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Ajax

  • Profile

    Ajax was one big, beefy dude. Massive and strong, Ajax was considered Greece's second best warrior during the Trojan War (Achilles was #1). Hector of Troy came the closest to beating Ajax when the two fought one on one; but in the end, the daylong bout was a draw. When Achilles' armor was awarded to Odysseus instead of Ajax, the big guy went totally nuts and killed a bunch of sheep, thinking they were the Greeks who'd ticked him off. When he came to, he was so humiliated that he skewered himself. In the end, it seems, only Ajax could bring Ajax down.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Ajax

    Nickname

    Aias
    Telemonian Ajax
    Aivas Tlamunus 
    Ajax the Great
    The guy who was almost as good a warrior as Achilles (I kind of hate this nickname)

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Warrior
    Hero
    King of Salamis

    Education

    Chiron's Academy of Heroes

    Beliefs

    Political views

    I was super pro-Greece until they all betrayed me.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Telemon (Dad)
    Periboea (Mom)

    Siblings

    Teacrus

    Children

    Eurysakes
    Philaeus

    Friends

    Diomedes
    Ajax the Lesser
    Hector (He may have been fighting for the other side, but he had real honor)

    Enemies

    Odysseus (who I thought was my friend, until he got Achilles' armor when he totally knew that I deserved it)
    Agamemnon (who made the final call on giving Achilles' armor to Odysseus)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Tecmessa

    Interested in

    My wife

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Game of Thrones  
    Spartacus  
    Rome 

    Quotations

    "Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death."
    – Sun Tzu (Too bad Agamemnon didn't read Sun Tzu.)

    "It's caving in around me, what I thought was solid ground.
    I tried to look the other way, but I couldn't turn around.
    It's okay for you to hate me, for all the things I've done.
    I've made a few mistakes, but I'm not the only one."
    – Five Finger Death Punch

    "The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."
    – General Douglas MacArthur

    "I hurt myself today
    to see if I still feel.
    I focus on the pain,
    the only thing that's real."
    – Trent Reznor

    "Hell is other people."
    – Jean-Paul Sartre

    Books

    Agamemnon by Sophocles (Pretty hilarious when Agamemnon gets stabbed by his own wife in this play.) 
    Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe 
    No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre 
    Beowulf 
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 
    The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (If only my Greek buddies understood the meaning of "fellowship.") 
    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
    The Iliad by Homer (This guy really understood how much butt I kicked.) 
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu 
    "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe (I wish Agamemnon and Menelaus had been tortured by the beating of my heart after I died.) 

    Music

    You're A Lie by Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators) (This one's for you, Odysseus.)  
    Princes of the Universe by Queen (Rock out.)  
    Days Go By by The Offspring  
    Hurt as sung by Johnny Cash (Kind of reminds of when I impaled myself on Hector's sword.)  
    Coming Down by Five Finger Death Punch  
    It's Time by Imagine Dragons  
    Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men (Me and Tecmessa's new song.)  
    Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses (Reminds me of when I first stepped off the boat to Troy.) 

    Movies

    The Incredible Hulk  
    Iron Man  
    The Avengers  
    Troy  
    Conan the Barbarian  
    Braveheart  
    The Dark Knight Rises  
    Gladiator  
    The Wrestler 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    World of Warcraft 
    Professional Wrestling
    Andre the Giant
    Sumo Wrestling
    Weightlifting
    Bacon

    Interests

    Military strategy

    Groups

    Heroes of the Trojan War
    Fans of WWE  
    Veterans  
    The Incredible Hulk Fan Club 

    • Spotter's Guide

      You'll find Ajax down in Elysium with all the other heroes of the Trojan War. He won't be hanging out with many of the other Greeks, though, because they totally ticked him off with that whole "Achilles' armor" incident. These days, Ajax spends a lot of time in the gym and chilling at home with his pretty wife, Tecmessa. If you get a chance to talk to him, make sure you don't mention three things: Achilles' armor, Odysseus, and sheep. May sound weird, but just trust us on this one.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Beefy
      Complexion: Bronze
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Clean-shaven
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Battle scars
      Jewelry and accessories: A girdle (which he gave to Hector)
      Clothing: Robes
      Armor: Really wishes he had the armor of Achilles
      Type of Weapon: A giant shield, the sword of Hector (which Hector gave to him)

      Typical Companions:

      Tecmessa (his wife)
      Hector (the Trojan who managed to fight him to a standstill)

      Known Hangouts:

      The Cave of Chiron (where he was educated)
      Salamis (where he was king)
      Troy (where he was undefeated in battle until he did himself in)
      Elysium (the land of the blessed dead, where he now spends a lot of time at the gym)

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Iliad by Homer

      Ajax rocks hard in this epic poem, widely considered the definitive account of what went down in the Trojan War.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Odyssey by Homer

      In this sequel to the Iliad, the ghost of Ajax totally disses Odysseus when they bump into each other in the Underworld. Um, awkward.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Ajax by Sophocles

      In this gory tragedy, Ajax goes bonkers, kills a bunch of sheep, and then impales himself, when Odysseus is awarded the armor of Achilles instead of him. Guess he really wanted that armor.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Ovid gives you his take on the debate between Odysseus and Ajax in this classic collection of poems.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

      In this Shakespearean "problem" play, Ajax and Hector duke it out until they're both so pooped that they're forced to admit the other one is cool.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Troy

      Tyler Mane plays the beefy Ajax in this Hollywood blockbuster inspired by the Iliad.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad

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

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Trojan War

      Marvel kicks out yet another digital comic about the Trojan War. Ajax looks sweet, so check it out.