Ate was the goddess of mischief and ruin in Greek mythology, daughter of Eris, goddess of strife, or in some accounts, daughter of Zeus. She had numerous siblings, including Horcus, Ponos, Algea, the Hysminai, the Makhai, the Phonoi, the Androktasiai, the Neikea, the Pseudologoi, the Amphilogiai, Dysnomia, Limos, and Lethe. They were all personifications of wrong doings or negative situations, such as pain, fights, murder, lies and forgetfulness.
On Hera's proposal, Ate tricked Zeus into swearing an oath that the mortal who would be born on that day with Zeus as the father, would become a great ruler. Hera then delayed the birth of Heracles and caused the premature birth of Eurystheus. Zeus was infuriated and threw Ate off Mount Olympus, telling her never to return. Since then, Ate wandered among the mortals on Earth, causing problems and ruin.