|“||I have taught you many ways to kill a mortal, Kratos. Flesh that burns, bones that break. But to break a man's spirit, is to truly destroy him.||”|
Ares was the original god of war and the main antagonist of the God of War game. He is the son of Zeus and Hera. Ares was the oldest child of Zeus and commonly referred as the most hated God on Olympus even before Kratos killed him.
Ares is the God of War, son of Zeus and Hera, and one of the most prominent and powerful Gods of Olympus. He was born after the Great War of the Gods and Titans and served his father faithfully. He was also a rival of Athena, his younger sister, because they were both gods, one of War the other of Wisdom, and wished that the other stood down. His Roman counterpart was Mars. Mars was held in much higher esteem, second only to Kronos; Ionic form of the Doric ἀρά (ara), "bane, ruin".
Alliance with the FuriesEdit
Ares came to covet all of Olympus and especially Zeus's throne, so he struck an alliance with the Furies, persuading them to take a more ruthless approach. Realizing that he would need a powerful warrior to aid him to overthrow Zeus and claim the crown of Olympus, he had a child with Alecto, hoping that their child would be the ultimate warrior needed for the task. Unfortunately, Orkos, his child, was not up to his standards, and was disowned. The Furies, however, saw potential in him and had him be their oath-keeper.
Two Gods of Olympus, Ares and Athena, raided the city of Sparta in order to capture a child named Deimos, who had been suspected of being the mortal who would destroy Olympus in the the Marked Warrior prophecy. After capturing the boy, Deimos' brother, Kratos, charged toward Ares to save his younger brother. Despite his efforts, however, Ares hit Kratos on the face, creating a bloody scar on his right eye. As Ares was about to kill Kratos, Athena forced Ares to leave him be. Ares then left with Deimos, and Athena quickly apologized to Kratos. Ares then took Deimos to the Domain of Death, where he would be tortured for many years by Thanatos, the God of Death.
Wager of the GodsEdit
In later years, the Gods created a contest, choosing various mortals as their champions for the capture of the Ambrosia. In the wager of the Gods, Ares is seen in the comics choosing Kratos as his champion, confident that nothing would stop him in his quest for the Ambrosia. After a grueling journey, Kratos captured the Ambrosia, thus making Ares the victor of the wager of the Gods.
Kratos and his Spartan army were no match for the merciless barbarians tribes of the east. Being outnumbered and overpowered, his army was losing the battle. Kratos, about to be killed by Alrik the Barbarian King, Kratos pledged himself to Ares, the God of War, in exchange for victory. Seeing Kratos as the potential warrior he needed to overthrow Olympus, Ares accepted and violently wiped out the barbarians, giving Kratos the Blades of Chaos as a sign of his servitude.
To ensure that the Spartan became the perfect warrior and was bound to his will, Ares and the Furies devised three blood tests for Kratos. The first had already been completed, spilling the blood of enemies. The second, spilling the blood of innocents, was easy to accomplish with Kratos' rising bloodlust as he ended countless lives with his Spartan companions, conquering most of Greece. The last rite was spilling the blood of loved ones. Ares led Kratos to attack a village built in honor and worship of Athena. The Spartan soldiers ruthlessly killed all who lived in the village, burning their homes to the ground in the process. Upon reaching a strange temple, Kratos was warned by the Village Oracle not to venture within its walls. Ignoring the old woman, Kratos, blinded by bloodthirst, killed all who were within the walls of the temple, including his wife Lysandria and his child Calliope. Ares appeared before the bloodstained hands of Kratos, telling Kratos that it was necessary to have his family eliminated so nothing stood in his way.
The ashes of his loved ones were gathered by the Village Oracle and she placed them upon Kratos’ skin as a permanent reminder of the monster he had become, the Ghost of Sparta. Enraged by Ares' deception, Kratos declared vengeance upon the God of War who once saved his life.
After Kratos left Ares' service, the War God's son, Orkos, learned of the injustice his parents inflicted on Kratos and turned against his father(Ares) and his mothers (The Furies). He sought counsel from the Oracle, Aletheia, who revealed Ares' plot to overthrow Olympus. When Orkos and Aletheia went to warn Zeus, Ares discovered their attempt and sent the Furies after them. Orkos escaped while Aletheia had her eyes torn out and hidden in the ruined Statue of Apollo. The Furies then ruthlessly hunted Kratos to force him to return to Ares' service for their plan to reach its fruition.
During Kratos' triumph over the Furies, it was revealed that Ares wanted Kratos returned to him; the plan was ruined when Kratos killed the Furies and mercifully killed Orkos, who was remade the Oath keeper to Kratos, thereby severing his bond. Kratos managed to escape and served Olympus for 10 years, hoping to redeem himself and for his sins to be forgiven.
Battle with KratosEdit
Jealousy came over Ares for Athena, Ares laid siege to Athens. Since Zeus had forbidden the Gods from waging war with one another, Athena could not step in to protect her city. Instead she enlisted the help of Kratos, who had faithfully been serving the Gods for 10 years. Kratos was instructed to find Pandora's Box in order to kill Ares. While Ares relentlessly tore Athens apart, he suddenly sensed that Kratos had retrieved the Box. Although he was impressed, he picked up a broken pillar and hurled it into the desert, which flew into Pandora's Tempe and impaled Kratos. Ares' Harpies retrieved the box and brought it to him. Kratos escaped the Underworld however, through the help of a mysterious grave digger (Zeus).
Ares challenged Zeus, threatening to open the Box and use it against Olympus. It seemed all was lost, until Ares looked behind him and saw Kratos standing behind him and mocked Zeus, saying he sent a broken mortal to defeat the God of War (him). Kratos, using his power granted by Zeus, took the Box from Ares' hands and opened it. The Gods’ power was unleashed, and Kratos felt its magic pour into him, causing him to grow into a giant (though Ares was still noticeably bigger than him). His strength now matched Ares, and the ultimate battle for power began.
Ares claimed Kratos was still just a mortal, every bit as weak as the day Kratos begged Ares to save his life. Kratos recalled that he was not the same man Ares found that day – the monster Ares created had returned, to kill him. Ares boasted that Kratos had no idea of what a true monster really was, and unleashed large spider-like spikes from his back, ready to finally kill Kratos for good.
Kratos gained the upper hand during the fight, but Ares trapped him in an illusion where Kratos' family was being attacked by an army of clones of himself (representing his mistake of killing his wife and child), stating that there are more effective ways of killing someone than physical harm. Though Kratos managed to kill all of the clones, Ares mocked him and ripped the Blades of Chaos from his arms and killed the image of his family with them. The two of them returned to the real world, where Kratos was emotionally beaten, and Ares boasted that Kratos should have been stronger and prepared to kill him with his sword.
Death of AresEdit
Kratos, however spotted the Blade of the Gods (sent by Athena), dodged Ares' attack, took up the sword and defeated him in battle with it. Ares pleaded for his life, reminding Kratos of the day he saved his life and how he was only trying to make him a great warrior. Kratos ironically recanted that Ares had "succeeded" in doing that before impaling him through the chest, killing him. The God of War fell into the Aegean Sea, and was no more, dead at the hands of the mortal he saved many years ago. Before his last breath Ares released a loud death cry, which caused blood to burst from his chest, and a powerful explosion was released. It is possible with Ares being the God of War, with his death brought the end of all wars, and thus brought peace everywhere on Earth. However, Kratos, having killed Ares the one who made him kill his family, asked Athena to remove the nightmares of his past. Athena replied that even though he has been forgiven of his sins, the Gods nor any mortal could ever remove his memories of killing his family. Kratos realized his nightmarish visions of his past sins would never leave him and thus tried to kill himself over Suicide Bluffs. But Athena saved him and said that the Gods could not allow Kratos, who had done such good deeds for them, to die by his own hand. Athena then said that Ares's tactics and methods were brutal and while the Olympians mourn for their brother, Ares's path of destruction had to be stopped. However,with Ares's death, there was an empty place in Olympus for a new God of War-Kratos. Kratos then ascended to Mount Olympus and was given the crown, throne, and title as the new God of War, meaning that the peace of Ares' death was broken and whenever there were wars, for good or evil, they would be sought by and given permission to by Kratos, the new; present; all-powerful; and immortal God of War.
After Kratos' success in defeating and killing Ares and becoming the new God of War, the Spartan citizens disowned Ares and hailed Kratos willingly (save for a few staunch supporters of Ares), even removing all effigies of Ares and replacing them with those of Kratos. However, a few faithful disciples of Ares attempted to revive their fallen War God with the power of the Ambrosia (a power that could resurrect even a God), but Kratos had destroyed Gyges, the island in which the Ambrosia rested in, in order to prevent the followers of Ares' plans from coming to fruition.
After His DeathEdit
After Kratos was betrayed by Zeus and stripped of his Godly powers, Kratos was rescued by Gaia, the Titaness of Earth, who told him that the Sisters of Fate had the power to help Kratos go back in time, avert his betrayal and face Zeus. In the Island of Creation, Kratos comes upon a room known as the Garden of the Gods, in which there is a statue of Ares where he is referred to as "the fallen God of War". Kratos, after facing many challenges to get to the Sisters, finally arrived at the temple of the Fates where he met one of the sisters, Lahkesis. She told the Spartan that no one could change their destiny and then began to fight Kratos. As he hurt her gravely, she summoned her sister Atropos from within herself. Atropos quickly grabbed Kratos and took him inside the mirrors, bringing him back to the day where he faced and killed Ares. She threw him on the Blade of the Gods that he used to kill Ares and become the new and great God of War. Then she tried to change his past by destroying the blade. With the blade gone, Ares would be victorious. In order to maintain his existence Kratos protected the Sword while battling her and eventually defeating her, securing his past and trapping her inside the mirror.
The Second TitanomachyEdit
While facing the Hippocampi on Gaia's hand, Kratos follows a path that leads to a chamber, the Tomb of Ares, which contains Ares' massive corpse concealed in ice. Kratos fights the first Centaur of the game here.
Despite being dead, Ares plays a small role in the third game, as he is mentioned by Athena, Hephaestus, Hera, Cronos, Zeus and Kratos, and is shown in flashback scenes. There is also a large fresco of Ares in the upper part of the Chamber of the Flame, showing him wielding his trademark sword. This fresco is located right next to a fresco of his mother, Hera. Ares' voice is heard when Kratos ends up in his psyche.
With the death of Zeus and the near destruction of the world, Ares' plan for Kratos to take down the Olympian gods and Mount Olympus had come to full fruition, though not as he had hoped.
|“||Once your soul is in my grasp, warrior, I will grant you the strength to crush your enemies.||”|
With the powers of the god of war, a warrior of Ares is what some might call a "glass cannon": the best physical damage dealers from the game, but also the least resistant to damage. This makes Ares the opposite to Poseidon in Multiplayer. His warriors also have a natural bond with fire and heat, which makes them even more fierce by allowing them to keep burning and harming enemies even after an attack.
A warrior of Ares can annihilate his enemies in a matter of seconds, but must watch out for incoming attacks. The god of war' servants can survive in hoards of enemies by themselves, which makes this the best class for Trial of the Gods.
Dominant physical powers.
Damage over time and disable enemy defenses.
Enhanced melee combat.
Grant damage bonuses and burn enemies over time in certain special attacks.
Focus on enhancing physical powers.
Spear, helmet, dog, vulture, flaming torch.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Being the God of War, Ares was one of the most powerful gods on Olympus with a large variety of abilities, most in reference to war and combat.
- Conjuration: Ares was able to manifest weapons with a single thought. He often used it to summon his sword, but in the first of part of his battle with Kratos, he used it to summon his War Hammer and his War Axe.
- Dimensiokinesis: Ares was able to create pocket universes that he could control completely. He demonstrated this during his battle with Kratos, where he trapped Kratos in the latter's own mind, where Kratos as forced to protect his family, for Ares to kill afteral, almost breaking Kratos' Spirit. The pocket universe seemed to be made in Kratos' head, as he returned his giant body, kneeling as Ares appeared behind him, ready to strike him down.
- Enhanced Senses: Ares was able to sense how Kratos retrieved Pandora's Box, while being miles away from the Desert of Souls.
- Immortality: Ares was an immortal, meaning he couldn't die through natural means and only divine weapons, Titans and other gods would be able to kill him.
- Power Bestowal: Ares was able to grant chosen warrior with a large variety of abilities and weapons. It was he, who gave Kratos his original blades.
- Pyrokinesis: Ares possessed the ability to manipulate fire, in every way possible. Able to infuse it in his weapons, throw fire balls from his head and ignite people at will, Ares often uses this ability to kill those who oppose him. He also used it in a aesthetic way, as his hair and facial hair are made of fire.
- Shapeshifting: As an Olympian, Ares was able to alter his appearance at will. He does this however to a small extent as the change of his hair altered between God of War: Ascension and God of War.
- Seize Alternation: Ares was able to alter his seize, often increasing his seize to titanic proportions, as he did during the Battle of Athens.
- Transformation: Ares was able to sprout grow large spider-like protrusions from his back that can be used in combat to hit and impale his enemies. Based on the fact that his statue in God of War: Ascension bore those "claws", imply this is a trademark feature of the War God.
- Telepathy: Ares is able to talk to people through their mind, without physically getting involved with his target.
- Telekinesis: Ares is able to move objects and people with his mind and this on a massive scale. He used the ability to rip the Blades of Chaos from Kratos' Arms and during the Battle with the Barbarians, he lift people in the air before breaking them in half.
- War Embodiment: Ares is the embodiment of War and was able to drew power from war. In combination with his other abilities, he was able to lay waste huge armies, with little to no effort. When he died, his body exploded as like a nuclear bomb was detonated.
Ares was one of the most powerful gods on Olympus, As a god, Ares was Immortal and was invincible to a certain degree but could be killed by the power of Pandora's Box, godly weapons such as the Gauntlet of Zeus or the Blade of Olympus, or by Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. He was able to kill the Barbarians with ease. By simply thinking about it, he caused hundreds of them to simultaneously be torn apart from the inside, be broken at the spine, and burst into flames. Ares demonstrated the ability to reclaim the Blades of Chaos and control them through telekinesis, which he used to kill the illusions of Kratos' family. At one point, he demonstrated the ability to create a pocket universe that he could warp to torture victims.
Ares showcased several superhuman attributes, such as endurance and accuracy, one example was when he was cut in the artery and he was only being inconvenienced. When he died he released a massive explosion and in God of War III his remains are still intact despite being in the center of that blast.
Ares, just like his uncles and father, is able to grant a small fraction of his powers to his followers. These followers can manipulate certain attributes of War to increase their fighting potential and strengthen their resolve, create explosions, fly, or even conjure walls of fire to aid them in battle. Due to Ares granting these powers, naturally he should be able to replicate them on a much greater scale.
Ares also had the powers of shape shifting, teleportation, superhuman strength, regeneration, superhuman speed, superhuman stamina, fire manipulation, conjuring, superhuman agility, healing, mastery of pyrokinesis, and the ability to materialize various weapons such as a gigantic war hammer, an axe, and a sword, all of which are enveloped in flames. These powers, along with having six blade-like protrusions appear out from his back, made Ares an incredibly formidable foe in battle.
- He was voiced by Steven Blum in God of War and God of War: Ascension and by Fred Tatasciore in God of War III. Interestingly, he shares the same voice actor (Steven Blum) as Lucifer from the animated movie of Dante's Inferno, a game that shares many gameplay mechanics and themes.
- Ares' appearance changed dramatically during the development of God of War. Originally, David Jaffe had intended for the god to appear as "ninety percent energy and ten percent material", but because of the limited power of the PS2, Ares' appearance was gradually stripped back to the warrior seen in the final product.
- Ares appears also as the main antagonist at the end of Spartan: Total Warrior, a game that shares many similarities with God of War.
- Because he was killed by Kratos, it is rather unlikely that Ares had a chance to be affected by the evils of Pandora's Box. He did not truly display any characteristics of the evils. His threat to attack Olympus, and his bloodthirsty ways were part of his own character.
- According to one of the secret messages at the end of God of War, Ares' soul was confined to a small chamber in Kratos' throne room, to be forever tormented by an unknown force.
- Ares' human-sized avatar is only seen in Ghost of Sparta, in flashbacks showing him taking Deimos away and scarring Kratos.
- Ares is one of the mentors for God of War: Ascension multiplayer. This makes him the only mentor who isn't a son of Cronos, he's his grandson instead.
- Ares was ranked on 55th place of the Top 100 Videogame Villains on IGN.
- Ares is the only God in the series that has shown the ability to grow retractable blade-like spider legs from his back. It remains unknown if there are other Olympians with this ability or if it's unique to Ares. Megaera, one of The Furies, has spider like legs growing out of her back, their appearance is very similar, though more insectoid, to Ares' but they are not on fire and they seem to be truly a part of her physiology.
- Based on his appearance in God of War: Ascension, his ability to grow these spider legs wasn't a secret to the champions of Ares. In other words, Kratos would have known that Ares had this ability, implied by Kratos' complete lack of surprise. The legs were mostly a surprise for the gamer.
- The Champions of Ares have a natural bounding with fire and gain energy from battle as revealed in the Ares' Trailer of Ascension.
- In God of War: Ascension, Ares is seen with shorter hair and beard than in the other games. The reason of the change is still unknown.
- It is most likely, however, that Ares, like the other gods, could change his appearance depending on whatever suited his fancy.