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Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins were the strongest and cruelest order of knights in all of Britannia, formed by seven brutal criminals, who had all been convicted for grievous crimes and had carved the symbols of seven beasts onto their bodies. After having been framed for murdering the Great Holy Knight, they were disbanded. The Sins were later branded as traitors and villains.


    Tropes pertaining to the Sins in general 
  • The Ageless: A number of the Sins appear not to age one single bit regardless of how much time has passed.
    • Meliodas appears to not have aged at all throughout and is at least over 3000 years. This is apparently due to being a demon however even then he seems like a special case as seen in a brief flashback with his apparently younger brother, Estarossa. In it, Estarossa was clearly younger back then while Meliodas looked no different than he does in present times. Apart from a different demon mark, Meliodas looked completely the same. It's then later revealed that this because of a curse the Demon King placed on him that prevents him from properly dying.
    • King, thanks to being a fairy, has not aged one bit in appearance in over 700 years. Although he can transform himself into an older form if he so chooses.
    • Ban, thanks to drinking from the fountain of eternal life, remains the same age he was at the time he drank it. He can still grow a shaggy beard and longer hair over time though.
    • Gowther has not aged because he's a doll.
    • Merlin has not aged because she had suspended her own body's time with her magic in order to pursue her insatiable hunger for knowledge without being bogged down by the ravages of time.
    • Diane and Escanor are the only Sins to subvert this. Diane has aged much slower than humans over the span of some centuries due to being a giantess with a long lifespan. Escanor meanwhile, who is the only clear cut human in the group, has aged normally.
  • Ambiguously Human: The majority of the Sins are beings that resemble regular humans but aren't. As of the first Fanbook only two sins Escanor and Ban before he drank the Fountain of Youth have been stated to be human and Merlin hasn't had her species listed at all.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Due to part of the mystery surrounding them, a number of the Sins have been presented in a manner that questions whether they're really heroes or are truly the criminals that they've been labeled as.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Each of the Sins is supposed to have a sacred treasure, a holy weapon that allows them to draw on even more of their innate power. At the start of the series, King, Escanor, Gowther, and Merlin kept theirs but Diane lost hers, Ban had his stolen, and Meliodas sold his. Both Diane and Meliodas though later recover their weapons over the course of the series.
  • Animal Motifs: Each of the Sins has a motif of an animal that is either usually associated or stereotyped with their respective sin. This is primarily presented as their monikers and tattoos.
    • For Meliodas the Dragon's Sin of Wrath, it's dragons which relate to his sin based on them being very wrathful and destructive. His broken sword has a dragon handle design and he has fire based powers, a common power of dragons. The motif also relates to him being a demon as dragons in the Medieval folklore were equated to demons. Of special note, his dragon tattoo design resembles an Ouroboros, which in some cases is depicted with a dragon instead of a serpent. The symbol is associated with cyclicality, something that Meliodas seems to be associated with as evidenced by some of his closest friends apparently being reincarnations.
    • For Diane the Serpent's Sin of Envy, it's snakes which relate to her sin based on them being seen as symbols of envy.
    • For Ban the Fox's Sin of Greed, it's foxes which relate to his sin based on the idea that they're seen as very sneaky and greedy thieves. Additionally, his surrogate father Zhivago was a thief who happened to be a werefox.
    • For King the Bear's Sin of Sloth, it's bears which relate to his sin based on the idea of them being rather slothful such as during long periods of hibernation. Bears while showing a lack of activity follows a form of pragmatism and predictability like when preying for food which can be reflected in King's practical way of fighting. Additionally, the second form of his spear is a giant teddy bear.
    • For Gowther the Goat's Sin of Lust, it's goats which relate to his sin based on them seen as a symbol of lust, such as the case with satyrs and other such similar creatures.
    • For Merlin the Boar's Sin of Gluttony, it's pigs which relate to her sin based on Gluttonous Pigs. Additionally, she has a rapport with Hawk the pig.
    • For Escanor the Lion's Sin of Pride, it's lions which relate to his sin based on them being seen as symbols of pride.
  • Anti-Hero Team: The Sins were actually criminals that joined the order for their own reasons, and a number of them are good people at heart. A few of them however aren't exactly the nicest of people.
  • The Atoner: A number of the Sins joined the order to atone for their supposed crimes.
  • Badass Crew: Every member of the Sins is a badass as per their job description.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: The majority of the Sins have abilities that would otherwise belong to villainous characters. These include among them, Meliodas having demonic powers; Ban having a Power Parasite ability; King having an ability to increase things such as wounds and poisons, and a Taken for Granite ability; and Gowther having brainwashing powers. A number of them also are Persons Of Mass Destruction and some have abilities that are practically overpowered.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: The Sins are generally nice guys and at times very silly. Some are jerks but they are usually good people at heart. But if you enrage them that is when you'll realize how dangerous they are.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Meliodas (blonde), Diane (Brunette) and Gowther (redhead).
  • Black and Grey Morality: The Sins are, in general, sketchy anti-heroes, but the Ten Commandments are much worse.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being known as the strongest and cruelest order of knights, the Deadly Sins tend to be silly and don't take most fights quite seriously.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each of the Sins revealed so far have a distinct colors via their attire that differentiates them.
    • Meliodas: Black and White
    • Diane: Yellow Orange
    • Ban: Red
    • King: Blue Green and Orange
    • Gowther: White and Light Purple
    • Merlin: Violet
  • Charm Point: The first Fanbook lists the charm points of each Sin.
    • Meliodas: His Idiot Hair
    • Diane: Her pig tails
    • Ban: His fangs
    • King: His bed hair
    • Gowther: His collarbone, apparently
    • Merlin: Her suspicious smile, apparently
    • Escanor: His shyness
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A number of the Sins revealed so far have backstories, which paint them as more than simply Sin-themed criminals.
  • Doomed Hometown:
    • Danafor was pretty much Meliodas' home however due to certain circumstances, he in a fit of rage destroyed it completely, leaving only a massive crater behind. In reality though, the kingdom was pretty much already destroyed before he did this as most of its people had been slaughtered when Fraudrin and his forces invaded.
    • The Fairy King's Forest which was King's home was destroyed by a demon while he was away. It was only when he returned to it after the Sins had been framed that he learned that it had been long destroyed.
    • Merlin's home was Belialuin, the capital of wizards. It was razed as the result of Merlin deceiving both the Supreme Goddess and the Demon King.
    • A Q&A from Chapter 230 reveals vaguely that Escanor's home had been destroyed.
  • Elemental Powers: Most of the Deadly Sins shows some form of elemental abilities.
    • Meliodas: Fire
    • Diane: Earth
    • King: Plant
    • Gowther: Light
    • Escanor: Sun
  • Experienced Protagonist: At the start of the series, the Sins are already established Living Legends within the setting.
  • Facial Composite Failure: It's a Running Gag that the Sins' wanted posters either don't resemble them, due to their real-life appearance being different, or provide enough information to who or even what they really are.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Meliodas, Merlin and Ban.
  • Frame-Up: Prior to the story, the Seven Deadly Sins were framed for killing the Great Holy Knight and Gilthunder's father, Zaratras, and trying to overthrow the kingdom. It's later revealed that two traitor Holy Knights framed the Sins for the evil deed. As a means of taking over the kingdom and using their scapegoats criminal fame to justify their conquest in preparation for the Holy War against them, when in reality each in their own way were instigating the resurrection of the Demon Clan.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: All the Deadly Sins have the ability to sense the power levels of strong characters.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to being criminals, they get this a lot from the Holy Knights.
  • Hidden Depths: They are renowned for being a group of lethal individuals who serve the kingdom as penance for their 'crimes.' From what we see of Sins' various backstories and their supposed crimes, the story isn't quite that simple. To wit, Diane was framed for her sin by the Holy Knights, Ban is completely innocent of his sin, (but simply never denied that he was guilty) and King's sin was something that was out of his control. Gowther's sin ends up being a rather tragic example of Not What It Looks Like. (In fact, in that particular instance, it was just about the opposite of what it looked like)
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: A number of the Sins have experienced one form or another wherein they've lost their memories.
    • When the Sins were framed, Meliodas' memories during certain parts of said event were taken away by Merlin to prevent him from becoming angry. These were later restored to him.
    • King lost his memories when he suffered a wound. This caused him to live with Diane for the next 500 years not knowing of his responsibilities as the Fairy King. He gradually regained these over the time the two had spent together but the damage caused by his memory lost was done.
    • Related to King's backstory, King erased Diane's memories related to him after he learned about what happened to his friend Helbram. She later regains her memories when he saves her from Helbram. She however later loses her memories of her time as a member of the Sins due to Gowther using his technique Lost World on her in their battle against one another. Thankfully, the human Gowther of the past rectifies this later on.
    • Gowther lost his memories of being a member of the Ten Commandments thanks to his own commandment powers according to Fraudrin.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang:
    • The Sins split up when they came across the corpse of the Great Holy Knight, Zaratras, and were surrounded by the knights of the kingdom. A main plot point of the story is Putting the Band Back Together after a ten year separation.
    • After saving Liones, the Sins that were gathered then split up again. Ban, joined alongside by Jericho, quits the Sins to pursue a way to permanently resurrect Elaine, although in reality he actually does so out of shame for betraying Meliodas. Meliodas, Gowther, and Merlin along with some others all attempt to locate Escanor. King thanks to Oslow's teleportation powers, switches between traveling with Ban's group and Meliodas'. Diane meanwhile runs off thanks to Gowther taking away her memory in their battle with each other. In the midst of all this though, Escanor is found by Ban.
    • Again after The Commandments of the Demon Clan had done away with Meliodas beginning their conquest of Britannia, the band had been semi-split up during the later part of the story. A comatose sin of wrath was being watched over by by Elizabeth at the Boar Hat, Ban and Escanor were at the kingdom of Liones defending it against the commandments assault, Merlin didn't show up till towards the end of the battle, Gowther had been imprisoned due to the revelation of his identity as a former Commandment while King and Diane were found bathing together in parts unknown.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Over the course of the series there have been instances wherein individual Sins battled with one another. The reasons for these fights have varied from enemies manipulating them, misunderstandings between Sins, to individual Sins being driven by their own personal motivations and morals to fight one another. Some of these fights have been mere friendly brawls and some have been serious deathmatches.
    • Meliodas and Ban have a long-standing friendly rivalry, although at one point Ban was tasked by the Goddess Clan with killing Meliodas for undisclosed reasons.
    • Meliodas and Diane fought in an early chapter due to the hallucination magic of an enemy knight.
    • King was introduced trying to kill Ban the Undead because of a misunderstanding, and almost succeeded.
    • Gowther has caused conflicts among the Sins because of his Mind Rape tendencies and Blue and Orange Morality, forcing Diane and Escanor to chastise him severely at different times.
    • Averted with Merlin, who tricks Ban into doing thousands of push-ups when he drunkenly attempts to fight her.
    • Meliodas and Escanor nearly kill each other when Meliodas loses his memory, reverts back to his "Assault Mode" and threatens to wipe out the rest of the Sins. Escanor, true to character, is simply grateful for the opportunity to prove that he's the strongest.
  • Living Legend: They are renowned for their strength and for being criminals who have committed the most heinous of crimes.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Involving some of the Sins and other characters.
    • Meliodas is in love with Elizabeth however it was questioned if he was simply projecting his previous lover Liz unto her since she resembles her greatly both in looks and name. Elizabeth likewise fell in love with Meliodas despite his lecherous actions towards her. She doesn't really get it but feels nostalgic as if she's known him for a very long time. The truth behind this though is that Elizabeth is actually the reincarnation of Meliodas' lover who has constantly been reincarnated over the past 3,000 years. Diane is initially in love with Meliodas at the start of the story but her feelings are unreciprocated. Zaneli is also in love with Meliodas but like Diane, her feelings are unreciprocated.
    • Furthering complicating the Love Dodecahedron involving Meliodas and Elizabeth, there is also what at first seems to be a Sibling Triangle with Meliodas' brother, Estarossa, who fell instantly in love with Elizabeth the moment he met. He actually fell in love with Elizabeth over 3,000 years ago back in her first incarnation as a goddess however for some reason, both of his and Elizabeth's memories of each other seem to be off. It's then latter revealed that Estarossa is not actually Meliodas' brother at all but actually the Archangel Mael who was made into Meliodas' brother by the real Gowther's memory magic in an attempt to stop the Holy War 3,000 years ago. Mael nonetheless was in love with Elizabeth and greatly jealous of Meliodas. As if that wasn't enough though, Jelamet, a goddess who claimed to be Elizabeth's Best Friend was in love with Mael.
    • In regards to Diane's relationships aside from the aforementioned one with Meliodas, King is in love with her but his feelings are unreciprocated and the extent of their relationship is complicated. Diane decides though to return King's feelings upon regaining her memories of their shared past, however due to her not making her feelings more clear to King, it winds up hurting their relationship. That however gets put on hold when Gowther erases her memories again. Fortunately, she once again regains her memories and she and King have a Relationship Upgrade. Howzer also fell in love with Diane but his feelings are much less unreciprocated.
    • On a smaller Love Triangle scale, there is Ban. Ban and Elaine are in love with each other despite life and death separating them. Complicating this however is that Jericho, despite initially refusing to accept it herself, has fallen in love with Ban after he saved her from being transformed into a demon.
    • There is also an Imaginary Love Triangle. Merlin sees Arthur as her hope and deeply cares for him. Escanor interprets this as her having feelings for Arthur in a similar manner Escanor has for her. This of course deeply saddens him. A Q&A from Chapter 257 though states that Merlin's relationship with Arthur is merely a master pupil one.
  • Magic Knight: The majority of the Sins are incredible strong fighters who can also use magical abilities.
  • The Magnificent: Each of the Sins have a title based on the crimes they supposedly did.
  • Man of Kryptonite: The Sins are described as being formed to counter the Ten Commandments.
    • Ban's love to Elaine makes him immune to Merascylla's Faith curse.
    • Escanor's Pride makes him unable to hate his enemy, only pitying them as they are so much beneath him, thus making him immune to Estarossa's Love.
    • Merlin's status as The Ageless makes her immune to Gray Road's Rapid Aging curse. She also has the blessings she received from the Supreme Goddess that make her immune to the Ten Commandments curses in general.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Apart from being literally themed around vices, a number of the Sins have rather outright vices, yet are overall good people at heart.
    • Meliodas is a Chivalrous Pervert who constantly molests Elizabeth and only her for some reason. He does this so much that he could easily be confused as representing the Sin of Lust.
    • Diane is often quick to anger out of jealously that she is ironically more wrathful in personality than Meliodas, the actual Sin of Wrath.
    • Ban is a guy who would steal anything that isn't nailed down and is more than willing to resort to murder his opponents.
    • Gowther due to being emotionless has Blue and Orange Morality which makes him do very questionable things.
    • Merlin dresses in one of the most ridiculously stripperiffic outfits compared to the other Sins and most other characters in the series in general.
    • Escanor during the day is a Smug Super with a huge ego.
  • Mysterious Past: From the moment that they're introduced, much of the individual pasts of most of the Sins have been shrouded in mystery. Details like what exactly were their individual crimes, and who or even what are they are have so far been completely shrouded. In fact, there's even a rule within their order that enforces this trope amongst themselves. Over the course of the series, each of the individual Sins' pasts have slowly been revealed.
  • Nice Guy: Suprisingly, most of them are actually this. Even the ones that aren't at their very worst tend towards Jerk with a Heart of Gold, with Ban being the primary example. Meliodas, King, nighttime!Escanor, and even Merlin are straight examples, Diane is a big softie outside of her Tsundere moments, Gowther has his moments when he's not misreading the situation or otherwise being Obliviously Evil, and even daytime!Escanor seems nice in a patronizing kind of way.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: While the majority of the Sins revealed so far are capable of taking extreme amounts of damage, only a few of them are completely invulnerable to physical damage.
    • Ban thanks to his immortality, is completely invulnerable to attacks that would be otherwise completely fatal. Only specialized attacks hurt him.
    • Gowther, while apparently not to the degree of Ban, is for some reason invulnerable to bone cracking attacks.
  • Odd Friendship: All of them. Despite their clashing personalities and backgrounds, the implication that the Sins are more or less True Companions is definitely there.
  • One-Man Army: Each of the Deadly Sins are able to take down a group of Holy Knights with ease and become even more powerful with their Sacred Treasure.
  • The Order: The Seven Deadly Sins are an order made up of conscripted criminals formed by King Baltra Liones. They are separate from the Holy Knights and answer directly to the king.
  • Party of Representatives: As noted by Gowther, the main protagonists consists of individuals of different races and dispositions such as there being an immortal, a giant, a fairy, and a pig to name a few. This is moreso the case for the Sins themselves.
  • Personality Blood Types: The first Fanbook identifies the blood types of some of the Sins.
    • The often wild Ban and Meliodas are both Type B.
    • The sweet but tends to be jealous Diane is Type O.
    • The thinkers King and Merlin, and the "split-personality" Escanor, are all Type AB.
    • Gowther meanwhile has no blood type.
  • Power Level: Each of the Seven Deadly Sins have power levels over 3000. Each Sin's overall power level is the sum of three individual stats. These stats are Power which measures their magical abilities, Strength which measures their physical abilities, and Spirit which measures their willpower in battle. The power levels of which are known are as follows.
    • Meliodas' level is 3370 with his individual stats being Power: 400, Strength: 960, and Spirit: 2010. Upon his full powers being returned to him, his level is 32500. The second Fanbook gives his individual stats at this 32500 level with them being Power: 2700, Strength: 27700, and Spirit: 2100. After he returns from the dead, his level is 60000.
    • Gowther's level is 3100 with his individual stats being Power: 1300, Strength: 500, and Spirit: 1300. After regaining his memories and emotions, his level rose back to what it originally was over three thousand years ago.
    • Diane's level is 3250 with her individual stats being Power: 900, Strength: 1870, and Spirit: 480. When shrunk down to the size of a regular human though, her Strength is lowered to 950. After her and King's trial from Dolor and Gloxinia, her level at regular human size rose up to 15100. Furthermore, the more she dances in the midst of conflict, the more her level rises.
    • Merlin's level is 4710 with her individual stats being Power: 3540, Strength: 70, and Spirit: 1100.
    • King's level is 4190 with the second Fanbook revealing his individual stats as Power: 3370, Strength: 0, and Spirit: 820. When releasing his sacred treasure after imbibing the sacred tree's energies however, his power doubles beyond that of an Albion which is 5500. After his and Diane's trial from Gloxinia and Dolor, his base level rose up to 41600.
    • Ban's level is 3220 with the second Fanbook revealing his individual stats as Power: 1380, Strength: 930, and Spirit: 910. Through physical hunt he can bolster his power further, exceeding that of a weakened Galan the Truth's level of 20000 momentarily.
    • Escanor's level fluctuates depending on the time of the day. At night, his level is at a mere 15 with his three individual stats each evenly being a 5. Approaching noon, it can reach to levels of 50055, 50060, and beyond as time passes. The second Fanbook though lists his level at high noon as simply immeasurable. Later, a number was revealed of what level he would be practically at noon. That level being 114000.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The group consists of a number of characters with extremely eccentric personalities.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Meliodas and Ban can dish out a rapid amount of punches.
  • Really 700 Years Old: A number of the Sins revealed so far have been revealed to several centuries old despite their looks.
    • Meliodas appears to be at least over 3000 years old despite looking like a child.
    • King due to being a fairy, is according to the first Fanbook 1300 years old despite like Meliodas looking like a child.
    • Diane due to being a giant, is around 750 years old according to the first Fanbook despite her looks comparable to that of a 15 year old human girl.
    • Merlin is much older than she looks due to having suspended her own body's time with her magic and revealing that her true name has all but been forgotten. A Q&A from Chapter 219 further reveals that she was 30 when she stopped her body's time. Merlin is also at least somewhere around 3,000 years or younger as revealed by a comment Elizabeth makes while her mind was in flux as a result of having regained her Past-Life Memories of every single one of her past incarnations. In her unstable state, Elizabeth says she hardly recognizes Merlin as the latter was such a young girl the last time they met in one of Elizabeth's previous lives.
    • Gowther due to being a doll is actually far older than he looks. He is at least over 3000 years old as he was a member of the Ten Commandments back then. That being said, the cover page of chapter 221 of the manga implies that he might be even older than that. In the cover page, the male Sins are shown with their ages beside them. Gowther's age however is simply stated as "?" years old.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Years after having been branded as criminals after their frameup, they are being reunited in order to battle the Holy Knights and save the kingdom.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The Sins are either based and named after characters from the Arthurian mythos, as well as have some aspects related to the myths and related media.
    • Meliodas is based and named after Tristan's father and the second king of Lyonesse in the Arthurian myths.
    • Diane is apparently named after Diane, mother of Dyonas and grandmother of Vivienne in the Vulgate cycle of the Arthurian mythos.
    • Ban is based and named after King Ban, Lancelot's father in the Arthurian myths. His Sacred Treasure, which is named in the first Fanbook, Courechouse is named after the sword that King Ban possessed in the mythos.
    • King's real name, Harlequin is the name which a character named Hellekin came to be better known as. Hellekin was a fairy king who became Morgan Le Fay's lover. On another note, King's weapon is apparently named after Chastiefol from La Chevalier du Papegau which is the name of King Arthur's sword rather than Excalibur.
    • Gowther is based and named after Sir Gowther of medieval lore who is said to be the half brother of Merlin of the Arthurian mythos.
    • Merlin is obviously based and named after the most famous wizard in the Arthurian legends. Meanwhile, Merlin's sacred treasure the crystal ball Aldan is named after Aldan who in Welsh tradition is Merlin's mother. Furthermore according to the first Fanbook, Aldan's full title is Morning Star Aldan. While it's not an actual morning star, the term coincidentally can also refer to the Devil who in some interpretations is Merlin's father. Her birthplace as revealed in the second Fanbook is apparently Belialuin and appears to be named after a demon which would make it a Meaningful Name as well given the reaction of the Ten Commandments had when she revealed the name to them.
    • Escanor is based and named after Escanor, a knight of the Round Table who kidnapped a serving maid from Arthur's court and killed by Sir Gawain for it. His Sacred Treasure, which is first named in the first Fanbook, Rhitta is apparently named after a giant who in folklore wanted to take King Arthur's beard to add to his cloak made from beards of kings he defeated, only to be defeated by Arthur himself. His birthplace as revealed in the second Fanbook is called the Castellio Kingdom and appears to be loosely named after Castile, a kingdom in Spain mentioned in a number of the Arthur mythos stories.
  • Rule #1: There are a set of rules that go with being a Sin.
    • Rule number three is "A Sin shall ask no questions of another member's sin" which Ban revealed during the Vaizel Fighting Festival. The rule explains why a number of them don't know initially certain details about other members despite them being comrades, with many having backgrounds that are heavily intertwined with those of other Sins.
    • Rule number four is "Whenever a Sin is in trouble, the rest will come together to aid them with all their strength" which was revealed when all seven of the Sins were finally reunited. The rule is basically for the Sins to help each other out when one of them is in deep distress as best demonstrated when the Sins immediately went off to search and help Gowther after he instinctively fled from seeing his magic heart which he had discarded.
    • Rule number five was revealed in the "The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War", an anime mini-series which features content written by Nakaba Suzuki the author himself. The rule is that "Grudges between Sins will be resolved through fighting each other." This explains why the Sins tend to fight among themselves from time to time.
    • Rule number six like the fifth rule was revealed in the anime mini-series. The rule is that "Sins killing one another is to be stopped by the other Sins at all costs." At all costs includes allowing the other Sins to go all out on the Sin committing the offense. The rule basically dissuades the Sins from seriously killing one another when they have fights between themselves. Fights between Sins are thus allowed as long as they're not to the death.
  • The Scapegoat: They were framed for the murder of Zaratras, the great holy knight. Being a group of incredibly dangerous former criminals presumably made them the obvious choice to be this, while it also effectively neutralized them as a threat.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Each of the Sins has a mark representing a sin, and has powers related to that sin. Their personalities and back stories, though, play with the sin they represent.
    • Wrath: Instead of a stereotypical warmongering Blood Knight, Meliodas is a trickster-like Mellow Fellow who is often seen fondling Elizabeth one way or another. In reality however, he is the type you don't want to see wrathful. His past with what happened with Danafor involved his wrath going completely out of hand on epic proportions. Because of what happened, he is generally a pacifist by nature unless push comes to shove. Due to a curse placed by his father the Demon King, Meliodas unfortunately becomes more of a typical wrathful Blood Knight as his emotions are stripped away each time he comes back from death.
    • Envy: Diane is generally envious of regular sized girls as she can't interact normally with Meliodas. In reality though, what she really envies deep down are people who are in love. With her abilities, she's considered as a prodigy even among her fellow giants, basically someone who others would be envious of. Her backstory involves her being accused of killing her fellow giantess Matrona out of jealousy. In reality, the real perpetrators of the crime were some Liones knights who wanted to be the envy of others via killing the two giantess, and she was made a scapegoat for the whole mess that occurred.
    • Greed: Ban is a thief that would steal anything that isn't nailed down. His backstory, however, is a subversion of greed as he decided not to steal the elixir of immortality upon learning the truth behind it and even unselfishly tried to save Elaine and it from a demon. He unfortunately was blamed for the destruction for the forest on accusation of greed.
    • Sloth: King carries around a pillow and generally floats around. His so called human form also looks like a slothful fat guy. In addition, he is so pathetically weak by himself that his strength heavily relies on his Sacred Treasure and magic. His backstory involves his dereliction of his responsibilities to keep the peace between the humans and fairies. However, it is a subversion as in reality he didn't willingly neglect them, he just suffered from amnesia for a long time and only Remembered Too Late. Nonetheless he was accused of sloth via doing nothing. Him being constantly too late to do the right thing is a bane of his as he was too late to save his sister who took up his duties to guard the elixir of life, and he was too late to protect Diane.
    • Lust: Gowther is an extremely effeminate looking man but he has a very emotionless personality that lacks, among other things, traits normally stereotyped with lust. His powers are more light and mental based rather than physical but the way they are used invoke themes of lust. Two noteworthy techniques of his are a Lotus-Eater Machine power to trap opponents with illusions to show their heart's desire, and a power that basically Mind Rapes a person. Also while he doesn't lust in the traditional sense, he does however long to acquire feelings to a degree that it could be considered as lust. Then there's the fact that he's actually the "Selflessness" of the Ten Commandments or more specifically the real Gowther who created and used him as an avatar was, a thing that greatly contrasts lust. His supposed crime that made him a Sin involved the intimate relationship he had with the elder sister of Baltra Liones, Nadja, before he threw away his magic heart along with his feelings and memories. Due to a misunderstanding, it looked like he had raped and killed the princess but in reality what really happened was the exact opposite of a lustful crime.
    • Gluttony: Merlin is a sexy stripperific Lady of Black Magic that even the coverpage of chapter 85 lampshades by mistaking her for the Sin of Lust. Her Sin title and her moniker of Crimson Pig are clear references to the Gluttonous Pig concept however, she isn't even remotely close to anything that could be associated as a Big Eater or anything else related to overconsumption of food. She does though have an insatiable hunger except it's for knowledge rather than food. Her hunger for knowledge is so insatiable in fact that she used a spell to suspend her own body's time in order to pursue her endless research without the worry of a normal limited lifespan. Additionally, she has an over excess of magical power and spells. All of which is aided by her magic ability Infinity, an extremely hax power that allows her spells to remain for eternity unless she herself dispels them. Then there is her backstory in which instead of choosing between the set of blessings offered by the Demon King and those offered by the Supreme Goddess, she took all of the blessings offered by both for herself.
    • Pride: At night, Escanor is basically a pathetically weak skinny polite wimp that constantly apologizes for his sorry ass existence, the complete opposite of pride. Despite this, he however has a honorable sense of pride in doing things. During the day, he's a buffed up beefcake filled to the brim with arrogance that becomes even more powerful as the day becomes noon. Regardless of all the pride he might spew however, he is somewhat of a humble character at least in regards to women. He Wouldn't Hit a Girl directly by his own choice and in regards to his love for Merlin, he sees her as a light that he'd humbly and fully devote himself to regardless whether or not his feelings are reciprocated. In a sense, Escanor adheres to a form of humble knightly chivalry found common in classical Arthurian and medieval lore which upholds women and their honor without guarantee reward for oneself. Furthermore considering certain aspects of his character, he is both at the same time the worst of the Sins in regards to how ridiculously strong he can get when compared to the rest, and not the worst in regards to his personality especially at the night that's clearly more morally grounded than those of the rest.
  • The Team:
    • The Leader: Meliodas being the captain of the Sins is this.
    • The Lancer: In the first part of the series when the Sins were being reunited, Ban filled this role as Meliodas' second-in-command and was generally Meliodas' foil. In the past and after the first part, this role is filled by Merlin who Meliodas is wary of, a sentiment she also has of him.
    • The Smart Guy: Three of the Sins share this distinction. King though is more of the Squishy Wizard definition, Gowther's more of The Spock both in analysis and behavior, and Merlin's a Lady of Black Magic.
    • The Big Guy: Both Diane and day-Escanor fill this role. Diane's the biggest of the Sins and is one of the most physical based. Escanor during the day, especially around noon, has strength and powers that easily surpasses that of any of the other Sins.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Sins don't exactly always get along with one another. Usually it goes to a point wherein one Sin outright fights another. Meliodas however sees this as a strength rather than a weakness.
    Meliodas: "The Seven Deadly Sins' greatest strength is its utter lack of teamwork!!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The first Fanbook lists the favorite food of each Sin. To Hawk's chagrin, a couple of them like pork best, but they're definitely not going to eat him or his mother.
    • Meliodas: Pork simmered in ale
    • Diane: Pork
    • Ban: Anything actually except Meliodas' cooking
    • King: Cheese
    • Gowther: Not really interested in the subject actually
    • Merlin: Raisins
    • Escanor: Meat during the day, Vegetables during the night
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: To atone for their original crimes, the Sins were offered the choice to become knights that answer directly to the king of Liones. As the story progressed, it's later revealed that not all of the Sins are criminals in a certain sense. Ban, King, and Diane were convicted for crimes that they weren't directly responsible for and were freed when they decided to join the order. Escanor, Meliodas, and Merlin meanwhile were all free prior to joining the order and instead joined for reasons other than in exchange for freedom. Escanor mainly joined the order when he met and fell in love with Merlin. As for Meliodas and Merlin, not only were they free and not considered as criminals per se when they joined the order, they were the very ones who thought up the idea for the Seven Deadly Sins in order to battle against the Ten Commandments. Meliodas though considers the Danafor incident to be his sin.
  • True Companions: The Sins (for the most part) actually seem quite attached to one another.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Diane and Merlin are the only female Sins.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: All the Sins have one.
  • The Worf Effect: Meliodas, Merlin and Diane, all three with their Sacred Treasures have been easily beaten by Galan, a member of the Ten Commandments who was not even at full power to show how much of a threat they are.
    • Later on when the Commandments had recovered some of their magic, Galan and another demon are both effortlessly slain by day-Escanor, the final Sin to be revealed.

    Meliodas 

Meliodas is the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins and is known as the Dragon's Sin of Wrath.

See his page.

    Diane 

"Serpent's Sin of Envy" Diane

Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English), Cecilia Gómez (Latin American)

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Diane is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Serpent's Sin of Envy. She is also a member of the Giant Clan.

About 700 years ago before the start of the story, Diane left her home of Megadozer and rescued King. For the next 500 years, they spent their lives together and fell in love with one another. Due to circumstances involving King however, he had to erase her memories and leave her. None the wiser, she returned back to her people to be trained under a fellow giantess Matrona. Later about 16 years before the start of the story, Diane met and fell in love in Meliodas, not realizing she was unintentionally misdirecting her true feelings. She then was involved in a plot by some vile Liones knights who intended to kill her and Matrona for glory. Although she survived the incident, Diane was made into a scapegoat for the massacre that had happened. Meliodas fortunately intervened at her trial and recruited her into the Sins.

After the incident wherein the Sins were framed, Diane went into hiding in the Forest of White Dreams, forcing the resident Prankster Imps to aid her. When Meliodas and company came to the forest, she immediately rejoined the Sins.


  • Action Girl: Diane being a giant and her powers makes her one of most powerful action girls in the manga so far.
  • Adorkable: She's like this especially when she's giddy and lovestruck.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Derided by her own kind for not embracing their Proud Warrior Race culture.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Twice. She and King were in love with each other long ago, but he had to erase her memories once he was forced to leave her. She briefly recovers her memories of him, but can't tell him how she feels because he followed Ban in his journey. By the time he comes back, her memories are messed up because of Gowther as a result of their confrontation and she quickly forgets King again. Ultimately, her amnesia is reversed. Diane finally gains back all her memories from the original Gowther- the creator of the doll Gowther who took them in the first place- whom she met when she went back in time as part of the trial given to her and King by Dolor and Gloxinia. The human Gowther possessed all the same magical abilities as his creation and had a compassionate mindset which knew the difference between right and wrong, so he blessed Diane with the restoration of every memory his doll wiped out, and explained that even if he hadn't, the memories held inside one's heart cannot truly disappear, only be suppressed, and would reassert given the right amount of time and circumstances. Having regained her memories, she immediately pursues a proper relationship with King upon completing her trial.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Gets this way when Meliodas doesn't fondle her like he does to Elizabeth even when shrunk down to normal human size much to Diane's dismay. The reason he gives though is that he wouldn't do it to someone so important to him.
  • Badass Adorable: She's cute and, she's just as capable as her male compatriots in combat. Especially whenever she's trying to get Meliodas' attention.
  • Battle Couple: With King. Following their kiss, they are an authentic couple.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: For King who stationed his sleeping arrangements in the Boar Hat so he can watch over her.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Diane fell in love with Meliodas because he treated her like a regular girl and not like a Giant.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: In chapter 110, she reveals to Elizabeth that she regained her lost memories of her time together with King and now that he has gone somewhere without telling her again, she has realized how much she loves him.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Veronica" to Elizabeth's "Betty" for Meliodas' "Archie". Diane is a clingy easily jealous exotic giantess while Elizabeth is a very sweet and generally calm regular human. After the Kingdom Infiltration arc, she finally acknowledges she doesn't have a chance with Meliodas and starts to pursue a relationship with King instead since she regained her memories of their shared past.
  • BFS: Ground Gladius is a technique of Diane's in which she creates a sword larger than her from the ground to attack an opponent.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Literally. In chapter 215, she finally remembers her feelings for King and reciprocates his love, planting the mother-of-all-kisses on his lips. Except... hers are so big that she ends up snogging his whole head!
  • Big Eater: According to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, she and Hawk eat the most. Justified for her as she's a Giant.
  • The Big Girl: Both literally and figuratively. Diane is not only the biggest Sin, but also tends to favor physical attacks the most.
  • Bokukko: She uses the Japanese male pronoun boku to refer to herself when talking.
  • Boobs of Steel: She is easily the most physically powerful female of the Sins and she has the breasts to show it.
  • Broken Pedestal: To a number of people who originally looked up to their order, they became this for their supposed crime of killing Great Holy Zaratras and attempt to overthrow the kingdom of Liones. Noteworthy among those who became disswayed with them is Gilthunder, Zaratras' son, however that turned out to be an act as knew the real culprit.
  • Bullying a Dragon: What a gaggle of dufus knights thought was a good idea at the time they first insulted the giant woman. Considering she could put a crater in the ground by throwing a rock, it never dawned on them that raising her foot would send the lot of them hurtling towards another continent.
  • Character Tics: Hair twirling. You can thank King for giving her the pigtails to do it with.
  • Child Prodigy: When Diane was a young child, she was able to create two rock golems despite how young she was compared to the rest of the Giant Clan.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and King were close friends back when they were kids (at least by their species standards).note  King fell in love with her and Diane wanted King to always love her. Then King erased her memories of their time together and Diane fell in love with Meliodas instead. She falls back in love with King once she regains her memories until Gowther erases them again.
  • Chrome Champion: Her appearance turns into this when she turns herself into metal.
  • Cleavage Window: When Diane was shrunken for the first time, she adapts this style briefly while wearing Elizabeth's clothes. Later, Diane dons a second giant outfit which has a cleavage window.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Diane gets really jealous when Meliodas interacts with other girls than her, most notably Elizabeth. Sometimes her jealousy is expressed subtly and sometimes it's expressed as large as her size. She grows out of it once she gets over Meliodas and even encourages Elizabeth to confess her feelings to him.
  • Clothing Damage: While shrunken, Diane used Elizabeth's clothes and ended up having them damaged either from Howzer or from her slowly returning to her normal size.
  • Combination Attack: Has one with Meliodas called Metal Crush.
  • Cry Cute: Had this when she thought Meliodas "cheated" on her and when she was tired of being left at the Boar Hat due to her being a giant.
  • Cute Bruiser: She looks cute but can dish out alot of physical based attacks.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When she reunited with other giants after her time with King, she had difficulty accepting the life of a Blood Knight among her kind.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially very antagonistic towards Elizabeth, Diane eventually warmed up to her and has become one of the most protective of the princess. She still sees Elizabeth as a love rival for Meliodas' affections though and thus can get very jealous, however Diane's fits of rage are more directed at Meliodas rather than towards Elizabeth.
  • Determinator: She tries to rescue Elizabeth even after Dreyfus beats her.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Diane's power, Creation, is an ability to raise the ground like towers and turn minerals into sand. It is an ability exclusive to her and other Giants due to their deep connection to nature.
  • The Ditz: She's pretty air-headed. It's bad enough that she somehow lost a weapon that is impossible to miss... well, if you're not her size, that is.
  • Drop the Hammer: Diane's Sacred Treasure is a giant warhammer. If a panel in Chapter 50 is proportionally correct, Gideon is almost twice as tall as she is!
  • Dub Name Change: In the Mexican Spanish dub, she is named "Diana" which is the Spanish rendering of her name from English.
  • Easy Amnesia: The second time she had her memories taken away, the human Gowther effortlessly put them back in place. While his doll self was the one that enacted the memory purge, his human self is the original wielder of that magic and knows how to use it to a greater extent than his creation, because the doll Gowther has amnesia of his own regarding some of his own abilities.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: In addition to her Creation power, she is capable of turning into metal.
  • Eternal Love: With King. Fairies and giants are not exactly immortal, but they are Long Lived Races that view hundred of years as we view a few years or even less. When they were younger, Diane was jealous that humans could marry and have families because of their short lifespan and she asked King to always love her.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Diane's power, Creation, is an ability to bend iron like toffee. It is an ability exclusive to her and other Giants due to their deep connection to nature.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Originally, she wore two gauntlets in her initial attire. However, her right gauntlet was permanently destroyed while battling with Gilthunder. For her second attire, she decided to wear a right glove while still retaining her left gauntlet.
  • Fastball Special: Threw Meliodas, Ban, and Gowther to Liones from around 40 miles away.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Elizabeth. Initially being openly hostile towards her, mainly out of jealousy regarding their love-triangle with the captain, Diane quickly comes to consider Elizabeth a very good friend. When she finds Elizabeth severely injured by Hendrickson, Diane is royally pissed off tearfully telling Hendrickson that she'll never forgive him.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She met King when she was a child and the two fell in love with one another. He however erased her memories due to circumstances. She later regains these memories only to have them erased again by Gowther, then restored by the human Gowther.
  • Freakiness Shame: Though she takes issue with her height, King in particular sees it as part of her charm.
  • Friendless Background: When she was a child, she didn't have any friends to play with. King was her Only Friend, but he erased her memories of their time together.
  • Friendly Rival: Despite considering Elizabeth as a love rival for Meliodas' affections, Diane is friends with her.
  • Funbag Airbag: During an attack from Guila in the Capital of the Dead, Meliodas landed into Diane's cleavage. She, however, was delighted at the accident.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite being a giant known as a great criminal, Diane is quite friendly, but mess with Meliodas, she will not forgive you.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Though relatively small in relation to Diane's size, her initial outfit sports these.
  • Giant Woman: She's a very cute giant girl.
  • The Gift: Diane is extremely talented as a warrior and has the potential to become the greatest warrior of her clan.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her standard attire includes her hair in pigtails. King was the one who suggested her to wear her hair that way, so it wouldn't get in the way. She was overjoyed with the hairstyle so much that when she donned her pigtails for the first time, she swished them around with glee.
  • Golem: With her powers, Diane's capable of creating and controlling these. Of note, she was capable of golem creation since she was very young, a prodigious feat by itself compared to the rest of the Giant Clan.
    • There are two golems that she has been able to create and use since she was young. Named by her as Fillet and Loin, these two were first conceived when she was all by herself and longed for friends. Since then, she has created and used them a number of times. Though formidable, they're susceptible to mind control attacks and can be used against her. Furthermore, their strength only goes to a certain degree and can thus be weak against particularly strong opponents. This is because they're ultimately Imaginary Friends that Diane created and as such they didn't have specific forms which would allow them to achieve complete bodies or realize their full potential.
    • During the tournament hosted by two of the Ten Commandments, she creates golem replicas of her friends albeit with some details off such as their sizes. Since they were formed by the strong feelings that she had for actual friends from the depths of her heart, they were way stronger than Fillet and Loin. The individual strength of each of these differed depending on how strong a bond she had for the one each replica represented. Noteworthy among these was the golem replica of King which was able to one punch straight through the opponent she herself was having a hard time at that moment. Said golem though the second to the weakest looking among the replicas created was formed from the strong feelings she had for King then despite certain circumstances.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Whenever Meliodas gets close with other females, Diane becomes extremely jealous. She grows out of it, along her infatuation.
  • Hates Being Alone: Diane mentioned that she was always alone and just wanted to be friends with Elizabeth and have Meliodas' attention and later that King doesn't go anywhere without her like he did before.
  • Height Angst: Her height gives her much distress. She in fact hides her real height like the stereotype about how girls hide their real weight.
  • Hopeless Suitor: No matter how much she loves him or what size she has, Meliodas only thinks of her as a friend and only acts perverted towards Elizabeth. After realizing Meliodas is meant to be with Elizabeth and remembering her past with King, she accepts this and moves on, falling back in love with King.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Though she's around 750 years old, she tends to act like a immature teenage girl. It's however reasonable as according to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, if she was human, she would be one year younger than Elizabeth, 15 years old.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Gender-flipped. There are have been a few times when Diane has been shrunk down to human size thanks to the magical spores of a particular mushroom creature. There is only minor loss in strength or toughness, and she still retains her powers. She was still by far stronger than a high ranking Holy Knight; if anything, it is possible that shrinking makes her more powerful since she becomes faster and looking like a regular human causes people to underestimate her.note  The first time she was affected, it was by accident. Later on, she's been given the option to do so willingly via some medicine created by Merlin. Said medicine looks like Japanese candy called Konpeitō.
  • Interspecies Romance: Diane is a giant who at first has a huge crush on Meliodas who is a demon. Later, she falls in love with King, a fairy.
  • It's All My Fault: After Meliodas reveals Elizabeth will die in three days as a result of regaining her Past-Life Memories, Diane blames herself for it because she encouraged Elizabeth to remember her past with Meliodas without knowing the consequences it would have.
  • Leotard of Power: Her initial attire is a yellow orange leotard.
  • Love Confession: She delivered a fantastic one to King in Chapter 215 in the form of a big fat kiss. And it continued into Chapter 216 with another kiss.
  • Love Hurts: Her unrequited love for Meliodas hurts her, but she manages to eventually get over it. Later, she remembers her past with King and realizes she still loves him, but since he has gone on a journey with Ban without telling her, her heart is suffering over the possibility that once again he will leave her behind and won't come back because she didn't tell him how she felt when she had the chance.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Diane sometimes tends to act a bit dumb when comes to matters with Meliodas.
  • Made of Iron: Due to being a Giant, she appears to handle powerful attacks well. When Dreyfus made a hole in her chest and leg, she is still able to move around.
  • Minidress of Power: Her second attire which Diane has Merlin make for her, has this in its design. It's a rather Dangerously Short Skirt but fortunately Diane wears Modesty Shorts for the ensemble.
  • Modesty Shorts: She's seen in a pair in her second outfit- see Mini Dress Of Power above. The shorts cover up what the dress doesn't, and keep her undercarriage hidden away when she uses kicks. This is best seen as she drop-kicks Gowther while shrunken down by Merlin so she could chase after him through town easier.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Diane with her outfits is sometimes this, though not as emphasized much as Elizabeth. She also most definitely not as emphasized as much as Merlin.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Giant Clan is a Proud Warrior Race. Diane however doesn't adhere to her race's philosophies.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Mother Catastrophe, the name of one of Diane's more devastating techniques.
  • Nice Girl: Once you get past that hot-blooded Tsundere nature of her's, you'll find that Diane is a figurative and literal giant sweetie-pie.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Most notably whenever she is jealous.
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't notice King's crush on her at all until she regains her memories of their shared past.
  • Official Couple: She becomes King's girlfriend as of Chapters 215-216.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Diane, the Serpent's Sin of Envy, is a very attractive young lady... who happens to be enormous. She's too big to fit in most buildings, and actually laments her great height, since it means she can't interact normally with Meliodas, on whom she has a major crush.
  • Parental Abandonment: Diane's parents are no longer alive. They both went the way of most giants, felled in battle in honorable warriors' deaths. Matrona agreed to look after Diane in their stead in the event that happened, and raised her the only way she knew how- to fight much in the same way.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Up to Eleven with Gideon.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She finally gets over Meliodas and decides to pursue a relationship with King due to her regaining her memories. However, due to her not making her feelings perfectly clear to King, he leaves her believing that she only sees him as a friend.
  • The Promise: In the past during their time together, Diane asked King to promise her that he would always love forever.
  • Relationship Upgrade: As soon as the Gowther of the past returns her lost memories, she immediately tells King she loves him back and kisses him.
  • The Scapegoat: Framed by the survivors of a group of corrupt Liones knights who killed her mentor, Matrona, then blamed her for the murder.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She found herself forced to make a choice as Dolor in the past that would have either ended in his death or his conscription to the Ten Commandments. But Dolor mentioned the possibility of running away, too, which was lost on him because his pride as a giant wouldn't allow for it. Except this is Diane we're talking about, not Dolor, and she is bound by no such obligations. Guess what Diane did? Sometimes, overthinking a problem robs you of an obvious solution.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Diane usually doesn't care if she is put in situations that are just blatant fanservice, such as her clothes being almost ripped apart. She cares even less if it involves being with with Meliodas. She however was ashamed that one time with Howzer during their battle in the Vaizel Festival with her weapon as the prize when she thought he was being a pervert.
  • Shipper on Deck: After she finally gets over Meliodas, she helps Elizabeth realize she loves him and encourages her to confess to him.
  • Shout-Out: A Giant using an attack called Double Hammer?
  • "Silly Me" Gesture: She sometimes hits herself cutely in acknowledgement of some of her ditzier instances.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Diane loves Meliodas because she sees him as a good man who treated her as a normal size girl.
    • Later, she falls in love with King because of his kind heart after remembering what a good friend he was to her and how he took care of her back when they lived together.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Towards Meliodas. Moreso considering that according a Q&A from the first Fanbook, if she were human, she would be one year younger than Elizabeh, 15 years old.
  • Sweater Girl: When shrunk down by her own volition via the medicine given to her by Merlin, Diane dons a dress that basically resembles an over-sized sweater.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Often forms this combination with King. She's the sword and he's the sorcerer.
  • Taking the Bullet: She takes a falling building for Zeal.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Diane used her sacred treasure Gideon to form a giant floating mountain sized boulder above Vaizel in order to defeat Helbram who had just defeated Meliodas.
  • Time Dissonance: Has a similar time perception to King's, since Giants also have very long lifespans.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Taken to the extreme with her and King. She's a 30 feet tall giant and he's a fairy who looks like a kid.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Elizabeth's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being an badass giant Action Girl, Diane often acts cutesy especially when dealing with Meliodas.
  • Tsundere: A Sweet type. She's open with her feelings and affectionate by default, but she's also hot-tempered, violent and very easily jealous.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Being a giant, Diane is capable of carrying smaller characters in between her breasts such as with Meliodas in the fifth volume cover of the manga, and with Elizabeth when they were both shrunken by magic spores.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She might not be Meliodas' girlfriend but she will beat the living hell out of you if you try to hurt him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ban.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls Gowther out for messing with Guila and Zeal's memories in order to "study" love.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Diane is afraid of bugs, but will put that aside to help Meliodas.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Even though King erased her memories of the 500 years they spent together, Diane still subconsciously remembered things she learned from her time with him, such as how to make her clothes. She even vaguely remembered someone promised to always love her and her wish to one day create a happy family with the man she loved, but she thought she was thinking about Meliodas.
  • Woman Scorned: If Diane thinks that Meliodas has scorned her despite she not being his girlfriend, she can go completely ballistic.
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    Ban 

"Fox's Sin of Greed" Ban

Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese); Ben Diskin (English), Tara Sands (English – child); Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin American), Karina Altamirano (Latin American - child)

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Ban is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Fox's Sin of Greed.

In the past, Ban was a bandit who went by the moniker "Bandit Ban". He sought out the Fountain of Youth in the Fairy King's forest in order to gain immortality in the hopes of living long enough for something good to actually happen to him. Instead, he met with the fountain's guardian Elaine and over the course of seven days, they both developed deep feelings for one another. However in the midst of it all, a Demon attacked the forest and deeply wounded both Ban and Elaine. In a sheer act of sacrifice, Ban was saved by Elaine when she gave him a drink from the fountain instead of saving herself. Having become immortal, Ban took care of the Demon but the damage to the forest was done. For what happened, Ban was accused of the crime for which he didn't defend himself against.

Later, Ban was personally recruited by Meliodas to join the Seven Deadly Sins. As Meliodas was the second person after Elaine to acknowledge him, Ban joined the order. After the Sins were framed, he let himself be captured and imprisoned in Baste Dungeon, only to escape years later when he discovered that Meliodas was still alive.

While Ban didn't defend himself for the crime that he was accused of, he however at some point in time actually revived the forest by planting the seed entrusted to him by Elaine. For this, he was deemed the new Fairy King by the Sacred Tree and accepted as such by most of its inhabitants much to his reluctance.


  • Animalistic Abomination: During his search for Meliodas' emotions in Purgatory, he succumbs to the effects of the place and loses his sense of self thus turning him into a shadowy fox-like creature. Fortunately, he regains his composure and reverts back to his regular immortal human self. Despite this, it still proves a struggle for him to not lose himself while in Purgatory.
  • Anti-Hero: He's one of the more amoral of the Sins yet he is a hero nonetheless.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His initial attire leaves a bit of his midriff seen.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Ban decided to follow Meliodas because the latter was the only one besides Elaine to accept, in Ban's own words, a shitty person such as himself. Because of this, Ban also trusts Meliodas so much that he refuses to believe that Meliodas may actually be a demon.
    • Also, if it wasn't for Elaine's Nice Girl personality, Ban would have been actually more selfish than he is now.
  • Berserk Button: Due to what happened with Elaine, Ban doesn't like demons. Demons tick him off so much that he refuses to believe that Meliodas may actually be a Demon. In addition, any threat levied against Elaine causes him to go into a blind rage.
  • Best Friend: Out of all the Sins, Ban is Meliodas' closest friend. Ban admits Meliodas has to be the most important person to him after Elaine.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Expressed this when Hawk revealed that he could talk, was told the small kid he was fighting was King, and when King revealed that he can transform into his fat self.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Ban being immortal is sometimes played for laughs like when Diane crushed Ban's entire upper body and squirted blood out top as he if she were squeezing juice from a fruit, and the whole thing was treated like slapstick.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: Fitting as an immortal that is often subjugated to all sorts of bloody wounds that he can just simply heal from, his attire is predominately red.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • While a formidable fighter in his own right, Ban is increasingly outclassed in terms of raw specs by his companions, who all Take Levels in Badass and get a Mid-Season Upgrade while he's left in the dust. At one point, King outright tells Ban to stay out of the way since he'll only be a hindrance. Notably, Ban is the only one among the Sins who does not have their Sacred Treasure by the time of the Ten Commandments' revival.
    • Gloriously averted when he returns from Purgatory as his stay made him strong enough to take on the Demon King in Meliodas' body alone. And he still lacks his Sacred Treasure.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He gets drunk very easily.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Thousands of years in the Death World tend to lead to this trope.
  • Complete Immortality: It's the reason why he doesn't age and he heals so fast. He got this ability from drinking the Fountain of Youth. It's not entirely infallible though—it seems that if a source of power mightier than the elixir that gave him the ability hits him, he won't be able to regenerate it. The demonic energy that Meliodas exudes is one example of this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ban's childhood wasn't all that great, and his life before joining the Sins was so bad that he wanted to become immortal to see if anything good would happen in his life.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In Bandit Ban.
  • Discard and Draw: He willingly gives up his immortality to revive Elaine for good, but has spent so much time Level Grinding in Purgatory that he's more powerful than any of the other Sins without it.
  • Erotic Dream: Tends to have these involving Elaine which he unfortunately talks during his sleep.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: The story behind Ban's very prominent scar is that he tried to take Meliodas' sword.
  • Expy: Of Hikyou Bancho from Kongoh Bancho , the previous work of the manga's author, Suzuki Nakaba. Design-wise, Ban's choice of clothes make him look like Hikyou Bancho. Ban being an expy of Hikyou Bancho is made more apparent when Ban decided to use a whip similar in design to the one used by Hikyou Bancho.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Inverted. Whenever something unusual happens, like discovering that Hawk is capable of talking or that finding out that King is capable of changing his form, Ban is usually the only one who truly freaks out. His fellow Sins on the other hand, play the trope straight and take such things mostly with little to no alarm.
    Meliodas: [King changes back from his adult form to his kid form] Oh look, his clothes changed.
    Ban: Are you blind, Captain?!
  • Fighting with Chucks: One of the weapons Ban tends to fight with are nunchucks usually of the three-stick variant. His Sacred Treasure, according to the first Fanbook, Courechouse was an ornate four-stick variant.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Due to the nature of Purgatory which disintegrates regular armor and clothing among other things, Ban loses his clothes amidst his search for Meliodas' emotions in the prison for souls and for a time had to fight in the nude.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: On the left side of his neck, he has a large scar given to him by Meliodas.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Since he cannot be killed and easily regenerates any damage, Ban has been the victim of the more gruesome and bloody attacks. Not like he is bothered by them.
  • Healing Factor: Ban has this as one of his two abilities. He is literally unkillable by conventional means, but unconventional means like being Taken for Granite can still be lethal for him. Or worse.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Life is like hell for him since Elaine's death. Despite the company of his friends.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Ban typically dresses in a red skin tight leather attire.
  • Heroism Equals Job Qualification: For reviving the forest, the fairies who accept Ban as their new king actually argue that he's more worthy of the title than Harlequin, the true Fairy King, as the latter abandoned the forest in the first place just to save a few friends. Ban however refutes their argument by stating he himself doesn't have the right as he tried to kill his only friend just to revive one woman.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Elaine. It's easy to miss, what with Meliodas being a tiny 5'0, King always floating, and Diane being a giant, but Elain wasn't actually that tiny. His height is listed as six foot eleven. At a grand total of nearly seven feet, Ban would tower over pretty much anyone, much less a small woman.
  • Human Pincushion: Ban is sometimes the victim of this but survives it due to being immortal.
  • Immortality Seeker: Ban sought out the Fountain of Youth in order to become immortal. His reason for doing this was that he believed that if he lived long enough, something good would eventually happen for him. He gave up this quest when he learned that it would destroy the forest. Unfortunately, he still became immortal via Elaine's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Immortal Hero: While he isn't exactly heroic, he is one of the main characters.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Ban is often subjected to the most brutal and otherwise lethal physical attacks such him being ripped apart to his bones broken. However, due to being immortal, these are just minor annoyances. It's the unconventional attacks though that give him cause for concern. As Guila notes, "unkillable" and "undefeatable" are two vastly different things.
  • Impossible Thief:
    • Ban is capable of stealing an object a great distance away, and even an opponent's heart when aided with nothing more than a blunt three-stick nunchaku without any attachment.
    • As noted in the Power Parasite entry, Ban is also able to temporarily steal the physical strength of those around him and use it to enhance his own.
    • Ban can also steal others' awareness of him, allowing him to approach enemies and perform devastating sneak attacks without fail.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Elaine who's a fairy while he's an immortal human.
  • Jerkass Realization: He told Meliodas he has no idea how it feels to see the woman you love die all over again. Meliodas then reveals he has witnessed Elizabeth's death in all her past lives. 106 times. Realizing how cruel he was to his best friend, Ban felt like garbage afterwards.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ban comes off as a jackass who doesn't care about anything but himself and the stuff he steals, but he's a good guy at heart. In his backstory, when he went after the elixir of immortality, Elaine told him that if he were to take the elixir, the forest surrounding it would die. Ban promptly decided that it wasn't worth it (claiming that the wild berries used in one of his favorite drinks were grown in that forest). He may be a thief, but he is not an abominable person.
  • Killing Intent: Ban gives one to Oslow when they first meet.
  • The Kleptomaniac: He has penchant for stealing pretty much anything that fancies his interest.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Ban has considered this ever since he was young as he believes that if one lives long enough, something good might eventually happen to them. Subverted, in a way. His search for immortality led to him meeting the love of his life. Then he gained immortality and she died. So, living forever kinda sucks for him, really.
  • Loveable Rogue: Ban's a thief and is often very amoral, but he gets alot of sympathy especially in regards to his past with Elaine.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: He and Elaine realize her continuing to "live" isn't because of her strong desire but Merascylla is still alive, though maimed severely by Escanor. After Merascylla is healed, Ban hugs Elaine and she affirms Ban will one day revive her for real. Ban then sneaks past the Ten Commandments (by stealing their awareness of him) and neck snaps Merascylla killing her to help save Meliodas.
  • Manly Tears: He truly cried when Hendrickson killed Hawk.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Elaine, at least before he became immortal, as he was a regular human while she was an ageless fairy.
  • Mercy Kill: How Ban decided to deal with the Armored Giant.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: He's accused of having killed Elaine, when it was actually a demon who killed her and she sacrificed her life to save him.
  • Mortality Ensues: After returning from Purgatory, he returns in time to save Elaine from danger, only for her to die in his arms again due to exhausting the life granted to her by Melascula. Ban refuses to end it like this and uses a technique he learned in Purgatory to bring Elaine back for good, at the cost of his immortality. However, Ban is okay with it.
  • The Mourning After: He believes Elaine was the only woman for him and he's still looking for a way to bring her back years after she died.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ban often wears skin tight clothing and is often a subject Shirtless Scene due to repeated Clothing Damage. It gets to the point where in the anime, he's shirtless at some point almost every single episode. At one point, a demon punches him to the ground, and when he gets up, his shirt is gone. Not torn or shredded, just literally gone.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Resorts to this by default.
  • Naked Apron: After the battle with Guila in the Capital of the Dead, Ban was left without a shirt since it was heavily damaged. Concerned about this he asked Meliodas what to do about it for which the latter halfheartedly suggested Ban to just simply go topless with an apron on. Hilariously, Ban took up on the suggestion. He has also since donned this getup whenever he cooks for the Boar Hat.
  • Nemean Skinning: During his search for Meliodas' emotions in Purgatory, Ban loses his clothes. Upon learning that monsters born in Purgatory have evolved to withstand its disintegrating effects, he decides to slay one of the native monsters and make clothes from its pelt.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Due to his immortality, Ban handle all sort of attacks as if there were nothing. And by the time he loses it, he is strong enough to No-Sell most of these.
  • Nominal Hero: While Ban is willing to help Elizabeth's cause, his motivation is less for upholding justice and more for getting a reward that would help him resurrect Elaine.
  • No-Sell: Due to his immortality, normal attacks don't affect Ban at all and thus he usually acts like they're not a big deal.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Gets this as his second attire from King and Diane.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hawk.
  • Offered the Crown: For planting the seed entrusted to him by Elaine and effectively reviving the forest he was accused of burning down, Ban was made the new Fairy King by the revived forest's fairy inhabitants. He however he is reluctant of the position offered to him.
  • Older Than He Looks: According to the first Fanbook, his body is that of his 23 year old self when he first drank the Fountain of Youth. Chronologically though, he's 43 years old.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sort of. He forbids Meliodas to be killed by anyone but him.
  • Opposites Attract: Ban's a rather tall originally normal-aged Jerk with a Heart of Gold human thief. Elaine's a Really 700 Years Old Token Mini-Moe saintly Fairy guardian. They genuinely fell for each other even when circumstances made them even more opposite in nature, what with Ban becoming an undying immortal and Elaine becoming a ghost.
  • Power Parasite: Ban can steal the physical abilities of his opponents, including speed, stamina and raw strength, and add it to his own, thus strengthening himself, and weakening his opponents. The downside, though, is that adding them to his body can make him heavier than he can carry himself if he's not careful.
  • The Promise: Ban promised to Elaine in the past that he will make her his, and he's still trying to do that despite her being dead.
  • Punny Name: His moniker before becoming immortal was "Bandit Ban."
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Ban seems tough but he did went through a stuffed animal phase of which unfortunately entailed stealing several from kids.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. While his eyes are red and he's a jerk, Ban usually has his heart in the right place.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Though he was made the new Fairy King, Ban is however reluctant of the title. In fact, he not only tried to give the position back to the rightful ruler and also cited why he himself is unfit of the right.
  • Royal Rapier: In the first chapter of the manga, an image of himself in armor alongside the other Sins depicts him with a rapier. In the anime, this is changed into nunchucks.
  • Sadistic Choice: The Goddess Clan tells him they can bring his beloved Elaine back to life, but in exchange he must kill his best friend Meliodas.
  • Scars Are Forever: Despite having received Immortality with an extensive Healing Factor, Ban received a large scar from Meliodas when he tried to take the latter's sword. The scar hasn't healed since then.
  • Selective Magnetism: Part of Ban's ability, Snatch, allows him to pull things to himself from great distances like a magnet.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The roguish, crude Manly Man to King's shy, friendly Sensitive Guy.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • For King and Diane.
    • Ban is quite incensed when he takes Merlin apparently being brusque with Escanor to mean he 'cheated' on her. (Although he is smashed at the time)
  • Silent Scapegoat: Regarding Elaine's death and the destruction of the forest. His motives for not letting on haven't been revealed so far.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Elaine is the only woman he has shown any interest in.
  • Spit Take: His reaction to King's change of forms.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Elaine. He's immortal and she's dead however he is trying to find a way to rectify this.
  • Street Urchin: In his youth, Ban was one in order to survive.
  • Sue Donym: Ban enters his and Meliodas' names in the Vaizel Fight Festival with Diane's weapon as a prize, as Baan and Meliodaf respectively.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Ban tends to talk in his sleep mostly in regards to Elaine. Of note is him talking about planting a seed, which might be the seed Elaine gave him in the past.
  • Team Chef: He is easily the best cook of the band.
  • Time Abyss: Following his stay in Purgatory, he is the second oldest being in the world, the first being the Demon King.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Among the Sins, Ban is the most amoral of them all, preferring to steal and even commit murder. However, that's just in comparison with his fellow Sins. In comparison with other more genuinely antagonistic characters, Ban is actually not that bad of a guy.
  • Token Human: According to the first Fanbook, he is one of the two Sins who're identified clearly as humans with the other being Escanor. The Fanbook though makes a note that Ban is originally human while Escanor is identified merely as a human.
  • Torso with a View: King blows his chest open during their first encounter, leaving a few scraps of flesh on both side to support his upper body. It quickly fills in as though nothing ever happened, however.
  • Verbal Tic: Ban tends to say some of his sentences in a song-like manner, as symbolized by a long sing tone at the end in his speech bubbles.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Meliodas. They derive great enjoyment from beating the ever-loving crap out of each other, but the thought of Meliodas possibly being a Demon greatly upsets Ban.
    • King and Diane too.
  • Wham Line: I'm leaving the Seven Deadly Sins...
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Meliodas when the latter refused to kill an opponent even when the opponent was a heavily mutated Holy Knight whose death would end his suffering. Ban even punches Meliodas due to said matter.
  • Whip It Good: During the battle with the mutated Holy Knight who wore Gowther's armor, Ban picked up a whip as weapon against it. The whip's design, combined with Ban's tight fitting clothes, makes Ban look like an Expy of Hikyou Bancho from Kongoh Bancho, the previous work of the manga's author, Suzuki Nakaba.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed. He has white hair and although he is not that bad, he is highly dangerous.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: In a moment of drunkenness, he pissed off Meliodas enough to make him release his demonic powers, and Meliodas briefly lost control and inflicted a nasty gash on the side of his neck and face. Because it was inflicted by cursed demonic energy, even though Ban has been gifted regenerative immortality, the sheer evil power Meliodas possesses innately surpasses the blessed power of the fountain of youth Ban drank, so the scar remains.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has whitish-blue hair in the anime.

    King 

"Grizzly's Sin of Sloth" King

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English), Luis Leonardo Suárez (Latin American)

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King is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Grizzly's Sin of Sloth. He is the master of the Black Hound, Oslow. King's real name is Fairy King Harlequin, and as the name suggests, he was the king of the fairies.

700 years before the start of the story, King left the Fairy world to save his friend Helbram who was captured by some humans. However through some Trauma-Induced Amnesia, he ended up forgetting who he was and his original mission. For the next 500 years, King spent relative bliss and ignorance in company with Diane, slowly recovering his memories. It was only when he reunited with his friend again did King learn that his old friend was massacring countless humans over the centuries, an act which was practically a declaration of war between the Human and Fairy Clan. For his inaction to stop his friend from doing so all those years, King was sentenced to an imprisonment of over 1000 years. In the midst of it though, he was recruited into the Seven Deadly Sins.

After the incident in which the Sins were framed, King attempted to return to the Fairy King's forest only to learn that it had been burned down and that his sister, Elaine, had also died. When he learns that Ban is the supposed perpetrator of this crime, King briefly allies himself with the Holy Knights of Liones until learning the truth, upon which he also reunites with his fellow Sins.


  • Accomplice by Inaction: His crime is this for doing nothing to stop his friend from massacring humans for over 500 years completely unopposed due to King having amnesia and not being aware of what was going on during that time.
  • The Atoner: He willingly allowed himself to be imprisoned for a thousand years to atone for not being there for his friend.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the lord of the fairies and one of the Seven Deadly Sins, the most powerful knights in Brittania, having spent centuries repelling entire armies of Holy Knights who sought the Fountain of Youth. In the present, he's more than able to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Dreyfus, after seeing how the Great Holy Knight and Hendrickson had revived King's dear friend Helbram from the dead as a barely conscious zombie begging for death.
  • Authority in Name Only: Despite his name referring to him being the king of the fairies, it unfortunately turns out to be this when it's revealed that they no longer see him as their king, having decided that the honor now better suits Ban for what he did for them.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: After his wings fully grow, King's appearance changes to that of a young adult and he dons an extremely nice suit, which makes him look rather dashing, much to the pleasure of Diane.
  • Battle Couple: Often seen fighting alongside Diane. They later become a true battle couple after both of them kiss.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: He's beady-eyed and probably the character with the worst luck in the series.
  • The Beastmaster: He is the master of Oslow the Black Hound.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Him being too late and mentioning it to him to protect those he cares about, makes him furious.
    • He doesn't take kindly to being told of his missing wings, as both of the previous Fairy Kings had them. And when he finally does grow his in, he hates the fact that they start off as tiny (they did for Gloxinia as well) and his peers start joking about him "growing a pair" and that pair being "kid's size" or "baby wings".
  • Big Brother Instinct: He tried to killed Ban after assuming he was responsible for Elaine's death.
  • Big Damn Kiss: He finally got his reward from Diane in Chapter 215, after crying his eyes out moments earlier thinking she was doomed to die. A glorious Pet the Dog moment if there ever was one, indeed. Then, he gets to return the kiss in the very next chapter.
  • Bishōnen: After his wings fully grow, he goes from his child-like appearance to this, having a flamboyant hairstyle and looking to be in his late teens or early twenties.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields Chastiefol, a spear crafted from the wood of the Sacred Tree that is harder than steel and can transform itself into various configurations to diversify King's attack set. However, due to the naturally weak physical bodies of fairies, he tends to use it through telekinesis and magic instead.
  • Break the Cutie: The Kingdom Infiltration arc wasn't all that nice to King, what with him arriving too late to protect the person he values the most and being forced to kill his best friend for a second AND third time (Along with the knowledge that his actions in the past ended up in said friend's corpse circling on the black market). As if that wasn't enough: the memories of his old past were dug up, he got some shred of hope of Diane remembering him only to have it ripped from him the upcoming second and was forced to mortally injure Meliodas. In the next arc, he returns home to his friends and family, only to have them shun and abuse him for leaving the forest 700 years ago. Then it gets leveled again by one of the Demons' "playthings". It really sucks to be King.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is often the Straight Man to the other Sins' antics and a Dogged Nice Guy in regards to Diane. It even shows up in the popularity poll. When he manages to land first place by a landslide the other Sins make him throw a party for them while stripping him, much to his embarrassment.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: King has trouble expressing his true feelings towards Diane.
  • Cassandra Truth: King is having a hard time after finding out that Elaine wanted to save Ban and that he is not the person he thinks he is.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He and Diane were close friends back when they were kids (at least by their species standards).note  King fell in love with her and Diane wanted King to always love her. Then King erased her memories of their time together and Diane fell in love with Meliodas instead. She falls back in love with King once she regains her memories until Gowther erases them again.
  • Covert Pervert: While he personally denies being one, it's rather clear that some of his feelings towards Diane are rather dirty minded.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Takes down Guila and Jericho with little to no effort and one-hits Great Holy Knight Dreyfus. Hendrickson had all his reasons to keep him distracted.
    • He delivers another one to Mael, who had absorbed multiple Commandments and curb-stomped his fellow sins Diane and Gowther as well as the archangels Tarmiel and Sariel, after his fairy wings fully grow.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For not being the one who actually protected the fountain, he lost his sister and the forest he lived in was destroyed.
  • Declaration of Protection: Facing the second Albion, he swears to protect everyone he holds dear and destroys it.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: King really wants to be with Diane as per the promise he made with her. However due to varying circumstances and the fact that Diane is smitten with Meliodas, he's really having a hard time.
  • Dual Age Modes: King's human form which he can change to is what he would look if his form was much older.
  • The Empath: After his wings fully grow, King becomes able to read the surface thoughts and feelings of people around him, allowing him to understand the pain Mael was in as well as Diane's shock at the turn of events.
  • Enemy Mine: King temporarily teams up with the Holy Knights in order to get at Ban when he believes the latter is the one responsible for his sister's death. He only sought Ban and not the other Sins though. The truce falls apart after being reunited with Elaine's ghost in the Capital of the Dead.
  • Eternal Love: With Diane. Their species are so long-lived that centuries look like a short timespan for them. Being jealous of the humans being able to form families due to their short timespan, Diane asked King to always love her.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": King's name is just a title used by others as a reference to him being the Fairy King. His real name is actually Harlequin though it is rarely used by most characters. According to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, he's the one who picked the name.
  • The Exile: After having been absent for 700 years, the fairies now consider him a traitor and have forbidden him from ever returning to the forest.
  • Fantastic Racism: In his past, King harbored some deep animosity towards humans. However it was less because of actual racism and more because of caution. He actually admired human things just as much as his more curious fairy friends back then as evidenced by his choice of clothes. It's just that King was more aware of and cautionary against the dangers that some predatory and unscrupulous humans might bring.
  • Fingore: His fingernails get ripped out when he used the True form of Chastiefol against the Albion who attacked the second Fairy King's Forest.
  • First Girl After All: A male example. Diane falls in love with King once she accepts Meliodas is meant to be with Elizabeth, but it turns out Diane met and fell in love with King long before she fell in love with Meliodas. King just erased her memories of their time together. Diane remembering him was a major reason for her getting over Meliodas so quickly.
  • Flight: This is King's specialty, as he and his spear are able to levitate effortlessly.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: He is in love with Diane, the girl who found him near a river while suffering from amnesia and took care of him until he got his memory back.
  • Flying Weapon: Via his powers, King is capable of levitating his weapon Chastiefol and attack enemies with it in mid air.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: King had in the past actually met Meliodas as one of the knights who captured him for his supposed crime of sloth. However since this happened centuries ago before King learned that Meliodas wasn't actually a human, he didn't recognize that Meliodas was the same knight from back then. Because of this and that one of the rules of their order was that they shouldn't delve into each others' past, it lead to King being surprised why Meliodas still looked the same when they reunited ten years after the Sins were framed. It's only after learning about Meliodas' past that King pieces together that they had met before.
  • Game Face: King uses his human form as his game face. Subverted in that he often returns to his child form to actually do anything since his human form takes up too much of his concentration.
  • Garden Garment: His clothes are actually plant based which he made himself after watching some humans make some.
  • Glamour: Inverted. Instead of transforming into a more youthful form, he can take on a older, fatter one. He originally used it as a form of respect rather than a disguise. However after reuniting with Meliodas, he unintentionally uses it for a wide range of reactions for various hilarious situations.
  • Glass Cannon: King maybe able to dish out great damage via magic but he can't withstand physical attacks especially when his spear's defensive capabilities are broken through. This also applies to his Sacred Treasure, capable of dealing great damage but easily breaks apart when hit with ice magic.
  • Going Commando: According to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, he doesn't wear underwear like the rest of the Fairy Clan.
  • Gonk: King's human form is a fat slob of a man who seems to embody sloth more properly than his true fairy form.
  • Heroic RRoD: The result of using Chastiefol's released form to bring down the Albion attacking his home. Goes From Bad to Worse when you realize just how painful the release must have been taking his pre-existing injuries in regard. The force was strong enough to rip his NAILS off his hands.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: King usually puts himself down for always being late when those he cares about need him. Even when the other fairies label him as a traitor for abandoning the forest, King doesn't defend himself because he believes they are right and without his title, he's now a nobody.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He has a huge crush on Diane, who's only interested in Meliodas. Subverted since it turns he isn't so hopeless after all.
  • Identity Amnesia: In his back story, King ended up having amnesia after a human merchant slashed his back and knocked him out which caused King to end up forgetting who he is for about 500 years which led to his sins.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Besides being convinced that Diane will always think of him as a friend, he also even believes that she's probably better off without him.
  • Instant Costume Change: As a Fairy, King is able to not only change his form, but his clothing as well.
  • Interspecies Romance: King, who is a fairy, has a large crush on Diane, who is a giant.
  • In the Hood: He wears a long orange and aqua sweatshirt with a hood.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: King sometimes shapeshifts into his human form as a form of his expression in any given situation.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Doesn't seem to resent the fact that Diane's crush on Meliodas makes it hard for him to have a chance to get together with her and is happy with just spending time with her.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: King was forced to kill his Best Friend Helbram after the latter was driven mad into a massive killing spree of humans. As if that wasn't bad enough, King has to kill him two more times after Helbram is brought back to life through "Enslavement of the Dead".
  • Large Ham: He has his moments. Most notably when he's worrying about Diane
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He becomes this to Diane once she regains her memories, to the point that she can't stand being away from him and she begins to freak out when he goes somewhere without telling her since she's afraid that he will leave her again.
  • Magic Enhancement: His magic, Disaster. It's literally the ability to exaggerate anything, usually into something worse. Glancing blows become gushing wounds. An easily curable poison can be turned into a virulent toxin. A single sprout can grow into a huge forest in moments before being culled just as easily.
  • The McCoy: King is very emotional.
  • Mercy Kill: In a rather offhanded way, Helbram made King promise in the past that the latter would stop him should he ever lose his way. This unfortunately lead King to resort to killing Helbram when it becomes apparent he is way beyond simple redemption. King actually fulfills the promise the first time around, but thanks to Hendrickson resurrecting Helbram a century and a half later, he unfortunately had to kill Helbram a second time. And then Helbram is resurrected a second time and King is tragically forced into a position of doing it a third time.
  • Misplaced Retribution: King attempts to kill Ban to avenge the Fairy King's Forest and his sister, thinking Ban was the one who burned the forest down and killed Elaine. King didn't know Ban was a Silent Scapegoat; a red demon was the one that destroyed the forest and Elaine sacrificed her life to save Ban.
  • Morph Weapon: King's Sacred Treasure, Chastiefol can change its shape via King's will.
    • Chastiefol is a spear and its first and default weapon form aptly named Chastiefol is one of an intricately designed one. Its third form, Formalization, is also a spear but with a completely different design, the most notable is a claw shaped blade. The first form of its released True form likewise is a spear however its size is incredible massive. Additionally, the blade of this form has a rather distinct and impressive looking design. After King's wings fully grow, its appearance in its True form once again changes. It becomes a spear modeled after a flower with its blade designed to be the flower's long protruding pistil.
    • The spear's eighth form, Pollen Garden, is a Beehive Barrier comprised of interlocking circles of pollen that resemble part of Chastidol's regular weapon design. It is also capable of healing wounds albeit rather slowly. After King's wings fully grow, its True form has a different appearance.
    • The spear's seventh form, Luminosity, is a small Saturn-like orb of light which can illuminate dark places.
    • The first form of Chastiefol's True form is capable of destroying an Albion in a single blow at the cost of heavy damage to King himself. It's sheer destructive power is said to be unparalleled, and it even doubled King's power level at the moment it was fired.
    • The spear's fifth form, Increase, is a myriad of kunai-like spearheads shaped like the spearhead of its first weapon form. These King can use to swarm his enemies, or to protect himself by surrounding himself with them. They can even outpace explosions. When Chastiefol is in its true released state, these turn into more streamlined spearheads that are incredibly fast and powerful. With their shape and power, they almost resemble miniature space fighters/missiles.
    • The spear's fourth form, Sunflower, is a giant flower that can shoot lasers at King's opponents. In Chastiefol's released True form state, this form turns into a giant flower that resembles a Rafflesia. While its stem is smaller in its True form state thus making its height shorter, it's capable of firing more lasers at more targets due to its flower being wider and larger. What's more, it's aided by giant roots capable of flinging opponents into the air and into the flower's target range. After King's wings fully grow, it once again changes with a different flower design and returns to having a taller albeit thornier stem. Its innermost petals in particular possess sharp teeth that can be seen whenever it opens up to fire. As for what it fires, rather than firing multiple lasers, it instead fires one large concentrated laser that's incredibly powerful.
    • After King's training with Gloxinia, Chastiefol gained a sixth form. The spear's sixth form, Yggdra Cloth, is an armor set that King dons to aid in him in battle. Among the set is notably gauntlets with huge blades attached and greaves that can propel King forward like rockets.
    • The spear's second form, Guardian, is a giant four-armed, pillow-like teddy bear King can use to attack his opponents. In Chastiefol's released True form state, Guardian turns into a less like a teddy bear, more muscular and threatening, two-armed bear. After King's wings fully grow, it becomes an even more muscular bear with numerous arms that's larger than Diane.
    • Chastiefol gets a Next Tier Power-Up as a whole with its released True form, a state which not only brings about the true power of all of the spear's individual forms but also drastically changes their appearances. King willfully doesn't use this state normally as using it takes quite a toll on his body. Circumstances later on the series however has him resolve to do otherwise. Later after King's wings fully grow, the spear undergoes a further power up in its True form. Not only does its individual forms change further but King can also summon multiple different forms at the same time.
    • The spear's fifth form, Increase, originally consisted of multiple floating spearheads that King can use to swarm enemies with. However after King's wings fully grow, they in the spear's True form become outright floating swords that King can use against an opponent.
    • The spear's third form, Formalization, has the ability to turn opponents into stone as one of its powers.
  • My Greatest Failure: He was too late to save Helbram and his friends from humans and then he got amnesia and indirectly let a crazed Helbram kill humans for 500 years.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He didn't want Ban to have a relationship with Elaine at first.
  • Nice Guy: King is possibly one of the nicest guys in the series.
  • Nosebleed: King tends to have this in certain situations with Diane.
  • Oblivious to Love: Having been in the shadow of Diane's constant fawning over Meliodas for so long, he's so completely convinced that Diane only sees him as a friend that he fails to pick up the various hints that she's gotten over Meliodas and wants to pursue a relationship with him due to regaining her memories of their shared past together. This though is thanks in part to Diane not making her intended feelings clear.
  • Official Couple: To his joy, he finally got to hook up with Diane as of Chapters 215-216.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of all the Sins, King is so far the most serious, and sometimes gets shocked at what his teammates do.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: King is a long living child-like fairy capable of levitating himself and other things. King, though, can transform himself into an older, fatter version of himself. He's initially wingless because growing wings depends on a fairy's personal growth.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: When fighting, King only lets Flying and Morph Weapon Chastiefol do most of the work rather than fight directly.
  • Power Gives You Wings: After training with Gloxinia, King has finally started to grow his own wings.
  • The Promise: He makes two significant ones to two important people in his past.
    • With Helbram, King promised that if the former ever came to a point where he would absolutely hate all humans, King would stop him since they were the best of friends. King fulfilled it initially by killing Helbram in the past. However thanks to a forbidden technique used by Hendrickson which resurrects Helbram, King was forced to kill not only a second time but also a third time as well.
    • To Diane, King promised her that he would always love her forever. He is trying to keep this despite certain complications.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: For leaving the Fairy King's Forest for 700 long years, his sister and all of his fairy friends lost their respect of King and many even treat him as a traitor when he meets them again. After King proves to the fairies that he still would go to extreme lengths to protect them all, they acknowledge him as their beloved king once more.
  • Relationship Reset Button: He and Diane were very close friends long ago and she even made him promise to always love her, but King erased her memories after deciding to atone for his sin against Helbram. Now, they managed to meet again as members of the Sins, but King can't get as close to Diane as he did in the past, since she doesn't remember him and Meliodas is now the only one in her mind. She briefly remembers him, but Gowther messes with Diane's memories, causing her to forget King again.
  • Relationship Upgrade: At the end of Chapter 215, Diane kisses him, since the original human Gowther recovered her memories. The following chapter, both of them reciprocate their feelings toward one another, King returns the kiss, and the two are officially a boyfriend-girlfriend pair.
  • Revenge Before Reason: King doesn't bother to actually investigate if Elaine was actually killed by Ban before attacking him. As a result, he's shocked when Elaine's spirit arrives to free Ban from petrification.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In his past, King use to protect the Fairy Forest with his own powers and doesn't sent out his men to do it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The shy, friendly Sensitive Guy to Ban's roguish, crude Manly Man.
  • Signature Scent: His normal fairy form has a very distinctive flowery scent which according to a Q&A in the first Fanbook is sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans). When he changes into his human form though, the scent also changes to a musty, sweaty one according to Gowther and the other Sins.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: King has never shown the slightest interest in any girl other than Diane. He has loved her ever since she was very young.
  • Smug Super: He sometimes is this with opponents due to his powers. An example was his fight against Guila and Jericho wherein whenever they tried to attack, he pretended to be surprised only to reveal later that he was just kidding.
  • Squishy Wizard: King has incredible magic skills, especially when aided with his Holy Weapon. Physically however, he's ridiculously weak to a degree that he apparently lost a fight with a mere cat who stole his snacks. In fact, according to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, he's actually weaker than Hawk.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In the Boar Hat, King sleeps next to a window with a hammock just to view Diane sleeping. He claims it's to keep an eye over her and not to watch her helpless sleeping form.
  • Straight Man: King tends to play this in relation to the antics and personalities of the other Sins most of the time.
  • Superior Successor: According to Gloxinia, King will be the strongest Fairy King in history once his wings are fully grown and he masters his powers. King makes good on this promise when he effortlessly curb-stomps the corrupted Mael, who had wiped the floor with half the Sins.
  • Survivor Guilt: When King went back to his home country, he found it was in ruins and his sister was killed. King has regretted this ever since, and shed tears thinking if he hadn't left, this might not have happened.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Chastiefol is very useful in a lot of situations. Lampshaded by Ban.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: He's the sorcerer and Diane is the sword.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: King sympathizes with Helbram despite the latter doing all sorts of atrocious things as Helbram is actually King's old friend gone mad with hatred for humans due to King being too late to save him.
  • Tears of Joy: After witnessing that the Fairy King's forest was revived.
  • Telekinesis: King is capable of moving things from afar. This range from simply pushing teacup off a table, to levitating a large amount of water out of a lake.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Via his ability to take on a fat human form.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: At last, after a long string of Break the Cutie moments, he hits his breakthrough a little over 200 chapters into the story. King's ship finally comes in and he gets rewarded for all the hardship he's been through in a splendid couplet of overdue happiness. Diane reciprocates his love and the two hook up, and he discovers he finally got his wings!
  • Time Dissonance: Since fairies have a way longer lifespan, King has a very different time perception than regular humans. Something that happened "recently" for him could have happened several years ago from a human time perception.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Taken to the extreme, since he's a fairy who looks like a child and Diane is a giant.
  • Tragic Keepsake: As of chapter 103, he has added to his hood Helbram's helmet which the latter sought out for King in the past.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Seriously, poor King never catches a break. In the past, he got amnesia and was unable to stop his crazed Best Friend from killing humans for 500 years, he then had to kill him, had to abandon a young Diane after erasing himself from her memories and turned himself in for a 1000 years imprisionment for being indirectly responsible for Helbram's actions. Around 200 years later, he meets Diane again, but she is now in love with someone else and without her past memories, she only views King as a friend. Then King is framed for murder and treason of the Kingdom of Liones along the other Sins. King tries to return to the Fairy King's Forest, only to find out his hometown got burned down and his sister was killed in his absence. And that's his backstory; it only gets worse from there. He's forced to kill a resurrected Helbram twice, and then he finds out the Fairy King's forest still exists, but he's not welcome there because he never showed up to protect the forest nor Elaine and now his former friends view him as a traitor. As if that wasn't enough pain for King, Gowther erases Diane's memories just after she remembered her past with King.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ban.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After his training with Gloxinia, King briefly went completely shirtless to give his new wings room to grow. After his wings fully grow, he once again goes shirtless as his large beautiful butterfly wings couldn't be contained.
  • We Used to Be Friends: King and Helbram were best friends before Helbram went insane over his hatred of humans. After King has to kill Helbram a second time, Helbram's ghost stays around to watch over him and they amend their friendship.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Has this reaction after Gowther erases Diane's memories of him as a sort of experiment with emotions, just after she had finally remembered her history with King and that she loved him. King smiles and tells Gowther he isn't mad, but rather he had 'just thought too highly of him.' Of course, Gowther isn't exactly himself without his magical heart, and Diane's memories are restored by the original Gowther with a request to forgive his creation, so King doesn't let it gnaw at him forever.
  • Willfully Weak:
    • First mentioned by Helbram and later by Gowther, King apparently refused to use his full power when he and Helbram first clashed. It apparently involves a promise from their past.
    • It's later revealed that he actually intentionally uses a weaker state of his spear Chastiefol rather than its True form. This is due to the huge toll its power has on his body.
  • Winged Humanoid: For some reason, King has not grown wings like other fairies. This was actually questioned by Jericho and later Meliodas. Apparently, King is just a late bloomer. He finally starts to grow a pair of wings in Chapter 216.
  • The Worf Effect: He gains a major powerup while fighting Mael, effortlessly curbstomping his Clipped-Wing Angel form. However, he's quickly swatted aside by the Demon King to demonstrate his power.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After all the crap he went through in the Kingdom Infiltration arc, things seemed to be getting better for him with Diane finally seeming to pay more attention to him and their relationship making some progress, but then this is dismissed with King stating that going to the festival together was only Diane's way to thank him for saving her from Helbram and he's convinced that she still sees him as a friend. Things then get worse for him when he decides to tagalong with Ban to the new Fairy King's forest and finds out he's now a traitor to fairies. He gets a little ray of sunshine when Ban tells him Diane remembers their past, but when he comes back to her, she has forgotten him all over again.
  • You Are Too Late: This has been a repeated bane that has plagued King's life. He was too late to prevent the incident that got him convicted in the past, he was too late to save his sister, and he was too late to protect Diane from Dreyfus.

    Gowther 

"Goat's Sin of Lust" Gowther

Voiced by: Yūhei Takagi (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English), Alan Fernando Velázquez (Latin American)

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Gowther is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Goat's Sin of Lust. He is a mysterious man who initially appeared as a large armored person second in size only to Diane. His armor was sighted in Ordan Forest whereupon Helbram sent Dawn Roar to capture him. Upon reuniting with the rest of the Sins, it was revealed that he is actually an effeminate looking, normal-sized man who went by the alias Armando.


  • Act of True Love: In his backstory, he was actually willing to give Princess Nadja his own (artificial) heart, and by extension his own ability to feel, when her heart gave out. Naturally that couldn't work, but Gowther genuinely believed it would at the time.
  • Agent Peacock: Extremely effeminate looking as well as part of a group of badasses.
  • All There in the Manual: An extra page from volume 11 of the manga explains the full extent of Gowther's transformation capabilities.
  • Aloof Ally: Due to being emotionless, Gowther has a rather Blue and Orange Morality. As such, there have been some moments where he has been indifferent to his fellow Sins. Whether it's not helping his comrades as he guesses they're more than strong enough to take down an opponent, to getting in their way in a few certain situations, Gowther is aloof to his fellow Sins because he just doesn't comprehend what he's doing is wrong.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Technically he's genderless given his nature, but he has a lithe male body with a very effeminate face. Later on it's revealed that his face is modeled after the original Gowther's female lover, thus explaining the discrepancy.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a member of the Sins, but his aloofness and lack of understanding of emotions tend to make him morally questionable. These combined with his powers to brainwash and even Mind Rape opponents make him one of the more Ambiguously Evil members of the Sins.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Gowther gives one to Slader asking the latter if he received all the info he was acting on directly from the king.
  • Arrow Catch: Gowther reveals his true identity by doing this to a supercharged arrow that was fired off like a Kamehame Hadoken.
  • Artificial Family Member: Gowther's creator cared for him in a fatherly way and called Gowther 'his child'.
  • Badass Bookworm: Despite being emotionless, Gowther enjoy heartfelt tales that humans make and act out whenever he read one.
  • Badass Longcoat: His second attire includes a rather fabulous feminine longcoat.
  • Badass Pacifist: Seems to be shaping into one, considering he prefers to solve fights and conflicts with nonviolent solutions.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: In his original form, fitting since he is a doll.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His second attire leaves his midriff exposed.
  • Beautiful All Along: Underneath the scruffy looking Armando persona is actually a very good looking man.
  • Become a Real Boy: He becomes better expressive after regaining his heart.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: As Armando, he was a beleaguered servant who was often reluctantly dragged into the childish antics and games of his young master Pelliot. He put up with them out of a sense of duty and gratitude towards the young boy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saved Guila just when she was going to be killed by Dreyfus.
  • Bishounen: Upon revealing his true identity, Gowther reveals that he is actually a very effeminate looking man.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Gowther can't see without his glasses on. When they are off, his effeminate looking eyes also become very comically squinty when he tries to concentrate seeing. Also despite having appearance changing powers, he can't see without his glasses regardless of form.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He sees nothing wrong with using Mind Rape against his opponents, or even re-writing Guila's memories, even to the point of making her forget about her little brother, as a means of saving her and helping himself to understand The Power of Love. In this case, it isn't malicious at all. He simply doesn't get why it's wrong. The reason why he's like this is incredibly saddening. He physically threw away the magical heart his creator gave him because he suffered the unbearable pain of loss. Without his heart, he couldn't feel empathy anymore. In reality however, it's revealed the magical heart was merely a placebo and Gowther merely suppressed his own emotions via erasing his own memories. Once this issue is resolved, his morality shifts to good.
  • Break the Cutie: Three times in a row. First, his creator, the original Gowther, grants him free will before his time comes, and parts ways with his creation, causing him to cry profusely. Second, he wakes up three thousand years later and comes across the withered corpse of his dead creator which causes him to mourn. Finally, he falls in love with the young princess who has a very weak heart who had found him and he realizes her heartbeat is weakening with each passing day, so before she dies, he makes love to her, and she passes away in sheer bliss as her heart finally gives out from the intensity of their sex. When she dies, Gowther screams out and proceeds to desperately try to bring her back by forcefully implanting his magical heart into her body in place of her stopped one, not realizing it won't bring her back to life. Having heard his screams prior, some guards guards rush to the princess's room and interpret the meatball surgery as a blood-crazed act of murder, and her family blames him for her untimely death. Just like Ban and King, he doesn't have it in him to explain what really happened and accepts the burden of a sin he didn't really commit but still chooses to own out of regret and guilt for the loss he witnessed, feeling partly responsible and wanting to be punished anyway... and to top it all off, he's been so thoroughly broken by this experience that he finally throws away his heart, rendering him the morally blind purely intellectual thinker he is today.
  • Break Them by Talking: Gowther completely ends a fight with Slader by asking the latter a very Armor-Piercing Question.
  • Bridal Carry: How he carried Guila after saving her.
  • Broken Bird: He got rid of his own heart so he couldn't feel emotions ever again after his romance with Nadja ended in tragedy.
  • Brutal Honesty: Thanks to No Social Skills and no emotions, Gowther sometimes just tells things completely outright with little to no regard for others.
  • Camp Straight: He is very effeminate looking and is also often portrayed in a way that would stereotypically be associated with an effeminate gay guy. Amongst which often involves him either donning rather effeminate attire or crossdressing in women's clothes. His backstory shows him falling in love with a girl before he abandoned his heart and emotions.
  • Character Development: Rather beautifully, Gowther's character does a full 180 when he lets his heart come back, and following this, his power level skyrockets to the original level he was created with as the finest creation of his human maker. The act of suppressing his emotions served to suppress his true power.
  • Combat Commentator: Acted like this explaining Meliodas' "Revenge Counter", much to the confused bewilderment of the other Sins present then.
  • The Comically Serious: Gowther always has a completely emotionless expression that together with his constantly deadpan attitude and poor social skills make him an easy source of comedy. It's even funnier when he apparently tries to not act serious. What is presented is a poor imitation of genuine emotion thanks to his deadpan face not aligning with his words and actions.
  • Consummate Liar: With his disturbing preference for memory alteration, he can implant pure fiction in an unsuspecting person's mind and they will believe it's real. He's also thoroughly deceived himself into thinking his "Lost World" magic permanently erases memories, possibly as a side effect of rewriting some of his own memories. Indeed, he has both willingly and unwillingly forgotten many memories due to the effects of betraying the Commandment of "Selflessness", subjecting himself to memory removal, and removing his own magical heart, and some of his forgotten memories are so painful he never wants to remember them again.
  • Creepy Monotone: Gowther normally speaks in a way that is completely devoid of emotion. One character even noted that he sounded as if he was sleepy. This way of talking is rendered in Gowther's speech bubbles looking more like narration boxes rather than the standard circular ones normally used by other characters. However, the return of his heart causes him to shift into a Keet.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A Side-Story One-Shot leading into chapter 212 reveals that Gowther was given a Magic Heart by his creator before he died. He was found 3000 years later in a cavern beneath Castle Liones by Baltra's elder sister, whom he would wind up falling in love with. Unfortunately, she was an Ill Girl, with her heart finally giving out on what was Their First Time. The King's guards, drawn by Gowther's Skyward Scream, found him naked over the Princess' body, having gouged her chest out to try and give her his heart. The compromising position lead to his branding as the Sin of Lust. He subsequently discarded his Heart rather than deal with the pain of having lost someone dear to him.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Some panels with Guila suggest this and he apologized for having stained her.
  • Disguised in Drag: In his backstory, he had to disguise as a maid so he could enter the castle of Liones and spend time with Nadja without attracting much attention.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Though his lack of emotions is mostly played for laughs, it can come off as being genuinely frightening, such as when he is Mind Raping an opponent without so much as a apparent shred of human remorse.
  • Dual Wielding: His Sacred Treasure the Twin Bow Herritt are two Energy Bows mounted on his arms. These allow him send out a Magic Missile Storm of energy based arrows.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Gowther's so effeminate that he could easily be mistaken for a girl. This is actually commented up on the spinoff which details the second High School A.U. of the series. He's so effeminate that with a simple change of hairstyle and clothes, he was able to pass a checkpoint disguised as a schoolgirl. Jericho in the spinoff also does note that he didn't have to crossdress to make the disguise work as his appearance with a mere different hairstyle was more than enough for him to easily pass off as a girl. It's later explained by Meliodas why Gowther looks like this. The reason is that the original Ten Commandment Gowther had modeled the doll Gowther's face in his lover's image. However, in order to not feel any sexual desire towards his creation as that would've made his commandment affect him, the original made the doll male.
  • Dull Surprise: Due to Gowther's emotionless personality, he normally has a very dull expression to practically everything. In fact, even when trying to imitate a mocking laugh after shrugging off his neck being snapped by Slader, it just comes off as being very laughable dull.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: One of the forms he can transform into from an extra page of volume 11 of the manga, appears in the anime during the Vaizel Fighting Festival with Diane weapon as a prize prior his proper introduction.
  • Emergent Human: Back before he threw away his heart, he had just recently been given autonomy and free will by his creator, and had never interacted with anybody but his creator before, so when his creator turns him loose to carve out his own path, he demonstrates a childlike inability to comprehend simple things, concepts, and especially feelings, because he hasn't fully experienced them yet.
  • Emotionless Boy: Not only does he not display emotions, he doesn't seem to really understand them either. He finds them rather interesting, however, especially the idea that he was protecting the Armored Giant because he empathized with it. Caused by the removal of his Magic Heart.
  • The Empath: Despite being emotionless himself, Gowther is capable of reading others' emotions. Due to having No Social Skills though, him reading people's true emotions and telling them out loud can be very rude. Later however, he takes on a more traditional aspect of an empath when his own emotions return.
  • Energy Bow: Gowther is able to produce an arm mounted Energy Bow from which he uses his power "Invasion".
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Those that temporarily see Gowther as their lover because of "Rewrite Light" aren't restricted by gender as evident by a number of clearly male knights suddenly being enamored by Gowther. While this doesn't bother Gowther, this situation apparently seems to extends to his fellow male Sins as well.
  • Evil Laugh: He tries in some of his creepier moments though it's not always what it seems.
  • Expy: Of Machine Banchou from Kongoh Bancho, the previous work of the manga's author, Suzuki Nakaba. They look similar, wear glasses and have the same hairstyle. Both don't understand the concept of human feelings very well and have an unique relationship with a child. Both are creations too, Machine Banchou is a robot while Gowther is a doll.
  • Eye Scream: In the midst of Mael's assault on Gowther for what was done to the Arcangel, Gowther's right eye popped out of its socket.
  • The Faceless: Prior to The Reveal, he was shown in flashbacks and wanted posters completely only in armor. Apparently, the other Sins didn't know Gowther's true form similar to how Ban didn't know King's fairy form.
  • Foreshadowing: He points out to Escanor that his feelings for Merlin are romantic in nature. This hints that the otherwise emotionally closed off Gowther has himself felt romantic love before and is able to easily identify it in others.
  • Friendly Enemy: He was rather polite to Slader when they fought one on one.
  • Heart Trauma: Removed his Magic Heart in an attempt to revive Nadja, then threw it away so that he wouldn't have to deal with the pain of her death, losing his emotions in the process.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Gowther is a ridiculous example of this. While pretending to be Armando, he has very unkempt shaggy hair and generally looks like a dork. When he reveals his true identity, he changes his hairstyle and reveals his very effeminate looking appearance.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Gowther's ability "Rewrite Light" allows him to temporarily rewrite the memories of foes so that they see Gowther and anyone with him as either their family, close friends, or lovers. After the ability ends, those affected don't remember what they did while brainwashed.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: The first databook mentions that Gowther is ambidextrous. His ambidexterity is best shown when he wields his Sacred Treasure, a pair of twin arm-mounted Energy Bows with which he can simultaneously shoot a Magic Missile Storm of energy based arrows.
  • Hidden Depths: It's hard to imagine that Gowther once had a sweet, innocent romance with Elizabeth's aunt Nadja, back in the days when he could still feel the full range of human emotions.
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: He was acting for two after reading a book he liked.
  • Human Shifting: Gowther is capable of changing his appearance. According to an extra page from volume 11, the range of his powers only extends to his hair length and color, and his skin color. Also his eyeglasses are indispensable regardless of what form he changes into. He thus can't transform completely into a doppelganger of another person.
  • Innate Night Vision: He is able to see clearly in the dark.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: He doesn't seem aware of how inappropriate it is to go around naked.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He at times comes off as this due to having No Social Skills.
  • Irony: Gowther is interested with studying human emotions... which he had at some point, but abandoned due to the pain he feels.
  • Keet: Gowther actually showed strong signs of this prior to the removal of his Magic Heart, and later went back to being this after it was revealed he never lost that heart in the first place and allowed it to resurface.
  • Kick the Dog: Basically tries to murder Escanor and Hawk to advance further in the fighting festival and gain a heart, (even though all he really has to do is incapacitate them to win the bout) and brutally takes down his partner Jericho when she tries to stop him.
  • Light 'em Up: The majority of his abilities are light based in nature.
  • Living Toys: Gowther is actually some sort of doll-like being that was originally created by the Ten Commandments member of the same name to act as his avatar in the human world. His original form as well is actually a handheld toy doll of sorts that uses magic to scale him up and make him look more human.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Some Holy Knights note that Gowther is at a disadvantage in close range combat due to most of his techniques being long range attacks.
  • Losing Your Head: Gowther gets his head separated from his body twice. The first time was when Slader snapped his neck and the second time was when his head completely lopped off by Hendrickson. Both times he survives and simply props his head back into place.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: His technique "Invasion", which he executes via arrows fired from his Energy Bow, basically traps opponents in their mind and shows them what their heart's desire.
  • Mage Marksman: He uses spells in the form of archery.
  • Magic Feather: This is the case for Gowther's magic heart. His creator had given Gowther the heart saying that it was infused with heart magic which would give Gowther emotions. As such when Nadja died and Gowther was unable to revive her, he threw away his magic heart and erased his memories since he no longer wanted any feelings. In reality however, the trinket didn't possessed any sort of magic and what emotions Gowther had were actually within him all along just suppressed from him wiping out his own memories. Once Diane helps him come to terms with his memories, his emotions resurface back naturally.
  • Magnum Opus: Both his human creator and Merlin regard him as the greatest creation the man ever made.
  • Manly Tears: He cried upon losing his creator and Nadja, and upon remembering his good memories of them.
  • Master of Illusion: Gowther is capable of entrapping foes within their own minds with illusions.
  • Megane: Gowther is this when he reveals himself.
  • Memory Gambit: He screws up the memories in people's heads if it suits him, including his own. Unfortunately, he doesn't leave them a way to revert back to normal because he doesn't see a need for it. In fact, because of all the trauma he's gone through, he forgot he could undo his own magic.
  • Mercy Kill: When faced with the prospect of regaining his memories which he himself had erased, he asks to be broken rather than remember all the pain he had suffered. Thankfully however, Diane talks him out of it.
  • Messy Hair: As Armando, Gowther had this.
  • Mind Rape: In contrast to "Invasion" though, "Nightmare Teller" traps foes and makes them face their personal sins to Nightmare Fuel extents.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Gowther's lover, Princess Nadja, died right after making love to him for the first time. Gowther despaired and tried to revive her by giving her his own heart. When the guards heard the commotion and bursted into the room, the looks of the scene lead them to believe Gowther had just raped and brutally murdered the princess. Hence why he became the Sin of Lust.
  • The Mole: During the Vampires of Edinburgh incident, he infiltrated the vampires' ranks by brainwashing them into thinking he was a vampire named Jack, an identity complemented with a hooded Grim Reaper-like disguise complete with Sinister Scythe.
  • Narrator All Along: Due to his unique way of speaking rendered by being placed within square balloonsnote  as opposed to other characters' normal speech balloons, he came off as this when he revealed himself.
  • The Needless: Gowther doesn't need to eat or drink.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Gowther will at times sit back and just analyze the battle and situation. He will not join in if his power isn't needed. When he does join, he doesn't hold back. He will disable his enemies by mind rape, quick kills, or brainwashing them into thinking they are friends. Which one depends on the situation at hand, but regardless, when he starts he rarely stops until his goal is reached.
  • No One Could Survive That!: He gets two of this, one wherein Slader broke his neck and another later wherein Hendrickson completely lops off his head. Gowther simply fixes it both times right after people assume that he's been killed.
  • No-Sell: He easily withstands attacks that by all rights should be lethal to even the other sins with merely a Dull Surprise look on his face towards them.
  • No Social Skills: Despite being able to use his ability and analytical mind to pick up on the secrets of others, he has basically no sense of when it is or isn't appropriate to share this information.
  • Not So Stoic: He got genuinely mad when Escanor took his glasses. It wasn enough to actually try to kill him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: The royal guards thought that Gowther had raped and murdered Princess Nadja, when she had actually passed away peacefully during Their First Time and Gowther was trying give her his own heart so she would come back. The entire scene looked understandably bad.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: As Armando.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He desires to understand emotions better and become more human-like. Turns out he'd forgotten he had emotions all along.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Gowther tells Estarossa/Mael to kill him, as he was one of those responsible for altering his memories and sense of identity for the sake of stopping the Holy War. Estarossa/Mael immediately tries to take the offer, but King won't stand by and watch as one of his friends gets killed.
  • Please Wake Up: A variation. He's utterly distraught when Princess Nadja Liones passes away in his arms, trying to revive her by giving her his Magic Heart.
    Gowther: Please... don't leave me behind...
  • Power Incontinence: As one of the Sins, he would travel around in a giant suit of armor designed by Merlin to keep powers from going out of control. Unfortunately, this suit was destroyed in the battle following his introduction. Merlin later implies he really needs it and says she'll make another, but his behavior starts to go out of control anyway: His speech bubbles lose their normal irregular format for a single panel to emphasize this. Later on, we see how he behaves when out of control having used his powers to brainwash Guila into loving him. Worse still, when Merlin creates medicine to substitute effects of the armor, Gowther secretly refuses to take it.
    • The real culprit behind Gowther's loss of control is the strain of using a portion of his magic power to continuously seal away the feelings of his heart. There's a backlash he suffers any time his buried emotions and painful memories threaten to come back. Gowther goes into a state of pandemonium trying to force them out, and his magical power runs wild in the act of re-repressing them as the seal falters. After willingly allowing his feelings to come back, he doesn't suffer this effect anymore because he's unsealed his magic and regained the full use of it.
  • Power Limiter: The gigantic armor that Gowther wore was actually a power limiter to suppress and prevent powers from becoming uncontrollable. Later he gains a replacement in the form of a bracelet. When his emotions came back to him, this bracelet is probably just there as a reminder to keep collateral damage to a minimum and only remove it if his full power is absolutely necessary.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: A male one. Golden eyes, No Social Skills, completely emotionless, wants to become more human-like, and to top it off, a doll. His appearance is also based on Gowther's dead lover, that he finally gained a will of his own and stopped being another tool of his creator, and he went through three stages- a childlike innocent, followed by an apathetic being mired in contemplation and held back by loss of self-awareness and self-preservation, and finally an unchained being with a clear identity of their very own and the ability to feel pain and know the difference between right and wrong, who answers to only their own heart.
  • Replacement Goldfish: His default appearance was based on the original Gowther's dead lover Glariza.
  • The Reveal:
    • Armando was actually Gowther in disguise. The one in his former armor was actually a heavily mutated Holy Knight. Unbeknownst to all, that was Guila's own father, unfortunately.
    • In the anime, the scenario's different but the above reveal is in a way the same. The difference is that Gowther disguised himself as a green haired man named Alan, rather than the scruffy looking Armando.
    • Gowther is actually a living doll.
    • He's also actually one of the original Ten Commandments according to Fraudrin.
    • It's later revealed that there are actually two Gowthers, the doll Gowther who is a member of the the Seven Deadly Sins, and the real Gowther who was one of the original Ten Commandments and doll Gowther's creator. The doll was created by the real one as the latter's avatar while he was sealed away in the prison of the Demon World.
    • It turns out Gowther has had a real heart inside him all along and has simply repressed it. The "magical" heart inside him was in a sense just like a charm one would find inside a stuffed animal like a Build-A-Bear.
  • Safety in Indifference: Never wanting to deal with the feelings of pain and sadness the loss of his lover gave him, Gowther got rid of his own heart, deciding it was best to never feel anything again.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: He gets a few shots of these, usually around Guila after he rewrote her memories to be in love with him.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Since Dawn Road are the Seven Sins's replacement he considers that Slader is his Junior.
  • Shirtless Scene: In chapter 66.5's cover.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is the name of Gowther's Sacred Treasure called Herritt, which somewhat fits the actual Japanese text used in the manga (ハーリット) and a Scottish surname, or Harlot, which technically doesn't match as a different text would've been used (ハーロット) but fits in more with Gowther's theme?
  • The Spock: Gowther is very logical.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Gowther is capable of spontaneously creating his Energy Bows in battle.
  • The Stoic: Upon revealing his true identity, Gowther reveals that he is extremely devoid of emotions as opposed to his cowardly and overly emotional Armando disguise.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Despite only being attracted to men (and primarily manly men at that), Slader thinks the incredibly feminine Gowther is hot. He doesn't even know for sure if Gowther is male or female.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has golden eyes and he's obviously not normal.
  • Taking the Bullet: He pushed Pelliot away from the Armored Giant but got crushed by it. Fortunately, he survived it.
  • Telepathy:
    • One of Gowther's abilities, "Search Light", allows him to read people's memories as if they were recordings.
    • Another is "Broadcast", which allows him to transmit messages to others.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: His stoicism completely dies after his heart reasserts itself. Gowther is now a lively Keet who smiles often.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After he recovers his emotions, Gowther becomes far friendlier and compassionate in contrast to the morally questionable Emotionless Boy he was before since he remembered the feeling of love.
  • Trauma Button: Merlin discovered the real reason Gowther loses control at times is from being forced to remember the painful memories about Nadja's death he repressed. When the memories resurface, it causes his body to go berserk as he attempts to reject them. The sight of his heart is also a trigger, because he tried to give it to Nadja in a vain attempt to save her life.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He becomes interested in learning about love after seeing Ban trying to kill Meliodas in order to revive his lover Elaine... and decides to study it by brainwashing Guila into thinking she's his lover.
    • Later revealed that he did know love at one time, but discarded a Magic Heart he once had after he was blamed for the death of his lover, which itself was just a charm left to him as a memento and keepsake from his "father", his creator.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He tends to on occasion be depicted wearing women's clothes. The times he's been shown doing so have so far been times when his more morally good side is shown, and when he returned to his normal personality. There's no sexual motivation behind it, Gowther just likes wearing women's clothes and the source of it happened during his backstory. In order to get inside the castle, Baltra had Gowther disguise himself as a maid, a thing which Nadja commented might make Gowther develop a habit for wearing women' clothes. Sure enough, it did.
  • You Are Not Alone: Coupled with being told to get a hold of himself, Gowther receives a Rousing Speech from Diane that it is okay to feel emotions even though it means feeling loss, because the Sins will be there for him. She also tells him that despite his bad memories, there are good ones worth remembering of the departed that he shouldn't keep tucked away anymore.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His Alan guise in the anime has green hair.

    Merlin 

"Boar's Sin of Gluttony" Merlin

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Lauren Landa (English), Carla Castañeda (Season 1, Signs of Holy War), Dulce Guerrero (Revival of the Commandments) (Latin American)

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Merlin is the Boar's Sin of Gluttony and the mentor of Arthur Pendragon. Originally appearing as a cloaked person assisting Arthur, she finally reveals herself while fighting her apprentice Vivian. She is the greatest magician in all of Britannia. She is also the one who knocked Meliodas a decade ago when the Sins were framed in order to prevent him from getting angry.


  • Absolute Cleavage: The coat she wears is wide open and exposes a portion of her topless cleavage.
  • Adorkable: If you can believe it. She's positively bashful when Elizabeth, who has just regained her memories from her time as a goddess, asks if Merlin will call her 'big sis' like she apparently used to when she was little. Merlin tries to act like she doesn't remember, and gets even more embarrassed when Escanor asks Elizabeth to tell him that story when they have time.
  • The Ageless: Bears special mention. She's suspended her own time, so she will have all the time she needs to do her studies. But notably, this makes her immune against Gray Road's Rapid Aging curse.
  • Aloof Ally: She's one of the more enigmatic members of the Sins, especially in light of her actions in the past when the Sins were framed before her true motives were revealed. She at the very least is on Arthur's side, who considers himself an ally to the Sins.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's dark-haired and rather aloof, being that it's a rather unclear if she's a traitor or not when the Sins were betrayed as it is she who removed Meliodas' memories of just after the betrayal. She justifies it as fearing his rage could unleash and make Liones like Danafor.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's not really clear what Merlin is and the data book with her profile says it's doubtful that she's human. Adding to this, Meliodas is quite wary of her, despite his usual nonchalance. She's later revealed to be a survivor of Belialuin, the capital of wizards. She somehow managed to outsmart both the Demon King and the Supreme Goddess to gain the blessing of both, which resulted in her hometown being destroyed and made her (in)famous among the non-human clans.
  • Anti-Magic: "Absolute Cancel" is a spell Merlin can use to completely negate other spells.
  • The Archmage: She is hailed as the greatest magician in all of Britannia. Her "Absolute Cancel", "Perfect Cube", mastery of teleportation magic to the point of sending her enemy on many trips in seconds, and a spell that will keep things frozen for all eternity, are but a few of her capabilities.
  • Attack Reflector: Perfect Cube which is one of her spells is a cubic barrier that reflects all attacks.
  • Badass Longcoat: She wears a long coat in the present but it only barely covers her breasts.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a long coat with Absolute Cleavage and nothing to cover her midriff.
  • Battle Ballgown: In the past, she wore a gown accompanied with a helmet and some armor underneath.
  • Beauty Mark: Below her left eye.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She arrives in chapter 190 back in her physical body, saving all the would-be humans turned demons from hatching from their eggs by freezing them, and fully intends to experiment with the Ten Commandments remaining.
  • Black Speech: Her true name, as a daughter of Belialuin is spoken in this, and is enough to terrify the Ten Commandments.
  • Born Winner: It's said Merlin was a Child Prodigy, born with the immense power of Infinity. She was so talented that both the Demon King and the Supreme Goddess wanted her on their side.
  • Crystal Ball: Her Sacred Weapon Aldan.
  • Deus Exit Machina: After displaying several superior skills such as teleportation and Anti-Magic against the Holy Knights in the Liones capitol, she is forced to leave to heal King Batra Liones in Camelot. Immediately after she leaves though, the situation with the rest of the Sins suddenly becomes way worse.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Received blessings from the Demon King and the Supreme Goddess promising to join whoever gave her the best blessing only to turn her back on both of them.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The Supreme Goddess and the Demon King were not happy about being deceived, so they razed her hometown and left her the Sole Survivor.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Her apprentice Vivian is scared of her.
    • Upon revealing she is a daughter of Belialuin, she enters into this territory with the Ten Commandments. And then some.
  • Dual Age Modes: She usually looks like a young adult woman, but she can transform herself from her default form to a younger, childlike form, which is her original form.
  • Flight: One of her abilities.
  • The Fog of Ages: Due to having suspended her body's time with her magic for so long, she had forgotten the blessing she got from the Supreme Goddess which allows her to nullify any of the Ten Commandments' curses cast upon her.
  • For Science!: Merlin does a lot of things to collect data.
  • Gender-Blender Name: She has very male wizard name.
  • Gender Flip: This particular Merlin is an actual woman.
  • Harmful Healing: Though she's initially stated by Arthur to have Healing Magic which she could use to help King Baltra, Merlin in reality doesn't have that sort of magic as it's a specialty of druids. Some extra pages in volume 13 and the second OVA of the anime however shows that has the next best thing. A demonic caterpillar-like creature that's named by her Magic Item No. 48 "Cure Angel". It's a ferocious bug from hell that crawls through an open orifice of an organism, such as an open wound, the mouth, the ear, or the anus, and uses it "cute" barb to eat vital organs from the inside. Merlin however improved it so that it only eats tumors ailing a patient rather than the patient's heart.
  • Hope Bringer: She is this to Escanor as her existence is what helps him get through the night. Even if she never reciprocates his feelings, her presence is like the hope of a better day to come. It is like the sun. And upon this revelation, Escanor hulks out at night.
  • Hot Witch: Merlin makes her grand entrance when the mysterious cloaked figure following King Arthur around turns out to be an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl in knee-high boots, a long coat that she doesn't even bother to close up in the front, and tiny, tiny shorts. All black, with heart-shaped buttons, including one on her shorts just above her crotch.
  • Irony: Despite being arguably the most overtly sexualized character in the series, her Love Interest loves her entirely for who she is on the inside.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She is a skilled magician who uses incredibly powerful spells, is notably more calmer as compared to her apprentice Vivian, is rather knowledgeable, and is a mature looking woman who dresses rather provocatively. She also notably specializes only in black magic and such. Healing spells and other similar magic are outside of her expertise.
  • Last of Her Kind: The last wizard of Belialuin.
  • Mad Scientist: Merlin is pretty much a mage version of this, what with having a laboratory, doing questionable experiments, and inventing stuff.
  • Magic Enhancement: Power Amplify amplifies the magic of others.
  • Master of Illusion: She created an entire army of illusions that fooled even the Great Holy Knights.
  • The Mentor: She is this to Arthur and to Vivian in the past.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The way she's dressed makes her look like a supermodel. In fact the cover of Chapter 85 goes so far as mistake her as the Sin of Lust before correcting itself.
  • Nice Gal: She's pretty shady and tends to hold herself apart from even her fellow Sins, but she is also very pleasant to just about everyone and clearly has a softer side to her.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She has an interest for anything strange and unusual, particularly the demonic kind. It might be why she gets on with Gowther and Escanor so well, considering their powers' strange origins.
  • No-Sell: She reveals she is able to negate the Ten Commandments' curses. It's what has allowed her to regain her normal body once more. She is also stated to be immune to Goddess clan's possession powers. She received both of these abilities as blessings from both the Supreme Goddess and Demon King.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Upon hearing that the Ten Commandments have escaped confinement, Merlin's usual level-headedness outright vanishes. It's the only time we ever see her panic, but she recovers quickly from it.
  • Parental Substitute: She treats Arthur as if he was her own son. Chapter 159 reveals she took him in after his adoptive father died and was shown teaching him how to read.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • For the most part she seems amoral and suspicious. However, despite that, she does seem to care about Arthur and shields his eyes when Meliodas gropes Elizabeth.
    • She's also noticeably kind to Escanor and seems to be one of the few people who isn't intimidated by him at all. She even encourages him to read her the poem he wrote for her. Considering her usual aloofness, that interaction says a lot.
  • Red Baron: Apart from being called the Boar's Sin of Gluttony, she is also called the Crimson Pig.
  • Sexy Mentor: She is beautiful and her outfit leaves nothing to the imagination.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no shame whatsoever in strutting around in her very revealing attire. And later has no problem taking a bath in front of Meliodas, Elizabeth, and Escanor, even letting Escanor give her a massage.
  • She's All Grown Up: Elizabeth compliments Merlin on how beautiful she's become once she regains her memories.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: If the scene where Merlin lets Escanor bathe her is anything to go by, then she's more than a little receptive to his crush.
  • Sole Survivor: She is revealed to be a sole surviving daughter of Belialuin. It is then later further revealed that Belialuin was her hometown which was once full of wizards. As she had the power of Infinity, both the Supreme Goddess and the Demon King each sought her power to turn the tides of war in their favor. Her people were opposed to it, but Merlin went out of her way to get blessings from both, saying that she would join with the one who gave the best blessing. However, she deceived both of them and accepted both blessings, so the gods razed her hometown, leaving nothing behind, leaving her as the sole survivor.
  • Soul Jar: Her crystal ball becomes this when she transfers her soul to it when her body gets petrified by Galan.
  • Squishy Wizard: As indicated by her Power Level, she has very little physical strength and relies mostly on her magic. She however according to a Q&A from the first Fanbook is stronger than Hawk and King.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Merlin's magic ability Infinity allows her spells to remain for eternity unless she herself dispels them. This allows her to do things like create everlasting flames and ice as well as keep up the very spell that suspends her body's time indefinitely. It's such a broken and overpowered ability in this regard that characters themselves literally comment how ridiculously unfair it is after hearing what it does.
    • She is also blessed by both Supreme Goddess and Demon King to be immune of Ten Commandment's curses and Goddess Clan's possessions
  • The Strategist: Merlin is an excellent planner and absolutely vicious in her methods. Give her time to analyze the situation and the enemy, and she will use her Infinity power to destroy those unfortunate enough to face her. Take her fights against Chandler. In the first attack he did against them, he was an unknown but powerful demon. She lacked information and was overwhelmed by his power. During the battle against him, Cusack, and Zeldris where she stayed back and observed for a few minutes while Escanor and Ludociel fought on the trio. She realizes their weak spots and nearly kills them all. She even anticipated a mental attack one might try and was ready to destroy the demon in the mind-scape too.
  • Stripperiffic: She wears knee-high boots, short shorts, a long coat with Absolute Cleavage, and nothing to cover her midriff. According to a Q&A in the first Fanbook, what little she wears stays on because of magic. It’s also not a waste since she has more than enough.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Her outfit is a deep shade of violet and she is a skilled magician.
  • Taken for Granite: After telling Galan a lie, her body is petrified and she only managed to survive by transfering her soul into her crystal ball.
  • Teleportation: Merlin is capable of teleporting people like her apprentice Vivian. The only difference however is that Merlin's mastery over the spell is noticeably faster. It's so fast that Merlin can quickly teleport a person to and from several places in rapid succession almost instantaneously.
  • Teleport Spam: Inverted. Instead of teleporting herself around to give her an advantage, she teleports her opponent to and from several places so fast and in rapid succession that they can't keep up and break down.
  • Time Master: Merlin has a spell which she cast on herself to suspend her body's time in order to aid her insatiable hunger for knowledge. As a normal lifespan is too finite and limited, it would be impossible to learn everything there is to know in the world. Thusly, she cast spell this in order for her to pursue her insatiable research without the worry of not having enough time. Normally, this spell would be an impossible feat as not only would it need a massive amount of magic power to bend the very laws of nature, but it would also be extremely hard to maintain and sustain it for any duration of time. Merlin's ability Infinity, however, allows this spell to work, as Infinity makes it that any spell she casts last for eternity unless she dispels it herself.
  • The Unpronounceable: Her true name is unpronounceable in the human tongue.
  • Vapor Wear: The attire she tends to favor vividly shows that she doesn't wear anything resembling a bra underneath her coat.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: She can use her teleportation skills to overwhelm opponents by teleporting them to and from several places at incredible speeds and in rapid succession that they can't keep up and break down.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears very tight small almost panty-like shorts.

    Escanor 

"Lion's Sin of Pride" Escanor

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English), Gerardo Vásquez (Latin American)

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Escanor is the Lion's Sin of Pride and the last member of the Seven Deadly Sins to be introduced in the series proper. On his wanted poster, he is depicted as an older looking man that resembles a Badass Grandpa, though the first Fanbook mentions that he's at present merely 40 years old.

Prior to his introduction in the series proper, he makes his first appearance in the side chapters detailing the Vampire incident in Edinburgh the Sins dealt with 12 years prior to the beginning of the story. Said chapters were released alongside the Blu-Ray DVD releases of the anime. There his dual personalities are revealed - his weak, skittish night-self, as well as his muscular, arrogant day-self.

He makes his first formal appearance in the series proper when Ban along with his two companions at the time stumble across a bar in a cave. There, he is presented as the bar's meek, mustachioed owner.


  • Adorkable:
    • At night, he is this especially when he shows his all too apparent affection for Merlin.
    • When Ban mentions his new mustache...
      Escanor: "Err... well you know, I thought I'd make a bold, daring statement!"
  • Apologizes a Lot: At night, he constantly apologizes for everything, including his own pathetic existence. During the day however, he's the one who arrogantly demands apologies given to him.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: His personality during the peak of his power in daytime. A sharp contrast to his mellow, non-confident self at nighttime.
  • An Axe to Grind: His Sacred Treasure Rhitta is a large battleaxe that apparently even Meliodas finds heavy. At night, he Escanor himself can't even manage to drag the thing across the ground. During the day however, he has no trouble wielding it with one hand.
  • Badass Boast: Being the Sin of Pride his daytime form is full of these with him giving one hell of a talking down to the Vampire King Izraf, despite Izraf's powers causing an everlasting night.
    Escanor: Apologize to me, that you were born into my world.
    Escanor: In this realm...Kings such as yourself are as numerous as grains of sand...but I am no such thing. I am an existence like no other in this world, the Lion's Sin of Pride, Escanor.
    Escanor: I am indeed human. However, I am one who stands atop all races. The Seven Deadly Sins', Lion's Sin of Pride, Escanor.
    • Also delivers a pretty imposing one to Gowther but is actually aimed at Dolor and Gloxinia.
    Escanor: "For the grave sin of playing with the hearts of others, atone with your very body!"
    • One of his best boasts is to Estarossa a guy whose curse drains people with "hatred" in their heart so much that they are unable to defend themselves.
    Escanor: Of course it has no effect. I've no reason to feel hatred toward those beneath me. All I feel toward them is pity.
    Estarossa: Such insolent pride.
    Escanor: ..That is my sin.
    • Gives what may be his greatest one so far after reaching his "The One" state and promptly one-shotting Meliodas at his strongest.
    Escanor: As a god of demons, how does it feel? To be looked down upon by a human?
    • Somehow manages to top that when he fights Zeldris he reaches "The One" again he decimates him in two shots.
    Escanor: Be it Meliodas or Estarossa… it seems all you brothers are just dying to get the crap pounded out of you by me.
  • Badass Mustache: When he is in his day form, in the present.
  • The Bartender: He's the owner of the "My Sweet Gluttony", a bar built within a cave.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Forms the basis of his infatuation with Merlin. She was basically the first person to not treat him like a freak upon discovering his powers, and she even introduced him to Meliodas.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: During nighttime, he's very shy and sweet. During daytime, he has yet to be defeated by any of the current or former Ten Commandments.
  • The Big Guy: An arrogant yet still Gentle Giant. Note that the first thing full-power Meliodas does after ambushing the Ten Commandments is set out to find Escanor.
  • Blade on a Stick: What little was shown of him early in the story portrayed him wielding a spear of some sort. This seems to have been retconned as of the anime and Vampires of Edinburgh.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: After defeating Meliodas, who had regressed to his persona as leader of the Ten Commandments, Escanor suffers some physical exhaustion but assures all he is fine and ready for the next fight. He is so broken, Merlin one of the weakest physically of the Sins, slaps him and sends him to his knees. Gowther later notes he sustained roughly 98% damage and Merlin adds in he used a lot of his accumulated power in putting down Meliodas.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: During the night, he lacks confidence and has a bad opinion of himself.
  • Clothing Damage: His clothes tear when he transforms. This was averted in the past, where he wore clothing that was very loose for him at night, but fit him perfectly at day.
  • The Comically Serious: Escanor's day form rarely jokes due to his sheer arrogance but he does demonstrate a sense of humor. After punching Estarossa and having his blow blocked, Estarossa still collapses due to the sheer pain. His response is as follows:
    Escanor: Hoooh...What's wrong? Perhaps you dropped a coin or something?
    • Later Estarossa manages to counter Escanor's attack and make his day-form bleed. He reacts with this:
    Escanor: I see...That would explain why I felt pain just now. As expected of my own attacks.
  • Convection Schmonvection: This aspect of Escanor's magic is what makes him so fearsome to his enemies, but his inability to control it makes him just as much a threat to his allies, as well as anyone anywhere near him. Rocks quickly turn to lava and armor simply melts around him when he unleashes Sunshine. night-Escanor is totally aware of this, and seems to take great care that he is somewhere isolated during the day if he can help it. When Escanor summons a miniature sun to combat Estarossa, he asks Ban (who is bursting into flames) the direction of the nearest lake, which he then completely evaporates in order to limit the damage to his surroundings. Later, he is forced to sit out the rest of the defensive battle to avoid becoming a Walking Wasteland.
  • Courtly Love: In regards to his love for Merlin, he deeply loves her for being the first person to not see him as some sort of monster with his powers. He however doesn't care if his feelings aren't reciprocated as he sees her as someone whose light shines upon him rather than someone who stands alongside him.
  • Cowardly Lion: He begs not to be forced to fight against Jericho and Gowther, which Gloxinia and Dolor initially construe as cowardice. Escanor tells them it's because he can't bare to fight against two people he considers his comrades. He also manages, in his nighttime form, to overcome Gowther's Nightmare Teller ability, displaying tremendous willpower when facing his inner fears and latching onto the hope Merlin represents to him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once the sun had begun to shine, Izraf was living on borrowed time. Later in the main series proper, Escanor's day form deals this trope to Galan, Merasylla, Dolor, Gloxinia and even Estarossa. Zeldris tried to aid his brother...didn't even slow down Escanor's attack!
  • Cursed with Awesome: He mentions that no one knows if his power that he's been naturally born with is a blessing or a curse.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Escanor was born a prince, but forsaken and nearly murdered when his powers first manifested. He barely escaped alive and was eventually found by Merlin, at which point Meliodas apparently invited him to join the Sins.
  • The Dreaded:
    • With his power especially around noon, he's actually someone that people should be very wary of, outside of Meliodas, of course. Amongst the Sins themselves, King and Diane are cautious of him as the first Fanbook lists Escanor as a person neither want to make an enemy out of.
    • The Vampire King found out about this the hard way when Escanor changes into day-form even during the "Endless Night" the king made, and was defeated easily by Escanor.
    • In the present day Galan, of the Ten Commandments, saw his strongest attack do nothing to hurt the man, and decided to run and turned to stone because Galan swore to not run from his "game" with Escanor.
    • He's also the only one able to move when Estarossa activated his abilities because unlike the the others, he bears no "hatred" to the man that "killed" Meliodas and brutally beat Ban. In fact, he pities Estarossa for being so beneath him.
    • He is also able to no-sell two of Estarossa's attacks and is the first to drive the Commandment to his knees. Even after the Commandment is able to reflect and double Escanor's attack he is able to no-sell that too. When the story later reveals that 30 minutes before noon where Escanor is at his strongest, he is still leagues above Estarossa's power, the demon starts trembling in fear.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Escanor's actual sacred treasure appeared early in the anime prior to it being revealed in the manga.
  • Epiphany Comeback: Thanks to Gowther delivering a massive Mind Rape on him, night-Escanor is nearly broken but realizes even if Merlin never reciprocates his love, as the illusion claims, she is still important to him, still the symbol of his hope for a better day like the sun is the hope for tomorrow. And this realization allows him to change into Day-form despite it being night.
  • Everyone Can See It: Escanor's feelings for Merlin are not exactly subtle and Ban, Meliodas, Gowther, and Merlin herself have all clearly picked up on them.
  • Fiery Redhead: A color spread shows his hair is redddish-orange, like a sun. His Day!Side is this, but his night side is anything but.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: In his The One state, Escanor is so powerful that a poke from his finger is comparable to being impaled by a mighty spear. He unleashed this on Zeldoris, and even though he barely managed to hit him with his finger before Chandler snuffed out his source of sunlight, he nearly knocks Zeldoris out cold.
  • Genius Bruiser: As seen with him being a Guile Hero, he is very quick at reading combat and social situations and devising the best plan to take down the threat, even if it means playing opossum. That said, when noon approaches, the man becomes a heavy hitter to be feared even by his own allies.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: The glasses Escanor is often seen wearing are actually magical ones given by Merlin. They allow him to retain his nighttime self during the day so that he can interact normally without unintentionally destroying everything around him from the sheer might of his all powerful daytime form.
  • Guile Hero:
    • Keeps Galan and Merascylla occupied for hours by getting them drunk, until the sun rises.
    • During the Festival, he makes it seem like he is to attack Gowther with a super powerful attack, on the same platform Jerico and Hawk are on, but in truth his attack went right at the two Ten Commandments running the festival. The attack doesn't kill them, but seriously weakens them enough for Meliodas to drop his pretense and go at them.
  • Heroic Build: He acquires this during the day and it only becomes more prominent the closer it is to noon.
  • Hidden Depths: No matter his form, whether it be the weakling or the Hunk, Escanor is an intelligent person and an excellent judge of character. He manages to intentionally stall Merascylla and Galan long enough for him to Hulk Out and unleash his true power. In the Great Festival Fight, he knew how to press Gowther's buttons long enough for the Commandments to think that he was playing along with the rules of the tournament before unleashing a devastating Sneak Attack. He also knew that Gowther has buttons to be pressed in the first place, which is quite a feat considering most people think Gowther's an unfeeling being.
  • Honor Before Reason: Rather than rejoin the Sins immediately, Escanor claims that, as a barkeep, he still has to deliever one last shipment of booze and asks for Ban's help in doing so. Both Ban and Jericho immediately call him out on his Skewed Priorities, but given that it's not precisely reasonable to expect Escanor to, after ten years of separation, suddenly just drop everything he is doing to help fight the invading demons, this is also a case of Reality Ensues.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Subverted. He thinks he is this in regards to Merlin, at least during the night. For what it's worth, she seems to disagree.
  • Hour of Power: Escanor has two special transformations tied to his magic.
    • At night, he can briefly trigger a pseudo-Sun state which lasts seconds at most. Pseudo-Sun only gives him a fraction of his daytime strength, but it is still enough power to nearly One Shot several members of the Ten Commandments.
    • At high noon, for only one minute each day, Sunshine reaches its absolute peak and transforms Escanor into an invincible incarnation of the Power of the Sun. Merlin refers to Escanor in this state as "The One," and during this time he goes from Made of Iron to Nigh-Invulnerability, as well as sporting a Slasher Smile reminiscent of his Lion's Sin tattoo.
  • Hulking Out: From a scrawny wimp at night to a hunk at day that only hulks out even more by the hour the closer it is to noon. He eventually becomes a beefcake whose size is on par with the massive Vampire King Izraf, a size that allows him to talk directly face to face with the latter.
  • Hunk: During the daylight hours, Escanor has quite the chiseled physique.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: While we know that Escanor was born with his power, where it came from and why it manifested in a human is completely unknown as of yet.
    • Explained in chapter 253, where it is revealed that Sunshine was the Grace of an Archangel killed by the Ten Commandments.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Thinks the world of Merlin while pretty much calling himself pathetic in comparison. In his nighttime form, he gushes about her and puts himself down in literally the same sentence.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: He involuntarily changes his appearance and personality depending on the time of day. At night, he's a polite, weak, and skinny wimp who has zero confidence in himself. At dawn, he's an extremely buff arrogant guy. As the day reaches more towards noon, he becomes more of a mountain of muscle by the hour.
  • Ironic Name: In Arthurian lore, Escanor is not exactly a nice guy to a point he can be considered an ignoble traitor. This Escanor, however, has aspects to his personality that would make him the most loyal and noble of the Sins, especially during nighttime. In fact, it'd be more appropriate to call him Gawain, a more nobler knight from Arthurian lore with similar time of day-based powers, than Escanor.
  • Logical Weakness: As impossibly strong as he might be in the middle of the day, Escanor can easily be killed at night when he's at his weakest.
  • Lovable Coward: At night, he is extremely cowardly and his cowardice is played completely for laughs. Noteworthy is the first part of his encounter with the Vampire King Izraf which basically consists of Escanor running around scarred shitless.
  • Love Epiphany: Doesn't realize what his feelings for Merlin were exactly until Gowther of all people pointed it out to him.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: After his victory against Meliodas, who had regressed to his personality and memories when he lead the Ten Commandments Escanor claims he is fine and there are no lasting injuries. One slap from Merlin and he is on his knees. Gowther later notes he received 98% damage in taking down Meliodas.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Merlin. It's especially pronounced with Escanor-Merlin because he is the only remaining human member of the Seven Deadly Sins, and she is the series' best example of The Ageless.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Only during the day though where he's completely ripped. Moreso when the day reaches closer to noon.
  • Nice Guy: When not in Smug Super mode, he's arguably even nicer than Meliodas or King. As in, like, Elizabeth levels of nice. Even in his prideful form, he has been shown to display selfless heroism when the situation calls for it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's inadvertently responsible for the death of Holy Knight Marmas. His overwhelming heat radiance caused Marmas's armor to melt, which left him defenseless to an onslaught of many bladed weapons from brainwashed humans.
  • No-Sell: In his day form, he is so powerful, Galan's strongest attack doesn't even phase the man. When battling Estarossa, the only thing that really harms him is his own reflected blows, and he takes even those in stride.
  • One-Hit Kill: Intentionally averted on his part during the "Galan Game" because if he felt that if killed him on the first go he wouldn't have a chance to be entertained him. When it came time for his second attack however, it's made very clear that this would have been the case, or at least, Galan seemed to think so...
  • Outside-Context Problem: For the Demons. Compared to the humans that they faced 3,000 years ago who were considered the weakest of the five clans, Escanor with his sheer strength is a human that they didn't expect to encounter.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Escanor is largely the reason Edinburgh Castle is now a complete and utter ruin. Apparently, he has trouble controlling his own power, so much so that he is normally kept in a special containment room and has to be knocked out by Gowther and Merlin after he defeats Izraf.
    • Not only that, it has been shown that Escanor is a danger to anyone near him on the battlefield as shown when his comrades' armor is literally melting off of them and when he punches Estarossa into the lake, the heat from his attack evaporates every drop of water. Instantly.
  • Phosphor-Essence: Thanks to his ability, he's able to emit sunlight from himself naturally during the day. He will also emit the heat of the sun at noon. If he doesn't hold his holy axe, he will burn things around him unintentionally. The sunlight he emits is so strong that when he gets serious during the aforementioned fight against Estarossa it begins to melt the hardened steel armor of his comrades clear off of them.
  • Power Incontinence: He apparently can't control his power and a special Combination Attack from Merlin and Gowther is needed to knock him out before he can do anymore damage.
  • Power Limiter: His magical glasses prevent him from transforming in the daytime. If he decides to take them off at will, it gives him control over when the transformation begins. But should they get knocked off by accident... here comes Escanor...!
  • Power of the Sun: His ability is "Sunshine". It's apparently what enables his transformation. It also imbues him with the sun's brilliant light and power. making his attacks literally empowered by it. However, even then, he doesn't need to attack, as his very presence itself burns with the fury of the sun. He's therefore strong against creatures who are weak to the sun.
  • Powers as Programs: Ludociel reveals that Sunshine was the Grace of the fallen Archangel Mael, and warns that a human's body can't contain the magic of a goddess. However, Escanor refuses to give it up, taking this as proof that he truly must be the strongest if Sunshine was something that chose him rather than simply winning the Superpower Lottery.
  • Pride: The man is the LIVING EMBODIMENT of this trope in his day-form. However, he isn't a haughty being who looks down upon his comrades thinking they are beneath him and should be mocked for their failings. He still cares for them and just feels they need to be looked after by a good friend. And those demons and villains they face, they should be pitied for their weakness and inevitable defeat.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: His favorite food during the day.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He writes poetry. He can also end you.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: His self during the day.
  • Shown Their Work: As a nod to the Escanor of the Arthurian mythos whose powers waxed and waned with the sun, Escanor has powers that depend on the time of day. This also applies to Gawain from the same mythos, who was said to bear similar abilities (particularly the fact that his power tripled at noon).
  • Shrinking Violet: He's incredibly shy during the night hours. But during the day...
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Intentionally averted when he faced Galan of the Ten Commandments because he didn't want the game to end right away, and held back enough to let the enemy survive to have his own strike.
  • Smug Super: During the day, most definitely. He's actually declared the world to be his own.
  • Split Personality: Sort of. His personality drastically changes between day (arrogant and deadly) and night (submissive and frail) but he seems totally aware of what he's doing at all times, even if does seem to regret his actions or behavior, at least at night.
  • Stab the Scorpion: As seen in Exactly What I Aimed At, his holds the two Commandments responsible for manipulating Gowther, and so uses his attack to devastate them. So the attack there is aimed at the "scorpion".
  • Story-Breaker Power: Let's just say had the Sins been reunited with Escanor a little sooner, the first arc of the story likely would have ended a lot quicker. Or had they fought people at high noon, it would have been over even faster.
  • Summon to Hand: He can summon Rhitta his Sacred Treasure to his hand like Thor when in his muscular form.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: His form during the day is noticeably stronger than that during the night especially around noon.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: See Edinburgh pre-Escanor and post-Escanor.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: Escanor's parents reacted this way after first discovering his abilities as a child. They then almost immediately tried to have him killed.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Escanor eviscerates Izraf, along with just about all of Edinburgh Castle.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Escanor was bullied by his brother when they were children, exiled from his kingdom and nearly murdered by his parents when his abilities first manifested, and is ostracized from society at large because his power level is so awesome (and largely uncontrollable) that he is what amounts to a walking, talking weapon of mass destruction. When he's in his frailer form, he is prone to physical abuse and maiming of all sorts, which is sometimes played for laughs and sometimes not. There's also the arguable Split Personality thing he has going on, something he has contend with every single day. But he's found acceptance amongst the Sins, and the girl he likes seems to think he's a cool guy, so that's something.
  • Token Human: According to the first Fanbook, he is one of the two Sins who're identified clearly as humans with the other being Ban. The Fanbook though makes a note that Ban is originally human while Escanor is identified merely as a human. As far as what's revealed so far, Escanor is the only Sin that's unambiguously human. Even Escanor himself admits he's human, but he's the very pinnacle of the human species.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: His soul turned out to be this when Merascaylla ate it. Huge mistake there.
  • Tranquil Fury: Escanor becomes pissed when Estarossa assumes he has the battle won in his favor. His response? React with the following speech below, charge up one of his strongest attacks and slam it against the arrogant demon.
    Escanor: My mighty attacks can not reach thee? And who decided that? My blazing sun was swallowed up by a speck of darkness? And who decided that? The only one who gets to decide such things...IS ME. BE GONE.
  • Warrior Poet: He has a crush on Merlin and tries writing love poetry for her, even reciting it in battle while he tries to get it right. According to the first Fanbook, writing poems is one of his hobbies.
  • Warrior Prince: Turns out he's disinherited royalty of some kind.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Izraf has this reaction after their Single-Stroke Battle. Estarossa reacts the same way just before Escanor nails him with a One-Hit Kill.
  • World's Strongest Man: Zigzagged. At midnight, Escanor is the weakest knight in the entire kingdom of Liones. However, he gets much stronger during the day, and he is strongest at high noon. Merlin states that, at his power's peak, Escanor easily surpasses all the other Sins. To illustrate:
    • Meliodas, Captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, has confirmed that Escanor is indeed more powerful than him. Escanor proves this in Chapter 232, where he loses badly to Meliodas' Superpowered Evil Side at first, but during the single minute of greatest sunlight, he is able to effortlessly One Shot Meliodas.
    • Night-Escanor has a power level of 15, making him half as strong as the series mascot Hawk.
    • Day-Escanor has been aptly described as an explosion of muscle, and has not lost a fight so far - whether by strength or magic. Word of God is that his full power on a sunny day is immeasurable, and also that the King of Liones soiled himself the first time he saw Escanor's day form.
    • Any one of the Ten Commandments who went up against Escanor's day form promptly get their asses handed to them. Estarossa, one of the strongest demons, if not the strongest, comes the closest to giving Escanor an actual battle, but in the end, gets beaten easily like the rest.
    • Escanor also presents a deconstruction of the trope as his strength had since childhood literally prevents him from living among normal people lest he burn them to death with the heat emanating from his body or crush them with his might, leaving him a feared and lonely outcast for much of his life until he met Merlin. His strength also makes him too dangerous to be around his own allies without magical protections and forces him to leave or stay elsewhere until enough time has passed. Not to mention the revelation that the Grace of the Archangel Mael that grants Escanor his tremendous power is slowly and inevitably killing him since the human body cannot withstand the Grace of an Archangel of the Goddess Clan.
  • Wrong Context Magic: His power is completely different from those found in any of the other non-human clans.
    • Somewhat subverted with the reveal in chapter 253 that there was someone with Escanor's powers during the Last Holy War, the problem is that the last person who had them was the deceased Archangel Mael. The how or why Escanor ended up with his Grace is unknown.
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Main Accompanying Characters

While the Sins as a group are the titular characters, they are joined alongside others who aren't a part of their order but are nonetheless closely affiliated with them as the main protagonists of the series. They are as well employees of the Boar Hat Bar which the Sins are also a part of from time to time. Although there have been others who have at one point or another traveled and aided the Sins as well, these characters have been the most consistent.


    Elizabeth Liones 

Princess Elizabeth Liones

Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English), Lupita Leal (Latin American)

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Elizabeth is the third princess of the kingdom of Liones, the adopted daughter of King Baltra Liones. As a good deal of the overall plot involves her, she is the primary main female protagonist of the series.

When the Holy Knights of Liones decided to usurp her father and subjugate the rest of Liones, Elizabeth set forth to search for the Seven Deadly Sins in order to recruit them to stop the Holy Knights. Upon recruiting Meliodas, she begins working as a waitress at the Boar Hat bar as she joins him in their journey to find the rest of the Sins and save Liones.


  • Adopted into Royalty: Elizabeth was happily adopted into the Liones royal family when she was a baby.
  • Adorkable: She got really excited to go on a simple shopping errand, even going as far as calling it a mission.
  • All-Loving Heroine: She puts everyone before herself, when her power of healing is revealed it's stated that this trope is the reason she can mass heal, but on the other side it prevents her from being able to heal herself, since if she has even an ounce of power left she'll unconsciously use it on someone else who might be in need. Infact, Meliodas had to tell her he would die if she did, in-order to get her to use her powers on herself.
  • Amnesiac God: She was a goddess in her original incarnation before being cursed, but keeps forgetting her previous life each time she has been reincarnated. She however retains her Goddess Clan powers albeit them becoming untapped in each incarnation.
  • Amnesiac Lover: She is one via her numerous reincarnations. Every time she dies, she forgets her past life with Meliodas. She however retains her innate feelings for him in each incarnation and keeps falling in love with him again and again. There is though an unfortunate thing accompanying this via the very curse which is the cause of her reincarnations. The moment she remembers her past lives, she'll die in three days.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Seeing as in his, Meliodas, assault form a regular slap from her wouldn't do anything Elizabeth, instead, powers her hand up with a gigantic ark and smacks the crap out out of him after he tries to stop her from going through with her plan to join the Seven Deadly Sins and stop him from becoming the Demon King. The result is very effective.
  • Attention Whore: Elizabeth doesn't seem like it, but she did mention that when she was younger, she used to pull pranks to get attention from her father, going so far as climbing top of a high tree to get his attention.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Elizabeth's waitress attire exposes her midriff.
  • Barrier Maiden: Elizabeth is really one of the fragments for the Coffin of Eternal Darkness which can revive the Demon Clan.
  • Bathing Beauty: On the back cover of volume 7.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" to Diane's "Veronica" for Meliodas' "Archie". Elizabeth is a very sweet and generally calm regular human while Diane is a clingy easily jealous exotic giantess.
  • Big Sister Worship: How Elizabeth sees Margaret for her kind and gentle nature.
  • Born-Again Immortality: It's turns out that Elizabeth has been cursed by the Supreme Goddess with Eternal Reincarnation. She is cursed to be constantly reborn as a child without any recollection of her past experiences every time she dies.
  • Charm Point: The first Fanbook lists her earring as hers.
  • The Chick: She's the sweet princess who helps bring the Seven Deadly Sins back together, she's nice, helpful and self-sacrificing and although she isn't very useful in battle, she gives her friends emotional support and has the power to heal people.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Elizabeth will do anything to help innocent people, even if it could mean being arrested, beaten, or killed by it.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Loses her Peek-a-Bangs after getting cut by an attack from Chandler. While it did injure her face, Elizabeth healed herself with magic.
  • Curse: The source of her numerous reincarnations is that she's been cursed by the Supreme Goddess, her mother. For the "sin" of falling in love with Meliodas and saving the enemy, Elizabeth was cursed with Eternal Reincarnation. The curse is that she constantly reincarnates into a human to live and die a short lifespan, each time being reborn with no recollection of her past life. She'll however inevitably meet and fall in love with Meliodas again. Spending time with him will eventually lead to her regaining her Goddess powers of healing as represented by her right eye transforming to have the symbol of the Goddess Clan. If by some chance she told about her and Meliodas' past together though, it triggers her Past-Life Memories coming back to her in fragments which is represented by the symbol appearing in her left eye as well. Three days after this however, she'll die in a tragic manner before Meliodas' very eyes and no matter what happens or how much he tries to protect her, she'll unavoidably die one way or another. The whole tragedy then repeats again with her next reincarnation. Over the past 3,000 years, there have therefore been 107 Elizabeths and 106 times that Elizabeth has died before Meliodas.
  • The Cutie: She's extremely sweet, kind and innocent, always putting others before herself and wanting to help.
  • Damsel in Distress: There have been a number of times wherein Elizabeth needed outright rescuing but she makes up for them with her heart. Later on, she becomes a more proactive.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Although she can be classified as a typical Damsel in Distress at the start of the series, Elizabeth later on becomes more proactive and puts up more of a fight during tight situations especially after she regains her Past-Life Memories of being a Goddess.
  • Determinator: When a kid was caught in a storm of killer bugs, Elizabeth did everything she could to save that boy, even if it cost her life.
  • Dope Slap: Gives one to Meliodas after he tells her that she can hit him if she was angry and if it will make her feel better.. Because he thought that would be enough to stop her from leaving she calls him an idiot, gives him the mother of all slaps and escapes.
  • Druid: Upon displaying her healing abilities, it's taken that she's one of the druids and her abilities are druidic in origin as healing magic is a druid specialty. It's however subverted later on as it's revealed that she's actually the reincarnation of a Goddess hence explaining the source of her healing powers. Considering that the druids' own healing magic is in reality derived from that of the Goddess Clan for whom they worship, the assumption about Elizabeth is understandable.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Elizabeth gains one after Arthur offers Meliodas the rank of Great Holy Knight in Camelot which Meliodas accepted and made Elizabeth believe that he is going to leave her.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: The pupil of her right eye is the reoccurring triskelion-like Arc Symbol.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears one stocking and different colored shoes in her waitress uniform.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Elizabeth's healing powers have been lightly foreshadowed in early arcs wherein characters miraculously got better.
    • A bit of who Elizabeth really is foreshadowed when she states that her feelings towards Meliodas felt nostalgic.
    • Elizabeth's "original" incarnation of being a goddess was heavily foreshadowed in several moments prior to the reveal. These include: People continually referring to Elizabeth as being one of the Apostles of the Goddesses. Her healing powers were presented and stated to being more powerful than that of an average Druids'. Elizabeth has the same type of Magical Eye that Nerobasta gave to Denzel when the busty goddess possessed Denzel, and the same type of demon incinerating holy attacks that the busty goddess had. Meliodas offhandedly mentioned an incident wherein Elizabeth dealt with an entire army of demons, something that didn't happened with Elizabeth's present incarnation or her previous incarnation as Liz. Upon Meliodas meeting his father in purgatory, the Demon King mentioned it was thanks to a certain woman 3,000 years that Meliodas changed. Derriere recognized Elizabeth and realized her suspicions were right when Elizabeth used holy attacks against her. A sidestory in Volume 23 of the manga revealed that fellow Apostles Jenna and Zaneli are actually Goddesses.
  • Forgotten First Meeting:
    • She's actually met Meliodas and the rest of the Sins years ago when she was still very young. However due to what happened during the incident that got the Sins framed, she forgot about them.
    • Elizabeth also forgot that she had already met Meliodas and was his lover in her previous incarnations starting with her original incarnation as a goddess. Although she has forgotten the interactions she has had with Meliodas during each of her previous incarnations, she still retains her feelings of love for him. Thus she has instinctively fallen in love with Meliodas again and again over the course of her reincarnations.
  • Fragile Flower: Many people call her that due to her appearance, even Griamor, but deep down, she is a strong person at heart.
  • Full Circle: Develops from being incapable of buying groceries to running the whole bar in Meliodas' absence.
  • God in Human Form: Her true identity is that of a goddess who has been repeatedly reincarnating as a human due to being cursed 3,000 years ago.
  • Going Commando: Happened to her twice.
    • First, when her panties were stolen by Meliodas. This proves useful in identifying her when she is surrounded by a group of monsters that took her appearance. None of them knew she was without underwear and she couldn't bring herself to jump when asked by Meliodas as she could flash him.
    • Second, when she was given her sister Veronica's clothes after recovering from being shrunken.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In the manga, the shirt of her waitress uniform is predominately purple. In the anime, her shirt has a slightly pinker shade of purple.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She feels somewhat jealous of Meliodas' former lover Liz. Since Elizabeth is actually Liz's reincarnation, Elizabeth is in a sense jealous of herself.
  • Grew a Spine: Elizabeth certainly has become more assertive after recovering her Past-Life Memories. She doesn't hesitate to defy Meliodas when he declares he will become the Demon King and even attacks him with magic to make her point.
  • Happily Adopted: Elizabeth is actually not the daughter of King Baltra Liones yet she's been happily adopted by the royal family as evidenced when Baltra desperately tried to get her down from a tree despite not knowing how to climb.
  • Healing Hands: Although she herself wasn't aware of it initially, Elizabeth has the ability to heal others of serious and fatal injuries.
  • The Heart: Diane points out that Elizabeth was able to move both her and Meliodas. She was able to convince King to help the Sins and Meliodas to use his former lover sword.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Diane thought she was dating Meliodas when they first met. Elizabeth denied it, but later fell in love with Meliodas anyway.
  • Herald: She is the one who sets off the initial quest to reunite the Seven Deadly Sins to save her kingdom at the beginning of the series.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Elizabeth tends to see herself as The Load since she can't fight alongside the Sins.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Her powers are able to destroy Derrierie's hand to the bones.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: In an encounter with two of the Ten Commandments, she displays that she's capable of using Ark, the same technique used by a goddess prior to the Commandments confronting Elizabeth. Unlike the goddess' Ark which Derriere was able to break free out from, Elizabeth's was able to burn Derriere's hand to the bones. She later acquires other abilities of this type.
  • I Am Who?: For some reason, Derrierie of the Ten Commandments seems to know Elizabeth when the two encountered each other. In particular, Derrierie seemed to have a deep hatred against Elizabeth especially after Elizabeth used a Goddess Clan specific technique. Later, it's revealed that Elizabeth is not only the reincarnation of a goddess but also met Derrierie in the ancient war. Specifically, the two met when Elizabeth tried to negotiate peace with Derrierie and the horde of demons accompanying her. Said negotiations failed when the demon hostages the Goddess Clan was holding as bait were killed. Among the slain hostages was Derrierie's big sister.
  • Identical Stranger: Elizabeth looks almost exactly like Meliodas' dead lover Liz, except for her hairstyle and hair color. Justified as she is the latter's reincarnation. She also looks identical to her original incarnation as a Goddess, minus the wings, of course.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The eye that isn't covered by her Peek-a-Bangs is blue and highlights her nature.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Elizabeth comes to terms that she's in love with Meliodas however she's hesitant to express her true feelings as she feels that she's maybe just a Replacement Love Interest for his dead former lover and she fears he only thinks of her as The Load.
  • Interspecies Romance: Elizabeth is a human who ends up falling in love with Meliodas who is a demon. Later, it's revealed that Elizabeth is actually a reincarnation of a goddess who has been in love with Meliodas across her multiple reincarnations since 3,000 years ago.
  • It's All My Fault: When Dr. Dana was stabbed by Golgius, Elizabeth blamed herself that neither the doctor nor Meliodas would have been injured by the Holy Knights if she didn't set off on her quest. Fortunately, Meliodas calms her down and the doctor got better because of her healing powers.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Inverted. She's neither strong or a gung-ho heroine who takes charge of the battlefront. She and her family were betrayed by their kingdom's protectors and she was to be sacrificed for an evil ritual that would bring about Armageddon. Her sweetness, her unwavering courage, and her steadfast dedication to others seems to bring in even the more raunchy individuals to her side—case in point, The Seven Deadly Sins; though they're not typical bad guys in the sense they're each largely dedicated more to themselves and their own sense of right and wrong.
  • King Incognito: In order to seek out the Sins without drawing too much attention, Elizabeth disguised herself for this endeavor. At the start of the series, she disguised herself in a full set of armor. After meeting with Meliodas, she took on the guise of a bar waitress.
  • Lady and Knight: The lady to Meliodas' knight.
  • Lethal Chef: She is on par with Meliodas in this area.
    Hawk: [As a man sips soup and immediately retches it out] Elizabeth, in a completely different way than Meliodas, is the owner of the rare talent of making absolutely awful food!! On the level of confusing sugar and salt.
  • Light 'em Up: Her abilities which she gains later on are light-based of the divine variety.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Meliodas claims that if Elizabeth dies, he will have no reason to live anymore.
  • Lord Country: She shares her surname with the name of the kingdom her family rules over.
  • Love Epiphany: Initially not understanding her feelings towards Meliodas, she comes to the realization she does love him after a heart to heart talk with Diane. She doesn't quite fully understand the reason though but she does state that it feels somewhat nostalgic for some reason.
  • Luminescent Blush: Shows this whenever Meliodas does something perverted towards her. Originally, she did this mostly out of embarrassment only towards said perverted acts. However, she seems to be developing feelings for Meliodas and thus showed this also when Meliodas said some caring words to her.
  • Magical Eye: Her right eye seems to be connected to her powers. It's also proof of her true origins as a Goddess since Nerobasta another Goddess give them to Denzel when the Goddess possessed him.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: She is a 16 year old mortal girl and loves Meliodas, who despite his looks is actually a thousands of years old. In reality, it's an Eternal Love Reincarnation Romance that's lasted over 3,000 years starting with Elizabeth's original incarnation as a Goddess.
  • Missing Mom: Elizabeth's adopted mother, the wife of King Baltra, died a long time ago and thus Elizabeth didn't get to know her. Her true mom who bore her original incarnation happens to be the Supreme Goddess, who she's much better off not knowing about considering what she did to her child...
  • Ms. Fanservice: Elizabeth tends to be main subject of this most of time to a point. Her main outfit is in a short skit and a Bare Your Midriff outfit.
  • Mystical White Hair: She has white hair and has a higher mystical connection to the plot.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: During an encounter with Zeldris, Elizabeth learns that she has been in an Reincarnation Romance with Meliodas for the past 3,000 years. She then later finally starts remembering her Past-Life Memories, every single one of them from all of her reincarnations that she has had over the course of 3,000 years. The flood of memories thus overwhelms her so much that she becomes unable to distinguish what moment in time she's actually in. This is exemplified when she all of sudden decides that she needs to tell Meliodas that their fellow Holy Knight Cain Barzad had just been bitten by a werefox, something that clearly must've happened in her incarnation as Liz. This whole confusion is the least of Elizabeth's problems as she then faints and it's revealed that with her memories restored, she will die in 3 days.
  • Naked People Are Funny: When she was shrunk down and rendered naked.
  • Nice Girl: She is rather polite and genuinely nice to most people.
  • Nubile Savage: In her second incarnation, Elizabeth was reborn as a member of a primitive barbarian tribe. As part of this, she had an attractive savage appearance.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted since she shares the same given name as Meliodas' former lover. In reality, it's because she's actually the reincarnation of the former... and the original.
  • One True Love: To Meliodas. No matter how many times Elizabeth dies and reincarnates into a different person with no memories of him, Meliodas just can't stop loving her and has been by the side of every of her incarnations for the past 3,000 years.
  • Panty Shot: At times due to her waitress uniform.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Elizabeth's hair covers her right eye. It's to hide her rune-like pupil. Once she regains her Past-Life Memories, she stops hiding her eye, giving her a look closer to her original incarnation.
  • Personality Blood Types: According to the first Fanbook, the sweet Elizabeth is Type O.
  • Power Level: According to an extra page in Volume 17, her level is 1925 with her individual stats being Power: 1700, Strength: 5, and Spirit: 220.
  • Princess Classic: She's the third princess of the kingdom of Liones by adoption. She's sweet, innocent, demure, helpful and a self-sacrificing All-Loving Hero. When she's in the castle, she wears very elegant dresses.
  • Proper Lady: Elizabeth often acts like this due to being a princess.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has thigh-length hair.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: At the start of the series, Elizabeth's mission is to reunite the Seven Deadly Sins who are regarded as criminals to help save her kingdom from the Holy Knights.
  • Reincarnation: She's in reality the 107th reincarnation of the original Goddess Elizabeth, who was Meliodas' past lover and was cursed for falling in love with a demon.
  • Reincarnation Romance: She has been in love with Meliodas in each and every one of her past lives for over 3,000 years.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming:
    • She and her Identical Stranger are named after Queen Elizabeth who is the wife of King Meliodas from the Arthurian myths.
    • One of the techniques she later uses after regaining her memories of her past life as a Goddess is called Passion of Jonah which summons a large basking shark made out of light to swallow a target. This is named after the biblical Jonah who was swallowed by a "giant fish" as written in the original Hebrew text.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She frequently winds up in fanservice-y costumes against her will but doesn't seem to fully mind.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Meliodas is asked pointblank at one point if he's projecting Liz onto her. He doesn't answer. Elizabeth later begins to develop a complex over this, since she thinks Meliodas only sees her as a replacement for Liz. It later turns that Meliodas isn't projecting Liz onto Elizabeth as she is Liz's reincarnation.
  • The Reveal:
    • After Hawk is supposedly killed by Hendrickson, it's revealed that Elizabeth is actually an Apostle of the Goddesses.
    • She's the reincarnation of Liz. And is, in turn, the reincarnation of the original Goddess Elizabeth.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As revealed during a side story, Elizabeth is this. Not only has she never even seen a silver coin before but she also doesn't fully grasp the basic concept of what money is and its use.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Elizabeth, in spite of being a princess, goes to great lengths to help the Sins on their quest, and often regrets not being able to do more. She saves two of the Sins by stealing the magic bell off a Holy Knight's staff... by biting the bell off while she's getting beaten bloody with it.
  • Say My Name: LORD MELIODAAAAAS.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She was raised in a sheltered environment to such a degree that she has never seen a silver coin before, let alone grasped the basic concept of money.
  • Sherlock Scan: Played with, surprisingly perceptive having already discerned the source of a holy knight's power beforehand to dispel his hold over the sins.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Meliodas is the only man she loves now and forever. In all her incarnations for the past 3,000 years, she has loved no one but him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Meliodas because even though he's a huge pervert, he's a really nice guy at heart who would die to protect her.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being a princess, Elizabeth is shown to be kind and polite.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Meliodas. Elizabeth is cursed to be reborn as a human over and over, encounter Meliodas in each of her reincarnations, and unavoidably die in his arms three days from each time she recovers her original memories. This cycle has repeated 107 times over 3000 years.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her right eye- which appears to tie with her healing powers- is golden.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Elizabeth sleeps in the same bed and room as Meliodas. The latter says he sleeps there to protect Elizabeth, but Hawk ties him up so he does not do anything perverted.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's about a head taller than Meliodas.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Elizabeth is the Girly Girl to three other girls' Tomboy, Diane, her sister Veronica, and Meliodas' past lover Liz.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After regaining her Past-Life Memories, Elizabeth becomes a more active fighter with the abilities she acquires.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The first Fanbook lists Apple Pie as hers.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Though she was using her powers uncousciously before, she released them after witnessing Hawk's supposed death.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite her sister telling her that Meliodas is a monster, Elizabeth still believes in Meliodas even if the world turns against him or Meliodas doesn't care about her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She accidentally makes Mael realize that his memories are fake, which although technically good for him, causes a massive Villainous BSoD.
  • Uptown Girl: She is a princess who is in love with Meliodas, a knight/criminal.
  • White Magic: The abilities she discovers she has later on revolve around healing and light as well as being divine in origin.
  • White Magician Girl: Upon discovering she has healing powers, Elizabeth decides to become this in order to aid the Sins. She essentially becomes a White Mage and one of the prominent roles she assumes is healing others from otherwise fatal wounds.
  • World-Healing Wave: When she's revealed to have healing powers, Elizabeth sends out a massive blinding wave of light that not only heals the wounds of everyone in the capitol, but also damages Hendrickson slightly. Despite this, only the wounded are revived. Those that had died during the conflict are unaffected and tragically remain dead.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Meliodas is taken over by his evil side and she escapes him, Merlin tells her the Sins will follow her orders in regards to making a pact with Ludociel, who is possessing her sister Margarete.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Parodied in the Fairy Tail crossover wherein Elizabeth's cuddling of Happy made Hawk jealous and run away. In response, she confessed tearfully that she made Hawk run away because she was "cheating" on him, a thing Meliodas pointed out in reality didn't go that far.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: If Elizabeth regains her Past-Life Memories, the curse will make her die in a tragic manner before Meliodas' very eyes within 3 days and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. This becomes a major problem in the present when Elizabeth starts remembering her past lives after meeting with Zeldris.

    Hawk 

Hawk

Voiced by: Misaki Kuno (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English), Analiz Sánchez (Season 1, Signs of Holy War), Nallely Solís (Revival of the Commandments) (Latin American)

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Hawk is a talking pig and Meliodas's companion. He is introduced as the cleaner of the Boar Hat bar who helps clean the disgusting food scraps.


  • Accent Adaptation: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Hawk speaks with a notable Mexico City accent, possibly to accentuate he is a pig.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He initially just wears an ear tag. When that gets lost, he gains a magic earring from Merlin called Balor's Power Eye. Said earring is in shape of the reoccurring triskelion-like Arc Symbol.
  • Affectionate Nickname: When first introduced to Ban, Hawk requested that he refer to him as "Master". Ban has since affectionately called Hawk that when on good terms despite not actually seeing Hawk as an actual superior.
  • Anthropomorphic Animal: Can sometimes be seen as this, when standing on his stubby hind legs in intro and during Q&A pages.
  • Big Eater: According to a Q&A from the first Fanbook, he and Diane eat the most. Expected for him as he's a Gluttonous Pig.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He's extremely boisterous despite being laughably weak.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hawk is often at times the butt of many jokes.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: It turns out that Hawk has this as his magic. Dubbed "Transpork" by Merlin, Hawk is capable of assimilating into his own body the quirks, physical characteristics, and abilities of living creatures he eats as long they possess even just the slightest amount of magic power. What he can eat ranges from Sandcrawlers about his size to large Tyrant Dragons. This magic however has its limits mainly in Required Secondary Powers being needed. Best exemplified when he first used this power after eating his way out of the stomach of a Tyrant Dragon, Hawk gained the dragon's scales and horns as well as the dragon's ability to breathe fire and fly. However due to not being exactly fireproof and his Ear Wings being too small for his fat frame, the abilities he gained were comically rendered moot. Lastly, Hawk retains whatever features or abilities he absorbs until he poops.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Wandle the parrot that Hawk reminds Meliodas of, appears on the cover of Chapter 39 alongside Meliodas and Liz.
  • Chest Burster: Whilst training in the Druids' cave with Oslow, he gets eaten by a Tyrant Dragon. He escapes by eating through the dragon's stomach.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Hawk's often the one to restrain Meliodas' perverted antics towards Elizabeth. One such example of this is Hawk tying Meliodas up so that he won't try anything funny while sharing his bed with Elizabeth.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Merlin told him his power level according to Balor's Power Eye is 3000... if you multiply it by a hundred, which means his power level is only 30. Still he insists that his power level is 3000 even when he's told outright the truth by Gowther.
  • Cowardly Lion: A pig version of this trope. Hawk tends to be cowardly but when Elizabeth wants to help people, he will come along.
  • Disney Death: He protects Meliodas and Elizabeth from Hendrickson and was thought to have died in doing so that not even Elizabeth's healing powers could revive him. It's revealed much later however that he's alright, though he became much smaller.
  • Eat the Dog: Being a pig, it's a Running Gag that he's often seen as food supplies much to his dismay.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The fact that Hawk is a talking pig is often met with varying responses. Some like Ban are genuinely surprised by this, some like Gowther are Fantastically Indifferent to it, while most just don't seem to care for the matter at all. Him coming back to life and later apparently powering up with very noticeable dragon features are met with just the same.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: While the Seven Deadly Sins are fighting, he will often act as if he is the most dangerous and powerful member of the group, treating his role as "Captain of the Order of Scraps Disposal" as if it was the most important one, and coming up with various over-the-top names for his "special attacks" which he shouts out loud before executing (such as "ROLLING HAM ATTACK!"). He also claims to have a power level around 3000, which is true... if you multiply it by 100.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Being a pig, he's directly responsible for many of the story's gross-outs, with special mention going to the fact that his transformations always end with him taking a crap and expelling the contents that sparked the change from his system.
    • He once asked Merlin to transform him into the form of a human in a side story. He turned into a grotesque, obese, and naked pig-human, complete with a willy (non-corkscrew).
  • Fun Size: Somehow shrunk into a smaller cuter piglet-like form after his apparent Disney Death caused by Hendrickson. Doesn't last long though as he later regains his original size after gorging himself on a number of meals.
  • Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Hawk is the size of an average pig. His mom on the other hand is big enough to carry an entire bar.
  • Gluttonous Pig: Hawk is often seen eating any leftovers that may have fallen one way or another. He particularly prides himself on this fact.
  • Head Pet: After he gets shrunken as a result of his Disney Death, he starts going around on the top of people's heads.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lampshaded by Meliodas when he refers to King as the Seven Deadly Sins' mascot.
    Hawk: Hey, no pets allowed! What's the big idea, keeping livestock in a dining establishment?
    [pause]
    Meliodas: Pot, meet kettle.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Hawk tries his hardest to protect Elizabeth from the Holy Knights in Vaizel despite being injured after Meliodas is sealed in a jewel.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Despite being just a talking pig with no noteworthy combat skills, he has survived attacks that would otherwise kill an animal like him.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: He is an extremely loyal pig who tends to go up against opponents much more powerful than him to protect his friends.
  • Made of Iron: He receives the fifty-third blow in Derriere's combo star strike, with each blow adding up to two hundred thousand pounds of force per consecutive hit. This means the strike against him is possibly 10,600,000 pounds of force or more and still walks away from it. This is justified because he is actually a member of a species of talking pigs native to the Demon realm of Purgatory. Purgatory is a Death World which is inimical to just about all life. Any species that could survive in this environment would have to be insanely tough. This is also why Hawk was able to recover from Hendrickson's Dead End. Demonic attacks don't affect him as much because he's a native of the Demon realm.
  • Mascot: Hawk is the series' mascot. Meliodas though humorously said that King was the Sins' mascot much to Hawk's annoyance.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Hawk is a pig with a name that normally refers to a type of bird of prey. Meliodas actually points this out when they first met.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ban. Since he and Ban first met, Ban refers to him as "Master" and always treats the pig with respect.
  • Past-Life Memories: When he first met Meliodas and questioned about his name, Hawk mentions that he does feel like he once flew the skies a long, long time ago. He figures this is probably memories from a past life or something and that he probably must have been some sort of invincible dragon.
  • Potty Emergency: Had a ridiculous one that was so huge that he refused to let an iron door stand in his way.
  • Power Level:
    • According to Merlin, Hawk's power level when multiplied by 100 is 3000. Though this delights him to no end, his power level in reality is just 30 as Merlin didn't have the heart to tell him the truth. It doesn't stop him from deluding himself even when told outright the truth by Gowther. On a related note, his individual stats are Power: 0, Strength: 25 and Spirit 5.
    • With his Transpork ability, Hawk is capable of not only attaining the abilities and physical attributes of what he eats but also able of raising his power level as detailed in an extra page of Volume 24. The power levels of the forms he assumed up to that point in the series are as follows:
      His Tyrant Dragon form had a power level of 610 with its individual stats being Power: 80, Strength: 520, and Spirit: 10.
      His Sand Crawler form had a power level of 190 with its individual stats being Power: 80, Strength: 100, and Spirit: 10.
      His Red Demon form had a power level of 1030 with its individual stats being Power: 450, Strength: 480, and Spirit: 100.
  • Punny Name: Made more apparent in the dub, but it's a pun on "ham hock."
  • Reincarnation: It's implied that Hawk's probably a reincarnation of Meliodas' parrot Wandle.
  • Rolling Attack: ROLLING HAM ATTACK.
  • Shout-Out: Wandle, the implied past life of Hawk, is apparently based from La Chevalier du Papegau wherein King Arthur had a talking parrot companion.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Hawk likes to exaggerate that he is actually extremely powerful but in reality, he doesn't really compare to actual badasses in the manga. It hoesn't stop his enthusiasm, though.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In the early fan scanlations, his name was spelled Hork, but later it was changed when how his name is spelled in English was revealed.
  • Stat-O-Vision: After losing his initial ear tag, Hawk is given an accessory called Balor's Power Eye by Merlin as a replacement. Through it, Hawk can see the individual Power Levels of others.
  • Taking the Bullet: He protects Meliodas and Elizabeth from Hendrickson's attack at that cost of his life. Or so it initially seemed.
  • Talking Animal: He is a talking pig.
  • Team Pet: He is the team pet of the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's been nearly a hundred chapters since Hawk took Hendrickson's Dead End and thus literally died (Elizabeth's healing magic had no effect on him). Having been shrunk down instead of struck down, there is still no apparent explanation for his surviving it and coming out absolutely fine, not even fridge.
    • Eventually, turns out that Hawk originally came from the Demon realm of Purgatory, which has some pretty significant implications for his resilience and recovery abilities.
  • You Remind Me of X: When Meliodas first met Hawk, the pig reminded Meliodas of a previous partner he once had a long time ago. Said partner was apparently a parrot named Wandle who didn't like throwing away leftovers. It's implied that Hawk's probably a reincarnation of him.

    Hawk's Mom 

Hawk's Mom

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Click here to see her with the new design of the Boar Hat 

Hawk's Mom who happens to be a giant green pig and the reason why the Boar Hat is named as such as the bar serves as her "hat".


  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: She's bright green. Except her true color is a shining white, which is the same as the Mother of Chaos, a creature feared by the Demon Clan and revered by the Goddess Clan.
  • Animals Not to Scale: She's a giant pig big enough to carry a small building.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She seldom speaks and when she does only Hawk can understand her, but when she sets her sights on something watch out, Hawkmama just may surprise you.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Who would ever think that a gigantic, goofy looking green pig wearing an out of place structure for a hat could be considered remotely dangerous?
  • Cel Shaded: The look she's portrayed with in the anime.
  • Cool Hat:
    • Wears the eponymous bar as her hat.
    • After an encounter with Derriere of the Ten Commandments, the eponymous bar that served as the hat of Hawk's mom gets destroyed. Fortunately, it gets rebuilt with a new design. In a similar vein to what occurred with several characters in Nakaba's previous work Kongoh Bancho, the bar's new design is based on ideas submitted by readers. The new design of the bar that serves as the hat of Hawk's mom is based mainly on a tavern mug and has many additional amenities for the Sins to use.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She was able to completely swallow a large fireball sent from one of Ten Commandments and disperse it with apparently no negative effects to herself especially considering said fireball was able to carve a hole through a mountain.
  • Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Hawk's mom is extremely large while Hawk himself is the size of an average pig.
  • Good-Guy Bar: She, or rather her hat, serves as the base of operations for Meliodas and the Seven Deadly Sins. Incidentally since the Sins are criminals in the setting, it can be seen as a Bad-Guy Bar from a different perspective.
  • Hidden Badass: Would you assume an out of whits looking creature could devour magic, railroad superdemons and fly?.
  • The Juggernaut: Shown in spectacular fashion when she stampedes through an army of Red and Gray Demons like they were cheap steinglass. What makes this more impressive? That neither of which are necessarily feeble by any means.
  • Made of Iron: She receives the fifty-second blow in Derriere's combo star strike, with each blow adding up to two hundred thousand pounds of force per consecutive hit. This means the strike against her is possibly 10,400,000 pounds of force or more and still walks away from it.
  • Mobile Kiosk: Due to the Boar Hat serving as her actual hat, the bar can be moved around the land to serve various other customers in other places. As such, it often comes off as The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday to people who come across the bar for the first time.
  • The Need for Mead: The Boar Hat she carries out around is a typical fantasy tavern.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks pretty much the same as Hawk except for the color and size.
  • Tunnel King: Can quickly bury herself with only the structure on her back left above ground.
  • Unnamed Parent: So far she's only referred to as Hawk's Mom.

Alternative Title(s): Nanatsu No Taizai Main Characters

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