|“||A world heading towards Death, and a world steeped in Death. How canst thy life shine so brilliantly amidst it? Show me... thou blue knight filled to th'brim with Death...!||„|
|— The Grim Reaper.|
The Grim Reaper, more commonly known as Death, is the leader of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Riding upon their pale horse named Despair, Death is the most famous of all the horsemen and the only one to be specifically named in scripture, Death, being given authority to kill men and animal alike the fearsome spirit was accompanied by Hell itself and was said to sweep across the land. Bringing an end to life by sword, famine and other woes. They are the last of the four horsemen, for they bring the final stroke to the lives of those subjected to the other three.
Whenever Death passes through a town, the number of deadly diseases grows, there is an increase in the number of life-taking accidents, and a sense of looming despair follows them wherever they tread. Although they do not seek to increase their own power, just being in their presence drains even the greatest man of his strength and will to carry on.
Their color being pale, as opposed to an actual color, could be reflecting the sickly appearance of a corpse (though old translations could be interpreted as the rider being pale green and yellowish green.)
Death is described as an arrogant, sarcastic, cold and calculating entity who is mainly focused at the task at hand. Death is also regarded as the most serious of the Horsemen, and seems to take charge the moment they are assembled. They stand apart from the others, with Conquest noting that Death "was never really one of those kinds" which indicates that Death has little to no care with how people view her. Always working, the Grim Reaper has not had much time to use creatively like their fellow Horsemen.
They are typically extremely ruthless and fierce, and has stated that victory by any means is preferable to her than losing. Though they were called honorable once by Conquest, Death themselves has indicated that they believe honor to be a fool's prize. Moreover, whereas War sees killing as an art, Death sees killing as their duty. Though seemingly "axe-crazy" and somewhat maniacal, the Grim Reaper proves themselves to be the most serious of the Horsemen, and seems to take charge the moment they are assembled, being addressed as "Lord" by Famine.
They speak with a dangerous undertone, and are harsh and cold with words. As a result, everyone fears them. However, Death seems to have respect for those they deem as worthy warriors in a manner similar to War. Death holds the kingdom of man in moderately high regard, more to the point, they have an unspoken respect for mankind in general, shown while citing their underlying potential as they passed through their structures and works in the early 1700s. However, some modern technology eludes their as they express confusion over LED lights in the restaurant, although they're able to stop car horns from screeching by absentmindedly snapping their fingers. The Grim Reaper loves to read, since it was one of their hobbies to wait until the Apocalypse comes.
Power and Abilities
Death is undoubtedly the most powerful of the Four Horsemen, surpassing all of their siblings with only War being the second most powerful. It is said that despite the enormous power that the other three horsemen possess they still obey their oldest and first, that being Death themselves. Being the horseman of death, they could take the lives of anyone that are near them and could also raise the dead to fight in their stead. Death, out of all the other horsemen, was the most difficult challenge for some of the combatants of the Dark Knight Initiative.
Befitting their status as Death, she wields an enormous scythe that also has the ability of shapeshifting as it can be split into two smaller scythes or a lance that bears two scythe-like blades from each end. The scythe is capable of severing the soul from the body with its potency being so great that it weakens the protection charm, bestowed by John Constantine, dramatically with only several strikes. Their fighting style tends more towards speed than power, as opposed to their brother War, being far more agile and efficient in their ways of killing and fighting. Death is such a powerful and proficiently skilled fighter that they were effortlessly capable of putting the combined might of the Julius Belmont, Alucard and Spawn, along with many others, on the constant defensive. Even the weapon Alucard struggled greatly against them with it being implied that his immortality would not be his saving grace the longer the fight drags on.
Due to their power over death, Death has demonstrated the power to summon and use the spirits of the dead. They cannot, however, restore the dead to genuine, independent life, and its only temporary as any summoned spirit will fade. They were also capable of summoning ghoulish constructs at will, and could summon small armies worth of them. They could also summon bone storms similar to their wards but on a lesser scale. However, they only uses such abilities if they find themselves sufficiantly backed into a corner by their opponents which, in such instances, is some of a rarity further demonstrating their supreme power.
- Ancient Magics: Thanks to existing since the beginning, the Grim Reaper knows many ancient magics, which have been all but forgotten by the world.
- Reality Manipulation: The Grim Reaper is capable of forcing the laws of the world to obey his will as he wishes.
- Intangibility: The Grim Reaper can become intangible and phase through anything.
- Power Bestowal: Any being that the Grim Reaper brings to life will be giving a small faction of his power, granting them increased power and abilities similar to that of the horseman.
- Final Judgement: The scythe of the Pale Rider, used also as a normal bladed weapon, Final Judgement has the ability to Heal even fatal or deadly injuries, and take the lifespans of the enemies it has struck with it's blade, meaning it can no only steal lifespan, but consume the enemy's until a final hit ends the battle.
Myth and Legends
|“||One of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, he rides a pale horse and represents Death. He has the power to destroy life.||„|
|— The Demonic Compendium.|
Unlike the other three, they are not described carrying a weapon or other object, instead they are followed by Hades (the resting place of the dead). However, illustrations commonly depict them carrying a scythe (like Death), sword, or other implement. Also unlike the other three fellow horsemen, the Grim Reaper themselves is actually an Avatar of Death.
This fourth, pale horse, was the personification of Death with Hades following them jaws open receiving the victims slain by Death. Its commission was to kill upon the Roman Earth with all of the four judgements of God—with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. The deadly pale and livid appearance displays a hue symptomatic of approaching empire dissolution. According to Edward Bishop Elliott, an era in Roman history commencing within about 15 years after the death of Severus Alexander (in 235 AD) strongly marks every point of this terrible emblem.
Unlike the other three Horsemen, the Grim Reaper has also been specifically mentioned in texts surrounding the Day of Judgement where God himself takes both Hades and Death, alongside Satan and all his followers and places them in the Lake of Fire for all of eternity.
|“||When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come and see!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.||„|
|— Revelation 6:7-8.|
|“||So... a son of man hath called me from one underworld to another... I am the Pale Rider, one of the Four Horsemen. The end times approacheth...||„|
|— The Grim Reaper.|
|“||Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;
Many times he died,
Many times rose again,
A great man in his pride
Confronting murderous men
Casts derision upon
Supersession of breath;
He knows Death to the bone,
Man has created Death.
|— William Butler Yeats.|
|“||The Grim Reaper, Death will wait. It will stand back, allowing the world to approach it, just as all does. When the world is close, Death will seize it and drag into the apocalypse.||„|
|— Samuel Hayden.|
|“||Who am I? I am the consequence of your sin, the wages of your transgressions. I am the only certainty in your life. I am the death. And being the absolute truth, believe me, my boss is the Father of truth.||„|
|— Grim Reaper to a human.|