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Villain Overview

The hands of death could not defeat me. The Sisters of Fate could not hold me. And you will not see the end of this day. I will have my revenge!
~ Kratos swears to kill his father Zeus.
Death... is in my blood. Fate... has brought me here. I hope for nothing. I fear nothing.
~ Kratos in the trailer for the third God of War game.
ZEUS! Your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!
~ Kratos in the God of War II ending and God of War III Opening

Kratos, also known as Ghost of Sparta and by the Gods of Olympus as The Cursed Mortal, is the main protagonist of the God of War video game franchise. His position as the protagonist of his series did not stop some from considering him as a villain due to his unending bloodlust, vengeful, and destructive behavior. His actions ultimately cause the downfall of Olympus and, along with it, all life on Earth; however, his attempted suicide had allowed the power of Hope to spread across the world.

In the Norse era games, Kratos' character gains more self-control, learning to hold back his rage and living with the weight of his crimes, and trying to raise his son Atreus to be a better person than he is, a determination which is tested when they encounter the Norse Gods. While Kratos does retain his selfishness and shortsightedness he is willing to help others if it benefits himself or his son's upbringing, but he is haunted by his past and is reluctant to speak of it to Atreus.

He was voiced by Terrence C. Carson in the original games (God of War: Ascension, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War, God of War: Betrayal, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, God of War II, God of War III), by Antony Del Rio in a flashback as a child in God of War: Ghost of Sparta and currently by Christopher Judge as of God of War (2018). He is also dubbed in Japanese by Tessho Genda, who voiced Bojack in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, in Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny.

Villains in family

Greek Family

Norse Family

  • Laufey (second wife) †
  • Atreus/Loki (son)
  • Angrboða (Daughter-in-law)
  • Hel (Granddaughter)
  • Jörmungandr (Grandson)
  • Fenrir (Grandson)
  • Sköll and Hati (Great-grandsons)

Notable Kills

Important Note; No Mortal Kombat Characters

  • Countless amounts of Grunts
  • Lysandra
  • Calliope
  • Minotaurs
  • Satyr
  • Cyclops
  • Gorgons

Ascension

Chains of Olympus

God of War

Ghost of Sparta

God of War II

God of War III

God of War (PS4)

In other media

Kratos in Mortal Kombat 9.

Mortal Kombat 9

Kratos made an appearance in the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat 9. He may have been portrayed as a protagonist hero/villain in the God of War Series, but to both Raiden and Fujin, Kratos was just a hero. According to his in-game story, Kratos was summoned to the Mortal Kombat universe by Shao Kahn to participate in the Mortal Kombat tournament.

Kratos fights with the Blades of Exile, the Nemean Cesti, the Head of Helios, the Bow of Apollo, the Icarus Wings, the Golden Fleece, the Head of Medusa and the Blade of Olympus.

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Mortal Kombat Kratos Story Ending

Kratos' ending in MK9.

Kratos' Ending

After Kratos killed Shao Kahn, the spell that brought him there began to fade. As he began to return to his own dimension, Raiden and Fujin walked toward him. Kratos was about to attack them, but both Raiden and Fujin bowed before Kratos for slaying Shao Kahn. Even though his intentions were never pure, Kratos saved Earthrealm from the evil Emperor of Outworld and was owed a debt of gratitude. He silently acknowledged Raiden and Fujin's praise as he returned to his home dimension, believing that their debt may be useful to him one day.

Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

Kratos made an appearance as a guest character in the game Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny. The character Sophitia is given to him as a rival, due to her servitude to the god Hephaestus.

Story

In a dreary underground library, a man sought to discover forbidden texts which would grant him power. This man was a survivor of Fygul Cestemus, a religious cult which had been recently pushed to the edge of total destruction by the golem known as Astaroth.

Rather than uniting, survivors had turned against each other, each seeking to gain higher authority over the remnants of the cult. This man desired the power to take revenge on the rebelling giant and then rebuild the organization under his own authority, his status of power being above all others.

He finally came across an ancient text, which held information to perform a ritual which was said to summon an ancient god known as Kratos. According to legends, in the battle for Greece, Kratos had taken over Ares' position of 'God of War'.

Using a shard of Soul Edge, the man succeeded in performing the ceremony and opened a dimensional portal. Kratos appeared and with his Blades of Chaos, rewarded this man who summoned him with death. From the environment and tools the man had been using, Kratos realized he is no longer in his era. The fragment of Soul Edge stepped in the madness of the now deceased man, whispered to Kratos.

"To grant your wish, offer many souls to me. With your power, it will be easy..."

Kratos easily overcomes the shard's attempt to enslave him and views visions of Soul Edge and the spirit sword Soul Calibur. Kratos realizes the power created by the conflict of these two swords will be able to send him back to his own time. Leaving the library, he viewed what appeared to be shooting stars heading towards the west. Realizing they are Soul Edge shards, he decides to follow them...

Gauntlet Mode

Kratos has a small role in chapter 27 of The Gauntlet.

Cassandra, Hilde and Dampierre continue their search for the ingredients that Hilde's father needs to recover, there next one they must find is "Sand from another world", but they are clueless of how to find another world. So Dampierre thinks of someone that can help them, it turns out it's Zasalamel. after the three defeat him, they dragged Zasalamel into 'another world' along with them, as they encounter Kratos.

The player has to defend himself/herself against Kratos' attacks such as a Guard Impact, and attack him when he is open for attack. While that is going on, Dampierre managed to sneak some of the Sand from another world into his shirt sleeve and requests them all to retreat. Just before they get to Ivy, Cassandra breaks the fourth wall complaining about Kratos being a Special Guest.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

Kratos made an appearance as one of the playable characters in the crossover game Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. His in-game rival is Sweet Tooth.

Shovel Knight

Kratos appears a exclusive boss in the PS3, PS4 & PS Vita versions of Shovel Knight.

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

Easily one of his most well-known cameos is in Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds when he shows up as a golfer, and, while being tamed down, doesn't change much of his hot-blooded personality.

Modnation Racers

Kratos also shows up in Modnation Racers as a playable character with his Chaos Kart.

The Simpsons

In the The Simpsons episode The Food Wife, Kratos is seen on a billboard that reads Guts of War II: Entrails of Intestinox, which is a direct parody of the games over the top violence.

Powers and Abilities

You cannot stop me! Nothing can!
~ Kratos to Erinys

As the son of the god of thunder Zeus and the mortal woman Callisto, Kratos is a demigod (and temporarily became a god after taking Ares' place as the God of War, though even after having that power taken away he still refers to himself as a god) and thus extremely powerful, befitting his name which means 'strength' in greek, as well as his greek mythology equivalent who was the divine personification of strength.

He has temporarily possessed the power to travel through time, manipulate the weather and the elements, breathe underwater, absorb other energies and steal the life force of others, shapeshift, reveal magical illusions, flight and various others, though after losing much of his power throughout the games and especially in his final battle against Zeus, he currently has very little in comparison to what he had at the peak of his power, though he has retained the Blades of Chaos as well as obtained a new weapon, the Leviathan Axe.

  • Godly Physicality: As both a demigod and god, Kratos has showcased immense superhuman physical abilities. He can shrug off a pummeling from a 1600-foot (487.68-meter) tall Titan and best the might of the unparalleled Hercules, overpowering roughly all deities and entities he has come across, and putting up a good fight against those he didn't want to kill, like Atlas, who possessed the strength to hold all of Greece (or the entire world, as vaguely stated) with his four arms. Even in his old age, many years later in the 2018 game, he can still match gods from another land (mainly Thor's brother Baldur who could knock down the World Serpent, a Giant even bigger than the Titans Kratos has faced, for a moment, but also Thor's sons Magni and Modi) and performs incredible feats of strength like pushing Tyr's temple. He is damn near immortal and even his own attempt to kill himself with the most powerful weapon created in Greece, the Blade of Olympus, could not kill him. Such wounds will still leave scars, but most will vanish if he so wills it thanks to his regeneration. Much of this power can be attributed to the power of God and Hope locked away in Pandora's Box which he absorbed upon opening the box and that allowed him to kill other gods.
  • Longevity: As a god or demigod, Kratos is naturally able to life for a very long time. Given that Tyr's temple had been asleep for 150 winters and there was a vase depicting Kratos with his blades, that may imply Kratos is at least over 150 years old, though given how the reboot's developers stated the 2018 game happened before the migration period (4th to 6th century AD) while black-figure pottery dates from between the 7th and 5th century BC, some have speculated (assuming the 2018 GoW game takes place about halfway through that period, around 150AD) that Kratos could be as old as 600 years, if not more.
  • Warrior Skill and Spirit: Kratos has an indomitable will and excellent fighting experience thanks to his time as a spartan soldier. He has mastered several weapons over his long life as a warrior, obtained a mental power that matches his physical might and become wiser and clever enough to solve puzzle and tricks laid out by others.

Quotes

(Ares: That night, I was trying to make you a great warrior.) You succeeded.
~ Kratos before killing Ares.
You were there? Why? Why didn't you help him? (Athena: I was there for you, Kratos. You had to be saved.) You should have saved him. I should have saved him. (Athena: There is more to this than you could possibly know, Kratos.) Lies and riddles. That’s all you give me, Athena. I will save my brother, and you will stay out of my way.
~ Kratos confronting Athena for her involvement in the capture of Deimos.
You are free now… brother.
~ Kratos after Deimos die.
(Poseidon: You challenge me, mortal?! A god of Olympus?!) A true warrior does not hide, Poseidon. Leave the sea, and face me! (Poseidon: You have disrespected the gods for the last time, Kratos!)
~ Kratos before fighting Poseidon.
(Poseidon: Zeus should have kept you where you belonged. No matter how many gods fall, there will always be another to stand against you.) They will fall as well. (Poseidon: The death of Olympus means the death of us all.) Then prepare for your death, Poseidon.
~ Kratos just before kill Poseidon.
You lie, Helios! Hephaestus told me the Flame kills all who touch it. (Helios: And you believe him? That freak has fallen from the graces of Olympus!) That is exactly why I believe him. (Helios: My death will not lead you to Zeus.) That is where you are wrong.
~ Kratos before to tear off Helios' head
(Baldur: W-Why?! Why do you even care?! You could have.. walked away!) The cycle ends here, we must be better.. than this.
~ Kratos killing Baldur
Boy... Listen close. I am from a land called Sparta. I made a deal with a god that cost me my soul. I killed many who were deserving... and many who were not. I killed my father.
~ Kratos explains his past to his son, Atreus.
(Atreus: That was your father in Hel... Is this what it is to be a god? Is this how it always ends? Sons killing their mothers... their fathers?) No. We will be the gods we choose to be, not those who have been. Who I was is not who you will be. We must be better.
~ Kratos to Atreus

Trivia

  • In every game in the God of War Series, Kratos has killed at least one God (The Furies; Megaera, Tisiphone, and Alecto in God of War: Ascension, Persephone in Chains of Olympus, Ares in God of War, Ceryx in Betrayal, Thanatos in Ghost of Sparta, The Sisters of Fate, and Athena in God of War II, and Poseidon, Hades, Helios, Hermes, Hera, Hephaestus, and Zeus in God of War III, and Magni and Baldur in God of War.
    • He also killed at least one half-brother in God of War: Ascension, God of War, II, and III (Pollux, Ares, Perseus and Hercules respectively).
  • The most interesting thing about Kratos is his tattoo; the tattoo on his chest always changed as the sequels were created.
  • It's ironic that in God of War II, Kratos uses the Threads of Time to turn back time, so he could prevent himself from being killed by Zeus and prevent Zeus from destroying Sparta, but in God of War III, after he kills Poseidon, all of Greece gets flooded, killing nearly everyone, if not everyone, in Sparta.
  • In Mortal Kombat 9, whenever Kratos is a victim of a fatality, it's slightly altered.
  • In Mortal Kombat 9, Kratos has one of the few Babalities that does not end up crying. He also retains his beard like Kano.
  • He battled Spawn (from Image Comics) in ScrewAttack's DEATH BATTLE.
  • According to creative director Cory Barlog, Kratos has killed 3,432 people.

See also

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