[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]

* GeniusBonus: In Ancient Greece, bards would typically recite epic poems orally. At the beginning of epic poems, the bard would usually request that a muse sing for him in order to tell a more "accurate" story. Examples of such a request is seen at the beginnings of ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey''; muses were considered the true speakers of the tale and the bard just the mouthpiece. At the beginning of ''Hercules'' the narrator is interrupted by the muses who proceed to sing the tale in his place.
** The changing of the Titans' beings doesn't make much sense at first; until you look at them as the stages that the Earth went through before civilization popped up.
** The thunderstorm during Hercules' battle with the Hydra seems really random and conveniently thematic; then you remember that Zeus controls thunder and lightning, which means he must be watching from 'upstairs' and is worried for Herc's safety.
** "That's the gospel truth!" [[HijackedByJesus It]] ''[[UpToEleven certainly is.]]''
** The prophecy told by the Fates was that, "should Hercules fight," Hades would fail. When Pain and Panic are interrupted while they're poisoning Hercules as a baby, Hercules [[ExactWords fights them off]] and survives - Hades' fate had already been decided in the first few minutes of the movie!
* The Muses are likely [[UnreliableNarrator Unreliable Narrators]].
* For all the changes they made, Disney kept all of Herc's central character traits-- HairTriggerTemper, impulsive nature, tendency to devote himself utterly--and they're what drives the plot in the end.
** Hercules' abilities were surprising cunning for someone you wouldn't expect it from (just see how he cleaned the Augean Stables or made a fool of Atlas) and being so strong to go BeyondTheImpossible and defeat death. We see him proving his cunning against the Hydra (how do you kill a monster that regenerates every time you cut its head? You squash it) and the Cyclops (Herc had been BroughtDownToNormal, yet he managed to win by outsmarting him), he proves the ability to defeat death when he survives what should have killed him and revives Megara, and for the ability to go BeyondTheImpossible... The Titans were gods, thus immortal (hence why Zeus imprisoned them), yet Hercules ''killed them''. And that's without going with the whole thing of writing his own fate...
** Hercules killing the Titans actually has a root in Greek mythology: the war against the Giants established that gods (such as the Giants) can be killed if attacked by mortals and gods at the same time... And Hercules, being a god who was turned into mortal but still has a spark of divinity, counts as both, even without being helped by Zeus in the fight. Bonus point for the mythological Herakles being the leader of the army of mortals that assisted the Olympians against the Giants.
*** Interestingly, the Titans seem to ''know'' this: they didn't react much when Hercules freed the other Olympians, as they had already [[CurbStompBattle mopped the floor with them]], but [[OhCrap reacted with horror]] and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turned tail]] the moment Zeus was free and got his hands on lightnings as they knew from experience that Zeus could wound them, what with having already been defeated by him once and him single-handedly holding the line against them until he ran out of lightnings a few minutes earlier, and being wounded by a god while Hercules was around meant they were suddenly at danger of being killed-just as he did less than a minute later.
*** Hercules seemed aware of this: his Titan-killing attack consisted of grabbing Stratos (the Wind Titan), the one Titan Zeus couldn't wound as he was made of air, and using him to vacuum-up the others, fulfilling both requirements at once by hitting him with the others. Once again, strength and smarts.
* A RunningGag in the animated movie is that Phil always says more or less words than he counts. The first instance of this: "Two words! I am retired!" Except in Greek, it ''is'' two words (Είμαι συνταξιούχος).
* Restoring Megara's soul might not have fixed her broken body--lucky for her that Heracles was a Greek god of health!
%%* As the main page points out, there is an apparent plot hole between the animated series and the movie, due to Hades being surprised to learn the Hercules is alive in movie despite having antagonized him throughout his teen years. However, there is a way to reconcile these two. In [[CardCarryingVillain classical cartoon bad guy fashion]], many of Hades plans to kill Herc in the series involve placing him in peril remotely, and just assuming that the plan worked and that he is dead, only for the hero to show up to foil him later. Indeed, it is exactly this type of behavior that leads to his reaction in the movie. So, its possible to suppose that at the time that Hercules interrupted Meg's deal with Nessus in the movie, Hades was still under the assumption that Herc was dead due to a ''much more recent'' death plan he had sent Pain and Panic to enact on his behalf (and which they again bungled and lied about, since they clearly never learn). Combine this with the television series featuring several episodes using Lethe water, which causes a loss of memory, as a plot device and there you go.
%% This doesn't work. Why then would Hades be surprised to learn Pain and Panic had failed to kill Hercules and lied about it. You'd think he'd be like, "You screwed up and lied to me AGAIN?" This could MAYBE go on the YMMV page.
* Hercules' last deal with Hades--"[Meg] goes. [Hercules] stays" in the River Styx. Even with the whole "you'll be dead before you get there" caveat, it would seem Hercules broke the deal by leaving the Underworld, right? Not exactly; if you watch closely, Hades and Hercules never shook on the deal. It was never binding, so technically there was no deal for either party to go back on.
* During the song "I won't say I'm in Love", there is a line "That's ancient history, been there, done that!" But ancient history is the period the movie is set in! It implies she's not entirely over what happened yet.
** The song does suggest she's not entirely over it, seeing as it's making her reluctant to let herself be in love with another person again, but "ancient history" is a very vague term. Its meaning changes with time. Nowadays "ancient history" could include the civil war/world war between Octavian (Augustus) and the Marc Antony and Cleopatra team-up. For the people living under Nero or even Hadrian that would still be considered relatively recent history (Think WWI to now for comparison).
* A common subject of Greek comedies were parodies of classic myths and one particular sub-genre known as satyr plays would insert drunken satyr shenanigans into the story to create humor or conflict. This is possibly why they chose to portray Phil as a comical nymph-chasing satyr instead of the human he originally was.
* The Fates' Prophecy - "Should Hercules fight, you will fail". Consider how Hercules ends up saving Mt Olympus in the first place; he's desperate to prove himself worthy of being a God, he's gone through all the Hero training necessary for such a task, he's motivated to stop Hades for revenge, he wants to hurry it up so he can save Meg, etc. If he hadn't been depowered, it's likely he might not have been able to save Olympus. Hercules would have been the most obvious threat to the Titans so they might have done careful planning so he was quickly neutralized. And Hades would have had the element of surprise as well. In the film he wasn't expecting Hercules at all and the Titans were unprepared. So the Fates set Hades out on a SelfFulfillingProphecy.
** Similarly, the prophecy warns about what will happen if Hercules ''fights''. It doesn't say he needs his strength for Hades to fail.
* In Phil's song "One Last Hope", at least a couple lyrics are foreshadow-y. He says "It takes more than sinew/comes down to what's in you", and what does Zeus tell Herc when he finally ascends? "A hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." Phil was right, but even he forgot to teach Hercules that lesson and reinforce it.
* During Phil's song about how every hero he's trained has died, he jumps on to a stump and is about to say "No way" until he's struck by lightning and suddenly agrees by saying "Okay". At first it looks like it's for comedic effect, until you realize that Zeus is the God of lightning, and therefore Zeus is threatening/ordering Phil to train Herc. Phil isn't just talking to Hercules when he agrees, he's talking to Zeus.
* The tallest one of The Fates was originally keeping the other ones from telling Hades the future. They only told him their prophecy after he gave back them back the eye. Now can anyone tell me how Perseus had to blackmail them into giving him help to defeat Medusa?
* The Titans are made of rock, ice, lava and tornado. They are actually earth, water, fire and air, the basic elements of life, only in their most destructive form. The muses say they have been there when Earth was born. Could they be like the "side effects" of its creation?
** Which makes sense if you remember the origin of the Titans in the original myths: they were the children of Gaia.
* Why is Hera, the most recognizable {{Yandere}} asshole in Greek mythology is much [[TookALevelInKindness nicer]] in here? {{Disneyfication}} aside, being her ''actual legitimate'' child and a good-looking one to boot (see:Hephaestus) probably helped which prevented her from getting any ideas about driving her actual son mad in the actual myths.
* Whenever we see the alligning planets, six planets can be seen. In ancient times, five planets were known because those can be seen by the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Adding Earth gives us the total of six.


[[folder: Fridge Horror ]]

* Besides [[{{Squick}} Nessus' assault on Meg]], she's probably been forced into similar situations to help Hades make deals before...
* We're never told just how long Meg's been working for Hades. She could have been his slave for decades or even ''centuries'', since he controls her soul, including whether or not it can pass to the Underworld.
** Most likely, he "enlisted" her services sometime in the 18 years Hercules spent growing up - Hades never even mentioned or hinted at having her at the beginning of the film, even offhandedly.
** On the subject... Nessus was the one who KILLED Hercules in myths.... and he's still alive. Hercules has to watch out.
* When watching Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' as a child, it looks like that centaur-monster was just hassling Meg, right? But try watching the same scene with a better knowledge of the mythology, listen closely to the dialogue, and... ''squick''. Yeah, he's trying to rape her. And just to add more horror on top of that... he's not only half horse, he's half ''giant'' horse.
* In the usual HappyEnding, Hercules renounces his immortality in order to live with Meg. Now, this may be a good way to end a Disney classic. But...did we forget he became a *MORTAL* again? Unless he and Meg will spend the rest of eternity in the Elysian Fields, they will age, die, and descend in the river of death as everyone else did earlier (thereby, Herc was stuck in a MortonsFork, as he had to decide about entering into Mount Olympus and leave Meg alone, or abandoning it once again and spend the rest of his life as a mortal). I wonder if this time Zeus will tolerate an exception to the rule, for his son already experienced a breath-taking dive in that place. And let's not forget Hades is still stuck there (yeah, he somehow could think about this FridgeHorror thread as a TakingYouWithMe). This may also explain why Zeus agreed to forge a new constellation: although Hercules, who was born as a GOD, would have spent his eternity in the Underworld, his legend would have lived on with him...in the sky whence it came from.
* In Hercules, Hades' afterlife is a deep whirlpool where [[FateWorseThanDeath souls are condemned to swirl around forever]] under the watch of [[EverybodyHatesHades an apathetic death god.]] While the Elysian Fields exists, only the souls of heroes go there. In the world of Hercules ''the majority of mankind'' is condemned to [[AndIMustScream eternally drift in a vortex or splash around in the River Styx]] (and even if Hades ended up being booted off, that still means a billion souls have suffered for centuries). At least in the actual Hades you can wander...
** It's not clearly established what slice of humanity is in that whirlpool, or where, if anywhere, it leads to.
* Even though the ending of this movie was treated as a HappyEnding, no good can really come out of it. Hercules will eventually die, and poor Zeus and Hera will have to watch and then suffer with it for all of eternity. Keep in mind that those two already missed out on his whole childhood, and now this! Even if he does ascend to Mt. Olympus after his death (since he did earn his godhood, he simply chose to give it up), there's no way Meg will be allowed up there, meaning Herc will have to live for eternity alone, while the love of his life is stuck floating in a river. Even if he was able to save her from the face of death before, I doubt he can do anything about her dying of old age.
** Though to be fair, it happened more than once in the real myths that a genuine god would be able to deify their chosen mortal bride.
** And in the original myths, when Heracles built and climbed onto his own funeral pyre to end his suffering, (centaur blood, unending torment while living, that sort of thing) he was so thoroughly cremated that the divine part of him became separated from the mortal part and joined the gods on Olympus. Who's to say that won't happen here regardless of Herc's fate, whether he dies of old age or by some other means? The "real" Hercules ''was'' properly deified, after all.
* Alcmene and Amphytrion finding Hercules and adopting him is a very sweet scene but has a crueler side considering this was a very common practice in ancient Greece. Know as "exposure", unwanted newborns (usually girls) were left out in the wild by their fathers to be "left to their fates". These babies would either die or be adopted by childless couples.