If you’ll observe closely, there are more of them! Record of Ragnarok is a series that centers on the final between the Gods and the human race. Aside from the challengers on the Gods’ side, there are more Gods than you think. The Gods featured in the series are not only the 13 Gods who are listed in the official roster of challengers. In fact, you might have missed some of them while watching the series.
Record of Ragnarok is an action fantasy anime that centers on the final between the Gods and the humans. The work of Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui revolves around Gods’ and humans where most of them are based on real historical events or mythologies.
From seasons one to two part one, we were able to see a lot of them. The Gods are the ones responsible for deciding the faith of humankind, whether to let them live or die. Most of the Gods’ who reside in the heavens represent a particular country or religion. However, heaven is ruled by none other than the Strongest God in the Universe, Zeus.
There are actually three types of Gods: Supreme Gods, Primordial Gods, and Demigods. The Supreme Gods are also known as the Chair Gods. Most Supreme Gods actually came from the Greek Patheon, such as Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Even without witnessing them in an actual fight, there is no question about the abilities and powers they have.
On one hand, the Primordial Gods are said to be older than your ordinary deity, while the Demi-Gods are those who are half-God and half-human. The difference between the Demigods and those who were born as God is that the former has a deeper connection to humanity, for instance, Hercules and Buddha.
Spoiler Warning: This part of the article may contain anime spoilers. It also features some manga spoilers that are yet to be animated. Read at your own risk.
Each of the Gods in the series possesses strengths and abilities far strongest than most humans. Thus, to familiarize ourselves with the different Gods whom we have watched and can watch in the series. Let’s do a recap and learn more about each one of them!
1. Greek Pantheon: Adamas
The God of Conquest, Adamas, is actually not based on real-life mythologies or history. Adamas was a former member of the Olympian Gods. Brunhilde told to Göll in season one episode nine about the tale of the fallen Olympian God which is Adamas.
Adamas is the brother of Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. However, his desire to be the Ruler of the Heavens plotting against his younger brother Zeus pushed Poseidon to fight his brother but without the intention to end his life. By being gravely injured by Poseidon, Adamas was wiped from the history of Greek mythologies.
His supposed death erased every single trace of him as one of the Gods of Olympus. Hence, the 12 Olympian Gods are the only ones written in historical records. But, in the original manga, it has been revealed that Adamas is still alive thanks to the help of his brother Hades. He now goes by the name Adamantine.
2. Hindu Pantheon: Agni
The Hindu God of Fire. Agni appears in the series with the other Gods to support the Supreme Hindu God, Shiva. In terms of appearance, Agni has red hair that resembles flames and has burning fires covering his muscular body. He was also with Rudra when they went backstage to congratulate the victorious Shiva after the fifth round.
3. Greek Pantheon: Aphrodite
The Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty, Pleasure, Passion, and Procreation is one of the Gods we got to see since the beginning of the series. She is one of the 12 Olympian Gods. Aphrodite appears in Record of Ragnarok as a beautiful fairy-like woman with a voluptuous body, which we can observe from her obsessively big breasts that are carried by two men. She is God who has possessed a heavenly beauty like no Gods or humans.
Although her beauty makes us perceive that she is kind and warm-hearted. Aphrodite actually has some mean girl moments in the series. From using her manservants as breast holders and chairs to mocking the life of humans describing them as cancers of the Earth. She can also be seen showing her lustful side as he refers to Adam as a dashing man in round two of Rercord of Ragnarok.
Moreover, the battle is a source of entertainment for her. As one of the bystanders, she doesn’t speak much no matter how gruesome and ruthless the fight in front of her is. However, she showed strong emotions of dismay and anger when Buddha announced that he’ll be fighting for the human race.
4. Greek Pantheon: Ares
Ares is the 6th member of the 12 God of Olympians. He is the son of Zeus and the best friend of Hercules. Ares is seen watching Ragnarok together with the other Gods, such as Hermes, Loki, and Zeus in the series. Despite being the God of War, Ares is actually one of the most adorable characters in the series with his soft personality. Almost in every battle, we can see him asking for explanations from his brother and sometimes showing exaggerated emotions.
He is easily intimidated by those who show immense strength, especially humans. But at the same time, he is also humble in admitting that the late God of Fortitude, Hercules, is stronger than him after attaining Godhood. Like the other Gods, he is determined to fight until the end after crying all his tears out and deciding to avenge the loss of his best friend.
5. Hindu Pantheon: Brahma
Brahma is considered to be the God of Creation. He appears in Record of Ragnarok season two part one as one of the supporters of Shiva. Based on his reactions, Brahma seemed like a very serious God very much the opposite of his fellow Hindu God, Shiva. He is one of the 1116 Gods that Shiva and Rudra reached the peak of Svarga.
6. Buddhist Pantheon: Buddha
Buddha is the human representative for the sixth round of Ragnarok. Despite being listed as a challenger of the Gods in the earlier episodes, Buddha refused to do it which truly angered the Gods. He is a former human who attained enlightenment and is considered one of the most prominent deities. He is outgoing and does things according to his own will.
In addition, Buddha is also known as the Heavenly Traitor for helping the valkyries and humans to win against the formidable Gods of heaven. In the sixth round, he will go against someone whom he already met before, Zerofuko, and will eventually battle Hajun – the Demon Lord. As the representative of humanity, Buddha did not disappoint and managed to win against his opponents.
7. Hindu Pantheon: Durga
Durga is known to be the Hindu Goddess of War. She is featured in the series as one of the bystanders during the fifth round of Ragnarok. Durga came to show support to her husband, Shiva. She is in fact the third wife of the God of Destruction. Just from her stance, Durga is perceived as the most serious and confident one among all of Shiva’s other half. We can safely assume that Durga also possessed battle skills fitting for her title Goddess of War.
8. Norse Pantheon: Forseti
Known as the Norse God of Justice and Reconciliation. Forseti appears in the series as one of the supporters of Thor in round one of Ragnarok. He is one of the survivors of the attack of the giants of Jötunheim in Asgard. After being saved by Thor, he and all the survivors devoted themselves and endlessly praised Thor for his strength.
Even with his short period of appearance in the series, we can describe Forsetti as a good person who easily gets excited, especially when it comes to Thor. In addition, his brief appearance also provided entertainment for people as he was also seen battling the oppositional side in cheering for their own challengers.
9. Hindu Pantheon: Ganesha
Ganesha is known to be the Remover of Obstacles. He is the God of Success, New Beginnings, and Wisdom. Ganesha’s brief appearance is during the battle between Shiva and Raiden Tameemon in round six of the Ragnarok. He is the son of Shiva and is seen cheering for his father during his battle.
10. Norse Pantheon: Heimdall
Heimdall is considered to be The Watchman of the Apocalypse. He acts as the announcer during Ragnarok. With his robotic face and high energy, he is definitely one of the characters who hype up every single battle. The megaphone that he uses is called Horn of the Apocalypse: Gjallarhorn. Heimdall uses his divine equipment to signal the start of the Ragnarok.
Based on his actions, we can say that he is truly a pro announcer. Despite Heimdall being a God, he is very neutral and treats every contestant as an equal. Whenever he introduces the challengers, be it, Gods or humans, he equally does it with high energy, interesting intros, and excitement.
11. Greek Pantheon: Hercules
Hercules is the God of Fortitude. The demigod is known for currently having the most emotional and humane battle. He is the God’s challenger for round four; however, he disagrees with the idea of the extinction of the human race. As a former human himself, Hercules has a deep connection to and love for humanity. Despite their negative traits, he consistently expressed to Jack the Ripper (his opponent) that he still loves them all.
After losing against the historic criminal, Jack the Ripper, both bystanders from the different sides expressed their grief in losing one of the kindest gods to ever exist. However, Hercules’ death was able to save Jack the Ripper from falling deeper into evilness for he decided to change after his fight.
12. Greek Pantheon: Hermes
Hermes is one of the sons of Zeus. He is known as the messenger of Gods and is the tenth of the 12 Gods of Olympians. He is seen always on the side of his father offering help and assistance, much like his personal butler. Hermes possessed keen intellect as observed and assessed each representative during every fight.
In terms of battle skills, Hermes can be powerful for he can manipulate and utilize telekinesis as seen in his introduction to Zeus’ battle. Furthermore, he is perceived in the series as a very calm person, but also shows emotions in some moments, such as anger and surprise.
13. Hindu Pantheon: Kali
A beautiful divine being known as the Goddess of Death, Time, and The End of the World. Though her title is negative, we can see her soft side during the fifth round of Ragnarok. Kali is seen showing support to his husband, Shiva. She is his second wife and compared to the others wives of Shiva, she is more reserved; however, cried when Shiva was fighting for his life during the battle.
14. Hindu Pantheon: Indra
One of the Gods whom Shiva and Rudra battled to reach the peak of Svarga. He is considered the God of Lighting and has the ability to manipulate thunderstorms according to his own will. Indra is perceived as an overly confident God but never forgets to acknowledge others especially if they are worthy of his praise.
During the fight round of the Ragnarok, he complimented one Shiva’s ultimate techniques called Tandava Karma, and went with the other Hindu Gods to express his congratulations to Shiva.
15. Norse Pantheon: Loki
Loki is known as the God of Mischief. He is very playful but sadistic and is mostly seen as someone watching the battles for his entertainment. However, this mischievous God is also thirty in winning the Ragnarok, like the others.
After losing another point in the battle between Hercules and Jack the Ripper. He was gravely angry and went to confirm his suspicion. He was the first one who suspected that among them was someone who was helping the valkyries and humans and almost fought Buddha because of it. Loki is also seen shapeshifting into Thor aimed to trick Odin. Sadly, he didn’t succeed.
16. Hindu Pantheon: Nishumbha and Shumbha
Nishumbha Asura and Shumbha Asura are Hindu Gods who Shiva and Rudra fought early when they were trying to reach the peak of Svarga. Nishma is known to be the younger brother of the Asuras, while Shumba is the older one.
The older God is more muscular than his brother while the other has three heads. Both of them are aggressive and overconfident and attacked one of the villages that were overseen by Shiva and Rudra. The two brothers were briefly seen during the battle in the fifth round presumably showing their support for the Supreme Hindu God.
17. Norse God: Odin
A very intimidating man of a few words. Yup, that’s Odin. He is known as Thor’s father and the leader of the Norse Pantheon. He is the Raven God and is also associated with varying titles, such as the God of wisdom, war, sorcery, victory, and poetry. Odin is also considered one of the Supreme Gods or Chief Gods in heaven just like Hades, Zeus, and Poseidon. In the series, Loki is his son, rather he is just his nephew., completely different from Marvel Comics.
He is one of the challengers listed in the God’s official roster; hence, it’s either he will win for the Gods or die in the hands of a human. In addition, Odin can be with two ravens on both of his shoulders named Huginn and Munnin.
Ability-wise, Odin is a very powerful God. Almost all of his appearances in the series show his menacing aura. Depending on the aura he releases, Odin can also make all of the plants wither and die as seen in season two episode six.
18. Greek Pantheon: Poseidon
The Tyrant of the Seas and known as the Most Fearsome Gods. He is also part of the 12 Olympian Gods. Poseidon is the God’s representative for Ragnarok’s round three. He is one of the Lord Gods in heaven and is considered the God of Gods. Poseidon harbors no love nor compassion for the human race. For him, the definition of God is someone who doesn’t need anyone or anything, but himself.
His lack of emotions during his battle in round three was one of the main factors that affected their battle. He considers himself a perfect God and is obviously cold and merciless. There is no doubt that the However, fighting abilities are like no other. He was still no match for the greatest loser in history, Sasaki Kojiro.
19. Hindu Pantheon: Rudra
The Hindu God of Storms, Rudra. He is the closest friend of Shiva, much like his brother. Rudra is a kind God who is very determined in reaching his dreams. Between him and Shiva, Rudra was the first one that expressed his dream to reach the peak of Svarga. In contrast to the playful personality of Shiva, Rudra is the more mature and serious one.
During the battle in the fifth round, Rudra’s appearance gave him more inspiration and it was also he who went to provide support to Shiva after his battle. Rudra is the final God that Shiva fought to reach the Pinnacle of 116.
20. Shinto Pantheon: Seven Gods of Fortunes
The Seven Gods of Fortune or Seven Lucky Gods is comprised of the following:
- Bishamonte – Shinto God of Fortune in War and Battles (Leader)
- Ebisu – Shinto God of Fortune in Fishing and Trading
- Benzaiten – Goddess of Fortune in Music, Arts, and Knowledge
- Hoteison – Shinto God of Fortune in Businesses and Plentitude
- Fukurokuju – Shinto God of Fortune in Wealth and Happiness
- Daikokuten – Shinto God of Cooking, Farming, and Banking
- Jurojin – Shinto God of Longevity
The Seven Gods of Fortune are deities who also reside in heaven. They made their first appearance in season two episode six of the series. After hearing the accusations of Loki to Buddha and the enlightened not denying any of it. The Seven Lucky Gods came out and told that Buddha deserves the Divine Punishment.
In the upcoming season of Record of Ragnarok, these Gods will be replacing and battling Buddha for the sixth round. Since they are originally one God, they can all fuse with each other and become one.
21. Norse Patheon: Thor
The first representative of the Gods in Ragnarok is known as the Thunder Berserker and Vanguard of the Gods. He is a prominent God of the Norse Pantheon due to his strength and his father.
In the beginning of the first round, Thor seemed like a cold-hearted God as he doesn’t speak much, like his father and uncle Poseidon. However, during his fight with Lü Bu, we were able to see a different side of him. Meeting someone as strong and determined as his opponent, Thor was excited and happy during their battle. In fact, if they would have met in a different way the chances of them becoming friends is not impossible.
Thor is the first one to gain points against the human race. He might be the victorious one, but he still showed sadness when Lü Bu was killed for he truly honored him as an opponent.
22. Hindu Pantheon: Shiva
Shiva is the God who reached the peak of Svarga or heavens in Hinduism. Although this wasn’t his original plan, he was destined to be. Shiva is the Supreme God of the Hindu Pantheon. Known as the God of Destruction, Shiva the God at the beginning of the series expressed that humans deserved the old fire and brimstone as a punishment for their sins. With his physical strength, he is considered Heaven’s Greatest Brawler.
Moreover, we can notice his lazy or too laid-back attitude in the series. He was supposedly the challenger for the Gods during the second round but was replaced by Zeus. His excitement to be part of the Ragnarok is very obvious. When it was his turn, he faced and fought Earth’s Strongest Brawler, Raiden Tameemon. In round five of the Ragnarok, we were able to witness the true strength of the Hindu God that impressed so many including the Lord Gods.
23. Hindu Pantheon: Varuna
The Hindu God of Water, Varuna, is among the Gods whom Rudra and Shiva fought to reach their dream. He fought alongside another Hindu God, Agni, during his battle with the two. In addition, Varuna went to support and congratulate Shiva for his win in the fifth match of the Ragnarok.
24. Hindu Pantheon: Vishnu
The Hindu God of Preservation is Vishnu. He fought the two Hindu buddies, Shiva and Rudra, with one of the Hindu Gods, Brahma. He is part of the main Hindu Gods who went to congratulate Shiva after his intense fight with Raiden. Vishnu is perceived to be more reserved than others and prefers being alone.
25. Greek Pantheon: Zeus
The mighty Zeus is known as the God Father of the Cosmos and the Chairman of the Gods Council. He is the leader of the Greek Pantheon and one of the Lord Gods in the series. After winning against his own father, Zeus is now considered the Strongest God in the Universe. In the series, no God appears to be stronger than others and he has proven this during his fight with Adam.
Göll even described as him the final boss. Zeus is someone who wants victory among others. He wants to prove that the Gods are far stronger than humans but also acknowledge the human challengers who were able to surpass or equal them. He has a playful personality but is very serious about claiming victory.
The 25 Gods listed above are not the only Gods in the series. Since season two part one ended with Buddha’s announcement as the human representative, many cannot wait to witness his fight with the representative of Gods.
Hades and Beelzebub will also finally make their appearance in the series for they will also represent the Gods in the upcoming rounds.
Record of Ragnarok features some if not most of the strongest names of all time. Although, not everything in the series is based on the real-life stories of the Gods. We cannot deny that we are still learning about mythology, at the same time, be entertained because of the intense battles and the story each of them carries.