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Tragic hero is the guy who is the good guy, the 'hero', but has one flaw (ex: Oedipus was a tragic hero because he was a good guy but had a bad temper) which is the cause of their downfall (with Oedipus, his downfall is caused by his temper because if he didn't anger easily he would never had murder3d his father, or married his mother!) This is 'tragic' because it's an overall good guy who is completely ruined because of just one flaw. So key concepts are: overall good guy, tragic flaw, and then their downfall (I'm not sure if that's referred to the 'tragic fall' or you could just say their downfall) = TRAGEDY!
Hercules is a great example or a tragic hero. The 'hero ' or 'heroine ' in the story goes through some type of tragic event, but gets through it. There is usually a love story tied in, and a lot of drama.
A Tragic Hero is a character with a good intent, but a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall. A good example is Brutus from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. His intent was to end tyranny, but his flaw was he loved Rome too much. His downfall was when Cassius, a corrupt senator, convinced him to join the plot to kill Caesar.