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Venus of the Agents of Atlas (Marvel Comics)

Venus

(Agents of Atlas) version


Context

This profile is about Venus as she appears in Marvel Comics’ Agents of Atlas series, starting in 2006. So this is not the same person as the actual goddess Venus a.k.a. Aphrodite from Olympus.

She is the same person as the , but the ties are tenuous. Reading the Atlas Comics version’s profile first is interesting but not indispensable. On the other hand, reading the Agents of Atlas team profile will help if you haven’t read Agents of Atlas comics.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Agents of Atlas; formerly G-Men.
  • Base Of Operations: Atlas Foundation HQ, San Francisco.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 280 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde (varies).


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Powers and Abilities

A supernatural being forced into human form, Venus:

  • Doesn’t age noticeably.
  • Can alter her appearance in minor ways (such as changing her hair colour).
  • Can quickly understand foreign languages.
  • Can breathe water and operate underwater with little difficulty.

Her main power is the ability mesmerise others with her voice. She generally exerts feelings of love which can suppress most angry feelings. These can be focused to cause targets to fall asleep.

On the rare occasions she feels other emotions strongly (such as her anguish at learning her true origin) she can project these other emotions. So far this has only happened uncontrollably.

She can compel her victims to do as she wishes, even suicidal actions, such as drowning themselves.

Since being chosen as Aphrodite’s replacement Venus’ powers are greater, and she recovers faster from injuries. The exact nature of her enhanced powers as Goddess of Love is unknown.


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History

(Details of her time with Department Zero and the Agents of Atlas can be found in the Agents of Atlas entry).

For centuries sailors told tales of ships lured to destruction by the voice of the Siren, or naiad. This being served the ocean element Phorcys, who fed on the men the Siren ensnared.

One ship she encountered in the 19th Century had a magician on board. He stopped the Siren by transforming her into a complete being, “making her soul as beautiful as her physical form”.

Venus (Agents of Atlas) in a glamorous pose

Horrified by the destruction she had wrought, she suppressed her memories. The ex-naiad eventually found solace at a monastery. She served the nuns, mute and unaging, for two decades. When she finally sang for the clergy, the emotions she stirred proved too disruptive and she was asked to leave.

Wandering the world the woman came to believe she was the goddess Venus, who had descended to the mortal world. Her adventures in this period are detailed in the Venus (Golden Age) profile.

Department Zero

During her time as an adventurer Venus was approached by FBI agent Jimmy Woo. She agreed to join the group he assembled to rescue the kidnapped President Eisenhower.

During the 1980s her former teammate Gorilla Man returned to his place of origin in Africa. He later recounted to Venus horrible stories of the atrocities brought upon by centuries of tribal warfare. Venus took it upon herself to aid the region, using her powers to unite the warring factions. Years later, they had intermarried and become a blending of the two factions.

Venus stayed with them for many years until a rejuvenated Jimmy Woo again recruited her into the old team, this time to help him search for the Atlas Foundation.

Agents of Atlas

During the reunion Namora revealed the secret of Venus’ true nature. The flood of restored memories nearly crippled Venus emotionally and threatened to tear the team apart until Jimmy Woo managed to calm her.

Venus (Agents of Atlas) charming armed men

She learned that the Yellow Claw and Mr. Lao had manipulated them from the beginning. This included chartering the fleet with the magician who transformed the Siren into Venus.

Venus came to terms with her history, determined to make up for her earlier actions in the future.


Description

Breathtakingly beautiful, Venus is able to alter her cosmetic appearance. She often changes her hair colour, especially if another woman with her current hair colour joins her team. She’s perfectly comfortable unclothed, but wears them for the comfort of her teammates.


Personality

Friendly and cheerful, Venus is full of love for almost everyone. She enjoys using her power to spread feelings of love. However her pacifistic tendencies don’t get in the way of stopping those who would act out of hate, or opposing those who would spread hate. She’s ready to act against any such people.

Since regaining her memory, she feels guilt about her earlier life, and the sailors she enticed to their deaths. She is reluctant to use such harsh methods against anyone else, no matter the threat they pose.


Quotes

“Sorry if I took you by surprise. But sometimes the power of love can be overwhelming. And, after all, I am the Goddess of Love !”

“My Love Power can turn any weapon into an instrument of peace !”

“Open your hearts, fellows… you don’t want to fight… you just need love.”

“We’re going to find a bad guy ? Whee !”


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Venus

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Agent of Atlas
Inf: 09 Aur: 09 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 018 HP: 045

Powers:
Broadcast Empath: 12, Chameleon: 01, Comprehend Languages: 08, Hypnotism: 08, Regeneration: 02, Sleep: 08, Swimming: 03, Water Freedom: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Broadcast Empath is vocal (-1), has it’s Range increased by 1AP underwater (+5 BC), and using it for any emotion other than love is Minor Marginal and requires her to be strongly epxeriencing the same emotion (-2).
  • Changes from Chameleon are Permanent (+5).
  • Hypnotism can cause target to commit suicidal actions (+5).
  • Sleep is Contingent on Broadcast Empath (-1), and is vocal (-1).

Skills:
Charisma (Persuasion): 10

Advantages:
Attractive, Near-Immortal.

Connections:
Atlas (High).

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:
Cestus [BODY 20, Power Reserve (Broadcast Emotion): 03].


Design Notes

Though the What If? events about the “Golden Age Avengers” are not part of her continuity, they have informed her game stats.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Marvel.com , marvunapp , Darci, Frank Murdock.

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