5 MMC Heroes who Give off Superman Vibes

Anyone can be a Superhero. But to be a hero like Superman is to be just, selfless, resilient, compassionate and most importantly loyal. Here are a few characters who are Superman in their own ways.

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Superman made his infamous debut in June 1938 and soon after inspired other creations of superheroes, such as Batman and Captain America. While Superman wasn’t the first superhero ever, his appearance in Action Comics #1 certainly emerged as the game changer for comic books and heroes. Now, everyone knows Superman, or the Man of Steel, but his indestructible superpowers are not the only reason he won the hearts of so many. His persona plays an important role in who he is as an ordinary person and a superhero. We’ve curated a list of male main characters who share some of Superman’s adored qualities.

1. Harry Potter

You’re probably thinking, what is this person talking about? I know. It might sound strange to compare Harry Potter to Superman but hear me out.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, book cover depicting an illustration of a boy flying on a broomstick.
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Harry Potter started off as an ordinary boy who later became the savior of the wizard world. He has been nothing but selfless towards his friends and the humanity of wizards, constantly putting others before himself and risking his life to fight against Lord Voldemort. Like Clark Kent, aka Superman, who is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good, Harry Potter has proven his selflessness countless times during his adolescent years. Harry is also in Gryffindor, the house that values bravery, loyalty, and chivalry at Hogwarts. If that isn’t proof enough that Harry Potter is the Superman of the wizard world, then I don’t know what is.

2. Atticus Finch

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Atticus Finch is more than just an ordinary man; he is a hero to everyone in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He embodies moral justice and sympathy. As a prominent lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression, Atticus strives for racial justice and is determined to see the good qualities in people while also forgiving the bad. He is highly respected and is seen as a heroic figure throughout the town. Superman is just, but what connects Atticus Finch to Superman is his strive to see the good in the citizens of Maycomb. Both Superman and Atticus are compassionate and fight for people because they aim to see the best in everyone.

3. Spider-Man

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Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, is beloved by many. Like Superman, Spider-Man is empathetic and has a strong sense of responsibility. Spider-Man’s sense of responsibility is his core principle, but he often struggles to balance his super strength and agility with his personal life. Superman also juggles the responsibilities of being a superhero with his humanity. However, Spider-Man’s dedication to protecting his city and his personal sacrifices resonates with Superman’s traits. And their hero names both end in man!

4. Sam Winchester

I instantly fell in love with the Winchester brothers from the hit series Supernatural and have watched the show in its entirety multiple times. To say the least, Sam Winchester embodies Superman.

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While Sam may not have any superpowers, he certainly has the supernatural skills of a monster hunter that make him a powerful hero. Aside from his physical strengths, Sam exhibits many Superman-like qualities, such as a strong moral compass, a sense of responsibility, and a willingness to sacrifice himself for his family and the greater good. He has sacrificed his life for his brother and humanity more times than I can count, and always without a doubt.

5. Percy Jackson

As a demi-god, Percy Jackson has exceptional powers. In the face of danger, he is brave, has a sense of duty, and desires to protect his friends and the world from threats. Sound familiar?

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I should hope so, because Superman is the epitome of bravery and responsibility. Percy Jackson’s life quickly turned upside down, but he managed to unleash his Superman-like qualities that had lain dormant to protect humanity from unimaginable threats. He knew what he had to do when the time came.

You, too, have a little Superman in you.

Superman has been known by many names over the years, but one constant remains: he symbolizes hope and the best of humanity. He represents both our immense potential for destructive acts and our conscious choice to rise above and not act on that potential for annihilation.

No matter where you come from or who you are, all of us have some Superman instinct that shines a little brighter today.

“Remember, with great power comes great responsibility”

Uncle Ben, Spider-Man 2002

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