|“||A Spartan never lets his back hit the ground. Right, brother?||”|
The younger brother of Kratos, Deimos was abducted by Ares during his childhood to avert a prophecy about the destruction of Olympus. Coming of age in the Domain of Death, Deimos was fueled by hatred for the brother who failed to save him from his torment.
In Greek mythology, Deimos (Ancient Greek: Δεῖμος, pronounced [dêːmos], meaning "dread") was the personification of terror.
He was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He is the twin brother of Phobos and the goddess Enyo who accompanied Ares into battle, as well as his father's attendants, Trembling, Fear, Dread and Panic. Deimos is more of a personification and an abstraction of the sheer terror that is brought by war and he never appeared as an actual character in any story in Greek Mythology. His Roman equivalent was Formido or Metus.
In the God of War Series
Deimos was born a few years after Kratos, and bore a remarkable birthmark across his body. The two brothers grew up together under the watchful eye of their mother Callisto in Sparta, with dreams of joining the Spartan Army when they were older. Kratos and Deimos trained with the traditional spear and shield throughout their childhood, with Kratos teaching the young Deimos to remember that "a Spartan never lets his back hit the ground."
The Marked One Prophecy
Long ago, an Oracle foretold the destruction of the Olympians at the hands of a Marked Warrior. Due to his unusual birthmark, the Gods feared that Deimos would be the prophesied warrior, so they devised a plan to abduct him from his family so that the Oracle's prophecy wouldn't come to pass.
One fateful day, Ares and Athena descended onto Sparta to take Deimos, unleashing an army of Centaurs to decimate the populace while they searched for him. They quickly found the young Deimos amidst the chaos and took him while he was training with Kratos, though his brother attempted to stop Ares. Kratos lunged at Ares to keep him from taking his brother but Ares struck him down, scarring him over his right eye. Ares then attempted to kill Kratos, but Athena quickly told him not to, as they already had what they where looking for. Ares then disappeared in a cloud of fire. Athena apologized to Kratos, then disappeared in a cloud of fire.
Ares brought Deimos to Thanatos in the Domain of Death to remain there in torment, ensuring the prophecy of "the Marked One" would never occur. For several years, Deimos believed Kratos would come to his rescue. As time passed, his hope began to fade, and was replaced with hatred for the brother who left him to rot.
|“||Did you think I would forget? Did you think that I would forgive? I will never forgive you, brother!||”|
–Deimos upon being found by Kratos.
After having met -and defeated- Callisto in Atlantis, Kratos was compelled to find his brother at any cost. Undertaking a perilous journey that took him across Greece, Kratos finally found Deimos deep in the Temple of Thanatos, suspended from a tree.
Freed from his chains, save for a single massive gauntlet locked around his right arm, Deimos wanted revenge against Kratos for not protecting him and quickly assaulted his brother.
After a grueling battle, Deimos tackled Kratos over a ledge and proceeded to pummel his brother into submission, using the gauntlet. As Kratos lay bloodied and beaten, Deimos saw his final blow shatter the gauntlet.
Willing to continue barehanded, Deimos was instead interrupted, as Thanatos arrived grabbed Deimos, taking him to the Suicide Bluffs to throw him off the edge. Kratos, barely able to stand, managed to follow them to the Bluffs.
Locked in combat, Deimos and Thanatos never saw Kratos arrive, until the Spartan raced for the edge, after Thanatos managed to throw Deimos off. Rushing over to his brother, barely saving him from certain death, Kratos proclaimed never to leave Deimos again, and gave Deimos the Arms of Sparta.
Joining forces, side by side, as brothers, Deimos and Kratos began their attack on Thanatos. Together, the pair followed Thanatos along the cliffs and eventually caught up with him, where Thanatos stated Ares had chosen poorly, where he should have opted for Kratos instead of Deimos, all those years ago.
The Spartan brothers charged Thanatos, fighting the God of Death together, until Thanatos transformed into a gigantic winged monster and grabbed Deimos, crushing him against the cliff side, effectively killing him. Kratos, fueled by extreme rage, unleashed Thera's Bane at an unhuman level, and defeated Thanatos.
Kratos carried Deimos' lifeless body to the top of the Suicide Bluffs via the Path of Solitude, where the Grave Digger had prepared a grave for Deimos. He then lay Deimos' body into the grave, stating Deimos was now free, Kratos also make a promise to Athena that the gods would pay for what they did to his brother.
Kratos discovered several notes spread around Hades, with one seemingly written by his mother Callisto. The note claims that all who get close to her son die, including his own brother.
At the end of God of War III, Gaia confronts Zeus and Kratos and admits regret in helping the Spartan. Zeus claims that since Kratos failed her, she "should have chosen the other one". In Ghost of Sparta the Grave Digger (Zeus) referenced Deimos as "the other one", indicating that it was Deimos Gaia should have chosen. Kratos was visibly angered by Zeus statement.
Also, when in the Darkness, Kratos comes across a pool of blood. After waiting a bit, a pair of interesting dialogues can be heard, when a male voice speaks out and says:
- "A Spartan never lets his back hit the ground. Right, brother?" and
- "Don't leave me again, Kratos!"
Though only his voice is heard in the game, there were concept arts made of character. Deimos final concept art was used for God of War: Ghost of Sparta instead of God of War III.
A Deimos bonus costume can be unlocked after the game is completed, however, it can only be obtained by inputting a special code included in a limited number of God of War: Ghost of Sparta games or by buying it online within the first week of release.
Weapons and Powers
Deimos was an incredibly powerful mortal as he was able to best Kratos in single combat, armed with only a gauntlet. For this reason it is presumed that it is because of his demigod attributes from his being a son of Zeus, just like his brother.
Deimos is also extremely proficient with the Arms of Sparta as he wielded them to great effect in the fight against Thanatos. He has incredible strength as seen from being able to overpower Kratos.
It might be possible that Deimos was able to overpower him because Kratos had let him win, as seen in the remastered PS3 version the player get an achievement called "Let Him Win", but it is also necessary to consider that during both fights Deimos had endured enormous physical and psychological torture because of the years he spent in the Domain of Death, suffering at the hands of Thanatos.
- Deimos was voiced by actor Elijah Wood, a special guest voice actor in God of War III.
- Elijah Wood was the voice of Deimos heard in the pool of blood. However, Josh Keaton was credited as the voice of Deimos in God of War III, most likely for the Deimos costume which was intended to be released with Ghost of Sparta.
- The Final Battle between Kratos and Thanatos is very similar to a boss fight in the game Devil May Cry 3. In both of these fights the player controls the series' protagonist and can call for the aid of the character's brother. The two games share many other similarities.
- Deimos' appearance in Ghost of Sparta resembles that of the Spartan king, Leonidas, from 300.
- Deimos is also the name of one Ares' sons, the God of Terror.
- Deimos and Kratos are very alike in appearance, the only notable differences being Deimos having a larger beard, being hairier, and having a much less gravelly voice.
- Kratos' tattoo is an exact replica of Deimos' birthmark.
- Deimos' birthmark seems to glow orange instead of red and looks more "corrupted", possibly due to his time spent in the Domain of Death.
- Deimos is Kratos' only relative he did not kill.
- Deimos is Callisto's second child, implying Zeus slept with her more than once.
- There are two Deimos bonus costumes, in Ghost of Sparta and God of War III.
- The Gauntlet which Deimos wields bears a striking resemblance to the Gauntlet of Zeus, only rusted.
- In God of War, there is an unlockable video, Birth of the Beast, where Kratos' brother is first hinted at in the series. The events of Ghost of Sparta, however, reveal that this video is not canon.
- Deimos is the name of one of Mars' moons, and Mars is Ares' Roman name. This could be a reference to Ares capturing Deimos in the series as moons can't orbit beyond their planets.
- Even though Deimos is younger than Kratos, he looks older than his brother because Kratos hasn't visibly aged since he became a god, and Deimos has a beard, compared with Kratos' smaller goatee.
- Deimos appears as an alternate costume for Kratos in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, through pre-order DLC.
- Deimos, like Kratos, has chains on his forearms; it is possible that they were remains of the shackles that held him, even though they are inside his gauntlets. He had a golden armlet similar to the Golden Fleece, possibly for the God of War III costume.
- In God of War: Ascension, the King of Sparta illusion referred to Deimos saying "Even the loss of your brother did not lose you of your focus", but it is important to notice that, for Kratos, Deimos was still considered dead at the time.
- Kratos fulfilled his promise to Athena to make the Olympian Gods pay for what they did to his brother in God of War III by killing every one of them.
- During the boss fight with Deimos, a completely easy way of quickly beating him without losing any drop of health is to keep repeating Square (slash) + Hyperion Charge + square (punch) + O (throw). Doing this also builds up a huge combo-meter.
- Deimos is the only boss that Kratos can use the Hyperion Charge on. No other boss can do this.