Cratus and Delphine by Pickyme

Illustration of Cratus and Delphine

In Greek mythology, Cratos was a son of the Titan Pallas (not to be confused with Pallas Athena) and the goddess Styx. He was the personification of strength and power. Cratos had three siblings: Nike ("victory"), Bia ("force"), and Zelus ("zeal"). They were often depicted as winged protectors of Zeus.

The name is derived from the common noun Κράτος, meaning "force", "strength", or "power". The spellings "Cratus" and "Kratos" are also used.

Cratos has become one of  Greek mythology's most famous characters thanks to his protagonistic position in the God of War video game series, however his video game counterpart contradicts most of his mythological history.

In Mythology

Cratos was the son of Styx and Pallas . He was brother of Nike, Bia and Zelus. He represented power. He was a servant and ally of Zeus during the Titanomachy , opposing his father and many of his uncles. He was eventually rewarded by becoming the guard of Zeus' throne. He, along with Bia and his cousin Hephaestus, bound the Titan Prometheus on a rock for stealing fire.

In Popular culture

Video games


God Of War's Spartan Anti-Hero Kratos

  • In the video game series God Of War, Kratos is a Spartan warrior who is revealed to be a son of Zeus. Ironically, his videogame counterpart defies Zeus, and actually overthrows him.


  • In the final volume of the manga series Because I'm The Goddess, Cratos (mistranslated as "Clatos" in the English printing) appears as a smiling, gigantic brute whom Zeus orders to kill the goddess.


  • In the Dark Hunter novel "Dream Warrior" by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cratus has been stripped of his god powers and cast out of Olympus for defying Zeus's orders to kill an infant. He is punished by being killed every night for all eternity, only to rise the next morning. Cratus takes the name Jericho and claims that Cratus died a long time ago.


In Popular Culture

Video games


External links

Kratos at the God of War wiki.