Machiste was one of the mighty son’s of Hercules; grandson to the most powerful Greek God in the universe, Zeus himself! Since Machiste was Zeus’ first grandson he was also greatly favored by the God of Lightening and endowed with a strength that matched his own father and the most strapping and handsome visage of his generation.
Hera, Zeus’ wife, was jealous of Zeus’ favor of a human grandson, born of mortal woman and a half deity (Hercules). Her anger rooted to Zeus’ infidelity itself; birthing Hercules with a common woman and protecting his half breed son as his own. It was disgusting in her mind and she plotted and conspired over and over to bring the mighty Hercules to his knees with no success.