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You challenge me, mortal?! A God of Olympus?!
~ Poseidon to Kratos at the start of God of War III.
You have disrespected the Gods, for the last time Kratos!
~ Poseidon confronting Kratos for the final time.

Poseidon is the major character of the God of War franchise, appearing as a minor character in God of War (2005) and God War: Ghost of Sparta, and becomes a villain in God of War III.

He is the Greek god of the seas and earthquakes, and assisted the demigod Kratos in his quest to get revenge on the god of war Ares. Though initially an ally of Kratos, Poseidon would become an enemy with his nephew after the warrior destroyed Atlantis and declared war on Zeus. Despite supporting the Olympians in trying to stop Kratos, he was killed by the demigod and his family would be eliminated as well.

In 2005s God of War, he was voiced by Fred Tatasciore, who also voiced Zeus in Ghost of Sparta, Nikolai Belinski in the Call of Duty zombie series, Damon Baird and Tai Kaliso in Gears of War series, Mario Auditore in the Assassin's Creed series, Soldier: 76 in Overwatch, and other characters. In God of War: Ghost of Sparta and God of War III, he was voiced by Gideon Emery, who also voiced Henry Blackburn in Battlefield 3, Gideon in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Fergus Reid in MachineGames' Wolfenstein series, and other characters.

Overview

Early life

Poseidon is the son of Cronos and Rhea, and like his other siblings, was swallowed whole by their father in fear that they would usurp him. However, Poseidon's brother Zeus was taken away by Rhea, and raised by Gaia until he decided to rescue his siblings. After being released alongside his siblings, he participated in the Great War to defeat the Titans. In the war, Poseidon aided Hades in defeating the mighty Atlas, with him electrocuting the titan as Hades ripped his soul.

After Zeus ended the war by using the Blade of Olympus, Poseidon was given dominance of seas, as Zeus gained dominance of the skies, and Hades ruled the Underworld. Poseidon took Amphitrite as his wife, and became a hailed Olympian, being worshipped by sailors to grant safe passage when on the seas.

Poseidon would participate in the wager of the Gods, with him having his champion kept secret until later. He had chosen the Theran warlord Herodius, but he was killed by the Spartan Kratos, which infuriated the Olympian. Poseidon sent his Hippocampi a whirpool, and a serpent to kill the Spartans, but they survived as Kratos had killed the serpent.

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He aided Kratos for a period of time the vicious beast known as the Hydra terrorized the Aegean Sea, until Kratos, guided by Athena, was called upon. Arriving upon a mess of shipwrecks, Kratos battled the various heads of the Hydra. During this feat, he was met by the great God Poseidon, who granted Kratos the gift of Poseidon's Rage. With this magical ability Kratos was able to cast a stream of lightning through his body into his enemies, destroying them or weakening them enough so that he may finish them off.

This ability would also be of important use while battling against the Hydra King, the strongest and largest of the Hydra’s heads. After destroying the beast, the nightmare the Hydra had caused for many sailors in the Aegean Sea came to an end. Poseidon was also given a section devoted to him in Pandora's Temple. In this section, Kratos obtained Poseidon's Trident, granting him the ability to breathe underwater and dive. Atlantis' Destruction While Poseidon does not appear physically, the god manifests himself through one of his statues. Infuriated with Kratos for Atlantis' destruction, he vows he will never forget Kratos' actions, promising he would one day answer for them.

Also, his personal army, his "children", the Tritons, appear as enemies. Following Kratos opening Pandora's box, Posidon was infected with the evils the box held, and thus slowly succumbed to his own plague, anger. This corrupted him, causing him to side with his corrupted brother, and oppose Kratos. Poseidon attended the alliance made by Zeus, and participated in the Second Great War, forming his Hippocampi after jumping into the ocean, killing the titan Epimetheus. With his Hippocampi, he attacked Gaia with tendrils, forcing Kratos to have kill the creatures, and protect Gaia from harm. Kratos was forced to kill him, gouging out his eyes before snapping his neck, falling into the ocean below. His death caused the sea's to be rendered out of control, and thus flooded most of Greece.

Poseidon failed to prevent Kratos from continuing his war against the Olympians, as his brother Zeus and Hades were killed by the Demigod. Despite the destruction of the Greek pantheon, Kratos gave the world hope by releasing it from his body via the Blade of Olympus.

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Trivia

  • Poseidon appears to be infected by Anger from the evils of Pandora's Box, as he shows anger at Kratos for destroying Atlantis, and possibly for killing his son Theseus.
  • Fred Tartascoire also voiced Poseidon in Kid Icarus Uprising.
  • Poseidon sending a whirlpool on the Spartans during the Wager of the Gods could be a reference to The Odyssey.

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