(Henry: You take Spider-Man's pictures, right?) I used to. (Henry: Where is he?) (Aunt May: Henry and I agree. We don't see his picture in the paper anymore.) He... -...quit. (Henry:-Why?) Wanted to try other things. (Henry: He'll be back, right?) I don't know. (Aunt May: You'll never guess who he wants to be. Spider-Man.) -Why? (Aunt May: -He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few characters out there, flying around like that... ...saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people... ...setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them. Cheer them. Scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours... ...just to get a glimpse of the one... ...who taught them to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us... ...that keeps us honest... us strength... ...makes us noble... ...and finally allows us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady... ...and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams. Spider-Man did that for Henry... ...and he wonders where he's gone. He needs him.
~ Aunt May's Advice

Just like what the quote above says, everybody does need a hero who they can look up to and always respect as their hero.

This concept usually happens in a movie to which it is about their origins and what made them into heroes or in a series first episode in which began their path towards heroism.

The setting usually is where criminal activity is prominent, the innocents are often being the victims of these crimes and the police are doing everything they can to stop them but to no avail or just an ordinary scene in which becomes an event that sets the direction of the story.

Heroes have various origins and such as getting superpowers, ordinary people who end up being caught in a situation which it permanently changes their fate, meeting a special person who begins the protagonist journey to heroism, ordinary people who became heroes due to the loss of someone they held so dear, heroes who were treated as freaks and outcasts to which through the help of a caring few have managed to give them a reason to be a hero, or going on an adventure which usually means that the hero in which they are to bring peace to the world.

Regardless of whatever origin as a hero or heroine continues on their path towards heroism, people eventually start to acknowledge them with respect and recognition as they continue to fight against evil-doers through their courageous acts.

Later at the end of the movie after defeating the main villain or as the series starts and continues, the main protagonist finally realize that their true purpose is to protect the city/world and always dedicate themselves to saving the lives of innocent people as well as fight against villainy no matter how hard it is.

Here's why the heroes doing this for the people.

  • By protecting them from random villains, etc.
  • Protecting the people he/she loves.
  • To avenge the loss of their loved ones.
  • To follow in the footsteps of someone else they have admired.
  • To punish criminals and other villains to which is not possible for police officers to do or to do so in their own way outside the law.
  • Realize that they were true heroes all along.
  • Realize that the city needs them since they lost hope.
  • Realize that they'll use their powers only for good, never for evil.
  • Realize that why they got powers to begin with like Superman.
  • Realize that they are the chosen one and must bring peace to the world.


  • Half of the anti-hero don't care if they were heroes or not, but decide something whatever they choose.
  • Most of the heroes only did it because they don't want to, but did it to show the people that they don't need to lose hope or never give up by believing themselves like the heroes did.


  • After several times using his powers for good, Cole MacGrath realized that he can be a true hero for Empire City and New Marais.
  • The Powerpuff girls decided to use their powers to help the people of Townsville and to stop Mojo Jojo's plan for world domination.
  • Whenever Homer Simpson sees someone being bullied or in grave danger, he becomes the Pie Man.
  • After getting the Omnitrix, Ben Tennyson uses it's power to be a hero as well as protecting and helping innocent people.
  • Naruto after defeating Pain and saving the village from him is finally acknowledged as a hero and also the prophesized chosen one whose duty is to end the never ending cycle of hatred of the Shinobi world and bring an era of peace.
  • After fighting against Aku's tyranny and to return to the past, Samurai Jack became a hero to the people who have suffered from Au's rule
  • Peter Parker became Spider-Man after losing his Uncle Ben in a criminal heist.
  • While not a hero but an Anti-Hero, Frank Miller became the Punisher in order to avenge the death of his family by waging war against criminals.
  • Bruce Wayne becomes the Batman after losing his parents, Thomas and Martha after being killed by Joe Chill.


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