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Chakravartin
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Alias The Golden Spider
The Creator
God of Mantra
Embodiment of the Wheel of Life
Spinner of All Mantra
Ruler of Naraka
Gender Sexless
Race Primordial God
Age Pre-existed
Affiliation The Universe
Occupation Sustainer & Ruler of the Universe
Voice Actors
Japanese Hiroshi Ōtake (大竹 宏, Ōtake Hiroshi)(Golden Spider)
Hiroshi Ito (糸 博, Ito Hiroshi) (Chakravartin)
English Joe Hanna (Golden Spider)
Al Rodrigo (Chakravartin)
Quote1.png I am the true God, the embodiment of the wheel of life, the Spinner of all Mantra. Quote2.png
— Chakravartin

Chakravartin (転輪王, Tenrinjōō; Sanskrit: चक्रवर्ति), also known as the Golden Spider, was the God of Mantra and the mysterious ruler of Naraka. Chakravartin accompanied Asura after his fall, which was later revealed to be his plan for choosing an ideal ruler for Gaea. Chakravartin is the true main antagonist of Asura's Wrath. He is the archenemy of Asura.

Appearance

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Earlier in the story, Chakravartin appears as a spider-like entity made of gold plating and small thin legs.

After possessing Mithra, Chakravartin uses the full extent of his powers and assumes the shape of an androgynous, multi-armed giant wielding two large staves. In this form, he wears a mukut, is barefoot while wearing long golden robes, and emits an eerily powerful golden glow. He possesses a multitude of arms, and a large intricate halo that constantly floats behind his back.

Personality

As the God of Mantra, Chakravartin is a calm, benevolent, all-seeing and wise individual. As the Golden Spider, he showed a knack of teasing Asura by playing and preying with his wrath, speaking in riddles and questioning him on his motives and the reason of his anger. He is also shown to be very cold and ruthless, as he did not hesitate in killing Olga to protect Mithra and the role she would fulfill in his plans.

Chakravartin likes to place his creations on "trials" to see if they are truly worthy of living, typically without paying attention to any collateral damage and suffering his trials entail, along with showing a great lack of empathy. This includes creating and releasing the Gohma on Gaea, which sparked the conflict between the Demigods and the Gohma, and Deus's betrayal to gain enough power to create a new world. Chakravartin is also Machiavellian, as he caused widespread misery for the people of Gaea simply to look for an "heir", with absolutely no care for the suffering of the inhabitants of the planet caused by the Gohma instead of properly taking care and guiding his creations. Ultimately, due to his unchecked actions, he is responsible for the misery and despair of both Gaea and Asura. He explains that he put Asura on a trial to choose him as the "new god" of Gaea, so that he can move on to other worlds under the false pretense of 'saving' them, implying that he is tired of having to look after Gaea.

Being the Supreme Being of all the Universe, he developed a God complex. He believed himself above any kind of morality. When Asura denies and fights the god, he reacts in an extremely calm yet disappointed manner, saying that he would have to destroy Gaea and make it anew, implying he has performed this process in the past. Even during its fight with Asura, he maintains a calm and patronizing manner towards the demigod, maintaining complete confidence in his abilities. However, as Asura continues to withstand its attacks and damage the god, his calm and polite demeanor is gradually destroyed and he begins to display visible anger and frustration, and his arrogance grows even further, resorting to increasingly more aggressive means to kill Asura as he finds himself unable to either get Asura to become his heir or destroy the demigod. Chakravartin's arrogance was his downfall, leading him to severely underestimate Asura's power. Eventually as he transforms into his final state and both combatants go all out in a fist-fight, Chakravartin starts to display an increasing degree of disbelief at the extent of the injuries he sustains, claiming to the end he is the one true god and that everything must bend to his will and his commands must be followed. Chakravartin is very determined in his goals and his beliefs, not giving up when he fought Asura, even when he was slowly overpowered and still claiming he has all the rights because he is the creator.

Deep down, beneath his facade of wisdom lies a calculating darwinist and firm believer that might makes right, as he believed Asura to be the perfect being after he had demonstrated his might, seemingly not caring about any other attributes other than having the strength to lead. By proxy this is the main reason why he believes he is in the absolute right despite the ample evidence to the contrary. A perfectionist to a fault, his trials and guidance are thus, nothing more than a farce to purge out imperfections from his idealized worlds.

Plot

The Golden Spider appears when Asura first falls into Naraka, following Deus' attempt to destroy him. There the Spider appears, questioning Asura's motives as well as the reason for his anger and incites him to climb the tower and leave Naraka. He would later repeat this same role the second time Asura fell into Naraka after being cleaved in two by Yasha.

Chakravartin as the Golden Spider

Eventually, the Spider appears on the Karma Fortress, after Deus and Viltra were destroyed, preventing Olga from killing Mithra and destroying her himself. He then wraps Mithra in a cocoon of golden mantra strings and ends up taking control of her body, changing Mithra's hair color from dark to golden and speaking in a dual voice. After taking control of Mithra, the mysterious entity reveals its true form and separates itself from Mithra's body to appear as the primordial God, Chakravartin, the source of all Mantra. Chakravartin explains that the events transpiring between the Gohma and the Demigods has all been a part of his plan to find a new heir to inherit Gaea, as he had grown tired of the planet. As he explains his plan, Asura leaps to attack him since Chakravartin is the reason for all the tragedies that have occurred in the world and is the "one [he] should kill". Chakravartin calls this attack another test and battles both Yasha and Asura, defeating them both and forcing them to flee (partly due to Asura wearing himself out attempting to rescue the captive Mithra). Disappointed, Chakravartin declares it will have to remake the world as it has done countless times in the past, and subsequently plummets the Brahmastra towards Gaea in fiery ruin before taking on a new planet-sized form to destroy the planet.

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After completing his planet sized transformation, Chakravartin destroyed multiple planets using a beam of concentrated Mantra that he fired towards Earth, but the attack was quickly absorbed by Asura at the last moment. Amused, Chakravartin beckoned Asura to face him while firing multiple projectiles (i.e. suns, planets, comets, etc.) to test his abilities. Upon breaking through the structure and appearing in his pocket dimension, Chakravartin calmly congratulated Asura on exceeding his expectations and declared him the one truly fit as a perfect being to rule Gaea stating the planet must be "ruled by one of its own". As part of Asura's reward, Chakravartin returned Mithra to Asura while stating he was planning on traveling to other worlds in need of his "guidance". As a gesture of good will, Chakravartin stretched out his hand to Asura to have his heir accept his offer only to be struck in the face by the angry demigod who refused to take part in the destructive god's plan.

Mithra is the only witness of the final legacy of Chakravartin as the large golden statue of his likeness disappears along with its maker

Enraged at being spurned for his offer, Chakravartin attacks Asura only to be angered at his inability to destroy the demigod and the latter's ability to cause him harm. Losing his composure, Chakravartin takes Mithra back and viciously attacks the demigod, throwing away his staves and engaging Asura in a fistfight that damages both fighters, but it quickly knocked away by the demigod. No longer tolerant of his foe's insolence, Chakravartin declares he will erase Asura's very existence and transforms into his most powerful form to deal a grievous amount of damage to Asura. As the battle continues, the Mantra God grows more tired, while Asura continues to beat Chakravartin to the point where he finally shatters his composure. In a final bout, Chakravartin uses whatever strength he had left to battle the demigod only to be shrugged off and outmatched in might, all the while questioning in disbelief how a demigod could become so powerful. In a final attack on the weakened god, Asura delivers a final punch to Chakravartin's face which shattered the tyrannical deity's face and caused him to vanish a whirlwind of energy and screaming anguish. With his death, all traces of Mantra disappeared from the world, ending the threat of Chakravartin forever, but also meaning that without Mantra, it meant Asura would cease to exist as he fades away into the heavens to his late wife and to later be reincarnated with the other demigods.

Powers & Abilities

As the original creator and source of Mantra, as well as the God of Mantra and "Spinner of Mantra", Chakravartin is, in theory, the most powerful being in the Universe. Through the absolute manipulation of Mantra, Chakravartin is shown to be capable of accomplishing virtually any feat imaginable without any sort of effort required.

While Chakravartin is not completely indestructible (as proven during his battles with Asura and Yasha), Chakravartin's durability and resistance to damage alone has shown to be far greater than any other character present in the story, with only the strongest of beings capable of doing any sort of perceivable harm to Chakravartin (with the only being who has shown this capability being Asura himself.) Throughout the various forms he manifests in, Chakravartin is shown to boast exponentially overwhelming levels of strength, speed, durability and endurance, able to easily hold its own against even Destroyer Asura as well as simultaneously dealing critical level damage to the demigod all at once. As the most powerful being in the universe, Chakravartin possessed immortality and was unable to age, likely having been alive since the beginning of the universe. Futhermore, as a godly being, Chakravartin could also survive in areas such as outer space or the moon unaided and without any form of discomfort. Chakravartin also could not be killed by conventional methods, and could only be destroyed by Asura.

Chakravartin has demonstrated the ability to possess the bodies of individuals, referring to them as "vessels", as seen when Chakravartin took possession of Mithra's body. Chakravartin also has the ability to create illusions and pocket dimensions, as seen on the final battle with Asura in which he created an illusionary pocket reality of Naraka.

As the origin and tether of Mantra, Chakravartin's destruction would mean all Mantra and mantra-related creations (such as the demigod race) would inevitably disappear, as seen with Asura's death in the end.

Transformations

In addition to his unfathomable physical power as well as his ability to shapeshift into several powerful and even colossal forms, Chakravartin, as the origin of all Mantra in the universe, has displayed the unique ability to manifest his Mantra in different shapes and forms in sync with whatever form he was currently inhabiting.

The Golden Spider

Chakravartin

In this form, Chakravartin's Mantra is golden in appearance and he can manifest it in the form of enormous beams, a massive golden pillar-shaped explosion around himself, enormous orbs of mantra, mantra slashes which travelled horizontally above the ground, and can generate a powerful shockwave of mantra that can force Asura even in his Destroyer form and Yasha back. Chakravartin also has the ability to stretch his limbs to long distances and at high speeds. Chakravartin is also capable of producing extremely powerful and almost impenetrable forcefields/barriers that were able to restrict Asura in his Wrath form from reaching Mithra, among other feats. Chakravartin also possesses extremely overwhelming levels of durability and strength in this form, as he did not sustain any visible damage given by noteworthy injuries from Destructor Asura's punches and he even managed to completely shatter four of Destructor Asura's arms when enraged, albeit with some effort and minor damage to his own limbs. Chakravartin in this form was already powerful enough to overpower Mantra Asura and Yasha with ease, although it should be noted that they have sustained considerable damage and was very tired from defeating Gohma Viltra and Viltra's Core. Chakravartin was also able to effortlessly dismantle the Karma Fortress and manipulate it to fall on Gaea.

As the Golden Spider, he was able to knead and manipulate a large amount of mantra composed strings strong enough to disarm, restrain and ultimately constrict Olga to death with apparently no effort at all.

Golden Chakravartin

Golden Chakravartin

After sending the Brahmastra crashing down onto Gaea, Chakravartin creates a colossal golden statue version of himself in a lotus meditation position with dozens of galaxies around it. The statue was so unthinkably gigantic, that Asura in his Destructor form was not visible when he punched its forehead. Its function is near-identical to that of the Karma Fortress, but its size and the power of its blasts far outclasses that of the Brahmastra. Its colossal beams were capable of pulverizing multiple planets along their path without losing momentum, and it was capable of creating, controlling and using planets and stars as projectiles as a show in the fight against Asura. The inside of the statue is a pocket dimension, referred to as the Event Horizon. In this space, Chakravartin can freely manipulate the reality inside it to create perfect illusions to fool Asura, even as far as creating an illusion of the whole realm of Naraka. Even when Asura assumes the form of Destroyer, he still struggles against the Mantra God to maintain an advantage in their fight.

Chakravartin, The Creator

Final Form: Chakravartin, the Creator

During his final battle with Asura, he assumes a new form. In this form, he is only slightly taller than Asura, his body is much thinner and much more sinister in appearance, having a decorated silver body with a black and red skeletal-like inside that starts at his face and extends into his chest area. This is Chakravartin's most powerful form in all aspects, as he was able to destroy all of Asura's arms in his Destroyer form with a single finger, reducing the demigod to his most basic form and easily overpowering him, but later on beginning to be overpowered by making Asura angrier. In this form, his combat style changes radically. His mantra energy becomes dark greyish in color and he can manipulate mantra to unleash an incredibly destructive ray of mantra from his finger, giant throwing blades, mantra waves, massive mantra spheres, among others. He can also seemingly stop time to better focus his attacks on Asura and get him off guard. In this form, Chakravartin's movements becomes akin to that of an ice skater, moving with grace through the battlefield. He also becomes a fierce and extremely proficient hand-to-hand combatant, as he was able to go toe-to-toe with Asura in a brutal, prolonged display of martial arts, showing tremendous strength, speed, agility, combat prowess, durability, endurance and stamina, before eventually succumbing to defeat at the demigod's hands.

Quotes

  • "You have done well to come this far. Who am I? I am the true God, the embodiment of the wheel of life, the spinner of all Mantra. I hold everything in the palm of my hand. I bestowed the power of Mantra on you, and I unleashed the Gohma upon the world to test you. And you have proved yourself worthy by overcoming these trials. That is why you are here. You may go now, back to the wheel of life. You have exceeded my expectations and are worthy of my praise. Hmm? You wish to remain in this world? You are no longer needed here. But, if you insist..." --Spoken line at the ending of Episode 18; disguised as ???
  • "I am the true God, the embodiment of the wheel of life, the Spinner of all Mantra. At last, you have passed my trials, Redeemer Asura. You have defeated the will of the planet and proved yourself worthy."--Congratulating Asura for his victory over the Gohma
  • "I am the guide of all beings. The one who bestowed Mantra upon your ancestors. I had the planet's will give birth to Vlitra and scattered the Gohma around this world to test you. All to shape you into a suitable vessel. The one who controls the planet is the one fit to guide it" --To Asura about his plan and his orchestration of the conflict on Gaea
  • "I am Chakravartin. It is I who keeps the wheels of this planet in motion...Now give me your hand, Redeemer Asura. Receive the Mantra's power and with it create a new world order!"--Beseeching Asura to take up his position as the ruler of Gaea
  • "Everything is as I have intended it." --To Yasha
  • "Knowing the differences in power between us will also lead you to true understanding"--To Asura and Yasha
  • "Another failure. In that case, I shall bring an end to this world and begin it anew. Just as I have always done. I will eventually rebuild this world. Until then, enjoy the rest of your lives. It matters not to me what you do." --To himself after defeating Asura and Yasha
  • "You are the Redeemer. You must become the god of this world!" --To Asura
  • "You must accept your fate. If you do not, this world will come to an end!" --To Asura
  • "If you will not inherit this world...Return to nothing!"--To Asura
  • It must! You will accept your fate...If you do not, this world will come to an end!" --To Asura; response to, "Not everything bends to your will!"
  • "The suffering this world has seen was all to choose my heir! And the one who overcomes my trials shall be the Redeemer of this world!"--To Asura
  • "Arrogant Destructor! I shall erase your very existence!" --To Asura
  • "Weak. Very Weak!" --To Asura
  • "You shall not defy me!" --To Asura
  • "You are a fool! The reckoning has come!" --To Asura
  • "Why so angry?" --To Asura
  • "Resistance is futile!" --To Asura
  • "You are not worthy!" --To Asura
  • "I am the only god!" --To Asura
  • "This is not my destiny!" --To Asura (Last Words)

Trivia

  • Ironically, even though he has claimed to be the supreme being of the universe in Asura's Wrath, in real-life Hindu theology, Chakravartin is a character in India that represents "The Ideal Ruler," and not necessarily the "Ruler of All."
  • In terms of physical size, Chakravartin is quite possibly one of the largest villains in Capcom history. Only Pyron from the Darkstalker series has been shown to surpass him. Chakravartin may also be larger than Viewtiful Joe's Six Machine which was comparable to the solar system in size. The Official Complete Works, however, depicts him as literally sitting on the Milky Way and even absorbing it into himself, making him surpass even Pyron in size.
  • In his final battle, Chakravartin frequently stops time and throws knives at Asura which launch at high speed when time resumes normally. Powers similar to this belonged to Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • His Golden Spider form may be a reference to the Buddhist tale, "The Spider's Thread," where Buddha meditates in heaven and sees a sinner in Hell who had committed one good deed: sparing a spider's life. He, like Chakravartin, intervened with fate and created a spider's thread allowing the sinner to climb to heaven, but the criminal's greed causes him to fall back to the underworld. It also parallels Western ideas of spiders as manipulators who trap others and weave complicated webs.
  • Chakravartin's primary form in the game seems to be based off of or heavily influenced by the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva due to his multiple armed appearance and the twin staves that he carries with him.
  • Chakravartin claims to represent Samsara, the cycle of rebirth. Samsara in Buddhism and Hinduism is actually the source of suffering in the universe, and becoming enlightened involves escaping it.
  • In the final battle, Chakravartin has his own QTEs. The symbol presented in his button prompts is known as "Om" or "Aum", which is a crucial spiritual symbol in Indian religions that signifies various things such as ultimate reality, the universe, creation, consciousness and divinity. It is also one of the most important and known Mantras in Hinduism and Buddhism, and Chakravartin's status as the God and creator of Mantra can be emphasized by it.
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