Greek Gods: Zeus
Greek: King of the Gods, God of Thunder and Sky
Parents: Cronus and Rhea
Consort: Hera (and many others)
This list cannot start without Zeus. Zeus is the god of Greek mythology. He rules the gods from Mount Olympus, wields thunderbolts and is “the Father of gods and men.” And he accomplished all this through trickery, violence and bedding many, many women. To begin his reign, Zeus first had to overthrow his father, Cronus. Before Zeus’ birth, Cronus had been told by an oracle that one of his children would defeat him, and upon hearing this news Cronus did the only logical thing: he swallowed his children Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon.
Upon Zeus’ birth, his mother Rhea hid him in a cave, where most mythological readings say he was raised by Gaia (though there are many other versions of his upbringing). When Zeus reached adulthood, he went to his father and forced him to regurgitate his siblings, and then banished Cronus to Tartarus.
Norse: Trickster god
Parents: Fárbauti and Laufey
Consort: Angrboða (also Sigyn and Svaðilfari)
Loki is somewhat of an enigma in Norse mythology, as many sources vary in their telling of his biography. In some instances he is helpful to the gods, and in others he is in direct opposition and causes them significant problems. Loki is, however, always identified as a trickster and shape-shifter. Loki was the son of 2 giants, and essentially tricked his way into becoming a deity. When Asgard, home of the Norse gods, was being built Loki came to offer his services to Odin (King of the gods) and his son Thor (god of Thunder).
The Asgardians had run out of funds to continue building Asgard, and Loki suggested hiring a Giant to build it for them. As payment, the Giant asked for the Sun, Moon, and the goddess Freya – the gods were none to keen on this plan, but Loki assured them the Giant would never complete the work on time, especially on his own, therefore the deal would be off and Freya would be safe.
Unfortunately, the Giant did have a companion, the indescribably strong stallion Svaðilfari, who assisted the Giant in completing his work right on schedule. The gods began to worry, but Loki came up with a plan – to distract the stallion, Loki transformed himself into a beautiful mare and led Svaðilfari off into a distant forest, where Loki, still in mare form, became pregnant. The Giant’s work was incomplete in the allotted time, and Loki returned to Odin and Thor having given birth to an 8-legged stallion named Sleipnir, which he gave to Odin as a gift.