Top 540 Hero Quotes

In this post, you will find great Hero Quotes from famous people, such as Gene Luen Yang, George Foreman, Alex Spanos, Danny K. Davis, Amit Bhatia. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

The project that I did between 'Boxer & Saints' was 'Th

The project that I did betweenBoxer & Saints‘ was ‘The Shadow Hero,’ which is illustrated by Sonny Liew, an artist who lives in Singapore.
A hero is someone right who doesn’t change.
When you’re winning, you’re a hero. When you’re losing, you’re a bum… I’m as bad as the fans, believe me. If they only knew how I hate losing and what we go through to try to win.
Alex Spanos
I have a great deal of respect and affinity for Tammy Duckworth; she‘s a seatmate of mine. She’s got heart, soul; she’s a war hero.
In India, it’s hard not to have Gandhi as a hero. To give up everything – including power and money – and to live for his countrymen, that beats everything else. He’s a role model of selflessness.
Amit Bhatia
When I didn’t become the quintessential Yash Chopra hero, I got into the ‘struggleperiod and became negative.
When you’re a young man, a young boy, all you want to be is that action hero; you want to be the James Bond, and I got to do that for a bit, and that was great.
My associate director, Lisa Leguillou, is remarkable: flying around, visiting all the companies. She is truly the unsung hero of ‘Wicked‘. She has been by my side from day one, and she is invaluable. I frankly don’t know how she does it.
A hero holds purposes appropriate to man and is, therefore, a thinker.
Andrew Bernstein
He would still see it as his duty to shut up and get on with it, not cause any trouble. In our own time we’ve made a hero of the rebel, and it’s more heroic to speak up.
Eddie Campbell
Marguerite Duras was a very good friend of mine and an intellectual hero. She was also a sort of mother figure. Of course she was an influence.
Ian Rankin’s Rebus is the king of modern British crime fiction. He is dour, determined, and constantly falls foul of his seniors. For all this, we root for him. He is eminently loveable, a quixotic hero moving through the darker half of a Jekyll and Hyde Edinburgh.
Unlike novels with a hero or two heroines, in ‘One Amazing Thing,’ all the characters tell stories they’ve never told anyone before, so all the voices become equally important.
As an actor, I’ve been all over the map, but since I’ve moved to Hollywood, people tend to cast me in these more imposing characters, which is actually really fun for me. I’ve always been way more attracted to playing that than the hero.
Kevin Durand
Don Quixote is one that comes to mind in comparison to mine, in that they both involve journeys undertaken by older men. That is unusual, because generally the hero of a journey story is very young.
From when I was young, I wanted to be an action hero. I always dreamed about being an action star. So finally, I made it.
History contains heroes, but no one is a hero entirely, and no one is a hero for very long.
As a kid, you just like anything fanciful that you’re into, but as an adult, I really love that kind of place where the super hero mythos meets life, where it has that human story; that’s what I think I was really drawn to when I started getting into the X-Men.
When I was going to film school, before film school, my hero was David Lynch.
I think there’s always going to be some kind of bigotry or some kind of racism. There has to be, because people can’t feel that they have any hero qualities unless there’s someone beneath them.
No politician has ever used his faith to a greater result for all of humanity, and that is why, in his day, Wilberforce was a moral hero far more than a political one.
One brave deed makes no hero.
John Greenleaf Whittier
I love when I get compliments on my shirts all the time. I’m a t-shirt guy, and I think nine times out of 10, they have some kind of super hero character on them.
Don’t look at a person – look into the person. Heart is the hero, not the colour. I don’t stand against or for any colour; I just believe in endorsing the idea of not endorsing any colour.
When I was a kid, we all knew who Niki Lauda was. He was a hero, a living legend in Germany. Everybody knows him.
If you’re an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don’t fit in, if you’re not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.
Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.
Characters have to make sacrifices. To really, really feel the true emotion and the hero’s journey, they have to go through trials, and those trials could cost them something.
My friend Liam Neeson has managed to carve out a great place in the industry for himself and is still doing action movies at 64 years old. He’s my hero. I use him as a template. My middle kid, Liam, is named after him. He’s one of the coolest guys in Hollywood.
I’ve never written a character that wasn’t burdened by years of pain and trauma. Let’s face it: Most comic-book heroes have some serious baggage. Not Green Arrow. He’s a healthy guy – imagine that? Carrying your hero around in your head, imagining the world through his eyes, is just a hoot.
Generally speaking, I would say villains are a little more exciting to play, but if you get a flawed hero, then that can almost be just as amazing.
I am tired of our characters being so incomplete. When

I am tired of our characters being so incomplete. When do we ever save the day in a film? When does a Latino actor get to be the hero?
Calculation never made a hero.
Eisenhower was my war hero and the President I admire and respect most.
About him as a father, I can only say that he has been nothing less than a hero in real life to me and an inspiration like no other. I’m just in awe of his life and I am so grateful to be a part of his life.
Muddy Waters, I suppose, was my first great hero. You know, every boy wants to be a guitar player, and Muddy Waters was just the king. He was the King Bee. He was it.
We want to teach a better way and to be a hero, and there’s no one like Wonder Woman to do it.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title.
A hero is a man who does what he can.
Romain Rolland
I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us.
Anson Mount
You want a hero in the music world? James Brown. He brought a feeling to music without really using words. He’s just famous for his sound.
I thought for a month or so along the lines of what I call Monsieur Beaucaire in modern clothes. By that, I mean a hero who is believed by all to be a villain but who, in the end, is introduced as a man of great honor with a long list of decorations.
Father was very sympathetic, and if the hero of a romance was good or to be pitied, his eyes would fill with tears until he could not see.
When ‘American Pie’ happened, I was so lucky to get that opportunity and I just tried to do a good job in that genre. But the films that inspired me as a kid were, like, Malcolm McDowall in ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ He was my hero.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is like a hero, to have played different comedic roles. She gets sexier, funnier, and better with time.
Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it’s not all that important to me anymore.
In Ecuador, if I go after an Ecuadoran, I’m in trouble; if I go after a Costa Rican, I’m a hero.
When I was young, ‘Scarface’ was my favorite film. Al Pacino is my hero. I want to work with him.
The hero of a mainstream stand-alone novel can get by with things the hero of a sweet traditional category romance wouldn’t dream of doing.
Leigh Michaels
I love the idea of a movie hero in a thriller who is able to get ahead by just his brilliance, and not with a gun or by being an action hero.
Danny Strong
I’m not sure I’ll ever fully understand why some Christians get mad when we say that the ultimate hero in the Bible is not Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, etc… but Jesus.
I’ve done a lot of roles where I’m the hero saving the planet.
You’re a hero one day, you’re a villain another day. They say that’s football. When a manager does well, they’re applauded, when they don’t do well, they get the sack. Football is a tough world. Those who watch enjoy it – for everybody else, there are a lot of challenges.
Vincent Tan
No hero is mortal till he dies.
The soldiers that didn’t come back were the heroes. It’s a roll of the dice. If a bullet has your name on it, you’re a hero. If you hear a bullet go by, you’re a survivor.
Toshiro Mifune was such an elegant hero, and there’s something really empathetic about him.
My hero is Roger Federer.
My father was a dreamer – my hero. He was a smart, tough guy from Poland, a cutter of lady‘s handbags, an old socialist-unionist who always considered himself a failure. His big line was: ‘Don’t end up like me.’
I think even a hero is someone who has sort of the flaw or imperfection of character. I remember Alice Walker saying that once – she’d written a novel about a civil rights hero, and it was someone who had this flaw, this central flaw.
Hector Tobar
There are a lot of people I look up to and respect, but there’s nobody really specific I would call a hero.
In the West, audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero.
Chow Yun-Fat
Fidel Castro, whatever people may think of him, is a he

Fidel Castro, whatever people may think of him, is a hero in Latin America, primarily because he stood up to the United States.
If I play a villain, I try to find his lightness and his good side. And if I play a hero or a good guy, I’ll try to find his darkness or his flaws. Because I don’t believe in good and evil. I believe in grays.
I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement.
Mugabe’s become a disgrace to Africa. And I must say this because I am an African and a lot of us looked up to him back in the 1980s when he was the liberation hero. But he’s now turned himself into a murderous despot.
Every good story needs a hero. Back when I wrote ‘The Search,’ that hero was Google – the book wasn’t about Google alone, but Google’s narrative worked to drive the entire story.
I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there. He was my childhood hero. Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.
Wally Schirra
I’m not a hero. The military is.
The truth is that I’ve always wanted to be an actor, ever since I was a child. I used to see these English movies which were shown to us in our school every Saturday, and then I used to enact the hero’s part in my head.
Tim Berners-Lee, the 44-year-old English physicist who created the World Wide Web, is precisely the kind of hero that a relatively simple invention with profound social and economic consequences should lay claim to. He is not just creative but democratic, diplomatic, polite and generous with credit and praise.
Bollywood looks only at the box office numbers. If the film earns money, it is usually because of the hero and the director. It is about Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.
My style hero was’ Batman.’ Now it’s Tony Stark.
The hero of the book does long to experience God. But his conception of God is very western.
In Atlanta, with a large African-American population, Sosa is often considered a black man. In Miami and Los Angeles, with larger Hispanic populations, he is a Latino man, and the black label is rejected as robbing Hispanics of a hero.
If you really stop to think about it, the last really big guitar hero was Eddie Van Halen, and that was back in the ’80s – early ’80s, you know what I mean? That’s a long time ago.
When I first found out that Superman wasn’t real, I was about maybe eight. And I was talking to my mother about it. And she was like, ‘No, no, no. There’s no Superman.’ And I started crying. I really thought he was coming to rescue us. The chaos, the violence, the danger. No hero was coming.
Most of an award-show host’s job is showing up and keeping a cool head and soldiering through it, whether it’s the Oscars or the Hallmark Channel‘s ‘Hero Dog Awards.’
I haven‘t been in the film world long enough to really understand the gravity of ‘Big Hero’s’ success. I’m just happy that it is translating well internationally and that the story and the characters are loved by audiences around the world, and everything that’s come after that has been secondary to the initial response.
Ryan Potter
No action hero is more closely associated with cars than James Bond.
Richard Hammond
I think you have to kind of feel like you’re pretty handsome and cool to be able to step into an audition for some kind of lead hero, and that’s just not how I look.
The essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play, is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration, of the hero.
Maxwell Anderson
By the age of 11, I was no longer going to Sunday Mass, and going on birdwatching walks with my father. So early on, I heard of Charles Darwin. I guess, you know, he was the big hero. And, you know, you understand life as it now exists through evolution.
One reason Cassavetes is a hero to me is that his movies grew with him; they reflected the stages of his life. He made movies about where he was at that time. That’s what I want to do with my films.
‘Frida’ was a joy; this was delicious, I couldn’t wait every day to get to the set, although I was exhausted, and have my leg get cut off or lose the baby or be in her shoes and get to play my hero and be able to go places emotionally. You know, we live for parts like this. This is a dream for an actor.
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
John Barth
In sports, every day you can be the hero or the goat.
Geoff Stults
I became a war hero before going on to critical acclaim as a professional victim.
Dave Pelzer
Meryl Streep was my hero. I wanted to be that type of actor more than anything.
I like to give people equipment and stuff. For me, it’s a kind of payback. Anyone who is an influence or hero for me, I’m always concerned with how I can balance the karma.
It’s easy to be a short-term hero. It is very easy for me to get tremendous results very short term, get that translated into compensation, and be off sailing in the Bahamas. But the goal for this company – and it’s very difficult to do – the goal is to follow a four- or five-year process.
There are those on Wall Street and in the plutocracy who feel that Geithner is a hero who deftly steered the country from economic ruin. To many ordinary Americans, however, he is considered a Wall Street puppet and a servant of the so-called banksters.
The first one I did was an action film with Sammo Hung and George Lam, but I had the usual female role for that time: you know, damsel in distress, rescued by the hero.
For the most part, romance is written in third person,

For the most part, romance is written in third person, and it’s written in multiple points of view, so you’re in the hero’s head, and you’re in the heroine‘s head. I’ve always said that I’m more of a narrator than a creator.
Through machinery, man can exert tremendous powers almost as fantastic as if he were the hero of a fairy tale. Through machinery, man can travel with an ever increasing velocity; he can fly through the air and go beneath the surface of the ocean.
‘The Wall’ is a reaction to ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ where I was like, ‘I don’t need time travel and aliens to take a hero and pin them down in an impossible situation. I can do it in a much simpler way.’ And that was ‘The Wall.’
I don’t think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero. The minute anybody presumes that they are heroes, they get their boots taken away from them and buried in the sand.
It’s just a great, legendary comic book hero and it’s one that has never been kind of been brought back to life after Lynda Carter. I mean, it’s a reinvention. When Tim Burton reinvented Batman after Adam West, and when Donner reinvented Superman after George Reeves, it’s time to do that with Wonder Woman.
When I was growing up, I didn’t have a hometown hero.
When I was stationed in Germany, Johnny Cash was already a legend over there because he’d done some shows, then gone off to some bar straight afterwards and played just for the troops. So he was a real hero.
There are certain things I couldn’t write because they’re not intrinsic to my beliefs. For instance, I couldn’t write a hero or heroine who didn’t put children first.
I love the notion of the feckless sort of knight in tarnished armor who would love to fill the shoes of the legendary hero but just can’t. And then find a moment when they do. And I love the idea that there’s a myth waiting for each of us to occupy.
Dilip Kumar was the only Bollywood hero who could make a girl shiver just by looking at her. If you don’t believe it, ask your mom!
Lars Ulrich, he was my hero growing up. I wanted to be like him. I played the drums.
She was in a difficult position being the widow of a great American hero, a role that carried high expectations but she did a credible job of continuing Dr King’s dream especially in the face of a changing and often hostile American public.
Morris Dees
I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra.’ He gets a bad rap; he’s very misunderstood. He’s a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers.
I think, in the grand epic, Jesus is the hero of our stories. And our stories, as they were, are subplots in a grand epic and our job is not to be the hero of any story. Our job is to be a saint in a story that he is telling.
Babel‘ is about the point of view of others. It literally includes points of views as experienced from the other side. It is not about a hero. It is not about only one country. It is a prism that allows us to see the same reality from different angles.
The idea of romantic heroes – When you say the word hero,’ it implies it’s someone you look up to. We talk a lot with Bridgerton’ about it being female-centric, but also, what are men looking up to? What am I doing with this icon of masculinity?
Richard Pryor was my hero. Richard Pryor was keeping it 100.
The revival of the Right is as extraordinary as it would be if the public had demanded dozens of new nuclear plants in the days after the Three Mile Island disaster; if we had reacted to Watergate by making Richard Nixon a national hero.
What I love about Indiana Jones is he always bites off slightly more than he can chew. The guy he’s fighting is always slightly tougher than he is, but he just refuses to give up. And that’s what makes Indiana Jones a hero: not his superpowers, but his refusal to be beaten.
Neil Cross
Cricketers have to perform in front of millions, and there are no retakes. If then you become a hero, you deserve all the accolades coming your way.
In most shows, there’s usually a hero or a protagonist, and even if there are multiple heroes or protagonists, most shows try and make it so you really always know who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy.
I mean, I’m not going to play the hero of something.
It feels wonderful to be go back to the 1940s and recreate the whole era through my clothes, voice and body language. I am tired of playing the larger-than-life hero.
Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero?
Miep Gies
When we have emotions of fear and pity toward the hero of a tragedy, we explore aspects of our own vulnerability in a safe and pleasing setting.
To have one’s own story told by a third party who doesn’t know that the character in question is himself the hero of the story being told, that’s a technical refinement.
Raymond Queneau
I am not an insecure actor, and this reflects in the films I have done. Yes, there was a phase when I was adamant on solo hero roles, but that is over now.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Because people don’t understand what computing is about, they think they have it in the iPhone, and that illusion is as bad as the illusion that ‘Guitar Hero’ is the same as a real guitar.
To spend time with Ed Harris… he’s an acting hero of mine, so that’s a big deal for me.
A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.
Muhammad Ali is a legend, a hero of mine.

Muhammad Ali is a legend, a hero of mine.
I want to be a hero, a small and good kind of hero, even though I know heroes have very short lives.
If you want to be a hero, you’ve got to take hero shots.
In a sense, by closing off the idea that young Muslims, and particularly young Muslim men, can be American heroes, it increases the chance that they’ll try to be some other kind of hero. And that, I think, is entirely counterproductive.
I respect my dad, and he’s amazing. He’s my hero. He’s the Beatles, man – or one of them.
James McCartney
I thought that Donald Trump‘s ascendancy would end when he attacked John McCain, saying he’s not a war hero. I found that shocking, for him to say that.
Despite our hard work and the number of hours we put in, content is the hero of every show.
Nat was my hero right from the very beginning. My dad brought his music into the house and played it over and over again.
The cello is a hero because of its register – its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.
There was a real conflation of hero and victim in the wake of 9/11, in our perverse desire to create a triumphant myth out of pure tragedy.
The idea of a new hero for a new day sang to me.
Flannery O’Connor is my creative hero. I think she’s the greatest American writer. Her book, ‘Mystery and Manners,’ is my creative bible.
I started off riding motorbikes and at that point my hero was Valentino Rossi.
I am a hero worshiper. I love the number one tennis player. I love the number one baseball player. I want to see those records broken.
The cool thing for me is, I go to a lot of conventions – a lot of science fiction conventions like Comic-Con – and there are always a lot of attendants of color. And I think some people believe that black people or people of color are not into science fiction or hero shows or genre shows.
I want to play an action hero. I’m ready for roles that totally aren’t me.
The hero of ‘Dark Powers’ can touch murder victims and read their last memories.
I like stories of the classic hero, of good versus evil, the ones in which the good guys wear white and the bad guys wear black… and I love a good sword fight.
Working with Dav Pilkey was a dream come true. Dav is incredibly funny, and he’s been a hero of mine for a long time. It was great bringing the ‘Wimpy Kid’ and ‘Captain Underpants’ worlds together!
Lauryn Hill‘s always been a hero of mine. And Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae and Adele, those are the current artists I would reference in terms of who’s been able to do really amazing pop records with really cool, organic throwback elements of soul in there as well.
Judith Hill
The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
Every character needs an adversary – one who is both challenging and a contrast for the hero. The best adversaries reveal something about the character they’re contrasting.
My biggest hero when I was a kid was Will Smith. I used to watch ‘Fresh Prince,’ and I was a huge fan of his albums. I bought all of his albums when I was a kid. Now, he is the biggest movie star in the world.
Guitar Hero has been so successful that a lot of people were questioning how it was possible to innovate on the most successful franchise of its kind.
Dan Rosensweig
You know, we’re each the hero of our own story and we perceive what’s going on around us, and especially in a relationship, from the kind of viewpoint of, ‘Well, this is my story, and I’m the hero of that, and I justify what I do around it.’
Comics shouldn’t be ‘tools‘ for anyone’s agenda except for the characters. And I am speaking only of super hero action comics. I love many of the alternative comics that are like journalistic stories. Documentary comics, a mix of reportage and fiction. Those are just great.
I saw some war heroes… John Kerry is not a war hero. He couldn’t tie the shoes of some of the people in Coastal Division 11.
John O’Neill
I met David Bowie when I was 14, and he became a hero to me – because he was an artist, and because he was a genius who had the time to be kind. I’d never met such an extraordinary artist before, and I haven’t since – the world will be a greyer place without him.
I have gone through so many examinations of what a hero is, between the World War II stuff and the astronaut stuff.
Clint Eastwood has always been a hero.
The men I write can be intense, quiet, outspoken and outrageous, deadly or fun… but I would never waste time on a hero who wasn’t honorable, who didn’t protect those who couldn’t protect themselves, who didn’t value children and pets, who wasn’t independent and unselfish.
Eventually, after the hero and heroine, it is the antag

Eventually, after the hero and heroine, it is the antagonist who comes with the most anticipation in any film.
A lot of the time, a moral compass is all that separates a hero from being a villain; otherwise, the two are very much the same. Both are generally the richest and most complex characters, and they get to have all the fun. I guess it’s those types of roles that I ultimately gravitate towards.
I prefer a real villain to a false hero.
Growing up, Michael Jordan was my Olympic hero.
Kerri Walsh Jennings
Captain William Thomas Turner, hero; villain, Schwieger. As I started doing research into him and into the submarine and so forth, I found that I was growing increasingly sympathetic to him. He’s a young guy, 30, handsome, well-liked by his crew, humane.
There is no such thing as a Bollywood hero or Hollywood hero. All you see on the screen is the lead actor’s interpretation of the role that has been conceived by the writer.
I thought, ‘Oh, this is great,’ because maybe someone who does look like me will watch ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and realize that they can be an actor if they want to be, or they can be a superhero. They can have a hero that looks like them as well.
I had my footballing heroes such as Bryan Robson and Diego Maradona but my dad was a rugby league star, and he was my real hero. But the relationship with my mum was rocky and we saw things that would affect any youngster.
Norman Lear is my all-time, ultimate hero. He’s an amazing man. That’s one person I’m looking forward to meeting. What he did, with shows and sitcoms, he’s my hero.
I think ‘Hero’ is not a real martial arts movie; it is not about violence, or formula.
My father was absent and he was a hero to me.
Greta Scacchi
Part of my strength as an actor comes from what I’ve learned all these years: when you play a villain, you try to get the light touches; when you play a hero, you try to get in some of the warts.
John Forsythe
In feature films, I used to be the hero’s friend, a regular character. In short films, I played the hero; I got roles where I could work on my character and performance. They made me aware of myself as an actor.
A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares.
Kids love the Hulk, but they’re not really sure: ‘Is he a monster or is he a hero?’
Our country, if you read the ‘Federalist Papers,’ is about disagreement. It’s about pitting faction against faction, divided government, checks and balances. The hero in American political tradition is the man who stands up to the mob – not the mob itself.
You have to kind of lose yourself and not think about just how brave Mulan is. Yes, I am playing a hero, so we need to bring out that side, but I think every human being is complex, and complex is so beautiful. And that’s where the energy of the character is.
I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?
What’s amazing is everyone knows who Spider-Man is. We were filming in a Chicano community and standing side by side were a Cal Tech lab technician and a six-year-old boy, and both of them were in awe of the character. In fact, you might say he’s an equal opportunity fantasy hero.
Your grandfather is and will always be your hero, your inspiration. He fought in World War II, came home to Little Rock, Arkansas, and worked for 50 years as a mailman in the segregated south. Not once did he get a job promotion in five decades. But he kept working all the same.
Somehow super power and hero are so synonymous that they get combined into one word, ‘superhero,’ whereas I’m kind of more interested in separating those two ideas out. You have characters with super powers who may or may not be heroic, because human beings aren’t all heroic. I tend to be drawn to antiheros.
God is a hero.
Stacie Orrico
Everyone thinks they’re the hero in their own story.
I have always been against the gangster as hero.
I’m just getting back into my songwriting groove. It’s still pretty early. But I don’t want to make ‘Hero 2.’ It’s going to be different.
I must admit to being greatly influenced by Joseph Campbell‘s The Hero With a Thousand Faces.
Norman Spinrad
I loved the idea of the Nerd as Hero, which Ghost World also had.
Illeana Douglas
I loved her music and the fact that she was a classically trained pianist and that her voice was so unique, but what made Nina Simone my hero is that I had never seen anyone in the public eye who looked anything like me at all, ever.
Most boys’ first hero is their father. That was definitely true of my dad. He was a proud Irish American and he taught me a lot about ethics and responsibility. He also introduced me to a lot of wonderful folk music.
I’ve written a detective series myself, set in an imaginary, and slightly futuristic, Chinese city. The novels have an extremely tenuous relationship with the real world, since the hero is the city’s Hell and ends up with a sidekick who is a demon.
Liz Williams
One minute you’re a slug and the next minute you’re a hero, so you don’t know what to think.
Ed Belfour
A lot of crime fiction writing is also lazy. Personalit

A lot of crime fiction writing is also lazy. Personality is supposed to be shown by the protagonist’s taste in music, or we’re told that the hero looks like the young Cary Grant. Film is the medium these writers are looking for.
Peter Temple
In ‘Seven Ancient Wonders,’ Jack West and his team break someone out of Guantanamo Bay. I’m not going to preach to people and say, ‘Guantanamo Bay, bad’, but I will have my hero go and break somebody out of it, and maybe people will think about it that way.
Matthew Reilly
It’s always fun to play someone like an action hero that you always wanted to play as a child. I think every young boy loves that as a kid.
Cole Hauser
I was brought up, as a lot of kids are, on ‘Aesop’s Fables,’ ‘Brothers Grimm,’ ‘La Fontaine,’ all those sorts of things. Hans Christian Andersen is a hero of mine.
Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.
From a gameplay standpoint, I’ve said for years that hero, fiction, and tone have nothing to do with the idea that choices have consequences. And that’s really what I’m interested in. I care about you showing how clever and creative you are.
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
If I had to describe myself, I wouldn’t use words like ‘hero.’ I wouldn’t use ‘patriot,’ and I wouldn’t use ‘traitor.’ I’d say I’m an American and I’m a citizen, just like everyone else.
Someone who’s a great hero of mine and has become a friend is Patti Smith.
A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.
Andrew Bernstein
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
A modern hero is very ambiguous. I went through some very rough times in Czechoslovakia – the occupation by the Germans at the end of the war. We had people going against their tanks with brooms. Are they nuts, or are they heroes?
Bette Davis is my hero. I’m obsessed with her. I base everything I do on her.
Normally in spy movies, the person that the hero deals with is at the centre of power, surrounded by video screens, and they’re old and grizzled. I’m no stranger to that dynamic.
Any captain can only do his best for the team and for cricket. When you are winning, you are a hero. Lose, and the backslappers fade away.
Richie Benaud
In the days when I was the big hero, the money wasn’t much. Nobody made anything on television in those days.
Edd Byrnes
I wish I had more of the hero gene, but I don’t think I’d be very good at playing one.
What is a hero without love for mankind.
As you follow the escapades or the journey of the hero through a story, it evokes some kind of emotion in the viewers. The director’s job is to make sure that the audience goes through the journey and has an emotional reaction.
My Dad is my hero.
A lot of actors would tell you that they’d rather play the villain than the hero. When you’re the character, there are no repercussions. So there is a kind of liberating feeling about saying certain things to certain people – and I think that it’s always quite satisfying to do that.
We have these rules, the ‘hero rules.’ Like, a hero doesn’t slouch. A hero walks proudly with his head up. A hero walks with a purpose. A hero’s always a gentleman.
Mel Blanc is a hero because of what he could do with his voice for all the Looney Tunes, the Warner Brothers cartoons, to be the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig. To me, he’s a great actor.
For John le Carre, it was always who’s betraying who: the hall-of-mirrors kind of thing. When you go back to the ’30s, it’s a case of good vs. evil, and no kidding. When I have a hero who believes France and Britain are on the right side, a reader is not going to question that.
In the high level cartoon world, my number one admired hero would be Chas Addams – really a top, top artist that the ‘New Yorker‘ was lucky to find and employ.
Peter Beard
My sporting hero was Drazen Petrovic, the NBA basketball player, who was killed in a car accident in 1993. He was a good friend, an unbelievable player, and I dedicated my Wimbledon win to him.
Goran Ivanisevic
We need to redefine what a hero looks like.
If I were the blushing kind, I would blush to be called a hero.
I like to say I’m not a hero.
My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.
I felt like an extraordinary hero. I was only five or s

I felt like an extraordinary hero. I was only five or six and I had the whole of life in my hands. Even if I had been driving the carriage of the sun I could not have felt any better.
I don’t want to play myself up as a hero, because it would make me unbelievable. I’d rather settle for people thinking that I’m a bum, but digging my stories, than liking me and not being able to believe in my stories. That’s one reason I’ve been hard on myself, because I want my stuff to be believable.
HERO is a combination of my personal feeling and the commercialism.
Zhang Yimou
Retirement isn’t so bad. Give me a tall drink, a plush sofa and a rerun of ‘Matlock,’ and you can have the rest. Matlock is my hero. He never loses.
Ken Venturi
I believe in content. Just looking pretty next to the hero gives me no joy. I believe I have more to offer than that.
Who is to say who is the villain and who is the hero? Probably the dictionary.
Growing up, I supported Manchester United, and my hero was Mark Hughes.
I call my golden retriever Cara my ‘white wolf.’ She’s changed my attitude and made me write this book where the wolf is the hero, not the villain.
Debi Gliori
I can’t explain it, but from the first day I stepped into a wrestling ring, I knew that one day I was going to be a big superstar. I knew that one day I would be the NWA World Heavyweight Champion like my hero, Lou Thesz.
I don’t see a full-fledged career in Hollywood. I am happy with the cameos. Even Tom Cruise will only do special appearances in our films; he wouldn’t do a full hero movie. But it’s good to act in different cinema.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
My feeling is that the hero has now been defined by phrases like the odious one that we were all raised with – crimes does not pay. Of course it pays, you schmuck. That’s not why we don’t do it. We don’t do it because it is wrong.
Yeah, I was a local hero. It was great for me, ‘cos I had a full house every night all night seven nights a week for five years that I played. The next five years I just played five days a week, but I still had a full house every night.
John Hunter
Why do you think I write these feminist songs, to try and teach myself to respect myself. You know, it’s not because I’m a hero.
A hero can only be as good as the bad guy.
Terry Hayes
I was never built to play the hero. Physically or emotionally… And they’re not as rewarding to play. At least for me.
Antony Sher
Scorsese‘s been a hero of mine since I was young. If you saw ‘Swingers,’ you know I was definitely fixated on his body of work.
‘The Notebook‘ was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together.
You can’t watch ‘Daredevil‘ or ‘Jessica Jones’ or the Marvel films and not be aware that the villain has to be awesome. I’ve always wanted to have more space. And the scope, morally, is more broad for the villain than the hero.
I’m not your traditional action hero.
I got to work for my hero and travel with him on a regular basis. It doesn’t get much better than that for a job.
History will decide if I’m a villain or a hero.
Eve Ensler is a hero of mine. She’s been working for the rights of women for a long time.
Marcia Wallace
My father was my main influence. He was a preacher, but he was also a history and political science teacher, and since he was my hero, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher.
David Soul
In a sense, Bond ousted the cowboy as the screen hero, and Ken Adams replaced the horse with technology.
Dillinger at one point was the second most popular man in America after President Roosevelt. And he was a national hero for a good reason. He was robbing the very institutions, the banks, which had afflicted the people for four years, and after four years nothing was getting any better.
In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
I chose to write the kind of romance I love best – one with a sheikh hero.
Penny Jordan
I’ve heard people tell me there’s never been a gay character like Agron on TV before, and some fans have even thanked me because they now feel like they have a gay action hero, and it’s very endearing to hear that kind of stuff. But I just played him the way he was and tried to do right by the character.
Dan Feuerriegel
In television, to be a hero and look like I look, that really stuck with me.
I’m immensely grateful for the precious gift my mother has given me. She is my hero today and every day.
Every character I play has to be the hero of his own st

Every character I play has to be the hero of his own story, the way we’re all heroes of our own lives.
Spielberg is our hero. For him to make a nod to ‘Godzilla‘ just before we make our movie is like getting the king to acknowledge you at dinner.
What really helps a guy to become an action hero today is the directing of the movie. All those fast cuts.
I like ambiguity because you may be the villain in someone else’s story and the hero in your own, and I think very often, African-American characters are either one thing or the other. You shouldn’t have to be perfectly good or perfectly bad. You don’t even have to be magical.
I wanted to be a classical actress. I plodded along. I went to junior college in San Francisco, I was in a Repertory Company. My hero was Eva Le Gallienne, who was a great theater actress at the turn of the century who created her own company, and she wrote these hilarious autobiographies at the time.
Steve McQueen is my style hero. He’s just cool, isn’t he?
Maybe the best example of the unmuscled hero is Humphrey Bogart in ‘Casablanca.’ Bogart was 15 years older than Ingrid Bergman, and it did not matter at all. He had the experience, the confidence, the internal strength that can only come with age.
I don’t think I was a hero. I was just doing my job.
James McCloughan
It really doesn’t matter whether it’s the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful. But I prefer a part where you don’t know what he is until the end.
Glenn Ford
I don’t really love the guitar hero trip, anyway, so it’s not something I’m actively searching for or after. I don’t like what it’s about.
Kurosawa is my hero, and I’ve taught courses on his films, and I love what he does, and ‘Rashomon’ is, I think, his second greatest film after ‘Ikiru.’
I certainly don’t think of myself as an action hero.
Ruth Gordon was such a delight to watch in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ after I had first seen her in ‘Harold and Maude.’ And Ellen Burstyn is a hero of mine from ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,’ The Exorcist,’ ‘Requiem For A Dream.’ These women impacted me greatly as an actress.
Every true Christian is a soldier – of Christ – a hero ‘par excellence‘! Braver than the bravest – scorning the soft seductions of peace and her oft-repeated warnings against hardship, disease, danger, and death, whom he counts among his bosom friends.
Charles Studd
Zico was my idol. He was a very good player from Flamengo, and I was a Flamengo supporter from Rio de Janeiro. I was always looking for him and saying I want to be like him. He’s my big hero.
I don’t want to get pigeon-holed into a certain kind of character. I love action roles and the hero, but I want to keep trying something new.
My hero is Michelle Williams, who I grew close to when we did ‘Meek‘s Cutoff.’ She’s an extraordinary actor and mom.
I always go back to old vinyl albums I loved, and that’s sort of the aim I had with ‘Hero’ – just to make it look classic and feel like me, but also timeless in a way.
Herbert, my father, was born in Britain but went out to Africa in his teens to join his father and built up an 18,000-acre ranch in what was then Northern Rhodesia, providing work for the locals. He was my hero when I was a boy.
There’s exceptional work being done on television. Some of our great writers are writing for television. When you have things to choose from, you typically go after the writing – unless you’re going after the money. There are fewer opportunities in film to make money with good writing, unless you’re an action hero.
We grew up watching Woody Allen and Albert Brooks movies, and we see this neurotic, annoying, unlikeable male at the center of a story, and people root for him anyway. I think that’s really what we have been craving as women is the hero who doesn’t look perfect and doesn’t act perfectly.
A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion.
Richard E. Byrd
It’s time for a trans hero in a mainstream comic.
When I think about Plastic Man, he was genuinely the first funny super hero.
‘Greatest American Hero,’ I really dug that as a kid because it had an alienation to it, where he was given a gift and didn’t know why, and yet he was forced to do something with it, and he was very much an out-of-place character who was trying to cope with his own surroundings, and I can kind of relate to that guy.
Every hero must return home. Starks to Winterfell. Harry to Privet Drive. Luke Skywalker to Tattoine. Katniss to District twelve. The fun is in seeing how they return.
Pierce Brown
To me, doctors and nurses and teachers are heroes, doing often infinitely more difficult work than the more flamboyant kind of a hero.
I don’t believe in hero worship.
Bobby Fischer
I don’t want to be a strong hero who can save society. I just want to save myself.
General David Petraeus is an American patriot and hero.
I’ve always taken a lot of pride that people believed in me as a hero. I tried not to fail them in my life.
You have to do bad things in order to become a hero. Yo

You have to do bad things in order to become a hero. You have to make sacrifices.
I wanted to be like my father, who was a cattle man and a rodeo roper. And that was – he was my hero, and I wanted to be more like him.
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that there’s no such thing as evil; it’s all in your point of view. To one group a suicide bomber is the antichrist and to one he’s a hero.
We ultimately use good art as a tool for people to contextualize themselves, and the folks in all the places we play experience it how they will. All we’re doing is saying what we think. I never really wanted to be anyone’s hero.
Oliver Sacks remains my hero to this day. He was one of the first medical writers I read. The other was Lewis Thomas, who is no longer alive but is just heroic to me.
I grew up never seeing myself on-screen, and it’s really important to me to give people who look like me a chance to see themselves. I want to see myself as the hero of any story. I want to see myself save the world from the bomb.
The hero of the ‘Peanuts‘ is Charlie Brown. I play the dog that sleeps on the top of his dog box who’s a philosopher. I’m drawn to that. So I’m drawn to Barbossa as I’m drawn to Einstein, because they are outsiders, and I suppose, as a character actor, that’s the turf that you’re locked into, in a way.
Robin Hood is often seen as the hands-on-hips, archetypal, tally-ho hero. But, realistically, the one calling the shots wouldn’t be at the front shouting about it. He’d be the one you don’t expect.
These manly sentiments, in private life, make good citizens; in public life, the patriot and the hero.
James Otis
If a guy can play Guitar Hero with me and sit at home and watch the Food Network and read magazines with me, that’s good. I don’t think there are many guys that’s fun for. It’s a lot to ask.
When I was a young man, Dirac was my hero. He made a breakthrough, a new method of doing physics. He had the courage to simply guess at the form of an equation, the equation we now call the Dirac equation, and to try to interpret it afterwards.
You realise that there’s nothing more endearing than people who are desperately trying to be liked or trying to be the hero, you know? Who also probably just need a hug or want to impress their dad?
‘Wii Music’ elevates the scope of music video games by moving beyond commentary on what music is – as ‘Rock Band‘ and ‘Guitar Hero’ do – to suggesting what it could be. Yet I’m still left wondering: Couldn’t it be more?
I think anyone in New York City could look at Luke Cage and say, ‘Hey, this guy could help me out.’ I don’t want him to just seem like a relevant hero for only black people.
Some people are cowards… I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they’ve got to make that choice.
Some people probably think me telling Godard’s story is blasphemy. My friends were worried. But he’s not my hero or my god. Godard is like the leader of a sect, and I’m an agnostic.
If you look at the play very closely, this is a thirdhand report of what a wonderful hero Macbeth is for saving Scotland. And in the next scene, he’s planning to murder Duncan, and you never really know why or what’s behind Macbeth.
Five million Jews are regarding me as a traitor, but six billion people around the world think me as a hero and a good man who bring the message to all the human beings that we should survive and prevent the use of nuclear weapons and to prevent the nuclear preparations and to prevent nuclear war in the future.
Charlotte Bronte was writing about sex. I supposed Jane Austen was, too. Where do you get a hero like Darcy unless you are writing about sex?
I am a Bruce Lee fan. I may be my fans’ hero, but even heroes have their heroes. And mine is Bruce Lee.
The iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player. Nor were the iPhone and iPad the first in their categories. The real reason for the success of these devices – the true unsung hero at Apple – is the iTunes software and iTunes Store. Because Apple provided them, it wasn’t just selling hardware.
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
I’m a sucker for the big, gruff, distant, emotionally closed-off hero who sloooowly warms up to the feisty, awesome, sweet heroine.
Linda Hamilton is my hero. She was so tough and so strong and so vulnerable at the same time. I think that’s what woman action figures are allowed to be: vulnerable, in a way that women are.
Walt Disney was my great hero.
A lot of people want to see this idealized version of heroism, all pretty and perfect, and I’m not interested in playing the goody-goody hero at all.
If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero.
Alfred P. Sloan
That first meeting – the one where the hero and heroine start the slow burn that takes the whole story to turn into true love – is the single most important part of the whole book. Nail it, and you’ve won yourself readers.
Barbara Castle was a hero to millions of British women. She inspired a new generation of women to become active in Labour politics, including, of course Labour’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman.
Where there is a hero, there is always a villain.
We are creating a fabulous franchise with an incredible female action hero.
Jan de Bont
I wanted to be the Dutch Bruce Jenner - that was my goa

I wanted to be the Dutch Bruce Jenner – that was my goal. He was my hero.
Bas Rutten
Glenn Gould was my hero. Glenn Gould was my idol. I loved him.
I cannot believe I became some kind of hero. I’m just a common Korean woman.
Yi So-Yeon
‘Guitar Hero’ was much more about us not innovating in a way that was appealing to audiences. It’s not about oversaturating the market.
A perfect hero is about as boring as a perfect marriage.
Michael Robotham
I think the impact I make is to inspire Filipino female athletes that they can do it as well… A Filipina can be a sports hero.
J.J. Watt is larger than life and Houston‘s newest sports hero, in every sense of the word. He is a guy who spends NFL Fridays at high school football games and actively seeks out those in need of his kindness.
My brother was a captain in the Marine Corps and a very big hero in my life.
Peter Cullen
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Every generation of children has its private hero.
It’s really irritating when you open a book, and 10 pages into it you know that the hero you met on page one or two is gonna come through unscathed, because he’s the hero. This is completely unreal, and I don’t like it.
What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that’s how I approached the part.
You don’t have to do offbeat films to prove that you can act. I have done it but only to prove myself that I can fit convincingly into every kind of films. I want to do the 100 crore film where the hero does all the work, and I get to relax.
I’m not cut out to play a filmi hero. I don’t look like a hero.
My mother is my hero.
J. R. Martinez
We’d love to see Led Zeppelin on ‘Guitar Hero.’
Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough.
Allen Iverson is, like, my all-time hero.
Yes, I was inspired by Jack London and still love reading his books. Ernie Banks is another hero because I lived in Chicago for two years as a kid, and I loved that he was the Cubsloyal underdog and one of the first African-Americans to make that breakthrough.
I don’t hero worship for the sake of hero worship. When I find people who are truly remarkable – and I think Joseph Needham is a classic example – I do value their counsel.
A hero is someone we can admire without apology.
Bill Milliken is a big hero of mine.
Anne Cox Chambers
Since ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ or thereabouts, it seemed that all American literature was about the alienated hero.
I would rather portray the hero if it’s a really great film. All my favorite fictional film characters are heroes, such as in ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ and ‘Robin Hood.’
Jonathan Jackson
Well, you know, in any novel you would hope that the hero has someone to push back against, and villains – I find the most interesting villains those who do the right things for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things for the right reasons. Either one is interesting. I love the gray area between right and wrong.
I definitely like performing to a crowd that’s there to see a female hero.
All I care about is providing and living every day. I don’t care about world titles, being a legend, or being a hero.
If I win gold, I will dedicate it to Nelson Mandela. He is a hero in South Africa, and everything I do, I do for him.
What I love about ‘Big Hero 6’, with Baymax himself – this sentient creature who’s actually a learning robot – with each experience, this naive and gullible creature becomes more aware of issues.
Roy Conli
Gary Oldman is my TV hero. The incredible thing about Gary Oldman is his versatility.
Andrew-Lee Potts
You would never expect a black woman to be the hero.

You would never expect a black woman to be the hero.
Gene Krupa was my big hero, and I used to play on my mother’s flour cans and sugar cans with the kitchen knives, listening to the big bands on my dad’s records. Gene Krupa and Harry James.
In Australia, I’m built up as this comedy hero, which was never my intention.
My Dad is my hero. He’s 85 now and he is in great health. He is handsome and strong. He has an incredible moral and ethical backbone. I couldn’t have been luckier with my parents.
I didn’t know Jack Kennedy that well, but Bobby was a hero to me.
Muhammad Ali is a true hero, and the fact there’s something wrong with him is his badge of valour. He’s a great man.
In Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde,’ the hero decides on the terms of his transformation in a process that’s explained not through the supernatural but the natural or, at least, through biochemistry.
I think you have a social responsibility as the villain, which is pretty different from the hero’s responsibility. If you have any kind of a social or political conscience at all, the first thing you want to do is make malevolence recognizable to people, almost as a kind of teaching aid.
I’m my own hero on the sets; why should I work with other heroes? The Khans did not want to work with me when I started. Why should I work with them now?
Kangana Ran
I have always been against the gangster as hero.
Every show that sells out is like a hero’s welcome for me.
It’s true that romance novels do detail the courtship phase of a relationship. We usually write ‘And they lived happily ever after‘ before our heroine starts snoring or our hero starts tossing his socks over the hamper.
I’m a guitar player first. So my first hero was Angus Young from AC/DC. I used to copy every move that he did, play every lick that he would. I knew I wanted to be some kind of a rocker, back in the day.
If you have not been a villain at a certain point in time, you will never be a hero. And the day you are a hero, you may become a villain the next day.
I think it’s irresponsible when celebrities imply they’re doing it all themselves. My son has aunties and uncles around all the time, and my husband is my hero. He’s really full-on. I couldn’t do it any other way.
The dynamic is extremely similar to Gremlins and the hero is very similar, plus the small town atmosphere. It really is in a way the third Gremlins movie.
One blob of red in the wrong place and the audience isn’t looking at the hero, they’re looking at a patch of curtain (or something similar) and your whole effect is lost.
Terence Fisher
My great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, was my biggest hero in life, my biggest inspiration behind everything I do.
My dad was my hero. And I got my personality from my mother.
Lou Reed was a hero because he was an anti-hero.
We’ve become slaves to words like ‘local,’ ‘fresh,’ and ‘seasonal.’ We all want to be Thomas Jefferson‘s agrarian hero, but sustainable food is a difficult beast.
Barton Seaver
This thing of being a hero, about the main thing to it is to know when to die.
One night I went to see Bobby at the Flamingo. Because he was my hero, I would visit him for inspiration.
Wayne Newton
Along with my father, Mandela is my hero.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
My sporting hero was Drazen Petrovic, the NBA basketball player, who was killed in a car accident in 1993. He was a good friend, an unbelievable player, and I dedicated my Wimbledon win to him.
Goran Ivanisevic
Vampires are handy characters, as they can do double duty as monster/villains and the classic, misunderstood romantic hero.
Nancy A. Collins
My uncle was a hero, Lewis Roundtree. He was not even related to me really, but he was always called my uncle. He was like a father to me. I was closer to him than I was my father.
If you’re going to tear down a hero, you should never forget that you’re tearing down someone else’s hero. You’re tearing down somebody else’s son. You might have to face her one day.
Good guy’ or ‘bad guy’, hero or anti hero; doesn’t matter to me, what role I play, only the character have something magical.
Issa Rae is a hero of mine, and I’m going to try not to completely creep her out. I love ‘Insecure.’
I don't want to be your hero. I want to be your brother

I don’t want to be your hero. I want to be your brother. You know, I want to be your family member. I want to be your equal.
I wonder if 50 years from now we’ll look back, and maybe Julian Assange will be the hero and J. Edgar Hoover will be the enemy of the state.
Ain’t nobody more famous than me. I am my own hero and everything else. If you are a SEAL you can say that.
Elton John is an absolute lad. He’s a hero.
Kanye West, I love you. You might not have known, but I have said in other interviews that you’re my hero.
Pete Bethune is a hero in New Zealand. He’s a hero worldwide to people who want to see the end of whaling.
Everyone deserves to be the hero of a novel.
William Nicholson
Michael Moore became an industry hero and the most visible symbol of the Hollywood left.
Michael Medved
Prince Charles is definitely my hero; he uses his position to do only good in this world.
‘Shadow Hero’ was a dream to work on.
It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism.
Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times.
But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true: every character is the hero of his own story. Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him. It’s fun to give these people voices.
Everybody has a hero and a villain within themselves. So it depends upon you to be a hero or a villain. If you show humanity, it will give you satisfaction.
It’s important for a young black kid to see a Mexican hero, just to know that we’re all equal.
Oh God, my choice of film has never depended on the hero. In fact, you will see that some of my categorical mistakes had nothing to do with the hero in it.
As a person navigating the waters of public scrutiny, you are often unable to hold on to personal heroes or villains. Inevitably you will meet your hero, and he may turn out to be less than impressive, while your villain turns out to be the coolest cat you’ve ever met.
My dad is a writer, and to see him always in front of a typewriter gave me the inspiration to write. He was my idol, my hero. I wanted to be just like him.
Having the Stitch character, the villain that becomes a hero, coming from outer space, it took a very difficult and complex story and put it into a simpler, kinder time.
Tia Carrere
The day I became a hero, my dream was realised. Everything else is a bonus.
The Hindi film that connects with my life story the most is the movie ‘Hero’ – two brothers being lost and sort of coming back.
My father will always be my hero. He pioneered two successful companies that paved the way for the technology services industry and has devoted much of his life to helping people in need and those who serve our nation in the armed forces.
Ross Perot, Jr.
All the Chinese have to do is fly around the Moon and back, and they’ll appear to have won the return to the Moon with humans. They could put one person on the surface of the Moon for one day and he’d be a national hero.
I grew up in Canada and was a huge Spider-Man fan, and never thought of Spider-Man as an American hero.
In Ronald Reagan‘s chaotic childhood, the imagination was armor. There is nothing unusual about that; transcending the doubts, hesitations, and fears swirling around you by casting yourself internally as the hero of your own adventure story is a characteristic psychic defense mechanism of the Boy Who Disappears.
Every good movie I watch, the hero becomes my favourite. I start blushing every time a hero romances a heroine.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
I’m a big Otis Redding fan, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye. My hero is David Bowie. But I like the Beatles, the Stones.
People call him a terrorist, but you can use language to do many things and say many things about people, but John Brown was a hero.
I love ‘Guitar Hero,’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture.
Being in this business and surviving day-to-day can be a constant struggle. It’s about learning how to be your own super hero, put on your own cape, and be a well-rounded individual.
It's quite a thrill to be playing a hero.

It’s quite a thrill to be playing a hero.
The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.
Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.
I wanted to be Ronaldinho. I studied him a lot. He was my hero.
I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.
‘Balthazar’ is very much about the title hero having to choose between his past and his future. For the first time in a long time, he has a chance to be happy – with Skye. But he has this terrible tendency to set himself up for heartbreak, in part because he punishes himself for his past.
Claudia Gray
Watchmen‘ is a politically charged story, and it explores exactly what a hero is, how the world would treat them and how they would react. It was the first time I read a superhero story that explored that situation. These are very real people with very real problems.
When I was young, I thought Kim il-Sung or Kim Jong-il is hero.
Julian Assange is certainly no hero. The man behind WikiLeaks issued threats as if he were Dr. No bent on ending civilization as we know it. We will find him, lock him up, and throw away the key. But give the man credit; for a week the truth was laid bare.
Martin Cruz Smith
Whoever portrays me on screen need not necessarily be a look alike. Any hero could play my part.
To be very honest, I worked harder on ‘Humpty…’ I did many workshops. I never did workshops in ‘Main Tera Hero.’
My mother is my hero.
Sofia Vassilieva
When I was playing Ajax, he thinks he’s a hero; he thinks he’s saving people. He thinks he’s helping Wade Wilson by turning him into Deadpool.
Ed Skrein
The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
I grew up reading comic books. Super hero comic books, Archie comic books, horror comic books, you name it.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
I don’t necessarily prefer playing villains. I know a lot of people say they are more fun, but if the scriptwriter has done their work well, you can find something realistic in a villain and find the mistakes in a hero – it’s all down to the writing.
It’s kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters, boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline. In both cases it’s for the lack of a suitable hero.
Dick Schaap
I’ve always said a romance hero can be deeply flawed… as long as he’s willing to rush into a burning building to rescue a basket of kittens.
My mother was and will always remain my greatest hero.
My favorite book is anything by Kurt Vonnegut – he’s my literary hero. I got to meet him several times, which was a great thrill for me. I don’t really remember what we talked about.
I’m a real-life action hero.
In camp was found a book, the first of the kind I had ever seen, in which I was made a great hero, slaying Indians by the hundreds.
Kit Carson
For me, Kate McKinnon can do no wrong. She is an absolute genius. She’s a hero of mine. Melissa McCarthy is hilarious.
I’ve read a lot of books on the laws of attraction, and in my home, I have a big book on Muhammad Ali, which I’ve read because he is, like, a hero of mine, but other than that, no, I’m not a big reader.
And besides, because of all she has accomplished, Barbara Jordan has always been a hero of mine.
I don’t want to build any image for myself. I don’t want people to say, ‘He does only a certain type of role.’ I don’t want only to be the hero of the story. An actor’s weakness is the different roles that he can’t do. But I am keen to grab only those roles as I am here to challenge myself.
Freud was a hero. He descended to the Underworld and met there stark terrors. He carried with him his theory as a Medusa’s head which turned these terrors to stone.
R. D. Laing
When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally at first makes people talk about the hero, but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight, so that we await his entrance with curiosity, and sometimes with anxiety.
Mubarak came to power as a hero who fought bravely in Egypt‘s wars and headed the nation’s air force.
I’ve never tried to reach a certain demographic of an audience or try to say, ‘OK, now I’m going to do this type of film to transition myself into more adult roles.’ Or a romantic hero. Or whatever it may be – you know what I mean?
The TED talk I gave, that gave me another character I didn’t know about. I’m not saying the mind of a hero, but a kind of responsibility. Every word I’m speaking, it’s not from myself. I’m speaking for and representing the people of communist North Korea.
Don't forget, you are the hero of your own story.

Don’t forget, you are the hero of your own story.
Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That’s why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.
Genius, scholar, and war hero though he is, you have to admit – or maybe you should think about admitting – that George Bush might have rushed things a little in invading Iraq.
Whether it’s as the hero of an adventure story, as teacher and friend, as icon on watch, shirt or hat – everyone knows Mickey Mouse.
The characters that have greys are the more interesting characters. The hero who sometimes crosses the line and the villain who sometimes doesn’t are just much more interesting.
Unfortunately, any girl – unless you’re playing the action hero – is going to end up at some point handcuffed, gagged, and waiting for the hero to save her.
In America, the policeman is a working-class hero. In England, the policeman is a working-class traitor.
The hero is changing in Bollywood, and I approach a hero’s role like a character by focusing on its weaknesses. I feel the weaknesses of a character make them more alive, relatable, and human.
My theory of characterization is basically this: Put some dirt on a hero, and put some sunshine on the villain, one brush stroke of beauty on the villain.
I always dressed as a man when I was at school. I loved wearing a tie and a shirt, and I was always wearing suits. Annie Lennox was my hero. I was always playing men in high school.
Paul Volcker is a tremendous hero with the Federal Reserve system and for the American economy. He took very tough actions and helped to break the back of double-digit inflation at a time when it had to be done.
Charles L. Evans
I did a film on Muhammad Ali before he was champion. I was there when he became champion in 1964. I was happy to be able to document the development of a real American hero.
I’ve said this many times: I don’t care which hero punches which hero to get the Infinity Jockstrap or whatever. I do care that people find humanity in these stories, and maybe something connects, makes the world a little better for having read it.
DuBois – my intellectual hero – had written an obit of Madam, praising her… I began to see Madam Walker beyond the definitions others had given her.
Man, in the collective sense, is the hero of science. Man, in the collective sense, is the hero of Earth.
My father has always been my hero.
I’m not a hero.
Tommy Smothers is a hero of mine.
You can’t think that you’re playing a villain, or you’ll end up with a cartoon. You have to think about him as a person and a hero.
That’s right; I was watching ‘From Russia With Love’, one of my favourite Bond movies, and suddenly thought that I’d love to see a version of this from Tatiana Romanova’s point of view. Or, better yet; what if she was the hero? What if this was her story, and Bond was just a side character?
It’s hard to describe yourself as a hero – I just like to think of myself as a policeman. People can look to you like that, as a good guy who can help people.
Steve Wilkos
The bad guy in any good storytelling is always, in some weird way, a mirror for your hero’s journey and for the challenges that they are facing and is some weird physical externalization of that fear that the character is holding onto and has to overcome.
Alex Kurtzman
I was always the hero’s girlfriend or wife – actually, the woman with no voice.
Maggie Cheung
I’m happier not pretending I know anything about El Cid in Spain. He’s a Spanish national hero. I’d rather invent a character inspired by him but clearly not identical to him. And then I feel liberated creatively.
I’ve never been interested in watching or reading anything because it’s the hero’s story. I don’t feel the need to be inspired by the character or learn a lesson. I feel the need to be engaged by them.
You don’t send a man to his death because you want a hero.
Paddy Chayefsky
One of the things I think is unique and signature about Blizzard is that whenever they do their games, and with ‘Warcraft‘ in particular, they take the things they love and put a twist on it. They showed that heroes can come from the most unexpected places, and as a player, you can play as a hero, on all sides.
Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.
My Mt. Rushmore of hero worship would include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marcus Aurelius, Frank Sinatra and Barry White.
It’s silly to say it about a tennis player, but I’m an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
I have three sons, as different from each other as any

I have three sons, as different from each other as any three humans could be but connected by their shared love of Guitar Hero. I’m lucky to be married to a man I can call my soulmate without any irony whatsoever.
Most actors are like, ‘I want to be more like Marlon Brando.’ But when I was a little kid, I just wanted to be an action hero! Then I grew up, and my interests were different.
My dream is to try to reach as many kids and readers who might need an unlikely hero to connect to.
Tim Federle
Fred Astaire is my hero. I love him because he was willing to kill himself to make his art look effortless. And because he proved it’s possible to be an artist and a good person.
Connie Willis
I caught the mentorship bug when I was Miss California U.S.A. and volunteered to mentor for a brand new program called ‘Who’s Your Hero.’ I literally fell in love with the impact it all has, not only on the girls but on myself – giving back is such a powerful thing.
Meagan Tandy
The pleasure of reading a story and wondering what will come next for the hero is a pleasure that has lasted for centuries and, I think, will always be with us.
Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
I was never considered ‘a marketable hero’, and never got promoted to that category. I am not complaining – I found another niche – comedy – which is equally enjoyable and brought me as much comfort as I need.
Moorcock’s interlinked ‘Eternal Champion’ series is a constant source of enjoyment. Of its tragic hero incarnations, my favourite is ‘Elric of Melnibone,’ and the best book has to be ‘Stormbringer.’ And as for that other sword, Excalibur? Pah! Use it to spread your butter.
Neal Asher
Personally, I think Julian Assange is a hero.
I love that Moana is a heroine, and I hope people take that away, and that you most certainly can be the heroine, or hero, of your own story.
My father wanted to be a hero. He went to the Air Force Academy, was valedictorian, and then he found himself strafing villagers in Vietnam in a war he didn’t want to be in and didn’t understand. He was extremely conflicted about the line where he went from being the good guy to possibly being the bad guy.
The hero is never the star of the story.
It’s been said that no man is a hero to a newspaperman, and I spent too many years as an ink-stained wretch.
David Simon
You mustn’t fall in love with your own hero.
I was only a hero by default. The flights were few and far between. There weren’t that many astronauts. The moon flights were so interesting and exciting.
My belt holds my pants up, but the belt loops hold my belt up. I don’t really know what’s happening down there. Who is the real hero?
My lifetime role model and hero is Freddie Mercury of Queen. His songwriting skills, I cannot even approach, but his showmanship, I learned it from videos.
‘Headhunters’ was a breakthrough film for me, internationally, and I got offered a lot of scripts from Hollywood – a lot of heightened hero movies.
I’m not a guitar hero.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
What Guitar Hero has done is to turn music inside out. Whereas the iPod made music very personal, very singular – you put your ear-buds in and you listen to it – Guitar Hero turned it around and made it very social. So it is fun to play. It’s fun to play against people.
Dan Rosensweig
In my opinion, Zac Efron is a total hero. Him seeking help encourages other people with addictive issues to seek help. It’s brave of him.
You say to yourself: ‘What could people, in all these countries, find in my books?’ and yet I think we’re all the same, anywhere. Everybody is a hero or a dramatic person in their own story if you just know where to look.
I just thought, ‘I want to be an action hero.’
Melissa George
I didn’t ask to be a hero, but I guess I have become one in the Christian community. So I accept it. But if I’m wrong about this, I guess I’ll become a bum.
Hal Lindsey
Public image can change at the drop of a hat. One person can be a national hero and a month later because he wore the wrong colour he’s violently hated so it just all depends.
You could be a victim, you could be a hero, you could be a villain, or you could be a fugitive. But you could not just stand by. If you were in Europe between 1933 and 1945, you had to be something.
I like Hindi movies. Although my wife thinks the hero and heroine breaking into a song and dance every five minutes is ridiculous, but I find them entertaining.
Anish Giri
If an actor is going to be an action hero, do it in a Robert Rodriguez movie, because that guy is going to make you look like a million bucks.
Freddy Rodriguez
Whenever someone asks me to name a dream hero or pair, I always end up getting Bollywood names in my mind.
One of the things that I really enjoyed playing with En

One of the things that I really enjoyed playing with Ender was how he’s constantly struggling between his brother and his sister. It’s like he’s got two sides to him. And I’ve always wanted to play a darker character, and in this film and in the novel, Ender has his moments where he isn’t a glorified hero.
Chris Kyle was a human being, a Texan, Navy SEAL, father, husband, brother, friends to many, and a hero to many; this, at a time when we need all the heroes we can get. I knew him to be a good person, regardless of all the hype floating around in the media.
When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you; but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh. So you become the hero rather than the victim of the joke.
If a little kid picks up Guitar Hero and learnsSmoke On The Water,’ he soon finds out that if he wants the chicks to look at him, he’d better learn it on the guitar!
We’re all going to keep telling love stories, we’re all going to tell hero stories. It’s all a question of what your own thumbprint, your own DNA, is, and what it brings to the table that makes it unique.
This character feels so much like my brother. He has two children. He has a wife. He works with me. He chooses to stay in New Hampshire because he wants his kids to grow up in the school they started with. He doesn’t want them to lose friends. He is his family’s hero.
I didn’t want to be a hero to kids; I didn’t think I had that. I just wanted to be popular.
Maxwell Caulfield
Music is my only guide. I don’t care if people pigeonhole me. Miles Davis is my hero. He covered Cindy Lauper and Michael Jackson, and he didn’t give a hoot about what the purists said.
People want their actors to do comedy, too. They don’t want any comedians next to the actor. They want one solo hero and want to see everything in him.
This film ‘Hero’ talks about the peace of Chinese people.
It’s interesting to explore the darker side, but the hero piece is interesting as well. It’s like choosing between comedy or drama. I like to do both.
When I was doing Bond, I was always being sent scripts to play the derring-do hero, with explosions going on all around.
If the reader cares, I don’t think it matters so much whether your hero is in fact an anti-hero.
Some people take me as being a rowdy, honky-tonk hero type. Some people see me as a quiet person. I guess I can be either one, you know, at any moment.
I thought Charlize Theron was awesome in ‘Mad Max,’ and that was a very masculine kind of hero.
The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero.
Mary McCarthy
Prometheus – trickster, rebel and hero – links the realm of the gods with the world of humanity, with which he had such close affinity. His act of stealing fire has been viewed as the foundation of all man’s technologies.
It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
When I was a kid, I wanted to walk with my dad’s limp – my dad was my hero – but that infuriated him, and he would make me walk back and forth in the living room until I walked without it.
David Alan Grier
Battle is the soldier’s vital breath! Peace turns him into a stooping asthmatic. War makes him a whole man again, and gives him the heart, strength, and vigor of a hero.
Charles Studd
I’ve seen unpublished manuscripts where the writer doesn’t know they are making fun of the villain – but they are. If you aren’t afraid of your villain, how can your hero be afraid?
Gayle Lynds
At the peak of his scientific triumphs, Newton became a ‘head,’ a student of the inner spiritual world – or in modern terms, a neurologician. Modern physicists do not dwell on this dramatic life-change in their hero.
He helps me every day to do my exercises. Siegfried told me once, ‘The one who is a hero is the one who can hang on just one minute longer.’
Roy Horn
When I was racing, I had learned that you can’t set stock in public adoration or your press clippings. By the time I was 26, I’d heard crowds of 100,000 scream my name, but a week later they couldn’t remember who I was. You’re a hero today and a bum tomorrow – hero to zero, I sometimes say.
Eddie Rickenbacker
See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn’t dead, Elvis isn’t dead. Otherwise you don’t have a hero. You can’t kill a hero. That’s why I never let him get older.
Mickey Spillane
It’s not easy to be a hero. You do it because of what you believe, not because of what other people deserve.
When I was a kid, we all knew who Niki Lauda was. He was a hero, a living legend in Germany. Everybody knows him. And he’s still very present on TV because he’s commenting for Formula One.
I wish I was dating one of the ladies in ‘Bollywood Hero.’ They’re gorgeous. Any of them.
Chris Kattan
Bin Laden’s role in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s had made him a hero around the Middle East.
As a kid I was fascinated with sports, and I loved sports more than anything else. The first books I read were about sports, like books about Baseball Joe, as one baseball hero was called.
It was what I’ve always wanted, more than anything: to be an Olympic hero rather than a Tour de France star, something I had from childhood.
If a hero is a person on which you've made an explicit

If a hero is a person on which you’ve made an explicit choice model yourself, mine is my father for showing me how to live a life of substance.
Robert Fisk is my hero. In America, they think he’s a terrorist.
When I think about Plastic Man, he was genuinely the first funny super hero. I’m obviously attracted to that. There’s also this great mixture of tragedy in there, too, that I love. The humor comes from a place of pain.
Michael Jackson loved epic symbols. In his shows and his videos, he always destroyed or salvaged worlds; he was the hero of parables about street violence, sexual combat, war and natural disaster. It was always apocalypse or apotheosis now.
I used to get some flack from my agents because I wouldn’t even audition for parts where the hero uses violent force to be a hero.
It’s dangerous to think of yourself as a hero and someone else as a villain. It gets in the way of empathy.
I never played the ‘decoration,’ I always played the one who suffered. And then I got very lucky in my middle career, when I started playing the hero, which at that point was quite rare for women.
The one thing that TV is bad at doing is preaching. There are two extremes, you either turn the people into a punchline or turn them into hero, and both of those things suck, because most people are neither in real life.
I did ‘Animal House’ in 1978, then ‘Local Hero’ in 1983, and then in ’88, ‘Crossing Delancey.’ And I realized that every three to five years, you need a big role to put you into the national psyche.
It wasn’t until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero.
I also love Mole, the unsung hero of reality programming.
I am the hero of Africa.
Idi Amin
My friends and I took songwriting very, very seriously. My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.