History Characters / HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys

1st Apr '18 9:10:52 PM SpideyTerry
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* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Of Zeus's most frequently seen children, Hercules is easily the youngest and often referred to as "Little Brother." It contrasts with his greater sense of responsibility.


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* CainAndAbel: Due to having such a large family, he's the Abel to several Cains. Ares is the most notable, but there's also Apollo, Bacchus, and Lucius. Discord also helps create a rare example of a female Cain and a male Abel.
11th Jan '18 3:40:59 AM SpideyTerry
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** Due to being raised by Ceridian and taught by Cheiron, he absolutely despises bigotry towards Centaurs.


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* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: He is the most beloved hero in Greece and the favorite son of Zeus. He has also been a target of Hera, Ares, and other gods for most of his life, often seeing those he cares about harmed or killed as part of plots against him. "Let There Be Light" also suggests that evil forces are drawn to him precisely because he is a perfect union of man and god.


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* NotSoSimilar: To Hercules. Both struggle with not having a father in their lives, but Jason had many years of father/son bonding with Aeson before he died, while Hercules never even met Zeus until he reached adulthood.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: It usually never bothered him to be compared to Hercules; he lacked super-strength, but could boast about being the king of Corinth and desired by women. "Medea Culpa" has his jealousy flare when an adventure takes the young heroes out of Corinth and sees them encounter an attractive woman interested in Hercules.


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* LeakingCanOfEvil: Despite his imprisonment, he can contact his followers and has even managed to talk to Ares and Hercules. More direct actions (such as impregnating Gabrielle), however, only occurred if his followers performed complex rituals in their places of worship first.
24th Dec '17 1:36:01 AM SpideyTerry
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* OvershadowedByAwesome: In "Top God" and different episodes of ''Young Hercules'', he admits that being a son of Zeus is hard partly for this reason. He feels pressure to live up to his father's legacy.


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* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Took the form of Alcmene's husband (who was off at war at the time) during their one night together. She wasn't happy when she found out the truth.


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* RelatedInTheAdaptation: In Season 4, she's said to be Apollo's mother (which would also make her the mother of Artemis). Besides the fact that Leto never appeared in any of the shows, this change was presumably to justify Apollo siding with her against Zeus, as well as justify her associating with him when her primary characterization was despising Zeus's bastard offspring. A couple episodes also strongly imply that she is Aphrodite's mother.


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* UsedToBeASweetKid: She claims in "Reunions" that she genuinely loved Zeus before his repeated affairs drove her over the edge. Hercules is dubious, but "Full Circle" shows she was telling the truth.
13th Dec '17 1:51:06 PM SpideyTerry
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* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Loathes his counterpart for trapping him in the Netherworld and for being a beloved hero. It gets even worse when he realizes the death of Herc's family led to the death of his own one.
26th Nov '17 6:33:11 PM SpideyTerry
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* ReformedButNotTamed: During his Academy days. He had given up being a thief and was consistently a loyal friend, but he was also content to break the rules whenever it suited him.



* BiggerBad: During ''Xena'''s third season.
-->"Dahak is the blind force behind ''every'' evil will."


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* GreaterScopeVillain: During ''Xena'''s third season. Due to being trapped in another realm, he has to rely on Hope, cultists, and other underlings in order to achieve his objectives. It's only in "Faith" when Dahak begins to take a more direct role in events.
-->"Dahak is the blind force behind ''every'' evil will."


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* PrecrimeArrest: Done as part of his attempt to corrupt Iolaus. He offers him a trial run of his powers and shows him a man about to fall to his death from a rope bridge. Iolaus motions to prevent the ropes from coming undone, but Dahak then showed him that the man will go on to rob and kill an innocent family. Iolaus reluctantly lets the guy fall to his death, which Dahak notes is technically murder since the guy was punished for a crime he hadn't actually committed yet.
12th Nov '17 1:15:06 PM overman2099
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* ExperiencedProtagonist: By the time the series begins, Hercules has already long completed his training at Cheiron's academy, fought in multiple wars, and made a name for himself as both a hero and a living legend.
10th Oct '17 8:09:25 PM overman2099
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* {{Hypocrite}}: She hates Zeus for his infidelity and tries to make Hercules' life miserable as a result, but she herself was mentioned to have a boyfriend(whom Aphrodite stole from her) in the episode ''The Green Eyed Monster''. While there's no doubt that her husband's infidelity notches are much higher than hers, the fact that she still had at least one extramarital lover still makes her come off looking really bad, especially since she's supposed to be the goddess of marriage and fidelity.
15th Sep '17 3:54:32 PM SpideyTerry
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* EvilCounterpart: Inverted to be the good counterpart to Ares. After Kevin Smith began appearing on this show as Ares, the writers began to play this up--highlighting how both are sons of Zeus, intelligent planners, and good fighters. It's just that Ares sees humanity as playthings for whatever plan he has in mind, while Hercules is their defender. Ares also resents Herc for being Zeus's favorite.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Hero variant. Hera despised him for being a product of one of Zeus's affairs, but Ares and many of the other gods thought of him as just some bastard relative beneath their notice. Herc didn't even think of himself as a hero, just a guy who wanted to meet his father. Then he went on the quest for the Golden Fleece and foiled Ares's takeover of Corinth. From then on, he was always there to foil some plot.



%%* PungeonMaster

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%%* PungeonMaster* PungeonMaster: He has his moments, usually to Iolaus's annoyance.



* LaughingAtYourOwnJokes: Hercules points out this tendency in "Just Passing Through" and suggests keeping a straight face to get the desired reaction from others.



* GenreSavvy: He knew in "Armageddon Now" that Callisto was trying to manipulate Ares. The war god knew that, too, and was hoping to use her to his own ends, but Strife was insistent on not taking any chances at all.


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* ProperlyParanoid: He knew in "Armageddon Now" that Callisto was trying to manipulate Ares. The war god knew that, too, and was hoping to use her to his own ends, but Strife was insistent on not taking any chances at all.
12th Sep '17 5:52:05 PM SpideyTerry
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%%* FriendToAllChildren

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%%* FriendToAllChildren* FriendToAllChildren: One of the easiest ways to push his buttons is to harm a child.



* NoodleIncident: Since the first TV-Movie began with Hercules already an established hero, there were numerous references to various off-screen adventures he's had throughout his life. Some of these form the backstories to episodes (like bringing peace between the warring kingdoms in "The Apple" and "War Bride"). Others are just off-hand references, such as slaying the Nemean Lion or facing a two-headed giant.




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* {{Retcon}}: Went from an older mentor figure to Hercules to his contemporary once the backstory the ''Series/YoungHercules'' PilotMovie was conceived.
6th Sep '17 12:49:09 AM SpideyTerry
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* TheAce: Often described as the best of heroes and Cheiron's best student. On one occasion, he even played a musical instrument flawlessly despite no formal training--much to Iolaus's annoyance.



* TheAce: Often described as the best of heroes and Cheiron's best student. On one occasion, he even played a musical instrument flawlessly despite no formal training--much to Iolaus's annoyance.



* VirginShaming: The flashbacks in "Medea Culpa" are set at a point when Hercules was still a virgin, and he gets a little grief for it from Iolaus and Jason. Hercules calmly explains that he is waiting for the right woman and wants it to be special--all while effortlessly lifting the two of them off the ground, so they drop it. Iolaus later admits that Hercules had the right idea.



* ChivalrousPervert: In his youth. He'd frequently hit on Lilith, Kora, Amazons, and any other attractive woman that happened to be nearby. He was an admitted pig, but always reliable in a crisis. Lilith once described him as like a brother to her.



** ''Amazon Women'' TV-Movie: He gets knifed by an Amazon when his head is turned. This is undone via time travel.
** "The Wrong Path": He faces the She-Demon and gets turned to stone. He's restored along with the other victims when Hercules kills the She-Demon. He says he was actually in the Underworld and even saw Herc's family.
** "Not Fade Away": The second Enforcer beats him to pulp while trying to find Hercules. Iolaus crawls off to warn Herc of what's coming and dies of his injuries soon afterwards. Hercules makes a deal with Hades to restore him in exchange for stopping this new Enforcer.
** "Faith": Iolaus performs a HeroicSacrifice--taking a knife in the chest meant for Nebula. This death stuck the longest and was critical to the season's MythArc.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Three of the four times he died were while Hercules was cradling him. The lone exception is when the She-Demon turned him to stone.



* LadykillerInLove: He treated all his various relationships rather seriously, but it was Nebula he really fell for.



* RedOni: To Hercules' Blue Oni.

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* RedOni: To ReallyGetsAround: Numerous episodes see Iolaus with a GirlOfTheWeek or expressing interest in one.
-->'''Hercules:''' ''[seeing him kiss yet another woman]'' At least your lips are working.\\
'''Iolaus:''' That's not all that's working.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the Red Oni to
Hercules' Blue. However, Iolaus becomes the Blue Oni.Oni whenever he's teamed up with Autolycus.



-->'''Hera:''' You've always been so captivated by your precious mortals. Let's see how you like living as one of them! You're a mortal now."

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-->'''Hera:''' You've always been so captivated by your precious pathetic mortals. Let's see how you like living as one of them! You're a mortal now."


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-->'''Enforcer:''' Hera says, "Kill Hercules."\\
'''Hercules:''' [[LampshadeHanging Yeah, I know, but she never has the courage to say it to my face.]]
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