Recently, I ran across the question: What’s your favorite heroes? Honestly, I’d never given it much thought. Before I could l answer it, I needed to take a look at the various types of heroes.
Here’s my list:
- The Perfect Hero
- The Misfit
- The Grizzled Old-Timer
- The Everyman
- The Anti-Hero
- The Prodigy
Without going into a complete diatribe of each type, they can easily be summarized using popular literature/comic book figures. Superman is the Perfect Hero—the embodiment of what is good in humanity. Harry Potter is the Misfit hero—think social outcast who manages to save the day. Fans of Star Wars might recognize Obi-wan Kenobi as the Old-Timer. This hero has done it all before and might be willing to teach a new generation what he knows. Arthur Dent, from the HItchikers Guide to the Galaxy, is the Everyman hero—he’s in the right place at the right time and chooses to do the right thing. Han Solo fills the shoes of the Anti-Hero. Finally, Luke Skywalker is the Prodigy Hero—for obvious reasons.
My top favorites are the Misfit, the Anti-Hero, and the Prodigy. Taking that I enjoy writing the broken man type of characters these choices would make perfect sense. None of these heroes ask for the title. Most of the time they stumble across a scenario requiring their help.
It may also explain my fondness for comic superheroes. A vast majority of them didn’t ask to be icons. Maybe it was an experiment gone wrong, or society dealing them a bad hand that prompts their heroics.
For me, the fun part is how these heroes deal with their fate in life. Just like the broken man, they can choose to either except the challenge or walk away.
Next time, I’ll look at my favorite heroines. Until then, drop me a line in the comments and tell me your favorite hero types.