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I am the Titan Gaia, ever present Mother of Earth.
~ Gaia

Gaia is the deuteragonist in God of War II and the secondary antagonist in God of War III, She was one of Kratos' former allies alongside the Titans in their same mission of retribution. She's one of the Titans that seek revenge on Zeus. Gaia's voice also narrated the entire God of War series.

Appearance

Gaia is a giant Titan with trees and other plants growing on her, thus according to legends and Greek mythology was named Mother Earth or Mother Nature because she represents nature and the Earth.

History

Past

Thousands of years ago, an Oracle warned Cronos that one day, his children would rise up against him and all the Titans. So to prevent that, Cronos decided to imprisoned all of his children in his belly. When it was Zeus' turn to be eaten by Cronos, Zeus' mother, Rhea, decided to trick Cronos by sending Baby Zeus to a far away area where Cronos couldn't see. Gaia was the one who raised Zeus. She also told Zeus that Cronos had his siblings in his Stomach. Out of rage, Zeus decided to get his revenge and rescue his siblings from Cronos, which started the Great War. When the Great War ended Gaia was one of the survivors that was imprisoned in the pits of Tartarus.

Despite Gaia being imprisoned in the Tartarus, she somehow managed to keep an eye on a Demi-God; Kratos. It's possible that she knew about the Oracle's warning about the fall of Olympus will be caused by someone known as the Marked Warrior, she somehow knew that Kratos was the Marked Warrior. She also apparently watched Kratos slay The Furies, Persephone, Ares, and Thanatos

God of War II

Rescuing Kratos

Kratos meet Gaia

Kratos meets Gaia

After Kratos was killed by Zeus, Gaia knew that Kratos was meant for greater purposes and revived Kratos by healing most of his wounds. After he escaped Hades, she sent Kratos to the Island of Creation to find the Sisters of Fate. While he was searching for the Fates, Gaia told the story about her raising Zeus and why he hated the Titans.

Rescuing the Titans

Gaia meets Kratos

Gaia meets Kratos during the Great War

After Kratos accidently killed Athena, Kratos uses the Threads of Time to go back in time to rescue Gaia and the Titans. At the end of God of War II, Kratos, along with the Titans, were climbing Mount Olympus in order to kill Zeus and the other Olympians.

God of War III

Ascending Mt. Olympus

Gaia (GoWIII)

Gaia (God of War III)

At the beginning of God of War III, all the Titans, including Gaia, were scaling up Mount Olympus to kill Zeus. While Gaia was ascending Mt. Olympus, she was attacked by one of Poseidon's Hippocampus. The Hippocampus wrapped around her hand and slowed down her progress. After Kratos rescued Gaia from the Hippocampus, the very same Hippocampus eventually came back and attacked her chest. After Kratos finally killed the Hippocampus, she was attacked by a small army of Hippocampi and Poseidon in a water construct. Gaia aided Kratos in in killing Poseidon by trapping him in between her hand and Mt. Olympus. After Kratos killed Poseidon, both he and Gaia climbed to the top of Olympus where Zeus was waiting.

Betraying Kratos

Striking down Gaia

Zeus striking down Gaia

When Kratos and Gaia reached the top, Zeus struck them with a huge bolt of lightning. Doing so Gaia nearly lost her left hand. Before Kratos fell to the Underworld, Gaia told what her true intention was. She was planning to kill Zeus instead of letting Kratos kill him.

Gaia's "Death"

Gaia's Death

Gaia's Death

After Kratos killed Hades and escaped the Underworld, Kratos encountered a weakened Gaia. Gaia asked for Kratos' help. Instead of rescuing her, Kratos cuts her left hand, causing her fall to her "death". Because of that, both Perses, and Cronos wanted to kill Kratos.

Gaia's Return

Gaia's return

Gaia's Return

Gaia's Heart

Gaia's Heart

During the second fight between Kratos and Zeus, it was revealed that Gaia survived, replaced her severed arm with twisted tree branches, and was ascended to the top of Mount Olympus. She attempted to kill both Zeus and Kratos, by crushing the battle arena, but they both fell into the hole on her chest caused by Poseidon's Hippocampi. During the third fight between Zeus and Kratos, they fought inside Gaia right near her heart. But, before they fought each other, Kratos used the Bow of Apollo, and the Nemean Cestus to destroy, the material guarding her heart.

Kratos' Stabs Gaia's Heart

Kratos Stabs Gaia (and Zeus) in the Heart

In the end, Kratos stabbed Zeus with the Blade of Olympus, Gaia's heart gets stabbed as well killing her in the process, and turning her body into nothing but a puff cloud of green dust, and decaying tree remains.

Powers

Like most of the Titans, Gaia is immortal, has great physical strength, and is large in size. It's also likely that Gaia has the ability to predict the future, because when Kratos went back in time to rescue the Titans, Gaia said the they had been expected Kratos.

Trivia

  • It's interesting to note that Gaia had expected Kratos' sudden arrival in the middle of the Great War, even though the battle had taken place thousands of years before. It could be that due to the fact that Gaia is earth herself she would be able to foretell events that transpired in the past, present, and future.
  • Despite being the secondary antagonist in God of War 3 she only appear during and after the battle with Poseidon, when Kratos was chasing after Helios, and when Kratos was battling Zeus on the dias.
  • Gaia is voiced by Linda Hunt in most of the God of War series, but by Susan Blakeslee in God of War III


 
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Misc.
Kratos

God of War: Ascension
Manticore | Pollux & Castor | Aegaeon | The Furies (Megaera | Tisiphone/Daimon | Alecto) |
Multiplayer Bosses
Polyphemus | Stheno

God Of War: Chains Of Olympus
Persian King | Basilisk | Morpheus | Charon | Atlas | Persephone

God Of War
Hydra | Medusa | Pandora's Guardian | Doppelgängers | Ares

God of War Comics
Cereyon | Danaus | Disciples of Ares | Giant Arachnid | Gyges | Hades' Phoenix | Herodius | Kerosians | Pothia | Rocs | Sea Snake | Therans

God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Scylla | Callisto | Erinys | Piraeus Lion | The Dissenter | Kratos' Ghost | Deimos | Thanatos

God Of War: Betrayal
Argos | Assassin | Ceryx

God Of War II
Colossus of Rhodes | Typhon | Dark Rider/Dark Griffin | Theseus | Barbarian King | Mole Cerberus | Euryale | Perseus | Icarus | Kraken | Sisters of Fate | (Lahkesis | Atropos | Clotho) | Zeus

God Of War III
Hippocampi | Poseidon | Athena | Hades | Helios | Perses | Hermes | Hercules | Cronos | Hephaestus | Hera | Skorpius | Hades Cerberus Breeder | Gaia | Zeus

Creatures in God of War
Arms of Hades | Automaton | Bronze Talos | Centaurs | Cerberus | Chimera | Cyclops | Dredge of Boreas | Elemental Talos | Elephantaur | Geryon | Griffin | Gorgons | Harpies | Legionnaire | Minotaur | Satyr | Sirens | Stone Talos | Wraiths

Others
Barbarians | Demigods | Gods of Olympus | Pandora's Box | Persian Army | Plague | Titans

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