The Olympian Gods are the rulers of the world of Ancient Greece in Hercules. They are divine immortals who control the forces of nature. They are related to the older Titans, their ancestors and chief enemies. There are now twelve major deities who rule over the country, the Olympians, all of whom are under the absolute rule of Zeus, god of the sky. They reside high above on Mount Olympus where they discuss affairs related to the mortal world or matters regarding monsters or disorders in nature.
List of the Olympian GodsEdit
- Zeus (voiced by Rip Torn in the film and Corey Burton in the TV series): the ruler of Mount Olympus. Husband of Hera and father of Apollo, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Bacchus, Hephaestus, Eileithyia, Hebe and Hercules. Many eons ago Zeus imprisoned the deadly Titans, who threatened to destroy the world, deep beneath the ocean where they would remain for the rest of eternity undisturbed. However he was unaware that the next planetary alignment would reveal the location of the Titans prison. 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. Zeus was heavily edited by Disney as he is different from his portrayal in mythology. Zeus had many affairs with mortal woman and Hercules was born as a result of one of those, but this was changed in the movie due to it being inappropriate for younger audiences. According to the House Of Mouse episode, "Unplugged Club", his lightning bolt is used to recharge the club with red and black electric cables thanks to Mickey Mouse who calls him Big Z.
- Hera (voiced by Samantha Eggar): the goddess of women and marriage. Wife of Zeus and mother of Apollo, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Bacchus, Hephaestus, Eileithyia, Hebe and Hercules. In real Greek mythology, Hera was not Hercules' mother, but actually Alcmene, a human woman who Zeus had an affair with. In much of the Greek legend, Hera is portrayed as the main antagonist of Hercules due to jealousy of Zeus's affair. For example, she sends him into a frenzied rage and causes him to kill his own children, thus resulting in his 12 labors. Though she reconciles with him after he turns into a god and travels to Olympus. However, Disney deemed it not family friendly and gave the role of the villain to Hades.
- Hermes (voiced by Paul Shaffer) - the messenger of the gods. He is father of Pan. Hermes is Hercules's brother and a frequent companion to "Herc", whom he furnishes with comic relief.
- Clotho (voiced by Amanda Plummer in the film, Tress MacNeille in the TV series) - the Fate who spins the Thread of Life. She has green skin with yellow wavy hair and a long chin.
- Lachesis (voiced by Carole Shelley) - the Fate who decides how long mortals will live . She has blue skin and a long nose.
- Atropos (voiced by Paddi Edwards) - the Fate who cuts the thread. She has lavender skin, green hair, and is the only fate to have one eye. She adores Hercules, according to Icarus.
- Calliope (voiced by Lillias White) - the Muse of Epic Poetry, with a headband over her big, curly hair. The tallest Muse, she serves de facto leader of the group.
- Amphitrite (voiced by Leslie Mann) - the goddess of the Sea. Wife of Poseidon and mother of Otus and Triton.
- Aphrodite (voiced by Lisa Kudrow) – the goddess of Love, with a theme song that even she thinks is annoying. She is quite strong minded, feisty and clever. She has pink skin and blonde hair. She is wife of Hephaestus. In the past she was a married to Ares and they have three children together: Phobos, Deimos and Cupid. Hades is constantly trying to flirt with her, to no avail. At the end of the film she kissing with Phil
- Ares (voiced by Jay Thomas) – the god of War, who just wants to destroy Athens and prove the superiority of Sparta. He hates using 'egghead' and similar words, and is a brash god. In the past he was a married to Aphrodite and they have three children together: Phobos, Deimos and Cupid. Ares also has two "dogs of war" who draw his chariot named Brutacles & Sadisto.
- Artemis (voiced by Reba McEntire) – the goddess of the Hunt and Wild Animals, 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. She is the sister of Apollo.
- Athena (voiced by Jane Leeves) – the goddess of Wisdom and witty sister of Ares. 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. She doesn't get along with Ares well, but when the two team up, like when Echidna attacks Hercules during the game between Sparta and Athens, they are a formidable pair.
- Aurora - the Goddess of the Dawn and sister of Helios. She is mentioned in the episode "Hercules and the Jilt Trip".
- 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 and husband of Iris.
- Bacchus (voiced by Dom DeLuise) – the god of Wine and Partying. He nearly sinks Phil's island with his revelry that bothered Poseidon.
- 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. He is son of Ares and Aphrodite, brother of Phobos and Deimos and husband of Psyche. Cupid has minions called Cherubs, and his quiver holds both "love" and "loathe" arrows. In the film he is decipted as a teenager and is seen congratulating Hercules. His Roman name was chosen to make the show more family-friendly.
- Demeter (voiced by Florence Henderson) – the goddess of Agriculture. She is mother of Persephone. Summons Nemesis to smite the satyr Pan for his inadequate offerings at her harvest festival and building a temple to himself. She is also seen among the gods congratulating Hercules.
- Hecate (voiced by Peri Gilpin) – an Underworld demigoddess and witch, 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. She is mother of Circe.
- Circe (voiced by Idina Menzel) – daughter of Hecate. 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.
- Hephaestus (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – the peg-legged god of fire and the gods' blacksmith. He is husband of Aphrodite and hates it if Hades flirts with her.
- 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 marvelling at her own confections... most of which end up being ruined in a comical fashion like when Adonis caused Hercules to crash into her cake.
- Iris - the Goddess of the Rainbow and wife of Boreas. She is mentioned in the episode "Hercules and the Kids".
- Morpheus - (voiced by Jonathan Katz) – the 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." He is also among the gods congratulating Hercules at the end of the film.
- Narcissus - the god of Pride and brother of Trivia. Not truly a god in Greco-Roman mythology, but was depicted several times in both the film and the series as an Olympian god.
- Nemesis (voiced by Linda Hamilton) – the demigoddess of Vengeance who works for the Infernal Retribution Service (IRS), a service which punishes mortals who dislikes and/or disrespects some god or even all the gods – situations that include defacing temples, defalcating offerings or posing as a god. Nemesis can turn her hands into weapons, and usually gets really angry whenever she can't do a smiting.
- Pan (voiced by Joe Pantoliano) - the god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music. Son of Hermes. Was shown as merely the king of the satyrs who wants to be worshiped as a god by his people. He gains the wrath of Demeter, who threatens to send Nemesis for to smite him for building a temple to himself if he does not give her suitable offerings by the end of the harvest festival. After an attempt to get Phil to take his place which nearly gets the trainer killed, Pan is forced to give up all the offerings of the festival to spare his life. He also appear in the episode "Hercules and the Prince of Thrace" in the story of the Muses with King Midas.
- Persephone - the goddess of Springtime and daughter of Demeter. She is one of the gods seen congratulating Hercules at the end of the film.
- Phantasos (voiced by Tom Kenny) – At the start of the world, Phantasos wanted to be the god of Sleep only for his brother Morpheus to get the job. Since then, Phantasos plotted to get the job one way or another until the day he created a nightmare counterpart of Morpheus' Blanket of Slumber called the Discomforter. Due to the nightmares people are having, Phantasos suggested to Zeus to become the new God of Sleep should Morpheus fail to stop the nightmare crisis. When in their dreams, Hercules and Philoctetes ended up fighting Phantasos when he turned into the Hydra and Typhon. Though Hercules managed to overcome his nightmare of losing to the Hydra and defeat Phantasos. The next day, Zeus was convinced by Morpheus to make Phantasos the God of Dreams and Nightmares since he is much better at dreams and nightmares than his brother. To improve his work, Phantasos wrote down Zeus's suggestions like no one dreaming is to hit the ground when falling and no one gets caught by dream monsters.
- Poseidon (voiced by Jason Alexander) - the god of the Sea. Husband of Amphitrite and father of Otus and Triton. He made many cameos in the film, such as when the gods congratulate Hercules. He made a few appearances in the series and many cameos in the Olympian council. In the "Hercules and the Bacchanal," he sunk Phil's Island because of the party of Hercules and after revive it again. In "Hercules and the River Styx," he dealt with Hades to give him a bigger superiority to avenge Athena for taking Athena under her safety, but later he trapped and imprisoned with Athena by Hades. Poseidon and Athena were freed as Poseidon beats up Hades. In "Hercules and the Poseidon's Cup Adventure," Poseidon creates a boat race in his honor. Amphitrite's nickname for him is "Po-po".
- Eileithyia - the goddess of Childbirth and daughter of Zeus and Hera. She made many cameos in Hercules's birth party.
- Hebe - the goddess of Youth and daughter of Zeus and Hera. She made many cameos in Hercules's birth party.
- Psyche - Wife of Cupid. She made many cameos in Hercules's birth party.
- Charon - the rower of the ferry in the Underworld.
- Helios - the god of the Sun and brother of Aurora. He never physically appeared in the series, but the Colossus of Rhodes - which resembles him - appeared in "Hercules and the Hero of Athens". He made many cameos in Hercules's birth party. However, in Greek mythology Helios became identified as the Sun God Apollo.
- Nike - the goddess of Victory and daughter of Styx. She is mentioned in the episode "Hercules and the Poseidon's Cup Adventure". She made many cameos in Hercules's birth party.
- Styx - the goddess of Styx. She is mother of Nike. Was seen in the episode "Hercules and the River Styx".
- Otus - son of Poseidon and Amphitrite and brother of Triton.
- Triton (voiced by Chris Elliott) - son of Poseidon and Amphitrite and brother of Otus. He yearns to be a hero like his cousin, Hercules. He has green skin and flippers. He appears in "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon".
The Olympian gods and goddesses are human in appearance with above average height and an aura of divinity emitting from their body; also, they possess a wide range of skin and hair color.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
The Olympians Gods and Goddesses are very powerful beings that possess abilities such as: near omnipotence, immortality, superhuman strength, shape-shifting, teleportation, and omnipresence. The Deities also possess energy based abilities, such as magic abilities and energy projection. They are basically omnipotence, being capable of life-giving to objects or giving supernatural powers to who don't possess it with ease. However, unlike in myth, their superhuman physical capabilities seems much restricted (possibly).
Some deities will have abilities related to their specific domain. Poseidon has control over water, and Apollo having control over the sun.
Weakness: Magic can harm them; also, they can't break through magic chains.
- In original Greek mythology, most, if not all the Olympian gods and goddesses, were related in one form or another, such as Athena and Ares being children of Zeus, and husband and wife Zeus and Hera actually being brother and sister. With the exception of recognizing Ares and Athena being brother and sister, and Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades being brothers, these blood relations are seemingly disregarded in the Disney interpretations. The gods and goddesses' penchant for infidelity, another recurring motif in Olympian mythology, is also disregarded for obvious reasons.
- A lot of the gods and goddesses are portrayed as being much more benevolent in the movie than in the original myths, especially Hera and Zeus. Conversely, Hades is portrayed as being more malevolent than in the myths.