A hero (heroine is always used for females) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs), in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, their cult being one of the most distinctive features of ancient Greek religion. A demigod is the son or daughter from one immortal and one mortal parent, an example would be Heracles, son of the mortal queen Alkema and the god Zeus. Later, hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity. This definition originally referred to martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.
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Famous quotes containing the word hero:
“You cannot be a hero without being a coward.”
—George Bernard Shaw (18561950)
“In every great novel, who is the hero all the time? Not any of the characters, but some unnamed and nameless flame behind them all.”
—D.H. (David Herbert)
“Every hero becomes a bore at last.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)