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Ephialtes is one of the characters in the film 300.


Ephialtes was a deformed hunchback in exile whose parents ran away from Sparta. Hoping to redeem his father's honor, he volunteered to Leonidas to join the army, but Ephialtes was too weak to raise his shield high enough so Leonidas rejected him. Mad at this, he went to Xerxes and betrayed his own country to get a reward.

Ephialtes told the Persians of the Anopaea, which was a path known only to locals that enabled the Persian armies to flank the Spartans.