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What’s the Plural of Hero? Heros or Heroes?

Not all heroes wear capes, and yes, 'heroes' is the correct plural of hero.

What’s the plural of “hero”?

For the most part, nouns that end in ‘o’, like mango, volcano and potato add ‘es’ to switch to a plural. This is also the case with the noun hero; which, as a plural, becomes heroes.

Keep in mind, this isn’t always the case: other nouns that end in ‘o’, like radio and video, just add ‘s’ to switch to plural.

What does the word “hero” mean?

A hero is someone that is “admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. Synonyms for hero include idol, icon and paragon.

Other nouns that end in o-/-es or -s

  • Hero is a regular noun since it uses “es” as a plural; i.e., heroes. Irregular nouns in English end in something other than “s” / “es” as a plural, such as child/children or crisis/crises.

  • Most singular nouns that end in “o” add “s” / “es” to become plural: tomato/tomatoes, potato/potatoes, volcano/volcanoes and hero/heroes.

singular nouns ending in “-o”plural “-es” / “-s”
zerozeroes or zeros
buffalobuffaloes or buffalos
volcanovolcanos or volcanoes

Sentences with the word “hero”

1. The firefighter’s quick response and bravery made him a true hero in the eyes of the community.

2. In the movie, the protagonist transforms from an ordinary person into a powerful hero who saves the world.

3. Rosa Parks is remembered as a civil rights hero for her courageous act of refusing to give up her bus seat.

4. The young boy looked up to his father as his personal hero, admiring his strength and wisdom.

5. The scientist’s groundbreaking discoveries paved the way for new medical treatments, establishing her as a hero in the field of medicine.

Examples of “heroes” in sentences

1. The city honoured its local heroes, the firefighters who saved lives during the devastating fire.

2. The comic book convention was filled with fans dressed up as their favorite superheroes and fictional heroes.

3. Throughout history, there have been many unsung heroes whose contributions were crucial but often overlooked.

4. The movie showcased a team of unlikely heroes who joined forces to defeat the powerful villain threatening the world.

5. Nurses and doctors working tirelessly during the pandemic emerged as the true heroes of our time.

Synonyms of hero

  • idol
  • icon
  • paragon
  • exemplar
  • role model
  • champion
  • shining example

Origin of the word hero

Late 14c., “man of superhuman strength or physical courage,” from Old French heroe (14c., Modern French héros), from Latin heros (plural heroes) “hero, demi-god, illustrious man,” from Greek hērōs (plural hērōes) “demi-god.”

Other articles to check out!


  1. “Hero.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Aug. 2023.
  2. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of hero.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 26 August, 2023.

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