Stories — even fictional stories — have power. The best stories inspire us to live better, to aim higher, to grow.
“Since it is so likely that [children] will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage,” C.S. Lewis wrote. “Otherwise, you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”
Countless books and movies have introduced us to characters who inspire us to be courageous in scary situations or when facing unlikely odds. I could easily list 20 or 30 courageous characters here, and doubtless I will be omitting many heroes others would put at the top of the list. I’m not a fan of overly suspenseful or hard-to-watch movies (like realistic battle scenes), so you won’t find any well-deserving military fictional characters here. But I think these five stories have something for all of us.
King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in “Black Panther”
King T’Challa of Wakanda seems fearless from the moment we meet him, even…