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Atlas

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Atlas is the giant god who holds the entire sky on his back. No big deal. This guy is part of the second generation of Titans, the gods that ruled before the Olympians. Here's how things went down for him: When Zeus led a rebellion against his father Kronos, the king of the Titans, Atlas stuck with Kronos and did his best to help keep the upstart Olympians in their place. This famous conflict, known as the War of the Titans, didn't work out so well for Kronos, Atlas, and their buddies. Zeus and the Olympians ended up kicking some titanic booty, and most of the Titans were thrown into the black pit of Tartarus. But Atlas, lucky Titan that he is, got an extra-special punishment. And let's just say he has had a weight on his shoulders ever since.

Basic Information

Name

Atlas

Nickname

He-Man, The Mighty A

Sex

Male (and manly male at that)

Current city

The western edge of the world

Work & Education

Occupation

Sky Holder

General Duties:

Holding up the sky on my back. NBD.

Education

Kronos' School for Giants
Self-taught astronomer

Beliefs

Political views

Kronos for king

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Iapetos and Klymene (aka Asia)

Children

The Pleiades (nymphs)
The Hyades (also nymphs)
Hyas
Calypso
Maera
Dione
The Hesperides (more nymphs)

Friends

Kronos
Prometheus
Epimetheus
Iapetos

Enemies

Zeus
Heracles
Perseus

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Pleione (aka Aethra), Fling with Hesperis

Favorites

Quotations

"Life's heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry."
– Anonymous

"When it is darkest, men see the stars."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The bluebird carries the sky on its back."
– Henry David Thoreau

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking in the stars."
– Oscar Wilde

"The sky isn't falling."
– Thomas Leonard

Books

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
"I wandered lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)" by William Wordsworth
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Oxford Atlas of the World
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
"Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
"When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman

Music

Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones
Fixed by Stars
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Terra Incognita by Atlas Sound
Atlas by Battles
Down by Jay Sean
Stars by Hum
Double Rainbow Song
Yellow by Coldplay
What a Wonderful World performed by Louis Armstrong (though I'm not sure I buy it)

Movies

Atlas Shrugged
Star Wars
300
Cloud Atlas
Titanic
Chicken Little
The Last Starfighter
Immortals
Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops
The Gods Must Be Crazy

Activities & Interests

Likes

Body Building
Professional Wrestling
Telescopes
Tug of War
Star Trek Conventions

Interests

Astronomy
Astrology

Groups

Stargazers
Shoegazers
Hard-Core Weightlifters
Map Lovers

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