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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Aphrodite turning Galataea into a Yandere - just a result of Herc's poorly thought out request? Or did she deliberately make Galataea as crazy as possible just to teach him a lesson?
  • Base-Breaking Character: Icarus. Some fans see him as a crazily awesome, hilarious and occasionally wise character. Others see him as childish and grating.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In the episode about Prometheus, rather than dancing around the fact that his liver got eaten by an eagle every day, the writers went out of their way to make every possible reference to it. However, the scene where the eagle visibly pulls his liver out, and then they proceed to argue about the eagle seasoning it while he's eating it, takes the cake.
  • Ear Worm:
    • From The Animated Series: How many other goddesses do you know with their own theme song?note 
      Aphrodite, Aphrodite, APHRODIIIITE~ The Goddess of Love!
    • Also from the TV series, Circe's Villain Song, "One Good Man", is catchy and awesome. Though would you expect any less from Idina Menzel?
    • Yet another from the TV series: At the Bacchanal! It's a nonstop party! The biggest bash that Bacchus has ever thrown!
    • From "Hercules and the Big Show", Helen's song all about how much she admires Hercules for his determination despite his marked lack of grace.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Some of the gods in the TV series have gotten a fan following, especially Aphrodite.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • In the myths, Hercules actually did free Prometheus from his punishment. In fact, a lot of the background behind the show is fairly well grounded in ancient Greek myths and history, far more so than the movie and more savvy viewers can get the references and Allohistorical Allusion behind the references.
    • Medusa's episode has a gag to anyone that's familiar with working at Disneyland. Hades's employees are brought into orientation, where Pain and Panic say "we're not employees; we're cast members" - cue Face Palm from Medusa.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Seeing Medusa befriend Hercules can be a bit heartbreaking for viewers who believe Perseus will someday behead her. And unlike in the myth, she's not Pegasus' mother.
      • Well, it is worth pointing out that it's unlikely that Medusa would be beheaded because Hercules was born several generations after Perseus because he was a descendant of the young hero.
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    • Circe's song "One Good Man" becomes a lot harder to listen to, considering how Idina Menzel and her husband Taye Diggs separated in 2013.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Idina Menzel made a guest appearance as Circe, a singing witch. Later, she would go on to play Elphaba, who just so happens to be a singing witch, and Elsa, a magical singing queen accused of sorcery. It's doubly hilarious if you're more familiar with Elsa and Elphaba, two sorceresses who are really misunderstood Woobies - because Circe is a straight up evil sorceress.
    • Hades was very upset over being named after the planet Pluto, he probably was even less amused when he found out that it got demoted to dwarf planet.
    • While Josh Keaton didn't voice Hercules again, eventually Disney would air season two of The Spectacular Spider-Man, in which Josh voiced another superpowered teen trying to balance crimefighting and school.
    • In "Hercules and the Visit from Zeus," to prove a point Zeus makes himself into a mortal boy under the name Zach. This wouldn’t be the first time a teenaged Hercules befriended a Zack.
    • Whether hilarious or not is up to you: Galatea is voiced by Jennifer Aniston, who was dating Tate Donovan at the time. So their relationship going downhill is Life Imitates Art. And Galatea becoming clingy also reflects how on Friends, Donovan's character decided to break up with Aniston's Rachel because she was trying to get their relationship more serious too fast.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Aphrodite may hate the theme music that plays whenever she appears, but viewers disagree.
  • Status Quo Is God: You'd think the gods would stop trusting Hades after the umpteenth time that he attempted to sneakily overthrow Olympus, but nooooo.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: For all its mangling and bowdlerizing of Greek myths, this cartoon was sufficiently grounded in research on ancient myths and Greek history (moreso than the movie) that viewers, especially international viewers who have no grounding in Western culture, learnt a great deal about Ancient Greece, learning names and stories of Prometheus, Orpheus, Medusa by unpacking references to the Trojan War, and references to Greek City States.


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