Centurions, ironically known in Japan as Icarus (イカロス Ikarosu), are rank-and-file soldiers of Palutena and Angel Land. During Medusa's takeover in Kid Icarus, they were turned to stone, some where they fell, others were placed as decorations or even barriers. It's unknown whether all Centurions are male (just very likely), or of what age, but it's probable that Palutena's soldiers run the gamut of age categories.
They were referred to as "Centurians" in this title. Pit can free these soldiers using a Mallet, where they'll join with him to defeat the enemies of Palutena. Here, they're abundantly found petrified in Fortresses. Bopping one with a Mallet sends it flying away, and it'll join Pit during the fight against that Fortress' Sacred Guardian. Centurions stay in a flying formation of three at a time and fire at the same time as Pit, but they fall after receiving a single hit. They'll move with Pit, but rather slowly; Pit will have to be little faster than normal to make sure his allies don't get hit. A Centurion's damage is equal to Pit's at the highest strength level, and their range is far superior as if they all possessed Sacred Bows, but they can only have one arrow in the air at a time. Freed Centurions depart after Pit defeats the guardian of the Fortress they were found in; they don't "carry over" to the next Fortress.
A warrior in Palutena's army who was turned into a stone statue by Medusa's spell. The spell can be broken by tapping the statue with a mallet. He's a friend who'll help Pit defeat the fortress Gatekeepers.
Centurions do not assist Pit with boss battles this time around, instead there are numerous statues of them found in virtually every stage here, not just Fortresses. Centurion statues contain items, most notably Palutena's Keys and Goblets. In Fortresses, they may hold Pencils, Maps, and Torches.
Centurions await in each stage. When the Centurion is hit with a Hammer, an item sometimes appears.
Centurions make their first actual appearance in Chapter 17: The Aurum Brain where a few of them appear half-way through to help their captain fight the Aurum troops. During Chapter 18: The Ring of Chaos, Chapter 20: Palutena's Temple, and Chapter 24: The Three Trials, players have to fight the three different Centurion types as enemies: the regular Centurion, the Centurion Knight and the Centurion Strongarm. Centurions also return in this game as items called Centurion Assists, that can be used by Pit, performing the same offensive function as in earlier games, however these Centurions are not actually real. Compared to their previous appearances, the bows they carry are much larger than before, although their physical appearance is generally the same as in previous adventures. Centurion Orbitars also make an appearance here, being exclusive Orbitars made after the soldiers themselves.
The rank-and-file troops of Palutena's personal guard. They fly through the air, attacking enemies in great numbers. While their attacks are weak, their flying ability far exceeds Pit's. Word has it they can even be revived if shot down.
Pit's Final Smash summons Palutena, who in turn floods the area with many Centurions, each of which packs a mighty punch as they smash into other fighters. Unlike their first appearance, they do not attack with their bows. The Centurions can be defeated if they come in contact with an opponent or item or if the opponent attacks them.
Centurions make a minor appearance in Palutena's Revolting Dinner where they help Pit fight an army of living carrots.
- Centurion's Japanese name is derived from Icarus, the son of Daedalus, a youth who attempted to escape from Crete with wings of wax and feathers but flew so high that his wings melted from the heat of the sun, and he plunged to his death in the sea.
- A centurion was a Roman military officer who led a "century" of infantry into battle, which usually contained from 80-100 soldiers.
- Interestingly, in-game sprites of the Centurions in their petrified state in the original NES game always depict them with a spear and shield, but they are always shown carrying bows after being released with a Mallet.
|Kid Icarus series characters|
|Palutena's Army||Centurions (Centurion Knight, Centurion Strongarm) • Palutena • Pit|
|Underworld Army||Dark Lord Gaol • Hades • Hewdraw • Medusa • Pandora • Thanatos|
|Forces of Nature||Arlon • Cragalanche • Dark Pit • Phosphora • Viridi|
|Aurum Fleet||Aurum Brain (Aurum Pyrrhon)|
|Space Pirates||Space Pirate Captain|
|Chaos Kin||Chaos Kin|
|Unaffiliated||Chariot Master • Crow • Dog • Don • Dyntos • Fighter • Girl • God of Poverty • Magnus • Nurse • Orcos • Poseidon • Pseudo-Palutena • Pyrrhon • Zeus|