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Atlas

Atlas is the giant god who holds the entire sky on his back. No big deal. This guy is part of the second generation of Titans, the gods that ruled before the Olympians. Here's how things went down for him: When Zeus led a rebellion against his father Kronos, the king of the Titans, Atlas stuck with Kronos and did his best to help keep the upstart Olympians in their place. This famous conflict, known as the War of the Titans, didn't work out so well for Kronos, Atlas, and their buddies. Zeus and the Olympians ended up kicking some titanic booty, and most of the Titans were thrown into the black pit of Tartarus. But Atlas, lucky Titan that he is, got an extra-special punishment. And let's just say he has had a weight on his shoulders ever since.

Basic Information

NameAtlas
NicknameHe-Man, The Mighty A
SexMale (and manly male at that)
Current cityThe western edge of the world

Work & Education

OccupationSky Holder

General Duties:

Holding up the sky on my back. NBD.
EducationKronos' School for Giants
Self-taught astronomer

Beliefs

Political viewsKronos for king

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsIapetos and Klymene (aka Asia)
ChildrenThe Pleiades (nymphs)
The Hyades (also nymphs)
Hyas
Calypso
Maera
Dione
The Hesperides (more nymphs)
FriendsKronos
Prometheus
Epimetheus
Iapetos
EnemiesZeus
Heracles
Perseus

Relationships

Relationship statusMarried to Pleione (aka Aethra), Fling with Hesperis

Favorites

Quotations"Life's heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry."
– Anonymous

"When it is darkest, men see the stars."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The bluebird carries the sky on its back."
– Henry David Thoreau

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking in the stars."
– Oscar Wilde

"The sky isn't falling."
– Thomas Leonard
BooksAtlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
"I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)" by William Wordsworth
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Oxford Atlas of the World
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
"Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
"When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman
MusicBeast of Burden by The Rolling Stones
Fixed by Stars
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Terra Incognita by Atlas Sound
Atlas by Battles
Down by Jay Sean
Stars by Hum
Double Rainbow Song
Yellow by Coldplay
What a Wonderful World performed by Louis Armstrong (though I'm not sure I buy it)
MoviesAtlas Shrugged
Star Wars
300
Cloud Atlas
Titanic
Chicken Little
The Last Starfighter
Immortals
Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops
The Gods Must Be Crazy

Activities & Interests

LikesBody Building
Professional Wrestling
Telescopes
Tug of War
Star Trek Conventions
ActivitiesHolding up the sky (It's all I'm allowed to do.)
InterestsAstronomy
Astrology
GroupsStargazers
Shoegazers
Hard-Core Weightlifters
Map Lovers
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