Character Inspiration 5: Hercules.

Part man, part God, Hercules is an all round catch. We can learn so much from him. For one, it would be nice to learn how to slay Medusa? Perhaps not realistic, but cool – am I right?!

Outsider, don’t care.

For one reason or another, I’ve always felt like an outsider. At school I was always the “tall one with no friends”, at uni I became the one that “lived too far away” and at work I’m “the Disney girl”. That’s why I completely understand how Herc must have felt in his little village.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. All you can do is be yourself. Herc represents this perfectly. You do you, Herc.

Going the distance.

Strip away all the glitz and glamour of Greek mythology and you get a kid who believes in himself. As you know, this is particularly important for me right now.

A few years ago I heard a song lyric*:

“If your dreams don’t scare you, then you are not dreaming big enough”

Dreaming big is core to Herc’s personality. He has so much going against him from the outside world, but he overcomes this with internal belief. Belief in himself.

It is that belief in himself that will let him… Go the distance.  


Not sure about you, but I imagine being son of Zeus would give me a pretty big head. I’d be all “hey guys, do you know who my dad is?”. Literally a major player in  greek mythology, Herc has every right to be a cocky douche.

However, this “zero to hero” fella is as humble as they come.

Herc’s humility is so much a part of who he is. It shapes his worldview, guides his friendships and almost gives him a special kind of strength. Would you say the kid’s non-judgemental approach to the world is admirable? I would!  

*Yes, it was Hilary Duff. She is a queen.