Pharaoh (The Lost Canvas)

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This is about the character from The Lost Canvas series. For Sphinx Pharaoh in "the original series", click here. For info on the Sphinx Surplice, click here.

Sphinx Pharaoh
Date of Birth

Sphinx Surplice


Balance of Curse






Heavenly Star


Beast Star

Manga Debut

Evil Stars

Anime Debut
Japanese Voice
English Voice

Sphinx Pharaoh (スフィンクスのファラオ) is a minor character from Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, whose power lies in the Heavenly Bestial Star (天獣星). He is the guardian of the main gates that leads to the Evil Star Temples in the Lost Canvas.


Background & Personality


Pharaoh lives his life as a normal human until the Heavenly Beast Star and Sphinx Surplice was released from the goddess Athena's seal. They sought him out and transformed him into one of Hades' 108 Specters, and awakened his Specter soul. Pharaoh remembered his oath to Hades and headed for the Forest Cathedral in Italy, where he waited until it was time for his master to awaken. Eventually came the day when Hades was awoken in the boy known as Alone, and he called for all his Specters to attend an audience with him. Pharaoh participated and agreed with everyone else when the god asked them to paint the world in the colour of darkness for him. In the ceiling of the audience hall there were depictions of all the 88 constellations that the warriors of Athena, the Saints represented. When a Saint died, their respective constellation disappeared from the ceiling. The Specter Magnate, Griffon Minos was then ordered to sortie and attack Athena's Sanctuary, a mission he would eventually fail, but not without taking the lives of several Saints.

The battle with the Saints would continue and eventually the Specters would move their base of operations into the Lost Canvas. A gigantic materialized painting, that was spreading out over the sky by Hades doing. Pharaoh was then chosen to be the guard at the gates to the Lost Canvas and the Evil Star Temples that lay beyond.



After his defeat in Atlantis, Wyvern Rhadamanthys made his return to their forces. Pharaoh noticed how the Specter was pleading for Hades to take him back to their forces, and knew it was his turn to step in. Pharaoh had the ability to extract the heart of an opponent with the music of his harp, the heart would then be put on a scale which measured how truthful one was. He told Rhadamanthys that he was pathetic for being defeated, but congratulated him on his return. The Specter snapped back, asking who he thought he was talking to. Pharaoh smiled and noted his status as a former Specter Magnate. He acknowledged his effort in saving Pandora from Atlantis, but on the other hand he let the Saints reach the power source that would power their Ship of Hope that would take them to the Lost Canvas. Hades was disappointed in the Wyvern Specter, and he needed to prove his devotion to the god. The truth would be revealed by Pharaoh's "Balance of Curse" technique, and explained that the Wyvern Specter's body would become heavier and heavier. His heart would be put on a scale, and if the heart weighed more than the feather of truth, his devotion to Hades was a lie. He would now rip out his heart and see what was the real truth. Rhadamanthys smirked and said that the Pharaoh could stop with his games, his technique was too slow, and since it was for their lord Hades he would rip out his own heart. Pharaoh was shocked by the dramatic scene, and noticed that his heart was on fire, which amazed him that Rhadamanthys had managed to crawl back in such a condition. Rhadamanthys crawled on the ground and told Pharaoh to get out of the way as he had to place his heart on the scale. The Wyvern Specter asked Hades to forgive his failures and accept his heart as an offering. With the heart on the scale, Pharaoh announced that they would soon see what the truth was. Hades interrupted however and told Pharaoh to stop. He was impressed by his loyalty and inserted Rhadamanthys heart back, but not before giving him some of the god's own blood, which gave new powers to Rhadamanthys. He accepted the Wyvern as a Specter, and ordered him to be one of the guardians of the Evil Star Temples. Pharaoh said that the guardians were now complete and he would return to his duties as he would soon return with a pile of the Saint's hearts. Hades liked the idea and were looking forward to hearing his harp. Pharaoh made it down to he gate just in time as the Saints were disembarking. He played his harp and ripped out the hearts of several of the foot soldiers the Saints had brought along. He revealed himself while laughing at the filthy hearts of the Saints. Pharaoh would be the judge of them all by ripping out their hearts.[1]


Several of the Saints jumped down from the ship and tried to punch their way through the gates, but Pharaoh knew that would not work at all. He then proceeded to rip out the hearts of those Saints as well, with his Balance of Curse technique. He pondered if their hearts beat for faith in Athena or for the desire of peace, and asked the Saints if they really believed in such ideals. Pharaoh would determine if their hearts were worthy enough to open the gates. He explained that the gate was an image of Hades own heart, indestructible and despised lies. Which meant that a heart lacking in deceit and hypocrisy would be able to open the door, and it was his duty to measure them on his scale. He demonstrated with one of the hearts, and when it failed, the whole body burned, as well as the soul were ripped apart. He asked the Saints if they would all follow the same path as the impure ones he had slain. He mocked them for not standing up to their ideals and being simple liars and fakers, and for that he pitied Athena. The goddess replied that it was not so, because she had always felt their hearts supporting her. She believed in her Saints and there were no dishonesty among the Saints. Pharaoh asked if she would like to prove that with her heart, and to his surprise she agreed to the protest of the Saints. Pegasus Tenma then stepped in between and told him to measure the heart of someone like him that wanted to defeat Hades. Pharaoh agreed, and said that he would personally take the Pegasus Saint's heart to Hades. But just as he was to perform his technique, they were interrupted by the Gold Saint of Sagittarius, Sisyphus.


The Gold Saint told his comrades to not fall for their enemies' traps, as their lives were precious to Athena and their deaths would sadden her. Pharaoh remarked how boring the Saint's speech and asked how they planned to get through the gate without sacrificing themselves. The Saint said he would play the Specter's game, with all of his faith in Athena. Pharaoh called him arrogant and ripped out the Saint's heart and put it on the scale. To his surprise it weighed the same as the feather, which was an impossibility to Pharaoh. Sisyphus said someone like him would never understand, a false judge who liked to torture his victims and manipulate the balance of the scale. The Saints faith could not be defeated by such things. Pharaoh became angry and called it lies, but Sisyphus reacted quickly and struck him down with a fist of light.[2]


Pharaoh could not believe it as he fell, and wondered how the Saint had achieved such terrible power if he did not have a heart. The Gold Saint revealed that his heat and feelings were not there, but before he was able to say anything further the Saint collapsed. The Saints rushed to their comrade and noticed that the gates had stopped opening. Pharaoh struggled to keep alive and said that the gates would not move. As a final curse he would not allow them to enter, instead they would have to destroy it, something which was beyond their capabilities. The Specter coughed blood as he struggled, but laughed as he said it would require the power of a "Big Bang". He smiled as his body slid to the ground and died.[3]

Concept & Creation

Pharaoh was created by Shiori Teshirogi as the 18th century incarnation of Sphinx Pharaoh from the classic saga. He is very similar to his other incarnation, but is not shown to be jealous of any others musical talents.

Special Techniques


Balance of Curse

Pharaoh channels his Cosmo through his Harp melody which rips out the heart of his opponent and puts it on a scale. The scale will then determine the convictions of the victim, and if their heart weighed ore than Maat's feather of Truth, the body would be burned and the soul ripped to shreds. Pharaoh often manipulated the scale in order to defeat his victims.



  1. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - The Myth of Hades - Vol. 16, Chapter 138: Diabolical Harp
  2. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - The Myth of Hades - Vol. 16, Chapter 139: Feather of Truth
  3. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - The Myth of Hades - Vol. 16, Chapter 140: Beyond Loyalty

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Celestial Suikyo · Aiacos · Vermeer · Minos · Rhadamanthys · Charon · Gordon · Ivan · Pharaoh · Phlegyas · Queen · Rock · René · Stand · Sylphid · Valentine
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