Algol

Feb 14, 2012
Algol
  • The Hero King Algol
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    Character
    Debut: Soulcalibur IV
    Voice (E): Jamieson Price
    Voice (J): George Nakata
    Biography
    Age: Everlasting (shape of a 40-year-old man)
    Birthplace: An ancient dynasty whose name has been lost to history
    Birthday: Meaningless now
    Blood: Only pure power courses through him
    Height: 6'4" (193cm) (SC4)
    6'5" (196cm) (SC5)
    Weight: 240 lbs (108 kg) (SC4)
    269 lbs (122 kg) (SC5)
    Family: All in the past
    Son / Arcturus (killed by Algol)
    Ancient rival: Edge Master
    Fighting Style
    Type: Assimilated Soul Calibur & Soul Edge (SC4)
    His whole body (SC5)
    Weapon: Soul Calibur & Soul Edge (SC4)
    Power of Astral Chaos (SC5)
    Discipline: Command of the Flow of Power (SC4)
    Command of the murky flow of Chaos (SC5)
    Algol ((アルゴル, Arugoru), who is also known as "The Hero King" (英雄王アルゴル, Wang Hero Algol), was able to subdue Soul Edge and with the help of his powerful strength of will, he avoided being controlled by it. According to the legend, he used the sword to spread peace among the lands but unfortunately, his jealous son took Soul Edge and was possessed. Algol battled him and defeated him with a mighty blow. The strike was fatal.

    After his son's death, he decided to create a sword to counter the evil within Soul Edge. The legend says that, using purified shards obtained from his battle with his son and with the assistance of various sages, Algol was able to create the Soul Calibur after many failed attempts and even sacrificing his own life. However, the ritual that claimed the king's life actually failed, and the sword that was created was extremely similar in nature to Soul Edge and is imbued with Algol's soul. The tribe that was tasked with the protection of the new sword slowly turned that failure into a success and sealed the Hero King's soul, keeping his thirst for power dormant over the centuries.


    Character Overview(top)

    In the words of Hideo Yoshie, the main character designer of Soulcalibur IV, Algol is "a character that obviously proves the setting of being the strongest character ever in SC series". Algol's costume originates from a culture so ancient that it was not recorded in history, and the designer says it was very difficult to design it for that reason. The "bird" was decided to be the final motif of Algol's armor although there were many other ideas such as the lion and dinosaur.

    Algol is seen on the opening video with brown hair and blue eyes, showing him in his living human form. Despite looking malevolent, craving power, and being somewhat antagonistic to the characters, Algol still possesses a noble soul and is willing to help others. In Sophitia's ending, he saves her from Soul Edge's wrath and protects her daughter from the sword, since his son suffered the same fate. Many characters decide to spare him in their endings, stating that he is not evil.

    Biography: Soulcalibur IV(top)

    Algol is known to many as the Hero King who traded his life to create the legendary Soul Calibur. The real truth behind the creation holds a different story not known to many. A sword similar to "Soul Edge" was created as a failed attempt by Algol in creating a spiritual sword from a fragment of the cursed sword. The failure came from his personal ambitions preventing the transition from occurring completely. Another unknown fact about the sword is Algol's ambition which had remained intact within the sword throughout the years with his strong crave towards power. The subordinates around Algol who honored his ideas decided in trying to develop the newly created sword into a complete sword, which would require a vast amount of time to make a reality.

    Eventually, the subordinates emerged from the darkness of history, calling themselves the "Guardians of the Spiritual Sword:. Their prime objective was to defend and keep the rigidly sealed soul of Algol a close secret passed on through generations. The Hero King Algol's faith lived on under the solid curse which brought his time to a standstill in a near death environment. Both the spirit and cursed swords resonated with each other on numerous occasions during the curse, but not once was he awoken during the time. But now, what seemed like an eternity has come to an end, 16th century A.D., the curse was ready to be broken.

    Character Artwork(top)

    Art: Soulcalibur IV (+BD)(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur V(top)

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