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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

My Heroes


J.L. Campbell set the challenge to write about your hero in 300 words or less. I have three people who would fit into this category. Two of them are fictional. Let's see if I can get all three in under the word count. Time starts... now.

Superman
Most people find Superman boring, but I think his story is fascinating. He's a person who can do anything. He has the task of leading all of humanity into a bright new future. He's completely invincible. And yet, he has some very human weaknesses. He's unsure of himself and his abilities. The task of saving everyone is a huge emotional strain. If he didn't have Lois by his side for support, he'd break down and die. His arch-nemesis isn't an alien or a superhero - just a corrupt businessman. And interestingly, his one real weakness (kryptonite) is something that's completely harmless to the rest of us. Superman wants to save the whole world, and that's why I want to be like him.


Dean Winchester
The second one is darker, but no less important. Dean from Supernatural has been through unimaginable horrors in his life (seriously, look up the storylines). He's been to Hell, watched everyone around him die horribly, been manipulated by angels... He believes that when it finally ends for him, it'll be bloody and painful. He hates himself and thinks people are better off without him. And yet, the only thing he can think to do is keep going. Every morning, he wakes up and just keeps doing what he can to save the world. To him, giving up just seems like a pointless option. I admire that inability to give up.


The Buttercup Gang
This is the real one. The people in this group have provided me with all sorts of emotional support and personal growth. They're the most fun, interesting and supportive people I know. Just being out in public with these guys, I notice people around us smile and laugh. They're my group of Lois Lanes and life would be a lot harder without them.


38 comments:

  1. Fictional heroes/heroines give us something to strive toward, the real life ones keep us going. Interesting blog challenge!
    My fictional hero would likely be Genly Ai, from The Left Hand of Darkness: far from everything he's known, amongst people far stranger than anything in his experience, and striving... imperfectly.... to accept and embrace all they are. My real life: My grandmother and the Great Scot.

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    1. I've never heard of the Left Hand of Darkness, but that sounds fascinating. What makes your grandmother and the Great Scot your heroes?

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  2. Superman does have his strong points, but I'd go with Batman over him. Dean goes through the ringer and keeps on fighting, can't beat that.

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    1. Batman's probably my second favourite superhero.

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    2. Spiderman be my #2 but not the whiny dark and dreary crap the movies gave us.

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    3. I love the Andrew Garfield movies. Everything except the Electro storyline, that was a bit pathetic. But I think everything else has been great. Spiderman's my number 3, and I also think he has the best origin story out of any superhero.

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  3. Michael, sounds like you have some pretty cool heroes. The buttercup gang sounds like a fun group of people. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  4. Whoever helps get us through the tough times is a worthy hero!

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  5. This was fun to read. I like the buttercup gang best, I think, because friends in real life who offer support are the ones who help me the most.

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    1. Yeah, the ones who can hug you back do a lot more for you.

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  6. Those two dudes seem alright, but I like the Buttercup Gang the best. Having a big, supportive group of friends is awesome. The two of us have known each other and all of our friends since we were little kids, and having that backbone of support has been a huge help to us both. Plus, you know, if you drink in a big group it's no longer considered alcoholism.

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    1. I'm not lucky enough to have known this group for that long. It's only been about three years for us. But we're doing enough drinking to make up for it.

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  7. A great collection of heroes!
    But with The Buttercup Gang in your corner, you can't go wrong....they win - hands down...there's strength in numbers!
    Thank you for participating in the Hero Blogfest!

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    1. My pleasure :) It's just occurred to me how weird that name must sound without the background to it.

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  8. Don't you think Superman was a bit of a drongo for falling in love with Lois Lane? I bet you know a lot of Aussie chicks who'd have shown him a better time!

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    1. Hey, Lois is pretty feisty. She's a New York reporter!

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  9. I'd never heard of Dean Winchester. From the description, though, you can't get more heroic. So glad to see that you have a support network of nice, warm, fun folks. I'm convinced that Australians are good people!

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    1. Supernatural's a great show, you should watch it. Most of us are good people, but you get the occasional racist one.

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  10. The Buttercup Gang sounds like a wonderful group of fun-loving, and loyal friends. They're the real heroes with the best kind of superpowers!

    Julie

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    1. The power of laughter, it's one of my favourite things in the world :)

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  11. I don't know why people knock Superman. I believe Superman was the first comic book superhero, so without him you wouldn't have any of the heroes that follow... or maybe you would, but seems like the history of super heroes would have taken a totally different course... who knows.

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    1. I'm pretty sure you're right, Superman is the Beatles of superheroes. I also saw this once which makes me even more fascinated by him.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8zIE7Tkw3c

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    2. The Kill Bill movies can be very therapeutic if you are ever really pissed off at someone. I hope you have never been that angry. Anyway, I vaguely remember the rest of that speech....something about how "Clark Kent" is supposed to be how Superman views us..."weak." I don't really agree with Tarentino that that was the intention. The reason for Clark Kent was so that Superman could at least have somewhat of a normal life...otherwise he would be solving the world's problems 24 hours a day (which would be ridiculous).

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    3. Actually, I think he created Clark Kent and joined a newspaper because it was the best place to keep an ear out for trouble. I don't think humans as a whole are cowards, but we are quite nervous and unsure of ourselves. But like I mentioned in the post, so is Superman. It's not a big stretch for him to play that.

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  12. How sweet!! I love Superman and Dean. And I think having a group of besties is priceless. Hanging out friends is good for the soul.

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    1. So true. I'm such a better person for having them around.

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  13. I love that you said Dean Winchester! He's my favorite Winchester brother. :D

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  14. Love that you have your real Lois Lane. I always think of Superman as the loneliest person in the entire world. He's one of a kind. And who doesn't love poor tortured Dean. He's so tough and so vulnerable at the same time.

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  15. This is an excellent idea. My heroes, unlike yours are kind of ridiculous though. Like, Michael Cera's character from Superbad is one of my heroes.

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    1. Hahaha hey, whatever gets you through the night! There's no bad answer here!

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  16. Aw, what a great post! I LOVE Dean Winchester. Of course, I admit that part of that has to do with his hotness and gravely voice, but I agree he's a hero :)

    I love how you call your friends your group of Lois Lanes. That's just too sweet.

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  17. This is a hard one. I teach at an art college, so some of my heroes are artists. I like Anita Kunz and Joe Sorren the most. Anita's work has so much thought put into in her pieces.

    I of course wouldn't be who I am without my family to.

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    1. I haven't heard of those artists, is there somewhere I can find their work?

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