Cassandra is Hercules's second best friend after Icarus, who is in love with, and obsessed with marrying her. Despite this, Cassandra does not (usually) return Icarus' affections, and mostly it seems she merely tolerates his presence. Deep down, she truly does see him as a friend.
Cassandra has the ability to see the future (usually disasters), although her visions are rarely believed. When Cassandra has a vision, her eyes turn green and swirl around. A running gag is that when Cassandra makes sarcastic comments, Hercules and Icarus listen, but when she has visions, they rarely believe her.
Cassandra even pointed this out in the episode "Hercules and the All-Nighter", where she and Icarus switched personalities as a side affect of sleep deprivation. Although she is gloomy and anti-social, Cassandra can also be very caring, even to Icarus.
The Myth behind the CharacterEdit
Cassandra is the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, rulers of Troy. Because of her beauty, Apollo, as God of Prophecy, in order to win her love gave her the ability to see into the future. In another version, it was snakes that gave her the ability to hear the future in Apollo's temple and, in some versions, the ability to understand animals. However, for not returning his love, Apollo cursed her so that others would not believe her predictions.
Cassandra was loved by the son of the king of Phrygia, Coroebus, who came to the aid of Troy during the Trojan War out of love for her. When he saw her being dragged off by the Greeks, he attempted to rescue her and was killed. Cassandra was taken to Mycenae as the slave of the Greek commander, King Agammemnon, where, as Cassandra had foreseen, his jealous and treacherous wife Clytemnestra murdered both her husband and Cassandra with an axe.
Cassandra is a Greek figure of epic and tragic proportions. She is a mix of deep understanding and powerlessness.