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"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" Hercules on Trial (TV Episode 1998) Poster

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Hercules: Ares. Why do I get the feeling you're behind this?

Ares: Oh, I wish! The irony is delicious. You in the pokey, put here by the same boresome mortals you insist on protecting. I'm sorry, I just find that priceless.

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Spencius: Hercules means well, but we can't ignore the facts. Around him, because of what he does, people die. A lot. He causes others to reach beyond their abilities. He admits his dislike of the gods and encourages us all to ignore their edicts. He disrupts our order, our perfect order. Think of the effect on future generations. Heroism. Follow your heart. Do what you think is best. It corrupts our youth. It puts the future of our great city-state in peril. It's treason!

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Hercules: I have resisted the gods, because instead of helping us, they interfere with us. And I have bent the law when my heart tells me it's unjust, because justice is not about the letter of the law, but the spirit. And I do try to inspire others to be everything they are capable of being. If this is sedition, then I am guilty.

Hercules: But there is something more on trial here. The hero. A hero is a person who's not afraid to risk his life for another. And sometimes, like Kazankus, it means losing that life. It's what separates us from the animals and from the gods who would like us to believe we are less than we are. And that is why we all need heroes, to set a higher standard that others can aspire to. If I'm guilty of this, then I'm proud of it. If this is sedition, then I'm proud of that too and you might as well sentence me, because I won't stop trying to do what's right. My heart won't allow it. If this is wrong, take me now.

Iolaus: No, take me. I am Hercules. I think like him, I try to be like him. If you think what he's doing is wrong, you'll have to banish me too.

Jason: No, take me. I am Hercules.

[others chime in, claiming to be Hercules as well]

Galea: I am Hercules.

Judge: Don't say it! If we proceed, I shall have to banish myself, also. I am Hercules! Case dismissed.

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