Harpy Valentine (天哭星 ハーピーのバレンタイン, Tenkokusei Hāpī no Barentain) is one of Hades' 108 spectres, and his power lies in the Celestial Wailing Star. Unlike many of the spectres that the bronze saints have faced, Valentine proved himself to be exceptionally powerful.
Harpy Valentine is presented after Radamanthys to Hades received the blood of the power and the pain is terrible so begins attacking all that is before him, Valentine and Basilisk realize the harm that the terrible power that runs the causes, they remember the words so they decide to help Radamanthys making regaining consciousness. Valentine is one of the Wraith traitors who have chosen to follow the ideals of Alone, being selected as the guardian of the Jupiter Temple , but leaves the Temple of Jupiter to guard the entrance to where Radamanthys, who tries to control the power given by the blood of Hades.
When Pandora Seeks Wyvern Rhadamanthys , the Temple of Saturn, Valentine defends the door and his master, responding to the treatment of Pandora that considers only a few dogs to be obedient to the will of Hades. Valentine faces Pandora , respecting the ideal of salvation and trusting Alone Radamanthys will not be dominated by this woman, in fighting attacks Pandora Valentine Sweet Chocolate technique begins to take effect so decided to give back to his opponent and observe the room door where Pandora Rhadamanthys because it takes time to break free and attack but then Rhadamanthys manifests his power (controlling the blood of a god). When approaching Rhadamanthys talk to Pandora, while Valentine attacked left Rhadamanthys see how humiliated by Pandora. Valentine rages despite admiring Rhadamanthys nobility, so he decides that if the chosen path to let him continue but without Pandora, Valentine's attacks to kill but the attack does not reach its destination because it is stopped by Radamanthys This uses his Greatest Caution attack is deadly for Valentine but a mortally wounded back to kneel before Radamanthys, dies while remembering his past as a servant in her castle, begging Radamanthys to continue living as a spectrum, proud of its mission and of its power.
As the dark castle of Hades began to collapse, Pandora and Wyvern Rhadamanthys ordered all spectres who were still in the living world to relocate back to headquarters -- the World of the Dead. Rhadamanthys and the spectres moved out, but were shortly stopped by four of Athena's bronze saints -- Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, Cygnus Hyoga, and Andromeda Shun. The saints challenged Rhadamanthys to a fight, and the Judge prepared to annihilate his foes -- until four spectres suddenly made their presence known: Harpy Valentine, Basilisk Sylphid, Minotauros Gordon, and Alraune Queen. Next to the 3 Judges of Hell, these four spectres were renown for their extraordinary skills.
Harpy Valentine took on Pegasus Seiya, while the other spectres found foes in the rest of the bronze saints. It wasn't long until it became clear that Seiya may have found more than his match in Valentine. The Pegasus struggled against Valentine, but was overwhelmed every time. After several exchanges, Valentine decided that the bronze saint was an unworthy opponent, and made his exit back to the World of the Dead. To the spectre's surprise, however, Seiya refused to stay down and charged towards Harpy -- knocking them both into the dark pit that led to the Underworld.
Some time later, Valentine was summoned directly to Hades' chamber to dispose of garbage -- a bronze saint of Athena by the name of Phoenix Ikki. Valentine picked up the corpse and dropped it in Cocytus, an icy part of Hell where those who rebel against the gods were punished. It was here that Harpy once again met Pegasus Seiya, who had been sent here after the ordeal with Andromeda Shun becoming Hades. The Pegasus' body was mostly encased in ice, and he could not free himself. Dropping off Phoenix Ikki's body, Valentine explained to Seiya about the prison, and pointed out that several of his own comrads were in his company -- namely, gold saints Aries Mu, Leo Aiolia, Scorpio Milo, and presumably Lyra Orphée.
Valentine once again began to leave the presence of Seiya. The Pegasus challenged the spectre to a rematch, but Valentine had already decided that Seiya was no longer worth the effort. Fortunately, his interest was ignited when Seiya revealed that he was carrying Athena's Cloth on his person, and that the rematch would be for the possession of the sacred armor. Valentine freed Seiya from the ice, and the bronze saint immediately attacked with a swift kick. Valentine was uneffected; Seiya's encasement in Coctyus' ice had severely affected his body and Cosmo. The spectre then unleashed his "Greed the Life" technique on the Saint -- the blast of energy damaging a portion of Seiya's cloth as well as knocking Athena's Cloth out of his grasp.Confident that he had already obtained his victory, Harpy went to pick up his prize -- until he found Seiya's hand on top of it. Valentine stomped on the Pegasus' hand repeatedly, but the bronze saint refused to release his hold. With no other choice, Harpy prepared for a second wave of blows -- but before he could pull of the technique, he was pushed back by a single kick from the Pegasus -- it seems the saint's cosmos had been ignited by Athena's Cloth. Valentine shrugged off the rebound -- until he realized that Seiya's "one, single kick" had completely shattered his surplice -- and his own life.
Some time later, Valentine's corpse was discovered by several spectres. They were shocked that a man like Harpy Valentine would be killed by a saint. It was then revealed that Valentine had fallen to several hundred kicks that had been unleashed in an instant.
Surplice, Star and NameEdit
- Harpy Surplice
The Harpies, daughters of Electra and Thaumas, were creatures with the body of a bird and the head of a woman, although earlier depictions showed them as beautiful winged women. The word harpy itself means "to snatch away". The traditional number of harpies were two or three, and were named Aello, Ocypete and Celaeno. Harpies represented the power of wind to destroy, and they were tasked with punishing people who offended the gods and torturing sinners in the Underworld. In Greek myth, the king Phineus, who had the gift of prophecy, angered Zeus by revealing too much of the god's business. As punishment, Zeus blinded him, set the king on an island with a large feast before him, and sent the Harpies to torment him by refusing to ever let Phineus eat. When Jason and the Argonauts arrived on the island, they sent the winged heroes, Calais and Zetes, after the Harpies, freeing the king from the punishment of Zeus. In Dante's Divine Comedy, the harpies appear in the Wood of the Suicides, where they rip apart pieces of the trees, which in reality are the souls of humans who'd killed themselves.
Valentine is the name of several Christian saints, including the martyr after whom St. Valentine's Day is named. The name means "strong and healthy", from the Latin Valentinus (a derivative of the word valens). Masami Kurumada gave Valentine that name, because the word Harpy, when pronounced by the japanese, sounds identical to "Happy". So he thought it was a nice play on words, because it sounded just the same as "Happy Valentine". Valentine's Sweet Chocolate attack is another reference to this word play.
- Greed the Live (グリード・ザ・ライブ, Gurīdo Za Raibu ): Valentine lifting the arms it shakes its wings and extends its Sapuris, and concentrating the cosmos he drives dozens of powerful violet rays in speed light, while strong winds begin to hit the spot, causing a explosion devouring the life force of the enemy. These rays are extremely bright and thick, as it crashes into the enemy they can shred and shake violently, while strong winds serve to hinder their movement. Valentine In the anime, instead of shooting the rays with the movements of its wings, he shoots with his fists.
- Sweet Chocolate (スウィート・ショコラーテ, Suīto Shokorāte): Valentine summons the spirits of harpies, which throw the opponent and devour their soul. According to Spectrum, the souls of enemies have a sweet taste to the harpies.
- In the manga, Seiya initially meets Harpy Valentine in the Hades castle when it was falling apart. Valentine was able to handle Seiya rather easily. The fight ended abruptedly when Valentine was ordered to return to the Underworld, with Seiya taking him to the entrance of the realm of Hades. In the anime, this fight is modified with all four bronze saints against Wyvern Rhadamanthys, shortly after the Judge had disposed of Aries Mu, Leo Aiolia, and Scorpio Milo, and Seiya takes Radamanthys with him, instead of Valentine
- In the anime, the fight between Seiya and Valentine was slightly longer. In the manga, Seiya's fatal kicks ended the battle entirely; in the anime, it merely destroyed Valentine's surplice head piece. Valentine was able to toy around with Seiya for several more minutes before the bronze saint finished him off with a cosmos-charged "Pegasus Ryu Sei Ken".
- His slightly longer intervention in the anime adaptation was due likely to make up for the fact that he was introduced at a later point than he appears originally in the manga
- In The Lost Canvas, it is mentioned by Rhadamanthys that Valentine and Basilisk Sylphid stand as the two strongest Specters under his command.
Saint Seiya manga vols.22, 25, by Masami Kurumada