No, this is not a reference to the TV show. Nor to people in tights with "special powers" and an obsession to do good.
Instead, I wondered about some personal heroes--aka role models, guides, inspirational exemplars, etc.--from history that some folks around here might have. Please feel free to share.
Here are my top 5:
1. Gandhi: committed to non-violence and justice without oppression; focused on personal experimentation with one's "truth" and approaching things critically; looked beyond the confines of religion; vegetarian, even vegan.
2. Martin Luther King, Jr.: also committed to non-violence; though a Christian, studied teachings from other traditions (e.g., Gandhi!); worked for equal rights and justice, fighting bigotry in the process.
3. Thomas Jefferson: proponent of rationality and humanism; not afraid to attack Christianity with a critical mind and strip out everything miraculous; committed to personal liberty and a common good; agrarian and yet intellectual.
4. Socrates: fearless advocate of critical scrutiny, especially self-scrutiny; questioned authority and the dominant assumptions; recognized the centrality of morality in human life and thought.
5. The Buddha: rejected lazy faith for critical analysis of experience; taught the need for individual efforts in liberation; opened up his teachings to all classes, not just to the elite; put simplicity and non-attachment over physical comforts.