Heroes: Why I Love Them

Remember when Trang told us to embrace our dark side with her Villains: Why I Love Them post? As much as I agree that villains are amazing when done properly—I am myself a huge fan of antiheroes—I could not let heroes dwell in the shadows!

Here’s why I love me some great heroes!

1. They make the toughest decisions in life

Think about it. The pressure that these heroes go through to make the right decision. They often go through the infamous trolley problem in all its various forms. Nothing like testing their inner utilitarian to see if they’d sacrifice the needs of one for those of the many. I know I’d have a tough time!

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2. They set the example

Their patience, their humility, their confidence, their courage and their altruism. Far too often a hero demonstrates these traits in their rawest and purest form. A well-rounded hero that showcases these simply send shivers down my spine and make me want to do good deeds in great number!

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3. They give us hope

Just think about all the evil individuals in a position of power in today’s society. Their intentions and plans to satisfy their personal needs baffles us and hope only seems to shrink every second. Heroes are those that remind us that the world will never plunge into absolute darkness. All you need is a spark that will light the fire that will burn the darkness. See what I did there? 🙂

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4. They help us understand failure

No lies. Heroes teach us how to take a beating and get back on our feet. They show us that real failure is the inability to understand the purpose of said failure. It’s not about the number of times you fall down. It’s about getting back up and trying again.

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5. They’re smart as hell

Trang’s right. A great villain makes an even better hero. But man. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the wit of our heroes? Just when you think the villain has put an end to our hero, they just come up with the most astonishing trick so that justice can prevail!

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All right. Doing this was hella hard. But I just had to challenge Trang’s post for fun. 😀

I definitely agree though. Complex villains are just way too awesome. But hey. Heroes are just as awesome and what they show us is just so valuable that nowadays I feel like we just overlook them for all our villainous desires.

Moral of this story?

Heroes help us get through life.

What do you think? Do you love yourself some great heroes too? Why? 😀

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52 comments

  • This post is amazing! (And I love the gifs, haha). I always love rooting for heroes and seeing them overcome obstacles, be it emotionally and physically. I especially love seeing real life heroes do their jobs and keep the inspiration going. Yay for heroes!

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    • Thank you so much, Aila! I knowww, the progress they go through is sometimes sooo crazy. Especially in series. When you think about what they were like in the first book compared to the last one, it’s simply mind-blowing what they go through. And yaaass to real-life heroes! 😀

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  • I loved this post Lashaan! I love heroes… I actually don’t mind books where the villain is mother nature or yourself, etc. Not a physically embodied person because I feel like Heroes are about moving through difficulty and that spot of trouble can come from the most mundane sources as well! I think that’s why I relate to heroes more than villains… Going bad is so darn easy… It’s a giving in NOT a KEEP TRYING, GOING, PERSEVERING… 😉 So, so good…

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    • Yay! That is indeed true! I also love villains that are actually concepts instead of tangible things/people. It makes for a very philosophical read in the right author’s hands. 😀 Absolutely. That self-control is everything. Flirting with the dark side only to find reason and get back on your feet. Gosh. Heroes are definitely just as awesome as villains! 😛

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  • Sorry but like you said, I think Trang’s arguments are way TOO awesome (*subtle hint *you made a little typo in that sentence). I’ve been reading your blog for years now and I don’t think you need to put up posts like this going up against each other. Weirdly, your posts also look more and more like Trangs. Maybe you guys decide it on purpose ? I loved the way you wrote your posts and now it just doesn’t feel authentic anymore. I’ve always been a passive reader. the group of people who loved to read your posts but rarely commented. But now I have to comment to let you know my feelings about it. I don’t want to be offensive, it’s just what I observed. I excuse in advance if I ever hurt your feelings. I just like being honest since I admire your blog greatly.

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    • Hi Steve,

      Thank you for pointing out that little typo. Rare are those who take the time to do such a thing on my posts. Or even on Trang’s.

      I do not understand where you are coming from with us “going up against each other”. We have never gone up against each other. We are close friends who love to discuss anything and everything. I’ve always challenged her and even played devil’s advocate against her in all the years I’ve known her. For you to have an issue with our chemistry is not something I can change.

      I do not understand how you see my posts having lost their authenticity. Everything I write comes straight from me and nothing I do is to bash/hate/steal/rip off Trang’s content. Trang was also very interested in seeing if I could even make a heroes post after her villain’s post. She, just like I, knew that it would be a challenge to even come up with arguments.

      I do not believe that you have been a long time reader of my posts, Steve. If so, you would know that my style is not similar to Trang’s and anything we do on OUR blog aim to make each of us better at what we post. If you are referring to the graphics I have created in the couple of past posts, then know that I have always praised Trang’s natural talent at creating her graphics and have been motivated me into trying to improve my own skills. Lately I haven’t even done anything like those, so I’m not sure why you’d think my content aren’t authentic.

      It is the first time I have ever heard of you Steve and it’s okay if you did not enjoy this post. It is very nice to hear that my posts in the past have intrigued you too. Wish you had shared your appreciation when it was the case.

      I appreciate your honesty and hope you’ll continue to read Trang’s content if not mine.

      Happy Holidays.

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  • Terrific post, and I agree with you. Great heroes can really make a difference. I read a fantasy novel a few years back called Dragons of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickmann. In it an ancient god returned and almost destroyed the entire world. A bunch of heroes stood up, but were ultimately in all likelyhood headed to their doom. When the god challenged them it said ” Why stand up to me? Your world is dead, your hope is dead, really what’s left fighting for” One of the heroes answered by saying ” Each other” I always found that such a powerful scene and pretty much describes what heroes do and that’s to always keep on fighting the good fight! Awesome post, really enjoyed this one 😀

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    • Thanks man! I appreciate that a lot. Duuude, I know what you mean. I think the whole solidarity thing is what I love most when all the characters are well-built. Makes me love everything so much more. A team of heroes who just won’t stop and just keep going is just soooo inspiring.

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  • “3. THEY GIVE US HOPE”

    Dang right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Even if that had been your only point, it would have been enough for me. Of course, that Spiderman gif with his face going all smooshy was a bit ugly, but well, I guess even Heroes can’t be beautiful ALL the time 🙂
    And I totally agree with your ending point. It’s what keeps me coming back time and again to fantasy and sf…

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    • Hahahaahh aww ye!! Couldn’t skip on that point. And yep. I remember you mentioning that when I had put up that “Why do you read” post. It’s indeed true. Heroes replenishes our lives in ways that nothing else could. 😀
      Hahahaha it is indeed super ugly but man was it the perfect gift. Trolley problem. Trains. One man taking on the pressure of a whole freight train. #classic

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  • This is a great post Lashaan. 🙂 As much as I love anti-heroes and villains I love heroes as well, they’re just so easy to root for and you want to see them succeed, although I’m always going to prefer anti-heroes above all other characters! 😀 For me heroes are people we want to be like, people we look up to, and reading about their adventures just makes our lives problems seem more manageable as well. Life may go wrong sometimes but we’re never going to have to face evil like Batman or Wonder Woman do. 🙂
    Again great post. 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you so much Beth! 😀 Hell yes to anti-heroes. I enjoy discovering them and finding out the reasons why they bend the rules for the greater good. They’re just far too complex and awesome! But man… I can’t.. not give credit to heroes too. Growing up, I have ALWAYS enjoyed heroes winning against the big bad evil. 😀 That’s so true! Looking at how much trouble these heroes go through and at all the small things we complain about in life, heroes sure do make us look at things with a bit more relativity! 😀 Thanks for kind words, Beth.

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      • That’s all right! 😀 I think antiheroes are always going to make for more compelling reading just because you need to try and uncover their motives and what makes them tick, but heroes make for brilliant reading as well. That’s all right. 🙂

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  • Fantastic post as always Lashaan! You got it going on!😘 Lol. Anyways, I like villains but I absolutely LOVE heroes. Don’t get me wrong I love the complexity of a villain and seeing how they cam to be what they are but seeing them do bad things to people makes me cringe. I know that sounds like I am a total wuss but pretty much I hate seeing anyone embarrassed, taken advantage of or hurt in anyway. I have seriously seen movies where someone is just getting bullied and the next time I watch it I will fast forward through that part every time or I will find a way to exit if there is people around. I can handle some deaths from villains but I feel embarrassed for other people and feel their pain even though it’s fiction. I don’t know if I’m explaining things right at all but I’m pretty much too much of a lover to not just love heroes!😊 I love a great HEA. I also love that heroes give us hope. I always am one of those people who are always having faith that villains can change. The whole hippie and we should believe in and love everybody kind of thing. Yep, that’s me. I love that heroes self sacrifice and all that good stuff!😊

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    • Aww man, thanks Dani. I appreciate the support. ❤ I don't think of that as being a wuss. From what I understand, I think you're one of those rare individuals who are highly empathetic. 😉 I have friends who are like that and they end up feeling exactly what others go through, and sometimes, unfortunately, more than they can handle. Villains are still awesome to watch. Especially how they evolve, how they do what they do. But man, it would be wrong to not acknowledge that we also love heroes just as much though!! 😛 I mean, growing up, I'd ALWAYS root for the good guy to kick the bad guy's ass to hell. But I won't lie that I liked seeing a bad-ass bad guy, but love it even more when it's a bad-ass bad guy getting his ass handed to him!!! 😀

      As for your comment to Steve that you asked Trang to tell me to not approve, I just want to say I'm extremely touched by what you had to say. I am truly grateful for the time you took to reply to this stranger and tell him how ridiculous he was. It took me so much will power to not start cussing and letting my inner-evil side take over and put him in his place. I have been getting that kind of remarks from one other person on this blog, praising Trang but hating me, and I just couldn't grasp why they even felt the need to do that. Trang does her thing and I will always, 1000% support her, and she lets me do my thing. If I have ideas, I always share it with her before moving on to the next step. This post was an idea I jokingly proposed to her and thought it would be fun to see what the results would be like. I even give her complete credit to her initial post, and even acknowledge how great villains are. I'm not even trampling over her post or shitting on it. But of course, there are still peepz out there who think I should "play" with Trang and stop being "inspired" by her. I mean come on. Clearly we can all see that Trang has quite the artistic talent. She's the go-to person on this blog for anything related to graphics. She's being doing it for the first year of Bookidote. After that, I took the pressure off her and started doing those myself, even if they don't look as great or whatever. Anyways, all that to say that I'm extremely touched by what you did and I greatly appreciate your support. I'd never copy Trang's style for the sake of being like her. Neither Trang or I would even like that anyways. Bookidote is 2 styles with 1 identity. These trolls better learn to understand that. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR COMMENT, DANI! ❤ It is a testament of why you are one of the greatest, kindest and amazing-est soul to have crossed paths with us. 😀 😀 😀

      P.S. Honestly, I wouldn't mind approving that reply comment. I don't think the dude has the balls to go up against you anyways. 😛 Dani 4 President!!!

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      • Awww thanks so much Lashaan!!! You are too sweet!!!!💛💜💚💙💟 I hope you had a great Christmas!❄☃🎄🎁 I would have said approve it, I just didn’t want to start more drama on your page!!! It was completely a douche thing to do! He could have completely avoided being an ass about it or sent it privately if you wanted to approve it go for it if possible. LOL I just didn’t want to cause any drama.

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  • I really love your post, Lashaan! I’m a big antihero fan myself but I love my heroes as well.
    I have to disagree on the smart as hell part, though 😂😂😂 There’s been a recurrent trope of dumb heroes going around lately and I have to say I don’t mind them as they’re still pretty endearing and lovable. Not to mention they provide endless entertainment hahaha
    But still, intelligent heroes are the best as well, as long as they’re relatable enough 😊

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    • Thank you, Sophie! 😀 Awww ye! Honestly, I love heroes, antiheroes and villains equally. It all just depends on how they are developed and presented and then I’ll go through a phase where I only love one of those 3 kinds hahah 😛

      Oh boy hahahah I’m okay with a dumb hero at the beginning of his journey, but if he doesn’t show something coureagous, awesome, or anything, I’d question myself on if he really is a hero hahah I just know that the heroes I love are usually smart as hell! 😛 They manage to surprise me in the ways they glow and prevail in life! 😀

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      • Hahaha oh yeah, gotcha! Same here, to be honest 😛
        And dumb heroes don’t bother me at all, you know, as long as they keep it realistic (hate dumb characters just for the sake of being dumb! Like, give them a personality too for heck’s sake xD) and entertaining!
        Also, it’s not always about lack of intelligence but also lack of common sense? Which only makes it more interesting xD They get into all sorts of situations because of it and I end up laughing my butt off. Whether we should call these people “heroes” or not is a bit debatable though 😛
        Definitely agree, and I love those types as well! I just hate when authors try to make them come off as smart and they end up being the dumbest **** ever. That annoys me xD

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  • Oh gosh yes a million times over to this post!!! 😀 And the gifs are epic!! I love what heroes teach us about hope and perseverence in particular! And I love how you challenged Trang’s post (although of course I loved Trang’s post)- and yes, without villains there wouldn’t be heroes, but without heroes there wouldn’t be villains (if that makes sense lol)

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    • Yay!!! 😛 Thank youu!! Yep, the lessons we get from them are always a much-needed reminder in life! Hihiih yepp! If I had to choose which post to do, I’d probably have went with a villain’s post too, but then I thought it would be cool if we covered the heroes too since I doubt there are people out there who wouldn’t admit to loving a great hero! 😀 Ahahah I totally understand. The whole ying-yang thing. 😛 A vicious inevitable cycle. Good and evil will never exist alone!

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    • Awww ye! 😀 That is indeed true. The chemistry makes the whole clash so much more epic. The back and forth, the different life decisions, the different motivations. The whole dynamic makes them both that much more fascinating! Thanks for reading, Evelina. I appreciate the time you took to do so. 😉

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    • Thank you!! Oh em.. geee.. Definitely Batman. Yep. I’m that guy. 😀 😀 But a non-fictional hero? I’ve never really established that. I guess I’ve always looked at everyone who’s done good deeds and achieved big as heroes to look up to in life. 🙂 How about you? 😛

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      • Ahh Batman. I’ve always liked Superman more because of watching Smallville growing up.
        As for a nonfiction hero… that’s tough because the saying “never meet your heroes” is so true.

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        • Ahaha I do love Superman too; huge DC fanboy here.. 😀 I however grew up with Batman, especially the animated series and ever since have always rooted for the guy!
          Good point indeed. Did it happen to you (the disappoint, I mean) for you to be a firm believer of that saying heheh? 😛

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    • Thank Zezee! Definitely. The creativity behind their actions is sometimes soooo fascinating! And because villains don’t restrain themselves to the law and what not, they too get quite creative at times! Thanks for visiting, Zezee!! Been a while I haven’t heard from you. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays to you! 😉

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      • That’s a good point, the heroes have to get creative about what they do while staying within the restraints of the law/their society. Totally agree.
        And yeah yo! It’s been a while. Life has been crazily busy. How you been? 🙂

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          • Yea man, I know how that is. Busy is good sometimes and invigorating if it’s not stressful.
            …the tone here makes me feel like we’re writing letters to each other. That’s pretty cool. 🙂

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  • Great post Lashaan, your list pretty much tallies with my thoughts on heroes and the importance of the same. For me, it boils simply down to that word ‘hope’ – we love to read stories that reach out to us and reassure us that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

    I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes that forever lingers at the back of my thoughts that complements point 1 on your list, and which I’m sure you’ll appreciate: “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…or the one” (Spock/Kirk – ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”).

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    • Thanks Chris. I appreciate it. I think their importance in regards to the hope they represent is definitely the biggest and most important reason why we love a good hero.

      Hahah splendid! I’m not surprised to see you quote something straight out of Star Trek, as questions of philosophy are probably one of the reasons for its success! 😂

      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Chris. Happy Holidays to you and a Happy New Year as well, friend. Hope 2018 brings you all the greatness that you deserve and that we continue to exchange for the coming years!

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  • Haha I’m with you on this (sorry Trang) 😉 I have a friend who always falls in love with the villains when it comes to TV shows, and although I can see why and their complexities can be so awesome when well-done, I’m always rooting for the heroes. Fun post!

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  • You made a really good case about why heroes are important… as someone who loves and loves to hate a good villain, the heroes can sometimes be totally overshadowed and quite often heroes deserve more love… Great post, very well written, Lashaan! 🙂

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  • Heroes can also come in so many flavours. You get heroes like Superman, Captain America and Luke Skywalker that you can look up to. You get anti-heroes like Batman, Wolverine, and a lot of early Clint Eastwood movies who are hardcore, entertaining and unpredictable. You’ve got heroes who are normal people thrown into crazy situations, like John McLean from Die Hard, that you really feel for. And you get everyday heroes that are easy to relate to.

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    • Oh yes. So many forms of heroism. Different contexts to make things that much more impressive too. And the one thing that will always link them all up together is that they are all heroes!

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