“We’re on a mission from God,” says Elwood, (Dan Aykroyd) in the Blues Brothers. And indeed they were, trying to raise $5000 to help The Penguin (the nun who raised them in boarding school). Though the movie is tongue-in-cheek, it’s a good description of a hero. The hero must be on a mission of importance, which will change him or her.
A hero is someone who is willing to sacrifice themselves for others.
But a hero must have flaws. Often she has contradictory traits and the audience can identify with her. The hero goes through a characters arc.
The hero takes action. He’s a leader, he knows how to deal with death. There can be group heroes (The Dirty Dozen) or anti-heroes (Casablanca)
Who is the hero among all your characters? Is it the one who changes the most?
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