Inspirational Heroes for Men


To identify who inspires men aged 30-36 for insights into this demographic.

Early Findings

Preliminary research indicates that there is very little information available about who are heroes for males ages 30-36, mostly because surveys do not break down their results by this age category. There is data about who Americans find heroic and why, along with some specific names of well-known people's heroes.


  • According to Psychology Today, even though it can be hard for men to admit they still have heroes, they still "need someone they can look up to and men crave being looked up to."
  • At the most basic level, men are often "striving for that which is larger than life, for the outsized, the unusual" and they have an admiration for those who succeed at doing that: "those who break the boundaries of the static and the known and show us what else is possible."
  • According to a VantisLife survey, heroic qualities include saving someone's life (80%), risking your own life (77%), standing up for other people (75%), being a role model (68%), being a good leader (55%), taking risks (54%), and volunteering (47%).
  • A second survey conducted by TellWut found that the components of a hero are courageous acts (46%), personal qualities (44%), having notable character (40%), special achievements (25%), special abilities (23%), and others wanting to look up to them (20%).
  • The TellWut survey also found that reasons for having heroes included heroes give hope (60%), heroes save people when they're in trouble (34%), heroes pick people up when they're down (32%), heroes deliver justice (28%), heroes nurture young people (24%), heroes solve problems (23%), heroes validate morals (21%), heroes reveal people's missing qualities (17%), people are born to have heroes (11%), and heroes provide dramatic and entertaining stories (10%).


  • John Gorman, writer at Medium, is approximately age 39 and a little older than the requested demographic, but he lists his heroes as Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Viktor Frankl, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Janelle Monae.
  • He also lists other female heroes he has including Malala Yousafzai, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alynda Segarra, and "the entirety of the US Women’s National Soccer Team."
  • Other male heroes Gorman lists are Bruce Springsteen, Kendrick Lamar, Stephen Colbert, George Clooney, and David Letterman.
  • When male political candidates were asked who their heroes were, John Delaney, Seth Moulton, Jay Inslee, Steve Bullock, and Beto O’Rourke all said their wives were their heroes while Julián Castro, Michael Bennet, and John Hickenlooper all said their mothers were their heroes.
  • All candidates are well over the age of 36, but their responses give insight into who men generally consider their heroes.
  • Presidential candidate Tim Ryan, who is 45 years old, said his hero is Baker Mayfield.
  • Other heroes mentioned by the male presidential candidates include Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, John F. Kennedy, John Lewis, the American voter, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • In a YouGov survey, 50% of U.S. respondents stated that "all those serving in our armed forces should be described as heroes, whatever their role and experience," 9% stated that only those armed forces personnel serving in combat roles (whether or not they've seen combat) should be described as heroes," 7% stated only those armed forces personnel who have seen combat should be described as heroes, and 17% indicated that "only those armed forces personnel who performed particularly brave acts should be described as heroes."
  • Of those surveyed, older people were more likely to say all military members should be considered heroes, but 44% of people aged 30-39 agreed. Only 5% stated that no members of the armed forces should be described as heroes.
  • Women are more likely than men to view all military personnel as heroes, but 42% of men agree.
  • Based on a survey of 2,000 people (not broken out by age or gender), the top 10 most heroic jobs are soldier, firefighter, police officer, doctor, nurse, teacher, scientist, veterinarian, stay-at-home mom, and farmer.
  • In a TellWut survey, only 37% of respondents indicated they had a hero.
  • God took the top hero spot with 10% of the vote, followed by first responders (9%), partner/spouse (9%), military (8%), their children (7%), charity workers (4%), themselves (4%), celebrity (3%) and sports figure (3%).
  • In addition to this public search, we scanned our proprietary research database of over 1 million sources and were unable to find any specific research reports that address your goals.

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