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What makes a great hero?

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular.
We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes.
It just depends on the day…Brad Meltzer

Epic heroes are created from a combination of things. What kind of the combination you use when you have to create the character for your story? 

The first step in making a character great is to imagine it in your own mind. 
When you do this, your subconscious will begin the process of constructing a character that’s larger than life. 
Now, when the hero is THERE, what techniques can be used to make him/or her great?

A. Molchanov’s pick:

  • mystery
  • purpose
  • limitation/flaw/defect
  • powers/abilities

Every hero should have a character flaw, something that may be ruining their life.

Paul Brown’s pick:

5 ‘bright’ qualities for each hero (as a minimum):

  • Quality 1 – any
  • Quality 2 – any
  • Quality 3 – The Mask (the way he represent himself to the world)
  • Quality 4 – Behind The Mask (what he’s hiding from all other heroes/the world)
  • Quality 5 – weirdness

Why the mask, weirdness and the mystery? Because it is more psychologically trustworthy, and that means – more interesting. 

James Frey’s pick:

If your hero is a detective:

  • courage
  • professionalism
  • special talent
  • ingenuity
  • intelligence
  • he must have a ‘wound’/past 
  • or he must be outside of the law

What do you think? Your ‘pick’? 🙂 Add anything you like! 

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Next post – psycho-logical tale “Greed”

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Living in Sweden. Awesome. Happy. Ayurvedic food. Healthy lifestyle. Dogs. Literature. Painting. Meditation/Yoga. I love my life.
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51 thoughts on “What makes a great hero? Leave a comment

  1. Went to a Brad Meltzer and Elmore Leonard lecture at the Tucson Book Festival a few years back. What did they discussed, you guessed it, character development. You have it down with this post. Well done.

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  2. I like Hand-cock!

    Tina Turner once told us that ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero.’ Will Smith sets out to prove her right…Superhero and parody…As you said…there are heroes, and there are superheroes… and then there’s Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility… Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think – until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey!

    Now this is my kinda guy…a total Whanker….(a.k.a Shanker)

    Have a great day !

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  3. Hmmm…..this is not something I have ever put mind to but….. I like the “mask ” idea. The mask person and the real person behind the mask. We could be conned into believing the mask and then at a critical moment …BAM….the mask comes off. Perhaps it is torn off by another character….or ripped off by the mask person himself or herself….of events in masks life remove the mask bit , by bit, by bit. Hmmmmm…..interesting.

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  4. Nice post, Ray… I’ve not much to add, really, but I think that for a great hero, courage (definitely as opposed to ‘fearlessness’) is a must.
    Also they’ve got to be flawed (haha preferably a shedload of flaws) otherwise we can’t empathise with them. (They’d fall into the category of ‘smug’).

    If I were to write a hero, I think I’d give him at least half a dozen phobias and/or disorders. 😉

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  5. Thank you for stopping at my blog and following me. I have followed you also and hopped around here a little this afternoon as well. I love how your site is laid out – I think I’m going to have to jazz up my site a little more. Maybe for Spring? I especially liked the post with the dogs … this looks to be a fun site.

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  6. Thank you for stopping at my blog and following me. I have followed you also and hopped around here a little this afternoon as well. I love how your site is laid out – I think I’m going to have to jazz up my site a little more. Maybe for Spring? I especially liked the post with the dogs … this looks to be a fun site. Hope my comment “took” – WordPress said I made a duplicate comment – oops.

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  7. I hate rules!! Probably that’s why I haven’t written a book yet. If I ever do, it would be completely ruleless and as crazy as my doors. I’m curious to read about your heroes though, I’m sure you’re going to bend those rules too.

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    • Ruleless book sounds COOL 🙂 you def should write it! Soon!! 😄
      I’m writing young adult fiction now. Not sure if it’s my genre lol not sure who is my hero lol
      So we’ll see how it goes :)) 👋

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