Hades in popular culture

The mythological Greek deity Hades often appears in popular culture. He is often portrayed as a villain due to his association with death and the underworld.

King of the underworld
God of the Dead and Riches
SymbolCerberus, Cap of invisibility, or Helm of Darkness, Cypress, Narcissus and Key of Hades
Personal information
ParentsCronus and Rhea
SiblingsPoseidon, Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Zeus
ChildrenMacaria and Plutus
Roman equivalentPluto, Dis Pater, Orcus

Film and TelevisionEdit

Hades appears in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief played by Steve Coogan,[1] and the remake of Clash of the Titans[2] and its sequel Wrath of the Titans,[3] where he is played by Ralph Fiennes.

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

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.

An anime television series adaption of the PSP game Kamigami no Asobi was aired from April 2014 until July 2014, where Hades is one of the few gods sent by Zeus to an academy located in a separate realm which resembles a human high school to learn about the meaning of love and humanity, in an attempt to reverse the weakening bond between humans and the gods.

Hades from the 1997 Hercules movie

In the Disney 1997 film Hercules, Hades appears as the main antagonist. Unlike the mythological Hades, this version is a fast-talking, hot-tempered, 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.

In 2016, Hades was portrayed by Greg Germann in Once Upon a Time.[4] This version is based on the Disney version from Hercules and is depicted as being in love with Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West.

In the last movie of the Disney trilogy Descendants, it is revealed that Hades, is the father of the protagonist Mal, that he had from his former marriage with Maleficent, the villain from the Disney film Sleeping Beauty.

Hades (under his Roman name Pluto) appears in Pasolini's film The Canterbury Tales. He is portrayed by Italian actor Giuseppe Arrigio. In the film, he chances upon the blind cuckold Sir January while strolling through January's secret garden. He feels pity for January so he uses his powers to give him back his eyesight so that he may see his wife cheating on him. See also The Merchant's Tale.


  • 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. In the Broadway debut of the show, the role of Hades was played by Patrick Page.[5]
  • South Korean boy band VIXX's 2016 album Hades presents Hades as the character theme of their album and the title song "Fantasy". It is the second album in a series about Greek Gods.
  • The name of musician, Aidoneus, is a reference to the origin of Hades' name, the earliest attested form being Aḯdēs (Ἀΐδης), which later branched into popular poetic variations, such as Aïdōneús (Ἀϊδωνεύς). His song, Persephone in the Garden, is sung from the perspective of Hades.



  • He appears in several installments of the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
    • He also has three revealed demigod children in the series, Bianca di Angelo, Nico di Angelo and Hazel Levesque. Nico and Hazel are the only ones alive.
  • 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".[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • He appears in the God of War comic series (2010–11) by DC Comics, which spans from the video game franchise. In it, he enters into a wager with five other Olympian gods who each choose a champion to search for the Ambrosia of Asclepius, an elixir with magical healing properties.
  • Hades is an alias in Hiro Mashima's Manga/Anime series Fairy Tail for the character Master Purehito of the guild Grimore Heart, whose objective in the story is to find the black wizard Zeref, in order to create "The Grand Magic World".
  • 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 Hades' vault in search of a holy relic and later meets the Greek God.
  • Hades made his debut in Ichiei Ishibumi's light novel series High School DxD, and services as the main antagonist throughout Volume 11 and Volume 12, aiding Khaos Brigade's Old Satan Faction and Hero Faction behind the scenes in a scheme to destroy the Devils and Fallen Angels. He commands a legion of Grim Reapers.
  • Hades is the main character in the webcomic Lore Olympus.
  • Hades appears in DC comics' Wonder Woman[8]
  • In Matthew Reilly's Jack West Jr series, "Hades" is another name for the King of the Underworld, a title held by mortal men for centuries. The Underworld is one of the four legendary kingdoms who have ruled the world for millennia from behind the scenes, and the Hades of Greek mythology was not a god, but rather a previous King of the Underworld whose exploits and relationships with historical figures were embellished into legend. The current Hades, introduced in The Four Legendary Kingdoms, is an ultra-wealthy shipping magnate whose royal duty is to host the Great Games of the Hydra in order to stave off an apocalyptic event and further empower the four kingdoms. He is depicted as a moral and fair-minded individual who does not enjoy his duties, and he ultimately joins Jack West in his mission to thwart the apocalypse without propping up the kingdoms in the process.


A species of burrowing blind snake, Gerrhopilus hades, is named after the god Hades.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-04-22
  2. ^ Clash of the Titans (2010) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-04-22
  3. ^ Wrath of the Titans (2012) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-04-22
  4. ^ Greg Germann cast as Hades
  5. ^ SpotCo. "Hadestown on Broadway". Hadestown. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  6. ^ "Fugitives of Chaos by John C. Wright Dramatis Personae"
  7. ^ "Fiction Guide: Goat Song Archived 2012-08-05 at archive.today"
  8. ^ "The New Wonder Woman Faces The Lord of Hell". ScreenRant. 2021-02-04. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  9. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214--0135-5. ("Hades", p. 113).