One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his father was a war hero’
brave man, champion, man of courage, great man, man of the hour, conquering hero, victor, winner, conqueror, lionheart, warrior, paladin, knight, white hat
2‘a football hero’
star, idol, superstar, megastar, celebrity, celebutante, luminary, lion
ideal, ideal man, paragon, exemplar, shining example, perfect example
knight in shining armour, knight on a white charger
3‘the hero of the film is a young pianist’
male protagonist, principal male character
principal male role, lead actor, lead, leading man, leading role, male lead, star role, starring role, star part, male star
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