Hugo Danner is an uncommon man, the main protagonist in the fictional taleGladiator, by Philip Wylie. Danner is a human, made a physical superhuman at birth, by the manipulative genetic experimentation of his father. Danner is born with a surfeit of abilities that soon distance him from any peer. His remarkable gifts are evident to all; rather than endear and popularize him, he is scorned as the oddball. He endures vicious taunting and ridicule whenever he displays his remarkable powers. As a consequence and in the attempt to keep his supernatural abilities under wraps as much as possible, Danner lives a childhood filled with seclusion and loneliness. The 2010 fictional animated movie Megamind portrays a similar experience of a childhood endured rather than enjoyed.
Danner’s physical gifts render him near invulnerable and make him the strongest and fastest creature in the world. He is mightier than any man and outperforms any machine. His emotional, spiritual and intellectual abilities are not as highly advanced, however. As he moves toward manhood, a terrible, if predictable, temporary lapse in his self-control during a football game results in a tragedy which causes him to withdraw even further. Amidst his perfection, Danner is just as flawed as his human brethren who vilify him.
Danner is feared, rather than revered. He is set even further apart from his peers and joins the military. His innate strong character and a compulsion to use his powers for the benefit of mankind make him a stealth protector of his fellow soldiers. Danner continues on his lonely path and is haunted by the angst of being different.
A man of greatness is not surprised or taken aback by disbelief or jealousy. If he receives no accolades for his actions, a man of greatness continues them anyway. He strives to change the world, even as its occupants stay close-minded and alienate him. He realizes he may be vilified by the weak, and he stays strong anyway. A man of greatness transforms, rather than conforms. His greatness is its own reward.
From October 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com