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    Odin is the chief god in Norse mythology, presiding over the aspects of war, wisdom, and magic. He learned the secrets of the Norse runes by hanging himself from the branches of Yggdrasil, and is fated to die in the maw of the atrocious wolf, Fenrir.

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    The All-Father

    Odin originally had two eyes, but he traded one of them for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, which gave him the knowledge of everything that has happened and will happen. He arms himself with a spear, named Gungnir ("swaying one"), that never misses its target when thrown. Odin has several children according to tradition, most notably Thor and Balder. His wife is named Frigg.

    Animal Companions

    • An eight-legged horse named Sleipnir ("the slipper"). In some games, Sleipnir is portrayed as having six legs.
    • Two ravens, named Hugin ("thought") and Munin ("memory" or "mind"). Odin uses these as spies, collecting news and information from around the world for him.
    • Two wolves, named Freki and Geri (both meaning "the ravenous" or "greedy one").

    In Games

    Final Fantasy's rendition of Odin by Yoshitaka Amano.
    Final Fantasy's rendition of Odin by Yoshitaka Amano.

    Odin is often seen in role playing games, particularly his role as the ruler of Asgard in Valkyrie Profile, or as one of the deadliest summon creatures in Final Fantasy titles, where he is usually the summon who has a certain percent chance of causing instant death on enemies. Odin's signature attack is "Zantetsuken" (Iron-Cutting Sword).

    In Valkyrie Profile, Odin is (much like his mythological position) the ruler of Asgard, something of a Norse Heaven. He believes Ragnarok, the end of days, is drawing near, and sends his Valkyrie, Lenneth, out to the world below (Midgard) to search and obtain souls to help fight off the Ragnarok.

    In the Final Fantasy series, he is usually just a summoned creature, having no part in the main storyline. The exception is in Final Fantasy IX, when Queen Brahne summons Odin to obliterate the village of Cleyra, wiping it clean off the map.

    In the Megaten family of games, Odin is often a high-ranking demon or persona gifted with a high magic power, often specialized in Electric attacks and skills that buff magic.


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