Characters: The Seven Deadly Sins

aka: Nanatsu No Taizai
The various characters of The Seven Deadly Sins.

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    Danafor Holy Knights 

The former Holy Knights of the now destroyed kingdom of Danafor.


The former Great Holy Knight of the Danafor Holy Knights.

See his entry in the Seven Deadly Sins.

Cain Barzad

Voiced by: Takashi Inagaki

Cain is an elderly man who was first introduced in Vaizel's annual fighting festival as the one who led the Seven Deadly Sins to it and as a contestant. While he doesn't look like it, he is actually a former Holy Knight of Danafor.

  • Badass Grandpa: He might seem like a weak old man with a bad back but he's actually very strong.
  • Drunken Master: When he is first introduced, Cain is presented as a drunk. Despite this, he is rather skilled.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: When Cain realizes that the person he assumed was Meliodas' son with Strong Family Resemblance was actually Meliodas himself, he presented himself as this trope. In reality though, Meliodas couldn't remember him because Cain always wore full body armor and always went by his Red Baron moniker in the past. The two also fortunately make up in the end.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He went by "The Flame Barzad" so much in the past that Meliodas never actually knew him other than that prior to their reunion.
  • Playing with Fire: Cain's main power.
  • Red Baron: In the past, he called himself "The Flame Barzad" in association to his fire abilities.
  • 24-Hour Armor: He wore his full body armor so much in the past that Meliodas had actually never seen him out of it prior to their reunion.


Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)

A young woman who resembles Elizabeth, and who was once Meliodas' lover when he served Danafor. She was originally a slave of an enemy kingdom of Danafor before being freed by Meliodas. Initially hostile to Meliodas and the Holy Knights of Danafor, she later opened up to them.



Known as the sorcerers of the forest, druids are humans who revere the Goddess Clan and have the distinction of being able to cast a number of White Magic related spells. Their homeland Istar is an island in the middle of a lake which can only be accessed by those allowed by the druids. A number of other characters within the series while not exactly druids proper, are descended from druid origin.

Tropes pertaining to the Druids in general

  • Circle of Standing Stones: The gateway to the druids' homeland as well as the surrounding stone structures are very reminiscent of Stonehenge.
  • Druid: Their main characteristic which is reminiscent of ancient British druids of legend and lore.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Their homeland which is reminiscent of Avalon from the King Arthur mythos, is a lake based island that is completely hidden. Only those allowed by the druids can pass through the gateway to it.
  • Matriarchy: Amongst the druids, there is a particular sect wherein the women act as Apostles of the Goddesses while the men serve as mere priests.
  • Mystical White Hair: Many druids and druid descended characters have white or silver hair. According to a Q&A from chapter 129, not all druids have this particular trait but many of them do have it.
  • People of Hair Color: Mystical White Hair is a rather common trait among many druids and those that have descended from them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is their homeland spelled Istar or Ishtar?
  • White Magic: Healing Magic and other such related spells are abilities that can only be used by druids and their descendants.


One of the two heads of the druids along with her sister Zaneli. She, her sister, and Theo know of the Seven Deadly Sins from a mission the Sins had in the past. They decide to help Meliodas when he comes to their homeland looking to recover his stolen strength.

  • Establishing Character Moment: When first introduced, she starts playing around with Hawk like he's some sort of toy the moment the two meet.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair is braided to the right and her dress only has a left sleeve.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: In comparison to her identical looking sister, she has white hair that's braided to the right and a darker looking dress that only has a left sleeve. Her dress also doesn't have the long skirt that her sister's identical looking attire has, instead looking more like a one piece miniskirt.
  • Magic Wand: Wields a magic wand
  • Polar Opposite Twins: She's more laid back and upfront than her sister based on both general personality and looks however, she's more serious about the situation when the Sins come to the druids for aid. She's essentially somewhat the more mature sister in this regard.


One of the two heads of the druids along with her sister Jenna. She, her sister, and Theo know of the Seven Deadly Sins from a mission the Sins had in the past. In particular, she appears to have feelings for Meliodas of which aren't reciprocated. Regardless, she along with her fellow druids decide to help Meliodas when he comes to their homeland looking to recover his stolen strength.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets easily jealous at Elizabeth being so close to Meliodas.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When first introduced, she glares at Elizabeth and then proceeds to place Meliodas' hand on her breasts. He quickly takes his hand off though.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair is braided to the right and her dress only has a left sleeve.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She's obviously in love with Meliodas, but she knows very well that he doesn't feel the same way.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: In comparison to her identical looking sister, she has black hair that's braided to the left and a lighter looking dress that only has a right sleeve. Her dress also has a long skirt that covers her legs unlike that of her sister's.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: She's more reserved than her sister based on both general personality and looks however, she's slightly more focused on Meliodas than the actual situation at hand as she sabotages Elizabeth's training. She's essentially somewhat the less mature sister in this regard.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Zaneli or Xanelly?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Upon the Sins leaving the druids, she gets called out by her sister for sabotaging Elizabeth's training. She gets accused for letting her feelings for Meliodas get in the way however she rebuts saying she did it because of the truth about Elizabeth.


Priest Theo is a large hulking man who serves as the protector of the Jenna and Zaneli. He and the two sisters know of the Seven Deadly Sins from a mission the Sins had in the past. They decide to help Meliodas when he comes to their homeland looking to recover his stolen strength.

  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a cloth band of sorts slung over his upper body in a diagonal-like fashion. It covers from the upper part of his left shoulder to the lower part of his right upper arm.
  • No Brows: He has no eyebrows which adds to his intimidating look.
  • Simple Staff: He carries around a staff.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Apart from a band of clothing of sorts, he's completely shirtless.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite being a giant muscular man and looking like someone who's probably middle aged, he's only 15 years old. This is highlighted by the way he talks and addresses people.

     Other Characters 


The son of the leader of the village of Ordan. He takes care of Gowther in the years that the Sins separated after finding the latter heavily wounded.

  • Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the anime due to Gowther's introduction being changed entirely.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Pelliot tends to act like one, but he is a good person at heart as he saved Gowther when he was injured.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pelliot comes off as a brat, but he does show that he actually cares, as when he carried the injured Gowther to the village despite having weak little arms.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: With Gowther/Armando.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: His reaction when Gowther decided to leave Ordan to aid with the Seven Deadly Sins in their fight against the Holy Knights.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Early fan scanlations have his name spelled as Pelio. The official spelling though is Pelliot.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When he finds out that Armando is Gowther and the fact that he lied about his personality to please him, he swears to become a Holy Knight to capture him.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Pelliot asked if the whole Armando thing was a lie. Gowther explains that the Armando persona was never real but it's apparent that the friendship they had was.

Armored Giant

A gigantic heavily mutated Holy Knight that was found inhabiting Gowther's armor in Ordan Forest.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The cover of Volume 7 of the manga depicts the eponymous armor which the creatures wears as simply gray. The anime gives the armor a purple colorscheme matching more that of Gowther's.
  • Adaptation Expansion: We see more of it before it went berserk in the anime.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the manga, the Armored Giant is pretty much a mindless beast that displayed little to no sentience or control. In the anime, while under Gowther's care, it's a more sympathetic creature with a slight more sentience and control.
  • Body Horror: Its mutations can be best described as something out of AKIRA.
    • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Originally started out as a two armed abomination whose fingers were arms complete with their own fingers. Later, its two main arms split into four smaller ones, thus becoming a four armed monster.
    • Multiple Head Case: Apart from its normal looking human head, it had several. One that was chopped off and given to Dawn Roar, and four that grew out of his main monstrous body. These later merged together to form a single multi-faced head.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the anime, he appears alongside Gowther in the Vaizel Fighting Festival prior to their proper introduction in the manga.
  • Gentle Giant: It appears to be one at first in the anime, until it accidentally kills a rabbit.
  • Hulk Speak: In the anime, how it talks.
  • Mexican Standoff: Had a extremely long and epic one with Dawn Roar.
  • Red Baron: It was called the Armored Giant due to it wearing Gowther's armor.
  • Red Herring: It's initially assumed to be Gowther due to wearing his armor, however it turns out not to be him. In anime, the assumption is made further by the way it speaks which can be interpreted as it addressing itself as Gowther rather than it addressing the real Gowther during their interactions.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Gowther sealed it in his own armor in order to suppress its power.
  • Tragic Monster / Was Once a Man: The Armored Giant was originally Dale, Guila's father, until he was mutated by Hendrickson. As such, he thanks Ban after his Mercy Kill.

Arthur Pendragon

Voiced by: Sachi Kokuryu (Japanese), Zach Aguilar (English)

The newly appointed king of Camelot who was very briefly mentioned in gossip early in the manga. Like his namesake, he pulled a sword out of a stone and became Camelot's king. He comes to Liones with a cloaked figure that is somehow able to produce a large army. His intention is apparently to visit the king of Liones, not knowing that the kingdom had been ursurped by its Holy Knights.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Like his namesake, he became king at a very young age after he pulled the sword out of the stone. During the current storyline he's only sixteen.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In World of Love.
  • Badass: First foreshadowed by his extremely powerful presence felt amidst his huge army alongside a cloaked figure, Arthur proves himself to be this when he fights off evenly against the Great Holy Knight Hendrickson. What's more this particular battle was Arthur's first real fight against an opponent. He only staggered a bit later on only on account of Hendrickson deciding to use forbidden abilities, and that Arthur lacked sufficient experience.
    • It's then revealed that while Arthur has incredible latent power within him as sensed by others, he has yet to figure out what exactly his power is or how to even use it. So in other words, he was pretty much a Badass Normal when he fought against Hendrickson.
    • Badass Adorable: Arthur was very talented even as a kid.
  • Chekhov's News: He was mentioned as early as Chapter 3 of the manga as very easy to miss gossip among the drinking patrons of the Boar Hat. 59 chapters later, he comes to Liones in full force.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When he met King Baltra Liones in his youth, Arthur was told that instead of becoming a Holy Knight as he had always dreamed to become, he would become something much greater, a king. From this momentous prediction, all that Arthur took from it was that he was never going to be a Holy Knight.
  • Cool Helmet: He wears a vaguely demonic looking helmet.
  • Cool Sword: He apparently possesses two swords, each with a different intricately designed hilts. One that he pulled out of the stone, and one with crosses that act as the ends of its cross guard and its pommel.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The Holy Knights and the Sins were so busy with their own affairs that they didn't see Arthur and his entire army coming.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: He admits to Meliodas that he fought Hendrickson to try and achieve this, but his particular ability has yet to awaken even after being put in a life threatening situation.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has orange hair that goes with a personality that can sometimes be a bit cocky.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Arthur was forced to fight against Hendrickson without the aid of his own power due to him not yet knowing what type of power exactly he has. He proves to be a match for the Great Holy Knight in regular combat.
  • Happily Adopted: Was adopted by a Holy Knight.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Based on what others sensed from him, Arthur has incredible latent power. The only problem is that he doesn't even know what type of power he has. Still without even knowing what type of power he has, Arthur was able to hold his own against a Great Holy Knight.
  • Idiot Hair: Arthur has a long part of his hair which sticks out prominently in a rather distinctive shape.
  • Idiot Hero: Idiot can best describe certain aspects of Arthur such as him not knowing what type of power he has despite it being incredibly strong. Regardless he proves to be incredibly heroic and proficient in regular combat.
    Hauser: Is this guy... an idiot?
    Guila: Either that, or he really is something...
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Towards Meliodas.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Due to not having yet discovered his own magical ability, he's introduced as a solely physical warrior among characters capable of a wide range of abilities.
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Kay.
  • The Pollyanna: As shown in a special side chapter depicting Arthur meeting King Baltra Liones as a child, Arthur generally had an upbeat and rather hopeful attitude. Best demonstrated when he was saved from his adopted brother Kay's attempt to seriously injure Arthur by Baltra, all that Arthur did was calmly thank Baltra immediately rather than react to terror to the severity of the situation. Arthur even easily forgives Kay citing that one day they may be the best of friends.
  • Red-Headed Hero: He is a light orange heroic character.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Obviously based and named after the great King Arthur in the Arthurian legends.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As the King of Camelot.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Depending on how you look at it. He hasn't actually been unable to discover his particular ability, such as Gilthunder's affinity for lightning or Griamor's barrier ability. Despite this, he was able to hold off Hendrickson for quite awhile until Meliodas arrived to take over the fight, meaning he's roughly on par with the strongest fighters just by swinging a sword around. In terms of swordsmanship however, you could say that he's Weak, but Skilled considering the fact that he took on Hendrickson without any of the fancy powers the other characters have.


A bandit who was Ban's surrogate father in the past. He's also the one who told Ban of the Fountain of Youth in the Fairy King's Forest.

  • Adult Fear: Forced to choose to save one son while abandoning the other. In the end, he couldn't save either one.
  • Badass and Child Duo: With a young Ban
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Was originally mentioned in brief passing in Ban's backstory with Elaine.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: His actual son Therion died in his arms.
  • Fantastic Racism: A victim of this due to his actual race.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After losing his son and splitting up with Ban.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He let Galan eat his soul both to save his son Ban and to atone for his past guilt.
  • Impossible Thief: He's a master thief capable of snatching away things from people without them noticing anything. Ban actually learned his own thieving skills from Zhivago.
  • Meaningful Name: The name of his actual son, Therion means "wild animal" or "beast" in Greek.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Well actually, he's a werefox capable of assuming a human form.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Loses his actual son Therion and believed that Ban died as well.
  • Parental Substitute: Was one to Ban in the past.
  • Sadistic Choice: He was forced to choose saving either Ban from people who had captured him, or his son Therion from those who're hunting them. He choose the latter but was too late and as as result believed he had lost both of them.

Alternative Title(s):

Nanatsu No Taizai