Topic 3: Characters - Heroes Tangent: The Powerpoint
You Know What a Hero Is • “The chief character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities.” • Usually the protagonist – we’ll get into this later. • If written poorly, they are among the characters most likely to degenerate into Mary Sues or Gary/Marty Stus.
Hero vs. Protagonist • Light Yagami, Death Note • Currently using a magical notebook which gives him the ability to kill people whose names he writes down in order to purge the world of evil. Has a god complex. • Hero? Dubious. • Protagonist? Yes.
Important Factors • Good qualities. • FLAWS. • Relatability. • Humanity. • Fallibility.
Hero Pitfalls • Making the hero too perfect. • Mary Stus and Gary Stus abound here! • Making the hero a jerk. • Poor handling of character traits like confidence and rebelliousness is a fast track to jerkiness. • Making the hero a self-insert. • Wish-fulfillment. • Making the hero boring. • Are minor characters stealing the spotlight?
The Anti Hero • “A protagonist who lacks the attributes of an archetypal hero, and possesses the attributes of an archetypal villain instead.” • Often acts as a foil to more archetypal heroes. • Superman vs. Batman.
The Ultimate Hero Challenge Challenge • In the middle of an otherwise empty room, there is a sword in a stone. However, the room is full of EVIL GENIUS ™ Fear Gas. Once the hero walks in, they are confronted with the sight of the thing they fear most in the world. • Your hero needs to overcome the Fear Gas and get that sword with their own skills as well as the help of any or all of these three items: • A paperclip, a 10-yard piece of rope, and a floating skull. • No word limit, must be in first person or third-person limited. • Be unique!