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Contestants until the 5th Round; from left to right: Thor, Zeus, Poseidon, Heracles and Shiva

The champions from the side of the gods, 13 divinities who represent the best the Heavens have to offer in the 1-on-1 tournament to the death Ragnarok.


  • Adaptation Deviation: Like what happens with the Einherjar, the Gods of the setting belong to various myths, legends, and religions, so the manga changes their backstories so they all of them can be allowed to exist in the same world.
  • Anyone Can Die: Like their human opponents, if they die in the tournament, they are done for and will die for good. Initially, they didn't believe that something like that could happen to them, but once Poseidon gets killed in his fight, they begin to realize that things are not going to be as easy as they looked at first.
  • Hero Killer: As they can back up the might attributed to them in myths and legends, their power and abilities shouldn't be underestimated by any means, making them a true danger for the Einherjar. Even when they end losing, they still manage to force their human rivals to give everything they have in order to defeat them. So far in the tournament, Thor, Zeus and Shiva have managed to succesfully kill their opponents.
  • Jerkass Gods: With the exception of Heracles, the Gods are portrayed as an unpleasant bunch of assholes who only see the humans as their plaything and don't have any problems in exterminating them for the most insignificant reason. Their jerk level ranges from Thor, who just cares about having a good fight, to Poseidon, who views humans as nothing but insects.
  • Shrouded in Myth: There are certain parts in the myths that can be somewhat misleading about them, which doesn't bore well for Brunhilde's attempts to get the advantage.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The entire reason the gods agreed to the tournament was because they figured they’d easily wipe the floor with humanity as one last humiliation. However, Zeus actually struggling against Adam followed by losing both Poseidon and Heracles serves as a wake-up call, forcing them to admit that humanity won’t be going down without a fight.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Not really per se, but when it comes to fighting against their lesser opponents, the heavenly fighters tend to overestimate their advantage in the tournament until the death of Poseidon.
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    Thor 

Thor

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Jalen K. Cassell (English), Andres Gutierrez Coto (Latin American Spanish), Miguel Ángel Montero (European Spanish)
Portrayed by: Tomoya Yamaguchi (stage)

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The God of Thunder

"Human, no, your name was Lü Bu, right? I have one request to make. Don't die on me now."

The Nordic God of Thunder, who's also regarded as the strongest Nordic God. Though stoic and serious at first, he's in truth a battle maniac wishing for a good fight, as his overwhelming power usually kills his enemies easily. Among the Gods, he's the first one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Thank god it's not his hair this time, but his eyes are golden rather than blue, along with his sclera being black.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Unlike the Norse depictions of Thor with both a Beard of Barbarism and Barbarian Longhair, this one is portrayed as beautiful young man with long flowing hair
  • Adaptational Badass: In the original Norse myths, Thor needed the aid of Megingjörð and Járngreipr to double his physical strength and provide protection from wielding the incredible might of Mjolnir and died against Jörmungandr in a Mutual Kill. Here, he needed Járngreipr to restrain his own power so Mjolnir doesn't get destroyed prior to its awakening and easily flattened the World Serpent with one move prior to Ragnarok.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: Downplayed. Since the tournament starts as soon as Zeus approves it, his first scene (where he kills Incubus) is removed, instead debuting when Heimdall announces Ragnarok.
  • Badass Baritone: Matching his might, in the anime he's given an imposing deep, smooth voice, contrasting with Lü Bu's wilder and raspier one.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He won't speak more than a few words, and will kill you if he finds you inconvenient.
  • Bishōnen: He definitely looks much younger and more beautiful compare to the Norse myths.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Is depicted with golden eyes and black sclera, probably to show that he's a supernatural being.
  • Blood Knight: Like Lü Bu, he likes to fight.
  • The Brute: He's the powerhouse of the gods and is there only for personal satisfaction, lacking any agenda and not even caring much for the "pride of the gods" his brethren display. As such, he's expected to wreck his opponent, then move on, and he certainly delivers those expectations with his overwhelming power and destructive techniques.
  • The Cameo: During the battle of Lü Bu against Sun Jian in the former's spin-off, the narration briefly shows images of Thor and Lü Bu about to clash during the first round of Ragnarok, mentioning that by that time, Lü Bu had managed to succesfully complete his Sky Eater technique, who was still incompleted during his fight against Sun Jian.
  • Combination Attack: In his last technique against Lü Bu, he combines his two strongest techniques into one ultimate move called, "Geirröd Thor's Hammer".
  • Commuting on a Bus: Thor, for the most part, had only made passing appearances after his battle with Lu Bu, one after Poseidon's defeat, and another with Buddha's defection to humanity. The anime also adds a scene where he observes the start of the 4th fight in the last episode.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He killed 66 Jötunn with ease in the Ancient Era, and later against the World Serpent.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He was definitely surprised when Lü Bu not only manages to react and block against his first technique but also injured him as well.
  • The Dreaded: Being the strongest of the Nordic gods, almost everyone is intimidated by Thor's presence, with Göll nearly wetting herself and Brunhilde quickly bowing before him while having trouble keeping her composure.
  • Drop the Hammer: Well, duh. Mjölnir is easily twice its wielder's size but still retains a normal hammer's proportions. There's a handle built into the handle just so Thor's hands can have a firm grasp on it.
  • Evil Redhead: Downplayed. Thor is an antagonist, but he's more uncaring rather than outright evil.
  • Fast as Lightning: Being the God of Thunder, Thor is capable of moving at the speed of lightning. His technique, "Thor's Hammer", involves using his element to increase the power and speed of the swing of his hammer.
  • Fiery Redhead: Like the Norse myths, he's depicted with red hair, but is stoic than most examples. The "fiery" part appears once Lü Bu starts matching him through the fight, showing his more battle-hungry side.
  • Fiery Stoic: Once his emotions get riled up when his opponent actually challenges him, Thor still keeps most of his expressions in a stone-faced manner.
  • God of Thunder: As usual, Thor is a thunder god.
  • Hunk: Like in the myths where Thor is also regarded as the Norse God of Strength, this version is utterly ripped as well.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Once Lu Bu shows that he can easily react and block against his Thor's Hammer technique and was able to injure him, Thor starts to unleash his full power after one of his gloves was destroyed and the awakening of Mjolnir.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He kills Incubus in the very first chapter and considering how the former is a Smug Snake who's planning to sexually assault Brunhilde, it was totally warranted.
  • Living Weapon: As revealed in his one-to-one fight against Lu Bu, Mjolnir "awoke" from its slumber along with its veins pulsing along with the ground melting by the sheer power it emits alone.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has a youthful-looking face and long flowing red hair.
  • Not So Stoic: Though he is presented as a serious and quiet individual, once his battle with Lü Bu gets more intense, he starts to enjoy it more and smiles more frequently.
  • One-Hit Kill: The three named techniques he used his battle against Lü Bu are said to be capable of this.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Doesn't really express himself often other than a frown, until his fight against Lü Bu.
  • Power Limiter: In contrast to the myths, his gloves are this. Instead of strengthening him so that he could always lift Mjolnir, they instead restrict his strength so that he didn't shatter Mjolnir before it reaches full power.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: An In-Universe example. In the myths, Járngreipr is stated to allow Thor to wield Mjolnir's incredible power, but Zeus clarifies that the gloves' true purpose is the exact opposite.
  • Shock and Awe: He is the God of Thunder after all, but Thor doesn't utilize lightning towards Lü Bu unless in conjunction with the swing of his hammer.
  • Starter Villain: As a result of being the first of the gods to fight in Ragnarok, Thor ends becoming the first antagonist to be confronted in the manga. Unlike the usual trope, however, is clear Thor is a force to reckon with and is not a weakling by any means, even managing to win his round and keep living.
  • The Stoic: In comparison to most depictions of him, this Thor is shockingly cold, even when he's enjoying himself.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: To show that he's a divinity, his eyes are golden-colored. Combines this with Black Eyes of Crazy, which makes him look imposing.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Has black sclera and golden eyes.
  • Thunder Hammer: Mjölnir is a massive hammer larger than Thor's entire body. Thor can channel electricity through the hammer, making his swings even more powerful and devastating.
  • Victory Is Boring: It's mentioned that most of his prior battles in Asgard were Single Stroke Battles, leaving him unfulfilled through the centuries. It's only while fighting Lü Bu that he's able to indulge his thirst for battle.
  • Weapon Twirling: He weaponizes this through his "Geirröd" and "Geirröd Thor's Hammer" techniques. For the former, he flings Mjolnir into the air with all of his might and then recalling it back to him to slam it onto his opponent, with the added great velocity and centrifugal force to it. The latter is when he combines the former with his "Thor's Hammer" technique, causing greater damage than either one.
  • When He Smiles: He gives the finest smile when unleashing his Geirröd technique onto Lü Bu.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's regarded as the physically strongest God in the Norse myths.
  • Worthy Opponent: Quickly comes to consider Lü Bu this as their fight progresses, even saying that the latter's strength is wasted in his mortal body.

    Zeus 

Zeus

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Chris Edgerly (English), Pedro D'Aguillon Jr. (Latin American Spanish), Vicente Gil (European Spanish), Jordi Torregrosa (European Spanish; Youth)
Portrayed by: Kei Kato (stage, normal form), Daisuke Sekimoto (stage, muscular form), Kentaro Kujirai (stage, Adamas mode)

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The God Father Of Cosmos (G.F.O.C)
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"As long as we fight, we win. Such are the gods."

The supreme God of the Greek Pantheon, chairman of the Council of Valhalla, proclaimed "God Father Of Cosmos" and the strongest God of them all. Despite his frail and shriveled appearance, he's a battle-hungry powerhouse strong enough to surpass time itself with a single punch. Among the Gods, he's the second one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Adaptational Ugliness: Zeus is usually portrayed in the Greek myths as an elder yet muscular and handsome deity, unlike the shriveled and trembling old man this Zeus looks. To his credit, he was a lot more handsome in his youth.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: When he asks Adam of his reason to fight against the Heavens despite not possessing malice towards them, the latter's response pretty much spells out how he views this from everyone believing the same thing and clarifies that he doesn't need a reason like that, but to protect the ones he loved.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Unlike his counterpart in mythology, Zeus here fights using his bare-handed fists, according to him "because he loves to hear the sound of the bones of his enemies breaking". He was like that in his youth too, as he defeated his father without any weapon but his own body.
  • Beard of Evil: Possesses a white, long beard that enhances his elderly aspect. It doubles as Expressive Hair, as it usually reacts to whatever emotion Zeus is feeling at the moment.
  • Big Bad: As the leader of the Gods, he acts as the main antagonist of the series. Unlike other examples, however, his fight happens early in the series, though he keeps the position as the main antagonist since he wins the battle.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Extremely so. His eyebrows are so thick and big that in some panels they cover his eyes entirely. He also had thick eyebrows in his youth, but not even close to the extent they are at his current age.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes normally appear to be completely sunken, without showing any kind of pupils, though a glimpse of them can be seen from time to time (normally appearing as Black Eyes of Crazy). Whether it is the result of age (he didn't have them when he was young) is anyone's guess.
  • Blood Knight: Zeus forces Shiva to sit out his appointed fight, jumping in to fight the second match in Shiva's place, simply because he couldn't wait for his turn. When he realizes Adam's Power Copying means he's essentially fighting a mirror of himself, he's beside himself with joy.
  • Body Horror: As a result of compressing his muscles to gain power, his Adamas form turns him into a shriveled and disturbingly lanky version of his muscled form, ending with a grotesque result.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Putting it lightly, he's... weird. He's also a fearsome Blood Knight capable of moving at speeds that outclass time itself.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally appears as an eccentric and frail old man, but he is the God Father of Cosmos for something, being a powerful fighter with a monstrous strength able to subjugate both Ares and an Ambrosia-powered Alcides without getting serious. The only way someone could match and even surpass him is by copying his power.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: For the first half of the fight, he can't lay a hit on Adam, getting beaten down even when he temporarily stops time due to the Eyes of the Lord copying his moves and reversing them on him. However, the minute he goes Adamas Mode, the fight becomes more even with him being able to land blows and eventually winning out the war of attrition due to Adam's power backlash occurring.
  • Dirty Old Man: Very downplayed compared to his usual portrayal in the Greek Mythology. Though he shows lust, it is usually for battle, not for sex. He, however, gazes lustfully at Brunhilde when he discovers the whole ruse behind the Volunds, much to her annoyance.
  • The Dreaded: As the supreme God, his might alone strikes fear into nearly everyone. Even Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction is quite scared of him.
  • Dub Personality Change: In the original Japanese, Zeus sounds like a raspy, stereotypical old man. The English dub, on the other hand, gives him a much more regal sounding and sophisticated voice while keeping his eccentricity.
  • Elemental Motifs: He doesn't wield lightning compare to the myths, but his godly speed can bring to mind the element.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first appearance, he at first appears acting as a frail old man, but later he's shown to kill his pet dragon easily after hearing Brunhilde's idea of Ragnarok and then slamming the ground with his mallet while making an unhinged face, showing both his silly side and his more brutal personality.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's shown to be genuinely supportive of Heracles, even if he's not his son in this version. He looks very upset after Heracles dies in his fight against Jack the Ripper, destroying the terrace where he, Hermes, Ares and Loki were after the end of the battle in a fit of calm rage.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Battle-hungry as he is, he'll stop fights between his fellow gods if need be.
  • Evil Is Bigger: His muscular battle form dwarfs Adam by a large margin (helped by Adam not being very tall himself). Ironically, he was on the receiving end of this when he killed his father Cronos in his youth, as, while Zeus was by no means a short individual, the Titan was gigantic.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's portrayed as an elderly looking God advocating for the annihilation of humanity and is also generally referred as "gramps" or "old geezer" by his fellow Gods, though, ironically, he's not the oldest of the Gods despite looking like it.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: How he appeared to those in life, where Alcides was surprised by Zeus' true appearance compared to how he has depicted in the statue that the Greeks prayed to and worshipped.
  • Final Boss: Subverted. He was supposed to be the last of the Gods to fight in Ragnarok, but after the first match, he got so excited to fight that he forced Shiva to retire and he ended up fighting in the second round instead. Even Göll asked surprised to her sister what was the last boss doing in the second fight as opposed to the last one.
  • Hour of Power: His Adamas form ramps up his durability to Nigh-Invulnerable levels, but cannot be used for long periods of time or he'll die from the self-destructive strain.
  • Hulking Out: While he initially appears as nothing more than a feeble old man, when he exercises his immense strength he grotesquely morphs into a muscle-bound behemoth.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: He definitely doesn't look like the shriveled old man he looks like in the present time during the time when he overthrew his own father.
  • Kick the Dog: During the first chapter, he kills his pet dragon (whom he had since it was a baby, as shown in Heracles's flashback) just because he was excited at the prospect of a fight between Gods and humans.
  • Laughably Evil: Sometimes, his antics end being amusing as they are terrifying. One example is his introduction during his battle in Ragnarok, where he appears dancing extravagantly (while Hermes plays a melody in his violin) to make a memorable entrance.
  • Lean and Mean: Contrary to his usual muscular and bulky battle form, his Adamas mode is lean and trim (as a result of compressing all the muscles of his body). However, this gives him an even bigger strength.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Contrary to what his muscular form may suggest at first, he's able to move at incredible speeds and even surpasses time itself with a single punch, while also being able to pack devastating blows.
  • Neck Snap: Has his neck snapped completely around during his fight with Adam. And then he gets back up and snaps it back into place.
  • Nightmare Face: Makes lots of them through the run of the manga, especially in his fight against Adam. Usually involves a combination of his Black Eyes of Evil with an open, menacing black mouth.
  • Patricide: He's well known for overthrowing and killing his father Chronos.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His antics certainly veer into this territory at times.
  • Scars Are Forever: If you are keen enough, you can realize that the wound Kronos gave to his chin formed a scar. It's more evident in his Adamas mode, where his chin gets fully exposed.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to his older brother Poseidon, he's emotional, Hot-Blooded, likes attention, and loves a good fight, while Poseidon is serious, cold, despises drawing the attention of "lesser beings" and couldn't care less about having a good battle.
  • Slasher Smile: As a result of having all his muscles greatly compressed, he sports one of these in his Adamas mode. It is horrifying enough to make a human baby from the audience to cry.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Zeus at first may come as a battle hungry brute, but he's surprisingly cunning in battle, and, so far, is the only God that has changed his strategy through his fight, going from trying to kill his enemy with brute force and speed to force a battle of attrition after realizing that he wouldn't go anywhere if he kept attacking Adam directly. His gamble ends succeeding.
  • Spanner in the Works: Is this for Brunhilde in regards to her plans for Adam. The original plan was for Adam to deal with Shiva and bring the first win to the mortals, however, Zeus, who after the fight of Thor got incredibly excited at the prospect of a good battle, interrupted and forced Shiva to quit, as he simply couldn't wait for his turn and was too eager to fight. Adam gave him a good battle and even had the upper hand at certain points but Zeus' techniques end up killing Adam anyway, giving the victory to Zeus and effectively ruining Brunhilde's plan for good.
  • Stronger Than They Look: DO NOT mistake his usual frail, senior appearance as someone who's weak. He's the God Father of Cosmos after all, and all of the Gods are quite intimidated by his power.
  • Tiny-Headed Behemoth: When he bulks up, his head remains tiny compared to his huge, muscular body, making him look unsettling.
  • Top God: Like in the classical mythology, he's the most powerful Greek God and rules over the Olympians. This version is also depicted as the supreme God of every deity of every mythology, being feared even by other powerful Gods like Shiva.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Unlike the myths, Zeus is not Heracles' birth father.
  • Villain Respect: He considered Kronos a horrible father, but admired his skills as a warrior, so he ended up naming his punch that surpasses time in his honor. Later he was shown to have developed respect for Adam even if he lost the match, since he standed on his feet until the bitter end and managed to bend him (the strongest God) to his knees despite dying imitating Adamas.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Granted that all the gods are eons old, Zeus is actually the youngest of Chronos and Rhea's four sons despite being a skin and bones wrinkled old man physically.
  • Youngest Child Wins: He received the status of Top God for killing Chronos, putting him as de facto leader of the Olympiad over his three older brothers.

    Poseidon 

Poseidon

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Bumper Robinson (English), Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish), Cholo Moratalla (European Spanish)
Portrayed by: Keisuke Sohma (stage)

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The Ruler of The Seas

"We have no need for the herd, no need for scheming, and no need for support. Such are the gods. Supporters are entirely unnecessary to those who have already attained perfection."

The Greek God of the Sea and one of the older brothers of Zeus. A fearsome and ferocious deity notorious for his cold disdain towards both humans and Gods alike. Prideful and rigid in his values on what a God should be, he does not hesitate to punish those who stray from his personal path of perfection. Among the Gods, he's the third one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The mythical Poseidon was normally portrayed as an old man with a beard. This one is a golden-haired Pretty Boy with a significantly younger look.
  • Animal Motifs: He's indirectly compared with a shark towards the end of his fight with Kojiro, due them representing the ferociousness and danger of the cold, deep ocean, the domain of Poseidon.
  • An Arm and a Leg: When Kojiro finally analyzes and understands all his movements, he manages to cut one of his arms with his Swallow Tiger Combo, Thousand Blades, then proceeds to cut the other when Poseidon tried to attack him by holding his trident with his other hand.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering his disdain towards humans and Gods alike, that he murdered his own brother in cold blood for a petty reason (and then erased his existence from the history), and that he spent most of the fight looking down and taunting his opponent, very few tears were shed when Kojiro cut him into pieces and he died an ignominious death. Even the Gods were more shocked to see him losing than feeling sadness for his death, and, though the Greek Gods wanted to avenge him, it was more to redeem themselves for the humiliation of Poseidon's defeat than for any genuine love for the guy.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Deconstructed. He always consistently thrusts his spear to pierce his opponent and doesn't change his approach, which ends up getting him killed.
  • Avenging the Villain: After his death, the Greek Gods decide to take revenge by sending Heracles as the champion of the Gods for the next round. Not out of respect for him mind you, but because it was a humiliating for a human to defeat a God.
  • Bishōnen: In contrast to his elderly looking younger brother, Poseidon is a fair-faced man with curled hair and a toned build.
  • Deader Than Dead: His eventual fate after dying against Kojiro in Ragnarok.
  • Defiant to the End: To his credit, he goes down swinging. When he loses his dominant trident hand, he just switches to the other. When the other hand is taken off, he switches to his teeth and lunges at Kojiro in a futile effort. When he's left with just his head, he curses Kojiro with his dying breath.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's this for the first season of the anime, as he's the last god to be fought there, and the only one to be defeated. His death brings hope to humankind, but Ragnarok is far from ending and there are still six more victories to achieve to avoid total annihilation.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is scared shitless of Poseidon, and between his power and sociopathic nature, they are right to be.
  • Elemental Motifs: He doesn't use water on his techniques, but the insanely fast thrusts of his trident, coupled with his incredible speed brings to mind phenomenons involving water (such as a flood or a whirlpool) due to the ferocity of the attacks and the extense range they cover due the speed of the god. Poseidon himself is compared with a deep oceanic abyss through the battle, symbolizing how Kojiro never manages to reach the "bottom" (matching Poseidon's power) no matter how many times he tries.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite being shown as nothing but a sociopath who doesn't cares for anyone but himself, both Hades and his servant Proteus end mourning his death and decide to avenge his death in the seventh round of Ragnarok, the first by competing in the fight and the second by providing the remains of Poseidon's trident so Hades can fuse it into his own weapon.
  • Evil Is Petty: His reason for killing Adamas and erasing his existence throughout history? All because he feels that his older brother never fit in his views of perfection.
  • Fratricide: It turns out that Poseidon was not one of three brothers as myth dictates, but one of four— Adamas, a psychopathic Monster Clown god, is this missing brother. Poseidon kills him because he thinks Adamas brings shame on the Gods' name for being inferior in his eyes.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In a fate mirroring his brother Adamas, Poseidon is killed by having his torso bisected from the rest of his body.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: While he feels nothing but disdain towards humans, he also has enormous contempt for his fellow Gods too, considering them nothing but fools who cannot get what makes a God a God. This also extends to his close family, as he didn't have any issue in killing his brother Adamas once he confirmed he didn't meet his expectations of what a God should be.
  • Hate Sink: Is pretty much devoid of any likable or redeeming characteristics, making it all the easier to cheer when Kojiro kills him.
  • Humans Are Insects: While nearly all of the gods believe humanity to be beneath them, Poseidon takes this much further in his fight against Kojiro, to the point where he doesn't unleash his full power against him. In fact, unlike with Thor and Zeus who complimented their human opponents, Poseidon dies cursing him.
  • Jerkass: Is cold towards everyone and has no compassion or respect for anyone, usually treating those whom he deigns to talk with hate and disrespect.
  • Karmic Death: Not only is he killed by one of the humans he despised so much, but the one who killed him was the one regarded as the biggest loser of humankind, adding more salt to the wound.
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite having blond hair, blue eyes, wearing a white loincloth with golden ornaments and having some kind of golden rings around his arms, he's one of the most unsympathetic gods of the tournament, with few redeeming qualities.
  • Making a Splash: He is the god of the seas, after all, but has only used his ability to manipulate the water in his introduction.
  • Not So Stoic: The only times he shows a different face other than a scowl is first when he wounds Kojiro for the first time, showing a sadistic smile and calling him a piece of shit, then, after Kojiro manages to wound him for the first time, he displays one hell of a menacing grin, indicating Kojiro that he was going to pay for daring to slash him.
  • Older Than He Looks: Despite having the appearance of a youthful young man, he's older than his brother Zeus, who looks like a decrepit old man.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His usual expression is a serious face of disgust towards anyone who dares to interact with him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: It should be noted that Poseidon could've also manipulated the water around the arena to completely drown Kojiro rather than continuing to use the same method of stabbing him with his trident, but since the ruler of the seas views his human opponent to be so beneath him in his eyes, it would be safe to say that a perfect being such as himself shouldn't bother with the effort of using his element.
  • Pride: His defining characteristic. For him, a God has to be a perfect being that has no need for human necessities (like followers, wealth, an army...), and he holds great pride in not only projecting this image to others but for other Gods to follow his example. His arrogance is that, he never goes serious on a "lowly human" like Kojiro, not even bothering to use his water manipulating powers at any point of the fight. This proves to be his downfall.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Being the Trope Namer himself, he has a trident as his personal Weapon of Choice.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Has this dynamic with his rival Kojiro. Poseidon is the cold, serious, and unfriendly blue, while Kojiro is the outgoing, cheerful and friendly red. This is further reflected in their clothes. Poseidon wears a blue battle armor, while Kojiro possesses clothing with calid colors such as red and yellow.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to his younger brother Zeus, he's serious, cold, despises drawing the attention of "lesser beings" and couldn't care less about having a good battle, while Zeus is emotional, Hot-Blooded, likes attention, and loves a good fight.
  • Sinister Whistling: For some reason, he has the habit to whistle before attacking.
  • The Sociopath: He cares for no one but himself, never respecting or acknowledging his older brother even as an infant, killing him for being an embarrassment, and afterward, made sure that he was forgotten throughout history.
  • Static Character: Invoked. Since he sees himself as a perfect being, Poseidon finds no need for growth nor change in his outlook. This ends up deconstructed in his fight against the ever evolving and enlightening Kojiro.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Believing that Kojiro was nothing but a lowly human, he went easy on him and, throughout the fight, he limited himself to throwing his trident at him and little more. However, soon Kojiro proved to be more than a match for him, and not even after he manages to cut off one of his arms does he change his battle strategy. This proves to be his undoing, as Kojiro's dynamic fighting style quickly ended up killing him once he landed a lethal blow on him.
  • Undignified Death: Unlike the other losers of the matches of Ragnarok (such as Lü Bu, Adam or Heracles), who went out with honor and even were recognized by their opponents after their deaths, Poseidon was butchered like a fish, had his corpse cut into pieces, died cursing his rival, and Kojiro ended up feeling pity for him due to his disdain towards his followers rather than feel honored to have fought against the strongest opponent he met in his whole existence, being happier for the fact that he won a real battle for once. So much for the "perfect God".
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While the rest of the gods are generally Strong and Skilled, Poseidon's pride in the belief that, as a god, he is automatically perfect means that he never bothered to hone his skills, instead choosing to rely on his natural strength. This belief ultimately ends up biting him in the ass in the end.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Kojiro finally gets under his skin for getting a cut on him, Poseidon's develops a screaming hatred of him because he doesn't want to have lost to a lesser being.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: When it comes down to his fight against Kojiro, Poseidon's method of attack is to always consecutively thrust his trident forward to pierce him. If that doesn't work and he later gets serious? Use more speed in his attacks to overwhelm him, rinse, and repeat. It basically screwed him over in the end.
  • The Worf Effect: His loss and death at the hands of Kojiro is the turning point for the gods to realized the reality that they could lose in Ragnarok.

    Heracles 

Heracles

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The Envoy of Justice
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"I'm always... always on the side of justice."

A former human named Alcides who became a demi-god after drinking from the blood of Zeus, now holding the title of Greek God of Fortitude. The most righteous God and one of the few divinities who is an advocate of saving humankind, though he fights for the side of the Gods. Among the Gods, he's the fourth one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: He gets this from both sides. His death causes a lot of tears from humanity and the gods with even Brunhilde crying from his death.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Similar to some adaptations, this version of Heracles is far from how he was portrayed in the myths and is a straight-up bonafide Ideal Hero among the gods and humanity.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Compare to the myths where he accidentally kills close friends and innocent people for simply being too close in proximity when his temper got the better of him and is willing to go to war over a mere verbal insult, this version of Heracles is a Gentle Giant who takes his newfound godly strength seriously and is always a champion of righteousness.
  • Adaptational Species Change: He was born as a human who later became a God instead of being born as a demi-god who later ascends to Godhood.
  • All-Loving Hero: He not only possesses a deep love for humanity despite all their flaws but is determined to find a way to save them if he wins, even declaring that he will save even Jack the Ripper himself.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Gets his left arm sliced off when trying to block an Improvised Weapon thrown at him by Jack, not knowing that the object is a divine weapon.
  • Ancient Grome: Averted. He's known by his Greek name rather than the more popular and well-known "Hercules", which is his Roman name. Despite this, some fan scanlations still refer to him by his Roman name.
  • Anti-Villain: He fights for the side of the Gods, but is motivated to save humanity even if he wins in Ragnarok.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: He has long, spiky hair that reaches his waist.
  • The Big Guy: Heracles is huge. Göll is around the size of a human teenager, and Heracles' arm is as big as her whole body.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Though not to the extent of Zeus, his eyebrows are also noticeably thick.
  • Blow You Away: The Sixth Labor, the Birds of Stymphalia, allows Heracles to create a large gust of wind with his club. He first uses it to blow Jack's Flechette Storm of throwing knives back at him
  • The Brute: Unlike with Thor, Heracles inverts this for his heroic nature.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Carries a club, as in the myths. It becomes something of a Morph Weapon when he uses his special attacks, manifesting the faces of creatures encountered on his 12 Labors.
  • Deader Than Dead: His eventual fate when Jack The Ripper kills him by impaling his hands through him.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Unlike the myths, he was fully human until he drank the Ambrosia.
  • Determinator: As Ares can attest, this is Heracles' main trait, whether it'll be upholding his ideals or going through life-threatening situations.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: As Heimdall puts it, he's the representant of the Gods during the last phase of the early stage of the tournament, making him the last big obstacle to beat during the first phase of the tournament.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. Heracles is not really stupid, but his hot blooded personality often makes him act carelessly and charge straight towards his enemies without thinking first, trying to solve things with brute strength alone. This gets him into troubles many times through his battle with Jack.
  • Evil Redhead: Greatly subverted. He fights for the side of the Gods but does so with the expectation of convincing them to spare humans if he wins his battle. Other than that, he is a benevolent character and his red hair is more related to the heroic version of the color.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he has the opportunity to take Jack The Ripper out with him to make the match a draw, Heracles instead chooses to embrace him instead, letting himself die in so that humanity can have another win.
  • Feel No Pain: In spite that his ability slowly kills him (while also causing Heracles an unimaginable pain as the tattoo who marks his usage of the 12 Labours grows and grows) and that he later loses an arm, he continues fighting without even showing the slightest sign that he's suffering from his wounds and power.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has red hair and is very Hot-Blooded.
  • For Great Justice: His one main goal in life to the point Heimdall calls him, the greatest hero.
  • Friendly Enemy: Brunhilde and Göll consider Heracles like a brother, owing to their shared status as demigods. Both are left crying when he dies.
  • Fusion Dance: His final technique, "Hounds of Hades" sees him perform this with Cerberus to maximize his strength to even greater limits. The catch is that it constantly burns through his life and cannot be undone, making it a Suicide Attack even if it succeeds.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He may be a Hot-Blooded Ideal Hero who fights For Great Justice and can be a bit dim at certain times, Heracles is not unaware or naive of the atrocities humanity is capable of to each other, considering his divine position and responsibility of guiding the righteousness of them himself.
  • Happily Adopted: In spite of being born as a normal human being, he was well received by the other Gods and his adoptive divine family is shown to be loving and supportive of him despite not being born as a God. They are genuinely devastated when he dies at the end of his battle.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He could've killed his opponent in order to tie the match, but chooses to die out of love for humanity.
  • Heroic Spirit: All. The. Time. He will always take the hardest route in regards to becoming stronger. This trait is further shown near the end of his battle against Jack The Ripper, where Heracles unleashed the final technique that would eventually kill him in exchange for greater power. Thus why he has the title God of Fortitude.
  • Honor Before Reason: Heracules is a deeply honorable man that even his last moment could have killed Jack but decided to hug him to give humanity another victory.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Jack kills him after impaling him with his blood-powered Volund gloves, after feigning a feint with the fence he used to impale himself, no less.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As the paradigm of justice and honor, he is given bright blue eyes (though he is not a fool and is aware of the evil humans can commit). This contrasts with Jack's red right eye.
  • Last Episode, New Character: For the anime, Heracles makes a brief appearance at the end of Season One.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: The only reaction he shows after just having his arm cut is a face of slight surprise, regaining his composure seconds after that.
  • Marked Change: His right torso is covered in tattoos marking his accomplishments. Every time he uses one of his Signature Moves, the tattoo expands painfully to cover more of his body. If it grows to cover his whole body, he'll die.
  • Meaningful Rename: He was born as Alcides until changing his name to Heracles in respect to Zeus' wife after being adopted into the family.
  • The Paragon: This Heracles is the overall representative of goodness and justice for both Gods and Humans. He will do what he must for his people and always believes in the best of Man, even though he knows how cruel they can get.
  • Red Is Heroic: His hair is reddish and he is undoubtedly the most benign of the Gods. Also mixes this with Fiery Redhead.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Heracles is a powerful God with a a great strength, a more versatile arsenal than other of his kind and with a record of mighty monsters killed by his hands. However, since he always fought his enemies in straight battles of brute strength, he's unprepared for oponnents who resort to more complex tactics and fight dirty. As such, he's surpassed and grievously injured by Jack (who is precisely the kind of person who employs the aforementioned strategies) many times in their battle due his lack of experience against these type of fighters.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Though not the actual protagonist, Heracles pretty much plays this all of the basic tropes straight.
  • Token Good Teammate: Is the only god who's not a jerk and actually loves Humanity despite being on the side of gods who want to destroy them.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Subverted. He became a God to guide humans for the right path, and that hasn't change in Ragnarok, vowing to win his fight to convince the Gods to spare mankind.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: He's Zeus' adoptive son rather than his full-blooded one in the myths.
  • Villain Respect: He's not really a villain, but Heracles has a deep respect for Lü Bu, Adam, and Sasaki Kojiro's abilities and sees them worthy to represent humanity in Ragnarok. He also starts to see Jack as this when the latter continues to fight despite his "cowardly" tactics.
  • Warts and All: His proclamation to humanity in Chapter 27. While he's aware of the deep-seated corruption and flaws Humanity as a whole has, he ultimately once was human and holds nothing but unconditional love for it.
  • Wild Card: Despite representing the Gods in Ragnarok, Heracles isn't fully on their side and stated to Loki that he's always on the side of justice.

Tropes that apply to him prior to his ascension to Godhood.

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  • Bully Hunter: He would often defend those being picked on or abused unfairly.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: His hair grew long and flowing after drinking the Ambrosia.
  • Determinator: Alcides would always do the right thing, no matter how stupid or insane it was. He even faced off against Ares before taking the Ambrosia as he found the Gods' actions are wrong.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: His original appearance before undergoing intensive training that would lead him into gaining a Heroic Build.
  • Sickly Child Grew Up Strong: Much like Captain America, Heracules was born with a very weak body as a mortal, but after years of determination and hard training, he gains a Heroic Build and then comes the event where he drinks the Ambrosia.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The narration mentions that Alcides always took the hardest path possible in order to improve himself, sometimes taking incredibly dumb and dangerous approaches to certain situations (such as charging straight to a boar the size of a T. Rex that dwarfs him by a large margin), to the point his best friend Castor even wonders if there's something wrong with him. Fortunately for him, this ends paying off and he ends developing a strong physique as a result.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His backstory is basically him taking several levels in badassery as his life goes on. He starts as a weak and scrawny kid who, with effort and persistence, manages to become a strong and respected man. Then, after drinking the Ambrosia to stop the massacre that Ares was about to perform in Thebes, he becomes a demigod strong enough to defeat all the invading troops by himself and give Ares a good beatdown. Lastly, after finishing his 12 Labours, he finally becomes a full-fledged God.
  • Training from Hell: Goes through this in life as Alcides, with the narration referring to him as someone who always taking the hardest path to achieve his goals. Once we see the results with his muscular build and later with his ascension into godhood, one can say that it definitely paid off.

    Shiva 

Shiva

Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English), Sergio Moriel (Latin American Spanish), Juan Antonio Soler (European Spanish)

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Destroyer of Worlds
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"They believed in someone as stupid and lazy as me. For all 1116 of them... I can't lose here, 'cos no matter what... I'm the peak of Svarga."

The Hindu God of Creation and Destruction. Arrogant and battle-loving, tried to participate in Ragnarok in the early stages, though his first attempts were unsuccessful. Among the Gods, he's the fifth one to fight in Ragnarok.


  • Affably Evil: While Shiva is more arrogant and haughty than outright evil, he quickly comes to respect Raiden's strength and is rather friendly throughout their fight. This becomes a detriment though, as he even allows Raiden several opportunities to either take a quick breather or power up rather than attack while he is wide open, wishing to meet his attacks head on. He ends up taking a lot of unnecessary damage because of it. This behavior leaves Ares baffled, but Hermes finds it to be a charming aspect of Shiva's character.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: As shown in colour illustrations, his skin is the mythology-accurate blue.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Having four arms makes him susceptible to this, as he first loses use of one arm after Raiden crushes it within his grip, and then loses two more when they are torn off by the sheer power of Raiden's forbidden technique after he tries to block it.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Chapter 37 reveals that he used to be regarded as a lower deity and rose up to become the leader of the Indian gods after defeating the other gods which included his best friend, Rudra.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Or rather, black eye of crazy. The four eyes he has on his face have a normal, white sclera, but the Third Eye on his forehead has a black one, possibly hinting it is the source of his power.
  • Blood Knight: The tournament's stakes and excitement have gotten Shiva extremely invested in the fighting. When Zeus forces him to switch places with him, it takes a lot of convincing (read: threatening) for him to back down. Shiva even goes as far as to say that Zeus would have to fight him to take his spot.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • For much of his early appearances his whole screentime consisted of being interrupted and frustrated by the Greek Gods anytime he tried to take part in Ragnarok, to his chagrin. He finally has the chance to prove his strength in the fifth round of the tournament, facing Raiden Tameemon. Even then, he and his fight with Raiden gets slightly overshadowed by the Wham Episode and near face-off of Loki and the Seven Lucky Gods versus Buddha, Sasaki, and Souji.
    • Subverted when he actually wins his match against Raiden, showing WHY he is the top god of the Indian pantheon.
  • Catchphrase: In Japanese, he has shouganee na ("looks like I don't have a choice").
  • Dance Battler: Eventually, his trump card is revealed to be the "Hidden Treasure of Svarga", a frantic and unpredictable fast dance that allows Shiva to attack quickly from many different sides, making him able to strike his enemies multiple times without them realizing where the hits come from.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: In the later stages of the fight, Shiva is forced to use his ultimate ability, Samsara War Dance - Ashes, which burns his body at an incredible temperature and increases his physical abilities at the cost of literally burning away his own body with prolonged use. This blowback is referred to as Tandava Karma, referencing the concept in Hindu mythology of Shiva burning away his own body as he destroys the world in order to rebuild it from his ashes.
  • Decomposite Character: Shiva and Rudra are considered the same character in Hindu Mythology. Here, Rudra and Shiva are different characters who performed the same feats together, Shiva only stepping up to his current status when Rudra fights and loses to him. His usurping of Rudra's legend is referenced when his nickname is given to Shiva after losing, much like the rest of the gods they fought and bested. Then again, Rudra was his own god before being absorbed into the canon, so it might be a case of an originally composite character becoming a decomposite.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The opponents that Shiva and Rudra defeated on their ascent to Svarga's peak came to be their True Companions, who followed and supported their journey until it's end. The only exception was Rudra himself, who departed from Svarga after his defeat against Shiva, leaving his best friend behind.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Back before Alcides's ascension to Godhood, he considered Loki's suggestion of killing all the humans to be excessive, instead proposing to go to Thebes to "teach them a small lesson".
  • Extra Eyes: Possesses five, the two normal eyes humans have, a Third Eye on his forehead and two other more under his first pair. He has those ones closed unless he's genuinely surprised, normally appearing as some kind of Facial Markings when he's calm.
  • Foreshadowing: When he was about to face Adam he said that, if he didn't calm himself down, he would turn his rival in a pile of ashes, foreshadowing his fire-based fighting style.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even after losing three of his arms, Shiva continues being a powerful fighter and thanks to the dexterity of his legs, he's able to move gracefully despite losing the capacity to punch. He even manages to win his fight thanks to a combination of his Hidden Treasure of Svarga with his Tandava Karma.
  • Hellish Pupils: The pupils of the eyes on his face are slitted like those of a snake, while his Third Eye normally takes a horizontal shape, like that of a goat (though it sometimes depicted as vertical). Like with other Gods, this is likely done to show that he's an inhuman being.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: And Blood Brothers, with Rudra.
  • Hey, You!: Throughout his fight with Raiden Taneemon, Shiva never once refers to him by name and prefers to call him "Human". It's only at the end of the fight, when he's fought Raiden to his limits and finally comes to respect him, that he calls him by his full name.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He at first acts defiant to Zeus when he tried to take his turn in the second round of Ragnarok, but after seeing that Zeus was completely serious about participating in that round, he prefers to retire and let him fight than to confront the God Father of Cosmos. Later he does the same upon seeing the wrath of the Greek Gods after they announce their desire to avenge Poseidon's defeat by sending Heracles as their champion, at the expense of Shiva, who wanted to participate in the fourth round.
  • Made of Iron: He takes two direct hits to the face from the superhumanly strong Raiden without taking much in the way of damage.
  • Magic Pants: Shiva using his Tandava dance to set himself on fire doesn't burn away his clothing. Taken even further when he activates Tandava Karma and is engulfed by intense fire that burns away the surroundings. Even his head wrap is burned away, but his pants stay intact while they are dramatically covered in flames.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In the vein of the Hindu deities, he's portrayed with four arms.
  • Nightmare Face: He's shown to be able to make scary expressions by opening all his eyes at the same time.
  • "No More Holding Back" Speech: After witnessing Raiden's resolve and seeing his friend Rudra supporting him from the sidelines, Shiva gives a brief speech about all that he is fighting for before activating his most destructive technique to give the battle everything he has. This calls back to his fight with Rudra where he couldn't bring himself to fight all out despite his friend's unbreakable resolve, wounding Rudra's pride far worse than any physical pain. He doesn't repeat the same mistake with Raiden and uses his maximum power against an opponent who is also giving everything he has, allowing them both to have the greatest fight of their lives.
  • Playing with Fire: His Tandava technique is achieved when the dancing of the Hidden Treasure of Svarga gets so intense it makes his body burn and combust, increasing the potency of his attacks. It's hot enough to cauterize wounds in seconds after inflicting a deep wound.
  • Polyamory: Chapter 32 shows his wife, Parvati cheering him on with his two consorts Kali and Durga. This is mythologically accurate with the manga cutting out that Kali and Durga are aspects of Parvati
  • The Power of Friendship: Shiva weaponizes this trope, as he can imbue his strikes with the spirits of his True Companions to increase his strength.
  • Power Tattoo: The tattoos along his arms and hands are revealed to be power markers, ones that Rudra gifted to him after stepping down.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Shiva makes good use of his four arms by attacking Raiden with flurries of punches. Even losing the use of one arm doesn't slow down his barrage as the fight gets more serious.
  • Reclining Reigner: Shiva is first introduced in chapter 1 sprawled out on a lavish mattress during the Council of Gods, highlighting his decadent and hedonistic nature as the top god of his pantheon. He is later seen throughout the series casually reclining on whatever he is sitting on. His flashback shows that he had a habit of lounging around even as a low-level deity before ascending to the peak of Svarga, implying it's a habit out of laziness rather than pure arrogance.
  • Red Is Violent: Shiva's most destructive ability turns his body red from the incredible heat it exudes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shiva had this dynamic with Rudra in the past, serving as the Blue Oni to Rudra's Red. Shiva was a lazy god who had no aspirations beyond relaxing and having a good time dancing, while Rudra was driven solely by his dream, unwilling to grow complacent in his role and desiring to reach the top of Svarga. Rudra convinced Shiva to join him on his journey, and their opposing views came to a head when they reached the top and fought, with Shiva being clearly superior but unwilling to accept his role as leader, while Rudra gave everything he had to win, but was simply not strong enough despite his resolve towards achieving his dream.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Shiva's Deva Loka move is a flaming roundhouse kick that he uses in conjunction with his Tandava war dances. He uses this move to end the fight, first splitting apart Raiden's arm and then decapitating him with it.
  • Rule of Three: Gets stopped three times in a row by the Greek Gods whenever he tries to take part in Ragnarok before finally getting his chance to fight.
  • Super Mode: Shiva's final technique, Samsara War Dance, uses Tandava Karma to increase his body heat until he turns red and improves his physical abilities considerably at the cost of burning away his own body.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like with Thor and Zeus, his eyes are also golden-colored, though unlike them, he has white sclera save for his Third Eye.
  • There Can Be Only One: Despite he and Rudra defeating over 1000 Indian gods together, they come to the conclusion that only one of them needs to be on the throne of India. Shiva wins, and receives Rudra's powers.
  • Third Eye: He possesses one in his forehead, as he's usually portrayed in mythology. Actually subverted, it would be actually the fifth eye, as he has another pair of eyes under the ones he normally shows. When Shiva activates his ultimate destructive ability, all five eyes are seen dramatically lighting up as his body transforms.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After being blue-balled thrice in a row, he finally gets a chance to fight in the fifth round. He wins his match against Raiden despite losing three of his arms.
  • Villain Respect: After the fight has been decided and Shiva is about to deliver the finishing blow, he genuinely thanks Raiden for allowing them both to have the greatest fight of their lives.
  • Wreathed in Flames: The Tandava technique sets Shiva's body on fire from the intensity of his dancing, increasing the power and effectiveness of the Hidden Treasure of Svarga. Taken Up to Eleven with the Samsara War Dance, which uses Tandava Karma to heat up his body until it turns red, surrounding his body in flames so hot that they even force a fellow god like Heimdall to flee the arena.
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    Buddha (UNMARKED SPOILERS) 

Buddha

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The Honored One

The Buddhist Demigod of Enlightenment and founder of Buddhism. He is chosen as the participant of Round 6, but in an unexpected move, he chooses to fight for humanity's side rather than the gods.
For more information, see The Einherjar

    Bishamonten (UNMARKED SPOILERS) 

Bishamonten

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Heavenly Executioner

"Death to traitors... Do not forget."

The Japanese God of fortune in war and battles, as well as the leader of the Seven Lucky Gods. He was set to participate in Ragnarok at first and does indeed comes for Round 6, however, something unexpected happened...


  • The Assimilator: Rather than fusing with the other Lucky Gods in a more traditional way, he absorbs them from the back of his back. It is hinted by the appearance he takes after fusing with each god that he adopts their abilities, though Zerofuku resembles a younger version of Bishamonten rather than any of the other six.
  • Badass Armfold: Up to Eleven. It's his default position, staying like that during the whole battle of Buddha and the Einherjar against Loki and the other Seven Lucky Gods. He only drops it twice, the first for a few panels where Zeus and Odin appear to stop the brawl, after which he resumes while leaving, and the second when he and the rest of the Seven Lucky Gods enter the ring and fuse back into Zerofuku.
  • Best Served Cold: After Zerofuku divided himself into the Seven Lucky Gods, the other six wanted to take revenge on Buddha immediately. Bishamonten, however, tells them that is not the right moment yet before leaving, indicating he was waiting for the perfect moment to execute his revenge. He finally gets his chance in Ragnarok.
  • Body Horror: The way he fuses with the other six Lucky Gods is by absorbing them into his body, with each god absorbed rapidly changing his body to nearly grotesque levels before they return as Zerofuku.
  • Cool Mask: Sports an extremely intimidating mask that helps build him up.
  • Cool Ship: He makes his entrance into the arena on board the Takarabune, the mythical flying ship piloted by the Seven Lucky Gods in Japanese folklore.
  • Deader Than Dead: He dies for good along with Zerofuku and the other Lucky Gods after Buddha kills Hajun at the climax of the sixth fight.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though he takes his job as the Executioner of Heaven seriously, he's against senseless killing.
  • Fusion Dance: Right before his battle against Buddha, he fuses with the rest of the seven lucky gods to return as Zerofuku.
  • Horned Humanoid: While easy to confuse with some head ornament at first, he sports a pair of black horns around his head that he retains as Zerofuku. The horns are in truth a fragment of Hajun implanted into Zerofuku by Beelzebub long time ago.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He along with his other six subordinates acts as the personal executioner from Heaven, judging those who dare to betray the gods. Despite this role, he is against needless violence towards those who haven't been judged and stops Ebisu from picking a fight with Jack.
  • The Leader: As the god of fortune in battle and patron of warriors, he's the leader and most powerful member of the Seven Lucky Gods.
  • Overly Long Name: Each time he fuses with one of the seven lucky gods his new form is given a name that combines aeach of the gods that is a part of it. After all seven merge together they have the name; Bishamonebisuhoteibenzaitenjuroujinfukurokujudaikokuten.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His face remains in a perpetual scowl, thing that makes him more intimidating.
  • The Quiet One: Barely says or does anything during the fight of Buddha, Kojiro, Kondo and Okita against Loki and the Seven Lucky Gods, staying in the background and letting Loki and Ebisu take the initiative.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Male example; his long, black hair reaches past his waist.
  • Simple Staff: The only weapon he's seen carrying is a khakkhara (a Buddhist staff topped with metal rings). He doesn't gets to use it, however, as he fuses into Zerofuku with the other six Lucky Gods as soon as he arrives to the arena.
  • The Stoic: He rarely loses his cool, even while in presence of Zeus and Odin, being the only individual in the brawl of Buddha, the Einherjar, Loki and the Seven Lucky Gods (along with Buddha himself) who doesn't shits his pants under their intimidating aura. In fact, in a series where Not So Stoic is constantly in use, he remains stone-faced till the end.
  • Walking Spoiler: Albeit not as bad as the cases of Zerofuku and especially Hajun, getting too much information about him can give away the fact that it's not him the representant of the gods for the sixth round, but his original self.

Zerofuku

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God of Misfortune
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"There's no way... It can't be real, right? I went through so much... Trying to take away their misfortune. Why... Why... Why... Can't I make them happy...?"

A God of Misfortune and the original form of Bishamonten and the Seven Lucky Gods. A bloodthirsty combatant who wants nothing more than to humiliate and kill the one person who showed him up: Buddha.


  • Ambiguous Situation: After being swallowed by Hajun, nothing about his current status is confirmed, with not even Hajun himself knowing what happened with him after being absorbed. As the fight goes on, Buddha seems to believe he's still alive due Hajun using the "Divine Retribution" Catchphrase that he used. However, Hajun then reveals that he consumed Zerofuku entirely, keeping his status even more questionable. At the end, however, is revealed Zerofuku is very much alive, using his soul to connect with Buddha and form a Volund with him so he can keep fighting Hajun after his orignal weapon gets destroyed. Sadly, with the death of Hajun, Zerofuku eventually ends dying for good.
  • An Axe to Grind: After becoming Zerofuku, he draws out a massive axe, Misery Cleaver, out of his body to fight Buddha with.
  • Axe-Crazy: The first thing he says when he emerges in-stadium is pondering how he wants to introduce the concept of killing the Buddha. When the actual fight starts, things get even worse. Funnily enough, he uses an axe as his Weapon of Choice.
  • The Berserker: His fight style consists in wildly swinging his Misery Cleaver to the enemy without any kind of strategy or ruse, keeping attacking savagely until landing a hit.
  • Bishōnen Line: The huge and imposing Bishamonten takes the form of a youthful yet eerie looking kid as Zerofuku after taking some grotesque forms while fusing with the other Lucky Gods.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Once he snapped, Zerofuku's eyes became this, signifying his descent to depravity.
  • Body Horror: He forms his axe, Misery Cleaver, from his body by grotesquely drawing out a large chunk of flesh out of his back.
  • Canon Foreigner: Zerofuku is a character created for the manga and there are no signs of his existence in mythology.
  • Catchphrase: He retains the Seven Lucky Gods' use of the term "tenchu" (divine punishment).
  • Dark Is Evil: Contrary to his past self of fairer hair and normal eyes, his current version has dark parts of hair, his eyes now feature black sclera, he got black marks around his eyes and hole and uses misery as his main source of power.
  • Deader Than Dead: Since his soul was still connected to Hajun's body, he ends dying alongside the demon and the Seven Lucky Gods at the end of Round 6, being erased from existence forever.
  • Dying as Yourself: As he dies and his existence vanishes forever, he appears in the form of his younger, innocent self, rather than in his corrupted, hateful form, showing he finally moved on over his hatred and grief and finally experienced the happiness he always desired.
  • Empathic Weapon: His axe is able to absorb misery around it, including Zerofuku's, in order to make itself larger.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His crusade to kill humans stopped before it even began, as he prevents himself from killing a mother and her child by ripping himself into seven.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Inverted. Unlike the towering Bishamonten, Zerofuku, being a child, is actually shorter than his opponent Buddha.
  • Evil Is Petty: Weaponized. His pettiness makes that even the smallest missteps and misses will enhance his Misery Cleaver.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: His Misery Cleaver is revealed to have eyes on its shaft. The worst part is that they appear to be moving and looking in many different directions.
  • Facial Markings: He has two thin black stripes coming under his eyes, along with the root of the kanji for fortune (福) on his cheeks.
  • For Happiness: He loved all the Earth's living beings, wishing for their happiness and attempting to grant it by taking the source of their ills away. Unfortunately, he didn't understand that taking away situational misfortunes didn't make the people he helped spiritually fulfilled.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Before vanishing forever to Niflhel, he gives Buddha a huge, happy smile lacking any trace of hate and misery, passing away as he was before being corrupted.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The main reason behind his feud against Buddha is the jealousy he feels after he, a former human, was able to do the job given to him in a more effective way.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Just when he manages to revert to his benevolent old self thanks to Buddha making him realize he needed to love himself, his horns turn into dragons and swallow him into an egg-shaped cocoon, leaving way for Hajun to take his place in the sixth match and making his current state unknown.
  • Horned Humanoid: He has two small horns shaped in a disc position. They are in truth a fragment of Hajun that attached to his body after Beelzebub dropped it next to him when he was sleeping. As soon as he's defeated by Buddha in Ragnarok, the horns turn into a pair of eastern dragons and engulf him to make way for Hajun.
  • Morph Weapon: His Misery Cleaver is able to change its shape according to what Zerofuku is feeling. As such, the cleaver is able to adopt many different forms, from a much bigger version of the original axe to a huge blade with several spikes protruding from it.
  • Nightmare Face: Compared to Bishamonten, when he first appears, he's sporting what can best be described as a rather creepy Slasher Smile. He later displays a wide arrange of disturbing expressions both during his flashback and during the fight against Buddha.
  • The Power of Hate: His main ability allows him to absorb all the misfortune around him to power up his ax, including his own. As an individual with such deep hatred for Buddha and who generates a lot of misery just from things as simple as not hitting his enemy with his attacks, he can power up his Misery Cleaver so much it increases its size to gigantic proportions.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: After all these years, the Zerofuku that emerges for the tournament is still that frustrated child from millennia ago who can't let go of his grudge.
  • Rage Breaking Point: While he was upset that his fortune couldn't truly make people happy, what really broke him was the fact that a human could so easily bring happiness and personal fortune to his followers when he could not do the same. As a god, no greater humiliation could be met.
  • The Resenter: His main motivation to participate in Ragnarok is to get back at Buddha for leading humans into happiness better than him, waiting centuries to have his chance.
  • Sanity Slippage: Before being corrupted, Zerofuku was a sane and sweet deity. His current misfortune-induced self pretty much threw away his sanity down the drain.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: He expels seven essences of misfortune, each named after one of the Sins after he awoke to his malicious side. To represent this, he has seven beads in his hair, each with the kanji for the seven sins written on them.
  • Unknown Rival: To the Buddha. Even when he was split into the Seven Lucky Gods, his seething hatred for the Buddha was carried by them to the present.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Probably the god who best exemplifies this trope. Zerofuku possesses both a lot of raw power and a weapon that can become so big it could probably hit most of the contestants of the tournament without problem, thus he doesn't really needs complex strategies to fight. This however ends biting him in the ass while facing an opponent like Buddha, who not only can predict his wild attacks, but also has the means to counter them. As a result, he never manages to land a hit on Buddha until the very end.
  • Unusual Ears: His ears have a very long inferior lobe, ironically giving him a similar appearance to the one given to Buddha (his opponent) in real-life portrayals.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When he was still a young god, he was cheerful, all-loving, and self-sacrificial. He helped any misfortunate person he came across, taking all of their misfortune energy into himself.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he's not mentally stable by any means when Buddha goes to avoid all of his attacks while hitting him constantly in Chapter 46, he really loses the little sanity he has.
    Zerofuku: Dammit! Miss! Miss! Miss! Miss! I just keep missing!
  • Walking Spoiler: His inclusion on the roster at all spoils the fact that Bishamonten isn't going to be fighting in the tournament... at least, in the traditional sense.
  • What Have I Become?: As mad as he was when he decided to turn his back on humanity, enough of his conscience remained to split himself up into seven pieces before he could hurt anyone. Upon the split, one of the first things the seven mentions is how he doesn't get like that often.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was once a benevolent, sweet and caring divinity, but the result his actions brought to humans and the realization that Buddha (a human) did a better job bringing happiness to people than him turned him into a depraved figure.

Hajun

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Demon Lord of the Sixth Heaven

One of the demons of Buddhism and the berserker of the Netherworld. Appears mysteriously after Zerofuku gets redeemed by Buddha, devouring the God of Misfortune and replacing him for the sixth round.


  • An Arm and a Leg: His left forearm is cut deeply by Buddha's Salakayas, and Hajun later tears it off below the elbow so he could transform it into a large sword.
  • An Axe to Grind: After taking out Buddha's left eye he transforms his right arm into an unusual axe like weapon with the axe blade near the elbow and a sword blade further down his arm.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Following the footsteps of his predecessor Zerofuku, his sclera are also black-colored.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The first weapon he forms out of his arm is an armblade that extends from his wrist, apparently imitating Buddha's Akshaya.
  • Blood Knight: Apparently, he doesn't knows the exact purpose of his existence. He deduces it's probably to test his powers, proceeding to fight against Buddha to prove them. He gets ecstatic when he lands a hit on him.
  • Catchphrase: Up to Eleven. He takes the "Divine Retribution" phrase from Zerofuku and the Seven Lucky Gods, but after managing to wound Buddha for the first time, he uses it all the time like a broken record, likely to show his superiority to his opponent.
  • Casting a Shadow: According to Brunhilde, Buddha is able to predict the future by noticing fluctuations of the soul, seeing the movements of the light of every creature. Hajun's soul is so immersed in darkness it effectively renders Buddha's Eight Consciousness useless.
  • Cool Sword: In the late stages of the battle he rips off his left arm and fashions it into a great sword with the tip shaped like a hand. It is powerful enough to not only cut the blade of Buddha's Six Realms Staff's fifth form; Salakayas, it destroyed the Six Realms Staff entirely.
  • Dark Is Evil: Brunhilde describes his soul to be so dark that it nullifies Buddha's clairvoyance ability due to its lack of light.
  • Defiant to the End: After being cut into two, knowing he's done for, he turns his severed arm into a tendril-like appendage to take his enemy with him. Fortunately for Buddha, Hajun starts dying before the appendage lands on him, so the demon disintegrates and Buddha ends living.
  • Demonic Possession: Appears to do this to Zerofuku by inserting an enlarged pair of horns that were off of Zerofuku's original self then emerges from his body in the form of two dragons, and then encasing him in a scaled spherical cocoon before bursting out from it.
  • Didn't See That Coming: In a last attempt to defeat Buddha, he uses his Blaze of Glory technique, and at first it looks like if he fatally cut Buddha in two. However, is quickly revealed Buddha predicted his attack and what Hajun cut was an after image, prompting Buddha to deliver a true fatal blow to Hajun with his new Zerofuku-based Volund.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: His introduction involves two eastern dragons (with black and white coloration alike) to merge with Zerofuku and form a cocoon, after which he hatches to reveal himself to everyone in the arena.
  • The Dreaded: Due his sudden appearance and terrifying aura, everyone in the audience quickly starts to fear him. He even destroyed half of Helheim a long time ago before disappearing due to his Super-Power Meltdown.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Implied, as Hajun's mere presence is so otherworldy that almost no one spectating knew of his existence prior to his appearance in the tournament. The only characters with knowledge of the demon are denizens of Helheim like Hades and Beelzebub, but even they seem to know very little beyond the legend that surrounds him.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Unlike Zerofuku, he's way taller than Buddha, in one panel appearing like if Buddha only reaches to his legs.
  • Evil Laugh: He lets out a loud, malicious laugh when Buddha affirms Zerofuku is inside him, revealing immediately that he consumed him as soon as the fight started.
  • Facial Markings: Like Zerofuku, he has two black stripes going down his eyes, though his stripes also go above them too. Additionally, he has two "V"-shaped marks on his forehead.
  • Flat Character: In stark contrast to Zerofuku’s personal growth through his fight with Buddha, Hajun, if anything, regresses. His stoic arrogance cracks as soon Buddha manages to catch up and fight back, eventually giving way to an extremely childish temper unable to comprehend how a “supreme being” like himself could be challenged. Even as he’s dying, he refuses to accept it, launching one last futile attack and impotently declaring himself Demon Lord of the Sixth Heaven as he crumbles to dust.
  • Foreshadowing: On a first read, the horns both Zerofuku and Bishamonten sport look like mere part of their character design. That is, until the manga reveals the horns were actually a fragment of Hajun attached to them, implying his existence ever since the moment Bishamonten appeared.
  • Game Face: He initially maintains a stoic and expressionless demeanor while fighting Buddha. It isn't until managing to injure him for the first time that his face turns into a sadistic grin, revealing a more malicious nature.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He's finally defeated after being bifurcated by Buddha's Mahapari Nirvana move, though he manages to live long enough to attempt a last attack on his enemy.
  • Horned Humanoid: True to his demonic nature, he has a pair of big horns similar to those of a buffalo protruding from his head.
  • Horrifying the Horror: His mere presence and aura terrifies the spectators. Even Zeus, who previously cowed Shiva into submission before his fight with Adam, is put on edge by him.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The spectators initially refer to him as a "thing".
  • Light Is Not Good: In addition to his inherent darkness, both Beelzebub and Hades mention he's also composed of a white light that blended with a black shadow. This is reflected both in his light hair and pale body.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: His main ability allows him to horribly modify his body into different weapons, such as a sword or a drill.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Buddha's "Eight Consciousness" is unable to see Hajun's soul, which is shrouded in darkness. Meaning Buddha's unable to see his attacks coming. That is until Hajun starts to fear Buddha, allowing Buddha to see his soul and thus see his attacks again.
  • Nightmare Face: Once his stoic facade is broken, he lets out a wide array of disturbing expressions that showcase both his terrifying nature and arrogance. The most noteworthy perhaps is the one he displays when he thinks he has bisected Buddha and won the fight towards the end of the 6th Round.
  • Not So Stoic: His stoicism doesn't last much, as he shows a huge mocking grin after he pierces Buddha's Ahimsa.
  • Our Demons Are Different: According to Hades, he's a berserker which in the context of the series is a legendary demonic creature that originated from Helheim (the Netherworld) under certain circumstances. Even Hajun himself is unsure of what he is in reality.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Everyone is left bewildered by what exactly he is. Not even usually knowledgeable characters such as Hermes, Brunhilde, or Zeus can pinpoint what his true nature is except for a few details, and the only ones who seem to have some information about him are characters related to the underworld, such as Beelzebub or Hades. In fact, not even Hajun himself is exactly aware of his true identity, proceeding to fight Buddha to understand it.
  • Pitiful Worms: After seeing Buddha's determination to defeat him, he says that giving divine punishment to pitiful insects that try to oppose someone as supreme as him feels refreshing.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: As the fight goes on and he regains his personality, Hajun begins behaving like a rotten child on a power trip, something that Buddha points when he declares that Hajun's inner strength is inferior to Zerofuku's.
  • Slasher Smile: After breaking his stoic persona, a mocking, wide grin becomes his default expression to show his arrogance.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: Rather literally. This is how the original Hajun died as his body could not withstand his overwhelming power and began to melt, break apart, bloat up and finally explode.
  • The Stoic: Appears to be more similar in personality to the quiet Bishamonten than to the deranged Zerofuku, calmly announcing to Buddha he will receive divine retribution. He quickly loses this as soon as he gets the advantage on Buddha.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempted to kill Buddha after Buddha dealt the killing blow and Hajun laid on the ground, his body cut into two. Hajun's body, however, broke down before he could harm Buddha.
  • This Is a Drill: By using his body manipulation ability, he's able to turn his arm into a gigantic drill known as "Heaven Piercing Demon Drill". It's strong enough to easily pierce Buddha's shield Ahimsa.
  • Walking Spoiler: An even bigger one than Zerofuku. If learning about Zerofuku's existence before Round 6 spoils you about the true fighter of the gods for that round, knowing about this guy before the sixth battle spoils you of the twist that the fight doesn't ends with Zerofuku's redemption.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once Buddha starts catching up to him and predicting his moves , he quickly loses his cool and becomes more reckless and savage in his frustration that someone else is able to match his power. This leads to his defeat as it allows Buddha to use his Combat Clairvoyance on him, thanks to his fear of Buddha opening up the darkness of Hajun's soul.
    Hajun: Damn it… Damn it… Damn it…!! Just what the hell is he?! He was at death's door!! His power was utterly spent, was it not?! How is he not afraid?! How is he not pleading for his life?! How… how can he smile? How… How… How can he still stand against me?!
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: He's a being originated by the union of a white light with a black shadow through unkown means, resulting in a demonic entity of legendary status in Helheim known as a "berserker".

    Hades 

Hades

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King of the Underworld

The Greek God of the Dead and King of the Underworld, also the older brother of Zeus and Poseidon. He generally remains within his domain and rarely makes appearances in the Heavens, but he travels to the arena after the third round, arriving during the sixth round to provide commentary. Though not originally a Ragnarok participant, he decides to participate in Round 7 to fill the vacancy left by Buddha and to avenge the death of his brother Poseidon


  • Adaptation Deviation: His realm is referred to by its Norse name of Helheim rather than the Greek underworld, an effect of all the hells and underworlds of the various mythologies coexisting in a similar manner to the Heavens.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Choosing to join the tournament to avenge Poseidon's death is something of a departure from Hades' classical personality, who was typically dismissive of his relatives at best and resentful of them at worst.
  • Avenging the Villain: After remaining a mere spectator through Round 6, he decides to fight in the 7th fight of Ragnarok after Buddha manages to turn the score in favor of mankind in order to avenge the death of his brother Poseidon in Round 3.
  • Bishōnen: Like his brother Poseidon, he has the appearance of a handsome young man as opposed to his younger brother Zeus' decrepit and old look.
  • Blade on a Stick: Just like in mythology, his weapon is a bident, thought his one is spiraled. Before his fight, he fuses it with the remainings of Poseidon's trident to make his revenge more meaningful. He's very proficcent with it, as a single thrusts of his weapon is enough to cause a lot of destruction within the arena.
  • Blow You Away: Along with Razor Wind, his technique Persephone Roa is shown to create a small whirlwind around him.
  • The Coats Are Off: He removes his impeccable suit just before entering the arena, showing he's ready to give his everything in the fight.
  • The Dreaded: Ares immediately cowers in his presence and offers his seat up without protest when Hades asks for it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He is first mentioned and shown during Poseidon's introduction in Chapter 14, though his hand is all that is visible. He later makes his proper, full appearance in Chapter 50.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his brother Poseidon dearly, as one of the reasons why he leaves Helheim and comes to Valhalla was hearing the news of his demise and later decides to participate in the seventh battle of Ragnarok after the human side manages to match up the score again in Round 6 in order to avenge his death.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears an extravagant eyepatch over his right eye. It seems to be purely cosmetic, as he crushes it in a fit of anger while declaring his intent to avenge Poseidon's death and participate in Ragnarok.
  • Facial Markings: A vine-shaped tattoo can be found on the left side of his forehead. He also appears to wear another floral one on the right side, but is partially covered by his eyepatch.
  • Fusion Dance: Not him per se, but before going to fight Qin he fuses his bident with what remains from Poseidon's trident (given to him by Poseidon's servant Proteus), adding the fins of the trident to his weapon. This fusion is more done for symbolism than to gain power, as Hades wants to enact his revenge with something which belonged to his deceased brother.
  • Mighty Glacier: Much slower than his brothers, Hades makes up for it with jabs so powerful that even the air it pushes away can deal major damage to Qin.
  • Mr. Exposition: He shows up in time to provide an explanation of the demon Hajun's origins, which also conveniently explains how the Underworld works for the readers.
  • Nice Shoes: The first we see of him is a pair of immaculate alligator shoes.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike Poseidon, he starts his fight by throwing strong attacks against his opponent at the very start, trying to kill him as soon as possible.
  • Nothing Personal: Tells Qin moments after their fight begins that he doesn't hold anything against him, but he has to kill him to avenge his brother.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks much younger than his little brother Zeus.
  • One-Hit Kill: Contrary to Poseidon, who is able to unleash a flurry of fast blows with his trident, Hades' techniques are multiple heavy jabs with his bident that are so strong it's implied Qin would die instantly if they land on him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Albeit not as much as Poseidon, he nonetheless remains a serious character with a cold stare and a no-nonsense demeanor. The only times he's seen smiling is when something amuses him.
  • Pet Monstrosity: As in Greek mythology, the monstrous, three-headed Cerberus is his personal guard dog that protects the Underworld. Cerberus had appeared in the series long before the proper introduction of its owner, showing up in Chapter 28 to empower Heracles as he uses his Twelfth Labor. It is shown once again as the realm of Helheim is explained in Chapter 50.
  • Razor Wind: The thrusts of his bident are so powerful that even the wind created from his attacks can slice opponents, which is how he draws first blood against Qin Shi Huang.
  • Scary Stitches: If you look at his neck, you will notice his head is sewn to the rest of his body by some stitches.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears an immaculate and fitted suit that contrasts with the more traditional outfits worn by most of the other Greek gods. The suit doesn't makes part of his battle outfit, as he removes it right before entering the arena to fight Qin Shi Huang.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like Poseidon but with different clothes, an eyepatch and a slightly different hairstyle.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due his sudden debut, along with the reason why he arrives to Valhalla and his posterior inclusion in the roster, it's hard to talk about him without mentioning many spoilerific events, such as Poseidon's death, Buddha's defecting to the human side or Hajun's sudden appearance.

    Odin 

Odin

Voiced by: Sho Hayami (Japanese), Bill Butts (English), Humberto Solórzano (Latin American Spanish), Juan Antonio Arroyo (European Spanish)

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The Supreme Norse God

The supreme and most important God of the Norse Pantheon. A stoic and unmoved divinity with the appearance of an old man, he's set to participate in Ragnarok at some point.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Colored illustrations show Odin to have light gray hair and a white cloak, both of which are changed to black for the anime.
  • Badass Beard: As usual for portrayals of Odin both in mythology and fiction, this one sports a magnificent gray beard. May double as Beard of Evil too, since he also advocated for the extinction of humankind.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Like his son Thor, his design features a single eye with black sclera. We still don't know if they also share the same golden-colored eyes, however.
  • Blood Knight: He seems motivated by the opportunity to experience a good battle within Ragnarok, declaring to Beelzebub that he has waited a very long time for his upcoming fight.
  • The Dragon: Not confirmed, but his status amongst the gods and his aura of authority gives this image more than the other Olympians.
  • Evil Old Folks: Though not shown as emaciated as Zeus, he's still portrayed as an elderly God and one that wants the extinction of the humans.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He is depicted having one, possibly referencing the fact that Odin is often portrayed as having only one eye in mythology. Time will tell if he has hidden something under it or if he wears it because he is indeed one-eyed.
  • Large and in Charge: One of the most esteemed divine patriarchs, and one of the tallest.
  • Not So Stoic: After showing some instances of losing his cool through the second and third fight, he finally leaves aside his composed self and shows one hell of a deranged grin in chapter 34.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His face rarely changes from a dead-serious expression.
  • The Quiet One: He barely says anything, and instead lets his crows talk for him.
  • Slasher Smile: Flashes an impressive one in chapter 34 after the battle of Buddha, the Einherjar, Loki, and the Seven Lucky Gods is stopped and them, along with Zeus, return to watch the battle of Raiden and Shiva, for reasons yet unknown.
  • The Stoic: Nothing ever fazes this guy, always having the same serious expression on his face. At best, he only shows slight displeasure. Notably, the only two times he expresses true surprise are first when Adam takes Zeus's punch to pinpoint where his opponent was (since he went blind of overusing his power) and later when Kojiro cuts both of Poseidon arms along with his trident.
  • Walking Wasteland: He can rot away his surroundings with a thought.

Tropes that apply to Huginn and Muninn.

Huginn Voiced By: Taisuke Nakano (Japanese), Michael Chapman (English), Miguel Angel Leal (Latin American Spanish), Javier Moreno (European Spanish)

Muninn Voiced By: Tomohiro Yamaguchi (Japanese), Ben Pronsky (English), Eduardo Martinez (Latin American Spanish), Jordi Torregrosa (European Spanish)

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The talking crows of Odin, that are always by his side. They tend to speak on his behalf, as Odin is normally silent.


    Loki 

Loki

Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Ryan Colt Levy (English), Hector Emmanuel Lopez (Latin American Spanish), Alejandro Martínez (European Spanish)

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Norse God of Deceit

The Norse God of Trickery and Deceit. Likes to tease both God and humans alike, and seems to respect none of them. He's set to participate in Ragnarok at some point.


  • Chain Pain: Uses chained hooks as his weapons of choice.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Fittingly, Loki's appearance is androgynous to the extent that it's hard to tell what he is.
  • Lean and Mean: Subverted . While he looks thin compared to the other gods participating in the tournament (who have incredibly muscular bodies), his physique is still toned.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is green, except for a single lock of hair that is of a paler shade of green than the rest.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: During the times of Alcides, during the council of the Gods where they decided if to spare humankind or not, he suggests to kill them all as they did with the Tower of Babel, to the disgust of Shiva.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He drops his mocking and playful attitude when Kojiro kills Poseidon, saying that the fact a human was able to slay a God "wasn't a joke anymore".
  • Perpetual Smiler: He's almost always seeing with a mocking smile on his face. This starts to change after the deaths of Poseidon and Heracles, where he realizes that the Gods can indeed be defeated by mortals.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Loki can teleport between locations by traveling through portals he creates. He also has portals in the palms of his hands to summon his weapons from.
  • Transmutation: Loki is seen casually altering the state of two drinking glasses during the second round, changing their shapes to resemble the heads of Zeus and Adam.
  • The Trickster: Naturally. His first appears trying to strangle Huginn and Munnin in the guise of Thor. Later, he taunts Heracles about fighting to exterminate the humans he's so endeared to, only to have become annoyed when Heracles remains unaffected.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He suffers a wordless one when Buddha declares he will be fighting for humanity, glaring with pure hatred.
  • Villainous Friendship: Despite being from different pantheons, he's seen hanging out with the Greek gods without any problem. He's close enough with them to casually sit on the massive shoulder of Ares for much of the fourth round.
  • Villain Respect: He ends up developing begrudging respect for Jack the Ripper of all people, after he's unable to see through his trick of letting himself get wounded by the fence to use the blood of his wound as a technique from his Volund, even expressing that, despite being the God of Deceit and Trickery, he was unable to see through Jack's ruse.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like the myths, he can transform into any living being.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is predominantly green bare a long lock that is of a much lighter coloration of green.
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    Beelzebub 

Beelzebub

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Lord of the Flies

A god with a penchant for science. He's set to participate in Ragnarok at some point.


  • Animal Motifs: True to his title of "Lord of the Flies" in mythos, the big image of a fly can be seen on the door leading to his room.
  • Dark Is Evil: His hair, clothes and eyes are predominantly black and, he's a morbid Mad Scientist willing to revive ancient malignant entites just to satisfy his own curiosity.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Following the sixth round, he is seen burning all of his research papers on the subject of Hajun and the fragment he implanted in Zerofuku.
  • Ear Notch: His visible ear is thoroughly notched in addition to being pointy, enough that it looks like it's been nibbled on by a rat.
  • For Science!: His motivation behind the revival of Hajun is apparently to satiate his curiosity about if he could revive the berserker or not.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's this for the 6th Round of Ragnarok, as his experiments trying to restore Hajun eventually lead to his resurrection in the tournament, and is implied that Hajun's fragment (that he dropped next to a sleeping young Zerofuku) also played a role in Zerofuku's descent to madness.
  • Mad Doctor: In addition to his mad scientist persona, some medical tools can be seen on his room, implying he may be a (nightmarish) doctor too.
  • Mad Scientist: Some gruesome experiments can be found on his room (including some grotesque fetuses kept in jars and what looks like a dog with some kind of parasite in the place where the snout should be), indicating he uses science for evil Furthermore, is revealed he revived the destroyed Hajun by some unknown experiment, first cultivating a fragment of the demon he found and turning it into a worm-like seed, then dropping it next to a young Zerofuku, causing the fragment of Hajun to attach to the head of the god in the shape of his horns, thing that would eventually lead to Hajun's revival.
  • Nothing Personal: Indirectly says this to Zerofuku after he's used as the vessel for the revival of Hajun. He admits anyone would have been fine for the experiment, but he picked Zerofuku cause he was in the perfect state to plant the fragment of Hajun, describing him as "the perfect soil for the flower he wanted to grow".
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair cover his right eye, though you can get a small glimpse of it if you focus enough.
  • Sinister Minister: Despite his involvement with science, his attire is some kind of black clerical robe, giving him the image of a priest.
  • Something About a Rose: He directly compares his work in reviving Hajun to the cultivation of flowers, holding a rose in his hand as he does so that immediately wilts.
  • Villainous Glutton: Beelzebub is regarded as the patron demon of Gluttony in many traditions, with the state of his chamber suggesting an insatiable hunger, although not for food, but for knowledge.

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