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Saori Kido - Athena
Voiced By: Keiko Han (1986-2004) (JP), Fumiko Orikasa (2005-2011), although reprise her role in video game series. (JP), Shoko Nakagawa (2012-2018) (JP) Inori Minase (2018-present) (JP), Allison Sumrall (EN), Virginie Ledieu (FR), María Fernanda Morales (Latin America)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is light brown in the original manga, the anime changed it to purple
- Adaptational Heroism: In classical myth, Athena was just as cruel and petty as the other gods of Olympus; turning Medusa into a gorgon as punishment for allowing herself to be raped and turning the artist Arachne into a spider for beating her in a weaving contest. Here, she's the Big Good and the protector of humanity.
- A Friend in Need: Next Dimension start with she intends to save Seiya for all of what he did for her.
- Asleep for Days: She sometimes pulls this. The most notorious instance taking place as she keeps herself in a sort-of sleeping state after being severely wounded in the Sanctuary arc.
- Barrier Maiden: She frequently stood in this position. In the Asgard (anime only) and Poseidon arcs, she uses her goddess' powers to delay Princess Hilda and Poseidon from flooding the planet and killing humanity. The effort was usually such a strain on her that it was a race against the clock for the saints to battle their enemies before time ran out and Saori died.
- Batman Gambit: In the manga, at the end of the Hades Saga, Hades revealed that Athena willingly allowed Hypnos to put her into the jar in order to make him confident enough to come out of his tomb. The one thing she didn't bank on was Hades still being able to take her on. Luckily, Seiya was there.
- Benevolent Boss: She does whatever she can to support her Saints in both battle and otherwise (such as subtly suggesting that Seiya spend some alone time with Miho in the Sanctuary arc). She also considers the loss of any of them to be more painful than an arrow through her heart, and this is Not Hyperbole, because at the time there really was an arrow going through her heart.
- Betty and Veronica: In a way, she is both the Betty and the Veronica to Seiya's Archie. She's the Veronica to Miho's Betty, Whereas she's the Betty to Shaina's Veronica. Keep in mind, Seiya and Saori really only have been ship teased as opposed to actually becoming a couple.
- Big Good: Athena is the goddess of wisdom, defensive war, strategy, justice and hope. According to the Hyper-Myth, she's the goddess who inherited dominion over Earth from Zeus (her real father). Athena reincarnates once every 200 years, to prevent evil from dominating the world and is the symbol of justice for all Saints.
- Characterization Marches On: In the beginning, Saori was a selfish girl and frequently kind of a jerk to the other Saints, quite pointedly telling the five Bronzes that they needed to keep serving her as her entourage even though they wanted no part in it (at first). It's a little jarring to see that from the Sanctuary arc on, she's one of the most noble and good characters in the series.
- Courtly Love: In the anime only, It's heavily implied that she and Seiya are in love with each other, but have resigned themselves to their respective roles.
- Damsel in Distress: Often her role in the story is to be kidnapped or offering herself as a hostage to save her friends (again).
- Depending on the Writer: In the original story Saori is a spoiled heiress that later humbles down, but in the subsequent animations reimagining the story, she is always portrayed as a nice, demure girl with a melow personality. This is a result of Alternative Character Interpretation and Adaptational Nice Guy.
- Depending on the Artist: In the original anime, Saori has brown eyes. In the sequels of the anime, and in the manga she has green eyes.
- De-Power In Next Dimension she gets turned into a baby, loses the God Cloth and becomes completely defenseless against her enemies, requiring help from Virgo Shijima to stay alive. She does age a little bit and takes some levels in badass later.
- Dub Name Change:
- Princess Sienna in the Knights of the Zodiac dub and American translation of the manga.
- Known as "Lady Isabel" in the Italian Dub.
- Dude Magnet: She gets the attention of three guys: Seiya, Jabu (anime only) and Julian Solo/Poseidon.
- Expy: If Seiya is inspired by Joe Yabuki, Saori would be Yaouko Shiraki.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her dress before the Asgard arc.
- God in Human Form: Unlike Poseidon or Hades, who possess the bodies of humans, Athena descends from heaven in a human body in order to be raised among them as a sign of her love for humanity. The manga made her aware of this, but in the anime she was just as surprised by that revelation as the Bronze Saints were.
- Gorgeous Greek: Saori is noted to be beautiful by other people in several instances.
- The Heart: The guiding light of the bronze saints.
- Honorary Princess: Saori-ojousama is often translated "Princess Athena"; even if, as Athena 's reincarnation, Saori is actually royalty. Then again, Athena is an actual Ojou, and in mythology the daughter of Zeus, the king of the gods.
- Important Hair Cut: She used her hair to barter with Hecate in Next Dimension.
- Healing Hands: Extremely good at healing.
- I Am Who?: In the anime, she has no idea that she's the reincarnation of Athena until the plot kicks off.
- Lady and Knight: She is a benevolent and compassionate Bright Lady with five White Knights in the Bronze Saints. However, Seiya is the most vehement in his devotion to her and had the most Bodyguard Crush overtones as well, while the others's bonds to her were more platonic/brotherly than anything. The Saints were actually named "Knights" in a lot of Westerner dubbing.
- Lady of War: See the armor on the right? When Saori is finally able to activate its power at great risk of her own life, she becomes one of these.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- Behold, the richest girl in the world only has two dresses, her white dress and her business attire. As the series continues, she shows other outfits but it's still pretty limited.
- There's a a jockey outfit in one of the movies.
- In the Legend of Sanctuary game, Saori is seen wearing a schoolgirl◊ uniform.◊
- In the Saintia Sho Spin-Off manga, Saori◊ is seen in a Sailor Fuku.
- In Omega, she wears a princessy but simpler white gown.◊
- Martyr Without a Cause: Averted. She puts her life at risk because it'll buy the Bronze Saints time to pull off their mission.
- Messianic Archetype: Many of her personality traits have more in common with Jesus Christ rather than her mythological counterpart, mostly due her willingness to sacrifice her own life in order to save mankind and earth from destruction. In the fourth movie, Lucifer himself compares her with Jesus.
- The Ojou: And even referred to as ojousama (Milady) by Tatsumi. The Bronzies are more informal and call her Saori-san (Miss Saori), except for Jabu who sticks to ojousama.
- Plucky Girl: For all of her physical weakness, the kid is mentally strong.
- Purple Is Powerful: A literal goddess with long, flowing purple hair.
- Rapunzel Hair: Has very long purple hair befitting a lady of her standing.
- Say My Name: By the Bronze Saints, specially Seiya.Seiya: SAOOOOOOOOORI SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!
- Ship Tease: With Seiya. When he saved her from Corvus Jamian and became unconscious, she tried to kiss him!
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Artemis.
- Spoiled Brat: As a child, she was rather mean (and sometimes kinda cruel) to the Bronze Saints and treated them like slaves. Then, in the anime, her grandfather gave her a stern lecture about not abusing her authority, and she grew out of it.
- Strong as They Need to Be: It is amazing how much power she has, yet always needs to be rescued all the time. It's more understandable when we see that, unlike the Saints, she has not been specifically trained to fight.
- Team Mom: She takes on a motherly role to guys older than she is.
Julian Solo - Poseidon
Voiced By: Keiichi Nanba(JP)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's blonde in the manga. The blue hair did help in emphasizing his "Sea God" status, though.
- Arc Villain: In his own arc.
- Bishōnen: Poseidon isn't one, but his vessel Julian certainly counts.
- Blade on a Stick: His spiffy trident. He can launch powerful cosmic blasts from it.
- Enemy Mine: He sends five Gold Cloths through the hyper-dimension all the way to Elysium for the Bronze Saints, because if the world is taken by Hades, he won't be able to conquer it.
- Evil Counterpart: To Saori Kido/Athena.
- The Evil Prince: Julian is a millionaire heir that becames the reincarnation of an evil god.
- Gorgeous Greek: He stated to be good looking in his introduction.
- Lazy Bum: In the manga, when he first awakens, he scolds Kanon for waking him up and plans to go back to sleep for a few hundred more years. Only when he realizes Hades is also awakening and he may permanently lose the chance to take over the world does he possess Julian.
- Making a Splash: As God of the Sea he can bend all of the oceans in the world and rain to his will, causing widespread flooding.
- Not Good with Rejection: Julian was quite shocked when Saori rejected his marriage proposal, and vowed to make her his since he was used to always have what he wanted.
- Powers via Possession: Julian gains godly Cosmos thanks to Poseidon using him as a vessel. Bonus points for being very powerful while Poseidon was not yet fully awakened.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed in a jar. Again after his defeat.
- Soul Jar: He's got Princely Young Man Julian Solo as one.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In the manga, according to him, when he awakened during the last Holy War, he went back to sleep once he realized Athena was already gearing up to fight someone else (Hades).
- Sheltered Aristocrat: He is heir of the Solo family, a very rich traditional greek family.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: Julian is the milliionaire heir of a ship business.
- We Can Rule Together: To Athena. She refuses and is trapped in a Bottomless Pit.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Poseidon thought humans were destroying the planet and wanted to flood the world to start it over right.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And of the same shade as Aphrodite too. (And the same VA to boot !)
- Younger Than They Look: Julian looks like he's in his 20s, but is actually 16.
Voiced By: Akio Ohtsuka (JP)
- Affably Evil: He's quite restrained and polite most of the time, offering his enemies several chances to leave peacefully and await the coming doom quietly. True to his inspiration, he's also fond of music.
- All Crimes Are Equal: He judges humans for killing animals and plants, even though humans need them in order to feed. While fighting Saori in her God Cloth, he essentially describes living as humanity's sin.
- Arch-Enemy: To Athena.
- Back from the Dead: He is the one who granted Shion, Aphrodite, Shura, Camus, Deathmask, and Saga twelve hours of life in order to take Athena's head. The fallen Silvers were also granted this in the anime only.
- Benevolent Boss: Surprisingly.
- Big Bad: Hes the main antagonist of the franchise as a whole.
- Bishōnen: His true body, of which he was so protective he locked it in Elysium, planning to don it only when there was no threat to it in the world. Even Seiya is somewhat mesmerized by it and comments on Hades' sad, but beautiful eyes.
- Cool Sword: His sword is made of pure hatred and in Next Dimension, it's invisible and has residual effects as a curse on Seiya's body.
- Demonic Possession: Every 200 years or so, Hades' soul possesses the body of the purest human; maybe for the sadistic and delicious irony of making goodness the way of his reincarnation.
- Dull Surprise: When possessing Shun, he displays very little in the way of emotions. Averted in his true body, in which he is openly wrathful.
- Eldritch Abomination: His soul.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: According to Athena, since he doesn't understand The Power of Love. For him love is a useless thing, created by humans and in which no one believes.
- Everybody Hates Hades: And with good reason.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Could be considered this, since he and Athena are destined to fight, being the reason for the creation of the Saints, and everything related to the series.
- Humanoid Abomination
- Omnicidal Maniac: He seeks to annihilate the human race, as he holds humans responsible for the defilement and destruction they bring not only to their world, but several others. He also feels personally wronged by humanity's arrogance in daring to wage war on the gods.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Every time he used his power while Shun was possessed.
- Satanic Archetype: It is implied that Hades is a stand-in for Satan. In Dante's The Divine Comedy (which heavily influenced the Underworld of Saint Seiya), Hades's palace is located in the exact area where the Devil in Dante's work was imprisoned. Also, Hades's palace contains a gateway out of the Underworld (in the Divine Comedy, the narrator and his guide escape Hell by climbing down Satan's body and emerging back on Earth). This is furthermore supported by his Surplice, which resembles an angel, something the Devil was originally as Lucifer.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Not him, but the his Specters' souls are sealed by Athena at the end of the previous war.
- Shoulders of Doom: When Shun was possessed by Hades, part of his black robes included gold shoulders of doom.
- Tall Darkand Handsome: Kurumada choose to represent him as a man with long hair and blue eyes and blacks as deep as two lakes; although in the first tables of "Next Dimension" (published entirely in color) Hades has yellow eyes and pale skin.
- Visionary Villain: Being the Lord of the Underworld, he wishes to kill all of the living by possessing Shun, moving the moon and planets so they would block out the sun everywhere on Earth. After that, he will take his perfectly preserved body from Elysium and use it to rule over everyone.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: His eyes are described as "beautiful, deep ponds of clear water", and even his hosts are sometimes mentioned to have beautiful eyes because of their pure souls.
Thanatos and Hypnos
Voiced By: Toshio Furukawa (JP)
- Adaptational Badass: In Greek Mythology, Thanatos is a minor God. Here, he easily destroys the Gold Cloths; something that had never happened in all the millennia the Cloths had existed.
- Creepy Twins: With Hypnos.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has both eyes and hair silver-grey.
- Deal with the Devil: Along with Hypnos, offered Pandora a right hand seat at Hades' side if she served him.
- Enemies with Death: To Seiya. He tried to kill his long lost but recently found older sister out of spite. Which didn't prove to be such a good idea.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Completely lost his shit when Seiya managed to bruise two of his fingers.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: From Greek Mythology, the personification of Death.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Hypnos' blue.
- Villains Out Shopping: He's introduced playing the harp to some nymphs in Elysion.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Silver hair more precisally.
Voiced By: Issei Futamata (JP)
- Creepy Twins: With Thanatos.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has both eyes and hair yellow.
- Martial Pacifist: He hates fighting, conflict and destruction, and yes, even death (though he doesn't seem to begrudge his brother). He'd much rather send enemies into a Convenient Coma.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Thanatos' red.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: From Greek mythology, the personification of Sleep.
See Next Dimension page.
See Next Dimension page.