Here are some of mine....
First there was Jim. Jim Rockford.
And his prototype, Magnum.
I also loved the mysterious Remington Steele.
Today my heart belongs to...
Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files)
Dear Frankie's, Gerard Butler.
My hero is usually an underdog, and a reluctant hero. While he may have a layer of charm and machismo, he is still a down on his luck sort of guy.
What kind of hero do you write?
Types of heroes:
• classic hero
• reluctant heroes
• loner heroes
• tragic heroes
• bad boy heroes
Care to add any to the list?
Heroes have also been defined this way:
Alpha:The type A personality, stubborn, hard as ice, take charge, leader.
Suzanne Brockmann describes the Alpha Male well in this interview.
Beta: The nice guy, boy next door. He's a nerd on the outside, but he'll take off his Clark Kent glasses when he's against the wall.
Author, Alicia Rasley adds Delta and Theta:
The Delta - the dark and dangerous. His past is so dark, so damaging, and combines with such a darker temperament that he exiles himself from society and takes on loner/outlaw status. His issues have to do with the past and how to overcome it - guilt, shame, rage, isolation versus need for love.... Delta means change, and these heroes most of all must change to be able to give and accept love freely.
The Theta - the wounded. Theta means both death and art. These are the wounded creators, the ones too sensitive to put on the Delta's armor, and too passionate about life to kill themselves. Their very vulnerability to life's suffering makes them creative. They can be artists or writers or healers, but their way of dealing with pain is to create with it. The Theta's issues have to do often with the self-destructive nature of the artistic temperament-- substance abuse, loneliness, the need to stay open to life without dying of the pain of it.
And still another way to define your hero comes from author, Barbara Dawson Smith:
1. The Beast--the facade of a lion, heart of a pussycat.
2. The Bad Boy--the hero with the shady past.
3. The Knight in Shining Armor--the "untarnished and honorable hero"
4. The Prig-the hero who gets taken down a peg by the heroine
5. The Charmer-"the light hearted hero"
But what makes a hero a hero?
We write romance so we might like our hero to have
• The ability to charm old ladies
• Laughing eyes
• Great smile
• Nice back pockets
Any you'd care to add?
From Bookbug, Jayne Ann Krentz defines a hero:
The fundamental qualities of a true hero are the ancient, heroic qualities: honor, courage, determination. Nothing has changed since the dawn of storytelling. We still look for the same things today in a hero.
The qualities that define a hero can include:
No matter how you define your hero or whether he is Thomas Magnum or Luke Skywalker, Joseph Campbell laid out the path he must take in The Hero With a Thousand Faces, further clarified in Christopher Vogler's The Hero's Journey.
1.Ordinary World - The hero's normal world before the story begins
2.Call to Adventure - The hero is presented with a problem, challenge or adventure
3.Refusal of the Call - The hero refuses the challenge or journey, usually because he's scared
4. Meeting with the Mentor - The hero meets a mentor to gain advice or training for the adventure and to get them past their fear of the adventure.
5. Crossing the First Threshold - The hero crosses leaves the ordinary world and goes into the special world. He has committed to the adventure.
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies - The hero faces tests, meets allies, confronts enemies & learn the rules of the special world. He is training for the final test.
7. Approach - The hero has hit setbacks during tests & may need to try a new idea
8. Ordeal - The biggest life or death crisis. Facing his biggest fears.
9. Reward - The hero has survived death, overcomes his fear and now earns the reward.
10. The Road Back - The hero must return to the Ordinary World with increased urgency.
11. Resurrection Hero - The final test, the hero has to use everything he's learned
12. Return with Elixir - The hero returns from the journey with the “elixir”, and uses it to help everyone in the Ordinary
To sum it up, what makes a hero is his acceptance of the call to adventure and overcoming trials in a way that requires courage and sacrifice -- and in a way that benefits the humanity in some way.
Looking good in blue tights is a plus.