History Series / YoungHercules

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* LastRequest: In the PilotMovie, Yvenna attempts to ask one of Hercules, but she dies before she can get the words out. He figures she wanted him to go liberate her village from the bandits that killed her family.


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* MisplacedRetribution: In the PilotMovie, Ares reacts to his plan's failure by stabbing Jason. It's lampshaded and justified.
-->'''Hercules:''' Why Jason?! This was between you and me!\\
'''Ares:''' Because ''you'' came under Father's special protection!
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* PosthumousCharacter: Iolaus was an accidental example for the overall franchise. As this show was getting going, his adult counterpart was killed off on ''HTLJ'' at the start of the fifth season and stayed that way until the season finale.

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* PosthumousCharacter: PosthumousCharacter:
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Iolaus was an accidental example for the overall franchise. As this show was getting going, his adult counterpart was killed off on ''HTLJ'' at the start of the fifth season and stayed that way until the season finale.finale.
** Strife, of course. He had been killed off months before this show premiered.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: For this franchise, this was to be expected.
** In "Between Friends," Iolaus and Jason learn that Hercules didn't tell them the truth about Hera's chalice and are offended--saying they'd still have helped him, just that they want to know the whole story. Also, Iolaus is framed for a robbery, but Hercules and Jason work to prove his innocence.
** In "What a Crockery," Iolaus and Jason have to return the chalice in order to restore Zeus's protection of Hercules. They manage to return it at the last minute.
--->'''Alcmene:''' Be thankful for such good friends.\\
'''Hercules:''' I am.
** In "Apollo," the cadets have a run-in with him at his beach. Hercules confronts Apollo on the way he abuses the Nymphs--saying they're terrified of him and don't actually like him. Apollo responds by attacking the Academy to see how strong Herc's friendships with the cadets are. While a few cadets condemn Hercules for once again getting them into trouble, Iolaus, Theseus, and most of the others are willing to stand up to Apollo for him.
--->'''Apollo:''' You think I can't?! You think I won't?! I'm a god. You're nothing but a bunch of puny, little mortals!\\
'''Hercules:''' They're more than that. They're my friends. 'Course, you wouldn't know anything about that, would ya? I'll tell you what, you want somebody around, it's really easy: stop being such a jerk.


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* SequelEpisode:
** "A Lady in Hades" deals with the fallout of the Bacchae arc, as Hercules journeys to the Underworld to argue why Eurydice shouldn't be condemned to Tartarus.
** "Dad Always Liked Me Best" follows up on "Winner Take All" (specifically what became of Castor and Pollux after the Corinthian Games).
** "Mommy Dearests" in turn follows up on the above episode by having Lucius actively antagonize Hercules and target his friends and family.


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* SheCleansUpNicely: The cadets' general reaction to Princess Lilith.
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* ArcVillain: Bacchus for three episodes.



--->"Oh, Mila, we could've been so useful for each other. A mortal protégé. Guess I'm gonna have to find [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess another]]!"

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--->"Oh, Mila, we could've been so useful for each other. A My mortal protégé. Guess I'm gonna have to find [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess another]]!"another]]!"
** Hercules had always been told that Alcmene's only interaction with Zeus was the night he was conceived. In "Me, Myself, and Eye," he uses the Graeae's eye to try to see Zeus and sees a necklace that Alcmene received before Herc's birth. The implication is that Zeus gave it to her and that she's keeping that a secret. This lines up with the original series, which revealed after Alcmene's death that Zeus regularly interacted with her as Hercules was growing up.
** The ''Underworld'' TV-Movie depicted Hercules and Hades as already knowing each other. "A Lady in Hades" shows how they met.



** Subverted in "Herc and Seek" with Iolaus. Cratus reminds Iolaus that he did a lot for him, including not ratting him out to the authorities, which is why Iolaus's on probation instead of in prison. However, since Cratus nearly killed his friends and trashed the Academy, Iolaus is only too happy to send Cratus packing to jail.

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** Subverted in "Herc and Seek" with Iolaus. Cratus reminds Iolaus that he did a lot for him, including not ratting him out to the authorities, which is why Iolaus's Iolaus is on probation instead of in prison. However, since Cratus nearly killed his friends and trashed the Academy, Iolaus is only too happy to send Cratus packing to jail.



-->'''Hercules:''' You really think Zeus wants you to take us all out?\\
'''Lucius:''' Forgetting your family history, Little Brother. Zeus's father eliminated his brothers and sisters. Zeus erased his father. To be truly great, you can't let something as cheap as sentiment get in the way.



* LifeIsntFair: Hades's attitude towards getting the Underworld compared to Zeus ruling Olympus and Poseidon ruling the seas.



* PosthumousCharacter: Iolaus was an accidental example for the overall franchise. As this show was getting going, his adult counterpart was killed off on ''HTLJ'' at the start of the fifth season and stayed that way until the season finale.



* {{Retcon}}: In his first appearance on ''HTLJ'', Hephaestus said his father wasn't Zeus and even lamented that. On this series, that was changed in order to make him and Hercules half-brothers.

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* {{Retcon}}: {{Retcon}}:
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In his first appearance on ''HTLJ'', Hephaestus said his father wasn't Zeus and even lamented that. On this series, that was changed in order to make him and Hercules half-brothers.half-brothers.
** The ''Underworld'' TV-Movie showed Hercules's first trip to the Underworld and the first time he met Charon. "A Lady in Hades" obviously adjusts that.



* ShipTease: Hercules and Cyane

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* ShipTease: Hercules and CyaneCyane is the most prominent, but he also has teases with Eurydice, Nemesis, and Mila.



* ThievesGuild: Iolaus was part of a bandit group.

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* ThievesGuild: Iolaus was part of a bandit group.group, the Loax.


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Ares manipulates Mila in her titular episode this way. He pretends to be her father, claims Hercules gravely injured him with Hind's blood, and sics her on Herc. Hercules exposes the deception by goading Ares into attacking him and proving he's not weakened in the slightest.
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* AbortedArc: Contrary to his claims, Bacchus is never seen seeking his revenge against Hercules and no such event was ever referenced in the parent series.

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* AbortedArc: AbortedArc:
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Contrary to his claims, Bacchus is never seen seeking his revenge against Hercules and no such event was ever referenced in the parent series.series.
** Similarly, it looked like "Mommy Dearests" was setting up a major confrontation between Hercules and Lucius, but the latter never appeared again.



* DoomedByCanon: "Hind Sight" is about Hercules an Kora trying to save one of the creatures from hunters on the grounds that there are so few of them left. They succeed, but according to the original series, all but one of the Golden Hinds will eventually be wiped out by Zeus and the only survivor then turned into a human.

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* DoomedByCanon: DoomedByCanon:
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"Hind Sight" is about Hercules an Kora trying to save one of the creatures from hunters on the grounds that there are so few of them left. They succeed, but according to the original series, all but one of the Golden Hinds will eventually be wiped out by Zeus and the only survivor then turned into a human.human.
** Ares threatens to kill Cheiron in "Life for a Life" if Hercules can't find his location in time. Cheiron is saved, but the original series established he will eventually die (albeit of natural causes when Hercules is an adult).



* IOweYouMyLife: Years ago, Artemis saved Kora's life. This came with a price, as Kora had to serve her however the goddess saw fit. Deconstructed in "Golden Bow" where she says her obligation to Artemis means never having a normal life.
-->"I can't make friends, Hercules. I don't dare. If it turned into anything more... I can never let myself fall in love."

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* IOweYouMyLife: IAmAHumanitarian: Subverted with Ruff. A VillainOfTheWeek tries to feed Jason to Ruff, but the Basilisk never threatens him. Iolaus says he's pretty sure Ruff is a vegetarian.
* IOweYouMyLife:
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Years ago, Artemis saved Kora's life. This came with a price, as Kora had to serve her however the goddess saw fit. Deconstructed in "Golden Bow" where she says her obligation to Artemis means never having a normal life.
-->"I --->"I can't make friends, Hercules. I don't dare. If it turned into anything more... I can never let myself fall in love.""
** Subverted in "Herc and Seek" with Iolaus. Cratus reminds Iolaus that he did a lot for him, including not ratting him out to the authorities, which is why Iolaus's on probation instead of in prison. However, since Cratus nearly killed his friends and trashed the Academy, Iolaus is only too happy to send Cratus packing to jail.



* SatelliteCharacter: Discord to Strife. They're both Ares's underlings, but Strife did get a couple episodes where he was the only antagonist. Discord only ever appeared in an episode if Ares and/or Strife did.



* SinsOfTheFather:
** As ever, Hera despises Hercules for being the product of one of Zeus's affairs.
** Cyane's tribe blames Zeus for them being made slaves. She is not happy to learn that Hercules is his son, but he proves to her not to judge him by that.
** Nemesis reveals being the goddess of justice is actually a punishment.
--->"When your father, Zeus, revolted against the Titans for control of Mount Olympus, my father sided with the Titans. And because of that, I'm forced to obey any god who demands a mortal be punished."



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Though the movie provided an explanation why he wasn't around, some found it odd that Iphicles never made an appearance on the show or was even mentioned.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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Though the movie provided an explanation why he wasn't around, some found it odd that Iphicles never made an appearance on the show or was even mentioned.
** Zig-zagged with the show's prominent guest characters. The original series explained in "The Academy" what became of Cheiron and Lilith, but Theseus was added so late in the game that the episode couldn't account for him. Kora was also never
mentioned.
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* BrilliantButLazy: "Cram-ped" is about the cadets struggling to help an unprepared Iolaus study for the big final exam. Nothing is sinking in, soon causing everyone but Hercules and Lilith to just give up. However, Iolaus does demonstrate a good deal of knowledge about the Cerulean region. When Jason returns from Corinth, he explains that Iolaus's father is currently fighting a war there, which is how he knows so much about the place. In the end, Fiducius notes that Iolaus could be a great student if he similarly applied himself on the other subjects.



** Discussed in "Mila" between Hercules and the titular Amazon. Mila believes her father is one of the gods. Hercules is attracted to her and initially likes the idea of her being a fellow half-god, but when she suggests even Zeus could be her father.

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** Discussed in "Mila" between Hercules and the titular Amazon. Mila believes her father is one of the gods. Hercules is attracted to her and initially likes the idea of her being a fellow half-god, but when she suggests even Zeus could be her father.father:



* PetTheDog: "Valley of the Shadow" ends with the reveal that [[spoiler:Zeus orchestrated the whole adventure so Hercules could get over his HeroicBSOD]].

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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"Valley of the Shadow" ends with the reveal that [[spoiler:Zeus orchestrated the whole adventure so Hercules could get over his HeroicBSOD]].HeroicBSOD]].
** If Iolaus fails the exam in "Cram-ped," he'll be kicked out of the Academy and sent to jail. His only chance of passing is the geography essay, but the topic won't be revealed until the time of testing. Overhearing Iolaus's struggles, Fiducius convinces Cheiron to make the topic about the one region that Iolaus actually applied himself on.
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* NoodleIncident: How Artemis saved Kora's life.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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How Artemis saved Kora's life.life.
** Cheiron once received a commendation from Agamemnon.



* ParentalFavoritism: A recurring theme discussed throughout the series. Hercules, Lucius, and even Ares vie for this.
-->'''Lucius:''' ''[to Hercules]'' You wanna be Zeus's favorite so badly you can taste it.



* PragmaticVillainy: Ares truly despises Hercules and spends a good deal of time every day thinking of plans to kill him, but he's not going to incur Zeus's wrath by outright breaking the protection rule.

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* PragmaticVillainy: PetTheDog: "Valley of the Shadow" ends with the reveal that [[spoiler:Zeus orchestrated the whole adventure so Hercules could get over his HeroicBSOD]].
* PragmaticVillainy:
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Ares truly despises Hercules and spends a good deal of time every day thinking of plans to kill him, but he's not going to incur Zeus's wrath by outright breaking the protection rule.rule.
** Strife spends "The Skeptic" obsessing over a new cadet who refuses to believe the Olympians exist. Ares can't be bothered to care, until he learns the cadet knows Hercules. Ares then decides to tell Strife how he can deal with the non-believer and "accidentally" kill Hercules in the process.


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* RedShirt: Marco from "The Beasts Beneath." Deconstructed in that the major characters take the loss very hard, with Hercules's regret being a plot-point in "Valley of the Shadow."


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* ShellShockedVeteran: Theseus's backstory. He served in the army, but one battle was so devastating that he deserted. He came to the Academy to start over, but in his first appearance, he freezes up during a crisis.


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** Averted in "Valley of the Shadow." Hera is outraged over the loss of the Protector since he was so valuable to her.
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* BrotherSisterIncest: Averted. Ares and Discord are siblings and while the parent series shows them in a sexual relationship, that is obviously downplayed here.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Averted. BrotherSisterIncest:
** Averted with
Ares and Discord Discord. They are siblings and while the parent series shows them in a sexual relationship, relationship on the original series, but that is obviously downplayed here.ignored here for obvious reasons.
** Discussed in "Mila" between Hercules and the titular Amazon. Mila believes her father is one of the gods. Hercules is attracted to her and initially likes the idea of her being a fellow half-god, but when she suggests even Zeus could be her father.
--->"Hey, that would make you ''[realizing]'' um... ''[lets go of her hand]'' my sister."



* ClipShow: Two.
** "Life for a Life": Ares kidnaps Cheiron and promises to kill him if Hercules can't find their location in time. Cheiron manages to provide a series of clues referencing prior adventures.
** "Ill Wind": Cyane has been poisoned and her tribe is at risk of being taken over by their rivals. Through a mental power, she uses Hercules's own memories to send him messages about who among her tribe tried to kill her.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Hercules is half-god, half-mortal. Ditto for Castor, Pollux, and Lucius.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: HalfHumanHybrid:
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Hercules is half-god, half-mortal. Ditto for Castor, Pollux, and Lucius.



** Subverted with Mila. Ares has her thinking she's his daughter as part of a plot against Hercules, but he reveals that's a lie and that she's fully human.



* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In "Herc's Nemesis," Hera orders Nemesis and then Stregna to kill Hercules if he keeps interfering with her orders. They're both goddesses and would be violating the protection rule if they killed Hercules, but Hera didn't bother telling them that because she doesn't care about either of them.

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: WhatMeasureIsAMook:
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In "Herc's Nemesis," Hera orders Nemesis and then Stregna to kill Hercules if he keeps interfering with her orders. They're both goddesses and would be violating the protection rule if they killed Hercules, but Hera didn't bother telling them that because she doesn't care about either of them.
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** In "Iolaus Goes Stag," Iolaus announces his intention to become a hunter. Hercules is a bit disappointed, as he was getting used to the idea of them being a team going on various adventures. The story ends with talk of Iolaus having a much bigger destiny ahead of him than being a hunter. The episode also helps explain how Iolaus learned the various "old hunter tricks" that he talked about on the original series.
** "Mila" is about Ares tricking the titular Amazon into trying to kill Hercules. He's disappointed when the plan fails.
--->"Oh, Mila, we could've been so useful for each other. A mortal protégé. Guess I'm gonna have to find [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess another]]!"


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* HiddenDepths: "The Prize" sees both Ares and Iolaus demonstrate a good deal of singing talent.


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* ParentalNeglect: "Parents' Day" shows that Iolaus has this complaint against both of his parents.
* ParentalSubstitute: Iolaus says as much of his uncle in "Iolaus Goes Stag":
-->"Uncle Flatus was always there for me, Herc. When no one else had any time, he always did. He made time. He never married, never had any kids. I guess now he's getting older, I think he needs me. I think I need him, too."
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* BodyHorror: "The Head That Wears the Crown" reveals that Hercules's birth was difficult; he and Alcmene only survived because of a midwife named Galinthia. As revenge, Hera cursed Galinthia into becoming a monstrous giant covered in scales.



** In "Hind Sight," Hellene expresses certainty that Hercules will one day get his rightful due "both here on Earth and up there."



* DoomedByCanon: "Hind Sight" is about Hercules an Kora trying to save one of the creatures from hunters on the grounds that there are so few of them left. They succeed, but according to the original series, all but one of the Golden Hinds will eventually be wiped out by Zeus and the only survivor then turned into a human.



** Towards the end of the season, Herculs and Theseus.

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** Towards the end of the season, Herculs Hercules and Theseus.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Hercules himself provides a hero variation. According to the backstory, while Hera despised Hercules, other gods spent years thinking he was beneath their notice. Ares admits in the pilot movie that he hadn't given Hercules a second thought in years, only to then see him foil his takeover of Corinth and defeat him in combat.



* HumiliationConga: In "Con Ares," the cadets need to keep Strife and Discord busy so Jason can hold peace talks between Sparta and Thebes. They get an IdenticalStranger to pretend to be Ares, who proceeds to order the two gods to do menial labor at his farm.



* IdenticalStranger: Timor in "Con Ares" for, well, Ares. The cadets have him pretend to be Ares in order to keep Strife and Discord distracted, while Jason tries to prevent a war.



* NotSoDifferent: Lucius claims this to Hercules during their fight in "Mommy Dearests," as Jason's life is in danger.
-->"You can save him, but you so wanna finish me. You're just like me."

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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Lucius claims this to Hercules during their fight in "Mommy Dearests," as Jason's life is in danger.
-->"You --->"You can save him, but you so wanna finish me. You're just like me."
** In "Hind Sight," Hellene observes that she (a Golden Hind) and Hercules (a half-mortal) are both like a moon somewhere between new and full: "part there, part here.
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The otherwise timid Timor from "Con Ares" condemns the war god to his face.
-->"You're the joke, Ares. Call yourself a god? Well, you're not the kind of god I'd ever want to worship. You make people suffer. You demand respect, but do nothing to earn it. You're nothing but a bully."



** Ares deeply resents Hercules for being Zeus's favorite.

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** Ares deeply resents Hercules for being Zeus's favorite.favorite and constantly besting him.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the pilot movie, Yvenna. In the series proper, Lilith.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the pilot movie, Yvenna. In the series proper, Lilith. Over time, the show featured a few female extras at the Academy, though only Lilith had any prominence.
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* BerserkButton: In "Mommy Dearests," Lucius presses Herc's buttons hard by going after Alcmene and then Jason.
-->"Nobody, NOBODY, hurts my mother and my friends!"



* BigBadWannabe: Strife in "Golden Bow." He wants to be the next major god and to carve out a following for himself, but what mortals he finds don't take him seriously at all.



* CallForward: The pilot movie ends with Hercules and Iolaus discussing the possibility of fighting a three-headed monster. They do years later in ''Hercules And The Amazon Women'' (the first TV-Movie), where they fight a hydra (which ultimately grows three heads).

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* CallForward: CallForward:
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The pilot movie ends with Hercules and Iolaus discussing the possibility of fighting a three-headed monster. They do years later in ''Hercules And The Amazon Women'' (the first TV-Movie), where they fight a hydra (which ultimately grows three heads).heads).
** It was established on the original series that Hercules and Nemesis dated during his younger days. "Herc's Nemesis" shows how they met and their initial attraction. The episode also shows Hercules being made aware of what Hind's blood is.
** Jason taking an interest in farming in "Cold Feet." In the original series, when he retires from being king, he becomes a farmer.



* EnemyWithout: Ares's plan in "In Your Dreams" forces Hercules to face a manifestation of his own dark side in the dream realm.
-->'''Hercules:''' You're every evil thing that I'm capable of.\\
'''Dark!Herc:''' You have no idea.



* EvilCounterpart: Lucius to Hercules.

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* EvilCounterpart: Lucius to Hercules. Appropriately, Iambe (Lucius's mother) is one to Alcmene.



* FreudianExcuse: In "No Way Out," Lilith says she came from a village that was under constant bandit attacks. She wanted to be a warrior like her brother, Marcus, who died in one of the attacks.

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* FreudianExcuse: FreudianExcuse:
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In "No Way Out," Lilith says she came from a village that was under constant bandit attacks. She wanted to be a warrior like her brother, Marcus, who died in one of the attacks.attacks.
** Iambe spent years telling Lucius how they were destined to be on Olympus with Zeus, but only if he killed all his mortal half-brothers.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Hercules is half-god, half-mortal. Ditto for Castor and Pollux.

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* GiveAManAFish: In "Cold Feet," the farming community that Jason finds is held hostage by a gang of thugs constantly demanding payments. Jason teaches the locals how to fight using moves he learned at the Academy.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Hercules is half-god, half-mortal. Ditto for Castor Castor, Pollux, and Pollux.Lucius.



* IOweYouMyLife: Years ago, Artemis saved Kora's life. This came with a price, as Kora had to serve her however the goddess saw fit. Deconstructed in "Golden Bow" where she says her obligation to Artemis means never having a normal life.
-->"I can't make friends, Hercules. I don't dare. If it turned into anything more... I can never let myself fall in love."



* MommasBoy: The only one Lucius is intimidated by is his mother, Iambe. He is desperate to keep her happy and make her proud.



* NoodleIncident: How Artemis saved Kora's life.



* NotSoDifferent: Lucius claims this to Hercules during their fight in "Mommy Dearests," as Jason's life is in danger.
-->"You can save him, but you so wanna finish me. You're just like me."



* RefusalOfTheCall / ResignedToTheCall: In "Cold Feet," the pressure of being king someday gets to Jason, and he runs away. He ends up in a farming community and finds it so much more satisfying, but when trouble ensues, he has to step up as a leader.



* ShadowArchetype: Lucius to Hercules. Both are half-mortal sons of Zeus with super-strength and so eager to meet their father, but Lucius will do the things that Hercules won't do.



* TakeAThirdOption: In "In Your Dreams," Hercules faces a manifestation of his own dark side in the dream realm. It can kill him, but him killing it would mean his own death, too, since it is a part of him. To win, Hercules must face his fear of his dark side and embrace it.



* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In "Herc's Nemesis," Hera orders Nemesis and then Stregna to kill Hercules if he keeps interfering with her orders. They're both goddesses and would be violating the protection rule if they killed Hercules, but Hera didn't bother telling them that because she doesn't care about either of them.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In TheTeaser to "In Your Dreams," Lilith, Iolaus, and Jason say this of spiders, drowning, and fire, respectively. The main plot focuses on how Hercules fears people getting hurt because of himself and his own dark side.



* YouLookFamiliar: Michael "Iolaus" Hurst appears as a peddler in the pilot movie.
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