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The main protagonist. Once the brutal captain of the Spartan army, Kratos made a deal with the God of War Ares to further his exploits—which took a tragic turn when the God tricked him into killing his own wife and child. Now branded the Ghost of Sparta as a mark showing his terrible deed, the rest of the series follows him in his quest for revenge against Ares, which later extends to the Gods of Olympus themselves.
Voiced by: TC Carson
- A Father to His Men: The Spartans. They are loyal to him even in death itself.
- Accidental Murder: His murder of his wife and child while in a blood frenzy.
- Anti-Hero: Definitely a Nominal Hero.
- Anti-Villain: The Noble or Woobie variations. Basically, what makes him somewhat sympathetic is his frankly depressing backstory, though whereas it still holds weight after the horrendous and honestly unjustifiable actions he commits is polarizing, to say the least.
- The Atoner: Sort of. While Kratos does dwell a lot on his family's death, it's mostly just used as a source of his volcanic rage.
- Ax-Crazy: Incredibly so. If he wants to kill you, don't expect your corpse to look pretty
- Badass: It takes a special kind of badass to kill the all-powerful Gods and fight his way out of the Underworld no less than four times.
- Badass Beard: A goatee at that.
- Badass Boast: "The hands of death could not defeat me, the Sisters of Fate could not hold me, and you will not see the end of this day! I will have my revenge!!"
- The Berserker: Actually averted, except for one little moment. Though Kratos definitively will not let your stand in his way, he knows how to differentiate friend to enemy, the problems is that most of the time, Everything Is Trying To Kill Him. However, when Ares decided that he should kill his wife and daughter, this fully applied to him, preventing him from seeing what he was doing until it was too late.
- Big Brother Instinct: When Ares and Athena showed up to kidnap his brother Deimos in Ghost of Sparta, he, despite being a little kid at the time, actually tried to attack Ares directly to save Deimos.
- Blood Knight: In his backstory, much to the discontentement of his wife. It didn't end well for him, as he ended facing an opponent who he couldn't defeat. And then he made his Deal with the Devil. After becoming god of war, he engaged again on this, much to the discontentement of the other gods. It didn't end well for him, as he ended facing an opponent he couldn't defeat. And then he made a deal...with Gaia.
- Byronic Hero: In the first and third Game. Though then again, we are stretching the term, "hero", especially in the third game.
- Cain and Abel: With both Ares and Hercules. Though it's justified, in that Ares made him kill his own family. And Hercules wanted to kill him and actually attacked him first.
- Chained by Fashion: It's the power that Ares gave him.
- Character Development: He starts out as a man on a mission of revenge and redemption in the first game and then becomes into a tried and true "Solve all problems with intense violence" pattern. By the end of the second game, Kratos had become an amoral, self serving lunatic. Fortunately, by the end of the third game, he's finally learned to accept that he's the primary source of most of his grief and for the first time in possibly ever, performs a genuinely selfless sacrifice to help the countless people he's hurt on his quest.
- The Chosen One: He is the "Marked Warrior" in a prophecy that details the downfall of Olympus.
- Combat Pragmatist: Kratos will use whatever means and dirty tricks to defeat his enemies. If he figures out an enemy's weakness, he'll gladly and quickly take advantage of it. Just ask all the cyclopes which eyes had been ripped out of their sockets, or Hercules, who he performed a sneak attack behind his back and then pinned him underneath a very heavy floor that Herc was going to use against him before beating him to death.
- Deadpan Snarker: He shows some signs of this in the third game.Hephaestus: Kratos. I thought that Zeus would have killed you by now.Kratos: I thought you would have escaped this cavern by now.
- Deal with the Devil: As a young Spartan commander, he was nearly defeated by the Barbarian King until he promised to serve Ares in exchange for the strength to achieve victory. He turns on his master after Ares tricks him into killing his own family to remove his only "weakness".
- Defiant to the End: Although, all things considered, dying is more or less a Wednesday for him, so he knows he can get back to fight another day.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it when he learns that the Gods cannot (or will not) end his nightmares. He attempts suicide soon afterward, only to be saved by Athena. Whether or not he actually recovers, or simply finds other channels to ease his suffering is left ambiguous.Kratos: The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now, there is no hope...
- Determinator: Nothing will stand in his way for revenge. Might it be the Gods, the Sisters of Fate, the legions of Hades, the army of Rhodes, the Titans, monsters and "heroes" from Greece's all corners. Hell, not even Death itself can stop him. Literally, in Ghost of Sparta, Kratos actually kills Thanatos. And by Zeus saying he has become Death the Destroyer of Worlds, one can theorize Kratos has inherently become God of Death.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Constantly.But just like other legendary heroes, he is half-Cthulhu himself.
- Dirty Coward: Generally, no. But a few rare moments of cowardice pop in and out. His greatest moment being the circumstances that led him to swear his life to the War God. More obsessed with his reputation than his Spartan traditions (which demanded soldiers to either win a battle or die honorably) Kratos called upon Ares to bail him out when he was threatened by the Barbarian King. This, of course, ruined his life.
- Distinguishing Mark: His ash-white skin marks him as the Ghost of Sparta.
- The Dragon: To Ares, during his time in the God of War's service. He is a Dragon to the gods of Olympus, Athena in particular, after the deaths of his family, acting at their behest to perform tasks that they either cannot or will not do themselves, such as killing Ares.
- The Dreaded: His infamous reputation as the Ghost of Sparta. On more than one occasion during the first game, the citizens of Athens are actually more terrified of him than of the monsters attacking them and prefer certain death to being saved by him.
- Driven to Suicide:
- At the end of the first game, when he is told that the Gods can't end the horrific nightmares caused by Kratos' guilt over his family's deaths. He is saved by Athena, who had other plans for the Spartan. Such as giving him Ares' now empty throne, making Kratos the new God of War.
- He seems to briefly consider suicide again after Deimos is killed, but ultimately decides against it.
- He impales himself on the Blade of Olympus at the end of God of War 3, but that is more of a Heroic Sacrifice, and even then, it's left ambiguous if Kratos truly died.
- Dual Wielding: The Blades of Chaos/Athena/Exile, the Claws of Hades, the Nemean Cestus and the Nemesis Whip.
- Emotional Bruiser: See here:Anyway, I’m of the opinion that Kratos is a bit of an anomaly in the world of Macho Action Dudes, in that he is just a bottomless sieve of emotions. Like, usually action dudes have their moment of unrestrained rage at the end of the story to prove What A Badass Dude they can be, that Super Saiyan “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” moment where they let it all out. Kratos, on the other hand is like… perpetually exhaustingly angry. And when he runs out of angry, he’s sad. He’s just this constant torrent of unrestrained heart-on-his-sleeve emotional whiplash. He’s never the cocky, aloof, too-cool-for-school emotionally distant robot you expect to play in a macho action dude game, he just kind of exists in this cycle of getting all angried out and trying to kill himself until someone on the suicide watch crew can find him a new thing to be angry about. He’s the only game hero I can think of who’s like “Oh man, I checked everything off my to-do list and now I’m out of things to be mad at, I am so drained I think I’m going to kill myself now”.
- Establishing Character Moment: Two, really, during the first chapter. The first is when Kratos finds a trapped slave/prisoner, who declares that even being locked up on a sinking vessel with monsters swarming over it won't persuade him to accept Kratos' help. The second is at the end of the boss fight, where Kratos saves the captain who was previously Swallowed Whole... then deliberately yanks away the key he was wearing around his neck before deliberately throwing him down into the dead hydra's stomach. For absolutely no reason.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He did care for Callisto, and was enraged and guilt-ridden when she turned into a monster and he had to Mercy Kill her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife Lysandra and his daughter Calliope. In the comic is revealed that he even went on a dangerous quest (actually organized by the gods) in order to retrieve the mythical Ambrosia to cure Calliope of a skin disease.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses much disgust at the torture the victims of the Olympians gets. Kratos is no saint, but at least he gives his victims a quick death.
- Kratos is no saint, but there are even levels that he will never stoop too — well, not willingly any more. Despite almost being killed by Hephaestus, he understands why he did it; to save his child. A child is the one thing that Kratos is never seen killing — except for his own daughter — in any of the games.
- Extreme Melee Revenge: A specialty of his.
- Fatal Flaw: Considering it's a game based off of Greek Mythology, it's no surprise that he has one. Kratos' flaw is his inability to accept the consequences of his actions.
- Genius Bruiser: Can go toe-to-toe with gods as well as solve puzzles and death traps.
- Glass Cannon: The "Fear" costume in the third game makes Kratos into one of these, as it quadruples the damage that Kratos both deals and receives.
- God Is Evil: As the God of War as he leads a brutal conquest of all of Greece in the name of Sparta (as far as non-Spartans can see, though he has good reasons).
- God Is Good: From the eyes of his fellow Spartans and through the implications that he will take on the role of God.
- Gone Horribly Right: Ares wanted to make Kratos the perfect warrior in his bid to conquer Olympus. First he gained his loyalty through a Deal with the Devil. Then he gave him the powerful Blades of Chaos. Then he tricked Kratos into killing his wife and child because they were all that was holding him back from being the perfect murder machine.Ares: I was trying to make you a great warrior!
Kratos: You succeeded. (runs Ares through with the Sword of the Gods, killing him)
- Good Is Not Nice: Only in the first game where he is sort of trying to atone for his past actions though it is mostly for revenge. Averted in the other games where he is either out to destroy everything because he is angry or only cares about revenge and obeys the gods so they will remove his nightmares.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar near his eye and on his stomach.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Kratos has a predisposition for Unstoppable Rage that would put most other examples of this trope to shame.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He is a demigod, after all.
- Heel-Face Turn: After an unbelievable amount of bloodshed in the third game, however it was too late for him to truly fix all the collateral damage.
- Heel Realization: After causing the apocalypse, Kratos realizes that he's made a bad call.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After all is said and done in III, Kratos runs himself through with the Blade of Olympus, releasing the power of hope to mankind.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: While "hero" is stretching it, notice how the Olympians constantly throw flak on Kratos for supposedly trying to Take Over the World, without remembering that maybe they shouldn't have transformed his mother into a grotesque creature that he had to Mercy Kill. The Spartans' rampage through Greece was more of a giant "Screw you" than it was out of boredom or conquest as Zeus feared. Granted, Kratos wasn't really forthcoming about it, but he never actually tried attacking the Olympians until after Zeus destroyed Sparta. Not only that, but during his ten years of servitude to the gods, it's shown that several mortals who are aware of his past deeds are more scared of him than they are of the monsters attacking him and would rather be killed than be saved by him.
- Hot-Blooded: With his volume constantly on maximum and his be-as-visceral-as-possible fighting style, you will feel his fury.
- Hypocrite: Kratos' whole motive is revenge for the deaths of his family, but without hesitation he killed countless families during his service to Ares and shows little to no hesitation to doing the same during his quest for vengeance.
- Implacable Man: And how. No amount of monsters, warriors, obstacles, traps or Gods will stop Kratos from getting his revenge. Even death itself is little more than a delay for Kratos.
- It's All About Me: His Fatal Flaw. When he wants revenge on someone he'll get it, no matter who he hurts or kills along the way. The climax of God of War 3 has him realize this and finally attempt to atone.
- Jerkass: A complete and total one. Kratos appears to have two default settings, one being molten fury and the other a snide, rude asshole who cares nothing for the suffering of others (and often goes out of his way to cause it). His family's death isn't an excuse either: flashbacks show that he was largely the same before as well.
- Kick the Dog: Kratos does this a lot. Literally in the case of the ever-annoying Cerberus Pups.
- Kill The Gods:By the end of the series, as far we knew, only Artemis,Aphrodite and Morpheus survived, and that's because the first and the latter sort of suffered a case of What Happenedto The Mouse.
- Large Ham: I BRING FORTH THE DESTRUCTION OF OLYMPUS!.
- Last of His Kind: After the death of the Last Spartan in the original timeline.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: He's escaped from the Underworld four times.
- Light Is Good: Post God of War I, Kratos is powered by the Light of Hope. Pretty much his sole redeeming trait, for a given value of "redeeming", is his stubborn refusal to give up hope (of revenge, of closure, etc.) and die. Ultimately, the realization of the kind of power that gives him leads him to try to atone by killing himself and releasing hope to the world to help make up for the destruction he's caused.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's not exactly slow, but it turns full lightning using a certain move.
- Made of Iron: Even if he's no longer a god, he still can take punishment that would kill an average person. Justified in that he is Zeus' son, making him a Demi-God.
- Mark of Shame:
- Cursed to bear the ashes of his murdered family forever, turning his skin ghostly-pale.
- His eye scar and tattoo as well. He gained this scar when he tried to stop Ares from taking Deimos, while the tattoo is a tribute to Deimos, who had a birth mark with the same shape. In other words, his whole body is a Mark of Shame.
- Meaningful Name: "Kratos" means "strength" or "power" in Greek.
- Mega Manning: Has a habit of taking weapons, items, and powers from defeated enemies.
- Memetic Sex God: In-Universe. Aphrodite, two of her daughters, two random slave girls, two random matrons, and eight prostitutes simultaneously, each get a Hot Coffee Minigame. It's possible that Alecto wants in on that too, and so do Aphrodite's handmaidens.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: In III, he spends the entire game plotting to kill Zeus, killing multiple Physical Gods who get in his way in the process, which each cause a progressive Apocalypse Wow. Although he can survey the destruction at some points, and in-game text at these spots do indicate what is happening, it's rather evident that, past killing Zeus in a state of Revenge Before Reason, Kratos doesn't actually have any plans for what he's going to do afterwards. Ultimately, in the finale, he sees what he has wrought, and is Driven to Suicide mostly to spite Athena and keep her from getting Hope, but does seem to comprehend that he left the world in a horrible state, and while the gods won't rule over man any longer, there's not much left to rule over anyway.
- Morality Pet: His family. In III, Pandora.
- My Greatest Failure: Three. Failing to save his little brother Deimos from being kidnapped, murdering his family by accident, and failing to save Pandora.
- Naytheist: He believes in and interacts with the gods on a regular basis, but he by no means worships them and openly declares them to be useless. Considering all of the shit they've put him through, one can't honestly blame him.
- Never Found the Body: The post-credits scene in God of War 3 shows Kratos' body missing from the spot where he stabbed himself, and a trail of blood leading over a nearby ledge, raising the possibility that Kratos had survived even this.
- Never My Fault: The bulk of his turmoil is caused by an inability to blame himself. Our Spartan friend prefers to point fingers at the gods rather than own up to what he's done. By the time he finally realizes this and the full consequences of his actions in III, it's seemingly too late to fix anything.
- No Indoor Voice: Which makes the few times he isn't screaming (notably in Ghost of Sparta) rather surprising.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By opening Pandora's box, he released the evil inside, which possessed the Olympians and turned them all into bastards.
- Well moreso anyway since judging by the many atrocities of Greek Mythology, they were dicks beforehand.
- Not So Different: Like Ares, Kratos was willing to do virtually anything for what he wants no matter how cruel his action or whom he has to hurt. In GOWII it is stated he has become worse than Ares ever was. By GOWIII even his concern for Sparta is thrown out the window as he does not spare it a thought despite knowing that killing gods is destroying the world.
- The Oathbreaker: He broke his Blood Oath to forever serve Ares. Ascension reveals that The Furies captured and punished him for it, but he managed to escape and kill them.
- One-Man Army: Very much so.
- Papa Wolf: Toward Pandora in the third game. In Chains of Olympus, he willingly sacrifices his last chance to be with Calliope in order to save her (and the rest of the world).
- Person of Mass Destruction: In a more personal level. Kratos usually don't do monumental damage...unless it kills his enemies.
- Pet the Dog: Flashbacks to his life indicate that for all his brutality, Kratos was a loving family man who cared greatly for his family.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He was born in Sparta, where war was a way, if not THE way of life.
- Rage Against the Heavens: The perfect poster child for it. In fact, he currently is in this trope's page.
- Red Baron: The Ghost Of Sparta.
- Redemption Equals Death: Played with, at the end of III, he kills himself with the Blade of Olympus to release the power of Hope. It is up to the viewer to decide if this was to humanity and try to make up for destroying the world in his quest for revenge or just to spite Athena.
- Redemption Rejection: In Chains of Olympus, he was forced to undo his redemption by embracing his monstrous self again when Persephone reveals her scheme to undo reality. The consequence is that he will never see Calliope again.
- Regret Eating Me: In III, Cronos tries to finish him off by eating him alive. Kratos just cuts his way out with the Blade of Olympus.
- Revenge: It's the fuel that runs Kratos's Character Development.
- Say My Name:
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed his mother after she was turned into a monster, then killed his father Zeus.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's constantly attacked by the memories of his campaigns through Greece and the only way he can cope with them is through battle. The reason why he allied with the Olympians in the first place was the hope that they would take them away. Since they promised they would forgive him, but not take the memories away if he killed Ares, this is what pisses him off. At the third game, Zeus attempted to use his memories to break Kratos' will through a Mind Rape and almost succeed with it.
- Start of Darkness: Regarding his Villain Protagonist mention below, he seems to start down this path in earnest by the end of Ghost of Sparta, owing to the deaths and divine manipulations of his mother and brother, followed by Athena essentially congratulating him for losing his mortal binds and becoming ready to become a god.
- Super Strength: Kratos has occasionally pushed down giant stone structures by himself, used large and heavy objects to bludgeon enemies to death, and regularly manhandles beings several orders of magnitude larger than himself. Not without a lot of effort, as the QT Es prove.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Make no mistake, Kratos was never a nice person. But, as seen in Ascension, there was a time in which he still had some empathy for others. However, he gradually loses more and more of whatever standards he had left until, by the time by God Of War III, he has cast almost all of his moral concerns aside.
- Undying Loyalty: Regarding Sparta. Kratos has shown dedication to their cause and almost fatherly concern for his fellow soldiers, particularly the Last Spartan. Unlike his predecessor, Kratos doesn't backstab his fellow Spartans or manipulate them like pawns. If anything, Kratos was lending Sparta a helping hand to their cause - it just so happened that the Spartans are very much a Blood Knight society, which (intentionally or otherwise) played into his hand of flipping the bird to the Olympians over what happened to his mother. Furthermore, Kratos only swears revenge on Zeus after he destroys all of the soldiers (from both sides of the conflict, no doubt) before his eyes.
- Ironically, the destruction he causes by killing the gods would have destroyed Sparta. By then he is too far gone to give any thought to his actions.
- Unexpected Character: As a playable character in Mortal Kombat 9. Though the finishers in his series were compared to MK's fatalities several times before.
- The Unfettered: Ares purposely made him into this.
- Unstoppable Rage: All the damn time.
- Unwitting Pawn: For all his badassness, Kratos gets played for a fool a lot in the series. He only wises up at the very end and kills himself rather than allow Athena to become Greece's only goddess.
- Variable-Length Chain: His chain blades can stretch quite far.
- Villain Protagonist: In the second game, Kratos cares almost nothing about anyone but himself, and leaves countless innocents to die in his wake. This is added to by the fact that he ended up trying to do the exact same thing he was told to kill Ares for attempting, and spent the remainder of the game and most of the third in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that led into a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum as a result. Even though he had his reasons as shown in Ghost of Sparta, it's still enough to make him rather unsympathetic.
- War God: Was this for a short time as a reward from the Olympians for defeating Ares. However, he lost his god status when Zeus tricked him into giving up his god powers in exchange for the ability to use the Sword of Olympus against the Colossus of Rhodes.
- What Have I Become?: Asks himself this at the end of Ghost of Sparta. Zeus/The Grave Digger answers with Death, The Destroyer of Worlds.
- Weapon of Choice: The trusty Blades of Chaos, later replaced with the near-identical Blades of Athena, and, later still, with the Blades of Exile.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:This is a man that was completely broken by the gods and, in his rage for vengeance,Turned the world to complete chaos.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech:If all on Olympus will deny me my vengeance, then all on Olympus will die. I have lived in the shadow of the gods for long enough. The time of the gods has come to an end!
- Worthy Opponent: Cronos calls him a "skilled warrior".
- Would Hit a Girl: Would? Kratos not only would hit, as he would kill them in a way just as gruesome as the men. Kratos is a lot of things, but his violence is equal for all genres..
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Kratos killed his own daughter, but didn't do so intentionally, and later claimed that "a simple child will not trouble me" when Athena tells him that Pandora must be sacrificed in order to kill Zeus. However, when the time actually came to let Pandora die, Kratos couldn't bring himself to do so, and only released her into the flame to attack Zeus in a blind rage.
Tropes That Apply To Two Or More Gods:
- Art Evolution: All of them save Athena and Ares are drastically different-looking from the original game to sequels.
- Badass: Ares, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades certainly qualify.
- Badass Beard: Ares, Zeus, and Poseidon.
- Fisher King: In III, every time Kratos kills one of them, their death causes something to happen to one of their dominions.
- Flaming Hair: Ares. Hermes had this in his original design, but his appearance was tweaked between II and III to give him hair made of pure light.
- Jerkass Gods: Many of them. The comic is reveals that in order to see which one of them was better, they forced their chosen champions to take part in the quest for Ambrosia... by plaguing their home-lands with disease, famine and plague. Being infected by the evils of Pandora's Box certainly didn't help.
- Large Ham: Some more than the others.
- Physical God: So much you could mistake them for super-powered humans rather than gods.
The King of the Olympian Gods and father of several Gods and mortals, Kratos included. Zeus initially supports Kratos in his revenge against Ares, but later grows paranoid over the power Kratos obtains and betrays him.
Voiced by: Paul Eiding (God of War), Corey Burton (God of War II, God of War III, God of War: Ascension), Fred Tatasciore (Ghost of Sparta)
- Angel Unaware: He apparently moonlights as a gravedigger on Earth.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence:He isn't exactly innofensive to who is alive when he does that.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He can grow in size. In fact, he fights Kratos in this form at the end of II.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Well he is the King of the Gods. If he wasn't the most powerful being then he probably wouldn't stay too long on Olympus' throne.
- Badass: So much that Kratos had to use an Dirty Coward technique to defeat him in the end of II.
- Badass Boast:
- I will release you from your life, my son, but your torment is just beginning!
- Badass Grandpa:His appearance, though, as a god, age could actually making him stronger.
- Big Bad: For the second game and a good portion of the third.
- BFS: The Blade Of Olympus.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Gave Kratos this power in he first game, and can use it himself.
- Crazy-Prepared: Zeus figured one day a god would turn against him and he would have to either violate his decree forbidding the gods from battling one another or have a way for a mortal to kill a god. He left a path to Pandora's Box open when the maze was built a thousand years ago for this day.
- Dirty Coward: Strip away his grandiose boasts and badass credentials and Zeus is this at his core. All of his actions, even before becoming infected with the evil of Fear, are motivated to protect himself and his power. He only attacks Kratos when he is too weak to fight back and he is more willing to send others to do his dirty work for him, to the point of spending almost all of III hiding from Kratos while he killed the other gods one by one. When Athena died to save Zeus from Kratos, it's notable Zeus barely reacts to her sacrifice and fled.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Decided to punish the entire Titan race for Cronos' actions. And punishes all of Sparta for Kratos' actions. He's big on this.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: All the time, to an genuinenly unnerving fashion.
- God Is Evil: Turned out it was Kratos' fault.
- It's implied he wasn't still completely benevolent before though, specially considering what he did to Prometheus.
- Not completely benevolent, but at least somewhat benevolent, considering how he gave Kratos missions to kill monsters which made the mortals' life hard, and Ares, who almost destroyed Athens. And he did try hard to keep the evils inside Pandora's box forever sealed so they wouldn't corrupt him or anyone.
- It's implied he wasn't still completely benevolent before though, specially considering what he did to Prometheus.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: He uses lightning punches during his battle in III
- Grandpa God: After all, he is Zeus, the god pathron of this trope.
- Hero Antagonist: His paranoia in the second game isn't entirely unjustified, or his fault, and his rule beats chaos, marginally. And in the third game, he's trying to kill Kratos while Kratos is causing untold destruction and death among mortals by killing the gods.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first battle with him in God of War II cannot be won.
- Hypocrite: Zeus seeks to destroy both Ares and Kratos for their excessive violence and interference in the mortal world, but personally destroys the armies of Sparta and Rhodes and then all of Sparta out of revenge against Kratos.
- Kick the Dog: Like Kratos, Zeus tends to lash out for his own petty reasons.
- Light Is Not Good: He destroys Sparta by what Kratos did.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment.
- Manipulative Bastard: In the GOW book, Zeus left a path open to Pandora's Box thousands of years ago knowing one day a god would turn against him and he would need a way to get around the decree forbidding the gods from fighting each other. Athena infers Zeus manipulated her into manipulating Kratos to kill Ares and for the latter to commit suicide to rid himself of both his problems.
- Me's a Crowd: Using Gaia's heart as an source of energy, he can create clones of himself.
- Mind Rape: Attempts this on Kratos during their final battle. He tried to break him by forcing him to feel the pain and angst of those he killed during his rampage and if it wasn't for Pandora's soul, his mind would've been destroyed by his sheer overwhelming guilt.
- Offing the Offspring: The reason why he antagonized Kratos was because he was paranoid that his son would overthrow him the way he overthrew his own father, Cronos.
- Orcus on His Throne: He simply disappears between the beginning and the climax of the III. Hell, we don't even know if he was on his throne.
- Pet the Dog: In his guise as the gravedigger, giving Deimos and Callisto proper burials.
- Albeit that could be seen as a twisted from of self-assuring his victory, by burying those prompted Kratos to rebel against him. And then he says ominously "Now, only one remains" and the camera shows a third, open grave, meant for Kratos.
- Rousing Speech: Delivers one to the other gods before the second Titan War.My brothers, we were forged in victory. A victory that ended the great war and brought forth the reign of Mt. Olympus. Born from the depths of the underworld. Rooted in the river of souls. Our mountain emerged out of the Chaos. As it grew, so to did the might of the Olympians. We created a world of peace, a world of prosperity, a world that lives in the shadow and safety of my mountain. A mountain that has come to be the absolute measure of strength and power. Now, on this day, that power is to be tested. The mortal Kratos, seeks to destroy all that I have wrought. Brothers, put aside the petty grievances that have splintered us for so long. We will unite. We will stand together. And I will wipe out this plague! OLYMPUS... WILL PREVAIL!!!
- Screw Destiny: Tried and failed.You will never be the Ruler of Olympus. The Cycle ends here.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His attempt to off Kratos to prevent the recurring son-kills-father cycle and save his own hide did little more than give Kratos just the incentive he needed to kill Zeus and continue said cycle.
- Shock and Awe: The god of thunder.
- Treacherous Advisor: When he gave Kratos the Blade of Olympus, it wasn't with good intentions.
- Tyke Bomb: Was raised by Gaia to defeat Cronos. There's even a drawing he made as a child depicting himself facing Cronos.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Ironically, the trope above came back to bite Gaia.
- He barely even took notice when Athena sacrificed herself to save him. Arguably even worse than his betrayal of Gaia, as Athena was Zeus' own daughter.
- Villainous Valor: Throughout the third game in particular Zeus is defending the world as it stands from Kratos' thoughtless and destructive actions. He's fighting for family, subjects, and arguably, given the consequences of the game up until that point, life itself; the only reason he's a villain is because Kratos is the player character.
AthenaThe Goddess of Wisdom. Athena acts as one of Kratos's closest allies throughout the series, guiding him throughout his servitude to the Gods.
Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (God of War, God of War II), Erin Torpey (Chains of Olympus, God of War III, Ghost of Sparta)
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She have a new form after being killed by Kratos, that seems to be some kind of ghost.
- Batman Gambit: Athena's plan for Kratos in God of War III to kill Zeus so she can take over as chief god.
- Broken Pedestal: In the third game, she becomes just like the rest of the Gods and only manipulated Kratos in his quest for revenge, just so she could take over Olympus. Maybe subverted, since it was probably the evil of Pandora's box that corrupted her.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: In this case, Olympus.
- Exact Words: She never promised to to take away Kratos' nightmares.Athena: Complete this final task, and the past that consumes you will be forgiven.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She did it when Kratos was about to kill Zeus with his own sword. It was one of the few deaths that Kratos showed any regret for.
- I Did What I Had to Do:
- Her excuse on why she sided with the Gods against Kratos in the second game.
- Also her excuse for letting Deimos be taken by Ares and tortured by Thanatos, as well as asking Kratos to leave Deimos as he was.
- Lady of War: Though we barely see her fight before Kratos accidentally kills her.
- Manipulative Bastard: Due to her newfound lust for power, she manipulated Kratos' hatred for the Gods into killing them so that she could be the last God of Greece. Her plan ultimately failed, due to Kratos killing himself rather than letting her have the power of hope he had taken from Pandora's Box.
- Morality Pet: One of few people Kratos has any respect for. Turned out she was no different from any other Gods after being corrupted by the evils of Pandora's box.
- The Obi-Wan: She's probably the only God who treats Kratos with actual humanity and kindness, and she advises him. Subverted in the third game, when the curse of Pandora's Box has taken full grip.
- Taking the Bullet: Saves Zeus from being impaled, dying as a result.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Kratos kills himself and foils her plan, she throws a brief tantrum.
AresThe God of War himself. Ares was appealed to by Kratos and gave the young Spartan the power to fell his enemies in exchange for his servitude. However, he pulled a dirty trick on Kratos by making him kill his own family to shape him into the ultimate warrior. Kratos kills him in revenge and succeeds him as the new God of War.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Can grow to this size, just as his father and uncle Hades.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: They don't call him the god of war for nothing.
- The Bad Guy Wins: As revealed in Ascension, he wanted to mold Kratos into the perfect warrior to take down Olympus and kill Zeus. It only happened after he himself died and was replaced, but by III, his plan works.
- Beard of Evil: A flaming one, no less.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to make Kratos into a great warrior, the perfect one who would be able to take down Olympus. He succeeded.
- Big Bad: For the very first game.
- Blood Knight: As the god of war, his existence is based on war, so of course he is war-happy.
- Cain and Abel: He's actually Kratos' half-brother.
- Combat Pragmatist: As fitting for the God of War, he knows every way to fight.I have taught you many ways to kill a mortal, Kratos; flesh that burns, bones that break. But to break a man's spirit... that is to truly destroy him!
- The Corrupter: Probably acted as this to the Furies, as a note by a scribe in their citadel notes that they were hard but fair before Ares met with them rather than the evil sadists they became afterwards.
- Drop the Hammer: One of his many weapons, which doubles as a flamethrower.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with the territory of being voiced by Steve Blum.
- Flaming Hair: It makes him look even more strange and not-human.
- Flaming Sword: At this point, you must aks yourself if he's not the god if fire.
- God of Evil: He isn't actually this, but he is the closest because he was evil by choice and not because he was possessed by the evils of Pandora's box.
- Greater Scope Villain: For the whole series, even though he dies in the first one. His actions, based around the desire to overthrow Olympus, ultimately drive Kratos down the paths he takes; Kratos' own flaws play a role, but Ares leaned on them as hard as he could and set every destructive thing in motion that happens in the series. There's a reason the series is called GOD OF WAR instead of being named after Kratos.
- Green-Eyed Monster: We never see anything proving his claim that Zeus favors Athena.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: While in Athens, he throws a pillar that impales Kratos, who was in the Temple Of Pandora deep in the Desert Of Lost Souls. Justified because he's a god.
- Karmic Death: Ares' desire to mold Kratos into the perfect warrior was ultimately what led to his death. Ares himself seems to realize this in the last seconds of his life.Ares: That day... I was trying to make you a great warrior!Kratos: You succeeded.
- Mind Rape: He pulled Kratos in this when he couldn't defeat him physically.
- Spider Limbs: That protrude from his back.
- The Starscream: As seen in the quote below, he did entertain the notion of dethroning Zeus. And, as Ascension revealed, it was his whole plan all along.
- Take Over the World: In Ascension, it was revealed that Ares always wanted to take over and possibly destroy Olympus. That's why he wanted Kratos to be the perfect warrior; so he could do it for him, since the gods were forbidden from fighting one another.
- War God: The ultimate and the most known example, and he lives up to the title when he attacks Athens.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy / For the Evulz: A bizarre combination of both is also the reason why he attacked not just Athens but the rest of Greece as well.Zeus! Do you see now what your son can do?! You cast your favor on Athena, but her city lies in ruins before me! And now, even Pandora's Box is mine! Would you have me use it against Olympus itself?!
HadesThe God of the Underworld who governs the souls of the dead.
Voiced by: Nolan North (God of War), Clancy Brown (God of War III), Fred Tatasciore (God of War: Ascension)
- Affably Evil: "Evil" is pushing it, but Hades acts remarkably polite to Kratos, albeit in a rather sarcastic fashion, despite utterly despising the Spartan and wanting to kill him.
- Ambiguously Evil: Hades never actually goes against Kratos without a good reason. Even after being infected by the evils of Pandora's Box, he still has a good reason (several, by that point) to want Kratos dead.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Ruler of the Dead and one of the most powerful bosses.
- Badass Boast: "A moment's pain is nothing!" "Your death will only be the beginning of your suffering!"
- The Brute: Though he can use also spiritual techniques, as the god of the Underworld. He's certainly the bigger and more brutal of the Olympians.
- Combat Sadomasochist: One of his battle quotes is "I live for pain!"
- Dark Is Not Evil: Unlike the other gods, he has plenty of legitimate gripes with Kratos.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much of his lines to Kratos as such, such as:"I knew you would be back, Spartan. Did you miss me?"
- Dual Wielding: Two giant claws, to be more exact.
- Duel Boss: A brief segment of his battle has both Kratos' and Hades' left chains get tangled up; rather than try and back off to get untangled they start swinging their right-hand weapons at each other while trying to tug the other into the chasm between them.
- Everybody Hates Hades: The makers attempt to avert it, by giving Hades some actually sympathetic motivation on his hatred on Kratos, and by portray him as a grieving loving husband, as well as the implication at the end of the game that it's the dark powers of Pandora's Box that made him a sadistic monster.
- The game's visits to Hades and Tartarus, as well as Persephone hating her marriage so much she wants to kill herself and take the world down with her, hint that Hades was a major d-bag before the evils of the world possessed him. Then again, Persephone was rather haughty, and the aesthetics of the Underworld can be just Dark Is Not Evil.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Though "evil" would be pushing it.
- Evil Uncle: Subverted; He's still loyal to Zeus, and Kratos ain't much the nephew of the year either. Actually, Kratos' willingness to kill his own family is the reason why Hades hates him to the core.
- Face of a Thug: Despite his demonic appearance, Hades is one of the more reasonable Gods even after being infected via Pandora's Box.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos uses the Claws of Hades to steal his soul.
- Hooks and Crooks: The Claws of Hades.
- Motive Rant:Kratos, so glad you could carve out some time for us! You know, we need it... Oh, the memories, they're overwhelming really. Let's see. How many sins have you committed against me? Oh, that's right, you murdered my niece, Athena. And what else? What else?! Ah, and you killed my brother, Poseidon. And I have not forgotten that it was you who butchered my beautiful queen! I will see you suffer as I have suffered. Your soul is MINE!!!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kratos' red. Also note that they share similar weapons and fighting styles, but of opposing colors (red for Kratos, blue for Hades).
- Spikes of Villainy: Protuding from his skin.Urgh.
- Stout Strength: Hades has quite a gut, but he still gives Kratos one hell of a fight.
- The Cameo: Hades has his own stage in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, where he overlooks the players as they fight, laughing at times. At times he will slam his Claws into the ground, stunning any player caught in the blast radius. Then... his stage is invaded by Patapons, which begin to attack him... and despite Hades' efforts to dispatch them, they kill him.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Persephone.
- Villainous Valour: From his POV, he's not only defending himself as avenging what Kratos did to his family and wife.
- You Killed My Father: You Killed My Brother, Wife And Niece And Nephew, but no one really likes Ares]]
- Your Soul Is Mine: His chains, The Claws of Hades, can rip people's souls out of their bodies. He even says this when he first attacks Kratos.
PoseidonThe God of the Seas and ruler of all that lives in them.
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (God of War), Gideon Emery (God of War III, Ghost of Sparta, God of War: Ascension)
- Ambiguously Evil: He has a legitimate reason for hating Kratos since the latter destroyed Atlantis, his patron city, and is leading an attack on his home Olympus.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He really lives up to his reputation as the Ruler of the Ocean.
- Badass: He's capable of tackling a Titan with the force of a meteor and knocking it off Mount Olympus.
- Badass Boast:
- I will leave nothing of you in my wake!
- Cool Horse: His Hippocampi.
- Co-Dragons: With Helios.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kratos beats him up, gouges out his eyes, and snaps his neck.
- Disney Villain Death: After the aforementioned Cruel and Unusual Death, Poseidon is thrown off a cliff and into the sea.
- Eldritch Abomination: His One-Winged Angel form certainly qualifies.
- Fighting a Shadow: Makes a giant avatar of himself out of rock and water.
- Hellish Horse: His Hyppocampi, which are powerful enough to bring down a Titan.
- Making a Splash: What did you expect from the god of seas?He's also apparently made of water, as we can see when Kratos throws him off Mount Olympus.
- One-Winged Angel: His battle form.
- Only Sane Man: It seemed that he was the only one who wasn't possessed by the evils of Pandora's box. His notes indicate that he investigated Zeus' actions, concluding that Zeus is no longer the brother he once knew.
- Granted, it's also possible he was possessed by the evil of Wrath, considering how awful he was towards the young woman Kratos happens upon. But then, this being Greek mythology, it's kinda hard to figure out where the line is on "general Greek God douchebaggery" and "EXTREME Greek God douchebaggery, seasoned with EVIL".
- Pet the Dog: According to his notes, he genuinely cared for the slave girl in his quarters.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:"You have disrespected the Gods for the last time, Kratos!"
- Prongs of Poseidon: His Weapon of Choice of course.. (Also, Poseidon's Trident is an item which allows Kratos to breathe underwater.) Poseidon himself uses the real deal.
- Shock and Awe: Strangely enough, he also seems to have some control of Lightning, too judging from Poseidon's Rage and a cutscene of the Titanomachy in II.
- Not that strange if you know that Poseidon is not only ruler of the sea, but the god of storms as well.
- Tron Lines: Blue ones.
- Who Dares?: "You challenge me, mortal? A god of OLYMPUS?!"
- Villainous Valour: It's fighting Kratos for destroying his city
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: His bolts are light blue in color, while Zeus' ones are rather green/yellowish.
HeliosThe God of the Sun who flies around the world, shedding daylight on his chariot.
- Ambiguously Evil: Helios is one of the few gods without a good reason to hate Kratos and all in all he is one of the nicer gods. He still tries to defend Olympus and by extension the world from Kratos' destructive rampage.
- Blatant Lies: In an attempt to save himself from Kratos in III, he lies and says that he has to step into the Flame of Olympus to receive its power. Having already been told by Hephaestus that touching the Flame means instant death, Kratos doesn't buy it for a second.Helios: And you believe him?! That freak has fallen from the graces of Olympus!
Kratos: That is exactly why I believe him.
- Catch Phrase: "Feel the wrath of the sun!"
- Cool Horse: His flaming steeds that pull his chariot across the sky.
- Co-Dragons: With Poseidon.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kratos rips his head clean off, with the camera sparing no gruesome, skin-ripping detail.
- Defector from Decadence: Despite his appearance, he is indeed a Titan who sides with the Gods.
- Fantastic Light Source: He is the sun.Killing him curiously only makes the world enter in a eternal rain without direct sunlight,however.
- Ink-Suit Actor: In III his face is modelled after his voice actor, Crispin Freeman. As such, you spend 3/4s of the game using Crispin Freeman's head as a flashlight. Lovely thought, no?
- Knight Templar: A possible interpretation of his actions in GOW3. He seems remarkably determined to not let the Titans triumph (who are his own kind in the original mythology), and even though he may have been corrupted by cowardice, he still is determined to not let Kratos kill Zeus, to the point that results in extremely poorly made decisions.
- Large Ham: "Feel the power... OF THE SUN!!"
- Light Is Good: Played with. He himself is as arrogant as the average god (except for a brief Pet the Dog moment in the prequel where he feels sorry for Kratos), but his absence means the sky will be covered by dark clouds. After Kratos kills himself and releases Hope into the world, Helios might not be necessary anymore.
- Light 'em Up: Can shine to an blinding intensity.
- Mundane Utility: His head makes a great lantern for Kratos.
- Off with His Head!: Unlike most examples of this trope, Helios has his head ripped off (quite graphically, at that), rather than cut off.
- Playing with Fire: The Sun also burns.
- The Power of the Sun: Trope Namer.
- Sadly Mythtaken: The original Helios was a Titan, not an Olympian.
HermesThe messenger of the Olympains, faster than any mortal.
Voiced by: Greg Ellis
- Ambiguously Evil: A bit of a jerk, but everything he says about Kratos is true and like some of the others he is defending his home from an attack by a madman. Oh, and Kratos killed his son giving Hermes a legitimate reason to hate Kratos.
- An Arm and a Leg: Kratos slices off both his legs.
- Boisterous Weakling: He's a big talk, but take his speed from him, and there's not much left.
- Braggart Boss: He brags a lot to Kratos.
- Bullying a Dragon: He's dumb enough to taunt Kratos, a guy who's killing his way through the Olympians and has a history of thinking that Murder Is the Best Solution.
- Dirty Coward: Subverted; he knows full well that he doesn't stand a chance against Kratos in close combat, and so attempts to use the chaotic environment around Olympus to kill him. It didn't end up as he planned. When he knew he couldn't run away any longer, he took a Last Stand against Kratos.
- Fragile Speedster: He may be wimpy, but he's fast enough to run along vertical surfaces and ropes.
- Get Back Here Boss:Kratos have to constantly follow him through Olympus until he can finally kill him.
- Hannibal Lecture: When he was at Kratos' mercy, he mocked Kratos about his "sense of honor" and how it had given him nothing but "nightmares of your failures". Kratos didn't seem to give it much, but later it turned out it had some effects on Kratos' mind regarding on his conscience.
- I Shall Taunt You: Constantly mocks Kratos.
- Karmic Death: Kratos chops his legs off.
- Light Is Not Good: In GOW 3, his hair is made of light.
- Not Worth Killing: Kratos initially dismisses him as a "fly from the ass of Zeus" that isn't worth his time... until Hermes decides to taunt him.
- Pride: Of his speed. he should know better.
- Sissy Villain: He isn't exactly a Large Ham or manly like other Olympian gods.
- Sprint Shoes: The Boots of Hermes.
- Super Speed: His only power, actually.
- Too Dumb to Live: Against Kratos, the best use of his speed would have been just running away and not looking back.
- Too Slow: He spends the entire pre-battle chase and the battle itself mocking Kratos' speed."You may have brute force - but you lack speed!""I have the speed of Olympus with me, mortal!""Lazy mortal!""Close, Spartan. But you'll have to try harder!""So slow.""I will always be faster than you!""I am still quick enough for you!"
HeraThe Queen of the Gods, often disillusioned by her husband Zeus's infidelity.
Voiced by: Adrienne Barbeau
- The Alcoholic: She's already drunk by the first time we see her in III.
- Badass Boast: When she traps Kratos in her garden.Your brute strength may have bested Hercules, but your simple mind will never find the way out of here. I look forward to watching you die here, as an old man.
- Composite Character: While her personality is 100% Hera, her association with plants is a trait usually given to Demeter, while her drinking could be inspired by Dionysus.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Despair Event Horizon: Appears to have one when her crown is broken, but it may just be a brief mood swing from the wine.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: More incompetent than evil. To the queen of Olympus, she doesn't seems to be doing much in III.
- Green Thumb: She apparently took over Demeter's job, as Demeter doesn't even appear in any of the games (she was mentioned briefly in Chains Of Olympus).
- Also note that she's showing care only to the flowers in her garden, and we don't actually see all the plants in the world wither after her death.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Something must have happened to her before the third game, judging by her portraits, statues, and concept art.
HephaestusThe Smith God and the finest craftsman of Olympus, as well as the creator of Pandora. He is banished to the Underworld by Zeus and blames Kratos for it.
Voiced by: Rip Torn
- Being Good Sucks: On the most decent gods (if not the nicest god) who never manipulated Kratos for his own good. He lives in Hell.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a reather snarky sense of humor.Kratos: I pursue only one Olympian.Hephaestus: Well, as long it's only one Olympian (chuckles).
- I Was Quite a Looker: Before his time in the underworld, he looked as normal as a middle-aged blacksmith could look until Zeus messed with him and disfigured him.
- Papa Wolf: To Pandora. The prospect of Kratos killing her makes Hephaestus turns against him.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Aphrodite.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: The god of them and one of the TropeCodifiers.
- Uriah Gambit: He attempted to use this card on Kratos during the middlegame. Fearing for Pandora's life, he sent Kratos to Tartarus to find the Omphalos Stone, without telling him that Cronos had it, and that he now had a grudge on Kratos since he tried to kill Gaia.
AphroditeThe Goddess of Love and Hephaestus's very unfaithful wife.
Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (God of War), April Stewart (God of War III)
- Anything That Moves: Apparently she's making love with her handmaidens only because no men are available (the bridges to her chamber are broken). In fact, when Kratos approaches, she quickly disbands her lovers and attempt to seduce him.
- Bi the Way: She regularly cheats on Hephaestus, having threesomes with her slavegirls.
- Cleavage Window: A massive one that her handmaidens also have.
- Dissonant Serenity: Not really her (she's a goddess after all, she can handle things) but her apparently human slavegirls: the very world is crumbling in ruin around them outside, but they only think of "Sandwiching" their lady".
- Full-Frontal Assault: Has a boob window on her shirt which gives a very good view of her breasts, same goes for her maidens.
- Gainaxing: A little when she moves. Justified, as she clearly wears no bra. Also her dark-skinned maiden, who can achieve this just by breathing.
- Hot Coffee Minigame: In III. Unlike in other games (where the focus point during the button mash is an innocuous piece of scenery), this one has the focus on her slavegirls feeling each other up and saying that it's not for kids.
- Ms. Fanservice; She isn't even teasing, her boobs are exposed.
- Really Gets Around:Love have no frontiers.
- Sole Survivor: You might have a slight Oh, Crap moment when you realize that the only deity left on Olympus (among those mentioned in the series, save for Artemis) has only one thing on her mind. Then again, it's better not to imagine what would have happened if Kratos had killed the goddess of love.
- The Vamp: Though a rather innocent one.
- Your Cheating Heart: Everyone knows that she cheats on Hephaestus, including Hephaestus himself.
PersephoneThe Goddess of the Underworld and Hades's wife.
Voiced by: Marina Gordon
- Absolute Cleavage: In her normal outfit.
- Big Bad: For Chains of Olympus.
- Breast Plate: Averted by her Hoplite-like outfit in her battle form.
- The Chessmaster
- Dying Curse: "Your suffering will never end, Ghost of Sparta."
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wanted to kill everyone.
- One-Winged Angel: An armored form with wings.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Kratos when he gives up his powers to enter the Elysian Fields and be with Calliope, calling him an idiot for not realizing that without his powers, he can't save the world and everyone will be destroyed.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: She was so sick of her Arranged Marriage to Hades that she decided to destroy the world and herself with it.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking too much about her character gives away the big reveal of Chain of Olympus.
- Winged Humanoid: Her One-Winged Angel form.
ThanatosThe God of Death who predates the Olympian Gods.
Voiced by: Arthur Burghardt
- Badass BoastIf you persist, not even the Fates will prevent me from ending your path.
- Big Bad: For Ghost of Sparta.
- Demonic Possession: He can do this to corpses in order to taunt Kratos.
- The Dreaded: Outright stated to be this to both the gods (barring Kratos) and the titans.
- Eye Scream: Deimos spears his right eye with the Arms of Sparta.
- Go Out with a Smile: After Kratos delivers the finishing blow, he grins just before exploding.
- Lean and Mean: And very tall to boot.
- One-Winged Angel: A giant black skeletal demon with wings.
- Papa Wolf: Swears revenge when Kratos kills his daughter, Erinys.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Not a terrible example, but Thanatos was the god of peaceful death(though considering how his being tied up prevented Ares from killing anyone Thanatos technically embodies all death including violent death while the Keres deal in death by blood loss and not other forms of death by violence). Moros, the personification/god of doom more fits Thanatos' characterization of a being feared by all.
- You Can't Fight Fate:Nothing you do is of your own choosing.
ErinysThe daughter of Thanatos.
- Anthropomorphic PersonificationGaia: Erinys, the daughter of Thanatos, the God of Death. Pain given form, evil given life.
- Badass Boast:Ghost of Sparta. The God Slayer. Your brother belongs to Thanatos, so does your blood.
- Full-Frontal Assault: strays into Fan Disservice with her barbed teeth, Femme Fatalons, and one gruesome Kick the Dog moment (see below).
- Kick the Dog: She interrogates one unfortunate Spartan about the whereabouts of Kratos. And after he tells her what he knows (which is that he has no clue), she gruesomely disembowels him with her bare hands.
- One-Winged Angel: A giant, armored bird.
- Power of the Void: She can toss some weird green orbs at you, which acts as small black holes.
- Sadly Mythtaken: The Erinyes were actually several entities (at least three), not one. They weren't daughters of Thanatos, but were born from the blood spilled when Cronos castrated Uranus.
- Ultimately resolved with Ascension, where the Furies do actually appear as three sisters and separated characters from Erinys.
- Winged Humanoid:Just like her father.
Tropes common to two or more Titans
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Except Prometheus and Rhea.
- Elemental Embodiment: Gaia, Typhon, Epimetheus, Perses, Oceanus, and Thera.
- Humanoid Abomination: They're vaguely human in shape, but have very little in common with humans otherwise.
GaiaThe mother of the Titans and the Titan of Earth. After being banished to the Underworld after the Titanomachy, Gaia forges an alliance with Kratos so she can get her own revenge against the Gods.
Voiced by: Linda Hunt (God of War II), Susanne Blakeslee (God of War III)
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Zeus in the third game.Downplayed because you will think she is dead by most of it.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Literally. She's determined to overthrow Zeus by any means possible due to his attitude against the world and later has problems with Kratos as well.
- Genius Loci: Her body itself is an ecosystem, one in which Zeus actually spent his childhood.
- Green Thumb: She has tress growing out of her.
- Narrator All Along: At the beginning of II.
- Not Quite Dead: She returns for the climax of III.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Though their mother, Gaia herself isn't a Titan.
- Treacherous Advisor: She only saw Kratos as a pawn and discarded him once things got hard for her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She definitely becomes this by the end of the third game, when the war scarred the world too bad for her to handle. It wasn't better that she survived a murder attempt by Kratos and had to climb the whole of Mount Olympus again.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kratos wasn't amused about it.
AtlasThe Titan condemned to hold up the sky for all eternity. Brother of Prometheus and Epimetheus.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can create earthquakes, and gives this power to Kratos.
- The Dragon: To Cronus in the Titanomachy and to Persephone in Chains of Olympus.
- Elemental Embodiment: He has some earthern features.
- Enemy Mine: Decides to help Kratos because he hates Zeus more.
- The Giant: Atlas is obviously the Robert Wadlow of the Titans.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Four arms.
- Remember the New Guy: He and Kratos have obviously met before when they encounter one another in II. Their first meeting is detailed in Chains of Olympus, the first prequel released a year after II.
- Womb Level: Kratos navigates the inside of his back, and uses one of his vertebrae as a platform to navigate through his back and shoulder.
CronosThe King of the Titans and father of Zeus and several other Olympians, the rest of whom he devoured to keep them from overthrowing him; of course, he was overthrown anyway. Cronos is initially condemned to carrying the Temple of Pandora housing Pandora's Box, and is later sent to Tartarus to carry out the rest of his punishment.
Voiced by: Lloyd Sherr (God of War II), George Ball (God of War III)
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Only Asura's Wrath bosses surpass in him sheer size, which is really saying something. Word of God is that he's 1600 feet tall.
- Carpet of Virility: Particularly in a flashback cutscene to Rhea switching an infant Zeus with a rock to protect him.
- Colossus Climb: The biggest example in the series, as Kratos' entire battle with Cronos is one of these.
- Eats Babies: He certainly ate his (save for Zeus, of course).
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Why he tried to kill Kratos. Kratos had just recently tried to kill Gaia.
- Fingore: One of his fingernails is torn off completely.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: It's not exactly clear how Cronos and Rhea were able to procreate, considering he's roughly a thousand times larger than her. But this is consistent with Greek mythology, which did not overly concern itself with little details like whether sex between two beings was physically possible.
- Hypocrite: Cronos calls Kratos a "coward who kills his own kin" even though Cronos himself ate his own children out of fear that they would overthrow him.
- Just Eat Him: Backfires spectacularly. He was asking for it.Chronos: Trust me, eating you will be more unpleasant for me!
- Offing the Offspring: Was paranoid that his children would rebel, so he ate all of them (barring Zeus).
- Shock and Awe: As seen in Cronus' Rage, instead of being associating with Agriculture or Time (By mistaking him with Chronos) in the myths, he seemed able to wield lighting like his sons here.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Rhea.
PrometheusThe Titan who introduced mankind to fire, originally used only by the Gods, and is punished for it.
Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer
- Fate Worse Than Death: He's chained to Typhon's hand, exposed to the blizzards and there's a giant buzzard of Zeus' which keeps eating his bowels every single day since they grow back.
- Mercy Kill: Begs Kratos to stop his torture, even if that means killing him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Despite being a Titan, Zeus trapped him in human form.
- Playing with Fire: Hinted to have this element.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Well, he surely doesn't.
TyphonThe Titan of Wind who was sealed in the frozen depths of a mountain following his defeat at the hands of the Olympians.
- An Ice Person: His wind is cold.
- Blow You Away: A very cold wind, since it's an ice mountain he's in.
- Eye Scream: What Kratos does to him.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Typhon wasn't a Titan nor was he associated with wind.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed Typhon on a icemountain.
RheaThe Queen of the Titans and mother of Zeus and the Olympian Gods.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Cronos. She's literally smaller than one of his fingers.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She's the only Titan to look like a human instead of a colossal embodiment of the elements (Helios and Eos also look like that, but they could be now full Gods).
EpimetheusThe Titan of Nature and a brother of Prometheus and Atlas, who participated in the Second Titanomachy.
- All There in the Manual: His name.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His entire role in III is to get one-shotted five minutes in by Poseidon.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Possibly, since he's made of rock.
- Red Shirt: Poseidon one-shots him.
HyperionThe Titan of Light, and one of the original Titans. Brother of Cronos and Oceanus and father of Helios, he was unleashed once again during the Second Titanomachy.
- All There in the Manual: He's seen in Chains of Olympus first, then a cameo in III, both times unnamed.
- Colossus Climb: Sort of. You walk on one of his chains in Chains of Olympus.
- Light 'em Up: Well, it's in his domain.
- Red Shirt: Poseidon takes him down pretty quickly.
PersesThe Titan of Destruction, son of Krius, one of the original Titans, and a participant of the Second Titanomachy.
- All There in the Manual: Like Epimetheus, his name.
- Eye Scream: Kratos jams the Sword of Olympus into his eye, killing him.
- Red Shirt: Not as bad as Epimetheus, but he has problems with Helios, and was quickly killed by Kratos.
- Sole Survivor: Seemed to be the only Titan that made it to Olympia.
OceanusThe Titan of Water and one of the original Titans. Brother of Cronos and Hyperion, and a particicpant in the Second Titanomachy.
- All There in the Manual: Like Epimetheus and Perses, his name.
- Evil Counterpart: In a sense, to Poseidon. Both have water & lightning powers, both are associated with the sea (Poseidon rules it, Oceanus is/was it) and have quite a few kids among them.
- Making a Splash: His body is a combination of water and electricity.
- Red Shirt: (Presumably) taken out by Hades, when he was dislodged from Mount Olympia, in his third appearance, no less.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Not as bad as Typhon, but Oceanus was a very neutral God who didn't take part in Cronus and his other brothers' rebellion against Uranus or in the Titanomachy.
- Shock and Awe: Merged with water, no less.
TheraThe Titan of Lava, and of the original Titans. Wife of Hyperion and mother of Helios. Sealed within a volcano in Atlantis.
Voiced by: Dee Dee Rescher
- Deal with the Devil: She offered Kratos a portion of her power if he would free her from her imprisonment. She kept her end of the bargain, but proceded to sink Atlantis.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: By sinking Atlantis, she was overwhelmed by the floodwaters.
HerculesThe son of Zeus and thus Kratos's brother. Hercules harbors great jealousy towards Kratos for all the attention he gets.
Voiced by: Kevin Sorbo
- Adaptational Villainy: This isn't the usually good/noble-natured Hercules you're used to. In fact, this may be one of few stories to portray Hercules in a rather negative light. Though he was probably affected with the evil Envy. Considering Zeus did more for Kratos than he ever did for Hercules, he has his reasons. Still, the evil seems to make him ignore that Zeus is a bastard who tormented Kratos, so it's possibly a case of a Brainwashed and Crazy situation.
- Almighty Janitor: Acknowledges that this is what he was in the grand scheme of things and is really resentful over it.
- Ambition Is EvilHercules: I will destroy you. Soon, I will be the God of War and claim the throne for myself.Kratos: You aspire to be an Olympian, yet their reign is ending, Hercules.
- Ancient Grome: Is referred to as Hercules rather than Heracles/Herakles, which was confirmed to be due to the Roman version of the name being more famous and iconic.
- Animal Motifs: His armor and weapons all have a lion design. Also, out of his Twelve Labors, he liked facing the Nemean Lion the best.
- Annoying Arrows: The Bow of Apollo is worthless against him.
- Blood Knight: Out of all of his labors, he apparently considers his fight with the Nemean Lion the only one that was actually worth his time.
- Cain and Abel: With Kratos.
- Casting Gag: He's voiced by Kevin Sorbo, who starred as the title character in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's Dangerously Genre Savvy enough to violate Mook Chivalry and one of the only bosses smart enough to have backup in the first place.
- The Dragon: To Hera.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's pretty pissed that Kratos, who the Gods hated, was treated better than him.While I was stuck cleaning the Augean Stables, he chose you to destroy Ares. (Kratos raises an eyebrow) Not convinced? How about this: while you were being crowned the God of War, I was sent to find an apple. (Hera laughs) They called them "Labors". Hah! Perhaps he did allow me to kill the Nemean Lion, but he made your name known amongst the people. A fierce warrior. A killer made hero. A man made a god.
- Evil Gloating: He knocks Kratos out, then turns around and boasts to Hera about his "victory", allowing Kratos to recover and retaliate.
- Flunky Boss: He brings Undead Legionnaires into his battle with Kratos.
- The Giant: Kratos is a pretty big guy (somewhere between 6'4 and 6'6), but Herc is easily three or four feet taller.
- Genius Bruiser: At least he knows how to use proper military tactics against Kratos.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His torso is covered with claw-marks, presumably from his struggle against the Nemean Lion.
- Green-Eyed Monster:It's envious of Kratos being favored by Zeus even if, when he meets Kratos, it's pretty clear that the two aren't even near of a good relationship.
- Ground Pound: By punching the ground.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's a demigod, after all.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He rips the entire arena out of the ground, but Kratos makes it fall on him to pin him down. Then, Kratos uses the Nemean Cestus to finish him off.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: After he is disarmed, the reduced weight causes his speed to skyrocket.
- Implacable Man: Nothing can make him flinch.
- In a Single Bound: While he only does it once, he pulls off an impressive vertical leap to exit the arena.
- Irony: He is Hera's champion, even though he and Hera are enemies in the myths.
- Made of Iron: As always.
- Mighty Glacier: Though he becomes a Lightning Bruiser once Kratos steals the Nemean Cestus.
- Power Fist: The Nemean Cestus.
- Punched Across the Room: Any blow he lands will do this to Kratos.
- Shed Armor, Gain Speed: Starts the fight as a Mighty Glacier in heavy armor, but once that gets cut off he becomes a Fragile Speedster.
- Super Strength: It dont would be Hercules without it.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: He declared killing Kratos to be his thirteenth Labor; Kratos turned the tables on him and smashed his face in.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Zeus treated Kratos with more respect than him. That's what Hercules thinks.
- World's Strongest Man: Being another son of Zeus, he is clearly Kratos' equal if not his better, and the only way to get a critical hit is to wait until he's showing off to his step mother, Hera.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Somehow averted, since Hercules, according to the legend, taught humans wrestling in first place.
TheseusA hero who faithfully serves the Sisters of Fate.
Voiced by: Paul Eiding
- An Ice Person: His spear can summon huge Ice Spikes from the ground to impale Kratos, as well as tossing projectiles made of hail and snow.
- Badass Grandpa: He got a few years on his back by the time Kratos meet him, though don't seems that much of a problem.
- Blood Knight: Fights Kratos to prove that he's the strongest warrior of all in Greece.
- Cold Sniper: He'll often jump to the roof to snipe at Kratos with his energy-firing spear.
- The Dragon: To the Sisters of Fate.
- Flunky Boss: Ironically (since he defeated the Minotaur in the original myths), he uses minotaurs as mooks.
- The Giant: Bigger than Kratos, that's already big.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's a demigod, in this case, the son of Poseidon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos impales him with his own spear, then crushes his head with the door he was guarding.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy:Come forward. Let us finally see which one of us is the greatest warrior in all of Greece!
PerseusA hero who seeks the help of the Sisters of Fates to rescue his love.
Voiced by: Harry Hamlin
- Ascended Extra: Becomes a playable character in the multiplayer mode of Ascension, albeit with brand new, impossibly cool armor and helmet.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: Fights Kratos in a room with a giant pool of water, which limits the advantage provided by his Helm of Invisibility. In fairness, he was trapped and didn't choose the location of their fight, so it isn't idiocy on his part, just circumstances.
- Casting Gag: He's voiced by Harry Hamlin, who played Perseus in the original Clash of the Titans.
- Combat Pragmatist: Shines the sunlight into Kratos' eyes with his reflective shield to blind him.
- Cool Helmet: His mask of invisibility and the huge, saw-blade like helm worn in Ascension.
- Flash Step: Kratos can beat on his invisible form...and suddenly he's on the other side of the room.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A given, considering that he's a demigod.
- Idiot Ball: He could have easily escaped the room he had been trapped in if he had broken the wall, or even gone through the windows.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Invokes this, mistakenly believing that defeating Kratos was the final test to reach the Sisters Of Fate.
- Light Is Not Good: He has light attacks, throwing things that glow in golden radiance and using a light blast to temporarily stun Kratos.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Went to the Sisters of Fate to try to reverse Andromeda's death.
- Smug Super: Certainly has an inflated opinion of himself.No! That door was my only escape! I have faced test after test in search of the Sisters. And now you have dashed it all away! You certainly do not live up to your reputation, Ghost of Sparta! But... perhaps this is a test. Are you watching me now, Sisters!? Give me a sign! Am I, the great Perseus, to kill this fallen god to receive an audience with you? Will that allow me to bring my love back from the grasp of Hades himself!? If not, at least I can bathe in the glory of bringing down the mighty Kratos, the slayer of gods... Although I hardly think a harpie's fool such as yourself deserves such praise.
- Suffer the Slings: Kratos doesn't go down easily as Goliath. Sadly. For Perseus.
- Tragic Hero: This version failed to save Andromeda.
AchillesPlayable Mutliplayer character from Ascension. The famous hero from the Iliad.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: One of his armlets has a sharp blade coming out of it.
- Stripperific: Doesn't wear much armor, which may be a nod to his legendary invulnerability.
OdysseusPlayable Mutliplayer character from Ascension. Hero of the Odyssey and the one who used the Horse trick to conquer Troy.
- Spikes of Villainy: His armor is spiked, and he's usually considered an Anti-Hero even by Greek mythology standards.
OrionPlayable Mutliplayer character from Ascension. Legendary hunter of beasts killed by a scorpion. (Or by Artemis by mistake, depends).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He doesn't wear armor on his chest.
Sisters of Fate
Tropes That Apply to the Fates in General
- Magic Mirror: How they manipulate fate, so they can see exactly what they are manipulating.
- Time Master: They control time.
LahkesisThe middle Sister of Fate who determines the destinies of Gods and mortals alike.
Voiced by: Leigh-Allyn Baker
- Animal Motifs: Seems to model herself after a bird, as evidenced by her clothes, ability to fly and actually having a phoenix.
- Badass Boast: One that cements her belief in her own superiority and that destiny cannot be altered.You have always amused us, Kratos. But know this, mortal. There is no power greater than the Sisters of Fate. If you challenge us, You... Will... Die!
- Fate Worse Than Death: Kratos traps her and Atropos in a mirror, then shatters it.
- Foreshadowing: When Kratos breaks her statue, there's another one inside like a Russian doll. Later, it's revealed that Atropos inhabits Lahkesis' body.
- Ms. Fanservice: She have an very nice body, an even shows her left boob to the pleasure of the viewers.
- Simple Staff:She can fire projectiles with it..
- Tennis Boss:..And you must use the Golden Fleece to reflect those projectiles.
- Vapor Wear: And Kratos have to shoot the projectiles back.
- Voice of the Legion: When Atropos was inside her body.
AtroposThe oldest Sister of Fate who severs mortals' threads of life, which indicates their deaths.
Voiced by: Debi Mae West (God of War II), Marina Gordon (God of War III)
- Badass Boast: Though she probably would have won if she hadn't blabbed her plan.We control your destiny, foolish mortal! With our weaving, we can end your life! Or allow you to remain. Search your memory, Kratos. The sword which you stand on delivered your victory against Ares. Without it, you will be the one who dies this day. Not Ares! We can change your past and set your future! This is the power of the Fates!
- Bling of War: Her corset and hairdress are golden.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Kratos traps her and Lahkesis in a mirror, then shatters it.
- Femme Fatalons: In reference to her role in mythology.
- Flunky Boss: Aided by numerous creatures.
- Girlish Pigtails: Averted. She isn't even a bit girlish. She's not even the younger sister.
- Living Shadow: Her lower half.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: As detailed in her Badass Boast above.
ClothoThe youngest Sister of Fate who spins the threads of life for Gods and mortals.
Voiced by: Susan Silo (God of War II), Marina Gordon (God of War III)
- Eldritch Abomination: Unlike her sisters, Clothos can't be called "humanoid" by any stretch of the imagination.
- Fan Disservice: You climb platforms around her naked body. Her hideous, fat, purple naked body with more breasts than Mother Nature intended.
- Irony: In the Greek myths, she was called the most beautiful Sister of Fate. Here in the game, well...
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She tries to swat you like a fly as you progress around her.
- Only Sane Man: She seems to be the only sister who was against Lahkesis' decision to let Kratos waltz into their palace and the only one who seems to be actually concerned about the world if Kratos wins.
Tropes That Apply To The Furies In General
- Blue and Orange Morality: One of the notes from the Scribe of Hecatonchires states that the Furies "follow their own view of right and wrong."
- Doomed by Canon: Not surprising, given that they're the main antagonists in a prequel.
- Lawful Stupid: All of them are ridiculously obsessed in imposing blood oaths, regardless of the morality of breaking them or their own survival. Subverted, the real reason they are enforcing Kratos' oath to Ares is because they are working with Ares to bring down Olympus, and Kratos is a crucial part of the plan.
- Time Abyss: They predate the Titans.
MegaeraThe Fury of Jealousy.
Voiced by: Nika Futterman
- Body Horror: She spawns her Puppeteer Parasites from some nasty-looking rash on her chest.
- Handicapped Badass: Lost her right arm in a previous fight with Kratos.
- It's Personal: Unlike her sisters, who merely see taking on Kratos as a duty, she wants revenge for him taking her arm.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: While beating up Kratos, she inadvertently broke some of the chains that were keeping him prisoner and helped him escape.
- Spider Limbs: That protrude from her back.
- Starter Villain: Chronologically, she is the first being killed of the immortals Kratos fights. Her Boss Battle is in the tutorial, in the earliest game. The majority of the game tells How We Got Here.
AlectoThe Fury of Anger.
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale
- Big Bad: Of Ascension.
- One-Winged Angel: Turns into a giant Kraken-like monster during the final boss battle. This form is often confused with Charybdis, but there's nothing in the game to confirm the relation between the two.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Briefly takes on the form of Kratos' wife Lysandra when he has the upper hand. Kratos hesitates for a brief moment before brushing it off and continuing his assault.
TisiphoneThe Fury of Vengeance.
Voiced by: Debi Mae West
- Familiar: Daimon, a skeletal bird of fire that helps her fly, acts as her primary combat method, and appears to be made of illusions.
- Neck Snap: Recieves one following her...
OrkosThe deity of oaths. He is the son of Ares and the Furies, as an attempt to create "the perfect warrior". Born "weak", he was rejected by his father, but accepted by his mothers and given his position, which he served diligently until he saw the injustice in Kratos' oath.
Voiced by: Troy Baker
- Abusive Parents: While not actively abusive, Ares conceived him with Alecto with the sole intent of creating a perfect warrior to support his Evil Plan to overthrow Olympus, only to disown him when Orkos turned out to be a disappointment. Likewise, the Furies manipulated him into aiding their work in punishing traitors and oathbreakers, only to imprison and presumably torture him when he turned on them to help Kratos.
- Body Horror: Has several open, gaping wounds on his chest
- Dark Is Not Evil: He acts as a guide to Kratos, eventually earning his respect.
- Defector from Decadence: He turned on the Furies when he realized just how unjust Kratos' oath to Ares was.
- Face Death with Dignity: He gives Kratos his sword, tells him to give him an honorable death, and calmly awaits his fate.
- Has Two Mommies: Alecto is his birth mother, but he refers to all three Furies as his mothers.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He has Kratos kill him in order to fully sever his bond to Ares.
- Irony: In mythology, Orkos is actually just an aspect of Hades as the god of oaths. Now, Hades is often stated to be the father of the Furies. That role is switched here.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He helped Kratos break free from Ares and the Furies to stop them from destroying Olympus. Years later, Kratos would do that on his own.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Half-Olympian, half-Fury.
CharonA being who ferries the souls of the dead to the Underworld.
Voiced by: Dwight Schultz
- Cool Mask: Resembles a human face screaming.
- The Grim Reaper: Though his function is not to kill, but to bring souls.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He kills Kratos, but Kratos finds a weapon that can actually harm him in The Underworld.
- Implacable Man: He keeps attacking even after Kratos cuts him in half.
- It Is Not Your Time: Invokes this when Kratos tries to enter The Underworld while still alive. Of course, this just pisses Kratos off and they fight. And then he kills Kratos. Well, guess that was his time now.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He's skeletal, but he's strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Kratos.
- Neck Lift: Does this to Kratos.
- Not So Different: It's kind of prophetic, since he appears on a prequel, where Kratos doesn't know it yet.We share a common fate, Kratos. The gods will release neither of us from our torture.
PandoraThe first woman to ever come into existence, she was created by Hephaestus to act as the key to Pandora's Box.
Voiced by: Natalie Lander
- Artificial Human: A statue that Hephaestus crafted and breathed life into.
- Macguffin Girl: Only she can unlock the Flames of Olympus.
- Morality Chain: Thanks to her, Kratos began to develop empathy for his fellow man and remorse for the things he had done, and not just the murder of his family. Mankind had use of it later when Kratos gave them the power of hope by killing himself.
- Older Than They Look: She resents being called a child.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Calliope.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Hope was inside Kratos the entire time.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Of course a person that treats Kratos with respect will die.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Gods treat her like crap and they call her "it". This later becomes Kratos' Berserk Button.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Refuses to lose hope in a world that's being torn apart.Hope is what keeps us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.
MedusaThe Queen of the Gorgons whose gaze can turn mortals into stone.
- Super Speed: As expected from a snake-like villain, she moves very fast despite her size, her lack of legs and the terrain.
- Taken for Granite: And all the other Gorgons can do this.
EuryaleMedusa's older sister.
Voiced by: Jennifer Martin
- Mama Bear: When she calls Kratos a child killer, it's not about human children she is talking about.
- Motive Rant: Makes her a little sympathetic.Kratos...murderer of children. I know this! I am aware of the misery you have brought upon my brood! ...Ruthlessly cutting down my line; your hands wear their blood. Praise to the Sisters! For on this day, Kratos... You will meet your end!
- Mighty Glacier: Unlike her smaller counterparts, she's very clumsy.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate to try to reverse Medusa and Stheno's deaths, or at least tried, but can't really move out of her temple in the Bog of the Forgotten.
- Taken for Granite: As Medusa's sister, she can do this too.
Aegaeon the HecatonchiresOne of the Hecatonchires, or one hundred-armed giants. Having once sworn a blood oath to Zeus and them betrayed him, the Furies hunted him down and transformed his body into a living prison for those who followed his example.
- And I Must Scream: Holy mother of God. For starters, when he broke his oath to Zeus, the Furies hunted him down and put him through the mother of all Fates Worse than Death: having his body hollowed out and turned into a giant prison for those who followed his example. And then Megaera uses her parasites to infest different parts of his body and turn them into monsters to fight Kratos. Judging by the way his eyes are moving when Megaera infests his head, he's still alive and fully conscious through it all.
- Body Horror: His entire body was hollowed out and converted into the Prison of the Damned. On top of that, while fighting Kratos, Megaera uses her Puppeteer Parasites to infest two of his arms, as well as his face, converting them into giant bug monsters under her control.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has one-hundred arms.
- Womb Level: Most of Ascension takes place in and around his body.
Boat CaptainA very unfortunate mortal who is left by Kratos to die after being devoured by the Hydra. Since then, his immortal spirit has had continued encounters with the Ghost of Sparta.
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (God of War, God of War II, God of War: Ascension), Josh Keaton (God of War III)
- Butt Monkey: Even when he's dead, he can never escape being owned by Kratos.
- The Cameo: A note written by him can be found in the third game. As could be expected, it's filled with cursing Kratos.
- Determinator: Given that he possibly could have escaped The Underworld on his own if Kratos hadn't attacked him again.
- Running Gag: Him running into Kratos and getting owned by him.Oh no! Not you again!
- They Killed Kenny: Technically Kratos killed him just one time, but he finds and own him again another two times.
The Last SpartanKratos's most loyal follower in the Spartan army.
- Badass Normal:
- The Cameo: In God of War: Ghost of Sparta, he replaces a statue of Ares with one of Kratos, then loans Kratos the Arms of Sparta.
- I've Come Too Far: Right before you fight him.
- Last of His Kind: Along with Kratos.
- Let's You and Him Fight: He and Kratos mistake each other for an enemy and fight to the death in a dark room.
- Made of Iron: He can take a lot more punishment than any Mook of the game and isn't affected by the stagging effect or the stuns of certain attacks.
- Morality Pet: Kratos cared for him like a son or younger brother.
- No One Could Survive That: He somehow survives when Zeus essentially nukes Rhodes and Sparta.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy:Now you are all that is left. I have faith that our Spartan brothers will live on through the true god of war.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate to try to save Sparta from Zeus' genocide.
CalliopeKratos's beloved daughter, who he had accidentally killed when Ares tricked him into doing so.
Voiced by: Debi Derryberry
- Ill Girl: According to the comic, she was a rather sickly girl, something not tolerated in Sparta. Kratos then went on a quest for Ambrosia to help her condition.
- Morality Chain: Kratos' second chain after Lysandra.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Kratos is forced to leave his daughter behind to save the world, with the full knowledge that he can never enter the Elysian Fields again.
IcarusThe man who fell to his death after he flew too close to the sun with his wax wings. His time in the Underworld has driven him insane.
Voiced by: Bob Joles
- Disney Villain Death: Kratos take his wings and let him fall in the abysm of the Universe.
- Flight: Kratos only uses the wings to glide, however.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate, possibly to go back and prevent his child self from flying too close to the sun.
DaedalusIcarus's father, who was forced to build a labyrinth for Zeus.
Voiced by: Malcolm McDowell
- Sanity Slippage: And it got worse when Kratos tells him about his son.
- Shout-Out: His labyrinth is like the one from Cube. He also physically resembles Mahatma Gandhi.
- Unwitting Pawn: Zeus promised to reunite him with his son if he built the Labyrinth, but Icarus was already dead and Zeus had no intention of bringing him back.
Voiced by: Erin Matthews
- Gory Discretion Shot: Kratos forces her to hold open a gate for him, but she gets squashed and killed by the crank right after he gets through (though you can easily backtrack to see her body lying in a pool of blood).
- Made a Slave: She was originally Poseidon's girlfriend, but a note of apology from him explains that the chains and bars were to keep Zeus from molesting her while he wasn't around.
- Morality Pet: For Poseidon.
- Ms. Fanservice: Surely, Poseidon had a good taste in women.
Alrik the Barbarian KingThe leader of an army of barbarians who would have killed Kratos had the Spartan not called on the help of Ares, and was himself killed in return.
Voiced by: Bob Joles
- All There in the Manual: His name is revealed in the comic.
- And I Must Scream: In the Comic, a young Kratos defeats him and use the Head of Danaus to force Rocs to tear him apart, with him constantly healing because of the Ambrosia. He escaped thanks to Hades.
- Badass Normal: He was tough enough that Kratos was forced to make a deal with Ares in the first place.
- The Chosen One: Believe it or not, in the comic ,he was Hades' champion in the trial for the Ambrosia.
- Drop the Hammer: Obviously,Kratos kill him and takes his weapon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos crushes his head with his own hammer.
- Large and In Charge: And he can grow even larger.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: Like Kratos, he fought his way out of The Underworld.
- Off with His Head!: Twice.
- Necromancer: After his escape from The Underworld.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When he and Kratos have their long awaited rematch.Soon, Ghost of Sparta, I will have your head!
LysandraKratos's wife who Kratos had been tricked into killing by Ares.
Voiced by: Gwendoline Yeo
- All There in the Manual: Her name is revealed in the comic.
- Disposable Woman: It never ends well for a woman to be paired up with a Badass...
- Morality Chain: For Kratos.
- No Badass to His Valet:While they were married, she actually stood up to Kratos and his talk of fighting for the glory of Sparta.
Persian KingThe king of the Persian empire who wishes to take over all of Greece.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's an boss.
- Dirty Coward: He pleads for his life when he's disarmed.
- Flaming Sword: Which curiously resembles the Artemis Sword from the first game.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos crushes him with a chest of his pirated gold.
- Holier Than Thou: Much like Xerxes.Evil? It is not evil that I bring, Spartan. I bring the might of Persia and the sacrament of purification. As we speak, my Basilisk cleanses this land so that it may embrace the glory of the Persian Empire.
- Large and In Charge: He's big, and not exactly in a muscular way.
- Playing with Fire: Efreet. Obviously, Kratos kill him and takes this power.
King MidasThe king who was cursed with the power to turn anything and everything he touched into solid gold.
- Blessed with Suck: One of the most recognizable examples in all of fiction.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Kratos throws him into a river of lava. As he burns and thrashes in agony, the lava turns to gold, with him still in it.
- Despair Event Horizon: It's implied that accidentally turning his daughter into a golden statue sent him over it.
- Sanity Slippage: As expected from someone that can't touch anything without turning it in gold.
- Taken for Granite: Can turn everything he touches in solid gold, including people, monsters, rocks, small areas of ground and even lava flows.
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale - young, Deanna Hustold - old
- Baleful Polymorph: As punishment for trying to tell Kratos that his brother Deimos is still alive and being held prisoner, the gods turn her into a monster that Kratos has to Mercy Kill.
- Morality Chain: Because even Kratos loves his mother.
- My Greatest Failure: The fact that even with her love and support, Kratos is still cold to everyone else.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: Unlike other brutal finishers, we're treated with a shadow shot of Kratos slowly walking to her and swiftly stabbing her heart once.
- Tragic Monster:And, obviously, Kratos killed her the most fast and soft way he knew.
The DissenterA member of the Spartan army who remains loyal to Ares even after Kratos had killed him.
Voiced by: Paul Eiding
- Oh, Crap: No doubt those very words were running through his head as Kratos, just having defeating the lion he sicced on him, began walking towards him with more-than-obvious murderous intent.
- Too Dumb to Live: The fact that he tried to have Kratos killed isn't what qualifies him for this trope (as much). It's the fact that he believed that Ares, whom Kratos had already killed, was helping him out via divine influence the whole time.
DeimosKratos's brother who was kidnapped by Ares after being mistaken for the one who would bring ruin to Olympus. He had hoped to be saved by Kratos, but that hope turned into hatred for his brother when he didn't come.
Voiced by: Elijah Wood (God of War III), Mark Deklin (Ghost of Sparta), Bridger Zadina (Ghost of Sparta - young)
- Badass: Apparently torture by the god of death make you badass.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In the final battle, Kratos and Deimos face Thanatos together.
- Blade on a Stick: After saving him from falling to his death, Kratos gives him the Arms of Sparta.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He saves Kratos from Thanatos' One-Winged Angel form by spearing his eye out of the orbit. The God of Death answers by killing him.
- The Chosen One: In a twisted way. The Gods thought that he was the Marked Warrior who would have destroyed Olympus.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Not exactly, but after he defeated Kratos he was snatched by Thanatos and tossed to his death, only to be saved again by his elder brother, who gained his trust.
- Expy: Of Leonidas. Even moreso when he gets the Arms of Sparta.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sort of. In order to prevent the fall of Olympus, he was jailed into the Domain of Death, the home of Thanatos and Erinys.
- Took a Level in Badass: When Kratos finds him, he's a far cry from the weak boy deemed unfit for the Spartan army.
- Weapon Tombstone: The Arms of Sparta become his Tombstone.
Castor & PolluxThe Gemini Twins who take on a grotesque Siamese-twin depiction in God of War Ascension, they are the prophets of the Time Oracle Alethia, but they have stolen her urn and the power that comes with it and now rule over her temple.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original Mythology, they were heroes who protected sailors and turned the weather in favour of those who made the appropriate sacrifice. In this, they are dictator-like prophets who stole authority from the Oracle whose temple they reside in, and they attempt to kill Kratos when he tries to force his way to the Oracle. Last but not least, they keep hapless slaves around the place whom they bully regularly.
- Bad Boss: Very cruel slave drivers, see Disproportionate Retribution and Jerk Ass below.
- Body Horror: Pollux is a severely atrophied man, conjoined to Castor's torso. Also, whilst the twins are very old (at least 80 something), they compensate for their age-induced unfitness when preparing to fight Kratos by using Oracle Alethia's time urn on themselves, causing them to graphically revert back to their more physically fit youth (probably 20s-30s)
- Disproportionate Retribution: When one of the slaves politely explains why he and the other slaves are struggling with their immense labour work:Castor: YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK!!! (Murders the slave with his staff)
- The Giant: Castor is according to the Wiki for God of War roughly 8'8" tall, compared to Kratos' around 6'4". It's quite obvious, seeing as Kratos is roughly only up to his abdomen. And he's still not quite as tall as Hercules.
- Hypocritical Humor: Castor taunts Kratos by calling him an "arrogant fool", even though he's the one snobbishly accepting sacrifice for people who wish to see the Oracle and bullying his slaves.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Castor proves this to us when he uses the oracle's time urn on himself and his brother, making them younger and Castor looks vaguely similar to the God of War universe's Perseus.
- Jerkass: Castor at least, with the aforementioned Disproportionate Retribution, among other obvious mistreatment of all their slaves, who are obviously doing the best they can.Castor: Worthless lot, pathetic! Every last one of them.
- Made of Iron: Pollux survives being graphically torn from his twin and then falling a mile, only dying when Kratos curb-stomps him. (Whilst Castor, the BIG, HEALTHY twin dies immediately from the fall.)
Comic Book Characters
Giant ArachnidA monstruous, overgrown spider sent by someone (possibly the Olympians) in order to stop Kratos on his second trip to the secret Island where Ambrosia was kept. She's slain by the Spartan.
- Berserk Button: She gets pissed when Kratos burns her eggs.
- Kill It with Fire: How Kratos deals with her.
- You Shall Not Pass: Attempted and failed on Kratos.
HerodiusThe Champion of Poseidon, he's a brutal warlord from Thera island. Seeks the Ambrosia to cure his villagers.
- Ax-Crazy: He's even worse than Kratos in this regard.
- Badass Normal: Despite his status as Poseidon's champion, he has no otherwordly power whatsoever.
PothiaArtemis' Champion from Keros. She's looking for the Ambrosia in order to cure the sterility of the women of her tribe.
- Amazon Brigade: She leads one.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a long scar across her otherwise pretty face.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Kratos chops her in half.
- The Vamp: Tries to seduce Kratos when she becomes attracted to his strength. It doesn't end well.
- Warm-Up Boss: Compared to the other Champions.
Captain NikosThe Spartan captain sent to help Kratos with his men. It won't end well.
- Badass Normal: He's a Spartan, after all, and not a demi-god like Kratos.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Burnt along with his soldiers by a fiery rain send by Hades.
- Came Back Wrong: He and his soldiers were reanimated as undead legionnairs.
- The Lancer: Briefly, to Kratos
DanausHermes' Champion, he needs Ambrosia to save the dying livestock of his village. H has power over animals. He is slain by Alrik.
- The Beastmaster: He can summon and control his Roc birds.
- Flunky Boss: He's followed by his villagers and a flock of Rocs.
- Knife Nut: Wields a large, falchion-like knife.
- Off with His Head!: And his head is used to control the Rocs.
CereyonThe Champion of Helios.
- All There in the Manual: His name.
- Fireball: Can cast them with ease.
- Infernal Retaliation: He can spontaneously combust without any harm to himself (as he states).
- Kill It with Water: Kratos kills him by drowning him in a river.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: One of his many powers is a curious, deafening pitch.
- Pyromaniac: Uses his powers to burn down everything in his path.
GygesOne of the Hecatonchires and keeper of the Tree of Life from which Ambrosia is born.
- Achilles' Heel: The Tree of Life.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He's one of the largest beings in the whole series.