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|“||Someone got lucky today, hmm?||„|
|“||You should've left when I told you. Now, I've got to kill some SEA MONSTERS! AHAHAHAHA!||„|
|~ Ercole's villainous breakdown as he prepares to kill Luca and Alberto|
Ercole Visconti is the main antagonist of Pixar's 24th full-length animated feature film Luca.
He is an Italian teenager and local bully and showoff in the town of Portorosso, but as the film progresses, he shows that he's much more vile than that. He is Luca Paguro, Alberto Scorfano and Giulia Marcovaldo's arch-nemesis and Ciccio and Guido's former boss.
He is voiced by Saverio Raimondo in both the English and Italian versions.
Ercole Visconti is a resident at Portorosso who has won the annual Portorosso Cup, a race the children of Portorosso take. For five years, Ercole's victory has given him quite an ego, although it has been pointed out before that Ercole is a bit too old to continue entering the race. He is seen flaunting his status around, being a bully to the other children of Portorosso, inspiring fear in them, while the adults only see him as an annoyance. He has gathered a small entourage of two kids named Ciccio and Guido, but they too are not exempt from his bullying.
Ercole is first seen making a grand entrance by riding his Vespa through the Portorosso piazza, much to the annoyance of the adults. When he, Ciccio and Guido stop by to eat a long sandwich the latter duo were carrying, Luca ends up almost causing his Vespa to fall over after accidentally kicking a ball to it. Upon meeting him and his friend Alberto, Ercole begins to bully them and attempts to dunk Luca's head in a fountain, nearly exposing his identity as a sea monster, but they are saved by a young girl (whom Ercole frequently bullies) named Giulia Marcovaldo, who takes them away from Ercole.
Ercole is next seen going to sign up for the race. He then starts harassing Giulia for teaming up with Luca and Alberto, and steals the money that they intend to use to enter the race. In the ensuing debacle, Luca earns Ercole's wrath by having Giulia insult Ercole by calling him a catfish and explaining that it is a bottom feeder with tiny whiskers, prompting the other kids (especially Guido) to laugh at Ercole for this. Humiliated, Ercole hands the money back to Luca, demanding that he sign up for the race so that Ercole himself will crush him during the event.
He spends most of the movie harassing the heroes, which nearly causes them to be exposed as sea monsters. When the day of the Portorosso Cup beings, he tries cheating to win like covering Ciccio with fish oil during the swimming part of the contest, but this causes Ciccio to attract a bunch of fish who bite him. Next, he tries to force-feed Guido the pasta in the easting challenge. When a girl points out the poor sportsmanship, Ercole just ignores her and tries to defeat Luca in the bicycle race. In the process, it rains, threatening to reveal Luca's identity.
When Alberto arrives to help Luca, Ercole kicks him while biking past, causing the umbrella that Alberto was carrying to go flying and Alberto to land in the rain, exposing his identity. Seeing this, Ercole orders Ciccio to get his harpoon and captures Alberto with a net, intending to kill him. Luca then lets himself get exposed as a sea monster to rescue Alberto, and Ercole grabs his harpoon and chases the boys down the hill, intending to kill them both and supposedly collect a reward as a means of cementing himself as a hero to the town.
Just before Ercole is about to kill Luca and Alberto, Giulia saves them by crashing her bike into Ercole's, which causes her to hurt herself. Despite getting a chance to cross the finish line and head back to the sea, Luca and Alberto head back to help Giulia back up on her feet, only for the townspeople to surround them. Ercole makes his way, claiming that he should kill the sea monsters and collect the reward for himself. Deciding now that they're done running away in fear, Luca and Alberto furiously stand against Ercole, but the latter is unperturbed as he insults the two for being sea monsters.
However, Giulia's dad Massimo, who witnessed Luca and Alberto aiding Giulia, came to the boys' defense by pointing out that they are harmless in nature (despite their appearances) and that their bike already crossed the finish line, thus, they technically won the race. Massimo even glared at the persistent fishermen not to lay a hand on the boys, prompting the fishermen (and the rest of the villagers) to agree to spare the boys and let them live in peace.
Witnessing this, Ercole refuses to accept this as he is still intent on killing the sea monsters, but Luca, Alberto and Giulia grab and broke Ercole's harpoon. Still refusing to concede defeat, Ercole furiously orders Ciccio and Guido to get another harpoon before calling them idiots and telling them to "be useful for once in their pathetic lives". Finally realizing what a complete scoundrel Ercole truly is and being fed up with his abusive treatment, Ciccio and Guido proceeded to dunk Ercole and his wool sweater in the fountain, stating that they are done hanging out with him for good. As the townspeople finally accepted the sea monsters (including Luca's family, who reunited with their son), Ercole is last seen crying over his wet sweater, upset that his reputation is completely ruined.
His whereabouts afterwards are unknown, but it can be assumed that because his reign over Portorosso is over, the children no longer fear him and the adults now make sure he doesn't cause any more harm.
Ercole is shown to be an arrogant, rude, spiteful, obnoxious, snooty, mean-spirited bully who has little if any redeeming qualities. He appears to be under the delusion that everyone in Portorosso respects him when in truth, they are either scared of him, like the kids, or find him irritating, like the adults.
His arrogance seems to have stemmed from winning the Portorosso Cup for five straight years. He really adores his Vespa and considers anyone who he sees as being below him, which is pretty much everyone, as unworthy of having one. It's also shown that he isn't just a braggart, as he's willing to get physical, as shown when he tries to dunk Luca in a fountain. Like a lot of the people of Portorosso, he believes that sea monsters exist and is very determined to catch one.
His bullying goes straight into sadism, as he is willing to kill Luca and Alberto when he finds out they are sea monsters, despite showing themselves to be harmless and sentient beings. This reveals the sociopathic side of Ercole.
His overall personality is what leading to his downfall, even including his mistreatment towards Ciccio and Guido, leading them to turn against and humiliate him.
Ercole is a slender teenage boy with a straight-laced face, lightly tanned skin, hazel eyes, dark brown pompadour, and a few pencil-thin mustache hairs. He wears a dark blue polo shirt with thin, light blue stripes, periwinkle shorts, brown shoes, and a hot pink wool sweater wrapped around his shoulders.
|“||I want to make myself very clear. This is my town, Number ONE! (Punches Alberto in the stomach) and Number Two. I don't want you it...||„|
|~ Ercole bullying Luca and Alberto|
|“||Nobody wants you here, Idioti! Keep running!||„|
|~ Ercole trying to make Luca and Alberto leave Portorosso|
|“||For the last time, you two don't belong here! GET OUT OF MY TOWN!||„|
|~ Ercole kicking Alberto during the race|
|~ Ercole becoming hellbent on killing Luca and Alberto and slowly going insane|