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14th Jun '16 12:43:16 PM KingZeal
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* Creator/DCComics' [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is even ''more'' ideal than Superman is ([[DarkerAndEdgier at least until]] the ComicBook/{{New 52}}).

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* Creator/DCComics' [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is Marvel]]:
** During the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and [[TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age]], Billy became characterized as
even ''more'' more ideal and pure than Superman. Superman is ([[DarkerAndEdgier at least until]] the ComicBook/{{New 52}}).felt pressure as TheAce and TheParagon to get things done, since everyone looked to him for aid. Captain Marvel, however, always did what he thought was right and [[SmallStepsHero utterly refused to compromise that]] in any way.
9th Jun '16 7:39:44 PM nombretomado
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* SamuraiJack: the titular character himself. Even though he has his low moments, ultimately he never gives up on doing the right thing - helping the innocents, defending the weak, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]].

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* SamuraiJack: ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': the titular character himself. Even though he has his low moments, ultimately he never gives up on doing the right thing - helping the innocents, defending the weak, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]].
11th Apr '16 8:07:04 AM sorako
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* ''Transformers'': Optimus Prime.

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* ''Transformers'': ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Optimus Prime.
10th Apr '16 11:47:18 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' deconstructs this. The Starks and Daenerys Targaryen follow a moral code modern readers find commendable, but it also hampers their common sense and makes them very judgmental to those who can't be to moral.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' deconstructs this. The Starks and Daenerys Targaryen follow a moral code modern readers find commendable, but it also hampers their common sense and makes them very judgmental to those who can't be to moral. At the same time, particularly in the case of the [[HundredPercentAdorationRating Starks]], [[UndyingLoyalty it gains them followers whose loyalties are absolute]], as [[spoiler:The Boltons]] are finding out.
9th Apr '16 9:42:39 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''Transformers'': Optimus Prime.



* ''Transformers'': Optimus Prime.



* The United States military in multiple American movies about giant monster attacks or alien invasions, such as Cloverfield, Battle: Los Angeles, War of the Worlds.
9th Apr '16 9:41:42 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''Transformers'': Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz and Ratchet.

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* ''Transformers'': Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz and Ratchet. Prime.


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* The United States military in multiple American movies about giant monster attacks or alien invasions, such as Cloverfield, Battle: Los Angeles, War of the Worlds.
9th Apr '16 9:39:06 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''Transformers'': Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz and Ratchet.
8th Apr '16 4:30:08 AM ading
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker [[HeroicArchetype was designed to be one]]. Contrast him to [[AntiHero Han Solo]], and ''especially'' to [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil his own father]].
** While Luke wanted to save Leia out of sympathy, Han only did so because Luke promised that Leia is a rich princess who would reward Han.
* ''Wreck-It Ralph'': Fix-It Felix Jr. is the ideal hero. The film Wreck-It Ralph itself satirizes the cliché, tedious personality of the ideal hero.
* ''Godzilla'': Mothra is an ideal hero, as she represents compassion and respect for humanity's right to live. This can mainly be interpreted by the fact that she is mainly guided by the Shobijin, two twin fairies who sympathize and often befriend numerous humans.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker [[HeroicArchetype was designed to be one]]. Contrast him to [[AntiHero Han Solo]], and ''especially'' to [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil his own father]]. \n** While Luke wanted to save Leia out of sympathy, Han only did so because Luke promised that Leia is a rich princess who would reward Han.
* ''Wreck-It Ralph'': ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'': Fix-It Felix Jr. is the ideal hero. The film Wreck-It Ralph itself satirizes the cliché, tedious personality of the ideal hero.
* ''Godzilla'': ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'': Mothra is an ideal hero, as she represents compassion and respect for humanity's right to live. This can mainly be interpreted by the fact that she is mainly guided by the Shobijin, two twin fairies who sympathize and often befriend numerous humans.



* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' features Odysseus, who may well be the TropeMaker, making it OlderThanDirt. However, in ''Literature/TheIliad'' he's not so admirable. And in ancient times Odysseus had detractors, who thought that an Ideal Hero shouldn't rely so much on [[GuileHero guile]].
** Actually, it's pretty debatable if he's this trope, but he ''is'' the TropeMaker. Why? Well, Greeks had different ideals than this website and the current world, so while Odysseus is the perfect Greek Hero, to us modern readers he can really seem like a sneaky, selfish JerkWithAHeartOfGold as opposed to this. It's just ValuesDissonance, really.

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* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' features Odysseus, who may well be the TropeMaker, making it OlderThanDirt. However, in ''Literature/TheIliad'' he's not so admirable. And in ancient times Odysseus had detractors, who thought that an Ideal Hero shouldn't rely so much on [[GuileHero guile]].
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guile]]. Actually, it's pretty debatable if he's this trope, but he ''is'' the TropeMaker. Why? Well, Greeks had different ideals than this website and the current world, so while Odysseus is the perfect Greek Hero, to us modern readers he can really seem like a sneaky, selfish JerkWithAHeartOfGold as opposed to this. It's just ValuesDissonance, really.


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* Atticus Finch in ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' represents the ideal of what a human should be: brutally honest, highly moral in all aspects of his life, a tireless crusader for good causes however hopeless, respected by everyone including his opponents, and a virtual pacifist.
16th Mar '16 10:48:02 PM Ramona122003
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* While he's definitely more [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] and [[BloodKnight battle-hungry]] than most on this list, Saitama post CharacterDevelopment from ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' is increasingly like this, finding a point to his otherwise [[ComedicInvincibleHero completely unsatisfying]] heroic career by being a model to other heroes: humble, just, and kind to people who deserve it. Which, given how he originally wanted to be a hero [[GlorySeeker to get famous]], is a rather large shift.

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* While he's definitely more [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] and [[BloodKnight battle-hungry]] than most on this list, Saitama post CharacterDevelopment from ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' is increasingly like this, finding a point to his otherwise [[ComedicInvincibleHero [[ComicallyInvincibleHero completely unsatisfying]] heroic career by being a model to other heroes: humble, just, and kind to people who deserve it. Which, given how he originally wanted to be a hero [[GlorySeeker to get famous]], is a rather large shift.
16th Mar '16 10:37:49 PM Ramona122003
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* While he's definitely more [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] and [[BloodKnight battle-hungry]] than most on this less, Saitama post CharacterDevelopment from ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' is increasingly like this, finding a point to his otherwise [[ComedicInvincibleHero completely unsatisfying]] heroic career by being a model to other heroes-humble, just, and kind to people who deserve it. Which, given how he originally wanted to be a hero [[GlorySeeker to get famous]], is a rather large shift.

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* While he's definitely more [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] and [[BloodKnight battle-hungry]] than most on this less, list, Saitama post CharacterDevelopment from ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' is increasingly like this, finding a point to his otherwise [[ComedicInvincibleHero completely unsatisfying]] heroic career by being a model to other heroes-humble, heroes: humble, just, and kind to people who deserve it. Which, given how he originally wanted to be a hero [[GlorySeeker to get famous]], is a rather large shift.



** Godzilla himself is an anti-hero, as since while he poses a serious risk to humans, he is also the only defense humanity can rely on to combat a truly evil giant monster (Godzilla is not evil, but his enemies can be considered that), ranging from King Ghidorah, Biollante, Gigan, Orga and Destroyah. Mothra even begged Godzilla for his help in fighting King Ghidorah in the Showa era to save the humans, but Godzilla initially refused, not caring if humanity perishes from Ghidorah's destruction.
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