Kratos Dad Jokes From the God of War Voice Actor are Sweet and Painful

Kratos Dad Jokes From the God of War Voice Actor are Sweet and Painful

The God of War keeps on rattlin' them off, and poor Atreus doesn't even have a mom to tell Kratos to knock it off.

God of War for the PlayStation 4 is a lot of things, but first and foremost, it's a walking road trip between a (n absentee) father and his (weird, awkward) son. And what breaks the ice between a mismatched father-and-son duo? Music by Jethro Tull. But the Scandinavian setting for God of War predates the invention of the piccolo by about a thousand years, so Kratos and Atreus bond over dad jokes instead.

Note the in-game bonding moments shared by Kratos and his kid are generally of the "Gruff father's heart is thawed just a teeny bit by his fragile, sheltered son" variety; there aren't actually any dad jokes. At some point, though, the internet invented a headcanon where Atreus feeds knock-knock joke lead-ins to his father, and they all bounce off Kratos' talcum-dusted hide. This one's my favorite:

As it turns out, though, Kratos can dish out dad jokes. That is, his voice actor Christopher Judge can dish them out as Kratos. Polygon asked Judge to cough up a few groaners during the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and the results are most pleasing and aggravating.

Playing through this game without dying everywhere is no joke, though. Read our guide and walkthrough for God of War. It's what we call a "beaver guide." Because it's the best dam guide you'll ever see.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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