While all of the various superheroes we admire are, well, super, each of them have unique personalities and character traits that make them stand out from the rest.
For me, the superhero that stands out the most is Captain America. As I wrote in Superhero Syndrome, superheroes inspire us to take action in the world around us, and I believe that Captain America does that even more than the others. The reason for this is because (in a way) he is “one of us.” Before he was physically altered, Captain America was Steve Rodgers: just a kid from Brooklyn who wanted to serve his country.
Everything that makes this hero super is within his rock-solid character. Remember, Steve Rodgers’ physical “superness” came after his heart was in the right place. The inside of Captain America truly is what makes him the best. I’m going to highlight the two main traits in this post.
Sacrifice: Captain America: The First Avenger, starts with Steve Rodgers (Cap)—in his natural, skinny, bony, sickly self—trying desperately to enlist into the U.S. Army to serve in WWII. Even after constant rejection due to his physic, he keeps trying. Why? because he wants to serve his country. That’s it. There is nothing not to admire in a man who wants to put himself in harm’s way in order to protect the people of his nation. When Steve Rodgers does indeed become an enlisted infantrymen, he proves his sacrifice through his actions by knowingly putting himself in situations that could cause him death, and in the end, he does pay that ultimate price (ok, sort of!).
Courage: In order to sacrifice his life, Captain America displays incredible courage. His willingness to put himself in danger is not the heart of a coward, but one who is ready to defend at all costs. The best example of this is when Steve Rodgers jumps on top of a grenade (albeit a fake one) that is thrown in the middle of a group of soldiers. As all of the other soldiers scatter for shelter, Rodgers curls around the grenade in order to protect those around him. This courageous act earned Steve Rodgers the opportunity to become Captain America: those in authority saw his courageous heart and knew that physical ability would not be wasted on him.
Just another kid who wants to serve his country. Sometimes the most powerful heroes are the most realistic and the most down to earth–those who we can look up to and relate to.
So, side note…..
He’s my favorite….hence, I took this picture (left) of this Captain America paper plate that I got to eat off of while babysitting. I cannot tell you how excited I was. Seriously. It was probably the highlight of my night. Call me a nerd, but if I can’t do silly things in life and laugh at myself for doing them, well, than my life is going to be boring.
So, I guess I kept that short and sweet! 🙂 Any other Captain America enthusiasts? If so, why is he your favorite? Any Captain America haters (you know who you are)? Why?