When you hear the word "hero," you might picture an impossibly muscular person saving the world with their superpowers (or at least unlimited money and anger issues). Or perhaps you think of someone who has devoted their life to serving others, like a teacher, a firefighter, or a guy who stops people from whistling in public. But being a hero doesn't have to be that grand: Here are six real-life people who went above and beyond the call of duty in their everyday lives just because it was the right thing to do.
#6. Woman On Subway Makes Creep Eat Upskirt Photos
Our first hero is a woman in China who was confronted with what so many women are confronted with on a daily basis: some guy being a complete creep. This can be a difficult situation to navigate because, often, calling a creep out will merely cause him to morph into his true, more dangerous form -- like a video game boss who's capable of finding your address and parking outside your home at night. A creep's reaction to being called out is often "I'm not a creep! I can prove it! Do I look 'creepy' in these photos of me trying on your dresses while you were at work? Boy, is your face red." In this case, the creep was using a camera hidden in his bag to take upskirt photos of women standing on the subway.
Risking her personal safety, this woman confronted him and shot the whole thing on her phone. Without so much as raising her voice, she embarrasses him worse than a family stumbling across Blue Is The Warmest Color on movie night. He apparently becomes so ashamed he destroys the photos by biting the flash card in half. I do not know what she's saying to him, because it's in Chinese, but it's clearly so cutting he hides his face until the next stop and then runs away like the rich villain at the end of a college frat movie.
She stuck her neck out for the good of us all and used her superhuman shaming abilities to get this unmitigated dickwad to run off with his tail between his legs.
#5. Man Armed With Shovel Saves Woman From Wild Dogs (Of Course It's Russia)
There aren't a lot of countries where you can see a world-class staging of Ondine and also be attacked by a pack of wild dogs. But that's what gives Russia its special je ne sais aaahI'mbeingkilledbydogs! In this video, a woman is just walking down the snowdrift, minding her own business, when she is set upon by a pack of wild dogs. It's important to note here the lack of any reaction whatsoever from the person filming this dog attack. They observe the scene with the engagement of a sedated sloth.
But, believe it or not, the cold-hearted psychopath recording the scene is only the second-most-remarkable person in this video.
As the woman screams and the dogs begin to nip at her, a man comes charging in to save the day armed only with a snow shovel. He's like a real-life Old Man Marley if Old Man Marley did PCP. (Not a bad idea for a Home Alone reboot.) He manages to scare off all the dogs, saving the woman from what I assume is Russia's second-most-common cause of death, after "gladiator combat in the thunderdome."
With a grand total of 10 seconds from the start of the attack until he comes sprinting in, this guy clearly just threw himself into the fray on someone else's behalf, making him an undeniable hero. Conspicuously not a hero, however, is whoever uploaded this thing and put a midi version of "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" at the end, really encapsulating Russia's unique ability to simultaneously be high-brow and chillingly nonchalant about death.
#4. Middle Ages Battle Reenactor Spears Drone Out Of Sky
Like many modern technological advancements, consumer drones have the potential to do incredible things like study tornadoes or deliver disaster relief, but we mostly use them to eat pizza, annoy one another, or make porn. One of the most annoying places to fly your drone has to be at a historical reenactment. (That is, unless it's a reenactment of a very recent war.)
People do not reenact historical battles because they want to get rich or get laid. They have typically spent a great deal of time, money, and social standing on doing it for love of the game. It is therefore an act of senseless nerd-on-nerd harassment to fly your drone right over the heads of medieval reenactors during the six hours a month they aren't being asked to set up someone's WiFi. Camaraderie be damned, this happened anyway. Thankfully, this guy was there to step in.
After the drone makes multiple low passes over the battle scene, one good Samaritan pushes through the crowd and makes an incredible shot: He spears the drone in mid-air. We don't know if he was just so in character he thought the drone was a magical abomination or if he was thinking as a reasonable, modern man and knew it was a technological abomination. Regardless, I'm willing to bet he got to see some rough-spun burlap stockings at the end of the evening. Unfortunately, because this was in Russia, odds are he was killed by a pack of wild dogs shortly after.