The protagonist of Homer's epic The Odyssey, which details the king of Ithaca's ten year return voyage following the Trojan War. Odysseus' pasage is plagued by wrathful gods, seductive temptresses, powerful mythical creatures, and his own crew's mistrust.
As an individual, Odysseus is a mere mortal but who posseses a body unmatched by any man and a mind that's as quick as it is cunning. After ten rough years of fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus is an accomplished leader and hardened warrior who's combative skills have been honed to devastating precision. Odysseus, in many ways, represents what the ancient Greeks considered to be the pinnacle of human perfection.
Odysseus, the man of many burdens, is the greatest hero of all time.
noun - One who selflessly strives to better the lives of others, regardless of the risks involved, and serves as a role model for the spectator(s) of his/her good deed(s).
That man just recued the baby from that burning building and then left before we could thank him or ask his name. What a hero!
“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson