Characters: Saint Seiya Gods

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), Maria Fernanda Morales (Latin America)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is light brown in the original manga, the anime changed it to purple
  • Barrier Maiden: She frequently stood in this position. Notably 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 willing 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.
  • Big Good
  • Damsel in Distress: Often her role in the story is be kidnapped or offers herself as a hostage to save her friends (again).
  • 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.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her dress before the Asgard arc.
  • God in Human Form: Unlike Poseidon or Hades, who posseses the bodies of humans, Athena descends from heaven in a human body in order to be raised amond them as a sign of her love for humanity.
  • The Heart: The guiding light of the bronze saints.
  • Healing Hands: Extremely good at healing.
  • Lady and Knight: With the five Saints. However, Seiya was 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. She has a jockey outfit in one of the movies.
  • 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 rather mentally strong.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has very long hair.
  • Say My Name: By the Bronze Saints, specially Seiya. A lot.
  • Ship Tease: With Seiya. When he save her (from Crovus Jamian) and is unconscious, she tried to kissing him!.
  • Spoiled Brat: As a child, she was rather mean (and sometimes kinda cruel) to the Bronze Saints. She got over it.
    • Spoiled Sweet: What she became after that and she feels very ashamed to 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. Somewhat 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.



  • All Crimes Are Equal: He judges humans for killing animals and plants, even though humans needs them in order to feed. While fighting Saori in her God Cloth, he essensially describes living as humanity's sin.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Of the Hades Arc.
  • 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.
  • 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: Of the For the Evulz variety.
  • 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 God Cloth, which resembles an angel, something the Devil was originally as Lucifer.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Not him, but the his Spectre's soul are sealed by Athena at the end of first 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.



Voiced By: Issei Futamata (JP)