History Characters / HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys

26th Mar '17 1:34:07 PM SwankyGrouse
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* {{Foil}}: Contrary to the distant and aloof image of philandering Zeus, Odin is shown to be more involved in the lives of both his family and the mortals under his care. He cares for all theme, dislikes abuses of power, and has a good relationship with his wife.

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* TheNeidermeyer: A trait he shares with his wife. He's supposedly the BigGood of the Herc Xena verse but that role better fits his son than him or any other god on series. In truth he's a selfish, irritable, vain, irresponsible and often outright cowardly manchild who really couldn't care less about his family. It's part of the reason why many of them turned on him; Gods, Mortals and even his own son in the end.
* {{Foil}}: Contrary to the distant and aloof image of philandering Zeus, Odin is shown to be more involved in the lives of both his family and the mortals under his care. He cares for all theme, of them, dislikes abuses of power, and has a good relationship with his wife.



* HatesEveryoneEqually: Largely directs her resentments [[FantasticRacism towards mankind]] as a whole, whether they be faithful to her or not. But in truth she has very little respect for anyone or everyone other than herself.



* HeelRealization: She admitted to Hercules she always hated mankind due to her husbands proliferation, only to understand that for all their faults mankind was their greatest creation.
* ItsAllAboutMe: What her desperate housewife crusade against her husband and mankind boils down to. In Herc's own words Hera wanted her husband to herself but his fascination with man overshadowed her, when she couldn't have him under her thumb she took her anger out on the world at large.



* TheNeidermeyer: What her essential character boils down too. Always blaming her lackeys for her failures, persecuting a species '''SHE''' helped create due to her husbands infidelities, culminating in her own lack of backbone in standing up to her slimy spouse and her constant chiding her stepson because of this.
* OmnicidalManiac: More than once Hera has tried to publicly execute mankind or otherwise hinder them in such a way it comes about.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath



* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind The Man]]: She directs men, monsters and everything in-between after Hercules. Unlike the other gods, she very rarely faces him in person.

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* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind The Man]]: She directs men, monsters and everything in-between after Hercules.Hercules or [[HumansAreInsects whichever insignificant mortals]] of the week piss her off. Unlike the other gods, she very rarely faces him in person.
3rd Feb '17 4:40:49 AM SpideyTerry
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* PapaWolf

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* PapaWolfPapaWolf: In the ''Underworld'' TV-Movie, Nessus attempts to rape Deianeira. Hercules shoots him dead with an arrow.


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* TheUnreveal: Whether he's immortal or not. Even Zeus admits he can't be sure one way or the other. Even taking the present day clip shows into account, it's left ambiguous if living so long is because he's immortal or just because he's half-god.


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* GoldFever: He's obsessed with striking it rich, but "The Fire Down Below" really runs with it. He finds a great treasure and begins selling it, but it's cursed by Hera, and he ends up in Nemesis's crosshairs.
14th Dec '16 2:48:27 PM SpideyTerry
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* DespairEventHorizon: The death of his wife and kids at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: In Season 3, the death of Serena.]]

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: He's not shy about his criticism of the Norse gods and the region's rituals. Balder concedes it all might seem strange to outsiders, but he asks Hercules not to judge the Vikings by the standards of his own homeland.
* DespairEventHorizon: Happens a few times.
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The death of his wife and kids at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: series leaves him consumed with getting revenge on Hera. After a day, he's calmed down and realizes this is not what his family would've wanted.
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In Season 3, 3's "Judgment Day," the death of Serena.]]Serena, which he's framed for and fears he actually did.
** In Season 5, the death of Iolaus during an adventure Herc insisted going on. It takes a few episodes for Hercules to come to terms with it.



* FantasticRacism: Hercules despises all gods regardless of where they come from or knowing anything about them. He thinks the world would be better off with all of them dead and does not hesitate to kill compared to showing some hesitation for humans. He doesn't bat an eyelid at learning he caused the deaths of all the Sumarian gods despite them not attacking humanity. Nor the Norse gods even after learning they care about their human worshipers and try to help them. He only restores the latter because their worshippers actually need them to survive.

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* FantasticRacism: Zig Zagged in regards to gods. Hercules despises all gods regardless makes no secret of his disdain in general for the gods, but it's often because of how they play deadly games with mortals; he gets along fine with Hades, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus. On the other hand, this trope reaches a fever pitch in "Descent," where they come from or knowing anything about them. He thinks the world would be better off with all of them dead and does not hesitate Hercules is told his actions allowed Dahak to kill compared to showing some hesitation for humans. He the Sumerian gods. Hercules tells Dumuzi he doesn't bat an eyelid at learning he caused the deaths care, a result of all the Sumarian gods despite them not attacking humanity. Nor the Norse gods even after learning they care about their human worshipers and try to help them. He only restores the latter because their worshippers actually need them to survive.him grieving over Iolaus's death.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hercules's blind hatred of the gods and eagerness to help humanity in opposing them causes him to several times make things worse when he tries to make things better.
** In season 4, Hercules becomes a god to better help mankind while ignoring the political situation on Olympus. His focus on saving humans is used to distract him while Hera overthrows Zeus and seizes control of Olympus.
** Hercules tries to prove the Norse God Balder is not invincible by trying to wound him with a dart without considering where said dart came from. It poisons Balder starting off Ragnarok and the death of the Norse Gods. Hercules tries to brush it off until he learns the Norsemen are more dependent on their gods than other humans.
** Perhaps the biggest one, Hercules does not hesitated agreeing to help the Sumarian king/demigod Gilgamesh in stealing a magical chalice that sustains the Sumarian gods since he assumes the Sumarian gods are no different than the Olympians and pointlessly tormenting humanity. In truth, the "torments" were fall out from their struggle to keep the evil Dahak out of the world. The destruction of the chalice, made only possible thanks to the help of Hercules results in the death of Iolaus, destruction of the Sumarian pantheon, and allowing Dahak to enter the world.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hercules's blind hatred of NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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the end of Season 4, Zeus makes Hercules a full god ostensibly so they can be closer. While he performs some good deeds, though, Hera informs him that Zeus did it so someone would protect him against the other gods. When Zeus admits this is true, Hercules angrily storms out of Olympus. Apollo later keeps Hercules busy while on Earth, giving Hera the opportunity to overthrow Zeus. After their fight's over, Apollo even calls Hercules on this trope--saying he could've saved Zeus had he been on Olympus instead of there.
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gods two-parter, Hercules is used by Dahak and eagerness Loki to help humanity in opposing them causes instigate Ragnarök. Having visions of his own death, Balder believed Odin had made him to several times make invincible from all things worse when and was proving it by having his fellow gods strike him with their weapons. Hercules thought this was foolish and was goaded into taking part, so he used a dart offered to him by a little girl. The girl was Loki in disguise, and the dart was poisoned by Dahak's blood, which leads to Balder's death. Despite his dislike of gods, Hercules is saddened by this as Balder truly cared about humanity, so he tries to make things better.
** In season 4,
right. Hercules becomes a god unknowingly adds to better help mankind while ignoring the political situation on Olympus. His focus on saving humans is used to distract him while Hera overthrows Zeus and seizes control of Olympus.
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problem, though, when he fights Thor. Hercules tries to prove the Norse God Balder is not invincible didn't learn until later that Thor being defeated in combat by trying to wound him with a dart without considering where said dart came from. It poisons Balder starting off Ragnarok and the death half-mortal was another prophecy of the Norse Gods. Ragnarök.
** In "Faith,"
Hercules tries to brush it off until he learns and Iolaus are told that the Norsemen are more dependent on their Sumerian gods than other humans.
** Perhaps
are wreaking havoc on the biggest one, land--raining fireballs everywhere that kill many people and wipe out the food and water. Hercules does not hesitated agreeing agrees to help the Sumarian Sumerian king/demigod Gilgamesh in stealing recover a magical chalice chalice--being told that sustains the Sumarian gods since he assumes nectar can repair all the Sumarian gods are no different than the Olympians and pointlessly tormenting humanity. In truth, the "torments" were fall out from their struggle damage. However, after braving traps to keep the evil Dahak out of the world. The destruction of get to the chalice, made only possible thanks to the help of Hercules results in is betrayed by Gilgamesh, who drinks from the death of Iolaus, chalice and then destroys it. He explains that the destruction is actually fallout from the Sumerian gods fighting Dahak and that the chalice sustained them. As a result of Herc's actions, the Sumerian gods and Iolaus are killed. "Descent" then deconstructs the trope. Hercules is driven to the breaking point over his guilt for Iolaus's death, gets called on his actions by Dumuzi, and is left a broken man by the end of the Sumarian pantheon, and allowing Dahak to enter the world. episode.



* BackFromTheDead: Died ''four'' separate times, but Hercules always found a way to bring him back. These repeated developments became causes for laughter among the crew and even got lampshaded in a few episodes.

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* BackFromTheDead: Died ''four'' separate times, but Hercules always found a way to bring him back. These repeated developments became causes Of all the times he died, only the fifth season really qualifies for laughter among this trope, as he wasn't brought back before the crew given adventure was over. Iolaus dies in "Faith" and even got lampshaded (despite Herc's best efforts) isn't resurrected in a few episodes."Descent." It's not until "Revelations" (the very end of the season) that Iolaus is restored to life.



* BullyingADragon: At the end of "Porkules," he keeps Ares at bay with Artemis's bow and is openly irreverent towards him. This really comes back to bite Iolaus in "One Fowl Day."



* DeathIsCheap: Died ''four'' separate times, but Hercules always found a way to bring him back. These repeated developments became causes for laughter among the crew and even got lampshaded in a few episodes.



* FireForgedFriends: With Autolycus

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* FireForgedFriends: With AutolycusAutolycus.



* TheCasanova: He is constantly negelctful of his wife, children or responsibilities due to his dalliances with mortals.

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* TheCasanova: He is constantly negelctful neglectful of his wife, children or responsibilities due to his dalliances with mortals.



* KavorkaMan: Downplayed. He often appears as a kindly old man--not unattractive, but certainly not Adonis. However, he is quite capable of charming young women, such as when romancing an Amazon in the ''Amazon Women'' TV-Movie. Even Deianeira (in ''Circle of Fire'' specifically) admitted to being stunned by how effective Zeus was.



* PutOnABus: He regularly appears to Hercules throughout the TV-Movies, but they have a falling out at the start of the series when Hera kills Herc's family. Afterwards, Zeus is often referred to, but only makes a handful of appearances. Justified since having a god regularly in the hero's corner would be a StoryBreakerPower.



* StoryBreakerPower: Which was a reason why he was used sparingly on the series. Lampshaded in the flashbacks to "Twilight," where (pinned down by the opposing army) Iolaus would really like it if Hercules tried calling in a favor from the old man.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Something about the Abyss of Tartarus affects her memory, so she doesn't remember Hercules, Zeus, or anything else. She acts quite kind and loving, which Iolaus comments on.
* OutOfFocus: She's the main antagonist in four of the TV-Movies and the first two seasons, but she starts losing prominence in Season 3 to Ares and other threats. By Season 4, she only menaces Hercules a couple times (one of which was a WholeEpisodeFlashback) before being trapped in the Abyss of Tartarus.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: She resurrects Callisto in "Surprise" as part of yet another plan to kill Hercules. This has little long-term importance for this show, but it leads to a number major events on Xena's show.



* TheDragon: To Ares.



* HiddenAgendaVillain: Invoked in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge" (where his identity was still a mystery. Loki asks him what his stake in all this is, and he responds by grabbing his face.

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* HiddenAgendaVillain: Invoked in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge" (where his identity was still a mystery.mystery). Loki asks him what his stake in all this is, and he responds by grabbing his face.



* UnderestimatingBadassery: Underestimating Hercules, Iolaus, and ThePowerOfFriendship is why he loses.

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: Underestimating Hercules, Iolaus, and ThePowerOfFriendship is are why he loses.



* EveryoneHasStandards: He's as greedy as can be, but (as shown in "All That Glitters") he would never bet on a game that endangers children.



* HiddenDepths: Beneath the drive to strike it rich is a guy who values his friends.



* KavorkaMan: Just ask the 50 Daughters of King Thespius

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* KavorkaMan: Just ask the 50 Daughters of King ThespiusThespius.



* VitriolicBestBuds: With Autolycus

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* VitriolicBestBuds: With AutolycusAutolycus.



* EarnYourHappyEnding
* GadgeteerGenius

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* EarnYourHappyEnding
EarnYourHappyEnding: He ends his time on the series having grown more confident and being with the love of his life.
* GadgeteerGeniusGadgeteerGenius: Though it only comes up for a couple gags in "Just Passing Through."



* DistaffCounterpart

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* DistaffCounterpartDistaffCounterpart: Guess who.
30th Oct '16 12:59:03 AM MovieFan2000
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* MrFanservice: He occasionaly has some moments of ShirtlessScene.


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* DeadpanSnarker: He can be this usually after having spent the whole day in risking his life of suffering some (albeit comically) injures.
30th Sep '16 5:53:52 PM seekquaze1
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* DivineParentage: Courtesy of Zeus
20th Jul '16 1:25:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He knows everyone's buttons and impulses, so he can actively manipulate his foes.


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* ManipulativeBastard: He knows everyone's buttons and impulses, so he can actively manipulate his foes.
18th Jul '16 2:11:00 AM TitoMosquito
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* CompositeCharacter: She's actually a combination of Hercule's first wife Megara (being his first wife, and murdered by Hera however Megara was indirectly killed by her in the myths,where Hera kills Deineira directly in the show)and Deianeira from the myths (the name, and the run in with the centaur)

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* CompositeCharacter: She's actually a combination of Hercule's first wife Megara (being his first wife, and murdered by Hera however Megara was indirectly killed by her in the myths,where myths, where Hera kills Deineira directly in the show)and show) and Deianeira from the myths (the name, and the run in with the centaur)
13th Jun '16 1:13:07 PM overman2099
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* RecurringCharacter: He's not a main character but after Iolaus, he makes the third most recurring appearances in the series and is important enough in Hercules' life that he was present for several milestone events in Herc's life, most notably seeing Xena go through her HeelFaceTurn, starting the Olympic Games with Hercules, being there with Hercules when his mentor Cheiron was near-death, and planning the wedding of Herc's mother Alcmene and Jason.

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* RecurringCharacter: He's not a main character but after Iolaus, he makes the third most recurring appearances in the series and is important enough in Hercules' life that he was present for several milestone events in Herc's life, adventures, most notably seeing Xena go through her HeelFaceTurn, starting the Olympic Games with Hercules, being there with Hercules when his mentor Cheiron was near-death, and planning the wedding of Herc's mother Alcmene and Jason.
13th Jun '16 1:11:56 PM overman2099
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* RecurringCharacter: He's not a main character but after Iolaus, he makes the third most recurring appearances in the series and is important enough in Hercules' life that he was present for several milestone events in Herc's life, most notably seeing Xena go through her HeelFaceTurn, starting the Olympic Games with Hercules, being there with Hercules when his mentor Cheiron was near-death, and planning the wedding of Herc's mother Alcmene and Jason.
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