How To Be as Courageous as These 8 Iconic Pop Culture Characters

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

Today we’re gonna speak about conquering your fear. Motivation is key and, sometimes, you need more than some good quotes about courage and strength, but actual examples of how awesome and badass conquering your fear will make you feel. Almost as bad-ass as these 8 popular culture favourites!

8. Eowyn – Lord of the Rings

“The Witch King of Angmar: Kill me! Thou fool! No living man can slay me!
Eowyn of Rohan: I am no man! You look upon a woman!” [stabs him]

Eowyn, the blond haired damsel from J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary series Lord of the Rings made our list, even beating Vikings’ Lagertha because she’s a model for women everywhere. Her determination came from a life of oppression and marginalisation. She wanted to do something meaningful but she was denied due to being a woman. No, this is not a feminist pep talk, it’s a highlight of how you need to prove yourself, even when everyone around doubts you. Your physical appearance is never an impediment if you have guts, and probably a sword would help as well.

“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Barbara De Angelis

7. Oberyn Martell – Game of Thrones

[about Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane]
“Ellaria Sand: You’re going to fight that?
Oberyn Martell: I’m going to kill that.”

Next case is that of Game of Thrones’ Red Viper of Dorne who suffered one of the most devastating deaths of this not-so-gentle TV series. (We mean even he can’t beat the “Hold the Door” episode). Prince Martell went into battle with a monster-like man 4 times his size and he didn’t bat an eyelash about it. Even if he knew what’s coming, he kept his dignity and died a hero. Surely, don’t try this at home. Still, we’re encouraging you to have the same attitude in front of problems which are out of your reach of solutions.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” – Marcus Garvey

6. Offred – The Handmaid’s Tale

Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

Basically, all of Atwood’s dystopian novel rivals with the most famous quotes about courage since it just keeps giving memorable phrases. It tells the story of a futuristic society which considers women no more than birth machines. The story became extremely popular after Hulu transformed it into a TV series. The main character, Offred was an ordinary woman, until she lost her job, her family, even an eye, and became a handmaid. Well, one thing she didn’t lose was her identity. Her courage was not loud, she doesn’t make grand gestures, but she taught us the importance of not losing hope, even if it means patiently waiting in distressing conditions.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca

5. Deadpool

Now, I’m about to do to you what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late 90s.”

Deadpool is the most acclaimed Marvel hero of 2016, 2017 and probably 2018, unless the movie fails… which is highly unlikely. Why? Because he’s so damn funny! Of course, not all of us are blessed with such a sense of humour, but let’s observe his attitude in face of danger. How does he do it? Deadpool never takes himself too seriously. It’s a great way to avoid fear and embrace courage. So what if I fail?! I’m going to do it anyway. Just because. It’s practically the secret of getting rid of anxiety. If you can laugh it off, everyone around will laugh with you, rather than at you.

Boldness be my friend.” – William Shakespeare

4. Minerva McGonagall – Harry Potter

Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!

Professor McGonagall has been a delightful presence throughout the entire Harry Potter series, but she became over 9000% badass during the last few chapters, most precisely right before the Battle of Hogwarts. Between her epic and empowering dialogue with Neville Longbottom and performing the Piertotum Locomotor charm to summon stone-giant guardians, we just couldn’t get enough of her! So, even though, you didn’t receive an invitation at Hogwarts (we didn’t either… or did we?), you can still be a skilled witch or wizard… in whichever project you pursue. Courage comes easily if you are prepared. Besides, Harry Potter teaches a big lesson in courage, due to the whole Boggart – a magical object taking the form of someone’s biggest fear – plot. We wonder what McGonagall’s Boggart would look like… Any suggestions? What about your Boggard? What shape would it take and what would you think about in order to vanquish it?

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” – John Irving

3. Samurai Jack

“Jack: You have lost. The battle is over.
Mad Jack: What?
Jack: You are my inner demon. You have been born from the hatred within me. But now, the hatred is no more. Thus, you do not exist.”

If you are a young adult with an internet connection you are probably hyped due to the reboot of Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack. Why do we love Jack? Well besides thanks to the amazing job of the art director, it’s a story of about a samurai sent through time to defeat a shape-shifting demon named Aku. Jack is a sarcastic but usually silent guy who owns as magic katana. But more important, he is extremely, but extremely, courageous. Throughout a total of 62 episodes, he does nothing but face danger, each time proving his overflowing courage. And sometimes, darkness is not in front of us, but inside us.

You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise, you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.” – Francis Ford Coppola

2. The Bride aka Black Mamba aka Mommy – Kill Bill

“You and I have unfinished business!” 

Uma Thurman’s character is not an unexpected choice. The ruthless warrior was trained by the best martial arts master from Tarantino’s universe, Pai Mei, who pushed her limits until she had no more. She’s like a female Chuck Norris. Her story is one of revenge. She went on a life-threatening mission against her former lover and his group of assassins. Moral of this story: Relationships at work are a bad idea.

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendour.” – Horace

1. Courage The Cowardly Dog

“The things I do for love.”

Of course, we couldn’t leave out the one character who is actually named Courage. His simple, yet touching have courage and be kind quote should inspire us all. Courage lives with his lovely owner Muriel, and her husband, the frugal Eustace Bagg, in the Middle of Nowhere. Strange things happen frequently, and Courage lives up to his name every time. Courage is not fearless, in fact, he is afraid of all the monsters he faces, whether they’re puddle demons, giant feet or, most of all, bad people. Still, there is one person that gives him the strength to face them, and it’s enough. We are capable of incredible things in the name of love.

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.” – Wendell Phillips


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