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Corypheus, God of Villainously Renouncing Deities (The First Darkspawn, The Elder One, Sethius Amladaris, The Tevinter Magister, The Conductor)
- Greater God
- Symbol: The Orb of Destruction
- Theme Song: Corypheus, The Elder One
- Alignment: Lawful Evil
- Portfolio: The Archmage, Elemental Powers, Evil Sorcerer, Humanoid Abomination, Monster Progenitor, Likes to boast grandly, Can possess others who have the taint, Dragon Rider, Wants others to kneel to him, Having a menacing, and deep voice
- Domains: Loss of Faith, Despair, Hatred, Killing, Abominations, Demons, Godhood
- Allies: Satan, Fortinbras, Manus, Allant, Griffith, Kefka Palazzo, Arthas, Mundus, Zobek, Quan Chi, Shinnok, Dormammu, Jack of Blades, The Idea of Evil
- Enemies: Hawke, The Warden, The Inquisitor, Merrill, Varric Tethras, Isabela, Cassandra Pentaghast, Alistair Theirin, Morrigan, Leliana, Teyrn Loghain, Gabriel Belmont, Dante Alighieri, The Chosen Undead and The Bearer of The Curse, Madoka Kaname, Sayaka Miki, Gwyn, Artorias, Aang
- On the orders of his personal God Dumat Corypheus and six other Magisters used a powerful ritual to enter the home of The Maker (Their Creator God) only to find that the Golden City was black and The Maker gone. This troubled him but when he returned and found that he and his allies became cursed as Darkspawn it started to break him. Then after awakening to find that what he knew as gone and Dumat no longer answering his prayers he decided to renounce The Maker, The Old Gods, and take vengeance on them by using ancient magic to try and become God when God has abandoned them all.
- This has made him very angry at any Creator Gods that tries to tell him of what they have done as he is quick to yell at them:
"If they love you so then why have you done nothing to ease their suffering, why would you call yourself good if people go on living with the thought that you never answer their prayers"
- He decided to work with Shinnok and Satan to try and achieve his goal here in The Pantheon to try and merge it with The Fade so that he can claim The Throne of The Maker.
- Agrees with Sosuke Aizen on how unbearable it is for The Throne of Heaven being empty and that someone should sit on it to rule all, though who should is something both will fight over.
- Understands the woes of The False King Allant and decided to ally with him to try and end the suffering this world has created.
- When he finds out that Hawke was in the pantheon he was enraged and has started to plot a way to stop the person that forced him to find another body.
- He has a Red Lyrium Dragon at his side and uses it to protect his temple. It also allows him to have the ability to switch to other bodies.
- Was visited by The Idea of Evil and such a Being has left quite an impression on him. He has decided to ally with such a Being until his plans are realized.
- Can communicate with those that have The Taint of a Darkspawn, yet despite the lack of that in The Pantheon it still seems to affect those that have been exposed to the powers of Darkness, what connection between the two is unknown but it allows him to taunt his enemies and communicate with Manus.
- Upon discovering that Teyrn Loghain had ascended and may have been made a Grey Warden, he was surprised that he couldn't force him to serve him. He plans on taking him out along with Hawke and Varric.
- In his final moments on the mortal plane, Corypheus lost his nerve and begged Dumat and the Old Gods to save him. He was met with only silence and death. That was the last time Corypheus ever prayed to another.
- Corypheus was greatly displeased with the ascension of both the Grey Warden and the Inquisitor. First one for somehow being able to resist his control, but especially the second for killing him in the mortal plane.
Gorr the God Butcher
Gorr, Dark Lord Of Deicide (Gorr The God Butcher, God of God Butchers, The God of Hypocrisy, Black Butcher, Gorr the Redeemer, Killer of Gods, Sinner Stalker)
- Greater God
- Symbol: All-Black the Necrosword
- Theme Song: His theme from Thor: Love and Thunder
- Alignment: Chaotic Evil (believes he is True Neutral)
- Portfolio: A Lifetime Of Misery Shaping Him Into A Hater Of All Gods, He Who Fights Monsters, Hypocrite, Dark Messiah, Wields All-Black the Necrosword, Tragic Backgrounds That Explain, But Don't Justify His Actions, Still Tragic In Spite Of Everything, Deity of Human Origin yet A God I Am Not, Serial Killer Of Gods, Villain Has a Point, Weaker In The MCU But Also More Sympathetic
- Domains: Darkness, Hatred, Slaughter, Misotheism, Deicide, Retribution
- Complicated relationship with: Eternity (MCU version only)
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with: The Saint of Killers
- Rival: Atros/Atrocitus
- Arch-Enemies: THOR, Zamasu
- Divine beings: Literally every single one. Of note? The rest of Norse Mythology, The Chaos Gods, the C'Tan, Present and Future Zen'o, Beerus, Zeus, YHVH, Lucifer, Angra Mainyu, Chakravartin and the Seven Deities, Guthix, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, the King of All Cosmos, The Celestials
- Other enemies: Anyone who'd off the offspring (unless it was a Mercy Kill) like Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima, those who aspire to become gods like Yhwach (or succeeded like Bandos), Bruce Nolan, The Khan Maykr, Bruce Wayne/Batman, Raven Beak, Eddie Brock, the Venom Symbiote, those he respects
- Sympathy for the Devil from: Bro'dee Walker, Ahura Mazda
- Anti-Heroic Counterpart: Kratos
- Respects: The Chozo, The Emperor of Mankind (one-sided on Gorr's end)
- Pitied by: The Love That Moves The Stars (one-sided on the Love's end)
- When the gods don't answer your harshest prayers, what do you do? Gorr lived on a nameless wasteland of the planet where the average life expectancy is thirty. He lost his parents as a child, was left to the elements, witnessed all his children die due to the harsh environments. He'd be forgiven for thinking there was no god. But there was; one struggling after facing down another god, who begged for help. Gorr snapped; he took the strange black stone by the dark god and struck down the god. His rage at the gods never interfering and pain of what happened were enhanced by this stone, or in its true form All-Black the Necrosword, and turned him into the ultimate misotheist. He would become Gorr the God Butcher, declaring all deities are undeserving of worship and life. And his goal was nothing short of the complete extermination of every divinity in the multiverse.
- The ascended Gorr is primarily his original self, though there is some of his MCU incarnation in there. The differences is that MCU is more relatable and pitiable, though he isn't as powerful as the Necrosword is slowly killing him rather than making him immortal. He's also arguably more brilliant. 616 Gorr has a much bigger body count planned to slaughter a lot more gods to build his deicide-genocide God Bomb while MCU Gorr planned to make a wish to Eternity. Ultimately he proved that love was stronger than hate since while he reached Eternity, what he wished for instead was his daughter to come back.
- Gorr's arrival is something Thor was always concerned about, and by extension so was the rest of the Norse Pantheon. This is the man who first taught Thor true, mortal fear and is responsible for the desolation of Asgard in the timeline of Future Thor. He was hoping that perhaps the culmination of his MCU death being choosing life or death, and that the construct of his son Agar that was in fact a representation of his suppressed self-loathing aiding in his defeat would have Gorr change. Whether it be believing he would have nowhere to go, millennia of hate in his heart, corruption by power or more likely a mix of all three he refuses to change his ways. However, he will ensure his revived daughter finds a better parent to look after her when he's done. One of the major factors behind Thor not wanting to face Gorr is because the idea he is not a madman, but is fundamentally right shook him so much it made him unworthy of Mjolnir for a good amount of time.
- The ascension of Gorr was heavily protested since everyone feared he would oppose everyone since they're all gods here. It was the Butcher himself to disabused this notion; he isn't stupid and he knows in the Trope Pantheon, "god" is a title for those that best represent a trope-it does not make them an actual god. Gorr is actually offended that it used as a title for non-divinity as doing so gives those mortals a bad name. Though he is genocidally cruel to deities (ie: he once tortured a god of torture into giving him information) he legitimately believes the cosmos is best off without divinity. The fact that practically no mortal is willing to go the extremes he has to ensure that or lacks the moral absolutism towards gods hasn't helped his case. The Saint of Killers is willing to speak and converse with Gorr, and he made the not-so Loving God pay for His manipulation, however he would prefer not to be roped in his schemes. If he feels Gorr is going after a deserving target, however, he'll help.
- To Gorr the God Butcher, he has yet to determine which god deserves his wrath more; those that do harm, or those who do nothing to stop it. Though there are undeniably gods who deserve his wrath, gods not wise enough to use their power the way it should be, inactive gods, or who reject their responsibility in the name of petty squabbles, he fails to consider many "failures" among the gods are for reasons no less understandable as failure among humanity. And he ultimately cannot bring himself to look upon that mindset. He considers not-actual gods in the Trope Pantheon that have clearly sided with the divine to be at best misguided, and at worst Category Traitors. He also is of the belief that gods are not necessary for mortal's existence, though this is very much dependent on what 'verse this is. For an example, he respects the Chozo as they are benevolent entities that shape and nurture mortal life but are fundamentally mortal in nature. Unsurprisingly the Chozo would rather not talk about Gorr. And even more unsurprisingly Gorr would love to tear Raven Beak up for what he did.
- The idea that a god could be a net good, even when blatantly obvious like Ahura Mazda, is infeasible to him. And he has been hardened long enough to saying perhaps there was a good reason why his gods never intervened will just get you a painful death. Ahura Mazda tried to rationalize with him by stating that mortals are capable of good and evil, so why doesn't he judge them by the same value, to which Gorr replied "because when mortals of great evil come along they can't cause nearly as much damage". The counter-response for Gorr's argument gods are Too Powerful to Live? "So why is it good that you have great power?" Gorr gruffly left since he knows he is not strong enough to tackle Ahura Mazda yet. In spite of everything the God of Good feels more pity than anger towards the God-Butcher as he knows he is a victim of corruption playing on his worst traits, and hates what he's become deep down. The Love pities Gorr as a soul lost in the sin of wrath, being one of many sinners to mistake vengeance as a form of justice.
- The God Butcher has listed many literal gods in the Trope Pantheon as high priority in his crusade, and for various reasons. In addition, some select mortals have his personal umbridge as they seek to become gods with no indication they would be any better than what came before. In Yhwach's case, he would be a hell of a lot worse. Mortals who take the trappings of divinity without alright being so yet prove themselves immoral with it, such as the Khan Makyr, are those Gorr debates on whether they are inherently worse than those born divine. While the disgust he has for her is genuine, it's another sign that he is a Hypocrite since for all his power and posture Gorr might as well be a god at this point, and not just in the epithet way like how Trope Pantheon "gods" work. Alas, saying this to his face will only incur his wrath.
Gorr: "The King of Cosmos, The Omni-King, the Flying Spaghetti Monster... you act like they're funny but people have died!"
- The most obvious gods to condemn, Gorr sees, are "gods of dark purposes". These are your gods of evils, your fantasy devils and demons. And safe to say if he was only focused on them, he'd have far more allies. Angra Mainyu laughed at Gorr and his attempts at a Breaking Speech, saying "little thing, I know what I am. And your little tantrum with the All-Black make you more my servant!" Bandos didn't give that grandiose last quote but he also has no apologies for his actions either, nor the screams that Bandos was a mortal that became a god at the cost of his entire world. The Chaos Gods have his grave hatred too, but it's not like he has any way to get rid of them.
- He holds an annoyed scowl to any "god who is foolish", as someone with great power should possess the wisdom to use it. He is incensed that the strongest known beings in Dragon Ball are "a bunch of kids!", and he has treated Goku being so casual around them and not considering their existence as a Sword of Damocles as "unbridled stupidity!" It has not occurred to Gorr that gods in Dragonball have always had some level of ridiculousness... or maybe it does, and he just thinks it's a joke in bad taste. One of his rants suggests it's the latter
Lucifer: "Pot calling the kettle black".
- His most expected form of wrath is delivered towards "gods who are entitled". Unless it sustains them he cannot see it as remotely ethical or understandable for a god to demand worship. And if any is most guilty of it, it's of course YHVH. Gorr must wonder how absolutely massive yet fragile His ego must be to crush out The Evils of Free Will... though that's more of a dig at Him; there's no insecurity as YHVH is genuinely self-absorbed. Gorr won't give Lucifer the time of the day either as his ideology is less repugnant than YHVH's, he feels Lucifer's claims of liberating humanity when compared to his other actions and deeds are either hypocrisy or speak to a very different, possibly delusional mindset he cannot agree with.
- He seeks to strike down "gods who waste their power", which applies mainly to Jerkass Gods like Beerus. Beerus doesn't plan on taking his chances, but neither will Gorr. Don't get him started on the C'Tan who took advantage of a sickly race and did horrible things to them, among their many, many other atrocities. Again, peak hypocrisy given what he chose to do with his own. Perhaps the most absurd was his reprimanding of Bruce Nolan for not fully capitalizing on the true extent of the powers of the almighty in order to affect them; his argument to Being God Is Hard was "be harder and don't be a god!" Bruce just thinks he's nuts, which is pretty fair.
- And of course in true hypocritical fashion, Gorr hates "men who take the trappings of god", angrily declaring he is not one, merely having the power to kill others. Guthix, who actively doesn't want to be worshipped, find it absurd he should be condemned for the sins of those like Bandos who prove the aforementioned statement can be a bad thing given he already has a dim view on divinity... not to Gorr's extent, mind you and should've tried his powers to genuinely help people rather than what's a glorified revenge fantasy.
- Gorr the God Butcher has been dubbed the philosophical rival of Zamasu as they are mass killers associated with black (though for Goku Black specifically) and they seek to wipe out a group they consider irredeemably flawed, claiming it'll better the universe no matter how logically faulty or hypocritical they are. And while heavily flawed there are many mortals and gods that give at least a few legs for their arguments to stand on. Zamasu sees mortals just as if not even more extremely than Gorr sees gods, and they see each other as the perfect subject for their argument. They absolutely hate each other despite their similarities, but there's that morbid fascination they have for each other that they just can't let go. However, Zamasu is still considered the worse of the two as his ego refuses to allow any god who doesn't share his philosophy live, which only sells how self-absorbed he is. If either of the two can get away with calling the other the worst of their kind, it's definitely Gorr.
- Instant comparisons were made between him and Kratos. Kratos is even more famous for deicide than Gorr is, though his killing spree is primarily his own Greek pantheon. And he has even better reasons to hate the gods since if Gorr is Job gone wrong, Kratos is Hercules gone wrong. Granted, he is a demigod that became a god but that is something he isn't happy with. Gorr the God Butcher was of the belief that Kratos would be the perfect ally in his war against the gods, only to learn that he has changed and matured over the centuries. Kratos isn't strictly "a good guy" but he wants to put that past aside, not wanting to repeat the cycle of abuse. The Older and Wiser Kratos sees Gorr the God Butcher as an echo of his past self, one who never let go or found any semblance of any peace. He understands, condemns, opposes and pities him all at once. Gorr was disappointed at his refusal to ally with him, however he stands as one of the only remotely divine beings the God Butcher can respect; he sees just too much of himself in Kratos. And maybe, at the core where the corruption of the Necrosword has yet to reach, he knows Kratos is the better version of himself.
- Additional comparisons were made between him and, of all people, Bro'dee Walker. Yes, someone who would arguably be too qualified for the Red Lantern Corps (debatably too qualified as even Atrocitus will later admit) and a calm and merciful preacher actually have similar origins. Both lived on a wasteful planet, though for Saint Walker this was because the sun was dying. They saw their tests of faith with various tragedies, including losing their child. When Gorr saw his god refuse to respond to all the suffering of his people, that's where the Butcher began. And Saint Walker raged against the heavens when all his efforts were for nothing, God not to be found and the world about to end... then a Blue Lantern ring arrived and his people were saved. Their races even look kind of similar. Saint Walker pities Gorr despite all he's done he sees himself, broken and living on hurt and desperately wants him to find peace of mind. Though Gorr publicly calls him a fool, he privately respects him for doing so much good and healing that isn't dependent on his religion. He's begun to doubt again if Belief Makes You Stupid, or if it merely makes you susceptible to the cruel and haughty.
- Atrocitus gets Gorr's anger and believes that if he were significantly more reasonable in his approach, he would have made a good Red Lantern. However Atrocitus doesn't believe that all gods are evil, even if he likes the idea putting the fear of men back in to them, but Everyone Has Standards; he has a bone to pick with Gorr for killing innocents, and not just divine innocents, in his feud against the gods. The only thing they don't argue about in their rivalry of how their wrath should go is being grieving fathers. Having genuinely loved his kid/s, getting close to his hatred of gods are parents who would kill their child unless death was truly the better option. The Mishimas can rot as far as he's concerned.
- Gorr as a mortal has a bit of fondness for Batman as he does good in response to tragedy caused by a cruel world, dresses in black, is a dad and kind of looks like him. Also, he's a mortal who has won against gods. Bruce considers the God-Butcher pretty delusional and thinks he's using him as a board to express his own issues and angst; he's grown wary of villains using their Psychological Projection against him and he's clutching at straws to say they're alike. Despite the Emperor of Mankind's (not entirely) xenophobic attitude the God-Butcher respects his opposition to religion and is saddened by his fate, yet the Emperor has told him to stop with the praises as what good points he's brought up have been tainted by his corruption, which itself isn't dissimilar from Chaos corruption. The Emperor bemoans that he could've been a great asset despite being Xenos.
- There is a great irony that Gorr was not aware of, and that Angra Mainyu slyly alluded to; All-Black the Necrosword is in fact the primal Symbiote made to butcher gods (starting with Celestials) by Knull. Knull himself is a God of Darkness and incarnation of the cosmic void between the Sixth and Seventh Cosmos. In fact, he's the same dark god that seemingly died in conflict when Gorr found him, and his desire to end the light by killing everything compounds the irony and hypocrisy of Gorr's crusade to a whole new level. Though horrified at this revelation, he is delusional enoughnote to think he can defy being some dark god's pawn. Venom could only angrily grimace that Gorr is all but Knull's Unwitting Pawn.
Kratos, He Who Wages War on the Gods (Ghost of Sparta, The Marked/White Warrior, Fist of Ares, Champion of Athena, The Cursed Mortal, God of War, Fallen God, Slave of the Gods/Ares/Zeus/Olympus, Oathbreaker, The God Slayer, Slayer of Gods, Bane of Olympus, The Mortal Bent on the Gods' Destruction, Dad of Boi, Athena's Monster (formerly), Fárbauti, Cruel Striker, Bringer of War, Grumbles, Winter-Man, Destroyer of Fate, Exiled God, Ashen God, Brother, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dad Bod, Never Skip Chest Day, God of Hope)
- Greater God
- Symbol: The Omega Symbol, as well as his red tattoo. Additionally, the Blades of Chaos and the Leviathan Axe
- Theme Songs: The End Begins (Greek Era), Overture (Norse Era), The Vengeful Spartan (Norse and Greek Eras)
- Greatest Hits: My Obsession by Killswitch Engage, Shattering the Skies Above by Trivium, Raw Dog by Dream Theater, This is Madness by Taking Dawn, The Throat of Winter by Opeth, The End by Mutiny Within, Even Gods Cry by The Turtlenecks. He has also accepted A Father's Arms, Ode To Fury and To Be Better as his unofficial theme music.
- Alignment: True Neutral with Chaotic Good leanings, aiming to be Neutral Good (was formerly Chaotic Neutral and eventually Chaotic Evil during his War on Olympus)
- Portfolio: Unstoppable Rage, A Demigod Son of Zeus, Defined By his Tragic Past and Motivations, Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain, Once Sought Revenge Against the Greek Pantheon for Contributing to his Misery, Dark and Troubled Past, Committed Deicide on Multiple Occasions, Becoming the Second Greek God of War, Experienced Protagonist, Strong and Skilled, Hates and Disregards Gods Including Himself, A Heavy Association with Red, Baritone of Strength, Immensely Feared by Many for his Feats and Reputation, Action Dad, Would Rather Try to be a Good Parent, Extremely Protective of his Son, Combat Pragmatist, Cosmic Plaything, Will Stop at Nothing to Achieve his Goals, Easily Recognized by his Ash-White Skin and Red Tattoos, Genius Emotional Bruiser, Sour Outside, Sad Inside, Struggling with his Guilt and Misery over Destroying Olympus and Hating Himself for It, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Made of Iron, A Master in All Sorts of Weaponry and Combat, One-Man Army, Choosing to Avert Destiny for the Betterment of Himself and his Loved Ones, Gradually Learning to Care for Others and Being a Hero, Well on His Way to Becoming a Beloved and Just Leader of Midgard and Moving On from his Past
- Domains: Vengeance, Godhood, Tragedy, Despair, War, Family, Mentoring, Redemption, Destiny, Love, Camaraderie, Rage, Hope
- Heralds: Mimir, Sindrinote , Laufey "Faye"
- Allies: Freyanote , Raiden (both), Fujin, Liu Kang, Cosmos, Orion, Sigmar Heldenhammer, Siegfried Schtauffen, Ragna the Bloodedge, Yuri Nakamura, Madoka Kaname, Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion, Gilgamesh, Al Simmons/Spawn, Guts, John Wick, Roland, Sasuke Uchiha, Mithra, Zuko, The Doom Slayer, Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Kthanid, Alear, Hellboy
- Brother-in-Arms: Asura
- Odd Friendship: Stanford "Ford" Pines, Aloy, Sun Wukong
- Arch-Enemy: Ares
- Opposes: Athena and Most of the Greek Pantheonnote , The Child Abuse Supporters
- On Speaking Terms With: Thor, Hephaestus, Prometheus, Diana of Themyscira/Wonder Woman, Cassandra Sandsmark/Wonder Girl III, Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Most of Camp Half-Blood, Sophitia Alexandra, Cassandra Alexandra, Algol, Maximus Decimus Meridius, Palutena, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Tyrion Lannister
- Respects: The Heroic Protectors of Family
- Respected By: Khorne, Atrocitus
- Pities: Hercules, Baldur, Joel and Ellie, Homura Akemi, Junko, The Mishima Familynote , Frank Castle/The Punisher, Gorr
- Additional Relationships: Fred, Sanae Kochiya, Shovel Knight, Settra the Imperishable
- Special Relationship: Atreus (his son)
- Kratos, the Ghost of Sparta, was originally a military leader from the Greek City of Sparta and his life was a tale of tragedy that had taken precedence since his birth, a fate that was shared with other Greek legends and deities. Once caught in a losing battle, Kratos made a desperate deal with the God of War, Ares, to secure victory, a plea that would prove a desperate mistake as Kratos was deliberately led and misled into committing several atrocities and mass slaughterings, the last of which included his wife and daughter. Forever damned by the Blades of Chaos and his skin being grafted by the ashes of his family, Kratos was christened the Ghost of Sparta, forever to be feared and hated by Greece and its gods. To seek atonement and being mentored by Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, Kratos decided to work under the Greek Pantheon in fulfilling a number of divine tasks and labors, culminating with him being advised to retrieve Pandora's Box to stop and kill Ares, who had been a treacherous rebel to the Gods for a very long time, with the belief that the Box contains the power needed to vanquish a god. Kratos would eventually avenge his family's death and slay his former master and though he was pardoned for his crimes, his nightmares would not be taken away from him. In despair, Kratos tried to commit suicide, but is stopped by Athena and the Pantheon, they instead decided to deify Kratos into becoming the new God of War.
- In their services, Kratos would undergo more familial tragedy, such as the death of his mother, Callisto, and his younger brother, Deimos, as well as developing disdain and distrust towards the gods, which reached a head when during one of his wanton attacks, he was depowered, attacked, and killed by Zeus. Escaping from the Underworld and defeating the Sisters of Fate with the aid of the Titan, Gaia, Kratos battled Zeus, only to fatally wound Athena in a blinded attempt to kill the King of the Gods. Even being told by a dying Athena that Zeus was Kratos's birth father did nothing to deter his need for vengeance. Going back to recruit Gaia and the remaining titans, Kratos started the Second Titanomachy, killing several gods that resulted in cataclysmic disasters occurring around Greece. Developing a bond with the construct Pandora, Kratos became hesitant about sacrificing her to the Flame of Olympus to again retrieve her namesake Box, which became moot as Pandora gave her life to dispel the flames during a fight between Kratos and Zeus. The Ghost of Sparta would then have his final with the King of the Gods, with Kratos emerging victorious, with Gaia and the Titans as additional casualties. However, Zeus's death unleaded a destructive wave that decimated Olympus. When a spectral Athena told that Kratos became the embodiment of Hope upon opening Pandora's Box for the first time, he realized that his efforts in killing Zeus were all but wasted, only furthering his own misery. Deciding to do the right thing for once, Kratos attempted to commit suicide once again, releasing the power of hope to the world and denying Athena the right to rule Olympus. However, Kratos survived and ended up leaving Greece to wander the world, now embittered and hateful about himself for the many mistakes and calamities he caused.
- Eventually, Kratos ended up in the realm of Midgard. He stumbled across a warrior named Faye and fought against each other before calming down and having a civil conversation. In time, Kratos fell in love with Faye, getting married and having a son named Atreus. However, Faye would die, albeit with the promise of having her ashes spread across the highest peaks in the nine realms. Fearful of what his son might face as well as an encounter with a mysterious stranger, who would turn out to be the god, Baldur, Kratos, and Atreus journeyed across the Nine Realms, making new friends in the form of dwarf smiths, Brok and Sindri, and a friendly god, Mimir, and succeeding in their journey to spread Faye's ashes in the peaks of Jotunheim. However, Kratos and Atreus would fight against the Norse Gods, catching the attention of their godly ruler, Odin, especially after Baldur's death, his mother Freya's embitterment, and the kickstarting of Ragnarok a hundred years earlier. In preparing for the titanic war, Kratos would battle Odin's son, Thor, work to accept his flaws and see to improving himself as a person for the betterment of his son's growth as well as valuing his friendships and mending his friendship with Freya. Ultimately, Kratos would become the leader of the opposing army of Ragnarok, defeating Thor and making him try to mend his mistakes and finally besting Odin with Atreus and Freya's help and saving the Nine Realms for his tyranny save for Asgard, which was destroyed. Proud of his son, Kratos reaffirmed his love for Atreus before telling him that he is ready for his own journey. Additionally, Kratos would come across a mural by Faye depicting him as a just and beloved king. Moved by this gesture and finally free of his past burdens, Kratos has now dedicated himself to rebuilding the realms with the aid of Freya, Mimir, and his newfound companions.
- Kratos ascended into the Pantheon shortly after his victory against the Greek Pantheon. Because he was known as a mass destroyer by that point, Kratos was feared and demonized by nearly everyone, with pity being about the best reaction anyone got for him for a lucky few. Not surprisingly, Kratos chose to isolate himself from everyone, especially after seeing that the Greek Pantheon were also in the divine realms, even if they assumed different guises and personalities. It wasn't until his journey in the Norse Realms and learning to formally communicate with others as well as being a hero with the aid of his son that his reputation began to improve somewhat, though many were still wary of him due to his past, for which Kratos didn't disagree. But after Ragnarok and saving the realms, Kratos's reputation suddenly took a positive turn as several Norse figures and deities began to see him as a truly just figure, helped by the fact that Faye's mural showed him as a revered leader. Those aside, Kratos sat aside the godly battles between good and evil due to his then-ongoing grief, self-pity, and hate, but his experience in the Nine Realms have changed him for the better and he seeks a positive future for the Pantheon just as much as he does for the realms, even if he remains a stern and gruff man. It helps that Cosmos, a Goddess Of Good, was able to recognize that Kratos wasn't a bad man, even in his earliest days in the Pantheon, and took to wanting to directly help him. The Ghost of Sparta initially declined and was even antagonistic towards Cosmos, but has since been more tolerant of her until now where he is willing to seek Cosmos's council if it benefits them both.
- A God of War, Kratos is an utter monster on the battlefield, having decimated swathes of enemies and even tackled and slaughtered gods in direct combat entirely on his own. Befitting of his title, the Ghost of Sparta is a skilled user of all sorts of weapons, though the greatest one is undoubtedly his rage, which has allowed him to survive and persevere through the most fatal of injuries and overcoming whatever foe he's up against. The weapons he is most known for are the Blades of Chaos, duel short swords with hellish magic crafted by Ares and formerly grafted unto Kratos's arms via searing chains as a reminder of his oath and brutal past and sins, and though he may use them for good, Kratos is open about hating the blades for those exact reasons. The second is the Leviathan Axe, a legendary weapon with cryokinetic powers crafted by Sindri and Brok and originally belonging to Faye, which was passed down to her husband shortly before Kratos's death, and he views the axe with positive affection and sentiment, as is the Guardian Shield, which Kratos uses for defense and offense if necessary. Finally, there's the Draupnier Spear, crafted and blessed by Brok to allow Kratos to wield in in however way he sees fit and is imbued with aerokinetic properties as well as limitless duplication and magical detonation. In spite of their differing reputation, Kratos seeks to use his weapons for the betterment of others, but don't expect him to be nice about it. And so long as others respect him, he's open to carrying out a task for them if it means giving them peace of their mind and moving on from their shackles.
- Three have the privilege of being called Kratos's best allies; the first is his son, Atreus, a skilled archer who is good at speaking and deciphering different languages as well as being a half-giant on his mother's part. Kratos sees Atreus as having the potential to become a better man than his father would, which Kratos wholeheartedly supports. The second is Freya, a Vanir Goddess, leader of the Valkyries, and a formidable swordswoman and witch who proved indelible to Kratos's aid at several moments and though the two became enemies for some time, they've since mended their issues and have since seen each other as worthy warriors to depend on. Finally, there's Mimir, an Aesir God who holds up well in his reputation as the "smartest man alive" and is a man whose advice and knowledge have helped Kratos on several occasions as well as mentoring Atreus in his own way. Although the two have bickered on occasion, Kratos has since come to appreciate Mimir, with the latter affectionately calling the former a "brother", a sentiment that the former God of War accepts.
- While Atreus ascended into the Pantheon mainly thanks to Kratos's influence and his father's dedication to seeing the boy become a better person than his father, Mimir remained a herald, though he wondered if his proclamations of being the World's Smartest Man ended up with him becoming its main Pantheonic representative, to which Kratos states that he shouldn't dwell on it too much, to which the advisor conceded. On the other hand, whether Freya was in the Pantheon before or after Kratos ascended remains a mystery, though the latter was a bit surprised that there were a few different versions of the Valkyrie leader. Of course, this didn't stop their friendship from being impeded and they've strictly just dedicated themselves to being comrades at the moment. Initially, many were surprised and even skeptical of Freya working alongside a man who was most known for committing mass deicide, but they were eventually quelled once word got out on how Kratos has been playing the role of a Good Samaritan, helping out tormented and lost spirits and figures. Even if it's what his son would want him to do, the fact that the Ghost of Sparta is actively helping others improved his reputation to many, though most of the Greek Gods would digress.
- Family is a sensitive topic for Kratos. Really sensitive. Even so, he still tends to visit the House of Family and Relatives on occasion. There, he commands a sense of fear and respect towards anyone who happens to approach him, though Kratos doesn't have any intention of starting up a reputation there. He just comes over to the House to relax himself and to generally appreciate those who have a loving, stable family to look after. The Child Abuse Supporters had a bit of a freak out when they learned that Kratos is a frequent visitor and generally try *not* to get in his way. Even a man as vicious, petty, and megalomaniacal as Ozaki would rather book it than ever consider fighting the Ghost of Sparta. Kratos himself scoffs at the abusers, calling them pathetic and a waste of his time. Oddly enough, Kratos's reputation and visitations passively made the House a more calming and safer place for many, much to the surprise of the Heroic Protectors. Of particular note, Kratos respects Lucina and Mufasa, the former for being a capable woman who proved herself a worthy successor to her father and the latter for being a good teacher and father to Simba. Mufasa thinks Kratos is too grumpy, but can tell that he's a burdened man with a good heart while Lucina, although intimidated by the War God, is glad that he's trying to be a good guy and would be open to the idea of good parental advice from him.
- Most are familiar with the infamous tale of Kratos being tricked by Ares to kill innocent people with his wife and daughter being his last casualties before he became the Ghost of Sparta. Not a lot of people are familiar with him being forced to kill his mother after being forcibly turned into a monster for daring to reveal Zeus's identity and losing his brother to Thanatos. That said, many are willing to pity and even sympathize with Kratos's plight, even if this is a very sensitive topic for him, though his path to redemption has allowed him to converse about this topic if it means lecturing others about the consequences of revenge and what familial grief could do to a person. One of those people who identified with Kratos's story was the Sullivan Family who were aghast to learn about Kratos's past but still felt pity for the man. Kratos himself actually respects Johnny and Sarah for trying to be good parents to their daughters, Christy and Ariel, and upon confronting the family, told them that he understands the loss of their son, Frankie and despite his gruff outlook, told Christy and Ariel that they were good girls. This allowed the Ghost of Sparta to at least be on speaking terms with the Sullivans and, as it turned out, Kratos was surprisingly pretty good when it came to grief counseling.
- Kratos's mentoring of Atreus was a tough one, not helped by the former's gruff and distant attitude contrasting with the latter's zeal and intense curiosity for discovering and helping others, but with enough time, the two were a very capable father-son duo and Kratos was shown to be a very good teacher in case somebody won his respect. Even if Atreus is on his own journey to find any surviving giants, Kratos's skills as an advisor and mentor remain intact, and much of his conversations in the Pantheon are giving out lectures on experiencing tough and situational matters. Even if he's stern and gruff in his conversations, they do hold a good deal of weight and his companions and allies admit that he's good at it once they get a grasp of his teachings. He once encountered a Divine Dragon named Alear who dealt with an abusive mentor in their father, Sombron, something that Kratos caught on with quickly, though he and Alear only conversed about their matters when the latter needed help in a quest and was suggested the former for aid. Though Alear was intimidated and even terrified by Kratos's actions and his former reputation, the two managed to gain each other's respect as Kratos's teachings and advice helped Alear in refining his combat skills and being careful in dealing with certain enemies, with Kratos praising Alear for being a better person than their father and working hard to being a figure of good influence for his friends and home. While the two don't touch on the topic of grief all that much, Kratos assures that Alear will define himself without having to be shackled by Sombron's actions and influence, which the Divine Dragon felt thankful for.
- Kratos expressed some curiosity over the fact that the "gods" in the Pantheon are mostly mortal beings who were given a "god" title as a means for them to represent a major fundamental of their actions and character. In addition to being a God of War, Kratos was also a representative of beings who decided to wage battle against other gods for varying reasons, a title and reputation that he wasn't happy about, though began to reluctantly accept it over time. Despite his almost universally negative reception regarding the Greek Gods, the deities from other myths were a bit more mixed, and some were even willing to sympathize and try getting along with him. One such deity was Madoka Kaname, a Magical Girl who decided to use a wish to become a goddess of hope to save all other magical girls from her world from being condemned to turning to witches. Kratos was initially skeptical of Madoka until their first meeting ended with the Ghost of Sparta developing a measure of respect for Madoka, citing her and Cosmos as the sort of guide Athena should have been, and even after Madoka's depowerment, Kratos holds her in higher regard than most gods and is open to helping her if he's ever needed. He's also developed an Odd Friendship with the New God, Orion, who was also a representative for War, albeit he has chosen to use his powers for good in spite of his heritage as a son of Darkseid. The two have their fair share of differences, but Kratos soon came to respect Orion's drive and dedication while the latter was willing to look past the former's past and see that he was actually a decent man who needs help in edging out of his past and becoming a better person. Of course, Darkseid has personally taken an interest in Kratos, hoping to brainwash, or at least manipulate the Ghost of Sparta to his own whims. It didn't take long for Kratos to immediately oppose the Lord of Tyranny for what he represents and is quick to work alongside Orion in opposing him. Although there were a number of malevolent deities like Melkor, Nyarlathotep, Alduin, Nagash, and Chakravartin, the number of benevolent deities like the aforementioned Madoka, Cosmos, Orion, and others like Palutena and Mata Nui affirmed Kratos to not overemphasize his cynicism regarding godhood and that there are genuinely good deities who can be trusted upon.
- Even after his ascension into the greater Pantheon as well as finding atonement and moving on from his past, most of the Greek Pantheon itself hasn't forgotten nor forgiven Kratos for destroying Olympus and damning the world to satisfy his need for vengeance, regardless of the fact that Kratos regrets it and hates himself for doing so. Kratos was more surprised by the fact that the Greek Gods sometimes assume different forms that came with different personalities and beliefs, which also came with differing viewpoints on the Ghost of Sparta and he already knew that he was going to be unlikable by their standards anyway. Despite the sheer enmity they have towards him, Kratos would rather avoid any confrontation against them as he really wants nothing to do with his former Pantheon and feels that prolonging said enmity would only cause damage to the divine realms. Although he dislikes Zeus immensely, Kratos admits that killing him was a mistake he doesn't want to repeat, but he would fight against his father if he ever dares to antagonize him. For now, both parties are on a very tense ceasefire as Kratos's reputation has improved thanks to his atonement and his newfound willingness to help those in need and the Greek Pantheon is aware that this would spell trouble for their own reputation if they were to fight Kratos again. However, there is one god that Kratos doesn't regret killing and is very openly contemptuous of; Ares himself. Oddly enough, this enmity persists in all versions of the latter War God, and it's clear that Kratos and Ares will always remain eternal enemies. Though Ares himself is rather amused and pleased to discover that his former apprentice succeeded in destroying Olympus as well as the Titans, even if Ares was killed before he could see his plans come to fruition. Even so, there are a few deities like Hercules and Hephaestus that Kratos feels would like to keep in contact with as he understands the former was duped by Zeus into antagonizing Kratos and was affected by the Evils of Pandora's Box and regretting killing the latter, even if Hephaestus attacked first, albeit for a sympathetic reason.
- Kratos was interested in meeting with Thor again, though things got a bit complicated when the Ghost of Sparta ended up encountering a different version of the Thunder God, and a more heroic version at that. Having heard stories of the Ghost of Sparta, Thor was initially wary of dealing with Kratos, but the War God assured him that he has no interest in fighting at the moment and that he would rather have a conversation. For now, Kratos wants to get Thor to be a better man, if the version he is familiar with is accounted for, though these sorts of moments are rare to come by. However, the two gods found a few things to bond on and figure out whether they can work together to take on any mutual enemies. At one point, Thor and Kratos even had a titanic battle in the Pantheon when the former suggested they have a display of their powers in the grandest way possible and Kratos decided to honor the deal as a Spartan warrior would. Although the fight ended in a stalemate, Thor came to respect Kratos as a Worthy Opponent, though the chances of a proper alliance seem to be a long way to reach for now. The Ghost of Sparta hopes that he could try to further mentor the Thor he knew when they meet again. On a more positive note, Kratos also found respect and support from figures like Sigmar Heldenhammer and Gilgamesh, revered gid-kings whose reputation was one of benevolence and good fame, earned by working hard and overcoming fearsome adversaries. Although the sins of his past are a difficult thing to get by, Sigmar and Gilgamesh are confident that Kratos could potentially be more remembered as a hero and a good king than as a mass butcher, placing their trust on the War God's path to a full redemption.
- If there was a god who could be compared to Kratos in regards to rage and rebellion against one's own Pantheon, it's Asura, a member of the Eight Guardian Generals who fittingly represented Wrath who was suddenly betrayed by his compatriots who then killed his wife Durga and abducted his daughter Mithra before framing him for a crime and executing him, all in a complicated plot to destroy a monster that threatened the universe, though Asura returned from the Underworld, rebelled and defeated his aggressors in a rageful, yet fatherly desire to get his daughter back and would even go on to defeat said monster, the God Chakravartin, all just to ensure Mithra would be safe and even if his life must be damned to do so. Both being early ascendants in the Pantheon, Asura was wary and even cynical of Kratos; both were driven by rage and vengeance, but Asura felt that Kratos was too misguided and selfish and his actions ended up doing more damage than anybody he ever fought. And while there were tragic circumstances, Asura felt that Kratos's excuses of losing his family and being betrayed and manipulated one too many times weren't good enough excuses when the Ghost of Sparta double-downed on his road to revenge. Kratos, on the other hand, conceded with Asura's criticisms and didn't make an effort to clash against him, though they did have a few alliances of convenience with each other against mutual enemies, namely evil gods. That said, Atreus's presence and Kratos's adventures in the Norse realms made Asura gradually change his opinion toward the Ghost of Sparta and the two gradually became good allies and friends. When discussing kids, Kratos stated that Asura's dedication to Mithra made him a better parent than he was for Calliope, but Asura stated that he shouldn't think that way as Kratos never intended to kill his family and Asura himself was interested and quite favorable of Atreus, especially as he would go on to become friends with Calliope. It helped that unlike most of the Eight Guardian Generals who refused to back out from their superiority complex and twisted nature, Kratos understood the weight of his actions, regretted them, and was willing to try becoming a better person, which was enough for Asura to respect him, even before Kratos's transitioning into a genuine hero. That, and Asura is fully supportive of getting the Ghost of Sparta to move on from his past actions, however harrowing they were, and that what matters more is what they do now. Since their reaffirmation into allies, many are dreading the possibility of fighting against two of the most rage-fuelled deities in the Pantheon, even if both have somewhat quelled their anger in the hopes of making a better future.
- Although a mortal at first, Kratos was a demigod since birth, which explains why he was gifted in the art of combat and determination in the first place. He very quickly became aware that there are other demideities in the Pantheon, though would much rather keep his distance as a great majority were descended from Greek deities, such as the members of Camp Half-Blood. They were initially horrified and furious at Kratos for killing their parents and the Greek Pantheon, but upon meeting the man himself, they realized he was more nuanced and troubled than they expected. Kratos didn't take pride in his deicidal campaign and didn't show any aggression towards Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase when they confronted him. Instead, Kratos told them that they should be careful of who they trust, be it parents, mentors, or friends, judging by his own experiences as well as a surprising show of respect when he told them that they were becoming better people than their parents. Percy, Annabeth, and their friends eventually came to sympathize with the Ghost of Sparta, even if they remain wary of them, not to mention Kratos has no intention of harming the teens as they don't really pose a threat to him. Cassie Sandsmark was one child/grandchild of Zeus who got to befriend Atreus and even see a kinder side to Kratos. As a result, he was tolerant of Cassie and is open to seeing her adventure with Atreus, even supporting them as it means his son would have a good friend to rely on. Sanae Kochiya was a bit complicated as while a supportive and kind girl in service to a set of deities, she was a bit nervous about meeting with the Ghost of Sparta, but does feel bad for his predicament and happy that he's trying to be a better man. It helps that Sanae herself is a friend of Atreus, who was eager to learn more about her and the company that she tends to frequent with and Kratos personally doesn't see much wrong with Sanae, judging by what his son had to say about her. For now, it seems Kratos's experience with the various demideities in the Pantheon has been an affable one, though still keeps caution on as he knows the burden of being one.
- In spite of his opinion towards godhood, Kratos still has fond memories of his days in Ancient Greece, namely Sparta, though he'd be honest if he said the training their soldiers go through is something no child should ever get into, his own son included. After all, he learned honor, camaraderie, and respect from these teachings, as harsh and brutal as they may be and these teachings are a reason why Kratos is wise and disciplined for a person who is well-known for his rage and destructive capabilities. Keeping his values and ethics intact, Kratos has a lot of respect for warriors from Ancient Greece like Maximus Decimus Meridius who proved himself a capable military general and a celebrated gladiator. Still, Maximus's initial reaction Kratos was one of fear and opposition due to the latter's actions in devastating Greece, though later on, the Ghost of Sparta's eventual atonement led to the two properly conversing and realizing they had a lot in common. Even with the tragedy both faced, Kratos thinks Maximus got a better ending; at least he reunited with his wife and son in the Elysium Fields after passing, a privilege that Kratos cannot have. Kratos would come to learn and be disgusted with Commodus, believing him to be a deluded and vile man who was incapable of being a warrior, much less a leader. Commodus once expressed a desire to fight Kratos to see if his fame as a God of War was warranted, a sentiment that Kratos saw as a waste of time. When Commodus pressed on too hard for this, Kratos proceeded to demonstrate his strength enough to make his competitor quake in fear and scurry off, afraid of testing his chances against a man who proved capable of destroying a Pantheon.
- While they were women of late 16th Century Greece, the Alexandra Sisters were still devoted believers of the Greek Gods, especially Hephaestus, who gifted Sophitia a blessed sword and shield to combat Soul Edge. Sophitia was horrified at what Kratos did to the Greek Gods and was initially one of his most recurring enemies, but this enmity was not mutual on Kratos's end as upon learning that most of her fights were to ensure a better future for her family and children, the Ghost of Sparta developed a measure of respect and saw her as a better parent than he was. Then came his own journeys with Atreus, which eventually managed to get Kratos and Sophitia to properly converse with each other and realize that both were burdened figures who were broken down by circumstances out of their control. Although Sophitia expressed worries about Atreus taking after his dad, Kratos assured that he instead wants his son to be a better man than he was and that she and her sister, Cassandra, were strong warriors whose prowess and determination were enough to win the older man respect. This allowed the Alexandria sisters to come to speaking terms with the Ghost of Sparta as Kratos doesn't wish any harm to them and could tell that they were good-hearted women whom he would prefer to help rather than fight against. On the other hand, things were a bit harder with Wonder Woman, a demigoddess superheroine as she also had ties to the Greek Pantheon, but Kratos's journey to atonement has led the warrior of Themyscira to reevaluate her judgment and realize that Kratos does have the capability to be a good man. She's still wary of him, but as seen with her experience in the Justice League, it's better to treat their enemies with kindness if possible than prolong their enmity, with Kratos being willing to see Diana as a demideity he could admit to respecting due to her combat prowess and wisdom.
- He's not surprised that his crimes are not forgotten in the Pantheon. What was more surprising was that Kratos was simply more pitied and sympathized by some and this was before his eventual quest for his personal change and atonement. Despite this, he has no interest in the House of Crime and Transgressions, feeling that the place has nothing to attract him and that whatever enemies there are only simply interested in his infamy. The only times he actually visits the House is when he decided to confront the titan, Prometheus, one of the very few Greek figures he personally can be on speaking terms with. Sure Kratos killed Prometheus, but it's still a better fate than letting him be chained and get devoured by vultures eternally just for the crime of defying the gods and granting an acceleration of technology for humankind. Despite being terrified of his feats, the titan chooses not to antagonize Kratos, knowing that doing so would just invite more trouble for him, and is more surprised by just how morose and regretful the God of War had become. At the very least, Kratos's atonement is a progression of a once-flawed man, something that Prometheus can respect to a degree.
- Suffice it to say, making a deal with Ares in a desperate bid to win a fight was the worst mistake he made, the catalyst for all the bad actions and tragic circumstances he would get involved in. It's something Al Simmons learned about, being able to sense the Ghost of Sparta's inner turmoil and regrets, and felt that Kratos was a man he felt interested in due to having a few things in common. Still, Kratos wasn't interested in demons but knows how it feels to be damned and isn't interested in being reminded of it, though he was able to tell that Spawn was someone he couldn't ignore for a while. The two fought against a demonic army led by Malebolgia at some point in the Pantheon, where Kratos was curious to learn about modern weaponry like guns and missiles, seeing as Al preferred using them over his demonic magic, mainly because said magic is the reason he could even spawn outside of Hell while Spawn himself was impressed by Kratos's ferocity and experience as a warrior, even if the Ghost of Sparta kept most of that rage composed and controlled. The two eventually bonded over their experiences of wanting to be free of their hellish shackle and becoming feared legends out of it, though Al admits that Kratos had it a lot worse than he did, which says a lot considering how Al was sent to Hell because of him being a very bad person before his death. While allies for now, Kratos intends to try being a force for hope, a sentiment that Al can respect, though the latter admits that for now, he's content in being a lethal force for patrol regarding any demons that try to endanger the Pantheon. Both keep in contact with one another, with Spawn being open to looking after Atreus as a way to affirm his friendship with Kratos.
- Despite being a God of War, Kratos would rather have little, if nothing, to do with the House of Military and Warfare as his constant experiences of battles, warfare, deicide, and struggles put more strain on his tragedy and he makes it clear that he only fights when necessary. It didn't stop him from being respected by war generals and warriors like Alexander the Great as he represented core soldier values like honor, pride, diligence, respect, and determination. For now, Kratos would just begrudgingly accept his praises but still makes it clear that hearing them tends to be uncomfortable. He's also come to learn about more contemporary battles like the various Independence Wars, the World Wars, and the Cold War, and regardless of his reputation, Kratos expresses disgust at the idea of nuclear weapons, thinking that its use is a perversion towards life, given its massive environmental damage and the certainty of killing innocents. Of course, there's no honor in war crimes, regardless of their reasoning, as Kratos believes they go against the code of honor Spartans are meant to represent in their fights and has condemned a number of deities of such. Finally, there are some soldiers in the Pantheon that Kratos does respect, mainly because they displayed acts of courage and determination and also because they didn't go in for the glory of winning battles. Still, most wouldn't dare to challenge Kratos in combat due to his legendary rage, but the Ghost of Sparta would rather have better things to pursue.
- He is very closely associated with the House of Revenge and Retribution, but Kratos would rather put some distance from that place. After all, he knows the consequences of dedicating your life to vengeance and how they've led to him becoming more broken and miserable as a result and this led to him seeing the House in a rather pitiful light. Regardless, Kratos does understand the desire for revenge and has even made a few allies or decent acquaintances on that topic, such as Scorpion, Roland, and John Wick, who were all driven to seek vengeance after seeing their family and loved ones getting killed, though it's also because these men would eventually find peace later on and relinquish their goals, fulfilled or not. Scorpion respects Kratos for being a good teacher and father and the Ghost of Sparta is content with seeing Roland try to place his skills to use for a decent cause alongside his former target, Angela. Things were a bit complicated with Wick as he only found peace at death's door, and Kratos can additionally relate with the hitman at being highly feared for their profession and tenacity, and at the very least, John can sometimes exchange affable conversations with Kratos as the two of them respect each other on a high note.
- Due to his actions nearly destroying the world and realizing his desire for vengeance gave him nothing in regards to satisfaction, Kratos came to hate himself for it, but his adventures with Atreus have since seen him grow out of this mindset, move on from his past, and set himself on a path to becoming a hero. Speaking of Guilt Complexes, one of the figures he encountered in the Pantheon prior to his arrival in Midgard was a God of Thunder named Raiden, who developed said mentality after making several critical blunders in a desperate attempt to defeat Shao Kahn that cost him the lives of many of Earthrealm's warriors and allies, especially his apprentice, Liu Kang. To the surprise of many, both gods came to an understanding and got along, with Raiden being one of the very few genuine allies Kratos had in the Pantheon for some time and the God of Thunder doing whatever he could do to get Kratos to do more heroic acts, even if he respected his decision to stay out of events for the most part. It took a while before Kratos would eventually get along with Raiden's chosen champions, especially as Liu Kang himself would go down the path of villainy... until his past self overcame this matter and ascended into a Fire God in Raiden's place to protect the realms and the timestream. For now, the three gods have seen each other as worthy allies to have and Kratos is open to helping his friends if they ever needed his help.
- While Kratos isn't the only one to be empowered by rage, he's certainly among the most notable ones. The fact that he keeps that well-contained and controlled only makes said rage even more noteworthy as a sign of what a truly angry Kratos is capable of. And where most would be terrified, Atrocitus only saw curiosity and being impressed, enough to consider Kratos a potential recruit into the Red Lantern Corps. The two have a few things in common, namely that both had their anger and rage channeled by loss and grief, particularly that of a family member, though their motivations differed. Kratos thinks Atrocitus was a bit more productive about using his rage, but still doesn't wholly buy into his belief of using said rage to solely exact revenge on the wicked, especially as he himself wants to move on from his past. Atrocitus, however, does believe as, as much as the Greek Gods deserved it, Kratos was also guilty of slaying countless innocents in his pursuit of vengeance, acts that couldn't be forgotten or forgiven. Kratos blatantly admitted that yes, he doesn't forgive nor forget what he's done, but that doesn't mean he should learn from his past. This made Atrocitus respect the Ghost of Sparta a little more as its hard to come by someone who regrets their past when it comes to a large plethora of crimes, though he personally believes that Kratos should be a knight against the wicked and use his rage as a way to cower the wicked into fear. The two are on speaking terms as Atrocitus figures that angering Kratos is an unwise decision and he himself has an occupation to manage.
- Having seen and experienced the self-destructive nature of desiring revenge, Kratos is not above calling out others for going down that path. Upon hearing the tale of Ellie Williams, Kratos saw that the girl was a capable warrior and a good person in spite of her insecurities and volatile nature... until her father figure, Joel Miller was killed and she desired revenge against his murderer, Abigail "Abby" Anderson, whereupon the Ghost of Sparta was dismayed at how Ellie's desire for vengeance only led to more deaths and alienating herself from her loved ones, all whilst not even going ahead with killing Abby when she had the chance. Ellie was a bit contemptuous of Kratos when he called her out for what he stated was a rash and reckless act, even punching him a couple of times before resigning in exhaustion and shame. Kratos simply took the hits and foul words Ellie threw at him and just felt pitiful, but not before telling the young woman that she doesn't need to define herself by her past actions and tragedies and that she needs to work on being a better person. Though Ellie left without saying much, Kratos knows that Ellie internally admits that the older man is right, though she's just too angry and despondent to really admit it for now. Kratos hopes that Ellie will find peace and semblance someday and would be open to the idea of mentoring her about grief.
- He has quite the relationship with the House of Prophecy, though given the sheer scope of it, Kratos is understandably hesitant in talking about it. Yes, he was the marked warrior, which ended up getting confused for his younger brother, Deimos, he's the one prophecized to destroy Greece, and then the one to kickstart Ragnarok, with the only twist being that he did a hundred years earlier than scheduled. But he's also learned that fate isn't actually predestined and that one's future is dependent on the choices an individual makes, which was confirmed by his newfound friends and averting his supposed death. While he is following a mural that Faye painted, this is more a decision he made for himself as he wants to honor his Second Love by becoming what she envisions is the best version of Kratos. Nobody expected a moment where the Ghost of Sparta would become a patron saint of the Hall of Opposing Fate, but it seems residents and deities like to see Kratos as an example of defying fate and becoming a better person by making a conscious choice, even if it meant being heckled by the Norns, who deconstructed Kratos's inherent flaws and selfishness and made him realize those errors, alongside Freya's and Mimir's. Still, many are amusingly disappointed when Kratos just gives stories about how fate shouldn't be a shackle as his stories can come off as boring for many. So it's up to Mimir to fill up the storytelling aspects, which Kratos can appreciate.
- On the other hand, the topic of redemption is one that Kratos (and by extension, Mimir) are a lot more open in talking about as they would rather want to be more associated with those who could grow and become better people in spite of their pasts. This mentality is how they learned about and made a strong friendship with Zuko, ah heir for the Fire Nation who was always mistreated and abused by his father Ozai, for simply being a disappointment in his view, although it was clear that Ozai never loved his son and was more than willing to dispose of him if he ever showed signs of defiance, which came about when Zuko left his father in favor of fighting alongside the Avatar, Aang and overthrow the tyrannical Ozai from asserting total domination of his world. Kratos admits to seeing a little bit of himself in Zuko; brash, arrogant, and determined, but still capable of great love and affection whose life was screwed over by an abusive parental figure, though, unlike Zeus who showed some twisted affection first before he was infected by Fear, Ozai was intrinsically unable to show or understand anything of affection to anyone. Regardless, Mimir had some sharp words to say about Ozai and would talk about good times with who he sees as a Superior Successor while Kratos was interested in hearing about how Zuko would like to pursue his endeavor as a Fire Lord, feeling that he has the potential to rectify and move out of the Fire Nation's negative reception and lead it to a newer, better age. Currently, Kratos keeps in contact with Zuko and is open to counseling him in dealing with grief and warfare, feeling that he needs to be prepared for any battle if he has to assure peace for his nation. The new Fire Lord, in return, hopes that the Ghost of Sparta does well in his quest for atonement and enjoys having company with the seasoned warrior god, however grumpy he may be.
- While not one to immediately become friends with, Kratos respects those who actively try to find atonement for their actions, as shown with Siegfried Schtauffen, a former bandit who accidentally killed his father, a well-regarded soldier during a raid, an act that devastated him and led him down on a dark path to becoming a host for Soul Edge as Nightmare, hellbent on corrupting and destroying the world. With outside interference from the cursed sword's enemies, Siegfried would be separated from Soul Edge's grasp and would then begin a journey to find forgiveness for himself, a hard and long journey following alongside him. The two's similarities led to them bonding rather quickly as they understood and even empathized with their troubles, with the men agreeing to help and support each other. Similarly, Sasuke Uchiha was a ninja who defected from his village in pursuit of power and vengeance, which took a toll on his psyche and resulted in him becoming an international criminal who committed a series of crimes before finally realizing the error of his ways and reforming, though not without being charged for his actions and spending time in prison. He would be pardoned, after which Sasuke would become a protector, working behind the shadows as his way of atonement. Kratos understood Sasuke's desire for revenge, but also saw how immature and rash he was in his pursuit. Had it not been for Naruto's influence, the Ghost of Sparta would have held a low regard for the Uchiha, but events thankfully turned out on a more optimistic note. The two don't interact much, but Sasuke does think Kratos could be a good warrior to rely upon for help while Kratos believes that Sasuke must earn his respect, even if they could relate to similar pasts and struggles. Eventually, they would become allies, even if their interactions tend to be minimal.
Los IluminadosNotable Members , Unholy Group of Evil Religions (Los Illuminados, The Enlightened | Saddler: Lord Saddler | Mendez: Father Bitores Mendez, The Big Cheese)
- Intermediate Deities
- Symbol: The "Los Iluminados" Insignia (pictured above)
- Theme Song: Bitores Mendez, Salazar and Final Battle (Saddler)
- Alignment: Lawful Evil (Leading members like Saddler). Neutral Evil (Most of the subjects). Chaotic Evil (Las Plagas and other similar creatures)
- Portfolio: Apocalypse Cult, Technically-Living Zombie, Body Horror, Take Over the World, Constantly let their opponents escape, Religion of Evil,
- Saddler: Big Bad, Combat Tentacles, Deadpan Snarker, Evil Overlord, Has an eye in his mouth, Immune to Bullets, Interim Villain, In the Hood, Satanic Archetype, Sinister Minister, Smug Snake, Softspoken Sadist, Complete Monster
- Mendez: Starter Villain, Badass Longcoat, Bald of Evil, The Brute, Genius Bruiser, Cut in half during his final battle with Leon, Implacable Man, Large and in Charge, Mook Lieutenant, Neck Lift, No-Nonsense Nemesis, Pragmatic Villainy, Sinister Minister
- Salazar: Bratty Half-Pint, Butt-Monkey, Chewing the Scenery, Compensating for Something, Depraved Dwarf who is younger than he looks, Faith–Heel Turn, Giggling Villain, Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, Mister Big, The Napoleon, Psychopathic Manchild
- Domains: Cults, Religion, Villainy, Parasites, Death
- Heralds: The Ganados, Del Lago, Salazar's Verdugos, U-3/"It" and several other Plaga-monsters like El Gigante, Novistadores and Regenerators
- Allies: Glenn Arias, Leopold Goenitz, The Crimson Court, Lunatic Cultist, The Fifth Church
- Rivals: Albert Wesker, Alex Wesker
- Interested in: Nemesis T-Type, Lisa Trevor, The Xenomorph Drone
- Oppose: Deities related to the Sun or Light-Based Deities
- Los Iluminados is a religious cult based on a remote region in Spain, who came into notoriety after they managed to capture the then-daughter of the President of the United States, Ashley Graham and planned to return her as a Manchurian Agent in order to take control of his father and Take Over the World. While the cult existed centuries ago, it was disbanded by the Salazar family before but the arrival of the mysterious priest Osmund Saddler changed everything, who convinced both the latest Salazar in line, Ramon, and the village chief Bitores Mendez to unearth the ancient parasites known as "Las Plagas" which would spell doom for the free will of the villagers and kickstart Saddler's attempt at world domination.
- Saddler's plan for the most part worked wonders, since he received the unexpected help from Jack Krauser, an american who went rogue from the military and captured Ashley for him, who in reality was after a sample of Las Plagas on behalf of Wesker. This in turn brought the attention of the American Goverment who tasked one of it's new recruits at the time Leon S. Kennedy to rescue Ashley, uncovering the whole plot about Los Iluminados and Las Plagas and ending the threat of them once and for all. The entire group resurfaced in the Pantheon after a deity accidentally unearthed a sample of Las Plagas which brought the influence of the group into the Pantheon, though some believe the Grand United Alliance of Evil is behind all of this.
- Los Iluminados is composed of the heads of both the Village and the Castle, Bitores Mendez and Ramon Salazar respectively, the villagers and cultist that follow each, a group of infected mercenaries, several monstrosities created by Las Plagas and Saddler himself, and naturally they all have one thing in common: they want revenge against Leon Kennedy. Obviously the sudden arrival of the cult just gave Leon a really bad reminder of his time in Spain and while he himself has no problem taking them down, he would rather not deal with a Plaga infection again.
- Saddler and his ilk quickly learned that shortly after their defeat, Albert Wesker managed to attain a sample of Las Plagas and with that and the help of his buddies at Tricell managed to create advanced version of Las Plagas, even capable of resisting sunlight. Naturally the cult and Wesker alongside his sister Alex do not get along at all, often clashing because Wesker still has access to those same samples he managed to acquire but Saddler has saw some interesting potential in those parasites and has tried numerous times to steal them to do some research on them.
- They have also taken note of the several members of Umbrella scattered through the Pantheon, a few of their B.O.W.s interested the cult immensely given their potential with a Parasite host, not to mention that it is believe that the Nemesis-alpha parasite utilized with the Nemesis Tyrant is believed to be Umbrella's attempt at creating their own type of Las Plagas and seeing how dangerous the Nemesis is, they wanted to capture the creature for testing purposes. Similar attempts have been made with Lisa Trevor but several of the Ganados sent to capture Lisa have been swiftly killed by her with no serious harm done to her.
- Los Iluminados didn't actually perish when Saddler died contrary to what Leon and the rest of the world believed, a few surviving members still remained and they ultimately went to work under Glenn Arias and develop the powerful A-Virus, though naturally learning of Saddler's return in the Pantheon have made them reconsider their loyalties. Luckily for them Arias was willing to form a truce with Saddler, both men had many common enemies and a disdain for the american goverment, ironic considering Saddler wouldn't be willing to trust an american like Arias but seeing potential in his virus and how he took good care of his subjects, he decided his contributions would be valuable.
- Los Iluminados has a very clear disdain towards americans, while most outsiders are usually not to their liking, Americans are the ones they despise the most probably because they are one of most powerful nations in the world, hence the capture of Ashley Graham. Several american and patriotic deities felt insulted after Saddler criticized the common cliche of America Saves the Day, which ironically he too felt prey too and the fact that pantheonic titles fall under the so called "cliches" (actually tropes) does not amuse him at all, but he is willing to go along with this charade as long as it benefits him. Los Iluminados has clashed with several american groups because of their outspoken anti-american nature, which usually makes them the target of such groups like Team America or Broforce.
- In their quests for world domination, Los Iluminados has pledged their loyalty to the Grand United Alliance of Evil since they are content with backing them as long as they get to have control of Las Plagas. Saddler isn't super loyal to Melkor but better be working for him than be under the heel of a filthy american. That said, he doesn't approve of any fellow american GUAE member at all.
- The cult has managed to find several other like-minded individuals during their attempts at divulging their teachings. One of them was the Lunatic Cultist, a worshipper of the Old Ones who holds a power akin to Saddler and believing Las Plagas are the spawn of one of his gods, he has been in talks with Saddler in order to form a partnership. Another one was Leopold Goenitz, who approached the group with an offer to serve or at least work alongside him and his master Orochi and even promised to vanquish their enemies if they helped them reawaken his master. Salazar also managed to get himself chummy with the Crimson Court, a fellow aristocratic group and one of the few that don't mind his rather depraved activities, praising his castle for being a rather interesting place for them.
- One problem that arose with the alliance with the Crimson Court was that the Ancestor took notice of Los Iluminados and saw that they are up to no good. Saddler and Salazar even remind him of the people he used to be around in the past and Saddler has even tried to "persuade" him to his side with his trademark snark but the Ancestor was certainly not amused by his proposals.
- Believed to be from alien origin, the Fifth Church saw fit to investigate Las Plagas and learn more about their nature and why they were found in the depths of the ground in Spain to begin with. Saddler found their teachings perplexing and while their goals aren't entirely aligned with that of his group, nevertheless he has allowed some members under the pretext of research and possibly a few potential improvement for Las Plagas, both cults have remained on friendly terms but some believe that Saddler will eventually terminate the partnership once their research is no longer useful.
- Mendez is not only a priest but also the chief of his village and very respected man, enough to be granted a Dominant Plaga to command his fellow villagers. Some people have confused him for Rasputin given their similar looks, not to mention that his toughness has contributed to the already legendary reputation of Rasputin. The Mad Monk finds the comparison amusing but he would never adhere to the teaching of Los Iluminados and would rather not be associated with them or Mendez in the slightest, but both men do respect each other in their own particular ways.
- The knowledge of the Horadrim certainly caught the attention of Saddler and the remaining member of said group, Deckard Cain, became a prime target for Los Iluminados but they never expect the frail old man to be so slippery and hard to catch. Deckard was reminded of the Coven that ended his life back in Sanctuary when he had a close encounter with a few Ganados and even met Saddler personally after he tried to sweet-talk him into surrendering, the similar voices only made their emnity much stronger because Saddler was a very vile man in his eyes but he has managed to elude capture and even get help from some of the GUAG forces to push the cult after him away.
- The Tactical Dolls have often been seen hunting and eliminating a few of the members of Los Iluminados not only because they were contracted to fight against them, but also doing them by their own volition given that the cult reminds them of one of their enemy factions, the Paradeus cult. Saddler has found their resistance kind of amusing to say the least but he won't admit they have been a huge thorn in his side for a while but he only has openly voiced his distaste for the American members of said group, only angering their fellow T-Dolls in their process.
- While Xenomorphs aren't quite like Las Plagas and potentially more dangerous, the cult has tried to find a way to gain control of a few of them in order to experiment with a potential Xenomorph/Plaga creature. Some believe the existance of Verdugo, the two bodyguards of Salazar and how similar they behave to Xenomorphs might make some believes that at the least, Los Iluminados are capable of creating similarly dangerous creatures.
- Las Plagas are weak to sunlight, so it's only fair that the cult would try their best to limit any type of sunlight in the Pantheon in order to operate unopposed. Deities related to light and sun have been made several attempts to terminate all Las Plagas in order to prevent a potential outbreak but the numbers Los Iluminados have never seem to slow down or decrease. That said, they are aware that there are modified plagas that can function under sunlight, but are still weak towards strong light sources like flashbangs.
Akhenaten, God of Heretics (The Heretic Pharaoh, "the enemy, that criminal", Echnaton, Akhenaton, Ikhnaton. Birth Name: Amenhotep IV ("Amun is Satisfied"), current name means "Effective for Aten")
- Demigod (Overdeity with the Heart of the Universe)
- Symbol: A sun disc with rays and hands reaching out (his depiction of Aten)
- Theme Song: The Curse of the Pharaohs (boss theme)
- Alignment: True Neutral (Lawful Evil under the influence of the Heart of the Universe)
- Portfolio: Pharaoh of Egypt, Historical Domain Character, The Heretic For Pushing Henotheism, The Aten Sun Disc, Un-person, Warts and All
- Domains: Egypt, Royalty, Heresy, Monotheism, the Sun, Revolution, Power
- Interested in: All non-Egyptian solar deities (eg: Amaterasu), incarnations of the Biblical God
- Allies: Ryou Bakura, Yami Yugi, Wikipe-Tan and Trope-Tan, Ezalor, Django
- Headbutting Heroes with: Anakaris
- Rivals: Ramses II
- Enemies: Apophis, Nyarlathotep, En Sabah Nur, Sutekh the Destroyer, Zorc Necrophades, The Spirit of the Millennium Ring, Bayek, Thanos, YHVH, Nagash the Undying
- Annoyed by: The Doctor
- Opposed by: All members of the Egyptian pantheon
- For 3000 years Egypt was ruled by pharaohs, and among the most controversial was Akhenaten. Born Amenhotep the Fourth, he was the son of the great Amenhotep III and influential Queen Tiye, and he was the father of the iconic boy pharaoh Tutankhamun. Pharaohs were meant to represent the polytheistic pantheon, but he became known as the Heretic Pharaoh for pushing worship of one god over the others; the sun disc Aten. He schemed to depower the priests and moved the capital to Akhetaten. After his death, the priests worked hard to scrub out his religious reforms and erase him from history.
- The Heretic Pharaoh is nothing short of grateful for the Trope Pantheon. With his name carved out, he suffered Cessation of Existence by the standards of his people. Perhaps this is why of the other pharaohs that have ascended, he gets along with Yami Yugi. There are religious differences, however Akhenaten is sympathetic towards having his name forgotten and spending 3000 years trapped in the Millennium Puzzle. That, and his general heroism. He wonders if his true name of Atem was influence by the Sun Disc Aten.
- He was also very thankful for the existence of Wikipe-Tan and Trope-Tan. They have preserved information about him, and Akhenaten can now boast that he will never be forgotten. He has also learned of Moses and Monotheism by Sigmund Freud, however thinks the idea that Moses was a priest of his is a bit silly. He certainly doesn't remember ever knowing the guy.
- When it comes to other pharaohs, Akhenaten's opinion theories. Unlike Yami Yugi, he and Anakaris have a harder time getting along but will at least try for the sake of Ancient Egypt. Ramses is more of a rival, and one the Heretic Pharaoh is jealous of because he's well-known. Both of them want to enforce their religion's supremacy, after all. And, given how destructive and evil Nyarlathotep, En Sabah Nur and Sutekh the Destroyer are, he straight up opposes them.
- Akhenaten was behind the Amarna art style. It's characterized by a series of movement and activity in image, instead of the rigid and idealized art of most of Ancient Egypt. It showed the pharaoh as physically flawed and engaged in ordinary activity. The Heretic Pharaoh was happy to learn of the Craft because of just how expansive art has become in the 3300 years after him.
- From what can be gathered, Atenism was henotheistic. The other gods technically existed, but Aten was the supreme God, if not something superior to a god. Some have speculated this may have influenced the monotheistic God of Abraham. Akhenaten reasons that the different incarnations of the Abrahamic God in the Bible may be aspects of Aten, but he is uncertain.
- YHVH attempted to claim He was the inspiration for Aten and promised to destroy the Egyptian pantheon and priests if he focuses worship on him. Though tempted, Akhenaten rebuked the Mad God of order since he had heard really negative things about him and didn't think he truly fit the role of the Sun Disc. And he doesn't believe in The Evils of Free Will.
- Has an interest in the Pantheon's solar deities. He doesn't worship any of them, but believes that their power over the sun is important. He finds both Ezalor (representing light in general), Leona and Django (who have power over the sun) to be positive forces. Akhenaten was also intrigued with Amaterasu. The Heretic Pharaoh is trying to get his god Aten to ascend.
- Despite his religious reforms and controversy, Akhenaten is not usually malevolent. A non-canon story, "Marvel: The End" changes this. Kidnapped by aliens when he was supposed to die, he was corrupted and influenced by the Heart of the Universe, and eventually came back as a reality-bending supervillain who tried to restore his kingdom through world domination. The Thanos of that universe would ultimately stop him, though. The regular Akhenaten is glad that it isn't in the pantheon, since it made him act rather nutty, but still doesn't want to be anywhere near the Mad Titan.
- He doesn't like the 11th Doctor because he was involved in his queen Nefertiti leaving Ancient Egypt and living with John Riddell in the 20th century. The Doctor pointed out that it was his choice and she only got to the future because she followed him to the TARDIS, though the Heretic Pharaoh remains miffed at him anyway. He's more utterly infuriated when it comes to Bayek, for killing him in the afterlife.
- Ahkenaten and his son have learned of The Tomb Kings and know that they took a lot of inspiration from their own domain of Ancient Egypt. They're impressed by how they are a lot more active in death than the pharaohs. On the ascended Tomb Lords, father and son had an immediate feeling and disgust for Nagash the Undying due to how cruel, omnicidal and utterly devoid of redeeming qualities he was. Settra, however, they remain neutral on so long as he doesn't interfere with them.