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|“||Now that I'm here, let's get this party started! Welcome to MY Underworld, Pitty Pat! And you too, Pretty Palutena! So this little angel took down big, bad Medusa all by himself? What an accomplishment! Goodness, you should put this on your resume. But before you do, you should know that I whipped up that Medusa especially for you. Add a pinch of memories to a ton of souls. Put them in a blender and hit frappe! Her thirst for revenge was so great it seemed a shame to let it go to waste. Oh Pretty Palutena...you must have done a real number on her. But she's old news, and old news bores me. We must look to the future, and that future is me; the true leader of the Underworld! Next to me, little miss Medusa is going to look like a sweet, cuddly bunny! I must bid you adieu.||„|
|~ Hades introducing himself.|
Hades is the main antagonist of the Kid Icarus series, serving as the unseen overarching antagonist of the first game, Kid Icarus, and the main antagonist of Kid Icarus: Uprising. He is the extremely authoritative and powerful God of Evil who rules over the Underworld and strives to take over creation.
25 years after the defeat of Medusa, Hades resurrects her to distract Pit while gathering the souls of those who died during their conflict to increase his power and army, he also engineers Dark Pit's creation, and after Medusa's defeat, he personally reveals himself.
Hades Makes his Appearance
After Pit defeats Medusa for a second time, it appeared that the game was over as the "end credits" were rolling. However, a mysterious voice could be heard. Just then, a large arm appeared, and ripped the "end credit" off the screen, revealing the God of the Underworld; Hades. Hades proclaimed that he was the one responsible of the events in the first Kid Icarus game. He even said that now that he has entered the game, he is going to make Medusa look like a sweet cuddly bunny compared to him.
After making his appearance, Hades sent his minions to a volcano where the Wish Seed was located. Both Pit and Palutena questioned Hades why he was after the Wish Seed, to which he explains why. Hades explains that a little girl lost her parents via a chariot accident. He told them that once he gets the Wish Seed, he was going to wish the girl's parents to be revived, and once that they were revive, the family was going to gain fame and fortune. However, Palutena did not buy Hades at all, and questioned if the Wish Seed was real or not. Hades quickly revealed that the Wish Seed was indeed fake, and the only reason why it was created was because he knew that people were so greedy that they are willing to go through extreme lengths just to acquire a wish-granting item. In order to prevent this, Pit had to fight the guardian of the fake Wish Seed, and destroy the Wish Seed to prevent a war from brewing. Pit managed to defeat the Phoenix, and destroy the Wish Seed, however, Hades anticipated this, as a large signal emerged from the phoenix. This was a sign informing the humans that the Wish Seed has been taken, and now it's up for grabs. To increase humanity's greed, Hades sent a message to all mortals that the Wish Seed was taken and all they have to do in order to claim it was to fight each other until there was only one left. This cause a massive war between various armies all to claim the Wish Seed.
Hades orchestrated all this so that the humans could slaughter themselves, and the reapers would claim their souls and the souls would be turned into mindless monsters and servants for the Underworld Army. Hades' plans were coming to fruition, until Viridi and the Forces of Nature arrived and halted Hades' plans. Hades sent the Underworld Army to stop the Forces of Nature and continue with his plans, to the point where he had to revive Thanatos for a third time. Hades observed as Thanatos was defeated by Phosphora. Despite Thanatos' defeat, Hades proclaimed that his army does not need a commander to lead them, as he wasn't sure if any of his minions have any brains. He even watched Pit confront Phosphora, and emerge victoriously.
This war between the Underworld Army, the Forces of Nature, and Palutena's Army resulted in an unknown alien race to invade; the Aurum. The Aurum invaded Earth because they are attached by battle and conflict. This large alien invasion resulted in a temporary alliance with the three armies, and the self-proclaimed God of the Sun Pyrrhon. Despite Hades agreeing with the alliance, he still found ways to taunt Pit and the other gods, including placing a Mimicutie for Pit to find so it could attack him. During an attack against the Aurum, Hades thought it was the perfect opportunity to take one of the Aurum's destroyers and use it to increase the power of his army. However, while Pit was trying to find an entrance to get to the Aurum Generator, Hades decided to improvise and use the Destroyer he acquire to create an entrance for Pit. Hades forces continued to assist with Palutena's Army and the Forces of Nature until the Aurum were defeated.
Three Years Later
After the Aurum were defeated, Hades returned to his old ways and continued with his plans, as well as continue his battle against the Forces of Nature. Sometime in between the three-year time gap, Hades learned that Pit's soul was placed into a ring.
After Pit's soul returned to his body and discovered that "Palutena" has declared war against humanity, both he and Viridi went to Chariot Master to claim the Lightning Chariot. However, Hades discovered what they were planning and sent his troops so he can acquire the chariot. He claimed that he wanted the Chariot because it would be a goddess magnet. While Pit was scaling the tower, Hades "revealed" that he might've been the one who placed his soul into the Ring of Chaos. He did this to confuse Pit and to prevent him to acquire the Lightning Chariot. Unfortunately, Pit managed to claim the Lightning Chariot after the Chariot Master passed it down to him.
While Pit was storming the destroyed Palutena's Temple to rescue Palutena, Hades kept annoying Pit, and even sent a few of his troops to hinder his progress, but to no avail.
After hearing that Pit was badly injured, after rescuing Palutena's soul from the Chaos Kin, and Dark Pit was tasked to head to the Rewind Spring, Hades sent a large number of troops to attack Dark Pit to prevent him from reaching the spring. Hades even warned Dark Pit about a monster that lurks in the Underworld, that was most likely sent by him to kill Dark Pit. During their travel, Dark Pit, Viridi, and Palutena discovered what Hades' goals were; to create an unstoppable army and take over the entire world. They also learned that in order to make one monster for his army, Hades needs a large amount of souls, so he created these wars to increase his army. He also watched as Dark Pit confronting a newly revived Pandora, as well as being shocked to see Amazon Pandora.
After Pit's wings were repaired thanks to the Rewind Spring, he strapped on the Three Sacred Treasures to confront the God of the Underworld. Pit made his way through the Underworld Army, until Hades appeared out of nowhere and attacked him. Pit tried to use the Three Sacred Treasures to defeat Hades while dealing with a small group of Hades' minions, but with one attack, which was a sneeze, the treasures were destroyed. Despite the Three Sacred Treasures were destroyed, Pit kept fighting Hades. After sustaining enough damage, Hades decided to eat Pit. Pit survived, but was trapped inside Hades. Pit tried to make contact with Palutena, but was unable due to Hades having a stomach of iron. Pit made his was through various areas inside Hades, while Hades was sending cellular versions of his minion to destroy Pit.
During all of this, Hades questioned why Pit was trying to stop him. In response, Pit said that he was exploiting the dead, and that souls cannot be reincarnated after Hades devours them. Hades the replied that he never understood the concept of reincarnation, as well as saying that it is in everyone's nature to eat, even gods. Getting nowhere with Hades, Pit continued onward. During all this, the Forces of Nature arrived and attacked the Underworld Army. While Hades did enjoy annoying Pit, he stated that he had to cut this short and deal with Viridi's army.
Eventually, Pit came to a location where Hades' Heart was. After Hades' Heart was destroyed, a giant beam of light emerged from Hades' chest, which resulted in Dark Pit, arriving with the Lighting Chariot to rescue Pit. Despite his heart being destroyed, Hades still lived, proclaiming that nothing major was destroyed.
With the Three Sacred Treasures destroyed, Pit needed a new weapon to defeat the God of the Underworld. With the help of Dyntos, and successfully completing the three trials, Pit was able to acquire the Great Sacred Treasure.
With the newly acquired Great Sacred Treasure, Pit returned to the Underworld to put an end to Hades' tyranny. Shortly after arriving, Hades emerged, in a battle form. The two confronted each other. Eventually, Hades decided to take the battle above ground. In the middle of their battle, Hades managed to grab the Great Sacred Treasure, and attempted to crush it with a drill that emerged from his chest. Pit managed to break out of Hades' grip and processed to slice Hades in two. Despite this, Hades managed to reach the surface world, and eventually regrow a new pair of legs, but at the cost of creating a weak spot in the stomach region. The two continued their battle, until Hades managed to teleport, and performed a sneak attack, nearly destroying the Great Sacred Treasure. Weaken, and virtually helpless, Pit watched as Hades was about to unleash a powerful beam to destroy his rival. However, Palutena and Viridi sensed someone, and all Pit had to do was wait a few seconds until the help arrived.
Just as Hades was about to unleash his ultimate attack, Medusa arrived and performed an uppercut so hard, that Hades' head was punched clean off, but at the cost of Medusa losing one of her arms. Medusa explained that she was revived for a third time by Hades, but she no longer wanted to be his puppet anymore. Medusa attempted to finish Hades, but Hades grabbed her, regrew a new head that was engulfed in fire, and processed to rip off her remaining arm. Enraged, Hades finished off Medusa claiming that she's no longer any use for him. With Medusa destroyed, Hades continued his assault on Pit. Pit then grabbed the remaining piece of the Great Sacred Treasure, a laser cannon, in hopes to defeat Hades. Viridi used the power of flight to help Pit dodge Hades' lasers, while Palutena used her godly powers to charge up the laser cannon. When the laser was fully charged, Pit unleashed the energy blast, obliterating Hades. Before Hades was destroyed he congratulated Pit for defeating him. With Hades destroyed, the threat against the Underworld Army had ended.
Post Credits Scene
Despite Hades' body being destroyed, a post-credits scene shows he still exists as a disembodied voice. Hades congratulated both Pit and the player for completing the game. He also said that, since Pit defeated Hades, it meant he was the most powerful hero Nintendo has ever created, and that 8-bit Pit could never compete with this incarnation. Hades then proclaimed that he was going to erase the data and game file, only to reveal that he was just kidding. Hades said that he wouldn't be able to do it even if he could as he has no body. He was never even sure if he could be resurrected at this point. He speculated that the next Kid Icarus game will be released in another 25 years, so he will come up with some plan during that time. Hades then finishes by saying that the player can continue playing the levels on much harder difficulties, as well as a Boss Rush mode that is now unlocked because he was not a sore loser, and even proclaimed that Kid Icarus: Uprising is now his new favorite game.
However, given the extreme fourth-wall-breaking nature of this post-credits scene, it is unclear whether it is fully canon; in any event, his use of the term "resurrected" implies he is dead and spending his afterlife in a disembodied state in the Underworld, or else as a ghost similar to Andross.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
While absent in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Hades makes his debut in the Super Smash Bros. series as a trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Hades appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as two shield type primary spirits. His spirit battle is against a giant Ganondorf on the Final Destination stage who has increased attack strength to his punches, elbow strikes, and Smash attacks. At level 99, he can be enhanced to a spirit of his final form. When equipped, he increases attack power at the cost of starting each battle with 30% damage.
Hades is a demonic humanoid deity with purple skin and a red tattoo on his eyes. He is absolutely gigantic, standing over a hundred meters tall. He has long red, green, and pink-colored hair. He wears very grotesquely designed robes and clothing with asymmetrical shapes and a cape seemingly composed of darkness and fire. He has red lines that run up both his arms and legs. The inside of his body is completely chaotic in design, with even skies, grind rails and surreal structures found commonly throughout the levels of Kid Icarus: Uprising.
At first glance, Hades is shown to be a mischievous and manipulative trickster. When engaging in conversation, his tone is playfully dull, yet brimming with sarcasm and cruelty. He has a sense of showmanship, using a combination of witty remarks and belittling insults when talking to and about others. He also has a bit of a flirtatious and coquettish side, constantly making unwanted passes and flattering remarks to and about all of the female characters. Hades is considerably egotistical and arrogant, brushing off any matter as no importance.
However, his dispassionate and nonchalant demeanor belies his true dark, violent, and destructive personality. At his core, Hades is a cold-hearted and merciless psychopath with an utter disregard for life. His lust for killing makes him seem completely unconcerned when his commanders fall in battle, stating that his army is too stupid to have an actual ranking, and has no problem killing off Medusa when she interferes during Hades' final battle against Pit. He also sees souls as nothing more than either as materials to create his monsters or a means of empowering nourishment, indifferent to the fact that his action is upsetting the natural balance of the world due to his selfish greed and hunger.
Hades also shows himself to be a cunning and manipulative strategist, knowing exactly how to trick others into doing his bidding. He revived Medusa to distract Pit and Palutena and when she is defeated, Hades managed to manipulate the humans into starting a war with each other over a nonexistent Wish Seed, even tricking Pit into slaying the Phoenix to kickstart the war.
Hades is very self-centered and controlling. Most of his motivations stem from his greed and lust for power and when something arises that threatens his control, it's the rare moments when Hades reacts with uncontrollable rage. During the Aurum invasion, Hades freely admits that he is only assisting the others because he wants to be the only one to plunder the earth. In Chapter 22, Dark Pit's threat to stop him was enough for Hades to smash a pillar in a rage. During the final battle with Pit, Hades brutally kills Medusa for interfering, and when finally defeated, he scolds Pit for daring to defeat him.
Hades also loves to play mind games with his opponents, teasing them, annoying them, and finding any way to get under their skin. He frequently insults and belittles other characters. Pit, in particular, seems to be his favorite target as he goes out of his way to enrage him, usually by bringing up his inability to fly. During the Aurum Arc, he frequently sends Mimicuties in Pit's path to impede his progress and in Chapter 20, he mockingly presents the very real possibility that the angel may have to kill the possessed Palutena. The only one immune to Hades's mind games is Dark Pit, who mostly ignores him.
Despite all of his malicious tendencies, he does have a genuine sense of humor and enjoys telling jokes and making puns at even the oddest or inappropriate of times. He also shows a degree of respect for Pit as a worthy adversary, holding no grudge against Pit after the latter killed him and destroyed his body, and even complimented his abilities, albeit throwing some nasty remarks in his direction. However, these traits don't contradict his actions.
Powers and Abilities
Hades was an extremely powerful entity, easily one of the most powerful characters in the game, second in power only to Dyntos, the god of the forge. Hades is easily the mightiest opponent in the game, being the only character that, in a canon sense, defeated Pit.
Hades was able to easily destroy the Three Sacred Treasures with one blast wave done through a burp, and almost completely destroyed the Great Sacred Treasure with one attack.
Given his giant size, Hades was incredibly strong and durable, able to obliterate most of Medusa's body and kill her with a single punch, and survive devastating injuries, like being bisected and beheaded, only to regrow those body parts and not even be slowed down. Hades was tremendously fast as well, possibly the fastest character in the game, able to move at near-light speed.
On top of his physical prowess, Hades had tremendous magical and weapon prowess as well, able to easily create power tornadoes in an instant, including a giant one around himself that could destroy anything in a given path by spinning rapidly. He was also able to fire off powerful blasts of energy from different points of his body, like his hands and his eyes, that dealt great damage to an opponent if they got hit.
Hades had a suit of armor he called his "Devastation Ensemble", which was covered with various weapons that, just like himself personally, Hades could fire off powerful energy blasts and lasers from. As the god of the Underworld, Hades had full power of control over his realm and anything pertaining to death, despite not being the god of that, able to use the souls sent to his domain after death to revive fallen allies and increase his power and the size of his army.
Unlike Medusa, Hades could reside literally anywhere in the Underworld he wanted, even the darkness itself and did not require a castle to live in. Like the other gods in the game, Hades could telepathically communicate with the other gods and protect a giant astral hologram of himself when and where he wanted.
- Hades was assumed to be the most powerful of the gods, but in Chapter 24, it was hinted that Lord Dyntos was more powerful because he could create an army that would be stronger than the Underworld Army. This was never actually proven in the chapter though. However, the in-game idol information states that the fact that Dyntos is able to "put Palutena to sleep miles away...is evidence that Dyntos' power exceeds even that of Hades."
- Hades has appeared in many Greek myths and legends as Poseidon and Zeus' brother. Although Poseidon was in the game, he mentioned nothing about Hades, so there is no way to see if this applies to the game.
- Due to his personality, Hades has become one of the most popular characters in the game along with Viridi and fans have considered him to be the King of Trolls.
- He has also become popular on the internet due to a segment known as Hades Riffs by YouTuber Alex Rochen. This is where Hades both insults, and makes fun of videos: including video games, parodies, animations, reviews, countdowns, Lets plays, and short films.
- He is similar to Hades from Disney's Hercules; Aside from being their respective universe' versions of the same Greek god, both are extremely evil yet comical, and both can be heard speaking at the end of the credits following their defeat, in which Kid Icarus' Hades was destroyed yet apparently exists somewhere as a disembodied voice, and Hercules' Hades was imprisoned in the Pit of Death for eternity.