!!Aries Shion
* AdaptationDyeJob: Blond with green eyes in the manga.
* AnimalMotifs: The Ram.
* AscendedExtra: Appears for a couple of episodes [[spoiler: swhen he was resurrected for twelve hours by Hades]] and later on becomes one of the main characters in both Lost Canvas and Next Dimension.
* BackFromTheDead: Resurrected as Spectre in the Hades Saga.
** UndeathAlwaysEnds
* CallingYourAttacks
** '''Stardust Revolution''' : The attack summons stardust from stars and galaxies then throws million of blows instantly. It's well known that the attack has force of shooting stars and comets and obliterates an enemy with raw cosmos power.
** '''Crystal Wall''': Shion creates a transparent, glass-like barrier made of psycho-power, between him and an object. The wall is very durable, and has been shown to shield him against everything from normal cosmos attacks to poison scent and rebounding the attack back to the enemy with the same strength it was launched.
** '''Starlight Extinction''': It's a teleportation-based offensive technique, although it's essence relies not on destroying the opponent but on removing him from battle.[[AllThereInTheManual The Taizen implies this technique is his despite being only used by Mu]].
* EvilCounterpart: To both Mu and Dohko. [[spoiler: Subverted]]
* FacialMarkings
* FakeDefector: Yes, he wanted to kill Athena but not for the reason Hades thinks.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He is a close friend of Libra Dohko.
* HumanSubspecies: He's Lemurian.
* MentorOccupationalHazard / TheObiWan: To Bronze Saint. In the Hades Saga [[spoiler: Shion met with the Bronze Saints to tell them what had really happened between the Gold Saints and Athena. Shion instantly restored all four Saints' individual Cloths using the blood of Athena and, in his last act as the Grand Pope, Shion commanded the young Bronze Saints to invade the realm of the dead and stop Hades. At this point that Shion's restored body gave way, and the former Aries perished into dust]].
* OldMaster: Is the master of Aries Mu, who would eventually become the successor to the Gold Cloth of Aries.
* PsychicPowers: Shion is naturally gifted with great psychic powers that allow him to have control over telekinesis, telepathy and even teleportation.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Two Hundred Years Old]]
* RankUp: The {{Spin Off}}s revealed that he once was a Bronze Saint, Sculptor Shion; promoted to Ares Shion in time for the Holy War. After, he's promoted to Pope.
* SoleSurvivor: With Dohko from the last Holy War.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has green hair.
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!!Aries Mu
!!!Voiced By: Creator/KanetoShiozawa and Creator/TakumiYamazaki (JP)
* AdaptationDyeJob: Blond in the manga with light green eyes.
** In Hades arc he got his green eyes back ( different kind of green shade though) where in previous arc no one knows exactly what color his eyes are. Sometimes it's purple, and sometimes... blue. Who knows?
* AnimalMotifs: The Ram.
* {{Badass}}: In the Hades Saga he starts off against '''five''' dead Gold Saints.
** BadassCape
** BadassBaritone: In the Italian Dub, which can also lead to VocalDissonance.
** BadassPacifist: Shion commented that, due to Mu's pacifist nature, the first time he fought to kill his opponent is against Cancer Deathmask and Pisces Aphrodite.
* BarrierWarrior: '''Crystal Wall'''. Mu creates a transparent, glass-like barrier made of psycho-power, between himself and an object. The strength of the wall is dependent on Mu's cosmos level; at 100%, it is nearly unbreakable to almost all but Mu's mentor who taught him the technique, Aries Shion.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a nice guy, he's calm and polite but don't push this guy too hard or you'll take a Stardust Revolution right to your face.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Shiryu.
* CallingYourAttacks: The same ones as Shion.
** '''Crystal Net''': A variation of the technique ''Crystal Wall'' which creates a psycho-power made spider web. This web can refrain the movements of the targets that get in contact with it.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Not to Aphrodite's level but equal with Shaka, his AdaptationDyeJob also didn't help because its PINK!
* TheBlacksmith: Pretty much the only one who can ''fix'' Saint Clothes. But is necessary the blood of a saint.
* FacialMarkings: Two on his forehead.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Left Sanctuary due to the Pope.
* GuileHero: Not to Shaka levels, but he can still manipulate his enemies well when given the chance.
* HermitGuru: Introduced as a hermit that living in Jamir with the power to repair Cloths.
* HumanSubspecies: He's Lemurian.
* LastStand: Against Radamanthys at Hades' castle.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: To Kiki.
* NiceGuy: One of the most benevolent characters in the series, Mu is very supportive to the Bronze Saints and to Athena.
* OverrankedSoldier: Gold Saint at seven years old.
* PsychicPowers: From basic {{Teleportation}} to advanced [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], Mu is revered as a premiere psychic user among even those outside of Sainthood.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Named after Mu, theoretical lost continent that supposedly was in between Asia/Australia and the Americas.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has pink hair.
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!!Taurus Aldebaran
* AdaptationDyeJob: In his manga, Kurumada gave Aldebaran very long blonde hair. In the anime adaptation his hair was dark brown and since his back wasn't often visible, the length of his hair sometimes varied.
* AnimalMotifs: The Bull.
* BadassArmfold: His battle stance (with crossed arms) allowed him to attack and defend at the same time. See pic!
* TheBigGuy: The biggest Gold Saint-
** BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: He is usually hit with the WorfEffect just to prove a point how serious the menace ''du jour'' is. But while he was revealed to have survived in the anime {{Filler}} ''Asgard'' Arc, he went and bought the big one in the ''Hades'' Saga. [[spoiler:Though not without making his death a CrowningMomentOfAwesome due to a time-delayed TakingYouWithMe for the opponent who did him in, and who didn't even realize he was already a corpse until it was pointed out to him that he ''hadn't'' survived Aldebaran's final attack]].
* BigOlUnibrow: Has bushy eyebrows.
* BoisterousBruiser
* ButNotTooBlack: In the anime.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** '''Great Horn''': Consists on breaking his defensive posture and sends two waves of massive cosmo toward his enemy.
* DefiantToTheEnd
* EmotionalBruiser: Unlike most of the characters, Aldebaran is often depicted as a friendly guy, laughing and being less serious in times of peace.
* GentleGiant: In a flashback in the anime version of the Hades Saga, he is shown to awkwardly accept the gift of a flower from an unnamed small girl.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Against Seiya, Syd and [[spoiler: Bud]], Sorrento and [[spoiler: his killer, Deep Niobe]], essentially against everyone he ever fought. Though very much downplayed (see Worf Effect below).
* NiceGuy: When off-duty.
* OverrankedSoldier: Earned his Gold Cloth at age seven.
* StellarName: Aldebaran is one of the stars in the constellation of Taurus.
* TheWorfEffect: Played straight..... Or so it seems. After being first introduced, the poor guy was used as a benchmark for the strength and threat of the Asgard warriors in the Asgard arc and Spectres (Hades arc). However it is [[spoiler: averted when its revealed Syd did not land a single blow on Aldebaran and it took a sucker punch from Syd to KO the Taurus Saint, Sorrento and Niobe used hax spells to weaken Aldebaran stealthily before taking him headon. Sorrento admits that Aldebaran is so strong that had he fought Sorrento before he cast his weakening spell, Aldebaran would have won. Deep Niobe was quite pathetic in that despite killing Aldebaran, Aldebaran executed a final counterattack that KILLED NIOBE and was so powerful Niobe didn't even realize he was already dead.]]
* YouShallNotPass: Takes this to the extreme in Hades [[spoiler: with his body continuing to protect his House long after he has been killed]].
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!! [[spoiler: Gemini Kanon]]

See Characters/SaintSeiyaMariners

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!!Gemini Saga
* AdaptationDyeJob: Blonde in the Manga.
* AlasPoorVillain: Invoked by Dohko.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice if you count the movie, ''Legend of Crimson Youth'' movie.
** UndeathAlwaysEnds in the Hades Saga.
* {{BADASS}}: The strongest Gold Saints (with Shaka).
** BadassBaritone
* BigBad: Of the Sanctuary Arc.
* BrokenAce: Averted. He was considered the strongest saint of his generation and most possible candidate for succeding the Pope, but [[TheAce Aioros]] was chosen and his envy as well as [[spoiler: [[EvilTwin Kanon's]] [[HannibalLecture speech about how Saga is as evil as he is]]]] pushed him over the edge and allowed his [[SplitPersonalityTakeOver evil self]] to take over.
* CainAndAbel: Zigzatted. In the beginning, Kanon was evil and Saga was good, but Saga went insane for having a SuperpoweredEvilSide (coms with being the *Gemini* Saint, of all Gold Saints) and turned evil. Kanon *knew* his brother would become evil and used it to his advantage, staging an epic GambitRoulette that covers several arcs of the story (two in the manga, three in the anime), where Saga was the first BigBad and Kanon was the ManBehindTheMan from both him ''and'' his boss. However, later Kanon pulls a HeelFaceTurn and joins the good guys, while Saga turns evil... apparently..
* CallingYourAttacks:
** '''Another Dimension''': Opens an interdimensional portal that swallows his opponents to trap them between dimensions for all eternity.
** '''Galaxian Explosion''': Saga launches an attack of intense power that assimilates a miriad of planets and galaxies destroying everything on their path.
** '''Gen Rō Ma Ō Ken ''' (Demon Emperor's Illusion Fist): It consists on striking the mind of the victim turning him/her into a [[BrainwashedandCrazy killing machine]] and it only dissapears after the victim has murdered someone.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: What his ''Genrou Mao Ken'' will do to you. Poor Aiolia (and Hyoga's master in the anime).
* TheCaligula: In the anime. In the Manga he was able to mantain a ReasonableAuthorityFigure until [[FiveManBand seiya and co]]. forced him to take more drastic actions.
* DeadPersonImpersonation / KillAndReplace: He murder Shion and take his role as Pope.
* DrivenToSuicide: Manga only. He strikes at his heart (breaking through ''his Cloth'') with his bare hand.
** The anime took the same route, except that in this version Saga used Athena's rod]]
** DyingAsYourself: In the end he is happy that his dark side won't cause anymore trouble.
* EvilIsHammy: '''Specially''' in the LatAm and Brazilian Version.
* FallenHero: Before the evil side of Saga had taken control of him, Saga was one of the most beloved men of Greece, in fact, a favorite of the Pope after Aiolos.
* GoOutWithASmile: Before to die, his mind is purified and Saga's good personality came back once and for all. He died in the arms of Athena after asking her forgiveness for all of the evil things he did.
* KillAndReplace: Saga murderer Ares and take his role as NumberTwo to the Pope.
* [[LightningBruiser Lightning]] [[GeniusBruiser Genius Bruiser]]: Though being a Gold Saint this is pretty much a staple, THIS guy managed to manipulate the whole Sanctuary into believing he was protecting Athena and won himself a good amount of followers. And during the final battle [[spoiler: not even a [[AllYourPowersCombined concentrated attack]] of the [[FiveManBand 5 protagonists]] managed to actually hurt him and he had to [[DrivenToSuicide kill]] [[TooPowerfulToLive himself]]]]
* MarionetteMaster: Saga can control his Cloth at distance and uses his cosmic power to do so. Kanon used the same technique in Hades Arc.
* MasterOfIllusion: Easily one of most adept users along Shaka and Ikki. This is how he can duplicate his Temple, control his cloth far away from the battelfield and create an infinite maze in his temple which can trap his opponents for an eternity... unless someone breaks his concentration.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Seriously, do you really think you want to be hit by an attack called the ''Demon Emperor's Illusion Fist''? Answer: '''NO, YOU DON'T.'''
** Fun fact: In Latin America this attack is called EL SATAN IMPERIAL(the Imperial Satan). [[EvilLaugh Add tons of maniacal laughter while casting it]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: To [[TheHero Seiya]] and [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Ik]][[AloofBigBrother ki]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: His Galaxian Explosion [[AllThereintheManual is confirmed]] as the second most powerful attack, second only to the Athena Exclamation.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His evil-half in the Anime only.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: In the Hades Saga. He and the other resureccted Gold Saints was sent to the Sanctuary with the mission to make way for the real Specters and bring Hades the head of Athena. In fact they just wanted to apologize to Athena, and warn her about his armor, and only with her, Athena could defeat the Dark Lord]].
* SpaceMaster: As mentioned above '''Another Dimension''' opens an interdimensional portal that swallows his opponents to trap them between dimensions for all eternity.
** RealityWarper: {{Subverted}} See MasterofIllusion.
* TheStoic: His good-half during the Hades Saga.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide ''and'' SplitPersonalityTakeover.
** You can tell which side is in control [[GoodHairEvilHair if his hair is blue (good) or white (evil)]], or in the manga [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blond (good)]] and [[PaintItBlack black (evil).]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His SuperpoweredEvilSide believes himself to be one by taking control of earth instead of either [[GodisEvil Poseidon, Zeus or Hades]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: In the anime Saga has, normally, blue hair.
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!!Cancer Deathmask
* AnimalMotifs: The Crab.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice if you count the movie, ''Legend of Crimson Youth'' movie.
** UndeathAlwaysEnds: In the Hades Saga.
* BloodKnight: He loving to fight and then kill opponent. He does not care if accidentally kill women and children too.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: He believes that justice is not a real concept and is just a name given to the will of the stronger, since those with power can force their wills on the weak and call it fair.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: When Shiryu accused him of even killing little children he ''smirked'', shrugged and replied "Who knows? Maybe they were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
* CallingYourAttacks
** '''Seki Shiki Meikai Ha''' (Dark World Waves): It's an attack that allows Death Mask to remove the soul of his victim and send it to the Underworld. It takes the form of a spiral.
* CardCarryingVillain: Since his first appearance, he was depicted as a very sadistic and malevolent man who used his power as he wanted without bending to Athena's will.
* DubNameChange: Mephisto in the American translation of the manga.
* HeelFaceTurn: [spoiler: ''Much'' later in the story]].
* MightMakesRight
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: You didn't actually think his real name was [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathmask]], did you?
** Ironically either this name is his real name or not it can count as MeaningfulName not in literal way only, as it's a name of funeral tradition.
* {{Necromancy}}: On the walls of the his temple has the victims faces. Deathmask can freely travel from the living dimension to the Yomotsu Hirasaka, the entrance to the world of the dead, the anteroom of the afterlife, while his plunder carnal remains in the world of alive.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: In the Hades Saga, though very ''very'' later]].
* SecretKeeper: Is one the few Saints who knows the truth about the Pope Arles.
* SocialDarwinist: When he explain [[WrittenByTheWinners his]] [[MightMakesRight reasons]] to Dohko.
* WouldHurtAChild: And mount their faces/souls on the wall in his Temple.
* WouldHitAGirl: Tried to kill Shunrei.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Deathmask's entire cloth left his body. Obviously, the Gold Cloth of Cancer abandoned him due to his evil deeds and more importantly, because he completely forgot what true meaning of justice was.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has blue hair
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!!Leo Aioria/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aiolia]]
!!!Voiced By: Creator/HideyukiTanaka (JP)
* AdaptationDyeJob: In his manga, Kurumada gave Aiolia blonde hair. In the anime adaptation, due to a relative excess of yellow tones in Kurumada's design, Aiolia's hair color was modified to light brown to achieve a better color balance and contrast.
* AnimalMotifs: The lion.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleofAntiVillains TypeIV]]
* BigBrotherWorship: Even after he was framed as a traitor Aiolia always loved and respected his brother and [[HeroicVow promised he would become stronger than his brother]] [[TearJerker to clean his name.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Saga attack Aiolia with his "Genrou Mao Ken", allowing him to manipulate Aiolia's mind for kill the Bronze Saint.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When he was introduced he appeared as someone rational and wise. He ''is'' a NiceGuy, but also doubles as massively HotBlooded.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** '''Lightning Plasma''': It's a succesion of rapid fire punches that travel at the speed of light and end up creating a net of lighting that traps the opponent.
** '''Lightning Bolt''': A more concentrated version of the Lightning Plasma in which he launches a sphere of plasma towards the opponent.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Only in the manga.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: In ''Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeG'' and in the anime ''Anime/SaintSeiyaSoulOfGold''.
* HeelFaceTurn: Early in the story. During a mission he meets Athena/Saori Kido, the one he was supposed to protect; he understands the Pope had his brother framed and that he lied to him during 13 years. Aiolia doesn't need anymore reason to pull a HeelFaceTurn.
* HonorBeforeReason: After that Saori explains to Aiolia that she is the true reincarnation of Athena (and that the Pope has been lying about her death 13 years ago), Aiolia swears loyalty to Athena, but is still confused by the actions of the Pope. He decides to return to Sanctuary to question the Pope himself.
* HotBlooded: Aiolia is impetuous and has a hot spirit that incites him to action.
* LastStand: Against Radamanthys at Hades' castle.
* LightningBruiser: Literally. He is able to move at the speed of the light and idem his plasma energy attack.
* OverrankedSoldier: Gold Saint at seven years old.
* PlatonicLifePartners: To Marin, according to WordOfGod. The fandom had leaned more toward believing him to be her UnluckyChildhoodFriend, though. In a Q&A, Kurumada used Shion to answer questions about their relationship, and Shion even "said" [[ShipSinking Oh? I have never heard of that rumor.]] It's true that those two get along well, [[PlatonicLifePartners but it is just friendship like male bonding.]] Aiolia had to live [[SinsOfOurFathers under the disgrace of being a little brother of a traitor]], there are inconsiderate people out there who wants to spread rumors about him. I wouldn't pay too much attention to them. And [[MarriedToThejob the sole reason Saints exist is to protect the peace of this world]], [[CelibateHero as long as they have that reason, Saints must devote their mind and body to Athena which is the symbol of peace.]] Therefore, Sanctuary does not recoginze the love or marriage of a Saint but there are times when the life of one person to a Saint is more important than protecting the lives of the rest of the world. I have heard, in our long history, [[CareerVersusMan there are those who have decided to give up their rank as a Saint to protect that one person."]] [[GenreBlind Not very savvy]] [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls about the female side of the fandom]], that Kurumada.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Named after Aeolia, the home island of the wind god (Aeolus).
* PummelDuel: With Seiya given that their attacks are very similar.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Coupled with [[ShockandAwe lightning]]
* ShockandAwe: The "Episode G" gives Aiolia the power to generate electricity with his Cosmo (something said to be a power exclusive to the gods and able to kill them).
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!!Virgo Shaka
!!! Voiced By: Creator/YujiMitsuya (JP)
* AntiHero: Type IV
* AdaptationDistillation: Due to an erased scene of his first meeting with Ikki and other adjustments to fit this change, Shaka became a big arrogant jerk in The Sanctuary Arc. The anime scriptwriters seem to have a grudge against Shaka or something, [[spoiler: such as creating an episode where Shaka send his disciples to kill Ikki, not to mention cheating in that fight by helping his disciples when it's already a 2 against 1 fight.]] Thus this anime only event didn't help Shaka's image the slightest. This caused some fans who only watch anime wonder why Shaka seems to behave differently in Hades arc, as this arc followed Shaka's characterization from the manga closer.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Adverted. Shaka is indeed the only blond Gold saints who is saved from hair dye, and due to his EyesAlwaysShut it's not immediately obvious that he has green eyes in the manga, therefore Shaka still got an eye dye, so to speak, since his eyes were blue in the original TV series.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He takes out each of the Bronze Saints and then goes on to explain how his attack would kill them if he chose to go any further with it.
* '''''{{Badass}}''''': The most powerful of the Gold Saints and also the most badass. [[spoiler: In the Hades Saga he takes on Shura, Camus and Saga at the same time and wins EASILY. But because of his and Athena´s plan, he had to [[ILetYouWin let them win]] though.]]
* CallingYourAttacks
** '''Hāṃ''' (Kān): A defensive technique that creates a barrier that encircles Shaka's body
** '''Rikudō Rinne''' (Transmigration to the Six Path or Six Saṃsāra): Which Shaka uses to send his opponent to one of the six Dharma's rebirth realms which are: Gakikai (the realm of the preta), Jinkai (the realm of humans), Jigokukai (the realm of hell), Chikushōkai (the realm of beasts), Shurakai (the realm of the warring Asura) and finally Tenkai (the realm of heaven)
** '''Tenma Kōfuku''' (Demon Pacifier): Wich expands his cosmos as a huge blast.
** '''Tenkūhaja Chimimōryō''' (Heaven Supremacy on Evil Spirits of Rivers and Mountains) in which Shaka summons minor spirits and sends them against his enemies.
** '''Tenbu Hōrin''' (Treasures of Heavens), Shaka's most powerful attack. Is an offensive and defensive combined technique. Not only traps and defangs Shaka's victims, it also wipes out their five senses named as "Remove of the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th sense" (Dai Ikkan/Nikan/Sankan/Yonkan/Gokan Hakudatsu). Essentially reduces Shaka's victims to living corpses by stopping the main functions of the brain that allows the body to think, also called the 6th sense.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Inverted. He keeps his eyes closed to concentrate on ''limiting'' his power, and besides everyone knows he isn't blind anyway.
* DissonantSerenity: AND HOW. He's calm, soft-spoken, and ''utterly ruthless'' when fighting.
* TheDreaded: Heroes and villains alike have a healthy dose of fear for what Shaka is capable of.
** To put this into perspective, even [[spoiler:''Hades'']] had an OhCrap moment when Shaka prepared to deal with him.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Just don't [[MindRape tell him that]].
** It's mostly the long hair and how having his EyesAlwaysShut make his lashes look longer than they really are. so yeah, he looks kinda feminine, but not to Aphrodite levels.
** He is the Virgo Saint for crying out loud, and his temple called Temple of Maiden.
** Some of his fans nickname him barbie in their fanfics, and believe me if you can read spanish or portuguese fanfics you will find quite a lot that mention he looks like Barbie.
* EnlightenmentSuperpowers: He lives In a setting full of {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s but thanks to this is one of the most feared, dangerous adversaries imaginable. He can create deadly illusions that will MindRape enemies from ''miles'' away, send them to {{Hell}} (or {{Heaven}}!), destroy their senses rendering them [[ConvenientComa comatose]], and even [[ThanatosGambit be more dangerous dead than alive]]. It helps that he's the reincarnation of a Buddha.
* EyesAlwaysShut: And sweet merciful Athena, DON'T MAKE HIM OPEN THEM.
* FacialMarkings: A ''tilaka'' on his forehead.
* GuileHero: Isn't above manipulating his friends, fellow Saints and disciples as much as he manipulates his rivals.
* EvilCounterpart : To Shun. Both have "female" clothes [[spoiler:and both are reincarnations of gods]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Phoenix Ikki takes advantage of being hit by Shaka's Tenbu Hōrin, and with the removal of all his senses, he manages to work on his 7th sense and up-end Shaka in their fight.
* HonorBeforeReason: Shaka at the first glance is nothing like Shun, especially if you only watch the anime. But he somehow can fit in this category because ha CAN do it smartly and deal with the after effect.[[spoiler:Other characters in the manga say of Shaka, “although he is like a God, he still has a weakness. He is too compassionate.”]]and if any Saint Seiya's fans out there hear the latter part they would think it refer to Shun.
** He might be not as merciful as Shun but of all gold saints he is the only one who ever bother to refuse a fight and never got bored of [[spoiler: keep giving his enemies or opponents a chance to leave first. In manga he refusef Ikki's challenge in Death Queen Island, knocked the light out of him after warned him to not let the evil around him take control of his soul,and will kill Ikki only if he come before Shaka as enemy. When Shaka confronted Aiolia in Pope's chamber, he told Aiolia to the the HELL out (which actually ''was'' a good advice, but Aiolia was so pumped up that he didn't listen). Shaka openly ignored the Bronze saints who invade his temple, and attacked after Seiya attacked him first. He also gave Ikki a chance to give up the fight unharmed, [[GoodIsNotNice though he didn't ask it nicely.]] In Hades arc Shaka fully intended to kill all Specters that left when they entered his temple, but strangely later he told them to leave and killed them after they tried to attack him.]]
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: [[spoiler:For a few minutes, after receiving the Athena's exclamation. He manages to send a message to Athena and then search for a nice dying place under the trees]].
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Has long blonde hair.
* MasterOfIllusion: When he strikes, the enemy sees his glittering form against a breathtaking view of fantastic worlds and places within the Buddhist tradition; such illusions are a part of his technique in confusing and defeating opponents using something akin to psychological warfare.
* MeaningfulName: The historical Buddha was called “Sakyamuni”, meaning “sage of the Sakya clan”. The Japanese transliteration of “Sakya” is “Shaka”.
* MeditationPowerup: Is a brutal inversion, in that he meditates to ''limit'' his powers. Even his peers among the Gold Saints ''dread'' having to fight him for fear of him stopping his meditation to open his eyes. In the Hades arc, [[CrowningMomentofAwesome he fights three resurrected Gold Saints at the same time]][[spoiler: and he loses only because [[ThanatosGambit he allows them to.]] By the end of the fight, the Gold Saints have [[CurbStompBattle each lost four of their five senses and gotten beat up pretty bad.]]]]
* MindRape: So good at it that he is only one who can mind rape ''Ikki''.
* OverrankedSoldier: Gold Saint at seven years old.
* PhysicalGod: Because he is...
* {{Reincarnation}}: Of a Buddha. Not ''the'' Buddha, but ''a'' Buddha, since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhahood when a person becomes enlightened, his consciousness escapes the cycle of reincarnation]]. The dub changes this to him being ''the'' Buddha, [[DubInducedPlotHole which results in]] him talking to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha Siddhartha Gautama]] as a kid while in Hades.
* SuicideByCop: To trigger his...
* ThanatosGambit: In the Hades arc. [[spoiler: He loses to Saga, Camus and Shaka only because he allows them in order to enter the underworld undetected.]]
* TranquilFury: In the few times he gets pissed.
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: What he does to any specter that crosses his path and [[BadAss IT IS AWESOME]]!
* WhatIsEvil: His "many justices exist" speech has undertones of this.
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!!Libra Dohko
* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: Averted, as he's just following orders he had received from Athena in the previous holy war -- To watch, and prepare for the time the new holy war would begin.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Black hair in the manga, but dark brown in the anime.
* AnimalMotifs: Uunusual is that his symbolic creature, seen when his draws his full power, is neither the Libra nor a dragon, but a tiger.
* BadassBeard
* BadassTeacher
* CallingYourAttacks: He trained Shiryu, so obviously has the same attacks.
** '''Rozan Hyakuryu Ha''' (Mount Lu One Hundred Dragons Force): Dohko's powerful ultimate attack. It takes the form of one hundred dragons, that kill the opponent.
** '''Rozan Shō Ryū Ha''' (Rising Dragon Punch): Dohko maximum intensifies his cosmos and gives a blow with his fist or kick, the upward energy is comparable to the image of a majestic dragon which rises in the sky.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Didn't trust the Pope AT ALL.
* HermitGuru: Face it, they hired Yoda to play him.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Shion.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Was a gorgeous DarkSkinnedRedhead when young. [[spoiler: And he still ''is'']].
** TallDarkAndHandsome: His hair was black in the manga.
* MeaningfulName: Dohko means "great tiger". And he has a tiger tatoo on his back.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: To Shiryu.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: With [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation purple skin]] no less.
* MultiMeleeMaster: He carries around something like six couple of various weapons (including shields, spears and flails) and can share them with the other Gold Saints.
* OldMaster: To Shiryu until [[Spoiler: the Hades Saga]].
* ParentalSubstitute: To both Shiryu and Shunrei, an orphan girl he took on his care.
* PsychicPowers: Dohko has shown some telekinetic abilities as well as telepathy in his old form.
* PutOnABus: During most of Hades: Inferno until the very end. His final appearance was along with his fellow Gold Saints to break the Wailing Wall.
* RankUp: The {{Spin Off}}s revealed that he once was a Bronze Saint, Dragon Dohko; promoted to Libra Dohko in time for the Holy War.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Two Hundred Years Old]]: Thanks to Misopheta-menos: A gift from Athena herself. It slows down Dohko's metabolism in order to extend his life span for various generations.
* SleepModeSize: The Misopheta-menos has been in powersaving mode for centuries... until the beginning of Hades' saga. Then he goes from an quiet Old Master to a very handsome and very powerful Gold Saint.
* TeamDad: Dohko wasn't able to help directly the Bronze Saints, but sent his Gold Cloth to Shiryu so he could free Cygnus Hyoga from Aquarius Camus' Freezing Coffin. He also saved Shunrei from drowning when Cancer Deathmask struck her with a telekinetic attack as a gesture to taunt Shiryu.
* TigerVersusDragon: Subverted. He is the master of Shiryu, and the one who taught him all of his Dragon attacks, which he of course can masterfully execute himself. However, his zodiacal sign is Tiger and he bears a tattoo depicting one, the same way Shiryu does. Interestingly, the Libra Saint is usually described as the "point of equilibrium" of the Gold Saints. It is quite obvious by the fact that he is one of the most badass of the characters that Dohko has achieved the perfect balance between Dragon and Tiger and that he draws enormous strength from it.
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!!Scorpio Milo
* AdaptationDyeJob: In manga, Kurumada gave Milo blonde hair. In the anime Milo's hair color was modified to blueish purple.
* AnimalMotifs: Scorpion.
* CallingYourAttacks
** '''Restriction''': Milo uses his Cosmo energy to stop the movements of his opponents.
** '''Scarlet Needle/Scarlet Stinger (US dub)''': Milo launches a crimson needle to 14 parts of the body to poison opponents, make them bleed, and scream in pain, losing their 5 senses in the process. The attack is impossible to divert or defend against. Each needle represents one of the stars of the Scorpio constellation. He can shoot however many needles he wants at the same time up to 14 and even in multiple targets. The holes of the needles draw a miniature of the Scorpio constellation on the body of the victim.
** FinishingMove: '''Scarlet Needle Antares''': The final attack of the Scarlet Needle and the main point of Scorpio. If the rival has not yet been defeated after 14 Scarlet Needles, Milo uses Antares. Whoever receives 14 Scarlet Needles and Antares will die.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: One of the few characters in shonen that can gloat about changing sides after defeating the heroes and not after being defeated.
* GoodIsNotNice: In the Hades Sanctuary OVA when he tested the loyalty [[spoiler: of Kanon.]]
* HeelRealization: Upon seeing Hyoga's determination, Milo admitted his defeat and, after he stopped Hyoga's bleeding, he allowed him to go to the next House.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Since Milo fought Hyoga, he spoke to Aquarius Camus in a way that led the fans to believe they were close friends. Indeed, he and Camus are depicted as friends in "Episode G".
* KickTheDog: What he did in [[spoiler: Andromeda Island, but only in the anime]].
** WouldHurtAChild (anime only): [[spoiler: Most of the trainees that were killed on the island were children.]]
* KnightTemplar: He sees great importance in the pride of the Gold Saints and seems to be always ready to clean the name of his companions. Even so, he is a noble warrior who can admit defeat even against a weaker or inferior enemy.
* OverrankedSoldier: Earned his Gold Cloth at age seven.
* LastStand: Against Radamanthys at Hades' castle.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Camus Blue.
* RightMakesMight: Averted. He actually BEATS Hyoga, but lets him pass because Milo realizes at the end of the fight that Hyoga was fighting on a level ''higher'' than him and the only reason he won was his Gold Cloth.
* SecretKeeper: In the anime, he knew [[spoiler: his old friend Aquarius Camus's real motivations]] and fought Hyoga because of this.
* SlasherSmile
* SpeedBlitz: Milo's demonstration to Seiya and Shiryu about how the Light Speed of Gold Saints is more advanced than the Bronze Saints' Mach 1.
* ToThePain: His techniques can inflict ''lots'' of suffering and pain on his rivals.
** Case in Point, it only took a single needle to leave Seiya and Shiryu almost agonizing in pain. Hyoga took ''several'' of these, and was one needle away from dying.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has purple hair.
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!!Sagittarius Aiolos
!!! Voiced By: Creator/YusakuYara (JP)
* TheAce: Aiolos always was a paradigm of righteousness, seen as the perfect Saint and one of the two Gold Saints who could succeed Aries Shion as the next Pope of Sanctuary and the chosen one.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Twice, he was blond in the manga, had brown hair in the flashbacks of the main series and black hair [[spoiler: in his brief return in the hades OVA]].
* ArcherArchetype: Subverted. Despite Sagittarius Cloth is armed with a bow and a golden arrow (one of strongest weapon of the series), he use aven normal energy ball attack.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Aiolia [[spoiler: and to Seiya, ''from beyond the grave'']].
* CallingYourAttacks
** '''Atomic Thunderbolt''': Aiolos shoots a massive amount of energy balls with some electric charge. It's only showed in the Anime
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: [[spoiler: While Shion made an appearance during the Hades Saga, surprisingly, Aiolos didn't appear till the Wailing Wall]].
* DarkSkinnedBlond: In the manga.
* DefiantToTheEnd: He die, but save the infant reincarnation of Athena and ran in Mitsumasa Kido. Aiolos begged the elder Kido to become Athena's new guardian, and explained to him the travesty that had taken place at the Sanctuary. Along with other secrets, Kido learned about the existence of Athena's Saints and their Cloths. Without him the bad guys would have won.
* ImprobableAge: Died at ''14''.
** YoungerThanTheyLook: And he looked around 20 when he kicked it.
* [[{{Hachimaki}} Martial Arts Headband:]] His characteristic red headband.
* LightEmUp
* PosthumousCharacter: He died before the main story began. Despite his condition, Aiolos managed to help the main characters many times sending his cloth to aid them.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Also named after the Greek God of wind.
* PursuedProtagonist: How he saves baby Athena.

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!!Capricorn Shura
!!!Voiced by: Creator/KojiTotani(1986-2004 JP), Creator/TakeshiKusao (2005 JP)
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Has Excalibur in his arms... ''and legs!!!''
* AnimalMotifs: Goat
* CallingYourAttacks
** '''EXCALIBUR!!!''': Wich allows Shura to cut everything and anything on range.
** '''Jumping Stone''': A counter technique in which Shura grabs the opponent with his legs and propells him/her into the air.
* HeroicSacrifice: Shiryu decides to use his more powerful and suicide attack (the "Rozan Kō Ryu Ha") to bring both in outer space and disappear together. During the ascent to the sky, they have a brief exchange that finally convinced Shura of the goodness of the Dragon, deciding to save his life giving his armor in order to get him back on Earth.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Truly ''epic'' ones.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath / VillainsDyingGrace: Shiryu launches them both into orbit as a mutual kill. He has a HeelRealization and saves Shiryu from becoming space dust, dying in the process.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: In the Hades Saga. He and the other resureccted Gold Saints was sent to the Sanctuary with the mission to make way for the real Specters and bring Hades the head of Athena. In fact they just wanted to apologize to Athena, and warn her about his armor, and only with her, Athena could defeat the Dark Lord]].
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: in the Hades Saga.
* UndyingLoyalty: In the Anime.[[spoiler: He always thought he was following Athena's will when he was being played by the Pope, then played straight in the Hades Saga]].
** Irony: However, in the original Manga, [[spoiler: he's one of the 3 Gold Saints - along with Deathmask and Aphrodite - who allied themselves with Saga, though he's the only one to realise his mistakes before dying.]]
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!!Aquarius Camus
!!! Voiced By: Creator/RokuroNaya (1986-2004 JP), Creator/NobutoshiCanna (2005 JP)
* AdaptationDistillation: Due to the Crystal Saint being Hyoga's teacher, Camus came off as more of a one-dimensional jerk in the anime.
** Not really, if you recall his two CryCute moments. It was more of a JerkAssFacade.
* AdaptationDyeJob: He was a redhead in the manga, but the anime gave him dark blue hair.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice if you count the movie, ''Legend of Crimson Youth'' movie.
** UndeathAlwaysEnds]] in the Hades Saga.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** '''Diamond Dust''': He sends bursts of cosmos into the air to cool it (possibly to draw air moisture) before unleashing a focus burst of cosmos that will freeze his opponents.
** '''Freezing Coffin''': This is a technique used to lock a body inside a block of ice.
** '''Aurora Execution''': It is the supreme secret ice technique and Camus most powerful attack. His Cosmos becomes glacial stream that reaches a temperature of -273 ° C.
* EvilCounterpart: To Hyoga [[spoiler: {{Subverted}} painfully, it was a JerkAssFacade]]
* FieryRedhead: Averted in the manga. Quite literally, too, since not only does he preach emotional detachment, but his powers are based on ice too.
* FrenchJerk: See the IDidWhatIHadToDo entry.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Happens the first time he uses his Aurora Execution against Hyoga.
* JerkassFacade: Towards Hyoga. It doesn't end well.
* HumanPopsicle: His freezing coffin.
* KnightTemplar: Camus is a cold looking Saint, since he believes the Gold Saint, as the strongest among Athena's guards, should never show exasperation or it would draw the people into despair.
* AnIcePerson: Camus, unlike the other Gold Saints, specialized his Cosmo energy not in create power by the movement of atoms, but by stopping the same movement. Due to this, his power consists not in destroying the matter, but in freezing it.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Hyoga did not take it well when [[spoiler: Camus sent Natasha's ship to the bottom of the sea to force him focus.]] To be fair, he wasn't happy about that either.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: To Hyoga in the manga. He die fighting him and commented that he was pleased that Hyoga was able to reach such a level of power and activate his Seventh sense, because he battled believing in himself, Athena, and his friends.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Albert Camus, a French author (...who was himself a Scorpio).
* OverrankedSoldier: Earned his Gold Cloth at age seven.
* RapunzelHair: It extended past his knees at times.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: In the Hades Saga. He and the other resureccted Gold Saints was sent to the Sanctuary with the mission to make way for the real Specters and bring Hades the head of Athena. In fact they just wanted to apologize to Athena, and warn her about his armor, and only with her, Athena could defeat the Dark Lord]].
* SecretKeeper: In the manga, he reveals that he actually knew that the Pope wasn't working under Athena's will, but he still kept working under his orders to fulfill his role as the Aquarius Gold Saint.
* SugarAndIceGuy: Specially in the anime.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: He has red nails in manga that match his red hair. The official reason Kurumada ever come up with is because Aquarius represents Ganymede, an androgynous figure from Greek mythology. And maybe why yaoi fangirls think he is an HoYay character in Saint Seiya second only to his disciple and Andromeda Shun. And Hades arc help this with AdaptationDistillation. [[spoiler: in manga it's Saga who Milo helped to walk to Main Temple but in anime it's Camus complete with scene where Milo was crying as choking him.]] And their yaoi fangirls squee
* TheWorfBarrage: His ice coffin. Although he commented not even the combined strength of all 12 Gold Saints could break this, Shiryu broke it with the Lybra sword, Hyoga destroyed it by creating a temperature lower than that of the coffin and Minos by outright punching it.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Blue-ish green.
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!!Pisces Aphrodite
!!! Voiced By: Creator/KeiichiNanba
* AnimalMotifs: Fish
* BackFromTheDead: Twice if you count the movie, ''Legend of Crimson Youth'' movie.
** UndeathAlwaysEnds in the Hades Saga.
* BeautyMark: Under the left eye.
* BeautyIsBad: Gemini Saga once stated that Aphrodite's beauty was the greatest among Athena's Saints as his cruel nature.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: His reaction in the manga when Shun confronted him about murdering his Master.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** '''Royal Demon Rose''': Aphrodite uses red roses as a projectile. When struck by the thorns on the roses or smelling their fragrance, the target would be poisoned until they slowly lost their 5 senses and fell into a sweet aroma of death. The red roses can also create a dense red mist to cover the entire place and hide his position.
** '''Piranhan Rose''': Aphrodite uses black roses as a projectile. Upon impact, they can break anything within their reach. The power of this technique is high enough to reduce to dust a Bronze Cloth recently strengthened by Aries Mu.
** '''Bloody Rose''': Aphrodite uses one or more white roses as a projectile. It strikes at the opponent's chest, and drains all blood from their heart. As the white rose draws blood, it eventually becomes red. This is Aphrodite's strongest attack.
* DeadlyGas: The effect of the garden of roses on the stairs behind his temple.
* DefiantToTheEnd
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Due of his physical aspect and his zodiac sign, Aphrodite could be mistaken for a female.
* FlechetteStorm: With his roses.
* FlowerMotifs
** PetalPower: He filled the stairs behind his temple with poisonous roses so, even if he lost, Seiya and Co. wouldn't reach their goals. [[spoiler: Too bad Marin derails his plans, though to be fair he didn't have any way to know she'd show up there.]]
** SomethingAboutARose: Aphrodite's main power remains on his ability to manipulate his Cosmo energy in order to create different kinds of roses that he can freely brandish.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His manga incarnation.
* MightMakesRight: Aphrodite is depicted as a man who believes the power is the only way to keep the order and assure the justice. Subscribing to this theory, he believes the stronger is allowed to rule over the weak.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Until the Hades Saga.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love.
** GenderBlenderName: Depite be a male, is named as a goddess.
* ShesAManInJapan: The original Spanish dub protrayed him as a female. Newer dubs portray him as a male.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Only in the Anime. In the manga, despite his incomparable beauty, Aphrodite is not narcissistic.
* PoisonousPerson: His roses.
* SissyVillain: Especially true in his depiction in the Legend of Crimson Youth movie where it rivals Misty's famous nude scene.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: A lighter shade than usual.
** CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Has eye and hair of same colour.
* YouKilledMyFather: Shun's master, Daidalos/Albiore.