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Actor: Jack Donnelly

Jason has been searching for his father for twenty years without answer. Now his whole life is about to change.


  • Action Hero: Jason's a very capable fighter, who is incredibly agile and flexible and always jumps into the fray.
  • Bad Ass Boast: Jason to the High Priestess of Dionysus:
    Jason:You should fear me as they [Satyrs] do! I am Jason, slayer of the minotaur. ... I will slay you as I did the Earth Bull. I will tear down your temple and I will scatter your followers to the four winds!
  • The Chosen One: According to the Oracle. Just what he is chosen for she is rather vague on though.
  • Dance Battler: Relies heavily on his incredible agility and flexibility during fights.
  • Disappeared Dad: Jason's father disappeared into the same vortex that he did, and it's implied he came to some bad end in the world of Atlantis. Jason still doesn't know the whole story.
  • Genre Savvy/ Genre Blind: Manages to fluctuate between the two, mostly down to the fact he has a basic memory of Greek mythology.
  • Honor Before Reason: Seems to quickly becoming his defining trait.
  • Missing Mom: The Oracle claims not to know anything about her. She's lying, it's actually Pasiphae.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Naked on Arrival: How Jason finds himself on arrival in Atlantis.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Downplayed. He finds Atlantis strangely familiar, but has no specific memories.
  • The Hero
  • Screw Destiny: Doesn't take too kindly to finding out he will one day kill Medusa. He walks out of the Oracle's temple cursing her and Atlantis, determined to avert his foreseen fate.
  • Trapped in Another World: Twice apparently. The Oracle claims that he was born in Atlantis and taken to our world as a child.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Although preferring to rely on Agility and speed, he's got some serious skills, considering he competed in (and would have won) the Pankration, after a few days training, when it normally takes months.

Actor: Robert Emms

Pythagoras’ wide-eyed innocence and awkward naïveté belies his brilliant mind.


  • Accidental Murder:Accidentally killed his father by pushing him back resulting in him cracking his head when he attacked his mother in a drunken rage. His younger brother Arcas finds out in "The Furies", having previously believed him to be murdered.
  • Action Survivor
  • Adorkable: He's skinny, and awkward with curly hair and his nose is far too long. And he is utterly adorable when he puts away his triangles and decides he is going to go and try to rescue Jason.
  • Badass Bookworm: Definitely shaping up to this, but he hasn't done anything too Badass just yet.
  • Celibate Eccentric Genius: As Hercules puts it, he's "only interested in [his] triangles"
    • When Hercules (dealing with the cold shoulder from Medusa) makes a comment about how he doesn't understand the human heart, he responds he's actually quite interested in anatomy
  • Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Hercules' Fat.
  • Mister Exposition: Generally the one to explain the curse of the week, and how to fix it.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Mathematics, biology, medicine, curses...if you can name it, odds are Pythagoras knows something about it. Justified in that science is not far advanced enough to have disciplines.
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Medic: Is the one who treats the others' wounds and looks after Medusa when she is cursed.

Actor: Mark Addy

Is he really the man of legend or just a figment of his own imagination?


    Princess Ariadne 
Actor: Aiysha Hart

Ariadne is heir to the throne. She cares deeply for the people of Atlantis and her sacred duties to protect them.


Actor: Oliver Walker

Pasiphae's nephew, a bullying nobleman betrothed to Ariadne.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is a capable fighter, but is in no way afraid to cheat or fight dirty. It's treated as a character flaw by pretty much everyone, even Pasiphae, since he's trying for the throne and thus needs to be seen as honourable.
  • Momma's Boy: He's under the thumb of his aunt, Pasiphae, with whom he appears to have a substitute mother-son relationship.
  • Jerkass: His Establishing Character Moment has him attempt to beat an old man for "insulting" him by having his cart break down in front of him, then claiming further insult because the man isn't moving it faster.
  • Prince Charmless: Ariadne finds him to be lacking any charm.
  • Wrestler In Allof Us: His preferred fighting style, as he's very good at Greek style wrestling, justified in that he's been training for and competing in the Pankration since he was a boy.

Actor: Jemima Rooper

A woman for whom Hercules develops feelings after Jason frees her from the Maenads' cult.


  • Foregone Conclusion: At the end of her first appearance, she's cursed by the dying High Priestess of Dionysus. She is eventually transformed into a gorgon by Pandora's Box in the ninth episode.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Medusa is rescued from the Maenads along with another girl whose dying, elderly father had tasked Jason and friends to save her; but the girl kills herself rather than reveal the cult's secrets, with her last words being that her father is dead to her. Medusa comforts the old man by lying to him that his daughter is happy and eloped with a man she loved.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: As of 'Pandora's Box'. Her transformation gives her snake hair, but doesn't change anything else about her outward appearance.
  • Medusa: Naturally, however this show actually has her as a character before she was cursed to become a monster. Which occurred when she opened Pandora's Box, in "Pandora's Box".
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Jason's alarmed after hearing her name, and asks if it's a common one around Atlantis.
  • Tomboy: Described as such in publicity material.

Actor: Ken Bones

A High Priest in the Temple of Poseidon, Melas is a trusted ally of the Oracle.


  • Good Shepherd: Probably best shown in "Touched by the Gods" where he visits Ariadne who is awaiting her execution and offers to pray with her.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Heroic variation. The Oracle cannot leave the Temple (or at least we have never seen her do so), so any time someone needs help outside the temple or the Oracle needs to fetch someone, he's sent out.

    King Minos 
Actor: Alexander Siddig

As King of Atlantis, Minos oversees a prosperous city and a mighty army.


  • Expy Subverted: With his line in the trailer "You dare to defy your king?" many assumed he was just an expy of Uther, however his character arc has been quite different and is more a sympathetic character with a tragic fate at the hands of his wife ahead of him.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Touched by the Gods: Part Two" he is quick to see Jason has deep feelings for his daughter. While understanding, he gently tells him it won't happen because she is royalty and he a commoner.
  • Papa Wolf: As far as we know, he's not even aware that Pasiphae was poisoning him, but the news that she tried to execute his daughter is more than enough for him to turn against her.
  • Principles Zealot: While he's not the nicest guy in the world, he does appear to at least honour the laws he enforces. If a condemned prisoner survives their virtual death sentence, he releases them immediately, accepting they have the favour of Poseidon.
    • Invoked by Ariadne by noting how Jason would have bested Heptarian in Pankration if Jason chose to but showed him mercy is a sign from the gods their engagement should be absolved. After a moment to think on it, Minos agrees.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Minos might be elitist and strict, but he is also reasonably fair, takes his responsibilities seriously and tries to keep his kingdom safe.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He absolves Ariadne of treason without even knowing the circumstances, purely because she is his daughter and no one can defy him.
  • The Usurper: Although who he usurped is still a mystery.

    The Oracle 
Actor: Juliet Stevenson

A celebrated and revered figure, the Oracle knows only too well the impact her prophecies can have on men.


    Queen Pasiphae 
Actor: Sarah Parish

As the wife of the King, there are those who say Pasiphae is the real power behind the throne in Atlantis.


  • Ambition Is Evil: She is driven purely by a desire for power.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the myths the worst she does is commit bestiality after being cursed. Here she is a cold calculating, power hungry cold blooded tyrant.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She tries to be polite and friendly. But underneath it all she is completely ruthless and will hurt and kill anyone who gets in her way.
  • Big Bad: A bizzare example, as, whilst she doesn't actively oppose the heroes specifically (most of the time), her actions are certainly villainous.
  • Expy: She is essentially Morgana with Uther's authority.
  • Genre Savvy: Normally, but she does slip up every now and then.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: "Touched by the Gods Part 2" introduces Jason's father, who Pasiphae recognises. He reveals to her that Jason is their son.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Villainous BSOD: When Aeson tells her Jason is their son.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To Ariadne.

Actor: Joe Dixon

The King’s General is a battle-hardened warrior who is duty-bound to protect the royal family.


  • Bald of Awesome
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a few slashes on the right side of his head.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He helps Jason and the guys rescue Ariadne in the finale, staying behind to cover their escape. He manages to kill several guards and still stand after being wounded, but is ultimately killed by Heptarian.
  • Killed Off for Real: See Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Loophole Abuse: He serves the King. So if he wants to conspire with the Queen's would-be assassin to rescue the King's daughter from execution, he's technically just doing his job.
  • Mauve Shirt: Given a few lines and some token character stuff so he stands out from your average mook or enforcer.

Actor: Hannah Arterton

Princess Ariadne's loyal handmaiden, who she uses as a go-between when Ariadne herself cannot be seen leaving the palace


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