The Sin of Pride, Lion Sin Escanor, is the seventh sin and the final member of the Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai). Being the last sin, Escanor was the most mysterious member which prompted many doubts and questions about him. “Is he even THAT strong?” – was a question that was always on our minds.
However, his iconic fight against the Commandment of Love, Estarossa, proved why he is known as the strongest human alive.
In the recent events of the manga, we saw Escanor beat the pulp out of the Demon King in Zeldoris’ body. He did so in his The One form by using every ounce of his remaining energy & thus surfaced a new question, ‘Is Escanor dead?’ I have compiled a few facts to put this question to rest as well.
1. Is Escanor dead?
The Lion’s Sin of Pride, Escanor, died after the battle against the Demon King as his body disintegrated when he used his life force to boost up the grace “Sunshine”. He used the borrowed grace to help defeat the Demon King.
2. How did Escanor die?
Escanor was not killed by anybody but died on his own. He borrowed “Sunshine” and went up against Demon King (Zeldris). After the latter’s defeat, Escanor had used up his life force and died when the grace returned to Mael.
During the post-Holy War arc, the Demon King took the body of his younger son Zeldoris. While Meliodas was clearly capable of defeating the Demon King, he didn’t want to hurt his brother’s body.
When the rest of the sins came to his aid, Escanor wanted to do the same and pleaded Mael of the four archangels to let him borrow Sunshine again. Knowing full well that he was already dying due to the extensive use of godly power, Escanor borrowed the power to help his friends.
Demon King(Zeldris) vs Escanor
Escanor, then fought toe-to-toe with the Demon King in his The One form in hand-to-hand combat. BUT, that was not enough to defeat a god. So, Escanor used his own life force to charge up the grace – Sunshine.
After defeating the Demon King, the grace went back to Mael, Escanor confessed his love to the Boar’s Sin Merlin, and died.
3. Who is Mael? – Truth About Escanor’s Powers
Mael is the member of the Goddess Clan and the younger brother of the head archangel Rudociel. He is also the strongest archangel, and the former holder of the grace ‘Sunshine.’
3000 years ago, the genius-magician demon & the former commandment of Selflessness, Gowther, cast a universe-wide spell to end the Holy War. The spell affected the memories of not just all the races but the two gods – the Demon King & the Supreme Deity – as well.
When Meliodas betrayed the demons and sided with Elizabeth & the Goddesses, the balance was distorted. Gowther executed a plan to alter everyone’s memories which ended the Holy War.
Mael of the four archangels became Estarossa, the Commandment of Love, and the middle son of the Demon King. With the commandment, Mael acquired the power of darkness and lost his grace.
Estarossa(Left) & Mael(Right)
The lost grace Sunshine, after the supposed death of Mael roamed around for centuries and finally entered a human, Escanor, the second prince of Castellio.
During the final Holy War, the spell wore off and everyone’s memories came back. To save his fellow sins & Elizabeth, Escanor returned Sunshine back to Mael, who could use it to its full potential.
4. How strong is Escanor?
Escanor was undoubtedly one of the strongest characters in the franchise. He had many titles including, ‘the Strongest Man Alive’ and ‘the Strongest Holy Knight.’ He also had the power Sunshine, which was initially the grace of the strongest archangel Mael.
Escanor’s power – Sunshine, activated during the day and kept rising every second. During high noon, when the sun was in the perfect position for one minute, Escanor had power comparable to the likes of a god.
During that one minute, he was known as The One. His mere hand-chop called Divine Sword, ESCANOR had the power to hold off Meliodas in his demonic state – a state which was feared among goddesses and demons alike.
Escanor uses Cruel Sun & Divine Sword Escanor against Meliodas
Escanor accomplished many feats, including but not limited to creating a mini-sun in his hand from nothing, called the Cruel Sun. He used the Cruel Sun to defeat Estarossa(Mael) like he is nothing but a plastic toy. He also went toe-to-toe with Demon King himself.
His strongest power level recorded is 142,000.
5. Escanor’s Past
Escanor was the former second prince of Castellio. He was born weak & frail(his night form). However, one day he awakened his power Sunshine and his pride came with it. Sunshine made him bulky and robust. So much so that he accidentally broke his brother’s arm which led to him being banished by his parents from Castellio.
A few years later Escanor killed a demon who was wreaking havoc in a village. However, due to his scary stature, villagers were weary of him, leading to the belief that Escanor was responsible for the havoc in the first place.
This led the king to issue some Holy Knights including the former Great Holy Knight Zaratras, Merlin & Meliodas to restrain Escanor. Due to his pride, Escanor didn’t stand down. Even though Merlin and Meliodas successfully restrained him, Zartaras suffered some injuries.
On account of hurting the Holy Knights including Zartaras and disrespecting the King Bartra, Escanor was charged with a death penalty along with the tag – the Sin of Pride, Lion Sin Escanor.
Just like the rest of the Seven Deadly Sins members, even though Escanor’s sin justified his personality, he was framed.
Joining the Seven Deadly Sins
On the day of Escanor’s execution, Meliodas cancelled it and took Escanor under his wing instead. Thus, the lion’s sin of pride joined the Seven Deadly Sins. In that period, he also received his sacred treasure Rhitta from the king. Upon entering the sins, Escanor fought Meliodas to show off his strength and “supposedly” killed him.
However, when he found out that Meliodas didn’t die, he had a newfound respect for his captain. He then fought Meliodas several times to help him control his powers and lost every battle against Meliodas.
6. Escanor’s Personality
Escanor had somewhat of a split personality. The power of Sunshine activated during the day and deactivated during the night, so Escanor had two personalities.
During the night, Escanor was this frail man who showed no pride and loved to do poetry. Even though he was a scaredy-cat, he had tremendous courage. He proved that when he fought Indura without any powers to save Gil, Howzer & Griamore.
During the day, Escanor was the true embodiment of pride. The depth of his unwavering pride was shown on three different occasions.
- When Gilthunder, Ban & Howzer knelt against Estarossa’s Commandment of Love since they bore hatred in their hearts. Escanor easily walked towards him and obliterated Estarossa. He claimed that he had nothing but pity in his heart for Estarossa because he was weaker than Escanor.
- When Escanor fought a god – the Demon King in his The One form. Escanor claimed that he is a man of such strength that he even looks down on the likes of god and it is Demon King’s fault for standing against him.
- When Escanor joined the Seven Deadly Sins, he fought with Meliodas from time to time to get better control over his powers. Even though he got defeated by Meliodas every time, he used to pity him for having Escanor as his opponent before every fight.
Though funny, this shows the amount of pride Escanor had and why he is known as Lion’s sin of Pride.
And also why we loved him!
Escanor unaffected by Estarossa’s Commandment
7. About Nanatsu no Taizai
Elizabeth Liones, princess of Liones Kingdom, embarks upon a journey to find the most vicious criminals Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai). They are Meliodas(Dragon’ sin of Wrath), Ban (Fox’ sin of Greed), Dianne (Serpent’s sin of Envy), Merlin (Boar’s sin of Gluttony), Escanor (Lion’ sin of Pride), Gowther (Goat’s sin of Lust) and King (Grizzly’ sin of Sloth).
Ten years ago, all the sins were banished from the Kingdom after they were wrongly framed for the murder of Great Holy Knight, Zaratars. Now, the Kingdom is about to fall in the hands of the corrupt Holy Knights, and Elizabeth must find the Sins and their leader Meliodas to save the Kingdom.