Three-Headed Guardian of the Underworld, Hound of Hades
Greek / Roman
Typhon (father), Echidna (mother); Hydra, Orthrus, Chimera (siblings)
Cerberus is nearly always depicted as an enormous, tricephalic canine with a gigantic serpent for a tail and a mane of snakes. His eyes flash with fire, and he has a three-tongued mouth according to some sources.
- Cerberus is known primarily for his role as guardian of the gates of the Underworld, where his principle task is to prevent the dead from escaping
- He spews poisonous foam from his mouth, and like Nidhogg, he chews on raw corpseflesh
- As the epithet "Hound of Hades" suggests, Cerberus can also be found at his master's side when off of guard duty
- One of Heracles's twelve labours was to capture and subdue Cerberus, which he was able to achieve before returning the dog to Hades