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Voiced by: Tate Donovan (adult speaking voice, original; teen speaking voice, animated series), Josh Keaton (teen speaking voice, original), Roger Bart (teen singing voice, original), Sean Astin (Kingdom Hearts I); Enrique "Ricky Martin" Martin (adult speaking and singing voice), Víctor Mares Jr. (teen speaking voice), Antonio Benavides (teen singing voice) (Latin American Spanish dub); Sergio Zamora (adult, original; teen, tv series), Rafael Alonso Roldán (teen speaking voice, original), Ferrán González (teen singing voice, original), Sergio García Marín (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)The titular protagonist who aspires to become a true hero.
- Adaptational Heroism: By modern standards, the Hercules of Greek Myth wasn't exactly a paragon of heroic virtue. He killed more than one innocent person simply for being too close when his temper got the better of him (although he was always remorseful when this happened), and he would go stage a HUGE war for a mere verbal insult one day, although he did [went to great lengths to help his friends and his deeds did the world a lot of good. The Hercules in this movie is a wide eyed boy scout who doesn't have much, if any, vices. The worst thing he does is lash out at Phil for trying to warn him about Meg being in league with Hades, but he immediately comes to regret that.
- Adorkable: It's the contrast between his earnest desire to help and his clumsiness.
- All-Loving Hero: Hercules is compassionate, and his most dominate trait is, without a doubt, his innocence and massively kind heart, in spite of being treated like a "freak" by his peers and those around him (with the exception of his foster parents) throughout his childhood, and adolescent years. Even after becoming a worldwide phenomenon, Hercules retained his innocence and cheerful nature, not once letting the fame dangerously inflate his ego. This makes Hercules one of the most pure of heart Disney characters.
- 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 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 him 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: In the series episode that's a crossover with Aladdin: The Series, being called "Jerkules" seems to function as this for Hercules. "Everyone thinks they're so funny when they call me that, but it's Not! That! Funny!" Well, he was called "Jerkules" by bullies in the original film (presumably a lot), so it's not surprising that it pisses him off. It may also be the fact that they thought they made it up, unaware everyone else also called him that.
- 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. He'll literally punch your face in.
- Big Brother Instinct: He won't be happy if you touch Icarus, his younger and smaller tv series friend, and when a super-powered half-Olympian ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
- Blessed with Suck: A teenage Hercules has superhuman strength but is very clumsy sometimes, causing to accidentally destroy most of his former home, resulting in the villagers (sans his adoptive parents and pet mule) ostracizing him.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted. He's the Gentle Boy to Meg's Brooding Girl; Heroic Nice Guy and jaded Femme Fatale.
- Brought Down to Badass:
- While he was rendered mortal by Hades' potion as a baby, because he didn't drink the last drop, he retained his Super Strength.
- When he lost his super strength he still killed the Cyclops with cunning.
- A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Flying Horse. He recognized Pegasus with their signature headbutt.
- Character Development: The primary lesson Hercules learns throughout the film is what it takes to be a true hero. Something his father Zeus explained he had to learn for himself. After meeting and falling in love with the beautiful femme fatale, Megara, Hercules would learn a true hero is measured by the strength of his heart, as opposed to the strength of his muscles.
- Chick Magnet: "Zero to Hero" shows Herc gaining a lot of female admirers. In one scene, they are literally fighting over him. Lampshaded by the Muses:Muses: The girls went wild with "ooh"s and "aah"s.
- The Chosen One: So says the Fates, "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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Subverted; he just fell right through and couldn't even lay a hand on Hades. Played straight at the end where he gained his godhood back; he punched Hades' face until it turned inwards before sending him into the River of Souls with an uppercut.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Couldn't control it as a teenager. The townspeople shunned him for it.
- Dumb Muscle: Averted. He's an honest and Wide-Eyed Idealist 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.
- Experienced Protagonist: As a trained hero, Hercules is a master at using a variety of weapons from ancient Greece including swords, spears, and archery. He is trained to handle dangerous situations, battle monsters, and come up with a battle plan to win battles. In the animated series, he was also seen to be skilled with various weapons, and is able to spy and sneak on subject diving underground.
- Expy: This adaptation of Hercules takes a lot from Superman (who was probably inspired by Heracles in the first place). Only child of a couple belonging to 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.
- Comes into effect in the animated series as he needs to watch over his mortal father's flock of sheep, even giving birth to a lamb from within the Underworld.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted; he's pretty mellow.
- Gentle Giant: Downplayed. He's not a particularly "giant" man, but he's big enough to qualify.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Most characters constantly underestimate his intelligence, but he is actually very clever, as his defeat of the Hydra and the Cyclops (the latter done without his super-strength!) prove.
- 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 B.S.O.D.: 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. " You have to continue to GROOOOWWW!" Indeed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: For Megara, to pull her out of the River Styx. The place would have killed him if he were not a god.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- Implied to have become this with Phil by the end of the film in that mentor/protégée sense.
- Also develops one with Icarus, his best guy friend in the TV series, but in more of brotherly sense.
- Humble Hero: He keeps his humility before and after he defeats monsters. He finds his fan annoying or dangerous and only brags to his father.
- Hunk: The Muse Thalia calls him "Hunkules" when they talk about him just before the introductory song. And sure enough, by the time he finishes training under Phil, he's grown from a scrawny teen to a handsome and muscular man who can attract hordes of fangirls. The Muses use the same term again to describe him in Zero to Hero (which is about his rise to fame through heroics).Zero to Hero; a major hunk! Zero to Hero; and who'd have thunk?
- I Choose to Stay: Decides to stay on earth to be with Meg instead of Olympus.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: To represent his naive and cheerful personality.
- Insecure Love Interest: The TV series episode, "Hercules and the Yearbook", reveals that the reason he didn't want Meg to know about his teen years is because he didn't want her to think of him as a "geeky loser".
- In-Series Nickname: Called "Herc" by his friends.
- Interspecies Friendship: Hercules, a human demigod, is friends with a flying horse and has a satyr for a mentor.
- Interspecies Romance: Him (a demigod) and Meg (a human).
- "I Want" Song: "Go The Distance" as sung by young Hercules.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Hercules is more naive than simple, but is a definite Nice Guy.
- The Klutz: As a teenager, he couldn't control his Super Strength and constantly broke things, tripped on his feet, etc.
- Lightning Bruiser: In some occasions, he is seen to be surprisingly fast and is able to disappear being unnoticed by people in physical contacts. He's also good at taking a hit
- Love at First Sight: Not quite first sight; he doesn't make the awkward-crush gestures until after he's taken care of Nessus.
- 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 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: Phil trained all the previous heroes and none of them lived up to his expectations. Achilles was an especially grievous disappointment. As for Herc himself, "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. After training with Phil he develops muscles and is implied to be stronger as a result.
- Nice Guy: Hercules is selfless, warm-hearted, heroic, and humble.
- 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.
- One Head Taller: He's taller than Megara by a full head.
- Power Glows: As a god, he as a golden godly glow.
- Protagonist Title: The film is named after him.
- Rags to Riches: Zig zagged. Hercules was originally born in Olympia, the home of the gods, and to the king and queen of the gods even. Due to Hades' interference, he was instead raised at a humble farm by his adopted parents. His wins against monsters not only made him famous and loved by all, but also pretty rich.
- 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 (Adonis) her for someone else (Helen).
- Semi-Divine: "Young Herc was mortal now....But since he did not drink the last drop, he still retained his god-like strength...."
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Megara aka Meg but this is played with in regards to the midquel TV series. It's revealed he went out with other girls during his high school career, and actually met Megara in his teens but they both were induced to forget all that in the end.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Basically lampshaded in the Muses' song — "He went from zero to hero!"
- Unskilled, but Strong: Deconstructed. Initially he couldn't do much with all his strength; he didn't have the skill to use it safely much less effectively, which led him to be treated as an outcast. Thanks to Phil's training he eventually develops into Skilled, but Naďve.
- Uptown Guy: Hercules (the Prince of Olympia) and Megara (a former lackey of Hades).
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Do not do anything to Meg when he's around.
- He didn't like it when Phil accuses Meg of being "two-timing, lying, scheming" and that she doesn't love Hercules. He learned Phil was right, but also Meg was unwilling to work for Hades anymore.
- 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.
- 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. He regularly goes to the Temple of Zeus to brag about the monsters he's killed for this purpose.
- 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.
- You Are Worth Hell: Hercules decided that being trapped in the Underworld's Vortex was worth it, if it meant saving Meg.
Voiced by: Susan Egan (original); Tatiana Palacios Chapa (Latin American Spanish dub); Nuria Mediavilla (original, tv series), Inma Gallego (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)The deuteragonist of the movie. A jaded, sarcastic woman who works under Hades and falls in love with Hercules.
- Anti-Villain: She's one of Hades' minions but only because she sold her soul to him to save her ex-boyfriend's life.
- Ascended Extra: She had a much smaller role in the original myth. The Disney movie bumps her up to a major character.
- Back from the Dead: Hercules literally reverses her death.
- Blessed with Suck: Megara is apparently immortal, but is Hades' slave.
- 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; Heroic Nice Guy and jaded Femme Fatale.
- 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.
- Damsel in Distress: Initially it is played for dry comedy during the incident with Nessus; "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle this." There are two straight examples in the climax: Hercules cancelling her debt to Hades (with her Bound and Gagged to boot) and then fishing her out of the river of souls.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She sold her soul to Hades in order to save boyfriend's soul. However, he left her the moment he saw another pretty girl. It left her broken and she spent the rest of her life doing Hades' bidding.
- 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.
- Does Not Like Men: Justified. She has a very low opinion of men in general, since her experiences with them have been mostly negative. Falling for Hercules changes that.
- Dude Magnet: Just ask Hercules, Nessus, Adonis (her ex-boyfriend in the TV series and the man she sold her soul for), and (initially) Phil.
- 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.
- Femme Fatale: An alluring and seductive woman who works for the villain and attempts to seduce The Hero.
- 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.
- Friendly Address Privileges: She plays with this trope.Meg: My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.
- Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Hades is frustrated by how his minions have failed to kill the only obstacle in his Evil Plan, so he sends a different sort of minion to find his weakness. Instead, she becomes his weakness.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: This trope is Invoked by having her dressed in said color, which also matches her beautiful and alluring Purple Eyes.
- Hartman Hips \ Impossible Hourglass Figure: She was specifically designed to be shaped like a Greek vase.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: At the end of the "Hercules and the Yearbook", it was revealed that she was a cheerleader and in the glee club during high school.
- 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 her song; "if there's a prize for rotten judgement, I guess I've already won that."
- In-Series Nickname: Her full name is "Megara", but everyone calls her "Meg".
- Interspecies Romance: Her (a human) and Hercules (a demigod).
- 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. It's not wonder Herc is infatuated at first sight.
- Nerves of Steel: If you can stand up to Hades, the God of the Underworld, and you don't have any powers, you definitely count as one.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Meg was inspired by Barbara Stanwyck's tough attitude in some of her screwball comedies.
- 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.
- 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).
- Official Couple: With Hercules.
- Purple Eyes: It's most likely a mythology gag to the fact that the mythological version of her is a princess.
- Redemption Equals Death: Her true redemption comes when she performs a Heroic Sacrifice and dies.
- 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.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike the original myth, she is not killed by Hercules and survives to the end of the movie.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Meg is bitter and distant due to her past, but learns to open up again after falling for Hercules.
- 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.
- Token Good Teammate: Of Hades' team, she's the only one who isn't this evil. In fact, she's only working for him because she has to.
- 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....
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Meg is afraid of heights, which is why she doesn't like riding Pegasus, but overcomes her fear at the end of the film in order to save Hercules.
- 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."
- Yoko Oh No: In-Universe — Pegasus and Phil give her this treatment, fearing she'd weaken Hercules. They're are actually right, but thankfully there's the High-Heel–Face Turn trope.
- You Got Spunk: Nessus "likes 'em fiery!"
Voiced by: Danny DeVito (speaking and singing voice, original), Robert Costanzo (animated series, games, theme parks); Marcos Valdés (Latin American Spanish dub); Jordi Vila (original, tv series), José Escobosa (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)A Satyr and the trainer of Hercules.
- Adaptation Species Change: He was human in the original myth.
- Age Lift: In the original myth, he was a child when Hercules died. Disneys portrayal of him makes him significantly older, enough to have trained many figures of Greek Mythology.
- Ascended Extra: Philoctetes was barely involved in the original Heracles myth, only playing a part in it after Hercules had died. The Disney movie bumps him up to a major role as Hercules trainer.
- Badass Teacher: It's a downplayed trope. He teachers Hercules to fight monsters but runs away when monsters show up. He's no coward though—he frequently stays nearby and goads Hercules to keep on fighting like a coach. Phil is smart enough to know that, being the scrawny satyr he is, he's completely outmatched by the monsters Herc fights and would be immediately in over his head if he actually tried to fight alongside him. Although even if he can't fight monsters, he's still strong enough to easily beat the crap out of human men several times his size.
- 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. Human women reject him too, 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. In the TV show, he has a girlfriend, who's a nymph that likes him, the only problem is her disapproving bigot father.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue is sarcastic.Meg: He won't listen to me.Phil: Good! Then he's finally learned something.
- Disappointed In You: All of his students before Hercules let him down.
- Expy: Phil's character and appearance is inspired by Grumpy, Bacchus, and Mickey Goldmill from Rocky. He also takes elements from the centaur Chiron in the original Greek mythology.
- 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.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Phil's basically a goat version of Danny DeVito, his first voice actor.
- In-Series Nickname: Almost always called "Phil" instead of his birth name, "Philoctetes".
- Half-Human Hybrid: Has the legs and horns of a goat, but the upper body of a human.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to have become this with Hercules by the end in a mentor/protégée sort of way.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Phil can 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 renowned as "the trainer of heroes". Oddyessus, Persus, Thesus (a lotta "yusses"), and then Hercules.
- My Greatest Failure: Achilles was supposed to be his greatest student but the guy folded after a nick on his heel, and thus became the most embarrassing instead.
- My Greatest Second Chance: Phil eventually views training and molding Hercules into a proper hero as his chance to get his name redeemed.
- The Napoleon: He's very short, and short tempered as well, in contrast to Hercules's Gentle Giant.
Voiced by: Frank WelkerThe flying horse companion of Hercules.
- Canon Immigrant: While Pegasus was indeed a character in Greek Mythology, he was not involved in the original Heracles myth at all. The Disney movie added him so Herc could have a faster means of travel, while also serving as a comedic animal sidekick as a bonus.
- Cool Horse: Aww yeah! A giant super strong flying horse certainly counts.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A pegasus (a flying horse) named...Pegasus. This is justified, as the Pegasus of the original tales would come to loan his name to the fictional species as a whole.
- 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.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Pegasus' behavior mixes elements of both a noble steed and a bird.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He's a 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pegasus has a blue mane and tail; he's made from clouds by a god so it's natural for him to have strange hair color.
Zeus and Hera
Zeus Voiced by: Rip Torn (original), Corey Burton (games, animated series); Federico Romano (Latin American Spanish dub); Claudio Rodríguez (European Spanish dub); Max von Sydow (Swedish dub)
Hera Voiced by: Samantha Eggar (original); Beatriz Aguirre (Latin American Spanish dub); María Luisa Solá (European Spanish dub)Hercules's biological parents. The King (Zeus) and Queen (Hera) of the Olympian Gods.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The whole pantheon besides Hades loves them.
- 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.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Zeus had this look when he realized that Hades was behind the release of the Titans, their assault on Olympus and was plotting to overthrow the king of the gods.
- Everybody Loves Zeus: Both evoke this trope.
- Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted, if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the spin-off series brings up his flaws - like forgetting he and his wife's anniversary, occasionally losing his temper and the whole "Prometheus" thing - Zeus' frequent infidelity is never brought up (most likely non-existent to keep the G-Rating).
- Hera gets this treatment even more so. In the original myth, Heracles was not Hera's child and was a product of her husband cheating on her. Feeling spiteful, Hera actively sabotaged his life and tried to make his suffer, even forcing him to kill his own family. Here, Hercules is her son and no mention of Zeus cheating on her is ever brought up, so the adaptation portraying Hera as the kind, patient and level-headed of the two. Even in the episode "Hercules and the Return of Typhon" it is revealed that she was the one who threw the lightning bolt that led to Typhon's defeat and that she allowed Zeus to take the credit for image reasons.
- God Is Good: The muses sing Zeus' praises in the prologue. The short form is that he single-handedly made the earth livable for humans. In private, he's an affable family man.
- 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.
- The High Queen: Hera. Like her husband, she's a competent and wise ruler.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Both are blind to Hades's resentment (and the guy isn't the subtlest in the room) until the climax.
- Jerkass Ball: It's seen in the animated series that Zeus isn't always as nice as he reveals himself to be to Hercules and his associates. He mentions that he tends to smite people and entire cities (e.g. Smyra) at times that offend him and was the one who condemned Prometheus to eternal punishment just for benevolently giving fire to humans and disobeying his authority.
- 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.
- Nice Person: Both are compassionate and kind Gods.
- Pink Means Feminine: The main color theme of Hera, queen of the gods, is pink.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Probably why the whole pantheon besides Hades loves them is they are (usually) fair in their judgments.
- Satellite Characters: To Hercules because this is his story. In the film, Zeus contributes little to the plot after the prologue and Hera doesn't do much at all.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: A married example. In the animated series, Hera was the one who tossed the lightning bolt which defeated the monster Typhon after he beat up Zeus.
- Vocal Dissonance: In one episode of the cartoon Zeus transforms himself into a teenager, but his voice remains exactly the same.
- Youngest Child Wins: If we're going by the original mythology, then Zeus, the youngest child and the youngest son, is "mister high and mighty" while Hades, the eldest, has a "full-time gig" in the underworld.
Voiced by: Paul Shaffer (original); Moisés Palacios (Latin American Spanish dub); Joan Pera (European Spanish dub)An Olympian God, serving as a royal messenger of the Gods.
- Adaptational Wimp: Hermes was able to borrow (or steal) Hades' helm of darkness anytime he wanted in the myths. In the movie, he's easily captured and subdued by Pain and Panic to be dragged off into the Underworld once the Titans storm Mount Olympus.
- 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 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, the messenger god. Of course he has Super Speed.
Voiced by: James Woods (original), Rob Paulsen (singing voice, House of Mouse); Rubén Trujillo (Latin American Spanish dub); Pep Antón Muñoz (original, some tv series episodes), Jordi Ribes (tv series), Carlos Ysbert (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)The primary antagonist and ruler of the Underworld.
- 0% Approval Rating: Hades is virtually despised by the other gods on Olympus, and it's done to show how estranged and out-of-touch he is with them. They aren't happy at his appearance at Hercules's birthday, and even his lame pun is met with scowls. But when Zeus makes a similar lame joke about his workaholic nature, the entire pantheon bursts into laughter, while Hades storms out in anger. Ironically, the fan base really likes him because of his Hair-Trigger Temper and his hammy personality.
- Adaptational Villainy: Hades was not an enemy of Hercules in the original myths, nor he ever tried to overthrow Zeus.
- Affably Evil: Only outside of his source material (such as in Mickey's House of Mouse), he's a lot more easygoing, relaxed, and friendly than most of the Disney Villains.
- A God Am I: Sure, Hades is a god, but he wants to overthrow Zeus so he could become the King of Olympus so he nonetheless has delusions of grandeur.
- Ambition Is Evil: He has an insatiable lust for power, and plans to do this by overthrowing Zeus.
- Arch-Enemy: To Zeus, as Hades resents being the God of the Underworld. He is also this to Hercules.
- Ascended Extra: Hades had a small role in the Heracles myth, mainly in that he helped Hercules finish his final labor. The movie bumps him up into being the major villain.
- Bad Boss: His minions are berated, struck, set on fire...
- Berserk Button: Hercules' merchandise makes him red flames mad. Thirsty?
- Big Bad: He's gathering an army so he can take over Olympus and de-godified Hercules to further this goal.
- Black Sheep: Largely despised by his fellow gods on Olympus, they are not happy at his appearance at Hercules' birthday party and even scowl at his lame joke. But when Zeus makes a similar lame pun on Hades' workaholic nature as God of the Underworld, the entire pantheon bursts into laughter, causing Hades to walk off in anger.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: It's never properly explained why Hades doesn't just open a can of divine whoopass on Hercules himself. He's clearly shown to be powerful enough and seemingly immune to any physical attack Hercules can throw at him while he's still mortal. It's possible that Zeus would intervene if he did. Hades knew he could never beat Zeus without the aid of the Titans so he has to send his monsters out to fight him instead and risk the chance of Herc beating them.
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Compared to his brother Zeus and nephew Hercules, Hades is less muscular but more cunning and verbose.
- Breakout Villain:
- Despite having very few redeeming qualities, 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: The Cain to Zeus' Abel; Hades wants to overthrow him and rule Olympus. The first scene shows them bickering and the pre-climax shows them fighting.
- The Chessmaster: His plans for conquest complete with Chess Motifs.
- Create Your Own Hero: Hades' failed attempt to kill Hercules as a baby to guarantee his future plans to usurp Olympus won't fail ends up causing Hercules to become the very hero that ultimately defeats Hades in the end.
- Credits Gag: Hades gets one more funny moment as the Disney castle comes up.
- Deadpan Snarker: "So is this an audience or a mosaic?"
- Deal with the Devil: Like in other Muskers/Clements movies before and after him, this is a villain that loves to makes deals, but only for his benefit.
- 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.
- Didn't Think This Through: Short-tempered Hades lacks a certain foresight, causing him to make serious blunders that set his own plans back. Hercules may have agreed to be de-powered, but Hades' insistence on finishing Zeus' son off also endangered all of Thebes as well, including Meg.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Well further into 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 never hated Hades like we see in the film, he was definitely not treated with as much respect as the other gods.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Hades expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. But when Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood, Hades was absolutely shocked.
- Evil Is Hammy: He switches between this and Deadpan Snarker based on his mood. Blue flames is the dry and witty snarker; Red/Orange flames are the bombastic, angered and passionate ham.
- 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. It's played straight with Hades himself. 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: Whenever Pain and Panic fail to do something, he verbally and physically abuses them.
Hades: I've got 24 hours to get rid of this [Flares up] bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for eighteen years goes up in smoke [Begins to burn out of control] and you are wearing HIS MERCHANDISE!!![An angry Hades is about to blast Pain, but Panic interrupts them by slurping some soda.]
- When Pain and Panic are wearing Hercules-related merchandise:
Panic: Thirsty?Hades: GGGGYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!![Hades screams, causing an explosion that shakes a nearby stadium. Pain and Panic are shown to be burnt to a crisp.]
Hades: So you took care of him, huh? Dead as a door nail. Weren't those your [Flares up] EXACT words?[Chokes Pain and Panic, who are struggling to speak]
- Another scene, when Meg meets Hades in the woods:
Pain: This might be a different Hercules.Panic: Yeah! I mean, Hercules is a [wheezing] very popular name nowadays!Pain: Remember, like, a few years ago every other boy was named Jason and the girls were all named Brittany?[Hades, who is now extremely angry, tosses Pain and Panic on the ground like toys, who then transform into small insects scurrying around]
Hades: I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one schlemiel who can louse it up is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!![Hades releases geysers of flames from his hands and head, burning a big portion of the forest. Meg ducks in time to avoid the stream of fire emitted from Hades.]
Hades: Fine, fine, fine. Just let me know the instant The Fates arrive.[Pain removes Panic from his back, who gets up after having his horns stuck in Pain's rear]
- Still another, when Hades asks to know if the Fates have arrived:
Panic: Oh, they're here!
Hades: [literally explodes with anger] WHAT?!! The fates are here and YOU DIDN'T TELL ME?!!
Pain and Panic: [turn into literal worms begging for mercy] We are worms! Worthless worms!
Hades: Memo to me, memo to me: maim you after my meetings.
- 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 Smells Bad: According to a pithy comment by Hades, he exudes a pungent stench of death. Most likely as a result of being the God of the Underworld and the Dead.
- 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 enemy, Lex Luthor, down to the baldness. Not only this, but he's also a Satanic Archetype.
- Fade Around the Eyes: Hades does an interesting variant at the end of the scene where he figures out Hercules' weakness. The screen fills up with smoke as it fades to the next scene, and the last things we see are Hades' eyes.
- Failed a Spot Check: Hades is the god of death. How could he not know Hercules, the son of his most hated enemy, wasn't in the underworld?
- 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'?
- Fate Worse Than Death: He is tossed into his river of undead souls, and can't pull himself out due to the current being too strong, possibly decaying and rotting the way Hercules did. "If" he gets out, as Pain and Panic discuss, he's not going to be happy.
- 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.
- God of Evil: Hades is portrayed as an Evil Overlord, contrary to Greek Mythology, where he was more benign.
- Hades Shaded: Whenever he gets angry, his skin gets a tan shade.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's easy to make the blue hair turn red.
- Honest John's Dealership: James Woods modeled Hades after a used-car salesman.
- I Gave My Word: Like all gods in greek mythology his powers are limited by being bound by his words. So it is literally impossible for him to break the letter of a deal. If something happens his magic will act accordingly without him even realising it. He promises to release Meg from his service and that she won't be harmed if Hercules gives up his strength for a day. Eg. After Hercules agrees, Hades averts the Loophole Abuse trope by releasing Meg with a snap of his fingers before departing. Whem she does get fatally injured during Hercules' fight with the cyclops, Herc immediately repossesses his powers.
- 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.
- Jerkass God: Even though he is a god, he is portrayed as the God of Evil, viewing everybody (including his own minions Pain and Panic) as a tool to be exploited in any way possible to overthrow Zeus.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Hades's hair turns from blue to bright orange whenever he is angry. Since his hair is made of fire, this is justified.
- Lack of Empathy: "He was as mean as he was ruthless...."
- Large Ham: He has a big presence normally and especially when in one of his fiery temper tantrums.
- 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.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hades was modeled after Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was one of the head honchos at Disney and left the company before the film was completed; this was the last Disney Animated Classic so far to include any input from him.
- Orcus on His Throne: 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.
- Phosphor-Essence: Unlike most of his fellow gods, Hades doesn't glow. This is done to show that he's evil.
- Physical God: He's made of smoke and flames and something else. He's the lord of the dead.
- Plot Hole: If Hades is surrounded by souls of the dead in the Underworld, why didn’t he check to ensure Hercules’ soul came in when Pain and Panic claimed to have killed him? Did he not suspect anything when Hercules was never amongst his collection of deceased people?
- 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.
- Princeling Rivalry: The central conflict of the story involves Hades' scheme to supplant his brother Zeus, and become supreme ruler of Olympus, Tartarus and all the Earth in between. Zeus is the strongest god and older brother, while Hades is a scheming younger brother.
- Actually, Zeus is the youngest of the sibling, and Hades is the oldest in the original mythology.
- Reality Warper: A small-scale version. He can teleport, conjure objects, and affect people in countless different ways with his "deals".
- The Resenter: It's implied in the movie and animated series that Hades' antagonism springs from deep frustration and hatred over Zeus putting him in charge of the Underworld, knowing it was a dank and unpleasant job and condition, and tends to mock his workaholic nature. Most of Hades' plans against Zeus are to overthrow him as King of the Gods to obtain the pleasures of Mount Olympus that Zeus and the other gods indulge in while he watches over the dead.Zeus: Come on, Hades. Don't be such a stiff. Join the celebration!
Hades: Hey, love to, babe. But unlike you gods lounging around up here, I regrettably have a full-time gig—that you, by the way, so charitably bestowed on me, Zeus.
- Sadist: While he is more of a calculating villain, he clearly takes a lot of savage delight in tormenting at least emotionally every victim of his schemes like Hercules and his minions physically to vent his frustration.
- Satanic Archetype: He's clearly upgraded to a Satan Expy. Association with fire, rebelling against the divine powers, making shady deals, ruler of demons and the dead, and the God of Evil.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: More like Flushed Evil in an Inescapable Ghost Pool.
- Skeleton Motif: Hades, being the Lord of the Underworld, takes this motif and runs with it. The clasp of his toga is in the shape of a skull, his lair is skull-shaped, he gives baby Hercules a pacifier made of bones, there are tiny skulls on the bubbles on the potion to make Hercules mortal, and so on.
- 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.
- The Sociopath: He is a master manipulator, has a suave, wisecracking and charming personality to match, thinks of himself as the smartest in the room and is willing to make deals. Beneath that charming personality lies a remorseless, cruel and selfish god, who's willing to do whatever it takes to overthrow Zeus, even if it meant killing and maiming anybody, including gods (part of his Evil Plan is to kidnap baby Hercules so he could turn mortal and be easily killed off). To top this off, the deals he makes are for his own selfish gains, speaks like a conman while screwing everybody around (including his own minions) and is a brutal sadist when it comes to torturing his minions Pain and Panic, especially if they anger him. And when Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained god-hood, Hades was absolutely shocked.
- 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...
- Terrible Trio: Hades and his minions Pain and Panic.
- Terms of Endangerment: Hades: "Meg, my sweet, my flower, my little nut Meg."
- This Cannot Be!: When Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood.
- Undeathly Pallor: Being the god of the dead, his skin is a corpse-like blueish gray.
- The Unfettered: Quite focused and methodical in both his regular job as ruler of the Underworld and his Evil Plan to overthrow Zeus and seize control of Olympus. Beneath Hades' casual buddy-talk is a veneer for viciousness, and he's more than willing to manipulate, cheat, extort and use outright violence without hesitation to overthrow his brother.
- The Usurper: Part of Hades' Evil Plan is to usurp Zeus' title as King of the Gods so he can seize control of Olympus.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Pain and Panic are comical and very afraid of their boss, the death god Hades.
- 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.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: The yellow eyes just fit his villainous personality.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: Especially when he's angry. He calls Hercules "schlemiel", "yutz" and so on.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, fiery hair. Justified because he's a god.
- Your Soul Is Mine: He's the Lord of the Underworld, and the moment you die, you're automatically his. Even when he doesn't actually have the power to actually extract your souls, The Fates who are aligned with him can cut your Thread of Life and immediately send you to his domain.
- Voiced by: Jay Thomas (tv series); Toni Solanes (original), Pepe Mediavilla (tv series) (European Spanish dub)
- Adaptational Villainy: He only briefly appears in the movie in one or two scene, at the party and during the charge against the titans. Neither of these indicates anything of the villain that the animated series cast him as.
- Big Bad: It's a downplayed case. Hades is the Big Bad but Ares was the primary antagonist of a couple of episodes.
- Everybody Hates Ares: Averted. Ares is portrayed as a boisterous war-mongerer, especially as he's always compared to his calmer and more intelligent sister Athena. But he's not particurally hated, and the city state of Sparta even has him as his patron. Ares and Athena are stuck in an endless rivalry though, which makes the people of Sparta and Athens look down on each other (the Spartans will see the Athenians as sissy eggheads, while the Athenians see the Spartans as war-mongering brutes).
- Jerkass: Even to his sons, Fear and Terror.
- 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.
- Sibling Rivalry: He and his sister Athena have been enemies for centuries. and he has done everything to try and destroy her precious city of Athens.
- War God: The Olympian God of war. Sparta is his town.
- The Worf Effect: He and the rest of the gods go down almost immediately when they mount a defense of Mount Olympus to prove the words of the Fates at the start of the film. The gods are screwed unless Hercules helps them.
- Voiced by: Jane Leeves (tv series); Rosa María Hernández (tv series) (European Spanish dub)
- Bifauxnen: You could be mistaken into thinking she was an attractive man at first.
- Blue Is Heroic: She mainly assists Hercules and her color scheme is a luminescent blue.
- Good Is Not Nice: Though she can be sweet and cordial to those she needs help from, Phil mentioned that Athena is not one of the fun gods and is generally shown to be authoritative, crass, and demanding of respect.
- Insufferable Genius: She's the goddess of wisdom and takes any opportunity to flaunt it, much to the extreme annoyance of Ares and even Poseidon.
- Sibling Rivalry: She and her brother Ares have been enemies for centuries with Athena indulging in any childish attempt to humiliate and undermine Ares and flout superiority.
- Stern Teacher: To Hercules.
- War God: The Olympian Goddess of War. Athens is her town.
- The Worf Effect: She and the rest of the gods go down almost immediately when they mount a defense of Mount Olympus to prove the words of the Fates at the start of the film. The gods are screwed unless Hercules helps them.
- Voiced by: Lisa Kudrow (tv series); Marta Tamarit (tv series) (European Spanish dub)
- God Couple: She mentioned that she was engaged to Hephaestus who becomes angry when others try to romance her and manifests to beat the crap out of her suitors. As Hades found out.
- God's Hands Are Tied: She once mentioned offhandedly that as a love goddess, she doesn't get involved in martial affairs (e.g. capturing the evils of Pandora's Box).
- Hot Goddess: Naturally like every incarnation of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Has waists so tiny she could probably wrap one hand around them. She's not human so it's not impossible for her.
- Love Goddess: The Olympian Goddess of Love and Passion. She also oversees and marries off couples who are in love.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has the most voluptuous figure of any character shown in the Hercules franchise.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is really tall and really beautiful.
- The Power of Love: She runs on this and can make people fall in love rather easily, but admits that love is complex, messy, and best left to the professionals. Like plumbing. As such, she greatly dislikes when it's trifled with.
- Theme Song: "Aphrodite, Aphrodite, Aphrodite! The Goddess of Love!!". It is heard every time she appears which grates on the nerves of others like Cupid and Hades, while appearing to be catchy to others like Hercules. However, even she hates it and seems to have no control over its occurrence.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: Unlike her mythological character personality, this version is a strong believer in the prospect of loving someone for who they are (character) instead of what they look like (appearance). She lampshaded this when she attempted to counsel Medusa on winning Hercules' friendship.
Minor Gods and Goddesses
The Muses (Calliope, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Thalia and Clio)
Voiced by: Lillias White (Calliope), LaChanze (Terpsichore), Roz Ryan (Thalia), Cheryl Freeman (Melpomene), Vanéese Y. Thomas (Clio) (original); Rebeca Manríquez and Vicky Gutiérrez (Calliope), Blanca Flores (Clio), Ruth Howard (Melpomene), Dulce Guerrero and Mirna Garza (Terpsichore), María del Sol (Thalia) (Latin American Spanish dub); Mercedes Montalá and Susan Martín (Calliope), Belén Roca and Cani González (Terpsichore), Rosa Pastó and Helen de Quiroga (Thalia), Paula Bas (Melpomene), María Caneda (Clio) (European Spanish dub)The Muses are five lovely goddesses whose domain lies in the arts, and they sing the tales of ancient Greece in a gospel choir style. They claim to be Hercules' biggest fans, narrating the movie and singing in four of the six songs.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Hellooo Thalia! While the other muses are rail thin like Megara, Thalia is not.
- Canon Immigrant: The Muses were not involved in the Heracles myth at all. The movie brings them in from another part of Greek Mythology to narrate the film.
- 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.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Four of them. Again, they're goddesses so it's not impossible.
- 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 (Clotho), Carole Shelley (Lachesis) and Paddi Edwards (Atropos); Tress MacNeille (all three in House of Mouse) (original); Evelyn Solares (Clotho), Beatriz Aguirre (Lachesis) and Guadalupe Noel (Athropos) (Latin American Spanish dub); Marta Martorell (original) and Pilar Gentil (House of Mouse) (Clotho), Carmen Contreras (original) and Ana María Simón (House of Mouse) (Lachesis) and Rosa María Pizá (Athropos) (European Spanish dub)The Three Fates are the quaternary antagonists. These three sisters share one eye, which they use to see the future. They also determine the deaths of mortals, cutting a mortal's Thread of Life to send them to the Well of Souls in the Underworld. They have extreme psychic abilities, knowing everything that has happened, is happening and will happen, and are an authority above the gods in this respect, though the one thing they cannot do is kill a god.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Clotho toward Hades too, which is something he exploits to get her to tell him the future. "My fate is in your lovely hands."
- 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.
- Composite Character: Physically they're more like the Graeae, although they're still the same as the fates.
- Crystal Ball: Their eye has this future-fortelling function.
- Death's Hourglass: The thread of life is spun by them. It is also cut by them.
- The Evil Geniuses: If one counts them among Hades' allies, seeing as they know literally everything. Hades needed their intel for his Evil Plan.
- 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, including the gods and monsters.
- 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.
- Terrible Trio: The three of them spin, stretch and cut the strings of life.
- Villainous Crush: Atropos crushes on Hercules in the TV series.
Voiced by: Ben Stein (tv series); Antonio Gómez de Vicente (tv series) (European Spanish dub)The God of trivial information and where three-roads-meet.
- Bait and Switch: Trivia catches Zeus doing this when he 'thanks' him helping Hercules. Zeus offers to let Trivia sit next to him at lunch, by pointing out that depending on which side of Zeus he sits it can mean either power and respect or 'Pass the Condiments'. Which from Zeus expression he clearly was intending the latter.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite being boring and somewhat silly, the information he knows comes in handy and proves to be very useful in uncovering secrets no one else knows about and defeating Hades. He also threatened to have Phil "paved" for insulting him.
- The Bore: Seen as this by all of the other gods including Hades due to constantly spouting off trivial information about anything related to the issue at hand.
- Gender Flip: The character was female in the original myths, although the character Trivia was based on, the goddess Hecate, would make an appearance as a separate character in the TV series.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He's Ben Stein if he were a Disney Greek God.
- Its Pronounced Tropay: He constantly tells people who call on him that his name is pronounced Try-vee-Ah
- Someday This Will Come in Handy: His whole shtick revolves around knowing information about anything and everything that seems trivial but can turn out quite useful. He helped Hercules saved the other gods by putting any trivial information he knew about the Underworld, Olympus, and the Gods to good use.
Pain and Panic
Voiced by: Bobcat Goldthwait (Pain) and Matt Frewer (Panic) (original); Javier Rivero (Pain) and Gabriel Cobayassi (Panic) (Latin American Spanish dub); Juan Fernández (original) and Aleix Estadella (tv series) (Pain) and Pep Sais (Panic) (European Spanish dub)Pain and Panic are the secondary antagonists. They are two shape-shifting imps who are minions of Hades and provide comic relief. They are both very loosely based on Deimos and Phobos from the Greek Myths.
- Adaptational Villainy: Pain and Panic compared to Deimos and Phobos, who they were both very loosely based on. While neither of their original counterparts were exactly good guys, they were the son of Ares and definitely weren't evil lackeys. In fact, Heracles worshiped Phobos as a god and had him depicted on his shield. Ironically, Phobos and Deimos do appaear in the animated series as Fear and Terror, but they are as against Hades as Herc is.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the Greek Myths, Deimos (who Pain is based on) was the Greek God of Terror and Phobos (who Panic is based on) was the very personification of fear brought on by war. In the movie, they're watered down into bungling comic relief lackeys for Hades.
- Butt Monkeys: Most of their screen time consists of them being physically abused by Hades.
- Canon Immigrant: Deimos was not involved in the original Heracles myth, and was brought in from other parts of Greek Mythology for the Disney movie. Phobos (Panic) does not appear in the myth per se, but Heracles did worship him and have him depicted on a shield of his.
- Co-Dragons: They're the ones Hades calls upon the most.
- Did Not Think This Through: In one episode, they decide to turn Hercules into a baby so it'll be easier to kill him. Baby Hercules defends himself as well as he did in the film.
- 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.
- Fat and Skinny: Pain and Panic, respectively, form this sort of comedy duo.
- 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 these are the only two we see.
- In the series, the episode "Hercules and the Tiff on Olympus", Hades summons Neurosis, a yellow, emaciated-looking imp who blabbers nonstop. Let's say Pain & Panic don't take it well (annoyed at the very least) when Hades sends another to do his work.
- 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.
- Torture Technician: It's implied in the series that they are the ones who oversee the punishment of souls in the Underworld, It's evident when they absolutely fawn over the chance to use new torture equipment.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can shift into whatever they wish. This includes an attractive female pegasus.
Voiced by: Corey Burton (Stratos, Lythos' right head), Jim Cummings (Pyros, Cyclops (video games)), Jim Ward (Hydros), Patrick Pinney (Lythos' left head, Cyclops) (original); Miguel Ángel Jenner (Cyclops, original) (European Spanish dub)The Titans from Pagan are the tertiary antagonists, portrayed as four elemental monsters who terrorized Ancient Greece. They were the physical manifestation of the element they controlled. There's Lythos, the Earth Titan; Pyros, the Fire Titan; Hydros, the Water Titan; Stratos, the Wind Titan; and the Cyclops.
- 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 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 has human-like flesh but no hair. Despite this, the trope is averted as other beast-like monsters have hair and non-human like do not.
- 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 is basically a fat kid picking the wings of a fly (i.e. depowered Hercules).
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: They inflict this on every god in Olympus except Zeus himself, proving how dangerous they are.
Amphytryon and Alcmene
Alcmene Voiced by: Barabara Barrie (original); Guadalupe Noel (Latin American Spanish dub); Rosa Guiñón (European Spanish dub)
Amphytryon Voiced by: Hal Holbrook (original), Corey Burton (animated series); Arturo Mercado Sr. (Latin American Spanish dub); Joaquín Díaz (European Spanish dub)Hercules' adoptive parents who raised him after he was taken from his home on Mount Olympus.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Amphytryon has these and due to age they are also white.
- 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. They are a kindly country couple of mortals who rise the god-like baby to be a good man.
- 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.
- Nice Hat: Amphytryon often wears a farmer's hat.
- Nice Person: Both of them are nice.
- Amphytryon: Kind, caring, forgiving, honest, understanding, and loyal.
- Alcmene: Kind, caring, sweet, loyal, forgiving, honest, generous, warm, comforting, benevolent, intuitive, understanding, and compassionate.
- 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.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. In the original Greek Myths Alcmene is actually Hercules' biological/birth mother, while the Disney version remade her as his adoptive mother.
Voiced by: French Stewart (original); Jonathan López (European Spanish dub)He was Hercules' best friend during their time in Prometheus Academy. He also has a romantic obsession with his friend Cassandra.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Cassandra. She regards him as a nuisance. Granted, he is brain damaged, so it's 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 he "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 is his wacko hair style.
- Fatal Flaw: Icarus is easy to anger and driven to great acts of spite when especially provoked particularly when consumed by jealousy.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To the point that 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.
- Icarus Allusion: Of course. His hair resembles the sun's crown, he's permanently tanned, and every now and then he will attempt to fly again.
- 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.
- Keet: His eyes are always wild, and his hair is in a permanently frazzled state.
- Mad Eye: One eye is permanently red, possibly bloodshot.
- Mad Scientist: Like his father, is also an inventor - and a brain-fried one to ensure both parts fit.
- 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 (original); Berta Cortés (European Spanish dub)She is a close friend of Hercules' and to a lesser extent Icarus, who is hopelessly in love with her, during their time in Prometheus Academy.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Icarus up there, she's TV series only.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Icarus may be an Abhorrent Admirer, but Cassandra feels a void when Icarus is gone for a long time.
- The Cassandra: 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, giving her extra reason to snark at idiocy.
- Emotionless Girl: 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. She's also clearly happy in 'The Big Lie' when she realises people are actually believing her visions.
- Friend to All Children: Despite her protests, she's pretty good with youngsters.
- Friendless Background: Hence why she put up with Icarus for so long; lack of alternatives.
- Grumpy Bear: All a part of her sarcastic personality, she is also grumpy.
- 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.
- Lean and Mean: Mean-spirited, at least. Add Herc being muscular and Icarus being short, and completes a Big, Thin, Short Trio.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Hercules and the All Nighter", she becomes more jolly & less snarky; Herc realizes it's from sleep deprivation.
- Only Sane Woman: The sanest among Herc (Chronic Hero Syndrome) and Icarus (Cloudcuckoolander).
- Perpetual Frowner: Her usual facial expression, when not a smug smile.
- Prophet Eyes: Whenever she has visions, they become swirly and green.
- Voiced by: Diedrich Bader (original); Dani García (European Spanish dub)
- The Bully: He enjoyed humiliating Hercules and his friends during their time at Prometheus Academy.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Stylized to be an epitome of male perfection as his name would suggest, with long golden hair and "awesomely" tanned skin.
- Enemy Mine: Sometimes, he will ask for Hercules' help.
- Fatal Flaw: His ego and pride often made him face serious consequences as it got him in trouble many times, from him being cursed by Gaia, turned into a peacock by Circe, and placed in many other unfortunate situations that Hercules usually has to rescue him from, without demonstrating any gratitude for Hercules' heroism, except on a few.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Sometimes, he will share a good time with Hercules. At the end of Hercules and the Trojan War, he goes out with Hercules to have pitas.
- It's All About Me: Adonis only ever thinks about himself. His disregard for others even went as far as to ignore the plight of his parents and those of Hercules and Cassandra after they had been taken and nearly eaten by Echidna instead using this as an opportunity for an early ascension to the throne of Thrace. Though they were nevertheless saved by Hercules and Adonis in turn was punished by both Zeus and his parents for his callousness, especially after he had shamelessly feigned concern for their well being after they had been returned when he put everyone in danger in the first place and in turn try to become king of Thrace under false pretense's when his parent's have not yet stepped down from their positions as king and queen.
- Jerk Ass: Selfish, arrogant, and cowardly.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted in the series finale. At the end of the series Adonis received some karmic justice for his actions as it was announced at the Academy's graduation that despite his self absorbed belief in his own brilliance, his grades were terrible and he had to attend summer school, much to his horror. Played straight in the film. The series reveals he was the ex Meg asked Hades to revive, only for him to dump her.
- Large Ham: A given for someone so full of himself. The overacting gets even worse when he's annoyed\scared.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Anytime he calls Hercules "friend", it means things have gone bad for him that he needs Hercules' help.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- While it's happened in a few episodes, it's subverted in others, such as Hercules and the Prince of Thrace. In that episode, he actually was grateful of Hercules saving his life.
- Meg sold her soul to Hades to save him. His gratitude? Leave her for another girl.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what's happened to Adonis after the series, it's assumed he had become king of Thrace but it's unclear if he and Helen are still together or if Helen has become his queen.
Helen of Troy
- Voiced by: Jodi Benson (original); Nuria Trifol (European Spanish dub)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She has a notable attraction to powerful or unpleasant men, as seen with her constant relationship with Adonis despite being a jerkass snob and a later stated attraction to Orion the Hunter for his macho and hairy persona. She does provide affection to Hercules though not enough to formally be with him in a relationship.
- Brainless Beauty: Helen of Troy. 1,000 ships weren't launched for her intelligence after all.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Helen has blonde hair and is an absolute sweetheart.
- Hidden Depths: Helen may seem to be just sweet and dim-witted, but in the episode "Song of Circe" she is shown to use her brain in disciplining Adonis.
- Ironic Hell: When Hades is giving out punishments to students when the academy is made part of the underworld, he makes her eat junk food for eternity because she's terrified of ruining her complexion.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: A nice and friendly cheerleader.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. In the original Greek Myths, she is the daughter of Zeus. In the series she isn't, so it's not squicky for Hercules to be attracted to her.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Averted. While she is considered the most beautiful woman at school, her looks are exaggerated by Homer to make the story about the rivalry between Prometheus and Trojan academies (which he embelishes as a war) juicier.