Monday, 4 January 2016

'C' is for Classical Hero

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(Mr Perfect. Just who I don't want to see on a Monday morning.)

You and me both, Ivy, and I don't say that lightly.

The Classical Hero is goodness personified...and that pretty much sums up his personality. He (and it usually is a he) is handsome, noble, and -

(- Completely unbearable.)

In a word, yes. The Classical Hero is reguarly dismissed as boring and unrealistic. He's also the number one male character archetype to be accused of being a Marty Stu.

(Well who wants to read about some blonde-haired, blue-eyed chosen one who always wins and never sins?)

I do, actually.

(...Why doesn't that surprise me?)

Cast as the foil to an Anti-Hero, the Classical Hero provides an interesting (and often amusing) dynamic. It's also a great way to develop a usually flat character, with the Classical Hero growing less uptight over time.

Classical Heroes in literature include -
  • Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games - in the first book at the very least. In an ARENA DEATHMATCH, his ONE KILL was an ACCIDENT. He still won.
        (You're never going to get over that, are you?)
  • Jason Grace from The Heroes of Olympus series. Though he may just appear as one in comparison to Percy, and he still goes through character development.
  • Theodore from The Castle of Otrano, which is generally regarded as the first ever Gothic novel. Traditionally, if there's a good guy in a Gothic story, he's this type of hero.
Do you want to see Classical Heroes die out, or do you think that they still have their uses? Drop anymore that you can think of in the comments.