He"s worn many faces & borne many names, but throughout history, Ares, the Greek God of war, has possessed a limitless hunger for destruction.
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First Appearance: (as Mars) WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #1 (1942); (as Ares) WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #1 (1987)
Aliases: Mars, God of Conflict, God of War, Ari/Ares Buchanan
An immortal being who draws his power from belief and conflict, Ares was worshipped by many on Earth as a god of Olympus. Eventually that belief waned & the gods stepped bachồng from regularly interfering with humanity. But, centuries later, Ares returned to lớn encourage war through his manipulation of mortals. This brought hlặng into conflict with the Amazons & their champion, Wonder Woman. Over the years, he became the latter’s constant foe, intent on thwarting her mission of peace & understanding.
In recent years, however, Wonder Woman has learned that the being she fought so many times was not the real Ares. And now that the true God of War has been revealed, it’s uncertain what side he’ll be on in battles yet lớn come.
Pre-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS – Mars
In Wonder Woman’s early stories in the 1940s, Ares was referred to lớn by his Roman name, Mars (WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #1, 1942). Introduced as the God of War, he stood in direct opposition lớn the peaceful Amazons and the goddesses who protected them, such as Aphrodite. Mars led an army of men against the Amazons and was defeated.
Centuries later, he established his headquarters on the planet of Mars, recruiting và enslaving spirits of the dead in War Factories and Lie Factories, overseen by his deputies Lord Conquest, Earl of Greed, General Destruction & the Duke of Deception. He & his deputies fought Wonder Woman và tried khổng lồ ensure the Allies lost World War II (WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #2-3, 1942).
Post-Crisis – Ares
After 1985’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS rebooted the DC Universe, it was explained that Olympus & Hades were other-dimensional realms connected khổng lồ Earth. Beings of these realms could draw power from human emotions, belief and interaction. Appearing before humans in Ancient Greece & Rome, they were taken for gods and worshipped accordingly. Ares, who learned he could draw power from conflict và open aggression, became known as the God of War. He considered some of the other Olympians his natural enemies since they preferred lớn guide & nurture humanity. Likewise, he opposed the creation of the Amazons, who would be warriors & teachers dedicated to lớn peace (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #1, 1987).
The Olympians stepped aside from regularly involving themselves in human affairs, particularly as their power was now fed by fewer worshippers—though the nation of Atlantis và the Amazons of the isl& Themyscira still believed in the gods và respected their authority. Ares was forced khổng lồ follow Zeus’ decree that he not directly interfere with humans, but was determined khổng lồ regain his power. In the modern day, he attempted to lớn vì chưng this by manipulating human agents inlớn provoking World War III. He was thwarted by Wonder Woman (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #1-6, 1987).
At the kết thúc of their first meeting, Diana pointed out that a nuclear war would destroy most if not all of humanity và then Ares would thất bại power without enough people lớn worship hlặng and provide conflict. Ares conceded the point and charged Diana with the task of saving humanity from its own aggression. Following this, he returned at various times to incite more violence and conflict, as a way to maintain power và khổng lồ kiểm tra humanity’s worthiness and Diana’s resolve. Likewise, his children Phobos, Deimos and Lord Lycus have all fought Diana over the years.
Ares can take on different appearances and bond with a human host. He can also increase in kích thước, strength and mass at will when conflict is abundant or nearby. In his earlier comic book appearances as Mars, and once again when he became Lord of the Underworld for a time, he could also summon & control the spirits of the dead.
Ares can project his image & voice across great distances. He can also show images of what is occurring in other places that he is able to lớn perceive sầu. He can sense conflict in people, as well as their potential for aggression, but he can’t read thoughts. If he takes direct control of people, they often quickly show signs of this possession, such as decay.
Ares can sumtháng fire, darkness and energy blasts, as well as any Earth-made weapon.
In the Pre-Crisis version of the DC Universe, Ares (as Mars) attempted to lớn provoke a war between the Amazons và the people of Atlantis (WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #215, 1975). He also recruited a woman named Helemãng cầu Alexandros to become the warrior called Silver Swan in order khổng lồ destroy Wonder Woman and murder the President of the United States. He claimed that Helemãng cầu was his descendant via Helen of Sparta many centuries before (WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #288, 1982). Both of these efforts failed.
Years after his first encounter with Diana, Ares decided khổng lồ return to lớn Earth và provoke conflict yet again. Unable khổng lồ break Zeus’ decree that he not interfere directly, he bargained with a criminal, Ari Buchanan, who agreed lớn be his human host. The two became Ares Buchanan (introduced in WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #77, 1993), who, over time, grew khổng lồ become a formidable crime lord & arms dealer. He used technology from S.T.A.R. Labs khổng lồ outfit various criminals with advanced weaponry, & his power became great enough that Assistant District Attorney Donmãng cầu Milton concluded he would never face consequences from the law. She then left her job to become his personal attorney. The two became lovers, & Donmãng cầu volunteered khổng lồ go “undercover”—befriending Wonder Woman & acting as Ares’ agent khổng lồ influence & manipulate her actions (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #82, 1994).
Donmãng cầu Milton became pregnant. Ares initially believed this was a ruse in order to lớn garner Wonder Woman’s sympathy. But soon after revealing his true nature to Diamãng cầu, he learned that Donmãng cầu was indeed pregnant with his child. Not caring lớn have sầu an heir, Ares shot Donmãng cầu và left her for dead, but she and her baby, Lyta, born that same night, survived. Donna remained Diana’s frikết thúc và became her new lawyer (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #83-84, 1994). Later, Diana và Ares learned that Donna Milton had actually been the corrupt sorceress Circe, who’d used magic lớn adopt a new identity (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #100, 1995).
Change of Authority
As time went on, Ares & the other gods of Olympus realized their power levels were shifting due to lớn the different beliefs và values held by modern humanity. Some of them adapted to the new age. Yet Ares again decided lớn focus on manipulating the Amazons và the inhabitants of Olympus. He provoked conflict and events that led to Themyscira’s devastation (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #200, 2004). Soon afterward, Athena assumed leadership of Olympus, and Ares killed Hades, taking the realm of the Underworld for his own (WONDER WOMAN vol. 2 #212-217, 2005). Around this time, he also took an interest in (& granted greater power to) Cassie Sandsmark, a daughter of Zeus who’d become the second hero called Wonder Girl.
Rise of the Olympian
Sometime later, Ares manipulated the villains Dr. Barbara Minerva, a.k.a. the Cheetah, và Dr. T.O. Morrow into creating an anti-Wonder Woman from Diana’s own body (retrieved from a possible future timeline in which she died) and the soil from places where genocide had occurred. This warrior homunculus, called Genocide, became a fearsome enemy khổng lồ Diamãng cầu (WONDER WOMAN vol. 3 #26, 2009).
When Diana destroyed Genocide, Ares retaliated, sending vicious monsters to lớn attaông xã the Amazons. Rather than see the conflict continue & get any of her fellow Amazons caught up in it, Diamãng cầu confronted Ares directly and this time killed hyên rather than try to lớn reason or negotiate for peace yet again. Though she mourned hlặng & felt conflicted about her decision, Zeus assured her it was the right one (WONDER WOMAN vol. 3 #26-33, 2009).
Recent Events - Rebirth
With 2016’s DC Rebirth, a new history has been written for Diana & some of her pre-New 52 history has been restored. Diana had memories of the New 52 events, but realized these were “lies” that had been planted in her mind in order lớn steer her away from Themyscira (WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH #1, 2016).
As before, Diana’s first true battle against the forces of evil was against Ares, who tried lớn provoke worldwide war through human agents (in this case, a terrorist organization called Sear). But, years later, Diana discovered that the Ares she’d fought throughout her career was actually his children in disguise. The real Ares, initially opposed to Aphrodite, fell in love with her, which cooled his need for war & conflict. He remained a prisoner on Themyscira for centuries and seemed nội dung lớn remain there (WONDER WOMAN vol. 5 #21-23, 2017). Whether this is the whole truth remains to be seen. For as Diamãng cầu herself has realized, “Truth is the first casualty of war.”