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    Human beings owe pretty much everything to Prometheus, the Titan god of foresight. Not only did he make the first men out of clay, he also gave us fire, which he snuck away from the altar of Zeus in a fennel stalk. Poor Prometheus paid big time for this little burglary—Zeus had him chained to a rock, where every day eagles would come and eat his liver. To make matters worse, each night his liver would grow back, so the eagles would have a tasty liver snack all ready for them the next day. According to some folks, Heracles came by years later, set Prometheus free, and got Zeus to pardon the hero of mankind. Phew.

    Basic Information




    Firebringer, The champion of mankind, Hot stuff



    Current city

    I have a Winnebago and kind of tour around. I don't really like staying in one place too long because I spent so many years chained to a rock.

    Work & Education


    Titan god of foresight, Teacher


    The Fates' School of Fortunetelling


    Political views

    Down with all tyrants

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    Iapetos (Dad)
    Klymene (Mom)






    All mankind (I created them, after all)
    Epimetheus (My brother is pretty forgetful, but he's a good guy)


    Kronos (The whole siding-with-the-Olympians thing didn't help my cause)
    Atlas (My brother is still ticked off at me about the war—you should see the things he posts on my timeline)
    Zeus (Whatever—the people totally needed that fire!)


    Relationship status

    Married to Pronoia

    Interested in

    Sea nymphs like my wife (I just have a thing for them)


    TV Shows

    The Science Channel (I know I'm a dork, but I love to learn.)
    The Discovery Channel
    The Gilmore Girls (I just kind of can't help myself.)


    "I think, therefore I am."
    – René Descartes

    "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing."
    – Thomas Jefferson

    "Neither fire, nor wind, nor death can erase our good deeds."
    – Buddha

    "Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice."
    – David Kenyon Webster

    "I'm a lonely boy."
    – The Black Keys


    All My Sons by Arthur Miller (A great play about the personal responsibility we all have to do the right thing for the good of everybody. Just sayin'.)
    The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Totally shows how "justice" can go awry.)
    Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Joan was not afraid to stand up to the powers that be.)
    Animal Farm by George Orwell (Zeus's regime is just as oppressive as Napoleon the pig's.)
    "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka
    "To Build a Fire" by Jack London
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (It's just awful to keep knowledge away from people.)
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (Not a lot of people know that that's the full title.)
    "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas


    We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel (That's right, Billy—I'm the one who started it.)
    Lonely Boy by The Black Keys 
    Light My Fire by The Doors
    Live to Rise by Soundgarden
    Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
    Paradise by Coldplay (Spent a long time wishing for paradise when I was chained to that rock.)
    Teach Your Children Well by Crosby Stills Nash and Young
    Play With Fire by The Rolling Stones


    Dead Poets Society
    The Motorcycle Diaries (Che rocks.)
    Prometheus (And not just because it has my name!)
    The Dictator (This guy reminds me of Zeus.)
    Stand and Deliver
    127 Hours (Only 127? I was trapped on a rock for way longer than that.)
    Young Frankenstein
    The Hunger Games
    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Activities & Interests


    Human beings
    Gorgonzola cheese (I used to hate it, but it just kind of grows on you)
    Play Dough (It would've been a lot easier to mold men out of this stuff)
    Wii Bowling (Just think—if I'd never given mankind fire, then you all never would have achieved the creation of this amazing game.)




    Teachers Union

  • Spotter's Guide

    Prometheus, huh? Yeah, you should totally get some face-time with him if you have a chance. He created mankind out of clay, so he's super friendly to any human who wants to have a chat. He'll probably want to talk about when he defied Zeus by teaching humans the secret of fire. He got in mad trouble for that one—Zeus chained him to a rock and had eagles eat his liver everyday. Heracles set him free eventually, but you probably shouldn't mention it when you see him. He's still kind of sensitive about it. You can probably see why. That kind of thing has got to totally mess you up, right?

    Sex: Male
    Age: Middle-aged
    Build: Skinny
    Complexion: Tan
    Hair Color: Brown
    Facial Hair: Beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: Horrible scars from being ripped open by birds everyday
    Jewelry and accessories: Nah
    Clothing: Robes
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: Knowledge (booya)

    Typical Companions:

    He's kind of a loner these days.

    Known Hangouts:

    Olympus (Before he got kicked out)
    A Rock in the Caucus Mountains
    The library (Knowledge is power)

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    Theogony by Hesiod

    This poem is one of the oldest versions of the rise and fall of Prometheus.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    Works and Days by Hesiod

    Hesiod takes another pass at the Prometheus myth. Hey, why not? It went over well the first time.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

    Check out the only surviving play from Aeschylus' trilogy about mankind's best buddy.

    Dec 20, 1772 - Dec 20, 1774

    "Prometheus" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Prometheus does a lot smack talking to Zeus in this classic German poem of the Sturm and Drang Movement.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Since Aeschylus's sequel to Prometheus Bound was lost, Shelley thought he'd fill in the blanks with his own play.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    "Prometheus" by Franz Kafka

    Kafka spins four different versions of Prometheus' tale in this short story.

    Dec 20, 1982

    Marvel Comics

    Prometheus made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe in the Avengers #282, when he helped the superhero team fight Zeus, Poseidon, and some other big bossy Olympians.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

    In this awesome novel for young adults, Prometheus gives Percy Jackson Pandora's jar of hope to help him battle Kronos.

    Dec 20, 2019

    God of War II

    In this bloody video game, Kratos releases Prometheus from his eternal torment by helping him die.