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We are the Muses! Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes!
―Calliope[src]

The Muses are supporting characters in Disney's 1997 animated feature film Hercules. They function as a literal Greek Chorus narrating the story and singing a majority of the film's songs.

Background[]

The five lovely goddesses epitomize domains of the arts, singing tales of ancient Greece in the style of a gospel choir. They claim to be Hercules' biggest fans, narrating the movie and singing in four songs of six.

  • Calliope (voiced by Lillias White) is the muse of epic poetry. She leads the group and is the tallest of the five with high hair.
  • Clio (voiced by Vanéese Y. Thomas) is the muse of history. She has a small ponytail and carries a scroll.
  • Thalia (voiced by Roz Ryan) is the muse of comedy. She is the shortest of the five, heavyset, plays the trumpet, and is often causing mischief.
  • Terpsichore (voiced by LaChanze) is the muse of dance. She is the second-shortest of the five, with Bantu knots in the front and loose curls in the back. Unique among the muses, she directly teaches the hero in "Hercules and the Muse of Dance".
  • Melpomene (voiced by Cheryl Freeman) is the muse of tragedy. She has long, curly hair to her waist and carries a mask with a frowning face.

Powers and abilities[]

As goddesses, the muses possess the natural powers and abilities of Olympian deities such as immortality, omnipresence, high-level of durability, vast stamina and speed, and strength with excellent reflexes and balancing and insight and responses, acrobatic skills beyond of normal humans, and the potential to do Magic, such as the ability to shape-shift, teleport, and to manifest as objects. As the goddesses of the Arts, they possess the natural ability to charm and entrance those who hear their hypnotically beautiful and soft melodious vocalizing melodies and songs.

As their domain lies in the arts, they exist virtually anywhere they are presented or portrayed as a work of art (like paintings, statues, etc.) This is most evident when they use this power to communicate with Megara.

Appearances[]

Hercules[]

They first appear when they find the original narrator's way of telling the story of Hercules as being too depressing. They sing all three parts of "The Gospel Truth", telling the tale of how Zeus defeated the Titans, Hades' plot to take over Mount Olympus, and of Hercules being unable to return to Olympus.

After the Thebans cheered for Hercules' victory over the Hydra, Calliope says the young hero could do no wrong afterwards and that "He was so hot, steam looked cool." The Muses then sing "Zero to Hero", narrating a montage depicting Hercules successfully becoming a celebrity and heart-throb: girls scream at him, his image appears on vases, action figures, sandals and other merchandise. The young hero is showered with money and leaves hand-prints in the star promenade (along with Pegasus leaving the imprints of his hooves) and continues enjoying himself as Hades sends a succession of creatures which Hercules easily defeats.

Soon after, the Muses manifest in statues, busts, and engravings to sing backup with Megara to the song "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", during which Megara initially denies but finally accepts her love for Hercules.

Finally, they appear in the finale, singing the song "A Star Is Born", in which Hercules is declared a true hero, and everybody gets their happy ending.

Hercules: The Series[]

The Muses often appear in the series. They sing a shorter, altered version of "Zero to Hero" and have many speaking roles.

Mickey Mouse Funhouse[]

Calliope and Thalia appear in the episode Daisy And The Muses to teach Daisy Duck how to whistle. Thalia also re-appeared in the episode You Gotta Be Kitten Me!, where it is found out that Thalia has a fear of cats, until Minnie, Daisy, and Bast help her get over her fear.

Cameos[]

In House of Mouse, they appear in the episode "Where's Minnie?" to rap about Mickey, Donald, and Goofy's search for Minnie in the labyrinthian prop basement of the House.

They appear briefly in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Greece Lightning", on a vase in the museum.

Theme parks[]

The Muses hosted Hercules: The Muse-ical on the Disney Cruise Line ships Magic and Wonder.

They made their official meet and greet appearance at Disneyland during Pride Nite on June 2023.

Personnel[]

  • Calliope (Caroline Taylor) – vocals
  • Terpsichore (Arnold McCuller) – vocals
  • Thalia (Andrea Zonn) – violin, vocals
  • Melpomene (Dorian Holley) – vocals
  • Clio (Kate Markowitz) – vocals

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Trivia[]

  • Greek sources often name nine Muses; the four trimmed from the film are:
    • Erato - muse of love poetry
    • Polyhymnia - muse of sacred poetry
    • Euterpe - muse of music and sound
    • Urania - muse of astronomy
  • During the musical number "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" the Muses attempt to convince Megara that she's fallen in love and it is a good thing. However, the goddess of Love, Aphrodite, would be more likely to try to convince her than the goddesses of the Arts. Though the Arts have long been used as expressions of Love; and a statue of Aphrodite appeared briefly.
  • At one point during "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", the Muses appear as the Phantom Five, the singing busts from the Haunted Mansion.
  • In most myths, the Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. This would make them half-sisters of Hercules.
  • British girl group Spice Girls were originally considered for the roles of the Muses due to their massive popularity and worldwide success at the time.
  • If using subtitles while watching Hercules: The Animated Series on Disney+, the Muses names can be mixed up. For instance, in "Hercules and the First Day of School", Thalia says a line onscreen but is credited as Calliope in the subtitles.


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Media
Films: Hercules (video/soundtrack) • Hercules: Zero to HeroHercules (live-action film)

Shows: TV seriesHouse of MouseChibi Tiny Tales
Video games: Hercules Action GameAnimated Storybook: HerculesHades ChallengeKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts coded Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Sorcerer's ArenaDisney Speedstorm

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingIt's a Small WorldSorcerers of the Magic KingdomHercules in the Underworld

Entertainment: Animazment: The MusicalDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesFantasmic!Hercules: The Muse-icalMickey's Gift of DreamsOnce Upon a MouseVillains Tonight!
Parades: Disney Stars and Motor Cars ParadeHercules Victory ParadeThe Hercules Electrical ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Happily Ever AfterHarmoniousMomentousWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsWonderful World of AnimationIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationWondrous Journeys
Summer: Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
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Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Characters
Original: HerculesHadesPegasusPhiloctetesMegaraPain and PanicFatesMusesZeusHeraHermesHephaestusAthenaAresPoseidonAphroditeArtemisApolloOlympian GodsThebansDionysusTitansCerberusHydraMinotaurSthenoNemean LionNessusNymphsAmphitryon and AlcmeneHarpiesCetusCaledonian BoarCharonBob the NarratorGriffinsCupidDemeter

TV Series: ChipaclesHestiaIcarusCassandraAdonisHelen of TroyTempestCirceTritonGalateaPandoraMedusaEchidnaTyphonEchidna's ChildrenFuriesHecateCanis and LupusNemesisMr. ParenthesesHomerFear and TerrorIbidAntaeusPrometheusDaedelusMorpheusKronosGaiaAmphitriteAchillesTheseusOrionNestor & MeleagerKing MidasMelampusLavinaAndromedaSyrinxMr. GriffTiviusOrthosQueen HippolyteMomalusArachneCaucasian EagleSphinx MartindaleGegeneisOtus

Episodes
Season One: "Hercules and the Apollo Mission" • "Hercules and the King of Thessaly" • "Hercules and the Secret Weapon" • "Hercules and the Assassin" • "Hercules and the Big Kiss" • "Hercules and the River Styx" • "Hercules and the Techno Greeks" • "Hercules and the World's First Doctor" • "Hercules and the Pool Party" • "Hercules and the Prince of Thrace" • "Hercules and the Tapestry of Fate" • "Hercules and the Living Legend" • "Hercules and the Return of Typhon" • "Hercules and the Owl of Athena" • "Hercules and the Girdle of Hippolyte" • "Hercules and the Bacchanal" • "Hercules and the Underworld Takeover" • "Hercules and the Comedy of Arrows" • "Hercules and the Hostage Crisis" • "Hercules and the Disappearing Heroes" • "Hercules and the Argonauts" • "Hercules and the Drama Festival" • "Hercules and the Phil Factor" • "Hercules and the All Nighter" • "Hercules and the Song of Circe" • "Hercules and the Trojan War" • "Hercules and the Dream Date" • "Hercules and the Big Games" • "Hercules and the Jilt Trip" • "Hercules and the Falling Stars" • "Hercules and the Golden Touch" • "Hercules and the Minotaur" • "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon" • "Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods" • "Hercules and the Griffin" • "Hercules and the King For a Day" • "Hercules and the Pegasus Incident" • "Hercules and the Big Sink" • "Hercules and the Big Lie" • "Hercules and the Prom" • "Hercules and the Spartan Experience" • "Hercules and the Complex Electra" • "Hercules and the Long Nightmare" • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • "Hercules and the Aetolian Amphora" • "Hercules and the Romans" • "Hercules and the Yearbook" • "Hercules and the Odyssey Experience" • "Hercules and the Grim Avenger" • "Hercules and the Spring of Canathus" • "Hercules and the Big Show" • "Hercules and the Tiff on Olympus"

Season Two: "Hercules and the First Day of School"" • "Hercules and the Visit from Zeus" • "Hercules and the Driving Test" • "Hercules and the Parent's Weekend" • "Hercules and the Prometheus Affair" • "Hercules and the Hero of Athens" • "Hercules and the Caledonian Boar" • "Hercules and the Epic Adventure" • "Hercules and the Poseidon's Cup Adventure" • "Hercules and the Muse of Dance" • "Hercules and the Kids" • "Hercules and the Gorgon" • "Hercules and the Green-Eyed Monster"

Songs
Original: The Gospel TruthGo the DistanceOne Last HopeZero to HeroI Won't Say (I'm in Love)A Star is BornShooting StarI Can't Believe My Heart

TV series songs: Send My Boy to SchoolMy TownPericles of AthensPromethean DittyThe AgoraThe BacchanalThe Man That I LovePucker Up or Let Him SnoozeThat's How the Story GoesAphrodesia DanceLove Is In The AirSince 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 ManYou're My Hero
Musical songs: The ProphecyUniquely Greek Town SquareDespina's LullabyPhil's Soul SpotForget About ItCool Day in HellThe ProphecyA Muse BoucheI'm Back!Great Bolts of ThunderTo Be Human

Locations
Ancient GreeceMount OlympusUnderworldPhil's IslandThebesPrometheus AcademyAtlantis City
Objects
Skull PacifierArmageddon BowLightning BoltsMortal PotionTrident
Miscellaneous
Disney Sing Along Songs: From HerculesMusical


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Bonkers: Bonkers D. Bobcat
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Hannah Montana: Miley Stewart
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Wizards of Waverly Place: Alex Russo
That's So Raven: Raven Baxter
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Zack MartinCody MartinMaddie FitzpatrickLondon TiptonMarion Moseby
K.C. Undercover: K.C. Cooper
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