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Argus

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Argus the "all seeing" spent a lot of dough on contact solution. Why? Well, he had a hundred eyes—all over his body. Things didn't end well for this guy. See, Zeus had transformed his nymph-love Io into a cow to hide her from Hera. The queen wasn't fooled, though, and she hired Argus to watch over the cow. Even with all those eyes, Argus proved to be a pretty bad watchman. Zeus sent Hermes to check out the scene. The messenger god put the giant to sleep by playing the lyre, and then it was off with Argus' head. What a way to go.

Basic Information

Name

Argus

Nickname

Argus Panoptes
Argos
The All Seeing
That dude with the eyes all over his body

Sex

Male

Current city

Underworld

Work & Education

Occupation

Monster Slayer
Servant of Hera
Watchman

Education

Hera's School of Doing What She Says

Beliefs

Political views

Hera should kick Zeus to the curb

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Children

None

Friends

Hera (People talk a lot of junk about her, but my mistress always stood by me.)

Relationships

Relationship status

Single

Favorites

TV Shows

Land of the Giants
Hell on Wheels
The Wire

Quotations

"Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant."
– Yiddish Proverb

"Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take
I'll be watching you"
– The Police (yeah, it's creepy, I know)

"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants."
– Isaac Newton

"Gigantic! Gigantic! Gigantic! A big big love!"
– The Pixies

"Getting your head chopped off while you're sleeping majorly sucks."
– Argus

Books

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Life really is this absurd.)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Beowulf (Beowulf isn't the only monster slayer around—I totally took out Echidna.)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
"I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (I wish I could've survived having my head cut off like the Green Knight.)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
"Lullaby" by W.H. Auden (Much better than the lullaby Hermes played to put me to sleep.)

Music

These Eyes by The Guess Who
Wide Awake by Katy Perry (I wish I'd been wide awake right before Hermes cut my head off. Blah.)
The Argus by Ween (Kind of my theme song.)
I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff
Every Breath You Take by The Police (I'm always watching everybody since I'm covered with eyes.)
Gigantic by The Pixies (Yeah, this song is on every giant's fave playlist.)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters (It really sucks when this happens to me. My whole body cries.)
The Outsider by Argus (When this band hit the scene, everybody kept asking me if I'd released an album, so I had to check them out.)

Movies

The Avengers (I could totally be one of these guys.)
The Watch
City Slickers (A film that proves that herding cattle is harder than it looks.)
King Kong
Watchmen
The Iron Giant
Godzilla
Jack the Giant Killer (Though I do find this subject matter disturbing.)

Activities & Interests

Likes

Cheeseburgers
Andre the Giant
The Jolly Green Giant
Lens Crafters

Interests

Gigantism
Optometry

Groups

The Federation of Giants
We're Not Monsters
Andre the Giant Fan Club