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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, Joshua Keaton, Roger Bart, Enrique "Music/RickyMartin" Martin (Latin American dub)

The titular protagonist who aspires to become a true hero.
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* {{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.
* 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 in 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?
* 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, and when a super-powered half-Olympian ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: {{Inverted}}. 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.
* 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: "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.
* DespairEventHorizon: Crosses it when Hades reveals that Meg is one of his minions after he's been depowered; he's so torn up that he willingly throws himself into a fight with the Cyclops despite knowing he stands no chance, and nearly dies as a result.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Couldn't control it as a teenager. The townspeople shunned him for it.
* DumbMuscle: Averted. 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 animated series, he has also seen to be skilled with various weaponless, and is able to spy and sneak on subject diving underground.
* {{Expy}}: This adaptation of Hercules takes a lot from [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Superman]] (who was probably inspired by Heracles in the first place). Only child of an advanced race of beings who is raised by two simple country folk who teach him good morals, he learns to use his powers to help others and be an example of, while falling for a caustic, worldly brunette and being manipulated behind the scenes by a power-hungry sleazeball.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 in the TV series but in more of brotherly sense.
* {{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?''
* HumbleHero: He keeps his humility before and after he defeats monsters.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Decides to stay on earth to be with Meg.]]
* InnocentBlueEyes: To represent his naive and cheerful personality.
* InSeriesNickname: Called "Herc" by his friends.
* 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
* LoveAtFirstSight: Not ''quite'' first sight; he doesn't make the awkward-crush gestures 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: "You're my one last hope so you'll ''have'' to do."
* 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.
* 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.
* PowerGlows: [[spoiler:As a god, he as a golden godly glow.]]
* ProtagonistTitle: The film is named after him.
* RedHeadedHero: Herc has red hair and is TheProtagonist of the film and midquel TV series.
* 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 her for someone else.
* 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, but he was induced to forget all that in the end.
* 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!"''
* UnskilledButStrong: {{Deconstructed}}. Initially he couldn't do much with all his strength; he didn't have the skill to use it ''safely'' much less effectively, which led him to be treated as an outcast. Thanks to Phil's training he eventually develops into SkilledButNaive.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Gender-flipped. Do '''not''' do anything to Meg when he's around.
** He didn't like it when Phil accuses Meg of being "two-timing, lying, scheming" and that she doesn't love Hercules. He learned Phil was right, but also Meg was unwilling to work for Hades anymore.
** He gets one near the end; he's put up with a lot of crap during the last half of the film, but seeing Hades dare to lay his filthy mitts on Meg ''after'' nearly getting them both killed finally sends our hero over the edge...and Hades also, literally.
* 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: Herculed decided that being trapped in the Underworld's Vortex was worth it, if it meant saving Meg.
[[/folder]]

[[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

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.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Hercules literally reverses her death.]]
* 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}}. 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: [[LampshadeHanging "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle it."]]
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Expy}}: Meg was inspired by Barbara Stanwyck's tough attitude in some of her screwball comedies, and like most of the cast of the film, she takes a lot of cues from her [[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.
* FemmeFatale: An alluring and seductive woman who works for the villain and attempts to seduce TheHero.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: She plays with this trope.
-->'''Meg''': My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.
* 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.
%%* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Her dress and eyes are a beautiful violet color.
* 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.]]
* 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''."
* 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]].
* InSeriesNickname: Her full name is "Megara", but everyone calls her "Meg".
* 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.
* 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.
* 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).
* NoodlePeople: See NonStandardCharacterDesign.
* OfficialCouple: With Hercules.
%%* PurpleEyes: One of the few Disney characters to have purple/violet eyes.
%%* RapunzelHair: Her hair reaches past her waistline.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Her true redemption comes when she performs a HeroicSacrifice and dies. This being a Disney film, it isn't permanent.]]
* 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.
* 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: Nessus is a {{Jerkass}} who thinks NoMeansYes. 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.
* 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.]]
* {{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....''
* TokenGoodTeammate: Of Hades' team, she's the only one who isn't evil. In fact, she's only working for him because she has to.
* 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''."
* YouGotSpunk: Nessus "likes 'em fiery!"
[[/folder]]

[[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, Robert Costanzo

A Satyr and the trainer of Hercules.
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* AdaptationSpeciesChange: He was human in the original myth.
* BadassTeacher: Averted. He teachers Hercules to fight monsters but runs away when monsters show up.
* BerserkButton: Don't mention Achilles' heel to him.
* 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. Though in the TV show, he does have a girlfriend, who's a nymph that actually 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.
* {{Expy}}: Phil's character and appearance is inspired by [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Grumpy]], [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Bacchus]], and Mickey Goldmill from ''Film/{{Rocky}}''.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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''': FrankWelker

The flying horse companion of Hercules.
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* 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.
* {{Expy}}: Large superpowered white animal companion serving as a link to the heroes lost homeworld? Krypto, is that you?
* InterspeciesFriendship: With Hercules; pegasus and human.
* 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?"]]
->'''Voiced by''': Rip Torn and Samantha Eggar

Hercules's biological parents. The King (Zeus) and Queen (Hera) of the Olympian Gods.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Both of them. Neither the original [[AnythingThatMoves Zeus]] nor the original [[{{Yandere}} Hera]] were good people. Heck, in the original myths, ''Hera'' was Hercules' ArchEnemy, not Hades!
* BigGood: Zeus is the benevolent TopGod and Hercules' father.
* BigOlEyebrows: Zeus has these. 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: Zeus with Hades; the latter tries to overthrow the former.
* GodCouple: The only such divine pair in the film.
* GodIsGood: The muses sing Zeus' praises in the prologue. The short form is that he singlehandedly made the earth livable for humans. In private, he's an affable family man.
* 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.
* TheHighQueen: Hera. Like her husband, she's a competent and wise ruler.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Both are blind to Hades's resentment (and the guy [[LargeHam isn't the subtlest in the room]]) until the climax.
* 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.
* LightIsGood: Both of them shine and both of them are benevolent.
* NicePerson: Both are compassionate and kind Gods.
* PinkMeansFeminine: The main color theme of Hera, queen of the gods, is pink.
* 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. Zeus contributes little to the plot after the prologue and Hera doesn't do much at all.
* 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.
* 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hermes]]
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[[caption-width-right:203:''"Gone, babe!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Paul Shaffer

An Olympian God, serving as a royal messenger of the Gods.
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* 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.
* NiceHat: A winged helmet.
* PluckyComicRelief: His main role is comedy.
* SuperSpeed: It's ''Hermes''. 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

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 [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer it's done to show how estranged he is with them. They aren't happy at his appearance at Hercules's birthday, and his lame joke is met with scowls.]] 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.
* AGodAmI: Sure, Hades is a god, but he wants to overthrow Zeus so he could become the [[TopGod King of Olympus]].
* ArchEnemy
* 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.
* 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: With Zeus; 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.
* CreditsGag: Hades gets one more [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funny moment]] as the [[VanityPlate Disney castle]] comes up.
* DeadpanSnarker: "So is this an audience or a mosaic?"
* DealWithTheDevil: Like in other Muskers/Clements movies [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid before]] and [[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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While he doesn't display a lot of redeeming qualities by any means, one good thing that can be said about him is that he does honor the bargains that he keeps (in both the letter AND the spirit, [[spoiler: even if it would mean his downfall. This is demonstrated by his agreement with Hercules; when Megara was crushed by the falling pillar Hercules' godly strength returned in full.]]
* 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.
* 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: Several scenes show him throwing a tantrum whenever Pain and Panic fail to do something.
** When Pain and Panic are wearing Hercules-related merchandise:
--> '''Hades''': "I've got 24 hours to get rid of this bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for 18 years goes up in smoke 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 EXACT words?
--> ''[Strangles Pain and Panic, who are struggling to speak]''\\
'''Pain:''' This might be a different Hercules.
-->'''Panic:''' Yeah! I mean, Hercules is a 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]''\\
'''Hades:''' WHAT?!! The fates are here and YOU DIDN'T TELL ME!!
-->'''Pain and Panic:''' We are worms! Worthless worms!
--> ''[Pain and Panic turn into literal worms begging for mercy]''\\

* EvilOverlord: "He ruled the underworld... but thought the dead were dull and uncouth. He was as mean as he was ruthless...."
* EvilPlan: Release the Titans and TakeOverTheWorld.
* EvilUncle: He's Zeus' brother and therefore Hercules' uncle. Unlike Disney/TheLionKing this is never brought up.
* TheExitIsThatWay: Or rather, Mt. Olympus.
* {{Expy}}: The guy even takes cues from {{Superman}}'s greatest arch enemy: Lex Luthor. Down to baldness. Not only this, but he's also a SatanicArchetype.
* 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.
* FogFeet: Hades' robes dissolve into wisps of smoke.
* GodOfEvil: Hades is portrayed as an EvilOverlord, contrary to Greek Mythology, where he was more benign.
* HairTriggerTemper: It's easy to make the blue hair turn red.
* IGaveMyWord: He promises to release Meg from his service and that she won't be harmed if Hercules gives up his strength for a day. After Hercules agrees, Hades averts the LoopholeAbuse trope by releasing Meg with a snap of his fingers before departing. Admittedly, she does get fatally injured during Hercules' fight with the cyclops, but Hades never ordered that, so it doesn't really count against him.
* 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.
* 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...]]
* 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.
* 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.
%%* OnlySaneMan
* 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.
* PhysicalGod: He's made of smoke and flames and something else. He's the lord of the dead.
* 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.
* TheResenter: It's implied in the animated series that the main reason Hades is so antagonistic is his frustration and hatred over being put in charge of the Underworld. Zeus put Hades in charge of the Underworld knowing it was a dank and unpleasant job and condition, and tends to mock his workaholism. Most of Hades' plans against Zeus are to overthrow him as King of the Gods to obtain the pleasures of Mount Olympus that Zeus indulges in while he watches over the dead. This doesn't hold too much water considering that it his choice to spend more time down there plotting instead of going more to family concentrations.
%%* {{Sadist}}
* SatanicArchetype: He's clearly upgraded to a Satan {{Expy}}. [[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.]]
* 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 [[ManipulativeBastard master manipulator]], [[TheCharmer has a suave, wisecracking and charming personality to match]] and is willing to make deals. Beneath that charming personality is a [[TheUnfettered remorseless, cruel and selfish god]], who is willing to do whatever it takes to [[TheUsurper usurp Zeus' throne]], even if it meant killing and maiming 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 [[ItsAllAboutMe his own selfish gains]], [[FauxAffablyEvil speaks like a conman while screwing everybody around]] and is a brutal sadist when it comes to torturing his minions Pain and Panic, especially if they anger him.
* 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...
* ThisCannotBe: When Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood.
%%* TheUnfettered
* TheUsurper: Part of Hades' EvilPlan is to usurp Zeus' title as King of the Gods so he can seize control of Olympus.
* 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.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Especially when he's angry. He calls Hercules "schlemiel", "yutz" and so on.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Blue, fiery hair. Justified because he's a god.
[[/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

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 of the villain that the animated series cast him as.
* BigBad: It's a downplayed case. Hades is ''the'' BigBad but Ares was the primary antagonist of a couple of episodes.
* EverybodyHatesAres: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Ares is portrayed as a boisterous war-mongerer, especially as he's [[RedOniBlueOni always compared to his calmer and more intelligent sister Athena]]. But he's not particurally ''hated'', and the city state of Sparta even has him as his patron. Ares and Athena are stuck in an endless rivalry though, which makes the people of Sparta and Athens look down on each other (the Spartans will see the Athenians as sissy eggheads, while the Athenians see the Spartans as war-mongering brutes).
* ManipulativeBastard: Despite being bloodthristy and pigheaded most of time, Ares can show himself be quite the crafty deity. He once managed to get Hercules kicked out of a sporting competition by finding a loophole in the rules of the game. [[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.
[[/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)

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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* BigBeautifulWoman: Hellooo Thalia! While the other muses are rail thin like Megara, Thalia is not.
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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); Tress [=MacNeille=] (all three in House of Mouse)

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-fortelling 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]]

!!Other Immortals

[[folder:Pain and Panic]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Pain!....and Panic!"]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Bobcat Goldthwait (Pain) and Matt Frewer (Panic)

Pain and Panic are the secondary antagonists. They are two shape-shifting imps who are minions of Hades and provide comic relief.
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* {{Butt Monkey}}s: Most of their screen time consists of them being physically abused by Hades.
* 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:''' Corey Burton (Stratos, Lythos' right head), Jim Cummings (Pyros), Jim Ward (Hydros), Patrick Pinney (Lythos' left head)

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.
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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 ''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 mounster
** AnIcePerson: Hydros is a giant ice fiend.
** 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.
* 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 the 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
->'''Amphytryon Voiced by:''' Hal Holbrook

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.
* {{Expy}}: The couple are based off of [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Superman's adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent]]. They are a kindly country couple of mortals who rise the god-like baby to be a good man.
* 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.
* 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}}. 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}}. In the original Greek Myths Alcmene is actually Hercules' biological/birth mother, while the Disney version remade her as his adoptive mother.
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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

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.
* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the TV series.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Thanks to the fact that flying too close to the sun "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: 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.
* {{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.
* ManChild: He is ''very'' childish.
* 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.
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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

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 and she snarks at the idiotcy.
* 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 realises 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.
* 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}}).
%%* RapunzelHair: Her hair 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''.
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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

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.
* 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.
* 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

The the most popular girl at Prometheus Academy.
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* 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.
* LovableJock: 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.
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