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The 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 in English by: Terrence C. Carson (God of War - God of War: Ascension), Christopher Judge (God of War (2017))
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Diego Guerrero (God of War: Ascension), Idzi Dutkiewicz (God of War (2017))
Voiced in Japanese by: Tessho Genda (all games)
- 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. Athena is unintended too - she happened to get in the way of a very angry Kratos.
- 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. Judging from how he was an adult during the Persian Wars, he would be pushing a thousand. Apparently being immortal is, definitely, true.
- 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: A lighter version, ironically. Kratos won't let anything stand in his way, and he is full of fiery rage. But he can tell friend from foe in the middle of a fight. He just has way, way more foes than friends.
- 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. He also tells his son that 'killing a god has consequences,' showing he'd learned from the original trilogy.
- 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.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: His brutality, selfishness, and utter lack of scruples are all right in line with the values of the source of inspiration, and if anything, he's probably less of a dick overall than many other classical heroes.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Experienced Protagonist: By the time of the first game, he's already a seasoned Spartan warrior.
- 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.
- Kratos also has a strong sense of brotherhood due to the fact that he lost his brother Deimos at a young age as well as Sparta instilling this in all spartans. After discovering that Zeus is his father, he tries and fails to reason with his half brother Hercules. In Ascension, he was most likely disgusted as well as further infuriated by Pollux's cowardice when he tried to pin the blame on his brother Castor while crawling away but his head was crushed by Kratos afterwards.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Kratos showed no intentions for his daughter to be the ruthless warrior he was, even though Calliope was considered weak by Spartan standards. He's also very adamant about making sure that Atreus doesn't turn out like him and desperately warns him that killing gods have consequences.
- Extreme Mêlée 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.
- Hunk: Very muscular, very manly, and quite the ladykiller—figuratively speaking...
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- While the Greek Gods were no saint, Kratos practically brings the world to ruins with each God he slain. Once Zeus is killed, the world is practically in Chaos.
- No Indoor Voice: Which makes the few times he isn't screaming (notably in Ghost of Sparta) rather surprising.
- 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.
- Older and Wiser: He's much calmer in the PS4 retool, years after the end of Go W III, but he had a really low bar to clear.
- 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.
- Paradox Person: If God of War 2 has any implications on the timeline, Kratos has either created an endless time loop of his own death and resurrection in his pursuit of vengeance or he has moulded with his past self which may have undone his entire journey to the sisters of fate.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In a more personal level. Kratos usually doesn’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.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Zigzagged, Kratos can act like a mature adult particularly to his daughter or the Last Spartan, but all too often does not especially when angry or even not. Too often, he acts like a selfish, entitled, irresponsible brat who acts without thinking and throws destructive temper-tantrums when things do not go his way. GOW II and III are stand out examples where his rampages throughout Greece and Olympus are tantrums for the world refusing to bend over backwards to what he wants and preferring to blame others for his actions, not giving a fig about the consequences of his actions. Flashbacks show he has always had this as part him. He only matures at the end of GOWIII when he accepts his own blame and realizes he destroyed the world due to his selfish actions.
- 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.
- The Unfettered: Ares purposely made him into someone who would be capable of anything by removing the only things grounding him in morality, his family.
- Time and realizing the extent of the consequences of his actions has led him into forcing himself to be The Fettered, something he's trying to teach his son Atreus lest he turn out like Kratos had been in the past.
- Unstoppable Rage: His default emotion. He's actively trying to turn this into Tranquil Fury by the time of the fourth installment.
- 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 of III 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 little 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.
- Villain Respect: Kratos seems to have a respect towards famed heroes. In God of War 2 & 3 he spoke civilly to both Theseus and Hercules and offered to spare them if they stood aside or joined him. Theseus blinded himself with his ego and Hercules was driven by his of envy Kratos and loyalty to Zeus.
- 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 Atreus. Near the end of the demo, he is proud of him making his first kill. He just pulls his hand back as they 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.
AtreusKratos' son, introduced in the upcoming PS4 sequel. Kratos raises, trains, and protects him in the land of Norse Mythology.
Voiced by: Sunny Suljic
- Badass Adorable: He's a cute child and is being raised as a warrior by the former God of War.
- Divine Parentage: His father was the Greek God of War, and it's implied that the divinity in his body is wrestling with his mortal side, causing illness. He's also unaware of Kratos's true nature, but soon begins to suspect him of not being what he seems.
- Hey, You!: In the first trailer, Kratos never calls him by name. To get his attention, he simply refers to him as "boy."
- Like Father, Like Son: Atreus has quite the Hair-Trigger Temper like Kratos.Atreus: YOU'RE NEXT! I'LL RIP YOUR HEAD OFF!
- Morality Pet: To an extent. The focus of the upcoming God of War is for Kratos to rediscover himself after the pain of his past life. Being a good father to his son will be a major part of that.
- Shock and Awe: He has the power to infuse his arrows with lightning. This may be a trait he inherited from his grandfather Zeus.
- Translator Buddy: He's fluent in Old Norse, unlike Kratos. Because of this, he acts as Kratos's interpretor.
Comic Book Characters
Giant ArachnidA monstrous, 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.
The World Serpent and one of the three children of Loki. Said to be so large, he surrounds the very earth to the point that he can grasp his own tail.
- Black Speech: Subverted. He speaks Norse, which isn't inherently malevolent as the usual example, but due to his incredibly deep voice and the fact that Kratos (and therefore the audience) can't understand him, it can come across as such. Atreus can understand him perfectly, though.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Time will tell if he's "evil", but he has a role to play in Ragnarök and has a rumbling tone.
- Giant Eye of Doom: Stares at Kratos and Atreus after rising from the deep.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Offers to aid Kratos, but considering his role during Ragnarök, his reasons are likely not benevolent.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He's a massive, pale serpent that seemingly has a beard.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Even if he doesn't live up to the traditional description that he's big enough to wrap around the world and touch his own tail (only time will tell), he's colossal regardless.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: If he's anything like in myth, he's a danger to gods and mortals.
- Sea Monster: Just like in myth, he seems to live out in the water.
- Snakes Are Sinister: He's an absolutely massive serpent who is destined to kill Thor in Ragnarök.