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* CriticalDissonance: The film is panned as a "flippant failure" in a {{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 Radcliffe!
* 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.]]'' You're welcome.
** [[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.
** 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?
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Some of the gods in the TV series have gotten a fan following, especially Aphrodite.
** Thalia, the short, fat muse, is pretty much everyone's favorite. Fittingly, Thalia is the Muse of comedy - [[ShownTheirWork even in the original myths]].
* EvilIsCool: Hades, though anyone with magical powers and the voice of James Woods would be cool.
* 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!"
* [[AmericansHateTingle Greeks Hate Hercules]]: 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]]. Then again, the decision is justified, as the Greeks 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.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Grecian Express". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%932011_Greek_protests Well, damn.]]
** 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* [[MemeticSexGod Memetic Sex Greek Goddess pantheon]]
** Megara, who would make girls who wound up interested in girls look back on moments this may have been incredibly evident in the past (like the moment she appeared on screen and also did her washing-hair-in-the-river-thing), and boys do much the same, likely earlier, possibly whilst swallowing the same way Herc does.
** The Muses are literally this: Four [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure super curvy]], [[StatuesqueStunner incredibly tall]], [[BuxomIsBetter well endowed]] women with [[ShesGotLegs incredible legs]] and one [[BigBeautifulWoman rather heavy set babe]]. It helps that they're actual goddesses.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The PS1 game based on it is quite decent (at least according to WebOriginal/{{JonTron}}).
* 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 [[LoveToHate 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.
* {{Squick}}: The first time we meet Megara is while she is being sexually assaulted by the enormous centaur, Nessus. And this ain't one of your [[{{Disneyfication}} 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.]]
* [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Surprisingly Improved Successor]]: Even though it's not as good as the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid earlier]] [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Disney]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Renaissance]] [[Disney/TheLionKing films]], it's still a pretty decent film, as well as a big difference from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot They Wasted a Perfectly Good Opportunity for a]] VillainSong: The film's good enough as is, but come on! Couldn't Hades have gotten a song in the actual film instead of a TheVillainSucksSong? He has the [[LargeHam perfect]] [[AffablyEvil personality]] for an SugarWiki/{{awesome|Music}} one!
** Some fans make pair of videos on Website/YouTube where he sings ''The Land of The Dead'' by Music/{{Voltaire}} which actually 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, RobPaulsen voiced his verse for the WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse VillainSong "It's Our House Now".
* WhatAnIdiot: Hades sent his monsters to deal with Hercules instead of challenging him to a fight, which means he would easily defeat the latter with his godlike powers. What was he expecting?
** There are a number of signs that the gods have limits on the degree to which they can interact or interfere with mortals. For example, Zeus and Hera never even visit Hercules' foster parents to explain who and what he is, and Zeus only communicates with Hercules by animating his statue in his temple, even after he first meets with him, so he's not just waiting for Herc to make first contact. If Hades has to do all his work indirectly, or through catspaws, it explains his lack of direct action.
*** Also, he was secretly planning a takeover of Olympus, so a direct confrontation would be a bit too obvious (not that Hades is anywhere ''near'' subtle, but still...)
** 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 [[StupidEvil to kill Hercules for no good reason]]. This ignoring that sending a giant to out 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 [[PinkFloyd well known work]] ask that question.
* WTHCastingAgency: For both Mexican and Latin American viewers, Ricky Martin as the titular Hercules, due of 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.
** That was Disney's first attempt at using famouse artists to voice characters for the LA audience, 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. Mind you, 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 Aristocats, and also voiced Little John in ''Disney/RobinHood''.)
* WinBackTheCrowd: Hercules was Disney's ''[[SubvertedTrope 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.

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* BaseBreaker: Icarus. Some fans see him as a crazily awesome, hilarious and occasionally wise character. Others see him as childish and [[TheScrappy grating.]]
* 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.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Icarus, Cassandra, Aphrodite...
* HarsherInHindsight: When you know [[OffWithHisHead what will someday happen to her]], seeing Medusa befriend Hercules can be a bit heartbreaking.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Before she starred in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', 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.
* RelationshipSue: Played with; Hercules tried to make one out of clay. It failed; When it was time to create her personality, Aphrodite interpreted "Crazy about Hercules" as a ClingyJealousGirl. It doesn't take her long before she invoke AxCrazy as well. When he tries to fix her personality by making her a "independent woman", she instantly put him in the [[NiceGuysFinishLast friendzone]]. To make it worse his crafting skills were so bad, that Aphrodite had to parody the Sims just to make her ''look'' human.
** Given the way Aphrodite was reacting to half the (mildly sexist) things that Hercules was describing about Galatea, [[BatmanGambit it's possible that she made her this way on purpose]] [[FridgeBrilliance to teach him a lesson]].
-->'''Aphrodite''': Okay, beautiful AND crazy about you. [[DeadpanSnarker Diggin' deep, huh?]]

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* 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.