Pegasus Tenma is the Pegasus Bronze Saint in The Lost Canvas.
He's the protagonist of the series, an orphan of Japanese ancestry, who is later revealed to be son of Mephistopheles Yōma. He grew up with Alone and Sasha, in which all three were treated as siblings. He was the current reincarnation of the Pegasus Saint, who has strength to slay even gods, but Tenma is also Seiya's past incarnation.
Background & Personality ( Ova )Edit
Tenma is the Pegasus Saint who faced Hades in 1743. Raised in an orphanage in Italy since he was born, his parents are Yoma Mephistopheles and Owl Partita. He never had many friends, except for Alone and Sasha, who are Hades and Athena respectively, which is a cause of great alarm, as Hades destroyed their village.
Meeting and Training with Dohko.Edit
Tenma was found by Libra Dohko after a tragic event. After taking note of Tenma's potential, Libra Dohko took him to the sanctuary of Greece, where he trained for two years. Tenma has been known to manipulate the Cosmo in a very short time, which helped him win the bronze armor of Pegasus.
At the Sanctuary, Tenma begins his training and meets Yato. Tenma manages to find Sasha, Alone's younger sister. Tenma then learns that Sasha is the reincarnation of Athena. Two years later, Tenma becomes the Pegasus Saint after winning his rank rightfully in a combat.
The Holy War StartsEdit
Back in Italy,Tenma finds Alone who destroys a painting of Tenma which causes his death. Dohko tries to avenge Tenma but he is confronted by the Specter Bennu Kagaho and convinced by Shion to retreat.Unicorn Yato, finds Tenma's dead body and is guided by a woman named Yuzuriha to an area known as Jamir. There, Yuzuriha's master reveals that Tenma can be revived if his soul is brought from the Underworld as his body is preserved by Sasha's Cosmos infused Leash of Flowers. Yato and Yuzuriha go to the Underworld where they find Tenma's soul imprisoned by the Specters. Tenma is able to free himself and joins Yato and Yuzuriha.
Yuzuriha reveals to Tenma and Yato that their real mission is to pick the fruits of the legendary Sapindus tree that grows in the underworld. On their way, they are found by Hell's Watchdog Cerberus and Alone, who tries to lure the Pegasus Saint into his army and then reveals his plans to invade the Sanctuary. As the last and most unexpected obstacle, Tenma is challenged by the ominous Gold Saint Virgo Asmita, who seems to doubt Athena's capacity to keep peace in the world.
Asmita and the Rosary of 108 AccountsEdit
The former Saint of Pegasus also enters in the areas of the Emperor of Darkness, in which he ends up trapped by Mandrake Fyodor (who after defeat), on a mission to pick up the fruits of saboeiro of Hell, with which Virgo Asmita could create the rosary prevent the resurrection specter.
Battle Of JamirEdit
Picking 108 fruits of the Sapindus tree, Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha start their way back to the world of the living. Meanwhile, Specters head towards Jamir and find themselves caught in Virgo Asmita's trap. Returning to life, Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha are reunited with Hakurei, who explains the true purpose behind the fruits of the Sapindus tree: they will be able to seal the Specters' souls and prevent their resurrection; however, in order to do that, they need to be empowered by the essence of cosmo: the Eight Sense. Virgo Asmita achieves this, and seals the attacking Specter's souls. Virgo Asmita then disappears, having apparently sacrificed his life in order to bless the rosary.
Tenma returns before Sasha and Alone and the three childhood friends are reunited at last. Alone unleashes his guard dog Cerberus on Tenma and Sasha, but they evade the three headed dog. Tenma kills Cerberus but is rendered useless when trying to strike Alone.
The Journey StartsEdit
Guilty over Taurus Albebaran's sacrifice, Tenma tries to leave the sanctuary and face Alone by himself. He is intercepted by Cancer Manigoldo and is incarcerated on Sage's orders as he is valuable in the fight against Hades. Hakurei returns to the sanctuary and convinces his brother Sage to let Tenma go. Yato and Yuzuriha break him out of his imprisonment and accompany him on the journey towards Hades' castle.
Attack Hades CatedralEdit
On his way to Hades's Cathedral, Tenma reaches the spot where his old village was destroyed, but in its place he finds a gigantic and sinister forest.
Tenma, Yato, and Yuzuriha are surrounded by Veronica's zombies, only to be saved by the Cancer Saint, Manigoldo. Manigoldo had come to protect Tenma at the Pope's orders. With his overwhelming power, he splits Veronica's body in two. But even this isn't enough to kill the Specter, and Veronica tries to cause them all to rot along with the forest. Meanwhile, the twin gods Hypnos and Thanatos watch the battle from their palace as they play chess…
World Of DreamEdit
Nearing Hades's Cathedral, Tenma suddenly finds himself standing before his village, seemingly undamaged. He can't shake the feeling something is wrong as Alone and Sasha – who appear as their children selves – tell him everything up until now has been a dream... the truth, however, is the other way round. Carrying out Hypnos's orders, the dream gods trapped Tenma, Yato, Yuzuriha and Sisyphos in dream prisons, deep inside their realm – the Dream World.
In World Of Dream Tenma fights his way out of his dream prison and faces against Morpheus. Tenma and El Cid are helpless before the combined might of Oneiros and his fellow Dream Gods: Phantasos, Icelos and Morpheus. But Athena appears in the Dream World in order to save Sisyphos; Tenma and El Cid begin the fight anew to protect Athena, and succeed in removing Oneiros from the Dream World, taking the fight into the real world.
Battle Of Hades CastleEdit
Amidst all this debacle, Dohko, Tenma and Yato arrive to join Shion and Yuzuriha. The Pegasus Saint fights Hades, but the King of the Underworld overpowers him. On the verge of an imminent death, Tenma is safely teleported by Shion along with Yato and Yuzuriha. Dohko stays behind and distracts Hades long enough to ensure his comrades escape, seemingly sacrificing himself in the process.
Lost Canvas MangaEdit
Childhood and TrainingEdit
Bronze Saint Pegasus Tenma discovers that Hades is his best friend, Alone, and starts reminiscing about his childhood when they were both orphans in a small town from Italy two years ago. One day, one of the twelve most powerful Saints, Gold Saint Libra Dohko, meets Tenma while searching for Hades. Impressed by Tenma's ability to use the mystic force from the universe, Cosmo, Dohko invites Tenma to become one of Athena's Saints. In the Sanctuary from Greece, Tenma finds Alone's sister, Sasha, who is revealed to be Athena's reincarnation.
Holy War BeginsEdit
At Italy Tenma finds that Alone is Hades, ending his flashback. Alone immediately kills Tenma and the other Saints are forced to leave, being overpowered by the Specters. One of the Bronze Saints survivors, Unicorn Yato, finds Tenma's corpse and meets a woman named Yuzuriha who takes them to the land of Jamir where her master, Hakurei, reveals that Tenma can be saved. He explains that the flower chain made by Sasha saved Tenma's soul, but he is now trapped in the Underworld. Hakurei takes Yato and Yuzuriha's souls to the Underworld and they both soon find Tenma imprisoned by a Specter, Mandrake Fyodor.With Yato and Yuzuriha's help, Tenma defeats the Specter and escapes from the prison.
As Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha search a tree from the Underworld, they are confronted by Alone, who tells them that he will invade the Sanctuary. Then the Gold Saint Virgo Asmita, starts using his Cosmo to fight Tenma although his physical body is in the Sanctuary. Asmita tests Tenma's abilities to know if he can defeat Alone since his previous incarnations were the ones who always faced Hades. After a long fight, Asmita disappears.
Battle Of JamirEdit
Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha return to Jamir. Using fruits from the Underworld, Asmita starts creating a rosary to seal the Specters' soul, ending their immortality. While Asmita is making it, a group of Specters attack Jamir. Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha proceed to fight, allowing Asmita to complete the rosary.
Tenma is transported to the Sanctuary to fight Alone, but he is unable to inflict any damage. Before Tenma is killed, Sasha and the Pope try to seal Alone in the Sanctuary using Athena's statue. Pandora frees Alone, who reveals to Sasha and Tenma that he is painting The Lost Canvas, a picture all over the world that will destroy it once it is finished. Alone decides to leave, but Pandora sends two Specters to kill Tenma, being worried by his behavior. Aldebaran protects Tenma, although he is still injured by Kagaho. In the end, the Specters and Aldebaran die in battle.
The Journey StartsEdit
Tenma tries to leave the Sanctuary to avoid the Specters kill his friends, but he is imprisoned by the Gold Saint Cancer Manigoldo.Hakurei sends Yuzuriha and Yato to free Tenma, and the three go to the cathedral to find Alone. However, they're attacked by several creatures created by the Specter Nasu Veronica, who tries to kill them. As the Saints defeat Veronica's soldiers, Manigoldo faces Veronica, as he was ordered to protect Tenma.
The Dream Gods attack Tenma, Yuzuriha and Yato, sending all of them to the Dreamworld, where they will sleep forever. El Cid manages to recover and enters the Dreamworld, killing two Dream Gods while recovering his arm. Sasha tries to enter the Dreamworld and help Tenma to wake up, barely managing to succeed. Tenma then faces and defeats Morpheus using the power from the Dreamworld.
El Cid reunites with Tenma, and both confront the last Dream God, Oneiros. As Oneiros uses the souls of his siblings, he is soon able to overpower the Saints. While Oneiros faces Tenma and El Cid, Sasha returns to the Dreamworld, where she manages to make Sisyphos wake up from his coma. Sisyphos then shoots a golden arrow at Oneiros, which El Cid is able to cut into four pieces to attack all the Dream Gods. Oneiros then tries to kill Tenma, but El Cid intercepts to slay Oneiros, although El Cid also dies.
With the Dream Gods dead, Hakurei sends all Saints to the cathedral to prepare to fight Hades. As a barrier from the cathedral binds the Saints' Cosmos, Hakurei enters alone to the cathedral to destroy the barrier. Shion and Yuzuriha secretly follow him, but both are attacked by Hypnos. Hakurei reunites the souls from all the Saints that fought in the previous Holy War, and manages to seal Hypnos. Before Hakurei can destroy the barrier, Alone appears and kills him having become more corrupted with Hades' soul. Tenma and Dohko fight the new Hades, but both are unable to hurt him. As such, Dohko stays to fight Hades, allowing Shion to escape with Tenma and Yuzuriha. After Dohko is defeated, Hades goes to the sky to finish The Lost Canvas.
Training At Canon IslandEdit
Tenma goes to Canon Island to train under a man named Deuteros who tells him that if he does not become one with the island, he will devour him. Tenma is successful in his training and achieving the Gold Saints' powers, while Defteros is revealed to be the Gemini Gold Saint.
Battle Of Lost Canvas TempleEdit
Tenma starts fighting Hades but is not able to defeat him. Sasha comes to assist Tenma and two start sending the blood Sasha's loses in the fight to the underworld god, overwhelming him. Before Hades is defeated, Pandora saves him and tries to kill the two. However, Hades interrupts Pandora and invites Tenma and Sasha to the Demonic Temples, temples located within the Lost Canvas. Tenma, Regulus and Sasha reach the Terra Temple where Kagaho confronts them. Dohko meets his comrades and decides to fight Kagaho once again before giving Sasha Athena's Cloth.
Yōma is revealed as the culprit as he sends Tenma to the Uranus Temple to face his mother.Now acting as a Specter, Partita tries to kill Tenma in order to have Pegasus' power to defeat the gods. With Tenma unwilling to fight his mother, Pandora steps in but is severely wounded. Before Pandora is killed, Tenma decides to fight Partita but the Pegasus Cloth is destroyed in the process. Partita also starts removing his son's soul, but it return to his original body alongside the broken Cloth. They join Tenma as a God Cloth which is a Cloth worn by the Olypians and grants him the powers to kill Partita.
The souls from The Lost Canvas make Tenma stop fighting as they wish for Alone's salvation. With Tenma having lost his will to fight, Alone prepares to finish him, but Yato and the remaining Saints come to his aid. Encouraged by Yato and Yuzuriha to continue fighting, Tenma defeats Alone, causing the Lost Canvas' destruction and at the same time Hades' complete possession over Alone's body. Shion calls for the remaining ten Gold Cloths to gather and join him and Dohko to use all their golden light to weaken the Underworld God. Hades' soul retreats to the last Demonic Temple, Pluton, and Tenma, Sasha, and the now safe Alone joins forces to defeat the god. Despite their victory, the trio does not return to Earth, leaving Shion and Dohko to prepare for the next Holy War with Shion becoming the new Pope to rebuild the Sanctuary and Dohko sealing the 108 souls from Asmita's rosary in Mount Lu's five peaks.
In both Next Dimension and The Lost Canvas, Tenma is the Pegasus Saint. Both versions are friends with Alone, who becomes Hades. The appearance of the Pegasus Bronze Cloth appears close to the Hades Version, though it's not clear why. In The Lost Canvas, Tenma many battles have lead him to be one of the few remaining Saints left, still in pursuit of Alone, despite having to deal with his parents, Owl Partita and Mephistopheles Yōma. Initially, his cloth appeared to be the same it did in the beginning of the Original Series, but changed when he got the blood of Virgo Asmita, and again, when he seemed to turn his Cloth into a God Cloth.
- Meteor Punch of Pegasus (Pegasus Ryusei Ken): Tenma hit at high speed sending cosmo impacts as meteors through his fist, the technique is capable of sending hundreds attacks per second, while possessing more power but his speed has increased if making destructive power to emulate the Lightning Plasma. After having the God Cloth attack at full power can kill a Lesser God whether as a Guardian of the Temples in one motion.
- Pegasus Comet Fist (Pegasus Suisei Ken): Combine all Pegasus Ryusei Ken attacks in a single attack if able to achieve for a maximum power of his attack.
- Comet Fist Big Bang of Pegasus (Pegasus Suisei Ken Big Bang): Tenma's most powerful attack, made only when in full power of their cosmos after having the God Cloth, Tenma does the Suisei Ken while being surrounded by the aura of his cosmos taken to the limit and concentrating all his power in this attack.
- Tenma's name is written in katakana but be written in Kanji meaning "Heavenly Horse." These kanji is normally pronounced Tenba, which is one of the names in Japan for Pegasus.
- Tenma is similar in appearance, skills and attitude to Seiya, Pegasus Knight of the twentieth century. Throughout the series, Seiya and Tenma are stated to be the same person, reincarnated consistently from the mythological age onward to fight for Athena.
- ↑ Alternative writing is 天馬星座のテンマ (Tenma seiza no Tenma), roughly translated to "Tenma of the Flying Horse Constellation".