In some stories the end of the Age of Heroes (specifically the Trojan War) was engineered by Zeus to get rid of his illegitimate children, so it's not like this is beneath him. Zeus overthrowing the Titans in the backstory is portrayed as unambiguously good when in the original myth it brought about the end of the Golden Age. The Titans are portrayed as inhuman forces of nature instead of being more or less the same as the Olympians. Hercules is now Hera's child, which eliminates the cheating Zeus part of the story. Since that would mean Hercules is all god we need a reason for him to not be in Olympus, hence the kidnapping and the "you need to become a true hero" BS. Since it wouldn't make sense for his own mother to be his enemy, Hera gets replaced with Hades, who can't exactly leave the underworld to give his side of the story. Hades also replaces Gaia in the Titan rebellion story to cover up the complicated relationship between the Olympians and their ancestors.
- Continuing on this theory, this is Zeus' attempt to survive in the Christian era. Thus why it's Hijacked by Jesus: partly to fit in with conservatives, and partly to enter the wonderful and powerful world of Disney. One wonders how painful it would be for him to fit in with the radical change in values.
- The Muses are helping him, or rather, five of them are. They're the ones telling this story, they interupt the narrator, and assure the audience several times that what they speak is the "Gospel Truth".
- Alternatively, the movie is canon and the "original" Greek myths where lies spun by Hades as a petty way of revenge. Surely it is not coincidence that in the original myths Zeus was a dick and Hades was more reasonable.
- This definitely explains Hades' vilification: he's one of, if not the most even-tempered of the gods. Back in Ancient Greece, Zeus' boorish, whoring ways were awesome and Hades was considered frightening. Nowadays, Hades would be seen as a better ruler. Zeus could've demonized his son Ares(especially considering he's The Unfavorite), but ever since his role as Mars Zeus got to respect his son. Hades is the villain so that people will like him more.
- Further evidence for this theory-the Muses retelling the story are, in the original mythology, Zeus' children by the Titan Mnemosyne. They may be doing a favor for their father.
- You see Hades getting up close to Meg and invading her personal space a couple of times, which she's clearly uncomfortable with. He was one of the guys who didn't take no for an answer.
- They don't talk like friends, or even a boss to his employee. Instead Hades talks to her almost like a bullying boyfriend, both when he's giving her orders and sweet-talking her.
- In the Animated Series, as a teen her dress is a lot shorter. As an adult her dress is much longer and not as tight - because she doesn't like Hades looking at her.
- She sold her soul to Hades. He's always losing his temper so, like Pain and Panic, she is in some way immune to his flames. She dodges because, like them, burning hurts her. Heckaroonies, Hades blows the top off a mountain at one point and she doesn't get a scratch.
- On the second part, after selling her soul to Hades, she had been alive for years at the same age, which also added to her embitterment - and that Pain and Panic were in a similar situation. Anyway, as soon as she got her soul back, she was mortal again. Immortality Sucks when you're gonna spend it enslaved to a Jerkass - Meg had immortality but no freedom, power or influence.
There's nothing wrong with this age difference. On the contrary, it's refreshing to see a couple in a Hollywood movie who's age difference goes this way, instead of the usual older guy/younger woman pairing.
- In the seriers because Meg appears as New Transfer Student at Herc's school but this can explained as her staying the same age physically. When you work for Lord of the Dead, that sort of thing can happen.
- This would make a fair bit of sense as the Greeks were fond of prophecies that fulfilled themselves as punishment for trying to defy the Gods. Mortals only had the smallest say in steering themselves to their destiny.
- This is pretty much my thinking. They said "He's making it sound like some Greek tragedy", which suggests that the narrator's version of the story—had we been allowed to hear it—would have been, at the very least, a lot more light on the comedy.
- And Herc, Meg and the obviously outgoing Pain and Panic will turn the Underworld into a much nicer kind of afterlife, too.
From what can be gathered of her past in the film, Meg seems to be a character who's really been through the wringer. Her lover's betrayal may be one thing, but everything about Meg suggests a woman who's world-wearing. What's more, nothing in the film suggests that she's a princess - when she runs through the streets, crying about a rockslide, not one person seems to recognize her. This doesn't read like the character of a wealthy, cushioned member of the royal family.
As it transpires, the King of Thebes, Creon, is Meg's father, but Queen Eurydice is not her mother. Oh, the pair have true-born children, sure, but if Greek Mythology tells us anything, people had hard times staying faithful. This troper can see, for example, one of Eurydice's handmaidens catching Creon's eye.
Of course, once Creon learned that the handmaiden was with child, he couldn't have that. Setting the poor woman up with a home and just enough wealth to get her back on her feet, Creon banished her from his household. Meg was born just months later, a daughter Creon has made no effort to raise.