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Overview

Hermes is a member of the Olympians a group of humanoid beings that hale from the pocket dimension; Olympus. He was worshipped by the humans of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. He was the Messenger of the gods;[1] God of speed,[2] travelers,[1] travel,[3] commerce,[3][1] and thieves.[4]

Early Life

Hermes was the son of Zeus and a Nymph; Maia she gave birth to Hermes in secret.[5] She raised him, although due to his speed, she was unable to see that he sometimes left her side to steal the cattle of his half-brother Apollo. His brother forgave him and presented him wit a Golden Lyre. On becoming an adult he was taken to Olympus and appointed Zeus' herald delivering messages between the gods and mortals.[6]

Ancient History

He had a son Autolycus,[7] who became the god of thieves.[8] The Eternal; Makkari was was often confused with Hermes.[9]

Trojan War

Hermes passed messages between the waring gods during the Trojan War.[10] Makkari was also present during the Trojan War,[9][11] where he was confused for Hermes.[11]

Roman Empire (146 BC–324 AD)

In 146 B.C., the Romans conquered Macedonia and then Greece. They even adopted Olympian Gods, changing many of their names in the process. Hermes became "Mercury"[12]

Age of Vikings

Hermes passed messaged when the Olympians went to war with the Asgardians.[13]

20th Century

Hermes (Circa 1949) (Earth-616)

Hermes circa 1949

By the 1940s, Hermes accompanied the other Olympian gods under the temporary leadership of Aphrodite, then going by her Roman name of Venus, as she relocated Olympus to the planet named after her.[14] Hermes was then known by the name of Mercury. Soon, Zeus returned.[15] Now calling himself Jupiter, Zeus summoned Mercury to collect Venus from Earth after his daughter Joya accused Venus of turning against her godhood for the love of a mortal. Hermes traveled from Olympus Realm to Earth and brought both Venus and her mortal lover Whitney Hammond to stand trial.[16] Venus eventually won her right to return to Earth.[16]

In 1950, Mercury was ordered by Jupiter to assist Venus on two separate occasions. The first was when Venus and rocket scientist Randy Dover were trapped on the moon. Mercury used his strength and speed to hurtle their damaged rocket back to Earth.[17] Later, Mercury was ordered to bring Venus to the laboratory of scientist Michael Templar who was responsible for creating a device that was pulling the Earth into the sun, a situation Venus helped reverse.[2] In 1951, Mercury learned that Venus was prisoner of Sultan Khorok of Cassarobia. There Olympians couldn't use their powers, thanks to a spell cast on the area by Asgardian god Loki. However, Venus managed to escape to Olympus in planet Venus. There Mercury and Jupiter tried to persuade her not to return Cassarobia. Still she returned to her imprisonment because she didn't want to desert lovers with whom she has befriended in there. However, Loki was convinced to lift his spell and Venus managed to overthrow the sultan of Cassarobia.[18]

Modern Age

Hermes was sent on a mission by Zeus, just as Hercules was taken to the underworld.[19] He was a spectator when Hercules battled Thor over the magical pig of Dionysus.[20]

Fourth Host

With the arrival of the Fourth Host of the Celestials, Hermes confronted his mirror in the Eternals, Makkari, when Zeus and Zuras disagreed on how to address the Space Gods.[21] Hermes witnessed when Thor received energy from Zeus after he was killed by the Celestials.[22]

Battle with the Avengers

Hermes teamed up on a mission with Dionysus and Artemis to capture the Avengers. Using his speed he took out Captain America and the Black Knight with ease. He also caught Captain Marvel after she was taken out by Artemis. [23] As the Olympians battled the Avengers, Hermes teamed up with Hera and Prometheus to stop the fighting. They took Herc to Prometheus to be healed but when he was revived he went insane and hit Hermes. When Herc snapped back to normal he confronted Zeus and convinced him and the other Olympians to stop fighting and retreat from Earth.[24]

Other Missions

Aphrodite sent Hermes on a mission to find her son, Eros.[25] Hermes was to be sent to Asgard after Hades and Ares' accusation that Thor, the Thunder God had attacked them.[26] Zeus however decided to travel to Asgard himself.[26] Hermes and the other gods attacked Thor after they were attacked by the Dark Gods, believing them to be Asgardians as well, but the truth was revealed and he was allowed to leave.[27]

Olympus Group

Hermes and the other Olympians settled on Earth forming the company the Olympus Group. During his time there, Hermes brought word to Zeus that Hercules was performing a new Twelve Labors, but interrupted the sky-father in an intimate moment with an employee.[28] Hermes attended a board meeting for the Olympus Group as Zeus confronted Hera for manipulating Herc. They board voted against interfering with the labors.[29]

Battle against Mikaboshi

Hermes visited Ares when he was living on Earth. He took the form of a skateboarding teenager and harassed him at his job on a construction site. He stopped long enough to ask him to return to Olympus and help battle Amatsu-Mikaboshi. Ares declined as he did not want to leave his son and his mortal life.[30] Eventually Ares joined the fight to save his son, Hermes met with Inari the messenger of the Amatsu-Kami to find ways to trick people into fighting Mikaboshi. Inari came to Olympus and offered help, but Ares refused. When he asked for water, Ares gave it to him. Inari then presented the water to the Amatsu-Kami as a gift from Olympus, and they agreed to join the fight.[31] He also witnessed Alexander, son of Ares, awarded godly status by the Council of Godheads.[32]

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Hermes running to Hercules

Chasing Hercules

When Hercules became mortal he stole various weapons from the armory of Ares. Zeus sent Hermes to find Herc. He went to Dionysus and learned that Herc had been getting drunk at his bar. He then visited Hebe the ex-wife of Herc who tried to remind his that he saved them from the Chaos King. She revealed that he was in Brooklyn and found him at Sunset Park fighting Mr Negative and his Inner Demons. He helped Herc by knocking out the gunmen and freeing the hostages.[4] He later returned dressed as a jogger and told Herc that he would report back that he could not find the thief and accepted that Herc would use the weapons to help mankind.[4]

When the Serpent was awoken, Hermes came to Herc to tell him the Olympians would remain neutral in the situation. He reminded him that he was no longer a god, but made the offer for him to return but he declined. Hermes promised he would return one day to help safely guide his soul to Hades.[33]

No Road Home

Because of the events of Avengers: No Surrender, the Goddess Nyx escaped imprisonment, vowing revenge on Olympus. She arrived with her children and they set out to murdering all the gods that were there. Zeus commanded Hermes to get help, but before he could depart, Nyx's son Hypnos threw sand at him, causing him to sleep, and then stabbed him with a dagger, killing him.[34]

Powers

Olympian Physiology: Hermes was born a Olympian god from both of his parents, Zeus and Maia.[11] He possesses the conventional superhuman physical attributes of an Olympian.[11] However, some of his powers surpasses that of any Olympians, such as:

  • Godlike Speed: Hermes' primarily power is his godlike speed.[35] As Olympian God of Speed,[2] Hermes truly holds the potential of limitless speed, making him one of the fastest beings in the Marvel Universe.[2] He can also run and fly at speeds far exceeding those of any Olympian god or goddess,[11] making him the fastest of all the Olympian gods.[35] At his lowest speed, Hermes can easily run Mach 2 to Mach 4.6 (0.22-1.0 miles per second).[36] Hermes was able to move so fast that he traveled millions of light-years[37] from Olympus Realm to Earth in mere seconds.[16] He was able to easily rival his speed with that of Makkari's speed in hand to hand combat.[38]
  • Superhuman Strength: Like all Olympians, Hermes is superhumanly strong.[35] Originally, his strength was equal with that of the average Olympian male and can lift about 30 tons.[35] However, Hermes' current strength increased to lift about 50 tons, making his strength greater than the average Olympian male god.[11][36]
  • Flight Speed: Like his running speed, Hermes is capable of flying at tremendous speeds.[11] At his average speed, Hermes is capable of easily attaining speeds that are just slightly under the Speed of Light (80% - 99.65% light speed),[36] which is 150,000 to 185,620 miles per second.[36] However, he is capable of potentially flying at warp speed when necessary.[33] For example, Hermes has been shown to used his warp speed to travel from Earth to Olympus Realm.[33]
  • Godlike Stamina: Hermes' body produces no fatigue toxins during physical activity, granting him practically limitless stamina.[36] He can exert himself at peak capacity for almost indefinitely without any signs of exhaustion.[36] Among the Olympians, his stamina is equaled only by Ares, Pluto, Neptune, Zeus, and Hercules.
  • Superhumanly Dense Tissue: Like all Olympians, Hermes' skin, muscles, and bones are about three times denser than similar human tissue,[11] contributing to his superhuman strength and weight.[11]
  • Superhuman Durability: Hermes' body is more resistant to physical injury than the body of a human and most Olympians for that matter.[36] Hermes is capable of withstanding great impact forces, extreme temperatures and pressures, virtually all toxins, corrosives, punctures, and concussions without sustaining injury.[36] He can also withstand powerful energy blasts without any noticeable signs of injury. The tissues of his body are also specially adapted to withstand the tremendous friction and debilitating effects of moving at extreme velocities.[16] Among the Olympians, his physical durability is matched and exceeded only by Ares, Hercules, Pluto, Neptune, and Zeus.
  • Superhuman Agility: Hermes' agility, balance, dexterity, and bodily coordination are in levels beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete or most other Olympians.[36] His agility is heightened sufficiently to allow him to effectively coordinate himself while moving or flying at extreme velocities.[16]
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Hermes' reflexes are in levels beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete or most other Olympians.[36] His tremendous reflexes that are heightened sufficiently allow him to effectively coordinate himself while moving or flying at extreme velocities.[16]
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: If injured, Hermes' godly metabolism enables his body to recover with vast superhuman levels of speed and efficiency. He is capable of healing large amounts of damaged or destroyed tissue in a matter of hours. He is not capable, however, of regenerating missing limbs or organs. The extent and speed of his healing powers are greater than those of the majority of his race.
  • True Immortality: Like all Olympians, Hermes is functionally immortal and cannot die by conventional means.[11][36] He is immune to the effects of aging and hasn't aged since reaching adulthood.[11] He is also immune to the effects of all terrestrial diseases and resistant to conventional injury.[11] Despite his true immortality, it was revealed that he and other Olympians had to consume Olympian Ambrosia, the nectar of the Gods to remain virile and deathless.[39]
  • Allspeak: Do to the Allspeak (also called All-Tongue), Hermes can communicate in all languages, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.

Abilities

Gifted Intellect: Hermes is a wily and crafty deity with gifted inventive prowess, having once created a lyre from sheep's gut and a tortoise shell.

Master Combatant: Hermes is a extraordinary formidable hand to hand combatant,[36] particularly while using his speed in combat situations.[38] He mastered in several fields of unarmed combat, especially at wrestling.[36] Hermes has shown enough skill to easily rival and stalemate Makkari in speed combat.[38]

Strength level

In the early handbook of Hermes' entry, he possesses the strength of an average Olympian male god, enabling him to lift 30 tons.[35] However, in the later handbook, Hermes' strength was listed as Class 50, meaning he can lift in the 25 to 50 ton range.[36] In the most recent handbooks, Hermes' strength increased to lift 50 tons, making his strength greater than the average Olympian male god.[11]

Weaknesses

None[36]


Equipment

  • Talaria were winged sandals worn by Hermes. They were made by Hephaestus and allows the wearer the power of flight and super speed.[36]

Transportation

Without the need of any dimensional teleportation device, Hermes is capable of running and flying at warp speeds while using his own power.[36]

Weapons

A short sword[36]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Hermes' entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Venus #11
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Marvel Encyclopedia #1; 2009 edition; Gods of Olympus's entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Herc #6.1
  5. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Hermes's entry
  6. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1;Hermes's entry
  7. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Hermes' entry
  8. X-Men: No More Humans #1
  9. 9.0 9.1 Marvel Mystery Handbook 70th Anniversary Special #1
  10. Thor Annual #8
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
  12. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8
  13. Thor Annual #5
  14. Venus #1
  15. Venus #5
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Venus #7
  17. Venus #10
  18. Venus #12
  19. Thor #129
  20. Thor Blood Oath #3-4
  21. Thor #291-293
  22. Thor #301
  23. Avengers #281-282
  24. Avengers #284-285
  25. Sensational She-Hulk #36
  26. 26.0 26.1 Thor #465
  27. Thor Vol 2 #7
  28. Hercules Vol 3 #2
  29. Hercules Vol 3 #4
  30. Ares #1
  31. Ares #4
  32. Ares #5
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Herc #5
  34. Avengers: No Road Home #2
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #9
  36. 36.00 36.01 36.02 36.03 36.04 36.05 36.06 36.07 36.08 36.09 36.10 36.11 36.12 36.13 36.14 36.15 36.16 36.17 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #22
  37. Venus #3
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Thor #291
  39. Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1
  40. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #14
  41. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 14



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