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Hercules (by Creator/MarvelComics) is a comic book character who first appeared in ''"ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery Annual''" #1 (1965), created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. At first Hercules was mainly used as a rival to ComicBook/TheMightyThor, but he quickly became another well-established superhero. The majority of his appearances have featured Hercules as either part of an ensemble team (Such as ComicBook/TheAvengers, the Champions, ComicBook/TheDefenders, and the Heroes for Hire) or partnered with some other hero as a {{Foil}}, most notably Thor and Amadeus Cho, but also Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Deadpool}} and Comicbook/SpiderMan.

Marvel's take on Hercules is that of a very manly, boastful, and irresponsible [[RatedMForManly Manly Man]], usually with outdated morals. His powers and personality allow him to easily be TheBigGuy, [[StraightManAndWiseGuy The Wise Guy]] and TheLancer, and thus he's usually considered one of the LighterAndSofter Marvel characters.

Marvel has also published the character with a major role in a number of titles, such as:

* '''Bob Layton's Hercules Trilogy:'''[[note]]In the far future, Hercules ventures out to the Andromeda Galaxy to forge a new dynasty for himself. The series is an action sci-fi comedy, riding the popularity of ''Franchise/StarWars''.[[/note]]
** ''Hercules: Prince of Power'' vol. 1 (1982)
** ''Hercules: Prince of Power'' vol. 2 (1984)
** ''Hercules: Twilight of a God'' (2010)

* '''Miniseries:'''
** ''Hercules: Heart of Chaos'' (1997) [[note]]A mortal Hercules has to stop his brother Comicbook/{{Ares}} from starting a war.[[/note]]
** ''Hercules'' (2005) [[note]]With Hercules's reputation is at its lowest point, Thor dead, and the Avengers "Disassembled", he embarks on a new Twelve labors to restore his legend.[[/note]]
** ''Comicbook/{{Ares}}'' (2006) [[note]]While technically not a Hercules book, Herc was a major player and this book's consequences led into future arcs.[[/note]]

* '''Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente's ''Incredible Hercules'' run:'''
** ''Incredible Hercules'' (2008) [[note]]Hercules's first ongoing, spinning off from ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'' (and keeping the numbering).[[/note]]
** ''Hercules: Fall of An Avenger'' (2010) [[note]]A two-parter that dealt with Herc's death and its aftermath.[[/note]]
** ''Heroic Age: Prince of Power'' (2010) [[note]]Amadeus Cho takes control of the Olympus Group, and Hercules's mace, to mount an OrpheanRescue and save his friend.[[/note]]
** ''Comicbook/ChaosWar'' (2010) [[note]]A BatFamilyCrossover that acts as the conclusion of the [=Pak/VanLente=] MythArc and also wraps up ideas started way back in the 2005 miniseries.[[/note]]
** ''Herc'' (2011) [[note]]Herc's second ongoing. After being BroughtDownToNormal, he continues to be a hero and protect the people of New York City, putting his combat skills and magical weapons to work.[[/note]]

* '''Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel run:'''
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Hercules2015}} Hercules]]'' (2015) [[note]]Hercules's third ongoing and part of the "Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel" initiative from writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. It follows Herc as he tries to clean up his act and show the world the reason he's THE archtype of Heroes. As such, it ditches the usual LighterAndSofter tone of his other series.[[/note]]
** ''Comicbook/CivilWarII: Gods of War'' [[note]]Herc, the new [[Comicbook/{{Thor 2014}} Thor]], [[Comicbook/TotallyAwesomeHulk Amadeus Cho]], and others get involved in the events of the ''Civil War II'' crossover.[[/note]]

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[[folder: Tropes about his series in general]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Greek gods are an archetypal example.
* CrossoverCosmology: Every pantheon under the sun, to the point that Marvel released the Encyclopedia Mythologica, a special issue of [[AllThereInTheManual the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe]], to codify just how many active pantheons there are in the Marvel Universe.
* PhysicalGod: Most of the main characters.
* PrisonersDilemma: Both Hercules and his partner Amadeus Cho are captured by the greek god Hephaestus. The rooms they're trapped in both have a switch which will open the other cell's door and allow escape, but will flood the room of the person who pressed it with a gas that not even Hercules can survive. Once the countdown starts, both Herc and Cho press their buttons instantly, setting each other free.
* SadlyMythtaken: Despite taking a lot from the original myths and adapting some of them many things have been changed:
** Hercules being called Hercules instead of Herakles is actually [[JustifiedTrope explained]] as him taking the name to distance himself from both Hera herself, and more importantly his mistakes.
** [[EveryoneHatesHades Pluto]] has gone from a neutral god ruling the underworld to actively trying to overthrow Zeus and conquer Earth.
** In myth, Hercules and Hera made peace upon his ascension to godhood. Here she hates him more than ever despite Zeus' attempts to broker peace.
** In myth, Zeus's thunderbolts are spear-like weapons forged by the Cyclopes. In Marvel, it is a power source that dwells within him.
** In myth, Zeus is a much more controversial figure thanks to [[ContinuitySnarl contrasting versions of stories]], [[LostInTranslation different translations]], and [[ValuesDissonance values]] can easily come across as an evil serial rapist who demands mortals worship him, and unleashed the horrors of PandorasBox upon the World for extremely petty reasons. In Marvel, while still a [[{{Pride}} prideful]], [[JerkAss jerk]] some of his more questionable actions have either not been mentioned, dismissed as mistakes in the myth and Zeus's overall character more toward the benevolent side with allowing his worship to die out and keeping the evils of the more malevolent Olympians such as Hera, Pluto and Ares in check.
** In-universe example: Some of the labors Hercules was attributed with were actually done by a similar immortal, super-strong hero: Gilgamesh aka The Forgotten One of the Eternals. Also a meta-example, as Gilgamesh is wholly unconnected to Greek mythology.
* TangledFamilyTree: What do you expect from Greek deities which spend thousands of years mating with AnythingThatMoves? Of note, however, is the fact that due to Marvel's [[EarthMother Gaea and Jord]] being [[IHaveManyNames the same person]], this means that Hercules' relatives extend into ''other'' pantheons as well. For example, Thor is actually his ''great-great-uncle'', since Gaea is Hercules's great-grandmother and Jord is Thor's birth mother.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. Most Marvel gods talk this way, but Hercules (and the Greek pantheon) switched to modern English round about Comicbook/CivilWar.
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[[folder: Silver Age Hercules]]
!! This section covers stories from his first appearance until his defeat of Typhon and the end of his exile from Olympus.

* BadassInDistress: Thor even comments on the fact that he hates seeing a warrior like Hercules being made so helpless and powerless while captive in the Underworld.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: A variation in that Hercules challenges Captain America's right to give him orders, so he and Cap fight. Cap uses his acrobatics and martial arts skills to evade all of Hercules's attacks, and after a while, Herc is so impressed that he declares UndyingLoyalty to Cap.
* DistressedDude: The Pluto arc in the pages of ''Thor'' had Hercules in need of a champion to fight for him and rescue him from a terrible fate. Even when captive, he fights every step of the way, but it was a lost cause.
* MagicallyBindingContract: Disguised as a Hollywood director, Pluto tricks Hercules to sign an "Olympian Contract", which even Zeus is forced to abide by. When Hercules does something that breaks the rules of the contract, he becomes zapped by some sort of enchantment and stripped of his powers.
* MightyGlacier: In his fight with Cap, Hercules is too slow to hit the more agile fighter. But Cap knows that all Herc needs is one half-decent hit to instantly KO him. Fortunately for Cap, seeing his skill and bravery is enough for Herc to concede.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Hercules gives Typhon one of these at the conclusion of their first fight. The Avengers have to hold Herc back from continuing to beat him down, as Hercules didn't know he was knocked out.
* OrpheanRescue: A variation; when Pluto tricks Hercules into taking his place as ruler of the Underworld, Thor has to travel to the underworld and fight as his champion.
* SixthRanger: When Hercules first showed up in the book, it was as a "guest" of the team and not an actual member. He still went on missions with them, but more as a useful tagalong. He later joined the team proper and became a full Avenger.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The first meeting between Hercules and Thor was treated as this both in and out of universe, with everyone eager to see just which of the two gods would win in a fight.
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[[folder:Bronze Age]]
!! Tropes gathered from Herc's sporadic appearances between his return to Olympus and the "Dark Age" incarnation of the Avengers starting from issue #355.

* CallBack: When Hercules meets comicBook/WonderMan for the first time, he hears that Simon is more interested in being an actor than an Avenger, so he tells Simon he has contacts in Hollywood. This is a nod to a few Silver Age stories which showed that Hercules sometimes did acting roles.
* FaceHeelTurn: Subverted trope. In ''Thor #221'', Thor attacks Olympus thinking that Hercules has kidnapped the Asgardian goddess Krista. Hercules has no idea why Thor is calling him out, but (as Herc does) decides to punch first and ask questions later. Zeus then breaks up the fight and hears Thor out, before explaining that Hercules is innocent because he's been at a festival the whole time.
* FrameUp: Ares tries to frame Hercules for the kidnapping of the goddess Krista in order to get Thor and Herc to kill each other.
* HoneyTrap: Tanya Sealy (aka "Black Mamba") seduced Hercules and took him drinking so that he'd be too inebriated to fight the Masters of Evil, just as Zemo planned.
* LeeroyJenkins: During the "Under Siege" storyarc, a drunk Hercules refuses to wait for Wasp and Captain America to come up with a plan to retake Avengers Mansion from the Masters of Evil and not only gets his ass kicked, but also Wasp and Cap when they try to save him.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Thor storms Olympus to fight Herc (whom he believes is a traitor), but Zeus later sets things straight. Then taken UpToEleven when the two start fighting ''again'' over who will rescue Krista and a stupefied Zeus just tells the two of them to stop acting like idiots and team up.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Hercules's brief reappearance in ''The Avengers'' after returning from Olympus has him running in fear of an opponent named "The Huntsman" (Zeus's personal tracker/assassin). This is the first time Hercules is ever shown running from, or avoiding, any sort of fight.
* TokenMinority: Lampshaded. At one point, he's upset that he was called to stand in for Thor during an awards ceremony, calling himself the "Token God" of the team.
* WhatTheHellHero: Zeus calls out both Thor and Hercules after they start fighting each other ''again'' over who gets to rescue Krista--right after he just ''stopped'' them from fighting only a few minutes ago.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Issue #222 is the one which established that Thor and Hercules are equals. The two men (the strongest gods of their respective pantheons) arm wrestle each other on Mount Olympus. The contest ends in a draw when the table shatters under the weight of such manlieness.
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[[folder:Dark Age]]
!! This section covers Hercules following ''Avengers #355'' until "Heroes Return".
* BigBadDuumvirate: Hera, who plots to kill him alongside Ares, only to be betrayed by Ares at the last moment.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Herc became friends with Deathcry, when he realized that they both no longer had any other home than the Avengers Mansion.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Zeus created Taylor Madison in order to foil Hera's attack on Hercules, and when Herc finds out and then watches Zeus unmake her, he is ''pissed''. Zeus is offended that Herc doesn't appreciate his "help" and strips him of his immortality.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: In the end, we never know if Hercules and Deathcry ever slept together--but she certainly wanted it, and they were alone in space for a long time.
* LadykillerInLove: Throughout this era, Hercules was in love with a woman named Taylor Madison, to he point that he became lovesick when she suddenly stopped seeing him and promised to forsake all other women for her.
* TheLostLenore: Taylor Madison became Hercules's lost love later during this era.
* LovingAShadow: Hercules was in love with a woman named Taylor Madison--except that was exactly the role she was intended to serve, as a false construct created by Zeus to be Hercules's "perfect woman".
* SurvivorsGuilt: Hercules is horrified when he finds out that the other Avengers died fighting Onslaught, as he was in space with Deathcry at the time.
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[[folder: "Heroes Reborn" Age]]
!! This section covers Herc's disparate appearances between ''Comicbook/HeroesReturn'' up to the start of ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk''.

* BadassCrew: Hercules, Thor and the Destroyer team up to save Asgard. It's as awesome as it sounds.
* BrokenPedestal: Learning that mortals no longer respect him is what prompts him to go on his new labors.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Hercules is torn between attacking Thor on his father's command for the apparent destruction of Olympus or believing that his friend is innocent. He chooses the latter, to Zeus's disappointment.
* OneHitKO: Hercules defeats Hulk's nemesis, the Abomination, in one hit.
* ReformedButRejected: Erik Josten (Atlas) apologizes to Herc for almost killing him so long ago, but Herc is having ''none'' of it.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When he finds out that the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} are the same Masters of Evil that beat him in a coma years ago, Herc goes into a rage for revenge.
* UndyingLoyalty: Hercules chooses his loyalty to Thor over his loyalty to Zeus.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Hercules reappears in his original costume, with all of his godly power intact with no explanation aside from the implication that he's on speaking terms with Zeus again.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Zeus gives Hercules this ultimatum and bids him to attack Thor. Hercules refuses, and Zeus banishes him once again.
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[[folder:Incredible Hercules]]
!! Tropes from the Pak/Van Lente run of Hercules, starting with ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'' up until ''Comicbook/{{Hercules 2015}}''.

* AbortedArc: A big WhamLine came late in the series when Amadeus learned that his little sister was still alive. This was never resolved.
* AccidentalMarriage: Hercules, while disguised as Thor, accidentally becomes consort to Alflyse, the queen of the Dark Elves. Note that Herc is already married.
* ActOfTrueLove: Hephaestus captures Herc and Amadeus and puts them each in a cell with a button. If one pushes his button, he will die but the other will go free. If neither of them push the button, they both die. What happens? They both attempt HeroicSacrifice: they push their buttons immediately at the same time. [[LaserGuidedKarma They both go free.]]
* AliensStealCable: While not aliens and also not likely to steal cable (they can certainly afford it), it's strongly suggested that the various Greek gods got up to speed on modern culture by watching movies and television. The ''Prince Of Power'' miniseries suggests that the Norse gods (or Thor at least, who admits to watching videos on [=YouTube=]) did this as well.
-->'''Hercules:''' [[Film/MenInBlack The difference between us is, I make this look good.]]
-->'''Amadeus:''' Where did you even see that?
-->'''Hercules:''' Netflix!
* AllMythsAreTrue: Hercules once tried using a story from his life to teach Amadeus only for Amadeus to retort it contradicted the more established version of events. Hercules counted that myths were not facts to be checked in a ledger so they do not have to always make sense. Thus, contradicting myths may be true. Add on that Hercules regularly had dealings with gods from mythologies and you have an "all myths are true" situation.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Princess Artume is totally not Franchise/WonderWoman.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Every night terror that ever lurked the darkness" includes, amongst its numerous {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, an IRS agent, chocolate, and a Rubik's cube.
* AssimilationPlot: The Skrull gods' justification for their universal holy war.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:Athena's ascension to Skyfather status is signalled by Zeus' thunderbolt descending to her, freeing her from her stone imprisonment, upon which she proclaims herself "Athena Panhellenios".]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Amadeus.
* BadassBookworm: Again, Amadeus.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Chaos War, which spawned a few tie-ins that confirmed Hercules' status as one who connects the Gamma side ([[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Incredible Hulks]]), the mythological side (Chaos War: [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] mini-series, Chaos War: Ares one-shot) and the typical superhero side (Chaos War: Dead [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] and Chaos War: ComicBook/{{X-Men}} mini-series, Chaos War: ComicBook/AlphaFlight one-shot) of the MarvelUniverse.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Athena's plan for getting Hercules and Cho to meet consisted of sending Herc back to Earth and waiting, under the assumption that as the champions of two different eras, they would eventually run across each other.
* BedTrick: Hercules sleeps with (and ends up in an AccidentalMarriage to) Alfyse, Queen of the Dark Elves by pretending to be Thor. He didn't start the facade specifically to sleep with her, and part of his intention ''might'' have been to invoke a SexFaceTurn (which he eventually does). Further, she didn't fall for him ''because'' he was Thor, but because of Hercules's own charm and personality. Still, a lie is a lie, and she didn't know who he actually was, and might have even trying to seduce him ''right back'' so that she could marry Thor and thus legitimately invade Asgard.
* BigBad: Hera, briefly ousted by [[spoiler:Typhon]]. Amatsu-Mikaboshi takes Hera's place after Assault on New Olympus.
* BlahBlahBlah: Amadeus, in Hercules' ImagineSpot.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The main duo. Though Hercules, with his long life and great experience, often has to be the Wisdom to Cho's Intelligence.
* BrokenAesop: At the end of Chaos War, Hercules says that truly benevolent heroes show the way that gods should be, as they recurrently sacrifice everything to protect, help, and heal others; [[spoiler: whereupon he expends his full power to restore all the people that Mikaboshi murdered.]] That's probably a message that we can all get behind. However, for some reason he also [[spoiler:restores all the destroyed demons, afterlives of eternal torture and damnation, and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in the universe]]...enforcing the type of setting that basically fits his definition of the way a deity ''shouldn't'' be. This is pointed out right after the event, when [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] says that Herc [[spoiler:fixed everything but forgot to fix the Hulks. Herc replies that he was "[[StatusQuoIsGod guided by]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense wisdom beyond our ken"]], but even ''he'' understands that he screwed up and apologizes.]] Later, it's even revealed that even Kyknos (Ares's son) was brought back because of this.
* BrotherSisterIncest:
** It's Greek myth; most relevant to the main character, Hercules' wife is his half-sister Hebe. Other gods tend to bring up this tendency of the Greek pantheon whenever they get too snippy.
** Snowbird mentions it to him after they have sex, acknowledging that as gods, their kind sleeps with AnythingThatMoves, almost with ''pride''.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Losing his powers forces Herc to showcase that he's still one of the greatest fighters the world has ever known.
* [[spoiler: BroughtDownToNormal / BackFromTheDead: Hercules sacrifices his All-Father powers to restore the Earth and he's basically mortal again, [[BadassNormal but when's that ever stopped him?]] Also Alpha Flight get a new lease on life.]]
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Cho has little choice but to embark on a life of adventure when villains murder his family.
* CapeSnag: When battling against ComicBook/TheSentry, Hercules temporarily disposes of the more-powerful hero by dodging an attack and tossing him by his cape. Herc cites this trope as the reason he stopped wearing the Nemean Lion skin. (Although, his outfit in ''Chaos War'' featured a cape.).
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Amadeus is incredibly smart, but he is technically a normal human being. All of his power results from being able to do precise calculations very quickly.
* ChekhovsGun: The series makes great use of the principle, which becomes very apparent when reading the trades. ''Every'' myth flashback has one of these.
* TheChessmaster:
** Athena.
** The villain Malekith the Accursed tries to be one of these, but it goes badly.
** Pythagoras Dupree ''is'' one of these, but it still ends up going badly.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: mostly of the AncientGrome variety.
* CombatPragmatist: Lampshaded and invoked on several times that Hercules ''loves'' to ''fight dirty''. This results in an absolutely hilarious battle between Herc and Thor when the two of them are disguised as each other (ItMakesSenseInContext) and Herc (as Thor) has to urge Thor (as Herc) to "fight more like me." Cue GroinAttack.
* CompanionCube: Delphyne has a ''Death Scrunchie'' for her snakes.
* ContinuityPorn: As per Greg Pak's style, the story makes numerous {{Call Back}}s to prior stories.
* CostumeCopycat: Herc temporarily dresses up like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] to fool some Asgardian villains; Thor returns the favour.
* CrisisCrossover: Subverted. Chaos War is a large, multiversal-threat event and Hercules gathers all of Earth's heroes to fight [[BigBad Chaos King]], but at the end of the first issue almost all of them are moved out of the equation [[spoiler: by being comatose]], leaving only a small number of gods and dead superheroes to fight him.
* CuteMonsterGirl / GorgeousGorgon: Delphyne.
* DeathIsCheap: Lampshaded in Hercules's visit to the underworld. Since Pluto is too busy trying to take over the criminal "underworld" of Earth, the superheroes in Hades gamble for the right to come back from the dead.
* {{Determinator}}: Subverted in ''ComicBook/ChaosWar''. Hercules, the patron god of the AttackAttackAttack strategy, gets told flat out by Amadeus and every other surviving ally that attacking the Chaos King is pointless. Hercules refuses to listen or to give up, no matter what... but he eventually comes to realize that everyone else is right.
* TheDogIsAnAlien: We find out that [[spoiler:Kirby, the coyote pup that Amadeus Cho had adopted, had been long-replaced by a Skrull imposter. While the real coyote was safe and unharmed, the Skrull!coyote had accompanied Cho for the better part of a year before TheReveal.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: As Hercules is being killed during the "Assault on New Olympus" storyarc, Namora (in a side story) is fighting just on the other side of an impenetrable barrier, but able to see what's going on thanks to the powers of her teammates. She desperately pounds away at the barrier screaming Herc's name but fails to break through. As she slumps to the ground, defeated, she whispers "...I love you." Hercules does not survive the battle, nor did he hear her declaration.
* EccentricMillionaire: Hercules, unwittingly. Turns out Herc has made many good investments (among which was purchasing stock in a just starting out company called [[IronMan Stark Enterprises]]) which resulted in him being filthy stinking rich and owning a lot of property but ''never'' realized this himself as he never bothered to keep tabs on them.
* EldritchAbomination: Chaos King, who is the void that existed before the birth of the Universe.
* EnemyCivilWar: Hera vs. Norman Osborn.
* ErastesEromenos: Most of the Greek gods assume Hercules and Amadeus have this relationship, even referring to the latter as Herc's ''eromenos''. Amadeus always angrily corrects them.
-->'''Amadeus:''' I am '''not''' his ''eromenos''!
* EvilIsSexy: [[invoked]] Lampshaded with Alflyse, Dark Elf Queen of the Eastern Spires.
--> '''Zeus''': "Are the wickedest queens always the comeliest?"\\
'''Hercules''': "Usually."
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Athena]].
* {{Flashback}}: The series loves these; most issues have a flashback to Herc's mythic exploits.
* FountainOfYouth: Zeus gets turned into a kid, and has his memories stripped from him, by drinking from the River Lethe.
* GambitRoulette: Athena's vague master plan will likely be this.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Amadeus needs sugar to have his brain run at full capacity.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Or arc; among them, Black Widow, Snowbird, Namora...
* GodWasMyCopilot: Athena takes two different guises to influence Cho's life at various points; she did so more extensively in the life of Pythagoras Dupree, to less positive results.
* {{Good With Numbers}}/{{Hyper Awareness}}: How Cho's super-intelligence manifests.
* GorgeousGorgon: Delphyne. Every other Gorgon shown as well.
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: Mikaboshi speaks purely in haiku. He doesn't seem to have any particular reason for doing so, as he's fully capable of speaking normally.
* GroinAttack: Hercules is a big fan of this move. He used it against the Sentry, and on seeing Namora's use of it against Atlas he was moved to propose marriage; Thor gives Hercules a particularly painful one as well.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Zeus actually manages to get Hera to back down after giving her a KirkSummation. However, Typhon takes control of Continuum and kills both of them to try and make TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Delphyne; though she goes back to being a heel, albeit reluctantly due to TheChainsOfCommanding.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Herc and Cho. ''[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Fall of an Avenger]]'' solidified it.
* HilarityEnsues: Whenever Herc does something, really.
* IdiotHero: The popular image of Hercules is played with here; Herc's not a genius, but he can be very eloquent.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Pythagoras [=DuPree=] gives Amadeus a gun and challenges him to a duel centered on this. As they both have the hypermind power, they continually calculate what the other is thinking of, trying to figure out a shot that they cannot predict or cannot deflect. [[spoiler: Amadeus wins, in a way - [=DuPree=] fails to account for the fact that Amadeus has no reason to even stick around, so he leaves rather than submit to any more mind games.]]
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: Herc uses this line when Namora puts him in an "Atlantean crab hold" during a sparring match. Namora shoots back an IronicEcho later, when Hercules suggests using an Olympian eagle strike in combat.
* JerkassGods: Zeus [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] his legendary dickishness by claiming that he's there so that people will have someone to blame when something goes wrong, because without him they have no one to blame but themselves.
* JokerJury: Zeus is put on trial by Pluto with a jury of dead supervillains, including [[http://the-isb.blogspot.com/2006/01/profiles-in-courage-tiger-man.html the Armless Tiger Man]].
* JuryOfTheDamned: See JokerJury above.
* KillAllHumans: Hera wanted to do this, saving only her followers.
* LadyLand: Artume retroactively turns the planet into one of these for an issue.
* LadyOfWar: Athena.
* LampshadeHanging: DeathIsCheap is mocked repeatedly when Herc and Amadeus go into Hades to rescue Zeus.
* LivingIsMoreThanSurviving: Herc tells Amadeus something along these lines. WeAllDieSomeday, but not everyone gets to ''live''.
* LovedINotHonorMore: During a spat with his divine wife, Hebe, Hercules confesses that he'll never be a domsticated husband. Hebe slaps him and says that that's ''exactly'' why she loves him. (In fact, see the trope image.)
* MeaningfulName: Kerberos is a [[IncrediblyLamePun triple-header]]. He's named after both [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerberos_(protocol) the authentication protocol]] and the mythical guard dog of Hades, and he's called [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]] for short.
* TheMentor: Herc(in a rare main character example) was this for Amadeus. His conventional wisdom and kindness transforms Amadeus from arrogant MartyStu who is willing to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. [[ForTheLulz for the hell of it]] to a true hero who gladly carries on Herc's legacy after he seemingly dies.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:According to Athena, Hercules was to be a victim of this; ultimately, she was the one who [[ShootTheDog ended up doing it]].]]
* MistakenForGay: Internet rumors suggest that Amadeus is Hercules' Eromenos, which Amadeus repeatedly denies when he's kidnapped by Amazons.
--> "I am not his eromenos!"
* TheMole: In the ComicBook/SecretInvasion crossover, [[spoiler:Kirby]] is actually a Skrull.
* MoodWhiplash: For the first several arcs of the series, Herc's womanizing ways are a comic highlight; then all of a sudden we're confronted with his distraught wife Hebe, who has been told the failure of their marriage is her fault and can't understand what she did wrong.
* MultiversalConqueror: Chaos King; according to Cho's calculations, his rampage at the end of Chaos War annihilated 90% of TheMultiverse.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Amadeus and his sister, Maddy (Madame Curie Cho).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the Chaos War event, Hercules manages to lead the Chaos King right to the council of gods.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Chaos King who existed as the primordial darkness and chaos before the universe began wishes to return it to that state.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Athena certainly feels like she is.
* ThePlan: All of the events of the series[[note]]Hercules going on the run and mentoring Amadeus, helping Amatsu-Mikaboshi conquer the Skrull pantheon, the collapse of the Olympus Group, etc..[[/note]] were manipulated or orchestrated by her to come to the exact moment where the Chaos King has destroyed the entire multiverse and Herc (with Athena and Amadeus as advisors) holds nigh-omnipotent power to recreate reality to his liking, creating a better world that Athena envisions. It gets derailed at the last possible instant where Herc simply uses this power to hit the ResetButton and [[StatusQuoIsGod put things back the way they were]] before Mikaboshi destroyed it.
* {{Polyamory}}: In addition to his actual wife, Hebe, and his many FriendsWithBenefits, it's revealed after Hercules's death that he has actual semi-steady ''girlfriends'' all over the world. Women who love him so much that they are absolutely ''crushed'' when they receive news that he has died.
* PreviouslyOn: ''Incredible Hercules''' recap pages are, quite frankly, ''hilarious''.
** And actually included in the trade paperbacks, which is a rarity.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The various Greek gods.
* PunchClockVillain: Delphyne is just doing her job (plus she's not a fan of Athena).
* QuestionableConsent: Hoo-boy.
** The "Dubious Consent" version of the trope applies when Hercules has sex with Snowbird at one of her most vulnerable moments, while she's breaking down over the deaths of all her old companions in Comicbook/AlphaFlight. Hercules, apparently aware of this, asks her if this is really what she wants at the time, and she answers with a passionate kiss. So potentially averted or not, depending on your interpretation of it.
** Also downplayed when Hercules admits to tricking Namora into giving him an UnderwaterKiss during their time as the Renegades by pretending to run out of air.
** Herc seduces Alfyse while pretending to be Thor. While she seems to fall for him because of his own personality and charm, the only reason she even gave him an audience was because she thought he was Thor.
* RatedMForManly: Hercules, naturally.
* ReallyGetsAround: Hercules.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Herc has gotten a number of these; in the case of one given by Ares, Herc interestingly admits that most of what Ares says is true, but that he's still better than Ares anyway.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Pythagoras Dupree not only refused the call, he [[spoiler:went out of his way to kill anyone else who might possibly answer it.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: Plenty, but perhaps most prominently, and recurrently, during the "[[CrisisCrossover Chaos War]]".
* SelfMadeOrphan: Hercules finds it hilarious that Thor has been exiled from Asgard for killing his grandfather, and cheerfully Lampshades how often similar killings have happened in his family.
* SeriesContinuityError: After Herc and Amadeus go their seperate ways after their trip to the underworld, Amadeus reads a book about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth Hero's Journey]] and thinks about how it applies to his life. When the book describes how a great enemy he may have encountered will often be a villainous shapeshifter, he incorrectly identifies Kly'bn, the god of the Skrulls, in this role while conveniently forgetting that Kly'bn was not a shapeshifter. Point of fact, it was explicitly his schtick as a god. Since the Skrulls are a shapeshifting race, he represents "The you that will always be you."
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Athena sacrifices Hercules in the series' final issue essentially BecauseDestinySaysSo.]]
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', during Dark Reign. And Film/MenInBlack during the same.
** Hercules's response to being challenged to three-storied elvish chess? [[Franchise/StarTrek "Live long and prosper."]]
** His idea of stopping a bunch of [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]]? Have Zeus part the clouds and shine the sun on them. When this does nothing, Zeus asks him where he got the idea he claims it's from Literature/TheHobbit, which he believes is some sort of documentary.
* ShownTheirWork: Particularly as regards classical mythology and Marvel continuity. While Hades being kinda evil isn't part of the original myths, it is how he's portrayed in the Marvel universe.
* SinglePowerSuperheroes: Pretty much the one reason why he almost always falls behind Thor, he can't even fly.
* SlapSlapKiss: Amadeus and Delphyne; after she tells him that she fatally poisoned Herc (true, as far as she knew), he angrily lunges at her, but then they start making out.
* SophisticatedAsHell: the recaps.
-->But whilst Hercules endeavors to convince Cho to let his ire go, let us not forget that Ares, brother of Hercules and '''GOD OF #%*&IN' WAR''' waits to strike...
* SpinOff: ''Dark Avengers: Ares'' was supposed to be one for ComicBook/DarkAvengers, but featuring Herc's flagship enemy and referencing several plot points from Incredible Hercules [[spoiler: including bringing back a villain introduced in one of the series' flashbacks]] makes it more a spin-off to this.
* StalkerShrine: Hebe has one of Herc.
* StalkerWithACrush: Hephaestus.
** A mild subversion with Hebe, who is a stalker and madly in love with Herc, but also his legitimate wife.
* StrawFeminist: Artume, who is the AlternateCompanyEquivalent of ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', with just as much dislike of Man's World, but none of the desire to redeem it.
* SuddenlySexuality: Hercules is, of course, an unabashed ladies' man, but his funeral was the first time any hint of his bisexuality was made.
* SuperDeformed: Herc, Cho and Delphyne appear as cute chibi versions of themselves in Cho's fantasy world.
* TakeAThirdOption: Invoked [[spoiler:by Amadeus in his final confrontation with Pythagoras Dupree; Dupree doesn't take it well.]] Lampshaded by Thor in ''Fall of an Avenger'':
--> '''Thor:''' What would Hercules do? When confronted with a task beyond the ken of mortals or gods, change the rules of the game.
** Spoofed when Hercules is challenged to three-storied chess by the Dark Elves, with another lampshade hanging and a ShoutOut to Franchise/StarTrek.
--> '''Thorcules:''' The only way to win an unwinnable scenario is to change the rules of the game!
--> '''Alflyse:''' Brilliant!
--> '''Elf advisor:''' But ... that wasn't unwinnable. All you have to do is move the rook --

* TeamDad: Athena, rare female example.
* TeenGenius: Amadeus.
* ThemeNaming: Athena uses two aliases in the series: Miranda Minerva, where the theme is obvious, and the surname Sexton, which is more obscure.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: Athena is quite certain that the status of Prince of Power works like this.
* TheyFightCrime: He's the Prince of Power! He's the Seventh Smartest Man on the planet! TheyFightCrime!
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: By the Chaos War mini, Herc has gained nigh-infinite power.]]
-->'''Eternity:''' Little [[spoiler:Hercules]]. You've grown.
-->'''[[spoiler: Hercules]]:''' So did my enemies.
** Hebe is either this or CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass - compare how she is at the beginning of the series (where she's accident-prone and looks like she's afraid of her own shadow) versus Assault On New Olympus or after (being willing to take a point-blank thunderbolt from then-pantheon head Hera and showing nerves of steel from that point onward).
* UnsoundEffect: ''Incredible Hercules'' loves this trope; Pak and Van Lente credit ''World War Hulk'' editor Nate Cosby for starting this off. Examples include KRAKINAJAA for somebody getting kicked in the jaw, and GODATHUNDAA for Herc hitting Thor with [[DropTheHammer Mjolnir]].
** '''NURP!''', colored purple for extra lulz. [[BreastAttack Guess what that one's for.]]
* UpToEleven: Adamantine (the metal Herc's mace is made of) is stated to be more durable than even the Uru metal Thor's hammer is made of, and even ''adamantium''. In fact, in an alternate universe where they were lovers, Wolverine received an Adamantine upgrade to his claws.
* VisualPun: Charon's ferry is an ''actual'' ferry, more specifically a modern cruiseboat where the souls of the dead hang out. Furthermore, Charon himself is dressed in a modern ferryman's uniform, complete with a coin changer.
* WeAllDieSomeday: Provides the trope image. Hercules isn't afraid of death; he's afraid of dull life.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Amadeus apparently gives up his search for his sister and we never ''do'' find out what happened to her.
** WordOfGod ([[IncrediblyLamePun ahem]]) says they weren't able to cover her fate in the main story, but they hope to pick up on it in a forthcoming comic.
* WickedStepmother: Hera, the ''original'' wicked stepmother, to Herc and Athena.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: It took a lot of time and even more trouble before Amadeus and Delphyne became an actual couple.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Against Kl'yrt, the Skrull god, Hercules believes that every other member of his God Squad team has died (including Amadeus) and after Kl'yrt tries using a BreakingSpeech on him, Herc unleashes his full strength against him, saying that now he's finally ready to "Play god".
* XanatosGambit:[[spoiler: Chaos King used one in Chaos War, taking over Zeus' body and attacking Hercules and the God Squad. He either would have killed them or, the one he deployed, used the dying Zeus to convince Hercules to contact the council of gods, leading him to their hideout.]]
** Athena's behavior in [[spoiler: Chaos War]] was essentially this. [[spoiler: Either Chaos King would destroy the Universe and a new one would be born to take its place, or he would do enough damage before being defeated that the gods would have to rebuild it from scratch.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: At the end of "Sacred Invasion", Athena's plan has the unexpected consequence of [[spoiler: putting [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] dark god Amatsu-Mikaboshi in command of an army of hundreds of intergalactic slave-gods]]. This is good news, apparently.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "[[GenreSavvy Why do you persist in talking in old-timey Shakespeare talk?!]] [[FakeNationality We're from Greece!]] [[FridgeLogic From two thousand years before Shakespeare!]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE!]]"
** It is made even funnier because Hercules is punching the crap out of the guy.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Chaos King to [[spoiler: Athena]], despite the fact the only thing [[spoiler: she]] did was to remind him that it was [[spoiler: her]] plan that made his assault so successful and that he still needed [[spoiler: her]]. He disagreed and ate [[spoiler: her]].
** [[spoiler: All of which was apparently part of her GambitRoulette]].
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[[folder:Earth-829 Limited Series]]
!!! This section covers the ''Hercules'' limited series trilogy by Bob Layton.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Hercules first meets Skyppi (a ShapeShifting Skrull) when the latter is disguised as a beautiful and underdressed woman. He wasn't too thrilled about the revelation.
* UnstoppableRage: When pissed, he dishes out a beatdown on this universe's Silver Surfer, breaks his board in two, and then ''decapitates him with it''.
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