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Muses, Hercules
The Muses
Background information
Feature films Hercules
Television programs Hercules (animated series)
House of Mouse
Phineas and Ferb (cameo)
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Michael Show
T. Daniel Hofstedt
Voice Lillias White (Calliope)
LaChanze (Terpsichore)
Roz Ryan (Thalia)
Cheryl Freeman (Melpomene)
Vanéese Y. Thomas (Clio)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Joyful, Romantic
Appearance
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes
Alignment
Alignment The Olympian Gods
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To inspire art and music in everyone and sing tales of ancient times
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies Olympus Gods, Bob, Hercules (character), Megara, Pegasus, Philoctetes
Minions
Enemies Hades, Titans
Likes Singing, Hercules
Dislikes Negative thoughts
Powers and abilities Omnipresent, Masters of every known style of art
Weapons
Fate
Quote "We are the Muses! Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes!"

"that's the gospel truth"

The Muses are characters from Hercules. They sing most of the major songs in the film.

Background

The Muses are presented in Hercules as the five lovely goddesses whose domain lies in the arts, and they sing 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. She is voiced by Lillias White.

Clio is the muse of history. She has a small ponytail and carries a scroll. She is voiced by Vaneese Y. Williams.

Thalia is the muse of comedy. She is the shortest of the five, and very round in shape. She is voiced by Roz Ryan.

Terpsichore is the muse of dance. She is the second-shortest of the five, with frizzy hair. She is voiced by LaChanze. 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. She is voiced by Cheryl Freeman.

Honey, we can see right throught you.

(left to right) Thalia, Melpomene, Calliope, Clio, Terpsichore

Role in the Film

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.

Other Appearances

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

In House of Mouse, they appear in the episode "Where's Minnie" to sing of 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.

Powers and Abilities

As goddesses, the muses possess the natural powers and abilities of Olympian gods such as immortality, omnipresence, vast strength, 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.)

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Trivia

  • There are in fact nine major Greek Muses. The ones that 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.


Hercules
Hercules
Media: Hercules | Hercules: Zero to Hero | Hercules (official soundtrack) | Video game | TV series (Aladdin crossover) | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Kingdom Hearts coded

Characters: Hercules | Hades | Pegasus | Philoctetes | Megara | Pain and Panic | Fates | Muses | Zeus | Hera | Hermes | Hephaestus | Athena | Ares | Poseidon | Aphrodite | Demeter | Artemis | Apollo | Dionysus | Titans | Cyclops | Cerberus | Hydra | Nessus | Nymphs | Amphytryon and Alcmene | 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 | Minor characters | Minor Gods | Minor villains | Antaeus | Prometheus | Daedalus | Morpheus | Kronos | Atlas | Gaia | Persephone | Amphitrite

Objects: Skull Pacifier| Armageddon Bow | Trident | Mortal Potion

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

Songs: The Gospel Truth I | The Gospel Truth II | The Gospel Truth III | Go the Distance | Go the Distance (Reprise) | One Last Hope | Zero to Hero | I Won't Say (I'm in Love) | A Star Is Born | 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 | Love Is In The Air | Since the Light Went Away | Ain't Life a Beach | Can-Do King | Kronos Stone| What's a Mother To Do? | Screamin' Grecian Teenage Blues | Lethe Water on the Brain! | One Good Man

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: From Hercules

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