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Zeus is the ruler of Mount Olympus and the father of most of the Gods of Olympus, as well as the superheroine Wonder Woman, and is also one of Shazam's benefactors.

Early Life

Zeus was born the sixth son of Cronus and Rhea, and was the younger brother of Hades and Poseidon. All of his siblings were eaten by Cronus due to him worrying one of them might overthrow him. So when Zeus was born, his mother Rhea sought Gaia to devise a plan to save them and eventually get retribution on Cronus on eating their children. Rhea secretly gave birth to Zeus, and handed Cronus a stone wrapped in cloth thinking that was his son. Rhea took Zeus away and kept him hidden.

When he grew to manhood, Zeus returned to face his father. They battled the Titans of Myth and became the new ruler of Earth by slaying Cronus and forging a pact in the dead remains. Cronus was then locked in Tartarus for the rest of eternity.

New 52

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This section of the history takes place during the New 52, between the events of Flashpoint and DC Rebirth. It was later revealed that much of Wonder Woman's history from this time was an elaborate illusion created by the Gods of Olympus to keep her away from Paradise Island. All or part of this section may have been part of that illusion and no longer valid in Rebirth.

In an attempt to prevent his daughter Diana from finding her way back to Themyscira, he ordered the sons of Ares, Phobos and Deimos, to implant false memories in her head.[3]

In Diana's delusion, Zeus hatched an elaborate plan with his daughter, Athena, to ensure multiple goals. They wanted to lure out the First Born, saw the need for War to be replaced, and knew it was Wonder Woman's time to come forward. Zeus was to disappear, and unbeknownst to all, be reborn as a baby to Zola who herself was the incarnation of Athena. The power vacuum and the ensuing bickering and slaughter allowed them to achieve their goals, eventually.[4]

DC Rebirth

Zeus was killed by Darkseid after he came out of hiding to save his daughter Diana. While the young Darkseid who had absorbed the power of his children was outmatched, he nonetheless leeched away all his power while Zeus was busy pummeling him. Diana was later able to free Zeus' spirit from Darkseid's grip through their emotional bond.[5]

Infinite Frontier


Powers

  • Godly Physiology: Zeus belongs to a race of ancient and inconceivably powerful beings known as the Gods of Olympus. Because of this heritage, Zeus possesses immense power.
    • Weather Manipulation: As god of the storms, Zeus is able to manipulate weather. During his fight with Darkseid he made rain fall from the skies.[6]
      • Electrokinesis: Zeus is able to create and manipulate mystical lightning with lethal efficiency. He can command the lightning for a variety of effects, such as channeling it through his fists to amplify the effectiveness of his blows.[6]
        • Electro-Blast: Zeus is able to project his lightning at will into destructive blasts, or shaping it into bolts of lightning. This electricity is strong enough to harm Darkseid in his weakened state.[6]
        • Eldritch Blast[7]
        • Energy Construct Creation: Zeus was able to construct a cape out of his lightning.[6]
    • Animal Control: Zeus can command animals to do whatever he says.[8]
    • Cosmic Awareness: Zeus is aware of the multiverse and the realms that lie beyond. This knowledge gives him an understanding of the universe and all life that transcends the capabilities of normal mortals.[9]
    • Dimensional Travel: Zeus is able to travel between Mount Olympus and Earth at will.[10]
    • Enhanced Senses: Zeus was able to sense that Darkseid had been stealing the life-force of his children, in order to gain power.[11] He can also sense when his name is being invoked by mortals.[7]
    • Flight[10]
    • Immortality: As an Olympian God, Zeus does not age and cannot die by any ordinary means. Only Zeus' blood can kill Zeus.[12]
    • Invulnerability: Zeus can not be harmed in the conventional way. He has taken hits from Darkseid's omega beams without suffering any permanent damage.[6]
    • Magic: Zeus possesses vast magical power that he can use for a variety of effects. He is even capable of channeling magic from the Rock of Eternity to perform certain feats.[1]
      • Mechanokinesis: With the snap of his fingers, he caused a vehicle to start driving at uncontrollable speeds.[13]
      • Molecular Reconstruction: Zeus can use his magic to rebuild structures, such as a house.[14]
      • Power Distribution: Zeus imparts the gift of Power to the various members of the Shazam Family. Zeus's power fuels the mystical thunderbolt and enhances their abilities, allowing them to manipulate both the Living Lightning that transforms them itself and weave spells among other things.[15]
      • Reality Alteration: Zeus can use magic to create and attach pocket-dimensions to reality at will. He created a pocket dimension in Billy Batson's hallway, to house his grand temple.[1]
      • Telekinesis[10]
      • Teleportation[10]
    • Metamorphosis: Zeus is able to alter his physical form at will. A lot of the time he manifests himself as a bald eagle. For a short amount of time he pretended to be Blake Hooper- Hercules' lawyer.[11]
    • Photokinesis: Zeus can emit blinding amounts of light from himself.[8]
    • Superhuman Strength: Zeus is strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Darkseid in his weakened state. His punches created shockwaves that caused minor earthquakes around the area of the fight.[6]
    • Superhuman Speed: Zeus is able to move at speeds far greater than any human. He was fast enough to match Darkseid's combat speed. During this fight, Wonder Woman stated she had never seen a battle happen at that speed they were fighting.[6]
    • Superhuman Stamina[6]

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Ancient Rules: Zeus is bound to the Wizard's rules. Whenever his name - "SHAZAM" is spoken, Zeus must hurl down a bolt of lightning.[7]


Weapons


Related

Footnotes


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