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Apparently, the Seven Deadly Sins were the strongest and cruelest chivalric order in the kingdom, formed by seven brutal criminals who carved symbols of seven beasts into their bodies. Ten years ago, they were accused of plotting to overthrow the kingdom, and disintegrated after all the Holy Knights launched a general offensive against them.

— Elizabeth to Meliodas and Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins「七つの大罪, Nanatsu no Taizai」 are the strongest and cruelest order of Holy Knights in the Kingdom of Liones. They were formed by seven brutal criminals, who had all been convicted for grievous crimes and had carved the symbols of seven beasts onto their bodies.[1] They are the titular main protagonists of the series.

Background

Unbeknownst to even most of its members, the Seven Deadly Sins were formed for the expressed purpose of defeating the Demon Clan's Ten Commandments. The king of Liones had a premonition through his power Vision, that they would become the kingdom's protectors. Hearing this, both Meliodas and Merlin (who was only known to Meliodas at the time) took it upon themselves to find the other five, in order to crush the Ten Commandments, should they ever be revived.[2]

The members of this group were originally an independent order of knights serving the kingdom of Liones. They were declared as traitors and villains after being framed for assassinating Zaratras, the Great Holy Knight, after heeding an order to meet up with him at the castle. They found him murdered through no fault of their own and were quickly surrounded by the kingdom's Holy Knights. Meliodas ordered the group to disperse to avoid capture, and everyone was able to escape separately. It was initially suspected that one of the members was a traitor who helped in the nefarious plot, as Meliodas was knocked unconscious shortly after issuing his order. It is later revealed that Merlin was the perpetrator, and was due to Meliodas losing himself to his anger when young Elizabeth got hurt trying to help him escape. However, she did ask for forgiveness.[3] One of the Seven Deadly Sins' feats includes defeating the troll queen, with them having also broken the Great Druid Altar.[4]

The Seven Deadly Sins before the betrayal were widely known as the strongest knights of Liones and were greatly admired by several Holy Knights and apprentices, including Little Gil and Doting Dale. The group was directly under the Great Holy Knight Zaratras' command.

The Seven Deadly Sins reappeared ten years later in the kingdom, having regathered six of its members over a short duration. They aided the third princess of Liones, Elizabeth, helping her liberate the kingdom from the oppressive rule of the Holy Knights and stopping Hendrickson's plan to release the long-sealed Demon Clan into the world.

Upon Hendrickson's defeat and his villainous plan to revive the Demon Clan being fully realized by the rest of the kingdom, the Seven Deadly Sins were praised as heroes for saving the kingdom. They were also cleared of their false crimes, and welcomed back into the kingdom of Liones once more.

After this, two members of the group separated from the rest, while the other four were involved in the battle against the Ten Commandments. After joining all once again, including the last missing member, they decided to take sides to stop the Ten Commandments. With the exception of Merlin, all the Sins participate in the Great Fight Festival, that ends with Meliodas being killed by the Ten Commandments.

After a month, Meliodas resucitate and along with Escanor and Merlin, prevents the Commandments from taking control of Liones. With the rejoining of Diane and King that were by their one, and Gowther that was temporary imprisoned, the Seven Deadly Sins were oficially reformed. However, after defeating Melascula in Corand and battle Chandler, Meliodas was returned to his previous evil state as a result of his emotions have been taken by the Demon King in his resurrection. Meliodas, having decided to become the new Demon King to break his curse and that of Elizabeth, officially declares the dissolution of the Seven Deadly Sins.

The others, however, are not willing to accept it, so they decide to continue fighting against the Demon Clan and prevent Meliodas from becoming the Demon King.

With the exception of Ban, who goes to the Purgatory hoping to recover the emotions of Meliodas, the Seven Deadly Sins along with Liones allies with Stigma and the resurrected Four Archangels to wage a new Holy War.

After Meliodas absorbed all of the Commandments, the Demon King took possession of his body and engaged in a fierce fight against the Deadly Sins in an effort to kill Elizabeth. Ban, meanwhile, reunited with Meliodas in Purgatory, was able to escape to help his comrades, while Meliodas struggled from within against his father's influence. All together, they managed to expel the Commandments from Meliodas' body, which reverted back to how it was before.

Having acquired god-like powers similar to that of his father, Meliodas confessed to his comrades that he would soon be forced to remain living in the Demon Realm to prevent the slow destruction of Britannia. However, shortly before his departure, the Deadly Sins discover that the Demon King is still alive, but through the body of Zeldris. Determined to save his little brother, Meliodas, accompanied by Elizabeth, then joined by the other Deadly Sins and Gelda, set off towards Lake Salisbury to finish off the Demon King.

During the confrontation, the Deadly Sins and Gelda, also assisted by Mael, managed to free Zeldris from the grip of the Demon King, but the latter used the Commandments to merge with the ground of Britannia, but the Sins succeed despite all taking him down with their strongest combined attack. In order to prevent the Demon King's return, Meliodas sacrificed his god-like powers to destroy the Commandments. However, Escanor, consumed by his overuse of Sunshine, died, after receiving a first and last kiss from Merlin.

Shortly after celebrating the Demon King's defeat, Merlin agreed to let the Deadly Sins accompany her, while she resurrected Arthur Pendragon as the "King of Chaos". The Lady of the Lake then agreed to reveal the secrets of Merlin's childhood and how the latter had used the Sins to free Chaos, a primordial entity being at the origin of the five Clans, but which was sealed by the Supreme Deity and the Demon King in Hawk Mama's body.

Shortly after Arthur's resurrection, Cath, a Purgatory Creature he had taken in, attempted to devour him, revealing himself to be Cath Palug, a monster who once defied Chaos to take him over. The Deadly Sins attempt to fight Cath at least twice, but remain powerless against Chaos's power partially held by Cath, until Arthur decides to intervene with Excalibur, then in turn decides to engulf Cath, so that no one opposes his building an "Eternal Kingdom".

Six months later, as King and Diane celebrated their wedding, the Deadly Sins, with the exception of Merlin, agreed to unite one last time to fight armies of Fairies and Giants controlled by Dahlia and Dubs, themselves manipulated by the Breath of Bless of the Supreme Deity. When Dahlia and Dubs were defeated by Meliodas and Zeldris, the Supreme Deity led several manipulated Goddesses against the Holy Knights and decided to personally intervene to eliminate the Deadly Sins and initiate a third Holy War herself without the Demon King's help. However, the Supreme Deity was ultimately defeated in turn by the combined efforts of Meliodas and Zeldris.

After Meliodas and Elizabeth's wedding and coronation, the Seven Deadly Sins finally decided to go their separate ways: Meliodas and Elizabeth remained in Liones to rule together, while Bartra would retire; Merlin stayed with Arthur to rebuild Camelot, with the help of Nanashi and Orlondi; King and Diane remained in the Fairy King's Forest, to rule the Fairies and Giants together; Ban and Ellaine set out to explore Britannia, then founded Benwick, on the border of the Fairy King's Forest; Gowther also sets out to explore Britannia.

11 years later, the Seven Deadly Sins, with the exception of Merlin, have gathered to celebrate the tenth birthday of Tristan, the son of Meliodas and Elizabeth.

Members

Seven Deadly Sins
Ban
Diane
Escanor
Gowther
King
Ban Symbol fox.png
(Fox's Sin of Greed)
Diane Symbol serpent.png
(Serpent's Sin of Envy)
Escanor Symbol of Lion.png
(Lion's Sin of Pride)
Gowther Symbol goat.png
(Goat's Sin of Lust)
King Symbol grizzly.png
(Grizzly's Sin of Sloth)
Meliodas
Merlin
Meliodas Symbol dragon.png
(Dragon's Sin of Wrath)
(Leader)
Merlin Symbol boar.png
(Boar's Sin of Gluttony)
  1. Meliodas:
    • Magical Power: Full Counter; Hellblaze
    • Power Level: Between 60,000 and 142,000
    • Beast Symbol: Meliodas has the symbol of a dragon biting its own tail, making a circle on his left arm, near the shoulder.
    • Sin Committed: Meliodas considers his sin to be his failure to protect Danafor, its citizens, and Liz from the kingdom's annihilation.[5] The official story is that Meliodas lost himself in his wrath and annihilated the Kingdom himself.
    • Sacred Treasure: Meliodas's Sacred Treasure, the Demon Sword Lostvayne, is a short sword.[6][7] He sold it in a Pawn Shop in Camelot to get money for the Boar Hat.[8] Merlin ended up buying the sword and returns it to Meliodas at a critical moment.[9]
  2. Merlin:
    • Magical Power: Infinity
    • Power Level: 4,710
    • Beast Symbol: Merlin has the mark of a boar face right with twigs growing in it on the left side of her neck.
    • Sin Committed: Initially, Merlin was accused of tricking the Supreme Deity and the Demon King into satisfying his personal desire to appropriate their "blessings". In reality, Merlin considers that his "innermost sin" is to have plotted to free Chaos, even if it meant manipulating the Deadly Sins, and thus filling the void left in his heart by Meliodas who had not returned his feelings of love.
    • Sacred Treasure: Merlin's Sacred Treasure, the Morning Star Aldan, is a small crystal orb. She can summon it at any time via magic.
  3. King:
    • Magical Power: Disaster
    • Power Level: 41,600
    • Beast Symbol: King has the mark of a grizzly bear facing towards its left above his left foot, it is usually hidden beneath his pants and shoes.
    • Sin Committed: After supposedly ending Helbram's life, King took on the sentence for ignoring Helbram's mass murdering of humans continuously over a period of five hundred years. This came close to sparking a war between humans and fairies. He was consequently sentenced to an imprisonment for a thousand years, and was recognized as the Sin of Sloth as he ignored the atrocities committed and turned a blind eye.
    • Sacred Treasure: King's Sacred Treasure, the Spirit Spear Chastiefol, is a spirit spear crafted from the Sacred Tree only found in the Fairy realm. Stronger than steel, it possesses the mysterious qualities of the tree itself that King's ability, Disaster, draws out.[10] It has several different forms, including a pillow which can act as a shield,[11] different forms of spears,[12][13] and a large stuffed grizzly bear.[14]
  4. Diane:
    • Magical Power: Creation
    • Power Level: 8,800
    • Beast Symbol: Diane has the mark of a snake with one end of its tail rolled up on her left thigh.
    • Sin Committed: Diane and Matrona were hired by knights of Liones as mercenaries to assist them in a battle against foreign savages. The Holy Knight Gannon deceives them, revealing his ultimate intentions of taking down a giant for reputation and prestige. Although Matrona unfortunately "dies" from a venomous arrow, Gannon underestimates her strength and his plans are thwarted. The giantess "passes away" after killing the majority of the troops including Gannon, with remaining survivors falsifying the report of the incident to place blame on Diane. She is eventually labeled the Sin of Envy for her jealousy towards Matrona (who she supposedly murdered), along with 330 innocent knights of the kingdom. She is sentenced to death by beheading but Meliodas thwarted it under direct orders of the king of Liones.
    • Sacred Treasure: Diane's Sacred Treasure, the War Hammer Gideon, is designed for a giant. It is made of a material stronger than steel and weighs approximately 2,200 pounds.[15] It became the reward of Vaizel's annual fighting festival after Diane lost it.[16] Diane later regained Gideon during the Holy Knights' attack, quickly forcing them to retreat.[17]
  5. Ban:
    • Magical Power: Snatch
    • Power Level: 3,220
    • Beast Symbol: Ban has the symbol of a fox on the left side of his waist.
    • Sin Committed: As the only survivor of the Fairy King's Forest, he took the blame and was convicted for destroying the forest and killing its guardian saint, Elaine. As a result, he was sentenced to death, and became known as the Sin of Greed due to his apparent greed for immortality.[18]
    • Sacred Treasure: Ban's Sacred Treasure, the Holy Rod Courechouse, is a four-sectioned staff similar in appearance to a nunchaku. It was stolen during his imprisonment in Baste Dungeon.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no name must have content Later, Merlin recovered it somehow and returns it to Ban.
  6. Gowther:
    • Magical Power: Invasion
    • Power Level: 35,400
    • Beast Symbol: Gowther has the symbol of a goat with giant horns on the right side of his chest.
    • Sin Committed: Gowther was granted the Sin of Lust after he was accused of forcing Nadja, Bartra Liones' elder sister, to vile sexual acts, which ended in her death. In reality, Nadja and Gowther were both in love and quite happy in each other presence. It was then revealed that Nadja was close to death and wished to pass her final moments with Gowther. After a moment of passion, she peacefully died within Gowthers' embrace and, in panic, Gowther tried reanimating her by ripping out his magical heart and replacing Nadja's with it, to no avail. In the mean time Gowther is screaming, alerting some nearby guards that find him in a bedroom full of blood with Nadjas' deceased body below him.[19]
    • Sacred Treasure: Gowther's Sacred Treasure, the Twin Bow Herritt, is made of light, which is used in conjunction with his Invasion. It is capable of projecting multiple waves of light simultaneously.
  7. Escanor:
    • Magical Power: Sunshine
    • Power Level: Between 15 and 114,000 (see Sunshine for explanation)
    • Beast Symbol: Escanor has the mark of a lion with a scar on its right eye covering his back.
    • Sin Committed: Escanor is accused by the Kingdom of Liones of terrorizing and destroying many villages and towns, gravely injuring the Holy Knights who tried to restrain him, including the Great Holy Knight Zaratras, and for disrespecting the king as well. Labeling him as the Sin of Pride, Escanor is then sentenced to flogging followed by public hanging.[20]
    • Sacred Treasure: Escanor's Sacred Treasure, the Divine Axe Rhitta, is a giant, ornate battle axe. It possesses the ability to absorb and store the enormous amount of heat Escanor radiates from his body during the day and release it on command. It is so heavy, even Meliodas has difficulty carrying it.

Seven Laws of the Seven Deadly Sins

There exist seven laws that each member of the group is required to abide by. So far, only five of these laws has been revealed. The laws were created by Meliodas.[21]

  • Law #1: Unknown
  • Law #2: Unknown
  • Law #3: "A Sin shall ask no questions of another member's sin."[22]
  • Law #4: "If a friend is in crisis everybody needs to use all of their power to help."[23]
  • Law #5: "When two Sins are in disagreement they can resolve it with a fight."[24]
  • Law #6: "If two Sins are fighting to the death, the other five must do their utmost to stop them even if it means eliminating the perpetrator."[25]
  • Law #7: "Make sure to come together and work as a team every now and then."[26]

Gallery

Trivia

  • According to Dreyfus, only a member of the Sins could go toe-to-toe with the previous Great Holy Knight, Zaratras.
  • The manga depiction of the animals and colors associated with each of the sins differs from the conventional representation:
    • Meliodas bears the symbol of the Dragon and is associated with Blue, while Wrath is represented by Bear and Red;
    • Merlin bears the symbol of the Boar and is associated with Indigo, while Gluttony is represented by the Pig and Orange;
    • King bears the symbol of the Grizzly Bear and is associated with Green, while Sloth is represented by Goat and Yellow;
    • Diane bears the symbol of the Serpent and is associated with Orange, while Envy is represented by the Dog and Green;
    • Ban bears the symbol of the Fox and is associated with Red, while Greed is represented by Toad and Blue;
    • Gowther bears the symbol of the Goat and is associated with Violet, while Lust is represented by Cow and Indigo;
    • Escanor bears the symbol of the Lion and is associated with Yellow, while Pride is represented by Horse and Violet.
  • Each Sin was a diamond ranked holy knight before they were framed. Whether or not their ranks were restored after their names were cleared has not been mentioned.

References

  1. Chapter 1  , Page 30
  2. Chapter 182
  3. Chapter 59  , Page 10
  4. Chapter 5  , Page 13
  5. Chapter 39  , Page 9
  6. Chapter 1  , Page 31
  7. Chapter 29  , Page 12
  8. Chapter 27  , Page 2
  9. Chapter 115  , Page 18
  10. Chapter 25  , Page 7-8
  11. Chapter 21  , Page 10
  12. Chapter 21  , Page 16
  13. Chapter 25  , Page 17
  14. Chapter 21  , Page 12
  15. Chapter 30  , Page 15
  16. Chapter 27  , Page 2
  17. Chapter 49  , Page 2-20
  18. Side Story 1 , Page 35-37
  19. Side Story 4 , Page 36
  20. Side Story 5 , Page 4-5
  21. Signs of Holy War Episode 2
  22. Chapter 39  , Page 2
  23. Chapter 217  , Page 15
  24. Signs of Holy War Episode 2
  25. Signs of Holy War Episode 2
  26. Chapter 320  , Page 18
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