Kratos is a fictional video game character from Sony Santa Monica's God of War series, which is loosely based on Greek mythology. Kratos first appeared in the 2005 video game God of War, which led to the development of five additional games featuring the character as the protagonist,.with a sixth in development. Kratos also appears as the protagonist in the God of War comic series and novel. He has been consistently voiced by Terrence C. Carson, with Antony Del Rio voicing the character as a child.
In the series, Kratos embarks on a series of often forced adventures in attempts to avert disaster or to change his fate. He is usually portrayed as being oblivious to all else, often engaging in morally ambiguous activities and performing acts of extreme violence. He is eventually revealed to be a demigod. Each adventure forms part of a saga with vengeance as a central theme, providing additional information about Kratos' origins and his relationships with his family and the gods.
The God of War franchise has become a flagship title for the PlayStation brand, and Kratos is one of its most recognizable characters. Kratos is a video game icon and has been mostly well-received by critics. The character is also associated with other products, and has had various cameos in PlayStation games outside of the God of War series.
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