YMMV: Hercules

The Disney film

  • What an Idiot: For a god, Hades doesn't seem to be all that smart. Two examples stand out:
    • Hades sent his monsters to deal with Hercules instead of challenging him to a fight. Hercules, as a mortal, can't lay a hand on Hades; he goes right through. It would be an easy win.
      • Hades probably didn't want to reveal his hand before he could free the Titans. Openly attacking Hercules himself would have alerted Zeus Hades was going against him as well.
    • Hades gets Hercules to agree to give up his strength for 24 hours while he releases the Titans to take over Olympus. Then he decides to send the Cyclops to kill Hercules. This ignores that sending a giant will likely lead to Megera getting hurt, therefore breaking the deal and Hercules getting his strength back, plus, he ignores that the Fates said ''Should Hercules fight, you will fail", his strength was NEVER stated to be a requirement for him for Hades to fail.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Inverted; while the movie doesn't show shades of this, which is rather strange as it is a Disney movie, many people who know Gerald Scarfe's more well known work ask that question.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: For both Mexican and Latin American viewers, Ricky Martin as the titular Hercules, due to his thick Puerto Rican accent. While the rest of the voice cast was voiced by Mexican voice actors, Ricky Martin's voice really sticks like a sore thumb in the cast. For a better equivalent for English speakers, try to imagine Hercules being voiced by Bob Marley, if he was being alive at the time of the film.note 
  • Win Back the Crowd: Hercules was Disney's attempt to perform this feat. After the Love It or Hate It reaction audiences gave to Disney's previous efforts to appeal to a more mature audience, Hercules was meant to be the return to Lighter and Softer form. The company even promoted a large marketing blitz trumpeting the fact that it was being directed by the same guys who did The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The final box office total ended up being even weaker than the previous two films.

The animated series

  • Base Breaker: Icarus. Some fans see him as a crazily awesome, hilarious and occasionally wise character. Others see him as childish and grating.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In the episode about Prometheus, rather than dancing around the fact that his liver got eaten by an eagle every day, the writers went out of their way to make every possible reference to it. However, the scene where the eagle visibly pulls his liver out, and then they proceed to argue about the eagle seasoning it while he's eating it, takes the cake.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Icarus, Cassandra, Aphrodite...
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • When sculpting Galatea, Hercules asked Aphrodite to give her a curvier figure.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When you know what will someday happen to her, seeing Medusa befriend Hercules can be a bit heartbreaking.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the animated series, Idina Menzel made a guest appearance as Circe, a singing witch. Later, she would go on to play Elphaba, who just so happens to be a singing witch, and Elsa, a magical singing queen accused of sorcery.
  • Relationship Sue: Played with; Hercules tried to make one out of clay. It failed; When it was time to create her personality, Aphrodite interpreted "Crazy about Hercules" as a Clingy Jealous Girl. It doesn't take her long before she invokes Ax-Crazy as well. When he tries to fix her personality by making her a "independent woman", she instantly put him in the friendzone.

The pinball game