Hermes is the Greek god of travelers, messengers, thieves, commerce, sports, athletics and speed. He is the son of the King of Olympus Zeus and the Pleiades Maia. He is also the father of Ceryx the messenger of Mt. Olympus.

Greek Mythology

In Greek mythologyHermes (Ἑρμῆς), is the great messenger of the gods and additionally a guide to the Underworld. As an Olympian god, his sphere of influence was vast; he was the patron of boundaries (and the travelers who cross them), shepherds and cowherds, thieves and liars (and their cunningness), orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, weights and measures, invention, general commerce, profit and good luck. He also acted as the messenger of Hades, guiding departed souls to their final resting place and carrying messages between the Underworld and Olympus. Another of his duties was to take Dreams from the God Morpheus and deliver them to the mortals.

His symbols include the tortoise, the rooster, the winged hat, the caduceus and the most recognizable of all, his winged sandals. He was the son of Zeus and thePleiades Maia, a daughter of the mighty Titan Atlas. His Roman counterpart was Mercury.

Hermes was born sometime after the first Titan War to Zeus and a goddess named Maia. He matured rapidly and within a few minutes of his birth stole the cattle of Apollo and invented the lyre. He even thought of a clever way to cover up his crime: tying bundles of grass to the cows' feet and leading them backward out of the pasture to make it look like something had been led into the pasture, but not away from it.

Despite this, Apollo found out and went to Zeus for justice. When brought before his father, Hermes attempted to charm Zeus into letting him go by telling him he was just an innocent new born baby. Undeceived, but amused by the child's boldness, Zeus instead forced him to compensate Apollo, which Hermes did by presenting him with the lyre

In the God of War Series

Wager of the Gods

Hermes, much like his brethren, was briefly seen competing in the wager of the gods, a contest in which each god chose one mortal to represent themselves in a search for Ambrosia. He was later seen with Poseidon, watching as Kratos, Ares'champion, slaughtered many enemies in his path. His confidence in his own champion, Danaus, proved infallible, as he continually taunted his fellow gods about his champion being the one to steal the Ambrosia. Unfortunately for Hermes, Danaus later met his end at the hands of Hades'champion, Alrik.

Ceryx' Death

Hermes' son Ceryx faced Kratos in battle, and was killed. Hermes himself seemingly did not appear, although one theory about the identity of assassin who killed Argos, claims that he was Hermes himself in disguise, since the Greek myths detailed it was he who slew Argos in the name of Zeus. If this theory is correct, it means nearly all the gods of Olympus plotted against Kratos.

First Titanomachy

During the Great War, Hermes is one of the gods who fought the Titans and is seen dodging a boulder thrown at him by one of them. After Kratos saved the Titans by traveling back in time, the second Great War began with the Titans scaling Mount Olympus. Amongst the onlooking gods was Hermes, standing between Hades andHelios.

Second Titanomachy

Kratos: "To catch a fly from the ass of Zeus is not worth my time, Hermes."
Hermes: "A coward's words, Kratos. You don't try to catch me, because you know you can't!"
―Hermes and Kratos conversing.

Hermes was one of the Gods who battled Kratos and the Titans. When the Titans ascended Mount Olympus, Hermes leaped from the balcony, and began running straight down the mountain itself. He was not seen since.

While in the Labyrinth, Kratos encountered Hermes directly (who just happened to be standing on a part of the Labrynth at the time; possibly waiting for Kratos), who taunted him about his quest for vengeance and boasted his own speed. After trading insults with Kratos, Hermes ran up the Chain of Balance linking the Underworld and Olympus, and saw Kratos pursue him.

Reappearing in the Chamber of the Flame, Hermes again taunted Kratos about his lack of speed. He then lead Kratos around the outside of the Olympian Citadel on a perilous chase, with Kratos dodging incoming projectiles. Eventually, Kratos managed to corner Hermes by launching a boulder from a catapult; chaining himself to the boulder with his blades. The boulder smashed into an Athena statue, which Hermes had previously perched himself on, and crashed down on a nearby building with the two clinging to it.

Unable to escape, Hermes ultimately attempted to defeat Kratos in combat, using his formidable speed and agility to his advantage. Unfortunately for Hermes though, the wounds he suffered from the crash had left him severly injured and exhausted, as he would continually stop to catch his breath. Upon his defeat, Hermes mocked Kratos one final time, dying when Kratos overpowered him and chopped the god's legs off in order to claim his winged boots. With his death, Hermes' corpse dissolved into a swarm of disease-carrying flies that covered the land.


What makes you think you can ever catch me?

Hermes is shown as being playful and childish. He is greatly arrogant and boastful of his own speed, thinking that Kratos has no chance of defeating him. He acts quite laid-back most of the time, frequently flipping his coinwhen idle. He is also fairly talkative, taunting Kratos about his tendency to kill family members, his quest for vengeance, and his inability to match Hermes' speed. However, it appears that this light-hearted demeanor masks a seething hatred, which occasionally becomes evident in his dialogue with the Spartan and especially manifests itself when he is forced to confront Kratos in battle. Like most of the gods defeated in the game, he remains defiant to the end, laughing at Kratos' "own sense of honor" and insisting that the Ghost of Sparta will only betray himself in the end.

Powers & Abilities

Immortality - As a God, Hermes was naturally immortal and was capable of living forever.

Superhuman Strength - Hermes was capable of increased physical strength, as he was able to easily strike Kratos with enough power to force him backwards.

Superhuman Durability - While Hermes clearly wasn't one of the more powerful of the gods, he was still far more powerful than a regular mortal.  Due to this, he possessed a great resistance to various forms of damage, although it is clear that he wasn't invincible, as after being wounded by Kratos only a few times, he eventually fell to his knees, showing clear signs of exhaustion.

Superhuman Stamina - Hermes had superior stamina and energy to that of mortal.  This allowed him to remain physically active for an indefinite period of time.

Superhuman Agility - His already impressive agility was only enhanced by his winged boots. With his boots, he was given the ability to run at near light speed.  This resulted in the ability to defy gravity by running up walls, down mountains, along thin ropes, and to jump incredible distances and reach immensly high altitudes.

Pyrokinesis - Hermes may also have the power of conjuring the elements, as seen at the end of God of War II, Hermes had fire protruding from his hair and winged sandals.  However in God of War III Hermes has bright light for hair that sometimes is seen in flames.

Role in the Spongebob Series

To be desided later.

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