Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

Here is a short (but fairly complete) list of things that I am into: magic, heroes, quests, monsters, Ancient Greece, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, thighs, chins, muscles, loincloths, and butts. So IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT about Hercules, the new Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson vehicle opening this Friday!

As far as I can tell from the trailer, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays the legendary hero Hercules, son of Zeus (his mom is either some regular lady or Zeus's 100% legit wife Hera, depending on how accurate/moralistic your movie decides to be), and basically just runs around killing jumbo zoo animals and yelling his own name. But The Rock isn't the first hunk to step into Hercules's International Male gladiator sandals! Oh ho ho ho no! I took a look back at some of pop culture's most memorable Herculeses, and—because this is the internet—I ranked them. By their butts.*


13. Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

I know K-Sorb's Hercules is mildly iconic, and I know that without him there would be no Xena, and I know this shit ran for hella seasons so somebody must have been watching it (taxicab confession: it was me; I was watching it), but DUDE IS KIND OF THE WORLD'S AWKWARDEST DWEEB. Seriously, try re-watching. He has like the exact cadence of Harris from Freaks and Geeks.

Length of Loincloth: PANTS. :( 0/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


12. Animated Tate Donovan (Disney's Hercules)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

IDK, man, this is a cartoon. His neck is thicker than his shoulders and his face looks like a pile of cinnamon rolls. Do cartoons even have genitals? I feel like when you lift up a cartoon's loincloth it's just Patrick Warburton's face doing vocal warm-ups.

Length of Loincloth: Pretty short, actually. Lotta man-thigh for a kids' movie. 6/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


11. Hercules the Dog (Hercules Saves Christmas)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

Ugh, what? Why is this invisible dog saving Christmas with the help of a lonely orphan and a magic cell phone? Why is Mackenzie Phillips there? WHERE ARE ALL THE MUSCLES!?

Dialogue sample:

Orphan: A TALKING DOG ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Dog: No, I'm Hercules. You're on my list. The naughty list.

Orphan: The naughty list? Are you serious.

Dog: No, I'm HERCULES.

Orphan: I'M on the naughty list? Are you serious?

Dog: NO, I'M HERCULES.

Keep it going, guys. I think you're about to turn the corner.

Length of Loincloth: If by "loincloth" you mean "jangling dog testes," then the answer is loooooooooong. Really, really, really long. 2/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


10. Gordon Scott (Hercules vs. Moloch)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

This Herc is kind of a snooze. NO wisecracking, minimal womanizing, and also I'm not totally sure that he is Hercules, because TBH I fast-forwarded through like 80% of this movie. I think he's actually a prince who's pretending to be a gladiator named Hercules so he can infiltrate this rival kingdom and beat up a guy with a dog for a head. That beard should have tipped them off right away, though, because everyone knows that the real Hercules was a huge blonde guy with a shaved chest who looked like my Norwegian cousin Karl-Oddvar. You know, like how the Ancient Greeks probably looked.

Length of Loincloth: FULLY ABOVE THE CHEEKS. 10/10 WOULD LOINCLOTH AGAIN.

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


9. Kellan Lutz (Legend of Hercules)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

WHAT IS A "KELLAN LUTZ."

Length of Loincloth: Project Runway garbage challenge third runner-up. 7/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


8. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Hercules in New York)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

WHAT COMEDY GENIUS PUT THIS BARELY SENTIENT TRAPEZOID IN A MOVIE!?!?!? Because I would like to give them a medal and my firstborn son and your firstborn son.

Length of Loincloth: Ugh, not just pants, but modern pants. 1/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


7. Richard Harrison (Son of Hercules vs. Medusa)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

Honestly, I wanted to put this dude in the top three but I had to deduct points because he isn't actually Hercules (he's Perseus, "son of Hercules"***). His thigh game isn't quite up to a Mickey Hargitay level, but THERE'S JUST SOMETHING SO CUTE ABOUT HIM. Sometimes he sits around and talks to this deer about his feelings and secretly the deer is like, "Man, I'm late for a deer meeting," but he sticks it out because Perseus is just the kind of solid bro you show up for, you know?

Length of Loincloth: Insouciant! 7/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


6. Ian Bohen (Young Hercules film)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

I would have ranked this guy lower, but I feel like he's already suffered enough by being savagely kicked out of his own franchise and replaced by Ryan Gosling. Also I couldn't find a shot of his butt, because this is a family film. His butt probably looks like the rest of him, which is to say, not Ryan Gosling.

Length of Loincloth: Paaaaaaaaants. :(((((((( 0/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


5. Steve Reeves (Hercules)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

I mean, come on. Whose waist is like that? PROVE TO ME YOU ARE NOT SOME SORT OF ENORMOUS, RUFFLY HYMENOPTERA.

Length of Loincloth: Deadly. I am dead. Look at the ruffles. Dead. 10/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


4. Mickey Hargitay (Hercules vs. Hydra)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

Giant dork, huge thighs. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 (Also, he's Mariska Hargitay's dad! Jayne Mansfield is in this movie too, and apparently she was like, "I'm only doing it if you cast my giant dorky husband as Hercules," and then THEY DID.)

Length of Loincloth: So short it folds back in on itself and becomes negative loincloth, shrinking all area loincloths into mist. 11/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


3. Kirk Morris (Hercules, Samson, and Ulysses)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

I don't know who this dude is but he's serving me Fritz-from-Swiss-Family-Robinson realness and I am riding a fucking ostrich into the past POSTHASTE.

Length of Loincloth: To claim that this cloth even begins to cover the loins would get you ostraka'd straight to the Better Business Agora amirite. 10/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Hercules)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is my favorite actor who isn't John Goodman.

Length of Loincloth: So flappy!!! 8/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


1. Ryan Gosling (Young Hercules TV series)

Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked

DOY.

Length of Loincloth: WHOOOOOO CAAAAARES. 100000000/10

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


*Obviously all butts are good butts. I'm grading on a curve here.**

**Two curves.

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Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked


Lead illustration by Jim Cooke.