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"What you need is . . . a hero."
Voiced by: Tate Donovan (adult speaking voice, original; teen speaking voice, animated series), Josh Keaton (teen speaking voice, original), Roger Bart (teen singing voice, original), Sean Astin (Kingdom Hearts I); Enrique "Ricky Martin" Martin (adult speaking and singing voice), Víctor Mares Jr. (teen speaking voice), Antonio Benavides (teen singing voice) (Latin American Spanish dub); Sergio Zamora (adult, original; teen, TV series), Rafael Alonso Roldán (teen speaking voice, original), Ferrán González (teen singing voice, original), Sergio García Marín (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)

The titular protagonist who aspires to become a true hero.

  • The Ace: Once he completes his training under Phil and starts picking up wins over monsters, Hercules quickly develops this status and reputation among the people of Thebes. The "Zero to Hero" musical number is all about his rise to fame and throughout the song, the Muses talk him up as a Showy Invincible Hero, a Nice Guy, a Chick Magnet, and a Humble Hero with much public love.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the myths, Herakles is well educated, a successful military commander by his late teens, an occasional trickster, and a master of Indy Ploys. The Disney Hercules, while by no means stupid and showing occasional moments of guile, comes off as rather airheaded, naive, and uncultured in comparison.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: By modern standards, the Hercules of Greek myth isn't exactly a paragon of heroic virtue. He kills more than one innocent person simply for being too close when his temper gets the better of him (although he's always remorseful when this happens), and he stages a HUGE war for a mere verbal insult at one point, although he does go to great lengths to help his friends and his deeds do the world a lot of good. The Hercules in this movie is a wide-eyed boy scout who doesn't have many, if any, vices. The worst thing he does is lash out at Phil for trying to warn him about Meg being in league with Hades, but he immediately comes to regret that.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the Greek myth, his name is written as "Herakles".
  • Adaptation Species Change: Hercules in the Greek myth is the child of Zeus and a mortal, making him a demigod instead of being born an actual god. He only becomes a demigod in the movie after partially drinking his uncle's potion.
  • Adorkable: It's the contrast between his earnest desire to help and his clumsiness.
  • All-Loving Hero: Hercules is compassionate, and his most dominate trait is, without a doubt, his innocence and massively kind heart, in spite of being treated like a "freak" by his peers and those around him (with the exception of his foster parents) throughout his childhood and adolescent years. Even after becoming a worldwide phenomenon, Hercules retains his innocence and cheerful nature, not once letting the fame dangerously inflate his ego. This makes Hercules one of the most pure-of-heart Disney characters.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: No one liked Hercules when he was a teen because of how his inhuman strength and clumsiness caused problems.
  • Always Save the Girl: Double subverted. Hades offers a deal for Hercules to give up his strength for 24 hours in exchange for Megara's freedom and to promise that she will be safe from harm. He's aware that Hades plans to do something nasty but Hades pressures him into it.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: In his god form, his skin glows bright yellow.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a blue cape that reaches down to his waist. It appears to be made from or is the shawl his mother gifted him at the start of his journey.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • He confesses during the latter half of the film that he "always wanted to be just like everyone else" as a kid. When Hades tricks him into making a Deal with the Devil that forces him to give up his Super Strength, Hades immediately twists the knife by throwing a dumbbell at him and pinning him under it.
    Hades: Now you know what it feels like to be like everyone else. Isn't it just peachy?
    • Aphrodite tries to warn Hercules of this when he asks her to reanimate a woman statue he made in order to have a date for the dance. She easily makes Hercules's intended date attractive enough, but Aphrodite is disappointed Hercules never thought to give a good personality. He simply asks her to make his date crazy for him. Aphrodite sighs that he doesn't seem to understand how important a good personality is for a good relationship, but grants it in hopes that he'll understand. It goes as well as one would expect.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hercules is one of the sweetest, most polite, helpful guys Disney has ever created. Don't get on his bad side. He'll literally punch your face in. Before meeting Hades face to face, Phil discovers Meg was serving under Hades all along and tries to warn Hercules about her. Unfortunately, from the latter's point of view, Phil is just insulting her and trying to prevent him from talking to her right to his face. In anger, he hits him hard, nearly injuring Phil and costing their friendship. It takes Hercules making a deal with Hades to let her stay unharmed at the cost of losing his super strength temporarily and her finding and convincing Phil to make him make amends with Hercules.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He won't be happy if you touch Icarus, his younger and smaller TV series friend, and when a super-powered half-Olympian ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
  • Blessed with Suck: Teenage Hercules has superhuman strength but is very clumsy sometimes, causing him to accidentally destroy most of his former home, resulting in the villagers (sans his adoptive parents and pet mule) ostracizing him.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted. He's the Gentle Boy to Meg's Brooding Girl; Heroic Nice Guy and jaded Femme Fatale.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • While he was rendered mortal by Hades's potion as a baby, because he didn't drink the last drop, he retained his Super Strength.
    • When he loses his super strength he still kills the Cyclops with cunning.
  • Character Development: The primary lesson Hercules learns throughout the film is what it takes to be a true hero, something his father Zeus explains he has to learn for himself. After meeting and falling in love with the beautiful femme fatale, Megara, Hercules learns a true hero is measured by the strength of his heart, as opposed to the strength of his muscles.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • "Zero to Hero" shows Herc gaining a lot of female admirers. In one scene, they are literally fighting over him. Lampshaded by the Muses:
    Muses: The girls went wild with "ooh"s and "aah"s
    • The Muses themselves during the series are very much enamoured with pictures of his adult self.
  • The Chosen One: So say the Fates, "A word of caution to this tale... If Hercules fights... YOU WILL FAIL!"
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Herc rushes off to help people as soon as he hears about it. A double subversion in that he's doing heroic deeds to regain his godhood, but later realizes that he should be doing good for good's sake.
  • Covert Pervert: During the scene right before he first meets Phil, as he discovers the nymphs playing by a pond. It only lasts a few seconds, but the smile on his face shows he has no problem with checking them out as well.
  • Cute Bruiser: As a baby and a teen he is divinely strong.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. He was stolen from his birth parents by Pain and Panic by direct order from Hades, who planned to kill him, but was saved by his future adoptive parents, who lovingly raised him.
  • Determinator: After Megara dies, Hercules literally breaks into Hell to get her soul back, and succeeds.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Subverted; he just falls right through and can't even lay a hand on Hades. Played straight at the end where he gains his godhood back; he punches Hades's face so hard it turns inwards before sending him into the River of Souls with an uppercut.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Couldn't control it as a teenager. The townspeople shunned him for it.
  • Doorstop Baby: Found by his mortal adoptive parents as a baby after he was kidnapped by Pain and Panic.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. He's an honest and Wide-Eyed Idealist farm-boy (who can be a little naive), but as with the source myth, is shown to be able to rely on critical thinking when his Super Strength is insufficient to get the job done.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Hercules is given the cruel nickname "Jercules" by one of the teens after Herc accidentally destroys the town.
  • Experienced Protagonist: As a trained hero, Hercules is a master at using a variety of weapons from ancient Greece including swords, spears, and archery. He is trained to handle dangerous situations, battle monsters, and come up with a battle plan to win battles. In the animated series, he is also shown to be skilled with various weapons, and is able to spy and sneak on subject diving underground.
  • Farm Boy: Implied since both of his adopted folks are farmers. Lampshaded to at least have the personality to fit this trope by Meg.
    Meg: He comes on with his big, innocent farm boy routine, but I could see through that in a Peloponnesian minute.
    Comes into effect in the animated series as he needs to watch over his mortal father's flock of sheep, even giving birth to a lamb from within the Underworld.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hades tricks Hercules into giving up his strength by exploiting his one "weakness," his love for Meg.
  • Gentle Giant: Downplayed. He's not a particularly "giant" man, but he's big enough to qualify. He's still a genuine, sweet guy.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Most characters constantly underestimate his intelligence, but he is actually very clever, as his defeat of the Hydra and the Cyclops (the latter done without his super-strength!) prove.
  • Handshake Substitute: He and Pegasus head-butt each other as a form of greeting and to show their friendship.
  • Happily Adopted: His mortal parents really love him and Hercules seems to accept both his earthly and heavenly parents as legit. During "Zero to Hero" it's shown that he's using his newfound fame to take gooood care of them, building them an enormous mansion.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Hercules normally wields a club in mythology, but here, he uses a sword.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Hades convinces him to give up his strength for Meg's freedom and safety, and then reveals that Meg was working for him all along. It has such a profound effect on him that he doesn't even attempt to fight back against the Cyclops until Phil's pep talk.
  • Heroic Build: Initially no but training under Phil fixed that. "You have to continue to GROOOOWWW!" indeed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: For Megara, to pull her out of the River Styx. The place would have killed him if he were not a god.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Implied to have become this with Phil by the end of the film in that mentor/protégée sense.
    • Also develops one with Icarus, his best guy friend in the TV series, but in more of a brotherly sense.
  • Humble Hero: He keeps his humility before and after he defeats monsters. He finds his fans often annoying and/or dangerous and only brags to his father.
  • Hunk: The Muse Thalia calls him "Hunkules" when they talk about him just before the introductory song. And sure enough, by the time he finishes training under Phil, he's grown from a scrawny teen to a handsome and muscular man who can attract hordes of fangirls. The Muses use the same term again to describe him in "Zero to Hero" (which is about his rise to fame through heroics).
    Zero to Hero; a major hunk! Zero to Hero; and who'd have thunk?
  • I Am a Monster: In his adolescence, Hercules was ostracized for his inhuman strength and labeled a freak because of it. The poor guy couldn't help but feel that they're right about him.
  • I Choose to Stay: Decides to stay on earth to be with Meg instead of Olympus.
  • I Gave My Word: Averted. Even after agreeing to stay in the Underworld in exchange for Meg's soul, Herc simply walks out (and punches Hades's face inwards). It may be due to Hades expecting Herc to die anyway, but he still ignores the letters of the deal.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To represent his naive and cheerful personality.
  • Insecure Love Interest: The TV series episode, "Hercules and the Yearbook", reveals that the reason he didn't want Meg to know about his teen years is because he didn't want her to think of him as a "geeky loser".
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Herc" by his friends.
  • Interspecies Adoption: A human demigod adopted and lovingly raised by two humans.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Hercules, a human demigod, is friends with a flying horse and has a satyr for a mentor. And in the midquel TV series, his two main friends are humans.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a demigod) and Meg (a human).
  • "I Want" Song: "Go The Distance" as sung by young Hercules.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Downplayed. Hercules is more naive than simple, but is a definite Nice Guy. He beats The Chessmaster Hades at his own game, not by being more clever, but by his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Klutz: As a teenager, he can't control his Super Strength and constantly breaks things, trips on his feet, etc.
  • Lightning Bruiser: On some occasions, he is shown to be surprisingly fast and is able to disappear, unnoticed by people in physical contact with him. He's also good at taking a hit.
  • Literal-Minded: During his fight with Nessus. After getting knocked down, Phil yells at him to use his head. Herc sends Nessus flying with a charging headbutt.
  • Love at First Sight: Not quite first sight; he doesn't make the awkward-crush gestures to Meg until after he's taken care of Nessus.
  • Love Is a Weakness: When Meg tells Hades it's impossible for him to beat Hercules since he has no weaknesses, Hades says he does have one: her.
  • Made of Iron: After being depowered by Hades, he survives getting used as a hackey sack by the Cyclops.
  • Malicious Misnaming: During his early adulthood, Hercules was often mocked with the name "Jerk-ules". In the series episode that's a crossover with Aladdin: The Series, being called that name seems to tick Hercules off. "Everyone thinks they're so funny when they call me that, but it's Not! That! Funny!"
  • Master of All: In terms of sports, Hercules is the ultimate athlete. In the "Hercules and the Big Games" episode of the animated series, Hercules completely outclasses the other athletes of every sport.
  • Mentor's New Hope: Phil trained all the previous heroes and none of them lived up to his expectations. Achilles was an especially grievous disappointment. As for Herc himself, "You're my one last hope so you'll have to do."
  • Mr. Fanservice: Considered as such in-universe. He has a ton of fangirls, and even two of the Muses openly fawn over him in the opening song.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Played straight when he was a kid, and a scrawny one at that, but justified since his superhuman strength comes from being a demigod; his muscles have nothing to do with it. After training with Phil he develops muscles and is implied to be even stronger as a result, not to mention he has much better control of his strength than when he was scrawny.
  • Nice Guy: Hercules is selfless, warm-hearted, heroic, and humble.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At the hands of the Cyclops. It's a wonder he doesn't die from the thing using him as a hackey sack.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Hercules gets rich and famous after his victory in Thebes, as "Zero to Hero" describes. The house he buys for his human parents is huge. And even after becoming rich, he's still a humble hero.
  • Official Couple: With Megara.
  • One Head Taller: He's taller than Megara by a full head.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Before his training, he causes so much damage that the other villagers openly shun him.
  • Picked Last: Strongly implied, if even this. Despite and to some degree because of his amazing strength, nobody wanted him on his team for games because of the person of mass destruction aspect described just above. When he is shown trying to join a game, he's told that they already have five and they want to keep it an even number.
  • Power Glows: As a god, he has a golden glow.
  • Power Incontinence: At the beginning of the movie, he has no control over his strength and causes a ton of damage just through normal teen awkwardness.
  • Protagonist Title: The film is named after him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After Megara dies and Hercules rescues her soul in the Underworld, attaining his godhood in the process. He's already in a Tranquil Fury as he tries to leave, but when Hades tries to kiss up to him by attempting to use Megara's unconscious soul body, Hercules completely loses it and uppercuts Hades into the soul whirlpool.
  • Rags to Riches: Zigzagged. Hercules was originally born in Olympia, the home of the gods, and to the king and queen of the gods even. Due to Hades's interference, he was instead raised at a humble farm by his adopted parents. His wins against monsters not only makes him famous and loved by all, but also pretty rich.
  • Refusing Paradise: At the end, Hercules chooses to remain on Earth with Meg instead of returning to Olympus.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the original Greek myths, Hera is his stepmother. In this version, she's his biological mother.
  • Second Love: To Megara, as her previous boyfriend abandoned her for another woman after she sold her soul to save him. Her romance with Hercules helps her to heal from her wounds.
  • Semi-Divine: "Young Herc was mortal now... but since he did not drink the last drop, he still retained his god-like strength..."
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Megara aka Meg, but this is played with in regards to the midquel TV series. It's revealed that he went out with other girls during his high school career, and actually met Megara in his teens, but they both were induced to forget all that in the end.
  • Superman Substitute: A Farm Boy with super strength who, after discovering his otherworldly heritage, grows up to fight monsters, become world-famous, and fall in love with a snarky Muggle woman from the city. He even wears a cape.
  • Super Strength: As a baby he can toss snakes over the horizon and as a toddler he can lift a house. As an adult, he can lift what can be called a small mountain.
  • To Be a Master: Proving himself as a hero so he can return to being a god.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Basically lampshaded in the Muses' song — "He went from zero to hero!"
  • Tranquil Fury: Once Hercules attains full godhood and rescues Meg's soul from the Underworld. He silently begins walking out carrying her soul and backfists Hades in the face when he tries to stop him.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: In the original Greek myths, Hercules is Alceme's biological son, while in the Disney remake, he's her adopted son.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Deconstructed. Initially he can't do much with all his strength; he doesn't have the skill to use it safely, much less effectively, which leads him to be treated as an outcast. Thanks to Phil's training he eventually develops into Skilled, but Naïve.
  • Uptown Guy: Hercules (the Prince of Olympia) and Megara (a former lackey of Hades).
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender Inverted. Do not do anything to Meg when he's around.
    • He doesn't like it when Phil accuses Meg of being "two-timing, lying, scheming" and of not loving Hercules. He learns that Phil was right, but also that Meg is unwilling to work for Hades anymore.
    • He gets one near the end; he's put up with a lot of crap during the last half of the film, but seeing Hades dare to lay his filthy mitts on Meg after nearly getting them both killed finally sends our hero over the edge... and Hades also, literally.
  • Warrior Prince: Technically, since his parents are the rulers of the Gods, that makes Hercules the Prince of Olympia. And he trains himself as a hero and spends his teenager life (as seen in the TV series) and adulthood (as seen in the movie) fighting dangerous monsters.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Admittedly his dad is already quite proud of him but it still stands. He regularly goes to the Temple of Zeus to brag about the monsters he's killed for this purpose.
  • Wonder Child: His adoptive parents have been praying to the gods for a child. When they find the baby Hercules, with the symbol of the gods on a medal around his neck, they naturally assume the gods sent him to them. He is, of course, actually a god made near-mortal.
  • World's Strongest Man: Phil's students are the strongest there is and Hercules is the strongest of them all.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Hercules decides that being trapped in the Underworld's Vortex is worth it, if it means saving Meg.

"Sometimes it's better to be alone, because then nobody can hurt you."
Voiced by: Susan Egan (original); Tatiana Palacios Chapa (Latin American Spanish dub); Nuria Mediavilla (original, TV series), Inma Gallego (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)

The deuteragonist of the movie. A jaded, sarcastic woman who works under Hades and falls in love with Hercules.

  • Anti-Villain: She's one of Hades's minions, but only because she sold her soul to him to save her ex-boyfriend's life.
  • Ascended Extra: She has a much smaller role in the original myth. The Disney movie bumps her up to a major character.
  • Back from the Dead: Hercules literally reverses her death.
  • Blessed with Suck: Megara is apparently immortal, but is Hades' slave.
  • Broken Bird: Her cynical and snarky personality is the result of her boyfriend abandoning her for another woman after she sold her soul to Hades to save his life. Talk about harsh...
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Inverted. She's the Brooding Girl to Hercule's Gentle Boy; heroic Nice Guy and jaded Femme Fatale.
  • Color Motifs: Purple. Meg has purple eyes, eyelids, and it's the color of her Iconic Outfit.
  • Composite Character: She has the name of Heracles' first wife, and yet her run in with the Centaur Nessus comes from his third wife Deianira.
  • Contralto of Danger: Megara has a sultry, husky voice, atypical of both Disney female Love Interests in general and female characters in the movie. She's also working for Hades (albeit unwillingly), and at one point tries to seduce Herc into revealing his weaknesses, though she just ends up falling for him instead.
  • Damsel in Distress: Initially it is played for dry comedy during the incident with Nessus; "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle this." There are two straight examples in the climax: Hercules cancelling her debt to Hades (with her Bound and Gagged to boot) and then fishing her out of the river of souls.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She sold her soul to Hades in order to save boyfriend's soul. However, he left her the moment he saw another pretty girl. It left her broken and she spent the rest of her life doing Hades's bidding.
  • Dark Chick: The manipulative honey pot for Hades's group.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her past experiences have made her into Disney's most sarcastic, sassy heroine yet.
  • Deal with the Devil: Hades owns her soul (see Broken Bird). Her debt to him is paid off by Hercules's deal.
  • Defecting for Love: She abandons Hades's cause due to Hercules making her world bright again.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's initially unimpressed by Hercules's heroic act and gives him the cold shoulder despite his attraction. She later warms up to him after getting to know him.
  • Disney Death: She dies and joins the river of souls, but Hercules collects her soul from the underworld. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, she's genuinely dead before she's resurrected.
  • Does Not Like Men: Justified. She has a very low opinion of men in general, since her experiences with them have been mostly negative. Falling for Hercules changes that.
  • Dude Magnet: Just ask Hercules, Nessus, Adonis, the man she sold her soul for, and (initially) Phil.
  • Emotionless Girl: She would like to be one, but alas Hercules pulls the strings of her heart.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Averted. In the original mythology, she's the daughter of King Creon, but it isn't elaborated on whether or not that's carried over here.
  • Femme Fatale: An alluring and seductive woman who works for the villain and attempts to seduce The Hero.
  • Freudian Excuse: She sold her soul to Hades to save her boyfriend's life. Said boyfriend promptly abandoned her for another girl, resulting in her putting up a snarky Ice Queen exterior to avoid getting hurt again.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: She plays with this trope.
    Meg: My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Hades is frustrated by how his minions have failed to kill the only obstacle in his Evil Plan, so he sends a different sort of minion to find his weakness. Instead, she becomes his weakness.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: This trope is Invoked by having her dressed in said color, which also matches her beautiful and alluring Purple Eyes.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Played with. Meg starts off as one of the villains (not by her own choice), and is ordered by Hades to find Hercules's weakness. She ends up actually falling for him and pulling a Heel–Face Turn, thereby playing this trope straight.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She throws Hercules away from a falling pillar and is crushed under it herself as a result, dying of internal injuries.
  • Hidden Depths: At the end of the "Hercules and the Yearbook", it is revealed that she was a cheerleader and in the glee club during high school.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: The only female seen in Hades's service, and she makes a Heel–Face Turn thanks to her love for Hercules.
  • Honey Trap: What Hades wants her to be for Hercules, so she can find out his weakness so Hades can exploit it. It doesn't work quite that way since she ends up falling in love with him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: To her ex-boyfriend. She even calls herself out on this in her song; "if there's a prize for rotten judgement, I guess I've already won that."
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: She was specifically designed to be shaped like a Greek vase.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her full name is "Megara", but everyone calls her "Meg".
  • Interspecies Romance: Her (a human) and Hercules (a demigod).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She starts off kind of snappy and a self-centered jerk. Then we learn her backstory, and she starts falling in love with Hercules...
  • Love Redeems: Falling for Hercules inspires her to be good again and resist Hades' Evil Plan.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Courtesy of Ken Duncan's expressive animation. It's not wonder Herc is infatuated at first sight.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In a rare moment of despair, Megara is racked with guilt for her part in Hercules getting blackmailed to give up his strength for a day by Hades. She tries and fails to convince Hercules that it wasn't the way Hades made it out to be.
  • Nerves of Steel: If you can stand up to Hades, the God of the Underworld, and you don't have any powers, you definitely count as one.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Meg was inspired by Barbara Stanwyck's tough attitude in some of her screwball comedies.
    • Like most of the cast of the film, she takes a lot of cues from her counterpart, Lois Lane, being a contrastingly acerbic and worldly woman to a small-town wonder boy. Physically, she shares the brunette hair, purple eyes, and purple clothes of many of Lois's appearances.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Due to Gerald Scarfe being the main stylistic influence on Hercules, she stands out from other Disney heroines with her stylized design (including an impossibly small waist).
  • Official Couple: With Hercules.
  • Purple Eyes: It's most likely a mythology gag to the fact that the mythological version of her is a princess.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Her true redemption comes when she performs a Heroic Sacrifice and dies.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Pegasus is willing to believe her good intentions, but Phil initially rejects her harshly.
  • Rescue Introduction: Hercules meets Megara when rescuing her from a monstrous centaur.
  • Show Some Leg: Does this quite literally on her night with Hercules.
    Megara: So... have you ever had any problems like these? [thrusts her leg out in front of Herc's face, then uses her foot to direct his face to her] Weak ankles, I mean?
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Meg, though crossed with Femme Fatale and Broken Bird, fulfills the trope in her ability to manipulate like a damsel and her Heroic Sacrifice inner steel.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Nessus is a Jerkass who thinks "No" Means "Yes". Hercules is The Cape and promises that he would never ever hurt her. Thus, she falls for the latter.
  • Slave Mooks: She's one to Hades, due to a binding contract she signed when she made her Deal with the Devil.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike the original myth, she is not killed by Hercules and survives to the end of the movie.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Meg is bitter and distant due to her past, but learns to open up again after falling for Hercules.
  • Take a Third Option: Between having Hercules depowered to save her or being wounded if Hercules breaks the pact that ensures her safety? She'd rather break said pact herself via saving Hercules from a falling column, even if it's at the ultimate cost of her life.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of Hades's team, she's the only one who isn't evil. In fact, she's only working for him because she has to.
  • Tsundere: "I Won't Say I'm In Love" demonstrates it best.
    No chance! No way! I won't say it!
    At least out loud.. I won't say I'm in... love...
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Meg is afraid of heights, which is why she doesn't like riding Pegasus, but she overcomes her fear at the end of the film in order to save Hercules.
  • Win Your Freedom: "You give me the key to bringing down Wonderbreath and I will give you the thing you want most in the cosmos... your freedom."
  • Yoko Oh No: In-Universe. Pegasus and Phil give her this treatment, fearing she'll weaken Hercules. They're actually right, but thankfully there's the High-Heel–Face Turn trope.
  • You Got Spunk: Nessus "likes 'em fiery!"

"Yeah, I had a dream once. I dreamed I was gonna train the greatest hero there ever was. So great, the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars... all across the sky... and people would say, 'That's Phil's boy.' That's right."
Voiced by: Danny DeVito (speaking and singing voice, original), Robert Costanzo (animated series, games, theme parks); Marcos Valdés (Latin American Spanish dub); Jordi Vila (original, TV series), José Escobosa (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub)

A Satyr and the trainer of Hercules.

  • Adaptation Species Change: He was human in the original myth. Here, he's a satyr.
  • Age Lift: In the original myth, he was a child when Hercules died. Disney's portrayal of him makes him significantly older, enough to have trained many figures of Greek Mythology.
  • Ascended Extra: Philoctetes was barely involved in the original Heracles myth, only playing a part in it after Hercules had died. The Disney movie bumps him up to a major role as Hercules' trainer.
  • Badass Teacher: It's a downplayed trope. He teachers Hercules to fight monsters but runs away when monsters show up. He's no coward though—he frequently stays nearby and goads Hercules to keep on fighting like a coach. Phil is smart enough to know that, being the scrawny satyr he is, he's completely outmatched by the monsters Herc fights and would be immediately in over his head if he actually tried to fight alongside him. Although even if he can't fight monsters, he's still strong enough to easily beat the crap out of human men several times his size.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Achilles' heel to him. One heckling Thebian learns this the hard way.
    Burned Thebian: Hey, isn't that the goat man who trained Achilles?
    Phil: (with barely restrained anger) Watch it, pal...
    Big Thebian: Hey yeah, you're right! Eh, nice job on those heels! Whoops! You missed a spot! Ha ha ha!
    (Phil angrily attacks and beats on the big Thebian)
  • Butt-Monkey: His own song shows a number of comical injuries, from Zeus' bolt to a tree falling on him and olives sticking to his horns.
  • Cassandra Truth: He tries to warn Hercules about Megara being a Honey Trap, but he doesn't believe him.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The various humans and nymphs run away from his advances yet he insists they "can't keep their hands off me." That gets him slapped. Human women reject him too, but in the end of the film, Aphrodite-the Goddess of love of all people falls for him, giving him a passionate kiss instantly, and having to be pried away from her by Hercules, who's flying back home with Meg. In the TV show, he has a girlfriend, who's a nymph that likes him, the only problem is her disapproving bigot father.
  • Composite Character: He serves the role that Chiron did in the original myth.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He was once an eager trainer and teacher of famous Greek heroes like Jason, Odysseus, Theseus, and many others but they all failed him in one way or another. The worst of all was Achilles, who seemed like he would be Phil's greatest success, but failed spectacularly and made Phil give up on his dream and teaching would-be heroes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue is sarcastic.
    Meg: He won't listen to me.
    Phil: Good! Then he's finally learned something.
  • Disappointed in You: All of his students before Hercules let him down.
    Phil: I've trained all those would-be "heroes": Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus... lotta yuseus. And every single one of those washed up bums let me down, flatter than a discus. None of them could go the distance.
  • Extreme Omnigoat: Being a satyr, Phil has a cartoon goat's diet. He picks up a ceramic bowl full of grapes, only to toss out the grapes and eat the bowl. He also eats the grass to cut his lawn and a flower tossed in a celebration.
  • Goal in Life: Phil's dream has always been to train the greatest hero to ever live, so great that the gods would create a constellation of that hero for all the world to see and recognize Phil as the one who trained that hero.
  • Grumpy Bear: When Herc comes to him, he's jaded due to previous charges failing him. He nearly flat out refuses to train Herc until Zeus provided a suitable counter argument.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Phil's basically a goat version of Danny DeVito, his first voice actor.
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost always called "Phil" instead of his birth name, "Philoctetes".
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Has the legs and horns of a goat, but the upper body of a human.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to have become this with Hercules by the end in a mentor/protégée sort of way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Phil can be tough, blunt, and a pervert... but when he knows that Herc's feeling down, he gives him a pep talk.
    Hercules: You were right, Phil... dreams are for rookies...
    Phil: No no, kid! Giving up is for rookies!
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's introduced chasing after a bunch of nymphs and at the end earns himself a victory smooch from Aphrodite of all people.
  • Mentor Archetype: He's renowned as "the trainer of heroes". Oddyessus, Persus, Thesus (a lotta "yusses"), and then Hercules.
  • My Greatest Failure: Achilles was supposed to be his greatest student but the guy folded after a nick on his heel, and thus became the most embarrassing instead.
    Phil: And then, there was Achilles! Now there was a guy who had it all! He had the build! He had the foot speed! He could jab! He could take a hit! He could keep on coming! (Beat) BUT THAT FURSHLUGGINER HEEL OF HIS! He barely gets knicked there once and KABOOM! He's history!
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Phil eventually views training and molding Hercules into a proper hero as his chance to get his name redeemed.
  • The Napoleon: He's very short, and short-tempered as well, in contrast to Hercules's Gentle Giant.

"A magnificent horse with the brain of a bird."
Voiced by: Frank Welker

The flying horse companion of Hercules.

  • Canon Immigrant: While Pegasus was indeed a character in Greek Mythology, he was not involved in the original Heracles myth at all (he was the steed of the hero Bellepheron, who slew the Chimaera). The Disney movie added him so Herc could have a faster means of travel, while also serving as a comedic animal sidekick as a bonus. He also wasn't created by Zeus, he's actually the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa (don't think about it too much).
  • Cool Horse: A giant super-strong flying horse.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A pegasus (a flying horse) named...Pegasus. This is justified, as the Pegasus of the original tales would come to loan his name to the fictional species as a whole.
  • Giant Flyer: He's got an impressive wingspan.
  • Handshake Substitute: He and Hercules head-butt each other as a form of greeting and their friendship.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Hercules; pegasus and human/Demi-god.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Pegasus' behavior mixes elements of both a noble steed and a bird.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's a steed for Hercules.
  • Silent Snarker: Tends to make sassy comments through his eyes and facial expressions.
  • The Trickster: He sometimes likes to mess with people, especially Phil, Meg and (on one occasion) Hades.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pegasus has a blue mane and tail; he's made from clouds by a god so it's natural for him to have strange hair color.


Olympian Gods

    Zeus and Hera
"What about our gift, dear?"
Zeus Voiced by: Rip Torn (original), Corey Burton (games, animated series); Federico Romano (Latin American Spanish dub); Claudio Rodríguez (European Spanish dub); Max von Sydow (Swedish dub)
Hera Voiced by: Samantha Eggar (original); Beatriz Aguirre (Latin American Spanish dub); María Luisa Solá (European Spanish dub)

Hercules's biological parents. The King (Zeus) and Queen (Hera) of the Olympian Gods.

Tropes that apply to both
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The whole pantheon besides Hades loves them.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Both of them. Neither the original Zeus nor the original Hera were good people.
    • This is mitigated to a slight extent in the Animated Series where Zeus occasionally displays a more wrathful, vindictive side to his personality more in line with his Jerkass mythological counterpart, such as his punishment of Prometheus.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: A glowing orange and pink for Zeus and Hera, respectively.
  • Everybody Loves Zeus: Both evoke this trope.
    • Zeus is portrayed as a light-hearted, if not buffoonish king and loyal husband to Hera. While the spin-off series brings up his flaws - like forgetting he and his wife's anniversary, occasionally losing his temper and the whole "Prometheus" thing - Zeus' frequent infidelity is never brought up (most likely non-existent to keep the G-Rating).
    • Hera gets this treatment even more so. In the original myth, Heracles was not Hera's child and was a product of her husband cheating on her. Feeling spiteful, Hera actively sabotaged his life and tried to make him suffer, even forcing him to kill his own family. Here, Hercules is her son and no mention of Zeus cheating on her is ever brought up, so the adaptation portraying Hera as the kind, patient and level-headed of the two. Even in the episode "Hercules and the Return of Typhon" it is revealed that she was the one who threw the lightning bolt that led to Typhon's defeat and that she allowed Zeus to take the credit for image reasons.
  • God Couple: The only such divine pair in the film.
  • God Is Good: The muses sing Zeus' praises in the prologue. The short form is that he single-handedly made the earth livable for humans. In private, he's an affable family man.
  • Happily Married: In stark contrast to the original Greek Myths, this adaptation's Zeus and Hera are affectionate, share grief, and other signs of a healthy marriage.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Both are blind to Hades's resentment (and the guy isn't the subtlest in the room) until the climax.
  • Light Is Good: Both of them shine and both of them are benevolent.
  • Nice Guy: Both are compassionate and kind Gods.
  • Parental Abandonment: To Hercules, as he was kidnapped by Pain and Panic and thanks to their manipulations, Hercules became a demigod, and this couldn't return to be with his parents.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Probably why the whole pantheon besides Hades loves them is they are (usually) fair in their judgments.
  • Satellite Characters: To Hercules because this is his story. In the film, Zeus contributes little to the plot after the prologue and Hera doesn't do much at all.
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: Hera has a slight case of anti-gravity in her hair, marking her divine status.

Tropes that apply to Zeus

  • Big Good: Zeus is the benevolent Top God and Hercules' father.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Zeus has thick, white ones. They're implied to be clouds.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Zeus of course! He used it trap the Titans and later to get Phil to train Hercules.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Hades's Cain; the latter tries to overthrow the former.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Zeus had this look when he realized that Hades was behind the release of the Titans, their assault on Olympus and was plotting to overthrow the king of the gods.
  • Jerkass Ball: It's seen in the animated series that Zeus isn't always as nice as he reveals himself to be to Hercules and his associates. He mentions that he tends to smite people and entire cities (e.g. Smyra) at times that offend him and was the one who condemned Prometheus to eternal punishment just for benevolently giving fire to humans and disobeying his authority.
  • Large Ham: Zeus can get very loud and dramatic when he wants to.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In one episode of the cartoon Zeus transforms himself into a teenager, but his voice remains exactly the same.
  • Youngest Child Wins: If we're going by the original mythology, then Zeus, the youngest child and the youngest son, is "mister high and mighty" while Hades, the eldest, has a "full-time gig" in the underworld.

Tropes that apply to Hera

  • The High Queen: Like her husband, she's a competent and wise ruler.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The main color theme of Hera, queen of the gods, is pink.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the original Greek myth, Hera was Hercules' stepmother. Here, she is his biological mother.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: A married example. In the animated series, Hera was the one who tossed the lightning bolt which defeated the monster Typhon after he beat up Zeus.

"Gone, babe!"
Voiced by: Paul Shaffer (original); Moisés Palacios (Latin American Spanish dub); Joan Pera (European Spanish dub)

An Olympian God, serving as a royal messenger of the Gods.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Hermes was able to borrow (or steal) Hades' helm of darkness anytime he wanted in the myths. In the movie, he's easily captured and subdued by Pain and Panic to be dragged off into the Underworld once the Titans storm Mount Olympus.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Hermes has blue skin.
  • Camp Straight: Very flamboyant and effeminate both of which are traits that are frequently associated with Hermes. It must be the wings and the moves.
  • Catchphrase: Likes to say "Babe" a lot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
    Zeus: (after Hermes tells him about the Titans escaping) SOUND THE ALARM! LAUNCH AN IMMEDIATE COUNTERATTACK! GO! GO! GO!
    Hermes: GONE, babe! (flies off)
  • Flight: Thanks to his flying shoes.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He's an animated Paul Shaffer right down to the Cool Shades.
  • Lennon Specs: Part of the above and which he uses primarily for style.
  • Number Two: Hermes is the go-to-god if Zeus ever needs anything done.
  • Nice Hat: A winged helmet.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His main role is comedy.
  • Super Speed: It's Hermes, the messenger god. Of course he has Super Speed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hermes has dark blue hair.

"I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one schlemiel who can louse it up is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!!"
Voiced by: James Woods (original), Rob Paulsen (singing voice, House of Mouse); Rubén Trujillo (Latin American Spanish dub); Pep Antón Muñoz (original, some TV series episodes), Jordi Ribes (TV series), Carlos Ysbert (Kingdom Hearts II) (European Spanish dub); Dan Ekborg (Swedish dub)

The primary antagonist and ruler of the Underworld.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Hades was not an enemy of Hercules in the original myths, nor he ever tried to overthrow Zeus.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Hades has light blue skin.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He has an insatiable lust for power, and plans to do this by overthrowing Zeus.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Zeus, as Hades resents being the God of the Underworld. He is also this to Hercules.
  • Ascended Extra: Hades had a small role in the Heracles myth, mainly in that he helped Hercules finish his final labor. The movie bumps him up into being the major villain.
  • Bad Boss: His minions are berated, struck, set on fire...
  • Berserk Button: Hercules' merchandise makes him red flames mad. Thirsty?
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be Laughably Evil, but he's still the ruler of the underworld.
  • Big Bad: He's gathering an army from the very start of the film so he can take over Olympus and de-godified Hercules to further this goal leading to the rest of it.
  • Black Sheep: The moment he appears, he immediately kills the party atmosphere and has all his fellow Olympians giving him cold looks of silent contempt. In essence, they dislike him so much that they can't even ignore him. This is done to show how out-of-touch and estranged he is with them. It's implied that they see him for the dead-beat good-for-nothing of the family that he is, from the way that he treats mortals as pawns for his sick amusement.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: It's never properly explained why Hades doesn't just open a can of divine whoopass on Hercules himself. He's clearly shown to be powerful enough and seemingly immune to any physical attack Hercules can throw at him while he's still mortal. It's possible that Zeus would intervene if he did and Hades knew he could never beat Zeus without the aid of the Titans so he has to send his monsters out to fight him instead and risk the chance of Herc beating them but it's not openly stated.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Compared to his brother Zeus and nephew Hercules, Hades is less muscular and magically powerful but more cunning and verbose.
  • Breakout Villain:
    • Despite having very few redeeming qualities, James Woods' spirited portrayal of him made Hades one of the most iconic and popular Disney villains.
    • Woods himself loves the character so much that he goes out of his way to ensure that he ALWAYS voices him, even if it means not being paid much (hence why Disney managed to get him in every episode of the TV series he appeared in, which was all but a few of them).
    • He's even the star of the stage musical Villains Tonight! That has to say something considering the competition from other Disney villains.
  • Burning with Anger: Literally. He goes from blue to bright red flames. When he loses it completely, his whole head and arms become fountains of fire.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Zeus' Abel; Hades wants to overthrow him and rule Olympus. The first scene shows him passive-aggressively bickering before rudely brushing Zeus aside to concentrate all his interest on his baby.
  • The Chessmaster: His plans for conquest complete with Chess Motifs.
  • Classic Villain: Vice: Ambition and Envy. Compared to the other gods of Olympus, who are all aglow with bright colors, Hades is all blacks and greys. Hades is sick of being the ruler of the Underworld and seeks to unleash the Titans in order to take over Mount Olympus from his brother Zeus. To further this end, he has his minions snatch Zeus and Hera's infant son Hercules in order to make him mortal and then kill him. Unfortunately for Hades, Hercules retained his god-like strength and survived. To make a long story short, by risking his own life to recover Megara's soul from the river Styx, Hercules regains his Godhood and sends Hades down the drain, so to speak.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Hades' failed attempt to kill Hercules as a baby to guarantee his future plans to usurp Olympus won't fail ends up causing Hercules to become the very hero that ultimately defeats Hades in the end.
  • Credits Gag: Hades gets one more funny moment as the Disney castle comes up.
  • Dartboard of Hate: With Hercules-painted vases instead of a dartboard. Hades has Pain and Panic throw them up which he shoots down with flames.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "So is this an audience or a mosaic?"
  • Deal with the Devil: Like in other Muskers/Clements movies before and after him, this is a villain that loves to makes deals, but only for his benefit.
  • Death Is a Loser: He's regarded as an outcast by the other Olympians, is the butt of jokes by Zeus, and is stuck with the cosmic equivalent of janitorial duty. His status as a loser is the main reason he becomes the villain he is.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: All he cares is lording over Olympus, no matter how his rule of the world of the living would be like under his management.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Both the Fates and he expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. However this self-sacrifice turned out to be the final requirement to regain his God-hood.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Short-tempered Hades lacks a certain foresight, causing him to make serious blunders that set his own plans back. Hercules may have agreed to be de-powered, but Hades' insistence on finishing Zeus' son off also endangered all of Thebes as well, including Meg.
  • Driven by Envy: He is virtually despised by every god on Olympus while Zeus gets 100% Adoration Rating. This causes him to develop a plan to overthrow his brother.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His Villain Song in the animated series is sung for the sole purpose of getting back at the muses for constantly ragging on him.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Well further into Hell as Hercules punches him into the Well of Souls where the spirits drag him down.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: His entrance at Hercules' birthday party is met with scowls and his domain is treated more like the Christian idea of Hell than the Greek afterlife. This holds a grain of truth; while real life Greeks never hated Hades like we see in the film, he was definitely not treated with as much respect as the other gods.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Hades expected Hercules to die when he jumped into the Well of Souls to save Meg. But when Hercules emerges from the Well with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood, Hades was absolutely shocked that Hercules would risk his life to save her.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He switches between this and Deadpan Snarker based on his mood. Blue flames is the dry and witty snarker; Red/Orange flames are the bombastic, angered and passionate ham.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Averted. He releases the Titans so they'll help him in his conquest. They never betray him because he's their brother and they are united by their hatred of Zeus. It's played straight with Hades himself. Any time you make a deal with him, or get him to help you, he'll screw you over one way or another.
  • Evil Is Petty: Whenever Pain and Panic fail to do something, he verbally and physically abuses them. Even if this something is not managing to announce something of interest of him, because they just met him. Also he is quite the Sore Loser.
    • When Pain and Panic are wearing Hercules-related merchandise:
    Hades: I've got 24 hours to get rid of this [Flares up] bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for eighteen years goes up in smoke [Begins to burn out of control] and you are wearing... HIS... MERCHANDISE?!
    [An angry Hades is about to blast Pain, but Panic interrupts them by slurping Herculaide - from a Hercules-branded cup.]
    Panic: [Offers a drink to Hades] Thirsty?
    [Hades screams, causing an explosion that shakes a nearby stadium. Pain and Panic are shown to be burnt to a crisp.]
    • Another scene, when Meg meets Hades in the woods:
    Hades: So you took care of him, huh? Dead as a door nail. Weren't those your [Flares up] EXACT words?
    [Chokes Pain and Panic, who are struggling to speak]
    Pain: This might be a different Hercules.
    Panic: Yeah! I mean, Hercules is a [wheezing] very popular name nowadays!
    Pain: Remember, like, a few years ago every other boy was named Jason and the girls were all named Brittany?
    [Hades, who is now extremely angry, tosses Pain and Panic on the ground like toys, who then transform into small insects scurrying around]
    Hades: I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one schlemiel who can louse it up is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!!
    [Hades releases geysers of flames from his hands and head, burning a big portion of the forest. Meg ducks in time to avoid the stream of fire emitted from Hades.]
    • Still another, when Hades asks to know if the Fates have arrived:
    Hades: Fine, fine, fine. Just let me know the instant The Fates arrive.
    [Pain removes Panic from his back, who gets up after having his horns stuck in Pain's rear]
    Panic: Oh, they're here!
    Hades: [literally explodes with anger] WHAT?!! The fates are here and YOU DIDN'T TELL ME?!!
    Pain and Panic: [turn into literal worms begging for mercy] We are worms! Worthless worms!
    Hades: Memo to me, memo to me: maim you after my meeting.
  • Evil Overlord: "He ruled the underworld... but thought the dead were dull and uncouth. He was as mean as he was ruthless... and that's the gospel truth... he had a plan to SHAKE things up... and that's the gospel truth!" Which gives an idea of what the world of the living would be like under his management.
  • Evil Plan: Release the Titans and Take Over the World.
  • Evil Smells Bad: According to a pithy comment by Hades, he exudes a pungent stench of death. Most likely as a result of being the God of the Underworld and the Dead.
  • Evil Uncle: He's Zeus' brother and therefore Hercules' uncle. Unlike The Lion King, this is never brought up.
  • The Exit Is That Way: Or rather, Mt. Olympus.
  • Fade Around the Eyes: Hades does an interesting variant at the end of the scene where he figures out Hercules' weakness. The screen fills up with smoke as it fades to the next scene, and the last things we see are Hades' eyes.
  • Fate Worse than Death: He is tossed into his river of undead souls, and can't pull himself out due to the current being too strong. "If" he gets out, as Pain and Panic discuss, he's not going to be happy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He talks like a used car salesman and makes wisecracks while screwing over everyone as much as possible.
    Hades: Baboom. Name is Hades, lord of the dead. Hi, how ya doin'?
  • Finger Snap Lighter: He can make fire sprung out of his fingers just like his head.
  • Flaming Hair: It's a sign of his mood; blue is calm and red is not.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Hades tricks Hercules into giving up his strength by exploiting his one "weakness," his love for Meg.
  • Fog Feet: Hades' robes dissolve into wisps of smoke.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that Hades' antagonism springs from the deep hatred over the dank and unpleasant job he's currently in, and the resentment he harbors towards Zeus for receiving 100% Adoration Rating from their fellow gods. Plus, it's mentioned in the animated series that his father Kronos devoured his children except Zeus, causing Hades to inherit his evil.
  • A God Am I: Sure, Hades is a god, but he wants to overthrow Zeus so he could become the King of Olympus so he nonetheless has delusions of grandeur in an even larger scale than usual.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is resentful and jealous that Zeus gets 100% Adoration Rating while he is virtually despised on Olympus. This causes him to find a way to overthrow his brother and become king of the gods.
  • Hades Shaded: Whenever he gets angry, his skin gets a tan shade.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's easy to make the blue hair turn red. He throws a temper tantrum whenever his minions fail to do something, and anything related to Hercules serves as his Berserk Button.
  • Honest John's Dealership: James Woods modeled Hades after a used-car salesman.
  • I Gave My Word: Like all gods in Greek mythology his powers are limited by being bound by his words. So it is literally impossible for him to break the letter of a deal. If something happens his magic will act accordingly and he won't even know. E.g. He promises that he will release Meg from his service and that she won't be harmed if Hercules gives up his strength for a day. After Hercules agrees, Hades averts the Loophole Abuse trope by releasing Meg with a snap of his fingers before departing. When she does get fatally injured during Hercules' fight with the cyclops, Herc immediately repossesses his powers.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: While the design only fits as an exaggeration of James Woods, it's easy to see his mannerisms and expressions in Hades.
  • Jerkass God: Even though he is a god, he is portrayed as the evil one, viewing everybody, including his own minions Pain and Panic, as a tool to be exploited in any way possible to overthrow Zeus.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Hades's hair turns from blue to bright orange whenever he is angry. Since his hair is made of fire, this is justified.
  • Lack of Empathy: "He was as mean as he was ruthless...."
  • Large Ham: He has a big presence normally and especially when in one of his fiery temper tantrums.
  • Laughably Evil: Thanks to James Woods, he changed from being a stereotypical chilling villain to fast-talking, tempestuous and absolutely awesome/hilarious.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He charms The Fates into revealing the future, twists Hercules' arm into giving up his strength and then appeals to both brotherly love and old hatred to get the Titans on his side.
  • Mood-Swinger: One would think that he is the Roman God Janus instead of Hades given how frequently he alternates between his two main faces and moods. One moment he is suave, self-confident and wise-cracking. The next moment that something gets out of his control or someone sasses him back he proves that he can't take any pressure and explodes.
  • Motive Decay: Most of Hades' plans against Zeus are supposed to be rooted in his desire to obtain the pleasures of Mount Olympus because he finds his kingdom dull and dreary. But ironically, this makes him spend all his time scheming down there and pretending as if it is out of a sense of duty when asked by Zeus to "invest more time with his family in Olympus", which leads Zeus to mock his workaholic nature. Then again, it seems that it is less about forgetting his original motive and more about revealing his true aim which is to be in charge of Olympus and not just a member of the court.
  • Motor Mouth: He talks very rapidly. Word of God modeled him after smooth-talking but shady used-car dealers.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hades was modeled after Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was one of the head honchos at Disney and left the company before the film was completed; this was the last Disney Animated Classic so far to include any input from him.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He only intervenes personally when it's directly needed. Other than that he suffices with watching from above and not questioning his minions, which needless to say, backfires on him.
  • Phosphor-Essence: Unlike most of his fellow gods, Hades doesn't glow. This is done to show that he's evil.
  • Physical God: He's made of smoke and flames and something else. He's the lord of the dead.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: This is shown in a crossover with Aladdin where he's not shown obsessing over revenge against him for beating Pain and Panic. His response to Jafar explains why he's not looking for revenge:
    Hades: Uh, yeah sure. How bout I rule the cosmos first and then I'll take it.
  • Princeling Rivalry: The central conflict of the story involves Hades' scheme to supplant his brother Zeus, and become supreme ruler of Olympus, Tartarus and all the Earth in between. Zeus is the strongest god and younger brother, while Hades is a scheming older brother.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: When things don't go his way, Hades breaks down, literally burns with anger and throws temper tantrums, with his tormented minions Pain and Panic as his usual toys to blow off steam.
  • Reality Warper: A small-scale version. He can teleport, conjure objects, and affect people in countless different ways with his "deals".
  • The Resenter: It's implied in the movie that Hades' antagonism springs from deep frustration and hatred over Zeus putting him in charge of the Underworld, knowing it was a dank and unpleasant job and condition. Most of Hades' plans against Zeus are to overthrow him as King of the Gods to obtain the pleasures of Mount Olympus that Zeus and the other gods indulge in while he watches over the dead.
    Zeus: Come on, Hades. Don't be such a stiff. Join the celebration!
    Hades: Hey, love to, babe. But unlike you gods lounging around up here, I regrettably have a full-time gig—that you, by the way, so charitably bestowed on me, Zeus.
  • Sadist: While he is more of a calculating villain, he clearly takes a lot of savage delight in tormenting a every victim of his schemes at the very least emotionally like Hercules, or like his minions physically to vent his frustration.
  • Satanic Archetype: He's clearly upgraded to a Satan archetype. Association with fire check, rebelling against his fellow gods check, making shady deals check, ruler of demons and the dead check. About the only quality that doesn't apply to him is being officially the God of Evil.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: More like Flushed Evil in an Inescapable Ghost Pool.
  • Skeleton Motif: Hades, being the Lord of the Underworld, takes this motif and runs with it. The clasp of his toga is in the shape of a skull, his lair is skull-shaped, he gives baby Hercules a pacifier made of bones, there are tiny skulls on the bubbles on the potion to make Hercules mortal, and so on.
  • Smug Snake: He believes himself to be the smoothest, smartest person in this verse and this is why his breakdowns are so fun to watch as he gets confronted with reality and attacks it.
  • The Sociopath: He is a master manipulator, has a suave, wisecracking and charming personality to match, thinks of himself as the smartest in the room, and is willing to make deals. Beneath that charming personality lies a remorseless, cruel and selfish god who's willing to do whatever it takes to overthrow Zeus, even if it meant harming anybody, including gods (part of his Evil Plan is to kidnap baby Hercules so he could turn mortal and be easily killed off). To top this off, the deals he makes are for his own selfish gains, he speaks like a conman while screwing everybody around (including his own minions), and is a brutal sadist when it comes to torturing his minions Pain and Panic, especially if they anger him. And when Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained god-hood, Hades was absolutely shocked.
  • Sore Loser: It is very low even for a Lord of the Underworld to use a Literal Metaphor when his coup of Mt. Olympus is foiled by his enemy to rub in his face that a loved one is dying just to spite him.
    "Thanks a ton, Wonderboy! But At least I've got one swell consolation prize! A friend of yours, who's dying to see me!"
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He does this whenever he's angered.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Pain and Panic are incompetent and Meg only helps under duress (soul ownership) so he ultimately has to do everything himself.
  • Technicolor Fire: Normally blue, goes red and orange when angry (in reality blue flames are hotter than red\orange ones, but...). One explanation for this is that a hotter blue flame is more focused, while the colder red flames are more chaotic, as well as the whole Red Oni, Blue Oni deal...
  • Terrible Trio: Hades and his minions Pain and Panic.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Hades: "Meg, my sweet, my flower, my little nut Meg."
  • Third Act Stupidity: During the climax, he has managed to get Hercules to agree to give up his super-strength in exchange for Meg's survival and safety. So, what does Hades then do? While he's taking over Mount Olympus, he sends a giant Cyclops to attack Hercules, who will no doubt be with Meg, thus making it highly likely that she will be harmed in the crossfire. Since the deal is immediately nullified if she's harmed, he has effectively ensured that his plan will fail. However, it goes even deeper. If Hades had sent any of the other four titans, who are always shown going for quick kills, then Hercules would likely have died before Phil came back to inspire him. Even if they didn't, a lava monster, for instance, would have been harder to kill through guile.
  • This Cannot Be!: When Hercules emerges from the Well of Souls with both Meg's spirit and his regained God-hood.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Being the god of the dead, his skin is a corpse-like blueish gray.
  • The Unfettered: Quite focused and methodical in both his regular job as ruler of the Underworld and his Evil Plan to overthrow Zeus and seize control of Olympus. Hades' casual buddy-talk is a veneer for viciousness, and he's more than willing to manipulate, cheat, extort and use outright violence without hesitation to overthrow his brother.
  • The Usurper: Part of Hades' Evil Plan is to usurp Zeus' title as King of the Gods and bury him alive under a mountain of lava and ice, so that he can seize control of Olympus. Specifically, it is the best part.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Pain and Panic are comical and very afraid of their boss, the death god Hades.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He gets these (and then recovers from them) regularly because of Hercules killing his monsters and then finding ways to exploit this. The final one comes at the end of the film when Hercules regains his godhood, depriving him of his revenge.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Though less pronounced, he does have these on his face.
  • Villainous Crush: In the show and hinted in the movie, he has a crush on Aphrodite.
  • Villainous Incest: It's never established if he and Aphrodite are related in some way. However, some legends say that Aphrodite's father is Zeus.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: In one book adaptation of the movie, told from Hades' viewpoint. He argues that if it wasn't for him, Hercules would never have gotten his high status as hero and all the gains he's gotten. So really, Hades sees himself as a co-conspirator to Hercules' rise to glory, but does he get any thanks? No!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ordered Baby Hercules kidnapped and planned on killing him.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: The yellow eyes just fit his villainous personality.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Especially when he's angry. He calls Hercules "schlemiel", "yutz" and so on.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, fiery hair. Justified because he's a god.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: He's the Lord of the Underworld, and the moment you die, you're automatically his. Even when he doesn't actually have the power to actually extract your souls, The Fates who are aligned with him can cut your Thread of Life and immediately send you to his domain.

"Congratulations! You've just been slaughtered! By Ares, the God of War..."
Voiced by: Jay Thomas (TV series); Toni Solanes (original), Pepe Mediavilla (TV series) (European Spanish dub)

The Olympian God of war and the founder of Sparta.

  • Adaptational Villainy: He only briefly appears in the movie in one or two scene, at the party and during the charge against the Titans. Neither of these indicates anything about the villain that the animated series cast him as.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Ares has red skin.
  • Big Bad: It's a downplayed case. Hades is the Big Bad but Ares was the primary antagonist of a couple of episodes.
  • Jerk Jock: Ares admires strength and military prowess and looks down on Athena and her people as "eggheads". He can also be cruel to his sons, Fear and Terror.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Despite being bloodthirsty and pigheaded most of the time, Ares can show himself be quite the crafty deity. He once managed to get Hercules kicked out of a sporting competition by finding a loophole in the rules of the game. The loophole was only regular mortals can compete in the games. Since Hercules is a demigod, he was disqualified immediately.
  • Sibling Rivalry: He and his sister Athena have been enemies for centuries, and he has done everything to try and destroy her precious city of Athens.
  • War God: The Olympian God of war. Sparta is his town.
  • The Worf Effect: He and the rest of the gods go down almost immediately when they mount a defense of Mount Olympus to prove the words of the Fates at the start of the film. The gods are screwed unless Hercules helps them.

It is I, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom!
Voiced by: Jane Leeves (TV series); Rosa María Hernández (TV series) (European Spanish dub)

The Olympian Goddess of Wisdom and War and the patron of Athens.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Athena has blue skin.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Ibid, Athena's pet owl, can grant anyone genius levels of knowledge and intellect if he sits on their head.
  • Bifauxnen: You could be mistaken into thinking she was an attractive man at first.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She mainly assists Hercules and her color scheme is a luminescent blue.
  • Faux Action Girl: She's supposed to be a warrior goddess but she's taken down very easily several times, including by Ares' sons, Fear and Terror, and by the Titans when she goes to battle with them.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Though she can be sweet and cordial to those she needs help from, Phil mentioned that Athena is not one of the fun gods and is generally shown to be authoritative, crass, and demanding of respect.
  • Insufferable Genius: She's the goddess of wisdom and takes any opportunity to flaunt it, much to the extreme annoyance of Ares and even Poseidon.
  • Not So Above It All: In spite of being the goddess of wisdom, she's shown several times to be just as childish and petty as Ares when it comes to their rivalry. In fact, she's sometimes even the one that's initiating the conflict with him, such as shaving his dogs of war to look like poodles.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Her beloved owl Ibid usually rests on Athena's shoulders when not being held in her hand.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ibid, her pet owl. The picture says it all; huggable!
  • Sibling Rivalry: She and her brother Ares have been enemies for centuries, with Athena indulging in any childish attempt to humiliate and undermine Ares and flout superiority.
  • Stern Teacher: She's "not one of the fun gods" and so her lessons with Hercules are a serious matter.
  • War God: The Olympian Goddess of War. Athens is her town.
  • The Worf Effect: She and the rest of the gods go down almost immediately when they mount a defense of Mount Olympus to prove the words of the Fates at the start of the film. The gods are screwed unless Hercules helps them.

Voiced by: Lisa Kudrow (TV series); Marta Tamarit (TV series) (European Spanish dub)

The Olympian Goddess of Love and Passion.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Aphrodite has pinkish-purple skin.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: In the episode "Hercules and the Dream Date", Aphrodite appears to a bramble of flowers miraculously appearing, a beaming light, her rather cheesy introduction song topped off with, wait for it, stepping out of a giant clam that floated in.
  • God Couple: She is engaged to Hephaestus, who gets violent with anyone who tries to hit on her, as Hades discovered.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: She once mentioned offhandedly that as a love goddess, she doesn't get involved in martial affairs (e.g. capturing the evils of Pandora's Box).
  • Hot Goddess: Naturally like every incarnation of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, is indeed beautiful.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Has a waist so tiny she could probably wrap one hand around them. She's not human so it's not impossible for her.
  • Leitmotif: "Aphrodite, Aphrodite, Aphrodite! The Goddess of Love!!". It is heard every time she appears which grates on the nerves of others like Cupid and Hades, while appearing to be catchy to others like Hercules. However, even she hates it and seems to have no control over its occurrence.
  • Love Goddess: The Olympian Goddess of Love and Passion. She also oversees and marries off couples who are in love.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has the most voluptuous figure of any character shown in the Hercules franchise.
  • The Power of Love: She runs on this and can make people fall in love rather easily, but admits that love is complex, messy, and best left to the professionals. Like plumbing. As such, she greatly dislikes when it's trifled with.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches all the way down to her feet, as part of her "beauty" domain.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is really tall and really beautiful.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: Unlike her mythological character personality, this version is a strong believer in the prospect of loving someone for who they are (character) instead of what they look like (appearance). She lampshaded this when she attempted to counsel Medusa on winning Hercules' friendship.

Minor Gods and Goddesses

    The Muses
From left to right: Thalia, Melpomene, Calliope, Clio, and Terpsichore
"We are the Muses! Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes!"
Voiced by: Lillias White (Calliope), LaChanze (Terpsichore), Roz Ryan (Thalia), Cheryl Freeman (Melpomene), Vanéese Y. Thomas (Clio) (original); Rebeca Manríquez and Vicky Gutiérrez (Calliope), Blanca Flores (Clio), Ruth Howard (Melpomene), Dulce Guerrero and Mirna Garza (Terpsichore), María del Sol (Thalia) (Latin American Spanish dub); Mercedes Montalá and Susan Martín (Calliope), Belén Roca and Cani González (Terpsichore), Rosa Pastó and Helen de Quiroga (Thalia), Paula Bas (Melpomene), María Caneda (Clio) (European Spanish dub)

The Muses are five lovely goddesses whose domain lies in the arts, and they sing the tales of ancient Greece in a gospel choir style. They claim to be Hercules' biggest fans, narrating the movie and singing in four of the six songs.

  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: Boy, they can sing amazing stories!
  • Bare Your Midriff: Terpsichore is only muse whose stomach is showing; perhaps this is to help distinguish her from the other muses.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: While the other muses are rail thin like Megara, Thalia is not.
  • Big Fun: Thalia is the chubbiest of the Muses, and she tends to serve as the comic relief of the group. Fitting, since she's the Muse of Comedy.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the beginning of the movie, they decide the narrator is too serious and grim, so decide to take over in telling the tale.
    Calliope: We'll take if from here, darling!
    Narrator: You go, girls!
  • Canon Immigrant: The Muses were not involved in the Heracles myth at all. The movie brings them in from another part of Greek Mythology to narrate the film.
  • Catchphrase: "And that's the gospel truth!"
  • A Day in the Limelight: In the TV series, Terpsichore interacts directly with Hercules to teach him how to dance since she is the muse of dance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Calliope and Thalia snark at the others and the characters.
  • Fan Girls: Of Hercules. Thalia would like to "make some sweet music" with him.
  • Genki Girl: Terpsichore, best shown in the tv show, where she is more distinct and lively.
  • Greek Chorus: Literally! They talk about the story and its players while simultaneously taking part in it.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Four of them. Again, they're goddesses so it's not impossible.
  • Lemony Narrators: For instance, they call Meg on her tsundere.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All five of them. They're all very curvy and prone to posing their legs and shaking their hips when they dance.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: They appear and disappear a lot. Justified because they're goddesses.
  • Off with Her Head!: Played for Laughs when Thalia takes the form of a Haunted Mansion-esque bust.
  • Only Sane Woman: Calliope is only one focused on the job of a muse; "Proclaimers of Heroes".
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Thalia, who is fittingly the Muse of Comedy.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: There were nine muses in Greek Mythology. There are only five here. Also, why would Greek Goddesses be singing gospel? Rule of Cool can explain the latter (It's a Disney film; they gotta fit a musical in there somewhere) but not the former.
  • Sassy Black Woman: All of them, but Thalia especially. They are introduced sassing The Narrator.
    Would ya listen to him? He's making the story sound like some Greek tragedy! Lighten up, dude!
  • Shipper on Deck: All of them want Herc and Meg to end up together.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Between Thalia and Clio during "Zero to Hero". Clio bonks Thalia on the head for mispronouncing vase. Thalia retaliates by jamming said vase over Clio's head.
  • Static Character: Out of all the Muses, only Calliope and Thalia have a major role. Although Melpomene (the Muse of Tragedy) did get a solo during one of the "Gospel Truth" songs. Terpsichore gets a major role in one of the TV show episodes.

    The Fates
From left to right: Lachesis, Atropos, and Clotho
"In eighteen years precisely, the planets will align ever so nicely. The time to act will be at hand; unleash the Titans, your monstrous band. Then the once proud Zeus will finally fall, and you, Hades, will rule all! A word of caution to this tale: should Hercules fight, you will fail."
Voiced by: Amanda Plummer (Clotho), Carole Shelley (Lachesis) and Paddi Edwards (Atropos); Tress MacNeille (all three in House of Mouse) (original); Evelyn Solares (Clotho), Beatriz Aguirre (Lachesis) and Guadalupe Noel (Athropos) (Latin American Spanish dub); Marta Martorell (original) and Pilar Gentil (House of Mouse) (Clotho), Carmen Contreras (original) and Ana María Simón (House of Mouse) (Lachesis) and Rosa María Pizá (Athropos) (European Spanish dub)

The Three Fates are the quaternary antagonists. These three sisters share one eye, which they use to see the future. They also determine the deaths of mortals, cutting a mortal's Thread of Life to send them to the Well of Souls in the Underworld. They have extreme psychic abilities, knowing everything that has happened, is happening and will happen, and are an authority above the gods in this respect, though the one thing they cannot do is kill a god.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Clotho toward Hades too, which is something he exploits to get her to tell him the future. "My fate is in your lovely hands."
  • Ascended Extras: They start out as Advertised Extras, since the trailers imply that they appear far more often than they do in the actual film (though they do play a major role nonetheless). However, they are upgraded to recurring villains in the TV series.
  • Affably Evil: They're fairly polite, for a group of scary old hags. Clotho, in particular, seems to be the most cooperative of the trio.
  • Blind Seers: Kind of. They have one eye between them so two of them are blind at any given time.
  • Body Horror:
    • They share one eye between them. One. Single. Eye.
    • Lachesis has a spider in her nose. Urghh.
  • Composite Character: Physically they're more like the Graeae, although they're still the same as the fates.
  • Crystal Ball: Their eye has this future-foretelling function.
  • Death's Hourglass: The thread of life is spun by them. It is also cut by them.
  • The Evil Geniuses: If one counts them among Hades' allies, seeing as they know literally everything. Hades needed their intel for his Evil Plan.
  • Eyeless Face: Two of them because they only have one eye between them.
  • Fog Feet: Word of God says that the Fates have no legs.
  • Humanoid Abominations: The three of them are probably the creatures in the cast, including the gods and monsters.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: They had no idea that Hercules would become a God.
  • The Omniscient:
    • They announce it at one point.
    Hades: Ladies, sorry I'm—
    Lachesis: Late! We knew you would be!
    Clotho: (proudly) We know everything!
    • Later played for laughs when Hades tries to explain why he needs their help to which they keep responding "WE KNOW!"
  • Omniscient Morality License: They appear to have this, although they do have standards, as they're not supposed to reveal the future.
  • Terrible Trio: The three of them spin, stretch and cut the strings of life.
  • Villainous Crush: Atropos crushes on Hercules in the TV series.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: For all their Evil Gloating, they're only relaying stuff that's going to happen anyway.

"Never underestimate the power of trivia!"
Voiced by: Ben Stein (TV series); Antonio Gómez de Vicente (TV series, European Spanish dub)

The God of trivial information and where three-roads-meet.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Trivia has purple skin. He's a god, you know.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Trivia catches Zeus doing this when he 'thanks' him helping Hercules. Zeus offers to let Trivia sit next to him at lunch, by pointing out that depending on which side of Zeus he sits it can mean either power and respect or 'Pass the Condiments'. Which from Zeus expression he clearly was intending the latter.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite being boring and somewhat silly, the information he knows comes in handy and proves to be very useful in uncovering secrets no one else knows about and defeating Hades. He also threatened to have Phil "paved" for insulting him.
  • The Bore: Seen as this by all of the other gods including Hades due to constantly spouting off trivial information about anything related to the issue at hand.
  • Gender Flip: The character was female in the original myths, although the character Trivia was based on, the goddess Hecate, would make an appearance as a separate character in the TV series.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He's Ben Stein if he were a Disney Greek God.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: He constantly tells people who call on him that his name is pronounced Try-vee-Ah
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: His whole shtick revolves around knowing information about anything and everything that seems trivial but can turn out quite useful. He helped Hercules saved the other gods by putting any trivial information he knew about the Underworld, Olympus, and the Gods to good use.

Other Immortals

    Pain and Panic
"Pain!....and Panic!"
Voiced by: Bobcat Goldthwait (Pain) and Matt Frewer (Panic) (original); Javier Rivero (Pain) and Gabriel Cobayassi (Panic) (Latin American Spanish dub); Juan Fernández (original) and Aleix Estadella (TV series) (Pain) and Pep Sais (Panic) (European Spanish dub)

Pain and Panic are the secondary antagonists. They are two shape-shifting imps who are minions of Hades and provide comic relief. They are both very loosely based on Deimos and Phobos from the Greek Myths.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Pain and Panic compared to Deimos and Phobos, who they were both very loosely based on. While neither of their original counterparts were exactly good guys, they were the sons of Ares and definitely weren't evil lackeys. In fact, Heracles worshiped Phobos as a god and had him depicted on his shield. Ironically, Phobos and Deimos do appear in the animated series as Fear and Terror, but they are as against Hades as Herc is.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the Greek Myths, Deimos (who Pain is based on) was the Greek God of Terror and Phobos (who Panic is based on) was the very personification of fear brought on by war. In the movie, they're watered down into bungling comic relief lackeys for Hades.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Both watch in glee as Hades is dragged into the river Styx for eternity.
  • The Bully: The few times that they manage to gain an advantage over someone they immediately start to walk over them as much as their puny hooves allow them. They spilled Herculade on a depowered Hercules while singing a mocking sing-song and later stole Hermes's sunglasses and Ares's helmet and also shouted at their faces while they were being taken to the Underworld as prisoners. They did enjoy it for as little as it lasted.
  • Butt-Monkey: Most of their screen time consists of them being physically abused by Hades.
  • Canon Immigrant: Deimos was not involved in the original Heracles myth, and was brought in from other parts of Greek Mythology for the Disney movie. Phobos (Panic) does not appear in the myth per se, but Heracles did worship him and have him depicted on a shield of his.
  • Co-Dragons: They're the ones Hades calls upon the most.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In one episode, they decide to turn Hercules into a baby so it'll be easier to kill him. Baby Hercules defends himself as well as he did in the film.
  • Dirty Coward: They evidently do get their kicks out of mocking and bullying imprisoned or incapacitated people whom they would definitely not if they were free like a depowered Hercules, a deceived Pegasus and the chained Olympians. Which earns them some major kicks from both Pegasus and Hermes once they are freed.
  • The Fair Folk: As there is nothing fair or appealing in either their looks or their personalities, those two easily represent the euphemistic nature of this terminology. The actual mythological creatures that they come the closest to are sprites, nymphs and imps (which is the only description that they get in the film) as they are clearly not gods of the Olympians caliber but rather lesser followers.
  • Fat and Skinny: Pain and Panic, respectively, form this sort of comedy duo.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Their names ARE meaningful, but not so much in the sense of causing them to others as much as being themselves constantly subjected to their meaning.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: The most supernatural thing about them is the fact that they appear to be made out of plasticine. No matter how many times they get turned to paste, they will always reform themselves and come back for more.
  • The Klutz: Both seem that they would do better to avoid staircases.
  • Mook: Two imps that serve Hades. He's implied to have more but these are the only two we see.
    • In the series, the episode "Hercules and the Tiff on Olympus", Hades summons Neurosis, a yellow, emaciated-looking imp who blabbers nonstop. Let's say Pain & Panic don't take it well (annoyed at the very least) when Hades sends another to do his work.
  • Nervous Wreck: "Panic" is a meaningful name.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all their bumbling, they DO manage to kidnap Hercules and turn him mortal. The two would have fed him the last drop if the two humans had not shown up, and had Herc drank the last drop, they would have killed him and the two humans too, who would be hopeless against their snake forms. They also manage to capture Pegasus, and Hermes, and in the House of Mouse episode "Jimminy Cricket" they even manage to break-up the titular conscience with Pinocchio.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Slap-stick mostly.
  • Sycophantic Servant: When their boss gets mad, it is their cue to turn themselves into their most comfortable forms, worms or bugs, and start grovelling.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Two minor minions of the Big Bad.
  • Torture Technician: It's implied in the series that they are the ones who oversee the punishment of souls in the Underworld, It's evident when they absolutely fawn over the chance to use new torture equipment.
  • Villains Out Shopping: They don't care about the Evil Plan; that's their boss' thing. Pain wears Hercules footwear and Panic drinks Hercul-ade and none of them are smart enough to hide it from their boss.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can shift into whatever they wish. This includes an attractive female pegasus.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Despite their goofiness and incompetence, they have absolutely zero compunctions about murdering a baby in cold blood.

    The Titans
"Destroy Zeus! Crush him!"
Voiced by: Corey Burton (Stratos, Lythos' right head), Jim Cummings (Pyros, Cyclops (video games)), Jim Ward (Hydros), Patrick Pinney (Lythos' left head, Cyclops) (original); Rubén Trujillo (Cyclops, original) (Latin American Spanish dub); Miguel Ángel Jenner (Cyclops, original) (European Spanish dub)

The Titans from Pagan are the tertiary antagonists, portrayed as four elemental monsters who terrorized Ancient Greece. They were the physical manifestation of the element they controlled. There's Lythos, the Earth Titan; Pyros, the Fire Titan; Hydros, the Water Titan; Stratos, the Wind Titan; and. . . the Cyclops, who doesn't get an element.

  • Abusive Precursors: The opening song states that before the Olympians ruled, the Titans were the gods in charge, and they made Earth a nasty place to live.
  • All There in the Manual: According to Disney Adventures, the cyclops' name is One-Eyed Jack. Hades nicknames him "Bright-Eye."
  • All There in the Script: The names of the other four, listed below.
  • An Ice Person: Hydros the Ice Titan. His Establishing Character Moment consists of him using his icy breath on a herd of fleeing horses, freezing them all solid in place.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of Zeus because he trapped them underground for countless ages.
  • Ax-Crazy: Thalia implies that the remains of their victims were literally everywhere.
  • Bald of Evil: The Cyclops has human-like flesh but no hair. Despite this, the trope is otherwise averted as the other beast-like monsters have hair and non-human like at all.
  • The Brute: They're massive, hulking monsters that serve as strong men for the head villain.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Stratos manages to subdue all the Olympians at once except for Zeus.
  • Dem Bones: Hydros takes the form of a giant, spiky skeleton made of ice.
  • Disney Villain Death: The cyclops. Hercules ties his feet together so he falls from a high cliff in a moment of guile.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified of them. The sight of them sends Hermes into a panic.
  • Dumb Muscle: Cyclops isn't a creature for anything more than rampages of a colossal scale.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Oh yes. They are a bunch of giant, horrifying monsters, more akin to the Protogenois than the Titans. Extremely powerful forces of nature who just happen to have a target (Zeus) or a lack of one in the prologue (thus "everywhere" and "everyone").
  • Elemental Powers: Four of the five:
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Lythos is a two-headed rock monster.
    • An Ice Person: Hydros is a giant ice fiend. If his name is any indication, his powers may extend to water as a whole.
    • Magma Man: Pyros is a living wave of magma.
    • Blow You Away: Stratos is a sapient tornado.
  • Eye Scream: During his battle with the cyclops, Hercules stuffs a fiery brand into his eye.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Their escape from prison and assault on Olympus starts off dramatic and terrifying, accompanied by thunderous fanfare... until Hades points out they're going completely the wrong way.
    Titans: DESTROY ZEUS!
    Hades: Uh, guys?
    Titans: Huh?
    Hades: Olympus would be that way. (points at Olympus in the opposite direction)
    Titans: (pause awkwardly as the music briefly stops, then turn around and walk towards it) ZEEEUS!
  • Fat Bastard: The Cyclops is basically a fat kid picking the wings of a fly (i.e. a depowered Hercules).
  • Four-Element Ensemble: The four classical ones which, worryingly, also cover some of the layers of the Earth. Pyros represents the underground magma, Lythos comes after him as the tectonic plates, he is followed by Hydros who's appearance is concentrated in the eternal ice of the poles, and over all of them towers Stratos the god of the atmosphere.
  • Four Is Death: Downplayed; four of them are depicted as having a major part, but there's actually five of them; one of them is a cyclops.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: They are basically nigh-mindless, rampaging forces of nature who only care about destruction.
  • Hulk Speak: Except for Stratos, who simply bellows, they all talk this way, especially the cyclops - "So, you mighty Hercules, huh?" who isn't into articulate speech anyways.
  • Kaiju: They're all huge malevolent monsters that attack cities.
  • Lean and Mean: Hydros. He's essentially a giant icy skeleton.
  • Living Lava: Pyros, who's a Blob Monster of lava that spreads itself to cause massive destruction.
  • Non-Elemental: The Cyclops, in contrast to the other Titans, is not an elemental god. He is a flesh and blood creature who probably ended up sharing their abyssal cell as an afterthought as they didn't have anywhere better to throw him.
  • No-Sell: Lythos completely tanks a lightning bolt thrown by Zeus during the initial assault.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Barely recognisable as characters and not mindless forces of nature, they are a Four-Element Ensemble that, has an unfortunate tendency to get carried a bit away.
  • Our Titans Are Different: They provide the current picture for the page. Unlike the Titans from the original myths, these ones appear to have been mixed with the Protogenoi, being ancient, primordial forces of havoc.
  • Rock Monster: Lythos is a two-headed giant made of rock.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They attempted to do this when Hercules frees Zeus from their imprisonment, much to Hades' chagrin barring Stratos who did hold its ground impressively enough. Hercules is able to blow them up all before they could succeed.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Zeus imprisons them all beneath the ocean with lightning bolts, but when the planets align, Hades is able to release them. Hercules uses Stratos to suck the other Titans in, then throws them all into space where they explode.
  • The Worf Effect: They inflict quick defeats on every god in Olympus except Zeus himself, proving how dangerous they are and also proving the Fates correct. The gods cannot win this fight without Hercules.
  • Your Head Asplode: Upon being released by Herc from the mound of dried lava and ice Hydros and Pyros entombed him in, Zeus uses a few lightings given to him by Hephaestus to destroy Lythos' two heads.


    Amphytryon and Alcmene
"It's the symbol of the Gods."
Alcmene Voiced by: Barabara Barrie (original); Guadalupe Noel (Latin American Spanish dub); Rosa Guiñón (European Spanish dub)
Amphytryon Voiced by: Hal Holbrook (original), Corey Burton (animated series); Arturo Mercado (Latin American Spanish dub); Joaquín Díaz (European Spanish dub)

Hercules' adoptive parents who raised him after he was taken from his home on Mount Olympus.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Amphytryon has these and due to age they are also white.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Overweight Alcmene and her skinny husband Amphytryon, respectively.
  • Good Parents: Both are very supportive and loving to their adopted son, Hercules.
  • Happily Married: Even though their scenes together are short, we still see them as a happy couple.
  • Interspecies Adoption: They are a human couple who adopted and lovingly raised a human demigod.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: They were the mortal, adoptive parents to their semi-divine son.
  • Nice Guy: Both of them are nice.
    • Amphytryon: Kind, caring, forgiving, honest, understanding, and loyal.
    • Alcmene: Kind, caring, sweet, loyal, forgiving, honest, generous, warm, comforting, benevolent, intuitive, understanding, and compassionate.
  • Nice Hat: Amphytryon often wears a farmer's hat.
  • Rags to Royalty: Downplayed. They weren't necessarily poor, but still of a working class couple. When their son made it big in Athens, they become rich. Even so, they are still seen with their old home and Penelope thus implying that even with being rich, they still wanted to have some of their old lifestyle.
  • Spanner in the Works: They interrupted Pain and Panic as they were giving Hercules the potion to make him mortal. Without them, Hades's plan would have gone off without a hitch.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: In the original Greek Myths, Alcmene is actually Hercules' biological/birth mother, while the Disney version remade her as his adoptive mother.

"Oh ho! I love her [Cassandra] so much! Oh ho ho! What are you looking at?!"
Voiced by: French Stewart (original); Jonathan López (European Spanish dub)

He was Hercules' best friend during their time in Prometheus Academy. He also has a romantic obsession with his friend Cassandra.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Cassandra. She regards him as a nuisance. Granted, he is brain damaged, so it's difficult for him to take a hint.
  • Adaptive Ability: He can adjust to just about anything with ease, even Spartan military training!
  • All Men Are Perverts: His interaction with Cassandra borders on harassment.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Loves liver and is disappointed when Prometheus announces he will cancel liver Thursdays while the rest of the school cheers.
  • Canon Foreigner: Only appears in the TV series.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Thanks to the fact that flying too close to the sun he "fried his brain".
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He doesn't like any other guy messing with Cassandra.
  • Einstein Hair: Fitting with his crazy-yet-brilliant personality is his wacko hair style.
  • Fatal Flaw: Icarus is easy to anger and driven to great acts of spite when especially provoked particularly when consumed by jealousy.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: To the point that Phil states in the epilogue that Icarus becomes a famous inventor.
  • Genius Ditz: He's brain-damaged, but not stupid.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Hercules are best friends in the TV series.
  • Icarus Allusion: Of course. His hair resembles the sun's crown, he's permanently tanned, and every now and then he will attempt to fly again.
  • Jerkass: His antics can occasionally slide into this, but the biggest example would have to be Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster, where he starts acting like an immature, selfish supervillain out of hatred for his dad's new girlfriend.
  • Keet: He's hyperactive to an incredible degree. It actually allowed him to breeze through Spartan Basic Training with ease while his fellow more masculine recruits including Hercules were reeling from exhaustion and managed to make his way to Morpheus' temple despite a sleeping spell being in effect (something no one else has withstood before making Icarus one of the only people to succeed) that usually only demigods could withstand.
  • Mad Eye: One eye is permanently red, possibly bloodshot.
  • Mad Scientist: Like his father, is also an inventor - and a brain-fried one to ensure both parts fit.
  • Missing Mom: She appears in "Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster," mentioned to be amiably divorced, and Icarus works for her during the summer.
  • Running Gag: Involving wax wings melting in the sun.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Didn't fall to his death here. Instead, he just got his brain all fried up, and from the opening intro Hercules saved him from falling to his death.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Icarus of all people gives this to Hercules after finding out Medusa, the new girl they were hanging out with, is the gorgon. When he asked if Hercules will plan to see her again, he says no since Medusa is a monster and a freak who is a threat to everyone's safety. Icarus takes this rather personally, calling out that despite what Medusa is, she was a pleasant person to be around unlike most other people and never had any malicious thoughts towards them. He challenges Herc if he's going to kill her for being a freak because he's too good to have one for a friend, and then what? Kill anyone else considered a freak? Perhaps a "freak who flew too close to the sun"?

"Life not fair? Why wasn't I told?"
Voiced by: Sandra Bernhard (original); Berta Cortés (European Spanish dub)

She is a close friend of Hercules' and to a lesser extent Icarus, who is hopelessly in love with her, during their time in Prometheus Academy.

"First of all, look at this tan. Have you ever seen such a beautiful sight?"
Voiced by: Diedrich Bader (original); Dani García (European Spanish dub)

He is the snobbish prince of Thrace.

  • The Bully: He enjoyed humiliating Hercules and his friends during their time at Prometheus Academy.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Stylized to be an epitome of male perfection as his name would suggest, with long golden hair and "awesomely" tanned skin.
  • Enemy Mine: Sometimes, he will ask for Hercules' help.
  • Fatal Flaw: His ego and pride often made him face serious consequences as it got him in trouble many times, from him being cursed by Gaia, turned into a peacock by Circe, and placed in many other unfortunate situations that Hercules usually has to rescue him from, without demonstrating any gratitude for Hercules' heroism, except on a few.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Sometimes, he will share a good time with Hercules. At the end of Hercules and the Trojan War, he goes out with Hercules to have pitas.
  • It's All About Me: Adonis only ever thinks about himself. His disregard for others even went as far as to ignore the plight of his parents and those of Hercules and Cassandra after they had been taken and nearly eaten by Echidna instead using this as an opportunity for an early ascension to the throne of Thrace. Though they were nevertheless saved by Hercules and Adonis in turn was punished by both Zeus and his parents for his callousness, especially after he had shamelessly feigned concern for their well being after they had been returned when he put everyone in danger in the first place and in turn try to become king of Thrace under false pretense's when his parent's have not yet stepped down from their positions as king and queen.
  • Jerkass: Selfish, arrogant, and cowardly.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted in the series finale. At the end of the series Adonis received some karmic justice for his actions as it was announced at the Academy's graduation that despite his self absorbed belief in his own brilliance, his grades were terrible and he had to attend summer school, much to his horror.
  • Large Ham: A given for someone so full of himself. The overacting gets even worse when he's annoyed\scared.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Anytime he calls Hercules "friend", it means things have gone bad for him that he needs Hercules' help.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • While it's happened in a few episodes, it's subverted in others, such as Hercules and the Prince of Thrace. In that episode, he actually was grateful of Hercules saving his life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what's happened to Adonis after the series, it's assumed he had become king of Thrace but it's unclear if he and Helen are still together or if Helen has become his queen.

    Helen of Troy
Voiced by: Jodi Benson (original); Nuria Trifol (European Spanish dub)

The most popular girl at Prometheus Academy.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She has a notable attraction to powerful or unpleasant men, as seen with her constant relationship with Adonis despite being a jerkass snob and a later stated attraction to Orion the Hunter for his macho and hairy persona. She does provide affection to Hercules though not enough to formally be with him in a relationship.
  • Brainless Beauty: Helen of Troy. Her face launched a thousand ships, not her head.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Helen has blonde hair and is an absolute sweetheart.
  • Hidden Depths: Helen may seem to be just sweet and dim-witted, but in the episode "Song of Circe" she is shown to use her brain in disciplining Adonis.
  • Ironic Hell: When Hades is giving out punishments to students when the academy is made part of the underworld, he makes her eat junk food for eternity because she's terrified of ruining her complexion.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: A nice and friendly cheerleader.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. In the original Greek Myths, she is the daughter of Zeus. In the series she isn't, so it's not squicky for Hercules to be attracted to her.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Averted. While she is considered the most beautiful woman at school, her looks are exaggerated by Homer to make the story about the rivalry between Prometheus and Trojan academies (which he embellishes as a war) juicier.

Alternative Title(s): Hercules The Animated Series


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