Study Guide

Heracles (Hercules)

  • Spotter's Guide

    If you see a trail of dead monsters strewn about the street, then chances are that Heracles isn't far away. He's a big, super-muscular guy, who's always walking around with a lion skin cape and a giant club. Everybody on Olympus knows him. He's pretty much the Greek version of Superman.

    Physical Description

    Sex: Male
    Age: Youngish
    Build: Brawny, strapping
    Complexion: Golden
    Hair Color: Dirty blond
    Facial Hair: Clean shaven or a short beard
    Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Typical battle scars, some Cerberus bite marks
    Jewelry and Accessories: None
    Clothing: A lion skin cape
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: A club; a bow and arrows soaked in Hydra venom

    Typical Companions

    Other Notes

    Known Hangouts: Heracles now lives on Mount Olympus, but he can generally be found anywhere that monsters dwell.

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Women of Trachis by Sophocles

    Sophocles airs Heracles and Deianira's dirty laundry in this play.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Heracles by Euripides

    Heracles cries ever time he sees this play performed, because it retells the story of how he was driven mad and killed his family.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Birds by Aristophanes

    Heracles is not a fan of this comedy. Not only is he not the star, but when he does appears at the end, he comes off pretty dumb.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Aeneid by Virgil

    Check out Book 8 of this epic poem to find out why the Arcadians worshipped Hercules as their special god.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses by Ovid

    Hercules shows up in this famous Roman epic poem. Book 9 includes the story of how he won Deianira as his wife.

    Dec 20, 1995 - Dec 20, 1999

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

    Heracles enjoyed his stint as a TV actor in this series. He loved getting a chance to relive his monster-slaying glory days.

    Dec 20, 1997

    Hercules

    Heracles has always admired music, so he jumped on the chance to star in this animated Disney movie. According to his profile, the Hercules soundtrack holds some of his favorite songs.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Hercules, Digital Comic – Marvel Comics

    Heracles entered the Marvel universe in a Thor comic, but moaned and groaned until he got to star in his own series.

    Dec 20, 2019

    God of War III

    Heracles did not authorize this representation of himself and was quite put out by it. In this videogame, Kratos, Heracles' half-brother defeats him.

    Dec 20, 2019

    "Hercules" by Guster

    Heracles felt honored that the band Guster wrote a song for him, however, he wished the song's connection to his heroic deeds and bulging biceps was more clear.