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


[[caption-width-right:350:''"What you need is . . . a hero."'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Tate Donovan, Joshua Keaton, Roger Bart, Music/RickyMartin (Latin American dub)

* {{Adorkable}}: It's the contrast between his earnest desire to help and his clumsiness.
* AllLovingHero: Certified hero? Check. NiceGuy? Check. Reforms his jaded girlfriend with ThePowerOfLove? Check.
* 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.]]
* {{Badass}}: As always, Hercules is the primer monster buster.
* 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: 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Hercules is one of the sweetest, most polite, helpful guys Disney has ever created. [[BerserkButton Don't get on his bad side.]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: {{Inverted}}. He's the Gentle Boy to Meg's Brooding Girl; Heroic NiceGuy and jaded FemmeFatale.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy And His Flying Horse. He recognized Pegasus with their signature headbutt.
* ChickMagnet: "Zero to Hero" shows Herc gaining a lot of female admirers. In one scene, they are ''literally'' fighting over him.
* 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.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Couldn't control it as a teenager. The townspeople were not pleased.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Toward Meg [[DefrostingIceQueen at first]].
* DumbMuscle: Averted. He's an honest and [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] 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.
* {{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: {{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: Usually averted, unless you push him.
* GentleGiant: Downplayed. He's not a particularly "giant" man, but he's big enough to qualify.
* 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.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Implied to have become this with Phil by the end of the film.
** Also develops one with Icarus in the TV series.
* {{Hunk}}: The Muses say so in "Zero to Hero".
--> ''Zero to Hero; a major hunk! Zero to Hero; and who'd have thunk?''
* HumbleHero: He keeps his humility before and after he defeats monsters.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Decides to stay mortal 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.]]
* TheKlutz: As a teenager, he couldn't control his SuperStrength and constantly broke things, tripped on his feet, etc.
* LoveAtFirstSight[=/=]SingleTargetSexuality: Towards Megara aka Meg.
* 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 actually 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: His teenager scenes show him helping others and attempting to make friends with people who are scared of him.
* 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.
* PowerGlows: [[spoiler:As a god.]]
* 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...."
* 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.
* UnskilledButStrong: Initially he couldn't do much with all his strength. Thanks to Phil's training he eventually develops into SkilledButNaive.
* 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.
* 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

[[caption-width-right:350:''"Sometimes it's better to be alone, because then nobody can hurt you."'']]
->'''Voiced by''': Susan Egan

* 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.]]
* {{Badass}}: If you can stand up to Hades, the God of the Underworld, and you don't have any powers, you definitely count as one.
* 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. See his example for details.
* 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.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Meg has ''purple'' hair and eyes.
* DamselInDistress: [[LampshadeHanging "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle it."]]
* 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.]]
* 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}}[=/=]NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: 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.
* HeelRealization: Finds it hard when Hercules gets his strength drained because of her.
* 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.
* InLoveWithTheMark: With Hercules.
* 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.
* NervesOfSteel: See her {{Badass}} section.
* 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.
* 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:Philoctetes "Phil"]]
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/DannyDeVito, Robert Costanzo

* BadassTeacher: Averted. He 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.
** Averted though, as women on Earth reject him. But in the end of the film, Aphrodite-the Goddess of love of all people falls for him, giving him a passionate kiss instantly, and having to be pried away from her by Hercules, who's flying back home with Meg.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of his dialogue is sarcastic.
-->'''Meg''': He won't listen to me.
-->'''Phil''': Good! Then he's finally learned something.
* {{Expy}}: Phil's character and appearance is inspired by [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Grumpy]], [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Bacchus]], and Mickey Goldmill from ''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.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Almost always called "Phil" instead of his birth name, "Philoctetes".
* InkSuitActor: Phil's basically a goat version of Danny DeVito, his first voice actor.
* 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Philcan 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 reowned as 'the trainer of heroes'. Oddyessus, Persus, Thesus (a lotta "yusses"), and then Hercules.
* TheNapoleon: He's very short, and short tempered as well, in contrast to Hercules's GentleGiant.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The tough, short-tempered Manly Man to Herc's dorky, humble Sensitive Guy.
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: His CatchPhrase. It's also a RunningGag, since the "two words" he picks are never two words.

->'''Voiced by''': FrankWelker

* CoolHorse: Aww yeah! A giant super strong flying horse certainly counts.
* 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.
* NonHumanSidekick: He's 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.

[[folder:Zeus and Hera]]
->'''Voiced by''': Rip Torn and Samantha Eggar

* 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.
* {{Expy}}: Jor-el and Lara to an extent.
* 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.
* LargeHam: Zeus can get very loud and dramatic when he wants to.
* LightIsGood: Both of them shine and both of them are benevolent.
* PinkMeansFeminine: The main color theme of Hera, queen of the gods, is pink.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure and TheHighQueen: Probably why the whole pantheon besides Hades loves them.
* {{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.

->'''Voiced by:''' Paul Shaffer

* 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 pretty much 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:Amphytryon and Alcmene]]
->'''Alcmene Voiced by:''' Barabara Barrie
->'''Amphytryon Voiced by:''' Hal Holbrook

%%* BigOlEyebrows: Amphytryon has these.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.

[[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

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Aphrodite in the animated series.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Hades was not an enemy of Hercules in the original myths.
* BadBoss: His minions are berated, struck, set on fire...
* BerserkButton: Hercules' merchandise. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjQKeIgchYY&feature=related Thirsty?]]
* BigBad: He's gathering an army so he can take over Olympus.
* BreakoutCharacter[=/=]BreakoutVillain: Despite having no redeeming qualities whatsoever, James Woods' spirited portrayal of him made Hades one of the most iconic and popular Disney villains.
** Woods himself loves the character so much that he goes out of his way to ensure that he ALWAYS voices him, even if it means not being paid much (hence why Disney managed to get him in every episode of the TV series he appeared in, which was all but a few of them).
** He's even the star of the stage musical ''Villains Tonight!'' That has to say something [[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. The first scene shows them bickering and the pre-climax shows them fighting.
* TheChessmaster: His plans for conquest complete with ChessMotifs.
* TheCorrupter: Tries to be this for Hercules and Meg. It would be redundant to spoiler tag that this failed.
* CreditsGag: Hades gets one more CrowningMomentOfFunny as the [[VanityPlate Disney castle]] comes up.
* DeadpanSnarker / EvilIsHammy: He switches between the two based on his mood. Blue flames is the dry and witty snarker; Red/Orange flames are the bombastic and passionate ham.
* DealWithTheDevil: Like in other Muskers/Clements movies [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid before]] and [[ThePrincessAndTheFrog after]] him, this is a villain that loves to makes deals.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Both the Fates and he expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. However this self-sacrifice turned out to be the final requirement to regain his God-hood.
* DraggedOffToHell: Well ''further'' to 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 and the gods never hated Hades like we see in the film, he was definitely not treated with as much respect as the other gods.
* 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. Played straight with Hades himself though. Any time you make a deal with him, or get him to help you, he'll screw you over one way or another.
* EvilIsPetty: One infamous scene has him throwing a tantrum over Pain and Panic wearing Hercules themed merchandise.
* 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 enemies: Zod and Lex Luthor.
* 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.
* AGodAmI: Granted, he already ''is'' one, but his goal is to become ''the'' god and supreme leader of Mt. Olympus.
* GodOfEvil: Hades is portrayed as one, 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]] tempers.
* 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.
* 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.
* SatanicArchetype: He's clearly upgraded to a Satan {{Expy}}. [[EvilIsBurningHot Association with fire]], rebellion against the divine powers, makes deals...
* 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.
* 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.
* VillainBall: 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.
* 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
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Blue, fiery hair. Justified because he's a god.

[[folder:Pain and Panic]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Bobcat Goldthwait and Matt Frewer

* {{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.
* {{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.
* {{The Dragon}}s: Hades always summons them which implies they're the head imps.
* FatAndSkinny: Pain and Panic, respectively.
* 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 theses are the only two we see.
* 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.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: They can shift into whatever they wish. [[spoiler: This includes an attractive female pegasus.]]

[[folder:The Muses (Calliope, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Thalia and Clio)]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Roz Ryan and Vanéese Y. Thomas

* 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:The Fates (Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos)]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Amanda Plummer, Carole Shelley and Paddi Edwards

* {{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.
* CrystalBall: Their eye has this function.
* DeathsHourglass: The thread of life.
* {{The Evil Genius}}es: If one counts them among Hades' allies, seeing as they know literally everything.
* 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.
* 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.
* SadlyMythtaken[=/=]CompositeCharacter: Physically they're more like the Graeae, although they're still the same as the fates.
* TerribleTrio: The three of them spin, stretch and cut the strings of life.
* VillainousCrush[=/=]AbhorrentAdmirer: Atropos to Hercules in the TV series. Clotho could be seen as the latter[[note]]Obviously she can't be the former, since they're both villains[[/note]] toward Hades too, which is something he exploits to get her to tell him the future.

[[folder:The Titans]]

* 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 just 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.
* {{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.
* 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.]]

->Voiced by: French Stewart

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Cassandra. She regards him as a nuisance. Granted, he ''is'' brain damaged, so it's somewhat 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.
* {{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.
* 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.
* {{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.

->Voiced by: Sandra Bernhard

* CanonForeigner: Like Icarus up there.
* TheCassandra[=/=]CassandraTruth: 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[=/=]TheStoic: 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]].
* FriendToAllChildren: See {{Irony}}.
* FriendlessBackground: Hence why she put up with Icarus for so long.
* GrumpyBear: All a part of her sarcastic personality.
* {{Irony}}: Cassandra states that she doesn't want kids, but has a show a surprising amount of skill with youngsters.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's cynical and rude sometimes, but she values Herc and Icarus' friendships.
* OnlySaneWoman: The sanest among Herc (ChronicHeroSyndrome) and Icarus ({{Cloudcuckoolander}}).
* {{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''.

--> Voiced by: Diedrich Bader

* TheBully
* JerkAss
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sometimes.

--> Voiced by: Jay Thomas

* BigBad: Of a few episodes.
* 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.]]
* WarGod: It goes without saying.