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Hercules (Marvel)
Real Name: Herakles, Heracles Panhellenios
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Hercules' principal power is his superhuman strength. Hercules' strength is well in excess of the "Class 100" Level (able to lift/press in excess of 100 tons), making him, one of the strongest beings in the Marvel universe. Hercules has highly developed leg muscles, although they do not match those of the Hulk. Hercules can make a standing high jump of at least 100 feet in Earth's gravity.
Hercules is also an Olympian thereby being an immortal, and as true immortals, the Olympian gods do not age and are not susceptible to disease. Although they can be wounded in battle, they cannot die by any conventional means, and have a rapid healing rate. Hercules has a greater resistance to physical injury than any other Olympian god except for Zeus, and possibly Neptune and Pluto. Hercules is virtually tireless. His supernaturally enhanced musculature produces no fatigue poisons. He can even survive unprotected in the vacuum of space for a brief period of time. Only an injury of such magnititude that it incinerated him or dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules could kill Hercules. In at least some such cases, Zeus or one of the other gods might still be able to resurrect him.

As Olympus's greatest hero, Hercules is highly expert in traditional means of hand-to-hand combat, as well as in wrestling. Hercules is also very highly skilled in ancient Greek athletic feats such as the discus and hammer throws.

Hercules was famed in ancient Greece for his mastery of the bow and arrow, but today, because of his bitter memories of Nessus's treachery and Deianeira's suicide, he prefers not to use them.Before he came to live on Olympus, Hercules's favorite weapon was his large wooden club. The club was supplanted by his current weapon, his Golden Mace, which is not actually made of gold but was forged by the god Hephaestus from enchanted adamantine, the legendary substance after which Dr. Myron MacLain named his artificially created adamantlure. The Mace is therefore virtually indestructible, and has survived direct blows from Thor's hammer.

Hercules is the son of Zeus, king of the gods of Olympus, and Alcmena, a mortal woman who lived about three thousand years ago. Recognizing the need for a son who would be powerful enough to defend both the Olympian gods and humanity from future dangers he foresaw, Zeus seduced Alcmena in the guise of her husband, King Amphitryon of Troezen. Thanks to Zeus's enchantment, Hercules was born with the potential for extraordinary strength, which he first displayed before he was even one year old by strangling two serpents which attacked him. As an adult, Hercules is best known for his celebrated Twelve Labors, which were performed in part to prove his worthiness for immortality to Zeus. (One of these Labors, the cleansing of the Aegean Stables, was actually performed by the Eternal called the Forgotten One, who was sometimes mistaken for Hercules.)

In the course of these Labors, Hercules provoked the wrath of three immortals who remain his enemies to this day. By slaughtering the man-eating Stymphalian Birds, he enraged the war god Ares, to whom they were sacred. In temporarily capturing Cerberus, the three-headed hound that serves as guardian to the Olympian underworld (not to be confused with the shape-shifting giant of the same name), Hercules offended Pluto, the lord of that realm. By killing the Nemean Lion, the Hydra, and other creatures spawned by the inconceivably grotesque and powerful monster Typhoeus, Hercules gained the bitter enmity of Typhon, the immortal humanoid offspring of Typhoeus and a Titaness.

However, it was the centaur Nessus who caused Hercules's mortal demise. Nessus kidnapped Hercules's wife Deianeira, whereupon Hercules shot him with an arrow. Feigning a wish to make amends, the dying centaur told Deianeira how to make a love charm from his allegedly enchanted blood, aware that it was now tainted with the lethal poison of the Hydra, in which Hercules had dipped his arrows. Some time after Nessus's death, Deianeira, distraught over her husband's latest infidelity, rubbed the supposed love charm into Hercules's shirt. When Hercules's donned the shirt, the poison quickly worked and caused Hercules great pain. In an attempt to end this pain, he built a funeral pyre for himself and set it ablaze. Zeus intervened however, consuming the pyre with his thunderbolts and bringing Hercules to Olympus to be made a true immortal.

In an alternate future of the 23rd century, Hercules is the sole survivor of the Olympians, after Zeus had decided that the time had come for them to leave this plane of existence. Hercules then left Olympus to become the father to a new race of gods.

Known Relatives: Zeus (father), Alcmena (mother, deceased), Amphitryon (foster father, deceased), Iphycles (half-brother, deceased), Neptune (Poseidon) and Hades(Pluto) (uncles), Ares, Apollo, Hermes, Hephaestus (half-brothers), Venus (Aphrodite), Athena, Artemis (half-sisters) Full name confirmed in Chaos War #4.

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (1952) Annual 01

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AAFES 7th Edition [New Avengers: An Army of One] (2009)
Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man (1996)
Alpha Flight (1983)
Amazing Spider-Man Family (2008)
Ant-Man (2015)
Ares (2006)
Assault on New Olympus Prologue (2010)
Avengers (1998)
Avengers (2010)
Avengers (2017)
Avengers [GER] (2016)
Avengers Academy (2010)
Avengers Assemble (2004)
Avengers Finale (2005)
Avengers Forever (1998)
Avengers No Road Home (2019)
Avengers Strike File (1994)
Avengers Unplugged (1995)
Avengers vs. Atlas (2010)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II (2007)
Avengers: The Crossing (1995)
Avengers: Timeslide (1996)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Avengers/JLA: Compendium (2004)
Battletide (1992)
Black Panther (2005)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin (2010)
Cable & Deadpool (2004)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America (1998)
Captain America (2005)
Captain America (2013)
Captain America (2017)
Captain America: Red, White & Blue (2002)
Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015)
Captain Marvel (2008)
Champions (2016)
Champions: No Time For Losers, The (2016)
Chaos War (2010)
Chaos War: Ares (2011)
Chaos War: Chaos King (2011)
Chaos War: God Squad (2011)
Civil War (2006)
Civil War Files (2006)
Civil War II: Gods of War (2016)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Civil War: Casualties of War (2007)
Civil War: The Confession (2007)
Civil War: The Initiative (2007)
Civil War: The Return (2007)
Civil War: War Crimes (2007)
Civil War: X-Men (2006)
Code of Honor (1997)
Contest of Champions II (1999)
Daredevil (1964)
Dark Avengers: Ares (2009)
Darkhawk (1991)
Deadpool (2013)
Deadpool & Cable (2010)
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again (2017)
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
Doctor Strange (1974)
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme (2016)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Essential Punisher (2004)
Essential Thor (2001)
Eternals (1985)
FantaCo's Chronicles Series (1981)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Fantastic Four (2013)
Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993)
Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
Fearless Defenders (2013)
Force Works (1994)
Free Comic Book Day 2017 (Secret Empire) (2017)
G.L.A. (2005)
Gambit and the Champions: From The Marvel Vault (2011)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Ghost Rider (1990)
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Girl Comics (2010)
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Guardians of the Galaxy (2008)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy (2017)
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Hercules (2016)
Hercules and the Heart of Chaos (1997)
Hercules: Fall of an Avenger (2010)
Heroes for Hire (1997)
Heroes Reborn: The Return (1997)
Heroic Age: Prince of Power (2010)
Hooray for Hercules (1997)
Hulk (1978)
Hulk (2008)
Hulk (2017)
Hulk Chronicles: WWH (2008)
Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide (2008)
Iceman (2017)
Immortal Weapons (2009)
Imperial Guard (1997)
Incredible Hercules (2008)
Incredible Hulk: Hercules Unleashed (1996)
Incredible Hulks (2010)
Incredible Hulks (2012)
Infinity Crusade (1993)
Infinity War (1992)
Invincible Iron Man (2017)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man/Thor (2011)
JLA/Avengers (2003)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Ka-Zar (1970)
Lunatik (1995)
M.A.X. Yearbook (1993)
Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989)
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Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Annual & Quarterly Reports (1992)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
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Marvel Holiday Magazine 2010 (2010)
Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue (1991)
Marvel Knights: Hulk (2014)
Marvel Legends (2007)
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Marvel Now! Previews (2016)
Marvel Premiere (1972)
Marvel Preview (1975)
Marvel Spectacular (1973)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel Team-Up (1997)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Marvel Triple Action (1972)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
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S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015)
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Secret Wars II (1985)
She-Hulk (2004)
She-Hulk (2005)
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The Mighty World of Marvel (2009)
The New Avengers 100 Project (2011)
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The New Warriors (1990)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
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The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
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Thor (1998)
Thor (2014)
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Thor Legends (2003)
Thor: Blood Oath (2005)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Thunderstrike (1993)
Thunderstrike (2011)
Ultimates 2 (2017)
UltraForce (1994)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
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Unlimited Access (1997)
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Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
West Coast Avengers (1984)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If? (1977)
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What If? Secret Wars (2009)
What If...? (1989)
What The--?! (1988)
Wolverine (1988)
Wolverine (2003)
Wolverine & The X-Men (2011)
Wolverine Battles the Incredible Hulk (1989)
Wolverine Saga (1989)
Wolverine/Hercules - Myths, Monsters & Mutants (2011)
Wonder Man (1986)
Wonder Man (1991)
Wonder Man (2007)
World War Hulk (2007)
World War Hulk: Aftersmash (2008)
World War Hulk: Gamma Files (2007)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Force / Champions '98 (1998)
X-Men (1991)
X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow (1998)
X-Men: First Class Finals (2009)
X-Men: To Serve And Protect (2011)

Group Affiliation(s):
Avengers (Marvel)
Champions of Los Angeles
Damage Control (Marvel)
Defenders (Marvel)(01 - Original Team)
God Squad (Marvel)
Heroes for Hire (Marvel)
Olympian Gods (Marvel)
Renegades (Marvel)(02 - World War Hulk)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel)

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