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->''Greek legend tells of the heroic Perseus, who severed the head of the monstruous Medusa. From the spilled blood sprang Pegasus, the magnificently winged sacred horse. Pegasus then took flight into the Heavens and become a constellation...''
->''For sure, humans witnessed and became a part of the gods' wars. However, there were times Athena had to leave the battefield, so she left it in the care of brave, young men. There men came from all over the Earth, and were the epitome of true courage and power. They didn't use normal weapons, for their own bodies were weapons. Their fists were known to rend the Heavens and their kicks to crack the earth. The ages tell that wicked times would inevitably come again, and that the saints will be the warriors of hope.''

Staple manga and later anime during TheEighties by MasamiKurumada, and [[GenreLaunch launcher]] of the "pretty boys in armor" subgenre of shonen fighting manga/anime (shows that followed it include ''YoroidenSamuraiTroopers'', ''TenkuuSenkiShurato'', and even ''MobileSuitGundamWing'' if you replace "armor" with "mecha"). It tells the story of [[FiveManBand five friends]] who serve the reincarnation of the goddess Athena, Saori Kido, in her quest to reclaim her place as ruler of the Saints, a group of warriors themed after the WesternZodiac and pretty much every charted constellation.

Each saint gets a suit of armor that can transform from a sculpture of their signature constellation into functional battle armor. There are three grades of armor, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with each grade being [[ElementalCrafting far more powerful and resilient]] than the last. Each armor is also an EmpathicWeapon and has some amount of choice in who wears it and whether they deserve to use it, as well as at least one special property.

The [[FiveManBand five core cast]] members are:
* '''Seiya''': The Pegasus Saint [[BeamSpam (Light]], [[RapidFireFisticuffs Energy)]] - TheLeader who often succeeds thanks to ThePowerOfFriendship. Brash and loyal to a fault, though all his friends never give up, he's so HotBlooded that he often is the most capable of pulling off HeroicResolve. Often veers into TooDumbToLive territory, and is almost as hard as Ikki to kill.
* '''Shiryu''': The Dragon Saint [[MakingASplash (Water)]] - TheLancer, and TheRival to Seiya at first. Despite his tendency to become blind in battles[[note]]Only to later [[ThrowingOffTheDisability get better]][[/note]], he is one of the stronger fighters, not to mention [[GeniusBruiser the smartest one]] along with Ikki. Usually [[HighPressureBlood bleeds at least]] a [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank quart of blood]] per fight.
* '''Hyoga''': The Cygnus Saint [[AnIcePerson (Ice)]] - TheQuietOne and sort of TheSmartGuy, despite being a more-or-less devout Christian wholeheartedly helped Athena... yeah, good thing the setting was into CrossoverCosmology. Also notorious for his Oedipus complex.
* '''Shun''': The Andromeda Saint [[VariableLengthChain (Chains]], Wind and [[PureEnergy Energy)]] - TheChick ([[DudeLooksLikeALady and yes, he's a guy]]), also had perhaps the most destructive power of the core five, [[ReluctantWarrior and the most restraint on using it]]. He doesn't snap very often, but when it ''does'' happen, ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes SNAP]]'' he does.
* '''Ikki''': The [[ThePhoenix Phoenix]] Saint [[PlayingWithFire (Fire]], Rebirth, {{Hell}}) - The Loner in the LonersAreFreaks sense, and SixthRanger (er, fifth?). Shun's over-protective older brother and BigBad in the first arc. Most likely to use CoolAndUnusualPunishment and FateWorseThanDeath with his [[MindRape psychic attacks]]. Also, possibly [[{{Immortality}} immortal]]/unkillable; kill him and he'll keep on coming [[StayingAlive back...]] and [[DeathIsCheap back... and back...]]..to make matters even better, [[CameBackStrong he comes back STRONGER]].

The first arc is the Sanctuary Arc. [[TheOjou Saori Kido]], heiress to a vast empire, holds special games to see which among the bronze saints deserves the Sagittarius Gold Cloth: an armor so powerful it is considered to confer the power of a WeaponOfMassDestruction to [[PersonOfMassDestruction its wearer]]. Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga and Shun (among others) meet there [[LetsYouAndHimFight to fight]] for it, but before the winner can be decided the Gold Cloth is stolen away by the Black Saints, renegade saints led by Ikki.

The story in the anime and manga differs considerably following Ikki's defeat, but it centers in the Bronze Saints facing several other saints sent by the Sanctuary with orders to kill them (and in the anime only, recover the [[MacGuffin Sagittarius Cloth helmet]], the only part of the Cloth the good guys were able to keep). Midway through the battles against the [[RankInflation Silver Saints]], it is revealed that Saori is the reincarnation of Athena and leadership of Sanctuary is hers by right, which at the time is under control of the nefarious Pope (no, not [[ThePope that one]]), who wants her dead so he can claim her position as protector of the Earth. Eventually Saori and all the Bronze Saints decide to challenge the Pope directly, and [[StormingTheCastle travel to the Sanctuary]]. Due to some treachery, Athena/Saori is hit by an arrow powerful enough to fell a god in twelve hours... time which the Saints must use to [[BossRush defeat]] the other ''eleven'' Gold Saints and use the shield on the statue of Athena to save their goddess from death.

Later arcs tend to follow this form, with a series of fights to reach the offending god or mortal intent on bringing about a worldwide calamity while working under a time limit, failure leading to Athena's death or the destruction of the world. These arcs were Asgard, Poseidon, Hades, and Heaven. Both the last are ongoing.

Wishing to repeat their success with ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the series was licensed and dubbed in English as ''Knights Of The Zodiac'' (which is actually the name the series has in most of the world outside Japan) by Creator/DICEntertainment and shown on Creator/CartoonNetwork, but the plot and characters [[{{Macekre}} didn't receive very good treatment]], and it wasn't very popular, and only 32 of the 40 dubbed episodes aired. Creator/ADVFilms would later re-release the series on DVD with a new, much more faithful dub (note the page image), however their dub suddenly haulted at episode 60, the last episode DiC had sub-licensed to them, and the series remained in limbo for years after. However, outside the States it was IMMENSELY popular. In Latin America, in particular, ''Los Caballeros del Zodiaco/Os Cavaleiros do Zodí­aco'' has a raging {{Fandom}} up to this day, and the series is re-run constantly. Part of this is attributed [[SuperlativeDubbing to its phenomenal dub]] and respect for the source material. And in Europe it's not slouch either, specially France and Spain, where even to this day the manga sells by the crap loads.

And it turns out that an OVA telling of ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' is being produced and entered its second season in 2011. In the meantime, we recommend another of Kurumada's works, ''Anime/BtX.''

Right now, ''SaintSeiyaEpisodeG'', ''SaintSeiyaNextDimension'' and ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas Gaidens'' are still being released in manga form.

The series has had several VideoGame adaptations:
* A 1987 {{Platform|Game}}-slash-{{RPG}} hybrid called ''VideoGame/SaintSeiyaOugonDensetsu'' for the [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]], which received a 1988 sequel for the same system and a 2003 VideoGameRemake for the WonderSwan Color. They all cover ([[CompressedAdaptation in varying degrees of accuracy]]) the Sanctuary/Twelve Temples Saga.
* ''Saint Paradise - Saikyou no Senshitachi'', a pure {{RPG}} with cute SuperDeformed sprites released for the GameBoy in 1992, which covers all the way up to the Poseidon Saga.
* Two PlayStation2 {{Fighting Game}}s based on the Sanctuary and the Hades Saga, ''Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle'' released in 2005, and ''Saint Seiya: The Hades'' released in 2006.
* One of the most bizarres: ''Saint Seiya Typing Ryuseiken'', released in 2003 for PC, is a turn-based Japanese-only ''typing game''.
* A ''DynastyWarriors'' spinoff called ''Saint Seiya Senki/Chronicles'' for PlayStation3 released in 2011, by both Bandai Namco and Dimps.
* Another PS3 ''DynastyWarriors''-styled game (but now including a versus fighting mode), ''Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers'' was released in 2013 in all regions, surprisingly including America this time. Covers the basics of all three main Sagas.
* ''Saint Seiya Omega: Ultimate Cosmos'', a 2012 FightingGame based off [[Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega the 2012 Anime spin-off]] for the PlayStationPortable.

In Jump Festa 2011 a new movie was announced, originally planned to be released in 2013, ''Anime/SaintSeiyaLegendOfSanctuary'', will be released in June 2014, done in full [[AllCGICartoon 3D animation]]. Its theme song, ''Hero,'' is composed and performed by Music/YoshikiHayashi as a part of Music/VioletUK.

In Spring 2012, an anime spinoff, ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'' debuted that takes place twenty five years after the original.

Creator/DiscotekMedia licensed the first four ''Saint Seiya'' movies and released them in Japanese with English subtitles (whether they'll release the fifth film remains to be seen), while Cinedigm is planning a new DVD-release of the original anime covering the entire Sanctuary Arc (little is known about this release other than that).

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!!'''Manga/SaintSeiya''' provides examples of:
* TheAbridgedSeries: Currently done by French fans which turns out to be the [[http://cdz-serie-abregee.over-blog.com/ first French abridged series.]]
** On the site, there are transcripts for each episode so if you don't speak French, you can copy that and translate it.
*** [[SaintSeiyaAbridged Now has its own page.]]
** There's also a [[http://www.youtube.com/user/doespaco Brazilian abridged series]], with nine episodes so far.
** There's even a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f77z-Uy-hbQ Nostalgia Critic mash-up]] comparing both English dubs.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Shura's Excalibur can cut through flesh, armor... dimensions.
** But not through Camusīs Freezing Coffin (at least not in the original Sanctuary arc)
* AchillesHeel: When Shiryu unleashes the Rozan Shoryu Ha, his defense wide open for a small second - and if you hit him ''there'', he's as good as dead. When Seiya points that out in the tournament, Shiryu freaks out.
** Anime-only god warrior Alpha Siegfried shares his Achilles' heel with his namesake from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''-- he slays a dragon and [[BloodBath bathes in its blood]], making himself immortal, but at that very moment a tiny leaf falls on his back (coincidentally over his heart), preventing that bit of skin from being touched by the blood, and therefore making that spot the only part of his body that can be dealt a mortal blow.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The hair colors in the manga tend to be realistic, whereas the ones in the anime range between green, pink, purple and other funky colors.
* AllMythsAreTrue / CrossoverCosmology: Saori/Athena and her fellow Greek Gods have various other mythological pantheons' heroes or figures as servants or rivals, and their followers are completely free to worship competing religions. For example...
** Shaka Virgo is a reincarnation of a Buddha and quite capable of mopping the floor with just about any opponent. In the English dub, [[DubInducedPlotHole there is a translation error that stated he was ''the Buddha'' and not ''a Buddha''.]]
** Capricorn Shura has the legendary sword Excalibur in his arm (not literally, more like it's spirit) allowing him to cut ''anything''.
** [[GrimUpNorth Far up North]], a whole culture lives in worship of Odin, led by [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Hilda]] (name comes from Brunnhilde, the strongest of the Valkyries) and her sister Freya (name was taken from the Goddess of beauty and love). Odin's Asgardian God Warriors (named after Norse mythological figures) had a patron star in the Ursa Major constellation.
** Hyoga was nominally Christian (he sometimes explains the basics of Christianity to his fellow Saints), and one OVA movie had the saints fight [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]]. (This one is not actually canon though.)
** Poseidon's Generals are each patterned after an ocean, so you have typical Greek water demons as well as Kraken Isaac from the Arctic Ocean and Chrysaor Krishna from the Indian Ocean.
** To sum it up, we have [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Shaka is reincarnation of Buddha, one of the movies features the Saints fending off Satan, Norse Mythology, etc. While it is odd, Kurumada simply puts this stuff in because he thinks its cool.
--> ''I like horror and ghost stories quite a bit. I get excited when people tell me about frightening experiences they've had or supposedly true encounters with ghosts. Just as I don't believe in gods or Buddha, I don't really believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits. But the beauty of a great story lies in that logic-defying ineffability. That's the fun of it.''
---> '''MasamiKurumada, ''Knights of the Zodiac: Vol 23'' (1990)'''
* AlmostKiss: Seiya and Saori, Seiya and Miho, and some fans will even say Hyoga and Shun from the [[HoYay infamous House of Libra scene]].
* AlphaBitch: Saori, when she was a kid. [[CharacterDevelopment She grew out of it, though]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English dub received a new theme song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpxrsEAIMT4 "I Ran"]] by BowlingForSoup (well, covering AFlockOfSeagulls, but yeah).
** And who can forget the European intro, originally made for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqAkCLy_GOA France]] and its Spanish translation, used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fiPVeuaxXk Spain and Latin America]]
* AnIcePerson: Hyoga, any of his masters (Camus or the anime-only Crystal Saint) and his RivalTurnedEvil Kraken Isaac.
* AndIMustScream: What happens when Cancer Deathmask kills you and enslaves your soul.
* AndTheRest: Hilarious example in episode 27. Shaina and two Silver Saints ambush the heroes.
** '''Shaina''': I'll deal with Seiya. You can look after... the others.
** '''Shiryu and Shun''' (indignantly and at unison): Who are you calling ''the others''?
* AnimatedArmor
* AnimeThemeSong
** First Season Opening (Galaxy Tournament Arc to 12 Houses Arc): Pegasus Fantasy.
*** Di C Dub opening and closing : I Ran (BowlingForSoup version)
** First Season Ending: Blue Forever
** Second and Third Season Opening (Asgard Arc to Poseidon Arc): Soldier Dream.
** Second and Third Season Ending: Blue Dream
** Hades Sanctuary Opening: Chikyuugi
** Hades Sanctuary Ending: Kimi to Onaji Aozora
** Hades Inferno & Elysion Opening: Megami no Senshi Pegasus Forever
** Hades Inferno Ending: My Dear
** Hades Elysion Ending: Kami no del Regno
* AntiVillain: Several of the Golden Saints, as well as some of the Asgard Warriors. See the entry for details.
* ArmorIsUseless: Variation. Sometimes armors are ''vital'' in the fighting strategies, sometimes they can be destroyed and nothing happens. It doesn't seem to matter a lot of the time what order your Cloth is, either - see immediately below. More than a few Silver Saints had their cloths completely shattered by Bronzes they'd spent the whole episode kicking around, too.
** This becomes certainly amusing when Shiryuu cuts through the Capricorn armor... with his bare hand, because he'd been stripped off his armor by Shura. Rule of thumb: If the bronze saints' armors are still intact and in their normal shape, the fight's nowhere near over yet.
** By the end of the series, helmets become useless. Everyone's helmet is either broken, lost in a fight or simply not used ([[RuleOfCool because they look cool that way]]).[[spoiler:Athena has hers for a single page and then loses it when Hades strikes her shield.]]
* ArtEvolution: Justified. See PromotedFanboy entry.
* ArtifactTitle: Not on the original series itself, mind you, where Seiya always played an important role; but the subsequent spin-offs / prequels, don't always feature him, examples include ''The Lost Canvas'' and ''Episode G'', (OK, ''The Lost Canvas'' is about his previous incarnation, but still...)
** Funnily enough, the international title, ''Knights of the Zodiac'', always stays relevant because it applies to all the Athena's Saints / Knights.
* ArtisticAge / ImprobableAge: The main cast's age average is ''14!''
** The animators of the anime themselves seem to have forgotten about this fact since at one point Hyoga is shown driving a car.
** And don't let us get to Ikki's flashbacks in which he's seen carrying Shun, ''as a baby'', in his arms! And that's supposing Ikki is 15 and Shun is 13!!!
** At one point Kurumada himself might have forgotten how old he set his characters are,[[spoiler: it get bizzare when Julian Solo who is Poseidon's vessel proposed Saori aka Athena. Julian was celebrating his 16th birthday that time and Saori was 13 years old. Noted loooong time ago in Japan's feudal era it was possible but surely it was not when Kurumada write this story.]]
*** Mmmm... Technically speaking, [[spoiler: Julian ''can'' ask Saori for marriage at that age.]] Thing is, [[spoiler: in Japan a minor can only accept a marriage proposal ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_law_in_Japan with the consent of at least one parent]]''; therefore, with her adoptive grandfather Mitsumasa Kido dead and her ParentalSubstitute Tatsumi being... well, ''Tatsumi'', by Japanese law Saori would ''not'' accept the proposal whether she wanted or not.]] ArtisticLicenseLaw moment or FridgeBrilliance? You decide.
* AsYouKnow: In universe: the saints keep reminding their opponents that a technique [[ItOnlyWorksOnce will only work once on them]]
** Eventually lampshaded by Ikki: (after [[CurbStompBattle Curpstomping]] [[spoiler: Aiacos]] ) "The same technique doesn't work twice on a saint. This should be common sense by now".
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Inverted at least once. Marin taught to Seiya if your adversary is too strong, you attack his/her STRONG point. The theory went if you destroy his/her best weapon, finishing your enemy off will be an easy task. It was played straight times, though -like in the Seiya and Shiryu fight-.
* BadassGrandpa: Libra Dohko in his old form.
* BandOfBrothers: The Bronze Saints in the Anime.
* BarrierMaiden: Saori often has to take the place or tasks of another God or make a life-risking BatmanGambit to ensure buying time for her Saints to beat up the Bad Guys. Shun is also placed in that situation sometimes. Lampshaded in Shun's backstory since his armor is protected by the constellation of Andromeda, the one named after THE BarrierMaiden of Greek mythology.
* BatmanGambit: Saori. See "Barrier Maiden" for more details. Other users of this technique are Saga, Ikki, Kanon, Mu, Dohko, and both Hilda and Alberich in the Asgard saga.
* BattleAura: All saints have one. Usually accompanied by a spectral vision of their constellation when they really start to turn it up.
* BearsAreBadNews: Hyoga's harsh training. Every time you see him, he or Crystal Saint are out wrestling and testing moves with bears. Geki also illustrates the difficulty of his training on the fact that he had go out and kill bears with his own hands.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: You can kick a saint in the face with enough force to shatter a brick wall and still not break his nose or knock out his teeth.
* BerserkButton: Guilty eventually found Ikki's by murdering his love interest, Esmeralda (which the anime even turned into Guilty's daughter). Deathmask also found out at his expense that messing with Shunrei won't make Shiryu happy to say the least.
* BestHerToBedHer: Variation: each and every Greek female saint had to use a mask and never let any man see her face. If one ever did she only had two options: a) Kill him or b)Love him. This only applies to Athena's Saints, though: Mermaid Tethys, Poseidon's messenger, was excepted. (Some fans joke that the true reason was that Athena couldn't stand not being the hottest chick in the whole place.)
* BetweenMyLegs: Shaina gets this shot in episode 30.
* BigHeroicRun: In the iconic first opening. Our heroes charge forward to the beat of a [[ThePowerOfRock Badass Guitar Solo]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Kido Family. Saori Kido turns out to be the Goddess Athena, Mitsumasa Kido in the manga [[spoiler: has 100 kids and then sends them to go become Saints.]] Let's not forget Hyoga and his Oedipus Complex with his dead mother.
* BirdRun: ''Everyone'', after the Sanctuary arc.
* BizarreBabyBoom: The 100 orphans are all close to the same age and [[spoiler: are all related in the manga.]]
* BlackBlood: In the [=DiC=] localization for the US.
* BlastingTime: The Aurora Execution.
* BlindSeer: Shiryu.
* BloodKnight: Cancer Deathmask and Cassios.
* BodyguardCrush: Hagen, in regards to Freya. Maybe both Thor and Siegfried, in regards to Hilda. Jabu, in regards to Saori (anime only). Possibly, Seiya towards Saori.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: ''Oh sweet merciful Athena!''. "Kill" becomes "I'll use my psychic powers to put him to sleep", and a punch through the rib cage becomes "hitting a pressure point". That leaks ''BlackBlood''.
** This only applies to the version aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork. Both the video and audio of the DVD version released by Creator/ADVFilms are uncut and even use the original terminology.
** Viz's release of the manga is nearly uncut, except for using a few terms from the edited version ("Knight" instead of "Saint", "Mephisto" instead of "Deathmask"). Oddly, the name "Death Queen Island" remains unchanged.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Leo Aioria and Anime-only Crystal Saint are ''extremely'' brutal examples of this trope. [[spoiler: So much it takes ''death'' (of another person, in Aioria's case; of himself, in the Crystal Saint's) to de-brainwash them]].
* BreakoutCharacter: The Gold Saints serve primarily as the ultimate obstacles for the heroes in the Twelve Houses Arc but, due to their popularity, their roles started to become more important as time passed by and more prequels where created to the point that they have perhaps surpassed the heroes in terms of screen-time (anime and manga combined) and became the protagonists of their own manga in Episode G (and Lost Canvas to some extent).
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Steel Saints. A common joke/explanation among fans is that they must have missed the plane for the Sanctuary or took the wrong one.
** Phaeton and Spartan from the anime. Giggars is usually believed to be one as well, but he's seen struck down by Ikki in the Flame Saint chapter, and gives off the impression he's as good as dead.
** Asterion in the manga. Later remembered in the Kanzenban, in which his grave can be seen in one pannel.
** Chameleon June is specially odd, as she appears once, is left on the care of Tatsumi and is never seen or heard off again in neither adaptation.
* ButNotTooForeign: Hyoga is half Japanese, half Russian.
* CainAndAbel: It looked like Ikki and Shun would become this, and they ''were'' in the beginning, but ultimately Ikki pulled a HeelFaceTurn and subverted this. Kanon and Saga (and in the anime, [[spoiler: Sid and Bud]]), on the other hand...
** In the "childhood friends" sense, we have two pairs: Shiryu and Ohko (anime only) and Hyoga and Kraken Isaac. [[spoiler: Both cases end up in death]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "PEGASUS SUI SEI KEEEEEEEENNNNN!"
* TheCameo: [[MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo Minky Momo]], of all people, appears in the audience at one point in episode 5 of the classic series.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The Heaven Chapter prequel movie has been retconned out due to events of Saint Seiya: The Next Dimension.
* CanonForeigner: Several, including from anime (Docrates, Giste, Spartan, Arachne, etc) and movies.
* CanonImmigrant: The Pope's brainwashing technique, the Genrou Maouken, appears in the anime before its debut in the manga. Lyra Orpheus too, as he appears in the 1st movie first (though he was [[GodCreatedCanonForeigner also designed by Kurumada back then]]).
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: ... Come ON.
** Well, there are some {{Gonk}}s here and there to counterbalance...
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: EVERYONE.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: A good deal of battles, particularly [[FinalBattle arc-ending battles]] end with Athena's Saints (usually just the Bronze Saints, but sometimes the Golds if they're available) willingly relinquishing their Cosmo to either Seiya or Athena herself to deal the final blow. Even more notable in that the Saints' patron constellations (like Cygnus, Draco, Phoenix, Andromeda, or Pegasus) manifest visually as helpers to the character delivering the attack.
* CommonTongue: Every character speaks and understands each other no matter where they are from.
* {{Constellations}}: The characters are all [[StellarName named for constellations]] and the names are usually {{Meaningful|Name}} or refer to the myths behind them.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Wow, who would've thought that Saga would [[spoiler: lock Kanon up in the one place that would lead to the jar imprisoning Poseidon with all the General's Cloths perfectly ready to be used?]]
* ConvectionShmonvection: One filler episode had Ikki fight a pair of Silver Saints at the top of a volcano. A little girl who was going to thrown inside it but was saved by Ikki didn't suffer from the heat either.
* CrapsackWorld: The entire ''Saint Seiya'' universe qualifies as one of these, once you take everything about the gods, the Saints and especially the afterlife into consideration.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Seiya's master, Marin, taught her disciple this "If you meet someone stronger than you, attacks his best weapon. If he punches hard, aim for his arms. If he kicks strong, aim for his legs. After you destroy it, you will be able to win with no trouble." Early on the series, Seiya met Bear Geki, a warrior had focused his training in reinforcing his arms to the point of he could easily throtle ''grizzly bears''. As soon as Seiya managed breaking his arms, Geki was defenseless and the battle was over.
* CurbStompBattle: Hyoga tends to dish this big in the early chapters of the manga. Ichi, Black Cygnus, Babel and (much later in the story) Troll Ivan can attest to that.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Shiryu's Ultimate Dragon.
** Athena Exclamation
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: [[spoiler: Poseidon wholly took over the body of young [[LonelyRichKid Julian Solo]] right after he turned 16. Technically, he had possessed the guy ''much'' earlier, but wouldn't be able to take over until then and just [[SoulJar lay dormant inside]], influencing his subconscious. Lampshaded when Kanon woke Poseidon up and the God himself said he'd only truly control Julian in that day.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Ophiuchus Shaina in the beginning.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Both, manga and anime, can be this to each other depending on the situation yet the first still has the upper hand.
* TheDarkSide: [[spoiler: Several saints have fallen for this. Most notably the Gemini Saints.]]
* DarkSkinnedBlond:
** The brothers Leo Aioria and Sagittarius Aiolos.
** Cassios is a VERY AxCrazy version.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[GodOfEvil Hades]] brought some dead Saints back to life in exchange for their service. Said service namely being [[spoiler:to attack the Sanctuary and [[KillTheGod kill Athena]]]].
* DeathIsCheap: To the extent where it just flat out becomes FridgeLogic.
* DeceptiveDisciple: Ikki had to kill his master to take over the Phoenix cloth. He didn't want to at first, but after seeing said master [[spoiler: kill Esmeralda, Ikki's MoralityPet]], he lost it and did it.
* [[DeathByGenreSavvy Defeat By Genre Savvy]]: In the manga version of the battle against the Pope [[spoiler:Ikki and he hit each other with their brainwashing techniques. Ikki's induces illusions and the Pope's causes his victims to obey him. The Pope decides to play it safe and make sure Ikki is under his control by having him stab his own arm before ordering him to kill Seiya and Ikki apparently does so until [[RealityEnsues things go back to normal]]. Ikki remarks that had the Pope ordered him to ''kill'' Seiya right away, Ikki couldn't have shaken off the mind control fast enough.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Ophiuchus Shaina, in the end
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Quite a few times, they could convince their opponents they're actually on the same side.
* DescendingCeiling: Used in the Sagittarius Temple (anime-only).
* TheDeterminator: All five of the main Bronze Saints, to varying degrees.
* DisabilitySuperPower: Whenever Shiryu becomes blind, he learns to compensate for it but gets no extra powers out of the deal. In the manga, however, Dohko mentions that Shiryu's cosmos is stronger due to his blindness when he strikes Deathmask in their first bout.
** DisabilityImmunity: On the other hand, it granted him protection from certain techniques. [[InvokedTrope When he blinded himself]] during his duel with Algol, it was to avoid [[TakenForGranite getting petrified by his Medusa's Shield]]. And later on, he avoided being fooled by Gemini Temple's illusion, allowing him and Seiya to find the exit of it.
** Whenever someone starts losing a few of his senses, expect them to become stronger unless he is the current villain.
** Played straight in both adaptations with Shaka. He voluntarily keeps his eyes shut, as giving up one of his senses would let him focus and raise his Cosmo (only to be fully unleashed the moment he opened them). Also, while fighting with him, Ikki tricks Shaka into cutting most of his senses, which in turn let him become strong enough to defeat him [[spoiler: and die in the process]].
* DismantledMacGuffin: The Cloth of Sagittarius.
* DivineChessboard: Athena with her saints against Poseidon with his generals and later Hades with his specters.
* DivineConflict: It turns out that ''every'' conflict (save the very first one) in the mythos is between gods.
** Season 2 Athena had to fight Hilda, also under brainwashing, this time from Poseidon.
** Season 3 She fought Poseidon directly.
** Season 4 (And in prequel ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'') she fought Hades directly.
** In the various movies (of questionable canonicity), she fights Apollo, Minerva, Eris and Satan.
** In ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'' she's had to fight Mars, who though a god was [[spoiler:indirectly brainwashed by Abzu, an Ur god of elemental evil.]]
** In season 2 of Omega she fights [[spoiler:not one but ''two'' gods, Pallas and Saturn]].
* DoomsdayClock: Laid close to the Twelve Zodiac Houses is a tower whose clock has blue flames where the numbers would normally be. When Athena gets hit by a cursed arrow, the flames tell how many hours remain until the arrow ends up killing the wounded goddess. Once every hour, one flame is extinguished, so the main characters have only twelve hours to travel through the twelve houses, defeat the Gold Saints patrolling said houses, and convince the head honcho to remove the arrow from Athena's chest. In the end, [[spoiler:all twelve flames in the clock disappear, but Athena manages to lift the curse and the arrow with her cosmic energy]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: In the manga, Saga kills himself to atone for all the horrible sins that his evil side committed for years, once Seiya cleansed him with Athena's shield, in the process of saving Athena at the last remaining second. In the anime, his good side also kills himself, but at this point his evil side is about to be destroyed from massive pummeling from Seiya and the main cast, he has lost his Cloth, and desperately leaps to punch and kill Athena; at which point his good side becomes this, as he uses his other hand to grab Athena's scepter and stab himself with it rather than harming the Goddess that should be his ward.]]
* DrowningPit: [[spoiler: Saori]] is put inside one of these by [[spoiler: Poseidon]]. Also, [[spoiler: Kanon was locked in another one by Saga several years ago, before meeting Poseidon]]
* DualWielding: Shun's Andromeda Chain and Cerberus Dante's chained spikeballs. The weapons in the Libra Cloth all come in pairs too.
* DubNameChange: Most of the main characters' names are changed in the Italian dub, usually by giving them the name of their constellation (eg: Seiya becomes Pegasus, Shun becomes Andromeda and so on) or by giving them a totally different, non-japanese name (Shiryuu becomes Sirio, Hyoga Crystal, Shaina is Tisifone and Saori is Isabel).
* DuelingMessiahs: The reason behind TheForeverWar is Athena wanting to allow the world to develop on its own terms while Poseidon wanted to flood it to fix it.
* DwindlingParty: The Saints fall one by one and it's up to Seiya (and Ikki, sometimes) to face the BigBad.
* EightiesHair: Athena's Army. Half of the Golds have mullets. The Amazons and the [[DudeLooksLikeALady beautiful Saints]] have big hair.
** As the series got older, the EightiesHair became less prominent with Mariners and Specters sporting shorter hair cuts. The sequel ''SaintSeiyaNextDimension'' finally phased it out with straighter, shorter hair (for the new characters at least).
* ElementalPowers: Each Cloth and Saint have elemental focuses and affinities. Explicitly stated with the anime-only Steel Saints.
* ElementalEyeColours: Hyoga, AnIcePerson has blue eyes. Strangely averted in the Manga with Aquarius Camus who despite being AnIcePerson as well, had red eyes.
* EnlightenmentSuperpowers: Virgo Shaka.
* EpisodeTitleCard: The original anime series had one in each episode.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Played painfully straight.
** Though to be fair, it seems more to be a case of Everybody Hates All the Gods except their own (Athena from the heroes' perspective but Specters love their God as much which is Hades).
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Most of the love interests: Eurydice, Esmerelda, June, and Freya. You could also count Misty in this due to the fact that most of the Silvers are [[EvenTheGuysWantHim determined to avenge him]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: "Saori-sama" was often translated into "Princess Saori". And there is also Freya and Hilda, the Asgard princesses. The latter being also the eldest, she's a PrincessesRule example as she is technically a sovereign.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning:Seiya's ''Pegasus Rolling Crush'' attack, Shun's [[SpinToDeflectStuff Andromeda Chain defense]].
* {{Expy}}: Kurumada reused character designs from his original manga series, ''Ring ni Kakero'' in this (Ikki is a far more bitter and less narcissistic expy of Superstar Kenzaki Jun (while retaining the same insane level of awesomeness), and Seiya is an expy of Takane Ryuuji). Likewise, series that came after ''Saint Seiya'', such as Anime/BtX, borrowed from its designs as well.
** By the way, the design porting is so blatant in Kurumada's drawing style, this borders around OnlySixFaces in his ''whole'' manga work. Luckily the anime's character designs avert this.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Shaka, the Virgo Saint, isn't blind, but he keeps his eyes closed as if he really were, so he can focus his energy; him opening his eyes is followed by a tremendous release of accumulated psychic powers that can and ''will'' literally render you senseless. According to the GenreSavvy Aioria, you must do ''everything'' in your power to ''prevent'' Shaka from opening his eyes. On the other hand, Asmita Virgo, Shaka's Expy from the Lost Canvas story, ''is'' blind.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Shiryu, Hyoga (during the Poseidon Arc) and his friend Isaac.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: [[spoiler: Hyoga]]; Averted by [[spoiler: Kraken Isaac, who has no qualms in showcasing his damaged eye.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Athena, towards Hades]].
* TheFaceless: Ikki's master on Death Queen Island, Guilty, wears a demon mask. Athena's female Saints also wear shiny and expressionless silver masks.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Several Cloths, most notably the Aquila Cloth, whose upper body has an armored and unarmored side.
* FastballSpecial: In the Poseidon arc, this is how [[spoiler: the Main Breadwinner of the Marine Realm is finally destroyed. Using the combined force of their attacks, Shiryu and Hyoga hurl Seiya into the Pillar, bringing it down along with Poseidon's kingdom.]]
* FauxActionGirl: In the anime, poor Marin is a Silver Saint and an ''excellent'' big sister mentor for Seiya, but she ends up just ''too'' often hit with TheWorfEffect. This is thankfully averted in the manga, since all her defeats are anime-exclusive.
** Subverted with Shaina. She managed to dodge it once she pulled off her HeelFaceTurn.
* TheFettered: Shun.
* FightingFromTheInside: Say what you will about Shun's pacifism making him wimpy, but it gave him the resolve to [[spoiler: ''throttle'' Hades while ''he was possessing his body!'' It gave Ikki an opening to kill Hades at the cost of his life.]]
* TheFightingNarcissist: Pisces Aphrodite, Lizard Misty and Papillon Myu.
** Pope [[spoiler:Saga, or atleast his evil side]] is shown being overly boastful about his "beatitful body" during his ShowerScene in the manga.
* FinalSpeech: Several characters do this before dying, with the Asgard Warriors as the main offenders.
* FiveBadBand: This series has quite a few of them.
** The Black Saints played it straight however -- in which they were a sort of EvilCounterpart to the main bronze saints early in the series, with Phoenix Ikki as the BigBad before his HeelFaceTurn.
** The Asgard characters:
*** BigBad: Hilda
*** TheDragon: Siegfried, Hagen, Cyd and [[spoiler:Bud]].
*** TheBrute: Thor. Hagen may also count.
*** EvilGenius: Alberich
*** DarkChick: Mime. While Fenrir [[WildCard doesn't seem to fit anywhere]], he can be this, as fans consider him the weakest of Asgard's warriors.
*** TokenGoodTeammate: Freya
*** SixthRanger (sorta): [[spoiler:Bud]]
** The Gold Saints, while not evil per se, fit this during the 12 House Arc.
*** BigBad: The Evil Pope [[spoiler:Gemini Saga]]
*** TheDragon: Capricorn Shura, Scorpio Milo and Cancer Deathmask. Pisces Aphrodite can also be one, due to his house being the last before the BigBad, and that he was sent to assassinate Shun's Master. Virgo Shaka as he's the most powerful among the Gold Saints, said to be the one closest to God.
*** TheBrute: Taurus Aldebaran
*** EvilGenius: Aquarius Camus and Virgo Shaka
*** DarkChick: Pisces Aphrodite, doubling as Dragon.
*** TokenGoodTeammate: Aries Mu and Leo Aioria
* FiveManBand: This series also has a number of these as well.
** Main Characters
*** BigGood: Saori aka Athena
*** Pegasus Seiya, TheHero
*** Dragon Shiryu, TheLancer
*** Cygnus Hyuga, TheSmartGuy
*** Phoenix Ikki, TheBigGuy ''and'' the SixthRanger (with a touch of GeniusBruiser)
*** Andromeda Shun, TheHeart
*** {{Mentor}}s: Dohko and [[spoiler: Aiolos, ''from beyond the grave'']]
** The other five Bronze Saints form their own band. They aren't seen often enough for the distinctions to be very clear, but a preliminary formation could be this:
*** TheHero: Unicorn Jabu
*** TheLancer: Lionet Ban
*** TheBigGuy: Bear Geki
*** TheSmartGuy: Hydra Ichi
*** TheChick: Wolf Nachi
** Then we have the Gold Saints that survived the Sanctuary arc, which just happened to be five. [[spoiler:Six when Kanon joins much, much later.]]
*** TheHero: Aries Mu
*** TheLancer: Leo Aioria
*** TheBigGuy: Taurus Aldebaran
*** TheSmartGuy: Virgo Shaka
*** TheChick: Scorpio Milo
*** EleventhHourRanger: [[spoiler:Gemini Kanon, who doesn't really get to shine until the Inferno arc.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Ikki defeats Shaka, the Virgo Cloth reflects Shun's image, hinting that he is Virgo's successor. [[spoiler:It becomes true in the Elysium OVA, though the Cloth is destroyed almost immediately after he puts it on.]]
* FormFittingWardrobe: The Cloths (armor).
* FreeSamplePlotCoupon: In order to save Athena in the last third of the Sanctuary Arc, the main characters must walk through the twelve zodiac houses and confront the Gold Saints whenever it's necessary. Fortunately, Aries won't be a major concern. Mu, the house's guardian, is in the good guys' side, and after jokingly faking a battle with them, he proceeds to repair their (at that point weakened) armors so they can be better prepared. Mu also gives them suggestions about how to confront the remaining Gold Saints.
* FullFrontalAssault: Seiya and Saori/Athena in Tenkai Hen(5th movie) against [[spoiler: Apollo]].
* GainaxEnding: The ''very'' ambiguous ending of Tenkai Hen, which lefts many plot points and danglers unresolved.
* GambitRoulette: Kanon's plan to take over the world ''and'' have his payback against Gemini Saga includes [[spoiler:deliberately telling his very powerful yet mentally unstable twin brother about his personality problems to mess up with his mind, worm his way into a powerful God's favor, help stage the war against the Sanctuary and, in the anime, manipulate his godly boss into using a powerful yet peaceful priestess to re-start everything when he loses against Sanctuary...]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In an early episode, Docrates ''actually'' said "bullshit".
** The homosexual undertones in the anime version of Shun weakening under the strain of burning his cosmos to its max to save Hyoga.
* GodInHumanForm: Saori/Athena and Julian/Poseidon.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: Obviously the Gold Saints, but later on the Bronze Saints as well.
* GoodAllAlong: Camus, so much it hurts. He did not care about the struggle for Athena and did ''nothing'' to stop Seiya and Shun from running past him. All he wanted was to awaken Hyoga's Seventh Sense... And of course, that would come in handy later on.
* GraspTheSun: In a short but sad scene, Ikki's on the ground and sees the snow. He reaches to it and mutters how he promised he was going to show snow to Esmerelda one day.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: After being Poseidon's ManBehindTheMan, in the Hades saga Kanon takes over the Gemini cloth that his deceased twin brother Saga left behind and joins the good guys.]]
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: While a lot of the Cloths do feature a CoolHelmet they are also the first thing that gets knocked off or destroyed during fights.
** Also, when Seiya and the rest of the bronze saints had their Cloths repaired between season one and two of the anime, their helmets were replaced by tiaras.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: While some saints do have some sort of weaponry with them, most of them fight barehanded. Usually most of the {{Big Bad}}s have weapons of some sort.
* HighPressureBlood: The series is INFAMOUS for that. Poor Shiryu.
* HijackedByJesus: Several of the BigBad enemies that oppose Athena and her Saints are either gods (like Hades, Poseidon, Artemis or Eriis) or priests of other gods (like Hilda, priestess of Odin). Also, Virgo Shaka is the incarnation of Siddharta Gautama aka Buddha.
* HolyHalo: Part of the Indian Ocean armor worn by Chrysaor Krishna.
* HonorBeforeReason: Sometimes the Saints' rivals acknowledged they were wrong, but preferred to go down fighting anyway and/or refused to pull a HeelFaceTurn out of loyalty or love to their masters.
* HotBlooded: Seiya
* HotBloodedSideburns: All five of the Bronze Saints, but especially Seiya.
* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler: Hyoga, with Milo explicity saying that preserving him was Camus' intention all along. Hyoga's deceased mother Natasha is forever preserved under the waters of Siberia.]]
* IaijutsuPractitioner: [[TheBigGuy Taurus Aldebaran]] is an interesting case. While he does not use a sword, his SignatureMove, the "Great Horn", works with a very similar mechanic. But using ''his bare fists'' instead. [[TheHero Seiya]] even takes advantage of this fact in order to deal with said technique during their fight.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: It was pretty common for the Silver and Gold Saints to condescend to fight the Bronze saints on a handicap, only to go all out once they proved strong. Hyoga was also ''very'' guilty of this while fighting lower-level Bronzes (just ask poor Hydra) and random {{Mook}}s.
** Worth to mention that this backfired spectacularly in Shaka's case. Shaka [[IAmNotLeftHanded Opened his eyes]], which means he is taking the fight seriously, while fighting Ikki and used one of his special moves to strip the latter of his five senses. Turns out that when you're completely alone with your thoughts nothing can distract you from the Seventh Sense.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: How Saori aka Athena finally defeated Hades.]]
* InstrumentOfMurder: The RazorFloss producing harps/lyras of Benetnasch Eta Mime and the two Lyra Orpheus (1st movie and Hades chapter, respetively).
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn
* IntimateHealing: After Hyoga is released from an ice coffin but is nearly dead from the cold, so Shun burns his [[LifeEnergy cosmo]] while lying with Hyouga in his arms in order to revive him. Cue to LOTS of HoYay-tinted squealing coming from the EstrogenBrigade (can't fully blame them, though).
** This level of intimacy happens only in the anime (where the animators made sure to slide in an AlmostKiss as [[http://eltigris.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/shun-hyoga.jpg Shun lays down in the floor with Hyoga]]). In the manga, Shun just kneels beside Hyoga and [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6wok7KHlf1r8rwe9o1_250.jpg lifts him up]].
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Hypothetically, each saint can adapt to any other saint's attack and defend against it. ''However;'' quite a few {{pride}}ful antagonists would show off their entire repertoire at [[IAmNotLeftHanded low power]] and act shocked, ''shocked!'' that the bronzies had found a way to defend against or exploit it. Most villains paired it with an AdaptiveAbility. It's worth noting that in later arcs some attacks had little or no defense, and enemies could use them repeatedly against each other.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: LITERALLY. Though once, they go ''downstairs'' as well...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seiya and Hyoga start as this, but soon are somewhat nicer (though Hyoga is also a {{Kuudere}}). Ikki is more of a straight example.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Kaza uses his shapeshifting abilities to lure Seiya (transforming into Marin) and Hyoga (transforming into Camus) in and then hurt them. Camus sinks the boat where Natasha's body is placed to force her son Hyoga to fight him. In the final arc, Thanatos does his damndest to kill Seiya's helpless older sister Seika just to punish him. Similarly, in a small anime filler two Silver Saints kill an old man and throw his granddaughter inside a volcano to lure Ikki out of his refuge inside said volcano.]]
* KidHero: The Saints look to be in their mid-teens, but their given ages are actually a couple years younger.
* KillEmAll: Lots of people die. As in: [[KilledOffForReal for good]]. It simply [[DeathIsCheap isn't noticeable]] until the Hades arc. [[spoiler: All the Gold Saints (13, including Kanon), all the Silvers excluding Marin and Shaina (14), all the Mariners excluding Sorento (5, if you exclude Kanon), God knows how many filler villains and normal characters (i.e. Cassios, Hyoga's mom, etc.)...]]
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Hurt Shun in any way and you'll have Ikki screaming MindRape on you. Try to kill Shunrei and her adoptive brother Shiryu will throw you into the pits of Hell.
* {{Kuudere}}: Camus. Dear God, Camus.
** It also rubs off on Hyoga.
* LaResistance: The Bronze Saints against the Sanctuary.
* LadyOfWar: Aquila Marin. [[spoiler: Saori, after she finally activates her own Cloth in the manga]] Arguably, [[spoiler: Eris, Pandora and Artemis]]. Ophiucus Shaina is too AxCrazy at the beginning to count, but she becomes one [[CharacterDevelopment later on]].
* LargeHam: Phoenix Ikki. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvodmaZr-k4&feature=related This]] is him being discrete.
** Almost anyone in the main cast in the Italian dub. They often quotes RealLife poems and famous works.
** Ophiuchus Shaina, at least in the brazilian dub.
* LastBreathBullet: Aldebaran pulls this one to Deep Nyobe in the Hades Saga.
* LatinoIsBrown: Aldebaran (Brazil) in the anime due to him having a darker tan then the other Gold Saints and being the only Gold Saint with black hair. Averted in the manga with him, like all the other Gold Saints, having blond hair.
** Averted with Fly Dios (Mexico) and Cepheus Albiore (Argentina) since Dios has fair skin and red/pink hair while Albiore has blonde hair and blue eyes.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The Gold Saints are the strongest warriors of all, because they wear the shiniest Cloths of all (Gold).
* LetsSplitUpGang: The Bronze Saints seem to do this quite a bit.
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Virgo Shaka awaits for the intruders to the House of Virgo in a LevitatingLotusPosition. No surprise here for someone thinking he's the reincarnation of Buddha. Bonus points for keeping the pose while wearing the Gold Cloth armor of the Gold Saints.
* LifeEnergy: The key to the Saints' power is their cosmos. Whoever can burn his cosmo to the higher level wins, no matter how injured or weakened they are.
* LighterAndSofter: Both, manga and anime, can be this to each other depending on the situation yet the anime gets progressively less bloodier towards the later arcs.
* LightIsNotGood: The Angels in the Tenkai Hen Overture Movie.
** Pre-HeelFaceTurn Gold Saints.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Overloads'' at the Hades saga.
* LonelyRichKid: When she grew up, Saori became one of these before she turned out to be a MessianicArchetype. Also, Julian Solo [[spoiler: until Poseidon took over him.]]
** Julian's surname is literally ''alone'' in spanish. That's quite the MeaningfulName you've got there.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Shiryu and his Dragon Shield. Also, the Libra Cloth has two huge shields that can be used defensively ''and'' offensively, since they had chains and it allowed the user to [[EpicFlail flail them around]] if needed. Also, Lacerta Misty and the Sea Horse's preferred method of defense has them set up barriers, then stand smugly before Seiya's unending unslaught (until he figures it out, at least.)
** Shiryu always claims that the Dragon Shield is indestructible; yet it tends to break constantly (not in every fight, but still...) Though it was able to resist Excalibur. Once. Nothing else can even hope to do something like that.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Subverted: [[spoiler: No, Seiya, Marin is NOT your long-lost older sister. Her brother Touma is one of your enemies and your true sister grew up into a WaifProphet.]]
** Also played straight (in the manga at least): [[spoiler: Mitsumasa Kido was actually the birth father of all the orphans he sent around the world to be trained as Saints]]. Busy guy, specially in how all of the children he sent... all of them have a VERY close age range.
* ManlyTears: This series could very well be described as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFiOqOFNBqk Manly Tears and Greek Gods]]".
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Kanon to Poseidon]]
* MarionetteMotion: This is Gryphon Minos' power, "Cosmic Marionation".
* MartyrWithoutACause: The five Bronzes.
* MeaningfulName: Almost all characters have meaningful names.
* TheMedic: Saori, at the end of the Twelve Houses chapter (anime-only).
** Aioria is given Healing Hands in the anime, which he uses twice to heal [[spoiler:Sheena and Seiya]].
* MeditationPowerup: Shaka.
* MediumBlending: For some odd reason, in the Hades Sanctuary OVA, Seiya's transformation sequence was done completely in a very generic 3D. Shun's transformation sequence used traditional animation for his character and 3D in the back and it looks [[SoCoolItsAwesome awesome]].
** Tôei was poking around and trying new stuff for the Hades [=OVAs=] in 2002, which was the first StS related production in years. The 3D transformation sequence got such violent backlash from the fans, they decided to go back to traditional animation for Shun's transformation in OVA 3.
* {{Melodrama}}: The heroes have been through so much {{Wangst}}, it looks like they're ''fueled'' by it.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Despite the high death count, all the female Saints, Marin, Shaina and June, manage to survive while all but the five main bronze boys die.
* MerchandiseDriven: The Steel Saints were inserted in the anime at the request of Bandai to sell action figures about them. The redesign of the first version of the Bronze Saints Cloths (compared to those found in the manga) are also due to Bandai's request, one could argue it was for the better.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: The Silvers. Even in ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' they do nothing and are only there to get killed by the Bronze Saints or the Specters.
** The Mariners qualify as well. Their arc is greatly overshadowed and again, in ''The Lost Canvas'', Poseidon's threat is pretty much glanced at.
* MindRape: Ikki's Phoenix Genma Ken. Virgo Shaka's main techniques, Rikudō Rinne and Tenbu Hōrin. Any Gemini saint and their Genrōmaōken to some degree as well. [[spoiler: In the anime, this includes what happened to Hilda's good side when she was brainwashed by the Ring of the Nibelung and her SuperpoweredEvilSide took over; she was forced to see how her Asgard God Warriors died one by one.]]
* MrFanservice: All male cast excluding cannon fodder troops. The show could as well be names ''Mr Fanservice: The Series''. And boy, do the fangirls approve!!
* MsFanservice: Subverted: the most fanservicy character was a ''male''. Who possessed a very muscled body ''and'' had at least two very fanservicy bath and shower scenes. Obvious bait for the EstrogenBrigade watching the show.
** The one and only instance of ''female'' fanservice was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene of Shunrei, Shiryu's adoptive sister, bathing in a river.
** Chameleon June's Cloth: Eye boob cups.
** Shaina sleeping naked under the covers while Cassios was taking care of her.
* MultinationalTeam: There are many nationalities among the Saints, the Mariners and the Specters.
* TheMusical: A musical was performed back in the early nineties featuring popular JPOP group SMAP playing the lead roles and another JPOP group Tokio playing some of the other characters.
* MusicalAssassin: Mime (harp), the two Orpheus (lyre), Sorrento (flute) and Sphynx Pharao (harp).
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Hilariously inverted in episode 27. Shaina and two Silver Saints ambush the heroes.
** '''Shaina''': I'll deal with Seiya. You can look after... the others.
** '''Shiryu and Shun''' (indignantly and at unison): Who are you calling ''the others''?
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: You sometimes ''want'' the Saints to just stay down so they don't take more damage and then they get up and ARGH... ''Hello'', Seiya and Shiryu.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: In the Asgard saga, Seiya has a ''huge'' FreakOut when he thinks he's killed Hilda instead of de-brainwash her.]] And before that, [[spoiler: Saga's suicide is triggered by this.]]
** About the first example: [[spoiler: Of course, his chosen method of de-brainwashing was apparently bonking her on the head with a legendary sword... It would have made more sense to try to strike the Ring of the Nibelung, or cut off the finger/hand Hilda wore it on, but no, Seiya had to go for swordblade to the head. Good thing it worked, though.]]
*** Then again, [[spoiler: Seiya ''did'' hesitate heavily before he struck Hilda down, unable to bring himself to harm her since he knew she was BrainwashedAndCrazy. He only did so when ''Odin'' himself told him "STFU and use my sword, kiddo!" He can't be fully blamed for what happened.]]
** One of the most symbolic example of this happened in the anime, when [[spoiler: Capricorn Shura realized the baby he tried to kill several years ago was in fact Athena. This epiphany was all the more powerful considering he took most of his pride in believing to be her most faithful knight.]]
** Also spoken verbatim by Shiryu after winning an OVA duel [[spoiler: against a Brainwashed and Crazy Hyoga. Arguably one of the best, most fast-paced and intense fights of the series, too.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Cancer Deathmask, definitely.
* NighInvulnerability: Ikki (regenerative and resurrection powers), some of the high-ranked villains, the Gods (until Seiya kicks in), and somehow...Seiya (nearly any rival ends mopping the floor with him first, but he will always raise again, and again...and again...more times than Ikki if necessary, and he ''will'' finally kick your ass afterwards) This is why Fanon theories says he is the only one who can survive a direct [[MegatonPunch Falcon Punch]], and even can withstand an attack from the mighty supreme ruler warrior of all the multiverses ChuckNorris (inside the Latin american fandom, he is also know as the "the cockroach saint", since '''nothing''' seems to kill him...well, at least you ''can'' put him into a wheelchair...)
* NoEyeInMagic: Perseus Algol exhibits a similar petrification power to the mythical Medusa-- not through his own eyes, but through the image of Medusa in his shield. This power could affect his victims through cloth or blindfolds, because it acted directly on the retina. The recipient could protect themselves with the Dragon Cloth's shield, however, and it doesn't work on the blind either.
* NoIndoorVoice: Happens sometimes during fights. A non-fight instance is in the Hades/Inferno Arc, when Seiya and Shun arrive at the first prison, a courthouse presided by Balron Lune. When Lune asks Seiya to state his business aloud, Seiya complies... by shouting who he is and what he is doing in Hell from the top of his lungs. It's so bad (Shun even covered his ears throughout this "rant"), he even staggers from losing his breath after he finishes.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Hyoga in the ''Knights of the Zodiac'' dub.
* NowDoItAgainBackwards: Shiryu's heart stops when Seiya hits his AchillesHeel. The only way to make it beat again is to hit him from the oposite side.
* NowLetMeCarryYou: In one episode, Saori protects an unconscious and badly injured Seiya from Shaina and Jamian.
* ObfuscatingDisability: ''Saint Seiya'' portrays at least two examples of this trope:
** Libra Dohko: an old man of more than 250 years old that walks using a stick (and that's actually an {{expy}} of StarWars Yoda), can be even more {{badass}} than any of the younger Saints. Not to mention that [[spoiler: he actually hides his young shape intact, shelled inside his old body, ready to use if becomes necessary]]
** In the spinoff ''Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas'', is revealed that the ancient Virgo Saint, Asmita, is in fact blind. However he absolutely doesn't need sight, as his powers and perception are in the ranges of AwesomenessIsAForce .
* ObiWanMoment: In Hades arc, Virgo Shaka elaborates on the ephemeral nature of life, and how death is only another step, as he [[spoiler:is assassinated by three gold saints]]. Extra points for him staying in lotus position all the way through it, much in a Buddha-like manner. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:accepting death was needed for one to freely wander in the realms of Hades.]]
* OedipusComplex: Hello to ''you'' now, Hyoga.
* TheOjou: Saori Kido, an insanely rich heiress and ex Libby turned into a [[SilkHidingSteel serene, gentle strategist]] and genius businesswoman. She's even referred as ''ojou-sama'' (milady) in ''canon''.
* OneWayVisor: Female Saints of Athena. They apparently use Cosmo sense instead of their eyes.
* OneWomanWail: Two of them. And both are beautiful yet ''[[TearJerker so damn sad]]''
* OrderedApology: When Shun demanded that Aphrodite apologizes to his dead Master or else he will kill him.
* OutOfTheInferno: Ikki, ''literally.''
** Several times.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Shiryu. Full stop.
** It's actually ridiculous in the [[spoiler: Scorpio Milo vs. Cygnus Hyoga]] battle, during which the latter gushes out more blood than his entire body could possibly contain. And not only does he live through it [[spoiler: once Milo has realized the truth and stopped the blood loss via pressure points]] but he's back on his feet and fighting at full strength not even five minutes later.
* PeoplePuppets: Griffon Minos uses this on others.
* PetalPower: The Pisces Saint.
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* {{PhysicsGoof}}s: SaintSeiya brings up real physics concepts all the time, but tend to ignore them.
** [[FasterThanLightTravel Traveling at the Speed of Light]]: The amount of energy needed for any of the Gold Saints or anyone to perform light speed attacks is extremely high. Even approaching light speed would require more energy per second than all of Earth's industries use per year.
** IceBreaker: Anytime Hyoga or any of the other [[AnIcePerson people who use ice]] use one of their signature attacks. Hyoga's skin would be destroyed anytime he touched anything and in the battle with Camus, [[spoiler: Camus would've shattered instead of simply turning blue and dying. He wouldn't have been able to talk.]]
** NoConservationOfEnergy: Whenever work is done, energy has to come from somewhere. In SaintSeiya, the source is the body and the atoms(miniature universes) from within the body. However, the body doesn't have the ability to create enough energy to do most of the attacks in the series. While this trope could be averted by stating that the Cloths themselves are the source of energy, there are several times where the Bronze Saints become ''more powerful'' without their Cloths (example: Shun and Nebula Storm) despite it being a possible energy source.
** SpaceIsNoisy: Another Dimension. Sorry Shun. No matter how much you call for Hyoga, he technically can't here you due to the fact that sound cannot travel in a vacuum.
* PluckyGirl: Saori. If you can withstand 12 hours with a golden arrow stuck in your chest without complaining a single time and even ''sending your'' ''[[LifeEnergy own cosmo]]'' ''to your warriors when they're in trouble'', you've got to be one ''really'' resilient girl. Lampshaded few after she gets the arrow, when Saori weakly but calmly tells a panicking Seiya to just go and fight out there in the Sanctuary whereas she'll endure the pain and be patient.
** Honorary mention goes to a NaiveEverygirl named Helen, who [[spoiler: saw her grandpa being murdered by two Silver Saints looking for Ikki and was tossed in a volcano by them, but managed to grab and hold onto its inner walls and climb her way back up in time to give Ikki the HeroicResolve he needed to punish her attackers]]
* PowerGivesYouWings: The Sagittarius Cloth, prone to arriving on its own [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time]] to assist Seiya, has vast golden wings on its back. Furthermore, the Surplices of quite a few of Hades' Specters (on par with the strongest Gold Saints) have [[GoodWingsEvilWings demonic or sinister-looking wings]]. The best examples, however, are Divine Cloths --Athena and Hades' have wings naturally (the latter has [[{{Satan}} six major wings]] and a multitude of smaller ones over its joints,) and the Bronze Cloths all grow immense wings when they ''[[AGodAmI become]]'' [[AGodAmI Divine Cloths]].
* PowerLevels: The intensity and strength of each characters' Cosmo functions as a rough gauge for power, health, and even mood.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: While it has more to do with bad art, both Shun and Ikki have this problem when they go from their normal street clothes to their V1 Cloths, which sport full-head helms. Shun's normally shoulder length green hair reaches down to his waist while Ikki's is a little more obvious. It goes from very short, to past his shoulders. V2 Cloths (and onwards,) which traded the full-head helms for tiaras, eliminated this issue.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: One of the major themes of the series.
* PowerTattoo: Dragon Shiryu has a Chinese ''long'' dragon tattooed on his back. The intensity with which it's visible indicates the strength of his Cosmo. If it's completely gone, he's as good as dead.
* PowerGivesYouWings: All the Bronze God Cloths have these.
* TheProblemWithFightingDeath: Aside from the practical concerns of fighting a god, he can also resurrect all his fallen minions.
* PsychoForHire: Cancer Deathmask. With [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast a name like that]], what else can you be?
* PsychoRangers: The Black Saints
* RaceAgainstTheClock: All its arcs are built around that whether it is the completion of the 12 Temples within 12 hours to save Athena, freeing Hilda from the Nibelungen ring before the glaciers completely melt and to save Athena, breaking Poseidon's pillars to prevent an ongoing worldwide flood and to save Athena, stopping Hades before the alignment of the Planets / Total eclipse and to save Athena...Can you guess what is the common factor in all of these?
* RantInducingSlight: Used in almost any MyNameIsInigoMontoya moment.
* RapunzelHair: Several ''males'' have this, but Dragon Shiryu's long black hair reaches his ''knees''. Aside of that, Saori's light purple hair goes down her hips, and Pandora's black-purple hair is just as long.
** As there are far more males than females in Saint Seiya, the males tend to get more impressive hair. Out of admittedly few women, only Athena and Pandora have this hair, with the other girls having shorter (and more practical) styles - however, Shion, Mu, Saga, Kanon, Shiryu, Aldebaran, Aphrodite, Shaka, Camus and Hades himself all possess rather extreme hairstyling on the part of Kurumada. Considering this is a shonen anime, one wonders what he was thinking.
*** FanService, man, FanService. He knew SaintSeiya was very popular among the ladies, so...
* RazorFloss: The two Orpheus and Benetnasch Eta Mime from the Asgard saga.
* RealMenWearPink: Shun and Misty.
* RedIsHeroic: Seiya always wears a red shirt. Also, when he wears his armor, the clothes under it are red.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Just * too* often. [[spoiler: Cassius is one of the most tragic cases; even ''Seiya'' bawls when he dies through HeroicSacrifice to de-brainwash Aioria. Other cases involve Saga, Siegfried, Ikki's first death...]]
* ReluctantWarrior: Andromeda Shun.
* RightMakesMight: Several times, often went hand in hand with DefeatMeansFriendship. It's also subverted: when Cancer Deathmask tries to pull that one on [[spoiler: Libra Dohko]] to make , the other just shrugs Deathmask's words away and [[ShutUpHannibal calls him a fool]].
* RuleOfThree: [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Number-Three-159828321 Oh so much...]]
* SaveThePrincess: In this case, "Save the Goddess".
* SayMyName: "ATHEEEEENAAAAAAA!" "SAORI-SAAAAAAAAN!" "MARIIIIIIIN!" "MAAAAASTEEEEEEER!" "SEEEEEEIYAAAAAAA!" "SHIIIIIRYUUUUUU!" "BROOOOTHEEEEER!"
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: By Hades Saga, we see a lot of stuff like [[http://saintseiyaperfil.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/esquema_hypnos.jpg this.]] Although certain Cloths are far too bulky to walk in, let alone ''fight'' in, they're justified as being more status symbols than anything, and the more intricate the design, the less likely the enemy is to lower himself to ''throwing punches'', what with being a powerful demigod who only needs to raise a finger to send everyone flying.
* SealedEvilInACan: Twice: During the Age of Myth, Athena imprisoned Poseidon's soul within a jar sealed with a talisman bearing her name. Similarly, Hades' [[TheDragon lieutenants]], Thanatos and Hypnos, were sealed in a chest which came to the possession of [[MeaningfulName Pandora's]] family.
* SelfSacrificeScheme: Shun came up with this twice. The first was when he knocked out Shiryu in order to offer himself to Ikki to stop his rampage and the second was in the Hades Saga when [[spoiler: Shun was allowed Hades to possess him so that his brother could kill him again]]. Both plans were foiled.
* {{Sentai}}: A fantasy anime example.
* SexyMentor: Seiya's trainer Aquila Marin is one ''really'' hot young woman. So is Cassius's trainer Shaina.
** And about Shaina sexiness, is remarkable the famous/infamous hospital episode, in which she removes her mask revealing her face (it already happened before) but this time by coincidences or destiny she looks ''specially'' sexy, so much her face looks like a perfect blend of TheWoobie and PuppyDogEyes tropes, generating lots (and I mean ''lots'') of fanart about her and that situation only due to this only scene.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: done by [[MasterOfDisguise Lymnades Kaza]]
* ShirtlessScene: Dragon Shiryu seems to ''enjoy'' doffing the upper half of his Cloth, helm and armguards included, at the drop of a hat.
** he inherited that habit from Dohko, the young libra saint hinted liked doing this even when he was young.
** The opening in Saint Seiya Hades: Sanctuary first shows [[{{Squee}} all five bronze boys like this]].
* ShouldersOfDoom: Most villainous characters wear Cloths, Scales, or Surplices with these.
* ShoutOut: In an interview in the Japanese magazine "June" Kurumada promised to create a character with the name of the magazine. Soon after, Chameleon June made her appearance.
* ShutUpHannibal!: [[NietzscheWannabe Deathmask]] attempts to justify endorsing the Sanctuary's corruption by claiming that [[WhatIsEvil good and evil are concepts decided by the victors and that all morality is relative]]. [[OldMaster Dohko Libra's]] response can be summed up as "Oh, shut up".
* ShowerScene: We got our first one with ''freaking'' Shun. You may [[{{Squee}} scream]] now, girls.
* SiblingYinYang: Phoenix Ikki and Andromeda Shun. Gemini Saga and Gemini Kanon.
* SilkHidingSteel:
** Princess Freya from the Asgard arc is a more stubborn, outspoken version of the trope.
** A possible male example would be Andromeda Shun, who is very gentle and borderline passive but is ''not'' to be trifled with when his friends are in danger.
* SingleStrokeBattle: What the Phoenix Genma Ken and the final blow of a successful Pegasus Ryusei Ken look like.
* SleepModeSize: [[spoiler: Dohko. He ''looks'' like a small old man a la Yoda, but if he ''does'' need to fight, he'll shred his disguise and show that ''he has not aged at all'', thanks to a special power given to him by one of Athena's past incarnations]]
** To specify, [[spoiler:while a regular human's heart beats 100,000 times a day, Athena has blessed Dohko with the Misopetha-Menos technique, which makes his heart beat 100,000 times A YEAR. So while 243 years have passed since he was given the technique, he's only aged 243 ''days''.]]
* SmugSuper: Most of the Silver Saints and the Spectres.
* SpeedBlitz: All Gold Saints and the five Main Bronze Saints are capable of moving at the Speed of Light.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Shun's Master wins this hands down with seven different names. No wonder nobody remembers him.
** In the Manga: Daidaros, Daidalos, Didaros
** In the Anime: Albiore, Alviore, Albione, Albion
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Sanctuary only has three Amazons, the Mariners have Thetis, and Hades only has Pandora.
* SpikesOfVillainy: The Sanctuary's Pope, full stop. During his more benign days, he tends to wear a golden (but not Gold) helm with extremely wide shoulderguards. When he goes evil, these shoulderguards come with gigantic spikes that make him almost as wide as he is tall.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: The stated power of the Andromeda Chain: while the arrow-headed one is used for offense, the ring-headed chain becomes an impregnable wall when Shun spins it around himself. Note that, for all [[InformedAbility its supposed defensive power]], its very susceptible to TheWorfBarrage against anything stronger than a Silver Saint.
** He did have one rather awesome use of it in the Poseidon arc though. When facing Scylla Io, the marina general used an attack that was actually six in one on a "low" setting to taunt him. However, since ItOnlyWorksOnce and Shun's chains are stated as early as the first tournament arc as being ''hyper adaptive'' to enemy attacks, Shun proceeds to counter each of his attacks, destroy his armor, and bind him in chains.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: Julian, for Poseidon. Who later is trapped into a ''real'' jar. Also Shun, for Hades.]]
* SpoilerOpening: Hades Inferno where they show Shun [[spoiler: as Hades.]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: Next Dimension seems to be heading this way with Saori being sent to the past as a baby arriving at the feet of the statue of Athena 200 years ago or so. [[EpilepticTree The most likely outcome will be that when she'll come back to the present time, it will be as a baby as well to create the events that started the original series]]]]
* StarPower: It's built on this early on, with both heroes and villains taking their powers from a constellation (From Pegasus Seiya to Gemini Saga). Later enemies have other sources for their powers, though.
* StartOfDarkness: It seems Gemini Saints have these curse. Gemini Saga fell pray to the taunts of [[spoiler: his own brother Kanon. Who would, ironically, become his successor after his HeelFaceTurn.]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: While the Silver and Bronze Cloths don't cover as much as practical armor should, the few female Cloths have [[BreastPlate Breast Plates]], cover less, are designed to be sexier and curvier, and often sport stiletto heels. This is also true for the Mermaid Scale, though the trend is very much averted by the anime-only character Ghost Saint Geist.
* StylishProtectionGear: Shun's shoulder guards are just as huge, but are set diagonally instead of horizontally --without the magic of animation, he shouldn't be able to raise his arms at all.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Volker from the Asgard saga taunts his adoptive son Mime into killing him to atone for ''all'' of his crimes... including the deaths of Mime's biological parents. Mime doesn't realize this until it's too late, and when Ikki shows him the truth, [[UnstoppableRage he freaks out]].]]
* SympathyForTheDevil:[[spoiler: Cassios, in the anime]]. Also several of the Asgard warriors, specially [[spoiler: Fenrir, Hagen and Syd]]
** A few of the Marinas, most notably [[spoiler: Scylla Io and Kraken Isaac]].
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Saga's split personalities. [[spoiler: And Shun, being Hades' vessel]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: Seiya takes a SuicidalGotcha and jumps off a cliff with Saori in his arms, rather than fighting Shaina to death or handing Saori to her and Silver Saint Jamian.]]
* TakenForGranite: Algol Perseus's main ability.
* TakingTheBullet: Seiya and Shiryu often do this.
* TeamMom: Saori aka Athena, sometimes Marin as well.
* ThemeTwinNaming: [[{{Plot}} Saga]] and [[{{Canon}} Kanon]].
* ThisCannotBe: EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER.
* TimeDelayedDeath: The MindRape-inducing Phoenix Genma Ken, which strikes the opponent's brain usually has this effect, once the madness has subsided. Also, [[spoiler: Specter Deep Niobe]] suffered this from [[spoiler:Aldebaran's Grand Horn]].
* ToThePain: Scorpio Milo calmly explains the effect of his Scarlet Needles to Hyoga ''as the other bleeds to death''. Shaka describes the Seven Stages of Hell as he ''mind-rapes'' Ikki. And that's just him ''warming up''.
* TournamentArc: The Galaxian Wars in the beginning of the series.
* TranquilFury: Virgo Shaka. Do NOT piss this polite and cold psychic off enough to open his perpetually closed eyes.
** Even Ikki was compelled to run away from him, which doesn't work too well as he can't get too far, since any long distance to Shaka is like his enemy is running in the palm of Buddha, much like what happened to [[JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]].
** To the point it took [[spoiler:Gemini Saga, Aquarius Camus AND Capricorn Shura to take him down! [[ICannotSelfTerminate And]] [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning even]] [[BatmanGambit then]]...]]

* TransformingMecha: Sort of. Each manga volume has several extra pages detailing exactly how the pieces of a sculpture representing a constellation turn into the elements of a suit of armour. The anime takes this further as the Steel Saints' mechanical Cloths actually do become fully-functional, albeit small, animal-shaped vehicles.
** Most fans ''actually'' thought the first Steel saints arrival "to the rescue" was more a Transformers/Saint Seiya crossover.
* TrashTalk
* TrueCompanions: The Bronze Saints, one of anime's closest-knit groups.
* TwangHello: Ikki loves to introduce himself by using the Phoenix cloth's metal feathers right before jumping into action.
* VariableLengthChain: Shun, Spica, Leda, and Albiore's chains. Silver Saint Cerberus Dante makes use of variable length chains attached to spiked balls.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Happens to Gemini Saga. And it's EPIC.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: During any given saga, the BigBad FinalBoss (and some other enemies) will usually be shown waiting for the heroes doing things like taking a bath, feeding birds, sunbathing, or just walking about. [[spoiler: Saga]]'s bathing and shower scenes were infamous for this.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Asgardians during the Asgard Arc.
* WaifProphet: [[spoiler: The missing Seika grew up to be one of those.]]
* TheWorfEffect: Taurus Aldebaran was often the recipient of such attacks after the Sanctuary arc. From the Asgardians, Poseidons generals, ''and'' Hades' Spectres. Killing him off screen might've been a MercyKill for him.
* WhatAnIdiot: Invoked in-universe by Ikki during the Poseidon Arc, and the audience pretty much agreed. Lyumnades Kaza had the power of ShapeShifting into people and he shapeshifted into Shun... Ikki punched a hole through his chest and when Kaza wondered why he didn't fall for it, Ikki explains:
-->''What an idiot. The real Shun is right here in front of my eyes. You picked the wrong person to morph.''
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Even though almost all character in Saint Seiya have beautiful eyes, which the main reason of ViewerGenderConfusion that happened through the series. The only one who got lampshaded is [[spoiler: Hades himself! It didn't help the one who lampshade it was Seiya who said ''What are those beautiful eyes! I can't believe these eyes belong to feared Hades, the King of Underworld. They have the depth of a very deep well.'' Oh boy...And as you all know Kurumada seems so fond of putting hint of HoYay in this series. And in Hades and Seiya's case... FoeYay.]] and also to add more seasoning to the FoeYay. [[spoiler: Stoic Hades snapped when he just realized he knew Seiya since LOOOOOOOONG time ago, and enraged because Seiya dared to reincarnate himself again and again. The irony is... Hades seems to believe Seiya did this not to protect Athena and human race but to come and ''wound'' him. He made it sounds like Seiya or Pegasus saints was obsessed of him after Seiya wound Hades once in the age of myth.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Poseidon arc goes out of its way to depict devastation brought upon Earth by global flooding. No mention is ever made again about how humanity recovered from these disasters. A similar situation happened with the Sanctuary arc in the anime, showing off scenes of war amidst the world which are never mentioned or brought up again.
** Phaeton/Bhaton who disappeared after the Sanctuary Arc.
** Once the (Sagittarius) Gold Cloth, grand prize of the Galaxian Wars, is recovered, no attempt is made to continue the tournament. Especially noticeable when several other fights with Silver Saints and the Sanctuary's henchmen take place at the tournament coliseum! The ticket-buying public likely forgot all about it during the aforementioned, offscreen global wars.
** And the Steel saints??? Oh yeah, '''nobody''' remember them. At least Fanon humor gives an explanation telling us they was dumped from the airplane in ''mid-flight'' when the party traveled to the Sanctuary in Greece (since the last time we saw them in the anime was boarding the ship, and we didnīt heard about them again ''ever''...) at the rhythm of [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness "your services are no longer required"]] (since they was created as anime-only characters for selling more toys) Way to go Bandai!!!
* WhipItGood: Chameleon June, with a dominatrix-styled Cloth to go with it, though her BrokenBird personality isn't the usual type for this type.
** Balrog Lune and his signature "Fire Whip".
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Seiya and Saori especially during the fight with Jamian.
* WithOurSwordsScene: The fight between Seiya and Ikki. After his friends are knocked out, Seiya is forced to fight alone and is systematically helped by Shiryu's Dragon Shield and Shun's Andromeda Chain. An interesting variation happens at the climax of the battle when Seiya finds out he has received Hyoga's "Diamond Dust" and uses it together with his "Ryu Sei Ken" for increased power.
* AWizardDidIt: The only logical explanation for the Sagittarius Cloth suddenly changing under water, though Cloths are [[AnimatedArmor alive]] and have a certain degree of free will. In the manga, [[spoiler: Mitsumasa Kido did it]]
** The anime drops a mention about Mu, the cloth smith, having been gone for a while in some unspecified mission around that time, suggesting he was responsible. Still, did he work on it underwater in between scene cuts?
* WolverineClaws: Ophiuchus Shaina's primary weapon, and she just ''loves'' to use them.
* WomanScorned: Ophiuchus Shaina.
* '''''WorldOfHam:''''' Oh God, so much.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Seiya uses this excuse to refuse fighting Shaina. BAD idea.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Deathmask says that "Winners write the history books" so he follows the "most powerful man" - the corrupt Pope.
* XMeetsY: FistOfTheNorthStar meets GreekMythology meets {{Sentai}}.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Shunrei is ethnically a ChineseGirl, but otherwise she's a perfect example of the trope.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: ''Very'' common, to the point where someone can give an entire speech in the time between receiving an attack and it taking effect.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Okay, [[YouShouldknowThisAlready so we know already about the main characters]] but when you think that the Silver Saints are in their teens while looking like 30-somethings, it starts to get weird.
** Aioros died when he was 14 years old and he was already ''taller'' than a 20-year-old Aioria. [[UpToEleven And don't make me start with that flashback of Shura in the anime.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The manga had normal hair colors, mostly, but that was changed in the anime, mostly for pragmatic animation reasons. Notably, the many blond-haired Gold Saints were a contrast nightmare.
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->Within you is the ability to use the power of the creation of this universe! A true saint, who learns on his own, has the possibility to gain super-human abilities! There are more stars than people on Earth. You can use your cosmo to make a Big Bang! Your fists can be like a meteor! A meteor!