The Seven Deadly Sins were the strongest and cruelest order of knights in all of Britannia, formed by seven brutal criminals, who had all been convicted for grievous crimes and had carved the symbols of seven beasts onto their bodies. After having been framed for murdering the Great Holy Knight, they were disbanded. The Sins were later branded as traitors and villains.Tropes pertaining to the Seven Deadly Sins in general
Did Meliodas drink demon blood? Is he part demon? A sealed full demon? The answer is yet to be given.
From the revelation of his true identity, its clear that Gowther is anything but human. What exactly he is hasn't been revealed yet.
Amplifier Artifact: Each of the Sins is supposed to have a sacred treasure, a holy weapon that allows them to draw on even more of their innate power. Hilariously, while King kept his, so far Diane lost hers, Ban had his stolen, and Meliodas sold his.
Animal Motifs: Each of the Sins has a tattoo and moniker of an animal that is usually associated with their representative sin.
Meliodas: Dragon's Sin of Wrath
Diane: Serpent's Sin of Envy
Ban: Fox's Sin of Greed
King: Bear's Sin of Sloth
Gowther: Goat's Sin of Lust
Merlin: Boar's Sin of Gluttony
Escanor: Lion's Sin of Pride
Anti-Hero: The Sins were actually criminals that joined the order for their own reasons, and each of the Sins so far encountered are good people at heart but were framed by a unknown person.
Badass Crew: Every member of the Sins is a badass as per their job description.
Beware the Nice Ones: Some are jerks, others have tough lives due to their sins, yet the Deadly Sins are usually good people at heart. But if you enrage them that is when you'll realize how dangerous they are.
Frame-Up: Prior to the story, the Seven Deadly Sins were framed for killing the Great Holy Knight and Gilthunder's father, Zaratras, and trying to overthrow the kingdom. It's not yet known who framed them but it's either a Holy Knight or a traitor amongst the Sins.
Let's Split Up, Gang: The Sins split up when they came across the corpse of the Great Holy Knight, Zaratras, and were surrounded by the knights of the kingdom. A main plot point of the story is Putting the Band Back Together after a ten year separation.
Lost Superweapon: Their sacred treasures. That they are gradually finding as the story goes on.
Magic Knight: The majority of the Sins known so far are incredible strong fighters who can also use magical abilities. The major exception however is King who is a Squishy Wizard who is weaker than an old man with a bad back.
Multinational Team: As noted by Gowther, the main protagonists consists of individuals of different races and dispositions such as there being an immortal, a giant, a fairy, and a pig to name a few. This is moreso the case for the Sins themselves.
One-Man Army: Each of the Deadly Sins are able to take down a group of Holy Knights with ease and become even more powerful with their Sacred Treasure.
Recruiting the Criminal: Prior to the story, the Seven Deadly Sins were an order of knights made up of the kingdom's most brutal criminals hired by that very kingdom until they were framed. In the present, Elizabeth is looking to reunite the seven in order to battle the Holy Knights and save the kingdom.
Rule Number One: There are a set of rules that go with being a Sin. Rule number three is "A Sin shall ask no questions of another member's sin," according to Ban.
Seven Deadly Sins: Each of the Sins has a mark representing a sin, and has powers related to that sin. Their personalities and back stories, though, play with the sin they represent.
Envy: Diane is generally envious of regular sized girls as she can't interact normally with Meliodas.
Greed: Ban is a thief that would steal anything that isn't nailed down. His backstory, however, is a subversion as he decided not to steal the elixir of immortality upon learning the truth behind it and even unselfishly tried to save Elaine and it from a demon. He unfortunately was blamed for the destruction for the forest on accusation of greed.
Sloth: King carries around a pillow and generally floats around. His so called human form also looks like a slothful fat guy. In addition, he is so pathetically weak by himself that his strength heavily relies on his Sacred Treasure and magic. A major relation to the sin of Sloth, though, is his dereliction of duty, since he was supposed to be the one guarding the elixir of life, not his sister. When he deserted that duty, his sister was forced to take the job instead. Had he not done so, he might have been able to protect the forest at best, or died in her place at worst.
Amplifier Artifact: Each of the Sins is supposed to have a Sacred Treasure, a holy weapon that allows them to draw on even more of their innate power. Unfortunately, Meliodas sold his weapon to buy his bar.
Animal Battle Aura: When Oslo was encountered for the first time, Meliodas' strength was manifested before the dog's eyes in the shape of a dragon similar in appearance to Meliodas' broken sword handle.
Don't you ever try to steal his sword. Ban tried to take it... once. He still has the scar, which is saying something since no other weapon has left a lasting mark on him.
When someone tries to take Elizabeth away from him, he becomes even more enraged than when having his sword stolen. This is possibly for her resemble of his former lover, Liz who died many years ago, and it's possible he's using Elizabeth as a way to not loose her again.
Big Damn Heroes: Meliodas had this moment when Ruin was hurting Elizabeth and Meliodas came in at the right time to save her. It happens again in chapter 28 when Elizabeth was taken and Meliodas came in and freed her.
Bound and Gagged: Hawk ties him up every night he sleeps with Elizabeth which he seem to enjoy and called it role playing.
Comically Missing the Point: When King transformed into his older fatter self, Meliodas only noticed the difference was King's change of clothes. During the Byzel fighting festival, Meliodas only interpreted Hauser's battle banter with Diane as Double Entendre.
Dark and Troubled Past: Like the other Sins, Meliodas had a dark past and could be the darkest out of all the sins. He also supposedly had bouts where he lost control of himself and destroyed a lot of stuff.
Dark Is Not Evil: Despite the fact that Meliodas is apparently part demon, he isn't a bad guy. The problem though is that he has little to no control when he is angry or in his Black Mark mode.
Declaration of Protection: It seems that Meliodas promised to protect the kingdom of Danafor long ago. That didn't worked out too well. Now though, Meliodas declared that he would protect Elizabeth with his life.
Flash Step: Meliodas is capable of traveling at extremely fast speeds. Of note is when he was in his wrath mode and ripped Guila's hand off to get his sword back so fast that she didn't even realized what happened to her.
Green Lantern Ring: Meliodas can turn his black mark into wings, blade, and giant claw hand.
Hair Antennae: He has a pair of small cowlicks that stand rather prominently atop his head and are kinda reflective of some parts of his personality.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Meliodas might be a pervert who seems to have no shame for fondling Elizabeth, but he does care a lot for his friends, helps strangers, and shows some mercy to some people who try to kill him.
Half-Human Hybrid: Meliodas appears to have Demon Blood powering him up like the Demon Reactors of the Holy Knights. However unlike them, he appears to be naturally mixed to begin with.
Lethal Chef: Meliodas food might seem good but it really taste horrible.
Lovable Sex Maniac: Meliodas is generally this trope as he often does all sort of perverted things. For some reason though however, he only does so only to Elizabeth than to other girls.
Made of Iron: Meliodas is capable of surviving all sorts of punishment. Notably, he is able to survive and walk away from the fury of a completely jealous Diane.
Master Swordsman: Meliodas possesses incredible Implausible Fencing Powers with a sword or anything substituting for one. With a poor facsimile of a sword, he can cut mountains if he exerted himself enough. With a real one, he can cut down demons who are impervious to most conventional weapons and techniques.
Moment Killer: When Elizabeth gave him a passionate hug after being saved by Diane, he ruined the moment when he started touching Elizabeth's butt, saying she needed underwear.
My Greatest Failure: Meliodas declare that his sins is unable to save Danafor or his lover Liz.
Nice Guy: Despite his perverted nature, Meliodas is generally a nice guy. His kindness is the reason that made Ban and Diane follow him.
Super-Powered Evil Side: Meliodas seems to have one, as indicated via a shadow on a wall, and during his match against Ban in the tournament which he briefly called upon to squeeze out a last minute win.
Technical Pacifist: While Meliodas dislikes the idea of killing people, he is not above hurting foes.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Meliodas dislikes the idea of killing a person off whether they are good or bad.
Tragic Keepsake: Meliodas uses a seemingly worthless broken sword as his primary weapon and never goes anywhere without it. It was never revealed how he got the item but is one of the keys to unseal the Demon Clan. Meliodas says carrying around this sword is the only thing he can do to atone his sins, so you better don't touch it.
Tranquil Fury: when in his incomplete Mark Mode, he would still remain calm, but blood hungry.
Unstoppable Rage: Meliodas' sin was when he destroyed the kingdom of Danafor out of rage.
Amplifier Artifact: Each of the Sins is supposed to have a Sacred Treasure, a holy weapon that allows them to draw on even more of their innate power. Unfortunately, Diane lost her weapon.
Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Gets this way when Meliodas doesn't fondle her like he does to Elizabeth even in normal size, he refuses to do it, to Diane's dismay but the reason is that he wouldn't do it to someone so important to him.
Badass: She's just as capable as her male compatriots in combat.
Badass Adorable: She's also very cute, especially whenever she's trying to get Meliodas' attention.
Submissive Badass: Despite being very powerful character, Diane follows Meliodas order no question ask.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: Diane got hit with this when she was shrunk and no longer fit in her clothes.
Beautiful Dreamer: For King who has stationed his sleeping arrangements in the Boar Hat so he can watch over her.
Berserk Button: Don't you ever harm a tiny little hair on Meliodas, Helbram learn that the hard way.
Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Elizabeth's Betty and Meliodas' Archie. Diane is a clingy easily jealous exotic giantess while Elizabeth is a very sweet and generally calm regular human.
The Big Girl: Both literally and figuratively. Diane is not only the biggest Sin but also tends to favor physical attacks the most.
Boobs of Steel: Being a giant, Diane has huge breasts even when she is the size of a normal girl but according to Meliodas, her breasts are (proportionally) slightly smaller than Elizabeth, and that's saying something.
Cleavage Window: Diane's regular spandex outfit is worn open and shows a fair amount of cleavage. When she was shrunken, she adapts this style briefly while wearing Elizabeth's clothes.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Diane gets really jealous when Meliodas interacts with other girls than her, most notably Elizabeth. Sometimes her jealousy is expressed subtly and sometimes it's expressed as large as her size.
Clothing Damage: While shrunken, Diane used Elizabeth's clothes and ended up having them damaged either from Hauser or from her slowly returning to her normal size.
Cry Cute: Diane had these moment when she thought Meliodas "cheated" on her and when she was tired of being left at the Boar Hat due to her being a giant.
Determinator: She tries to rescue Elizabeth even after Dreyfus beats her.
Dishing Out Dirt / Extra Ore Dinary: Diane's power, Creation, is an ability to bend iron like toffee, raise the ground like towers, and turn minerals into sand. It is an ability exclusive to her and other Giants due to their deep connection to nature.
Our Giants Are Bigger: Diane, the Serpent's Sin of Envy, is a very attractive young lady... who happens to be enormous. She's too big to fit in most buildings, and actually laments her great height, since it means she can't interact normally with Meliodas, on whom she has a major crush.
Shameless Fanservice Girl: Diane doesn't care if she end up in this situation or her clothes are almost completely ripped as long as it with Meliodas. However, she was embarrassed when she think Hauser was doing a Double Entendre on her, which she cover her chest.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Ban decided to follow Meliodas because the latter was the only one besides Elaine to accept, in Ban's own words, a shitty person such as himself. Because of this, Ban also trusts Meliodas so much that he refuses to believe that Meliodas may actually be a demon.
Berserk Button: Due to what happened with Elaine, Ban doesn't like demons. Demons tick him off so much that he refuses to believe that Meliodas may actually be a demon.
Big "WHAT?!": When Hawk revealed that he could talk, was told the small kid he was fighting was King, and when King transform into his fat selves.
Bring My Red Jacket: Fitting as an immortal that is often subjugated to all sorts of bloody wounds that he can just simply heal from, his standard attire is predominately red.
Expy: Design-wise, Ban's choice of clothes make him look like Hikyou Bancho from Kongoh Bancho, the previous work of the manga's author, Suzuki Nakaba. It's made more apparent when Ban picks up a whip similar in design to Hikyou Bancho's.
Fighting with Chucks: Ban's holy weapon before it was ironically stolen was a three-stick variant that enhanced his stealing abilities.
Healing Factor: Ban has this as one of his two abilities. He is literally unkillable by conventional means, but unconventional means like being Taken for Granite can still be lethal for him...
Human Pincushion: Ban is sometimes the victim of this but survives it due to being immortal.
Immortality: It's the reason why he heals so fast. He got this ability from drinking the Fountain of Youth.
Immortality Seeker: Ban sought out the Fountain of Youth in order to become immortal. His reason for doing this was that he believed that if he lived long enough, something good would eventually happen for him. He gave up this quest when he learned that it would destroy the forest. Unfortunately, he still became immortal via Elaine's Heroic Sacrifice.
Immortal Hero: Well he isn't exactly heroic, but he is one of the main characters.
Immortal Life Is Cheap / Good Thing You Can Heal: Ban is often subjected to the most brutal and otherwise lethal physical attacks such him being ripped apart to his bones broken. However due to being immortal, these are just minor annoyances. It's the unconventional attacks though that give him cause for concern.
Bloody Hilarious: Him being immortal though is sometimes played for laughs like when Diane crushed Ban's entire upper body and squirted blood out top as he if she were squeezing juice from a fruit, and the whole thing was treated like slapstick.
Power Parasite: Ban can also steal the physical abilities of his opponents, including speed, stamina and raw strength, and add it to his own, thus strengthening himself, and weakening his opponents. The downside, though, is that adding them to his body can make him heavier than he can carry himself if he's not careful.
Irony: Ban is the most amoral of the Sins but he is the only one who has been accused of a crime that he didn't commit.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ban comes off as a jackass who doesn't care about anything but himself and the stuff he steals, but he's a good guy at heart. In his backstory, when he went after the elixir of immortality, Elaine told him that if he were to take the elixir, the forest surrounding it would die. Ban promptly decided that it wasn't worth it (claiming that the wild berries used in one of his favorite drinks were grown in that forest). He may be a thief, but he is not a monster.
Mercy Kill: How Ban decided to deal with a Holy Knight that was heavily mutated.
Mind over Matter: Part of Ban's second ability, Snatch, allows him to pull things to himself from great distances. He can even take an enemy's heart from its chest when his power is boosted by his holy weapon.
Mistaken for Murderer: He's accused of having killed Elaine, when it was actually a demon who killed her and she sacrificed her life to save him.
Whip It Good: During the battle with the mutated Holy Knight who wore Gowther's armor, Ban picked up a whip as weapon against it. The whip's design, combined with Ban's tight fitting clothes, makes Ban look like an Expy of Hikyou Bancho from Kongoh Bancho, the previous work of the manga's author, Suzuki Nakaba.
King is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Grizzly's Sin of Sloth. He is the master of the Black Hound, Oslo. King's real name is Fairy King Harlequin, and as the name suggests, he was the king of the fairies.
Badass: Came close to actually defeating Ban, who is an immortal. His incredible power was also the reason the truce between humans and fairies was kept, because any army trying to invade the forest of fairies was always repelled by him.
Cannot Spit It Out: King can't tell Diane how he feels because he is shy about his feelings and that she only shows interest in Meliodas.
Cassandra Truth: King is having a hard time after finding out that Elaine wanted to save Ban and that he is not the person he thinks he is.
Dark and Troubled Past: For not being the one who actually protected the fountain, he lost his sister and the forest he lived in was destroyed.
Dogged Nice Guy: King really wants to spend some time with Diane. However due to varying circumstances and the fact that Diane only has eyes for Meliodas, he's really having a hard time.
Dual Age Modes: King's human form which he can change to is what he would look if his form was much older.
Enemy Mine: King temporarily teams up with the Holy Knights in order to get at Ban when he believes the latter is the one responsible for his sister's death. He only sought Ban and not the other Sins though. The truce falls apart after being reunited with Elaine's ghost in the Capital of the Dead.
Everyone Calls Him King: King's name is just a title used by others as a reference to him being the Fairy King. His real name is actually Harlequin though it is rarely used by most characters.
Flight: This is King's specialty, as he and his spear are able to levitate effortlessly.
Game Face: King used his human form as his game face.
Glamour: Inverted with King. Instead of transforming into a more youthful form, he can take on a older, fatter one. He originally used it as a form of respect rather than a disguise. However after reuniting with Meliodas, he unintentionally uses it for a wide range of reactions for various hilarious situations.
Glass Cannon: King maybe able to dish out great damage via magic but he can't withstand physical attacks especially when his spear's defensive capabilities are broken through. This also applies to his Sacred Treasure, capable of dealing great damage but easily breaks apart when hit with ice magic.
Gonk: King's human form is a fat slob-looking man.
Hopeless Suitor: He has a huge crush on Diane, who's only interested in Meliodas.
Involuntary Shapeshifter: King sometimes shape shifts into his human form as a form of his expression in any given situation.
Morph Weapon: King's Sacred Treasure, Chastiefol can change its shape via King's will.
Blade on a Stick: Chastiefol is a spear and has the form of an intricately designed one in its regular weapon form. Its third form, Formalization, is also a spear but with a completely different design, the most notable is a claw shaped blade.
Flechette Storm: The spear's fifth form, Increase, is a myriad of tiny dart-like spearheads that King can use to swarm his enemies, or to protect himself by surrounding himself with the spearheads.
Green Thumb: The spear's fourth form, Sunflower, is a giant flower that can shoot lasers at King's opponents.
Killer Teddy Bear: The spear's second form, Guardian, is a giant four-armed pillow-like teddy bear King can use to attack his opponents.
Taken for Granite: The spear's third form, Formalization, has this as one of its powers.
Nice Guy: King is possibly one of the nicest guys in the series.
Nosebleed: King tends to have this in certain situations with Diane.
Only Sane Man: Out of all the Sins currently, King is so far the most serious, and sometimes gets shocked at what his teammates do.
Our Fairies Are Different: King is a long living child-like wingless humanoid capable of levitating himself and other things. King, though, can transform himself into an older, fatter version of himself.
Straight Man: King tends to play this in relation to the antics and personalities of the other Sins most of the time.
Survivor Guilt: When King went back to his home country, he found it was in ruins and his sister was killed. King has regretted this ever since, and shed tears thinking if he hadn't left, this might not have happened.
Troll: He sometimes is this with opponents due to his powers. An example was his fight against Guila and Jericho. Whenever they tried to attack, he pretended to be surprised but beat them while saying he was kidding.
Gowther is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Goat's Sin of Lust. He is a mysterious man who initially appeared as a large armored person second in size only to Diane. His armor was sighted in Ordan Forest whereupon Helbram sent Dawn Roar to capture him. Upon reuniting with the rest of the Sins, it was revealed that he is actually an effeminate looking normal sized man who went by the alias Armando.
Aloof Ally: Due to his emotionless nature, Gowther doesn't speak or get close to the other Deadly Sins because of this until ten years later where they meet again.
Ambiguously Gay: Very effeminate looking and doesn't seem to mind when a bunch of guys that he brainwashed sees him as his lover.
Badass: As one of the Sins, this is to be expected.
Badass Pacifist: Seems to be shaping into one, considering he prefers to solve fights and conflicts with nonviolent solutions.
Badass Bookworm: Despite being emotionless, Gowther enjoy heartfelt tales that humans make and act out whenever he read one.
Beautiful All Along: Underneath the scruffy looking Armando persona is actually a very good looking man.
Beleaguered Assistant: As Armando, he is a beleaguered servant who is often reluctantly dragged into the childish antics and games of his young master Pelio. He puts up with them out of a sense of duty and gratitude towards the young boy.
Bishounen: Upon revealing his true identity, Gowther reveals that he is actually a very effeminate looking man.
Blind Without 'Em: Gowther can't see without his glasses on. When they are off, his effeminate looking eyes also become very comically squinty when he tries to concentrate seeing.
Dull Surprise: Due to Gowther's emotionless personality, he had a very dull expression upon finding out Meliodas and King's true identities.
The Empath: Despite being emotionless himself, Gowther is capable of reading others' emotions. Due to having No Social Skills though, him reading people's true emotions and telling them out loud can be very rude.
Energy Bow: Gowther is able to produce an arm mounted Energy Bow from which he uses his power "Invasion".
Dual Wielding: His Sacred Treasure the Twin Bow Herrit are two such bows mounted on each of his arms. These allow him send out a Magic Missile Storm of energy based arrows.
Expy: Of Machine Banchou from Kongoh Bancho. They look similar, wear glasses and have the same hairstyle. Both don't understand the concept of human feelings very well and have an unique relationship with a child.
The Faceless: Prior to The Reveal, he was shown in flashbacks and wanted posters completely only in armor. Apparently, the other Sins didn't know Gowther's true form similar to how Ban didn't know King's fairy form.
He Cleans Up Nicely: Gowther is a ridiculous example of this. While pretending to be Armando, he has very unkempt shaggy hair and generally looks like a dork. When he reveals his true identity, he changes his hairstyle and reveals his very effeminate looking appearance.
Heel-Face Brainwashing: Gowther's ability "Rewrite Light" allows him to temporarily rewrite the memories of foes so that they see Gowther and anyone with him as either their family, close friends, or lovers. After the ability ends, those affected don't remember what they did while brainwashed.
Even the Guys Want Him: Those that temporarily see Gowther as their lover aren't restricted by gender as evident by a number of clearly male knights suddenly being enamored by Gowther. While this doesn't bother Gowther, this situation apparently seems to extends to his fellow male Sins as well.
Narrator All Along: Due to his unique way of speaking rendered by being placed within square balloonsnote (Speech balloons usually reserved for narration in comics) as opposed to other characters' normal speech balloons, he came off as this as when he revealed himself.
No Social Skills: Despite being able to use his ability and analytical mind to pick up on the secrets of others, he has basically no sense of when it is or isn't appropriate to share this information.
King Arthur: He is derived and named after Escanor, a knight of the Round Table who kidnapped a serving maid from Arthur's court and killed by Sir Gawain for it.
Other Main Protagonists
Elizabeth is the third princess of the kingdom of Liones, the adopted daughter of King Liones. She is the main female protagonist and begins working as a waitress at Boar Hat bar when she joins Meliodas in his journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and stop the Holy Knights.
Adorkable: She got really excited to go on a simple shopping errand, even going as far as calling it a mission.
Happily Adopted: Elizabeth is actually not the daughter of the king of Liones. She's from the kingdom of Danafor. Whether this means she's adopted or born out of wedlock has yet to be made clear. What is known however is that the King apparently accepted her as his daughter, as evidenced in an apparent Crowning Moment of Heartwarming wherein he desperately tried to get her down from a tree despite not knowing how to climb.
The Heart: Diane point out that Elizabeth was able to move both her and Meliodas. She was able to convince King to help the Sins and Meliodas to use his former lover sword.
He Is Not My Boyfriend: Diane thought she was dating Meliodas when they first met. Elizabeth denied it, but later fell in love with Meliodas anyway.
Interspecies Romance: Elizabeth is a human who ends up falling in love with Meliodas who is possibly half demon.
It's All My Fault: When Dr. Dana was stabbed by Golgius, Elizabeth blamed herself that neither the doctor nor Meliodas would have been injured by the Holy Knights if she didn't set off on her quest. Fortunately, Meliodas calms her down and the doctor got better.
Living Emotional Crutch: Seems to be this to Meliodas for an unknown reason. It's speculated that it's because of her resemblance with his dead lover.
The Load: How Elizabeth sees herself since she can't fight back with the Deadly Sins.
Luminescent Blush: Shows sign of this whenever Meliodas does something perverted towards her. Originally, she did this mostly out of embarrassment only towards said perverted acts. However, she seems to be developing feelings for Meliodas and thus showed this also when Meliodas said some caring words to her.
The Prankster: Elizabeth doesn't seem like it, but she did mention that when she was younger, she used to pull prank to get attention from her father, going so far as climbing top of a high tree to get his attention.
Replacement Goldfish: Meliodas is asked pointblank at one point if he's projecting Liz onto her. He doesn't answer.
Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As revealed during a side story, Elizabeth is this. Not only has she never even seen a silver coin before but she also doesn't fully grasp the basic concept of what money is and its use.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Elizabeth, in spite of being a princess, goes to great lengths to help the Sins on their quest, and often regrets not being able to do more. In a Crowning Moment of Awesome, she saves two of the Sins by stealing the magic bell off a Holy Knight's staff... by biting the bell off while she's getting beaten bloody with it.
Spoiled Sweet: Despite being a princess, Elizabeth is shown to be kind and polite.
There Is Only One Bed / Innocent Cohabitation: Elizabeth sleeps in the same bed and room as Meliodas. The latter says he sleeps there to protect Elizabeth, but Hawk ties him up so he does not do anything perverted.
Undying Loyalty: Despite her sister telling her that Meliodas is a monster, Elizabeth still believes in Meliodas even if the world turn against him or Meliodas doesn't care about her.
Your Cheating Heart: Parodied in the Fairy Tail crossover wherein Elizabeth's cuddling of Happy made Hawk jealous and run away. In response, she confessed tearfully that she made Hawk run away because she was "cheating" on him, a thing Meliodas pointed out in reality didn't go that far.
Hawk is a talking pig and Meliodas's companion. He is introduced as the cleaner of the Boar Hat bar who helps clean the disgusting food scraps.
Butt Monkey: Hawk is often at times the butt of many jokes.
Iron Butt Monkey: Despite being just a talking pig with no noteworthy combat skills, he has survived attacks that would otherwise kill an animal like him.
Good Guy Bar: She, or rather her hat, serves as the base of operations for Meliodas and the Seven Deadly Sins. Incidentally since the Sins are criminals in the setting, it can be seen as a Bad-Guy Bar from a different perspective.
Oslo is King's pet black hound. He was initially encountered by Meliodas and the Sins with him on their way to the Capital of the Dead. After the incident there, he was kept away by King due to the fact that his favorite food is pork. He later reappears when King summons him in order to get to Liones.
Canis Major: His much larger sizes are this. He can even get to a size relative to Diane.
Super Speed: He is capable of running at incredible super speeds.
Swallowed Whole: How he teleports people to other places. This apparently posed a problem when he tried to teleport Diane whose butt got caught in his mouth.
Teleporters and Transporters: He is actually a creature capable of teleporting people to other places via eating them. He is also capable of teleporting himself via portals.
Trademark Favorite Food: His favorite food is pork which is why he was kept a long time away from the rest of the group.
Holy Knights of Liones
The main antagonists of the series. They usurped the King of the Liones kingdom and subjugated the rest of the country of Britannia in order to prepare for Holy War.Tropes pertaining to the Holy Knights in general
Cool Helmet: Possessors of most of the cool helmets within the series.
The Dreaded: They are supposed to be heroes but are terrifying beings with each one possessing enough power to match a country's army.
Evil Hero: While there are a few in the Holy Knights who are heroic and there are those that see the group as a whole as such, many of its members are evil.
Expy: The various armors worn by the Holy Knights make them look like the New Band of the Hawk from Berserk. Fitting as the second generation of Holy Knights bolster their ranks by having potential members drink Demon's blood, an act that's basically a Deal with the Devil which, while differing in method, is what the New Band of the Hawk also did. Incidentally, this act also makes them evil expies of the Grey Wardens from Dragon Age: Origins due to the method of how both join their respective orders.
Famed in Story: The Holy Knights are considered knights among knights who protect Britannia.
Government Conspiracy: Most people think that there is some ulterior motive going on with the Holy Knights with all their doings. They do, in order to prepare for an upcoming Holy War.
There is however a conspiracy within the Holy Knights themselves. The ranks of the second generation are being filled with individuals who have been empowered by demon blood. Not everyone in the Holy Knights is aware of this.
Knight Templar: Apart from being actual knights, the Holy Knights are willing to overthrow their king, subjugate and kill innocent civilians, and other atrocities in order to prepare for a Holy War that was prophesied to come. They're also willing to use a Demon to enhance their powers.
Light Is Not Good: The Holy Knights are the equivalent of paladins, and many of them are incredibly cruel.
Magic Knight: A significant number of the Holy Knights are capable of great physical strength and magic.
One-Man Army: Each individual Holy Knight is considered the equal of a thousand men. When the northern barbarians invade with an army of three thousand men, two knights working together are able to wipe the army out with minimal effort. The new generation of Holy Knights is even stronger if only because they use demon blood to boost their powers.
Took a Level in Badass: What happened to several Holy Knight apprentices and general subordinates who make up the second generation due to drinking demon blood. This is noticed in-universe by the knights of the older generation.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Holy Knights might be forcing the people to fight in a war, but they are doing this to protect them....some of them, anyways. The Knights seem split into two camps: Dreyfus's faction seem to be this, but Hendricksen's is far more sinister.
A large man who confronted Meliodas and Elizabeth but was defeated. He is actually not a proper Holy Knight but a subordinate with some authority and strength. Later, he was invited along with Jericho to officially join the Holy Knights. It didn't go well for him.
Broken Pedestal: Gilthunder looked up to the Deadly Sins until he believed that they killed his father.
Combination Attack: Has performed one with Hauser called "Dragon Castle" which is a massive electrified tornado.
Disproportionate Retribution: Gilthunder did this when visiting Bernia, which is known for their famous ale. Gilthunder mocked their efforts and when a boy, Mead, wanted to get even by putting a worm in his drink as a harmless prank, Gilthunder responded by plunging his sword into the ground and stopping the water flow, preventing the town from making their ale, nearly leading to their economic ruin since it's how they thrive.
Evil Is Petty: Nearly caused the death of a whole town due to a childish prank played on him.
Cool Helmet: Friesia has a helmet that looks like a large tick. Golgius has a demonic faced helmet with horns protruding at its side. Ruin has a helmet whose visor has a feminine human face. Jude has helmet whose visor is designed like a bunch of thorns.
A Holy Knight apprentice who was stationed at Baste Dungeon where she was humiliated by Ban when the latter escaped. She later became an official Holy Knight when she along with Twigo were offered the position by Hendricksen. She alone got promoted.
Bifauxnen: A very masculine looking female. Ban even thought she was a male and still does.
Glory Hound: Jericho seems more concerned with her personal standing than anything else. when Diane is injured, Jericho excitedly begs for the honor of taking her head and asks if she can have a higher rank.
A female Holy Knight who was introduced when she was sent after the Sins in the Capital of the Dead.
An Arm and a Leg: Lost a hand from Meliodas in his wrath mode. She gets better thanks to special restoring orbs.
Bait the Dog: When we see her off doing in a bonus chapter, she kindly takes care of her little brother, concerned over some new bruises. Maybe she's not that bad after all? And then she goes and murders the bullies while he's asleep.
Berserk Button: Don't you ever hurt her little brother. Guila will leave you as a bloody mess.
Big Sister Instinct: She'll do anything for her brother's happiness and safety. Even take a stand against Holy Knights who greatly overshadow her in rank and power.
Bullying a Dragon: There were some punks in her home town who would throw rocks at her house and beat up her little brother because of their father's reputation as a Dirty Coward. She waited until her brother was asleep, then went out and murdered the bullies.
Combination Attack: Has performed one with Hauser called "Bomb Cyclone" which is a very thin but very concentrated tornado with constant explosions engulfed within it.
Cool Big Sis: Really sweet to her little brother, who she dotes on.
Defector from Decadence: After finding out that Helbram and the rest of the Holy Knights were willing to frame the Sins even at the expense of her own little brother, she decides that she's had enough and joins Hauser to save Diane.
Knight Templar Big Sister: She will kill anyone who messes with her little brother Zeal and will do anything in order to protect him. She apparently drank demon blood to obtain the power to protect him.
Only Mostly Dead: Stabs and puts herself in a state of near death in order to pursue the Sins to the Capital of the Dead, a place only either the dead or people with a shared memory with the dead can enter.
Promotion to Parent: Became this to her younger brother after her father mysteriously disappeared.
Dirty Old Man: Tends to fawn over cute girls and rarely addresses Guila and Jericho without pointing out how cute he finds them.
The Dragon: To Hendricksen. Helbram is the Knight he trusts most and privy to all Hendricksen's true plans.
Evil Old Folks: Helbram is the eldest of the Holy Knights shown so far. That he addresses the 700 year old King as 'old friend' implies he may be far older than even that.
Eyepatch of Power: He is shown to have an eyepatch covering his left eye when his face isn't covered.
Flight: He has the ability to fly through the air like the Fairy Clan.
Manipulative Bastard: Like Hendricksen, Helbram is quite good at manipulating people. He even begins blasting a civilian city to blame it on Diane in a battle.
Shape Shifter: He has the ability to shape shift into what is basically a small imp-like creature.
Tin Tyrant: Has shades of this when in full armor.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: During Byzel's annual fighting festival, he disguised himself as the festival's diminutive announcer, Helm. Apart from a few stares, nobody there questions long enough why an imp-like creature is the festival's announcer.
A huge hulking man who is charged with protecting Princess Veronica. He is the son of Dreyfus.
Barrier Warrior: Griamor's power Wall allows him to create a force field around him.
Beautiful All Along: A subtle Male example. When he is first introduced, he wears a face concealing helmet and his hulking muscles and size would suggest at least a Face of a Thug. Several chapters later, he is seen without his helmet and it's shown that he has a decent looking face. Though it's relatively small on his disproportionately musclebound body.
Cain and Abel: The Cain to his brother Zaratras' Abel, of which he plotted against to get him the position of Great Holy Knight.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though the degree of which he is a straightforward villain is debatable, he nonetheless loves his son.
Even Evil Has Standards: He plotted to kill his brother but he considers Hendricksen's plan to revive the Demon Clan insane.
Evil Uncle: He has a good relationship with his nephew Gilthunder but he killed his father.
Klingon Promotion: Appears to be the case since he plotted to kill Zaratras to gain the position of Great Holy Knight.
Papa Wolf: He went ballistic when he found out who murdered his son.
Personality Powers: The general theme of his powers seem to reflect his unfettering personality. He uses blasts that blow everything before him and techniques that refuse to succumb to the might of others.
Hannibal Lecture: When Dreyfus calls him out for plotting to revive the Demon Clan since it's something Holy Knights shouldn't do, Hendricksen calls the former a hypocrite since Dreyfus plotted to assassinate his brother Zaratras to get his position
Combination Attack: Has performed one each with Gilthunder and Guila. The one with Gilthunder called "Dragon Castle" is a massive electrified tornado. The one with Guila called "Bomb Cyclone" is a thinner but more concentrated tornado with constant explosions engulfed within it.
Defector from Decadence / Honor Before Reason: After one too many dishonorable acts from his fellow knights and too many honorable ones from the Sins, he decides that he has had enough and that the most honorable thing to do is protect Diane from his so called fellow knights.
Distracted by the Sexy: Hauser prefers not to fight female opponents when they might be revealing more cleavage than necessary.
A group of specialized elite Holy Knights renowned even during the time before the Sins were framed for murder. Despite being not of the second generation of Holy Knights, they are a match for even the Sins.
Ambiguously Gay: In an easy to miss scene during a confrontation between Gowther and some other Holy Knights, Threader is seen passionately holding onto another man. After beating one of the knights who apparently knocked away his companion, Threader dons his mask while yelling "Makeup" in an apparent Sailor MoonShout-Out, and proceeds to whoop the remaining knights for, in his own words, ruining his "precious day off". Given his typical apparel and the way he sometimes talks as symbolized by a heart at the end of his sentences, take what you will.
Archer Archetype: Weinheidt is one with the addition that he is capable of firing arrows that when charged enough and fired, look like a Kamehame Hadoken in appearance.
BFS: Captain Threader and Simon each carry one. Threader carries a sword that looks like a saw, and Simon carries one whose blade looks like that of a nodachi.
The Coats Are Off: Before beating two other Holy Knights who also ruined his "precious day off", he first takes off the coat he was wearing in addition to putting on his mask.
Exact Words: When Dawn Roar were dispatched to Ordan, they were ordered to take the head of the Armor Giant. To comply with that order and prevent a Mêlée à Trois, Gowther decapitated the Armor Giant's head and gave it to them. Since their orders were to only take the Armor Giant's head and not engage in full combat with the Sins, they left the Sins and the still standing Armor Giant alone.
Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: With his mask and saw-like sword, Threader looks like a medieval fantasy version of this trope.
Verbal Tic: When faced with opponents he considers worthy, Threader sometimes talks rather delighted, as symbolized by a heart at the end of his sentences.
Worthy Opponent: Threader considers the Seven Deadly Sins to be this to Dawn Roar.
Dale was Guila and Zeal's ever doting father. He was a Holy Knight who back when the Seven Deady Sins weren't framed as murderers, wanted to be like them and become something his daughter would be proud of. He seemingly ran away and abandoned his children.
Heroic Sacrifice: She saves Elizabeth from one of Guila's land mines but ends up dying from her wounds.
Inspector Javert: Due to whoever framed the Sins as well as various rumors, Elizabeth's sister, Veronica, steadfastly believes the Sins are manipulating Elizabeth for something. From what we've seen of the Sins' pasts however, it's obvious she's not getting the full story.
One of the Boys: She used to play sword fights with the boys which her father disliked.
Princesses Prefer Pink: Her standard attire is a predominately pink jacket, which she temporarily gave to Elizabeth after she returned to her original height completely naked.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Rather than sit idly by for the prophesied war to come like a more lady-like princess, she decided to take action. That action unfortunately was siding with the Holy Knights who overthrew her father.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Veronica is a tomboy who sided with the Holy Knights while Margaret is known to be a gentle lady who sided with her father.
An apparently separate group of Holy Knights different than the ones originating from Liones.
See his entry in the Seven Deadly Sins.
Cain is an elderly man who was first introduced in Byzel's annual fighting festival as the one who led the Seven Deadly Sins to it and as a contestant. While he doesn't look like it, he is actually a former Holy Knight of Danafor.
Badass Grandpa: He might seem like a weak old man with a bad back but he's actually very strong.
Forgotten Friend, New Foe: When Cain realizes that the person he assumed was Meliodas' son with Strong Family Resemblance was actually Meliodas himself, he presented himself as this trope. In reality though, Meliodas couldn't remember him because Cain always wore full body armor and always went by his Red Baron moniker in the past. The two also fortunately make up in the end.
Only Known by Their Nickname: He went by "The Flame Barzad" so much in the past that Meliodas never actually knew him other than that prior to their reunion.
Red Baron: In the past, he called himself "The Flame Barzad" in association to his fire abilities.
Twenty-Four-Hour Armor: He wore his full body armor so much in the past that Meliodas had actually never seen him out of it prior to their reunion.
A young woman who resembles Elizabeth, and who was once Meliodas' lover when he served Danafor. She was originally a slave of an enemy kingdom of Danafor before being freed by Meliodas. Initially hostile to Meliodas and the Holy Knights of Danafor, she later opened up to them.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially, she was rather hostile to Meliodas due to them being originally on different sides. However, she later warmed up to him and others.
Elaine is King's sister, and the Guardian Saint of the Fountain of Youth, who was killed by a demon from the Demon Clan in the Fairy King's Forest, and resides in the Capital of the Dead since her death.
Humans Are Bastards: During her time protecting the fountain, Elaine develops hatred towards humans, due to all of them trying to steal the fountain and destroy the forest, but her thoughts change when she meets Ban.
Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Originally started out as a two armed abomination whose fingers were arms complete with their own fingers. Later, its two main arms split into four smaller ones, thus becoming a four armed monster.
Multiple Head Case: Apart from its normal looking human head, it had several. One that was chopped off and given to Dawn Roar, and four that grew out of his main monstrous body. These later merged together to form a single multi-faced head.
The newly appointed king of Camelot who was very briefly mentioned in gossip early in the manga. He comes to Lyonesse with a huge army.
A Child Shall Lead Them: Like his namesake, he became king at a very young age after he pulled the sword out of the stone. He is visibly one of the younger characters of the series.
Badass: Assuming that he is most likely one of the two extremely powerful individuals whose presence was felt amidst his huge army, he is most likely this.
Chekhov's Gunman: He was mentioned as early as Chapter 3 of the manga as very easy to miss gossip among the drinking patrons of the Boar Hat. 59 chapters later, he comes to Lyonesse in full force.
Cool Helmet: He wears a vaguely demonic looking helmet.
Cool Sword: He apparently possesses two swords, each with a different intricately designed hilts. One that he pulled out of the stone, and one with crosses that act as the ends of its cross guard and its pommel.
Didn't See That Coming: The Holy Knights and the Sins were so busy with their own affairs that they didn't see Arthur and his entire army coming.