The hero is the spiritual archetype who shows courage in adversity and determination in the carrying out of his duties. He was initially a defender or protector.
Psychological / emotional perspective: The hero sets out on his quest or journey knowing that he will undergo trials and tribulations that will have him mature from a youth to a man. In dreams, aspects of that process – such as the knight’s conflict with the dragon or the witch – will often appear.
The heroine or princess is the counterpart of the hero and has a similar journey to under go albeit in a somewhat more emotional way.
Material aspects: In today’s world a hero is considered to be anyone who is held up to public acclaim. This would suggest that it is the quality of determination that has become important and would, therefore, have him become an icon to others.
Gives gender - specific: In a woman’s dream a hero will largely appear as a protector and as an aspect of her animus. As she herself moves towards autonomy she will develop the qualities of bravery required by the heroine.
The princess will appear in a man’s dream as an aspect of his anima, whereas the hero will allow him to acknowledge his maturity.
A well-known desire for acceptance and validation, even if you are the hero or heroine yourself.
If you see a hero, it would indicate that you are hoping for help, but pettiness is involved. Adventuresome, craving for admiration, exaggerated and immature masculinity and femininity; but also vitality and the ability to succeed, similar to Hammer.
It may also mean the opposite—that you feel like a failure—or you must be in control of everything. Dreams about heroes belong usually to so-called “big dreams,” which take place in a person just prior to puberty, during midlife crisis, or before dying.
According to Jung, the hero is one of the important archetypes.
Dreams of a hero/heroine represent your higher self, your innate healing ability, and your mastery over any challenge you face. Perhaps you are exalting your natural genius to its fullest potential, going beyond the physical limitations of being human, and realizing that love can move mountains. This dream may be indicating your attachment to the role of rescuer or of needing to be rescued. Consider the feeling tone of this dream to discern the significance. See Higher Self and Co-Dependant.
(see Fables, Icons, Men, Women)