In honor of the 4th of July I want to tell everyone about my All-American Heroes, people that honor the American Spirit in their own special way. This list ranges from the serious to the silly but all of these people are heroes in their own way.
1. Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
There is a reason why Atticus Finch is number one on AFI’s top 100 heroes, actually there are about 100 reasons! I can sum it up in one quote (very hard to do mind you because he was so full of wisdom!); “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” The courage to do what was right by Tom Robinson was the backbone of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the example that he set for Scout and Jem was the heart of the story. If any of you haven’t read this story go pick up a copy yesterday and read it and be prepared to cry.
2. Batman/Bruce Wayne
Batman is an All-American badass! His character was able to take his childhood trauma and turn it into an incentive to rid Gotham City of injustice. The way that he was willing to give up his life for his city, a city that hunted him like a dog, is the selfless sacrifice that our country was built on.
3. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully “The X-Files”
Teaching us that “the truth is out there” and to “trust no one” by chasing down aliens and government conspiracies all while keeping us entertained with their witty banter and intense sexual chemistry.
4. Charlotte York/Goldenblatt “Sex and the City”
Never has there ever been a more blindly optimistic person on television then Charlotte York-Goldenblatt from “Sex and the City”. Her faith and knowledge that love conquers all and that everything will be alright was something so admirable that someone as optimistic as me is just a little jealous.
5. Scarlet O’Hara “Gone with the Wind”
Say what you want but there are very few women who could have done what she did to survive the Civil War. Yes, she manipulated and used her feminine wiles to get what she wanted but technically isn’t that what our nation was founded on? People using their strengths to get ahead in the world.
6. Sam Witwicky “Transformers”
Say what you want but the boy made friends with the Autobots, became best friends with Bumble Bee (another Autobot), and helped save the world from the Decepticons he is a true American Hero. Side Note: Geico doesn’t cover Decepticon attacks so when you’re shopping for insurance you may want to take that into consideration.
7. Ricky Bobby “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”
Ricky Bobby is another example of how someone who grows up in a less than ideal situation becoming a successful NASCAR driver. Ricky was raised solely by his mother because his father was “out racing cars, and, well, dipping his wick in anything that moves,” according to her. He took that childhood experience and became a famous NASCAR driver with his best friend and, really is there anything more American then that?
8. Holly Golightly “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Only in America could a small-town girl named Lula Mae Barnes from Texas reinvent herself and become Holly Golightly toast of New York City. She is the American dream personified.
9. Bryan Mills “Taken”
He’s the badass American father every girl hopes her daddy becomes if she’s ever kidnapped and sold into white slavery. The lengths Bryan Mills went to for his daughter are the lengths we like to think that every father would go to, to save his little girl.
10. Forrest Gump “Forrest Gump”
Football hero, war hero, ping pong hero, shrimp boat captain, only in America! Forrest Gump took what most would call a handicap and turned it into an invaluable asset. He is what is right about America.
And so there you have it, my favorite All-American fictional heroes. Feel free to comment with your own heroes!