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This is about the character of the classic "Saint Seiya" series. For Minotaurus Gordon in "Lost Canvas", click here. For info on the Minotaurus Surplice, click here.

Minotaurus Gordon



198 cm


95 kg

Date of Birth

December 18






Minotaurus Surplice


Grand Axe Crusher






Heavenly Star


Prison Star

Manga Debut

Awaken! The Eight Sense

Anime Debut

The Deadly Battle to Elysion

Japanese Voice


English Voice

Minotaurus Gordon Tenrōsei Minotaurosu no Gōdon (天牢星ミノタウロスのゴードン) is a minor character from Masami Kurumada's classic anime/manga series, Saint Seiya. His power lies within the Heavenly Prison Star (天牢星), and he is one of the few exceptional powerful Spectres among the Underworld. He is mostly seen with his companions Harpy Valentine, Alraune Queen, and Basilisk Sylphid who all are subordinates to Wyvern Rhadamanthys.



Are these my arms?

Gordon was born as a normal human in the 20th century but became one of Hades' Specters when Athena's seal on the 108 Demon Stars was broken. The Heavenly Prison Star sought Gordon out and transformed him into a Specter which gave him his Minotaurus Surplice. The Specter soul that had been slumbering inside of him made him remember his oath to serve Hades, he headed to join his fellow Specters and as a subordinate under Wyvern Rhadamanthys.

Even though Hades had been reborn into a human host, he had not yet been fully awakened. But this did not stop the god from commandeering his troops in the Holy War against Athena. The god revived several of Athena's Gold Saints by offering them new life if they took their goddess' life within the next twelve hours. The Saints had of course been bluffing, yet Athena had unexpectedly killed herself by committing suicide when they reached her. When the revived Saints ventured to Hades' Castle to get their reward, Athena's body had vanished during their journey. They suggested to Hades' servant, Pandora that Athena might have gone into the Underworld personally to defeat Hades. Pandora did not like that possibility at all so she ordered the castle to be destroyed and the Specters stationed on Earth to retreat to the Underworld.[1]

Gordon SMASH!

When Rhadamanthys and his Specters was about to depart from Hades' Castle they encountered several Bronze Saints, and it was then that Gordon along with Basilisk Sylphid, Alraune Queen, Harpy valentine and the rest of the Wyvern's subordinates presented themselves to their master. Valentine said they would not move without the Specter Magnate's orders, even if they were threatened with execution. Rhadamanthys then ordered them to not fall behind the Specters of Garuda Aiacos and Griffon Minos because Athena might have snuck into the Underworld and they need to protect Hades. They all agreed with their master as one, but the Pegasus Saint intervened saying that they were going to take him with them to the Underworld. Valentine stepped forward and told his master that he did not need to sully his hands and that he could get rid of the Saint and proceeded to knock the Saint flying into the air. The other three Bronze Saints started to move when they saw their comrade hurt, so Gordon, Queen and Sylphid jumped out and attacked the Saints from behind. They then saw it clear to return to the Underworld but their master was pondering if the Bronze Saints might pose a future threat. He changed his mind soon and they all departed for the Underworld, last was Gordon and the other three. The Pegasus Saint told them to wait, yet the Harpy Specter told him that they did not have the time yet if he wanted to fight them he could seek them out in the Underworld. Before they set out down the abyss leading to the realm of the dead they all stated their names to the Saint. But the Pegasus Saint did not give up and grabbed a hold of Valentine right above Gordon as they were descending. But the Saint came to loose his grip eventually and vanished.[2]

When Gordon and the others were in the Underworld they were ordered to take any intruding Saint to the harshest prison possible after killing them. Yet the Minotaurus Specter did not come to encounter any of the Saints until the latter had broken through the Wall of Lamentations. As they were about to follow the Saints into the hole in the wall they were stopped by Dragon Shiryu who told them that he would not let them go any further in order to protect his friends. Queen told the Saint that they would not let anyone reach Elysion that lay behind the Wall of Lamentations. Shiryu replied that they would have to defeat him first, so all three of the Specters attacked him calling him a fool for taking them all on. Queen said the Saint was wasting their time, but suddenly his Surplice helmet was hit straight on by an unknown force.The Dragon Saint had used his Excalibur technique to cut all three helmets and told them they had inherited many things from the Gold Saints. The Specters then realized he might be planning to which he replied that he had always been prepared to die and readied himself to counter attack with his ultimate technique.[3]

Le Gasp.

The Specters attacked the Saint again and told him to move away, but the Dragon Saint repeated that they had to take him down first. Gordon was appalled by the Saint but Queen interjected and told Shiryu if he really wanted to die that badly, he would grant his wish and chop his head of. Queen used his Blood Flowers Scissors technique and decapitated the Saint or so it looked but the Saint had only received a shallow cut while had had counter attacked with Excalibur. Queen did not notice this and told his companions that they should leave, but he suddenly received a gash in his neck that knocked his helmet of. Queen questioned in disbelief how Shiryu had managed to draw his Excalibur technique and slip past his Blood Flower Scissors technique. Gordon stormed in and attacked Shiryu with his own Grand Axe Crusher technique and managed to injure the Saint's arm, yet the Dragon Saint did not rest and hit the Minotaurus Specters with his powerful Rozan Shoryu Ha technique. Sylphid then stepped forward and commented how a foe prepared to die was more fearsome than ever and attacked him with his Annihilation Flap technique. The Dragon Saint persisted and counter attacked with his Rozan Ryu Hisho technique which sent Sylphid flying. Shiryu told them they would have to be all three to take him down.[4]

The Basilisk said they would gladly end his life, and as one they would combine their powers. Shiryu stood tall and told them to come at him since he only had strength for one more move. All three of them charged at the Dragon Saint as Gordon used his Grand Axe Crusher technique, Sylphid his Annihilation Flap, Queen his Blood Flower Scissors and Shiryu used his ultimate Rozan Hyakuryu Ha technique which decimated the Specters, and killed both Gordon and Queen in an instant. Sylphid came to survive a little longer.[5]

Concept & Creation

Gordon was created by Masami Kurumada for the classic Saint Seiya series. In the anime adaptation, Gordon, Basilisk Sylphid, Harpy Valentine and Alraune Queen did not appear in Hades Castle but appeared later as they should at the Wall of Lamentations. The scenes were a bit changed as the three did not get their helmets knocked of but cut in half in Shiryu's initial strike with Excalibur. The Minotaurus Surplice sported two colorings in the anime adaptation, the first one visible in the opening sequence for each episode is prominently dark grey with purple features. Number two in the Elysion chapter is more prominently forest green and sports dark grey features. If these changes affected the color of Sylphid himself is unknown. Minotaurus Gordon appeared in The Lost Canvas series, and looks identical to the one from the original series.

Special Techniques

"Grand Axe Crusher"

Gordon raise his right arm and with a fell swoop he swings his arm down at his opponent, with the added power of his Cosmo the swing mimics the swing of an axe.


Notes and References

  1. Saint Seiya Vol. 22, p.50-55, 90-106
  2. Saint Seiya Vol. 22, p.144-146
  3. Saint Seiya Vol. 26, p.132-136
  4. Saint Seiya Vol. 26, p.162-177
  5. Saint Seiya Vol. 27, p.8-19

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