|“||We are the Muses, Goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes.||„|
|~ Calliope Disney's Hercules|
The Muses are the storytellers from Disney's Hercules. They are presented as the five lovely Goddesses whose domain lies in the arts, and they sing the tales of ancient Greece in a 'gospel choir' style. They claim to be Hercules' biggest fans, narrating the movie and singing in four of the six songs. Their real names are Calliope, Clio, Thalia, Terpsichore and Melpomene.
Calliope is the muse of epic poetry. She leads the muses and is the tallest of the five with high hair. She is voiced by Lillias White.
Clio is the muse of history. She has a small ponytail and carries a scroll. She is voiced by Vaneese Y. Williams.
Thalia is the muse of comedy. She is the shortest of the five, and very round in shape. She is voiced by Roz Ryan.
Terpsichore is the muse of dance. She is the second-shortest of the five, with frizzy hair. She is voiced by LaChanze. She is the only muse that has ever come in contact with Hercules teaching him how to dance in Hercules and the Muse of Dance.
Melpomene is the muse of tragedy. She has long, curly hair to her waist. She is voiced by Cheryl Freeman. ____
Muses not shown in the Hercules film are, Erato - muse of love ballads, Polyhymia - muse of hymns, Euterpe - muse of singing and Urania - Muse of astrology.
- In traditional Greek plays it was not uncommon to have the only some of the Muses on stage to interact with the audience while the rest acted as crew members. If this logic holds up, it would imply Erato, Polyhymnia, Euterpe and Urania are behind the animation frames and or background music.
- The Muses are able to perceive both the audience and the non-musical narrator - Bob.
- The Muses accept cues from Bob, but are not bound by him and frequently either follow older scrips, pursue non-sequesters, or trade banter with him from atop their fourth wall. Acknowledging Bob's overall outline but maintaining their own spin on any given story beat.
- As the Muses are narrative devices in concept, the characters are some of the most accurate characters in the film as they exist to be changed for narrative convenience and interaction with the audience.
- The Muses are daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne - Titaness of memory.
- All the Muses have dated the sun god Apollo.
- Head Muse, Calliope, maintains a steady romantic relationship with Apollo and the Titan, Helios.
- The muses raised Pegasus as a pet growing up in the original myths, as Pegasus is a foal when first being given to Hercules and an adult when they reunite in Hercules's teen years, this story point may still be in play.
- All mythological liberties make sense in-universe when considering the Muses are simply telling a story to the audience.