These are the character sheets for the game Hades. Spoilers may be ahead!
Zagreus is the son of Hades and Prince of the Underworld. He is the main character and is controlled by the player.
- 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.
- Bi the Way: Can take an interest in his mentor, Achilles, and several of his lines (especially towards Meg and Than) can be read this way as well. Aphrodite also offers to set him up with various women and/or men once he reaches the surface.
- 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.
- The Determinator: He will fight his way out of the underworld, no matter how many times he has to die before he manages it.
- Happily Adopted: By Nyx.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Will quickly go googly-eyed upon his first encounter with Theseus. This attitude quickly changes if he loses.
- Mismatched Eyes: One red, one green. According to Thanatos, he shares the green with his mother.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Just like his father.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears a trio of dog skulls on his shoulder.
- Weapon of Choice: Has a selection of five to choose from whenever you begin an escape:
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.
- Benevolent Boss: Is one to Thanatos, and to a lesser extent the Furies.
- 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like his son, despite his snarky behavior, hes not a malevolent force and takes his job seriously.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much like his son, Hades is prone to seething bouts of sarcasm, although most of it is aimed at the aforementioned son.
- Large and in Charge: His is the biggest sprite in the game, barring perhaps Cerberus.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Due to him running a Celestial Bureaucracy.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Just like his son.
- The Stoic: He has practically no emotional affect at all, beyond snidely mocking his son.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Is the only one to not give Zagreus a gift in return if you give him Ambrosia, mocking Zagreus -- and by extension the player -- for expecting anything for it. After that the option to offer him Ambrosia is permanently disabled, even if you are carrying some.
The embodiment of night and mother of (amongst others) Hypnos, Thanatos, 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' 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 interfer in Hades' attempts to keep Zagreus.
- In the Hood: Shares appearance with Charon, Orpheus and Sisyphus.
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: To Zagreus, after Persephone left. If Zagreus gives her Ambrosia he'll imply she is his mother in many ways even if they do not share any blood.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Much kinder than Hades and gives reassurance and advice to her many children in the House of Hades, Zagreus included.
The 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: Averted. Charon's wares always cost the same across all escapes, no matter where you encounter him.
- The Faceless: Shares his hooded sprite with Nyx, Orpheus and Sisyphus, except in his case no face is visible underneath.
- Intrepid Merchant: Fits the role of showing up to sell you things, if not any other part of the description.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very fond of making light of Zagreus' latest death.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Thanatos' responsible.
- The Jester: Achilles' notes imply that Hades considers him this instead of... Whatever else he's supposed to be doing.
- Lazy Bum: Sleeps on the job.
- 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.
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'.
- Aloof Big Sister: Of the Furies. This trope could also describe some of her behaviour towards Zagreus, even though they're revealed not to be blood siblings.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the 'deadpan', but she's very much able to keep up with Zagreus.
- 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.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She's actually a pretty calm and pleasant individual, the problem is her job involves preventing escapes from Tatarus.
- The Stoic: Generally composed and speaks in a monotone whisper, especially when contrasted with her sisters.
- 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.
- Wardens Are Evil: Subverted. She's the warden of Tatarus, 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.
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.
- 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'.
- Slasher Smile: Has a very prominent one.
- 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.
- 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.
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' path.
- Flunky Boss: Subverted; of the three sisters, she's the only one to face you alone.
- Geo Effects: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Aloof Big Brother: It's not directly stated that Thanatos is older than Hypnos - in the original myth, at least, they're twins - but given the way he treats Hypnos he's somewhere between this and Big Brother Bully.
- Much of his behaviour against Zagreus falls under this trope as well, even though they're revealed not to be blood siblings.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- No-Damage Run: His keepsake boosts Zagreus' damage permanently for each encounter cleared with no damage taken.
- One-Hit Kill: Inflicts these (after a short delay) in combat, even through armor.
- 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.
- Pretty Boy: Definitely one of the more attractive depictions of the character, being a soft-spoken young man with Mystical White Hair.
- 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.
- Body Horror: Chaos' body looks like a pile of faces and limbs, complete with Eyes Do Not Belong There.
- Cosmic Egg: Will give Zagreus one in return for Ambrosia.
- Deal with the Devil: Meg, Nyx and the other Cthonic Gods claim this is what Chaos' boons inevitably turn out to be.
- It Amused Me: Chaos aids Zagreus mostly out of interest for what he will choose to do next.
- 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.
- 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.
- Primordial Chaos: Is the Primordial Chaos... Or at least the personification of it.
- Power at a Price: Entering Chaos' realm through a portal costs a fair bit of health. In addition, Chaos' Boons comes with a 'curse' part and a 'blessing' part, requiring you to survive the curse for a number of rooms before the blessing activates.
- Secret Keeper: They know about Zagreus' reasons for escaping Hades without Zagreus telling them, but have no interest in sharing that information with anyone else.
- Voice of the Legion: Chaos speaks with a multitude of echoes to their main voice.
God of the Heavens and king of the Olympian Gods, Zeus is Hades' younger brother and Zagreus' uncle. He offers boons to Zagreus and permits the other Olympians to aid in Zagreus' escape as well.
As God of the Heavens, Zeus' Weapon of Choice is the lightning bolt and he lends this power to Zagreus' 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' Boons can chain from foe to foe.
- Combo: Has duo boons with Poseidon, Artemis and Dionysus that adds shock damage to their respective boons' effects.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In contrast to Hades and Zagreus.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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".
- Boisterous Bruiser: While he never gets to fight personally, he seems to have the time of his life helping his nephew escape.
- Combo: Has a duo boon with Zeus.
- 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.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: The majority of his boons grant area-of-effect to your abilities if they do not already have them.
- 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: His power manifests as splashes of water, with his Wrath turning Zagreus into a tidal 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 joins her father and siblings in aiding Zagreus' escape because she finds his imprisonment most unjust.
Athena's boons are based around providing invincibility frames and deflecting attacks, her boons generally having non-flashy but defensive effects.
- 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.
- Combo: Has a duo boon with Artemis, granting Critical Hit buffs whenever you deflect an attack, and a duo boon with Ares that inflicts 'Doom' on enemies whose attacks you reflect.
- Comeback Mechanic: Athena has several boons that aid Zagreus' 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.
- 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. Also, 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.
- The Owl-Knowing One: It is one of her symbols, and she is depicted holding one. Her memento if given Ambrosia 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.
- War God: Alongside Ares, her brother, and also his foil and rival.
- 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.
- Combo: Has duo boons with Ares and Dionysus, combining weak with their respective debuffs.
- Compelling Voice: Her Wrath fires a projectile that switches a single (non-Boss) enemy over to Zagreus' side temporarily.
- Godiva Hair: Is depicted with it.
- Gradual Grinder: Aphrodite's Boons gives a decent damage boost, but their main strength is to make sure Zagreus has greatly increased survivability.
- Love Goddess: The love goddess of the Olympian Pantheon.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: It also matches her eye colour.
- Something About a Rose: Will gift Zagreus a rose if given Ambrosia.
- The Tease: Repeatedly teases Zagreus when contacted.
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' 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 Ambrosia.
- Combo: Has duo Boons with Zeus, Athena and Ares. She also has multiple boons that encourage a Cast-based playstyle, making your Cast dislodge from bosses faster and dealing heavy damage when they do.
- 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.
- Homing Projectile: Her Wrath takes the form of a barrage of these that strikes all nearby foes. She can also buff Zagreus' 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.
- 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.
Greek God of War in its forms of brutality, bloodlust and violence, and the son of Zeus and Hera. When he learns of Zagreus' 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' Boons grants Zagreus' 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.
- Blood Knight: To absolutely no-one's surprise, Ares loves war and mayhem.
- Combo: Has duo Boons with Aphrodite, Artemis and Athena.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: His blade rifts are bloodied blades who spin in a circle, dealing damage to anyone they pass underneath.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Very much not one, but is depicted wearing no less than three of them.
- Just Think of the Potential: Ares will excitedly comment on the potential of Exagryph's design in future wars if Zagreus is wielding it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are blood red.
- Red Is Violent: All his powers and status effects are coloured red.
- The Rival: To Athena, being the embodiment of opposite forms of warfare. Achilles also has very little nice to say of him.
- You Are Already Dead: The crux of the Doom mechanic: A second after the blow is struck, the enemy will take large amounts of follow-up damage. Doom does not stack, however, unless you gain a specific Boon from Ares later.
- War God: Alongside Athena, his sister, and also her foil and rival.
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' power is in the wine, granting Zagreus' attacks the 'Sick' 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 Ambrosia. It also grants a free Ambrosia bottle to get you started.
- Combo: Has duo Boons with Zeus and Aphrodite.
- Damage Over Time: The crux of Sick, which functions much as a poison effect in other games.
- The Hedonist: A very light-hearted example.
- 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.
- Pungeon Master: Most of his Boon names are alcohol- or party- puns.
- Surfer Dude: Has a number of characteristics of the trope, though they're related to alcohol consumption and not pot-smoking.
- Wine Is Classy: Given the setting, it is very much averted in Dionysus' case.
Messenger of the Gods, Trickster God and God of Merchants and Traders, Hermes hurriedly appears to aid Zagreus' 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.
- Motor Mouth: Speaks really quickly.
- 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' ground speed movement by up to 50%, and likewise to his attack rate.
- Winged Head And Feet: The Trope Maker himself, and he is depicted with winged sandals.
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' 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.
- Madness Mantra: His Codex entry on Patroclus eventually devolves into repetitions of "fear is for the weak".
- The Mentor: To Zagreus, after being assigned to train him.
- Student Teacher Romance: Subverted as he rejects Zagreus advances due to still being in love with Patroclus.
A severed Gorgon's head, now working as the House of Hades' 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.
- 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.
- Flying Face: Is just a floating Gorgon head, not counting her snakes' heads.
- Medusa: She's not the actual Medusa, but her name and profession seem to be a reference to the most famous of gorgons.note
- Workaholic: Achilles notes she's assidious 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.
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.
- Fragile Flower: His wavering, high-pitched voice tends to give this impression.
- In the Hood:Shares a sprite with Sisyphus and Nyx, with some minor facial differences.
- The Lost Lenore: Eurydice may be the Trope Maker. Without his muse, Orpheus lacks the inspiration to sing.
- 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.
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' 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: Beyond his death-cheating antics, 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' affairs) aren't mentioned at all.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Zagreus 'Prince Z'.
- The Atoner: States outright that he used to be a bad person in one of his conversations with Zagreus.
- 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' deeds left him trapped in Tartarus, while Patroclus' 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.
- In the Hood: Shares the look with Orpheus and Nyx.
- 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.
- 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.
Achilles' 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.
- 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' deeds left him trapped in Tartarus, while Patroclus' 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' ascent from the Underworld.
- Back Stab: Forces this playstyle on the player by default, since he's only vulnerable in the back.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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: If Asterius is defeated during the Dual Boss encounter, Theseus will continually spawn Chariots in to aid him.
- For Great Justice: Will not shut up about it. Ever.
- 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' spear as well.
- Knight Templar: 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.
- 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.
- Not Himself: Implied by the Codex, which says his character appears to have changed in death.
- Pet the Dog: For all his Pride and Knight Templar tendencies, he did selflessly rescue Asterius from damnation out of the kindness of his heart, and is implied to treat him like a battlefield comrade.
- Present Company Excluded: 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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. If defeated alone during an escape he'll also 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- HeelFace Turn: Was redeemed by Theseus in the afterlife and given purpose, for which he is eternally grateful.
- 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.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: A downplayed example, as he's much more aware of Zagreus' true character and nature than Theseus is but refuses to step aside nonetheless.
- Large and in Charge: Averted. He's much taller than both Zagreus and Theseus (and calls the former 'tiny 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 a room with a skull and a boon), 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'.
- The Stoic: Much in contrast to Theseus. His combat taunts are monosyllabic and nothing Zagreus says gets under his skin.
- 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: Is a very, very, very good boy.
- Hell Hound: His title, though he doesn't live up to it much as far as Hades' household are concerned.
- 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' lounge.
A mysterious bloodless (a skeleton) who appears in Zagreus' 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.
- Dem Bones: Is a skeleton, although his sprite shows he has visible eyes and other details other bloodless do not.
- Mysterious Employer: Whoever hired him, Skelly is tight-lipped about their identity.
- Pulling Themselves Together: You can kill him as much as you like; he always comes back.
- 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.
- 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.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When he accidentally spoils Zagreus' parentage, the Narrator immediately tries to disown the sentence.
Daughter of Demeter, former wife of Hades and Zagreus' birth mother, though he has never met her. Persephone left her queendom in the Underworld for good shortly after Zagreus' 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' flashback.
- Mommy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: Zagreus' 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.
- Un-person: Hades has forbidden her name from being spoken in the House of Hades and as such information about her is very rare.