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Wu Geng/Ah Gou

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Formerly a spoiled prince, Wu Geng was forced to watch his kingdom be conquered by the Gods and was then forced into the body of a lower class citizen that he had wronged. He grows up in a slave mine with the rest of his people and learns empathy a bit of of humility. He never stops being arrogant, but eventually earns his ego through taking several levels in badass. Not one to bow down, he channels his stubborn defiance into the ongoing campaign to overthrow Tian and the gods.

Tropes associated:

  • Anti-Hero: He isn't actually a very nice person, and occasionally gets called out on this by his allies.
  • Anti-Magic: His Divine Power is Monochrome, the ability to suppress everything in the general area. He often uses it to suppress enemy attacks.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Ah Gou makes a habit of defeating his opponents by outwitting them and exploiting their weaknessses.
  • Barrier Warrior: When he uses Monochrome, it not only weakens all powers, but repels enemies with an invisible wall of force. Not many are strong enough to break it.
  • BFG: His soul gear turns a literal Hand Cannon into a cannon barrel the size of his body. The finale, more stationary form, adds the rest of the cannon parts.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His opponents will often, just before defeat, note how he is not only powerful, but underhanded and tricky. He once used a math problem with farm animals to distract an enemy, buying him enough time to retreat and set up a trap.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Due to his training in a whole variety of areas, Wu Geng as of Season 3, can use Divine Power (technique of the Gods), Smelting Aura (technique of Man) and Soul Gear (technique of the Dark Ones) in a wide variety of applications. He has only mastered his Divine Power though.
  • Discard and Draw: For much of the early story, his only superpower is a mantra placed in his arm by his divine grandfather. When his own divine powers awaken, they go out of control, costing him the arm with the mantra in it.
  • Generation Xerox: Eventually becomes a near-spitting image of his father (minus the long hair). A unique case as the body he is in is that of a slave, not even his father's son. He came to look like his father as he grew more and more like him in spirit.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Although a good person at heart, Ah Gou is not a nice person, being sadistic, ruthless and is highly selfish and opportunistic. He was willing to abandon an entire city to its fate as it was none of his business. It was in fact these qualities that encouraged Nitian Erxing choose him as his successor.
  • Imagination Based Super Power: Smelting aura can take any form, even producing living creatures. Wu Geng is not that adept with it, but he managed to forge a flesh-and-bone arm to replace the one he lost.
  • Mage Marksman: His Soul Gear is The Forbidden Cannon (which is just about as powerful as it sounds), in a world so ripe with different badass powers that every enemy underestimates it as a 'strange metal tube'.
  • Mighty Whitey: As the leader of the Dark Ones, although his use of their Soul Gear technique can't compare to the best among them.
  • Power Fist: The ultimate form of his Smelting Aura is a golden, mechanical, gauntlet. It can punch with incredible spinning force.
  • Power Nullifier: Monochrome suppresses everything from raw power to the ability to breath. Ah Ghou unleashes it when he need to halve his enemy's abilities.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Over the course of the first season, Ah Gou goes from being a powerless escaped slave with a missing eye to being a demigod capable of taking on most of the gods of the setting one-on-one.

Bai Cai

She was Ah-Gou's betrothed before Wu Geng took over his dead body. The actual Ah Gou was too reserved and she never got to know to close to that boy, but does become close with Wu Geng, even after he reveals that his body and name are hand me downs. She sticks by his side, faithfully, and becomes determined to become strong and not be left behind.
  • Back from the Dead: She gets pulled back from the land of the dead twice.
  • The Chick: For most of the series, she's little more than Wu Geng's cute wife-to-be.
  • The Heart: Among people she encounters, especially the Dark Ones. The Dark Ones are traditionally barbarians, but she winds them over with smiles and steam buns.
  • Nice Girl: She is kind to a fault, mostly surviving by the friends she makes and being the best teleporter in the series.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: She can use the Dark Ones' Vanishing Art with great skill, something that can't be said of some of the Dark One Great Generals.
    • Teleport Spam: Unlike even most dark ones, she can use their Vanishing Art as much as she wants without tiring and can jump farther as well.

Zi Yu

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Ah Gou's uncle, a wanderer known as the greatest swordsman under heaven. In the invasion of the Wu Kingdom, he was defeated by Tian and captured by Shi Xing, who had fought him and considered him a worthy opponent and hoped he could recover so he could fight him again. After Shi Xing captures Ah Gou as well, he escapes and defeats him and decides to train Ah Gou in the art of Smelting Aura.

  • Anti-Magic / Mana Drain: He can conjure a sword Heaven Punisher to burn up divine vigor, the life-force of the gods.
  • Blinding Bangs: His hair constantly covers his eyes.
  • Blind Weapon Master: Later in the story, Zi Yu temporarily loses his sight after a brutal battle. It doesn't stop him from kicking ass.
  • BFS: He can summon them in an endless rain, or summon ones to use himself.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Although technically defeated by Zhen Chan, he manages to convince the god of humanity's worth over the course of the fight, which eventually leads Zhen Chan to undergo a Heel–Face Turn and become a major ally for the rest of the series.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He was in a Love Triangle with Ah Gou's mother and his own brother. He lost.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: He does this during his battle with Chi Long.
  • Cool Sword
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Feigns weakness and loss of power while Shi Xing's captive so he can have an excuse to wait for Ah Gou.
  • Master Swordsman: He's known as the greatest swordsman under heaven. He manages to land a serious injury on Tian, something literally nobody else in the setting - including all the other ancient gods fighting together - had done over the course of a 10,000-year history.
  • The Mentor: To Ah Gou.
  • Parental Substitute: To Ah Gou.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: He could have escaped from Shi Xing anytime he wanted, but he chose to stay due to Ah Gou's mother, who can see the future, telling him to wait till Ah Gou comes. This takes 5 years.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't emote much. At all.
  • Storm of Blades: One of his most basic attacks is to use the Smelting Aura to summon an endless wave of enormous swords.
  • Summon Magic: He can summon countless swords in his attacks.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Averted. Even though Ah Gou is the child of his rival in a love triangle, Zi Yu is one of his most reliable allies, and serves as a Parental Substitute in his brother's place.
  • World's Strongest Man: He is known as the strongest swordsman in the world, and is probably the most powerful pureblooded human to have ever lived. Even Tian is forced to take him seriously when they fight and ends up taking a serious wound, something that had never happened in 10 000 years.
  • When He Smiles: Most of the time played straight. However, the most notable instance of this is when he expressed excitement at kicking Er Chan's ass.

Sir Li Jing

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A slavemaster who runs the mines where Ah Gou is sent when his kingdom is crushed, Li Jing is actually one of the world's few masters of the Smelting Aura.

  • Giant Hands of Doom: His Smelting Aura manifests as huge stone fists, which he can summon in huge numbers or at massive scale.
  • Good All Along: Sort of. Ah Gou initially assumes that his kindness to the slaves is merely a way of manipulating them. It is to an extent, and Li Jing allowed his son to do many horrible things, but it's eventually clear that he hated his position as a slavedriver and that his kindness was not entirely faked.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sort of. He doesn't actually change his beliefs or goals, but he eventually comes to the conclusion that he can protect his son better by siding with the rebellion against the gods and creating a world without their arbitrary and inhuman rulership.
  • Hidden Depths: At first, he seems like scum who has sold humanity out to the gods in order to grow wealthy running the slave mines. In fact, he did everything for his son, Li Ne Zha, who the gods threatened to kill if he didn't serve them. In effect, he's just another slave. Additionally, while at first glance he just seems like a fat wealthy slavedriver, he's actually a master of the Smelting Aura and therefore one of the few humans capable of challenging the gods on even terms.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yet despite all of the above, he was still undoubtably a jerkass for the first season.
  • Megaton Punch: "Crushing Weight of the Mountain", where he drops a massive smelting aura fist after pinning his target with numerous small fists.
  • The Mentor: To his son and the Prince.
  • Old Master: One of the few people who practices and teaches the Smelting Art, for which he was nearly killed by the gods.
  • Papa Wolf: Kicked Gui Mu's ass when he suspeced the great god of killing his son. And as second season showed, Gui Mu was lucky that the fight was interrupted.
  • Playing Both Sides: Initially, he often does this between Ah Gou and the gods, trying to keep in both sides' good graces in order to protect his son. In their last fight, Ah Gou calls him out on it and convinces him to side against the gods for good.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Smelting aura. His version creates multitude of massive fists.

Li Ne Zha

Sir Li Jing's son, and the only person the old man truly cares about. He is a half human with his mother being an inhabitant of phantom island & sister of honored ones.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Serves as a reinforcement in the final battle against Shen Yen, along with Fortress City.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Inverted. When he's introduced, he's nearly a complete monster; however, after Ah Gou strings him up, starves him, and beats him relentlessly for three straight days, he develops a case of hero-worship and becomes a good person.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Permanently so, for some reason; he doesn't age at all even after a total of thirteen years worth of time skips.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When he's initially introduced, he embodies Kids Are Cruel almost to the point of being a complete monster (hunting slaves for sport.) However, after Ah Gou beats it out of him, he eventually becomes a reliable (if immature) ally.
  • Humongous Mecha: Learns to control fortress city, a massive construct capable of fighting with Tian's dragon pet
  • Kids Are Cruel: As a kid, he took this to almost complete monster levels, hunting slaves for sport and showing no concern for anyone but himself.
  • Playing with Fire: Can use smelting aura to create boomerang wheels of fire.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: he is the grandson of world tree, the ruler of phantom island.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Smelting aura.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he never stops being a Bratty Half-Pint, he eventually becomes a fairly effective wielder of the Smelting Aura.

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    Gods in General 
  • Abusive Precursors: The Ancient Gods towards Dark Ones.
  • Deity of Human Origin: The Current gods have descended from human. After slaughtering ancient gods,Tian took some human & made them inherit the transcendent vigor of dead gods in order to create new generation. Only Tian & Shen Yen Knows of this.
  • Jerkass Gods: Anything short of complete boot-licking is punished with death. Some gods just kill their human worshipers for jollies.
  • Physical Gods
  • Smug Super: Even when beaten to within an inch of their life, they will demand penance from their attackers, playing successfully defying a god's wrath as a forgivable sin. They refuse to believe the 'monkeys' Tian had guided are resourceful enough to properly rebel.
    Great Gods 

Tian, Ruler of Heaven and Earth

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The ruler and creator of Gods and Man. Tian is a being of immense power to the point he is considered beyond logic. 10,000 years ago, before he became the ruler of the world, Tian was the greatest warrior of the Ancient Gods. Fearing his power, his fellow Ancient Gods captured and killed his wife, angering him to the point he decided to annihilate them all. He then created a new world to mine the Earth for a means to heal his wife.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He got his position as head of the gods by murdering every other god in a revenge-filled rage, then creating weaker ones to replace them.
  • Back for the Finale: Returns at the end of final arc to challenge humanity one more time.
  • Barrier Warrior: Like Ah Gou, he can use Monochrome, only his is vastly more powerful and deadly.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Blood Spear.
  • Blood Knight: At heart, Tian has a deep love for combat, although it takes a powerful opponent to awaken his bloodlust. It got to a point where his decision to let humans lived freely depended entirely on whether one could prove themselves to him in combat.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the last of the Old Gods, since he killed all the others after they executed his wife.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for Bai Long drove him to enslave humanity and oppress them so they could gather enough bloodstones to revive his wife.
  • The Maker: He was the one responsible for creating the Gods and the Humans. Ironically, this occurred after he destroyed his brethren Old Gods, making him a possessor of both a Destroyer Deity and a Creator in succession.
  • Necromantic / Love Makes You Evil: All his actions are driven by a desire to bring back his nearly-dead wife, who was killed by the old gods eons ago because they feared his power. When she actually dies, he pretty much becomes an empty shell.
  • Not Quite Dead: It is revealed he is still alive at the end of Season 3.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He descends from his throne to kill the main character's father in the backstory, then spends the rest of the story asleep. In truth he has been awake all this time, and it is in fact his wife Bai Long in an eternal coma while he takes care of her; but the trope still applies, since he doesn't really care about anything that happens in the human world and never interacts with the plot after the first plot arc unless someone takes the fight to him personally.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His original name is Hei Long (Black Dragon).
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Literally caused the mass extinction of Gods and Dark Ones back in his youth.
  • Power Nullifier: His Divine Power Monochrome saps the strength from everyone around him while he keeps it active.
  • Shock and Awe: Can use a technique similar to Tian Wu's Great Thunderclap, only more powerful.
  • Shirtless Scene: When he decides to get serious in combat.
  • Top God: He is the strongest god ever, even when the Old Gods were still alive. The current generation of gods defer to him because he raised them and because it is entirely stupid to tell him 'no'.
  • World's Strongest Man: By far the strongest character in the entire series.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A very quiet one after his wife is killed and he just lets Pan Gu kill him.

Shi Xing, Great God of the Ferocious Affiliation

A god cursed with insanity inducing immortality. He is actually the true son of Tian. After he committed the crime of marrying a human, he is not executed due to his status, but instead cursed with the Mark of Death which prevented him from dying and turned him into a ferocious beast during the full moon.

  • Blade on a Stick: During his fight with Huang Long, he manages to create his father's Blood Spear which he uses to finally defeat the powerful Ancient God.
  • Blood Knight: In his insane state, he loves nothing more than a good fight and a worthy opponent, even letting his enemies hit him so as to make the fight more enjoyable.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: His Blood Knight persona was actually a result of being cursed with the Mark of Death.
  • The Berserker: His general fighting style while insane.
  • Bishonen: Prior to the Mark of Death.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Mark of Death turns him into a vicious Blood Knight and sends him into a frenzy during the full moon, but also gives him Resurrective Immortality.
  • Death Seeker: He wants death more than anything else, resulting in him looking for strong opponents to fight.
  • Defector from Decadence: Prior to the series, he decides not to become a Great God and instead live with the humans. This doesn't end well for him, to say the least.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After he is cursed by the Mark of Death, he turns from Nice Guy to the bloodthirsty monster he spends Season 1 as, and is initially a major antagonist for Ah Gou and the Lost Gods.
  • Fate Worse than Death: What the Mark of Death basically amounts to for him, especially since he lost his reason to live when Ming Yue died.
  • Flechette Storm: With his Immortal Phoenix powers, he is capable of launching a wave of bladed feathers from his wings.
  • Foil: Shi Xing is one to Ah Gou. Both of them had their loved ones and their city destroyed by the Gods, and their primary motivation became revenge against them. They both hold a vision of equality between Gods and Man. They inherited the powers of the Immortal Phoenix and Divine Power: Monochrome respectively, while the reverse was the case or their fathers. Both grow from strength to strength across the series and ultimately each defeat one of the two Dragon Gods, and team up to finally crush Shen Yen. However, while Shi Xing is stoic and fights in a rage, Ah Gou is a smug Jerkass who uses tactics and wits to defeat opponents.
  • Fragile Speedster: Probably the fastest god besides Xuan Feng, but really can't take a hit without being forced to use his regenerative powers.
  • Healing Factor: The Immortal Phoenix allows him this. Note that this is on top of the Resurrective Immortality granted by the Mark of Death.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Season 2, where he is sane for the most of it, he helps the protagonists during the invasion of the Gods' Realm.
  • Kill It with Fire: He gains incredible fire powers after his contract with the Immortal Phoenix.
  • Lunacy: He turns into a hulking, madman during the full moon. He remains in this form until something (like death) snaps him out of it.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Prior to Mark of Death.
  • Power Gives You Wings: After his upgrade through the Immortal Phoenix, he can grow fiery wings to fly.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His actions in Season 2 basically amount to this. While the other forces fought the Gods for freedom or justice, Shi Xing participated only to get vengeance on Pan Gu.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The combination of the Mark of Death and the Immortal Phoenix. The Mark of Death grants him Resurrective Immortality, but wouldn't usually keep him from getting too injured to fight, and he could still be killed temporarily by utterly destroying his body with fire; the Immortal Phoenix grants him an incredible Healing Factor that makes it effectively impossible to destroy his body, but would usually burn his life force to use it until he dropped dead. The combination of the two makes him practically immortal and unkillable.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Shi Xing has enormous raw power but he lacks combat skill, which means he takes alot of hits, relying almost entirely on his functional immortality to win battles.
  • Summon Magic: He can summon wolves into battle.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: His forbidden love with Ming Yue, a human, ends in tragedy and her death.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Due to the Mark of Death, he just cannot die. Even decapitation doesn't stop him for long. It takes being incinerated and having his divine aura destroyed to kill him, and even that isn't permanent. After he gains the powers of the Immortal Phoenix he gains instantaneous regeneration and can even regenerate from a single cell in minutes.
  • Worthy Opponent: Whenever he beats someone who he considers worthy in a fight, he'll save their life and drag them back to his hidden city, then let them recover so he can fight them again and again.

Tian Kui, Great God of the Fighting Association

The strongest of the Great Gods and Tian's enforcer. Tian Kui was responsible for crushing the rebellion on Zi Shou's father and later battles the man himself over the Shang Kingdom. He was also Shi Xing's mentor, but was ultimately forced to punish him for his crimes against the Gods. When Xin Yue Kui's negotiations with the Fallen Ones fail, he launches an attack against them.

  • Anti-Villain: In truth, he, just like Shi Xing, possesses a sensitive and loving heart, and hoped for a future where Gods and Man were equal. Unlike Shi Xing, his loyalty to Tian prevented him from ever acting on his convictions.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: One of the most skilled fighters in the series, who's fighting style pretty much entirely consists of crushing opponents with his bare fists.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: His divine power allows him to block Zi Shou's swords barehanded.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to the fallen Gods. Ultimately, they fail to even scratch him.
  • The Dragon: To Xin Yue Kui. He is so powerful that he is considered the only bodyguard she needs which turns out to be a fatal mistake.
  • Dumb Muscle: Appears to be this at first, until his hidden depths are revealed.
  • Extra Eyes: Has three eyes in reference to the actual chinese God Er Lang Shen.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He hates doing evil for the Gods and wants a future where God and Man can live side by side, and is far more sensitive and caring than the other Gods. However, he is highly loyal and lacks the resolve to act upon this conviction.
  • Mercy Kill: Delivers one to Shi Xing's wife Ming Yue to prevent her from going through the eternal suffering of the Mark of Death. Unfortunately, Shi Xing only saw the aftermath of the exection and hence held a fierce grudge against his old mentor.
  • The Mentor: He was the personal mentor of Shi Xing, and was in fact practically a father to him.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Possesses the strongest Divine Power: The Indestructible except for Lan Yue in the series allowing him to withstand the strongest of attacks.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Divine Skill, Celestial Crushing Mountain, is a devastating series of rapid fire punches.
  • Super Strength: He punches right through Zi Shou's horse and sends him flying several miles into the city gate. He also smashes his fist right through Shi Xing's chest.

Gui Mu, Great God of the Plague Affiliation

A sadistic and cruel God. At the beginning of the series, he is defeated by Zi Shou in the invasion of Shang. After the battle, Prince Ji Qiao heals and takes care of the wounded God. In gratitude, he takes the young man as his godson and helps him gain power and favour.

  • Curbstomp Battle: Is on the receiving end of one from a furious Zi Shou.
  • Deadly Gas: His Necrogen Mist is powerful enough to disintegrate a human in seconds. Unfortunately, it wasn't nearly so effective against Zi Shou.
  • Eats Babies: He rejuvenates himself with the blood of the young after being brutally beaten by the former king of Shang.
  • Evil Old Folks: An utter bastard.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After the defeat of the gods, he has a revelation and decides to devote himself to helping humanity instead by building his godson, the only person he ever loved, into a good ruler. Unfortunately, his godson is a complete monster who betrays him and locks him up simply because Gui Mu is no longer useful to him.
  • Fate Worse than Death: As mentioned above, he is imprisoned by his godson, the only person he ever cared for, who keeps him alive in case he might be useful in future. As of the end of the series, he seems doomed to be locked up in a tiny cell feeding on only scraps, his wounds festering and bloating him up.
  • Fragile Speedster: He is very fast but he lacks any real defensive powers.
  • Glass Cannon: He possesses potent poison powers but he lacks any real defensive powers.
  • Jerkass: To put it lightly. Gui Mu represents the cruelty of the Gods, collecting skins of humans for fun and cruelly torturing them to them.
  • Pet the Dog: Price Ji Qiao is the one person he shows genuine selfless love to, even willing to humble himself before humans for him.
  • Poisonous Person: As with all Gods of the Plague Association.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He saw through Li Jing's ploy to deliberately get in his way of fighting Fu Yi, leader of a rebel faction, but was willing to overlook it as he needed Li Jing to teach Ji Qiao.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He can heal himself by devouring people, and bathes in the blood of children to recover from his injuries in the battle against the Shang.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression in the battle against the Shang. He appears to have become more serious and mellowed over time, but he still cracks one every now and then when in combat.
  • Sinister Scythe: Uses one in his battle with Fu Yi.
  • Summon Magic: Gui Mu's powers allow him to summon a swarm of poisonous locusts as well as more powerful snakes.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: His crushing defeat at the hands of Emperor Zhou forever destroyed his reputation as a Great God, in spite of the fact that even 3 Great Gods could not defeat the Emperor. Given he managed to fight on par with powerful opponents like Fu Yi and Li Jing (the latter whom managed to fight equally with Ah Gou), his loss of respect is obviously unwarranted.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers his former mentor Fu Yi one.

Zhui Ri, Great God of the Lightning Association

The youngest Great God in history and a warrior of great talent, Zhui Ri participated in the invasion of the Shang Kingdom and battled Emperor Zhou. After the battle, he stayed briefly in the human world where he fell in love with Bai Cai, Ah Gou's - out protagonist- wife. This foments a rivalry between them.

  • Anti-Villain: He has no actual villainous traits and is only nominally opposed to the protagonists. Unsurprisingly, he eventually has a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Can't Catch Up: In spite of having an impressive growth rate, Ah Gou simply grows faster, and by Season 3 has left Zhui Ri in the dust.
  • Cool Sword/BFS: Wields a large shark-toothed saber over a meter long
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers one to Yun Zhong Zi and later one to Ah Gou.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ah Gou. Both are highly talented young men with great potential and growth, are innately righteous people despite a tough exterior, and are in love with the same girl.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By Season 3, he is fully on the side of the angels.
  • Love Redeems: Although Zhui Ri was never satisfied with the way the Gods oppressed humanity, it is his love for Bai Cai that compels him to fully go against their system.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He reacts as such when he realises he accidentally blasted Bai Cai with lightning.
  • The Rival: Obviously considers himself this to Ah Gou, who on the other hand couldn't care less.
  • Shock and Awe: His primary means of offense is to summon down lightning bolts.
  • The Stoic: Has basically one expression. Even his Villainous Breakdown is appropriately understated.
  • Summon Magic: Can summon a gigantic six armed golem wielding an assortment of hammers and spears which he uses to summon lightning.
  • Super Strength: He can swing his sword with such force the shockwave of his swing can destroy building sized trees.
  • Worthy Opponent: Downplayed. While Chi Long praises and acknowledges him as the strongest of his opponents, he also says he is but a fly to him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one after he accidentally blasts Bai Cai with lightning.

    Lost Gods 

Ah Lan

    Sage Kings 

General Sage King tropes

Former Great Gods who chose to retire for a variety of reasons, the Sage Kings are the most powerful Gods, having mastered their Divine Skills to the fullest. They serve Shen Yen, the leader of the Gods' High Council.

  • Anti-Villain: The Sage Kings tend to be less bigoted and evil than other Gods, respecting other races, the big exception being Bai Lian and Lan Yue of course.
  • Badass Crew: Shen Yen's personal Elite Guard, in both the invasion of the Gods' realm and the invasion of the Dark Ones City, the Sage Kings are the main physical threat the protagonists have to face.
  • Bling of War: The Sage Kings all wear badass fancy armor, usually with white and gold motifs, complete with capes and custom designs.
  • Elite Mook
  • Hero Killer: Any battle with a Sage King usually ends with a Pyrrhic victory, if at all.
  • Physical God: Each Sage King is as powerful as many Great Gods combined.
  • Superpower Lottery: Many of the Sage Kings possess some of the most haxxed and powerful Divine Powers in the story.

Shen Yen

The elder of sage hall & the commander of sage kings. He is also assigned to oversee the activities of dark ones and punish the gods who disobey the divine laws. The latter task makes him de-facto leader of gods in Tian's absence. He spends most of the time in great hall using his divine power to keep track of his targets & scheming against several enemies & even gods. His power is seer's vision allowing him to see through long distance as well as telepathy & telekinesis. He inherited the transcendent Vigor of Pangu, the leader of ancient god. Due to this he has been planning to kill off Tian & take his place. He succeeds in the end of season 2.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Leader of sage kings and capable of backing it up with his powers.
  • Amplifier Artifact: His crystal chair. Later on uses the entire crystal mountain.
  • Bad Boss: His final aim is to wipe out all the current gods due to them being descended from humans.
  • Big Bad: Takes over the role for the final arc.
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: His job is to keep an eye on earth & underworld, something he does well with his divine power.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulates everyone from gods to dark ones in his goal to claim Tian's throne and later defeat the dark ones.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has manipulated & backstabbed everyone he could, including his sage kings.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What he did to Shi Xing and his entire city.
  • Fantastic Racism: Is a big bigot even by the god's standard in the series. In fact he hates current gods & want nothing more than to erase them.
  • High Priest: Is the elder of great hall & in practice holds more power than Xin Yue Kui.
  • Hate Sink: He is Jerkass of highest level who has crossed Moral Event Horizon multiple time & backstabbed everyone he deemed threat.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He used Nitian Erxing to bait & kill his brother & ordered to curse Shi Xing with mark of death. However, this causes the former to unite dark one & invade god's island with Ah Gou while latter becomes much stronger than he should thanks to the curse & manages to kill him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Introduced the patrification sickness to dark ones & killed Shi Xing's entire city. Later on dies by the hand of Shi Xing & breaks into crystal pieces.
  • Legacy Character: He has inherited transcendent vigor from Pangu, chief of ancient gods. Later on takes Pangu's form as well.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The biggest one in the whole series.
  • Psychic Powers: His seer's vision allows him to watch across two realms, telekinesis & telepathic abilities.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thousand to be exact, which is very long by the standard of gods, except Tian.
  • Summon Magic: Can summon golems from crystal mountain.
  • The Seer: Possesses divine power seer's vision.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the end, once both the dragons are defeated & sage kings desert him after knowing his true plans for current gods, he undergoes one when Wu Geng & Shi Xing corner him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Was about to pull one on the entire god race.

Tian Wu

Considered the strongest warrior of the gods, Tian Wu is a Blood Knight who seeks our strong opponents and constantly seeks greater power. His powers involve creating earthquakes and shockwaves, granting him the greatest destructive power of the Sage Kings. He ends up battling Nitian Erxing during the invasion of the Gods' Domain.

  • Anti-Villain: Loyalty to the Gods aside, Tian Wu has no actual villainous traits. He respects the resolve of the protagonists and is disgusted with the savage new Ancient Gods under Shen Yen's command. He eventually undergoes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Holds pride in the fact that his fists can block any blade, which comes in handy since 3 of his opponents were blade users.
  • Blood Knight: A relatively understated version. Tian Wu enjoys nothing more than a good fight and seeks to better himself, in contrast to the lazy Xuan Feng.
  • Sphere of Destruction: After the timeskip, his divine skill evolves into a massive explosion bubble as large as an entire army. Anything within the bubble is immediately paralysed and those close enough to Tian Wu destroyed.
  • Determinator: Even after Nitian impales him, he still attempts to continue fighting. He battles Lan Yue to protect Xuan Feng in spite of serious injuries, ultimately being willing to use up all his life force to defeat him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Season 3, after Shen Yen betrays the current generation of Gods, Tian Wu chooses to defect in order to protect Xuan Feng.
  • Hero Killer: If you are a Dark One, it probably isn't too good an idea to fight him.
    • While Nitian ultimately defeated him, the battle pushed his illness to fatal levels, dooming him soon after.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Xuan Feng, whom he is usually seen with and has a d, and they are later shown to be very close friends.
    • In the second battle with the Dark Ones, he kills both Zhonghe Tianxia and Henfeng Linlin, both major characters of the 3rd season.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he is defeated by Nitian in the God's realm.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His power involves creating earthquakes and tsunamis, enabling him to destroy an entire harbour in single attack.
  • Power Fist: He can imbue his fists with explosions to increase their power. His second Divine Skill is actually a Power Palm Thrust which he uses to kill Hanfeng Linlin.
  • Mighty Glacier: He is notably slower than Nitian Erxing, using his superior power to compensate.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Xuan Feng's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shockwave Clap: His Divine Skill, Great Thunderclap, involves him smashing his fists together to cause a series of massive explosions.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Worlds' Fury enables him to create massive shockwave ripples powerful enough to obliterate an entire harbour.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: ...And predictably he is the straight man to Xuan Feng's Lazy Bastard wise guy.
  • Super Strength: Punches a hole clean through Zhonghe's chest.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a quiet one after Shen Yen, whom he had Undying Loyalty to, betrays the Gods. He lets a regular Zhou soldier stab him and it takes Lan Yue attacking the unconscious Xuan Feng to snap him out of his funk.
  • Villainous Friendship: Has one with Xuan Feng, close enough that [[spoiler: he is willing give his life to protect him.[[

Bai Lian

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The former Great God of the Plague Affiliation, his Divine Powers naturally revolve around poison. A cruel and petty God, he gains an intense hatred for Ah Gou after their first meeting and this only increases after he is defeated by the mere mortal.

  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes have black sclera with blue pupils. Naturally, he is the most evil Sage King.
  • Bling of War: Wears gold and white armor with feather-bordered shoulder plates. He ditches this armor after his first fight with Ah Gou.
  • Break the Haughty: Pretty much sums up his entire, um, character arc.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pretty much the only Sage King who fails to win any fight in the series. He interacts with Ah Gou most of the time, who spends most of the time humiliating him. He has pretty much the most pathetic send-off of the Sage Kings, dying to an annoyed punch by Ah Gou.
  • Combat Tentacles: His Spiritual Aura of Purification manifest as purple filament-thin tentacles that can home in, wrap around and trap opponents.
  • Evil Laugh: Unveils a great one after Ah Gou cries at the death of Fu Yi.
  • Jerkass: Bai Lian represents the worst of excesses and cruelty of Gods, and considered by Ah Gou to be the most despicable and petty one of them all (and he has pretty much seen them all). When Ah Gou manages to injure him in their first fight, he decides the appropriate response is to hunt down every single slave Ah Gou sacrificed 4 years to free back as a miner, kill them, and toss their heads in a shower at Ah Gou to piss him off.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After their final fight, Bai Lian has a revelation and realizes that he should reform his ways. Then Ah Gou immediately kills him.
  • Poisonous Person: His Divine Skill involves summoning entire pools of deadly poison in a fight.
  • Slasher Smile: Unveils a spectacular one when his facade as The Stoic is stripped away.
  • Tears of Fear: In one of the most deeply satisfying moments of the series.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Lacks much in the way of actual combat skill and is hence completely reliant on his Divine Power to defeat opponents- but he is still a Sage King.
  • Villainous Breakdown: 2 spectacular ones. When Ah Gou defeats him the first time, he is sent into a deep depression and drinks away his sorrows, having lost respect by losing to a human. After Shen Yen convinces him to redouble his resolve, he battles Ah Gou again, only to be crushed even harder than before. He begins to envision Ah Gou as a giant and is too scared to even make a single move against him, until he completely loses it and breaks down into Tears of Fear.

Xuan Feng

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Former Great God of Rain Affiliation, Xuan Feng possesses Divine Power: Heaven and Earth, capable of manipulating wind. He is a cocky and laid back individual who hates to fight. He ends up fighting Shi Xing at god's domain.

  • Always Someone Better: Considers Tian as this to him.
  • Anti-Villain: He hates fighting & sympathizes with dark ones & Shi Xing to a certain level. He also holds back a lot during fighting & when he knows about Shen Yen's plan for current gods he immediately turns on him.
  • Blow You Away: Controls wind & has an attack that literally blows the target hundreds of miles away.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His sage king title is not just for show. However, due to his past experience with his divine power where he accidently killed his mentor, he hates fighting & prefers to play around with other gods.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: True void, which sucks air out of his target & suffocates them to death. Due to his mentor's death he does not want to use it & only uses due to Shi Xing's Story Breaker Powers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was the Nice Guy of Sage Kings. But after knowing what Shen Yen plans to do with current gods, he stands up against him.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Tian Wu, whom he is usually seen with and has a d, and they are later shown to be very close friends.
  • Morality Pet: His injuries makes Tian Wu turn against god.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest god alongside Shi Xing & Bai Long.
  • Razor Wind: Shapeless Sword.
  • Status Quo Is God: Asks dark ones to lay down their weapons because he doesn't want the situation to any worst.
  • Super Speed: Is faster than Shi Xing, who can cross hundreds of miles within few seconds.
  • Villainous Friendship: Has one with Tian Wu.
  • Weather Manipulation: As expected for former god of rain affiliation, he can control weather to some extent, creating massive storms & tornadoes.
  • The Worf Effect: Is soundly defeated by resurrected dragons offscreen to show how dangerous ancient gods were.

Zhen Chan/ Er Chan

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The fourth Sage king to be introduced in the story. He posesses divine power eternal life and is considered the strongest of all gods except Tian. He wanders all around the world in search of truth behind the existance & due to his past experience, he doesn't have high regards for human or dark ones. He also possesses a dark personality named Er Chan, who is viscious & takes over whenever Zhen Chan can't reason with anyone.. He fights with Zi Yu and some dark tribe generals in god's domain's war, where he is finally convinced to give human a second chance.

  • Anti-Villain: He only seeks to uncover the truth of the world & has his loyalty to only Tian. He fights against humans & dark ones due to his bad past experience. Once knowing that they aren't same as before he is happy to take a dark one as apprentice & leaves god's service.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He wasn't even a greater god before being a sage king. He was just that powerful. Even then he is considered strongest sage king.
  • Attack Reflector: His divine power allows the damage he takes from physical attack to deflect back to enemy. He has even more powerful version that allows every damage one ever did back to the enemy.
  • Berserk Button: Refusing to learn about the truth of the world. It awakens something worse within him.
  • The Berserker: Er Chan, who fights more physically in wild rage.
  • Combat Medic: Good enough to support 200 great gods at once & capable of healing anything short of decapitation.
  • Combo Platter Powers: His eternal life does more than just healing. He can heal multiple people (200 at least) at once, can dematerialize & rematerialize, create massive construct, reflect enemy's attack back to them & trap them in illusions. These powers makes his stronger than everyone except Tian by a long shot.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He is extremely calm in fights & rarely angry. Which is best thing to happen to anyone fighting him.
  • Enemy Within: [[Er Chan takes over Zhen Chan when he finds someone unwilling to listen to him & fights.
  • Green Thumb: Some of his abilities involves formation of flower petals & growing of trees.
  • Healing Factor: Even Zi Yu's heaven punisher is incapable of killing him due to this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being satisfied by human & dark one's evolution & Tian's passing, he leaves Shen Yen & travels around the world.
  • Human Are Bastards: Initially believed so. Later on changes his stance after fighting Zi Yu.
  • Instant Armor: True form of aharat.
  • Load Of Bull: Travels the world riding a bull.
  • Light Is Good: Initially Light Is Not Good, but after heel face turn becomes this.
  • Master of Illusion: Capable of putting opponent through countless illusionary lives continuously or use as ambush tactics.
  • Poison Person: Er Chan can invert divine power eternal life, giving this effect.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His character & abilities are based of Buddha, while his battle with Luan YU & epilogue is a shout out to Journey to the west.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Even by Sage King's standard.
  • Put on a Bus: He is absent from most of the final arc & only arrives to stop Luan Yu and Tian Wu's fight.
  • Wham Line: "You Dare! Vile Spawn!"

    Other Gods 
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    The Dark Ones In General 
Banished to Hell by the Elder Gods, the Dark Ones have lived in warring tribes for a hundred thousand years. They resent the gods that keep them confined to hell, but respect power and talent among allies and rivals. They utilize Soul Ignition to gain power and channel this power through their Soul Gear. Their chosen weapon becomes as resilient as their souls, but also will relay any damage taken to it. The risk does not matter so much to them; as a society that dreams of overthrowing the gods, they are used to such dangerous gambles.
  • Escaped from Hell: They were banished to Hell by the gods hundreds of generations ago. They still manage to leave to fight or scout on the surface.
  • Limit Break: It's called exactly that. Beyond their super mode, they can literally go past the limits of their soul.
  • Our Elves Are Better: They have pointy ears, great height, grey skin, suffer social prejudice, and are more underhanded (by necessity) than their 'light' counterparts. The Dark Ones are Dark Elves in all but half their name.
  • Proud Warrior Race: They all dream of overthrowing the gods. It's a tradition that each generation bands together and throws themselves into attempt after attempt.
  • Super Mode: When they ignite their souls, they gain immense power and their hair turns neon green.
  • Taken for Granite: Many of them suffer from an incurable disease that slowly turns them to stone.
    The Great Generals of the Dark Ones 
    Other Dark Ones 
     Citizens of Phantom Island 
     Honored Ones of Phantom Island 
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