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Ares (Mars)

  • Profile

    Ares is the god of war, and when he's not causing havoc on the battlefield, he's causing havoc in other people's love lives. Everybody knows that he and Aphrodite have had a thing going on for years, which makes her husband, Hephaestus, none too happy.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Ares

    Nickname

    Mars, The Boss, Martian

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Mount Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of War
    God of Bloodlust
    God of Manliness

    Education

    School sucks.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Anarchist

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Zeus (Dad), Hera (Mom)

    Siblings

    My dad has a lot of kids: Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Dionysus, Hebe, Athena, the Muses, Persephone, Hephaestus, and more.

    Children

    Eros (Maybe? Who knows.), Hippolyta, Anteros, Phobos, Deimos, Nike

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Aphrodite and I have a thing (which constantly ticks off her husband, Hephaestus).

    Interested in

    Dating

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    24
    The Unit
    Game of Thrones
    Life on Mars
    The Ultimate Fighter

    Quotations

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
    – George Orwell

    "Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals." 
    – Colman McCarthy

    "The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his." 
    – George Patton

    Books

    I'd rather play with my LEGOs than read, but these are my favorite books:
    Arms and Armor (Eyewitness Books)
    Soldier (Eyewitness Books)
    Battle (Eyewitness Books)
    Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus : The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex
    Men's Health: The Book of Muscle

    Music

    Johnny Cash, especially Folsom Prison Blues
    Slayer
    Black Sabbath
    Iron Maiden

    Movies

    Apocalypse Now
    Glory
    The Hurt Locker

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Some animals: boars, dogs, vultures, wolves
    Weapons, especially swords and spears

    Dislikes

    The God of War video games. The plot of the game is totally stupid. What mortal could ever defeat me?
    The Percy Jackson books. No mortal 12-year-old can beat me in a fight, especially not a measly son of Poseidon.

    Interests

    Massive devastation
    Weapons
    Martial arts

    • Spotter's Guide

      Ares is never too hard to find. Anywhere there's full-scale chaos – riots, bloodshed, murder, mayhem, the Super Bowl – you'll find the god of war. He's almost always wearing his helmet and armor, but sometimes he just wears his helmet and absolutely nothing else. (We're not kidding.) Anyway, if you do come across the god of war while you're on Mount Olympus, you really ought to run the other way – chaos, death, and unhappiness follow him wherever he goes.

      Physical Description

      Sex: Male
      Age: 30s-40s
      Build: Muscular
      Complexion: Tanned
      Hair color: Black or dark brown
      Facial hair: Generally a beard and mustache
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: None
      Clothing: Wears little clothing, sometimes a cape
      Armor: Shield, plumed helmet, breastplate
      Type of weapon: Prefers a spear, but has been known to use a sword

      Typical Companions

      Other Notes

      Known hangouts: Ares is often found on battlefields, or in bed with Aphrodite.

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Odyssey

      The story of Ares' scandalous love affair with Aphrodite is found in Homer's ancient Greek epic poem.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Iliad

      Homer brings the gods into The Iliad as well, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo are fighting for the Trojans. Be sure to check out Book 5, where Ares gets his butt kicked.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses

      The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Mars (a.k.a. Ares), including the story of how his affair with Venus (Aphrodite) was made public.

      Dec 20, 1387

      The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale

      Part of Chaucer's story takes place on Mount Olympus. Here we see Mars (Ares) and Venus (Aphrodite) bickering about which knight should win a joust and get the girl, Jupiter (Zeus) feeling totally fed up with the argument, and Saturn (Cronus) stepping in to save the day.

      Dec 20, 1995 - Dec 20, 2019

      Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

      The god of war was a recurring character on the super-cheesy TV shows Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

      Percy Jackson has run-ins with all of the gods of Olympus, including Ares. In the first book, The Lightning Thief, Percy actually battles with Ares on the beach and wins. Ares also has a lot of mortal children who go to camp with Percy, including a total bully named Clarisse.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War

      The Greek gods make it onto the PlayStation in the God of War video game trilogy. The mortal hero of the games, Kratos, butts heads with the gods of Olympus, starting with Ares. In the first game, Kratos destroys Ares and replaces him as the god of war.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Ares, from Marvel Comics

      This five-issue Marvel miniseries adds some depth to Ares' character. Check out the description: "For thousands of years, Ares, The God of War, has been the most violent and ruthlessly efficient killer in Zeus’s stable. The Nuclear Option to be sent in when absolutely, positively, need to kill everything in sight. Now, Ares […] has turned his back on Olympus and centuries of brutal warfare to begin life anew on Earth with one goal: to raise his child. But what happens when Olympus – under siege and in danger of falling – calls on its most violent son to come to its rescue? And what happens if Ares refuses?"