As seen in: H.E.R.O. (Atari 2600)
Distinguishing feature: Personal whirligig of his own design, excellent use of the King’s English.
Strengths: Laser shot, flight.
Weaknesses: Getting out of the way of his own dynamite.
Profile by Ben Langberg | February 22, 2010
Roderick Hero (or, as he preferred, R. Hero) was a contradiction. While he dressed like a gaudy Texan, he had the inflection and manner of a perfect gentleman. He was a businessman by day and an inventor by night. When he heard about trapped miners deep inside Mt. Leone, he saw opportunity: To field test his latest invention and hopefully save some lives, sure…but also to have a bit of adventure.
His Prop-pack allowed him to fly and hover, and his Microlaser Beam-equipped helmet required no description. Along with a handful of dynamite, he made quick work of the mine’s tight spots and subterranean creatures to reach the trapped miner. After a hero’s welcome and the key to the city, Roderick continued to perform rescues of similar miners in other mines, each more deadly and complex.
His peak of fame was a Scientific American interview, describing both his inventions and his exploits. Soon after, a bad hip and botched replacement surgery brought his adventuring to an end.
Unlike his contemporary Pitfall Harry -- who had his tale retold nearly every generation -- R. Hero pursued the quiet life after his heyday. His current whereabouts remain unknown.