Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 20, 2012

Factoid #27: Memorable Hero Attributes

Factoid #27:

Here are five attributes of memorable heroes.

  1. The hero is often a secondary character.
  2. The hero’s character arc is usually completed before the story begins.
  3. The hero will do anything, legal or illegal, to protect his loved ones.
  4. The hero is physically larger than life.
  5. The hero is a mix of angel and demon.


  1. This list confuses me, A.C. How can the hero’s story arc be over before the story begins? The character arc is integral to the story line, IMHO. Or how can the hero be a secondary character? Isn’t the hero, by definition, the main character of a story?

    • Hi Tam, In this case, the heroine is the protagonist. She owns the story and must move through the character arc. Often, the most compelling heroes appear in stories where they are the love-interest, the supporting character. In “Gone with the Wind”, Scarlett was the main character. But Rhett was so mesmerizing that casting him in the movie was nearly impossible. Other delectable examples include J. D. Robb’s Roarke (Eve Dallas’s story), Diana Gabaldon’s James Fraser (Claire Randall’s story), and Karen Marie Moning’s Jericho Barrons (MacKayla Lane’s story). I suspect all three of these heroes will be as difficult to cast in movies as Rhett was. And I hope they do make the movies, soon. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

      • Aha! Thanks for the clarification!

      • You’re so welcome, Tam. Cheers and have a great weekend, Ashley

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