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The following are fictional characters from Disney's 1997 film Hercules and from the 1998 TV series.



Hercules as he appears in the poster for the film
First appearance Hercules (1997)
Voiced by Tate Donovan (adult in Hercules and Kingdom Hearts II)
Josh Keaton (teenager in film)
Sean Astin (adult in Kingdom Hearts)
Aliases Herk,
Herk the Jerk (By Hades and Pete), Wonder Boy (By Megara and Hades), Blunder Boy (By Hades)

Hercules (also known as Herc) is the main protagonist of the film and the TV series. He is based on the mythical character Hercules, although some aspects of his life differ greatly from the original legend. Hercules was born on Mount Olympus with all the powers of a god, and his parents were Zeus and Hera (the King and Queen of all the gods, thus making him a god prince), who has been reimagined as a loving mother instead of a spiteful stepmother. On the celebration of his birth, during which the Olympian gods present the infant god with a multitude of gifts, although one god is not happy about the new arrival: Hercules's evil uncle Hades, lord of the Underworld.

Hades wants to take control of Mount Olympus and the world along with all of creation, and he sees that if Hercules chooses to fight when he is older, his plans will be ruined. Knowing that as a god, Hercules is immortal and invulnerable, Hades sends his two lackeys, Pain and Panic, to kidnap Hercules and turn him mortal by means of a magic potion, but the final drop falls wasted on the ground. Pain and Panic discover that because he did not drink the last drop he has retained his godly strength and they are beaten back. Amphytryon and Alcmene adopt the child, considering his arrival a gift from the gods since they are themselves childless. Too late, Zeus and the other gods discover the kidnapping. Because Herc is now mortal, however, they are unable to take him back to Olympus.

Hercules grows into a strong but clumsy teenage boy who cannot control his godly strength, causing havoc and alienating those around him. His foster parents decide to finally come clean to him about the circumstances of his adoption, showing him a medallion they find that bears the symbol of the gods (Zeus's lightning bolt). Hercules sets off to find his place in the world, and goes to the Temple of Zeus for guidance. While in the temple, Zeus embodies his own statue, and reveals Hercules's origin. He explains that the only way Hercules can rejoin his parents on Mount Olympus is to prove himself a "true hero". He goes to see Philoctetes, a trainer of heroes who originally says he will not train Hercules, but changes his mind after Zeus zaps him with a bolt of lightning.

When Hercules has reached adulthood and has passed his training, he sets off with Philoctetes to become a Hero in Thebes. On his way he saves Megara from Nessus, a centaur acting as river guardian. Unbeknownst to Herc, Meg is working for Hades (albeit unwillingly), and relates the events to the Lord of the Underworld, by which he learns that Hercules is still alive and so sends a variety of monsters to kill Hercules. But Hercules dispatches every monster Hades sends against him. By this time, Hercules has become the toast of Greece, and he believes himself a true hero,; thus, he is greatly upset when Zeus tells him that being famous isn't the same as being a hero, and to "look into his heart". Meg (on assignment from Hades) convinces him to play hookie, going on a date. At first she was trying to learn any weakness he might have, but she eventually fell as hard for him as he had for her. The date is ended by Phil, irate at Hercules for skipping training. Phil is knocked off Pegasus, and wakes up in time to learn of Meg's involvement with Hades. He leaves to tell Hercules, not hearing Meg's refusal to help destroy Hercules. Hercules, ecstatic from the date, refuses to believe Phil's warning about Megera, even hitting him in a flash of blind anger, prompting Phil to quit.

Hades, knowing of Herc's feelings for Meg, confronts Hercules, offering Megara's safety if the hero will give up his strength for 24 hours (long enough for Hades to conquer Olympus.) Herc is reluctant to see anyone hurt, but Hades vows that no harm will come to Meg. Hercules agrees, and Hades takes the opportunity to humiliate him before revealing Megara's role in his scheme. Enacting his plan, Hades sends a Cyclops to destroy Hercules. Without his superhuman strength and feeling discourged by Meg's betrayal, Herc is brutally beaten about by the monster but, with a peptalk from the returning Phil, and using his wits, he is able to defeat the Cyclops and send him hurtling off a cliff. The monster's fall causes a pillar to topple towards Herc and Meg pushes him out of the way, taking the impact of the pillar. This in turn causes Hercules to regain his strength because Hades' end of the bargain is now broken. Hercules leaves Megara in the care of his friends while he rushes off to thwart Hades' invasion of Olympus. He returns to Meg's side only to learn that her injuries were fatal. However, he then travels to Hades to rescue Meg's spirit from River Styx, which swiftly ages mortals upon contact, thus killing them within a short time. Hercules nevertheless enters the pool to rescue Megara's soul. He is able to reach Meg before he dies and his selfless act fulfills the requirement for being a true hero, thus regaining his godhood. He then punches Hades into the River Styx, and returns Meg's soul to her body. He is invited by Zeus to live in Olympus, which was indeed originally his wish, but he decides rather to live his life on Earth as a mortal with Meg.

Animator Randy Haycock based the infant version of Hercules on his newborn daughter. He also videotaped a friend's six-month old and rented movies with babies in them.[1] Haycock admits that baby Hercules' curly hair comes from his infant daughter's appearance. He adds, "[Hercules'] mannerisms come right off things I've picked up from her," even though Hercules is more caricatured than a real baby.[1] The inspiration for teenage Hercules came from Haycock's experiences as an adolescent. "I was too tall and skinny for my age, and I was a lousy athlete. At home I broke just about everything..."[1] Teenage Hercules has big hands and feet that the animator remembers having himself, as well as the lack of coordination.[1] Andreas Deja was supervising animator for the adult version of Hercules. He studied photographs of Olympic athletes, not the weightlifters with short necks and bulging muscles, but the swimmers, with long necks and natural musculature.[1] Essentially, he wanted to return to the Greek tradition of character drawing. As Deja explains, this means "straight nose, pursed lips – almost cherubic, large eyes, a lidded look...The classic style you find on Greek vases or drawings."[1]

The animated series Hercules is set in the intervening period between his teen years and his first journey to Thebes as an adult, while he is still in training on Phil's island. The series also reveals that, on Zeus's instruction, Hercules attends a high school called the Prometheus Academy.

Hercules has also appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games. In the former, Sora must help Hercules defeat the evil Hades who, having joined Maleficent's main group of Disney Villains, is still trying to take over Olympus. In the first game, he is voiced by Sean Astin, but Donovan reprises his role in the second game. His Japanese voice is done by Yasunori Matsumoto. Hercules also appeared in the television series Disney's House of Mouse, in the Walt Disney World version of Fantasmic!, at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts daily for greetings, and had his own stage show on the Disney Cruise Line.


First appearance Hercules (1997)
Voiced by Danny DeVito (Hercules),
Robert Costanzo (other appearances),
Ichirō Nagai (Japanese)

Philoctetes (usually referred to simply as "Phil"), based on the mythological Philoctetes, is a satyr and a trainer of aspiring heroes who has often been disappointed by his trainees' shortcomings. This however, seems to be a confusion with the myth of Chiron, as Phil states that he trained Achilles and Jason of the Argonauts, both disciples of Chiron. He also says that he trained Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus and A lot of "yeuseus.". On several occasions, Phil will explain something by saying "Two words," and then his next statement will be either more or less than two words. After some initial reluctance, Phil agrees to train the callow young Hercules, and is ultimately gratified when the people of Thebes refer to the mighty and triumphant Hercules as "Phil's boy." He has also appeared in the Disney/Square Enix video game Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the TV series Disney's Hercules and House of Mouse. In the film, Philoctetes' voice is provided by Danny DeVito, while Robert Costanzo fills the role in the character's video game and television appearances. Ichirō Nagai supplies Phil's Japanese voice, while Lakis Lazopoulos was cast for Phil's voice in the Greek language version.


First appearance Hercules (1997)
Created by Ron Clements
John Musker
Voiced by English: James Woods
Japanese: Kyusaku Shimada Swedish: Dan Ekborg
French : Dominique Collignon-Maurin

Hades is the main antagonist of the film. Unlike the mythological Hades, who is for the most part a relatively passive deity doing a sometimes nasty job, this version is a fast-talking, evil deity, reminiscent of Satan, as well as sleazy dealers notably sleazy Hollywood Agent types as well as sleazy car dealers. In all of his appearances, Hades has been voiced by James Woods. The character's mannerisms and other tendencies were partly due to James Woods's using "car-dealer"-style speech while providing the voice of Hades. Hades is described as "mean" and "ruthless" by the Muses. His status as a god makes him immortal, but not invincible. His status as a god likely makes him one of the most powerful if not the most poweful Disney villain.

In Hercules, Hades seeks to overthrow his brother Zeus and rule Mount Olympus, the Earth and the rest of creation for himself. Upon visiting the Fates, he learns that he could succeed by releasing the Titans in eighteen years, but if Zeus's son, Hercules, is to fight Hades, Hercules will win. Hades sends his two klutzy minions, Pain and Panic, to kidnap baby Hercules and give him a potion that would render him mortal. Hercules needs to drink every last drop for it to work, but the last drop is lost. Thus Hercules, while mortal, retains his god-like strength and spends his life on Earth.

Later, a young woman named Megara sells her soul to Hades so that he will return her lover's soul. He does, but soon Meg's lover ungratefully dumps her for another girl shortly afterwards. Meg remains trapped as a slave to Hades, and he uses her beauty, charm and intelligence as an advantage to persuade monsters to join his army. After discovering that Hercules is still alive, Hades sends numerous monsters to do away with Hercules, but none work. When he finds out that Hercules has fallen in love with Megara, he uses this to his advantage and makes a deal with Hercules: Herc must give up his powers for twenty-four hours (secretly the same twenty-four hours he will use to take over Olympus) in exchange for Meg's freedom. Herc agrees, as long as Meg will be safe from harm. Hades then reveals that Megara was working for him the whole time, crushing Hercules' will to fight. Hades then releases the Titans, who defeat and imprison he gods, and sends the Cyclops to kill the weakened and discouraged Hercules to keep him from getting in the way, but Hercules defeats the monster using his wits. However, Megara is greviously injured saving Hercules from a falling pillar. This negates Hades's deal that Meg would not be hurt. Hercules is thus given his powers back and returns to Mount Olympus where he easily takes down the Titans and frees the gods. Hades loses his temper, but he taunts Hercules that he at least has a parting gift; while Hercules was fighting the Titans, Megara died from her injuries. Hercules travels to the Underworld to rescue her. He swims into the River Styx to retrieve her soul. It almost kills him, when his full Godhood is restored by his being willing to risk his life to save Meg. Hercules emerges from the pit alive and immortal with Megara's soul in his arms. Hades begs the hero to try and ease things with him and the other gods, but Hercules loses his temper and slugs his uncle into the River Styx, where he is swarmed upon by the Spirits of the Dead and dragged down under the surface.

Later, with the return of Hercules on the form of an animated series, Hades also re-appeared, and had many appearances trying to take over Olympus. One episode even had a crossover where Jafar makes a deal with Hades, in order to make Hercules and Aladdin fight each other. While Hades and Jafar had numerous things in common, Jafar's insane laugh consistently got on the more smooth-talking Hades' nerves – at least until he tried it for himself. This entire series ignores a certain fact about the film however: in the movie Hades still thought Hercules was dead throughout his high school days, but in the series, they have many interactions during that time.

Hades appears in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games. He was originally in league with Maleficent, using the Heartless to try to take over the worlds. Hades wanted to dispose of Hercules and tricked Cloud Strife into challenging Hercules in the Preliminaries at the Olympus Colliseum. In return, Hades "promised" Cloud he will lead him to Sephiroth. However, when Sora arrived, Hades changed plans and had Cloud attack Sora first. When Cloud refused to kill Sora, Hades sends out Cerberus to take care of Cloud. Hercules arrived to get Cloud to safety while Sora & company dealt with Cerberus. After Maleficent's defeat, Hades himself battles Sora and lost as all his schemes against Sora and the others end in failure. In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, a facsimile Hades appeared as token of Sora's memory and the darkness in Riku's heart. In Kingdom Hearts II, Hades's desire to kill Hercules is still undeterred. After joining forces with Pete, and probably Maleficent through him, Hades decides to use Auron, who has already died, to fight against Hercules and kill him; however, Auron rebels against Hades and fights him, only to be interrupted by Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy. They fight Hades, but, due to the Underworld curse, he is invincible to their attacks. Hades then sends Cerberus and later the Hydra against Sora and his friends. Upon discovering that Sora's Keyblade could unlock any lock, Hades initially plans to use it to unlock the Underdrome, the Underworld's own coliseum. However, when Pete informs him that the Keyblade will only work for Sora, Hades kidnaps Meg and traps her in the locked Underdrome, forcing Sora to unlock it to rescue her. After defeating Pete and the Hydra again, eventually fighting Sora personally, but was still defeated by Sora and friends. However, Hades survives and acts as a challenger in the last tournaments, which are unlocked near the end of the game. James Woods reprises his role for the English versions of the games, while his Japanese voice in all three games is done by Kyusaku Shimada.

Hades is one of the Disney Villains summoned by the Evil Queen to fight Mickey Mouse in Fantasmic!. Hades also appears in several episodes of Disney's House of Mouse providing comic relief. He is also one of the main group of villains in the full-length spin-off Mickey's House of Villains; James Woods only provides the voice for one line ("Ha – love that"), and Rob Paulsen provides the singing voice when Hades sings the lines "Where everyone's a friend of mine!" and "What a place for breakin' bread!" in the song "It's Our House Now!". He also appears briefly in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.


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First appearance Hercules (1997)
Voiced by Susan Egan
Aliases Meg
Nutmeg (by Hades)

Megara (also known as Meg) is a mortal woman(and a possible future princess of the gods, if she and Hercules (who by being the son of Zeus and Hera is a prince of the gods) were to bring their relationship to matrimony) unwillingly working for Hades, and the love interest of Hercules. Sometime during the events of Hercules, Megara went to Hades to revive a lover of hers who had died (revealed in the series to be Adonis). Hades agreed on the condition that she serve him forever, which she accepted. However, shortly after her lover was revived, he fell in love with someone else and left Meg still locked in servitude to Hades.

When Megara first appears onscreen, Hercules encounters her in the middle of trying to recruit Nessus. Megara, not believing that Hercules can help, simply tells him she can handle it, and after Nessus and he fight, watches with some amusement. She at first believes Hercules is faking his shy and innocent personality due to bad experiences with other men. She then reports back to Hades, who learns that Hercules is still alive. Later, in Thebes, Meg rushes up to Herc, telling him two kids (Pain and Panic in disguise) are trapped in a gorge. He falls for it, and Megara silently pleads with him from a distance to leave before Hades' plan goes into effect, but is forced to watch as Hercules fights and defeats the Hydra. After several more victories, Meg is openly smug and confident that Herc will survive. Hades offers Megara her freedom in exchange for discovering Hercules' weakness. Meg goes to Herc and convinces him to take the day off with her, to which he quickly agrees. During the date, Herc reveals his feelings for Meg and promises that he will never hurt her. They nearly kiss, but are stopped by Phil. Finding herself falling in love, she tries to deny it.

Hades then intervenes, and Megara tells him that she will not help him hurt Hercules, and that he has no weaknesses. A furious Hades reminds her that he owns her, and upon seeing her newfound emotions for Hercules, uses her as leverage to convince Hercules to give up his strength for one day in return for her safety; if the deal is broken, his strength will return. Hades then reveals Megara worked for Hades the whole time, and Hercules leaves, disheartened at learning of Megara's betrayal. Meg then goes to find Phil, as he is the only one who can talk sense into Herc. They return to see Hercules has been badly beaten by the Cyclops, and convince him to fight back. After seeing a column collapse where he is standing, due to the Cyclops Herc was fighting, Meg pushes him out of the way, and it collapses on her instead. When he asks why, she explains that "people always do crazy things- when they're in love." Meg dies from her injuries, so Herc goes to the Underworld to get her soul back. He makes a deal with Hades where he will exchange himself in return for Megara's life, but in the process of saving her, becomes a god again. After her soul is returned, he explains that he did it for the same reason she gave her life for him- he is in love with her. They are risen to Olympus, and Megara watches as Hercules is finally accepted as a god. However, he declines his place to stay with her on Earth; Megara and Hercules finally kiss, apparently continuing her life with him and his foster parents.

In Hercules: The Animated Series, Megara appeared twice, once as a teenager and once as an adult from the movie timeline. She meets Hercules, offering a chance to prove himself as a hero. Having him retrieve her the amphora so she can use it to forget about Adonis who she had a blind date with that went badly. They do retrieve it from Ares' sons, but Megara leaves Hercules to escape. She is immediately taken to the Underworld by Pain and Panic; Hercules, despite her betrayal, goes after her. During a fight for the amphora, Meg tells Herc that she liked him from the start. They almost kiss, but the amphora's water is dropped on them, causing them to forget how they met, and reinforcing the fact that Hercules and Megara never established any relationship until the film. Another episode, "Hercules and the Yearbook", takes place after the events of the film and features Herc and Meg moving his stuff from Phil's island. Hermes delivers a special package, which Hercules immediately hides from Megara. Phil reveals all of Hercules' incidents during his school time, and Hercules tells Megara he did not want to show her the yearbook because he wants her to see him as a hero. Meg tells him that she accepts that part of his life as an awkward phase, and loves him just the same. However, this does not stop Hercules from having Hermes retrieve Megara's own yearbook.

Megara also appeared in Kingdom Hearts II and meets Sora and co. in the Underworld entrance. She later assists Sora in the fight against the Hydra by providing useful items. She also appears in Disney's House of Mouse as a guest.

Pain and Panic

Pain and Panic
First appearance Hercules (1997)
Voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait (Pain)
Matt Frewer (Panic)

Pain and Panic are a pair of pint-sized, devil shaped demons (also called imps) in the Disney animated feature Hercules. Pain is a fat, red-shaded demon, and Panic is skinny and blue-green. They are the minions of the film's villain, Hades, and serve primarily as comic relief. Pain is voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait and Panic by Matt Frewer.

Panic is paranoid, twitchy, and panicky, as his name suggests. He appears to be more honest than Pain. For example, he says "What will Hades do when he finds out about this?" Pain replies "You mean if he finds out." And Panic replies, "'If'. 'If' is good." Pain, on the other hand, is bossy, hot-tempered, and sly, but also clumsy and liable to get into painful situations, and seems to be less intelligent than Panic.

Both possess the ability to shapeshift into almost any form. They frequently manage to irritate Hades even more than usual, and he is always ready to punish them severely for any mistakes. He also threatens them with torture. Ironically, since they are demons, even Hades cannot kill them – but it is made clear repeatedly that they can still feel pain, and since both Hades and they are immortal, they endeavour not to anger him. It is unclear why they even serve Hades, though they seem to do so out of fear.

In the movie, Hades sends them to kidnap baby Hercules, make him mortal, and kill him. The imps obey and somehow capture him in the middle of the night, but fail to kill him, and only half-succeed in making him mortal: he keeps his godlike strength, allowing him to dispose of the pair before they have a chance to kill him as snakes (a mythical reference). Not wanting Hades to know about their failure, they tell him that Hercules is dead. Many years later Hades discovers that Hercules is actually alive. To try and grovel sufficiently they become insects, reminding Hades they could still kill Hercules in the time left. Throughout the rest of the movie, they're seen either cheering Hades's monsters on, grovelling to Hades, or using their shapeshifting powers to contact Hades's spy, Meg. In rare moments of competence, they manage to trap Pegasus by pretending to be his mare, and even capture Hermes in the assault on Olympus, hoarding the gods off the mountain in chains. At the end of the movie, Hades is punched into the river Styx, and they are left behind, hoping that he won't return.

Pain and Panic also appear in the Hercules TV series, and still serve as Hades's lackeys. They made many brief appearances in the House of Mouse television series, usually along with Hades (though there was one episode in which they broke up Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket without Hades's aid) and had a very small role in Kingdom Hearts II, where they are working for Hades and work at the Underdrome, but have no other purpose.

Other characters

  • Zeus: the ruler of Mount Olympus and Hercules' father. He tells his son that to join the gods, he must become a hero, which he defines as something more than being famous. Zeus is betrayed by Hades, but Hercules later saves him and Olympus, and Zeus reveals that for willingly giving his life to save Meg, he is finally a true hero and can be a god. Nonetheless, he is supportive of his son's decision to remain with Meg. He was voiced by Rip Torn.
  • Pegasus: a winged horse and Hercules' companion who was given to him by Zeus as a present. He was voiced by Frank Welker.
  • Hera: Zeus' wife and Hercules' mother. She was voiced by Samantha Eggar.
  • Nessus: a centaur whom Hades wanted to recruit into his army, but is defeated by Hercules after the latter sees him man-handling Megara. He was voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Demetrius: a pottery salesman whose shop is accidentally destroyed by Hercules. He only barely tolerates Hercules, but the loss of his shop angers him to the point that he openly insults Hercules. He was voiced by Wayne Knight.
  • Amphitryon: a mortal farmer and Hercules' foster father. He was voiced by Hal Holbrook.
  • Alcmene: Amphitryon's wife and Hercules' foster mother. She was voiced by Barbara Barrie.
  • Hermes: the messenger of the gods. He was voiced by Paul Shaffer.
  • Apollo: god of the sun and music. He was voiced by Keith David.

The Fates

The Muses

The Muses sung 6 songs to go along with the film which were also featured on the soundtrack album. The songs where "The Gospel Truth", "The Gospel Truth II", "The Gospel Truth III", "Zero to Hero"," "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", and "A Star Is Born". All of the songs were released on the movie soundtrack May 27, 1997 on Walt Disney Records. Allmusic gave the album 3/5 stars. The film begins in a very United States of America-like ancient Greece with a mock-epic spoken narration (by Charlton Heston), but dissolves into the musical narration by the five Muses. The Muses tell the tale ("The Gospel Truth") of how Zeus came to power and prevented the monstrous Titans from ruling the world. The songs from the movie sung by The Muses (as well as the other songs in the movie) were composed by Alan Menken and the lyrics were written by David Zippel. After the film, the Muses made appearances on the Hercules TV series, making musical appearances in episodes of the series. The Muses made also a guest appearance on Disney's House of Mouse, January 26, 2002 on season 2 and on the episode called "Where's Minnie?". They sung a song called "Minnie Mouse Is in The House" which had the beat of Salt-n-Pepa's song "Whatta Man".

  • Calliope: the Muse of epic tales, who wears a headband over her big, curly hair. She was voiced by Lillias White
  • Clio: the Muse of history, with the ponytail. She was voiced by Vanéese Y. Thomas
  • Melpomene: the long-haired Muse of drama. She was voiced by Cheryl Freeman.
  • Terpsichore: the dance Muse with the short, kinky hair. She was voiced by LaChanze.
  • Thalia: the short and plump Muse of comedy. She was voiced by Roz Ryan.

The Titans

The Titans were the giant rulers of the world when it was first new who caused torment and destruction wherever they went. They don't have anything do withTitans from Greek Mythology(whom they're based on), expect being imprisioned by Zues and once ruling Earth.

  • Lythos – The Rock Titan. Made an appearance in Kingdom Hearts as a boss.
  • Hydros – The Ice Titan. Made an appearance in Kingdom Hearts as a boss.
  • Pyros – The Lava Titan.
  • Stratos – The Wind Titan.

Hercules: The animated series

  • Antaeus – A half-Giant half-Titan, who founded the People's Organization of Titanic Liberators so he could free the Titans.
  • Atlas – A muscular Titan that was cursed to forever hold up the sky at the Edge of the World. He appeared in Hercules and the Prince of Thrace.
  • Cronus – The former king of the Titans and father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. When he was defeated by Zeus he created the Cronus Stone as an act of revenge. The stone places any God that comes near it into an eternal sleep.
  • Helios – The Titan that embodies the Sun. He never physically appeared in the series but the Colossus of Rhodes appeared in Hercules and the Hero of Athens.
  • Prometheus – A kindly Titan who gave the gift of fire to humanity so they could improve their lives.
  • Typhon – The Father of All Monsters and the mate of Echidna.

Introduced in the TV series

Prometheus Academy

The Prometheus Academy is the fictional high school from the Disney animated television series Hercules. Though set in Ancient Greece (specifically Athens), the Academy shares many traits with modern educational institutions. It is coeducational, with both male and female students, and teaches such diverse subjects as history and "Home Grecanomics".

Prometheus Academy is the school that the teenaged Hercules attends while training with Philoctetes to become a hero in the Disney movie Hercules. Many of the other students at the Academy are based on characters from mythology.

The Academy was named after the Titan Prometheus, who brought fire from Mount Olympus (the metaphorical "light of reason") to the mankind, and was punished by Zeus being chained to a rock and having his liver pecked out by an eagle every day forever. A bronze statue of Prometheus being administered his punishment is the central point of the Academy's courtyard.

Prometheus Academy students

  • Icarus (voiced by French Stewart) – Hercules' best friend. The boy who escaped from the Labyrinth with his father on wax wings appears as a complete nut (he was "brain-fried" by flying too close to the Sun). Despite his accident, Icarus still flies every chance he gets resulting in a few more encounters with the sun. Icarus is very adaptive and hence could adjust to about every situation, except when he is very jealous and acts irrational. He could become an ultra serious soldier at boot camp or a nearly identical version of Hades himself. Thankfully, at the end of each episode, he reverts to his own odd self. His father, Daedalus (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), is a teacher in the academy and Icarus doesn't acknowledge his parents' divorce. When Icarus graduates, he goes into inventing with his father and makes a fortune, earning the commercial title "The Wax-Wing King".
  • Cassandra (voiced by Sandra Bernhard) friend of Hercules, social outcast, and Seer. Daughter of Vic (Fred Willard) and Evelyn (Georgia Engel), who call her "Casserole." Cassandra is cursed with the helpless ability to foresee catastrophic events, but never to be believed. When one of these prophetic trances overcome her, she becomes immobile and her eyes spin. Icarus calls this her "Cassandra-Vision." Cassandra despises Icarus and calls him her stalker, but she tolerates his presence because otherwise she would have no friends.
  • Adonis (voiced by Diedrich Bader) – The narcissistic prince of Thrace, self-obsessed prince who bullies Hercules and Icarus every chance he has. He even annoys the gods which resulted in Gaia even putting a curse on him once. Adonis believes that anything can be solved with power and money. In "The Yearbook" at graduation, he was one credit short and had to attend summer school.
  • Helen of Troy (voiced by Jodi Benson) – Helen was the sweetest and feminine character of the series. She was the most popular girl in the academy and Adonis' girlfriend. Helen tries her best to keep Adonis from being a jerk but mostly fails. She likes Hercules but as a friend. She is a princess as in the myth but is not a half-sister of Hercules in the series.
  • Ajax (grunts by Frank Welker?), barbarian student with very bad hygiene.
  • Tempest, (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh), the quick-tempered Amazon "Warrior Princess" daughter of Queen Hippolyta & King Darius, (voiced by Jane Curtin & Emeril Lagasse).
  • Triton (voiced by Chris Elliott), Young godling son of Poseidon & Amphitrite (voiced by Jason Alexander & Leslie Mann). Cousin of Hercules and new student at the Prometheus Academy.
  • Melampus (voiced by Ethan Embry), Rival of Icarus for Cassandra's affections. Mykloid fan-boy of the comic-scroll superhero Myklos.
  • Electra (voiced by Joey Lauren Adams), goth student. When angry, summons the vicious Furies.
  • Pandora (voiced by Jenna von Oÿ), student who possesses a locker full of miseries.
  • Andromeda (voiced by Katherine Soucie), new student who attracts Herc's attention.
  • Anaxarete (voiced by Cree Summer), Herc's former girlfriend.

Prometheus Academy staff

Jr. Prometheus Academy students

The junior school attached to Prometheus Academy. The students that attend are also figures from mythology or ancient history, though pre-teen versions of those characters, before they became famous. One of their teachers is Mr. Aesop, who tells stories (his eponymous fables) in order to teach the students by means of his morals.

Greek Pantheon

In addition to Zeus, Hades, Hera, Apollo, and the Muses, other characters from the Pantheon include:

  • Hephaestus (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – The peg-legged god of fire and the gods' blacksmith. Whether he is a son of Zeus and Hera is never revealed. Engaged to Aphrodite and hates it if Hades flirts with her.
  • Morpheus (voiced by Jonathan Katz) – God of sleep; he has a little brother called Phantasos who wanted to become god of sleep but Zeus said that he couldn't because of "seniority."
  • Phantasos (voiced by Tom Kenny) – He became the god of dreams and nightmares after a failed attempt to make Morpheus look bad. Hercules and Morpheus convince Zeus to give the job of dreams to Phantasos since he is much better at dreams and nightmares than his brother.
  • Ares (voiced by Jay Thomas) – The god of war, who just wants to destroy things and prove the superiority of Sparta. He hates using 'egghead', and similar words, and is a brash god. It can be assumed he and Hercules are full brothers, since he is a son of Hera and Zeus. Served by his sons Fear (voiced by David Cross) and Terror (voiced by Toby Russ). Ares also has two "dogs of war" who draw his chariot named Brutacles & Sadisto.
  • Athena (voiced by Jane Leeves) – The goddess of wisdom and witty sister of Ares – her rival. Ares tries frequently to destroy her worship city, Athens, but Athena always receives help from Hercules.She tends to treat her brother Hercules like a child. Athena has a pet owl named Ibid. Though she doesn't get along with Ares, when the two team up, they are a formidable pair.
  • Boreas (voiced by Alan Rosenberg) – The god of the north wind, seems to have a grudge against Ares for beating him up when Sparta was being created. Aeolus or any of the other winds do not appear so in the show he may be the god of all of the winds.
  • Aphrodite (voiced by Lisa Kudrow) – Goddess of love, with a theme song that even she thinks is annoying. She is quite strong minded, feisty and clever. Shown to be engaged to Hephaestus but only in one episode. She has pink skin and blonde hair. Hades is constantly trying to flirt with her, to no avail.
  • Demeter (voiced by Florence Henderson) – Goddess of agriculture. Summons Nemesis to smite the satyr Pan (Joe Pantoliano) for his inadequate offerings at her harvest festival and building a temple to himself.
  • Persephone – Contrary to seemingly popular opinion, she never actually appears in the show. According to an inside source from the show, several different stories were considered for her, including one where she was the daughter of Hades and Demeter who were embroiled in a custody battle, and another where she would have been a teacher at Prometheus Academy, but nothing ever felt really appropriate and her storyline was dropped.
  • Cupid (voiced by Tom Arnold) – The god of passion also appears. He is shown as a pink, short, overweight, middle-aged man wearing a diaper; not explicitly stated to be a son of Aphrodite. Cupid has minions called Cherubs, and his quiver holds both "love" and "loathe" arrows.
  • Hermes (voiced by Paul Shaffer) – The messenger of the gods and god of thieves. Frequently a companion to "Herc", whom he furnishes with comic relief, possibly another son of Zeus and Hera. It's only questioned because some characters have referred to him as Hercules' uncle. However this could be explained by the fact that he acts like an Uncle figure.
  • Bacchus (voiced by Dom DeLuise) – God of the wine and partying, nearly sinks Phil's island with his revelry.
  • Nemesis (voiced by Linda Hamilton) – The Demigoddess of Vengeance who works for the Infernal Retribution Service (IRS), a service which punishes mortals for offenses committed against gods. She can turn her hands into weapons. She gets really angry whenever she can't do a smiting.
  • Trivia (voiced by Ben Stein) – The God of when three roads meet. Considered boring and unimportant and not invited to Hades' pool party (actually a memory-erasing plot) at the River Lethe. He speaks in a monotone. Depicted as a god of Trivial Information, sought out Hercules to help maintain order in the world while the other gods have lost their memories. In actual mythology this name belongs to Hecate.
  • Artemis (voiced by Reba McEntire) – Goddess of the moon and more shown as the goddess of the hunt, Artemis has a few appearances mainly relating to episodes involving hunting, sporting McEntire's accent. In particular, she is seen protecting the Calydonian Boar and transforms a few of the characters into animals, a reference of her turning a hunter who saw her bathing into a stag in mythology. She is also seen scolding Orion also making references to the Belt of Orion in terms of the star patterns. A few times, she is comically seen fighting off her adoring animal fans like a snake that starts to constrict her. Sister of Apollo.
  • Hestia (voiced by Betty White) – Only making a few appearances, the goddess of family and the hearth is seen as a cheery housewife type. She is often seen cooking or marveling at her own confections... most of which end up being ruined in a comical fashion.
  • Hecate (voiced by Peri Gilpin) – An Underworld goddess, Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft and longs to take over the Underworld from Hades in much the same way he longs to take Olympus from Zeus. Despite his seeming dislike of the place most of the time, he's very possessive of his kingdom whenever she tries to overthrow him.
  • Narcissus – God of Vanity? Not truly a god in Greco-Roman mythology, but was depicted several times in both the film and the series as an Olympian god.
  • Gaia (voiced by Kerri Kenney) – Goddess of the Earth, mother of the Titans. Adonis selfishly woke her from her eternal slumber after not heeding a warning sign and she cursed him to die at sundown. With Hercules' help, Adonis procured golden apples to appease Gaia, who removes his curse.
  • Styx – Was seen in the episode "Hercules and the River Styx".


  • Hippocrates (voiced by Mandy Patinkin) – He is the world's First Doctor. He cures people of plague and even goes so far as bringing the dead back to life.
  • Paris (voiced by Cary Elwes) – Trojan Academy student and arrogant Trojan prince.
  • Hylas (voiced by Rocky Carroll) – He is "the bad boy of rowing" although in Greek mythology he is the son of Hercules or was at least raised by him.
  • Orpheus (voiced by Rob Paulsen) – He is a singer and teen idol.
  • Chiron (voiced by Lou Gossett, Jr. andKevin Michael Richardson) – Centaur, Hero, famous hero-trainer and author. Chiron is both rival and friend to Phil, and hunting buddy of Nestor and Meleager.
  • Meleager (voiced by Nicholas Turturro) – He's usually with Nestor. He has extraordinary hearing abilities.
  • Nestor (voiced by James Belushi) – He is usually with Meleager. He can see very far.
  • Agamemnon (voiced by Patrick Warburton) – He is a drill sergeant for the Spar O.T.C.
  • Achilles (voiced by Dom Irrera) – He is an old hero who everyone except for Hercules has forgotten. He was once trained by Phil but he failed.
  • Odysseus (voiced by Steven Weber) – cunning king of the Greek island of Ithaca.
  • Telemachus – The prince of Ithaca. He, Hercules, and three Argonauts end up in their own Odyssey.
  • Jason (voiced by William Shatner) – The leader of the Argonauts.
  • Lynceus (voiced by Larry Miller) – The helmsman of the Argo.
  • Butes (voiced by Steven Wright) – Bee keeper from the Argo.
  • Bellerophon (voiced by David Schramm) – Hero king of Corinth who takes Pegasus in and names him "Ignatius". With the help of Pegasus, Bellerophon is able to defeat the Chimera.
  • Mentor (voiced by Edward Asner) – The tough chief police man.
  • Chipacles (voiced by Mike Connors) – Head city-state trooper for the Athens P.D who takes his job very seriously (Probably a reference to the television show CHiPS).
  • Melampus (voiced by Ethan Embry) – He is a nerd that goes to Prometheus Academy. He is dating Cassandra which makes him Icarus' rival. Icarus once tried to hurt Melampus but was stopped by Hercules.
  • Alectryon (voiced by Steve Hytner) – He is a guard who was turned into a rooster for falling asleep on guard duty. Whenever he crows, anyone who is asleep wakes up.
  • Theseus (voiced by Eric Stoltz) – Hercules' cousin. After the Minotaur escapes from the Labyrinth, he helps Hercules face it. Theseus has a double identity, his second self being the superhero "Grim Avenger", whose costume resembles that of DC Comics' character Doctor Fate, though his personality and backstory are more inspired by Batman. As the Grim Avenger, Theseus is constantly narrating his every move aloud.
  • Phiddipides was mentioned as a student of Chiron who ran 100000 meteres and set a new world record.
  • Samson is described as another student of Chiron's who is very strong and is an "out of towner" referring to him being of Israel. With that Philoctetes sais "yah yah I know him strong guy that needs a haircut referring the the fact that Samsons strength came from his long hair."

Guest characters

  • "Bob" the Narrator (voiced by Robert Stack) – The incorporeal voice who opens most episodes and is helped by the Muses who act as a "Greek chorus" typically singing their narration. Bob has an incorporeal wife (Mrs. Bob) and two incorporeal children named Tiffany & Chad. Their only "appearance" on screen is in episode "Return of Typhon", their movements only noticeable by the hats they wore.
  • Homer – Homer (coincidently voiced by another "Homer", Dan Castellaneta) is Journalist for a National News-scroll, the "Greekly World News."
  • Another episode featured the Titan Prometheus (Carl Reiner) himself, with Hercules rescuing him from the Eagle (Jerry Stiller).
  • One episode featured a cross-over with Aladdin, in which Hades and Jafar (voiced by Jonathan Freeman) team up to destroy both their respective enemies (ignoring the fact these two series seem to take place a thousand years apart from each other).
  • One episode deals with Egyptian gods (Horus, Bastet and Ra) and the dual role of the Greek gods in Rome who answered the petitions of Romulus and Remus and vied for patronage with Icarus, Nemesis and the Grecian Gods of Olympus. At the end of the episode, Icarus gives all the gods Roman names, where Zeus became "Jupiter", Hera became "Juno" etc. Hades is infuriated at receiving the name "Pluto". As he storms out of the room in a rage, Hades shouts: "Pluto?! I wouldn't name my dog Pluto!" Having given nearly all of the Greek gods new Roman names, Icarus suddenly found himself at a loss when he came to Apollo and finally dubbed him "Larry." (reference to both Romans and Greeks using the same name for Apollo)
  • The Norse Gods also appeared where Loki (voiced by Vince Vaughn) tricks Hercules into depowering Thor (voiced by David James Elliott) to cause the Twilight of the Gods. This is slightly referential to the episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in "Somewhere Across the Rainbow Bridge" where Ragnarok would begin but to a lesser extent. Also The Fates are accused of "moonlighting" as the Norns, a reference to how the Norns bear striking resemblance to the Fates. Vaughn's portrayal of Loki is obviously comparable to Woods's portrayal of Hades as a slick showbiz agent-type, and is very reminiscent of his role in Swingers. Even Odin (voiced by Garrison Keillor) is portrayed somewhat similarly to Zeus's persona in the show.
  • Galatea (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) – She also made an appearance, but not as the wife of Pygmalion the art teacher, but as the statue Hercules beseeched Aphrodite to bring to life for him as a date to the Aphrodasia Dance. Hercules learned a decidedly different lesson than the one from the original myth. Because he asked that her personality would be "crazy about [him]", Galatea becomes increasingly obsessive about him, especially when he dumped her and dropped her off on an island in the middle of nowhere. Literally, she walked through water to get to him. She was solidified by an accidental fire but tried hopping to him. Aphrodite changes her personality to free will and have a mind of her own.
  • Circe (voiced by Idina Menzel) – She also made an appearance, but not with Odysseus, who appeared in other episodes. She was simply looking for suitable boyfriends and turned most of the male cast into various animals.
  • Electra (voiced by Joey Lauren Adams) – She is a beatnik-like girl, that when angered summons the Furies, vicious birds.
  • Midas (voiced by Eugene Levy) – He is a greedy king whose touch turns everything into gold, which wanted Hermes' sandals to transform the whole world. After being foiled in a James Bond manner by Hercules, Midas sees the negative side of his power after accidentally touching his daughter Marigold (voiced by Tia Carrere).
    • Agent Epsilon (voiced by Craig Ferguson) – An agent of Midas who was pretending to be with Athens Intelligence to get Hercules into a trap.
  • Salmoneus (Jeffrey Tambor) – King of Thessaly who impersonates Zeus and gets smited after being exposed.


  • Echidna (voiced by Kathie Lee Gifford) – The Mother of all Monsters. Echidna had a recurring role in the series and was typically seen as an obsessive and doting mother to her various children who one-by-one were defeated by Hercules (a reference to Kevin Sorbo's Hercules fighting Echidna, except here she serves Hades). Her mate was Typhon (voiced by Regis Philbin) the many-headed Titan who battled Zeus, but was defeated by Hera (which is celebrated as an annual school holiday called "Titan Smit'n Day"). Among their children were the:
    • Cyclops – One is the son of Echidna as seen in "Hercules and the Big Games."
    • Orthos – (voiced respectively by Wayne Knight and Brad Garrett) – A two-headed Cyclops that Hercules fought in "Hercules and the First Day of School."
    • Cerberus (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) – The three-headed dog that lives in the underworld with Hades.
    • Hydra – A giant serpent from Thebes that can grow multiple heads.
    • Nemean Lion (voiced by Jeremy Piven) –
    • Chimera (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker)
    • Ladon (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) – The youngest of Echidna's monsters
    • Gegenius (voiced by Brad Garrett in the first appearance, Frank Welker in the second appearance) – The multi-armed yeti-like sailor-eating monster that was encountered by Hercules and the Argonauts.
    • Geryon (voiced by Will Ferrell) – A monster with three torsos with each head and arms on it.
    • Furies – Giant birds that live in the Underworld.
    • Ceto
  • Caucasian Eagle (voiced by Jerry Stiller) – A giant eagle who was ordered by Zeus to eat the liver of Prometheus every day. Appeared in Hercules and the Prometheus Affair.
  • Medusa (voiced by Jennifer Love Hewitt) – She made an appearance in an episode. Here Medusa rescues Herc from drowning and has a crush on him. Hoping to befriend him, she ask for divine assistance to make her beautiful. Aphrodite offers useful but utterly ignored self-esteem tips and stone-preventing sunglasses, while Hades grants her a beautiful appearance by day, monster and his employee by night. But if one true friend accepts her for who she is, he'd turn her human permanently. But when Hercules finds out what she truly was, he first thought she was trying to get close to turn him to stone and she runs off, sad. When Hades learns that it is Hercules that she had a crush on, he purposefully revealed her appearance in the dark to turn him to stone. But Aphrodite appeared, pointing out the technicality in the contract but Hades was only concerned in turning Medusa human but she deflects the spell with Hercule's shield at him. With his eyes closed, Hercules asks Medusa out, to which she says yes but she first takes Aphrodite's glasses.
  • The Minotaur (voiced by Michael Dorn) – He appears in two episodes, The first following his myth, being housed inside the Labyrinth built by Daedalus for the insane Crete king Minos (voiced by Charles Nelson Reilly). The second has him escaping and reaching Athens, where he faces Hercules and Theseus.
  • Doubt – It is a snake that bites people, causing them to drown in fear and doubt. Hades called him in to strike Icarus so that he won't kiss Cassandra (because she sold her soul to him to make sure he doesn't kiss her), but his bite wore off quickly.
  • Arachne (voiced by Vicki Lewis) – The guardian of the Tapestry of Fate. She only became a guardian because of her mother, saying she should see the world, eat exotic people. When Hades changed the Tapestry, Arachne was reduced to minding the cave where the Tapestry used to be.
  • Sphinx (voiced by Wink Martindale) – He is a trivia game show host who asks questions nobody can answer, until Hercules comes along, winning a chariot in the process.
  • Man-Eating Mares (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker) – Phil had tasked Hercules with a job of taking down a Man-Eating Mare. Hades had sent Neurosis to make sure Hercules fails. When the Man-Eating Mares prove to be difficult for Hercules, he calls on his father for help. Zeus managed to scare off the Man-Eating Mares.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Thomas, Bob: "Chapter 11: Animating Hercules", pages 201–220. Disney's Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules, 1997


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