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|“||I smell only a traitor, a glutton...a murderer.||„|
|~ King Minos confronting Dante.|
|“||How dare you presume to speak with the Judge of the Dead!"||„|
|~ King Minos before confronting Dante.|
King Minos is a major antagonist in the videogame Dante's Inferno, serving as the second major boss in the game. He was the temperamental, sadistic, and cynical judge of the dead, residing over Limbo.
After his time as the former ruler of the Greek kingdom of Crete and his death, King Minos became the judge of those that were sent to Hell, using his sense of smell to sniff out the sins of those sent to him in Limbo. He would then place them on a large bladed wheel and press a button to spin it, sending them down into the circle of Hell where they belonged.
After arriving in Limbo, Dante saw Minos off in the distance, crying out the sins of the ones he judged. Eventually he arrived at the king's location, just as he was judging a suicide to the Circle of Violence. The blind Minos smelled Dante and asked who had come into his house of pain, to which Dante replied he was one who loved Beatrice and demanded to know where to find her. Minos said that he only smelled a traitor, a glutton, and a murderer, but the crusader told him to sniff again. The judge became angered that Dante dared to speak with him and attacked the crusader. Dante managed to defeat Minos by impaling his tongue on his bladed wheel, then activating it, slicing his face in two.
Powers and Abilities
King Minos possesses great strength due to his large size and even though he is blind, he is able to smell the sins of other souls, seemingly able to use this as a form of sight. He possesses tentacles with large bladed points and is able to send them up through the ground to strike at Dante. Minos is also able to use his breath as a weapon, as it can create a powerful gust of wind. King Minos can also lash his serpentine tongue at his foes as well.
- In Greek mythology, Minos was one of the judges of the dead, which is most likely what inspired Dante to make him judge of the damned in the Divine Comedy.
- Minos wears a necklace and a bracelet seemingly made of corpses of shades, most likely a result of his sadistic personality.
- His voice actor in the game was Richard Moll and in the animated movie, it was Kevin Michael Richardson, who also voiced Phlegyas, but was limited to grunts and roars in that role.