Characters: Saint Seiya Gold Saints

Aries Shion

Aries Mu

Voiced By: Kaneto Shiozawa and Takumi Yamazaki (JP)

Taurus Aldebaran

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the manga.
  • Animal Motifs: The Bull
  • Badass Armfold: Look at the Pic!
  • The Big Guy
  • Big Ol' Unibrow
  • But Not Too Black: In the anime.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Great Horn: Consists on breaking his defensive posture and sends two waves of massive cosmo toward his enemy.
  • Defiant to the End
  • Emotional Bruiser
  • Gentle Giant
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Against Seiya, Syd and Bud, Sorrento and his killer, Deep Niobe, essentially against everyone he ever fought. Though very much downplayed (see Worf Effect below).
  • Nice Guy: When off-duty.
  • Overranked Soldier: Earned his Gold Cloth at age seven.
  • Stellar Name: Aldebaran is one of the stars in the constellation of Taurus.
  • The Toblerone
  • The Worf Effect: Played straight..... Or so it seems. After being first introduced, the poor guy was used as a benchmark for the strength and threat of the Asgard warriors in the Asgard arc and Spectres (Hades arc). However it is averted when its revealed Syd did not land a single blow on Aldebaran and it took a sucker punch from Syd to KO the Taurus Saint, Sorrento and Niobe used hax spells to weaken Aldebaran stealthily before taking him headon. Sorrento admits that Aldebaran is so strong that had he fought Sorrento before he cast his weakening spell, Aldebaran would have won. Deep Niobe was quite pathetic in that despite killing Aldebaran, Aldebaran executed a final counterattack that KILLED NIOBE and was so powerful Niobe didn't even realize he was already dead.
  • You Shall Not Pass

Gemini Kanon

  • BADASS: He is nearly as powerful as Saga. After his Heel-Face Turn and becoming the Gemini Saint, in the Hades Arc he singlehandedly kills more Specters than half the Gold Saints combined. Only Shaka and Dohko can compare in kill counts. He even has the honor of being the only Gold Saint to kill a Judge in the classic series.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He's blonde in the manga.
  • Cain and Abel
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger
  • Genius Bruiser: He is responsible for most of the conflicts within the classic series. He manipulated Poseidon into doing his bidding, awakened the evil in Saga's heart and drove him into insanity, and ALMOST SUCCEEDED in gaining world domination until he made the fatal error of underestimating the main Bronzies.
  • Must Make Amends: In the Hades Saga. After being banished, he returned to try and help defend Sanctuary for his Brother and Athena.
  • Reformed, but Rejected
  • Space Master
  • Taking You with Me: To Radamanthys.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Gemini Saga

Cancer Deathmask

Leo Aioria/Aiolia

Voiced By: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP)

Virgo Shaka

Voiced By: Yuji Mitsuya (JP)

  • Anti-Hero: Type IV
  • Adaptation Distillation: Due to an erased scene of his first meeting with Ikki and other adjustments to fit this change, Shaka became a big arrogant jerk in The Sanctuary Arc. The anime scriptwriters seem to have a grudge against Shaka or something, such as creating an episode where Shaka send his disciples to kill Ikki, not to mention cheating in that fight by helping his disciples when it's already a 2 against 1 fight. Thus this anime only event didn't help Shaka's image the slightest. This caused some fans who only watch anime wonder why Shaka seems to behave differently in Hades arc, as this arc followed Shaka's characterization from the manga closer.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Adverted. Shaka is indeed the only blond Gold saints who is saved from hair dye, and due to his Eyes Always Shut it's not immediately obvious that he has green eyes in the manga, therefore Shaka still got an eye dye, so to speak, since his eyes were blue in the original TV series.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He takes out each of the Bronze Saints and then goes on to explain how his attack would kill them if he chose to go any further with it.
  • Badass: The most powerful of the Gold Saints and also the most badass. In the Hades Saga he takes on Shura, Camus and Saga at the same time and wins EASILY. But because of his and Athena´s plan, he had to let them win though.
  • Calling Your Attacks
    • Hāṃ (Kān): A defensive technique that creates a barrier that encircles Shaka's body
    • Rikudō Rinne (Transmigration to the Six Path or Six Saṃsāra): Which Shaka uses to send his opponent to one of the six Dharma's rebirth realms which are: Gakikai (the realm of the preta), Jinkai (the realm of humans), Jigokukai (the realm of hell), Chikushōkai (the realm of beasts), Shurakai (the realm of the warring Asura) and finally Tenkai (the realm of heaven)
    • Tenma Kōfuku (Demon Pacifier): Wich expands his cosmos as a huge blast.
    • Tenkūhaja Chimimōryō (Heaven Supremacy on Evil Spirits of Rivers and Mountains) in which Shaka summons minor spirits and sends them against his enemies.
    • Tenbu Hōrin (Treasures of Heavens), Shaka's most powerful attack. Is an offensive and defensive combined technique. Not only traps and defangs Shaka's victims, it also wipes out their five senses named as "Remove of the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th sense" (Dai Ikkan/Nikan/Sankan/Yonkan/Gokan Hakudatsu). Essentially reduces Shaka's victims to living corpses by stopping the main functions of the brain that allows the body to think, also called the 6th sense.
  • Disability Superpower: Inverted. He keeps his eyes closed to concentrate on limiting his power, and besides everyone knows he isn't blind anyway.
  • Dissonant Serenity: AND HOW. He's calm, soft-spoken, and utterly ruthless when fighting.
  • The Dreaded: Heroes and villains alike have a healthy dose of fear for what Shaka is capable of.
    • To put this into perspective, even Hades had an Oh, Crap moment when Shaka prepared to deal with him.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Just don't tell him that.
    • It's mostly the long hair and how having his Eyes Always Shut make his lashes look longer than they really are. so yeah, he looks kinda feminine, but not to Aphrodite levels.
    • He is the Virgo Saint for crying out loud, and his temple called Temple of Maiden.
    • Some of his fans nickname him barbie in their fanfics, and believe me if you can read spanish or portuguese fanfics you will find quite a lot that mention he looks like Barbie.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers
  • Eyes Always Shut: And sweet merciful Athena, DON'T MAKE HIM OPEN THEM.
  • Facial Markings: A tilaka on his forehead.
  • Guile Hero: Isn't above manipulating his friends, fellow Saints and disciples as much as he manipulates his rivals.
  • Evil Counterpart : To Shun. Both have "female" clothes and both are reincarnations of gods
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Phoenix Ikki takes advantage of being hit by Shaka's Tenbu Hōrin, and with the removal of all his senses, he manages to work on his 7th sense and up-end Shaka in their fight.
  • Honor Before Reason: Shaka at the first glance is nothing like Shun, especially if you only watch the anime. But he somehow can fit in this category because ha CAN do it smartly and deal with the after effect.Other characters in the manga say of Shaka, “although he is like a God, he still has a weakness. He is too compassionate.”and if any Saint Seiya's fans out there hear the latter part they would think it refer to Shun.
    • He might be not as merciful as Shun but of all gold saints he is the only one who ever bother to refuse a fight and never got bored of keep giving his enemies or opponents a chance to leave first. In manga he refusef Ikki's challenge in Death Queen Island, knocked the light out of him after warned him to not let the evil around him take control of his soul,and will kill Ikki only if he come before Shaka as enemy. When Shaka confronted Aiolia in Pope's chamber, he told Aiolia to the the HELL out (which actually was a good advice, but Aiolia was so pumped up that he didn't listen). Shaka openly ignored the Bronze saints who invade his temple, and attacked after Seiya attacked him first. He also gave Ikki a chance to give up the fight unharmed, though he didn't ask it nicely. In Hades arc Shaka fully intended to kill all Specters that left when they entered his temple, but strangely later he told them to leave and killed them after they tried to attack him.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: For a few minutes, after receiving the Athena's exclamation. He manages to send a message to Athena and then search for a nice dying place under the trees.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Master of Illusion
  • Meaningful Name: The historical Buddha was called “Sakyamuni”, meaning “sage of the Sakya clan”. The Japanese transliteration of “Sakya” is “Shaka”.
  • Meditation Powerup: The Trope Image
  • Mind Rape: So good at it that he is only one who can mind rape Ikki.
  • Overranked Soldier: Gold Saint at seven years old.
  • Physical God: Because he is...
  • Reincarnation: Of a Buddha. Not the Buddha, but a Buddha, since when a person becomes enlightened, his consciousness escapes the cycle of reincarnation. The dub changes this to him being the Buddha, which results in him talking to Siddhartha Gautama as a kid while in Hades.
  • Suicide by Cop: To trigger his...
  • Thanatos Gambit: In the Hades arc.
  • Tranquil Fury: In the few times he gets pissed.
  • Undeath Always Ends: What he does to any specter that crosses his path and IT IS AWESOME!
  • What Is Evil?: His "many justices exist" speech has undertones of this.

Old Dohko/ Dohko in his youth and during the Hades Saga.

Libra Dohko

Scorpio Milo

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the manga.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpion
  • Calling Your Attacks
    • Restriction: Milo uses his Cosmo energy to stop the movements of his opponents.
    • Scarlet Needle/Scarlet Stinger (US dub): Milo launches a crimson needle to 14 parts of the body to poison opponents, make them bleed, and scream in pain, losing their 5 senses in the process. The attack is impossible to divert or defend against. Each needle represents one of the stars of the Scorpio constellation. He can shoot however many needles he wants at the same time up to 14 and even in multiple targets. The holes of the needles draw a miniature of the Scorpio constellation on the body of the victim.
    • Scarlet Needle Antares: The final attack of the Scarlet Needle and the main point of Scorpio. If the rival has not yet been defeated after 14 Scarlet Needles, Milo uses Antares. Whoever receives 14 Scarlet Needles and Antares will die.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: One of the few characters in shonen that can gloat about changing sides after defeating the heroes and not after being defeated.
  • Finishing Move: Antares.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In the Hades Sanctuary OVA when he tested the loyalty of Kanon.
  • Heel Realization: Upon seeing Hyoga's determination.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Camus
  • Kick the Dog: What he did in Andromeda Island, in the anime.
    • Would Hurt a Child (anime only): Most of the trainees that were killed on the island were children.
  • Knight Templar
  • Overranked Soldier: Earned his Gold Cloth at age seven.
  • Last Stand: Against Radamanthys at Hades' castle.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Camus Blue.
  • Right Makes Might: Averted. He actually BEATS Hyoga, but lets him pass because Milo realizes at the end of the fight that Hyoga was fighting on a level higher than him and the only reason he won was his Gold Cloth.
  • Secret Keeper: In the anime, he knew his old friend Aquarius Camus's real motivations and fought Hyoga because of this.
  • Slasher Smile
  • Speed Blitz: Milo's demonstration to Seiya and Shiryu about how the Light Speed of Gold Saints is more advanced than the Bronze Saints' Mach 1.
  • To the Pain: His techniques can inflict lots of suffering and pain on his rivals.
    • Case in Point, it only took a single needle to leave Seiya and Shiryu almost agonizing in pain. Hyoga took several of these, and was one needle away from dying.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Sagittarius Aiolos

Voiced By: Yusaku Yara (JP)

Capricorn Shura

Voiced by: Kōji Totani(1986-2004 JP), Takeshi Kusao (2005 JP)

Aquarius Camus

Voiced By: Rokurō Naya (1986-2004 JP), Nobutoshi Canna (2005 JP)

Pisces Aphrodite

Voiced By: Keiichi Nanba