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Real Name
Hercules Panhellenios
First Appearance
Journey into Mystery Annual #1 (1965)
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Team Affliations
Avengers, Champions, Damage Control, Defenders, God Squad, Olympians
The Prince of Power; The Lion of Olympus
Base of Operations
New York City, Mt. Olympus (formerly)
As a demigod, Hercules is immortal and possesses superhuman physical traits, including enormous strength
Skills and Abilities
Master of Hand-to-Hand Combat and Weaponry

Herculesis a superhero in the Marvel Universe and is based on the mythical figure of the same name.


When the demi-god Hercules died as a mortal, he became a full god. When Hercules was later tricked into returning to Earth without permission, he was punished by Zeus to exile on Earth, where Hercules decided to become a hero once more.


The Birth of Hercules[]

Hercules (Herakles) was born in Thebes to the mortal woman Alcmena and the god Zeus, who has impregnated Alcmena while disguised as her husband Amphitryon.  As Hercules grew older, he began exhibiting godly traits such as superhuman strength and endurance.  When Zeus' wife Hera learned this, Alcmena named her son Herakles ("Glory of Hera") with the intent of trying to win Hera's favour.

Eventually, Alcmena abandoned the child outside of Thebes, where he was found by Athena and Hera.  Upon finding him, Hera attempted to breast feed him.  However, the child's godly strength overwhelmed her when he bit her and in response she throw him to the ground.  Hercules was returned to Athens, where he was adopted by Amphitryon and Alcmena.  Later, Hera tried to have two snakes kill the infant Hercules but the child killed the snakes with his bare hands.

Teenage Years[]

As Hercules grew up, Amphitryon trained the boy in all forms of combat he could.  Hercules also learned that he needed to control his strength after murdering a music teacher who criticized him with a single blow.  Hercules also became a wandering adventurer and in 1291 B.C., Hercules stopped a gang of Minyan soldiers from sacking a nearby city.  This act lead to a war between Thebes and Minya and Hercules was arrested for it.  His parents visited him in prison and revealed his true parentage and gave him the garb bestowed upon him by Zeus.  Hercules met with the leader of the Minyans and they attempted to execute him, only to find their executioner's axe shattered on his neck upon the attempt. This ended the war between the two cities but Amphitryon died before the war could end. Hercules was commended for ending the war and was given the hand of Princess Megara as tribute.


Appears in Super Hero Squad Show and Avengers Assemble.