Greek God: Hades

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Hades is the Greek god of the underworld, and ruler of the dead. Despite this, he is not considered to be death itself, that title belongs to another god by the name of Thanatos. Brother of Zeus and Poseidon, Hades drew lots in order to get an equal share of the universe after overthrowing their father Cronus. Obviously though, Hades drew the short straw that was the underworld, whilst Poseidon got the seas and Zeus got the skies...

The Greeks were not keen on saying his name, afraid of causing a reaction that would end up with them dead, and becoming yet another of his subjects. Instead, they decided to give him another name, Plouton, derived from the Greek word for wealth, due to the precious metals and minerals mined from deep within the earth, where the underworld is said to situated. This led to Hades also becoming known as the god of wealth. Despite being an Olympian, Hades preferred the underworld and rarely left his kingdom. His weapon of choice was a pitchfork, which he used to create earthquakes, similar to the way Poseidon used his trident. He also had a helmet of invisibility, which he had received as a gift from the Cyclopes to use during the clash of the Titans. He was married to Persephone, daughter of Demeter, whom Hades abducted and dragged down into the underworld.