Everyone needs a hero. That’s what Aunt May said to Peter Parker in the movie Spider-Man (2002). What do you think?
Well, let’s consider… as we go about our daily lives with the hustle and bustle, ups and downs, highs and lows – and let’s not talk about anything specific like – politics…YIKES!
Ergo, I believe, we sometime have the need to escape and live vicariously through the adventure and adversity of our favorite hero or heroine.
Thank goodness for books and movies! There are so many great ones out there which capture the heart and soul of our favorite heroes and bring them to life!
It seems the more complex and flawed they are, the more empathetic we are, and the more we love them. We also love them for their bravery, their loyalty, their intellect, their desire to conquer evil, often sacrificing their own personal welfare for a greater good.
Some of my fictional heroes and heroines are also regular men and women who, against all odds, survive through grit, determination, and integrity, in a world where the odds are stacked against them.
Below is my list of top 20 heroes and heroines. I had a difficult time putting them in order of most favorite and eventually gave up. But, here’s my list. Check it out:
Top 20 Favorite Heroes and Heroines:
1. Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee (1960)
2. Clarice Starling – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
3. James T. Kirk – Star Trek (1966 – present) 3 seasons
4. Spock – Star Trek (1966 – present) 3 seasons
5. James Bond – Gold Finger, From Russia With Love, Die Another Day, Skyfall (and others) – by Ian Fleming ( Portrayed by Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig)
6. Annalise Keaton – How to Get Away With Murder (2014 – present)
7. Jason Bourne – The Bourne Series – by Robert Ludlam
8. Alex Cross – Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls (and others) – by James Patterson
9. Virgil Tibbs – In the Heat of the Night (Movie – 1967 and Series 1988 – 1995)
10. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) – To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee (1960)
11. Jackie Brown – Jackie Brown (1997)
12. James Evans – Good Times (1974 – 1979)
13. Harry Bosch – The Lincoln Lawyer, The Drop, The Black Box (and others) – by Michael Connelly
14. Myron Bolitar – Home, Deal Breaker, Drop Shot (and others) – by Harlan Coben
15. Neo – The Matrix (1999)
16. John Luther – Luther (2010 – 2016)
17. Ethan Hunt – Mission Impossible – (Movies 1996 -2015)
18. John Quincy Archibald – John Q. (2002)
19. Vanessa Michael Munroe – The Informationist, The Catch, The Innocent (and others) – by Taylor Stevens
20. Jamie Fraser – Outlander – by Diana Gabaldon
Honorable Mention: Jackson Brody – Elysian Escape by Catherine Tucker (future publication)
That’s my list. So what do you think? Drop me a line and let me know who some of your favorite heroes or heroines are.
As alway thanks for stopping by!