Portrayed By Karl Urban
Series HTLJ, XWP
First Appearance For Him the Bell Tolls
Last Appearance Comedy of Eros
Gender Male
Status Alive
Race Olympian
Also Known As God of Love
Green-Eyed Monster
Romances Psyche
Affiliations Olympians
Mother Aphrodite
Father Ares
Brother(s) Deon, The Destroyer, Evander
Sister(s) Hippolyta, Fortune
Son(s) Bliss
Other Family Holidus (Father-in-law)
Hercules (favorite uncle)
Hephaestus (Uncle)
Discord (Aunt)
Strife (1st Cousin by Discord)
Hera (Grandmother)
Zeus (Grandfather)
Hermes (Half-uncle)
Artemis (Half-aunt)
Apollo (Half-uncle)
Autolycus (Half-1st Cousin by Hermes)
Bacchus (Half-uncle)
Athena (Half-aunt)
Demeter (Grand-aunt)
Poseidon (Grand-uncle)
Hestia (Grand-aunt)
Hades (Grand-uncle)
Persephone (Half-aunt)
Triton (1st cousin once removed)
Nautica (second-cousin)
Kronos (Great-grandfather)
Rhea (Great-grandmother)
Gaea (2nd Great-grandmother)
Uranus (2nd Great-grandfather)

Cupid, the God of Love, is the son of Aphrodite and Ares. His job was to spread love to mortal beings with his arrows. Once someone is shot by one of his arrows, he or she will fall instantly in love with the first person they see. By then, only Cupid himself will have the power to reverse the effects. He and his mother often disagreed on things. Aphrodite was technically his boss as well as his mother and Cupid disliked having to obey her orders about which mortals to make fall in love.


As an infant, Hera cursed Cupid so that if he ever felt unrequited love for a mortal, he would turn into a Green-Eyed Monster. Later, when Cupid fell in love with the beautiful Psyche, the curse took hold. Aphrodite, trying to spare her son from the curse, asked Hercules to help her keep Psyche away from Cupid: Aphrodite felt Cupid would listen as he considered Hercules his favorite uncle. She accidentally shot Hercules with one of Cupid's Arrows making the hero fall in love with Psyche. When Cupid saw this, he was filled with jealousy and transformed into the Green-Eyed Monster. Hercules was finally able to overcome the power of the arrow and convinced Aphrodite to turn Psyche into a goddess (or at least an immortal) so Cupid's curse would no longer affect him, and so that Psyche would not grow old and die, breaking Cupid's heart (HTLJ "The Green-Eyed Monster").

Later, Cupid and Psyche marry and have a son, Baby Bliss, who causes chaos for Xena and Gabrielle when he takes his father's arrows and shoots people with love arrows in "Comedy of Eros." Xena sends Joxer to find Cupid and then reverse the effects and clean up the damage.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

as the personification of Love & passion Cupid is a powerful Olympian God with Range of powers like :

Immortality: Cupid has the ability to live infinite life span as well as immunity to all sorts of diseases.

Invincibility: Cupid is invincible to all sorts of weapons (swords,axes,crossbows) as well as all magical powers from the Gods although these powers can hurt him but not kill him.

Atmokinesis: All Olympians has the power to control and manipulate the weather bring out storms , tornadoes ,rains and Lightning.

Amokinesis: As the god of Love and Desire, Cupid has absolute control and divine authority over love, lust, and desire, but not quite as much as his mother Aphrodite Cupid has the power to make mortals fall in love and off love as well he can do so by his sheer of will and force with his Godly powers or by his special Arrows

Healing:  Cupid has the ability to heal wounds but he can't heal mortal wounds, Cupid as well as the rest of the Gods has to be blessed by Zeus Himself or Athena's blessings to do so.

Pyrokinesis: Cupid has the power to control and manipulate fire by throwing it from his hands as well as creating powerful Fire balls.

Portal creation: Cupid has the power to create portals to other Dimensions as well as controlling the worlds he creates.

Teleportation: Cupid has the ability to teleport to any place whatever he sees fit either on earth or Olympus.

Superhuman Strength: Cupid super strength can send people flying as well as gods..

Energy Blasts: Cupid has the power to shoot powerful blue Energy blast capable of killing mortals and hurting Gods.

Time Manipulation: All Gods has the power to manipulate time by travel back & forward as well as freezing time itself but they need Zeus's consent first.

Invisibility: All Gods have the power to make themselves invisible to all mortals they can't be seen or heard by them.

Telekinesis: Cupid has the ability to move objects & mortals with his mind.

Conjuration: Cupid has the powers to conjure anything or any being she wants.

Flying: Cupid has a large pair of wingd that enabiles him to fly.

Lightning: Cupid has the power to shoot powerful arcs of electricity/lightning capable of killing mortals & hurting Gods.

Shapeshifting: Cupid has the ability to alter his appearance to take whatever form he likes whether mortals or monsters or Gods.


  • Cupid was played by Karl Urban, who also played Julius Caesar, Mael and Kor.
    • Much like Kevin Smith playing both Iphicles and Ares, the visual differences between Cupid and Caesar were extreme enough that there was no need to recast one role with a different actor.
  • Urban was the first actor to have to wear prosthetic wings for a role in the Xenaverse. He was also the only one required to do so shirtless, and thus had to endure prosthetics to keep them adhered to his back. Later all of the actors playing Archangels also had to wear them, but their wings were heavier and more complicated – Charles Mesure was the only actor who was able to hold them up on his own.


  • The producers of Hercules and Xena drew upon the Roman myth of Cupid and Psyche in which Cupid falls in love with a mortal whom Venus despises because, as a princess her beauty makes her subjects pay more attention to her than to the worship of Venus. She orders her son, Cupid, to make Psyche fall in love with the most vile thing in the world. Instead he accidentally scratches himself with his arrow and falls in love with her instead. When Psyche finally learns of Cupid's love, Jupiter makes her immortal. They have a daughter, Voluptas, or "pleasure".
  • Cupid's Greek name is Eros. Some sources list Ares as his father, though others say it is Hephaestus or that he is a primal force who predates the Titans. His father in the Xenaverse is never revealed, though it is more likely to be Ares than Hephaestus given that Aphrodite doesn't start dating Hephaestus until "Love Takes a Holiday" (although they could have had a one-night stand sometime earlier)


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