'''''The Mighty Hercules''''' is a cartoon based rather loosely on the [[Myth/GreekMythology legendary greek hero Hercules]], created by Creator/JoeOriolo.

Hercules comes down from Mount Olympus to battle monsters and villains like the wizard Daedalus, Wilhamene the Sea Witch and the Mask of Vulcan. Because on Earth his godly strength would vanish, Hercules must don a magic ring to maintain his power. At his side are the beautiful Helena, Newton the [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Centaur]], Tewt the satyr and young King Dorian of the kingdom of Caladon.

This series is best remembered by Johnny Nash's BraggingThemeTune. Also it partially inspired Superman's look for ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', particularly his head shape and facial features.


* TheAce: Well, Hercules himself, but in one episode Newton found himself replaced as Herc's sidekick by a much more competent centaur named Notwen. [[spoiler:The whole thing turns out to be AllJustADream, of course.]]
* AudibleGleam: Mostly with Hercules' ring
* BeardOfEvil: Daedalus.
* DayOldLegend: Even though the Mask kept having the Mask of Vulcan taken away from him, he could just craft another one. (In one case, he made one not only for himself, but for the Nemean Lion)
* DistressedDamsel: Helena.
* EvilSorceror: Daedalus, though the actual powers he displayed could range anywhere from controlling the weather, to making potions, to just relying on some gadget he found or stole, depending on the episode.
* GoodIsDumb: In many an episode Hercules only bothers to put on his magic ring after finding out the hard way he can't actually tackle the menace of the day without SuperStrength.
* HollywoodMagnetism: Hercules employs this in ''The Magnetic Stone'' to catch Daedalus, using a magnetic stone and a large iron kettle. He throws the kettle at Daedalus, which lands on Daedalus' head, and drags him back over to him, from outside a window, ''with Daedalus flying through the air'', with the pull of the magnetic stone.
* LimitedAnimation: Fight scenes in particular tended to look spastic.
* MagicSkirt: Worn by Hercules himself, no less. (Well, it's ''usually'' magic)
* NiceGuy: While Newton occasionally gets on his nerves Hercules for the most part is a pretty affable stalwart hero with a LanternJawOfJustice.
* NighInvulnerable: Hercules can't budge anyone wearing the Mask of Vulcan even if he has his ring on. [[WeaksauceWeakness It's pretty easy to remove once the heroes think to try, though]].
* OnceAnEpisode: After Hercules accomplishes his heroic deed, he flies off shouting "Olympi - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"
** Hercules' donning his ring to retain his god-like strength also qualifies. Even on the rare occasions when he puts the ring on twice, the StockFootage ring sequence is only used the first time.
* OriginsEpisode: the very first episode (which had a very different animation style and character design) shows how Hercules received the magic ring and was first sent down to earth.
* RightHandCat: Daedalus' own cat, Dydo.
** Sea Witch Wilhelmina has a pet parrot, Elvira. Unusually for a cartoon parrot, it couldn't talk.
* RoguesGallery: The wizard Daedalus, the sea witch Wilhelmine, The Mask (who was invincible so long as he wore the Mask of Vulcan), General Diomedes and Otis the Chameleon Man.
* SadlyMythtaken: The mythological Daedalus was a cunning craftsman, but he wasn't really evil and certainly didn't plan on conquering any part of Greece. Pretty much everything else, too.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Definitely showy, mostly invincible. Nothing kept Herc down for long, though.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Newton and Toot.
* StockFootage: A lot of the show, as you might imagine. Not only for the ring sequence, but every time Hercules rides Pegasus, and every time he's shown dragging a villain away at the end of an episode (regardless of which villain it is - there's a reason they all dressed in the same purple robes).
* StockSoundEffects: The MonsterOfTheWeek always tended to make the same noises.
* TheStrengthOfTenMen: The BraggingThemeTune describes Hercules as having "the strength of ten ordinary men", although his actual feats of strength usually suggested much more.
* StrictlyFormula: Villain/monster appears, Hercules puts on magic ring, capture villain/beats the stuffing out of the monster, returns to Mount Olympus with a shout of "'''OLYMPIAAA..!'''"
* TagalongKid: Newton. Tewt also qualifies (though Tewt is also more helpful). Sometimes the human boy Timon.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Done with a twist; rather than playing when Hercules was about to turn the tables on his enemy, his theme music started playing at the moment they were defeated to celebrate his victory.
* UnEvilLaugh: Daedalus gives it his best shot, but it ends up being pretty narmy.
* VerbalTic: Newton tends to say everything twice. Everything twice.
* TheVoiceless: Tewt can only communicate by playing his pipes.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Otis the Chameleon Man could turn into anything he wanted. Not that it ever helped him beat Herc, of course. He usually found himself acting as hired muscle for one of the other villains rather than coming up with a scheme on his own.
* TheWisePrince: King Dorian wants to be this.
* TheXOfY: The show tended to do this with whatever [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]] or [[PlotDevice magic item]] drove the plot of the episode.