For the hero it was realizing that he wasn't at his strongest until he learned to accept help and together they were stronger than he was by himself.
The reclusive boy was that to make things write in his life he would need to journey outside of his comfort zone to realize his full potential.
I enjoy writing male leads for a different reason than female leads. They can be strong, confident, yet have a softer side, I don't usually give them any sort of special powers, except for what they are capable of based on that character. Also it's fun to write a male character because I can share some of my experiences and can relate to them on a different level.
What are some of the things that you think make a strong male character? They don't have to be super macho, but my genre usually has one of them in there somewhere. Who is one of your favorite male characters?