|“||Hi, this is Ganymede, cup-bearer to Zeus, and when I'm out buying wine for the Lord of the Skies, I always buckle up!||”|
–A prerecorded message of Ganymede, in The Sea of Monsters.
Ganymede was a prince of Troy, son of King Tros and Queen Callirrhoe. He was a very attractive legacy, which led Zeus to abduct him in the form of an eagle, to serve as cupbearer to the gods, replacing Hebe, the goddess of youth. He subsequently became the Greek god of homosexual love and desire, and is a frequent playmate of Cupid and Hymenaios.
Ganymede was once a prince of Troy. He was the son of Tros, the first king of Troy, and Callirrhoe, daughter of the river god Scamander. Ganymede was on Mount Ida one day, tending to a flock of sheep, when he was spotted by the god Zeus. Zeus, lusting for the boy, transformed into an eagle and swooped down to Earth; he then took Ganymede and carried him up to Mount Olympus. Once there, Zeus granted the handsome youth immortality, making him his cup bearer and eromenos.
Zeus later gave Tros a team of divine horses as compensation for kidnapping the king's son.
Ganymede's voice can be heard advising users of the Gray Sisters' taxi service to use the 'seat belt' (a black chain).
Ganymede is mention by Apollo in The Dark Prophecy "I couldn't quite read their expressions - expectant, on edge, the way Zeus' cupbearer Ganymede looked whenever he gave Zeus a new wine to try."
- He presumably possesses the standard powers of a god.
- Amokinesis (limited): As the God of Homosexual Desire, Ganymede has absolute control and divine authority over love, passion, and desire, though not as much as Aphrodite or Cupid, since his powers are only limited to same-sex romance.
- Sexuality Manipulation: As the God of Homosexual Desire, he is able to make anyone fall in love with the same gender.
- According to many, he became the god of desire upon ascending to Olympus.
- In Greek mythology, Ganymede was the male lover of Zeus and ironically, the only one to be made immortal.
- In poetry, Ganymede became a symbol for the beautiful young male who attracted homosexual desire and love.
- Though he has no Roman counterpart, the Roman equivalent of his name is "Ganymedes" and also "Catamitus", from which the English word catamite comes from.
- Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter and the largest satellite in the solar system, is named after him.
- The astrological sign Aquarius is sometimes identified as Ganymede.
- He was a legacy by his both parents, a legacy of Zeus trough his father Tros; grandson of Dardanus and of Scamander by his mother Callirrhoe, a naiad.