We had a bet on whether you would ever give us a real apology. And I just won.
—Sage Ayana

Sage Ayana[1] is a member of Team SSSN. His weapon of choice is Pilgrim, a large sword. Sage made a cameo appearance in "Extracurricular" with his first significant appearance being in "New Challengers...".


Sage is a teenage boy with dark skin and gold eyes. His hair is sage green, and he appears to have tattoos of wings on his chest and tattoos of Roman numerals, matching those on his sword, around his neck.

He wears a white long coat with asymmetrical sleeves, a green wing design similar to his tattoos and no shirt underneath, displaying his tattooed chest. His jacket also has a golden pauldron on his right shoulder and a golden cuff around his left wrist. He also wears a pair of black pants fastened by a white belt with a yellow buckle.


Sage's personality seems to be that of a generally stoic and quiet person. Following the Fall of Beacon, Sage became a more quiet person, noticeably giving Sun Wukong the silent treatment after feeling betrayed at his leader's abandonment of their team.

He is portrayed as being somewhat oblivious and is shown to dislike Vacuo as a whole. Scarlet David comments on how Sage is an awful person to lead a team in general when Sage is assigned as the leader of Team SSEA.

Powers and Abilities

While fighting a giant Nevermore, he displays the ability to propel himself high into the air with a green shockwave that spreads from where he jumps. With assistance from Yatsuhashi Daichi, he cuts through the Grimm's neck in one blow.


Main article: Pilgrim

Sage's weapon of choice is Pilgrim. It is an enormous sword that he is seen using to attack with great force, but Dew Gayl is easily capable of countering his attack. He is not able to formulate a response to Dew's wind-based attack, and he is thrown well clear of the arena, disqualifying him from the match. However, he does have ample Aura reserves, as he still had 75% remaining after being thrown.



  • Sage alludes either to Aesop or Aesop's tale The Pilgrim and the Sword. For more information on this allusion, as well as other choices the creators made for this character, see Sage Ayana/Behind the Scenes.
  • His surname, Ayana, is based on a Hindu epic.[2] In Sanskrit, the word ayana means "walking a road/path" or "going, advancing."

Color Naming Rule

  • Sage (Salvia officinalis) or common sage is a type of perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Common sage is often used as essential herbs.
    • The color sage gets its name from the dried appearance of this plant.
    • Sage is also a given name that means "herb" or "prophet".
    • In the Symposium, a sage is a person who has already been given wisdom, hence called "wise" and also "insightful".


  • Scarlet, Sage and Neptune are all known to take design cues from members of the K-pop boy band Big Bang, with Sage taking cues from Taeyang.[3][4][5]


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