Nature abhors a hero. For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of energy. For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed? ~ Solomon Short
The true hero must be a real person with a complex personality.
If they start out big, and strong, and tough, and super-skilled, and super-powered, what is heroic about their journey? They are just doing the same-old.
A hero needs:
· Internal contradictions
To be a hero, the character must be layered in conflicts that, just as much as the physical difficulties, become the source of friction that roughens the path to a successful conclusion.
A hero has to overcome self-doubt and fear to conquer the obstacles in their path.
They are not heroic if the stakes aren’t higher, and the clock isn’t ticking.