These are the character sheets for the game Hades. Spoilers may be ahead!
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The original, predating even the infamous Olympians
- Abstract Apotheosis: Many of the chthonic gods are what are usually classed in Classical Mythology as the personifications and usually represent basic concepts such as night (Nyx), sleep (Hypnos), death (Thanatos), etc... Except of Zagreus, unless you buy Hades's theory that he's the personification of backtalk.
- Dark Is Not Evil: While the cthonic gods are dark and intimidating, most are at worst neutral or nice individuals who hold unsavory domains because someone has to personify death or darkness.
- Polar Opposite Twins: You can tell Thanatos and Hypnos are twin brothers by the fact that they're absolutely nothing alike.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Grim, responsible Workaholic Thanatos is a stark contrast to both to his lazy twin brother Hypnos and his impulsively reckless half-brother, Zagreus, though it turns out he's not related to Zagreus by blood.
- Undeathly Pallor: Save for the Hades Shaded Thanatos, all chthonic gods have pale, ashen skintones befitting their place in the Underworld. These range from Raven Hair, Ivory Skin (Zagreus, Nyx) to outright blue (the Furies).
- The Weird Sisters: The Furies.
Zagreus is the son of Hades and Prince of the Underworld. He is the main character and is controlled by the player.
- Affectionate Nickname: Has acquired a great deal of these. "Zag" is the most common (used by Megaera, Thanatos, and Dionysus), though he also has "little Hades" (Poseidon), "Prince Z" (Sisyphus), "little godling" (Aphrodite), "boyo" (Skelly), "little sprout" (Demeter), and "boss" (Hermes).
- Alien Blood: Averted and discussed. Zagreus's blood being red is a subject of curiosity to Alecto the Fury and one of anger and derision to his father, Hades. As a god, Zagreus should presumably have the gods' golden ichor running through him, but he bleeds like mortals do. Achilles's Codex notes that his domain of power may, in fact, be blood and life itself.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Somewhat subverted: unlike the other gods in the game, Zagreus does not seem to be the god of anything in particular-which stands out compared to his divine compatriots. While the codex description for darkness mentioned "those born of this realm who can absorb that essence, gaining oneness with the Underworld", this statement implies it's hardly unique to Zagreus. Even Achilles's response above is merely a theory as of this writing.
- Ancestral Weapon: All of the Abyssal Arms, but rather than being handed down, they were abandoned before being relocated and given to Zagreus for his escape. The closest straight example is Varatha, which was once used by Hades himself, but all the weapons have had a succession of divine owners.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: His interactions with Megaera and Thanatos has both of them quite exasperated with his escapes, giving them both this subtext with him.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The Olympian gods see him as this, so eager to meet their new favorite "godling" cousin/nephew that they're helping break him out of the Underworld to take home to Olympus as their own.
- Blood Magic: The bloodstones Zagreus casts are evidently made of his own blood, adding credence to Achilles's theory that he's actually the god of blood. He can also acquire the Boiling Blood and Abyssal Blood traits from the Mirror of Night, which respectively lower the defensive or offensive abilities of the monster a bloodstone is thrown into.
- Bloody Murder: Throws crystalized blood as his 'default' cast.
- Body to Jewel: Bloodstones, which he uses to catalyze magic. Or just throws them at enemies.
- Book Dumb: Despite his apparent wit, he's impulsive and inattentive enough to have failed at every administrative task his father had assigned to him.
- Broken Pedestal: While initially delighted to meet and fight Theseus, in a few runs he will be fed up with Thesus being a Sore Loser and frequent belittling comments.
- BrotherSister Incest: Zagreus used to be in a relationship with Megaera, and can rekindle it and/or romance Thanatos as well. All of them are said to be children of Nyx, making them at least half-siblings, though this being based on Greek Mythology it's not really that unusual. Subverted when it's revealed that Zagreus isn't actually Nyx's son, although she raised him as if he was.
- Cosmic Plaything: The Narrator really has it in for Zag:The Narrator: 'He cannot kill me like this every time,' believes the Underworld Prince. 'He shall eventually have no more ideas.' But the Prince, as is often the case, is wrong.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being the son of Hades and dressing entirely in red and black, Zagreus is quite friendly and polite - at least to those who deserve it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of his dialogue involves some variety of snark. It appears to run in the family.
- Decomposite Character: In the Dionysiaca, Zagreus was originally the name of Dionysus before his death and rebirth (often referred to as the Orphic Dionysus-Zagreus). In Hades, he's a separate characternote who jokingly told Orpheus they were the same person once and was taken completely at his ridiculous word.
- Deity Identity Confusion: Happens in universe thanks to a joke gone wrong.Dionysus: Hahaha, Zag, I heard you got to Orpheus. He's got this whole entire ballad now about how you're really meor maybe it's the other way around? I've no idea, haha!
- Determined Defeatist: While he does accept that actual escape will be impossible until the Underworld's renovations are complete, he's still gonna try. If nothing else, repeatedly killing Hades is very cathartic.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Zagreus felt directionless and out of place for much of his life before the start of the game, not helped by Hades's frequent belittling of his efforts to do anything. He also has the dubious honor of being the only god who does not appear to have domain of power over which he presides, Achilles's theory notwithstanding.
- The Determinator: He will fight his way out of the underworld, no matter how many times he has to die before he manages it.
- Did They or Didn't They?: Heavily implied to have sex with Meg or Thanatos (Or both if you chose it).
- Does Not Like Shoes: It's hard to tell in-game due to the small character model (and character sprite that only goes down to the waist), but he actually just has glowing orange-yellow feet.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: Zagreus will always reload the Adamant Rail with a satisfying "CHK-CHK."
- Face Framed in Shadow: Half of Zagreus's face is hidden in shadow in all images of him, matching his heterochromatic Mismatched Eyes.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Zagreus can hear the Narrator just as well as the player and will often respond to him as if spoken to directly. He also discovers that Persephone is his real mother rather than Nyx not from any direct evidence left behind, but because the Narrator carelessly describes Persephone's "Dear John" Letter as "written in his mother's hand."
- Fragile Speedster: Compared to most bosses: he lacks their vitality, and their damage per-hit but he is far better at avoiding attacks and does far more hits.
- Gentleman Snarker: Rebellious troublemaker he may be, he's invariably well-mannered and soft-spoken in his snark.
- Gradual Regeneration: Hellish vitality, once upgraded, will give him a smidgen of health with each room. While it's not much, it add up over the 50-odd rooms in a full playthrough.
- Gilded Cage: The House of Hades serves as his. While a very nice Big Fancy House on its own, it's location at the deepest levels of Tartarus, Hades's oppressive presence, and the fact that Zagreus is forbidden from leaving it on pain of death make living there so intolerable to Zagreus that he's willing to die hundreds of deaths in his efforts to escape it.
- Happily Adopted: Zagreus towards Nyx, after it's revealed that Hades had him believe she was his mother instead of Persephone. His giving her a bottle of Nectar mentions it's as thanks for all she's done for him, and she was planning to give him her keepsake anyway. She even continues to refer to him as her child after the reveal.
- Hates Their Parent: His relationship with Hades is terse, to say the least. Hades thinks he is an ungrateful son that is trying to do something ridiculous, while Zagreus sees Hades as an over-controlling father that doesn't want him to meet the rest of his own family.
- Height Angst: Austerius's Innocently Insensitive nickname has made him a bit sensitive about his height.Asterius: My opponent has arrived in short order.
Zagreus: "Short order"? That was another jab about my height, wasn't it!
Asterius: I do not jab. All of my strength goes into every strike.
- Historical In-Joke: It turns out the the Orphic "first Dionysus" was the result of Zagreus pranking Orpheus on Dionysus's suggestion and claiming that he and Dionysus the same person.
- Hunk: Aphrodite herself is quick to note that he's quite the specimen.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Hades is happy to remind him that he's a Book Dumb good-for-nothing who fails at even the most basic administrative tasks. Zagreus has gotten so fed up with the constant belittling that he's Rejected the Inheritance entirely and is dying (quite literally) to escape the underworld.
- I Will Find You: His motive in escaping the underworld is to find his true mother, Persephone.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Will quickly go googly-eyed upon his first encounter with Theseus. This attitude quickly changes once he realizes how self-righteous and disrespectful the latter is.
- Large Runt: He is hardly short by mortal standards, being the same height as Theseus (who towers over the Elysium colosseum's crowdgoers and was noted by Plutarch as exceptionally tall). But he's a god, not a mortal; and when standing next to other gods, (particularly his own father), Zagreus looks absolutely tiny.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Several characters will comment that he's a stark departure from his father in temperament and character. Nyx says he gets it from his birthmother, Persephone.
- Loser Deity: Zagreus can't help but feel inadequate and out of place in the House of Hades—he doesn't appear to have any sort of godly domain, he's hopeless at the duty he was raised for, he can only really compare to other deities in power with a generous amount of help from the Olympians' boons and Nyx's mirror, and his father is always happy to remind him how much of a disappointment he is any chance he gets.
- Love Epiphany: If the player maxes out the relationship values with Thanatos, Zagreus apparently had one of these when Thanatos first sought him out to confront him about leaving the House of Hades, during one of his escape attempts.
- Magic Mirror: The source of many of his powers, courtesy of Nyx.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Thanatos accuses him of being this, especially since he only starts courting him after he's made his intentions clear that he has no plans of staying in the Underworld.
- Minorly Mentioned Myths and Monsters: Zagreus is a rather obscure deity in Classical Mythology, to the point that he usually just gets shoved into Dionysus's Multiple-Choice Past as a prior incarnation when he's mentioned at all. The game spends a little time Leaning on the Fourth Wall by implying his obscurity is because Hades hid his existence out of shame and only allowed Zagreus's Deity Identity Confusion with Dionysus so people might forget he's his son.
- Mismatched Eyes: One red, one green. According to Thanatos, he shares the green with his mother.
- Modest Royalty: Zagreus's Requisite Royal Regalia is far sparser than his parents', with his burning civic crown being the only indication he's royal at all.
- Multi-Melee Master: Capable of skillfully wielding the Stygian Blade, Shield of Chaos, and Eternal Spear in melee combat.
- Multi-Ranged Master: Able to use the Heart-Seeking Bow and Adamant Rail from a distance.
- Multi Shot: A feat Zagreus is capable of with the heart-seeking bow.
- Odd Job Gods: Averted: So far, Zagreus does not seem to be the god of anything in particular. Mockingly referenced by Hades, who wonders if he's the god of talking back to him.
- Oh, Crap!: If you steal from Charon, he transports you to another area and prepares to kill you. And even Zagreus is nervous.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: An unusual example in that it's not one nickname: Almost no-one in-game refers to Zagreus by his actual name and has nicknames for him instead. These range from the affectionate (Nyx's "child", Thanatos' "Zag" and Achilles's "lad") to the much-less so (Hades's "boy", Alecto's "redblood" and Theseus's "fiend"). Only the narrator consistently uses "Zagreus".
- Power Fist: The Twin Fists of Malphon allow Zagreus to brawl his way out of the underworld.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: The shield of chaos can bounce around in manners that would make Captain America proud.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Just like his parents.
- Rebel Prince: He has no intention of even staying in the House of Hades, much less assuming any princely responsibilities. Most of his time is spent creating an absolute mess of the underworld in his constant attempts to escape it.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He will mention, upon receiving Dusa's companion plush, that he collects them, something almost no one does "anymore". The muscle-bound, sword-wielding immortal son of Hades collects plush toys, and has not one bit of shame over it.
- The Runt at the End: While gods tend to be Large and in Charge, Zagreus's stature seems firmly within human bounds possibly owing to the fact that his real mother, Persephone, was only Semi-Divine. As a result, he's half the height of Nyx, Hades can practically hold him in the palm of his hand, and even his more reasonably-sized romantic options stand One Head Taller than him. Asterius has gone as far as to bestow him the Embarrassing Nickname of "short one".
- Self-Made Myth: In his defense, he had no idea how far Orpheus would run with the stories.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Zagreus has been locked in a Gilded Cage his whole life, and several characters warn him regularly that he's not remotely prepared for what's in store for him on the surface. Even with Achilles's training, his first several escape attempts are cut very painfully short thanks to his inexperience. He also has a naively rosy view of his Olympian cousins and doesn't know what birds are.
- Shield Bash: The primary method of attacking with Aegis.
- Shrouded in Myth: He even gets his own Orphic hymn... which is filled with complete nonsense, because he's been telling Orpheus ridiculous tall tales the whole time.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears a trio of dog skulls on his shoulder and on his belt.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The eternal spear can be thrown and called to return to his hand, doing decent damage in a line.
- Summon to Hand: The abyssal arms are not so much picked up, so much as they teleport to Zagreus's hands. Exploited with the Spear and the Shield, who add throwing attacks to their melee arsenal.
- Uneven Hybrid: His birth mother, Persephone, in this game was the result of a mortal farmer's Divine Date with Demeter, making Zagreus one-fourth human.
- The Unfavorite: Hades respects all of his step- and foster-children far more than his own blood-related son. The fact that he's the only thing Persephone left Hades with other than her "Dear John" Letter might have something to do with it.
- Video Game Dashing: Starts with one but can go up to six in a row with Hermes' help. You'll need them.
- Warrior Prince: Trained by none other than Achilles himself.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: It's not entirely clear just what sort of son Hades was hoping for other than that it's definitely not Zagreus.
- Your Cheating Heart: Downplayed. Should the player choose it, Zagreus can romance both Thanatos and Meg around the same time, or one after the other. However, he is given the option to romance the other character before he is told that the party that he romanced before them will be okay with it, making it come off as this trope. Should you choose to pursue her after Thanatos, Meg rationalizes that Thanatos isnt the jealous type, and that she has a good relationship with him, suggesting that he wont have a problem with Zagreuss relationship with her as it occurs at the same time. Alternatively, the player has the option to Ease Off the other character if they come onto him while hes in a relationship with the other.
Hades is the god of the Underworld and of the mineral riches of the earth, the lord and master of the House of Hades, and the father of Zagreus. He is in charge of maintaining order within the Underworld, determining the placements and punishments of the dead, and hearing the petitions of shades that come before him.
- Abusive Parents: Constantly berates his son and laughs at his attempts to escape the Underworld, besides making sure that a number of entities on the underworld are after his hide. And if Zagreus actually succeeds, Hades hunts him down to return him in person. A flashback of Zagreus's life before he began trying to escape, added alongside the Archive, shows that Hades constantly berated and put down his actual attempts at helping around the House.
- Almost Dead Guy: If defeated, will return to the House of Hades as he's about to answer Zagreus what happened to Persephone.
- Archnemesis Dad: He's Zagreus father, and it's clear they do not see each other eye to eye. While Zagreus sees Hades as prohibitive and authoritarian, Hades sees Zagreus as spoiled and ungrateful, and refuses to even talk about the subject of his heritage and family. As Zagreus tries to escape, Hades keeps creating obstacles for him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Hades himself stops you at the exit from the Temple of Styx which leads to Earth as of the Big Bad Update. He's very difficult to fight.
- Beam Spam: One of his attacks during the second part of his boss fight is to fire continuous laser beams at Zagreus, either in a three beam spread if above 50% health or in all directions if beneath it. Defending against it requires either Athena's Wrath, the Aegis shield to block, or taking cover behind non-destructible scenery.
- Beleaguered Boss: His bookkeeper is a layabout, his guard dog's gone soft, his son is wrecking the place trying to escape, and his contractors constantly refuse his requests to install a sundial. When Hades isn't berating Zagreus, much of his dialogue consists of lamenting how tedious his job has become.
- Benevolent Boss: Is one to Thanatos, and to a lesser extent the Furies. He is shown to respect and think highly of them, though he is disappointed a few times with the way they do their work, but he still even advises Thanatos to take time off when he seems tired.
- Berserk Button:
- Do not bring up Herakles or Persephone around him. The latter has become a borderline Un-person with Hades forbidding anyone in his household from naming them in his presence.
- If Zagreus gets on good enough terms with Zeus, Zeus will ask Zag to relay a message to Hades telling him that he forgives him for the Noodle Incident that caused them to drift apart. Hades's response to being told the message is to blow up, going on a long rant about Zeus before forbidding Zagreus to ever bring up his brothers in front of him ever again.
- Big Bad: He's the major antagonist of the game, and every single being trying to stop Zagreus from leaving is following his orders.
- Black Sheep: He gets on pretty poorly with his Olympian family (who find him to be a stuffy, humorless Jerkass) and has distanced himself so thoroughly that they didn't even know his son existed until Nyx sought their aid in his escape.
- Blade on a Stick: The Eternal Spear was his spear during the Titan War, as some of the Olympians will point out if you wield it. He wields a spear against you in his role as the fourth boss, and copies much of Zagreus's moveset with it.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Hades's work boils down to this, with a massive amount of paperwork to fulfill. There's so much of it, in fact, that the area around his desk and even the house's lounge is buried in scrolls of paperwork.
- The Coats Are Off: He'll dramatically burn off his cloak at the start of his Boss Battle. Zagreus at one point snarks about the sheer number of cloaks he's wasting just to do that.
- Consummate Professional: Much of his Jerkassery comes from his inability to tolerate others being any less dutiful and professional than he is.
- Control Freak: He's very particular about how the Underworld should be run, and does not react well to defiance. More unfair rules or contracts tend to be justified with little more than Because I Said So.
- Cool Helmet: He possesses one called the Helm of the Damned, which is said to amplify his already earth-shattering power. He dons it when he decides to personally put an end to Zagreus's quest.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like his son, despite his snarky behavior, hes not a malevolent force and takes his job seriously. Somewhat downplayed in that he still surly and abusive on a good day.
- Dirty Business: It's hidden very well, but on occasion, if you make it to his boss fight, or bring the Hades-transformed Varatha to it, he reflects on the titan war and considers it to be this.Hades I could never stand to look at it once my brothers and sisters and myself...Once our foul work was done.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much like his son, Hades is prone to seething bouts of sarcasm, although most of it is aimed at the aforementioned son.
- Everyone Hates Hades: Surprisingly averted despite him being Zagreus's main opposition. He's a Jerkass but otherwise is simply dedicated to his job of maintaining the Underworld.
- Evil Counterpart: Not so much as evil, but, should you fight him he has the spear attacks from the Eternal Spear as well as his own version of Zagreus's casting mechanic.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Specificity to Zagreus, and his desire to return to the surface to find Persephone.
- Flaming Skulls: Hades's cast takes this form. If the skulls fail to hit Zagreus, they will hover in place for ten seconds and then explode, causing a shockwave that covers half the boss arena.
- Glass Cannon: Hades's second phase hits harder than his first one, if that's even possible. However, he doesn't summon any minions nor turn invisible, and only gets one instance of invulnerability opposed to the first phase's two.
- I Have No Son!: Ironically, Hades is actually quite pleased with the Hymn of Zagreus—because it's complete nonsense that claims Zagreus is Zeus's bastard rather than Hades's own son—and gleefully hopes it'll become widespread "so that everyone might know that I have nothing to do with you."
- Invisibility: Possesses the Helm of Hades forged for him by the Cyclopes during the Titan War. He uses it during the first phase of his boss fight to periodically go invisible.
- Large and in Charge: His is the biggest sprite in the game, barring perhaps Cerberus and the Bone Hydra, and the head of the Underworld.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Will snark at Zagreus in a way that targets the player if you give him Nectar. The "Big Bad" update also added a lot more of these moments to him, due to serving as the last-added boss but the game still being unfinished. If you fight him multiple times he'll ask Zagreus why he keeps challenging him, knowing you can't proceed past him anyway because the "renovations" aren't done yet, and snarks that maybe "if we had more support" the renovations would be done sooner.
- Mirror Boss: His first stage at the end of the Temple of Styx has a moveset very similar to Zagreus when using the Eternal Spear, including his normal attack and spin attack.
- Nintendo Hard: Should you make it to the end of the Temple of Styx, he steps up to try and stop Zagreus. He hits hard, has a Casting mechanic like Zagreus, can summon Elite Mooks during the boss fight, as well as having a second phase where he summons multiple beams and hands from the Underworld to stagger Zagreus.
- Noodle Incident: Something has happened between him and the Olympians that estranged them to each other, which is why none of the Olympians are aware of Zagreus's existence or Persephone's for that matter. Both Zeus and Poseidon will mention how he never calls.
- Not Good with Rejection: He's still so bitter about Persephone leaving him that it's banned as a topic of discussion within the House of Hades, and he takes a lot of that bitterness out on the biggest reminder of her that she left behind—their son, Zagreus.
- Not So Different: One of Zagreus's flashbacks eventually reveals Hades is trapped in the Underworld as well, and has apparently attempted to escape before.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Due to him running a Celestial Bureaucracy.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Just like Nyx and his son.
- Resurrective Immortality: Like son, like father...and it even has the same animation!
- Secret Other Family: Hades made a point of hiding his son and, it appears, his failed relationship with Persephone from his Olympian relatives, who only learned of Zagreus's existence when Nyx reached out to them.
- See the Invisible: His helmet renders him invisible, but he still leaves footprints in the snow.
- Sequential Boss: When Hades's first life bar goes down, he kneels... Only for there to be a second phase to the boss fight.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Similarly to Zagreus, skulls feature prominently on his clothing.
- Slouch of Villainy: As of the Nighty Night update, Hades will slouch in his chair while listening to the petitions of the Underworld's shades in the House of Hades.
- Sore Loser: If you talk to him in the House of Hades after you defeat him in battle, he'll pretend like it didn't happen, even if Zagreus calls him out on it.
- The Stoic: He has practically no emotional affect at all, beyond snidely mocking his son.
- Not So Stoic: Naturally, the few spots where he breaks this register are at the peak of emotional distress.
- Trap Master: In his second stage, Hades gains an attack where he causes green amphoras to erupt all over the arena. If Zagreus steps on or attacks one, it causes hands to erupt from the ground around the amphora, causing damage and a short stun.
- This Cannot Be!: Downplayed. Hades's first reaction to defeat is to quietly ask how, but he accepts the reality of it very quickly afterwards.
- Took a Shortcut: No matter how fast you go, Hades will always beat you to Styx. When Zagreus calls attention to it, Hades points out that he can travel the river while Zagreus has to navigate the chambers on foot.
- Accessing the Archives allows Zagreus to find the Sign of the Underworld, which allows Hades to move freely through his realm. Zagreus comments he's never been able to get it to work.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Is the only one to not give Zagreus a gift in return if you give him Nectar, mocking Zagreus -- and by extension the player -- for expecting anything for it. After that the option to offer him gifts is permanently disabled, even if you are carrying some.
- What's Up, King Dude?: Hades has his hands full with an endless procession of random shades coming to him with every grievance, and he doesn't seem to mind allowing random shades gather in the House of Hades's halls and lounge.
The embodiment of night and mother of (among others) Hypnos, Thanatos, Charon, The Furies and Zagreus. She co-manages the Underworld together with Hades, being more involved in the state of the realm itself than its inhabitants. She supports Zagreus's desire to leave.
Nyx granted Zagreus the Mirror of Night, allowing him to upgrade his stats between escape attempts, and also let the Olympian Gods know of his existence and his escape attempts from Hades.
- Almighty Janitor: She is implied to be the equal of Hades, and granted Zagreus the means to strengthen himself across multiple escapes. Hades never attempts to hinder her from aiding Zagreus (beyond annoyed snarking), though in turn Nyx mentions she cannot not interfere in Hades's attempts to keep Zagreus. Mythologically, Nyx was The Dreaded to the gods of Olympus, and even Zeus did not want to cross her.
- Anti-Smother Love Talk: She's Zagreus's strongest advocate against his father's controlling parenting, and Zag witnesses several arguments between him and her over it.
- Cannot Spit It Out: It's implied that Nyx knows even more than Hades about Persephone's disappearence and why she left, but is unable to tell Zagreus because of Hades's prohibitions. The most she can to do is assist Zagreus in escaping so he can learn the truth for himself.
- Good Stepmother: Far more supportive of Zagreus than his own birth parents are.
- Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: She was never comfortable lying to Zagreus about his true parentage, and her full support of Zagreus's escape from the Underworld is in part to atone for this.
- In the Hood: Shared a sprite with Charon until the "Nighty Night" update.
- Magic Mirror: Gives one to Zagreus, Allowing him to use darkness to improve his stats between runs.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: She is mother — or through Eris, grandmother — to most Anthropomorphic Personifications in Classical Mythology that aren't Olympian Gods. Achilles notes that while many still live in the Underworld, many more now live in realms beyond mortal reckoning, and perhaps even Nyx' own.
- The Old Gods: Nyx is one of the Protogenoi, predating even the Titans.
- Parental Substitute: To Zagreus, after Persephone left. If Zagreus gives her Nectar, he'll imply she is his mother in many ways even if they do not share any blood.
- Power Floats: Much like her sons, Hypnos and Thanatos, Nyx floats in mid-air and has a star-studded gown in place of legs.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Just like Hades and Zagreus. Somewhat ironic, considering Zagreus is not her blood and yet looks more like her than many of her actual children.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Much kinder than Hades and gives reassurance and advice to her many children in the House of Hades, Zagreus included.
- The Sacred Darkness: As the Night itself, she's easily the most supportive figure in Zagreus's life and quest, and all of the upgrades provided by her Mirror of Night are literally powered by darkness.
- Shipping Torpedo: She has some strong words for Dusa if Zagreus starts getting close to her, thinking it improper for the Prince of Hades to be romancing the help. Whether or not this contributed to Dusa turning Zagreus down at the end of their subplot is up to the player.
- Super Empowering: She crafted the Mirror of Night, which allows Zagreus to channel Darkness to gain new abilities.
- Supernatural Is Purple: Has purple lipstick and her clothing is gold-and-purple. May overlap with Graceful Ladies Like Purple, as she is a matronly character.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: A trait she shares with Thanatos, though not with any of her other children.
Son of Nyx and ferryman of the dead, Charon takes the souls of the dead into Hades across the river Styx in return for their obol, the burial coin placed under the corpse's tongue.
Though unwilling to do the reverse service for Zagreus and simply whisk him out of Hades, Charon will appear intermittently during escapes selling items he has dredged up from the Styx during his travels — though expect to have to pay much more than a single obol for any of them.
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Charon will avert this trope until the Temple of Styx, where he will show up with a final and greatly expanded selection of wares, many of whom are greatly overpriced compared to his regular prices. This is to make sure the player is able to spend all their remaining obols before leaving the Underworld. Zagreus questions what Charon even needs money for.
- Almighty Janitor: According to Thanatos, Charon was already in the Underworld when Hades took up residence there, and the entire Underworld would stop working without him. No-one, including Hades, ever oversees his work nor apparently ever needs to. Steal from him and he will remind you that despite being just a ferryman, he is still a Chthonic god.
- The Battle Didn't Count: If provoked into a fight, Charon will give up when 75-80% of his health has been depleted and cannot be fought again for that run, meaning it is impossible for Zagreus to actually kill him (not that it would stick either way, mind).
- Bonus Boss: As of The Blood Price, Charon can be fought by stealing Obol from his shop. Doing so causes a boss fight.
- The Faceless: Used the generic hooded NPC look up until The Blood Price update, except in his case no face was visible underneath in his portrait.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Most of his face is covered up by shadow, giving you only vague details as to what he looks like.
- The Ferryman: The Ferryman, though it's not the role he fulfills in-game.
- In the Hood: His sprite up until The Blood Price update presented him as a hooded being in a long cape, with nothing visible underneath.
- Intrepid Merchant: Fits the role of showing up to sell you things, if not any other part of the description.
- Nice Hat: Dons particularly wide-brimmed one.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Can show up multiple times during a single playthrough, having set up his sales rooms in advance. Justified in that he can move freely using the river Styx, and Zagreus can't.
- Psychopomp: Part of one. Once Hermes has brought the shades of the dead to the banks of the Styx, Charon takes over. Hermes refers to him as his 'colleague'.
- Secret Keeper: He is aware of Hermes' involvement in Zagreus' escapades to a degree that none of the other gods (barring perhaps Chaos) are.
- Shoplift and Die: If you dare to steal obol from his shop, you will be instantly taken to a fight with Charon, who can easily wipe the floor with you with a few swipes of his oar
- Suspicious Videogame Generosity: Always appears as a room choice in the last room before a boss.
- The Voiceless: Only makes groans and whispering noises. Zagreus still holds 'conversations' with him through copious amounts of snark, though whether he can actually understand him or is just playing along is anyone's guess.
- If befriended with enough Nectar, Charon makes one very unambigious statement if Zagreus considers telling Nyx that Hermes is aiding him, making a very angry sound that causes the Underworld to shake. Zagreus immediately abandons the subject.
The embodiment of sleep and the younger brother of Thanatos, Hypnos is responsible for the accounting of the newly arrived dead before they are sent to Hades for judgement. This, inevitably, means he'll have to check off Zagreus whenever he is sent back to the House of Hades through an untimely death.
- Captain Obvious: What his "advice" to Zagreus generally amounts to. Die to lava, for example, and he'll cheerfully tell you that you probably shouldn't stand on it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Inverted. He will very cheerfully make Zagreus's latest death the subject of his unsolicited advice, often condescendingly.
- Dissonant Serenity: Very cheerful, despite the grim nature of his job.
- Fell Asleep Standing Up: Almost constantly.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played with. He's the foolish to Thanatos' responsible, easily slacking and sleeping on the job, while Thanatos is basically Hades's best underling, with a spotless record and perfect punctuality; however, Hypnos never goes against his boss' orders, while Thanatos is moving behind his back to give Zagreus his support.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone finds Hypnos terribly annoying and surprised Zagreus can tolerate him at all. Even Nyx.Nyx: Alas, you have seen much of Hypnos lately, child. I hope you find his disposition somewhat tolerable?
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's a fan of Thesus and Asterius and will ask Zagreus for their autographs if they kill him enough. This can lead to Zagreus asking Asterius for an autograph prior to their mid-boss fight.
- The Jester: Achilles's notes imply that Hades considers him this instead of... whatever else he's supposed to be doing.
- Lazy Bum: Sleeps on the job.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: The line of souls proceeding from the Pool of Blood up to Hades's desk is given the run-around by Hypnos, who introduces them to their hospitable stay in the afterlife and, should they die again, how to avoid it a second time. After doing this long enough, it's given way to snarker tendencies.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Zagreus literally refers to him as one, despite being older.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: Sleeps standing up, in the procession of souls being lead to Hades
- Power Incontinence: Implied, seeing as he both the god of sleep and narcoleptic.
- Sleepyhead: A given, considering he's literally sleep itself.
- That Came Out Wrong: Has a conversation with Megaera in which it sounds like he's asking her out on a date. When Meg points this out he quickly backpedals. This is not helped by the way he moons over Megaera whenever Zagreus is killed by her.
Megaera is one of the three Fury Sisters and daughter of Nyx. She is sent by Hades to stop Zagreus from escaping the Underworld. Zagreus must defeat her before progressing to Asphodel. After she has been defeated a certain number of times, Hades will grow displeased with her poor performance, and despite Megaera's objections will summon her sisters to help finish the job.
After being defeated during a run, Megaera will be found drinking in the House's lounge and can be interacted with and given gifts, though she'll still attempt to stop Zagreus from leaving Tartarus. If the lounge has yet to be re-opened, she will instead hang around in the hallway, on the opposite side of Zagreus's door from where Nyx usually stands.
- Affectionate Nickname: Zagreus calls her 'Meg'.
- Amicable Exes: Despite having to kill each other hundreds of times, the two of them are on rather good terms. If you max out your relationship, you can even take the "exes" part out of it.
- Assist Character: She gifts the Battie Companion upon being given an Ambrosia, which allows her to be summoned for a multi-strike attack.
- The Battle Didn't Count: She says she doesn't consider her battles against Zagreus valid because he is fighting while powered up by the Olympians' blessings and Nyx's mirror. She finishes this by saying that she is confident she could win if they fought on the same ground.
- Beauty = Goodness: The friendliest of the Furies, being merely a Punch-Clock Villain rather than obsessed with battle or duty like her sisters. She's also the most attractive, having neither Alecto's intimidating grin or Tisiphone's disturbingly withered appearance.
- Dating Catwoman: Romancing her does not keep Megaera from dutifully trying to kill Zagreus every other run.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the 'deadpan', but she's very much able to keep up with Zagreus.
- Dominatrix: Zagreus seems to outright look forward to getting thrashed by Meg at times, the audio accompanying their Fade to Black sex scene hints that she whips him in bed just as much as out of it.
- Friendly Enemy: As shown by her interactions with Zagreus, she's actually pretty close friends with him off the clock, it's just her job to stop him.
- Flunky Boss: Megaera periodically summons Thugs and Witches to aid her in fighting Zagreus.
- Insistent Terminology: If Zagreus offers her Nectar she'll immediately claim it's contraband and 'confiscate' it off of him. If gifted more, Zagreus will keep referring to the bottles as 'more contraband' and ask her to confiscate it for him.
- At affection level 8, Meg will outright ask Zagreus to stop doing this, and comments that he was never very good at being open about his desires around her.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": If Zagreus fights her with the Exagryph, she is shocked that he has it and says he has always wanted to see it in action.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She's actually a pretty calm and pleasant individual, and can enjoy moments with Zagreus in the lounge when she's off-duty, the problem is her job involves preventing escapes from Tartarus.
- Resurrective Immortality: Same as Zagreus, to the point of having the same animation.
- Sore Loser: She does not take losing to Zagreus well, especially when it becomes the norm. She's quite sure that without help from the Night Mirror that Nyx gave him, she'd win any day. Depending on the player's skill, that may or may not be true.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She doesn't like working with her sisters. Turning the 'Desperate Measures' labour off after fighting her once with it on will have Meg thank Zagreus in their next boss fight.
- Torture Technician: As a Fury, her job is to torture the souls of oathbreakers, theives, and the unfaithful
- Shipper on Deck: Of Zagreus/Thanatos, surprisingly enough. In fact, if you hook up with Megaera before romancing Thanatos, Thanatos will say that Meg not only knows and doesn't mind, but she's the one who talked him into going for it in the first place.
- The Stoic: Generally composed and speaks in a monotone whisper, especially when contrasted with her sisters.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: She sets the stage for the difficulty the player will face from then onwards. After her, enemies become stronger, the areas Zagreus visits have even more traps and environmental difficulties.
- Wardens Are Evil: Subverted. She's the warden of Tartarus, and tries to stop Zagreus, but a pretty likable person when resting.
- Whip It Good: The weapon of choice for all three Furies.
- Winged Humanoid: Only one, on her right side.
- Wolfpack Boss: Downplayed. Activating the 'Desperate Measures' labour leads to Meg attacking Zagreus alongside both her sisters at the end of Tartarus. Alecto and Tisiphone will act as support characters who teleport in and attack using some of their own moves, but have no health bars and disappear once Megaera is defeated.
- Working with the Ex: Well, against the ex, but giving her enough Nectar unlocks events that shows she was all but pushed into a relationship with Zagreus by Hades. With Zagreus having gotten on his father's bad side, they've broken up as a result.
- You Have Failed Me: Downplayed example: If Zagreus defeats her enough times, Hades will recall the other Furies to 'stop Zagreus' duty but not otherwise punish her. Megaera's reaction implies she sees this as bad enough.
Alecto is the youngest of the three Fury sisters and daughter of Nyx, and is responsible for punishing those who allow their passions to drive them to terrible acts.
She does not initially appear in the game, as both she and Tisiphone are busy with matters in the mortal world. However, after Megaera proves insufficient in stopping Zagreus's escape attempts, Hades summons them both to face him; from that point on, Zagreus may face any one of the three sisters at the end of Tartarus.
Alecto does not appear in the House of Hades.
- Blood Knight: Alecto is positively gleeful at the prospect of getting to kill Zagreus repeatedly.
- Blood Lust: She also seems to enjoy making him bleed, and saddles Zag with the nickname "redblood" after the first battle because he bleeds red.
- Flunky Boss: Alecto can summon Louts to aid her during the fight, though she's far less likely to do so than Megaera.
- Hot-Blooded: Perhaps suitably for a punisher of passions, Alecto is extremely open about her emotions in contrast to Megaera.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Zagreus does not like it when heart symbols start accompanying her (no less bloodthirsty) dialogue and she insinuates her Blood Lust is a bit literal.Alecto: You know what I like about you? The way you bleed. Mm.Zagreus: That... is not the type of flattery I'm used to. You're making me a bit uncomfortable, I'll have you know.
- Kill the God: Alecto is very excited to be tasked with killing Zagreus because she's "always wanted to kill a god."
- Noodle Incident: Whatever happened to get her barred from the House of Hades. In the Codex entry, Achilles only refers to 'profane acts of insubordination'.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: If Zagreus stumbles into her chamber on low health, she'll remark that it's 'practically no fun' that someone else did most of the work for her.
- Persona Non Grata: According to Achilles's codex, she's banned from entering the House of Hades for... something unsavory.
- Slasher Smile: Has a very prominent one.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Alecto takes getting beaten with surprising aplomb."Bad news for you, redblood: I like dying."
- Torture Technician: Like the other Furies. She's also got the most victims, as her domain is to punish the very broad category of "moral crime" (i.e. the Greek precedents of the Seven Deadly Sins).
- Turns Red: The main 'gimmick' of Alecto's fight is that she gets angrier as she's hit in combat or as she powers herself up; at max rage, she becomes stronger and faster, and after a certain health percentage she becomes permanently enraged.
- Whip It Good: The weapon of choice for all three Furies.
- Winged Humanoid: Like Megaera, Alecto only has one wing on her right side.
- Wolfpack Boss: After defeating Megaera once with 'Desperate Measures' on, Alecto can also show up as the main fighter with her sisters' support.
One of the three Fury sisters and daughter of Nyx, Tisiphone is responsible for the punishment of murderers.
She does not initially appear in the game, as both she and Alecto are busy with matters in the mortal world. However, after Megaera proves insufficient in stopping Zagreus's escape attempts, Hades summons them both to face him; from that point on, Zagreus may face any one of the three sisters at the end of Tartarus.
Tisiphone does not appear in the House of Hades.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Well, not strictly 'crazy', but she is fairly obsessive about her job and also stands in Zagreus's path.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: Tisiphone's chamber is darkened, and the only light in the room to see by comes from her.
- Flunky Boss: Subverted; of the three sisters, she's the only one to face you alone.
- Interface Screw: As part of a Wolfpack Boss, Tisiphone can shroud the arena in smoke that obscures things for the player.
- Nightmare Face: In contrast to her sisters, Tisiphone's face looks like that of a shriveled corpse and she has the Black Eyes of Crazy.
- One-Word Vocabulary: Tisiphone only ever says the words 'murder' or 'murderer', which unnerves Zagreus, at least until he starts playfully mocking her for it instead. As of The Blood Price, she's increased her vocabulary by one word to include Zagreus's name.
- Torture Technician: Just like her sisters. Specifically, she's assigned to torture murderers.
- The Walls Are Closing In: Tisiphone's 'gimmick' is that she'll reduce the size of the area you face her every time she loses a quarter of her health: In the final stage the boss arena will barely be the length of a spear-jab.
- Whip It Good: The weapon of choice for all three Furies. One of Tisiphone's unique attacks involve using a whip-crack to stun Zagreus in place before charging into him.
- Winged Humanoid: In contrast to Megaera and Alecto, Tisiphone's singular wing is on her left side.
- Workaholic: Megaera and Alecto both take their jobs seriously, but Tisiphone is said to practically live for it. When Zagreus and Meg talk about it, he wonders whether it's that amount of work that has driven her to her current state of madness.
The embodiment of Death and the brother of Hypnos, Thanatos is responsible for bringing mortals to the underworld at the end of their lives. This means he's frequently passing from the underworld to the mortal realm; at the beginning of the game, he's still away on business, but he will eventually return to cross paths with Zagreus during his escape attempts. If encountered during an escape, Thanatos can be found in the far left corridor of the House of Hades afterwards.
- Affectionate Nickname: Zagreus calls him 'Than'.
- Almighty Janitor: Among the many beings sent to stop Zagreus's escape from the underworld, Thanatos is not one of them. Good thing too, because literally being Death means he's capable of slaying anything in the game in one hit. When Hades eventually figures out Than is helping Zagreus, he's furious, but can't and won't actually try to stop him.
- Aloof Big Brother: While he's Hypnos' twin rather than older brother, he does have this attitude towards him, being prone to ignoring or scolding him for a job poorly done.
- Assist Character: He gifts the Mort Companion upon being given an Ambrosia, which allows him to be summoned for a wide-area attack.
- Badass Gay: Would be considered this since he can have a romantic relationship with Zagreus, but shows no obvious interest towards anyone else. It's noted in the Codex that's he's especially fond of Zagreus, even before his Belated Love Epiphany.
- Belated Love Epiphany: Had one for Zagreus when he realized he was incredibly angry that Zagreus suddenly left and didn't understand why, as well as the fact he never viewed Zagreus in the same way he views Hypnos.
- Big Brother Instinct: In a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sort of way, he does clearly care for both his closest brothers (as much as they annoy him), even if he isn't related to Zagreus by blood.
- Body-Count Competition: Starts one in the room he appears in. Zagreus can try to beat Thanatos' score for a Centaur Heart, or simply stand aside and let Thanatos clear the room for him on his own. He'll complain if you Kill Steal from him, though.
- Calling Your Attacks: He's quite chatty in a fight and fond of announcing his Area of Effect ability, which is fittingly known as Death Sentence.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The only one of Nyx's children with a tan, possibly due to being the only one of them who works in the overworld on a regular basis.
- Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: He's not terribly fond of the surface, particularly since it's just too damn bright for him during the day.
- Deadpan Snarker: More subdued than Zagreus's flippant remarks, but still present.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Presented as nothing but a sympathetic (if somewhat prickly) figure who wants to help Zagreus.
- Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Like any good Tsundere, he has trouble vocalizing his feelings, even after he and Zagreus sleep together. He eventually tells Zagreus that he'll just have to put up with it and to not take his silence for indifference.
- Flawless Victory: His keepsake boosts Zagreus's damage permanently for each encounter cleared with no damage taken.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played with in his relationship with Hypnos. Hypnos is prone to slacking off and sleeping on the job while Thanatos seems to be Hades's best underling. However, Thanatos is also betraying Hades's trust by helping Zagreus's escape, which is something Hypnos would never do.
- The Grim Reaper: Thanatos is the one who brings mortals who died peaceful deaths to the underworld, and he has the Sinister Scythe and hooded appearance to match.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Frequently attempts to justify his aiding Zagreus as this, though he also mentions 'tracking' Zagreus, so the lie isn't exactly hard to spot.
- I Was Never Here: He's not supposed to be helping Zagreus, so he tends to finish their conversations with some variation on this.
- Leitmotif: "Last Words", which was added in the "High Speed" update. It, and the greenish tint, indicate his appearance in that room during Zagreus' latest run.
- Magikarp Power: His keepsake, the Pierced Butterfly, will give the player a permanent attack bonus if he finishes a room without taking damage. The percentage is small (2% when fully leveled up), but after a number of rooms, that attack bonus becomes very significant, especially with boons that already boost attack.
- Meaningful Name: He can gift Zagreus a plushie called Companion Mort, which can summon him to deal massive damage on the enemy. "Mort" is french for "death", fitting for the god of it.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Not his name, exactly, but he's given the title of 'Death Incarnate', and lives up to it quite nicely.
- One-Hit Kill: Inflicts these (after a short delay) in combat, even through armor, dealing 9999 damage each hit.
- Opposites Attract: With Zagreus. The codex will note that despite their differing personalities, Thanatos has an unexplained bond with Zagreus. Achilles's codex theorizes that Zagreus might be the god of blood and/or life, and therefore, Thanatos, who is the god of death, would be drawn to him. This is taken a step further if they do become romantically involved.Codex: He tirelessly serves his Foreign Master, whose son at least he adores, despite their opposing manner and outlook. Thanatos would never speak of this, but it is clear, to me. Whence came the bond they share? My thought is that the Master's son must be the god of blood; of life. Thus, they are inexorably drawn.
- Power Floats: His sprite has visible legs unlike his mother and Hypnos, but he floats everywhere.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Zagreus when he reciprocates his previous Love Confession in their max Relationship Values.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Constantly makes bitter comments about how Zagreus is making his job harder, but is always a helpful figure whenever he shows up.
- Sinister Scythe: Wields one. Subverted in that he never turns it upon Zagreus.
- The Stoic: Very much so, never screaming or getting (visibly) upset about anything. While he's clearly very angry at Zagreus for leaving without an explanation, he never lets it show.
- Tsundere: Prickly and bitter on the outside, but from his actions and his words it's pretty clear that he does care about Zagreus.
- Uptight Loves Wild: Though he's quite Tsundere in expressing it, he straight up adores Zagreus in spite of (or perhaps because of) his recklessness and impulsivity. He even chides Zagreus for showing some uncharacteristic patience and suggesting they take it slow out of consideration for Thanatos instead of jumping his bones then and there.Zagreus: I want you to know this isn't just some impulsive thing for me. I Will Wait for You however long it takes.Thanatos: Khh! You have no concept of which impulses to act upon and which to keep in check.
- Pretty Boy: Definitely one of the more attractive depictions of the character, being a soft-spoken young man with Mystical White Hair.
- Workaholic: It takes considerably longer to for Zagreus romance Thanatos than Megaera. This is not because he's any more resistant to the idea, but because he's so damn busy that he's almost never around—which is why the fact that he's stepping away from his duties to aid Zagreus is so significant.
- You Didn't Ask: If Zagreus confronts him about Persephone, Thanatos will claim that he met her but he didn't know her importance, nor that Zagreus was her son.
Chaos is the Anthropomorphic Personification of the primeval state of being from which existence first arose, being the 'parent' of Nyx and the Titans. Chaos resides in the space between worlds, and in the underworld, where the walls of reality are thin, can be encountered by Zagreus during runs by entering Chaos Gates. If contacted inside the gates Chaos offers their own randomized boons to Zagreus for their own inscrutable purposes.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Implicitly more powerful than all the Olympians, but seems happy just to watch Zagreus fight his way out, only bothering to help him if he pays a price first.
- Body of Bodies: Their body looks like numerous bodies fused together into a horrifying amalgam.
- Body Horror: Chaos's body looks like a pile of faces and limbs, and even what appears to be a fetus growing from their body.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: They have a Third Eye on their forehead which has two smaller eyes embedded in it.
- Cosmic Egg: Their keepsake, which allows Zagreus to enter Chaos Gates without sacrificing health.
- Deal with the Devil: Meg, Nyx and the other chthonic gods claim this is what Chaos's boons inevitably turn out to be.
- The Dreaded: The Olympians and Nyx's family can all sense Chaos's mark on Zagreus, and most of them seem deeply at unease about it. Even Zagreus cuts out the snark around Chaos.
- Gender-Neutral Writing: Chaos is referred to as "they," as Chaos is genderless and speaks with both a masculine and feminine voice.
- God of Chaos: Exactly what you'd expect from their name.
- Got the Whole World in My Hand: Their sprite holds the planet Earth between the tips of their fingers.
- Hates Small Talk: They claim to have "a lack of patience for discussion" and urge Zagreus to respond to them only when prompted.
- It Amused Me: Chaos aids Zagreus mostly out of interest in what he will choose to do next.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike the Olympians, Chaos can speak directly to Zagreus through their boons if they feel like it. Zagreus can even respond as long as Chaos permits it.
- The Maker: Indirectly, as it was done without purpose or intention, but still the origin of Nyx and the Titans (who begat the Olympian Gods).
- The Old Gods: The origin of the old gods.
- Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Before there was gender, there was Chaos.
- Parental Abandonment: Admits they haven't spoken with their 'children', including Nyx, since the beginning of Creation. Zagreus has the possibility of mentioning this to Nyx, who expresses surprise Chaos would mention her at all. The "Nighty Night" update added an option for Zagreus to help the two talk with each other again.
- Primordial Chaos: Is the Primordial Chaos... Or at least the personification of it.
- Power at a Price: Entering Chaos's realm through a portal costs a fair bit of health, and their Boons are very powerful but require you to survive a curse for a certain number of rooms before the blessing activates.
- Secret Keeper: They know about Zagreus's reasons for escaping Hades without Zagreus telling them, but have no interest in sharing that information with anyone else.
- Trickster Mentor: In Nyx's words, "Chaos is a trickster, not a deceiver." Their boons also reflect this nature, as they greatly hamper Zagreus for a short number of encounters before granting dramatic long-term advantages.
- Truly Single Parent: Of everything, technically speaking, but Nyx specifically refers to them as both her mother and her father.
- Voice of the Legion: Chaos speaks with a multitude of echoes to their main voice.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The original, though they seem to be capitalizing on Zagreus's ignorance to make a rosy first impression.
- Color-Coded Characters: All of their boons, orbs and even their character designs are characterized by a key color. Zeus is yellow, Poseidon is blue, Ares is red, Artemis is green, Dionysus is purple, Aphrodite is pink, Athena is indigo, Demeter is white, and Hermes is orange.
- Combination Attack: Duo Boons combine the abilities of the associated gods, usually adding the Standard Status Effects of another god to Zagreus's pre-existing boons.
- Elemental Hair: As above, both their clothing and their hair is color-coded to their areas of expertise, with the exception of Zeus (whose hair is a literal element instead, being made of white clouds much like how Poseidon's flows like water), Athena, and Ares.
- Fair Weather Friend: Chaos regularly will warn Zagreus that the Olympians are helping him because it's convenient and easy to do so, not out of the goodness of their hearts or even out of sincere family loyalty.Chaos: They place such value on familial bonds, yet none of them remember who I am. Do not place too much faith in them, O Son of Hades.
- Heroic Build: As you'd expect, they each literally have the body of a Greek god.
- If I Can't Have You...: During Trial of the Gods encounters, whichever god whose boon Zagreus doesn't choose will get so pissed that they try to kill him. Additionally, if Zagreus hasn't picked up any boons from a particular god during a run, that god is more than happy to aid Theseus in smiting him.
- I'm Taking Him Home WIth Me: Why did the Olympians break with their policy to stay out of Underworld affairs to help Zagreus? Because they want to steal him away from Mean Ol' Uncle Hades and adopt him into the Olympian pantheon. Zeus and Poseidon especially seem to take this angle.
- Limit Break: Save for Hermes, they provide Calls, where you can summon their direct intervention. It comes with a meter you have to fill up which drains as it's used.
- Locked Out of the Loop: They were never told about Zagreus's existence, and would be unaware if it weren't for Nyx assisting him.
- Signature Move: Each god has a boon that only comes in at "Legendary" rarity and can't be upgraded by any means, as it's usually already fantastic.
- Zeus has "Splitting Bolt", which causes all lightning effects to double themselves.
- Poseidon has "Second Wave", which causes a second instance of knockback. Both his and Zeus's also enable double instances of any associated effects, such as Sea Storm.
- Athena has "Divine Protection", which negates incoming damage once and refreshes every 20 seconds.
- Ares has "Vicious Cycle", which causes his blade rift effects to do more damage with each successive strike.
- Artemis has "Fully Loaded", which adds 3 bloodstone crystals to Zagreus's ammo count.
- Aphrodite has "Unhealthy Fixation", which adds a chance of causing charm to any move that induces Weak.
- Dionysus has "Black Out", which causes enemies to take double damage within Festive Fog.
- Demeter has "Winter Harvest", which just kills anything Chill-afflicted once they hit 10% hp.
- Hermes has Greater Recall, which causes bloodstone crystals to instantly return when they dislodge.
- Super Empowering: Their boons are responsible for altering, improving or even granting new abilities to Zagreus to aid him on his quest.
- Standard Status Effects: Each god also has an associated "Status Curse", which will assist damage in some manner. They are as follows:
- Dionysus has "Hangover", which is basically the typical poison attribute. It can potentially do high damage, and it stacks, making it a great choice with weapons that have high rate of fire.
- Ares has "Doom", which is a single instance of larger follow-up damage.
- Poseidon has a poison effect called "Ruptured", which does large amounts of damage at a fast rate, but only while the enemy is moving, and is only available on moves that already cause knockback. Aside from this being of great use on typically frustrating jumpy enemies, knockback also counts as movement, so you can always take advantage of it.
- Zeus has "Jolted", which causes a large bout of follow-up damage when an affected enemy next attacks.
- Athena has "Exposed", which boosts backstab damage.
- Demeter has "Chilled", which slows an enemy down by a small amount, but stacks, potentially almost halving enemy movement and attack speed. Chill-affected enemies are also eligible for another one, "Decay", which does large amounts of damage over time.
- Artemis has "Marked", which increases an enemy's likelihood of sustaining a critical hit.
- Aphrodite has "Weak", which blunts enemy damage. She also has "Charm", which causes affected enemies to ignore Zagreus and attack their allies.
God of the Heavens and king of the Olympian Gods, Zeus is Hades's younger brother and Zagreus's uncle. He offers boons to Zagreus and permits the other Olympians to aid in Zagreus's escape as well.
As God of the Heavens, Zeus's Weapon of Choice is the lightning bolt and he lends this power to Zagreus's attacks, adding direct lightning damage that can leap from foe to foe.
- Aloof Big Brother: Is technically the youngest of his brothers (though he's lived for longer than either due to not having been swallowed by Cronos), but fulfills the trope nonetheless.
- Chain Lightning: Zeus's Boons can chain from foe to foe.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In contrast to Hades and Zagreus, though his hair looks more like it's white due to age than how most lightning themed blonds turn out.
- Everybody Loves Zeus: Holds as true for him as the opposite trope does for his brother - which is to say, not really. Zeus is presented as helping Zagreus and offering encouragement, but is also somewhat self-absorbed and aids Zagreus also to tick off Hades.
- God of Thunder: The most famous, natch.
- Grandpa God: As is standard for Zeus.
- It's All About Me: The most egotistical of all the Olympians, mostly aiding Zagreus as a way of getting back at his brother for staying distant.
- Really Gets Around: Downplayed; his mythological philandering is alluded to (especially in that all his children in-game are from different mothers) but never stated outright. He will also make a suggestive comment about Nyx at one point.
- Shock and Awe: The thunderbolt is his symbol and Weapon of Choice, so this is to be expected. All of Zeus' boons are lightning-based, ranging from adding shock damage to your attack to a Wrath effect that bathes the entire screen in lightning bolts.
- Top God: Of the Olympian Pantheon.
- You Are Already Dead: The Jolt boon grants all electrical attacks a follow up effect of inflicting significant damage the next time an enemy attempts to attack.
God of the Sea and the middle brother between Hades and Zeus. Alongside the other Olympians, he lends his support to Zagreus upon learning of his existence.
As God of the Seas, Poseidon's power is in the waves and in the wealth of the seas, lending knockback effects and increased resource gain to Zagreus.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Zagreus "Little Hades".
- Always Second Best: Heavily implied to feel this way towards Zeus.
- Boisterous Bruiser: While he never gets to fight personally, he seems to have the time of his life helping his nephew escape, and will boisterously interject into conversations with his other nephews and nieces.
- Cool Uncle: Or wants to be one, at any rate. Most of his lines to Zagreus are friendly and encouraging, and when activating his Wrath he goes Papa Wolf over your foes daring to hurt his nephew.
- Most of his interactions with Zeus's children imply they see him more as an embarrassment.
- Crippling Overspecialization: All bosses are immune to knockback, making Poseidon's Boons useless against them. This was eventually rectified with Wave Pounding, a Boon that grants additional damage against knockback-immune foes, and his Razor Shoals Boon also deals damage to enemies whenever they move (most bosses do this a lot).
- Herd-Hitting Attack: The majority of his boons grant area-of-effect to your abilities if they do not already have them.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wielded Stygius during the Titanomachy, and has an Aspect of it to represent that time. He will comment upon if if Zagreus is wielding the blade, as will his brothers.
- Item Caddy: Some of his boons increase the amount of Obols, Darkness and Gems Zagreus can obtain by completing chambers.
- Knockback: Poseidon's boons grant knockback to your attack, allowing Zagreus to push foes into traps and walls for additional damage.
- Lord of the Ocean: His position in the Olympian Pantheon.
- Making a Splash: Should Poseidon grant you a boon, you get several ocean themed powers which tend to knockback and enemies into each other and environmental hazards, and are even able to do the iconic "surfing on your own personal wave."
- Prongs of Poseidon: The Trope Namer. It is the symbol on his boons and he is holding it in his image, but don't expect to be able to borrow it.
- Old Shame: An In-Universe example. After Zagreus encounters the Minotaur, Poseidon will bring it up in conversation and explain it's there because of a long, sordid story that was ultimately on him.
- Verbal Backpedaling: Has a conversation with Zagreus (if Zag already has a Boon from Zeus) where Poseidon praises his little brother but adds that he is actually stronger and more handsome. Zeus immediately enters the conversation and Poseidon is forced to rephrase his last sentence to make Zeus look even better.
Daughter of Zeus and goddess Metis and cousin of Zagreus, patron deity of the city of Athens (and of Achilles during the Trojan War) and the Goddess of Wisdom and Battle, Athena is the first deity contacted by Nyx and adds her power to Zagreus in a bid to have her cousin escape his unjust imprisonment, eventually leading to the other Olympians joining in as well.
Athena's boons are based around providing invincibility frames and deflecting attacks, her boons generally having non-flashy but defensive effects.
- Apologetic Attacker: If refused in a trial of the gods room, she will punish Zagreus like the rest, but without any malice or anger, saying it's just what her position requires.
- Attack Reflector: The crux of her boons, giving your powers the ability to reflect attacks they hit, and in the case of projectiles return them to their owner.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Chaos speculates that the real reason Athena is so eager to help Zagreus escape the Underworld is because she sees him "as a tool with which her broken family may yet be mended."
- Barrier Warrior: Most of her boons are based around weaponizing barriers to reflect attacks back onto attackers
- Boring, but Practical: Her boons don't make you shoot lightning, cause massive splashes of water, or make massive clouds of poison. They just protect you. From everything.
- Comeback Mechanic: Athena has several boons that aid Zagreus's Death Defiance, allowing him to defy death additional times and with greater benefits than usual.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Her colour palette is almost the opposite of her cousin's.
- Foil: To Ares. Both are gods of war, but she represents the "War Is Glorious" side of battle, while Ares is the incarnation of the "War Is Hell" side. In gameplay her boons are centered in boosting Zagreus' defense, while Ares is all about increasing his offense.
- In the Back: Occasionally grants access to the 'Exposed' debuff, which boosts Back Stab damage. Makes sense as a goddess of strategy and tactics.
- Lady of War: Stoic, graceful and refined, her boons emphasise the tactics of battle and dodging enemies' attacks.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields the original Aegis, and will comment if Zagreus wields a shield as well. Her entire Boon set is based around shielding Zagreus.
- Mercy Invincibility: One of her boons grant Zagreus this by making him invincible for a short period after being struck and automatically reflecting any attack hitting him. Her Wrath grants several seconds of it.
- Token Good Teammate: Downplayed: most of the gods are merely temperamental and wishy-washy rather than evil, but Athena was the one Olympian willing to help simply because it's the right thing to do.
- The Owl-Knowing One: It is one of her symbols, and she is depicted holding one. Her memento if given Nectar is also an owl pendant.
- The Rival: She is not fond of Ares, the two being war gods of opposite outlook and temperament.
- Stone Wall: Most of her boons are purely defensive in nature, though the ones that augment your attacks also provide a substantial flat damage buff.
- War God: Alongside Ares, her brother, and also his foil and rival. He represents the bloodbath, while she represents military strategy.
- Women Are Wiser: Probably the most outright benevolent Olympian, aiding Zagreus partially because it's the right thing to do and not just because they're family... But still mostly because they're family.
Goddess of Love and 'daughter' of Uranus, Aphrodite is the embodiment of the Greek concept of eros. She joins with many of her fellow Olympians in aiding Zagreus escape from the Underworld.
Aphrodite's power grants Zagreus access to the 'Weak' debuff: Enemies hit by weakening attacks will deal half damage to Zagreus.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Makes some oblique hints to her affair with Ares.
- Attractiveness Isolation: Her boon Different League apparently weaponizes this, reducing the damage of close-range attacks apparently by making enemies too shy to properly approach Zagreus.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Like any god you turn down in a room where you have to make a choice, she'll send monsters after you and hit the area with blasts that (in her case) weaken you.
- Charm Person: Her main Standard Status Effect. While it merely Weakens them by default, Unhealthy Fixation gives any attack that can Weaken a foe a 15% chance of breifly turning them to your side.
- Compelling Voice: Her Wrath fires a projectile that switches a single (non-Boss) enemy over to Zagreus's side temporarily.
- Curtains Match the Windows: She has pink hair and pink eyes.
- Femme Fatale: All of her boons are based around infatuating foes and exploiting the vulnerability it causes.
- Godiva Hair: Aphrodite is depicted as a nude woman draped in jewelry, with her hair covering only the bare essentials.
- Gradual Grinder: Aphrodite's boons gives a decent damage boost, but their main strength is to make sure Zagreus has greatly increased survivability.
- Heart Beatdown: Grants Zagreus Hearbreak Strike, Heartbreak Flourish, and Crush, which allow Zagreus to literally beatdown his enemies with The Power of Love.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Achilles notes in his codex that among all of the Olympians, Aphrodite terrifies him the most, as her domain is one that has much further-reaching consequences than a lightning bolt or a flood. In gameplay, Aphrodite's damage boosts offer the best numbers of any godly boons, making her a great way to maximize Zagreus's damage.
- Love at First Punch: Her Crush boon is a close-range Megaton Punch that induces this.
- Love Goddess: The love goddess of the Olympian Pantheon.
- Love Hurts: Achilles considers her more dangerous than the rest of the gods because, in his words, "a crashing wave or thundering tempest are preferable to a broken heart." Most of her boons involve turning Zagreus into a Homme Fatale who breaks enemies' hearts before their skulls.
- Lethal Joke Item: Her Greater Call. Charm by itself isn't terribly useful, only lasting a few seconds and expiring almost immediately against bosses. Fill the meter completely and the projectile will deal 2500 damage, far and away the hardest damaging single hit in the game.
- The Power of Love: Her domain, naturally. Most of her boons seem to revolve around the fact that Love Hurts.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She is a woman with long pink hair, and is very sweet and approachable to Zagreus.
- Shipper on Deck: As befitting her nature, she'll ship Zagreus with just about anyone (when she's not flirting with him directly):
- If you get Artemis's boon before hers, Aphrodite may (jokingly?) note that her reaching out to you is really cute and tell you to take it slow. In the Duo Boon conversation, she'll even tease Artemis about it in her presence, causing Artemis to become very flustered.
- She's acutely aware of the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Zagreus and Megaera. If the two end up becoming intimate again, she'll chime in later and tell him she's delighted they managed to work things out.
- She'll also note if Zagreus gets sweet on Dusa.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Has no clothing and no shame whatsoever.
- Something About a Rose: Will gift Zagreus a rose if given Nectar.
- The Tease: Repeatedly flirts with Zagreus when contacted.
- Woman Scorned: If you pick another god over her in a choice room—but she gets over it quickly.
The Goddess of Hunting and the Wilderness, daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo, Artemis eventually decides to lend her power to Zagreus after he has attempted to escape a few times.
Artemis' power is based around Critical Hits, giving Zagreus's attacks the chance to deal triple damage. She is also the source of several bonuses to his Cast ability.
- Archer Archetype: Is depicted with a bow and arrows. She will comment the first time you pick her Boon while wielding the bow, and will give Zagreus an arrowhead as a gift if given Nectar.
- Cool Big Sis: Her relationship with Zagreus has elements of this, with her acting as sort of a aloof role model and chiding him when he does things she doesn't approve of such as befriending Dionysus.
- Critical Hit Class: Going a mostly Artemis run will lead to this. All her Boons either grant Critical Hits, buffs them, or buffs your Cast. With Critical Hits.
- Has a Type: It makes sense that she'd get a crush on Zagreus, since the only man Artemis ever fell in love with in mythology was Orion, brave hunter and expert fighter. Zagreus had better keep on watch for Apollo.
- Homing Projectile: Her Wrath takes the form of a barrage of these that strikes all nearby foes. She can also buff Zagreus's Cast to go faster and become unerringly accurate.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!":
- Turns out to be an Achilles fan if you gain her favour enough, and asks Zagreus to relay her regards.
- If Zagreus contacts her while using Coronacht she'll eagerly tell him to take it up to Olympus so she can try it out.
- Not So Stoic: Her usual reaction to being passed over in the Trials is Tranquil Fury. If you pick Dionysus over her, she will get very vocally pissed off."Why would you side with—?! Urgh, why do I even bother with some half-god..."
- Only Friend: If Zagreus gets close to her, she'll begin telling him stories of her adventures with Callisto the wood nymph. Callisto can apparently shapeshift into a bear.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't speak much, and the other Olympians aren't entirely sure why she's helping Zagreus in the first place. She herself mentions that she appreciates Zagreus's lack of unnecessary chit-chat.
- Tsundere: As Zagreus speaks with her and gives her nectar, it becomes clear that she develops a crush upon him. Though she's clearly shy about expressing it ("I won't interfere with your hunt, I'll just.. um, silently watch everything you do.") Aphrodite seems to pick up on it. Of course.
- Whole Costume Reference: Green tunic and floppy triangular hat makes a Link.
- You Are Not Alone: If Zagreus befriends her, Artemis will occasionally encourage him with his line when he picks up one of her boons.
Greek God of War in its forms of brutality, bloodlust and violence, and the son of Zeus and Hera. When he learns of Zagreus's predicament Ares gleefully offers his Boons to his cousin, so that Zagreus may carve a bloody swathe of mayhem through the Underworld on his way out.
Ares's Boons grant Zagreus's attacks the 'Doom' debuff, which will inflict massive damage on opponents after they are struck, and his powers can create blade rifts that deal repeated unblockable damage to anyone walking over them.
- Affably Evil: Thanatos will comment that Ares is the only Olympian to treat him with anything beyond cold courtesy.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's pretty arrogant about his boons, and whenever he notices Zagreus already having someone else's, he'll mention how his are better or will help Zagreus more than the others.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: In contrast to Athena, Ares's boons do one thing: Damage.
- Blood Knight: To absolutely no-one's surprise, Ares loves war and mayhem.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: His blade rifts are bloodied blades who spin in a circle, dealing damage to anyone they pass underneath.
- Foil: To Athena. Both are gods of war, but while Ares represents the death and bloodshed of battle, Athena represents strategy and honorable combat. In gameplay, Ares' boons are exclusively offensive, while Athena's are defensive.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He takes an interest in Zagreus as a "fellow student of death" and expresses much approval over his impressive body count.
- Just Think of the Potential: Ares will excitedly comment on the potential of Exagryph's design in future wars if Zagreus is wielding it.
- Kukris Are Kool: His blade is depicted as one in his updated portrait art.
- Not So Different: Like his sister, his boons are focused on one thing, and his call involves a brief period of invincibility.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are blood red and he's a violent Blood Knight.
- Red Is Violent: All of his powers and status effects are colored red.
- The Rival: To Athena, being the embodiment of opposite forms of warfare.
- Shipper on Deck: He'll take notice if Zagreus starts spending more time with Thanatos; since he holds the latter in high regard, he's quick to express his approval.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He is one of the least hammy of the Olympians, despite his enthusiasm for pain and death.
- Spin Attack: Most of his boons involve "Blade Rifts", spinning vortexes of swords. The closest to the normal trope is his call, which temporally transforms Zagreus INTO a blade rift.
- Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed, He kills for the joy of killing, but is not seen or mentioned doing anything abnormally vile by the god's standards. He is also the only god that Achilles has no love for.
- War God: Alongside Athena, his sister, and also her foil and rival.
- You Are Already Dead: The crux of the Doom mechanic: A second after the blow is struck, the enemy will take a large amount of follow-up damage. Doom does not stack, however, unless you gain a specific Boon from Ares later.
The God of Wine, revelry and madness, Dionysus is the half-mortal son of Zeus and Semele. He joins the rest of his closest family in helping out Zagreus, if nothing else because the escape attempts make for good watching while having a drink.
Dionysus's power is in the wine, granting Zagreus's attacks the 'Hangover' debuff that deals damage over time as enemies accrue stacks of it. His power is best used with rapidly attacking weapons so as to maximize the amount of damage caused by the debuff.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Zagreus 'Zag'.
- Booze-Based Buff: One of his Boons grants Zagreus permanent health increases whenever he picks up a bottle of Nectar. It also grants a free bottle to get you started.
- Damage Over Time: The crux of Hangover, which functions much as a poison effect in other games. Previous iterations of the game gave it different names (Sick, Blight, Poison).
- Food God: He's also the god of grapes, because what else are you supposed to make wine out of?
- Fun Personified: Dionysus cares about one thing and one thing only, and that's having a good time.
- The Hedonist: A very light-hearted example.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: His Cast enhancement is a cask of booze that damages enemies in a circular area and slows them down within its area of effect.
- Intoxication Ensues: His Cast enhancement does this to a group of enemies.
- Mythology Gag: If Zagreus gains enough favour with Dionysus, Zagreus will end up telling Orpheus a tall tale that he and Dionysus are in fact the same person. Zagreus is believed to be another name of Dionysus in Classical Mythology.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Achilles notes that Dionysus is the only god on Olympus that seems to genuinely like mortals.
- Pungeon Master: Most of his Boon names are alcohol- or party- puns.
- Semi-Divine: Half-mortal, though the unusual circumstances of his birth make him functionally a full immortal god.
- Surfer Dude: Has a number of characteristics of the trope, though they're related to alcohol consumption and not pot-smoking.
- Universal Poison: Dionysus's boons revolve around inflicting poison damage. One has to assume it's infusing Zagreus's weapons with undiluted ancient Greek wine, with the hangover coming immediately afterward.
- Wine Is Classy: Given that wine was basically the only alcohol of note in Greek Mythology, this trope is very much averted in Dionysus's case. He is portrayed mostly as a drunkard as a result.
Messenger of the Gods, Trickster God and God of Merchants and Traders, Hermes hurriedly appears to aid Zagreus's escapes.
With mobility and speed being in his domains, Hermes' power primarily grants Zagreus increased movement- and attack speed.
- Dodge the Bullet: His keepsake and one of his boons grants Zagreus a chance to dodge any attack, making it deal no damage.
- Healing Factor: A very limited one; one of his boons allows Zagreus to recover some of the health lost to the last attack by repeatedly dashing for a short period.
- Mechanically Unusual Class: Hermes' boons are exclusively passive buffs, and do not directly affect your attack, special or cast like the other gods', nor effect your enemies in any way. He has no Duo Boons, and all his Boons are tier 1 (meaning they have no prerequisites) and cannot be upgraded with Poms of Power. His Keepsake doesn't increase his Boons' rarity or guarantee his appearance; instead, like the Hammer of Daedalus Hermes' boons will appear a fixed number every run (three). Hermes also never appears in Trials of the Gods. Speaking to Hermes enough reveals that none of the other Olympians know he's aiding Zagreus, which explains some of it.
- Motor Mouth: Speaks really quickly.
- Psychopomp: Makes references to this by referring to Charon as his colleague; in Classical Mythology Hermes was responsible for guiding the souls of the deceased to the banks of the river Styx, where Charon would take over. The word 'psychopomp' was one of his titles.
- Speed Running: His keepsake encourages this playstyle, granting a permanent dodge bonus for each encounter you complete in 30 seconds or less.
- Super Speed: Can increase Zagreus's ground speed movement by up to 50%, and his attack rate up to 40%.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Hermes is likely to be one of the last gods you meet for the first time, and he is listed second-to-last on the list of gods. He is also the only god whose trinket doesn't change his likelihood of appearing or the rarity of his boons. Instead, his trinket makes it so that you gain a permanent (for the run) boost of running speed and dodge chance for every room that you clear within a certain time limit.
- Winged Head And Feet: The Trope Maker himself, and he is depicted with winged sandals.
Eldest child of Hyperion and Theia, sister of Hestia, Helios, Selene and Eosnote , mother of Persephone and Goddess of the Harvest, Agriculture and the Seasons. Demeter eventually lends her power to Zagreus to help him reach the surface.
Due to the surface being in the midst of winter, Demeter has taken on the aspect of a winter goddess. Her boons imbue Zagreus with the 'Chill' debuff, which grants a stacking reduction to attack and movement speed to enemies.
- An Ice Person: She grants ice powers with her Boons.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Zagreus lampshades how odd it is for a harvest goddess to grant ice powers that drain the life of those affected, while Achilles indicates that she is capable of far worse if riled. Should you reach the surface with one of her Boons, Hades implies she has currently locked the world in winter while waiting for Persephone's return, and will do a lot worse were she to learn the truth.
- Cool Old Lady: Both figuratively, and quite literally.
- Damage Over Time: One of her boons makes it so if every enemy in a room is Chilled they start rapidly taking damage every second.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her imperious nature rarely lets up, but if appeased with nectar or chosen in a godly trial, she will start to refer to Zagreus as her "little sprout", and generally treats him with more warmth the more times she is encountered, amplified with further tribute.
- Endless Winter: Demeter is causing one of these due to her daughter being missing. Hades says she would do far, far worse if she knew the truth.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's on Zagreus's side, but that's it. She's quite imperious and cold, seeming more of an icy matriarch than a kindly grandmother, rather like the inverse of Nyx.
- Life/Death Juxtaposition: Often understood as a harvest goddess and little more, Demeter's full power as the goddess of winter (aka, the time when the earth goes cold and things die) is played up here. She is the goddess of life, and by extension, death. This is reflected in her boons; one of her boons enhances life restoration from all sources, while her legendary boon instantly kills any enemy at 10% health (even bosses) if they're afflicted with Chilled.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In accordance with her role in Classical Mythology, the season on the surface being winter is due to Persephone being missing. Hades says outright that it would be very bad were she to learn why.
- The Lost Lenore: She fell for a mortal farmer and clearly regrets being left behind when he died. It's kind of understandable why her mood is so icy having lost both a lover and a child.
- MayflyDecember Romance: She will bitterly advise Zagreus not to ever fall in love with a mortal, as such affairs are doomed. She can go on to confirm that she fell in love with a farmer who paid tribute to her, producing Persephone, but that he is long gone.
- Missing Child: If befriended she will eventually mention to Zagreus that her daughter is missing, and Demeter does not know where she has gone.
- Never Mess with Granny: In addition to being Zagreus's actual grandmother, the other gods seem to be a bit wary of her; Hades in particular calls her a "witch" who could do terrible things if angered.
- Not Himself: It's implied by the Codex that Demeter has become a much darker and less merciful figure in her old age. The loss of Persephone likely has something to do with it.
- Personality Powers: Similar to Poseidon, the boons she grants fit her demeanor quite well. She is a literal Sugar-and-Ice Personality (being the god of grain and the god of ice at the same time) and has powers revolving around both.
- Power Crystal: Her cast Boon makes the blood crystal from Zagreus's cast hover in place and fire Frickin' Laser Beams instead of its normal effect.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. Demeter mentions being the daughter of Theia and presumably thus also the Theia's brother-husband Hyperion, which would make her the first cousin of her mythological siblings. She states that Zeus is actually telling people she's more closely related to the Olympians than she actually is.
- Secret Character: Unlike the other Olympian Gods, who can randomly offer their Boons starting from Zagreus's original escape attempt, Demeter only appears after he encounters Hades on the snow-covered surface.
- Self-Made Orphan: Is stated to have killed her father Hyperion using the Twin Fists of Malphon.
- The Older Immortal: She looks and acts the oldest of all the gods, and her siblings refer to her as 'The Elder One'.
- Winter Royal Lady: 'Divine' rather than 'royal', but her costume is heavily winter-themed in her aspect as the winter goddess.
Others of Note
Achilles is a demi-human hero known for his role in the Trojan War. He is famed for his strength in battle and his near-invulnerability. After his death on the battlefield, his shade descended to the Underworld, where he was eventually hired by Hades to train a young Zagreus in battle and military discipline. Since he was hired, Achilles has made an effort to be a source of support and encouragement for Zagreus in the face of Hades's often harsh treatment.
Achilles is responsible for authoring all entries in the Codex, which he gave to Zagreus to provide information and guidance about the Underworld and the Olympian Gods.
- Adaptational Heroism: His famous rage and pride have been tempered greatly by his death; the Achilles we meet in this game is calm and supportive.
- Badass Gay: Achilles often refers to the romantic relationship he once shared with his comrade, Patroclus, but makes no mention of ever having been attracted to women.
- Bargain with Heaven: Achilles made a deal with Hades where he gave up his place in Elysium to Patroclus.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a spear, and the Codex makes repeated references to it being his favoured weapon.
- Drowning My Sorrows: It's possible for Zagreus to run across Achilles drinking in the House's lounge, and it's implied that this isn't a rare occurrence.
- The Lost Lenore: Patroclus, who he reminisces on his time with. However, the two have yet to reunite in the underworld, as Achilles is in the House of Hades, working as Zagreus's instructor, while Patroclus is in Elysium, also longing for him.
- Love Hurts: He feels that Aphrodite may be the most powerful and dangerous of the gods. He's bitter as he is still in love with his past lover, but can't be together with him anymore, as he is in Elysium while Achiles himself is in the House of Hades.
- Madness Mantra: His Codex entry on Patroclus eventually devolves into repetitions of "fear is for the weak".
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Inverted: Achilles died and then became mentor to the protagonist, instead of the other way around.
- The Mentor: To Zagreus, after being assigned to train him.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Achilles was employed by Hades to teach Zagreus the ways of combat. Zagreus can give Achilles multiple bottles of Nectar as gifts, to which Achilles responds by letting him down gently as even so long after his death, Achilles's heart still belongs to Patroclus, making this one an averted trope.
- Too Upset to Create: Achilles writes all of the Codex entries. Patroclus's entry is uncharacteristically short and... unusual....Forgive me. It is not my place to say much of him, now. May his name yet live. May his soul bask forever in the glory of Elysium. No more. Fear is for the weak. Fear is for the weak. Fear is for the weak. Fear is for the weak.
A severed Gorgon's head, now working as the House of Hades's long-suffering maid. She has a painfully obvious crush on Zagreus, but can never express her feelings as a result of her severe social anxiety, and more importantly, her never-ending list of things that must be cleaned.
- Adorkable: She stutters, is perpetually nervous, and frequently fumbles over her words at the best of times.
- Assist Character: She gifts the Fili Companion upon the House of Hades getting enough renovations and being given an Ambrosia, which allows her to be summoned for a piercing laser attack.
- Butt-Monkey: Almost all of her appearances involve her being victim to yet more grueling work, or suffering a severe bout of social anxiety, particularly when talking to Zagreus.
- Cute Monster Girl: Her demeanor and friendly, non-threatening design really helps reduce her inherent freakiness.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Achilles notes that he's offered to help her clean, but she just bared her teeth at him and refused.
- Flying Face: Is just a floating Gorgon head, not counting her snakes' heads.
- Heart Symbol: She'll start emitting floating hearts if Zagreus gets close, before quickly retreating into the rafters.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: She balks at the idea of Zagreus even talking to her, much less reciprocating her crush. Ironically, if you do attempt to romance her, she ends up deciding they're Better as Friends.
- Interspecies Romance: She's a gorgon with a crush on Zagreus, a god. The player can even choose to have Zagreus reciprocate and romance her, though they eventually agree to just remain close friends after Dusa realizes she's not actually interested in Zagreus that way.
- Medusa: She is heavily implied to be the decapitated head of Medusa, though she seems very embarrassed about the whole thing. If Zagreus asks her if she used to have a body she gets flustered and says some vague things about how she's a very different person than she used to be.
- Married to the Job: What's her first reason for turning down Zagreus? A relationship would cut into time she could spend on work.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: She's a friendly version of the Gorgon head enemies Zagreus encounters in Asphodel. If Zagreus defeats the Asphodel mini-boss, a gigantic Gorgon head, he'll occasionally snark of Dusa possibly knows her.
- Punny Name: Dusa is a maid. Maid-Dusa. You may groan now.
- Mysterious Past: Achilles notes in the codex that not only is Dusa's history unknown to the denziens of the House (other than that she's not one of Asphodel's Gorgons), but Hades has actually forbidden any further investigation into it.
- Snake Talk: Averted and Discussed. If asked about the other gorgons' unintelligible hissing, she says it's actually really hard not to hiss while speaking with a forked tongue, and she worked very hard to learn how so as to fit in better with the other residents of the House.
- Workaholic: Achilles notes she's assiduous in her duties and takes a great amount of pride in her work, as can be witnessed by the lack of dust anywhere in the House of Hades. There's a brief subplot where Nyx has her laid off because she's so single-mindedly focused on work that it's negatively affecting the quality.
A legendary musician who once ventured into the underworld, attempting to retrieve his wife and muse Eurydice after her untimely death. Though Orpheus failed, after his eventual death he was hired by Hades to be the court musician within the House. Unfortunately, the loss of Eurydice has stripped Orpheus of any desire to sing.
- The Eeyore: Starts out as this, being completely unmotivated to sing. It takes repeated interactions with Zagreus to get him to open up.
- Harp of Femininity: Well, a lyre. Falls somewhat coincidentally into this trope as he's both a feminine-sounding character and prominently sports one. Culturally speaking, the lyre was very much a man's instrument in Greek mythology.
- Hero-Worshipper: Quite literally, as not only is Zagreus a god, but also a central figure in Orphism. Unfortunately for Zagreus, it's all based on a nonsense story he told Orpheus, never expecting that Orpheus would turn it into the central lore of a Mystery Cult.
- In the Hood: Initially shared a sprite with Sisyphus and Nyx, with some minor facial differences. This sprite was removed in the "Superstar" update and replaced with a unique one.
- Looks Like Cesare: His new look has sunken, pale skin and extremely unruly hair. According to Eurydice this sounds like a (relatively) newer look for him, as she describes him as having curly hair when they were together, much to Zagreus's surprise.
- Loving a Shadow: When Zagreus first brings back news of Eurydice, Orpheus mostly doesn't care. As long as he has his tragic memories of Eurydice, what has actually happened to her since doesn't concern him. Zagreus is quite baffled at being told this. It can be later subverted if both of them are befriended.
- The Lost Lenore: Eurydice may be the Trope Maker. Without his muse, Orpheus lacks the inspiration to sing. Although he tried to be nonchalant about his loss in the beginning, it becomes evident in later interactions he still thinking about her when Zagreus updates him about her life in Asphodel.
- My Greatest Failure: His failed attempt to rescue Eurydice from the underworld. He was supposed to lead her to the surface without looking at her. It almost worked: at the last moment, doubting that she was really following him, Orpheus turned back... and Eurydice, who really had been there all along, vanished.
- Orpheus: "...And, anyways, I oughtn't have looked back, I mean, the moral of the story is to not look back when you are told not to look back, you understand, don't you, my friend?"
- Super Gullible: Zagreus likes to tell tall stories to Orpheus, as it tends to cheer him up. This backfires on him when he tells Orpheus that he and the god Dionysus are one and the same. Orpheus is so awed by this that he composes the Hymn to Zagreus in response.
- Too Upset to Create: He's too broken up over Eurydice to even sing, much less compose, which is why Hades had him placed in solitary confinement shortly before the game.
The former king of Corinth, Sisyphus twice cheated death before his misdeeds caught up with him. Sent to Tartarus, Sisyphus was sentenced to forever roll a boulder up a mountain, only for the boulder to inevitably slip from his grasp and roll down to the bottom again. Normally forced into his routine by the whips of the Furies, Zagreus's recent escape attempts have left them with little time to keep watch and allowed Sisyphus the occasional rest, during which he can occasionally be met by Zagreus during runs through Tartarus.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. His other crimes that merited Tartarus (robbery, murder, violating Sacred Hospitality, attempting to kill his brother, seducing his niece, spousal abuse and being a tattle-tale on one of Zeus's affairs) aren't mentioned directly. Megaera makes an offhand comment that, however bad his death-cheating antics may have been, the stuff he did when he was alive was much worse.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Zagreus 'Prince Z'.
- Assist Character: He gifts the Shady Companion upon being pardoned, which allows him and Bouldy to be summoned for a brief attack and some healing.
- The Atoner: States outright that he used to be a bad person in one of his conversations with Zagreus.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: After repeated interactions with Sisyphus, Zagreus can talk to Hades and Meg about alleviating his sentence, and then spend 10 Diamonds to pardon him. For showing such kindness, Sisyphus rewards him with one of the elusive Companion keepsakes, which lets him and Bouldy come to Zag's aid when activated.
- Chained by Fashion: He's chained to Bouldy, and the chains feature on both his model and sprite.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's gone somewhat loopy over time.
- Companion Cube: Having spent eternity pushing the same boulder, Sisyphus has begun referring to the rock as 'Bouldy' and treats it as his life companion and closest confidante.
- Foil: To Patroclus. Both are friendly shades who help Zagreus with items. Sisyphus's deeds left him trapped in Tartarus, while Patroclus's deeds earned him eternal paradise in Elysium. Sisyphus is an eternal optimist making the best of a bad situation, while Patroclus is eternally downcast with even Elysium failing to lift his mood.
- Heroic Build: Remarkably broad-shouldered and muscular, but then he has been shoving a huge rock around for ages.
- In the Hood: Shared the look with Orpheus and Nyx until the "Welcome to Hell" update.
- Misery Builds Character: An eternity of pushing Bouldy has apparently turned him into an impossibly optimistic Anti-Nihilist.
- Nice Guy: Never has anything but a kind word whenever Zagreus drops in, and gives you a free choice between health, money or darkness. He's even friendly towards Bouldy and The Furies despite being his eternal punishment.
- Shout-Out: Sisyphus's cheery disposition is likely an allusion to the Albert Camus essay "The Myth of Sisyphus" and its famous line "One must imagine Sisyphus happy", which suggests that Sisyphus must be happy with his fate once he accepts the absurdity of his sentence.
- The Problem with Fighting Death: The reason he ended up in Tartarus, having talked his way out of Hades by tricking Persephone and imprisoned Thanatos until Ares rescued him.
- Tailor-Made Prison: The original Sisyphus Vs Rock scenario.
- The Voiceless: Zagreus can talk to Bouldy following the "Welcome to Hell" update. He doesn't talk back. Giving him Nectar, on the other hand...
(Former) wife of Orpheus, famously trapped in Hades following her husband's failed attempt at rescuing her from the Underworld. Destined to the Meadows of Asphodel, having lived a life neither particularly heroic nor depraved, Eurydice has attempted to make the best of a bad situation and set herself up with a small place in an island on the river Phlegethon, where Zagreus may occasionally encounter her. She will offer Zagreus a choice of three unique items when encountered.
- Amicable Exes: Downplayed example. She's not really angry or bitter towards Orpheus, but mostly doesn't care about him any more. If both are befriended through gifts of Nectar, it's possible to reconcile the two but Eurydice is still generally happy in her abode in Asphodel.
- Foil: To Patroclus, being another lost loved one to a resident of the House of Hades. Both are friendly shades who provide Zagreus with items, but unlike Patroclus she appears to have gotten over Orpheus.
- Leitmotif: "Good Riddance", which Eurydice will be singing whenever Zagreus drops by. If both are befriended beyond level 5, Orpheus will learn the song as well and sing it in the House of Hades.
- Nature Spirit: Has bark-like skin and hair that looks like leaves, and is stated to be a nymph by the codex. Zagreus specifies she's an oak nymph when talking to Hades about her history with Orpheus, which certainly explains her acorn accessories and keepsake.
- Power-Up Food: Her food can grant massive boosts to Zagreus, including upgrading the rarity of his boons and advancing the level of them.
- Supreme Chef: Her offered items are all food, and Zagreus frequently remarks on how good it is. She implies she uses Nectar she is gifted in her cooking.
Achilles's former friend and lover, and his companion through the Trojan War that made the latter famous. Slain by Hector during the War, Patroclus was given eternal paradise in Elysium. He can occasionally be encountered by Zagreus during runs through Elysium, brooding in his eternal paradise and offering Zagreus a choice of three unique items when encountered.
- 1-Up: He'll give Zagreus the option the replenish all his Death Defiances.
- Badass Gay: Not as badass as Achilles, but still badass enough to believably impersonate him when Achilles was sulking in his tent... Which caused his death when he ran into Hector.
- Defrosting Ice King: He'll ever so slightly warm up to Zagreus if repeatedly spoken to.
- Foil: To Sisyphus. Both are friendly shades who help Zagreus with items. Sisyphus's deeds left him trapped in Tartarus, while Patroclus's deeds earned him eternal paradise in Elysium. Sisyphus is an eternal optimist making the best of a bad situation, while Patroclus is eternally downcast with even Elysium failing to lift his mood.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Never gives his name and is simply referred to as '???' unless Zagreus (and by extension the player) looks up the new character in the Codex and discovers his identity. Zagreus will then use his name.
- The Lost Lenore: Achilles. After several conversations Patroclus will even ask Zagreus if he can find out what happened to him, since he's not in Elysium.
- Moral Dissonance: Discusses the trope by bitterly noting how insane the qualifications for a 'hero' worthy of Elysium are (i.e. killing a lot of people). Ironically, he wasn't destined for Elysium and would have gone elsewhere if not for Achilles.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Almost entirely emotionless, implied to be a combination of trauma from the Trojan War and being separated from Achilles.
- Straw Nihilist: Seems to have almost entirely lost the desire to do anything.
Hero-King and mythical founder of Athens, who performed many mighty deeds in life including slaying the feared Minotaur of Crete. As Champion of Elysium, Hades commands Theseus to stop Zagreus's ascent from the Underworld.
- Back Stab: Forces this playstyle on the player by default, since he's only vulnerable in the back.
- Bash Brothers: With Asterius.
- Bishie Sparkle: As of the "Welcome to Hell" update, Theseus will produce these on occasion during dialogue.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His Pact of Punishment upgrade gives him a golden chariot, golden gatling guns, and golden armor. Daedalus apparently made it that garish as a joke and Theseus is simply too full of himself to catch on.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Brags with the best of them, but very much does live up to the hype.
- Broken Pedestal: Zagreus quickly goes from The Knights Who Say "Squee!" to hating Theseus' guts after a few encounters. While Zag eventually starts holding Asterius in high regard, Theseus gets no such treatment.Zagreus: Never meet your heroes...
- Calling Your Attacks: "Bull Horn!" for his Spin Attack.
- Collision Damage: If given the Extreme Measures upgrade, Theseus will start his boss fight inside a chariot. The chariot will automatically harm Zagreus if he touches it while it's moving (excluding hitting it with weapons).
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has a colour palette similar to Zeus.
- Disappears into Light: If defeated.
- Ditzy Genius: Clearly not the sharpest tool in the drawer, but a very good fighter and a good-natured hero.
- Dual Boss: With Asterius.
- Fastball Special: Asterius can throw him during their boss fight, giving Theseus a long-ranged charge attack.
- Final-Exam Boss: Theseus combines all the gimmicks used by the heroic mook shades of Elysium, having a powerful charge attack similarly to the spear-, sword and shield-wielding ones, being immune to frontal attacks like the shieldbearers, and using homing missile attacks with a targetting reticule like the bow-wielders.
- Flunky Boss: When Theseus was the Final Boss during early access, defeating Asterius first during their Dual Boss encounter caused Theseus to continually spawn Chariots in to aid him. With the introduction of the Styx level he stopped.
- For Great Justice: Will not shut up about it. Ever.
- Gatling Good: If you upgrade his abilities using the Pact of Punishment, Theseus' chariot will dual-wields gatling guns which he will occasionally strafe you with.
- Hero Antagonist: Believes Zagreus is one manner or other of hellspawn trying to trick his way to the surface, and will continue to stand in his way because of it, no matter how much Zagreus protests otherwise.
- Ideal Hero: The ideal hero of Greek Mythology, possibly even moreso than Herakles, Odysseus and Achilles, and acts like one in accordance to modern sensibilities as well. Zagreus is in awe when first meeting him.
- Javelin Thrower: Fights with a shield and javelin, and will continue to throw his spear when not engaged in melee. The javelin returns to his hand much like Zagreus's spear as well.
- Large Ham: Oh, so very much.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields a shield that makes him immune to direct attack from the front and sides when he's not attacking himself.
- Mythology Gag: Will comment upon it if Zagreus faces him while having a Yarn of Adriane in his possession.
- Not Himself: Implied by the Codex, which says his character appears to have changed in death.
- Oh, Crap!: If Zagreus summons Megaera or Thanatos using their companions, Theseus will comment upon it in a not-very-happy tone.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: If Zagreus keeps losing to him Theseus will triumphantly gloat upon meeting him again that monsters never learn, before immediately realizing what he just said and apologizing to Asterius.
- Pet the Dog: For all his Pride and pomposity, he did selflessly rescue Asterius from damnation out of the kindness of his heart, and is implied to treat him like a battlefield comrade.
- Pride: He's immensely prideful in his skill and ability, though not quite to the degree of The Fighting Narcissist.
- Religious Bruiser: When he Turns Red he will beseech Olympus for help and constantly bombard the arena in area-of-effects from one of the gods not currently aiding Zagreus.
- Spin Attack: Will attack using these if Zagreus gets too close.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: If Zagreus enters his arena a second time with a Yarn of Ariadne in posession, he will insist that it's an attempt to bother him and that it definitely doesn't, before going on to insist that her falling in love with him was not his fault nor responsibility. Clearly, it bothers him a lot.note
- Throw Down the Bomblet: If upgraded with the Extreme Measures punishment, Thesesus' chariot allows him to launch bombs everywhere while driving around the arena.
- Watch the Paint Job: He'll make a fuss about you scratching his chariot if you attack him while he's riding around in it.
- Windmill Crusader: Unlike Asterius, who opposes Zagreus because he wants a good fight, or Megaera, who opposes Zagreus because Hades ordered her to, Theseus is thoroughly convinced that Zagreus is an evil monster.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Successfully pulled this off on the Minotaur in the afterlife, and got him a place in Elysium by his side.
The Minotaur of Crete himself. An intelligent and powerful warrior in his own right, Asterius lingered in the shadows of the Underworld after death until his slayer, Theseus, took pity on him and gave him a place in the Warrior Heaven of Elysium. He's now become close friends with the former king.
Asterius will face Zagreus at the halfway point through Elysium as an optional mid-boss. Whether defeated or circumvented, he also shows up at the end of Elysium as part of a double feature with Theseus.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields a gigantic, two-handed axe.
- Bash Brothers: With Theseus.
- The Battle Didn't Count: Downplayed. If faced alone Asterius will fight until Zagreus has depleted three quarters of his health and will then stand down and retreat. However, he will subsequently be missing a quarter of his health during the final boss fight, as he's yet to fully heal.
- Blood Knight: Enjoys combat for its own sake, which is one of the reasons why he keeps facing Zagreus alone.
- Bullfight Boss: Both arenas you can face him in play on this expectation, giving you at least two breakable obstacles you could lead him into once he uses his charge attack. But unlike most examples, he can be pretty good at working his way around them to get to you anyway if you aren't careful.
- The Comically Serious: He refuses to engage Zagreus in boasting or Snark-to-Snark Combat, though one of Zag's snarky comments eventually elicits an Actually Pretty Funny reaction from him.
- Defeat Means Friendship:
- He is on friendly terms with his former enemy Theseus, the only person to defeat him in life.
- After being defeated by Zagreus a few times, they develop a mutual respect for each other's battle skills.
- Disappears into Light: If defeated.
- Dual Boss: With Theseus at the end of Elysium.
- Flunky Boss:
- When fought alone he constantly summons Medusa heads to paralyze Zagreus. Depending on your build, keeping their numbers low might be a high priority.
- During Early Access, defeating Thesesus first during their Dual Boss fight caused Asterius to continually spawn in Chariots to aid him.
- Graceful Loser: Asterius always ends his one-on-one battles against Zagreus by acknowledging him as a Worthy Opponent or thanking him for yet another battle.
- HeelFace Turn: Was redeemed by Theseus in the afterlife and given purpose, for which he is eternally grateful.
- Hey, You!: He quickly dubs Zagreus "short one". While Asterius seems to consider it a neutral nickname, Zagreus takes offense, especially since he's no shorter than Theseus.
- Horn Attack: His signature attack is to charge Zagreus, which can only be avoided by forcing him to crash into the walls or pillars of his boss arena. With the golden armour upgrade, he gains a rocket booster that greatly improves his land speed.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: A downplayed example, as he's much more aware of Zagreus's true character and nature than Theseus is but refuses to step aside nonetheless.
- Innocently Insensitive: Asterius does not seem to understand that Zagreus is a bit sensitive about his "short one" moniker, given that he otherwise respectfully treats him as a Worthy Opponent, and he misinterprets Zagreus's words whenever he expresses offense at it.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: If fought alone, he'll admit defeat once his health bar is reduced to a quarter and simply leave. During the proper boss fight, his strating health will be reduced by a quarter to reflect this.
- Large and in Charge: Averted. He's much taller than both Zagreus and Theseus (and calls the former "short one"), but is much weaker than Theseus.
- A Load of Bull: The Trope Codifier himself, though much calmer and wiser in death than he was in life.
- Mini-Boss: Of Elysium. Encountering him alone is usually optional (he's always in one of two rooms with a skull and a boon, the other containing the Giant Soulcatcher), but since he always shows up with Theseus he's not a Skippable Boss.
- The Nicknamer: Always refers to Theseus as "king", and Zagreus as "short one".
- Spin Attack: In his golden armor, one of his attacks is to spin his axe constantly with a huge area of effect. He'll stop after five seconds or so.
- The Stoic: Much in contrast to Theseus. His combat taunts are monosyllabic and nothing Zagreus says gets under his skin.
- Sword Beam: When Asterius loses half his health, he gains the ability to launch a trio of beams from his axe when performing his jump attack.
- Undying Loyalty: To Theseus for having redeemed him in death. Asterius now fights with his former slayer and current companion to the last.
- Worthy Opponent: Will consider Zagreus this if repeatedly defeated on his own, to the point he claims he looks forward to their next rematch. Zagreus will eventually reciprocate, occasionally commenting that Asterius fought well if he defeats him as a mid-boss.
The three-headed guardian of the Underworld, who patrols the banks of the Styx to prevent anyone outside from entering or anyone inside from leaving. Despite his fearsome reputation he's mellowed somewhat with age and has been recalled to the House of Hades, where he now serves more as a house pet than anything.
- Big Friendly Dog: Cerberus loves Zagreus to the point of having destroyed the lounge when he left on his first attempt to leave the underworld, and is loyal to Hades as well; it's even speculated in the game's Codex that Cerberus is the 'sole source of comfort' for Hades. The "Big Bad" patch unlocked the ability for Zagreus to pet Cerberus.
- Canis Major: A very large three-headed hound who has one of the largest sprites in the game.
- Food as Bribe: To get past Cerberus, Zagreus needs to give him a disgusting sack filled with something putrid as an offering. Thankfully, Cerberus at least wanders off somewhere dark and secluded to eat it.
- Hell Hound: His title, though he doesn't live up to it much as far as Hades's household are concerned.
- Morality Pet: To Hades. Outside of a few Benevolent Boss moments, Cerberus is about the only being he treats with care and respect.
- Undying Loyalty: To Zagreus, to the point that Hades knows it's pointless to try and use Cerberus to keep him from escaping. When Zagreus escaped the first time, Cerberus got so upset he wrecked Hades's lounge.
- The Unfought: Invoked. He guards the exit of the Temple of Styx, but Zagreus can't even bring himself to fight against him. Hell, should you strike him, there's going to be a shield that forms. Zagreus then tries to find a way to give the dog a treat in order to pass.
A mysterious bloodless (a skeleton) who appears in Zagreus's weapon room. He aids Zagreus in learning the use of weaponry (by letting the prince test them out on him) and claims to be hired by someone who wants to help the prince escape.
- Assist Character: He gifts the Rib Companion upon being "slain" and given an Ambrosia, which allows him to be summoned to briefly draw every enemy's aggression away from Zag.
- Dem Bones: Is a skeleton, although his sprite shows he has visible eyes and other details other bloodless do not.
- Expy: He has many similarities to Hanbei the Undying from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a request to end his immortal life.
- Final Death: After being given enough Nectar, he gives Zagreus a humble request: to fully upgrade the Zagreus aspect of the Stygian Blade, and grant him one of these with it. This is entirely a ruse to prank Zag.
- Mysterious Employer: Whoever hired him, Skelly is tight-lipped about their identity.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Is a friendly version of the Bloodless enemy Zagreus encounters in Asphodel.
- Our Founder: Upon clearing an 8, 16, or 32-Heat Pact of Punishment run, Skelly unveils a glorious statue...of himself.
- Pulling Themselves Together: You can kill him as much as you like; he always comes back.
- Training Dummy: His main purpose. Due to being a dead soul in Hades, he can immediately come back from any blow that Zagreus practices on him.
- Troll: He fakes being able to undergo a Final Death in order to prank Zag.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Speaks with an overblown accent that can at best be called "north-eastern US-ish".
A disembodied voice that narrates the Prince's (mis)adventures and some of the sights Zagreus sees on his attempts to escape. Zagreus is able to hear his voice.
- ...But He Sounds Handsome: The Narrator's true identity is hinted at when he gives a flattering description of a bust of Homer.
- Deadpan Snarker: The Narrator excells at finding every opportunity possible to throw shade at Zagreus in the middle of his otherwise serious descriptions.
- Interactive Narrator: Zagreus can hear him and the Narrator occasionally responds to his snarking.
- Lemony Narrator: Some of his narration can get pretty odd on its own. During the beta (when Zagreus couldn't advance beyond the last-built stage), the Narrator would repeatedly make up transparent excuses for how Zagreus subsequently died and went back to the House of Hades, including tripping on a rock and dying or accidentally stumbling into the River Styx.
- Narrative Backpedaling: When Zagreus first defeats Hades (and thus reaches the as-of-yet unreleased content), the narrator will admit that he can't go any further with the story and insists that the player should "pretend for now that Lord Hades absolutely clobbered him" instead before sending Zagreus right back to the House of Hades as if he were killed.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When he accidentally spoils Zagreus's parentage, the Narrator immediately tries to disown the sentence.
- Verbal Backpedaling: After accidentally revealing that Nyx is not Zagreus's mother, Persephone is through his narration, the narrator quickly offers up a poor replacement paragraph that mentions Zagreus totally discovered that on his own.
- The Voice: A raspy old man's voice that provides dramatic descriptions for the various locations Zagreus proceeds through.
As per Classical Mythology, the titans were the parents of the gods, whose tyrannical rule they overthrew to make the modern world.
- Abusive Precursors: Once ruled "all between heaven and earth", and not kindly.Hades: ...And, The Titans? You think me cruel, yet know nothing of cruelty.
- And I Must Scream: As not-so-delicately put by Zagreus:Zagreus: And you succeeded. Chopped up some of them to many tiny bits, and sprinkled them throughout the pits of Tartarus, so that they can't regenerate! Or so I hear. Inspiring, really!
- Complete Immortality: Even bloodily grinding them into ichor was not enough to kill them
- The Ghost: They were defeated some time ago and banished to Tartarus. That said, Zagreus never encounters any of them despite Tartarus being the very first step of his journey.
- The Power of Blood: Their ichor is needed to infuse the Abyssal Arms with more power, as the ichor reawakens the weapon's primal lust for titan blood.
- The Old Gods: Predated the Olympian and chthonic gods, and were overthrown by them.
- Affectionate Nickname: Played for Laughs. Meet it enough times and Zagreus will ask if he can call it "Lernie," and takes its angry hissing as a yes. Even its health bar starts displaying its name as "Lernie the Bone Hydra."
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The heads it summons have differing coloration depending on what ability each of them has. Yellow copies the slam attack of the main head, red shoots damaging waves in a spread, green spawns tiny skeletons, and purple spits out lava balls that create hot spots.
- Flunky Boss: Every time it loses a third of its health, it will become invulnerable and summon a number of other heads, each with particular attacks, among them, the green hydra head will spit fire balls that turn into Bloodless if not destroyed quickly enough.
- Flying Face: The enhanced version, once reduced to one-third health, breaks free of its spine and chases you around the arena. Worse still, it'll do this at the same time it spawns more heads, so it'll be invulnerable until you get rid of them.
- Hydra Problem: Given a nod, but overall downplayed. Every time Zagreus cuts down a third of its health, more heads appear to back up the main head, with each subsequent third cut down spawning more heads than the last. However, Zagreus can just keep on cutting and eventually it'll be enough.
- Invulnerable Attack: Played with. Every time Zagreus's cuts down a third of the Hydra's health (downgraded from a quarter), it spawns additional heads to back it up, and as long as at least one other head is alive (so to speak), the main head is completely invincible.
- Our Hydras Are Different: The Lernean Hydra shows up as the boss of the Asphodel Meadows, having been killed by Herakles and existing as a skeleton in the afterlife. It grows additional heads to attack Zagreus whenever a third of its health is depleted, forcing Zagreus to decapitate the additional heads before he can resume attacking the main head.
- Ascended Extra: Originally little but a graphical Easter Egg, as of the Long Winter update, Zagreus will hail the Shade if you get close.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: It's the only red-coloured Shade in the arena.
- The Runt at the End: Being the smallest shade in the arena and also differently coloured from its peers.
Daughter of Demeter, former wife of Hades and Zagreus's birth mother, though he has never met her. Persephone left her queendom in the Underworld for good shortly after Zagreus's birth and vanished entirely. When Zagreus learns of her existence, and Hades refuses to acknowledge her existence, this proves his final impetus for him to run away to try and meet her.
- The Exile: Persephone has apparently left the world of the Gods entirely, being neither in Olympus or in the Underworld, and none of the Olympians seem aware she's gone in the first place (nor that Zagreus is her child).
- Family Eye Resemblance: According to Thanatos, Zagreus has (one of) her eyes.
- The Ghost: Is entirely absent from the game so far, having neither an in-game avatar, a Codex entry nor any lines outside her letter in Zagreus's flashback.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Zagreus's main impetus for leaving is to find out exactly what that reason was and why she didn't even attempt to bring him with her when she left.
- Parental Abandonment: Of Zagreus, leaving him to be raised by Nyx.
- Semi-Divine: Some new dialogue as of The Long Winter update reveals her to be this. While Demeter is still her mother as in the classical Greek myths, her father was a mortal farmer.
- Un-person: Hades has forbidden her name from being spoken in the House of Hades and as such information about her is very rare.