Hippolyta and her Magic Girdle
There are several versions of Hercules’ ninth labor, mostly surrounding Hippolyta’s death, so I’ll give you the most common one.
Hippolyta was the Amazonian queen and possessed a magic girdle, given to her by her father Ares, the god of war.
Eurystheus wanted this girdle for his daughter, so assigned the job of retrieving it to Hercules for his ninth task.
Hercules took his good friend Theseus with him on a ship and the Amazons greeted them with favor when they landed. Hippolyta came aboard to hear Hercules’ request for the belt and granted it to him.
Naturally, Hera blew steam from her ears when she heard about it and disguised herself as an Amazon, running through the crowd spreading rumors that Hercules was going to kidnap their queen.
The Amazons stormed the ship. When Hercules saw what was happening, he assumed Hippolyta had betrayed him. He kissed her, then killed her, taking the girdle from her dead body. What a guy…
He sailed away before the Amazons could engage him in battle, returning to Eurystheus with the magic girdle.