What makes a hero? (List 1/2) 🎭

Just finished an amazing book about what commonalities most major literary heroes (Harry Potter, Jesus, Hercules, Odysseus) miraculously share. It's remarkable. There's a formula. Anyway, here are the things that happen most often in stories about heroes:
  1. SEE A LIST OF FAMOUS LITERARY HEROS AND HOW WELL THEY MAP TO THIS PATTERN HERE: What makes a hero? (List 2/2) 🎭
  2. The hero's mother is a royal virgin;
  3. His* father is a king, and
  4. Often a near relative of his mother, but
  5. The circumstances of his conception are unusual, and
  6. He is also reputed to be the son of a god.
  7. At birth, an attempt is made, usually by his father or his maternal grandfather to kill him, but
  8. He is spirited away, and
  9. Reared by foster parents in a far country.
  10. We are told nothing of his childhood, but
  11. On reaching manhood, he returns or goes to his future kingdom.
  12. After a victory over the king and/or a giant, dragon, or wild beast,
  13. He marries a princess, often the daughter of his predecessor and
  14. Becomes king.
  15. For a time, he reigns uneventfully, and
  16. Prescribes laws, but
  17. Later he loses favor with the gods and/or his subjects, and
  18. Is driven from the throne and city, after which
  19. He meets with a mysterious death,
  20. Often at the top of a hill.
  21. His children, if any, do not succeed him.
  22. His body is not buried but, nevertheless,
  23. He has one or more holy sepulchers.
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  25. *The constant "he/his" pronoun is the author's convention, not mine. Of course there are also female heroes!