Not all heroes are created equal, though there is a brand of hero-stereotype out there.
You know the ones-
The Superman hero: Kind, generous, honest, gentle, strong, handsome, smart, noble…. The list goes on.
Who can argue with the dashing, determined, and darling hero whose kind heart propels him forward into good works to save the damsel, kill the dragon, defeat the bad-guy. It’s the noble guy. The Captain America or Luke Skywalker. Yes…that’s ONE type of hero – but I want to start a discussion today about the OTHER kind of hero. The one who USUALLY takes the lead role in a movie and sets our Mr. Good-Guy to a complimentary supporting character place.
In a massive cast like Lord of the Rings, there are bound to be a whole group of heroes.
Wholesome, good, and FANTASTIC archer, Legolas, stands out in this group – or Gandalf the white.
Let’s look at a few of the BEST movie heroes of all time and see how they rank with the above definition.
Here’s what I found:
- James Bond
- Indiana Jones
- Captain Jack Sparrow
- Rhett Butler
- Han Solo
Can this motley crew be a group of heroes too? Of course they can. Some of the BEST heroes are the most flawed ones – and I think that’s what makes them the most interesting. I guess that's why Wolverine is gettig his own movie and Cyclops isn't.
It’s why James Bond is an icon and Han Solo gets a higher ranking than Luke Skywalker.
Superman vs Batman? The difference is visibly obvious. But they’re BOTH heroes. Flaws. Flaws (and I daresay, humor too :) We want to see a flawed guy reach beyond his flaws and become something greater for the woman he loves.
Let’s pit Mr. Bingley against Mr. Darcy (no offense Jane Austen) What makes us fall in love with Darcy? (besides wet shirts and ‘almost kisses’….uh hem) Complexity of character. A flawed hero. An opportunity for love to change a man to be better.
And I’m a BIG Captain American Fan- especially played by Chris Evans – but I like Chris playing the Human Torch in The Fantastic Four better because he was so daggone flawed, it was relatable. He needed rescuing. He needed to push beyond his flaws to become something greater. It’s how Jack Sparrow became the icon of Pirates of the Caribbean. A good-hearted pirate? (mind you, I’ve never gotten past the eyeliner)
And let’s not even mention Edward Rochester. Flawed? Let me count the ways.
My oldest son added the teen criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl – who becomes the HERO! Some more? Flynn Rider? Sherlock Holmes (the newest BBC edition is FAB)
So – what say you? Flaws or no flaws? What do you write? If you could claim any hero as your creation, who would you have picked and why? Inquiring minds want to know!