is the primary protagonist of the God of War series, first appearing in
2005. His primary weapon are his "chain blades", a pair of swords
attached by chains to Kratos' arms. Kratos was the youngest and most promising
captain in Sparta's army, quickly gaining recognition due to his violent
tactics. During an attack by a barbarian tribe, they were outnumbered. Before
being killed by the barbarian king, Kratos summoned Ares, the Greek god of war,
and offered his soul in exchange for a victory.
He continued to serve Ares until the god tricked him into killing his own
family, after which he served several of the Greek gods for a decade. After
becoming tired of serving the gods to erase the memories of his family's murder,
he contacted Athena, who offered him forgiveness if he was able to stop Ares'
destruction of Athens. After defeating several monsters which were attacking
citizens, Kratos saves the city's oracle who tells him to retrieve Pandora's box
in order to defeat Ares.
Kratos succeeds in this task, but is killed by Ares and sent to Hades. After
escaping from the underworld he returns to Athens and confronts Ares, regaining
control of Pandora's box and using its power to kill the god. When he discovers
that the gods' forgiveness does not include allowing him to forget his mistakes,
he attempts suicide, but is stopped by Athena who informs him that he has been
granted Ares' throne on Mount Olympus.