Jaffe Reveals Inspiration Behind Kratos

PSLS: When God of War first launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, it garnered amazing critical and commercial success. It also, undoubtedly, gave birth to one of the most iconic and well-known PlayStation heroes (or mascots if you will) in the form of the god-slaying Kratos. The bloodthirsty character has been decapitating, disemboweling, and inflicting harm to several mythological beasts on every platform in the PlayStation family for many years. But have you ever wondered how Kratos actually came about? The man who created him, the venerable David Jaffe, tells us where the inspiration behind the mighty PlayStation hero came from.

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Sev3036d ago (Edited 3036d ago )

Sorry, that DOES make Kratos less cool.

I've never seen the movie though.

RememberThe3573036d ago

The movie is badass. Edward Norton is a great actor.

Plus, a butterfly could influence the creation of a dragon, that doesn't mean the dragon is less badass.

doctorstrange3036d ago

But Kratos being based on a Nazi isnt the nicest of background inspirations

deafwing3036d ago

on one note you can see Jaffe was going for
on the other hand it is politically/socially debatable
and we all know Jaffe just doesn't care what anyone else thinks besides that little creative thought in his head

ExplosionSauce3036d ago (Edited 3036d ago )

He was basing Kratos on Edward Norton's character's aggression not his social views.

UltraNova3036d ago

And I was thinking the exact opposite of Hercules was his inspiration...Oh well

yewles13036d ago (Edited 3036d ago )

At Sev:

Do you mean the Edward Norton bit, or the Nazi bit?

doctorstrange3036d ago

I dont think anyone could have a problem with the Norton bit. Unless they saw The Incredible Hulk.

nickjkl3036d ago

did you guys even read the article it was the facial expression the intensity and power of what edward norton portrayed in that movie that inspired kratos

not edward norton as a nazi

ico923036d ago

the film was incredible, Kratos wasnt inspired by what the neo-nazi stood for but who the neo-nazi was, in the Film Edward Nortan plays an incredibly angry and furious person, he feels betrayed and neglected by the USA in favour of minorites and immirgrants whom he considers social parasites.
This is similar to Kratos an angry character who feels betrayed by the Gods also both characters have lost a loved one which serves as the triggger for all there hate.

yoshiroaka3036d ago (Edited 3036d ago )

Honestly only someone who hasn't see the movie can say that.
The aura and sense of power and brutality that surrounds Norton after the painful curb stomp scene was incredible. I can definitely see the kratos in it.

Norton has been stereotyped as a kinda of sofite actor because of the majority of his roles being a nice or quite guy.
But in American history X that guy turned into a totally different person.
He was a total monster... well at least for the first half of the movie.

spooky2053036d ago

I mean he even curbstomped someone with no remorse and a big ass smile on his face. Im pretty sure cliff got the idea of curbstomping locusts from that movie too.

Vojkan3036d ago

Less cool? Maybe if you are some over sensitive .....

It is one of best movies i have seen with some of best acting ever, and i am not even American.

Vojkan3036d ago (Edited 3036d ago )

maybe this is image hes talking about, or one of those moments in the movie

Overall incredible movie, i think. Its not some Nazi glorify movie, its much deeper then that.

The great thing about this movie is, if you are white after some of Nortons comments and speaches in the movie you kinda start feeling it with him, like yeah but by the end of the movie you realize how wrong it all was. It has such a powerful message. Great movie.

downwardspiral3036d ago

i am jack's smirking revenge.

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doctorstrange3036d ago

When I watched American History X I really thought that Norton kinda reminded me of Kratos

Wolf8733036d ago (Edited 3036d ago )

Norton is a fine actor, I think it's great that such a acclaimed actor would be an inspiration for a great game character.

Terarmzar3036d ago

That seems pretty ideal i remember in the movie the guy fought the black guy and killed him by curb stomping his face in the ground, so yea that seems like something Kratos would do ( Ripping heads off)

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