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Gilius Thunderhead (ギリウス=サンダーヘッド?), also written as Gilius=Thunderhead and Gilius-Thunderhead is one of the main characters in the Golden Axe franchise. He is a dwarf and one of the original warriors to rise up against Death Adder.


Gilius is a white-haired, bearded dwarf. He wears a green tunic, brown leather boots and a green topped Norse-style horned helmet. His weapon of choice is his silver broad axe.

Game appearances

Sega All-Stars series

Sega Superstars Tennis

Gilius is an unlockable playable character in Sega Superstars Tennis. His Superstar State is "Golden Hit" where his racket changes into the Golden Axe. While active, Gilius will launch the ball upwards, which will fall into the other side alongside four lightning bolts. If an opponent touches a lightning bolt, the target will be temporarily stunned, giving Gilius the chance to score a point.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Gilius is an unlockable character. He rides a bronze animal-esque statue. It appears as an ox in "car" mode, a turtle with a rhino's head in "boat" mode, and a griffin in "plane" mode. He can be purchased for 120 stars in the World Tour. His signature race track is Adder's Lair.

SEGA Heroes

In other media

Sonic the Comic

In the stand-alone The Legend of the Golden Axe stories in Sonic the Comic, Gilius would make a few appearances.

Archie Comics

Gilius in the Archie Comics.

Gilius appeared in the Archie Comics crossover Worlds Unite, where his dimension is attacked by Mavericks and he defeats Gareth's lion. After learning about the current situation, he joins forces with the Unified Army to face Sigma.


  • In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Gilius was intended to be a playable character. Concept artwork depicts him riding a Chicken Leg and a wooden vehicle that resembles said beast. However, he did not make it into the game for unknown reasons.
  • Gilius is the only independent Golden Axe character to be playable in the Sega All-Stars series.
  • Even though he particularly despises Death Adder, Gilius tolerates him in SEGA Heroes.



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