- "Did you forget who you're talking to? I am the Lord of the Dead!"
- —Hades to Willie the Giant
Hades Cronusson is the co-ruler of the Hellfire Organization, and one of the major villains in the Kingdom Hearts Unlimited Saga. In this series, Hades pretty much reprises his role from the games, only with a much more expanded role to give him more importance as a force to be reckoned with on the journey.
Hot-headed literally and emotionally, he will stop at nothing to see both Mt. Olympus conquered by him and the end of Hercules fulfilled.
Ancient History to Before Birth of a New Era
Hades was the eldest male child of Kronos, the Titan King of Mount Othrys, and his sister-wife Rhea, born after his sister Hestia. Since he was their firstborn son, Rhea had hoped that Hades would not get swallowed, since she believed that Kronos would enjoy raising a son and heir. However, since Hades was a god, Kronos, fearing that Hades would one day overpower him, quickly proceeded to swallow him whole as well. Hades, thus, spent his childhood undigested in his father's stomach along with his sister, and younger brother Poseidon, who was swallowed shortly thereafter. As a result, Kronos became known as "The Cannibal King." Rhea pleaded with Kronos to spare their children but with no success, since even Kronos' great love for Rhea was not enough to overpower his selfish and evil nature. However, Rhea soon gave birth to her final child, Zeus, whom she secretly raised on Crete, far away from Mount Othrys.
After growing up, Zeus successfully infiltrated Kronos' Palace on Mount Othrys as the Titan King's royal cup bearer. Hades was finally released during the final drinking competition that Kronos had with his Titanic brothers and nephews. Zeus poured an extremely powerful emetic (made from nectar mixed with mustard) into Kronos' goblet, which caused the Titan King to disgorge all of the contents of his stomach, in reverse order of swallowing: first the boulder, then Hera, followed by Demeter, Poseidon, Hades, and Hestia. All five of them had been growing undigested in Kronos' stomach, being gods.
Zeus quickly introduced himself to his elder siblings, and all of them promptly escaped Mount Othrys, before their Titanic uncles and cousins came to their senses. In Zeus' Cave, at the base of Mount Ida, Hades happily reunited with his beloved mother Rhea, who tearfully embraced him. Shortly thereafter, Hades and the other gods accepted Zeus as their leader, and reached a unanimous consensus on declaring war against their tyrannical father. However, since the Titans were well-armed and the gods still had no weapons, Hades agreed to help Zeus release their Elder Cyclopes and Hekatonkheire uncles from Tartarus first. For some reason, Hades seemed quite happy at the prospect of venturing into the darkest and most horrifying realm of the world.
Hades, being very skilled in navigating under the earth, was able to lead them all into straight into Tartarus through a network of Underworld tunnels. There, imprisoned in the maximum-security zone, surrounded by huge bronze walls, and a lava moat, guarded fierce demons, were the Elder Cyclopes and Hekatonkheires. Their guardian, Kampê, was the most ferocious and fearsome monster in all of Tartarus, and even Hades, Zeus, and Poseidon initially shuddered with horror when they saw the infernal monster for the first time. However, the gods overcame their fear, and were able to sneak in. Zeus managed to talk to the Cyclopes Brontes, and convinced him to forge powerful weapons for him and his siblings behind Kampê's back. The three Elder Cyclopes forged three incredibly powerful weapons: the Master Bolt (for Zeus), the Trident (for Poseidon), and the Helm of Darkness (for Hades). Hades seemed particularly pleased with the Helm's power of generating intense and ineffable terror . With these new weapons, Zeus killed Kampê, and Poseidon shattered the chains of the Elder Cyclopes and Hekatonkheires, releasing them. Afterwards, Hades safely guided his siblings and uncles back out of Tartarus. In return, for their release, all six of Hades' uncles agreed to fight on his side in the upcoming war with the Titans.
Shortly after their return from Tartarus, Hades and his siblings officially declared war on Kronos and the other Titans, which resulted in the terrifying 11-year-long Titanomachy. The Titans initially had the upper hand, since they were much more experienced warriors. However, as the years of the War passed, the gods quickly became skilled warriors as well, and with the help of their new extremely powerful weapons, as well as the aid of the Elder Cyclopes and Hekatonkheires, excluding the traitorous Arges and Aegaeon, the gods finally prevailed. Hades himself proved to be a very dangerous and ferocious warrior and greatly contributed to the ultimate downfall of Kronos and his Titanic followers. He was greatly feared among all of the Titans due to his terrifying Helm.
While preparing for the final battle of the War, Hades and his siblings ascended to Mount Olympus (the tallest mountain in Greece after Mount Orthys). During the final battle, Zeus used his Master Bolt to shear off the top of Mount Othrys, and hurl Kronos from his Black Throne, defeating the Titan King. Shortly thereafter, the gods invaded the ruins of Mount Orthys, and finally overwhelmed Atlas, Hyperion, Iapetus, Krios, and Koios.
In the aftermath of the battle, the Elder Cylopes chained up all of the defeated Titans, while the Hekatonkheires forced them to kneel before Hades, Zeus, and Poseidon. Zeus took his father's Scythe, and sliced Kronos into a thousand pieces, before casting him into Tartarus, along with the rest of his followers (except for General Atlas, who was forced to hold the Sky).
The gods chose Mount Olympus as their official residence, and the Elder Cyclopes built magnificent palaces there for them all. As a result, the gods started to call themselves the Olympians. Shortly thereafter, Hades had a private meeting with his younger brothers Poseidon and Zeus, and the three mighty sons of Kronos agreed to divide the world between themselves. Although it was Hades' birthright (as Kronos' firstborn son) to be named his father's successor, he agreed to divide the Titan King's former domain with his brothers. Hades received the Underworld, Poseidon seized the seas and oceans, and Zeus claimed the heavens as his domain. Shortly after this division, the three mighty sons of Kronos came to be known as "The Big Three." However, Zeus' authority was recognized as superior to that of his brothers, and Zeus became the King of Mount Olympus and the Olympians.
Unfortunately for Hades, he was greatly feared by all of his siblings, nephews and nieces, and hence, he was rarely invited to Mount Olympus (except for the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year). However, by gaining the Underworld, Hades also gained divine authority over all of the precious metals and jewels under the earth, becoming richer than any other Olympian. Hades was so feared by mortals and demigods, that they rarely even used his name, and referred to him as either "The Rich One", "The Silent One", or "The Hospitable One".
Several centuries later, Zeus appointed Hades the dangerous but very important job of serving as jailer for the Ancient Ones in Tartarus. Chernabog, lord of the Ancient Ones by that point, was highly amused when he found out about it from one of his generals, Mephisto, and thus decided to spite Zeus by converting Hades to his side as preparation for the coming of the storm. Using several imps who lurked about the Underworld as his mouthpieces, Chernabog played to Hades's resentment and anger that despite his highly important job, he got little to no recognition from his siblings or even the surviving Alpha Beings who now comprised the rising High Council. Finally, once Hades had become sufficiently bitter after a certain amount of centuries, an avatar of Chernabog's malice came down to Hades and offered him Mt. Olympus in return for the destruction of the High Council. In his hate, Hades agreed.
(Used to wield a keyblade, but lost the ability to control it after surrending his immortal soul to the darkness; later meets Maleficent and forms a relationship with her, leading to the conception of their son Emperor Zurg)
The Birth of A New Era
(One of the founders of the Separatist Alliance, teams up with the Red Skull & his HYDRA generals to plunge Midgard-616 to darkness while also intending to get Anakin Skywalker on their side)
Between BoaNE and The Journey
(Helps form the Hellfire Organization, and begins his plans to conquer Mt. Olympus by targeting Hercules)
(Reprises his role from KH 1 and Hercules, combined with elements of Kunzite and Dark Endymion, then forced to work for the Horned King after his queen is killed in battle with the heroes; is seemingly destroyed by being submerged in the World of Chaos' destruction)
The Chain of Memories
(Is revealed to have survived his death by being an immortal god, is reunited with Maleficent's ghost in Castle Oblivion and teams up with the BlackFrost Organization to get revenge on Taran, Ellidyr, and Hercules, is assigned to work with Megatron in launching an assault on Autobot City in Cybertron; is later one of the survivors of the Blackfrost Organization's fall and is forced to get out of the castle while the getting's good)
A Year of Misery
(With Maleficent seemingly trapped in the Dark Realm after her second death, Hades becomes the new head honcho of the Hellfire Org's remnants, with Pete as his co-collaborator, and personally undertaking a mission to Spider-Island to forge an alliance with the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus; is almost intent on giving up after the battle between Wart and Ellidyr)
An Empire of Dreams
(Is reinvigorated when Maleficent and her deceased allies are brought back to life, and is more than delighted to forge a partnership with Dominion XIII if only to stab them in the back as their reward for helping bring his queen back to life; is the big bad of the Mousedom campaign alongside Ratigan; after Maleficent's third death, Hades angrily launches an assault of the Hellfire Org's forces upon Hollow Bastion for revenge, only to realize too late that he has been Emperor Zurg and Wiseman's pawn in forging the Moon of Lost Souls, and resigns himself to retirement believing that he'll never be the great conqueror he was in the past; is persuaded to come back by Ursula pushing his buttons on how much he's letting his son get the better of his old man; interrupts the wedding between Zurg and Ariel in an attempt to seize the Moon of Lost Souls' power for himself, only to get brainwashed by Wiseman to serve as an elite solider in his final attempt to destroy all creation; is broken free from the spell by having his Black Moon earrings ripped from his ears and shattered by Pain & Panic, then flees with the other surviving villains back to Villains Vale)
(Joins the other villains in spreading chaos throughout the worlds connected to the Datascape, though secretly still misses Maleficent's company; is present to listen to Regina's new plan to go after the Tome of Prophecy, and is in favor of it since it was one of Maleficent's back-up plans to be implemented in the event of her passing)
The Fantasmic Dreamtime
(Takes advantage of the weakening barrier on Disney Castle and joins the other villains in attacking the Castle in an attempt to use Jiminy's Journal as a possible lead to the whereabouts of the true Tome of Prophecy; is defeated after a long battle with John Rolfe, Pocahontas, and Ben Ali Gator)
Return of the Keyblade
(Suddenly remembers a long forgotten relic of his past during his adventures with the Ancient Keyblade Order when Queen Regina and the summoned ghost of Maleficent inquire him if perchance Merlock's own Tome of Prophecy had been hiding all along on Mt. Olympus the whole time...)
Appearance and Personality
In his normal state, Hades has blue skin and blue flaming "hair". His eyes are completely yellow except for his black pupils. He has very sharp teeth and an unnatural black mouth. His face is quite long and thin, with his chin jutting out abruptly. His fingers are long, thin, and clawed. He wears what appears to be a dark grey shirt underneath a black toga, the latter of which seems to be held up by a small skull pin on his right shoulder. Hades's feet are never visible, due to the length of his robes.
When Hades gets angry, he quite literally erupts with anger, his skin turning red-orange and his "hair" flaring up in red, orange, and yellow flame. The light this fire gives off also bathes his clothes (and the surroundings) in a red hue (which is ironic since blue fire is warmer than red fire).
Hades is also shown to be very cunning and smooth when calm and tends to talk a lot; for instance, when he tricked Taran into opening the Underdrome to save Meg. He also shows this trait when talking to Hercules, most of the time giving indirect answers and eerie hints that usually lead Hercules to danger. Also, unlike other Disney antagonists, Hades never seems to lie directly, instead never telling the whole truth of the matter. He possesses a biting, dry wit, and has a habit of making both subtle and overt verbal jabs at those around him. Hades also has childlike tendencies, like blocking his ears with his fingers and pretending he doesn't hear Taran when he tries to talk to him. He admitted that he has an ambition to rule his homeworld not to mention all others with it in Encoded Truths.
Hades always makes heavy use of powerful Fire elemental magic in his encounters. The Lord of the Dead has high amounts of HP, and can even become invulnerable for short periods of time.