Hades in popular culture

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King of the underworld
God of the Dead and Riches
Abode Underworld
Symbol Cerberus, Cap of invisibility, or Helm of Darkness, Cypress, Narcissus and Key of Hades
Consort Persephone
Parents Cronus and Rhea
Siblings Poseidon, Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Zeus
Children Macaria, Zagreus and Plutus
Roman equivalent Pluto, Dis Pater, Orcus

The mythological Greek deity Hades often appears in popular culture.


In 2010, Hades has been in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief played by Steve Coogan, and the remake of Clash of the Titans and its sequel Wrath of the Titans played by Ralph Fiennes. He is depicted as an antagonist in all three but only evil in Clash. And he turns into an ally in Wrath.


In the two television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, Hades was a recurring character, most frequently played by Erik Thomson, although Mark Ferguson and Stephen Lovatt have also played the part. In both series, he was depicted as being overworked and understaffed.

On two episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Persephone was played by Andrea Croton, while Michael Hurst portrayed Charon as a recurring character on both series. The ruler of the Underworld was also the subject of episode 3 of Clash of the Gods.

In the DC comics TV series Smallville, the powerful and demonic deity Darkseid was in Earth's history by many names such as Hades and Lucifer and was also connected to the Hindu goddess Kali.


Anaïs Mitchell's folk opera Hadestown presents Hades as the boss of a post-apocalyptic Depression-era company town. The 2010 recording features Greg Brown performing the deep-voiced part of Hades.


Main article: Hades (Disney)

In the Disney 1997 film Hercules, Hades appears as the main antagonist. Unlike the mythological Hades, this version is a fast-talking, evil deity; a combination of Satan and a dodgy Hollywood agent. He plans to overthrow Zeus and rule the Universe, but kill Hercules before that so the hero doesn't foil his plot. The character was voiced by James Woods.

Saint Seiya[edit]

Main article: Hades (Saint Seiya)

In Saint Seiya, Hades serves as the primary antagonist in the last story arc of the series. Hades appears as the ruler of the Underworld (冥界 Meikai?) and old enemy of Athena. He wishes to wipe out humanity, turning the Earth into a desolate wasteland. He despises the human beings, who are each time more ungrateful towards the gods.


  • In the God of War video game series, Hades originally resembled a demon more than a man (God of War). His appearance is changed in God of War II (and continues this way) to being overweight, having a grotesque, scarred body, a fiery helmet, spike like growths protruding from his back, and he has clawed weapons attached to chains called the Claws of Hades. In the original God of War (2005), he provides Kratos (the player) with a new magic spell, the Army of Hades. He briefly appears twice in God of War II (2007), shown defeating Atlas in a flashback and witnessing with the other gods as Kratos leads the Titans in an assault on Mt. Olympus at the end. He is a boss in God of War III (2010) and is killed by Kratos, causing the spirits of the Underworld to roam free and Kratos taking his weapons as his own. In God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008), there is an after-game challenge mode named after him, the Challenge of Hades. The Challenge of Hades is also present in the original God of War but is an in-game challenge of Pandora's Temple and not an after-game challenge. The God of War version of Hades also appears as a stage hazard in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012).
  • Hades can also be worshipped in Zeus: Master of Olympus providing silver and cerberus to the city.
  • Hades also appears in the Kingdom Hearts series in the world Olympus Coliseum, based on the Disney movie Hercules. His personality is identical to the movie and James Woods reprises his role as Hades.
  • Hades is the Lord of the Underworld and the true antagonist of Kid Icarus: Uprising, voiced by S. Scott Bullock. In the game's story line, Hades engineers the series of battles to ensure a vast amount of souls to increase his own powers. He also displays the power to craft souls into monsters or resurrect those who died.


  • He appears in the popular series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In the first book, the Lightning Thief, he is depicted as the villain; near the end, however, it is shown that this is not the case, and he is framed for a crime against Zeus in an attempt to start a war of the Gods. He also appears in The Last Olympian, where he shows up with an army of zombies to help defeat Kronos in the Battle of Manhattan. He is the father of Nico di Angelo, Bianca di Angelo, and Hazel Levesque (as Pluto).
  • In John C. Wright's Titans of Chaos, he, off-stage, is one of the factions who must be appeased about how the children are kept. Furthermore, he puts forward his wife's claim to the throne of Olympus after Zeus's death. He is referred to as "Unseen One" and "Lord Dis".[1]
  • In Poul Anderson's retelling of Orpheus, "Goat Song", the computer SUM preserves all dead humans for a foretold resurrection and is the Hades figure that he must persuade to bring his dead love back to life.[2]
  • Roberta Gellis's Dazzling Brightness retells the story of Hades and Persephone.
  • He appears in the God of War, a comic book series that spans from the video game franchise.
  • He appears in The Goddess Test under the name of Henry, who is looking for a new wife to rule with him in the Underworld after Persephone left him.
  • Hades is a central, sympathetic character in the fantasy novel The Hunter of the Dead by Maria Aragon, published in 2009. The novel explores his relationship with Persephone and with other deities aside from the Olympians.
  • Hades also appears in Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini. He appears and the rulers of the underworld, feared but also the most compassionate of all the gods. Persephone is his wife and they love each other but she cannot stay in his realm for too long because nothing sustains in the underworld for too long. And Hades cannot leave his realm for too long because he cannot leave the undead unattended.
  • Hades name is preference in Hiro Mashima Manga/Anime series Fairy Tail as Master Purehito who took the name hades and was master of grimore heart his objective was to search for the black wizard zeref to obtain the one magic to make the world into an only wizards world.
  • Hades appears as a "cute" dark-haired boy who is in love with Persephone in GoddessGirls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.
  • Hades is a protagonist and love interest in "Persephone's Orchard" by Molly Ringle, a retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades, set in modern America and ancient Greece.
  • "The Dark Wife" by Sarah Diemer, features Hades as a main character, who's negative reputation has been created by Zeus due to rivalry between the siblings.
  • Hades makes a brief appearance in the book "Skin Game", a part of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is pressed into helping break into Hade's vault in search of a holy relic and later meets Hades.


  • According to Siri of Apple, the Gates of Hades will open July 27th, 2014 and close September 3rd, 2014. Ask siri "Opening Gates of Hades"

See also[edit]

List of Greek mythological figures