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Heracles (Hercules)

  • Profile

    Think of the biggest, hunkiest guy that you've ever laid eyes on. Now multiply that hunky factor by the biggest number you can think of. There you go: Heracles. This son of Zeus wasn't just a hero, he became a god... literally. Heracles killed more monsters and more villains than most of the other Greek heroes combined. Guess it's no wonder that after he died, he was one of the very few mortals to be made into a god.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Heracles

    Nickname

    Hercules, Herculator, Herc, Hairy Heracles, Herakles

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Mount Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Slaying monsters, being a legendary hero and all that. Now I'm a god, which is also awesome.

    Education

    I had a music tutor named Linus. He tried to correct me, so I killed him. That's about it.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Zeus!

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Zeus (dad), Alcmene (my mortal mom)

    Siblings

    Iphicles, my mom's daughter
    My dad has lots of other children with lots of different ladies: Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Dionysus, Hebe, Hermes, the Muses, Pan, Persephone, Perseus, and lots more.

    Children

    With Megara: Therimachus, Creontiades, Ophitus, Deicoon
    With Omphale: Agelaus, Tyrsenus
    With Deianira: Hyllus, Ctesippus, Glenus, Oneites, Macaria

    Friends

    Hippolyta and Iolaus, I guess. I'm kind of a loner.

    Enemies

    Hera. Just Hera.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Formerly married to: Megara (I gave her to Iolaus.)
    Formerly married to: Omphale
    Formerly married to: Deianira (She accidentally killed me)
    Married to: Hebe (goddess of youth)

    Interested in

    You name it.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    Xena: Warrior Princess
    The View
    Friday Night Lights

    Quotations

    "The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone."
    – Henrik Ibsen

    "Fight 'til the end
    Cause your life will depend
    On the strength that you have inside you"
    – Joe Esposito

    "Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on Earth."
    – Will Rogers

    "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats."
    – Lil Wayne

    "Risin' up, straight to the top
    Have the guts, got the glory
    Went the distance"
    – Survivor

    Books

    Hatchet
    The Road
    A Series of Unfortunate Events
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Of Mice and Men
    Healing after Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief
    Into Thin Air
    Escaping Toxic Guilt: Five Proven Steps to Free Yourself from Guilt for Good
    The Redwall Series

    Music

    Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
    Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
    Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
    Anything Led Zeppelin
    You're the Best by Joe Esposito
    Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
    Just Like Heaven by The Cure
    Anything Metallica
    Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf
    Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
    The Hercules Disney movie soundtrack, especially Go the Distance (the Michael Bolton version), Zero to Hero, and A Star is Born

    Movies

    Thor
    Conan the Destroyer
    Hercules (of course)
    Everything Is Illuminated
    A Very Long Engagement
    The Bourne Identity
    The Italian Job
    The Wrestler
    Rocky
    Remember the Titans
    Drumline
    Field of Dreams

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    My club
    My lion skin cape
    Mount Olympus
    Chocolate ambrosia protein shakes

    Dislikes

    Hydras

    Interests

    Body building
    Zoology (with an emphasis on monsters)

    Groups

    Greek Heroes
    Hot Bodies of Olympus
    Sons of Zeus
    Mr. Olympia

    • 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.