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The Greek Gods are a race of powerful, immortal beings who control the forces of nature and magic and who rule over large portions of the Earth, including animals and mortals. The Olympian gods had a king, Zeus, who reigned over both man and god from his divine throne on Mount Olympus. They served as minor protagonists in the first game, helping Kratos with his quest to kill Ares; however, as the series progressed, they turned into the series' main antagonists.

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  • Art Evolution: All of them save Athena and Ares are drastically different-looking from the original game to sequels.
  • Asshole Victim: Kratos may be a Villain Protagonist by the time of III, but it's hard to feel sorry for their gruesome deaths at his hands on account of what bastards they are. By the time of the Norse Era, this seems to be a common view of the Olympians, as Mimir believes that the entire pantheon had it coming.
  • Badass Beard: Ares, Zeus, and Poseidon.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Make no mistake, Kratos is largely responsible for a lot of the terrible events taking place throughout the original Greek series, but he became a Villain Protagonist in II and III largely because of the gods' machinations utterly ruining his life, and the lives of those he loves. Like Kratos, however, none of the gods ever admit to their own hand in how these events have played out, despite calling out Kratos for his own refusal to own up to his own failures.
  • Fisher King: In III, every time Kratos kills one of them, their death causes something to happen to one of their dominions. This is why most of the gods protect Zeus so fervently, as if Zeus were to die, literally everything else would, too. Interestingly, this only seems to apply to their homeland, as Midgard/Scandanavia seems to be perfectly fine a hundred years after the fall of Olympus, which saw Greece transformed into an unrecognizable apocalyptic wasteland due to the mass murder of the Greek Pantheon. This may be a Retcon of sorts, since there was no real indication that the universe had a Crossover Cosmology before the 2018 game, so now it appears that different pantheons have stewardship over their own parts of the world.
  • Flaming Hair: Ares. Hermes had this in his original design, but his appearance was tweaked between II and III to give him hair made of pure light.
  • Hate Plague: They are revealed in III to be victims of this; when Pandora's Box was opened at the climax of the first game, the metaphysical evil contained within spread to infect the pantheon with paranoia and madness, transforming them from aloof Reasonable Authority Figures to the Jerkass Gods seen in the rest of the series.
  • Hero Antagonist: Of the Nominal Hero variant towards Kratos in God of War III. Yes, they are fighting to preserve the world from being destroyed by Kratos' actions, but that is mostly because their positions of power are being threatened, rather than concern for the humans occupying their realm.
  • Hypocrite: The vast majority of the gods collectively look down on Kratos for his refusal to take responsibility for his actions, yet feel entitled enough to believe that any transgression they perform against Kratos had been entirely justified, and lack the capacity to realize that perhaps their constant toying with Kratos' life is a massive reason as to why he hates them, and eventually declares war on them.
  • Jerkass Gods: Many of them. The comic is reveals that in order to see which one of them was better, they forced their chosen champions to take part in the quest for Ambrosia... by plaguing their home-lands with disease, famine and plague. Being infected by the evils of Pandora's Box certainly didn't help.
  • Kill 'Em All: By the end of III, Kratos has killed pretty much all the major gods of the pantheon, with the more minor ones implied to have been killed by the catastrophes unleashed by the previous gods' deaths.
  • Large Ham: Some more than the others.
  • Minor Major Character: The Gods are one of the most important aspect in Greek Mythology, as they shape the God Of War universe, but since the game takes place in Kratos's point of view, most of them only appeared as either a Boss Battle or a Plot-Irrelevant Villain, such as Persephone and Thanatos. Only Zeus, Athena, and Ares play a major aspect in Kratos's story.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: With the exception of Ares, all Olympians obey Zeus regardless how they may feel about him, even by the time of III where most feel he had turned into a tyrant. They will fight to the death to keep him in power because he preserves balance in the world; as Poseidon puts it "the death of Olympus means the death of us all".
  • Never My Fault: Notably, the gods repeatedly chastise Kratos' own selfish refusal to own up to his actions, yet never once admit to how their own actions have contributed to making Kratos' life a living hell.
  • Physical God: So much you could mistake them for super-powered humans rather than gods.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first game, they were more like Reasonable Authority Figure(s), but they become more like Jerkass God(s) in the sequels; this is justified since it's revealed in the third game that the Olympians became infected by the evils of Pandora's box after Kratos opened it, causing them to be consumed and turned into paranoid and arrogant tyrants by them.
  • Your Size May Vary: While they can change their forms and by extension their size at will, some vary from god to god as standards. Ares looks gigantic, and so does Hades during his boss fight. Athena, Hera, Eos, and Aphrodite have an average female height, while Persephone looks unnaturally tall.
  • You Don't Look Like You: While the Art Evolution in the series allowed for some refinement in the gods' designs, certain characters have such drastically different designs from their first incarnations that you'd be surprised they were the same character. Poseidon, for example, turns from a sagely old man in the first game to a more ruggedly masculine young man covered in tattoos.

     Zeus 
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"I'll put an end to this chaos!"
Voiced by: Paul Eiding (God of War), Corey Burton (God of War II, God of War III, God of War: Ascension), Fred Tatasciore (Ghost of Sparta)

"Everything that you have ever known, Kratos, will now suffer because of your sacrilege. You will never be the ruler of Olympus. The cycle ends here."

The King of Olympus and father of several gods and mortals, Zeus is the single most powerful god among his pantheon, and initially acts as a benign ally to Kratos. Though he is singularly the most powerful being in the land, Zeus is beset by a paranoia and fear that constantly plagues him. Just as he usurped his father Cronos, the once-ruler of all mankind, and just as Cronos had usurped his father Ouranos, Zeus is well aware of the fact that his reign can easily be toppled by one of his own children. But his extreme fear is only matched by his unbridled hedonism; Zeus constantly cavorts with multiple women throughout Greece, despite himself being married to Hera, and as such he is the father of multiple divine children.

His fears come to fruition when his son Ares, the God of War, declares war upon the city of Athens and later expresses an intent to ravage Olympus itself. With Zeus at an impasse, as Olympians were forbidden to wage war upon each other, he and the other gods send out the mortal Kratos to do battle with Ares and put a stop to his madness, before all of Greece would fall under the God of War's thumb. Not only does Zeus provide Kratos with special abilities to aid him in his quest, but he also helps Kratos escape the underworld all while under the guise of a humble Grave Digger.

Once Kratos defeats Ares, however, he is granted the throne of the God of War; immediately, a great fear grabs hold of Zeus' heart. Kratos, angered at the gods for their refusal to undo the terrible memories of his dark past, proceeds to unleash a great campaign of war upon all of Greece, forcing Zeus to intervene and start a war that would decide the fate of Olympus itself.


  • Adaptational Villainy: While his mythological counterpart was a total asshole, this version of Zeus is considerably more malicious and cruel. But it turns out this is because he was possessed by the evils of Pandora's Box.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As revealed at the end of III, he wasn't truly evil; he was possessed by the evils in Pandora's Box. Of course, there are hints that even before then, he was a Jerkass God.
  • Angel Unaware: He apparently moonlights as a gravedigger on Earth.
  • Archenemy: To Kratos, from the second game on. This is because he was corrupted by the fear from Pandora's Box.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Turns out he's Kratos' father.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He isn't exactly inoffensive to who is alive when he does that.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He can grow in size. In fact, he fights Kratos in a gargantuan form at the end of II.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: If he wasn't the most powerful being in all of Greece, then he probably wouldn't stay too long on Olympus' throne.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After defeating the Titans, Zeus became the ruler of Olympus and reigned supreme over all his godly brethren.
  • Badass Baritone: Zeus has a very deep voice, which is appropriate for the king of the gods.
  • Badass Beard: As with most depictions, Zeus is shown with a truly impressive beard.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers a few of these to Kratos.
    "I will release you from your life, my son, but your torment is just beginning!"
    "Petulant child! I will tolerate your insolence no more!"
    "I created you, and I will be your end!"
  • Badass Grandpa: His appearance. As a god, age could actually make him stronger.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports the classic godly white beard, and shows himself time and again to be incredibly ruthless and petty.
  • Big Bad: For the second and third games, Kratos' quest to get revenge on Zeus drives the bulk of plot.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Killing him is Kratos' main objective in the third game, but he has to share the spotlight with the others in his pantheon, as well as Athena and Gaia.
  • BFS: The Blade Of Olympus is his signature weapon, and it is what he used to destroy the titans and take the world for his own. Later on, Kratos steals the Blade for himself, and it proves to be one of the few weapons in the series capable of dishing out serious damage to Zeus.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Gave Kratos this power in he first game, and can use it himself.
  • The Cameo: In God of War (PS4), he appears as an illusion created by Helheim to torment Kratos.
  • The Chains of Commanding: The most powerful being in all of Greece is also quite terrified of being stripped of his power and his title as King of Olympus.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Zeus figured one day a god would turn against him and he would have to either violate his decree forbidding the gods from battling one another or have a way for a mortal to kill a god. He left a path to Pandora's Box open when the maze was built a thousand years ago for this day. Unfortunately, he had no preparation for the possibility of the gods being infected by the evils in Pandora's Box.
  • Create Your Own Villain: After the death of his brother, Kratos' hatred of the gods understandably began to fester, but he never would have jumped off the slippery slope as eagerly as he did had it not been for Zeus stabbing him through the gullet with a giant sword and leaving him for dead.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: This iteration of Zeus takes his character from the original myths (as well as his role as he Top God of his pantheon), cranks up all his negative aspects Up to Eleven, and explores his character from there. Though initially presented as a benevolent if benign ally to Kratos, it becomes more apparent as the games progress that Zeus is trapped by an intense fear of losing his throne, especially to his children—and this fear is completely justified. Given that Zeus himself overthrew his father Cronos, and Cronos overthrew his father Ouranos, it's natural for Zeus to assume that someday one of his children would do the same (which is exactly his reasoning for the death of the Titan Metis in Classical Mythology). His paranoia over losing his throne causes him to act out of fear, leading to Kratos declaring war upon Olympus, eventually leading to the destruction of all of Greece and the end of his reign. Even with the reveal that Zeus was infected by the evils of Pandora's Box, it's likely that the evils had merely exacerbated the fear and paranoia that was already there.
  • Dirty Coward: Strip away his grandiose boasts and badass credentials and Zeus is this at his core. All of his actions, possibly even before becoming infected with the evil of Fear, are motivated to protect himself and his power. He only attacks Kratos when he is too weak to fight back and he is more than willing to send others to do his dirty work for him, to the point of spending almost all of III hiding from Kratos while he killed the other gods one by one. When Athena died to save Zeus from Kratos, it's notable that Zeus barely reacts to her sacrifice and flees. Although in the climax of III, he finally nuts up and fights Kratos one-on-one without any pretenses of fleeing. It is implied that Zeus was specifically infected by the evil of Fear, which manifested as both cowardice and deranged paranoia.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Decided to punish the entire titan race for Cronos' actions, including Gaia, who cared for him and nurtured his desire for vengeance against Cronos. And he later punishes all of Sparta for Kratos' actions. He's big on this.
  • Dying as Yourself: Implied. Just before Kratos kills him, some black smoke left his body indicating that the evil of Fear had abandoned him. Interestingly enough, Zeus does not put up any resistance as Kratos pummels him to death, indicating that he may have realized that by causing Kratos so much pain, he was responsible for his own demise. A deleted line in GOW3's files emphasizes this further - originally Zeus' last words were to apologise and to ask for a Mercy Kill.
    Kratos...my son. I'm sorry. Release me.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seemingly did love Kratos, originally anyway. According to Hera, the only reason Kratos wasn't killed at birth was because Zeus cared and felt pity for him, and during a brief moment in II when Zeus is preparing to smite Kratos, he turns away with a look of extreme sadness and hesitation, before reluctantly going through with the deed.
  • Evil Laugh: Indulges in these a few times, most notably when he's cruelly mocking Kratos after Pandora's death.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His villainous moments are all accompanied by his deep voice.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Kratos is a Psychopathic Manchild Villain Protagonist who's willing to destroy all of reality if that means getting his vengeance. Zeus is an extremely powerful Paranoiac whose desire to maintain his rule outweighs any sense of reason or morality, when the chips are down.
  • Fatal Flaw: His extreme paranoia and fear of being overthrown led Zeus to make the worst decision of his life; killing Kratos out of fear that he'd eventually usurp his rule over Olympus only ended up giving Kratos all the reason in the world to want to topple his reign.
  • Fate Worse than Death: When Kratos feigns surrender during his and Zeus' battle at the end of II, he begs Zeus to "release [him] from the torment of [his] life." And what does Zeus say in response?
    "I will release you from your life, my son. But your torment is just beginning."
  • Final Boss: Of II and III. After all, what better god to end the original Greek series on other than the King of Olympus himself?
  • Flash Step: He makes liberal use of this while fighting Kratos, moving with blinding speed.
  • Flying Brick: He rarely makes use of it, but Zeus is capable of flight.
  • Foreshadowing: He refers to Kratos as "my son" on a number of occasions. As it turns out, he's not using the term figuratively.
  • Genius Bruiser: He effortlessly manipulates Kratos into giving up his godly powers, at the very beginning of II.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: All the time, to an genuinely unnerving fashion.
  • God Is Evil: Though he aids Kratos throughout his journey to defeat Ares, as the original series progresses it becomes increasingly clear that Zeus is dangerously paranoid over the notion that one of his children may end up usurping his throne. Especially since the god-killer Kratos is his son, and he has a huge chip on his shoulder against the gods. That being said, it is revealed in III that it was most likely Kratos' fault that he became as paranoid as he did, the evils of Pandora's Box having infected him.
  • Grandpa God: After all, he is Zeus, the god patron of this trope.
  • Hero Antagonist: His paranoia in II isn't entirely unjustified, or his fault, and his rule beats Chaos, marginally. And in III, he's trying to kill Kratos while Kratos is causing untold destruction and death among mortals by killing the gods.
  • Hidden Depths: Throughout Kratos' journey throughout Greece to slay Ares, Zeus initially appears to be a benevolent if benign deity, willing to aid Kratos directly and even going so far as to provide Kratos an escape from the underworld while moonlighting as a Grave Digger. However, as the series goes on it becomes clear that Zeus has a much darker side to him, one that manifests in his extreme paranoia of the very idea of anybody overthrowing him. Though the events of II and III were kickstarted because Zeus was infected by the evil Fear, from Pandora's Box, it's likely that the Fear of losing his throne has always been present (given certain tales from Greek myth itself) and that being infected by it merely drew all of it out.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The first battle with him in God of War II cannot be won.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Zeus' most powerful weapon, the Blade of Olympus, is eventually stolen by Kratos, who uses it against him throughout all of their subsequent battles to great effect. It is implied, at the end of II, when Kratos stabs Zeus in the gut with the Blade, that Kratos would have managed to kill him, had it not been for Athena's timely intervention.
  • Hypocrite: Zeus seeks to destroy both Ares and Kratos for their excessive violence and interference in the mortal world, but personally destroys the armies of Sparta and Rhodes (note that Rhodes hadn't done anything wrong, they were just in the way) and then all of Sparta out of revenge against Kratos.
  • Informed Attribute: According to Hercules, Zeus had always considered Kratos his favorite child, which...certainly doesn't come across very well.
  • It's All About Me: In his Rousing Speech directed towards the other Olympians, one of Zeus' final remarks is a blatant "I will wipe out this plague!" It's clear from this and his other actions that above all else, what matters most to Zeus is the preservation of his rule over Olympus and Greece, and any opposition must be taken out at all costs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At the beginning of II, Kratos has begun abusing his power as the God of War by allowing Sparta to ransack all of Greece, mainly out of spite towards the Olympians. Naturally, Zeus steps in by draining Kratos' godly powers. Though this is an inherently noble act, Zeus' wording when demanded a reason for his betrayal indicates a desire for self-preservation over the protection of Greece. This isn't helped by how Zeus callously destroys both Kratos' and Rhodes' armies after Kratos' defeat, and how Zeus later trashes Sparta out of petty vengeance towards Kratos (despite having already killed the guy mere hours ago). When Athena reveals that Kratos is Zeus' son, it's clear then that while Zeus has perfectly legitimate reasons for wanting to stop Kratos' wanton rampage, it's largely out of fear of Kratos eventually usurping his position as King of Olympus that drives him to act.
  • Kick the Dog: Like Kratos, Zeus tends to lash out for his own petty reasons. Destroying the city of Sparta, after killing Kratos, sends Kratos fuming mad.
  • Light Is Not Good: Zeus is a Man in White who can throw lightning bolts and is generally associated with bright lights. But he's also a genocidal paranoiac whose desire to preserve his rule outweighs his senses and his morals, to the point where he is willing to kill anybody who shows any sign of rebellion against him.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Zeus' self-serving attitude plus his crippling paranoia doesn't do him any favors, but he and the other gods are in an unambiguously heroic position during the events of III, as Kratos' mad dash for vengeance causes so much destruction and mayhem that, if left unchecked, could culminate in the destruction of all Greek civilization. Which happens the moment Zeus finally dies.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Puns aside, Zeus is incredibly fast and amazingly strong, which makes for a hell of a boss fight.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • Zeus has become more like his father Cronos, doing whatever it takes to stay on his throne as king of the gods. He would let his children and his siblings die in order for him to remain in control and is willing to murder one of his offspring out of fear of being killed by said offspring.
    • Zeus' children share their father's vindictiveness, arrogance, willpower, and unbelievable reserves of strength. And as much as Kratos would be loathe to admit, most of his personality likely takes after his father's worst traits.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: As revealed by Athena at the end of II, Zeus is Kratos' father.
  • Made of Iron: Befitting of the King of Olympus, Zeus can take some serious damage that would outright kill other gods. In II, Kratos stabs him in the gut with the Blade of Olympus, a weapon which with one swing can take out an entire battlefield of titans, and Zeus not only survives, but continues to live until the very end of III.
  • Man in White: When appearing in his usual form, Zeus always wears a white robe.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In the novelization of the original God of War, Zeus left a path open to Pandora's Box thousands of years ago knowing that one day a god would turn against him and he would need a way to get around the decree forbidding the gods from fighting each other. Athena infers that Zeus manipulated her into manipulating Kratos to kill Ares and for the latter to commit suicide to rid himself of both his problems.
  • Mind Rape: Attempts this on Kratos during their final battle. He tried to break him by forcing him to feel the pain and angst of those he killed during his rampage, and if it wasn't for Pandora's soul, his mind would've been destroyed by his sheer overwhelming guilt.
  • Mystical White Hair: Flashbacks in God of War II show that he was white-haired from birth.
  • Nominal Hero: In III, he's placed in a position of Hero Antagonist to contrast Kratos' Villain Protagonist status; while Kratos' actions threaten all of Greece itself (as Olympus is sustained by the gods, and would therefore fall if the gods were to die), Zeus' reasons for opposing Kratos have a self-serving edge to them as well. While he's of course terrified of the destruction of his kingdom, and with good reason, it's less out of concern for the mortals or even the other gods under his domain, but rather out of a desire to preserve his own rule.
  • Offing the Offspring: The reason why he antagonized Kratos was because he was paranoid that his son would overthrow him the way he overthrew his own father, Cronos.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He simply disappears between the beginning and the climax of III. Hell, we don't even know if he was on his throne. This probably stems from the evil of fear from Pandora's Box infecting him, causing him to hide from Kratos because he was afraid to fight him personally, and sending his brethren to do the dirty work for him.
  • Order vs. Chaos: III explicitly draws parallels of the conflict between Zeus and Kratos to this, with Zeus representing Order and Kratos representing Chaos. In a strange twist, Kratos is the protagonist in this scenario, and while Zeus' goals are ostensibly heroic, they have a self-serving edge to them as well. So in the end neither side is particularly one to root for.
  • The Paranoiac: Zeus is constantly attacked by the fear of his rule coming to an end at the hands of someone else, namely one of his own children. This is because once Kratos opened Pandora's Box, Zeus was infected with the evil of fear, though there's no indication he didn't have this fear before (and if Athena's origins are of any indication, it's probable he did).
  • Parental Favoritism: At the end of the first game, Ares accuses him of favoring Athena over him, as he stands over the burning ruins of Athens. Furthermore, in III, Hercules states his belief that Zeus favored Kratos over him, using the fact that Kratos was chosen to kill Ares and succeed him as the God of War while Hercules was left doing "mundane" tasks like finding an apple and cleaning the Augean Stables.
  • Pet the Dog: Zeus repeatedly aided Kratos throughout his journey to defeat Ares, even helping him escape the underworld, while referring to him affectionately as "my son." And in his guise as the gravedigger, he later Deimos and Callisto (Kratos' brother and mother, respectively) proper burials. Albeit that could be seen as a twisted form of self-assuring his victory, by burying those who prompted Kratos to rebel against him. And then he says ominously "Now, only one remains," and the camera shows a third, open grave, meant for Kratos.
  • Promoted to Playable: While Zeus isn't playable in the story mode in Ghost Of Sparta, you can unlock the Grave Digger costume that allows you to play as him in combat arenas.
  • Rousing Speech: Delivers one to the other gods before the second Titan War.
    My brothers, we were forged in victory. A victory that ended the great war and brought forth the reign of Mt. Olympus. Born from the depths of the underworld. Rooted in the river of souls. Our mountain emerged out of the Chaos. As it grew, so to did the might of the Olympians. We created a world of peace, a world of prosperity, a world that lives in the shadow and safety of my mountain. A mountain that has come to be the absolute measure of strength and power. Now, on this day, that power is to be tested. The mortal Kratos, seeks to destroy all that I have wrought. Brothers, put aside the petty grievances that have splintered us for so long. We will unite. We will stand together. And I will wipe out this plague! OLYMPUS... WILL PREVAIL!!!
  • Screw Destiny: Zeus notices that, just as he had overthrown his father Cronos and the Titans in a bloody revolution, Kratos is making strides towards doing the same to him and the gods. In response, Zeus tries to invoke this trope, to little success.
  • Self-Duplication: Using Gaia's heart as an source of energy, he can create clones of himself.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His attempt to off Kratos to prevent the recurring cycle of patricide throughout Olympus' history and save his own hide did little more than give Kratos just the incentive he needed to kill Zeus and continue said cycle.
  • Shock and Awe: Like in mythology, Zeus can use lightning to his advantage and at one point thrusts an entire lightning storm onto Kratos during their second bout.
  • Teleport Spam: He moves so fast that he's practically teleporting, which he uses to devastating effect.
  • Treacherous Advisor: At first, he directly aided Kratos in his quest to defeat Ares, but as Kratos gradually became more belligerent and hateful towards the gods, Zeus took action by tricking Kratos into giving up his godly power and then killing him in his weakened state.
  • Tyke Bomb: Was raised by Gaia to defeat Cronos. There's even a drawing he made as a child depicting himself facing Cronos.
  • The Unfettered: Zeus has shown time and again that he will preserve his reign no matter the cost. Like his father, he will kill as many divine or non-divine beings as he has to, all in order to ensure he remains the ruler of Olympus.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Gaia personally raised him and protected him so he would be able to defeat Cronos and save his siblings. Zeus thanked her by deciding to persecute the entire Titan race for Cronos' crimes, including Gaia herself.
    • He barely even took notice when Athena sacrificed herself to save him. Arguably even worse than his betrayal of Gaia, as Athena was Zeus' own daughter.
  • Vicious Cycle: Took part in a cycle of patricide, wherein the deific rulers of a certain realm would be overthrown by their offspring in a violent usurpation of the throne. Though Zeus managed to overthrow his father, Cronos, he's trapped by a constant fear of losing his throne, and when his extremely violent and vengeful son belligerently opposes him and all of Olympus, Zeus immediately takes action against him.
  • Villain Has a Point: Despite being a ruthless paranoiac obsessed with preserving his rule over Olympus, Zeus and the others in the Greek pantheon are 100% in the right to oppose Kratos' thoughtlessly destructive, god-killing rampage in III, largely because Greece literally begins falling apart from the deaths of multiple gods at Kratos' hands.
  • Villainous Valor: Throughout the third game in particular, Zeus is defending the world as it stands from Kratos' thoughtless and destructive actions. He's fighting for family, subjects, and arguably, given the consequences of the game up until that point, life itself; the only reason he's in an antagonistic position, despite the more unhealthy parts of his personality, is because Kratos is the player character.
  • Villainous Breakdown: By the end of the final battle, Zeus is left screaming at Kratos, "WHY WON'T YOU DIE?! DIE!!! TREMBLE IN FEAR!!!" And as Kratos charges at him to bash his face in repeatedly, he shows a look of Fear on his face for the first time, revealing the evil that had infected him.
  • Why Won't You Die?: He says this line word for word during the final battle against Kratos.

     Athena 
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Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (God of War, God of War II, God of War (2018)), Erin Torpey (Chains of Olympus, God of War III, Ghost of Sparta)

The Goddess of Wisdom. Athena acts as one of Kratos's closest allies throughout the series, guiding him throughout his servitude to the Greek gods.


  • Absentee Actor: She is never seen or mentioned in God of War: Ascension.
  • Adaptational Expansion: In the novelization of God of War, it shows more of her characterization as well as how large of a role she played in convincing the other gods to support Kratos in his journey to defeat Ares.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the novelization, Athena had every intention of fulfilling Kratos' expectations of erasing his nightmares, but was forbidden to do so by Zeus, who felt that Kratos should live with the memories of his sins.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Her desire to become the sole god is what drives her manipulations of Kratos. Specifically, she was corrupted by the evil of Pride/Hubris, her Wisdom twisted upon itself, believing she knew better then anyone what to do with the power of Hope. Given that she is the God of Wisdom, she may have a point. She knows War, but is also wise, so she knows how to counteract each half.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Somehow she managed to become an astral projection of herself after her death in II, and in III becomes a guide to Kratos once again. Given Kratos's reaction to her turning up, again, in God of War (2018), he doesn't seem surprised that she managed it, just pissed off that she did.
  • Batman Gambit: Athena's plan is for Kratos in God of War III to kill Zeus so she can take over as chief god. It fails because Athena failed to account for Pandora's effect on Kratos and underestimates how willing Kratos would be to defy her.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Zeus and Gaia in God of War III.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is revealed in III to be infected with the evil of Greed.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Kratos, in Ghost of Sparta. Throughout Kratos' search for his brother, Athena repeatedly confronts him and attempts to steer him away from this path. Though Kratos is rightly angered at the fact that the gods themselves were responsible for kidnapping Deimos, he does seem to consider Athena's side of the story at some point—but all that goes away when he realizes that she directly helped kidnap Deimos (as in she was there) in the first place. And in the third game, she becomes just like the rest of the gods and ends up manipulating Kratos in his quest for revenge, just so she could take over Olympus. Maybe subverted, since it was probably the evil of Pandora's box that corrupted her. Luckily for Kratos, he manages to see through her ruse before it was too late.
  • The Cameo: In the fourth game, she reappears before Kratos to torment him when he is forced to use his Blade of Chaos once again.
  • Deuteragonist: Serves as Kratos's guide in the first and third game.
  • Exact Words: When sending Kratos out to defeat Ares, she promises Kratos that the gods would forgive him all the sins of his past. \This doesn't mean they'd take away the terrible nightmares plaguing him daily, as in her own words, no one could ever forget the terrible things he's done.
    Athena: Complete this final task, and the past that consumes you will be forgiven.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Her goals post-mortem are decidedly more sinister and self-serving than they were before.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Delivers one to Kratos in God of War (PS4).
    Athena: There is no way you can hide, Spartan. Put as much distance between you and the truth as you want. It changes nothing. Pretend to be everything you are not. Teacher. Husband. Father. But there is one unavoidable truth that you will never escape. You cannot change. You will always be a monster.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of II, Kratos attempts to plunge a killing blow with the Blade of Olympus into Zeus, but Athena throws herself between them both in an effort to let Zeus escape. Despite having been at odds with her throughout the whole game, Kratos is genuinely horrified at having accidentally stabbed her.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • Her excuse on why she sided with the Gods against Kratos in the second game.
    • Also her excuse for letting Deimos be taken by Ares and tortured by Thanatos, as well as asking Kratos to leave Deimos as he was.
  • It's All About Me: When Kratos chooses to commit suicide rather than give her the power of Hope from Pandora's Box, Athena throws a tantrum, screaming that the power was meant for her.
  • Jerkass: She returns in just a few scenes in the first Norse entry of the series, but her screentime largely consists of her smugly rubbing his past failures back in Kratos' face, treating his genuine effort to be a better man with contempt and disdain. Kratos pretty much tells her to go fuck herself.
  • Lady of War: Though we barely see her fight before Kratos accidentally kills her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Due to her newfound lust for power, she manipulated Kratos' hatred for the Gods into killing them so that she could be the last God of Greece. Her plan ultimately failed, due to Kratos killing himself rather than letting her have the power of hope he had taken from Pandora's Box.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's ambiguous as to whether her appearance in the Norse entry was merely a manifestation of Kratos' fears regarding digging up his past or if it was truly her taunting him.
  • Morality Pet: One of few people Kratos has any respect for. Turned out she was no different from any other Gods after being corrupted by the evils of Pandora's box.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: In this case, Olympus; while she is easily one of the more heroic gods of her Pantheon, she's more than willing to help maintain Zeus' rule, as Zeus' mere existence is intrinsically tied to Olympus itself. Until the third game, that is; now, she's out for herself.
  • Not So Different: For all her nobility and genuine goodness, Athena is still an Olympian god, and holds her ties to Olympus above all else. She was one of the gods directly responsible for kidnapping Kratos' brother, and justified her actions with an I Did What I Had to Do, all the while remaining semi-apologetic. Also, after returning to life as an astral projection, she quickly falls under the trappings of her godly siblings, in that she too becomes self-serving, callous, and seeks to dominate over mankind.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Befitting the goddess of wisdom, she keeps her hair in a bun.
  • Promoted to Playable: In God of War II, it's possible to unlock a Bonus Costume of Athena after beating the game on the hardest difficulty.
  • Taking the Bullet: Saves Zeus from being impaled, dying as a result.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In II, she's stabbed by Kratos in a blow meant for Zeus, and is killed because the blade used against her was, of all things, the Blade of Olympus. But she returns in III as a specter, and when pressed for an answer as to why or how, she remains vague.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Kratos kills himself and foils her plan, she throws a brief tantrum before coldly remarking that Kratos had disappointed her and leaving him to die.
  • The Voice: In the first game, Athena only speaks to Kratos through her statue. In all other games (sans Ascension), Athena is physically seen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unclear what happened to her after her plans were foiled at the end of III. According to Cory Barlog, she hasn't been heard from for many years at the time of God of War (PS4) and her whereabouts are still unknown. She briefly appears as a (possible) hallucination to torment Kratos.

     Ares 
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Voiced by: Steve Blum (God of War, God of War: Ascension), Fred Tatasciore (God of War III)

The God of War himself. Ares was appealed to by Kratos and gave the young Spartan the power to fell his enemies in exchange for his servitude. However, he pulled a dirty trick on Kratos by making him kill his own family to shape him into the ultimate warrior. Kratos kills him in revenge and succeeds him as the new God of War.


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     Poseidon 
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Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (God of War), Gideon Emery (God of War III, Ghost of Sparta, God of War: Ascension)

The God of the Seas and ruler of all that lives in them.


  • Ambiguously Evil: He has a legitimate reason for hating Kratos since the latter destroyed Atlantis, his patron city, and is leading an attack on his home Olympus.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He really lives up to his reputation as the Ruler of the Ocean. He's capable of tackling a Titan with the force of a meteor and knocking it off Mount Olympus and punching a hole in him.
  • Badass Beard: It's not as impressive as Zeus', but Poseidon is more than badass enough for it to qualify.
  • Badass Boast:
    I will leave nothing of you in my wake!
  • Book-Ends: The first god to gift Kratos his power, all the way back when Kratos was sent out to defeat Ares, is also the first god to be killed by Kratos by the time of III.
  • Cool Horse: His Hippocampi.
  • Co-Dragons: With Helios.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Kratos beats him to a bloody pulp, gouges out his eyes, and snaps his neck.
  • Disney Villain Death: After the aforementioned Cruel and Unusual Death, Poseidon is thrown off a cliff and into the sea.
  • Domestic Abuser: A letter of his implies he abused the woman kept in his quarters.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His One-Winged Angel form certainly qualifies.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Makes a giant avatar of himself out of rock and water.
  • Hellish Horse: His Hippocampi, which are powerful enough to bring down a Titan.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Separation from water weakens Poseidon. He is in full power only while taking on an avatar of himself made of water; when Gaia separates Poseidon from the ocean, Kratos is given ample opportunity then to kill him.
  • Large Ham: Everything he says in his fight with Kratos is powerfully dramatic. He's more low-key after being defeated, however.
  • Making a Splash: What did you expect from the god of seas? He's also apparently made of water, as we can see when Kratos throws him off Mount Olympus.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Kratos for the destruction of Atlantis, even though Kratos wouldn't have caused nearly as much destruction had Poseidon himself not summoned Scylla to impede his progress. He also leaves a letter blaming his mistreatment of the Sex Slave in his quarters on Zeus for making him angry.
  • One-Winged Angel: His battle form.
  • Only Sane Man: It seemed that he was the only one who wasn't possessed by the evils of Pandora's Box. His notes indicate that he investigated Zeus' actions, concluding that Zeus is no longer the brother he once knew. Granted, it's also possible he was possessed by the evil of Wrath, considering how awful he was towards the young woman Kratos happens upon. But then, this being Greek mythology, it's kinda hard to figure out where the line is on "general Greek God douchebaggery" and "EXTREME Greek God douchebaggery, seasoned with EVIL".
  • Pet the Dog: According to his notes, he genuinely cared for the slave girl in his quarters.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    "You have disrespected the Gods for the last time, Kratos!"
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His Weapon of Choice, of course. (Also, Poseidon's Trident is an item which allows Kratos to breathe underwater.) Poseidon himself uses the real deal.
  • Shock and Awe: As god of the sea and storms, he has some control of Lightning, judging from Poseidon's Rage and a cutscene of the Titanomachy in II.
  • Tron Lines: Blue ones.
  • Villainous Valour: His extreme animosity towards Kratos in III is revealed to be largely a result of Kratos having destroyed Atlantis during the events of Ghost of Sparta.
  • Who Dares?: "You challenge me, mortal? A god of OLYMPUS?!"
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: His bolts are light blue in color, while Zeus' ones are rather green/yellowish.

    Hades 
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Voiced by: Nolan North (God of War), Clancy Brown (God of War III), Fred Tatasciore (God of War: Ascension)

The God of the Underworld who governs the souls of the dead.


  • Affably Evil: "Evil" is pushing it, but Hades acts remarkably polite to Kratos, albeit in a rather sarcastic fashion, despite utterly despising the Spartan and wanting to kill him.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Hades never actually goes against Kratos without a good reason. Even after being infected by the evils of Pandora's Box, he still has a good reason (several, by that point) to want Kratos dead.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Ruler of the Dead and one of the most powerful bosses.
  • Badass Baritone: Practically ubiquitous where Clancy Brown is involved.
  • Badass Boast: "A moment's pain is nothing!" "Your death will only be the beginning of your suffering!"
  • Body Horror: He has mottled, reddish skin and his body is pierced with jagged spikes. In the final stage of his boss fight, he has several large chunks of flesh missing from his torso exposing his organs, and the crown of his skull is severely cracked and bleeding.
  • The Brute: Though he can also use spiritual techniques, as the god of the Underworld. He's certainly the bigger and more brutal of the Olympians.
  • The Cameo: Hades has his own stage in Play Station All Stars Battle Royale, where he overlooks the players as they fight, laughing at times. At times, he will slam his Claws into the ground, stunning any player caught in the blast radius. Then... his stage is invaded by Patapons, which begin to attack him... and despite Hades' efforts to dispatch them, they kill him.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: One of his battle quotes is "I live for pain!"
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Unlike the other gods, he has plenty of legitimate gripes with Kratos.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much of his lines to Kratos as such, such as:
    "I knew you would be back, Spartan. Did you miss me?"
  • Dual Wielding: Two giant claws, to be more exact.
  • Due to the Dead: He constructed a giant effigy in honour of his late wife - an enormous statue of his upper half that looks over the coffin that Persephone rests in. He also managed to grow an enormous tree below her, to honour her status as the daughter of Demeter.
  • Duel Boss: A brief segment of his battle has both Kratos' and Hades' left chains get tangled up; rather than try and back off to get untangled, they start swinging their right-hand weapons at each other while trying to tug the other into the chasm between them.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: The makers attempt to avert it, by giving Hades some actually sympathetic motivation for his hatred on Kratos, and by portray him as a grieving loving husband, as well as the implication at the end of the game that it's the dark powers of Pandora's Box that made him a sadistic monster.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For a given value of "evil" — Hades does seem to love his family, and despises Kratos because he just won't stop killing them. He also genuinely loved Persephone despite her hatred of him; he punished Peirithous and Theseus in the underworld because they tried to kidnap Persephone to make her Peirithous' wife.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Though "evil" would be pushing it.
  • Evil Uncle: Subverted; He's still loyal to Zeus, and Kratos ain't much the nephew of the year either. Actually, Kratos' willingness to kill his own family is the reason why Hades hates him to the core.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite his demonic appearance, Hades is one of the more reasonable Gods even after being infected via Pandora's Box.
  • The Ghost: Hades doesn't show up in Chains of Olympus— although he is mentioned and a statue of him does appear— although his past actions are essential to the plot, providing motivation for the game's Big Bad, Persephone.
  • Guttural Growler: A given with Clancy Brown at the helm. During his fight with Kratos, Hades makes sounds that are more comparable to a snarling animal than a man.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Kratos uses the Claws of Hades to steal his soul.
  • Hooks and Crooks: The Claws of Hades.
  • It's Personal: He deeply hates Kratos because the Ghost of Sparta killed his niece, his brother, and his wife.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Among the greek pantheon, he's far and away the most inhuman in appearance, as well as being one of the more physical fighters. Ironically, he's also presented with the most sympathetic motives for wanting Kratos dead and is (to some degree) an example of Dark Is Not Evil, while his fellow Olympians often demonstrate Light Is Not Good.
  • Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment in his fight with Kratos, yet keeps coming back for more. In the end, Kratos needs to rip out Hades' soul to get him to stay down.
  • Moral Myopia: Hades seems to have a pretty massive blind spot where Persephone is concerned; he genuinely loves her, even though he tricked her into marrying him, for which she despises him and all of Olympus, and he holds a major grudge against Kratos for killing her, not seeming to care that she was trying to destroy Olympus and the rest of reality at the time.
  • Motive Rant:
    Kratos, so glad you could carve out some time for us! You know, we need it... I sense some bad blood between us, Kratos. Oh, all the memories, they're overwhelming really. Let's see. How many sins have you committed against me? Oh, that's right, you murdered my niece, Athena. And what else? What else?! Ah, and you killed my brother, Poseidon. And I have not forgotten that it was you who butchered my beautiful queen! I will see you suffer as I have suffered. Your soul is MINE!!!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kratos' red. Also note that they share similar weapons and fighting styles, but of opposing colors (red for Kratos, blue for Hades).
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He does shout from time to time but doles out threats in a quiet, borderline gentle voice just as often, and he's certainly a sadist when Kratos is involved.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Protuding from his skin. Urgh. And it's heavily implied that they're in there because he enjoys the pain.
  • Stout Strength: Hades has quite a gut, but he still gives Kratos one hell of a fight.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Persephone.
  • Variable-Length Chain: He uses the Claws of Hades in the same way Kratos wields his Blades.
  • Villain Has a Point: All of Hades' grievances with Kratos are pretty legitimate, even if Hades ignores a few details (such as Athena's death being an accident, and Persephone nearly destroying the entire world).
  • Villainous Valour: From his POV, he's not just defending himself, he's avenging all the wrongs that Kratos has done to him and his family.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He only wears a tattered skirt and his helm. Played for horror far more than fan service, though.
  • You Killed My Father: You Killed My Brother, Wife, And Niece And Nephew, but no one really likes Ares.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His chains, The Claws of Hades, can rip people's souls out of their bodies. He even says this when he first attacks Kratos.

     Helios 
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Voiced by: Dwight Schultz (Chains of Olympus), Crispin Freeman (God of War 3)

The God of the Sun who flies around the world, shedding daylight on his chariot.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Helios is one of the few gods without a good reason to hate Kratos, and all in all he is one of the nicer gods. He still tries to defend Olympus and by extension the world from Kratos' destructive rampage.
  • And I Must Scream: His severed head is implied to still be alive. And yes, it does scream when Kratos uses it.
  • Blatant Lies: In an attempt to save himself from Kratos in III, he lies and says that he has to step into the Flame of Olympus to receive its power. Having already been told by Hephaestus that touching the Flame means instant death, Kratos doesn't buy it for a second.
    Helios: And you believe him?! That freak has fallen from the graces of Olympus!
    Kratos: That is exactly why I believe him.
  • Catchphrase: "Feel the wrath of the sun!"
  • Cool Horse: His flaming steeds that pull his chariot across the sky.
  • Co-Dragons: With Poseidon.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Kratos rips his head clean off, with the camera sparing no gruesome, skin-ripping detail.
  • Defector from Decadence: Despite his appearance, he is indeed a Titan who sides with the Gods.
  • Fantastic Light Source: He is the sun. Killing him curiously only makes the world enter in a eternal rain without direct sunlight, however.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In III, his face is modelled after his voice actor, Crispin Freeman. As such, you spend 3/4s of the game using Crispin Freeman's head as a flashlight. Lovely thought, no?
  • Knight Templar: A possible interpretation of his actions in GOW3. He seems remarkably determined to not let the Titans triumph (who are his own kind in the original mythology), and even though he may have been corrupted by cowardice, he still is determined to not let Kratos kill Zeus, to the point that it results in extremely poorly-made decisions.
  • Large Ham: "Feel the power... OF THE SUN!!"
  • Light Is Good: Played with. He himself is as arrogant as the average god (except for a brief Pet the Dog moment in the prequel where he feels sorry for Kratos), but his absence means the sky will be covered by dark clouds. After Kratos kills himself and releases Hope into the world, Helios might not be necessary anymore.
  • Light 'em Up: Can shine to an blinding intensity.
  • Mundane Utility: His head makes a great lantern for Kratos.
  • Off with His Head!: Unlike most examples of this trope, Helios has his head ripped off (quite graphically, at that), rather than cut off.
  • Playing with Fire: The Sun also burns.
  • The Power of the Sun: Trope Namer.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The original Helios was a Titan, not an Olympian.

     Hermes 
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Voiced by: Greg Ellis

The messenger of the Olympains, faster than any mortal.


  • Ambiguously Evil: A bit of a jerk, but everything he says about Kratos is true and like some of the others he is defending his home from an attack by a madman. Oh, and Kratos killed his son giving Hermes a legitimate reason to hate Kratos.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Kratos slices off both his legs.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He's a big talk, but take his speed from him, and there's not much left.
  • Braggart Boss: He brags a lot to Kratos.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He's dumb enough to taunt Kratos, a guy who's killing his way through the Olympians and has a history of thinking that Murder Is the Best Solution.
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted; he knows full well that he doesn't stand a chance against Kratos in close combat, and so attempts to use the chaotic environment around Olympus to kill him. It didn't end up as he planned. When he knew he couldn't run away any longer, he took a Last Stand against Kratos.
  • Evil Laugh: Smug and high-pitched.
  • Flash Step: He's extremely quick.
  • Fragile Speedster: Sure, he is fast, but he can barely take any damage. He can't even dish out much either, making you wonder why he attacked Kratos. Maybe because he wanted to defend Olympus, or he was Too Dumb to Live, or maybe both.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Kratos has to constantly follow him through Olympus until he can finally kill him.
  • Hannibal Lecture: When he was at Kratos' mercy, he mocked Kratos about his "sense of honor" and how it had given him nothing but "nightmares of your failures". Kratos didn't seem to give it much, but later it turned out it had some effects on Kratos' mind regarding on his conscience.
  • In a Single Bound: Capable of some truly impressive leaps.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Constantly mocks Kratos.
  • Jerkass: One of the first things he says to Kratos is extremely cruel, and more or less sums up how Hermes views the Spartan.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he is about to be killed, he insults Kratos's sense of honor and how it's brought him nothing but nightmares of his failure. Kratos seems to have taken this to heart, as he doesn't immediately kill him. This is heard again when Kratos is hallucinating that he has to wade through the blood of the people he killed as he hears their voices cursing him.
    Hermes: I thought Spartans fought with honor, and yet, you seek to kill me when I have no way to defend myself? Not fair! ...But you have your own sense of honor. Right, Kratos? And what has that honor brought you? Nothing but nightmares of your failure! Today, you may defeat me. But in the end Kratos, in the end, you'll betray only yourself.
  • Karmic Death: Kratos chops his legs off.
  • Large Ham: His taunts are in no way subtle.
  • Light Is Not Good: In GOW 3, his hair is made of light.
  • Le Parkour: He overcomes obstacles through pure speed and maneuverability.
  • Not Worth Killing: Kratos initially dismisses him as a "fly from the ass of Zeus" that isn't worth his time... until Hermes decides to taunt him.
  • Pride: Of his speed. He should know better.
  • Sissy Villain: He isn't exactly a Large Ham or manly like other Olympian gods.
  • Smug Snake: He taunts Kratos constantly, despite being nowhere near a match for him.
  • The So-Called Coward: Hermes seems to be a coward, but he's willing to take shots at Kratos, which, while wholly ineffective, definitely took some chutzpah.
  • Sprint Shoes: The Boots of Hermes.
  • Super Speed: His only power is terrific speed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Against Kratos, the best use of his speed would have been just running away and not looking back.
  • Too Slow: He spends the entire pre-battle chase and the battle itself mocking Kratos' speed.
    "You may have brute force — but you lack speed!"
    "I have the speed of Olympus with me, mortal!"
    "Lazy mortal!"
    "Close, Spartan. But you'll have to try harder!"
    "So slow."
    "I will always be faster than you!"
    "I am still quick enough for you!"

    Artemis 
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Voiced by: Claudia Black

The Goddess of Hunting and Apollo's twin sister.


  • Action Girl: Being goddess of the hunt, this is a given. However, downplayed and subverted in that we never see her fight in the series proper.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Greek myths, Artemis is one of the twelve most important and revered Olympian deities, while in this series she is reduced to a minor character.
  • The Ghost: Is more mentioned by others than outright seen in person. Granted, due to Greek mythology having Loads and Loads of Characters, many of them don't appear properly here and instead serve simply as cameos. note 
  • Horned Humanoid: Had small horns in the first game. Artwork for Ascension also shows her helmet sporting horns.
  • Jerkass Gods: In the comics, when she took part in the Wager of the Gods, she curses her tribe with stillborn children to force them to search for the Ambrosia. This is in stark contrast with her original counterpart who was the protector of pregnant women.
  • Named Weapons: The Blade Of Artemis belongs to her.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Concept art shows her as one, but with a lion's body instead of a horse.
  • Panthera Awesome: Could shapeshift into a lion-like creature, symbolizing her being the goddess of hunting.
  • Promoted to Playable: Was planned to appear in Ascension 's multiplayer mode as a controllable character, but the idea was scrapped.
  • The Unfought: Along with Apollo, Demeter, Hestia and Dionysus she is one of the remaining twelve Olympians that are never fought by Kratos.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not known what became of Artemis after the first game's events. She is not accounted for in God of War III.
  • You Dont Look Like Yourself: In the original game, she had small horns on her head, was covered in ivy (which would be more appropriate for either Demeter or Hestia) and had African-like facial features. While it's cut content, concept art for Ascension shows her as a Caucasian and without the ivy (her helmet has horns, though). One could chalk it up to her using her godly powers to change her appearance.

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    Apollo 
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The God of Light and Artemis' twin brother.


  • Cool Crown: Befitting for a god of light.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Greek myths, Apollo is one of the twelve most important and revered Olympian deities, while in this series he is reduced to a minor character.
  • The Ghost: Doesn't ever appear physically, but is mentioned by others. Also several images and items bear his visage.
  • Named Weapons: The Bow of Apollo.
  • Our Founder: People in the Temple of Delhi and the island of Delos worship him as their chief patron god and so have made statues and paintings in his image.
  • Pretty Boy: His statues depict him as beardless, young and attractive, while the tie-in novels refer to him as "pretty but boring".
  • The Unfought: Along with Artemis, Demeter, Hestia and Dionysus he is one of the remaining twelve Olympians that are never fought by Kratos.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never revealed what happened to him and the others after the events of III. According to Cory Barlog they are all indirectly killed by Kratos' actions.

     Aphrodite 
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Voiced by: Carole Ruggier (God of War), April Stewart (God of War III)

The Goddess of Love and Hephaestus's very unfaithful wife.


  • All Women Are Lustful: To an absolutely absurd degree. All creation is falling apart around her home and all she cares about is enjoying the pleasures of the flesh, first with her handmaidens and then with Kratos.
  • Anything That Moves: Apparently, she's making love with her handmaidens only because no men are available (the bridges to her chamber are broken). In fact, when Kratos approaches, she quickly disbands her lovers and attempts to seduce him.
  • Bi the Way: She regularly cheats on Hephaestus, having threesomes with her slavegirls and then with Kratos.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: When she is being served by her handmaidens in her official appearance in III, her bed looks superficially like a giant clam.
  • Cleavage Window: Or rather, "entirety of both breasts" window; same goes for her maidens.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Not really her (she's a goddess after all, she can handle things), but her apparently human slavegirls: the very world is crumbling in ruin around them outside, but they only think of "sandwiching" their lady.
  • Ethical Slut: While cheating on her husband isn't particularly ethical (although compared to what some of the other gods are up to, she's practically a saint), Aphrodite is, hands-down, the least antagonistic (and the most welcoming) of the gods Kratos encounters.
  • Gainaxing: A little when she moves. Justified, as she clearly wears no bra.
  • Hot Coffee Minigame: In III. Unlike in other games (where the focus point during the button mash is an innocuous piece of scenery), this one has the focus on her slavegirls feeling each other up and saying that it's not for kids.
  • Kick the Dog: Dismisses Hephaestus as "worthless".
  • Killed Offscreen: Was inside Mt. Olympus when Gaia's corpse crushed it, therefore being killed as well. Though we don't directly see her death.
  • Love Goddess: Though given her constant cheating on Hephaestus and focus on sex rather than love she comes off as more of a lust goddess.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She isn't even teasing, her boobs are exposed.
  • Really Gets Around: Love has no frontiers. She's seen having sex with no less than three different people (two of whom she was with at the same time) in the run of a few minutes.
  • Stripperific: Her clothes are so revealing that one wonders why she bothers dressing at all. Her handmaids are likewise uncovered, probably for Aphrodite's own benefit.
  • Token Good Teammate: Out of the gods Kratos encounters on Olympus, Aphrodite is the only one who doesn't try to kill him. Even if he doesn't have sex with her, she helps him despite clearly being disappointed. That said, she isn't particularly nice (cheats on her husband who loves her and calls him "worthless").
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Far more attractive than Hephaestus.
  • Uncertain Doom: Her final fate is unconfirmed. While she is pretty much the only Olympian to survive Kratos, it's possible that she might have been killed when Gaia's corpse crushed Mount Olympus. In either case, her survival isn't accounted for at the end of the game, with Athena considering herself the last remaining Olympian, which gives credence to Aphrodite's possible death.
  • The Vamp: Though a rather innocent one.
  • Vapor Wear: She's clearly not wearing any kind of undergarments.
  • While Rome Burns: While Kratos is destroying Olympus, Aphrodite is just lounging around in her chambers, enjoying the company of her handmaidens.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Everyone knows that she cheats on Hephaestus, including Hephaestus himself.

     Hephaestus 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gow_hephaestus.png
Voiced by: Rip Torn

The Smith God and the finest craftsman of Olympus, as well as the creator of Pandora. He is banished to the Underworld by Zeus and blames Kratos for it.


  • Anti-Villain: Hephaestus only betrays Kratos when he realizes that he plans to sacrifice Pandora to open the box. When Kratos barely survives the fight with Cronos, Hephaestus uses the weapon's ability to electrocute Kratos and then uses his makeshift hammer in a an attempt to crush Kratos. After killing Hephaestus, Kratos admits his respect to Pandora, hinting that Kratos would have done the same in that scenario.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Hephaestus talks to Kratos about Pandora, he tries to convince him to bring her to him, but Kratos refuses. Hephaestus does break through by saying that he should understand because "you were once a father too". Kratos doesn't have a response, but stops and seems to question himself, but ultimately continues.
  • Being Good Sucks: On the most decent gods (if not the nicest god) who never manipulated Kratos for his own good. He lives in Hell.
  • Cuckold: He is married to Aphrodite, who has wanton sex with anything that moves, and Hephaestus is sadly aware of it. When he sees someone coming out of Aphrodite's portal, he is dejected to find out it's Kratos and asks him if Aphrodite seduced yet another God of War.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a rather snarky sense of humor.
    Kratos: I pursue only one Olympian.
    Hephaestus: Well, as long as it's only one Olympian (chuckles).
  • Evil Laugh: It's very brief, but the player can hear one as the Forge's door closes behind Kratos when Hephaestus sends him in search of the Omphalos Stone, knowing that he just sent the Spartan to certain death.
  • Face–Heel Turn: While somewhat friendly to Kratos at first (being one of the few gods to do so), he becomes his enemy when learning that he seeks to unlock the Flame of Olympus using Pandora, which will kill her.
  • False Reassurance: He promises to make the Nemesis Whip for Kratos and give him the retribution he finally deserves. His "retribution" is Hephaestus trying to kill Kratos to protect Pandora.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before his time in the underworld, he looked as normal as a middle-aged blacksmith could look until Zeus messed with him and disfigured him.
  • Papa Wolf: To Pandora. The prospect of Kratos killing her makes Hephaestus turns against him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The only thing that convinces Hephaestus to work together with Kratos is the prospect of him killing Zeus. Especially since because of Kratos, Hephaestus was crippled and locked in Hell before having his daughter Pandora taken away by Zeus after Kratos found and used Pandora's Box, repeatedly sexually cheated on by his wife Aphrodite, especially by Kratos, who activated the gateway Hephaestus had been trying to use to see his beloved spouse, and planned to use Pandora to open Pandora's Box despite the fact it would lead to her death. It's really no wonder he tried to kill Kratos when he had the chance.
  • Truly Single Parent: While he didn't initially intend to make Pandora as a daughter, he forged her out of the very Flame of Olympus as a living key. He fell in love with her in a fatherly way and came to regard her as his own child regardless.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The husband of Aphrodite.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: The god of them and one of the Trope Codifiers.
  • Uriah Gambit: He attempted to use this card on Kratos during the middlegame. Fearing for Pandora's life, he sent Kratos to Tartarus to find the Omphalos Stone, without telling him that Cronos had it, and that he now had a grudge on Kratos since he tried to kill Gaia.

     Hera 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gow_hera.png
Voiced by: Adrienne Barbeau

The Queen of the Gods, often disillusioned by her husband Zeus's infidelity.


  • The Alcoholic: She's already drunk by the first time we see her in III.
  • Badass Boast: When she traps Kratos in her garden.
    "Your brute strength may have bested Hercules, but your simple mind will never find the way out of here. I look forward to watching you die here, as an old man."
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: She looks and sounds quite a bit like Katherine Hepburn.
  • Composite Character: While her personality is 100% Hera, her association with plants is a trait usually given to Demeter, while her drinking could be inspired by Dionysus However, Hera has been associated with the earth and its life-giving aspect before.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Appropriate for her cynical demeanor. A memorable quip came when she sicced Hercules on Kratos.
    Hera: You boys play nice!
  • Despair Event Horizon: Appears to have one when her crown is broken, but it may just be a brief mood swing from the wine.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: More incompetent than evil. For the queen of Olympus, she doesn't seem to be doing much in III.
  • Green Thumb: She apparently took over Demeter's job, as Demeter doesn't even appear in any of the games (she was mentioned briefly in Chains Of Olympus). Also note that she's showing care only to the flowers in her garden, and we don't actually see all the plants in the world wither after her death.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She's deep in the bottle by the time the third game rolls around.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Something must have happened to her before the third game, judging by her portraits, statues, and concept art.
  • Lady Drunk: She spends almost all of her screentime in God of War III with a cup of wine at hand.
  • Neck Lift: Kratos does this to her, followed by a Neck Snap.
  • Neck Snap: Kratos kills her this way.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a drunken, ranting one at Kratos when he meets her in her garden.
    "You! I told [Zeus] to kill you. I told him the day you were born to kill you. But he wouldn't have it. My stupid husband took pity. And now look what you've wrought! Look at this! (points at the dying flowers in her garden) Look at it!! They're dying because of you. Everything is dying because of you! The sun is gone. The oceans shallows the land. Disease infects what remains. (Bends down to her flowers) I'm doing all I can to keep them alive. (stares angrily at Kratos) But you. Your ruthless murdering of the Gods has caused all of this!
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite being possessed by the evils of sloth and gluttony and being drunk at the time. She seems to have caught onto the fact that Kratos was the whole reason as to why she's has been obsessed with drinking.
    Hera: What have you done? what have you done to me?
  • Too Dumb to Live: While incensed by her actions, Kratos ignores her and walks away. Then she had to go and insult Pandora, pressing Kratos's Berserk Button. The results are predictable.
  • Villain Has a Point: She may be Hera, but her rant towards Kratos detailed in "The Reason You Suck" Speech entry is pretty much accurate.

     Persephone 
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Voiced by: Marina Gordon

The Goddess of the Underworld and Hades's wife.


  • Absolute Cleavage: In her normal outfit.
  • Badass Boast: "Spartan, witness the end!"
  • Big Bad: For Chains of Olympus.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Had she not decided to rub in Kratos' face how thoroughly he was duped, Kratos would have been none the wiser, and stayed in the Elysian Fields with his daughter until her plans were completed. But she did, and guess how it ended.
  • Breast Plate: Averted by her Hoplite-like outfit in her battle form.
  • The Chessmaster: Persephone freed Atlas and instructed him to kidnap Helios, knowing that Morpheus would exploit the opportunity and create a big enough distraction from her own goals to allow her to proceed uninterrupted. She also uses visions of Calliope to manipulate Kratos into abandoning his mission to rescue Helios.
  • Dark Is Evil: The black-clad Queen of the Underworld and the Big Bad of Chains of Olympus.
  • Death Seeker: She intends to destroy the world, and herself with it, out of spite.
  • Dying Curse: "Your suffering will never end, Ghost of Sparta."
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Hades, either oblivious or uncaring about Persephone's villainy and hatred of him in particularly, deeply loves her, mourns her death, and cites Kratos killing her as his primary grudge against the Spartan.
  • Evil Gloating: After tricking Kratos into giving up his powers to enter the Elysian Fields, she takes the time to indulge in this, bragging about how she's behind the plot to kidnap Helios and destroy the Pillar of the World, and since Kratos fell for her tricks, there's nothing he can do to stop her. This, of course, motivates Kratos to regain his powers and thwart her.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Morpheus simply wanted to rule the world, but Persephone wanted to destroy all of existence.
  • Final Boss: Of Chains of Olympus.
  • Foil: For Kratos himself. Both of them have legitimate grievances with the gods and both are willing to go to extremes for their revenge. They're both Genius Bruisers, but emphasise opposite qualities of that trait; Kratos is a warrior, first and foremost, while Persephone is a cunning chessmaster who fights when she needs to. They both end up seeking to destroy Olympus, but unlike Persephone, who would have torn all of creation apart, Kratos' grudge is explicitly with the gods, and he doesn't seek to destroy the rest of the world in the process (not that he exactly goes out of his way to prevent collateral damage).
  • Hypocrite:
    • Persephone accuses Kratos, and by extension, all of humanity, of always selfishly putting their own needs before those of others. Persephone, for her own part, is trying to destroy Olympus, and with it, the entire world and Elysium as well, to get revenge on the gods for allowing her unwanted marriage to Hades, dooming not only those responsible for her pain, but countless innocents as well.
    • She criticises Kratos for selfishly choosing to abandon his mission to be with his daughter, a choice Kratos would never have made if Persephone herself hadn't offered it to him.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: While she's the last person to be lecturing him about it, Persephone is right on the money that Kratos is an intensely selfish man. Not only is his selfishness one of his defining qualities, but he didn't hesitate for a second to accept Persephone's offer to forsake his powers and join Calliope in Elysium, abandoning the gods he'd sworn to serve to the mercies of Morpheus.
  • It's All About Me: Enraged at her unwanted marriage to Hades and being forsaken by the gods, Persephone is happy to doom all of reality, Earth, Olympus, and the Underworld alike, to make up for her own grievances.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her dress is very... flattering.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Her end goal was to destroy the Pillar of the World, which would have destroyed everything — Earth, Olympus, and the Underworld.
  • One-Winged Angel: An armored form with wings.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Kratos when he gives up his powers to enter the Elysian Fields and be with Calliope, calling him an idiot for not realizing that without his powers, he can't save the world and everyone will be destroyed.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: It's not only backless, it exposes the top of her butt.
  • The Stoic: She's extremely cold and unemotional.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While not gigantic as other gods can be, she is unnaturally taller than Kratos, though still attractive.
  • Straw Nihilist: She views existence as pointless, which is why she's willing to wipe out the world.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: She was so sick of her Arranged Marriage to Hades that she decided to destroy the world and herself with it.
  • Tennis Boss: Her boss fight has her throwing energy blasts at Kratos, who reflects them using a shield.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's married to the far less attractive Hades.
  • Vapor Wear: Her Sexy Backless Outfit shows that she isn't wearing a bra nor panties.
  • Villain Ball: She'd just gotten Kratos to cast aside his blades and renounce his powers as the Ghost of Sparta so that he can be with his daughter in the Elysian Fields. All she needs to do in order to win is leave him alone for a few hours so that her plan can be completed while he's playing with Calliope. Instead, she makes a point of telling him that she's the villain of the game (something he didn't have the slightest inkling of until she explained her plan), and that thanks to his actions, the world will soon be destroyed, and that the Elysian Plains and all the spirits living there will be destroyed with it. This motivates Kratos to reclaim his powers and save the world.
  • Villain Has a Point: Persephone's main grievance— that she was tricked into marrying a man she didn't love and is forced to stay in that marriage— is legitimate, as is her feeling that she was abandoned by her fellow Olympians, none of whom lifted a finger to do anything to help her.
  • Walking Spoiler: Talking too much about her character gives away the big reveal of Chain of Olympus.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her One-Winged Angel form.

    Morpheus 
The God of Dreams.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In Chains of Olympus. He merely took advantage of Helios' disappearance to place the world under his control through sleep. Persephone, the actual culprit, planned to destroy all of existence, making her a much bigger threat than Morpheus.
  • Dark Is Evil: It’s said that he only truly prospers during night, and his minions are all dark variants of other monsters in the game.
  • Fog of Doom: Morpheus' power manifests as a black fog that puts people in deep sleep.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Morpheus may not have abducted Helios, but he was more than happy to exploit the sun god's absence.
  • Red Herring: It’s assumed that Morpheus is responsible for capturing Helios, leaving the whole world vulnerable to his power. Persephone is actually responsible, and he has nothing to do with her plot.
  • The Unfought: Holds the dubious honor of being one of the few opponents that eluded Kratos.
  • The Unseen: Morpheus never physically appears during the entire series.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not known what became of Morpheus after his attempt to take control or if he was ever punished for his deeds. He is not accounted for in God of War III.

    Eos 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eos_7.jpg
Voiced by: Erin Torpey

The Goddess of the Dawn and Helios' sister.


  • Adaptational Modesty: Played with. In the myths, Eos was said to have an unquenchable lust for men after being cursed by Aphrodite for sleeping with Ares. This aspect is completely absent in Chains of Olympus, though on the other hand, she still appears as a Ms. Fanservice in the game, a possible reference to her original characterization from mythology.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted, as she is calm and solemn during her appearances.
  • Light Is Good: She is the goddess of dawn and serves as Kratos' ally in Chains of Olympus.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Eos appears completely topless for some reason.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She appears as a normal-sized woman instead of a giant like most Olympians or Titans.
  • Pet the Dog: She is one of the few gods to be kind towards Kratos during his service to Zeus.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: She was a Titan just like her brother.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She isn't seen again after Chains of Olympus and isn't even encountered in God of War III, where there is a section named after her. It's highly possible that she died after Helios' demise, given how weakened she became after his imprisonment.

     Thanatos 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gow_thanatos.png
Voiced by: Arthur Burghardt

The God of Death who predates the Olympian Gods.


  • Badass Boast
    If you persist, not even the Fates will prevent me from ending your path.
  • Big Bad: For Ghost of Sparta.
  • Cool Sword: Wields one in combat.
  • Demonic Possession: He can do this to corpses in order to taunt Kratos.
  • The Dreaded: Outright stated to be this to both the gods (barring Kratos) and the titans.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Seems to genuinely love his daughter Erinys, judging by his reaction when Kratos kills her.
  • Evil Laugh: Makes use of it while fighting Kratos.
  • Eye Scream: Deimos spears his right eye with the Arms of Sparta.
  • Final Boss: Of Ghost of Sparta.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After Kratos delivers the finishing blow, he grins just before exploding.
  • Lean and Mean: And very tall to boot.
  • One-Winged Angel: A giant black skeletal demon with wings.
  • Papa Wolf: Swears revenge when Kratos kills his daughter, Erinys.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Not a terrible example, but Thanatos was the god of peaceful death (though considering how his being tied up prevented Ares from killing anyone, Thanatos technically embodies all death, including violent death, while the Keres deal in death by blood loss and not other forms of death by violence). Moros, the personification/god of doom, more fits Thanatos' characterization of a being feared by all.
  • Winged Humanoid: Which causes him to resemble a twisted angel.
  • You Can't Fight Fate:
    Nothing you do is of your own choosing.

     Erinys 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gow_erinys.png

The daughter of Thanatos.



Alternative Title(s): God Of War Greek Gods

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