Hades (ハデス Hadesu) is the true antagonist of Kid Icarus: Uprising and the true Lord of the Underworld, so he could also be considered the main antagonist of the overall series. Hades is also revealed to have been the mastermind behind the events of the first game.
He is voiced by S. Scott Bullock in English and Hōchū Ōtsuka in Japanese.
Hades appears as a humanoid demon-like deity with purple skin and red tatoos. He has long red, green, and pink-colored hair. He wears very grotesquely designed robes and clothing with asymmetrical shapes and a cape seemingly made out of darkness and fire. He has red lines that run up both his arms and legs. The inside of his body is completely chaotic in design, with even skies, grind rails and surreal structures found commonly throughout.
At first glance, Hades is shown to be a mischievous, manipulative trickster. When engaging in conversation, his tone is playfully dull, yet brimming with sarcasm and cruelty. He has a sense of showmanship, using a combination of witty remarks and belittling insults when talking to and about others. He also has a bit of a flirtatious side, constantly making unwanted passes and flattering remarks to and about all the female characters. Hades is considerably arrogant, brushing off any matter as no importance.
However, his nonchalant demeanor belies his true dark and destructive personality. At his core, Hades is a merciless psychopath with an utter disregard for life. His lust for killing makes him seem completely unconcerned when his commanders fall in battle, stating that his army is too stupid to have an actual ranking, and has no problem killing off Medusa when she interferes during Hades' final battle against Pit. He also sees souls as nothing more than either as materials to create his monsters or a means of empowering nourishment, indifferent to the fact that his action is upsetting the natural balance of the world due to his selfish greed and hunger. Hades also is not a completely loyal team player, as displayed when despite setting aside his hostility to combat the Aurum, he sent out Mimicuties to hinder Pit's progress.
Despite all his malicious tendencies, he does have a genuine sense of humor and enjoys telling jokes and making puns at even the most odd or inappropriate of times. He also shows genuine respect for Pit as a worthy adversary, holding no grudge against Pit after the latter killed him and destroyed his body, and even complimented his abilities, albeit still throwing a few nasty remarks in his direction.
Hades is shown to be one of the most powerful characters in the game, alongside Lord Dyntos. Hades is also powerful enough to destroy the Three Sacred Treasures in one blast. Hades has the ability to manipulate souls. Using this ability, he can revive fallen allies or create new monsters. Hades can also devour souls to increase his strength and use souls to regenerate lost limbs. However, the latter ability makes Hades more vulnerable to damage.
However, Hades' ability to manipulate souls serves as a double-edged sword. By stealing and devouring souls, Hades erases them from existance, keeping them in limbo. This action progressively disrupts the natural balance of the world.
In battle, Hades is a fearsome opponent, showing great skill in both magic and hand-to-hand combat. In the final battle, Hades dons his "Devastation Ensemble" which he only wears for very special occasions, such as weddings or armageddons. In this state, his entire body is covered in missiles and laser turrets with his face. This turns his body into a literal weapon of mass destruction. Hades can also fire lasers from his hands and face. Hades can spin at speeds fast enough to create twisters, and can teleport at speeds that can only be matched by the Great Sacred Treasure's Pursuit Mode. Like the other gods, Hades can communicate via telepathy and project his astral form.
He makes no mention in the game as to whether or not he aided in Orcos's own attack on Skyworld in Of Myths and Monsters, though it is a distinct possibility since Orcos was using the Underworld Army. A creature called Pluton is also based on Pluto, the Roman version of Hades, though it is unknown if it is connected to Hades himself.
During the events of Uprising, Hades revives Medusa and her forces to serve as distractions to keep Palutena and Pit on their toes. After Medusa's defeat, Hades reveals himself by breaking the fourth wall and saying that he is the one who revived Medusa as well as telling Palutena that the real fun is about begin. Hades first begins his campaign by manipulating Pit into killing off the Phoenix while making him think he is after the Wish Seed. However, revealing that he knew the Wish Seed was a fake, Hades reveals the Wish Seed's existence to the people so that they can kill themselves over a wish-granting item that does not even exist. The subsequent attacks of Viridi, the Aurum, and the Chaos Kin ultimately force Pit and Palutena to ignore Hades in favor of stopping the more immediate threats while he makes a constant presence both through his army as well as with snide jokes and nonchalant insults. During the Aurum invasion in Chapter 15, he sends Mimicuties to toy with Pit (he confirms they were his in Chapter 16). However, he does aid Pit during the attack on the Aurum Hive by having his minions commandeer one of their battleships and ram it into the Hive (an act Viridi refered to as "awesome"). Hades' reasons for fighting the against the Aurum were purely due to his selfishness (as he considered that Earth was his to plunder and his alone). In Chapter 17, his army attacks the Aurum Brain alongside Viridi's forces, Pyrrhon, Pit, and Palutena's Army. After Pit is turned into a ring, Hades' forces continue harassing humankind, though the Chaos Kin through its control of Palutena, her army, and Pit's Body becomes the enemy of humankind, Viridi, and Hades (in typical Hades' style, he takes advantage of the situation and collects the souls of humans killed during the three years Pit spent as a ring). Upon Pit's return, his forces continued to harass Pit (who is aided by Viridi), humanity, and Palutena's forces (which are under the control of the Chaos Kin). He tries to steal the Lightning Chariot both for himself and to stop Pit and Viridi from obtaining it. During Chapter 20, his forces assault Pit on his way to Palutena's Temple in the Lightning Chariot. After Pit destroys the barrier surrounding the temple, Hades takes the opportunity to attack it and Pit, all the while mockingly suggesting that Pit should kill Palutena instead of the Chaos Kin (even suggesting that Palutena hates Pit more than he does); however, he is ignored by Pit.
In Chapter 22, both Hades and his forces assualt Dark Pit on his way to the Rewind Spring and mentions how he would love to get his hands on Dark Pit's soul. Eventually, everyone learns Hades' goal of using the souls of everyone who died in the series of wars to create his army and increase his own power, an act that is interfering with the natural order and is threatening all. Dark Pit manages to elude him and makes it to the spring but is attacked by the revived Pandora. Hades arrives to the spring and is greeted by Amazon Pandora (Pandora's original body) and is shocked to find out it is Pandora herself (apparently unfamiliar with Pandora's original appearance). Realizing the spring's power, he plans to destroy it to prevent it from being used on Pit but fails, and Pandora is defeated once again.
Though Pit initially takes up the Three Sacred Treasures to mount an attack on Hades, the god proves too powerful as he destroys the weapons with a single attack and swallows up Pit. Hades proceeds to fight off Viridi's army before sensing that Pit is damaging his heart. Just then, Dark Pit uses the Lightning Chariot to pierce through Hades chest, rescuing Pit. Hades quickly tries to grab them, but they vanish due to Palutena's intervention before he peers at his palm. Hades then remarks, "At least I'm not dead!"
Later, Hades confronts Pit again when he is given the Great Sacred Treasure. Though it seems that Pit has the upper hand in the extended battle, all the way towards the end, Hades turns the tables and destroys the suit. Though a recently revived Medusa comes to Pit's aid at the last second afterwards, Hades gets serious as he retaliates and kills Medusa with a single punch. But giving Palutena time to charge up the main cannon of the destroyed Great Sacred Treasure, Pit fires it and completely vaporizes a shocked Hades. Before fading away, Hades mutters that he never expected Pit to defeat him. Five minutes after the ending credits, Hades' disembodied voice states to the player that he might find a way to resurrect himself for the next game within 25 years, breaking the 4th wall again.
HadesThe true master of the Underworld. He is immeasurably strong - even among the divine pantheon - but prefers to rule from the shadows, forcing Medusa to do his dirty work. Yet even with all this evil, Hades still manage to act nonchalant.
Hades, prepared for the final battle. Covered with missiles, his body is quite literally a weapon of mass destruction. Only Hades's selfish protection of the Underworld's bottom line keeps him from going all out on Pit.
Hades (New Legs)
After being cut in half by the Great Sacred Tresure, Hades heads for the Surface world to regenerate his legs. Because this trick uses an immense number of souls, the usually invincible Hades suffers damage in the process.
Hades (Final)Mere moments after having his head crushed by Medusa, Hades returns with a new, fresh complexion. While he attacks Pit with renewed ferocity, it still isn't enough to withstand the assault of the Great Sacred Treasure.
Though called Hades's Belly, this strange place is in an entirely different dimension than Hades. So while it shares a link of sorts with the evil god, it seems that destruction inside the belly barely affects Hades himself.
- "Welcome to MY Underworld, Pitty Pat. You too, pretty Palutena."
- "Next to me, little miss Medusa's going to look like a sweet, cuddly bunny!"
- "Oh no, making mischief is one of my principle responsibilities!" - Speaking to Palutena (Chapter 12)
- "And when it's ripe, it just falls off the vine and organically destroys everything in its path?" "But I'm in the ball park, aren't I?" - Discussing the Reset Bombs (Chapter 12)
- "Morning, do-gooders!" - Greeting (Chapter 15)
- "Sadly, no, though I do applaud any and all violence directed at you." - Responding to Pit's suggestion about the source behind the mysterious invaders (Chapter 15)
- "But whatever they are, they must be stopped. Earth is MY flower to plunder, not theirs!" - Commenting on the alien invaders (Chapter 15)
- "I guess we Underworlders will get in the mix, too. Shoot anything that moves!" - After Viridi orders her army to attack the Aurum
- "Just ONE of their bases? How much more hell DO they plan to raise?" - Responding to Pyrrhon's comment about the Aurum's bases
- "What elegance! What grace! What disturbing brutality!" - Commenting on the second Mimicutie encounter (Chapter 15)
- "Tell me, Pitty Pat, why exactly can't you fly?" "SO sorry. I didn't realize it was such a sensitive subject." - On the topic of Pit's inability to fly
- "Aww, sounds like someone's losing her nerve! I guess I'd better step in! Get in here, boys! It's time for some Underworld Army action!" - Commenting on Palutena's indecision (Chapter 15)
- "Well, that didn't go very well." - After sending in Underworld troops to attack the Aurum (Chapter 15)
- "Where you pinheads see adversity, I see opportunity!" "For example, this battleship looks like it could use a good home. Now's your chance, minions! It's lootin' time!" - Responding to Palutena's comment about pulling out during the attack on the Aurum Hive
- "Don't curse the darkness, light a candle! When freaky aliens give you lemons, make freaky alien lemonade! Like THIS!!" - Breaching the Aurum Hive's defenses
- "Attention passengers! Those who fail to pay their fare must exit the vehicle!" - When an Aurum Kolma lands on a platform (Chapter 17)
- "Ah the old Sandwich tactic. How delectable." - When Pit is caught between two Aurum ships (Chapter 17)
- "Yow! She's feisty! Wear gloves with this one, minions!" - Commenting about Viridi
- "It's like watching a rollerskating chicken!" - When Pit finds a grind rail (Chapter 19)
- "Aaa! You fail!" - When Pit falls off the cliff on the Exo Tank (Chapter 20)
- "Save Palutena? Don't you mean crush Palutena?" - Responding to Viridi telling Pit to save Palutena
- "Our hero's looking a little goth today. I hope the stresses of life haven't gotten you down. That would be ever so tragic." - to 'Dark Pit'
- "That really hurt. But hey, at least I'm not dead!" - After Pit escapes from Hades' stomach
- "Such a teeny little angel defeating such a big, bad God of the Underworld. Why, Pitty, that must make you the most powerful Nintendo character of all time. I'm actually rather proud of you. 8-bit Pit would have never made it this far." - Commenting about Pit after the ending credits
- "Weeeee arrrreeeee from outeeerrr spacceeeee!" - Trying to act like an alien after Palutena's comments about the Aurum battleships
- "On to death!!" - Battling Pit
- "You broke my toy!" - After Pit breaks the Wish Seed (Chapter 10)
- "I am your master, Medusa, and I will revive you as many times as I desire!!" - After Medusa attacks him (Chapter 25)
- "Pit! (Hades!) Piiiit! (Hadeeees!) Piiiiiiiiit! (Hadeeeeees!)" - Talking to Pit before the final battle (Chapter 25)
- "Oh, snap! Poor Pitty got duped!" - Talking to Pit after Pyrrhon took over the Aurum Brain
- "Hey look, who cares?" - Talking to Pit after he finds an Exo Tank (Chapter 15)
- "Add a pinch of memories to a ton of souls. Put them in a blender, and hit frappé!" - Commenting to Palutena and Pit after Medusa has been defeated
- "What a pest you are!" - Hades trying to blast Pit out of the sky in his new form in the final battle (Chapter 25)
- "Now isn't that just... PRECIOUS!"- Hades destroying the Three Sacred Treasures
- Hades swallowing Pit is reminiscent of Hades' father Cronus swallowing Hades as an infant in Greek Mythology.
- Hades was meant to be possibly the most powerful god; however in Chapter 24, it was hinted that Lord Dyntos is more powerful because he could create an army that would be stronger than any army ever seen. The idea that he is more powerful has yet to be proved a fact. The creations of Pseudo-Palutena and the Great Sacred Treasure, however, would prove otherwise; Lord Dyntos can replicate other gods (and even augment their strength as he can with enemies if need be), and he created the one weapon that truly finished Hades off regardless of its near-complete destruction, leaving it with only one fuctioning part remaining.
- Hades is one of four major characters in the story (not including Pit) not to have their own version of a weapon, the others being Dyntos, Pyrrhon, and Medusa (there is an item called the Medusa Head, but it is not a weapon). Although, the End-All Arm could be based on Hades because it is the same color as his hair, and its charged shots make sounds that are similar to Hades' laughter.
- Hades is the only person in the game to swear, as hell is considered a swear word in different countries (most notably the United States).
- Hades and Medusa are the only two bosses, not counting mini-bosses, whose battle(s) with Pit are Air Battle only, and both are rulers of the Underworld (though Medusa's authority and position in the Underworld may have been a privilege from Hades himself, as it was genuinely his realm, not hers).
- Hades is the only boss not battled in Boss Battle mode. This is likely because his battle took up an entire chapter.
- Hades is, in almost every level, seen talking. The only levels (not including the ones where he has not yet made his first appearance) he did not speak in are Chapter 13, Chapter 18, Chapter 24, Chapter 21, and during the Viridi legacy.
- Hades can be considered a "troll," and uses famous trolling methods. He constantly bugs Pit by sending enemies during levels, similarly to the Zurg Rush in Starcraft.