This papercraft is the Kratos, based on the video game series God of War, the paper model is created by Beinan. Kratos is the main protagonist and anti-hero of the God of War series. Born a Spartan, Kratos held the military rank of General, before exacting his revenge on the Olympians.
Born and raised in Sparta, Kratos was monitored, like all other younglings. During several tests, those that were deemed fit were to stay in Sparta to be trained as Spartan protectors, while those deemed unfit would be sent to the mountains, sealing their fate. Kratos, already feisty and aggressive at his young age, along with his brother, Deimos, trained, and dreamt of joining the Spartan army. On an ill-fated day, when the young brothers were training outside their home, the city was raided by the gods, Ares and Athena, and their army of centaurs, in search of the Marked Warrior. Ares, seeing Deimos' birthmark as a sign of the prophecy, then snatched him away. In anger and desperation, Kratos jumped to attack the god and save his brother, only for Ares to smack Kratos back in to a pile of wood, leaving him with a scar.
Insulted by this, Ares raised his sword to kill Kratos, but was stopped by Athena reminding him that they had what they were looking for. Before leaving, Athena apologized to Kratos, and disappeared into flames. The loss of his brother left an indelible mark on Kratos, as he vowed to never falter again. In honor of his brother, Kratos had this tattoo adorned on his skin, made in the exact image of Deimos' birthmark. After some time, Kratos married Lysandra, and had a daughter, Calliope.
In the series, Kratos embarks on a series of often forced adventures in attempts to avert disaster or change his fate. He 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, providing additional information on Kratos' origins and relationship with his family and the gods.
The God of War franchise has become a flagship title for the PlayStation brand, with Kratos being one of its most recognizable characters. Kratos is a video game icon, a relative newcomer among more established franchise characters, such as Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Lara Croft. The character has received mostly positive critical reception. The character is also associated with other products, and has had various cameos in PlayStation games outside of the God of War series.
God of War is an award-winning action-adventure video game series loosely based on Greek mythology. Debuting in 2005, the series has become a flagship title for the PlayStation brand, consisting of six games across multiple platforms with a seventh currently in development. The main trilogy - God of War I, II, & III - was developed by Sony's Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles. Ready at Dawn developed the PlayStation Portable installments - Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta – which were also published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Capcom published both PS2 and PSP installments in Japan. The mobile phone Java ME installment - Betrayal - was developed by Javaground and published by Sony Pictures Digital. Santa Monica is currently in development of a new title - Ascension - for the PS3. The series has also expanded into a franchise to include other media, such as a comic book series - God of War - and two novels - God of War and God of War II. A film has been in development since 2005.
In addition to the individual games, two collections featuring remasterings of both PS2 installments - God of War Collection - and both PSP installments - God of War: Origins Collection - have been released on the PS3 by Bluepoint Games and Ready at Dawn, respectively. Another collection - God of War Saga - is scheduled to be released on August 28, 2012 for the PS3 featuring God of War I, II, III, Chains of Olympus, and Ghost of Sparta. With the exception of the mobile phone game, God of War: Betrayal, every installment in the series has been featured on the PlayStation 3 and each main installment has been released in March of their respective release year. The series has also been associated with merchandise including artwork, clothing, toys and cell phone skins. As of June 2012, the series has sold more than 21 million copies worldwide.
The central character of the series is Kratos, a Spartan warrior tricked into killing his wife and child by his former master, the God of War Ares. Kratos eventually kills Ares at the behest of the goddess Athena and takes his place as the new God of War, but is still haunted by the nightmares of his past. Kratos is eventually betrayed by Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods. Revealed to be a demigod and the son of Zeus, Kratos now seeks revenge against the gods for their machinations. A convoluted series of attempts to free himself from the influence of the gods and exact revenge follow. Each game chapter forms part of a saga with vengeance as a central theme, with the series becoming darker in tone with each game.