|“||He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.||„|
|~ Aunt May to Peter Parker.|
A Paragon is a type of hero that is considered the "ultimate" champion of concepts such as truth, justice and/or honor. A Paragon is any hero who proudly epitomizes their archetype, often to the point of being cliche' but proud of it;
This was very popular in the Golden Age of comics and consisted of heroes powerful enough to move worlds and combat threats of great power: Sadly as tastes changed the Paragon archetype grew into disuse in favor of more flawed anti-heroes and vigilantes...though Paragons are still popular in some settings, especially DC Comics.
A classic example of a Paragon hero is Superman. Other examples for this include Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto from Bleach, Sora from the Kingdom Hearts franchise and Statesman from City of Heroes/Villains.