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We are the Muses! Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes!
―Calliope

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 (voiced by Lillias White) is the muse of epic poetry. She leads the muses and is the tallest of the five with high hair.
  • Clio (voiced by Vanéese Y. Thomas) is the muse of history. She has a small ponytail and carries a scroll.
  • Thalia (voiced by Roz Ryan) is the muse of comedy. She is the shortest of the five, very fat, plays a trumpet, and is often causes mischief.
  • Terpsichore (voiced by LaChanze) 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 (voiced by Cheryl Freeman) is the muse of tragedy. She has long, curly hair to her waist and carries a mask with a frowning face

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", on a vase 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: HerculesHercules: Zero to HeroVideo

Television: TV series (Episode list) (Aladdin crossover) • House of Mouse
Video games: Video gameKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts coded Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χKingdom Hearts III
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesHercules: The Muse-icalVillains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars ParadeHercules Victory ParadeThe Hercules Electrical ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Wishes
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Villains WorldVillains Night Out!

Characters
Original: HerculesHadesPegasusPhiloctetesMegaraPain and PanicFatesMusesZeusHeraHermesHestiaHephaestusAthenaAresPoseidonAphroditeOlympian GodsArtemisApolloThebansDionysusTitansCerberusHydraMinotaurSthenoGriffinNemean LionNessusFuriesNymphsAmphytryon and Alcmene

TV Series: IcarusCassandraAdonisHelen of TroyTempestCirceTritonGalateaPandoraMedusaEchidnaTyphonEchidna's ChildrenHecateNemesisMr. ParenthesesHomerFear and TerrorIbidAntaeusPrometheusDaedelusMorpheusKronosGaiaAmphitriteAchillesTheseusOrionNestor & MeleagerMelampusLavinaAjaxAndromedaAnazareteSyrinxElectraMr. GriffKing MinosTiviusOrthosQueen Hippolyte

Songs
Original: The Gospel Truth IIIIIIGo the DistanceOne Last HopeZero to HeroI Won't Say (I'm in Love)A Star is Born

TV series songs: Send My Boy to SchoolMy TownPromethean DittyThe AgoraThe BacchanalThe Man That I LovePucker Up or Let Him SnoozeThat's How the Story GoesAphrodesia DanceLoe Is In The AirSine the Light Went AwayAin't Life a BeachCan-Do KingKronos StoneWhat's a Mother to Do?Sreamin' Grecian Teenage BluesLethe Water on the Brain!One Good Man

Locations
Ancient GreeceMount OlympusUnderworldPhil's IslandThebesPrometheus AcademyAtlantis City
Objects
Skull PacifierArmageddon BowLightning BoltsMortal PotionTrident
Miscellaneous
Disney Sing Along Songs: From Hercules

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