I recently made a poll (between Medea and Ares) and Ares won. As promised, I’ll be making a post on him. First and foremost, put him in comparison to the other gods. Out of the main twelve, he’s probably the best (by this I mean Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysus, Hermes, Athena, Poseidon, Hephaestus, and Ares himself. If we’re including either Hestia or Hades, they’re morally better). I could make a whole post on their failings alone, but I’m not going to at the moment. Instead, I’ll be looking at where Ares’ triumphs. Ares is one of the most caring parents among the Olympians. He defended his daughter from a r*pist, even though it gained the ill will of Poseidon. In the Iliad, when his son (or possibly grandson. It’s mostly agreed that Enyalius was used as an epithet for Ares and not referring to the god Enyalius though) dies, he’s willing to go down and avenge him. Keep in mind he was recently wounded and Zeus had threateningly declared to all the Olympians that they couldn’t join the fight. He only didn’t avenge his son’s death because Athena physically stopped him. Even his monstrous drakon son he avenged. Compared to Poseidon (who killed his grandson), Zeus (who cares for almost none of his children), and Hera (who threw Hephaestus off Olympus) especially, he’s a good parent. And compared to a lot of the male gods (and even some of the female ones), he wasn’t a major misogynist. He was the patron of the Amazons and wasn’t a r*pist. He’s mostly viewed as a morally dubious god because he’s violent. That’s true, but one: he’s a literal god of violence, and two: most of the gods are violent. Athena’s a war goddess and is also violent. Aphrodite is a flighty and vain god who has killed people because of her pride. Ares’ nature is described as coming from Hera, and it’s obvious how she’s a violent goddess. Poseidon is incredibly violent, who causes storms and earthquakes at the slightest provocation. Dionysus rampaged his way across Asia and drives people to murder. Seriously, if the only reason to dislike him is his violence, than we should hate almost every Greek figure. Ares also helped heroes in war, just like Athena. Even going as far as to give aid in person and fight with his favored side. The only major offense to Ares’ character is his relationship with Aphrodite behind her husband’s back. But at the same time, that more speaks to Aphrodite’s character. And in Ares’ defense (while not making it justifiable), if the only thing we can put against Ares is that he fell in love with the goddess of beauty and love, that’s not really a reason to hate him. Especially considering that most of the major make gods have had a child with Aphrodite at some point, like Hermes and Dionysus. I really find it sad how one of the most interesting gods is always portrayed as either a bully to a villain. Anyway, this post isn’t very in depth, but that’s it. What are your thoughts?