- This article is about the character. For the episode of the same name, see "Ares (Episode)".
Ares in his usual form
|Portrayed By|| Kevin Smith|
Al Chalk (voice)
|Series|| Hercules: The Legendary Journeys|
Xena: Warrior Princess
|First Appearance|| "Ares" (HTLJ)|
"The Reckoning" (XWP)
"The Treasure of Zeus: Part One" (YH)
|Last Appearance|| "Full Circle" (HTLJ)|
"Soul Possession" (XWP)
|Residence||Mount Olympus, Greece|
|Also Known As||God of War, Pelias, Atrius, Marco, Jelly Butt|
|Romances||Aphrodite, Xena, Nemesis, Hope, Eve|
|Affiliations||Mount Olympus, Olympians, Hercules, Iolaus, Xena, Gabrielle, Callisto, Eli, Discord, Strife, Deimos, Hope, Dahak|
(See here for full list of siblings)
(See here for full list of siblings)
|Other Family|| Nemesis ("wife"/mate/mother of Evander)|
Hope ("wife"/mate/Mother Of The Destroyer)
Dahak ("father-in-law"/maternal grandfather of The Destroyer)
Gabrielle ("mother-in-law"/maternal grandmother of The Destroyer)
Herodotus ("grandfather-in-law"/paternal-maternal great-grandfather of The Destroyer)
Hecuba ("grandmother-in-law"/maternal-maternal great-grandmother of The Destroyer)
Lila ("aunt-in-law"/great-aunt of The Destroyer)
Sarah ("cousin-in-law)/1st cousin-once removed to The Destroyer)
Strife (Nephew/son of Discord)
Ares (the God of War), was the most recurring character on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules. He is the Greek god of war and violence, who has a strong rivalry with his half-brother Hercules, and a love-hate relationship with Xena.
He took Xena under his wing as his protege, sometime after she first met with Caesar. He also gave her the Chakram, sometime after she left Chin and headed towards the Norselands. He continues to follow her throughout the series, tempting her back to her old ways, but eventually gives up and turns into more of a hinderance than an enemy because he falls in love with her.
He also takes quite a liking to Gabrielle, trying to seduce her away from her travels with Xena and tempt her to become his new protege. The two become good friends, after he ressurects her in "Motherhood".
Ares' relationship with Hercules is fueled by jealously because Zeus, (their father), has always favored and liked him over Ares and his siblings. Thus Ares is motivated to constantly try to destroy his demi-god half brother.
Ares was played by Kevin Smith.
Characterization and PersonalityEdit
Ares is the god of war and violence. He is primarily the patron god of Sparta, but armies from all city-states offer prayers to him before going into battle.
Though he represents the physical aspect of war, Ares is far from some mindless thug. He is, in fact, a brilliant strategist, preferring to plan his battles carefully rather than going into a fight with his proverbial guns blazing. Whenever possible, he seems to like the methods of getting other people to do his work for him or finding ways to get his enemies to destroy themselves. The latter is something he repeatedly attempts with Hercules, knowing that he cannot kill his half-brother without suffering the wrath of Zeus.
Despite the often chaotic results of his worshipers' actions, Ares sees himself as a subtle strategist, as befits the god of war, rather than the god of brawling. He also exhibits curious mix of sportsmanship and cheating when convenient for him.
In his relations with the other Olympians, he relies on the fact that they need him, so he usually runs his own schemes with little regard for the wishes of his colleagues, although he is still careful not to defy Zeus. He’s genuinely fond of his sister Aphrodite, though he rarely lets it show. Discord and Deimos (and his predecessor Strife before his death) are his junior partners, whom he bullies and directs.
And finally, he’s obsessed with the two greatest heroes of Greece: Hercules (whom he wants to destroy) and Xena (whom he wants back to her warlord days and is in love with). Most of his schemes these days are centered on those.
He often attempts to lure Xena away from her quest with Gabrielle, to join him as his Warrior Queen. He offers her huge armies and historic victories, great wealth and great power, and in later seasons his love -- offers which she consistently rejects despite being sometimes tempted. Ares also gave Xena her Chakram.
Noticing his half-brother gaining the love of their father Zeus, Ares has hated Hercules since he was a boy and has tried repeatedly to kill his younger brother. From teenhood to manhood, Hercules and Ares go at each other in a fashion similar to sibling rivalry, though Hercules gains the upper hand every time.
Ares typically wears a vest, gauntlets and leather pants, all made of black leather studded with silver.
As an Olympian, Ares possesses immortality, enhanced strength, stamina, reflexes, senses, agility, teleportation, telekinesis, conjuration, flying, regeneration,invincibility, and invisibility, though it has been shown that Xena can sense his presence even when invisible. He can create fireballs,mind control, incinerate people with fire like he did with sysephis, has the power to create ice when he entomb xena, lightning bolts and energy blasts, Reality Warping (like bring people back from the dead), travel through time and stop it, shape shift, reveal the true form of another like he did with the hind blood, create portals, switching souls into the opposite bodies and induce insatiable blood-lust and battle-rage. As the God of War, Ares possesses combat prowess similar to Hercules and Xena and superior swordsmanship. Ares is shown to be a skillfull manipulator and a master strategist.
Ares can also travel through time and heal other people's injuries, but as with all Olympians, those abilities are restricted by order of Zeus.
The main antagonist of the story, Ares is the god of violence and war. He is primarily the patron god of Sparta, but armies from all city-states offer prayers to him before going into battle. Ares also claims The Amazons as his favorite mortals (1.12 - Battle Lines II) and has been known to send them prophetic visions.
Though he represents the physical aspect of war, Ares is far from some mindless thug. He is, in fact, a brilliant strategist, preferring to plan his battles carefully rather than going into a fight with his proverbial guns blazing. Whenever possible, he seems to like the methods of getting other people to do his work for him or finding ways to get his enemies to destroy themselves. The latter is something he repeatedly attempts with Hercules, knowing that he cannot murder his half-brother without suffering the wrath of Zeus.
Hercules First SeasonEdit
Ares never appeared in person, as his voice can only be heard in some of the episodes he's in. During the Festival of Dionysus, Ares poisoned the new wine and controlled Marysa and the other virgins to murder King Iphicles so that his loyal servant, Prince Pentheus, could become king. He gathered a group of young boys led by Aurelius to become bloodthirsty warriors. To feed his dog, Graegus, Ares manipulated Daulin and Poena into fighting each other so that he can gather bodies of the fallen soldiers. He even took control over Jarton's body. After Darphus was killed, Ares brought him back to life to feed Graegus once again and rule the Earth. Hercules, with help of friends, including Iolaus, Xena, and Salmoneus, stopped Ares in each scheme. The Festival of Dionysus, Ares, The Vanishing Dead, The Gauntlet, Unchained Heart
Hercules Third SeasonEdit
Ares had often tried to make Hercules's life miserable as can be, especially when Hercules had married Ares' protege, Serena, the last Golden Hind. Ares told Hercules that he would release Serena from her vow of service to him, and allow her and Hercules to marry, if Hercules gave up his superhuman strength. Later, Ares' underling, Strife, murdered Serena and he and Ares attempted to frame Hercules for her murder. He was saved by the intervention of Xena and Zeus. Encounter, When a Man Loves A Woman and Judgement Day
Hercules Fourth SeasonEdit
Ares had sired a child with the now-mortal Goddess of Retribution, Nemesis. The child, Evander, was born with supernatural abilities. Ares wanted to take the boy from Nemesis and raise him to be loyal to him, hoping to use him as a weapon against Hercules. However, Hercules and Iolaus managed to foil his plan and return the child to his mother. Two Men and a Baby
Later, Ares teamed up with Callisto, now a goddess, to trap Hercules in a passageway between parallel universes. Callisto (working with Dahak's daughter Hope) then turned on Ares, badly beat him in a hand-to-hand fight, and used a dagger dipped in the blood of a golden hind to kill Strife.
Ares plotted with his mother Hera to murder Zeus.
Hercules Fifth and Sixth SeasonEdit
During Dahak's attack in Greece, Dahak tells his followers to kill the god who helped him out, that is, Ares. Hercules sends Morrigan and Nebula to protect Ares, because Ares dying allows Dahak to grow stronger. Morrigan and Nebula protect Ares, fighting white robed goons. Hercules talks to Dahak. Ares turns on Morrigan and Nebula, letting them be attacked, while he makes his way to the temple where Hercules is trying to exorcise Iolaus from Dahak's grasp. Ares gets his powers back, following the defeat of Dahak.
Later Ares chases Hercules into the alternative realm. Hercules learns that Nebula is the evil empress in the parallel Earth. Ares and the Sovereign fight because Ares has hinds blood. Ares stabs the Sovereign with the hinds blood knife and kills him, giving Hercules pains Hercules free the deities, with Iolaus tagging along. Ares and Nebula do the nasty, courtesy of the parallel god of love. Ares finds Hercules in the maze. They fight and eventually Hercules escapes.
Hercules turns invisible and Ares tortures him, as part of a curse planned by Discord, Deimos and Ares.
Ares was back to plotting against Zeus, this time by releasing two of the Titans once imprisoned by the Olympians, but Hercules and Iolaus stopped him again.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Ares and Aphrodite have appeared in 10 seasons each, more than any other character. Ares has more appearances than Aphrodite, meaning that he is the most frequently occurring crossover character.
- Kevin Smith also plays Ares II, Iphicles and Jerry Patrick Brown.
- Like many of his co-stars, Kevin Smith's American accent was put on, as he was from New Zealand.
- Ares' favoured element seems to be Thunder.
- Ares, Hercules and Athena are the only characters that have called Zeus "father" on-screen.
- While Hera's hatred of Hercules is more based on him as a symbol of her husband's infidelity of anything rather than his heroic personality or actions, Ares' hatred is more based on jealousy of Hercules being either loved, liked or favored more by Zeus (their father) and humanity in general along with other inhabitants of the Earth in general and his (Hercules) thwarting of his (Ares) various schemes to instigate violence and war or gain power.
- The historical Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Octavius Augustus and Caligula considered themselves to be descended from Mars, Ares's Roman aspect.
Hercules: The Legendary JourneysEdit