Hades 2 Hestia Backlash depicting various versions of the Greek Goddess Hestia.

Hades 2 Hestia Backlash

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Updated May 08, 2024 at 02:12PM EDT by Zach.

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Hades 2 Hestia Backlash refers to discussions about the character "Hestia" (the Greek goddess of the hearth and home) in the 2024 Hades sequel Hades 2. In May 2024, some Reddit and Twitter / X users expressed their dissatisfaction with Hestia's character design. Some internet users compared her to different depictions of Hestia, such as the character seen in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and criticized the need to give her vitiligo. Others also criticized the design for race swapping the Greek mythology figure or disapproved of her perceived unattractiveness due to her weight and age.

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Hades 2 is an RPG game released for PlayStation, Windows and Xbox on May 6th, 2024. On May 6th, various internet users reacted to the character "Hestia" and her character design. X[1] user @thefuckistevvs posted an image of Hestia, writing, "WE GOT HESTIA PORTRAIT!!!!" and gathering over 13,000 likes in two days (seen below).


Andy HADES 2 SPOILERS!!!!!! Follow @thefuckistevvs WE GOT HESTIA PORTRAIT!!!! 0540 1:45 PM ⚫ May 6, 2024 684.3K Views th Swt :

Also on May 6th, 2024, X[2] user @_rawrell posted a Which Way, Western Man meme that compared a marble statue of Hestia with the character from Hades and with Hestia from the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime. The post gathered over 6,000 likes in two days (seen below). That same day, X[4] user @Mangalawyer reposted a cropped version of the meme that gathered over 11,000 likes in a similar timeframe.


Rawrell @_rawrell Which way, western man? Goddess Hestia according to the Greeks Goddess Hestia according to America Goddess Hestia according to Japan ダンジョンに出会い 間違っている ... • 3:20 PM May 6, 2024 588.8K Views

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On May 6th, 2024, X[5] user @not__vee reposted the aforementioned meme, writing, "I am unironically not buying Hades 2. The people who made Hestia just comited a crime against nature. They are so phenomanaly shit at their job and by existing in the industry they are taking away the position of someone more talented." The post gathered over 5,000 likes in two days (seen below).


Vee @not_vee I am unironically not buying Hades 2. The people who made Hestia just comited a crime against nature. They are so phenomanaly s--- at their job and by existing in the industry they are taking away the position of someone more talented. Goddess Hestia according to the Greeks Goddess Hestia according to America 9:55 PM - May 6, 2024 453.5K Views Goddess Hestia according to Japan ダンジョン出会い 間違っている」

On May 7th, Redditor[3] /u/AlphaMaleWarrior69 posted an image of Hestia and Hermes from Hades 2, writing, "Hades 2 race-swaps various Greek gods and even gives Vitiligo to one of them," gathering over 1,000 upvotes in a day (seen below).


1086 Hades 2 race-swaps various Greek gods and even gives Vitiligo to one of them. (i.redd.it) submitted 1 day ago by AlphaMaleWarrior69 670 comments share save hide report crosspost hide all child comments HESTIA HERMES How your to as

That same day, other internet users defended Hestia's design in Hades 2_, with X[6] user @GalenaBismon writing, "Funny how no one would guess the 2nd one is supposed to be goddess Hestia without the caption," and gathering over 1,000 likes in one day (seen below, left).

On May 7th, 2024, the creator of the original meme[7] comparing the different depictions of Hestia responded to the image going viral, writing, "A bunch of people reposted the Hestia meme I made and now it's trending and everyone is mad lmao. I didn't know I had this much power."


Vee @not_vee I am unironically not buying Hades 2. The people who made Hestia just comited a crime against nature. They are so phenomanaly s--- at their job and by existing in the industry they are taking away the position of someone more talented. Goddess Hestia according to the Greeks Goddess Hestia according to America 9:55 PM - May 6, 2024 453.5K Views Goddess Hestia according to Japan ダンジョン出会い 間違っている」 Rawrell @_rawrell • May 8 ... A bunch of people reposted the Hestia meme I made and now it's trending and everyone is mad Imao. I didn't know I had this much power. Trending Hestia 10.1K posts Hestia to the ks Rawrell Goddess Hestia according to America Goda ассс J @_rawrell May 6 • Which way, western man?

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