Best Characters in God of War's Norse Mythology Games

The God of War series has been known for it's amazing cast of characters all the way since the days of Greek mythology. Now that the series has explored Norse mythology in God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarök, and given us an incredible cast of characters with equally incredible backstories, let's rank them all.

Obviously, spoilers ahead if you haven't played the God of War games yet, although if you really haven't, then what are you waiting for?!
The Top Ten
1 Kratos Kratos is a fictional character and the titular primary protagonist and anti-hero of the God of War video game series. He is a demi-god who seeks retribution and vengeance on Ares and later, the Greek Gods after he was betrayed and was forced to kill his family .

Kratos is one of the characters in all of gaming that has developed the most, going from the angry and vengeful Spartan he was way back in the first game to being calm, in control of his emotions and avoiding conflict when possible, all while teaching all he can to his son so that he doesn't make the same mistakes he did. It's safe to say Kratos has come a long way and by the end of God of War Ragnarök, he is a much different Kratos, I won't go into much detail as to how that is to avoid spoilers as the game is brand new still, but it is remarkable I'll say that much. No other character deserves the number one position more. In the two games that take place in Norse mythology, Kratos' character has evolved tremendously.

2 Atreus

Atreus is first introduced in the opening of God of War (2018) where it is clear he has much to learn as, like his father before him, has trouble controlling his anger. Still, he is a very kind boy, believing that not all gods are evil, unlike his father, and like his mother thought him, he believes it's important to help others when you can. After learning the truth about his status as a god, Atreus became arrogant, boastful and condescending, but is quickly brought back to reality by his father. After that, he starts showing more patience and understanding, increasing in maturity and taking any lessons and wisdom from his father or Mimir to heart By the end of the first game Kratos and Atreus have developed a strong bond with each other.

By the start of the second game, Atreus is no longer just a kid, he has grown into a teenager, and like any teenager, he gets moody, thinks he knows more than experienced adults, and is awkward around pretty girls. He gains a lot of confidence and maturity throughout his adventures in God of War Ragnarok and it's nice to have seen the progression of the character during the events of these amazing games.

3 Mimir

When you first meet Mimir, he is imprisoned in a tree, which he reveals was done to him by Odin himself. After Kratos cuts his head and Freya brings it back to life, Mimir guides Kratos and Atreus throughout their journey, giving them advice and telling them stories along the way. By the end of God of War Ragnarok, Kratos and Mimir have developed a great friendship, at first Mimir was just a useful talking head to Kratos, but over time the two formed a bond, with Mimir helping out Kratos with teaching things to Atreus. He is by far one of the best characters in the game and he brings a lot to the table, it would be hard to picture the game without him.

4 Odin

The All-Father Odin was mentioned continuously in God of War (2018), being painted as a cruel, heartless, sadistic and barbaric God, as proven by his having tortured Mimir. Players only got to see him in God of War Ragnarok, leaving quite an impression. As he character, Odin seems very likable throughout the part of the game where you play as Atreus, but don't let that fool you, there is no better liar than Odin, everything he does is to get something he wants. By the end of the game he is one of the series' best villains.

5 Thor

Thor is widely feared throughout the Nine Realms for his cruelty, violent temper, brutality and sadism. Like his father Odin, he is only mentioned by name in the first game and makes his first appearance in the opening of God of War Ragnarok, starting with a discussion with Kratos also involving Odin, and followed by an epic battle between a God of War and a God of Thunder. There are many more fights involving Thor including a bar fight in Asgard, an epic battle against the world serpent and another battle against Kratos. Thor quickly develops into a more complex character as it becomes clear that the death of his sons affects him emotionally, even though he doesn't want to admit it, as well as his struggle to stay sober and keep his promise to his wife and daughter. Furthermore, Thor shares many similarities with Kratos, the most striking of them being that he is being used as a weapon by Odin, but like Kratos was being used as a weapon by the Greek gods.

6 Freya

Freya is the ex second wife of Odin and Baldur's mother. In her first appearance in the first game, she is just known as "The Witch in the Woods" and she gives Kratos and Atreus magical marks that would hide them from the Norse gods. Later, she helps save Atreus' life when he gets sick. It is during this part of the game that Kratos learns she is a goddess and starts not trusting her, although he eventually softens up after learning more about how Odin treated her, cursing her and taking her Valkyrie wings away from her. Later he saves her from her son Baldur at the end of the first game. Freya returns in the second game, first appearing in attempts to kill Kratos for killing Baldur and later as an ally and friend after she realizes that Odin is really who is at fault for her son's death. She can even fight alongside Kratos like Atreus did in the first game.

7 Baldur

Baldur is the main antagonist of God of War (2018), making his first appearance in the opening of the game in an epic battle against Kratos in which it becomes clear nothing can harm him. We later learn that he was sent by his father Odin to track Kratos, thinking he is one of the remaining giants. Baldur was once a kind and emotionally stable Aesir god, but he ended up becoming an extremely cruel, ruthless and sadistic monster after his mother Freya, out of misguided love, cursed him with an invulnerability spell to ensure nothing could kill him at the cost of his ability to feel anything. At the end of the game he has an even more epic battle with Kratos than the first one which also involved Freya who was trying to protect her son. During the battle, an arrow from Atreus removed the curse that was put on Baldur. Intent of killing his own mother for the years he spent not feeling anything, Kratos decided to put an end to it, killing Baldur to save Freya even though she didn't want to be saved.

8 Surtr

Surtr, also known as Surt, is the first fire giant and the second being in existence to be born. He is the guardian and ruler of Muspelheim and the fire giants. He is hidden deep within his realm, and is constantly training and honing his skills to be prepared on Ragnarök, in which he will lead his kin against the Aesir and destroy Asgard.

9 Sindri

Sindri is polite, well-meaning and erudite. He treats every piece of craft as an artwork that must be carefully handled, thus he pays close attention to detail and operates with precision. He is a Dwarf and is first encountered by Kratos and Atreus at the Foothills of Midgards mountain where he is making repairs to a moving platform called the Sky Mover. Noticing that Kratos has the Leviathan Axe on his back, Sindri quickly walks over to him asking where he obtained it. Atreus reveals that it belonged to his mother and that she gifted his father the axe before passing. Sindri offers his condolences saying she was a good woman and warrior. Later in the game, Sindri is saved by Kratos and Atreus who defeated the dragon Hraezlyr who was trying to eat him. Eventually he and his brother Brok reunite and provide fun dialogue and quests. In God of War Ragnarok, Sindri allowed Kratos and his party to live at his home in the World Tree so Odin wouldn't be able to find them. After his brother's death, he blames Kratos for it and completely severs ties with him and Atreus. I'm putting Sindri higher than his brother Brok, because his character completely changes during the second game.

10 Brok

Brok is amicable, but also rude, slovenly and ill-mannered, and frequently swears. He is a Dwarf and is first encountered when Kratos and Atreus pass the Jotnar marketplace trying to move his beast of burden across a bridge. He instantly recognized the Leviathan Axe and told Kratos it was him and his brother Sindri who made it, as well as Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Throughout the game he sets up shop in different places in all the realms you visit and is able to upgrade Kratos' weapons. He has a lot of funny dialogue and he gives many interesting quests. At the start of the game, Brok and Sindri are mad at each other after an argument about who of the two is the best smith, but later in the game they reunite and serve as comic relief throughout your adventures. Brok later helps Kratos in God of War Ragnarok in forging a new weapon to fight against Heimdall. Unfortunately, he later dies, killed by Odin.

The Contenders
11 Jörmungandr
12 Heimdall

Heimdall is the Norse God of Foresight, Surveillance, Order and Foreknowledge. He is a son of Odin to whom Heimdall is completely loyal to. He was given the Gjallarhorn by his father and was tasked with protecting Asgard and warning the Aesir when Ragnarök begins. He only appears in God of War Ragnarok and is one of the game's antagonists.

13 Angrboda

Angrboda is a Jötunn. In God of War Ragnarok she becomes Atreus' best friend and love interest and accompanies him and Kratos at some point in the game.

14 Durlin
15 Thrúd

Thrúd is the daughter of Thor and Sif. In the game, she accompanies Atreus and Heimdall in a mission to Helheim. She also has interactions with many characters, most notably her father Thor.

16 Sif
17 Freyr

Freyr is a Vanir God, brother of Freya and the uncle of Baldur. In God of War Ragnarok, Kratos and Freya try to find him in the hope he can become their ally against Asgard.

18 Fenrir
19 Faye
20 Magni and Modi

Magni and Modi are the sons of Thor whom Kratos and Atreus fight and kill in God of War (2018). They are also referenced multiple times in God of War Ragnarok.

21 Týr

Týr is the Norse God of War, essentially the equivalent to Kratos in Greece when he was known as the God of War. He is only mentioned by name in the first of the two games in which it is unclear what happened to him with many theories being brought up such as him going into hiding or having been killed by Odin. He is eventually found by Kratos and Atreus, imprisoned in a dwarven mine in Svartalfheim, or at least thought to be as it ended up being Odin in disguise. After you complete the main story in Ragnarok, you can find the real Týr and have a few nice interactions with him. The real Týr is very calm and charming compared to Odin's impersonation of him, which was admittedly great acting on his part, at first being more cowardly and later well, pretty normal sounding, if not a bit impatient.

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