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Yeah, I had a dream once. I dreamed I was gonna train the greatest hero there ever was. So great, the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars... all across the sky... and people would say, "That's Phil's boy." That's right.
―Phil on his dream.

Philoctetes (better known as Phil) is an old Satyr (half-man, half-goat), who appears as the tritagonist in Disney's 1997 animated feature film, Hercules.

Background

Physical Description

Phil is likely based on the satyr Pan, half-man, and half-goat. He has two goat-like horns on his head, a beard, and a round red nose, and he is also bald and short.

Personality

Although he has a big heart, Phil can be annoyed easily. He dislikes and becomes angry at others who ignore him or refuse to grant him respect. When not busy training heroes, he spends his time watching beautiful women and flirting with them, only to usually face rejection. A common mistake made by Square Enix, and popularized by the Kingdom Hearts games, is that Phil will announce how many words will be in his answer, and then answer with a different number of words. The original form of this joke, from the Hercules movie, had Phil intending to decline Hercules' request for training by saying, "My answer is two words; No way." However, a lightning strike by Zeus made him change his answer to "Okay" mid-sentence. The joke being that Phil had changed his answer, not that he miscounted the words. The joke likely did not translate well to Japanese, and confused Square Enix, who depicted Phil in Kingdom Hearts frequently saying "Two words" followed by a phrase containing more or less than two words. He also has a rare condition called Pica, characterized by eating things that are not considered edible. For example, Phil eats a bowl (without fruit) and flowers. This is probably due to him being half goat.

Appearances

Hercules

At the command of his father, Hercules travels to Phil's island with Pegasus to begin his training. He stumbles upon Phil watching Nymphs bathing, angering the Satyr when they flee at his arrival. Hercules introduces himself and his purpose, though Phil refuses to hear his plea, insisting he had retired with the many failures he had trained in the past. Even with a tremendous display of strength and the claim that he is the son of Zeus, Phil refuses to believe him or train him. It isn't until a lightning bolt comically strikes Phil that he settles on taking the young teenager into his hands.

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The result of Phil's years of extensive training.

Years of training pass under Phil's counsel before he declares Hercules ready to begin his work. They begin flying to Thebes, a rough city in Greece, before being sidetracked by the cry of a damsel in distress. After Megara is rescued, Phil flirts with her but is rejected, distrusting her immediately. The trio of Pegasus, Hercules, and Phil then continue their flight to the unfortunate city, where Phil loses his patience with the disrespect shown by the citizens there. It isn't until Hercules defeats Hades' Hydra that Phil receives recognition for his efforts. From there on, Phil keeps Hercules on a strict schedule while enjoying the benefits of wealth and glory.

When Hercules goes off to train and accidentally leaves his mentor behind in a garden, Phil witnesses Meg speaking with Hades, who had Meg seduce Hercules in order to learn of a possible weakness. Phil hurries to the stadium in which Hercules is training and insists that Meg is tricking him. Hercules ignores him the first few times before becoming so overcome with anger that, to his own horror, he slaps and knocks back Phil. At this, a saddened Phil gives up on Hercules and attempts to return home to his island during Hercules' most vulnerable hour. It takes Meg to convince Phil to forgive his student and help as the Titans attacked.

Hercules prevails in the end, and instead of becoming a god as he had often dreamed, he stays on Earth with Phil, Pegasus, and Meg. He is overcome by a sense of unrivaled pride when the stars form a constellation in the shape of Hercules and a man shouts, "That's Phil's boy!", giving him a true sense of fulfillment as a trainer.

Hercules: The Animated Series

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Phil in Hercules: The Animated Series.

Phil was a main character in the series that took place during Hercules training. He and Hercules would regularly go on adventures often stopping legendary beast or training to become the true hero he will eventually be.

Phil served major roles in a few episodes of the series. In "Hercules and the Living Legend", Achilles returns after his infamous injury rendered him unemployed. He reunites with Phil and secretly manipulates the satyr to rejoin his side as his personal trainer, thus abandoning Hercules. Unbeknownst to Hercules and Phil, Achilles was actually working for Hades, who wanted Phil out of Hercules life, knowing the hero was (at the time) nothing without his trainer. In the end, when Hercules and Phil are attacked by one of Hades' hired henchman, Achilles arrives, reformed, and saves the duo, learning his lesson after his deal with Hades became void.

In "Hercules and the Caledonian Boar", Phil takes Hercules on a hunting trip, where his old friends are introduced, as well as his old rival, Chiron, a much larger, hero-training satyr with a far grander track record, having trained some of the most legendary heroes of all time, much to Phil's dismay.

In "Hercules and the Muse of Dance", Phil was shown to be in a relationship with a southern Nymph named Syrinx, despite her aggressive father holding a harsh disliking towards him.

Phil is also a major character in the special crossover episode, "Hercules and the Arabian Night". He is first seen training Hercules when the duo are attacked by the evil sorcerer Jafar, who has team up with Hades in a domination plot. Jafar conjures up a few giant monsters to destroy Hercules, but the hero defeats them, sending Jafar to the Underworld. Later on, Hercules receives word that his friend Icarus has been kidnapped by a boy named Aladdin. Hercules, Phil, and Pegasus travel to Agrabah to save Icarus. There, Hercules and Aladdin battle, as Aladdin thinks Hercules kidnapped his monkey Abu. While Hercules and Aladdin fight against each other, Phil meets Jasmine and attempts to flirt with her until Jasmine reveals she is married. Eventually, the heroes realize that neither of them is the kidnappers. Upon mentioning Jafar's revival, Phil realizes that Jafar had to have teamed up with Hades. Hercules and Aladdin travel to the Underworld where they eliminate Jafar, leaving Hades to simply give up.

House of Mouse

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Phil with Hercules in House of Mouse.

Phil made recurring cameo appearances in this animated series, usually seen sitting alongside Hercules and Megara.

He had a speaking role in the episode "Donald Wants to Fly" when he and Hercules were witnessing Carpet's stunt performance.

In the episode "Salute To Sports", Phil had his own advertisement at the end of the show promoting a training program where he promised to have people go from zero to hero in twelve weeks.

In "Jiminy Cricket", after the titular character's speech, Hercules openly expressed interest in having Jiminy replace Phil as his trainer.

In "Ask Von Drake", Phil was featured alongside Hercules and Hades during the headcount of all the Disney character guests.

Video games

Kingdom Hearts series

Phil BBS

Phil is a recurring series in the game featured in his homeworld Olympus Coliseum. Like the film, he's featured as the grumpy trainer for Hercules and once he encounters Sora, Donald, and Goofy, he shares their passion in wanting them to succeed and become true heroes. He is voiced by Robert Costanzo in English, and Japanese voice is done by Ichirō Nagai.

He first appears in the original Kingdom Hearts, set after Hercules becomes a true hero, where he refuses Sora access to the coliseum games on account of the fact that he isn't a true hero. Sora challenges Phil and offers to show his skills, and nearly succeeds until Cerberus arrives and attacks. Phil escapes, leaving Hercules to defeat the beast, but upon hearing of Phil's anxiety, Sora, Donald, and Goofy enter the arena and defeat Cerberus, proving to Phil what they're capable of. As a reward, Phil dubs the trio junior heroes.

In Kingdom Hearts II, Phil reunites with Sora and friends, happy to see them, but claims they still haven't got what it takes. At this time, Hercules has been fighting beast after beast without much rest, rendering him weak and upon eventual defeat. To help, Phil goes into the Underworld to find an "understudy" of sorts for the hero, wanting him to take a break from the action to rest up. He's instead attacked by Demyx, a member of an evil group known as Organization XIII. During the climax of the visit, Phil assists in the battle against the bloodthirsty Hydra. During the world's second visit, Sora and company finally earn their titles as true heroes, much to Phil's joy, though he tries to hide the proud tears.

Phil makes a larger appearance in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. Set ten years before Sora, Phil is trainer a juvenile Hercules when he meets the wisecracking young fighter, Zack, who wishes to become a hero, begging Phil to train him. Phil claims he'll watch the two students (being Zack and Hercules) battle and decide from there. In the end, though, it's revealed that Phil never intended on leaving Herc in the dust, as he merely felt the young Demi-god had been slacking lately and used Zack as a way to boost his effort.

Phil returns as a figment of Sora's memories in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, as the trainer of Roxas in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and in data form in Kingdom Hearts coded.

Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition

Phil appears in the form of a costumed townsperson in the game in which he serves as a host in the toy box, teaching players how to use various attacks.

Disney Parks

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Phil, posing for a photo at one of the Disney parks.

Though Phil was once a regular at the Disney theme parks, his appearances became less frequent in the 2000's and are now extremely rare.

Disneyland Resort

Phil currently makes no appearances in California, though he has appeared in the Hercules Victory Parade in the late 1990's, as well as Disneyland's version of Fantasmic! in 1997, riding the Mark Twain Riverboat.

Walt Disney World Resort

During the original release of the film, an animatronic Phil was seen in the Hercules: Zero to Hero parade in Disney's Hollywood Studios, as the star of his very own, gym-themed float.

Phil also has a small cameo appearance in the bubble montage during Disney's Hollywood Studios' version of Fantasmic!.

Phil also played a role in the former DisneyQuest attraction, Hercules in the Underworld.

Disneyland Paris

In France, Phil continues to make occasional appearances at Disneyland Paris.

Disney Cruise Line

Aboard the Disney Wonder, Phil played a role in the discontinued, Broadway-style adaptation of Hercules, Hercules: The Muse-ical.

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Trivia

  • Animator Eric Goldberg used the character Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a basis for Phil during creation.
  • Phil bears a striking resemblance to his voice actor, Danny DeVito.
  • Phil's character is somewhat inspired by Pan, the God of Nature. Pan is the same species as Phil, and they have a tendency to chase after Nymphs, like what Phil was doing when Hercules first met him. However, the Nymphs would always run from Pan due to his hideous face, with some even being turned into trees to keep them away from Pan. This also happened to Phil.
  • Though being a rather slow mover (occasionally), he is occasionally seen to be very skilled in acrobatic actions and agility both in the film and the animated series. In the animated series, it was noted that his agility even exceeds young Hercules.
  • Phil's function as a satyr comic sidekick references the ancient Greek theatrical tradition of Satyr plays, farcical retellings of myths throwing in satyr characters for comic relief.
  • Although Phil and Hades are enemies and have noticed each other for a bit (Phil when he discovers Meg works for him, Hades saying "Geez Louise, what's got HIS goat, huh?") they do not interact.
  • Apparently the residents of Thebes remember Phil as they recall him the one who trained Achilles.
  • Phil is based heavily on Chiron, the centaur who trained many heroes, such as Heracles/Hercules.


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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


v - e - dKingdom Hearts Series
Games

Kingdom Hearts + Final MixChain of MemoriesRe:Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts II + Final Mix358/2 DaysBirth by Sleep + Final MixcodedRe:codedDream Drop DistanceHD I.5 ReMIXχ [chi]HD II.5 ReMIXHD II.8 Final Chapter PrologueHD I.5+II.5 ReMIXUnchained χ/Union χ [cross]Kingdom Hearts III

Incorporated Films and Shorts

Alice in WonderlandAladdin/The Return of JafarBeauty and the BeastBig Hero 6Chicken LittleCinderellaFantasiaHerculesThe Hunchback of Notre DameLilo & StitchThe Lion KingThe Little MermaidMickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three MusketeersMulanThe Nightmare Before ChristmasOne Hundred and One DalmatiansPeter PanPinocchioPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlSleeping BeautySteamboat WillieSnow White and the Seven DwarfsTangledTarzanTron/Tron: LegacyThe Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Characters

Main Characters: SoraRikuKairiKing MickeyDonald DuckGoofyRoxasAquaTerraVentus
Villains: Master XehanortAnsemXemnasMaleficentPeteOrganization XIIIVanitasXigbar/BraigXaldinVexenLexaeusZexionSaïx/IsaDemyxLuxordMarluxiaLarxeneTerra-XehanortYoung XehanortXehanort's Guardian
Other Characters: Jiminy CricketNaminéAnsem the Wise/DiZYen SidXionAxel/LeaMaster EraqusDilanEvenAeleusIenzoLingering WillData SoraData RikuData NaminéData RoxasHaynerPenceOletteRiku-AnsemKairi's GrandmaRiku ReplicaAnti-SaïxAnti-SoraAnti-RikuSora-HeartlessJiminy's JournalForetellersMaster of MastersLuxuEphemerSkuldChirithy
Original Monsters: HeartlessNobodiesUnversedDream Eater
Disney Characters and Villains: Queen MinnieDaisy DuckPlutoTarzanClaytonKerchakKalaJane PorterWinnie the PoohAladdinGenieJasmineJafarIagoTronMagic BroomsPeter PanTinker BellQuasimodoJudge Claude FrolloMerlinFlora, Fauna and MerryweatherAuroraPrince PhillipTiggerEeyoreRabbitArielUrsulaPrince EricFlounderSebastianMulanMushuShan YuLi ShangJack SparrowHector BarbossaElizabeth SwannWill TurnerChernabogSimbaTimonPumbaaNalaRafikiScarKing TritonAliceCheshire CatQueen of HeartsJack SkellingtonOogie BoogieSallyEsmeraldaPhoebusBeagle BoysScrooge McDuckHuey, Dewey and LouieChip and DaleHorace HorsecollarMaster Control ProgramSarkKevin FlynnSam FlynnQuorraCLURinzlerCinderellaPrince CharmingFairy GodmotherJaqLady TremaineBelleBeastLumiereCogsworthMrs PottsPinocchioGeppettoMonstroStitchCaptain GantuJumbaHerculesMegaraHadesCaptain HookTick-Tock the CrocodileSnow WhiteEvil QueenThe PrinceWendyPongoPerditaDalmatian PuppiesAce "Chicken Little" CluckRapunzelBaymaxPhiloctetesAbu
Square Enix Characters: LeonCloudMoogleJoshuaOthers

Elements

Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom HeartsKingdom HeartsHeartKeyblade WarDark Seeker SagaMore
Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom HeartsMagic

Objects

Sea-salt ice creamWayfinderDoor to DarknessKeybladeX-bladeMickey's LettersThalassa ShellKingdom Hearts EncoderKeychainGummi BlocksBug BloxBlack coatKeyblade Armor

Locations

Land of DepartureDisney CastleDisney TownTimeless RiverDatascapeRadiant Garden/Hollow BastionKeyblade GraveyardDestiny IslandsTraverse TownDive to the HeartEnd of the WorldRealm of DarknessCastle OblivionTwilight TownThe World That Never WasCastle That Never Was • Deep Jungle • AgrabahOlympus Coliseum/UnderworldHalloween TownNeverlandWonderlandAtlanticaHundred Acre WoodBeast's Castle • The Land of Dragons • Port RoyalPride Lands • Space Paranoids • Castle of Dreams • Enchanted Dominion • Dwarf Woodlands • Deep Space • La Cité des Cloches • Prankster's Paradise • Country of the Musketeers • Symphony of Sorcery • The GridKingdom of CoronaSan Fransokyo

Organizations/Groups

Organization XIIIPrincesses of HeartDisney Villains Council

Music

Dearly BelovedSimple and CleanSanctuaryMickey Mouse Club MarchSwim This WayPart of Your WorldUnder the SeaUrsula's RevengeA New Day is DawningDestatiBibbidi-Bobbidi-BooHe's a PirateBeauty and the BeastThis is HalloweenIt's a Small WorldNight on Bald MountainWinnie the PoohThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Pastoral Symphony

Soundtracks

Kingdom Hearts Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional TracksKingdom Hearts II Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack CompleteKingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack

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