So Sayeth the Odinson: Top 10 Heroes that Aren’t Super Heroes: Part 1

Greetings from the Odinson,

SupermanBatmanWonder WomanSpider-ManCaptain AmericaThor.  These are true icons of the Super Hero genre. Super Heroes are extraordinary men and women gifted with superhuman abilities, gadgets, and weapons.  They are known for their unique, distinctive, and often colorful costumes.  Some wear capes, some wear masks, and they all stand for Truth and Justice.  They face down villains that are every bit as supernatural as they are, and they live in and protect monolithic cities of the future.  But in the annals of pop culture, there are other heroes.

These heroes are the non-traditional kind.  They don’t all wear garish costumes.  They don’t have secret bases of operations that orbit high above the Earth.  Some of them may have abilities far beyond those of ordinary men and women, but they are not classified in the Super Hero Genre.  However, their heroic exploits are no less SUPER.

Top 10 Heroes that Aren’t Super Heroes: Part 1  

10 – Drizzt Do’UrdenCourageous people do not surrender hope.  In a band of heroes that includes a giant barbarian with an invincible warhammer, an archer whose magic bow never misses its target, a dwarf king whose hide is as tough as a mountainside, and an uncanny thief with a magical jewel that can bend men’s will, the dark elf ranger, Drizzt, and his amazing whirling dual scimitars stands out.  Drizzt turned his back on the evil ways of his kindred and left the Underdark to make a life for himself on the surface world.  There his exploits have become legend throughout the Forgotten Realms.  He is one of the most gifted swordsmen in fiction.  He’s fast, agile, cunning, and resourceful.  He possesses a magical statue that can summon an astral panther to fight at his side.  This powerful beast is his most trusted ally and friend.  Like the X-Men, due to his heritage, Drizzt finds himself defending those that hate and fear him.  Whether he’s facing down invading barbarian hordes, dueling assassins, slaying dragons, or faces off against powerful demons from the underworld, Drizzt is a force for good to be reckoned with in any realm.

9 – Hulk HoganWhatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you?!  An idol to millions of fans around the world, Hogan is the six-foot seven-inch, red and yellow clad hero of the squared-circle.  He preaches to the kids to say their prayers and eat their vitamins.  He can’t abide bullies.  With adversaries like Macho Man Randy Savage, King Kong Bundy, Zeus, The Ultimate Warrior, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Andre the Giant, Hogan’s Rogues Gallery is every bit as colorful as those of Batman and Spider-Man.  He has a never give up attitude.  Even when he has been pummeled almost into submission, Hogan is able to draw energy from the crowd and “Hulk-Up,” an act that increases his already near super human strength and allows him to vanquish any foe.  Over the years there may be other more popular athletes in the realm of sports entertainment, but make no mistake – the WWE is the house that Hogan built.

8 – Lara Croft…adventure found me.  This aristocratic treasure hunter is not just another pretty face.  She is highly intelligent and resourceful.  She’s able to calculate and solve puzzles and avoid traps with incredible cunning.  Her acrobatic skills are near super human level and her flashing twin pistols have vanquished many a foe.  Like Indiana Jones, Croft scours the globe in search of artifacts from antiquity.  Her adventures can take her to the four corners of the world and even through space and time.

7 – RamboWhat you choose to call hell, he calls home.  He is an army of one.  John Rambo is a Vietnam vet who returned home to find no welcome waiting for him.  Disenfranchised and suffering from wartime trauma, Rambo wondered the country as a drifter, living off the land.  On one fateful day, a small town sheriff and his overzealous deputies pushed Rambo too far and awoke a sleeping giant.  Rambo used his Special Forces training to completely dismantle an entire police force and town.  He was arrested and treated for his mental instability.  In the years since then, Rambo’s considerable skills have been used in rescue missions only a handful of men could accomplish. Rambo is strong and fast.  He’s a weapons master and an expert hand-to-hand combatant.  He can fly helicopters, drive tanks, and singlehandedly take on small armies by himself.  He is also a master of his environment, able to use his surroundings to his advantage.

6 – PopeyeI yam what I yam!  This one-eyed sailor has sailed the seven seas and faced down all the perils this world has to offer.  He’s a diminutive little hero rarely ever seen without his signature pipe.  Due to years at sea rowing a boat, Popeye’s forearms are gargantuan in size and strength.  Though he may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, Popeye is physically far stronger than the average sailor and has a heart of gold.  His rivalry with the brutish Bluto for the love of Olive Oyl is the stuff of legend.  Though most foes he faces are stronger, smarter and more powerful than he is, adversaries like the hulking Bluto, the sinister Sea Hag, the monstrous Roc, the evil Martians, and the savage Goons, Popeye has an Ace up his sleeve.  Whenever Popeye devours a can of spinach, for a short period of time, his already above average strength is increased to super human levels allowing him to vanquish any foe and perform tasks and labors that would make Hercules turn green with envy.  Popeye’s spinach-fueled exploits have inspired generations of children to eat their vegetables.

Tune in next week when the Odinson rounds out this list with the Top 5.  Who will top the list?  Here’s a hint: the barbarian, the slayer, the Jedi, the adventurer, and the super spy.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

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About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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