Kratos is a video game character from Sony Computer Entertainment's God of War series, which is loosely based on Greek mythology. Kratos first appeared in the highly successful video game God of War (released in March 2005), which led to the development of five additional games featuring the character as the protagonist. Kratos has been consistently voiced by TC Carson.
Kratos embarks on a series of often forced adventures in attempts to avert disaster or change his fate. Kratos is usually portrayed as being oblivious to all else in the execution of these adventures, often engaging in morally ambiguous activities and performing acts of extreme violence. Each adventure forms part of a saga with vengeance as a central theme, and provides additional information on Kratos' origins (eventually revealed to be a demigod) and relationship with his family and the gods.
Kratos has received positive critical reception, being described by reviewers as a "sympathetic antihero". The character is also associated with products including artwork, clothing, comic books, fast food, the internet, a novel, sweepstakes, toys and cell phone skins, with Game Guru claiming that "Practically anyone, even if they hadn't played any of the God of War games, would know about Kratos."