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The Tale of Deucalion

In Season 3 of MTV’s Teen Wolf there is a character named Deucalion, a blind and cryptic alpha wolf with a very twisted past. Seeing this character’s name – Deucalion – got me thinking. Why did the show choose this name for the character, the self-proclaimed “Alpha of alphas?” The myth of Deucalion doesn’t seem to fit in Teen Wolf, but perhaps there is something I am missing. Read the myth of Deucalion below and tell me what you think. What’s your theory? Out of all the names they could have picked, they choose one from Greek mythology… why?

Pyrrha dIn Greek mythology Deucalion is the son of Prometheus and the husband of Pyrrha. In the myth, Zeus floods the earth and ends the Bronze Age out of anger because of the sins of humanity, particularly the sins of Lycaon (who is transformed into a wolf as punishment). Advised by Prometheus beforehand, Deucalion and Pyrrha build a chest and live in it for nine days and nine nights. When they eventually come to land again, the two of them repopulate earth by throwing stones over their shoulders which transform into people.

Virtually every culture has a flood myth (it’s not just Noah in the Bible) and in this one it’s not surprising that Deucalion, the son of the fire-bearer, is the star. After all, Prometheus did bring fire to mortals, so it makes sense for his son to lead this new beginning to humankind.

But back to the main question – why name the alpha wolf Deucalion? It would make much more sense to name him Lycaon, who is considered by some to be the first werewolf. So why Deucalion?

What do you think?

– Moonlight

About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book with coffee in hand. You can stalk her via her Twitter.
One of the writers for werewolves.com, as well as vampires.com.

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moonlight • July 18, 2013


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  • Antonio Jones

    Don’t you think Lycaon would have been to obvious of a werewolf name? I for one like the name Deucalion that could be the only reason they picked it not everything needs to mean something.

  • L

    hmmm, i’ll admit I never gave this show a try, but if they took all that time to name properly, I just might give it a try. I think the name is meant to provoke thought or research, some screenwriters do this to keep the audience involved at a different level like inside jokes or older references.

  • If they’re using foreshadowing, the character Deucalion may be seeing himself as the father and start of a new race of werewolfs.

    There is a reason that Deucalion is interested in Scott, not Derek.

    Spoiler Alert

    The last episode I saw, they reveal the show’s mythology for werewolf eyes and what it means. How sometimes, based on strength of character, a Beta werewolf can become an Alpha without having to kill the previous Alpha. Its interesting and I do like that take. Derek, because he’s killed, his eyes are blue. A werewolf who hasn’t killed, their eyes will be gold. And the Alpha will have red.

    There’s still loads more information that the show hasn’t revealed yet. But I’m looking forward to them starting to pull it all together and show it.

  • mitchell

    i think that he is the son of them but was bitten and took over when he found a way to destroy lycan and remain a wolf and became the ultimite alpha of alphas