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THE DAN CAVE: The 7 Greatest Reluctant Heroes in Film

Welcome to The Dan Cave! No compliment for you today…because you look so good I’m speechless. See? I was just kidding.

Let’s get this out of the way: today’s episode is brought to you by Universal and Legendary’s Seventh Son, which opens in theaters this Friday. While I won’t tell you whether or not you should see the film (please do), I will tell you that Ben Barnes plays Tom Ward, a young man who suddenly finds himself thrust into an epic battle for the fate of the world as we know it. Even though he has Jeff Bridges by his side, our hero takes more than a little coaxing to accept his destiny. Though as we well know, sometimes the best heroes are the ones from whom we expect the least. As such, Tom Ward is a perfect example of the classic “reluctant hero” archetype. So, today on The Dan Cave, I am delving into the annals of pop culture to round up some of the best examples of the reluctant hero in film.

Though I am reluctant to admit it, I’m sure I forgot plenty of other excellent examples of the archetype. So tell me — who do you think are the greatest reluctant heroes? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@Osteoferocious)!

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  1. KC Ward says:

    Ellen Ripley should be in the list. A note on Frodo: In the book and the movie, he did not throw the ring in as stated in your video. The madness the ring drove Gollum to was its own undoing in that it drove Gollum to bite off the finger and fall into the lava. 

  2. Joe says:

    Shaun:Shaun of The Dead, and Ash: Evil Dead

  3. Anthony says:

    Ellen Ripley in Alien or Aliens

  4. RedwoodCoast says:

    Totally WRONG on Luke Skywalker.  Han Solo is the reluctant hero.  “WHEW HOO, YER ALL CLEAR KID….”   Luke Skywalker is the chosen one.  “Ron Weasley,” in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone” is another.

  5. Chris says:

    Snake Plissken, Jack Burton, and Nada from They Live.

  6. Pako says:

    Mad Max in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

  7. Snawt says:

    Han Solo is the reluctant hero in the Star Wars series, not Luke. He’s also my favorite.

  8. Jbass says:

    Wikus Van De Merwe – from District 9.  He’s completely incompetent  and reluctant throughout the entire movie.