Friday, June 5, 2015

WBI: Hades (Disney)

Okay, before we have to do this one, we must establish this truth: in the original mythology, Hades was not evil per se. People just didn’t like him because death and things. Are we cool? That being said, Hades is the villain of Hercules, and he is awesome in that role, so long as we all know that your knowledge of Greek Mythology should not come solely from that film.

Okay, let’s get down to business! (note to self: do Shan Yu sometime)

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After working on a plot for almost eighteen years to overthrow Olympus, Hades learns that his nephew, Hercules, was not sufficiently killed by his minions. In order to correct the mistake, he spends the next few months attempting to incapacitate him and finally take his prize.

WBI Profile


Classification :: Δ01378!#*&
Role :: Politician (overtaking Olympus)
Motivation :: chaos (taking down Olympus’ authority), evil (hurting Zeus), insanity/psychology (his temper), personal/material gain (control of cosmos, hurting Zeus), power/influence (control of cosmos)
Bonus :: superpower (god), minions (Pain and Panic), lair (Underworld), family ties (Zeus’s younger brother)


A Study


hilarious—even though the other gods didn’t like his moussaka joke, Hades is almost insufferably witty and smooth talking

planning—Hades takes all the steps necessary to get what he wants; in his introduction he meets with the Fates, just to get ahead of the game

emotional—frequently, that means he’s furious, as shown by his head during bright orange; however, he is not a stone-faced villain and shows a lot of emotional investment regarding his plan

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delegating—to his own destruction, Hades tends to give tasks to his incompetent (but also amusing) minions, Pain and Panic, and his slave, Meg

enterprising—he’s enthusiastic about his world takeover; it’s a big job, but he’s more than willing to invest the time and energy to enlist as many monsters as possible to his mission

negotiating—he’s always one to strike up a deal, whether that means bringing Meg’s boyfriend back from the dead or releasing Meg for Hercules’ strength

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detail-oriented—don’t try to tell Hades that Hercules has no weaknesses because I think he does Meg, I truly think he does

overshadowed—yes, Hades wants to rule the world, but more than that, he wants to show up his big brother, who shunted him away to the Underworld and makes him uncomfortable

cruel/apathetic—Hades wants control of the cosmos, however he’s shown to be dismissive and hateful towards the dead in his own kingdom; eventually that attitude leads to his undoing

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likable—despite killing Meg, messing with Hercules, defeating the gods, etcetera, his humor and his attitude still make him one of the most likable characters in the entire movie

Big Idea


it’s all in the details—when is the last time you saw a villain succeed with a ramshackle plan? Hades doesn’t have the best staff, but for the minor problem of Hercules being alive, he would have conquered Olympus and the world. He had a goal, a plan, and the means to execute them both.

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we don’t always love family—granted, in Greek Mythology, everybody is related, but still. Hades is Hercules’ uncle. Zeus’s brother. And rather than acting as a deterrent, this is one of the big motivators for Hades. He wants the power, not just because of the power, but because it would show Zeus once and for all. And also because of the power.

bad guys can be wise—I think Hades knows more about realistic romance than any of the Disney princesses. Meg is convinced that Hercules is kind and righteous and would never do anything to hurt her, to which Hades says, “He’s a guy!” Somehow, Hades is one of the few who is willing to say right off the bat that Hercules is imperfect (which is funny, because almost no one else does). You can have your Yodas and Obi-Wans who are wise and guiding, but villains have had lives, and they have life lessons to share accordingly.

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What Hades quote do I want to use? There are so many. Fine, we’ll start here:

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Regrettably, he has no villain song—although he does get one in the TV series, which is equally brilliant, in my opinion. (I know that a few years ago all the episodes on Youtube. My eighth grade year was a happy one.)

Do you enjoy Hades as much as I did? Or were you not a fan? What did you think were some of his most important traits? 

8 comments :

  1. OMG. Hades in the Hercules movie was the best. I think everyone in my class (we watched it in school) was cheering for Hades or Meg over Hercules. Meg, though. Meg was perfection itself. Hades' saving grace was definitely being hilarious -- honestly, I completely forgot about the brother dynamic. Oh, and also, he had completely useless minions. Funny, but useless.

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    1. I know, right? You're so lucky you got to watch it in school (although we watch a ton of other awesome movies at school, so I doubt I should complain). Hades and Meg are definitely some of the best characters—I like that they're both flawed, both motivated, and both hurt. His useless minions were a beautiful thing, even if they were useless. :)

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  2. Hades is my favorite Disney villain of all time! I love that even though he's evil, he still has a lot of wisdom to share. And he's HILARIOUS. And the Hercules TV series is fantastic, too--my favorite episode is probably "Hercules and the River Styx" (at least I think that's what it's called) where Hades takes over Athens and starts dishing out punishments left and right. I think the fact that he so obviously relishes being evil is what makes him so much fun.

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    1. Woohoo! *high fives* I love him, too. :) He's definitely one of the more intelligent villains. I remember that episode—my favorite was called, let's see... Spring of Canathus! All the characters turn into babies and Cassandra has to take care of them all, poor girl. XD And yes, Hades enjoying himself is definitely worth it!

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  3. Hades is my favourite! Oh I got all excited when I saw you were looking at him for this post. He has the best sense of humour. Hades totally deserved to have a villain song of his own. I never really thought about the planning side of things but you're right, he really is detail oriented and thorough in his planning. I do believe he is what you would call a competent villain. Now imagine what he could do with high quality minions!

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    1. Yes! *happy dance* I love him too! I adore his sense of humor as well. Interestingly enough, he was the first villain since Oliver and Company not to have a villain song, so there's that. He definitely has the spark of competence in him, but I agree—he either needs better minions or he needs to lose some of the value he sees in constant delegation.

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  4. are you gonna do frollo in the future?

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    1. Well, I didn't have any specific plans to do Frollo, but I can certainly add him soon! :D

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