The film Rocky is a classic example of someone from a seemingly nondescript upbringing, rising to success and fame. Rocky's road to success involved a mentor, a love interest, and pure desire and dedication. A fine group I would say. And one that makes the rest of us longing for something better in life to strive for. In the end, Rocky Balboa is a hero for the average man, or woman. Many people cling to hope and dreams. Rocky epitomizes what hope and dreams can bring.