Thanatos is the main antagonist of Secret of Mana. A dark sorcerer from Mavolia whose spirit lives on by taking over another mortal body for his own, he is a servant of the Emperor Vandole. The party first meets him in the Pandora Ruins, where he reveals he is the one responsible for stealing the life force of the people of Pandora. He then reveals his intent to make Phanna and Dyluck his servants before throwing the party into battle against the Wall Face. He later betrays the emperor to finish off the plan of reviving the Mana Fortress himself while abandoning Fanha and his own personally created Mech Rider. He shows his powers both by taking control of entire towns of people and performing terrible magic in his pure spiritual form of the Dark Lich, which he becomes when his transfer to Dyluck's body fails. He is also responsible for using the Mana Fortress against the Mana Tree and destroying it.


In ancient Greek his name means death. In mythology he is the personification of death and mortality, and is the son of Nyx (night) and Erebos (darkness). Among his children are Geras (Old Age), Oizys (Suffering), Moros (Doom), Apate (Deception), Momos (Blame), Eris (Strife), Nemesis (Retribution) and even the Stygian Boatman Charon.


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