Steve Rogers - Captain America: Winter Soldier
Captain America has always been a joke, a bit, a kids meal of wartime propaganda. But somewhere between socking Hitler on the jaw in 1941 and now, the gag malfunctioned. Steve Rogers went from being a stodgy advertisement for American justice to a genuine, relevant ideal: a super-powered whistleblower doling out blunt-force accountability. In an era of complexity on complexity, Cap keeps it simple: If something is worth protecting, be ready and willing to take the hit. Don't build a shield, be the shield.