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Actor: Jack Donnelly

Jason has been searching for his father for twenty years without answer. Now his whole life is about to change.


  • Action Hero: Jason's a very capable fighter, who is incredibly agile and flexible and always jumps into the fray.
  • Badass Boast: Jason to the High Priestess of Dionysus:
    Jason: You should fear me as they [Satyrs] do! I am Jason, slayer of the Minotaur. ... I will slay you as I did the Earth Bull. I will tear down your temple and I will scatter your followers to the four winds!
  • Blessed with Suck: Being blessed by the Gods grants enhanced physical abilities (such as strength, speed and durability) as well as a few other powers, but has the snag it makes it incredibly easy for them to be corrupted.
  • The Chosen One: According to the Oracle. Just what he is chosen for she is rather vague on though.
  • Dance Battler: Relies heavily on his incredible agility and flexibility during fights.
  • Disappeared Dad: Jason's father disappeared into the same vortex that he did, and it's implied he came to some bad end in the world of Atlantis. Jason still doesn't know the whole story. Its revealed in the season 1 finale his name is Aeson, and he is alive, but he lives in leaper's community (its implied he was formerly the king, but Pasiphae destroyed him), he meets Jason, but doesn't reveal his identity to him.
  • Honor Before Reason: A defining trait of Jason's, he will leap to help others regardless of the risk to himself.
  • The Leader
  • Made of Iron: Due to being blessed by the Gods, Jason can take more punishment than a normal man should be able to. He can still be seriously wounded, but he recovers and heals much quicker than he should.
  • Missing Mom: The Oracle claims not to know anything about her. She's lying, it's actually Pasiphae.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Naked on Arrival: How Jason finds himself on arrival in Atlantis.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Downplayed. He finds Atlantis strangely familiar, but has no specific memories.
  • No-Sell: Due to being blessed by the Gods, Jason is immune to Medusa's gaze.
  • The Hero
  • Screw Destiny: Doesn't take too kindly to finding out he will one day kill Medusa. He walks out of the Oracle's temple cursing her and Atlantis, determined to avert his foreseen fate.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Following find out that Pasiphae is his mother, Jason's "heart is blackened" turning him cold and uncaring, as well as more ruthless, and is even tempted to join Pasiphae. It is due to the fact being blessed also leaves him open to corruption. It takes his father Aeson to snap him out of it.
  • Trapped in Another World: Twice apparently. The Oracle claims that he was born in Atlantis and taken to our world as a child.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Although preferring to rely on Agility and speed, he's got some serious skills, considering he competed in (and would have won) the Pankration, after a few days training, when it normally takes months.


Actor: Robert Emms

Pythagoras’ wide-eyed innocence and awkward naïveté belies his brilliant mind.


  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally killed his father by pushing him back resulting in him cracking his head when he attacked his mother in a drunken rage. His younger brother Arcas finds out in "The Furies", having previously believed him to be murdered.
  • Action Survivor
  • Badass Bookworm: Definitely shaping up to this, but he hasn't done anything too Badass just yet.
    • Completely becomes this in Season Two, where he picks up some skill in sword fighting.
  • Celibate Eccentric Genius: As Hercules puts it, he's "only interested in [his] triangles"
    • When Hercules (dealing with the cold shoulder from Medusa) makes a comment about how he doesn't understand the human heart, he responds he's actually quite interested in anatomy.
    • Averted in Season 2 when he falls in love with Icarus.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Hercules' Fat.
  • Friendless Background: In the pilot, he's sentenced to death by Minotaur. The two people he spends his last night with are Hercules (who he met on a loan deal) and Jason (who he met yesterday). They all quickly become true friends though.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: While the real Pythagoras was a brilliant mathematician and something of a polymath, he certainly wasn't a member of a three-man band with Jason and Hercules.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Hercules and Jason are pretty much his only friends. Lampshaded by himself at least once.
  • The Medic: Is the one who treats the others' wounds and looks after Medusa when she is cursed.
  • Mister Exposition: Generally the one to explain the curse of the week, and how to fix it.
  • Non-Action Guy: Most of the time, he does help when he can.
    • Moves out of this in Season Two.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Mathematics, biology, medicine, curses...if you can name it, odds are Pythagoras knows something about it. Justified in that science is not far advanced enough to have disciplines.
  • Secret-Keeper: In episode three of the Season Two, he learns from Hercules (who learned from the Oracle) that Pasiphae is Jason's mother, but is warned Jason must never find out or it would lead to his corruption
  • The Smart Guy
  • Straight Gay: Everyone, including his best friends, assumed he had no interest in love. As it turns out, he had no interest in women.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At some point between Season One and Two, he gains some skills with a sword allowing him to help up in conflicts though he is still the weakest fighter.

Actor: Mark Addy

Is he really the man of legend or just a figment of his own imagination?


  • Acrofatic: When Hercules flees from the Cult of Dionysus in the forest we see that for a man of his bulk he can run pretty damn fast! He also manages, if not very gracefully, to leap the bull.
  • Beardness Protection Program: His suggestion for evading Circe.
  • Becoming the Boast: He's on his way.
  • The Big Guy
  • Big Eater: Certainly has a thing for food, he even at one point claims to like Pies better than Jason.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Butt-Monkey: Somewhat.
  • Carry a Big Stick: In the second to last episode of the first season he Dual Wields a club and his sword, as a reference to his mythological counterpart's Weapon of Choice.
  • Character Development: Over the course of the first series, Hercules becomes noticeably braver, and more heroic.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Hercules is quite the womanizer, but he's loyal to his friends and genuinely loves Medusa.
  • Cowardly Lion: whenever our trio finds themselves in danger, he always offers at least a perfunctory proposal that they flee or otherwise act in a cowardly manner, but he always retracts the idea whenever Jason dismisses it, and he has shown himself to be very brave in the completion of missions or the protection of his friends.
  • Drinking on Duty: How he manages to let the warehouse full of Frankincense get stolen while he was performing guard duty.
  • Drop the Hammer: His semi Weapon of Choice in the second season, which he first picked up during the siege in the Season Premiere.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Pythagoras' Skinny.
  • Friend to All Children: Adores Oedipus.
  • Heart Broken Badass: Following losing Medusa. Gets it much worse after Medusa's death.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a notorious womanizer, he appears genuinely interested in seriously pursuing Medusa. His interaction with baby Oedipus also reveals that he has a soft spot for children.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he often suggests the most selfish course of action, he will inevitably end up doing the right thing.
  • Miles Gloriosus: To a certain degree. he's not completely unheroic but he vastly exaggerates his courage and prowess
  • One Head Taller: Than Medusa.
  • Papa Wolf: Repeatedly towards the baby in Episode 4.
  • Retired Badass: Strongly implied, not just by Hercules himself but by Pythagoras and by the few times Hercules does get in a fight.
    • By Season Two, its safe to say he's come out of retirement.
  • Secret-Keeper: In the second part of the Season Two premier, he learns that Pasiphae is Jason's mother, but is warned Jason must never find out or it would lead to his corruption
  • Smarter Than You Look: Can be quite cunning and crafty at times.
  • Stout Strength/ Super Strength: Despite his size he truly is very strong, even able to bend iron bars and snap chains.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: When he ever does fight, he proves to actually be not that bad a wrestler.

Royal Court

    Princess Ariadne 
Actor: Aiysha Hart

Ariadne is heir to the throne. She cares deeply for the people of Atlantis and her sacred duties to protect them.


Actor: Oliver Walker

Pasiphae's nephew, a bullying nobleman betrothed to Ariadne.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is a capable fighter, but is in no way afraid to cheat or fight dirty. It's treated as a character flaw by pretty much everyone, even Pasiphae, since he's trying for the throne and thus needs to be seen as honourable.
  • The Dragon: To Pasiphae, during the first season.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is at first unwilling to kill Therus, as he is the kings son and is only convinced by Pasiphae over fears of what Minos would do to him if he ever found out Therus was still alive.
  • Expy: He's got a lot of similarities to Arthur, but like other characters it's subverted. He's introduced being a jerkass and fighting the hero, is under the thumb of the Big Bad who is his relative, is royalty, but he never redeems himself or shows Hidden Depths, and is killed by the hero at the end of the season.
  • Momma's Boy: He's under the thumb of his aunt, Pasiphae, with whom he appears to have a substitute mother-son relationship.
  • Jerkass: His Establishing Character Moment has him attempt to beat an old man for "insulting" him by having his cart break down in front of him, then claiming further insult because the man isn't moving it faster.
  • Prince Charmless: Ariadne finds him to be lacking any charm.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: His preferred fighting style, as he's very good at Greek style wrestling, justified in that he's been training for and competing in the Pankration since he was a boy.

    King Minos 

As King of Atlantis, Minos oversees a prosperous city and a mighty army.


  • Expy: Subverted With his line in the trailer "You dare to defy your king?" many assumed he was just an expy of Uther, however his character arc has been quite different and is more a sympathetic character with a tragic fate at the hands of his wife ahead of him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies off-screen just before the events of the season Two Premier
  • Papa Wolf: As far as we know, he's not even aware that Pasiphae was poisoning him, but the news that she tried to execute his daughter is more than enough for him to turn against her.
  • Principles Zealot: While he's not the nicest guy in the world, he does appear to at least honour the laws he enforces. If a condemned prisoner survives their virtual death sentence, he releases them immediately, accepting they have the favour of Poseidon.
    • Invoked by Ariadne by noting how Jason would have bested Heptarian in Pankration if Jason chose to but showed him mercy is a sign from the gods their engagement should be absolved. After a moment to think on it, Minos agrees.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Minos might be elitist and strict, but he is also reasonably fair, takes his responsibilities seriously and tries to keep his kingdom safe.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He absolves Ariadne of treason without even knowing the circumstances, purely because she is his daughter and no one can defy him.
  • The Usurper: Although who he usurped is still a mystery (though its implied it might be Jason's father).

    Queen Pasiphae 
Actor: Sarah Parish

As the wife of the King, there are those who say Pasiphae is the real power behind the throne in Atlantis. She also secretly practices witchcraft.


  • Ambition Is Evil: She is driven purely by a desire for power.
  • Big Bad: A unusual example, as, whilst she is the most dangerous opponent in the series and drives its main conflict, she doesn't actively or directly oppose the heroes (most of the time).
  • The Chessmaster: And how!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Inverted, here we have an evil mother who still loves her good son, Pasiphae spends the first half of the second Season focusing on Jason right up until Jason (still unaware she's his mother) almost strangles her to death. After this she accepts he'll never love her, even if he finds out the truth and opts to have him killed. After this she begins denying her love for her son, but it's clear she's in denial.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Loves her son dearly, to the point where she'll kill her own men rather than let him be harmed.
  • Evil Mentor: Towards Medea in Season Two.
  • The Exile: In Season 2. She plans to come back.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She tries to be polite and friendly. But underneath it all she is completely ruthless and will hurt and kill anyone who gets in her way.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!
  • Lady of Black Magic: Pasiphae fits the trope to a tee.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: "Touched by the Gods Part 2" introduces Jason's father, who Pasiphae recognises. He reveals to her that Jason is their son.
  • Made of Iron: Takes an arrow to the chest which only knocks her out cold, upon awakening she pulls it out, and survives and is back to normal in less than two days. Like her son, her durability stems from being blessed.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She plays Minos like a violin for the first season, only loosing her hold after he discovers she tried to kill Ariadne.
  • No-Sell: Due to being blessed by the Gods, she is immune to Medusa's gaze.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She won't kill Ariadne outright, as killing Poseidon's servant would turn the court against her.
  • Vain Sorceress
  • Villainous BSoD: When Aeson tells her Jason is their son.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To Ariadne.

Actor: Joe Dixon

The King’s General is a battle-hardened warrior who is duty-bound to protect the royal family.


  • Bald of Awesome
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a few slashes on the right side of his head showing him as a seasoned warrior.
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He helps Jason and the guys rescue Ariadne in the finale, staying behind to cover their escape. He manages to kill several guards and still stand after being wounded, but is ultimately killed by Heptarian.
  • Killed Off for Real: See Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Loophole Abuse: He serves the King. So if he wants to conspire with the Queen's would-be assassin to rescue the King's daughter from execution, he's technically just doing his job.
  • Mauve Shirt: Given a few lines and some token character stuff so he stands out from your average mook or enforcer.

Actor: Vincent Regan

The new commander of Atlantis's forces and a member of the royal council. He also serves as Ariadne's advisor.


  • And Then John Was a Zombie: In the very next episode after his death he is accidentally risen by Pasiphae, along with the other dead. He is put down when the spell is broken.
  • Father to His Men: Case example, him reassuring the soldiers before they go into battle.
  • Four-Star Badass: The commander of Atlantis's army and a very capable warrior in his own right.
  • The Good Chancellor: While not specifically having this rank, he never the less takes this role, giving Ariadne advice on matters and serving her to the death.
  • Killed Off for Real: He dies of an Arrow wound in "The Marriage of True Minds" after saying goodbye to his queen.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards his Queen
  • We Hardly Knew Ye


Citizens of Atlantis

Actor: Jemima Rooper

A woman for whom Hercules develops feelings after Jason frees her from the Maenads' cult.


  • Put on a Bus: Following her curse, she goes into self imposed exile to keep everyone else safe.
  • Foregone Conclusion: At the end of her first appearance, she's cursed by the dying High Priestess of Dionysus. She is eventually transformed into a gorgon by Pandora's Box in the ninth episode.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Medusa is rescued from the Maenads along with another girl whose dying, elderly father had tasked Jason and friends to save her; but the girl kills herself rather than reveal the cult's secrets, with her last words being that her father is dead to her. Medusa comforts the old man by lying to him that his daughter is happy and eloped with a man she loved.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: As of 'Pandora's Box'. Her transformation gives her snake hair, but doesn't change anything else about her outward appearance.
  • Medusa: Naturally, however this show actually has her as a character before she was cursed to become a monster. Which occurred when she opened Pandora's Box, in "Pandora's Box".
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Jason's alarmed after hearing her name, and asks if it's a common one around Atlantis.
  • Plucky Girl: Medusa is an older version. When we meet her, she's been keeping up a facade of being brainwashed for weeks, and manages to save Hercules' life through some quick thinking. As you'd expect, this goes downhill when she becomes a gorgon.
  • Tomboy: Described as such in publicity material.

    The Oracle 
Actor: Juliet Stevenson

A celebrated and revered figure, the Oracle knows only too well the impact her prophecies can have on men.


Actor: Ken Bones

A High Priest in the Temple of Poseidon, Melas is a trusted ally of the Oracle.


  • Bald Mystic: Has a shaved head to complement his High Priest position and spirituality.
  • Good Shepherd: Probably best shown in "Touched by the Gods" where he visits Ariadne who is awaiting her execution and offers to pray with her.
  • High Priest
  • Face–Heel Turn: Betrays Ariadne and the Oracle in Season two, due to Pasiphae kidnapping Cassandra.
  • The Mole: To Pasiphae in season 2
  • Mouth of Sauron: Heroic variation. The Oracle cannot leave the Temple (or at least we have never seen her do so), so any time someone needs help outside the temple or the Oracle needs to fetch someone, he's sent out.

Actor: Hannah Arterton

Princess Ariadne's loyal handmaiden, who she uses as a go-between when Ariadne herself cannot be seen leaving the palace


Recurring Antagonists

Actor: Lucy Cohu
A powerful Witch, Circe is Pasiphae's sister. Pasiphae ruined her life and now she is consumed with revenge, and does not care who she hurt to get it.


  • Adaptational Villainy: While somewhat malevolent in the myths, as she turned all Odysseus's crew into pigs, Odysseus did manage to earn her respect after he outwitted her (with some help from the gods) and she was even willing to let him and his crew rest on her island for a whole year. Here although treated somewhat sympathetically she is show to be mentally unstable and willing to hurt anyone in her pursuit of vengeance.
  • AxCrazy: Circe is unstable, and very quickly goes from calm to resorting to homicide, complete with a maniacal grin.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Pasiphae during the first season.
  • Deal with the Devil: Offers one to Hercules, giving him Medusa's love but not telling him that the spell will kill her over time and forces Jason to one to save her, and Hercules, by forcing him to kill Pasiphae.
  • Disk-One Final Boss: Is killed in the first part of the season one finale, leaving the heroes to have to deal with Pasiphae.
  • Dream Walker: Circe visits Jason in his dreams to remind him of there deal forcing him to kill Pasiphae.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Jason
  • Loners Are Freaks: Circe lives alone in a cave far away from civilisation, and is presented as cold and mentally unstable. However she only does so because her sister took away her life, and forced her into this existence. It is due to this that she is unstable.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Circe was able to manipulate Hercules desperation so that he would (unwittingly) go through with her plan.
  • Mind over Matter: Her main power, she normally uses it to throw people around.
  • Revenge: Circe is consumed with vengeance against Pasiphae and forces Jason to try and fulfill her vengeance by threatening to kill him and his friends
  • Taking You with Me: Her last act is summon several skeleton warriors to kill Jason after he fatally wounds her.
  • Tragic Villain: Circe once had a good life, a home and a man who love her. However her own sister ruined it, causing her to lose everything, meaning she now lives in isolation in a cave. The effects have driven her into insanity, and left her obsessed with gaining vengeance upon her sister.
  • Villain Teleportation: Utilises this in her battle against Jason.
  • Widow Witch: A sympathetic version, Circe was once happily married; however, Pasiphae ruined her life and took her husband. It is partially because of this she seeks revenge.

Actor: Amy Manson
The Princess of Colchis, Pasiphae's new apprentice and follower.


Actor: Peter De Jersey
General of the Colchean forces and Pasiphae's second in command.



The Prince of Aegina, he arrives in Atlantis for the coronation games supposedly to win the heart of princess Ariadne.


  • Affably Evil: Willing to cheat, betray and murder to further his goals while always staying polite, cheerful, and genuinely grateful
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • The Charmer: Brilliant at this, he manages to get almost everyone on his side.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was forced into slave labour in the salt mines and exiled due to a failing out with his father, which he claims was due to him leaving as a young man, and ending up joining a group who he thought were adventures but turned out to be pirates
  • Dual Wield: Fights with a pair of curved swords.
  • The Exile: Was exiled from his home, due to a disagreement with his father. He joins Pasiphae cause he's looking for a new one.
  • Graceful Loser: Takes losing the coronation games to Jason, despite trying to murder him, quite well
  • Stay in the Kitchen: His attitude to the suspicious death of Areto (whom he murdered) is that being a warrior is no occupation for a woman.
  • Sinister Makaharia: Dual wields a pair of curved swords as his Weapon of Choice.

Recurring Allies

Actor: Nora-Jane Noone

A follower of the goddess Artemis, whose destiny crosses with Jason's.


  • Archer Archetype: Carries a bow as her Weapon of Choice and is an incredible archer (being trained by the goddess of the hunt herself) able to shoot dozen's of arrows with incredible accuracy a minute.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Jason and Pythagoras from the Scythians.
  • Healing Hands: Due to learning it from Artemis, Atalanta possess knowledge of healing magic, which she uses to heal Jason's wounds.
  • Nature Hero: Grew up and lives in the Forest of Calydon, she never the less averts the No Social Skills part of the trope being quite kind and friendly to the trio, even leaving them breakfast after she leaves.
  • Nature Lover
  • Nice Girl: She's perfectly willing to kill multiple barbarians if the need arises, but apart from that Atalanta comes across as quite friendly and well intentioned woman.
  • Parental Abandonment: Was abandoned as an infant in the forest, but was raised by the goddess Artemis.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her bow.

Actor: Ronald Pickup

A Blind Seer, traveling with his wife and friend to the temple of Isis, when a chance meeting changes everything.


  • Blind Seer
  • Cool Old Guy
  • The Determinator: His commitment to seeing Eurydice again after her death, is so great that he is even willing to try and travel to the underworld.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Eurydice does in his, see staking the loved one.
  • Happily Married: With Eurydice.
  • Love at First Sight: With Eurydice.
  • Mythology Gag: Its mentioned that he has a beautiful signing voice, and Eurydice first heard him singing. A reference to his mythological counterpart's magic singing.
    • In a darker version, he promises his wife after she dies he will be with her again, and not even Hades will stop him
  • Staking the Loved One: Is forced to kill Eurydice after she is infected, before she becomes a zombie.