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Characters: The Incredible Hercules
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Son of Zeus. At the start of the series Herc was a renegade due to siding with the Hulk in World War Hulk. His attempts to reform himself into a bit more of a "thinker" and play role model to Amadeus Cho quickly grow muddled as he is constantly drawn into the power struggles of the gods including his old enemies from Olympus.

Tropes Associated with Hercules:

  • All Amazons Want Hercules: He is the trope picture.
  • Arch-Enemy: The God of War, Ares.
  • Badass: Definitely!
  • Berserker Rage: Occassionally goes or is driven into these making him dangerous to everyone around him.
  • Bi the Way: Implied to be during a joke at his funeral.
  • Blood Knight: Not so much for the blood as Ares and toned down some from other appearances, but still loves to fight.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Brains and Brawn: Hercules is the brawn and Cho is the brains.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: His wife Hebe is the daughter of Zeus and Hera making her his half-sister.
  • Carry a Big Stick: When he uses a weapon he prefers his adamantine mace.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is capable of tactical thinking, but displays surprising levels of stupidity at times. Even lampshaded at one point.
  • Foil: To Ares and The Mighty Thor
  • Healing Factor: Slow compared to someone like Wolverine and almost never used thanks to his toughness, but he has one.
  • The Hero: Greatest hero of ancient Greece, champion of Olympus and even named the "God of Heroes"
  • Leeroy Jenkins. Usually his great strength is enough, but sometimes it has nearly cost him and his allies dear.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Virtually nothing can hurt him when he is a full god making battle a game.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Amadeus Cho
  • Really Gets Around: A reoccurring joke until we meet his immortal wife Hebe.
  • Super Strength: Heracles from Greek myth is so famous for his strength that his name has entered into the English language as a by-word for incredible feats of strength.

    Amadeus Cho 
The constantly proclaimed "seventh smartest" actually possibly eight or tenth, as Dr. Banner hints that he was lying to Cho person on the planet. His family was murdered in an explosion and he has been on the run since. Drawn to Hercules for protection following the disaster of World War Hulk. In the process of finding what happened to his family draws surprising connections to the Olympian gods. Famous for his ability to make almost infinite mathematical complex calculations within moments.

Tropes Associated with Amadeus Cho:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Shown being a victim of racist bullies in a flashback.
  • Asian and Nerdy: He's Korean-American and his superpower is being really good at math.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Able to perform extremely complex calculations in his head.
  • Battle of Wits: When he meets the person responsible for his family's death, the sixth smartest person in the world.
  • Brains and Brawn: He is the Brains and Hercules is the brawn.
  • The Chosen One: As far as Athena is concerned.
  • Dead Little Sister: His little sister Maddie was killed along with their parents when their house was blown up. He later finds out she is alive when he visits his parents in Heaven and learns that she isn't there. Her fate is still unknown.
  • The Hero: Due to events toward the end and what the plan certain gods have for him.
  • The Hero's Journey: His story throughout the series.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: His hypermind power.
  • Insufferable Genius: Early on. One of his storylines has him slowly growing out of this. Still, was a pretty hard blow when he found out that he is NOT the seventh smartest, since the result came out when some of Earth's top brains were in space eg Bruce Banner and Hank Pym. When he saw Pym's laboratory and its capabilities, he said:
    Cho: Eighth. Eighth is good. I can live with eighth.
    • Then he sees Banner's Bannertech, just has to take some of it, and finds out that he (Cho) is actually tenth smartest.
  • Meaningful Name: "Amadeus" means "love god" and Athena tells him he must sacrifice his love for Delphyne for his love of the gods. Amadeus says his parents picked the name because they were Methodists and Mozart fans.
  • Sidekick: To Hercules.

The goddess of wisdom, battle, heroic endeavor, and half-sister to Hercules. In ancient times she aided many heroes including Hercules by either providing advice, magical items or both. She aids Hercules in modern times and turns out to be responsible for many of the events in Hercules and Cho's lives across the ages.

Tropes Associated with Athena

  • Trickster Mentor: Tries to use Amatsu-Mikaboshi to destroy the universe in the hopes that order will again rise from chaos with a better ruler (Hercules) in place.

    Delphyne Gorgon 
A decendent of the Gorgons. She started out as an Amazon general and slave to the previous Amazon queen Artume. She fell in love with Cho and opposed Artume's plan to conquer the world killing her in the end. Thanks to this she became the new queen of the Amazons, but was forced to put her relationship with Cho on hold due to Amazonian custom and her alliance with Hera. She lacks the traditional petrification gaze since it runs through only the Medusa line.

Tropes Associated with Delphyne

  • Action Girl: She is an Amazon, after all.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Averted, aside from the former queen Hippolyta all the Amazons hate Hercules for his womanizing ways. Delphyne in particular is actually attracted to Amadeus Cho.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: Her outfit.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: A gorgon in a plaid schoolgirl skirt and fishnets.
  • Guns Akimbo: Her weapon of choice.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Seeks to lift the Gorgon curse which had doomed her people for centuries.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Sides with Hera to destroy Athena and remove the Gorgon curse, but has little loyalty toward any of the Olympians and won't hesitate to pull a gun on them when she disagrees with their actions.
  • Taken for Granite: Averted. Not all Gorgons have this power, only the descendants of Medusa. She briefly gains this ability and uses it on Athena.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Borderline, she constantly threatens gods who could destroy her with ease with weapons that should not hurt them.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Due to her trademark outfit of a short plaid skirt and stockings.

The wife of Hercules. Daughter of Hera.

Tropes associated with Hebe

  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Averted. As the goddess of youth, she uses modern English unlike her fellow Olympians. However, this causes the Avengers to think she's just a human pretending to be Olympian and ignore her pleas to help Hercules.

Queen of the gods, goddess of marriage and main antagonist for the middle part of the series. She is the stepmother to Hercules and Athena. She regards them as deadly enemies and like in ancient times seeks to destroy them for perceived wrongs done in the past. With the death of Zeus she inherited both command of Olympus and his powerful Thunderbolt making her more dangerous than ever.

Tropes Associated with Hera

A storm-giant/monster created by Gaea to avenge the defeat of the giants in the Gigantomachy by destroying the Olympians. He was defeated by Zeus thousands of years ago and imprisoned in Tartarus. Released to serve Hera, but still has his own agenda.

Tropes Associated with Typhon:

  • An Axe to Grind: Has an ax that can hurt Hercules and summon storms.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Blow You Away
  • The Dragon: To Hera.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Still plans to carry out destruction of the Olympians and willing to kill any he can.
  • The Dreaded: When first appeared he so scared the gods that all save Athena fled to Egypt and hid as animals.
  • Mode Lock: The form we see before us is not his true form, but a punishment from Zeus.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Typhon can split his limbs into multitudes of snakes as a returned power from his old self.
  • One-Winged Angel: In ancient times was much more powerful and capable of matching Zeus. In modern times he has been reduced to a much weaker, but still very powerful form. He never does achieve his true power.
  • Restraining Bolt: A bracelet to keep him from turning on Hera and killing her. It eventually fails, and he does kill both her and Zeus.

King of the gods and in one way or another related to just about all the characters in the series. Killed before events in the series, but is restored a little over half-way through as a kid with no memories. Regains his throne and full power by end of the series.

Tropes Associated with Zeus

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Just ask the Hulk. He also curbstomped the Avengers, including Thor, without trying during Roger Stern's Avengers run.
  • Bad Ass: The strongest of the Olympians.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: His signature power source is his Thunderbolt and about the only way he uses his energy powers.
  • Coldblooded Torture: After defeating the Hulk, he let a vulture repeatedly eat his entrails, and sadistically gloated about it. More significantly, he did the same to Prometheus for a far longer time for having the audacity to give mankind fire.
  • Cruel Mercy: Allows Hercules to rescue the Hulk because he considers simply being the Hulk to be greater than any punishment he could give him.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal - Zeus took the form of Alcemena's husband Amphitryon to seduce her to father Hercules. Since Alcemna and Ampitryon considered Zeus to be the supreme godhead they did not have a problem with it making it a case of Values Dissonance. Thousands years later, Amphitryon still considered Zeus his god and more important than himself.
  • Easy Amnesia: Thanks to waters from the River Lethe.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Hercules once commented that Zeus has become well known for pursuing anything with two legs and sometimes four. It was hard to tell how much he was joking.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Amatsu-Mikaboshi killed him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As an amnesiac kid. As an adult he wavers between this and Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After he temporarily loses his powers, he completely emotionally breaks down due to his extremely pompous nature, is reduced to a hobo living on the streets, and is kicked in the groin and beaten up by Electra when attempting to hit on her.
  • Kid Sidekick: After his memory is erased temporarily replaces Cho as Hercules's sidekick.
  • Large and in Charge: Recently drawn this way, being bigger than the Hulk during their fight.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives the Hulk one of the most vicious and thorough beatings he's ever received.
  • Really Gets Around: Much to Hera's hatred.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Nowadays he doesn't transform into animals to bed women, he transforms into rock stars.
  • Shock and Awe: Even without his Thunderbolt he can still summon storms and shoot lighting.
  • Super Weight: Level 6
  • Vetinari Job Security: Pluto, Hera, Apollo and Athena all either replaced or are considered replacements for Zeus as the Lord of Olympus. All are either crazy, completely cold, or more evil than Zeus.

The God of War (the more violent aspects of it compared to Athena) and perhaps Hercules' greatest rival. In recent times, he has become less of a villain and more of an extremly violent anti-hero. A former member of Iron Man's Mighty Avengers and Green Goblin's Dark Avengers. Currently dead.

Tropes Associated with Ares

The God of the Dead (not Death), Pluto is the brother of Zeus & Neptune, and ruler of the Olympian Underworld after the drew straws for what they would rule. Eventually wanting more then just this, over the years, Pluto has become an enemy to Hercules as he seeks more power.

Tropes Associated with Pluto

    Amatsu-Mikaboshi/Chaos King 
First introduced in the Ares mini as the Japanese god of evil where it killed Zeus and laid waste to Olympus before being stopped. Released from its prison within Yomi to use his shapeshifting powers to aid against the Skrull gods. It is thought to have been killed, but survived and becomes the biggest villain of the entire series. Toward the end revealed to be an embodiment of the primordial chaos that preceded creation.

Tropes Associated with Mikaboshi

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