Beowulf is a hero like no other. He "...exemplifies the traits of the perfect hero (Sparknote 1). In the epic poem Beowulf, he battles with great monsters and slays fire breathing dragons. Beowulf portrays gentleness and mercy while maintaining authority and power. Many characteristics make up an epic hero; a few of these traits that Beowulf possesses are strength, ethics, and honor.
Beowulf's strength is unmatched by any man in the world. He contains both the physical power to overcome any beast and also the endurance to outlast any challenger to his might. Beowulf's physical power is shown through his grip and his ability to take pain. Grendel "...twisted in pain, and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke (389-392) as Beowulf rips Grendel's shoulder off with his bare hands. Beowulf's pain tolerance is like that of no other; Grendel's mother