The 2014-15 season of TV was a landmark one for superhero TV shows! To celebrate, AP2HYC is hosting its first annual TV Awards. Make sure you vote for your favorites at the end of each article and keep checking back to see who wins!
Picking the best male hero in the 2014-2015 is like shooting fish in a barrel. With the flood of new shows came a new band of heroes to save the world (or their respective cities). We also saw men from established shows make a huge leap forward and discover newfound heroism this past year. Here are our nominees for the 2014-2015 best damn male hero.
Featuring contributions from writers: Eric Dodds, Jason Wong, Alex Reale, Kathleen McEneaney, Scott Swartz, Brian Corliss
1. Matt Murdock – Daredevil
Matt Murdock has proved time and time again that you don’t need a magic hammer or an iron suit to be a hero in the MCU. He’s just a man with a weakness that he uses as his greatest strength. He doesn’t have any crazy superpowers, nor is he the peak of human perfection like Steve Rogers. Matt is a hero in both his civilian mode, and when he dons the mask. During the day, he solves problems in the court room, using his natural lie-detector abilities to find out who is innocent and who is guilty. At night, he throws on his all-black garb and exacts his own brand of justice on ne’er-do-wells. He is a man with the drive and ambition to do the right thing for his city, and he’ll stop at nothing until he deems his mission to be done.
2. Phil Coulson – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The “Son of Coul,” as Thor would say, is known as a tactician of secrets using knowledge and relationships to ensure that the good guys win. That doesn’t sound as heroic as wearing a cape, but consider the fact that he has now taken two for his team, and that’s only what we’ve seen onscreen. Despite having died once already at the hands of Loki in Avengers Assemble, Phil Coulson sacrificed his precious second chance at life in the latest season’s finale by selflessly making a diving catch for a Terrigen Crystal that surely would’ve killed everyone in the room if shattered. Actor Clark Gregg made sure Coulson showed no signs of regret as the crystal began petrifying his hand, until Mack severed it, of course. There must be something in the job description that Directors of S.H.I.E.L.D. are not allowed to have all their body parts intact.
3. Ronnie Raymond – The Flash
Say what you will about Firestorm and how he’s a discount Human Torch; the guy is still a badass who deserves the award for biggest damn hero. Watching him stand amongst notable heroes like the Arrow and the Flash as they attempt to take down Reverse Flash was one of my favorite moments of the season. You look at Oliver Queen, who has been vigilante-ing for the past three years, and the Flash, who has super-speed that he’s been honing for the better half of the past year; then you look at Firestorm, who was thrown head-first into his powers and is still attempting to master the concept. Despite his minimal training and experience, he was willing to go into battle against an opponent as lethal as the Reverse Flash. Let’s not forget that he was also responsible for tossing that one last fire-blast that ultimately resulted in RF’s defeat.
4. Foggy Nelson – Daredevil
Foggy may not seem like a likely candidate for biggest Hero. He doesn’t have super strength, can’t fly, doesn’t have any mystical powers, and would probably have his butt kicked in a fight. But he is the guy who left a lucrative job to try to make a difference as a lawyer. He is the guy who stays out all night with Karen so she doesn’t have to go back to her crime scene of an apartment. Foggy is the guy who fights for the rights of tenants, offers to fix the damage to their apartments himself, and runs out the door after an explosion to see if he can help anyone, even as he is bleeding. Foggy may not have super powers or gadgets to fight the bad guys, but he is the hero that everyone has the potential to be.
5. Barry Allen – The Flash
Really, there is no one else in this freaking category who deserves the biggest damn hero award besides Barry Allen. Oh, I’m sorry, let’s remember he stopped tornados, psychic gorillas, tsunamis, human bombs, saved the multiverse, and is attempting to stop a black hole. A FREAKING BLACK HOLE. I love Diggle, but his hallmark achievement this year was punching out Ollie. Daredevil beat up a husky, anti-social crime boss, and at the end of the day, the Terrigen Crystals are still out there making Inhumans. Barry and only Barry managed to save the world and not be a complete moron while doing so. Ollie couldn’t even save his city the first time through. Barry one-shotted the whole thing like an ace.
6. John Diggle – Arrow
One of many wholly-created characters for the screen, John Diggle serves as best friend and bodyguard to Oliver Queen. The previous two seasons he was, well, simply just that–easy to predict, yet reliable. Diggle is the biggest damn hero because without him, without his voice of reason, Oliver would be lost and thus the direction of the show would be as well. And Diggle is nothing less than he presents himself; Diggle is as skilled a human in this universe that doesn’t qualify them for cape-wearing. And Oliver isn’t the only benefactor of Diggle’s wisdom; over the entire third season he speaks frequently with almost all main characters, saving several of them from the grasp of the League of Assassins. The garnered respect is most obvious at the end of the season when Queen says he’ll give up the Arrow schtick, but comfortably because he knows that people like Diggle are around.
Who do you think deserves to be recognized as biggest damn male hero? Vote below!
Biggest Damn Male Hero of 2014-15