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Ah, Helen. The most beautiful woman ever to walk the face of the earth. All it took was a flick of her eyes and a flip of her hair to make guys go completely and totally crazy for her. Though most of the time she's called Helen of Troy, she was actually from the Greek city of Sparta and was the daughter of Zeus, King of the Gods, and Leda, the wife of Tyndareas, King of Sparta. And how's this for an origin story? Since Zeus seduced Leda while in the form of a swan, it's said that Helen hatched out of an egg.

Back to the "of Troy" thing. That started after she was taken away from Sparta by Paris, a handsome Trojan prince. Just one problem: she was already married to a guy named Menelaus, who didn't take too kindly to his wife's Trojan fling. To answer the insult, Menelaus gathered the biggest army of Greeks ever assembled, sailed across the sea to Troy, and ignited the legendary Trojan War. The jury is out on whether Helen went willingly with Paris, or if she was forced to go against her will. But no matter which way you look at it, Helen definitely earned her reputation as "the face that launched a thousand ships." You go girl.

Basic Information

NicknameHelen of Troy, Helen of Sparta, The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships, Trouble
SexFemale (and how)
Current cityElysium

Work & Education

OccupationBeing totally gorge
EducationWho needs it with looks like these?


Political viewsUgh.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsZeus (well, Swan-Zeus) and Leda
ChildrenHermione (not Ron's), Aethiolas, Maraphius, Pleisthenes, Nicostratus (maybe)
FriendsKing Priam of Troy was pretty nice, I guess
EnemiesAll the Trojans hated me
Um, the Greeks didn't like me very much either


Relationship statusMarried to Menelaus, Major fling with Paris


Quotations"You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you."
– James Blunt

"Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense."
– Mark Overby

"Pretty woman, walking down the street.
Pretty woman, the kind I like to meet.
Pretty woman…
I don't believe you, you're not the truth.
No one could look as good as you.
– Roy Orbison

"If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful."
– Sophia Loren
BooksThe Iliad by Homer
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larson
Twilight by Stephenie Myer
MusicWe Found Love (ft. Calvin Harris) by Rihanna
The One That Got Away by Katy Perry
Someone Like You by Adele
Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift
You Da One by Rihanna
You're Beautiful by James Blunt
Rainbow Connection (ft. Hayley Williams) covered by Weezer – Muppet Green Album
The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
The Princess Bride
Pretty Woman
Sex and the City
American Beauty
Love, Actually
The End of the Affair
Helen of Troy (P.S. I'm way prettier than that actress)
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Activities & Interests

Fake eyelashes
Fashion Week
Valentine's Day
ActivitiesBrushing hair
Washing hair
Curling hair
Getting nails done
Putting on makeup
Shopping for fabulous clothes
Driving men crazy
Epic poetry
GroupsRihanna Fan Club
Heidi Klum (only to prove I'm prettier)

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