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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.
* FanDumb: There were actually Christians out there who were shocked when they let their kids watch this movie and then found out it "glorified Greek mythology." Though why you would let your kids watch ''any'' film without screening it first yourself if you're that controlling about what your kids are exposed to... (And never-minding the fact that this "Greek" mythology was presented using values that were generally judged to be more "Christian" in nature. And the Muses are singing ''gospel!'')
* 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"
* 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.
* MemeticSexGoddess: 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.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The PS1 game based on it is quite decent (at least according to {{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'' (both heroes having Pegasus stands out, and this actually has the Titans).
* {{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}}''.
* TearJerker: The AllOfTheOtherReindeer being played a bit too well in the scene at the agora near the beginning. Young Herc is very good at looking like a kicked puppy.
** Even worse is Meg's death. If that won't yank the heartstrings, then Tate Donovan's voice acting will.
*** Even when you ''know'' that Meg's going to get better, you still cry a little bit at the way Hercules is sobbing over her pale body and the way he's cradling her corpse in his arms.
** Hell, even ''PHIL'' is upset during this scene and he pretty much hated Meg up until she came to tell him Hercules was in trouble.
* [[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".
** Ahem. 'Hercules and the River Styx'. James Woods singing 'My Town'. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWg6Ppwo2Lo]]
*** Since when do Disney characters use the same voices singing?
*** First of all, that ''really'' doesn't sound like James Woods singing "My Town". Second of all, there are [[CriticalResearchFailure plenty of times Disney characters use the same voice actor for singing:]] Hugo from ''Hunchback of Notre Dame'', Scar in ''The Lion King'' (for the most part), all the cast off ''Beauty and the Beast''...
* 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.
* 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: 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 again in Disney's Frozen, where Idina Menzel plays, you guessed it, a singing Witch (sort of)
* 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.