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Achilles

  • Profile

    Achilles was gleaming perfection. Even though he had a pretty nasty temper, to the ancient Greeks he was the epitome of everything a man should be. He kicked major butt of the battlefield, did what the gods told him, and he was smokin' hot. This warrior of warriors became a household name during the Trojan War when he conquered tons of Trojan towns and slaughtered a slew of Troy's best warriors, including its top dog, Hector. Yep, it seemed like Achilles was totally unstoppable—that is, until he was shot in the heel by Paris, the pretty-boy of Troy. It turns out that Achilles' heel was the one place where he could be hurt, and ironically the tiny wound ended up bringing down the greatest warrior of all time. Hmmm, maybe he wasn't so perfect after all.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Achilles

    Nickname

    Mighty Achilles, Mr. Moody Pants

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Warrior
    Hero

    Education

    Chiron's Academy for Heroes

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Whatever... let's just fight.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Peleus (Dad)
    Thetis (Mom)

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    Neoptolemus (with Deidameia)

    Friends

    Patroclus (I'll always blame myself for his death ☹)

    Enemies

    Agamemnon (Because he stole Briseis, the beautiful slave girl who rightfully belonged to me)
    Hector (Because he killed Patroclus)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Deidameia
    Fling with Briseis
    Fell in love with Penthesilea, the Amazon (but unfortunately had to kill her in battle… oops)
    Some say I had a long lasting affair with my best friend, Patroclus.
    Some say I almost married the Trojan princess, Polyxena, before Paris killed me.
    Some say I married Helen, Medea, or Iphigenia after I died and went down to Elysium.
    So yeah… who the heck knows?

    Interested in

    Beautiful people like myself

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Game of Thrones
    Rome
    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Quotations

    "Achilles absent is Achilles still." 
    – Homer

    "May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't." 
    – General George S. Patton

    "For violence, like Achilles' lance, can heal the wounds it has inflicted" 
    – Frantz Fanos

    "We're building it up
    To break it back down
    We're building this up
    To burn it down
    We can't wait
    To burn it to the ground"
    – Linkin Park

    "Achilles rocks so hard!" 
    – Achilles

    Books

    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    Beowulf
    "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman
    The Iliad by Homer (Home-boy really captured how thoroughly amazing I am.)
    A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Henry V by William Shakespeare
    "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

    Music

    Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (This is totally my new jam.)
    A Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed (Reminds me of my cross dressing days in the court of Lycomedes.)
    Burn It Down by Linkin Park
    We Are Young by Fun. (Just can't stop listening to this one.)
    Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (I listen to this song whenever I think about how Patroclus died.)
    Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys
    We Are the Champions by Queen (Whatever, Freddy Mercury... I am the champion.)
    Achilles' Last Stand by Led Zeppelin (This song is epic. Almost as much as my crazy life.)

    Movies

    The Avengers
    Troy (I like watching this to remind myself of how much hotter I am than Brad Pitt.)
    The Hunger Games
    Thor
    Braveheart
    Battleship
    Gladiator
    The Dark Knight
    (What can I say? I like a certain type of movie…)

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Fencing
    Paintball
    Call of Duty
    World of Warcraft

    Interests

    Love
    War
    Revenge

    Groups

    Heroes of the Trojan War
    Veterans
    Cross Dressers

  • Spotter's Guide

    You'll have a hard time getting an appointment with Achilles. As one of the most famous warriors of all time, his schedule is usually booked. He lives in a gated community down in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead, and security around him is pretty tight—his Myrmidon security team definitely doesn't allow any trespassers. But if you stand outside the gate, you might be able to catch a glimpse of him. He'll be the smokin' hot guy in gleaming armor, zooming by in a chariot. We recommend you do not run up to him for an autograph. He's also famous for his nasty temper, and he doesn't like paparazzi. So if you don't want to get skewered with a spear and dragged behind his chariot like Hector, you'd better mind your P's and Q's when trying to scope out this mega-star of the Trojan War.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Late teens
    Build: Totally ripped
    Complexion: Bronze
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Facial Hair: Clean-shaven
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: None
    Clothing: He's an all armor all the time kind of guy (except for a brief stint of cross-dressing)
    Armor: Gleaming armor, forged by Hephaestus
    Type of Weapon: Spears, swords, shields

    Typical Companions:

    Patroclus (His BFF and possibly his lover)
    The Myrmidons (His loyal soldiers)

    Known Hangouts:

    The Cave of Chiron (Where he was educated)
    The Court of Lycomedes (Where he tried to dodge the Trojan War by dressing as a girl)
    Troy (Where he kicked major butt until he died)
    Elysium (The land of the blessed dead, where he mostly hangs out by his pool)

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Iliad by Homer

    Homer gives us the definitive version of Achilles' wartime antics. (We're guessing you've probably heard of this one before.)

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides

    In this tragedy, Achilles does his best to get Agamemnon not to sacrifice Iphigenia, Agamemnon's own daughter. Is it just us, or is Agamemnon always doing something sketchy?

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Achilleid by Satius

    This unfinished Roman epic poem gives you the skinny on Achilles' younger days as well as some of his Trojan exploits.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses by Ovid

    In this series of poems, Achilles dukes it out with a Trojan named Cycnus who can't be pierced by a spear. Achilles knocks him out, chokes him, and is a more than a little surprised when the Trojan turns into a swan. Huh?

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus

    This Roman epic picks up where the Iliad leaves off, covering the death of Achilles and the fall of Troy. (Okay, the title probably gave that last part away.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

    In this "problem" play, Achilles comes off as a total jerk when he can only defeat Hector by jumping him with a bunch of dudes while Hector is unarmed. Not cool, Achilles.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad

    Marvel Comics brings you an awesome adaption of Homer's Iliad, complete with your friendly neighborhood Achilles.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Trojan War

    Marvel kicks out yet another sweet digital comic about the Trojan War.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

    The ghost of Achilles tries to get Percy Jackson not to bathe in the River Styx in this novel for young adults. (Being almost invulnerable isn't all it's cracked up to be.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troy

    Brad Pitt is sexy, sure. But sexy enough to play Achilles? You be the judge.