Voiced by:Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Caio Guarnieri (Brazilian), Daniel Lacy (Latin America), Maxime Baudoin (France)
The protagonist and Seiya's heir to the Pegasus Cloth. As an infant he was raised by Saori/Athena in the Sanctuary, then outside after Mars attacked for the first time. As he grew he undergoes training under Ophiuchus Shaina, although the secrecy surrounding his circumstances causes him to have misgivings about this. However, when Mars attacks again and captures Saori, he learns the truth and finally embraces his destiny to become the newest Pegasus Saint.Later on it's revealed that as an infant he and Aria were caught in the crossfire of the first war between Mars and Athena. It was then that Medea summoned the Erebus comet. Saori attempted to defend them, and when Koga was being infected with the comet's darkness cosmo, she leapt to his aid and wound up giving Aria a powerful light cosmo in the process. As Aria was taken by Mars to act as Athena's replacement in his plans for a new world, she took Koga in and sealed his darkness away with her light. Aware of how Athena was raising a child with an incredible darkness cosmo hidden within himself, Medea would later revise her plans in order to have Koga serve as the vessel for Abzu, the god of darkness. Koga manages to defeat Abzu and rescue Athena. He nearly sacrifices his life in the battle, but Aria's spirit manages to save him at the last moment. Koga then returns the Sagittarius cloth to Seiya and enjoys a year of peace.
All Your Powers Combined: Athena, the Gold Saints, the Legendary Saints, and his friends bestow their cosmo on him to strengthen him enough to move and destroy the frozen gate.
Blood Knight: Both subverted and played straight. He was afraid of becoming this at the start of Episode 52 (Season 2) due to the fear of losing to his darkness cosmo again and giving in to the destructive impulses. Bonus points for him remembering the feeling of hurting his friends whenever he was possessed by Abzu. He gets over that fear quickly since he remembers that he fights to protect, not destroy.
And it's implied that he enjoys fighting to some extent since he continued to train a year after Season 1 and says that his fists "start to itch" whenever he doesn't use them. Even his fight with Tarvos shows Kouga enjoying himself and throwing witty remarks against his opponent.
Dark Is Not Evil: Episode 26 reveals that his true element was actually darkness.
Played With: Giving in to his true element makes him go berserk.
Demonic Possession: He's eventually forced to become the vessel for Abzu, the god of darkness.
Determinator: Just like his predecessor. This, and being MadeOfIron is how he got through the House of Taurus.
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He kills Abzu, the god of darkness and creator of the world. This nets him the well-desserved title of God Slayer. He's more notable than other similar cases from the Saint Seiya universe in that he's the first to kill a god singlehandedly, without the help of several other Saints (at least beyond the Combined Energy Attack kind) or having Athena deliver the finishing blow.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: Completely logical and justified given the setting and situation. When Abzu is expelled from Koga's body, Abzu still manages to pull Athena into his darkness. At the time, Koga was the only person present not infected with the corruption that prevents people from burning their cosmo, so Seiya gives him the Sagittarius cloth and tells him to go defeat Abzu.
Failure Knight: He fails at protecting Saori/Athena and then becomes a saint in order to find her. He then meets Aria, who he swears to protect, and then in episode 20 he fails at that as well.
Go Karting with Bowser: He spends half of episode 68 running around Palasvelda with Pallas, thinking that she was an innocent civilian caught in the crossfire of the war between Pallas and Athena.
Happily Adopted: Is very comfortable with growing up under Saori, openly stating that he was only taking his training in order to one day be strong enough to protect her.
Hurting Hero: Almost confirmed to have memories of what Abzu did when in control of his body, and heavily implied to hate himself for allowing it to happen.
How Do I Shot Web?: Because of not training with using Cosmo while under Shaina, he has to learn the basics of using it, as well as his cloth, as the story goes on.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Kouga has a lot of misgivings about his training due to the secrecy surrounding it, such as Saori's true identity and Mars' past attack, as well as his belief that he shouldn't work for something he knows nothing about. But when Mars kidnaps Saori and he learns of her identity, he gains the proper motivation to become a Saint.
The Immune: His darkness cosmo makes him immune to the darkness curse that slowly kills those who burn their cosmo.
I Will Find You: To Saori/Athena, it's his main reason for becoming a Saint.
He finds her around episode 48, and finally rescues her in episode 51.
Idiot Hero: Not completely stupid, but tends to act before thinking quite a bit.
Case in point: He always loses at Rock-Paper-Scissors because he chooses good ol' Rock every single time. After a while, Souma and Yuna begin to wonder when he is going to realize it.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Called out by Yuna in Episode 3. "The Pegasus personality is self-centered, short-tempered, strong-willed and ambitious. The Pegasus is short-tempered, but also supposedly honest and polite."
Note that a) she didn't know Koga all that long when making that analysis, and b) Seiya started out that way in the original series. Being the kind of astrologer she is, Yuna clearly was saying Koga's destined to be this trope by nature of his status as Pegasus.
Leeroy Jenkins: A major problem. By Episode 10, even Souma is starting to object, and the team is starting to recognize the importance of assigning a babysitter to keep him under control.
In Season 2, he seems to be more calmer and less reckless.
Made of Iron: Even by Saint standards, Kouga is astonishingly tough, even tanking an Ultimate Attack from Souma without lasting damage. This actually becomes part of his battle strategy, learning about an enemy's moves by letting them hit him with them repeatedly.
One-Hit Kill: He can use his darkness cosmos to inflict this on certain foes. Such as Bacchus.
It's also how he takes out Amor.
Parental Abandonment: He is raised by Saori/Athena and nothing is known about his parentage... yet. It's eventually revealed that his parents died protecting him and his twin sister Aria, when their hometown was destroyed by the dark meteor.
Super-Powered Evil Side: His Darkness Cosmo is a variant. It's massively powerful, but it's very easy for him to lose control when using it and draw on too much, turning him into a mindless font of raw destructive energy.
10-Minute Retirement: After killing Abzu and the subsequent conclusion of the war against Mars, he briefly loses his motivation to fight. This lasts for about an episode.
In episode 50 Seiya lends him the Sagittarius cloth.
Note that this isn't particularly badass in and of itself considering we've already seen people be handed gold cloths and prove incapable of handling it. However, it's the fact that Seiya knows Koga can handle it, having just helped Koga fight back against a God of Evil's Demonic Possession, as well as Koga proving him right by going into Abzu's domain, withstanding Abzu's beatdown long and hard enough to be able to get an energy feed from the others, then stomping Abzu into the ground, that's truly the awesome bit here.
A laid-back guy and Kouga's best friend. When they first met, he tested Kouga's strength and was disappointed that he was lacking, but after a small talk about the basics of cosmo energy and a sudden attack from a Martian, both Bronze Saints worked together to fight the enemy, further strengthening their bonds.
Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a competent Bronze Saint, but when you're in the same team as two top-of-the-class geniuses, a prodigy with a rare element and near-limitless potential, and the Ninja Saint, 'competent' doesn't quite cut it. A bit of training with Jabu fixes that problem.
A female Saint who swore loyalty to Athena and received her mask at a young age. She has since been training hard at Palaestra, a special Saint training academy, to become one of Athena's best paladins, but it soon becomes apparent that this is taking a toll on her body, and is starting to question the laws laid down upon the Saints, especially females like her. This comes to a head with a minor confrontation with Kouga and a fight against fellow Palaestran Dorado Spear. She ultimately wins thanks to Kouga inspiring her to not be too hard on herself and let go of her mask.
Action Girl: By far the most competent one in the entire franchise. Affirmed in Episode 11 where she dispatches a Silver Saint. Reaffirmed in episode 34 in which she reaches the Seventh Sense and KILLS a Gold Saint (before any of her male companions were able to do it).
Astrologer: Yuna isn't so much a "tell the future" astrologer as she is learned in what strengths a given constellation (and thus saint) is likely to have.
Heroic BSOD: In Episode 53 (Season 2). After having a year of peace in her village, she loses the motivation to fight due to fearing the suffering, pain and loss that she went through in the first season and the Pallasite War means bringing in more. Kouga snaps her out of it, though.
The Heart: she takes this role after Aria's death.
Lawful Stupid: Deconstructed and ultimately subverted — she obeys Athena's laws to a T, down to wearing her mask. However, as Geki notices, she is having a lot of trouble because of obeying too much. In the end, she decides to stop being too strict upon herself, starting with taking off her mask.
Moe Couplet: Platonic version, with Aria. Yuna seems to be only wholly-nice to Aria.
Parental Abandonment: Flashbacks in episode 14 showed that she had to thieve in order to survive as a kid with no parents in sight. That was until Pavlin came along and acted as her Parental Substitute
Team Mom: Most evident in the Twelve Houses story arc in which she promises Kouga to ensure his Darkness Cosmo doesn't take over and is the only one actively trying to make Eden become part of the team.
Voiced by:Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese), Antonio Akira (Brazilian), Héctor Mena (Latin America), Olivier Podesta (France)
Son of the legendary Bronze Saint Shiryuu and heir to his Dragon Cloth. Ryuuhou is a caring young man to his companions and a big brother figure to Kouga. While highly talented, his weak constitution prevents him from using his cosmo to its fullest extent. Nevertheless Ryuuhou is more than willing to give everything he has for his friends.
Adorkable: Watching Ryuuhou having tea with a Gold Saint certainly gives this vibe.
Censor Steam: When he is in the "limbo" after being briefly defeated by Paradox in episode 33, he is shown naked, with some of this covering his naughty bits. His out-of-universe fangirls got quite a reaction out of that.
He also gets constantly compared, looks-wise, to another Umakoshi-designed water-elemental character, Erika Kurumi/Cure Marine, to the point of spawning a Pixiv tag — this, being in spite of him having more in common, personality-wise, with minor character Satsuki (both are sickly, soft-spoken, and rather feminine-looking, but still competent fighters).
He is also the first Saint ever to reach the legendary Omega sense, though the power surge is so sudden and inmense that he collapses in a matter of seconds.
Whip It Good: Awakening the Omega allowed Ryuho to use the Dragon Cloth's tail as a whip.
Willfully Weak: When he was younger, Ryuho would pretend to be much weaker than he actually was, losing duels on purpose and atributting his best performances to sheer luck. He did this because he wanted to keep his friend Mirapolos as the number one student at the Palaestra. He's still a humble boy, but much more honest about his potential.
Wrecked Weapon: Even under another user, the Dragon Shield still winds up broken at one point or another.
Click here to see how he looks in Season II
Patron Constellation: Lupus, the Wolf
Cosmo Element: Earth
Voiced by:Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Felipe Zilse (Brazilian), Gerardo Alonso (Latin America), Luc Arden (France)
A descendant of a clan of shinobi, Haruto is a calm, smart boy who mixes his ninja fighting style with Saint techniques. After the war with Mars, he starts a band. His bandmates and audience being turned to stone at the hands of the Pallasites convinces him to don his cloth again to fight against Pallas and her army.
Aloof Ally: He prefers travelling alone, arguing that he has better things to do. The rest of the team doesn't mind, as they can usually count on him showing up whenever he's needed.
As the series continues he becomes more involved with his friends and travels with them
Big Brother Worship: They weren't related by blood, but Haruto saw his friend Yoshitomi as an older brother, and completely adored him.
Also, while he's not explicitly based on a specific character, his background as a ninja and use of jutsu are nods to Naruto, and he could EASILY fit into that series seamlessly. Hell, his name is only one letter away from that series' main character, and he could pass for a more centered, non-evil Sasuke.
The Glasses Come Off: While Haruto wears glasses with his civilian clothes, they seem to disappear whenever he dons his Cloth.
Failure-to-Save Murder: Yoshitomi's father blames Haruto for his son's death, even though there was nothing 10-year-old Haruto could have done to stop the Silver Saint from killing Yoshitomi.
Not So Stoic: He definitely cares about everyone more than he lets on. During Tokisada's fight, he makes a hot blooded speech that openly admits that the Bronze Saints were his friends and his passion to defeat Tokisada was enough to awaken the Seventh Sense.
Taking the Bullet: He protects Souma from Leo Mycenae's strongest attack, the King's Emblem.
Disease Bleach: His hair turns white during the Sanctuary Arc. The exact reason is never spelled out, but it's implied it was caused by the trauma of watching his beloved Aria being killed by his father, as well as his decision to betray his family.
Heel-Face Turn: Foreshadowed since the very beginning of the show, but finally happens in Episode 35.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: As of the start of the second season he pulls a brief Fake Defector stint with the Pallasites, before deciding he doesn't like the conflict of interest, giving up, and fighting openly on the side of the good guys.
Pet the Dog: There's his risking his life to defend Athena from a Koga-possessed Abzu, as well as his attempt at expelling Abzu from Koga rather than killing them both. Albeit, neither attempt amounts to anything aside from some bought time, but it pays off in the end.
Reverse Mole: Tries infiltrating the Pallasites for information early in the second season, but rapidly loses interest and goes back to handing them their asses instead.
Retool: Another Silver Cloth that became a Bronze Cloth.
Weapon of Choice: Subverted. He is given a club when he joins the Pallasites. He tries it out, only to decide that weapons aren't his style and throw it away.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like the rest of the Martians, he wants to create a world without needless conflict with Aria as the new Athena. It's too bad that he has to sacrifice the old Athena in order to do so.
After his Steel Cloth is destroyed, Subaru inherits the Bronze Cloth of Equuleus, along with the will of the late Celeris, its former master.Tropes of this character should go to the Subaru entry in the Steel Saints section.
Other Bronze Saints
Patron Constellation: Dorado, the Swordfish
Cosmo Element: Wind
Voiced by: Yusei Oda (Japanese), Ítalo Luiz (Brazilian), Arthur Pestel (France)
The Dorado Saint, Spear is a veteran at Palaestra Academy who likes to tease other students with his friends Rudolph and Gray, both his lackeys and also Bronze Saints. Spear is at odds with Kouga by the time he meets him, deeming the freshman as unworthy of the Legendary Pegasus Cloth and his rebellious ways against the Athena laws; Yuna also got bullied by Spear, with him teasing her for being a female Saint thus inferior to other Saints, saying she should be submissive to other males. All of this culminated in a fight: Spear vs. Yuna, with Dorado losing the ordeal and his self-imposed right to belittle Yuna.
Click here to see how he looks as the Hydrus Saint
Patron Constellation: Hydra, the Water Serpent/Hydrus, the Water Serpent
Voiced by:Masaya Onosaka (Japanese), Carlos Silveira (Brazilian), Vincent Ribeiro (France)
Saint of Hydra and actually a veteran from the Classic Series. He hasn't discovered in his Elemental power and thus ends up being a student in Palaestra along with younger generation saints... and usually ends up being a joke.He later becomes the Hydrus Silver Saint, however, by the start of the second season he's back to Hydra. He's back to Hydrus by episode 78.
Volans Saint who is Water Elemental. Utterly hates Souma for being a 'loser's son' and during the training camp session, tried to hinder Souma's progress. Souma managed to qualify anyway and this caused Argo to get disqualified by Geki.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Attempted, but failed. He tried to win the Saint Fight by carefully analying his opponents' moves and strategies, but was let down by his own weakness and predictability as a fighter.
The previous Wolf Saint and Haruto's predecessor. Yoshitomi left his ninja village to become a Saint, earning the hatred of his clan. During his training, he discovered the conspiracy being brewed at the Palaestra and was executed for it. Fortunately, he managed to pass on some information to Haruto before being killed.
The Bronze Saint of Equuleus, who inherited the supposedly cursed cloth from its previous holder Kitalpha shortly after the occupation of Pallasvelda, and since then fought to protect the people in the city who hadn't had their time stopped by the Pallasites.
Covered In Scars: Fighting the Pallasites for weeks by himself has left him with a good collection of wounds and scars.
Gentle Giant: He looks quite intimidating, but is actually a very friendly and nice guy.
Power at a Price: As the Equuleus Saint, his Cloth gives him an important power boost, but also dooms him to die in battle. Subaru berates him for this, thinking him a weakling, but he explains that he doesn't consider it a curse, as he was powerless to do anything of merit before but the cloth enables him to protect people.
Stellar Name: His name is actually another name for the Equuleus constellation.
Suicide Attack: His Supernova Explosion is powerful enough to obliterate a higher-class Pallasite, but it also consumes all of his cosmo.
A young steel saint who initially seeks to defeat Koga in the hopes that defeating a God-slayer will mean becoming a god himself. After the Pallasites begin attacking, he chooses to accompany Koga and friends on their journey in the hopes of becoming stronger and helping to combat this new threat. It turns out that he was once the God of Time, Saturn. The bands that linked Athena and Pallas were a ploy by his followers, who'd infiltrated the Pallasites and were secretly siphoning the goddess's Cosmo for him. He's returned to godhood in peisode 92.
A God Am I: He wants to become a god, but in the sense that he wants to be stronger than anyone else. It's more of an arrogant rather than evil variant, though. He thinks that defeating Koga, who's become famous for having singlehandedly slain the god of darkness, Abzu, means becoming a god himself.
As of Episode 92 this is Justified since he is the god Saturn, with his memories sealed.
He's fully become Saturn by episode 93, thus becoming a God.
Amnesiac Hero: He doesn't remember anything prior to him joining the Steel Saints.
Bullet Hell: His Pleiades Impact technique. Hati learned this the hard way. Interestingly enough, it looks similar to Kouga's Ryuseiken.
Character Development: Started off as an arrogant and self-centered kid who just wanted to become strong. And now he's starting to realize the importance of teamwork and fighting for others. Episode 82 shows how far he's come from the beginning after Ikki's death.
Subaru: I... I don't know anything! I don't know who I am. I just became a Saint because I wanted to get stronger. But now, I'm different... I've seen people frozen in time and Saints who died in battle... And I really think... I want to protect this world! So as a Saint, as a man, I'm going to fight!
Custom Uniform: He wears a black version of the (usually white) Palaestra uniform.
Japanese Pronouns: He sometimes refers to himself in the third person with an added "sama," which, considering this basically means "Lord", is considered to be very arrogant in Japan.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be arrogant and self-centered at times, but he's always there to help Kouga out of a funk or talk common sense into someone. Episode 60 puts him here even more whenever he gets Heroic Resolve after Elna's death and decides to protect everyone.
A young Steel Saint who envies and admires the Saints of Athena, who have greater power and Guardian Constellations. He's good friends with Subaru. Because he lacks a Guardian Constellation, he chose to draw a star on his steel cloth. He's mortally wounded by the Pallasites and gives his cloth to Subaru before dying.
Jerkass Gods: Believed every God was this because his family was killed by Mars.
A young Steel Saint that fought in the front lines in Palasvelda, alongside Keri. Because her entire family was frozen in time by the Pallasites, she became a Steel Saint, however, she's plagued by doubt about just how useful the Steel Saints are to the rest.
Beam Spam: She fires Steel Bolt Arrows at Aegir until her gauntlet runs out of energy. All of them at point blank.
Rainbow Pimp Gear: Her original pink Cloth starts falling apart in the middle of the battle, and she is forced to replace the broken parts with functioning pieces retrieved from her fallen comrades. She ends up wearing a missmatched, rainbow-colored Steel Cloth.
Took a Level in Badass: She was never a coward, but by the second time she shows up, all her hesitations and doubts have been replaced by determination. Lampshaded by her teammates, who point out how much she has grown.
Patron Constellation: Ophiuchus, the Serpent-Bearer
Cosmo Element: Thunder
Voiced by:Mami Koyama (Japanese), Maralisi Tartarine (Brazilian), Victoria Grosbois (France)
One of the most prominent Saints from the original series, Shaina is a Silver Saint whose face was seen by Seiya. She tried to kill him (in compliance to a tradition among Athena's female Saints), but then realized she fell in love with him instead, and soon became one of his most trusted allies. Years later she now trains Kouga to succeed Seiya as wielder of the Pegasus Cloth.
Souma's father, killed by Sonia in front of him. Despite his steadfast dedication for Athena and dying for it, he went down in history as a 'loser Saint', and Souma suffers ridicules for it due to being his son.
Unexplained Recovery: He is hit by Shun's Nebula Chain, Ryuho's Rozan Sho Ryu Ha and Kouga's Pegasus Ryuseiken before falling down a cliff, and he's presumed to have died. However, about 40 episodes later, he shows up at the Sanctuary as if nothing had happened.
Silver Saint of Musca who guards the Ruins of Wind. Has a poison breath to paralyze his opponents and tends to strip his victims of their Cloths. Is probably the only Silver Saint that's killed, not beaten.
Acrofatic: Indeed, his bulk is his primary weapon.
The Peter Principle: He's a product of Mars's new promotion scheme, whereby you get better gear depending on how many Cloths from defeated Saints you bring in. Given that he's the most easily-defeated Silver Saint so far, it's safe to say that this method just isn't working out as well as the old version.
Silver Saint of Peacock and Yuna's master. Attacks Yuna in her Doomed Hometown, but turns out to be a Reverse Mole and reveals the location of Saori Kido. After sending Yuna away, she stalls off three other Silver Saints after removing her mask.
Expy: For the anime-only Crystal Saint. Also her Peacock Blizzard is lifted straight from Hyoga's Kholodony Smerch.
Reverse Mole: She still is loyal to Athena, and her attack on Yuna was seemingly more of a test to prepare her for the coming battles than a sincere attempt at bringing her in.
You Shall Not Pass: Her final fate, against three other Silver Saints, letting Yuna escape.
Patron Constellation: Aries, the Ram
Cosmo Element: Earth
Voiced by:Shigeru Nakahara (Japanese), Gabriel Noya (Brazilian), Stéphane Ronchewski (France)
Hailing from the classic series, Kiki was one of the youngest characters in the 20th century Saints era, being Aries Mu's apprentice. Kiki was well versed in Saints mythology, Cloth repairs and of course being from Jamir, like his master, Kiki was as a user of psychokinesis as well; during all of the classic series Kiki always dreamed of becoming a Saint, come Omega with the 21th century Saints era and he is now the Aries Gold Saint, a master Cloth repairman and has taken another Jamir youngling under his wing, fulfilling what seems to be a tradition between Aries Gold Saints.Like Mu who left the Sanctuary when he felt the place has become corrupt in the past century, Kiki also follows his late master’s sense of righteousness in the 21th century and leaves the Sanctuary ruled by Mars, only coming back to aid the Bronze saints, which is again taken after Mu’s actions.
Season 2 seems to be trying to show his differences with his master, starting with how he doubts he can live up to the task of being Mu's successor as both the repairer of Cloths and as a Gold Saint, and then showing his admiration for Seiya.
Facial Markings: A common trait for people from Jamir, including all Aries Gold Saints depicted in the franchise and their respective pupils as well.
I Got Bigger: In the classic series, Kiki was the youngest and thus the shortest member of the cast. Twenty five years later, he has outgrown Seiya.
Legacy Character: It seems the Aries Gold Cloth is only passed on to Jamir brethren, from Shion to Mu, Mu to Kiki, all of them are psychokinesis users and trained a Jamir youngling to take on their legacy on the future.
It also counts as a case of Legacy Role. Kiki's VA from classic series in Brazil is the mother of his Omega's VA.
Older and Wiser: Like most of the returning characters from the classic series, but Kiki really stands out as he was one of the most bratty and generally useless in combat back then.
One-Man Army: Kiki feels in need to remind people that any Gold Saint is this, and that one Gold Saint is enough to defeat any number of Martians. Further reinforced when we see him pull a You Shall Not Pass moment on the Martian army in an effort to buy Team Kouga some time - we briefly cut back to him a few episodes later, and he's totally unharmed.
Psychic Powers: Was quite the prodigy at it as a kid, being able to stop Thanatos' attack for a brief moment; now is safe to assume he is the strongest human psychic on the planet, as all past Aries Gold Saints were in their lifetime.
Red Baron: The Gold Saint of Craftmanship and Reparations.
Took a Level in Badass: Compare and contrast Kiki from the classic series to what he has become in Omega, there's just no words to convey it properly.
Ultimate Blacksmith: As the last Cloth Repairman, he kept a rather secluded lifestyle, accompanied only by his apprentice Raki. Mars' Evil Plan forces him to come out of hiding.
Unexpected Character: Sure he being Mu's only pupil was a solid bridge to predict he would become Omega's Aries Gold Saint, but the original main five Bronze Saints had an even more solid bridge to spark some predictions that they would become part of Omega's Gold Saintsnote Shiryu and Hyoga had Gold Saints as masters and wore their Gold Cloth many times before, the Leo and Virgo Cloths choose to protect Ikki and Shun in the battle against Thanatos when Poseidon sent the remaining Gold Cloths to protect the Bronze Saints, in which most were debunked as only Seiya got to be promoted; Kiki came off as a surprise to some.
Patron Constellation: Taurus, the Bull
Cosmo Element: Thunder
Voiced by:Kazuki Yao (Japanese), Ricardo Juarez (Brazilian), Bruno Magne (France)
Debut in episode 29. The first real opponent faced by the Bronze Saints in the new Twelve Palaces, who promptly welcomes them with open arms.In the fight against Pallas and her army, Harbinger is the one chosen by Athena to guard her Cloth, a move that himself thinks is stupid. He surprising becomes more heroic as the war continues, despite denying any sort of "softening".
Badass: So Badass, he took on Titan himself and destroyed his Holy Sword.
To elaborate a bit, the other swords were broken by Phoenix Ikki, well-known as one of the strongest Saints, all six of the main cast working together at once, and three Gold Saints using Athena's Exclamation, respectively. Harbinger being able to do the same by himself is incredible. He didn't even end up dying to accomplish it.
Batman Gambit: Diverted his Great Horn toward Pallas to force Titan on the defensive during their fight. As expected, Titan's sword takes all the force of the Great Horn and breaks.
Blood Knight: Case in Point, After his fight with Kouga, Harbinger urges him to return when he's stronger so he can fight him again
Color Motif: The purple ornaments and gems on his Cloth, his purple eyes and his purplish white hair all fit his element.
Creepy Good: After his Heel-Face Turn, and throughout the second season. He's still an Ax-CrazyPsycho for Hire who's disturbingly fond of the sound of breaking bones, it's just that the good guys have managed to point him in the right direction this time.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes this to the bronze saints. Is on the receiving end of one by Titan.
Dark and Troubled Past: Grew up in the bad parts of a metropolis, heavily implied to be New York. He had some bad runs with the gangs, got his right eye gouged out by crooks when he was just a small kid (which lead to the awakening of his Cosmo), he beat up suspiciously NYPD-like cops, he participated in cage matches, and so on; this was before he was recruited by Ionia.
There is one sound he likes even more: the one made by the souls of his enemies when they break.
Not in This for Your Revolution: He doesn't really care about who wins the Holy War, as long as he can have a good fight. This is what drives him to ultimately side with Athena, as her forces are usually fewer than her enemies', which means more rivals per capita.
The self-proclaimed Gold Saint of Love. Paradox became a Saint out of admiration for her hero, the legendary Dragon Shiryu. Notoriously the only surviving Gold Saint to not help at all when the Earth was about to be destroyed.For refusing to swear loyalty to Athena, she is imprisoned at the Cape Sunion. Gallia breaks her free, and Paradox becomes a Class-2 Pallasite.She harbors an intense hatred for both Athena and her twin sister, Integra. After an intense battle, Paradox is pardoned and cleansed of her hatred by the same goddess she was trying to kill.
Abusive Parents: Her parents seemed to be at least verbally abusive towards her because of her supernatural powers. It's also hinted that they tended to favor Integra over her. But neither was Paradox an angel...
All Love Is Unrequited: Though her own cowardice, narcissism, and utter myopia have much more to do with it than anything wrong with her objects of affection.
Platonic version with Integra, her twin sister, who was the only person to truly love her. Paradox hates Integra right up to the moment Athena actually taught her about true love.
Cool Mask: Another aversion. Like Yuna, she doesn't wear the traditional mask for female Saints. Unlike Yuna, this is because she's totally OK with having to either kill or fall in love with anyone who sees her face. This should tell you everything you need to know about herpersonality.
Dirty Coward: In a somewhat abstract sense. She's too monstrously powerful to consider running from any one-on-one fight, but she'll always choose the path of least resistance when it comes to picking sides and deciding What You Are in the Dark.
Pretty much any time the going gets rough in a fight she'll switch over to her split personality and have her do the dirty work.
Flash Step: Uses this almost hit Athena and to fight Integra.
Green-Eyed Monster: Hates Saori Kido as well as her own twin sister for being privileged since her birth, unlike her. That was one of the reasons she didn't agree to work for Athena after Mars' defeat.
Heel-Face Turn: After getting betrayed by Gallia and understanding that there was one person who did love her, her twin sister Integra, Paradox decides to use the little time she had left to help her sister, and dies asking the young Saints to protect Athena.
Heroic Sacrifice: Realized that Integra loved her and decided to fight alongside her, despite suffering injuries too great for her to fight at full power with and survive.
I Meant to Do That: Dark example. Tries to claim she didn't tell anyone in the Sanctuary about the invading Martians -on purpose- so she could help Mars make his utopia when she was older. Probably bull, but damn.
The truth is every time she was at a crossroads where she could've done something about her love for Shiryu or to help stop Mars, she chose not to because that was the path of least resistance. So ultimately; yeah, it's bull, and she's really just a coward.
Narcissist: As an example, she dislikes Athena because she, a goddess, is getting attention that should rightfully belong to her, Paradox.
Never My Fault: A core part of her personality. She's not evil, oh no, she's just misunderstood/unfairly victimised/following the will of the heavens/(insert excuse here). Part of the reason she has a split personality seems to be so it can do things she doesn't have to take the burden of.
Took a Level in Jerkass: She was always crazy and evil, but come Season Two, her Faux Affably Evil demeanour has started slipping and her remaining Freudian Excuses are rapidly shot down. In-universe, this is justified by bitterness over her defeat and imprisonment (as well as logical extrapolation from the rest of her personality), but out of universe, it may have been to further contrast her with Integra.
Unstoppable Rage: Unsurprisingly, this is the Saint of Hatred's default state. And since she's a Gold Saint, we really do mean unstoppable.
What Happened to the Mouse?: She is shown to be alive after Ryuuhou defeated her, but her fate is not elaborated on for the rest of the first season. Season Two gives us an answer - she was imprisoned after the defeat of Abzu, before being broken out and recruited by the Pallasites.
Yandere: Her Saint of Love half takes this to astonishing proportions.
A sinister man with the power to create marionettes out of the dead or of those in coma. Schiller was the creator of the Tomb Squeeze, the pillar of light that absorbs the cosmo of those trapped in Palaestra.
My Master, Right or Wrong: He's absolutely loyal to Mars, in spite of all the horrible crimes he committed and his plans to destroy the world.
Parental Substitute: To Eden. His methods are a bit harsh (and it says a lot about the both of them that regularly beating up his young charge only counts as 'a bit harsh'), but he sincerely cares for the boy, regardless of what side he picks.
Stern Teacher: His teaching methods are extremely harsh, but only because he sincerely believes that Eden can take it. For the most part, he's right. Oddly enough, this also carries over to his treatment of his enemies - he'll patiently explain his (devastating) attacks to them, and expresses satisfaction when they figure out a way to counter them.
Voiced by:Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Peterson Adriano (Brazilian), Vincent Ribeiro (France)
Debut in episode 19. Genbu stole the Libra Cloth from the Bronze Saints after they disabled the Water Core. However, it was revealed later that the Libra Cloth chose him after saving the Bronze Saints from Aquarius Tokisada and faces off against him. In the second season, he is appointed as the principal of Palaestra. When the school is attacked by the Pallasites under Phantom Arm Aegir, he defeats the entire enemy army by himself. When fighting the enemy commander, he has the upper arm in the fight. At least until the Cataclysm Slash appears.
Badass Teacher: Of sorts to the main Bronze Saints, during the attack on Palaestra.
Barrier Maiden: Had to use his power as the Libra Saint to keep the sanctuary from being destroyed when Medea attempts to destroy it. Happens again when he needs to keep the Sanctuary intact or else its destruction would mean the end of the earth. Thankfully he wasn't the only Gold Saint keeping the Sanctuary intact the second time.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Formely. According to his master, Genbu was a really gifted child, but kept skipping his training lessons. Obviously, he stopped fooling around long ago.
Lightning Bruiser: Even more so than his fellow Gold Saints. Very evident when Aquarius Tokisada uses a technique that cuts his speed in half, and Genbu counters it by moving twice as fast as he normally does. That would be twice as fast as the speed of light.
Sonia dons the Scorpio cloth at the request of her stepmother Medea in order to make up for the mistakes made by her brother Eden.Tropes of this character should go to the Hornet Sonia entry in the Martians section.
Once a lowly Bronze Saint, Pegasus Seiya's heroic deeds saw him quickly ascend the ranks of Athena's Saints. He is the goddess' most valuable warrior, aiding her through many battles to protect her and the world. They eventually developed a relationship that was beyond mere God and Saint. Now he is promoted to Gold Saint wielding the very Cloth which aided him through hard times: Sagittarius. Years later, however, he apparently dies fighting Mars during his first attack, although he'd still communicate with Kouga, the heir to his old Cloth, on occasions.After the world is saved from Mars, Seiya attempts to murder Pallas to prevent the war from happening. He fails.
Badass in Distress: It turns out he was being held captive within Mars ever since his disappearance after the opening scene of the anime. How we was able to temporarily break free in episode 10 likely has to do with how he was within Mars.
If you are wondering how badass he is, he was the only one able to fight Abzu-possessed Kouga
Both the Heroic Sacrifice and the Senseless Sacrifice are subverted. It turns out that he was alive the entire time, held prisoner within Mars's cosmo for 13 years. Mars did this so that he'd have a countermeasure ready in the event that the darkness cosmo the Martians relied on went out of control. It did, and Seiya manages to appear just in time to prevent Abzu from murdering Athena and subsequently ruining any chances of getting Earth's cosmo back to where it belongs—on Earth.
He's Back: Returns in spectacular fashion in Episode 10.
Sugar and Ice Personality: When he's fighting, Seiya comes off as distant and very serious. But when there's time to breath, he smiles more often and becomes more friendly around his comrades. He even lightly teases Harbinger in Episode 84.
When He Smiles: Smiles a little more often in Season 2 and it's a sight to behold.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Couldn't go through with killing Pallas even if the one asking him is Saori. Even when Pallas herself is telling him to kill her.
The Principal of Palaestra, Ionia is an aged Saint who still is qualified to don a Gold Cloth, but he’s mostly inactive in his role as an elite soldier, instead remaining secluded in his job as Principal. Ionia then is revealed to be behind the cover up of Athena’s kidnapping, arranging a fake substitute to pose as the goddess, thus hiding the truth from all Saints that should be protecting her; all of this was made due Ionias sworn loyalty to Mars in order to conquer the world.
Click here to see how he looked as the Horoglium Saint
Patron Constellation: Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Cosmo Element: Water
Voiced by:Show Hayami (Japanese), Fernando Perón (Brazilian), Olivier Destrez (France)
Former Silver Saint of Horologium, he is promoted to Gold Saint by Medea in the 12 Houses arc. The Aquarius cloth given to him has an "ego" actually a curse by Medea, which enslaves him. After battling and being defeated by Libra Genbu, he sucks both Ryuho and Haruto to the End of Time, where his powers increase. He is defeated by Haruto and left for dead. However he meets the god of time Saturn, starting the war of the second season.
Brainwashed: His new Cloth proves to be a bit too powerful for him, and ends up being controlled by it.
It was hinted this was part of the deal to begin with, at least on some level.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He vaguely remembers having met Haruto sometime, somewhere. When he has become a Pallasite he finally remembers when he met him.
Color Failure: The Deathwatch skill Chrono Immortal does this to him.
Curb-Stomp Battle: As a Silver Saint, he killed Wolf Yoshitomi in less than three minutes. As a Gold Saint, it takes him even less to defeat Team Kouga. Is on the receiving end against Hyoga.
A God Am I: After reaching the End of Time he proclaims that his power is infinite and he can appear wherever he desires throughout time, with Mars and Medea being nothing before his new power.
Even as a Pallasite he still considers himself this, but now he's pledged loyalty to the one who gave him his new power.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Allowing his cloth to control him means he can't fight on the same level as a fellow Gold Saint.
Later, Haruto redirects his own Ultimate Attack back at him, killing him. Or so it appeared...
Paradox's twin sister. Assumes the Gold Cloth of Gemini after Paradox defects to the Pallasites.
Action Girl: As the sole female Gold Saint, she's the deadliest woman on Athena's payroll.
Backup Twin: One of the advantages of the Gemini Saint is that if they die/retire/happen to be a murderous lunatic, you've probably got a spare lying around to replace them. With Paradox's defection, this advantage becomes particularly pertinent.
All Love Is Unrequited: Platonic version with Paradox. Truly loved Paradox while Paradox hated her for getting everyone else's love. They only make up after Paradox gets betrayed by Gallia.
Tropes of this character should go to the Dragon Shiryu entry in the Others section.
Patron Constellation: Mantis, from the Dark Mist.
Cosmo Element: Darkness
Voiced by:Yasunori Masutani (Japanese), Fábio de Castro (Brazilian), Vincent de Bouard (France)
A low-rank Martian sent to tail Kouga and Souma until both boys noticed him. He initially overwhelms them his his power of darkness, until Kouga awakens his cosmo power of Light and defeat him. Ordykia fled from them to report the situation, but was executed by Mars for his failure.
Well Done Daughter Gal: Part of her motivation stems from a desire to defend her father and step mother. Medea doesn't care, her father does.
Mars' son and Sonia's little brother. Mars expects him to participate in his plan, which he does so only reluctantly. Unlike his father and his sister, he doesn't wield Dark Cosmo, preferring his Thunder-elemental Orion Cloth.Tropes of this character should go to the Orion Eden entry in the Bronze Saints section.
Mars's wife, a mysterious, powerful mage dressed in black who prefers to stay on the periphery of her husband's conflicts with the Saints.
Abusive Parents: Not Eden, but to Sonia. Granted she did mention she planned on fixing Eden later after he refused to be part of the new world, but when push came to shove, she couldn't quite make herself do it, and ended up Taking the Bullet for him shortly afterwards.
Big Bad: The real one. Mars was just a pawn to her, and one she was happy to discard once he'd stopped being useful.
Co-Dragons: To Mars, with her step-daughter Sonia.
Dragon with an Agenda: Mycenae tries to stop her as he realizes she's been leading Mars astray for her own nefarious ends; she eventually reveals herself as the true Big Bad.
The Corrupter: To Mars and Ionia. She played on their noble goal of healing the Earth and relieving Athena's suffering, and turned it into a recipe for genocide. It's even more insidious with Mars—his critical flashback heavily implies she's covertly responsible for transforming the former Ludwig into the God of War in the first place.
Expy: Of Pandora initially. Then we find out that she's The Man Behind the Man and responsible for most of the series' events so far.
Half Truth: Her comments to a young Eden about how his father has had to carry the suffering of the world. She was most likely like she was talking about Abzu since she worships the dark. At the time Abzu's darkness was a part of Mars.
Karmic Death: The final phase in her plan was to have Eden use Aria's staff to control Abzu, essentially sealing his position as the god-king of the new world. When this didn't work she had to sacrifice herself in order to prevent Abzu from killing her son. This never would have happened had she not been such a Manipulative Bitch, or had she simply quit while she was ahead.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her repeated betrayals of family members are perhaps her worst acts in the series, but when it's her creepy, psychotic brother Amor's turn to get the knife in the back, it's hard to feel too bad about it.
Lack of Empathy: Feels nothing for anyone except her son own Eden. So she allows her stepdaughter, husband, and brother to get killed when it fulfills her plans.
Taking the Bullet: Finally resolves the long-standing question of whether she actually cared for her son by throwing herself in front of one of Abzu's attacks to save him.
Treacherous Advisor / The Woman Behind the Man: Mars actually believes in his ideals and has some sense of compassion and sadness for Sonia and Mycenae's deaths. She doesn't care at all, and it's heavily implied she's been manipulating Mars the entire time and has much darker end results in mind than he believes.
The huge backstory reveal showing that she summoned the Erebus meteor responsible for bringing Abzu's dark cosmo down to earth, her complete lack of care about her husband's death, and her willingness to cast aside her own brother without hesitation, all outright confirm her as being these two tropes.
Wicked Stepmother: Whilst most of her evil is more outwardly-directed, she's noticeably more harsh and distant to her stepdaughter Sonia than her biological son, Eden. Comes to a head when she sacrifices Sonia just to slow Team Kouga down a little.
Four Generals who fought for Mars in the past against the Saints. After a fierce battle that nearly resulted in the defeat of the Saints, Saori intervened and struck them all with her power. This caused the four to enter a deep slumber to survive. Amor summons them in the Pisces Temple to kill Souma, Haruto, and Ryuuhou.
Worf Had The Flu: Possibly. They started out doing very well against the saints, but then Kouga oneshots Bacchus using his darkness cosmos and the other Bronzes defeat them easily when using the Seventh Sense. Might be justified as well considering they've been slumbering/sealed away for years and still have the attack Saori inflicted on them stuck in their body.
Ambiguously Human: The Pallasites look perfectly human, and they are known to recruit exceptionally gifted humans like Paradox and Tokisada, but it's implied that all the Class-1 and at least some of the Class-2 are something else.
Bullying a Dragon: Class 3 Pallasites (aka Mooks) insult the Bronzes by saying no matter what, they're just Bronze saints. Even when one of said Bronze killed a god. At the same time, Class 3 Pallasites are the equivalent to Bronze Saints in Pallas's army. An average Class 3 Pallasite against an average Bronze Saint is an even matchup.
Dragon-in-Chief/ Dragon with an Agenda/ The Man Behind the Man: The Class-1 Pallasites are implied to be just using Pallas as a mean to defeat Athena. The truth is they outright despise her, calling her an annoying selfish brat behind her back. The only one of them who genuinely cares for her is Titan.
Punny Name: Pallasites sounds similar to parasites. Pallas is draining the power of Athena over time. In a way that makes her a parasite feeding off Athena.
Time Master: Their Chronotectors grant them time-related powers.
And I Must Scream: Cataclysm Slash inflicted this on the Koga and the group, who are still conscious, but can't move.
Powered by a Forsaken Child: Anti-Limit, a sinister looking Hourglass, can steal the power of someone and give it to the one who uses it at the cost of the victims life.
Taken for Granite: One of the abilities of the Chronotectors stops the time of those with low cosmo, which turns them into stone statues. The Swords wielded by the Class 1 Pallasites can do this to everyone but Gold Saints, who No Sell it.
Villain Teleportation: Can teleport before a enemy attack hits them or to escape. Some of the Rank-2 ones can even use it to teleport other Pallasites out of harm's way.
Badass: He wipes the floor with the Saints without even equipping his armor. The Four Heavenly Kings even believed he was more than capable of killing all the Bronze Saints and that only Ikki could stop him.
Blood Knight: Went around defeating Saints purely for sport.
I Am Not Left-Handed: He actually has two alchemy gloves, but he learns during his fight against Ikki that it's useless so he just gets rid of the remaining one and prepares another technique he was holding back until Europa stepped in.
Let's Get Dangerous: Attempts this twice! First against the Bronze Saints and then to Ikki. Europa intervened both times.
Playing with Fire: Can use fire to create a barrier to keep the Saints trapped. Unfortunately for Mira Ikki can No Sell it with ease.
Sore Loser: He promises the Bronze Saints he'll let them go if they manage to land a hit on him. However, when they do, he becomes enraged instead and decides to get serious. Europa of all people has to intervene and convince him to leave the Bronzes alone.
Ax-Crazy: Methone, enough to murder his sister to power up to beat Yuna and Souma, all the way proclaiming that it's so they 'become one' and praising the sibling he just murdered. He only gets worse from there, too!
Animal Motif: His armor resembles a snake and his whip is named Snake Plasma.
Armor Is Useless: Snake Plasma destroys materials on a atomic level if it's repeatedly used on them.
Combat Pragmatist: Will go after those who can repair clothes like Kiki in order to kill him so they can't be repaired, to kill defenseless Saints having their cloth fixed, or to kill Kiki while he's defenseless and fixing cloths.
Deal with the Devil: Offers Eden a chance to resurrect his loved ones if he kills Kouga. Eden knew it was a lie from the start.
Enigmatic Minion: Despite being loyal to Pallas, he sometimes seems to have his own agenda, for example sabotaging Ymir and Methone by offering them the Anti Limit, or saving the Bronze Saints from an enraged Mira and later Ikki from Mira as well.
In 78 he continues the trend by revealing his superiors the Class-1 Pallasites ordered him to lead a direct path to Pallas. He instead creates four paths with only one leading to her, but he also attempts to convince Athena to turn back, gives her and her saints a speech about how they suck, and looks at Subaru and says his name in a way that suggests he likely knows something about Subaru's hidden power.
Know When to Fold 'Em: He knows better than to stick around and take on Athena and a group of her most powerful Saints.
Just Toying with Them: With Kouga and the gang in front of the branching paths of Pallas castle. He beats them easily and intentionally takes a hit from Subaru.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives on to both Seiya and Athena about how them not having Pallas killed when they had the chance lead to the entire war and countless people across the world being turned to stone. Then he insults how unskilled most of her saints are, especially Kouga and the group, how she is sending them to battle where they will most likely die, and how she allows someone not loyal like Harbinger to wield a Gold Cloth.
Villainous Harlequin: His character design gives off this vibe, and in his official profile he is compared to a clown.
BFS: Gets to wield Cataclysm Slash in order to defeat Libra Genbu.
Poor Communication Kills: He thought his master Hyperion would punish him for chipping Cataclysm Slash. However, Hyperion had no intention of doing such a thing since he defeated Genbu even if it chipped his sword. So he attempts to continue fighting even after losing the sword out of fear of being punished and dies as a result. Or so it seemed...
Taking You with Me: Attempts this after the protagonists awaken the Omega and overpower him. He fails, however, by a well-timed uppercut, courtesy of a God-powered Subaru.
You Have Failed Me: Subverted. When Aegir is getting his ass kicked, Hyperion says that he's ashamed of him, dramatically swishes his cape, draws his sword... and lends it to Aegir to give him the upper hand in the fight.
War God's Manifestation Blade Gallia (Holy Sword)
Click here to see how he looks with her Chronotector
Closer to Earth: The sole female Class-1 Pallasite, and the most level-headed, serving as a voice of moderation for her more bloodthirsty comrades. Subverted as more is revealed about her since she too see's Pallas as a pawn and recruits Paradox just because she considers her a toy that would cause a ruckus and amuse her, along with revealing she looks down upon humanity.
Fantastic Racism: While she might not agree with Hyperions desire to Kill All Humans, she does look down on them as filthy creatures. Calling them filthy after learning of just how much Athena stands by them in episode 78.
Light Is Not Good: Has a light-themed weapon, her armor symbolizes the fountain of life, and is psychotic to the point that Hyperion question her methods.
Voiced by: Shouko Nakagawa (Japanese), Letícia Quinto (Brazilian), Maria Fernanda Morales (Latin America), Virginie Ledieu (France).
Current incarnation of Athena, goddess of strategic warfare and wisdom. Saori was pampered till adolescence, when she learned her identity as the goddess who lead 88 Saints in protecting Earth against all evils and even her fellow deities. Saori uses her vast cosmo to support her Saints, wielding her Divine Cloth only as a last resort. Many years later, she became a mother-figure to Kouga since infancy. One day, Mars attacked her sanctuary, only to be stopped by Sagittarius Seiya (albeit at the cost of his life). She too tried to attack Mars but instead was cursed with being unable to use her cosmo's full powers. Years later, the god of War returns to capture her. Fortunately, she still had enough time to pass on the Pegasus Cloth to Kouga and inform him of his destiny.
Action Girl: Surprisingly enough this version of Saori takes right to the front lines and fights Mars and his Four Heavenly Kings personally the moment they appeared. Her attacks dealt a heavy enough blow on all Four Kings to seal them away, and distracted Mars long enough for Seiya to hit him. When the Meteor appeared she stopped most of it herself.
After being sick and tired of watching Saints die for her sake against Pallas, she decides to summon her cloth and step forward into the battle once again, this time at Pallasbelta.
Battle Ball Gown: Her Cloth consists on a metallic winged gown worn over her usual white dress.
De-power: Mars' curse prevents her from using her cosmo to its full potential; also her Cloth is nowhere to be seen.
Well, currently it is. However, she had it with her in the past against Mars and she was a badass with it.
As of season 2 Pallas is draining her lifeforce, limiting her abilites, once again. Ironically, she's finally re-summoned her cloth and asked Harbinger to take care of it because she'll need it later on to fight Pallas.
Took a Level in Badass: Flashbacks that take place during the previous war with Mars reveal that she fought alongside the original gang. Around episode seventy, she also takes an active role in combat during the Battle for Palasvelda alongside her gold saints.
Voiced by:Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese), Luís Carlos Persy (Brazilian), Salvador Reyes (Latin America), Antoine Nouel (France)
The god of strife and carnage, Mars suddenly attacked the Sanctuary in an attempt on Athena’s life, only to be sealed away by Sagittarius Seiya (albeit apparently at the cost of his life), but not before cursing Athena into being unable to use her Cosmo to its fullest extent. Thirteen years later, Mars reawakens once again, but this time to capture Athena, who happens to be vital for his plans of conquering Earth.
Crazy-Prepared: Revealed to have kept Seiya alive in the darkness cosmo that was part of him. Just in case Abzu was resurrected and he failed.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: When he notices that Kouga's Light Cosmo is flaring up, he intervenes in a battle Kouga is already outmatched in, just to stamp out the threat the young saint poses himself. Seiya's brief return stops him before he can finish the job.
There's also him and Medea having Martian troops ascend upon Kiki while he's repairing the Bronzes' cloths because they knew he was never on their team to begin with.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Was originally a nobleman/politician in an unnamed country, but was thrown onto the path of darkness by his first wife's death in a terrorist bombing.
Freudian Excuse: His wife was killed in a terrorist attack and even though he had avenged her death, his fear of others doing the same thing one day to his son or daughter made him decide that the world must change.
Meaningful Name: It might seem a bit unusual for a series based on conflicts within the Greek pantheon to have a Roman god as the Big Bad. Then you find out that 'Mars' is a pseudonym, and he used to be human.
Physical God: Of course. Emphasis on the 'physical', as several Saints have discovered to their misfortune. He was so strong that it took exploiting his the rest of his humanity to make him let his guard down long enough for Kouga and Eden to finally harm him.
Playing with Fire: Not in a literal sense (his powers are based on the Darkness element, not Fire) but his magic often has a very flame-like effect.
Serial-Killer Killer: He spent his last days as Ludwig going around tracking down and murdering the terrorists behind the bombing that killed his first wife, Sonia's biological mother. It still didn't satisfy him so Medea came in and made him into Mars.
Sanity Slippage: When Edens states his intention to kill his father he proceeds to lose it, with the flames covering half his face cover the rest of it as he goes insane.
Conversely, he also refuses to push them to where he knows they can't go. See his scolding reaction to Medea sending Sonia out with the Scorpio cloth, as if the heartbreaking outcome to that decision was something obvious to him.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Granted, we never see him as a child, but when he was Ludwig, he was a genuinely kindhearted and sincere politician loved by his family and staff.
Vigilante Man: Became this after his first wife's death in a terrorist bombing. Medea convinced him to upscale.
Villainous Breakdown: He does not take his son trying to kill him or Eden telling him he'll be all alone well.
Villain with Good Publicity: He has convinced almost all of the Saints and the people who serve the Sanctuary who weren't allied with him to begin with into believing that he is protecting Athena and the world.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Astonishingly, he's actually got a pretty good claim for qualifying despite his many horrifc acts. When your end-goal is to literally rebuild Earth as a perfect utopia, there's pretty much no upper limit on the level of brutality acceptable to accomplish it... because once you've won, none of it will have happened.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The beginning of episode 20 has Mars' wife explaining to a young Eden, Mars's son, that Mars has always had to shoulder the pain and suffering of the world. This doesn't seem to be the exact truth, but he did lose his first wife, whom he truly loved, in a terrorist bombing. He went around wiping out those responsible, but he still couldn't bring himself to forgive the unreasonable world that let her die so pointlessly.
Wreathed in Flames: the visible part of his face becomes engulfed in flames as his sanity is lost.
Sadly Mythtaken: Abzu was a primordial God of fresh and groundwater. However, they were able to fit parts of his myth into the story, with water flowing in his darkness cosmo and him being one of the first beings from which creation was born.
We Can Rule Together: Even after being expelled from Koga's body, he tries to get Koga to give into the darkness once more, claiming that Koga was born in the darkness and that being raised in Athena's world of light caused him to suffer.
The Goddess of Disaster (originally the goddess of love) and the second Big Bad of the series. After a year of peace, Pallas appears and begins to enact her plans to eliminate the saints and destroy Athena's body and soul. Her army consists of Titan and the parasites. She shares a connection with Athena that causes Athena's power to wane. According to Saori, she is Athena's younger sister. In ancient times, they would govern the world together as Athena does today, but using Pallas's power over time for the greater good. That all changed when Pallas inexplicably came to despise Athena for apparently abandoning her and choosing to protect humanity, forcing them into a bitter war.
Non-Action Big Bad: At least at the begining, when she's too young and weak to rule her army or take part in the fight. She spends her time napping and playing with her dolls while Titan gives the orders. And by the time she takes action, it's evident that she is not the Big Bad.
Obfuscating Stupidity: She knows the Class-1 Pallasites are servants of another god, and are plotting to get rid of her as soon as she kills Athena. Pallas feigns ignorance because their plan still involves protecting her from the Saints and bringing Athena to her, which is what she wants.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The more she drains out of Athena's life, the more she grows up—both physically and into her true resentment for Athena and humanity.
Puppet Queen: It becomes clear over the course of Season 2 that the Class-1 Pallasites are just using her for their own purposes, except maybe for Titan.
Shoot the Messenger: She gets so angry when she's told that Aegaeon let Kouga and the others advance further into her castle that she vaporizes the poor footsoldier who is reporting the situation to her.
The true form of Subaru. Saturn sealed his memories and took a human body in order to study them, however, he reached the conclusion that humans did not deserve to live from his experiences with Koga and the rest. Regaining his original memories and form, Saturn stopped the time of every non-Saint person on Earth, then left to his castle, becoming the final Big Bad of the series.
The Kido Family’s butler and retainer of Saori ever since her adoptive father Mitsumasa entrusted her to him. Tatsumi was once a notoriously cruel caretaker of the orphaned kids reared to become Saints, but as the years pass Tatsumi lost his cruel streak, developing instead a comical side stemming from his loyalty. Now a 57-year-old, Tatsumi still serves Saori and carries his shinai around to discipline stubborn teenagers, and of course delivering some humor.
Once a Bronze Saint wearing the Bear Cloth (representing Ursa Major, the Bear), Geki has now laid down his Cloth and is currently serving as an instructor at Palaestra, a training academy for Bronze Saints, as well as Souma's personal trainer.
Brought Down to Badass: As a retired Saint, he can no longer channel his Cosmo through his Cloth, but he's still more than capable of handing Martian Mooks their backsides.
Cool Teacher: Will cheerfully bend the rules for his students if he thinks they're headed in the right direction.
He's Back: Returns with a Steel Cloth based on his Bear Cloth to fight in Pallasvelda.
Mythology Gag: During Yuna and Spear's duel, he recounts to Kouga an incident in which he broke one of Athena's laws and ended up staying away from the Sanctuary for a while.
He also recounts his match with Seiya during the original Saint Fight, including him getting the upper hand and how Seiya never gave up and instead crushed his hand and finished him off with Pegasus Ryuuseiken. This is a vital advice for Kouga to learn Ryuuseiken.
One of the legendary protectors of Athena, and main protagonists of the Classic series. Shiryu was the former Dragon Saint before passing the torch to his son. Shiryu was particularly affected by the war against Mars and since lost the use of his five senses. And since then, Ryuho whishes to obtain an all powerful cosmo and cure his father like himself did in the classic series against Cancer Deathmask. In the second season he dons the Libra Gold Cloth.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Excalibur, inherited from the previous Capricorn Saint, Shura. Sharp enough to stop Rhea's Gae Bulg.
He's Back: Genbu's death motivates him to come out of retirement, and he heads to the Palasvelda with Shun and Hyoga.
Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: In #78, as the current Bronze Saints are being beaten by a Europa, he stops Shun from helping the current Bronze saints because he knows that if he or any of the elder saints solved their every problem, they would never grow as warriors, saints, etc.
Papa Wolf: Defied. Shiryu knows how much of a badass his little Ryuuhou is, and usually lets him fend for himself. Played straight, however, in several instances where Shiryu sees his son is clearly overpowered, for example when Genbu attacks him and his friends near the Water Ruins.
Parental Hypocrisy: He berates Ryuho for wanting to retire and live a peaceful life, which, as seen in Next Dimension, is exactly what Shiryu wanted to do after Hades was defeated.
Rank Up: Becomes the Libra Saint after Genbu's death.
So Proud of You: Of course, it's the first thing Shiryu says to his son when he comes back home after saving the world.
The Speechless: He's mute, after all. It's implied he can talk to Ryuho via telepathy, but even then we never get to hear his voice.
Suddenly Voiced: In the first season of the series, Shiryu was very much mute and spoke to Ryuho through his cosmo. Come the second season, in Ryuho's Character Focus episode, Shiryu can speak audibly again. This may be justified since the producers probably couldn't find a replacement voice for Shiryu at the time, but they eventually found it in Ken Narita, and boy he would make the late Hirotaka Suzuoki proud.
Stern Teacher: He doesn't go easy on Ryuho just because he is his son.
One of the legendary protectors of Athena, and main protagonists of the Classic series. After the battle with Mars, he's cursed with Mars' Cosmo that any time he summons the Andromeda Cloth, the curse continues to destroy his body. He later becomes a wandering doctor, though his reputation is still fresh in everyone's mind. He later took care of Ryuhou.
De-power: Just like Saori. In his case, the curse has already gone from being a small spatter on his wrist to covering his full left arm. Shun being Shun, he's more than ready to sacrifice some extra precious skin to save the day.
He's Back: He returns as a saint after Abzu is defeated. As the Pallasites can attest, he kicks as much ass as before.
Underestimating Badassery: Halimede, a 3rd class pallasite, really thinks he can beat Shun, a guy who fought Poseidon, Hades and Mars? Once Shun get serious, Halimede gets crushed. Even Ikki knows that Shun can be dangerous should he ever decide to.
Retired Badass: We don't see him wearing his Cloth or entering the frontlines, however, unlike Geki, Hyoga, Ban, Nachi or Shiryu, his character appears under "Bronze" in the official site, rather than "Character", so...
He's Back: He appears very briefly alongside the Silver and Steel Saints in the second seasons opening. And finally makes his comeback in episode 84, though wearing a Steel Cloth based on his old Unicorn Cloth, instead of the real thing. However...
The last of the legendary Bronze Saints, a loner who rarely works with others, even with his own brother, Shun. Nonetheless, he cares about them, and always comes to help when needed. During the time when the Saints were fighting Mars he was tracking down the true enemy and the Pallasites, damaging Heavy Lightning Striker during a battle that wounded him and was healing until recently. He then joins the battle in Pallasvelda.
Almighty Janitor: A Bronze Saint with the power of a Gold. It's probably best not to speculate what he could do with better equipment.
BADASS: His introduction episode has everyone pointing out just how much of a badass he is!
The Libra Saint previous to Genbu, as well as the teacher of both Shiryu and Genbu, Dohko served as a mentor to the Saints in the classic series, as well as watching over the Specters. While he died to allow the Bronze Saints to enter the Elyseum, he still appears in Omega in flashbacks of both of his students.
Badass: He was a Gold Saint for over 200 years, you better believe he was one hell of a badass.
Badass Grandpa: Would be this literally to Ryuho, had he not died in the previous series, as Shunrei's adoptive father.