"It takes the simplicity of a child to teach us the most obvious lesson. Evander was right. Sometimes we can just start over."
- ―Zeus in "Full Circle"
Zeus is the powerful king of the Olympian gods and the God of sky, and lightning and thunder. His father, Kronos, was king of the Titans, when his son Zeus tried to take his throne, Kronos called forth all the Titans into a war council, in which he appointed Atlas as his field general. (XWP: "The Titans") In order to destroy Kronos once and for all, Zeus found the rib of Kronos. (XWP: "God Fearing Child") With it, Zeus was able to kill Kronos and became the King of the Gods. (HTLJ: "Reunions") the war against Kronos and anyone who supported him in an event that came to be called the Titanomachy which ended with Zeus killing his father and taking his place as King of the Gods.
Zeus married with Hera who became queen of the Olympians. Zeus was a great lover of mortal women. He took many human lovers and thus fathered many half-gods, when he fathered Hercules with Alcmene he took the form of Alcmene's dead husband Amphitryon.
Powers and Abilities
Zeus is probably the most powerful earthly god ever seen in the series. Zeus's signature weapon is the lightning in all its forms. Although lightning is occasionally used by other gods, Zeus exclusively uses it, and is more proficient with it. As a god Zeus has a special connection with the sky, its elements, the rain, the lightning, the winds and the clouds, for that he is known as the god of sky.
As king of the Olympians, Zeus possesses the Powers and Abilities of an Olympian god but at much higher level. Zeus specials powers are:
Precognitive dream: Zeus can perceive future events in his dreams, he knew of the danger in the future by the darkness of his dreams, but he did not know specifically what was the danger (the birth of Eve). To know more, Zeus consult the fates.
Power over the Nature: Zeus can manipulate the weather and elements on a large scale.
Resurrection: Zeus like Hades can resurrect dead mortals, as he was able to resurrect Lyla. But reviving a person is not a common matter,as there are rules and circumstances.
Lightning Bolts: Zeus has a great ability to create powerful lightning bolts.
Reality warping: Zeus, along with Hera, created mortals and several ecosystems as Hera and Zeus said in (Episode: Full Circle).
Portal Creation: Zeus has enough power to create portals leading to other dimensions. Something that Ares and Callisto had to join their forces to open a portal.
Zeus can kill other gods, he can also remove, bestow and restore power. He bestowed and stripped Hercules of his divinity.
- Along with Hercules, Iolaus and Hera, Zeus is one of four characters to appear in both Hercules and the Amazon Women and Full Circle. Along with Hera, he also appears in Hercules's final appearance in God Fearing Child.
- Of all the Olympians shown in the Xenaverse, Zeus's portrayal is generally the most consistent with his mythological counterpart: aloof yet outrageous, neutral but with a love of humanity.
- Zeus's role as an advisor and mentor to Hercules in the telemovies properly belongs to Athena in mythology. This portrayal is also directly at odds with his portrayal in both HTLJ and YH, where he is very aloof, with Hercules rarely seeing him and deeply resenting his absence.
- Anthony Quinn portrayed Zeus in the Hercules telemovies. Peter Vere-Jones played him in "Judgment Day," while Roy Dotrice took over the role at the end of Season 4. Charles Keating played Zeus on the final episode of Hercules and in "God Fearing Child." John Bach played him in the Young Hercules episode "Valley of the Shadow." His voice actor in Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus was voiced by Peter Rowley.