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Encyclopedia > Action hero
Arnold Schwarzenegger-example of an action hero
Arnold Schwarzenegger-example of an action hero

An action hero is any heroic character that lacks the superhuman powers that would normally be connoted in the term "superhero". Instead of fighting crime using latent or expressed superpowers, they are normal people who use special devices (not limited to gadgetry and detective work), fighting techniques/martial arts, or simple brute force. Under this definition, the action hero is usually the main character of the story. The term "action hero" can also be used to describe actors whose personas are closely associated with this type of character, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bruce Willis. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Convenience store window poster featuring American actor Bruce Willis. ...

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Examples of TV action hero characters

Jack Bauer is the protagonist of the American television series 24, in which he has trained and worked in various capacities as a government agent, including US Army Delta Force, LAPD SWAT, and finally the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) Los Angeles. ... 24 is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and produced by Imagine Television. ...

Examples of Movie action hero characters

Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... Kyle Reese (2008–2029/1984), played by Michael Biehn, is the main fictional character and hero of the first Terminator film, father of John Connor, and brief lover to Sarah Connor. ... Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. ... The Terminator (also known as Terminator in some early trailers and posters) is a 1984 science fiction/action film featuring former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger in what would become his best-known role, and also starred Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn. ... This article is about the character. ... Bruce Willis as John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard . John McClane is a fictional character and protagonist of the Die Hard series of films. ... Die Hard is a Hollywood action film released in 1988. ... Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in a still from (1996) S.D. Robert (Bob) Snake Plissken is a fictional character in John Carpenters films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A., played by Kurt Russell. ... Rambo is a saga of popular action films starring Sylvester Stallone, based on the characters created by David Morrell in his novel First Blood. ... Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley Ellen Ripley is a fictional character, the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... Napoleon Wilson is a fictional character created by John Carpenter and played by Darwin Joston in Carpenters 1976 film, Assault on Precinct 13. ... Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 action / thriller movie, directed by John Carpenter. ... XXX (also written xXx), pronounced Triple X, is a 2002 action movie starring Vin Diesel. ... Jason Bourne is a fictional character in a series of novels by Robert Ludlum and later Eric Van Lustbader, who picks up where Ludlum left off. ... The Bourne Identity is a 1980 spy fiction thriller by Robert Ludlum about an amnesiac who must discover who he is and why several different groups, including an assassin and the CIA, are trying to kill him. ... For the film see: The Bourne Supremacy (film) The Bourne Supremacy (ISBN 0553263226) is a novel written by Robert Ludlum and a sequel to The Bourne Identity. ... Look up terminator in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ...

Examples of Video Game action hero characters

Gordon Freeman, Ph. ... Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ... Solid Snake ) is the protagonist of the Metal Gear video game series. ... This article is about the original Metal Gear Solid released for the PlayStation. ... Samuel Leo Fisher, known simply as Sam Fisher, is the main character in the Splinter Cell series of video games and novels based on the world endorsed—but not authored—by Tom Clancy. ... An image from the original Splinter Cell Splinter Cell is a series of video games endorsed by American author Tom Clancy. ... Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117, commonly referred to in-game as simply Master Chief, is a fictional protagonist within the Halo universe. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Leon Scott Kennedy is a fictional video game character from the Resident Evil survival horror series. ... The Resident Evil logo used for the GameCube remake. ... Christopher Maverick Blair is the players character throughout much of the Wing Commander computer game series. ... Wing Commander (rank) is a rank in the Royal Air Force, equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel in most Armies, the Royal Marines and the United States Marine Corps. ...

Examples of Radio action hero characters

Al Hodge as Britt Reid in The Green Hornet, 1938 The Green Hornet was an American radio program that ran on WXYZ (Detroit), the Mutual Network and the NBC Blue (later ABC) Network from January 31, 1936 to December 5, 1952. ...

Examples of Book action hero characters

Doc Savage is a fictional character, one of the most enduring pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s, created by Lester Dent and owned by Advance Publications. ... Who knows what evil lurks. ... The Spider was the violent, relentless hero of a pulp magazine series produced by Popular Publications from 1933 to 1943. ... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. ... James H. Pierce and Joan Burroughs Pierce starred in the 1932-34 Tarzan radio series 1964 Edition of Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan, a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Spoiler warning: Bob Lee Swagger (commonly known as Bob the Nailer) is a fictional character created by Stephen Hunter. ...

Examples of action hero actors

Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent on July 18, 1967) is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, and is of Italian-American and African-American descent. ... Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren, November 3, 1959[1]) is a Swedish actor and director. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Steven Seagal (born April 10, 1951), is an American action movie actor, producer, writer, director, singer-songwriter, and activist. ... Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Sylvester Stallone Loves Dick (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Convenience store window poster featuring American actor Bruce Willis. ... Jean-Claude Van Damme (born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, in the Brussels-Capital Region, on October 18, 1960), is a Belgian-born martial artist and actor who is best known for his large catalogue of action movies. ... Carlos Ray Chuck Norris (born on 10 March 1940) is an American martial artist, action star, Hollywood actor, and recently, an internet phenomenon, who is best known for playing Cordell Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger. ... Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. ... Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. ... For other persons named Charles Bronson, see Charles Bronson (disambiguation). ... Jet Li (born Li Lianjie on April 26, 1963 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese martial artist, actor and action star. ... Chan Kong-Sang, (陳港生) also known as Jackie Chan Sing Lung (陳成龍) or Jackie Chan SBS (born on April 7, 1954) is a Chinese martial artist, action star, actor, director, script writer, film producer, singer and stunt performer. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972) is an American actor and third-generation professional wrestler, best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment as The Rock. ...

Examples of female action hero characters


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AfterEllen.com - Television and the Threat of the Lesbian Action Hero (1226 words)
The parallel rise of these trends are not unrelated, for a society that is willing and eager to embrace female action heroes on television is also one that is more likely to accept lesbian characters on television, since they both share the underlying message of female empowerment.
The (heterosexual) female action hero is always very sexy (not just feminine), and the shows go to great pains to reinforce her heterosexual desirability to and interest in men.
There are many other ways in which men can enrich the lives of the Lesbian Action Hero, of course, just as many lesbians have friendships with men they value very much, but the fact that their relationships with men are "optional" rather than necessary is threatening to most men.
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