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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 (God of War - God of War: Ascension), Christopher Judge (God of War (2017))
- A Father to His Men: The Spartans are loyal to him even in death itself. What we see of living Spartans has them treat Kratos with reverence and awe. In III, it's their power he draws upon, not the Gods or the Titans as in previous games.
- Accidental Murder: His murder of his wife and child while in a blood frenzy.
- Action Dad: Was the father of Calliope whom he later on tragically murdered in a frenzy, and appears to be raising a young boy named Atreus (who appears to be his son) in God of War (2017).
- The Ageless: God of War (PS4) is apparently set centuries after the third game.
- Ambiguous Situation: At the end of God of War III, it's unclear if Kratos survived his self-inflicted wound, or simply cast himself off the cliff, as he tried to do at the end of the first game. He's alive and well it seems living with a boy in a world ruled by the Norse Gods .
- Anti-Hero: In Ascension, the first game, and the prequels, he's more or less a Byronic Hero, who eventually shifts into pure Villain Protagonist by the time of the second and third games. And by the end of the third game, he appears to be gradually shifting away from being a Villain Protagonist. By the sequel to God of War III, he appears to be now more or less a "normal" Anti-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. He uses an actual axe with freezing capabilities in the sequel to III. And he is still as vicious using it against foes as he did in the earlier games, though ironically outside of combat he seems to have calmed, losing most of his Ax Crazyness.
- Bald of Awesome: Kratos is never seen with hair, not even as a child.
- Badass Baritone: Both TC Carson and Christopher Judge play Kratos with a deep, gravelly voice that befits such a badass Spartan warrior. In the Japanese dub, Tessho Genda also does the same thing as well, albeit he sounds even more agressive than in the English versions.
- Badass Beard: A goatee at that. He grows a thicker beard in the fourth game.
- 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.
- Blasphemous Boast: "A choice from the gods is as useless as the gods themselves!" He even says this straight to the face of Zeus, who was impaling him on the Blade of Olympus at the time.
- Blood Knight: In his backstory, much to the discontent of his wife. It didn't end well for him, as he ended up 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 discontent of the other gods. It didn't end well for him, as he ended up facing an opponent he couldn't defeat. And then he made a deal...with Gaia.
- Body Horror: The ashes of his wife and daughter are magically fused to his skin, turning it white. Furthermore, those chains on his arms are fused to his flesh.
- Broken Ace: One of the greatest warriors the world has to offer... and one of the most troubled.
- Brought Down to Badass: After losing his godhood in II. He's still a One-Man Army capable of throwing down with creatures several times his size.
- 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: The Blades of Chaos/Athena/Exile are attached to his skin by magic chains.
- 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.
- And as seen in the gameplay trailer for the Norse entry into the series, Kratos is shown raising a young boy, and training him how to properly hunt. While he does get upset at the kid for his recklessness, Kratos shows remarkable restraint in his actions and makes an effort to calm himself when he gets impatient. A big change from the Hair-Trigger Temper Spartan warrior the previous games made him out to be.
- 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".
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the traditional heroes of Greek Mythology. Many of those heroes, such as Oedipus, Achilles, and even Hercules at some points, had a Might Makes Right mentality; their worth as heroes wasn't measured by their moral character, but through their strength and power. Kratos is essentially what these kinds of heroes would be in real life; sociopathic, selfish, bloodthirsty, and extremely entitled in their sense of revenge.
- 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. In the third game, Pandora outright states that everyone is scared of Kratos.
- 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. The God of War IV gameplay trailer reveals that, no, he didn't die.
- Dual Wielding: The Blades of Chaos/Athena/Exile, the Claws of Hades, the Nemean Cestus and the Nemesis Whip.
- Dumb Muscle: Even though Kratos can take on the strongest gods and titans, he easily falls prey to their manipulations and traps. Without his superpower, Kratos would have been killed many times before it.
- Emerging from the Shadows: How he's introduced in the trailer for the 2017 game.
- 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”.
- Escaped from Hell: He's escaped from the Underworld four times. He even makes it a Badass Boast in III, saying "The gates of Hades have never held me!"
- 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 kill her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife Lysandra and his daughter Calliope. In the comic it's 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 there are even levels that he will never stoop to — 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 given to him during a battle with the god of death. He also has one on his stomach where he was impaled with the Blade of Olympus.
- Guttural Growler: All that rage really does a number on Kratos' throat.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Kratos has a predisposition for Unstoppable Rage that would put most other examples of this trope to shame. He appears to be trying to grow out of it by the newest entry into the series, especially since he's raising another kid.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He is a demigod, after all.
- He Who Fights Monsters: By the opening of the second game, he's become as bad as Ares, doing all of the horrible things Ares himself had done, which led to the gods assigning Kratos the job of killing him in the first place.
- 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 giant douche before as well.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although on a couple of occasions he has decided to take things into account and show a more selfless, caring side to him.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He was always a Sociopathic Hero on his very best of days, but as of the second game, he's devolved into a straight-up Villain Protagonist. The game opens up with him waging war alongside the Spartans in Rhodes, and after Zeus betrays him, he falls into a state of Revenge Before Reason. It's all downhill from there.
- 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, the only gods he didn't kill are Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite and Morpheus, and that's because the first and the latter sort of suffered a case of What Happened to the Mouse? while Apollo was only mentioned by others...though then again, one could assume that all three of them died due to the events of III.
- Lack of Empathy: This exchange from III stands out:Athena: As we speak, the war for Olympus rages on and mankind suffers.
Kratos: Let them suffer. The death of Zeus is all that matters.
- Large Ham: I BRING THE DESTRUCTION OF OLYMPUS!
- Last of His Kind: After the death of the Last Spartan in the original timeline.
- 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: Extremely powerful and tough, yet also quite agile.
- 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.
- 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.
- Moment of Weakness: Begging for Ares' help after being defeated by the Barbarian King. That one moment of cowardice ultimately proved to be the bane of Kratos' existence.
- Morality Pet: His family. In III, Pandora. And in God of War 2017 His son is this to him to an even greater extent, as his presence actively reminds Kratos to restrain himself and be a better person.
- 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 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 III 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. Indeed, he did - Kratos is alive and well in the latest installation of his game series. He's even seen raising his own family and beating down more mythical creatures he comes across with.
- 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, since the atrocities of Greek Mythology establish that 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: The gods throw everything they have at him, and it barely slows him down. Even in a World of Badass, Kratos is still able to tear his way through endless hordes of zombies and monsters.
- 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). In God of War (2017), he's shown taking an active interest in his son's life, skills, and abilities.
- 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. This extends to his new son in God of War (2017), whom Kratos is far more patient with than anyone he's ever encountered before. Kratos even genuinely compliments his son after his first kill.
- The Pornomancer: 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.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He was born in Sparta, where war was a way, if not THE way of life.
- The Quiet One: In Ascension, he has considerably fewer lines.
- 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.
- Reforged Blade: After the Blades of Athena are damaged in the River Styx, Athena's spirit remakes them into the Blades of Exile.
- 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.
- Revenge Before Reason: If the fact that he singlehandedly destroys the world in his crusade against Olympus in God of War III is anything to go by.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Basically his entire objective.
- Say My Name:
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed his mother after she was turned into a monster, then killed his father Zeus.
- Semi-Divine: As revealed at the end of II, he's one of Zeus' demigod sons.
- 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.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Though he Really Gets Around, it's noted in-universe that Kratos finds no real comfort or happiness in doing so, with his wife Lysandra being the only woman he ever loved.
- Sociopathic Hero: Extremely concerned with self-interests, morally bankrupt, finds pleasure in the deaths of his enemies, extremely prone to emotional outbursts, violently reacts to things like betrayal...Kratos has been this since the beginning. This may change, however, by the newest installment, as it details his new life in the world of Norse mythology, as a father to Atreus.
- 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. In a Game Informer interview hyping Ascension, one of the developers was quoted as describing Kratos as "unlikable" and "an asshole" by the time of III.
- Tranquil Fury: From what we have seen so far of the 2016 iteration of God Of War, he's in this state. He's trying to conquer his demons and keep himself emotionally controlled, but a couple of times the control slips. Seeing how he's motivated and pretty much has Unstoppable Rage as his default emotion in the trilogy beforehand, this is especially notable.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the era of the Norse gods, he is a relatively calm, yet stern father to his son. He still has his Spartan Rage, and does yell at him at times, but he seems to actively rein himself in in order to be one of the Good Parents, as opposed to his father.
- 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: His default emotion. He's actively trying to turn this into Tranquil Fury by the time of the fourth instalment.
- 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.
- Was It Really Worth It?: By the end of III, he's succeeded in obtaining his revenge, having killed everyone who ever wronged him... but by that point, he's realized that most of his misery was his own damn fault. He also finally notices the devastation he wrought upon the world during his campaign for vengeance and he's been changed enough to actually give a damn about it.
- What Have I Become?:
Kratos: By the gods... what have I become?
- At one point in the first game, Kratos has a rare moment of self-awareness and, horrified by the carnage around him, asks himself this question.
- Asks himself this again 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.
- As of his entry into Norse Mythology, he's taken up a rough-looking runic battle-axe.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His relationship with his son Charlie. Near the end of the demo, he is proud of him making his first kill. He just pulls his hand back as the both look at dragons in the sky.
- Wolverine Publicity: Kratos has evolved into something of a mascot for the PlayStation brand, having made appearances in several first-party games for the console brand, while also making crossover appearances in games such as Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny and Mortal Kombat 9.
- 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 genders.
- 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 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.
- Minor Major Characters: The Gods are one of the most important aspect in Greek Mythology as they shape the God Of War universe but since the game takes place in Kratos's point of view, most of them only appeared as either Boss Battle or a Plot-Irrelevant Villain such as Persephone and Thanatos. Only Zeus, Athena and Ares play an important aspect in Kratos's story.
- 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)
- Adaptational Villainy: This Zeus is far more of an asshole than his mythological counterpart. But it turns out this is because he was possessed by the evils of Pandora's Box.
- Alas, Poor Villain: As revealed at the end of III, he wasn't truly evil; he was possessed by the evils in Pandora's Box. Of course, there are hints that even before then, he was a Jerkass God.
- Angel Unaware: He apparently moonlights as a gravedigger on Earth.
- Archenemy: To Kratos, from the second game on. This is because he was corrupted by the fear from Pandora's Box.
- Archnemesis Dad: Turns out he's Kratos' father.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence:He isn't exactly inoffensive 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 Baritone: Zeus has a very deep voice, which is appropriate for the king of the gods.
- Badass Beard: As with most depictions, Zeus is shown with a truly impressive beard.
- Badass Boast: Delivers a few of these to Kratos."I will release you from your life, my son, but your torment is just beginning!""Petulant child! I will tolerate your insolence no more!""I created you, and I will be your end!"
- Badass Grandpa: His appearance, though, as a god, age could actually make him stronger.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Killing him is Kratos' main objective in the third game but he has to share the spotlight with Athena and Gaia.
- 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, possibly 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 than 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 flees. Although in the climax of III, he finally nuts up and fights Kratos one-on-one without any pretences of fleeing.
- 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.
- Evil Laugh: Indulges in these a few times, most notably when he's cruelly mocking Kratos after Pandora's death.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His villainous moments are all accompanied by his deep voice.
- Final Boss: Of the second and third games.
- Flash Step: He makes liberal use of this while fighting Kratos, moving with blinding speed.
- Flying Brick: He rarely makes use of it, but Zeus is capable of flight.
- Foreshadowing: He refers to Kratos as "my son" on a number of occasions. As it turns out, he's not using the term figuratively.
- Genius Bruiser: He effortlessly manipulates Kratos into giving up his godly powers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: Puns aside, Zeus is incredibly fast and amazingly strong, which makes for a hell of a boss fight.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Kratos' father, a revelation that shocks Kratos.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment.
- Man in White: When appearing in his usual form, Zeus always wears a white robe.
- 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.
- Parental Favoritism: At the end of the first game, Ares accuses him of favoring Athena over him. Furthermore, in III, Hercules states his belief that Zeus favored Kratos over him, using the fact that Kratos was chosen to kill Ares and succeed him as the God of War while Hercules was left doing mundane tasks like finding an apple and cleaning the Augean Stables.
- 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.
- Promoted to Playable: While Zeus isn't playable in the story mode in Ghost Of Sparta, you can unlock the Grave Digger costume that allows you to play as him in combat arenas.
- 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.
- Sophisticated as Hell
- Teleport Spam: He moves so fast that he's practically teleporting, which he uses to devastating effect.
- 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.
- The Unfettered
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Gaia personally raised him and protected him so he would be able to defeat Cronos and save his siblings. Zeus thanked her by deciding to persecute the entire Titan race for Cronos' crimes, including Gaia herself.
- 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)
- Absentee Actor: She is never seen or mentioned in God of War: Ascension.
- Ambition Is Evil: Her desire to become the sole god is what drives her manipulations of Kratos. Specifically, she was corrupted by the evil of Pride/Hubris, her Wisdom twisted upon itself, believing she knew better then anyone what to do with the power of Hope.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She has 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. It fails because Athena failed to account for Pandora's effect on Kratos and underestimates how wiling Kratos would be to defy her.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Zeus and Gaia in God of War III.
- 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.
- Deuteragonist: Serves as Kratos's guide in the first and third game.
- 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.
- Face–Heel Turn: Her goals post-mortem are decidedly more sinister and self-serving than they were before.
- 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.
- It's All About Me: When Kratos chooses to commit suicide rather than give her the power of hope from Pandora's Box, Athena throws a tantrum, screaming that the power was meant for her.
- 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.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: In this case, Olympus. Until the third game, that is; now, she's out for herself.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Befitting the goddess of wisdom, she keeps her hair in a bun.
- 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 before coldly remarking that Kratos had disappointed her and leaving him to die.
- The Voice: In the first game, Athena only speaks Kratos through her statue. In all other games (sans Ascension), Athena is physically seen.
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.
- 0% Approval Rating: Ares' own family hates him, helps Kratos to fight him, and, although Athena claims otherwise, none of them seem particularly upset after Kratos kills him.
- Absentee Actor: Chains Of Olympus is the only video game of the franchise where Ares neither appears nor is even mentioned.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Ares was hardly a nice guy in the original myths, he never tried to take down Olympus and conquer the world.
- 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. He kills Kratos with no effort whatsoever in the first game (for all the good that ever does), and puts up one hell of a fight at the end of the game.
- 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.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is nearly as deep as Kratos'.
- Badass Beard: 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.
- Final Boss: Of the first game.
- 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 of 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: In Ascension, where even though he never physically appears besides the flashbacks and mentions, he is the one who order the Furies to capture Kratos and the plot of Ascension centers around Kratos attempting to break his blood oath to Ares by killing the Furies.
- Green-Eyed Monster: We never see anything proving his claim that Zeus favors Athena.
- Guttural Growler: Again, it's a given when a character is played by Steve Blum.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he finally dies.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: He tricked Kratos into slaughtering his own family and planned to use him as a weapon to overthrow Olympus.
- Mind Rape: He pulled Kratos in this when he couldn't defeat him physically.
- Predecessor Villain: For the series following his death at the end of the first game. 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.
- The Resenter: He has quite the grudge against Athena, probably because she's daddy's favourite.
- 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.
- The Unfavorite: According to the end of the first game, at least part of the reason for his rampage through Athens is because Zeus favored Athena over him.
- 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.
- Villainous Legacy: Everything that happens after his death throughout the while God of War Series from Kratos's destructive tendencies, the corruption of the gods, and the destruction of the world is caused by Ares's machinations.
- War God: The ultimate and the most known example, and he lives up to the title when he attacks Athens.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A bizarre combination of this and For the Evulz 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 Baritone: Practically ubiquitous where Clancy Brown is involved.
- Badass Boast: "A moment's pain is nothing!" "Your death will only be the beginning of your suffering!"
- Body Horror: He has mottled, reddish skin and his body is pierced with jagged spikes. In the final stage of his boss fight he has several large chunks of flesh missing from his torso exposing his organs, and the crown of his skull is severely cracked and bleeding.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For a given value of "evil" - Hades does seem to love his family, and despises Kratos because he just won't stop killing them.
- 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.
- It's Personal: He deeply hates Kratos because the Ghost of Sparta killed his niece, his brother, and his wife.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment in his fight with Kratos, yet keeps coming back for more. In the end, Kratos needs to rip out Hades' soul to get him to stay down.
- 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.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Persephone.
- Variable-Length Chain: He uses the Claws of Hades in the same way Kratos wields his Blades.
- Villainous Valour: From his POV, he's not just defending himself, he's avenging all the wrongs that Kratos has done to him and his family.
- 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. He's capable of tackling a Titan with the force of a meteor and knocking it off Mount Olympus and punching a hole in him.
- Badass Beard: It's not as impressive as Zeus', but Poseidon is more than badass enough for it to qualify.
- 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 to a bloody pulp, 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.
- Domestic Abuser: A letter of his implies he abused the woman kept in his quarters.
- 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.
- Kryptonite Factor: Separation from water weakens Poseidon. He is in full power only while in a water body. Gaia separates Poseidon from water for Kratos to kill him
- Large Ham: Everything he says in his fight with Kratos is powerfully dramatic. He's more low-key after being defeated, however.
- 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.
- Never My Fault: He left a letter blaming his mistreatment of the girl in his quarters on Zeus for making him angry.
- 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.
- And I Must Scream: His severed head is implied to still be alive. And yes, it does scream when Kratos uses it.
- 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.
- Evil Laugh: Smug and high-pitched.
- Flash Step: He's extremely quick.
- Fragile Speedster: Since he is fast and but can barely take any damage. He can't even dish out much either, making you wonder why he attacked Kratos. Maybe because he wanted to defend Olympus, or he was Too Dumb to Live, or maybe both.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Kratos has 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.
- In a Single Bound: Capable of some truly impressive leaps.
- I Shall Taunt You: Constantly mocks Kratos.
- Jerkass: One of the first things he says to Kratos is extremely cruel, and more or less sums up how Hermes views the Spartan.Hermes: Kill any family members lately?
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he is about to be killed he insults Kratos's sense of honour and how it's brought him nothing but nightmares of his failure. kratos seems to have taken this to heart as he doesn't immediately kill him. This is heard again when Kratos is hallucinating that he has to wade through the blood of the people he killed as he hears their voices cursing him.Hermes: I thought Spartans fought with honour and yet you seek to kill me when I have no way to defend myself. not fair, but you have your own sense of honour, right Kratos and what has that honour brought you?. Nothing but nightmares of your failure. Today you may defeat me but in the end Kratos, in the end you betray only yourself.
- Karmic Death: Kratos chops his legs off.
- Large Ham: His taunts are in no way subtle.
- Light is Not Good: In GOW 3, his hair is made of light.
- Le Parkour: He overcomes obstacles through pure speed and maneuverability.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: He taunts Kratos constantly, despite being nowhere near a match for him.
- The So-Called Coward: Hermes seems to be a coward, but he's willing to take shots at Kratos, which, while wholly ineffective, definitely took some chutzpah.
- Sprint Shoes: The Boots of Hermes.
- Super Speed: His only power, is terrific speed.
- 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."
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: She looks and sounds quite a bit like Katherine Hepburn.
- 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: Appropriate for her cynical demeanor. A memorable quip came when she sicced Hercules on Kratos.Hera: You boys play nice!
- 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. For 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.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She's deep in the bottle by the time the third game rolls around.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Something must have happened to her before the third game, judging by her portraits, statues, and concept art.
- Lady Drunk: She spends almost all of her screentime in God of War III with a cup of wine at hand.
- Neck Lift: Kratos does this to her, followed by a Neck Snap.
- Neck Snap: Kratos kills her this way.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite being possessed by the evils sloth and gluttony and being drunk at the time. She seems to have caught onto the fact that Kratos was the whole reason as to why she's has been obsessed with drinking.Hera: What have you done? what have you done to me?
- Too Dumb to Live: While incensed by her actions, Kratos ignores her and walks away. Then she had to go and insult Pandora, pressing Kratos's Berserk Button. The results are predictable
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.
- Ethical Slut: While cheating on her husband isn't particularly ethical (although compared to what some of the other gods are up to, she's practically a saint), Aphrodite is, hands-down, the least antagonistic (and the most welcoming) of the gods Kratos encounters.
- 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.
- Kick the Dog: Dismisses Hephaestus as "worthless".
- Love Goddess
- Ms. Fanservice: She isn't even teasing, her boobs are exposed.
- Really Gets Around: Love has no frontiers. She's seen having sex with no less than three different people (two of whom she was with at the same time) in the run of a few minutes.
- 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 and Apollo) 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.
- Stripperific: Her clothes are so revealing that one wonders why she bothers dressing at all. Her handmaids are likewise uncovered, probably for Aphrodite's own benefit.
- Token Good Teammate: Out of the gods Kratos encounters on Olympus, Aphrodite is the only one who doesn't try to kill him. That said, she isn't particularly nice (cheats on her husband who loves her and calls him "worthless").
- The Vamp: Though a rather innocent one.
- Vapor Wear: She's clearly not wearing any kind of undergarments.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her final fate is not confirmed.
- While Rome Burns: While Kratos is destroying Olympus, Aphrodite is just lounging around in her chambers, enjoying the company of her handmaidens.
- 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.
- Badass Boast: "Spartan, witness the end!"
- Big Bad: For Chains of Olympus.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Had she not decided to rub it in Kratos' face how thoroughly he was duped, Kratos would have been none the wiser, and stayed in the Elysian Fields with his daughter until her plans were completed. But she did, and guess how it ended.
- Breast Plate: Averted by her Hoplite-like outfit in her battle form.
- The Chessmaster
- Death Seeker: She intends to destroy the world, and herself with it, out of spite.
- Dying Curse: "Your suffering will never end, Ghost of Sparta."
- Evil Gloating: After tricking Kratos into giving up his powers to enter the Elysian Fields, she takes the time to indulge in this, bragging about how she's behind the plot to kidnap Helios and destroy the Pillar of the World, and since Kratos fell for her tricks, there's nothing he can do to stop her. This, of course, motivates Kratos to regain his powers and thwart her.
- Final Boss: Of Chains of Olympus.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her dress is very... flattering.
- 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.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: It's not only backless, it exposes the top of her butt.
- The Stoic: She's extremely cold and unemotional.
- Straw Nihilist: She views existence as pointless which is why she's willing to wipe out the world.
- 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.
- Tennis Boss: Her boss fight has her throwing energy blasts at Kratos, who reflects them using a shield.
- Vapor Wear: Her Sexy Backless Outfit shows that she isn't wearing a bra nor panties.
- Villain Ball: She'd just gotten Kratos to cast aside his blades and renounce his powers as the Ghost of Sparta so that he can be with his daughter in the Elysian Fields. All she needs to do in order to win is leave him alone for a few hours so that her plan can be completed while he's playing with Calliope. Instead, she makes a point of telling him that she's the villain of the game (something he didn't have the slightest inkling of until she explained her plan), and that thanks to his actions the world will soon be destroyed, and that the Elysian Plains and all the spirits living there will be destroyed with it. This motivates Kratos to reclaim his powers and save the world.
- 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.
- Cool Sword: Wields one in combat.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Seems to genuinely love his daughter Erinys, judging by his reaction when Kratos kills her.
- Evil Laugh: Makes use of it while fighting Kratos.
- Eye Scream: Deimos spears his right eye with the Arms of Sparta.
- Final Boss: Of Ghost 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.
- Winged Humanoid: Which causes him to resemble a twisted angel.
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.
- Informed Ability: Other than Atlas using his quake ability to save Cronos, the titans are never seen using their magical power despite giving Kratos their own magic.
- Large Ham: They are not subtle beings.
- Minor Major Character: The Titans are one of the fundamental aspect of the Greek mythology and subsequently, the God Of War universe but aside from Gaia, none of them play any substantial role in Kratos's story.
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 and Athena in the third game. Downplayed because you will think she is dead by most of it.
- The Chessmaster: She manipulated Kratos (whom Zeus even refers to as Gaia's "pawn") in her plan to destroy Zeus.
- Deuteragonist: Serves as Kratos's guide in the second game only to become the antagonist after her betrayal.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: She played Kratos like a fiddle. And boooy does it bite her hard in the ass.
- 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.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite the fact that Kratos saved her multiple times from Poseidon's assaultnote , when they both are about to fall, rather than simply telling him that she is a bit busy for the moment or give him some encouragement, straight up tells Kratos that he is simply a pawn in her game and discards him the moment he no longer becomes useful to her.
- Villain Ball: Grabs this hard at he beginning of III - telling Kratos to his face that she considers him a worthless pawn and leaving him to die was a bad move, considering that she's well aware that he's killed multiple gods by that point and has escaped the Underworld at least thrice.
- 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.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan.
- 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He can't escape from his prison, although Persephone makes an attempt as springing him in Chains of Olympus.
- 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.
- Chained by Fashion: The Temple of Pandora is chained to his back.
- 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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Appropriate for someone as purely massive as Cronos.
- Fat Bastard: Not as much as Clotho, but Cronos has some noticeable fat.
- 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.Cronos: 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.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the Greek myths, he was a giant monster that sent most of the Olympians running in fear at the mere sight of with only Zeus staying to fight him and nearly losing, and the battle describing as ripping mountains out of the ground and throwing them. But when he appears in God of War II, he's demoted to being just another titan, with little power besides his size and nothing implied to special about compared to the others. Even the way he attacked, blowing air, giving hints of him having wind powers, falls flat when Chronos in God Of War III is seen doing the same thing, hinting that again only came from his size.
- 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.
- Mama Bear: She sent Zeus away rather than allow Cronos to eat him.
- 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 (although to be fair, one could make a case that opposing Kratos is a heroic action in itself). 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.
- Alone with the Psycho: After putting an impressive fight with Kratos, he's disarmed in a moment of weakness which results in his theme slowly stopping and Kratos' theme (i.e Rage of Sparta) to start playing but while Hercules still fights persistently and desperately, it's pretty clear that him lifting up the arena in an effort to force Kratos out of the arena or at least kill him by dropping him off the mountain was his last resort.
- 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. Surverted in some european dubs, that uses his greek name.
- 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. Intending to be Cain, ends up Abel with head smashed and all
- Casting Gag: He's voiced by Kevin Sorbo, who starred as the title character in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's cunning 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 and actually sends plenty of backup to assist him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His torso is covered with claw-marks, presumably from his struggle against the Nemean Lion.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's envious of Kratos being favored by Zeus even if Zeus is shown at his worst towards Kratos
- 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.
- Hypocrite: His line about Kratos' being famous for being "a killer made hero" is hypocritical since Hercules' twelve labours were created by king Eurystheus as atonement for Hercules killing his first wife Megara and his two sons.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap!: When Kratos pins the arena on Hercules, Hercules' face says this.
- 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 wouldn't be Hercules without it.
- 13 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.
- Worthy Opponent: It's implied during the dialogue that Kratos has some form of respect towards Hercules because Kratos shows reluctance towards fighting him and tries to reason with him whereas other boss's don't get that privilege. Kratos also doesn't show instant rage towards hercules and while Hercules shows malign envy towards Kratos, Hercules gives a temporary face of reluctance/respect after Kratos tries to tell him that Zeus has no favourites but chooses to fight Kratos after motivating himself with his rant against Kratos.
- 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.
- Animal Motifs: Due to being the son of Poseidon Theseus has horse connotations (as carried from the mythology). Theseus' arena has horse imagery and his horseman's key has a horses head on it.
- 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.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields one as his weapon.
- Boom Stick: His staff can fire energy blasts.
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: He has no qualms about calling in back-up, or with attacking Kratos from afar.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's not technically evil, but he's in Kratos's path, and his dialogue indicates he desperately wants an audience with the Sisters to bring Andromeda back from the dead.
- 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.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His fate, courtesy of Kratos.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Resembles his portrayal in the original Clash of the Titans, and thus looks like his voice actor, Harry Hamlin, who also portrayed Perseus in that film.
- Invisibility Cloak: The Helm of Hades.
- I Shall Taunt You: A bad thing to do if you're invisible.
- 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.
- Mythical Motifs: In his appearance in God of War 2 he has an emblem of a gorgon on his shield. The Armor of Persus in the God of War Ascension Multiplayer has a giant symbol of a gorgon on the back.
- Paradox Person: His appearance in God of War 2 created a plot hole since Perseus was a hero for killing the gorgon Medusa and using her head to kill Cetus before Andromeda could be sacrificed however Medusa was killed by Kratos in the first game which in turn makes it unknown as to how Perseus gained his fame. The simplest explanation is that he did kill a gorgon but wasn't able to save Andromeda in time and she was sacrificed to Cetus. Perseus vengefully killed Cetus and travelled to the sisters of fate where he developed a Small Name, Big Ego out of guilt for failing to save Andromeda and the isolation brought by the trials.
- Sanity Slippage: Given how quickly he was willing to believe that killing Kratos was a test from the Sisters, it's clear that losing Andromeda and being trapped in that room have done a number on Perseus' mental health.
- 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.
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.)
- Sadly Mythtaken: It appears that the developers may have gotten the fates of the twins mixed up because in the story Castor dies in battle but Pollux resurrected him by sharing his immortality, in the game however it appears that Pollux was resurrected and fused to Castor.
- Unless Castor did die and when Pollux offered to share his immortality, Zeus decided to fuse the two together so that Castor is kept alive but by using Pollux as a battery (which resulted in his deformity) to make them both immortal which would explain how Pollux is able to survive the fall and Castor couldn't.
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.
- Flying Brick: She spends her entire fight with Kratos in the air, and she's quite powerful.
- Humanoid Abomination: Despite her human-like (and even attractive) shape, she's not remotely human.
- 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..
- Stripperific: Her outfit exposes her left breast.
- Tennis Boss:..And you must use the Golden Fleece to reflect those projectiles.
- Vapor Wear: Her revealing outfit shows no undergarments.
- 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)
- Ax-Crazy: Much more enthusiastic about killing Kratos than her sisters.
- 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.
- Evil Laugh: Lets out a few cackles.
- 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.
- Flying Brick: Constantly in the air, and a deadly boss fight.
- Girlish Pigtails: Averted. She isn't even a bit girlish. She's not even the younger sister.
- Humanoid Abomination: Like Lakhesis, she's more or less humanoid. However, it's even more obvious in Atropos' case that she isn't remotely human.
- 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)
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. In mythology, Clotho was stated to be the most beautiful of the Sisters of Fate. Here, she's a fat and ugly slug-like monster.
- 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.
- Fat Bastard: One of the nastier Sisters, as well as hideously obese.
- 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.
- Stone Wall: So massive that she can't even move.
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.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: In the end, all that we know of them is that they punish any oathbreakers under the behest of the gods. Strip that and all you have is a shallow villain whose personality is nearly non-existent with even the PSP villains having more personalities than them.
- 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.
- Master of Illusion: They all use illusions to try and break Kratos's will.
- 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.
- Climax Boss: Chronologically and gameplay wise, she serves as the penultimate boss of Ascension.
- 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
- Abusive Parent: To Orkos.
- All for Nothing: Taunts Kratos with the fact that slaying the Furies will do nothing to undo or save him from the sins of his past.Alecto: My death will not free you from this madness!
- Big Bad: Of Ascension.
- Final Boss: Pairs with Tisiphone as the final boss 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.
- We Can Rule Together: While all the Furies were in cahoots with Ares's plan to overthrow Zeus and claim Olympus, Alecto was Ares's mistress and thus would've had the most to gain from such a plan.
TisiphoneThe Fury of Vengeance.
Voiced by: Debi Mae West
- Dual Boss: Pairs up with both Megaera and Alecto as both the penultimate and Final Boss of Ascension.
- 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 No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
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.
- Deuteragonist: Replaces Athena as Kratos's guide in Ascension.
- 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 Super Person: 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!
- 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: He survived Zeus destroying both Rhodes and Sparta, nearly reached the Sisters of Fate before Kratos, and put up a decent fight against Kratos.
- 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.
- Determinator: He fought his way through the Sisters' defenses, actually getting ahead of Kratos, and this is after he survives the destruction 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.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kratos.
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
- Ax-Crazy: He's totally lost it.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: For being a normal human with no military training, Icarus took alot of punishment during the fight with Kratos as he was slammed into rocks with enough force to break through them.
- Sanity Slippage: Flying too close to the sun and ending up in the Underworld have done horrible things to Icarus' mind.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Planned to go to The Sisters Of Fate, possibly to go back and prevent his child self from flying too close to the sun.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He glided and climbed for what seems to be thousands (if not millions) of miles to the surface from the abysm of the Universe in order to change his fate. Only to fall from the bridge when he thought he could stop Kratos and fell back into the abysm.
DaedalusIcarus's father, who was forced to build a labyrinth for Zeus.
Voiced by: Malcolm McDowell
- Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it after learning that Icarus is dead. Kratos even presents him as an example to Pandora of what "hope" delivers.
- Mad Scientist: The Labyrinth was of his design.
- Papa Wolf: Building the Labyrinth in the first place was so he could see Icarus again.
- 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.
- No Name Given: Although a Playboy article calls her "Hecuba", she doesn't have an officially confirmed name.
- Stripperific: That outfit of hers leaves very little to the imagination.
- Vapor Wear: It's very easy to tell that there's nothing under her clothes.
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 uses the Head of Danaus to force Rocs to tear him apart, with him constantly healing because of the Ambrosia. He escaped thanks to Hades.
- Arch-Enemy: Alrik and Kratos have fought each other constantly, starting in the comic where they fought for the ambrosia. They fought again in the first God of War game, which forced Kratos to make a deal with Ares in order to survive. They fought for the final time in God of War 2 when Alrik escaped from the underworld and encountered Kratos in the swamp while travelling to the sisters of fate.
- 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.
- Escaped from Hell: Like Kratos, he fought his way out of The Underworld.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos crushes his head with his own hammer.
- Large and in Charge: And he can grow even larger.
- Not So Different: Alrik and Kratos are very similar because they are both ruthless generals who were motivated to find the ambrosia because of a loved one suffering a disease, both were champions of a god (Kratos was trained by Ares and Alrik had received support from Hades in the comics and potentially gained his abilities in God of War 2 because of Hades), both are motivated by revenge after losing their loved ones, both had used a decapitated human head as a weapon in order to use their abilities (the comics Alrik decapitated and used Danaus's head to summon rocs and in God of War 3 Kratos decapitated Helios to use his head as a weapon and torch) and both are very talented in combat.
- 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: Her role in the story is to be killed to fuel Kratos' rage.
- Morality Chain: For Kratos.
- No Badass to His Valet: While they were married, she 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.
- Adipose Rex: Though not as flabby as some examples.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a 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.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: And it does... for a while.
- No Name Given: His name is never mentioned.
- Playing with Fire: Efreet. Obviously, Kratos kill him and takes this power.
- Smug Snake: The man has a monstrous ego, even for a monarch.
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)
- 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.
AtreusKratos' son, introduced in the upcoming PS4 sequel. Kratos raises, trains, and protects him in the land of Norse Mythology.
- Hey, You!: In the first trailer, Kratos never calls him by name. To get his attention, he simply refers to him as "boy."
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. He 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.
- Fireballs: 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.