This is about the character of the Classic "Saint Seiya" series. For Cancer Deathmask in "Episode G", click here. For Cancer Manigoldo in "Lost Canvas", click here. For info on the Cancer constellation, click here. For info on the Cancer Gold Cloth, click here.
- Occupation: Gold Saint of Athena
- Constellation: Cancer
- Armour: Cancer Gold Cloth
- Age: 23
- Birthday: June 24th
- Birthplace: Italy
- Trained at: Sicily
- Height: 184cm
- Weight: 82kg
- Blood type: A
- Related characters: Shiryu (killer)
- Seiyuu: Ryōichi Tanaka
The meanings of justice and evil are all in the eye of the beholder. History has proven this to us. Even if it's evil, the one who stands in triumph will be acknowledged as just.
-- Deathmask to Dohko in "Kousoku! Mach o Koeru Kyoken"
Deathmask is the guardian of Cancer Temple in Sanctuary. He is portrayed as cruel and evil, even though he himself doesn't consider himself to be evil - his foremost belief is that power is justice, and it is the winner in any war who determines ultimately what is just and therefore good.
His first appearance is in episode 39, when he is sent to Rozan by the Pope to execute Libra Dohko. In his discussion with Dohko it is revealed that Deathmask knows that the Pope is evil, but he supports him anyway as he expects him to be victorious in the end.
At Rozan, Shiryu intervenes and tries to foil Deathmask's attempt to kill Dohko. Actually, Deathmask doesn't really want to fight Shiryu in the beginning as he considers him to be far too weak and below his rank, but when Shiryu insists, Deathmask retaliates and easily puts Shiryu on his place. Deathmask would have killed Shiryu with his attack Sekishiki Meikai Ha, had not Aries Mu appeared and intervened.
Deathmask then takes his leave telling them that even he wouldn't think of challenging two Gold Saints together, and he tells Shiryu that if he would like to continue this battle and die, he'd just have to come to Sanctuary and meet him there.
In episode 48, Shiryu finally meets Deathmask again at Sanctuary and learns why the Cancer Gold Saint is called Deathmask: his temple is adorned by the faces of all the people he killed in his job as Sanctuary's Nr.1 assassin. Shiryu is taken aback, especially when it becomes clear that Deathmask is totally callous about causing collateral damage in his assassination jobs - he simply doesn't mind if innocents get into the way and get killed while he takes out his actual targets.
Shiryu decides to fight Deathmask right on the spot, giving Seiya the opportunity to continue to Leo Temple. Deathmask doesn't waste any time in this encounter and sends Shiryu into Yomotsu Hirasaka with the Sekishiki Meikai Ha right away. Shiryu is only saved by Athena then who sends his soul back into his body.
Deathmask isn't amused when Shiryu refuses to become another mask for his Temple and wakes up, so he decides to use the Sekishiki Meikai Ha on him again, but to make sure that he won't return a second time, he also crosses into Yomotsu Hirasaka by will and beats up Shiryu thoroughly (and he seems to have quite some fun hurting him).
When Shunrei starts to pray for Shiryu in front of the waterfall at Rozan, Deathmask feels annoyed by her energies and as he suspects she might be able to help Shiryu to get into the real world again, he uses his telekinetic powers to throw her down the waterfall. Unfortunately this enrages Shiryu so much that he actually fights back again, this time actually managing to affect Deathmask with his blows.
When the battle continues, Shiryu finds that he can hurt Deathmask, but doesn't manage to get any counting coups through as the Cancer Saint is protected by his Gold Cloth, a fact Shiryu doesn't really understand as he thinks Deathmask isn't worthy to wear a Gold Cloth of Athena's. Unfortunately, the Gold Cloth finally agrees with Shiryu's opinion and leaves Deathmask of its own will, leaving the Cancer Saint unprotected against Shiryu's attacks, and in the end Shiryu manages to throw Deathmask down into the Pit of Yomotsu, from which even Deathmask can't return on his own.
In the Hades Chapter, Deathmask belongs to the Gold Saints who allegedly pledged loyalty to Hades to be revived again in exchange for bringing Hades Athena's head. Together with Pisces Aphrodite, he faces Aries Mu, but is defeated by him. Back in the underworld, they are punished for their failure by Wyvern Rhadamanthys, who throws them into the Pit of Yomotsu. Later it is revealed that their actions were in fact an act to support Shion to get to Athena to tell her about Athena's Cloth, without which she wouldn't be able to defeat Hades.
Only at the end their souls return to join with the other Gold Saints to break the Wailing Wall, sacrificing themselves and thus proving that ultimately they were Saints loyal to Athena, too.
Sekishiki Meikai Ha (Praesepe Underworld Wave) - this is the power to open a doorway to Yomotsu Hirasaka that sends the soul of his opponent right into the forecourt of the underworld, where they are drawn towards the Pit of Yomotsu, the entrance to the land of the dead from which there is no return back to the world of the living.
As with all Gold Saints, Deathmask has attained the Seventh Sense, enabling him to move at the speed of light. The way he 'disappears' into the waterfall of Rozan would indicate that he is also able to teleport as even moving at light-speed shouldn't enable him to walk through rocks that way. He also has reasonable telekinetic abilities, able to extend his influence from Greece to China.
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