The Sphinx is a creature in the God of War franchise.
The Sphinx is a famous creature from both Egyptian and Greek mythology.
In Greek mythology, the Sphinx is depicted as a monster with the body of a lion sometimes with wings) and the head of a human female where it is said to be one of the children of Echidna. She would give a riddle where it would kill anyone who couldn't solve it. When it came to Oedipus, the Sphinx gave him the riddle "What animal walks on four legs during the morning, two during the day, and three during the evening?" Oedipus answered "Man." With the riddle solved, the Sphinx killed herself.
In Egyptian mythology, the Sphinx is depicted as a human headed lion wearing a Pharaoh's crown. This was the description of the Androsphinx. Other Egyptian Sphinxes are the ram-headed Criosphinx and the hawk-headed Hieracosphinx.
God of War: Ascension
Two statues of the Sphinx can be seen at the entrance of a Temple in the village of Kirra. The Temple leads to the Cistern. However, no actual Sphinx are seen in the game.
God of War: Chains of Olympus
In God of War: Chains of Olympus, the Sphinx is an enemy that Kratos encounters in the Temple of Persephone. She appears similar to her sisters the Morpheus Beast, except that she's much stronger, her fur is brown and she's not wreathed in fog. The Sphinx also has a similar fighting style, except that she breathes fire. Kratos also kills the beast in the same style as the Morpheus Beast.
God of War II
Two statues of the Sphinx can be seen at the entrance to the Bog of the Forgotten, however, no actual Sphinx are seen in the game.
- The design of the Sphinx in Chains of Olympus has changed a lot between the concept art and the actual appearance in the game. In the concept art, the sphinx looks like most interpretations, half woman, half lion with wings on her back. In the game, she looks like a smilodon.