* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Heracles (Hercules)

Heracles (Hercules)

 Table of Contents

Heracles (Hercules)

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

NameHeracles
NicknameHercules, Herculator, Herc, Hairy Heracles, Herakles
SexMale
BirthdayOn the day that Hera tried keep me from being born. I’m glad she did. It made me tough.
Current cityMount Olympus

Work & Education

OccupationSlaying monsters, being a legendary hero and all that. Now I'm a god, which is also awesome.
EducationI had a music tutor named Linus. He tried to correct me, so I killed him. That's about it.

Beliefs

Political viewsZeus!

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsZeus (dad), Alcmene (my mortal mom)
SiblingsIphicles, 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.
ChildrenWith Megara: Therimachus, Creontiades, Ophitus, Deicoon
With Omphale: Agelaus, Tyrsenus
With Deianira: Hyllus, Ctesippus, Glenus, Oneites, Macaria
FriendsHippolyta and Iolaus, I guess. I'm kind of a loner.
EnemiesHera. Just Hera.

Relationships

Relationship statusFormerly 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 inYou name it.

Favorites

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
BooksHatchet
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
MusicAnother 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
MoviesThor
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
TV ShowsHercules: The Legendary Journeys
Xena: Warrior Princess
The View
Friday Night Lights

Activities & Interests

LikesMy club
My lion skin cape
Mount Olympus
Chocolate ambrosia protein shakes
DislikesHydras
ActivitiesSlaying monsters
Weight lifting
Words With Friends
InterestsBody building
Zoology (with an emphasis on monsters)
GroupsGreek Heroes
Hot Bodies of Olympus
Sons of Zeus
Mr. Olympia

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement