Heroic Fantasy has been bypassed recently by other fantasy genres, but the affinity of young males for comic book-style heroes pretty much guarantees the longevity of this form, which was once the backbone of the entire fantasy genre.
Magic exists, but the action/adventure angle of these works provides more opportunity for the hero to skillfully wield weapons to overcome villains.
Low, with stock good and evil opponents. This is not meant to imply the characters are boring, but that they will not keep you guessing.
All aspects of plot are straightforward in these stories.
A high level of violence is featured, and may sometimes be paired with sexuality to some degree..