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Real Name: Adonis

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Olympus) Olympian god (apotheosized)

Occupation: God of desire

Group Membership: Gods of Olympus

Affiliations: Aphrodite/Venus, Persephone, Zeus, presumably several other Olympian gods, briefly various human women

Enemies: Ares

Known Relatives: father (name unrevealed)

Aliases: Don A. Donis

Base of Operations: The extradimensional realm of Mount Olympus; sometimes Earth;
   formerly Ancient Greece

First Appearance: Venus#14/5 (June, 1951)

Powers/Abilities: Adonis possesses the conventional powers of the Olympian gods including vitality and functional longevity; it's unrevealed if he has the corresponding superhuman strength and resistance to injury (see comments). As the god of desire, the very handsome and perpetually young-looking Adonis has the mystical ability to arouse desire and romantic longing in others; the only known being immune to his gaze is the goddess Venus.

    Of note is that he has no heart and thus can suffer no heart-directed injury.

    He was formerly a human with no apparent noteworthy skills beyond his own good looks and charisma.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed (see comments)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown


(FF: Fifty Fantastic Years (Persephone entry)) - Aphrodite/Venus rescued the young mortal Adonis from his enraged father and placed him in the care of Persephone, the queen of Hades. But Persephone became attracted to the handsome youth as he grew and Venus grew jealous. The two goddesses feuded until Zeus intervened. Zeus decreed that Adonis spend a third of the year with Persephone, a third of the year with Venus, and a third of the year to do as he pleased. But Venus used her magic girdle to make Adonis spend his three months with her as well, angering Persephone, who then told Venus' lover Ares of Adonis. Enraged, Ares sent a wild boar upon the youth which killed him and sent him to Tartarus, the Hellish pit in Hades.

(BTS) - Adonis was released from Tartarus and became a god in Olympus.

(Venus#14/5 (fb) - BTS) - Around 1951 and not having seen Venus for a long time, Adonis traveled to New York on Earth (not realizing Venus was there too) to prove he knew more about love than the goddess of love Venus. He took on the simple alias Don A. Donis and seduced women in the social set over two weeks, with many women ditching their boyfriends or husbands in hopes of pursuing him further.

(Venus#14/5) - Whitney Hammond and Venus learned of the new Casanova in a newspaper society page. After secretly observing Donis in action at the elite Club 77 and later speaking to a spurned victim, Venus planned to stop his overly amorous ways before they became too destructive. Donis was soon seduced by Venus, but a jilted woman tracked them down and shot Donis; he was uninjured as he had no heart for the bullet to hit.

    The next day, Venus had the smitten Donis come to her apartment, only to be confronted by past women he had seduced and left. Venus told him she knew his true identity and instantly transported him back to Olympus and into his godly robes, where he discovered and finally recognized his challenger. Adonis was not punished, just advised to choose a better alias next time.

Comments: Created by Bill Everett.

    It's assumed that the mortal Adonis killed by Ares later became the god in Olympus. I consider it very likely that his release from Hades was assisted by its queen and his former admirer, Persephone. As a god, he has powers, but it's unrevealed if these are to the full extent as other Olympians (given he was "upgraded" to god status).

Greek-Roman mythology has him firmly as a mortal, not a god, while other sources indicate he represents a death-resurrection cycle, with Adonis' subsequent resurrection championed by Aphrodite. In myth, his parents are King Cinyras of Cyprus and Myrrha.
    Per Ovid's telling of the myth, Aphrodite cursed Myrrha to lust after her own father, and she had sex with him in complete darkness for nine nights before he discovered her identity and chased her with a sword. The gods transformed Myrrha into a myrr treek, and in the form of tree, she gave birth to Adonis.

    This profile was completed 1/29/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Adonis is the inspiration for but otherwise has no known connections to:

Adonis is linked by worship to:

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Venus#14/5, p6, pan4 (main image)
   p3, pan5 (headshot on Earth)

Venus#14/5 (June, 1951) - Bill Everett (writer & artist), Stan Lee (editor)
FF: Fifty Fantastic Years (Persephone entry) (November, 2011) - Jeff Christiansen, Mike O'Sullivan, Stuart Vandal (head writers/coordinators), Jeff Youngquist (editor)

First posted: 09/18/2021
Last updated: 09/17/2021

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