Apollo has dark purple skin and black hair. He wears a red tunic with a sun in the center and a red Roman-style helmet with a yellow plume that carries white strips.
Powers and abilities
Apollo has the standard powers of Olympian God, such as immortality, omnipresence, superhuman strength, metamorphosis, and teleportation. As the god of the Sun, he has the ability to control the sun via his Solar Chariot.
In the film, Apollo has a very minor role in which he only appears in minor cameos.
In the beginning of the film, he is present for the party celebrating the arrival of Zeus and Hera's newborn child Hercules. Apollo, along with the other gods, is sent to find Hercules, but it is too late, as the baby had already been turned into a mortal, and was adopted by a mortal family. Eighteen years later, he is seen imprisoned with the other gods after they lost against Hades and the Titans. He and the other gods are soon freed by Hercules.
Apollo makes his first appearance in "Hercules and the Apollo Mission". In this episode, Hercules wants a better job for Career Day, so Zeus puts Hercules in charge of Apollo's Sun Chariot, which pulls the Sun through the sky, and promises to take responsibility should anything happen. However, the chariot is stolen by Pain and Panic, and Apollo, believing that Hercules lost it, begins to question Zeus' leadership. Eventually, when the gods put a no-confidence vote between Zeus and Hades, Apollo was about to make the tiebreaking vote, only for the Sun to return to the Olympus with Hercules in tow. Subsequently, Pain and Panic accidentally reveal Hades was responsible for the Sun's theft, resulting in Zeus expelling Hades from Olympus with a lightning bolt.
In "Hercules and the Pool Party", Apollo is one of the gods that Hades invites to a pool party in an enchanted pool to makes them forget who they are. Also, Hercules easily wrangles Apollo's empty chariot, which had been going without its driver.
Apollo is the only Olympian god whose name is the same in both Greek and Roman mythologies. However, his Roman self is occasionally associated with the name Phoebus.
Although Apollo was the twin brother of Artemis in Greek mythology, the Disney versions of the characters are never seen interacting with one another. It is unknown if the two are related in these incarnations.
Apollo is depicted as the driving source of the Sun's orbit within the Hercules story. However, on multiple occasions, particularly concerning Hercules' friend Icarus (whom Apollo apparently mentioned to Zeus), the Sun is depicted as an independent celestial body.
Another solar deity, Ra, exists within the Disney Hercules mythos.
Apollo's voice actor, Keith David, would go on to play Apollo in the live action series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.