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Michael Fassbender as Hades

King of the underworld and the dead, and god of regret.

Hades was responsible for helping those who had died to make a successful transition into the afterlife, introducing them to the riches of a life lived subjectively and internally, away from the distractions of the external world.

Hades, like his brothers and sisters, was swallowed at birth by his father, the Titan ruler Cronus, to prevent the fulfilment of a prophecy that one of his offspring would grow up to replace him on the throne. Years later his younger brother Zeus (who had been hidden away by their mother to prevent him from also being swallowed) made Cronus vomit up his siblings, and then led them in a battle to overthrow the Titans. The war was long and bloody, and Hades fought ferociously on the battlefront and proved himself a valiant warrior. The younger generation finally won when Hades, wearing his helmet of invisibility crept up on Cronus, Poseidon pinned him down with his trident, and Zeus rendered him unconscious by striking him with a thunderbolt. Once the battle with the Titans was over, the brothers drew lots to determine which regions each of them would rule. Poseidon won the oceans, Zeus the sky (which made him the supreme ruler over all the gods and goddesses as well), and Hades drew the Underworld. This seemed to suit Hades just fine. The Greek god Hades, ruler of the Underworld, spent little time with his Olympian siblings, preferring instead to withdraw to his own space and to mind his own business, so to speak. And surely his divine responsibility was large -- the management of the Underworld, an underground kingdom wherein lived the spirits of those who had died, those who slept and dreamed, and others who, for whatever reason, had been banished from the earth. With his dark, somewhat morbid nature, Hades was undoubtedly well-suited to his career. Nonetheless, at times he was bound to be lonely.

And so he decided that he needed a wife, and the adolescent goddess Persephone unwittingly attracted his eye. One can't hardly blame Hades because the Underworld probably needed some “brightening up”, and the young Persephone's radiance would certainly liven up the place. Hades, however, did not bother to woo the young Persephone. After asking for (and receiving) the approval of her father Zeus for Persephone's hand in marriage, Hades simply abducted her one bright sunny day when she stooped to pluck a narcissus from a field of wildflowers growing near her home. The meadow was suddenly rent open, and Hades simply reached out and snatched Persephone away, taking her to his underworld kingdom and making her his Queen. Persephone remained lonely for her mother and the life she'd known on earth. Meanwhile her mother, the goddess Demeter, began an intensive search for Persephone. After learning how Zeus had betrayed their daughter, and consumed by grief and sorrow, Demeter refused to allow the crops to grow until Persephone was returned to her.

Mankind was facing a dreadful famine. Zeus finally relented and sent the god Hermes to bring Persephone back to her mother. Part of Persephone missed her mother horribly, but another part of her had grown rather fond and grew to love Hades. And Persephone was rather enjoying her role as Queen, even if it was in the Underworld. While preparing to return to the earth with Hermes, Persephone accepted a pomegranate offered to her by Hades. She knew full well that anyone who had eaten while in the underworld would not be allowed to return, even a goddess -- but Persephone went ahead and ate seven of the seeds. Her choice prevented her from ever being fully restored to Demeter, but did open up the possibility of a compromise.

Hermes was able to negotiate an agreement between Hades and Demeter. Persephone would be allowed to stay with Hades in the underworld for four months each year (winter) and would return to the earth and her mother the remaining months. Each year as Persephone left to join her husband in the Underworld, Greek mythology tells us that the goddess Demeter would begin to grieve, bringing on the cold, barren winters. But a few months later Persephone would return, bringing spring with her.

Like most of the other gods, Hades wasn’t especially monogamous. And like the other gods’ wives, Persephone wasn’t usually very sympathetic and tended to vent her anger on his lovers instead of her husband. When Persephone discovered Hades’ affair with the beautiful wood nymph Minthe, she simply trod her underfoot, turning her into the plant that we now call Mint. More than any of the Greek gods, Hades seemed to respect women and was willing to participate in a marriage of equals, sharing his decision-making powers with his wife. The two of them functioned well as a team. Hades appears to have had three major responsibilities in running the day-to-day operation of the Underworld. The first was to prevent escapes, or returns to the earth, by the dead. In this he was assisted by a ferocious three-headed dog named Cerberus, who actually belonged to the goddess-sorcerer Hecate who had her home in the Underworld.

Because of his dark and morbid personality Hades was not especially liked by neither his fellow gods, nor the mortals who lived on earth. His character is described as "fierce and inexorable", and of all the gods, he and the god of war, Ares, were the two deities most feared and hated by mortals. He was not however an evil god, for although he was stern, cruel and unpitying, still he was just. Hades teaches us to be quiet at times, listening carefully to the inner voices that direct us to the hidden riches buried deeply within the soul.


Personality

Dark - Hades is known to have a dark nature and he was not especially liked by neither his fellow gods, nor the mortals who lived on earth. But he was not evil.

Fierce - Hades is usually described has fierce and inexorable.

Morbid - With his dark, somewhat morbid nature Hades was undoubtedly well-suited to his Underworld kingdom.

Respectable - Hades seemed to respect women and was willing to participate in a marriage of equals, sharing his decision-making powers with his wife.

Just - Hades was noted to be a particularly honourable, all of his decisions were just and that he respected oaths and the laws of morality.

Vindictive - His darker side stems from the bitterness he feels at being spurned and feared by his fellow Olympians, which in turn leads to his habit of holding grudges.


Sacred Symbols and Animals

Invisible Helmet - The Cyclops made a special helmet that turned the wearer invisible for Hades. Hades was able to use the helmet during the battle between the gods and the Titans (before he ruled the Underworld). Because of this helmet Hades is usually named as ‘The Invisible’.

Two-pronged fork - Which he used to shatter anything that was in his way or not to his liking, much like Poseidon did with his trident. This ensign of his power was a staff with which he drove the shades of the dead into the lower world.


Cerberus - A gigantic three headed dog that guards the realms of the dead. The dog guards a massive door to the Underworld that is opened by a key in the form of a pick-axe and/or a cornucopia.
















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