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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

    • Spotter's Guide

      Argus will probably spot you before you spot him. He's a giant whose entire body is covered with a hundred eyes, so we're willing to bet he'll see you coming. His eyes even take turns sleeping, so he's not likely to miss much. You'll find him down in the Underworld, where he's been chilling ever since Hermes chopped his head off. Do yourself a favor and don't bring that up when you see him—he's still a little sensitive about the whole thing.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Gigantic
      Complexion: Bronze
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Completely covered with eyes
      Jewelry and accessories: Lots of contact lenses
      Clothing: A cape made from the hide of the Arcadian bull
      Armor: Nope
      Type of Weapon: Sword

      Typical Companions

      Hera
      Io (though she was kind of forced to hang out with him)

      Known Hangouts

      Olympus
      The Underworld

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

      This tragedy puts an original twist on the myth: Argus transforms into the gadfly after he's killed and gets the pleasure of stinging Io.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Argus loses his head when he gets caught up the marital disputes of Zeus and Hera in Ovid's old classic.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0199

      The Library by Apollodorus

      Get the lowdown on all of Argus' pre-Io heroic deeds in this ancient text.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War: Betrayal

      A particularly nasty looking version of the many-eyed Argus tries to destroy Kratos in this hack-and-slash video game.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Percy Jackson/Last Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

      Argus is the security guard of Camp Halfblood and blinks his baby blues in several of the books in this series.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Comics

      The eye-covered Argus pops up in Marvel's Hercules comics to duke it out with the hero of heroes at Hera's bidding.