Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

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Name: Hercules: the Legendary Journeys
Abbreviation(s): HtLJ, HTLJ, Hercules
Creator: Sam Raimi
Date(s): 1995-1999
Medium: television series
Country of Origin: New Zealand, US
External Links: IMDB
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Hercules: the Legendary Journeys is set in a neverland version of ancient Greece that looked amazingly like New Zealand, complete with monsters, interfering gods and an off-the-wall spin on Greek mythology.

It spawned two spinoff shows, Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules.

Hercules and Iolaus," art by Warren Oddsson, printed in Buddies: A Collection of Media Art 1958-2001, may have appeared in a previous print zine


Hercules is a demigod, the son of Zeus and a human woman, Alcmene, and possibly immortal. Iolaus, a mortal, is his best friend. Together, they fight monsters, demons and evil warlords, including Xena, but she turned good after three episodes and went off on her own adventures, soon joined by Gabrielle.

Other fandom favorites include Ares, the god of war; his sidekick Strife; Hercules' mortal half-brother Iphicles; Salmoneus, a kindly con man; Autolycus, the King of Thieves; Nebula, a pirate who's also a Sumerian princess; Cupid, god of love; and Joxer.

For individual character pages on Fanlore, see Category:Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Characters

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys fandom

Most online activity took place on different mailing lists and web sites that were divided up by their focus on certain characters or pairings, genres (gen, het, or slash), and ratings (adult or PG13). There was a great deal of overlap with Xena fandom, especially Joxer and Ares fans. The slash fandom was split off into various slash pairings (Hercules/Iolaus, Ares/Joxer, Cupid/Strife, Hercules/Ares, Iolaus/Ares, Iolaus/Autolycus, and other combinations). The show also featured a rotating cast of female characters, with plenty of opportunity for romantic fanfic featuring Hercules/Deineira, Hercules/Serena, Iolaus/Niobe, Iolaus/Nebula, Hercules/Xena, Iolaus/Gabrielle, and many others. If there was acrimony in the past, it seems to be concentrated on the slash versus gen debate, rather than pairing wars. The large cast of recurring characters tended to lend itself to multiple pairings, as well as gen and adult adventure stories. Nowadays the fandom's grown rather quiet, but several mailing lists are still active.

Notable Fanworks

Hercules fandom is new enough that it can be called an Internet fandom, but it also created paper zines, both slash and gen.However, with the series off the air for decades, none of the on-line sites are currently active. Some may still be functional but no longer updated or maintained. Most are gone or decaying.

Mailing Lists

Story archives

Notable vids

Vids by Mary Crawford, including a splendidly cracktastic Hercules/Widow Twanky Holding Out for a Hero vid, and an Iolaus vid Live Til I Die.


Hercules: the Legendary Journeys was primarily an online fandom, with most of the fan fiction appearing in online archives such as the Iolausian Library, but it still produced some fanzines.

Some of the zines listed also contain Young Hercules stories.

The The Less Than Legendary Journeys (zine), with gen Hercules & Iolaus stories from the archive of the same name: "The Naughty Bits" edition contains the het and slash stories from the site.

Gen zines from DreamCatcher Press, with gen Hercules & Iolaus adventure and hurt/comfort stories:

Other zines include:

Meta/Further Reading

Official Fan Club

The official fan club published the zine Herculean Chronicle.