Heroic Overview

A lot of times, in a story, the hero or heroine can encourage someone to do something special, like never giving up hope until they reach their goals.


  • Stuart Little enourages Margalo to join the migrating flock like she dreamed of.
  • Jenny McBride encourages Timmy Brisby to follow his heart.
  • Jacquimo encourages Thumbelina to follow her heart.
  • Phil encourages Hercules to use his courage to defeat the cyclops and go the distance.
  • Doc Hudson encourages Lightning McQueen to step into the race.
  • Eggs encourages the boxtrolls to stand up against Archibald Snatcher and his thugs.
  • Alex encourages Vitaly to retry his ring hoop trick.
  • Woody encouraging Buzz to learn that he is Andy's toy as Buzz chooses to be Andy's toy so he and Woody can escape from Sid.
  • Cindy Lou Who encourages the Grinch that no one should be alone on Christmas.
  • Ashi reminding Jack of the innocent people he saved and how he has regained hope in them, which successfully regained his confidence and prevented him from committing seppuku.


(On a bridge, Gerald sprays into his mouth and begins to sing, even with his bad voice.) (Gerald: Figaro, figaro, figaroooo....) (A yodeling voice rings out behind him. It's a biker, laughing and mocking Gerald.) (Biker: What a crazy voice!) (The biker laughs, but then crashes into a streetlight. Arnold, noticing his depressed buddy, walks up to Gerald.) Well, tonight's the concert. (Gerald: Yeah, I'm not going.) What? (Gerald, still upset: I CAN'T go through with it.) You can do it, Gerald. Just think positive. (Gerald: Arnold, you're my best friend, and I appreciate the way you're always looking on the bright side. But I think it's time we both stop kidding ourselves and face the music. My voice STINKS! I'm NOT gonna SING! Nothing in the world's gonna get me on that stage.) Come on, Gerald. It isn't THAT big of a change. It's big, but it's, it's not insurmountable. (Gerald: Insurmountable? Man, you read too much.) Hey, I got an idea. Why don't we go ask your doctor? (With that, Gerald smiles.)
~ Arnold Shortman encouraging Gerald when he's afraid of making a fool of himself in the school concert.

You know how I came up with the idea for the xXx program? Skateboards and swimming pools. Skateboards used to be stuck on the ground, adolescent transportation. Then 1977 happens. Big drought hit Southern California, got so bad the rich and suburbanised couldn't afford to fill their swimming pools. That's when the light clicked on. Some kid figured he could skate those empty pools and get some real nasty air. "Dogtowns and Z-Boys", you ever seen it? It's a movie. Doesn't matter. Anyhow, our hero starts doing stuff on the board that no one's ever seen before, things the world thought were impossible. Now, that kid needed that drought, the world needed those empty pools. That's why xXx. Do you feel safer today than you felt yesterday? I know I don't. The biggest, most expensive military in the world, and we're still scared of shoe and tighty-whitey bombs at the airport. Why is that? Because soldiers are built to take orders and fight wars. But we, my friend, are not at war, we are at peril. That's why xXx. You know who does feel safe? The men in charge, the world beaters, the top-shelf par excellence ayatollahs with all the dollahs, and that's because those righteous b*****ds, somewhere along the way, made a deal with the devil. They traded liberty for safety, and us, we the people, ended up losing both. That's why xXx. While everybody else is stuck on the ground, we're doing s*** on the board that nobody has ever even seen before. Well, that's my pitch. I always was a better spy than a salesman. So, what do you say?
~ Augustus Gibbons' xXx recruitment speech.

Why do you take it from this guy? (Monstar Bupkus: Because he's bigger.) (Monstar Pound: He's bigger...) (Monstar Bang: Than we be.)
~ Michael Jordan, asking the Monstars why are they mistreated by Swackhammer

Never give in!
~ Arnold's grandmother encouraging her grandson to stand up against Scheck and his men as she is unjustly arrested by the police.

You're sure to do impossible things if you follow your heart.
~ Jacquimo encouraging Thumbelina to follow her heart.

(Mack [from Lightning's speaker]: Hey, kid are you alright?) I don't know, Mack. [sighs] I..I... I don't think I... (Doc Hudson: I didn't come all this way to see you quit!) (McQueen pirks up in surprise) Doc? (Lightning sees Doc and the residents of Radiator Springs being his pit stop crew, cheering for him) Guys, you're here! I can't believe this! (Doc Hudson: I knew you needed a crew chief, but I didn't know it was this bad.) I thought you said you'd never come back. (Doc Hudson: Well, I really didn't have a choice. Mater didn't get to say goodbye.) (Mater: GOODBYE! Okay, I'm good.) (McQueen happily drives to his the pit crew; Doc is crew chief; with his Hudson Hornet coat painted on him) (Doc Hudson: Alright. If you can drive as well as you can fix a road, then you can win this race with your eyes shut. Now get back out there!)
~ Doc Hudson and the rest of Radiator Springs showing up at Lightning McQueen's California race and cheering him on.

(Phil and Meg arrive for the beaten up Hercules) Hercules! (Hercules: Phil!) C'mon, kid, fight back! C'mon, you can take this bum! This guy's a pushover, look at him! (Hercules (dully): You were right all along, Phil. Dreams ARE for rookies.) No no no no, kid! Givin' up is for rookies! I came back cuz I'm not quittin' on ya! I'm willin to go the distance. How 'bout you?'
~ Phil convincing a weak and powerless Hercules that he doesn't need his strength to defeat the giant Cyclops

"Let me tell you something, Balto. A dog cannot make this journey alone. But maybe...a 'wolf can.
~ Boris' advice Balto for taking the difficult journey to retrieve the medicine for the sick children

"Hi, Mr. Grinch! (Grinch looks up on his sleigh) (Grinch: Cindy Lou? What are you doing up there?!) I came to see you. No one should be alone on Christmas.
~ Cindy Lou Who encourages the Grinch while she was on the sled

(Diego rushes towards the moving ship, when suddenly, Shira tackles him; Manny grabs a log and desperately tries to hold the ship in place) Why are you doing this? (Shira: You don't understand! I don't have a choice!) You don't have to live this way, Shira. You'll be safe with us! We take care of each other. (Manny (struggling): Diego! I can't hold on much longer! (the log breaks making the ship adrift again) DIEGO!) Come with us! Come with me. (Shira nods and she and Diego head towards Gutt's ship when Shira notice Gutt and crew closing in on them; While Diego hops on deck, Shira rushes around the cliffside) What are you doing? (Shira: I've got your back.) (Shira shoves ice chunks in front of Gutt, causing him to slip and fall to the ground below.; She gazes at Diego as the herd escapes on Gutt's ship.)
~ Diego convincing Shira to abandon Gutt to join the herd. To prevent Gutt from reaching the gang, Shira shoves ice chunks in front of Gutt, causing him to slip and fall to the ground below. She then gazes at Diego as the herd escapes on Gutt's ship

Tim, you've got to have the courage to follow your heart.
~ Jenny McBride encouraging Timmy Brisby to follow his heart

(Drix is at the bladder on the next boat to leave when Ozzy rushes in) Drix! Drix! Yo, Drix! Get your time-released butt off this boat. Thrax is alive! Let's go! (Drix [sadly]: I'm sorry, Osmosis, I can't help you.) Excuse me? (Drix: I wasn't designed to combat a virus. Read my label.) You gotta learn to think outside the pill box, man. I've known sugar pills who cured cancer, just because they believed they could. (Drix (sadly): Oh, I don't know, Ozzy. Look at me. I'm cherry flavored.) (Conductor: Hey, pal. You on or off?) Fine. Flush your life down the toilet. (leaves as Drix watches) (Conductor: The zipper's down. All ashore that's going ashore.); (Ozzy is about to leave in his car, when suddenly, Drix is there!) (Drix: Jones? You really know of a sugar pill who cured cancer?) Nah. But it makes a good pep talk, don't it?) (Drix: Let's go catch a cold!) (They drive off to stop Thrax)
~ Osmosis Jones encouraging Drix that he's more to not board the boat and instead to help him stop Thrax once and for all.

(Alex is preparing the show) Where's Vitaly? He opens! Stefano! Stefano, have you seen Vitaly? (Alex finds Stefano crying) Stefano, why the sad little face? (Stefano: Vitaly--he will not go on!) What? (Stefano [weeping]: I tried everything I could!) (Alex puts his putting his paw on Stefano's chin): Shh. Shh.. Wipe away the tears. Calm down. Where is he? I'm sure I can reason with him. (Vitaly is in his box car packing his stuff. Alex throws a knife into a wall, barely missing Vitaly, getting his attention) Vitaly, what are you doing? (Vitaly: You missed.) You're leaving? You're just gonna walk out on everybody? (Vitaly: [stubbornly] They have good show without me.) Look, I got a good left foot, but without my right foot, I can't walk! (Vitaly: You get fake foot, then you walk.) I don't want fake foot! OK? What happened to "Circus stick together", huh? "The show must go on"? (Vitaly: Cliches) (Alex has had enough. He starts grabbing Vitaly's stuff he just packed as the tiger keeps snatching them and putting them back in his case.) Come on, man! Stop being this guy! Be that other guy! (Vitaly: What other guy?) (The guy who was all circus! The guy who jumped through hoops! The guy everybody looked up to!) (Alex and Vitaly tug on a yarn ball which pops into the air, prompting both cats to briefly fight with it, before Vitaly grabs the yarn ball and stuffs it back into his suitcase) C'mon! Where's that Vitaly? (Vitaly (bitterly): That no more.) Listen, man. You may have given up on yourself...(holds up an old circus photo)...but your friends haven't given up on you. Are you just gonna turn your back on them, and sit and eat borsht for the rest of your life? Or are you gonna get out there, and jump through that tiny little hoop? (Vitaly: It's impossible.) It was always impossible, Vitaly. That's why people loved it. (Alex turns and walks away. Vitaly's eyes widen) (Vitaly: That is why I loved it! Because I did the impossible! I was once a brave tiger...) (Alex turns back and smiles at Vitaly) (Vitaly: And if I go down in flames...(chuckles) be it!) You know, I think I might have an idea for you...(Cut to Vitaly on the stage using hair conditioner) (Vitaly: Light the hoop on FIRE!) (Stefano hesitantly lights the tiny hoop on fire.) (Vitaly gazes at the flames in fear, then scowls and runs toward the hoop, then uses his claw to twist and twirl) (Stefano (praying): Mama Mia...Santa Maria...Mia Farrow...) C'mon, you've got it. (The crowd gasps, then cheers, Vitaly opens his eyes, he has jumped through the flaming hoop unharmed! He smiles grandly as the crowd cheers for him!) (Stefano: YES!!) (Vitaly takes a bow, then blows the flaming tiny hoop out) (Later after the show...) (Vitaly: Aha! Hair conditioner! Great idea, my friend! Feel my fur! It's soft like a kitten!) Slippery, but not flammable!
~ Alex encouraging Vitaly to preform his ring jumping act again. Vitaly agrees, remembering that what he really enjoyed was doing the impossible. Alex convinces the tiger to instead use nonflammable hair conditioner to slip through the hoop, and the result is tremendous--Vitaly emerges from the flaming hoop unharmed!

Psst!, Psst! Hey, Buzz! (Buzz doesn't respond as he is still depressed discovering that he is a toy and Woody picks up a stray washer from the desktop and throws it at Buzz's helmet and Buzz looks at Woody) Hey! Get over here and see if you can get this tool box off me. (Buzz looks away from Woody) Oh, come on, Buzz. I... Buzz, I can't do this without you. I need your help. (Buzz Lightyear (still depressed): I can't help. I can't help anyone.) Why, sure you can, Buzz. You can get me out of here and then I'll get that rocket off you, and we'll make a break for Andy's house. (Buzz Lightyear: Andy's house. Sid's house. What's the difference?) Oh, Buzz, you've had a big fall. You must not be thinking clearly. (Buzz Lightyear: No, Woody, for the first time I am thinking clearly. You were right all along. I'm not a Space Ranger. I'm just a toy. A stupid, little, insignificant toy.) Whoa, hey wait a minute. Being a toy is a lot better than being a Space Ranger. (Buzz Lightyear: Yeah, right.) No, it is. Look, over in that house is a kid who thinks you are the greatest, and it's not because you're a Space Ranger, pal, it's because you're a toy! You are his toy. (Buzz Lightyear: But why would Andy want me?) Why would Andy want you? Look at you, you're a Buzz Lightyear. Any other toy would give up his moving parts just to be you. You've got wings, you glow in the dark, you talk, your helmet does that... that whoosh thing. You are a cool toy. (Woody pauses and becomes depressed too) As a matter of fact, you're too cool. I mean... I mean what chance does a toy like me have against a Buzz Lightyear action figure? All I can do is... (Woody pulls his pull-string) (Voice Box: There's a snake in my boot.) Why would Andy ever want to play with me, when he's got you? I'm the one that should be strapped to that rocket. (Woody becomes dejected against the crate and Buzz sees the signature "ANDY" on the bottom of his foot and discovers that maybe being a toy is a lot better than being a space ranger and looks back at Woody while Woody is still dejected) Listen Buzz, forget about me. You should get out of here while you can. (Woody turns around, but Buzz is gone and Woody discovers that the milkcrate is shaking and discovers that Buzz has finally took Woody's advice about being the importance of Andy's toy as he is on the milkcrate, trying to push the tool box off, so he and Woody can escape) Buzz!! What are you doing? I thought you were- (Buzz Lightyear: Come on, Sheriff. There's a kid over in that house who needs us. Now let's get you out of this thing.) Yes Sir! (Woody puts his hat back on as he and Buzz push the milkcrate and the toolbox together) Come on, Buzz! We can do it!
~ Woody encouraging Buzz to learn that he is Andy's toy as Buzz chooses to be Andy's toy so he and Woody can escape from Sid.

Stop!!! (The Omen: "whacks Ashi away" This does not concern you. There is no hope.) No, hope lives! It is everywhere! I've seen it. Everyone you have touched.The people you have helped. You saved them! (The Omen: Enough! (Fights Ashi) Hope is just a fleeting sentiment. Your failure is real. You must face the consequences or continue to bear the guilt of your dishonor for all eternity.) Jack, don't listen! You're being misguided! I've seen it! You've saved COUNTLESS innocents-but most of all. (The Omen: "growls and attacks her") You showed me the truth! You made me see that there's so much more to me than I know existed! You made me way more than what I was! The hope you gave me SAVED MY LIFE! (The Omen: Death follows in your wake. Men, women, children. Yes, all those children dead because of you!) No! The children! They're alive! You saved them!
~ Ashi reminding Jack of the innocent people he saved and how he regained hope in them, which prevented him from committing seppuku.

Who cares what these creeps think? They don't decide who you are, you do. You are who you choose to be.
~ Dean McCoppin's advice for Hogarth Hughes to decide who he is while encouraging him that it wasn't the school bullies' decision.

It's bad to kill. Guns kill, and you don't have to be a gun. You are who you choose to be. You choose. Choose.
~ Hogarth Hughes encouraging The Iron Giant to choose to be a good guy instead of an ultimate killing machine.