Appearance: GameAh, Kratos at his finest. Much to my displeasure, Tales of Symphonia had graphics somewhere between chibi and full sized people, therefore the details of Kratos' appearance as well as even some proportions are a little sketchy. Regardless, this is his original appearance, and therefore what he is supposed to look like. He sports long, reddish-brown hair that generally covers his left eye (though you can at least see the eye through the hair), which also defies gravity (big surprise there). His default outfit, which can be seen on the left, appears to be made of a tight, purple spandex that does not leave too much to the imagination! While his second outfit (see the right), my personal favorite, is almost entirely composed of belts. I assume that it is his "knight" uniform, as he is shown wearing it when he meets Mithos for the first time in Tales of Fandom Volume 2. Rather than simply purple, the second outfit is blue, purple, white and brown. Putting the matter of his clothing aside, Kratos is almost always shown with his left hand around the sheath of his sword and his right hand at his side (which, I must add, does a random clenching motion while he is standing still...). His face is basically always the same flat expression except on the occasion of Raine screaming out of fear of the washtubs and when he's looking a bit cocky like in the image to the right. Either way, his game appearance is virtually always the same because of the limitations of Gamecube games, so you can't get very much expression or emotion from it.
Appearance: OVAWell, I must say that I was certainly quite happy when I found out Tales of Symphonia was going to have an OVA. What could be better than seeing Kratos in animation? He has the same two outfits as he does from the game, so there is no point in getting into that again (though his default outfit is definitely more blue than purple in the OVA), but the two things about his appearance that stand out in the OVA over the game are his hair, and expressions. You cannot see Kratos' left eye through his hair in the OVA, which only makes him look even more "emo" than he did originally. Not to mention, the OVA certainly likes to have shots with his entire face covered by his hair. (How exactly does he see?) Joking aside, his hair simply adds to the effect when they are trying to convey the amount of pain and torment that he is enduring. Now that we are able to see his facial expressions, even the slightest change in his face can be noticed. Overall, I think his appearance in the OVA is able to display Kratos' emotions the best, simply because it is animated and detailed. Seeing him in proportion also adds to his appearance in terms of power, age and stature.