The Greek god Hypnos (眠りを司る神 ヒュプノス, Nemuri wo Tsukasadoru Kami Hyupunosu, lit. meaning "God who rules over Sleep") is one of the antagonist deities featured in the universe of the Manga Saint Seiya, authored by Masami Kurumada, and later adapted to Anime. He was created by Kurumada based on the mythologic persona of the same name.
As in Greek mythology, he is the personification of sleep and slumber, and the twin brother of Thanatos, the Greek god who personifies death and mortality. In Kurumada's mythos, although he is a subordinate of Hades, the Emperor of the Darkness and ruler of the Underworld, he is a deity with all attributes, and as his lord, he is a sworn enemy of the protector goddess of the Earth, Athena.
Kurumada introduced Hypnos in the final parts of the Hades arc of his manga, specifically in vol. 27, and his portrayal is similar to that of his Greek Mythology counterpart: Calm, calculating, and serene. Unlike his brother Thanatos, who is prone to lose his temper and act without any regard for consequences when influenced by rage, Kurumada's Hypnos remains calm and in control of himself even in the most critical situations. He is more cautious and thoughtful of strategy and consequence, never letting impudence or recklessness take over him. He is highly respectful of the authority of his lord, Hades.
Hypnos spent 243 years sealed in a box marked with the Seal of Athena, and only regained his freedom after the box was opened by a curiosity-driven 3 year-old Pandora, to whom both Thanatos and Hypnos announced that the resurrection of Hades was near, and that she would serve them henceforth. Afterward, both deities bestowed on Pandora the power to rule and command Hades' personal army, the fierce 108 Demon Stars, also known as Specters.
As described by the Pegasus Saint Pegasus Seiya when they first encountered, he is identical to his brother Thanatos, the only differences being Hypnos' golden eyes and hair, as opposed to Thanatos' silver. A strange looking star, identical to a Hexagram, is placed in his forehead.
Kurumada designed Hypnos likeness based in classical representations of the deity in Greek sculpture and art: a beautiful young man with a wing sprouting from the left side of his head, similarly as Thanatos was represented, one of the differences between both was Thanatos's wing, that sprouted from the opposite side. As Hypnos was often depicted surrounded by wings or feathers in Greek sculpture and art, Kurumada also included this motif in his design for his rendition of Hypnos, reflecting it mostly in his Surplice.
Hypnos dwelling place is the Elysion, and he spends most of his time there accompanied by scores of Nymphs, and his twin brother Thanatos, waiting to fulfill their lord Hades's bidding. In the same way as his brother Thanatos, Hypnos offered fierce opposition to the Saints of Athena, when they tried to rescue their goddess from certain death and stop Hades's Greatest Eclipse, which was meant to eradicate mankind.
Hypnos' divine power allows him to induce all kinds of living beings into deep slumber, and whether his victim reawakens or sleeps for eternity depends on his whim. Before his formal introduction in the anime adaptation, he was featured in the opening of the Inferno stage of the Hades arc episodes (episode 128 and on), standing next to his brother Thanatos, and overshadowed by Hades. His full appearance in the anime adaptation occurred in 2008, in the final episodes that adapt the last two volumes of the manga, in which his participation is contained (vols. 27 and 28), 16 years after Kurumada introduced him in the manga. From episode 142 and on, his silhouette in the opening of the anime adaptation revealed his features fully.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 3-B
Name: Hypnos - God of Sleep
Origin: Saint Seiya
Classification: Deity, God of Sleep
Age: Unknown, at least Thousands of years old.
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, 7th and 8th Sense User, Divine Cosmos, Immortality (Types 1, 2 and 4), Atomic Creation, Manipulation, Destruction and Restoration, Energy Manipulation and Waves, Dimensional Manipulation, Forcefields, Sleep Manipulation, Enhanced Senses, Mind Manipulation, Soul Manipulation, Psychokinesis (Telepathy, and Telekinesis), Illusion Creation, Flight/Levitation, Acausality, Resistance to Mind Manipulation, Soul Manipulation, Matter Manipulation, Illusions, Dream Manipulation, Life Manipulation and Death Manipulation, Space-Time Manipulation, Existence Erasure.
Speed: Massively FTL+
Lifting Strength: Multi-Stellar+ via power-scaling
Striking Strength: At least Multi-Galactic
Stamina: Nearly limitless, if not limitless
Standard Equipment: Surplice armor
Intelligence: Skilled fighter. Appears to be very knowledgeable of Greek myths and legends.
Weaknesses: Hypnos does not like fighting and avoids killing. The Eternal Drowsiness technique can be reverted by the power of a deity.
As the God of Sleep, Hypnos has the ability to put their opponents in a state of eternal sleep leaving them defenseless and vegetative. He can also take their opponents for the World of Dreams (Yumekai) that is ruled by him and his sons, the god of dreams. He can also manipulate the dreams and nightmares of his victims when they are in a state of eternal sleep. It can be argued whether he is the stronger of the twins, as he prefers a more subtle and passive way to attack his opponents by manipulating dreams and reality instead of using the aggressive means of his brother.
- Eternal Drowsiness (エターナルドラウジネス, Etānaru Doraujinesu, the English "Eternal Drowsiness") Hypnos concentrates his cosmos, raising his right arm in the air, on the same axis while his left arm is pointing to the ground. An area of darkness is created and places Hypnos and his victims into a sort of limbo, where the enemy falls unconscious plunged into an eternal sleep.
- Another Encounter With Reality (エンカウンタアナザーフィールド, Enkaunta Anaza Firudo, the English "Encounter Another Field"): Only appears on Lost Canvas. Hypnos takes his opponents to the World of Dreams. There, Hypnos has total control over minds and bodies. Imprisoning enemies within dreams, delusions, and nightmares. Hypnos is capable of any and all dreams real such as, but not limited to, altering the environment or creating hazards. While the dreams do not appear real, the damage they inflict is indeed real. This technique is very dangerous because of its almost unlimited potential.