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Nemesis (Invidia)

  • Profile

    Nemesis does not mess around. This winged goddess of justice and revenge is in charge of keeping law and order, and she takes her job seriously—and we mean seriously. Her biggest pet peeve is hubris, which is basically when some silly mortal gets too big for his britches. That's when she steps in to dole out the punishment. Nemesis also flies in to crack her whip when a mortal has a lucky break they don't deserve. These lucky breaks are usually caused by the goddess of luck, Tyche, who Nemesis loves to whack with a club. Yeah, Nemesis can be kind of brutal sometimes, but if you're looking for a little justice, she's the goddess to have on your side.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Nemesis

    Nickname

    Invidia (that's my Roman name)
    Whip Crackin' Mamma—I mean business
    Adrasteia (this means "whom none can escape"—sweet, right?)
    Rhamnusia (because they used to really love me in this Greek village called Rhamus)

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of Justice and Revenge

    Education

    Themis's Academy of Justice
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus (that guy never goes soft on crime)

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Nobody can agree on who my parents were. It made for a very confusing childhood.

    Zeus (Dad) + Mom unknown
    or Oceanus (Dad) + Mom unknown
    or Erebos (Dad) + Nyx (Mom)
    or Nyx (Mom), all by herself

    Siblings

    If Nyx was my Mom and only Mom: Erebos, Aether, Hemera, the Fates, Charon, Thanatos, Hypnos

    Children

    (Maybe) Helen, Clytemnestra, Castor, and Pollux, who all hatched from the same egg—fathered by Zeus.

    Friends

    Dike (a goddess who understands justice with the best of us)
    Themis (the mother of all justice)
    The Erinyes (they're a little extreme, but they get the job done.)

    Enemies

    Tyche (she thinks she can just throw luck around all willy-nilly)
    The Overly Proud
    The Unduly Fortunate

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Permanently single

    Interested in

    Nobody

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Justified
    Judge Judy
    The Closer
    Revenge

    Quotations

    "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
    – Proverb

    "Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first one is Bad."
    – Terry Pratchett

    "In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man."
    – Friedrich Nietzsche

    "Bow down before the one you serve.
    You're going to get what you deserve."
    – Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

    Books

    Medea by Euripides
    "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Yeah, I really like Lisbeth, what can I say?)
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman 
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    Les liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 
    Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
    Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

    Music

    Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails (Absolute favorite.)
    One Way or Another by Blondie (For when I'm flying off to punish someone.) 
    Pistol Packin' Mamma by Al Dexter
    These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra
    Smile by Lilly Allen (Love this song. I smile, too, when somebody gets what's coming to them.)
    Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks
    Whip It by Devo (Great pump up music for when I'm about to crack down on somebody.)
    Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
    The Mariners Revenge Song by the Decemberists
    Bust Your Windows by Jazmine Sullivan

    Movies

    I kind of have an R-rated taste in movies. What can I say, I like violence.


    Lady Vengeance
    Hanna
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    The Punisher
    Kill Bill: Vol 1
    Kill Bill: Vol 2 (Duh.)
    The Princess Bride ("My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father… prepare to die." Love it!)
    Carrie
    Star Trek: Nemesis
    Miss Marple: Nemesis

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Court TV
    Judy Sheindlin
    Black Cats
    Gryphons
    Lisbeth Salandar

    Interests

    Criminal Justice
    Literature of Revenge

    Groups

    Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
    Winged Wonders
    Daughters of the Night
    Judge Judy Fan Club

    • Spotter's Guide

      Why does everyone always come around here looking for trouble? Trust us—you really don't want to run into Nemesis. And anyway, she only shows up when someone gets too full of themselves or when they have a stroke of dumb luck that they don't deserve. You'll definitely know her if you see her. She looks like a really stern angel or something: wings, dark, robes, a whip, that kind of thing. Again, consider yourself warned. Nemesis is a goddess you never want to meet.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Young
      Build: Toned—with wings
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Black or brown
      Facial Hair: We're pretty sure she waxes
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Sometimes she has a crown with deer on it; steel reins; an apple branch; scales; a chariot drawn by gryphons… you never can tell what she'll show up with.
      Clothing: Dark robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Sword; whip

      Typical Companions

      Themis
      Dike
      The Erinyes (Furies)

      Known Hangouts

      Olympus
      Court Rooms
      Torture Chambers
      Execution Chambers
      Wherever wrongs need righting

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      In Ovid's classic collection, Nemesis puts the smackdown on vain Narcissus and helps Athena get a little revenge on a lady named Aglauros.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0180

      Description of Greece by Pausanias

      Check it out. In this super old text, you can read a description of Nemesis's temple written by somebody who actually went there back in ancient times. Are we totally dorky, or is that cool?

      Dec 20, 1969

      Hercules in New York

      The goddess of vengeance puts in an appearance in this unintentionally hilarious movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Hercules.

      Dec 20, 1995 - Dec 20, 1999

      Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

      The strongest hero of them all helps Nemesis save her son from Ares in this beefy TV series.

      Dec 20, 1999

      Hercules

      Man, Hercules gets around. Nemesis makes a cameo in this Disneyfied version of the adventures of Hercules.