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The Hero Hector

A hero is a special unit, typically a named historical or mythological figure. Heroes are not available in random-map games, but often appear in campaign scenarios and sometimes as "must-survive" heroes; that is, the game is lost if that unit is killed.

Age of Empires[]

Name Bio Appearances Sprite Civilization
Priest.gif Blind Lame Priest A respected fellow who really stinks at hide-and-seek. The Assassins Priest Yamato
Heavycavalryicon.png Hero Alexander Young and ambitious king of Macedon and ruler of Greece. One of the greatest commanders in all of history. Trojan War (original only)

Alexander the Great (Definitive Edition)

Heavy Cavalry Greeks
Priest.gif Hero Amon Ra The most powerful of the Egyptian deities. He is the sun god as well as "The King of the Gods". None Priest Egyptians
Hero Corlis A commoner whose dream it is to one day become a hero. Will he succeed? None Villager Any
Heavycavalryicon.png Hero Hector Prince of Troy and slayer of Greek heroes. A proud warrior whose courage seldom fails him. Trojan War Heavy Cavalry Greeks
Villager.gif Hero Hersifon Brother of Corlis, he has the same ambition. Probably not from the smartest of families. None Villager Any
ShortSwordsman AoE icon.png Hero Jason The daring leader of the Argonauts who retrieved the Golden Fleece from island of Colchis Siege of Athens (original only) Khopeshman

/Axeman (corpse)

Greeks/Egyptians
Priest.gif Hero Mor Havoc This man has one goal; to destroy everything he can and to cause as much suffering as possible. It is probably why they started calling him Mor Havoc. None Priest Any
CompositeBowman AoE.png Hero Perseus Son of Zeus, founder of Mycenae, and slayer of the Gorgon Medusa. Favoured by the Gods. The Assassins (Replaced in Definitive Edition) Composite Bowman Greeks
Heavycavalryicon.png Hero Vercingetorix Produd chieftain of the Arverni. He has formed a coalition of Gallic tribes to check the expanding power of Rome. The Siege of Alesia Cataphract Assyrians (Gaul)
Hero Tiberius Emperor against his will, but one of Rome's greatest generals. None Chariot Romans
ShortSwordsman AoE icon.png Hero Xerxes King of Kings. Ruler of the Persian Empire and a notorious expansionist. The Assassins
Xenophon's March (Both only in the original, replaced and removed respectively in Definitive Edition)
Short Swordsman Persians/Shang

The Rise of Rome[]

Name Bio Appearances Sprite Civilization
Juggernautaoeicon.png Cleopatra's Barge Cleopatra's flagship. She commands her entire fleet from this command post. The Battle of Actium Juggernaught Egyptians
Priest.gif Hero Archimedes The brilliant Greek scientist and inventor. Famed for his mathematical and engineering accomplishments. The Siege of Syracuse Priest Greeks
CataphractIconAoE1.jpg Hero Caesar Ingenious general and statesman. His ambition to become the sole ruler of the Roman Republic is likely to get him murdered. Ave Caesar Heavy Cavalry Romans
WarEleAoEIcon.png Hero Hannibal The bane of Rome and champion of Carthage. It is unlikely there has been, or ever will be a better general than Hannibal "Lightning" Barca. Crossing the Alps War Elephant Carthaginians
ShortSwordsman AoE icon.png Hero Marc Antony Lieutenant of Caesar, lover of Cleopatra, and would-be master of Rome. None Short Swordsman Romans
CataphractIconAoE1.jpg Hero Scipio Roman general from a famed family of military leaders. He defeated Carthage. The Battle of Metaurus (Definitive Edition only) Cataphract Romans
Tower.gif Mirror Tower Contains a sophisticated array of light-gathering mirrors to focus intense heat upon attacking ships and troops. The Siege of Syracuse Ballista Tower Greeks
Tower.gif Zenobia's Tower Queen Zenobia's architectural masterpiece. This defensive structure is the strongest in existence. None Ballista Tower Palmyrans

Definitive Edition[]

Descriptions were added to the existing heroes in the Definitive Edition, besides stats changes and new uses of them in the campaigns scenarios.

Name Bio Appearances Sprite Civilization
Short Swordsman.png Chieftain A chieftain of a mighty tribal confederation. The Assassins (Definitive Edition version) Short Swordsman Any
CataphractDE.png General Commander of the armies. Xenophon's March (Definitive Edition version) Cataphract Any
PriestDE.png Pharaoh Political and religious leader of the Egyptian people. Raid on Babylon Priest Egyptians/Babylonians
CenturionDE.png Lord Martek None Centurion Any
Horse Archer.png Prince Shotoku Warrior prince and defender of the Emperor. The Canyon of Death (Definitive Edition version) Horse Archer Yamato
HeavyCavalryDE.png Hero Generic Hero. None Heavy Cavalry All
Broad Swordsman.png Hero Achilles Greek hero of the Trojan War and the greatest warrior to have ever lived. Immortal, but for some reason is very protective of his heels. Trojan War (Definitive Edition version) Broad Swordsman Greeks
PhalanxDE.png Hero Ajax Brother-in-arms of Achilles and the strongest and tallest of all Greek Warriors. The only powerful enough to beat him... is himself. Trojan War (Definitive Edition version) Phalanx Greeks
ScytheDE.png Hero Muwatalli The fearsome Hittite warrior king. Battle of Kadesh (Definitive Edition version) Scythe Chariot Hittites
Composite Bowman.png Hero Odysseus King of the island of Ithaca and the most brilliant of the Greeks. Trojan War (Definitive Edition version) Composite Bowman Greeks
Cavalry111.png Hero Paris Dashing and headstrong yet foolish Prince of Troy. Instigator of the Trojan War. Trojan War (Definitive Edition version) Cavalry Greeks
PhalanxDE.png Hero Pericles The first citizen of Athens. He has turned the small city state into an Athenian empire. None Phalanx Greeks
Chariot Archer111.png Hero Ramesses The great Pharaoh and embodiment of the Sun God. Battle of Kadesh (Definitive Edition version) Chariot Archer Egyptians
CenturionDE.png Hero Xanthippus Spartan Mercenary general and tactical genius hired by Carthaginians to help them fight Rome. Battle of Tunis (Definitive Edition version) Centurion Carthaginians/Greeks
Composite Bowman.png Hero Xu Fu Court sorcerer of the Chinese Emperor seeking eternal life on Mt Fuji. Also known as Jofuku. The Assassins (Definitive Edition version) Composite Bowman Yamato
PriestDE.png High Priest High Priest of an ancient arcane religion. ? Priest any

Age of Empires II[]

Main article: Heroes (Age of Empires II)

Starting with Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, heroes have the ability to regenerate and are immune to conversion.

Age of Mythology[]

Main article: Heroes (Age of Mythology)

In Age of Mythology, heroes are a core unit type and serve primarily as a counter to myth units.

Age of Empires III[]

Main article: Heroes (Age of Empires III)
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