Ares Non-Villain Antagonist

Real Name: Ares.
Occupation: God of war, adventurer.
Identity: Ares is not generally believed by the public to be anything other than a mythological figure; his more public actions are attributed to a regular super using the name for mythological recognition.
Legal Status: Citizen of Olympus with no criminal record.
Other Aliases: Mars.
Place of Birth: Mount Olympus.
Marital Status: Single.
Known Relatives: Zeus (father), Hera (mother), Hephaestus (brother), Eris, Hebe (sisters), Apollo, Dionysus, Hercules, Hermes (half-brothers), Artemis, Athena, Persephone, Nyssa Savakis (half-sisters), Aphrodite (sister-in-law), Demeter, Hestia (aunts), Hades, Poseidon (uncles), Phobos, Deimos, Eros, (sons by Aphrodite), Harmonia (daughter by Aphrodite), Enyalius (son by Eris), Thrax (son, from an unidentified consort, deceased), many other children (some mortal and deceased). For more details on his extended family tree, which includes all of the major gods and many of the ancient Greek heroes, consult Hesiod's Theogeny and other works.
Group Affiliation: Gods of Olympus, Warhawks.
Base of Operations: Mobile, formerly Mount Olympus.
First Post-Reboot Appearance: HERCULES: THE LEGEND CONTINUES #
History: Ares is the oldest son was born to Zeus, lord of the gods of Mount Olympus, and his sister-wife, Hera. It is known that he was worshipped in Mycenaean Greece, and possibly as far back as Minoan Crete. As the god of war, he was worshipped primarily by the Thracians and Spartans, both of whom claimed descent from him. During the Roman era he was known as Mars, and held as one of the Roman Empire's chief gods.

Ares's most humiliating defeat occurred during the Trojan War, when he and his Thracians sided with Troy against the Achaeans, who were supported by his half-sister Athena, the Greek goddess of tactical war. Ares and Athena fought on the battlefield, and Athena's use of superior tactics defeated Ares despite his superior strength.

In recent decades, Ares has essentially abandoned Mount Olympus for traveling the world as an adventurer. Very few of his adventures could be considered "noble" endeavors, however. He was often accompanied on these adventures by his twin sister, Eris. Many of his "adventures" were little more than criminal endeavors; in essence, he sought out fights with those he could take on. He has also alluded to having fought the Juggernaut in an undocumented location ("somewhere in flyover country") prior to the Juggernaut's first conflict with the X-Men, which probably ended badly for him.

Ares's first fully documented actions in recent years were when he and Eris were contacted by their mother, Hera, to cause trouble for their mortal half-sister, Nyssa Savakis, the most recent child of Zeus to come to her attention. To start, the twins organized a biker gang, the Warhawks, who started harassing Nyssa while she was in Los Angeles on a business trip. These efforts were thwarted by their half-brother, Hercules, who Ares still bears a grudge against for deeds in the far distant past. Despite this, Ares was not revealed as the leader of the Warhawks until much later.

Ares continues to lead the Warhawks in attacks against Herc and Nyssa, while occasionally assisting them against other threats. The latter annoys Hera, but Ares has managed to placate her with a statement about not wanting others to take his victory.
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 750 lbs.
Eyes: Brown.
Hair: Black.
Uniform: Typically none. Occasionally wears armor that is a mix of ancient and modern designs, commonly in shades of brown and black. Mostly, however, he dresses like a biker when operating on Earth, often adorned with skull iconography.
Strength Level: Ares possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) around 100 tons.
Known Superhuman Powers: In addition to his superhuman strength, Ares possesses the typical attributes of an Olympian God. He is impervious to terrestrial diseases, and possesses superhuman durability. He is able to shrug off modern assault rifle fire with ease.
Other Abilities: Ares is a skilled warrior, able to use nearly every weapon with ease.
Weapons: Ares uses a number of weapons, both ancient and modern; he is commonly found with a wide selection of knives, short swords, and handguns. His favorite weapon, however, is an oversized orichalcum greatsword forged for him by Hephaestus.

1,712 points

ST: 33/355 [10*] HP: 33 [0] Speed: 7.00 [0]
DX: 13 [60] Will: 14 [15] Move: 7 [0]
IQ: 11 [0] Per: 12 [5]
HT: 15 [30†] FP: 15 [0] SM: 0
Dmg: 8d/10d (36d/38d) BL: 218 lbs. (25,205 lbs./12.6 tons)
Dodge: 11 Parry: 14 DR: 30* (tough skin)
Block: 13

Languages: Ancient Greek (Native) (Native Language) [0]; English (Accented) [4]; Latin (Native) [6].

Cultural Familiarities: Mount Olympus [0]; Western [1].

Advantages: Damage Resistance 30 (No Signature, +20%; Tough Skin, -40%) [120]; Enhanced ST (Accessibility: Only With Super ST, -10%) [253]; Enhanced Time Sense [45]; Gang Rank 3 [6]; High Pain Threshold [10]; Injury Tolerance (Damage Reduction (/20)) [200]; No Low TL 4 [20]; Olympian God [605]; Signature Gear (Oversized Orichalcum Greatsword) [22]; Super ST +13/+300 [80‡]; Trained By A Master [30]; Very Fit [15]; Wealth (Wealthy) [20]; Weapon Master (All Melee) [40].

Perks: Acceleration Tolerance [1]; Dirty Fighting [1]; Fearsome Stare [1]; Focused Fury [1]; Gangster Swagger [1]; Huge Weapons (SM) 1 [1]; I Lived It! (Soldier/TL1+) [1]; Power Grappling [1]; Rules Exemption (No MaxST on Orichalcum Weapons) [1]; Style Familiarity (Ancient Greek Boxing) [1]; Style Familiarity (Armatura) [1]; Style Familiarity (Greco-Roman Wrestling) [1]; Style Familiarity (Heroic Spear Fighting) [1]; Style Familiarity (Hoplomachia) [1]; Style Familiarity (Pankration) [1]; Sure-Footed (Uneven) [1]; Weapon Bond (Oversized Orichalcum Greatsword) [1].

Disadvantages: Bloodlust (9) [-15]; Bully (9) [-15]; Code of Honor (Pirate's) [-5]; Impulsiveness (6) [-20]; No Injury Tolerance (Damage Reduction /3; Limited Defense: Crushing Attacks, -40%) [-45]; On the Edge (9) [-22]; Overconfidence (6) [-10]; Stubbornness [-5]; Truthfulness (9) [-7].

Quirks: Bloody Mess [-1]; Chauvinistic [-1]; Incorrigible Flirt [-1]; Rude and Crude [-1]; Scruffy-Looking [-1].

Skills: Blade! (WC) DX+7 [108] – 20; Body Language (Humanoid) (A) Per+0 [2] – 12; Breath Control (H) HT-2 [1] – 15; Carousing (E) HT+0 [1] – 15; Climbing (A) DX-1 [1] – 12; Connoisseur (Beer!) (A) IQ-1 [1] – 10; Driving/TL8 (Motorcycle) (A) DX+1 [4] – 14; Fist! (WC) DX+3 [60] – 16; Games (First-Person Shooters) (E) IQ+0 [1] – 11; Games (Pankration) (E) IQ+1 [2] – 12; Games (Wrestling) (E) IQ+1 [2] – 12; Guns (Pistol) (E) DX+1 [4] – 14; Hiking (A) HT-1 [1] – 14; Intimidation (A) Will+4 [16] – 18; Jumping (E) DX+0 [1] – 13; Lifting (A) HT-1 [1] – 14; Riding (Equines) (A) DX+1 [4] – 14; Running (A) HT-1 [1] – 14; Savoir-Faire (Military) (E) IQ+1 [2] – 12; Shield (E) DX+5 [16] – 18; Soldier/TL8 (A) IQ-1 [1] – 10; Streetwise (A) IQ+1 [4] – 12; Survival (Mountain) (A) Per+0 [2] – 12; Survival (Woodlands) (A) Per+0 [2] – 12; Swimming (E) HT+0 [1] – 15; Tactics (H) IQ+1 [8] – 12; Teamster (Equines) (A) IQ+2 [4] – 12§; Throwing (A) DX-1 [1] – 12; Thrown Weapon (Spear) (E) DX+3 [8] – 16.

Starting Spending Money: $4,000 (20% of Starting Wealth).

* Includes +9 from Olympian God, +13/+300 from Super ST, and +35 from Enhanced ST.

† Includes +2 from Olympian God.

‡ Upgraded from Super ST +11/+150, part of Olympian God.

§ Defaulted from Riding (Equines).

Role-Playing Notes:

As a passionate warrior and consummate brawler, Ares is much more concerned about personal glory and defeating an enemy through sheer force of arms than he is completing a mission for a greater cause or use of clever tactics, or even the safety of himself and those under his command. He will use any and every dirty trick in the book to complete his goals, and will charge recklessly at an enemy. He doesn't care for modern combat, due to its increasingly impersonal nature.

Much to his own dismay, he's been portrayed as the pantheon's butt monkey, particularly after the Trojan War where he got his ass handed to him by his half-sister, Athena. He's constantly trying to prove to himself and the rest of the pantheon that he's not a joke, which has led him into conflict with others in the pantheon.

TL Weapon Damage Reach Parry Cost Weight ST Notes
Fist! Punch 3d+7 cr C 11 33
Super ST 36d+71 cr C 11 355
Fist! Kick 3d+8 cr C, 1 n/a 33
Super ST 36d+72 cr C, 1 n/a 355
Fist! Bite 3d+4 cr C n/a 33
Super ST 36d+35 cr C n/a 355
TL Weapon Damage Reach Parry Cost Weight ST Notes
Oversized Orichalcum Greatsword 6d+13 cut 1-3 13 $12,150 47.25 33† [1, 2]
Super ST 38d+81 cut 1-3 13 355†
or 3d+13 imp 3 13 33†
Super ST 36d+77 imp 3 13 355†


[1] Composed of Olympian Orichalcum, which is always Very Fine quality.

[2] Designed for use by an SM +1 character.

Design Notes:

1. Price for Gang Rank (2 per level) is derived from rules in Social Engineering for variant rank schemes.

2. Stats for the Oversized Orichalcum Greatsword derived by starting with a base of the Thrusting Greatsword (Low-Tech p. 70) , resized using Low-Tech Companion 2: Weapons and Warriors, and applying the 'Olympian Orichalcum' modifiers from the Common Technologies entry.