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'''Characters featured in Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''' (1997)''.
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!!Protagonists

[[folder:Hercules]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"What you need is . . . a hero."'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Tate Donovan (adult speaking voice, original; teen speaking voice, animated series), Creator/JoshKeaton (teen speaking voice, original), Roger Bart (teen singing voice, original), Creator/SeanAstin (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''); Enrique "Music/RickyMartin" Martin (adult speaking ''and'' singing voice), Víctor Mares Jr. (teen speaking voice), Antonio Benavides (teen singing voice) (Latin American Spanish dub); Creator/SergioZamora (adult, original; teen, TV series), Rafael Alonso Roldán (teen speaking voice, original), Ferrán González (teen singing voice, original), Sergio García Marín (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'') (European Spanish dub)

The titular protagonist who aspires to become a true hero.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: By modern standards, the Hercules of Greek Myth [[AntiHero 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 [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone remorseful]] when this happened), and [[HotBlooded he would go stage a HUGE war for a mere verbal insult one day]], although he did go 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.
* AdaptationNameChange: In the Greek myth, his name is written as "Heracules".
* {{Adorkable}}: It's the contrast between his earnest desire to help and his clumsiness.
* AllLovingHero: 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.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: No one liked Hercules when he was a teen because of how his inhuman strength and clumsiness caused problems.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Double-Subverted. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* BadassCape: He wears a blue cape that reaches down to his waist. Phil gives it to him at the end of his TrainingMontage.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
** 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 DealWithTheDevil that forces him to give up his SuperStrength, 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?
** Aphrodite tries to warn Hercules of this when he asked her to reanimate a woman statue he made in order to have a date for the dance. She easily makes Hercules' intended date attractive enough, but Aphrodite is disappointed Hercules never thought to give a good personality. He simply asks her to make his date crazy for him. Aphrodite sighs that he doesn't seem to understand how important a good personality is for a good relationship, but grants it in hopes he'll understand. It went as well as one would expect.
* BerserkButton: In the series episode that's a crossover with ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', being called "Jerkules" seems to function as this for Hercules. "[[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Everyone thinks they're so funny when they call me that, but it's]] [[PunctuatedPounding 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Hercules is one of the sweetest, most polite, helpful guys Disney has ever created. [[BerserkButton Don't get on his bad side. He'll literally punch your face in.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: 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.
* BlessedWithSuck: 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.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: {{Inverted|Trope}}. He's the Gentle Boy to Meg's Brooding Girl; Heroic NiceGuy and jaded FemmeFatale.
* BroughtDownToBadass:
** While he was rendered mortal by Hades' potion as a baby, because he didn't drink the last drop, he retained his SuperStrength.
** When he lost his super strength he still killed the Cyclops with cunning.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy And His Flying Horse. He recognized Pegasus with their signature headbutt.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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.
* ChickMagnet: "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.''
* TheChosenOne: So says the Fates, "A word of caution to this tale... If Hercules fights... YOU WILL FAIL!"
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: 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.
* CuteBruiser: As a baby and a teen he is divinely strong.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: {{Downplayed}}. He was stolen from his birth parents by Pain and Panic by direct order from Hades who planned to kill him but was saved by his future adoptive parents who lovingly raised him.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: After Megara dies, Hercules literally breaks into Hell to get her soul back, and succeeds]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Subverted; he [[{{Intangibility}} just fell right through]] and couldn't even lay a hand on Hades. [[spoiler: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.]]
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Couldn't control it as a teenager. The townspeople shunned him for it.
* DoorstopBaby: Found by his mortal adoptive parents as a baby after he was kidnapped by Pain and Panic.
* DumbMuscle: {{Averted|Trope}}. He's an honest and WideEyedIdealist farm-boy but as with the source myth is shown to be able to rely on critical thinking when his SuperStrength is insufficient to get the job done.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Hercules was given the cruel nickname, "Jercules" by one of the teens after Herc accidentally destroyed the town.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: 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.
* FarmBoy: [[ImpliedTrope 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.
* FatalFlaw: Hades tricks Hercules into giving up his strength by exploiting his one "weakness," his love for Meg.
* FieryRedhead: Averted; he's pretty mellow.
* GentleGiant: Downplayed. He's not a particularly "giant" man, but he's big enough to qualify.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Most characters constantly underestimate his intelligence, but he is actually very clever, as his defeat of the Hydra and the Cyclops [[spoiler: (the latter done ''without'' his super-strength!)]] prove.
* HappilyAdopted: 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.
* HeroicBSOD: 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.
* HeroicBuild: Initially no but training under Phil fixed that. " You have to continue to GROOOOWWW!" Indeed.
* HeroicSacrifice: For [[spoiler:Megara, to pull her out of the River Styx. The place would have killed him if he were not a god.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** 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.
* HumbleHero: 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?''
* IAmAMonster: In his adolescence, Hercules was ostracized for his inhuman strength and labeled a freak because of it. The poor guy couldn't help but feel that they're right about him.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Decides to stay on earth to be with Meg instead of Olympus.]]
* IGaveMyWord: Averted. Even after agreeing to stay in the Underworld in exchange of Meg's soul, Herc simply walked out (and punched Hades' face inwards). It may be due to Hades expecting Herc to die ''anyway'', but he still ignored the letters of the deal.
* InnocentBlueEyes: To represent his naive and cheerful personality.
* InsecureLoveInterest: 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".
* InSeriesNickname: Called "Herc" by his friends.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Hercules, a human demigod, is friends with a flying horse and has a satyr for a mentor.
* InterspeciesRomance: Him (a demigod) and Meg (a human).
* IWantSong: "Go The Distance" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYVepDBAC0 as sung by young Hercules.]]
* KindheartedSimpleton: Hercules is more naive than simple, but is a definite NiceGuy.
* TheKlutz: As a teenager, he couldn't control his SuperStrength and constantly broke things, tripped on his feet, etc.
* LightningBruiser: 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
* LiteralMinded: During his fight with Nessus. After getting knocked down, Phil yells at him to use his head. Herc sends Nessus flying with a charging headbutt.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Not ''quite'' first sight; he doesn't make the awkward-crush gestures to Meg until ''after'' he's taken care of Nessus.
* LoveIsAWeakness: When Meg tells Hades it's impossible for him to beat Hercules since he has no weaknesses, Hades says he does have one: Her.
* MadeOfIron: After being depowered by Hades, he survives getting used as a hackey sack by the Cyclops.
* MasterOfAll: 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.
* MentorsNewHope: 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."
* MrFanservice: Considered as such in-universe. He has a ''ton'' of fangirls, and even two of the Muses openly fawn over him in the opening song.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: 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.
* NiceGuy: Hercules is selfless, warm-hearted, heroic, and humble.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: At the hands of the Cyclops. It's a wonder he didn't die from the thing using him as a hackey sack.
* NouveauRiche: 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.
* OfficialCouple: With Megara.
* OneHeadTaller: He's taller than Megara by a full head.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Before his training, he caused so much damage that the other villagers openly shunned him.
* PowerGlows: [[spoiler:As a god, he as a golden godly glow.]]
* PowerIncontinence: Originally, he had no control over his strength, and would cause a ton of damage just through normal teen awkwardness.
* ProtagonistTitle: The film is named after him.
* RageBreakingPoint: [[spoiler: After Megara dies and Hercules rescues her soul in the Underworld, attaining his godhood in the process. He was already in a TranquilFury as he tries to leave, but when Hades tries to kiss up to him by attempting to use Megara's unconscious soul body, Hercules completely loses it and uppercutsHades into the soul whirlpool.]]
* RagsToRiches: {{Zigzagged|Trope}}. 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.
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler: At the end, Hercules chooses to remain on Earth with Meg instead of returning to Olympus.]]
* SecondLove: To Megara. Her first one abandoned [[spoiler: (Adonis)]] her for someone else [[spoiler: (Helen).]]
* SemiDivine: "Young Herc was mortal now....But since he did not drink the last drop, he still retained his god-like strength...."
* SingleTargetSexuality: 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.
* SupermanSubstitute: A FarmBoy with super strength who, after discovering his otherworldly heritage, grows up to fight monsters, become world-famous, and fall in love with a snarky Muggle woman from the city.
* SuperStrength: 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.
* ToBeAMaster: Proving himself as a hero so he can return to being a god.
* TookALevelInBadass: Basically lampshaded in the Muses' song -- ''"He went from zero to hero!"''
* TranquilFury: [[spoiler: Once Hercules attained full godhood and rescues Meg's soul from the Underworld. He silently begins walking out carrying her soul and [[OffhandBackhand backfists Hades in the face]] when he tried to stop him.]]
* UnskilledButStrong: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. 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 SkilledButNaive.
* UptownGuy: Hercules (the Prince of Olympia) and Megara (a former lackey of Hades).
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: {{Gender Inverted|Trope}}. 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 [[RageBreakingPoint sends our hero over the edge]]...and Hades also, literally.
* WarriorPrince: Technically, since his parents are the rulers of the Gods.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Admittedly his dad is already [[SoProudOfYou 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.
* WonderChild: 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.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Phil's students are the strongest there is and Hercules is the strongest of them all.
* YouAreWorthHell: Hercules decided that being trapped in the Underworld's Vortex was worth it, if it meant saving Meg.
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[[folder:Megara]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Sometimes it's better to be alone, because then nobody can hurt you."'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Susan Egan (original); Tatiana Palacios Chapa (Latin American Spanish dub); Nuria Mediavilla (original, TV series), Inma Gallego (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'') (European Spanish dub)

The deuteragonist of the movie. A jaded, sarcastic woman who works under Hades and falls in love with Hercules.
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* AntiVillain: She's one of Hades' minions but only because she sold her soul to him to save her ex-boyfriend's life.
* AscendedExtra: She had a much smaller role in the original myth. The Disney movie bumps her up to a major character.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Hercules literally reverses her death.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Megara is apparently immortal, but is Hades' slave.
* BrokenBird: 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...
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: {{Inverted|Trope}}. She's the Brooding Girl to Hercule's Gentle Boy; Heroic NiceGuy and jaded FemmeFatale.
* CompositeCharacter: She has the name of Heracles' first wife, and yet her run in with the Centaur Nessus comes from his third wife Deianira.
* ContraltoOfDanger: Megara has a sultry, husky voice, atypical of both Disney female {{Love Interest}}s 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.
* DamselInDistress: Initially it is played for dry comedy during the incident with Nessus; [[LampshadeHanging "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 BoundAndGagged to boot) and then fishing her out of the river of souls.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: 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 [[BrokenBird left her broken]] and she spent the rest of her life doing Hades' bidding.
* DarkChick: The manipulative honey pot for Hades' group.
* DeadpanSnarker: Her past experiences have made her into Disney's most sarcastic, sassy heroine yet.
* DealWithTheDevil: Hades owns her soul (see BrokenBird). [[spoiler:Her debt to him was paid off by Hercules' deal.]]
* DefectingForLove: [[spoiler:She abandons Hades' cause due to Hercules making her world bright again.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: 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.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: {{Justified}}. She has a very low opinion of men in general, since her experiences with them have been mostly negative. [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Falling for]] [[NiceGuy Hercules]] changes that.
* DudeMagnet: Just ask [[TheHero Hercules]], [[{{Jerkass}} Nessus]], [[ItsAllAboutMe Adonis]] (her ex-boyfriend in the TV series and [[spoiler:[[UngratefulBastard the man she sold her soul for]]]]), and (initially) [[CasanovaWannabe Phil]].
* EmotionlessGirl: She would like to be one, but alas Hercules pulls the strings of her heart.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: 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.
* FemmeFatale: An alluring and seductive woman who works for the villain and attempts to seduce TheHero.
* FreudianExcuse: 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 IceQueen exterior to avoid getting hurt again.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: She plays with this trope.
-->'''Meg''': My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.
* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: Hades is frustrated by how his minions have failed to kill the only obstacle in his EvilPlan, so he sends a different sort of minion to find his weakness. Instead, [[LoveIsAWeakness she becomes his weakness]].
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: This trope is {{Invoked}} by having her dressed in said color, which also matches her beautiful and alluring PurpleEyes.
* HeroesWantRedheads: 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 HeelFaceTurn, thereby playing this trope straight.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: [[DivingSave She throws Hercules away from a falling pillar]] and is crushed under it herself as a result, dying of internal injuries.]]
* HiddenDepths: 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.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The only female seen in Hades' service, and she makes a HeelFaceTurn thanks to her love for Hercules.]]
* HoneyTrap: 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.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: 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''."
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: She was specifically designed to be shaped like a Greek vase.
* InSeriesNickname: Her full name is "Megara", but everyone calls her "Meg".
* InterspeciesRomance: Her (a human) and Hercules (a demigod).
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She starts off kind of snappy and a self-centered jerk. Then we learn her backstory, and she starts falling in love with Hercules...
* LoveRedeems: Falling for Hercules inspired her to be good again and resist Hades' EvilPlan.
* MsFanservice: Courtesy of Ken Duncan's expressive animation. It's not wonder Herc is infatuated at first sight.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In a rare moment of despair, Megara is racked with guilt for her part in Hercules getting blackmailed to give up his strength for a day by Hades. She tries and fails to convince Hercules that it wasn't the way Hades made it out to be.
* NervesOfSteel: If you can stand up to Hades, the God of the Underworld, and you don't have any powers, you definitely count as one.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** 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 [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} counterpart]], Comicbook/LoisLane, 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.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: 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).
* OfficialCouple: With Hercules.
* PurpleEyes: It's most likely a mythology gag to the fact that the mythological version of her is a princess.
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Her true redemption comes when she performs a HeroicSacrifice and dies.]]
* ReformedButRejected: [[spoiler:Pegasus is willing to believe her good intentions, but Phil initially rejects her harshly]].
* RescueIntroduction: Hercules meets Megara when rescuing her from a monstrous centaur.
* ShowSomeLeg: Does this quite literally on her night with Hercules.
-->'''Megara:''' So... have you ever had any problems like these? ''(Thrusts her leg out in front of Herc's face, then uses her foot to direct his face to her)'' Weak ankles, I mean?
* SilkHidingSteel: Meg, though crossed with FemmeFatale and BrokenBird, fulfills the trope in her ability to manipulate like a damsel and her [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]] inner steel.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: [[EntitledToHaveYou Nessus]] is a {{Jerkass}} who thinks NoMeansYes. [[AllLovingHero Hercules]] is TheCape and promises that he would never ever hurt her. Thus, she falls for the latter.
* SlaveMooks: She's one to Hades, due to a binding contract she signed when she made her DealWithTheDevil.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Unlike the original myth, she is not killed by Hercules and survives to the end of the movie.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Meg is bitter and distant due to her past, but learns to open up again after falling for Hercules.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: 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....''
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: 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.
* WinYourFreedom: "You give me the key to bringing down Wonderbreath and I will give you the thing you want most in the cosmos...''your freedom''."
* YokoOhNo: InUniverse. Pegasus and Phil give her this treatment, fearing she'd weaken Hercules. They're are actually right, but thankfully there's the HighHeelFaceTurn trope.
* YouGotSpunk: Nessus "likes 'em fiery!"
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[[folder:Philoctetes]]
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[[caption-width-right:299:"Yeah, I had a dream once. I dreamed I was gonna train the greatest hero there ever was. So great, the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars... all across the sky... and people would say, 'That's Phil's boy.' That's right."]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/DannyDeVito (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 (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'') (European Spanish dub)

A Satyr and the trainer of Hercules.
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* AdaptationSpeciesChange: He was human in the original myth.
* AgeLift: 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.
* AscendedExtra: 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.
* BadassTeacher: 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.
* BerserkButton: Don't mention Achilles' heel to him. One heckling Thebian learns this the hard way.
-->'''Burned Thebian:''' Hey, isn't that the goat man who trained Achilles?
-->'''Phil:''' ''(with barely restrained anger)'' Watch it, pal...
-->'''Big Thebian:''' Hey yeah, you're right! Eh, nice job on those heels! Whoops! You missed a spot! Ha ha ha!
-->''(Phil angrily attacks and beats on the big Thebian)''
* ButtMonkey: His own song shows a number of comical injuries, from Zeus' bolt to a tree falling on him and olives sticking to his horns.
* CassandraTruth: He [[spoiler:tries to warn Hercules about Megara being a HoneyTrap, but he doesn't believe him.]]
* CasanovaWannabe: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of his dialogue is sarcastic.
-->'''Meg''': He won't listen to me.
-->'''Phil''': Good! Then he's finally learned something.
* DisappointedInYou: All of his students before Hercules let him down.
-->'''Phil:''' I've trained all those would-be "heroes": Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus... lotta yuseus. And every single one of those washed up bums let me down, flatter than a discus. None of them could go the distance.
* ExtremeOmnigoat: Being a satyr, Phil has a cartoon goat's diet. He picks up a ceramic bowl full of grapes, only to toss out the grapes and eat the bowl. He also eats the grass to cut his lawn and a flower tossed in celebration.
* GoalInLife: Phil's dream has always been to train the greatest hero to ever live, so great that the gods would create a constellation of that hero for all the world to see and recognize Phil as the one who trained that hero.
* GrumpyBear: When Herc comes to him, he's jaded due to previous charges failing him. He nearly flat out refuses to train Herc until [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Zeus provided a suitable counter argument.]]
* InkSuitActor: Phil's basically a goat version of Danny [=DeVito=], his first voice actor.
* InSeriesNickname: Almost always called "Phil" instead of his birth name, "Philoctetes".
* HalfHumanHybrid: Has the legs and horns of a goat, but the upper body of a human.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Appears to have become this with Hercules by the end in a mentor/protégée sort of way.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Phil can be tough, blunt, and a pervert... but when he knows that Herc's feeling down, he gives him a pep talk.
-->'''Hercules:''' You were right, Phil... dreams are for rookies...
-->'''Phil:''' No no, kid! Giving up is for rookies!
* LovableSexManiac: He's introduced chasing after a bunch of nymphs and at the end earns himself a victory smooch from [[spoiler:[[MsFanservice Aphrodite]]]] of all people.
* MentorArchetype: He's renowned as "the trainer of heroes". Oddyessus, Persus, Thesus (a lotta "yusses"), and then Hercules.
* MyGreatestFailure: 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.
-->'''Phil:''' And then, there was Achilles! Now there was a guy who had it all! He had the build! He had the foot speed! He could jab! He could take a hit! He could keep on coming! ({{Beat}}) BUT THAT SLAG OF A HEEL OF HIS! He barely gets knicked there once and KABOOM! He's history!
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Phil eventually views training and molding Hercules into a proper hero as his chance to get his name redeemed.
* TheNapoleon: He's very short, and short-tempered as well, in contrast to Hercules's GentleGiant.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pegasus]]
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[[caption-width-right:330:"A magnificent horse with the brain of a bird."]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/FrankWelker

The flying horse companion of Hercules.
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* CanonImmigrant: While Pegasus was indeed a character in Greek Mythology, he was not involved in the original Heracles myth at all (he was the steed of the hero Bellepheron, who slew the Chimaera). 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. He also wasn't created by Zeus, he's actually the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa (don't think about it too much).
* CoolHorse: Aww yeah! A giant super-strong flying horse certainly counts.
* ADogNamedDog: 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.
* GiantFlyer: He's got an impressive wingspan.
* InterspeciesFriendship: With Hercules; pegasus and human/Demi-god.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Pegasus' behavior mixes elements of both a noble steed and a bird.
* NonHumanSidekick: He's a steed for Hercules.
* SilentSnarker: Tends to make sassy comments through his eyes and facial expressions.
* TheTrickster: He sometimes likes to mess with people, especially Phil, Meg and (on one occasion) Hades.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 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.
[[/folder]]

!!Olympian Gods

[[folder:Zeus and Hera]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"What about our gift, dear?"]]
->'''Zeus Voiced by''': Rip Torn (original), Creator/CoreyBurton (games, animated series); Federico Romano (Latin American Spanish dub); Claudio Rodríguez (European Spanish dub); Creator/MaxVonSydow (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.
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[[AC:Tropes that apply to both]]
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: The whole pantheon besides Hades loves them.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Both of them. Neither the original [[AnythingThatMoves Zeus]] nor the original [[{{Yandere}} Hera]] were good people.
** This is mitigated to a small extent in the AnimatedSeries where Zeus occasionally displays a more wrathful, vindictive side to his personality more in line with his JerkAss mythological counterpart, such as his [[DisproportionateRetribution punishment of Prometheus.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: A glowing orange and pink for Zeus and Hera, respectively.
* EverybodyLovesZeus: Both evoke this trope.
** Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted, if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the [[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} 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 him suffer, even [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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]].
* GodCouple: The only such divine pair in the film.
* GodIsGood: 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.
* HappilyMarried: 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.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Both are blind to Hades's resentment (and the guy [[LargeHam isn't the subtlest in the room]]) until the climax.
* LightIsGood: Both of them shine and both of them are benevolent.
* NicePerson: Both are compassionate and kind Gods.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Probably why the whole pantheon besides Hades loves them is they are (usually) fair in their judgments.
* {{Satellite Character}}s: 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.

[[AC:Tropes that apply to Zeus]]
* BigGood: Zeus is the benevolent TopGod and Hercules' father.
* BigOlEyebrows: Zeus has thick, white ones. They're implied to be clouds.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Zeus of course! He used it trap the Titans and later to get Phil to train Hercules.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Hades's Cain; the latter tries to overthrow the former.
* EtTuBrute: Zeus had this look when he realized that Hades was behind the release of the Titans, their assault on Olympus and was [[TheUsurper plotting to overthrow]] [[TopGod the king of the gods]].
* JerkassBall: 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.
* LargeHam: Zeus can get very loud and dramatic when he wants to.
* VocalDissonance: In one episode of the cartoon Zeus transforms himself into a teenager, but his voice remains exactly the same.
* YoungestChildWins: 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.

[[AC:Tropes that apply to Hera]]
* TheHighQueen: Like her husband, she's a competent and wise ruler.
* PinkMeansFeminine: The main color theme of Hera, queen of the gods, is pink.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: In the original Greek myth, Hera was Hercules' stepmother. Here, she is his biological mother.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hermes]]
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[[caption-width-right:203:''"Gone, babe!"'']]
->'''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.
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* AdaptationalWimp: 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.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Hermes has blue skin.
* CatchPhrase: Likes to say "Babe" a lot.
* DeadpanSnarker: 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.
* InkSuitActor: He's an animated Paul Shaffer right down to the CoolShades.
* NumberTwo: Hermes is the go-to-god if Zeus ever needs anything done.
* NiceHat: A winged helmet.
* PluckyComicRelief: His main role is comedy.
* SuperSpeed: It's ''Hermes'', the messenger god. Of course he has SuperSpeed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hades]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one ''schlemiel'' who can louse it up is '''WALTZING AROUND ''IN THE WOODS''!!!''']]
->'''Voiced by:''' James Woods (original), Creator/RobPaulsen (singing voice, ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''); Rubén Trujillo (Latin American Spanish dub); Pep Antón Muñoz (original, some TV series episodes), Jordi Ribes (TV series), Carlos Ysbert (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'') (European Spanish dub)

The primary antagonist and ruler of the Underworld.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: [[EverybodyHatesHades 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, [[HypocriticalHumor the entire pantheon bursts into laughter,]] while Hades storms out in anger. Ironically, the fan base ''really likes'' him because of his HairTriggerTemper and his [[LargeHam hammy personality]].
%%* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Aphrodite in the animated series.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Hades was not an enemy of Hercules in the original myths, nor he ever tried to overthrow Zeus.
* AffablyEvil: 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.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Hades has light blue skin.
* AmbitionIsEvil: He has an insatiable lust for power, and plans to do this by overthrowing Zeus.
* ArchEnemy: To Zeus, as Hades resents being the God of the Underworld. He is also this to Hercules.
* AscendedExtra: 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.
* BadBoss: His minions are berated, struck, set on fire...
* BerserkButton: Hercules' merchandise makes him red flames mad. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjQKeIgchYY&feature=related Thirsty?]]
* BigBad: He's gathering an army so he can take over Olympus and de-godified Hercules to further this goal.
* BlackSheep: [[EverybodyHatesHades 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.
* BondVillainStupidity: 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.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Compared to his brother Zeus and nephew Hercules, Hades is less muscular but more cunning and verbose.
* BreakoutVillain:
** 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 [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid considering]] [[Disney/SleepingBeauty the]] [[Disney/TheLionKing competition]] [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast from]] [[Disney/PeterPan other]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Disney]] [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} villains]].
* BurningWithAnger: ''Literally''. He goes from blue to bright red flames. When he loses it completely, his whole head and arms become ''fountains'' of fire.
* CainAndAbel: 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.
* TheChessmaster: His plans for conquest complete with ChessMotifs.
* ClassicVillain: Vice: [[AmbitionIsEvil Ambition]] and [[DrivenByEnvy Envy]]. Compared to the other gods of Olympus, who are all aglow with bright colors, Hades is all blacks and greys. Hades is sick of being the ruler of the Underworld and seeks to unleash the Titans in order to take over Mount Olympus from his brother Zeus. To further this end, he has his minions snatch Zeus and Hera's infant son Hercules in order to make him mortal and then kill him. Unfortunately for Hades, Hercules retained his god-like strength and survived. To make a long story short, by risking his own life to recover Megara's soul from the river Styx, Hercules regains his Godhood and sends Hades down the drain, so to speak.
* CreateYourOwnHero: Hades' failed attempt to kill Hercules as a baby to guarantee his future plans to usurp Olympus won't fail [[SelfFulfillingProphecy ends up causing Hercules to become the very hero that ultimately defeats Hades in the end.]]
* CreditsGag: Hades gets one more [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funny moment]] as the [[VanityPlate Disney castle]] comes up.
* DartboardOfHate: With Hercules-painted vases instead of a dartboard. Hades has Pain and Panic throw them up which he shoots down as if shooting skeet.
* DeadpanSnarker: "So is this an audience or a mosaic?"
* DealWithTheDevil: Like in other Muskers/Clements movies [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid before]] and [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog after]] him, this is a villain that loves to makes deals, but only for his benefit.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Both the Fates and he expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. [[spoiler: However this self-sacrifice turned out to be the final requirement to regain his God-hood.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Short-tempered Hades lacks a certain foresight, causing him to make serious blunders that set his own plans back. [[spoiler: 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]].
* DraggedOffToHell: Well ''further'' into Hell as Hercules punches him into the Well of Souls where the spirits drag him down.
* EverybodyHatesHades: 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. [[TruthInTelevision 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.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Hades expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. [[spoiler: But when Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood, Hades was absolutely shocked.]]
* EvilIsHammy: He switches between this and DeadpanSnarker based on his mood. Blue flames is the dry and witty snarker; Red/Orange flames are the bombastic, angered and passionate ham.
* EvilIsNotAToy: 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.
* EvilIsPetty: Whenever Pain and Panic fail to do something, he verbally and physically abuses them.
** When Pain and Panic are wearing Hercules-related merchandise:
-->'''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.]''\\
'''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.]''\\

** Another scene, when Meg meets Hades in the woods:
-->'''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]''\\
'''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.]''\\

** Still another, when Hades asks to know if the Fates have arrived:
-->'''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]''\\
'''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.\\

* EvilOverlord: "He ruled the underworld... but thought the dead were dull and uncouth. He was as mean as he was ruthless... and that's the gospel truth... he had a plan to SHAKE things up... and that's the gospel truth!"
* EvilPlan: Release the Titans and TakeOverTheWorld.
* EvilSmellsBad: 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.
* EvilUncle: He's Zeus' brother and therefore Hercules' uncle. Unlike Disney/TheLionKing, this is never brought up.
* TheExitIsThatWay: Or rather, Mt. Olympus.
* FadeAroundTheEyes: 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.
* FailedASpotCheck: Hades is the god of death. How could he not know Hercules, the son of his most hated enemy, wasn't in the underworld?
* FateWorseThanDeath: He is [[spoiler: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.]]
* FatalFlaw: [[HairTriggerTemper An explosive temper]]. It causes him to go through extreme mood swings - [[BerserkButton particularly, anything related to Hercules]] would make him ''literally explode'' in anger. His FlamingHair even tells what mood he is in - when it's blue, he's calm, [[BurningWithAnger but when he loses his temper, it turns red. And when he loses it completely, his whole head and arms become]] ''[[BurningWithAnger fountains]]'' [[BurningWithAnger of fire]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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'?
* FingerSnapLighter: He can make fire sprung out of his fingers just like his head.
* FlamingHair: It's a sign of his mood; blue is calm and red is not.
* FlawExploitation: Hades tricks Hercules into giving up his strength by exploiting his one "weakness," his love for Meg.
* FogFeet: Hades' robes dissolve into wisps of smoke.
* FreudianExcuse: It's implied that Hades' antagonism springs from the 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. Plus, it's mentioned in the animated series that his father Kronos devoured his children except Zeus, causing Hades to inherit his evil.
* AGodAmI: Sure, Hades is a god, but he wants to overthrow Zeus so he could become the [[TopGod King of Olympus]] so he nonetheless has delusions of grandeur.
* GodOfEvil: Hades is portrayed as an EvilOverlord, contrary to Greek Mythology, where he was more benign.
* GreenEyedMonster: Hades is [[TheResenter resentful]] and [[DrivenByEnvy jealous]] that the other gods give Zeus HundredPercentAdorationRating while he is [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating virtually despised]] [[EverybodyHatesHades on Olympus]]. This causes him to find a way to overthrow his brother and become the king of Olympus.
* HadesShaded: Whenever he gets angry, his skin gets a tan shade.
* HairTriggerTemper: It's easy to make the blue hair turn red.
* HonestJohnsDealership: James Woods modeled Hades after a used-car salesman.
* IGaveMyWord: 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 realizing 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 LoopholeAbuse 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.
* InkSuitActor: While the design [[http://cdn-media.hollywood.com/images/l/james-woods-hades-movie-gods.jpg only fits as an exaggeration of James Woods]], it's easy to see his mannerisms and expressions in Hades.
* JerkassGod: Even though he is a god, he is portrayed as the GodOfEvil, viewing everybody (including his own minions Pain and Panic) as a tool to be exploited in any way possible to overthrow Zeus.
* KaleidoscopeHair: Hades's hair turns from blue to bright orange whenever he is angry. Since his hair is made of fire, this is justified.
* LackOfEmpathy: "He was as mean as he was ruthless...."
* LargeHam: He has a big presence normally and especially when in one of his [[IncrediblyLamePun fiery]] temper tantrums.
* LaughablyEvil: Thanks to James Woods, he changed from being a stereotypical chilling villain to [[MotorMouth fast-talking]], tempestuous and absolutely awesome/hilarious.
--->'''Hades''': Er, guys? [[TheExitIsThatWay Olympus would be that way...]]
* LiteralMetaphor: When his coup of Mt. Olympus was foiled by Hercules.
-->"Thanks a ton, Wonderboy! But At least I've got one swell consolation prize! A friend of yours, who's ''[[YourSoulIsMine dying]]'' to see me!"
* ManipulativeBastard: 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.
* MotorMouth: He talks very rapidly.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: 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.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: 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.
* PhosphorEssence: Unlike most of his fellow gods, Hades doesn't glow. This is done to show that he's evil.
* PhysicalGod: He's made of smoke and flames and something else. He's the lord of the dead.
* PlotHole: If Hades is surrounded by souls of the dead in the Underworld, why didnít he check to ensure Herculesí 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?
* PragmaticVillainy: This is shown in a crossover with ''{{Disney/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 ''[[TakeOverTheWorld rule the cosmos]]'' first and then I'll take it.
* PrincelingRivalry: 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. [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood Zeus is the strongest god and younger brother, while Hades is a scheming older brother.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: When things don't go his way, Hades [[VillainousBreakdown breaks down]], [[BurningWithAnger literally burns with anger]] and [[HairTriggerTemper throws temper tantrums]], often tormenting his minions Pain and Panic to vent his frustrations.
* RealityWarper: A small-scale version. He can teleport, conjure objects, and affect people in countless different ways with his "deals".
* TheResenter: 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.
* SatanicArchetype: He's clearly upgraded to a Satan archetype. [[EvilIsBurningHot Association with fire]], rebelling against the divine powers, [[DealWithTheDevil making shady deals]], [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils ruler of demons and the dead]], and the GodOfEvil.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:More like Flushed Evil in an Inescapable Ghost Pool.]]
* SkeletonMotif: 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.
* SmugSnake: He believes himself to be the smoothest, smartest person in this verse and this is why his breakdowns are so fun to watch.
* TheSociopath: 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 [[TheUsurper overthrow Zeus]], even if it meant harming anybody, including gods (part of his EvilPlan is to [[MoralEventHorizon 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 [[BadBoss brutal sadist when it comes to torturing his minions Pain and Panic,]] especially if they anger him. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood And when Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained god-hood, Hades was absolutely shocked.]]
* SuddenlyShouting: He does this whenever he's angered.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Pain and Panic are incompetent and Meg only helps under duress (soul ownership) so he ultimately has to do everything himself.
* TechnicolorFire: Normally blue, goes red and orange when angry (in reality blue flames are hotter than red\orange ones, [[FireIsRed 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 RedOniBlueOni deal...
* TerribleTrio: Hades and his minions Pain and Panic.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Hades: "Meg, my sweet, my flower, my little nut Meg."
* ThirdActStupidity: During the climax, he has managed to get Hercules to agree to give up his super-strength in exchange for Meg's survival and safety. So, what does Hades then do? While he's taking over Mount Olympus, he sends a giant Cyclops to attack Hercules, who will no doubt be with Meg, thus making it highly likely that she will be harmed in the crossfire. And since the deal is immediately nullified if she's harmed, he has effectively ensured that his plan will fail.
* ThisCannotBe: When Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood.
* UndeathlyPallor: Being the god of the dead, his skin is a corpse-like blueish gray.
* TheUnfettered: Quite focused and methodical in both his regular job as ruler of the Underworld and his EvilPlan 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.
* TheUsurper: Part of Hades' EvilPlan is to usurp Zeus' title as King of the Gods so he can seize control of Olympus.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Pain and Panic are comical and very afraid of their boss, the death god Hades.
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: In one book adaptation of the movie, told from Hades' viewpoint. [[BreakingTheFourthWall He argues that if it wasn't for him, Hercules would never have gotten his high status as hero and all the gains he's gotten. So really, Hades sees himself as a co-conspirator to Hercules' rise to glory, but does he get any thanks? No!]]
* VillainousBreakdown: 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.
* VillainousCrush: In the show and hinted in the movie, he has a crush on Aphrodite.
* VillainousIncest: It's never established if he and Aphrodite are related in some way. However, some legends say that Aphrodite's father is Zeus.
* WouldHurtAChild: Ordered Baby Hercules kidnapped and planned on killing him.
* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: The yellow eyes just fit his villainous personality.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Especially when he's angry. He calls Hercules "schlemiel", "yutz" and so on.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Blue, fiery hair. Justified because he's a god.
* YourSoulIsMine: 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ares]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Congratulations! You've just been slaughtered! By Ares, the God of War..."]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Jay Thomas (TV series); Toni Solanes (original), Pepe Mediavilla (TV series) (European Spanish dub)

The Olympian God of war and the founder of Sparta.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: 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 about the villain that the animated series cast him as.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Ares has red skin.
* BigBad: It's a downplayed case. Hades is ''the'' BigBad but Ares was the primary antagonist of a couple of episodes.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even to his [[AbusiveParents sons, Fear and Terror]].
* JerkJock: Ares admires strength and military prowess and looks down on Athena and her people as "eggheads".
* ManipulativeBastard: Despite being bloodthirsty and pigheaded most of the 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. [[spoiler: The loophole was only regular mortals can compete in the games. Since Hercules is a demigod, he was disqualified immediately.]]
* SiblingRivalry: He and his sister Athena have been enemies for centuries. and he has done everything to try and destroy her precious city of Athens.
* WarGod: The Olympian God of war. Sparta is his town.
* TheWorfEffect: 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Athena]]
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[[caption-width-right:245:It is I, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom!]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Jane Leeves (TV series); Rosa María Hernández (TV series) (European Spanish dub)

The Olympian Goddess of Wisdom and War and the patron of Athens.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Athena has blue skin.
* AmplifierArtifact: Ibbot, Athena's pet owl, can grant anyone genius levels of knowledge and intellect if he sits on their head.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: You could be mistaken into thinking she was an attractive man at first.
* BlueIsHeroic: She mainly assists Hercules and her color scheme is a luminescent blue.
* FauxActionGirl: She's supposed to be a warrior goddess but she's taken down very easily several times, including by Ares' sons, Fear and Terror, and by the Titans when she goes to battle with them.
* GoodIsNotNice: 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.
* InsufferableGenius: She's the goddess of wisdom and takes any opportunity to flaunt it, much to the extreme annoyance of Ares and even Poseidon.
* ParrotPetPosition: Her beloved owl Ibbot usually rests on Athena's shoulders when not being held in her hand.
* SiblingRivalry: 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.
* SternTeacher: To Hercules.
* WarGod: The Olympian Goddess of War. Athens is her town.
* TheWorfEffect: 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Aphrodite]]
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/LisaKudrow (TV series); Marta Tamarit (TV series) (European Spanish dub)

The Olympian Goddess of Love and Passion.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Aphrodite has pinkish-purple skin.
* GodCouple: She is engaged to Hephaestus, who gets violent with anyone who tries to hit on her, as Hades discovered.
* GodsHandsAreTied: 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).
* HotGoddess: Naturally like every incarnation of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Has a waist so tiny she could probably wrap one hand around them. She's not human so it's not impossible for her.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "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.
* LoveGoddess: The Olympian Goddess of Love and Passion. She also oversees and marries off couples who are in love.
* MsFanservice: She has the most voluptuous figure of any character shown in the Hercules franchise.
* ThePowerOfLove: She runs on this and can [[LoveIsInTheAir 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.
* RapunzelHair; Her hair reaches all the way down to her feet.
* StatuesqueStunner: She is really tall and really beautiful.
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: 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.
[[/folder]]

!!Minor Gods and Goddesses

[[folder:The Muses (Calliope, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Thalia and Clio)]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"We are the Muses! Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes!"]]
->'''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.
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* ADayInTheLimelight: In the TV series, Terpsichore interacts directly with Hercules to teach him how to dance since she is the muse of dance.
* BareYourMidriff: Terpsichore.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Hellooo Thalia! While the other muses are rail thin like Megara, Thalia is not.
* BigFun: Thalia is the chubbiest of the Muses, and she tends to serve as the comic relief of the group. Fitting, since she's the Muse of Comedy.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the beginning of the movie, they decide the narrator is too serious and grim, so decide to take over in telling the tale.
-->'''Calliope:''' We'll take if from here, darling!
-->'''Narrator:''' You go, girls!
* CanonImmigrant: 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.
* CatchPhrase: "And that's the gospel truth!"
* DeadpanSnarker: Calliope and Thalia snark at the others and the characters.
* {{Fan Girl}}s: Of Hercules. Thalia would like to "make some sweet music" with him.
* GenkiGirl: Terpsichore, best shown in the tv show, where she is more distinct and lively.
* GreekChorus: Literally! They talk about the story and its players while simultaneously taking part in it.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Four of them. Again, they're goddesses so it's not impossible.
* {{Lemony Narrator}}s: For instance, they call Meg on her {{tsundere}}.
* MsFanservice: All five of them. They're all very curvy and prone to posing their legs and shaking their hips when they dance.
* OffscreenTeleportation: They appear and disappear a lot. Justified because they're goddesses.
* OffWithHerHead: Played for Laughs when Thalia takes the form of a Haunted Mansion-esque bust.
* OnlySaneWoman: Calliope is only one focused on the job of a muse; "Proclaimers of Heroes".
* PluckyComicRelief: Thalia, who is fittingly the Muse of Comedy.
* SadlyMythtaken: There were nine muses in Greek Mythology. There are only five here. Also, why would ''Greek'' Goddesses be singing ''gospel?'' RuleOfCool can explain the latter (It's a Disney film; they gotta fit a musical in there somewhere) but not the former.
* SassyBlackWoman: All of them, but Thalia especially. They are introduced sassing TheNarrator.
-->Would ya listen to him? He's making the story sound like some Greek tragedy! Lighten up, dude!
* ShipperOnDeck: All of them want Herc and Meg to end up together.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Between Thalia and Clio during Zero to Hero. Clio bonks Thalia on the head for mispronouncing vase. Thalia retaliates by jamming said vase over Clio's head.
* StaticCharacter: 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Fates (Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos)]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"In eighteen years precisely, the planets will align ever so nicely. The time to act will be at hand; unleash the Titans, your monstrous band. Then the once proud Zeus will finally fall, and you, Hades, will rule all! A word of caution to this tale: should Hercules fight, you will fail."]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Amanda Plummer (Clotho), Carole Shelley (Lachesis) and Paddi Edwards (Atropos); Creator/TressMacNeille (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.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: 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 Extra}}s: They start out as {{Advertised Extra}}s, 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.
* AffablyEvil: They're fairly polite, for a group of scary old hags. Clotho, in particular, seems to be the most cooperative of the trio.
* {{Blind Seer}}s: Kind of. They have one eye between them so two of them are blind at any given time.
* BodyHorror:
** They share one eye between them. ''One. Single. Eye.''
** Lachesis has a spider in her nose. Urghh.
* CompositeCharacter: Physically they're more like the Graeae, although they're still the same as the fates.
* CrystalBall: Their eye has this future-foretelling function.
* DeathsHourglass: The thread of life is spun by them. It is also cut by them.
* {{The Evil Genius}}es: If one counts them among Hades' allies, seeing as they know literally everything. Hades needed their intel for his EvilPlan.
* EyelessFace: Two of them because they only have one eye between them.
* FogFeet: WordOfGod says that the Fates have no legs.
* {{Humanoid Abomination}}s: The three of them are probably the most...''off'' creatures in the cast, including the gods and monsters.
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: [[spoiler: They had no idea that Hercules would become a God]].
* TheOmniscient:
** They announce it at one point.
-->'''Hades''': Ladies, sorry I'm--
-->'''Lachesis''': Late! We knew you would be!
-->'''Clotho''': (''proudly'') We know ''everything!''
** Later played for laughs when Hades tries to explain why he needs their help to which they keep responding "WE KNOW!"
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: They appear to have this, although they do have standards, as they're not supposed to reveal the future.
* TerribleTrio: The three of them spin, stretch and cut the strings of life.
* VillainousCrush: Atropos crushes on Hercules in the TV series.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Trivia]]
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[[caption-width-right:238:"Never underestimate the power of trivia!"]]
->'''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.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Trivia has purple skin.
* BaitAndSwitch: 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.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: 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.
* TheBore: 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.
* GenderFlip: 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.
* InkSuitActor: He's Ben Stein if he were a Disney Greek God.
* ItsPronouncedTropay: He constantly tells people who call on him that his name is pronounced '''Try-vee-Ah'''
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: 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.
[[/folder]]

!!Other Immortals

[[folder:Pain and Panic]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Pain!....and Panic!"]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BobcatGoldthwait (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.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: 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 sons 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'' appear in the animated series as [[AdaptationalNameChange Fear and Terror]], but they are as against Hades as Herc is.
* AdaptationalWimp: 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 Monkey}}s: Most of their screen time consists of them being physically abused by Hades.
* CanonImmigrant: 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.
* CoDragons: They're the ones Hades calls upon the most.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: 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 Coward}}s: 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 "[[BoltOfDivineRetribution target practice]]" yet they still did it. This is because they fear their boss more.
* FatAndSkinny: Pain and Panic, respectively, form this sort of comedy duo.
* MeaningfulName: Pain is constantly subjected to pain, and as for Panic, he does just that: panic.
* {{Mook}}s: 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.
* NervousWreck: "Panic" is a meaningful name.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: 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 [[spoiler:Pegasus]], and Hermes.
* PluckyComicRelief: Slap-stick mostly.
* PunchClockVillain: They don't care about the EvilPlan; that's their boss' thing. Pain wears Hercules footwear.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Two minor minions of the BigBad.
* TortureTechnician: 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.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: They can shift into whatever they wish. [[spoiler: This includes an attractive female pegasus.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Titans]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Destroy Zeus! Crush him!"]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/CoreyBurton (Stratos, Lythos' right head), Creator/JimCummings (Pyros, Cyclops (video games)), Jim Ward (Hydros), Patrick Pinney (Lythos' left head, Cyclops) (original); Rubén Trujillo (Cyclops, original) (Latin American Spanish dub); 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, who doesn't get an element.
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* AbusivePrecursors: 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.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[WordOfGod According]] to ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'', the cyclops' name is One-Eyed Jack. Hades nicknames him "Bright-Eye."
* AllThereInTheScript: The names of the other four, listed below.
* {{Arch Enem|y}}ies: Of Zeus because he trapped them underground for ages.
* AxCrazy: Thalia implies that the remains of their victims were literally ''everywhere''.
* BaldOfEvil: 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 Brute}}s: They're massive, hulking monsters that serve as strong men for the head villain.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The cyclops. [[spoiler:Hercules ties his feet together so he falls from a high cliff.]]
* TheDreaded: Everyone is terrified of them. The sight of them sends Hermes into a panic.
* DumbMuscle: They're all so stupid that none of them noticed where Mt. Olympus was until Hades pointed them in its direction.
* {{Eldritch Abomination}}s: Oh yes. They are a bunch of giant, horrifying monsters, more akin to the Protogenois than the Titans.
* ElementalPowers: Four of the five:
** DishingOutDirt: Lythos is a two-headed rock monster
** AnIcePerson: Hydros is a giant ice fiend. If his name is any indication, his powers may extend to water as a whole.
** MagmaMan: Pyros is a living wave of magma.
** BlowYouAway: Stratos is a sapient tornado.
* EyeScream: During his battle with the cyclops, Hercules stuffs a fiery brand into his eye.
* FatBastard: The Cyclops is basically a fat kid picking the wings of a fly (i.e. depowered Hercules).
* FourElementEnsemble: The four classical ones.
* FourIsDeath: Downplayed; four of them are depicted as having a major part, but there's actually five of them; one of them is a cyclops.
* {{Kaiju}}s: They're all huge malevolent monsters that attack cities.
* HulkSpeak: Except for Stratos, they all talk this way, ''especially'' the cyclops - "So, ''you'' mighty Hercules, huh?"
* LeanAndMean: Hydros. He's essentially a giant icy skeleton.
* NonElemental: The Cyclops, in contrast to the other Titans.
* ObliviouslyEvil: 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").
* SealedEvilInACan: Zeus imprisons them all beneath the ocean with lightning bolts, but when the planets align, Hades is able to release them. [[spoiler:Hercules uses Stratos to suck the other Titans in, then throws them all into space where they explode.]]
* TheWorfEffect: They inflict this on ''every'' god in Olympus except Zeus himself, proving how dangerous they are.
[[/folder]]

!!Mortals

[[folder:Amphytryon and Alcmene]]
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[[caption-width-right:236:"It's the symbol of the Gods."]]
->'''Alcmene Voiced by:''' Barabara Barrie (original); Guadalupe Noel (Latin American Spanish dub); Rosa Guiñón (European Spanish dub)
->'''Amphytryon Voiced by:''' Hal Holbrook (original), Creator/CoreyBurton (animated series); Arturo Mercado (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.
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* BigOlEyebrows: Amphytryon has these and due to age they are also white.
* ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa: Overweight Alcmene and her skinny husband Amphytryon, respectively.
* GoodParents: Both are very supportive and loving to their adopted son, Hercules.
* HappilyMarried: Even though their scenes together are short, we still see them as a happy couple.
* MuggleFosterParents: They were the mortal, adoptive parents to their semi-divine son.
* NiceHat: Amphytryon often wears a farmer's hat.
* NicePerson: 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.
* RagsToRoyalty: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. 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.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: {{Inverted|Trope}}. In the original Greek Myths Alcmene is actually Hercules' biological/birth mother, while the Disney version remade her as his adoptive mother.
* SpannerInTheWorks: They interrupted Pain and Panic as they were giving Hercules the potion to make him mortal. Without them, Hades's plan would have gone off without a hitch.
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[[folder:Icarus]]
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[[caption-width-right:141:''"Oh ho! I love her [Cassandra] so much! Oh ho ho! What are you looking at?!"'']]
->'''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.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Cassandra. She regards him as a nuisance. Granted, he ''is'' brain damaged, so it's difficult for him to take a hint.
* AdaptiveAbility: He can adjust to just about anything, even Spartan military training!
* AllMenArePerverts: His interaction with Cassandra borders on harassment.
* BizarreTasteInFood: Loves liver and is disappointed when Prometheus announces he will cancel liver Thursdays while the rest of the school cheers.
* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the TV series.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Thanks to the fact that flying too close to the sun he "fried his brain".
* CrazyJealousGuy: He doesn't like any other guy messing with Cassandra.
* EinsteinHair: Fitting with his crazy-yet-brilliant personality is his wacko hair style.
* FatalFlaw: Icarus is easy to anger and driven to great acts of spite when especially provoked particularly when consumed by jealousy.
* GadgeteerGenius: To the point that Phil states in the epilogue that Icarus becomes a famous inventor.
* GeniusDitz: He's brain-damaged, but not stupid.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Hercules are best friends in the TV series.
* IcarusAllusion: ''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.
%%* KidAppealCharacter
* MadEye: One eye is permanently red, possibly bloodshot.
* MadScientist: Like his father, is also an inventor - and a brain-fried one to ensure both parts fit.
* MissingMom: She appears in "Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster," mentioned to be amiably divorced, and Icarus works for her during the summer.
* RunningGag: Involving wax wings melting in the sun.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Didn't fall to his death here. Instead, he just got his brain all fried up.
* WhatTheHellHero: Icarus of all people gives this to Hercules after finding out Medusa, the new girl they were hanging out with, is the gorgon. When he asked if Hercules will plan to see her again, he says no since Medusa is a monster and a freak who is a threat to everyone's safety. Icarus takes this rather personally, calling out that despite what Medusa is, she was a pleasant person to be around unlike most other people and never had any malicious thoughts towards them. He challenges Herc if he's going to kill her for being a freak because he's too good to have one for a friend, and then what? Kill anyone else considered a freak? Perhaps a "freak who flew too close to the sun"?
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[[folder:Cassandra]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:"Life not fair? Why wasn't I told?"]]
->'''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.
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* CanonForeigner: Like Icarus up there, she's TV series only.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Icarus may be an AbhorrentAdmirer, but Cassandra feels a void when Icarus is gone for a ''long'' time.
* TheCassandra: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably because nobody believes her prophecies, giving her extra reason to snark at idiocy.
* DealWithTheDevil: After forseeing herself actually ''kissing'' Icarus in the future, Cassandra agrees to sell "her afterschool and weekends soul" to Hades to prevent the future from happening.
* EmotionlessGirl: Has the emotional range of a statue. When she meets a guy she likes though, she's blatantly head over heels with the [[GirlOfTheWeek Boy Of The Week]]. She's also clearly happy in 'The Big Lie' when she realizes people are actually believing her visions.
* FriendToAllChildren: Despite her protests, she's pretty good with youngsters.
* FriendlessBackground: Hence why she put up with Icarus for so long; lack of alternatives.
* GrumpyBear: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's cynical and rude sometimes, but she values Herc and Icarus' friendships.
* LeanAndMean: Mean-''spirited'', at least. Add Herc being muscular and Icarus being short, and completes a BigThinShortTrio.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Hercules and the All Nighter", she becomes more jolly & less snarky; Herc realizes it's from sleep deprivation.
* OnlySaneWoman: The sanest among Herc (ChronicHeroSyndrome) and Icarus ({{Cloudcuckoolander}}).
* PerpetualFrowner: Her usual facial expression, when not a smug smile.
* ProphetEyes: Whenever she has visions, they become swirly and green.
%% * RapunzelHair: Purple hair that reaches past her shoulders.
* {{Seers}}: She can see the future--too bad [[TheCassandra nobody listens to her predictions!]] Phil later states in the epilogue that Cassandra becomes a member of the ''Oracle Friends Network''.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Well, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair the shade is more magenta than red]], but she's one of the main cast.
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[[folder:Adonis]]
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[[caption-width-right:210:"First of all, look at this tan. Have you ever seen such a beautiful sight?"]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Diedrich Bader (original); Dani García (European Spanish dub)

He is the snobbish prince of Thrace.
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* TheBully: He enjoyed humiliating Hercules and his friends during their time at Prometheus Academy.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Stylized to be an epitome of male perfection as his name would suggest, with long golden hair and "awesomely" tanned skin.
* EnemyMine: Sometimes, he will ask for Hercules' help.
* FatalFlaw: 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.
* GoKartingWithBowser: 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.
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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.
* JerkAss: Selfish, arrogant, and cowardly.
* KarmaHoudini: {{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. [[spoiler: Played straight in the film. The series reveals he was the ex Meg asked Hades to revive, only for him to dump her]].
* LargeHam: A given for someone so full of himself. The overacting gets even worse when he's annoyed\scared.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Anytime he calls Hercules "friend", it means things have gone bad for him that he needs Hercules' help.
* UngratefulBastard:
** 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.
** [[spoiler:Meg sold her soul to Hades to save him. His gratitude? Leave her for another girl.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
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[[folder:Helen of Troy]]
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Jodi Benson (original); Creator/NuriaTrifol (European Spanish dub)

The most popular girl at Prometheus Academy.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: 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.
* BrainlessBeauty: Helen of Troy. 1,000 ships weren't launched for her intelligence after all.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Helen has blonde hair and is an absolute sweetheart.
* HiddenDepths: 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.
* IronicHell: 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.
* LovableAlphaBitch: A nice and friendly cheerleader.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: 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.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: 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 embellishes as a war) juicier.
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