Odysseus shows considerable arrogance after making his cunning escape from Polyphemus, the Cyclops. Previously, our hero had demonstrated one of his more admirable traits in devising an ingenious plan whereby he and his remaining crew escaped the Cyclops's wrath by clinging to the bellies of his flock of sheep. Once safely aboard his ship, Odysseus lets arrogance get the better of him, and he taunts the hapless Polyphemus, revealing his true identity. There's really no need for Odysseus to rub it in, but he's so proud of himself for having put one over on the Cyclops that he just can't help himself. The consequences of Odysseus's arrogance will be dire. A furious Polyphemus prays to his father, the sea-god Poseidon, to exact terrible vengeance on Odysseus.