9 Inspiring Hero Story Ideas for Your Next Novel

Inspiring Hero Story Ideas

Looking for some inspiring hero story ideas for your next writing project? From a group of teens who seek to heal their broken society to lonely guy who stands between Hades and the world’s safety, read on for inspirations on hero story ideas.

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Everybody loves a good hero story. After all, who doesn’t want to read about brave, courageous men and women who overcome obstacles and give their all — whether it’s physical, mental or emotional — in order to save the day? Read on for some excellent inspiration when it comes to creating your very own amazing hero story ideas.

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The Basics of a Hero Story

Let’s start off with the basics: what exactly is a hero story? It’s the hero’s journey. Joseph Campbell describes the narrative pattern of a hero’s journey in his famous book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) as follows:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

Joseph Campbell

The Three Acts of a Hero’s Journey

There are three stages or three acts of a hero’s journey:

  • Departure: it’s where the hero’s ordinary life gets turned upside down by the call for adventure.
  • Initiation: while on the mission, the hero must overcome difficulties and prevail against the enemies.
  • Return: the hero returns home a changed person.

A closer look at popular culture and literature, from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, it’s clear that they all follow this simple pattern of the hero’s journey, and you, too, can emulate the formula in your works to create a compelling hero’s story.

With so many themes and ideas out there, it can be difficult to find one that really speaks to you. So we’ve put together this list of hero story ideas in case you need some inspiration!

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Hero Story Ideas

There are so many different hero story ideas out there that you probably feel like you’ve read them all before, or they’ve all been done before. But the devil is in the details. Throw in some of your own unique twist, and there’s nothing more inspiring than creating heroic characters and putting them in situations where they can do things we secretly wish we could do ourselves.

Please note that all the genders in these prompts are just placeholders.

Dystopian hero story ideas

  • One disillusioned teenager in a dystopian world finds the horrifying truth that their soulmate is genetically manufactured by the Elders to ensure full compatibility and help achieving the “perfect” society. (This prompt originally appears in my post Soulmate Story Ideas)


  • In a dystopian city where social interaction outside of the nuclear family is highly discouraged because of its correlation with criminal rate, a group of teens bond over their shared love for the constellation and communicate via Morse code.


Apocalyptic hero story ideas

  • Following an apocalyptical crisis, a scientist who shuts himself inside of a bunker thinks he’s hearing things, which turns out to be a radio transmission from a colony of survivors. Then, the scientist must attempt a rescue mission for them.


  • When the zombie outbreak starts, and a grave-digger working at a cemetery which is the epicenter for the zombie outbreak is the only one with an immunity against it. Then, he must attempt to help develop the antidote to the virus.


Fantasy hero story ideas

  • When a portal opens up in the living room of a lonely teen straight to the Underworld, he might be the only person who stands between Hades and the Earth’s safety. (This prompt originally appears in my post Surreal Writing Prompts.


  • In an alternate universe where animals have evolved into intelligent humanoid creatures who enslave humans, write about one human who sparks a rebellion to free the humankind.


Everyday hero story ideas

  • When all the communication system in a secluded fire lookout is destroyed by lightning, a lone fire watcher has to battle illness-induced hallucination to save the city from an impending forest fire.


  • Write a story following the lives of doctors and other medical professionals at the height of the corona virus pandemic.


Picture prompts

Create a hero story based on the pictures below. Let your imagination fly. What do these pictures tell you?

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What does this picture tell you? Some ideas: a Western story of a new, young sheriff stationed in a rowdy town full of criminals.


Or a recluse mountain dweller who saves the survivors of a plane crash.

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What about this one? Some ideas: In a world where immortality is a luxury reserved for the rich, a scientist proceeds to distribute the luxury to the common folks, but what follows is only chaos.


Or write a story about Adam and Eve as the heroes of their story as opposed to fallen people who introduced sins into the world.

More Ideas?

There are many different types of hero stories, and there are many different ways to approach writing them. If you find yourself struggling to come up with ideas, try thinking about the theme or the setting you’d like to explore and then let your creativity take over from there. There’s no right or wrong approach, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Now that you have some hero storyline ideas to jumpstart your next writing project, go on and start writing!

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