“Do you know what the definition of a hero is? Someone who gets other people killed.” – Zoe
The word “hero” or “heroine” is sometimes used simply to describe the protagonist of a story which can conflict with the expectations of heroism. The hero is often simply an “ordinary” person in extraordinary circumstances, who, despite the odds being stacked against him or her, typically prevails in the end. Often a hero in these situations has an adversary, the villain, typically a charismatic evildoer who represents, leads, or himself embodies the struggle the hero is up against. Post-modern fictional works have fomented the increased popularity of the antihero, who does not follow common conceptions of moral heroism. Our heroes in FIREFLY just want to live free, and keep flyin’ without the Alliance meddling in their lives.