Characters / Saint Seiya Bronze Saints

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     Pegasus Seiya 
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Voiced by: Toru Furuya (1986-2004 JP, although reprised in Omega), Masakazu Morita (2005-Present JP), Illich Guardiola (EN), Eric Legrand (FR), Jesús Barrero and Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish), Carlos Lladó (Spain), Ivo De Palma (ITA), Jefferson Utanes (Tagalog), Hermes Baroli (BR), Rogério Jacques (PT)

  • A Friend in Need: He has several.
    • With Shun, he broke Shun's chain and allowed himself to fall in order for Shun to defend himself.
    • He went to Siberia to help Hyoga against Master Crystal (Anime Only).
    • He brought back the magic water to heal Shiryu's eyes (Anime Only).
    • Went back for Saori when she was being attacked by Silver Saints.
  • Action Survivor: Considering the amount of danger he goes through in his mission to protect Athena, he qualifies by default.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Seiya is honor-bound to protect Saori, who's the reincarnation of Athena. He quickly develops feelings for her, and she seems to like him back too, but their relationship barely evolves at all until the Tenkai-Hen movie.
  • Calling Your Attacks
    • Pegasus Ryusei Ken (Pegasus Meteor Fist): Fires several punches in the form of meteors. According to Aiolia in the twelve houses saga, the attack can unleash about 100 punches per second. Some hard fought battles, intense training and the awakening of his seventh sense later, Seiya has perfected this technique until it can match the attacks of even gold saints.
    • Pegasus Suisei Ken (Pegasus Comet Fist): He focuses his punches into one single point to create a comet.
    • Pegasus Rolling Crush: Lifts his opponent into the air and slams their head into the ground.
  • The Champion: For Saori.
  • Character Title: The one and only.
  • Chick Magnet: Several girls are interested in him: his childhood friend Miho, former enemy Shaina (after he broke her mask) and possibly Saori.
  • Convenient Coma: In Next Dimension he is in a coma due to a Curse with Hades' Sword slowly killing him.
  • Courtly Love: It's heavily implied that he and Saori are in love with each other, but have resigned themselves to their respective roles.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Averted for the most part. While outside of the battlefield he tends to act like one, during battle he shows various levels of competence, especially his constant use of Indy Ploy.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has both brown hair and eyes.
  • Determinator: Seiya is one of the finest examples of this trope, if not the epitome of it. He gets hit on the head in nearly every fight he gets into; he's taken punches thrown at light-speed with his face; he was once stomped so far into the Earth that it might as well have been a burial; and oh, he gets knocked off a cliff once every arc/movie. And he still manages to stand up tall at the end of each and every encounter. Somewhat subverted in the conclusion of the Hades arc, where he gets stabbed in the heart with a sword by the hands of Hades himself, and the blow was laced with a curse that made him comatose. But he returned as Sagittarius Seiya.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Simply "Pegasus" in Italy.
    • And "Seiyar" in France. Why a translator would simply add an extra r rather than outright changing the name is an eternal mystery.
    • The name "Seiya" is rather feminine sounding in french.
  • Expy: Let's see: a Hot-Blooded orphan that is good for fighting, is friends with the children, and wears red? Yeah, he is Joe Yabuki, but nicer. In fairness, Kurumada is a fan of Ashita No Joe and one of his first works was a boxing series inspired by Joe.
  • First-Name Basis: He addresses Athena as "Saori" (Saori-san) when they're together even after he learns that she is indeed the goddess incarnate. His teammates in contrast are more reserved about how they address her.
  • Friend to All Children: He hangs out with three orphan kids of the nearby Orphanage of Love at the start, and often drops by the orphanage itself to play with all the kids there.
  • The Hero: The main of the series.
  • Heroic Resolve: Seiya is the undisputed king of this trope. During the Sanctuary Arc, Saga uses his most powerful move, which renders all your five senses useless. The fact he knows both his friends and Athena herself, Saori will die if he fails gives him the strength to reach a Crowning Moment of Awesome. And that's just one of many moments like this.
  • Hot-Blooded: Seiya is stubborn, headstrong, impulsive and very similar to a classic Japanese teenager. He is less intuitive, compared to his companions, but for luck or strength of his character, he is always the last to surrender, and it's always up to him to defeat the ultimate enemy of each series.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Seiya is one of the most iconic hot-blooded characters in anime, and has the bushiest ones. So bushy, they poke from out of his tiara-helmet!
  • Indy Ploy: One of his specialties in battle.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Moreso in the beginning where he shows some resentment for the Kido family and fights only to find his sister.
  • It Only Works Once: Averted Trope. Seiya insists in using the same technique (Pegasus Ryusei Ken!!) over and over. Initially it doesn't even hit, but then Seiya starts doing it faster...
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He tends to abuse this. A LOT.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Get used to the red shirt and jean combination.
  • Manly Tears: The guy often cries for either his friends or his rivals.
  • Nice Guy: He grows into this when he forgives Saori for his difficult childhood, becoming loyal to his friends starting with helping Shiryu getting his eyesight back and understands the duty of being a saint.
  • Motive Decay: Initially his main objective is to find his older sister Seika, who disappeared when he was sent to Greece. As Seiya starts fighting alongside the other Bronze Saints, albeit reluctantly at first, his motivations shift to the protection of Athena.
  • Not a Morning Person: Lampshaded by Hyoga while he and the others were waiting for Shun by the airplane.
  • Pegasus: His guiding constellation and Cloth.
  • Protagonist Title: He is the Saint in the title.
  • Pummel Duel: With Aioria that has a similar attack.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Former main picture of this trope. He use a Spam Attack as his signature secret move, launching thousands of ultra-fast hits per second.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red shirt and he ALWAYS wears red clothes under his armor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Shiryu.
  • Retcon: Instead of outright dying at the end of the Hades' arc, Seiya is simply in a coma and instead will die in three days due to a curse.
  • Stock Shonen Hero: Seiya tends to be the most immature of the Saints, as he frequently jokes and is unconcerned about the consequences of his actions.
  • Take a Third Option: His Suicidal "Gotcha!" versus Shaina and Jamian.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He lets go of his grudge towards Saori and starts to like her and being more determined to help innocent peoples.
  • Undying Loyalty: In time, he earns a reputation as Saori's bravest and most loyal Saint.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Note his moveset under Calling Your Attacks and noted along with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs; he punches people. If that doesn't work, he punches people faster and harder. The only other thing he's got to mix it up is a piledriver, but ask anyone and the move that comes to mind when it comes to Pegasus Seiya is his punch.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: And it causes him lots of trouble, actually. Just ask Shaina what she thinks of this!

     Dragon Shiryu 
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Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (1986-2004 JP), Takahiro Sakurai (2005-Present JP), Jay Hickman (EN), Marc François (FR), Enrique Hernández (Spain), Ricardo Mendoza and Christian Strempler (Latin American Spanish), Marco Balzarotti (ITA), Elcio Sodré (BR), Ely Martin (Tagalog), Nuno Távora (PT)

  • A Friend in Need: In one of the saddest moments of the series he blinded himself to defeat Perseus Algol and save his friends.
    • Another memorable example would be Shiryu willing to bath Seiya's Cloth with most of his blood, aware that it would cost his life, in order to repair it. Without his Cloth, Seiya would not have stood a chance to survive the threat he was facing at the time and thus Shiryu was willing to offer his life for a friend in need.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: Except that Shiryu is much calmer and collected than his fellow Bronze Saints. No, it does not stop him from being hot-blooded as all hell.
  • Achilles' Heel: When Shiryu unleashes the "Rozan Shoryu Ha", his defense wide open for a small second - and if you hit him there, he's as good as dead. When Seiya points that out in the tournament, Shiryu freaks out. Subverted in that it's only used against him once more, by Capricorn Shura.
  • Animal Motifs: Dragon, naturally.
  • Barrier Warrior: Was this in the beginning, as he relied a lot on his very powerful shield.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is very level-headed, kind, and soft-spoken when off-duty...but attack or insult his friends, Saori or Shunrei, and you'll have a Screaming Warrior punching the living Hell out of you. Deathmask learnt it the hard way!
  • The Big Guy: His sheer physical strength is the greatest of the Bronze Saints, with the possible exception of Phoenix Ikki. He win numerous battles without his Dragon Cloth!.
  • Blind Seer: Shiryu lampshades this trope after he loses his sight. Thanks to this, he is not deceived by Saga's illusion in the Gemini temple when he and Seiya are trapped. He says he sees no obstacle and knows where the exit. Shiryu grabs Seiya and runs off dragging him by force, believed to be beaten Seiya screams as they passed the Gold Saint of Gemini, and finally ended up exiting the Temple of the Twins.
  • Calling Your Attacks
    • Rozan Shōryūha (Rozan's Rising Dragon Force): His signature uppercut.
    • Rozan Ryūhishō (Rozan's Dragon Flight): Punches forward as if flying.
    • Dragon no Ken (Dragon's Kick): This is the one he used on Cancer Deathmask (before he stops him with one finger).
    • Rozan Hyakuryūha (Rozan's One Hundred Dragons Force): A hundred dragons made of cosmos come out.
    • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Rozan Kōryūha (Rozan's Enraged Dragon Force ): A kamikaze attack where Shiryu sends both him and the unlucky soul Shura into outer space thus killing them both Shiryu survived it afterwards.
    • Excalibur: A move given by Capricorn Shura that allows him to focus his cosmos into a blade that is capable of cutting anything.
  • Characterization Marches On: Was much cockier in his first appearances.
  • Chinese People: Subverted; he's got many character traits that adhere to this, but he's ethnically Japanese.
  • Disability Superpower: More like Handicapped Badass. After blinding himself in the fight against the Perseus saint, he retrains with his master and no longer needs his eyes to fight. Understandable since all saints have a sixth and seventh sense.
  • Eye Scream: Plucked his own eyes out to fight against a guy who has a Medusa-inspired shield that almost petrified him, Seiya and Shun. And yeah, before you ask, he did try closing his eyes and blindfolding himself: neither alternative worked, and he had half his body petrified already.
  • Fight In The Nude: Not literally, he just tends to voluntarily remove his armor more often than the rest of the cast.
  • Genius Bruiser: Quite well-versed in legends and myths, pretty good at Indy Ploys, and The Lancer to Seiya's Idiot Hero.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has been blinded more than once in the series, without losing his status as one of the most capable Bronze Saints.
  • Hit Points: His back tattoo works as a life bar; the more faded it looks, the closer to death he is.
  • I Owe You My Life: Seiya saved him from dying in the beginning, so Shiryu has a huge soft spot for him.
  • Taking You with Me: To Capricorn Shura with a Dangerous Forbidden Technique. A dying Shura accepts his mistakes and saves Shiryu's life.
  • The Lancer: To Seiya.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He'll wear the same white Chinese outfit even if he strips out of them five minutes later.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: In a series full of them, his straight, jet black hair stands out pretty well, and he has the longest hair out of the five main Bronze Saints.
  • Meaningful Name: Literally meaning "Purple Dragon".
  • Mr. Fanservice: When most of his fights accompany him taking off his shirt for no other reason than proving that he can beat his opponent without his Cloth, then he definitely counts.
  • Nice Guy: Out of all five main characters, Shiryu is known as the calmest and most collected.
  • Oblivious to Love: Dohko had to spell it out for him that the reason that Shunrei doesn't want him in danger is because she loves him, and he still didn't get it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Shiryu is a noble, yet cool-headed guy most of the time. Cue his fight with Cancer Deathmask, where Deathmask senses Shunrei praying for Shiryu and tosses her into the waterfall, and Shiryu's absolutely unbridled rage that ensued.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: He's notable for regularly geysering more blood than everyone else in his team has at least once per arc (the only time it's played fairly realistic is when he tears his own wrists open so Mu can fix up his and Seiya's suits. Shiryu went into a coma, and it's stated that he teetered on the edge of death, but he miraculously came back and was ready to fight again right then and there). There's a reason he's nicknamed the "Blood Saint".
  • Power Tattoo: A dragon on his back, which grows fainter when he's near death.
    • Receives an upgrade in Next Dimension when the dragon on his back gains a gem as proof of his indomitable spirit.
  • Rapunzel Hair: His black hair reaches his knees.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Blue to Seiya, Ohko and Young Dhoko.
    • Also possibly Red to Hyoga's blue.
  • Take Up My Sword: After Capricorn Shura's death and defeat, he bestows upon Shiryu the gift of Excalibur. This would make this an almost literal case of the trope, but in Shiryu's case Excalibur is a technique.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even amongst the legendarily loyal five Bronze Saints, Shiryu stands out as the most loyal and willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. This willingness to sacrifice is the source of one of the BIGGEST Tear Jerkers in the series when Shiryu fights Perseus Algol.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: When he takes off his armor.

     Cygnus Hyoga 
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Voiced by: Koichi Hashimoto (1986-2004 JP), Hiroaki Miura (2005-Present JP), Jason Douglas (EN), Marc François (FR), Oscar Redondo (Spain), René García and Luis Daniel Ramirez (Latin American Spanish), Mark Aspiras (Tagalog), Francisco Brêtas (BR), António Semedo (PT)

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga, Hyoga participates in the Galaxian Wars because received an order from Sanctuary to assassinate the other Bronze Saints. He originally accepted this due to his hatred for the Grande Foundation, being aware that Mitsumasa Kido was his father. Since the Saints are only Mitsumasa Kido's protegés in the anime, this sub-plot isn't there. Hyoga competes with the same motivation as the other bronze saints: to win the Gold Cloth of Sagittarius.
  • An Ice Person: Hyoga is able to control and manipulate ice and snow as he pleases, as he mastered the basis of the technique of the Saints of ice, stopping the atoms of matter by the power of their cosmo.
  • Animal Motifs: Swans.
  • Badass Baritone: Especially in the original Japanese version where he has such a deep voice that is really chilling. Especially when he is curbstomping opponents.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Russian.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In the anime, Hyoga says his attacks in English, but some is in Russian in the manga.
    • Diamond Dust: His main attack. He sends bursts of cosmos into the air to cool it (and possibly to draw in air moisture) before unleashing a burst of cosmos that will assume the form of a focused hailstorm and freeze his opponent.
    • Kholodnyj Smerčh (Ice Whirl): Manga only, he throws an uppercut, blasting ice and the target upwards, freezing the opponent. It was his strongest attack prior to learning Aurora Execution and never using it again.
    • Ice Ring (Koĺtso): Hyoga creates an ice ring that surrounds and paralyzes the opponent.
    • Aurora Thunder Attack: Anime only, he fires multiple cold blasts at his opponent (Anime variation of manga's Kholodnyj Smerčh.)
    • Aurora Execution: The strongest form of Aurora Thunder Attack where the cosmos itself reaches absolute zero and is capable of freezing and killing the Gold Saint, Aquarius Camus.
    • Freezing Coffin: An ability that will freeze an opponent in an unbreakable block of ice for a hundred years unless the cosmos of the opponent or someone from the outside can match it.
    • Freezing Fists: Anime only. A technique where Hyoga would either slide or leap toward his opponent and touch their legs to freeze them in place.This move uses a lot of cosmos and leaves Hyoga open for an attack.
  • A Day in the Limelight: After the Sanctuary arc, he gets a whole adventure to himself titled "Natassia and the Land of Ice".
  • Dub Name Change: In Italy he's known as "Crystal".
  • Eyepatch of Power: Subverted. His eyepatch may look cool, but not only does he lose part of his side vision but depth perception as well. It is not worth wearing considering he has it for symbolic reasons.
  • Eye Scream: Willingly lets Isaac hit his right eye as atonement.
  • Fatal Flaw: His sentimentality. He holds great respect for his master (whichever version it may be), his friends, and especially his mother, so when any of those things are brought up in battle, he has a tendency to hesitate. It stopped him from defeating Camus and the Crystal Saint the first time, nearly got him killed in the battle when a Mariner disguises himself as Camus, and he lost an eye for it during his battle with Issac supposedly. During the later arcs, he finally gets a better handle on these emotions.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted; he's the only bronze who misses his parents... albeit, that's because he's the only who knew a parent. They're all orphans.
  • Human Popsicle: Aquarius Camus defeats him and literally creates an ice coffin for him so he can preserve Hyoga's body for years until he is ready to fight again. It takes a Golden Cloth's weapons and Shun almost dying to de-frost him and bring him back during the Sanctuary arc.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Crystal? Really?
  • Has a Type: At least in the anime, every girl/woman Cygnus Hyoga takes an interest in is blonde and blue-eyed, like his late mother to whom he is very attached.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In the first arc, he practically curbstomps most of the opponents prior to that portion of the story including Silver Saints!. Upon Camus's destruction of Natasha's ship, Hyoga gets a psychological breakdown. Moreso after he killed Camus during the 12 house battles.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He gets on the receiving end of it when Camus does it.
  • I Owe You My Life: Shun used his cosmos to warm up his body in the House of Libra. Hyoga says this pretty much word by word.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for Isaac's Eye Scream incident and presumable death.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Three times over. He kills his master Camus during the Sanctuary arc, his childhood friend Issac in Poseidon, and then his Anime-only master the Crystal Saint when Crystal Saint was brainwashed. This world just never lets up on him.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Hyoga really loves his blue shirt, jeans and brown leggings.
  • Meaningful Name: In Japanese it means 'glacier'.
  • Mommy Issues: He still misses his dead mom, very much. He can't exactly be blamed: she actually sacrificed her life for him when he was a child.
  • Obfuscating Disability: His eyepatch. Issac purposely missed and just caused some skin near it to bleed.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In the manga, the reason he showed up for the Galaxian Wars was to execute the other Bronze Saints and Saori, as they had revealed the existance of the Saints and (as far as the Sanctuary knew) were using their powers and Cloths for their own egoistic goals. The only reason he joins the group is they have to join forces to deal with Ikki, and by the time it's done the Sanctuary has already sent a squadron of Silver Saints to finish the job and kill him too for the perceived betrayal.
  • The Smart Guy: Shiryu's rival in regards to quick thinking.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: When the series began, Hyoga was depicted as cold and calculating, and he was often seen keeping distance from the other saints. During the battle with Phoenix Ikki, his tender side was revealed, and he slowly began to display his true personality.
  • Surfer Dude: In the DiC dub, and it's hilarious.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Hyoga and his mother are both Christians, and put their faith in a deity different from the show's established Greek gods.
  • The Unfettered: The entire point of Camus' training. To be cool and collected in battle, and to get rid of useless emotions, as Camus puts it. Hyoga somewhat becomes that in the Hades Chapter.
  • When He Smiles: He almost never smiles, but when either happens... boy, it's a sight to behold.

     Andromeda Shun 
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Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (1986-2004 JP), Yûta Kazuya (2005-Present JP), Chris Patton (EN), Serge Bourrier (FR), Jesús López (Spain), José Gilberto Vilchis and Alan Prieto (Latin American Spanish), Andrea De Nisco (ITA), Ulisses Bezerra (BR), Isabel Wolmar (episodes 1-73) and Marco Felgueiras (74-114) (PT)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A brunette in the manga, green-haired in the anime.
    • Given a Mythology Gag in Hades: Inferno when Shun became possessed by Hades. In the manga, it goes from Green to black only when Ikki failed to kill him. However in the anime, it immediately changed from Green to brown to show Shun was partially possessed but didn't become black until after Ikki's attempt.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the anime filler episodes and especially in the non-canon movie, where his only role is to be defeated and allow his brother to save him time after time.
  • A Friend in Need: He warmed up Hyoga in the infamous House of Libra scene. He also gave up his Silver Star Necklace from his mother to pay Charon and allow him and Seiya to cross the river.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Thunder Wave, as Shun stated, will always find its target and damages something.
  • Badass Adorable: Cutest Bronze Saint ever.
  • Badass Pacifist: Usually he'd make a point of not trying to outright hurt or kill his opponents, until he absolutely needed to. And in this story, most of the time, he absolutely needed to.
  • Barrier Sir: Shun's Training from Hell and armor are heavily based on the legend of Princess Andromeda from the myths. You can guess what role he's filled more than once during battle... Lampshaded very often when his backstory is explained and everyone wonders if Shun's destiny is to die for others like Andromeda was willing to do. And he almost does once, for his friend Hyoga.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: "You angered me, Saint. THAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST MISTAKE!" *bloodily kills Dark Andromeda*
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Extremely cute... er, good looking. One of the good guys.
  • Bishounen: Among all the prettyboys in the series, he's noted to be one of the prettier ones because of his effeminate looks.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Shun uses English for his attacks.
    • Nebula Chain: His main attack. Most of the time he just swings his fist and it will strike and wrap around his opponent.
    • Rolling Defense: This has two forms. He either spreads his chain with the circle end out in a spiral below his feet. Anything that approaches it will be immediately attacked. The other version is where his circle end goes around him in a large cylinder allowing him to use his triangle end to attack from the top.
    • Andromeda Thunder Wave: A seek and destroy version of his Nebula Chain. This move is capable of transending dimensions to find its target.
    • Nebula Stream: A technique that doesn't require his chains and the first of his unlimited cosmos attacks(attacks that the longer they are used the more they grow in strength rather than deminish over time). He causes his cosmos to swirl around and paralyze his enemy.
    • Nebula Storm: Shun's most powerful attack. A deadly version of Nebula Stream where his cosmos swirls and combines into a destructive storm.
    • Spider Net: Shun creates a literal spider net to catch things.
    • Spiral Duct: Another capture move that wraps around his opponent (a more elaborate form of Nebula Chain).
    • Casting Net: The chains weave themselves into a net and capture the opponent.
    • Boomerang Shot: The triangle end aims at the opponent, curves around and strikes from behind.
    • Wild Trap: The chains weave into a trap on the ground and then surround and clamp the opponent.
    • Great Capture: Just like Nebula Chain but wraps around large opponents.
  • Chained to a Rock: As per his representative myth, how he earned his cloth.
  • Chain Pain: The Nebula Chains.
    • Dual Wielding: one type of chain on each arm, and Shun can whip them out simultaneously to attack.
    • Empathic Weapon / Evil-Detecting Dog: It can sense and attack a source of danger long before its wielder does, sometimes against said wielder's intentions.
    • Epic Flail: One is tipped with an arrowhead-shaped dart, is meant for offense, and can track down its target to the ends of the cosmos (extending to a length of light years or retracting to a couple of feet as needed.) The other has a sphere (or an ornate ring in later arcs) at its end and is meant for defense.
    • Variable-Length Chain: Shun IS this trope. It's justified, in that his armor is mystic in nature and the chains are somewhat sentient on their own, but some of his attacks can get downright ridiculous. In the Poseidon arc his fight with Io Scylla has him create a giant web of chains to stop an attack... and still have enough to attack Scylla. When idle, the lengths of the Nebula Chain hang about 1 or 2 feet long from each of his arms. However, he can unspool them to several dozen yards in a defensive ring around himself; by his own words, the chain can extend across the entire galaxy (and across dimensions!) to strike at a foe.
      • Shun did explain during the battle against the Cerberus Saint that the length and power of the chains is directly proportional to the amount of cosmos the user possesses. Moreover, if we take into account the flashback in which his teacher lectures him and his fellow trainees about how a Saint's cosmos is limitless...well, you get the idea.
  • Expy: Inspired by Toki. This is more noticeable during the flashbacks when he and Ikki were kids.
  • The Chick: Strictly speaking, not him but his cloth is the only one that's named after a human female. That being said he's kinda effeminate, has a more merciful personality, and wears pink armor. In terms of personality he fits pretty cleanly into the trope, since he tries to find a more peaceful solution to problems (or at least the least violent one) before being forced to go through more unpleasant measures.
  • Chick Magnet: This cute boy, in his introduction, had so many screaming fangirls that Jabu couldn't help lampshading the trope all over.
  • Compressed Hair: Inverted. While Shun's normal hair length barely goes below his shoulder line, wearing his helmet causes it to basically become Rapunzel Hair.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the anime, he has both green hair and green eyes.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Nebula Storm, which Shun only executes after his personal Godzilla Threshold is crossed. Because of its extreme destructive nature, Shun will only use it as a last resort.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Lampshaded by his Master that he was hiding the fact that his cosmos had fully awakened to avoid hurting his training partners.
  • Distressed Dude: Though he's not completely incapable of fighting, Ikki routinely bails him out of tough battles. Note this becomes routine only in the Anime.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Tends to warn his enemies several times before using Nebula Storm and how powerful it can become.
  • Don't Say Such Stupid Things: From Kanon after Shun admitted he was tired of fighting and gave up.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He gets this a lot. His own older brother fell in love with a girl who was almost identical to Shun except for her gender and the color of her hair. It doesn't help that his (pink) armor, at least in the first story arc, appears to have breasts, or that one of the reasons why Esmeralda became Ikki's Morality Pet was because she looked exactly like a blonde Shun. Ikki himself told that to her face!
    Esmeralda: Ah, Ikki. Sorry...did you think I was your little brother again?
    Ikki: ...yes. You two look identical! The only differences are your hair and eye colors.
  • Fatal Flaw: His kindness and merciful nature. Because he's not completely willing to kill his opponents, they usually get a rebound and attack him while he's got them captured or on their knees. Sometimes helping out his opponent because he needs them backfires as well, since it usually just results in them attacking him. More than one villain and his own teammates have called him out on his actions over the course of the series.
  • The Fettered: Shun by virtue of his pacifist ideology would go to the point of nearly becoming a Martyr Without a Cause on several occasions. However, he twice managed to bring about a Mook–Face Turn by sheer conviction and kindness, at other times he did kill when forced to, and at times he had to be bailed out by his older brother for his pacifism. At one point he held Hades, in Demonic Possession of his body, immobile thanks to the strength of his wish that his body not be used to harm others, allowing his brother a chance to kill Hades. Surprisingly, the Aesop managed all outcomes of his behaviour in the series, never outright making him a fool for his ideals.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: With Pandora when he is possessed by Hades.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In Next Dimension, he manages to calm down the Leo Saint's giant lion. One which nearly devoured Suikyo!.
  • The Gloves Come Off: Shun will never start a fight, but when one is picked against him, he will throw a hurricane at you if needs be.
  • The Heart
  • Heartwarming Orphan: In his flashback scenes with Ikki.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: The infamous Libra Temple scene in the Sanctuary arc, anime-only. Remember when Shun gave his energy to warm Hyouga up and get him back on his feet? The anime makes it look like he was attempting an Almost Kiss.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Manga only.
  • Intimate Healing: With Hyoga, in the anime.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: What Shun tells Seiya before his fight with Aphrodite.
  • Limited Wardrobe: It figures that the most effeminate guy of the group averts this. Shun's the only one in both the anime and manga to feature a greater variety of shirts, hooded shirts, pants and gets a whole new set of duds in his evil robes while possessed. Although he does enjoy his green shirt and white suspenders.
  • MacGyvering: Shun is extremely resourceful as the wielder of one of the most versatile weapons among the ranks of Saints. His chains can form varied shapes to either attack, defend or confine.
  • Martial Pacifist: He is arguably one of the strongest characters in the series, although his gentle disposition and kind nature tend to hold him back from using his full power, until he is forced to do so.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Yeah... he'll offer enemies who are Anti Villains his life if it brings them closer to a Heel–Face Turn, but it rarely works. Usually leads to Distressed Dude above.
    • Let's not forget how he literally defrosted Hyoga the Human Popsicle... and almost kicked it.
  • Meaningful Name: Means 'an instant' as in how quickly he can change from offense to defense.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When possessed by Hades.
  • More Expendable Than You: Despite his peaceful nature he knocked out Shiryu to allow Ikki to kill him and leave everyone else alone.
  • Not Drawn to Scale: Shun got a whole lot bigger once he's possessed by Hades. Could be blamed on how crappy the animation studio was.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His cloth is the biggest, brightest neon pink in the series. Not once does anyone call it out of think of Shun as less of a man because of it, and he has plenty of chances to prove his worth, strength, and loyalty to his cause.
  • Reluctant Warrior: After four seasons and at least three movies refuses to give up on the idea of non-violently settling problems, and talking to his enemies in the hopes of reasoning with them. He has the unfortunate tendency to combine this noble character with Martyr Without a Cause and almost giving away his life on a few occasions... but when push comes to shove and the enemy proves they are a monster, he will fight and kill them if need be. To his credit, he's caused at least one Heel–Face Turn among his opponents, and held back and throttled a body stealing god through sheer love of peace.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the French dub, they thought Shun was a woman and used a female to dub his voice for the first episode. Well, goodbye Homoerotic Subtext in the Libra scene!
  • Ship Tease: With June, his sparring partner and fellow student.
  • Shower Scene: Lord, did the fangirls squee.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ikki who is rough, aloof and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Has many of the personality traits, such as his peaceful nature hiding his true strength or one of his techniques that involves setting a trap and springing when attacked.
  • Submissive Badass: He hates to fight but make no mistake. He will fight if you force him to.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Shun accepted Hades' soul so he can be killed with Hades by Athena's saints. Too bad for him, his brother Ikki can't bring himself to do it.
  • This Is Unforgivable! / You Monster!: To Lyumnades Casa, for playing with people's feelings and loved ones.
  • Training from Hell: Geographically speaking. In the manga, Tatsumi states that Andromeda Island is far worse than Death Queen Island to Ikki after he took Shun's place. Crops and people are capable of living on DQI while Andromeda Island appears lifeless. However Daidalos is a far nicer/saner Master than Guilty.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A mistake that many tend to make when they first meet him.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Somewhat. The Andromeda Cloth was tailored to fit women (it even has the mask which is customary for female Saints), but Shun's slender build allows him to wear it seamlessly. And he did earn it through his training...
  • Willfully Weak: When he showed his true power to his master he managed to break his master's SILVER CLOTH. And this is took place before the series began.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: During his fight with Pisces Aphrodite he reveals he was holding back for fear of collateral damage, and warns his foe that, without his cloth, now he only has his killing move... And willingness to use it. Aphrodite doesn't listen, and gets killed for it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair in the anime.
  • You Killed My Father: Rather, "You Killed My Master", which fuels his anger towards Pisces Aphrodite during his fight with him.

     Phoenix Ikki 
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Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (1986-2004 JP), Katsuyuki Konishi (2005-Present JP), Mike Mac Rae (EN), Henry Djanik (FR), Tasio Alonso (Spain), Marcos Patiño and Rafael Pacheco (Latin American Spanish), Tony Fuochi (ITA), Leonardo Camilo (BR), António Semedo (PT)

  • The Ace: While Ikki is officially recognized as a Bronze Saint, his base power easily places him well above most Silver Saints, and his reputation as a powerhouse is common knowledge among his peers and fellow Bronze Saints. He could easily be recognized as the strongest Bronze Saint when it comes to raw power.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Same as his brother's hair, but to dark blue.
    • His Cloth was all Orange in the Manga, while in the anime it was first white and orange, and then all blue.
  • Aloof Ally: He dislikes teamwork, he comes to battle whenever Athena's Saints need his help, and is often seen coming in the nick of time to save his younger brother and friends from certain death. This tactic has always been exploited to their advantage, since the enemies are caught by surprise upon meeting/fighting him.
  • Aloof Big Brother: An excellent example of this trope: older brother of Shun and the strongest of all the bronze saints by far. Has elements of an Ineffectual Loner in him to boot.
  • Anti-Hero: Even after his Heel–Face Turn he prefer stay alone because don't like teamwork. Howewer he comes to battle whenever Athena's Saints need his help. He has a noble, complex and mature character, who never hesitates to sacrifice himself for his friends.
  • Arc Villain: The first in the manga. In order to take revenge on Mitsumasa Kido, who had Ikki endure a living hell of rigorous training on Death Queen Island to become a Saint since an early age, he interrupts the Galaxian Wars tournament to steal the Sagittarius Gold Cloth from the Graude Foundation and challenges the other Bronze Saints to fight him and the Black Saints.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: His experience from both the orphanage and on Death Queen Island caused him to go out and try to kill all of his friends and his little brother who he swore to protect in the past.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Zigzagged. Ikki's first act upon appearing in the Galactic Wars stadium is to beat the stuffing out of his younger brother, whom he then spends the rest of the arc trying to kill along with his fellow Bronze Saints. Post Heel–Face Turn, he reverts back to the protector-mode he inhabited as a child. Admittedly, he comes to Shun's rescue only a couple of times in the manga, and a few more in the anime, but it all gets cranked up to the max in the movies, where the Reluctant Warrior younger brother getting hurt in a fight became a sure-fire way to summon Ikki from his lone wolf brooding cave, screaming bloody murder and mind rape.
  • Broken Ace: Ikki is LEAGUES over the other Bronze Saints in fighting ability, and his Phoenix Cloth guarantees that, even if defeated, he comes back stronger and more dangerous every time. However, getting that Cloth was an ordeal that scarred him for life, and even having his friends as support he still has trouble coping with friendship and companionship.
  • Calling Card: Leaves one of his phoenix feathers for his brother in Next Dimension.
  • Calling Your Attacks
    • Phoenix Illusion Demonic Fist (Phoenix/Ho-oh Genma-Ken): His signature attack. It's a thin beam of cosmo that, after piercing a victim's helmet and skull, hits the brain, bringing out his deepest fears. It traps the victim's mind in an illusion, either confusing temporarily the subject or leaving him in a catatonic state (possibly even killing him), depending on how strong the target's mind is.
    • Ascension of the Phoenix's Wings (Houyoku Tensho): An extremely strong blast of cosmo from Ikki's fist(s) that takes the form of a fiery bird.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Half of the time he appears, he'll deliver one to his opponent. Even to one of the 3 Judges of Hell.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the anime has both blue hair and eyes.
  • Death Is Cheap: When his Cloth's power is coming back from the dead, death shouldn't even be a concept to Ikki. On the few rare occassions he pulls a Taking You with Me on his enemy (in such a way that he can't come back himself), he has been resurrected or escaped death with the help of said enemy, or others still in the land of the living.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He is visibly enraged at Thanatos' killing of Pandora, and swears to take revenge in her name.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Pulls this on Shun right before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: With Esmeralda.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: ADV dub with Dante.
    • Marcos Patiño's delivery of his line in the LA dub was Very, VERY hammy.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After that his master Guilty kill his daughter Esmeralda, and even endorsed his mistake because she "had gotten too close to the training grounds." Esmeralda's death, along with Guilty's unaffected attitude, was the spark that finally drove Ikki to become deranged enough to kill his master — and obtain the Bronze Cloth of Phoenix.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After his defeat by Seiya. When the true antagonist of the story, Pope Ares, finally decided to make his presence known, Ikki found himself aligning with the bronze saints in an effort to defeat the villain. It is at this point that Ikki returns to being the compassionate older brother that Shun admired as a child.
  • Hidden Depths: Deep down he really cares for both his friends and Athena and he really wishes to protect the Earth. But his experiences at Death Queen Island left him as a very bitter and cynical individual.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much as Seiya, but when he does let his hot blood run... oh boooooy.
  • Hot Wings: Ikki almost always appears with a fiery, phoenix shaped aura. His most powerful attack always manifests as a phoenix in one shape or another.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Ikki has a scar between his eyes, earned from training at Death Queen Island from his master Guilty.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The reason he's the 1st Big Bad in the manga. Mitsumasa Kido is the father of the 100 children sent to become Saints. So he sent his own children to an almost certain death, since only 10 of them came back alive. Ikki completely snaps.
  • Guile Hero
  • Jerk Ass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Do not ever look at Shun in a bad way. To a more limited extent, to the other Saints.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Lyumnades Casa, he goes for Mind Rape and finish him with good old Curb-Stomp Battle. Lyumnades totally had it coming though.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
    • Contrary to his fellow Saints, Ikki is the first ever wearer of the Phoenix Cloth. No other person before him had been awarded the cloth.
    • Ikki is the only Saint of the five main that enters Elysium without divine protection, having been given passage due to Pandora's necklace.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Even when he was a kid, he wears nothing but a red shirt and black pants (red pants and blue shirt in the anime).
  • Manly Tears: When he realised that his brother was Hades' reincarnation.
  • Master of Illusion: Once used his Phoenix Genma-Ken, it sends various nightmare illusions directly created by the opponent's brain; he or she is trapped within an illusion that is almost indistinguishable from reality.
  • Mind Rape: His Phoenix Genma-Ken technique allows him to make their opponents to see an nightmarish illusion and destroying their minds. It is the Nightmare Fuel weaponized!
  • Not So Above It All: He is visibly disturbed when Thanatos strikes Pandora and she dies in his arms. He even heads to Elysium to take revenge in her name.
  • Not So Different: With Mime and Bud. Like Mime he was a mass of hatred, like Bud he tried to kill his brother. He uses this to great effect in both fights, using both verbal calls and his Mind Rape powers to both break them down and make them understand his POV.
  • Primary-Color Champion: The first version of the Phoenix Cloth in the anime only. Ikki's civilian clothes under the armor are blue, and the Phoenix Cloth itself in this version is (mostly) chrome red and silver (which passes off as white at a first glance), thus he looks like white, red and blue when he wears it. Notable as one of the few rare cases of a good character using this trope without being The Hero and/or The Protagonist.
    • Also in the anime, his civilian attire is a navy blue T-shirt with sleeves rolled up and red pants - lacking only the white at this point. And that would be ammended in the non-canon sequel Saint Seiya Omega, which has him wearing white bandages on his arms in addition to the aforementioned blue T-shirt and red pants.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Ikki is connected to his Cloth and constellation in more ways than one. The Phoenix Cloth has the uncanny ability to reform from atoms if pulverized—an ability that not even Gold Cloths have. Ikki himself can never truly die for good; while he can be killed, the constellation of the Phoenix grants him the power of resurrection.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: To Lyumnades Kassa, for trampling his brother Shun's feelings, along with Seiya's and Hyoga's. Cue Mind Rape.
  • Ship Tease: With Pandora in the Wall of Grief. She tells him about her Dark and Troubled Past and helps him to get to Elysium. He sympathizes with her and swears to avenge her.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Shun that is gentle, Martial Pacifist and selfless while Ikki is a loner, cold and harsh. When he first appears in the manga, fellow Wolf Nachi points out that it is hard to believe Ikki and Shun are related due to the differences in their personalities.
  • So Proud of You: To Shun, when learned that Shun accepted Hades' soul so he can give an opening for the saints to kill him and Hades.
  • Taking You with Me: To Virgo Shaka. After awakening his Seventh Sense by pulling a Batman Gambit on Shaka, Ikki manages to send both Shaka and himself to another dimension. Both Saints are later brought back with the help of Aries Mu.
  • Teach Him Anger: And boy. Did it get results.
  • Training from Hell: Deconstructed and Reconstructed.
  • Terror Anti-Hero: Can go from Type 2 to Type 5.
  • The Unfettered: To further emphasize how different he is from his brother. While Shun is willing to spare the life from his opponent's and tries to make them change their mind, Ikki has no such qualms and doesn't question himself. If he faces an enemy, he WILL end them.
  • Warrior Therapist: Especially in the Asgard Saga to Mime and Alcor.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Like Seiya, Ikki has an incredibly small pool of special attacks - two. Again like Seiya and taking into account Ikki's sheer raw power, two special moves are all he ever needs.
  • Would Hit a Girl: During his clash with Pandora, he stating that, unlike his fellow, has no problem attacking a woman if this is his enemy.
  • Unflinching Walk: Usually before kicking some ass or after his Dynamic Entry.
  • Unexplained Recovery / Death Is Cheap: Just like his namesake, he will not stay dead, and routinely claws his way out of hell. However, this didn't do him much good when Virgo Shaka sent him to heaven.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair in the anime.

     Minor Bronze Saints 

Unicorn Jabu

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Voiced by: Yuuichi Meguro (1986-1989 JP), Hideo Ishikawa (2005 JP), Vic Mignogna (EN), Marc François and Serge Bourrier (FR), José Núñez and Luis Manuel Martín Díaz (Spain), Javier Rivero and Daniel Abundis (Latin America), Marcelo Campos (BR)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Actually had black hair in the manga, but the anime changes it to blonde.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Saori, and way more explicit than Seiya too.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Unicorn Gallop!: The user launches a hundred kicks on his opponent.
  • Can't Catch Up: Starts off as Seiya's rival but by the Twelve Houses Battles, Seiya has upgraded his Cloth twice, wore the Cloth of Sagittarius and reaches his seventh sense while Jabu only earned one move. By Hades, they aren't even comparable anymore, though he's still plenty powerful in his own right.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Seemed like he was going to be rival to Seiya, but after the tournament, he only appears when he's needed.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Saori, especially during their childhood, when she was a Jerkass but he didn't care.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He not only protected Saori when she was unconscious, but was the Barrier Maiden for Seika when she was being attacked by Thanatos.
  • Palette Swap: Without his bronze clothes he's basically a blond/black haired Seiya.
  • The Rival: In the start, to Seiya.
  • Visual Innuendo: The horn on his head, he's purple with metal Underwear of Power.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Sorta, to Saori.
  • Unicorn: Jabu's total submission to Saori in spite of her childhood bullying is parallel to her being the virgin-maiden taming the unicorn.

Hydra Ichi

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Voiced by: Masato Hirano and Masaya Onosaka (JP), John Swasey (EN), Cesar Arias and Saul Alvar (Latin American Spanish), António Semedo (PT) and Carlos Silveira (BR)


Wolf Nachi

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Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka and Issei Kojima (JP), Fabián Mejía, Fernando Manzano, and Roberto Mendiola (Latin America), Júlio Martín (PT)


Lionet Ban

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Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (JP), Naoki Imamura (JP, Hades)


Bear Geki

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Voiced by: Yuuji Mikimoto (JP), Kohei Fukuhara (JP, Hades), Carlos del Campo (Latin America)


Chameleon June

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Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (JP), Laura Torres (Latin America)

  • Action Girl: She starts off by fighting Shun to keep him from leaving and in the anime, in the flashback, confronted Milo when he first comes to Andromeda Island despite him being a Gold Saint.
  • Animal Motifs: Chameleon.
  • Brother Chuck: The first time we see her, she fights Shun and loses. The second and last time (in the anime) she is in bed, talking to Marin. She hasn't appeared or been mentioned since.
  • Chickification: In the anime, one kick to the face later, she is reduced to a Damsel in Distress.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Tries to reason with Shun to stay away from Sanctuary before attempting to whip him to prevent him from leaving.
  • Leotard of Power: Her outfit on Andromeda Island.


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