Our culture seems to be fascinated by superheroes. From The Avengers to Man of Steel, there have been more movies featuring superheroes in the past few years than ever before. Our society seems to be absolutely obsessed with heroes, both fictional and real. People want someone who they can look to that displays all the traits that they want for themselves, but are not able to achieve.
I grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I loved watching my favorite superheroes on TV and can remember wanting to have some of their same traits. Here is a list of my Top 10 fiction heroes. I would love for you to share with me who some of your favorite fictional heroes were when you grew up.
Top 10 Fiction Heroes
I was a bit of a “trekie” growing up. I loved watching the original series and the early motion pictures of Star Trek in the early and mid-80’s. I loved how James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, would always fight the bad guy and win. He would usually get the girl too, which was an added bonus.
We usually only think about George Bailey once a year at Christmas time, but he exemplifies what it means to be knocked down and get back up again, even if it takes a little help from up above.
When you can fly and your only weakness is located on another planet millions of light years away, you’re pretty much set to make any superhero list. There have been many different people who have played Superman through the years, but for me, it will always be Christopher Reeves.
The gadgets, the guns, the lifestyle. Everyone has wanted to add 007 to their title at some point. There have been so many amazing James Bond movies through the years, but my favorite Bond would have to be Roger Moore. Sean Connery would be a close second for me.
“May the force be with you.” Luke’s story is one I could relate with, as it speaks to generations of young people just coming into their own and finding their way in the world. Besides, anyone with enough courage to face Darth Vader is pretty courageous in my book.
I loved playing with my GI Joe action figures. I also loved watching the GI Joe cartoon that was on our 4 channel TV growing up. There were several characters on the good side and I loved them all. I loved watching them battle Cobra Commander and all his evil forces.
I loved watching the old TV series. The one where the hulk was played by Lou Ferrigno. The green body paint was classic. To look back on an episode of the show now makes it seem pretty old, but at the time, it was so cool to me.
Six Million Dollar Man
This was the hero on the TV show in early 70’s. By the time I watched the show, the series was already over and it was in reruns. I just loved watching Lee Majors as the Bionic ex- astronaut as he would fight the bad guys. The great thing about these old shows is that the line between the good guys and the bad guys was so clearly drawn. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
As a college professor who moonlighted as a whip-wielding archaeologist, Indy was the perfect blend of intelligence combined with action, making him an iconic and unforgettable adventurer.
While he isn’t famous for fighting villains or saving the world, Atticus Finch is a hero who definitely deserves to be on the list by teaching us all what it means to live with integrity and to stand up for what’s right. He is the everyday man’s hero.
It is fun for me to think back on these fictional heroes from my childhood. As I have grown up, I have learned that there is only one superhero in which I want to emulate. That person is Jesus. He is the only man who ever lived who lived a sinless life. His kindness and compassion towards people is something I find myself trying to emulate. As I try to become more like Jesus each day of my life, I find that it has heavenly importance and that is what really counts. We should all try to live each of our days with Him as the One we model our lives after.