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The Muses are supporting characters in Hercules. They sing a majority of the songs involved in the film.

Background

The Muses are presented in Hercules as the five lovely goddesses whose domain lies in the arts, and they sing of the tales of ancient Greece in a gospel choir style. They claim to be Hercules' biggest fans, narrating the movie and singing in four of the six songs.

  • Calliope is the muse of epic poetry. She leads the muses and is the tallest of the five with high hair.
  • Clio is the muse of history. She has a small ponytail and carries a scroll.
  • Thalia is the muse of comedy. She is the shortest of the five, and very fat.
  • Terpsichore is the muse of dance. She is the second-shortest of the five, with frizzy hair. She is the only muse that has ever come in contact with Hercules teaching him how to dance in "Hercules and the Muse of Dance".
  • Melpomene is the muse of tragedy. She has long, curly hair to her waist.

Powers and Abilities

As goddesses, the muses possess the natural powers and abilities of Olympian deities such as immortality, omnipresence, high-level of durability, vast stamina and speed and strength with excellent reflexes and balancing and insight and responses, acrobatic skills beyond of normal humans, and the potential to do Magic, such as the ability to shape-shift, teleport, and to manifest as objects. As the goddesses of the Arts, they possess the natural ability to charm and entrance those who hear their hypnotically beautiful and soft melodious vocalizing melodies and songs.

As their domain lies in the arts, they exist virtually anywhere they are presented or portrayed as a work of art (as paintings, statues, etc.) This is most evident when they use this power to communicate with Megara.

Appearances

Hercules

They first appear when they find the original narrator's way of telling the story of Hercules as being too depressing. They sing all three parts of "The Gospel Truth", telling the tale of how Zeus defeated the Titans, Hades' plot to take over Mount Olympus, and of Hercules being unable to return to Olympus.

They then sing "Zero to Hero", narrating Hercules' victories over many monsters and his rise to fame.

Soon after, they manifest in statues, busts and engravings to sing backup with Megara to the song "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", during which Megara initially denies but finally accepts her love for Hercules.

Finally they appear in the finale, singing the song "A Star Is Born", in which Hercules is declared a true hero, and everybody gets their happy ending.

Hercules: The Animated Series

The Muses often appear in Hercules: The Animated Series. They sing a shorter, altered version of "Zero to Hero" and have many speaking roles.

Cameos

In House of Mouse, they appear in the episode "Where's Minnie" to rap about Mickey, Donald and Goofy's search for Minnie in the labyrinthian prop basement of the House.

They appear briefly in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Greece Lightning", in the museum.

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Trivia

  • There are in fact nine major Greek Muses. The ones who weren't used are:
    • Erato - the muse of love poetry.
    • Polyhymnia - the muse of sacred poetry.
    • Euterpe - the muse of music and sound.
    • Urania - the muse of astronomy.
  • During the musical number "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" the Muses attempt to convince Megara that she's fallen in love and it is a good thing. However, the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, would be more likely to try to convince her than the Goddesses of Art. Though the Arts have long been used as expressions of Love; and a statue of Aphrodite appeared briefly.
  • At one point during "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", the Muses appear as the Phantom Five, the singing busts from the Haunted Mansion.
  • In most myths the Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. This would make them half-sisters of Hercules.
  • The Spice Girls were originally considered for the roles of the Muses due to their massive popularity and worldwide success at the time.


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Media

Films: Hercules | Hercules: Zero to Hero
Television: TV series (Episode list) (Aladdin crossover) | House of Mouse
Video games: Video game | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | Kingdom Hearts III
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks

Animazment - The Musical | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Animation Building | Fantasmic! | Hercules: The Muse-ical | Hercules Victory Parade | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | Villains Tonight!

Characters

Original: Hercules | Hades | Pegasus | Philoctetes | Megara | Pain and Panic | Fates | Muses | Zeus | Hera | Hermes | Hestia | Hephaestus | Athena | Ares | Poseidon | Aphrodite | Olympian Gods | Artemis | Apollo | Dionysus | Titans | Cyclops | Cerberus | Hydra | Minotaur | Stheno | Griffin | Nemean Lion | Nessus | Furies | Nymphs | Amphytryon and Alcmene
TV Series: Icarus | Cassandra | Adonis | Helen of Troy | Tempest | Circe | Triton | Galatea | Pandora | Medusa | Echidna | Typhon | Echidna's Children | Hecate | Nemesis | Mr. Parentheses | Homer | Fear and Terror | Ibid | Antaeus | Prometheus | Daedelus | Morpheus | Kronos | Atlas | Gaia | Amphitrite | Thebans | Achilles | Theseus | Orion | Briares | Nestor & Meleager | Melampus | Lavina | Ajax | Andromeda | Anazarete | Syrinx | Electra | Mr. Griff | King Minos | Tivius | Orthos | Queen Hippolyte

Songs

Original: The Gospel Truth I | II | III | Go the Distance (Reprise) | One Last Hope | Zero to Hero | I Won't Say (I'm in Love) | A Star is Born
TV series songs: Send My Boy to School | My Town | Promethean Ditty | The Agora | The Bacchanal | The Man That I Love | Pucker Up or Let Him Snooze | That's How the Story Goes | Aphrodesia Dance | Loe Is In The Air | Sine the Light Went Away | Ain't Life a Beach | Can-Do King | Kronos Stone | What's a Mother to Do? | Sreamin' Grecian Teenage Blues | Lethe Water on the Brain! | One Good Man

Locations

Ancient Greece | Mount Olympus | Underworld | Phil's Island | Thebes | Prometheus Academy | Atlantis City

Objects

Skull Pacifier | Armageddon Bow | Lightning Bolts | Mortal Potion | Trident

Other

Disney Sing Along Songs: From Hercules

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