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God Of War: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Kratos

He is one of video games' most recognizable characters. Kratos and God of War have helped shaped the video game industry for the better and—at times—for worse. The amount of carnage contained in God of War is comparable to games like Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry, but neither protagonists have the hatred and vitriol that Kratos has.

The protagonist of God of War is a tall bald man with a muscular build. As a demigod, he is capable of saving many, but he squanders his power most of the time. By the end of this list, you'll understand why Kratos is the epitome of evil as the protagonist of God of War. This is God of War: 10 facts you didn't know about Kratos.

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10 He Is Considered To Be An Anti-Hero

Kratos is a deeply flawed character who lacks conventional heroic attributes. Some of the bad deeds he's done over the years include taking Icarus' wings for his own use, murdering his wife, child, and father, and freeing the souls of the dead to roam outside the Underworld. There are seemingly no limits to his unpredictability, and there's no telling what WTF moment he might have next. For these reasons and more, Kratos can be considered an anti-hero who we've grown to love and hate.

9 Kratos Is Based On Cratus From Greek Mythology, And His Name Means "Power"

Kratos may be a fictional character in a video game, but he is also based on literary works from Ancient Greek mythology. Cratus is the child of Pallas and Styx. Pallus and Styx are a war god and underworld goddess, respectively, and the name "Kratos" is also associated with words such as "strength" and "might." Although Kratos is inspired by his Ancient Greek counterpart, there are distinct differences between the two. Cratus is an enforcer of the heavenly throne, and Kratos despises the other gods and has an unquenchable thirst for power.

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8 Early Designs Of Kratos Illustrated Him With Long Hair While Carrying A Baby

The image of Kratos has changed throughout the God of War series. Unbeknownst to many, early designs of Kratos depicted him as a character with long hair, and, in some drawings, he was holding a baby. This image of Kratos with a baby might remind a lot of people of the Death Stranding trailer. Something about holding a baby makes him seem even more heroic. Long hair could have worked out, but, in the end, being bald with tattoos made him a more recognizable character.

7 Kratos Is Really, Really Tall

Standing next to a giant, Kratos looks as if he is 8' (2.4 meters) tall. His son, who is old enough to fight in deadly battles, is about as tall as the legs of Kratos. According to a dev at SIE Santa Monica Studio, Kratos is about 7' 6" (2.3 meters) tall in the comic books, and about 6' 4" (1.8 meters) in the game. Regardless of which estimate is more correct, Kratos is really, really tall.

6 The Voice Actor For Kratos Has Changed Multiple Times

As a young and naive demigod, Kratos made foolish mistakes in his blinding rage. Earlier games depict Kratos as a selfish person who seems to hate all the gods. In the newest God of War game, Kratos has lightened up and has taken on the responsibility of raising his boy. This undertaking is not something he would have done in previous God of War games.

Another thing that has changed since the beginning of God of War is Kratos' voice actor. It was Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, who voiced Kratos in all the games leading up to God of War III, then it became Christopher Judge in the latest God of War installment. Also, in God of War: Ascension, Antony Del Rio voiced a young Kratos. The difference is noticeable if you pay close attention.

5 His Father Is Zeus

From the first time we met Zeus, we knew that Kratos and Zeus had a lot of baggage. Zeus had little control over his son—and we're not talking about Hercules. In an early God of War game, Zeus tricked Kratos into putting all his power into the Blade of Olympus. This didn't stop Kratos from stealing the Blade of Olympus and stabbing Zeus. Kratos would have defeated Zeus at this moment if Athena didn't sacrifice her life. Zeus seemed remorseless over the death of his daughter, leaving her for an opportunity to escape. The story of God of War has always involved Zeus in one way or another.

4 Kratos Made An Appearance In A The Simpsons Game And Episode Of The Simpsons

Kratos makes an appearance in a The Simpsons game titled "The Simpsons Game," which is shown in the above photo. The game in the billboard is called "God of Wharf."

In addition to appearing in a The Simpsons game, Kratos was featured in an episode of The Simpsons. The God of War reference in the television series is also about a game, and it's called "Guts Of War II: Entrails of Intestinox." Bart beats the game faster than a developer anticipates during an E4 (har, har) convention. The parody can be seen in an episode called "The Food Wife."

3 Kratos Might Appear In A God Of War Movie

As reported by movieweb.com, "Pacific Rim: Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight wants to make an R-rated God of War movie, and he's actually met with Sony about it." The director wants to cast Dave Bautista for the role of Kratos, and we couldn't be more ecstatic about the news. Actors such as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Momoa have been proposed for the role. Nothing is set in stone yet, so we can only speculate at this point. The stigma behind video game movies has gone away—except in the case of Sonic the Hedgehog—so there isn't a better time to make a God of War movie.

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2 Kratos' Wife Was A Frost Giant

Not much is known about Kratos' wife, yet she is mentioned numerous times throughout God of War (2018). God of War's plot is about Kratos and Atreus' journey to throw Kratos' wife's ashes off the highest peak in the nine realms. We know her name is Laufey the Just, Faye is her nickname, and that she was a frost giant. The bulk of the information we received about Kratos' wife is explained through hieroglyphs near the end of the game. We will likely uncover more facts about Faye in a sequel to God of War.

1 Kratos Won The 2010 Spike Video Game Award For "Biggest Baddass"

The 2010 Spike Video Game Awards were held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It was an event hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and, unlike other years, not all the awards were given during the show. One award that stood out was the "Biggest Badass Award," which was awarded to Kratos. Without a doubt, this award was given justly due to Kratos' violent outbursts and lack of sympathy for anyone. There isn't a character in video games which is more deserving of this award.

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