|“||Are you watching me now, Sisters? Give me a sign! Am I, the great Perseus, to kill this fallen God to receive an audience with you? Will that allow me to bring my love back from the grasp of Hades himself!? If not, then at least I can bathe in the glory of being the one who brought down the mighty Kratos. The Slayer of Gods. Although I hardly think a harpy's fool such as yourself deserves such praise.||”|
In Greek myth, Perseus was the famous hero who killed the Gorgon, Medusa. He was commonly said to have accomplished this feat with a variety of magical items lent to him by the gods, including a helmet of invisibility, the winged sandals of Hermes, a magical sword, a special pouch to store Medusa's head, and a reflective shield that allowed him to find and kill the Gorgon without actually looking at her and turning to stone.
In God of War
Perseus' role in the God of War series creates a plothole in the series' mythology. Perseus is famous in Greek mythology for having slain the gorgon Medusa. However, in the first God of War game, it is Kratos who kills the Gorgon, thus leaving unclear what made Perseus a hero in the game's universe.
Beyond this, Perseus only appears in God of War II. Some time prior to the game, Perseus embarked on a journey to the Island of Creation to meet the Sisters of Fate and change his destiny so that he could bring "his loved one" back to life. However, at some point he became trapped in a large bathing house above the Hall of Atropos. When Kratos reaches the hall, Perseus calls to him for assistance, though the Spartan is unable to reach him immediately.
Eventually, Kratos reaches the bathing house where Perseus is trapped and shuts the door, unknowingly trapping himself inside with Perseus. Having gone somewhat mad after being trapped for a long time in that room, Perseus assumes the Sisters are trying to test him and attempts to kill Kratos using his magic sword and helmet of invisibility. Nonetheless, Kratos manages to kill his half-brother, by smashing his helmet, stabbing him with his own sword and throwing him through a wall to impale him on a hook. By throwing Perseus through the wall, he also manages to make his way out of the bathing house to continue his quest.
Powers and Abilities
Being a demigod, Perseus possesses supernatural strength and agility. He also uses a large variety of items given to him by various Gods. In the first part of the battle, he uses Hades' Helm to turn invisible. While Kratos can't see him, he then throws projectiles at Kratos with his sling. After Kratos destroys the helmet, Perseus still has his sword and shield. After Kratos breaks his sword, he then uses the shield to reflect the light of the sun, which can then blind Kratos momentarily, leaving him open to attacks.
As many who traveled to the Island of Creation, Perseus was desperate to change his fate, in his case to save his loved one. After his entrapment in the Hall of Atropos, Perseus goes mad but is still able to produce rational thoughts as before he attacks Kratos he reasons with himself, asking the question what the presence of Kratos means. As most heroes in the God of War series, Perseus is very confident in his own skill and quickly underestimates the abilities of Kratos. He also doesn't believe that Kratos should have been granted the chance to kill Ares as he find this too much praise for the Spartan.
- Despite their lengthy encounter, Kratos never says a single word to Perseus which is odd as he usually speaks to half-siblings before engaging them in battle.
- The most likely explanation, is that since Kratos doesn't know that Zeus is his father he also doesn't know that Perseus is his half brother.
- It is unknown what Perseus is famous for in the God of War universe as Kratos was the one who killed Medusa, rather than Perseus as mythology stated.
- It was speculated that he killed the gorgon Stheno, as she did not appear in the main plot of any God of War game. However, in the Multiplayer mode of God of War: Ascension, Stheno is shown to have been imprisoned in stone in the Bog of the Forgotten.
- Another idea could be that while he killed a different gorgon, he didn't reach Andromeda in time and she was killed by Ketos. In vengeance Perseus killed Ketos (which is how he got his fame) and then Perseus travelled to the sisters of fate in order to save Andromeda.
- Medusa's death in the hands of Kratos could have greatly altered Perseus' destiny. In Greek Mythology, he sought to kill Medusa and use her gaze to kill the sea monster named Ketos and save princess Andromeda. However, since Medusa's head had already been taken by Kratos, Andromeda could not be saved and the Ketos killed her, so he went to find the Sisters of Fate and bring her back to life. Before his fight with Kratos he even says: "Will that allow me to bring my love back from the grasp of Hades himself?"
- A second hypothesis is that Perseus indeed killed Medusa and took her head prior to the events of God of War. Medusa as fought by Kratos could have been summoned from the Underworld during the Siege of Athens. This would make sense as Ares' army mostly consists of the undead. It is possible that they struck a deal: her life for her assistance. This would also imply that Andromeda died at a later point and Perseus wanted to rectify that.
- This could also explain why Perseus wasn't hateful of Kratos. As Kratos would be the reason that he lost Andromeda in the first place, his actions would be driven by hate, instead of pride and ambition. He fought Kratos for the honor of killing the fallen God of War or to win the favor of the Fates rather than out of revenge.