In mythology Hercules, also known as Herakles, is an illegitimate son of Zeus, by a mortal woman named Alcmene. Hera, extremely jealous of her husband's extramarital activities, attempts to murder the child by sending two snakes to kill him, however, as a half-god, Hercules is blessed with superhuman strength and is able to defend himself. Upon reaching adulthood, he joins the Argonauts and embarks on many different adventures throughout the many myths, ultimately he becomes an Olympian God (the one of strength) and a constellation. He has a fit of madness and kills his wife, Megara and his three children, and for penance he must complete a series of trials.
As part of his trials he completed his famous 12 labours:
- Slay the Nemean Lion and bring back its hide, the lion's hide was unbreakable and could not be pierced by any weapon.
- Slay the 9-headed Lernaean Hydra.
- Capture the Golden Stag of Artemis.
- Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
- Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
- Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
- Capture the Cretan Bull.
- Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
- Obtain the Girdle of the Amazon warrior queen Hippolyte.
- Obtain the Cattle of the Monster Geryon.
- Steal the Apples of the Hesperides, which were strictly guarded by a 100-headed dragon called Ladon.
- Capture Cerberus, the guardian dog of Hades, using no weapons and bring him back.
Kingdom Hearts Series
In the Kingdom Hearts series, Hercules is based on the way he was portrayed in the Disney movie, rather than directly from his mythic counterpart. He battles the Hydra and Cerberus and befriends and is betrayed by Megara. Hades seeks to murder Hercules to allow him to ascend to Olympus as the supreme ruler. Hercules helps the player fight against Hades and also fights Final Fantasy character Auron as well, but later on befriends him.
God of War Series
Hercules is one of the bosses in God of War 3 after Kratos climbs mt.Olympus and slaughters Poseidon and Helios. Hercules is jealous because he thinks Kratos is and always has been Zeus' favorite son. After Kratos is killed, Hercules hopes to claim the title and throne as god of war for himself. Unfortunately, kratos takes hold of Hercules's gauntlets and bashes his skull in with his own weapon.
Wonder Woman was blessed with strength greater then Hercules himself, by Demeter Goddess of the Earth. Demeter gave Wonder Woman a link to Gaea, Wonder Woman boasts power and strength tied to the enduring strength and endurance of the whole planet.
Wonder Girl, the daughter of the Olympian God Zeus, half god and half mortal. Wonder Girl is Hercules half sister.
Hercules at one time became Wonder Man.