To some, the St. Patrick's Day celebration has become an excuse to drink. But for a lot of Irish and Irish Americans, they still celebrate the day as a religious holiday. I thought, in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, that I would shout out six great Irish characters who I think best represent what it is to be a hero. They all started with different backgrounds and all took different turns in life, but at the end of the day, they were all heroes.
6. Sean Cassidy (Banshee)
Sean Cassidy is known as one of the toughest characters in the #XMen. Even after not having access to his powers on multiple occasions, Banshee still managed to be a crucial part of the X-Men team by helping set up plans, staying at base with Xavier and coordinating the teams, and helping set up X-Corporations in France. #Banshee even went out like a hero when he attempted to stop the X-Men's jet from crashing into a plane full of innocent people. While he failed (and he knew it might), Banshee still went out and died a hero.
5. Theresa Cassidy (Siryn/Banshee)
Theresa Cassidy has been a member of the #Marvel mutants for years, and has, like her father, been a bad *** for years. Whether she was running around with Cable, Deadpool (who loooooves her), with her dad, Banshee, on side missions, or helping solve missions with X-Factor Investigations, #Siryn will always be an influential part of every team she has been on.
Most recently, Theresa went from being a mutant to being an Irish goddess, the Morrigan (shape-shifting Celtic Goddess of War, Fate and Death). One of the first things she did was change Jamie Madrox from a demon back to his normal, duplicating self. We have yet to see her return since her transformation into a goddess, but I am sure that she will return with a bang. Or a shriek.
4. Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern)
He may not be Hal Jordan, who's commonly known as the "best" #GreenLantern, but Kyle Rayner is my personal favorite. The son of a Mexican father and an Irish mother, Kyle Rayner is an artist and uses his powers in a very creative way. There have even been a few times when he has actually used a pencil to make and erase the creations from his ring. One of my favorite moments is when he created working legs for a man without them. Kyle Rayner is also the only Lantern to hold all the Lantern rings of the entire color spectrum at once.
3. Eric O'Grady (Antman)
Eric O'Grady is one of the last people to carry the Ant-Man mantle and, in my opinion, the only interesting #AntMan ever. Eric O'Grady started out as one of the worst characters ever — not in the sense that he wasn't a good character, but in the sense that he was just an awful, awful person. So bad, in fact, that he tried to have sex on his dead best friend's grave WITH his friend's ex-girlfriend!
However, Eric did go on to redeem himself on multiple occasions (trying to stop the Hulk, being on Captain America's Secret Avengers, and sacrificing his life for someone else). Eric O'Grady is a character who deserves more recognition than he is given and would make a great protagonist for TV.
2. Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
Matt Murdock is superhero who has never been shy about talking about his Irish Catholic background. It's this background that keeps his alter ego as #Daredevil from killing people; a line he does not want to cross. While he prides himself on not killing, Murdock always comes very close when villains like Kingpin take things a step too far. But while it is probably the easier thing to do, Murdock believes in bringing people to justice and letting the justice system do its job.
1. Steve Rogers
Some of you may not know this, but Steve Rogers's parents immigrated from Ireland to America in the early 1900s. Steve Rogers's mother (Sarah) was a major influence on making Steve Rogers the man he became, instilling his morals on never giving into the negativity in the world. Without her words of wisdom, Steve Rogers probably would have gone down a dark path of letting the world beat him down and would have never become #CaptainAmerica.
We've seen Steve Rogers go on to become one of the most revered comic book characters of all time. In fact, Captain America is known as one of the most wholesome and fictional good characters in any genre and is known to represent the real values of America. And he was birthed from two immigrant parents.
What other superheroes do you think deserve a shoutout this upcoming holiday?