Classically all fantasy novels would admit to one Hero within their character line up. Often the writer creates these ‘hero’s’ with specific characteristics and abilities; a stereo typical structure of a Hero if you like- a hero’s trope even.
So, what makes a hero?
To be a hero you have to be brave or have a trigger point in the characters life story that would have dramatic effects on their life’s outlook, hereby making them brave or sometimes reckless and uncaring. Most commonly we find hero’s saving others (whether that be a person, people, creatures or entire worlds) from undesired or unacceptable circumstances. Most of these hero’s are known in ya fantasy as the ‘chosen one’.
Here are some hero’s tropes?
Knight in shining armour – meaning the perfect man coming along at the perfect time to save someone from a bad situation
The pure hero – someone bread/ destined for a cause
The chosen one – someone whose destiny is to fulfil a prophecy
The anti-hero – the one who is technically ‘bad’ but we empathise with why they have become that way
Hero character forms;
A prince/ princess
The chosen one
A king/ Queen
An everyday person
A creature fantasy or otherwise
Someone/ something of influence
Someone/ something with genetic differences
Someone/ something whose considered unimportant
Someone/ something with physical differences
In short anyone has the potential to be a hero but not everyone choses to be.
A hero’s principles (classically) must be true, there heart pure and their mind sound. But modern literature has opened up the possibilities of heroism within a character’s formation whether they show this by the tiniest or largest of acts, when needed or not.
Thanks for tuning in to explore the ‘hero’ with me