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13th Feb '17 5:11:56 PM Fireblood
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* Neo in ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. In ''[[Film/TheMatrixReloaded Reloaded]]'', there's a kiosk of religious pictures and statues and symbols that Neo passes by on his way to another adventure.

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* Neo in ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** ''Film/TheMatrix'': Neo, the prophesied savior known as "the One" bears a close resemblance to {{Jesus}}. He came before, but was prophesied to come again, and resurrects close to the end. On the other hand, he's far more violent than the Christian depiction, but perhaps would be closer to Jewish views of the Messiah as a warrior king. Morpheus may also resemble John the Baptist, Trinity Mary Magdalene, and the Oracle the various prophets who are believed to have foretold Christ.
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In ''[[Film/TheMatrixReloaded Reloaded]]'', there's a kiosk of religious pictures and statues and symbols that Neo passes by on his way to another adventure.
29th Jan '17 10:42:09 AM ILikeRobots
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* As told in the OpeningNarration of ''TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker,'' the [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]] became this to the people of the "ancient kingdom" after defeating the great evil that threatened to destroy it. Once the great evil resurfaced, many generations later, the people of the kingdom were sure that the Hero of Time would reappear to save them...and he ''didn't.'' [[spoiler:The ancient Kingdom (Hyrule) was then flooded by the gods in an attempt to protect it from the BigBad, Ganondorf; the world current to the game has lost all contact and has an [[FutureImperfect imperfect recollection]] of many of the details of the ancient world.]]
28th Jan '17 3:19:56 PM KillerClowns
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* Eothas, god of light, renewal, and redeption, in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity''. He is a god particularly known for his forgiveness who took human form, walked among the poor, fed the starving, and [[spoiler:died attempting to save mankind]]. In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire'', he is even resurrected... though is resurrection involves him possessing a gigantic adra statue, destroying [[PlayerHeadquarters Caed Nua]], and leaving [[PlayerCharacter the Watcher]] near death, making him the game's de facto BigBad.
26th Jan '17 8:15:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[StarCraft Tassadar]] compromised his pursuit of the guilty in order to spare the innocents, sided with the outcasts, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer was condemned for his mercy]], [[PsychicPowers accomplished miracles]], and [[HeroicSacrifice died for us all.]] En taro Tassadar, Executor!

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* [[StarCraft Tassadar]] ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Tassadar compromised his pursuit of the guilty in order to spare the innocents, sided with the outcasts, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer was condemned for his mercy]], [[PsychicPowers accomplished miracles]], and [[HeroicSacrifice died for us all.]] En taro Tassadar, Executor!
25th Jan '17 5:24:36 PM wootzits
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* Yui Ikari (''especially'' if you ask Gendo), Rei Ayanami [[spoiler:who was a clone of Yui]] and Kaworu [[spoiler:"[[MemeticMutation He Died For Your Sins]]"]] Nagisa[[note]]oddly enough, he was based on ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'''s {{Satan|ic Archetype}}[[/note]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shinji also has some Messianic elements, but ''really'' doesn't want to be one of these, but ended up [[spoiler:acting as the channel for all the souls of humanity, along with Rei and Yui [[AndIMustScream who had let herself be trapped in Eva-01]].]] The parallel goes as far as Shinji forgiving everyone and deciding to redeem them, despite all the shit the world put him through.
** As in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', this is definitely [[spoiler:Kaworu more than ever: a crown of thorn analogue, Mark 06 Bible reference, walking on water (the game spin offs of Rebuild), literally carrying Shinji's sin and representing the hope for salvation and redemption. There's a song of Shinji's mindset that compares our protagonist to Judas hilariously.]]
* [[spoiler:Madoka]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is a selfless omnibenevolent and pure {{Moe}} girl [[BreakTheCutie who suffered temptation under the Incubator]], and would always try to put her friends before her own life, but [[spoiler:Homura]], the analogue of St. Peter, kept preventing her from doing so to make her continue to live for herself ("Get thee behind me Satan"). [[spoiler:In the finale, Madoka takes all the multiplying Debt of Despair and suffering of all Magical Girls at every point in Space and Time into herself, preventing [[HeWhoFightsMonsters their mutation into the very abominations they fought against]], and then [[AbstractApotheosis becomes a Goddess of hope and compassion]] but at the cost of her [[AndIMustScream eternal punishment of absorbing the despair of the Universe with her own hands.]] Made more effective by the fact that the Ending was premiered on the Real Life ''Good Friday'' 2011. However, unlike the classical depiction of the Messianic Archetype, which depicted the Messiah vanquishing the Satan figure (Incubator) to annihilation or eternal torture, Madoka recognized that the Incubator gave mankind civilization, and without them, we would still be naked and living in caves, which was why, despite not liking it herself, she let them exist while she bore the fallout of despair created by their civilization into herself]]. There are also alternative timelines in the series where she assumes a Messiah role from the very start especially if you ask [[spoiler:Homura]].

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* Yui Ikari (''especially'' if you ask Gendo), Rei Ayanami [[spoiler:who was a clone The most obvious example of Yui]] this in ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}'' is, of course, the titular character, a godlike psychic mutant [[ChildrenAreInnocent child]] whose extraordinary power [[TheAntichrist could mean the end of the world]] as easily as [[TheMessiah its utter salvation]]; in the end, [[spoiler:he '[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence dies]]' to create a new universe to contain his own and Kaworu [[spoiler:"[[MemeticMutation He Died For Your Sins]]"]] Nagisa[[note]]oddly enough, he was based on ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'''s {{Satan|ic Archetype}}[[/note]] Tetsuo's man-made superpowers]]. Bonus points for his frothing-at-the-mouth [[{{Cult}} cult following]] and [[spoiler:his short resurrection in the movie]].
** More subtly, [[{{Moe}} Kaori]] also fits the archetype nicely; she's a quietly suffering AllLovingHero who offers her forgiveness to the resident SatanicArchetype Tetsuo, consistently preventing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in doing so, despite the constant mistreatment she suffers
from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shinji also has some Messianic elements, him; she's [[spoiler:quite literally shot in the back by traitors]] and [[spoiler:Tetsuo temporarily brings her spirit back, but ''really'' [[ComeBackWrong it doesn't want to be one of these, but ended up [[spoiler:acting as last]]]]. For the channel for all rest of his time in the souls manga, [[spoiler:he [[PietaPlagiarism carries her in his arms and mourns]]]]; [[spoiler:her death incites the SuperpowerMeltdown that allows him to finally be defeated]].
* This is being rather horrifically subverted in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga; the people
of humanity, along Midland are suffering. The plague is decimating the populace. Bandits groups -- the remnants of mercenaries left without livelihood because of the end of the Hundred Years War -- are preying on the people. The heart of Midland, the great capital city of Wyndham, itself has been assailed by the horrible demonic Kushan Empire. The Demon Emperor Ganeshka of the Kushan Empire has the Princess Charlotte captive, and intends to marry her to legitimize his conquest. ''However'', a dream is had in common every night by the entire nation, of the Hawk of Light, the White Hawk which burns away the darkness, and is acknowledged as a miracle and an omen even by the [[CrystalDragonJesus Holy See]]. When the White Hawk finally does arrive, he is both beautiful and powerful, rescuing the princess from the Demon Emperor of the Kushan Empire, and saving the forces of the Holy See from being utterly annihilated with Rei his great Band of the Hawk, which consists of both Apostles, superhuman soldiers which can each destroy legions single-handedly, and Yui [[AndIMustScream who had let herself be trapped in Eva-01]].]] of the common men. The parallel goes as far as Shinji forgiving everyone heroes and deciding to redeem them, despite all the shit common people both support him, for his deeds are both kind and miraculous. One problem though; the messiah is really [[spoiler:''Griffith'', now named Femto, a ''demonic demigod'', the aforementioned Apostles are demons as well, and it was established earlier in the manga that he is going to save the world put him through.
** As in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', this is definitely [[spoiler:Kaworu more than ever: a crown of thorn analogue, Mark 06 Bible reference, walking on water (the game spin offs of Rebuild), literally carrying Shinji's sin and representing the hope for salvation and redemption. There's a song of Shinji's mindset
just to ''drop it even further into darkness'' (if that compares our protagonist to Judas hilariously.is even possible). To make it even worse, it's implied that he is the ''[[GodIsEvil legitimate]]'' Messiah as well.]]
* [[spoiler:Madoka]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' ** Guts, however, [[MessiahCreep is becoming a selfless omnibenevolent and pure {{Moe}} girl [[BreakTheCutie who suffered temptation under straight example.]] Farnese decides to follow Guts after seeing his strength of will during the Incubator]], and would always try to put her friends before her own life, but [[spoiler:Homura]], the analogue of St. Peter, kept preventing her from doing so to make her continue to live for herself ("Get thee behind me Satan"). [[spoiler:In the finale, Madoka takes all the multiplying Debt of Despair and suffering of all Magical Girls events at every point in Space and Time into herself, preventing [[HeWhoFightsMonsters their mutation into the very abominations they Albion, where he fought against]], off a horde of demons while everyone else simply panicked. Isidro admires Guts' martial skill and then [[AbstractApotheosis becomes strives [[HeroWorshipper to be as much like him as possible]]. Schierke grows a Goddess of hope crush on him and compassion]] but at the cost of her [[AndIMustScream eternal punishment of absorbing the despair of the Universe experiences with him change her own hands.]] Made more effective by the fact misanthropic viewpoint that the Ending was premiered humanity is not worth saving. Even Serpico, who is initially a rival of Guts', slowly grows to admire him.
* Chrono and Rosette of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' share duties for this, in a way. Chrono [[spoiler:falls in love with a women known as Mary Magdalene]] and after her death sleeps in her grave for 50 years until he's woken up by Joshua and Rosette. Rosette,
on the Real Life ''Good Friday'' 2011. However, unlike other hand, is spending her lifespan to give Chrono his powers and in the classical depiction manga [[spoiler:does eventually die from it...but comes back to life partially through [[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]] and partially with the Messianic Archetype, which depicted help of Mary's soul]]. In the Messiah vanquishing the Satan figure (Incubator) to annihilation or eternal torture, Madoka recognized anime this is made [[{{Anvilicious}} even more obvious]] when Rosette [[spoiler:receives stigmata marks that allows her to heal people and harm demons. Both her and Chrono die in the Incubator gave mankind civilization, and without them, we would still be naked and living in caves, which was why, despite not liking it herself, she let them exist while she bore the fallout end of despair created by their civilization into herself]]. There are also alternative timelines in the series where she assumes and ''don't'' come back to life...[[ShootTheShaggyDog although Aion does]].]]
* Lelouch Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often compares himself to
a Messiah role who produces miracles (through his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry) and can be seen as a Messianic Archetype at the end of the series. Or more accurately, a DarkMessiah. [[spoiler:[[ZeroApprovalGambit He redirected all the entire world's hatred upon himself so that the world may be united against him as a common enemy, causing peace]].]]
** His "dark" aspects come
from his [[AllLovingHero deep love]] for his friends (and [[BigBrotherInstinct younger sisters]] in particular), but really to everyone - to the very start especially if you ask [[spoiler:Homura]].point where he becomes ruthlessly vengeful against those who threaten the innocent.



* Yoh Asakura from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' is practically Jesus Christ in human form. He is extremely kind, has a heart of pure gold, believes in the goodness of everyone, and always puts EVERYONE above himself, even his enemies. His example is so strong that he literally changes practically every villain in the show, no matter how evil, into a good guy.

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* Yoh Asakura Son Goku of ''Franchise/DragonBall''. The guy came to Earth from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' the stars, saved the world three times before he turned twenty. [[HeroicSacrifice Gave his life]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice twice]]'' for the Earth and is practically Jesus Christ in human form. He described as like an angel by his friends and family. This is extremely kind, has a heart of pure gold, believes more evident in the goodness of everyone, English dub. During the Frieza Saga, Goku refers to himself as "Justice, peace, light, and always puts EVERYONE above himself, even his enemies. His example is so strong that he literally changes practically every villain truth". This isn't present in the show, no matter how evil, into a good guy.original manga, however.



* Usagi Tsukino in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. [[spoiler:Who is even called the Messiah in ''Sailor Moon S'' and for the duration of that series possesses an item called the "Holy Grail." All of this was naturally censored from TheNineties US dub, though only by removing religious names and not the actual plot elements.]]
** The ending of season 1--[[spoiler:She uses the silver crystal to defeat Metalia, dies, and makes a wish on the crystal that she, Mamouru and the other senshi be returned to life [[IJustWantToBeNormal as normal people]]. That doesn't last long...]]
* Lelouch Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often compares himself to a Messiah who produces miracles (through his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry) and can be seen as a Messianic Archetype at the end of the series. Or more accurately, a DarkMessiah. [[spoiler:[[ZeroApprovalGambit He redirected all the entire world's hatred upon himself so that the world may be united against him as a common enemy, causing peace]].]]
** His "dark" aspects come from his [[AllLovingHero deep love]] for his friends (and [[BigBrotherInstinct younger sisters]] in particular), but really to everyone - to the point where he becomes ruthlessly vengeful against those who threaten the innocent.
* Son Goku of ''Franchise/DragonBall''. The guy came to Earth from the stars, saved the world three times before he turned twenty. [[HeroicSacrifice Gave his life]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice twice]]'' for the Earth and is described as like an angel by his friends and family. This is more evident in the English dub. During the Frieza Saga, Goku refers to himself as "Justice, peace, light, and truth". This isn't present in the original manga, however.
* In the prologue of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', we're told a fairytale about a good Prince and an evil Raven who were locked in a furious battle. The fairytale was unfinished because the writer had died in the middle of writing the tale, but the Prince and Raven escaped the story so as to finish their battle. In the end, the Prince used forbidden magic to stab himself in the heart and shatter it, which [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] the Raven at the cost of the Prince's personality and emotions. The story revolves around the Prince--Mytho--having his heart restored piece by piece by the titular magical girl.
* Chrono and Rosette of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' share duties for this, in a way. Chrono [[spoiler:falls in love with a women known as Mary Magdalene]] and after her death sleeps in her grave for 50 years until he's woken up by Joshua and Rosette. Rosette, on the other hand, is spending her lifespan to give Chrono his powers and in the manga [[spoiler:does eventually die from it...but comes back to life partially through [[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]] and partially with the help of Mary's soul]]. In the anime this is made [[{{Anvilicious}} even more obvious]] when Rosette [[spoiler:receives stigmata marks that allows her to heal people and harm demons. Both her and Chrono die in the end of the series and ''don't'' come back to life...[[ShootTheShaggyDog although Aion does]].]]

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* Usagi Tsukino in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. [[spoiler:Who is even called ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': As the Messiah in ''Sailor Moon S'' and for the duration long-awaited Priestess of that series possesses an item called the "Holy Grail." All of Suzaku, Miaka is definitely this was naturally censored from TheNineties US dub, though only by removing religious names and not to the actual plot elements.]]
** The ending
people of season 1--[[spoiler:She uses Konan. Also, in the silver crystal [[Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden prequel]], Takiko is this to defeat Metalia, dies, and makes a wish on the crystal that she, Mamouru and people of Hokkan when she becomes the other senshi be returned to life [[IJustWantToBeNormal as normal people]]. That Priestess of Genbu. She doesn't last long...]]
* Lelouch Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often compares himself to a Messiah who produces miracles (through his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry) and can be seen as a Messianic Archetype at the end
think she's worthy of the series. Or more accurately, a DarkMessiah. [[spoiler:[[ZeroApprovalGambit He redirected all the entire world's hatred upon himself so that the world may be united against him as a common enemy, causing peace]].]]
** His "dark" aspects come from his [[AllLovingHero deep love]] for his friends (and [[BigBrotherInstinct younger sisters]] in particular), but really to everyone - to the point where he becomes ruthlessly vengeful against those who threaten the innocent.
* Son Goku of ''Franchise/DragonBall''. The guy came to Earth from the stars, saved the world three times before he turned twenty. [[HeroicSacrifice Gave his life]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice twice]]'' for the Earth and is described as like an angel by his friends and family. This is more evident in the English dub. During the Frieza Saga, Goku refers to himself as "Justice, peace, light, and truth". This isn't present in the original manga, however.
* In the prologue of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', we're told a fairytale about a good Prince and an evil Raven who were locked in a furious battle. The fairytale was unfinished because the writer had died in the middle of writing the tale, but the Prince and Raven escaped the story so as to finish their battle. In the end, the Prince used forbidden magic to stab himself in the heart and shatter
it, which [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] the Raven at the cost of the Prince's personality and emotions. The story revolves around the Prince--Mytho--having his heart restored piece by piece by the titular magical girl.
* Chrono and Rosette of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' share duties for this, in a way. Chrono [[spoiler:falls in love with a women known as Mary Magdalene]] and after her death sleeps in her grave for 50 years until he's woken up by Joshua and Rosette. Rosette, on the other hand, is spending her lifespan to give Chrono his powers and in the manga [[spoiler:does eventually die from it...but comes back to life partially through [[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]] and partially with the help of Mary's soul]]. In the anime this is made [[{{Anvilicious}} even more obvious]] when Rosette [[spoiler:receives stigmata marks that allows her to heal people and harm demons. Both her and Chrono die in the end of the series and ''don't'' come back to life...[[ShootTheShaggyDog although Aion does]].]]
though.



* This is being rather horrifically subverted in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga; the people of Midland are suffering. The plague is decimating the populace. Bandits groups -- the remnants of mercenaries left without livelihood because of the end of the Hundred Years War -- are preying on the people. The heart of Midland, the great capital city of Wyndham, itself has been assailed by the horrible demonic Kushan Empire. The Demon Emperor Ganeshka of the Kushan Empire has the Princess Charlotte captive, and intends to marry her to legitimize his conquest. ''However'', a dream is had in common every night by the entire nation, of the Hawk of Light, the White Hawk which burns away the darkness, and is acknowledged as a miracle and an omen even by the [[CrystalDragonJesus Holy See]]. When the White Hawk finally does arrive, he is both beautiful and powerful, rescuing the princess from the Demon Emperor of the Kushan Empire, and saving the forces of the Holy See from being utterly annihilated with his great Band of the Hawk, which consists of both Apostles, superhuman soldiers which can each destroy legions single-handedly, and of the common men. The heroes and the common people both support him, for his deeds are both kind and miraculous. One problem though; the messiah is really [[spoiler:''Griffith'', now named Femto, a ''demonic demigod'', the aforementioned Apostles are demons as well, and it was established earlier in the manga that he is going to save the world just to ''drop it even further into darkness'' (if that is even possible). To make it even worse, it's implied that he is the ''[[GodIsEvil legitimate]]'' Messiah as well.]]
** Guts, however, [[MessiahCreep is becoming a straight example.]] Farnese decides to follow Guts after seeing his strength of will during the events at Albion, where he fought off a horde of demons while everyone else simply panicked. Isidro admires Guts' martial skill and strives [[HeroWorshipper to be as much like him as possible]]. Schierke grows a crush on him and her experiences with him change her misanthropic viewpoint that humanity is not worth saving. Even Serpico, who is initially a rival of Guts', slowly grows to admire him.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Tenma, who takes him upon himself to save everyone around him through great personal sacrifice. Justified, in that the BigBad of the series, Johan, really is the worst person ever, and is sometimes referred to by other characters in the series as the Second Hitler, TheAntiChrist and the Devil himself.
* Himeno, as the White {{Pretear}}, falls into this archetype at the end of the series. She puts her heart and soul into saving the Dark Magical Girl, and accomplishes it by [[spoiler:feeding all of her life energy to the demon that Fenrir created. This causes her to fall into a deep sleep, but since this ''is'' based loosely on "Snow White", TrueLovesKiss wakes her up.]]
* Yugi Mutou of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a clever deconstruction of this. Everyone who knows him agrees that he's [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure light]] and they would do virtually anything for him, but against the world as a whole, he's a tragically misunderstood innocent--his pacifism gets him beaten up by school bullies on a regular basis, for example.
** Pharaoh Atem could also with the trope. Seeing as he sealed his soul away in an 'unsolvable' puzzle for 5000 years (or 3000 years depending)in order to save the world from being consumed by the shadow realm.
* Tragic of ''Mythic Quest'' is believed to be this by the Church of the Seeker, which was founded on this belief alone, despite his quite publicized decision to SaveTheGirlScrewTheWorld.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': As the long-awaited Priestess of Suzaku, Miaka is definitely this to the people of Konan. Also, in the [[Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden prequel]], Takiko is this to the people of Hokkan when she becomes the Priestess of Genbu. She doesn't think she's worthy of it, though.



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina [[spoiler:[[MemeticMutation died for our sins!]]]] And Simon follows in his footsteps once he starts [[TookALevelInBadass power-leveling in badassery]]. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, the entire universe is calling out his name in joy, and while he doesn't die, he ''chooses'' to become a nameless hermit]].

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina [[spoiler:[[MemeticMutation died for our sins!]]]] And Simon follows in his footsteps once he starts [[TookALevelInBadass power-leveling in badassery]]. [[spoiler:By [[spoiler:Shiro, the end of the series, the entire universe is calling out his name Silver King]] in joy, and while ''Anime/{{K}}'' - he doesn't die, strike one as the type to fill this role at first. As his follower, [[spoiler:Kuroh, says, he ''chooses'' is "just hopeless, lazy, irresponsible, cowardly, and lacks commitment... yet, I find myself wanting to become a nameless hermit]].stand by his side and fight for him."]] He mostly fills the "salvation" and "resurrection" elements of this. Like Lelouch, he's an AllLovingHero except to those who threaten the ones he loves the most.



* D-boy or Takaya Aiba from ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold version this combined with FantasticRacism and being treated as nothing but mere weapons and experimental subject by the military. Although, when you actually see his backstory, his JerkAss tendency is VERY justified.
* Oscar de Jarjayes in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. She even has a December 25th birthday,has 12 "disciples" and [[spoiler:dies at age 33]].
* Ulysses in ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''. The original Ulysses from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' may not have necessarily been a Messianic figure, but this one certainly is.

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* D-boy or Takaya Aiba from ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Tenma, who takes him upon himself to save everyone around him through great personal sacrifice. Justified, in that the BigBad of the series, Johan, really is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold version the worst person ever, and is sometimes referred to by other characters in the series as the Second Hitler, TheAntiChrist and the Devil himself.
* Tragic of ''Mythic Quest'' is believed to be
this combined with FantasticRacism and being treated as nothing but mere weapons and experimental subject by the military. Although, when you actually see his backstory, his JerkAss tendency is VERY justified.
* Oscar de Jarjayes in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. She even has a December 25th birthday,has 12 "disciples" and [[spoiler:dies at age 33]].
* Ulysses in ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''. The original Ulysses from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' may not have necessarily been a Messianic figure, but
Church of the Seeker, which was founded on this one certainly is. belief alone, despite his quite publicized decision to SaveTheGirlScrewTheWorld.



* The most obvious example of this in ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}'' is, of course, the titular character, a godlike psychic mutant [[ChildrenAreInnocent child]] whose extraordinary power [[TheAntichrist could mean the end of the world]] as easily as [[TheMessiah its utter salvation]]; in the end, [[spoiler:he '[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence dies]]' to create a new universe to contain his own and Tetsuo's man-made superpowers]]. Bonus points for his frothing-at-the-mouth [[{{Cult}} cult following]] and [[spoiler:his short resurrection in the movie]].
** More subtly, [[{{Moe}} Kaori]] also fits the archetype nicely; she's a quietly suffering AllLovingHero who offers her forgiveness to the resident SatanicArchetype Tetsuo, consistently preventing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in doing so, despite the constant mistreatment she suffers from him; she's [[spoiler:quite literally shot in the back by traitors]] and [[spoiler:Tetsuo temporarily brings her spirit back, but [[ComeBackWrong it doesn't last]]]]. For the rest of his time in the manga, [[spoiler:he [[PietaPlagiarism carries her in his arms and mourns]]]]; [[spoiler:her death incites the SuperpowerMeltdown that allows him to finally be defeated]].
* [[spoiler: Shiro, the Silver King]] in ''Anime/{{K}}'' - he doesn't strike one as the type to fill this role at first. As his follower, [[spoiler: Kuroh, says, he is "just hopeless, lazy, irresponsible, cowardly, and lacks commitment... yet, I find myself wanting to stand by his side and fight for him."]] He mostly fills the "salvation" and "resurrection" elements of this. Like Lelouch, he's an AllLovingHero except to those who threaten the ones he loves the most.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Yui Ikari (''especially'' if you ask Gendo), Rei Ayanami [[spoiler:who was a clone of Yui]] and Kaworu [[spoiler:"[[MemeticMutation He Died For Your Sins]]"]] Nagisa[[note]]oddly enough, he was based on ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'''s {{Satan|ic Archetype}}[[/note]]. Shinji also has some Messianic elements, but ''really'' doesn't want to be one of these, but ended up [[spoiler:acting as the channel for all the souls of humanity, along with Rei and Yui [[AndIMustScream who had let herself be trapped in Eva-01]].]] The most obvious example of parallel goes as far as Shinji forgiving everyone and deciding to redeem them, despite all the shit the world put him through.
** As in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'',
this in ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}'' is, is definitely [[spoiler:Kaworu more than ever: a crown of course, thorn analogue, Mark 06 Bible reference, walking on water (the game spin offs of Rebuild), literally carrying Shinji's sin and representing the titular character, hope for salvation and redemption. There's a godlike psychic mutant [[ChildrenAreInnocent child]] whose extraordinary power [[TheAntichrist could mean song of Shinji's mindset that compares our protagonist to Judas hilariously.]]
* Himeno, as the White {{Pretear}}, falls into this archetype at
the end of the world]] series. She puts her heart and soul into saving the Dark Magical Girl, and accomplishes it by [[spoiler:feeding all of her life energy to the demon that Fenrir created. This causes her to fall into a deep sleep, but since this ''is'' based loosely on "Snow White", TrueLovesKiss wakes her up.]]
* In the prologue of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', we're told a fairytale about a good Prince and an evil Raven who were locked in a furious battle. The fairytale was unfinished because the writer had died in the middle of writing the tale, but the Prince and Raven escaped the story so
as easily as [[TheMessiah its utter salvation]]; in to finish their battle. In the end, [[spoiler:he '[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence dies]]' the Prince used forbidden magic to create a new universe to contain his own and Tetsuo's man-made superpowers]]. Bonus points for his frothing-at-the-mouth [[{{Cult}} cult following]] and [[spoiler:his short resurrection stab himself in the movie]].
** More subtly, [[{{Moe}} Kaori]] also fits
heart and shatter it, which [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] the archetype nicely; she's Raven at the cost of the Prince's personality and emotions. The story revolves around the Prince--Mytho--having his heart restored piece by piece by the titular magical girl.
* [[spoiler:Madoka]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is
a quietly suffering AllLovingHero selfless omnibenevolent and pure {{Moe}} girl [[BreakTheCutie who offers suffered temptation under the Incubator]], and would always try to put her forgiveness to friends before her own life, but [[spoiler:Homura]], the resident SatanicArchetype Tetsuo, consistently analogue of St. Peter, kept preventing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in her from doing so, so to make her continue to live for herself ("Get thee behind me Satan"). [[spoiler:In the finale, Madoka takes all the multiplying Debt of Despair and suffering of all Magical Girls at every point in Space and Time into herself, preventing [[HeWhoFightsMonsters their mutation into the very abominations they fought against]], and then [[AbstractApotheosis becomes a Goddess of hope and compassion]] but at the cost of her [[AndIMustScream eternal punishment of absorbing the despair of the Universe with her own hands.]] Made more effective by the fact that the Ending was premiered on the Real Life ''Good Friday'' 2011. However, unlike the classical depiction of the Messianic Archetype, which depicted the Messiah vanquishing the Satan figure (Incubator) to annihilation or eternal torture, Madoka recognized that the Incubator gave mankind civilization, and without them, we would still be naked and living in caves, which was why, despite not liking it herself, she let them exist while she bore the constant mistreatment she suffers from him; she's [[spoiler:quite literally shot fallout of despair created by their civilization into herself]]. There are also alternative timelines in the back by traitors]] series where she assumes a Messiah role from the very start especially if you ask [[spoiler:Homura]].
* Oscar de Jarjayes in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. She even has a December 25th birthday,has 12 "disciples"
and [[spoiler:Tetsuo temporarily brings her spirit back, but [[ComeBackWrong it doesn't last]]]]. For the rest of his time in the manga, [[spoiler:he [[PietaPlagiarism carries her in his arms and mourns]]]]; [[spoiler:her death incites the SuperpowerMeltdown that allows him to finally be defeated]].[[spoiler:dies at age 33]].
* [[spoiler: Shiro, Usagi Tsukino in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. [[spoiler:Who is even called the Silver King]] Messiah in ''Anime/{{K}}'' - ''Sailor Moon S'' and for the duration of that series possesses an item called the "Holy Grail." All of this was naturally censored from TheNineties US dub, though only by removing religious names and not the actual plot elements.]]
** The ending of season 1--[[spoiler:She uses the silver crystal to defeat Metalia, dies, and makes a wish on the crystal that she, Mamouru and the other senshi be returned to life [[IJustWantToBeNormal as normal people]]. That doesn't last long...]]
* Yoh Asakura from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' is practically Jesus Christ in human form. He is extremely kind, has a heart of pure gold, believes in the goodness of everyone, and always puts EVERYONE above himself, even his enemies. His example is so strong that he literally changes practically every villain in the show, no matter how evil, into a good guy.
* D-boy or Takaya Aiba from ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold version this combined with FantasticRacism and being treated as nothing but mere weapons and experimental subject by the military. Although, when you actually see his backstory, his JerkAss tendency is VERY justified.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina [[spoiler:[[MemeticMutation died for our sins!]]]] And Simon follows in his footsteps once he starts [[TookALevelInBadass power-leveling in badassery]]. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, the entire universe is calling out his name in joy, and while
he doesn't strike one as the type die, he ''chooses'' to fill become a nameless hermit]].
* Ulysses in ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''. The original Ulysses from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' may not have necessarily been a Messianic figure, but
this role at first. As his follower, [[spoiler: Kuroh, says, he one certainly is.
* Yugi Mutou of ''Anime/YuGiOh''
is "just hopeless, lazy, irresponsible, cowardly, and lacks commitment... yet, I find myself wanting to stand by his side and fight for him."]] He mostly fills the "salvation" and "resurrection" elements a clever deconstruction of this. Like Lelouch, Everyone who knows him agrees that he's an AllLovingHero except to those who threaten [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure light]] and they would do virtually anything for him, but against the ones he loves world as a whole, he's a tragically misunderstood innocent--his pacifism gets him beaten up by school bullies on a regular basis, for example.
** Pharaoh Atem could also with
the most.trope. Seeing as he sealed his soul away in an 'unsolvable' puzzle for 5000 years (or 3000 years depending)in order to save the world from being consumed by the shadow realm.
9th Jan '17 6:42:17 AM EmperorMax2019
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* Darrow from ''Literature/RedRising.'' Over the course of the trilogy, he gathers a group of friends who willingly follow him even after discovering his [[ASheepInWolfsClothing true origins]], is betrayed by one of them in the second book, and has part-literal, part-figurative resurrections in books one and three.
1st Jan '17 6:38:41 AM eowynjedi
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** Played straight in Gandalf as the prophet, who is a divine being ([[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maia]]) in human form. He sees the virtues in little "children" (hobbits), leads the fellowship, drives the hypocrite from the "temple" (Wormtongue from King Théoden's court), and comes back from the dead. Played straight

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** Played straight in Gandalf as the prophet, who is a divine being ([[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maia]]) in human form. He sees the virtues in little "children" (hobbits), leads the fellowship, drives the hypocrite from the "temple" (Wormtongue from King Théoden's court), and comes back from the dead. Played straightHowever, when critics began drawing straight lines between Gandalf and Jesus, Tolkien stated explicitly that Gandalf is ''not'' meant as a Christ analogue.
1st Dec '16 1:59:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* J'on from ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel'' is a deconstruction of the Messiah. He's the [[SoleSurvivor only survivor]] of the [[ForeverWar endless war]] that is being fought between three tyrants before he is tasked by {{God}} himself to free his [[enslaved species]], the [[{{Hobbit}} Chninkel]], from bondage or it will destroy the world in three days. He's only picked to be the Chosen One because he happened to be in the right place at the right time and [[UnlikelyHero finds himself thoroughly unsuitable]] for the role destiny has chosen for him. [[spoiler:He ends up sentenced to death, when it turns J'on's sacrifice was all done for the sake of God's vanity to secure eternal worship. God destroys the world out of spite and J'on's story is lost to the sands of time.]]

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* J'on from ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel'' is a deconstruction of the Messiah. He's the [[SoleSurvivor only survivor]] of the [[ForeverWar endless war]] that is being fought between three tyrants before he is tasked by {{God}} himself to free his [[enslaved [[SlaveRace enslaved species]], the [[{{Hobbit}} [[{{Hobbits}} Chninkel]], from bondage or it will destroy the world in three days. He's only picked to be the Chosen One because he happened to be in the right place at the right time and [[UnlikelyHero finds himself thoroughly unsuitable]] for the role destiny has chosen seen fit for him. [[spoiler:He ends up sentenced to death, when it turns J'on's sacrifice was all done for the sake of God's vanity to secure eternal worship. God destroys the world out of spite and J'on's story is lost to the sands of time.]]
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* J'on from ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel.''

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* J'on from ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel.''''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel'' is a deconstruction of the Messiah. He's the [[SoleSurvivor only survivor]] of the [[ForeverWar endless war]] that is being fought between three tyrants before he is tasked by {{God}} himself to free his [[enslaved species]], the [[{{Hobbit}} Chninkel]], from bondage or it will destroy the world in three days. He's only picked to be the Chosen One because he happened to be in the right place at the right time and [[UnlikelyHero finds himself thoroughly unsuitable]] for the role destiny has chosen for him. [[spoiler:He ends up sentenced to death, when it turns J'on's sacrifice was all done for the sake of God's vanity to secure eternal worship. God destroys the world out of spite and J'on's story is lost to the sands of time.]]
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* Oscar de Jarjayes in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. She even has a December 25th birthday, and [[spoiler:dies at age 33]].

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* Oscar de Jarjayes in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. She even has a December 25th birthday, birthday,has 12 "disciples" and [[spoiler:dies at age 33]].
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