Etymology: Latin heros, from Greek hErOs
1 a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; b: an illustrious warrior; c: a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities; d: one that shows great courage.
2 a: the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work; b: the central figure in an event, period, or movement.
-- from Merrian-Webster.
This area contains a selection of some of the most famous heroes and heroines of classical mythology, as well as from Norse, Celtic, and Japanese myth and legend. The entries can be found in the other mythology and folklore areas but are ordered here for your convenience.