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