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Villain Overview
Ba-boom. Name's Hades, Lord of the Dead. Hi, how ya doing?
~ Hades' famous catchphrase.

Hades is the main antagonist of Disney's Hercules franchise, and one of the secondary antagonists in Mickey's House of Villains. He is the ruler of the Underworld, Pain and Panic's leader and boss, Hercules' uncle and arch-nemesis, and Zeus' younger (older in original Greek mythology) brother.

He was voiced by James Woods in all of his appearances, who also played Falcon in Stuart Little 2, Captain Ahab in The Adventures of Moby Dick, Dr. Phillium Benedict in Recess: School's Out!, Gloomius Maximus in Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun, Martin Walker in White House Down, Ned Trent in The Specialist, and Mike Toreno in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and would later play Lex Luthor. Whereas his singing voice was provided by Rob Paulsen in the song "It's Our House Now!" in Mickey's House of Villains.

Personality

Hades is normally cynical, sarcastic, manipulative and ruthless, but he has a serious anger management problem. As an Olympian God, he is immortal and specifically has authority over the dead.

Though temperamental and destructive, he is a persuasive fast-talker and a shrewd bargainer acting along the lines of a seedy car salesman or con-artist. At some point prior to the film, he took ownership of Megara's soul as the result of one of these bargains. Hades is shown to be completely aggressive, resentful, and jealous of Zeus' position as King of the Gods and makes long-term plans to overthrow and kill him.

Also, unlike most villains, Hades really does not like arrogance, but he does have constant mood swings, being entertaining, comedic and laid-back one minute, and then argumentative, short-tempered, impatient and angry the next as even the slightest inconvenience sends him into a fiery rage despite his humorous attempts to remain calm.

Despite his villainous and egotistical nature, Hades can also be quite honest and appreciative, even willing to honor his deals to those who served him well. This was confirmed when he happily frees Megara from her servitude after draining Hercules of his super strength, saying that a deal is a deal. Also, when Megara was harmed and killed by the pillar that she protected Hercules from, Hercules' strength was restored, even though it would mean the downfall of Hades' diabolical plan. As well, Hades can also be somewhat friendly and demonstrative at times (hence when he politely introduced himself and greeted Hercules and others).

In House of Mouse, Hades is more polite and thoughtful, but only towards Maleficent (whom he has a crush on).

Appearance

Hades is a slender, muscular humanoid. He has bluish-gray skin, flaming blue hair, yellow eyes, and sharp teeth. He is also very tall. Hades' fire hair also affects his emotions: when he is angry, his skin turns red and his hair turns orange. In Hercules: The Animated Series, when Hades is confused or embarrassed, his hair goes out, revealing his baldness. Hades wears a black, gray, and blue robe with skull garments.

Powers and Abilities

  • Pyrokinesis: Hades controls fire and can shoot it in any direction, which destroys any object in its path.
    • Magma Manipulation: As the god of death, Hades can not only manipulate fire but also lava and magma.
  • Conjuring: He has the ability to create objects out of black mist
  • Teleportation: He can teleport himself to one point to another in  black smoke.
  • Reality Warping: He has the ability to warp reality by the using of the deal (like when he took Hercules' strength or when he healed Megara's former lover).
    • Resurrection: As an immortal god, Hades can manipulate life and death and bring someone back from the dead, like he did with Jafar.
    • Sickness Inducement: As the god of death, Hades can manipulate sicknesses and other deadly diseases that can make someone die.
  • Terrakinesis: Hades has shown to have the power to manipulate the terrain when he was chasing after Prometheus and Hercules.
  • Telekinesis: Hades can move any object with his mind, like when he throw an alter on Hercules.
  • Underworld's Creatures control: He has the ability to control monsters like Cerberus, a three-headed dog, guards his palace. He can also create monsters.
  • Immortality: He is unaffected by age and he can't die (unless he were to drink the magic potion that made Hercules mortal).
  • God-like strength and durability: As a god has shown huge levels of superhuman strength, endurance, durability, stamina, enhanced senses, and superhuman healing factor. However, his strength is noticeably inferior to Zeus' and equal to Poseidon's.
  • Dark Magic Manipulation: Hades is highly skilled in Dark Magic, including Necromancy.

Former Powers and Abilities

  • Lightning Manipulation: In the episode "Hercules and the Tapestry of Fate", Hades briefly altered fate to create an alternate universe, were he was King of the Gods and his brother Zeus was the God of Death. In this altered world, Hades also copied and stole his brother's lightning powers. However, after Hercules fixed the tapestry and restored the real universe, Hades then lost his position and Lightning Powers and was reverted as the God of Death.

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

  • Cronus - Father and Attempted Killer
  • Olympian Gods - Family turned Enemies
    • Zeus - Brother turned enemy
    • Poseidon - Brother turned enemy
    • Hera - Sister turned enemy
  • Megara - Former Minion turned Enemy
  • Phil - Enemy
  • Hercules - Nephew turned Enemy and Attempted Victim
  • Aladdin - Attempted Victim
  • Abu - Kidnappee
  • Icarus - Kidnappee and Attempted Minion
  • Magic Carpet
  • Pegasus
  • Cassandra - Former Minion

Quotes

Hahaha, if only. If only...
~ Hades to Zeus, before he leaves Mount Olympus
I KNOW!!! You know, I know! I got it! I got the concept.
~ Hades the second time one of the fates said that they know.
So lemme just ask, is this kid gonna mess up my hostile takeover bid, or what? What do you think?
~ Hades to the Fates about Hercules' fate.
Okay, fine, fine, I'm cool, I'm fine.
~ Hades relaxing
Pain... Panic, got a riddle for ya: how do you kill a god? (Pain: I... do not know.) (Pain: You can't! They're immortal!) Bingo, they're immortal! So.... first, you're gonna turn that little sunspot..... mortal.
~ Hades tasking Pain and Panic to kill the infant Hercules with a potion that renders anyone mortal.
Meg, my little flower, my little bird, my little nut-meg. What exactly happened here? I thought you were going to persuade the River Guardian to join my team for the uprising, and here I am kind of...River Guardian-less. (Meg: I gave it my best shot, but he made me an offer I had to refuse!) Fine, so, instead of subtracting two years of your sentence, hey, I'm gonna add two on, okay? Give that your best shot!
~ Hades confronting Meg over failing to get Nessus to join his side.
So you took care of him, huh?! "Dead as a door nail"! Weren't those your EXACT words?!
~ Hades to Pain and Panic after learning that they failed to kill Hercules.
I'm about to rearrange the cosmos. And the one schlemiel, who can louse it up, is waltzing around IN THE WOODS!!!
~ Hades raging against Pain and Panic about Hercules' survival.
Stirring performance boys. I was really moved. (Panic: Jeepers, Mister?!) (Pain: I was going for innocence?) And, hey. Two thumbs WAY way up for our leading lady. What a dish, what a doll.
~ Hades after Herc rescued Pain and Panic disguised as two Children.
Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!!
~ Hades as the battle between Hercules and Hydra begins.
Guys. Guys. Re-lax! It's only halftime.
~ Hades as the weather starts to rain
My favorite part of the game... (Hercules: Uh...) Sudden death!!!
~ Hades' evil grin
I can't believe this guy! I've thrown everything I got on him, and it doesn't even- what.... are... those? (Pain: Umm... I don't know. I thought they look kinda dashy.) I've got 24 hours to get rid of this... bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for 18 years... goes up in smoke. And you... are wearing... HIS MERCHANDISE?!!
~ Hades yelling at Pain for wearing Air-Herc Sandals.
I wonder if maybe I haven't been throwing the right curves at him.... Meg, my sweet. (Meg: Don't even go there.) See, he's got to have a weakness, because everybody's got a weakness. I mean, for what? Pandora, it was the box thing. For the Trojans, hey, they just bet on the wrong horse, okay? We simply need to find out Wonderboy's.
~ Hades suggesting to Meg that Hercules might have a weakness.
I need somebody who can... handle him as a man. (Meg: Hey, I sworn off man-handling.) Well, you know what, that's good, because that's what got you into this jam in the first place, isn't it?! You sold your soul to me to save your boyfriend's life! And how does this creep thank you: by running off with some babe. He hurt you real bad, didn't he, Meg? (Meg: Look, I learned my lesson, okay?) Which is exactly why I got a feeling you're gonna leap at my new offer. You give me the key to bringing down Wonder-Breath, and I give you... the thing you crave most in the entire cosmos: your freedom.
~ Hades offering a deal to Meg to find Hercules' weakness in exchange for her freedom.
Meg, Meg, Meg, my sweet, deluded little minion! Aren't we forgetting one teensy, weensy, but ever-so crucial, tiny, little detail? I OWN YOU!!! You work for me! If I say sing, you say "hey, name that tune!" If I say I want wonder boy's head on a platter, you say? (Meg: Medium of well-done?)
~ Hades to Meg after she attempts to quit.
He's a guy.
~ Hades complaining to Meg about Hercules.
Here's the trade-off: You give up your strength for about 24 hours; Okay, say the next 24 hours, and Meg here is as free as a bird and safe from harm; we dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy. What do you say? Come on.
~ Hades tricking Hercules into making a deal to take away his strength for 24 hours in exchange for Meg's safety.
Yes, we're DEAD-BAM!! You may feel just a little queasy, it's kinda natural. Maybe you should... SIT DOWN!!! (throws a weight on Hercules) Now you know how it feels to be just like everyone else, Isn't it just... peachy? Oh. (chuckles) You'll love this one more thing. (to Meg) Meg, babe..... a deal's a deal. You're off the hook. And by the way, is she not a fabulous little actress? (Hercules: What do you mean?) I mean your little chickee-poo here was working for me all the time.... duh!
~ Hades draining Hercules' super-strength before releasing Meg from his control, right before he confesses to Hercules that she was working for him until the moment.
BROTHERS..... TITANS!!! LOOK AT YOU IN YOUR SQUALID PRISON!! WHO PUT YOU DOWN THERE?? (Titans: ZEUS!!!) AND NOW THAT I SET YOU FREE, WHAT THE FIRST THING YOU'RE GOING TO DO?!! (Titans: DESTROY HIM!!) Good answer. (Lythos: Crush Zeus!) (Hydros: Freeze him! (Pyros: Melt Zeus!) (Stratos: Blow him away!) Uh, guys? Olympus would be that way.
~ Hades releasing the Titans before directing them to the correct location of Mount Olympus.
Zeusy, I'm home! (Zeus: Hades......YOU'RE BEHIND THIS?!!) You are correct, sir!
~ Hades revealing his true colors to Zeus by getting the Titans to trap him.
Guys, get your titanic rears and gear and KICK some Olympian butt!! Whoa, is my hair out?!
~ Hades ranting at the Titans' cowardice before Pegasus blew the fire out of his hair.
We were SO CLOSE!!! So close, we tripped the finish line, why? Because our little nut-Meg has to go all noble!
~ Hades after the Titans' defeat.
Taxi! TAXI!!!
~ Hades' defeat
What d'ya say? It's happy ending time! Everybody's got a little taste of somethin' but me. I got nothin'. I am here with nothin'. Anybody listenin'?! It's like I'm, what am I? An echo or something? Hello? Hel-lo?! Am I talking to, what? Hyperspace? Hello, it's me! Nobody listens.
~ Hades' last words.

Trivia

  • He is ranked #8 in the Top 30 Disney Villains.
  • Hades has a surprisingly large fanbase. Various fans have sympathy for Hades, claiming that he truly could be a good person if he was never humiliated.
    • Another reason why Hades has a large fanbase could possibly be the fact that he is a very comedic villain. Originally, he was supposed to be less comedic and more serious. But when James Woods auditioned for the role, Hades became the comedic villain that he is today.
    • Hades is the only Disney Villain loved by various fans as their personal favorite hilarious animated villain for various furious failures and funny humiliation.
  • Hades' voice actor, James Woods has stated that Hades is his favorite voice role and he reprises the role at any opportunity and has successfully done so with only one exception where his singing voice was provided by Rob Paulsen.
  • His defeat (thrown into the River Styx) is potentially a reference to the Devil being thrown into the Lake of Fire in The Revelation of Saint John. However, the difference is while Hades was merely trapped in the River; Satan is completely and utterly destroyed from his fall into the Lake of Fire. 
  • It was unknown how Hades became evil in the first place, but it can be assumed that it was out of jealousy that Zeus got to rule Olympus while he got stuck ruling the Underworld.
  • In classical mythology, Hades was actually a relatively passive and acquiescent god; he was simply feared, because of his position among the Olympians (i.e. he ruled over the Underworld)
  • He was originally supposed to be voiced by Jack Nicholson, who also portrayed Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, The Joker in Tim Burton's Batman, Jimmy Hoffa in Danny DeVito's Hoffa, Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men, and Daryl Van Horne in the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick by George Miller. However, Nicholson turned down the role because he felt that his payment was bad. Curiously, James Woods was considered to portray the Joker before Nicholson obtained the role.
  • Before the release of Descendants 3, it was theorized that he was Mal's absent father since the film's trailer. This is later confirmed in the film when it was released. 
  • Hades' supervising animator was Nik Ranieri.

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