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The main protagonist. Once the brutal captain of the Spartan army, Kratos made a deal with the God of War Ares to further his exploits—which took a tragic turn when the God tricked him into killing his own wife and child. Now branded the Ghost of Sparta as a mark showing his terrible deed, the rest of the series follows him in his quest for revenge against Ares, which later extends to the Gods of Olympus themselves.

Voiced by: TC Carson

  • A Father to His Men: The Spartans. They are loyal to him even in death itself.
  • Accidental Murder: His murder of his wife and child while in a blood frenzy.
  • Anti-Hero: Definitely a Nominal Hero.
  • Anti-Villain: The Noble or Woobie variations. Basically, what makes him somewhat sympathetic is his frankly depressing backstory, though whereas it still holds weight after the horrendous and honestly unjustifiable actions he commits is polarizing, to say the least.
  • The Atoner: Sort of. While Kratos does dwell a lot on his family's death, it's mostly just used as a source of his volcanic rage.
  • Ax-Crazy: Incredibly so.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Badass: It takes a special kind of badass to kill the all-powerful Gods and fight his way out of the Underworld no less than four times.
    • Badass Baritone
    • Badass Beard: A goatee at that.
    • Badass Boast: "The hands of death could not defeat me, the Sisters of Fate could not hold me, and you will not see the end of this day! I will have my revenge!!"
  • The Berserker
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Ares and Athena showed up to kidnap his brother Deimos in Ghost of Sparta, he, despite being a little kid at the time, actually tried to attack Ares directly to save Deimos.
  • Blood Knight
  • Byronic Hero: In the first and third Game. Though then again, we are stretching the term, "hero".
  • 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: And in Kratos's case, he uses them as a weapon.
  • Character Development: He starts out as a man on a mission of revenge and redemption in the first game and then becomes into a tried and true "Solve all problems with intense violence" pattern. By the end of the second game, Kratos had become an amoral, self serving lunatic. Fortunately, by the end of the third game, he's finally learned to accept that he's the primary source of most of his grief and for the first time in possibly ever, performs a genuinely selfless sacrifice to help the countless people he's hurt on his quest.
  • The Chosen One: He is the "Marked Warrior" in a prophecy that details the downfall of Olympus.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kratos will use whatever means and dirty tricks to defeat his enemies. If he figures out an enemy's weakness, he'll gladly and quickly take advantage of it. Just ask all the cyclopes which eyes had been ripped out of their sockets, or Hercules, who he performed a sneak attack behind his back and then pinned him underneath a very heavy floor that Herc was going to use against him before beating him to death.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He shows some signs of this in the third game.
    Hephaestus: Kratos. I thought that Zeus would have killed you by now.
    Kratos: I thought you would have escaped this cavern by now.
  • Deal with the Devil: As a young Spartan commander, he was nearly defeated by the Barbarian King until he promised to serve Ares in exchange for the strength to achieve victory. He turns on his master after Ares tricks him into killing his own family to remove his only "weakness".
  • Defiant to the End: Although, all things considered, dying is more or less a Wednesday for him, so he knows he can get back to fight another day.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it when he learns that the Gods cannot (or will not) end his nightmares. He attempts suicide soon afterward, only to be saved by Athena. Whether or not he actually recovers, or simply finds other channels to ease his suffering is left ambiguous.
    Kratos: The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now, there is no hope...
  • Determinator: Nothing will stand in his way for revenge. Might it be the Gods, the Sisters of Fate, the legions of Hades, the army of Rhodes, the Titans, monsters and "heroes" from Greece's all corners. Hell, not even Death itself can stop him. Literally, in Ghost of Sparta, Kratos actually kills Thanatos. And by Zeus saying he has become Death the Destroyer of Worlds, one can theorize Kratos has inherently become God of Death.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Constantly.
  • Dirty Coward: Generally, no. But a few rare moments of cowardice pop in and out. His greatest moment being the circumstances that led him to swear his life to the War God. More obsessed with his reputation than his Spartan traditions (which demanded soldiers to either win a battle or die honorably) Kratos called upon Ares to bail him out when he was threatened by the Barbarian King. This, of course, ruined his life.
  • Distinguishing Mark: His ash-white skin marks him as the Ghost of Sparta.
  • The Dragon: To Ares, during his time in the God of War's service. He is a Dragon to the gods of Olympus, Athena in particular, after the deaths of his family, acting at their behest to perform tasks that they either cannot or will not do themselves, such as killing Ares.
  • The Dreaded: His infamous reputation as the Ghost of Sparta. On more than one occasion during the first game, the citizens of Athens are actually more terrified of him than of the monsters attacking them and prefer certain death to being saved by him.
  • Driven to Suicide: At the end of the first game, when he is told that the Gods can't end the horrific nightmares caused by Kratos' guilt over his family's deaths. He is saved by Athena, who had other plans for the Spartan. Such as giving him Ares' now empty throne, making Kratos the new God of War.
    • He seems to briefly consider suicide again after Deimos is killed, but ultimately decides against it.
    • He impales himself on the Blade of Olympus at the end of God of War 3, but that is more of a Heroic Sacrifice, and even then, it's left ambiguous if Kratos truly died.
  • Dual Wielding: The Blades of Chaos/Athena/Exile, the Claws of Hades, the Nemean Cestus and the Nemesis Whip.
  • Emotional Bruiser: See here:
    Anyway, I’m of the opinion that Kratos is a bit of an anomaly in the world of Macho Action Dudes, in that he is just a bottomless sieve of emotions. Like, usually action dudes have their moment of unrestrained rage at the end of the story to prove What A Badass Dude they can be, that Super Saiyan “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” moment where they let it all out. Kratos, on the other hand is like… perpetually exhaustingly angry. And when he runs out of angry, he’s sad. He’s just this constant torrent of unrestrained heart-on-his-sleeve emotional whiplash. He’s never the cocky, aloof, too-cool-for-school emotionally distant robot you expect to play in a macho action dude game, he just kind of exists in this cycle of getting all angried out and trying to kill himself until someone on the suicide watch crew can find him a new thing to be angry about. He’s the only game hero I can think of who’s like “Oh man, I checked everything off my to-do list and now I’m out of things to be mad at, I am so drained I think I’m going to kill myself now”.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two, really, during the first chapter. The first is when Kratos finds a trapped slave/prisoner, who declares that even being locked up on a sinking vessel with monsters swarming over it won't persuade him to accept Kratos' help. The second is at the end of the boss fight, where Kratos saves the captain who was previously Swallowed Whole... then deliberately yanks away the key he was wearing around his neck before deliberately throwing him down into the dead hydra's stomach. For absolutely no reason.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He did care for Callisto, and was enraged and guilt-ridden when she turned into a monster and he had to Mercy Kill her.
  • Even Villain Protagonists Have Loved Ones: His wife Lysandra and his daughter Calliope. In the comic is revealed that he even went on a dangerous quest (actually organized by the gods) in order to retrieve the mythical Ambrosia to cure Calliope of a skin disease.
  • Even Villain Protagonists Have Standards: Expresses much disgust at the torture the victims of the Olympians gets. Kratos is no saint, but at least he gives his victims a quick death.
    • Kratos is no saint, but there are even levels that he will never stoop too — well, not willingly any more. Despite almost being killed by Hephaestus, he understands why he did it; to save his child. A child is the one thing that Kratos is never seen killing — except for his own daughter — in any of the games.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: A specialty of his.
  • Fatal Flaw: Considering it's a game based off of Greek Mythology, it's no surprise that he has one. Kratos' flaw is his inability to accept the consequences of his actions.
  • Genius Bruiser: Can go toe-to-toe with gods as well as solve puzzles and death traps.
  • Glass Cannon: The "Fear" costume in the third game makes Kratos into one of these, as it quadruples the damage that Kratos both deals and receives.
  • God Is Evil AND God Is Good: The former 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) and the latter 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: Though Kratos is rarely acting as a hero.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar near his eye and on his stomach.
  • Guttural Growler
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kratos has a predisposition for Unstoppable Rage that would put most other examples of this trope to shame.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is a demigod, after all.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After an unbelievable amount of bloodshed in the third game, however it was too late for him to truly fix all the collateral damage.
  • Heel Realization: After causing the apocalypse, Kratos realizes that he's made a bad call.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After all is said and done in III, Kratos runs himself through with the Blade of Olympus, releasing the power of hope to mankind.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: While "hero" is stretching it, notice how the Olympians constantly throw flak on Kratos for supposedly trying to Take Over the World, without remembering that maybe they shouldn't have transformed his mother into a grotesque creature that he had to Mercy Kill. The Spartans' rampage through Greece was more of a giant "Screw you" than it was out of boredom or conquest as Zeus feared. Granted, Kratos wasn't really forthcoming about it, but he never actually tried attacking the Olympians until after Zeus destroyed Sparta. Not only that, but during his ten years of servitude to the gods, it's shown that several mortals who are aware of his past deeds are more scared of him than they are of the monsters attacking him and would rather be killed than be saved by him.
  • Hot-Blooded: With his volume constantly on maximum and his be-as-visceral-as-possible fighting style, you will feel his fury.
  • Hypocrite: Kratos' whole motive is revenge for the deaths of his family, but without hesitation he killed countless families during his service to Ares and shows little to no hesitation to doing the same during his quest for vengeance.
  • Implacable Man: And how. No amount of monsters, warriors, obstacles, traps or Gods will stop Kratos from getting his revenge. Even death itself is little more than a delay for Kratos.
  • It's All About Me: His Fatal Flaw. When he wants revenge on someone he'll get it, no matter who he hurts or kills along the way. The climax of God of War 3 has him realize this and finally attempt to atone.
  • Kick the Dog: Kratos does this a lot. Literally in the case of the ever-annoying Cerberus Pups.
  • Kill The Gods
  • Large Ham
  • Last of His Kind: After the death of the Last Spartan in the original timeline.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: He's escaped from the Underworld four times.
  • Light Is Good: Post God of War I, Kratos is powered by the Light of Hope. Pretty much his sole redeeming trait, for a given value of "redeeming", is his stubborn refusal to give up hope (of revenge, of closure, etc.) and die. Ultimately, the realization of the kind of power that gives him leads him to try to atone by killing himself and releasing hope to the world to help make up for the destruction he's caused.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Made of Iron: Even if he's no longer a god, he still can take punishment that would kill an average person. Justified in that he is Zeus' son, making him a Demi-God.
  • Mark of Shame: Cursed to bear the ashes of his murdered family forever, turning his skin ghostly-pale.
    • His eye scar and tattoo as well. He gained this scar when he tried to stop Ares from taking Deimos, while the tattoo is a tribute to Deimos, who had a birth mark with the same shape. In other words, his whole body is a Mark of Shame.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kratos" means "strength" or "power" in Greek.
  • Mega Manning: Has a habit of taking weapons, items, and powers from defeated enemies.
  • Memetic Sex God: In-Universe. Aphrodite, two of her daughters, two random slave girls, two random matrons, and eight prostitutes simultaneously, each get a Hot Coffee Minigame. It's possible that Alecto wants in on that too, and so do Aphrodite's handmaidens.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: In III, he spends the entire game plotting to kill Zeus, killing multiple Physical Gods who get in his way in the process, which each cause a progressive Apocalypse Wow. Although he can survey the destruction at some points, and in-game text at these spots do indicate what is happening, it's rather evident that, past killing Zeus in a state of Revenge Before Reason, Kratos doesn't actually have any plans for what he's going to do afterwards. Ultimately, in the finale, he sees what he has wrought, and is Driven to Suicide mostly to spite Athena and keep her from getting Hope, but does seem to comprehend that he left the world in a horrible state, and while the gods won't rule over man any longer, there's not much left to rule over anyway.
  • Morality Pet: His family. In III, Pandora.
  • My Greatest Failure: Three. Failing to save his little brother Deimos from being kidnapped, murdering his family by accident, and failing to save Pandora.
  • Naytheist: He believes in and interacts with the gods on a regular basis, but he by no means worships them and openly declares them to be useless. Considering all of the shit they've put him through, one can't honestly blame him.
  • Never Found the Body: The post-credits scene in God of War 3 shows Kratos' body missing from the spot where he stabbed himself, and a trail of blood leading over a nearby ledge, raising the possibility that Kratos had survived even this.
  • Never My Fault: The bulk of his turmoil is caused by an inability to blame himself. Our Spartan friend prefers to point fingers at the gods rather than own up to what he's done. By the time he finally realizes this and the full consequences of his actions in III, it's seemingly too late to fix anything.
  • No Indoor Voice: Which makes the few times he isn't screaming (notably in Ghost of Sparta) rather surprising.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By opening Pandora's box, he released the evil inside, which possessed the Olympians and turned them all into bastards.
    • Well moreso anyway since judging by the many atrocities of Greek Mythology, they were dicks beforehand.
  • Not So Different: Like Ares, Kratos was willing to do virtually anything for what he wants no matter how cruel his action or whom he has to hurt. In GOWII it is stated he has become worse than Ares ever was. By GOWIII even his concern for Sparta is thrown out the window as he does not spare it a thought despite knowing that killing gods is destroying the world.
  • The Oathbreaker: He broke his Blood Oath to forever serve Ares. Ascension reveals that The Furies captured and punished him for it, but he managed to escape and kill them.
  • One-Man Army: Very much so.
  • Papa Wolf: Toward Pandora in the third game. In Chains of Olympus, he willingly sacrifices his last chance to be with Calliope in order to save her (and the rest of the world).
  • Perpetual Scowler: Kratos is an angry, angry man.
  • Person of Mass Destruction
  • Pet the Dog: Flashbacks to his life indicate that for all his brutality, Kratos was a loving family man who cared greatly for his family.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Rage Against the Heavens: The perfect poster child for it. In fact, he currently is in this trope's page.
  • Red Baron: The Ghost Of Sparta.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Played with, at the end of III, he kills himself with the Blade of Olympus to release the power of Hope. It is up to the viewer to decide if this was to humanity and try to make up for destroying the world in his quest for revenge or just to spite Athena.
  • Redemption Rejection: In Chains of Olympus, he was forced to undo his redemption by embracing his monstrous self again when Persephone reveals her scheme to undo reality. The consequence is that he will never see Calliope again.
  • Regret Eating Me: In III, Cronos tries to finish him off by eating him alive. Kratos just cuts his way out with the Blade of Olympus.
  • Revenge: It's the fuel that runs Kratos's Character Development.
  • Say My Name:
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his mother after she was turned into a monster, then killed his father Zeus.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's constantly attacked by the memories of his campaigns through Greece and the only way he can cope with them is through battle. The reason why he allied with the Olympians in the first place was the hope that they would take them away. Since they promised they would forgive him, but not take the memories away if he killed Ares, this is what pisses him off. At the third game, Zeus attempted to use his memories to break Kratos' will through a Mind Rape and almost succeed with it.
  • Start of Darkness: Regarding his Villain Protagonist mention below, he seems to start down this path in earnest by the end of Ghost of Sparta, owing to the deaths and divine manipulations of his mother and brother, followed by Athena essentially congratulating him for losing his mortal binds and becoming ready to become a god.
  • Super Strength: Kratos has occasionally pushed down giant stone structures by himself, used large and heavy objects to bludgeon enemies to death, and regularly manhandles beings several orders of magnitude larger than himself.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Make no mistake, Kratos was never a nice person. But, as seen in Ascension, there was a time in which he still had some empathy for others. However, he gradually loses more and more of whatever standards he had left until, by the time by God Of War III, he has cast almost all of his moral concerns aside.
  • Undying Loyalty: Regarding Sparta. Kratos has shown dedication to their cause and almost fatherly concern for his fellow soldiers, particularly the Last Spartan. Unlike his predecessor, Kratos doesn't backstab his fellow Spartans or manipulate them like pawns. If anything, Kratos was lending Sparta a helping hand to their cause - it just so happened that the Spartans are very much a Blood Knight society, which (intentionally or otherwise) played into his hand of flipping the bird to the Olympians over what happened to his mother. Furthermore, Kratos only swears revenge on Zeus after he destroys all of the soldiers (from both sides of the conflict, no doubt) before his eyes.
    • Ironically, the destruction he causes by killing the gods would have destroyed Sparta. By then he is too far gone to give any thought to his actions.
  • Unexpected Character: As a playable character in Mortal Kombat 9.
  • The Unfettered: Ares purposely made him into this.
  • Unstoppable Rage: All the damn time.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For all his badassness, Kratos gets played for a fool a lot in the series. He only wises up at the very end and kills himself rather than allow Athena to become Greece's only goddess.
  • Variable-Length Chain: His chain blades can stretch quite far.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the second game, Kratos cares almost nothing about anyone but himself, and leaves countless innocents to die in his wake.
    • To be fair, he is visibly outraged at the destruction of his home, Sparta and the countless deaths of it's soldiers.
  • War God: Was this for a short time as a reward from the Olympians for defeating Ares. However, he lost his god status when Zeus tricked him into giving up his god powers in exchange for the ability to use the Sword of Olympus against the Colossus of Rhodes.
  • What Have I Become?: Asks himself this at the end of Ghost of Sparta. Zeus/The Grave Digger answers with Death, The Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Weapon of Choice: The trusty Blades of Chaos, later replaced with the near-identical Blades of Athena, and, later still, with the Blades of Exile.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • "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 Hurt a Child/Wouldn't Hurt a Child: It's ambiguous as to which actually applies. Kratos killed his own daughter, but didn't do so intentionally, and later claimed that "a simple child will not trouble me" when Athena tells him that Pandora must be sacrificed in order to kill Zeus. However, when the time actually came to let Pandora die, Kratos couldn't bring himself to do so, and only released her into the flame to attack Zeus in a blind rage.


Tropes That Apply To Two Or More Gods:

  • Art Evolution: All of them save Athena and Ares are drastically different-looking from the original game to sequels.
  • Badass: Ares, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades certainly qualify.
  • 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
  • Physical God


The King of the Olympian Gods and father of several Gods and mortals, Kratos included. Zeus initially supports Kratos in his revenge against Ares, but later grows paranoid over the power Kratos obtains and betrays him.

Voiced by: Paul Eiding (God of War), Corey Burton (God of War II, God of War III, God of War: Ascension), Fred Tatasciore (Ghost of Sparta)

  • Angel Unaware/King Incognito: He apparently moonlights as a gravedigger on Earth.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
  • 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
  • Big Bad: For the second game and a good portion of the third.
  • BFS: The Blade Of Olympus.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Decided to punish the entire Titan race for Cronos' actions.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Flash Step
  • Flying Brick
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom
  • 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.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He uses lightning punches during his battle in III
  • Grandpa God
  • 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/Not So Different: 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
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Kratos, I Am Your Father
  • Made of Iron
  • Man in White
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: In his guise as the gravedigger, giving Deimos and Callisto proper burials.
    • Albeit that could be seen as a twisted from of self-assuring his victory, by burying those prompted Kratos to rebel against him. And then he says ominously "Now, only one remains" and the camera shows a third, open grave, meant for Kratos.
  • Rousing Speech: Delivers one to the other gods before the second Titan War.
    My brothers, we were forged in victory. A victory that ended the great war and brought forth the reign of Mt. Olympus. Born from the depths of the underworld. Rooted in the river of souls. Our mountain emerged out of the Chaos. As it grew, so to did the might of the Olympians. We created a world of peace, a world of prosperity, a world that lives in the shadow and safety of my mountain. A mountain that has come to be the absolute measure of strength and power. Now, on this day, that power is to be tested. The mortal Kratos, seeks to destroy all that I have wrought. Brothers, put aside the petty grievances that have splintered us for so long. We will unite. We will stand together. And I will wipe out this plague! OLYMPUS... WILL PREVAIL!!!
  • Screw Destiny: Tried and failed.
    You will never be the Ruler of Olympus. The Cycle ends here.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His attempt to off Kratos to prevent the recurring son-kills-father cycle and save his own hide did little more than give Kratos just the incentive he needed to kill Zeus and continue said cycle.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Teleport Spam
  • Treacherous Advisor
  • Tyke Bomb: Was raised by Gaia to defeat Cronos. There's even a drawing he made as a child depicting himself facing Cronos.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Ironically, the trope above came back to bite Gaia.
    • He barely even took notice when Athena sacrificed herself to save him. Arguably even worse than his betrayal of Gaia, as Athena was Zeus' own daughter.
  • Villainous Valor: Throughout the third game in particular Zeus is defending the world as it stands from Kratos' thoughtless and destructive actions. He's fighting for family, subjects, and arguably, given the consequences of the game up until that point, life itself; the only reason he's a villain is because Kratos is the player character.


The 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)

  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
  • Batman Gambit: Athena's plan for Kratos in God of War III to kill Zeus so she can take over as chief god.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the third game, she becomes just like the rest of the Gods and only manipulated Kratos in his quest for revenge, just so she could take over Olympus. Maybe subverted, since it was probably the evil of Pandora's box that corrupted her.
  • The Chessmaster
  • 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
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She did it when Kratos was about to kill Zeus with his own sword. It was one of the few deaths that Kratos showed any regret for.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Her excuse on why she sided with the Gods against Kratos in the second game.
    • Also her excuse for letting Deimos be taken by Ares and tortured by Thanatos, as well as asking Kratos to leave Deimos as he was.
  • Lady of War
  • Manipulative Bitch: Due to her newfound lust for power, she manipulated Kratos' hatred for the Gods into killing them so that she could be the last God of Greece. Her plan ultimately failed, due to Kratos killing himself rather than letting her have the power of hope he had taken from Pandora's Box.
  • Morality Pet: One of few people Kratos has any respect for. Turned out she was no different from any other Gods after being corrupted by the evils of Pandora's box.
  • The Obi-Wan: She's probably the only God who treats Kratos with actual humanity and kindness, and she advises him. Subverted in the third game, when the curse of Pandora's Box has taken full grip.
  • Prim and Proper 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.


The 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.

Voiced by: Steve Blum (God of War, God of War: Ascension), Fred Tatasciore (God of War III)

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Can grow to this size.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: They don't call him the god of war for nothing.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: As revealed in Ascension, he wanted to mold Kratos into the perfect warrior to take down Olympus and kill Zeus. It only happened after he himself died and was replaced, but by III, his plan works.
  • Beard of Evil: A flaming one, no less.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to make Kratos into a great warrior, the perfect one who would be able to take down Olympus. He succeeded.
  • Big Bad: For the very first game.
  • Bigger Bad: For the whole series, even though he dies in the first one. His actions, based around the desire to overthrow Olympus, ultimately drive Kratos down the paths he takes; Kratos' own flaws play a role, but Ares leaned on them as hard as he could and set every destructive thing in motion that happens in the series. There's a reason the series is called GOD OF WAR instead of being named after Kratos.
  • Blood Knight
  • Cain and Abel: He's actually Kratos' half-brother.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As fitting for the God of War, he knows every way to fight.
    I have taught you many ways to kill a mortal, Kratos; flesh that burns, bones that break. But to break a man's spirit... that is to truly destroy him!
  • The Corrupter: Probably acted as this to the Furies, as a note by a scribe in their citadel notes that they were hard but fair before Ares met with them rather than the evil sadists they became afterwards.
  • Drop the Hammer: One of his many weapons, which doubles as a flamethrower.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with the territory of being voiced by Steve Blum.
  • Flaming Hair
  • Flaming Sword
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Guttural Growler
  • 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
  • Mind Rape: He pulled Kratos in this when he couldn't defeat him physically.
  • Spider Limbs: That protrude from his back.
  • The Starscream: As seen in the quote below, he did entertain the notion of dethroning Zeus. And, as Ascension revealed, it was his whole plan all along.
  • Take Over the World: In Ascension, it was revealed that Ares always wanted to take over and possibly destroy Olympus. That's why he wanted Kratos to be the perfect warrior; so he could do it for him, since the gods were forbidden from fighting one another.
  • War God: The ultimate and the most known example, and he lives up to the title when he attacks Athens.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy / For the Evulz: A bizarre combination of both is also the reason why he attacked not just Athens but the rest of Greece as well.
    Zeus! Do you see now what your son can do?! You cast your favor on Athena, but her city lies in ruins before me! And now, even Pandora's Box is mine! Would you have me use it against Olympus itself?!


The 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
  • Badass Boast: "A moment's pain is nothing!" "Your death will only be the beginning of your suffering!"
  • The Brute
  • 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
  • Duel Boss: A brief segment of his battle has both Kratos' and Hades' left chains get tangled up; rather than try and back off to get untangled they start swinging their right-hand weapons at each other while trying to tug the other into the chasm between them.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: The makers attempt to avert it, by giving Hades some actually sympathetic motivation on his hatred on Kratos, and by portray him as a grieving loving husband, as well as the implication at the end of the game that it's the dark powers of Pandora's Box that made him a sadistic monster.
    • The game's visits to Hades and Tartarus, as well as Persephone hating her marriage so much she wants to kill herself and take the world down with her, hint that Hades was a major d-bag before the evils of the world possessed him. Then again, Persephone was rather haughty, and the aesthetics of the Underworld can be just Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Though "evil" would be pushing it.
  • Evil Uncle: Subverted; He's still loyal to Zeus, and Kratos ain't much the nephew of the year either. Actually, Kratos' willingness to kill his own family is the reason why Hades hates him to the core.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite his demonic appearance, Hades is one of the more reasonable Gods even after being infected via Pandora's Box.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos uses the Claws of Hades to steal his soul.
  • Hooks and Crooks: The Claws of Hades.
  • Made of Iron
  • 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
  • Stout Strength: Hades has quite a gut, but he still gives Kratos one hell of a fight.
  • The Cameo: Hades has his own stage in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, where he overlooks the players as they fight, laughing at times. At times he will slam his Claws into the ground, stunning any player caught in the blast radius. Then... his stage is invaded by Patapons, which begin to attack him... and despite Hades' efforts to dispatch them, they kill him.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Persephone.
  • Variable-Length Chain
  • Villainous Valor
  • 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.


The 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)


The God of the Sun who flies around the world, shedding daylight on his chariot.

Voiced by: Dwight Schultz (Chains of Olympus), Crispin Freeman (God of War 3)

  • Ambiguously Evil: Helios is one of the few gods without a good reason to hate Kratos and all in all he is one of the nicer gods. He still tries to defend Olympus and by extension the world from Kratos' destructive rampage.
  • Blatant Lies: In an attempt to save himself from Kratos in III, he lies and says that he has to step into the Flame of Olympus to receive its power. Having already been told by Hephaestus that touching the Flame means instant death, Kratos doesn't buy it for a second.
    Helios: And you believe him?! That freak has fallen from the graces of Olympus!
    Kratos: That is exactly why I believe him.
  • Catch Phrase: "Feel the wrath of the sun!"
  • Cool Horse: His flaming steeds that pull his chariot across the sky.
  • Co-Dragons: With Poseidon.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Kratos rips his head clean off, with the camera sparing no gruesome, skin-ripping detail.
  • Defector from Decadence: Despite his appearance, he is indeed a Titan who sides with the Gods.
  • Fantastic Light Source
  • 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/Light Is Not 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
  • 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 Power of the Sun: Trope Namer.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The original Helios was a Titan, not an Olympian.


The 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
  • 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
  • Flash Step
  • Fragile Speedster: He may be wimpy, but he's fast enough to run along vertical surfaces and ropes.
  • Get Back Here Boss
  • 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
  • I Shall Taunt You: Constantly mocks Kratos.
  • Jerkass
  • Karmic Death: Kratos chops his legs off.
  • Large Ham
  • Light Is Not Good: In GOW 3, his hair is made of light.
  • Le Parkour
  • 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
  • Sissy Villain
  • Smug Snake
  • The So-Called Coward
  • Sprint Shoes: The Boots of Hermes.
  • Super 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!"


The Queen of the Gods, often disillusioned by her husband Zeus's infidelity.

Voiced by: Adrienne Barbeau


The 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
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Aphrodite.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith
  • 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.


The Goddess of Love and Hephaestus's very unfaithful wife.

Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (God of War), April Stewart (God of War III)

  • Anything That Moves: Apparently she's making love with her handmaidens only because no men are available (the bridges to her chamber are broken). In fact, when Kratos approaches, she quickly disbands her lovers and attempt to seduce him.
  • Bi the Way: She regularly cheats on Hephaestus, having threesomes with her slavegirls.
  • Cleavage Window: A massive one that her handmaidens also have.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Not really her (she's a goddess after all, she can handle things) but her apparently human slavegirls: the very world is crumbling in ruin around them outside, but they only think of "Sandwiching" their lady".
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Has a boob window on her shirt which gives a very good view of her breasts, same goes for her maidens.
  • Gainaxing: A little when she moves. Justified, as she clearly wears no bra. Also her dark-skinned maiden, who can achieve this just by breathing.
  • Hot Coffee Minigame: In III. Unlike in other games (where the focus point during the button mash is an innocuous piece of scenery), this one has the focus on her slavegirls feeling each other up and saying that it's not for kids.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Really Gets Around
  • Sole Survivor: You might have a slight Oh, Crap moment when you realize that the only deity left on Olympus (among those mentioned in the series, save for Artemis) has only one thing on her mind. Then again, it's better not to imagine what would have happened if Kratos had killed the goddess of love.
  • Stripperific
  • The Vamp: Though a rather innocent one.
  • Vapor Wear
  • Your Cheating Heart: Everyone knows that she cheats on Hephaestus, including Hephaestus himself.


The Goddess of the Underworld and Hades's wife.

Voiced by: Marina Gordon


The God of Death who predates the Olympian Gods.

Voiced by: Arthur Burghardt

  • Badass Boast
    If you persist, not even the Fates will prevent me from ending your path.
  • Big Bad: For Ghost of Sparta.
  • Cool Sword
  • 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.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Eye Scream: Deimos spears his right eye with the Arms of Sparta.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After Kratos delivers the finishing blow, he grins just before exploding.
  • Lean and Mean: And very tall to boot.
  • One-Winged Angel: A giant black skeletal demon with wings.
  • Papa Wolf: Swears revenge when Kratos kills his daughter, Erinys.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Not a terrible example, but Thanatos was the god of peaceful death(though considering how his being tied up prevented Ares from killing anyone Thanatos technically embodies all death including violent death while the Keres deal in death by blood loss and not other forms of death by violence). Moros, the personification/god of doom more fits Thanatos' characterization of a being feared by all.
  • You Can't Fight Fate:
    Nothing you do is of your own choosing.
  • Winged Humanoid


The daughter of Thanatos.

Voiced by: Jennifer Hale/Erin Torpey (talking at the same time)


Tropes common to two or more Titans


The 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)


The Titan condemned to hold up the sky for all eternity. Brother of Prometheus and Epimetheus.

Voiced by: Michael Clarke Duncan (God of War II), Fred Tatasciore (Chains of Olympus)


The 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)


The Titan who introduced mankind to fire, originally used only by the Gods, and is punished for it.

Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer


The Titan of Wind who was sealed in the frozen depths of a mountain following his defeat at the hands of the Olympians.

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore


The 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
  • 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).


The Titan of Nature and a brother of Prometheus and Atlas, who participated in the Second Titanomachy.


The 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.


The Titan of Destruction, son of Krius, one of the original Titans, and a participant of the Second Titanomachy.


The 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.


The 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

    Mythology's Heroes 


The son of Zeus and thus Kratos's brother. Hercules harbors great jealousy towards Kratos for all the attention he gets.

Voiced by: Kevin Sorbo

  • Adaptational Villainy: This isn't the usually good/noble-natured Hercules you're used to. In fact, this may be one of few stories to portray Hercules in a rather negative light. Though he was probably affected with the evil Envy. Considering Zeus did more for Kratos than he ever did for Hercules, he has his reasons. Still, the evil seems to make him ignore that Zeus is a bastard who tormented Kratos, so it's possibly a case of a Brainwashed and Crazy situation.
  • Almighty Janitor: Acknowledges that this is what he was in the grand scheme of things and is really resentful over it.
  • Ambition Is Evil
    Hercules: I will destroy you. Soon, I will be the God of War and claim the throne for myself.
    Kratos: You aspire to be an Olympian, yet their reign is ending, Hercules.
  • Ancient Grome: Is referred to as Hercules rather than Heracles/Herakles, which was confirmed to be due to the Roman version of the name being more famous and iconic.
  • Animal Motifs: His armor and weapons all have a lion design. Also, out of his Twelve Labors, he liked facing the Nemean Lion the best.
  • Annoying Arrows: The Bow of Apollo is worthless against him.
  • Blood Knight: Out of all of his labors, he apparently considers his fight with the Nemean Lion the only one that was actually worth his time.
  • Cain and Abel: With Kratos.
  • Casting Gag: He's voiced by Kevin Sorbo, who starred as the title character in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's Dangerously Genre Savvy enough to violate Mook Chivalry and one of the only bosses smart enough to have backup in the first place.
  • The Dragon: To Hera.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's pretty pissed that Kratos, who the Gods hated, was treated better than him.
    While I was stuck cleaning the Augean Stables, he chose you to destroy Ares. (Kratos raises an eyebrow) Not convinced? How about this: while you were being crowned the God of War, I was sent to find an apple. (Hera laughs) They called them "Labors". Hah! Perhaps he did allow me to kill the Nemean Lion, but he made your name known amongst the people. A fierce warrior. A killer made hero. A man made a god.
  • Evil Gloating: He knocks Kratos out, then turns around and boasts to Hera about his "victory", allowing Kratos to recover and retaliate.
  • Flunky Boss: He brings Undead Legionnaires into his battle with Kratos.
  • The Giant: Kratos is a pretty big guy (somewhere between 6'4 and 6'6), but Herc is easily three or four feet taller.
  • Genius Bruiser: At least he knows how to use proper military tactics against Kratos.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His torso is covered with claw-marks, presumably from his struggle against the Nemean Lion.
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Ground Pound: By punching the ground.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's a demigod, after all.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He rips the entire arena out of the ground, but Kratos makes it fall on him to pin him down. Then, Kratos uses the Nemean Cestus to finish him off.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: After he is disarmed, the reduced weight causes his speed to skyrocket.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing can make him flinch.
  • In a Single Bound: While he only does it once, he pulls off an impressive vertical leap to exit the arena.
  • Irony: He is Hera's champion, even though he and Hera are enemies in the myths.
  • Made of Iron
  • Mighty Glacier: Though he becomes a Lightning Bruiser once Kratos steals the Nemean Cestus.
  • Power Fist: The Nemean Cestus.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • 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
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: He declared killing Kratos to be his thirteenth Labor; Kratos turned the tables on him and smashed his face in.
  • Villainous Valor
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Zeus treated Kratos with more respect than him.
  • 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


A hero who faithfully serves the Sisters of Fate.

Voiced by: Paul Eiding


A hero who seeks the help of the Sisters of Fates to rescue his love.

Voiced by: Harry Hamlin

  • Ascended Extra: Becomes a playable character in the multiplayer mode of Ascension, albeit with brand new, impossibly cool armor and helmet.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: Fights Kratos in a room with a giant pool of water, which limits the advantage provided by his Helm of Invisibility. In fairness, he was trapped and didn't choose the location of their fight, so it isn't idiocy on his part, just circumstances.
  • Casting Gag: He's voiced by Harry Hamlin, who played Perseus in the original Clash of the Titans.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Shines the sunlight into Kratos' eyes with his reflective shield to blind him.
  • Cool Helmet: His mask of invisibility and the huge, saw-blade like helm worn in Ascension.
  • Flash Step: Kratos can beat on his invisible form...and suddenly he's on the other side of the room.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: A given, considering that he's a demigod.
  • Idiot Ball: He could have easily escaped the room he had been trapped in if he had broken the wall, or even gone through the windows.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
  • Ink-Suit Actor
  • Invisibility Helmet: The Helm of Hades.
  • I Shall Taunt You: A bad thing to do if you're invisible.
  • Large Ham
  • 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.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me
  • Made of Iron
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Went to the Sisters of Fate to try to reverse Andromeda's death.
  • Shield Bash
  • 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 recieve 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
  • Tragic Hero: This version failed to save Andromeda.


Playable Mutliplayer character from Ascension. The famous hero from the Iliad.


Playable Mutliplayer character from Ascension. Hero of the Odyssey and the one who used the Horse trick to conquer Troy.


Playable Mutliplayer character from Ascension. Legendary hunter of beasts killed by a scorpion. (Or by Artemis by mistake, depends).

    Sisters of Fate 

Tropes That Apply to the Fates in General


The middle Sister of Fate who determines the destinies of Gods and mortals alike.

Voiced by: Leigh-Allyn Baker


The 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)


The youngest Sister of Fate who spins the threads of life for Gods and mortals.

Voiced by: Susan Silo (God of War II), Marina Gordon (God of War III)

  • Eldritch Abomination: Unlike her sisters, Clothos can't be called "humanoid" by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Fan Disservice: You climb platforms around her naked body. Her hideous, fat, purple naked body with more breasts than Mother Nature intended.
  • Irony: In the Greek myths, she was called the most beautiful Sister of Fate. Here in the game, well...
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She tries to swat you like a fly as you progress around her.
  • Only Sane Woman: 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.

    The Furies 

Tropes That Apply To The Furies In General

  • Blue and Orange Morality: One of the notes from the Scribe of Hecatonchires states that the Furies "follow their own view of right and wrong."
  • Doomed by Canon: Not surprising, given that they're the main antagonists in a prequel.
  • Lawful Stupid: All of them are ridiculously obsessed in imposing blood oaths, regardless of the morality of breaking them or their own survival. Subverted, the real reason they are enforcing Kratos' oath to Ares is because they are working with Ares to bring down Olympus, and Kratos is a crucial part of the plan.
  • Master of Illusion
  • Time Abyss: They predate the Titans.


The Fury of Jealousy.

Voiced by: Nika Futterman


The Fury of Anger.

Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

  • Big Bad: Of Ascension
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to work with Ares to topple Olympus.
  • 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.


The Fury of Vengeance.

Voiced by: Debi Mae West


The 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
  • Casting a Shadow
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He acts as a guide to Kratos, eventually earning his respect.
  • Defector from Decadence: He turned on the Furies when he realized just how unjust Kratos' oath to Ares was.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He gives Kratos his sword, tells him to give him an honorable death, and calmly awaits his fate.
  • Has Three 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.

    Other beings 


A being who ferries the souls of the dead to the Underworld.

Voiced by: Dwight Schultz


The 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


The Queen of the Gorgons whose gaze can turn mortals into stone.


Medusa's older sister.

Voiced by: Jennifer Martin

  • Fat Bastard
  • Ground Pound
  • Mama Bear
  • Motive Rant: Makes her a little sympathetic.
    Kratos...murderer of children. I know this! I am aware of the misery you have brought upon my brood! ...Ruthlessly cutting down my line; your hands wear their blood. Praise to the Sisters! For on this day, Kratos... You will meet your end!
  • Mighty Glacier: Unlike her smaller counterparts, she's very clumsy.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Went to The Sisters Of Fate to try to reverse Medusa and Stheno's deaths, or at least tried, but can't really move out of her temple in the Bog of the Forgotten.
  • Super Strength
  • Taken for Granite: As Medusa's sister, she can do this too.

Aegaeon the Hecatonchires

One 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.

    Normal Humans 

Boat Captain

A 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.
  • No Name Given
  • Running Gag: Him running into Kratos and getting owned by him.
    Oh no! Not you again!
  • They Killed Kenny

The Last Spartan

Kratos's most loyal follower in the Spartan army.

Voiced by: Josh Keaton (God of War II), Gideon Emery (Ghost of Sparta)


Kratos's beloved daughter, who he had accidentally killed when Ares tricked him into doing so.

Voiced by: Debi Derryberry

  • Children Are Innocent
  • 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.


The 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


Icarus's father, who was forced to build a labyrinth for Zeus.

Voiced by: Malcolm McDowell

Poseidon's Princess

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
  • Stripperific
  • Vapor Wear

Alrik the Barbarian King

The 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


Kratos's wife who Kratos had been tricked into killing by Ares.

Voiced by: Gwendoline Yeo

Persian King

The king of the Persian empire who wishes to take over all of Greece.

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

King Midas

The king who was cursed with the power to turn anything and everything he touched into solid gold.

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

  • 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
  • Taken for Granite: Can turn everything he touches in solid gold, including people, monsters, rocks, small areas of ground and even lava flows.


Kratos's mother.

Voiced by: Jennifer Hale - young, Deanna Hustold - old

The Dissenter

A member of the Spartan army who remains loyal to Ares even after Kratos had killed him.

Voiced by: Paul Eiding

  • Dirty Coward
  • 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.


Kratos'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)

Castor & Pollux

The Gemini Twins who take on a grotesque Siamese-twin depiction in God of War Ascension, they are the prophets of the Time Oracle Alethia, but they have stolen her urn and the power that comes with it and now rule over her temple.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original Mythology, they were heroes who protected sailors and turned the weather in favour of those who made the appropriate sacrifice. In this, they are dictator-like prophets who stole authority from the Oracle whose temple they reside in, and they attempt to kill Kratos when he tries to force his way to the Oracle. Last but not least, they keep hapless slaves around the place whom they bully regularly.
  • Bad Boss: Very cruel slave drivers, see Disproportionate Retribution and Jerk Ass below.
  • Body Horror: Pollux is a severely atrophied man, conjoined to Castor's torso. Also, whilst the twins are very old (at least 80 something), they compensate for their age-induced unfitness when preparing to fight Kratos by using Oracle Alethia's time urn on themselves, causing them to graphically revert back to their more physically fit youth (probably 20s-30s)
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When one of the slaves politely explains why he and the other slaves are struggling with their immense labour work:
    Castor: YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK!!! (Murders the slave with his staff)
  • The Giant: Castor is according to the Wiki for God of War roughly 8'8" tall, compared to Kratos' around 6'4". It's quite obvious, seeing as Kratos is roughly only up to his abdomen. And he's still not quite as tall as Hercules.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Castor taunts Kratos by calling him an "arrogant fool", even though he's the one snobbishly accepting sacrifice for people who wish to see the Oracle and bullying his slaves.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Castor proves this to us when he uses the oracle's time urn on himself and his brother, making them younger and Castor looks vaguely similar to the God of War universe's Perseus.
  • Jerkass: Castor at least, with the aforementioned Disproportionate Retribution, among other obvious mistreatment of all their slaves, who are obviously doing the best they can.
    Castor: Worthless lot, pathetic! Every last one of them.
  • Made of Iron: Pollux survives being graphically torn from his twin and then falling a mile, only dying when Kratos curb-stomps him. (Whilst Castor, the BIG, HEALTHY twin dies immediately from the fall.)

     Comic Book Characters 

Giant Arachnid

A 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.


The Champion of Poseidon, he's a brutal warlord from Thera island. Seeks the Ambrosia to cure his villagers.


Artemis' Champion from Keros. She's looking for the Ambrosia in order to cure the sterility of the women of her tribe.

Captain Nikos

The Spartan captain sent to help Kratos with his men. It won't end well.


Hermes' Champion, he needs Ambrosia to save the dying livestock of his village. H has power over animals. He is slain by Alrik.

Helios' Champion


One of the Hecatonchires and keeper of the Tree of Life from which Ambrosia is born.

Alternative Title(s):

God Of War Ascension