Today, Percy Jackson was on. To be honest, I don’t really like the film. Other than how the series ruin Greek Myth (disclaimer, IMO), I don’t like how the image that they gave for Hades.
Then again…I never like Hades’ image in popular culture.
Hades is always portrayed to be this bad, evil guy. Typical antagonist, yada yada yada. When in fact, despite being the God of the Underworld, Hades wasn’t a bad guy. Yeah, he might be grim and stern. Not to mention, he was also said to be cruel, unyielding, fierce and inexorable; also he was not especially liked by either gods; and of all the gods he was by far the most hated by mortals, that the ancient Greeks rarely spoke his name aloud because it was thought to be unlucky.
Yeah, I won’t win the case of him being not a bad guy by saying those, ne?
Then again, how wouldn’t he be hated by mortals? He was the ruler of the Underworld, and therefore most often associated with death. So, in some ways, he might be thought as scary, and you just don’t want to mess around with Death. Eventhough ironically he wasn’t the god of Death, since for that you have Thanatos.
He also supervised the judgment and punishment of the dead, but did not torture them himself. That task was left to the Furies, the female spirits of justice and vengeance. Lastly, the dude lived in the darkness, so it’s no wonder if he developed a rather morbid personality. But it doesn’t mean he’s evil, since he wasn’t an evil god (unlike some God who liked to play around with human *cough*zeus*cough*).
I wish people could give some love to Hades. At least make him an anti-hero. The guy deserves it.