Today is National Superhero Day. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the superheroes of our television shows.
A superhero as defined by Merriam Webster dictionary is a fictional character who has amazing powers (such as the ability to fly). Also a very heroic person.
Following these definitions, television viewers see many superheroes, particularly on most of the shows on The CW like The Flash. Yes, Barry Allen has the ability of super speed. But he also possesses a kind heart and the goal of doing what’s right. Even though superpowers help and aid in the super hero endeavor, what makes a true superhero is someone who will be their own safety and personal well-being last in order to protect others. To this end, my favorite television superheroes are Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester. They don’t have superpowers. Okay, Sam did have the ability to pull demons from their hosts and could fling demons against walls when he was super-charged by demon blood, but for the most part, the Winchesters rely on their skills as hunters to save innocents and to protect the world from evil.
A superhero is not above putting their personal well-being last as well as their life for others. Again, I cite the Winchesters who have died many times over to save the world.
Other television superheroes include Kara and Alex Danvers from Supergirl, the entire “Team Arrow” (Oliver and Thea Queen, John Diggle, Dinah “Laurel’ Lance and Felicity Smoak). A superhero doesn’t need powers or brawn, brains are a great asset too. Arrow’s Felicity Smoak and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Ray Palmer fit this category. Beauty and the Beast’s Catherine, Vincent, JT, Tess and Heather are favorite superheroes among television viewers.
A superhero is also someone who protects others, often at tragic loss and consequences. Characters on The 100 like Clarke Griffin, Bellamy and Octavia Blake, Lexa fit this vein. They’ve see countless deaths of loved ones. Then we have the Storybrooke heroes of Once Upon a Time and Alex Parrish of Quantico.
The Nerdy Girl Express would love to hear from you as to who are your favorite superheroes.