"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)
"Every time I fought alongside you, I have been Amazed."
― Steve Rogers to Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
"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)

The ability to use the powers and characteristics of a true hero archetype. Note that this is essentially a definition of an archetype. 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


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.





  • Will be opposed by malevolent forces.
  • May be 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.

Known Users

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


  • 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)
  • Hercules (Disney's Hercules)
  • 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)


  • Grandmaster Jedi (Star Wars)
    • Yoda
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
  • Primes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)



  • 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)


  • Son Goku (Dragon Ball series)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Arthur Pendragon (Nanatsu no Taizai)

Video Games

  • Ryu (Breath of Fire I)
  • Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns)
  • Cole MacGrath (inFAMOUS series); with Good Karma
  • Riku (Kingdom Hearts franchise)
  • Sora (Kingdom Hearts franchise)
  • Spyro (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda series)
  • Commander Shepard (Mass Effect); as a Paragon
  • Kyle Katarn (Star Wars: Jedi Knight series)
  • Mario (Super Mario Bros)
  • Noishe (Tales of Symphonia); as one of his evolutionary states
  • Frisk (Undertale)
  • Undyne (Undertale); as Undyne the Undying
  • Adol Christin (Ys series)





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