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|“||Death...is in my blood. Fate...has brought me here. I hope for nothing. I fear nothing.||„|
|~ Kratos (trailer for the third game)|
|“||My vengeance...ends now.||„|
|~ Kratos from God of War III.|
|“|| Kratos: Boy. Listen closely. 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 awful past to Atreus|
Kratos, also known as Ghost of Sparta and Fárbauti (by Jötnar), is a Spartan warrior that would become the slayer of Gods and the main protagonist and anti-hero from the God of War video game series. 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 and 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 on his way and become much wiser anti-hero who now raising his son Atreus and ensuring that he will become better god than either him or corrupt gods that wronged him, and now only attacks in self-defense.
He was voiced by Terrence C. Carson until God Of War III, was voiced as child in GOW: Ghost of Sparta by Antony Del Rio, and is currently being voiced by Christopher Judge as of God of War 2018 (IV). Carson also voiced Mace Windu in many video games, as Judge also famously played Teal'c in the Stargate series.
Greek Mythology (1st Era)
PastKratos was born in Sparta, where he and other children were observed and tested to see if they had the skills to join the Spartan army. If they failed, then children would be sent to die in the mountains. Thus, Kratos trained with his brother, Deimos, so that they could one day join the Spartan army. But one day as they trained, Sparta was attacked by Ares, Athena, and an army of centaurs, seeking a “marked warrior” that had been prophesied as the one who would destroy the gods. The gods decided that Deimos was that warrior given the birthmarks on his body and Ares took him. Kratos tried to stop the war god from taking his brother, but Ares just struck him away, scarring his face. Ares raised his blade to kill the boy, but Athena stopped him, saying they’d only come for Deimos. Athena apologized to Kratos for this and left with Ares as he watched helplessly as they took his brother away. Losing Deimos had a powerful impact on Kratos, who swore to never to hesitate again. In memory of his brother, he put tattoos on his skin designed to resemble Deimos’ birthmarks. Kratos went on to join the Spartan army and was married to Lysandra, with whom he had a daughter, Calliope. However Calliope fell victim to a plague and according to Spartan tradition, her weakness would’ve resulted in her being tossed into a chasm to die. But Kratos learned about the healing elixir called Ambrosia, which he set out to obtain to save Calliope. What he didn’t realize was that he’d been selected to act as Ares’ champion in a bet between the gods, a contest between chosen champions where the winner would be the one to obtain the Ambrosia. Kratos managed to get the aid of an army of Spartans and eventually encountered a healer that gave him the Flames of Apollo to help him. Kratos’ first major obstacle was Herodius and his army, Poseidon’s champion, but Kratos and his forces slew him and his fellow Atlantians. Angry that Kratos had taken him out of the running, Poseidon unleashed numerous obstacles against the Spartans at sea, but they managed to get to land. Kratos later killed Pothia, Artemis’ champion, and her army, and Hades became fearful Alrik, his champion would also fall. Thus he unleashed fire from the skies upon Kratos’ forces and though he killed many of the Spartans, Kratos survived. He finally found the Ambrosia, slaying Helios’ champion as well, and regrouped with his soldiers. Alrik and his barbarians engaged the Spartans since his father was sick as well and needed the Ambrosia. After a fierce battle, Kratos recapture the Ambrosia, though losing all of his soldiers in the process, and summoned a number of Rocs to torment Alrik. He returned to Sparta and used the Ambrosia to heal Calliope, earning the title of captain by the Spartan king.
Servitude to AresKratos began to win victory after victory, slowly gaining thousands of soldiers under his command after only starting with fifty. His brutality and bloodlust grew and grew and his tactics reflected this, growing unorthodox and brutal, but still effective. But Kratos and his soldiers were unable to battle the ruthless barbarian army, who they were no match for. The Spartans soon found themselves being slaughtered and Kratos was about to be killed by the barbarian leader, Alrik. Desperate for victory at any cost, he called out to Ares, offering his life and servitude if the war god destroyed his enemies. Ares accepted and wiped out the Barbarians, and gave Kratos the Blades of Chaos, marking him as the god’s minion. Kratos eagerly obeyed Ares’ will, conquering and slaughtering in the war god’s name. But as he raided a village dedicated to Athena, Ares manipulated Kratos into killing his wife and child as he slaughtered people left and right. The war god explained that he’d done this because he wanted to make Kratos the perfect warrior. However the Spartan instead became enraged with his master, consumed by grief and anger and left the bodies of his family to burn in the temple. The village oracle cursed Kratos, so that the ashes of his family clung to his skin, turning it pure white and giving him the name “the Ghost of Sparta”. He became consumed by terrible nightmares and visions of his family’s death and his past sins, driving him to the point of insanity. Kratos left Sparta and found some solace in traveling across the Aegean Sea. In hopes of restoring peace to his mind, he swore servitude to other Olympians, hoping they’d forgive his past atrocities and rid him of his nightmares. Thus Kratos traveled through Greece, battling monsters and Greece’s enemies in the name of the gods. But to others, his white skin served as a mark of his sins and people viewed Kratos as a savage beast, with some preferring death as opposed to let him save them. The Ghost of Sparta would spend ten years in the gods’ service, driven by his desire for revenge on Ares.
God of War: Ascension
|~ Kratos in the opening.|
Kratos arrives at the island of Delos and traverses the giant, ruined statue of Apollo. He is attacked by all three Furies and manages to cut off Megaera's arm, but Alecto uses her power to capture Kratos. Orkos appears and frees Kratos, taking him elsewhere upon the statue, with Alecto vowing that he will never succeed. After a perilous journey, Kratos uses the Amulet of Uroborus to fully restore the statue and retrieves the Eyes from the Lantern. Unfortunately, after completing the Trials of Archimedes, he is ambushed by the Furies, who take him captive and steal the Eyes and the Amulet.
Over the next two weeks, Kratos was tortured by the Furies in the Prison of the Damned. He managed to free himself when Megaera went too far with her torture. He then pursued the Fury through the prison. She and Tisiphone attempted to misdirect him, as a building he enters is projected as a brothel. When he goes to sleep with a woman, he spots the ring on her finger and he realizes that this is an illusion and tackles Tisiphone. Megaera interferes, insisting that Kratos belongs to her. She then released insects into Aegaeon's hands and mouth, thus mutating them into insect-titan hybrids. After Kratos killed Megaera and Aegeaon, retrieving the Amulet of Uroboros, Tisiphone creates an illusion of him being honored by the King of Sparta. But again, Kratos sees through it. He soon finds the Scribe of Hecatonchires, who reveals that Ares and the Furies planned to overthrow Zeus. The Scribe was the first to be imprisoned by the Furies. They were originally fair in their punishment, but became ruthless because of Ares.
Making his way to Alecto's chamber, Kratos manages to retrieve the Oath Stone from Tisiphone's pet bird, Daimon. But upon entering the chamber, the Furies project another illusion, this time of Kratos' home in Sparta. Kratos is nearly taken in by this, for he got to see his wife and daughter again. He grows close to sleeping with "Lysandra" but notices the ring on her finger and reminds himself that he's in an illusion. "Lysandra" is revealed to be Alecto. She tried to convince him that he could live in this illusion if he rejoined Ares; however, noticing the Eyes of Truth hanging on her hip, he defiantly refused, preferring truth to living a lie. Enraged, Alecto drops the illusion and decides to execute him if he would not serve. However, Kratos breaks free of her sludge trap and manages to snatch the Eyes from Alecto, who retrieves deeper into her sanctum before she realized they were gone. Tisiphone joined Alecto as Kratos advanced on the remaining Furies. They created an illusion of a massive whirlpool, with Alecto transforming into Caribdis the sea monster. Using the Eyes, Kratos broke through the Furies' illusions and forced Alecto back into her human form. As he advanced on the Fury Queen, Tisiphone dispatched Daimon against him but Kratos simply used the Eyes to destroy the bird. He proceed to physically at Tisiphone, as she shapeshifted between the forms of the King and Kratos himself, belittling him. As he wrapped his hands around her throat, Tisiphone transformed into Lysandra. Kratos briefly ceased his assault but shrugged it of and continued. Tisiphone then changed into the Village Oracle, telling him that his family was not there that night he killed them by chance, before Kratos snapped her neck, killing her. With Alecto left for last, Kratos drew his blades. The Fury Queen coldly tells him that the truth would only bring him pain before he plunges his blades into her chest. With her last breath, Alecto spitefully promises that her death would change nothing before Kratos bisects her, destroying the Fury Queen.
Kratos returned to his home in Sparta, where he was met by Orkos. Although praising Kratos' victory over the Furies, he reveals that he was remade the oath keeper once again, maintaining Kratos' bond to Ares. He begged Kratos to give him an honorable death, as it would free them both from the god, to which Kratos refused, proclaiming that no more innocent blood should be spilled. However, Orkos' continuing please ultimately forced Kratos' hand. After killing Orkos, Kratos experienced the first of his many nightmares, previously masked by his bond to Ares: this was the price he had to pay for the truth. He also discovered his path to redemption through continual service to Olympus. Kratos proceeded to burn down his house, with the corpse of Orkos inside it.
God of War: Chains of Olympus
|“||Is this all you would have me do? Is there nothing else!?||„|
|~ Kratos, serving the gods.|
God of War
|“||The gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now there is no hope.||„|
|~ Kratos in the opening of 2005's God of War.|
Second Quest for the AmbrosiaShortly after becoming an Olympian, Kratos entered Tartarus to once again find the Ambrosia. However this time, he wanted to destroy it since followers of Ares wanted to use it to resurrect the former god of war. On this quest, Kratos began to remember his first quest for the Ambrosia and eventually encountered a giant spider monster, who’d been sent to kill him. However he bested the arachnid and its offspring and Athena tried to warn him of the new dangers that awaited him. But Kratos ignored her, believing nothing could stop him, and eventually met Athena again, who told him he should now fear the dead. Kratos just moved on, coming across the bodies of the Spartans he’d sacrificed in his first quest for the Ambrosia. The Spartans suddenly rose from the dead, determined to have revenge on Kratos for letting them die, but the Ghost of Sparta fought them off. He managed to reach the island where the Ambrosia was located, but the island revealed itself to be a monster called Gyges. He wanted revenge on Kratos since he’d burned off a hundred of Gyges' arms with the Flames of Apollo when he’d battled Helios’ champion. However Kratos avoided Gyges' grasp and revealed why he sought the Ambrosia again. Though Gyges begged Kratos not to destroy Tree of Life as its Ambrosia kept him immortal, the Ghost of Sparta used the Flames of Apollo to incinerate Gyges, destroying the Tree of Life and all the Ambrosia. Kratos then left, knowing Ares’ followers would seek revenge for his taking away their only hope of reviving Ares.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
|“||It is not over, Athena. The gods will pay for this!||„|
|~ Kratos to Athena after Callisto and Deimos' death.|
God of War: Betrayal (non-canon)As Kratos helped the Spartans besiege a mortal city, he was attacked by Argos, servant of Hera. But before he could defeat the monster, a mysterious assassin killed it, which Kratos realized was an attempt to destroy his reputation amongst the Olympians. He pursued the assassin, but found himself having to fight the servants of Hades. Kratos refused to let them stand in his way and continued his pursuit, only to find Ceryx, the gods’ messenger, barring his path. Thus the assassin escaped and Ceryx ordered Kratos to stop, a command that came from Zeus. However since he wouldn’t give him a reason, the Ghost of Sparta just became angry and killed Ceryx. It was only afterwards that Kratos realized Zeus wouldn’t react kindly to such an action.
God of War II
|“||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 response to a dying Athena.|
God of War III
|“||Zeus, your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!||„|
|~ Kratos screaming to Mount Olympus on top of Gaia.|
Norse Mythologhy (2nd Era)
A New Life
Sometime after the events of God of War III, Kratos left Greece for good. Before leaving, however, he rediscovered his original Blades of Chaos and took them with him. He traveled further into Europe before settling in Scandanavia (called "Midguard" by it's inhabitents). At some point after arriving he met a woman named Faye (Secretly the giantess, Laufey the Just) and fell in love with her.
Eventually, after revealing his past to her, Kratos and Faye married and had a son. Faye initially wanted to name their son "Loki", but they eventually decided on the name Atreus, after a friend of Kratos' who was always joyful. They chose this name, because Atreus' birth filled them with joy and hope.
While we know little of this time. It is known Kratos would leave his family at times (presumably on hunting trips). Atreus was often sick as a small child and stayed at home with his mother. Despite some distance from his family, he spent enough time with Atreus to teach him to speak Greek (As Faye taught him to speak and read in the languages of her lands.)
When Atreus was still a young boy, Faye would die from unknown causes. Before her death, she passed on her Axe "Leviathan" to her husband and marked the trees she wished to be used in her funeral pyre. Her last request was to have her ashes scattered by Kratos and Atreus at the highest point in all the realms. Unknown to them at this point, Faye was referring to the Giant's Fingertips in her homeland of Jotunheim.
God of War (2018)It all began when Kratos was chopping down a tree with his Leviathan axe. After chopping the tree down, he carried it with his arms, along with his son, Atreus, to the boat where they journey home. While riding on the boat and before reaching home, Kratos' son told him that he felt that the forest had changed, but Kratos told him not to dwell on it. By the time they've reached home, Kratos then, carries a corpse covered in a bag, which turns out to be his deceased spouse and mother of Atreus, laying her on the a bunch of logs, and then begins burning her, carrying to the afterlife by the flames. As Atreus took the knife from her mother, Kratos insisted that it was his to keep. Atreus's father then demands him to prove himself to become a true warrior, as where they're journey was about to begin.
|“|| Kratos: What are you doing?! Now his guard is up! Only fire (Calming himself) Only fire... When I tell you to fire|
Atreus: I-I'm sorry...
Kratos: Do not be sorry, be better
|~ Kratos teaching Atreus a lesson about hunting|
As Kratos and Atreus had spotted, then started hunting the deer, Atreus then shoots an arrow, but missed, without his father's signal, which infreariates him at first, but then calms himself and teaches his son a lesson about hunting. Kratos then tells his son to find it, and not willing to give Atreus his bow back, because he's not ready, until they find the deer. But before they could find the deer, they encountered Draugar. At first Atreus wanted to help, but then Kratos insisted that his son was not ready and killed all them by himself. After Kratos killing all the Draugar through their paths, and finally reached the point where they found the deer, Kratos's son now listens and wait patiently for his mark. As Atreus successfully, and finally, hit the target, they, then, started finishing it off. At first Kratos's son gave the knife to his father, but Kratos denies it and tells his son finish what he has started. Atreus was unwilling to kill the deer, but Kratos helped him finish the job by gently holding his son's hands that are holding the knife, penetrating the deer's neck. After successfully hunting down the deer. A troll began to attack both Kratos and his son, first, grabbing the deer's corpse, with Atreus attacking first but thrown off the edge of a small cliff where they both begin the first major battle. Together, as a team, both Kratos and Atreus must fight the troll in order to survive. Kratos does the close-combat, while Atreus does the range attack with his bow and arrow.
- "Kratos: You are not ready.
- Atreus: What? Are you serious? I found the deer. I proved myself. How am I not ready?
- Kratos: We are going home.
- Atreus: I haven't been sick in a long time. I can do this.
- Kratos: You are NOT ready.
- - Kratos telling his son, Atreus, that he's not ready, after witnessing his son enragedly attacking the corpses of a deceased troll."
- "The Stranger: Long way from home, aren't you?
- Kratos: What do you want?
- The Stranger: Oh, you already know the answer to that.
- Kratos: Whatever you seek, I do not have it. You should move on.
- The Stranger: Hahaha. And here I thought your kind was supposed to be so enlightened. So much better than us. So much smarter. And, yet, you hide out here in the woods - like a coward.
- Kratos: You do not want this fight.
- The Stranger: Oh... I pretty sure I do.
- - Kratos and The Stranger, before starting a fight."
Suddenly, coming from outside of the house, both Kratos and Atreus felt the whole house shaking, which leads to mysterious person that was knocking on the door, demanding Kratos to come out of his house. Sensing that the mysterious person could be dangerous, Kratos tells his son to hide under the base, which at first, at the time tells his son not to go there, but with no choice, the base was the only place Kratos can think of for his son to hide. Kratos opens the door and the Stranger began talking to him, saying that he knows who he truly is where he comes from. Kratos asked what the Stranger wants, but the stranger assumes that he knows the answer. Kratos, then told the Stranger that he doesn't have what he wants, and tells him to leave. But the Stranger refused and starts taunting Kratos about his kind and claim he's like a coward, hiding in the woods. Kratos warns him that he does not want this fight, but the Stranger insist that he does. The Stranger, then, purposely, hits Kratos to try agitating him. But Kratos, again, warns him to leave his house. Things began to get worse between Kratos and the Stranger, as the first fight between the two them gets physical. The Stranger, shockingly, strong enough to punch Kratos high over his own house, and also matching Kratos' strength. While fighting behind the house, Kratos was thrown by the Stranger, while grabbing him, started landing on Krato's house, where they both started fighting on the rooftop. The Stranger punched through Kratos' rooftop, realizing there were two beds, hinting him that Kratos is not alone in his house, and asked Kratos who he was hiding. But Kratos, never willing to answer, for his son's safety, just kept on fighting him. As the fight rages on, more of Kratos' property and territory, outside of his house, began to demolish and destroyed. The Stranger at first attempts to get into Kratos' house to see who was hiding, then Kratos began to unleash his rage, bursting out and attacking the Stranger and used a tree to push him farther away from his home, as the fight still continues. Kratos then bangs him into the huge boulder of rock, then thought of finishing him off by punching off parts of the huge boulder and then slams it on top of the Stranger. At first it seem over, but the stranger, still alive throws the huge rock at Kratos, but Kratos manage to use his shield to protect himself and used it to smash the boulder to pieces. The fight continues, but while fighting, the Stranger then tells him personally about himself to Kratos that he can't feel anything like Kratos does, and warns him he'll keep on coming back, no matter what he does to him, while at the same time, their strength during battle, had caused an enormous crack the ground. Kratos was then thrown into the big crack, but managed to hang on with his Leviathan axe on the edge of the cliff, in the center, which the axe created a big hole for him to climb, until the Stranger attempts to push him of the cliff. Kratos luckliy fell onto the other side of the cliff, and climbed up, while being taunted by the Stranger that he can't win no matter what he does to him, while Kratos, on the other hand, using his rage to heal himself from his injuries during battle. The final part of their first battle with each other leads Kratos wrestling with the Stranger. But before the fight was over, the Stranger did tell Kratos that he'd hope he can make feel something that Kratos can, and then Kratos cracks the stranger's neck, finishing him, by pushing him off the cliff.
As Kratos had finally defeated the stranger, he now realizes that his home with his son is no longer safe. Worst come to worst, Kratos' son was not ready. He talk to himself about it and claims to himself that he dosen't know what to do without Faye's help, now that she's gone. Kratos finally made his decision that he and his son can't stay home. Kratos came home and opened the base where he hide his son. Kratos told Atreus that they leave and start their journey. Atreus thought that Kratos says that he wasn't ready, but Kratos told him they don't have a choice and also encourages him to prove him wrong, as now their real journey begins. While getting across the edge of the cliff, Kratos and Atreus had a disscussion about what they'll encounter in their journey. Atreus stated to Kratos that animals, he understood, are for hunting, draugar are soppose to be dead, and other people are trying to survive as well. Kratos teaches his son to close his heart and emotions towards his enemies' suffering and pain, and warns him that they will feel for him back. Meanwhile, by the time they got to the bridge, Atreus was ignorant enough to assume that the bridge was safe, but Kratos warns to stop jumping on it, but failed to signal his son's command. Before the bridge began to break, Atreus was slipping while Kratos attempts to rescue him by walking on the bridge slowly. By the time he reached his son, the bridge colapsed and both of them fell into an area filled with draugar. Both father and son are wary of the draugar surrounding them, as one of them could come back to life. Then, one of them came back to life, one after another. Kratos and Atreus began fighting their way out killing every last one of them. But then something pushed down a boulder, and yet, another draugr appeared, but this time, a more heavier and bulkier one. More of the other draugar appear as well, and both Kratos and Atreus managed to make through the battle. Kratos and Atreus climbed up to the wall and entered an area filled with green fog, while hearing the scary singing, which they're heading to. As they approach towards the scary singing, a revenant appears. If Kratos tries to attack the revenant by himself, the revenant would teleport imediately, but with Atreus' help shooting at her, she is less likely to teleport for a while, giving Kratos time to kill her imediately, which he did.
Atreus told Kratos that he is willing to kill men who try to attack them, but Kratos told his son no and that he'll stay out of it when they encountered men, and says he'll handle them on his own. As they continue their journey in the dark place below the broken bridge, Kratos opened the gate, and he and Atreus encountered Reavers, cannibals that haven't eaten for days with all the left over remains of fallen victims that prey to the Reavers, which Atreus, at first, smelled one of the rotten corpses, knowing it smells awful. The Reavers attemptted to kill Kratos and Atreus for their meat, but Kratos manged to kill them all, and then encountered and also killed shadow warriors. But then Kratos was attacked from behind by one of the last remaining Reavers, but managed to strangle him down, while witnessing his own son being attacked by another Reaver. Atreus had managed to kill that Reaver with a knife down to his throat, but was traumatized while the corpse lies on top of him. And Kratos, then cracks the neck of the last remaining Reaver and starts heading towards his son to see if he's okay. As Kratos picked up the corpse, he saw Atreus terrorified and crying a bit, after being attacked the cannibals. Kratos comforts his son and told him to close his heart to their suffering and pain. But before Kratos could finish his sentence, the dead Reavers came back to life trying to attack them, as Hel-walkers. Again, Kratos managed to kill them all by himself, and terror of the attack is finally over. Atreus claims he wants to get out of the place filled with corpse of people that had been killed by the Reavers, after being attacked. Kratos points out to high level and the chain that he can climb by boosting his son up there, who is small enough to fit in the tight hole. Kratos reminded him twice about the chain, due to Atreus still being scared, which his father told him to let it go. But the third time, Kratos warns that he and Atreus will go home if can't handle the journey. Atreus finally pushed chain for Kratos to climb out, so they can finally get out of the Reavers' hideout.
While Kratos and Atreus managed to get out of the hideout from the Reavers, Kratos teaches his son to not to feel for his enemies to be a warrior, effective in combat. After escaping, they met up with Brok, the blue dawrf that owns a Huldra creature, that refuses to get across the bridge. Atreus told Brok that the animal is afriad of something hiding in the tree. Atreus told his father, Kratos, to throw the axe the tree top. After Kratos listened to his son, the Huldra creature now continues to cross the bridge, with Brok amazed about the boy's talent. While crossing the bridge, Brok told Kratos that he and his brother were the ones that made the axe, knowing that Faye gave it to him, Brok talks to Kratos to trust him on helping him to make improvements and changes on his axe. At first, Kratos didn't trust Brok, but then finally agreed, as both Kratos and Atreus began to head to Brok's shop and start improving their weapons and gear. After the improvement, Kratos notice some great changes from the axe and gear, which leads to Drauger about to attack him, and Kratos tests the improvements on the Drauger by attacking them to see the changes. After killing them off, Kratos and Atreus were about to move on. Atreus thanked Brok for their help before continuing their journey and told Brok he'll think of a name for his creature, since he never gave the Huldra creature one, but, then Brok, finally, came up with one, calling it "Fucking Gratitude". Kratos opened the gate, which Brok warns them that their death traps. Both Kratos and Atreus managed to pass the death traps and make out alive, leaving Brok behind.
After making out of the death traps and leaving Brok behind, Kratos and Atreus continued their journey towards their path where they spotted tracks of another animal, but a different spieces this time. Atreus immediately recognized the tracks belong to a boar. The second hunt among father and son begins. After encountering the enemies and killing them and finally found the boar, Kratos teaches his son how to be effective with his bow and arrow, in order to be ready for his shots. But as Atreus successfully shoots his arrows at the boar, strangely, the arrow bounced off, after hitting the boar. Atreus, puzzled, why it didn't penetrate the boar's hide, ask his father what kind of boar it is. But, despite Atreus' failure in killing it, they continued to hunt it down. By the time hid from the boar the second time, with Atreus ready shoot his arrows, again, this time, the arrow penetrated the boar's hide, and began fleeing. Kratos tells Atreus to go after it, which his son did, but dropped his knife, but Kratos knows, so he picked it up to give it to his son, later on. Kratos, now worried, knowing that both his son and the boar headed to a place filled with fog, called his son's name multiple times, while shouting and running at the same, afraid something bad may happen to Atreus without Kratos by his side. Kratos also heard Atreus talking to a mysterious voice, as Kratos rushed and finally managed to get out of the fog and caught with his son and met up with a woman.
(To be Con.)
|“|| By the Gods, what have I become.|
Death. The destroyer...of worlds.
|~ Kratos and the Grave Digger.|
|“||The path you walk... vengeance. You will find no peace. I know||„|
|~ Kratos attempted to reason to Baldur|
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 as Zeus 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.
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 affliates 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.
|“||Your mind is troubled...But your skills are still without equal.||„|
|~ Orkos to Kratos.|
- Superhuman Strength: Kratos possesses incredible super-strength, able to overpower monsters, Titans, and even Hercules, who was known for being unrivaled in sheer strength. These physical strengths most likely come from Kratos being a son of Zeus. The many impressive feats of Kratos include using his bare hands and raw strength to prevent the Titans Atlas and Cronos from crushing him, 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 defeating him, and even pushed a 1 million ton bridge with little to no effort
- Enhanced Mobility: He is highly agile and quick, possessing the ability to sense danger and is 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 mountain and building, jumping with great heights, and swinging to another side.
- 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.
- 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.
- Combat Abilities: Kratos is also a highly skilled and powerful warrior, displaying immense mastery with his weapons. It is implied that he learnt 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 an 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.
- Enhanced Wisdom: He has higher level of intelligence, being able to solve complex puzzles created by some of the best greek architects
- 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.
- 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.
Supernatural Weapons (Greek Era)
Before swearing himself to Ares, Kratos used a normal sword, but afterwards, 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.
- 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 uses them as chained grappling hooks, either to drag enemies towards him or climb mountains.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blade of Olympus:
- Claws of Hades:
- Nemesis Whip:
- Head of Helios:
- Boots of Hermes:
- Spear of Destiny:
Supernatural Weapons (Norse Era)
- 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 and Brok, for Kratos' late wife Faye aka. Laufey before it later passed to Kratos by Faye herself. It has several simbols 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 Leviatan 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 another forms of atrocities with it, suggesting Leviathan partly made to counteract Mjolnir as well. (Ice weapon)
- Blades of Chaos: Blades of Chaos also in the possession of Kratos, though they now slightly different then they did in the first game and now can be upgraded. While they retain their pyrokinetic powers, flames generated by the weapon revealed to be capable of sustaining itself in Helheim thanks to its Grecian mystical origin, something that later crucial for Kratos to fight Hel Walkers and surviving the travel through Helheim. Kratos hid the weapons under the floorboards of his house so he won't give in into his rage and buried his past, but when his son fell ill and realized he needed to go to Helheim to get the main ingredient to his 'cure', he went back to their cabin and got the blades as Leviathan was useless in a realm of 'ice'(Hellheim) (fire weapon).
- Guardian Shield: Collapsible shield which 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. It assumed gauntlet-like form when not used. (blocking weapon)
- Talon Bow: Used by his son Atreus aka. Loki. The longbow was made out of a yew tree by Atreus' mother, who also taught him how to use it during their practice hunts. While it started as ordinary bow, its string later magically modified by light magic of Alfheim and lightning magic from Hræzlyr's tooth by Freya and Sindri respectively in separate occasions, enable Atreus to imbue his arrows with either light magic or lighting magic. Later upgrades enable Atreus to perform runic summons as well as using the bow to perform melee attacks without negatively affecting the weapon's performance bin process. (stun weapon)
- 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.
- 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 in the Villains Wiki
- Kratos in the God of War Wiki
- Kratos in Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia
- Kratos in the Soulcalibur Wiki
- Kratos in the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Wiki