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Xerxes I
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General Information
Gender Male
Hair color None
Eye color Brown
Status King Of Persian Empire
Family King Darius
Marital status Single
Friends Artemesia
Pet(s) Hybrid Mountain Dog (Chained To His Mobile Throne)
Enemies Leonidas I,Themistocles
Other Information
Weaknesses Leonidas's Spear
Phobia(s) Loosing His Father
Series Information
First seen 300
Last seen 300: Rise of an Empire
Portrayer Rodrigo Santoro

Xerxes I of Persia is one of the characters in the film 300. He plays the Persian God-King Xerxes, who, determined to rule the world, attacks Greece and in particular, Sparta. Helped by Ephialtes, he succeeds.


He is the Main Antagonist, who had a war with the Spartans.

300 Rise of an EmpireEdit

In 300: Rise of an Empire, more of Xerxes' past is revealed. Ten years ago, prior to the first flim, Xerxes is a prince while his father, King Darius, leads the Persians to attack Greece. The Athenians attack first before the Persians could prepare for battle. In this battle, Themistocles kills Darius with a single arrow, causing the Persian forces to retreat back to their kingdom.

With his father's dying breath, he states to Xerxes to give up the campaign, saying that Only the Gods can Defeat the Greeks.  For seven days, Xerxes mourned for his father, making him vunerable for the vengeance-starved Artemisia to plant the seeds of madness within him.

"You shall be... a God King."

After being blessed and wrapped in annointed bandages, Xerxes sets on a journey through the desert. Xerxes finally reaches a cave and bathes in an otherworldly liquid, emerging as the "God-King", with every bit of his humanity surrendered to give him the form he is now. He returns to Persia and declares war on Greece.

"For Glory's sake... for Vengeance sake... WAR!"

Xerxes makes various appearances throughout the film. He is seen rallying his troops when Artemisia arrives and tells him of the Greek fleet assembling. Xerxes is unperturbed, feeling that his divine power assures him certain victory.

In the aftermath of Thermopylae, Xerxes advances on the corpse of Leonidas and, in a fit of rage, decapitates him. While his army advances through the hot gates of Thermopylae, Xerxes encounters Ephialtes and sends him with a message to the Athenians; that Athens will be next to face his wrath. He is later seen brandishing Leonidas' severed head while his army burns down Athens.

While Xerxes and Artemisia are in Athens, Xerxes relishes in his apparent victory over Greece, while Artemisia broods over her failure to sway Themistocles to her side. However, Ephialtes approaches them with news of the Athenian fleet in Salamis, and of Themistocles' survival. Both of them are surprised by this. Artemisia intends to destroy him once and for all, but Xerxes objects, feeling that it may be a trap. He advises her that she should not be hasty, and should take the right amount of troops. Artemisia replies that he should not attempt to counsel her in naval warfare, but this angers Xerxes, and he counters that she should not defy him as he is the king. He also reminds her of his victory over the Spartans and the destruction of Athens. When Artemisia points out the flaws in these recent victories, Xerxes angrilly strikes her in the face. Despite this, Artemisia insists she shall achieve victory with her entire fleet. Xerxes commands her to stop, but she states that the success of his reign is due to her.

At the Battle of Salamis, Xerxes observes the battle from a cliff. Once Artemisia has fallen and the Spartans arrive, Xerxes turns his back on the battle and retreats to his contingency force waiting on land.


He is played by Rodrigo Santoro.

" He fancies him self as a god".

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