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!Kratos
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[[caption-width-right:300:"[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge My vengeance... ends now.]]"]]

The main protagonist. Once the brutal captain of the Spartan army, Kratos made a deal with the God of War Ares to further his exploits—which took a tragic turn when the God tricked him into [[spoiler: killing his own wife and child]]. Now branded the Ghost of Sparta as a mark showing his terrible deed, the rest of the series follows him in his quest for revenge against Ares, which later extends to the Gods of Olympus themselves.

->Voiced by: TC Carson

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* AFatherToHisMen: The Spartans. They are loyal to him even in death itself.
* AccidentalMurder: His murder of his wife and child while in a blood frenzy.
* AntiHero: Definitely a NominalHero.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I or II]]. Basically, what makes him somewhat sympathetic is his frankly depressing backstory, though whereas it still holds weight after the horrendous and honestly unjustifiable actions he commits is polarizing, to say the least.
* TheAtoner: Sort of. While Kratos does dwell a lot on his family's death, it's mostly just used as a source of his volcanic rage.
* BaldOfAwesome
* {{Badass}}: It takes a special kind of badass to kill the all-powerful Gods and fight his way out of the Underworld no less than ''four times''.
* BadassBaritone
* BadassBeard: A goatee at that.
* BadassBoast: "The hands of death could not defeat me, the Sisters of Fate could not hold me, and ''you'' will not see the end of this day! I ''will'' have my revenge!!"
* TheBerserker
* BigBrotherInstinct: When Ares and Athena showed up to kidnap his brother Deimos in ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarGhostOfSparta Ghost of Sparta]]'', he, despite being a little kid at the time, actually tried to attack Ares directly to save Deimos.
* BloodKnight
* ByronicHero: In the first and third Game. Though then again, we are stretching the term, "hero".
* CainAndAbel: With both Ares and Hercules. Though it's justified, in that Ares made him kill his own family. And Hercules wanted to kill him and actually attacked him first.
* ChainedByFashion: And in Kratos's case, he uses them as a weapon.
* CharacterDevelopment: He starts out as a man on a mission of revenge and redemption in the first game and then becomes into a tried and true "Solve all problems with intense violence" pattern. By the end of the second game, Kratos had become an [[VillainProtagonist amoral, self serving lunatic]]. Fortunately, by the end of the third game, he's finally learned to accept that he's the primary source of most of his grief and for the first time in possibly ever, performs a genuinely selfless sacrifice to help the countless people he's hurt on his quest.
* TheChewToy: The Gods played him around which made him extremely angry. Outside GOW canon, he didn't fare any better when he becomes a GuestFighter. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Sub-Zero literally put him on ice, and in ''SoulCalibur V'', he got eaten by Lizardman.
* TheChosenOne: He is the "Marked Warrior" in a prophecy that details [[spoiler: the downfall of Olympus]].
* CombatPragmatist: Kratos will use whatever means and dirty tricks to defeat his enemies. If he figures out an enemy's weakness, he'll gladly and quickly take advantage of it. Just ask all the cyclopes which eyes had been ripped out of their sockets, or Hercules, who he [[spoiler: performed a sneak attack behind his back and then pinned him underneath a very heavy floor that Herc was going to use against him before beating him to death.]]
* CosmicPlaything: The gods messed around with Kratos, which made him extremely angry. Outside GOW canon, he didn't fare any better when he became a GuestFighter. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Sub-Zero turns him into a HumanPopsicle, and in ''SoulCalibur V'', he's eaten by Lizardman.
-->'''Kratos''': I am what the gods have made me!
* DeadpanSnarker: He shows some signs of this in the third game.
--> '''Hephaestus:''' Kratos. I thought that Zeus would have killed you by now.
--> '''Kratos:''' I thought you would have escaped this cavern by now.
* DealWithTheDevil: As a young Spartan commander, he was nearly defeated by the Barbarian King until he promised to serve Ares in exchange for the strength to achieve victory. He turns on his master after [[spoiler: Ares tricks him into killing his own family to remove his only "weakness".]]
* DefiantToTheEnd: Although, [[LikeABadassOutOfHell all things considered]], [[DeathIsCheap dying is more or less a Wednesday for him]], so he knows he can get back to fight another day.
* DespairEventHorizon: Crosses it when he learns that [[spoiler: the Gods cannot (or will not) end his nightmares. He attempts suicide soon afterward, only to be saved by Athena.]] Whether or not he actually recovers, or simply finds other channels to ease his suffering is left ambiguous.
--> '''Kratos''': The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now, there is no hope...
* {{Determinator}}: ''Nothing'' will stand in his way for revenge. Might it be the Gods, the Sisters of Fate, the legions of Hades, the army of Rhodes, [[spoiler: the Titans]], monsters and "heroes" from Greece's all corners. Hell, not even Death itself can stop him. [[spoiler: Literally, in Ghost of Sparta, Kratos actually ''kills'' Thanatos. And by Zeus saying he has become Death the Destroyer of Worlds, one can [[WildMassGuessing theorize Kratos has inherently become God of Death.]]]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Constantly.
* DirtyCoward: Mostly subverted, seeing as how he fights the biggest and baddest with little to no complaints. But a few rare moments of cowardice pop in and out. His greatest moment being the circumstances that led him to swear his life to the War God. More obsessed with his reputation than his Spartan traditions, Kratos called upon Ares to bail him out when he was threatened by the Barbarian King and when blinded by rage, he will not hesitate to use dishonorable tactics to achieve his goals.
* DistinguishingMark: His ash-white skin marks him as the Ghost of Sparta.
* TheDragon: To Ares, during his time in the God of War's service. He is a Dragon to the gods of Olympus, Athena in particular, after the deaths of his family, acting at their behest to perform tasks that they either cannot or will not do themselves, such as killing Ares.
* TheDreaded: His infamous reputation as the Ghost of Sparda. On more than one occasion during the first game, the citizens of Athens are actually more terrified of ''him'' than of the monsters attacking them and prefer certain death to being saved by him.
* DrivenToSuicide: At the end of the first game, when he is told that [[spoiler: the Gods can't end the horrific nightmares caused by Kratos' guilt over his family's deaths.]] He is saved by Athena, who had other plans for the Spartan. [[spoiler: Such as giving him Ares' now empty throne, making Kratos the new God of War.]]
** He seems to briefly consider suicide again after [[spoiler: Deimos is killed]], but ultimately decides against it.
** [[spoiler: He impales himself on the Blade of Olympus at the end of ''God of War 3'', but that is more of a HeroicSacrifice, and even then, it's left ambiguous if Kratos truly died.]]
* DualWielding: The Blades of Chaos/Athena/Exile, the Claws of Hades, the Nemean Cestus and the Nemesis Whip.
* EmotionalBruiser: [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/just-imagine-how-much-all-you-can-eat-korean-bbq-theyd-go-through-in-a-sitting See here]]:
--> ''Anyway, I’m of the opinion that Kratos is a bit of an anomaly in the world of Macho Action Dudes, in that he is just a bottomless sieve of emotions. Like, usually action dudes have their moment of unrestrained rage at the end of the story to prove What A Badass Dude they can be, that Super Saiyan “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” moment where they let it all out. Kratos, on the other hand is like… perpetually exhaustingly angry. And when he runs out of angry, he’s sad. He’s just this constant torrent of unrestrained heart-on-his-sleeve emotional whiplash. He’s never the cocky, aloof, too-cool-for-school emotionally distant robot you expect to play in a macho action dude game, he just kind of exists in this cycle of getting all angried out and trying to kill himself until someone on the suicide watch crew can find him a new thing to be angry about. He’s the only game hero I can think of who’s like “Oh man, I checked everything off my to-do list and now I’m out of things to be mad at, I am so drained I think I’m going to kill myself now”.''
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: He ''did'' care for Callisto, and was enraged and guilt-ridden when she [[spoiler: [[TragicMonster turned into a monster]] and he had to MercyKill her]].
* [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Even Villain Protagonists Have Loved Ones]]: His wife Lysandra and his daughter Calliope. In the comic is revealed that he even went on a dangerous quest (actually organized by the gods) in order to retrieve the mythical Ambrosia to cure Calliope of a skin disease.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Villain Protagonists Have Standards]]: Expresses much disgust at the torture the victims of the Olympians gets. Kratos is no saint, but at least he gives his victims a quick death.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: A specialty of his.
* FatalFlaw: Considering it's a game based off of Greek Mythology, it's no surprise that he has one. Kratos' flaw is his inability to [[NeverMyFault accept the consequences of his actions]].
* GeniusBruiser: Can go toe-to-toe with gods as well as solve puzzles and death traps.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Ares wanted to make Kratos the perfect warrior in his bid to conquer Olympus. First he gained his loyalty through a DealWithTheDevil. Then he gave him the powerful Blades of Chaos. Then he tricked Kratos into killing his wife and child because they were all that was holding him back from being the perfect murder machine.
-->'''Ares''': I was trying to make you a great warrior!\\
'''Kratos''': You succeeded. (runs Ares through with the Sword of the Gods, killing him)
* GoodIsNotNice: Though Kratos is rarely acting as a hero.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar near his eye and on his stomach.
* GutturalGrowler
* HairTriggerTemper: Kratos has a predisposition for UnstoppableRage that would put most other examples of this trope to shame.
* HalfHumanHybrid: He is a demigod, after all.
* HeelFaceTurn: After an unbelievable amount of bloodshed in the [[spoiler: third game, however it was too late for him to truly fix all the collateral damage.]]
* HeelRealization: After causing [[spoiler: the apocalypse, Kratos realizes that he's made a bad call.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: After all is said and done in ''III'', Kratos [[spoiler: runs himself through with the Blade of Olympus, releasing the power of hope to mankind]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: While "hero" is stretching it, notice how the Olympians constantly throw flak on Kratos for supposedly trying to TakeOverTheWorld, without remembering that maybe they shouldn't have transformed his mother into a grotesque creature that he had to MercyKill. The Spartans' rampage through Greece was more of a giant "Screw you" than it was out of boredom or conquest as Zeus feared. Granted, Kratos wasn't really forthcoming about it, but he never actually tried attacking the Olympians until after Zeus destroyed Sparta. Not only that, but during his ten years of servitude to the gods, it's shown that several mortals who are aware of his past deeds are more scared of him than they are of the monsters attacking him and would rather be killed than be saved by him.
* HotBlooded: With his [[NoIndoorVoice volume constantly on maximum]] and his be-as-visceral-as-possible fighting style, you ''will'' feel his fury.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Kratos' whole motive is revenge for the deaths of his family, but without hesitation he killed countless families during his service to Ares and shows little to no hesitation to doing the same during his quest for vengeance.
* ImplacableMan: And ''how''. No amount of monsters, warriors, obstacles, traps or Gods will stop Kratos from getting his revenge. Even death itself is little more than a delay for Kratos.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His FatalFlaw. When he wants revenge on someone he'll get it, no matter who he hurts or kills along the way. [[spoiler: The climax of God of War 3 has him realize this and finally attempt to atone]].
* KickTheDog: Kratos does this a lot. ''Literally'' in the case of the ever-annoying Cerberus Pups.
* KillTheGods
* LargeHam
* LastOfHisKind: After the death of the Last Spartan in the original timeline.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: He's escaped from the Underworld four times.
* [[spoiler: LightIsGood: Post ''God of War I'', Kratos is powered by the Light of Hope. Pretty much his sole redeeming trait, for a given value of "redeeming", is his stubborn refusal to give up hope (of revenge, of closure, etc.) and die. Ultimately, the realization of the kind of power that gives him leads him to try to atone by killing himself and releasing hope to the world to help make up for the destruction he's caused.]]
* LightningBruiser
* MadeOfIron: Even if he's no longer a god, he still can take punishment that would kill an average person. [[spoiler: Justified in that he is Zeus' son, making him a Demi-God.]]
* MarkOfShame: Cursed to bear the ashes of his murdered family forever, turning his skin ghostly-pale.
** His eye scar and tattoo as well. [[spoiler: He gained this scar when he tried to stop Ares from taking Deimos, while the tattoo is a tribute to Deimos, who had a birth mark with the same shape. In other words, his ''whole body'' is a Mark of Shame.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Kratos" means "strength" or "power" in Greek.
* MegaManning: Has a habit of taking weapons, items, and powers from defeated enemies.
* MemeticSexGod: InUniverse. [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]], two of her daughters, two random slave girls, two random matrons, and ''eight'' prostitutes simultaneously, each get a HotCoffeeMinigame. It's possible that [[FoeRomanceSubtext Alecto wants in on that too]], and so do Aphrodite's handmaidens.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: In ''III'', he spends the entire game plotting to kill Zeus, [[spoiler: killing multiple {{Physical God}}s who get in his way in the process, which each cause a progressive ApocalypseWow. Although he can survey the destruction at some points, and in-game text at these spots do indicate what is happening, it's rather evident that, past killing Zeus in a state of RevengeBeforeReason, Kratos doesn't actually ''have'' any plans for what he's going to do afterwards. Ultimately, in the finale, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he sees what he]] [[HeelRealization has wrought]], and is DrivenToSuicide mostly to spite [[AmbitionIsEvil Athena]] and keep her from getting [[StoryBreakerPower Hope]], but does seem to comprehend that he left the world in a ''horrible'' state, and while the gods won't rule over man any longer, [[DeathWorld there's not much left to rule over anyway]].]]
* MoralityPet: His family. In III, Pandora.
* MyGreatestFailure: Three. [[spoiler: Failing to save his little brother Deimos from being kidnapped, murdering his family by accident, and failing to save Pandora.]]
* {{Naytheist}}: He believes in and interacts with the gods on a regular basis, but he by no means worships them and openly declares them to be useless. Considering [[CosmicPlaything all of the shit they've put him through]], one can't honestly blame him.
* NeverFoundTheBody: The post-credits scene in [[spoiler: ''God of War 3'' shows Kratos' body missing from the spot where he stabbed himself, and a trail of blood leading over a nearby ledge, raising the possibility that Kratos had survived even this.]]
* NeverMyFault: The bulk of his turmoil is caused by an inability to blame himself. Our Spartan friend prefers to point fingers at the gods rather than own up to what he's done. [[spoiler: By the time he finally realizes this and the full consequences of his actions in ''III'', it's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt seemingly too late to fix anything]]]].
* NoIndoorVoice: Which makes the few times he isn't screaming (notably in Ghost of Sparta) rather surprising.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: By opening Pandora's box, he released the evil inside, which possessed the Olympians and turned them all into bastards.]]
** [[spoiler: Well moreso anyway since judging by the many atrocities of Greek Mythology, they were dicks beforehand.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Like Ares, Kratos was willing to do virtually anything for what he wants no matter how cruel his action or whom he has to hurt. In GOWII it is stated he has become worse than Ares ever was. By GOWIII even his concern for Sparta is thrown out the window as he does not spare it a thought despite knowing that killing gods is destroying the world.
* TheOathbreaker: He broke his BloodOath to forever serve Ares. [[spoiler: ''Ascension'' reveals that The Furies captured and punished him for it, but he managed to escape and kill them.]]
* OneManArmy: Very much so.
* PapaWolf: Toward Pandora in the third game. In ''Chains of Olympus'', he willingly sacrifices his last chance to be with Calliope in order to save her (and the rest of the world).
* [[PerpetualFrowner Perpetual Scowler]]: Kratos is an angry, angry man.
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* PetTheDog: Flashbacks to his life indicate that for all his brutality, Kratos was a loving family man who cared greatly for his family.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: The perfect poster child for it. In fact, he currently ''is'' in this trope's page.
* RedBaron: The Ghost Of Sparta.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: At the end of [[spoiler: ''III'', he kills himself with the Blade of Olympus to release the power of Hope to humanity and try to make up for destroying the world in his quest for revenge]].
* RedemptionRejection: In ''Chains of Olympus'', he was forced to undo his redemption by embracing his monstrous self again when Persephone reveals her scheme to undo reality. The consequence is that he will never see Calliope again.
* RegretEatingMe: In ''III'', Cronos tries to finish him off by eating him alive. Kratos just cuts his way out with the Blade of Olympus.
* {{Revenge}}: It's the fuel that runs Kratos's CharacterDevelopment.
** RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Basically his entire objective.
** RevengeBeforeReason: If the fact that he [[spoiler: singlehandedly destroys the world in his crusade against Olympus in ''God of War III'']] is anything to go by.
* SayMyName:
** '''''"AREEEEEEEEEEEES!!!"'''''
** '''''"ZEEEEEEEEEEEUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSS!!!!!"'''''
** '''''"ATHENAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"'''''
** '''''GAAAAAIIIIAAAAAAAAAA!!!'''''
* SelfMadeOrphan: Killed his mother after she was turned into a monster, then killed his father Zeus.
* ShellShockedVeteran: He's constantly attacked by the memories of his campaigns through Greece and the only way he can cope with them is through battle. The reason why he allied with the Olympians in the first place was the hope that they would take them away. Since they promised they would forgive him, but not take the memories away if he killed Ares, this is what pisses him off. At the third game, Zeus [[spoiler: attempted to use his memories to break Kratos' will through a MindRape and almost succeed with it.]]
* StartOfDarkness: Regarding his VillainProtagonist mention below, he seems to start down this path in earnest by the end of ''Ghost of Sparta'', owing to the deaths and divine manipulations of [[spoiler:his mother and brother]], followed by Athena essentially [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame congratulating him for losing his mortal binds and becoming ready to become a god]].
* SuperStrength: Kratos has occasionally pushed down giant stone structures by himself, used large and heavy objects to bludgeon enemies to death, and regularly manhandles beings several orders of magnitude larger than himself.
* UndyingLoyalty: Regarding Sparta. Kratos has shown [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy dedication]] to their cause and [[AFatherToHisMen almost fatherly concern for his fellow soldiers]], particularly the Last Spartan. Unlike his predecessor, Kratos doesn't backstab his fellow Spartans or manipulate them like pawns. If anything, Kratos was lending Sparta a helping hand to their cause - it just so happened that the Spartans are very much a BloodKnight society, which (intentionally or otherwise) played into his hand of flipping the bird to the Olympians over what happened to his mother. Furthermore, Kratos only swears revenge on Zeus after he destroys all of the soldiers (from ''both'' sides of the conflict, no doubt) before his eyes.
** Ironically, the destruction he causes by killing the gods would have destroyed Sparta. By then he is too far gone to give any thought to his actions.
* UnexpectedCharacter: As a playable character in VideoGame/MortalKombat9.
* TheUnfettered: Ares purposely made him into this.
* UnstoppableRage: All the damn time.
* UnwittingPawn: For all his badassness, Kratos gets played for a fool a ''lot'' in the series. He only wises up at the very end [[spoiler:and kills himself rather than allow Athena to become Greece's only goddess.]]
* VariableLengthChain: His chain blades can stretch quite far.
* VillainProtagonist: In the second game, Kratos cares almost nothing about anyone but himself, and leaves countless innocents to die in his wake.
** To be fair, he is visibly outraged at the destruction of his home, Sparta and the countless deaths of it's soldiers.
* WarGod: Was this for a short time as a reward from the Olympians for defeating Ares. However, he lost his god status when Zeus tricked him into giving up his god powers in exchange for the ability to use the Sword of Olympus against the Colossus of Rhodes.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Asks himself this at the end of ''Ghost of Sparta''. [[spoiler: Zeus/The Grave Digger answers with ''Death, The Destroyer of Worlds.'']]
* WeaponOfChoice: The trusty Blades of Chaos, later replaced with the near-identical Blades of Athena, and, later still, with the Blades of Exile.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech:
-->If all on Olympus will deny me my vengeance, then all on Olympus will die. I have lived in the shadow of the gods for long enough. The time of the gods has come to an end!
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: Cronos]] calls him a "skilled warrior".
* WouldHitAGirl
* WouldHurtAChild[=/=]WouldntHurtAChild: It's ambiguous as to which actually applies. Kratos [[spoiler:killed his own daughter]], but didn't do so intentionally, and later claimed that "a simple child will not trouble me" when Athena tells him that Pandora must be sacrificed in order to kill Zeus. However, when the time actually came to let Pandora die, Kratos couldn't bring himself to do so, and [[spoiler:only released her into the flame to attack Zeus in a blind rage]].
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[[folder:Gods]]

!Tropes That Apply To Two Or More Gods:
* ArtEvolution: All of them save Athena and Ares are drastically different-looking from the original game to sequels.
* {{Badass}}: Ares, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades certainly qualify.
** BadassBeard: Ares, Zeus, and Poseidon.
* FisherKing: In ''III'', every time [[spoiler:Kratos kills one of them, their death causes something to happen to one of their dominions.]]
* FlamingHair: Ares. Hermes had this in his original design, but his appearance was tweaked between II and III to give him hair made of pure light.
* JerkassGods: Many of them. The comic is reveals that in order to see which one of them was better, they forced their chosen champions to take part in the quest for Ambrosia... by plaguing their home-lands with disease, famine and plague. Being infected by [[spoiler: the evils of Pandora's Box]] certainly didn't help.
* LargeHam
* PhysicalGod

!Zeus
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[GodIsEvil I created you and I will be your END!]]"]]

The King of the Olympian Gods and father of several Gods and mortals, [[spoiler:Kratos included]]. Zeus initially supports Kratos in his revenge against Ares, but later grows paranoid over the power Kratos obtains and betrays him.

->Voiced by: Creator/PaulEiding (''God of War''), Creator/CoreyBurton (''God of War II'', ''God of War III'', ''God of War: Ascension''), FredTatasciore (''Ghost of Sparta'')

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* AngelUnaware[=/=]KingIncognito: He apparently moonlights as a gravedigger on Earth.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Well he is the King of the Gods. If he wasn't the most powerful being then he probably wouldn't stay too long on Olympus' throne.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassBeard
** BadassBoast:
--->I will release you from your life, my son, but your torment is just beginning!
** BadassGrandpa
* BigBad: For the second game and a good portion of the third.
* {{BFS}}: The Blade Of Olympus.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution
* CrazyPrepared: Zeus figured one day a god would turn against him and he would have to either violate his decree forbidding the gods from battling one another or have a way for a mortal to kill a god. He left a path to Pandora's Box open when the maze was built a thousand years ago for this day.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Decided to punish the entire Titan race for Cronos' actions.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep
* FlashStep
* FlyingBrick
* GeniusBruiser
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* GodIsEvil: [[spoiler: Turned out it was Kratos' fault.]]
** It's implied he wasn't still completely benevolent before though, specially considering what he did to Prometheus.
*** Not completely benevolent, but at least somewhat benevolent, considering how he gave Kratos missions to kill monsters which made the mortals' life hard, and Ares, who almost destroyed Athens. And he did try hard to keep [[spoiler:the evils inside Pandora's box forever sealed so they wouldn't corrupt him or anyone.]]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: He uses lightning punches during his battle in '''III'''
* GrandpaGod
* HeroAntagonist: His paranoia in the second game isn't ''entirely'' unjustified, or his fault, and his rule beats chaos, marginally. And in the third game, he's trying to kill Kratos while Kratos is [[spoiler:causing untold destruction and death among mortals by killing the gods.]]
* HopelessBossFight: The first battle with him in ''God of War II'' cannot be won.
* {{Hypocrite}}[=/=]NotSoDifferent: Zeus seeks to destroy both Ares and Kratos for their excessive violence and interference in the mortal world, but personally destroys the armies of Sparta and Rhodes and then all of Sparta out of revenge against Kratos.
* KickTheDog: Like Kratos, Zeus tends to lash out for his own petty reasons.
* LightIsNotGood
* LightningBruiser
* [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather Kratos, I Am Your Father]]]]
* MadeOfIron
* ManInWhite
* ManipulativeBastard: In the GOW book, Zeus left a path open to Pandora's Box thousands of years ago knowing one day a god would turn against him and he would need a way to get around the decree forbidding the gods from fighting each other. Athena infers Zeus manipulated her into manipulating Kratos to kill Ares and for the latter to commit suicide to rid himself of both his problems.
* MesACrowd
* MindRape: Attempts this on Kratos during their final battle. He tried to break him by forcing him [[spoiler:to feel the pain and angst of those he killed during his rampage and if it wasn't for Pandora's soul, his mind would've been destroyed by his sheer overwhelming guilt.]]
* [[spoiler: OffingTheOffspring: The reason why he antagonized Kratos was because he was paranoid that his son would overthrow him the way he overthrew his own father, Cronos.]]
* PetTheDog: In his guise as the gravedigger, [[spoiler: giving Deimos and Callisto proper burials.]]
** [[spoiler: Albeit that could be seen as a twisted from of self-assuring his victory, by burying those prompted Kratos to rebel against him. And then he says ominously "Now, only one remains" and the camera shows a third, open grave, meant for Kratos.]]
* RousingSpeech: Delivers one to the other gods before the second Titan War.
-->My brothers, we were forged in victory. A victory that ended the great war and brought forth the reign of Mt. Olympus. Born from the depths of the underworld. Rooted in the river of souls. Our mountain emerged out of the Chaos. As it grew, so to did the might of the Olympians. We created a world of peace, a world of prosperity, a world that lives in the shadow and safety of '''my''' mountain. A mountain that has come to be the absolute measure of strength and power. Now, on this day, that power is to be tested. The mortal Kratos, seeks to destroy all that I have wrought. Brothers, put aside the petty grievances that have splintered us for so long. We will unite. We will stand together. And I '''will wipe out this plague'''! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis OLYMPUS... WILL PREVAIL]]!!!
* ScrewDestiny: Tried and failed.
-->You will never be the Ruler of Olympus. The Cycle ends here.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: His attempt to off Kratos to prevent the recurring son-kills-father cycle and save his own hide did little more than give Kratos just the incentive he needed to kill Zeus and continue said cycle.
* ShockAndAwe
* TeleportSpam
* TreacherousAdvisor
* TykeBomb: Was raised by Gaia to defeat Cronos. There's even a drawing he made as a child depicting himself facing Cronos.
* UngratefulBastard: Ironically, the trope above came back to bite Gaia.
** [[spoiler: He barely even took notice when Athena sacrificed herself to save him. Arguably even worse than his betrayal of Gaia, as Athena was Zeus' own daughter.]]
* VillainousValor: Throughout the third game in particular Zeus is ''defending'' the world as it stands from Kratos' thoughtless and destructive actions. He's fighting for family, subjects, and arguably, given the consequences of the game up until that point, life itself; the only reason he's a villain is because Kratos is the player character.

!Athena
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The Goddess of Wisdom. Athena acts as one of Kratos's closest allies throughout the series, guiding him throughout his servitude to the Gods.

->Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (''God of War'', ''God of War II''), Erin Torpey (''Chains of Olympus'', ''God of War III'', ''Ghost of Sparta'')

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* [[spoiler: AmbitionIsEvil]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* [[spoiler: BatmanGambit: Athena's plan for Kratos in God of War III to kill Zeus so she can take over as chief god.]]
* [[spoiler: BrokenPedestal]]: In the third game, [[spoiler: she becomes just like the rest of the Gods and only manipulated Kratos in his quest for revenge, just so she could take over Olympus. Maybe subverted, since it was probably the evil of Pandora's box that corrupted her.]]
* TheChessmaster
* ExactWords: She never promised to to take away Kratos' nightmares.
-->'''Athena:''' Complete this final task, and the past that consumes you will be forgiven.
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]]
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: She did it when Kratos was about to kill Zeus with his own sword. It was one of the few deaths that Kratos showed any regret for.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Her excuse on why she sided with the Gods against Kratos in the second game.
** Also her excuse for [[spoiler: letting Deimos be taken by Ares and tortured by Thanatos, as well as asking Kratos to leave Deimos as he was.]]
* LadyOfWar
* [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Due to her newfound lust for power, she manipulated Kratos' hatred for the Gods into killing them so that she could be the last God of Greece. Her plan ultimately failed, due to Kratos killing himself rather than letting her have the power of hope he had taken from Pandora's Box.]]
* MoralityPet: One of few people Kratos has any respect for. [[spoiler:Turned out she was no different from any other Gods after being corrupted by the evils of Pandora's box.]]
* TheObiWan: She's probably the only God who treats Kratos with actual humanity and kindness, and she advises him. [[spoiler:Subverted in the third game, when the curse of Pandora's Box has taken full grip.]]
* PrimAndProperBun
* [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet: Saves Zeus from being impaled, dying as a result.]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: When Kratos kills himself and foils her plan, she throws a brief tantrum.]]

!Ares
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/250px-Aresgow3_1617.jpg

The God of War himself. Ares was appealed to by Kratos and gave the young Spartan the power to fell his enemies in exchange for his servitude. However, he pulled a dirty trick on Kratos by [[spoiler:making him kill his own family]] to shape him into the ultimate warrior. [[spoiler:Kratos kills him in revenge and succeeds him as the new God of War]].

->Voiced by: SteveBlum (''God of War'', ''God of War: Ascension''), FredTatasciore (''God of War III'')

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Can grow to this size.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: They don't call him the god of war for nothing.
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: As revealed in ''Ascension'', he wanted to mold Kratos into the perfect warrior ''to take down Olympus and kill Zeus''. It only happened [[GoneHorriblyRight after he himself died and was replaced]], but by ''III'', his plan ''works''.]]
* BeardOfEvil: A flaming one, no less.
* [[spoiler: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He wanted to make Kratos into a great warrior, the perfect one who would be able to take down Olympus. [[GoneHorriblyRight He succeeded]].]]
* BigBad: For the very first game.
* BloodKnight
* [[spoiler:CainAndAbel]]: He's actually [[spoiler:Kratos' half-brother.]]
* CombatPragmatist: As fitting for the God of War, he knows every way to fight.
-->I have taught you many ways to kill a mortal, Kratos; flesh that burns, bones that break. But to break a man's ''spirit''... ''that'' is to truly destroy him!
* DropTheHammer: One of his many weapons, which doubles as a flamethrower.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Comes with the territory of being voiced by SteveBlum.
* FlamingHair
* FlamingSword
* GodOfEvil: He isn't actually this, but he is the closest because he was evil [[spoiler: by choice and not because he was possessed by the evils of Pandora's box.]]
* GreenEyedMonster
* GutturalGrowler
* ImprobableAimingSkills: While in Athens, he throws a pillar that {{impale|d With Extreme Prejudice}}s [[spoiler:Kratos]], who was in the Temple Of Pandora deep in the Desert Of Lost Souls. Justified because he's a god.
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: Ares' desire to mold Kratos into the perfect warrior was ultimately what led to his death. Ares himself seems to realize this in the last seconds of his life.]]
--> '''Ares''': That day... I was trying to make you a great warrior!
--> '''Kratos''': [[spoiler: [[PreMortemOneLiner You succeeded]].]]
* ManipulativeBastard
* MindRape: He pulled Kratos in this when he couldn't defeat him physically.
* SpiderLimbs: That protrude from his back.
* TheStarscream: As seen in the quote below, he did entertain the notion of dethroning Zeus. And, as ''Ascension'' revealed, it was his whole plan all along.
* TakeOverTheWorld: In ''Ascension'', it was revealed that Ares always wanted to take over and possibly destroy Olympus. [[spoiler:That's why he wanted Kratos to be the perfect warrior; so he could do it for him, since the gods were forbidden from fighting one another.]]
* WarGod: The ultimate and the most known example, and he lives up to the title when he attacks Athens.
* WellDoneSonGuy [=/=] ForTheEvulz: A bizarre combination of both is also the reason why he attacked not just Athens but the rest of Greece as well.
-->Zeus! Do you see now what your son can do?! You cast your favor on Athena, but her city lies in ruins before me! And now, even Pandora's Box is mine! Would you have me use it against Olympus itself?!

!Hades
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ade_7557.jpg

The God of the Underworld who governs the souls of the dead.

->Voiced by: NolanNorth (''God of War''), Creator/ClancyBrown (''God of War III''), FredTatasciore (''God of War: Ascension'')

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* AffablyEvil: "Evil" is pushing it, but Hades acts remarkably polite to Kratos, albeit in a rather sarcastic fashion, despite utterly despising the Spartan and wanting to kill him.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Hades never actually goes against Kratos without a good reason. Even after [[spoiler: being infected by the evils of Pandora's Box]], he still has a good reason (several, by that point) to want Kratos dead.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's the Ruler of the Dead and one of the most powerful bosses.
* BadassBaritone
* BadassBoast: "A moment's pain is nothing!" "Your death will only be the beginning of your suffering!"
* TheBrute
* CombatSadomasochist: One of his battle quotes is "I live for pain!"
* DarkIsNotEvil: Unlike the other gods, he has plenty of legitimate gripes with Kratos.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of his lines to Kratos as such, such as:
-->"I knew you would be back, Spartan. Did you miss me?"
* DualWielding
* DuelBoss: A brief segment of his battle has both Kratos' and Hades' left chains get tangled up; rather than try and back off to get untangled they start swinging their right-hand weapons at each other while trying to tug the other into the chasm between them.
* EverybodyHatesHades: The makers attempt to avert it, by giving Hades some actually sympathetic motivation on his hatred on Kratos, and by portray him as a grieving loving husband, as well as [[spoiler: the implication at the end of the game that it's the dark powers of Pandora's Box that made him a sadistic monster.]]
** The game's visits to Hades and Tartarus, as well as Persephone hating her marriage so much [[spoiler: she wants to kill herself and take the world down with her]], hint that Hades was a major d-bag before the evils of the world possessed him. Then again, Persephone was rather haughty, and the aesthetics of the Underworld can be just DarkIsNotEvil.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Though "evil" would be pushing it.
* [[spoiler: EvilUncle]]: Subverted; He's still loyal to Zeus, and Kratos ain't much the [[spoiler: nephew of the year]] either. Actually, Kratos' willingness to kill [[spoiler: his own family]] is the reason why Hades hates him to the core.
* FaceOfAThug: Despite his demonic appearance, Hades is one of the more reasonable Gods [[spoiler: even after being infected via Pandora's Box]].
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Kratos uses the Claws of Hades to steal ''his'' soul.]]
* HooksAndCrooks: The Claws of Hades.
* MadeOfIron
* MotiveRant:
-->[[spoiler: Kratos, so glad you could carve out some time for ''us''! You know, we need it... Oh, the memories, they're overwhelming really. Let's see. How many sins have you committed against me? Oh, that's right, you murdered my niece, Athena. And what else? What else?! Ah, and you killed my brother, Poseidon. And I have not forgotten that it was you who butchered my beautiful queen! I will see you suffer as I have suffered. Your soul is MINE!!!]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Kratos' red. Also note that they share similar weapons and fighting styles, but of opposing colors (red for Kratos, blue for Hades).
* SpikesOfVillainy
* StoutStrength: Hades has quite a gut, but he still gives Kratos one hell of a fight.
* TheCameo: Hades has his own stage in VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale, where he overlooks the players as they fight, laughing at times. At times he will slam his Claws into the ground, stunning any player caught in the blast radius. Then... his stage is invaded by VideoGame/{{Patapon}}s, which begin to attack him... and despite Hades' efforts to dispatch them, they kill him.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The husband of Persephone.
* VariableLengthChain
* VillainousValor
* [[spoiler: [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother, Wife And Niece]]]]
** [[spoiler: And Nephew, but no one really likes Ares]].
* YourSoulIsMine: His chains, The Claws of Hades, can rip people's souls out of their bodies. He even says this when he first attacks Kratos.

!Poseidon
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Poseidone_7993.jpg

The God of the Seas and ruler of all that lives in them.

->Voiced by: FredTatasciore (''God of War''), GideonEmery (''God of War III'', ''Ghost of Sparta'', ''God of War: Ascension'')

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: He has a legitimate reason for hating Kratos since the latter destroyed Atlantis, his patron city, and is leading an attack on his home Olympus.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He ''really'' lives up to his reputation as the Ruler of the Ocean.
* {{Badass}}: He's capable of tackling a Titan with the force of a meteor and knocking it off Mount Olympus.
** BadassBeard
** BadassBoast:
--->I will leave nothing of you in my wake!
* CoolHorse: His Hippocampi.
* CoDragons: With Helios.
* [[spoiler: CruelAndUnusualDeath: Kratos beats him up, [[EyeScream gouges out his eyes]], and [[NeckSnap snaps his neck]].]]
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath: After the aforementioned CruelAndUnusualDeath, Poseidon is thrown off a cliff and into the sea.]]
* EldritchAbomination: His OneWingedAngel form certainly qualifies.
* FightingAShadow: Makes a giant avatar of himself out of rock and water.
* HellishHorse: His Hyppocampi, which are powerful enough to bring down a Titan.
* LargeHam
* MakingASplash
* OneWingedAngel: His battle form.
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler: It seemed that he was the only one who wasn't possessed by the evils of Pandora's box. His notes indicate that he investigated Zeus' actions, concluding that Zeus is no longer the brother he once knew.]]
* PetTheDog: According to his notes, he genuinely cared for the slave girl in his quarters.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
--> "You have disrespected the Gods for the last time, Kratos!"
* ProngsOfPoseidon: His WeaponOfChoice [[TropeMaker of course.]]. (Also, Poseidon's Trident is an item which allows Kratos to breathe underwater.) Poseidon himself uses the [[WeaponOfChoice real deal]].
* ShockAndAwe: Strangely enough, he also seems to have some control of Lightning, too judging from Poseidon's Rage and a cutscene of the Titanomachy in II.
** Not that strange if you know that Poseidon is not only ruler of the sea, but the god of storms as well.
* TronLines
* WhoDares: "''You challenge '''me''', mortal? A '''god''' of '''OLYMPUS?!'''''"
* VillainousValor
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: His bolts are light blue in color, while Zeus' ones are rather green/yellowish.

!Helios
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The God of the Sun who flies around the world, shedding daylight on his chariot.

->Voiced by: Creator/DwightSchultz (''Chains of Olympus''), Creator/CrispinFreeman (''God of War 3'')

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: Helios is one of the few gods without a good reason to hate Kratos and all in all he is one of the nicer gods. He still tries to defend Olympus and by extension the world from Kratos' destructive rampage.
* CatchPhrase: "Feel the wrath of the sun!"
* CoolHorse: His flaming steeds that pull his chariot across the sky.
* CoDragons: With Poseidon.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Despite his appearance, he is indeed a Titan who sides with the Gods.
* [[spoiler: FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Kratos rips his head clean off, with the camera sparing no gruesome, skin-ripping detail.]]
* FantasticLightSource
* InkSuitActor: In ''III'' his face is modelled after his voice actor, Creator/CrispinFreeman. As such, [[spoiler:you spend 3/4s of the game using Crispin Freeman's head as a flashlight.]] Lovely thought, no?
* KnightTemplar: A possible interpretation of his actions in [=GOW3=]. He seems remarkably determined to not let the Titans triumph (who are his own kind in the original mythology), and even though he may have been corrupted by cowardice, he still is determined to not let Kratos kill Zeus, [[TooDumbToLive to the point that results in extremely poorly made decisions.]]
* LargeHam: "''Feel the power...'' '''''OF THE SUN!!'''''"
* LightIsGood[=/=]LightIsNotGood: Played with. He himself is as arrogant as the average god (except for a brief PetTheDog moment in the prequel where he feels sorry for Kratos), but his absence means the sky will be covered by dark clouds. [[spoiler:After Kratos kills himself and releases Hope into the world, Helios might not be necessary anymore.]]
* LightEmUp
* MundaneUtility: His head makes a great lantern for Kratos.
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead: Unlike most examples of this trope, Helios has his head ''ripped'' off (quite graphically, at that), rather than cut off.]]
* PlayingWithFire
* ThePowerOfTheSun: TropeNamer.
* SadlyMythtaken: The original Helios was a Titan, not an Olympian.

!Hermes
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The messenger of the Olympains, faster than any mortal.

->Voiced by: Greg Ellis

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: A bit of a jerk, but everything he says about Kratos is true and like some of the others he is defending his home from an attack by a madman. Oh, and Kratos killed his son giving Hermes a legitimate reason to hate Kratos.
* AnArmAndALeg: Kratos [[spoiler: slices off both his legs]].
* BoisterousWeakling: He's a big talk, but take his speed from him, and there's not much left.
* BraggartBoss
* BullyingADragon: He's dumb enough to taunt Kratos, a guy who's killing his way through the Olympians and has a history of thinking that MurderIsTheBestSolution.
* DirtyCoward: Subverted; he knows full well that he doesn't stand a chance against Kratos in close combat, and so attempts to use the chaotic environment around Olympus to kill him. It didn't end up as he planned. When he knew he couldn't run away any longer, he took a LastStand against Kratos.
* EvilLaugh
* FlashStep
* FragileSpeedster: He may be wimpy, but he's fast enough to run along vertical surfaces and ropes.
* GetBackHereBoss
* HannibalLecture: When he was at Kratos' mercy, he mocked Kratos about his "sense of honor" and how it had given him nothing but "nightmares of your failures". Kratos didn't seem to give it much, but later it turned out it had some effects on Kratos' mind regarding on his conscience.
* InASingleBound
* IShallTauntYou: Constantly mocks Kratos.
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Kratos chops his legs off.]]
* LargeHam
* LightIsNotGood: In GOW 3, his hair is made of light.
* LeParkour
* {{Pride}}
* SissyVillain
* SmugSnake
* TheSoCalledCoward
* SprintShoes: The Boots of Hermes.
* SuperSpeed
* TooSlow: He spends the entire pre-battle chase ''and'' the battle itself mocking Kratos' speed.
--> "''You may have brute force - but you lack speed!''"
-->"''I have the speed of Olympus with me, mortal!''"
--> "''Lazy mortal!''"
-->"''Close, Spartan. But you'll have to try harder!''"
-->"'''''So''' slow.''"
-->"''I will always be faster than you!''"
--> "''I am still quick enough for you!''"


!Hera
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The Queen of the Gods, often disillusioned by her husband Zeus's infidelity.

->Voiced by: Adrienne Barbeau

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* TheAlcoholic
* BadassBoast: When she traps Kratos in her [[TheMaze garden]].
-->Your brute strength may have bested Hercules, but your simple mind will never find the way out of here. I look forward to watching you die here, ''as an old man''.
* CompositeCharacter: While her ''[[WomanScorned personality]]'' is 100% Hera, her association with plants is a trait usually given to [[GreenThumb Demeter]], while her [[LadyDrunk drinking]] could be inspired by [[TheHedonist Dionysus]].
** However, [[http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/AGEDE/Earth.html Hera has been associated with the earth and it's life giving aspect before]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* DespairEventHorizon: Appears to have one when her crown is broken, but it may just be a brief mood swing from the wine.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GreenThumb: She apparently took over Demeter's job, as Demeter doesn't even appear in any of the games (she was mentioned briefly in ''Chains Of Olympus'').
** Also note that she's showing care only to the flowers in ''her'' garden, and we [[spoiler: don't actually see all the plants in the world wither after her death.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl
* IWasQuiteALooker: Something must have happened to her before the third game, judging by her portraits, statues, and concept art.
* LadyDrunk

!Hephaestus

The Smith God and the finest craftsman of Olympus, as well as the creator of Pandora. He is banished to the Underworld by Zeus and blames Kratos for it.

->Voiced by: Rip Torn

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* BeingGoodSucks: On the most decent gods (if not the nicest god) who never manipulated Kratos for his own good. He lives in Hell.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has a reather snarky sense of humor.
-->'''Kratos''': I pursue only one Olympian.
-->'''Hephaestus''': Well, as long it's only one Olympian (chuckles).
* IWasQuiteALooker: Before his time in the underworld, he looked as normal as a middle-aged blacksmith could look until Zeus messed with him and disfigured him.
* PapaWolf
* UglyGuyHotWife: The husband of Aphrodite.
* UltimateBlacksmith
* UriahGambit: He attempted to use this card on Kratos during the middlegame. [[spoiler:Fearing for Pandora's life, he sent Kratos to Tartarus to find the Omphalos Stone, without telling him that Cronos had it, and that he now had a grudge on Kratos since he tried to kill Gaia.]]

!Aphrodite
The Goddess of Love and Hephaestus's ''very'' unfaithful wife.

->Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (''God of War''), Creator/AprilStewart (''God of War III'')

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* AnythingThatMoves: Apparently she's making love with her handmaidens only because no men are available (the bridges to her chamber are broken). In fact, when Kratos approaches, she quickly disbands her lovers and attempt to seduce him.
* BiTheWay: She regularly cheats on Hephaestus, having threesomes with her slavegirls.
* CleavageWindow: A massive one that her handmaidens also have.
* DissonantSerenity: Not really her (she's a goddess after all, she can handle things) but her apparently human slavegirls: the very world is crumbling in ruin around them outside, but they only think of "Sandwiching" their lady".
* FullFrontalAssault: Has a boob window on her shirt which gives a very good view of her breasts, same goes for her maidens.
* {{Gainaxing}}: A little when she moves. Justified, as she clearly wears no bra. Also her dark-skinned maiden, who can achieve this just by breathing.
* HotCoffeeMinigame: In ''III''. Unlike in other games (where the focus point during the button mash is an innocuous piece of scenery), this one has the focus on her slavegirls feeling each other up and saying [[BreakingTheFourthWall that it's not for kids]].
* MsFanservice
* ReallyGetsAround
* SoleSurvivor: You might have a slight OhCrap moment when you realize that the only deity left on Olympus (among those mentioned in the series, save for Artemis) has only [[AnythingThatMoves one thing on her mind]]. Then again, it's better not to imagine what would have happened if Kratos had killed the goddess of ''love''.
* {{Stripperific}}
* TheVamp: Though a rather innocent one.
* VaporWear
* YourCheatingHeart: ''Everyone'' knows that she cheats on Hephaestus, including Hephaestus himself.

!Persephone

The Goddess of the Underworld and Hades's wife.

->Voiced by: Marina Gordon

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* AbsoluteCleavage
* BigBad: For ''Chains of Olympus''.
* BreastPlate: Averted by her Hoplite-like outfit in her battle form.
* TheChessmaster
* [[spoiler: DeathSeeker]]
* MsFanservice
* OmnicidalManiac
* OneWingedAngel
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers one to Kratos when he [[spoiler: gives up his powers to enter the Elysian Fields and be with Calliope, calling him an idiot for not realizing that without his powers, he can't save the world and everyone will be destroyed.]]
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* TheStoic
* StrawNihilist
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: She was so sick of her ArrangedMarriage to Hades that she decided to destroy the world and herself with it.
* TennisBoss
* VaporWear
* WingedHumanoid: As she transforms.

!Thanatos
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The God of Death who predates the Olympian Gods.

->Voiced by: Arthur Burghardt

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* BadassBoast
-->If you persist, not even the Fates will prevent me from ending your path.
* BigBad: For ''Ghost of Sparta''.
* CoolSword
* DemonicPossession: He can do this to corpses in order to taunt Kratos.
* TheDreaded: Outright stated to be this to both the gods (barring Kratos) and the titans.
* EvilLaugh
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Deimos spears his right eye with the Arms of Sparta]].
* GoOutWithASmile: After Kratos [[spoiler: delivers the finishing blow, he grins just before exploding.]]
* LeanAndMean: And very tall to boot.
* OneWingedAngel: A giant black skeletal demon with wings.
* PapaWolf: Swears revenge when Kratos kills his daughter, Erinys.
* SadlyMythtaken: Not a terrible example, but Thanatos was the god of peaceful death(though considering how his being tied up prevented Ares from killing anyone Thanatos technically embodies all death ''including'' violent death while the Keres deal in ''death by blood loss'' and not other forms of death by violence). Moros, the personification/god of doom more fits Thanatos' characterization of a being feared by all.
* YouCantFightFate:
-->Nothing you do is of your own choosing.
* WingedHumanoid

!Erinys
The daughter of Thanatos.

->Voiced by: JenniferHale[=/=]Erin Torpey ([[VoiceOfTheLegion talking at the same time]])

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification
-->'''Gaia''': Erinys, the daughter of Thanatos, the God of Death. Pain given form, evil given life.
* BadassBoast:
-->Ghost of Sparta. The God Slayer. Your brother belongs to Thanatos, so does your blood.
* TheDreaded
* FullFrontalAssault
** Arguably strays into FanDisservice with her barbed teeth, FemmeFatalons, and one gruesome KickTheDog moment (see below).
* HealingFactor
* InTheHood
* KickTheDog: She interrogates one unfortunate Spartan about the whereabouts of Kratos. And after he tells her what he knows (which is that he has no clue), she gruesomely disembowels him with her bare hands.
* OneWingedAngel: A giant, armored bird.
* PowerOfTheVoid: She can toss some weird green orbs at you, which acts as small black holes.
* SadlyMythtaken: The Erinyes were actually several entities (at least three), not one. They weren't daughters of Thanatos, but were born from the blood spilled when Cronos castrated Uranus.
** Ultimately resolved with ''Ascension'', where the Furies do actually appear as three sisters and separated characters from Erinys.
* VaporWear
* VoiceOfTheLegion
* WingedHumanoid
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[[folder:Titans]]
!Tropes common to two or more Titans

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Except Prometheus and Rhea.
* ElementalEmbodiment: Gaia, Typhon, Epimetheus, Perses, Oceanus, and Thera.
* HumanoidAbomination: They're vaguely human in shape, but have very little in common with humans otherwise.
* LargeHam

!Gaia
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gaia_9321.jpg

The mother of the Titans and the Titan of Earth. After being banished to the Underworld after the Titanomachy, Gaia forges an alliance with Kratos so she can get her own revenge against the Gods.

->Voiced by: Linda Hunt (''God of War II''), Susanne Blakeslee (''God of War III'')

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* BigBadEnsemble: With [[spoiler:Zeus in the third game.]]
* TheChessmaster
* GaiasVengeance: Literally. She's determined to overthrow Zeus by any means possible due to his attitude against the world and later [[spoiler: has problems with Kratos as well.]]
* GeniusLoci: Her body itself is an ecosystem, one in which Zeus actually spent his childhood.
* GreenThumb
* [[spoiler: ManipulativeBastard]]
* NarratorAllAlong
* [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead]]
* SadlyMythtaken: Though their mother, Gaia herself isn't a Titan.
* [[spoiler: TreacherousAdvisor]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist -> KnightTemplar: She definitely becomes this by the end of the third game, when the war scarred the world too bad for her to handle. It wasn't better that she [[spoiler: survived a murder attempt by Kratos and had to climb the whole of Mount Olympus again.]]
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]: Kratos wasn't amused about it.

!Atlas
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Atlante_8200.jpg

The Titan condemned to hold up the sky for all eternity. Brother of Prometheus and Epimetheus.

->Voiced by: MichaelClarkeDuncan (''God of War II''), FredTatasciore (''Chains of Olympus'')

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* BadassBaritone
* DishingOutDirt
* TheDragon: To Cronus in the Titanomachy and to Persephone in ''Chains of Olympus''.
* ElementalEmbodiment: He has some earthern features.
* EnemyMine: Decides to help Kratos because he hates Zeus more.
* TheGiant: Atlas is obviously the Robert Wadlow of the Titans.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Four arms.
* RememberTheNewGuy: He and Kratos have obviously met before when they encounter one another in ''II''. Their first meeting is detailed in ''Chains of Olympus'', the first prequel released a year after ''II''.
* SealedEvilInACan
* WombLevel: Kratos navigates the inside of his back, and uses one of his vertebrae as a platform to navigate through his back and shoulder.

!Cronos
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Crono_front_2199.jpg

The King of the Titans and father of Zeus and several other Olympians, the rest of whom he devoured to keep them from overthrowing him; of course, he was overthrown anyway. Cronos is initially condemned to carrying the Temple of Pandora housing Pandora's Box, and is later sent to Tartarus to carry out the rest of his punishment.

->Voiced by: Lloyd Sherr (''God of War II''), George Ball (''God of War III'')

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* [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Attack of the 500 Foot Whatever]]: Only ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' bosses surpass in him sheer size, which is really saying something. WordOfGod is that he's 1600 feet tall.
* CarpetOfVirility: Particularly in a flashback cutscene to Rhea switching an infant Zeus with a rock to protect him.
* ChainedByFashion
* ColossusClimb: The biggest example in the series, as Kratos' entire battle with Cronos is one of these.
* EatsBabies: He certainly ate his (save for Zeus, of course).
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Why he tried to kill Kratos. [[spoiler: Kratos had just recently tried to kill Gaia.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep
* FatBastard
* {{Fingore}}: One of his fingernails is torn off completely.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Cronos calls Kratos a "coward who kills his own kin" even though Cronos himself ate his own children out of fear that they would overthrow him.
* JustEatHim: Backfires spectacularly.
* OffingTheOffspring: Was paranoid that his children would rebel, so he ate all of them (barring Zeus).
* SealedEvilInACan
* ShockAndAwe: As seen in Cronus' Rage, instead of being associating with [[GreenThumb Agriculture]] or [[TimeMaster Time]] (By [[SadlyMythtaken mistaking him with Chronos]]) in the myths, he seemed able to wield lighting like his sons here.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The husband of Rhea.

!Prometheus

The Titan who introduced mankind to fire, originally used only by the Gods, and is punished for it.

->Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer

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* FateWorseThanDeath: He's chained to Typhon's hand, exposed to the blizzards and there's a giant buzzard of Zeus' which keeps ''eating his bowels'' every single day since they grow back.
* MercyKill: Begs Kratos to stop his torture, even if that means killing him.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Despite being a Titan, Zeus trapped him in human form.
* PlayingWithFire: Hinted to have this element.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Well, he surely doesn't.

!Typhon
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tifone_9711.jpg

The Titan of Wind who was sealed in the frozen depths of a mountain following his defeat at the hands of the Olympians.

->Voiced by: FredTatasciore

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* AnIcePerson
* BlowYouAway
* EyeScream: What Kratos does to him.
* SadlyMythtaken: Typhon wasn't a Titan nor was he associated with wind.
* SealedEvilInACan

!Rhea
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rea_3156.jpg

The Queen of the Titans and mother of Zeus and the Olympian Gods.

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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Cronos. She's literally smaller than one of his fingers.
* MamaBear
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: She's the only Titan to look like a human instead of a colossal embodiment of the elements (Helios and Eos also look like that, but they could be now full Gods) .

!Epimetheus
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Epitemeo_4248.jpg

The Titan of Nature and a brother of Prometheus and Atlas, who participated in the Second Titanomachy.

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* AllThereInTheManual: His name.
* CurbStompBattle: His entire role in ''III'' is to get [[OneHitKill one-shotted]] five minutes in by Poseidon.
* DishingOutDirt: Possibly, since he's made of rock.
* RedShirt: Poseidon one-shots him.

!Hyperion
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Iperione_3468.jpg

The Titan of Light, and one of the original Titans. Brother of Cronos and Oceanus and father of Helios, he was unleashed once again during the Second Titanomachy.

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* AllThereInTheManual: He's seen in Chains of Olympus first, then a cameo in III, both times unnamed.
* ColossusClimb: Sort of. You walk on one of his chains in Chains of Olympus.
* LightEmUp: Well, it's in his domain.
* RedShirt: Poseidon takes him down pretty quickly.
* SealedEvilInACan

!Perses
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Pers_9547.jpg

The Titan of Destruction, son of Krius, one of the original Titans, and a participant of the Second Titanomachy.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Like Epimetheus, his name.
* EyeScream: Kratos jams the Sword of Olympus into his eye, killing him.
* MagmaMan
* RedShirt: Not as bad as Epimetheus, but he has problems with Helios, and was quickly killed by Kratos.
* SoleSurvivor: Seemed to be the only Titan that made it to Olympia.

!Oceanus

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Oceano_5092.jpg

The Titan of Water and one of the original Titans. Brother of Cronos and Hyperion, and a particicpant in the Second Titanomachy.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Like Epimetheus and Perses, his name.
* EvilCounterpart: In a sense, to Poseidon. Both have water & lightning powers, both are associated with the sea (Poseidon rules it, Oceanus is/was it) and have quite a few kids among them.
* MakingASplash: His body is a combination of water and electricity.
* RedShirt: (Presumably) taken out by Hades, when he was dislodged from Mount Olympia, in his ''third'' appearance, no less.
* SadlyMythtaken: Not as bad as Typhon, but Oceanus was a very neutral God who didn't take part in Cronus and his other brothers' rebellion against Uranus or in the Titanomachy.
* ShockAndAwe: Merged with ''water'', no less.

!Thera

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tera_50.jpg

The Titan of Lava, and of the original Titans. Wife of Hyperion and mother of Helios. Sealed within a volcano in Atlantis.

->Voiced by: Dee Dee Rescher

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* DealWithTheDevil: She offered Kratos a portion of her power if he would free her from her imprisonment. She kept her end of the bargain, but proceded to sink Atlantis.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: By sinking Atlantis, she was overwhelmed by the floodwaters.
* [[MagmaMan Magma Woman]]
* PlayingWithFire: As seen with Thera's Bane.
* SealedEvilInACan
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mythology's Heroes]]
!Hercules

The son of Zeus [[spoiler:and thus Kratos's brother]]. Hercules harbors great jealousy towards Kratos for all the attention he gets.

->Voiced by: Kevin Sorbo

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* AdaptationalVillainy: This isn't the usually good/noble-natured Hercules you're used to. In fact, this may be one of few stories to portray Hercules in a rather negative light. Though [[spoiler: he was probably affected with the evil Envy. Considering Zeus did more for Kratos than he ever did for Hercules, he has his reasons. Still, the evil seems to make him ignore that Zeus is a bastard who tormented Kratos, so it's possibly a case of a BrainwashedAndCrazy situation]].
* AlmightyJanitor: Acknowledges that this is what he was in the grand scheme of things and is really resentful over it.
* AmbitionIsEvil
-->'''Hercules:''' ''I'' will destroy ''you''. Soon, I will be the God of War and claim the throne for myself.
-->'''Kratos:''' You aspire to be an Olympian, yet their reign is ending, Hercules.
* AncientGrome: Is referred to as Hercules rather than Heracles/Herakles, which was confirmed to be due to the Roman version of the name being more famous and iconic.
* AnimalMotifs: His armor and weapons all have a lion design. Also, out of his Twelve Labors, he liked facing the Nemean Lion the best.
* AnnoyingArrows: The Bow of Apollo is worthless against him.
* BloodKnight
* [[spoiler: CainAndAbel: With Kratos.]]
* CastingGag: He's voiced by Kevin Sorbo, who starred as the title character in HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys.
* CombatPragmatist: He's DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to violate MookChivalry and one of the only bosses smart enough to have backup in the first place.
* TheDragon: To Hera.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: He's pretty pissed that Kratos, who the Gods hated, was treated better than him.
-->While I was stuck cleaning the Augean Stables, he chose you to destroy Ares. (''Kratos [[FascinatingEyebrow raises an eyebrow]]'') Not convinced? How about this: while you were being crowned the God of War, I was sent to find an ''apple''. (''Hera laughs'') They called them "Labors". Hah! Perhaps he ''did'' allow me to kill the Nemean Lion, but he made ''your'' name known amongst the people. A fierce warrior. A killer made hero. A man made a god.
* EvilGloating: [[spoiler: He knocks Kratos out, then turns around and boasts to Hera about his "victory", allowing Kratos to recover and retaliate.]]
* FlunkyBoss: He brings Undead Legionnaires into his battle with Kratos.
* TheGiant: Kratos is a pretty big guy (somewhere between 6'4 and 6'6), but Herc is ''easily'' three or four feet taller.
* GeniusBruiser: At least he knows how to use proper military tactics against Kratos.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His torso is covered with claw-marks, presumably from his struggle against the Nemean Lion.
* GreenEyedMonster
* GroundPound: By ''punching'' the ground.
* HalfHumanHybrid: He's a demigod, after all.
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: He rips the entire arena out of the ground, but Kratos makes it fall on him to pin him down. Then, Kratos uses the Nemean Cestus to finish him off.]]
* [[spoiler: IAmNotLeftHanded: After he is disarmed, the reduced weight causes his speed to skyrocket.]]
* ImplacableMan: Nothing can make him flinch.
* InASingleBound: While he only does it once, he pulls off an impressive vertical leap to exit the arena.
* {{Irony}}: He is Hera's champion, even though he and Hera are enemies in the myths.
* MadeOfIron
* MightyGlacier: [[spoiler: Though he becomes a LightningBruiser once Kratos steals the Nemean Cestus.]]
* PowerFist: The Nemean Cestus.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Any blow he lands will do this to Kratos.
* ShedArmorGainSpeed: Starts the fight as a MightyGlacier in heavy armor, but once that gets cut off he becomes a FragileSpeedster.
* SuperStrength
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: He declared killing Kratos to be his thirteenth Labor; Kratos turned the tables on him and smashed his face in.
* VillainousValor
* WellDoneSonGuy: Zeus treated Kratos with more respect than him.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Being another son of Zeus, he is clearly Kratos' equal if not his better, and the only way to get a critical hit is to wait until he's showing off to his step mother, Hera.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs

!Theseus

A hero who faithfully serves the Sisters of Fate.

->Voiced by: Creator/PaulEiding

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* AnIcePerson: His spear can summon huge Ice Spikes from the ground to impale Kratos, as well as tossing projectiles made of hail and snow.
* BadassGrandpa
* BladeOnAStick
** BoomStick
* BloodKnight
* ColdSniper: He'll often jump to the roof to snipe at Kratos with his energy-firing spear.
* CombatPragmatist
* TheDragon: To the Sisters of Fate.
* EvilLaugh
* FallenHero
* FlunkyBoss: Ironically (since he defeated the Minotaur in the original myths), he uses minotaurs as mooks.
* TheGiant
* HalfHumanHybrid: He's a demigod, in this case, the son of Poseidon.
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Kratos impales him with his own spear, then crushes his head with the door he was guarding.]]
* {{Jerkass}}
* MadeOfIron
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy:
-->Come forward. Let us finally see which one of us is the greatest warrior in all of Greece!

!Perseus

A hero who seeks the help of the Sisters of Fates to rescue his love.

->Voiced by: Harry Hamlin

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* AscendedExtra: Becomes a playable character in the multiplayer mode of ''Ascension'', albeit with brand new, impossibly cool armor and helmet.
* BossArenaIdiocy: Fights Kratos in a room with a giant pool of water, which limits the advantage provided by his Helm of Invisibility. In fairness, he was trapped and didn't choose the location of their fight, so it isn't idiocy on his part, just circumstances.
* CastingGag: He's voiced by Harry Hamlin, who played Perseus in the original ''ClashOfTheTitans''.
* CombatPragmatist: Shines the sunlight into Kratos' eyes with his reflective shield to blind him.
* CoolHelmet: His mask of invisibility and the huge, saw-blade like helm worn in ''Ascension''.
* FlashStep: Kratos can beat on his invisible form...and suddenly he's on the other side of the room.
* HalfHumanHybrid: A given, considering that he's a demigod.
* IdiotBall: He could have easily escaped the room he had been trapped in if he had broken the wall, or even gone through the ''windows''.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* InkSuitActor
* [[InvisibilityCloak Invisibility Helmet]]: The Helm of Hades.
* IShallTauntYou: A bad thing to do if you're invisible.
* LargeHam
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Invokes this, mistakenly believing that defeating Kratos was the final test to reach the Sisters Of Fate.
* LightIsNotGood: He has [[LightEmUp light attacks]], throwing things that glow in golden radiance and using a light blast to temporarily stun Kratos.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MadeOfIron
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Went to the Sisters of Fate to try to reverse Andromeda's death.
* ShieldBash
* SmugSuper: Certainly has an inflated opinion of himself.
-->No! That door was my only escape! I have faced test after test in search of the Sisters. And now you have dashed it all away! You certainly do not live up to your reputation, Ghost of Sparta! But... perhaps this is a test. Are you watching me now, Sisters!? Give me a sign! Am I, the great Perseus, to kill this fallen god to recieve an audience with you? Will that allow me to bring my love back from the grasp of Hades himself!? If not, at least I can bathe in the glory of bringing down the mighty Kratos, the slayer of gods... Although I hardly think a harpie's fool such as yourself deserves such praise.
* SufferTheSlings
* TragicHero: This version failed to save Andromeda.

!Achilles

Playable Mutliplayer character from ''Ascension''. The famous hero from the Iliad.

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* BladeBelowTheShoulder: One of his armlets has a sharp blade coming out of it.
* CoolHelmet
* HeroOfAnotherStory
* {{Stripperific}}: Doesn't wear much armor, which may be a nod to his legendary invulnerability.

!Odysseus

Playable Mutliplayer character from ''Ascension''. Hero of the ''Odyssey'' and the one who used the Horse trick to conquer Troy.

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* CoolHelmet
* GeniusBruiser
* SpikesOfVillainy: His armor is spiked, and he's usually considered an AntiHero even by Greek mythology standards.

!Orion

Playable Mutliplayer character from ''Ascension''. Legendary hunter of beasts killed by a scorpion. (Or by Artemis by mistake, depends).

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* CoolHelmet
* ShouldersOfDoom
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He doesn't wear armor on his chest.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sisters of Fate]]
!Tropes That Apply to the Fates in General
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* MagicMirror: How they manipulate fate.
* TimeMaster

!Lahkesis

The middle Sister of Fate who determines the destinies of Gods and mortals alike.

->Voiced by: Leigh-Allyn Baker

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* AnimalMotifs: Seems to model herself after a bird, as evidenced by her clothes, ability to fly and actually having a phoenix.
* BadassBoast: One that cements her belief in her own superiority and that destiny cannot be altered.
-->You have always amused us, Kratos. But know this, mortal. There is no power greater than the Sisters of Fate. If you challenge us, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You... Will... Die]]!
* [[spoiler: FateWorseThanDeath: Kratos traps her and Atropos in a mirror, then shatters it.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Kratos breaks her statue, there's another one inside like a Russian doll. [[spoiler: Later, it's revealed that Atropos inhabits Lahkesis' body.]]
* FlyingBrick
* HumanoidAbomination
* MsFanservice
* SimpleStaff
* {{Stripperific}}
* TennisBoss
* VaporWear
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler: When Atropos was inside her body.]]

!Atropos

The oldest Sister of Fate who severs mortals' threads of life, which indicates their deaths.

->Voiced by: Creator/DebiMaeWest (''God of War II''), Marina Gordon (''God of War III'')

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* AxCrazy
* BadassBoast: Though she probably would have won if she hadn't blabbed her plan.
-->We control your destiny, foolish mortal! With our weaving, we can end your life! Or allow you to remain. Search your memory, Kratos. The sword which you stand on delivered your victory against Ares. Without it, ''you'' will be the one who dies this day. Not Ares! We can change your past and set your future! This is the power of the Fates!
* BlingOfWar: Her corset and hairdress are golden.
* EvilLaugh
* [[spoiler: FateWorseThanDeath: Kratos traps her and Lahkesis in a mirror, then shatters it.]]
* FemmeFatalons: In reference to her role in mythology.
* FlunkyBoss: Aided by numerous creatures.
* FlyingBrick
* GirlishPigtails
* HumanoidAbomination
* LivingShadow: Her lower half.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: As detailed in her BadassBoast above.

!Clotho

The youngest Sister of Fate who spins the threads of life for Gods and mortals.

->Voiced by: Susan Silo (''God of War II''), Marina Gordon (''God of War III'')

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* EldritchAbomination: Unlike her sisters, Clothos can't be called "humanoid" by any stretch of the imagination.
* FatBastard
* {{Irony}}: In the Greek myths, she was called the most beautiful Sister of Fate. Here in the game, well...
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: She seems to be the only sister who was against Lahkesis' decision to let Kratos waltz into their palace and the only one who seems to be actually concerned about the world if Kratos wins.
* StoneWall
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Furies]]

!Tropes That Apply To The Furies In General
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: One of the notes from the Scribe of Hecatonchires states that the Furies "follow their own view of right and wrong."
* DoomedByCanon: Not surprising, given that they're the main antagonists in a prequel.
* LawfulStupid: All of them are ridiculously obsessed in imposing blood oaths, regardless of the morality of breaking them or their own survival. [[spoiler:Subverted, the real reason they are enforcing Kratos' oath to Ares is because they are working with Ares to bring down Olympus, and Kratos is a crucial part of the plan.]]
* MasterOfIllusion
* TimeAbyss: They predate the Titans.

!Megaera

The Fury of Jealousy.

-> Voiced by: Creator/NikaFutterman

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* HandicappedBadass: Lost her right arm in a previous fight with Kratos.
* ItsPersonal: Unlike her sisters, who merely see taking on Kratos as a duty, she wants revenge for him taking her arm.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: While beating up Kratos, she inadvertently broke some of the chains that were keeping him prisoner and helped him escape.
* SpiderLimbs: That protrude from her back.
* StarterVillain: Chronologically, she is the first being killed of the immortals Kratos fights. Her BossBattle is in the tutorial, in the earliest game. The majority of the game tells HowWeGotHere.

!Alecto

The Fury of Anger.

-> Voiced by: JenniferHale

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* BigBad: Of Ascension
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice]]
* [[spoiler:OmnicidalManiac: Wants to work with Ares to topple Olympus.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Turns into a giant Kraken-like monster during the final boss battle. This form is often confused with Charybdis, but there's nothing in the game to confirm the relation between the two.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Briefly takes on the form of Kratos' wife Lysandra when he has the upper hand. Kratos hesitates for a brief moment before brushing it off and continuing his assault.

!Tisiphone

The Fury of Vengeance.

-> Voiced by: Creator/DebiMaeWest

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* {{Familiar}}: Daimon, a skeletal bird of fire that helps her fly, acts as her primary combat method, and appears to be made of illusions.
* [[spoiler:NeckSnap]]: Recieves one following her...
* [[spoiler:NoHoldsBarredBeatdown]]

!Orkos

The deity of oaths. He is the son of Ares and the Furies, as an attempt to create "the perfect warrior". Born "weak", he was rejected by his father, but accepted by his mothers and given his position, which he served diligently until he saw the injustice in Kratos' oath.

-> Voiced by: TroyBaker

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* AbusiveParents: While not actively abusive, Ares conceived him with Alecto with the sole intent of creating a perfect warrior to support his EvilPlan to overthrow Olympus, only to disown him when Orkos turned out to be a disappointment. Likewise, the Furies manipulated him into aiding their work in punishing traitors and oathbreakers, only to imprison and presumably torture him when he turned on them to help Kratos.
* BodyHorror: Has several open, gaping wounds on his chest
* CastingAShadow
* DarkIsNotEvil: He acts as a guide to Kratos, eventually earning his respect.
* DefectorFromDecadence: He turned on the Furies when he realized just how unjust Kratos' oath to Ares was.
* HeroicSacrifice: He has [[spoiler:Kratos kill him in order to fully sever his bond to Ares.]]
* {{Irony}}: In mythology, Orkos is actually just an aspect of Hades as the god of oaths. Now, Hades is often stated to be the father of the Furies. That role is switched here.
* NonhumanHumanoidHybrid: Half-Olympian, half-Fury.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other beings]]
!Charon

A being who ferries the souls of the dead to the Underworld.

->Voiced by: Creator/DwightSchultz

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* BadassGrandpa
* [[spoiler: HalfTheManHeUsedToBe]]
* CoolMask
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep
* TheGrimReaper
* HumanoidAbomination
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: He kills Kratos, but Kratos finds a weapon that can actually harm him in The Underworld.]]
* ImplacableMan: He keeps attacking even after Kratos [[spoiler: cuts him in half]].
* ItIsNotYourTime: Invokes this when Kratos tries to enter The Underworld while still alive. Of course, this just pisses Kratos off and they fight.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: He's skeletal, but he's strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Kratos.
* NeckLift: Does this to Kratos.
* NotSoDifferent
-->We share a common fate, Kratos. The gods will release neither of us from our torture.
* PlayingWithFire
* SinisterScythe

!Pandora

The first woman to ever come into existence, she was created by Hephaestus to act as the key to Pandora's Box.

->Voiced by: Natalie Lander

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* ArtificialHuman: A statue that Hephaestus crafted and breathed life into.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
** [[spoiler: SenselessSacrifice: Hope [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong was inside Kratos the entire time]].]]
* MacguffinGirl: Only she can unlock the Flames of Olympus.
* MoralityChain: Thanks to her, Kratos began to develop empathy for his fellow man and remorse for the things he had done, and not just the [[spoiler: murder of his family]]. Mankind had use of it later when Kratos gave them the power of hope by [[spoiler: killing himself.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: She resents being called a child.
* PluckyGirl
* ReplacementGoldfish: For Calliope.
* [[spoiler: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Gods treat her like crap and they call her "{{it|Is Dehumanizing}}". This later becomes [[PapaWolf Kratos']] BerserkButton.
* WideEyedIdealist: Refuses to lose hope in a world that's being torn apart.
-->''Hope is what keeps us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.''

!Medusa

The Queen of the Gorgons whose gaze can turn mortals into stone.

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* FemmeFatalons
* GigglingVillain
* SuperSpeed
* TakenForGranite: Of course she has the power to do this.

!Eurayle

Medusa's older sister.

->Voiced by: Jennifer Martin

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* FatBastard
* GroundPound
* MamaBear
* MotiveRant: Makes her a little sympathetic.
-->Kratos...murderer of children. I know this! I am aware of the misery you have brought upon my brood! ...Ruthlessly cutting down my line; your hands wear their blood. Praise to the Sisters! For on this day, Kratos... You will meet your end!
* MightyGlacier: Unlike her smaller counterparts, she's very clumsy.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate to try to reverse Medusa and Stheno's deaths, or at least tried, but can't really move out of her temple in the Bog of the Forgotten.
* SuperStrength
* TakenForGranite: As Medusa's sister, she can do this too.

!Aegaeon the Hecatonchires

One of the Hecatonchires, or one hundred-armed giants. Having once sworn a blood oath to Zeus and them betrayed him, the Furies hunted him down and transformed his body into a living prison for those who followed his example.

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* AndIMustScream: Holy mother of God. For starters, when he broke his oath to Zeus, the Furies hunted him down and put him through the mother of all [[FateWorseThanDeath Fates Worse than Death]]: having his body hollowed out and turned into a giant prison for those who followed his example. And then Megaera uses her parasites to infest different parts of his body and turn them into monsters to fight Kratos. Judging by the way his eyes are moving when Megaera infests his head, he's ''still alive and fully conscious'' through it all.
* BodyHorror: His entire body was hollowed out and converted into the Prison of the Damned. On top of that, while fighting Kratos, Megaera uses her {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s to infest two of his arms, as well as his face, converting them into giant bug monsters under her control.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: He has one-hundred arms.
* WombLevel: Most of ''Ascension'' takes place in and around his body.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Normal Humans]]
!Boat Captain

A ''very'' unfortunate mortal who is left by Kratos to die after being devoured by the Hydra. Since then, his immortal spirit has had continued encounters with the Ghost of Sparta.

->Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (''God of War'', ''God of War II'', ''God of War: Ascension''), Creator/JoshKeaton (''God of War III'')

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* ButtMonkey: Even when he's dead, he can never escape being owned by Kratos.
* TheCameo: A note written by him can be found in the third game. As could be expected, it's filled with cursing Kratos.
* {{Determinator}}: Given that he possibly could have escaped The Underworld on his own if Kratos hadn't attacked him again.
* NoNameGiven
* RunningGag: Him running into Kratos and getting owned by him.
-->Oh no! Not you again!
* TheyKilledKenny

!The Last Spartan

Kratos's most loyal follower in the Spartan army.

->Voiced by: Creator/JoshKeaton (''God of War II''), GideonEmery (''Ghost of Sparta'')

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* BadassNormal
* TheCameo: In ''God of War: Ghost of Sparta'', he replaces a statue of Ares with one of Kratos, then loans Kratos the Arms of Sparta.
* {{Determinator}}
* IveComeTooFar: Right before [[spoiler: you fight him.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Along with Kratos.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler: He and Kratos mistake each other for an enemy and fight to the death in a dark room.]]
* MadeOfIron: He can take ''a lot'' more punishment than any Mook of the game and isn't affected by the stagging effect or the stuns of certain attacks.
* MoralityPet: Kratos cared for him like a son or younger brother.
* NoNameGiven
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: He somehow survives when Zeus essentially nukes Rhodes and Sparta.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy:
-->Now you are all that is left. I have faith that our Spartan brothers will live on through the true god of war.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate to try to save Sparta from Zeus' genocide.

!Calliope

Kratos's beloved daughter, [[spoiler: who he had accidentally killed when Ares tricked him into doing so]].

->Voiced by: Debi Derryberry

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* ChildrenAreInnocent
* IllGirl: According to the comic, she was a rather sickly girl, something not tolerated in Sparta. Kratos then went on a quest for Ambrosia to help her condition.
* MoralityChain: Kratos' second chain after Lysandra.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: [[spoiler: Kratos is forced to leave his daughter behind to save the world, with the full knowledge that he can never enter the Elysian Fields again.]]

!Icarus

The man who fell to his death after he flew too close to the sun with his wax wings. His time in the Underworld has driven him insane.

->Voiced by: Bob Joles

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* AxCrazy
* DisneyVillainDeath
* {{Flight}}
* LikeABadassOutOfHell
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate, possibly to go back and prevent his child self from flying too close to the sun.
* SanitySlippage

!Daedalus

Icarus's father, who was forced to build a labyrinth for Zeus.

->Voiced by: MalcolmMcDowell

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* MadScientist
* PapaWolf
* SanitySlippage: And it got worse when Kratos tells him about his son.
* ShoutOut: His labyrinth is like the one from ''Film/{{Cube}}''. He also physically resembles MahatmaGandhi.
* UnwittingPawn: Zeus promised to reunite him with his son if he built the Labyrinth, but Icarus was already dead and Zeus had no intention of bringing him back.

!Poseidon's Princess

->Voiced by: Erin Matthews

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* [[spoiler: GoryDiscretionShot: Kratos forces her to hold open a gate for him, but she gets squashed and killed by the crank right after he gets through (though you can easily backtrack to see her body lying in a pool of blood).]]
* MadeASlave: She was originally Poseidon's girlfriend, but a note of apology from him explains that the chains and bars were to keep Zeus from molesting her while he wasn't around.
* MoralityPet: For Poseidon.
* MsFanservice: Surely, Poseidon had a good taste in women.
* NoNameGiven
* {{Stripperific}}
* VaporWear

!Alrik the Barbarian King

The leader of an army of barbarians who would have killed Kratos had the Spartan not called on the help of Ares, and was himself killed in return.

->Voiced by: Bob Joles

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* AllThereInTheManual: His name is revealed in the comic.
* AndIMustScream: In the Comic, [[spoiler: a young Kratos defeats him and use the Head of Danaus to force Rocs to tear him apart, with him constantly healing because of the Ambrosia. [[DeusExMachina He escaped thanks to Hades.]] ]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassBeard
* BadassNormal: He was tough enough that Kratos was forced to make a deal with Ares in the first place.
* TheChosenOne: Believe it or not, in the comic ,he was Hades' champion in the trial for the Ambrosia.
* {{Determinator}}
* DropTheHammer
* HellishHorse
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Kratos crushes his head with his own hammer.]]
* ImplacableMan
* LargeAndInCharge: And he can grow even larger.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Like Kratos, he fought his way out of The Underworld.
* OffWithHisHead: ''Twice''.
* {{Necromancer}}: After his escape from The Underworld.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: When he and Kratos have their long awaited rematch.
-->Soon, Ghost of Sparta, I will have ''your'' head!

!Lysandra

Kratos's wife [[spoiler: who Kratos had been tricked into killing by Ares]].

->Voiced by: Gwendoline Yeo

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* AllThereInTheManual: Her name is revealed in the comic.
* {{Badass}}: While they were married, she actually [[WhatTheHellHero stood up to Kratos and his talk of fighting for the glory of Sparta]].
* DisposableWoman: It never ends well for a woman to be paired up with a {{Badass}}...
* MoralityChain: For Kratos.

!Persian King

The king of the Persian empire who wishes to take over all of Greece.

->Voiced by: FredTatasciore

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* DirtyCoward: He pleads for his life when he's disarmed.
* FlamingSword: Which curiously resembles the [[{{BFS}} Artemis Sword]] from the first game.
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard[=/=]KarmicDeath: Kratos crushes him with a chest of his pirated gold.]]
* HolierThanThou: Much like [[Film/ThreeHundred Xerxes]].
-->Evil? It is not evil that I bring, Spartan. I bring the might of Persia and the sacrament of purification. As we speak, my Basilisk cleanses this land so that it may embrace the glory of the Persian Empire.
* LargeAndInCharge
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* NoNameGiven
* PlayingWithFire
* SmugSnake

!King Midas

The king who was cursed with the power to turn anything and everything he touched into solid gold.

->Voiced by: FredTatasciore

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* BlessedWithSuck: One of the most recognizable examples in all of fiction.
* DespairEventHorizon: It's implied that accidentally turning [[spoiler: his daughter]] into a golden statue sent him over it.
* [[spoiler: FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Kratos throws him into a river of lava. As he burns and thrashes in agony, the lava turns to gold, with him still in it.]]
* SanitySlippage
* TakenForGranite: Can turn everything he touches in solid gold, including people, monsters, rocks, small areas of ground and even lava flows.

!Callisto

Kratos's mother.

->Voiced by: JenniferHale - young, Deanna Hustold - old

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* BalefulPolymorph: As punishment for trying to tell Kratos that [[spoiler: his brother Deimos is still alive and being held prisoner]], the gods turn her into a monster that [[spoiler: Kratos has to MercyKill.]]
* DotingParent
* MoralityChain: Because [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas even Kratos loves his mother]].
* MyGreatestFailure: The fact that even with her love and support, Kratos is still cold to everyone else.
* [[spoiler: ShadowDiscretionShot: Unlike other brutal finishers, we're treated with a shadow shot of Kratos slowly walking to her and swiftly stabbing her heart once.]]
* TragicMonster

!The Dissenter

A member of the Spartan army who remains loyal to Ares even after [[spoiler: Kratos had killed him]].

->Voiced by: Creator/PaulEiding

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* DirtyCoward
* OhCrap: No doubt those very words were running through his head as Kratos, just having defeating the lion he sicced on him, began walking towards him with more-than-obvious murderous intent.
* TooDumbToLive: The fact that he tried to have Kratos killed isn't what qualifies him for this trope (as much). It's the fact that he believed that Ares, whom Kratos had already killed, was helping him out via divine influence the whole time.

!Deimos

Kratos's brother who was kidnapped by Ares [[spoiler:after being mistaken for the one who would bring ruin to Olympus]]. He had hoped to be saved by Kratos, but that hope turned into hatred for his brother when he didn't come.

->Voiced by: Creator/ElijahWood (''God of War III''), Mark Deklin (''Ghost of Sparta''), Bridger Zadina (''Ghost of Sparta'' - young)

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* {{Badass}}
** [[spoiler: BackToBackBadasses: In the final battle, Kratos and Deimos face Thanatos together]].
* BladeOnAStick[=/=]LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: [[spoiler: After saving him from falling to his death, Kratos gives him the Arms of Sparta]].
* [[spoiler: BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: He saves Kratos from Thanatos' OneWingedAngel form by ''spearing his eye'' out of the orbit. The God of Death answers by killing him.]]
* TheChosenOne: In a twisted way. [[spoiler: The Gods thought that he was the Marked Warrior who would have destroyed Olympus.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: Not exactly, but after he defeated Kratos he was snatched by Thanatos and tossed to his death, only to be saved again by his elder brother, who gained his trust]].
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Film/ThreeHundred Leonidas]]. Even moreso when he gets [[spoiler:the Arms of Sparta]].
* PowerFist
* SealedEvilInACan: Sort of. [[spoiler: In order to prevent the fall of Olympus, he was jailed into the Domain of Death, the home of Thanatos and Erinys]].
* TookALevelInBadass: When Kratos finds him, he's a far cry from the weak boy deemed unfit for the Spartan army.
* [[spoiler: WeaponTombstone: The Arms of Sparta become his Tombstone.]]

!Castor & Pollux

The Gemini Twins who take on a grotesque Siamese-twin depiction in God of War Ascension, they are the prophets of the Time Oracle Alethia, but they have stolen her urn and the power that comes with it and now rule over her temple.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original Mythology, they were heroes who protected sailors and turned the weather in favour of those who made the appropriate sacrifice. In this, they are dictator-like prophets who stole authority from the Oracle whose temple they reside in, and they attempt to kill Kratos when he tries to force his way to the Oracle. Last but not least, they keep hapless slaves around the place whom they bully regularly.
* BadBoss: Very cruel slave drivers, see DisproportionateRetribution and JerkAss below.
* BodyHorror: Pollux is a severely atrophied man, conjoined to Castor's torso. Also, whilst the twins are very old (at least 80 something), they compensate for their age-induced unfitness when preparing to fight Kratos by using Oracle Alethia's time urn on themselves, causing them to graphically revert back to their more physically fit youth (probably 20s-30s)
* DisproportionateRetribution: When one of the slaves politely explains why he and the other slaves are struggling with their immense labour work:
-->Castor: ''YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK!!! (Murders the slave with his staff)''
* TheGiant: Castor is according to the Wiki for God of War roughly 8'8" tall, compared to Kratos' around 6'4". It's quite obvious, seeing as Kratos is roughly only up to his abdomen. And he's still not quite as tall as Hercules.
* HypocriticalHumor: Castor taunts Kratos by calling him an "arrogant fool", even though he's the one snobbishly accepting sacrifice for people who wish to see the Oracle and bullying his [[NoRespectGuy slaves]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Castor proves this to us when he uses the oracle's time urn on himself and his brother, making them younger and Castor looks vaguely similar to the God of War universe's Perseus.
* {{Jerkass}}: Castor at least, with the aforementioned DisproportionateRetribution, among other obvious mistreatment of all their slaves, who are obviously doing the best they can.
-->Castor: ''Worthless lot, pathetic! Every last one of them.''
* MadeOfIron: Pollux survives being graphically torn from his twin and then falling a mile, only dying when Kratos curb-stomps him. (Whilst Castor, the BIG, HEALTHY twin dies immediately from the fall)
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comic Book Characters]]

!Giant Arachnid

A monstruous, overgrown spider sent by someone (possibly the Olympians) in order to stop Kratos on his second trip to the secret Island where Ambrosia was kept. She's slain by the Spartan.

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* BerserkButton: She gets pissed when Kratos burns her eggs.
* GiantSpider
* KillItWithFire: How Kratos deals with her.
* NoNameGiven
* YouShallNotPass: Attempted and failed on Kratos.

!Herodius

The Champion of Poseidon, he's a brutal warlord from Thera island. Seeks the Ambrosia to cure his villagers.

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* AxCrazy: He's even worse than Kratos in this regard.
* BadassNormal: Despite his status as [[MakingASplash Poseidon]]'s champion, he has no otherwordly power whatsoever.
* BlindingBangs
* BloodKnight
* DualWielding
* EpicFlail
* EvilGloating: And Kratos [[CombatPragmatist smashes his skull while he's at it]].

!Pothia

Artemis' Champion from Keros. She's looking for the Ambrosia in order to cure the sterility of the women of her tribe.

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* AmazonBrigade: She leads one.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a long scar across her otherwise pretty face.
* [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Half The Woman She Used To Be]]: Kratos chops her in half.
* TheVamp: Tries to seduce Kratos when she becomes attracted to his strength. [[KilledOffForReal It doesn't end well.]]
* WarmUpBoss: Compared to the other Champions.

!Captain Nikos
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Nikos_4594.jpg

The Spartan captain sent to help Kratos with his men. It won't end well.

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* BadassNormal: He's a Spartan, after all.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Burnt along with his soldiers by a fiery rain send by Hades.
* CameBackWrong: He and his soldiers were reanimated as undead legionnairs.
* TheLancer: Briefly, to Kratos

!Danaus

Hermes' Champion, he needs Ambrosia to save the dying livestock of his village. Has power over animals. Is slain by Alrik.

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* TheBeastmaster
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Can summon and control his Roc birds.
* FlunkyBoss: He's followed by his villagers and a flock of Rocs.
* KnifeNut: Wields a large, falchion-like knife.
* OffWithHisHead: And his head is used to control the Rocs.

!Helios' Champion

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* {{Fireball}}: Can cast them with ease.
* InfernalRetaliation: He can spontaneously combust without any harm to himself (as he states).
* KillItWithWater: Kratos kills him by drowning him in a river.
* LightEmUp
* MakeMeWannaShout: One of his many powers is a curious, deafening pitch.
* NoNameGiven
* {{Pyromaniac}}: Uses his powers to burn down everything in his path.

!Gyges

One of the Hecatonchires and keeper of the Tree of Life from which Ambrosia is born.

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* AchillesHeel: [[spoiler: The Tree of Life.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: He's one of the largest beings in the whole series.
* EldritchAbomination
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: He's literally covered in eyes.
* GeniusLoci: He's the Island where Ambrosia is kept.
* [[spoiler: KillItWithFire: In order to keep Ambrosia away from Ares worshippers, Kratos burns the Tree of Life and Gyges with the Flame of Apollo.]]
* MacguffinGuardian
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
* MultiArmedAndDangerous

[[/folder]]

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