Ajax is a large, brawny, well-muscled, and exceptionally stupid Greek leader.
Full of self-regard while pleading that he is in fact modest, he is insanely easy to flatter and just as easy to make a fool of. He is far too slow-witted to take on Thersites in a battle of wits, though he occasionally tries. The ultimate brainless jock, he ends up winning only by threatening to beat Thersites up. Buttered up by the other leaders, he accepts Hector’s challenge to single combat, never dreaming that he is chosen only to irritate Achilles. Though Ajax looks down on Achilles, he is also envious of his reputation and imitates him often, as much in pride as in taking to his tent. Like Achilles, he is enraged at the death of a friend in the final battle, and searches out Troilus for revenge, but ends up fighting Diomedes instead in a quarrel over who has the better right to fight the young Trojan. Ajax is best summed up as being rather dense, but he is a good enough fighter to match Hector and to capture Aeneas in battle, at least for a moment.