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Heroes in Obscurity [Oct. 1st, 2008|03:26 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Here's an interesting question (ganked from something laurenpburka is working on):

Can you think of characters who fall into the motif of having special abilities or destinies, who grow up hidden with 'normal people' other than:
  • Wart (King Arthur) in The Once and Future King
  • Harry Potter
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Superman
  • Captain Carrot of the Discworld books
  • Moses, Jesus, and Joseph (the one with the fancy coat)
  • Thorn from Jeff Smith's Bone comic book series
  • Tolkien's Aragorn
  • Oedipus
  • Finn MacCool
  • Arthur Penhaligon from Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series
  • Lirael in Lirael and Abhorsen, also by Nix
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (although possibly more lost than hidden)
  • Hellboy... kinda
  • Arren, Prince of Enlad, from LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy

For the purposes of the question, it's irrelevant whether they are characters who achieve great things, come into strange powers, achieve fantastic goals, etc. The important elements are that they are raised hidden - someone has foreknowledge - and have great powers/great destinies (although whether they know about their powers/destinies doesn't matter).

Hmm. As I think on that, it eliminates
  • Morgon in Patricia A. McKillip's The Riddle-master of Hed
  • Terisa in Stephen R. Donaldson's The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through
...as neither is exactly hidden. I don't recall there being sufficient foreknowledge in the plot to qualify. Might also disqualify Arren - I don't remember the book well enough.
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[User Picture]From: librarybrandy
2008-10-01 10:43 am (UTC)
Percy Jackson, in the series by Rick Riordan. (Percy's the son of a Greek God, which explains the weird things that happen to him at school; he gets sent to a special camp for "his kind" where he meets his two best friends, brainy Annabeth and satyr Grover, in the Harry-Potteriest series since Harry Potter. Recommended? not really.)
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