[[WMG: The whole movie is historical revisionism by Zeus himself.]]
In some stories the end of the Age of Heroes (specifically the Trojan War) was engineered by Zeus to get rid of his illegitimate children, so it's not like this is beneath him. Zeus overthrowing the Titans in the backstory is portrayed as unambiguously good when in the original myth it brought about the end of the Golden Age. The Titans are portrayed as inhuman forces of nature instead of being more or less the same as the Olympians. Hercules is now Hera's child, which eliminates the cheating Zeus part of the story. Since that would mean Hercules is all god we need a reason for him to not be in Olympus, hence the kidnapping and the "you need to become a true hero" BS. Since it wouldn't make sense for his own mother to be his enemy, Hera gets replaced with Hades, who can't exactly leave the underworld to give his side of the story. Hades also replaces Gaia in the Titan rebellion story to cover up the complicated relationship between the Olympians and their ancestors.
* I was watching the movie today and came to the same conclusion. This story was a creation of Zeus. It has to be in order to get SO much wrong.
* [[FridgeBrilliance This is genius.]] Continuing on this theory, this is Zeus' attempt to survive in the Christian era. Thus why it's HijackedByJesus: partly to fit in with conservatives, and partly to enter the wonderful and powerful world of Disney. Of course, one wonders how painful it would be for him to fit in [[ValuesDissonance with the radical change in values.]]
[[WMG: Megara has more issues in her life than what's revealed in the movie]]
yeah i know her boyfriend deserted her even though she saved his life, but in movie, that wasn't enough to explain her bitterness in the movie. I have feeling before that, she was already having problems in her life with men(she seemed real bitter about men in general). in some way, her distrust in men is similar to the man-hating lesbian(maybe she's bi).
* She didn't just save that guy's life, she ''sold her soul for him''. And he dumped her anyway - for another girl. For me, that's quite enough to be bitter. Also, I think, it's not before that event she became so cynical, but later, while she worked for Hades. Judging by the episode with Nessus the Centaur, many of her tasks were less than pleasant and she didn't meet many nice people who could've restored her faith in humanity.
* The whole selling your soul just to get dumped is enough to account for the bitterness, but it's also implied that she's had some not so great experiences with dudes who won't take no for an answer.
** You see Hades getting up close to Meg and invading her personal space a couple of times, which she's clearly uncomfortable with. I always suspected he was one of the guys who didn't take no for an answer, and as I got older and more cynical, added some rape to the equasion.
[[WMG: Meg selling her soul made her invulnerable - AND immortal]]
* She sold her soul to Hades. He's always losing his temper and I imagined that she was, like Pain and Panic, in some way immune to his flames. She dodges because, like them, burning hurts her. Heckaroonies, Hades blows the top off a mountain at one point and she doesn't get a scratch, and I do NOT believe that Hades was restrained enough to only fry Pain and Panic.
* On the second part, I sometimes suspected that after selling her soul to Hades, she had been alive for years at the same age, which also added to her embitterment - and that Pain and Panic were in a similar situation. Anyway, as soon as she got her soul back, she was mortal again. Immortality is clearly not so great when you're gonna spend it in enslavement to a JerkAss.
[[WMG: The film was originally planned to have Typhon as the monster unleashed by Hades, and Ares would have been the BigBad.]]
Consider this: in the original myths, Typhon was one of the few monsters that scares Zeus, and Ares' two minions, Phobos and Daemos, were repurposed into [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Pain and Panic]]. As much as I like the film in its existing state, my inner mythology buff would have loved the film even more if this is how it ended up - Typhon could be the biggest example of Nightmare Fuel in a Disney film since [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]], and it would have been fucking metal.
[[WMG: The filmmakers were fans of ''DungeonsAndDragons''.]]
Because the Titans are totally Ogrémoch, Yan-C-Bin, Cryonax and Imix.
[[WMG: Zeus put Persephone in charge of the Underworld.]]
Zeus needed someone to run the Underworld, but couldn't just let Hades go. So he asks Persephone to do it, since it's not like she's doing anything during Winter anyway.
[[WMG: Meg is much older than Hercules.]]
When they first meet, Meg calls Hercules "junior", which suggests she's notably older than him. At that point, Hercules must be something like 16 or 17; the time difference between the beginning of the movie (where Hercules is a baby) and the finale is said to be 18 years, and the heroic tasks and fame-building Hercules does between the first meeting with Meg and the finale must've taken him at least a year. Meg, on the other hand, is portrayed as an adult woman right from the start. She doesn't talk or act like a teenager, and her mannerisms and voice are much more mature than Hercules'. Also, she has already been in an adult relationship with a guy, the one for whom she sold her soul to Hades. And the familiar tone with which Hades and Meg talk to each other suggests that their deal has been going on for quite some time already, it's not something that happened in the recent past. Now, all this information implies Meg is about 10 years older than Hercules; she's probably in her late twenties or early thirties.
Note that I'm not saying there's something wrong with this age difference. On the contrary, it's refreshing to see a couple in a Hollywood movie who's age difference goes this way, instead of the usual older guy/younger woman pairing.
* The series contradicts this because Meg appears as NewTransferStudent at Herc's school.
** I haven't seen the series, but if Hercules meets her in school, clearly the series takes place in another continuity, as in the movie Herc and Meg meet for the first time when he saves her from the centaur. So there's no contradiction, just different continuities.
*** I don't remember the series that well, but I'm pretty sure at the end of the episode with Meg, both Herc and Meg get doused with that water that makes them forget, which is why they don't remember meeting each other later.
**** Fine, but that doesn't change the fact that in the movie Meg is clearly older than Hercules, as explained above. So in the movie's canon this is still true, while in the the series canon Meg might be the same age as Herc.
** Actually, if we're honest, young women will call young men 'boys' and so on even when they're a few years older than them. It's a girl thing.
*** "Boys", sure, but "junior"?
*** I'm pretty sure she was mocking his NiceGuy persona.
** Hades is the god of death. After she sold her soul, he probably extended her lifespan. Whichever he did that to mock her or to get full value for the price is another question.
*** It's possible, but even if Hades did that, Meg is still (mentally at least) older than Herc.
* I like the idea that Meg is older than Hercules, but I think ten years is far-fetched. We can't be sure that her relationship with the unnamed JerkAss boyfriend is an "adult" relationship (it could easily be a particularly scarring high school relationship, for all we know), and Hades speaks in a familiar tone to everyone. Judging by her figure and her mannerisms, while I'll agree that she's clearly not eighteen, she's more likely, at most, five years older than Hercules, putting her at twenty-three, which I think is very reasonable. If we accept that the series is canon to the film, then Meg drops to a still reasonable 21 (she would have to be no more than three years older than him for them to be at the same school).
[[WMG: The prophecy about Hercules defeating Hades was self-fulfilling.]]
Since Hades was trying to recruit the river centaur for what he claims is his assault on Mt. Olympus, presumably all the other monsters that Hades had at his disposal would've been used for attacking Mt. Olympus, in addition to the Titans. Hercules had little trouble killing them in one-on-one combat, but if he had to face them all at the same time at Mt. Olympus, he wouldn't have stood a chance.