Deities or otherwise known as Gods are supreme beings that existed long before mankind did. The First Generation of Gods (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, Hestia), were descended from the Titans Kronos and Rhea. They say that Titan Cronus swallowed Poseidon and his brothers and sisters when they were born, but than saved by his brother Zeus.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Death
- 3 History
- 4 Powers & Abilities
- 5 Gods
- 6 External links
- 7 Gallery
The First Generation of Gods were the children of the Titans. Therefore they were immortal and had incredible powers and abilities. The "First Generation" consisted of six Gods; Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus, born in that order. Aphrodite was also part of the First Generation as she was born from the severed genitals of Uranus, making her the oldest Olympian ever. The "Second Generation of Gods" were the children of the First Generation. They also inherited these powers and abilities. They rule on Mt. Olympus.
It is known that Zeus created the humans, for the humans to pray to the gods. Human's prayers feed the gods' immortality and therefore if the humans stop praying, as demonstrated in Wrath of the Titans, gods can be weakened enough to be harmed and killed. As such, the Gods' powers are precariously limited. Without human prayer, it is unknown how the Gods were able to fight the Titans in the first place. It is also unknown how the power of the Gods came to depend on humans at all.
This may explain why Hades created the Kraken to dispose of the other Titans, while Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus personally defeated Kronos using the Spear of Triam. However, as Hades created the enormous Kraken from his own flesh, it would have required a considerable amount of power to do so. It is possible that Zeus created the humans during the time of the Titans, or perhaps the Gods may still have possessed some additional strength, which humans could either fuel or hinder. Another theory is that the Trident, Pitchfork, and Thunderbird olt supplied the necessary power to overthrow the Titans. If this is the case, it would explain why the Gods are seen using the weapons more often in Wrath of the Titans, and due to their weakened state
Hades discovered an alternate way of gaining power from humans. As he claimed, he could feed off the negative energy from humans such as fear, pain, and death of course. By the time of Wrath of the Titans, he is arguably the strongest of the Gods due to the amount of chaos and death affecting humans. Evidence of this can be seen in that Hades appears more regal and healthy rather than the gaunt and disheveled appearance he bore in Clash of the Titans. Additionally, his voice is no longer labored.
Life Force Manipulation and Siphoning
Gods have the uncanny ability to manipulate their life force. They can willingly transfer portions if not all of their life force to another god. There is a limit of life force a god can transfer, and depending the amount of life force a god transfers to other, the power and life force of the one transferring will be decreased. If a god transfers too much life force, such as Hades transferred to Zeus, the powers of the god can diminish or be spent to the point the god becomes powerless and mortal. The life force of a god can also be siphoned. A good example has been how Ares and Hades siphoned the godly energies of Zeus and transferred them to the Titan Kronos. When a god's power is siphoned, his/her skin begins to disintegrate or burn, just as it happened to Zeus when his powers were being siphoned by Kronos.
Mostly gods like Poseidon, Ares, Zeus, and Hades have demonstrated the ability to teleport instantly, although in the first film it is shown that they can all teleport at will when Zeus bids them to leave. Gods can also shapeshift into animals or creatures such as an eagle or the furies, as demonstrated by Zeus and Hades respectively. In the alternate ending to the first film, when Perseus travels to Olympus, the Gods appear to be giants, as they dwarf Perseus. This implies the ability to change one's size.
Ares and Zeus are shown to possess enough superhuman strength to create powerful shockwaves with their strikes, overpower humans, lift heavy weights, and withstand great attacks. Hades and Zeus both revealed powers of telekinesis when they fought against the Makhai, and Zeus was able to project a magical shield against Kronos' attack. The Gods have also great fighting skills even if not using their powers and weapons. In Wrath of the Titans, Hades uses an ordinary spear and single-handedly kills a Makhai. While Hades struck a ball of smoke and fire at a Makhai, Zeus struck a ball of lightning at another. During the battle with Kronos, Zeus and Hades can manipulate the fireballs and sets it aside as it hurls towards them. Hephaestus is also seen slamming his staff in the ground, which possess the additional strength to get the door wide open for Perseus, Andromeda, and Agenor to get in.
Gods also have control over what they are the god of. They can manipulate this, and use their energy to project it. For example, Zeus can use lightning, Hades is able to manipulate smoke and fire, Poseidon has control over water and lightning, and Ares has the ability to bend wars and battles into whichever way he wills.
Out of all the Gods, Hades appeared to possess a wider range of abilities. This is possible because he was originally the strongest of the Gods, as well as the oldest male Olympian (the only ones older than him were Aphrodite and Hestia). Apart from being able to levitate, morph into a ball of flame and a swarm of furies, as the God of the Underworld, he possessed powers over life and death. Hades demonstrated the ability to create a swirling vortex which sucked in a crowd of human soldiers, leaving nothing but a pile of empty armor behind. In the same instance, he forced an entire courtroom to kneel before him and caused a mortal woman to rapidly age until she died on the spot. He gathered a cloud of dust and smoke before propelling it against Kronos. Notably, Hades was also the only one able to fight Ares on equal terms; in Wrath of the Titans, he showed surprising combat experience, being fast enough to dodge a blow from Ares and overwhelm the God of War himself.
In Wrath of the Titans, Zeus appears to be the weakest of the Gods, as he is almost effortlessly overpowered by Ares, Despite this, however, he still seems to have a substantial amount of power left in him, enough to restore his father Kronos to full strength
- "Gods don't die."
- — Agenor to PerseusIt was initially thought that gods could not die, but this was proven wrong when humans stopped praying, therefore the gods were weakened enough to be killed, such as Poseidon who was injured by the Makhai on the Underworld and died shortly after such battle, and Ares who was killed by Perseus.
As explained by Hades, when humans die, their souls go somewhere else, but in regards to Gods, Hades states that there is just absence, meaning that when a god dies, his presence and therefore essence or soul become non-existence. When a god dies, it's whole body transforms into stone-like form and turns into glowing dust thereafter. As they are divine beings descended from the Titans, the Titans themselves may also be subject to this fate.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Prior to the events of the film, the Titanomachy happened, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades defeated the Titans using the Kraken, and in the aftermath of the battle, Hades was tricked by Zeus. Hephaestus explains that Zeus became drunk on power, and likely envied the power wielded by Hades. Therefore he sought to supplant him and rule the world.
Humans began a rebellion against the Gods, one of the most notable events of this rebellion was the destruction of the statue of Zeus. Hades laid waste against the humans who felled the statue. Mankind began to stop praying threatening the Gods. Zeus grew angry against this events and let Hades lose upon mankind to punish them. Hades released the Kraken upon Zeus command, but the release of the Kraken was not only a threat to mankind but to Zeus and the rest of the Olympians. Hades betrayed Zeus just as Zeus did to him in the past. Hades planned to use the Kraken to destroy Argos and the Gods, but Perseus managed to slay the Kraken and saved Olympus and therefore Zeus. Zeus offered Perseus a place on Olympus but he refused the offer.
Wrath of the Titans
A decade after the Kraken has been killed, the Gods have dwindled in number. Poseidon himself remarks that nearly all the Gods have disappeared. Those who remain are Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, and Ares. Hephaestus is also alive, but a mortal. Despite their reduced number, the Gods continue to war with one another. In an attempt to restore order, Zeus seeks to reconcile with Hades, but Hades refuses. The ensuing conflict results in Poseidon being mortally wounded and Zeus was taken prisoner by Ares. Although unexplained, Poseidon somehow escapes Tartarus before succumbing to his injuries sometime later.
Hades and Ares proceed to drain Zeus' powers into Kronos to help the Titan escape Tartarus. In return, Kronos agrees to spare them. When Zeus, at last, apologizes to Hades for his actions, Hades decides to help set him free and engineers his escape. Near the end of Wrath of the Titans, Ares is killed in a confrontation with Perseus, while Zeus is wounded by Kronos.
As of Wrath of the Titans, before dying, Zeus declared there will be no more sacrifices and no more Gods. His statement is true, as Hades, the only known god with visible whereabouts is now powerless.
Powers & Abilities
The Olympian Gods and Goddesses are incredibly powerful beings that possess abilities such as: near omnipotence, immortality, superhuman strength, shape-shifting, teleportation, and omnipresence. The gods also possess energy- based abilities, such as magic abilities and energy projection. They can grant powers to non-godly thing, since some are capable of life-giving to objects or giving supernatural powers to those who don't possess it with ease.
Each god has specific powers based on what they force represent, but they all share certain powers and even abilities specific to their individual domains can sometimes overlap. Each of the Big Three, after overthrowing the Titans, took one of the three physical domains on earth (the heavens, ocean, and the underworld). This is why the Big Three are the most powerful and influential gods on Olympus.
- Greco-Roman Deity Physiology
- Cosmic Awareness
- Divinity, or Dark Divinity (varies between deities)
- Deity Soul
- Divine Aura: All Olympian gods and goddesses are human in appearance but far greater in height and stature; though they can manifest themselves to the heights of typical humans for interactions sake. They possess a glowing aura of divinity emitting from their body; also, they possess a wide range of skin and hair color (but NEVER be or act/behave like the Left [one of the REAL earthly enemies of mankind] who judge/criticize humans by skin color, race, politics, etc.).
- Divine Form (Death Inducement; the Greek Gods were know to possess extremely powerful divine forms that could kill or vaporize mortals. Thankfully, Demigods are immune to it)
- Curse Inducement
- Divine Powers (varies)
- Divine Presence
- Divine Force Manipulation (varies)
- Divine Empowerment
- Divine Energy Manipulation: manipulating vast amounts of energy for a variety of purposes. All Olympians have some potential to manipulate magical or cosmic energies for some purpose.
- Divine Attacks: Firing powerful blasts energy for destructive purposes, which can be energy-based
- Divine/Pure Element Manipulation
- Divine Object Manipulation
- Gods can impart their power onto others to create new gods but only minor gods, for with each new god created, the older god loses a small and equal amount of power.
- Domain Warping
- Immortality: Olympian Gods are immortal; as they cannot be killed by natural means or most supernatural means, as well as the fact that they do not visibly age. In addition to their immortality, all gods draw most off their power from their sphere of control or domain, but they all share certain powers, and even abilities specific to their individual domains can sometimes overlap. They possess the ability to live forever without fear of aging or dying. But Demigods do not visibly age; as they possess a form of agelessness.
- Alleged True Immortality: Unlike Asgardians (Aesir & Vanir), all Olympians are true immortals. They cease to age upon reaching adulthood and cannot die by conventional means. Their bodies are also immune to all known Earthly terrestrial diseases and resistant to conventional injury.
- Gods consume a divine food and drink called nectar and ambrosia. It is too powerful for mortals to eat under normal circumstances as they will literally burst into flames, yet in some myths, the gods have used nectar and ambrosia to bestow immortality upon a mortal, though it's more likely that the nectar and ambrosia are specially prepared for a mortal. Demigods, however, can consume small amounts of both in order to regain strength and heal wounds, though too much will make them ill or destroy them in the same way it would a mortal.
- Concept-Dependent Immortality
- Supernatural/Absolute Condition: Physical augmentation of their physical capabilities
- Supernatural Physical Attributes
- Superhuman Strength: All Olympians are superhumanly strong with the average male god being able to lift about 30 million/billion tons and the average female goddess being able to lift about 25 million/billion tons. Their strength are rivaled only by Kryptonians or some of the New Gods. However, power of Demigods is not quite on the same level except Diana who can lift 1.991 sextillion tons.
- Superhuman Leaping: Olympian Gods and Demigods possess tremendous level of superhuman leaping; as they can several stories in a single bound.
- Superhuman Durability: Olympian Gods and Demigods possess tremendous level of superhuman durability.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite their natural durability, it is possible for any of the Olympians to sustain injury. However, if an Olympian is injured, his or her godly life force enables him or her to recover with superhuman levels of speed and efficiency. As with most of their other powers, the speed and extent of these powers varies from one Olympian to another. For instance, most Olympians are unable to naturally regenerate missing limbs or organs while a small minority can, unless if they use magical assistance to do so.
- Superhuman Speed: All Olympians have the potential of being able to run and move at speeds much greater than the finest human athlete. They and their Demigods possess tremendous level of superhuman speed.
- Superhuman Agility: Olympian Gods and Demigods possess tremendous level of superhuman agility.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Olympian Gods and Demigods possess tremendous level of superhuman reflexes.
- Superhuman Stamina: The musculature of all Olympians produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the muscles of human beings; as they can remain physically active for long periods of time without tiring at all.
- Superhuman Senses: Olympian Gods and Demigods possess tremendous level of superhuman senses.
- Gods also possess the ability to tell whether or not someone is a demigod and who is their divine parent since the gods are able to claim their children.
- Superhumanly Dense Tissue: The skin, muscle, and bone tissues of all Olympians are about 3 times denser than similar human tissue, contributing to the Olympians' superhuman strength and weight.
- Superhuman Immunity: Due to their accelerated healing factors; Olympian gods and demigods are immune to all types of diseases, illnesses, sickness, drugs, poisons, toxins, etc.
- Enhanced Skills / Absolute Combat
- Non-Human Physiology
- Superpowered Physiology
- Divine Power Link
- Greater Divinity
- Astral Projection
- Dream Walking
- Gods also have the ability to kill lesser beings with just a thought, as mentioned many times throughout the series. However, it is unknown why the gods have never used this power before, especially when fighting demigods.
- Magic: Gods possess a nearly limitless amount of magical control over their domain, as well as many general powers including levitation, teleportation, telepathy, manipulating the elements, among other vast amounts of control over the world. The limits of a god's power in this regard is unknown, as is to what extent they can cross into the domain of another. Supernatural powers of a magical nature (as opposed to cosmic), ability to alter their appearances at will; including reducing themselves to the size of a typical human, as well as completely altering their looks, voices, and even gender.
- Reality Warping
- Curse Bestowal
- Illusion Casting: Olympians can mentally communicate with their worshippers, transmitting their image at interdimensional range, and possibly can do the same to any other intelligent being.
- Sealing Magic
- Power Bestowal
- Sensory Enhancement
- Healing Magic
- Flight: Most Olympian Gods and Demigods can fly at amazing speeds and at high altitudes.
- Divine Teleportation - Every immortal has the ability to teleport using a divine energy. They can use it to teleport to Olympus or quickly away from Olympus. So far it is unknown how much power they have over it and where it comes from.
- Energy Manipulation
- Amokinesis or Love Magic
- Sound Manipulation
- Nigh-Invulnerability / Nigh-Absolute Invulnerability
- Mental Manipulation
- Animal Manipulation
- Magical Abilities: The gods can use magic for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, projecting powerful energy blasts, teleportation, shapeshifting, healing others, and granting power to other beings and even objects.
- Omnipresence: Gods can appear in multiple places at once, so long as their domain is being invoked. Dionysus, for example, was able to manifest at a party despite the fact that his true self was buried under a mountain. It is unknown how many of these "copies" can be made at once, or what powers the god retains while in this state. According to Hephaestus, the only time a god’s essence is ever in one place is when they are in their Divine Form.
- Divine Empowerment
- Soul-Bound Weapon
- Soul-Bound Power
- Universal Force Contructs
- Mystical Conversion
- Greco-Roman Mysticism
- Elemental Manipulation
- Entity Physiology
- Dimensional Travel: The Olympians can travel between Olympus and Earth, or send artifacts between them.
- Additionally, the Olympians have some power related to his/her individual sphere of influence: Dionysus, as god of wine, has full control of wine; Demeter, as goddess of agriculture, has total control of plants.
- Only the power of the Olympian Gods can destroy the Mount Olympus.
- Some gods have abilities related to their specific domain. For instance, Poseidon has control over water, and Apollo having control over the sun.
All Olympians possess specific skills associated with their area of expertise. For example, as the Olympian God of War, Ares is a formidable combatant with extensive knowledge of both armed and unarmed combat where as Aphrodite, Olympian Goddess of Love, is highly skilled in all forms of physical and sexual pleasure. Most Olympians have had some degree of armed and unarmed combat training.
- Genius-Level Intellect / Supernatural/Absolute Intellect/Wisdom: Olympian Gods and Demigods are highly intelligent.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant/Supernatural Unarmed Combat: Olympian Gods and Demigods are highly skilled hand-to-hand combatants.
- Divine Combat - They are so enhanced in combat that with a weapon enemy thing not divine are close or above there power level do not stand a chance fighting them and wining.
- Weapon Proficiency
- Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak, they can communicate and be understood by all races. Gods also adapt to their host country's culture when they move with Western Civilization, and if they stay long enough it can become a permanent part of their aspects (but they have to remain in the Western World & NOT the Eastern World). The gods are also able to speak multiple languages.
- However, gods are not all-powerful. They can tire or be overpowered by immortals and even powerful demigods. If they choose to engage in a physical battle they can be injured through the proper weaponry. However, because gods can exist in many places at once, only a fraction of their power is used in combat against demigods.
- Though they are mighty, the gods do have weaknesses. They can be injured by supernatural weapons (whether it's made from Celestial Bronze, Imperial Gold, Stygian Iron [only in Hades, the Greek Underworld], Divine Silver or Adamantine), but are invulnerable to conventional physical attacks. Magic can harm them too; also, they can't break through magic chains (whether it's made from Celestial Bronze, Imperial Gold, Stygian Iron [only in Hades, the Greek Underworld], Divine Silver or Adamantine) that wrapped them unless broken by another god/goddess.
- Divine Laws: Despite their immense power, gods are bound by laws and oaths sworn upon the River Styx. However, due to their immortal nature, breaking such oaths doesn't have severe consequences to them most of the time, although it may have consequences on people they care or cared about.
- No god can enter the domain of another unless invited by the lord/lady of said domain or unless their domain overlaps. The only known gods to freely travel the worlds are Hermes and Iris, both of which are the messenger deities.
- No god can directly steal the symbol of power of another. This applies to both the Titans and Olympians. As mortals and demigods are free from this rule, this is the reason why Zeus knew a hero or mortal had stolen his Master Bolt.
- Gods are limited to how much they can interfere in mortal affairs. This rule is a decree of Zeus, so it depends on how much he enforces it or knows about it. Some gods have violated this rule without incurring any punishment, such as Apollo or Hera.
- Immortals can only fight demigods after being challenged or attacked first. However, Titans have been shown to ignore this rule. It is likely, though, that this rule isn't compulsory.
- Lust: Gods are, in general, lustful — with the exceptions of the maiden goddesses and deities of marriage — and often have many illegitimate children, both immortal and demigod.
- Immaturity & Arrogance: Most gods also tend to be petty or immature and a lot of them are arrogant and underestimate their opponents. Because the gods are immortal, they feel little reason to change or adapt (except to adapt to their current home) as a result they often lack maturity or sense of personal growth, often resulting in many broken promises.
- If a god or goddess is magically bounded or trapped in a magical prison of some kind, his or her power is useless, as the magical bindings act as an anchor keeping them in place, akin to a bear caught in a trap. Some examples of this are the situations of Hera and Artemis respectively as well as Hephaestus trapping Aphrodite and Ares together in a magic net in older myths.
- Pride, Arrogance/Narcissism & Egotism: In addition, like Humans (on the Left & the political/bureaucratic/global elites [especially in power & in the media, etc.]), the gods (excluding the Good Gods) can be very prideful of the things they do or the choices they make. They are often too proud to admit when they need help or when they have committed mistakes, instead believing themselves to be beyond help from regular mortals and demigods. Gods generally believe that they should be feared and respected. Due to their pride & selfishness, they see admitting they need help as a sign of weakness. Furthermore, the gods will show signs of contempt towards the children of their enemies, sometimes even if those children are the offspring of other gods, most likely since Divine Laws prevent gods from attacking each other directly and thus do fight through their demigod offspring. It is these traits that often cause many beings, both mortal and immortal alike, to hate the gods and the reason why the gods are occasionally viewed as being no better than the Titans.
- Other Gods: Despite there immortality, Olympian Gods are not (truly) un-killable; as the only thing that can kill the old gods are other gods; such as Demigods and the New Gods of New Genesis and Apokolips respectively.
- Another known way to permanently defeat a god is to scatter their essence. This happened to Ouranos, Cronus and Gaia. If they are defeated in a way that scatters their essence enough, they will be unable to reform and create a consciousness or a body ever again.
- Power Loss: Olympian powers are dependent on the faith of their followers. A god can survive a lack of worship or loss of their domain so long as their will to live is strong enough. Otherwise, they will fade. However, even if their will is strong enough they won't be powerful enough to maintain a physical form, as Kronos was able to survive, due to sheer willpower, yet remain powerless in Tartarus. If their thrones (or other sources of power) are destroyed, they will also fade along with it or become so weakened that they can no longer take a physical form.
Hades (now mortal)
- Ares (killed by Perseus)
- Hephaestus (killed by Ares as a mortal, so his spirit may enter the Underworld).
- Poseidon (killed by the Makhai)
- Zeus (killed by Kronos)
Note: In Wrath of the Titans, Hephaestus said Aphrodite was his wife, whether this means she divorced him or died is unknown.
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