As far as The Seven Deadly Sins manga and anime are concerned, it is a well-known fact that the whole series was very popular around the world, despite the fact that a lot of people criticized it for being one of the (best or worst, you pick the word) examples of fan-service in the world of anime. Still, the series did offer us some intriguing moments and some interesting characters, among which are Meliodas and Zeldris. In this article, you will find out whether Meliodas has a brother in The Seven Deadly Sins series and how Zeldris is connected to this question.
Meliodas does have one younger brother in the series, and that is Zeldris. Both Meliodas and Zeldris are sons of the Demon King and were once very close; Zeldris looked up to Meliodas and loved him very much, which is why he took it so personally when Meliodas betrayed them. They became enemies but ended up reconciling before the end of the manga.
In the rest of this article, we will provide more details on both Meliodas and Zeldris, as well as the details about their relationship in The Seven Deadly Sins manga and anime series. This article will be your ultimate guide to the brotherly relationship between Zeldris and Meliodas, as well as its consequences.
Does Meliodas have a brother?
The Seven Deadly Sins never really explored the backgrounds of a lot of its characters. Okay, sure, it’s not like we were provided with absolutely nothing, but the plot was so important that we really never had the time to explore the histories of all the characters in detail. This is why, for example, we never found out who Meliodas’ mother was, despite knowing his father’s identity. But does he have a brother? Well, actually, he does. Meliodas does have a younger brother, and the character in question is none other than Zeldris.
The current relationship between the two brothers is hostile. According to Meliodas, Zeldris idolized the cruel and ruthless version of him from 3,000+ years ago. The two brothers seemed to be very close back then. Zeldris openly admired Meliodas, and the two spent much time together. Zeldris was very close to his older brother, and he actually loved him more than anything. Meliodas also trained Zeldris when they were younger, which only strengthened the bond between them, at least from Zeldris’ own point of view. On the other hand, Meliodas wasn’t all that impressed.
As a ruthless and quite menacing character at the time, Meliodas didn’t really understand emotions that well. Sure, he hung out with his younger brother, and he trained with him, but he was unable to comprehend how or why Zeldris admired him so much. For him, it was a very abstract and basically incomprehensible feeling, and he simply did not understand what was happening inside his brother’s head. Sure, he did “love” him because they were brothers, but he never really bonded with him, nor did he harbor any deep emotions. That is why he never really cared about Zeldris as Zeldris cared for him, and that is why Zeldris actually resented him for his betrayal because it hurt Zeldris much more. But, he was not hurt just on a personal level.
Zeldris today appears to be ruthless towards Meliodas regardless of his actions due to his betrayal of the Demon Clan. However, it can be assumed that this is actually a deep grudge for killing the one he loved, Gelda. Besides, we can also assume that the reason for the cooperation between Meliodas and Zeldris concerns Gelda. However, he still seems to have a semblance of feeling towards his older brother because he will tell Elizabeth that she is making him suffer because she cursed him.
Meliodas’ attitude towards Zeldris changed in the future, of course, and he himself admitted that it was only because he actually fell in love with Elizabeth. At that moment, Meliodas realized what love was, and not only did he, for the first time, understand what Zeldris felt for him, but he also started to develop such brotherly emotions for Zeldris at the time. For the first time, he actually felt something for his brother that was more than just a familial obligation, and that was an important moment in the story as it changed Meliodas’ attitude towards his younger brother, and that would, ultimately, have a lot of consequences in the future.
Sure, Meliodas and his brothers were enemies when we first saw them, but we have explained the reasons behind it. There was a lot of history between them, and Zeldris hated Meliodas for betraying him, but also because Meliodas’ betrayal caused him to lose Gelda. In time, though, the situation between them became better, and it was thanks to Meliodas that Zeldris got back with Gelda again. It was, in all honesty, quite interesting to observe the dynamics between the two siblings.
Both Meliodas and Zeldris were interesting characters, despite the fact that they were on opposite sides. But that was, we think, part of their charm, and it only made their relationship more interesting. The evolution of their brotherly bond was also executed greatly and is one of the most important moments in the whole series. Their brotherly relationship also had an enormous impact on the plot itself, and it helped evolve the story in a proper manner. It was also crucial for the defeat of their father and for the story’s ultimate happy ending, and, of course, for the possibility of a sequel, which we have seen materialize under the title Four Knights of the Apocalypse.
How many brothers does Meliodas have?
As we have explained above, Meliodas has just one brother – Zeldris, who is Meliodas’ younger brother. They are both sons of the Demon King, and as far as it is known, the two of them do not have any other siblings. Their mother’s identity is unknown; this is basically everything we have about their family.