I do love this because it's a dragon type creature. You might also hear this in Marvel Movies where the organization is named Hydra. I do also like Cerberus, a dog with three head that guards the underworld, but between those two, I will still choose Hydra.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-07-2017

Looks creepy

Lernaean Hydra is the top rated multi headed creature of all time in both the Greek mythology or anywhere else in the history of man. If you haven't gotten a closer look at this Lernaean Hydra, try watching any Greek movie it was used in for example Odessey. If you watch this movie in 3D in cinema, you would be frozen by how magnificent that creature is.
Posted by Martinsx on 01-03-2018


I remember the first time I read about Hydra when I was a high school student and I was completely blown away. How can a creature be that immortal. Cut of its head and more will emerge. It's just insanely cool. Though cerberus is a very frightening creature in the underworld, I think it cannot match the enormous power that a hydra has.
Posted by theresajane on 10-17-2018



One of the most interesting concept in Greek mythology is Hades: not Hades as a god, the Hades as a place - basically, the Greek underworld, the greek hell, the place where dead people went after their death. And such a cool place needed a cool guardian: this is where our puppy Cerberus come into play! As you surely know, Cerberus was a big scary dog with not one, not two, but three heads! Each of them was scary, ferocious and ready to eat any living people that tried to enter the place, and any dead people that tried to exit. If having three heads wasn't enough, Cerberus' body was covered in poisonous snakes. The big puppy was also the brother of the Hydra, since he was also son of Typhon and Echidna, and like the Hydra was the enemy in one of Hercules' Labours. Heracles make a deal with Hades, a pretty cool guy in the original mythos, and fight Cerberus without using any weapon - with the help of Hermes and Athena. After bringing him outside to prove his Labour, he also bring him back home. Cerberus have the same popularity as the Hydra, maybe even more. The similarity with the Hydra are also in the Disney movie Hercules, once again - the big dog appear here in some brief scenes, even if he's not a major character. The Disney version was featured as a boss in the Kingdom Hearts games. Another popular game that have Cerberus as a boss is Devil May Cry 3, where Dante must fight a frozen version of the big doggo. But there are also movies and books that feature the creature, or something inspired by him: in the first Harry Potter movie and book there is a three headed dog, that while is not Cerberus is clearly inspired by him. The Percy Jackson series have the real one. The big dog appeared also in one of the most ancient and most important book, the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri! Again as the guardian of hell, but this time the Christian version. It's true that almost everyone loves dog, so what to not love about a three headed dog?

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  • It's a dog! Dogs are nice
  • Have three head
  • He's the Guardian of "Hell". and really good at his job
  • He always look cool in any media where he appears
  • According to some stories he could also control fire

  • Was easily tamed by most than one heroes
  • Could not leave his place on his own to roam where he wanted
  • Some three headed dogs in fiction are just inspired by him, and a bit weaker




Cerberus because he can breathe fire, has poisonous snakes all over his body, was said he was the most difficult labor of Hercules, and if Hades picked him as the guard of the underworld, he would have to be powerful
Posted by Anonymous on 06-15-2018

Cerberus is awesome

It looks nicer than Hydra. Bad dogs are intimidating.
Posted by Anonymous on 07-22-2018

Dogs Over Snakes

I would have to vote for the dog over the snake in this case. The snakes are cool looking but I like dogs, so there you go. I think that dogs are great for guarding the home and their owners so why not have a dog guarding Hell as well?
Posted by kgord on 11-08-2017


This dog seems to be really powerful. And it is capable of travelling hell and heaven. And it is more or less like guarding the hell. So I'd say that it can be fearsome creature. I read a lot about such type of the dog. So on that basis I'd say it can be powerful enough.
Posted by overcast on 11-07-2017

Guardian of hell!

The guardian of hell. There is no beating that title. Hydra can regenerate but Cerberus is one badass dog to guard all that!
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-07-2017

Cerberus is good

Cerberus is awesome, I like it a lot more than the Hydra, which I remember being vulnerable if you cut the heads off, not immortal like the first post says. Anyway, only the presence of cerberus would make everyone shake in fear and he's pretty much the guardian of Hell. I mean, what more do you need to know? Also he is very well known, while hydra may need to be explained to people who don't follow Greek mythology.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-07-2017

Well Hello hell Guardian

They were both fantastic beasts for me and I am really fond of Greek mythology so I do really love them both. But I would choosing this side since well he is a guardian on the gates of hell. He must be someone or something of importance to be given the position Plus the task was not easy so he must really be strong. Defeating Hydra required a help of another Human. Whereas, defeating Cerberus required the help of other gods.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-07-2018


There seems to be a lot of stories of the hydra never dying. And it is supposed to be the keper of the sea. And anything that affected it would be consumed by it. And the same version of the intensity can be said by the dog cereberus. And it is extremely hard to get hold of it. I know that some of the stories of both the creatures are fearsome. I'd surely though choose cerberus over anything.
Posted by overcast on 11-07-2017
I believe is cereberus,I have heard so much about this wild creature both in movies and books and it looks the scarier of the two.I will detest to contact with either of them.Cerberus is known to be hellish and control things about hell but not as fearless as hydra.
Posted by lovely on 11-07-2017
Cerberus is okay since it is a dog that humans can identify with and use as a guardian than that of hydra.
Posted by babyright on 11-07-2017
Hydra as always fascinated me ever since I read about this Greek mythological character. having multiple heads is an interesting concept.
Posted by vinaya on 11-08-2017
Cerberus is the coolest imo. But I think Lernaen Hydra is the deadliest. I think a skilled warrior would have a better shot at defeating Cerberus in a battle to the death than the hydra. Mostly because the Hydra has more heads, which cannot be destroyed by normal means.
Posted by NickJ on 11-08-2017
What I envision upon reading the word Hydra is the monster from the sea that wreaks havoc when some fishermen have done wrong to the ocean. If I remember correctly, hydra is directly related to water in meaning and the monster or sea creature is very powerful only when it is in the ocean. That is the tricky part of it. Writers were aware of the limitation of the monster but it can still do its destructive activity on land.
Posted by Corzhens on 03-14-2018