Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Heroes

When I was a kid, I always kind of rolled my eyes at the inevitable class essays about who my role model and/or personal hero was – mostly because for whatever reason, my teachers always seemed to want me to name real people, and I wasn’t too keen on those.  I have, however, recently ended up in a few discussions about that with friends (prompted by me trying to explain why the Empire Trilogy is one of my favoritest-favorite things ever) where fictional people were allowed to be candidates, and then it was on.

Princess Leia, Captain Kathryn Janeway, and Mara (the politically-savvy and ruthlessly effective protagonist of the aforementioned trilogy) all come up pretty prominently for me as far as childhood through early teens goes, and my professor counts as one now.  I find it kind of fun to think about and discuss, as I like unnecessary graphs and I tend to picture the timeline of characters I’ve idolized as a trajectory of traits I’ve focused on at any given time in my life.

…Although really, that hasn’t changed all that much.

Did you or do you have personal heroes and/or role models that you actively identify as such?  What makes them so?  Have the types of people you’ve identified with changed much over your lifetime, and howso?

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Dae is a chemical engineering graduate student who aspires to become a mad scientist, but is prepared to settle for being a professor. Her extracurricular academic interests are an ever-shifting list, but currently include temperament psychology, philosophy, transhumanism, and pre-modern literature. She identifies as a bisexual cis-woman, as well as a feminist, humanist, atheist, and roleplaying game enthusiast.

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