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These are the characters from the anime movie Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary.

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Athena / Saori Kido

Voiced by: Ayaka Sasaki
The Greek God of Warfare and Heroics, who reincarnates on Earth every time evil is about to threaten it and fights to protect mankind alongside her army, the Saints. In the 21st century, Athena barely escaped being killed as a baby; she was rescued by Sagittarius Aeolus, who took her out of Sanctuary to safety at the cost of his own life, and raised in secret by Mitsumasa Kido. Upon learning who she truly is, Saori decides to head to Sanctuary and confront the Pope.
  • 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.

The Pope

Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera
The highest authority governing Sanctuary during Athena's absence, and the one who leads and supervises her army, the Saints. Although meant to be Athena's highest and most trustworthy advisor, the Pope seems determined to see her dead since she reincarnated on Earth, for mysterious reasons. Then comes The Reveal that the Pope has been Dead All Along. Gemini Saga killed him sixteen years ago and has been secretly impersonating him ever since.
  • 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.

    Bronze Saints 

Pegasus Seiya

Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
The Bronze Saint who represents the constellation of Pegasus. He is a strong-willed young man who keeps to his faith.

  • 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.

Dragon Shiryū

Voiced by: Kenji Akabane
The Bronze Saint who represents the constellation of Draco. He is calm and considerate, but has no fear in risking his life for the ones he trusts. Shiryū has also a short temper with disrespectful people. Having been trained by a wise Gold Saint, Libra Dohko, he is also the one who knows Sanctuary best.
  • 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.

Cygnus Hyōga

Voiced by: Kensho Ono
The Bronze Saint who represents the constellation of Cygnus. Though he appears collected and unemotional, he is actually a rather passionate guy beneath his cold facade — making him more similar to his mentor, Aquarius Camus, than either of them admits.
  • 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.

Andromeda Shun

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
The Bronze Saint who represents the constellation of Andromeda. His gentle disposition and kind nature tend to hold him back when fighting in order to avoid hurting his opponents. Behind the surface, he is a remarkably powerful Bronze Saint.

Phoenix Ikki

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
The Bronze Saint who represents the constellation of Phoenix. Very much a loner, Ikki hates going around in a pack and has no love lost for the other Bronze Saints. He does, however, care much for his younger brother Shun and is very protective of him, always showing up to help when he faces danger he can't overcome just by himself.
  • 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.

    Gold Saints 

Aries Mu

Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Aries and protects the first of the Twelve Temples, the Aries Palace. He is a very calm, quiet and realistic man who thinks things thoughtfully and avoids to fight when he has the choice.

Taurus Aldebaran

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Taurus and protects the second of the Twelve Temples, the Taurus Palace. He is an unrefined man who always makes his decisions by following his intuition and instincts. He is a straight talker with an open heart and a big eater.
  • 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.

Gemini Saga

Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Gemini and protects the third of the Twelve Temples, the Gemini Palace. He has a pure heart, but, at the same time, a lot of pride. Saga was considered next in line to be Pope before he died chasing (the wrongfully convicted) Aeolus.
  • 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.

Cancer Deathmask

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Cancer and protects the fourth of the Twelve Temples, the Cancer Palace. He is a sadistic and malevolent man who feels true happiness from killing. Even the other Gold Saints regard him as... odd.
  • 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.

Leo Aeolia

Voiced by: Go Inoue
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Leo and protects the fifth of the Twelve Temples, the Leo Palace. The younger brother of Sagittarius Aeolus, he's a passionate and impetuous man, but also earnest. Aeolia is the youngest out of all Gold Saints.
  • 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.

Virgo Shaka

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Virgo and protects the sixth of the Twelve Temples, the Virgo Palace. He is widely known as "the man closest to godhood" since he has vast power and deep insight. He's also believed to be Buddha's reincarnation.

Libra Dohko

The 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.

Scorpius Milo

Voiced by: Masumi Asano
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Scorpius and protects the eighth of the Twelve Temples, the Scorpius Palace. She is a powerful and smart woman who believes the duty of a Saint to be one of great honor and is fiercely loyal to Athena.
  • 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.

Sagittarius Aeolus

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Sagittarius and protects the ninth of the Twelve Temples, the Sagittarius Palace. Because of his intense nature and strong sense of justice, he was adored by many. However, he was (falsely) branded a traitor and killed while fleeing Sanctuary.

Capricorn Shura

Voiced by: Shinji Kawada
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Capricorn and protects the tenth of the Twelve Temples, the Capricorn Palace. He is a bloodthirsty, aggressive and extremely strong warrior who believes that strength is everything and loves to fight against powerful opponents.
  • 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.

Aquarius Camus

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Aquarius and protects the eleventh of the Twelve Temples, the Aquarius Palace. Despite his cold demeanor and strict personality, deep down he is kind-hearted and cares much about his young pupil, Cygnus Hyōga.

Pisces Aphrodite

Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto
The Gold Saint who represents the constellation of Pisces and protects the twelfth of the Twelve Temples, the Pisces Palace. He is considered the most beautiful of all Saints. Aphrodite uses deadly poisonous roses to protect the last temple, and displays a malicious personality.
  • 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.


Mitsumasa Kido

Voiced by: Ren Osugi

Tokumaru Tatsumi

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.

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