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Hera
הרה
Hercules
Voiced by Samantha Eggar
First appearance Hercules (film) (1997)
Last appearance Hercules (TV series) (1998-1999)
Profile
Race Olympian Goddess
Gender Female
Occupation The Queen of the Olympian Gods
Residence Mount Olympus
Relationships
Father Cronus
Mother Rhea
Brothers Zeus
Poseidon
Hades
Sisters Demeter
Hestia
Husband Zeus
Sons Apollo
Hermes
Ares
Hephaestus
Bacchus
Hercules
Daughters Athena
Artemis
Aphrodite
Eileithyia
Hebe
Grandsons Phobos
Deimos
Cupid
Pan
Grandfather Uranus
Grandmother Gaia
Uncles Atlas
Prometheus
Arges
Briareos
Antaeus
Nephews Otus
Triton
Nieces Persephone
First cousins Polyphemus
Brontes
Steropes
Orthrus
Zuul
Fasir
Fashoom

Hera is the Queen of the Gods, and the wife of Zeus from Disney's 1997 film Hercules.

BackgroundEdit

OriginEdit

In Greek mythology, Hera was known as the Queen of the Gods, wife and sister of Zeus, the King of the Gods. Hera was the goddess of marriage and women. Hera was Hercules's step-mother and his enemy. When Hercules was born, she sent 2 serpents to kill him, but he was found instead playing with them as if they were toys. She also is involved in the origins of the Milky Way when Zeus tricked her into nursing Hercules and she tore him away from her once she recognized who the baby was, severely wounding her.

AppearancesEdit

HerculesEdit

In the 1997 film Hercules, Hera is portrayed as the mother of Hercules. In actual mythology, Hercules' mother was a mortal woman (Zeus, despite being married, had children with numerous other women), and the jealous Hera acted as an antagonist to Hercules (much like Hades in this version).

In contrast to this, the Disney version portrays Hera as a loving and kind mother to Hercules. She appears to be somewhat overprotective of him, as evidenced when she objects to her Husband Zeus letting the newborn Hercules play with his thunderbolts. She is voiced by Samantha Eggar. Hera does not seem to be as unfriendly to Hades as the other gods in the series, as shown when she persuaded Zeus to attend Hades' pool party.

TriviaEdit

  • Hera was one of the most heavily re-interpreted Olympian Gods in Disney's version of the story. In the original Greek Myth, she was not Hercules mother, but rather his stepmother, after Zeus had an affair with his mortal mother. She was known to have hated Hercules with a passion, going so far as to try to kill him on multiple occasions. She was ultimately the cause of what caused Hercules to kill his wife and children, leading up to his 12 labors.
    • This makes her one of the very few originally villainous characters to be reinterpreted as good for a Disney movie, the other most notable one being Phoebus.
  • As portrayed in the movie, wile she loves her husband, Hera often serves as both Zeus' conscience and his voice of reason, persuading him in matters that he approaches with less than appropriate actions.

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