Hercules! Come out!
~ The Cyclops

The Cyclops (referred to as "Arges" in the tabletop game Villainous) is one of the supporting antagonists in Disney's 1997 animated film Hercules. He is summoned near the film's climax. As his name implies, this character is a Cyclops. Though his appearance in the film was fairly short, the Cyclops was still an incredibly destructive and powerful force to be reckoned with. The Cyclops is one of the five Titans who was imprisoned by Zeus, and set free by Hades. Although his fellow Titans set off to attack Mt. Olympus, Hades gave him the special job of personally disposing of a weakened and powerless Hercules.

He was voiced by Patrick Pinney, who also played Crex in Treasure Planet, Florentino in Tarzan, Agent Underville in Recess: School's Out!, and Walter in Beauty and the Beast.

Personality

The Cyclops was a very stupid, violent, ruthless, aggressive, but malicious bully, and he took great pleasure in causing as much havoc as possible and demanding a challenge from Hercules, Hercules did so despite his weakened state and decided he would rather die defending what was right than run away from his responsibilities.

The Cyclops takes sadistic delight in beating Hercules to within an inch of his life, thinking of him as weak and foolish - after torturing Hercules for a while the Cyclops decided to kill him by biting off his head. However, the Cyclops underestimates his opponent and pays dearly for his mistake when Hercules (inspired by the words of Phil) blinds him by shoving a burning stick into his eye and then proceeded to trip the monster over using some rope - causing him to fall off of a cliff to his demise.

Biography

The Cyclops appears in the story when Hades, taking advantage of the perfect alignment of the planets, can finally access the prison in which the Titans have been locked since the dawn of time. Captive with them in the bowels of the Earth, under the ocean, the one-eyed monster is freed even as the opening scene, depicting the fight between Zeus and his enemies, does not show him being taken prisoner. And while the Titans are sent to climb Olympus and face the gods, the Cyclops for its part receives a special mission, the task of killing Hercules, the only person capable of undermining the dark designs of the God of the Underworld.

The Cyclops therefore goes to Thebes, sowing death and destruction in its path. Smashing the road under the simple effect of his weight, the one who manages to raze temples and houses with one hand then searches for his prey in the streets of the city where the crowd, terrorized, flees, hoping that Hercules will save them. But the hero has a major handicap. He lost his strength after a pact with Hades. Moreover, after discovering the betrayal of Megara, he lost all motivation. He is therefore a normal man and totally broken by grief who presents himself in front of the monster in order to lead the fight.

The fight is completely unbalanced and for Hercules it is akin to suicide. Because the strength of the cyclops is real even though that of the hero is now null. And the fight is more like a game for the villain who sends Hercules waltzing in all corners with a simple snap of his fingers. The arrival of Philoctetes changes the situation, however. Convinced by his trainer that he can defeat his enemy, he manages to grab a torch and blind the Cyclops, as Ulysses had succeeded in doing in Homer's poem. Using a rope to hobble his legs, the monster eventually loses his balance and falls off a cliff, causing his death.

Unfortunately, the impact of the Cyclops' fall caused a pillar to break and fall on Hercules. However, Megara pushes Hercules out of the way at the last minute, getting herself fatally injured by the impact. Despite this, Hercules was able to regain his super-strength back (as he briefly made the deal with Hades to give up his strength in exchange for Megara to be spared), and proceeds to head over to Mt. Olympus to defeat the rest of the Titans before saving Megara's soul from the River Styx to revive her.

Trivia

  • The Cyclops' supervising animator is Dominique Monfrey.
  • Like Polyphemus, the Cyclops loses his eye when Hercules blinds him.
  • The Cyclops was named One-Eyed Jack in a storybook, but this may not be canon.
  • The Cyclops is the only Titan that doesn't symbolize an element or have any special powers. Ironically, he is the most talkative of the Titans.

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