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Paris

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    Paris is a fool for love. And when we say fool, we mean fool. This super sexy prince of Troy is most famous for igniting the devastating Trojan War—over a girl. To be fair, she was the most eye-poppingly gorgeous woman in the world: Helen. Aphrodite had promised Helen to Paris after he awarded the goddess of love first place in a beauty contest with Hera and Athena. The only trouble was that Aphrodite never bothered to clear her little gift with Menelaus, who just so happened to be Helen's husband and the king of a militant Greek city named Sparta. Next thing you know, an army of particularly angry Greeks was landing on the shores of Troy. Ten years later, Paris was dead and his hometown was in ruins—all for the sake of a pretty face.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Paris

    Nickname

    Alexander, Alexandros, The Pretty Boy of Troy

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Shepherd (My job growing up, before I knew I was a prince and all that.)
    Prince of Troy (Can't lie. Didn't do such a great job of it.)
    Lady's man

    Education

    Aphrodite's Academy of Love and Beauty

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Politics just get in the way of love.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Priam (Dad)
    Hecuba (Mom)

    Siblings

    Hector
    Cassandra
    Deiphobus
    Helenus
    Polydorus
    Troilus
    Polites
    Antiphus
    Pammon
    Laodice
    Polyxena
    (And that's just the short list! They say Dad has 50 sons and 50 daughters with Mom and his concubines. Guess he's where I got my love of love from…)

    Children

    Bunicus
    Corythus
    Aganus
    Idaeus
    Helena

    Friends

    Helen and I got along very very well.

    Enemies

    Menelaus, Agamemnon, and pretty much every other Greek. Well, most Trojans didn't like me either. So, yeah... I'm hated.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Was married to Oenone, the nymph
    Major fling with Helen

    Interested in

    Everybody is kind of a let down after Helen...

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Girls
    Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
    Glee

    Quotations

    "If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
    Keep you on my arm girl, you'd never be alone
    I can be a gentleman, anything you want
    If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go"
    – Justin Bieber

    "She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that's best of dark and bright 
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes:"
    – Lord Byron

    "I trade my soul for a wish, 

    Pennies and dimes for a kiss.
    I wasn't looking for this, 
    But now you're in my way." 
    – Carly Rae Jepsen

    "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of Being and ideal Grace."
    – Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

    "I'm too sexy for my shirt

    Too sexy for my shirts
    So sexy it hurts." 
    – Right Said Fred

    Books

    "Anthem for Doomed Youth" by Wilfred Owen 
    "How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
    "No Second Troy" by William Butler Yeats 
    "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats 
    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez 
    "She Walks in Beauty" by George Gordon, Lord Byron 
    "Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare 
    Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare 

    Music

    Boyfriend by Justin Bieber 
    Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen 
    I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred 
    Princess of China by Coldplay ft. Rihanna 
    What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction 
    Where Have You Been by Rihanna 
    Sexy Boy by Air
    I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz 
    Glad You Came by The Wanted 
    The Lonely Shepherd by Gheorghe Zamfir, King of the Pan Flute (totally got into this guy during my days as a shepherd) 

    Movies

    Snow White and the Huntsman (Yeah, girls go crazy when the whole "Who's the fairest of them all?" question comes up.) 
    An Affair to Remember 
    Zoolander 
    Crazy, Stupid Love 
    The Notebook 
    Troy (Orlando Bloom as me? Hmm, maaaaaybe he's hot enough.) 
    Casablanca 
    The English Patient
    Titanic (I've got a thing for doomed romances.) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Fashion shows
    Pop music
    Personal grooming
    Sheep
    Zamfir, King of the Pan Flute

    Interests

    Love!

    Groups

    Heroes of the Trojan War (even though some people think of me as a villain)
    Lover boys
    Shepherds
    Male models 
    Veterans (Hey, I killed Achilles. Doesn't that count for something?)

    • Spotter's Guide

      If you're looking to talk to Paris, the famous pretty boy of Troy, you'll have to take the first train down to Elysium, the city of the blessed dead. We're not quite sure why he gets to hang out there. After all, he did cause the horrible destruction of his entire hometown of Troy by taking off with Helen. But hey, what do we know? You'll probably find Paris in some frou-frou salon getting a mani/pedi or something like that. His crazy good looks are the best thing he's got going for him, and he aims to keep it that way. He'll most likely be surrounded by a gaggle of girls making googly eyes at him. You have to hand it to the guy. He's kind of selfish and a bit of a coward, but he totally has a way with the ladies.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Early twenties
      Build: Thin but toned
      Complexion: Tan
      Hair Color: Blonde
      Facial Hair: Clean-shaven
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Flawless skin
      Jewelry and accessories: Phrygian cap
      Clothing: Stylish robes
      Armor: Usually just for decoration
      Type of Weapon: Bow and arrows

      Typical Companions:

      Helen

      Known Hangouts:

      Mt. Ida (during his shepherding days)
      Troy
      Elysium nail salon

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Iliad by Homer

      Homeboy paints Paris as kind of a selfish, egotistical coward in this definitive account of the Trojan War.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Paris returns home to Troy with a hot new wife and a massive army of angry Greeks in this classic series of poems. (We're guessing Ma and Pa weren't so happy to see him.)

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus

      In this ancient poem, Paris takes out Achilles with an arrow, but later gets killed by an arrow himself. Oh, the irony.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

      Paris briefly flashes his perfect smile in this "problem" play by Shakespeare set during the Trojan War.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Troy

      Orlando. Bloom. Is. Paris. Witness the glory... 

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad

      Marvel Comics brings you an awesome adaption of Homer's Iliad, Paris included.