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  • Jon Protagonist
    Jon Protagonist
    Robert Cop
    Comments: 181

    Herkaleez Herkaleez!

    Did they have to make me hate Greek Mythology, one of my favorite settings for film and video games too?

    Oh Goodtimes…I know it’s a Disney cash-in, but what in the name of Zoose?

  • Anno Nimus
    Anno Nimus
    CUUUUT
    Comments: 60

    Nice touch with the ring from the old Hercules cartoon.

     

    OLYMPIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    • Brother_Malachai
      Captain Sillypants
      Comments: 287

      Old Hercules Cartoon?

      • Anno Nimus
        Anno Nimus
        CUUUUT
        Comments: 60

        Yeah, an old animated series from the sixties called The Mighty Hercules. Not a terribly faithful adaptation of the original myths; Herc was basically a Superman stand-in, and he got his superhuman strength from a magic ring. He had a centaur named Newton for a sidekick, and his archenemy was Daedalus. It used to be on Canadian TV all the time back in the 80s, which is where most of us Canucks remember it and its gloriously cheesy theme song from. Here’s a video of the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laoBvt9CcQo

  • Spike
    Spike
    The Fuct of Pepsiman
    Comments: 221

    I wouldn’t quite describe Hercules in mythology as an “ass of a character,” it’s not his fault he was born with God-genes.
    He’s humble, seeks forgiveness when he’s done wrong (even when he didn’t really do it and was manipulated into it), he’s an honorable warrior, he seeks to right wrongs etc. Sure, he gets up to some nasty stuff on occasion and cheats on his wife, but then pretty much every mythological figure ever did that. By Greek legend status, he’s one of the nicer ones. He didn’t have to atone for his actions through labours, or through servitude, but he chose to go through indignities to make up for mistakes.

    This Hercules on the other hand…. euchh, what a dull, boring mess.

  • Occam
    Occam
    A Real Turtles Fighter
    Comments: 33

    Zeus DID get to decide the name, but “Herakles” means “Hera’s glory”, in an attempt to prevent her wrath. It only partially worked, since at least Alcmene was spared (even if her maid did get turned into a weasel in one version).

  • Vin
    Vin
    NewbieDotCom.Com
    Comments: 15

    Cerebus? :3

  • likalaruku
    likalaruku
    Completely Useless Now
    Comments: 768

    I love it when adaptations are set in Greece but still use Heracles’ Roman name. & of course they’ll never mention his other 3 wives, 7+ boyfriends, or all of his other extramarital affairs. Alexander the Great gets the same treatment; Never acknowledge his more-than-friends relationship with Hephaestion, never mention his 2 other wives, never call him Alexandros.

    Not gonna lie… The character designs are pretty pleasing. I’ll take these facial designs over both modern cartoons & modern anime any day.

    Hercules just couldn’t wait to be king, so he killed Mufasa.

    Old man: “HerculEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

     

  • MrX92
    MrX92
    Old Man
    Comments: 4

    Blonde haired idiot with dead blue eyes?

    Is Hercules the ancestor of Alice?

     

     

  • CyborgPrince
    CyborgPrince
    I'm THE BEST!
    Comments: 106

    Yeah, if you read into the ancient Greek gods and heroes, they were all kind of terrible people. Though it did make for interesting tragedy plays, especially the ones by Euripides.

    At least in the Disney version, they realized that a character like Hercules requires a point in the story arc where he is humbled so that he is able to build himself back up to the top. In this one though, nope, nothing really bad ever happens to him. He is on top and stays there, which of course makes for a less interesting character.

    Though at least this one is closer to the source material…sort of. They didn’t make Hades the villain in this one, though Hera still isn’t as vindictive in this as she is in the original myth.