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Sir Galahad, a hero of Arthurian legend, detail of a painting by George Frederic Watts

A hero (masculine or gender-neutral) or heroine (feminine) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, hḗrōs) is a person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage, bravery or self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good; a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities.


Hero sections
Intro  Etymology  Classical heroes  Heroic myth and monomyth  Slavic fairy tales  The modern fictional hero  Psychology of heroism  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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