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Tell me you killed the bastard? Drove your staff into his wretched skull, slid a dagger in his guts? Ungh, not that he'd die from that; works on mortals, though!
~ Odysseus

Odysseus is the former king of Ithaca who participated in the Trojan War and was the mastermind behind the Trojan Horse which ended the war in favor of the Greeks. After the war, he departed Troy to return to Ithaca but his journey lasted ten years and during the voyage he and his crew faced countless perils. He eventually returned to Ithaca and reclaimed his throne from would be usurpers. He died years later this time unable to escape his doom.

He appears in Hades II and aids Melinoë in her fight against Chronos.

Characteristics and Personality[ | ]

Odysseus maintains a contained yet somewhat trusting personality, stemming from his exploits in the Trojan War. Now deceased, he serves as a mentor and advisor at the Crossroads, lending his strategic expertise to assist Melinoë.

He is primarily amiable, assuming the role of uncle/brother and counselor to Melinoë, despite her lack of prior acquaintance with him. In his mortal life, he achieved fame and popularity, akin to Achilles. However, in his former life, he lacked the balance he now exhibits, often sporting an arrogant smile, embodying the traits of a spy, strategist, and cunning hero of the Trojan War.

He relishes recounting his cunning exploits to impress those more naive, often indulging in self-aggrandizement to please others. Though reality may not entirely align with his tales, his luck in defying the odds and his cowardly lion persona suggest that many of his stories have been embellished over time.

Despite Odysseus not being entirely trustworthy and resorting to exaggerated tales to impress Hecate initially to secure employment at the Crossroads, he also harbors a weakness for women, unable to resist having romantic affairs with them despite being married, ultimately leading to the end of his marriage with his wife. He emphasizes that his love for his family was genuine, and his desperation to reunite with his wife and son drove him forward, advising Melinoë to draw upon the memory of her stolen family to maintain hope in her quest to defeat Chronos, so she can achieve a successful, happy destiny he himself did not.

Physical description[ | ]

Standing tall with a confident expression, Odysseus appears as a dark skinned man with some signs of age. He uses a golden headband to keep his dark hair away from his green eyes. His printed red cloak is held in place by a silver pauldron on his right shoulder. He uses a printed blue scarf, and below the cloak some silver armor can be spotted on his chest. Both the pauldron and the armor have crescent moons on them. He wears a brown military vest adorned with tiny silver plates all over held in place by a decorated belt, ending in a blue hem with more crescent moons on it and a white skirt. His right arm has a red and blue bracelet while his left arm is covered in blue bandages.

Around his waist are multiple ropes sustaining his multiple pouches and bags. He carries lots of messages and reports in these. Finally, he balances an upside down knife on the tip of his finger.

History[ | ]

Past[ | ]

Hades II[ | ]

Book of Shadows Entry[ | ]

'Some know him as the man of many ways; certainly, he is a complicated one. To you, he is a friend. Many do not trust him, but you do. He knows mortals, and he knows the land above. He knows a great deal, in fact, and he is resourceful. His weakness for witches, however, seems to have no remedy.'

Trivia[ | ]

  • Before his appearance in Hades II, Odysseus had only been referenced once in the first game, when Zagreus speaks of four people that left the Underworld while still alive. Not even Achilles, a fellow ally in the Trojan War, mentions him.
  • There had been a popular fan theory that Skelly was Odysseus. With both of their appearances in Hades II, this theory has been disproven.
  • The majority of bosses from the game were former enemies of Odysseus, belonging to the many perils he went through as he sailed for Ithaca.
    • Besides having a great connection to some bosses of the game, some gods, like Moros and Selene, express great admiration for him.
    • Likewise, Poseidon and him still have a strained relationship from Odysseus' former days, with the hero pleading Melinoë to not mention him to her uncle.
  • During one conversation with Melinoë, she and Odysseus try to come up with a special name for what she's doing. Odysseus never likes the ideas they come up with. The word he searches for is likely odyssey, the very name of his tales and that came to be associated with great journeys due to his own travels and perils.
  • According to Odysseus himself, his greatest weakness is fishing.
  • A poem from the lost collection of the Epic Cycle named "Telegony" tells the story of Odysseus' son with Circe; Telegonus, who would unknowingly kill Odysseus on Ithaca.

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Additional notes[ | ]

For additional information on Odysseus that does not pertain to Hades, see Wikipedia's article: Odysseus