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Saori Kido - Athena
Voiced By: Keiko Han (1986-2004) (JP), Fumiko Orikasa (2005-2011) (JP), Shoko Nakagawa (2012-present) (JP), Allison Sumrall (EN), Virginie Ledieu (FR), Marķa Fernanda Morales (Latin America)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is light brown in the original manga, the anime changed it to purple
- A Friend in Need: Next Dimension start with she intends to save Seiya for all of what he did for her.
- Asleep for Days: She sometimes pulls this. The most notorious instance taking place as she keeps herself in a sort-of sleeping state after being severely wounded in the Sanctuary arc.
- Barrier Maiden: She frequently stood in this position. In the Asgard (anime only) and Poseidon arcs, she uses her goddess' powers to delay Princess Hilda and Poseidon from flooding the planet and killing humanity. The effort was usually such a strain on her that it was a race against the clock for the saints to battle their enemies before time ran out and Saori died.
- Batman Gambit: In the manga, at the end of the Hades Saga, Hades revealed that Athena willingly allowed Hypnos to put her into the jar in order to make him confident enough to come out of his tomb. The one thing she didn't bank on was Hades still being able to take her on. Luckily, Seiya was there.
- Benevolent Boss: She does whatever she can to support her saints in both battle and otherwise (such as subtly suggesting that Seiya spend some alone time with Miho in the Sanctuary arc). She also considers the loss of any of them to be more painful than an arrow through her heart, and this is Not Hyperbole, because at the time there really was an arrow going through her heart.
- Big Good: Athena is the goddess of wisdom, defensive war, strategy, justice and hope. According to the Hyper-Myth, she's the goddess who inherits the control over the Earth from Zeus (her real father) . Athena reincarnates once every 200 years, to prevent evil dominating the world and is the symbol of justice for all Saints.
- Characterization Marches On: In the beginning, Saori was a selfish girl and frequently kind of a jerk to the other Saints, quite pointedly telling the five Bronzes that they needed to keep serving her as her entourage even though they wanted no part in it (at first). It's a little jarring to see that Sanctuary arc on, she's one of the most noble and good characters in the series.
- Courtly Love: It's heavily implied that she and Seiya are in love with each other, but have resigned themselves to their respective roles.
- Damsel in Distress: Often her role in the story is be kidnapped or offers herself as a hostage to save her friends (again).
- De-Power In Next Dimension she gets turned into a baby, lose the God Cloth and becomes completely defenseless against her enemies, requiring help from Virgo Shijima to stay alive. She does age a little bit e takes some levels in badass later.
- Dub Name Change:
- Princess Sienna in the Knights of the Zodiac dub and American translation of the manga.
- Known as "Lady Isabel" in the Italian Dub.
- Expy: If Seiya is inspired by Joe Yabuki, Saori would be Yaouko Shiraki.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her dress before the Asgard arc.
- God in Human Form: Unlike Poseidon or Hades, who possess the bodies of humans, Athena descends from heaven in a human body in order to be raised among them as a sign of her love for humanity. The manga made her aware of this, but in the anime she was just as surprised by that revelation as the Bronze Saints were.
- The Heart: The guiding light of the bronze saints.
- Important Hair Cut: She used her hair to barter with Hecate in Next Dimension.
- Healing Hands: Extremely good at healing.
- Lady and Knight: She is a benevolent and compassionate Bright Lady with five White Knights in the Bronze Saints. However, Seiya is the most vehement in his devotion to her and had the most Bodyguard Crush ovetones as well, while the others's bonds to her were more platonic/brotherly than anything. The saints were actually named "knights" in a lot of Westerner dubbing.
- Lady of War: See the armor on the right? When Saori is finally able to activate its power at great risk of her own life, she becomes one of these.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- Behold, the richest girl in the world only has two dresses, her white dress and her business attire. As the series continues, she shows other outfits but it's still pretty limited.
- There's a a jockey outfit in one of the movies.
- In the Legend of Sanctuary game, Saori is seen wearing a schoolgirl◊ uniform.◊
- In the Saintia Sho Spin-Off manga, Saori◊ is seen in a Sailor Fuku.
- In Omega, she wears a princessy but simpler white gown.◊
- Living MacGuffin
- Martyr Without a Cause: Averted. She puts her life at risk because it'll buy the Bronze Saints time to pull off their mission.
- The Ojou: And even referred to as "ojousama" ("milady") by Tatsumi. The Bronzies are more informal and call her "Saori-san" ("miss Saori").
- Plucky Girl: For all of her physical weakness, the kid is mentally strong.
- Purple Is Powerful: A literal goddess with long, flowing purple hair.
- Rapunzel Hair: Has very long purple hair befitting a lady of her standing.
- Say My Name: By the Bronze Saints, specially Seiya.Seiya: SAOOOOOOOOORI SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!
- Ship Tease: With Seiya. When he saved her from Corvus Jamian and became unconscious, she tried to kiss him!
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Artemis.
- Spoiled Brat: As a child, she was rather mean (and sometimes kinda cruel) to the Bronze Saints and treated them like slaves. Then her grandfather gather her a stern lecture about not abusing her authority, and she grew out of it.
- Spoiled Sweet: When she turned thirteen, having learned the truth about her origins from her dying grandfather, Saori had already matured, renouncing her spoiled lifestyle and facing both her duty as the Kido heiress and the crisis in Sanctuary with the support of the children who by then had become Saints. She feels very ashamed to about her former behavior.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Amazing at how many powers she has but yet always needs to be rescued all the time. It's more understandable when we see that, unlike the Saints, she has not been specifically trained to fight.
- Team Mom: She mothers guys older than she is.
- White Magician Girl
- Woman in White: The goddess girl wears a white gown.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair in the anime.
- Younger than She Looks: She's thirteen at the start of the series.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's blonde in the manga.
- Big Bad: In his own arc.
- Big Damn Villains: He helps Athena in the Hades arc, because otherwise he couldn't conquer the world.
- Blade on a Stick: His spiffy trident. He can launch powerful cosmic blasts from it.
- Enemy Mine: He sends five Gold Cloth through the hyperdimension until Elysium for the Bronze Saints, beause if the world is taken by Hades, he won't be able to conquer it.
- Evil Counterpart: To Saori Kido/Athena.
- The Evil Prince
- Lazy Bum: In the manga, when he first awakens, he scolds Kanon for waking him up and plans to go back to sleep for a few hundred more years. Only when he realizes Hades is also awakening and he may permanently lose the chance to take over the world does he possess Julian.
- Making a Splash: As God of the Sea he controls all of the oceans in the world to its will and rain, causing widespread flooding.
- Powers via Possession: Julian gains godly Cosmos thanks to Poseidon using him as a vessel. Bonus points for being very powerful while Poseidon was not yet fully awakened.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed in a jar. Again after his defeat.
- Soul Jar: He's got Princely Young Man Julian Solo as one.
- We Can Rule Together: To Athena. She refuses and is trapped in a Bottomless Pit.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In the manga, according to him, when he awakened during the last Holy War, he went back to sleep once he realized Athena was already gearing up to fight someone else (Hades).
- Sheltered Aristocrat
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Poseidon thought humans were destroying the planet and wanted to flood the world to start it over right.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And of the same shade as Aphrodite too. (And the same VA to boot !)
- Affably Evil: He's quite restrained and polite most of the time, offering his enemies several chances to leave peacefully and await the coming doom quietly. True to his inspiration, he's also fond of music.
- All Crimes Are Equal: He judges humans for killing animals and plants, even though humans need them in order to feed. While fighting Saori in her God Cloth, he essensially describes living as humanity's sin.
- Arch-Enemy: To Athena.
- Back from the Dead: He is the one who granted Shion, Aphrodite, Shura, Camus, Deathmask, and Saga twelve hours of life in order to take Athena's head. The fallen Silvers were also granted this in the anime only.
- Benevolent Boss: Surprisingly.
- Big Bad: Of the Hades Arc.
- Bishōnen: His true body, of which he was so protective he locked it in Elysium, planning to don it only when there was no threat to it in the world. Even Seiya is somewhat mesmerized by it and comments on Hades' sad, but beautiful eyes.
- Cool Sword: His sword is made of hate itself and in Next Dimension, it's invisible and has residual effects on Seiya's body.
- Demonic Possession: Every 200 years or so, Hades' soul posseses the body of the purest human; maybe for the sadistic and delicious irony of making goodness the way of his reincarnation.
- Dull Surprise: When possessing Shun, he displays very little in the way of expression. Averted in his true body, in which he is openly wrathful.
- Eldritch Abomination: His soul.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: According to Athena, since he doesn't understand The Power of Love. For him love is a useless thing, created by humans and in which no one believes.
- Everybody Hates Hades: And with good reason.
- Greater Scope Villain: Could be considered this, since he and Athena are destined to fight, being the reason for the creation of the Saints, and everything related to the series.
- Humanoid Abomination
- Omnicidal Maniac: He seeks to annihilate the human race, as he holds humans responsible for the defilement and destruction they bring not only to their world, but several others. He also feels personally wronged by humanity's arrogance in daring to wage war on the gods.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Every time he used his power while Shun was possessed.
- Satanic Archetype: There is an implication that Hades is symbolic of Satan. In Dante's The Divine Comedy (which heavily influenced the Underworld of Saint Seiya), Hades's palace is located in the exact area where the Devil in Dante's work was imprisoned. Also, Hades's palace contains a gateway out of the Underworld (in the Divine Comedy, the narrator and his guide escape Hell by climbing down Satan's body and emerging back on Earth). This is furthermore supported by his Surplice, which resembles an angel, something the Devil was originally as Lucifer.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Not him, but the his Spectres' souls are sealed by Athena at the end of the previous war.
- Shoulders of Doom: When Shun is possessed by Hades, part of his black robes included gold shoulders of doom.
- Tall Darkand Handsome: Kurumada choose to represent him as a man with long hair and blue eyes and blacks as deep as two lakes; although in the first tables of "Next Dimension" (published entirely in color) Hades has yellow eyes and pale skin.
- Visionary Villain: Being the Lord of the Underworld, he wishes to kill all of the living by possessing Shun, moving the moon and blocking out the sun. After that, he will take his perfectly preserved body from Elysium and use it to rule over everyone.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: His eyes are described as "beautiful, deep ponds of clear water", and even his hosts are sometimes mentioned to have beautiful eyes because of their pure souls.
Thanatos and Hypnos
- Adaptational Badass: In Greek Mythology, Thanatos is a minor God. Here, he easily destroys the Gold Cloths; something that had never happened in all the millennia the Cloths had existed.
- Creepy Twins: With Hypnos.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has both eyes and hair silver-grey.
- Deal with the Devil: Along with Hypnos, offered Pandora a right hand seat at Hades' side if she served him.
- Enemies with Death: To Seiya. He tried to kill his long lost but recently found older sister out of spite. Which didn't prove to be such a good idea.
- Grey Eyes
- Man in White: Fitting considering the associations of white with death in Japan. Even his darker armours contain distinct silver tones.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Completely lost his shit when Seiya managed to bruise two of his fingers.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: From Greek Mythology, the personification of Death.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Hypnos' blue.
- Villains Out Shopping: He's introduced playing the harp to some nymphs in Elysion.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Silver hair more precisally.
Voiced By: Issei Futamata (JP)
- Creepy Twins: With Thanatos.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has both eyes and hair yellow.
- Martial Pacifist: He hates fighting, conflict and destruction, and yes, even death (though he doesn't seem to begrudge his brother). He'd much rather send enemies into a Convenient Coma.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Thanatos' red.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: From Greek mythology, the personification of Sleep.
See Next Dimension page.
See Next Dimension page.