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…
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.)
Lord of the Dead
I rule the Underworld, Poseidon rules the seas, Zeus rules the heavens, and we all rule the earth.
Cronus (dad) and Rhea (mom)
Unlike my brothers, not many. Maybe the Erinyes (a.k.a. the Furies)
My brothers, Zeus and Poseidon (most of the time)
My dad Cronus, who ate me
Married to Persephone (whether she likes it or not)
My lovely wife (and the occasional nymph).
"Death is not the greatest of evils; it is worse to want to die, and not be able to."
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My dog, Cerberus
Gods of Olympus
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.
Build: Lean but mean
Complexion: Kinda pale
Hair color: Dark
Facial hair:Thick beard
Jewelry and accessories: The Helm of Darkness
Clothing: Wears little clothing; has a favorite green toga
Type of weapon: The Helm of Darkness
Known hangouts: The Underworld; groves of Cypress trees; his herb garden where he grows mint
Escape vehicle:The Helm of Darkness
Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970
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 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
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
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
This young adult novel features a totally creepy character called Mr. Pluto, who sure seems to be inspired by Hades.
Dec 20, 1987
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
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
Dec 20, 2019
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
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.)