This page is for the Greek pantheon deities that are playable in Smite. The entirety of any God's lore can be found on the official Smite website.
- Advanced Ancient Acropolis: The Greeks and Romans have access to Steampunk and Clockpunk technologies with a good amount of Magitek. However, this isn't as far fatched as it sounds, since the myth about the Bronze Talos sounds alot like a story about an ancient robot.
- Ancient Grome: The developers have confirmed that the Greek and Roman Pantheons are one and the same, with every character being referred to by both of their names (e.g. Zeus and Jupiter). The reason why the Roman Pantheon was added is due to the Greek myths having way too many characters to fit into a single team, so they had to be split in two parts.
- Composite Character: As Word of God has stated that the Greek and Roman Pantheons are the same, each god in this pantheon also combines traits with his or her Roman equivalent.
- Spotlight-Stealing Crossover: There are currently about 110 playable characters in the game, with 30 being from Greco-Roman mythology, which takes between 1/3 and 1/4 of the game's total roster. Granted, the Greco-Roman pantheon is the most well-known and famous in the world, as well as having Loads and Loads of Characters.
- Starter Mon: They are the first default basic pantheon that was originally released in the game.
Born from the nereid Thetis and the mortal Peleus, during his infancy, Achilles was bathed in the River Styx, granting him nigh-invulnerability. Achilles grew as a warrior and heeded the call of King Agamemnon to fight under his banner in the Trojan War, gaining fame, friends, and victories through death-defying combat andmany actions. Achilles was unstoppable and the Greek side was poised for victory, until Agamemnon slighted Achilles, causing him to pull his forces back and refuse to battle. The Trojan prince Hector managed to push back the Greek army and seemingly killed a returned Achilles, but it turned out to be Achilles' best friend Patroclus.
Filled with grief, Achilles truly returned to battle and fought Hector in a duel. Hector was no match for a near-immortal fighter like Achilles and fell. The gods realized how dangerous Achilles had become and aided Hector's brother Paris to shoot a guided arrow right at Achilles' one weak spot that wasn't covered during his bath in the River Styx: his heel. With that spot shot, Achilles finally perished.
And yet as the battle between gods rose, Achilles returned from the depths of Hades. He's not amused at how the gods were envious at his glory and life and wants vengeance against them.
Achilles is a Warrior god that can engage in battle as either a tanky Warrior or as a high-damaging Assassin. This is thanks to his passive, Gift of the Gods, which allows him to take off or put on his armor by attacking in his team's fountain. His Armored mode grants him bonus health and protections, while his Unarmored mode grants him bonus movement speed and physical power. His first ability, Shield of Achilles, has him punch forward with his shield, generating a shockwave in a cone that damages enemies. His shield can also directly hit enemies in a smaller cone in front of him, briefly stunning in addition to dealing damage. His second ability, Radiant Glory, grants him a blessing from the gods, giving him bonus physical power, protections, and crowd control reduction for a small period. While this blessing is active, Achilles heals himself for each enemy damaged by his abilities. His third ability, Combat Dodge, lets him dodge in the direction he's moving, granting him a brief window where he can strike back. If he successfully hits an enemy god with this strike, he can use Combat Dodge again before it goes on cooldown. With his ultimate, Fatal Strike, Achilles majestically dashes forward, passing through minions and stopping on the first enemy god he hits. All targets are damaged, and the god he hits is executed if the god is below 30% health. Successfully executing a god allows Achilles to use his ultimate again, up to five times. However, each successful execute makes Achilles more cocky; for a brief period, he will take additional damage, also stacking up to five times.
- Achilles' Heel: Not exactly seen in-game, but it becomes a debuff for his Fatal Strike. If Achilles executes a god, his heel gets "more exposed" and he takes additional damage. Though it's mentioned in his lore naturally, as it leads to his death and said death provides him with a reason to get involved in the battle between pantheons.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights with a spear, which also happened to be a buyable item before he became playable (Achilles' Spear).
- Bling of War: He wears brilliant golden armour, though since his heel is the only vulnerable part of his body, it makes sense.
- Blood Knight: Always looking for a worthy fight. Unlike many other gods, Achilles is pleased at being low on health, as it means his opponents are being a challenge.
- Came Back Wrong: Revenant Achilles is a lot more sadistic and power hungry than his live counterpart.
- Finishing Move: His ultimate, Fatal Strike. If he successfully hits someone with it while they're at 30% health or lower, they're dead.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As much of a jerkass as he is, he fondly remembers his mother's protection during one of his jokes.
- Gorgeous Greek: A handsome Greek warrior who's also a literal demigod, Achilles certainly qualifies as this.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: One of Revenant Achilles' death quotes.Achilles: I... I feel... cold.
- Jerkass: Achilles might be polite enough to his team, but he's still extremely arrogant and condescending to everyone, friend or foe.
- Kill Streak: His ultimate is obviously intended to give pretty good odds at pulling one off, though every successful kill with it also makes him more vulnerable to damage to add a Death-or-Glory Attack element to it.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's a Long-Haired Pretty Boy with a ripped body, and he gets to show that off whenever he chooses to forgo his armor. Lampshaded in his victory animation, where he blows kisses and gets roses thrown at him. Then he snaps his fingers, his breastplate and shoulderpads disappear, he starts flexing, and a lot more roses get tossed to him.
- Revenge: He knows exactly who guided Paris to shoot the killing shot on him: Apollo. So he has a special line for killing him:Achilles: We get to fight face to face! No more hiding behind Paris!
- Shield Bash: His first skill is bashing his shield forwards, stunning anyone close to him.
- Smug Super: Achilles is quick to boast about his combat prowess, but seeing as he's freakin' Achilles, he can more than back up his boasts.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Revenant Achilles very rarely raises his voice while talking about how much he loves causing pain and destruction.
- Student and Master Team: He was one of the heroes taught by Chiron, so they can possibly this if put in one team. Achilles also has a special quote for beating him:Achilles: Ah! My former trainer! Let's see if I've surpassed the master...
History is written by the victors and victory itself has a form: the goddess Nike, implying that she herself shaped history.
Those who prayed for Nike and gained her favor will be granted victory, from winning golden medals in Olympics to defeating one's enemy in the fields of war. Those who do not get her favor will be doomed with defeat.
Even Zeus knew the influence of Nike as he sought her help during his war against the Titans. With Nike marching on Zeus' side and her plans for victory at hand, the Olympians claimed victory and managed to shape the history of Greece henceforth. One could wonder how Greece and the world would turn out had Zeus not won Nike's favor...
And now Nike has taken the field again, whichever side she takes never mattered, but for whichever side she gets into, victory is assured.
Nike is a Warrior goddess who can lead her team right from the front lines. Her passive, To Victory!, establishes three goals for her team to achieve: eliminating 10 gods as a team, eliminating 250 minions as a team, and having two allies at level 20. Each goal completed grants her and her team a Laurel that increases power and movement speed, stacking three times. Her first ability, Rend, has Nike slam the ground three times. Each slam launches a damaging shockwave, and an enemy that's been hit more than once is debuffed, losing protections if hit twice and momentarily disarmed if hit three times. Her second ability, Barrier Formation, has her channel a shield in front of her that blocks basic attacks and damages and pushes away enemies that touch it. It will eventually explode in front of her, dealing damage, though the ability can be fired again to explode it early. Her third ability, Valiant Leap, is a jump that damages and knocks up enemies. Her ultimate, Sentinel of Zeus, has a light shine on her and pulse, damaging and slowing nearby enemies. The light transforms Nike into an armored sentinel for a short period of time, granting her up to 50% of her max health as a shield for the duration.
- An Axe to Grind: A particularly unique-looking one. The business end of it vaguely resemble wings.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of victory.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Sparrow skin.
- Barrier Warrior: Barrier Formation creates a barrier that moves with her, blocks ranged auto-attacks, constantly knocks back any enemies that approach the back-end of the barrier, and damages enemies within the barrier when it ends or is canceled, but reduces her movement and rate of rotation.
- Best Friend: Of Athena, essentially.
- Boring, but Practical: Nike's main source of damage is easily interrupted by crowd control, and she's more based around slowing enemies with her ultimate and knocking them into the air with Valiant Leap rather than truly killing the enemy...aside from her passive constantly granting her team bonus power and movement speed after the team kills enough gods, kill enough minions and reach level 20. As it turns out, this is so practical that this Goddess of Victory's win-rate is one of the best in the game.
- Born Lucky: Or uh, victorious.
- Boyish Short Hair: That goes up like Anime Hair that it's close enough that her hair has a combination of mohawk and pompadour
- Combos: Valiant Leap between enemies and your allies followed by Barrier Formation in front of your enemies to save your allies...or Valiant Leap behind enemies followed by Barrier Formation again to knock them back into your allies to doom your enemies.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Nike's axe has a spearhead on the other end.
- No-Sell: Barrier Formation utterly stops ranged basic attacks, and the knockback will also prevent dashing through her. Sentinel of Zeus also does a decent joke for stopping enemy attempts to kill her, since it momentarily provides crowd-control immunity for a small instance and then gives her half of her total health as a shield.
- Shockwave Stomp: Rend, created from her striking the ground with her axe.
- Shout-Out: Her jokes point out the Adaptational Displacement on how her name seems to be more synonymous to a certain shoes-making company.
- Her Sparrow skin is a general one to superheroes.
- Token Wholesome: Of the Greek pantheon, along with Artemis and Scylla (though she does have some of her arms showing unlike the other two). She's fully covered with armor and lacks high heels, which means she dresses more appropriately than her friend Athena when going into battle.
- Winged Humanoid: She has a pair of actual bird wings attached to her back.
The bloodthirsty god of war of Greece. Ares is not exactly everyone's favorite god. The sky darkens whenever he takes the field, riding a chariot drawn by fire-breathing steeds and delighting the clash of battle and smell of bloodshed. He represents a lot of things his people despised: war, strife, chaos, murder.
His father Zeus hated him for suspecting that he's born from an affair with Hera no thanks to Zeus' own infidelity. And his sister Athena hated him for standing for the opposite of what she stood for; intelligence, strategy and leadership in war. When they clashed in the Trojan War, she wounded and forced him to retreat. Ares also took interest in Aphrodite as a way to relieve his stress from all of the above.
At the very least, the Spartans worship him wholeheartedly for his manliness and fighting spirit, but even they know better to chain his statues to keep his unpredictable fury in check and making sure his spirit of victory never escaped Sparta.
Ares is both a bloodthirsty being and also a tortured and lonely soul. Still, a war between gods would feel more like home to him.
Ares is a Guardian god that can keep his opponents locked in place for his allies to take down. His passive, Blessed Presence, grants him bonus magical power for each item with an Aura effect he has. With his first ability, Shackles, Ares launches a chain from his shield that will shackle onto the first enemy god it contacts with, damaging and slowing them while speeding up Ares. If the first chain hits a target, Ares can launch up to two additional chains at no cost. His second ability, Bolster Defenses, buffs Ares and all nearby allies for a few seconds, increasing their physical and magical protections and reducing the duration of crowd control effects on them. With his third ability, Searing Flesh, flames start pouring out of Ares's shield for a few seconds, damaging all enemies in front of him for a percentage of their maximum health. With his ultimate ability, No Escape, Ares launches chains at all surrounding enemy gods. After a brief delay Ares will pull all chained enemies to his current location, damaging and stunning them.
Ares' alternate skins include Destroyer Ares, Diamond Sword Ares, SWC 2015 Ares, Soldier of Fortune Ares and Fernando Ares.
- Achilles' Heel: Ares has the longest cripple in the game combined with extremely high base damage with his Shackles ability, meaning he is quite dangerous for anyone to fight early game and has the potential to set up strong ganks. However, he was pretty much barred from use in the solo lane or jungle on account of having quite possibly the worst wave clear in the entire game, until Searing Flesh was changed to do more damage against minions. His new main weakness is missing his Shackles ability, which robs him of movement speed to get into the thick of an enemy team and prevents him from chasing enemies down.
- Action Dad: He's the father of Cupid/Eros.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of war, specifically the violence and bloodshed.
- Art Evolution: A beneficiary, with his model getting cleaned up a bit at one point.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His entire kit is built around this. Fitting since the mythical Ares was all about offense and bloodshed while Athena was about defense and strategy.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Ares is the definition of this trope. His kit is a bruiser's—lots of damage but little CC, which is the exact opposite of what you need as a tank.
- He has very powerful CC on his ultimate, the problem is that it's too telegraphed and gives opponents too much time to react and counter it. However, he's far more useful in Arena and Assault due to constant 5v5s, meaning CC-immunities are very likely to be wasted before he uses his ult.
- Badass Beard: Ares has a goatee.
- Badass in Charge: Or he likes to assert himself as one, giving commands when using Bolster Defenses.Allies! Follow my lead!
- Chained by Fashion: His armor is covered in lots of chains that he uses for his attacks.
- Chain Pain: Though not very improvised. One of Ares's abilities involves chains coming out of his shield, while his ultimate has him fling chains outward to enemies within range and then reeling them all in after a short duration.
- Composite Character: Quite possibly as a result of Ancient Grome seeped with Gameplay and Story Segregation. Personality-wise, Ares is the original Greek version: ruthless, bloodthirsty, and rude. However, he's designated as a Guardian, a role meant for soaking up damage and protecting his allies, a role much more fitting for Mars. The Romans saw Mars as a great benevolent and protective deity as a result of their War Is Glorious attitude. The Greeks thought War Is Hell, hence Ares' personality.
- Crutch Character: Probably the best example of this among the Guardians. He hurts a lot early game and his ultimate is more likely to work early game as well, as it's more likely that people haven't bought the Purification relic yet. However, his damage starts to fall off after level 9 as he cannot rank up Shackles any further; combined with the ease of countering his ult and his lack of hard CC outside of this, this causes him to be much less effective mid and late game (this is a major reason that he isn't picked often in competitive play).
- Cutscene Power to the Max: During the lore parts of Odyssey 2017, Ares is capable of snatching Chaac's axe and killing him with it. In-game, he can't even steal other gods' weapons and because he's a Guardian, he's less likely to kill other gods that easily... Chaac definitely included.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: His ability to dish out a lot of damage by himselfis what sets Ares apart from other tanks, and this is how he does it. He can fire up to three chains, which can stack on the same target and each tick for damage four times, and then follow up with his Searing Flesh ability, which ticks for damage eight times with each tick dealing two separate instances of damage! All told, his full combo of 3 Shackles + Searing Flesh deals twenty-eight separate instances of damage in about five seconds. For extra lolz, pick up Mystical Mail, which will tick for damage five or six times during that combo while also proc'ing Ares's passive.
- Expy: No Escape is basically a delayed Reverse Polarity.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: He blows fire from the skull mouth of his shield.
- Foil: To Athena. They're both Guardians, but Athena uses her ultimate to go over to her allies to aid them and taunt enemies off of them, while Ares pulls enemies into him for his team to kill, and all of his crowd-control has a more delayed delivery method which makes him a bit poor at saving allies in dire straits, but great at initiating a successful attack for them.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: But thankfully Denton the Cyclops will as he tries to hold back Ares from attacking the screen during his losing animation.
- Irony: Ares', definition of Rated M for Manly, damage type is magical, so he cannot buy items that showcase his physical prowess, instead building more like a Mage.
"ERROR 201: You do magical damage with a sword."
- Referenced by a specific line the G.E.B. 1 skin has for killing him:
- Even more irony abound when Bellona, his Distaff Counterpart (and the Roman counterpart of his consort Enyo), turns out to be a Warrior and can thus buy physical items.
- Lethal Joke Character: If played in the jungle despite his bad wave clear (as mentioned above) he can invoke this, as people will almost certainly not expect him to be in this role and subsequently won't buy Purification at level 1 to counter his ultimate, leading to an easy gank for him at level 5. However, it's also quite likely to just be a straight up Joke Character and get you flamed by your team. Just thinking that only his ultimate counts can spell doom to those underestimating him, however, because Ares's Shackles, when aimed properly, will prevent any movement skills, so his victims can just try to run in vain while their gap-closers cannot be used to escape, and then Ares can just burn that victim while his friend help beat down the shackled victim (even better if the victim is squishy). Sure, Purification can set them free, but that means it'll make them vulnerable to his ultimate, unless they have other means of anti-crowd control. Because of this, Ares thrives more in non-Conquest modes like Arena or Assault, as when combined with other crowd control-capable gods he basically forces a Sadistic Choice if they want to sacrifice their anti-CC feature for Ares's ultimate (or force them to buy Purification rather than something else for their two Active items whenever they see Ares as one of their enemies), or the other mass crowd control attack, and the nature of 'constant teamfights all the time' gives him more targets to capture at once more frequently.
- He usually gets more dangerous in any case he's paired with the Morrigan. While his ultimate is telegraphed and easy to counter, if the Morrigan copies Ares and pulls the same ult again in a short time, the ultimate practically becomes unavoidable unless the enemy learns to spread out and completely flee the enemy team in a short time and not grouping up for awhile.
- Mighty Glacier: He has notoriously high damage output for a tank character with his Shackles ability, and Bolster Defences is a surprisingly powerful protection and crowd-control reduction aura. However, he has no inherent mobility in his kit whatsoever—unless he's attacking you with Shackles.
- Not the Intended Use: His passive clearly indicates to players "Build aura items to support your team". However, crowd-control immunity (such as the Purification Beads relic) can stop his ultimate from giving off a real impressive showing and the only way to deal with that is to be able cast it again before the crowd-control immunity sources are available again, and so cooldown-reduction items are probably even more valued to Ares.
- Paper Tiger: Played with on one of his unused jokes. He'd boast that he'll never be beaten by a girl, but backpedals a bit to make sure a certain girl (Athena) isn't around to hear it."Me, defeated by a girl?! That's just a horrible rumor!... Uh, she is not here, is she?"
- Percent Damage Attack: The only god to have one as a normal ability, with Searing Flesh.
- Playing with Fire: His main source of damage from his abilities has flames burst out of his shield in a cone in front of him.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: If you hear him saying "I have you now!" and there's a chain around you, you better prepare your CC-immune options in the right time, because if not, Ares will 100% drag you stunned to him and prepare a big ass-kicking, by him or his allies.
- Rated M for Manly: His intimidating-looking armor and sword and shield, combined with his chain and flame-filled gameplay, are clearly for some blatant Rule of Cool. And for a Guardian-type god, Ares's skill set is designed to jump to the enemy frays and wreak havoc as much as he can, with only his ultimate as his means of hard crowd control.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Both his splash art and his in-game model depict him with glowing red eyes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Athena's blue.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Portraying him as Rated M for Manly. Not only do ancient Greek statues portray him as a youth, but the Greeks (except the Spartans) absolutely hated him for being cowardly, blustering, and bloodthirsty, traits that aren't exactly considered manly and well-liked today. Essentially he was more like a teenage bully than a hulking, musclebound man. Then again, since most of these myths were written by Athenians, Cultural Posturing must be taken into account.
- Serrated Blade of Pain: To go along with how he represents the cruelty and brutality of war.
- Shoulders of Doom: Wears a very large shoulder pad on his left arm.
- Shout-Out: It's hard to imagine his ultimate line "I have you now!" isn't a Darth Vader reference.
- Sword Pointing: In his laugh emote.
- The Unfavorite: Just like the original source, everybody hates Ares. In fact, when Zeus got his visual update, the only child he got a special taunt for was just Ares.
- Variable-Length Chain: These chains can reach pretty damn far, especially for his ultimate.
- War God: One of the more disliked.
- You Will Not Evade Me: With the "you" being every enemy god in range.
There are two kinds of soldiers in war: Those fighting for blood, craving the clash of steel and smell of slaughter, and those fighting for honor, knowing the wisdom of justice, the kindness of mercy, believing that life should never be taken wantonly. The former usually seek Ares, but the latter seek his sister Athena.
Athena pretty much stood as the opposite of Ares; favored by her father Zeus, being a paragon of incorruptible virtue and worshiped with righteous fervor, and the greatest city Athens is named after her. To Athena, life is a precious thing that shouldn't be wasted in frivolous battle.
During the Trojan War, Athena sided with the Greeks to fight against Ares while upholding the divine law of war. After a mighty battle, Athena rose victorious and with that, the Greeks defeated the Trojans.
Both deities were prayed upon for this war between gods, but for Athena, battle is a necessity. She knows that honor is for the living; the dead need none of it.
Athena is a Guardian goddess, feared for her crowd control and her consistent map presence. Her passive, Reach, enhances her next basic attack after using any ability, transforming it into a ranged spear throw that damages all opponents it passes through. With her first ability, Preemptive Strike, Athena charges up and then dashes forward, stopping upon colliding with an enemy god and damaging and slowing them. She also gains one stack of Block, negating the next basic attack from an enemy god. Her second ability, Confound, emits a wave of light from her shield, forcing all opponents in a cone in front of Athena to approach and attack her for a brief period of time. Her third ability, Shield Wall, summons a host of spectral warriors around Athena that damage all opponents around her on arrival and, after a brief delay, strike again and disappear, damaging all nearby enemies again. With her ultimate ability, Defender of Olympus, Athena selects an allied God anywhere of the map and, after a few seconds, launches herself into the air and lands next to them, damaging all surrounding foes. Additionally, while she's preparing to jump, all damage dealt to the allied God is reduced by a percentage.
Athena's alternate skins include High Counselor Athena, Red Star Athena, Winter Olympian Athena, Liberté Athena, Shield of Gorgon Athena, Peacekeeper Athena, Enforcer Athena, Allegiance Athena, Amazon Athena, Knight of Wisdom Athena, Mystic Guardian Athena, and Blight Guardian Athena.
- Adaptational Heroism: Like the other Greek gods, the mythological Athena could be more brutal and petty than the version shown here. For instance, in Medusa's lore she punishes Medusa for accepting a proposition from Poseidon (which she couldn't turn down anyways). In one of the original stories Medusa was straight-up raped by Poseidon and Athena still punished her.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the strategic aspects of war.
- Big Damn Heroes: Her ultimate, Defender of Olympus, has her teleport to an ally after 4.2 seconds while making them take 20% less damage during those 4.2 seconds. She also does magic damage upon arrival, which can allow her to pull off some critical entries into a fight."Reinforcements on the way!"
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: She seems to be aware of having a Russian accent and will insist that it's Greek...but when using the Red Star Athena skin, she has a quote saying that she now gets the "joke" and remarks about Hi-Rez's "smart move".
- Chewing the Scenery: The Russian accent makes her a little hammier than most gods, but she still keeps her voice level normal at least. Except for one of her quotes for buying an offensive item, in which she seems to suddenly emphasise one word in particular out of blue."Sometimes POWERRRR is needed!"
- Combat Stilettos:"It is not easy fighting in these high-heels. Oh, but it is so worth it!"
- Combos: Her Shield Wall ability hits twice, but has a significant two-second delay on the second hit which does the majority of the ability's damage, which makes hitting enemy gods that are unhampered and paying attention largely impossible. Thus, Athena depends on using her Confound ability to pull enemy gods toward Shield Wall's area to damage them with the second hit.
- The Cavalry: Don't die in 4.2 seconds (the 20% damage reduction will help you a bit with that), and Defender of Olympus will let Athena pop in to save your day.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: While not as nasty as the trope usually is, she does smack Denton and some creeps around in her losing animation.
- Dynamic Entry: Athena's ultimate, Defender of Olympus, can have Athena appear unexpectedly from the other side of the map to help the ally it was cast on. Even more so if an ally manages to stay nearby when she enters, as the damage of the ability is decently significant.
- Foil: Ares is directly compared to her in her background as another Greek WarGod who goes about his position rather differently. Their ultimates are also downright opposites - Athena uses hers to directly go to the aid of a single ally while Ares uses his to pull potentially multiple enemies to himself.
- Genius Bruiser: Goddess of wisdom and actually stronger than her brother Ares, if their respective health pools are anything to go by.
- Genius Ditz: She's a goddess of wisdom, but you probably wouldn't guess it from her outlandish accent, enthusiastic voicelines, and lack of proper grammar."You is rockstar!"
"I am greatest!"
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her heroic Martial Pacifist approach to war is reflected in her blonde hair. Her Foil Ares has brown hair. Also unmentioned in her background (but quite likely researched and known by the developers regardless) is that she was a virgin goddess. She is also confirmed to be one of the gods who wanted to protect humanity from the gods who wanted to subjugate them, as confirmed in the Smite comics. Definitely good.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Two famous people from Classical Mythology that she has cursed have now taken a stand against her: Arachne and Medusa.
- I Shall Taunt You: Her ability ''Confound' does this, releasing "a shockwave of power from her shield, taunting enemy gods, and forcing them to fight or chase her.""Over here!"
- Javelin Thrower: A slight example - her passive, Reach, causes her to throw a spear as a ranged attack that passes through all targets, which deals slightly more damage than a normal basic attack.
- Liberté Athena wields a musket with a bayonet instead of a spear and she well, also hurls it. No, she doesn't fire the musket at all.
- Light Is Good: Athena does not directly Light 'em Up, but she is portrayed very sympathetically and her abilities use a golden-light color regardless. That said, there are some chinks in her apparent goodness. First is what happened to Arachne and Medusa. The second? Her victory animation is actually having her act downright abusive to Denton. But besides that she's mostly good.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: From enemy basic attacks.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: As one of her jokes:"I like to imagine my enemy's fear looking me in the eye, but we both know where they truly gaze."
- No-Sell: The passive bonus granted by her first ability, Block, allows her to do this with enemy basic attacks. When she has stacks of Block available, enemy basic attacks will neither do damage nor apply any on-hit effects to her. The word "absorb" even pops up in text over her head.
- No Sense of Humor: Liberté Athena's joke lines all consist of her saying the plight of her people is nothing to joke about. Yeah well, how does fighting here help them?!
- Not the Intended Use: As with Ymir, Athena's high base damage and powerful CC has led to her being played as a jungler in addition to her traditional role as a support.
- Practical Taunt: Her Confound ability taunts enemy gods, forcing them to use basic attacks against her and only basic attacks for the duration of it. Some exploit this by buying items which punish gods for hitting her with basic attacks, such as Hide of the Nemean Lion and Midgardian Mail.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ares's red.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Does this in the comic book.
- Retirony: Referenced in one of Peacekeeper/Enforcer Athena's joke lines."Have you heard? Minion 6 only two days from retirement! Lucky guy."
- Rule of Funny: The only possible explanation for her accent.
- The Smart Guy: She's a goddess of wisdom and scrolls hang on the left side of her belt to reflect that visually. Her lines suggest otherwise however, portraying her as The Ditz.
- Spin Attack: Every third hit in her basic attack chain.
- Unexplained Accent: Despite being a Greek god, she has a Russian accent. Sure, the nations of eastern Europe owe a lot to the Greeks culturally, but the accent's a bit much (and the chances are good that the folks at Hi-Rez don't know this anyway, making the accent completely inexplicable). It's used as an in-joke for her Red Star Athena skin.
- War God: More specifically of just war and strategy.
Cerberus is the three-headed hell hound with a snake for his tail. The bite of any of his heads is capable of tearing through the souls of the dead. He was born from the mother of monsters, Echidna, but was given the ownership to the King of the Underworld, Hades, where Cerberus guarded the gates of underworld, and could be seen just as souls travel in the river of Styx headed to the underworld just before he mercilessly chewed on their souls.
Lately, Cerberus could be seen outside of the underworld, hunting for souls in the surface during the battle between Gods. He has the orders from Hades, and like a loyal pet to his master, Cerberus is eager to do his new job.
Cerberus is an aggressive Guardian god geared towards sustaining himself with area control and lifesteal. His passive, Spirit of Death, reduces the healing of any nearby enemy god by 20%, while granting himself 40% of it. His first ability, Paralyzing Spit, fires a ball of venom from his snake tail, damaging enemies and stopping at the first enemy god. Each of Cerberus's dog heads becomes Alert after a successful basic attack, and each Alert head will also spit venom when the ability is cast. Each projectile that hits the same target deals less damage, but the target is stunned if hit with all four. His second ability, Ghastly Breath, bellows toxin from his heads in a cone in front of him, damaging and reducing protections over time. Additionally, all of Cerberus's heads are automatically made Alert afterwards. His third ability, Soul Expulsion, is a short leap that damages and severs the souls of enemies hit. Severed souls appear as damageable ghostly visages that will heal Cerberus if he kills them. His ultimate, Stygian Torment, makes him wail out, lifting and damaging all enemy gods around him. After a brief delay, Cerberus pulls all affected gods to a spot directly in front of him. During this delay, Cerberus can move freely, allowing him to position where enemies will be pulled.
- Achilles' Heel: Cerberus' passive makes him a walking healing counter - you heal around him, you heal for less...and then heal him for half of it as well!
- Ascended Extra: He was only mentioned during one of Hades' jokes when he's reminding himself to bring bones of the enemies for him and the Conquest map has a statue of him somewhere... and suddenly he would be a playable deity.
- Breath Weapon: Paralyzing Spit and Ghastly Breath both.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Paralyzing Spit is capable of a very impressive amount of damage and stuns the enemy, but hitting an enemy with all four projectiles to do so is one of the tougher skillshots in the game.
- Hell Hound: Of course, being the Trope Codifier and all.
- Cool Pet: He is Hades' guardian 3-headed with a snake-tail dog. Also he symbolises The Underworld and Hades himself. And talks.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Officially, he's supposed to be a three-headed dog with a snake for a tail. But he's also covered with scales and has exposed teeth and nostrils like a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Multiple Head Case: His three dogs must be made "Alert" by landing attacks or using Ghastly Breath, otherwise his snake tail will be the only head spewing venom with Paralyzing Spit.
- Slasher Smile: His three heads each have their teeth displayed in the manner of a T-Rex, which makes him appear to be sporting three Slasher Smiles.
- You Will Not Evade Me: His ultimate surpasses even Ares in reeling in enemies - before they are pulled over to him, enemies are suspended in the air.
- Your Soul is Mine!: I mean, it is his job to keep them in the Underworld...he's just being proactive now on the battlefield.
As the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite has the perfect looks to inspire radiance to anyone she came across. Her soul, on the other hand, has been rather lonely and insecure.
After being married with the god of smiths, Hephaestus (or known as Vulcan in Rome), she was ignored as he locked himself in his smith to quell his rage of being thrown from Olympus by Hera. This was a severe blow to Aphrodite's sense of worth, feeling herself unworthy of her marriage. To find consolation over this pain, she either courted with Ares or entered as many beauty contests she could find.
One day, the goddess of discord, Eris (Discordia in Rome) threw a golden apple with the writing "To the fairest" on it during a wedding. Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena fought over it. Zeus appointed Paris, a Trojan prince, to pick a winner. He couldn't decide so the three goddesses offered him things in return for choosing them. Aphrodite won the title by offering him Helen of Troy (who was already married). This ultimately led to the catastrophic Trojan War and the end of the Greek pantheon, devastating Aphrodite as a result of her victory.
She found her chance to redeem herself in the current war between gods, hoping to stop the war and find true inner beauty.
Aphrodite is a Mage goddess, capable of supporting an ally god with strong heals, buffs, crowd control, and her own not-inconsiderable damage. Her passive, Center of Attention, grants her physical and magical protections for all gods nearby her, stacking up to nine times. With her first ability, Kiss, Aphrodite blows a kiss forward in a line. If it hits an allied God they will be marked as her Soul Mate, forming a link between the two that will grant them both bonus movement speed and mana regeneration. However, it will break if they stray too far away from each other, and she can only have one Soul Mate at the same time. If it hits an enemy God they will be briefly stunned and Aphrodite's Soul Mate will get jealous, temporarily increasing all damage they deal. Her second ability, Back Off!, emits a blast of energy from Aphrodite, damaging and knocking back all surrounding enemies. If she has a Soul Mate, a second explosion will emit from them, damaging and slowing all surrounding foes. With her third ability, Love Birds, Aphrodite will call forth a flock of doves that will fly forward in a line, damaging all enemies in their path over time for a few seconds. Aphrodite and her Soul Mate are also automatically healed over time for the same duration. Her ultimate ability, Undying Love, cleanses Aphrodite and her Soul Mate of all crowd control effects and renders them immune to all damage for a brief duration.
Aphrodite's alternate skins include Majestrix Aphrodite, Afro-Dite, Diva Aphrodite, Beach Babe Aphrodite, Aphra Cadabra Aphrodite.
- Adaptational Modesty: To be fair, it's not hard to wear more modest clothing when your original version is portrayed as being completely naked most of the time.
- Zigzagged with some statues of her portraying her topless, but with a long skirt covering her bottom half.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Funnily enough, this trope is done by the soulmate bond between Aphrodite and an ally breaking just from moving a decent amount of distance away from each other!
- Action Mom: She's the mother of Cupid/Eros.
- Adaptational Heroism, Lighter and Softer: The original Aphrodite was similar to most Olympian gods and could be horrific if she wanted to, like antagonizing her son Eros and Psyche. In this rendition, while she does act like how she did in the original myth, her lore implies that she's a Broken Bird trying to cope with her lack of self-worth through all her Proud Beauty acts and cheating. She is actually horrified with the result of the Trojan War that was caused because she won "the Fairest" apple from Hera and Athena (in the original myth, she's just satisfied with winning the title and couldn't care less about the war), and her reason to join the Battlefield of the Gods is to make amends. Basically, thanks to some liberties, Aphrodite can somehow look sympathetic.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Why else do you think she hangs out with Ares? Though subverted in that only Aphrodite gives a damn about him, the rest of the ladies thinking he's horrifying. And even then, she's not above taunting him if she ever scores a kill on him.
- Anything That Moves: Aphrodite's soulmate can include male gods, female gods, demons, anthropomorphic animals, monkeys, wolves, dragons, Ne Zha, Cupid... they are also easily distracted by her blowing a kiss at them.
- Fridge Horror: Cupid is not only a toddler, he's Aphrodite's son! Though frankly, Greek mythology being what it is, she's related to almost everyone in the Greek pantheon anyway.
- The Atoner: To some extent, for inciting The Trojan War, which in this universe, caused the destruction of her Greek pantheon.
- Bare Your Midriff: As you can see from her picture up there, her outfit doesn't cover much, least of all her stomach.
- Braids of Action: What she wears her Rapunzel Hair in.
- Broken Bird: Her lore describes her as such, although you wouldn't know it from her lines in-game.
- Broken Tears, Fainting: Mostly Played for Laughs. Her defeated animation first has her crying over her defeat so much that she faints onto Denton's arms. Aphrodite is not too pleased when she finds out who protected her fall, and then proceeds to kick the crap out of Denton before going back to crying.
- Captain Ersatz: Zigzagged. While they look nothing alike, Aphrodite probably takes a lot of cues from Ahri, being the resident Ms Fanservices with the power to seduce anyone they want while harboring deep regret over the effects of their powers and trying to atone for their past. Not to mention both of their repertoires involve blowing a kiss. However, Aphrodite (Support Mage) plays completely differently than Ahri (Assassin Mage), even how their kisses work!
- And now a huge one with Taric, that shares almost all of Aphrodite's mechanics, plus healing and Ultimate. However, while Taric technically came first, all these changes came from a recent rework, which means Hi-Rez actually did it first.
- Her Kiss/Love Birds mechanics are also very similar to Io's ability to tether to an ally and share any regen. However, she has more straightforward damage than Io in her own right and the ultimates provide very different benefits to the tethered allies.
- Dude Magnet: Of such a degree she has an ability apparently created after having to fend off her innumerable suitors.
- Clingy Jealous Girl, Guy, Whatever Aphrodite's Soulmate is...: Aphrodite blowing a kiss toward an enemy enrages her soulmate to give them a damage boost.
- Combat Medic: While she requires an allied god to be made her soulmate with Kiss to use all her kit's offerings, she is decently capable on her own between Love Birds' impressive healing and Back Off's ability to harass an enemy out of lane.
- Combos: Love Birds travels slowly down a clearly marked rectangular area, making it very easy to avoid normally. Hence she will usually hit an enemy with Kiss first to stun them and guarantee that Love Birds will hit. And of course, Kiss is meant to be used on an ally so you can also heal them and make them invincible with Love Birds and Undying Love respectively.
- Does This Make Me Look Fat?: One of her possible responses if buying a defensive item.As long as it doesn't make me look fat!
- Distracted by the Sexy: Blowing a kiss at enemy gods stuns them. Any god. Doesn't affect minions, though; perhaps they get she's out of their league.One kiss from me will make you forget why we were even fighting.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Any god can be affected by Aphrodite's Kiss ability, which marks them as soulmates.
- Feathered Fiend: Her Love Birds ability heals Aphrodite and her soulmate... but also damages any enemies caught in its range over time.
- Gorgeous Greek: Well, she's the goddess of love and beauty, and she's from a Greek pantheon. This goes without saying.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Double Subverted—she's a Broken Bird blonde that Really Gets Around who caused The Trojan War with her insecurity... but is implied to have genuinely regretted her actions and seeks to atone for it.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Undying love is a more physical than abstract concept with regards to Aphrodite.
- Hot God: The hot god.
- Magic Staff: Wields a staff where she channels most of her magical power for both normal attacks or her offensive spells.
- The Medic: Her Love Birds ability provides very significant healing to herself and her soulmate and her ultimate Undying Love renders them both temporarily invincible to damage while removing crowd control effects.
- Ironically, this doesn't work as well in teamfights, as she can only heal one target at a time. Compare to other healers like Ra or Hel, who can heal everyone at once. However, Aphrodite's heals are still considered stellar because they heal at a fast rate if she builds up magical damage and they can hurt multiple enemies hard.
- Ms. Fanservice: Completely justified as Aphrodite isn't the "goddess of beauty" for nothing.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Serves as one of her jokes.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The Power of Love renders Aphrodite and her soulmate immune to all damage and removes any crowd control effects upon them for the short duration of Undying Love.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Even if she's a more sympathetic Broken Bird in this version, it doesn't change the fact that she's still pretty antagonistic to Psyche as detailed in Cupid's lore (considering that she's Venus).
- Pink Means Feminine: While she's not wearing pink, a lot of her spell colors are frilly pink. And she's very feminine.
- Power Floats: One of the many, many gods who apparently think walking is beneath them.
- The Power of Love: Aphrodite's abilities in a nutshell.
- Really Gets Around: If you know anything more about the goddess Aphrodite than her name, you probably would've known this already.
- Proud Beauty: She isn't subtle about her job in her emotes, though her lore would imply this is just her trying to compensate for her insecurity.
- Pyrrhic Victory: She won the title of "the Fairest" from Eris/Discordia's apple... and then the Greek pantheon ended due to the Trojan War as a result and turned into the Roman pantheon afterwards. Not exactly a victory Aphrodite can be proud of.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Her Broken Bird description for Smite is certainly artistic license verging on Wild Mass Guessing, where her myths provide no hints that she had any sort of self-esteem issues, much less gave a damn about starting the Trojan War (she supported the Trojans by the way). She was one of the nastiest goddesses in the Greek pantheon.
- Shout-Out: Buying an offensive item might make her exclaim "So hot right now!" Killing Zhong Kui might have her ask him to paint her like one of his Chinese girls.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: Cheats on her husband Hephaestus... a lot... but Hephaestus is stated to be inattentive, which leaves her feeling worthless. However, Hephaestus is also stated to be doing this to her unwittingly. How? Look at Vulcan's entry in the Roman page.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: She doesn't think she's found she has it yet though.
Oh, but you are beautiful!... in the dark.You should strive to find beauty in all things! Clearly in some things, it's just easier to find.
- This doesn't stop her from mocking her enemies and allies.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Sort of. Hephaestus is noted to be hideous to look at when compared to Aphrodite. However, Hephaestus' Roman counterpart, Vulcan, is in the game and isn't that bad looking. No Ship Tease exists between Aphrodite and Vulcan so far.
- Valley Girl: Aphrodite has a minor case of this, with several "Oh. My. God" lines and inserting "totally" in some of them. She racks it Up to Eleven when wearing the Beach Babe skin.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: While she is mostly Support, Aphrodite actually has a rather high damage potential, so if her soulmate is bullied, a well-placed Kiss followed by Love Birds and Back Off may end up driving away or killing anyone that harasses her mate.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Is officially the prettiest Greek goddess thanks to Paris awarding her the title. She's also arguably the most Stripperiffic.
The immeasurable element known as time has existed since the beginning, measuring existence by the means of age. Inevitably, however, time for all things always come to an end, but time still remained a constant in the universe.
Managing this time through the clock of eternity is the Keeper of Time, Chronos. He has existed since the primordial chaos when everything was empty, and along with his mate, the Queen of Fate Ananke, he weaved through the cosmos and divided their power to heaven, earth, sky and sea. Afterwards, his job was to be the observer of all things. And as time itself, he will outlast everything, so there is no sense of urgency within Chronos.
And yet the war between gods threatens the existence of time itself, forcing Chronos to take up arms and any other gods may want to count their remaining time left.
Chronos is a Mage god who continually gets stronger thanks to his passive, Time Lord, which grants him a stack increasing his magical power every two minutes of game time, up to a max of 25. With his first ability, Time Rift, Chronos creates a time anomaly at a nearby area that detonates after a brief delay, damaging all foes inside. His second ability, Accelerate, grants Chronos a movement and attack speed bonus for a few seconds, with the movement speed bonus slowly increasing as the ability gets closer to wearing off. It also stops the Wheel of Time, which grants Chronos a different bonus for a few seconds depending on what section it stops on: increased health regeneration, a reduction to the mana cost of all his abilities, bonus magical power, or bonus magical damage to his basic attacks. His third ability, Stop Time, shoots several time gears forward, damaging and slowing all enemies they pass through. After a small delay, all enemies hit are briefly stunned. With his ultimate ability, Rewind, Chronos moves back in time to his location eight seconds ago, with the same health and mana he had at that moment as well as resetting the cooldown of all his basic abilities.
Chronos' alternate skins include Timelord Chronos, Fallen Lord Chronos, Super Chronos 64 and Father Time Chronos
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of time.
- Clock Punk: Has a bunch of gears on him, and his upper body is made of gears. He takes some of said upper body gears out to juggle for his victory animation.
- Fragile Speedster: Chronos is fairly squishy. However, he not only has an ability that speeds him up, but he also usually buys the highest movement speed item in the game on top of (between the item and his steroid) not having either attacking or backpedaling movement penalties. And then if you do manage to lay a hand on him his ultimate lets him rewind eight seconds to where he was with the health, mana, and cooldowns he had back then. Have fun trying to kill him.
- Magic Knight: Chronos can be built as a magical basic-attacker, much like Freya and new Ao Kuang. If done like that, by the end of the game, his abilities would be the least of your worries as his normal attacks will hurt you more than any of his abilities do.
- Magikarp Power: Chronos has fairly lackluster damage and wave clear during the early game, and has one of the few completely non-damaging ultimates, so he doesn't get a big spike in potential damage at level 5 like most Mages. However, the scaling on his abilities is excellent; come late game, he won't need a big flashy ultimate to kill you and you'll wish he didn't have an ultimate so you can actually kill him.
- Mystical White Hair: Very long and white.
- One Steve Limit: Of a mythological sort. Chronos should not be confused with Kronos, king of the Titans and father of Zeus. That "h" makes all the difference.
- Time Master: You know, just in case his title didn't make it clear enough for you.
- Shout-Out: One of Chronos's jokes state that time is a wibbly wobbly Timey-Wimey Ball. More subtly, he has a skin called "Time Lord".
- His dance is one to The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Winged Humanoid: Has a pair of small, mechanical wings which serve no purpose but to look cool.
The king of the underworld and the eldest son of the Titan Cronus. Hades was consumed by his father, but was saved by his younger sibling Zeus and along with his siblings he waged a rebellion that overthrew Cronus and set up the age of the Olympian gods. For his participation in the rebellion, Hades was given the underworld to rule. It's not the most beloved job, but it is an inevitability that people die in the end, someone has to take care of it. And Hades knows ways to make sure the souls never leave.
For instance, when Hades desired a wife, he kidnapped the daughter of Demeter, Persephone, causing Demeter to be filled with anguish and cursed mankind with a great famine that other gods begged her to stop, but she would not relent until her daughter was returned to him. Hades decided to let Persephone go, but not after he had her consume some pomegranate seeds that would force her to return to him for part of the year, thereby creating what is known as winter.
Although he rules over dark aspects, Hades was known to be a stern and fair ruler since his domain is a necessary one. He hates those who cheat death and steal from him. However, for some reason, Hades might have his own sinister agenda in the wake of this war between gods...
Hades is a Mage god, formerly a Guardian, who packs a lot of crowd control and sustained damage, as well as a surprising amount of resilience. His passive, Blight, applies a debuff to any enemy struck by his basic attacks or his first two abilities, adding extra effects to his powers. Using his first ability, Death From Below, Hades submerges below the ground and emerges in the target area, dealing damage and applying Blight to all enemies caught by the blast. Enemies already affected by Blight are additionally slowed. His second ability, Shroud of Darkness, projects a wave of energy in a short but wide cone in front of him, silencing and applying Blight to all affected enemies. Enemies already affected by Blight are feared, forced to run directly away from Hades. His third ability, Devour Souls, deals damage to all nearby enemies. Additionally, every struck enemy that had been affected by Blight explodes, consuming the debuff and dealing damage to nearby enemies, as well as healing Hades's allies. His ultimate ability, Pillar of Agony, is a stationary channel that increases Hades' protections as he deals damage over time and drags closer all enemies caught in the area-of-effect. Enemies affected by Blight additionally have their protections reduced.
Hades' alternate skins include Bloodfire Hades, Soultaker Hades, Classic Hades and Grim Wraith Hades.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, he helps murder Zeus. He's not much better in the game itself, being the closest thing it has to a Big Bad.
- Boring, but Practical: Hades's laning phase consists of little more than dashing into the middle of creeps and following up with his 3, then waiting for the next wave to do it over again. However, this combo clears the enemy creep wave instantly while healing Hades for a huge amount, and also making it very dangerous for the enemy god to come near while he does it. Early game, he's very hard to trade with or force out of lane because of this.
- Casting a Shadow: Specifically, his attacks spread plague and terror.
- Big Bad: The side-stories are putting him more and more in this category.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Though it sure isn't nice. And it's scary.
- The comics have a double-subversion. Turns out Hades is amongst the Gods that wanted humanity to be subjugated so it would seem that they play him as a villain. However, he acted out of order instead of malice.
- This may also be averted as it turns out in the comic, Hades conspires with Hel to kill Zeus in order for him to claim the throne of Olympus for himself.
- The Dreaded: Everyone's afraid of Hades and one of his attacks used on a Blighted foe will send them running in a panic for a short while.
- Fog Feet: Which he uses in his ultimate to swirl soul around and draw people in.
- Lightning Bruiser: Among the Mages, he's this. Death From Below allows him to zip around quite frequently, Devour Souls lets him stay in the fight far longer than what you'd expect from a mage, and while he lacks burst he has more than enough sustained damage to murder half a team.
- No Sense of Humor: What's that? You were expecting him to be like James Woods? Let his "joke"-command tell you what you're up for when playing as him:"Hades does NOT make jokes!"
- Not the Intended Use: Despite being classified as a Guardian, Hades has a ranged basic attack like a Mage (and he's one of only two Guardians with this trait), and tends to be played in the mid or solo lanes with damage items, also more like a Mage (as opposed to other Guardians, who usually play a support role in the duo lane). Whether or not Hi-Rez designed him with this in mind isn't clear.
- Later just straight-up changed to being a Mage in Season 3.
- Shout-Out: His dance emote references this video.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: His robe is made partly of bones.
- Your Soul is Mine!
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They're pretty much the only part of Hades' face you can see under that horned helmet.
- You Will Not Evade Me: The main purpose of his ultimate. It tends to be a case of Awesome, but Impractical since any dash or leap ability can be used to escape from it scot-free, but if you get caught in it without an escape you're probably dead (if not from the damage of the ultimate, then from his teammates following up with free skillshots while you're held in place for four seconds).
Born from the Titan Cronus, devoured and then rescued by her brother Zeus, Hera was eventually wed to Zeus and reigned as the queen of the gods, with the mastery of divinity and reshaping anything, from nature to whoever crossed her. She has watched over the universe shaping their legends, from legends of her husband Zeus and her stepson Hercules, but as the gods between various pantheons waged war against each other, Hera could watch no longer; she had to take matters into her own hands.
By her side was her mighty champion, Argus. Hera has had experience in war, leading armies and rallying great heroes on her own. With the world descending into calamity, it is Hera's duty to set it right and set her name among the legends of gods.
Hera is a Mage Goddess with a dual presence thanks to the existence of her champion, Argus. She can summon Argus using her Ultimate, Argus, the Defender, where he will crash into a target area, knocking up nearby Gods and start attacking nearby enemies with a single target-AOE normal attack combo, while Hera can redirect his target by re-casting the spell when he's on the field. Her Passive, Commanding Presence compliments with this Ultimate; every successful damages from normal attacks or skills to other Gods dealt by Hera will reduce the Ultimate's cooldown if Argus is inactive, or heal Argus otherwise. Her first skill Royal Assault makes Hera unleash a wave of energy in front of her as well as summoning two portals in a direction in front of her, in which after a short delay, both portals each throw in a fist of Argus that slams the enemy in the middle. Hera's second skill Polymorph had her blast out a wave of magic in line, damaging anyone in the way, and if it hits a God, they will be turned into a random, harmless monster. Finally, Hera's third skill Divine Shroud grants her a shield and bonus movement speed for herself for a few seconds, and if Argus is active, he gains the temporary bonus speed while exchanging the shield with a damaging aura.
Hera's alternate skins include Crimson Queen Hera.
- Abusive Parents: The most well-known myth that says how Vulcan became crippled has her throw him off Olympus for being ugly (or she threw him off for already being crippled). That said, Zeus isn't much better as a parent towards him (and another version says Zeus was the one that threw him off for intervening in a fight between him and Hera on her behalf).
- Action Mom: She's the mother of Ares, Bellona/Enyo, and Vulcan/Hephaestus.
- Adaptational Heroism: Zigzagged. Though several lores paint her as the brutal and petty goddess that she's characterized as in the original myths, Smite's in game lore appears to paint her in a more heroic light as she's trying to unite the pantheons after the events of Ragnarok.
- Her lore and in game lines also seem to paint her as a noble queen who fights for the sake of her people. Her Odyssey implies that with Zeus out of commission, it's up to the next highest authority to defend Olympus, it just happens to be Hera, the queen.
- Animal Motif: As the peacock was Hera's sacred animal, Hera sits on a throne where the backrest looks like a peacock's tail feathers for her splash art, the end of her dress also looks like a peacock's tail feathers, and she's got a few peacocks in her throne room for her teaser.
- Awful Wedded Life: Downplayed since she doesn't really go on about it a ton, but nonetheless she unsurprisingly doesn't have a single kind word for Zeus the three times she mentions him.
- Bait-and-Switch: One of her jokes.
- Baleful Polymorph: Hera can turn her enemies into animals, much like Cernunnos, though she could only transform them within a much smaller line at a time (but can use hers more often).
- Barrier Warrior: To a minor extent—Divine Shroud can shield Hera for the barrier part, but it also speeds up herself and Argus while creating a damaging aura around Argus for the warrior part.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Hera dishes out most of the pain, but Argus is a very handy for rude introductions, and standing between you and Hera, and slowing you to better ensure Hera can hit you with her skillshots.
- Combos: I mean, prediction and aiming is nice and all, but what about instead dropping Argus on an enemy, knocking them into the air so you won't miss Polymorph and then using Royal Assault on the slowed target?
- Cooldown Manipulation: Argus and/or Divine Shroud is on cooldown!? Get to hitting the enemy so your passive makes them available sooner!
- Dynamic Entry: Basically Argus, the Defender in a nutshell: a portal appears over an area and then a giant golem crashes down.
- Expy: League of Legends players will be able to tell that Hera's basically a higher-risk-and-reward Annie (which granted is a pretty big distinction from a character who was designed to be as straightforward as possible).
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Argus' design has the appearance of this, though none of them look like true organic eyes. This prevents it from being creepy like the usual use of the trope and is really just a Mythology Gag concerning the mythical Argus.
- Eye Motifs: Argus has got them. Seriously, he's got eyes drawn all over him in-game, and the targeter indicating he's going to beat up this one target is a stylized eye.
- Golem: Argus' appearance and behavior is that of a golem.
- The High Queen: She's the queen of the gods, so this is a given.
- Mythology Gag: Argus' name and design are a reference to Argus Panoptes, the hundred-eyed giant who was Hera's servant in Greek myth. One of his most notable tasks was keeping watch over the mortal Io, a priestess of Hera and one of Zeus' many lovers, who was transformed into a heifer in order to stay hidden from Hera. When he was killed by Hermes, she rewarded him for his loyalty by placing all his eyes on the peacock, which is why it's her sacred bird (notice her peacock imagery and the birds roaming the palace on Olympus in her teaser trailer).
- Peacock Girl: Downplayed - only her throne, seen in her teaser or her splash art, gives this impression with the backrest of the throne she's sitting on strongly resembling peacock feathers. In the actual game where she's walking about, such a "tail" is absent and her peacock motif is only apparently with her dress's hemline shaped and decorated like peacock feathers.
- Pet the Dog: Hera genuinely wishes for the best between Hou Yi and Chang'e whenever she scored a kill on either of them. Since marriage is one of her main domains, it makes sense.
- In a more literal sense, she also finds Cerberus endearing despite him failing to stop Hercules.
- She tried to do the same with Vulcan in her Battle Queen skin, claiming him to have done well for himself.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Argus was probably designed as a Golem because making an actual giant man covered in actual eyes which all actually move and blink would be a huge challenge to model and animate.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Her background lore more or less describes her as such.
- Even more so in her personal Odyssey where she ventures beyond Olympus to bring order to the world. She travels to Asgard where she helps Thor defeat Hels rebellion, then forms a team of gods to deal with the threat of Jormungandr.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Hera's servant Argus is depicted as a metal Golem with multiple faces, as opposed to an organic being with multiple eyes, most likely because it would be easier to animate like that.
- Thinking Up Portals: Hera works with Argus via portals. Royal Assault has him punch at an area through two portals, summoning him of course has him pop out of a portal from above the targeted area, and these portals also appear for Hera's recalling and victory animations.
- Woman Scorned: The natural consequence of her finding out about Zeus' repeated infidelities.
Persephone is a Mage goddess with an affinity for controlling small areas of the map using her plants, not even letting death get in the way of her "gardening". Her passive is Pomegranate Seeds, which gives her a seed every time one of her plants withers away, up to 100. If she has 25 or more seeds when taking a mortal blow, she'll consume 25 seeds to continue fighting for 8 more seconds before she dies, albeit dealing half damage during that time. Her team's fountain will allow her to sell seeds to bring her count to 25. Her first ability is Bone Rush, which sends a skeleton to charge forward. When it hits the end of it's charge or an enemy god, it will send it's bones out down a line to deal damage, with its skull landing on the ground and becoming a plant. Her second ability is Harvest, which plants a skull onto the ground that slowly grows over time, with Persephone capable of activating it with her basic attacks for different effects. Activating the skull grants a small heal to Persephone. After a few seconds, it will grow into a sprout that will explode in an AOE when activated, dealing damage and slowing enemies hit. The next growth cycle is a flower that will uproot itself and charge toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing gods in range. After activating a plant or an extended period of time passes, the plant will wither and give Persephone a seed. Subsequent sprout or flower hits after the first will deal reduced damage. Harvest has 6 charges. Her third ability is Flourish, which has her jump directly forwards or backwards. Skulls or sprouts in an AOE around the starting point are brought into their next growth cycle, and all plants in the AOE are activated. Her next cast of Harvest is also instantly brought into the sprout stage. Her ultimate, Grasp of Death, launches a mass of vines that forms into a cage when hitting an enemy god or a wall. If a god is hit, they become trapped, resulting in a cripple, root, and reduced attack speed. Regardless of what was hit, the vines will lash out at nearby enemy gods, dealing damage, crippling them, and prevent them from moving away. The cage can be destroyed by basic attacks to end the effect early.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Was solely kidnapped to be Hades' wife and since she has to return to him for part of the year, the attempt was successful. It honestly kinda turned out OK, seriously.
- Artistic License Biology: Pomegranate fruits grow off of pomegranate shrubs. Pomegranates do not merely grow off of its flowers...or, you know, sprout legs and bite enemies as Persephone wills after flowering. Definitely an Acceptable Break from Reality with the lack of shrubbery since Persephone covering an area in 10 properly-sized shrubs would make it difficult to see anything in that area.
- Ascended Extra: Previously only made a brief appearance in Hades' lore, with how she became queen of the underworld coming off like just another Tuesday for Hades (despite the fact that this is the only major role Hades plays in Greek myth). Now, she's a playable god.
- Botanical Abomination: Persephone might get pomegranate seeds from her flowers, but we all know pomegranate flowers don't sprout three legs from their roots and bite people...and their fruits come from the pomegranate shrub.
- Good Job Breaking It Hero: While her actions during the Odyssey: Underworld event were good-intentioned, they damaged the World Tree Yggdrasil which led to a series of disastrous events around the world, culminating in the release of Cthulhu from his prison.
- Green Thumb: Most of Persephones abilities involve plants.
- Damsel in Distress: Famously kidnapped by Hades, though later ruling over the underworld.
- The Dead Can Dance: Her victory animation has skeletons dance while she claps along.
- Guile Hero: Unlike her mythological counterpart, this version of Persephone is a cunning figure who uses her powers and wits to fight for the liberty of humans. In the Odyssey: Underworld event lore, she lures Olorun and his allies into the Underworld, sending them on a quest to rescue gods who died in the comics while she herself sails to the World Tree Yggdrasil. She plans to bend part of the tree to her will and remove power from the gods so that humans can escape their influence. Heimdallr appears just in time to force her to retreat and prevent her from completely succeeding, but she was still able to cause enough damage to weaken the gods and corrupt their power, leading to (among other unseen consequences) jade soldiers attacking China and Mulan's ascension.
- Happily Married: To Hades.
- Life/Death Juxtaposition: She summons skeletons and/or skulls with Bone Rush and Harvest, but said skulls will grow into sprouts and flowers, Flourish lets her grow those sprouts and flowers faster, and Grasp of Death holds enemies down with vines. Her passive Pomegranate Seeds further plays in her life and death theme by letting her revive temporarily after dying by having at least 25 seeds to spend on it, and the sprouts grow out of the skull in the ground before disappearing as flowers.
- Man-Eating Plant: Her flowers try when activated, at least. They're kinda small though, so they're just going to damage you and can't really devour any Gods whole - however, they definitely come close to the height of the minions.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Persephone is incapable of doing full damage to enemy gods without having her skulls nearby them for at least 2.5 seconds. Even playing against her has a weird distinction - to dodge her flowers chasing you, unless you have a lot of movement speed and/or are very far away from them when they were activated, the way to avoid getting hit by them is to turn back toward them as they get close and run to one side of them as they try to perform their biting cone.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Deeply regrets her actions during the Underworld Odyssey event with the disastrous results that came from them, and joins Mulan and Guan Yu during the Grim Omens event to help fix it.
- Necromancer: Her abilities include summoning skeletons and reviving herself, albeit temporarily. This is in spite of her plant-like powers, making her a one-woman Life/Death Juxtaposition.
- Plant Mooks: Enemies can't even attack them either, only keep away from them and dodges them!
- She's Got Legs
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has red hair and green eyes, and she's a goddess of spring.
The ruler of the sea and one of the children of Cronus, consumed out of his fear of a prophecy that one of his children would overthrow him. Poseidon was saved by his brother Zeus and they waged a rebellion to overthrow Cronus and set themselves up as gods on Olympus. For his participation, Poseidon was rewarded with control over the sea.
Sea, no matter how you put it, is always beneath the sky, so in the end, Poseidon was beneath the shadow of Zeus who got the highest position and he's not that happy about it. Despite this, he still gathered his own set of worshipers while quenching his rage.
His chance for glory would come when he encountered one of mankind's wondrous cities...but someone else had been vying for the worshipers from that town: Zeus' daughter Athena. Poseidon then proposed a contest: both gods would offer a gift for these would-be worshipers so they could select their sponsors. Offering his trident, Poseidon made a limitless spring, but the water was from the sea and thus salty and undrinkable. Athena on the other hand made an olive tree that counted multiple gifts as one: food, wood, oil. Thus, the city was named Athens and glory eluded Poseidon again.
This constant denial of glory finally reached its peak and Poseidon decided to put his lot in the war between gods. He has somehow taken control of the creature from Nordic legends known as the Kraken, so perhaps the tide will turn in the favor of the god of the oceans for once.
Poseidon is a Mage god with potent area-of-effect spells. His passive, Changing Tides, increases Poseidon's movement speed and the damage dealt by his abilities (by up to 10% and 20% respectively) based on his Tide level. Landing basic attacks increases Tide, while using abilities decreases it. Poseidon's first ability, Tidal Surge, summons a narrow wave of water that travels in a line, damaging and pushing back all enemies it hits. His second ability, Trident, is a steroid that increases Poseidon's movement speed and makes his attacks fire a three-shot spread with increased attack power. Poseidon's third ability, Whirlpool, creates a pool of swirling water at a target area. Enemies caught within are crippled (unable to use movement abilities), dealt light damage over time, and slowly pulled towards the center. Poseidon's ultimate, Release the Kraken, causes the mighty sea beast to erupt in the target area. Enemies caught in the large area are slowed and take damage; enemies in the power's inner circle take even more damage and are thrown in the air.
Poseidon's skins include The Earthshaker Poseidon, Dreadbeard Poseidon, London Conspiracy Poseidon, King of the Deep Poseidon and Poolseidon.
- Art Evolution: Has received a visual update that cleans up his model and gives his Kraken a less cartoonish look.
- Badass Beard: Poseidon has a large grey beard and a long mustache that disappears into it.
- The Beastmaster: Poseidon's ultimate, Release the Kraken!, could technically count toward this, but doesn't have the same feel as other examples, since his only appears from underground to attack above once.
- Butt-Monkey: From getting eaten by Kronus to being put under Zeus' shadow and eventually humiliated by Athena when trying to get a city named in his honor, there's no wonder Poseidon gets a little pissed.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Release the Kraken!"
- Cool Crown: a large silver one with five prongs.
- Combos: The travel time and delay for Tidal Surge and Release the Kraken! means you can dodge them...but it sure would be a shame if Whirlpool held you in so you can't dodge them any more...
- Eagleland: The aptly named Freedom Overload skin makes him into a hyper-masculine take on Uncle Sam, riding on a fighter jet. The Kraken is replaced with a highly muscular Bald Eagle man who ends the ability's animation doing one of two bodybuilder poses. Like Ramerica, there's not much relation to the concept with the original god - indeed, ironically, democracy was named after the governing system of the city-state Athens that Poseidon lost getting to name.
- Failure Is the Only Option: While he didn't know it, he was doomed to lose the contest over the city to Athena.
- Foregone Conclusion: It's thought by scholars that Athena was named after the city and the myth of her and Poseidon fighting over naming rights was a later invention to explain the city's name (which is of unknown etymology). Poseidon never had a chance at winning the contest with Athena.
- Jerkass: One of his joke quotes, in his normal skin, takes potshots against fellow water Mage god from another pantheon, He Bo:"I ate that He Bo guy for breakfast...with He Biscuits!"
- Making a Splash: Hes a sea god who summons tidal waves and whirlpools with his abilities.
- Lord of the Ocean: The archetypal example.
- Pirate: Dreadbeard Poseidon.
- Prongs of Poseidon: You can't have a game with Poseidon in it without his trident!
- The Resenter: Has elements of this towards Zeus.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Like in Clash of the Titans and most other fiction about Greek myths, Poseidon can summon a Kraken to attack an area for his ultimate, despite it being a creature from Norse myth while he's a Greek god.
- Sea Monster: The aforementioned Kraken.
- Shout-Out: Poseidon's ultimate will have him yell out "Release the Kraken!" Really, the film is obviously the reason he has that ultimate at all when the Kraken is actually a Norse myth.
- Shown Their Work: On the other hand, they got Poseidon having a Hair-Trigger Temper right.
- Silliness Switch: The "Poolseidon" alternate skin has him wearing nothing but swim trunks, decked out with various pool accessories, and sporting noticeable tan lines. The skin has an alternate voice which turns him into an obnoxious man-child with a ridiculous lisp, and he summons an enormous rubber ducky instead of the Kraken during his ultimate (accompanied by "WEWEASE.... DA QUACKEN!!").
- Spread Shot: His basic attacks with Trident active.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Poseidon's old character model had this colour hair.
Ancient poems would tell you about the dangers of a narrow channel of water where two dangers approach. The first is Charybdis, a deadly whirlpool that would swallow everything without mercy. The second one is the creature known as Scylla.
Scylla has the body of a petite child, but her lower body is made of massive multiple tentacles with heads of hounds. Every time a ship came across it, her tentacles would snap at them, ravaging every remains of the ship and killing every passengers all while she just laughed disturbingly with a child-like laugh. Only one hero managed to get past her, the hero Odysseus, but even he had to sacrifice some of his men for it.
There were some who tried to humanize her, stating that she was a nereid cursed due to a priestess' jealousy over a boy who loved her (Scylla). However, others believe that she was simply born pure evil without excuses. And now, Scylla managed to find her way to the lands and entering the war between Gods, where none would be safe from her tentacles' ravage and her disturbing giggle.
Scylla is a Mage goddess, difficult to use but offering excellent damage and escape potential. Her passive, Quick Learner, grants Scylla's abilities an additional effect when they reach max rank, and for every maxed-rank ability she gains a boost to her magic power. Her first ability, Sic 'Em, sends two of her tentacles out to attack an enemy, dealing damage and snaring them. At max rank, two enemies near the first enemy struck will also be snared. Her second ability, Crush, creates a magical field that slows enemies and detonates after five seconds or when activated a second time. At max rank, the field lowers the enemy's magic resistance and keeps them slowed a second after the field detonates. Her third ability, Sentinel, passively grants her mana regen. Using it summons one of her tentacles to the targeted location and gives her vision of the map, and using it again will pull her to the tentacle. At max rank, the tentacle can be placed further and the vision area is wider and can see through player-made walls. Her ultimate, I'm a Monster, has Scylla pull her tentacles out of the ground to reveal her true form. While she's in this form she's immune to crowd control, travels faster, and has access to a single, powerful attack. If she kills an enemy god with the attack, the effect refreshes and she can use it again. At max rank, the movement speed bonus doubles.
Scylla's alternate skins include Tiny Terror Scylla, Daisy Despair Scylla, Lil' Red Scylla, COG Scylla and Child's Play Scylla.
- Adaptational Villainy: This interpretation of Scylla was always an evil sea monster, instead of being turned into one by Circe.
- Aerith and Bob/Odd Name Out: Her wolf-tentacles are named Ajax, Achilles, Cyril, and Zoey. Zigzagged with the last one, see Ironic Name below.
- Age Lift: She looks like a small girl instead of a grown woman above the waist. Then again, see Older Than They Look.
- Badass Adorable: Until she reveals her true nature, at least...
- The Beast Master: The 'beasts' in question are actually part of her body, but she gives them verbal orders and appears to have minimal actual control over them, if her defeat screen (where they drag her helplessly around while chasing a ball) is anything to go by.
- Body Horror: What does her lower body look like under her skirt? Four serpent-like tentacles with wolf heads.
- Creepy Child: And she's very aware of it.
- Evil Laugh: The "creepy giggle" variety.
- Evolving Attack: One of her gimmicks, as all of her abilities gain additional effects once they reach max rank.
- Freudian Excuse: Defied. Her lore goes to pains to point out that, despite attempts by poets to provide one of these for her, Scylla is simply pure evil, despite her childlike appearance.
- I Am a Monster: The name of her ultimate, where she reveals her true form, which she also quotes verbatim. Contrary to the trope, however, she doesn't suffer any angst from it.
- Ironic Name: The name of her last wolf-tentacle is Zoey. Zoey, or Zoe, is a Greek female first name meaning "life" (ζωή). Clearly, she's trying to be clever with that one.
- Light Is Not Good: Looks like an adorable, sweet little girl. Is a sadistic monster.
- Little Miss Badass: Her youthful appearance belays how terrifyingly powerful her magic is.
- Older Than They Look: One would think this is the case going by the mention of "old poems" in her lore.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's probably several hundred or thousand of years old (she'd have to be to have existed when the Greek gods were originally worshiped). Since she has the appearance of a little girl, it's hard to tell her actual age.
- Savage Wolves: What the tentacles below her waist end in.
- Shout-Out: Her Daisy Despair skin is one to the works of Tim Burton and also Beetlejuice. This is especially obvious with one of her hounds' heads looking like Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Token Mini-Moe: Is one of only two in the entire game, but fits this trope more than Jing Wei since she appears much younger. Jing Wei is at least a pre-teen if not an actual teenager.
The king of gods, the god that was responsible for overthrowing the Titan Cronus after he consumed his siblings, while Zeus was saved by his mother Rhea, who substituted him for a rock, and he grew up in secrecy until the time came for him to strike and together with his siblings he overthrew his father and set up the pantheon atop Olympus. With him on the top as the god of the sky and heavens, of course.
Zeus is responsible for setting up the rules for men and fellow gods to follow, but since he's the ruler, he could just violate the rules on his own whenever he deems it necessary (especially when it came to cheating on his wife). Indeed, Zeus' infidelity caused the birth of several well known heroes and other gods. This infidelity of course did not sit well with his official wife Hera, but she could do nothing, he has more authority after all.
However, his authority has been challenged lately, which shifts Zeus' mood to be volatile and the storms that he ruled as well. Other immortals has invaded Olympus and some of his children were rebelling. It's time he showed them who's in charge and how the order of things should be.
Zeus is a Mage god that can create zones where he can guarantee high burst damage. His passive, Overcharge, places up to three electrical charges on any target struck by Zeus's basic attacks or abilities. Zeus' basic attacks deal 30% more damage for every charge on the target. His first ability, Chain Lightning, fires a bolt of lightning which will leap between up to five enemies, dealing damage, slowing, and applying charges. With his second ability, Aegis Assault, Zeus throws his shield forward, which damages enemies in an area. The shield stays on the spot for several seconds, which Zeus can attack to generate similarly-damaging shockwaves. It can be used as a pod to chain his Chain Lightning. Zeus's third ability, Detonate Charges, consumes all charges on all enemies, dealing damage for every charge consumed. This can even harm enemies who are otherwise out of reach. Additionally, enemies with three charges are slowed. Zeus's ultimate, Lightning Storm, creates a storm over a wide area, dealing damage and applying a charge to every enemy within every second of its five-second duration.
- Art Evolution: Got an update to his game model along with some new voicelines.
- Action Dad: He is the father of Artemis, Apollo, Ares, Athena, Dionysus/Bacchus, Hermes/Mercury, Heracles/Hercules, Hephaestus/Vulcan, and Enyo/Bellona.
- Ancient Grome: He is directly called father by Hercules and is directly called Jupiter by Khepri in his Dark Matter skin and referred to as such in Cupid's lore.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Why he's the Top God of the Greek and Roman Pantheons, but with the "in-charge" part questioned by other pantheons invading and even his children rebelling, he'd like to reassert his authority.
- Badass Beard: Zeus's large beard has two ends of a long, fine mustache atop it.
- The Casanova: Even a T-rated video game giving a small summary of his mythology cannot leave out mentioning this.
- Chain Lightning: The name of his first ability, appropriately enough.
- Combos: Detonate Charges relies on charges placed by Zeus's basic attacks and every other ability and these same charges improve the damage from his lightning attacks.
- Deflector Shield: His old Aegis Shield which created four shields out of electricity swirling around him for the duration. They granted him protections, increased movement speed, made him immune to slows, and served as a Counter-Attack to basic attacks upon him, damaging and applying a charge.
- Depraved Bisexual: Verrrrrrrrryyyyyy downplayed, in that Zeus' bisexuality might be vaguely hinted at in Hera's teaser trailer: In the room full of nymphs Zeus is flirting with, there is also a single heavily-bearded fellow in the party.
- Glass Cannon: Zeus has literally zero innate mobility. He also can nearly double the damage done by his basic attacks and hit multiple players like nobody's business.
- Grandpa God: Like most depictions of him, Zeus in Smite is portrayed as old, white-haired, and white-bearded with a deep, commanding authoritative voice courtesy of Christopher Sabat.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: THE SMITE CHARACTER! While AoE abilities are far from rare in Smite, Zeus is inherently capable of hitting multiple players at once literally every time he uses an ability.
- Hypocrite: He hates Ares because he suspects that he was conceived as a result of Hera cheating on him. And yet, he constantly cheats on Hera...
- I Was Quite a Looker: The Almighty Zeus skin◊ depicts Zeus when he's younger...and he's quite a stud!
- It's Personal: For some reason, one of his opening quotes implies that things just got personal for Zeus about this whole battle.Today I fight not for Olympus, but for myself! These immortals need to be taught the order of things!
- Large Ham: Most of his lines are delivered this way. Considering he's voiced by Chris Sabat, it's not entirely surprising.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: His old Aegis Shield. Not only does it damage gods, minions, monsters, minotaurs, turrets and phoenixes, it can be used to shield Zeus! Well, are you going to tell him it doesn't work that way? (Apparently Hi-Rez can and did.) Otherwise, he just uses lightning to zap the daylights out of the entire enemy team.
- Magic Knight: If Freya and Ao Kuang are essentially Assassins that happen to use magical power, then Zeus is a magic Hunter, complete with a gap-closer/escape move, a heavy reliance on the attack speed of his ranged basic attack, and pretty good damage with said attacks after a charge or two. After being given Aegis Assault, he lost his gap-closer/escape, but he can deliver more AOE hurt this way.
- Power Floats: On a small cloud, as to be expected of the god of the sky.
- Really Gets Around: Though it may already be obvious to those who know of Zeus, his lore page (naturally) makes reference to how many of his children are from different mothers. In-game, it's pretty downplayed with a single unused voiceline directly mentioning it and two taunts directed at Nu Wa and Serqet that are vaguely sexual (and more overtly punny). Hera's teaser also references this, with Zeus being "out to lunch"—which is to say, turning into animals and flirting with a bunch of women in a room.
- Sadly Mythtaken: An overall minor example but Zeus' reason for hating Ares in myth has nothing to due with suspecting Hera of cheating; not once does he ever think this. He hates him because of his violent, destructive personality.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: His justifications for holding high expectations for others, yet not keeping those standards for himself is that he's Zeus, the guy in charge. Right, Hera?
- Shapeshifting Seducer: Referenced in Hera's teaser trailer, which has him flirt while turned into his infamous swan and bull forms.
- Shock and Awe: To be expected of the Greek thunder and lightning god.
- Shout-Out: When Zeus casts Chain Lightning, he may say "Lightning bolt!"
- A taunt has him ask if you're "...ready for 21,000 gigawatts!"
- Spin Attack: One of his basic attack animations after his visual update.
- Top God: Of the Greek Pantheon. Because Ancient Grome is in effect, he is also this to the Roman Pantheon as Jupiter.
- Younger Than They Look: Contrary to his Grandpa God appearance, Zeus is actually the youngest of the original male Olympians.
Once upon a time, there was a mortal woman named Arachne who was so talented in weaving that she grew prideful and boasted that her work was a heavenly masterpiece that could only be produced by a genius unrivaled by Gods. Athena tried to warn her while disguised as an old crone, but Arachne still boasted, saying that Athena's works couldn't even match hers. After shedding her disguise, Athena accepted the challenge of a weaving contest.
Athena made a glorious tapestry depicting her victory over Poseidon in naming the city of Athens, and it was glorious. Arachne made something even more glorious... but depicting Zeus' many-many infidelities. Athena was forced to acknowledge such skill, but Arachne's hubris had gotten out of hand in her eyes. As a punishment, not only did Athena tear Arachne's piece of work, she touched Arachne's forehead and turned her into a spider, the first of the spiders, so that she could weave for all eternity, since Arachne was that close to committing suicide.
Athena only meant such a transformation as a pity and also a lesson not to possess such hubris. However, Arachne ended up with another desire in her hubris' place: Desire for vengeance for such an unfair curse. She became a violent, aggressive spider instead of a reclusive one and to sate her vengeance, she desired to kill all Gods that currently warred against each other.
Arachne is an Assassin goddess, focusing on slowing enemies and powerful basic attacks. Her passive, Predator, makes her basic attacks deal more and more damage for every 5% of the target's missing health. Her first ability, Venomous Bite, is a steroid that boosts her next basic attack, making it deal extra damage and inflicting a draining poison that causes further damage over time while healing Arachne for the same amount. Her second ability, Cocoon, is another steroid which greatly increases the speed of her next three basic attacks. If all three land on the same target, they are wrapped in a cocoon and briefly stunned. Arachne's third ability, Web, fires a ball that, after travelling a certain distance, creates a wall of webs. Should an enemy pass through the wall (or get hit by the projectile), the web breaks and sticks to the enemy, causing a long-duration slow that also reveals them to Arachne and makes them leave behind a web that lets her move faster and ignore slows while on it. In addition, a pair of Broodlings will spawn and attack. Arachne's ultimate, Night Crawler, has her leap onto a web spun above the battlefield, becoming untargetable and able to move at high speed for up to five seconds. She may, at any point, leap off her high perch to deal damage to all targets in an area.
In September 2014, Arachne's kit was completely overhauled. For information on her old kit, see this note .
Arachne's alternate skins include Black Widow, Toxic Caress, Grim Weaver, Tormentula, and Ma Chérie Arachne.
- Absolute Cleavage: Which can qualify as either Fanservice or Fan Disservice depending on whether or not you find her form repulsive as a whole.
- Adaptational Badass/Adaptational Villainy: In the original myth, there were no signs that Arachne became a hostile spider; she just spent the rest of her life weaving as a normal spider. However, here Arachne is a monstrous half-human half-spider hybrid that hates Athena so much that she's started to hate all gods and wants them dead.
- All Webbed Up: Pre-rework, she inflicted this with her ultimate. Post-rework, she does it with her second ability.
- Art Evolution: Received a visual update in 2016 that established her current white-haired look (before that she had red hair and had no clothing on her upper half).
- Cursed With Awesome: She may be a hideous monster now—well, sort of, the humanoid part of her is still quite well-endowed—but without being turned into a giant spider monster, it's hard to imagine that she could've held her own in the arena of the gods, which even includes the very goddess that cursed her in the first place.
- Cannon Fodder: The Broodlings are useful to tank jungle creeps early in the game.
- Crutch Character: Pre-rework Arachne may well have been the single most powerful early-game 1v1 god in the entire game. However, her damage didn't scale well into late game and she was extremely vulnerable to both crowd control and area effect attacks, both of which abound in late game team fights. That said, a good Arachne could make sure a game doesn't even last that long.
- Godiva Hair: Goes just barely short of touching her arachnoid body.
- Gratuitous French: Ma Chérie Arachne does this occasionally.Arachne: J'adore the sounds of a good scream.
- Kneel Before Zod: One of her emotes has her tell everyone listening to bow down to her.
- Mook Maker: Has an ability for this both before and after her rework. At one point she could lay down up to five eggs at level 1, with each one producing two Broodlings to attack.
- Poisoned Weapons: Arachne's pre-rework passive, Poison Claws, described her, well, poisoned claws, although it is unclear if it was referring to Arachne's arm claws or her spider leg claws. Post-rework, she has "Venomous Bite" instead.
- Sadly Mythtaken: As stated above, Arachne was changed into a normal, nonthreatening spider who couldn't take revenge against Athena even if she wanted to. It's likely Hi-Rez knew this, but had to make changes to make her a playable character, so she became a half-spider half-human hybrid.
- Spider People: The first one, in fact.
- Sssssnake Talk: It's a bit subtler than other examples, but her esses are slightly elongated.
- Terms of Endangerment: She'll drop these occasionally, especially Ma Chérie Arachne. For example, Tormentula Arachne's taunt towards Artemis:Arachne: Hunting you was fun, my dear!
- This Cannot Be!: Tormentula Arachne says this nearly verbatim in one of her death quotes.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Arachne has visibly white hair, and she's a lot more vindictive than she was in the original myths.
- Yandere: Ma Chérie Arachne loves you and wants to play with you and you don't want to know what happened to the last person who said no.
- You Will Not Evade Me: Her old ultimate grabbed an enemy and dragged them towards her, even through walls. In a teamfight, this spelled instant death. Post-rework, Arachne's web wall and ultimate allows her both massive speed boosts and a leap to close the distance, meaning that if you hit the web and she's nearby, you won't be getting away from her if you don't have a dash or leap of your own.
The one thing acknowledged by Greeks to be the highest form of crime is hubris, a form of arrogance and pride that extended beyond gods. Nemesis is the being that punishes any who commit such a crime and even Zeus is susceptible to it and he rightfully fears for any time Nemesis comes knocking.
A famous example of a mortal Nemesis punished for their hubris was Narcissus, an extremely vain man so proud of his beauty. For that, Nemesis lead him to a pond where he fell in love with his own reflection. He stayed there staring at himself until he died of starvation.
The pantheons were engulfed in war and naturally, there were a lot of godly levels of boasting. They were just begging for Nemesis to come in and punish any hubris present.
Nemesis is an Assassin goddess, formerly a Warrior, who specializes in simultaneously debuffing her enemies and buffing herself. Her passive, Scales of Fate, steals part of the target's physical or magical power every time Nemesis lands one of her basic attacks. Using her first ability, Swift Vengeance, Nemesis dashes a short distance forward, passing through enemies and dealing damage to them. She may use the ability twice in a row if she wishes. Nemesis's second ability, Slice and Dice, strikes a large cone-shaped area in front of her with two ghostly swords. Enemies directly ahead of her take double damage and are slowed. Nemesis's third ability, Retribution, grants her a shield that absorbs damage, up to a cap or until its duration is up. While the shield is up, Nemesis reflects a portion (up to 50%) of incoming damage from gods, as well as healing for the entirety of damage dealt to the shield. However, being stunned will remove the shield. Nemesis's ultimate, Divine Judgement, reduces the health of a target enemy god. In addition, Nemesis steals a large portion of the target's movement speed and protections.
Nemesis' alternate skins include No Mercy Nemesis, Red Vengeance Nemesis, Blind Vengeance Nemesis, AFK Nemesis, Leona JPF Nemesis, Executioner Nemesis and Silent Blade Nemesis.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of vengeance and retribution.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: One of the strongest in the game with her ultimate, which can steal up to half of an enemy's protections. While this may not do a whole lot to a squishy character that has built no defense anyways, it's huge when used against a bruiser or tank character.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt amounts to a midriff tank-top.
- BFS: Carries a rather large sword with her.
- Counter-Attack: Nemesis's third ability is a shield that reflects damage back at enemies.
- The Dreaded: Even Zeus is afraid of her. Let that sink in.
- Fridge Brilliance: Her kit is extremely effective against the likes of Zeus, who has no mobility or crowd-control effects whatsoever and relies on burst damage. Just her Retribution ability on its own is terrifying to him, let alone her ability to hound and hunt him down with everything else.
- The Faceless: To a certain extent, given that the upper part of her head is always covered by her hood, even in her alternate skins. During her new dance emote, however, one can very briefly see her Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- This◊ is what she looks like under the hood.
- In the Hood: Her cowl attached to her shirt, which is also attached to the visor that hides her eyes.
- Lightning Bruiser: Upon release she definitely qualified, with her high mobility and damage complemented by a Warrior's defensive stats and her shield's ability to completely nullify big nuke ultimates and other burst-damage abilities. Since her re-classification as an Assassin, she tends to be more of a Glass Cannon, though she does still have the shield to make her hardier than most others in her class (unless you use hard crowd control on her while she's shielding).
- Mystical White Hair: Below her hood, you can see Nemesis' hair is this colour.
- Not the Intended Use: So much so that her class was officially changed by Hi-Rez as a result of it. At first release she was labeled a Warrior, but was used almost exclusively in the jungle with damage items due to having poor wave clear but an excellent capacity to focus down single targets. She was subsequently re-labeled as an Assassin.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Nemesis only briefly holds her enormous sword in two hands for one of her autoattack animations - otherwise, it's one-handed.
- Percent Damage Attack: Her ultimate.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She's the goddess of revenge. What did you expect?
- Scales of Justice: Nemesis is seen with them in her splash art and game play; such as when she's defeated. Two of her abilities also play with this trope "Scales Of Fate" and "Divine Judgement" with the scales seen in the abilities iconnote .
- Stocking Filler: She wears fishnet stockings, despite these not being standard ancient Greek clothing.
- Stripperiffic: Surprisingly, Nemesis actually strikes a balance between "wholly clothed" and "revealing stuff." While it's true most of her is covered, she still has some exposed lower arms (which involved her armpits), bare belly and the aforementioned fishnet stockings.
- Weight Woe: One of her jokes reveals she has this:Nemesis: What happens when the goddess of balance weighs herself? Fits of depression, followed by binge eating! Trust me on this!
Inevitably all mortals die and head to Hades. But someone had to ferry them over from their mortal coils. That someone is Thanatos, the Grim Reaper.
Mortals die with various expressions: some accept death with grace, some have to be dragged kicking and screaming. Thanatos has done his job for eons with satisfaction, but he had no joy in humans. They die too easily and gave no further satisfaction than what he had so far. Gods, on the other hand, are immortal and thus can't die. Thanatos grew disgusted, considering it a perversion of what he stood for: death comes to all.
The war between gods erupted; this was Thanatos' chance. He could find out if gods could truly die and if they could...well, he's going to be very busy.
Thanatos is an Assassin god that can easily cling to single targets, and is rewarded for each successful kill. His passive, Harvester of Souls, reveals enemy gods to him that are within the execution threshold of his ultimate. Additionally, killing enemies heals him for a percentage of the victim's health; killing gods restores more and shortens his cooldowns. However, to compensate, each of his abilities costs both mana and a percentage of his current health. His first ability, Death Scythe, throws his scythe directly forwards, dealing damage to the first target hit, healing Thanatos for 75% of that damage, and slowing the target. If the target is a god, they take additional damage equal to 10% of their maximum health. His second ability, Scent of Death, is a steroid that grants Thanatos movement speed, slow immunity, and armor penetration. When moving towards a target marked by Harvester of Souls, the speed bonus doubles. Thanatos's third ability, Soul Reap, has him perform a wide sweep of his scythe after a brief delay, during which he moves slower. Enemies hit take damage and are silenced. Using his ultimate, Hovering Death, Thanatos flaps his wings and lifts off into the sky, able to move over obstacles at great speed. At any time, he can descend to attack a target area. Gods marked by Harvester of Souls are killed instantly; all other enemies are damaged and stunned.
Thanatos' alternate skins include Soul Harvester Thanatos, Reaper Tech Thanatos, Jack the Reaper Thanatos, and Archon Thanatos.
- Adaptational Villainy: Taking souls to the underworld is just part of Thanatos' job in the original myths, and he only does it for mortals who died peaceful deaths. Here, however, he's a straight-up Omnicidal Maniac who wants to kill every living thing, including other gods.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of death.
- Anti Escape Mechanism: First he has his Harvester of Souls ultimate to chase down and execute fleeing god, but he's also got Scent of Death to make him run up to 60% faster while going toward enemies whose health is low enough for him to execute with Harvester of Souls.
- Blood Knight: Very eager to reap up souls, especially immortal souls. This is why he has heavy preference on Attack! Attack! Attack! strategy, no defensive/escape mechanisms, and pouts like a child when being told to buy defensive items.Aww, do I have to?
- Cast from Hit Points: All of his abilities cost a percentage of his health in addition to mana.
- Cooldown Manipulation: Thanatos immediately takes five seconds off his abilities' active cooldowns after killing a god, to better help him kill another.
- Crutch Character: Thanatos is one of the most powerful characters during the early game, due mainly to how much damage his Death Scythe ability deals. At low levels it can shave off nearly half of a victim's health by itself; since it also heals him for 75% of that damage, he's going to win most any trade at this point. Additionally, his health costs compensate for his mana costs being very low and along with all of his Life Drain, he can hope to heal back up off of jungle camps or minions as long as his mana isn't already out while most other characters are going to have to be casting more carefully. And then after killing a player, he'll heal 20% of their total health to get to work onto the other players. However, if the game goes long, his damage doesn't stay that way aside from against the squishiest of players, and his kit is rather risky to be using in a teamfight since he can either jump in onto an enemy and hope some bonus movement speed will let him get away or run in and hope he will live long enough to finish charging up Harvester of Souls if he needs it to escape.
- Dark Is Evil: Considering how he wishes to kill almost every mortal and the gods themselves, he makes one of the few exceptions of non-evil dark guys in this game.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: Often the case when Thanatos is using his ultimate to fly into a fight, since he is quite frail and has no leap or dash abilities to help him escape if things go badly.
- Evil Laugh: Oh yes. In addition to his laugh emote, he also has one for when he kills someone with his ultimate.
- Guest Fighter: He has two Exclusive skins that turn him into Ruby Rose, the heroine of RWBY.
- HeelFace Turn: The Archon Thanatos skin is what happens if instead of being an outright evil, omnicidal dark deity, Thanatos was instead an angel fighting for justice. Still a bit of a Knight Templar though.
- The Faceless: Unless, of course, the "mask" is his face.
- Finishing Move: His ultimate instantly kills an enemy god if they have a low enough percentage of health, no ifs, ands, or buts short of total damage immunity.
- For the Evulz: During his victory animation, he kills off Denton and a random soldier for fun, then brings them back to life as they run away. Why? Because it amused him.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: As part of his victory animation, Thanatos knocks on the screen, points at you, and then at his wrist, as if to say "your time is coming"...
- The Grim Reaper: Or at the very least, the Greek version.
- Hates Everyone Equally: He despises both gods and mortals alike, who in return hate him back.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: One of the few gods to have an area attack in his basic attack chain, which is once every three attacks on the third attack.
- "Instant Death" Radius: A very large one if his ultimate is up and you're under the execute threshold, since it doubles his movement speed and lets him fly over walls. However, if you see him coming and you can guess when he'll swoop down, you can use a leap or damage immunity ability to dodge it, which will usually require some impressive prediction as Harvester of Souls comes down very fast.
- Irony: Makes note of it sometimes when he dies.
- Kill Streak: Thanatos is quite good at getting these given his low mana costs, his Life Drain from hitting Death Scythe, and his passive healing himself from killing enemies as well as reducing his cooldowns from killing Gods. His mana costs being lower in compensation for his abilities being Cast From Hitpoints also help, as it won't be often he'll have to back down from being out of mana even early-game as long as he hits Death Scythe to keep himself healed.
- Knight Templar: Can go both ways, depending your interpretation. By default, Thanatos seems to be more dedicated to doing his job of reaping the dead, regardless of how much suffering it will cause. When using his Archon Thanatos skin, he gets so overzealous in banishing all that is evil that some Dark Is Not Evil deities do not even escape his wrath.
- Large Ham: Thanatos is mostly a Softspoken Sadist. Then the Archon Thanatos skin comes and suddenly he feels like chewing a lot of ham.
- Life Drain: A benefit of both his passive and his first ability, perhaps to compensate for the fact that his abilities all cost health. You can even see little wisps appear and dart into him when he kills minions.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He wears a pale, emotionless mask on his face.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When activating his ultimate:"Your time has come!""This ends now!"
- Sadly Mythtaken: Unfortunately, the dark and edgy Smite Thanatos is a huge stretch from the Thanatos of Classical Mythology who is a youthful and neutral figure associated with the gentle passing of death. He also wears no armor or mask at all, dressing like a normal Greek would at the time; basically he's very human-looking in sharp contrast to Smite's Thanatos.
- Shout-Out: His default design seems to take a bit of a visual cue from another rendition of him.
- His "Final Boss" skin is pretty much one huge tribute to Sephiroth of Final Fantasy 7. A majority of his lines reference characters or events related to him, and the way he calls his name when chosen is very reminiscent of the way Sephiroth's name is chanted in his battle theme.
- Sinister Scythe: His main weapon.
- The Starscream: A unique voiceline he has for killing Hades has him declaring that "you're next, 'Boss!'"
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Death Scythe, natch. The ability is simply him tossing it forward in a spin.
- Victory Is Boring: Reaping the souls of mortals? Too easy for Thanatos. Reaping the soul of gods? Now that's a challenge.
- Why Won't You Die?: One possible reason why Thanatos is on a rampage. He views gods' immortality as an insult to his job of reaping souls and would like to test if he can reap immortal souls.
- Your Soul is Mine!: Sometimes says this when executing someone with his ultimate.
As the god of music, Apollo gains the admiration of many, being able to change the course of battle in one single arrow and overall being a terrific musician that soldiers, mothers, kings, emperors or other gods rise in glorious melody in his tribute.
When he was just four days old, his mother Hera sent a great serpent, Pylos, to kill him and his twin sister Artemis. Apollo merely picked up a legendary bow gifted to him and shot the serpent dead. He then spent his youth as a cattle herder, where he tangled with the trickster god Hermes and in turn obtained the lyre made by Hermes in exchange of his cattle. Years later, Hermes sent his son Pan to reclaim the lyre, but Apollo used his guile and dexterity to defeat Pan in a lyre contest.
Apollo would take his place in Olympus, but not for long, since he had one last music show to perform, one that takes place in an area where gods waged war.
Apollo is a Hunter god who can attack and travel quickly and easily. His passive, Audacity, grants him a stack with every successful basic attack, and two stacks when his abilities damage a god. Upon reaching ten stacks, Apollo's next five basic attacks will enjoy double the attack speed. With his first ability, So Beautiful, Apollo plays his lyre, sending forward a wave of sound so enrapturing that it damages all enemies it passes through. His second ability, Serenade, mesmerizes all opponents around Apollo with his beautiful singing voice, disabling them for a brief duration or until they take damage while also granting Apollo a bonus to his physical and magical protections. With his third ability, The Moves, Apollo slides on his knees forward, damaging and knocking aside all enemies he passes through. When he arrives to his destination he slows all nearby opponents while giving himself and all nearby allies a movement speed bonus. This ability also grants an Audacity stack for every minion it hits. His ultimate ability, Across the Sky, has Apollo ride his chariot into the sky, at the cost of some mana per second for as long as he has mana left. When he reactivates the ability he will dive at the target location, damaging enemies over time as he falls and inflicting a weak knock-up when he lands.
Apollo's alternate skins include Slickshot Apollo, Battle Bard Apollo, Elite Agent Apollo, Team SoloMid Apollo, Curse Voice Apollo and Vicious Apollo.
- Anime Hair: He wears his hair in a stylish pompadour, whereas the original Apollo was a Long-Haired Pretty Boy.
- Badass Beard: Apollo has a goatee.
- Big Brother Instinct: ... Sort of. If he killed an enemy Artemis, he remarks that she really needs to get laid with another man. Which might bring a little cringe, because, well, he personally ruined her attempt when it comes to a certain Orion... Or maybe he thought the "man" in question is himself.
- British Rock Star: Hi-Rez wanting to invoke this trope with him is probably why he has a British accent. Otherwise it's just as misplaced as all the other non-Greek accents in this pantheon.
- Double Entendre: One of his jokes:"Is that a lyre in my pocket or am I just well—Oh yeah, never mind...that IS my lyre!"
- Dynamic Entry: As a character with a global ultimate, he is very adept at pulling these, and it's one of the main things that sets him apart from other ADCs.
- Fragile Speedster: Apollo averts this to a degree, being the only ADC able to buff his own defenses, via Serenade. It's still advisable to use it to mesmerize enemies and get out of there, and his ultimate also makes him one of the fastest gods in terms of strategic mobility in the game.
- Finger Firearms: His basic attacks are bolts firing from Finger Guns he's making with his hands.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His capabilities are among the game's silliest for actually working. He kills people with sunlight and music! It was inevitable once Hi-Rez decided on which of his many domains they wanted him to use in the game. Not that Apollo really had domains that wouldn't fall under this trope.
- Musical Assassin: Cases in point:Apollo strums a single cord on his lyre. It's so beautiful it hurts...Apollo uses his amazing voice to mesmerize all nearby enemies and bolster himself with additional protections.
- Odd Job Gods: Apollo had a ridiculous number of attributes in the myths, including but not limited to healing, plague, music, light, and sporting events/athletes. The "light" function was even extended to include the sun, even though they already had a separate god of the sun in Helios which led to the two being syncretized.
- The Rock Star: One of his abilities, The Moves, is...him sliding on knees while throwing up the "heavy metal horns" on both hands. Also what else did you expect from a god of music?
- Sadly Mythtaken: Apollo doesn't drive the chariot of the sun; if he did he couldn't be on earth causing trouble. It's driven by Helios, the personification of the sun. This is an extremely common misconception nowadays. Even if the Greeks eventually equated him with Helios, no sources actually said he, as Apollo, ever drove it.
- Shout-Out: During his victory animation, Apollo sets fire to his lyre in the style of Jimi Hendrix.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Runs into battle completely bare-chested. God of male beauty, you see.
Artemis, along with her brother Apollo, was the product of infidelity of Zeus and Leta. Naturally, this pissed off Hera and cursed Leta so she was not allowed to give birth on land or sea. Thankfully, she found an island that did not touch the land or sea, therefore she gave birth to the two safely, with Artemis as the elder twin.
Artemis grew into a fine hunter, spending her time more in the wilds. Her skills also grew with her own pride and ruthlessness whenever she was slighted, mostly on attacks on her skills as a hunter, or affronts to her other domain: Chastity. Adonis boasted about his own hunting skills to surpass her, and Artemis sent her Calydonian Board to kill him. The twin demigods Otos and Ephialtes, who could not be killed by anyone except themselves, threatens to kidnap and force their marriage on Artemis, and she tricked them into killing themselves. Actaeon peeped on her during her bath time, and she cursed him to turn into a stag and then devoured by his own hunting dogs.
Hunters and midwives praised her name for their hunts and childbirth. Military campaigns began with a sacrifice to her. Adolescent girls were sent to her temple to serve for a few years. Artemis is a focused, beautiful, deadly, chaste huntress that now set her sights to the war between gods.
Artemis is a Hunter goddess specializing in holding her enemies still and dealing high amounts of damage. Her passive, Still Target, increases Artemis' damage on her basic attacks against enemies suffering from crowd control (aside from blinds, knockbacks and grabs). Her first ability, Transgressor's Fate, allows Artemis to place up to three traps on the ground that, when an enemy walks over them, snares them with vines, damaging and immobilizing them for a brief duration. Her second ability, Vengeful Assault, grants Artemis a large bonus to her movement and attack speed for a few seconds. With her third ability, Suppress the Insolent, Artemis fires a volley of arrows into the air that fall at a nearby area, damaging and slowing all enemies inside. Her ultimate ability, Calydonian Boar, summons her mighty wild boar, which will charge at nearby enemy gods and minions every few moments during a brief duration, damaging and stunning the target.
Artemis' alternate skins include Briar Queen Artemis, Wrangler Artemis, Recon Artemis, Convention 2012 Artemis, Stalker Artemis and Primal Huntress Artemis.
- Adaptational Modesty: In classical artwork depictions, such as sculptures, Artemis wears a short hunter's tunic that displays her legs and arms. This version of Artemis wears a tunic that covers both her arms and legs, appropriately for a virgin goddess.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Tusky, the Calydonian Boar, wags his tail, pants, and plays fetch in her victory animation.
- The Beastmaster: Artemis's ultimate has her summon The Calydonian Boar for a short duration (the boar also makes appearances in her after-game victory and defeat animations).
- Boring, but Practical: Compared to other gods like Poseidon, with bursts of flashy damage, or even other physical carries, her arsenal is pretty underwhelming. Roughly 90% of her damage comes from her basic attacks. However, if you manage to survive to late game, she is one of the strongest gods in the game in terms of raw damage.
- Combos: Transgressor's Fate has a fairly short range and a significant delay between when the command is given and when the trap becomes active, making it tough to hit somebody with it in the middle of a fight. The much-easier stun from her ultimate, however, guarantees a Transgressor's Fate as a followup. And since you're not going to miss a snared target, so why not also activate Vengeful Assault at this moment? Further encouraging this is her passive, Still Target, causing her to do more damage against enemies afflicted by crowd control.
- Critical Hit Class: Used to have an obvious synergy with many critical strike items given she could get 15% for free from her passive, but the passive was later changed.
- Difficult, but Awesome: She is widely considered to be one of the hardest gods to play due to being extremely slow with no dash or leap abilities (Vengeful Assault's bonus movement speed is usually considered not enough for chasing) and a poor early-game, but once she's got enough items, she has one of the highest damage potential in the game.
- Full-Boar Action: The Calydonian Boar that she summons for her ultimate rams enemies one by one, stunning them and dealing damage.
- I Will Find You: In the newest comic for Smite, after being nearly taken by Hades, Artemis discovers that her brother is missing, and she allies herself with Amaterasu, Thor, Nu Wa and other gods in order to find him.
- Magikarp Power: It'll probably be rough going for Artemis at first, but with some items and levels, she'll be shooting off a bunch of painful arrows very quickly...which she can even do while immune to crowd control!
- Male Gaze: The new splash art for her Wrangler skin puts her shapely rear end front and center. The old splash art looked almost directly down her low-cut top. Maybe this is a compensation for how much she averts this normally, as described below.
- Mundane Utility: The traps placed by Transgressor's Fate are great in a fight, but they can also be used as an early-warning system. Two of them can be placed so as to completely block an entrance into her lane from the jungle, alerting her player to an intruder whenever the orange damage numbers pop up on the edge of their screen.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Her Peace Out skin makes her this, with a cartoon hippie bus replacing her boar.
- No "Arc" in "Archery": Her arrows fired from her basic attacks fly horizontally parallel to the ground from her in a straight line before disappearing. Her arrows fired from Suppress the Insolent fire vertically perpendicular from the air downwards, also in straight lines.
- No Social Skills: Artemis' isn't exactly a social girl, being secluded in the forests by choice. Her jokes thus come off like taunting her enemies further:"Training a boar to fight with you is much easier than house training him.""This arrow has your name on it. See? "Moron", it's on all of them!"
- Nubile Savage: The Primal Huntress skin gives her a cave girl theme, complete with a dinosaur to replace the boar.
- Rain of Arrows: At the hands of her Suppress the Insolent ability.
- Redhead In Green: As depicted in a lot of works.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Many gods have abilities whose names rather plainly reflect what they actually do, such as Ullr's Thrown Axe, Aphrodite's Kiss, or Poseidon's Whirlpool. Then there's Artemis, who has Trangressor's Fate and Suppress the Insolent.
- Slut-Shaming: Her taunts towards Aphrodite and Neith are this. Specifically, her calling Aphrodite a slut outright and mocking Neith's choice of clothes.
- The Aphrodite part was apparently removed by Hi-Rez (probably thinking that an overly direct taunt on such a subject would not be good for publicity). Now, Artemis says nothing about her.
- Token Wholesome: She's the most well-covered female character in the game (aside from Amaterasu and Scylla, who has the excuse of looking like a four year old) and even calls out a couple of the most Stripperific goddesses. Even Athena and Chang'e show some leg and some cleavage, respectively. Possibly going along with this is her joke that it's "stupid" how "all these guys" are "so serious over her." She has a good justification on this, though: chastity is one of her domains.
- The Wild West: Her Wrangler alternate skin turns her into a cowgirl.
Chiron is one of the many centaurs, creatures with the upper body of a man and the lower body of a horse. For the most part, centaurs are brutish, cruddy, violent creatures, but Chiron was different. He was instead a scholar, poet, astrologer and teacher. He has taught many many legendary heroes, from Perseus to Ajax to Achilles, and most of them were about art of war.
Deep down, however, Chiron would prefer a quiet life of reading books and bonding with nature rather than going to war. Tragically, his life came to end when one of his students, the legendary Hercules, asked him about the venom coming from the creature known as Hydra. Chiron was infected and died in agonizing pain, but Zeus saw it fit that he was rewarded for his teaching history and turned him into a constellation in the sky, the constellation Sagittarius.
And now, the gods waged war against each other. Chiron descended back from his constellation, not to read more books or scrolls, but to take up arms with his bow and armor and protect the wondrous world that fascinated him.
Chiron is a Hunter god with some supportive capabilities and good mobility tools. His passive, Herbal Medicine, causes him to periodically store a poultice, stacking up to three times. Whenever he uses an ability, a poultice is consumed and a nearby ally will be healed, prioritizing the lowest-health ally. His first ability, Training Exercise, has Chiron warn allies to evict an area, cleansing CC on his allies in the area before exploding after a delay, damaging enemies caught in the area. His second ability, Masterful Shot, passively makes his basic attacks reduce the physical protections of his targets. It also marks them for the active component, which fires homing arrows at all marked targets in range, damaging and slowing them. His third ability, Giddyup!, has him gallop forward, knocking up enemy minions and kicking enemy gods behind him. Chiron may still use basic attacks while dashing. His ultimate, Centaurus, has him transform into a constellation, allowing him to fire three long-range shots that pierce through everything. Chiron can not be killed during this state, and will only die if reduced to zero HP at the end of the duration. If, however, he kills an enemy god during this state, he will regain life equal to the damage dealt on the killing blow.
Chiron's alternate skins include Sagittarius Chiron, Chevalier Chiron, Hellrider Chiron, Fabulous Chiron and Constable Moosejaw.
- Always Accurate Attack: Masterful Shot always hits every target marked by his basic attacks, even if Chiron can't see them.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite being surrounded by many magical and mythical entities and he himself being a centaur, Chiron does not believe in unicorns.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: What the above lore didn't tell from the reveal video is that Chiron later died by Hydra's poison, but Zeus rewarded his death by turning him into the constellation Sagittarius. And just for this war, Chiron descended from that plane of existence.
- Badass Beard: A short white one.
- Badass Teacher: Judging by what he's saying, he probably sees his team as his pupils with many of his lines from using his abilities being advice or adages you'd say to an archery student. Training Exercise can even pull out a save on them with its crowd control cleansing.
- Canada, Eh?: His Constable Moosejaw skin.
- Camp Gay: His Fabulous Chiron skin.
- Combat Medic: His passive heals allies while Training Exercise cleanses crowd control, giving him this feel. His dialogue further supports this.
- Combos: Hit someone with an autoattack, then shoot a Masterful Shot to slow them and plant a Training Exercise on them they've been slowed by Masterful Shot. Alternatively, you can swap it around and land Training Exercise on its own, then making them open to Masterful Shot (which allows you to hit enemies with these abilities while staying out of ranged-autoattack distance).
- Cool Old Guy: Grey hair, considerably aging but still has a very fit physique, and seeing that he trained many younger heroes, he fits the archetype.
- Crutch Character: Doesn't really have anything to him that scales with the basic attacks Hunters are usually known for, but his passive is helpful sustain early in lane, he clears minions easily with Training Exercise and Masterful Shot, and his ultimate is initially pretty painful. He can also be very hard to catch thanks to Giddyup!.
- Cultured Badass: He is the Great Teacher, after all. He's also one of the few centaurs who is very much cultured, when centaurs are usually brutes.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: Centaurus can be used much like this. If he fails to secure a kill while an enemy is barreling down on him, he's as good as dead, but if he secures a kill with the ultimate, he'll live on.
- Do Not Run with a Gun: Chiron refuses this assertion! He can shoot as much as possible in Giddyup! - though turning around will a much harder task.
- Fragile Speedster: He has the highest base movement speed in the game (just beating out some Assassins) and can be quite slippery with Giddyup! and Training Exercise used well in tandem, but he is still a Hunter, so he falls fairly easily if you manage to get to him regardless of these tools.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: His card art and character design show that he should be left handed (his quiver faces his left side), but he wields his bow with his right hand in-game.
- Multi Shot: Masterful Shot shoots an arrow at all marked targets from other arrow attacks from him. If he managed to mark twenty different targets, then he'll shoot twenty arrows, one for each marked target.
- No "Arc" in "Archery": Well, it's still frequently the case with him, but Masterful Shot provides an (impossible) aversion to this - he fires the arrows upwards, which then sway left and right as then land down onto their target.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: A centaur that is cultured and uses finesse over brute force. This is true to the myths as mentioned in his lore.
- Shout-Out: Incidentally, Hellrider Chiron could be one to The Divine Comedy, where Chiron appears there and is portrayed as a punisher of the damned in one of the circles of Hell.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the original myths, Chiron died when Heracles accidentally shot him with an arrow dipped in the Hydra's blood, relinquishing his immortality to escape a Fate Worse than Death. That doesn't appear to have happened at this point in Smite.
- Unexplained Accent: He has a Scottish accent, despite being Greek. It's much softer than Tyr's accent, though.
One of the Gorgon creatures, a woman with hairs made of many snakes and her lower body looking like a snake's and her gaze turning anyone who looked into her into stone. Medusa was formerly a priestess of Athena, both beautiful and devout. However, eventually Poseidon was attracted to her and wanted to court her. No mortals could refuse Gods, so Medusa accepted.
Athena did not take this well. For her betrayal, she was cursed into the form she was best known for, the snake-haired monster with petrifying glare, the Gorgon. Ashamed and furious, Medusa fled from the world, nursing her own hatred towards everything that wronged her, and especially Gods.
And as the Gods started warring against each other, Medusa decided it's time to take her vengeance, while wearing a mask to conceal her horrifying face that could inflict petrification. Perhaps with that, she could reclaim her beauty.
Medusa is a Hunter goddess who, unlike other Hunters, deals most of her damage through abilities instead of basic attacks. Her passive, Sidewinder, lets her suffer no movement penalty from strafing and half the movement penalty when moving backwards. Her first ability, Viper Shot, has her shoot out three vipers in rapid succession which poison enemies over time. With her second ability, Acid Spray, she spits out acid that, if it hits an enemy or a statue, will spread out in a cone. Any statues she created in the cone will explode. With her third ability, Lacerate, she slithers forward and slashes the first enemy she makes contact with, reducing healing for a short period of time. Her ultimate ability, Petrify, has her remove her mask to reveal her hideous face. Enemies that are facing her take full damage and are stunned, while enemies that face away from her take half damage and are slowed. Enemies killed by Petrify are turned into statues and will remain on the battlefield, and can be destroyed with basic attacks.
Medusa's alternate skins include Black Gorgon Medusa, Mortal Coil Medusa, iDusa and Sea Maiden Medusa.
- Abnormal Ammo: Viper Shot is...pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. She's loosing vipers at you from her bow.
- Acid Attack: Acid Spray, of course. It appears to be shot out of all of her snake hairs.
- Arch-Enemy: Athena, natch, though she's also rather elated when she gets to take revenge on Poseidon.
- However, much like fellow arch-nemeses Lucian and Thresh, she and Athena make for an excellent Guardian-Hunter combination, since Athena's taunt is one of the few abilities that can outright force enemies to look directly at Medusa for the full effect of her ultimate. Teeth-Clenched Teamwork at its finest.
- Badass Boast: Also borders on being a Blasphemous Boast in the context of the game. Medusa is just a monstrous creature, but on killing Kukulkan, who, mind you, is a Top God from another Pantheon, she declares that she'll make him her pet. It takes balls to make a pet out of a Top God.
- Butterface: With the mask on, Medusa remains quite attractive, despite her obvious serpentine features. Without it...well, it's not ugly enough to petrify the viewer, but it's certainly something of a turn-off.
- Cool Mask/White Mask of Doom: The mask she wears to conceal her face and make her appear more "normal." Also serves as a Power Limiter so she doesn't petrify the wrong people.
- Contralto of Danger: She has one of the deepest voices of any of the female characters in Smite, which fits one of the most famous monsters in mythology.
- Cute Monster Girl: She's honestly not that hideous, even with her Butterface.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Like Hou Yi, Medusa's inclusion was foreshadowed by a line from Curse Voice Apollo.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Specifically a serpentine hiss. Add to it the rasp and it makes her sound even more threatening than Kukulkan.
- Femme Fatalons: Despite being a Hunter, Medusa has iron claws and one of her abilities uses them to inflict damage and healing reduction.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Normally, Medusa's petrification glare has one weakness: mirrors, which will reflect the glare and in turn petrifies herself (this is how Perseus defeated her; re-imagined in her losing animation with a nameless centurion taking Perseus' place). In-game, no mirrors, not even sacred ones like Amaterasu's Mirror of Yata, can protect anyone from Medusa's glare.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Defied, hard. Beneath that porcelain mask, Medusa's every bit as nightmarishly ugly as she was depicted in the original myths.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Medusa makes it no secret that she hates every god, regardless of who they are and what they've done, and that if the battle didn't let her strike back at those who've wronged her she wouldn't have even shown up. This is extremely evident with her voice pack's variant of the "You rock!" quote, which is a bold faced threat to kill the ally before they become a threat to her.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Very downplayed as it is only barely possible and very unlikely to happen with how small the area that they cause this is, but the statues left from Medusa killing with her ultimate can actually count as obscuring a player from a future use of her ultimate.
- Her defeat animation scene is this: A minion fails to sneak up on with her then tossing him to the ground on his back and unleashing her ultimate...but he puts his shield over him which reflects it back at her, turning her to stone long enough for him to escape.
- Lighter and Softer: Her lore mentions Poseidon propositioning her, despite her being a priestess of Athena. Those who know about Classical mythology know what that really entails.Explanation
- Malevolent Masked Man: And you certainly don't want to see what's behind it.
- Medusa: The one, the only, the original!
- One-Person Victory Party: In her victory animation, Medusa throws a party to celebrate the win. Problem is, none of the other gods showed up, so the only guest are a stone statue of someone and a statue of Chang'e's rabbit, both whom are cowering in fear. The entire thing makes the victory somewhat bittersweet.
- Revenge: Naturally she's still pissed at Athena and Poseidon for her situation, odd because the two of them are also not fond of one another. That said, she's not choosy, and takes pleasure in forcing whatever gods she can to feel her pain.
- Sadly Mythtaken: The half-snake archer rendition of Medusa is an invention of Clash of the Titans. Acknowledged by Word of God, stating that this appearance was chosen because it is her most popular and iconic modern portrayal, not unlike Poseidon and his Kraken.
- Heck, you could even make a case of her history with Poseidon and Athena qualifying for this, as in the original Greek myths, she was always a snake monster. (The story of her being a priest of Athena who attracted Poseidon was invented in the first decade AD by Roman poet Ovid.)
- Snake People: Unlike some other depictions, where Medusa is more or less human below the hairline, Smite's Medusa is fully serpentine from her head to her tail. Even her face is far more serpentine than human, with a flat, lipless mouth full of razor sharp teeth and scent pits instead of a nose.
- Spared By Adaptation: Perseus hasn't come to slay her in this version.
- Sssssnaketalk: Downplayed. She does elongate the "s" phoneme, but it's not as exaggerated as Kukulkan's.
- Taken for Granite: Her ultimate ability does this if enemies are directly facing her when it goes off. The effect becomes permanent if it kills them, creating persistent statues that can be destroyed with attacks or used as targets for her Acid Spray ability.