This thesis deals with (super-)heroes in different centuries and reflects on the development of the (super-)heroic concepts as intermedial phenomena. Additionally, it discusses how social and/or political circumstances, such as war and immigration, influence the development of certain types of (super-)heroes. At first, some terms used in inter-media studies and theoretical approaches to so-called myth schemes are introduced in order to show that there have been earlier attempts to find a basic concept behind myths which can be further applied to heroic concepts. Then, the term ?hero? is defined, the literary development of heroes is discussed, and it is shown that many aspects of the heroic concept can be traced back to ancient mythology. Next, the ?transitional? phase between heroes and superheroes is briefly discussed. This shows that many heroes, such as The Phantom and Zorro, already had super-heroic features before the concept of the superhero was firmly established. Then, the term ?superhero? is defined and the superhero-concept is discussed. This concept shows that there are certain significant aspects, such as the secret identity and the costume, which are responsible for the distinction between superheroes and heroes. Moreover, the examples of Superman and Wonder Woman demonstrate that some superheroes have been used for U.S. propaganda by making them act overly patriotically, by making them display the U.S.-typical colours and symbols, and by making the U.S. government?s enemies the superheroes? enemies. Additionally, it is discussed why the superheroes offer the potential for intermedial transposition and why the number of superhero-movies has been increasing immensely in the last few years. Last but not least, (super-)anti-heroes are analysed to show that through some small alterations of the (super-)hero concept, the (super-)heroic character can be used not only for propaganda, but also to raise awareness of and criticise political/social issues.