Study Guide

Icarus

  • Profile

    Icarus is most famous for not being able to follow simple instructions. He and his dad, Daedalus, the brilliant inventor, were trying to bust out of jail on Crete by flying off on wings that Daedalus had made out of feathers and wax. Daedalus very specifically told Icarus not to fly too close to the sea or too close to the sun. Of course, Icarus totally didn't listen and zoomed up to the sun as fast as his little wings could carry him. Before he knew it, wax was melting, feathers were flying everywhere, and he was tumbling to his death in the sea.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Icarus

    Nickname

    Ikarus, Angel Boy

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium, the Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Test Pilot

    Education

    Daedalus' School of Aeronautics (Dropped out—literally)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Anti-Minos Party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Mom: Naucrate
    Dad: Daedalus

    Friends

    Daedalus (I didn't really live long enough to make any other friends.)

    Enemies

    King Minos (I never would have died if this guy hadn't locked me and my Dad up.)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single

    Favorites

    Quotations

    "Funny how fallin' feel like flyin'... for a little while."
    – Bad Blake

    "I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky."
    – R. Kelly

    "Pride goeth before a fall."
    – Elision from the Bible

    "Falling slowly, eyes that know me
    And I can't go back
    The moods that take me and erase me
    And I'm painted black"
    – Glen Hansard

    Books

    "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card 
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Fences by August Wilson
    "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
    Icarus Swinebuckle by Michael Garland 
    Flying Machines: Construction and Operation; a practical book which shows, in illustrations, working plans and text, how to build and navigate the modern airship by Thomas Herbert Russel, Octave Chanute, and William James Jackman
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    Music

    Fallin' and Flyin' performed by Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart soundtrack)
    Parachutes (Funeral Song) by Mates of State
    Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells
    Cat's in the Cradle by Cat Stevens
    Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
    Seven Stars by Air
    Free Fallin' by Tom Petty
    I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
    Flight of Icarus by Iron Maiden
    I'll Fly Away by Johnny Cash

    Movies

    Up
    Prison Break
    Ironman
    Rebel Without a Cause
    Superman
    Birdman of Alcatraz
    Sunshine

    The Rocketeer
    Avatar
    The Boy Who Could Fly

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Hang gliding
    Sunbathing
    Kite flying
    Prison breaks
    Base jumping
    Remote-control airplanes

    Interests

    Man-powered flight
    Sun Worship

    Groups

    Daredevils
    Hang gliders
    Sun lovers
    Pigeon Enthusiasts

    • Spotter's Guide

      These days, Icarus spends his time testing his dad's new flying machines in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead down in the Underworld. You might think that the whole flying too close to the sun and tumbling to his death thing might have taught him a lesson or something. But that is definitely not the case. If anything, it's made him even more of a daredevil. He'll try any crazy flying machine that Daedalus comes up with. But hey, he's already dead, so what does he have to lose? You can't fall much further than the Underworld. Or can you...?

      Sex: Male
      Age: Early teens
      Build: Thin
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Blonde
      Facial Hair: Died before he could grow any
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Spotless
      Jewelry and accessories: Wings… until they melted, at least
      Clothing: Prefers the nude
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Daedalus (he loves his dad, what can we say?)

      Known Hangouts: 

      Crete
      The Bottom of the Icarian Sea
      Flight School

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      Library of History by Didorus Siculus

      Get to the source and read an ancient account Icarus' fall. Break out the tissues.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Check out Ovid's version of the tale of Daedalus and Icarus. This guy was a big deal.

      Dec 20, 1999

      Hercules

      Icarus is Hercules' little buddy in Disney's animated series. So cute!

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War II

      The deranged spirit of Icarus (yep) does battle with Kratos in this video game.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

      Daedalus is alive (and still depressed about Icarus' death) in this installment of the Percy Jackson series.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Immortals

      In this special effects blockbuster, Icarus is played by Romano Orzari. (Kellan Lutz was already taken for the role of Poseidon.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Cirque du Soleil: Verekai

      Check out this bizarre and beautiful take on the Icarus tale—Cirque du Soleil style.