ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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Think of your favorite action films. Now think of the charismatic leads that dominated the frames within them. They're awesome, right?

What Makes A Great Action Hero?

Yep, they're awesome.
Yep, they're awesome.

Throughout the years, cinema has given us some ridiculously cool action heroes to cherish. But heroes aren't limited to the screen.

Video Games are often an overlooked art form, and it can be hard to prove to non-believers that they have an equal amount of worth. Well, we're here to try prove just that. Gaming characters can often miss the mark, but when it comes to Just Cause and it's star, Rico Rodriguez, Avalanche Studios nailed every aspect of what makes a true action hero! Here are the defining attributes.

A Piercing Gaze

Please, do it.
Please, do it.

Before we get down to brass tax, when we first catch a glimpse of our action hero, we need to know that they mean business. What better way than to have a gaze that pierces our very souls, and says, "Yeah, I'm the lead of this film - what you gonna do about it?"

Easy On the Eyes

Oh, Harrison!
Oh, Harrison!

It's hard to stay a good-looking action hero what with all those bullets and explosions going on around you. But all of the greats have been relatively easy on the eyes - after all, they may need to lead an entire franchise! Keep eating that popcorn, Mr. Ford. We approve.

Strength

SWEET JESUS!
SWEET JESUS!

Whether it be physical strength, or strength of will, an action hero needs to have an abundance of it. Need proof that Rico has it? At the conclusion of Just Cause 2, he prevented nuclear attacks on 4 nations - how? By riding on the back of them, disarming them one by one, while being shot at by a dictator. Here's proof.

Humor

Aren't we all, Sanjuro?
Aren't we all, Sanjuro?

While not essential, we love our action heroes to take a break from the action and introduce a bit of levity to the scene. Most do this through fantastic one-liners. Therefore, allow me to supply you with some of Rico Rodriguez's greatest lines, completely out of context:

  • "Son of a miha!"
  • "Sheesh."
  • "Hello, Mr. Snowman."
  • "I hate ninjas."

Relateability

DON'T LET GO!
DON'T LET GO!

Our heroes need to be relatable. They need to have goals that we can understand, and have a certain degree of emotional vulnerability. They need to feel human after all, otherwise we won't be able to connect with them. All the greats have had flaws, like how Ellen Ripley couldn't leave the cat behind in Alien. FORGET THE DAMNED THING, RIPLEY!

The Ability to Walk Away From An Explosion While Looking Totally Badass

Check.
Check.

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Can't. Wait.
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