Typhon is the worst enemy the gods have ever faced. He is the son of Gaia and is fathered by Tartarus (who used to be a monster). Typhon was known as the Father of all monsters; his wife Echidna was likewise the Mother of all monsters. Typhon may be derived from the Greek τύφειν (typhein), to smoke, hence it is considered to be a possible etymology for the word typhoon,supposedly borrowed by the Persians (as طوفانTufân) and Arabs to describe the cyclonic storms of the Indian Ocean. The Greeks also frequently represented him as a storm-daemon, especially in the version where he stole Zeus's thunderbolts and wrecked the earth with storms.