My Top Ten Heroes
10. Ramona Quimby
8. Harry Potter
I gotta give credit where credit is due, Harry an alright hero. It isn’t his exploits that make him pretty freaking fantastic, it’s his growth. He starts as a kid, doing kid things and we experience the wonder of magic and all that jazz. Then midway through the series, it gets deep, students start dying and suddenly you have a full-blown war on your hands. Harry is the epitome of the hero’s journey. He grows with his villain, with the challenges he faces, and we watch him move from boy to man to warrior. His arc is incredible.
7. Ellen Ripley
6. Wonder Woman
5. Michael the Archangel
4. Rocky Balboa
It isn’t that he’s nice with the lightsaber. It isn’t that he learned the secret of immortality. It’s that he’s willing to do what he has to do. No matter what. Obi-Wan had to take out his boy—his BEST FRIEND—and did it masterfully: 3 severed limbs and left him to burn. Alive. Then hung out in the desert to watch over his kid. That’s commitment.
Supe is a god trying to be a man. When you strip away the cape and the bullet-proof-ness, the lasers that shoot out his eyes and the ability to fly faster than the speed of light, well, you still have a bunch of other powers. But, at base, he’s an orphan trying to fit in, trying to find his way in a world he’ll never truly be a part of. He’s a loner, in a different way than, say, Batman—he’ll outlive us all, he’ll forever be alone. And yet, he shows up every day, S on his chest, trying to do the right thing.
I love Spidey because he’s just a kid who got powers one day and tried to make the best of the situation. He loses everything important to him, he doesn’t always know what he’s doing, he makes mistakes. He has incredible one-liners. And somehow he’s still trying to find a way to balance all his responsibilities. Be who he should be to everyone in his life. He wins some; he fails a lot. But he’s who and what we’d be—what I’d be—if we were in his shoes.
There you have it folks, my Top Ten Heroes. Now back to our regularly scheduled villainy programming.
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