I'm looking for the best heroes of mythology from places other than the Greco-Roman world, I don't mean gods that sometimes did heroic things but actual human heroes, if they have powers that's cool but not mandatory. They can come from any culture other than Greek or Roman.
@xanni15: Basically no one that can be solidly confirmed to have actually existed, I'll count Robin Hood and King Arthur because despite many claims that either they actually existed or they were based on real people none of these claims have any rock solid proof. As far as I know Beowulf is still considered pure myth and I'll have to look up the other Arthur you mentioned unless you meant Arthur's father, ( I know of him a Uther Pendragon but I have heard him referred to as that as well)
@xanni15: Arthur Eld isn't a mythological figure then. Mythological figures typically mean from old stories in the ancient world and Arthur Eld is a modern character if he's from the Dark Tower book series since that is a relatively modern fictional character so I don't think he applies to the parameters of the question.
@xanni15: I'm mainly going for stuff from old myths and folk tales, I've never read Dark Tower so I don't know if they based characters off other stuff so the dude is pretty much sliding by on my ignorance but I'm hoping people will stick to myth and legend and not try to sneak in Avengers or JLA members.
@vortex13: I know of Skadi, Also she was technically a Giantess who became a goddess so she's kind of a grey area here
Yeah I was aware of that as well so I felt she was kind of available as a choice. Like you said, grey area lol.
Let's go for a Chinese hero now,
Fu Xi, look him up he's pretty cool.
@vortex13: Sort of a Chinese Adam, right? I'm vaguely familiar with him but I don't know the specifics.
Yeah kind of. There are some variations that say he created the world yet he is not ever said to be a god. He also was said to be the first emperor of china (but he wasn't real). He was born with a snakes body as well.
I don't know if this qualifies (plus it might be too obscure for you) but there is an Inuit myth centred around a person named Ka-ha-si. He was just a boy but managed to save his village from hunger, a large giant and ultimately, mountains that were encroaching onto their village. (He pushed them all back to where they belonged and created a river to prevent the mountains from moving across it).
He was called by his grandfather to his destiny which is I guess a variation of Atlas. They say whenever there is an earthquake, it's him shifting the weight of the earth from one shoulder to the other.
Arkantos and Kastor
From the Age of Mythology series, which was based loosely on Greek, Egyptian and Norse myth, alongside their interpretation on Atlantean mythology, which is what Arkantos and his son Kastor were based on.
AoM is a pretty old game, but it's still one of the best ever to be made.
@consolemaster001: Not sure if that counts, myth implies there was some point when people believed it was real, I'm not well versed in this character but his wikipedia page just refers to him as a fictional character. if he does have some actual mythological roots tho he qualifies.
- Arthur Eld.
- King Arthur.
- Robin Hood
- William Wallace.
This...And I might add
- Sun Wukong
- Mulan (Yes, Disney's Mulan...Thought, I think she might have been real.)
- The Twins of Navajo Myth
- Han Xin
I'm get back to you with more