Kratos is the protagonist of the God of War series. Born in Sparta, Kratos was a respected soldier and General, up until he lost his wife and daughter when he killed them, albeit by accident, under Ares' command, earning him the nickname of "The Ghost of Sparta", after which he renounced his service to the war god, eventually killing him and ascending to Godhood before exacting revenge against his father, the Olympians and the Titans who betrayed him.
After successfully exacting his vengeance, Kratos escaped into the world of Norse Gods by settling down in Midgard in Ancient Norway where he married another woman named Faye and bore a son named Atreus who together, after the boy's mother’s death, would embark on a journey to spread her ashes at the highest peak of all the nine realms.
He is voiced by Terrance Carson AKA TC Carson and nowadays Christophe Judge as of Norse Era
Kratos is created by David Jaffe, the Director of Santa Monica Studio
- 1 Personality
- 2 The P Team Storyline
- 3 LOTM: Darkness Incarnate
- 4 Weapons and Powers
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
hroughout most of the series (particularly the later entries preceding his journey to Norway), Kratos is incredibly cruel, reckless, and destructive, willing to kill anyone who gets in his way, even innocent people. He is also shown to be incapable of accepting full responsibility for his actions, usually blaming the gods (especially Zeus, Ares, and Athena) for his suffering while ignoring or denying his own part in it. The memory of his misdeeds has driven Kratos to attempt suicide on at least two separate occasions. He is greatly stoic and silent, speaks only when necessary and often only what absolutely needs to be said Earlier on in the series canon, he is less callous towards the lives of others, albeit perfectly willing to sacrifice an innocent bystander when it is required of him. He also exhibits a deep sense of shame and horror at his reputation as the Ghost of Sparta. One example is when Kratos tries to convince a woman in Athens to give him a key, only for her to run away in terror and call him a monster; Kratos is visibly aghast by the fear and hatred others have for him. This shame was further demonstrated when he observed the massacres committed by Ares' minions, causing him to question what he had become. In God of War: Ascension, his earliest canonical appearance, he genuinely mourns the death of Orkos and the Delphic Oracle, even giving Orkos a decent funeral pyre. In Delphi, when Castor orders the guards to remove Kratos from the Oracle's temple, Kratos spares them when they have the good sense to flee. On the island of Delos, he is merciful enough to push an innocent man out of the way of an incoming spear, whereas he would have most likely just let him die in later games. It is possible that Kratos had yet to develop the apathy for others' lives that would come with his later experiences, but this is not proven.
He is also very libidinous and sexually passionate with many women, although as stated by Gaia, he never found true happiness or comfort in these acts, with Lysandra being the only woman he ever loved.
Before and during the original God of War, Kratos was also respectful towards gods and divine entities (with the exception of Ares, whom he also called "Lord" up until his betrayal and Persephone), to the point of calling them "Lords", although he did not fully trust them. As time went on, he became disillusioned with the gods and began to respect them less and less. At the end of his service to the gods of Olympus, when it became clear that they would never relieve him of his nightmares, he became openly defiant and hostile towards them, even after being made a god himself, his hatred, however, reached its peak after learning of their role in his mother’s and brother's suffering after which he swore vengeance upon them. He was also respectful towards Gaia due to her helping him in his quest, although he was skeptical as to why she was doing so. He also put the titan Prometheus out of his misery after the latter begged for his death. Kratos even made amends with Atlas, despite being the cause of his new imprisonment. Following Gaia's betrayal, Kratos lost all respect for divine beings and began ruthlessly murdering god and titan alike. However, he was tolerant of Aphrodite and Hephaestus since they are both in different (and in the latter's case, even somewhat supportive) to his war on Olympus. By the time of God of War III, Kratos is so blinded by rage and obsessed with killing Zeus that he does not notice, or care, that he is destroying entire Greece in his quest for revenge, coldly ignoring the warnings of Athena, Poseidon, Hera, and Zeus himself that his murdering of the gods would bring about the end of life on the Grecian world. He does, however, express extreme guilt for what he has done to Greece after killing Zeus, ultimately attempting suicide over it.
In spite of his cruel acts, Kratos is shown to care deeply for his wife and daughter, with the memories of their deaths driving him to the point of madness. In fact, the one and only time Kratos is shown to be happy is when he briefly reunites with his daughter, Calliope, in Chains of Olympus. He also cared for his younger brother Deimos and his mother Callisto, with their deaths further contributing to his growing hatred for the Gods of Olympus. In addition, Kratos respected his fellow Spartans, including the Last Spartan who he encountered several times during God of War: Ghost of Sparta and God of War II. When he learned of Sparta's destruction at Zeus' hand, Kratos was devastated and angrily demanded that Zeus come down and face him. During his battle with Zeus at the end of God of War II, he declared that he would not let him destroy Sparta, demonstrating that he cared for Sparta and its people. In God of War III, Kratos grows attached to Pandora as she reminds him of his own daughter, even mistaking her for Calliope upon their first encounter, despite the fact that she's only an "object". He became filled with rage after Hera insulted Pandora, and responded by killing her. Kratos ultimately tried to stop Pandora from sacrificing herself, although he was unsuccessful.
When Kratos encountered his half-siblings or cousins, he merely ignored them or told them to step aside, indicating that he does not harbor any particular hatred for them, but will fight them if the need comes to it. This was shown in his confrontations with Theseus, Perseus, and Hermes where he only fought them after they initiated the battle by provoking him. Despite that, he will attempt to dissuade them, as seen when he attempted to reason with Hercules but killed him in a brawl. He will also kill them if necessary, as he had no qualms in killing Peirithous to get the Bow of Apollo. He can show care for them, as he displayed care for Athena to some degree (and vice versa), with Kratos being more affected by her death than even Zeus, who seemed to care very little (if at all) about her death. It is likely that he felt a certain level of kinship with Hephaestus, as they share a mutual hatred of Zeus as well as intense pain over their lost daughters, although he is eventually forced to kill the Smith God when he tries to prevent him from reaching his daughter, Pandora. In spite of this, Kratos respected Hephaestus' desire to protect Pandora as he told her that her father died doing what any father should do: protecting the life of his child and even tried to stop Pandora from killing herself even requiring her convincing to allow her to sacrifice herself.
Despite his war on Olympus, Kratos (at least initially) only truly desired the death of Zeus, and possibly Poseidon and Hades as well. For example, Kratos was legitimately interested, though understandably suspicious, when Helios offered to help Kratos as a way of repaying his debt, implying that Kratos would have spared him if not for his treachery. He also tries to ignore Hermes at first, viewing him as more of a pest than a serious threat, and only attacks him after incessant provocation. Kratos even attempted to ignore Hera, even tossing her aside to press on but later decided to kill her after she annoyed him by insulting Pandora who he came to see as a daughter-figure.
The P Team Storyline
Before the Series
Centuries ago Kratos did battle with his father Zeus. Kratos fought well but he could not defeat him. Kratos died and Zeus ruled the Multi Universe. As Centuries pasted Kratos was brought back to life by Princess Celesita who felt Zeus returning. She brought Kratos back because he's the only one whoever fought Zeus. She sent Kratos to gather a team and find other allies to defeat Zeus when he returns.
In between Kratos is killed by Zeus and revived by Celestia. Kratos was revived by Darkseid who force the spartan to be his knight, after Darkseid's plans, Kratos was killed again by Darkseid's omega beams.
However, Darkseid didn't know that Kratos can ESCAPE DEATH many times. If Kratos escaped death many times, he grows stronger and dreadful. It is unknown what Darkseid thinks Kratos escape Death.
The Crossover Flee Project Darkness
Kratos debuted in this story as a main character.
Kratos returns to help his boss,Knuckles and meets his new friends, The B Team, he's also going to fight Hades from Kid Icarus. With Knuckles indisposed by a coma, Kratos takes up leadership of the team. When Knuckles came back on his feet Kratos saw Pandora murdered by Hades(Kid Icarus) a big mistake on Discord's on part. Kratos then defeats Borg Queen,Boris,Davy Jones,and Krang so they won't get in his way. Kratos then fights Yakone and defeat him. Kratos has discovered that Hades(Kid Icarus) long ago tried to take over Olympus from Zeus but failed.
Post after The Multi-Universal War of Destiny
Kratos and Wheatley heads back to The Striker Force, their members are glad their back and they recruited Nova,King Koopa,Ristar,Vertorman,Duke Nukem, and Jeff and Hal, Kratos is impressed.
The Rise of Mechuckles: Beware of The Sith Stalker
Kratos returns with his Striker Force helping Starkiller, Knuckles, and others against Mechuckles and other Villains. Kratos will also have to save Deimos from his mind controlled.
The Wrath of God of War
Kratos returns helping Maka and others against his old archenemy, Ares and the other villains.
Meister of War
Kratos once again joins everyone in a war with his TRUE archenemy, Zeus and the other villains.
LOTM: Next Gen Island Tour
After Meiser of War, Kratos kinda went on his own taking out all the gods that still remain. Kratos is brought into the story in act 3 when Kid, Bender and Slade all ceash have Soran fires them down and he is with Wheatley and he tries to kill Discord thinking he's evil though he decides to put the swords away and help Protoman and Katara. Kratos also offers to bring two close friends of teams he knows. Kratos arrives with Issac Clarke, Julie Su, King Koopa and Wheatley to the goverment agency where they join with The Alpha Team and Renee Walker. Kratos takes the crew up to the caverns where the other disco ball and he has a feeling the Lord of Darkness is there due to him being the one who placed it there. Kratos and the crew get to the cave, where they and Magneto go after the disco ball who Lord of the Darkness finds and Kratos engages him and his disco ball which ends up destroying it with the others dealing with goblins
Kratos takes his team to the volcano where they lead into Loomis, Kratos admits that while the area is very heated, he can stand it. Kratos finds it pointless why he is running as he's a god so he decides to scheme something on his own with his team. Kratos and his Striker Force begin setting a trap for Micheal Myers so they could put their plan and King Koopa volunteers to use himself as bait as he does know how to provoke.Koopa lets himself get chased by Myers who he calls a pencil neck and tells him surrender or every waking moment for him will become a swirling torment of pain and misery, Kratos and his teeam catch Myers with the help from Victor, Travis, Trunks and Aeon. Kratos and the Striker Force show once more their knack for trapping when they help Slade, Anti Cosmo, Mr.Gold and Discord trap Predaking before watching Hook shoot Belle with a bullet that causes memory loss. Kratos arrives in the Friendship Kngdom and helps the crew with their mssions before they all join up with the rest of the heroes and destroys the Internment camp, burning it to the ground with "Another Brick in the Wall" while killing any army remaining.
Kratos learns of Blue's dream shade poisoning and set out to resolve it which mean a trip to neverland is needed. Pan though puts a stop to that and Kratos decides to kill him, Pan reminds Kratos that he is smarter and stronger than the god and he could render him mortal if he rips his shadow out. He doesn't lose focus and decides to chase after him when he steals Cadence
Kratos and the others go into a cavern where the instructions are all in braille, a hard to read language and they have to use translation to find what they are told to do and after some thinking they do sort it out. Kratos and his friends's way is bust a hole in the sky which King Koopa does. Kratos first works with Deimos against Hama and then joins with Bender, Black Star, Slade, Anti Cosmo and Castiel to fight Wesker who murdered Celestia. Wesker proves too much for Kratos and takes him out of the fight getting Anti Cosmo to carry him away so the other four can deal with Albert.
Kratos guess stars during three acts of LOTM: Next Gen Island Tour to help his Friend Black Star like he's doing with Kid against The Templar Order and Haytham Kenway
Weapons and Powers
Kratos possesses incredible superhuman strength and endurance beyond that of any mortal or beast, the exact limits of which are yet to be determined. His strength seems to fluctuate depending on the situation he's in. It's shown in the games that Kratos can subdue many large and powerful beasts. He has proven capable of overpowering the Hydra, throwing the Colossus of Rhodes after it attempted to crush him beneath its foot, and prevented both Cronus and Atlas from crushing him between their fingers and his hand. Such feats of durability include falling from great heights and walking away unharmed, getting crushed, stabbed, beaten, blasted, and burned by various enemies and trap he's encountered. Kratos also have great skill to any situation, including climbing mountain and building, jumping with great heights, and swinging into another side.
During his battle against Hercules, who is considered to be unrivaled in terms of sheer strength, Kratos proved capable of stopping his charges, forcing him backwards and enduring his powerful bear hugs without any ill effects, even breaking free from them by knocking the Olympian down with incredible strength. Kratos was ultimately able to defeat Hercules, proving to be the superior warrior of the two. Hercules is a being who at one point carried the world on his shoulders during his 12 labors, indicating the kind of strength Kratos has to overpower a being as strong as Hercules. Kratos also possessed the power of hope to kill truly immortal god and it make him invulnerable to any powerful attack. However when Kratos lose in battle or war, he just crawled from underworld to earth and traveling time and comeback to battle with new weapon and magic. its possible when Kratos traveling time he can change his fate in future.
Kratos ripped off Helios' head, using only his sheer strength, and is able to rip Undead Legionnaires, infected humans, monster, and magical beings in half, using only his bare hands. It is presumed Kratos was born with his god-like strength and abilities due to being Zeus' demigod son. He might also be partially immortal and gotten stronger when he absorbed Hades soul and every power he gained from gods, when he absorb Hades' soul he have ability to swimming in river Styx without got absorbed by soul in the river and he can use any portal in Olympus. Kratos' form when he became God of War after killing Ares, Kratos stood roughly 500 or more feet tall, and possessed all power of God of War , which going by Ares' showings would include flight, telekinesis, elemental power, teleport, invulnerability, regeneration, reality warping, shape shifting, summoning, dimensional manipulation, and telepathy. It is possible he had acquired all the abilities of the other Gods (including sister of fate) and magical beings.
In addition to his vast strength, he also possesses incredible vast agility, vast stamina, vast durability, vast endurance, vast reflexes and vast speed. He is capable of sensing danger and possesses great skills and accuracy with all forms of weapon and powerful magic . Kratos can also keep up with opponents who posses superhuman speed, such as Zeus who have speed of lighting, Charon, Hermes (god of speed), and Pollux who have speed of time ( including teleport) . He is also able to regenerate from most wounds at a fast rate, though he didn't regenerate from the scar on his stomach caused by the Blade of Olympus and the scar over his right eye caused by Ares for reasons unknown (maybe he can't fully regenerate himself from scars caused by gods' power). Due to these abilities, Kratos is able to defeat monsters, magical beings, titans and even the Gods themselves. Kratos also possesses powerful resistance to most forms of attack and magic that would easily kill most humans or magical beings.
Before serving Ares, Kratos' main weapon was his sword. Under Ares' rule, Kratos' main weapons became the Blades of Chaos, a gift from Ares as a sign of his servitude. They are essentially two Falchion-like blades on long chains, permanently fused and seared to the wielder's forearms. Once Kratos killed Ares, Athena replaced them with a nearly identical pair of blades called the Blades of Athena, and then replaces them again in God of War III with the very similar Blades of Exile. Kratos displays proficiency with all of his weapons. It's implied that he learned many of his fighting skills from Ares and other gods, the former God of War himself. Initially, Kratos also had a massive Spartan army under his command, used both before and during his servitude under Ares. in god of war : ghost of Sparta, he gain power from his rage. and in god of war I, he gain god power from Pandora box to kill ares.
Kratos, before and after becoming a God, gained many powers and weapon from the Gods. However he become stronger after his dead. Kratos can upgrade his weapon and magic,when he upgraded his weapon and magic he got new special attack and his weapon and magic become stronger. he also gain items and relics from gods to make him get unlimited powers, magic, and health and become greater. Kratos in game seem always use power, but he also have dangerous magic. When he relinquished his old powers to the Blade of Olympus, he was given new powers by the Titans. Some of these powers resemble the abilities given to him by the Gods. The Blade of Olympus is one of Kratos' greatest weapons, as he has infused all of his godly power into it.
If any villains kills Kratos, Kratos can escape hell and grows stronger.
Wheatley is one of the members of Kratos' team. He met him while gathering members for his group. When he met Wheatley Kratos did not know what Whealtey was for he never saw a robot before. Wheatley told his story to Kratos and Kratos felt sorry for the little robot and ask if he would like to aid him on his quest to destroy Zeus. Wheatley gladly accept for he thought he could do some good to make up for the mistakes he made.
Zeus is Kratos' father. Kratos and Zeus have done battle for many many years. Centries ago Zeus killed his son and took over the Multi Universe. When Kratos returned to life he gathered a team and he swore to defeat Zeus if he ever returned. Zeus is FAR worse then Ares himself.
The two are pretty good friends, Both Maka and Kratos are the Main Enemies of Zeus. Maka is Kratos's one of his best friends, and one of the toughest opponents he has ever seen. When Zeus returns(upcoming) Kratos allows Maka to fight him herself.
Starkiller might one of the greatest opponents and friend Kratos could ask for. Like Kratos Starkiller has faced down entire armies and some of the greatest warriors of the Multi Universe and lived. They met during the The Crossover Flee Project Darkness. They also fought when Zeus mind controlled Starkiller to his side. After Starkiller returned to normal and Zeus was defeated Starkiller and Kratos hoped that they could have a rematch one day.
The P Team
Kratos met The Helper Squad during the war with Zeus. (They were called The P Team then) He helps them fight Zeus along with his team The Striker Force. After they all defeated Zeus Kratos stayed with the group and is one of the groups most powerful allies.
Hades(Kid Icarus) is Kratos' archenemy and Kratos hates him more then EVERY Gods of Multi-Universe. Hades killed Pandora to pissed Kratos off, when the final Battle starts, Kratos will kill Hades with Blades of Olympus he got.
Deimos is Kratos' younger brother. They both hate the Gods and both are powerful warriors. While Kratos might seem cold uncaring and hateful he does love and care for his brother and anyone who messes with Deimos Kratos will rip them apart.
Ares is one of Kratos's hatred characters and archenemies. Ares was Kratos's master until he tricked him into killing his family, Kratos is now pissed and he is set out on a quest to kill Ares once and for all. When Ares returns in Rise of Mechuckles: Beware of the Sith Stalker. Kratos is even more pissed then ever and he is one of the characters knows what Ares is going to do to him with Ares' own plans without Elders of the Realm. When Ares returns and reforms. Kratos won't forgive him but trust and respected him.
Kratos is revived by Darkseid, forcing Kratos to work for him, after Kratos helps Darkseid, Darkseid then kills Kratos. However, Darkseid didn't know Kratos can escaped hell and grow stronger. Kratos decided to leave him alone(which it works when Darkseid is defeated) Kratos finally got his revenge.
- Kratos is voiced by Terrence C. Carson from God of War to God of War: Ascension, and by Antony Del Rio as a child in God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Christopher Judge took over the role for the first PS4 God of War.
- According to a God of War III special feature, Kratos stands 8 feet tall.
- From God of War to God of War III, Kratos' tattoo gets thinner and thinner and changes slightly in design. In the first game, it stretches on his chest from close to his sternum to past his left nipple. In the second, it is closer to his nipple. In the final game, it does not cover his nipple at all. It should also be noted that his tattoo in God of War circled more of his left arm, but in the games afterward, it does not. In the God of War (2018), his right arm's hooked tattoo changed differently to its appearance in God of War III, becoming closer to what it looked like in the original God of War.
- Kratos' family is shown to be the only people he has ever truly loved. The only time he has ever been seen smiling was when he found Calliope in the Underworld. Kratos was very distraught when he had to leave her once again. Later, when he encounters an illusion of his late wife, he begs her for forgiveness, something he has never been seen doing before. When he is forced to kill his mother, he is distraught by her passing. When his younger brother Deimos is killed, Kratos is devastated before he unleashes his rage on Thanatos for his actions. He also cares a lot about his second child, Atreus, protecting him on the way during some situations, he is also more concerned about his well-being and temperament, frantically seeking Freya's help because he fell ill from his induced rage, he also disciplines his son like any typical father could. While his relationship with Faye, his second late wife, was not known well, he was visibly angered when Atreus accuses him of not mourning for her.
- Kratos' standard outfit appearance had little changes throughout the games. In God of War and God of War: Ascension, his hands were without any gloves, and he had nothing but white cloth between the chains and the skin of his arms. His belt changes between God of War and God of War II, in the former, he wears a red leather belt, in the latter, he was wearing a gold one, this was kept to God of War III. His skirt is the same as in later games in God of War: Ascension, but seems like it is new and undamaged. In Chains of Olympus, his skirt seems to be torn apart in some places, as in God of War, and you can clearly see his red gloves. As a God in God of War II, while wearing his god armor, the skirt is intact just to be torn apart again after the Colossus of Rhodes smashed him and broke the armor, and the gloves are kept. The final outfit from God of War II is pretty much the same as the one in the sequel. Also, in God of War II and III, Kratos wears a red leather armlet beneath the chains in his arms. The only difference between the two games is that his skirt seems to be shorter in the HD scenes of God of War II and God of War III than that in the gameplay of God of War II. This could be because of his years of trial and error, fighting creatures and gods, that caused his skirt damage. In the new God of War, if inspected closely, one can see of what remains of his old skirt in his waist.
- Developer Stig Asmussen has revealed that David Jaffe intended for Kratos to take on the Norse and Egyptian gods after having defeated Zeus and the Greek pantheon. His intention for the former was confirmed with the release of God of War.