The main character of Asura's Wrath. Once one of the Eight Guardian Generals of Shinkoku Trastrium, Asura was betrayed and killed by his seven comrades. They framed him for the murder of Emperor Strada, killed his wife, and took his daughter away from him. Full of rage and a desire for revenge, he comes back to life with his wrath as his only weapon.But the object of his wrath is not only revenge, but also the suffering of their world, Gaea. When his anger escalates, his Mantra activates and transforms him into a godly six-armed warrior.His mantra affinity is Wrath.
Anti-Hero: He fits in to the Pragmatic Hero category, as he doesn't care if he has to kill his former allies in order to save his daughter. He falls short of the unscrupulous archetype, despite the setting that's been created on Gaia during his first death; he spares soldiers who are too afraid to fight him, and never gives in to cynicism, instead trying to save innocent lives if he can.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As Asura the Destructor, Gaea is no bigger than his torso, which is planet Earth in all but name. He and Chakravartin's ultimate form completely dwarf even Sakra Devanam Indra Deus, and that really says something.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Penny Arcade pre-order comic has this. While looking for his keys, Asura throws his house into space; when a moped cuts him off, he throws an oil tanker at a gas station, causing the town to explode; just because an old lady asks him for the date while paying for groceries with a check, he punches the ground hard enough that the Earth swallows North America; and when he receives no-bubble tea with bubbles, he doesn't even tip. The psychiatrist is understandably skeptical.
Psychiatrist: Then what happened? Did you throw the moon at them or something?
Asura: No, no. I left. I just walked out. I don't know. It seemed rude.
Back from the Dead: Happens to him when he's betrayed and killed by the other demigods. Also happens 2 more times after. He comes back by sheer anger alone!
Bash Brothers: Does this with Yasha in Episode 18/True Episode 18. Bonus points for them actually being brothers-in-law. Subverted in that they don't even try coordinating attacks. They just both Spam Attack the opponent and manage to stay out of each other's way. This does occasionally result in moments of surprising synergy.
The Berserker: The game is called "Asura's Wrath" for a reason. As the game revolves around berserking and makes wrath a central theme, it was perhaps inevitable that it would be deconstructed: Asura's anger in battle is so obscene and unfocused that he doesn't really get any pleasure from actually killing things. It's like an itch that he can't scratch. At first the fact that he can't calm down bugs him, then it genuinely confuses him, and then it starts freaking him out. In the end, he's able to focus his anger, but can find no way to quell it and even starts cursing his power. That is, until he killed Chakravartin in Part IV Nirvana. Sure, he died too afterward, but he managed to save Mithra, and that was enough for him.
Blood Knight: Was this in his younger days; however, after he met and married Durga and they had Mithra, he mellowed out.
Bring It: His response to having a demigod the size of a planet send his mountainous FINGER down to crush him. He wins.
Brought Down to Badass: According to the developers, Asura has lost most of his godly power after being sealed away for 12,000 years. Even without them, he slaughters mooks like they are nothing, can keep up with and take hits from Wyzen after the latter grows over 60 meters tall, and when angry enough, stops Wyzen's Tennessee-sized finger in his planet sized state and punches it and Wyzen into oblivion. God damn.
Bumbling Dad: For all of his physical invincibility, Asura is helpless against the gentle teasing of his wife and daughter. For them, and only for them, is he completely disarmed of rage. One of his most endearing qualities is that he is very much aware that this leaves him no way to interact with them competently. Notably, this is not played for laughs or done in a way that makes him seem like an idiot, like most other examples.
Character Development: His rage at being betrayed and his daughter kidnapped is tempered with indignation at how the innocent masses are treated. He later goes to attack the demigods not only to save his family and get revenge, but also to free humanity from their tyranny. Despite being a rage-fueled hothead, his instinctive concern for mankind puts him head and shoulders above the rest of the demigods, ethically speaking.
Clipped Wing Angel: A rare heroic example, Wrath form. He takes this form after his Berserker form took a blast from the Brahmastra, he is covered in black colored armor and looks cracked. Its concept art says that when Asura attacks in this form, he does more damage to himself then he does the enemy. Although that doesn't stop him from gutting and head-stomping Sergei and putting up a decent fight with Yasha.
Colossus Climb: Does one on Wyzen, just to give him a good old fashioned punch to the face.
Battle Aura: He prominently glows red when powering up.
Faster-Than-LightSuper Speed: Can dodge beams from Gohma Vlitra in its strongest mode in space with ease when said beams are fired from the planet. Taken Up to Eleven in his destructor form, in which he can casually fly past entire solar systems worth of planets and into the centre of the universe in mere minutes.
Berserker, Asura's most powerful form prior to getting the reactor implant. However in this form he loses all sense and reason and he destroys practically everything around him until he destroys his own arms at which point he enters his Wrath form.
Wrath, a Clipped Wing Angel form that is quite powerful but also scorches his own body. How much sense and reason he has in this form seems to vary depending on how he entered it. Notably, this and berserker are the only ones he achieves without help, so it seems the wrath mantra is naturally self destructive.
Mantra/Prajna, while not as strong as Berserker or Wrath, it is much more balanced and is the strongest form he can achieve without tearing himself apart pre implant. It is used with six arms in his final fight against Chakravartin.
The Destructor, a gigantic form bigger than Gaea that puts him equal to a god. He could only achieve this form after getting the Karma Fortress mantra reactor inserted into him by Yasha in order for his body to handle the enormous amounts of mantra.
Dark-Skinned Blond: His reincarnation has a dark complexion while still having his white hair.
Defrosting Ice King: Yasha is kind to and sort of supportive of Asura, but Asura isn't having any of it. It doesn't help that Yasha also keeps trying to outdo him in battle, which pisses off Asura who sees competition as pointless when in battle. After beating up Gaea's core together, Asura is less of an asshole to Yasha, a massive accomplishment in itself.
Determinator: Keeps on fighting a guy who calls himself God after losing his arms! By the end of the game he's been killed, four times, and just keeps coming back on sheer fury and determination, and every time he dies, he just keeps coming back faster.
Disappears into Light: After defeating Chakravartin, Mantra no longer exists. Because Asura's very life was tied into his Wrath Mantra, he dies like this, even when Mithra doesn't want it to happen.
Dying as Yourself: Spends most of the game consumed by rage and his eyes glowing with fury. He dies with his wrath gone, and his eyes normal.
Earn Your Happy Ending: It took Asura 12,500 years, dying at least three times, killing all of his former friends, watching countless innocents die, and punching the equivalent of God in the face, but he saved his daughter and finally found peace, and he saved the world.
Eleventh Hour Super Power: Mantra Asura. An even better example is his planet sized Destructor form, which is his main power source for the final battle even after not using it.
Evil Laugh: Lets one loose after having heard enough out of Chakravartin and before getting ready to fight him in ep 19.
Explosive Overclocking: His rage causes him to summon more power than his body is able to handle. Yasha later rectifies this by imbuing him with the Mantra Reactor from Deus' flagship.
Expy: His growing stronger as he gets angrier is similar to The Incredible Hulk, his status as a betrayed demigod out for revenge is similar to Kratos, and his powerset, including the use of a wrathful red aura combined with his looks and Japanese voice actor, as well as having a demonic form later on is similar to both Elfman and Naruto Uzumaki.
Also a few traits similar to Sun Wukong, due to his short temper, having a buddha esque character (Gongen Wyzen) try to crush him with his giant hand (In this case, Wyzen's finger) and even eventually being sealed underneath a mountain for 500 years. Lampshaded in this recursive shout out in Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons.
A God I Am Not: Refuses to go along with Chakravartin's scheme to make Asura into the world's new god since he believes that the world doesn't need a god like him. In the Akuma episode, he tells Akuma "Don't call me a god!"
Good Is Not Nice: At heart, he's a good and extremely moral person that, even when driven over the edge, keeps his grudges between himself and those who have wronged him, but you likely wouldn't guess that from his rough exterior.
Heartbroken Badass: When he found Durga slain, his grief leads him to angrily confront Deus, only to be curbstomped and sent down to Naraka. Later, when The Girl is bombed to death along with her village, watching her dead body prompts him to go into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Olga's fleet.
The Hero Dies: Unlike his previous deaths, he dies for good in the final ending. The Stinger hints that he's reincarnated at some point, along with everyone else.
Heroic RROD: His rage proves to be too much for his own arms to handle. Multiple times. Good thing he can regenerate almost instantly.
His own power becomes a major problem later on cause he can't go past his Mantra form without his own body being torn apart by his own power.
His Wrath form is set on this by default.
This is fixed later thanks to Yasha implanting the Karma Fortress' Mantra Reactor into Asura.
Heroic Sacrifice: Killed Chakravartin despite knowing that it would also be the end of himself.
Idiot Hero: Played with, whenever Yasha's around, since Asura insists on killing things whenever Yasha tries to think. Suicidal recklessness aside, Asura's already done plenty of pontificating on his journey. At the end of the game it's brought around full circle. Yasha tries to reason that there must be a better alternative to Deus' plans, while Asura cuts through his hesitation (12,000 years of hesitation, as a matter of fact) by saying that ifs and hows were irrelevant, Deus needed to go down because the people of Gaea needed to be free of their torment — a fact he had learned only too well over the course of the game.
It's Personal: Doesn't really get more personal than losing your wife, getting betrayed and killed by your seven best buddies, and having your daughter put through hell to power a god-weapon fueled by human souls.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The kindest word he has for his family is "Thanks" (though they sure as hell aren't fooled by the attitude). Nevertheless, he is visibly relaxed around them and fiercely protective of their safety, and it's otherwise clear that he loves them. Likewise, later in the game, though he's gruff to strangers and mostly yells, roars, or curses when he's irritated, he tries to protect The Girl when she follows him around and is deeply affected by the suffering he witnesses.
The Juggernaut: Nothing will stop him from rescuing his daughter. In gameplay, he's a bit harder to knock down than the typical beat-'em-up protagonist, and he truly lives up to the trope in Unlimited Mode, where he'll more or less No Sell anything up to and including boss attacks.
Large Ham: Almost always yells every line whenever he's really angry.
Leitmotif: "Furious" and "One who destroys the ring" as Asura the Destructor.
Lightning Bruiser: Much more so than any video game protagonist has any right to be. Somewhat more Bruiser than Lightning though, when compared to Yasha, the other playable character. Asura is stronger, better with crowds, and can knock enemies around more easily, including bosses.
Interestingly, the final act of the game highlights another aspect of his Lightning Bruiser-dom, his sheer agility. He may not be as fast as Yasha, but he sure as hell is a lot more agile than him. This, more than anything else, is what allows Asura to outfight Chakravartin, who is borderline omnipotent, while Asura is at his weakest.
Like a Badass out of Hell: Asura is repeatedly killed and sent down into Naraka (named after the Buddhist equivalent of Hell). His response is to literally climb his way out of this hell-like underworld. The really amazing part is that Asura gets killed four times over the game, and every time he dies he just comes back faster. The first time he climbed out of Naraka took 12,000 years. The second time took five hundred. The third took a couple of days. And the fourth a couple of hours.
Asura: How many times must I repeat this?
Mangst: One of the most well written examples in a video game. His anger and own bouts of Mangst can be attributed not just to his wife being killed and his daughter kidnapped / being imprisoned for 12,000 years, but also to the cruelty done by his former allies, who all go on to promote the suffering of the planet and Gaea's people. And when a Little girl that looks just like his daughter gets killed in a bombing raid by one of his former allies, he goes into both this and a massive rage AT THE SAME TIME!
Meaningful Name: "Asura" can be interpreted as "powerful" or "mighty." It also refers to the mythological Asuras, who in Buddhism, are reincarnations of souls who acted based on passion, especially justifiable anger, in life — which describes him alltoowell. From a Hindu perspective, however, Asuras are the perpetual enemies of the Devas whose wickedness caused them to forfeit immortality. While Asura does come to blows with so called Gods, his principle enemy (Downloads aside) is a chief Asura and the two of them are the ones with the seeming immortality.
The alternative name for his Mantra form. Prajna Form, is wisdom, understanding, discernment, insight, or cognitive acuity.
Nay-Theist: Taken to its obvious conclusion in the Downloadable Content. Asura does not believe that humans should have to worship gods, including himself, because the gods that they worship just cause them more suffering, pain and death. Chakravartin, the closest being in the Asura universe to an actual capital-G God, is the one responsible for the whole Gohma situation that drove the Earth's gods to do all this. After killing them all, Asura delivers an epic beatdown to Chakravartin before killing him as well.
Never Hurt an Innocent: Holds the greatest regard for innocent life out of all of the Divine Generals. Even as Wrath Asura, he focuses his rampage on the Deities' armies and the Gohma and never laid a finger on any innocent people, human or demigod.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One of his possible counter attacks against Deus. Also delivers a rage-fueled one against Chakravartin during the second half of the final fight.
One Demigod Army: However, when he enters his Berserker form, he cranks this concept Up to Eleven by decimating an entire space armada down to just a handful in a few seconds.
Papa Wolf: Will stop at nothing to rescue his daughter. And may the gods have mercy on those foolish enough to get in his way. He's also rather protective of the human girl that bears a strong resemblance to Mithra. Even prior to the events of the game, it was shown that he was unwilling to let Mithra become the Priestess since he refused to have her become a tool of war, despite her willingness to do so.
Person of Mass Destruction: Also to the extreme. He's pretty much a walking nuclear missile silo before he enters Berserker state.
Physical Demigod: And a powerful one, at that. The trope reaches its apex in his planet-sized Destructor form; With the exception of Chakravartin, this form outclasses everything else seen in the entire game with ease.
Rocket Punch: In his Mantra and Destructor forms he is able to shot massive amounts of mantra out of his elbows that he can use to propel him forward. He can also use it to enhance the power of his punches.
Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Asura really doesn't seem to understand how to interact with other people without violence or the threat of violence. He really wants to be a better husband and father, but he just doesn't know how.
The Scream: Nearly the entirety of Episode 12's conclusion once he sees the corpse of the Girl.
Screaming Warrior: This is an Asura trademark, given his berserker tactics and his utter rage.
Talk to the Fist: In every boss fight, Asura has the option to "Shut (X) Up" by running up and punching them in the face while they're monologuing.
Token Good Teammate: When he worked with the other demigods, believe it or not, he probably held the most regard for innocent life out of all of them. It's not really apparent until after the fact, though. Whereas every one of his teammates either doesn't have that instinct or suppresses it like hell.
Tragic Monster: Berserker and Wrath Asura, post episode 12. Only Yasha is able to get him out of it.
Tsundere: Type A, before being betrayed. Gentle and kind to his wife Durga and daughter Mithra, angry and usually very aggressive towards everyone else, and interestingly, his daughter Mithra is voiced by "the tsundere queen" Rie Kugimiya.
Unskilled, but Strong: He's not a very subtle or tactical fighter. He frequently charges headlong into things and smashes them with insane, brute force, relying on his Unstoppable Rage to fuel him. And more often than not, this works against even much more skilled opponents. His traditional rival and friend Yasha is the only one capable of beating him with skill over brute force.
Weak, but Skilled: Surprisingly, this is one of his greatest strengths, if not the greatest. When fighting Chakravartin, the most powerful being in the universe, he gets kicked all the way down to his base form. When fighting Chakravartin's final form, instead of overwhelming him with strength, he uses his agility to outmaneuver and redirect Chakravartin's attacks.
"World of Cardboard" Speech: While beating the crap out of Chakravartin at the end, he lets loose with one of these, saying that he knows the reasons for his wrath: That he cannot stand fools who try to rule over others weaker than themselves and forcing others to do what they can't do for themselves. That he cannot pray to gods who rule others, and will not be prayed to. And, most importantly, he'll never forgive anyonewho makes his daughter Mithra cry.
Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Surprisingly, Asura exclusively targets beings that have wronged him, along with anyone who deliberately tries to stop him from doing so. And woe betide anyone who would attack a civilian...
You're Insane!: Says this to Deus in episode 2 after the latter lets him on about his twisted plan to win the war against the Gohma.
"I will raise our daughter. You concentrate on making the world a safe place for her. Just do what you think is right. You're at your best when you're fighting for what's right. Please.
Asura's only daughter and the sole Priestess of Shinkoku.She is able to freely manipulate and amplify the demigods' source of power — Mantra. Deus kidnaps her in order to use her power for his own. Before Emperor Strada's assassination, she was one of the candidates to succeed the throne.
Trauma Conga Line: She sees both her parents murdered, is used as power source for the Brahmastra (with her uncle one of her kidnappers), watches as seven trillion innocent people are slaughtered for 12,500 years, is held hostage by Chakravartin, has to watch Chakravartin beat the crap out of Asura and Yasha and nearly kill the former, and is still held hostage by Chakravartin when he talks about destroying Gaea and then recreating it if Asura's doesn't satisfy his plans.
The Seven Deities
Formerly The Eight Guardian Generals, they became known as the Seven Deities after betraying the current emperor and one of their own, Asura himself, and killing them both, usurping the role as rulers of Shinkoku in order to bring about a "Great Rebirth".
A God Am I: All of them share this mindset post betrayal of both Asura and the emperor.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Complete Karma Fortress is able to literally stand above the entire planet earth, and his hands are big enough to grab onto it like a beach ball (Even before gaining a torso when Deus fuses with it).
Battle Aura: All are colored according to whatever Mantra affinity each one has.
Flying Brick: A requirement to be one of the Seven Deities is to be able to manipulate Mantra to an extent where you physically become one of these.
Four-Star Badass: All of the seven deities (eight counting Asura pre-betrayal) were all direct commanders of the Shinkoku army under the direction of the then current emperor.
Legacy Character: All of the Seven Deities as guardian generals acted like this. Whenever a previous guardian general of a certain mantra type either died or willingly passed down their title, a new Guardian general would take their place. Sometimes, the successor had to fight the predecessor in order to become one.
Wave Motion Gun/Kill Sat: The Brahmastra, a part of the Karma fortress inside its forehead. It's positioned directly above Earth when it needs to be used, functioning as a Satellite laser in use against The Gohma.
"Power without a purpose is meaningless and worthless. A purpose that is firm can change the impossible to the possible."
The leader of the Seven Deities.A Demigod who once was the Commander of the Eight Guardian Generals. After betraying Emperor Strada and framing Asura for his death, Deus took the rest of the generals and formed the Seven Deities.They rule over Shinkoku Trastrium as self-proclaimed gods. Deus takes much pride in being the "protector" of the world, and believes that his actions are righteous.He has a brash way of speaking, though since he has absolute confidence in his abilities, it does not come across as offensive or unpleasant.His mantra affinity is Pride.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Olga states that, when Deus was the leader of the Guardian Generals, he was given the most powerful Manta due to his position, and he sure lives up to that. This guy kills Asura in the prologue, and is able to fight Asura and Yasha at the same time and nearly beats them, and he flat out no selled everything Yasha threw at him when he tried fighting him on his own.
Awesome Ego: A defining characteristic In-Universe. While he could be described as arrogant or a braggart, most people who know him consider him to be endearingly and sincerely frank about his capabilities, because he can back any of those claims up.
Anti-Villain: A definite type III. Did he do terrible things? Yes. Did he have a good reason? Absolutely. Does that make what he did any less despicable? Asura sure didn't think so.
Determinator: It took several battles to slow him down at all, with him stepping up his game each time. At many points, you get to see him No Sell Asura's and Yasha's combined might through sheer force of will. He even refuses to die once he'd gotten 12,000+ years of power beaten out of him!
A God Am I: Played quite interestingly. He sees his god status as more of a title that he needs to wear during this time until the great rebirth, where he plans to resign. However, by the end of the game it seems the power has gone to his head.
Holy Halo: One of the most grand looking, second only to Asura's.
Ignored Expert: Despite having fought the Gohma for millennia, Emperor Strada refused to listen to him, which is why Deus killed him, since he started to view him as an obstacle to permanently destroying Vlitra.
Leitmotif: "Show justice" and "Already you must recite it".
Meaningful Name: "Deus" is the Latin word for god and he's well...a god. Another root for his name is Dyas Piter, the Indo-European sky deity that is the prototype for lightning-wielding celestial king gods from Indra to Odin to Zeus.
Motive Decay: While in the beginning, Deus was an honorable and charismatic man, if a bit extreme with reasonable goals, but 12500 years with all the power and Yasha's betrayal finally took its toll on his sanity.
Necessarily Evil: Rather than try to avenge the guardian general killed by Augus he simply gives Augus his job because he needs all the help he can get against the Gohma. Deus later claims to have considered every last alternative to what he ended up doing in regards to defeating Gohma Vlitra for good.
Nice Guy: His reincarnation is a high-ranking corporate executive who risks being late for an important meeting in order to help a struggling old man crossing the street, and absolutely refuses to think of doing otherwise.
The second main character of Asura's Wrath. A Demigod and one of the Seven Deities, he is Asura's rival and brother-in-law.Cool, calm, and collected, Yasha is well versed in both literary and military arts. He and Asura both joined the Eight Guardian Generals at the same time.He is the older brother of Durga, Asura's wife. Though she is tragically killed in Deus' coup d'etat, Yasha's beliefs in the cause are stronger than his feelings for family. Due to the world's suffering, he always has a melancholy expression on his face.His mantra affinity is Melancholy.
Ace Custom: His Jet Bike, the Corvette, has power equal to the Septentrion flagships used by the other deities while being able to fit only one person to ride on it.
Anti-Villain: Is the only Deity who feels any form of guilt for his actions.
Dies Wide Open: We see this when his mask breaks after the final confrontation. The reason he put on the mask in the first place was to hide the fact that his eyes had become clouded after ripping out his own mantra reactor.
Empty Eyes: Wore his mask in his final battle in order to hide this.
Expy: Yasha is a calm, cool, sorta brother, sorta rival that reluctantly works with the villain but eventually sides with the hero and has a whistling theme in a Capcom game, just like Proto Man from Mega Man (Classic).
If you won't listen to reason, then listen to my fists!
Go Out with a Smile: Which is a good sign he was dead, given he is powered by melancholy. In fact, his last fight was just to make Asura happy so it should have been apparent he was going for this in hindsight.
A God Am I: As shown in his Badass Boast, though he proves to be more empathetic to the mortals than the other deities.
Handshake Substitute: Receives a fist bump from Asura. Or rather, his corpse does, right before he dissipates.
Heel-Face Turn: Fittingly enough, this happens when he can no longer hide his face beneath a mask.
Heroic Sacrifice: Rips out his own Mantra to infuse Asura's Mantra Reactor, then duels Asura to the death to awaken his new power.
Holy Halo: Curiously averted considering the rest of the demigods, excluding Asura obviously, have one. Until he fights Wrath Asura.
Implacable Man: Asura's attacks don't even so much as faze him, until Asura headbutts him.
Leitmotif: "Orphan wolf legend". It has three variations, "Wind", "Fang" and "Bonds".
Lightning Bruiser: In a contrast to Asura, he is more lighting than bruiser, though he is still really strong. He's a little weaker, much quicker, easier to control, and can keep pressure on single enemies like bosses more easily.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Believes in Deus' cause in spite of all the suffering that comes from it. Until he fights Wrath Asura. He even calls himself a demon for being willing to follow the cause.
Not So Different: In-universe, he has his moments of fury expressed while doing something amazing. In gameplay terms, he shares the same controls as Asura. He even admits as such in Episode 21.
Yasha: It seems your anger is rubbing off on me...
One of the Seven Deities. An arrogant militant. Was once a brute who never thought things through.But once he gained new power as one of the Seven Deities, he began to stand out for his discriminating way of speaking towards the humans.He goes out of his way to speak condescendingly. He is the powerhouse of the Seven Deities.His mantra affinity is Violence.
Acrofatic: He is as agile as Asura, in spite of his belly
Along with being the very first demi-god fought in the game (And the only one besides Yasha and Deus to be fought twice), not only is he the first one of the deities to die, but even the other deities see him as nothing more than a big joke despite being the biggest of them physically.
Even his reincarnated form is this, as he's only a petty thug compared to the other reincarnated Demigods.
Climax Boss: Not quite as much as later bosses, but he does have a chapter all to himself when he becomes the size of Gaea itself.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets trashed quickly by Asura in his first fight against him. Their second fight turns in Wyzen's favor when he turns into Vajra Wyzen, but Asura promptly defeats him when goes into his six armed form.
Dumb Muscle: Pretty much his role with the Deities. Especially when he uses more Mantra than necessary just to end up weaker.
Energy Ball: Can fire one of these from the side of his large arm.
You Talk Too Much: Asura has the option to say this to him during the beginning of his second fight while delivering a punch to Wyzen's face.
"Relax son. Enjoy every moment. You fight, then you eat good food. You fight, then you drink fine wine. You fight, then you sleep with beautiful women. Hell, fight with beautiful women! That's what it means to live."
One of the Seven Deities, Augus is master and mentor to Asura and Yasha. Bold and big-hearted, Augus is the type to use his fists to do the talking for him.He carries a giant katana at his side, but never uses it unless he's serious (prior to the game, only Deus pushed him far enough to use it). He mainly uses his bare fists in battle. He sees fighting not as a means to an end, but as a purpose in life.His mantra affinity is Greed.
Badass: Deus recruits him because he was able to kill a guardian general without any of the benefits that come with that position. Deus wants to recruit him even more after he takes a hit from his nunchucks and keeps going.
Badass Beard: To make him look older than his student, the clean shaven Asura
Badass Normal: For a demigod, at any rate. Augus believes that relying on Mantra makes one weak, and that this is why Wyzen and Karlow were defeated by Asura. He doesn't use Mantra at all, which says something pretty scary about his overall capabilities, as Deus gave him his position after the two of them fought to standstill, and the previous holder of the mantra of greed didn't push into using his sword.
Bash Brothers: He was this with Asura back in the day, according to him at least.
Blind Seer/Disability Superpower: Turns out in his profile that he actually is blind. Even Asura says it outright. Subtle but noticeable in-game, too, as at first glance, Augus' eyes look just like the enraged Asura's, but lack the slightly reddish pupils that mark Asura's eyes. Augus' eyes are pure white.
Blind Weaponmaster: While his eyes are all white, just like Asuras, they seem to be that way for a different reason. Asura becomes of power glows, Augus because he cannot actually see.
Blood Knight: Just about every other line that comes out of his mouth has something to do with fighting and how much he loves it. Punctuated by the line:
"I don't fight for good, and I don't fight for evil! I just fight!"
Boisterous Bruiser: Despite his love of fighting, he's pretty polite and seems like a pretty fun guy to be around when he's not fighting.
Cool Old Guy: Even considering his harsh training policies and tendency to strike him for little reason, Augus is a lot nicer to Asura than the other guardian generals, even after becoming one of the seven deities and trying to kill him.
Climax Boss: You even get an interactive cutscene before fighting him
Development Gag: His design and personality were based off of a very early design of Asura, who had two swords back then.
Eccentric Mentor: Very much so. Some of his training with Asura included beating him up.
Expy: He bears a lot of resemblance to Kenpachi Zaraki. Going farther than the average Blood Knight, both not only love to fight, but base their entire life around fighting and consider almost everything else to be unimportant.
Like his pupil, he is also an Expy of Sun Wukong, having similar incredible strength, but he also has more direct personality similarities then Asura, such as a rowdy, love of fighting attitude, and a similarly long extendable weapon in the form of Wailing Dark (which, like Wukongs staff, can litterally extend from the earth to the moon).
Flash Step: Can move really damn fast when fighting him, especially when he uses his sword.
A Glass in the Hand: He expresses his greed through chasing after desires of the flesh, including drunkenness
Holy Halo: Like the other deities, more prominently seen when powering up.
I Am Not Left-Handed: Only draws his sword when the fight is worth it. Prior to that, he'll fight only using his fists or with the sheathed blade.
I Fight for the Strongest Side: As shown in episode 15.5's interlude, Augus wasn't interested in joining the eight Guardian Generals at first, stating that they were "weaklings". Then Deus came along and fought him to a draw. After the fight, Deus promises Augus that all battles will be like the one they were in if he joins his cause. Augus complies.
Implacable Man: Asura — at base strength without any extra arms — can't even budge him from where he stands.
Klingon Promotion: Inherited the position of Guardian General from the one he killed.
Noble Demon: Augus may only live to fight, but he wants Asura to be at the top of his game when he does. So he takes him to Kanazuki Spring to rejuvenate and relax for once in the game since everything hit the fan.
Occidental Otaku: His reincarnation in the Japanese version, who came to Japan to collect Japanese swords, and tries his best to speak Japanese to locals that look like former Demi-god minions.
Punch Clock Villain: Augus doesn't care at all for Deus' cause, and actually expresses some disgust at the idea of ending the war with the Gohma. In fact, he's the only Guardian General not present when Deus throws Asura from space note Save Wyzen, who was busy being unconscious after he tried taking on Asura earlier. He only works with Deus because he promised an endless slew of good fights, with them culminating in his final confrontation with Asura.
Sequential Boss: You fight him when he just uses his fists, and then when he uses his sword.
You Kill It, You Bought It: The 15.5 DLC reveals how Augus became a Guardian General. He killed one, which piqued Deus' interest in him. After the two fought, Augus agreed to serve him as long as all his fights were as great as the one they had (which was enough for him to take out his sword).
My strategies are flawless. There is no need for us to be on the front. You need but sit back and await our victory.
The eldest of the Seven Deities. A cunning and sly tactician, Kalrow has others carry out what he has planned and rarely makes an effort to do anything himself. He is researching an easier way to manage both the humans and the Gohma.Kalrow is quite skilled at fooling others with his illusions.His mantra affinity is Sloth.
The Evil Genius: When your super powers generally translated into hitting things, come from mantras and your mantra is sloth you kind of have to be because he would technically be at his strongest when most adverse to actually fighting the Gohma himself.
Evil Old Folks: He forces the village Asura came across to kneel to him and his troops for forgiveness for associating with Asura, and then kills them anyway. When Asura questions why he's doing it, he mocks that any reasons he has for his actions are beyond Asura's understanding.
One of the Seven Deities and Deus' adjutant general. Completely devoted to Deus, there is almost never a time when she is not seen by Deus' side.She burns with hatred for anyone or anything that attempts to interfere with Deus' plans.Olga speaks in an intellectual manner and a bewitching scent trails behind her wherever she goes.She commands the fleets stationed in Gaea's orbit.Her mantra affinity is Lust.
An Ice Person: Puts Mithra in cryostasis by way of her powers in episode 2.
Asshole Victim: Is brutally killed by Chakravartin when she tried killing Mithra to spite Asura and Yasha, even though they had both saved the world.
Climax Boss: Berserker Asura versus her Massive space fleet.
Dark Action Girl: Commander of the space armada of Shinkoku, which she uses to strafe and demolish Shinkoku against her coworker's wishes. Despite having a mantra which she seems to be making a lot of use of, we do not get to see the action part in action.
Dragon Their Feet: After Asura blows up the fleet, Olga plays no further part in the game until the true ending where she tries to kill Mithra to avenge Deus.
Evil Brit: The only deity to speak with a clearly British accent.
General Ripper: She will stop at nothing to destroy Asura, even bombing the hell out of villages populated by innocent humans.
Jerkass: Beyond her bombing of a village to kill Asura, she also isn't bothered by using the Brahmastra to try and kill him feeling the Deities could just collect more. Her desire for revenge on Asura and Yasha after Deus' death indicates she puts avenging her leader above saving the world.
Lust: Her Mantra affinity. However, she only has eyes for Deus.
More Deadly Than The Male: While not much of a fighter, she prefers to use much more aggressive tactics compared to the other deities, especially when it comes to bombing villages. Subverted in Asura's presence, especially in his berserker form, which causes her to high tail it away from him.
One of the Seven Deities and an admirer of the arts. He is Deus' (slightly psychotic) right hand man.Sergei is constantly looking for all things beautiful. Despite his artistic airs, he never hesitates in making decisions, which makes him look cruel at times. He is the one who kills Durga, Asura's wife, during the coup d'etat.His mantra affinity is Vanity.
Agent Peacock: He is shown to be able to easily vanquish Gohma, despite is comparatively lanky build and non physicality. We never really get to see him do this though, just the after effects or his work along someone else.
Ax-Crazy: Clearly enjoys killing done in Deus' plan and like to get creative with new ways of mass murder.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: In the Japanese voiceover, he says "Futsukushi!" when praising his love for Asura. Literally speaking, it is much closer to the English equivalent "It takes my breath away!", indicating that Wrath Asura is like a piece of perfect art. "It's beautiful!" is an appropriate but less impactful synonym.
For the Evulz: His primary reason for killing Durga was to get a reaction out of the stoic Yasha. Even then, Yasha was such a believer in the cause that he was willing to accept his sister as a casualty.
Holy Halo: Appropriately in the shape of a crescent moon, representing his lunacy.
Low Ranking officers of the Shinkoku army. What they lack in brains and brawns, they make up with huge amounts of numbers and being able to use multiple different weapons. Their official name is "Purification Troop Private Doji".
Middle ranking warrior class officers in the Shinkoku army. They tend to be commanders of the the Doji's leading them into battle, and use an assortment of blade based weaponry. Their official name is "Purification Troop Captain Rasho".
High ranking soldiers of the Shinkoku army. They have nothing but utmost respect for the Seven deities, but to everyone else they speak in a condenscending and rude manner. Their official names are "Purification Troop Major Taison", with a subclass of known as Taison Nyudo, who are even bigger and stronger.
Operator type members of the Shinkoku Army. They act in a cold unemotional robotic manner that allows them to process high amounts of information at a time. Their official name is "Machination Troop Operator Kagebosh".
BFG Taison's tend to have these, and Taison Nyudo has a very large laser cannon.
The weakest of the gohma that looks like great apes. They tend to hunt humans together in packs, and are led by a primary howler, who is especially dangerous.Height (At full height):Lesser Howler: Approx. 2 MetersPrimary Howler: Approx. 2.5 MetersWidth:Lesser Howler: Approx. 2 MetersPrimary Howler: Approx. 2.5 MetersImpurity level: 32
Flying Gohma that range from small to medium that resemble manta rays, they spew lava from above making them a very dangerous opponent to fight on the land.Length (Tail Included): 3-7 MetersWidth (fins Included): 4-11 MetersImpurity Level: 54
Middle sized Gohma that resemble rhinoceroses. They often accompany a group of smaller gohma. They attack by charging, using their deadly horns to impale anything in their path. When cornered, they can make a small earthquakes by stamping their feetLength: Approx. 5 MetersHeight: 3.5 MetersWidth: Approx. 2 MetersImpurity Level: 87
Large sized gohma that resemble elephants with the vertebral structure of a gorilla. They are often accompanied by groups of smaller gohma. They have incredible destructive power capable of launching magma and lasers out of their long trunksLength (not including the Trunk): Approx. 40 MetersHeight: 25 MetersWidth: 20 MetersImpurity Level: 690
Large sized gohma that resemble turtles. They are often accompanied by groups of smaller gohma. Despite their large frame and looking like turtles they possess incredible speed, and can shoot magma out of their mouths.Length: Approx. 9 MetersHeight: 4 MetersWidth: Approx. 5 MetersImpurity Level: 490
Large air-based Gohma that resemble gigantic lion fish: They often appear accompanied by groups of smaller gohma. they are very dangerous shooting down flying aircraft with bolts of magma, and in their fins are massive stingers that be shot out.Length: Approx. 85-120 MetersHeight: 50-70 MetersWidth (fins included): 100-150 MetersImpurity Level: 1,900
Colossal gohma that resemble octopi and ammonites. They are able to fight in outer space, using there long tentacles to crush battleships in their grip.Length (Shell only): Approx. 500-2000 MetersHeight: Approx. 200-830 MetersWidth: Approx. 190-750 MetersImpurity Level: 13,000
Massive land-based Gohma with the body of a turtle and the head of a King Cobra. They command thousands of lesser gohma, can summon storms just by existing and wherever they walk, the land they leave behind is forever uninhabitableLength: Approx. 1,200 MetersHeight: Approx. 1,000 MetersWidth: Approx. 900 MetersImpurity Level: 47,000
Gargantuan Gohma that resemble clams and barnacles. They serve as carriers for other Gohma to bring them into outer space by transporting other gohma within their shells.Length: Approx. 800 KilometersDiameter: Approx. 200 KilometersEstimated Impurity Level: 240,000
The Corruption/The Heartless: They only exist to take the souls of the living and only exist because someone thought it would be interesting to see what the planet would do if had an army bent to its will.
The most powerful of all Gohma, initially appearing as a giant whale. It appears every few thousand years to wreak havoc upon civilization. It is the embodiment of the planet's rage, unleashing Gohma upon any who threaten to harm the planet. In between appearances, it feeds on souls of anything that dies on the planet, growing even stronger.Impurity Level: Immeasurable
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Yes, that thing really is as a big as the image makes it out to be; in fact in terms of player size to boss size, it is the biggest boss in video game history to date.note Since we're going by player-to-boss ratio here, Gongen Wyzen and Chakravartin don't count: the former pops like a balloon before getting into an actual fight, and Asura grows bigger than Gaea for the latter.
Big Bad: The big bad of the game, and the leader of the gohma.
Bishonen Line: Vlitra's Core. In a unique twist, it exists independent alongside the outer form on the Earth's surface.
Climax Boss: The intro to any play though is a lead up to fighting it.
Magma Monster: Though it manifest in a manner improbable even for the standards most examples of this trope set, suggesting there is something else to it
Mirror Boss: The humanoid core looks like a bigger, even meaner version of Berserker Asura.
One-Winged Angel: After Deus is defeated, it steals all the accumulated souls the Deities gathered and grows even bigger and into an...
Orochi: It takes this form, with eight giant heads that have a wide enough circumference to tower over the planet.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Hides inside the planet Earth and is usually resting in order to prepare to come back out on the surface.
Sequential Boss: You fight his forces that come up from the earth first, then one of its heads, then all its heads and then its face(?), then its core in the Earth's center.
Unwitting Pawn: In the end, Chakravartin exploited Gaea's rage for his own purposes. While he gave the planet mantra and in turn the ability to summon the Gohma, it all the time did exactly what Chakravartin expected it to do.
Humanoid Abomination: Vlitra Core. A monstrous magma man that looks largely like Asura's berserker form, complete with 4 enlarged arms emerging from it's back and just as pissed as Asura is. Only it's basically the Gohma Vlitra itself condensing itself into a smaller form and is not human at all.
A girl of the village that enshrine Asura's remains after his first battle with Yasha. She bears a striking resemblance to Asura's daughter, Mithra. Though faithful and worshipful towards Asura, after the Seven Deities massacred her village, she began to harbor hatred for the gods and is the only one to renounce them.
The 128th Emperor of Shinkoku. The highest authority in Shinkoku, he had the Eight Guardian Generals under his direct command. Without any gains being made in the endless war with the Gohma, the Emperor began to lose hope in their victory. He was betrayed and killed by one of his own Guardian Generals, Deus.
Sacrificial Lamb: He exists to die and give the current ruler an excuse to kill the main character and his wife, so that their daughter can then be exploited without any fuss.
Too Dumb to Live: Deus requested that he build a strong army to permanently defeat the Gohma. He didn't listen.
Chakravartin, The Creator
"I am the true God, the embodiment of the wheel of life, the spinner of all mantra"
The omnipotent god that controls the world of Gaea and the true identity of the Golden Spider. He is attempting to give birth to the redeemer to take his place (as the next god) through the trials that he puts the world through. No one on Gaea is aware of his existence.
Above Good and Evil: Believes himself to be this: as the one who created the world and all life upon it, he thinks himself to be beyond ethics and morality... Which is why he has no compunctions about creating, and annihilating, all life on the world an endless number of times in pursuit of his goal.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His giant form; so powerful and so big it not only dwarfs Destructor Asura and every other character in the game, but also draws in galaxies just by existing. Far and away the biggest boss in videogame history by sheer size.
Badass: He's the equivalent of God, for starters. Asura and Yasha working together couldn't beat him, and Yasha had to give Asura the Mantra reactor from the Brahmastra for him to even stand a chance. Chakravartin still doesn't go down easily.
Bishonen Line: Does this twice. After using Mithra's power to fully manifest, he appears as a huge many-armed humanoid. After he loses his temper with Asura, he sheds that form to manifest as a much more streamlined skeleton wearing a robe and an Expressive Mask, decked out to resemble a Buddha statue.
Bigger Bad: The real final bad guy of the game, as hinted in the ep 18 recap.
Bring It: His response to Asura saying he'd kill him in ep 22, "I have heard those words before."
Climax Boss: In comparison to him, Gohma Vlitra is nothing more than an ant.
Cosmic Entity: Besides being able to effect events on a planetary scale, the golden spider oversees reincarnation, making him an integral part of life in the setting. With a living vessel he can effect events on a cosmic scale. Cosmic meaning multiple galaxies in this case.
Determinator: Much like Deus before him, Chakravartin does not give up, and takes quite a few stages to whittle down. As pointed out elsewhere on this page, you have to fill up. and use your Instant-Win Button ten times on him to defeat him. And even then, he goes down fighting as you slowly overpower him.
Dimension Lord: The world as the characters know it is the dimension he lords over, though he implies there are others out there that need him.
Dissonant Serenity: Non-nonchalantly states that if that he'll destroy Gaea and then recreate it after Asura rejects his offer, and states he's done that in the past an unspecified number of times. Says something about his Lack of Empathy.
Evil Counterpart: To Asura. He's a glowing gold deity of life, while Asura is a demonic red entity of wrath, and both are the only things in each other's power level. His final form is more clearly a counterpart to Asura's Wrath form, in the same way that the Vlitra Core was a counterpart to his Berserker form.
Evil Is Bigger: Even his smaller final form is about a head taller than Asura.
Faux Affably Evil: He seems to be a polite fellow considering he's an absolute monster with no qualms with doing all sorts of horrible things in the name of finding an heir. However, it's a fašade for his cold, ruthless side, and he quickly drops the act when Asura defies him via a fist to the face.
God: He spins the threads of life and governs the life of all of existence.
God Is Evil: Despite his claims, he's a callous manipulator that has no moral concerns over the suffering and death he causes.
Gold and White Are Divine: His usual divine form is clad in golden robes, and is definitely the one being that can be recognized as God in this setting.
Gone Horribly Right: He claims that Asura has finally stumbled upon the power that can save the world... while his body is in Berserker form.
He also claimed him to be his successor and next ruler of Gaea, willing to be civil and reunite him with his daughter. Asura refuses, if only recalling that every bad thing he caused wasn't going to be forgotten by a peace offering, and proceeds to kick his ass. Asura far exceeded Chakravartin's expectations... not only in potential, but also in considering to be his heir.
Humiliation Conga: Near the last leg of the final battle, Chakravartin the Creator sports his own Sanskrit lettered Action Commands. But after getting hit repeatedly by Asura's barrage, he physically staggers and the action commands start to fail. Asura is just casually pummeling him and countering his attempts to fight back at this point, giving a rather epic and angry speech how he's not going to take any more crap from anyone that calls himself a god and/or makes his daughter cry.
Jerkass God: Taken Up to Eleven, and is even worse than the Guardian generals post treachery of Asura as the 7 deities combined.
Killed Off for Real: This takes the mantra using demigods with him but they are later seen in reincarnations approximate to how they were before while he, is not.
Pummel Duel: Once he's hit one too many times, he absolutely loses his shit and attempts one of these. Needless to say, it doesn't work out too well for him.
Rasputinian Death: He took no less than 10 burstsnote Or 12, if you count the two used on his giant form in the first stages of his final boss battle, the first to penetrate through said form's event horizon, and the second to do so again to return from the Naraka realm (where you were unwillingly transported to by Chakravartin) back to the Nirvana realm. before finally dying.
Reality Warper: As befitting his godlike power, he can casually manipulate reality around him. The initial phases of his boss fight includes sending Asura seemingly back into Naraka to battle his galaxy sized form (even when already inside the Event Horizon contained within aforementioned form), whereupon its defeat it and all of Naraka shatters like a two dimensional glass screen.
Serial Escalation: The ultimate pinnacle of this in the game as far as bosses and enemies go. His giant form is many many times bigger than any other character in the game, to the point while even being out of the galaxy he's still visible from the planet Earth, he can casually fire really strong, really fast laser beams that go across the galaxy at several times the speed of light, throws entire planets and even stars at Asura, and even tries to make the sun go super nova just to take him down.
Smug Snake: He seems calm and collected when things go his way, but once Asura defies him, he throws quite the temper tantrum.
The Sociopath: He's a cold, uncaring god who doesn't have to think twice about destroying the planet countless times in order to find an heir, simply because he can't be bothered to actually keep the planet's denizens safe from harm.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He tries to come across as one of these, saying he was causing the world suffer in order to get an heir after countless Eons of destroying and recreating the planet of Gaea, so that he can explore other worlds and guide others. Asura calls him out on this immensely, and as he beats down Chakravartin, it's obvious that Chakravartin's intentions are nothing but shallow.