You cannot have the Big Three gods without Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, the brother of Zeus and Poseidon and an uncle to our titular narrator, Percy Jackson. Oh, and he’s the father of Nico and Bianca Di Angelo and the husband of Persephone. A son of Kronos, the god of the dead, has a colourful (no pun intended) history that we briefly wanted to review. This is also part of our coverage of the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians, in which Hades will appear later in the first season.
Before we start, in the Percy Jackson screen projects, Hades has been played by two actors. The first is Steve Coogan in the Lightning Thief movie. The second is Jay Duplass, who plays the character in the upcoming Disney+ series.
Who Is Hades?
Born one of the sons of Titans Kronos and Rhea, Hades was swallowed with four of his five siblings to prevent them from overthrowing their father. However, Zeus freed his siblings, and there was a massive war which the gods ones. Hades got the Underworld, Zeus got Olympus, and Poseidon got the oceans.
Hades became lonely and kidnapped Demeter and Zeus’ daughter, Persephone. One of his servants tricked her into eating Pompagrante seeds, which saw her spend six months in the Underworld and six months on Earth with her mother. He had two children with Persephone.
In the early 20th Century, Hades would have three demigod children. Two were born in his Greek form, and one in his Roman form, Pluto. His two children, as Hades, were born to the mortal woman Maria Di Angelo, Bianca and Nico Di Angelo. His daughter, as Pluto, was Hazel Levesque to another mortal, Marie Levesque.
After the births of Bianca and Nico, who were kept hidden to protect them from Zeus and Poseidon’s wrath, the Big Three created a pact where they were to no longer have demigod children due to a prophecy that threatened to destroy Olympus.
Hades was the only one of the three not to break the pact. Zeus fathered Thalia Grace (and later Jason Grace as Jupiter) with Beryl Grace, and Poseidon would have Percy Jackson with Sally Jackson.
During The Percy Jackson Books
Hades plays a prominent role in the original Percy Jackson books as he is feared by his siblings and the rest of the family, but he saves them from Kronos. He is also the eldest of the Big Three.
During the Lightning Thief, he meets Percy, Annabeth and Grover in the Underworld. He is considered the villain until it is revealed later that Luke Castellan and Kronos are the true villains.