A trident (PronEng|ˈtrаɪdənt), also called a leister or gig, is a three-pronged
spear. It is used for spear fishingand was formerly also a military weapon. Tridents feature widely in mythical, historical and modern culture. The trident is also Satan's weapon.
"Trident" is from French "trident", from Latin "tridens" or "tridentis": "tri" "three" and "dentes" "teeth". Several
Indian languagesuse a similar word for "trident", " trishula", derived from Sanskrit, meaning "triple spear".
Tridents for fishing usually have barbed
tines which trap the speared fish firmly. In the southern USA, " gigging" is used for catching bullfrogs, flounder, and sometimes carp.
As a weapon, the trident was prized for its long reach and ability to trap other long-weapons between prongs to disarm their wielder. Tridents were also famously used by the "retiarii", Roman
gladiators who cast a net to wrap their adversary and a trident to kill him.
Parallel to its fishing origins, the trident is associated with
Poseidon, the godof the sea in Greek mythology, the Roman god Neptune, and Shiva, a Hindu god. In Greek myth, Poseidon used his trident to create water sources in Greeceand the horse(by striking a camel). Poseidon, as well as being god of the sea, was also known as the "Earth Shaker" when he struck the earth in anger he caused mighty earthquakes and he used his trident to stir up tidal waves, tsunamis and sea storms. In Roman myth, Neptune also used a trident to create new bodies of water and cause earthquakes. A good example can be seen in Gian Bernini's "Neptune and Triton".
A trident has also references as:
Cadbury SchweppesTrident, a brand of chewing gum. Named after the three plaque-softening enzymes included in the original formula.
Coat of arms of Ukraine(Tryzub) - the symbol of ancient Slavic tribesthat once lived in Ukraine.
National emblemof the Flag of Barbados
US Navy Special Warfare insignia, worn by members of the US Navy SEALs, contains a trident representing the three aspects (Sea, Air, and Land) of SEAL special operations.
* The golden colored crest of the
United States Naval Academydepicts a trident running vertically in its background.
* The symbol of the Swedish Coastal Rangers,
* Adopted by the Russian anti-Soviet revolutionary organization NTS as the "forks of the people's anger".
* The trident or "
Trishula" is the missile weapon of the Hindugod Shiva, and it often includes a crossed stabiliser to facilitate its flight when thrown.
BSD Daemoncarries a trident to symbolize the forking of processes in an operating system.
* The all inclusive resort company
Club Meduses a trident in its company logo.
* The Italian
automobilemanufacturer Maseratiuses a trident in its company logo.
* "Trident" is the name of the
US Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile program, consisting of Ohio class submarines and " Trident II" D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It is so named because of its role in the three-pronged SIOP nuclear war plan, based around sea-launched SLBMs first, followed by land-launched ICBMs, and lastly free-fall nuclear bombsdelivered by air from strategic bombers.
* Trident also refers to the
Royal Navy's nuclear Ballistic Missile system, consisting of Vanguard class submarines and Trident IID-5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles. The name was chosen for the same reason as the US Trident.
Hawker Siddeley Tridentwas a British jet airliner produced by Hawker Siddley at Hatfield in the 1960s, named after the tri-jetengine configuration.
* The Trident was a popular restaurant in the
Marin countyharbor town of Sausalito, Californiaduring the 1960s and 70s. It was owned by the popular folk group The Kingston Trioand operated by their manager Frank Werber. Many famous patrons frequently visited including Janis Joplin, Bill Cosbyand David Crosby. The Rolling Stonesheld a private party at the eatery in 1974. [http://tridentrestaurant.com Trident restaurant memories, mid-1960s through to the mid-1970s]
* As a throwback symbol during the baseball team
Seattle Mariners' 1977 season
* In "
Drowned Wednesday", part of the "Keys to the Kingdom Series" by Garth Nix, Wednesday's Key is a trident.
* In the "
Percy Jackson & The Olympians" series of novels by Rick Riordan, as in Greek mythology, the trident is a symbol of the Olympian Glory. It appears over a demigod's head when Poseidon claims the individual as his own.
DC Comics, the superhero Blue Devilcarries a trident.
DC Comics, the superhero Aquamansometimes carries a trident.
Marvel Comics, the superhero Namorthe Sub-Mariner sometimes carries a trident.
* In the "
Masters of the Universe" toy line and cartoon series, Spikor, an evil henchman of Skeletor, has an extendable trident in place of his left hand. The three points fire lasers.
seaQuest DSVthe logo of the United Earth Oceans Organizationis a trident centered over an image of the earth surrounded by a wreath.
* In "
Reboot", AI AndrAIa uses a trident
* In one of the
Bill Braskysketches on " Saturday Night Live", Bill Brasky is said to have killed Wolfman Jackwith a trident.
* Triceraranger/Blue Ranger from "
Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger"/" Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is armed with a pair of tridents with circular ends that can join together.
* In the cartoon series "
Ulysses 31" the Tridents were spacecraft used by the Gods of Olympus to attack Ulysses' ship, The Odyssey.
* It was
King Triton's weapon of choice in Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (1989) and the weapon of choice of Diana from the PAX network's made for TV movie, "Mermaids" (2003).
* In the movie "", Brick Tamland uses a trident to kill a rival, later uttering the famous phrase, "There were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident."
* In "
The Da Vinci Code," there is some discussion about the symbolic use of trident.
* In "
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", the idiot-prince Ruprecht ( Steve Martin) insists on holding a trident at the dinner table.
* In the popular RPG "
Dungeons and Dragons", the trident is available as a weapon. It is largely similar to the spear, albeit more effective against charging opponents. However, it is lighter and deals less damage on a critical hit.
* In "", Felix and party collects the three pieces of the Trident of Ankhol, which is the only item able to break through
Poseidon's impenetrable shield.
* In "
Age of Mythology", the objective for the second mission involves getting a Poseidon statue's trident back to Atlantis.
* In "
Vagrant Story", it is described as "a forked pole are with three tines."
* In "
The Legend of Zelda" franchise, the antagonist Ganonsometimes uses a trident called the Trident of Power. This is seen in ' and later in '.
* In "
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance", the trident is one of the more powerful spear weapons.
* Hydron, from "Red Earth", carries a huge trident as a weapon.
Jiang Wei, from " Dynasty Warriors", uses a trident called "Blink".
* In the game "
Dynasty Wariors 6", both Taishi Ciand Cao Renuse tridents
* In "
Mortal Kombat 3", the harpoon of Smoke is a trident.
* In March of 1979, Stern Electronics released "Trident" a nautical themed game based on the mythological take on the three pointed spear. A "seagod" like character is depicted in the artwork fighting an octopus like monster of the deep. Stern produced 4019 of these machines.
Mukuro Rokudoand Chrome Dokuro of the animeand manga" Katekyo Hitman REBORN!" use a trident as their weapon. The mosquitoes of Doctor Shamal also pierce their targets with a trident.
* In the anime and manga series "Bleach", the character
Kaien Shibawields a zanpakutodubbed Nejibana that turns into a trident when in its initial release form.
* In "
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing", the XXXG-01S2 "Altron" piloted by Chang Wufei uses a beam trident.
Inuyasha, Narakuforges a trident from his own bones and gives it to Abi-Himeto assist him with.
Ronin Warriors, Cye of the Torrentuses a trident capable of firing a high-powered beam of water.
Eighteen Arms of Wushu
Coat of arms of Ukraine
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