Definition: fearlessness in the face of adversity or danger
Characters in Literature: Batman; Captain America; Lan Mandragoran & Galad Damordred (The Wheel of Time); Nevile Longbottom (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Rambo
Common Portrayals: Soldiers, Policemen, Firemen, Superheroes, Warriors, Hunters
Cliches to Avoid: the hero who is so brave he is blind to the corruption of the people he works for; the brave hero with a secret death wish; the superhero whose resulting fame causes egotism & the eventual ‘fall from grace/comeuppance’ as a result
Twists on the Traditional Brave:
We see a lot of ‘brave’ but not ‘smart’ characters. Give us a character who is both!
Bravery is acting without fear, courage is acting despite fear. Think of the saying, ‘to fear is to live’. A complex twist on a brave character would be to have them feel something is missing because they do not feel fear.
Bravery does not have to equate into a character who is big and strong or physically fit. Show us a character who is naturally brave, but his body is compromised, yet rather than have to ‘prove himself’, he naturally has respect of the people around him.
Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.
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