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->Actor: Jack Donnelly

Jason has been searching for his father for twenty years without answer. Now his whole life is about to change.

* ActionHero: Jason's a very capable fighter, who is incredibly agile and flexible and always jumps into the fray.
* BadAssBoast: Jason to the High Priestess of Dionysus:
-->'''Jason''':''You should fear me as they [Satyrs] do! I am Jason, slayer of the minotaur. ... I will slay you as I did the Earth Bull. I will tear down your temple and I will scatter your followers to the four winds!''
* TheChosenOne: According to the Oracle. Just what he is chosen for she is rather vague on though.
* DanceBattler: Relies heavily on his incredible agility and flexibility during fights.
* DisappearedDad: Jason's father disappeared into the same vortex that he did, and it's implied he came to some bad end in the world of Atlantis. Jason still doesn't know the whole story.
* GenreSavvy/ GenreBlind: Manages to fluctuate between the two, mostly down to the fact he has a basic memory of Greek mythology but does not always remember the exact details.
* HonorBeforeReason: Seems to quickly becoming his defining trait.
* MissingMom: The Oracle claims not to know anything about her. [[spoiler:She's lying, it's actually Pasiphae]].
* MrFanservice
* NakedOnArrival: How Jason finds himself on arrival in Atlantis.
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Downplayed. He finds Atlantis strangely familiar, but has no specific memories.
* TheHero
* ScrewDestiny: Doesn't take too kindly to finding out he will one day kill Medusa. He walks out of the Oracle's temple cursing her and Atlantis, determined to avert his foreseen fate.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: ''Twice'' apparently. The Oracle claims that he was born in Atlantis and taken to our world as a child.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Although preferring to rely on Agility and speed, he's got some serious skills, considering he competed in (and would have won) the Pankration, after a few days training, when it normally takes months.


->Actor: Robert Emms

Pythagoras’ wide-eyed innocence and awkward naïveté belies his brilliant mind.

* AccidentalMurder:[[spoiler:Accidentally killed his father by pushing him back resulting in him cracking his head when he attacked his mother in a drunken rage. His younger brother Arcas finds out in "The Furies", having previously believed him to be murdered.]]
* ActionSurvivor
* {{Adorkable}}: He's skinny, and awkward with curly hair and his nose is far too long. And he is utterly adorable when he puts away his triangles and decides he is going to go and try to rescue Jason.
* BadassBookworm: Definitely shaping up to this, but he hasn't done anything too Badass just yet.
* CelibateEccentricGenius: As Hercules puts it, he's "only interested in [his] triangles"
** When Hercules (dealing with the cold shoulder from Medusa) makes a comment about how he doesn't understand the human heart, he responds he's actually quite interested in anatomy
* FatAndSkinny: The Skinny to Hercules' Fat.
* FriendlessBackground: In the pilot, he's sentenced to death by Minotaur. The two people he spends his last night with are Hercules (who he met on a loan deal) and Jason (who he met yesterday). They all quickly become true friends though.
* MisterExposition: Generally the one to explain the curse of the week, and how to fix it.
* NonActionGuy: Most of the time, he does help when he can
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Mathematics, biology, medicine, curses...if you can name it, odds are Pythagoras knows something about it. Justified in that science is not far advanced enough to have disciplines.
* TheSmartGuy
* TheMedic: Is the one who treats the others' wounds and looks after Medusa when she is cursed.

->Actor: Creator/MarkAddy

Is he really the man of legend or just a figment of his own imagination?

* {{Acrofatic}}: When Hercules flees from the Cult of Dionysus in the forest we see that for a man of his bulk he can run pretty damn fast! He also manages, if not very gracefully, to leap the bull.
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: His suggestion for evading [[spoiler:Circe.]]
* BoisterousBruiser
* ButtMonkey: Somewhat.
* CarryABigStick: In the second to last episode of the first season he DuelWields a club and his sword, as a reference to his mythological counterpart's WeaponOfChoice.
* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the first series, Hercules becomes noticeably braver, and more heroic.
* ChivalrousPervert: Hercules is quite the womanizer, but he's loyal to his friends and genuinely loves Medusa.
* DrinkingOnDuty: How he manages to let the warehouse full of Frankincense get stolen while he was performing guard duty.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Pythagoras' Skinny.
* FriendToAllChildren
* TheBigGuy
* HiddenDepths: Despite being a notorious womaniser, he appears genuinely interested in seriously pursuing Medusa. His interaction with baby Oedipus also reveals that he has a soft spot for children.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he often suggests the most selfish course of action, he will inevitably end up doing the right thing.
* MilesGloriosus: To a certain degree. he's not completely unheroic but he vastly exaggerates his courage and prowess
* PapaWolf: Repeatedly towards the baby in Episode 4.
* RetiredBadass: Strongly implied, not just by Hercules himself but by Pythagoras and by the few times Hercules does get in a fight.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Can be quite cunning and crafty at times.
* StoutStrength: Despite his size he truly very strong, even able to bend iron bars.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: When he ever does fight, he proves to actually be not that bad a wrestler.


[[folder:Princess Ariadne]]
->Actor: Aiysha Hart

Ariadne is heir to the throne. She cares deeply for the people of Atlantis and her sacred duties to protect them.

* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly when Pasiphae's around.
* RebelliousPrincess
* [[YoureNotMyFather You're Not My Mother]]: Pulls this on Pasiphae in episode three of the first series.

->Actor: Oliver Walker

Pasiphae's nephew, a bullying nobleman betrothed to Ariadne.

* AristocratsAreEvil
* CombatPragmatist: Is a capable fighter, but is in no way afraid to cheat or fight dirty. It's treated as a character flaw by pretty much everyone, even Pasiphae, since he's trying for the throne and thus needs to be seen as honourable.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He is at first unwilling to kill Therus, as he is the kings son and is only convinced by Pasiphe over fears of what Minos would do to him if he ever found out Therus was still alive.
* {{Expy}}: He's got a lot of similarities to [[Series/{{Merlin}} Arthur]], but like other characters it's subverted. He's introduced being a jerkass and fighting the hero, is under the thumb of the BigBad who is his relative, is royalty, [[spoiler:but he never redeems himself or shows HiddenDepths, and is killed by the hero at the end of the season]].
* MommasBoy: He's under the thumb of his aunt, Pasiphae, with whom he appears to have a substitute mother-son relationship.
* {{Jerkass}}: His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him attempt to beat an old man for "insulting" him by having his cart break down in front of him, then claiming further insult because the man [[InsaneTrollLogic isn't moving it faster]].
* PrinceCharmless: Ariadne finds him to be lacking any charm.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: His preferred fighting style, as he's very good at Greek style wrestling, justified in that he's been training for and competing in the Pankration since he was a boy.

->Actor: Jemima Rooper

A woman for whom Hercules develops feelings after Jason frees her from the Maenads' cult.

* ForegoneConclusion: At the end of her first appearance, [[spoiler:she's cursed by the dying High Priestess of Dionysus. She is eventually transformed into a gorgon by Pandora's Box in the ninth episode.]]
* LetThemDieHappy: Medusa is rescued from the Maenads along with another girl whose dying, elderly father had tasked Jason and friends to save her; but the girl [[spoiler:kills herself rather than reveal the cult's secrets, with her last words being that her father is dead to her.]] Medusa comforts the old man by lying to him that his daughter is happy and eloped with a man she loved.
* GorgeousGorgon: [[spoiler: As of 'Pandora's Box'. Her transformation gives her snake hair, but doesn't change anything else about her outward appearance.]]
* {{Medusa}}: Naturally, however this show actually has her as a character before she was cursed to become a monster. [[spoiler:Which occurred when she opened Pandora's Box, in "Pandora's Box"]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Jason's alarmed after hearing her name, and asks if it's a common one around Atlantis.
* PluckyGirl: Medusa is an older version. When we meet her, she's been keeping up a facade of being brainwashed for weeks, and manages to save Hercules' life through some quick thinking. [[spoiler: As you'd expect, this goes downhill when she becomes a gorgon]].
* {{Tomboy}}: Described as such in publicity material.

->Actor: Ken Bones

A High Priest in the Temple of Poseidon, Melas is a trusted ally of the Oracle.

* GoodShepherd: Probably best shown in "Touched by the Gods" where he visits Ariadne [[spoiler:who is awaiting her execution]] and offers to pray with her.
* MouthOfSauron: Heroic variation. The Oracle cannot leave the Temple (or at least we have never seen her do so), so any time someone needs help outside the temple or the Oracle needs to fetch someone, he's sent out.

[[folder:King Minos]]
->Actor: Alexander Siddig

As King of Atlantis, Minos oversees a prosperous city and a mighty army.

* {{Expy}}: {{Subverted}} With his line in the trailer ''"You dare to defy your king?"'' many assumed he was just an expy of [[Series/{{Merlin}} Uther]], however his character arc has been quite different and is more a sympathetic character with a tragic fate at the hands of his wife ahead of him.
* GenreSavvy: In "Touched by the Gods: Part Two" he is quick to see [[spoiler:Jason has deep feelings for his daughter. While understanding, he gently tells him it won't happen because she is royalty and he a commoner]].
* PapaWolf: As far as we know, he's not even aware that [[spoiler:Pasiphae was poisoning him, but the news that she tried to execute his daughter]] is more than enough for him to turn against her.
* PrinciplesZealot: While he's not the nicest guy in the world, he does appear to at least [[LawfulNeutral honour the laws he enforces]]. If a condemned prisoner survives their virtual death sentence, he releases them immediately, accepting they have the favour of Poseidon.
** Invoked by Ariadne by [[spoiler:noting how Jason would have bested Heptarian in Pankration if Jason chose to but showed him mercy is a sign from the gods their engagement should be absolved]]. After a moment to think on it, Minos agrees.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Minos might be elitist and strict, but he is also reasonably fair, takes his responsibilities seriously and tries to keep his kingdom safe.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler:He absolves Ariadne of treason]] without even knowing the circumstances, purely because [[spoiler:she is his daughter]] and no one can defy him.
* TheUsurper: Although who he usurped is still a mystery.


[[folder:The Oracle]]
->Actor: Juliet Stevenson

A celebrated and revered figure, the Oracle knows only too well the impact her prophecies can have on men.

* AndStarring
* ExactWords: Many times.
* LesserOfTwoEvils: [[spoiler:When faced with the choice of either [[TheUsurper Minos]] or [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Pasiphae]], she chooses Minos.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy[=/=]ProphecyTwist: She's [[GenreSavvy well aware]] of both these tropes.
* UnreliableNarrator: She's deliberately misled people on more than one occasion. Pasiphae is shocked and angered [[spoiler:the Oracle knew from the start Jason was her own son and the Oracle never told her]].
* VaguenessIsComing: She speaks a lot of coming dangers and how Jason will be the one to fight them.

[[folder:Queen Pasiphae]]
->Actor: Sarah Parish

As the wife of the King, there are those who say Pasiphae is the real power behind the throne in Atlantis. She also secretly practices witchcraft.

* AmbitionIsEvil: She is driven purely by a desire for power.
* BigBad: A bizzare example, as, whilst she doesn't actively oppose the heroes specifically (most of the time), her actions are certainly villainous.
* TheChessmaster: And ''how''!
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments.
* {{Expy}}: She is essentially [[Series/{{Merlin}} Morgana]] with Uther's authority.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She tries to be polite and friendly. But underneath it all she is completely ruthless and will hurt and kill anyone who gets in her way.
** For much of the series, anyway. In the finale... [[VillainousBreakdown things change]].
* GenreSavvy: Normally, but she does slip up every now and then. For example, [[spoiler:underestimating the heroes wasn't the brightest thing she's done]].
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: "Touched by the Gods Part 2" introduces Jason's father, who Pasiphae recognises. He reveals to her that Jason is their son.]]
* ManipulativeBitch
* VainSorceress
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler:When Aeson tells her Jason is their son.]]
* WickedStepmother: To Ariadne.

->Actor: Joe Dixon

The King’s General is a battle-hardened warrior who is duty-bound to protect the royal family.

* BaldOfAwesome
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a few slashes on the right side of his head showing him as a seasoned warrior.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: He helps Jason and the guys rescue Ariadne in the finale, staying behind to cover their escape. He manages to kill several guards and still stand after being wounded, but is ultimately killed by Heptarian.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: See HeroicSacrifice.]]
* LoopholeAbuse: He serves the King. [[spoiler:So if he wants to conspire with the Queen's would-be assassin to rescue the King's daughter from execution]], he's technically just doing his job.
* MauveShirt: Given a few lines and some token character stuff so he stands out from your average {{mook}} or enforcer.

[[folder: Korinna]]
->Actor: Hannah Arterton

Princess Ariadne's loyal handmaiden, who she uses as a go-between when Ariadne herself cannot be seen leaving the palace

* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLamb: to prove that Pasiphae means business]]
* UndyingLoyalty: to Ariadne

[[folder: Circe]]
A powerful Witch, Circe is Pasiphae's sister, Pasiphae ruined her life and now she is consumed with revenge, and does not care who she hurt to get it.

* AdaptationalVillainy: While somewhat malevolent in the myths, as she turned all Odysseus's crew into pigs, Odysseus did manage to earn her respect after he outwitted her (with some help from the gods) and she was even willing to let him and his crew rest on her island for a whole year. Here although treated somewhat sympathetically she is show to be mentally unstable and willing to hurt anyone in her pursuit of vengeance.
* {{AxCrazy}}: Circe is unstable, and very quickly goes from calm to resorting to homicide, complete with a maniacal grin.
* DealWithTheDevil: Offers one to Hercules, giving him Medusa's love but not telling him that the spell [[spoiler: Will kill her over time]] and forces Jason to one [[spoiler: to save her, and Hercules, by forcing him to kill Pasiphae]].
* DreamWalker: Circe visits Jason in his dreams to remind him [[spoiler: of there deal forcing him to kill Pasiphae.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: By Jason]]
* LonersAreFreaks: Circe lives alone in a cave far away from civilisation, and is presented as cold and mentally unstable. However she only does so because her sister took away her life, and forced her into this existence. It is due to this that she is unstable.
* ManipulativeBitch: Circe was able to manipulate Hercules desperation so that he would (unwittingly) go through with her plan.
* MindOverMatter: Her main power, she normally uses it to throw people around.
* {{Revenge}}: Circe is consumed with vengeance against Pasiphae and [[spoiler: forces Jason to try and fulfil her vengeance by threating to kill him and his friends]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Her last act is summon several skeleton warriors to kill Jason after he fatally wounds her.]]
* TragicVillain: Circe once had a good life, a home and a man who love her. However her own sister ruined it, causing her to loose everything, meaning she now lives in isolation in a cave, and the effects have driven her into insanity, and left her obsessed with gaining vengeance upon her sister.
* VillainTeleportation: Utilises this in her battle against Jason.
* WidowWitch: A sympathetic version, Circe was once happily married, however Pasiphae ruined her life and took her husband. It is partially because of this she seeks revenge.