Corrected entry: When the gods are celebrating Hercules' return, Hermes throws out flowers, but only red ones. Yet Phil catches a yellow one.

Correction: If you look carefully at the flowers, you'll see that they're not all red; there's a yellow one in there as well.

Corrected entry: Hades places the eyeball in the Fates' left hand, but a second later she releases it from her right hand.

Correction: It is true that Hades puts the eye in her left hand, but then she puts her hands together. When she does this, she transfers the eye from one hand to the other.

Corrected entry: When Hercules is at Phil's house he hits his head on a mast and Phil says "Careful, that is part of the Argo" and Herc says "the Argo?" This is not possible because the Argo is a ship Hercules travels on when he is an adult, he also dies on this ship and is burned/buried on the boat. So Hercules can not be a teenager when he sees the mast of the Argo because the boat was not even created yet.

Correction: Hercules is a myth, and subject to artistic license. which is what Disney used in this case.


Corrected entry: When Hermes is talking to Zeus and Hera at the beginning, he talks about Narcissus and Orpheus, who were both mortals and died in Greek mythology. (00:03:35)

Correction: Deviations from the source material don't constitute a mistake, as long as they remain internally consistent within the movie's world. "Hercules," for example, is from Roman mythology, not Greek mythology. This is trivia, but not a mistake. It would only be a mistake if at some point in the film they establish his name as "Herecles."

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When they first get to Phil's house, the door opens inwards. When they leave his house, it opens outwards.

Correction: Its called a swinging door. It opens both ways.


Corrected entry: When Hades sends Pain and Panic to kill Hercules, they both fail and decide to keep it a secret from Hades. If Hades is Lord of the Dead, wouldn't he know if Hercules was killed or not?


Correction: Hades only rules the underworld. It is the Fates that decide the length of a mortal's life (seen when they cut the woman's thread near the beginning and when they try to cut Hercules'). In Greek mythology, after the fates cut the thread, Hermes guided the soul to the river Styx where Charron would ferry them across the river to be judged. Babies automatically went to Elysium (their version of heaven) as there was no reason to judge them. Therefore, it is understandable that Hades would not automatically know that a person had/had not passed away.

Shannon Jackson

Corrected entry: Hercules has a black eye and is covered in bruises after the Cyclops beats him up. Yet by the time he lifts the pillar off Meg, all of these wounds have disappeared.

Correction: He's had his strength restored and the quick healing is another benefit.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: Hercules is fighting the hydra, which had one head to begin with, but gains three more every time Hercules chops off one of them. Hercules chops off one of its heads six times, meaning the hydra should end up with just thirteen heads in the end, but when Hercules sees it with all of its heads, it has more than that.

Correction: Twice we see four heads appear and one time we see *five* necks rise. Given Hades' penchant for cheating and given that the Hydra's a creature of magic, its mutations don't have to be consistent.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the Titans are marching off to Mt. Olympus, you can tell the tornado one is the last one in line. Moments later, the cyclops appears behind him.

Correction: Yes, you see the tornado last, but you also can't see anything past the tornado, and the Cyclops isn't anywhere in the shot. So the Cyclops was simply off-camera.

JC Fernandez

There is a very wide shot and looking behind the tornado, the Cyclops can not be seen, and the bottom of it is very thin; it's not until there's a close-up shot of all the Titans that you can't see behind it anymore.

Corrected entry: That river of souls thing was made up entirely for this movie. There were five rivers in Hades but the dead were either in Tartarus or the Elysian Fields or the Asphodel Fields depending on if they were good or bad or if they had been judged yet. (There is one more area, the Isles of the Blessed, where the really good guys go who have been reincarnated three times...and of course the Plain of Judgement where they were judged).

Correction: Perhaps this is trivia, but it's not a mistake. The movie is not supposed to be a filmed version of the exact myths, it's supposed to be based on myths but mostly new material.

Corrected entry: When Hephaestus is shown making lightning bolts for Zeus, he is standing straight and tall. According to Greek mythology, though, Hephaestus was a cripple.

Correction: By site policy, differences between a film and its source material are generally not considered valid mistakes.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In Disney's Hercules 1997 movie the facts are wrong. It portrays Hera as loving Hercules. One problem with that. Hera never gave birth to Hercules. Alcemene did. Hera disliked Hercules intensely and caused him to have to do the 12 labors. I understand it was a kid's movie, but they could have gotten it factual partially.

Correction: It is a myth. Heracles (Greek name) never existed. They can change up the myth to meet their storylines and as you stated it is a kid's movie not a documentary. Even Gladiator was not held up to such standards and it involved real people.


Corrected entry: When one of the Fates throws her eyeball to her right, Hades catches it and throws it to his right where it is caught by Pain and Panic. In turn, they throw it to their right and it is caught by the Fates, but in the first shot, the Fates, Hades and Pain and Panic were standing in a line.

Correction: This mistake is completely messed up. First of all, what happens is that the Fates' eyeball falls out, Pain and Panic catch it, and Hades catches it again once they kick it. Second, the "first shot" takes place about 30 seconds before the incident with the eyeball, meaning that the characters had plenty of time to move around between shots.

Corrected entry: When the painter is scribbling out the painting on the pot, in slow motion, he has three arms.

Correction: It's a classic animation trick to make his actions appear faster and angrier. This is animation artistic license.

Corrected entry: When the Titans are shown in their prison, they all have two eyes. But when they are released by Hades, one of the Titans is a cyclops.

Correction: If you look closely enough, just as Hades says "look at you" a little yellow spot comes up in the bottom left hand corner - the cyclops' eye.

Corrected entry: Hera isn't actually Hercules's mother; his mother is a mortal woman. She hated him, and on many occasions tried to kill him.

Correction: And you think they'd just add that fact into a kids movie? A mother-hating-child relationship isn't exactly something you'd want your children talking about, you know. Plus, the movie does not claim to be historically accurate.

Corrected entry: In the beginning, Hades says Zeus bestowed the job of ruling the underworld upon him. This is incorrect. Zeus, Hades, and their brother drew lots to see who would rule what. (Zeus got the sky, their brother, Poseidon, got sea and Hades got stuck with the underworld. The earth was left for the goddesses.).

Correction: The film is only based on Greek mythology, there is such a thing as creative license. The whole plot is based on Hades wanting to get back at Zeus for being left with the Underworld, it would make little sense if the brothers had drawn straws.

Corrected entry: Notice Hades normally has blue hair, but when he gets angry he gets the yellow and red flames? The problem is, a blue flame is hotter than a red or yellow flame, so therefore, he cools off when he gets angry.

Correction: The colors are not about indicating heat, they are about indicating temperament. Blue is known to represent coolness and red to represent "hot" emotions such as anger.

Corrected entry: We see Hermes napping when the Titans march...no way that would ever happen. He was kept busy with escorting the dead the underworld or running errands for the gods.

Correction: Although he did take a nap every once in a while. The myths state that he did lots of other things than those appointed tasks.

Corrected entry: Why didn't the Lord of the Underworld know that Hercules wasn't dead?

Correction: You are giving the "Lord of the Underworld" too much credit. He isn't omniscient (or omnipotent for that matter...) and only knows if someone is dead after they arive at his gates.

Continuity mistake: When he sees Meg in the river of death, he reaches down and touches it. Then, when he jumps in, he makes a dive of at least 50 feet. (01:11:25)

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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.

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Trivia: As already noted, Hercules wears a lionskin which is made out of Scar. In the myths of Hercules one of his great tasks was to kill a vicious lions and he kept the skin ever since. But it's more than just a joke or a cameo that he wears Scar, for both Scar and Hercules were animated by the same man (Andreas Deja).

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