Hades was the Underworld’s Olympian God. Only his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, are more powerful than him, yet it is probable that Hades is considered comparable to Poseidon. He is Persephone’s husband and the oldest son of the Titans Cronos and Rhea. He was also a minor supporting character in God of War and a significant opponent in God of War III, where he was confronted by his nephew, who tore off the god’s helmet before murdering him by absorbing his soul with his own weapons after a fierce duel.
Hades was the brother of Zeus and the ancient Greek deity of the Underworld, although his name was also associated with the afterlife. Hades was the first son and fourth child of Cronos and Rhea in Greek mythology. According to legend, he and his younger brothers Zeus and Poseidon conquered the Titans in battle and seized control of the cosmos, ruling the Underworld, Sky, and Sea, respectively, while the solid ground, the lengthy domain of Gaia, was available to all three at the same time.
He was also regarded as “Plouton,” which signifies “Rich One” in Greek and was Latinized as Pluto by the Romans. Hades/Pluto was associated by the Romans with their chthonic gods Dis Pater and Orcus. Aita was the Etruscan god who corresponded to Mot, and Mot was the Canaanite god who corresponded to Aita. The Helm of Darkness, the bident, and Cerberus, the three-headed hound, are all symbols linked with him.
During the Great War, when the Gods destroyed the Titans, Hades appears in cutscenes in God of War II. He is shown fighting his father Cronos, attempting to take Cronos’ soul, until Atlas arrives and saves Cronos with a ground attack. This drives Hades to focus on Atlas, and with the assistance of his brother Poseidon, Hades is able to capture Atlas’ soul and place it within himself, destroying the Titan leader. He becomes a major figure among the Gods after the Titanomachy, as evidenced by a statue of him in the Garden of the Gods among Athena, Ares, Zeus, Helios, and Poseidon.
Before the second Great War (when Kratos uses the Loom of Fate to liberate the Titans before they were vanquished and imprisoned in the first Great War), he is seen with Poseidon, Helios, and Hermes standing in front of Zeus.
Wager of the Gods
In the comics, Hades was seen in flashbacks competing in the Gods’ Wager, a competition in which Gods chose mortals to be their champions with the objective of capturing the healing elixir known as Ambrosia. Hades recruited Alrik as his champion, a warrior who aspired to capture the Ambrosia in order to save his dying father.