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My favorite literary hero is Mr. Darcy of Pride & Prejudice, especially as played by Colin Firth though Matthew Macfadyen is pretty darn close. Yes, he's dark and brooding, but what truly makes him a hero is he loves Lizzy even though she's beneath him in social status. In the Regency era such inferiority was a great chasm. Try as he might, he can't suppress his feelings. By the end of the book/movie, he's not quite the cold, proud man we believed. The heroes of our books are always larger than life, but what truly makes a hero? I'm sure it differs with all of us.
There are the heroes we haven't personally met. The policemen and firemen who put their lives on the line every day. The nurses and teachers who put people above money.
I'm always irked by women who have to ask their husband's permission to do something or go somewhere. They're not children. My husband doesn't bat an eye when I tell him I'm going to a conference or workshop.
DH is good with his hands. Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm not going to talk about THAT on the internet. He's a mechanical genius and can fix anything--car, plumbing, electrical, woodworking, painting. Of course, with the good comes the bad. He can be slow about doing those things that aren't completely broken.
One thing that makes my DH a hero is his support. When I first said I wanted to write a novel, he didn't laugh or snicker or tell me it was impossible. He went shopping with me to buy a word processor. He doesn't complain about a lack of housekeeping or home cooking. Heck, if I'm busy with writing or anything else, he'll cook dinner. He's never read a word I've written, yet he's quick to proudly tell relatives, friends, and strangers that I'm an author. It doesn't bother me that he doesn't read my work. It's not his "thing" and that's all right. He couldn't be more supportive.
If I set to go to a meeting or book signing that's too far to drive because of my back, he'll hop in the car and drive. He can always find something to do while I'm busy, then be back to pick me up and drive us home.
I personally would rather have a trusting, supportive man like my husband then one who showers me with flowers. And I do get the flowers occasionally. Do you prefer a alpha or beta hero? A man who brings flowers or is there for you? So, tell us what makes a hero in your eyes.