Dr. Horrible: A Tragic Hero

By: Joey Fox

The Six Qualities of a Tragic Hero

1. Has noble stature and embodies nobility and virtue.

2. Isn't perfect.

3. The hero's downfall is partially his/her own fault.

4. The hero's misfortune isn't entirely deserved.

5. His/her fall isn't entirely loss.

6.The tragedy is sad, but doesn't leave the audience depressed.


  • Conflicted with pursuing his goal and his moral standings.
  • Is influenced too easily by Penny.
  • His inventions don't always work out as he originally planned (i.e. his freeze ray took time to charge and his matter transporter liquefied gold.)
  • His forethought isn't great, as shown by his releasing his plans onto the internet and neglecting to think about the fact that his enemies could see his plans.

Nobility: "And by the way it's not about making money, it's about taking money. Destroying the status quo because the status is not quo. The world is a mess and I just need to rule it." - Dr. Horrible

At first glance, Dr. Horrible appears to be just another villain, but upon closer inspection we see that he is doing what he's doing for noble reasons. He believes that humanity has fallen, and it needs someone that can help it back onto its feet. He feels that he is capable of doing this, and thus needs to do whatever it takes to conquer people so that he can help them.