Study Guide

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




    Mars, The Boss, Martian



    Current city

    Mount Olympus

    Work & Education


    God of War
    God of Bloodlust
    God of Manliness


    School sucks.


    Political views


    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    Zeus (Dad), Hera (Mom)


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


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


    Relationship status

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

    Interested in



    TV Shows

    The Unit
    Game of Thrones
    Life on Mars
    The Ultimate Fighter


    "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


    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


    Johnny Cash, especially Folsom Prison Blues
    Black Sabbath
    Iron Maiden


    Apocalypse Now
    The Hurt Locker

    Activities & Interests


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


    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.


    Massive devastation
    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?"