History Headscratchers / Hercules

9th Jul '17 6:51:05 PM sugaricequeen
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** A simpler explanation might be that none of the other heroes we know were honored with constellations in the film's universe. Recall how Phil speaks so disapprovingly about how they never had what it took to go the distance, not that they did become heroes but he never received any credit.
9th Jul '17 6:40:22 PM sugaricequeen
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* So Zeus could just take Hercules Godliness, at least at the end... Why couldn't he just give Hercules back his Godliness at the beginning? He can take it, but not give it without a ridiculous "You've gotta become a true hero" requirement? And technically, that ''is'' one of Zeus's powers; he did give one of his illegitimate Sons full Godliness.

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* So Zeus could just take Hercules Godliness, at least at the end... Why couldn't he just give Hercules back his Godliness at the beginning? He can take it, but not give it without a ridiculous "You've gotta become a true hero" requirement? And technically, that ''is'' one of Zeus's powers; he did give one of his illegitimate Sons full Godliness.Godliness.
** If you just look further up a few entries, you'll find that this question has already been answered - Zeus didn't take away Herc's godliness in the end, rather, Herc surrendered it and gave it up himself, which is something any god would seem to be able to do. Also, don't expect the powers of the gods in the myths to be synonymous with the powers of the ones in the Disney Animated Canon. They're two different things.
4th Jul '17 4:57:46 PM Toli
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** [[AWizardDidIt Yensid Did It.]]
4th Jul '17 4:52:21 PM Toli
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** "Hercules is a VERY POPULAR NAME." "Remember, like a few years ago, every other boy was named Jason and the girls were all named Brittany?"
2nd Jun '17 3:57:22 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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*** The mythical Philoctetes was a human, not a satyr, and their personalities don't really have anything in common.

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*** The mythical Philoctetes was a human, not a satyr, and their personalities don't really have anything in common. Also, he was Hercules' friend, but not his mentor. Really, Disney only used his name and nothing else.
2nd Jun '17 3:56:28 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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*** The mythical Philoctetes was a human, not a satyr, and their personalities don't really have anything in common.
27th Apr '17 9:24:46 PM DingoWalley1
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* So Zeus could just take Hercules Godliness, at least at the end... Why couldn't he just give Hercules back his Godliness at the beginning? He can take it, but not give it without a ridiculous "You've gotta become a true hero" requirement?

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* So Zeus could just take Hercules Godliness, at least at the end... Why couldn't he just give Hercules back his Godliness at the beginning? He can take it, but not give it without a ridiculous "You've gotta become a true hero" requirement?requirement? And technically, that ''is'' one of Zeus's powers; he did give one of his illegitimate Sons full Godliness.
27th Apr '17 9:24:02 PM DingoWalley1
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* Minor issue here, but when Hercules is born, his hair is blonde, and he has what appears to be a pretty nice tan. As he's losing his glow due to the potion Pain and Panic feed him, his hair turns red and his skin a rather fair complexion. Thus, it's clearly not like his hair and skin changed color like that as he grew older - he got them right away - so why, when he regains his godhood in the end, doesn't he return to his original appearance?

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* Minor issue here, but when Hercules is born, his hair is blonde, and he has what appears to be a pretty nice tan. As he's losing his glow due to the potion Pain and Panic feed him, his hair turns red and his skin a rather fair complexion. Thus, it's clearly not like his hair and skin changed color like that as he grew older - he got them right away - so why, when he regains his godhood in the end, doesn't he return to his original appearance?appearance?

* So Zeus could just take Hercules Godliness, at least at the end... Why couldn't he just give Hercules back his Godliness at the beginning? He can take it, but not give it without a ridiculous "You've gotta become a true hero" requirement?
15th Apr '17 11:44:48 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** The beginning of the movie showed that Zeus could form clouds into all sorts of different things, like columns, his own throne, or Hercules's horse Pegasus. Either being able to handle clouds is something all gods (even ex-gods) have, or Hercules inherited it from his father.




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** Hades at least could provide a more interesting motivation than Ares. Even in the original mythology, Hades was never entirely happy with his lot in life, since the other gods ostracized him for his role in overseeing the Underworld, which was what made him so bitter. Ares was a chaotic war god who pretty much caused conflicts ForTheEvulz. As for Hera, it'd similarly be difficult to provide her with a decent motivation if she was only portrayed as Hercules's evil aunt, and going into any more detail about their relationship might've seemed like a bit much for a children's film. (Not to mention, most of her revenge plots were very petty, and it's not like Herc ever could've faced off against her in a meaningful way.)
15th Apr '17 11:34:33 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** I've always assumed that the potion is actually the water of some magical Underworld river. The film changes it around so that swimming in the Styx will kill you instead of making you immortal - if not that one, there could be some other river that does something similar to gods.

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** I've always assumed that the potion is actually the water of some magical Underworld river. The film changes it around so that swimming in the Styx will kill you instead of making you immortal - if not that one, there could be some other river that does something similar to gods.
gods. There were five of them in Greek mythology, and the Lethe is mentioned in the TV series.
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