In today's society, a lot of emphasis is placed upon the physical attributes of a person. When a person is physically fit or attractive, the general consensus is he/she must be a good person; yet, in fact looks has nothing to do with the true character of a person. There is also a tendency to believe that people who may not be so physically fit or lack a certain 'look' will somehow lack strength or grace when dealing with a crisis or 'not so' ideal situations.
However, some of my favorite literary and movie characters are the ones who come in and save the day when all hell breaks loose and they don't exactly have the Hugh Jackman or Brad Pitt sex appeal.
One particular character is Simon Birch. The movie title also carries the same name of this unforgettable character. Simon is a 12 year old boy with dwarfism; yet, his lack of height doesn't deter his inner strength. It most definitely doesn't represent the monumental size of his compassionate heart or standing up for his strong convictions. If you haven't seen this movie, I urge you to watch it. Simon Birch's true strength shines through especially when it's needed most and he saves the lives of many children. Sadly, Simon's little body betrays him in the end.
Some others which come to mind are Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee from 'Lord of the Rings'. Both hobbits exhibit extraordinary courage and strength in the face of true evil while on their journey to Mordor. Their persistence with continuing their horrific tasks saves Middle-earth.
Alexandra Ivy's Guardian of Eternity Series includes a flirty French gargoyle named Levet. This off beat character doesn't exude the menacing presence of a gargoyle, hell, he doesn't even have the massive size which the rest of his family exhibits. However, his quick humor and sometimes effective magic has come in handy on several occasions when the powerful vampires or Weres are stuck in some type of bind. Yeah, they really hate being rescued by the 'vertically challenged' and magical gargoyle but it's quite amusing for the readers.
These characters may not have the Hollywood good looks, but they each possess a beautiful essense within their souls. Their not so perfect bodies contribute to the inner strength and courage which they need in order to save the day.
So what are some of your favorite unlikely heroes?