@powerherc: Yeah, I figured as much. I was mainly playing devil's advocate. I just sort of wonder if Hercules ever noticed the irony. In a way, he was one of the first for superheroes. Its the old story of the criminal creates their own worst enemy (or vice versa) . Hercules was the first mortal hero to experience this.
I think anyone would have to at least in a sad way appreciated the irony of his life. If Herc's life had followed Zeus' plan he would have probable slayed a few monsters and become a king like nearly every other hero. If Hera had tormented Hercules to the normal extent she did the other heroes she would have probable been the one who sent the monsters. It was only her going above and beyond (while Zeus barely did anything) that pushed Hercules so far.