What is a Hero? An individual that fights against evil, saves the day and a damsel in distress? Yes...Or a person that you can look up to, someone that doesn't exactly has to have super powers to save the day or stand out? HELL YEAH!
And there is also those war heroes that ensure the triumph of a faction and even a nation.
What's the point of this? Well we usually when he listen to the word hero, we think about that definition...or just think about comics.
My first post in this blog...we play videogames, we see countless heroes, let's read and discuss about those characters that are memorable, the heroes that for their actions, they are remembered, we can also look up to them. ONLY videogames...not included comic heroes with a videogame (Batman, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-men, Ironman, etc) and no cliche heroes, what do I want to say? Always saves the day and the girl and beats the bad guy and everything is smiles and sunshines! So no Mario and Link.
Lets start with the Megaman series (X and Zero games specifically).
X is the blue bomber 2.0, the last creation of Dr. Light, he started as a rookie maverick hunter, under supervision of Sigma...before he became a Maverick that is. X is the typical hero and protagonist of the game, countless of tasks and fights against different Mavericks and finally save the day by kicking Sigma's butt.
But who is behind Zero, technically he was before X, his best friend and often considered as the Ultimate Reploid. I'm talking about Zero.
Put aside the thoughts that Zero is cooler than X (even though it might be true) and/or your fan towards X. Zero is always taking care of X, why? Cause they are friends; X looks up to Zero and Zero is there for him, watching his back and fighting side to side. Zero has sacrificed himself a lot not only for X, but to save planet Earth from the Sigma Virus. Now looking on the Megaman Zero games, Zero still is a hero, fighting for survival of humanity aswell as the well being of the Reploids.
Not also he takes care of his friend, he lost his loved one.
He is a memorable hero and character, I'm not trying to shove X.
He is also a heroic reploid, always taking a beating to save other reploids from Mavericks, following the steps of his best friend.
Moving on to Final Fantasy.
What? These guys always win and save the Universe? Well yeah...true honorable heroes and stuff, the Warriors of Light/Dawn. Square likes to make the main characters have emo attitudes and crazy haircuts.
There is one character that stands out among all the roster and I think many people will agree with me (If not...well...damn, FAIL), is the true SOLDIER 1st ****..
Zack is a lively fellow, his dream? Become a true hero, funny huh? Is that the reason why he is a memorable hero? No actually, if I recall correctly, he never noticed he became a hero. His actions as a SOLDIER and as a friend (again talking about friendship). His mentor Angeal Hewly (original owner of the Buster Sword) always talked about keeping his SOLDIER honor, defend it no matter what and never give up his hopes and dreams.
Zack's actions where reason that Shinra won the Wutai war (look he is a war hero now)...NOT, Sephiroth took the real credit and that didn't slow him down.
He became 1st ****and received the task on locating and bring back his mentor and another SOLDIER called Genesis, teaming up with Sephiroth.
What's my point? Well Zack, saved Angeal, even though it broke his heart.
Maybe the most memorable thing he did was save the rookie Cloud Strife, they were friends. Zack never discouraged Cloud to become a SOLDIER (although he never did become one officially) He just said to him, keep dreaming and defend your honor.
Zack died protecting Cloud, fighting an endless horde of Shinra Soldiers. On his last moments, he trusted Cloud with the Buster Sword aswell as his dreams (along with his identity and title of SOLDIER 1st ****..... thief ¬¬)
Full sacrifice for his friend and defending honor.
- Josef and Minwu from 2
- Galuf from 5
- Tellah from 4
- Pretty much majority of the cast from 6
Next, I think John Marston from Red Dead Redemption
Former outlaw and blackmailed by the goverment to kill his former gang members. What purpose? Simple! Save his family. Although he is a badass and as you progress on the game, you decide either to be good or to be bad, in the end, John is a hero, he cares about his family even though he use to be an outlaw, he just wants to settle down and have a normal life.
The ending of RDR tells everything, John Marston is a hero, maybe not a good role model, but an example on what you must not do (looking on his life as an outlaw). He wants to be a good dad and seeks only one thing also...Redepmtion.
Next we have the Halo Series...who? Masterchief? NO! Yeah yeah I know he is the last Spartan, he destroyed Halo, saved Cortana and stuff. Yes he is indeed a Hero I won't deny it. But you know who else is a hero?
Yeah, considered also one of the manliest man in videogames by Screwattack.
He never backs out from a fight, he is a true leader, his only objective...stop the Covenant from activating, by any means, a Halo. He takes a beating by the brutes to activate the Ark even though he is forced to do it. He and Masterchief work together to keep the Covenant out of the rings.
Bad thing here, he survives the explosion of one of the rings (still questioning how) but he is killed by GuiltySpark, that sucks...but in his last breath he backs up Masterchief on destroying the monitor and Halo. So actually he is the reason we are saved from the flood. YAY! :D
Doesn't matter if its from Infinity Ward or Treyarch. I believe these War Heroes deserve mention.
First, Captain Price.
This english dude has suffered a lot. Betrayal, harsh environments, MASSIVE shoot outs against the Spetsnaz. We may not have a reason in specific since we don't know much about his past, but hell the way he acts on Modern Warfare, you think this dude is a true war hero, betrayed and beaten, he looks after his platoon, specially of Soap Mactavish. It's hard to express this, Captain Price is a character when you see him, you know he is epic and a hero, no matter if he is a War hero.
Next, Sargent Woods from Black Ops
And Viktor Reznov from World At War and Black Ops
In the game he is known by the title of "Hero Of Stalingrad" why?.
He and Dimitri Petrenko took down countless Nazi soldiers all by themselves. Epic and crazy. On Black Ops he looks after Alex Mason in the prison of Vorkuta, talking about his betrayal and how he needs to kill 3 people. He saves Mason giving freedom and eventually reuniting with him (no spoilers) and finish the job, still looking after him, never leaving his side.
UFFF that was hard! That's it for part 1. Thanks for reading, hope you like it..
And I have a poll so I can make a decision.
WHICH BELMONT IS THE MOST HEROIC? Which Belmont is going to be the true hero among his family?
Help me with that ;)
Thanks again guys for reading, rate and comment ;)
As long as there is evil, there will always be a shining beacon of good!