Heartwarming / Hercules

"People always do crazy things... when they're in love."

The Disney film

  • The opening scene on Olympus, where Zeus is playing with Herc. Zeus is such an adorably doting father.
  • Hercules and Pegasus meeting for the first time.
    • Also, the reunion, where it's played the exact same way, but with the roles reversed, right down to the headbutt.
  • Notice that the cape on his "hero suit" is the shawl his adoptive mom gave him when he left to find answers. She's always with him.
  • When Zeus is finally able to talk to his son after so many years he is ecstatic.
  • During "One Last Hope" when Herc fails yet another test instead of berating him Phil tells him (in song) that it's not all about power and instead the heart that really matters in being a hero. Then Herc tosses a sword feeling sorry for himself, and he hits the target. The looks on their faces say it all.
  • In "Zero To Hero" there's a part that shows that Herc gives a lot of the money he's made with his heroics to his mortal adopted parents, and they are very proud of him.
  • When Hercules is discouraged about not becoming a true hero, Phil gives him a pep talk.
    "I've seen 'em all, and I'm telling you, you got something I've never seen before. I can feel it, right down to these stubby bowlegs of mine. There is nothing you can't do, kid."
  • Hercules casually pulls down a tree to retrieve a flower for Megara, hands it to her, and then kisses her on the cheek. Megara instantly looks forward with wide eyes as though her thoughts have instantly been banished (a milder variant of a Heroic B.S.O.D.). She then gives a small smile and touches her hand to her cheek. You can see screencaps of the scene on this page.
  • Megara's song "I Won't Say I'm In Love," especially the ending. There IS a reason why this song is overused in AMV's.
    • The deleted song "I Can't Believe My Heart" it replaced is pretty good too.
  • Seeing Herc on what can only be described as a "love high" after his night out with Meg. You tell the guy is just head over heels for her, and it's absolutely adorable.
  • Even after a bitter argument with Hercules, when Meg tells Phil that Hercules will die if he doesn't help him, he goes straight back to him and gives him another pep talk that gives him the will to defeat the Cyclops despite having lost his super strength.
    Hercules: You were right, Phil, dreams are for rookies.
    Phil: No, no, no. Giving up is for rookies. I came back because I'm not giving up on you. I'm willing to go the distance. How 'bout you?
  • "People always do crazy things when they're in love."
  • When Hercules has to go stop Hades's siege of Mt. Olympus, Phil volunteers to stay behind with the mortally wounded Meg, and he even holds her hand when she starts dying. Like Pegasus, up to this point Phil had hated her since almost the moment they met.
  • Meg returning from the dead.
  • "Father, this is the moment I've always dreamed of. But, a life without Meg, even an immortal life would be empty. I, I wish to stay on Earth with her. I finally know where I belong."
    • Meg fully believed she would be left behind, because her former boyfriend dumped her for another girl when the choice was given to him. Just look at her confusion and wonder when Hercules chooses her over godhood.
  • Herc still loves his mortal adoptive parents as much as his divine blood parents, and both sets of parents love him as well. Especially at the end when Herc comes down and they embrace each other.
    • Before Hercules leaves his adoptive parents to go to Zeus' temple, they take the time to share one big hug and Alcmene gives him a shawl which, as said above, will later become the cape on his "hero suit".
    Hercules: Mom, Dad, you're the greatest parents anyone can have..."
    • After Hercules becomes rich, what is one of the things he does? He uses his newfound fortune to buy an enormous house for his adoptive parents and take care of them.
  • During the final song "A Star is Born", we see Zeus making a constellation of Hercules in the sky... And then Phil sees it and overhears someone saying, "That's Phil's boy!"...and as he begins crying, so do we...
    • Becomes more Heartwarming when you recognize the guy as the some one who earlier in the film was mocking him and Herc only for he and others to witness themselves Herc became a hero.
  • How about Pegasus and Meg doing a headbutt... followed by a hug from both of them. Really is heartwarming when you consider how much they disliked each other when they first met.
  • In the end Phil wooing Aphrodite and getting kissed. Showing he's still got that spark, especially for helping Hercules
  • Apollo says, "Three cheers for the mighty Hercules!"
  • A meta example: most versions of the myth of Hercules have Hera as his stepmother, loathing his existence as proof of Zeus' philandering, and more desperate to destroy him than Hades ever was in this film. So, even with the change in the origin, to see Disney's version of Hera not only accept Hercules but show him unconditional love is indeed heartwarming.
  • A whole lot of the lyrics in "Go the Distance", and the message about hope and determination in them.
    I have often dreamed of a far-off place, where a great, warm welcome will be waiting for me. Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face, and a voice keeps saying this is where I'm meant to be. I will find my way. I can go the distance. I don't care how far; somehow, I'll be strong. I know every mile will be worth my while. I will go most anywhere to feel like I belong.
    • And even when Herc gives up his godhood for Meg, the song still all comes true. He could have had that with the gods but he gets it all just as much with her.
    • The altered lyrics in the Lucas Grabeel version or the Michael Bolton credits version take the message in another direction that's equally heartwarming. Sure, the initial looking-for-glory lyrics are present, but then it goes into how the hero's journey is about self-improvement and the love of one's friends and family. It even repeats the "a hero's strength is measured by his heart" message from elsewhere in the movie.

The animated series

  • "Hercules and the First Day of School":
    • Icarus is one of the first people at Hercules's school to welcome him as new student. He shows him around the school and gives him wise advice on how to survive high school.
    • Hercules ends up being humiliated by Adonis, who deems Herc to be a worthless nobody. Wanting to prove himself to the student body, Hercules goes after the two headed cyclops Orthos. He defeated the Cyclops but Adonis took all the credit to himself. However, Icarus and Cassandra, Hercules' first friends, respect and care for him. At the end, Hercules starts to have fun with his new friends and Cassaandra, who looked like she didn't want to be part of the game, gives Hercules a friendly push. Also, Phil hangs up a picture on his wall of Hercules beating up the Cyclops with Phil wearing a proud smile on his face.
  • The episode where the hero seeks to free Prometheus. Herc even gives a Patrick Stewart Speech in his defense.
  • In "Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster", Daedalus is getting remarried and Icarus is worried that his new stepmother, Thespis, will take his dad's love away from him.
    • Icarus reporting to his mother about Daedalus and Thespis in hopes that she'll be upset. Instead, she's ecstatic that Daedalus has a second chance of love. She soothes Icarus, assuring him that both she and his father love him dearly and his father needed this shot of happiness.
    • When Thespis saves him from falling all the way down the throat of a personification of Jealousy, we have this exchange:
      Icarus: Wow. You saved me. You could have had Dadalus all to yourself. I was almost out of the picture.
      Thespis: Oh, Icarus, I don't want you out of the picture. I want to be in the picture with you.
  • In "Hercules and the Yearbook", Meg singing "The Man That I Love" to reassure her husband after seeing how awkward he was in his high-school years.
    The most precious gems have their roots in the rough
    Just like my hero, the man that I love.
  • Then there's "You're My Hero", which Helen of Troy sings after Hades and Adonis make fun of Hercules one too many times, saying how Herc is a good guy in spite of his flaws.
    But a demigod has a human side
    And a heart too big to hide.
  • In "Hercules and the Gorgon", Medusa is The Woobie who is saddened that everyone regards her as a monster due to her looks and her petrifying gaze. She became happy when Hercules wanted to still befriend her despite knowing what she is. The episode ends with them going on a date.