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| RealName2 = <ref>[[Comics:Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica Vol 1 1|Thor and Hercules: Encylopaedia Mythologica]]</ref>
 
| RealName2 = <ref>[[Comics:Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica Vol 1 1|Thor and Hercules: Encylopaedia Mythologica]]</ref>
 
| CurrentAlias = Venus
 
| CurrentAlias = Venus
| Distinguish1 = Aphrodite
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| Aliases = Aphrodite, Victoria nutley Starr, Istar, Astarte, Astoreth, Dione, Cytherea
| Distinguish2 = Venus
 
| Aliases = Aphrodite
 
 
| Identity = Secret
 
| Identity = Secret
 
| Alignment = Good
 
| Alignment = Good
| Affiliation = occasional partner of [[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Sub-Mariner]]
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| Affiliation = Occasional partner of [[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Sub-Mariner]]
 
| Relatives = [[Zeus]] (father), Dione (mother), [[Hera]], Demeter (aunts), [[Neptune (Olympian)|Neptune]], [[Pluto (Olympian)|Pluto]] (uncles), [[Hephaestus]] (ex-husband/half-brother), Cupid (son), Harmonia (daughter), [[Ares]], [[Apollo]], [[Hermes (Olympian)|Hermes]], [[Dionysus]] (half-brothers), [[Athena]], [[Artemis (Olympian)|Artemis]], [[Discord]], Eilethyia (half-sisters), Aeneas (son, deceased), Julius Caeser, Arthur Pendragon (descendants, deceased)
 
| Relatives = [[Zeus]] (father), Dione (mother), [[Hera]], Demeter (aunts), [[Neptune (Olympian)|Neptune]], [[Pluto (Olympian)|Pluto]] (uncles), [[Hephaestus]] (ex-husband/half-brother), Cupid (son), Harmonia (daughter), [[Ares]], [[Apollo]], [[Hermes (Olympian)|Hermes]], [[Dionysus]] (half-brothers), [[Athena]], [[Artemis (Olympian)|Artemis]], [[Discord]], Eilethyia (half-sisters), Aeneas (son, deceased), Julius Caeser, Arthur Pendragon (descendants, deceased)
 
| Universe = Earth-616
 
| Universe = Earth-616
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| Citizenship = Olympian
 
| Citizenship = Olympian
 
| MaritalStatus = Divorced
 
| MaritalStatus = Divorced
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| MaritalStatus2 = (twice)
 
| Occupation = Goddess of love and beauty
 
| Occupation = Goddess of love and beauty
 
| Education =
 
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'''Energy Manipulation:''' Like all Olympians, Venus has the ability to manipulate great amounts of energy for a number of purposes. Venus is particularly adapt at changing her shape to appear as another humanoid being and she can even adopt the form of animals such as dolphins. Venus can also teleport herself across great distances, even dimensions such as teleporting from Olympus to Earth. Venus can also render herself invisible form mortal eyesight for an indefinite period of time. As the goddess of love, Venus has the mystical ability to arouse love and passion in others and transform weapons into objects of peace. The only known beings who are immune to her love-power are the goddesses [[Artemis]], [[Athena]], and [[Vesta]].<br>
 
'''Energy Manipulation:''' Like all Olympians, Venus has the ability to manipulate great amounts of energy for a number of purposes. Venus is particularly adapt at changing her shape to appear as another humanoid being and she can even adopt the form of animals such as dolphins. Venus can also teleport herself across great distances, even dimensions such as teleporting from Olympus to Earth. Venus can also render herself invisible form mortal eyesight for an indefinite period of time. As the goddess of love, Venus has the mystical ability to arouse love and passion in others and transform weapons into objects of peace. The only known beings who are immune to her love-power are the goddesses [[Artemis]], [[Athena]], and [[Vesta]].<br>
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| Intelligence = 3
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| Strength = 3
 
| Speed = 3
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| Abilities = *Venus is a master of all the arts and sciences of physical love, and she has extensively studied the subject of emotional/sentimental love.
 
| Abilities = *Venus is a master of all the arts and sciences of physical love, and she has extensively studied the subject of emotional/sentimental love.

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Venus is the daughter of Zeus and Dione, the oak-goddess and one of the Titans. She was born on the island of Cythera although later myths claimed she was formed by the foam of the sea. She is one of the most favored of the goddesses of Olympus and had worshipers as far away as Phoenicia, which according to some myths was her favored city. On the day of her maturity, Zeus feared that the gods would fight over Venus' hand in marriage because of her unparalleled beauty, and thus he married her off to the smith-god, her half-brother Hephaestus. This union however was much to Aphrodite's disapproval.

File:Venus (by Donato Giancola).jpg

Venus (by Donato Giancola)

As a rather hedonistic goddess, Venus was most displeased to be married to the lame, sooty, hard-working Hephaestus. In turn, Venus had several affairs while wedded to Hephaestus with both gods and mortals. Most notably she cheated on him with Ares, Dionysus, and Hermes. She bore children to all of them except Hephaestus. She also bore Aeneas, the ancestor of the Romans, to the mortal Anchises. The latter union was not truly of Aphrodite's own choosing as Zeus forced her to unite with Anchises as punishment for using her powers to join the gods in unions with mortals and then taunting them with that fact. The most famous of Venus' earthly relationships was to the mortal Adonis, a Phoenician prince, one of the most attractive men in the lands ruled by Ancient Greece, although his life was cut short in the prime of his youth. Even though Venus was married to Hephaestus, her favorite lover was Ares. To Ares, she bore Harmonia and Eros (Cupid) who grew to be his mother's herald as the god of love. (Some myths claim they were children of Hephaestus.) To Hermes, she bore Hermaphroditus and to Dionysus, Venus bore Priapus - who had huge genitals magically given to him by Hera in disapproval for Aphrodite's promiscuity. Eventually alerted about his wife by the sun-god Helios, Hephaestus caught Venus and Ares together in one of their unions, and to this day Venus and Hephaestus have been estranged.

Venus was indirectly responsible for the Trojan War that took place centuries ago in Troy on the Dardanian plain at the end of the Twelfth Century BC. In a contest among herself, Hera and Athena to decide who was the most beautiful goddess of all, the Trojan prince Paris was approached by Hermes to play the role of arbitrator for the three goddesses - each of whom promised him a reward from whomever he chose. Venus promised him the most beautiful woman in all of Greece who at the time was Helen, her half-sister by Zeus. Helen was a princess of Sparta and wife of King Menelaus, heir to the throne of Mycenae. Paris chose Venus, and hence the love-goddess had her son Eros entrance Helen causing her to fall in love with Paris and subsequently leave her husband, her daughter Hermione, and her kingdom for Troy. In response to Helen's abandonment, Menelaus sought the help of his brother, King Agamemnon of Sparta, who rallied the Greek kings and armies against Troy for control of the Hellespont. Among the warriors engaged in this war was Ajax the Great, King Odysseus of Ithaca and the nearly invulnerable demigod warrior, Achilles against the hero and Trojan prince, Hector, defending the Troy.

Powers

File:Venus (by Gonzalo Ordonez).jpg

Venus possesses the various superhuman attributes of an Olympian.

Superhuman Strength: Like all Olympians, Venus is superhumanly strong. Her strength is about average for an Olympian female and she can lift about 25 tons.

Superhuman Speed: Venus can run and move at speeds superior to even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Stamina: Venus' musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of ordinary humans, and most other Olympians for that matter. She can physically exert herself at peak capacity for several days before the build up of fatigue toxins in her blood begins to impair her.

Superhumanly Dense Tissue: Venus' bodily tissues have about 3 times the density as the bodily tissues of a human being, contributing somewhat to her weight and superhuman strength.

Superhuman Durability: Venus' body is much harder and is more resistant to physical injury than the body of a human being, and most other Olympians. She can withstand great impact forces, falls from great heights, powerful energy blasts, and exposure to temperature and pressure extremes without being injured.

Superhuman Agility: Venus' agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: Venus' reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.

Immortality: Venus, like all other Olympians, is functionally immortal. She hasn't aged since reaching adulthood and is immune to further aging. She is also immune to the effects of all known Earthly diseases and infections. However, this doesn't mean that she can't be killed.

  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite her resistance to injury, it is possible to injure Venus. If injured, however, her godly life force enables her to rapidly heal damaged tissue with much greater speed and efficiency than a human being, and most other Olympian gods. She can't, however, regenerate missing limbs or organs without the aid of powerful magical assistance.

Energy Manipulation: Like all Olympians, Venus has the ability to manipulate great amounts of energy for a number of purposes. Venus is particularly adapt at changing her shape to appear as another humanoid being and she can even adopt the form of animals such as dolphins. Venus can also teleport herself across great distances, even dimensions such as teleporting from Olympus to Earth. Venus can also render herself invisible form mortal eyesight for an indefinite period of time. As the goddess of love, Venus has the mystical ability to arouse love and passion in others and transform weapons into objects of peace. The only known beings who are immune to her love-power are the goddesses Artemis, Athena, and Vesta.

Power Grid [2]
Intelligence
 3
Strength
 3
Speed
 3
Durability
Energy Projection
 3
Fighting Skills
 2

Abilities

  • Venus is a master of all the arts and sciences of physical love, and she has extensively studied the subject of emotional/sentimental love.
  • She can breathe underwater and swim at great speed.
  • Venus possesses the abilities of a siren, including to affect men with her song, which reflects her mood - her song usually causes abrupt lust in a subject, but a song sung while she cries will cause acute despair.

Weaknesses

Unlike most Olympians, Venus has had virtually no combat training or experience.

Equipment

Venus wears an enchanted girdle called the Cestus that enables the wearer to charm anyone to become a love-slave by arousing love and sexual passion in others at the wearer's will. It can also neutralize or transform all weapons of war into objects that can be used for peaceful purposes.

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Footnotes

  1. Thor and Hercules: Encylopaedia Mythologica
  2. OHOTMU Golden Age 2004
  3. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 12



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