1/11Great Greek Gods:ABC's "Cupid," which premieres Tuesday, is a remake of a show that lasted only one season 10 years ago. So a little divine... Show More »ABC's "Cupid," which premieres Tuesday, is a remake of a show that lasted only one season 10 years ago. So a little divine intervention may be in order.
Fortunately, the show has the divine part (maybe) already in the bag. It stars Bobby Cannavale as a man who believes he's Cupid, the Greek god of love, sent here to live among us mortals and help us fall in love. His Cupid is hardly the first denizen of Mount Olympus to mix with the humans on screen. Here are some notable ones.
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2/11Achilles (Brad Pitt), 'Troy':Divine mission: To conquer the guarded walls of the city of Troy.
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3/11Cupid (Jeremy Piven), 'Cupid':Divine mission: In ABC's first take at "Cupid," the god (or mental patient Trevor Hale, depending o... Show More »Divine mission: In ABC's first take at "Cupid," the god (or mental patient Trevor Hale, depending on whom you believe) said he was banished from Mount Olympus for sloppy work and ordered to create love for 100 couples to gain re-entry.
Powers: None -- "they took away my bow and arrow," he explained -- although he did seem to have a remarkable, if roundabout, way with matchmaking.
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4/11Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter), 'Wonder Woman':Divine mission: General crime fighting, protecting the innocent.
Powers: Origi... Show More »Divine mission: General crime fighting, protecting the innocent.
Powers: Originally from an island of Amazons, Wonder Woman already possessed superhuman strength, intelligence and agility. As Naval officer Diana Prince, shed become Wonder Woman to right wrongs and save Steve Trevor -- complete with god-given accessories. Her bracelets deflect bullets, her golden lasso forces people to tell the truth and her tiara can be used as a boomerang to attack combatants.
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5/11Grace Valentine, aka Aphrodite (Jaime Murray), 'Valentine':Divine mission: What is a group of gods supposed to do when they are stuck ... Show More »Divine mission: What is a group of gods supposed to do when they are stuck on this mortal coil? Bring soulmates together, of course, but on the down-low.
Powers: Grace can give orgasms to those she touches, and get mortals to bend to her wishes just by talking to them in a seductive way. Her son Eros (Kristoffer Polaha) is the original Cupid, but instead of a bow and arrow, he uses a gun that shoots magic to help create feelings of love in his targets. Friend and employee Hercules (Robert Baker) has superhuman strength. Titan Phoebe (Autumn Reeser), Goddess of the Oracle at Delphi, talks to the Fates freely to match souls. She can also see the future.
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6/11Hercules (Roman) or Heracles (Greek) (Kevin Sorbo), 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys':Divine mission: As a son of Zeus, Hercules feel... Show More »Divine mission: As a son of Zeus, Hercules feels it is his duty to help the downtrodden, especially when something happens to them as a result of the whims of often petty gods that are his family. Travels with his companion Iolaus (Michael Hurst).
Powers: Hercules is much stronger than any man, or even a group of men, as a result of being a half-god immortal. Historically, he's been a brute, but was pretty smart in the television series.
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7/11Kira, aka Terpsichore (Olivia Newton-John), 'Xanadu':Divine mission: As the muse of dance, Terpsichore visits Earth with her sisters t... Show More »Divine mission: As the muse of dance, Terpsichore visits Earth with her sisters to help inspire humans to pursue their dreams and desires.
Powers: Really cool roller-skating moves, while singing songs like "Magic" and "Xanadu" and skating in a dress and if you don't think that's hard, try it and see If you can stay on beat and up tempo.
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8/11Kratos, 'God of War':Divine mission: In the video game, Kratos is tricked by god of war Ares in killing his family. The movie (albeit ... Show More »Divine mission: In the video game, Kratos is tricked by god of war Ares in killing his family. The movie (albeit in development Hades) was said to follow the same plot. Kratos defeats Ares, gets his revenge, and takes up the role of (spoiler warning!) the new god of war.
Powers: Aside from various mythological artifacts (like Medusa's head), Kratos also wields twin blades that are enchanted, pre-betrayal, by Ares.
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9/11Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief':Divine mission: Percy, the half-human son of Poseidon, is tasked... Show More »Divine mission: Percy, the half-human son of Poseidon, is tasked with tracking down Zeus' stolen thunderbolt.
Powers: Almost as many as fellow teen hero Harry Potter. Most notably, Percy can control water and breathe underwater, as befitting the son of the god of oceans.
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10/11Perseus (Harry Hamlin), 'Clash of the Titans':Divine mission: In 1981's "Clash of the Titans," Perseus is a pawn (sometimes, lite... Show More »Divine mission: In 1981's "Clash of the Titans," Perseus is a pawn (sometimes, literally) of the gods of Olympus. At first he's just out to win the love of Andromeda, but along the way he has to fight his evil half-brother and the gigantic Kraken.
Powers: None, though he is helped by a mechanical owl (Bubo) and wields artifacts like Medusa's head, Athena's helmet, Aphrodite's sword and the Pegasus.
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11/11Xena (Lucy Lawless), 'Xena: Warrior Princess':Divine mission: To atone for her heinous acts as a warlord by fighting for the weak agai... Show More »Divine mission: To atone for her heinous acts as a warlord by fighting for the weak against gods, demons, centaurs, witches or whatever stood as an oppressor of free will. Yeah! And has a trusty sidekick in Gabrielle (Reneé O'Connor).
Powers: None really. Extremely athletic and strong -- but not overtly supernatural -- she is favored by the fates and (some of) the gods. Wields a wonderful sword and flings a deadly Chakram ring with crazy accuracy.
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