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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 peculiar habit of his is announcing certain statements by saying their word count, then following with a sentence that fails to match the aforementioned count. 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

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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: 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

Disney Animation Building | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Entertainment: Animazment - The Musical | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Wishes | Hercules: The Muse-ical | Villains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade | Hercules Victory Parade | The Hercules Electrical Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Villains World | Villains Night Out!

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 | 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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Games

Kingdom Hearts + Final Mix | Chain of Memories | Re:Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II + Final Mix | 358/2 Days | Birth by Sleep + Final Mix | coded | Re:coded | Dream Drop Distance | HD I.5 ReMIX | χ [chi] | HD II.5 ReMIX | Unchained χ | HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue | Kingdom Hearts III

Incorporated Films and Shorts

Alice in Wonderland | Aladdin/The Return of Jafar | Beauty and the Beast | Big Hero 6 | Chicken Little | Cinderella | Fantasia | Hercules | The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Lilo & Stitch | The Lion King | The Little Mermaid | Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers | Mulan | The Nightmare Before Christmas | One Hundred and One Dalmatians | Peter Pan | Pinocchio | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Sleeping Beauty | Steamboat Willie | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tangled | Tarzan | Tron/Tron: Legacy | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Characters

Main Characters: Sora | Riku | Kairi | King Mickey | Donald Duck | Goofy | Roxas | Aqua | Terra | Ventus
Villains: Master Xehanort | Ansem | Xemnas | Maleficent | Pete | Organization XIII | Vanitas | Xigbar/Braig | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx/Isa | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Terra-Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Xehanort's Guardian
Other Characters: Jiminy Cricket | Naminé | Ansem the Wise/DiZ | Yen Sid | Xion | Axel/Lea | Master Eraqus | Dilan | Even | Aeleus | Ienzo | Lingering Will | Data Sora | Data Riku | Data Naminé | Data Roxas | Hayner | Pence | Olette | Riku-Ansem | Kairi's Grandma | Riku Replica | Anti-Saïx | Anti-Sora | Anti-Riku | Sora-Heartless | Jiminy's Journal
Original Monsters: Heartless | Nobodies | Unversed | Dream Eater
Disney Characters and Villains: Queen Minnie | Daisy Duck | Pluto | Tarzan | Clayton | Kerchak | Kala | Jane Porter | Winnie the Pooh | Aladdin | Genie | Jasmine | Jafar | Iago | Tron | Magic Brooms | Peter Pan | Tinker Bell | Quasimodo | Judge Claude Frollo | Merlin | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Aurora | Prince Phillip | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Ariel | Ursula | Prince Eric | Flounder | Sebastian | Mulan | Mushu | Shan Yu | Li Shang | Jack Sparrow | Hector Barbossa | Elizabeth Swann | Will Turner | Chernabog | Simba | Timon | Pumbaa | Nala | Scar | King Triton | Alice | Cheshire Cat | Queen of Hearts | Jack Skellington | Oogie Boogie | Sally | Esmeralda | Phoebus | Beagle Boys | Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Chip and Dale | Horace Horsecollar | Master Control Program | Sark | Kevin Flynn | Sam Flynn | Quorra | CLU | Rinzler | Cinderella | Prince Charming | Fairy Godmother | Jaq | Lady Tremaine | Belle | Beast | Lumiere | Cogsworth | Mrs Potts | Pinocchio | Geppetto | Monstro | Stitch | Captain Gantu | Jumba | Hercules | Megara | Hades | Captain Hook | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Snow White | Evil Queen | The Prince | Wendy | Pongo | Perdita | Dalmatian Puppies | Ace "Chicken Little" Cluck | Rapunzel | Baymax | Abu
Square Enix Characters: Leon | Cloud | Moogle | Joshua | Others

Elements

Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts | Heart | Keyblade War | Dark Seeker Saga | More
Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom Hearts | Magic

Objects

Sea-salt ice cream | Wayfinder | Door to Darkness | Keyblade | X-blade | Mickey's Letters | Thalassa Shell | Kingdom Hearts Encoder | Keychain | Gummi Blocks | Bug Blox | Black coat | Keyblade Armor

Locations

Land of Departure | Disney Castle | Disney Town | Timeless River | Datascape | Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion | Keyblade Graveyard | Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | Dive to the Heart | End of the World | Realm of Darkness | Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town | The World That Never Was | Castle That Never Was | Deep Jungle | Agrabah | Olympus Coliseum/Underworld | Halloween Town | Neverland | Wonderland | Atlantica | Hundred Acre Wood | Beast's Castle | The Land of Dragons | Port Royal | Pride 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 Grid | Kingdom of Corona | San Fransokyo

Organizations/Groups

Organization XIII | Princesses of Heart | Disney Villains Council

Music

Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony

Soundtracks

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

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