I've been working on this sort of theory that defines the different aspect of heroism. Each hero can have 3 dots of where they fall in this box. This is pretty much just a rough draft, but it can be evolved over time.
And this is not intended to divide people. If anything,
it's to remind us of how we're all united within this box. What I hope
for is for it to lead to a sense of helping people realize who they are
and what they're meant to do. And the fact that we're all different
means that we can all use that to know not if we can work together, but
rather how. For example, the ways we are different are the ways we can
use to balance each other out. The most common example is if there's a
hit and run, who goes after the bad guy and who helps the victim?
here's the 3 things that can determine where a person fits in this box,
but rather more of a triangle. You can have 3 spots in it, all of which
can form a triangle.
1- Skills and things that one is able to do.
2- Actions and things they've done and do.
3- Ideals and goals and things they believe in and what their motivations and passions are.
So each RLSH or even regular people - have a triangle in this box but it depends on
Here's a picture of the box to describe what I'm talking about.
people will ask me where do they stand in the box. It's not something I
can just say "You're in this spot or that spot" unless I know you
really well but even I don't know everything about you. What you're
skilled to do, trained to do, able to do. Every single thing you've done
in your life, or as your hero-self, or if you count them as the same or
separately. Or if you want to take in to account what you most believe
in personally and seek to do when you patrol, or what you morally
Each person's perceptions of an action or actions can
be different if you take in to consideration the action itself and how
much skill went in to it + how much was risked or sacrificed by the
heroes in consideration + the consequences and the perception of the
consequences of different aspects of it.
Mixing some fictional
and real life examples, someone like The Punisher is in the top right
corner of the Top Right box. All he does is kill the bad guys. That
doesn't sound heroic so let's look at the Navy SEALs. They killed some
Somali Pirates and saved one of the victims they captured. The media
referred to those Navy SEALs as Real Life Superheroes. And it's true.
But the fact that they killed the bad guys would put them in the top
right box, on the top line, and because they saved a victim who was
captured and could've been killed, that moves them a little bit more to
the middle of that Top Right box.
Someone who is more of an
observe and report type, or neighborhood watch type who is also focused
on going after the bad guys, but doesn't necessarily have the ability to
fight them, or just chooses not to, so they're doing it the easier way
and also taking a less hands on approach, but does it in a sense that
they give information to the police or even other RLSH's to make sure
something is done about it, would be in the Bottom Right box. Someone
who is more of a Detective or who fights crime but does it by legal
standards would move a little farther up but still in the Bottom Right
For someone who is simply just a good person and wants to
help people, a simple make a sad person laugh, hold a door open for a
person, help an old lady with her groceries, doing a simple good deed,
in the Bottom Left box. When someone starts doing charity and things
such as helping feed a homeless person, it moves up but still in the
Bottom Left box. Same thing with First Aid. Depending on the severity of
the need for help and how much went in to it can move it up between the
Bottom Left and Top Left box. Once someone runs in to a burning
building and saves someone's life or jumps in to a frozen lake to save
someone from drowning or hypothermia or saves someone from being
attacked by a shark or something, would move someone to the very Top
Left corner of the Top Left box.
For someone who simply sees it
as "If someone needs help, I help them." and does anything they can,
moves them to the very middle where all 4 boxes meet.
Basically, the top represents above and beyond be it by skill or action. The bottom represents the easier and more simple stuff.
myself, when you take my training of things I'm trained to do, I'm more
trained for combat, so that puts me in the top right box. A little bit
of first aid training puts me a little bit to the left part of the Top
Right box. And because I consider myself a Protector, I'm in the top
right but where the top two boxes meet. Since my focus is on stopping
the bad guys, but my motivation is so that the people will be protected.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments