!!The Disney film
* AmericansHateTingle: While the rest of the world's audiences and critics liked the movie well enough (though, of course, not to the extent of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and the earlier Renaissance films), the Greeks ''despised'' this movie, [[BannedInChina even denying the film a premiere in Greece]]. They didn't care much for the many glaring mistakes to their own mythology, even if the rest of the movie was pretty decent. It's kind of similar to how a lot of American historians hated ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (even though that didn't get banned; it just got slammed with a lot of criticism) while other countries liked it well enough.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Disney's take on Greek mythology, featuring designs from the artist responsible for the animated segments of ''Music/TheWall'' and a 1960s gospel-style soundtrack.
* CriticalDissonance: The film is panned as a "flippant failure" in a Creator/{{Disney}}-authorized book, along with {{Cult Classic}}s ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' and ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''. Conversely, the book praises ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', which is generally considered the weakest of the Disney Renaissance (but not a bad film), and it praises ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' and '''''Disney/HomeOnTheRange''''', which are generally considered the two absolute [[OldShame worst]] entries in the canon. {{A|rsonMurderAndJaywalking}}nd it completely neglects to mention how popular [[LoveToHate Hades]] is while praising possibly the least cool/menacing villain in the canon, Governor Ratcliffe!
** Filmtracks' Chrstian Clemmensen also completely ripped apart the soundtrack, calling it a complete disgrace to Alan Menken's output for Disney.
* EarWorm:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krQVJIDjMP0 Here was a kid with his act down pat! Zero-to-hero, no time flat!]]''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_bEWXs_FX4 If there's a prize for rotten judgment, I guess I've already won that.]]''
** ''[[AwardBaitSong I am ON MY WAY! I can go the distance!]]''
*** For Latin fans, the Latin American Spanish version of [[AwardBaitSong "Go the Distance"]] was sung by Ricky Martin. It helps that Ricky was the voice of Hercules anyway, in the Latin American Spanish dub.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Thalia, the short, fat muse, is pretty much everyone's favorite. Fittingly, Thalia is the Muse of comedy - [[ShownTheirWork even in the original myths]].
** In the Disney canon as a whole, Hades has a similar thing as [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Frollo]] going on here; he only appears in one movie, and said movie is generally considered to be one of Disney's weaker works (especially compared to the rest of Renaissance), but he's still considered to be the best thing about the movie, and is many people's favorite Disney villain.
* EvilIsCool: Hades, though anyone with magical powers and the voice of James Woods would be cool.
* {{Fanon}}: Meg becoming a goddess and joining Hercules on Mount Olympus is a very popular notion.
%%* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "Grecian Express". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%932011_Greek_protests Well, damn.]]
* GeniusBonus:
** Many, for the Greek mythology buffs in the audience. "Zero to Hero" is full of half-second allusions to Hercules' Labors, famous Greek (and Roman) art, as well as ancient Greek culture.
** When the kids are stuck under a rock, they shout, "Somebody call IX-I-I!" Technically wrong (Seeing as this is ''Greek'', not Roman) but if you know your numerals, you know they're saying "Call 9-1-1!"
* HarsherInHindsight:
** For those familiar with the Greek Myth Hercules telling Megara "I would never hurt you".
** Circe's song "One Good Man" becomes a lot harder to listen to, considering how Idina Menzel and her husband Taye Diggs separated in 2013.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The Hades in this movie is incredibly similar to ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''s Hades, both even having a CreditsGag. It's almost as if Disney predicted another Hades would troll us again.
** Hades pointing to Pain's Hercules shoes and asking [[WebOriginal/{{Vine}} "What are those?"]]
** Also, Hades's design being based off of Jeffrey Katzenberg. He returned the favor with [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Lord Farquaad]], whose design was based off Michael Eisner and was voiced by one of the original casting choices for Hades, John Lithgow.
* IronWoobie: Throughout the movie, poor Hercules suffers from circumstances that would cause [[FreudianExcuse some people to become villains.]] But [[GentleGiant he always has a heart even bigger than his muscles and wouldn't hurt a fly]]... [[BerserkButton unless they did something to Meg. It's on then.]]
* LoveToHate: Hades. Methodic, calculating, and the epitomy of deals with the devil.
* MagnificentBastard: Hades has most of the qualifications down (TheChessmaster, ManipulativeBastard, charming and stylish persona), but is only held back from full greatness due to his chronic fiery temper.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The PS1 game based on it is quite decent (at least according to WebVideo/JonTron).
--> '''Jontron:''' '' This game is [[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike freaking awesome!]]
* RootingForTheEmpire: An unfortunate side-effect of making Hades so likable. Quite a few people who watch the film admit to hoping that Hades wins, because he's such a lovable character.
* SignatureSong: "Zero to Hero".
* SpiritualLicensee:
** This could be seen as a cartoon analogue of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', which had Perseus instead (both heroes are already sons of Zeus in the myths, and both of them get Pegasus unlike the myths, and this actually has the Titans).
** The part where Herc's foster parents find him up to when he talks with Zeus for the first time would make for a pretty good "''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]''[=/=]''Series/{{Smallville}}'' in Ancient Greece" musical. ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' writer Creator/GrantMorrison even considers Hercules to be the best Superman movie.
* {{Squick}}: The first time we meet Megara is while she is being sexually assaulted by the enormous centaur, Nessus. This ain't one of your happy, frolicking ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' centaurs. This becomes even worse to people familiar enough with Greek mythology to recognize the name Nessus. [[spoiler: Nessus was a centaur killed by Hercules who tricked his wife into using Nessus's blood to create a poisoned tunic that caused Hercules to die a horrible, painful death.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Hades doesn't have a VillainSong! He has the [[LargeHam perfect]] [[AffablyEvil personality]] for an SugarWiki/{{awesome|Music}} one! For this reason, some fans make pair of videos on Website/YouTube where he sings ''The Land of The Dead'' by Music/{{Voltaire}} which fits him perfectly. According to the DVD commentary for the first ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode he starred in, James Woods hates to sing. Additionally, even though he loves playing Hades, Creator/RobPaulsen voiced his verse for the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' VillainSong "It's Our House Now".
* WhatAnIdiot: For a god, Hades doesn't seem to be all that smart. Two examples stand out:
** Hades sent his monsters to deal with Hercules instead of challenging him to a fight. Hercules, as a mortal, can't lay a hand on Hades; he goes right through. It would be an easy win.
** Hades gets Hercules to agree to give up his strength for 24 hours while he releases the Titans to take over Olympus. Then he decides to send the Cyclops to kill Hercules. This ignores that sending a giant will likely lead to Megera getting hurt, therefore breaking the deal and Hercules getting his strength back, plus, he ignores that the Fates said ''[[ExactWords Should Hercules fight, you will fail]]", his strength was NEVER stated to be a requirement for him for Hades to fail.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Inverted; while the movie doesn't show shades of this, which is rather strange as it is a Disney movie, many people who know Gerald Scarfe's more [[Music/PinkFloyd well known work]] ask that question.
* WTHCastingAgency: For both Mexican and Latin American viewers, Ricky Martin as the titular Hercules, due to his thick Puerto Rican accent. While the rest of the voice cast was voiced by Mexican voice actors, Ricky Martin's voice really sticks like a sore thumb in the cast. For a better equivalent for English speakers, try to imagine Hercules being voiced by ''Music/BobMarley'', if he was being alive at the time of the film.[[note]]This was Disney's ''first'' attempt at using famous artists to voice characters for the LA audience, so you can say they goofed up. Ricky Martin was very famous overall (tough not yet internationally to English audiences) and he was signed to sing the movie's theme song for Herc. It was odd, but he did a rather good job, accent and all. It was the FIRST time it was blatant, previous Disney movies like ''The Jungle Book'' did use famous Mexican movie actors for the dub in Latin America (Baloo is voiced by comedian Tin-Tan and is fondly remembered to this day, he repeated in ''The Aristocats'', and also voiced Little John in ''Disney/RobinHood'').[[/note]]
* WinBackTheCrowd: Hercules was Disney's ''[[AvertedTrope attempt]]'' to perform this feat. After the LoveItOrHateIt reaction audiences gave to Disney's [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} previous]] [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame efforts]] to appeal to a more mature audience, Hercules was meant to be the return to LighterAndSofter form. The company even promoted a large marketing blitz trumpeting the fact that it was being directed by the same guys who did ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The final box office total ended up being even ''weaker'' than the previous two films.

!![[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} The animated series]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Aphrodite turning Galataea into a {{Yandere}} - just a result of Herc's [[LiteralGenie poorly thought out request]]? Or did she deliberately make Galataea as crazy as possible [[AesopEnforcer just to teach him a lesson]]?
* BaseBreaker: Icarus. Some fans see him as a crazily awesome, hilarious and occasionally wise character. Others see him as childish and [[TheScrappy grating.]]
* CounterpartComparison: Icarus and Cassandra get compared a lot to Screech and Lisa from ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. Hilariously Cassandra of course sees the future, but one episode of ''SBTB'' has Screech being able to see the future too.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: In the episode about Prometheus, rather than dancing around the fact that his liver got eaten by an eagle every day, the writers went out of their way to make every possible reference to it. However, the scene where the eagle visibly ''pulls his liver out'', and then they proceed to argue about the eagle ''seasoning it while he's eating it'', takes the cake.
* EarWorm:
** From TheAnimatedSeries: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZxdDZMIir0 How many other goddesses do you know with their own theme song?]]
--->''Aphrodite, Aphrodite, APHRODIIIITE~ The Goddess of Love!''
** Also from the TV series, Circe's VillainSong, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRU8KLItobU "One Good Man"]], is catchy and awesome. Though would you expect any less from Idina Menzel?
** Yet another from the TV series: ''At the Bacchanal! It's a nonstop party! The biggest bash that Bacchus has ever thrown!''
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Some of the gods in the TV series have gotten a fan following, especially Aphrodite.
* GeniusBonus: In the myths, Hercules actually did free Prometheus from his punishment. In fact, a lot of the background behind the show is fairly well grounded in ancient Greek myths and history, far more so than the movie and more savvy viewers can get the references and AllohistoricalAllusion behind the references.
* HarsherInHindsight: When you know [[OffWithHisHead what will someday happen to her]], seeing Medusa befriend Hercules can be a bit heartbreaking.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Idina Menzel made a guest appearance as Circe, a singing witch. Later, she would go on to play [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Elphaba]], who just so happens to be a singing witch, and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]], a magical singing queen accused of sorcery. It's doubly hilarious if you're more familiar with Elsa and Elphaba, two sorceresses who are really misunderstood Woobies - because Circe is a straight up evil sorceress.
** Hades was very upset over being named after the planet Pluto, he probably was even less amused when he found out that it got demoted to dwarf planet.
* MostWonderfulSound: Aphrodite may hate the theme music that plays whenever she appears, but viewers disagree.
* UnconventionalLearningExperience: For all its mangling and bowdlerizing of Greek myths, this cartoon was sufficiently grounded in research on ancient myths and Greek history (moreso than the movie) that viewers, especially international viewers who have no grounding in Western culture, learnt a great deal about Ancient Greece, learning names and stories of Prometheus, Orpheus, Medusa by unpacking references to the Trojan War, and references to Greek City States.
!!The pinball game
* ItsEasySoItSucks: The main complaint players have against the pinball version of ''Pinball/{{Hercules}}''.
* JunkRare: Sure, it's a rarity, but the game is dull and it requires constant maintenance.