FAVE GODS IN FANDOM
At FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading, and playing. This month, given the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, we’re answering with who our favorite God is from various fandoms.
It has been interesting how Hades from Mythology has become entangled with a lot of the symbolism for the Devil in media. He is characterized as the villain in many Fandoms when originally Zeus/Hera/Aphrodite tends to be the antagonist in mythology. I love Hades in Hercules and in Hadestown because it breaks a lot of the tropes that people have about Hades in Pop Culture (not entirely wiping out the bad guy role but changes a lot of his characterizations).
KRATOS (GOD OF WAR)
Kratos, from the famous God of War series, is my fave God in fiction. Although I initially liked the character when I was younger because of the action/violence in the games, I've come around to appreciate the development of the character in the latest games God of War (2018) and the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok (2022). I also appreciate how his character demonstrates the consequences of the hubris of the Greek Gods. They believed so heavily in their ability to control this man-turned-God as their tool, only for him to literally eliminate an entire pantheon for their meddling. His relationship with his new family, specifically with his son Atreus, is also really fun to watch as it develops.
What do you get when you combine excellent storytelling and comics together with a twist of dark fantasy you get the masterpiece that is Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The main character in Sandman is Dream and is one of the endless which are more powerful than some of the oldest gods in the DC universe. He is the personification of what Dreams are which can be seen through his appearance constantly changing depending on how people perceive him.
I personally connected with the story of Sandman and the representation of Dream due to the themes of what the character and story were trying to portray. At the start of the story, we see Dream as something horrific and later evolves to a character that is trying to undo the wrongs of his past.
The story is ultimately about change and willing to accept it. Change is inevitable, it is how we adapt and overcome those changes that makes the Sandman so compelling.
He’s chill, laid back until someone crosses him, is like the best kind of drinking buddy, and is always willing to do a favour for a friend
Aphrodite is known as the Goddess of love, beauty, and desire. In another life I believe she was a Taurus, both of whose characteristics I vibe hard with. While she is known to be vain and self-absorbed, I prefer to focus on her other traits, which include being protective and nurturing. In my personal life, I do my best to always be there for the people I care for, and get very protective when somebody hurts them. But I also do wish I was famous, so my vain side feels Aphrodite there!
I used to teach Thanatology (study of death and dying) so I'm always interested in personifications of death and Hela is probably the one our readers would be most familiar with. I also particularly enjoyed Cate Blanchett's "scenery eating" performance in Thor: Ragnarok.