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This article is about the real Talos. For the prototype fought during The Titan's Curse, see Talos (prototype).

Talos (also spelled as Tálon) was a giant automaton made of bronze by the god Hephaestus in the Cretan tales incorporated into Greek mythology.


Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes

Medea, the sorceress who defeated it.

Talos protected Europa in Crete, circling the island's shores three times daily while guarding it and throwing stones at any unknown approaching ships to protect the island.

When the original Jason and the Argonauts approached the island of Crete after obtaining the Golden Fleece to load up on supplies, Talos, as the island's guardian, kept the Argo at bay by hurling great sized boulders at it. Medea, the sorceress, either drove him mad with drugs, or fooled him into believing that she could make him immortal by removing a nail and killed him with the same nail.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

It's prototype.

Percy Jackson, Thalia Grace, Grover Underwood, Zoë Nightshade, and Bianca di Angelo fought a malfunctioning prototype of Talos, which was at least 200 feet tall. Bianca stole an item from Hephaestus Junkyard, triggering its attack. Since Hephaestus is very protective of his belongings (according to Aphrodite), even discarded ones, the automaton begins functioning when someone steals something from the junkyard. In this case, a small figure of Hades was stolen by Bianca for Nico di Angelo, her brother, as it was the only figure he did not have in his Mythomagic collection. While fighting, the heroes find a hole at the bottom of the automaton's foot. Percy distracted the robot and Bianca enters the hole to try and make the machine malfunction, so that they could defeat him. He fell on some power lines and got electrocuted, killing Bianca in the process.


  • In the 1963 film, Jason and the Argonauts, Talos guarded the "Isle of Bronze", he was awoken when some Argonauts stole treasure. He was encountered before the Argo reached Colchis, as a result, Hera was the one who told Jason to remove his nail instead of Medea. Talos' defeat also caused Hylas' death resulting in Hercules departure instead of what happened on the coast of Anatolia.

See Also

Personal Weapons: Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Hades' Sword | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Reyna's Spear | Silver Bow | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius | Annabeth's Sword | Sumarbrander | Gungnir | Gjallar | Mjolnir | Thor's Staff | Khopesh | Mallory's Serrated Knives | Meg's Twin Imperial Gold siccae blades | Caduceus | Apollo's Golden Bow | Artemis' Knives | Ares' Sword | Ares' Shield | Thyrsus | Hecate's Torches | Minotaur's Axe | Leroy's Sword | Tyson's Javelin | Alex's Garrote Wire | Piper's Sword
Magical Items: Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Apples of Immortality | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle | Serapis' Staff | Magic 8 Ball | Arrow of Dodona | Pig Ball | Mechanical Spider | Angel Statues | Athena Parthenos | Chiron's Wheelchair | Diocletian's Scepter | Flaming Dodgeball | Gleipnir | Poseidon's Pearls | Queen Hippolyta's Belt | Mistletoe Arrow | Frank's Stick | Expand-o-Duck | Caligula's Caligae | Ran’s Net | Rune Stones | Nábrók
Spoils of War: Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia | Lydian Drakon Hide | Phineas' Robe and Slippers | Triptolemus's Almanac | Odysseus' Astrolabe
Items: Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden drachma | Denarius | Red Gold | Mark of Athena | Thalia's Shield | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books | Letter of Recommendation
Ships Amos' Boat | Argo II | CSS Birmingham | Egyptian Queen | Julia Drusilla Yachts | Pax | Queen Anne's Revenge | Reed Boat
Blessed Metals: Adamantine | Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron | Bone Steel