Awesome / Hercules
The Disney film
Och Zeus Var Ännu Ung, Yeah Baby!
- Hercules Training Montage during the song "One Last Hope", with Phil teaching him everything he has learned through a lifetime of training warriors. Under Phil's tutelage, Herc goes from a skinny, clumsy teenager into a tall, muscular warrior who can finally use his Super Strength effectively.
Phil: *measuring Hercs biceps with a rope, which snaps when Herc flexes* NOW THATS MORE LIKE IT!!
- Herc acing Phil's final test, a huge obstacle course which includes a huge metal bear trap, two sharks, a large marbel fist pounding a landing zone, swinging axe heads, and finally, a dozen dummies armed with arrows.
- Zeus where he throws lightning bolts right at the Titans.
- Hercules brings Meg back from the dead while glowing in a way indicative of his status as a god like Zeus, much to Hades' surprise ...and accentuates the awesome with a matter-of-fact punch that inverts Hades' face.
- It gets even more awesome when you see the fates' reactions. They clearly expected him to die hence why they're panicking, which means that Hercules chose his own fate!
Present!Fate: What's the matter with these scissors?!
Past!Fate: THE THREAD WON'T CUT!!
- Hercules defeating the Hydra was an in-universe Moment of Awesome for the Thebans. Also applies to the audience.
- "Yah did it, kid! Yah did it, you won by a landslide!"
- The stunning "Zero to Hero" musical number. Hades throws everything he has at Hercules, it doesnt even slow him down. It also works as kind of a compressed version of the Twelve Labors.
- Danny DeVito note sings. The production team should be recognized just for talking him into it.
- Hades releasing the Titans. The culmination of his Evil Plan makes the Darkest Hour darker.
- Megara's whole, "Then read my lips! Forget it." Keep in mind, she's saying this to the Lord of the Dead...and she's still his slave. THAT takes guts.
- The Titans' defeat. Herc directly defies Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud and does just that, grabbing the Wind Titan itself and using him to suck up the rest of the Titans. Then he throws them all into space, whereupon they explode. Spectacularly.
- "Gospel Truth" was just epic! The whole storytelling song was awesome!
("And Zeus was still young, baby")
Han Tämjde Världen Utan Pardon!
("He tamed the world without mercy")
''Han Gjorde Det Som Var Omöjligt, Ja Han Tog Sig Ton! ("He Did What Was Impossible, Yes He Spoke Up!")
- Hercules beat the Cyclops... without his godly powers.
- The townspeople who once mocked Hercules now have total faith that he will come to save them. He does.
- Meg conquering her fear of heights as she and Pegasus fly off to get Phil to save Herc.
Meg: (unties Pegasus) Easy horsefeathers! Whoa stop twitching! Listen, Hercules is in trouble! We've gotta find Phil! He's the only one who can talk some sense into him!
(Cue Pegasus flying off with a screaming Meg on his back)
- Then, the following dialogue when they spot Phil about to board a boat out of Thebes. Phil, who is still upset and angry about Herc lashing out at him, refuses to listen until Meg gets him to snap out of it.
Meg: Phil! Phil, Hercules needs your help!
Phil (stubbornly): What's he need me for when he's got friends like you?
Meg: He won't listen to me!
Phil: Good! He's finally learned something!
(turns to leave, but Pegasus blocks his path)
Meg (desperately): Look, I know what I did was wrong, but this isn't about me, it's about him. If you don't help him now, Phil, he'll die!
(Phil freezes in horror)
- Then Phil gives a beaten up Herc pep talk to defeat the Cyclops:
: C'mon, kid, fight back! You can take this bum! This guy's a pushover! Look at him! Hercules
(dully): You were right all along, Phil. Dreams are for rookies. Phil
: No, no, no! Givin' up
is for rookies. I came back 'cause I'm not quittin' on ya!
I'm willin' to go the distance. How' bout you
- Herc then defeats the cyclops by blinding him with a torch then tangling his feet with rope, causing the behemoth to fall off the cliff to his death.
- Megara pushing Hercules out of the way from the falling pillar. Meg said it best...
Meg: People do crazy things, when they're in love.
- The fact Hercules rode in on CERBERUS and made him whimper is an awesome part all on its own.
- This is probably a reference to one of the 12 Labors from the myths, one of which was fetching Cerberus from the underworld.
- A Star Is Born as Hercules decides to give up Olympus so he can remain on Earth with Megara. He gives up his godhood to be with his true love (though they will one day ascend to the Elysium Fields together). In return, Zeus puts Hercules image in the stars
- The citizens of Thebe greeting Hercules, Phil and Megara as heroes, along with Hercules mortal parents.
- Finally, a meta example. Over 2000 long years have passed, the empires of Greece and Rome lie in the dust, yet who remains? Hercules, greatest of mans heroes.
The TV Series
- From the episode "Hercules and the Tapestry of Fate", Herc reweaves time itself.
- In the series, Croesus tries and buy off Hades, who is so rich his Roman name Pluto means "Rich One". How is this awesome? He succeeds. (Until his check bounced at the end of the episode.)