Fictional characters become role models

Everybody has a person that they look up to or wish they could be. Since media plays a big role in people’s lives today, some might put characters from their favorite TV show, movie or book on the pedestal that is designated for their role model.

These characters live in worlds that involve many fantastical things like superpowers and star-crossed love, things that would make our world more interesting. It’s understandable why somebody would choose a supernatural crime fighter as a role model over a well-achieved relative.

Fictional characters are also portrayed as being stunningly attractive, with personality traits that enhance the beauty. Just their appearance alone could cause a person to want to be similar to them.

Sophomore Hayley Lawson looks up to the character Sam from the book “Perks of Being a Wallflower” because of her appearance.

“In the book she has really pretty green eyes ‘the kind of green that doesn’t make a big deal out of itself,’” Lawson said. “I’ve always wanted to have green eyes.”

Some characters stand for all that is good in the world. English teacher Jana Sturgell looks up to her role models Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Optimus Prime from “Transformers” for this reason.

“It’s a hard distinction from Atticus and Optimus Prime,” Sturgell said. “They always do the right thing.”

This is the case for history teacher Matt Harris too. There are many characters that he looks up to, but his favorites are Spiderman and Chewbacca. He likes Spiderman because of his motto, “With great power comes great responsibility,” which inspires him to lead by example. He looks up to Chewbacca because he’s brave and loyal.

Harris has also looked up to these characters since he was “a wee lad” and has owned merchandise from both fandoms.

“One time I even got in trouble by sticking a Star Wars sticker from a Trix cereal box on the refrigerator,” Harris said.

Whether the role models are fictional or real, they play a large role in people’s lives.