54 Disney 'Hercules' Quotes from the Timeless and Popular Film Adaptation
"Hercules" is a 1997 Disney cartoon adaptation with young and old fans due to the shared wisdom and jokes. In the following article, we look at over 50 quotes from the beloved movie that are touching, thought-provoking, and hilarious.
The "Hercules" cartoon is based on the main character, Hercules, a half-human, half-god Greek hero and the son of the god Zeus. However, instead of telling the absolute and gruesome story about the young man's origins, Disney watered the movie down for younger audiences.
Besides Hercules and his father, the film starred other characters like Hades, Megara "Meg," Phil, Hermes, Panic, Pain, Thalia, and more. What makes it appealing to the older generation is how it uses adult humor without making it so obvious.
While it produces lots of laughs with the hijinks the characters get into; some parts leave one deeply contemplating the wisdom shared. Below we look at 54 Disney "Hercules" quotes that have stood the test of time.
Hercules from the movie "Hercules" with his quote: “I would go almost anywhere to feel like I belong.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
Quotes by Disney's 1997 "Hercules"
"How am I supposed to prove myself a hero if nobody will give me a chance?" — Hercules
"I will face the world, fearless, proud, and strong… I can go the distance." — Hercules
"Wow, what a day. First, that restaurant by the bay. And then that… that play… that, that, that Oedipus thing. Man, I thought I had problems." — Hercules
"I would go almost anywhere to feel like I belong." — Hercules
"I won't let you down, father!" — Hercules
Hercules from the movie "Hercules" with his quote: “I didn’t know that playing hooky could be so much fun.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"But, father, I've defeated every single monster I've come up against. I-I'm… I'm the most famous person in all of Greece. I'm… I-I'm an action figure!" — Hercules
"Hey, you need an extra guy?" — Hercules
"But if you found me, then where did I come from? Why was I left here?" — Hercules
"I didn't know that playing hooky could be so much fun." — Hercules
Quotes by Megara "Meg"
"If there's a prize for rotten judgment/ I guess I've already won that/ No man is worth the aggravation/That's ancient history, been there, done that!" — Meg
A character from "Hercules" with Meg’s quote: “Well, you know how men are. They think no means yes and get lost means take me I’m yours.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"People do crazy things… when they're in love." — Meg
"Well, you know how men are. They think no means yes and get lost means take me I'm yours." — Meg
"Megara. My friends call me Meg; at least, they would if I had any friends. So- did they give *you* a name along with all those rippling pectorals?" — Meg
"Hercules: Aren't you… a damsel in distress?
Meg: I'm a damsel; I'm in distress; I can handle this. Have a nice day." — "Hercules"
"I'm a big tough girl. I tie my own sandals and everything." — Meg
Characters from the "Hercules" movie with Meg’s quote: “I know what I did was wrong, but this isn’t about me, it’s about him. If you don’t help him now, Phil, he’ll die.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"Hades: Meg, my little flower, my little bird, my little nut Meg. What exactly happened here? I thought you were gonna persuade the River Guardian to join my team for the uprising, and now here I am, kind of River Guardian-less.
Meg: I gave it my best shot, but me made me an offer I had to refuse." — Hercules
"Hercules: You know, wh-when I was a kid, I-I would have given anything to be exactly like everybody else.
Meg: You wanted to be petty and dishonest?
Hercules: Everybody's not like that.
Meg: Yes, they are.
Hercules: You're not like that. Meg:
How do you know what I'm like?" — "Hercules"
"I know what I did was wrong, but this isn't about me; it's about him. If you don't help him now, Phil, he'll die." — Meg
"Hercules: Meg, when I'm with you, I-I don't feel so alone.
Meg: Sometimes it's better to be alone. Hercules: What do you mean? Meg: Nobody can hurt you." — "Hercules"
Quotes from Hades, Phil, and Other Interesting "Hercules" Characters
"I've got 24 hours to get rid of this… bozo or the entire scheme I've been setting up for 18 years goes up in smoke, and YOU ARE WEARING HIS MERCHANDISE?" — Hades
Hades from the "Hercules" movie with his quote: “We were so close! So close, we tripped at the finish line.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"We were so close! So close, we tripped at the finish line." — Hades
"I can't believe this guy! I throw everything I've got at him, and it doesn't even…" — Hades
"I'm sorry. You mind runnin' that by me again? I must have had a chunk of brimstone wedged in my ear or something…" — Hades
"We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy. What do you say? Come on." — Hades
"Name's Hades, Lord of the Dead. Hi, how ya doin’?” — Hades
Hades from the "Hercules" movie with his quote: “Well, well! It’s a small underworld after all!” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"Zeus: So, Hades, you finally made it. How are things in the underworld?
Hades: Well, they're just fine. You know, a little dark, a little gloomy. And, as always, hey, full of dead people. What are you gonna do?" — "Hercules"
"He's gotta have a weakness because everybody's got a weakness. I mean, for Pandora, it was the box thing. And for the Trojans, hey, they bet on the wrong horse, okay? All we have to do is find out Wonder Boy's weakness." — Hades
"Hades: Ladies! Hah. I am so sorry that I'm…
Fate 1: We knew you would be.
Fate 2: We know everything.
Fate 1: Past.
Fate 2: Present.
Fate 3: And future [aside, to Panic] Indoor plumbing. It's gonna be big." — "Hercules"
"I got a feeling you're gonna leap at my new offer. You give me the key to bringing down Wonder Breath, and I give you the thing that you crave most in the entire cosmos: your freedom." — Hades
"Well, well! It's a small underworld after all!" — Hades
Hades from the "Hercules" movie with his quote: “Whoa. Is my hair out?” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"Hades: Brothers! Titans! Look at you in your squalid prison! Who put you down there?
Hades: And now that I set you free, what is the first thing you are going to do?
Titans: Destroy him!" — "Hercules"
"Whoa. Is my hair out?" — Hades
"You might feel just a little queasy. It's kinda natural. Maybe you should… sit down! Now you know how it feels to be like everyone else. Isn't it just peachy?" — Hades
"You sold your soul to me to save your boyfriend's life. And how does this creep thank you? By running off with some babe. He hurt you real bad, didn't he, Meg?" — Hades
"Uh, Guys? Olympus would be that way." — Hades
Zeus and Hercules from the movie "Hercules" with Zeus' quote: “For a true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"Hades: Pain. Panic. Got a little riddle for you. How do you kill a god?
Pain: I do not… know.
Panic: You can't… they're immortal?"
Hades: Bingo, they're immortal. So the first thing we gotta do is make the little sunspot… mortal." — "Hercules"
"Hercules: You like making deals. Take me in Meg's place.
Hades: The son of my hated rival trapped forever in a river of death." — "Hercules"
"Zeus: Fine work, my boy! You've done it! You're a true hero.
Hera: You were willing to give your life to rescue this young woman." — "Hercules"
"For a true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — Zeus
"A guy can only take so much disappointment." — Phil
A character from the "Hercules" movie with Phil's quote: "This is the honest to Zeus truth — You got something I've never seen before." | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"Yeah, I had a dream once. I dreamt I would train the greatest hero there ever was. So great, the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars for everyone to see. And everyone would say, 'That's Phil's boy.' That's right…" — Phil
"This is the honest to Zeus truth — You got something I've never seen before." — Phil
"No kid, giving up is for rookies. I came back because I'm not quitting on you. I'm willing to go the distance. How about you?" — Phil
"There was Achilles. Now there was a guy who had it all: the build, the foot speed. He could jab! He could take a hit! He could keep on comin'! But that forslugginer heel of his! He barely gets nicked there once, and kaboom! He's history." — Phil
"Dreams are for rookies." — Phil
A character from the "Hercules" movie with Hermes’s quote: “Fabulous party. You know, I haven’t seen this much love in a room since Narcissus discovered himself.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"I trained all those would-be heroes. Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus. Alotayusses! And every one of those bums let me down flatter than a discus. None of them could go the distance..." — Phil
"Meg: Is Wonder Boy here for real?
Phil: What are you talkin' about? Of course, he's real." — "Hercules"
"Whoa! And by the way, sweet cheeks… I'm real, too." — "Hercules"
"Fabulous party. You know, I haven't seen this much love in a room since Narcissus discovered himself." — Hermes
"Remember like a few years ago — every other boy was named Jason, & the girls were all named Britney?" — Pain
Hercules with his quote from "Hercules" movie: “Whoa! And by the way, sweet cheeks… I’m real, too." | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
"Somebody call IX-I-I." — Panic, Pain
"They slapped his face on every vase." — Thalia
"Our story actually begins long before Hercules was born, many eons ago." — Calliope
"Calliope: We are the Muses, goddesses of the arts, and proclaimers of heroes.
Terpsichore: Heroes like Hercules.
Thalia: Honey, you mean "Hunk-ules!" Ooh, I'd like to make some sweet music with him." — "Hercules"
Panic and Pain from the "Hercules" movie with their quote: “Somebody call IX-I-I.” | Source: Facebook.com/DisneyHercules
For those in the dark, Phil was Hercules' mentor who worked on training him because he saw something special in the young man. Zeus's son wasn't only strong but also good-looking, leading many girls to throw themselves at him, including Thalia.
The "Hercules" movies often touched on things relevant to today's culture, like having groupies, father issues, and more. While laughing and enjoying the antics the cartoon characters got into, one also saw the challenges different characters faced, like the relationship between the brothers Zeus and Hades.
Hades had a bad reputation as the god of the dead, while Zeus was the good guy but was the same person who had affairs in mythology, hence Hercules. Either way, the 1997 film, and all adaptations since have been interesting.
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