|Family Member/s:||*Scylla (sister) ✝|
|Location:||Strait of Messina|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Appears in:||God of War: Ascension|
Charybdis is considered a boss from God of War: Ascension.
In Greek mythology, Charybdis was a sea monster that had once been a beautiful naiad but then she caught the attention of Zeus because she was trying to make Posiedon's kingdom bigger by moving a bunch of water onto the land. Zeus got angry and turned her into a sea monster. Charybdis could create whirlpools with her huge mouth three times a day, her and her sister Scylla lived opposite a narrow strip of water, they were so close to each other that sailors trying to avoid Charybdis would get attacked by Scylla and vice versa. The term 'between Scylla and Charybdis' has come to mean being in a state where one is between two dangers and moving away from one will cause you to come closer to the other. She was the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. This makes her one of the Phorcydes and sister of Medusa, Euryale and Stheno, the gorgons.
In the God of War SeriesEdit
In the demo, she seems to be a tentacled creature with a huge mouth. She also shares similarities to Scylla, her sister, such as an apparent horn like nose, which can be seen at the very end of the demo next to her mouth if one looks carefully, and tentacles. The differences are that her ones are much longer than her sister's ones (which implies her whole body is bigger than Scylla's one, too), have spikes in their ends instead of little mouths and also seem to be pale yellow/white, and not green. She also doesn't seem to be able to create spider like creatures or any other kind of offspring to attack Kratos, as she prefers to fight the spartan with her bare tentacles or use them to throw objects from distance rather than using any other means.
She is seen attacking the island of Delos by hurling ships at it, thus destroying some structures, and then by approaching the island and trying to smash Kratos with her tentacles twice, being unsuccessful on both times.
The concept of having a giant sea beast in the game was kept, but this monster is not Charybdis, but Alecto.
The sea monster that was once called Charybdis has changed much since its initial designs: the skin, which used to be white, was turned black; the pointy nose was completely discarded and the beast has only two small yellow eyes, like Alecto in her normal form. In fact, it has lost many of the characteristics she had in common with Scylla, except the tentacles, and looks more like a giant carnivorous fish with tentacles spreading for around its body.
In no moment in the game the black sea monster is associated to Charybdis. In fact, this name is not even mentioned in the whole campaign. Because of this, the monster is much more likely to be only Alecto, and not Charybdis, not even when she's in her giant monstrous form. It is not possible to assume that Charybdis was present in God of War: Ascension, or even at any point Series.
There is, however, a giant whirlpool in the game, which some consider to be the mythological maelstrom of Charybdis. This is the same maelstrom in which the Furies were born and also the location were Kratos battles Alecto, Tisiphone and Daimon, the final bosses of the game.
Since the giant sea beast of Ascension has turned out to be Alecto, and not Charybdis, the information about it in the game can be found in her page.
- The confrontation with Charybdis occurs 60% through the single player campaign.
- Another mollusk-like monster to appear is the Kraken in God of War II. Charybdis has longer tentacles and resembles a squid and the Kraken appears more like an octopus, however both have spikes at their tentacles ends and fins.
- Charybdis' head and tentacles bare a striking resemblance to the Kraken from the movie Clash of the Titans (2010)
- The intro of God of War: Ascension shows that the Charybdis was born together with the Furies as her tentacles appears from the blood of the Primordial and disappear as the Furies emerges.
- It is possible that the blood she originated from was from Keto or Phorkys as they were her parents in mythology.
- In the God of War universe it's never shown or mentioned that Scylla was born from the blood of a Primordial, so it's odd how Charybdis and her sister are related. This is also true with the Gorgons, it is possible that Charybdis is the oldest of the children.
- Charybdis seems to have been remodeled since she looks much different in single player teaser then the earlier demo.
- Charybdis appeared in the trailer of God of War: Ascension almost the same way Scylla had appeared in the one of God of War: Ghost of Sparta: both were shown very quickly, attempting to eat Kratos underwater, and the Spartan dodged both bites. It is also curious to notice how both were the bosses shown in their respective games' demos, another similarity between them.
- It is possible that the reason Scylla attacked Kratos in Ghost of Sparta is that she might have tried to avenge Charybdis' death.