Meanwhile, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) have an essay assignment entitled \"My Hero\". They have to write about a member of their family who is a hero for them and why. Both boys are struggling with the subject because, for different reasons, they can not decide whom they should write about.
The twist of Harry Potter's Mirror of Erised is that the only person worthy enough to claim the Philosopher's Stone hidden within is one who doesn't desire to use it but is driven to protect it from the villain's dreams of eternal life and soaring power. This is also the key to Tolkien's epic: ringbearers Bilbo, Frodo, Sam and even Gollum are (somewhat) protected from the ring because they don't seek world domination. This theme is also heavily present in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These fantasy creators, it seems, differentiate their heroes from villains through the defining trait of greed: resisting temptation or gleefully succumbing to it.
By contrast, the heroes never desire the magic items, and Angel passes a particular test in his show's \"In the Dark\" (1.3) when Buffy sends him the Ring of Amarra that will make him invulnerable. Angel decisively smashes it, telling his friend Doyle that if he walked in daylight he might lose his intuition for finding \"the weak ones lost in the night--or the things that prey on them.\" As he adds, his duty and goodness preclude making the selfish choice: \"I was brought back for a reason, Doyle, and as much as I would like to kid myself, I don't think it was for eighteen holes at Rancho.\" 59ce067264