Demon Facts



AKA Ploútōn, Pluto, Orcus, Dīs Pater, Tertius, Aita, Aeta



God of the Dead, King of the Underworld


Greek / Roman / Etruscan


Kronos (father), Rhea (mother); Persephone (wife); Zeus, Poseidon (brothers); The Erinyes (daughters)


Hades is typically portrayed as a powerful, staff- or pitchfork-wielding man adorned with a crown and large beard. He is frequently identified by the presence of his demonic three-headed guardian hound, Cerberus, at his side.


  • Despite the negative connotations associated with death and the Underworld, Hades is not portrayed as an evil figure per se
    • He is usually described as being more passive than aggressive, i.e. concerned with balance and mediation
    • Undertakes his responsibilities as king of the dead with a certain stoicism antithetical to the morbid fascination displayed by many Christian demons, for example
  • The Romans eventually merged their chthonic deities
    • The Etruscan Aita and the Latin Dīs Pater and Orcus became synonymous with the Greek Hades, referred to thereafter as Pluto most frequently
    • Not only have these names come to represent the king of the Mediterranean underworld, but they also can refer to the underworld itself as a discrete physical location