The freed Hercule was given command of the army and drove back the enemy with ease. In honor of his exploits, the entire kingdom held a grand ceremony. However, their merriment was short-lived. As Hercule stood before the king to receive his commendation, he swiftly plunged a hidden dagger into his heart. When the king collapsed, Hercule turned to the crowd and proclaimed, "I am now your lord. If anyone wishes to challenge me, then step forward." None did.
See Hercule the Antihero.
Hercule is a French variant of Hercules. Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter) and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures.
An antihero or antiheroine is a leading character in a story who, unlike a traditional hero, lacks conventional heroic qualities – such as idealism, courage & morality – and acts in an unheroic manner.
Artwork by Yuan Qiujian.