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"Even now as you draw your last breath you continue to defy me! Everything you have ever known, Kratos, will now suffer because of your sacrilege."

I created you and I will be your end!
~ Mr. King of the Gods here is proving himself how much he discards the things and people around him, regardless if they are born or made by him.

I... should start this by saying that I feel honored to be able to discuss such an important villain in the history of video games, and from one of my favourite franchises. I remember seeing playthroughs of all games on Youtube when I was younger and showing it to my father, and having plans to buy a Playstation 2 solely to play the first and second games. With that said, I will mention that this will probably be one of the biggest proposals I'll ever make due to the abundance of appearances this character is in, and to explain everything about this character I'll go into detail on multiple segments of this proposal.

Outside of this, I expect that many people were waiting for this moment ever since a certain buddy from another side of the Internet brought him up, and I will not deny that it is one of the most suprising characters they have brought up, along with, for example, the discussed Starscream from Transformers Prime, one of the most iconic versions of said character.

Now, in the new era of new characters that were downvoted or deemed not to qualify changing with new info and an updated criteria, I'm going to bring up one of the biggest villain icons in gaming history, the father of Olympus, the father of the famous anti-heroic protagonist Kratos, and the main antagonist of the Greek Era, the one who will be discussed today is none other than ZZZZZEEEEEEEUUUUUUUSSSS!!!

What's the Work?[]

God of War is a video game franchise that started in 2005. It tells the story of the Spartan warrior Kratos and his need of vengeance against the gods, starting with the titular god Ares, whom he kills with the use of Pandora's box and claims his title. For the next 13 years, while Kratos was still haunted by the deaths of his family thanks to Ares' manipulation, things were mostly going as he wanted, winning against enemy cities and conquering in the name of Sparta. That is until the ruler of Olympus and king of the gods himself decided to appear, and you may be asking...

Who is Zeus and what are the acts he has committed?[]

The father of Olympus himself, Zeus was the youngest son of the former leader of the titans Cronos and his wife Rhea. Shortly after his birth, the sisters of Fate informed his father of a prophesy that one day he would be usurped by one of his children. To avoid such fate, the titan decided to have all of his children devoured, doing it to all of Zeus' brothers and sisters.

Rhea, having grown to despise her husband's goal and acts, decided to trick Cronos by having Zeus be sent to Gaia through an bird while putting the Omphalus Stone, a powerful rock, in Zeus' place, with Cronos not noticing it. With Gaia, Zeus grew up and eventually started a plan to get revenge on all the titans because of Cronos' decisions, leading to the Great War, a battle between Gods and the titans. He also grew a desire to rule over the mortals of the Greek World.

At some point, Zeus was able to free his siblings and worked together to fight against their father and his allies. To end the conflict, Zeus had Haphaestus build a weapon, the Blade of Olympus, which he used to put almost all the titans into the pits of Tartarus. After this, it was decided that Zeus would rule over Olympus, while Hades the Underworld and Poseidon the sea.

One day, Zeus decided to lock all the evils made by the Great War, knowing that they would destroy the world of mortals and gods and thus bring doom to his reign if they remained free, and had Hephaestus build Pandora's Box to hold it using the Flame of Olympus to forge it. After making the box, he created a key to open the things contained in it, a being in resemblance of a child that was created from the Flame of Olympus itself, which was then named after the box itself, Pandora. In time, Hephaestus developed a fatherly bond with Pandora, and grew to care for her. To avoid the use of the one he called his daughter as a sacrifice to get to the box by having it be put in the Flame of Olympus, due to Pandora being the only being capable of extinguishing the flame, Haphaestus told Zeus to have the box put in a labyrint that would be put in the back of Zeus' father Cronos, who would walk through the Desert of Lost Souls for all eternity.

When Zeus put the Evils in the box, however, his daughter Athena decided to put the most powerful weapon in the world, Hope, inside the box to avoid major chaos from happening in case the box was open. During his rule, the Judges of the Underworld would serve Zeus, and determine wheter they go to Elysium or Tartarus, with most being sent to the latter to be tortured and tormented for eternity. Also during his rule, the divine being Prometheus gave the Fires of Olympus to his kind, and was then punished by Zeus to have his intestines ripped out by a bird every day. In another event while he was ruler of Olympus, his brother Hades kidnapped a woman named Persephone, with Zeus helping him do so.

Later, when Persephone's mother Demeter and the god of Sun Helios tried to convince Hades to release her, Hades tricked her into eating the fruit called the pomegranate, trapping her in the Underworld four months a year. Sometime before the birth of Kratos, Zeus would marry to his sister, the godess Hera, but would eventually cheat on her with several other women, one of them was a spartan woman named Callisto, which resulted in the birth of Kratos and Deimos. It's implied the relationship was not consensual, as Zeus put a curse on her that would turn Callisto into a monster if she ever revealed to their children who her father was.

On the day of Kratos' birth, Hera became furious and ordered Zeus to kill him, but decided not to out of pity. Years later, Zeus would learn from an oracle that a marked warrior would bring doom to Olympus in the future, so he had his children Ares and Athena attack Krato's village and kidnapped Deimos, not knowing that the marked warrior mentioned in the prophesy was actually Deimos' older brother, who would later paint his body in his memory. Zeus then had him be sent to Thanatos to suffer from tortured until the end of his days.

While absent throught most of his life, Zeus is implied to have been the healer who met with Kratos after his daughter became sick and had to go through a challange done so the gods could decide which would get a temple made after them to obtain the ambrosia so Kratos could be able to save her life. Disguised as a human, he gave Kratos Apollo's flame and warned Kratos that he should fear the gods rather than trust them. Kratos was able to get the ambrosia, surviving the challange made by the other gods and saving his daughter.

After the deaths of his family through Ares' manipulation, Kratos started to serve the gods, and after ten years, he was sent to Athens to stop Ares. During his quest, Zeus aided him by giving him the ability to throw lightning and, while acting as a mortal grave digger, got him out of the Underworld so Kratos could be able to kill Ares. To fight Ares, however, Kratos opened Pandora's box, which lead to all the gods being infected by the evils in it, with Zeus being infected with Fear, worsening the negative aspects of his personality that he already had. With the Evils released, Zeus found out that Hephaestus had lied to him about the box, so he beat up and tortured Hephaestus until he confessed about Pandora's existence, which lead to Zeus taking her to Olympus where he imprisoned her in a labyrinth that he ordered to be made by the architect Daedalus by promising the man to bring him his son to him if he did. Hephaetus was then imprisoned in Hades where he was tortured and tormented by the God of the Underworld.

After Ares' defeat, Kratos became the new god of War, and lead conquest in his name using his spartan army. While Zeus was initially indifferent by what he did, after a significant amount of devastation throught the Greek World, which was largely framed on Kratos by an unknown assassin who planned to get Olympus against him, Zeus sent Ceryx, the son of Hermes to kill him, although with little success. The murder of Ceryx infuriated Zeus, seeing it as an act of defiance from Kratos towards the Olympians. At an unknown point of these 13 years, Kratos began having nightmares about his mother and brother, so he went to the temple of Poseidon. During this, Kratos finds his mother, who tells him that he needs to save Deimos from Death's domain and that Zeus was his father, the latter resulted in her turning into a monster and Kratos was forced to kill her to put her out of her miserable state.

In his quest to find his brother, Kratos caused the city of Atlantis, and after this, found Zeus disguised as a grave digger, who calls humans fools, but Kratos the biggest of them all. He tells Kratos that the destruction of Atlantis will infuriate the gods and he must turn back on his quest to save his brother, but Kratos answers that he cares little about the gods. Zeus is insulted, and tells Kratos that he was given the luxury of living in the heavens yet he spits on its ground like it was dirt.

Zeus then tells Kratos that he will never be able to find Deimos and only death and destruction will follow him, saying he doomed his chance of salvation by rejecting his warning, before beggining to laugh at Kratos. Kratos is eventually able to get to Death's Domain and find his brother and free him. Initially, Deimos was furious at his brother for seemingly leaving him and taking decades for him to be freed, which resulted in him getting grabbed by Thanatos during their fight, planning to kill Deimos as revenge for killing his daughter Erinys.

Kratos, however, was able to save him, with Deimos letting go of his hatred towards his brother and the two work together to try and defeat Thanatos. However, during their fight, Thanatos fatally wounds Deimos, which allows Kratos to kill him as that act infuriates Kratos enough to power his abilities up and kill the God of Death. Kratos would then get his body to Zeus disguised as a grave digger, and when Kratos asks himself what he became, Zeus says that he became Death, Destoyer of Worlds.

Zeus would later bring the body of Callisto into a grave dig he made next to Deimos, murmuring the sounds of a happy music, and saying that only one remained, reffering to Kratos. Years later, Kratos' attacks on cities and conquers lead to him being shunned by the other gods, although Athena defended him during some, up until he lead the attack on the city of Rhodes.

When Kratos personally attacked the city, Zeus, with the help of Athena, who had felt she had no choice but to stop Kratos, put Kratos back to his normal side, although Kratos still maintained most of his godly powers, and made the Colossus of Rhodes sentient so it could kill him. During their fight, Zeus tricks him by offering the power of the Blade of Olympus, so he would put all his godly powers in it and thus be just a mortal again without the sword.

Indeed, after the Colossus was defeated, its hand falls into Kratos while he was in the midle of a rant towards the other gods about how he can fight against anything and anyone and end up winning without their help, extremely injuring him and taking away his armor. While going to get the blade, Zeus appears and tells him that Kratos threatens his existence since he already has the blood of a god, and thus has to be forced to kill Kratos himself.

Zeus then mocks Athena for defending someone like him, and tells Kratos that he grew tired of his insolence, and that as the King of Olympus, believing that his choices define the will of the gods. He then tells Kratos to vow to forever serve him, but he refuses, leading him to kill Kratos by stabbing him through the chest with the Blade of Olympus. Before he dies, he tells Kratos that because of his defiance against him, he will make everything he has ever known suffer, and that he would never be the ruler of Olympus with the cycle of son usurping father ending with Zeus.

After this small taunt, Zeus takes off the Blade of Olympus from Kratos' chest and kills every soldier in the city, including Kratos' spartan army with the exception of one of Kratos' allies who would later be known as The Last Spartan, who survived the attack of Zeus. As Kratos lays dying, he vows to Zeus that he will pay for what he had done, with Zeus then leaving after Kratos says so.

Kratos was then sent to the depths Hades to suffer there and prevent Kratos from endangering Olympus, but ended up escaping thanks to Gaia and the other titans that were imprisoned in Tartarus. After escaping from Hades, Kratos prepared to fight against Zeus and demanded the pegasus whom went to him to get him to Zeus. However, Gaia tells Kratos that he has no chance of defeating Zeus since he is no longer a god, and the only way to stop Zeus is to get to the temple of the Sisters of Fate, travel back through time to the moment he was betrayed by Zeus, and attack him right then since it will be the moment where the king of the gods will truly be vulnerable.

During his quest, Zeus went to Sparta and destroyed the entire city, killing everyone in it, with the exception of The Last Spartan, who decided to try to get an attendance from the Sisters of Fate so he could save Sparta. While on the path there, he crossed with Kratos, but since the place they were in was dark, they thought the other was just another enemy in the temple of the fates, so they fought and it ended with Kratos fataly wounding him.

Before the Last Spartan died, however, he told Kratos was Zeus did and how he went to find the sisters so he could be able to stop the fate that happened to Sparta. After defeating the sisters of Fate, Kratos returned to the past, attacked Zeus, and ripped out the Blade of Olympus from the body of his past self so he could use it. Zeus then wonders if the Sisters of Fate aided Kratos, only for him to say the sisters are dead.

Zeus understands that he made a mistake by underestimating him, and he would not do so again. Zeus then attacks Kratos and brings him to the Summit of Sacrifice, where he turns into a giant to fight Kratos. They then begin their fight, where Kratos is able to bring him to a normal size, beat him up a bit, and grabbing thee Blade of Olympus from him twice. Zeus then turned back to a giant, and at that moment, Kratos tells Zeus that he lays down his arms and allows Zeus to grab the Blade of Olympus.

Kratos then begs Zeus to put him out of his miserable life, with Zeus answering that while he will end his life, his torment has just begun. Just when Zeus was about to kill him, Kratos defended his attack and used the Blades of Athena to stab Zeus' hands and strain him in some rocks before beginning to stab him in the chest with the Blade of Olympus. As this was happening, Athena appeared and stopped Kratos, telling him that he cannot kill Zeus since killing him would put Olympus in danger.

Zeus, who had freed himself from the swords, then tells Kratos that he started a war he couldn't possibly win and that the fates had already deemed him victorious. This infuriates Kratos, who tries to stab Zeus with the Blade of Olympus but Athena stands in the way and receives the blow instead, killing her, with Zeus leaving after Kratos failed to hit him with the blade.

He would then go to Olympus and tells the other gods they must unite for once and put their petty rivalries asside to stop Kratos and the titans and allow Olympus to prevail. At this exact moment, the titans, who had been rescued by Kratos when he went back in time to the moment they were about to lose the Great War, started climbing Mount Olympus, with Kratos announcing that he had returned and was bringing the destruction of Olympus.

To stop the titans and his son, Zeus sent the other gods to stop them, with Poseidon defeating several of the titans by throwing them out of Mount Olympus using his Hippocampi. When they started to try to throw Gaia as well, Kratos stopped them, leading to Poseidon directly fighting him. Kratos was able to win against Poseidon and killed him, causing the sea levels to rise to ridiculous levels to the point that only a handful of mountains outside of Mount Olympus don't get covered by the seas.

Gaia then told Kratos to get into her hand, which he does, with her then climbing to the top of Mount Olympus, where Zeus was waiting for them. Kratos then confronts his father, saying that he can no longer hide behind Athena, with Zeus answering that Athena died because of Kratos' rage, and asks him what more would he destroy. Kratos affirms that the hands of Death could not hold him, that the Sisters of Fate couldn't hold him, and that he would have his revenge, saying that Zeus would not live to see another day.

This infuriates Zeus, who calls Kratos a petulant child whose insulence he could tolerate no longer. He then goes to the top of a temple, and throws a lightning bolt at Kratos and Gaia, leading to both of them to fall off of Mount Olympus, with Kratos ending up in Hades, where he lost all his abilities by falling into the River Styx. In Hades, Athena, who had ascended to a higher existence, told Kratos that to kill Zeus he needed to seek the Flame of Olympus, which she claimed was the true strength of Zeus, and that without it, the foundations of Olympus would crumble. With this information, Kratos decides to begin his goal to get to the flame.

While going through Hades, Kratos found Pandora, who had been trying to contact her father through messages that ended up in statues made in her image. Kratos would later meet Hephaestus himself, who told him about how the Flame of Olympus would kill anyone, mortal or god, who touched it. Quickly after his talk with Hephaestus, Kratos would find Pandora, with her statue holding the Blade of Olympus, whom he took from it so he could use it again.

Pandora would then ask Kratos to free her, but he tells her that the quest for freedom is a heavy burden and that he could not help her. After this, Kratos would confront and kill Hades after he entered the palace of the King of the Underworld, taking his soul to enhance his power, which freed all the souls of the Underworld. Kratos then goes to meet with Hephaestus again, shocked that Hades had been killed, before then telling him about how Zeus stole his daughter from him after the day Kratos defeated Ares.

Hepheastus then asked Kratos to rescue his daughter and bring her back to him, although he refuses. After this, Kratos escaped the Underworld and returned to Mount Olympus, planning on fulfilling his desire for revenge against Zeus. Kratos would then, among other things, cut off Gaia's hand for her betrayal and throwing her off Mount Olympus, and ripped out Helios' head, which lead to the Sun being blocked and an endless storm appearing.

Later, Kratos finds another statue of Pandora who tells him that she needs his help because she trusts him, with Kratos saying she shouldn't. Shortly after this, he encounters Hermes and while going after him, he finds the Flame of Olympus, which in it contained Pandora's Box. Kratos tried to touch it, but Athena appeared and stopped him, with Kratos then asking her what was the meaning of Pandora's Box being there, with her explaining that in the box a power capable of slaying Zeus remained, even after Kratos opened it to kill Ares.

She then explains the past related to the creation of the box, saying that Kratos used the Evils to kill Ares. Kratos questioned how he would be able to retrieve the box since he would die if he touched it, with Athena answering that to do so, he needed the namesake of Pandora's Box herself, the daughter of Hephaestus. Kratos then agrees that he needs to get to Pandora, although he dismisses doing so as much of a challange.

Later after killing Hermes, which lead to a plague being spread across Greece, killing Hercules, and using Poseidon's princess to hold a mechanism long enough to pass a gate, Kratos met with Pandora, asking her where she was. She answers that she is in the labyrinth and needs to find it, before being taken away by Zeus, who tells Kratos that he is messing with things he doesn't undertand, warning him to stay away from Pandora, whom he refers as a "thing". It's later revealed that Zeus threatened to hurt Hephaestus if Pandora ever tried to contact Kratos again.

Kratos then finds out that the contraption to the bridge that leads to the labyrinth is broken. During this, he meets with Aphrodite, who tells him that her husband knows how they can be solved. Kratos then goes to Hephaestus by using Aphrodite's portal to get to the Underworld, and tells him that he seeks to get to the labyrinth. Hephaestus puts two and two together by Kratos' interest in getting to the labyrinth and his previous goal of seeking the Flame of Olympus that he is planning to get to Pandora and sacrifice her to extingish the flame.

This infuriates Hephaestus and demands him to stay away from Pandora, blaming Kratos for why she is in the labyrinth and why he is in the Underworld due to his decision to open Pandora's Box to kill Ares. Hephaestus then explained what Zeus did to him and Pandora after Kratos killed Ares. After this, understanding that Kratos would stop at nothing to achieve his revenge, Hephaestus tries to trick him into getting the Omphalus stone, which was located in the stomach of Cronos, but Kratos killed Cronos and after Hephaestus tried to kill Kratos himself, he did the same.

However, before Hephaestus died, he begged Kratos to spare Pandora. With the weapon Hephaestus made prior to his death, Kratos was able to get to the labyrint, with Kratos eventually being able to get to Pandora. After the two get out of the labyrinth, Kratos decides to go to the Underworld to destroy the part of the chains that were being held by the Three Judges so he could bring the labyrinth near to where the flame was in Mount Olympus and bring Pandora with it.

After doing so, Pandora prepared too give her life to extinguish the flame, but Kratos, who had grown to care for her, tries to convince her not to. The two then start arguing, but when Pandora was able to get herself out of Kratos' grasp and ran to the flame, Zeus appeared and knocked her out, holding her by the neck while he and Kratos began talking. Kratos starts by ordering Zeus to free Pandora, with Zeus answering that Kratos' obsession with Pandora has became a nuisance to him, and tells him to not confuse Pandora, a construction made by Hephaestus, as a being of flesh and blood like Kratos.

Zeus then tells Kratos that he has already deluded himself, by going on a quest for Pandora as atonment for killing his family, calling such act pathetic. He begins to tell Kratos that all he did was cause destruction to Olympus, with Kratos simply answering that he only sees what he came to destroy. Zeus comes to believe that taking pity on Kratos at birth was his greatest mistake, and that pitying Pandora would be Kratos'.

After Kratos yells at Zeus to put Pandora down, he throws her away, and the two begin to fight. After Kratos beats Zeus up and causes part of the temple to fall onto him, Kratos tries to stop Pandora from touching the flame. Zeus tells him to not allow her to touch the flame, but Pandora insisted that it was her purpose. To convince Kratos not to let go of Pandora, Zeus tells him not to fail her like he did her family.

Unfortunately for Zeus, this causes the opposite effect, as the mention of his family infuriates Kratos so much that he lets go of Pandora to beat up Zeus, leading her to get sucked into the flame. The Flame of Olympus then extinguished, and while Kratos was saddened by her death, he decided to open the box so he could kill Zeus. At that moment, he found nothing in the box.

This leads to Zeus mocking him by saying that after all he had gone through, his end was in failure, before vanishing from the temple. Kratos goes after him, and outside the temple he finds Zeus looking at the current state of the world, saying that because of the chaos Kratos caused, he will have much to do after he kills him. The two then begin to fight, but during this, Gaia appears and rips out the part of the temple they were fighting in.

Gaia then affirms that the end of Olympus was about to end, saying that her world is bleeding because of Kratos, and laments having to kill him. Zeus tells Gaia that her pawn failed her, and that he should have chosen the other. Gaia stops their talk and tries to kill both Zeus and Kratos, but they are able to escape from her attack and get inside Gaia's body. There, Kratos begins to attack Gaia's heart, only for Zeus to appear and the two fight each other.

After knocking Zeus out, Kratos then tries to stab him alongside Gaia's heart with the Blade of Olympus, and while Zeus put some resistance, Kratos was successful. With Gaia dead and simingly Zeus, Kratos took the blade out of Zeus' chest and began to walk away. At this moment Zeus, who had ascended to a higher existence similar to Athena, attacked Kratos, begining to strangle him, which knocks him unconsious.

In his mind, Kratos is able to forgive himself and find hope within him, which allows him to wake himself up and begin to fight Zeus using the Blades of Exile Athena gave him. Zeus would then turn to normal, and Kratos ends up beating him to death. After his death, lightning came out of Zeus' body.

Mitigating Factors[]

Týr: The box we saw you open in the scrying pool. What was inside exactly?

Kratos: Fear. Deceit. Vanity. Hatred...
Týr: Amplifying what the gods already possessed. But what ELSE, Kratos?

~ With this line, Týr proves the thing that was holding Zeus for almost 15 years was not as bad as we thought.

This will be a long one, as while he's not the most complex Pure Evil candidate to be found, even in this franchise itself, there is several things to discuss that will take a bit to explain and solidify why I believe none of the possible arguments against Zeus mitigate him. I'm going to start with the easiest then go to the more important ones. First, any tragedy to his character.

When he was just an infant, his father tried to eat him to avoid the possibility of getting usurped, having done the same to his siblings and only avoided that fate because of the kindness of both his mother and Gaia. How this affects Zeus' character is never expanded on, and despite being taught by Gaia to free his siblings from Cronos, he starts a war against all the titans, Gaia included, for the crimes of his father, and sent them to Tartarus to be eternaly tortured which shows how ungrateful he was even in his youth.

In the present, he barely mentions his past, only that Zeus wants to stop the cycle started by Cronos because he fears getting usurped, and outside of that, all the crimes he commits he does out of ego, sadism, and/or pettiness, with no current affect from his past. Now, there are hints that in the past, Zeus was slightly more benevolent, but all of them are gone in the present and he sees everyone around him as pawns and is apathetic about any harm caused by them.

His talk about how he does everything for the good of Olympus is made very clear to be because he sees himself as the embodiment of Olympus and its decisions. By his own admission before his fight with Kratos, the way of Olympus and the gods is his way. These are the more easier to explain, and now here are those who need some more explanation.

First, as I mentioned it previously, he saved his siblings from Cronos in his youth, something he was nurtured to do by Gaia. In the present, he is willing to work with them and even convinces them that they need to unite to stop Kratos and the titans from destroying Mount Olympus and ending the era of the gods. With that said, it's outright pointed out by the letters made by Poseidon that he grew so obsessed with avoiding his death that he focused more on building the labyrinth to hide Pandora than the people and gods of Olympus. When he sees all the chaos and death caused by Kratos, he is absolutely apathetic, and even shows annoyance that he now has a lot of work to do with the world in ruin, rather than mourning the deaths of his people and family. One great example of his lack of care is shown in God of War Betrayal. After Kratos kills Hermes' son Ceryx, it is stated that his death infuriated Zeus, not because he held him dearly, but because he saw his death as an act of defiance from Kratos against the gods and himself.

The next is a more interesting one, his relationship with Kratos. While he now clearly no longer cares about him, in the past that may have been different. It is said by Hera that on the day of his birth he refused to kill Kratos out of pity, and it's also heavily implied that he helped Kratos in getting to the Ambrosia so he could save Calliope, warning him that he should fear the gods rather than put his faith on them. In God of War 1, while disguised as a grave keeper, he seems to hold some respect towards Kratos, being significantly friendlier to him than he would be in future events.

Then again, the "future events" part matters, as by the time of the second game, any hint of kidness to his son is gone. He now treats him with little respect, calling him an insolent child and a mortal, and that he must bow to him. He not only is shown having no qualms killing him and putting Kratos in damnation in Tartarus, he refuses to end his suffering even when he asks Zeus to. By the end of the third game, he admits that taking pity on him in the past was a mistake, and now all there is left of Zeus' thoughts on Kratos are to mock, taunt, and try to kill him without any hesitation.

Zeus is also shown being extremely dishonorable of the promises he makes. He refused to get rid of Kratos' nightmares even after he stopped Ares' plan to kill him and take over Olympus, and breaks his deal with Deadalus to bring him his son back, leaving him in his misery chained to the labyrinth he had him build for over 12 years. For all of that, his brief promise to spare Pandora if Kratos allows himself to get killed is probably not even remotely true, especially when he laughs at how her death was for nothing since Pandora's Box was empty.

One thing people have argued to be a genuine redeeming trait on Zeus' part is his relationship with Callisto, despite everything he did to her. This is because it was believed that the fact that he went back to Poseidon's temple so he could bring her body to bury it next to Deimos hints that Zeus still had some affection towards her. This could have been true, had it not been for how Zeus acts during this scene. When putting the body in the grave, Zeus begins making sounds of a happy song and announces that only one was left, referring to how he plans to kill Kratos. This shows that Zeus is, at best, indiferent about her death, and at worst using her death, alongside Deimos', as a way to mock Kratos.

Before getting into the big thing people have been waiting for an explanation, I will mention another thing, that being Zeus' relationship with Athena. It's stated that Zeus favored Athena while she and Ares were growing up, and in the first game he compliments Athena's decision to chose Kratos to fight Ares. After 13 years, he mocks Athena's decision to defend Kratos, and while he briefly seems shocked and possibly saddened by her sacrificing herself to save him, he decides to leave her for dead to save himself, and instead blames Kratos' need for vengeance as the reason she died. Similar to how he reacts to the other gods, Zeus seems apathetic about Athena's demise as well in the third game, only mentioning her once in the scene already mentioned.

With all that said, let's get to the biggest reason why no one up until this point thought Zeus qualified, moral agency. We begin this with the mention that it's stated that the reason why Zeus became so obsessed with killing Kratos was because of the Evils of Pandora's Box that were infected on him and the other gods after Kratos' opened it, in Zeus' case, Fear. Hephaestus even admits that the day the box was opened, Zeus changed. We also see in a flashback after his death Zeus being infected by the Evils, and before he died, a black fog, which was heavily implied to be the Evils inside of him, left his body right as Kratos prepared to beat Zeus to death.

So, for a long time, while analyses to previous games and stories show that Zeus was already an awful person before his infection by the Evils, he did change for the worse after the Evils were released. Had the games made no mention of the Evils after the third game, this would have likely maintained his prevention. The thing that changed it, was Vallhala, the DLC to the fifth game of the franchise. There, while an illusion of Helios says that the Evils turned everyone crazy, it is confirmed that this was not entirely true. As Týr affirms while fighting Kratos to prepare him to move on from his past and help in leading the Norse people into a new, better era, all the Evils that were unleashed onto the gods didn't infect nor change them, it only amplified what was already on their minds and personalities.

This is supported by past games, decades prior to the opening of Pandora's box, the idea that he would be overthrown made Zeus so paranoid he destroyed the village two of his sons lived in, and had one of them be kidnaped and be tortured by Thanatos for all of his life. In this act, Zeus shows that Fear was always within him, and the Evils only strengthened those personality traits of his. Another thing that proves that Zeus at the bare minimum was capable of being good is that several other gods, who were infected by the Evils like Zeus was, were capable of having some degree of kindness within them. Poseidon loved his wife and was remorseful over hiting her out of frustration, Hades was hurt by the deaths of Persephone, Athena, and to a lesser extent Poseidon, to the point he wanted revenge on Kratos, Hera was heartbroken by the plants in her garden dying, and Athena was shown to have helped Kratos following the events of the third game when he got himself into Egypt.

Overall, this not only proves that Zeus was already a horrible person and that the Evils of the box changed nothing about him and only turned his bad aspects bigger, but that he also was capable of some good even after the Evils corrupted him, but he chose not to.

Heinous Standards[]

Zeus Everything You Know Suffer

When he said he would make everything Kratos knew suffer, he DEFINETELY wasn't bluffing.

I won't be kidding, the God of War franchise has a pretty high heinous standard. Kratos ends up destroying the Greek World in his quest of revenge against the gods, and even prior destroyed and pillaged multiple villages and cities as the God of War and as a spartan general, Ares destroyed Kratos' village, sent Kratos to Thanatos to be tortured for the rest of his life, had Kratos destroy villages and tricked him into killing his wife and child, and destroyed Athens out of petty envy, Odin has the giants wiped out, enslaves the dwarves of Svartalfhein, puts a giant turtle in a miserable and torturous fate to optain its oil, corrupts the Valkyries, has children be killed and uses their spirits to spy on people across the nine realms, and kills his son for refusing to kill Kratos.

In spite of all of this, Zeus is capable of standing out just fine. Not only did he start the Great War which put the world in chaos and later put all of the titans in Tartarus to suffer for all of eternity, is the one ordering the Judges of the Underworld to put people into Tartarus, has Prometheus get killed and tortured by a bird only to get revived the next day so the cycle can begin for all of time, destroys Kratos' village, has his son be tortured by the God of Death for the rest of his life, and destroys Sparta and kills all the soldiers in Rhodes.

The amount of deaths and painful punishments and tortures he gives to countless people easily make him one of the most heinous villains in the series in spite of Kratos ending up destroying the Greek World. A thing I also like to note is that although the Sisters of Fate are capable of causing events that lead to some of Zeus actions, he still choses to do the acts by himself and as shown with Kratos, the Fates don't control his mind, they just provoke a chain of events that lead to things happening, so in no way are any of Zeus' atrocious decisions are any less awful.

Overall, as I said, despite the high stakes, Zeus is able to cut through them easily and is one of the vilest characters in the God of War franchise.

Final Verdict?[]

A heartfelt yes to the Father of Olympus himself. Although if you disagree, you can always downvote the proposal.

P.S. In case you are reading this, thanks for going through all my proposal, it took me a while to watch all the media Zeus appears in and putting it up in writing, I thank you a lot for your attention.

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