|“||Well, they're just fine. You know, a little dark, a little gloomy. And, as always, hey, full of dead people. What are you gonna do?||„|
|~ Hades describing how things are in the Underworld.|
|“||Well, well, It's a small underworld, after all, huh?||„|
|~ Hades about the Underworld.|
The Underworld is an evil realm in Disney's Hercules based loosely on the afterworld envisioned in Greek mythology, however like most of Disney's Hercules lore, it is re-imagined as a parallel to Hell of Judeo-Christian traditions (in classical mythology, it was more akin to limbo). The Underworld is also the abode of Hades, the lord of the dead and would-be-usurper of Olympus. The Underworld is also home to a number of demons such as Pain, Panic and Cerberus.
The Underworld has a large river of souls (most likely a reference of the River Styx) who continually try to drag others in, desperate for release - this river of souls ultimately leads to a spiraling vortex of souls (as seen in the end of the movie) where none, not even a god, can escape - doomed to spiral down into eternity with the spirits of the dead.
The Underworld appears as a level in the 1997 videogame Disney's Hercules (also known in Europe as "Disney's Action Game Featuring Hercules) on Playstation (PS1), Microsoft Windows, and Gameboy.
The Underworld made appearances in a few of the Kingdom Hearts games.