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Orestes

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When he killed his mom Clytemnestra, Orestes became the most notorious mother killer of all time. Before you go thinking he was just a psycho, though, you ought to know that Orestes committed matricide because Clytemnestra murdered Agamemnon, her husband and Orestes' father. Also, Orestes was ordered to avenge his father's death by Apollo himself. What's a guy to do? After the murder, Orestes was plagued by the furious Furies, until Athena finally stepped in and acquitted him in one of the first court cases ever. Extenuating circumstances comin' at ya.

Basic Information

Name

Orestes

Nickname

Mother Killer (not particularly fond of this nickname)

Sex

Male

Current city

Elysium

Work & Education

Occupation

King of Mycenae (a.k.a. Argos)

Education

The Furies' School of Retribution (forced attendance)
Athena's Academy of Justice (a happy graduate to say the least)

Beliefs

Political views

The court case in which I was acquitted is widely considered to have created the idea of democracy, so I have to say I'm pretty into it.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Agamemnon (Dad) (who was killed by my mom)
Clytemnestra (Mom) (who I killed for killing my dad)

Siblings

Iphigenia (my sister who my father sacrificed—the reason my mom killed him)
Electra (my sister who helped me kill our mom)
Chrysothemis (didn't kill anybody—bo-ring)

Children

Tisamenus

Friends

Pylades (total BFFs)
Apollo (who stood beside me through the scandal)
Athena (who absolved me of my crimes)

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Hermione (no, not Hermione Granger)

Interested in

My wife's okay
A lot of people say I have a thing with Pylades, my BFF, but I neither confirm nor deny

Favorites

TV Shows

Family Guy 
Law and Order 
Judge Judy (She totally reminds me of Athena who saved me from those Furies.)

Quotations


"What I need is a good defense
'Cause I'm feelin' like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed
To the one I've sinned against"
– from "Criminal" by Fiona Apple

"Mama, [I] just killed a man..."
– from "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (I change this to "Oh man, I just killed Mama" when I sing it in the shower)

"You were a child,
crawlin' on your knees toward it.
Makin' Mama so proud,
but your voice was too loud."
– from "Kids" by MGMT

"Every whisper,
Every waking hour I'm
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool"
– from "Losing My Religion" by REM

"Forgiveness doesn't change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
– Paul Boese

Books

Agamemnon 
Libation Bearers
The Eumenides
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (A lot of people say Hamlet was inspired by my life story.) 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
The Flies by Jean-Paul Sartre (I wish I were really as smart as this guy makes me out to be.) 
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Totally reminds me of Pylades and my adventuring days.)
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote  
Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill (This messed-up family almost seems happy compared to mine.) 
Electra by Sophocles (Clearly this should be named after me and not my sis, but whatevs.) 

Music

Some Nights by Fun. 
Too Close by Alex Clare 
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen 
Criminal by Fiona Apple (Me too, Fiona...me too.) 
Elephant Gun by Beirut 
Hey Jude by the Beatles (I used to sing this to try and cheer up Electra.) 
Kids by MGMT 
Losing My Religion by REM 

Movies

Psycho (At least I'm not nearly as bad as Norman Bates. Right...RIGHT?) 
Misery (This crazy lady ought to get a job as a Fury.) 
Throw Mamma from the Train (Yeah, that would've been easier.) 
A Time to Kill 
The Dark Knight (Sometimes justice gets dark.) 
A Few Good Men (My life was saved in court, so I have a thing for courtroom dramas.) 
To Kill a Mockingbird 
Mommie Dearest (This lady is nowhere near as bad as my Mom.) 

Activities & Interests

Likes

Ping pong
Fury repellent
Court TV

Interests

Psychiatry
Law
Democracy

Groups

Union of Kings
Mother Killer Support Group
The Anti-Fury League
Ping Pong Experts

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