Characters featured in Disney's Hercules
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(Latin American dub)
- Adorkable: It's the contrast between his earnest desire to help and his clumsiness.
- All-Loving Hero: Certified hero? Check. Nice Guy? Check. Reforms his jaded girlfriend with The Power of Love? Check.
- All of the Other Reindeer: No one liked Hercules when he was a teen.
- Always Save the Girl: Double-Subverted. Hades offers a deal for Hercules to give up his strength for 24 hours in exchange for Megara's freedom and to promise that she will be safe from harm. He's aware that Hades plans to do something nasty but Hades pressures him into it.
- Badass: As always, Hercules is the primer monster buster.
- Badass Cape: He wears a blue cape that reaches down to his waist. Phil gives it to him at the end of his Training Montage.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He confesses during the latter half of the film that he "always wanted to be just like everyone else" as a kid. When Hades tricks in into making a Deal with the Devil that forces him to give up his Super Strength, Hades immediately twists the knife by throwing a dumbbell at him and pinning him under it.
Hades: Now you know what it feels like to be like everyone else. Isn;t it just peachy?
- Berserk Button: He gets one near the end; he's put up with a lot of crap during the last half of the film, but seeing Hades dare to lay his filthy mitts on Meg after nearly getting them both killed finally sends our hero over the edge...and Hades also, literally.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Hercules is one of the sweetest, most polite, helpful guys Disney has ever created. Don't get on his bad side.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted. He's the Gentle Boy to Meg's Brooding Girl; Heroic Nice Guy and jaded Femme Fatale.
- A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Flying Horse. He recognized Pegasus with their signature headbutt.
- Chick Magnet: "Zero to Hero" shows Herc gaining a lot of female admirers. In one scene, they are literally fighting over him.
- The Chosen One: "A word of caution to this tale... If Hercules fights... YOU WILL FAIL!"
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Herc rushes off to help people as soon as he hears about it. A double subversion in that he's doing heroic deeds to regain his godhood, but later realizes that he should be doing good for good's sake.
- Cute Bruiser: As a baby and a teen he is divinely strong.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Couldn't control it as a teenager. The townspeople were not pleased.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Toward Meg at first.
- Dumb Muscle: Averted. He's an honest and idealistic farm-boy but as with the source myth is shown to be able to rely on critical thinking when his Super Strength is insufficient to get the job done.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Hercules was given the cruel nickname, "Jercules" by one of the teens, after Herc accidentally destroyed the town.
- Expy: This adaptation of Hercules takes a lot from Superman (who was probably inspired by Heracles in the first place). Only child of an advanced race of beings who is raised by two simple country folk who teach him good morals, he learns to use his powers to help others and be an example of, while falling for a caustic, worldly brunette and being manipulated behind the scenes by a power-hungry sleazeball.
- Farm Boy: Implied since both of his adopted folks are farmers.
- Lampshaded to at least have the personality to fit this trope by Meg.
Meg: He comes on with his big, innocent farm boy routine, but I could see through that in a Peloponnesian minute.
- Fiery Redhead: Usually averted, unless you push him.
- Gentle Giant: Downplayed. He's not a particularly "giant" man, but he's big enough to qualify.
- Happily Adopted: His mortal parents really love him and Hercules seems to accept both his earthly and heavenly parents as legit. One song about mid-way through the movie shows that he's using his newfound fame to take gooood care of them, building them an enormous mansion.
- Heroic BSOD: After Hades convinces him to give up his strength for Meg's freedom and safety, and then revealing that Meg was working for him all along. It has such a profound effect on him that he doesn't even attempt to fight back against the Cyclops, until Phil's pep talk.
- Heroic Build: Initially no but training under Phil fixed that.
- Heroic Sacrifice: For Megara, to pull her out of the River Styx.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied to have become this with Phil by the end of the film.
- Also develops one with Icarus in the TV series.
- Hunk: The Muses say so in "Zero to Hero".
Zero to Hero; a major hunk! Zero to Hero; and who'd have thunk?
- Humble Hero: He keeps his humility before and after he defeats monsters.
- I Choose to Stay: Decides to stay mortal to be with Meg.
- "I Want" Song: "Go The Distance" as sung by young Hercules.
- In-Series Nickname: Called "Herc" by his friends.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: To represent his naive and cheerful personality.
- The Klutz: As a teenager, he couldn't control his Super Strength and constantly broke things, tripped on his feet, etc.
- Love at First Sight/Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Megara aka Meg.
- Love Is a Weakness: When Meg tells Hades it's impossible for him to beat Hercules since he has no weaknesses, Hades says he does have one: Her.
- Made of Iron: After being depowered by Hades, he actually survives getting used as a hackey sack by the Cyclops.
- Mentor's New Hope: "You're my one last hope so you'll have to do."
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Played straight when he was a kid and a scrawny one at that but justified since his superhuman strength comes from being a demigod; his muscles have nothing to do with it.
- Nice Guy: His teenager scenes show him helping others and attempting to make friends with people who are scared of him.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At the hands of the Cyclops. It's a wonder he didn't die from the thing using him as a hackey sack.
- Nouveau Riche: Hercules gets rich and famous after his victory in Thebes, as "Zero to Hero" describes. The house he buys for his human parents is huge.
- Official Couple: With Megara.
- Power Glows: As a god.
- Protagonist Title: The film is named after him.
- Red-Headed Hero: Herc has red hair and is The Protagonist of the film and midquel TV series.
- Refusing Paradise: At the end, Hercules chooses to remain on Earth with Meg instead of returning to Olympus.
- Second Love: To Megara. Her first one abandoned her for someone else.
- Semi-Divine: "Young Herc was mortal now....But since he did not drink the last drop, he still retained his god-like strength...."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The dorky, humble Sensitive Guy to Phil's tough, short-tempered Manly Man.
- Super Strength: As a baby he could toss snakes over the horizon and as a toddler he could lift a house. As an adult, he can lift what can be called a small mountain.
- To Be a Master: Proving himself as a hero so he can return to being a god.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Initially he couldn't do much with all his strength. Thanks to Phil's training he eventually develops into Skilled, but Naïve.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, since his parents are the rulers of the Gods.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Admittedly his dad is already quite proud of him but it still stands.
- Wonder Child: His adoptive parents have been praying to the gods for a child. When they find the baby Hercules, with the symbol of the gods on a medal around his neck, they naturally assume the gods sent him to them. He is, of course, actually a god made near-mortal.
- World's Strongest Man: Phil's students are the strongest there is and Hercules is the strongest of them all.
"Sometimes it's better to be alone, because then nobody can hurt you."
Voiced by: Susan Egan
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Philcan be tough, blunt, and a pervert...but when he knows that Herc's feeling down, he gives him a pep talk.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He's introduced chasing after a bunch of nymphs and at the end earns himself a victory smooch from Aphrodite of all people.
- Mentor Archetype: He's reowned as 'the trainer of heroes'. Oddyessus, Persus, Thesus (a lotta "yusses"), and then Hercules.
- The Napoleon: He's very short, and short tempered as well, in contrast to Hercules's Gentle Giant.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The tough, short-tempered Manly Man to Herc's dorky, humble Sensitive Guy.
- Two Words: Obvious Trope: His Catch Phrase. It's also a Running Gag, since the "two words" he picks are never two words.
- Cool Horse: Aww yeah! A giant super strong flying horse certainly counts.
- Giant Flyer: He's got an impressive wingspan.
- Expy: Large superpowered white animal companion serving as a link to the heroes lost homeworld? Krypto, is that you?
- Interspecies Friendship: With Hercules; pegasus and human.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He's steed for Hercules.
- Silent Snarker: Tends to make sassy comments through his eyes and facial expressions
- The Trickster: He sometimes likes to mess with people, especially Phil, Meg and (on one occasion) Hades.
Zeus and Hera
Voiced by: Rip Torn and Samantha Eggar
- Adaptational Heroism: Both of them. Neither the original Zeus nor the original Hera were good people. Heck, in the original myths, Hera was Hercules' Arch-Enemy, not Hades!
- Big Good: Zeus is the benevolent Top God and Hercules' father.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Zeus has these. They're implied to be clouds.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Zeus of course! He used it trap the titans and later to get Phil to train Hercules.
- Cain and Abel: Zeus with Hades; the latter tries to overthrow the former.
- God Couple: The only such divine pair in the film.
- God Is Good: The muses sing Zeus' praises in the prologue. The short form is that he singlehandedly made the earth livable for humans. In private, he's an affable family man.
- Expy: Jor-el and Lara to an extent.
- Happily Married: In stark contrast to the original Greek Myths, this adaptation's Zeus and Hera are affectionate, share grief, and other signs of a healthy marriage.
- Large Ham: Zeus can get very loud and dramatic when he wants to.
- Light Is Good: Both of them shine and both of them are benevolent.
- Pink Means Feminine: The main color theme of Hera, queen of the gods, is pink.
- Reasonable Authority Figure and The High Queen: Probably why the whole pantheon besides Hades loves them.
- Satellite Characters: To Hercules because this is his story. Zeus contributes little to the plot after the prologue and Hera doesn't do much at all.
Amphytryon and Alcmene
Alcmene Voiced by: Barabara Barrie
Amphytryon Voiced by: Hal Holbrook
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Overweight Alcmene and her skinny husband Amphytryon, respectively.
- A Couple And Their Mule: Before and after they adopted Hercules, they owned a mule, Penelope. The couple even bring the mule to Athens due to Hercules's exploits.
- Expy: The couple are based off of Superman's adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent.
- Good Parents: Both are very supportive and loving to their adopted son, Hercules.
- Happily Married: Even though their scenes together are short, we still see them as a happy couple.
- Rags to Royalty: Downplayed. They weren't necessarily poor, but still of a working class couple. When their son made it big in Athens, they become rich. Even so, they are still seen with their old home and Penelope thus implying that even with being rich, they still wanted to have some of their old lifestyle.
"I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one schlemiel who can louse it up is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!!
Voiced by: James Woods
Pain and Panic
Voiced by: Bobcat Goldthwait and Matt Frewer
- Butt Monkeys: Most of their screen time consists of them being physically abused by Hades.
- Co-Dragons: They're the ones Hades calls upon the most.
- Dirty Cowards: Played with. They sneak into the palace of the King of the Gods and steal his kid all the while bemoaning that he's gonna use them for 'target practice' yet they still did it. This is because they fear their boss more.
- The Dragons: Hades always summons them which implies they're the head imps.
- Fat and Skinny: Pain and Panic, respectively.
- Meaningful Name: Pain is constantly subjected to pain, and as for Panic, he does just that: panic.
- Mooks: Two imps that serve Hades. He's implied to have more but theses are the only two we see.
- Nervous Wreck: "Panic" is a meaningful name.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all their bumbling, they DO manage to kidnap Hercules and turn him mortal. The two would have fed him the last drop if the two humans had not shown up, and had Herc drank the last drop, they would have killed him and the two humans too. They also manage to capture Pegasus, and Hermes.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Slap-stick mostly.
- Punch Clock Villain: They don't care about the Evil Plan; that's their boss' thing. Pain wears Hercules footwear.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Two minor minions of the Big Bad.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can shift into whatever they wish. This includes an attractive female pegasus.
The Muses (Calliope, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Thalia and Clio)
Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, La Chanze
, Roz Ryan and Vanéese Y. Thomas
The Fates (Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos)
Voiced by: Amanda Plummer, Carole Shelley and Paddi Edwards
- Ascended Extras: They start out as Advertised Extras, since the trailers imply that they appear far more often than they do in the actual film (though they do play a major role nonetheless). However, they are upgraded to recurring villains in the TV series.
- Affably Evil: They're fairly polite, for a group of scary old hags. Clotho in particular seems to be the most cooperative of the trio.
- Blind Seers: Kind of. They have one eye between them so two of them are blind at any given time.
- Body Horror:
- They share one eye between them. One. Single. Eye.
- Lachesis has a spider in her nose. Urghh.
- Crystal Ball: Their eye has this function.
- Death's Hourglass: The thread of life.
- The Evil Geniuses: If one counts them among Hades' allies, seeing as they know literally everything.
- Eyeless Face: Two of them because they only have one eye between them.
- Fog Feet: Word of God says that the Fates have no legs.
- Not So Omniscient After All: They had no idea that Hercules would become a God.
- The Omniscient:
- They announce it at one point.
Hades: Ladies, sorry I'm—
Lachesis: Late! We knew you would be!
Clotho: (proudly) We know everything!
- Later played for laughs when Hades tries to explain why he needs their help to which they keep responding "WE KNOW!"
- Omniscient Morality License: They appear to have this, although they do have standards, as they're not supposed to reveal the future.
- Sadly Mythtaken/Composite Character: Physically they're more like the Graeae, although they're still the same as the fates.
- Terrible Trio: The three of them cut, spin, stretch and cut the strings of life.
- Villainous Crush/Abhorrent Admirer: Atropos to Hercules in the TV series. Clotho could be seen as the latternote toward Hades too, which is something he exploits to get her to tell him the future.
- Abusive Precursors: The opening song states that before the Olympians ruled, the Titans were the gods in charge, and they made Earth a nasty place to live.
- All There in the Manual: According to Disney Adventures, the cyclops' name is One-Eyed Jack. Hades just nicknames him "Bright-Eye."
- All There in the Script: The names of the other four, listed below.
- Arch Enemies: Of Zeus because he trapped them underground for ages.
- Ax-Crazy: Thalia implies that the remains of their victims were literally everywhere.
- Bald of Evil: The cyclops.
- The Brutes: They're massive, hulking monsters that serve as strong men for the head villain.
- Disney Villain Death: The cyclops. Hercules ties his feet together so he falls from a high cliff.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified of them. The sight of them sends Hermes into a panic.
- Dumb Muscle: They're all so stupid that none of them noticed where Mt. Olympus was until Hades pointed them in its direction.
- Eldritch Abominations: Oh yes. They are a bunch of giant, horrifying monsters, more akin to the Protogenois than the Titans.
- Elemental Powers: Four of the five:
- Eye Scream: During his battle with the cyclops, Hercules stuffs a fiery brand into his eye.
- Fat Bastard: The cyclops.
- Four Element Ensemble: The four classical ones.
- Four Is Death: Downplayed; four of them are depicted as having a major part, but there's actually five of them; one of them is a cyclops.
- Kaijus: They're all huge malevolent monsters that attack cities.
- Hulk Speak: Except for Stratos, they all talk this way, especially the cyclops - "So, you mighty Hercules, huh?"
- Lean and Mean: Hydros. He's essentially a giant icy skeleton.
- Obliviously Evil: It's implied that they're simply extremely powerful forces of nature who just happen to have a target (Zeus) or a lack of one in the prologue (thus "everywhere").
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Zeus imprisons them all beneath the ocean with lightning bolts, but when the planets align, Hades is able to release them. Hercules uses the Stratos to suck the other Titans in, then throws them all into space where they explode.
Voiced by: French Stewart
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Cassandra. She regards him as a nuisance. Granted, he is brain damaged, so it's somewhat difficult for him to take a hint.
- Adaptive Ability: He can adjust to just about anything, even Spartan military training!
- All Boys Are Perverts: His interaction with Cassandra borders on harassment.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in the TV series.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Thanks to the fact that flying too close to the sun "fried his brain".
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He doesn't like any other guy messing with Cassandra.
- Einstein Hair: Fitting with his crazy-yet-brilliant personality.
- Jerkass: His antics can occasionally slide into this, but the biggest example would have to be Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster, where he starts acting like an immature, selfish supervillain out of hatred for his dad's new girlfriend.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Phil states in the epilogue that Icarus becomes a famous inventor.
- Genius Ditz: He's brain-damaged, but not stupid.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Hercules are best friends in the TV series.
- Keet: His eyes are always wild, and his hair is in a permanently frazzled state.
- Man Child: He is very childish.
- Missing Mom: She appears in "Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster," mentioned to be amiably divorced, and Icarus works for her during the summer.
- Running Gag: Involving wax wings melting in the sun.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Didn't fall to his death here. Instead, he just got his brain all fried up.
Voiced by: Sandra Bernhard
Voiced by: Diedrich Bader