Hercule is a character in the Dragon Ball series. He has a large collection of names as he is also called Mister Satan and Hercule Satan. However, his real name is Mark. In the original Japanese media, his name is Mr. Satan but he was named Hercule by FUNimation and Viz Media’s English dubs of the manga. It is widely believed that he was named Hercules because of the tradition of Dragon Ball to remove Judeo-Christian contents with the sole aim of pleasing their Western audience. Hercule was coined from “Hercules”, named after the son of the Greek god Zeus.
Mr. Satan or rather, Hercule loves golf, expensive cars, auctions and eating high class steak. He is seen on numerous occasions eating spaghetti and meatballs and also owns a car with registration number “666” which reminds us why he is known as Mr. Satan.
In Dragon Ball Z, Mr. Satan won the World Martial Arts Tournament when Goku and his Z Fighters were on a mission to Namek and against the Androids. He is a boastful character that boasted during the Cell games that he is the “best fighter in the world”. He loves flirting a lot and gets turned on by anything feminine which made him lose the trust of his wife and daughter, Videl. He is scared of seeing Videl with a boy and tried to protect her at all costs except at the hands of people stronger than him.
Despite his greedy attitude, he is a decent, kind-hearted, sensitive and honorable character. He is concerned about seeking justice and protecting the innocent and he gets angry when he sees innocent people being abused. When his family members faces threat, he shows an admirable level of courage and it was evident when he got the head of Android 16, risking his life in the process. That singular act ensured Gohan’s transformation to Super Saiyan 2.
Hercule exhibited the trait of a good man in the Majin Buu Saga, his kindness and bravery towards the Majin Buu ensured Kid Buu’s defeat towards the end of Kid Buu Saga. He has saved the lives of Vegeta, Majin Buu and Bee at different occasions and he possesses the skill of an orator. He also helped the Z Fighters to raise the Super Spirit Bomb to defeat Kid Buu. Goku and his crew saw the good in Hercule at the end of Dragon Ball Z and declared that he is a noble hero.