These are the characters from the anime movie Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary.
Athena / Saori Kido
Voiced by: Ayaka Sasaki
- Adaptational Nice Girl: In the original work, she was rather mean (and sometimes kinda cruel) to the Bronze Saints when she was younger. In the movie, she seemed to be far nicer even at a young age, as she used her power to heal Seiya after he protect her from a feral dog.
- Audience Surrogate: At least during the first half of the movie, she is the viewpoint character to the audience.
- Big Good: Athena is this; Seiya, as the title makes it clear, is the protagonist and The Hero.
- Close-Call Haircut: She receives one at the hands of Aeolia.
- Important Haircut: Shortly enough, she cuts it short for practicality's/symmetry's sake, and to emphasize her resolution to face her mission and destiny.
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: It's right after turning sixteen that Saori learns she is the reincarnation of Athena — and that the Pope locates her and sends assassins to kill her, triggering Saori's journey to Sanctuary and all the internal conflict between Athena's Saints.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Her primary colors in her Athena attire.
- Healing Hands: Unlike the manga and anime, she had them before finding out she was Athena's reincarnation. But even more impressive is the fact that she could use them even as the ghost arrow drained her cosmos, something that she couldn't do in the original story, as the arrow rendered her unconscious.
- Plucky Girl: Even with the ghost arrow rapidly draining her cosmos, she still keeps doing all in her power in order to help the Saints reach their destination.
- Power Glows: When her Cosmos burns, it manifests like an intense golden aura.
- Right Makes Might: A firm believer of this principle.
- Super Empowering: During the final battle, it's her cosmos what ultimately gives Seiya the edge he needed in order to stand up to Saga.
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera
- Big Bad: The one behind the mysterious conspiracy and trying to kill Athena. Well... not the real Pope, though.
- Dead All Along: When the Saints conclude this, it changes everything.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The real Pope was killed sixteen years ago, with Gemini Saga impersonating him.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is always called just "the Pope" with his name going unmentioned throughout the movie — though, of course, fans of other works from the franchise know the Pope's name is Shion.
- Like a Son to Me: He's the one who raised and trained Aries Mu since he was a kid.
- Malevolent Masked Man: As part of his ceremonial clothes, he always wears a rather intimidating golden mask.
- Obviously Evil: His outfit gives off this vibe, strongly. Ironic, since the Pope wasn't always a bad guy.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking too much about him spoils The Reveal.
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
- Adorkable: He's so enthusiastic and cheerful that he comes across as this... Heck! The first thing he does as he reunites with the other Bronze Saints is to ask them for a big hug.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Pegasus Ryusei Ken!"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's far goofier than in previous incarnations... But he also seems to be even more powerful and resilient than before.
- The Determinator: No matter how many times you strike him down, he'll keep coming back as many times as necessary, just like he has always done during any of his previous incarnations.
- Genki Guy: He's upbeat, energetic and rather positive.
- The Heart: As Saori and the other Bronze Saints reanimate him in the Sagittarius temple, his comrades state he has always been this for them, as he was the one that motivated them the most in order for them to become Saints and fulfill their mission
- The Hero: Seiya is the de facto leader of the Bronze Saint Five-Man Band and the protagonist.
- Hot-Blooded: Another staple of him on every single incarnation, he's just as intense as ever.
- Red Is Heroic: Always the main color of his casual clothing, and also the color of the fabric he wears underneath the Pegasus Cloth.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His brown eyes turn into bright red when his cosmos burns.
Voiced by: Kenji Akabane
- 24-Hour Armor: Besides a blink and miss moment during his first appearance, and the Shirtless Scene mentioned below, he keeps his armor on during the entire movie. He even has it on during The Stinger, as the Bronze Saints throw a birthday party for Saori.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown hair instead of his usual black hair.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Rozan Sho Ryu Ha!"
- The Comically Serious: He takes himself, his mission, and the lore of Saints very seriously. This makes it all the funnier when his comrades take the piss out of him. Plus, Properly Paranoid though it may be, it's still pretty funny to see him lounge around the Kido mansion in full armor.
- Mythology Gag: Aside from the armor thing, his comically serious disposition is used to poke some playful fun at the classic series' histrionic style. Best seen when he launches into a dramatic temple-by-temple breakdown of the Twelve Houses pulled straight from the classic anime, only for his companions to tone out the whole speech and try to sneak off without him.
- Properly Paranoid: He keeps his armor on during almost the entire movie, just to be prepared in case of a surprise attack. Needless to say, he's proven right as soon as Aioria shows up.
- Power Tattoo: The dragon on his back which appears when his Cosmos is at its peak.
- The Smart Guy / Mr. Exposition: Just like in his original incarnation, he seems to be the most well versed in the lore and details of the mission that him and his Bronze comrades are about to take on.
- Shirtless Scene: It wouldn't be Shiryū if he didn't have one! Just like in the manga and anime, he sheds his armor in order to be on equal terms with Deathmask (whose armor has abandoned him) as he strikes him with his final technique.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His brown eyes turn into bright golden whenever he ignites his cosmos.
Voiced by: Kensho Ono
- An Ice Person: As taught by his mentor, the best one himself.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Diamond Dust!"
- Cool Bike: As seen when he makes his entrance.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Especially when they glow as his cosmos increases.
- The Quiet One: Moreso than perhaps any other incarnation, or at least more obvious given the more natural dialogue style as opposed to the classic series.
- The Stoic: He's rather distant and cold, maybe a little bit more than usual.
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Calling Your Attacks: "Nebula Chain!"
- Dual Wielding: His primary weapon, the Andromeda Chain, is actually a set of chains. One is meant to defend him, the other is meant to attack his opponents and react to them.
- Technical Pacifist
- Variable-Length Chain: The Andromeda Chain.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
- The Big Guy: Of the Bronze Saints. He's easily the most powerful out of them.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Ho Yoku Tensho!"
- Escaped from Hell: It's said that the Phoenix Saint will always come back from the dead.
- Sixth Ranger: Behaves this way towards the Bronze Saints. While the others always stick together as a group, Ikki appears only when the situation calls for it — and doesn't tend to stay long after doing his job.
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto
- Barrier Warrior: His signature move is the impenetrable barrier Crystal Wall.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Crystal Wall!"
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the original manga and anime, his Crystal Wall technique wasn't used until the final arc. In fact, he didn't use any technique at all until then. The movie gives us a quick preview of what he can do in battle.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light purple.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama
- Badass Armfold: His standard fighting stance.
- Badass Cape: Has a red cape which he holds in combat like a matador and even uses it to block attacks.
- Big Eater: Aldebaran is seen having a big banquet when the bronze saints arrive at his temple.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Great Horn!"
- Lightning Bruiser: Even among the Gold Saints, Aldebaran is remarkably fast: he's able to undo his Badass Armfold, unleash his attacks and then resume the armfold so fast that people always get the impression that he can attack with his arms folded.
- Warm-Up Boss: Aldebaran fits this not because he is weak, but because he didn't even take the Bronze Saints as enough threat to fight them seriously. Once he decides they're not as pathetic as he thought, he also decides to trust them and let them pass like Mu did.
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera
- Adaptational Badass: Saga was already one of the most Badass and most powerful Saints in the original manga, but in this adaptation he was able to mind control Aiolos BY HIMSELF (a feat which required Shaka fighting him to achieve).He's also implied to be thekiller of Aiolos instead of Shura and he was able to kill Aphrodite with a single charge of Another Dimension, an attack that didn't kill in the original story and the Bronze Saints were able to counter even before unlocking the seventh sense. He also gains the ability to make statues come to life and control them.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original manga he always felt deep guilt for his acts and his subconsciousness dictated him to be merciful and not as ruthless and efficient as he could have been, even helping the Bronze Saints directly to stop his reign of iron fist. And he was a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wanted to prepare Sanctuary for the upcoming wars with the gods. In this version he has completely fallen so low he wasn't hesitant about even destroying Sanctuary and his ultimate goal is power for his lust.
- Big Bad: The real one, since he's been impersonating the Pope for sixteen years.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Galaxian Explosion!"
- The Coats Are Off: When he reveals himself to have been the "Pope" all along and discards his robes.
- Duality Motif: True to the constellation of Gemini, Saga dons an asymmetrical Cloth with rather different halves (distinct colors and even part shapes) and even mismatched eye colors to boot.
- Eye Motifs: His Cloth has giant eyes on its shoulders, perhaps a reference to his Psychic Powers.
- Fallen Hero: And to think he used to be Sanctuary's finest...
- Half the Man He Used to Be: The lower body is completely disintegrated by Seiya's final attack during the final battle.
- Mismatched Eyes: His right eye is yellow, his left eye is blue.
- Mythology Gag: Saga having black hair is a nod to Saint Seiya: Episode.G.
- One-Winged Angel: He pulls one after Seiya managed to knock him out.
- Psychic Powers: He's quite the talented psychic power user.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies on the line of duty in the opening scene. Or so it seemed.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata
- Ax-Crazy: He feels genuine pleasure by killing people simply for the sake of it.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Sekishiki Meikai Ha!"
- For the Evulz: He kills people and tortures their souls for no reason. He just loves doing it.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: According to his official profile, even his fellow Gold Saints are appalled by his joy in killing and then collecting and torturing souls. They all pretty much avoid him or keep him at arm's length.
- It's All About Me: Outright claims to be the only Saint who's worth anything. He has an entire Villain Song just to stroke his own ego — force his past victims to the same. That's how self-centered he is.
- Lighter and Softer: His house décor is much more bright and colorful compared to the original manga and anime, even if it's still adorned with the trapped souls of the innocent people he killed throughout his "career". The fact, this time, they're gladly subservient towards him instead of full of sorrow and spite, on the other hand, adds a whole new layer of horror to its depiction here.
- Mythology Gag: His flamboyance is not unlike Cancer Schiller from Saint Seiya Omega.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Deathmask" doesn't exactly make you want to put your life in his hands.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed in the movie (or anywhere in the franchise).
- Psycho for Hire: He definitely didn't become a Saint of Athena because he believes in their cause.
- Spikes of Villainy: His Cloth is chock-full of them, making it clear that this is not a nice guy.
- Token Evil Teammate: While the other Gold Saints are at least morally ambiguous, Deathmask has no redeeming qualities at all.
- Villain Song: "Mr. Deathmask", which he forces the souls of his victims to sing along.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: While the Bronze Saints were allowed to pass by Mu (with no effort) and Aldebaran (with little effort) and found the Gemini Palace empty because its guardian died years ago, Deathmask is a massive Difficulty Spike who immediately reminds them they're up against the best of the best, the most powerful Saints there are.
Voiced by: Go Inoue
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Upon confronting the Pope about Athena after returning from his mission to kill Saori, he's put under the Genromaoken, a mind-controlling technique that turns him into a ruthless killing machine.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Lightning Bolt!"
- Hopeless Boss Fight: During his first encounter with the Bronze Saints, they didn't manage to land a single hit on him before he crushed them into the ground.
- Mythology Gag: The Leo Saint being the youngest Gold Saint is a nod to Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas. His powers revolving around electricity are an element first seen in Saint Seiya: Episode.G.
- Shock and Awe: His signature move causes huge electrical discharges.
- Theme Twin Naming: Although he's not his older brother's twin, Aeolia gets the name of the island that was ruled by legendary king Aeolus.
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono
- Adaptational Heroism: A weird example in that he technically isn't more of a good guy than he was in the anime and manga, but his actions are more heroic. In the original manga and anime, he was a Hero Antagonist who unknowingly assisted in Aeolia getting mind-controlled and fought the Bronze Saints out of loyalty toward the Great Pope, not realizing he is evil. In the movie, he realizes much faster something is wrong with the Pope, pulls a Big Damn Heroes on Seiya and actually is the one breaking the Pope's Mind Control on Aeolia rather than provoking it.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: While original Shaka has blond hair, this version is a redhead.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Tenma Kofuku!"
- Good Is Not Dumb: He suspects something's off about the Pope and is the one who ultimately concludes who's behind everything.
- Mythology Gag: The Virgo Saint being able to dispel the Genromaoken is a nod to Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas.
Libra DohkoThe Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Libra and protects the seventh of the Twelve Temples, the Libra Palace. A survivor from the last Holy War, he was Dragon Shiryū's mentor, but is currently retired from Sanctuary.
- The Ghost: Mentioned by Dragon Shiryū and Aries Mu, but never appears onscreen.
Voiced by: Masumi Asano
- Action Girl: She's a very powerful fighter, worthy of her elite status.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Milo had blond hair in the original manga and indigo hair in the original anime. Both were discarded for a pinkish-reddish hue.
- Adaptational Badass: While original Milo was strong, this version is remarkably stronger to the point her fighting style is quite vicious even without using cosmos attacks and she is remarkably faster and more agile than her male manga counterpart with some tricks up her sleeve such as blades as part of her cloth.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Scarlet Needle!"
- Gender-Blender Name: "Milo" is at least uncommon as a girl's name.
- Gender Flip: Scorpius Milo was a male Saint in the original manga and anime.
- Mythology Gag: Along with the Gender Flip, she got the mask worn by the female Saints.
- Pink Means Feminine: Played with. She is the only female Gold Saint and her hair has, of all colors, a rosy hue.
- The Smurfette Principle: Milo is the only female Gold Saint.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Cerise.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes this to his younger brother, Aeolia, after being (falsely) branded a traitor.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Entrust the baby Athena and his Gold Cloth to Mitsumasa Kido.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada
- Adaptational Heroism: In the manga, he was aware of Saga's Evil Plan and backed him up because he believes that Might Makes Right. In the movie, he didn't know and joins the Bronze Saints upon The Reveal.
- Blood Knight: More than fulfilling his duties, Shura lives for intense battles against powerful opponents. That's why he nonchalantly abandons the Capricorn Palace and goes after the Bronze Saints when he decides they're "taking too long" to get there.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Excalibur!"
- Might Makes Right: He believes justice is what whoever's strong enough to say what it is says it is. Unlike the original manga and anime, though, he doesn't think this justifies the Big Bad's actions.
- Razor Wind: His signature move works basically like this, combined with Sword Beam.
- Spared by the Adaptation: His counterpart in the original manga and anime had a Death Equals Redemption farewell.
- Sword Beam: The visual appearance of his signature move; he swings his arm like a sword, cue light and Razor Wind.
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
- An Ice Person: Fight with ice-based attacks.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Aurora Execution!"
- Mythology Gag: Camus having green hair is a nod to Saint Seiya: Episode.G.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He somehow menage to save his disciple, Hyoga, from Deathmask by teleporting him to the Aquarius Palace.
- Shoulder Cannon: This version of the Aquarius Cloth comes with one of these.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto
- Adaptational Heroism: In the original series, he was one of the traitors that sided with the false Pope because of his belief that Might Makes Right and was also an extremely egotistic person. Here he warns the Pope to take Athena to safety as the Gold Saints had turned to Sanctuary only to be told by Saga Athena doesn't exist and be attacked in an instant and his dialogue implies a much more submissive and humble person.
- Ambigious Sitaution: His fate. He is supposedly killed by Saga before the climax of the movie, but an interview with producer Yousuke Asama reveals that Aphrodite survived.
- Dies Wide Open: His dead body stands there, with his eyes unsettlingly open.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Even more so than in the original manga and anime.
- Gender-Blender Name: As if the looks weren't misleading enough, his name is Aphrodite.
- Ojou Ringlets
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies at the same scene he appears. After two lines.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Deciding that the has enough of Athena's power and doesn't need the Gold Saints anymore, the Pope kills him.
Voiced by: Ren Osugi
Voiced by: Bin Shimida
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the manga and the original anime, he was bald and doesn't look very handsome. In this movie, he has hair and is thin.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the manga and the original anime, he was a child beater and a jerk towards anyone (except Saori and Mitsumasa) In the film, the most negative aspects of his personality are removed or considerably toned down.
- Inelegant Blubbering / Tender Tears: He gets quite emotional as he watches Saori and the Bronze Saints taking the light bridge to the Sanctuary.
- Secret Keeper / Mr. Exposition: He is the one who explain most of the plot details to Saori.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mitsumasa Kido and Saori, as he's willing to sacrifice his life in order to protect her.