Real Name: Iris

Occupation: Goddess of the Rainbow, Attendant of Hera

Legal Status: Citizen of Olympus

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Iris except as a figure of mythological origin.

Other Aliases: None Known

Place of Birth: Unrevealed, possibly Olympus

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: Zeus (alleged father), Thaumes (step-father), Electra (mother), Hades, Poseidon, Nereus, Phorcys (uncles), Ceto, Eurybia (aunts), Achelous, Inachos, Ladon (maternal uncles), Metis, Eurynome, Styx, Calypso (maternal aunts), Aello, Celaeno, Ocypetes, Podarge (half-sisters, The Harpies), Pan, Janus (sons), Pontus (grandfather), Oceanus (maternal grandfather), Tethys (maternal grandmother), Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, Eileithyia (half-sisters), Hercules, Apollo, Hermes (half-brothers), Helios, Selene, Eos (cousins),

Group Affiliations: The Gods of Olympus

Base of Operations: Olympus, also Mobile

First Appearance: (unnamed) Thor Annual 1, (actual) Who’s Who in the DC Universe III #4

History: Iris is one of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Olympians who were worshipped as gods in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Her exact parentage is unrevealed; some texts consider her the daughter of Zeus, Ruler of the Olympian gods and Electra, wife of the Titan Thaumes, who was one of the Oceanides, minor ocean-goddesses. She is sister of the Harpies, goddesses of the wind most known for taking the form of birds and causing misery on mortals under edicts from the gods. After Zeus conquered Olympus from the Titans, Iris came into favor with Hera and often carried out her requests as duties carrying messages from Olympus to mortal man. She traveled between Earth and Olympus on a rainbow of her creation and served Hera in several means. When the goddess Leto had fled Olympus while pregnant with Apollo and Artemis, Iris sought her out in order to deliver Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth to help her through a difficult childbirth.

Iris frequently pursued both mortals and immortals as love interests although she never confirmed an oath of celibacy. By the god Apollo, she was the mother of the two-faced Janus who stood guard at the gates of Olympus and permitted her entry as she passed in and out of the gates of Olympus. Her son, Pan, by Hermes was a more difficult birth. Born with the appearance of a satyr, his appearance scared her so badly that she left him on earth to be adopted by Gaea, the mother-goddess, and raised alongside other satyrs as the god of forests.

Iris’s relationship to the Harpies has long been tempered by their preference to terrorizing mortals. Zeus had sent them to harass Phineus of Salmydessus for abusing his gift of prophecy and they carried out torture on him by stealing his food so that he could not eat and ruining the native crops. The Argonauts encountered Phineus on their way for the Golden Fleece, and Zetes and Calais, sons of the wind-god Boreas, attacked them by driving them toward the Echinadian Islands. Having tired and entrapped the Harpies, the two heroes would have killed them had not Iris interceded in their behalf begging for mercy and promising by the waters of the river Styx that they would no longer harass Phineus.

Worship of the Olympian gods eventually came to an end after Zeus discovered the Romans were killing Christians in the name of the Olympian Gods. With less responsibilities as before, Iris casually visited Earth more often posing as a mortal and sometimes in the company of other gods as Artemis or Aphrodite. In modern years, she has been frequenting young adult clubs in the Hollywood area as well as Florida beaches in order to cavort with other young adults her physical age.

Height: 5’5”
Weight: 330 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Blonde

Strength Level: Iris possesses superhuman strength equal to an Olympian goddess enabling her to lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Iris possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Olympian gods. Like all Olympians, she is immortal: she has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force would enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of equal power, such as Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo or for a number of Olympian gods working together to revive her. Iris also possesses superhuman strength and her Olympian metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. She is immune to the detrimental effects of mortal liquor, and her heightened Olympian stamina and endurance prevents fatigue. (Olympian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the Olympians' superhuman strength and weight.) 

Iris has limited mystical skills mostly confined to traveling from Olympus to Earth and the ability to fly. When she flies, the mystical energies surrounding her take the form of the visible portion of the spectrum. Hence, when she is flying through the air, she tends to leave a rainbow pattern behind her extending ten to fifteen feet. The length of which can be longer depending on her speed. She can change form, sometimes taking an immaterial appearance extending to the point she is invisible. Combined with her ability to cross-dimensional barriers, she can take the appearance of teleportation. She can also create huge white wings to appear on her back, like that of her sisters, for complicated flight patterns or dealing in storm-like conditions. Immune to detrimental changes in altitude, she can easily reach orbital velocity, but she cannot travel beyond the outer atmosphere of the planet.

Iris has minor abilities to tap into mystical energies. She can create psychokinetic effects and fire bolts of energy similar to lightning bolts, but she is not as proficient in these abilities as say Zeus, Poseidon or Apollo. She can create illusions by mentally creating hallucinogenic effects and generating her visual energies into forms and shapes.

Comments: Iris has not yet made a known appearance in Marvel Comics; her first known DC Comics appearance is unrevealed, but she was featured in the profile for the Olympian gods in the Who's Who 1987 update.

CLARIFICATIONS:  Iris is not to be confused with:

Last updated: 05/26/07


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