Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Patriotic hero

The patriotic hero is an archetype which first showed up around WWII largly in reference to the fact that many Jewish immigrants were projecting the values of their adopted nation as an opposite to the forces which they had been fleeing eleswhere. What makes this hero archetype different is that there is little to no focus on revenge like many other hero archtypes. The hero isn't fighting against something to avenge a lost value, he is fighting for something which he values and still has or will have.

The patriotic hero sees his nation as a value and drapes himself in the colors of his flag and tries to defend his values. This of course leaves itself open to the corruption of the concept of nationalism. But that's a discussion for a different time.

A few better known examples are

  • Captain America
  • Liberty Belle
  • The Sheild
  • Americomando
  • The American
  • About a dozen characters named Patriot
  • Super Patriot
  • The Fighting Yank
  • Uncle Sam
  • The star Spangled kid and Stripesy
  • Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E.

    Michael said...

    You left out the first such heroes, MLJ's "The Shield", who was their main character until Archie took over.

    They did a reprint volume of the first 4 issues of the Shield's comic.

    Landon Erp said...

    I could've swore I put him on the list, I almost listed him over Cap but I guess I left him out.

    That's what I get for writing posts before bed.