Dionysus had many unique characteristics. First of all, he was a satyr, which means he had some characteristics of a goat. For example, he is often portrayed with tiny horns. He also is always wearing his crown of ivy and wine. This is because vines, yew, fir trees, figs, and grapes were sacred to him.
Dionysus was usually portrayed as a god who had a very laid-back go-with-the-flow sort of attitude. Some legends state that Dionysus was a cruel god while other sources say that he is the "joy-god" (Hamilton 71). In truth, these are both true. This is because Dionysus is the god of wine. While wine does have its bad parts, it has just as many good effects. Therefore, Dionysus' personality, is, in part, two-sided.
One of Dionysus' many special attributes was that he was able to cause madness in men. Also, some stories state that the the wine glass Dionysus drunk out of was able to cure any disease and to be "Life-giving" (Hamilton 72). He was also able to motivate any worker into doing what they once though they could not.