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* ATrueHero: Hercules has been the subject of a number of stories where [[BrokenPedestal people become disillusioned]] after meeting the hero in the flesh and find a simple-minded, violent, misogynist drunk instead of the hero of legend that they expect and feel that someone like Thor, The Avengers or even ''[[HeroWithBadPublicity Spider-man]]'' make better heroes than him. Typically, this upsets or angers Hercules, who sees himself as the ''original'' standard by which later heroes all modeled themselves.


Hercules...or rather '''''a''''' Hercules first appeared in an early issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', although this was latter retconned to be non-canon. Hercules himself first appeared in the last two issues of ''Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery'', and was Thor's rival in the very first comic that changed the title to ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor''. \\

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Hercules...or rather '''''a''''' Hercules first appeared in an early issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', although this was latter retconned to be non-canon. Hercules himself first appeared in the last two issues of ''Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery'', and was Thor's rival in the very first comic that changed the title to ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor''. \\


Son of Zeus. Lion of Olympus. Prince of Power. Giver of the Gift of Battle.

Hercules...or rather '''''a''''' Hercules first appeared in an early issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', although this was latter retconned to be non-canon. Hercules himself first appeared in the last two issues of ''Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery'', and was Thor's rival in the very first comic that changed the title to ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor''.

Herc made a few sparse appearances here and there, mostly as a friend and ally to Thor. He also appeared in the ''Avengers'', who took him in after Zeus cast him from Olympus. There, he helped them defeat one of his greatest enemies, Typhon, the last Titan. He remained a guest star for a bit before finally joining the team proper.

From there, Hercules spent most of his time as TheBigGuy on teams like the Avengers and the Champions of Los Angeles.

During ComicBook/WorldWarHulk, Herc was a renegade due to siding with the 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.

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Son of Zeus. Lion of Olympus. Prince of Power. Giver of the Gift of Battle.

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Hercules...or rather '''''a''''' Hercules first appeared in an early issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', although this was latter retconned to be non-canon. Hercules himself first appeared in the last two issues of ''Comicbook/JourneyIntoMystery'', and was Thor's rival in the very first comic that changed the title to ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor''. \n\n \\
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Herc made a few sparse appearances here and there, mostly as a friend and ally to Thor. He also appeared in the ''Avengers'', who took him in after Zeus cast him from Olympus. There, he helped them defeat one of his greatest enemies, Typhon, the last Titan. He remained a guest star for a bit before finally joining the team proper.

proper. From there, Hercules spent most of his time as TheBigGuy on teams like the Avengers and the Champions of Los Angeles.

Angeles. During ComicBook/WorldWarHulk, Herc was a renegade due to siding with the 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. \n\\
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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 ComicBook/WorldWarHulk. 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. Later on, he becomes a Hulk himself in ''Comicbook/TotallyAwesomeHulk''. See [[ComicBook/AmadeusCho his own page]] for more info.

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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 ComicBook/WorldWarHulk. 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. Later on, he becomes a Hulk himself in ''Comicbook/TotallyAwesomeHulk''.''Comicbook/TotallyAwesomeHulk'', and since Bruce Banner's resurrection, has taken up the codename Brawn. See [[ComicBook/AmadeusCho his own page]] for more info.


* BackFromTheDead:
** His first death was reversed with the help of Thor during ''The Black Galaxy'' saga.
** His second death was reversed thanks to Amadeus Cho pulling an [[RescuedFromTheUnderworld Orphean Rescue]].

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* BackFromTheDead:
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BackFromTheDead: His first death was reversed with the help of Thor during ''The Black Galaxy'' saga.
** His second death was reversed thanks to Amadeus Cho pulling an [[RescuedFromTheUnderworld Orphean Rescue]].
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** His second death was [[spoiler:at the hands of Athena, as part of her plan to manipulate him, Amadeus and the Chaos King and lead to the events of ''Comicbook/ChaosWar'']].

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** His Averted with his second death was [[spoiler:at the hands of Athena, as part of her plan to manipulate him, death; [[spoiler:Athena left him stranded in another dimension. When Amadeus and the Chaos King and lead to the events of ''Comicbook/ChaosWar'']].attempted an RescueFromTheUnderworld, he found that Hercules [[NeverFoundTheBody never died]]]].



* HesJustHiding: Lost between dimensions following Assault on Lost Olympus until Amadeus Cho found him in the leadup to Chaos War.



* LeeroyJenkins. Usually his great strength is enough, but sometimes it has nearly cost him and his allies dear.

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* LeeroyJenkins. LeeroyJenkins: Usually his great strength is enough, but sometimes it has nearly cost him and his allies dear.


* CainAndAbel: He is the heroic and prodigious Cain to the villainous and jealous Ares.

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* CainAndAbel: He is the heroic and prodigious Cain Abel to the Ares' villainous and jealous Ares.Cain.

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** The "New Labors" miniseries from 2005 featured Hercules trying to rebuild his reputation and self-respect from probably his lowest point.


* AncientGrome: Hercules is known by his Roman name rather than his Greek name Heracles while most of the other Greek gods go by their Greek names (except Pluto.) In the case of Hercules, it's {{justified|Trope}} because he wishes to distance himself from Zeus' wife Hera, who was his enemy in the original Greek myths and isn't particularly fond of him in Marvel either.

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* AncientGrome: Hercules is known by his Roman name rather than his Greek name Heracles while most of the other Greek gods go by their Greek names (except Pluto.Pluto and Venus.) In the case of Hercules, it's {{justified|Trope}} because he wishes to distance himself from Zeus' wife Hera, who was his enemy in the original Greek myths and isn't particularly fond of him in Marvel either.


During World War Hulk, Herc was a renegade due to siding with the 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.

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During World War Hulk, ComicBook/WorldWarHulk, Herc was a renegade due to siding with the 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.



** Being drunk and trying to attack the Masters of Evil anyway led to him being put in a coma during the "ComicBook/UnderSiege" arc on ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''.

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** Being drunk and trying to attack the Masters of Evil anyway led to him being put in a coma during the "ComicBook/UnderSiege" arc on in ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''.



** Played for laughs during "Spider-Island", where gaining Spider-man's powers somehow made him just as brooding and angsty--which Herc cured right up by drinking an entire keg of beer.

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** Played for laughs during "Spider-Island", where gaining Spider-man's Spider-Man's powers somehow made him just as brooding and angsty--which Herc cured right up by drinking an entire keg of beer.



* AGirlInEveryPort: After Herc's "death" at the end of the eponymous comic, one of his lovers, Namora, and her friend, Venus, travel to various homes and businesses that Hercules owned. At each place, they found a woman living there who was one of Herc's ''many'' girlfriends that he would visit from time to time. All of them are utterly heartbroken when they learn that he's died.



** Herc himself is envied by Ares for being so popular with the mortals and always gaining Zeus's favor.

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** Herc himself is envied by Ares ComicBook/{{Ares}} for being so popular with the mortals and always gaining Zeus's favor.



* AncientGrome: Hercules is known by his Roman name rather than his Greek name Heracles while most of the other Greek gods go by their Greek names (except Pluto.) In the case of Hercules, it's {{justified}} because he wishes to distance himself from Zeus' wife Hera, who was his enemy in the original Greek myths and isn't particularly fond of him in Marvel either.

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* AncientGrome: Hercules is known by his Roman name rather than his Greek name Heracles while most of the other Greek gods go by their Greek names (except Pluto.) In the case of Hercules, it's {{justified}} {{justified|Trope}} because he wishes to distance himself from Zeus' wife Hera, who was his enemy in the original Greek myths and isn't particularly fond of him in Marvel either.



** His second death was reversed thanks to Amadeus Cho pulling an OrpheanRescue.

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** His second death was reversed thanks to Amadeus Cho pulling an OrpheanRescue.[[RescuedFromTheUnderworld Orphean Rescue]].



* BerserkerRage: Occassionally goes or is driven into these making him dangerous to everyone around him.

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* BerserkerRage: Occassionally Occasionally goes or is driven into these making him dangerous to everyone around him.



* TheBigGuy: Herc is usually this role on any team he joins. The ''only'' exception is when he's on a team with Comicbook/TheHulk.

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* TheBigGuy: Herc is usually this role on any team he joins. The ''only'' exception is when he's on a team with Comicbook/TheHulk.Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.



** His second death was [[spoiler:at the hands of Athena, as part of her plan to manipulate him, Amadeus and the Chaos King and lead to the events of ''Comicbook/ChaosWar''.]]

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** His second death was [[spoiler:at the hands of Athena, as part of her plan to manipulate him, Amadeus and the Chaos King and lead to the events of ''Comicbook/ChaosWar''.]]''Comicbook/ChaosWar'']].



* DependingOnTheWriter: Just how much of a simple-minded oaf is Hercules? Some stories portray him as having so much an ego that he's oblivious to the dangers he poses to himself and others. Others portray him as someone who [[LetsGetDangerous gets serious when the situation calls for it.]] Some stories portray him as an AccidentalPornomancer who couldn't keep the ladies away if he wanted to. Others portray him as a CasanovaWannabe and perpetual sexual harrasser.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Just how much of a simple-minded oaf is Hercules? Some stories portray him as having so much an ego that he's oblivious to the dangers he poses to himself and others. Others portray him as someone who [[LetsGetDangerous gets serious when the situation calls for it.]] Some stories portray him as an AccidentalPornomancer who couldn't keep the ladies away if he wanted to. Others portray him as a CasanovaWannabe and perpetual sexual harrasser.harasser.



** In early ''ComicBook/{{Avengers}}'' comics, Herc was resistant to the idea of taking orders from a female leader (ComicBook/TheWasp). Not entirely because she was a woman, but he certainly threw her gender in her face often. He was more susceptible to being led by ComicBook/BlackWidow...but mostly because he had aims to sleep with her.

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** In early ''ComicBook/{{Avengers}}'' ''Avengers'' comics, Herc was resistant to the idea of taking orders from a female leader (ComicBook/TheWasp). Not entirely because she was a woman, but he certainly threw her gender in her face often. He was more susceptible to being led by ComicBook/BlackWidow...but mostly because he had aims to sleep with her.



** Namora also calls him out on this. When the two of them get hold of a LotusEaterMachine-type ArtifactOfDoom, Hercules' mind creates an alternate reality where he and Namora are a happy couple. However from the very beginning of the character's publication, Namora has only truly had eyes for [[KissingCousins her cousin Namor]]. So when the reality she creates is all about her and Namor, Hercules is crushed. When Namora later says that she'll hit Herc up later for a booty call, Herc is still miffed that ''he'' wasn't her fantasy. she calls him out on the fact that he's more promiscuous than ''she'' is, and that his fantasy reality was likely just a whim.

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** Namora also calls him out on this. When the two of them get hold of a LotusEaterMachine-type ArtifactOfDoom, Hercules' mind creates an alternate reality where he and Namora are a happy couple. However from the very beginning of the character's publication, Namora has only truly had eyes for [[KissingCousins her cousin Namor]]. So when the reality she creates is all about her and Namor, Hercules is crushed. When Namora later says that she'll hit Herc up later for a booty call, Herc is still miffed that ''he'' wasn't her fantasy. she She calls him out on the fact that he's more promiscuous than ''she'' is, and that his fantasy reality was likely just a whim.



* {{Foil}}: To Ares and ComicBook/TheMightyThor.



** His second design is speculated to have been based on ''[[WesternAnimation/{{HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse}} He-Man]]'', right down to the studded harness and briefs.
** His third design was based on Kevin Sorbo's design in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', with the long mullet and sleeveless vest/tank top.

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** His second design is speculated to have been based on ''[[WesternAnimation/{{HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse}} ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]]'', right down to the studded harness and briefs.
** His third design was based on Kevin Sorbo's Creator/KevinSorbo's design in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', with the long mullet and sleeveless vest/tank top.top.
* {{Foil}}: To Ares and ComicBook/TheMightyThor.



* FriendsWithBenefits: Herc has a number of fellow superheroes whom he can contact for a booty call. ComicBook/SheHulk, ComicBook/BlackWidow, [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Snowbird]], [[DistaffCounterpart Namora]] [[BiTheWay and maybe]] [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Northstar]]. Just to name a few.

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* FriendsWithBenefits: Herc has a number of fellow superheroes whom he can contact for a booty call. ComicBook/SheHulk, ComicBook/BlackWidow, [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Snowbird]], [[DistaffCounterpart Namora]] [[BiTheWay and maybe]] [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Northstar]]. ComicBook/{{Northstar}}. Just to name a few.few.
* AGirlInEveryPort: After Herc's "death" at the end of the eponymous comic, one of his lovers, Namora, and her friend, Venus, travel to various homes and businesses that Hercules owned. At each place, they found a woman living there who was one of Herc's ''many'' girlfriends that he would visit from time to time. All of them are utterly heartbroken when they learn that he's died.



* GorgeousGreek: An male example, he more than qualifies, if his physique and many amorous conquests are any indications.
* HealingFactor: Slow compared to someone like Wolverine and almost never used thanks to his toughness, but he has one.

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* GorgeousGreek: An A male example, he more than qualifies, if his physique and many amorous conquests are any indications.
* HealingFactor: Slow compared to someone like Wolverine Franchise/{{Wolverine}} and almost never used thanks to his toughness, but he has one.



* NotGoodWithRejection: Historially, Herc was never really told "no" by anyone of any real importance. Thus, writer Bob Layton said that his major characteristic was that he just couldn't see any reason why anyone would even ''want'' to deny him anything or hold him back in any way. Sometimes, this has even spilled over into the territory of sexual harassment. During the ''Comicbook/{{Secret Wars}}'' story ''Secret Wars 2099'', that version of Hercules tried to force himself on a mortal DamselInDistress after she rejected his advances and later pursues that version of Valkyrie despite her already having a boyfriend and saying she wasn't interested. This, of course, leads to a CockFight between the two men.

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* NotGoodWithRejection: Historially, Historically, Herc was never really told "no" by anyone of any real importance. Thus, writer Bob Layton said that his major characteristic was that he just couldn't see any reason why anyone would even ''want'' to deny him anything or hold him back in any way. Sometimes, this has even spilled over into the territory of sexual harassment. During the ''Comicbook/{{Secret Wars}}'' story ''Secret Wars 2099'', ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}} [[ComicBook/Marvel2099 2099]]'', that version of Hercules tried to force himself on a mortal DamselInDistress after she rejected his advances and later pursues that version of Valkyrie despite her already having a boyfriend and saying she wasn't interested. This, of course, leads to a CockFight between the two men.



* StrawMisogynist: The Comicbook/{{Wasp}} was promoted to Avengers leadership as an attempt to incorporate feminism and strong female leadership into the book. Hercules was then cast as the token reactionary of the group, who couldn't deal with the idea of being lead by a woman. Naturally, he is eventually humiliated in combat due to his refusal to follow her orders.

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* StrawMisogynist: The Comicbook/{{Wasp}} Comicbook/TheWasp was promoted to Avengers leadership as an attempt to incorporate feminism and strong female leadership into the book. Hercules was then cast as the token reactionary of the group, who couldn't deal with the idea of being lead by a woman. Naturally, he is eventually humiliated in combat due to his refusal to follow her orders.



* UnskilledButStrong: ZigZaggedTrope. Hercules is one of the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe, and when he's at full power, he tends to treat combat like a contest of attrition. But there are many far, ''far'' stronger characters out there and Herc isn't completely invincible. When he's forced to, Herc will start using his brains and endless depth of combat skills.

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* UnskilledButStrong: ZigZaggedTrope.ZigZaggingTrope. Hercules is one of the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe, and when he's at full power, he tends to treat combat like a contest of attrition. But there are many far, ''far'' stronger characters out there and Herc isn't completely invincible. When he's forced to, Herc will start using his brains and endless depth of combat skills.



* TheMentor: PlayedWith. She's something of a cross between a TricksterMentor, an EvilMentor, TheSvengali, and TreacherousAdvisor.

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* TheMentor: PlayedWith.[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. She's something of a cross between a TricksterMentor, an EvilMentor, TheSvengali, and TreacherousAdvisor.



* TreacherousAdvisor: ZigZaggedTrope. Athena has her own agenda, but she doesn't betray people just for pettiness. Still, you never know when her advice is helping you or helping some perceived greater good.

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* TreacherousAdvisor: ZigZaggedTrope.ZigZaggingTrope. Athena has her own agenda, but she doesn't betray people just for pettiness. Still, you never know when her advice is helping you or helping some perceived greater good.



* HealingFactor: Could also regrow missing limbs in the 4th volume of Runaways.
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: Turns out when Artume shot her in the back, she revealed that a Gorgons isn't where she thought it was.

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* HealingFactor: Could also regrow missing limbs in the 4th volume of Runaways.
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* HeartInTheWrongPlace: Turns out when Artume shot her in the back, she revealed that a Gorgons Gorgon's isn't where she thought it was.



* TakenForGranite: {{Averted}}. Not all Gorgons have this power, only the descendants of Medusa. [[spoiler:She briefly gains this ability and uses it on Athena thanks to a [[MagicalAccessory helmet]] that Hephaestus had forged.]]

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* TakenForGranite: {{Averted}}.{{Averted|Trope}}. Not all Gorgons have this power, only the descendants of Medusa. [[spoiler:She briefly gains this ability and uses it on Athena thanks to a [[MagicalAccessory helmet]] that Hephaestus had forged.]]



* SuperStrength: As an Olympian, she is much stronger than a normal human. For instance, on the page image of LovedINotHonorMore, she slaps ''Hercules'' hard enough to draw a few drops of blood and shows no sign of injury.

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* SuperStrength: As an Olympian, she is much stronger than a normal human. For instance, on the page image of LovedINotHonorMore, she slaps [[ArmorPiercingSlap slaps]] ''Hercules'' hard enough to draw a few drops of blood and shows no sign of injury.



* UndyingLoyalty: To her [[ReallyGetsAround husband]], which understandably frustrates Hera. Hera mentioned it's part of Hebe's curse as the Goddess of Youth since being eternally youthful means she will be eternally hopeful towards any relationship she is in that it will turn out for the best no matter how damaging they to her personally (i.e her loyalty to her chronic philanderer and cheater husband Hercules despite 3000 years of neglect and disloyalty on his part).

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* UndyingLoyalty: To her [[ReallyGetsAround husband]], which understandably frustrates Hera. Hera mentioned it's part of Hebe's curse as the Goddess of Youth since being eternally youthful means she will be eternally hopeful towards any relationship she is in that it will turn out for the best no matter how damaging they to her personally (i.e e. her loyalty to her chronic philanderer and cheater husband Hercules despite 3000 years of neglect and disloyalty on his part).



* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: {{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.

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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: {{Averted}}.{{Averted|Trope}}. 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.



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Zeus, in his reincarnated child form, convinces Hera that they both can change and improve their relationship, and that destroying the world is a bad idea. Then Typhon steps in and shows that he's no longer bound to serve Hera.]]

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Zeus, in his reincarnated child form, convinces Hera that they both can change and improve their relationship, and that destroying the world is a bad idea. Then Typhon steps in and shows that he's no longer bound to serve Hera.]]Hera]].



* AnAxeToGrind: Has an ax composing of various Grecian metals that can hurt even the likes of Hercules. After having dipped it in the [[AmplifierArtifact Fires of Olympus]] Typhon's weapon of choice gained a host of supernatural abilities to match.

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* AnAxeToGrind: Has an ax composing composed of various Grecian metals that can hurt even the likes of Hercules. After having dipped it in the [[AmplifierArtifact Fires of Olympus]] Typhon's weapon of choice gained a host of supernatural abilities to match.



* MagmaMan: Could spit and breathe volcanic substance in his true form.



* MagmaMan: Could spit and breath volcanic substance in his true form.



* PowerOfTheStorm: Before he was locked into his power bind by Zeus, the titan monster could whip up all manor of atmospheric phenomena similar to his nemesis.



* RestrainingBolt: A bracelet to keep him from turning on Hera and killing her. [[spoiler: It eventually fails, and he does kill both her and Zeus]].

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* RestrainingBolt: A bracelet to keep him from turning on Hera and killing her. [[spoiler: It eventually fails, and he does kill both her and Zeus]].Zeus.]]



* WeatherManipulation: Before he was locked into his power bind by Zeus, the titan monster could whip up all manor of atmospheric phenomena similar to his nemesis.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As an amnesiac kid. As an adult he wavers between this and JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. Overall, he is this as a god as well. He at times displays sympathy toward humanity, love for his children, remorse for his actions, and a patient, wise counselor to other gods. Or he can be a capricious jerk. It all depends on what mood he is in or if someone or something is riling him up.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As an amnesiac kid. As an adult he wavers between this and JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.
** Overall, he is this as a god as well. He at times displays sympathy toward humanity, love for his children, remorse for his actions, and a patient, wise counselor to other gods. Or he can be a capricious jerk. It all depends on what mood he is in or if someone or something is riling him up.



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 extremely violent anti-hero. A former member of ComicBook/IronMan's Mighty Avengers and ComicBook/GreenGoblin's Dark Avengers. He was killed by Comicbook/TheSentry during ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'', but was literally kidnapped out of the afterlife during ''Comicbook/ContestOfChampions III''.
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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 extremely violent anti-hero. A former member of ComicBook/IronMan's Mighty Avengers ComicBook/MightyAvengers and ComicBook/GreenGoblin's Dark Avengers.ComicBook/DarkAvengers. He was killed by Comicbook/TheSentry during ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'', but was literally kidnapped out of the afterlife during ''Comicbook/ContestOfChampions III''.
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* ALighterShadeOfGrey: It's hard to say he pulled a HeelFaceTurn, but he's not as bad as he used to be.



* ALighterShadeOfGrey: It's hard to say he pulled a HeelFaceTurn, but he's not as bad as he used to be.
* MoralityPet: Both Phobos and his son Alex. He is definitely a nicer person when the latter is around.



* MoralityPet: Both Phobos and his son Alex. He is definitely a nicer person when the latter is around.



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.

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The God of the Dead (not Death), Pluto is the brother of Zeus & Neptune, and ruler of the Olympian Underworld after the they 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.



* TheDon: When Hera forced the Olympians to assume mortal identities, he chose this as [[IncrediblyLamePun he's still a ''Lord of the Underworld"]].

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* TheDon: When Hera forced the Olympians to assume mortal identities, he chose this as [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} he's still a ''Lord of the Underworld"]].



* GratuitousIambicPentameter: A japanese variant, anyway: Amatsu-Mikaboshi communicates almost entirely in ''haiku''.

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* GratuitousIambicPentameter: A japanese Japanese variant, anyway: Amatsu-Mikaboshi communicates almost entirely in ''haiku''.



* ManBehindTheMan: A victim of this. A later issue revealed that the reason Mikaboshi was so powerful compared to other gods is it was an aspect of the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification conceptual entity Oblivion]]. Fittingly, this works since Oblivion claims to embody the void between/absent of creation.

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* ManBehindTheMan: TheManBehindTheMan: A victim of this. A later issue revealed that the reason Mikaboshi was so powerful compared to other gods is it was an aspect of the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification conceptual entity Oblivion]]. Fittingly, this works since Oblivion claims to embody the void between/absent of creation.



* ShapeShifter: The most skilled shapeshifter among the Kami, capable of matching (and defeating) the Skrull goddess of shapeshifting in an extended (although [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome largely off-panel]]) ShapeshifterShowdown.

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* ShapeShifter: {{Shapeshift|ing}}er: The most skilled shapeshifter among the Kami, capable of matching (and defeating) the Skrull goddess of shapeshifting in an extended (although [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome largely off-panel]]) ShapeshifterShowdown.

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* GodOfChaos: As the name suggests, he's the embodiment of the chaos before reality.


* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: Zeus was neutral toward the IncredibleHulk until Hulk did pretty much everything he could to insult and anger Zeus despite being warned by Hercules yet still wanting Zeus to help him.

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* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: Zeus was neutral toward the IncredibleHulk ComicBook/IncredibleHulk until Hulk did pretty much everything he could to insult and anger Zeus despite being warned by Hercules yet still wanting Zeus to help him.


* CantCatchUp: Due to the fact that Hercules has had fewer published adventures in the Marvel Universe than his rivals such as Thor and Hulk, the two of them often acquire new abilities or push their limits further without any indication that Herc is doing anything to keep up. A perfect example of this is the status quo following ComicBook/WorldWarHulk.

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* CantCatchUp: Due to the fact that Hercules has had fewer published adventures in the Marvel Universe than his rivals such as Thor and Hulk, the two of them often acquire new abilities or push their limits further without any indication that Herc is doing anything to keep up. A perfect example of this is the status quo following ComicBook/WorldWarHulk.ComicBook/WorldWarHulk, where the Hulk (the Green Scar) was portrayed as infinitely stronger than almost every hero on Earth. While trying to calm Hulk long enough to offer help, Hulk beat Hercules into a pulp, and there was little indication that things would have ended differently even if Herc was trying.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Hercules's behavior and attitudes reflect [[ArtisticLicenseHistory the writers' idea of]] Ancient Greece. As such, women are his sexual playthings, men are his rivals/opponents, and villainy is to be smited with impunity and very little forethought to consequences or collateral damage. Further, at one point, he flat out calls his wife Hebe his "property". He gradually gets better over time, but millennia-old habits die ''very'' hard.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Hercules's behavior and attitudes reflect [[ArtisticLicenseHistory the writers' idea of]] his time in Ancient Greece. As such, women are his sexual playthings, men are his rivals/opponents, and villainy is to be smited with impunity and very little forethought to consequences or collateral damage. Further, at one point, he flat out calls his wife Hebe his "property". He gradually gets better over time, but millennia-old habits die ''very'' hard.



* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: Hercules calls it "The Gift" -- when he comes across villainy (or something else that irks him), he is excited to engage the perpetrator in battle. During one fight, he even ''thanks'' villains for trying to rob an armored car because he was starting to get bored.



* SuperWeight: Normally somewhere between 4 and 5, as he has {{Super Strength}} on par with Thor, but lacks his extended powerset. During Chaos War he became a High-Level 6, after first becoming a *Super-God* who defeated the entire roster of Skyfathers and later gaining enough power from Gaea to stalemate the reality-devouring Chaos King and afterwards recreate 98% of the multiverse. After this incident burned out his power, he is now somewhere between 1 and 2, because he is still a master fighter and retains his magical arsenal of weapons. Quickly went back to being class five again in the All-New Marvel Now comicline where his powers were mysteriously restored.

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* SuperWeight: Normally somewhere between 4 and 5, as he has {{Super Strength}} on par with Thor, but lacks his extended powerset. During Chaos War he became a High-Level 6, after first becoming a *Super-God* who defeated the entire roster of Skyfathers and later gaining enough power from Gaea to stalemate the reality-devouring Chaos King and afterwards recreate 98% of the multiverse. After this incident burned out his power, he is now became somewhere between 1 and 2, because he is still a master fighter and retains his magical arsenal of weapons. Quickly went back to being class five again in the All-New Marvel Now comicline where his powers were mysteriously restored.

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* GorgeousGreek: An male example, he more than qualifies, if his physique and many amorous conquests are any indications.


** Herc pretty much outright flirts with the male gods during Sacred Invasion, as well as making some suggestive remarks about former companions from myth, how fetching they were and such. [[spoiler: In ''Fall of an Avenger'', the mini dedicated to his funeral, several of the women in his life step up and admit that they had sex with him, and encourage others to step up. Cue Northstar -- the first gay character at Marvel out of the closet -- activating his super-speed and saying, "Is that the time? Gotta go!"]]
** The alternate universe ''X-Treme X-Men'' reveals that Herc in that universe is in a relationship with Wolverine, there called James Howlett, making things considerably less ambiguous.
** In 2015, with the announcement of a new series, Marvel took the official stance that Hercules is fully heterosexual. This decision was met with very divided criticism.

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** Despite Marvel officially stating that he's fully heterosexual, Herc pretty much outright flirts with the male gods during Sacred Invasion, as well as making some suggestive remarks about former companions from myth, how fetching they were and such. [[spoiler: In ''Fall of an Avenger'', the mini dedicated to his funeral, several of the women in his life step up and admit that they had sex with him, and encourage others to step up. Cue Northstar -- the first gay character at Marvel out of the closet -- activating his super-speed and saying, "Is that the time? Gotta go!"]]
** The alternate universe ''X-Treme X-Men'' reveals He arm-wrestles [[ComicBook/Thor2014 a female Thor]] for a kiss, commenting that Herc in that universe is in a relationship with Wolverine, there called James Howlett, making things considerably less ambiguous.
** In 2015, with
this wouldn't be the announcement of a new series, Marvel took the official stance that Hercules is fully heterosexual. This decision was met with very divided criticism.first time he kissed ''a'' Thor.

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* StrongAndSkilled: Hercules is Marvel's most standout example of this trope. Possessing strength on par with the ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' and Thor, he is also much more proficient at hand-to-hand battle than either of them. He has grappled the Hulk to the ground, easily defeated The Thing in a wrestling match, and almost choked out Thor. In some depictions, he is also a WalkingArmory skilled in every form of combat, able to utilize anything from melee weapons like clubs, spears and swords to long-range weapons like arrows, guns and even grenades. Sometimes, all at once!

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