Top 27 Hercules Movie Details

While searching the internet for Hercules movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

When Hercules first walks into Phil's cabin he hits his head on the mast of the Argo. In the original myth, Jason, the captain of the Argo, was killed when the mast hit his head.

The Fates tell Hades "In 18 years precisely the planets will align ever so nicely", but only show 6 planets. The Greeks were only aware of 5 planets (plus Earth) which they could see with the naked eye.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Hercules details are suitable for kids.

  1. During the the Hydra fight there is a lighting strike as the Hydras rear up for the kill, Hercules then looks up to see another strike and has the idea to collapse the cliff, potentially his dad Zeus giving him a hint?

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • At the part where Hercules is accosted in Thebes by a crazy man screaming "The end is coming!", the graffiti on the wall behind him reads "The end coming", "The end is near" and "FIN".

  • 1 - The titular character throws his Scar coat on the floor as a throw rug, in reference to what Zazu says to Mufasa in Lion King (1994).
    The titular character throws his Scar coat on the floor as a throw rug, in reference to what Zazu says to Mufasa in Lion King (1994).
  • There is a reference to the Ancient Greek play, Oedipus Rex; during his date with Meg, Hercules talks about the play they saw together, that "Oedipus thing". Oedipus was the tragic hero who killed his own father and married his mother.

  • 1 - The two kids/demons trapped behind the rock ask someone to call "IX I I", Roman numerals for 911
    The two kids/demons trapped behind the rock ask someone to call "IX I I", Roman numerals for 911
  • 1 - The song "One Last Hope" features a scene which is a tribute to Karate Kid (1984)
    The song "One Last Hope" features a scene which is a tribute to Karate Kid (1984)
  • Meg calls Hercules "Wonderboy." Wonderboy is the name of the main character's baseball bat from The Natural (1984). Both movies follow a promising young athlete who gets betrayed by a beautiful, mysterious woman, nearly ruining his career.

Hidden Details

One guy just goes "nope" and starts walking backwards

1 - The scissors that the fortune tellers use to cut Meg's thread of life already had cracks on the blades. These cracks are because the scissors can't cut through the thread of Gods, referencing when Hades failed to kill Zeus before the birth of Hercules.
The scissors that the fortune tellers use to cut Meg's thread of life already had cracks on the blades. These cracks are because the scissors can't cut through the thread of Gods, referencing when Hades failed to kill Zeus before the birth of Hercules.
1 - The medallion he receives as a baby is fitted into his belt.
The medallion he receives as a baby is fitted into his belt.

In the garden scene you can see Meg walking into the scene with a wrap around her shoulders but when Pain and Panic talk to her, the wrap is gone only to be brought back in the next cut when she falls

1 - Zeus' statue is smiling after meeting Hercules
Zeus' statue is smiling after meeting Hercules

Hades makes a deal with Hercules by shaking with this left hand. Left handedness has long been associated with being evil and shaking with your left hand is seen as rude.

1 - Two boys get trapped under a massive rock and one shouts out "somebody call IXII," which are the roman numerals for 911.
Two boys get trapped under a massive rock and one shouts out "somebody call IXII," which are the roman numerals for 911.
1 - When he goes to the gorge to rescue those children (Panic and Fear) they scream to call 911 in Roman numbers.
When he goes to the gorge to rescue those children (Panic and Fear) they scream to call 911 in Roman numbers.
1 - Herc's head piece is Scar from Lion King
Herc's head piece is Scar from Lion King

Phil mocks Herc for claiming to be the "only kid of Zeus", as the movie suggests. In the myths, Zeus was known as a womanizer and had many children by many mothers.

Pain and Panic depower Hercules, and Pain jokes that it's "a little grecian formula"; from this point on, Hercules is no longer blonde, but instead ginger - [01:08]

Megara refers to Pegasus as a pinto, referencing the Ford Pinto, an experimental flying car!

1 - Hercules wears the skin of Scar (from The Lion King) while getting his image painted on a pot.
Hercules wears the skin of Scar (from The Lion King) while getting his image painted on a pot.
1 - You can see Hercules wearing Scar from the Lion King. My partner just pointed it out as we were watching the movie with our daughter.
You can see Hercules wearing Scar from the Lion King. My partner just pointed it out as we were watching the movie with our daughter.
1 - Megara's soul has no feet. That's because feet have their own soles.
Megara's soul has no feet. That's because feet have their own soles.

Hercules removes his headband and rides like a modern day bull rider.

Hades is warned that if Herc fights during the battle at the end of the movie Hades will lose. Hades purposefully sends Herc into battle against the Cyclopes. If he hadn't, Hercules wouldn't have been able to fight because of the deal they made which sapped Hercs strength

Hercules poster
Hercules poster

Hercules Plot: The son of Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Hercules, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Hercules and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Director Ron Clements
Main Actors Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito
IMDB score 7.3