Hyperbole tends to be overused on the internet and I don’t plan on contributing to it, which is why I won’t say that God of War 1-3 is not necessarily the most masculine game series of all time, but it is in the upper ranks of red pill friendly gaming. Kratos, the anti-hero of the God of War franchise, is an unforgiving and unapologetic brute of a man, and yet despite his Draconian tactics he just about always gets what he wants.
This goes without saying but SPOILER ALERT there is a lot of information from the game I have to discuss and the only way to do this is by dissecting several key moments in the franchise. So if you haven’t played the game yet I highly suggest you do; it’ll be a decision you won’t regret.
In case you haven’t played the game in a while let me give you a quick refresher: The God of War series follows Kratos, an ancient Spartan warrior who during a battle where his men are being routed desperately calls upon the Greek god Ares. Kratos willingly surrenders his soul to Ares so he can save himself and his soldiers. Ares agrees and Kratos’ unit prevails. This deal however comes at a high cost which Kratos does not anticipate: the death of his wife and child. Ares possesses Kratos’ mind and tricks him into slaughtering his own family. The villagers whom have also faced his wrath curse him and the ashes of his fallen family is plastered onto his skin giving him a ghostly complexion.
Kratos eventually defies the gods who control him and manages to kill Ares. During their final confrontation Ares pleads with Kratos, “I only wanted to make you a better warrior.” This is right before Kratos slams a sword into the chest of the god of war. Then Kratos coldly replies, “You succeeded.” What a badass thing to say, and it’s just one of the many reasons Kratos is one of the ultimate macho men.
Throughout the rest of the series, Kratos continues to wreck havoc across the Grecian mythological landscape. Killing demi-gods, titans, gods and even the fates. Throughout all of this Kratos rarely shows any softness nor humanity towards other people. He has a soft spot for Pandora, a young girl with mystical properties, and Aphrodite, whom he has sex with.
Yes at times Kratos forms alliances and shows some care towards others like the titan Gia. He also has some semblance of respect for the Oracle, Athena and even Hera. But all of these people, whether through their own betrayal of Kratos or just getting in the way, end up dead; usually by his hands.
I am of course not condoning violence towards anyone but looking outside the confines of a video game Kratos’ responses and reactions towards people shows in many ways the lifestyle of a true red pill practicioner. When Gia betrays Kratos, going back on their deal to have him fight Zeus, she has the nerve to throw him to his supposed death. Kratos of course survives because death on numerous occasions cannot stop him.
Kratos then crosses path with the treacherous titan once more who is now in need of his help. In the ultimate show of arrogance, Gia commands Kratos’ help and openly admits she won’t let him take on Zeus with her around. Now a blue pill male would have just accepted that and do the “right thing” in helping Gia. Had this been another game that may have happened, but because Kratos doesn’t take orders that contradict his objectives he kills Gia for standing in his way.
How many times in our own lives are we met with a choice where someone who has betrayed us or maybe wronged us in some way asks for our help and we just suck it up and help them out? I’m not saying that is never the right thing to do; sometimes it’s more beneficial to help someone than to ignore them. That being said, however, how often would an attitude more similar to Kratos benefit us in our careers or social relationships?
People respect confidence, and they also respect someone who is decisive and trusts their intuition. It’d be foolhardy to never get advice or seek counsel as even Kratos gets some much needed advice at times from various characters. However, people respect those who have clear goals and don’t let anything stand in their way.
Kratos shows no mercy to anyone who wrongs him and he shows little to no mercy towards anyone who stands as an obstacle to him. He makes sure to send a message each and every time he defeats one of his enemies that he is not to be crossed. Even when the lovely Poseidon princess stands in his way he doesn’t hesitate to brutally destroy her in order to advance towards his ultimate goal. How many seductions both physical and inanimate do we allow to slow us down and distract us? Kratos has no time for anything that doesn’t benefit him in a true way, and it almost always results in his success.
The game makes a point of making fun of and humiliating blue pill characters. In the first two God of War games there is a seaman who prays pathetically to Poseidon instead of trying to fight the Hydra. Kratos, who is there on business for the Greek god of the ocean, could save the man but decides not to and he is swallowed by the hydra. Kratos later travels into the Hydra to fetch the man who has an important item. He takes the item and literally drops the seaman because he is weak and he has no use for weak people.
Later on the man becomes a gag; he is thrown into the underworld by Kratos as he’s escaping and he’s a reluctant ghost enemy for Kratos to face in the sequel. Being anything short of a dark red pill character in God of War is certain death, hell even then it’s not guaranteed. A solider for the Spartan army whom Kratos respects is able to survive a decent amount of time in the game, but eventually dies because he unwittingly overextends himself. Noble, but ultimately he is just another person who can’t live up to Kratos’ alpha dominance.
The only person Kratos does not go with anger against is Aphrodite because she is shrewd enough to offer sex, claiming that she hasn’t been with a real man since she last slept with him. Despite Kratos having killed many of her fellow gods, Aphrodite finds it as no real matter as she is only concerned with being able to lay with the biggest alpha. How often in life do women claim to dislike the biggest alpha in a group only to eventually fall head over heels for him?
Kratos didn’t just take a red pill, he took the whole damn bottle! And the God of War series is a perfect demonstration on how being an alpha is the best answer for just about every situation. Only a few times does Kratos’ confidence hurt him, but even then he’s able to use his masculine tactics to overcome the odds. At times due to the respect he’s earned for his skills, he’s helped by another alpha or even a blue piller who recognizes his importance.
So the developers are trying to teach a lesson that the red pill always wins. Or that you should possess the sword of Olympus.