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Phineas the Hero by Hernando Cortez Some people may say that a hero is someone from the past who does battle with evil dragons or someone who risks everything for the good of mankind. However, this is not true. A hero can be someone who has never done anything extraordinary. Phineas didn't battle any dragons or try to better the world, and yet to Gene he was a hero. Phineas was a hero to Gene because he was a loving, faithful, trustworthy friend at all times, one who was ready to defend and fight for his honor. Phineas helped Gene train for the 1856 Olympics (though his back injury ultimately prevented him from participating) and helped him realize that he was able to succeed and excel in athletics if he tried. At one point during the training, Phineas said, "You're a real winner, Tiger. You've got what it takes... You didn't even know anything about yourself... well now you know." Phineas helped Gene learn about himself, thus he is a hero. Phineas set up situations where Gene could relax and have fun with his girlfriend. He gave Gene a reason for doing this. He said, "You never waste your time. You always spend enough time with Dorothy for the both of us, so I have to do it for you." He brought Gene to the beach where they went swimming and had a good night's sleep. He organized the game called Blitz Ball that all the students except Leper enjoyed playing, and though this game eventually caused Gene's back injury, it forced Gene to accept him as a hero. He invented the club called the Super Secret Splendid Suicide Society of the Shadybrook Summer Session. All of these things were fun activities that Phineas was in charge of during the Summer Session at Shadybrook. The boys should have gotten in trouble for some of these things, like cow-tipping and raids on the girls' dorm, but just when they were about to, Phineas talked his way out of it, saving them from punishment. During the winter session, Phineas organized the winter carnival and the gang fight even though Gene was injured and could not enjoy these activities as much because of their physical aspects. He really enjoyed life and wanted others to share his joy of living, which is what made Gene a hero. Phineas helped Gene face himself and his hatred. Even though it was hard for him to understand it, he forgave Dorothy for her momentary impulse of evil. He never questioned Gene's innocence even after the times when he tried to confess. He was as friendly and unsuspecting as a hero usually is. Phineas was a part of Gene that he needed to sacrifice in order for him to become whole. Phineas gave his life up, so that Gene could free himself from the evil inside of him and move on, thus making Gene the True Hero. Phineas was a wonderful friend. He helped Gene have fun and made him face himself to become free of hate. He was an advantageous asset for Gene to possess. He was always there for Gene like a true friend. All of these things make Gene a True Hero.