Fade Out
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Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Season 5
Antagonist Ares
Setting Year 4
Original Air-Date May 3, 1999
Written By Gene O'Neill & Noreen Tobin
Directed By Mark Beesley
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 101
Order in Season 20
Previous Episode "Once Upon a Future King"
Next Episode "My Best Girl's Wedding"
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A scheme by Ares, Discord and Ares' new lackey Deimos has cursed a whole village into starting to fade out of existence. When Hercules breaks the stone that has caused the curse, it is him that starts to fade away.




No Gods or other deities were killed during the production of this motion picture. They just faded away.

Background InformationEdit

  • Deimos is said to be Strife's cousin. Ares notes the similar appearance of the two – a nod to Joel Tobeck playing both roles.
  • While arguing with Discord, Iolaus II references his brief time with Nautica in "Love on the Rocks".
  • Discord states that she is Ares' second-in-command – a position she sought in "Porkules" following Strife's death.
  • Deimos mentions Strife being dead, which happened in "Armageddon Now".
  • On the DVD commentary by Kevin Sorbo, Kevin talks about how Hercules never kills Henchmen like Xena does, he explains that Hercules only ever knocks them out cold, but later in this episode, Hercules rolls a giant rock over two men killing them both, it may be also noted that Hercules asks the men if they want the rock pushed on them, in which both men in fear for their lives say no, but Hercules kills them anyway.

Memorable QuotationsEdit

"Before we met, you saw yourself as a jester, so that's what you were. I saw you as a hero who didn't know it yet. Once you saw yourself that way, too; well, that's what you became. We are who we perceive ourselves to be."

Hercules to Iolaus II

"Make no mistake, my friends, death is the real issue here."
"Nobody has to die."
"You may not fear death, half-god, but we do!"

Old Man and Hercules

"Nice try, Deimos."
[reverts to normal] "How'd ya know?"
"Your annoying laugh." [Deimos starts laughing] "That wasn't a compliment!"

Hercules and Deimos

"The secret to understanding women is to realize that they don't actually need men. Now if they ever figure this out it will be a sad day indeed, so we must never let them use tools, take out the garbage, or open their own doors."

Ares to Deimos

"They, uh, look enough alike, don't you think?"
"Do not. I'm taller, and he's dead."

Ares and Deimos in regards to Strife

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