|Dark Lord Hades|
|冥王 ・ハーデス , Meiō Hādesu|
|Voice Actor||Ōtsuka Akio|
Hades (冥王 ・ハーデス , Meiō Hādesu) is the King of the Underworld and chief god of his Army. Hades is reborn every 243 years to start a crusade against Athena to conquer Earth. Hades' soul is reborn on Earth in the castle Heinstein and choose to Host of Hades (XVI Century), Alone, Shun as Hades' host. Hades' real body is sleeping in his temple in Elysion.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Power and abilities
- 4 Background and History
- 5 Plot overview
- 6 Hosts
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
The appearance of Hades has its variations, because once Hades is reborn to begin the divine battle against Athena, he takes over the purest human body, but when the host is chosen, there is many changes in their appearance.
The host's hair becomes black, their skin turns pale and the host's eyes become green, basically the appearance becomes similar to the vivid image of his original body. The clothes are typical of what Hades usually wears, a purple long shirt covering his entire body, along with some yellow details, a dark purple strap tied in the area. The belt with gold tribal details and what stands out in it is the concentrated red emerald. The rest of his outfit is the usual Hades's style , purple jamb and black cloak.
In his original body, Hades possessed an otherworldly beauty, in other words, the personification of beauty, particularly because of this he has great value in maintaining his body, without a single scratch . His true body play a important role in deceiving other when they saw such a beautiful figure, because it hid his cruel and disdainful self away from sight . His skin looks like snow, he has yellow eyes in the manga, but they're colored green in the anime. His hair is long and black, some of the wicks in the front cross over his face, the upper part is shaking, the rest is smooth and shed. His armor is called Hades' Surplice. When he wears his armor , his appearance has an angelic atmosphere despite the gloomy aspect, which is silver and gray details and is composed of several angel wings, and stored in Elysium for exclusive use only for the original body.
Hades's beauty does not reflect his personality. Hades may seen good to be chosen to go to the Elysium, which make him appear kind and pious (and his true body reflects this), but like everyone whom God punishes for being a sinner, Hades shows impiety (many characters in the series criticize this upon entering Underworld).
Hades is a very stern deity with absolute pride over his godly status, and the power and authority that come with it. He believes unequivocally that Gods are the superior race and that humanity must bend to the deities' will unconditionally for they are to be no more than servants to the Gods. As such he feels no remorse about the thousands or potentially millions of lives lost as a result of the wars he has waged, and has no qualms in using his Spectres as he pleases ultimately viewing them as tools. He is also seen to be a cunning manipulator and charismatic liar who goes as far as promising eternal life to his subordinates, except it is disclosed by Virgo Shaka and his conversation with Buddha that such promises are ultimately false.
Hades feels nothing but scorn for humanity, feeling they are impure, ignoble and disrespectful towards the Gods and as such has time and time again tried to destroy humanity under the pretense of cleaning it. This reveals Hades' incredible arrogance and self-serving nature, for he completely believes that everything he does is righteous by virtue of being a God and that humanity must just cater to his wishes, no matter how wicked his purpose is, seemingly unable to accept that Gods are meant to guide humanity with wisdom and compassion, rather than oppress them with fear and tyranny and in turn be worshipped and respected for their kindness rather than hierarchical status.
Regardless of his hatred for humanity, he does love his niece, Athena, and offers her numerous times to be spared and convince her of his misanthropy. He even extends that courtesy to her elite Bronze Saints but he is nonetheless cruel towards them as he viciously hacked them with his blade. Hades went so far as to personally curse Seiya for daring to draw blood from him by impaling him and forcing him to live out the rest of his days crippled.
Recently, Hades agreed to his father's request that he spare Leo Aiolia for being such an honorable opponent in exchange for obtaining his Dunamis to restore his lost body. Interestingly, Seiya comments there is such sadness in Hades' deep blue eyes implying there is something tragic that has happened to him in the past.
Power and abilities
Hades is one of the most powerful deities in the Saint Seiya Universe, being Zeus and Poseidon' oldest brother. His actions show the size of his destructive power and abilities. As the God of the Underworld, Hades had absolute control over the Underworld and all its subject . Hades can allow his specters to travel from the Underworld to the Living World, also, he can resurrect any living being at will (as he did with his deceased Specters, and Cerberus during The Lost Canvas series). Hades furthermore can scanned his host's memories for any kind of flashbacks (as he used it on his own host Alone to find the flashbacks only to discover that Sattigarius Sisyphus take Sasha away from the orphanage)
Hades also demonstrated an overwhelming telekinesis (as shown when he render Saints's attack useless during the battle). Along with his brothers Zeus and Poseidon , Hades defeated the Titans - the most powerful deities in the universe - and took control over the Underworld . Since then, Hades ruled of the Underworld and gaining the monopoly on life and death, therefore, which strikes his ability to obstruct vitality over his opponents . Hades's power is rivalled only be his brothers Zeus and Poseidon .
Hades stores his mythological body and his Surplice in Elysion, and is kept in a marble tomb while defended by the minor deities Thanatos and Hypnos. As a result of this , Hades requires a host to inhabited and can take over his host at any time . Most of the time, Hades tend to possessed the purest human body . When the Bronze Saints attack his tomb, he retorted in going back to his true body.
Being a deity , he is a possessor of the Big Will (Divine Cosmo) but, unlike his brother Poseidon in the Saint Seiya series, he could use all the power of his Divine Cosmo.
One of Hades' most powerful technique is the Greatest Eclipse, to which manipulating the entire solar system was needed . The great eclipse is capable of destroying the souls and spirits of creatures exposing their vastness, such a phenomenon would clearly not be considered as a simple solar eclipse. But when it is emitted by Hades' universe to become a supreme technique, it cannot be subdued according to his will. This technique, exclusively for Hades to the ages, has never been fully realized, when it can cover people in the dark and obscure the darkness spreading through hell.
In The Lost Canvas, Hades is able to kill any creature, as long as he describes them in his paintings. After that, he painted a giant screen in the sky, representing the world and everything in it, and thereby destroying the life of the Earth, similar to the Great Eclipse.
He also possesses Hades' Surplice and the extremely powerful sword. Athena's Shield, who claimed to be able to resist any attack that could not contain the edge of his sword. The sword can curse opponents, as they did with Seiya, hurt his soul. However, in The Lost Canvas, Hades has a strategy to destroy humanity, to create a wonderful screen in the sky with all the inhabitants on Earth, as soon as it ends - all will die.
It is currently unknown what Hades's Kamui, if he has one, looks like and if it is the inspiration for his personal Surplice.
Background and History
Hades was the eldest male and the fourth child of the Titan Kronos and Rhea, born after his sisters Hestia , Demeter, Hera. Unfortunately , Hades was swallowed by his own father when he was a baby and spending his childhood in his father's stomach .
Later, Zeus eventually freed his sbilings and led a revolt against the tyranny of his father and the other Titans. Once the Titans were locked away in Tartarus, the three brothers drew lots to divide who would rule which part of the world. Zeus got Olympus, Poseidon the seas and Hades was given the Underworld.
The first holy war between Athena and Hades happened when the King of the Underworld decided to give Ares asylum after being defeated by his sister. During the war, the real body of the King of the Underworld was first wounded by the Pegasus Saint, who led him to decide to keep his body sealed in the Elysium, dead (soulless) in a tomb. Thus, whenever he reappears, the god takes the body of the purest human in the world at the time of his awakening, for without a body he cannot walk in the human world when he has mastered it. Remembering that Hades is the one who chooses the body, but the choice of a God is worth above that of humans and without their choice, the world does not flow.
Holy War XIII Century
Hades woke again at about the thirteenth century, and initiated a new Holy War , in which he participated Aquarius Krest in the alternative version The Lost Canvas. There are no records of this fight more than the mention of it in the Aquarius Chapter. Hades was one of the three gods mentioned by Krest who participated in the XIII Century Holy war others being his brother Poseidon and his nephew Ares was defeated and sealed by his niece Athena.
In the modern age (between 1486-1493)
500 years before the present era, Hades reappears in full modern era. Data on this Holy War is virtually nil, however the sleeves Next Dimension and The Lost Canvas provide valuable data.
It brings the story that two Saints only managed to survive in that war, Cancer Sage and Altar Hakurei (twin brothers). According to them, the Twin Gods Thanatos and Hypnos all the Saints were defeated. Cancer Sage with his brother Altar Hakurei, had no possibility to cope with these terrible gods. Sage is appointed Pope of Athena while Hakurei returns to Jiamir and to guard the tower where the souls of the Spectres are sealed. Athena also leaves a Sword protected by her prayers to his saints.
The ova 25 reveals that Hades led many Spectres and invaded the 12 houses including Griffon Minos, Bat Wimber and Worm Raimi were defeated by eight saints including Altar Hakurei and 4 bronze 1 gold (Sage) protecting to Athena . Finally it appears to be rescued by Altar Hakurei and Cancer Sage. Hades's host after the defeat of Hades but dies in Altar Hakurei's arms when appear Hypnos and Thanatos.
The Greatest Eclipse
After the Specters were ordered back to the Underworld and Pandora's Castle collapsed, Hades waited in Judeca, knowing that his new avatar Shun would come. After Lyra Orphée was killed by Wyvern Rhadamanthys during a failed assassination of Hades, Shun became possessed and Seiya was thrown into Cocytus. Meanwhile, Ikki defeats Garuda Aiacos in the fifth prison. Hades senses his cosmo and orders Pandora to bring the individual. Ikki is warped to Judeca. There, he fights against Pandora and remembers he had already seen her once. Pandora tells him that the "Yours Ever" pendant she gave Shun years ago was the chain that tied him to Hades. Shun takes a brief possession of his own body and tells Ikki to kill him in order to destroy Hades and stop the Greatest Eclipse, which will cause the alignment of nine planets including the planet Pluto itself and will darken the earth. However, Ikki wasn't able to do it, and was thrown into Cocytus by Harpy Valentine. Later, Athena and Virgo Shaka arrived; Athena asked him for a bargain: At the cost of her life, the Greatest Eclipse should stop. However, Athena's blood expels Hades from Shun's body. Enraged, Hades pulls Athena with him to Elysium.
Seiya, Shun, Shiryu, Hyoga and Ikki reach Elysium. There, they fight Thanatos and Hypnos. However, after the twins are defeated, Hades is still lured by Athena to wake up in his own body. He fights the five Saints at once, receiving little damage to his God Cloth. When Seiya asks why Hades' eyes are so sad, Hades sees Tenma in Seiya. Athena joins the battle and duels Hades. Seiya, trying to protect her, is mortally wounded by Hades' sword, and fell in a coma in front of Athena and his friends. Athena does not take the chance to kill Hades and cries. Shun, Shiryu, Hyoga and Ikki then concentrate their cosmos into Athena's Victory Staff and Athena throws her weapon into Hades, which destroys his body.
In the newest Manga comic book series, Athena and Shun travel back in time to save Seiya from Hades' curse. Athena was turned into a baby by god of time Chronos. Then pope from sanctuary tries to kill her because he was Hades's spy. Shun meet Pegasus Temma saint and with him try to save Atena.
In Saint Seiya, as in the Greek mythology, Hades is the Underworld god, and as such, incarnates into a
human being. Every 243 years Hades can enter the world of humans, and fight against Athena for control over the world.
However , it is said that Hades is too fond of his own body which was born by Cronus and Rhea. He cares so much of it that he keeps it locked in a chamber in Elysion so it doesn't get damaged, only to start using it when he has taken control over the world. To fight the sacred wars against Athena, Hades has to take control of the purest human being born at the time of his incarnation.
Like Poseidon, Hades prefers to take hold of a human at any age to returns to the world, fearing to injured his original body. He always seizes the purest human being on the Earth.
- Aquarius Krest is an old gold saint, the Aquarius Gold Saint of the XIII who, after numerous battles and holy wars (against Hades, Poseidon, Ares and other gods) . Hades was one of the three gods mentioned by Krest involved between thirteenth and fifteenth century . The others being his brother , Poseidon (XIII Century) and his nephew , Ares was defeated and sealed by his niece Athena.
- Hades's possession of the purest souls resembles his abduction of the maiden Persephone.
- Like many other characters, Hades doesn't use a helmet in Anime.
- In myth, Hades owned an Invisible helmet. Kurumada changed it from hat to sword. Or perhaps the helmet of Hades's Surplice was the Invisible helmet itself. In the story, the Invisible Sword possesses non-life aura that hurts souls directly. In real life it may be called Red-Overlay Aura (not red aura) that annoys some humans .
- In classical mythology, there was no ill will between Athena and Hades, and interaction between them is only depicted once, in a handful of paintings depicting the Rape (Abduction) of Persephone, Hades's niece and eventual wife. In the paintings, as Hades kidnaps Persephone, Athena and Artemis (acting as archetypes of virginity and innocence) try to save her, but Hades proves too fast for them to catch.
- The original description of Hades shows him as something of a neutral figure; he is a stern and immovable god, but he is just and had no interest in the human world, although he became furious with those who attempted to escape the Underworld against his wishes or who took souls rightfully belonging to him. In contrast, the Hades of Saint Seiya is a lot more antagonistic and aggressive towards human beings.
- Hades' attitude regarding humans is mirrored, interestingly, in the character of his wife, Persephone, in the video game God of War: Chains of Olympus. Similarly to the Saint Seiya version of Hades, in the game Persephone seeks to eradicate the entire world due to her view that all humans are selfish and corrupted. She additionally sought to destroy gods (as Hades wants to destroy Athena) due to their "betrayal", and then inability to save her when Hades tricked her into marrying him. Another parallel is that both, in full armored form, resemble dark angels or angels of Death.
- Judging from the location of Hades' palace at the center of Cocytos and his antagonism towards humans, there is an implication that Hades is symbolic of Satan as, in Dante's Divine Comedy (which heavily influenced the Underworld of Saint Seiya), Hades' palace is located in the exact area where the Devil in Dante's work was imprisoned. Also as in the Divine Comedy, Hades' palace contains a gateway out of the Underworld (in the Divine Comedy, the narrator and his guide escape Hell by climbing down Satan's body and emerging back on Earth). This is furthermore supported by Hades' God Cloth, which resembles an angel, something the Devil was originally as Lucifer.
- Hades' Surplice and sword are reminiscent of the Judeo-Christian angel of Death, Azrael, who, in original depictions, removed souls from the dead using a sword. Unlike Hades, however, Azrael was moreso a force of good (albeit unmoved by appeals or pleas).
- Similar to the character of the same name in the video game God of War I, II, III, Hades was destroyed
by Kratos on Underworld. Kratos Killing Hades using Claws Of Hades After Kratos took it from Hades hand. Kratos Trying to be take Soul Hades on his body after soul hades on Kratos. Kratos can pass River Styx using Soul Hades.
|Saint Seiya||Athena • Nike • Poseidon • Hades • Hypnos • Thanatos|
|Animes & movies only||Eris • Odin • Abel/Apollo • Lucifer • Loki|
|Saint Seiya: Next Dimension||Zeus • Artemis • Chronos|
|Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas||Modeler Morpheus • Portrayer Phantasos • Vision Icelus • Dream Oneiros • Tezcatlipoca • Hakuryu|
|Saint Seiya Episode G||Kronos • Ebony Hyperion • Dimension Iapetos • Dark Lightning Koios • Galaxy Kreios • Current Okeanos • Rhea • Themis • Mnemosyne • Theia • Tethys • Phoebe • Eurybia • Prometheus • Pontos • Gaia • Ra • Apophis|
|Saint Seiya Omega||Mars • Abzu • Pallas (Omega) • Saturn|