[[folder: Hercules]]

* AdaptationalHeroism: [[WordOfGod Rob Tapert]] has commented that they actively removed the {{Jerkass}} qualities from the myths to make Herc a down-to-Earth NiceGuy.
* AncientGrome: Uses his Roman name, instead of Greek.
* TheAce
* BerserkButton: Harming families (particularly children), slavery, and the gods playing with people's lives.
** A more minor but still notable example would be his mother. Hercules usually doesn't take it well when any man tries to woo Alcmene. He grew especially angry and distrustful when a villain named Demetrius tried to woo her(though for good reason). He also didn't take it well when even his longtime friend Jason began courting his mother, though in Jason's case, Hercules had more of a FreudianExcuse since in the past, Jason had really upset Hercules by going after a girl he was interested in during the ''Medea Culpa'' episode. And he eventually grew to accept Jason after getting over his initial reservations.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigGood: Many episodes point out how Herc is ''the'' hero, inspiring and protecting others.
-->'''Zeus:''' You're the champion of mankind in a world that's frequently not fair and always not easy. The people know they can count on you.
** A later ''Xena'' crossover had Zeus admit that when push comes to shove, the Greeks hold Hercules in higher regard than the Olympians themselves.
--->"He has done something that we gods have tried and failed to accomplish. He's earned humanity's love in every gesture... except fear."
* BlueOni: To Iolaus' Red Oni.
* BreakTheHaughty: The flashbacks to "Regrets... I've Had A Few" open with Hercules being quite full of himself. Then he fights off an attacker and accidentally kills him because he didn't take the fight seriously.
* CallToAgriculture: After marrying Deianeira, he settled down as a farmer--only going on adventures when absolutely necessary.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Seems like every time he runs into Zeus he does this.
* CelibateHero: Herc actually had three serious relationships during the show, a previous one with Nemesis and a few other serious prospects. Not too shabby, but that's nothing compared to the many women he's turned down.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The flashbacks in "Regrets... I've Had A Few" are about him learning this lesson. It's also a recurring theme whenever he fails to help others.
-->'''Mabon:''' How can someone who champions mankind with all its flaws be so unforgiving with himself?\\
'''Hercules:''' Because my mistakes kill people!
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: He's not shy about his criticism of the Norse gods and the region's rituals. Balder concedes it all might seem strange to outsiders, but he asks Hercules not to judge the Vikings by the standards of his own homeland.
* DespairEventHorizon: Happens a few times.
** The death of his wife and kids at the beginning of the series leaves him consumed with getting revenge on Hera. After a day, he's calmed down and realizes this is not what his family would've wanted.
** In Season 3's "Judgment Day," the death of Serena, which he's framed for and fears he actually did.
** In Season 5, the death of Iolaus during an adventure Herc insisted going on. It takes a few episodes for Hercules to come to terms with it.
* DivineParentage: Courtesy of Zeus
* FantasticRacism: Zig Zagged in regards to gods. Hercules makes no secret of his disdain in general for the gods, but it's often because of how they play deadly games with mortals; he gets along fine with Hades, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus. On the other hand, this trope reaches a fever pitch in "Descent," where Hercules is told his actions allowed Dahak to kill the Sumerian gods. Hercules tells Dumuzi he doesn't care, a result of him grieving over Iolaus's death.
* FireForgedFriends: With Salmoneus. He only tolerated him at first, but in "As Darkness Falls," Salmoneus actively helps him and even risks his life acting as a diversion. Afterwards, Herc regards him as a true friend.
* FriendToAllChildren
* GeniusBruiser
* TheHero
* HeroesLoveDogs: He and his family had a pet dog. Also, in the ''Underworld'' TV-Movie, he saves the day by treating Cerberus as a dog instead of a monster.
* HumbleHero
* IAmNotMyFather: And how.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: In "Atlantis," he says he saw his strength as a curse while growing up. In "Two Men and a Baby," he hints that (after realizing he was different) he longed to be like everyone else and was disappointed he would never be.
* ItsPersonal: Toward Hera: Hercules hates her for murdering his family. Hera, in turn, hates him for being the product of one of her husband's affairs.
* LightningBruiser
* MartialPacifist
* MrFanservice: He occasionaly has some moments of ShirtlessScene.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In "The Wrong Path," a villager approaches Hercules for help with the She-Demon. However, Herc's family has just died, so he's not in the mood to help anyone and sends the man away. Later that night, Hercules has calmed down and is ashamed of himself--noting how he's never turned away anyone that asked for his help before.
* MyGreatestFailure: Being unable to protect his family from Hera.
-->"And I made some wrong turns, but I finally realized I had to do something with my life that would have made my wife and children proud."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** At the end of Season 4, Zeus makes Hercules a full god ostensibly so they can be closer. While he performs some good deeds, though, Hera informs him that Zeus did it so someone would protect him against the other gods. When Zeus admits this is true, Hercules angrily storms out of Olympus. Apollo later keeps Hercules busy while on Earth, giving Hera the opportunity to overthrow Zeus. After their fight's over, Apollo even calls Hercules on this trope--saying he could've saved Zeus had he been on Olympus instead of there.
** In Season 5's Norse gods two-parter, Hercules is used by Dahak and Loki to instigate Ragnarök. Having visions of his own death, Balder believed Odin had made him invincible from all things and was proving it by having his fellow gods strike him with their weapons. Hercules thought this was foolish and was goaded into taking part, so he used a dart offered to him by a little girl. The girl was Loki in disguise, and the dart was poisoned by Dahak's blood, which leads to Balder's death. Despite his dislike of gods, Hercules is saddened by this as Balder truly cared about humanity, so he tries to make things right. Hercules unknowingly adds to the problem, though, when he fights Thor. Hercules didn't learn until later that Thor being defeated in combat by a half-mortal was another prophecy of Ragnarök.
** In "Faith," Hercules and Iolaus are told that the Sumerian gods are wreaking havoc on the land--raining fireballs everywhere that kill many people and wipe out the food and water. Hercules agrees to help the Sumerian king/demigod Gilgamesh recover a magical chalice--being told that the nectar can repair all the damage. However, after braving traps to get to the chalice, Hercules is betrayed by Gilgamesh, who drinks from the chalice and then destroys it. He explains that the destruction is actually fallout from the Sumerian gods fighting Dahak and that the chalice sustained them. As a result of Herc's actions, the Sumerian gods and Iolaus are killed. "Descent" then deconstructs the trope. Hercules is driven to the breaking point over his guilt for Iolaus's death, gets called on his actions by Dumuzi, and is left a broken man by the end of the episode.
* PapaWolf: In the ''Underworld'' TV-Movie, Nessus attempts to rape Deianeira. Hercules shoots him dead with an arrow.
* PungeonMaster
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The plot to "Prodigal Daughter" is kick-started by him breaking up a slave ring. Slavery is illegal in the province they're currently in, but no one appeared to object to the slavers transporting them through the area to a province where it is legal.
-->"Itís still a problem. You see, I don't believe in slavery anywhere."
* SinsOfOurFathers: Being Zeus' son, Hercules usually has to deal with anyone with an ax to grind--almost always Hera.
-->'''Hercules:''' That's between you and Zeus.\\
'''Hera:''' No, you're between us! But if you die a horrible death, maybe he'll think twice next time his eyes start to wander--before he fathers any more half-mortal mongrels like you.
** Comes up also in "Web of Desire":
--->'''Arachne:''' You'll pay for your father's crime.\\
'''Hercules:''' [[LampshadeHanging What else is new?]]
* TheUnreveal: Whether he's immortal or not. Even Zeus admits he can't be sure one way or the other. Even taking the present day clip shows into account, it's left ambiguous if living so long is because he's immortal or just because he's half-god.
* UnwittingPawn: To Dahak in "Faith" and the later Norse gods two-parter.
* WeHelpTheHelpless
* WellDoneSonGuy: He grew up desperately wanting to meet his dad. Even after all the problems and fighting, Herc admits he still has a blind spot when it comes to giving him second chances.
-->"The reason I didn't tell you about my relationship with my father is just that--there isn't one to talk about. He had the heavens and Earth on his shoulders. He didn't have time to think or care about me."
* WorldsStrongestMan: although just how strong he was varied according to the needs of the plot.

[[folder: Iolaus]]

* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* AscendedExtra: Was meant to be a one-off friend in ''Amazon Women'' whose death furthered the plot. However, Michael Hurst so impressed the producers that they changed the ending to leave Iolaus alive. The only reason Iolaus doesn't appear in the next three movies is because they were written before the change was made. Iolaus returned in the fifth movie and was a recurring character in the first two seasons before becoming a regular in Season 3.
* BackFromTheDead: Of all the times he died, only the fifth season really qualifies for this trope, as he wasn't brought back before the given adventure was over. Iolaus dies in "Faith" and (despite Herc's best efforts) isn't resurrected in "Descent." It's not until "Revelations" (the very end of the season) that Iolaus is restored to life.
* BadassNormal
* BoisterousBruiser
* BullyingADragon: At the end of "Porkules," he keeps Ares at bay with Artemis's bow and is openly irreverent towards him. This really comes back to bite Iolaus in "One Fowl Day."
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Was a thief that got into trouble a lot and ran away from home.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathIsCheap: Died ''four'' separate times, but Hercules always found a way to bring him back. These repeated developments became causes for laughter among the crew and even got lampshaded in a few episodes.
* FakeGuestStar: The first two seasons.
* FireForgedFriends: With Autolycus.
* GeniusBruiser: Not to Herc's level, but when he takes the time to think his actions through, he comes up with some very clever plans.
* IOweYouMyLife: Credits Herc with helping turn his life around.
* TheLancer
* LightningBruiser
* MadeOfIron: He may not be half-god but Iolaus has withstood and endured physical trials that no ordinary man ever could, most notably displayed in the episode, ''The King of Thieves''. Falsely accused of a crime, Iolaus was put through three arbitrary tests to prove his innocence. In the first, he was dunked underwater for an inhumanly long amount of time, only to emerge still alive and heavily breathing. Second, he had to hold up multiple heavy stones on top of a wooden board across his back for up to the span of an hour... Iolaus endured that as well. ''And right after he's done with his second trial'', he has to face a trial where he's lowered into a pit with a giant boar and he has to survive down there for a long period of time without bleeding. ''Iolaus passes that test as well'' and only gets declared guilty because he accidentally cut himself after his trial with the boar was over.
* OddFriendship: With Aphrodite.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: A recurring theme in the series. Iolaus is skilled, resourceful, and a kickass fighter. He is not, however, a super-strong demigod, so he sometimes winds up as this. Sometimes he is angry about it ("Pride Comes Before A Brawl" and "The Warrior Princess"), or introspective ("A Star To Guide Them"), or very aware of it ("Medea Culpa"), or it is used to mess with his head ("Redemption").
-->"Look, I'm no oracle. There are a lot of things I don't understand, but from the first day I met you, I just knew that you were destined for something the rest of us could only dream about! People like me and Jason--normal people, we'll be lucky if our names are even mentioned in the same breath as yours. And that is not always easy to live with."
** The irony, as revealed in "Faith," is that Hercules considered Iolaus to be ''his'' hero.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Season 3.
* RedOni: To Hercules' Blue Oni.
* UnwittingPawn: To Xena in "The Warrior Princess."
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Iolaus is more likely to acknowledge the difficulty of a given adventure than Hercules is, but he always jumps in to help people when they need it.
* WithThisHerring: He uses fish quite often literally.

[[folder: Herc's Family]]

!!! Alcmene

* CoolOldLady
* FaceDeathWithDignity: In "Twilight," she knows her time is limited, but spends the day doing what she would normally do. Before dying, she says she has no regrets.
* KilledOffForReal: Dies peacefully in "Twilight."
* MamaBear
* MayDecemberRomance: With Jason, though it started off as a DecemberDecemberRomance.
* NeverMessWithGranny: So, you think Alcmene is just a helpless old woman without her demigod son to protect her? Think again.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Iolaus.
* SoProudOfYou: Often towards Hercules.

!!! Aphrodite

* AbsoluteCleavage: All her "outfit".
* CharacterDevelopment: Started out as a BitchInSheepsClothing but gradually became more likeable. Was also TheDitz and while that never went entirely away it did lessen.
* DumbBlonde: Subverted.
* HiddenDepths: In "Reign Of Terror," she's devastated when a mortal friend of Hercules' is going to die.
-->"He respected me... for what he saw beneath the surface."
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: She known to stop fights by opening her top and telling them to follow her.
* JerkassGods: Though she became more lovable after her first appearance.
* LoveGoddess: Share this role with her son Cupid.
* MsFanservice: Invoked InUniverse, just watch her {{Stripperiffic}} outfit.
* NoodleIncident: According to "The Apple," she owes Hercules a favor.
* ObfuscatingStupidity:
-->'''Hercules:''' I know you. You're smarter than you let on.
* OddFriendship: With Iolaus and Gabrielle.
* ProudBeauty
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Aphrodite often appears in a low-cut, short dress.
* TookALevelInKindness
* TotallyRadical
* UglyGuyHotWife: She falls for Hephaestus, the supposedly ugly god, because he sees her as more than a sex object.
* ValleyGirl: Seems to be the inspiration for her voice and speech patterns.

!!! Cupid

* AncientGrome: Like his uncle, uses his Roman name.
* GreenEyedMonster: Quite literally where a curse from Hera makes him transform into a monster following a jealous fit.
* [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home, Mom?]]: Admits to some resentment that his mother is always busy elsewhere unless she needs him to do something for her.
* WingedHumanoid

!!! Deianeira

* CompositeCharacter: She's actually a combination of Hercule's first wife Megara (being his first wife, and murdered by Hera however Megara was indirectly killed by her in the myths, where Hera kills Deineira directly in the show) and Deianeira from the myths (the name, and the run in with the centaur)
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In ''Circle of Fire'', she denounces the gods as not caring about humanity. This, of course, catches Hercules's interest.
* KilledOffForReal

!!! Iphicles

* {{Demonization}}: He inadvertently does this to Hercules in "What's In A Name?" He takes his brother's identity to impress a woman, but her warlord step-father starts touting that he has the son of Zeus on his side.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: It's what motivates him to pull his deception in "What's In A Name?" The backstory to ''Series/YoungHercules'' also elaborates that it was so bad that he ran away from home shortly before Hercules went to the Academy.
* WellDoneSonGuy: In "What's In A Name?", part of his problem is that he thinks Alcmene loves him less just for not being Hercules. He gets over it, though.

!!! Jason

* AdaptationalHeroism: They keep his leaving Medea for another woman, but the implication is that he had a formal divorce and didn't do so lightly. He is also devastated by what happened to his children (with dialogue implying he witnessed it) and trying to make up for what has happened.
* TheAlcoholic: In his first appearance. He gets over it and is never seen drinking again.
* AscendedExtra: After appearing a few times, he was reworked into Hercules' other best friend for ''Series/YoungHercules''.
* BadassNormal: Not the leader of the Argonauts for nothing.
* ContinuitySnarl: Started off as the king of Argos and a contemporary of Amphitryon (Alcmene's first husband). In his next appearance, he was the king of Corinth. In Season 4, he was retconned into only being a couple of years older than Hercules.
* HeroicBSOD: In his first appearance, he's a broken man following Medea murdering their children.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Alcmene, though it started off as a DecemberDecemberRomance.
* MyGreatestFailure: Blames himself for Medea murdering their children.

!!! Serena / The Golden Hind.

* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife
* BroughtDownToNormal: Was eventually turned into a human girl.
* CuteMonsterGirl
* InterspeciesRomance: With Hercules.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: When a mortal touches her. It would later be revealed that Ares did this to her to keep her under his control.
* LastOfHerKind: Zeus slaughtered the other Golden Hinds but missed her. Ares gave her a human form in order to hide her from him.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: She's half deer in the lower part.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Her blood can kill a god.
* WhiteMage: As Serena

!!! Zeus

* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Zeus claims to have some sort of moral system that he lives by that is heavily based on non-interferene in anything. Hard to tell if he was telling the truth or making excuses for not doing anything.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In "Reunions," he gives up his godhood to save Alcemene's soul.
-->'''Hera:''' You've always been so captivated by your precious mortals. Let's see how you like living as one of them! You're a mortal now."
* TheCasanova: He is constantly neglectful of his wife, children or responsibilities due to his dalliances with mortals.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Though he kept a closer eye on Hercules than anyone knew, being king of the gods meant Zeus couldn't be a father to him.
* {{Foil}}: Contrary to the distant and aloof image of philandering Zeus, Odin is shown to be more involved in the lives of both his family and the mortals under his care. He cares for all theme, dislikes abuses of power, and has a good relationship with his wife.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: He truly cares for humanity, but he rarely interferes with the other Olympians that cause trouble.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Zeus has trouble caring about anything not related to him, focusing on anything but what he wants, understanding anything from someone else's point of view, or anything that does not have to do with him. This attitude turns the other gods against him and by the end he realizes it has caused him to be all alone.
* KavorkaMan: Downplayed. He often appears as a kindly old man--not unattractive, but certainly not Adonis. However, he is quite capable of charming young women, such as when romancing an Amazon in the ''Amazon Women'' TV-Movie. Even Deianeira (in ''Circle of Fire'' specifically) admitted to being stunned by how effective Zeus was.
* ManipulativeBastard: At times, such as the finale.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Normally, a very benevolent figure, but when he gets mad, even Hercules is taken aback.
-->"When you were a child, you used to challenge me. I loved it! But now, you're a man. Don't you ''dare'' defy me. I say stay out, and you stay out."
* PapaWolf: The reason why no god violates his protection of Hercules. On one occasion, Ares was struck by lightning.
* ParentalFavoritism: For all of their issues, there is no doubt that Hercules is his favorite child.
* ParentalNeglect: Hercules is the most obvious example of this treatment, but Zeus' other children have noted he does the same to them.
* PutOnABus: He regularly appears to Hercules throughout the TV-Movies, but they have a falling out at the start of the series when Hera kills Herc's family. Afterwards, Zeus is often referred to, but only makes a handful of appearances. Justified since having a god regularly in the hero's corner would be a StoryBreakerPower.
* SoProudOfYou: Often towards Hercules, even [[spoiler:when Hercules mortally wounded him while protecting Xena and her baby]].
-->"Hercules, you have never disappointed me... ''especially'' today."
* StoryBreakerPower: Which was a reason why he was used sparingly on the series. Lampshaded in the flashbacks to "Twilight," where (pinned down by the opposing army) Iolaus would really like it if Hercules tried calling in a favor from the old man.
* TopGod: Unquestionably the King of the Olympian gods even if he does a bad job at it.
* YourCheatingHeart: Constantly, much to his wife Hera's chagrin. In fact, the titular character Hercules is the product of one of his affairs.



* TheArtifact: She becomes less prominent of an antagonist midway through season 3 in favor of Ares, and doesn't even appear in season 5 or 6 until BackForTheFinale yet the opening narration continues to treat as the BigBad of the entire series.
* BigBad: For the first three seasons. In Season 4, she loses prominence to Ares and ends up written out until the last episode.
* EvilMatriarch
* TheFaceless: She initially appeared as a pair of eyes in the sky and usually with a voice. In "Reunions," she finally appears in human form.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the finale, [[spoiler:she finally accepts the fact that Zeus' infidelity is not Hercules' fault, and puts her anger towards him to rest.]]
* ItsPersonal: Her hatred toward Hercules. She hates him for being the product of one of her husband Zeus's affairs; in turn, Hercules hates her for murdering his family.
* JerkassGod
* MyGreatestFailure: The reason she sides with Hercules against Zeus in "God Fearing Child."
-->"Because of a lesson I regret teaching you long ago: parents should never outlive their children."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Something about the Abyss of Tartarus affects her memory, so she doesn't remember Hercules, Zeus, or anything else. She acts quite kind and loving, which Iolaus comments on.
* OutOfFocus: She's the main antagonist in four of the TV-Movies and the first two seasons, but she starts losing prominence in Season 3 to Ares and other threats. By Season 4, she only menaces Hercules a couple times (one of which was a WholeEpisodeFlashback) before being trapped in the Abyss of Tartarus.
* PeacockGirl
* SealedEvilInACan: In "Reunions," Hercules traps her in the Abyss of Tartarus. She gets out in "Full Circle."
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: She resurrects Callisto in "Surprise" as part of yet another plan to kill Hercules. This has little long-term importance for this show, but it leads to a number major events on Xena's show.
* WickedStepmother
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind The Man]]: She directs men, monsters and everything in-between after Hercules. Unlike the other gods, she very rarely faces him in person.
* WomanScorned: Her husband Zeus's infidelities are the main source of her malevolence.
-->"I vowed to reclaim my dignity, Hercules, the day you were born. And unlike ''some'' people, I keep my promises!"
* WouldHurtAChild


See Character sheet for XenaWarriorPrincess



* AlasPoorVillain: Ares mourned his death--saying he wasn't good at his job but always tried. According to writer Paul Robert Coyle, the response the writers got to Strife's death was so sympathetic that there were discussions about bringing him back.
* AscendedExtra: Appearing five times before getting killed off, Strife went on to be a major antagonist on ''Series/YoungHercules''.
* ButtMonkey: Ares frequently kicks him around.
* TheDragon: To Ares.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: He fights a BroughtDownToNormal Hercules in "Judgment Day" and initially gets his ass kicked. It's then lampshaded.
-->'''Strife:''' Help.\\
'''Ares:''' Fight him, you pathetic little fool. You're a god. USE YOUR POWERS!
* GenreSavvy: He knew in "Armageddon Now" that Callisto was trying to manipulate Ares. The war god knew that, too, and was hoping to use her to his own ends, but Strife was insistent on not taking any chances at all.
* {{Nephewism}}: Who his parents are is never stated in-story, and he always hangs out with Ares.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Though it was Ares' plan, Strife was the one who actually murdered Serena in the original timeline.
* NumberTwo: To Ares.
* SacrificialLion: According to WordOfGod, he was killed off to up the stakes in the Dahak[=/=]Hope storyline.
* SmugSnake
* TotallyRadical: Not to Aphrodite's level, but it's there. Ares had to chastise him for not talking like the other gods.
* VoluntaryShapeShifting
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Over a year after Strife was killed off, Joel Tobeck played his cousin Deimos.
-->'''Ares:''' [[LampshadeHanging They look enough alike, don't you think?]]\\
'''Deimos:''' Do not. I'm taller, and he's dead.


* AboveGoodAndEvil: He refers to good and evil as abstract notions in need of shaking up.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: He appears fond of these:
** In "Faith," he appears to Hercules in a dream and discusses with him the nature of evil--how it can't be beaten and that it's inside everyone, even him.
--->'''Hercules:''' That doesn't mean I'm gonna stop trying.\\
'''Dahak:''' But at what cost? Deianeira, Serena, your precious children--they've all paid the price for your arrogance. How do you expect to save the world, Hercules, when you can't even save the people you love?
** In "Redemption," he hits both heroes with this in different scenes:
--->'''Dahak:''' And what exactly were you fighting for?\\
'''Iolaus:''' The chance to make the world a better place.\\
'''Dahak:''' And did you?\\
'''Hercules:''' You used his good intentions against him to corrupt him.\\
'''Dahak:''' He wasn't forced into anything. He chose his own path. Isn't that what you've always believed in, Hercules; the right to choose your own path?
* BadassBoast: In "Redemption":
-->"I saw the Earth formed out of nothing. I brought the serpent of temptation into man's garden. I've even been known on occasion to turn entire oceans to sand in a single breath. I think it's safe to say I know how things will turn out."
* BatmanGambit: Killing the Druids was part of a long-term plan, but he also knew that it would cause Hercules to go to Sumeria and seek him out.
* BigBad: The first half of Season 5.
* BiggerBad: During ''Xena'''s third season.
-->"Dahak is the blind force behind ''every'' evil will."
* TheCorrupter: The flashbacks in "Redemption" show how he did this to Iolaus: picking away at his self-worth and desire to help others. "Faith" shows he also tempted Gilgamesh after the death of his family and offered the grieving hero salvation.
* DealWithTheDevil: With Iolaus and others before him.
* DemonicPossession: Of Iolaus.
* {{Demonization}}: Taking advantage of Herc's lengthy absence, he manages to convince many in Greece that the half-god has gone insane and driven the Olympians away.
* TheDreaded: As summed up by Ares in "Armageddon Now":
-->"The one great evil is here. It's part of that creature that was with her. Oh, we've sensed him. Everyone on Olympus has. This force of darkness spells the end of all of us--gods and man alike."
* TheEndOrIsIt: Invoked in "Darkness Rising" when he finishes explaining to Hercules how he entered the world:
-->"The ENNNNDDDDDDD! ''[beat]'' Or maybe it's only the beginning."
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He has regard for his daughter Hope, even saving her from certain death.
* EvilerThanThou: Ares feared him.
* GodOfEvil: Ticks all the boxes.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Invoked in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge" (where his identity was still a mystery). Loki asks him what his stake in all this is, and he responds by grabbing his face.
-->"Understand this: you are a tool! I owe you no answers! My motives are my own!"
* HumansAreBastards: Believes this.
-->'''Dahak:''' Optimism, Hercules, is the shield of fools. As long as people allow themselves to be ruled by their wills, there will always be those that take my path.\\
'''Hercules:''' [[ShutUpHannibal But there'll be more that don't. There's something in everyone even you can't touch, Dahak; the impulse to create, to nurture life instead of destroy it. As long as it exists, I'll keep my optimism, thanks.]]
* IfICantHaveYou: He grows quite fond of Nebula and romances her while in Iolaus's body. For her part, Nebula thought she was just daydreaming and later tried to put a stop to it.
-->'''Nebula:''' I'm not gonna argue with a figment of my imagination. It's over.\\
'''Dahak:''' [[BigNo NOOOOOOOO!]] [[NightmareFace IT ISN'T OVER 'TIL I SAY IT'S OVER!]] ''[regains his composure]'' Now, it's over. ''[casually tosses a fireball at her bed]''
* KillTheGod: He wiped out the Sumerian gods as part of a plan to enter the world. He also schemed to bring about Ragnarök and wipe out the Norse gods. The Olympians were so terrified of him that they fled before he made his way to Greece.
* TheManBehindTheMan: For Loki in the Norse gods two-parter.
* ManipulativeBastard: He knows everyone's buttons and impulses, so he can actively manipulate his foes.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He waged a devastating conflict against the Titans to seize control of Earth. He lost and was banished, but the conflict was so debilitating that the Olympians were able to rise up and overthrow the Titans shortly afterward.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers a brutal one in "Redemption" to Zarathrustra, a former believer that betrayed him.
-->'''Dahak:''' Zarathrustra, I am so disappointed in you. We had an understanding. I gave you power beyond mortal limitations, but you turned into the worst kind of coward.\\
'''Hercules:''' Why? Because he refused to kill his family?\\
'''Dahak:''' You say "kill his family" as if that were a bad thing. The truth is, he didn't deserve them. Not much of a family man, are you, Zarathrustra? If you were, you wouldn't have accepted me into your heart so greedily. But don't worry. Your failure is my success. And if it's any consolation, when ''I'' killed your family, I didn't give them a chance to scream.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Loki's about to lose to Hercules, Dahak simply leaves rather than reveal his presence.
* SealedEvilInACan: He was banished to another realm by the Titans. A number of plots here and earlier on ''Xena'' were to find a way to free himself.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: When he meets Iolaus, he takes the form of his father, then Nebula and finally Hercules. He then proceeds to wear Iolaus down with guilt and regret to make him agree to a DealWithTheDevil.
* ThanatosGambit: His ultimate plan is to have Hercules kill him while possessing Iolaus. This would send him back into his realm, but also condemn Iolaus to the same fate. Having the BigGood do this would shatter an already weakened balance between good and evil, plunging the world into chaos. (Whether Dahak would be outright dead or just come back was never made clear.)
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Underestimating Hercules, Iolaus, and ThePowerOfFriendship are why he loses.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: His worldwide cult is full of people who think he's what's best for the world. During Season 5, he pretends to be Iolaus and claims to have taken ambrosia to ward off an insane, god-hunting Hercules. By the time Hercules makes it back to Greece, the "god of light" has many willing followers.
* WeWillMeetAgain: At the end of his first fight with Hercules:
-->"I knew you couldn't kill me. You're still holding on to what we were. Well, it's time to grow up. It'll be a whole new day in Greece, buddy!"
* XanatosGambit: As he explains to Hercules, all he needed was the sacrifice of a warrior heart to enter the world. He would've settled for Nebula, but Iolaus worked out just fine.
** He wants his ThanatosGambit to succeed, but if Hercules doesn't play along, Dahak will just "take the whole world soul by soul."
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Defied in the Norse gods two-parter. Loki does everything he was asked to and Dahak will honor his end of the arrangement.

[[folder:The Sovereign]]

* BeardOfEvil: As a ShoutOut to [[Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror "Mirror, Mirror."]]
* BerserkButton: Being called his real name sends him into a violent rage.
* BigNo: Memorably in "Stranger In A Strange World" when he becomes trapped in-between worlds.
* DestructoNookie: Implied to have this with his world's Xena. Lampshaded by Iolaus, who witnesses some of it: "Their foreplay is gonna get me killed!"
* EvilFeelsGood: Is very insistent on it.
-->"You people should fear me! HIDE FROM ME! Tremble at the sight of me! All I get are happy faces. I hate happy."
* EvilTwin: Hercules as a villain.
* FreudianExcuse: His Alcmene abandoned him as a child, his Zeus went insane, his Cheiron instructed him in the ways of evil, and his family died.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He notes the irony of a bastard son like him being poised to take over the world.
* ILied: His response to executing a prisoner he promised to spare: [[SarcasmMode "Oops."]]
* ItsPersonal: He despises Hercules for trapping him in-between worlds, but it gets even worse when he realizes Hercules also had a family like his.
-->'''Hercules:''' I did. Hera killed them.\\
'''The Sovereign:''' ''[shoving him]'' So, she kills ''your'' family for something ''you' did! And when ''yours'' died, ''mine'' did--!
* KilledOffForReal: By Ares in "Stranger And Stranger."
* MissingMom: His Alcmene abandoned him.
* NeverMyFault: Comes up in "Armageddon Now, Part II":
-->'''The Sovereign:''' You're to blame for everything that's happened to me. You can forget about getting out of here. You're mine.\\
'''Hercules:''' I'm not responsible for what happened to you or your family, or what you became. You are who you choose to be. We all are.
* OmnicidalManiac: His plan in "Stranger In A Strange World" was to become king of the gods and kill every possible human (save his most devout followers).
* PsychopathicManChild: Hercules even refers to him as a child when breaking up one of his rampages.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers one to Herc in "Armageddon Now" and is immediately on the receiving end of one.
-->'''The Sovereign:''' You're pathetic, you know that?\\
'''Hercules:''' You don't know anything about me.\\
'''The Sovereign:''' Oh, yes, I do. Oh, yeah. See, I've watched you in here. You should make people worship you, tremble in fear. But what do you do? Oh, you help them out. You solve their puny problems. You're pathetic.\\
'''Hercules:''' Maybe you're the one who's pathetic. You ever think about that? [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Are you so happy with your own life?]]
* SealedEvilInACan: In "Stranger In A Strange World," he becomes trapped in-between worlds in a place called the Netherworld. He briefly gets out in "Armageddon Now" but is quickly returned.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Played with. On the one hand in "Stranger In A Strange World," he came up with the plan to take over the world, as well as knew that his Xena was a devious schemer and that his Iolaus was tasked with assassinating him. On the other hand, whereas Hercules uses his intellect to figure out a way to escape the Netherworld, the Sovereign never does so.



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* CatchPhrase: "Wait a minute! Wait a minute!"
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Hinted at in "Unchained Heart" as the reason he freezes up.
* CowardlyLion: Though often spooked, he always ultimately stands by Hercules to help out however he can.
* DeadpanSnarker: He can be this usually after having spent the whole day in risking his life of suffering some (albeit comically) injures.
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's as greedy as can be, but (as shown in "All That Glitters") he would never bet on a game that endangers children.
* FireForgedFriends: With Hercules.
* GetRichQuickScheme
* GoldFever: He's obsessed with striking it rich, but "The Fire Down Below" really runs with it. He finds a great treasure and begins selling it, but it's cursed by Hera, and he ends up in Nemesis's crosshairs.
* HiddenDepths: Beneath the drive to strike it rich is a guy who values his friends.
* HonestJohnsDealership
* KavorkaMan: Just ask the 50 Daughters of King Thespius.
* LargeHam: Being a fairly campy show, most of the characters fit the bill now and then, but Salmoneus ''runs'' on this trope.
* TheLoad: He can't fight, so the best he can do is offer moral support. In "Unchained Heart" he actually freezes up during a crisis, though he feels very bad about it. The few times he's forced into combat (like in "Outcast") have him relying on trickery and potshots.
* LovableCoward
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: When Hercules first met him, Salmoneus was a toga salesman. He had many different jobs since in order to strike it rich.
* OutOfFocus: A very prominent recurring character in the first two seasons, Salmoneus started making fewer appearances in Season 3, only two in Season 4 and just one in Season 5.
* RecurringCharacter: He's not a main character but after Iolaus, he makes the third most recurring appearances in the series and is important enough in Hercules' life that he was present for several milestone events in Herc's adventures, most notably seeing Xena go through her HeelFaceTurn, starting the Olympic Games with Hercules, being there with Hercules when his mentor Cheiron was near-death, and planning the wedding of Herc's mother Alcmene and Jason.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Autolycus.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: After he freezes up in "Unchained Heart" and denounces himself as a coward:
-->'''Hercules:''' You are nothing of the sort, Salmoneus. I remember how you stuck by me when I had to battle the Centaurs without my sight.\\
'''Salmoneus:''' Save your breath. Why should they believe you?

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[[folder:Iolaus 2]]

* ADayInTheLimelight: "Love On The Rocks."
* AscendedExtra: A one-off in Season 4's "Stranger In A Strange World," he became Herc's partner in the second half of Season 5.
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: When the Empress seized power, he preferred to be in the Netherworld with the Sovereign.
-->"At least the Sovereign laughed at my jokes."
* ButtMonkey: The Sovereign's personal one.
* CowardlyLion
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Described his life in Other World as a nightmare he thought he'd never escape. Given that he was under the thumb of the Sovereign, we can believe it.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: He ends his time on the series having grown more confident and being with the love of his life.
* GadgeteerGenius: Though it only comes up for a couple gags in "Just Passing Through."
* HiddenDepths:
-->'''Hercules:''' Before we met, you saw yourself as a jester, so that's what you were. I saw you as a hero who didn't know it yet. Once you saw yourself that way, too; well, that's what you became. We are who we perceive ourselves to be.
* IOweYouMyLife: To Herc.
* LovableCoward
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: On his world, the rebels approached him to assassinate the Sovereign. When things got tough, he ran, which led to him switching places with our Iolaus.
-->"Oh, I'm such a spineless coward. I ran away from the only brave thing anyone's ever asked me to do. He's killed Zeus! And after that, it'll be the rest of the world, save his followers."
* NeverMyFault: In "Stranger And Stranger," he blames Herc for the bad things that have happened to him since they last met. Iolaus 2 later admits he wasn't willing to own up.
* NotSoDifferent: He's not Iolaus, but Jason feels he shares the same heart.
* OddFriendship: With Aphrodite.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Lampshaded in "Just Passing Through."
-->'''Hercules:''' There were times that Iolaus thought he was living in my shadow.\\
'''Iolaus 2:''' And now I'm living in his.
* SadisticChoice: Leaving his old world permanently. He admits in "Love On The Rocks" and "My Best Girl's Wedding" that it was actually much harder to do than he let on.
* TookALevelInBadass: "Love On The Rocks," where he takes on a group of villains by himself.
* WeakButSkilled: He lacks Iolaus' fighting prowess, but he has impressive acrobatic abilities.
[[folder: Morrigan]]

* AdultFear: A Roman attack on a village leaves many dead, including a young boy. Seeing this makes Morrigan think of her own daughter.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Her preferred method of killing people was to rip out their hearts.
* DistaffCounterpart: Guess who.
* EvilCounterpart: A super-strong half-god, but one that enforced her gods' will instead of opposed it.
* FieryRedhead
* HeelFaceTurn
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: Part of the reason she served Cernunnos was because he had their daughter.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: She walks out on Hercules because an oracle told her that while he would honor their marriage vows no matter what, Greece would suffer without him and that thought would continuously torment him.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not being there to protect the Druids from Dahak.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: She attacks Hercules in "Resurrection" to make an example of him and to break the spirits of the Celts. Thing is, Hercules wasn't going to stay and help them; he was too busy mourning Iolaus's death. Herc getting clobbered and laid up in bed gives Mabon another opportunity to ask for his help.
* NotSoDifferent: Though the comparison is made after she becomes good.
-->'''Mabon:''' You were raised a half-god among mortals, she a half-mortal among gods. Similar wounds cause similar scars. What heals one wound--\\
'''Hercules:''' Heals another.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: She killed the old Druid of Justice, which made her the new Druid of Justice. This turned out to be the Druids' elaborate BatmanGambit.
-->'''Mabon:''' Who better to restore justice to the land than the one who took it away?