The principal female person who figures in a remarkable action, or as the subject of a poem or story.
the leading male/female character, usually larger than life, sometimes almost godlike. See antihero, protagonist, and villain.
The protagonist of the monomyth described by Campbell and Leeming. Such characters tend to be both round and dynamic. According to Frazer, the hero's forerunners were the shaman and the divine king, figures who had direct access to extraordinary spiritual energies. Through psychological identification with these figures, a community could vicariously gain access to spiritual energies. As this suggests, heroes are those with whom we tend to identify ourselves; they are our proxies. The hero's quest for individuation symbolizes the journey we must all make.