11 Mythological Figures Who Should've Had Happy Endings, And 10 Who Deserved Everything They Got

    I just want justice for Patroclus.

    Content warning: this post references sexual assault and extreme violence.

    I studied Classics at uni, so you best believe I have a lot of hot takes about the fates of mythological figures. Many were punished unfairly by the gods or their own people, meanwhile I lowkey cheered when others met their demise.

    Here are 11 figures from Greek mythology who were definitely mistreated, and 10 who absolutely got what they deserved.

    1. Deserved better: Penelope, wife of Odysseus and resister of suitors.

    Illustration of Odysseus and Penelope embracing as two servant women look on, with the label 'the meeting of Ulysses & Penelope' underneath

    2. Got what they deserved: Odysseus, wily warrior and serial cheater.

    Illustration of Odysseus aiming his bow & arrow at the suitors, who recoil holding up shields with 4 dead bodies on the ground between them

    3. Deserved better: Odysseus's maids, unfortunate victims of arrogant men.

    Six women in ancient Greek style dresses, four balancing pots on their heads, one pouring liquid into a larger pot on the ground

    4. Got what they deserved: Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and cruel father.

    Oil painting by Flemalle Bertholet of Agamemnon dragging his daughter Iphigenia onto the altar as nearby soldiers look horrified and Artemis watches from the sky above

    5. Deserved better: Chryseis and Briseis, Trojan women stolen from home.

    Briseis being led from Achilles' tent by three men, while Achilles looks back at her sadly

    6. Got what they deserved: Clytaemnestra, Agamemnon's vengeful wife and Helen's sister.

    Clytaemnestra stood over Agamemnon's dead body with an axe, as a man on the left cries while Aegisthus crouches on the right

    7. Deserved better: Cassandra, Trojan princess with an unfortunate gift.

    Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Cassandra in 'Troy: Fall of a City'

    8. Got what they deserved: Ouranos, primordial personification of the sky and terrible father.

    Ouranos and Gaia at the top with three arrows pointing down at their three sets of children, the Titans, the Cyclopes, and the Hecatoncheires

    9. Deserved better: Patroclus, Achilles's cousin, best friend and/or lover.

    Garrett Hedlund as Patroclus in the movie Troy

    10. Got what they deserved: Kronos, Titan and ex-ruler of the heavens.

    Rhea presenting Kronos with the stone wrapped in cloth

    11. Deserved better: Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships.

    Diane Kruger as Helen in 'Troy (2004)'

    12. Got what they deserved: Tanatalus, another awful father who received a famous punishment.

    'Tantalus' painting by Guilo Sanuto, showing Tantalus sat on a rock reaching up towards a fruit-filled tree

    13. Deserved better: Medusa, ex-priestess and famous gorgon.

    Uma Thurman as Medusa in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    14. Got what they deserved: Atreus, vengeful brother with a curse.

    Bust of a Greek male god on dark background with fog

    15. Deserved better: Philomela, tragic victim and eventual bird.

    The painting 'Tereus Confronted with the Head of his Son Itys' by Peter Paul Rubens, showing Procne with Philomela behind her thrusting Itys' head at a seated and horrified Tereus

    16. Got what they deserved: Jason, crappy husband of Argonauts fame.

    Old engraved illustration of Jason walking towards his ship holding up the Golden Fleece with Medea in tow, captioned 'Jason escapes with Medea and the Golden Fleece'

    17. Deserved better: Metis, goddess of wisdom and cunning.

    A red and orange tinted image of a goddess stood on some stairs holding a staff, with clouds behind her

    18. Got what they deserved: King Midas, greedy golden boy.

    King Midas looking at his gold in the Disney movie 'The Golden Touch (1935)'

    19. Deserved better: Hephaestus, god of blacksmiths and fire.

    An orange and red tinted image of Hephaestus about to bring a hammer down on a sword

    20. Got what they deserved: Icarus, high flyer who was bad at following instructions.

    Landscape with Fall of Icarus by Carlo Saraceni; Icarus is falling as his wings lose their feathers, Daedalus is looking back at him, in the bottom left a fisherman and a knight observe the scene; in the upper left corner the sun is shining

    21. Deserved better: Daphne, sad tree who just wanted to be left alone.

    The painting Apollo and Daphne by Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari, Daphne's fingers are turning into branches as she runs from Apollo

    There are many more mythological figures who either deserved their fates or deserved better – which would you include? Let us know in the comments!