Kratos' son named after Atreus of Sparta

All Spartans are great warriors. We train from birth. Our lives were discipline, duty, battle, and death. Life was grim, and we greeted it grimly. But Atreus of Sparta was unlike the rest of us. He wore a smile even in the worst of times. He was... happy. He inspired us to hope... that though we were machines of war, yet there was humanity in us. Goodness. When the day came for him to lay down his life in battle, his sacrifice saved countless others, and turned the tide in our favor. I carried him home on his shield, and buried him with all the honors of Spartan custom. His memory was a comfort in dark times.

–Kratos to Atreus

Atreus of Sparta was a young soldier who fought alongside Kratos during many wars.

Many years after his death, Kratos would name his son after the warrior. He was stated to be unlike his fellow Spartans. He smiled even during the worst of times. He was described by Kratos as happy.


He was a soldier. A Spartan.

–Kratos to Atreus

The name was revealed to have a backstory during the ending credits of God of War (2018), where Kratos informed Atreus how he got his name. He inspired his fellow Spartans even though they were "machines of war". He eventually sacrificed himself and turned the tide of a battle in the favor of the Spartans. Kratos carried him home on his shield and buried the man with all the honors of Spartan custom. His memory was said to be a "comfort in dark times."

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