Our heroes, Han Solo and Indiana Jones, why do they win our hearts and admiration?
We love to wonder what it is about our favorite heroes that stimulates our senses, other than their outward appearances that is. *wink*
These two men are tough guys disguised in very appealing good-guy exteriors, what makes them so endearing?
Both characters have a certain power over their situations, either through intellect or through common sense or both. They overcome their failings and move forward. This in itself is enough to win our confidence. But we feel great when watching these characters and we have an almost inescapable sense of wanting to emulate their behavior and live their grand adventures in our own lives...OK, mostly vicarious, but still.
*Our two heroes are opinionated, passionate yet rarely arrogant. Their decisiveness makes us feel secure and they hold true to their beliefs and why they believe as they do. Take Indy's good-guy line, "it BELONGS in a museum", his noble notions of doing right and sharing his great finds (or others finds) with the world, not being a self-serving collector, is truly admirable.
*No excuses, no looking back. They've been beaten, chased, bountied, nearly killed, have had several human failings yet never blame others for their circumstances. Their hardships are only a temporary state and they always know that hope and recovery are not far from reach.
*They are active. By this I actually mean "pro"active. They never stop thinking on their feet and never wait for things to happen (save for some sketchy moments in the first moments on the Death Star) to them or for them. They are in tune with their world and other worlds and have the innate ability to connect to those around them. Which brings us to...
*Likability! They are leaders...strong, tough (in the good-guy sense), intelligent and ultimately inspire loyalty and friendship. They conquer their fears have little ego and rarely enter the realm of self-defeat.While written for the screen these characters are still very human but their personable tough-guy personas give them a powerful edge that's so very inviting.
For the women out there, and, ahem...some men, Han Solo and Indiana Jones represent a set of traits that are so deliciously tempting and sexy that we (gals and guys) can't help but be attracted to the source.
Although these characters are written for the screen I believe that anyone can follow their footsteps and become, in some way, like their heroes. These sorts of men (women too) are all around us and it doesn't take too much to find them. I can think of a few that fall into this realm personally and I adore them...I feel inspired by them and want to be a better person because of them.
Isn't that what heroes are for?