Characters featured in Disney's Hercules (1997)
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Voiced by: Tate Donovan, Joshua Keaton, Roger Bart, Ricky Martin (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.
Meg: He comes on with his big, innocent farm boy routine, but I could see through that in a Peloponnesian minute.
- Lampshaded to at least have the personality to fit this trope by Meg.
- 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.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: To represent his naive and cheerful personality.
- In-Series Nickname: Called "Herc" by his friends.
- "I Want" Song: "Go The Distance" as sung by young Hercules.
- 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.
- Master of All: In terms of sports, Hercules is the ultimate athlete. In the "Hercules and the Big Games" episode of the animated series, Hercules completely outclassed the other athletes of every sport.
- 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...."
- 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.
Voiced by: Susan Egan
- Anti-Villain: She's one of Hades' minions but only because she sold her soul to him to save her ex-boyfriend's life.
- Back from the Dead: Hercules literally reverses her death.
- Badass: If you can stand up to Hades, the God of the Underworld, and you don't have any powers, you definitely count as one.
- Broken Bird: Her cynical and snarky personality is the result of her boyfriend abandoning her for another woman after she sold her soul to Hades to save his life. Talk about harsh...
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted. She's the Brooding Girl to Hercule's Gentle Boy. See his example for details.
- Composite Character: She has the name of Heracles' first wife, and yet her run in with the Centaur Nessus comes from his third wife Deianira.
- Contralto of Danger: Megara has a sultry, husky voice, atypical of both Disney female Love Interests in general and female characters in the movie. She's also working for Hades (albeit unwillingly), and at one point tries to seduce Herc into revealing his weaknesses, though she just ends up falling for him instead.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Meg has purple hair and eyes.
- Damsel in Distress: "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle it."
- Dark Chick: The manipulative honey pot for Hades' group.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her past experiences have made her into Disney's most sarcastic, sassy heroine yet.
- Deal with the Devil: Hades owns her soul (see Broken Bird). Her debt to him was paid off by Hercules' deal.
- Defecting for Love: She abandons Hades' cause due to Hercules making her world bright again.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's initially unimpressed by Hercules' heroic act and gives him the cold shoulder despite his attraction. She later warms up to him after getting to know him.
- Disney Death: She dies and joins the river of souls, but Hercules collects her soul from the underworld. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, she's genuinely dead before she's resurrected.
- Emotionless Girl: She would like to be one, but alas Hercules pulls the strings of her heart.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Averted. In the original mythology, she's the daughter of King Creon, but it isn't elaborated on whether or not that's carried over here.
- Expy/No Celebrities Were Harmed: Meg was inspired by Barbara Stanwyck's tough attitude in some of her screwball comedies, and like most of the cast of the film, she takes a lot of cues from her counterpart, Lois Lane, being a contrastingly acerbic and worldly woman to a small-town wonder boy. Physically, she shares the brunette hair, purple eyes, and purple clothes of many of Lois' appearances.
- Femme Fatale: An alluring and seductive woman who works for the villain and attempts to seduce The Hero.
- Friendly Address Privileges: She plays with this trope.Meg: My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.
- Freudian Excuse: She sold her soul to Hades to save her boyfriend's life. Said boyfriend promptly abandoned her for another girl, resulting in her putting up a snarky Ice Queen exterior to avoid getting hurt again.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her dress and eyes are a beautiful violet color.
- Heel Realization: Finds it hard when Hercules gets his strength drained because of her.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Played with. Meg started off as one of the villains (not by her own choice), and was ordered by Hades to use Hercules to find his weakness. She ends up actually falling for him and pulling a Heel-Face Turn, thereby playing this trope straight.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She throws Hercules away from a falling pillar and is crushed under it herself as a result, dying of internal injuries.
- High Heel-Face Turn: The only female seen in Hades' service, and she makes a Heel-Face Turn thanks to her love for Hercules.
- Honey Trap: What Hades wants her to be for Hercules, so she can find out his weakness so Hades can exploit it. It doesn't work quite that way since she ends up falling in love with him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: To her ex-boyfriend. She even calls herself out on this.
- In Love with the Mark: With Hercules.
- In-Series Nickname: Her full name is "Megara", but everyone calls her "Meg".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She starts off kind of snappy and a self-centered jerk. Then we learn her backstory, and she starts falling in love with Hercules...
- Love Redeems: Falling for Hercules inspired her to be good again and resist Hades' Evil Plan.
- Ms. Fanservice: Courtesy of Ken Duncan's expressive animation.
- Nerves of Steel: See her Badass section.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Due to Gerald Scarfe being the main stylistic influence on Hercules, she stands out from other Disney heroines with her stylized design (including an impossibly small waist).
- Noodle People: See Non-Standard Character Design.
- Official Couple: With Hercules.
- Purple Eyes: One of the few Disney characters to have purple/violet eyes.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches past her waistline.
- Redemption Equals Death: Her true redemption comes when she performs a Heroic Sacrifice and dies. This being a Disney film, it isn't permanent.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Pegasus is willing to believe her good intentions, but Phil initially rejects her harshly.
- Rescue Introduction: Hercules meets Megara when rescuing her from a monstrous centaur.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Meg, though crossed with Femme Fatale and Broken Bird, fulfills the trope in her ability to manipulate like a damsel and her Heroic Sacrifice inner steel.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Nessus is a Jerkass who thinks No Means Yes. Hercules is The Cape and promises that he would never ever hurt her. Thus, she falls for the latter.
- Slave Mooks: She's one to Hades, due to a binding contract she signed when she made her Deal with the Devil.
- Take a Third Option: Between having Hercules depowered to save her or being wounded if Hercules breaks the pact that ensures her safety? She'd rather break said pact herself via saving Hercules from a falling column, even if it's at the ultimate cost of her life.
- Tsundere: "I Won't Say I'm In Love" demonstrates it best.No chance! No way! I won't say it!
At least out loud....I won't say I'm in....love....
- Token Good Teammate: Of Hades' team.
- Win Your Freedom: "You give me the key to bringing down Wonderbreath and I will give you the thing you want most in the cosmos...your freedom."
- You Got Spunk: Nessus "likes 'em fiery!"
Voiced by: Danny DeVito, Robert Costanzo
- Badass Teacher: Averted. He runs away when monsters show up.
- Berserk Button: Don't mention Achilles' heel to him.
- Butt Monkey: His own song shows a number of comical injuries, from Zeus' bolt to a tree falling on him and olives sticking to his horns.
- Cassandra Truth: He tries to warn Hercules about Megara being a Honey Trap, but he doesn't believe him.
- Casanova Wannabe: The various humans and nymphs run away from his advances yet he insists they "can't keep their hands off me." That gets him slapped.
- Averted though, as women on Earth reject him. But in the end of the film, Aphrodite-the Goddess of love of all people falls for him, giving him a passionate kiss instantly, and having to be pried away from her by Hercules, who's flying back home with Meg.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue is sarcastic.Meg: He won't listen to me.Phil: Good! Then he's finally learned something.
- Expy: Phil's character and appearance is inspired by Grumpy, Bacchus, and Mickey Goldmill from Rocky.
- Grumpy Bear: When Herc comes to him, he's jaded due to previous charges failing him. He nearly flat out refuses to train Herc until Zeus provided a suitable counter argument.
- In-Series Nickname: Almost always called "Phil" instead of his birth name, "Philoctetes".
- Ink-Suit Actor: Phil's basically a goat version of Danny De Vito, his first voice actor.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Has the legs and horns of a goat, but the upper body of a human.
- 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.
Voiced by: Frank Welker
- 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.
Voiced by: Paul Shaffer
- Catch Phrase: Likes to say "Babe" a lot.
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.Zeus: (after Hermes tells him about the Titans escaping) SOUND THE ALARM! LAUNCH AN IMMEDIATE COUNTERATTACK! GO! GO! GO!Hermes: GONE, babe! (flies off)
- Flight: Thanks to his flying shoes.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He's pretty much an animated Paul Shaffer right down to the Cool Shades.
- Nice Hat: A winged helmet.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His main role is comedy.
- Super Speed: It's Hermes. Of course he has Super Speed.
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.
- 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.
Voiced by: James Woods
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Aphrodite in the animated series.
- Adaptational Villainy: Hades was not an enemy of Hercules in the original myths.
- Bad Boss: His minions are berated, struck, set on fire...
- Berserk Button: Hercules' merchandise. Thirsty?
- Big Bad: He's gathering an army so he can take over Olympus.
- Breakout Character/Breakout Villain: Despite having no redeeming qualities whatsoever, James Woods' spirited portrayal of him made Hades one of the most iconic and popular Disney villains.
- Woods himself loves the character so much that he goes out of his way to ensure that he ALWAYS voices him, even if it means not being paid much (hence why Disney managed to get him in every episode of the TV series he appeared in, which was all but a few of them).
- He's even the star of the stage musical Villains Tonight! That has to say something considering the competition from other Disney villains.
- Burning with Anger: Literally. He goes from blue to bright red flames. When he loses it completely, his whole head and arms become fountains of fire.
- Cain and Abel: With Zeus. The first scene shows them bickering and the pre-climax shows them fighting.
- The Chessmaster: His plans for conquest complete with Chess Motifs.
- The Corrupter: Tries to be this for Hercules and Meg. It would be redundant to spoiler tag that this failed.
- Credits Gag: Hades gets one more Crowning Moment of Funny as the Disney castle comes up.
- Deadpan Snarker / Evil Is Hammy: He switches between the two based on his mood. Blue flames is the dry and witty snarker; Red/Orange flames are the bombastic and passionate ham.
- Deal with the Devil: Like in other Muskers/Clements movies before and after him, this is a villain that loves to makes deals.
- Didn't See That Coming: Both the Fates and he expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. However this self-sacrifice turned out to be the final requirement to regain his God-hood.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Well further to Hell as Hercules punches him into the Well of Souls where the spirits drag him down.
- Everybody Hates Hades: His entrance at Hercules' birthday party is met with scowls and his domain is treated more like the Christian idea of Hell than the Greek afterlife. This holds a grain of truth; while real life Greeks and the gods never hated Hades like we see in the film, he was definitely not treated with as much respect as the other gods.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Averted. He releases the Titans so they'll help him in his conquest. They never betray him because he's their brother and they are united by their hatred of Zeus. Played straight with Hades himself though. Any time you make a deal with him, or get him to help you, he'll screw you over one way or another.
- Evil Is Petty: One infamous scene has him throwing a tantrum over Pain and Panic wearing Hercules themed merchandise.
- Evil Overlord: "He ruled the underworld... but thought the dead were dull and uncouth. He was as mean as he was ruthless...."
- Evil Plan: Release the Titans and Take Over the World.
- Evil Uncle: He's Zeus' brother and therefore Hercules' uncle. Unlike The Lion King this is never brought up.
- The Exit Is That Way: Or rather, Mt. Olympus.
- Expy: The guy even takes cues from Superman's greatest arch enemies: Zod and Lex Luthor.
- Faux Affably Evil: He talks like a used car salesman and makes wisecracks while screwing over everyone as much as possible.Hades: Baboom. Name is Hades, lord of the dead. Hi, how ya doin'?
- Finger Snap Lighter: He can make fire sprung out of his fingers just like his head.
- Flaming Hair: It's a sign of his mood; blue is calm and red is not.
- Fog Feet: Hades' robes dissolve into wisps of smoke.
- A God Am I: Granted, he already is one, but his goal is to become the god and supreme leader of Mt. Olympus.
- God of Evil: Hades is portrayed as one, contrary to Greek Mythology, where he was more benign.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's easy to make the blue hair turn red.
- I Gave My Word: He promises to release Meg from his service and that she won't be harmed if Hercules gives up his strength for a day. After Hercules agrees, Hades averts the Loophole Abuse trope by releasing Meg with a snap of his fingers before departing.
- Admittedly, she does get fatally injured during Hercules' fight with the cyclops, but Hades never ordered that, so it doesn't really count against him.
- Ink-Suit Actor: While the design only fits as an exaggeration of James Woods◊, it's easy to see his mannerisms and expressions in Hades.
- Large Ham: He has a big presence normally and especially when in one of his fiery tempers.
- Laughably Evil: Thanks to James Woods, he changed from being a stereotypical chilling villain to fast-talking, tempestuous and absolutely awesome/hilarious.
- Hades: Er, guys? Olympus would be that way...
- Manipulative Bastard: He charms The Fates into revealing the future, twists Hercules' arm into giving up his strength and then appeals to both brotherly love and old hatred to get the Titans on his side.
- Physical God: He's made of smoke and flames and something else. He's the lord of the dead.
- Pragmatic Villainy: This is shown in a crossover with Aladdin where he's not shown obsessing over revenge against him for beating Pain and Panic. His response to Jafar explains why he's not looking for revenge:
- Hades: Uh, yeah sure. How bout I rule the cosmos first and then I'll take it.
- Satanic Archetype: He's clearly upgraded to a Satan Expy. Association with fire, rebellion against the divine powers, makes deals...
- Sealed Evil in a Can: More like Flushed Evil in an Inescapable Ghost Pool.
- Smug Snake: He believes himself to be the smoothest, smartest person in this verse and this is why his breakdowns are so fun to watch.
- Suddenly Shouting: He does this whenever he's angered.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Pain and Panic are incompetent and Meg only helps under duress (soul ownership) so he ultimately has to do everything himself.
- Technicolor Fire: Normally blue, goes red and orange when angry (in reality blue flames are hotter than red\orange ones, but...).
- One explanation for this is that a hotter blue flame is more focused, while the colder red flames are more chaotic, as well as the whole Red Oni, Blue Oni deal...
- This Cannot Be!: When Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood.
- Villain Ball: He only intervenes personally when it's directly needed. Other than that he suffices with watching from above and not questioning his minions, which needless to say backfires on him.
- Villainous Breakdown: He gets these (and then recovers from them) regularly because of Hercules killing his monsters and then finding ways to exploit this. Least till the end of the film when Hercules regains his godhood, depriving him of his revenge.
- Villainous Crush: In the show and hinted in the movie, he has a crush on Aphrodite.
- Villainous Incest: It's never established if he and Aphrodite are related in some way. However, some legends say that Aphrodite's father is Zeus.
- Would Hurt a Child: Ordered Baby!Hercules kidnapped and planned on killing him.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, fiery hair. Justified because he's a god.
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)
Voiced by: Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, La Chanze, Roz Ryan and Vanéese Y. Thomas
- Big Beautiful Woman: Hellooo Thalia! While the other muses are rail thin like Megara, Thalia is not.
- Catch Phrase: "And that's the gospel truth!"
- Deadpan Snarker: Calliope and Thalia snark at the others and the characters.
- Fan Girls: Of Hercules. Thalia would like to "make some sweet music" with him.
- Genki Girl: Terpsichore, best shown in the tv show, where she is more distinct and lively.
- Greek Chorus: Literally! They talk about the story and its players while simultaneously taking part in it.
- Lemony Narrators: For instance, they call Meg on her tsundere.
- Ms. Fanservice: All five of them. They're all very curvy and prone to posing their legs and shaking their hips when they dance.
- Offscreen Teleportation: They appear and disappear a lot. Justified because they're goddesses.
- Off with Her Head!: Played for Laughs when Thalia takes the form of a Haunted Mansion-esque bust.
- Only Sane Woman: Calliope is only one focused on the job of a muse; "Proclaimers of Heroes".
- Plucky Comic Relief: Thalia, who is fittingly the Muse of Comedy.
- Sadly Mythtaken: There were nine muses in Greek Mythology. There are only five here. Also, why would Greek Goddesses be singing gospel? Rule of Cool can explain the latter (It's a Disney film; they gotta fit a musical in there somewhere) but not the former.
- Sassy Black Woman: All of them, but Thalia especially. They are introduced sassing The Narrator.Would ya listen to him? He's making the story sound like some greek tragedy! Lighten up, dude!
- Shipper on Deck: All of them want Herc and Meg to end up together.
- Static Character: Out of all the Muses, only Calliope and Thalia have a major role. Although Melpomene (the Muse of Tragedy) did get a solo during one of the "Gospel Truth" songs. Terpsichore gets a major role in one of the tv show episodes.
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.
- Humanoid Abominations: The three of them are probably the most...off creatures in the cast.
- Not So Omniscient After All: They had no idea that Hercules would become a God.
- The Omniscient:
Hades: Ladies, sorry I'm—Lachesis: Late! We knew you would be!Clotho: (proudly) We know everything!
- They announce it at one point.
- 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 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 Men 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
- Canon Foreigner: Like Icarus up there.
- The Cassandra/Cassandra Truth: She's the trope namer, duh. The one time anyone believed her was a fake prophecy; every other time she was ignored. Of course, it's part of her curse.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably because nobody believes her prophecies and she snarks at the idiotcy.
- Emotionless Girl/The Stoic: Has the emotional range of a statue. When she meets a guy she likes though, she's blatantly head over heels with the Boy Of The Week.
- Friend to All Children: See Irony.
- Friendless Background: Hence why she put up with Icarus for so long.
- Grumpy Bear: All a part of her sarcastic personality.
- Irony: Cassandra states that she doesn't want kids, but has a show a surprising amount of skill with youngsters.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's cynical and rude sometimes, but she values Herc and Icarus' friendships.
- Only Sane Woman: The sanest among Herc (Chronic Hero Syndrome) and Icarus (Cloudcuckoolander).
- Seers: She can see the future—too bad nobody listens to her predictions! Phil later states in the epilogue that Cassandra becomes a member of the Oracle Friends Network.
- Voiced by: Jay Thomas
- Big Bad: Of a few episodes.
- Manipulative Bastard: Despite being bloodthristy and pigheaded most of time, Ares can show himself be quite the crafty deity. He once managed to get Hercules kicked out of a sporting competition by finding a loophole in the rules of the game. The loophole was only regular mortals can compete in the games. Since Hercules is a demigod, he was disqualified immediately.
- War God: It goes without saying.