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Hero Overview

Kratos: 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.
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?
Kratos: 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 telling his bloody past to Atreus.
Death... is in my blood. Fate... has brought me here. I hope for nothing. I fear nothing.
~ Kratos in the third God of War game's trailer.
My vengeance... ENDS... NOW.
~ Kratos' most famous quote.
In moments of crisis, panic does nothing, harness it, let it serve you.
~ Kratos

Kratos (Greek: Κράτος), also known as The Ghost of Sparta and Fárbauti (by the Jötnar), is the main protagonist of the God of War franchise.

He is a Spartan warrior that is a demigod that would become the slayer of Gods, ending the Greek pantheon. Though he eventually transforms into a more villainous character as his thirst for vengeance consumes him and causes him to destroy the world, initially Kratos is more of a gray character, acting as a sort of anti-hero who fights against corrupt gods and their forces but in a very brutal and violent manner. In the fourth game, Kratos sees the errors of his way and becomes a much wiser character who now raises his son Atreus and ensures that he will become a better god than either him or the corrupt gods that wronged him, and now only attacks in self-defense.

He was voiced by Terrence C. Carson (who also voiced Mace Windu in many Star Wars video games), was voiced as a child in God of War: Ghost of Sparta by Antony Del Rio, and is currently being voiced by Christopher Judge (who also famously played Teal'c in the Stargate series) of 2018's God of War (IV) and God of War Ragnarok. In Japanese, he was voiced by Tessho Genda in the Greek Era, who also voiced Kurama in Naruto, and Kenta Miyake in the Norse Era, who also voiced All Might, Muhammad Avdol, Zangief, Gladiolus Amicitia, and Vector the Crocodile.


Kratos: By the Gods, what have I become.
The Grave Digger: Death. The destroyer...of worlds.
~ Kratos and the Grave Digger.

Kratos is a destructive, ruthless, violent, fierce, and brutal warrior who is focused mainly on his own goals, and turning what guilt he has into anger. Whenever he is wronged, he becomes obsessed with revenge and will destroy who or whatever he has to so as to get his vengeance. At first, Kratos wanted revenge on Ares for the war god making him kill his family, then Zeus for trying to kill him, and finally, his vendetta extends to all the gods. He tends to blame others for his actions, such as Ares or Zeus, until the end, when Kratos accepted the consequences of what he'd done and killed himself with the Blade of Olympus. He has even contemplated killing himself at some points out of his inability to cope with the constant memories of his crimes. But for all his faults, Kratos truly loved his family, the only time he is happy being when he got to see Calliope again. He also cared about Deimos and his mother, Callisto, regretted killing Athena and came to care about Pandora, like she was his daughter.

After destroying Olympus, remarrying, and siring another child, Atreus, in Norway, Kratos becomes a more stoic character, only bursting out in anger when antagonized or threatened. Although he is sometimes prone to outbursts when disciplining his son, he almost always manages to regain control of himself before doing any damage. He also accepts full responsibility for his actions in Greece, often exhibiting extreme sadness and regret, and at times even falling into a state of depression, when confronted about his past behavior, he now also dreads being called the "Ghost of Sparta", angrily telling Mimir not to call him that. He is also more considerate to others' feelings as well, as he sternly reproaches Atreus when the latter asking Sindri the reason of Brok's blue skin while he himself doesn't. As a result of his drastic maturity, Kratos is shameful of his past and prefers to keep it a secret from his son. However, he eventually realizes being open to Atreus with his mistakes would allow Atreus to learn from Kratos' mistakes and not go down the dark path he himself once trodden.

Following his union with Faye, Kratos went to great lengths to cover up his past as a God, especially from Atreus. Believing that his son’s godhood was a curse, Kratos kept the truth hidden with hopes that Atreus would live a normal life, though his secrecy became the source of his son’s recurring illness.

Unfortunately for Kratos, Atreus, despite his compassionate nature, appears to have inherited his father's impulsiveness and tendency towards rage. He is alarmed at Atreus' outbursts and is quick to reprimand him for it, fearing that he will become the same monster he was in Greece. He is shown to love Atreus just as he loved Calliope, Lysandra, and most likely Faye. Telling his son that they would complete the journey together. Kratos's relationship with Faye is not well-known but it is apparent that they had a very close and loving relationship, as Kratos openly acknowledges that Faye was better than a God and wondered if he could raise his son without her. He also respected Faye's wishes of not taking Atreus hunting, resulting in Kratos being gone most of the time hunting for the family.

However, his distrust for divine beings remains intact, opting to avoid interaction with the Norse Gods whenever possible, even when they (like Freya) try to befriend and help him. He is also shown to still harbor resentment towards the gods of Olympus, promptly telling the spirit of Athena to leave his head the moment she appears. He likewise reassures her that, while he is still a monster, he is no longer her monster. Despite this, Kratos is shown to have become more reasonable in dealing with the Norse Gods, as he was able to come to trust and care for Freya after she saved his son despite all of his previous distrust. Even after learning Freya had bewitched Mimir to prevent them from learning Baldur's weakness, Kratos cared enough to fight Baldur for her and later saved her life by killing Baldur when he attempted to choke her to death. He did not harm her when she swore vengeance on him, likely as he understands the pain she feels, having felt the same after killing his family, and believes that time will eventually cause her to forgive him. He also came to develop a strong friendship with Mimir, eventually taking his advice more and even comforting him at times.

Kratos now only kills out of self-defense and does not see the point in killing a weakened enemy and he is shown to be much more polite towards those who ally with him and displays enough increased sensitivity to know how not to make an enemy out of others. He even tries to be the voice of reason when Atreus finds out he is a god and lets it go to his head. Though he finds Brok and Sindri annoying, Kratos is never rude or ill-natured around them and even trusts them to work on his gear. In addition, while he admitted that he doesn't like it when Sindri talks about his brother, he was nevertheless absolutely disapproving and reprimanding of Atreus when he coldly told Sindri to shut up about it, even going as far as to look almost apologetic to the Dwarf. He was also clearly not amused when Atreus asked Sindri on why Brok is blue-colored while he isn't. He was even more merciful enough to be willing to spare a weakened Modi and was greatly shocked and angered when Atreus killed him in retribution for the latter's insults towards Faye. Likewise, for Baldur, Kratos offered him multiple chances to step aside and only fought him when threatened. He ultimately offered Baldur a chance to escape when he was defeated and even tried reasoning with him, saying that vengeance is not a path to be walked by as people would not find peace, recounting his own experience with it.

This path you walk... vengeance. You will find no peace. I know.
~ Kratos attempting to reason to Baldur.

Due to his slaying of the Gods of Olympus, Kratos now understands that vengeance will not bring him or others peace, even trying to talk Baldur out of killing Freya and then killing him when he attempts to do so to try and end the cycle of children killing their parents. When Freya threatens Kratos and swears vengeance against him, he does not retaliate in anger and simply replies that she does not know him, showing maturity and self-control. When Atreus accused Kratos of not caring for Faye, he was simply annoyed and told Atreus to stop talking.

Although Kratos does not seem to enjoy troubling himself by helping dead spirits, mainly because they no longer have any "needs, only wants", he does help people when need be. When prompted by Mimir to rescue the Valkyries, Kratos complained, but was willing to submit when Atreus reminded him of Midgard's fate being dependent on them doing the job, showing that even though he preferred to stay out of others affairs, he still cared for his new home, likely due to how he had once destroyed the lands of Greece and therefore seemingly finding the idea of saving the Norse lands as being a chance to start saving a world instead of destroying one. He also noted that as the Valkyries are so strong, they are useful for his and Atreus's growth in skill. When they reached Jotunheim, Mimir wanted to stay behind because their business was between Atreus and Kratos, but Kratos objected at first because he didn't want any affiliates of Odin finding Mimir.

At the beginning of his journey with Atreus, Kratos kept his forearms wrapped in bandages to hide the scars from his chained blades, symbolizing his desire to hide his past from his son. At the end of their journey, after coming clean to his son about his past, Kratos threw away his bandages, deciding he has nothing left to hide.

Kratos has also developed a dry sense of humor such as when Mimir asked Atreus to carry him since Kratos was tackling deadly traps, Kratos replied he would not want Mimir to miss "this" (the excitement of dodging the traps) and smirked slightly when Mimir claimed Kratos was enjoying himself. At one point, when Mimir asks Atreus to take a knife originating from his homeland, Kratos responded by saying "yes, boy.... take it. We may need to butter bread somewhere in our travels.", which caused Mimir to berate Kratos and say that his sarcastic humor makes no one like him.

After freeing the Valkyries, Kratos became in a good mood and seems to doesn't care about what happened to the Valkyries from the past.

Powers and Abilities


...I was born a god. And so were you.
~ Kratos to Atreus.
  • Demigod-Physiology: As the son of the Olympian Zeus and the mortal Callisto, Kratos is a demigod, which grants him godly superhuman powers.
    • Immortality: Kratos, in addition to having once been immortal as the new God of War until he lost his godhood, has been cursed for his sins to never be able to die, henceforth how he survived his suicide with the Blade of Olympus. However, as seen in God of War (2018), Kratos does age physically, albeit at a much slower rate than a mortal.
    • Invulnerability: Kratos is extremely resilient to many forms of powerful magic, allowing him to easily take mystical attacks capable of normally killing humans with ease from the Gods. This does not prevent his body from being physically wounded, although most wounds that would kill a mortal man are much less fatal to him.
    • Superhuman Strength: Kratos possesses incredible super-strength, able to overpower monsters, Titans, and even Hercules, who was known for being unrivaled in sheer strength. Kratos' physical strength most likely comes from his relation to his father Zeus, having also fathered Hercules and being incredibly powerful himself as king of the Greek pantheon. Some impressive feats of Kratos include using his bare hands and raw strength to prevent the Titans Atlas and Cronos from crushing him, as well as managing to wrestle and subdue many large and powerful beasts including the Hydra. Even against Hercules, Kratos proved capable of stopping his charges, forcing him back and enduring his powerful bear-hugs without any ill-effects, even breaking free from them and subsequently defeating him. In Norway, Kratos pushed the 1 million ton bridge surrounding Tyr's Temple with little to no effort.
    • Enhanced Mobility: He is highly agile and quick, possessing the ability to sense danger. He is also able to use a large variety of weapons and magical powers. Kratos can also keep up with beings who possess superhuman speed, such as Zeus, Charon, Hermes, and Pollux and time-bending Castor. Kratos also has useful skills that include climbing mountains and buildings, jumping with great heights, and swinging like an ape from a side to another over a big gap.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Kratos's regenerative healing factor allows him to heal & regenerate from injuries at a fast rate. Despite the fact that he can rapidly heal from injuries caused by godly weaponry, they still leave a scar on his body. Due to his regenerative healing factor, he can resist attacks that would normally kill other beings and can regenerate even being impaled by the Blade of Olympus.
    • Superhuman Speed: Kratos is incredibly fast, capable of matching the likes of Zeus who has the speed of lightning, Charon, Hermes, and Pollux and Castor who possessed Chronokinesis. His speed can at times prove to be a major factor in his victories, as shown by how he used his superior speed to kill Magni before he could react. This is further enhanced when he gained Boots of Hermes, Despite him being physically slower than Baldur his reflexes and reaction speed are enough to block his attacks.
    • Superhuman Agility: Kratos has tremendous agility, capable of easily climbing mountains and buildings, jumping great heights and landing without any problems, and swinging on ropes to cross long gaps.
    • Enhanced Wisdom: He gains a higher level of intelligence, being able to solve complex puzzles created by some of the best Greek architects.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Kratos possesses an almost unlimited amount of stamina compared to a mortal man, allowing him to remain constantly active for days without tiring. This allows him to accomplish such feats as spending days scaling the temple of Pandora to reach Pandora's Box or taking down enormous monsters that require him to stay on the move. Should Kratos expend all his stamina, he only momentarily requires rest or food to restore it.
    • Superhuman Durability: Kratos is extremely durable, capable of withstanding falls from great heights and walking away unharmed, getting crushed, stabbed, beaten, blasted, and burned by various enemies and traps without any lasting damage as well as survive extreme environments such as Hel, the Norse Realm of the Dead, which according to Mimir was said to be so cold that not even Odin himself can survive there for long, as well as Muspelheim. In addition, blows from most other extremely physically powerful opponents have little-to-no effect against him.
    • Superhuman Senses: Kratos senses are heightened, which make him aware of his surroundings and to sense danger when it's near.
    • Power Absorption: Kratos has the innate ability to absorb any power from any being he has killed, which gives him several powers that he has used on his quests.


Your mind is troubled... but your skills are still without equal.
~ Orkos to Kratos.
  • Intelligence: Though often knocked for just being a brute, Kratos has demonstrated himself to be intelligent and was able to solve any problem he has come across. He has also shown himself to be clever and cunning, such as using the environment against his enemies, using Megaera's anger to his advantage, and feigning defeat to Zeus to catch him off guard.
    • Wisdom: Despite being driven by rage during the Greek era, Kratos is wise enough to solve puzzles through any of his journey, such as Pandora's temple or Hera's garden. His wisdom has carried over in the Norse era, being able to solve numerous problems in ancient ruins and temples, and mentoring Atreus during their journey.
  • Leadership: Kratos was an effective leader, being given the title of general of the Spartan Army, and later led his own men when he became the new god of war.
  • Willpower: Determined and dedicated to anything he sets his mind to, Kratos has demonstrated great willpower and fortitude during his journeys. He has done what most in the Greek and Norse pantheon have considered impossible, such as killing a god, obtaining Pandora's box, escaping from the Underworld, changing his fate, and killing Zeus. His willpower has also allowed him to break free from the Furies' illusions, stop Hades from ripping is soul, and resist Aphrodite's seduction. Kratos' will is deeply thrived from his need for vengeance, refusing to give up until he killed those who wronged him. By God of War (2018), Kratos' willpower is still noticeable, but is no longer driven by his rage.
  • Master Combatant: Kratos is also a highly skilled and powerful warrior, displaying immense mastery with his weapons. It is implied that he learned many of his fighting skills from other gods, most notably Ares, the former God of War himself. In general, Kratos' years of training and experience made him a dangerous combatant in both armed and unarmed combat, he is particularly good at wrestling and close combat, using his high physical prowess and Spartan technique to compensate for his lacks of superhuman powers that other gods possess. His age did not hamper his skill at all, allowing him to effectively hunt monsters and proved capable of overpowering the likes of Magni and Baldur in battle.
  • Swordsmanship: Due to his Spartan training, Kratos excelled with swords and blades, which granted him victory when defeating Ares, the Colossus of Rhodes, Cronos and Gaia.
  • Hammer Mastery: He has demonstrated skill with hammers, being able to use the Barbarian Hammer with little effort.
  • Axe Mastery: Kratos has shown himself to be skilled with axes, such as using Faye's Leviathan Axe to kill numerous monsters.
  • Chain Mastery: Kratos shows excellence with chains, being able to manipulate them with the Blades of Chaos, Athena, Exile with tremendous skill.
  • Shield Mastery: Kratos is skilled with the guardian shield, using it for defense against projectiles or in close combat against his opponents.
  • Marksmanship: He is a master marksman, capable of using ranged weapons (throwing weapons and bows) with ease and proficiency. He is also able to use his marksmanship with the Leviathan Axe, as he can throw it at his target and can summon it back to him.
  • Master Swimmer: Kratos is a skilled swimmer, capable of swimming at great distances and going underwater to reach his destinations.


Do not deny me my revenge!!
~ Kratos to Gaia.
  • Vengeance: Kratos' greatest weakness is his lust for vengeance, which has made him reckless, destructive, and negligent when on his journeys. He has allowed vengeance to consume him greatly to the point that it clouded his mind or reasoning, as he was willing to kill innocent people or destroy numerous cities. This weakness has been used against him, such as being a pawn of Gaia to get her revenge on the Olympians, a pawn of Athena's plan to become queen following Zeus' death, or being easily provoked by Zeus when he was taunted. Following the destruction of the Greek pantheon, Kratos has managed to control his rage, which has allowed him to become more wise and reasonable.

Supernatural Weapons (Greek Era)

The Blades of Chaos

Before swearing himself to Ares, Kratos used a normal sword, but afterward, his weapons became the Blades of Chaos, short sword weapons that he wields mainly by swinging the blades on the chains in a whip-like manner. Kratos can also wield them in the manner of short swords and the Blades can also be enveloped with flame. After his victory over Ares, he replaces them with the Blades of Athena, which were badly damaged after Kratos fell into the River Styx and Athena replaces them with the Blades of Exile. Both of those pairs of weapons have most of the same powers and moves as the Blades of Chaos. After becoming the god of war, Kratos gained a number of godly powers, such as immortality and invulnerability to most forms of attack. However, he infused these powers into the Blade of Olympus, which is his most powerful weapon.

One of the Blades of Athena

  • Blades of Chaos --> Blades of Athena --> Blades of Exile: These are the primary weapons that Kratos uses. While they have their own unique features, what is common about these 3 pairs is that they are Short Swords that have powers of fire and are jagged. The Blades of Exile are the most powerful among these three pairs, having been upgraded by Athena using the Blades of Athena. Kratos uses them to slice, eviscerate and impale enemies, as well as using them as chained grappling hooks, either to drag enemies towards him or climb mountains.
  • Sun Shield: The personal shield of the sun god Helios, Kratos obtained it when journeying through the temple of Helios. Kratos used the weapon to parry and deflect enemy attacks, but lost the weapon after defeating Persephone.
  • Gauntlet of Zeus: A gigantic gauntlet forged by Hephaestus, it was used by Zeus to chain the Titans in the depths of Tartarus. Kratos found and obtained the item after being defeated by Charon, and used toe gauntlet to fight enemies and shatter stone and iron.
  • Medusa's Head: Ripped from the head of the gorgon queen, Aphrodite gave Medusa to Kratos as gift for his journey to kill Ares. Kratos used the head to freeze enemies in place, allowing him to destroy them and increase his chances in battle.
  • Blade of Artemis: A large curved blade used by the goddess of the hunt, Artemis gifted the blade to Kratos on his quest to kill Ares.
  • Blade of the Gods: A large blade forged by the Gods and used a bridge, Kratos used the weapon to fight Ares and kill the god of war.
  • Blade of Olympus: The blade that ended the first Titanomachy, the weapon was created by Zeus and is a formidable weapon to anyone who wields it. When fighting the Colossus of Rhodes, Zeus tricked Kratos into putting his power within the blade so he could kill his son. Kratos regained the blade when fighting Zeus once again, and used the weapon to kill numerous characters such as Cronos, Gaia, and Perses, and used the blade in his rage mode. After killing Zeus, Kratos used the blade one more time to impale himself and give hope to humanity.
  • Typhon's Bane: A bow and arrow that was originally in Typhon's eye, Kratos was able to shoot guest of wind at his targets.
  • Spear of Destiny: A spear wielded by the Dark Rider, Kratos gained the weapon after killing the rider and his griffin, and used it on his journey to the Fates.
  • Barbarian Hammer: Wielded by the barbarian Alrik, Kratos obtained the hammer after killing the barbarian king during his journey to reach the Sisters of Fate.
  • Bow of Apollo: The bow has two main firing modes; a rapid-fire mode in which Kratos can launch a flurry of flaming arrows in rapid succession, or a power mode, where Kratos charges up the bow to release charged Fire Arrows. The arrows are also unaffected by gravity.
  • Claws of Hades: The infamous weapons of the God of the underworld, Kratos gained the claws after defeating Hades in combat. Though capable of dealing great damage to opponents, its greatest ability is that Kratos can summon souls of monsters to kill his enemies.
  • Head of Helios: Ripped from the sun god's head, Kratos used the head of Helios to travel through the dark caverns and blind his enemies.
  • Boots of Hermes: Taken from Hermes, Kratos used the boots to transverse across Greece and dodge from enemy attacks.
  • Nemean Cestus: The Nemean Cestus are originally Hercules's weapons before Kratos took them for his own and used them to brutally beat Hercules to death. A pair of huge metal gauntlets, each forged to resemble a snarling lion's head. It greatly increases and compounds the strength of its wielder when worn, and allows the wielder to destroy onyx shards.
  • Nemesis Whip: Crafted by the great blacksmith Hephaestus, the Nemesis Whip was made from Omphalos stone, which was the rock that Cronos eat instead of his son Zeus. Kratos used the whip to work the electric bridges, and used them to hit multiple opponents quickly.

Supernatural Weapons (Norse Era)

Kratos (God of War 2018) attacking with the Leviathan Axe.

  • Leviathan: One of the most iconic weapons in the entire GOW series is the Leviathan, the newest supernatural weapon. The Leviathan is a two-handed axe forged by the Huldra Brothers, Sindri & Brok, for Kratos' late wife Faye aka. Laufey before it later passed to Kratos by Faye herself. It has several symbols inscribed on the weapon's blade which give it special powers, among them being the ability to call the weapon back to the wielder's hand like Thor's Mjolnir and Ice magic. The similarities between both Leviathan and Mjolnir was revealed to be intentional, for Huldra Brothers were ashamed for creating the latter for Thor, who then abused the hammer by massacring Jötnar and performing many other forms of atrocities with it, suggesting Leviathan partly made to counteract Mjolnir as well. (Ice weapon)
  • Blades of Chaos: The Blades Of Chaos appear is the game as well but with a slightly different appearance and an upgrading factor. Because of their pyrokinetic power and Grecian mystical origin they are able to burn in Helheim, a crucial aspect for Kratos that allows him to fight Hel Walkers and survive the travel through Helheim. Kratos hid the weapons under the floorboards of his house in an attempt of leaving his rage and his past behind, but when his son fell ill he was forced to take them out, as he needed them in Helheim where he would find the main ingredient to his cure. (fire weapon)
  • Guardian Shield: A collapsible shield that can be used to parry and block enemy attacks and can also be used offensively in combination with the Blades of Chaos and Kratos' fists. When not in use, the shield takes a gauntlet-like form to occupy less space. (blocking weapon)


God of War: Ascension

Break an oath with a GOD? Ha, of all the minds in question, mine is not the one to worry about.
~ Kratos to Orkos.

God of War: Chains of Olympus

I am here now child, and I will not leave you again.
~ Kratos to Calliope in the Elysium Fields.

God of War (2005)

Ten years, Athena! I have faithfully served the gods for ten years! When will you relieve me of these nightmares?
~ Kratos to the statue of Athena.
By the Gods...What have I become?
~ Kratos thinking of his past.
I am not the same man you found that day. The monster you created has returned... to kill you.
~ Kratos to Ares before their battle.
You succeeded.
~ Kratos' response to Ares before killing him.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

The visions still haunt me, Athena! The visons you promised to take away. But this vision, I can change.
~ Kratos to Athena on his vision.
It is not over, Athena. The gods will pay for this!
~ Kratos swearing revenge against the gods.

God of War II

I owe you nothing!
~ Kratos to Athena.
I am the God of War!
~ Kratos when using his special attack.
Do you see, gods of Olympus?! Do you need more proof than this?!
~ Kratos after destroying the Colossus of Rhodes.
I serve no one!
~ Kratos refusing to vow his service to Zeus.
A choice from the Gods...is as useless as the Gods themselves.
~ Kratos to Zeus.
You will pay for this, Zeus... Be certain of that.
~ Kratos before dying.
I am no coward.
~ Kratos to Gaia.
ZEUUUUUUS! Is this how you face me?! Coward! I am through doing the bidding of the Gods! Come down here and face me now, Zeus!
~ Kratos before fighting the Kraken.
If all of Olympus will deny me my vengeance, then all of Olympus will die. I have lived in the shadow of the gods for long enough! The time of the gods has come to an end!
~ Kratos after learning that Zeus was his father.

God of War III

Death...is in my blood. Fate...has brought me here. I hope for nothing...I fear...nothing.
~ Kratos in the trailer for God of War III
Zeus, your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!
~ Kratos to Zeus in ending God of War II and beginning of God of War III
There will be only chaos!
~ Kratos in the reveal trailer.
Death is my calling. Vengeance my creed. I will wash away the past, with the blood of Olympus! Chaos will rise again!
~ Kratos in the Vengeance trailer.
A true warrior does not hide, Poseidon. Leave the sea, and face me!
~ Kratos to Poseidon.
Then prepare for your death, Poseidon.
~ Kratos before killing Poseidon.
The hand 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 to Zeus.
I have lived as a warrior. I have died as a god. Having suffered the ultimate sacrifice, I have been denied release. I... I will defeat Olympus. I will have my revenge.
~ Kratos while falling into the River Styx.
We are not finished, Zeus. The gates of Hades have never held me!
~ Kratos in the Underworld.
You aspire to be an Olympian, yet their reign is ending, Hercules.
~ Kratos to Hercules before their fight.
To catch a fly from the ass of Zeus is not worth my time, Hermes.
~ Kratos to Hermes.
All I remember is what I have lost.
~ Kratos to Athena.
My vengeance…ends...NOW!
~ Kratos before stabbing himself with the Blade of Olympus.

God of War (2018)

I do not know.
~ Another phrase by Kratos through the story.
I know. But I am your monster no longer.
~ Kratos to Athena.
Fate is another lie told by the gods. Nothing is written that cannot be unwritten.
~ Kratos about the fate.
No. He is beaten, not worth killing.
~ Kratos telling Atreus to spare Modi.
You killed against my wishes. You lost control.
(Atreus: Haven't you been teaching me to kill?)
I have been teaching you to survive! We are gods, boy, and that makes us a target. From now until the end of days, you are marked. So I teach you to kill, yes, but in defense of yourself. Never as an indulgence.
~ Kratos reprimanding Atreus for killing Modi.
Watch your tone, boy.
~ Kratos warning Atreus.
You will listen to me and not speak a word! I am your father, and you, boy, are not yourself! You are too quick to temper! You are rash, insubordinate, and out of control! This will not stand! You will honor your mother, and abandon this path you have chosen! It is not too late. This discussion is far from over. We are here because of you, boy. Never forget that.
~ Kratos scolding Atreus for his behavior.
This path you walk... vengeance. You will find no peace. I know.
~ Kratos to Baldur in the final battle.
The cycle ends here. We must be better than this!
~ Kratos to Baldur before killing him.
Freya: You are just an animal! Passing on your cruelty and rage; you will never change!
Kratos: Then you do not know me.
~ Freya and Kratos.
Very well, I expect an improvement.
~ Kratos when accepting Brok's order.


  • Kratos' name comes from "Cratos", which means "power" or "strength" in Greek and in Greek mythology, Cratos was the god that personified power. He was the son of Pallas and Styx and imprisoned Prometheus under orders of Hephaestus, alongside Bia, his sister.
  • Kratos was voiced by Terrence C. Carson before Christopher Judge was cast for 2018s God of War and its sequel.
  • Kratos is apparently 8 feet tall, according to the special features of God of War III.
  • As the games went by, his tattoos became thinner and thinner, changing slightly in design.
  • In the flash-backs to the events of God of War in God of War III, Kratos' design is the one he had in God of War III.
  • Stig Asmussen, a developer for the God of War series, revealed that David Jaffe, who directed the series, had originally been planning to have Kratos take on the gods of Norse and Egyptian mythology after killing Zeus and the Greek gods and meet his counterparts from both those mythologies in God of War III.
  • In each game in the main God of War series, Kratos was stabbed in the stomach at least once and burned someone alive.
  • In early screenshots for God of War, the tattoos on Kratos' head were in the shape of an omega symbol.
  • Kratos makes guest appearances in SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny, Everybody's Golf: World Tour, ModNation Racers, PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale, LittleBigPlanet, TheSecretOfNIMHLegends, and the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat. Kratos also appears as a parody in the Simpsons Game on a billboard with the words, "God of Wharf", next to a Simpsons style version of Kratos eating a bowl of chowder.
  • Kratos' God of War Armour and Blades of Chaos appear in Heavenly Sword on display in an armory. The inscription reads that it is the "Armour of the Prince who stood alone against the Persian Army."
  • The name of Kastor, a character from Age of Mythology, is meant to be an anagram of Kratos' and their storylines are similar.
  • 7-Eleven released a Slurpee called "Kratos Fury" to help promote God of War III.
  • David Jaffe wanted Djimon Hounsou to portray Kratos in the planned God of War movie, but the film has been left in development hell and it's unknown if Hounsou is involved.
  • Kratos is a playable character in Fortnite: Battle Royale. He debuted in Chapter 2, Season 5 on December 4, 2020. Notably, he is the first ever hunter that Agent Jones found.

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