History ComicBook / TheIncredibleHercules

23rd May '16 8:21:00 AM KingZeal
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* BadassInDistress: Thor even comments on the fact that he hates seeing a warrior like Hercules being made so helpless and powerless while captive in the Underworld.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: A variation in that Hercules challenges Captain America's right to give him orders, so he and Cap fight. Cap uses his acrobatics and martial arts skills to evade all of Hercules's attacks, and after a while, Herc is so impressed that he declares UndyingLoyalty to Cap.
* DistressedDude: The Pluto arc in the pages of ''Thor'' had Hercules in need of a champion to fight for him and rescue him from a terrible fate. Even when captive, he fights every step of the way, but it was a lost cause.



* OrpheanRescue: A variation; when Pluto tricks Hercules into taking his place as ruler of the Underworld, Thor has to travel to the underworld and fight as his champion

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* MightyGlacier: In his fight with Cap, Hercules is too slow to hit the more agile fighter. But Cap knows that all Herc needs is one half-decent hit to instantly KO him. Fortunately for Cap, seeing his skill and bravery is enough for Herc to concede.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Hercules gives Typhon one of these at the conclusion of their first fight. The Avengers have to hold Herc back from continuing to beat him down, as Hercules didn't know he was knocked out.
* OrpheanRescue: A variation; when Pluto tricks Hercules into taking his place as ruler of the Underworld, Thor has to travel to the underworld and fight as his championchampion.
* SixthRanger: When Hercules first showed up in the book, it was as a "guest" of the team and not an actual member. He still went on missions with them, but more as a useful tagalong. He later joined the team proper and became a full Avenger.
15th May '16 1:27:17 AM KingZeal
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!!! This section covers stories from his first appearance until his defeat of Typhon and the end of his exile from Olympus.

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!!! !! This section covers stories from his first appearance until his defeat of Typhon and the end of his exile from Olympus.
15th May '16 1:26:48 AM KingZeal
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!! Tropes gathered from Herc's sporadic appearances between his return to Olympus and the "Dark Age" incarnation of the Avengers starting from issue #355.



[[folder:Dark Age]]
!! This section covers Hercules following ''Avengers #355'' until "Heroes Return".
* BigBadDuumvirate: Hera, who plots to kill him alongside Ares, only to be betrayed by Ares at the last moment.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Herc became friends with Deathcry, when he realized that they both no longer had any other home than the Avengers Mansion.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Zeus created Taylor Madison in order to foil Hera's attack on Hercules, and when Herc finds out and then watches Zeus unmake her, he is ''pissed''. Zeus is offended that Herc doesn't appreciate his "help" and strips him of his immortality.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: In the end, we never know if Hercules and Deathcry ever slept together--but she certainly wanted it, and they were alone in space for a long time.
* LadykillerInLove: Throughout this era, Hercules was in love with a woman named Taylor Madison, to he point that he became lovesick when she suddenly stopped seeing him and promised to forsake all other women for her.
* TheLostLenore: Taylor Madison became Hercules's lost love later during this era.
* LovingAShadow: Hercules was in love with a woman named Taylor Madison--except that was exactly the role she was intended to serve, as a false construct created by Zeus to be Hercules's "perfect woman".
* SurvivorsGuilt: Hercules is horrified when he finds out that the other Avengers died fighting Onslaught, as he was in space with Deathcry at the time.
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[[folder: "Heroes Reborn" Age]]
!! This section covers Herc's disparate appearances between ''Comicbook/HeroesReturn'' up to the start of ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk''.

* BadassCrew: Hercules, Thor and the Destroyer team up to save Asgard. It's as awesome as it sounds.
* BrokenPedestal: Learning that mortals no longer respect him is what prompts him to go on his new labors.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Hercules is torn between attacking Thor on his father's command for the apparent destruction of Olympus or believing that his friend is innocent. He chooses the latter, to Zeus's disappointment.
* OneHitKO: Hercules defeats Hulk's nemesis, the Abomination, in one hit.
* ReformedButRejected: Erik Josten (Atlas) apologizes to Herc for almost killing him so long ago, but Herc is having ''none'' of it.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When he finds out that the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} are the same Masters of Evil that beat him in a coma years ago, Herc goes into a rage for revenge.
* UndyingLoyalty: Hercules chooses his loyalty to Thor over his loyalty to Zeus.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Hercules reappears in his original costume, with all of his godly power intact with no explanation aside from the implication that he's on speaking terms with Zeus again.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Zeus gives Hercules this ultimatum and bids him to attack Thor. Hercules refuses, and Zeus banishes him once again.
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!! Tropes from the Pak/Van Lente run of Hercules.

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!! Tropes from the Pak/Van Lente run of Hercules.Hercules, starting with ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'' up until ''Comicbook/{{Hercules 2015}}''.



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[[folder:Bronze Age]]
* CallBack: When Hercules meets comicBook/WonderMan for the first time, he hears that Simon is more interested in being an actor than an Avenger, so he tells Simon he has contacts in Hollywood. This is a nod to a few Silver Age stories which showed that Hercules sometimes did acting roles.
* HoneyTrap: Tanya Sealy (aka "Black Mamba") seduced Hercules and took him drinking so that he'd be too inebriated to fight the Masters of Evil, just as Zemo planned.
* LeroyJenkins: During the "Under Siege" storyarc, a drunk Hercules refuses to wait for Wasp and Captain America to come up with a plan to retake Avengers Mansion from the Masters of Evil and not only gets his ass kicked, but also Wasp and Cap when they try to save him.
* TokenMinority: Lampshaded. At one point, he's upset that he was called to stand in for Thor during an awards ceremony, calling himself the "Token God" of the team.
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15th May '16 12:37:48 AM KingZeal
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[[folder: Silver Age Hercules]]
!!! This section covers stories from his first appearance until his defeat of Typhon and the end of his exile from Olympus.

* MagicallyBindingContract: Disguised as a Hollywood director, Pluto tricks Hercules to sign an "Olympian Contract", which even Zeus is forced to abide by. When Hercules does something that breaks the rules of the contract, he becomes zapped by some sort of enchantment and stripped of his powers.
* OrpheanRescue: A variation; when Pluto tricks Hercules into taking his place as ruler of the Underworld, Thor has to travel to the underworld and fight as his champion
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The first meeting between Hercules and Thor was treated as this both in and out of universe, with everyone eager to see just which of the two gods would win in a fight.
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[[folder:Earth-829 Limited Series]]
!!! This section covers the ''Hercules'' limited series trilogy by Bob Layton.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Hercules first meets Skyppi (a ShapeShifting Skrull) when the latter is disguised as a beautiful and underdressed woman. He wasn't too thrilled about the revelation.
* UnstoppableRage: When pissed, he dishes out a beatdown on this universe's Silver Surfer, breaks his board in two, and then ''decapitates him with it''.
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14th May '16 6:43:08 PM KingZeal
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Hercules (by Creator/MarvelComics) is a comic book character who first appeared in ''"ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery Annual''" #1 (1965), created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. At first Hercules was mainly used as a rival to ComicBook/TheMightyThor, but he quickly became another well-established superhero. He has served at times as a member of ComicBook/TheAvengers, the Champions, ComicBook/TheDefenders, and the Heroes for Hire.

The majority of his appearances have featured Hercules as either part of an ensemble team or partnered with some other hero as a {{Foil}}, most notably Thor and Amadeus Cho, but also Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Deadpool}} and Comicbook/SpiderMan. His powers and personality allow him to easily be TheBigGuy, [[StraightManAndWiseGuy The Wise Guy]] and TheLancer, and he's usually considered one of the LighterAndSofter Marvel characters.

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Hercules (by Creator/MarvelComics) is a comic book character who first appeared in ''"ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery Annual''" #1 (1965), created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. At first Hercules was mainly used as a rival to ComicBook/TheMightyThor, but he quickly became another well-established superhero. He has served at times as a member of ComicBook/TheAvengers, the Champions, ComicBook/TheDefenders, and the Heroes for Hire.

The majority of his appearances have featured Hercules as either part of an ensemble team (Such as ComicBook/TheAvengers, the Champions, ComicBook/TheDefenders, and the Heroes for Hire) or partnered with some other hero as a {{Foil}}, most notably Thor and Amadeus Cho, but also Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Deadpool}} and Comicbook/SpiderMan. Comicbook/SpiderMan.

Marvel's take on Hercules is that of a very manly, boastful, and irresponsible [[RatedMForManly Manly Man]], usually with outdated morals.
His powers and personality allow him to easily be TheBigGuy, [[StraightManAndWiseGuy The Wise Guy]] and TheLancer, and thus he's usually considered one of the LighterAndSofter Marvel characters.
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13th May '16 6:58:42 PM KingZeal
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** ''Heroic Age: Prince of Power'' (2010) [[note]]Amadeus Cho takes control of the Olympus Group, and Hercules's mace, to mount an OrpheanRescue and save his friend.[[/note]]
13th May '16 6:57:02 PM KingZeal
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** ''Hercules: Fall of An Avenger'' (2010) [[note]]A one-shot that dealt with Herc's death and its aftermath.[[/note]]

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** ''Hercules: Fall of An Avenger'' (2010) [[note]]A one-shot two-parter that dealt with Herc's death and its aftermath.[[/note]]
13th May '16 1:14:51 PM KingZeal
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* BrokenAesop:
** At the end of Chaos War, Hercules says that truly benevolent heroes show the way that gods should be, as they recurrently sacrifice everything to protect, help, and heal others; [[spoiler: whereupon he expends his full power to restore all the people that Mikaboshi murdered.]] That's probably a message that we can all get behind. However, for some reason he also [[spoiler:restores all the destroyed demons, afterlives of eternal torture and damnation, and {{EldritchAbomination}}s in the universe...enforcing the type of setting that basically fits his definition of the way a deity ''shouldn't'' be.\\
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This is pointed out right after the event, when [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] says that Herc [[spoiler:fixed everything but forgot to fix the Hulks. Her replies that he was "[[StatusQuoIsGod guided by]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense wisdom beyond our ken"]], but even understood that he screwed up and apologized.]] Later, it's even revealed that even Kyknos (Ares's son) was brought back because of this.

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* BrokenAesop:
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BrokenAesop: At the end of Chaos War, Hercules says that truly benevolent heroes show the way that gods should be, as they recurrently sacrifice everything to protect, help, and heal others; [[spoiler: whereupon he expends his full power to restore all the people that Mikaboshi murdered.]] That's probably a message that we can all get behind. However, for some reason he also [[spoiler:restores all the destroyed demons, afterlives of eternal torture and damnation, and {{EldritchAbomination}}s in the universe...enforcing the type of setting that basically fits his definition of the way a deity ''shouldn't'' be.\\
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This is pointed out right after the event, when [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] says that Herc [[spoiler:fixed everything but forgot to fix the Hulks. Her replies that he was "[[StatusQuoIsGod guided by]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense wisdom beyond our ken"]], but even understood that he screwed up and apologized.]] Later, it's even revealed that even Kyknos (Ares's son) was brought back because of this.
13th May '16 1:13:33 PM KingZeal
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* BrokenAesop: At the end of Chaos War, Hercules says that truly benevolent heroes show the way that gods should be, as they recurrently sacrifice everything to protect, help, and heal others; [[spoiler: whereupon he expends his full power to restore all the people that Mikaboshi murdered.]] That's probably a message that we can all get behind. However, for some reason he also [[spoiler:restores all the destroyed demons, afterlives of eternal torture and damnation, and {{EldritchAbomination}}s in the universe...enforcing the type of setting that basically fits his definition of the way a deity ''shouldn't'' be.\\

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At the end of Chaos War, Hercules says that truly benevolent heroes show the way that gods should be, as they recurrently sacrifice everything to protect, help, and heal others; [[spoiler: whereupon he expends his full power to restore all the people that Mikaboshi murdered.]] That's probably a message that we can all get behind. However, for some reason he also [[spoiler:restores all the destroyed demons, afterlives of eternal torture and damnation, and {{EldritchAbomination}}s in the universe...enforcing the type of setting that basically fits his definition of the way a deity ''shouldn't'' be.\\
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