Hades is the main antagonist of Disney's 35th full-length animated feature film Hercules, and a recurring antagonist in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. He is the ruler of the Underworld, Pain and Panic's leader and boss, Hercules' uncle and arch-nemesis, and Zeus and Poseidon's brother.
Why He's the Lord of the Dead
- Hades is Disney's funniest villains and considered one of the greatest of all time, alongside with Maleficent, Jafar, and Queen Grimhilde from Snow White.
- Hades is one of few Disney villains to not die at the end of their movie, the other one being Governor Ratcliffe.
- Hades' design is unique, as he has bluish-gray skin, flaming blue hair, yellow eyes, and sharp teeth.
- Hades is hot-headed, both figuratively and literally. When relaxed or upbeat, his flaming hair and skin retain a calming blue color. When angered, his hair and face become a passionate red/orange.
- Hades is generally calm, cool, and collected. Though his machinations are cruel, Hades' informal approach to villainy makes him a widely comedic character with a self-aware and irreverent style of humor (though his jokes are usually played for his own, twisted amusement, and at the expense of others).
- 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 Meg from her servitude after draining Hercules of his superhuman strength, saying that a deal is a deal.
- As an Olympian god, he is immortal and specifically has authority over the dead.
- His goal is to take over Olympus, gathering an army from the very start of the film and de-godified Hercules to further this goal, leading to the rest of it.
- He controls fire and can shoot it in any direction, which destroys any object in its path.
- He constantly gets abused by the other Gods and his brother Zeus, and has to live under Zeus' shadow all the time, causing him to turn into vengeful crook.
- He appears as the least-villainous Disney villain ever, even though his only crime is wanting to "take over Olympus", he still comes off as very funny, to the point where many people admitted they wanted Hades to win.
- He sets free the Titans to help take over Olympus.
- Hades has several notable appearances on the series, including Hercules TV Series, House of Mouse, Kingdom Hearts and more.
- James Woods gives a highly entertaining performance as Hades.
- He has many cool and funny quotes:
- "How sentimental. You know, I haven't been this choked up since I got a hunk of moussaka caught in my throat."
- "Well, they're just fine. You know, a little dark, a little gloomy. And, as always, hey, full of dead people. What are you gonna do?"
- "Memo to me, memo to me. Main you after my meeting."
- "I KNOW!!! You know, I know! I got it! I got the concept."
- "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?! Okay, fine, fine, I'm cool, I'm fine"
- "So you took care of him, huh?! "Dead as a doornail"! Weren't those your EXACT words?!"
- "I'm about to rearrange the cosmos. And the one schlemiel, who can louse it up, is waltzing around IN THE WOODS!!!"
- "Let's get ready to RUMBLE!"
- "My favorite part of the game... sudden death!"
- "I can't believe this guy. I throw everything I've got at him, and it doesn't even..."
- "What. Are. Those?!"
- "I've got twenty-four hours, to get rid of this… bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for eighteen years… goes up in smoke, and you… are wearing… HIS… MERCHANDISE?!?!"
- "Uh, guys? Olympus would be that way."
- "Guys, get your titanic rears in gear and kick some Olympian butt! Whoa is my hair out?"
- "We were SO CLOSE!!! So close, we tripped the finish line, why? Because our little nut-Meg has to go all noble!"
- His defeat in Hercules was anticlimactic, as he doesn't even get to fight Hercules and is taken down less than a minute after he saves Meg.
- He is oversaturated in Kingdom Hearts by appearing in pretty much almost every game as a boss battle.
- Hades' voice actor, James Woods has stated that Hades is his favorite voice role and he reprises the role at any opportunity, including Kingdom Hearts, and has successfully done so with only one exception where his singing voice was provided by Rob Paulsen in Mickey's House of Villains.
- Hades is one of the few classic villains without a memorable song. However, he does have a recurring instrumental theme, which may be found as "Speak of the Devil" on the Hercules soundtrack.
- Hades is the only villain to meet another Disney villain in media canon to his film of origin, having teamed up with Jafar in the Hercules TV series.