Probably one of the oldest written about characters with huge popularity, would be Hercules. Of all the Greek myths and legends, he seems to be the one that has stood out the most. The likes of Zeus and Hera were always around and continue to be, but Hercules always seems to take front and center in most stories. And why not? He was an ancient times Superman, without the kryptonite. How many times have you seen him portrayed in a story?