Iolaus was depressed by his failure to save a woman from falling to her death, and he told Hercules to find another partner. Fortune, the Goddess of Luck, was behind it all. Feeling bad for Iolaus, she tried to make amends by wiping his memory of the tragedy. Unfortunately, the meddlesome Fortune accidentally erased his entire memory, includingall hismemories of Hercules. Iolaus went to work for the troublemaker Zeno and wound up fighting Hercules until the son of Zeus convinced his friend he had the heart of a hero -- not a killer. Then Hercules summoned Fortune, who restored Iolaus' memory.moreless
Iolaus being unable to harm Hercules even while having amnesia echoes a similar occurrence in "Prince Hercules", where the roles were reversed.
Fortune, the Goddess of Luck, makes her first and only appearance in the Herc/Xenaverse.
Nitpick: Iolaus's last memory is robbing a vendor when he was a teenager, referring to events from the Young Hercules movie. However, the producers forget that Hercules and Iolaus knew each other as children as seen in the movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women".
Goof: When Iolaus is cheating at cards, you see him pull a card out of his vest while his female companion is distracting the other players. Then an insert shot shows him doing the same thing again.
Hercules: I knew you wouldn't hurt me.
Iolaus: I don't even know why I didn't.
Hercules: Because you're my best friend. You have been for years.
Iolaus: I never laid eyes on you before.
Hercules: Iolaus, why are you helping Zeno? He's a criminal.
Iolaus: Yeah, he's a criminal. He's my friend.
Iolaus: I'm going to cut you three ways.
Zeno: Yeah, I know, deep wide and frequent.
Iolaus: (After some villagers lionize Hercules and forget him) You know, Hercules, I've noticed that your thanks are getting a lot bigger and mine are, eh...
Iolaus: Hercules, I always thought it would be me who got hurt taking too many chances trying to be as much of a hero as you. Now somebody else pays the price.
Thanatos: (Strong-arming a merchant in a protection racket) Zeno wants his fifty dinars.
Phobias: Oh, listen to Mr Death! Fifty dinars, why not a hundred?!
Thanatos: (Taking him seriously) That would be okay.
Phobias: You can't get blood from a turnip.
Iolaus: (Motioning to Thanatos) No, friend. But he can get blood out of you. And he will, if you don't pay up.
Spiro: (When they are ambushed) Don't worry, Herc! I've got your back!
(Spiro leaps from the wagon only to be decked immediately)
Hercules: How comforting.
Hercules: Thanatos?! He has a name that means death?!
Iolaus: Who are you?!
Fortune: Depending on how it goes, your best friend or your worst nightmare.
Disclaimer: As Fortune would have it, Iolaus' memory was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.
To be able to cry for his mourning scene, Michael Hurst used his memories and feelings of his recently born son.
Xeno: At last, an honest man. Old Diogenes would be pleased.
Xeno is referring to the Cynic Philosopher Diogenes of Sinope. One of the stories told about him is that he used to walk around the agora of Athens during the day carrying a torch or lantern. When asked what he was doing, he would answer, "I am just looking for an honest man." Unfortunately, in his opinion he found nothing but rascals and scoundrels.
Greek Mythology: Fortune
This character was based on Fortuna, the Roman goddess of luck, and was often represented as blind and veiled. The Greek version of this Goddess was named Tyche.
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