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The Cyclops

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. Although 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 a special job - personally dispose of a weakened and powerless Hercules.

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

Role

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.

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 a 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.

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