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This is about the character of the Classic "Saint Seiya" series. For Griffon Vermeer in "Next Dimension", click here. For Griffon Minos in "Lost Canvas" click here. For info on the Griffon Surplice, click here.

Griffon Minos
Griffon Minos



184 cm


72 kg

Date of Birth

March 25




Oslo, Norway


Griffon Surplice


Cosmic arionation






Heavenly Star


Noble Star

Manga Debut

The Possession of Shun

Anime Debut

Hades! A Surprising Possession

Japanese Voice

Kōichi Tōchika

English Voice

Griffon Minos (グリフォンのミーノス) is a character from the classic anime/manga series, Saint Seiya, by famous manga-ka Masami Kurumada. He is a prominent character in the Hades arc of the series, sharing a similar role with fellow spectres Wyvern Rhadamanthys and Garuda Aiacos. Together, the trio is collectively known as the 3 Judges of Hell. Minos' power lies in the Heavenly Noble Star (天貴星).


Background & Personality

243 years had passed since the last holy war between Athena and Hades in the 18th century so Athena's seal on the 108 Specters had withered and was released. The Noble Star and the Griffon Surplice sought Minos out and transformed him into one of Hades 108 warriors and one of the three magnates of hell. After swearing an oath to Hades he travelled to the Underworld and took command over his own cadre of Specters. Whereas he was temporarily stationed on Earth at Hades' Castle. Hades had not awakened in his chosen vessel of this holy war, but his soul was still conscious enough to give out orders. The god had managed to persuade several of Athena's Saints to take the goddess' life in exchange of getting their lives back. The Saints had been bluffing, but Athena had nevertheless been killed by her own hand. When the revived Saint presented Athena's body to Hades' servant Pandora, the body had mysteriously disappeared. Gemini Saga suggested that the goddess might have gone to the Underworld to personally defeat Hades. Pandora did not like that possibility and ordered their stronghold, Hades' Castle to be destroyed and all remaining Specters to withdraw to the Underworld. Minos and his cadre of Specters retreated to the Underworld before Rhadamanthy and his had the opportunity to do so. Several Saints managed however to infiltrate the Underworld.[1]


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Along with Garuda Aiacos and Wyvern Rhadamanthys, Griffon Minos was summoned by Pandora to attend a musical session performed by the Silver Saint Lyra Orphée. The 3 Mangnates were present together for the first time, which caused Orphée to worry as he and bronze saints Pegasus Seiya and Andromeda Shun had created a plan to assassinate Hades. Fortunately for the Silver Saint, his hypnotic melody was able to temporarily take Minos and Aiacos out of the equation, but Rhadamanthys would throw a wench into the plot and defeat the traitorous Saint. Rhadamanthys defeated the Lyre Saint but when he was about to strike the Pegasus Saint, the Andromeda Saint finally turned into Hades. Minos and Aiacos awoke to the bizarre situation. Up until now the Magnates had never seen the face of their deity and had a hard time believing a Saint could turn into Hades. Pandora told them to not ask such questions and ordered them all to set out and eliminate all of the invading Saints.[2]

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Sometime later, Minos and Aiacos made their second appearances when investigating a fight between fellow Magnate Wyvern Rhadamanthys and gold saint Gemini Kanon. Minos was amused that Rhadamanthys was having trouble defeating the Gemini Saint, and, to the Wyvern's dismay, took matters upon himself to finish the fight. Minos instantly trapped Kanon with his "Cosmic Marionation" technique, and Kanon was suddenly helpless as Minos gained control over every joint of his body. To show off the might of his technique, the Judge broke one of Kanon's fingers by forcefully snapping it backwards. Kanon screamed in pain as Minos twisted and turned Kanon's joints in every angle imaginable. Before Minos could add additional damage, the Bronze Saint Phoenix Ikki made his presence known and detached the strings from Kanon's body. Minos would continue to watch as the battle unfolded, and was surprised at Aiacos defeat. Ikki was mysteriously teleported away which left him and Rhadamanthys stumped.[3][4]

Curtains Down

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Being one of the mighty Magnates of Hell, Griffon Minos immediately left to investigate after he had felt twelve powerful cosmos present in Hades' throne room. As he arrived, he was confronted by bronze saints Pegasus Seiya and Andromeda Shun on the courtyard, but their efforts were in vain as Minos easily tossed them aside. The Griffon Specter then approached the room, and was indirectly blasted by an immense amount of solar energy -- a combined effort of all twelve of Athena's gold saints in their attempt to pierce the Underworld's infamous Wailing Wall.[5]

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Although damaged, the Judge was not killed by the energy and quickly chased down the remaining saints. The 12 gold saints had sacrificed themselves to create the energy blast, and so only bronze saints Pegasus Seiya, Andromeda Shun, Dragon Shiryu, and Cygnus Hyoga were left to represent Athena's army. By this point, Seiya and Shun had already jumped into the cosmic river behind the Wailing Wall, and Shiryu was caught up with three other Specters. Hyoga decided to stay behind to deal with the Griffon Specter. The Cygnus Saint attempted the block off the path by utilizing his master's infamous "Freezing Coffin" -- a seal made of thick ice that not even the combined efforts of several gold saints could destroy. However, Minos demonstrated his capability by simultaneously shattering it and sending the bronze saint flying. Hyouga retaliated with his "Diamond Dust" attack, but it was easily reversed. With the Cygnus lying on the ground, Minos picked him up using the "Cosmic Marionation".

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All appeared well for the Specter, until Minos noticed that his cosmic strings had been frozen. Taking advantage of Minos' surprise, Hyoga snapped off the strings and blasted the Judge with the "Aurora Execution". After defeating Minos, Hyoga began to hop into the cosmic river but Minos held onto the bronze Saint with a string and followed him into the currents to continue the battle. To both men's shock, however, Minos' surplice and body began to dissipate as the flow of the cosmic river crushed him. As Minos was obliterated into atoms, Hyoga realized that he was unharmed because his cloth had been blessed with a deity's blood.[6][7]

Concept & Creation

Yes, another college frat movie.

The name "Minos" (ミーノス) is taken directly from the same figure of Greek mythologies, the son of Zeus and Europa. In the ancient stories, Minos was a King and would become a second Judge of the Dead with his brother, Rhadamanthys.

His anime appearance differs in coloring such as his hair and surplice. The events unfolded the same, but with the addition of Cygnus Hyoga and Dragon Shiryu at the doorway to the Whailing Wall.

In Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, Minos is ordered to take a cadre of his Specters and attack Athena's Sanctuary. The invasion is foiled by Pisces Albafica, who gave his life to stop the invading Specters. Minos was just as ruthless and vicious as his Classic incarnation, but doubled as a cunning tactician as well.

He also deployed a new technique, the "Gigantic Feathers Flap".

Special Techniques

Minos is easily one of the most powerful Specters in the Underworld, with only Wyvern Rhadamanthys and Garuda Aiacos rivaling him in terms of power.

"Cosmic Marionation"

The Griffon Specters' one and only weapon is his "Cosmic Marionation" technique. As the name would suggest, the move allows Minos to wrap his opponent with strings of cosmos energy, entrapping and turning them into living, human marionettes. In the anime, "Cosmic Marionation" was also able to control an enemy's technique, as shown when Minos manipulated the technique's cosmos energy to reverse Pegasus Seiya's "Pegasus Ryu Sei Ken", deflect Andromeda Shun's "Nebular Chains", and counter both Cygnus Hyoga's "Diamond Dust" and Dragon Shiryu's "Rozan Ryu Hi Sho".


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Griffon Minos was released as a Myth Cloth figure in November, 2006 and cost 5,040 Japanese Yen. It was the second of the Specter Magnates that were released as Myth Cloths. It contained 2 sets of different hands, a removable two-part hair piece and a structure to mount the Cloth to form its Object mode.[8] Minos was also released on July 15, 2006 as a Saint Seiya Cloth Up figure in series 3, where he came with a stand and removable helmet. In February 2007 he was released as a Mini Big Head figure in the Saint Seiya - Hades Sanctuary and Inferno Chapters series.



  1. Saint Seiya Vol. 22, p.50-55, 90-106
  2. Saint Seiya Vol. 24, Chapter 89: Hades! Possession of Shun, p.52-84
  3. Saint Seiya Vol. 24, Chapter 91: The Deadly Battle of the 5th Prison, p.132-165
  4. Saint Seiya Vol. 25, Chapter 92: A Clash! Garuda vs. Phoenix, p.10-43
  5. Saint Seiya Vol. 26, Chapter 98: Union! Gold Cloths, p.116-119
  6. Saint Seiya Vol. 26, Chapter 99: Between Hell and Utopia, p.138-139
  7. Saint Seiya Vol. 26, Chapter 100: The Road to Elysion, p.140-160
  8. http://tamashii.jp/item/646/

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