Heroes Fortnight: What Makes A Good Hero

In this last article of Heroes Fortnight, we consider what makes a good hero.

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“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”
(Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire)

For the last article in Heroes Fortnight, we’re going to think about what we have learnt from studying different heroes and heroines over the past two weeks and summarise here what makes a good hero and how to make your hero stand out.

Being a good person does not necessarily make a good character or hero. When we use the word ‘good’ here, we’re talking about a well-developed three-dimensional character. The following factors are what can help you make your hero strong in more than just the physical sense.

Make your hero flawed, it makes them feel human.

Looking back over our favourite heroes: Mulan (with her many insecurities), Buffy (who has…

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