Difference Between Hades And Satan

By Debra Kelly on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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“Memo to me, memo to me: maim you after my meeting.” —Hades, Hercules (1997)

In A Nutshell

They’re both rulers of the Underworld, but that’s where similarities end. The Christian Satan is the most evil of creatures who delights in torment and pain, while Hades was long known as defender of the rights of the dead, as well as the overseer of both Tartaros and the beautiful fields of Elysium. While Satan is said to delight in walking the Earth and causing trouble, most of the interaction Hades has with humans is when they invade his domain—and sometimes, they’re given what they want.

The Whole Bushel

Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld, and as such, he’s often imagined to be the same villainous, diabolical entity as the Christian Satan. That’s very, very far from the truth, however, but it’s become such a prevalent myth that the two are often absolutely, wrongly interchangeable, with Hades tasked as playing the Satan-like villain in countless modern works about Greek mythology.

When it comes to wanting dominion over the dead, Hades never asked for the job—he never had the dark heart that the Devil had even in the form of an angel. Hades was only assigned his domain when he and his two brothers decided to draw lots for who ruled what part of the universe. Zeus went first and got the land and sky, Poseidon the seas, and Hades ended up with the afterlife.

One of the biggest differences between the two is their interaction with mankind. Satan is said to wander among men, tempting them to sin and damn their souls for all eternity. Satan tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and that’s a trend that seen throughout his acts. If he’s not causing trouble himself, he’s sending out demons to do his dirty work. According to 1 John 5:19, “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” He’s the bringer of doubt, conflict, and despair.

Hades, on the other hand, is a very hands-off sort of Underworld ruler. When he’s in the Underworld, which is most of the time, he doesn’t even know what’s going on in the world of the living. It was said that all he could hear in the Underworld of the living was man’s curses. In fact, it’s rare that he emerges from the Underworld. According to myth, most of his interaction with living mortals occurs when they storm the gates of his kingdom, such as in the myths of Orpheus and Heracles.

And in those myths, he helps them out. He gives Orpheus the chance to take his wife back to the land of the living (Orpheus, of course, disobeys the simple rule of “Don’t look back”) and, according to some versions of the myth, allowed Heracles to take the three-headed dog Cerberus from the Underworld to complete his labors.

When he does unleash his wrath, it’s not just for the sake of causing trouble or being evil. The infamous punishment of Sisyphus came only when the king tried to cheat his own death, and Theseus and Pirithous were condemned to eternal torment after stealing into the Underworld to abduct Hades’ wife and a 12-year-old Helene to take them for their own wives. And when he struck down Thebes with a plague, that was retribution for a king who refused to honor dead soldiers with a proper burial.

Hades also has the ability to love, and rules alongside his consort, Persephone. Popular myth says that he saw the daughter of the goddess Demeter and, with the help of Zeus, he kidnapped the girl and carried her off to be his queen. While his methods are more than a little shady, it’s important that he truly did love the girl.

Another incredibly important difference between the two is in the realms they lord over. Satan is the master of Hell, where the evil and the sinners of the world go to suffer in eternal torment. Hades is the lord of the Underworld—and that means the good side as well as the bad. While the concept of a reward after death as an ever-changing and ever-evolving concept through Greek mythology, Hades was also given domain over the Elysian Fields. Occasionally also governed by Kronos or by one of Zeus’s sons, the more common version of the Elysian Fields is one that exists in the deepest areas of Hades’ Underworld. This netherworld realm was the reward to which heroes and virtuous souls would go after death and was a beautiful paradise.

Show Me The Proof

Hades: Greek king of the underworld
Satan’s Part in God’s Perfect Plan
Satan’s Role in Causing Suffering
Rape of Persephone
Elysium, Island of the Blessed

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    • new

      What is wrong with you!?

    • edzyl blane

      What’s with the troll.

    • Patriotic Dane

      Wow what a genius *Sarcasm*

  • Gh Puiu

    Are you sure that Satan rules over Hell and he is not imprisoned there as well?

    • Jesussaves

      Very good question! Many believe satan rules over hell when he is actually a prisoner. Revelations 1:18 reads that Jesus holds the keys to hell, not satan.

  • https://soundcloud.com/arjan-hut Arjan Hut

    I’m waiting for Hollywood to produce Satan vs Hades.

    • Chaos

      Hades would win hands down, Satan has no real power except that which we give him, Satan is simply a fallen angel, Hades is a God in his own right and just like paper beats rock, Gods beat angels

      • https://soundcloud.com/arjan-hut Arjan Hut

        You’d think so. But Satan has more influence in Hollywood.

        • Chaos

          Obama had alot of support from Hollywood as well at one time and look where its gotten him…..Now some think he is the devil, so assuming he is not I think the devil would know this to be a treacherous path, he would probably get into the banking industry instead lol

          • lbatfish

            Some would claim that Obama is the devil no matter what his past consisted of. And, of course, a background in the finance industry didn’t provide a very successful path to the Oval Office the last time that somebody tried it.

          • Chaos

            I was implying that the banking industry is more ‘devilish’ than Hollywood not the worthiness of which industry is more appropriate for the office. That’s the annoying thing about the internet I suppose, those subtle nuances can easily go unnoticed.

          • https://soundcloud.com/arjan-hut Arjan Hut

            Ibatfish, were are you? Are you travelling?

          • lbatfish

            Yes — it was supposed to be just for the last two weeks of December (visiting family over the holidays), but kept getting extended for one reason or another. The latest reason involved the city of Atlanta being turned into an ice rink for a few days. When I finally get back home again (and don’t have the distraction of cable TV), I’ll have more time for perplexing/annoying my LV/KN friends and adversaries. 🙂

    • UN

      there is a better chance of being produced as play station or Xbox game……….and i don’t know it might be awesome.

  • Patriotic Dane

    Hades was Greek God and Satan was a Christian Antagonist. The difference is obvious!

  • inconspicuous detective

    did it need an article?

    • Ray

      Do you need to whine?

      • inconspicuous detective

        late to this but it ain’t whining. it’s pointing out that nobody confuses these two, so it doesn’t exactly need to be pointed out how they’re different.

  • Ian Moone

    There are no similarities between Hades and Satan. One was a god who ruled over the afterlife. The other was a fallen angle who was imprisoned in a pit of eternal torment.

  • Jay

    A serpent tempted Eve, not Satan. I do not think Satan has anything to do with Hell atm, though the Bible says he will end up there.

    • Nostradamus

      The serpent was Satan, I believe.

  • MalikaGoodwyn

    There is not difference between Hades and Satan.
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  • Illuminati Recruitment Agency

    According to the Christian myth, Satan does not rule the underworld, he rules the world but only as a regent who has the permission to the Christian god. And he is usually depicted not as an enemy of the Christian god but as an important member of the Christian gods staff. He is supposed to be Yahweh’s prosecuting attorney of a sorts.

  • UN

    looks like a PR article for hades??

  • dontask

    NERGAL aka HADES aka PLUTO
    Nergal is one of the 7 sons of Satan and is the ruler of the Underworld. His wife is Erishkegal. He has power over the dead.

  • dontask

    Well saten is the king of helll……as hades is king of the underworld or dead world PURGETORY ….frm where souls are decided to be send on heven or hell

  • dontask

    Bullshit

  • Pedro Roque

    satan was the most important being after god