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Flawed Heroes by Mintaka-TK Flawed Heroes by Mintaka-TK
It's a fact of life - even the greatest of heroes, past and present, fictional or not; have flaws, just like everyone else.

Idealization has always bugged me, to be honest. We make certain people out to be these pure awesome beings, yet they're most likely not so different from us ordinary folk. :P
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CasualAnimeWatcher Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  New Deviant
Sonic the Hedgehog too and at some of another he end up dying. o_o'
iClubBabySeals Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Even Superman, the patron saint of heroes, has a fatal flaw.
CatLuvver Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
MKBrony Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
One word:

MarioSonicPeace Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
* Looks at my icon. *
Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
AKATSUKIGIRL47 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
this saying is true, and yah people make mistakes, it's being human for ya
Cookie-and-her-foxes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Everybody has flaws, even the teen titans, I mean look at them, they all have flaws and that's what makes them interesting.
MyonNyanMukyuu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everyone has flaws. In fact, my favourite hero archetypes are what we on TVTropes call the "tragic hero" and "Byronic hero". :P
EthanMSB Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Some roleplayers seriously need to understand this No, I disagree! 
Dhilah-Dayat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
And even villains are not evil without any reason. In fact, not every villain are pure evil.
Wolf-Wishes-Bluefire Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I like to say that The Doctor is as close to being perfect as you can et w/o being a Garry-Sue.
Dragon-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Even Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman has flaws.
GothicPegasister23 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect examples?
Tony Stark(need I say why?)
Natasha Romanova
Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Clint Barton
Thor Odinson
Steve Rogers
Henry/Hank Pym
Every good heroe has flaws.
ForeverDreamer12 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this. Some people don't understand this. See, that's what makes things feel REAL is flaws.
JustSomeRandomKidLol Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember Tom Hiddleston (Loki's actor) said something about Marvel's Avengers characters are good because they're flawed, and that the villains are portrayed to be heroic. That's some deep stuff.
Enemom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Of course! If they didn't have flaws, they wouldn't be heroes. 
RekaTheAmazingTaco Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Celebrities and heroes are just people that happen to be well-known.
crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

Even since the dawn of time in the first ever told stories the hero-even the immortal ones-all had a fatal flaw that could do them in.

HTFlover013 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I completely agree. And it's also bad when people act like certain celebrities are saints that can do no wrong -coughBenedictCumberbatchcough- 
minkoizwr Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its annoying when people make characters that are immortal/invincible....and they role-play with said character. 
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yepper, I agree wholeheartedly. :)
KeybladeMagicDan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
like goku he got flaws as well like he not very smart 
Fonmatter Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. I know most people hate Mary/Marty Sues, but what do they think about characters with too much flaws? Does it make things more realistic, or make the character seem useless? I'm planning on making a story with a character who starts out weak, and hated but then most starts to like him. But he believes he's still too weak and keeps on trying to be perfect until falling back to what he was in the first place. Does anyone think that's good?
Mintaka-TK Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Some authors just pile all sorts of flaws onto thier characters until they become completely unlikable to the reader - they're called anti-Sues. Ordinary Mary Sues are bad enough, but anti-Sues are just as painful, if not worse. I mean, who wants to root for an unlikable, boring hero?
Fonmatter Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand. I recently learned about Anti-Sues, so I wanted to know what people thought of them. I guess balanced characters are the best then. So I'll make him start out weak, then he'll get better. But he won't become weak again. Thank you, now I can make proper characters :)
Thegladlygamer Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Perfection itself is a flaw. Don't believe me? Look for stories with Mary Sues.
DarkPaladin44 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I would agree, Mary Sues having no flaws or perfect in anyway shape or form tend to be boring or the least favored of characters in a story because all you can do is expect them to win against the antagonist.
TheDisgusticifiedOne Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately their flaw may be that they're flawless.
Taschasan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One should be cautious on that one, since it creates a paradox which sucks in all creativity and real personality of the character and it's creator to create the ultimate threat to good storytelling:<epic-voice> THE MARY/MARTY-SUE! </epic-voice>
TheDisgusticifiedOne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Taschasan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
RUN FOR YER LIVES!!! :iconohnoesohplz:
TheDisgusticifiedOne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Of all the worst things that could happen THIS IS THE. WORST. POSSIBLE. THING!!!" -Rarity
Gooey-brains Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But now nearly every fictional superhero is some sort of anti-hero. Granted, perfection can be boring, but come on!
KTEnsley Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even Superman? :noes:

Joking. Awesome stamp, I think a lot of people kind of conveniently forget about any flaws their heroes have, but it's important to remember.
saystar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I absolutely love this. It's true on so many accounts.

dmd1337 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
The amount of people agreeing with this stamp has just increased by 1.
E350tb Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. :)
Cartooniac55 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Heroes with flaws can be interesting characters. :nod:
FelixtheFailure Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. I find heroes (in literature mostly of course) with some sort of flaw that makes them a more dynamic, round character very interesting!
325Animefan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
except for Jesus
regidar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Writer
Exactly. I love Kurt Cobain, he's my hero, but he was a drug addict who hated life. Major flaw there.
Mintaka-TK Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
My hero is George S. Patton - he may have been a jerk (especially during an incident in which he slapped a soldier suffering from PTSD), but he was a damn good general. :D
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