|God of War|
|Family||Zeus (father) |
Eros, Phobos and Deimos (immortal sons)
Athena and Hebe (sisters)
Clarisse La Rue, Otrera and Hippolyta (daughters)
Ares' Cabin members (children)
Sherman, Mark, and Blackbeard (sons)
|Greek/Roman form||Mars (Roman)|
|Appearances|| The Lightning Thief (film) |
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
The Last Olympian
The Son of Neptune
The House of Hades
|“||That means I can smash him into a pulp as often as I want, and he'll just keep coming back for more. I like this idea.||”|
–Ares, commenting on Percy's offer of immortality
Ares is the Greek god of war. His symbols include the boar, dog, wolf, spear, sword, and vulture. His Roman counterpart is Mars. Ray Winstone was cast as Ares in The Lightning Thief, but he was never shown.
Ares is one of the few children of the Olympian gods Zeus and Hera. He developed a love of violence that surpassed that of any other Olympian, which made him perfect as the Olympian god of war. It also made him unpopular among his fellow deities who despised him for his overt love of war regardless of reason to fight. Despite this he was given a place on the Olympian ruling council possibly due to his parentage. He was taught by Priapus to dance and fight.As the god of War, Ares would often participate in mortal conflicts, but would often fare poorly in divine contests. He would lend strength to whatever side he favored, but was known to be somewhat fickle and change sides in the middle of a battle. The blessing of Ares is known to give invincibility in battle. Despite his great strength and fighting ability Ares often fared poorly in battles with other supernatural enemies. His half-brother Hercules is noted to have stalemated if not outright defeated him in battle twice. At one point he stripped Ares of his armor and another time defeated Ares and one of his children with the aid of Athena. The Alodai giants defeated Ares and imprisoned him within a bronze jar. During the Trojan War he sided with the Trojans despite promising Hera he would aid the Greeks. For his actions he was wounded by the mortal hero Diomedes with the aid of Athena. After Zeus allowed the Olympians to participate openly in the war he challenged Athena, only to again be defeated and forced to flee. Apollo also defeated him in a boxing match at one point. He also fled in fear of the giant Typhon when the monster first attacked Olympus, though the rest of the gods did as well. Even though he was the god of war, some say he disturbed the gods with his pitiful tears when he lost. Despite these setbacks, Ares fought in the Gigantomachy and defended Olympus successfully against several other enemies.
Zeus had paired his son, Hephaestus, up with the beautiful goddess Aphrodite to be married. Aphrodite was miserable with her unhappy marriage. Because of that Ares and Aphrodite began to have several love affairs. Ares and Aphrodite would frequently meet up and do whatever they pleased. Hephaestus discovered his wife's promiscuity through Helios, the all seeing sun god. One day when they were laying together in bed, Hephaestus planted an unbreakable golden chain-link net so small to be invisible that they got tangled up in. Hephaestus dragged them to Mount Olympus to be mocked on by the gods in shame. Poseidon convinced Hephaestus that if he let them go, Ares would have to pay an adulterer's fine for his offense.
During the Winter solstice, Luke Castellan stole the Master Bolt and the Helm of Darkness. Ares caught him, but Luke convinced him into carrying out Kronos' plan. Ares lets Luke go and kept the helm and the bolt until Percy came along to complete the delivery. On June 14, seven days before the summer solstice deadline, Ares approached Percy Jackson, Grover Underwood, and Annabeth Chase on his motorcycle as they were trying to get dinner. He "generously" paid for their meal (frightening many of the customers and staff in the process) and then got the companions to retrieve his shield (in the form of a bulletproof vest) from the Tunnel of Love ride in an abandoned Waterland. In return he told them to jump in an animal-smuggler's truck to get to Los Angeles.
At this point he also gave Percy a backpack with $20, a pouch of golden drachmas, fresh clothes for the three of them, and a box of Double-Stuffed Oreos. However, this backpack was actually the modified sheath for the master lightning bolt, enchanted by Ares to have the Master Bolt appear in it when Percy got close to Hades. After Percy, Grover, and Annabeth escaped from the Underworld by using the pearls given to Percy by the Nereid, Ares was waiting to kill them at the beach.
Ares revealed the reasoning behind his plan; Poseidon would declare war on Hades for killing Percy, Zeus would declare war on Hades for having the Master Bolt, and Hades would attack both of them, as he thinks one of them has his Helm of Darkness. He then remarks that a war between his relatives is the best kind of war, when Annabeth protests 'But they're your family!' He then accidentally revealed that Kronos was controlling him through his dreams.
He tried to kill Percy with a giant boar, but Percy sliced off one of its tusks with Riptide and engulfed it with a wave, killing it instantly. He then challenged Ares to a duel - if Ares won, he would turn Percy into anything he wanted, and get the Master Bolt; if Percy won, then he got both the bolt and the helm and Ares had to leave. Eventually Percy won the duel when he stabbed Ares in the heel; Ares tried to attack Percy again in a fit of rage, but Kronos prevented him. Before Ares departed, he warned Percy that he made a terrible mistake by making the God of War his enemy. He then curses Percy that his weapon would fail him when he needed it most, before leaving.
When they get back to Olympus and explain who stole the items, Zeus says that "That is unlike Ares," while Poseidon disagrees and says its totally like him.
Ares does not appear much in the Sea of Monsters. He is only seen talking to his daughter Clarisse La Rue on the ironclad CSS Birmingham. He orders his daughter not to fail the quest (and threatens her to make her do it), and get Percy Jackson and his friends out of the way. For this reason, Clarisse refuses to let Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson go, but they all escape when the ironclad explodes.
He is seen first at the Junkyard of the Gods, bringing a white limousine with the goddess Aphrodite inside. He is last seen in the Winter solstice where he voted "Yes" on the destruction of Percy Jackson, along with Dionysus and Athena. In addition, the curse he gave to Percy in the Lighting Thief (that, at a crucial time, his sword would fail him) comes back to haunt, when Percy fights Atlas, his sword becomes too heavy to lift.
Ares is only seen attacking Typhon with a knife while riding his motorcycle, and to congratulate his daughter Clarisse La Rue on defeating the drakon and called her "the greatest warrior I have ever seen." He later voted for Percy becoming immortal, muttering "I like this idea, then I get to smash him to a pulp and he'll keep coming back for more," when the gods give Percy Jackson the chance of becoming a god.
He appears as Mars at Camp Jupiter proclaiming that there is a quest that should be taken. Percy is rude to him and notes that he believes that they have fought. Mars then explains that if he had fought him it was probably in his Greek form because he has no memory of fighting him, though it may be a lie.
After an eidolon-possessed Leo Valdez fired on New Rome, Frank Zhang is plagued with voices of the two aspects of his father, Mars and Ares. The latter repeatedly urges Frank to take vengeance against Leo every time he made fun of him. This was why, during this time, Frank seemed so clumsy and slow. Later, while battling Chrysaor, Percy Jackson comments that he hadn't been challenged this much in a sword fight since his battle with Ares, as Chrysaor was just as good.
It is revealed that as soon as the fighting had broke out in Camp Jupiter, the war god's two forms voices would continuously yell in Frank's head. Ares and Mars would continuously yell at each other and only agreed on few things like - kill Leo for joking about Frank, kill Triptolemus and they would give the power of turning enemies into snakes to Horatius.
After Frank defeated all the Katoblepones in Venice, Mars comes to meet him. After a short period of time, Mars' form flickers and Ares comes. The god'd form continues to flicker and Mars yells at Frank to go. Frank quickly changes his form and flies. When he looks back, a miniature mushroom cloud erupts and both the forms of the god yell "Noooo!". Ares and his Roman self were later heard fighting in Frank's head.
Ares is aloof, cruel, impetuous, proud, and violent; an easily angered bully who seems to care only about fighting and killing. Because of this, he is disliked by both gods and mortals. Even when brainwashed into starting a war among his family, he still thought it was amusing. Ares is a capable strategist but his temper makes him tend to focus on brute strength and his arrogance leads him to underestimate his opponents, allowing clever fighters to get the better of him. He despises being called a coward and is willing to pick fights with people for no apparent reason. Ares believes any problem can solved through fighting and encourages rebellion and violence above all else. Despite his personality, he does have a soft spot for his lovers and his children even if he can be a strict parent as shown with Clarisse.
Ares typically wears black jeans, combat boots, a leather duster, and muscle shirt with a bulletproof vest (his shield in disguise) and an iron padlock necklace. He wears red tinted wraparound sunglasses to cover his flame-filled eye sockets. He is described as handsome with scarred cheeks and tall with an oiled crew cut. He rides a large, black Harley Davidson chopper motorcycle with a flame pattern paint job, a leather seat made from human skin, with shotgun holsters riveted to the motorcycles sides. This motorcycle is actually his war chariot in a modern version. He also has a hunting knife strapped to his thigh and an aluminum baseball bat (actually his sword in a modernized form) that can turn into various weapons, including a two handed broadsword and a shotgun.
As a son of Zeus, Ares is a very powerful god:
- Prowess in Battle: As the God of War, Ares is a fierce warrior, and a master of both armed and hand-to-hand combat, which is one of the reasons why he starts his own fights. He successfully fought in the first Gigantomachy, and defeated Luke Castellan (one of the best demigod swordsmen in 300 years) in a sword duel. However, he can sometimes underestimate his opponents and start toying with them, which is why he sometimes loses, like in his duel with Percy Jackson.
- Warfare: Ares is an expert in all areas of warfare.
- War Manipulation: The ability to manipulate war, strife, combat and other forms of conflict Ares as God of War has the power to influence all forms of conflict including mental, physical, spiritual and conceptual ones, regardless of the area and numbers involved, control how they progress and draw power both from the conflict alone as well as the dying. Ares is naturally, extremely skilled in all form of fighting, weapons and both strategy and tactics as well as statistics of war. Ares can start conflicts by influencing people or events, rise personal and fanatical armies, control and create weapons of every kind and even grant others extensive abilities of combat. Ares has the incredible power to invoke war and chaos within an enormously large radius, ranging from a city to an entire continent. With this power he has full control over the city or continent that is in war and chaos at the time.
- Telumkinesis: As the God of War, Ares has a great amount of control over weapons.
- He can conjure and use any weapon, though he prefers to use his sword and spear. He knows everything about a weapon when he sees it.
- He boasts that his physical strength is infinite.
- He can curse weapons (like he did to Percy's Riptide in The Lightning Thief).
- He can disarm his opponents (like he did to Bianca di Angelo and Zoë Nightshade in The Titan's Curse).
- Odikinesis: Ares has control over feelings and emotions of war (such as hate and rage), and frequently induces them in order to start fights. Percy always feels angry in his presence "as if I wanted to hit a wall or start a fight."
- Pyrokinesis (limited): Ares is shown to have some control over fire, especially whenever he makes his appearances. It is unknown to what extent he can control fire.
- Necromancy (limited): According to Clarisse, the losing side of each war has to give Ares a fraction of their dead. In The Sea of Monsters, Ares presents Clarisse with a ship full of obedient skeleton warriors.
- Ares' Blessing: Ares's blessing gives the person blessed near invulnerability. He gives his blessing to people who show pure courage (or bloodlust) in the battlefield. He blessed his daughter Clarisse in The Last Olympian, and she charged through the battlefield, destroying a drakon and anything else in her path.
Ares has been Aphrodite's boyfriend for a millennia. Aphrodite's husband Hephaestus once caught them together in a golden net of his own design, and invited the gods to come and laugh at their affair. Hephaestus seems to enjoy inventing new ways to humiliate the two, so Ares and Aphrodite pick the locations for their dates very carefully. Aphrodite also loves Ares more than Hephaestus and has had many children with him.
Ares appears to his daughter as more of a bully, constantly pushing her to achieve greater feats. However, Clarisse in reality is scared of her father and he has threatened her with physical force on occasion. Ares thinks little of his daughter, thinking that any one of his sons would be a better leader for a quest or the cabin. Despite Ares' constant abuse of his daughter, when she does achieve something great he is supportive, as shown in The Last Olympian when she killed the Drakon and gave her the Blessing of Ares and called her the "best warrior he had ever seen."
To say that Ares hates Percy is more of an understatement. In The Lightning Thief, the two dueled resulting in Percy's victory and Ares' hate towards Percy to increase. In The Titan's Curse, Ares and Percy have a brief conversation and the god later votes for him to be killed at the winter solstice meeting. In The Last Olympian, while still hating Percy, Ares votes in favor of Percy's demand to claim all the demigods by age thirteen.
|Aphrodite||Anteros, Adrestia, Deimos, Eros, Harmonia, Phobos|
|Unknown||Edward Teach (Blackbeard)|
|Ms. La Rue||Clarisse La Rue|
|Mary Hoyt Sherman||William Sherman|
- Main article: Ares' War Chariot
Ares uses a changeable war chariot as his preferred mode of transportation. It is usually driven by Ares himself or by his charioteers, Deimos and Phobos. As a tradition, his sons are to drive it when they turn fifteen though a daughter is allowed if she is deemed worthy.
Ares is played by Ray Winstone, though he is not credited. He is seen briefly at the end of the film, when the gods are arguing. He is seen on the left side of the screen with silver battle armor, and, although it is a far camera shot of him, he is shown to have gray hair. When the gods are all sitting in their chairs, he is shown sitting crookedly (one leg is on the arm of the chair) in between Demeter and Athena.
- Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is named after Ares' Roman counterpart.
- Ares states in The Lightning Thief that he considers the U.S "the best thing since Sparta" as ordinary citizens are allowed weapons and the constitution allows more freedom when it comes to punishment by law.
- Ares uses sunglasses to cover his eyes, which are actually hollow sockets filled with flames.
- Ares' aluminum baseball bat is actually his sword/spear in disguise.
- Ares' preferred form for his chariot is a motorcycle which serves the same purpose as an ancient war chariot did.
- In The Demigod Files it says his home town is Mount Olympus but under his bumper sticker reads: "I wasn't born in Sparta but I got here as fast as I could."
- According to Rick Riordan, Ares' best quote is "Kill it dead."
- In myth, Ares is portrayed as a military general or professional warrior but in America, he took on a 1950's rebellious "Greaser" persona.
- Ares, in term of rocketry, are three Shuttle-derived launch of vehicles under development under NASA program, which are named after him.
- His Latin name Mars, gave us the word "Martial".
- In Latin he is sometimes called Mars Ultor - Mars the Avenger. He has a temple on Temple Hill in Camp Jupiter.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth is the only book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series that Ares did not appear in.