Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Scott T. Allison


Heroes research is not a new field, and it is widely accepted that in order for a hero to be accepted as such, he or she must undertake a journey during which he or she transforms in some marked way. The aim of this research is to understand the nature of that transformation in terms of 24 character strengths. This was achieved by watching the top grossing films of all time adjusted for inflation and coding for the transformation of the protagonists on a 1-5 scale. Ten traits were found to have a mean transformation of 1 point or greater, with bravery, perseverance, and hope exhibiting the most drastic transformation on average. This research concludes with implications for the results and directions for future research.