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Awesome: God of War
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Zeus "I banish you to the pits of Tartarus!", before using his own crafted blade to create a storm cleansing the field of Titans.
    • Zeus also gets "PETULANT CHILD! I will tolerate your insolence NO MORE!" before blasting Gaia and Kratos off his mountain.
      • To be fair anything Zeus says with Corey Burton's voice is bound to sound epic.
    • His brother Poseidon also has some pretty awesome lines. "You challenge me MORTAL?!..A GOD OF OLYMPUS?!" It must be a family trait.
    • Really, it's hard not to sound epic when you're a freaking God. The exception being Hermes, and possibly Aphrodite who was pure sexy.
    • The fight with Deimos in Ghost of Sparta, followed by them settling their difference and teaming up to kill Thanatos.
  • In God of War, after you kill the Hydra by impaling its head onto the ship's mast. And for players new to the world of Kratos, God of War II has him rip the Colossus of Rhodes apart from the inside. One can only imagine how the third one will top this.
    • Stabbing Zeus through the eye with the Lighthouse of Alexandria?
      • Dropping the Moon of Titan ON the Titans?
      • Burning the Pleiades alive with...well, with the Pleiades?
      • None of the above - the Ultimate weapons combo. The Blade of Olympus is shoved into the ground. The blades catch Zeus under his body, launching him to the air. Kratos uses the chains to pull himself up. Finally, the gauntlets are used to punch him down, impaling him on the Blade of Olympus. Kratos lands, picks up the blade, then launches a laser attack up into the air, launching Zeus into the air, a hole in his stomach, his back broken, his front bleeding, his powers sapped.
      • Considering what the newest trailer showed us, the ambitions of the team and the power of the hardware they have to use, these will probably all seem mild compared to what he actually does.
      • It seems they Took a Third Option. At the climax of the final confrontation against Zeus in God of War III, you're required to mash the Circle button while Kratos bashes Zeus' head against a rock. Since you're in first-person mode, Zeus' blood slowly obscures your vision while Kratos keeps hammering away at Zeus' skull and you have to keep mashing the circle button. In theory, until the whole screen is covered in red. In PRACTICE, however, you can keep going for as long as you want, until you are done laughing like a maniac as you hear the sound of the fists crashing on Zeus's face.
  • As awesome as Kratos is, his most badass moments are probably in the last couple of hours in the second game. He kills the Fates - you know, the ones which were supposed to be UNKILLABLE, the creatures that even the GODS feared - even after they decided he wouldn't, providing one of the most literal subversions of You Can't Fight Fate anywhere, and he beats up Zeus while still technically a mortal.
  • This Troper thinks its fair to say, the entirety of both games is an ever escalating series of Crowning Moments of Awesome.
  • When Ares hurls a spike out into the distance for apparently no reason. We then cut back to Kratos who is then SPEARED through said spike right through the chest. Understand? The God of War chucked as spike halfway across the planet and hit the guy DEAD CENTER of his chest. Holy shit.
    • Well, he IS the GOD OF WAR!
    • It was hardly halfway across the planet - it was across half a city and a bit of desert. But it was a moving target.
  • The following exchange between Kratos and Ares, moments before Ares is killed.
    Ares: I was trying to make you a great warrior!
    Kratos: You succeeded. (Stabs Ares.)
  • A little irregular, but this troper wants to nominate the game's control scheme, which is now the standard by which he judges control layouts. A game is only as fun as it is easy to control, and God of War is phenomenal in this regard.
  • Final boss fights in God I and II. First game, Kratos uses Pandora's box to grow into a giant to fight Ares. So with all the cool attacks thrown between them, there is the extra awesomeness from the fact that the two of them are giants. In the 2nd game, you've got epic music, a desolate scenery, and thunderstorm in the background. Add points for the moments of badassery when Zeus or Kratos takes the Blade of Olympus. Zeus will pick Kratos up, with one hand, and uses the other to toss him to the other end of arena, while Kratos will manage to wrestle the blade from Zeus and then impale him with it.
  • Speaking of final boss fights, the final confrontation with Zeus in III. You not only get to slice Zeus with the Blades of Exile from first-person view, but right after, mashing the circle button repeatedly will produce so much blood, that your view of the beating is blocked. Only when you stop does Zeus finally kick the bucket, which means you can beat on him as much as you want. And really, after everything Zeus has said and done by that point, it feels so satisfying.
    • It's a great metaphor for the games, too: "You can go as long and as far as you want, it's only going to get darker, bloodier, and more over the top."
  • Poseidon jumping down from Olympus and colliding with a Titan, KNOCKING IT OFF THE MOUNTAIN.
    • The entire sequence with Posideon is made of awesome. To wit: You fight against the God of the Seas as a colossus made of his domain while riding on Gaia. Kratos takes him out of the colossus by riding Gaia's hand as she punches him. After that, you beat the ever-loving shit out of him while watching from his point of view.
  • The battle with Hades in III, which ends with Kratos throwing Hades's "Your Soul Is Mine" taunt right back in his face by taking HIS soul using the claws he just took from him.
  • The entire battle with Cronos, the mother of all Colossus Climbs, which has you fighting loads of monsters on his surface, doing nasty things to the guy's fingers, getting eaten at one point and then slashing your way out in pure Badass fashion before then driving a crystal right through his jaw, climbing right on his face, and then finishing him off with the Blade of Olympus right through his forehead.
  • The battle with Hercules in III, where Herc reveals that Stealing his heavy armor and Nemean Cestus just makes him faster, able to now pull off a Flash Step. Then, he rips the entire arena out of the ground, only for Kratos to pin him under it, and pound his head until it caves in.
  • "ARES! There is nothing you can put in my way to stop me! I will save my family!" Even if you hate Kratos, you can't help but think YES when he shouts that at Ares after he summons a bunch of Doppelgangers of Kratos himself who are closing in on avatars of his family. Especially since this line comes right after Calliope cries "Daddy!" Not only does that get the Papa Wolf out of Kratos, but the player as well (Mama Bear if the player is female) which makes it double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
  • Start up God Of War 2. Push the button for Poseidon's Wrath. Feel the awesome.
  • Similar to the Hydra example above, in the second game, killing the Kraken by impaling it on a BRIDGE.
  • I'm surprised no one put this. At the end of God of War 2 Zeus is shooting his lightning at you (Kratos) while you block with the Blade of Olympus. Then Kratos says "I lay down my arms down, Zeus." and stabs the Blade into the ground. Zeus takes the Blade and prepares to splice your head into two, (at this point the rest of the game is a quick-time event) but you block it, smashes Zeus's head into a rock, stabs both of his hands, and stabs him. In fact, if Athena didn't interfer, you would kill Zeus. Just a note, you fail at the quick time event, Zeus kills you.
  • The final boss battles of Ghost of Sparta. Kratos and Deimos fighting side by side is just awesome.
    • You almost feel bad for what's about to happen to Thanatos after he kills Deimos.
  • In God of War 3, most people don't reconize it, but, when you grab a normal and hitting Triangle splits him in half, right? Well, do that exact same thing except hold on to triangle the entire time, and we get a camera zoomed in at Kratos as he brutally rips an enemy in two with blood flying all over him and blood flying everywhere.
  • The final scene from God of War II. Watching a very pissed Kratos ascend the mountain with the Titans. Combined with one of the most kickass music tracks ever. Nothing topped it until the third installment.
  • The opening battle with Magaera and Aegaeon in Ascension.
  • The epic battle between Megaera and Tisiphone against Kratos.
  • The final battle of Ascension. Alecto transforms into a Titan-sized sea-beast and battles against Kratos in a maelstrom on oil with Tisiphone assisting throughout.
  • The default blades combo itself. It's a series of complicated chain blade swings that is surprisingly smooth-flowing and artistic. It's only maxed up to eleven when Kratos leaps into the air with the slow-motion awesomeness, then proceeds to slam his fully-charged blades into the ground, creating large explosion and shaking the ground.
  • From God of War II, we have The Last Spartan, the baddest man in Sparta. Yes, even badder than Kratos. Because he not only survived the death wave that killed every other soldier regardless of allegiance in Rhodes, he returned to Sparta where he survived a SECOND Zeus attack. After that, he got up, dusted himself off, and hurried off to the see the Fates, making it further FASTER than the demigod aided by the Titans. Had he not run into Kratos (whom he put up a Hell of a fight against), it's very likely he would have made it to see the Fates.

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