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Thebes has certainly gone downhill in a hurry.
―Lumpy Woman

The Thebans are minor characters from Disney's 1997 movie, Hercules.

Role in the film

The Thebans first appeared in the film complaining about how Thebes was in a downfall so fast, bringing up earthquakes, fires, floods, as well as the crime rate and new monsters wreaking havoc to the city. Supposedly, everything was lost in the fire except a man's cat named "Snowball" with both burnt and singed. When Hercules first approaches them offering the need for a hero, they didn't believe Hercules is a professional hero, or Phil's claims of being the genuine article, but rather an amateur. The Thebans showed their doubt and suspicion of him with various looks of anger, sarcasm, and hesitation. However, when Megara frantically tells Hercules of two boys trapped in a gorge by a rockslide, the Thebans followed the young hero to a nearby canyon at the outskirts of town.

Arriving to the scene of the accident, a crowd of Thebans gathered as Hercules rescued the two boys (actually Pain and Panic in disguise) from beneath a giant boulder. As the crowd watched from the edge of the canyon, still showing suspicion and doubt, Hercules struggled with lifting the heavy boulder. When Hercules succeeded in lifting the boulder above his head, Meg was amazed while the crowd seemed unimpressed and gave only a smattering of applause as the boys scampered out of the hole. The crowd scream in horror as the Hydra emerges, which has been set up as a fixed contest by Hades to kill Hercules. From stadium-like cliffs, citizens watch as the beast advances on Hercules, with the crowd muttering after it swallowed him whole. The Hydra lunges at the crowd after one woman screams, only for Hercules to cut off the beast's head, which landed in the middle of the crowd. The townsfolk clapped with more enthusiasm this time, with Hercules impressing the crowd enough to offer better applause and even started to show some respect for the young hero as they smiled at his accomplishment, until more heads grew from the Hydra's wound. It wasn't until Hercules apparently sacrificed himself to bury the multi-headed monster in a rockslide and kill it outright that the Thebans began to reconsider being so harsh on Hercules before. When Hercules emerged from the dead Hydra's claw, badly bruised and battered but still alive, the Thebans stared in total dumbstruck shock for a few seconds before erupting in furious cheers and applause as Hercules had proven to them, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he was a real hero, and one they could rely on as they carried him away on their shoulders in triumph.

They kept cheering him on even when he kept saving them from other monstrosities sent by Hades to destroy him. When Hades sent the Cyclops to kill Hercules after taking away his strength for 24 hours, as the Cyclops laid siege to Thebes, the Thebans could do little but hide and wonder where Hercules was, knowing that he would come and save them as he had proven countless times before after earning their respect with the Hydra fight. When Hercules does show up, they are first relieved, but when Hercules is quickly given a beating by the Cyclops due to being without his strength, the Thebans are deeply worried for him and fear the worst, such as going back to their original lives before Hercules came into them. After Hercules defeats the Cyclops, saves Mount Olympus from the other Titans, and rescued Meg's soul from the River Styx, he returns to Thebes to a hero's welcome as the Thebans welcome him back with Alcmene and Amphitryon, and bear witness as Zeus forms Hercules' picture in the stars, fulfilling Phil's long-time wish to train a hero that even the gods would honor in the heavens, earning Phil the respect of the Thebans as well after their earlier ridicule of him.

Back when they thought Hercules was a nobody, a few Thebans like the man with singed hair briefly recalled Philoctetes as the "goat man" who trained Achilles and the tall Theban began mocking him about Achilles' heel up to the point where Phil loses his temper and starts attacking him. The heavyset woman then stated they needed a "professional hero" and "not an amateur." At the end of the movie, the tall Theban was the one to say: "That's Phil's Boy!" when watching Hercules' picture being hung in the stars by Zeus as part of Phil's dream, which finally came true.


  • In the film's ending credits, each of the initial group of Thebans Hercules meets have been identified as "Heavyset Woman", "Earthquake Lady", and "Burnt Man". While the tall and elder man appeared in the film, they are not credited, though it could be because their voice actor Jim Cummings was already given credit as Nessus, another character he voiced.
  • According to the film's junior novelization, they were identified as "lumpy woman", "fat man", "thin woman", "old man", and "man with singed hair". While the burnt man appeared, his cat Snowball was not mentioned.


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Films: Hercules (Video/Soundtrack) • Hercules: Zero to HeroHercules (live-action film)

Television: TV seriesHouse of Mouse
Video games: Video gameHades 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 Arena

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!
Parade: Disney Stars and Motor Cars ParadeHercules Victory ParadeThe Hercules Electrical ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Happily Ever AfterHarmonioUSMomentousWishesWonderful World of AnimationILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration
Summer: Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Halloween: Disney's Not So Spooky SpectacularDisney Villains Wicked GatheringFrightfully Fun ParadeHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeRock on With The Disney VillainsScream and Shout Halloween ParadeThe Villains WorldVillains Night Out!World of Color: Villainous!

Original: HerculesHadesPegasusPhiloctetesMegaraPain and PanicFatesMusesZeusHeraHermesHephaestusAthenaAresPoseidonAphroditeArtemisApolloOlympian GodsThebansDionysusTitansCerberusHydraMinotaurSthenoNemean LionNessusFuriesNymphsAmphitryon and AlcmeneHarpiesCetusCaledonian BoarCharonBob the Narrator

TV Series: ChipaclesHestiaIcarusCassandraAdonisHelen of TroyTempestCirceTritonGalateaPandoraMedusaEchidnaTyphonEchidna's ChildrenHecateCanis and LupusNemesisMr. ParenthesesHomerFear and TerrorIbidAntaeusPrometheusDaedelusMorpheusKronosGaiaAmphitriteAchillesTheseusOrionNestor & MeleagerKing MidasMelampusLavinaAjaxAndromedaSyrinxElectraMr. GriffKing MinosTiviusOrthosQueen HippolyteMomalus

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"

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 KingHelping HandsMidas CurseKing of MulesKronos StoneWhat's a Mother to Do?Sreamin' Grecian Teenage BluesLethe Water on the Brain!One Good ManYou're My Hero

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