History Series / HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys

18th Sep '17 10:03:30 PM GroLor
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "The Gauntlet," Xena is against killing women and children. She even saves one baby that survived a slaughter her army carried out while she was away.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "The Gauntlet," Xena is against killing women and children. She even saves one baby that survived a slaughter her army carried out while she was away. In the same episode, Xena's followers were willing to turn on her in favor of a leader who would allow them to RapePillageAndBurn as much as they wanted, but when ordered to kill her even after she survives [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown the Gauntlet]] fair and square, they refuse.
17th Aug '17 12:06:39 PM overman2099
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* RememberTheNewGuy: Happens quite often throughout the show, at least once per episode or every other episode. Usually, Hercules will show up at a place and there will always be a character there that the audience is seeing for the first time but Hercules already knows this person as his old friend, former classmate, girlfriend, relative, mentor, or war buddy. Generally, a lot of characters introduced in an episode already have a pre-existing history with Hercules and Herc treats them like he's always known them.
3rd Aug '17 8:48:40 PM ultimomant
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''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' followed the life of the legendary hero played by Kevin Sorbo throughout ancient Greece as he fought tyrants, monsters, and the machinations of the Olympian gods with the help of his trusty sidekick Iolaus. It never took itself too seriously, it started out cheesy and got campier and campier as it went on, but it retained a good sense of humor throughout its run (and it had a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic kickass theme song]]). ''Hercules'' was closely tied to its spinoff ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', which soon overshadowed it in popularity. It also spawned [[SpinoffBabies another spinoff]], ''Series/YoungHercules'', starring a young Creator/RyanGosling, which didn't fare quite as well.



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''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' followed the life of the legendary hero played by Kevin Sorbo Creator/KevinSorbo throughout ancient Greece as he fought tyrants, monsters, and the machinations of the Olympian gods with the help of his trusty sidekick Iolaus. It never took itself too seriously, it started out cheesy and got campier and campier as it went on, but it retained a good sense of humor throughout its run (and it had a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic kickass theme song]]). ''Hercules'' was closely tied to its spinoff ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', which soon overshadowed it in popularity. It also spawned [[SpinoffBabies another spinoff]], ''Series/YoungHercules'', starring a young Creator/RyanGosling, which didn't fare quite as well.


11th Jun '17 8:07:25 PM nombretomado
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* AnimatedAdaptation: A Crossover with XenaWarriorPrincess called ''Battle for Mount Olmypus''

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* AnimatedAdaptation: A Crossover with XenaWarriorPrincess Series/XenaWarriorPrincess called ''Battle for Mount Olmypus''



* ArchangelMichael: Appears in the appropriately titled fifth season finale, "Revelations." This version of the character (along with his actor) later had appearances on ''[[XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]''.

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* ArchangelMichael: Appears in the appropriately titled fifth season finale, "Revelations." This version of the character (along with his actor) later had appearances on ''[[XenaWarriorPrincess ''[[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]''.



* ContinuitySnarl: Jason and Corinth. In "Once A Hero," it was made explicitly clear that he was much older than Hercules. His next appearance "The Wedding Of Alcmene" indicated he was a contemporary of Hercules' mortal stepfather, who died before Herc was born. If you saw ''Series/YoungHercules'', you can imagine the awakward retconning performed to make Jason Herc's peer. Additionally, in his first appearance, Jason was king of Argos (as in the myth), but his second appearance changed it to Corinth. This was particularly bad, as that same season had already given us "Highway to Hades" (where ''Sisyphus'' was king of Corinth). The snarl becomes real evident because the Sisyphus storyline is a follow-up to the ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Death in Chains." The Jason retcon also subsequently affected ''Xena'', such as [[NoodleIncident the previously mentioned Battle of Corinth]]. Apparently, despite Herc and Iolaus never having heard of Xena before Season 1, she attacked their best friend's kingdom (a place that was even retconned into being their hometown, so to speak).

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* ContinuitySnarl: Jason and Corinth. In "Once A Hero," it was made explicitly clear that he was much older than Hercules. His next appearance "The Wedding Of Alcmene" indicated he was a contemporary of Hercules' mortal stepfather, who died before Herc was born. If you saw ''Series/YoungHercules'', you can imagine the awakward retconning performed to make Jason Herc's peer. Additionally, in his first appearance, Jason was king of Argos (as in the myth), but his second appearance changed it to Corinth. This was particularly bad, as that same season had already given us "Highway to Hades" (where ''Sisyphus'' was king of Corinth). The snarl becomes real evident because the Sisyphus storyline is a follow-up to the ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Death in Chains." The Jason retcon also subsequently affected ''Xena'', such as [[NoodleIncident the previously mentioned Battle of Corinth]]. Apparently, despite Herc and Iolaus never having heard of Xena before Season 1, she attacked their best friend's kingdom (a place that was even retconned into being their hometown, so to speak).



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "Darkness Visible," Hercules and Iolaus face vampires led by Vlad. Typically, the vampires have no reflections and drink blood (being able to turn a mortal or just feed). They also possess healing abilities. Note that these are explicitly referred to as vampires (or Strigoi) - not Bacchae, who appeared on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/YoungHercules''.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "Darkness Visible," Hercules and Iolaus face vampires led by Vlad. Typically, the vampires have no reflections and drink blood (being able to turn a mortal or just feed). They also possess healing abilities. Note that these are explicitly referred to as vampires (or Strigoi) - not Bacchae, who appeared on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/YoungHercules''.
17th May '17 11:24:03 PM rafi
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* BigNo

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* BigNoBigNo: Used often, particularly the episode "Not Fade Away".



* DisappearedDad: One of Hercules' complaints about Zeus is that he took no visible role in his life. From "Regrets... I've Had A Few":

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* DisappearedDad: DisappearedDad:
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One of Hercules' complaints about Zeus is that he took no visible role in his life. From "Regrets... I've Had A Few":



* DistractedByTheSexy: Aphrodite manages to stop a huge brawl dead in its tracks simply by taking her top off. Herc thinks she's losing her touch if she has to get naked to do it.



* EvilCounterpart: The Sovereign, literally. Ares also counts, as he is an antagonistic son of Zeus.

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* EvilCounterpart: EvilCounterpart:
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The Sovereign, literally. Ares also counts, as he is an antagonistic son of Zeus.






* {{Heroic BSOD}}: Hercules suffers this several times following the deaths of his family, Serena and Iolaus. Iolaus' death in Season 5 proves to be the gravest, as it takes Hercules a couple episodes to recover from the loss.

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* {{Heroic BSOD}}: BSOD}}:
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Hercules suffers this several times following the deaths of his family, Serena and Iolaus. Iolaus' death in Season 5 proves to be the gravest, as it takes Hercules a couple episodes to recover from the loss.


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* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Aphrodite manages to stop a huge brawl dead in its tracks simply by taking her top off. Herc thinks she's losing her touch if she has to get naked to do it.
8th Apr '17 5:40:50 PM ApeAccount
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* FanService: Pretty much every female character on the show... and the male heroes as well. This show had some of the skimpiest clothes on television since ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries.''

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* FanService: Pretty much every female character on the show... and the male heroes as well. This show had some of the skimpiest clothes on television since ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries.'''' Special mention should go to Atalanta's outfit which seemed rather lacking compared to the male blacksmiths seen in the series, especially in the back.
6th Apr '17 10:15:00 AM Thorion
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* CaliforniaDoubling: New Zealand ''for ancient Greece''.
** Hilariously {{Lampshaded}} in the DVD commentary for "For Those Of You Just Joining Us" during a clip set in Eire.
-->'''Michael Hurst:''' Strange, that beach looks just like--
-->'''Kevin Sorbo:''' Very similar to Greece.
-->'''Michael Hurst:''' Yeah.
-->'''Kevin Sorbo:''' Or New Zealand or... Norway.
6th Apr '17 10:13:27 AM Thorion
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Herc's two half-brothers Ares and Iphicles bore an awfully strong remarkable resemblance to each other, despite not sharing any blood relation. (Out of universe, both were of course played by the late Kevin Smith.)
** In one episode, Aphrodite turns a pig named Catherine into a human (ItMakesSenseInContext). Catherine's human form is played by Alexandra Tydings, who plays Aphrodite. The goddess of love even compliments Catherine's attractiveness.
** Besides Iolaus, Michael Hurst played both Orestes and the Widow Twanky. Orestes is Iolaus' half-cousin and the two looking alike is a [[TwinSwitch plot point]] for both episodes he appears in. Instances of something "familiar" about the Widow Twanky, though, is played as pure LampshadeHanging. He also played Charon, although it's harder to tell under the prosthetics.
** Before playing Xena, Lucy Lawless appeared as Lyla, the human girlfriend (and then wife) of a centaur. In "Outcast" (which was produced after Xena was established), Salmoneus notes the similarity.
** Lawless also played an "Amazon" in the first ''Legendary Journeys'' MadeForTVMovie. These are different Amazons than the ones which come up later in the ''Herc/Xena'' verse. She has sex with Zeus (not knowing he's a god).
** Lisa Chappell played three different characters over the course of the series--Lydia, Dirce, and Princess Melissa--with a lampshade hanging when Dirce met Melissa in "Hercules on Trial" and commented that she was "uncommonly beautiful".
** Those who only remember Renee O'Connor as Xena's sidekick Gabrielle may be surprised to see her playing a totally different role in the second Hercules movie, "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom," as a young Trojan princess who is quite smitten with our hero.
** Joel Tobeck played a villain of the week in a Season 2 episode. He later returned to play Strife. After Strife was killed, he turned up as cousin Deimos. The resemblance between the two gods was {{Lampshaded}} in "Fade Out:"
-->'''Ares:''' They look enough alike, don't you think?\\
'''Deimos:''' Do not. I'm taller, and he's dead.
** Erik Thomson played King Daulin in the Season 1 episode "The Vanishing Dead". He would later go on to play Hades for the rest of the show's run, in four seasons of ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', and in one episode of ''Series/YoungHercules''.
** A number of the minor villains are played by the same actors. A slaver from the season 1 episode "March To Freedom" returns as the brother of the defeated warlord Demetrius in Season 2 episode "Cast A Giant Shadow." Similar, but more apparent examples are the two centaur twin brothers who both seek to kill Hercules, one for his wife, the other to avenge his dead brother.
** Also, actor Glenn Shadix played both the giant Typhon and his twin brother Typhoon.
** Robert Trebor, Salmoneus, shows up in the second MadeForTVMovie as Waylon, a slave who runs away from his mistress to become the slave of Hercules, who frees him.
5th Mar '17 10:31:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* OldFashionedRowboatDate: An episode that is a WholePlotReference to ''SomeLikeItHot'', a guy sees Salmoneous in drag, and pictures doing this date with him.

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* OldFashionedRowboatDate: An episode that is a WholePlotReference to ''SomeLikeItHot'', ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'', a guy sees Salmoneous in drag, and pictures doing this date with him.
25th Jan '17 11:04:49 PM overman2099
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** In the fifth season, Hercules has to deal with even more divine antagonists all working their own agenda. Ares is still his archfoe for much of Season 5. Also, Dahak took center stage as an ArcVillain of the first half of the season. There were also a few deities working outside of Dahak's influence such as Dumuzi and Kernunnos who menaced Hercules. And unconnected with the rest was ArchangelMichael who had his own plans for the world in the form of the Four Horsemen towards the end of the season.
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