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(Son of Ares)


Phobos, son of the god of war Ares, was an early opponent of the post-Crisis Wonder Woman.

These are but capsule notes. These were mostly done to convert his First Edition DC Heroes stats to the markedly different later editions, with some official DC Comics material thrown in for context.


  • Real Name: Phobos.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Ares (father), Aphrodite (mother), Deimos (brother), Harmonia (sister), Eris (sister), Zeus (grandfather), Hera (grandmother), Hephaestus (uncle).
  • Base Of Operations: The Netherworld.
  • Group Affiliation: Olympian Gods.
  • Height: 7’7” Weight: 459lbs.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Blazing red<./li>


Powers and Abilities

As the God of Fear, Phobos can — using the Heart of the Medusas — manifest in physical form the darkest fears of those he opposes. These manifestations are capable of actually slaying their victim.

Using the same artefact and occult rituals, Phobos could also create fearsome magical creatures such as Decay.

A squat, troll-like creature of great size and strength, he’s possessed of such sheer power that his hands and the topknot of his hair are constantly smoldering.


Born of the war-god Ares’ brief union with the goddess Aphrodite, Deimos and Phobos dwelt principally in the Netherworld. From there they intended to aid their father in the destruction of the Earth, and thus of the hated Amazons, as well as the other Olympian Gods. Phobos himself assumed the role of the god of fear in his father’s legions, terrifying soldiers on the battlefield.

Phobos attempted to slay the Amazon princess Diana, who had been chosen by combat and the Gods to oppose Ares’ plans. To do so, he brought to life the creature called Decay. But the Amazon Princess destroyed Decay after a savage battle across the city of Boston .

As for Deimos, when his father declared war on mankind, he was his choice for manipulating key military leaders of the Soviet and American armies. Deimos controlled the minds of these nations’ leaders, causing them to bring the planet to the brink of World War Three.

Phobos - DC Comics - Wonder WOman enemy - 1980s George Perez art in the Who's Who

If not for these meddling kids

However, the Princess Diana, accompanied by four humans who had befriended her, brought the battle against Ares to the Netherworld itself. Here she confronted Deimos and Phobos, and a struggle to the death began.

During the course of the battle, Deimos attempted to poison the Amazon with the venomous bite of his serpentine hair. In the last seconds before she could succumb to the venom, Diana hurled her razor-sharp tiara at the gloating Deimos, and decapitated him.

The cowardly Phobos, fearing for his own life, fled into the darkness, swearing vengeance on the Amazon Princess.


See illustration.


The most important thing in Phobos’ life is the approval of his father. Thus Phobos would act independently of his brother, Deimos, to obtain his father’s praise. Whenever Phobos did this, he rarely exercised good judgement. He would often jeopardize the very mission with which he was entrusted.

To this extent, Phobos should be played in a moderately haphazard manner. He’s also quite impulsive and much less restrained than his brother.

Phobos is otherwise a calculating and surreptitious villain capable of deceit, trickery and phenomenal brutality. He’s also, however, a coward, who prefers to frighten his foes without risking himself in battle. He will generally find a good, safe vantage point near his foes and throw their greatest fears at them.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 08 Str: 15 Bod: 10 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 06 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: God of Fear
Inf: 12 Aur: 13 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 026 HP: 040

Animate image: 13, Aura of fear: 08, Growth: 01, Illusion: 12, Mind probe: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Animate image only with the Heart of the Medusas (-1).
  • Animate image can be applied to mental images obtained through Mind probe (+4).
  • Animate image can only be used on such images (-2).
  • Growth is Always On and already factored in.
  • Mind probe only to determine innermost fear (-2).

Occultist: 09, Thief (stealth): 07

None demonstrated.

Aeropagus (High), Olympus (Low).

MIF of failure, MIA to impulsiveness.

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats based on Strangers in Paradise, history from Who’s Who).

Helper(s): First illustration detoured at .

Source of Character: Wonder Woman comics (DCU).