The Villains Read: Hades

Each Saturday, I will be showcasing what one of the Disney Princesses, Heroines, Princes, Villains, or Sidekicks might be picking up if they were reading YA today. It will be based off their likes, interests, personalities, and their storyline. At the end, I will also feature a book that the character would NOT be picking up and a section of books that are based off either the plot or original princess fairytale. Check out more info here on my original post! We’ve featured all of the princesses, and we have also done two non-princesses but epic Disney heroines, Alice, The Muses, and Tinkerbell! We’ve also done Fear from Inside Out for some spooky goodness, and the first of our villains, Maleficent. I also started my own tag for this as well, The Disney Princess Sidekicks Tag!

This week we will be featuring…



Oh, Hadesssssssssssss. I have to say that he is favorite villain of Disney history. There is just something about him that is so great. Maybe it’s the blue hair? The super unflattering black robe? The fact that he is literally the god of sass in this movie? He is fantastic, and I love him dearly. When I recently rewatched Hercules, it totally made me realize just how much I’ve been missing since I haven’t seen it in forever and now I’m a total Hercules fangirl. And somehow this villain, Hades, made me feel so?

So, how can we even describe Hades? Well, he sure is sassy. The man is certainly prone to volcano explosions of anger. He’s the god of death, and he certainly likes to cause some destruction and mayhem and mischief. He’s definitely got some family issues, since he hates his brother, Zeus, and I mean, actively tries to kill his nephew. Ain’t no grudge like a Hades grudge. But he’s still kind of epic?

What would YA book would Hades have delivered to his Underworld abode?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


I don’t know why, but I kind of just feel that Hades would be so into this. Like, I kind of picture him as sassy Rhys with Panic and Pain being the two sidekicks, Az and Cassian (WITH THE LATTER BEING TOO ADORABLE AND SO MUCH LOVE) and Meg being the incredibly fierce Amren. I feel like Hades totally had the whole gang down, and he would appreciate the dynamics involved. Not to mention that Rhys was considered the villain in the first one in a sense, but he totally became the best love interest of the series. Hades would love it.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Okay, this book is about superheroes – but it’s also about villains. One of our two main leads, Nova, is a villain going undercover as a superhero. She’s totally witty and sassy, and I feel like Hades would be in loveeeeee with her. He would bask in all the villain goodness that the book has to offer and then get super excited to see villains trying to take on the good guys – just like how he does with Zeus and Hercules. Plus, that book cover would certainly remind him of himself??

Summoner by S. D. Grimm


Well, clearly, Hades would be quite intrigued by a girl who accidentally raised a ghost from the dead. Obviously, dead is Hades domain, and I think he would be super interested to see how it was portrayed. I think he would also be a bit torn on who to root for in the book – the witch that Allie raises or Allie. Allie is a raiser of the dead, which Hades would appreciate it but also…the good heroine of the story. And then you have the witch who is causing all sorts of destruction and mayhem…but really belongs to Hades’s world and he didn’t say yes to her getting out. He would have a complex relationship with this book, but I think he would enjoy it.

The Dire King by William Ritter

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I feel like Hades would really like the title. He would be like, oooooh, I want to come myself that! I’m King of the Underworld, but Dire King sounds pretty amazing, too. Plus, Hades would be quite intrigued by the idea of a malicious king trying to rule the world and taking on the bad guys. He might be intrigued by some of the creatures in the book as well, since he’s seen it all with a lot of the creatures from Greek mythology.

Books With Fire and Fire Power and Sailor Mars??

I’m totally blanking of people that have fire powers or spread fires or just like fire in YA books except Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon. So, um, let’s just prepare there is a good book here that has fire power, because Hades would love it.

What YA book would Hades NOT pick up?

Any of the Percy Jackson books. Hades doesn’t get the best rep in here, and Hades in Hercules would not be pleased they are dirtying his name…again. so much sadness.

Want to read more about Hades?

Well, Percy Jackson is certainly a place to start. It has some super interesting takes on Greek mythology, and Riordan does an interesting job with Hades. If you’re looking for a more…interesting take on the God of the Underworld, you might want to check out The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, where the King of Death is considered a love interest named Henry, and he’s lame and so not sassy, but, um, it might be your jam? XD

What do you think? What other books do you think Hades would enjoy? What other books do you think he wouldn’t? Who is your favorite Disney villain? AND CAN SOMEONE PLEASE REFRESH MY MEMORY ABOUT PEOPLE WITH FIRE POWERS? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

18 thoughts on “The Villains Read: Hades

  1. Fire power books:
    •the Throne of Glass series (*mild spoilers for Throne of Glass series ahead* book three is probably best for Hades, since Celaena/ *spoiler* has not had a character change, and is still full of sass. In the first two she can’t use her super rare powers)

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    1. I accidentally clicked reply too soon, but I have more fire power books.
      • the Wildefire trilogy by Karsten Knight features a girl who is the reincarnation of the goddesses Pele, so she has fire powers.
      •The Young Elites has a side character with fire powers.

      I’m sure there are others I have read, but my reviews don’t often talk about powers,

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    2. Ooooooh, okay, good to know! I have yet to read any of those, but all of them sounds quite intriguing and I’m so down with more fire power books. And ooooh, you make such a good point about The Star Touched Queen. I sooooo think he would love that one, and definitely would be so pleased with his representation. Fantastic suggestions, Moira, and your Hercules/fire power knowledge is the best. 😉

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  2. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS POST! I absolutely love Hades, glad to see he’s in your favourites list too 😛 And I think he’d enjoy ACOMAF, the idea of the whole group there is so AWESOME ❤

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  3. Yaaaaaass Hades has always been my favourite villain. Ugh. He’s just the best. On an unrelated note, there’s just a gif of a Weeping Angel below your comments, just freaking me out as it recommends that I look at a post. No weeping angel, I don’t want you to send me back in time and feed off my life force, thanks. Where’s the Doctor when you need him. Okay, randomness over, but geez it’s still there. I can’t concentrate. Anyway, so much Hades love and this post was perfect!

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    1. AHAHAHAHAHA. Omigosh, Kyera, I so can imagine the distraction that must have provided. They’re kind of my favorite Doctor Who villain, but also the creepiest???? I can’t even. Have you see that thing on tumblr where someone had a changing screen saver of the weeping angel? But, um, back to Hades. He really is the greatest. And thanks so much, Kyera!! 🙂

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      1. I looked it up and that’s terrifying. It’s funny but I feel like if I did that to someone, karma would slap me in the face. It’s just mean.

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    H A D E S !!!!!!!!!
    OMG I’m trying to think of all the books I know with good sass and there is one but it wasn’t mentioned so I’m kind of shocked but its fine…
    Morally grey characters, with a leader that is really bent of getting revenge! This is your new fave book Hades, enjoy!

    Great post Mandy!!

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