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Perseus

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    Perseus is the granddaddy of all the Greek heroes, coming before Theseus, Heracles, Odysseus, and the rest. In a lot of ways, Perseus is the dude that all mortal heroes have to measure up to. Perseus is best known for beheading the Gorgon Medusa, a snake-haired lady who can turn anybody who looks at her into stone. On top of that, Perseus is also known for slaying the Cetus, a giant sea monster, in order to rescue the Princess Andromeda, the fair maiden who would one day be his wife. As if all this wasn't enough, Perseus also founded the famous Greek city Mycenae.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Perseus

    Nickname

    P-Diddy, Percy, Slayer

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Hades, the underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Being a legendary hero (It's exhausting.)

    Education

    I got on-the-job training.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    If we had elections, I'd vote for Zeus.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Zeus (dad) and Danae (mom)

    Siblings

    I'm my mother's only child, but my father, Zeus, has too many kids to keep up with.

    Children

    Perses, Alcaeus, Mestor, Heleus, Meleus, Sthenelus, Electryon, Cynurus, Gorgophone, Autochoe

    Friends

    Athena
    Hermes
    The Nymphai
    Pegasus

    Enemies

    King Polydectes (slimeball who was putting the moves on my mom)
    Medusa (scariest lady I ever met)
    The Cetus (sea monster who tried to eat my wife)
    Atlas (thinks he's so big and important)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Andromeda

    Interested in

    The mortal ladies! Though I'm a happily married man.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    River Monsters
    Heroes

    Quotations

    "I can be your hero, baby.
    I can kiss away the pain.
    I will stand by you forever.
    I can take your breath away."
    – Enrique Iglesias

    "He who is brave is free."
    – Seneca

    "Violence is my last option."
    – Chuck Norris

    "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."
    – Bruce Lee

    "The coward calls a brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward."
    – Aristotle

    "I'm just your average ordinary everyday superhero
    Trying to save the world, but never really sure
    I'm just your average ordinary everyday superhero
    Nothing more than that, that's all I really am

    "Just a day job that's someone's gotta do
    It's kinda hard when everyone looks up to you
    Try to make it look easy, gonna make it look good
    Like anybody would"
    – Smash Mouth

    Books

    The Spiderman series
    Astonishing X-Men
    Beowulf
    Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (that White Witch needs to be decapitated)
    The Percy Jackson series, especially The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters
    Rock Sculpture: The Joy of Stone Carving
    Battle: A Visual Journey Through 5,000 Years of Combat
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (I love it when Harry defeats the basilisk)
    A Wizard of Earthsea

    Music

    Everyday Superhero by Smash Mouth
    Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
    Hotel California by The Eagles
    Superman's Song by Crash Test Dummies
    Be My Lover by La Bouche
    Anything by Enrique Iglesias
    Anything by Ricky Martin, but especially Hero

    Movies

    The Incredibles
    Clash of the Titans (1981)
    Clash of the Titans (2010)
    The Last of the Mohicans
    300
    The Watchmen
    X-Men
    Iron Man
    Anything with Bruce Lee
    Gladiator

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Cool weapons
    Lawn ornaments and decorative statues
    Winning
    Pegasus
    Medusa's severed head
    Hermes' winged sandals
    Hades' Helm of Darkness

    Dislikes

    Snakes

    Interests

    Me
    Stone sculpting
    Martial arts
    Astronomy

    Groups

    Greek Heroes
    Sons of Zeus
    Monster Slayers

    • Spotter's Guide

      Perseus never did make it to Mount Olympus after he died. Unlike Heracles, he wasn't turned into a god. He was turned into a constellation, though, which is pretty good consolation prize... or should we say constellation prize. Hehehe. (Okay sorry, that was a bad one.) Anyway, if you want to see Perseus these days, just look up into the sky find a pattern of stars like this. Just like in most of the paintings and statues of him, he's up there holding the severed head of Medusa. You'd think he'd stop bragging about decapitating her after awhile, right?

      Physical Description

      Sex: Male
      Age: Youngish
      Build: Muscular, Fabio-like
      Complexion: Peaches 'n cream
      Hair Color: Dirty blonde
      Facial Hair: Nope
      Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Just the typical battle scars any kickbutt warrior might have
      Jewelry and Accessories: Dude, seriously?
      Clothing: Hermes' winged sandals
      Armor: Hades' helmet of invisibility (a.k.a. Helm of Darkness), a shiny bronze shield
      Type of Weapon: Medusa's head and a sword

      Typical Companions

      Other Information

      Known Hangouts: You can usually find Perseus in Hades, the underworld, or in the sky (where's he's a constellation).

      Getaway Vehicle: Since his dad is the god of the sky, is it any surprise that Perseus prefers to fly? His typical getaway vehicles are Hermes' winged sandals or Pegasus (in some stories).

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Perseus relives all of his great Medusa-slaying adventures in this epic poem.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Moby Dick by Herman Melville

      Ishmael tells the story of Perseus and Andromeda in Chapter 82, saying that the Romans found a giant whale skeleton that they believed to be the skeleton of the monster that Perseus killed.

      Dec 20, 1981

      The Clash of the Titans

      Perseus began his Hollywood career in this movie all about his adventures. This version of Clash of the Titans featured the work or Ray Harryhausen, the widely respected pioneer of dimensional stop motion animation. Check out a clip of the famous Medusa sequence here.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Clash of the Titans

      Due to fan requests, Perseus remade 1981 movie, all about his adventures. His wife, Andromeda, is seriously dissatisfied with this production.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Clash of the Titans 2

      Perseus is back on the silver screen. He's a movie star.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Clash of the Titans Video Game

      Perseus knows that every mortal wishes to be as awesome as him. That's why he authorized this video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox. Now you can play Perseus as he battles monsters.