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Hero of Chivalry : The Knight >> The classic, good doer who will save the day
The first hero to be discussed belongs in tales of legend. The Knight is traditionally seen taking on dangerous quests to fulfill his goals. These usually include but are not limited to bringing glory to his King, saving the Kingdom, protecting the Princess or slaying a monster.

His goal is to fulfill whatever quest has been laid in front of him and his responses to problems usually involve confrontation. The Knight fears nothing but weakness in himself and will always put himself in the line of fire with the belief that he must destroy anything that threatens those important to him.

Hero of Destiny : The Chosen One >> The one who's throw into the task of saving the world, usually a bit misunderstood
This particular usually has his destiny explained to him after a prolonged and surprisingly sudden battle with the Villain. He will often have little to no training at first, needing a guardian or protector to teach him the ways of battle.

Examples of Hero’s who fit under this archetype are Neo from The Matrix, the title character of Harry Potter and John Connor from the Terminator franchise.

Hero of Luck : The Comedic Hero >> The honestly good, easy going hero
This type of hero usually achieves his goals through blind luck or coincidences. Although well meaning, this archetypal character is usually less than dependable at the best of times and often needs to rely on a competent team, partner or even more incompetent villain to help him achieve his goals.

The comedic hero will usually begin the work in ‘trainee’ status when an unavoidable situation will arise leaving him the only actually available to combat the villain.

Examples of Comedic heroes include the title character of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Maxwell Smart from Get Smart and the team of Reno Sherriff’s Department officers from Reno 911.

Hero of the New World : The Anti Hero >> The tragic, misunderstood hero
Changes in audience mindsets have facilitated a change in the way heroes are portrayed in fictional works. The old type of heroes who are sincerely good in every sense of the world no longer survived easily at the mercy of increasingly cynical audiences.

The answer was the creation of the anti hero. He exists with the similar goal of defeating the villain, but he is prone to being a little dark and is likely to have questionable morals. This type of hero has an honourable goal but he is usually prepared to perform dishonourable deeds to achieve it.

An example of an anti hero who is light on the ‘sliding scale’ is Han Solo from Star Wars. On the opposite end of the scale is Clyde Shelton, Gerard Butler’s character from Law Abiding Citizen. **I also think that Severus Snape is an exellent example**

The kind that attracts me the most is "The Anti-Hero" because they have a more realistic, ugly feel about them that makes them more believable. I also think that they seem more heroic because they are not perfect people set out to change the world, they just feel somehow compelled to do good, even if they can sometimes be dark.
 

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I prefer villains. :3
 
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I prefer stories where there isn't a good and evil, just people and it's left to your interpretation as to who's "good" or "evil".

Soooooo I suppose antihero? But that's everyone's favorite so I'll go with luck/comedic hero.
 

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I like the chivalry hero. It takes guts to put your face and views out there for the world to throw stones at. The only real gain they usually receive or are after is equality and justice. Too bad these types only exist in fiction.
 

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I guess I am most "attracted" to the Chosen One, but I have a problem with the idea of destiny. usually these heroes struggle with it themselves though, and unless they adopt the mantle and go around proclaiming "this is my destiny!!", I like them. I like some Anti-heroes, but I'm not really "attracted" to them--more like repelled at first, then a grudging acknowledgment. I want to understand them better, but sometimes this demystifies them too much.
 

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Anti-hero, bar none.

1. Roy Batty from Blade Runner
2. V from V for Vendetta
3. Ben Wade from 3:10 to Yuma

A hero should be human, have his bad side, his demons, and ultimately he should overcome them.

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Anti-hero. The other ones have always seemed a little cheesy and overdone...ESPECIALLY the Chosen One type.

Villains>Heroes, in something unrelated. Heroes are boring, and, even though you are supposed to root for them, you can't help but feel bad for the villain (as long as his plan methods weren't Level 5 retarded and he didn't tell the hero his plan.). It also gets irritating when you KNOW 9 times out of 10 the good guy's gonna win at the end, so why bother rooting. :dry:
 
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For me, it's a tie between comedic hero and anti-hero. The knight type is boring, imo. Chosen one is good but it's also much easier to screw it up.
 

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Comedic Hero.
 

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Like Promethea, I prefer villains :tongue:

Anti-heros are cool. Chosen ones, only if they don't go around being all pompous about their destiny and all that.
 

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Definitely the Anti-Hero. But even more, I agree with CrazyGlitch about villains. I would love to see more things where the villain wins.
 

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Anti-hero. But not the extreme anti-hero. I must be able to sympathize with them in some way.

I would say chosen one, but that theme has been terribly overdone. That sense of destiny hanging over a protagonist's shoulders just seems dodgy, not to mention "look! we're in a story!" unless its very well done or relates to the theme in some way.

That being said, I love many movies/books where the writers went for the Chosen One trope, especially since I love fantasy.
 

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The anti-hero!
I don't know if any of you has read Life and Times of Michael K, but he is my ideal hero.
 

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I'd say the knight and the anti-hero. The other two are just thrown into the situation, but the knight and the anti-hero are doing something for something, they have a cause all the way through the story.
 

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Hero of the New World : The Anti Hero >> The tragic, misunderstood hero
Changes in audience mindsets have facilitated a change in the way heroes are portrayed in fictional works. The old type of heroes who are sincerely good in every sense of the world no longer survived easily at the mercy of increasingly cynical audiences.

The answer was the creation of the anti hero. He exists with the similar goal of defeating the villain, but he is prone to being a little dark and is likely to have questionable morals. This type of hero has an honourable goal but he is usually prepared to perform dishonourable deeds to achieve it.

Um, antiheroes aren't that new (see: Byron's writings).

With that said, the antihero is my favourite, though villians always seem to be infintely more interesting.
 
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