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Sarah Connor
Sarah Connor
Gender: Female
Focus: Courageous
Reason: Demon-Fighter
Story:

The name “Sarah Connor” is known world-wide and is arguably one of the most well-known fictional characters of popular culture. She is, of course, the mother of John Connor, the 21st century’s leader of the human resistance to the cybernetic machines taking over the world. So, if her son John is such an important figure, why is Sarah Connor a role model?


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Ellen Ripley
Ellen Ripley
Gender: Female
Focus: Courageous
Reason: Demon-Fighter
Story:

Ellen Ripley – almost always referred to as just “Ripley” – is an alien-uber-monster-fighting heroine from the very successful “Alien” movie franchise. She is heralded as a great role model not because she physically fights murdering monsters but because she overcomes her fear, channels her emotions, and does what needs to be done. In 1992’s movie Alien, she debuted as a regular crew member of a spaceship, as terrified of the alien monster as every other crew member. She finds her courage, though, more and more as it’s needed, and she alone survives.


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Atticus Finch
Atticus Finch
Gender: Male
Focus: Society Builder
Reason: Demon-Fighter
Story:

Atticus Finch is the hero of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird. He is a man of principle, integrity, courage, and gentleness, so he is not only a hero, he is also a great father figure. In the 1962 film adaptation, he was played quite well by Gregory Peck. To get a modern indication of how influential this character has been and still is a half a century later, go to any dating website and see how many women describe their ideal man as something “like Atticus Finch.”

Atticus says things like this:


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