|Daughter of Poseidon|
|Family||Poseidon (Father) |
|Species|| Naiad (formerly)
|Home||The Sea of Monsters|
|Appearances||The Sea of Monsters|
Charybdis was once a beautiful naiad, the daughter of Poseidon and a nymph. She takes the form of a huge mouth that swallows great amounts of water and debris three times a day, creating multiple massive whirlpools.
Charybdis was very loyal to her father in his endless feud with Zeus; it was she who rode the hungry tides after Poseidon had stirred up a storm, and led them onto the beaches, covering whole villages, submerging fields, drowning forests, claiming them for the sea. She won so much land for her father's kingdom that Zeus became enraged and changed her into a monster forever.
The myths say that Charybdis lay on one side of a blue, narrow channel of water. On the other side of the strait was Scylla, another sea monster. The two sides of the strait are within an arrow's range of each other, so close that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis will pass too close to Scylla and vice-versa. The phrase "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 be in danger of the other. It is the origin of the phrase "between the rock and the whirlpool"-the rock upon which Scylla dwelt and the whirlpool of Charybdis-and may also be the genesis of the phrase "between a rock and a hard place."
Odysseus had to sail between her and Scylla while trying to return home.
Clarisse La Rue takes her ironclad between Charybdis and Scylla to enter the Sea of Monsters, which is located in the Bermuda Triangle. She is a black coral reef with a fig tree on top and described by Percy Jackson as an "orthodontist's nightmare", a huge disgusting mouth with braces of metal underneath, with pieces of fish, driftwood and garbage stuck in between. She is surrounded by the whirlpool she creates when she sucks up the sea and everything in her range. Clarisse chooses to take on Charybdis because she is an easier target for the cannons. Charybdis is always swallowing and spitting, unlike in the myths in which she only eats three times a day.
- Charybdis is Percy's half-sister, as they are both children of Poseidon.
- Scylla and Charybdis may refer to the space between Siciliy and Italy, where sea currents are very strong.
- The expression "between Scylla and Charybdis," between two tough situations, has come from this myth.
|Species:||Centaur | Cyclopes | Dragon | Drakon | Empousa | Giants | Harpy | Hyperborean Giant | Ichthyocentaur | Karpoi | Laistrygonian Giant | Pegasus | Skolopendra | Stymphalian Birds | Telekhine|
|Friendly Monsters:||Argus | Blackjack | Briares | Chiron | Don | Ella | Festus | Gleeson Hedge | Grover Underwood | Hippocampus | Mellie | Mrs. O'Leary | Ophiotaurus | Peleus | Scipio | Tyson | Tempest|
|Enemy Monsters:||Agrius and Oreius | Arachne | Basilisk | Charybdis and Scylla | Chimera | Chrysaor | Clazmonian Sow | Colchis Bull | Echidna | Euryale | Geryon | Joe Bob | Kampê | Manticore | Medusa | Minotaur | Nemean Lion | Polyphemus | Sphinx | Stheno | Typhon ||
|Neutral Monsters:||Cerberus | Erymanthian Boar | Gray Sisters | Gorgons | Furies | Flesh-Eating Horse | Gryphon | Hippocampus | Siren|