has the potential for greatness but is doomed to fail. He is trapped in a situation where he cannot win. He makes some sort of tragic flaw, and this causes his fall from greatness. Even though he is a fallen hero, he still wins a moral victory, and his spirit lives on. Characteristics include: born into nobility, responsible for their own fate, endowed with a tragic flaw, doomed to make a serious error in judgment, fall from great heights or high esteem, realize they have made an irreversible mistake, faces and accepts death with honor, meet a tragic death and the audience is affected by pity and/or fear. Example: Oedipus of the Theban Plays is a tragic hero.
Greece|Greek]] tragedy and defined by Aristotle (and others). Usually, the realization of fatal flaw results in catharsis or epiphany. The tragic flaw is sometimes referred to as an Achilles' heel after the single fatal flaw of the Greek warrior Achilles.