"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They'll race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders."
― Jor-El (Man of Steel teaser trailer)
"Ha! Not a memory to your name, yet you are as intent as ever to charge forward with only courage and justice on your side. You have not changed a bit. Once a hero, always a hero."
― Impa (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
"Those who determine heroes are the people without power. Because they do not possess power, they will yearn for power, and so they will seek heroes, and decide who they are. Wielder of the Holy Spear, are you playing the role of the people’s Hero? Not pursued by the people, claiming to be a hero or something, that’s nothing but a child’s game of pretence. Precisely because of this, you’re no match for the Sekiryuutei kid who courageously walks his own path."
― Vasco Strada (Highschool DxD)
"You are extraordinary, my sons. Unlike anything the world has ever seen. Bowed in greatness, destined to protect the people of New York!"
― Master Splinter to the Ninja Turtles (Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
"I’m just a guy who’s aspiring to be a hero for fun."
― Saitama (One-Punch Man)
"Even if he was called a Super Devil, he was originally a Gremory. Just a gentle and strong person. Yes, he was gentle and strong, precisely because of this, Sirzechs had such determination. Precisely because of his gentleness and his strength, he departed for the sake of protecting everything."
― Narrator on Sirzechs Lucifer (Highschool DxD)
"For a true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart."
― Zeus (Hercules)
"I’m nobody. I came because I have no choice. I came to save my home, and the people that I love."
― Aquaman (DC Extended Universe)
" A necessary sacrifice to bring peace to this planet. We cannot let the humans pay for our mistakes. It's been an honor serving with you all. Autobots, roll out!"
― Optimus Prime (Transformers)

The ability to use the powers and characteristics of a true hero archetype. Note that this is essentially a definition of an archetype. Advanced version of Archetype:Heroic. Opposite to Dark Lord.

Also Called

  • Benevolent One
  • Blazing/Shining/Radiant/Luminous Hero
  • Emperor of Light
  • Hero/Lord of Light/Righteousness
  • Messiah/Redeemer/Savior
  • True Patriot/Heroine/Warrior/Soldier
  • White Knight
  • Light Lord

Properties

User is a True Hero, a person who lives to help others, but in a way that shows those people how to help themselves, in the face of danger, combats adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing their own personal concerns for a greater good. They possess benevolent abilities and often command loyal friends, allies, and followers.

These individuals also love to spread freedom, redemption, and hope to others that are wrongfully enslaved by evil rulers even towards the evil rulers themselves. Anyone can be a True Hero; some are human, basically chosen ones, many have true and just nature, and certain holders of the title are actually manifestations of their true, righteous goodness that lies within themselves.

True Heroes and Dark Lords are famously known as the perfect enemies throughout the fictional universe and reality.

Associated Powers

Relationships

  • Chivalry
    • Many heroes possess an innate ability to manifest great courage and nobility at all times, especially in the face of adversity. Showing a great virtue in selflessness and compassion for others and destroying all things evil.
      • (Example: JackSamurai Jack)
  • Counterpart
    • Often, the counterpart does something that gets the true hero they are a counterpart of in trouble in some way, and the hero has to fix that. They may also be rivals or otherwise enemies to the true hero.
      • (Example: Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Rebel
    • Usually, their desire for justice or retribution against the tyranny and cruelty of others. Driving many in a revolution to fight against the darkest beings who have nothing but greed and corruption in themselves. Liberation others for the cause of freedom, justice, and righteousness.
      • (Example: Monkey D. Dragon, One Piece)
  • Thief
    • Many heroes are thieves robing from the rich & giving to the poor while fighting against tyranny.
      • (Example: Robin of Loxley, Robin Hood)
  • Traitor
    • The true hero may have been friends of the traitor, until the traitor betrayed the true hero or the group they were both part of. The true hero may seek vengeance or seek to turn the traitor in for their crimes.
      • (Example: Shin, Fist Of The North Star)
  • True Friend
    • Many heroes are true friends to all in need, always honest, kind, and true to all. They always make friends and bringing out the best in people and recognize the power of friendship.
      • (Example: SoraKingdom Hearts)

Flaws/Weaknesses

  • Will be opposed by malevolent forces.
  • May be easily manipulated.
  • May be equal or in servitude to a more powerful being (another True Hero, a Transcendent Being or a Righteous Figure).
  • Temptation may either void the power or corrupt into a Dark Lord.

Example Characters

See Also: The Cape, The Paragon, and Ideal Hero

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Son Goku (Dragon Ball)
  • Agatsuma Zenitsu (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Akira (Devilman Crybaby)
  • Sairaorg Bael (Highschool DxD)
  • Dulio Gesulado (Highschool DxD)
  • Issei Hyodou (Highschool DxD)
  • Sirzechs Lucifer (Highschool DxD)
  • Vasco Strada (Highschool DxD)
  • Jonathan Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part I Phantom Blood)
  • Joseph Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II Battle Tendency)
  • Caesar Zeppeli (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II Battle Tendency)
  • Jotaro Kujo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III Stardust Crusaders)
  • Noriaki Kakyoin (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III Stardust Crusaders)
  • Muhammed Avdol (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III Stardust Crusaders)
  • Jean Pierre Polnareff (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III Stardust Crusaders)
  • Hayato Kawajiri (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part IV Diamond is Unbreakable)
  • Iihiko Shishime (Medaka Box); the original version
  • All Might (My Hero Academia)
  • Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
  • Arthur Pendragon (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Monkey D. Dragon (One Piece)
  • Mumen Rider (One Punch Man)
  • Saitama (One Punch Man)
  • Shiba (Rave Master); the First Rave Master
  • Haru Glory (Rave Master); the Second Rave Master
  • Chloe O'Bell (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken)
  • Natsuki Subaru (Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Finn the Human (Adventure Time)
  • Avatars (Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra)
  • Ben Tennyson (Ben 10)
  • Rex Salazar (Generator Rex)
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comics)
  • Green Lanterns (DC Comics)
    • Kyle Rayner
    • John Stewart
    • Alan Scott
    • Guy Gardner
    • Hal Jordan
  • Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman (DC Comics)
  • Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Booster Gold (DC Comics)
  • Captain America (Marvel Comics)
    • Isaiah Bradley
    • Steve Rogers
    • James "Bucky" Barnes
    • Sam Wilson
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Calvin Rankin/The Mimic of Earth 12 (Marvel Comics)
  • Moana (Moana)
  • Jack (Samurai Jack)
  • Zayne Carrick (Star Wars Legends)
  • Anakin Solo (Star Wars Legends)
  • Cade Skywalker (Star Wars Legends)
  • Lion-O (Thundercats)
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers)
  • Hot Rod/Rodimus (Transformers)
  • The Paw Patrol (Paw Patrol)
  • Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Movies

  • Grandmaster Jedi (Star Wars)
    • Yoda
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
  • Primes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
  • Hercules (Disney's Hercules)
  • Po (Kung Fu Panda)

Folklore/Mythology

Literature

  • Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
  • Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle)

Live Television

  • Wyatt Halliwell (Charmed)
  • Leo (Charmed)
  • Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen (Game Of Thrones)
  • Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
  • Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • Hiro Nakamura (Heroes)
  • Peter Petrelli (Heroes)
  • Merlin (Merlin)
  • Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
  • Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)
  • Spartacus (Spartacus)
  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Bobby Singer (Supernatural)

Video Games

  • Ryu (Breath of Fire I)
  • Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns)
  • Gordon Freeman (Hλlf-Life series)
  • Cole MacGrath (inFAMOUS series); with Good Karma
  • Riku (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Spyro (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Commander Shepard (Mass Effect); as a Paragon
  • Kyle Katarn (Star Wars: Jedi Knight series)
  • Mario (Super Mario Bros)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Noishe (Tales of Symphonia); as one of his evolutionary states
  • Various Characters (TYPE-MOON)
    • Artoria Pendragon
    • Jeanne D'Arc
    • Karna
    • Kiritsugu Emiya
    • Shirou EMIYA/Counter Gaurdian EMIYA
    • Shirou Tokisada Amakusa/Shirou Kotomine
    • Sieg
    • Siegfried
  • Frisk (Undertale)
  • Undyne (Undertale); as Undyne the Undying
  • Adol Christin (Ys series)

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