So, movie pilots I promised that if my article from Saint Seiya went well that I would post another one. Here I am a man of my word hahaha in the previous installment I introduced, and listed the main characters of the series of Saint Seiya. This article will focus on the most powerful of Athena's Saints known as the Gold Saints representing the TWELVE ZODIAC SIGN CONSTELLATIONS. The Gold Saints are the wisest, and most knowledgeable when it comes to mastering their cosmos. Below is a list of all Twelve Saints.
The Gold Saints (黄金聖闘士（ゴールドセイント） Gōrudo Seinto) are the most powerful Saints in Athena's Army and personal guard to her, invincible among them since the ages of myth. They wear the 12 Gold Cloths that correspond to the zodiac constellations, the most powerful among the 88 Cloths. The Gold Saints have mastered the seventh sense, the essence of Cosmo, which grants them miraculous abilities, among them, the capacity of attaining the speed of light.
(牡羊座（アリエス）のムウ Ariesu no Mū)
The Aries Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the White Ram. Disciple and successor of Aries Shion, and mentor to Kiki. A calm young man whose serene exterior conceals prodigious strength, Mu is also a man of many talents, to the extent of being regarded as the most gifted Gold Saint in psychokinesis, as well as a master in the arts of Cloth restoration. Mu left the Sanctuary shortly after Shion's murder as he harbored suspicion about the legitimacy of the Pope, settling in the remote Jamir region. A valuable ally to the Bronze Saints, he first assists them in repairing their Cloths, a service he provides in more than one occasion. Mu saved the Bronze Saints' lives during the battles against the Black Saints and assisted Seiya in the duel against Lizard Misty. During the conflict of the twelve temples, he sides with Libra Dohko and the Bronze Saints, revealing to the latter the secret of the Seventh Sense and helping them in the insurrection against the false Pope, as he knew the truth behind his rise to power and the nature of the trial imposed by destiny on Athena. During the holy war against Poseidon, he keeps the eager Gold Saints from parting to the battle, as Hades' return to Earth was mere weeks away. During the war against Hades, Mu displays fearsome power and battle prowess by defeating powerful Specters, albeit falling before Wyvern Rhadamanthys, who then throws him into the Cocytos prison. Later on, he is revitalized by Athena's Cosmo and joins his Gold Saint comrades, in their final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall.
Techniques: Stardust Revolution, Crystal Wall, Starlight Extinction, Crystal Net.
Ability extra: Psychokinesis, Teleportation, Telepathy, Ability to repair the cloths.
(牡牛座（タウラス）のアルデバラン Taurasu no Arudebaran)
The Taurus Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Golden Bull. A good natured giant who wielded wondrous physical strength and unmatched battle speed due to his technique similar to the Lai combat principle, Aldebaran was a Gold Saint truly committed to the duty of protecting peace and justice on Earth. During the conflict of the twelve temples, he first opposed the Bronze Saints' rebellion against Sanctuary, as he was tricked by the Pope into deeming them traitors. Aldebaran was engaged in battle by Pegasus Seiya, whose determination in battle led his already increasing suspicions about the legitimacy of the Pope, to grow even further. Seiya swore to break off one of the horns of Aldebaran's helmet, to prove his cause was just. Aldebaran agreed, believing the young Saint wouldn't be capable of such a feat. To his astonishment, Seiya fulfills his promise, and Aldebaran allows him to pass through the Taurus Temple. Near the end of Seiya's battle against Gemini Saga, Aldebaran realizes his suspicions about the Pope were not far from the truth and swears allegiance to Athena once he meets her. In the Poseidon arc, Aldebaran protects the moribund Bronze Saints from Siren Sorrento's murder attempt, at the cost of deafening himself. During the war against Hades, Aldebaran is murdered by Deep Niobe, not without completely obliterating the Specter. He is later resurrected in the Underworld, and joins his Gold Saint comrades in the final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall, thus opening a gateway to Elysion.
Techniques: Great Horn.
Ability extra: Great physical power.
Named after Aldebaran, the proper name of alpha star of constellation Taurus, which is comes from Arabic الدبران al-dabarān and translates literally as the follower'.
(双子座（ジェミニ）のサガ Jemini no Saga) The main Gemini Gold Saint in the 20th century, first guardian of the Temple of the Twins and elder twin brother to Kanon. In the past the embodiment of the ideal Saint, Saga was a young man beloved by all, with a soul as pure as that of angel. A Saint whose heart was entirely devoted to Athena, Saga was afflicted by split personality, the seed of evil his brother Kanon manipulated to stray him from the path of virtue. Compelled by the evil side of his personality, Saga plotted to seize Sanctuary and murder the infant Athena to rule the world with an iron fist, putting his machinations at work once he usurped the aged Pope's throne by murdering him, although he failed to take Athena's life by Sagittarius Aiolos' intervention. Saga remained as the false Pope, cloaked in mystery for 13 years until his deception was uncovered by the rebellion of the Bronze Saints led by Athena, who managed to defeat him after a seemingly impossible battle. Freed from his evil side after his defeat, Saga takes his own life to atone for the atrocities he committed as the false Pope. Months later, Saga returns from beyond the grave, resurrected by Hades, having sworn fealty to the god while secretly remaining a true Saint of Athena. Pretending to aim to take the goddess' life, Saga sought Athena to reveal the strategy for victory against Hades, ultimately watching in horror as the goddess took her own life in front of him and his comrades. Shortly after, Saga returns to the realm of the dead as the new life Hades bestowed on him was only temporary. Finally, in the climax of the war against the Underworld, Saga is brought back to life once again by Athena's divine Cosmo, and joins his Gold Saint comrades in the final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall.
Techniques: Galaxian Explosion, Another Dimension, Genrō Maō-Ken.
Ability extra: Telepathy, Illusions, Cancellation of the 5 senses.
Kurumada revealed he derived Saga's name from the kanji 性, which means gender, destiny or nature.
(蟹座（キャンサー）のデスマスク Kyansā no Desumasuku) The Cancer Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Giant Crab. Endowed with the ability to freely traverse the threshold to the realm of the dead. Sadistic and merciless, Deathmask strayed from the ideals of the Saints, and made no distinction between enemy and innocent, and kept the souls of his victims as trophies in his temple, tormenting them by depriving of their eternal rest. With a twisted perception of justice, Deathmask swore allegiance to the false Pope as he considered his evil deeds would be deemed justice in the future. He was sent by the Pope to murder Libra Dohko in Lushan, but desisted due to the intervention of Aries Mu and Dragon Shiryū. During the conflict of the twelve temples, Deathmask faced Shiryū in a duel to the death, in the Hill to the Land of Spirits. After a lengthy battle, Deathmask was abandoned by the Cancer Gold Cloth, which deemed him unworthy of donning it and of the title of Gold Saint. Shiryū narrowly defeated Deathmask, sending him to his death in the entrance to the Underworld. It was revealed in the Poseidon arc, that Deathmask found his forgotten loyalty to Athena after death. Deathmask is later resurrected by Hades, to whom he swore loyalty while secretly remaining a true Saint of Athena. He is sent to the Underworld once again by Wyvern Rhadamanthys. Finally, he is resurrected once again, and demonstrates his redemption by joining his Gold Saint comrades in their final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall, to open a gateway to Elysion. Techniques: Sekishiki Meikaiha. Ability extra: Telepathy, Teleportation.
(獅子座（レオ）のアイオリア Reo no Aioria)
The Leo Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Lion, and younger brother of Sagittarius Aiolos. A powerful and virtuous young man of exceptional human quality, passionate for his duty of protecting peace and justice and with a heart burning with loyalty towards Athena, Aiolia was regarded, along Scorpio Milo, as the pride of Sanctuary. Despite having grown up under the undeserved stigma of betrayal of his brother, Aiolos' memory shone brightly in Aiolia's life. He was loyal to the false Pope as he was deceived by him into deeming the Bronze Saints traitors and Saori Kido an usurper of Athena's name. Aiolia is sent by the Pope to kill the Bronze Saints, under the watch of three Silver Saints. He engages Pegasus Seiya in battle as he refuses to reveal the location of his comrades. Aiolia is astonished to witness the Sagittarius Gold Cloth protect Seiya and kill the Silver Saints, helping then Seiya in his battle. Afterward, a vision of his deceased brother confirms the teenager to be a genuine Saint, and Kido to be the true Athena. Having discovered the truth, Aiolia pledges loyalty to Athena and returns to Sanctuary, facing the Pope and revealing he knew about his scheme. In a brief battle, the Pope succeeds in crushing Aiolia's rebellion and subjects him under his control with his Demon Emperor's Dellusional Fist, the effects of which wouldn't cease until Aiolia took a life. During the conflict of the twelve temples, Aiolia opposses the Bronze Saints insurrection due to the Pope's control and is stopped from killing Seiya by Cassios, who sacrifices his life to save Seiya's. Regaining his senses, Aiolia joins the Bronze Saints' rebellion and pledges again loyalty to Athena after the defeat of Saga. During the war against Poseidon, Aiolia is eager to join the battle against the deity, being restrained of doing so by Aries Mu, as the war against Hades was mere weeks away and Aiolia's strength would be indispensable. In the war against Underworld, Aiolia lives up to his reputation by defeating many powerful Specters, albeit suffering defeat at the hands of Wyvern Rhadamanthys, who throws him into the Cocytos prison. Later on, Aiolia is revitalized by Athena's Cosmo and in the climax of the battle, he re encounters his brother Aiolos and joins him and his Gold Saint comrades in the final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall.
Techniques: Lightning Bolt, Lightning Plasma.
Ability extra: Telepathy.
(乙女座（バルゴ）のシャカ Barugo no Shaka) The Virgo Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Maiden. An enlightened being who despite his youth conversed with the gods and deemed spiritual realms irrelevant to him, Shaka's mastery of the mysteries of Cosmo in all its aspects granted him unfathomable might, thus being regarded as "the man who is almost a god". Shaka deprived himself of the sense of sight in order to amass the totality of his Cosmo, thus it was said no one survived once he opened his eyes. Despite Shaka was a buddhist by conviction and a true Gold Saint who fought for justice, he was loyal to the false Pope of Sanctuary, as his ability to discern a being's true nature revealed to him that the Pope's was a benevolent one. During the conflict of the twelve temples, Shaka fought the Bronze Saints' rebellion, as he was tricked into deeming them traitors. Phoenix Ikki faced Shaka's godlike power in a duel to the death, against all odds Ikki becoming triumphant, and both combatants being hurled to an alternate plane of existence in the aftermath. Both Saints return to the physical plane with Aries Mu's help and Shaka sided with the Bronze Saints once he learned the truth about the Pope and pledged loyalty to Athena. During the holy war against Poseidon, Shaka remained in Sanctuary as his strength would be indispensable in the upcoming war against Hades, during which, Shaka wreaked havoc in the ranks of Hades' army. Shaka reveals the secret of the Eighth Sense to the Bronze Saints and to Athena, a crucial gambit to achieve victory against Hades. Finally, in the climax of the battle against Underworld, Shaka joins his Gold Saint comrades in their final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall, to open a gateway to Elysion. Techniques : Tenma Kōfuku, Rokudō Rinne, Tenbu Hōrin, Kān, Tenkū Haja Chimi Mōryō. Ability extra: Eighth sense, Telepathy, Psychokinesis, Teleportation, Illusions, Agyo. Kurumada derived Shaka's name from Shakyamuni, also known as Shaka Nyorai, both japanese names for Buddha Gautama.
Libra Doko (天秤座（ライブラ）の童虎 Raibura no Dōko) (as Rōshi) A former Bronze Saint who was promoted to Gold Saint, Dohko is, along with his close friend Aries Shion, the only other survivor of the war against Hades in the 18th century, during which he was guardian of the Temple of the Balance. Regarded as a man who boasted the greatest raw strength among the Gold Saints, and revered as the wise father figure known as Rōshi, the Old Master, Dohko exerted the task of judging good and evil among the Saints, and his guidance was a key element in the triumphs of the Bronze Saints in the 20th century. After Hades' defeat in the past, Dohko was granted by Athena the divine gift of the Misopethamenos, a miraculous ability that turned his body virtually impervious to aging, as he was entrusted by her to guard the tower that contained the sealed souls of Hades' Specters, in the centuries to come, as their resurrection would be the harbinger of the advent of the new holy war. Dohko returned to his home in Lushan and spent the next almost three centuries waiting for Hades' return, becoming a diminutive, wrinkled man. During this time, he refused to attend the summons from the false Pope of Sanctuary, and he adopted the orphaned Shunrei and mentored Dragon Shiryū, instilling in him the ideals of the Saints and those of men of peace. During the conflict of the twelve temples, Dohko sided with the Bronze Saints and lent them the use of the Libra Gold Cloth, to release Cygnus Hyōga from Aquarius Camus' imprisonment. After the defeat of the false Pope, Dohko joins Aries Mu in the revelation of the truth behind Saga's rise to power, and became the highest authority among the Saints. During the war against Poseidon, Dohko exerts his authority forbidding the Gold Saints from taking part in the battle, as their strength would be indispensable in the upcoming war against Hades and sent the Libra Gold Cloth to the Bronze Saints, as it was indispensable for destroying Poseidon's Mammoth Pillars. Mere weeks later, Dohko realizes the moment he waited for almost three centuries finally came, and parts to the front to battle against Hades a second time, regaining his youth and the formidable battle prowess he displayed in the 18th century. Dohko's experience from the past proves a crucial element in the Saints' victory, as he revealed the secret of the Eighth Sense, he devised a strategy to pierce the Wailing Wall and revealed the location of Hades' true body in Elysion. Finally, in the climax of the battle, Dohko joins his Gold Saint comrades and sacrifices his life to open the gateway to Elysion, stoically ending a long, admirable and heroic life at the service of Athena. Techniques : Rozan Shoryūha, Rozan Hyakuryūha. Ability extra: Misopethamenos, Eighth sense, Telepathy, Psychokinesis, 12 golden weapons of Libra, Ability to assess "Strength" and "Justice" of the Sanctuary. His name is occasionally rendered in translations as Tóng-Hǔ, the chinese reading of the kanji of his name, meaning "young tiger", in both japanese and chinese.
(蠍座（スコーピオン）のミロ Sukōpion no Miro) The Scorpio Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Heavenly Scorpio. A man of honor, of immaculate conduct and with immense fervor for Athena, Milo was regarded along with Leo Aiolia, as the pride of Sanctuary. As a Gold Saint, he was loyal to Athena, and thus he was obedient to the false Pope of Sanctuary, not without harboring suspicion about his legitimacy. During the conflict of the twelve temples, Milo first opposed the Bronze Saints' insurrection, as the Pope Saga tricked him into deeming them traitors and regarding Saori Kido a usurper of Athena's name. He is engaged in a fierce duel by Cygnus Hyōga, the battle becoming so intense, Milo is forced to use his killing strike Antares, for the very first time, on Hyōga. Moribund, Hyōga crawls desperately to try to save the wounded Saori's life. Milo is shocked by Hyōga's determination and loyalty, and realizes that they can come only from devotion to the true Athena, and neutralizes Antares' effects to save Hyōga's life, and confirms his suspicions. After the defeat of Saga, Milo pledges loyalty to Saori Kido as he recognized her as the true Athena. During the holy war against Poseidon, Milo was eager to invade the Submarine Temple to join the battle against the god's Marina Generals and save the Bronze Saints' lives, being restrained from doing so by Aries Mu, since the Gold Saints were to be a crucial asset in the upcoming war against Hades, which broke out within mere weeks. In the war against Hades, Milo protects Athena and subjects Gemini Kanon to a tortuous trial to prove his devotion to the goddess, and recognizes him as a true Gold Saint. Later on, Milo is defeated by Wyvern Rhadamanthys and thrown into the Cocytos prison. In the climax of the battle, Milo is revitalized by Athena's Cosmo, and offers his life along his Gold Saint comrades in the final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall.
Techniques : Restrinction, Scarlett Needle, Scarlett Needle-Antares.
Ability extra: Telepathy, Ability to undo the effect of the Scarlett Needle.
(射手座（サジタリアス）のアイオロス Sajitariasu no Aioros) The Sagittarius Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Centaur. The embodiment of virtuousness and moral excellence, and a role model for the Saints of the Sanctuary. He was Leo Aioria's older brother and subject of his profound admiration. His qualities and deep devotion to Athena, made the aged Pope choose him as his successor, the event sparking Saga's rebellion. Aiolos foiled Saga's assassination attempt on the infant Athena, and was mortally wounded by Capricorn Shura who was deceived by Saga to deem him a traitor. Protecting Athena to the very end at the cost of his life, Aiolos died under the stigma of betrayal. His name was cleared years later by Athena when she cleansed the Sanctuary of Saga's evil. Even in death, he continues to protect Athena by lending Seiya his strength and granting him the donning of the Sagittarius Gold Cloth in dire situations, such as his battle against three Silver Saints and the final battle against the gods Poseidon and Thanatos. Finally, he resurrects in the Underworld and sacrifices his life along the rest of the Gold Saints to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall. Techniques : Atomic Thunder Bolt. Ability extra: Golden Arc/Arrow of Sagittarius where it can accumulate even the cosmos of all is the 12 Gold Saint put together. Named after Aiolos, the greek god of winds.
(山羊座（カプリコーン）のシュラ Kapurikōn no Shura) The Capricorn Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Mountain Goat. Extremely strong, he wielded the power of Excalibur, which made his limbs sharp as a razor blade. A serene warrior, Shura possessed many qualities of a true Saint, but he was loyal to the false Pope as he believed that those with power were automatically righteous, and even though the Pope was evil, he could still do good exerting his power. Deceived by the Pope, Shura mortally wounded Sagittarius Aiolos as he tried to protect the infant Athena. During the conflict of the Twelve Temples, Shura is engaged in battle by Dragon Shiryū. After a bloody battle, witnessing Shiryū's willingness to sacrifice his life to protect Athena and justice, Shura was flooded by his seemingly forgotten loyalty to the goddess. Shiryū's final attack would kill his opponent at the cost of his life, moved by the young Saint's quality, Shura passes on to him the power of Excalibur and commands the Capricorn Gold Cloth to protect Shiryū to save his life, dying in his stead. After death, Shura returns to being a truly noble and selfless Saint, abiding by their ideals, and saves Shiryū's life once again with his guidance to defeat Poseidon's Mariner Chrysaor Krishna. Shura proves once more his commitment to protect peace and justice, when he pledges loyalty to Hades while secretly remaining a true Saint. As he dies once again in the events of the Hades arc, he resurrects again in the Underworld, and finally sacrifices his life along his Gold Saint comrades to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall. Techniques : Jumping Stone, Excalibur. Ability extra: Telepathy. Kurumada named him after the Ashura, the fierce battling demigods of Buddhist doctrine.
(水瓶座（アクエリアス）のカミュ Akueriasu no Kamyu) The Aquarius Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Precious Vessel. A righteous Saint who led an exemplary life, Camus mentored Cygnus Hyōga and Poseidon's Mariner Kraken Isaac. He taught them the ways of the Saints, emphasizing stoicism and impassiveness in battle, to be able to protect peace on Earth. Although he was suspicious of the Pope, Camus stood against the Bronze Saints rebellion as he was tricked into deeming them traitors. During the conflict of the twelve temples, Camus battled his disciple Hyōga in a duel to the death. Witnessing his pupil's determination, Camus realized his suspicions were correct, and decided to teach him the ultimate secret of the absolute zero, to guarantee Hyōga's victory against the Pope. Thus Camus perished but his memory and teachings continue to burn brightly in Hyōga's life. Even beyond the grave, Camus continues to protect Athena and Hyōga as he encouraged him to victory in dire situations. Camus is later resurrected by Hades, to whom he swore fealty while secretly remaining a true Saint of Athena. Although he dies again during the events of the war against Hades, he is brought back to life in the Underworld, and joins his Gold Saint comrades in their final sacrifice to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall. Techniques : Diamond Dust, Aurora Execution, Freezing Coffin. Ability extra: Telepathy, Ability to freeze objects even with the enactment of the cosmos.
(魚座（ピスケス）のアフロディーテ Pisukesu no Afurodite) The Pisces Gold Saint in the 20th century, guardian of the Temple of the Twin Fish. Mesmerizingly beautiful, with might as immense as his beauty, vanity and narcissism tainted his heart, straying from the path of virtue and swearing allegiance to the false Pope of Sanctuary despite knowing of his evil intentions, justifying this with his belief that justice is wielded by the strongest. Aphrodite murdered Cepheus Daidalos, mentor to Andromeda Shun and Chamaeleon June, to punish his rebellion against the Pope. During the conflict of the Twelve Temples, Aphrodite was killed by Shun after a lengthy battle, in revenge for his master's murder. It was revealed in the Poseidon arc, that Aphrodite found his forgotten loyalty to Athena after death. In the Hades arc, Aphrodite is resurrected along the other deceased Gold Saints, swearing allegiance to Hades, while secretly remaining a true Saint of Athena. He is sent to the Underworld by Wyvern Rhadamanthys and later joins his Gold Saint comrades, sacrificing his life along with theirs, to pierce the impervious Wailing Wall. Techniques : Royal Demon Rose, Piranha Rose, Bloody Rose. Ability extra : Poisonous pollen, Ability to become invisible through the power of his roses. Named after Aphrodite, the greek goddess of beauty and love.
The Ophiuchus Gold Saint (蛇遣い星座（オピュクス）の黄金聖闘士 Opyukusu no Gōrudo Seinto) The legendary thirteenth Gold Saint, regarded as a cursed fellow and constellation, who fell into oblivion in the Sanctuary grounds eons ago. Suikyō refers to him in his message to Athena, and his sole mention causes Virgo Shijima to tremble in fear. Sealed in the past, the imminent resurrection of the Ophiuchus Gold Saint seems to spell doom for al those who dwell in Sanctuary, even going as far to somehow affect Ophiuchus Shaina, who bears the same constellation, in the present. According to legend, at the time of the myth there were 13 gold saint, the most powerful of which was Ophiuchus. He had so much power that he tried to become a god, which is why he was punished by the gods, it was sealed. The background and motivations of the Ophiuchus Gold Saint have yet to be explored by Kurumada, in the upcoming installments of Next Dimension. Ability extra : Ability to heal all types of wounds and diseases.
While Ophiuchus Gold Saint has never appeared in the Anime and officially has never had an introduction of some sort here are some of the illustrations of him/her please enjoy:
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