''!HERO'' is a 2003 [[ChristianRock Christian]] RockOpera by Eddie [=DeGarmo=] and Bob Farrell that modernizes the story of UsefulNotes/JesusChrist. It notably featured a number of major players in the Christian Rock world, such as former dcTalk member and current Newsboys frontrunner Michael Tait as the title character, along with John Cooper of Skillet, Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart, and Rebecca St. James.


[[AC:Disc One]]

# "This is How it Happened" Paul Wright (Hunter) 2:08
# "A Few Good Men" Michael Tait (Hero), Mark Stuart (Petrov), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) 5:09
# "Wedding Celebration" Michael Tait (Hero), Nirva (Mama Mary), John Cooper (Rabbi Kai), John Grey (Preacher Rabbi), and GRITS (Wedding Party) 4:32
# "Fire of Love" Michael Tait (Hero) and John Cooper (Rabbi Kai) 4:38
# "Lose My Life with You" Michael Tait (Hero) and Nirva (Mama Mary) 3:14
# "Man on a Mission" Paul Wright (Hunter) 1:14
# "Secrets of the Heart" Rebecca St. James (Maggie) and Michael Tait (Hero) 3:52
# "Stand Up and Walk" Michael Tait (Hero), John Cooper (Rabbi Kai), and Matt Hammitt (Blind Cripple) 4:24
# "Do What You Gotta Do" John Cooper (Rabbi Kai) and Pete Stewart (Devlin) 3:05
# "Take My Hand" Michael Tait (Hero) 1:48
# "Love's Declaration" Michael Tait (Hero), Mark Stuart (Petrov), and Rebecca St. James (Maggie) 3:17
# "Raised in Harlem" Michael Tait (Hero), T-Bone (Jairus), and Donnie Lewis (Jairus' Wife) 4:21
# "They're Callin' Him Hero" Paul Wright (Hunter) 2:42
# "Manna From Heaven" Michael Tait (Hero), Mark Stuart (Petrov), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) 4:20
# "Hero" Mark Stuart (Petrov), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) 4:41

[[AC:Disc Two]]
# "Leave Here" Michael Tait (Hero), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), Paul Wright (Hunter) and various (Street Urchins) 5:19
# "Stand by You" Paul Wright (Hunter) and Rebecca St. James (Maggie) 2:47
# "Say the Word" Paul Wright (Hunter) 1:36
# "Intentions" Michael Quinlan (Jude) 3:20
# "Finally Home" Mark Stuart (Petrov), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) 3:37
# "Not in our House" Michael Tait (Hero) and John Cooper (Rabbi Kai) 2:09
# "Murder on Their Minds" Paul Wright (Hunter) 2:59
# "Party in the House Today" Mark Stuart (Petrov) 3:49
# "In Remembrance of Me" Michael Tait (Hero) 1:53
# "Shadowman" Michael Quinlan (Jude) and Pete Stewart (Devlin) 5:00
# "Hero's Agony" Michael Tait (Hero) 2:37
# "I Am" Michael Tait (Hero) 4:17
# "Kill the Hero" Paul Wright (Hunter), John Cooper (Rabbi Kai), and Bob Farrell (Governor Pilate) 6:00
# "Execute: 'Intentions (Reprise)', 'Hero (Reprise)', 'Lose My Life with You (Reprise)'" Rebecca St. James (Maggie), Nirva (Mama Mary), Michael Quinlan (Jude), various (Urchin Mob, I.C.O.N. Thugs) 3:58
# "He's Not Here" Rebecca St. James (Maggie) and Nathan Lee (Janitor Angel) 3:41
# "The Truth Comes Out" Paul Wright (Hunter) 1:47

!! ''Troped In Harlem''

* AllLovingHero[=/=]MessianicArchetype: Hero.
* AlternateHistory[=/=]WhatIf: This is a "What If?" for Literature/TheBible: "What if Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?" And moreover, what if Jesus wasn't born until the modern era?
* AngryMobSong: "Execute", leading to Hero's crucifixion.
* BackFromTheDead: The song "He's Not Here".
* BiblicalBadGuy: Jude, Kai, and Pilate.
* BigApplesauce: The story's metaphorical Jerusalem.
* CallAndResponseSong: "A Few Good Men".
* ComicBookAdaptation: There's a graphic novel interpretation of the album that was released around the same time as the album.
* CompositeCharacter: Maggie is Mary Magdalene combined with the Samaritan woman at the well. Biblically speaking, though, Mary Magdalene was never recorded as being a prostitute.
* CrapsackWorld: The modern-day world at the time of Hero's ministry.
* CorruptChurch: The Brooklyn Synagogue, under the leadership of Chief Rabbi Kai.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: On the DVD musical performance, Hero's body draped over a street sign. In the graphic novel, an actual cross.
* DarkerAndEdgier[=/=]LighterAndSofter: Depending on how one sees the source material.
* DarkReprise [[RepriseMedley Medley]]: "Intentions/Hero/Lose My Life With You".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: International Confederation Of Nations.
* DevilInDisguise: Officer Devlin.
* DirtyCop: Officer Devlin, working with Chief Rabbi Kai.
* DisneyDeath: Hero.
* DistractedByTheSexy: "Who's this beautiful girl?" at the end of "Man On A Mission", segueing into "Secrets Of The Heart".
* DivineParentage: Hero, natch.
* DivineRaceLift: Given who portrays the Messiah, this story's Jesus is black.
* DrivenToSuicide: Jude in "Intentions (Reprise)".
* EvilCripple: Governor Pilate, in the DVD performance of "Kill The Hero".
* FlippingTheTable: "Not In Our House", particularly the DVD performance.
* ForegoneConclusion: It's a story about Jesus. [[CrucifiedHeroShot We know how it ends.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: '''I'''nternational '''C'''onfederation '''O'''f '''N'''ations, or I.C.O.N.
* GetOut: The message sung by a girl posse of prostitutes to Hero and Maggie in "Leave Here".
* GodInHumanForm: Hero.
* TheHeroSucksSong: "Kill The Hero".
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Maggie.
* HowWeGotHere: The story is told as a flashback from I.C.O.N. Agent Hunter, working undercover as one of Hero's disciples, who is in prison at the start of the first song.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Played out in "Fire Of Love".
* OneWorldOrder: I.C.O.N., which has wiped out all religions except for Judaism.
* OutDamnedSpot: Governor Pilate at the end of "Kill The Hero" says "I wash my hands of this sick madness."
* PassionPlay: Since it's based on Jesus' life.
* ParentalLoveSong: "Lose My Life With You", which is a duet with Hero and his mother both singing about the main character having to give up the family life he had to become the prophesied Messiah.
* RecycledInSpace: Jesus' lifestory, in 21st century United States.
* QuarrelingSong: "Not In Our House".
* SettingUpdate: The story of Jesus...[-IN MODERN-DAY AMERICA [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture TWENTY MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE]] IN AN [[AlternateHistory ALTERNATE HISTORY]]-]!
* SinisterMinister: Chief Rabbi Kai, in cahoots with a dirty cop named Devlin.
* SlutShaming: The girl posse attempts to do this to Maggie in "Leave Here."
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chief Rabbi Kai.