While Kratos and Leonidas have their share of similarities, they’re also very different in some key respects. Frank Miller has said in interviews that as a young child, the thing that really inspired him about the story of the 300 Spartans was how it taught him that victories are not necessarily what make heroes. While tenacious, Leonidas doesn’t quite measure up to Kratos’s unyielding drive to win, which is not unlike an angry bull moose trapped in a Chinese finger trap made of rage.

I feel like of the two, Leonidas would have a greater capacity to graciously accept defeat.