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Many people see super heroes everyday on television in either cartoon shows or movies on the television. Many people have seen commercials with a hero that I like myself to, but they do not even know it. I would be an unconventional super hero, his name is Smokey the Bear and he helps to prevent forest fires. He devotes his existence to helping save the forest from fires and also save the wildlife in the forests by always pushing a message across, that all people can prevent forest fires. I myself am a very avid nature lover and hate to see forests be destroyed and all of the wildlife living in them by forest fires. I am a caring person such as Smokey and want people and animals to always be well off. Smokey is not a fighter and he certainly does not go out looking for a fight, however if a fight comes to him, he is reading to stand up for what he believes in and use strong words to influence people to prevent forest fires. I also am not a fighter but I do truly stand up for what I believe in and would rather talk to people and try to help influence them to change their ways rather than fight them and physically hurt them into changing their ways. Smokey always looks out for his fellow forest friends and only wants the best for them, just as I look after my friends and want the best for them as well.

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 What first came to mind when I thought of a hero was the conventional tights, cape, and super powers kind of guy. After thinking it over for a little bit and listening to our class discussion I chose to go with a hero who I can relate to and use as a role model for myself. I chose Derek Jeter. Other than being an incredible athlete, Jeter has no real super powers, but what makes him a hero to me is his decision to always do what is right, and go out of the way to do good things for others. A hero has to be someone you can relate to. Jeter has challenges and choices that he has to deal with every day that could greatly affect him and his image, but unlike many of famous athletes, he has never given in to temptations. He can fit many of the definitions of a hero such as being respected, and honorable, but the one I like to think he fits most is the want to help others. On top of volunteering, and donating money to help others, he purposely chooses to do the right things all the time to set an example and be a hero for many to strive to be like.

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The hero that I can best relate to is Hit-Girl from the movie Kick Ass. Like Hit Girl I am very close with my father and he has always been like a super hero to me. My father has always been into the Spiderman comic books and movies and talking to me about Batman and all of the Marvel characters so growing up when I would think about my dad I always related him to a super hero. Hit Girl looks up to her father as I always have. Characteristics that I share with Hit Girl are her independence, drive, bravery, and her will to fight for those she loves. As a student athlete I have that drive to always want to get better and be the best that I can be. Also, Hit Girl is not afraid to get bruised, beaten, and bloody as is evidenced by my recollection of a soccer game where as a goalie I dove head first, was kicked in the head, got 30 stitches on my head, and two days later was ready to get back up and play again. Growing up I have always been a brave kid, for example I was not scared to climb trees or ride the big rollercoasters at amusement parks. I was very adventurous and looking to do something exciting all the time. Then when it comes to my family there is not anything that I wouldn’t do for them. From the time Hit Girl was little she didn’t worry about what society thought her roles were as a little girl should be. I can relate to this because since from the time I was little I enjoyed playing sports and I didn’t worry about what some thought I should or shouldn’t do. Hit Girl is my super hero.

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Monk is an old USA tv show that follows the obsessive compulsive “defective detective” Adrian Monk. I identify with Monk for multiple reasons. For one, I pay very close attention to detail, often shutting out my surroundings to focus on one thing at a time. Monk is able to solve crimes because he sees the details hidden in the bigger picture, allowing him to find clues and connect the dots.

I also see myself in monk through his flaw. As mentioned, Monk is obsessive compulsive. He’s germaphobic, clausterphobic, and pretty much afraid of everything else (including milk). Though I don’t have the laundry list of fears like Monk, I have slightly obsessive compulsive tendencies often. For one, I can’t leave a door cracked or it drives me crazy; it either has to be open or shut just pick one. I also hate change much like Monk does. He is set in his ways and would like to keep it that way. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. This has always been something I have known about myself since I was a little kid, having a sister who is 10 years older than me go often to college, then my brother 5 years later drove me crazy adapting to an empty house. But I digress; though Monk is burdened by his phobias he is quick to pick up on the details and read between the lines, something I like to think I share with him.

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A hero that I believe I connect with is Wonder Woman. While she may be the most famous female superhero, I think I can connect with her on a personality basis. Whilst she is physically the strongest woman on Earth, she also has a very strong and confident personality. She is incredibly loyal and stands up against injustice. She may not always fit in, but she is confident enough in herself that she can easily discern right from wrong. Another factor is her height. She is a beautiful Amazonian woman, and they are known for their height; granted I am not from the Amazon, I am still quite tall.

She is also a very athletic role model and I can easily look up to her being a collegiate athlete myself. Finally, she may not always be right, but she will stand up for what she believes in; those things very from justice, love, peace, and sexual equality. Wonder Woman has been considered a very prominent feminist icon, although I am no extremist, I value feminine rights very dearly and she is a hero who protects those values that many would consider irrelevant. She is a fierce and loyal friend who everyone should model themselves after.

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The hero that I looked up to especially more recently was Gerard Butler specifically for the movie 300. Although he was a very talented actor in various movies such as Law Abiding Citizen and the Ugly Truth, the movie 300 to me was different on a completely different level. Obviously if anybody has seen the movie you know that each actor in that movie had a physique that was absolutely incredible. Really strong arms, chest, abs etc you really learn to respect what some of these actors must do outside of the set just to try and fit there role as best they can. Gerard Butler who was already a great actor had to work with Mark Twain who is a known workout specialist to try and help him become as strong and ripped as his spartan character was. The workouts caused Gerard Butler to constantly be puking, and also made him sacrifice his natural eating habits and was forced to go on a very strict diet for several months. This relates to me because I have been a serious tennis player for my entire life but before I got to college I didn’t have the proper physique and fitness that was required for me to really be a top college player. Over these last couple years at college I have worked harder then ever to try and achieve my goals and have worked my way up to being ranked number 21 in the country in division 1 tennis. Overall Gerard Butler was someone that I found to be a great hero with all of the hard work and dedication that he put in to the movie 300.

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While Ms. Granger is not your typical hero I feel as though I can really associate with her character. She is rather bookish and annoyingly nerdy and I also am not the party all night type. Rather I prefer a comfortable spot to read a book or two until the wee hours of the morning. She also may not be the main protagonist but without her there is no way Harry Potter could have done half the things he did. Do you really think he would have figured out it was a basilisk petrifying the students, I don’t think so.

Another trait we share is that Hermonie also places a significant amount of faith and trust in her friends.In other words I can confidently say she would do anything for them. You can see it as she fights beside Harry even when no one else believes in him and also helps Ron with his homework. For these reasons there in no doubt in my mind that Hermonie and I are very similar because I also think of myself as someone who would do anything for my friends. While Hermonie is not the in the title of the series, she is an essential part of the story and my favorite heroine.

After I’ve typed this all up I’m sitting nodding to myself and shaking my head realizing that after that explanation I’ve revealed more about myself than I intended. I’m a nerd, a big one that likes harry potter, if you hadn’t guess. I like books, one of the reasons I choose this class, and while I’m not always the hero in the spotlight I’m just as important to the greater good as the main hero and without me the main character would never have defeated Voldemort…I mean succeeded.

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From the moment I learned the description of the “type a” personality theory, I identified myself as an individual with this type of personality. I have always been extremely ambitious, taking on a lot of responsibilities in different areas, and have always been exceptionally organized and conscious in order to ensure the success of the tasks I assume. Although I was not aware of all of these personality traits in elementary school, I became aware that there existed painstakingly obvious similarities between Disney Channel’s Kim Possible and myself. She is a confident teen who starts her own business, which later lands her a position as a crime fighter. She becomes a hero after successfully juggling many tasks: rescuing countless victims, maintaining her “normal” life as high school superstar, and running her babysitting business. Citizens and government agencies alike recognize her worldwide.

As I matured, Kim Possible and her crime fighting adventures were replaced with “more mature” characters and heroes. However, as I reflect, I recognize that my elementary observations of the similarities were correct. Not only do we carry the same initials to our name, but we also carry the same resilient drive to complete any task at hand. After successfully opening and maintain my own tutoring business in 2008, my own photography business in 2012, and becoming a strength and conditioning coach in 2012, I am confident that Kim Possible’s heroic motto “I can do anything” reflects who I am as an individual.

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If I could be one superhero, I would be John Blake, or Robin, from Batman, particularly in The Dark Knight Rises. Now, most people would think that would not necessarily be a good thing because Blake/Robin is not the main superhero, but that’s somewhat how I’ve been throughout my life, whether that’s sports or life in general. Throughout my sports career up until my injury, I was always the “assists man” and the one who made the great passes and set up his teammates. Basketball was my main sport, and as the point guard, my vision and precision passing would make my teammates better, and while I could score as well and was a good all-around player, I was known for my desire and ability to make others better. Robin is very similar to that: he can take care of business, but he was trying to help Batman and make him better. In my life in general, I’m a caring person and like helping people and seeing them succeed. So did Robin, as he did in The Dark Knight Rises where he was passionate about the orphans having a home. Even though Blake was not the main character in the movie, he’s still a hero in my mind for all of the little things he did in The Dark Knight Rises.

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A hero that I find myself to me most relatable to would have to be Simba from The Lion KingThe Lion King is one of my favorite movies and Simba is probably my favorite hero/animal/character.  Although Simba is not technically a human, I still believe he can be looked at as having human qualities.  Simba encompasses many characteristics associated with being a hero such as intelligence, strong, caring, brave, quick to react, and a good being.

Simba at first seems to be more of a “damsel in distress” because his father saves him a lot.  Throughout the movie Mufasa seems to be the hero and Simba looks at him in this way as well.  Simba’s flaw is that he blamed himself for many bad things and therefore couldn’t see how he could be like his father.  Simba didn’t quite understand how his father’s heroism already lived inside of him.  Once Simba matured, he realized he was meant to rule Pride Rock and needed to go back.  By doing this he was a hero to many other lions.

I can relate to Simba and his beliefs towards Mufasa.  Similar to Simba I have a parent that I find to embrace characteristics of a hero.  My mother has always been able to handle every good/bad thing thrown her way.  As I grow up I hope to handle situations the way my mother has just like Simba was able to follow in his father’s footsteps.

 

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