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Hades (Pluto)

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    Hades is the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. He's pretty much always in a bad mood because he's stuck being the lord of the dead, while his brothers rule the sky and the sea. We have to say, we can't really blame him. It must be pretty depressing hanging out in the gloomy underworld all day. Even his wife, Persephone, dreads being down there. Of course, he did kind of kidnap her and force her to marry him…

    Basic Information




    Pluto, Haides



    Current city

    The Greek Underworld, a.k.a. Hades (It was named after me. I bet my brothers wished they could say the same about the realms they rule over.)

    Work & Education


    Lord of the Dead
    Ruler of the Underworld
    Lord of Riches


    Night school


    Political views

    I rule the Underworld, Poseidon rules the seas, Zeus rules the heavens, and we all rule the earth.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    Cronus (dad) and Rhea (mom)


    Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, Hestia


    Unlike my brothers, not many. Maybe the Erinyes (a.k.a. the Furies)


    My brothers, Zeus and Poseidon (most of the time)
    My three judges, Aeacus, Minos, and Rhadamanthys
    My helpers, Thanatos and Hypnos


    My dad Cronus, who ate me
    The Titans
    Theseus and Pirithous, the punks who tried to steal my wife


    Relationship status

    Married to Persephone (whether she likes it or not)

    Interested in

    My lovely wife (and the occasional nymph).


    TV Shows

    Cities of the Underworld
    Pawn Stars
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    True Blood


    "Death is not the greatest of evils; it is worse to want to die, and not be able to."

    "For death begins with life's first breath/ And life begins at touch of death."
    – John Oxenham

    "You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave."
    – The Eagles, Hotel California

    "Call no man happy till he is dead."
    – Aeschylus

    "Everyone knows that if you've got a brother, you're going to fight."
    – Liam Gallagher


    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Death narrates – I love it.)
    Anything by Edgar Allan Poe
    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant
    Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost


    Nine Inch Nails
    Fall Out Boy
    Cannibal Corpse
    Katy Perry (guilty pleasure)
    Hotel California by the Eagles
    Death and the Maiden by Schubert


    Tim Burton movies, especially The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride
    Alfred Hitchcock films, especially Rear Window
    Black Swan
    Shaun of the Dead
    Night of the Living Dead
    Kung Fu Panda

    Activities & Interests


    My dog, Cerberus
    My ebony throne
    My Helm of Darkness, which allows me to be invisible
    Cyprus trees
    Screech Owls


    Ouija boards
    Anthropology, specifically death rituals


    Gods of Olympus
    Titan War Vets
    When I was your age, Pluto was a planet.

    • Spotter's Guide

      Hades looks a lot like his brothers Zeus and Poseidon, but he has a dark beard and hair. He's always taking his three-headed hellhound, Cerberus, for a walk around Mount Olympus. You wouldn't believe the droppings that thing leaves behind. If you see Hades, don't bother trying to start a conversation with him, though. He's not so great with living people.

      Physical Description

      Age: Middle-Aged
      Build: Lean but mean
      Complexion: Kinda pale
      Hair color: Dark
      Facial hair:Thick beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: The Helm of Darkness
      Clothing: Wears little clothing; has a favorite green toga
      Armor: None
      Type of weapon: The Helm of Darkness

      Typical Companions

      • Persephone
      • Cerberus
      • Charon
      • Dead people

      Other Notes

      Known hangouts: The Underworld; groves of Cypress trees; his herb garden where he grows mint

      Escape vehicle:The Helm of Darkness

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Iliad

      Homer brings the gods into The Iliad, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo are fighting for the Trojans. Though his whole family is going bonkers over the war, Hades doesn't pick a side. For a bit more on Hades in this Greek epic, check out Themes: Mortality in The Iliad.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses

      The Roman poet Ovid collected many myths in The Metamorphoses, including the story of Pluto and Proserpina (a.k.a. Hades and Persephone), Orpheus and Eurydice, and other Hades-related tales.

      Dec 20, 2019


      Greek and Roman mythology plays a big role in James Joyce's Ulysses, as you could probably guess from the title. One whole chapter of the book is called "Hades," and that portion of the novel deals significantly with death.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz"

      One of the characters in this F. Scott Fitzgerald short story is from a fictional town called Hades. Read about the influence of mythology in the story here.

      Dec 20, 1966

      Marvel Comics

      Hades (called Pluto) enters the Marvel universe in one of the Thor comics. He's got some cool aliases, including Hayden P. Hellman.

      Dec 20, 1968

      The House of Dies Drear

      This young adult novel features a totally creepy character called Mr. Pluto, who sure seems to be inspired by Hades.

      Dec 20, 1987

      DC Comics

      Hades and Wonder Woman have a complicated relationship in the DC Comics series. Wonder Woman goes to the underworld sometimes, but it's not always clear if Hades is her ally or enemy.

      Dec 20, 1988

      The Battle of Olympus

      This old-school Nintendo (NES) game is about a guy named Orpheus who takes a trip to the underworld to get back his girl, Helene. Apparently, Hades kidnapped Helene and is trying to force her to marry him. (Sounds like Nintendo mixed up a couple of Greek myths…) As often is the case in recent years, Hades is the bad guy. He's also the end boss.

      Dec 20, 1997


      Poor Hades. In this animated Disney movie, Hades is once again a villain. He also has a pretty bad temper.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Lightning Thief

      Hades plays an important role in all of the Percy Jackson books, including the first book, The Lightning Thief. In later books, we find out that he's the father of two half-blood kids.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      God of War, God of War II, and God of War III

      The Greek gods make it onto the PlayStation in the God of War video game trilogy. The mortal hero of the games, Kratos, butts heads with the gods of Olympus, including Hades. He's shown as pretty gross and monstrous. In God of War III, Hades appears as one of the bosses (and we all know what happens to bosses in video games.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Clash of the Titans

      This movie follows Zeus's mortal son, Perseus, but Hades is the villain (once again).