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%% Before adding an example, read the description carefully and make sure the character you're adding fits here rather than under Messianic Archetype. As a hint, if you feel the need to state your character is "literally" The Messiah, Messianic Archetype is probably where he or she belongs. While the tropes can certainly overlap (hence this one's name), they don't always.

->''"Nausicaä is the thread that joins us all together. Us, the Doroks, even Kushana and the wormhandlers. Without Nausicaä, we would only quarrel and splinter."''
-->-- '''Asbel''', ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga

The main character, simply put, [[LoveYouAndEverybody loves everyone]]. Loves them with a deep, spiritual love that means they will shake heaven and earth, destroy gods and planets, bring nations to their knees, etc. [[TheDulcineaEffect for the person they just met yesterday]]. They will [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter believe the best]] of [[TheIngenue everyone]], and constantly give someone [[LastSecondChance a second chance]] (though they ''will'' defeat the BigBad). They repay [[TurnTheOtherCheek cruelty with kindness and anger with calm]]. They are the ones who will suffer for the sins of their loved ones. Most people think they're insane, but somehow they pull it off. Even MarySue and MartyStu are impressed.

The EmpathicWeapon trusts them completely, as does [[FriendToAllLivingThings every animal they meet]]. Their [[FertileFeet every step causes flowers to bloom]]. Their [[TrueCompanions circle of friends]] are in awe of them, if not somewhat [[HaremGenre in love with them]]. They'll even [[MagneticHero attract]] an AntiHero or two who will stick around so they can at least figure out what drugs this person is taking -- and where ''they'' can get some. In their hands ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship can be an awesome force, they may be the standard bearer for the message that YouAreNotAlone and if anything can redeem a person against the odds by showing them the light of goodness, it will probably be TheMessiah.

On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, TheMessiah is a heavily idealistic character. Even in a dark world, they are [[IncorruptiblePurePureness ideal]]. They will always say SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers and [[HopeBringer inspire hope.]] In the hands of a bad writer, the character can easily be mutated into a MarySue.

In terms of the FourLoves, TheMessiah is Agape, or Unconditional Love for All, personified. However, by no means is the character exempt from the the [[ThickerThanWater other]] [[LoveInterest three]] [[TrueCompanions loves]].

TheFool is sometimes the embryonic state of TheMessiah doubled as the IdiotHero. A MagneticHero has the intangible quality of earning respect and followers that some Messiah characters do but without needing the "love and forgive everyone" part. TheMessiah who takes their idealism too far into {{Facepalm}}-worthy idiocy (like seriously trying to trade the ArtifactOfDoom if the villain [[ILied promises not to hurt anyone]]) may lapse into StupidGood or LawfulStupid. If such a character is still messianic but do have some more realistic flaws or moments in which they're NotSoAboveItAll, you're likely to be in front of a BrokenMessiah.

The protagonist in a WhiteMansBurden story will often be TheMessiah. For the character who only ''thinks'' they're TheMessiah, see the LoveFreak. TheCutie shares a lot of TheMessiah's characteristic personality type, but isn't as much of a paragon of idealism and may or may not have their overpowering charisma. Similarly, ThePollyanna has the Messiah's optimism and good heart, but doesn't have the same kind of charisma or deep spiritualism.

SubTrope to IdealHero. Compare MartyrWithoutACause, TheParagon, TheHeart, IncorruptiblePurePureness, PuritySue, LoveYouAndEverybody, NiceGuy. This trope is '''not''' about Jesus-analogs; that's MessianicArchetype. While they and TheMessiah sometimes overlap, a character with the MessianicArchetype can be far-flung from being TheMessiah in mind and behavior. Contrast DarkMessiah, which can stand in opposition to this but is more MessianicArchetype + AntiHero as well as MisanthropeSupreme (although a more AntiVillain version may have been a [[FallenHero former]] Messiah, who, came to believe that the only way to truly save everyone was [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans taking extreme measures]]).

In the context of methods of climax fulfillment, this may be referred to as a "Love Hero". May overlap with ForHappiness as a character motivation.

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* Amuro Ray in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' sacrifices himself to save people from an asteroid and show them "the light" helping them to gain hope. Lampshaded in the video game ''Gundam Dynasty Warriors 2'' where Amuro claims he is "no Messiah" before this storyline. His rival, Char Aznable, is pretty much a DarkMessiah in the film.
* ''RurouniKenshin's'' titular character is known for helping others and avoiding massacres. A friend of him thinks in one scene that he will save him life even if didn't want his help since there are several people in Japan who need him. Ironically, most of Kenshin's rivals tend to be DarkMessiah.
* Usagi Tsukino from ''Manga/SailorMoon'', though she started as TheFool. Not only that, she actually gets ''called'' the Messiah later.
** It should be noted, though, that Usagi is more of TheMessiah in the anime than in the manga, where despite still being very compassionate and a good person, she's ''much'' less forgiving of [[MamaBear those who hurt her loved ones]].
*** And if you want to know how much of a Messiah Usagi is in the live-action ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', look for signs from ''the second episode''. You've definitely got a Messiah in play when, in the middle of a fight, she's hanging by one arm off a balcony and trying to convince the next senshi-to-be ''[[ScrewDestiny not to become a senshi if she doesn't want to]]'', using lines like "Don't worry, it'll work out somehow!"
** Mistress 9 is TheAntiChrist to Usagi's Messiah, unless of course you want to be comprehensive and cover the other seasons, and then it's Chaos.
* Shinya from ''Manga/{{Watashi No Messiah-sama}}'' accepts his duty to save the planet of his beloved by defeating the BigBad, but refuses to harm anyone, including the BigBad [[spoiler:even after having ripped his heart off and being left off to die]].
** Earlier in the series [[spoiler:he fires a lightning at himself to make Hime, who was trying to kill him, to back off without harming her]].
*** And [[spoiler:when Sariel, one of the DarkMessiah subordinates, merely puts Hime to sleep, Shinya snaps, fights and actually manages to bruise him. Did we mention the fact that Sariel, being the Angel of Death, can see the future, wipe out armies by himself and is NighInvulnerable?]].
* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Kind to everyone, forgives even the most evil, saves everyone with her love.
* Kintaro from ''Manga/GoldenBoy''. He is a pervert, but [[ChivalrousPervert he has morals]], and is very sensitive and kindhearted
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
** And their counterparts from the Nanto Roku Seiken; Rei, the Star of Justice, who must live and die for others, and his best friend Shu, the Star of Benevolence, who sacrifices himself for the sake of one hundred innocents.
* Kikyo from ''Anime/InuYasha'' before her supposed betrayal and murder at the hands of Inu Yasha, who was really [[BigBad Naraku]] in disguise. Even after being revived from the dead, she is frequently seen helping weak and helpless people, although [[DarkMagicalGirl her personality undergoes]] [[BrokenBird significant change.]]
** Kagome. As the reincarnation of Kikyou, she has the Jewel of Shikon sealed inside her, and once she comes into Inuyasha's era she tries to help all the people she can while searching for the Shikon shards. A great example is her interaction with the '''very''' angry CuteGhostGirl Mayu, who died in a fire and is full of anger and pain at her grieving mother; Kagome singlehandedly turns Mayu back to the side of good and saves from being thrown into Hell.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[TheMedic Orihime Inoue]]. When she's captured by the Arrancar, she refuses to hurt them, shows them love, [[spoiler: ''resurrects their dead'' even after they were trying to torture her, and helps one of the most emotionless of them to discover what the heart is before he dies.]] In the ''Nestle to Night novel'', also, she [[spoiler: heals and saves Harribel and the girls of her AmazonBrigade.]] On the other hand, once her Messianic tendences were used ''massively'' against her: [[spoiler: she shielded ''a guy who had just tried to attack her'', Shishigawara, from his boss who was all "YouHaveFailedMe" mode with a badass GoThroughMe]]... but it turned out that [[spoiler: while Shishi survived, his boss Tsukishima did it as a way to go past Orihime's defenses and attack ''her''. [[MindRape The results]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy weren't pretty]].]]
** Also, Ichigo Kurosaki. Despite his protests on the contrary, he's the one who gives hope to others and saves them, and his main motivation is to protect the people he loves and cares for. [[spoiler: And he's also another case of using one's Messianic nature against someone else... again courtesy of Tsukishima, who has brainwashed his friends and family (including ) and renders poor Ichigo incredibly pissed and almost ''desperate''.]]
* Anime/{{Naruto}}, to the point where it makes you wonder why he had such an abnormally hard time making friends prior to the start of the series (although it can be because [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer nobody wanted to truly meet him after all]]).
-->'''Kakashi''': Naruto has a mysterious power. Everyone who meets him becomes his friend, no matter how little contact they have beforehand.
** Hinata, Shikamaru, Temari, Neji, and Gaara all note that he has the power to influence people. It's worth noting that Naruto tends to get off to a bad start with most of the people he befriends, and they're often completely dismissive of him for reasons typically unrelated to him having the fox inside him. Unlike many of the other examples, he's not always civil in response, but his determination and honesty cause many of these people to see him, and often themselves, in a new light.
** Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage, counts as well. Even as a child, his fondest wish was to bring an end to the constant fighting and dying that plagued the world by forming villages where kids could learn and grow instead of being slaughtered on the battlefield. When he was head of the Senju Clan, he was constantly trying to convince the Uchiha Clan to stop the fighting and join him, eventually succeeding. [[spoiler:When he and the other previous Hokage are brought back with ''Edo Tensei'' for Sasuke to question, Hashirama immediately realizes that Sasuke [[RevengeBeforeReason needs help]], and proceeds to [[WarriorTherapist sit the boy down and talk to him]]. He ends up proving his messiah-ness by succeeding where Naruto failed: with mere words and wisdom, he convinces Sasuke to pull a HeelFaceTurn.]] Dude earned his Hokage credentials, that's for sure.
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy Kaworu]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is an interesting example of this trope since he's actually [[AntiAntiChrist a humanoid alien sent to destroy humanity]]. He [[SpannerInTheWorks flat out rejects SEELE's plans to use him to trigger Instrumentality]], [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life in exchange for humanity]], then [[EndOfEvangelion returns later]] to help Shinji reject Instrumentality with the unconditional love and kindness he's shown the other boy.
* Vash from ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'' often has to be prodded into shooting the bad guys instead of trying to reason the virtues of life with them. Even then, he refuses to kill humans, even if it means bandaging up the people he just took down.
** [[BadassPreacher Wolfwood]] occasionally seems to see Vash in this light, and well beyond his TechnicalPacifist stance above he ''will do anything'' to save people. From diving into blows that carved the scars all over him to stripping naked and barking like a dog to get a hostage free to training constantly so that his skills are up to pulling off his signature miracles. His whole identity is tied up in saving people.
** ''And'' he's the primary defender of the human race on his planet, and main proponent of the creed that everybody can theoretically live in harmony. Even his TrueCompanions aren't a big help--Millie has a good measure of IncorruptiblePurePureness but doesn't do abstracts, Meryl tends to be a realist, and his best friend is an AntiHero. [[spoiler: And a [[ProfessionalKiller mercenary assassin]]. And ''TheMole''.]]
** Too bad he's got an opponent who's sole mission is to [[BreakTheCutie break him]] thanks to this, [[spoiler: and who eventually succeeds, if only temporarily.]]
** In a similar vein is Tendou Rushuna from ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'', who is a bit more {{Martial|Pacifist}} than Vash, but has likewise never killed anyone[[spoiler:, even in the face of them apparently killing a new friend of hers]]. Even her name is a play on this: Rushuna is a play on a Rushana Buddha, a statue exemplifying the essence of the Buddha, while her surname, Tendou, translates to "Heavenly Path."
* Mai Tokiha from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' is an interesting case. She spends much of the series struggling to come to terms with her feelings, and is capable of expressing a wide range of negative emotions, ranging from mere disgust to violent rage. In spite of this, she seems to be the type who wants to see the best in people, and never seems to be able to bring herself to feel actual hatred towards anybody, even those who have tried to hurt her. Furthermore, despite her claims that she doesn't have "the time or energy to deal with other people's problems," when push comes to shove she's just not the type of person who can abandon others when she has a chance to help them. In the end, it's her love that allows her to [[spoiler:save her possessed best friend/veritable little sister Mikoto, as she chooses to meet Mikoto's berserk rage with open arms and hope that her feelings can reach the other girl.]]
* Arika Yumemiya from ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}''. She initially [[JumpedAtTheCall takes on her newfound powers with relish]], but after she learns about what [[PersonOfMassDestruction an Otome's duties truly are]], she tries to keep up her vow to change the system in order to save the lives of her friends.
* Both Kanade and Rino from ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'', but the latter is also TheFool.
* Nanoha Takamachi from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''; this becomes especially apparent when you see how [[DefeatMeansFriendship she and her friends met]].
** It's worth mentioning that the Nanoha fanbase uses the term "befriend" as a synonym for "beat the hell out of". She does, however, possess an astounding success rate for [[HeelFaceTurn turning villains]] into lifelong allies.
** Not only that, but in the closing theme music of season 3, she walks on water, and then flowers bloom all around her. Subtle much?
* Nagisa Aoi from ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''.
* Milfeulle Sakuraba of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has many aspects of TheMessiah, along with the ones that clearly qualify her as TheDitz and TheFool.
* Yoh Asakura from ''Manga/ShamanKing''.
** Also subverted with Iron Maiden Jeanne, who's believed to be TheMessiah but is more of a KnightTemplar.
* Belldandy of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess!'' also generally falls into this trope; even her (astoundingly rare) bouts of anger are more likely to result in her forcibly healing the soul of whoever she's fighting, rather than actually harm them.
** When she's drunk (on cola), she goes around causing small miracles to help animals, children, the elderly, stray animals, demons, inanimate objects, and pretty much anything else she lays eyes on.
* Lucia Nanami from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''.
* Ginji Amano from ''Manga/GetBackers'' is even referred to by this moniker several times in the anime and manga, and is very much loved and respected by his allies as a result of his LoveFreak tendencies. But when his SuperPoweredEvilSide kicks in (partly ''because'' he's the kind to want to take on others' pain and suffering), you'd never be able to believe it...
* Misaki of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; not only her core circle of friends but ''everyone she's ever fought'' comes to every one of her matches, cheers for her to win (even the ones that hated her at first) and tries desperately to find out what her opponent's secret is, even though she can't accept any help during the match.
* Judai Yuki of the {{Post Modern|ism}} ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Originally used straight and frequently [[LampshadeHanging noticed and discussed]] by characters like Sameshima, Saiou, Asuka, Ryo, and Edo; but then {{deconstruct|ion}}ed by Season 3, when the pressure of being everyone's source of strength and inspiration is finally too much for him. His TrueCompanions' dependence on him was actually the key the next BigBad used to kill them, and Judai's heartbreak at his failure to live up to being this character contributed to his fall to TheDarkSide. [[spoiler: And it took him a lot to pull himself back from the despair.]]
* Subaru Sumeragi from ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' and ''Manga/{{X1999}}''. A subversion occurs when it doesn't work and, ''without'' losing the core of his kindness and compassion, he [[BreakTheCutie loses everything]] and [[FaceHeelTurn becomes the opposite]] of what he used to be.
* Kambei from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' inspires great loyalty with words alone, and he forgives and sees worthiness where no one else would. Just in case all that's not clear enough, he also sports white robes and a distinctly Jesus-like haircut.
** He's also given up on life, and largely on people. Broken Messiah? MessianicArchetype but not TheMessiah? TheMessiah isn't supposed to find young enthusiasm like Katushiro's so irritating and naive.
* Dr. Kenzo Tenma from ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. This is both a large advantage and similarly a large disadvantage to him because of the complex location on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism that ''Monster'' inhabits.
** This is epitomized by his decision in the ending: [[spoiler:rather than returning to private practice, Tenma signs up with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctors_without_borders MSF]], proving that he's willing to take bullets to help complete strangers. All this after a sociopathic ManipulativeBastard devotes himself to putting him through hell and showing him that this is a CrapsackWorld.]]
* Yuko Okonogi from ''Anime/DennouCoil''.
* Alphonse Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' generally is considered the level-headed brother who always looks on the bright side of life. He has also converted two chimera soldiers to his cause just by showing them that they are still human.
** 'course, Ed got two by a similar attitude and fighting until he collapsed, and Roy is AFatherToHisMen and it always works. Lots of ''that'' going around; Al is just the only sweet one.
* Gon Freeccs from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. He is extremely nice and forgiving, and has a tendency to make people like and admire him. He is also TheFool to an extent, mostly because of his brute strength and dumb luck.
** Also features some BlueAndOrangeMorality, or at least a major tendency toward MoralDissonance. Enhanced trait of [[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] above, of whom he is a {{Homage}} to.
* Kazuki Muto from ''Anime/BusouRenkin''. Declares the intention to protect ''everyone'', and will defend people who've been trying to kill him if he thinks they're redeemable. [[spoiler:One of them immediately turns around and offers her own life to save Kazuki from her brother -- so it works.]]
** Not only that. He's nice to everybody, he tries to save everybody, and even helps people who were killing him not five minutes before, even people who were killing him five minutes previously, then stop, then betray the truce, he'll still help them!
* Sora Naegino from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', despite being bullied by some of her companions and having to face TrainingFromHell to compensate for her lack of training compared to others, actually manages to win the hearts and respect to even her most bitter rivals.
** Sophie also has some elements of this, being a kind yet determined WhiteHairedPrettyGirl who alongside [[spoiler: her brother]] Leon works hard to fulfill her dreams. [[spoiler: Too bad she's also the SacrificialLamb.]]
* Sawada Tsunayoshi from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', though he was initially TheFool and the ButtMonkey. However, as the series [[GenreShift went on and got more serious]], he became this. Especially noticeable with his [[EasilyForgiven relationship with Mukuro]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' leads seem to have an element of this, more often than not. [[Anime/DigimonSavers Masaru]] manages to pick up where his father Suguru left off as far as reaching out to Digimon and trying to create the world where Digimon and humans can live together. [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Daisuke]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Takato]], and [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Takuya]] also have their moments.
** Taichi's younger sister Hikari plays TheMessiah role straight in ''Adventure'', but ''subverts'' it in ''02''. Her Crest of Light helps her channel spirits, reach for others and all, to the point of making her a borderline PuritySue at times. However, in ''02'' Hikari shows huge emotional damage as she's much less able to handle the stress, to the point of having two serious {{Heroic BSOD}}s that Takeru and Miyako have to pull her out from.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'''s protagonist, Allen Walker. Sure he's got a freaky deformed arm, but he's intensely dedicated to destroying Akuma, and by gum, he'll save everyone doing it.
** And not just the people; his EmpathicWeapon is powered by his will to fight for both the well-being of the living and for the salvation of the Akuma's souls, who systematically try to kill him and all of his friends. Without the will to save ''both'' of them, the weapon won't work. In fact, it pretty much showed him getting an epiphany and coming to the realization that he loves both humans and Akumas alike.
* Nana "Hachi" Komatsu from ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' can turn even the toughest punk rocker into silly putty just by smiling cheerfully.
* Kato in ''Anime/{{Gantz}}''. The twist? He's not the main character. The resident JerkAss is. [[spoiler: The JerkAss gets better though and becomes a [[TheMessiah Messiah]] himself in the Dinosaur arc.]]
* Although a very minor character in terms of screentime, Mary Magdalene from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' otherwise fits all of the requirements to a T. Gentle and constantly smiling (almost [[StepfordSmiler a little too much]]), Mary shows kindness even to the demons who kidnapped her, becoming like family to them. She even willingly helps them when a prophetic vision revealed to her that she [[spoiler:would be killed by]] one of them. In the anime, they decided to [[FauxSymbolism make it obvious who she is]] by giving her stigmata, as well.
* Basara from ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''... who is an odd mix of Messiah and JerkAss.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' series has got a lot of characters who can be classified as such, including:
** Nagisa Furukawa fulfills this role, especially in the original game and the movie. She gets it from her mother Sanae, who seems to support emotionally almost everyone who has problems.
** Kotomi is another example. She doesn't seem to hate anyone, especially after she gets rid of her fears.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': A constant inspiration to others? [[RousingSpeech Check]]. Never seems to express genuine rage even during combat? [[BoisterousBruiser Check]]. [[spoiler:Group starts to fall apart when he's gone]]? [[HeroicBSOD Yep]]. This may sound slightly insane, but that sounds a lot like ''Kamina''. After [[spoiler:his death]], the role is debatably shared by Nia and Simon.
** Further cementing things is Kamina [[spoiler:getting a final CrowningMomentOfAwesome from ''beyond the grave'' when he rescues the trapped Dai-Gurren Brigade from the Anti-Spiral's inescapable LotusEaterMachine, allowing them to save the day.]]
** And just in case you weren't sure, a) ''kami'' is the Japanese word for "God" and b) Jesus' best friend was called Simon Peter, who eventually took over the role of leadership. [[spoiler:The spear through the side was probably a bit much after all that...]]
** Also, as more fuel to the fire, the part of Giga Drill Breaker where the enemy mechs are immobilized is remarkably similar to crucifying... [[spoiler:and Kamina died during that]].
* The titular character from ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' is a prime example of this. An 9-year-old out-of-control android girl, Ayako, is destroying a hospital in a temper tantrum, and all the characters (almost all former enemies) are trying to contain the destruction and destroy the android. Not Yuna; she admonishes "You're going in to fight an enemy, I'm going in to make a friend!" And she does.
** Yuna's title, the "Savior of Light," can also be translated from Japanese to mean "''Messiah'' of Light".
* Jiyu Nanohana from ''Anime/JubeiChan''. She's the reincarnation of one eyed Ninja YagyuJubei, and she turns into a powerful swordswoman when she put on a magic eye patch she becomes a bad ass, busty version of her predecessor. Jiyu, who is nicknamed Jubei-Chan by her father who ghostwrites samurai novels, doesn't want to hurt anyone and [[RefusalOfTheCall hates turning into Jubei]]. She is pressured into it when she discovers that the Ryujoji clansmen who keep trying to kill/challenge her as Jubei end up living happier lives after she defeats them, because her HealingShiv frees them from the magically-enhanced hatred that dominated their (after)lives. Jiyu fits this archetype well; not only does she go to great lengths to avoid hurting the people who are trying to fight her, but everyone loves her -- even opponents she has defeated will go to great lengths to protect her.
* ''GundamWing'': Relena Peacecraft. Although by ''Endless Waltz'' she has abandoned the doctrine of [[ActualPacifist total pacifism]] as unrealistically idealist, she certainly tried to make it work, and went on to become an ambassador of peace. More importantly, she plays a large role in bringing Heero around from the emotionless "kill whoever it takes to accomplish the mission" mentality brought on by his implied TrainingFromHell into someone capable of sympathy.
** Quatre also counts a lot toward this, being the ApologeticAttacker and kind heart of the 5 Gundam pilots. Unlike others, however, he ''does'' have his limits: when [[spoiler: his father dies, his favorite sister is injured ''and'' he's betrayed by his colony]], he ''goes violently insane'' under the effects of the [[MindRape ZERO System]] and doesn't recover until a friend makes a [[spoiler: borderline]] HeroicSacrifice. ''Then'' he reaffirms his Messiah-ness by [[TheAtoner making what he can to atone]] and slowly but surely maturing into TheCaptain of the Gundam pilots, keeping the group together. [[spoiler: And snapping the aforementioned friend out of his EasyAmnesia.]]
* Shu from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. In a series so heavily on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism the cynical side of the sliding scale]], this is far less effective than it would be in other places.
* Makoto in ''Anime/{{El Hazard|TheMagnificentWorld}}'', to some extent.
* Mikan from ''Anime/GakuenAlice''
* Ryuubi and Chuubou from ''Manga/IkkiTousen''.
* Domon Kasshu from ''GGundam'', to an extent. Sure, the guy is REALLY NotGoodWithPeople and sometimes borders on JerkAss, but in the end he's the one who [[spoiler:pilots the ''God'' Gundam against the ''Devil'' Gundam Colony that has seized Neo Japan and saves his BrainwashedAndCrazy girlfriend [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight through a surprisingly wordy]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and well-done]] AnguishedDeclarationOfLove so they can use ''ThePowerOfLove'' against the BigBad.]] Impressive, huh?
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ''starts'' looking like one of these, but as the manga progresses, he starts becoming more painfully aware of his own weaknesses, and is willing to use [[BlackMagic questionable means]] to combat them. His motivation is pure as ever though, and he still falls into HonorBeforeReason a ''lot''.
** His father Nagi is a more straight example; he more-or-less saved the world singlehandedly, ending a world war in the process, and he's one of the most popular people in the magic world. So of course, he had to [[DisappearedDad go MIA]] right around the time Negi was born.
** And then the manga has another example: [[spoiler:Princess Arika, Negi's MissingMom. She was accused of being exactly the opposite, as well as tried and apparently executed, but the common people didn't buy it because she was genuinely kind to them.]]
* Sora from ''[[Manga/MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~]]''.
* Albert from ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' becomes something of this at the end. The Count destroys his family and his life, murders [[spoiler:his best friend who [[LoveMartyr loved him]]]], and tries to kill him in front of his father. However, instead of wanting revenge, he [[EasilyForgiven readily forgives The Count]] and uses the PowerOfLove and Forgiveness (along with a [[HoYay kiss]]) to save the day.
** Note that everything Albert ever does goes wrong, not entirely because of the Count's machinations. Even when he saves Edmond, he can't save him because [[spoiler: the end of Franz's sword is still in his heart]]. The only people he actually manages to save are Eugenie, and that's really all Peppo's doing, and Haidee. And the world from whatever Gankutsuou would have done with Edmond's body, but I don't think that was even on his radar.
*** Fernand's ''bombing'' of Paris is treated rather leniently compared to his sale of a princess into slavery.
** And Albert is in great pain, and nearly-alone in a shattered world at the end. The most you can say is that he ''survived'', without really ceasing to be himself. Which is something, but IncorruptiblePurePureness maybe, Messiah no.
* Isaac, Miria, and Jacuzzi from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' Isaac and Miria are the [[TheDitz clueless type]] who unwittingly tend to spread joy and inspire people (ie. Eve, Ennis, Jacuzzi and Czeslaw) whereas Jacuzzi is the type that proactively (and almost [[MartyrWithoutACause suicidally]]) goes out of his way to help even complete strangers...unless you hurt his TrueCompanions. In that case, [[BewareTheNiceOnes you're fucked]].
* Shibuya Yuuri of ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' transcends this trope. [[spoiler:He doesn't even kill the BigBad.]] He befriends dragons, breaks down race walls, has managed to overturn every foreign policy his country ever had in less than a year in favor of world peace, and trusts and loves ''everyone'' [[spoiler:even after he's been betrayed by them twice, then used as a PersonOfMassDestruction to wipe out an entire naval fleet]]. It gives his bodyguards migranes and is driving his [[AccidentalMarriage fiance]] [[{{Tsundere}} toward an aneurysm]].
** Susannah Julia Von Wincott, Yuuri's previous incarnation is the absolute embodiment of this trope. Yuuri is said to have inherited many of her former traits.
** In fact, apparently God [[spoiler: engineered him through several reincarnations for this. [[GodIsEvil Soushuu]] states that Yuuri himself was required to put the final seal of worthless mediocrity on his perfect vessel, but [[GodIsGood Shinou]] wanted him to outright surpass him so as to defeat Shoushuu.]]
* Mana Kirihara in ''Aquarian Age: Manga/JuvenileOrion''.
* Kitano from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' manages to be this and a NightmareFuelStationAttendant.
* Akira from ''Manga/AoiHana'' has some of this, since she has the ability to be friends with most other girls. Later she is surpassed in that regard by Haruka, who drags everybody along [[GenkiGirl by sheer enthusiasm]].
* Marin from ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' is prone to randomly hugging people and saying that she loves them. Kanon, her sister, a giant turtle. It doesn't matter. The girl's got plenty of love to spread around.
* Both Garrod Ran and Tifa Addil in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''. Garrod, because he managed to [[spoiler:subvert almost any of poor Tiffa's horrendous visions and help humanity ScrewDestiny]]; Tiffa, because her kindness let her reach for Garrod and show people what was needed to get the peace they all needed. [[spoiler:No wonder they fall in love and get together in the end.]]
* Yuuto Amakawa from ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' is an example. While [[VanHelsingHateCrimes demon hunters and ayakashi]] are generally depicted as being very violent towards each other, Yuuto refuses to have anything to do with demon slaying, and strongly believes that demon hunters and ayakashi can live with each other in peace-[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and was willing to step into a fight]] armed with only his belief in [[spoiler:Shizuku]]'s ability to let go of her past and return to a peaceful life.
* Lute, the older brother of Flute and the son of Queen Horn in the ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln''.
* Keiichi, from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', falls into this [[VillainProtagonist eventu]][[MistakenForMurderer ally]].
* The Claw from ''Anime/GunXSword'' is an extremely rare villainous example of TheMessiah.
* Several characters on ''Anime/CodeGeass'' -- and they stick out all the more since most of the show is a nasty battle of either GreyAndGrayMorality or BlackAndGreyMorality, depending on your point of view.
** Lelouch's half-sister, Princess Euphemia vi Britannia: always chipper; loves everyone; doesn't get angry ''even when people threaten her with death'', which happens more often than you might think. To the annoyance of her family, she takes bolder and bolder steps to fight anti-Eleven (that is, anti-Japanese) prejudice, and eventually she even sacrifices her place in the royal line of succession to give herself the leverage to make an attempt at lasting peace between Britannia and Japan / Area Eleven. ([[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism Naturally,]] things don't go well for her.) She also places herself in danger for the sake of others on no less than three key occasions.
** Shirley Fennette. Unlike [[RebelliousPrincess Euphemia]], Shirley generally avoids discussions of politics and current events, but like her, she actively and bravely opposes prejudice and cruelty whenever and wherever she sees it; she feels tenderness toward pretty much everyone; she can't bear to see anyone get hurt; and she's nearly always chipper -- except when jealous (back to that in a moment) or when things are going ''really, seriously wrong''. Admittedly, she gets upset whenever she suspects [[ObliviousToLove her beloved "Lulu"]] of liking another girl more than her -- which is often -- but even then, she's never mean, just, at worst, sullen and gloomy. Shirley is a bit how Euphie might have turned out had Euphie not been stuck as a princess of the world's greatest superpower. ([[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism Naturally,]] things don't go well for her, either. Then ... things don't go well for her, all over again.)
** Princess Nunnally, Lelouch's younger sister and reason for living -- and, though she has no idea, for killing. Like her older half-sister Princess Euphemia, she's always chipper, always ready to think the best of everyone. Unlike Lelouch, she has no interest in revenge against her family (or anyone else) for the many ways they have wronged her; she just hopes the world will become a nicer place, where Britannians and Japanese can live side by side in peace, and she can return to the family that has betrayed her. ([[RuleOfThree You can probably guess]] [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism where this is going.]])
** RuleOfThree indeed, though, since [[spoiler:ultimately Nunnally comes to rule over Britannia and remake it into a good nation.]]
* Red from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. He accepts old foes (that practically tried to ''kill'' him) through EnemyMine situations a little ''too'' easily. His Messiah-ness is most prevalent in the FLRG arc, where he readily accepts [[spoiler:Deoxys since it shares his blood]], even though it nearly massacred his team.
** Dia shows some messianic traits, as when he [[spoiler:calls out Cyrus for trying to destroy all of existance with a simple yet very heartfelt speech, Dialga and Palkia decide that they'd rather listen to him than Cyrus and earlier his own courage inspired Regigigas to fight Team Galactic as his teammate!]] His actions are so moving that they [[spoiler:convince [[BigBad Cyrus]] [[NietzscheWannabe himself]] that the world was a beautiful thing as it is, provoking a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turn.]] ]] This incredible feat is shared by the below-mentioned Hareta (who admittedly ''is'' his AU Counterpart).
* Hareta in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. He apparently feels little-to-no hatred toward anyone and cares for everyone. [[spoiler:Your best friend's life was made miserable by these guys, she's probably dead due to being DrivenToSuicide, and this guy plans to destroy the whole world?]] Pff, no problem. Hareta just sheds some TenderTears-ManlyTears and brushes it off.
* Yuuna from ''Anime/{{Stitch}}''.
* Characters/AstroBoy from ''Anime/AstroBoy''.
* Nadja from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''.
* Aoi from ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''. She loves everyone, and everyone loves her.
* Rock from ''Anime/BlackLagoon'' (which explains one of the [[WMG/BlackLagoon WMGs about him]]). Since he lives in a CrapsackWorld, the universe tries to punish him for being this.
* Candy White Andree of ''Manga/CandyCandy''. She loves everyone, and ''almost'' everyone loves her.
* Hime Utsumiya of ''Anime/BrainPowerd''.
* Dorothy in ''Manga/ClearQualia''. She sees the good in everyone, and she is willing to give an eye to save a Plastica.
* Dai of ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken''. He is valued for this.
* [[spoiler:Kenji]], after [[spoiler:his return]], becomes a messiah in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. He [[spoiler:saves the world]] by travelling around singing a song (which in turn makes legions of people idolise and follow him), kills no one and [[spoiler:''apologizes'' to the BigBad for a past misdeed]].
** His attitude is much more BeAllMySinsRemembered and somewhere between bemused and irritated that people are looking to him to save the day.
** [[spoiler:Kanna]] also becomes a messiah as well as the story progresses.
* Toboe from ''Manga/WolfsRain.'' He's about the closest thing a predatory animal can get to a FriendToAllLivingThings, and, as a clincher, he's willing to protect and die for the guy who's ''actively trying to exterminate wolves!''
* Nao from ''Manga/LiarGame'', who is incredibly selfless and honest and willing to use the money that she has won to pay off the debts of people who had previously schemed, lied and tricked her. Her reason for continuing in the game is to essentially save everyone in the game.
* Tokidoki Rikugou of ''Anime/{{Amatsuki}}'' is either this or is taking the positive shell of StepfordSmiler to extremes. He has [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished gotten in trouble trying to help other people]] several times, with devastating consequences for him and his friends, but he still keeps it up.
* Maria Osawa of ''Anime/{{Canaan}}''.
* Pfil of ''Manga/BondageFairies''.
* In ''Manga/KoiCupid'', Ai can connect to almost anyone, and her greatest wish is to be friends with people. She even warmed a demon's heart.
* Yumi Fukuzawa from ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''. Everyone who isn't charmed by Yumi within an episode is either a JerkAss one-shot character, or a [[DesignatedLoveInterest Designated Part of a]] RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with a JerkAssFacade.
* Nausicaa, from the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga/anime quoted above, fits this trope to a T. An example: In a scene near the beginning of the manga she meets a cute squirrel-creature. It bites her hand, but she just smiles at it as it gets the biting out of its system, then feeds it. And the next thing you know it's her cute animal companion.
* Yusei from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is this even more so than his predecessors, despite his quiet and more mature nature. Hs father named him after a particle that bonded other particles together, because he wanted Yusei to be able to bond people together. And he did.
* ''Literature/MayoiNekoOverrun'''s Otome Tsuzuki. She brings in stray orphans, travels around the world, and is generally a force of derring-do and near impossible feats.
* Yuki of ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru''.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Suou Tamaki is an exceptionally compassionate, friendly, and forgiving person with an often annoyingly optimistic outlook on life. All the Host Club members have him to thank for some of the positive changes in their lives. He's extremely genuine and can find the beauty in even the most ordinary thing or person--his compliments toward the girls he hosts or runs into are all honest. Despite his grandmother's verbal abuse toward him he remains motivated to earn her acceptance of him.
* Ayase of ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''. He forgives everyone, he cares for everything and everyone, and he will do anything he can to make someone happy.
* Drago from ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''.
* Honoka from ''Anime/TheThirdTheGirlWithTheBlueEye''. [[spoiler:Literally.]]
* The post- CharacterDevelopment Setsuna F. Seiei in ''{{Gundam 00}}''.
* Kira [[FanNickname "Jesus"]] Yamato in ''GundamSeed''. His girlfriend, Lacus Clyne, combines this trope with GuileHero for interesting results. As for Chairman Durandal...? He thinks he's this trope, but in truth he's more of a DarkMessiah.
* [[TheHeart Ky]][[PersonofMassDestruction rie]] from ''[[SandsOfDestruction World Destruction]]'' fits this to a T. Kind, gentle, and not wanting to fight anyone, he's always trying to find a way to talk things out instead of going on killing sprees like [[AxCrazy Morte]] wants to do. He thinks of everyone around him before thinking about himself (which Toppi {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the manga that Kyrie would give him the water bottle despite the fact he was thirty AND wandering the desert for three days straight.) Enforced and deconstructed in the manga where [[spoiler: when he leaves the group, everyone splits up with Toppi and Naja going with him and leaving Morte and Agan behind after Morte crossed the MoralEventHorizon by blowing an entire village up with innocent people.]]
* Haruka, the main character of the manga ''{{Agape}}''. It's explicitly said that her "talent" is unconditional love for everyone, even criminals, demonstrated when she immediately forgives and even comforts a man who had just [[spoiler: killed her father]]. For this reason she is sought out by a special negotiations team.
* Noelle from ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon'' is pure beyond pureness, loves everyone (especially Yuusuke) and [[spoiler: in the end saves everyone, especially the two most troubled individuals who caused her a lot of problems]].
* Madoka from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[spoiler: gave her existence to save the soul of every witch in time and space who fell]].
* The main character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Misaki of ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' spends his entire life caring and looking out for other people and will do whatever he can to help someone in trouble. This [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter backfires more than once for him]]. The one character in the entire series who actively dislikes (and bullies) him, he thinks is ''his own'' fault. By the time he's finished his university course he discovers that he's spent so much time looking after everyone else that he has absolutely no idea what he wants to do with his life. ... Until someone suggests that he gets a job where he spends day after day looking after highly volatile authors and managing their fragile psychological health while trying to extract from them some sort of publishable artifact that could somehow be construed as a piece of prose - i.e. become [[FateWorseThanDeath an Editor]].
* Kamijou Touma from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', who just wants to protect everybody. Also, Orsola Aquinas, who forgives everybody.
* One of Kotetsu's defining characteristics in ''TigerAndBunny'' is that he cares about the safety and wellbeing of ''everyone'' -- to the point that he'll be shaken even by the death of some nameless AssholeVictim.
* The titular character of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' seems to be this trope. She has a kind and cheery demeanor, she simply [[LoveYouAndEverybody loves everyone]]--and it's stated several times that [[PlatonicLifePartners they]] [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders love]] [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer her]] [[TrueCompanions back]]. She appears to be a firm believer in ThePowerOfFriendship, and is also quite a bit of a ReluctantWarrior when she is forced to battle rather than befriend. She also has quite a streak for granting second chances, [[DefrostingTheIceQueen defrosting several ice kings]], and wanting the best for her loved ones even if at her own expense--as illustrated by her actions toward [[DefeatMeansFriendship Yue]], [[EasilyForgiven Eriol]], and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Yukito]] in particular.
* Mighty from ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' is perhaps the nicest person to ever grace any form of media ever. According to his grandmother, she could never figure out his likes and dislikes because of how selfless he was. Despite being regarded as a remarkably powerful and calculating being, he has almost never shown anger to anyone, responds to a death threat from his enemy with a serious polite greeting, and despite his power, tries his hardest to never resort to violence except as a last resort. To top it all off, after seeing his younger brother playing one day, he was convinced that he ''wasn't kind enough''.
* Ginta of ''Manga/{{MAR}}''.
* Tomoki from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' is either a parody of this or a more humane one. While a complete pervert and having many, many flaws both in character and belief; he is the most loving, caring, compassionate being in the entire Verse and ready to put his life on the line for his friends and those in need without a second thought, to the point that nine out of ten CMOA and CMOH are done by him in the series.
* MonColleKnights has the eponymous Knights Mondo Ohya and Rokuna Hiiragi. Bonus points to the latter, since she is an empath and feels others' emotions. Shiru would also count, for being able to forgive Zaha and hope for his redemption when there was reason enough to believe that he had already crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
* Yuichi Aizawa and Ayu Tsukimiya from ''{{Kanon}}''. The former goes out of his way to help the girls he befriends with their problems, and the latter is the one who gives everyone a chance to live happily (aside from [[spoiler:Makoto, who is already dead, but implied to have been reborn as the fox she used to be]]).
* ''Popotan'' has a few, such as Ai, who sees Daichi as a son-figure and never gets angry even when she has a good reason to, [[spoiler: except for at [[{{Jerkass}} Keith]], after he tried to kill a then-fully-grown Daichi]]; Daichi himself, who seeks to make others happy (namely, Asuka, by finding proof of ghosts being real); and Mii, particularly when she assumes the guise of [[MagicalGirl "Magical Mii, the Girl of Love"]], and sees it as her duty to "help those in need".
* Behoimi from PaniPoniDash Main character Becky even asks her to ask herself if she really believes herself to be a MagicalGirl or just wants to help others.
* In {{Trinity Blood}}, Abel Nightroad is more of a {{Broken Messiah}}. After all, he does kill vampires who have done harm to others, not to mention some problems with losing control with his powers. However, Esther fits better thanks to {{character development}}. She starts out as a vampire hating sister who even kills someone, but she eventually learns the truth behind the man she blamed for losing her mother figure and decides to join the church and find a way to help vampires and humans co-exist. [[spoiler:Eventually she becomes a queen and starts this process, which is where the anime ends. The notes from the original novel author before his death paint a bleaker picture, however.]]
* Miyuki Takara from LuckyStar. Always remains the voice of reason among the four mains. Case in point: When she visits Kagami when she's sick during the first episode, Kagami explains to her some stuff that Konata said moments earlier. The way Miyuki interprets it leads Kagami to wonder if she's a saint.
* Nanami Momozono from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss.'' She starts out with ChronicHeroSyndrome and than gains actual divine powers early on in the story.
* Romeo from ''RomeoXJuliet''. This becomes obvious when [[spoiler: he is assigned to rule over the mine his father created to punish miscreants. Through his gentle nature he manages to befriend all the miners (despite their initial mistrust of him) and later he manages to start a farming village with not only them but also their former guards.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Superman}} is always portrayed in this fashion.
--> ''[[Heartwarming/{{Superman}} "If you knew how you are loved, not one of you would raise a hand in rage again."]]''
* Ditto Comicbook/WonderWoman, who in addition to being one of the strongest warriors, is a walking avatar of love and peace. This is particularly emphasized during the BlackestNight miniseries, where her love for all things in existence, as lampshaded by both [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] and [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Star Sapphire Carol Ferris]], leads to her being recruited into the Star Sapphire Corps.
* Comicbook/{{Shazam}} as well. In fact, kind, sensible, utterly selfless and cheerful Billy Batson just might be an even bigger example of TheMessiah than both of the above
* CaptainAmerica. He is the Marvel counterpart of Comicbook/{{Superman}} after all.
** At one point Magneto tried to erase his mind of all prejudice towards Mutants. Problem for Magneto: ''Captain America has no prejudice towards anybody.''
* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} is unarguably considered to be this, as he is ultimately the one most lovable human beings in Marvel and is pretty much the prolific easy going superhero. Throughout the entire Marvel community, he has teamed up and allied with almost every character based on his modesty, compassion, his sense of humor, and his devotion for being responsible.
** Plus, most stories about him when he's all grown up (considering even the main continuity Spidey, the oldest mainstream depiction, is still only about 24) depict him as the most "the greatest hero of all".
** Which opens up a case of {{Fridge Brilliance}} when you consider the future version of his {{DCU}} {{Expy}} {{Static Shock}} is portrayed the exact same way.
* Flycatcher, the frog prince of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', is universally kind and universally loved for it, and he's the only character who had no sins to absolve or remit under the Fabletown Amnesty. The Messiah Syndrome really kicks in when [[spoiler:he receives a purity-powered suit of armor that allows him to resurrect the dead, defeat massive armies without spilling blood, and establish the completely peaceful "Kingdom of Haven" in the middle of enemy territory.]]
* Death of [[Comicbook/TheSandman the Endless]] is quite possibly the friendliest, most compassionate entity in the DC Universe. She loves you, no matter who you are or what you've done.
* Zayne Carrick from ''StarWars Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is a good example of a fool who is actually an embryonic messiah. Initially a failing Jedi Padawan whose only power seems to be literal good luck (as in, he [[spoiler:spent an hour trying to catch a petty thief for the half-dozenth time, and thus arrived late to what should have been his own murder]]), over the course of the series he saves first himself; then a junk scavenger and his adopted daughter; then a bunch of captured Jedi; then several million people from [[spoiler:an orbital nuclear bombardment]]; then he tries to save one of the Jedi masters who were [[spoiler:trying to kill him]]. As one of them says:
-->"You...''You''... would save ''me''?"
* Luke Skywalker in ''In the Shadows of their Fathers'', part of ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars Rebellion]]''. He goes to Jabiim to help against the Empire, but the Jabiim people were abandoned by his father as tactically unwise during the Clone Wars, and a number of them [[http://images.plurk.com/c5eae9d887ce115524705d8dcc2f5252.jpg immediately want him dead]]. After he's locked up some taunt him and try to beat him up and he's rescued, the idea that his father was a monster seems to [[http://images.plurk.com/1a1501f0a848d97e9a6d37fcd20bf90e.jpg hurt]] [[http://images.plurk.com/86f3f3cf9a763ef796975a1465e95115.jpg worse]] than the beating... and when the Jabiim are attacked, he fights to defend them without hesitation despite their hostility. Later he tries to stay with them when it would be ''extremely'' unwise for the Rebellion, because [[IAmNotMyFather he is not his father]]. The Jabiim commander [[http://images.plurk.com/9aa311a5ec67c88d75e7d5ad5d585078.jpg agrees]](beware the ArtShift), basically telling Luke that he's not as tactical but vastly more humane, and they need him more out there.
* Saint Walker of the [[Characters/GLBlueLanternCorps Blue Lanterns]], specifically referred to as the Messiah of his homeworld. The worldwide hope that he inspired on his dying world was enough for him to be selected as the first to wield the Blue Light of Hope.
* From the MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'', Venus -- hey, it befits a goddess of love!
* Ice, of ''JusticeLeagueInternational'', is noted for her optimism and kindness, which remain steadfast even in the face of her death and resurrection.
* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Professor Charles Xavier]] is a perfect example.
** However, he also has a rather dark side. Admittedly though, this is a case of DependingOnTheWriter (given the inconsistency of long-running comics and shifting AlternateCharacterInterpretation).
* Christopher Rudd in ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'': He's a damned soul in {{Hell}} who manages through skill and luck to become one of Hell's nobility. What you guess he does then? He teaches demons compassion and kindness, gets them and the damned to get along, and finally leads their army to save the Silver City ''and'' conquer it in one fell swoop in the name of justice.
* Chubby Huggs from ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', he begins every day with hugging his pillow and thanking it for being so soft, and continues in the same way. Needless to say, Bucky is scared to death of Chubby Huggs.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Nausicaa from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind.''
* Also from Hayao Miyazaki, Ashitaka from ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' fits this trope perfectly (in fact if he didn't, his [[CursedWithAwesome curse]] would kill him).
* ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'': Riquinni Nonderaiko plays this trope as far as the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism dual-nature]] [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness rigidity]] of the film will allow.
* WesternAnimation/WallE.
* ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''. Mumble, ironically.
* Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is another great example he is an [[IdiotHero idiot]], [[TheFool a fool]] and [[TheChosenOne a chosen one]], but what really makes him a Messiah is that he doesn't hate anybody, Not even [[BigBad Shen]] [[spoiler: Who killed his parents, and trying to kill him, and yet he still forgave by telling to let go of the past]].
* Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Believing that humans and dragons can co-exist will definitely make him this.
* Moses from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''. Even after learning that his adopted family were responsible for killing and enslaving his people, he still didn't hate them. He wanted to believe that Ramses could change. He beg him to stop enslaving the Hebrews or the Egyptians and his son will be killed by the Plague. [[spoiler:Which happened]]. Also even when Ramses [[spoiler: betrayed him by going to kill all of his people, and had no choice but to close the Red Sea on him]], Moses was still worried if [[spoiler: Ramses was still alive]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Victor Laszlo in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. It says something about him that the only person in the entire movie who isn't in complete awe and admiration of the utterly heroic and saintly resistance leader and doesn't think he's the greatest thing since the invention of bread, sliced or otherwise, is the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] officer who has been sent to capture him, which is a [[AcceptableTargets ringing endorsement]] if ever there was one. He's so noble that he doesn't even hold a grudge that his beloved wife, believing that he was dead, has fallen in love with another man, and his example is so powerful that that other man is eventually quite willing to sacrifice his one chance at happiness [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy by convincing her to stay with him]].
* Sergeant Elias K. Grodin from ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' which makes his [[spoiler: dramatic death scene all the more powerful]].
* William Wallace from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. At first he wanted revenge for [[spoiler: his deceased wife]], but when other Scotts decided to fight with him, he knew that important thing wasn't not revenge. It was freedom. He inspired not only Scotland to fight for freedom, but other countries as well. And even [[spoiler: after his death]] his leadership and having faith in others were still kept alive.
* Terrence Malick's ''TheThinRedLine'' has this in the character of Pvt. Witt, a kind-hearted, wise, philosophizing soldier. (It should be said that he was noticeably less saintly in the novel.) Curiously enough, he's played by JimCaviezel, who would go on to star as Jesus in ''ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
* Poppy from ''HappyGoLucky''. It was half the point of the movie.
* Luke Skywalker in ''StarWars''. [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe may differ]], but consider that upon discovering his father is a Sith Lord and one of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, he decides--against the advice of everyone--that Dad can be saved from the Dark Side. He turns out to be right.
** For the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Luke was this in the early years, but not since the Legacy era, where he is even seen advocating for torture. The Messiah mantle seems to have been passed on to his son Ben, who wants to redeem people who his father would rather just kill. Ben's [[DarkActionGirl Sith girlfriend]] even [[ShutUpKirk explains to Luke]] how he's NotSoDifferent from them.
* Charlie from the TimBurton remake of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''.
** Applies just as much to Charlie in ''[[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory]]''.
* Shuya in ''Film/BattleRoyale.'' It's a strange place to find a character of this type, but he does love his classmates.
* Philip Swift from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
* Film/{{Unforgiven}}: His late wife Claudia was – is – this for William Munny… [[RedemptionFailure in all the extension he can be saved]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Bobby from the ''Pendragon'' series. He seems to be able to make friends with all of travelers in every world in a matter of minutes of meeting them. And, it was said on more then one occasion he would be the only one to beat Saint Dane. [[spoiler:He does.]]
* Rama, in ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}''. When a plot causes his rightful throne to go to his brother Bharata, Rama is delighted for his brother's good fortune, without any concern for his own loss of status. When he's exiled by this same plot, he has to talk ''the entire country'' (including Bharata) out of coming with him. He collects allies everywhere he goes, just by dint of his goodness. Rama and Sita are supposed to be the great lovers beyond time and space, but the effect is more that Rama loves everyone, everyone loves Rama, and Sita is a member of "everyone".
* Andy Dufresne, the main character of Creator/StephenKing's story ''Rita Hayworth and TheShawshankRedemption'' is TheMessiah of the story, which is remarkable considering the near hopeless circumstances that he finds himself in (one might even interpret him as TheWoobie). There are several symbolic parallels between him and Jesus Christ which shape the entire message of the book, that "hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies".
* Alyosha, the third and youngest of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'', loves all and is loved by all. Dostoevsky uses an entire chapter to illustrate how it would be impossible to not trust him. Everyone--and we mean '''everyone'''--in the book confides in Alyosha, and at times these discussions seem to resemble a priest taking confession. The story in the Bible of Jesus Christ being tempted in the desert by the devil has its parallels in some of Alyosha's discussions. For bonus points, he starts off as a novice monk in the nearby monastery. This was [[AuthorExistenceFailure almost]] [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky intended to write a full-length version of ''Literature/TheGambler'' with Alyosha (= Alexei) in place of Alexei Ivanovich, followed by a third novel redeeming him.
* Also by Dostoevsky: Sofya from ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', anyone?
** Again from Dostoevsky: Prince Lev Nikolaievich Myshkin from ''Literature/TheIdiot'' is a much darker interpretation of this character type. Myshkin himself is, of course, kind and full of love for humanity--which leads most everyone he meets to assume he's a fool and try to take advantage of him. [[spoiler:Then Myshkin himself ends up hurting Aglaya when a climactic MoralDilemma forces him to choose between his love for Agalya and his pity for the fallen Nastasya.]]
* Everybody in ''The Land'' except Thomas Covenant, the bad guys and [[TheStoic the Bloodguard]] is, personality-wise, TheMessiah.
* In Anne Bishop's ''BlackJewels'' trilogy, Jaenelle is the most recent (and implied to be the most powerful ever) incarnation of Witch, essentially born from the collective dreams of the races who facilitates their reconciliation [[spoiler:and eventually nearly kills herself in order to save her people.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' Both Frodo and Aragorn's attachment to the other members of the Fellowship, as well as a large number of people they encounter during the books, qualifies them for this trope.
* Adil, one of the main characters in Sahar Khalifeh's ''Wild Thorns''. A Palestinian who works in Israel (the book was written in the 70s') to support his nine family members, and always looking out for his fellow workers. He's more than once described as trying "to solve the Middle East conflict all by himself." Even his cousin who considers him a traitor for working in Israel cares strongly about him.
* Rand Al'Thor in Literature/TheWheelOfTime is a ''fantastic'' deconstruction of both this trope and TheChosenOne.
** He gets reconstructed near the end.
* Eriond in ''TheBelgariad'' and ''TheMalloreon''. He's a small child in the former, although he is very trusting and generous. (He's been raised to be a complete innocent, so that he can handle The Orb, which tends to destroy anyone who touches it with less than completely pure motives.) By ''The Malloreon'' he's grown into the position. He's very mild in temperament, and even when he gets very angry (at one point they're in a Temple of Torak and a major sacrifice ritual (human, of course) is going on all he does is put out the temple fires -- since if the hearts can't be burned, there's no way to continue the sacrifices.)
* Finny in ''Literature/ASeparatePeace'', who never sees anyone as an enemy, and believes that "when you really love something, then it has to love you back, in whatever way it has to love." Many readers (and English teachers) see him as a [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Christ figure]].
* Mike in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''. He's a walking Jesus allegory, but beside that he has an innocence so strong it even scares people a bit.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': Jean Valjean, who in turn learned forgiveness from the Bishop of Digne after 19 years of prison made Valjean bitter and hateful.
* ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'': Samuel Pickwick, Esq. It's the main reason he's funny.
* [[Characters/{{Animorphs}} Cassie]] from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', who spends the most time grappling with the ethics of lethal force out of the entire team.
* [[EndersGame Ender Wiggin.]] Loves everyone, including the Buggers he's trying to kill. His friends semi-worship him.
* Aerich Tenma of the ''{{Dragaera}}''-verse.
* Goldmoon in ''Heroes of the Lance,'' a Literature/{{Dragonlance}} book.
* Luke Skywalker, in LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor. Nick Rostu, who was previously mind-controlled and begged Luke to kill him - but was instead saved - has the chance to blow away thirty-some innocent mind-controlled men and women to rescue Luke and return the favor, and he hesitates
--> because he had an overpowering intuition: if Luke Skywalker thought he might save thirty innocent lives by sacrificing his own, he wouldn't hesitate. Ten innocent lives.
--> One.
-->"Or, hell, one not-so-innocent life," Nick muttered. "Like mine." He flipped the carbine's power setting to stun. "I hate Jedi."
** Throughout that book, even when Luke is struggling with despair and mental trauma, he's consistently kind and compassionate to anyone not currently attempting to kill him. When someone is expressing their claustrophobia, he's completely sympathetic to them despite believing he's been through far worse himself. At the end, when to save the day he needs to destroy a [[PeoplePuppets mind-control device]] [[spoiler: knowing that doing so will kill the fifty thousand enemies being mind controlled]], he does so, but [[spoiler: in the Force he stays with all of them to feel them die, so that they won't die alone. And because it's all he can do for them.]]
** Another Star Wars example is Obi-Wan Kenobi in the CloneWarsGambit novels. Obi-Wan is quite the shining example of the Jedi philosophy of unconditional, unpossessive love, although he is a bit of a downplayed example. His messianic tendencies are usually hidden by his [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] and tendency to be less vocal about saving people than Anakin, but his actions speak louder than his words. He nearly kills himself healing the people of Torbel, despite having no training as a healer, simply because it is the right thing to do.
* Sorahb in the Literature/FarsalaTrilogy is supposed to be this, but the trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he never actually shows up- the person everyone believes is him is actually an ordinary man named Fasal.
* Jane Bennet in ''PrideAndPrejudice''.
* Tavi definitely wants to be this in ''Literature/CodexAlera'', though he does his smiting less with brute force and more with CrazyAwesome strategy and adaptation. If he were the son of a deity it undoubtedly would be a god of chaos. [[spoiler: Actually, he's just the son of the First Lord, which winds up giving him near-godlike furycraft. From a near-godlike fury.]]
* Mendel Shpilman, in ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' by Creator/MichaelChabon. [[spoiler: Literally. Until he went with [[DrugsAreBad being a crackhead]] instead.]]
* TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea: TheProfessor Aronnax is a humble WideEyedIdealist scientist that already had won the UndyingLoyalty of Counseil before he comes to the Nautilus, he also makes IdiotHero Ned Land do a MoreExpendableThanYou sacrifice when they are in the Pole, and he is ultimately the reason why Captain Nemo gets his VillainousBreakdown when Aronnax discovers the Nautilus is as WeaponOfMassDestruction..
* [[SwordOfTruth Richard]] [[spoiler: Rahl]] lives and breathes this trope. He's deeply moralistic (at least early on), believes strenuously in the freedom he's fighting for (to the point of not leading armies because they're fighting for him, not for freedom), and ''everyone'' he meets falls into lockstep with him, even bitter enemies.
** In fact, there are only a few select groups of people that permanently reject him. [[spoiler: Darken, Drefan, and Oba Rahl]], the Sisters of the Dark, the Blood of the Fold, the Imperial Order leadership, the Slide, and the [[spoiler: Anders]]. Over 10,000+ pages.
** For everyone else, the books go to great effort to repeatedly remind the reader that everyone likes Richard and that he unites people simply by being Richard.
** It also helps that he's the ChosenOne and a hilariously-powerful wizard, and the Seeker of Truth (with all of the combat prowess inherent to the position).
** As the Imperial Order's evil becomes more and more of an issue in the series, Richard actually becomes more of a militant leader and less of this.
* Uncle Tom from ''UncleTomsCabin'', who sacrifices his own chance of freedom several times, and eventually himself, when assisting two female slaves in escaping. When he dies, he prays for his torturers, and eventually converts them to a better life.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Daniel Jackson in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' and ''Series/StargateSG1''. No surprise that later, by the end of the fifth season, he evolves into a MessianicArchetype as well.
* Dr. Molly Clock in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Peter Petrelli of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' embodies this to a point that's almost GenreBlindness or even IdiotBall. He's so sweet and trusting that he'll even [[spoiler:cast his lot in with the villain if he has a [[FreudianExcuse convincing enough sob story.]]]]
* Series/FlashGordon from the Sci-Fi channel TV adaptation is very much TheMessiah, whose idealism and altruism inadvertently manages to bring together several tribes of highly eccentric crazies (including multiple members of the BigBad's faction), who've spent decades hating each other.
* Constable Benton Fraser from ''Series/DueSouth'' makes himself something of a local hero in the slum neighborhood of Chicago he lives in, unwittingly and unerringly winning the hearts of nearly everyone around him due to his constant, unwavering kindness to his fellow man. His partner, Ray Vecchio (and later Ray Kowalski), his friends, and even his boss are fiercely protective of him when danger arises. His lack of street smarts and general naievete can cause problems, though, and they sometimes wonder about his sanity.
-->'''Fraser:''' You mean you're using some promotional ploy to get something for nothing?
-->'''Ray:''' Welcome to the United States of America, Fraser.
* Despite being an [[TheAtoner atoning petty criminal and]] {{Jerkass}}, and a BookDumb hick, the titular character of ''MyNameIsEarl'' has a real knack for getting along with people, is actively working hard to become a better person by righting all his past wrongs, in the process making his town a better place, and is willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares about. Sometimes he relapses, but he brings up some interesting questions on morality and what makes a good person.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] is famous for being one of the nicest people ever, both on his show and off.
* [[SesameStreet Abby Cadabby]]. Her faith in Oscar the Grouch's heart is unshakable.
* Hakuya Ryouga / [=AbaRed=] of BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger. He was immune to the mind-screwing abilities of a MonsterOfTheWeek specifically because, in his niece's words, "he doesn't hate anyone or anything." Naturally, evil Ranger Nakadai Mikoto does everything in his power to crush the idealism out of him, but Ryouga never stops believing that Mikoto can be redeemed - and he's proven right.
* Most of the {{Ultraman}} fall under this.
* Gentaro Kisaragi, ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', who in his introduction stated his goal to befriend each and every single person in his new high school. This includes forgiving someone for throwing away a girl's love letter, and being nice to the JerkJock "king" and AlphaBitch "queen" of the school despite their harassment (both verbal ''and'' physical).
** He'll even do it with the MonsterOfTheWeek. You have to be really bad for him to not make a serious attempt at getting a villain to amend his ways. Pyxis, the guy who ''is the reason Fourze has a NightmareFuel [[NightmareFuel.KamenRiderFourze page]]'' is the only person he's not extended a hand of friendship to.
** He even extended his hand to several people who would probably be the last people to receive his handshake, [[spoiler:such as the man who ''killed him'', TheDragon who put two of his friends to the [[PhantomZone Dark Nebula]] and threatened death to the rest of his friends, and finally the BigBad. This is the same BigBad that ''killed his best friend Kengo Utahoshi''.]]
* [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Leslie Knope]] is such a generous, thoughtful, hardworking person, and so beloved by her friends and co-workers, that she might as well be characterized as the Messiah from Pawnee.
* Jo Jo Nabouli, from the short-lived ''KeyWest''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The lead singer of a rock band is sometimes played this way. Roger Daltrey of TheWho was arguably the TropeCodifier for his role in ''{{Tommy}}'', with Pete Townshend speculating that Robert Plant of LedZeppelin and Jim Morrison of TheDoors were influenced by him.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Baldr from Norse mythology was the original MarySue. A {{Bishonen}}, all-loving fertility god, he was such a nice guy that even physical weapons refused to harm him. A favourite pastime of the other gods was to throw weapons at him and watch them bounce off because even the weapons liked him too much to harm him. Then along came [[MagnificentBastard Loki]], the god of mischief, who finds one thing that can harm Baldr: a sprig of mistletoe. One prick from it and Baldr's dead. But then everyone in creation wept for him, even the nasty mistletoe that had done the deed: everyone of course, except Loki who was doomed to be chained to a rock and tortured by a snake until the end of time for his trouble.

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Nurgle of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' holds a deep, paternal love for all living things. Unfortunately for said living things, he thinks infecting them with horrific diseases is the best way to express that love, and considers their cries of anguish and despair a form of thanks for these "gifts."
** One thing: bacteria, parasites - the things that cause diseases ARE living things. Nurgle loves every living thing equally and can't just kill those couple thousand bacteria that live within a sick person. That would be Something-cide!
* Similarly, both Devils and Deceivers in the third edition of ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' explore why loving '''absolutely everything''' is not necessarily a virtuous trait, or one that leads to the other traits of The Messiah. The Devils love the laughter of children and the beauty of a sunset... but they also love cancer and genocide. In fact, they love cancer and genocide '''more''', because who else is going to love them? As for the Deceivers... to make a long explanation short, let's just say that love doesn't have to be sane or healthy.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[TheHero Link]] from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' will help those around him, no matter what. Affiliation, race and different dimension mean little to him. To him helping is helping. This is quite possible why he’s the chosen of the Triforce Of Courage. It takes true courage to be willing to help so many people without a second thought for your safety.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': [[TheHero Mario]] and to a lesser extent, [[TheLancer Luigi]]. They are unarguably seen as the paragons of heroism and goodness across the Mushroom Kingdom. Whenever [[BigBad Bowser]] causes trouble, they will always stop him. The VideoGame/PaperMario games emphasize Mario's status as a MagneticHero.
* On the subject of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Terra Branford form ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a clear example of this late in the game. In the World of Ruin, she ends up caring for orphans whose parents were murdered by Kefka and eventually Terra finds her purpose. To fight to protect those who need it as well as ensure a better future. Love drives her.
*** Celes Chere could also fit this trope in the World of Ruin portion of the game.
** Zidane Tribal from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is an example, despite the fact that he is a [[HandsomeLech lecherous]] thief. His line in the game's character montage is "You don't need a reason to help people". In fact, multiple characters throughout the game actually complain about how kind Zidane is to everybody that he meets.
*** This carries over into ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Yuna. Every summoner has to have this to some degree to go on their pilgrimage in the first place, but Yuna takes it to a whole new level, never speaking harshly to anyone, while still exhibiting [[SilkHidingSteel a quiet, subtle strength]] that keeps her going even after [[spoiler: the church of Yevon brands her and her party traitors, once the truth comes out about the [[EvilAllAlong nature of the Maesters]]]]. Her [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome speech to Yunalesca]] breaks it down perfectly.]]
** Arguably, Serah Farron develops into this over the course of ''{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}''. At the start of the game, her main drive is to find Lightning and [[CassandraTruth prove that she's alive]]. By mid-Episode 3, Serah has decided that saving the world should be their goal first and foremost, it becoming her main motivation (but finding Lightning is still very important to her). By the end of Episode 5, she's even prepared to save the world despite [[spoiler:[[BlessedWithSuck the knowledge that doing so]] [[PowerDegeneration might doom her to die]]]].
* Lloyd from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. He eventually transforms everyone in the party (and the world) for the better. He gives corny speeches explaining that everyone has the right to live freely, and inspires comments from his circle of friends on how softhearted, kind, strong, etc. he is.
** Mithos, the legendary hero from the game's back story, was also a messiah. With his three companions and a belief in ThePowerOfFriendship, he saved the world from a {{magitek}} war. What subsequently happened to him is revealed later on in the game, and it's ''not'' pretty.
* [[TheGoodCaptain Captain Brenner/O'Brian]] from ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' commands the remnants of a military unit in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic earth]], held together by his own leadership ability and charisma, and uses it to unconditionally rescue survivors and help people. [[spoiler:After ThePlotReaper is through with him, main character Will/Ed picks up the torch as well]].
* Sora from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', who has friends all over the multiverse, and seems to hold them ''all'' in the same high regard. He even has an EmpathicWeapon that ''runs on'' ThePowerOfFriendship. How [[GenreSavvy savvy]] of you, SquareEnix!
* Kyle Hyde of ''HotelDuskRoom215'' is something of a messiah who [[AccidentalHero never planned to be]]. He only goes to the titular hotel on business with his company, Red Crown, and possibly to get a lead on the man he's been pursuing for three years, Brian Bradley. It turns out that all the other patrons of the hotel all have big problems tied to the hotel, Bradley, and [[spoiler:the art theft organization he joined, Nile,]] including [[spoiler:manager Dunning Smith, pining for his kidnapped daughter; Jeff Damon, who ran away from home with money and a gun after getting sick of his father's shady legal dealings; Kevin Woodward, trying to get his head around his malpractice suit and his wife somehow (through Nile) producing the money for a settlement; Helen Parker, searching for her lost son who loved to frequent the hotel; Martin Summer, who plagiarized that son's text for a novel and led to his disappearance]] and others. Through the course of one night at Hotel Dusk, Kyle Hyde manages to "take out [all of their] garbage" with evidence, questioning, and occasional tough love, and give them the strength to keep working to resolve their problems. He doesn't even want to arrest the person he's looking for despite what he did, he just wants to ask him "why?".
* The Main Character of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' can qualify if played properly. In addition to helping almost all of the individuals he meets to overcome their crippling emotional and psychological issues, he employs the PowerOfFriendship with the following means:
** in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[FanNickname Souji Seta]] / [[CanonName Yu Narukami]] [[spoiler:can convince his friends to spare the life of the man who kidnapped and almost caused his seven year old cousin to die, and, following his apparent death at the hands of [[BigBad Izanami]], his friends give him the willpower to summon Izanagi-no-Okami, whereby [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he uses Myriad Truths to banish all deceit and falsehoods from the hearts of man]].]]
* The Main Character from {{Persona 3}} also counts. His ultimate Persona is even named Messiah.
* Ion from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. [[spoiler:Luke]] eventually too, but to a lesser degree.
* Talim from ''SoulSeries''. It's most obvious when you play as her as protagonist, but in any case, she actually doesn't like violence and tries to find peaceful solutions, fights unreservedly for what's right when she has to, and can usually be counted on to help her opponent up, full of concern for their well-being, when the fight is over. It's arguably enough to make you wish the plot were a bit deeper.
* ''YggdraUnion'' has ''three.'' Yggdra, the titular character, becomes a wise and loving monarch over the course of the story; the main antagonist, Gulcasa, is one to his own people [[spoiler:to the point of dying trying to save them in a really twisted and tragic way]]; and then there's Nessiah, Gulcasa's friend and tactician (and [[spoiler:fallen angel, let's not forget]]), who is actually something of a fallen messiah figure--he was the real deal once, but [[spoiler:he essentially had the idealism and love for all living things [[BreakTheCutie tortured out of him]] when he was thrown out of Asgard for refusing to fight in its wars]].
** It's questionable how pure they are, however, when it's stated and shown outright that all three of them are willing to kill any innocent [[WhatTheHellHero standing in their ways to their "justice" or rightfulness]] just because they're on an enemy's side.
* Jaina Proudmoore in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series. She's probably the most basically decent person (that doesn't go crazy and try to kill everyone) in the entire series, even helping a race she was raised to hate kill her father for peace and to genuinely honor the bond that Theramore acquired with the orcs. This even carries into ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where it seems everyone has taken a level in jerkass/incompetent.
** Anduin Lothar was either this or TooDumbToLive in ''Warcraft II'', where he tried to negotiate peace with the orcs (who were still AlwaysChaoticEvil back then).
** Prophet Velen also counts, considering he basically sees into the future and to alternate universes in order to guide his people
** In the fourth expansion, [[RebelPrince Prince]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Anduin Wrynn]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn has evolved into one]], probably influenced by his aunt Jaina personality, his master Velen's teachings, and the fact [[RuleofThree he is named after Anduin Lothar]]. Opposing [[ConflictBall his father's ideology]], he actually wants to coexist pacifically with the Horde, which leads him to take the "[[MartialPacifist why cant we be friends?]]" stance in one crucial quest he's involved in Pandaria, which in the end allows him [[spoiler:to convince [[PhysicalGod Xuen]] to [[CrowningMomentofAwesome open the gates of the vale of eternal blossoms to the inhabitants of Pandaria]]]]. Also he may become the titular messianic caracter of the alliance since [[spoiler: Jaina may be becoming a {{Fallen Hero}} following [[DespairEventHorizon Garrosh Hellscream's nuking of Theramore]], and in Velen's short story he's the one who convinces him [[PrescienceisPredictable to stop worrying about the future]] and [[WeHelptheHelpless focus on helping people in the present]].]]
* Stocke, the main character of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria.''
* Erana from the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' games is a powerful mage whose pure and loving influence has remained throughout the different lands even after she is [[SealedGoodInACan gone]], exuding peace and harmony, planting flowers and generally encouraging selfless good deeds. Also, she [[spoiler:sealed away an EldritchAbomination by sealing herself away with it, forever locked inside an icy tomb in order to ensure that the evil being never returned to the world]]. And you learn all this without even meeting her.
* [[Characters/PokemonMysteryDungeon Wigglytuff]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon''.
* The Pikachu of ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii''. So cute and friendly, he unites the Pokemon with such love and friendship that it prevents a floating island from crushing their home.
* Oror from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}} 2''. So good, he might have been a MarySue-type if he hadn't been dead for three years at the beginning of the game.
* Hijiri Byakuren, the final boss of the 12th in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'', is identified as the "{{youkai}} Messiah", a living Buddha who preaches peaceful co-existence with humanity. Of course, [[LetsYouAndHimFight you end up having to fight her anyway, because that's just how they roll in Gensokyo]].
* Staying on the extreme high end of the morality scale in most BioWare {{RPG}}s will result in the PlayerCharacter coming across as one.
** Open Palm Spirit Monk in ''JadeEmpire'', who can [[spoiler:get a ''victory'' by sacrificing him/herself to the BigBad for the good of the Empire.]]
** The Lightside PC of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', most obviously in his/her interactions with Juhani on Dantooine and with Bastila on the Star Forge.
*** Additionally, well, his/her Dark Side has been implied to [[DarkMessiah try]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist his]] [[XanatosRoulette best]].
*** The Light-Side Exile in the sequel, despite the revelation about [[ThePowerOfTheVoid the source]] of their abilities.
*** Also, [[MinovskyPhysics Element Zero]], because it can ''make'' your [[IncrediblyLamePun Mass higher]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is notable as an exception, while there are usually 'right' options ([[spoiler:getting Zathrian to let go of his hate and release the werewolves from their curse]], [[spoiler:destroying the Anvil of the Void and allowing Caridin to depart from his [[AndIMustScream doomed existence]]]], [[spoiler:going out of your way to ensure that Eamon, Connor, and Isolde all survive]]), almost every choice is in [[GreyAndGreyMorality the grey area]] and many seemingly 'right' decisions (backing the honest, honorable dwarven lord over the [[spoiler:fratercidal]] tyrant of a Prince, helping a dwarven girl go off to study on the surface) have far-reaching and negative consequences ([[spoiler: destroying dwarven civilization]], [[spoiler:setting the stage for a Chantry crusade against the dwarves]]).
** One of the [[DarkerAndEdgier saddest]] parts of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is no matter how much of a Messiah [[TheHero Hawke]] ends up being, he/she still [[spoiler:looses his/her family, tears [[CityOfAdventure Kirkwall]] apart twice, and sets the stage for Thedas' first world war]].
* Shing Meteoryte from ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' is a perfect example of this. He even goes as far as [[spoiler:offering Creed, the BigBad, a second chance.]]
* Sera from the DigitalDevilSaga. She's a MysteriousWaif in your party whose singing soothes demonic beasts.
* Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' is a [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] believes the best in everybody. [[UntrustingCommunity Her kindness]] [[BullyingADragon is not repaid.]]
* Seliph is seen as both this and TheChosenOne in FireEmblemJugdral. Being a [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Blue Haired]] HumbleHero, the prospect scares him at the beginning, but he eventually lives up to it.
** In the backstory, the member of the Twelve Crusaders who fits the most is Blaggi the Arch bishop, who not only has a Holy Weapon able to resurrect the death (the Valkyrie Staff) but shows kindness even to the members of [[ReligionOfEvil the Lopto Sect]].
* FireEmblemElibe has four straight-up examples, only one of them being a main character.
** Princess Lilina from ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'' is always kind and compassionate, able to melt the hearts of everyone - even the brutally cynical Garret. She's specially sweet to Oujay and Gonzales, the second being an extreme {{Gonk}} who was hated by everyone.
** Nino from ''Rekka no Ken'' not only managed to defrost her best friend and prospect husband [[spoiler: Jaffar]] [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect by nursing him back to health instead of killing him]], but she's also unfailingly sweet and gentle to whoever she supports with, and cries when she has to face her adoptive family. The only person who doesn't get this privilege is Sonia, but well... [[EvilMatriarch this]] ''[[SmugSnake is]]'' [[YouKilledMyFather Sonia]] we're talking about. And Nino ''did'' seek her approval until she learnt the truth about her.
*** There's also the main character, Eliwood. He goes through incredible hardships and not only he manages to retain about 80% of his idealism, but he refuses to hate the BigBad even after [[spoiler: he kills his father Elbert ''and'' causes the death of his prospect love interest Ninian]] and constantly shows sweetness to his troupe.
** And in the backstory, the Seven Heroes of the Scourging have their own Messiah: Saint Elimine, their MagicalGirlWarrior and ChurchMilitant. She even founded both her own nation (Etruria) and her own religion (the Elimine church -- which still goes strong after centuries)!
*** To drive the point even further, ''Fuuin'' mentions that according to her legend, [[spoiler: Elimine never died. Once she believed her mission in life was over, she walked up to the top of a tower in the Etrurian capital of Aquleia and calmly {{ascend|ToAHigherPlaneOfExistence}}ed to a higher plane of existence. Said place is now known as the Tower of the Saint, and it houses [[LightEmUp her spellbook (Aureola)]] and her healing staff (Holy Maiden).]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' gives us the almost unfailingly plucky, kind and sensible Princess Eirika of Renais. Even when her naivete sometimes gets the worst of her (like when [[spoiler: Fomortiis in Lyon's body tricks her into giving him the Stone of Renais]]), Eirika keeps being sweet and gentle and willing to fight for the sake of Magvel. She also shows a spiritual side when talking to the local BadassBookworm, Saleh, and comforts Princess L'Arachel when she [[spoiler: gets depressed over the death of her parents when she was a little girl]].
** The aforementioned L'Arachel claims to be TheMessiah and has been raised as a ChurchMilitant, but she's more of a LoveFreak. She ''does'' show genuine Messiah traits when she [[spoiler: helps Eirika get over the HeroicBSOD caused by the Lyon/Fomortiiis incident described above]], though.
* ''FireEmblemTellius'' has one of its protagonist, Micaiah the maiden of dawn. The storyline spends quite a bit of time exploring the trope's negative sides, as the pressure of leading her country's army no matter her personal opinion weighs heavily on her shoulder. On top of that, her ennemies have an entirely different opinion of her, as they face her fanatically devoted soldiers that are ready to hold their ground no matter how hopelessly outnumbered as a result of their faith in their miraculous commander...
* And ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Emmeryn, the Exalt of Ylisse and Chrom and Lissa's older sister, who goes to the extreme of [[spoiler:calmly walking to a cliff ''and throwing herself off it'' in front of both Chrom's troops and the Plegian armies, essentially commiting suicide to stop both countries from going to war. ''And she succeeds'', becoming a folk heroine for her bravery and selflessness.]]
* ''StarCraft'' Tassadar who has ascended to this by the Protoss. Both figuratively and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence literally]].
* [[BigGood Aura]] from the DotHack conglomerate.
* Mithra from ''AsurasWrath'', who has shown no contempt for her imprisonment and immediately forgives her Uncle Yasha for going along with the plot of the Seven Deities.
* The Good Hero of ''Fable''. At first he simply smiles and is liked by others, but at max morality, entire cities cheer as you walk by, and you gain a halo and an aura of butterflies. You can also begin to look like Moses.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Deconstructed in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s "Unlimited Blade Works" route. Shirou is a Messiah who lives by the creed of 'I will save everyone!' while Archer, a DarkMessiah, points out that even Shirou knows you can't save every single person, so Archer will help the maximum number of people possible... Throwing innocent people to the wolves when necessary to prevent a larger crisis. [[spoiler:Archer is also Shirou's future self, so he knowws better than ''anyone'' that Sirou won't be able to cut it.]] Basically, you can follow the ideals of the Messiah but it's going to totally screw you up inside if you're not careful or don't have a clear reason to do so, and in any case it simply doesn't work if you follow the ideal exactly.
** The biggest part of the {{deconstruction}} is arguably Shirou's psyche. Basically, his personality and reason for existing was shattered when his parents and his entire life was destroyed in the fire ten years ago -- being saved by Kiritsugu made his entire being revolve around that event, to the degree that Shirou has no sense of self and can only define himself by helping others, even if the recipients neither want, appreciate nor need his help.
* Masayuki in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'' ''refuses'' to see the bad in people and places. People don't really know how to treat him because of it. One the one hand, it's kind of admirable, but on the other it's very difficult to understand or, in some cases, to tolerate.
* Mary Clarissa Crhristie in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'', who will even cry for the monsters trying to kill her and beg M not to kill them. She's pretty tough when it comes down to it, though, but that attitude only strengthens with time.
* VisualNovel/DanganRonpa is a very dark game with lots of death, murder and despair. Enter [[spoiler: Makoto Naegi]], who after [[spoiler: being accused of the first murder]], decides to fight back against this bleak world. [[spoiler: Just look at the last trial in Chapter 6, if you don't believe it: he delivers some lines about hope and love and refusing to give into the despair crafted by Junko aka the BigBad that would make SailorMoon '''proud'''.]] In fact, [[spoiler: finishing the game and getting the good ending has you-as-Naegi returning their hopes to the other living students, screaming '''You Must Not Lose Hope!!'' atop of his lungs, among other things. Kirigiri implies that this trait may mean that he may actually be Super High-School Level Hope instead of Super High-School Level Good (Bad?) Luck.]]
** Even more so: [[spoiler: in VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2, Naegi returns alongside Kirigiri, Togami and Alter Ego. He's as messianic as ever, and as a member of the Future Foundation he wants to save all the students who were the remnants of Super High-School Level Despair.]]
** And then we have the WhatIf side story ''Dangan Ronpa IF'', [[spoiler: where Naegi, having recovered his memories ''way'' before the others, ''tries to save TheMole Mukuro'' and gets [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice severely wounded]].. but this not only prevents the first death/execution (saving Sayaka and Leon), but it causes Mukuro to have a HeelFaceTurn. Yeah, kid is THAT messianic]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The [[BigDamnHeroes Heterodyne Boys]] from GirlGenius. They show compassion and forgiveness to everyone,[[TooDumbToLive even]] [[BloodKnight Vole]].
* Rikk from ''{{Fans}}''.
* Grace from - all together now - ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* Maytag from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}''
* ''Webcomic/AxisMundi'' is supposed to have at least two.
* Mink from DanAndMabsFurryAdventures.
* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. He didn't even kill SmugSnake Kubota and called V out when he/she did.
** He probably gets that from his Mother, who is/was the sweetest, kindest person in his hometown
* John from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. In a comic with some [[TheChessmaster pretty]] [[OmnicidalManiac heinous]] [[EldritchAbomination villains]] - and some [[{{Antihero}} pretty]] [[SociopathicHero sketchy]] ''[[VillainProtagonist heroes]]'' - he stands out as the most cheerful, affable character, always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.
** Karkat starts out as John's foil, being perpetually angry, derogatory, unforgiving, and just plain mean to everyone. Then it turns out that he's actually a decent guy who cares about others, was the only thing keeping the trolls all working together instead of killing each other, convinced villains to work in his best interest, and is ultimately the least threatening or dangerous member of his group. Played completely straight when he stops a rampaging murder clown with the power of hugs and it's revealed that his Ancestor was a literal [[MessianicArchetype Christ figure]].
** John's replacement in the post-scratch universe overshadows those two in pure symbolism. Let's start with her name, [[SignificantMonogram Jane Crocker]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Dragon Emperor Prometheus in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7893756/1/The_Chronicles_of_Utopia_Volume_II The Chronicles of Utopia Volume II]] is a messianic figure who cares deeply for all people and actively works to bring all sentient beings, even evil ones, on his world into the light, though he will fiercely defend those under his protection.
* Shandala from ''BrokenSaints'' fits this to a tee. Hell, pretty much all the tropes used in the description at the top of the page apply to her. Of course, when in the course of the story, it comes time for BreakTheCutie, things get ''really'' ugly...
* {{Phantasia}} herself, exceptionally so after the reboot. At least, she presents herself this way.
* Neil Sinclair of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest V3''. No matter how many times he is knocked back by more [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical or pessimistic]] characters, he keeps on trying, time and again, to gather as many students he can in an attempt to escape. His hugely idealist approach includes but is not limited to inviting a classmate into the group who had previously ''killed'' one of the other members of his group - S.A.D.D. [[spoiler:And now, his group has fallen apart after his death.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The leading ladies in {{Disney|AnimatedCanon}} movies usually fall into the trope, when they aren't portrayed as {{action girl}}s (and sometimes even when they are).
* [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]. There's a reason why the Autobots look up to him and want him as their leader.
* Initially, Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', especially obvious in episodes like "Imprisoned," "The Desert," "Crossroads of Destiny," eventually reaching what was assumed by some villagers as literal messianic levels in "The Painted Lady." Then the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Scale]] tipped toward closer to Cynical, and TheLancer passed the Idealistic baton [[MessiahCreep to its proper character]], TheHero, Aang. Katara, meanwhile, slid some towards WellIntentionedExtremist territory...
** Aang himself is also one because not only he is [[TheChosenOne destined to savior the world]] or look as a [[AGodAmI God like figure]], he offered [[spoiler:BigBad Fire Lord Ozai a chance of redemption by telling him to he has the to end all of this during Sozin's Comet]]
* Kyle in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is often used with this trope in various forms. While a bit of a lower end JerkAss (compared to Cartman particularly) at times, he has the strongest moral code of [[BlackAndGrayMorality anybody on]] [[CrapsackWorld the show]]. Veers toward {{Insufferable|Genius}} KnightTemplar territory, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters particularly when Cartman is involved]].
** Stan may qualifies as well, if not the KnightInSourArmor type.
** Butters all the way.
* The Flash, from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. Don't believe us? [[{{dystopia}} Look at what happens when he's not around.]]
--->'''Wonder Woman''' (to villain, who has seemingly just killed Superman): I'm going to punch a hole through your head.\\
'''Flash''': We don't do that to our enemies.\\
'''Wonder Woman''': Speak for yourself.\\
'''Flash''': I'm trying to speak for Superman.
** The above is a fine example. A better one would be the fact that [[spoiler:his death causes an alternate-Superman to decide to try on the KnightTemplar boots...and disintegrate Lex Luthor. For starters]].
** [[FriendlyEnemy Flash is even nice to his villains.]] He plays darts with the Trickster, and can get him to go to jail just by asking. He knows every single person in his city, is willing to do mundane chores ([[MundaneUtility with his]] SuperSpeed, [[MundaneUtility of course]]) for them in between superheroing, [[FriendToAllChildren and kids adore him.]] He can even convince Ultra-Humanite to dress up as Santa for some kids and then surrender to the police with minimal effort.
* Starfire in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is said to be [[TheHeart the "heart"]] of [[TrueCompanions the team.]] Just like Flash above, [[BadFuture things aren't pretty if she disappears.]]
* Ma-Ti in ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', who's supposed to hold the group together with his [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway "awesome" power]]. His first appearance has him [[FriendToAllLivingThings gently subduing a jaguar to save a monkey]].
* Lazlo from ''CampLazlo''. Consider this line from the episode "Burpless Beans":
-->'''Edward:''' Lazlo, why do you hate me?
-->'''Lazlo:''' I don't hate you, Edward. I love all creatures, even whatever you are!
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Ben Tennyson has borrowed not only Manga/SailorMoon's TransformationSequence but her steadfast refusal to sacrifice lives and her power to heal the villains' victims with the EmpathicWeapon. He even once instantly handed over the MacGuffin ''with no hesitation'' to save his captured friends, just like Sailor Moon once did for Molly/Naru.
* Rex from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', despite his rebellious phase, and his sarcastic attitude, he is willing to risk his life to cure people with E.V.O, save people even when White Knight is going to kill them because they can't be cured [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Rex attacks instead]]. he helps people even [[JerkAss pricks]] that he doesn't like. He even shows sympathy towards [[spoiler:AntiVillain Garan-Set]], because he feels sorry.
* Optimus Primal of ''{{Transformers}} WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
* Waffle from ''{{Catscratch}}''. He (a cat) even befriends a dog that hates cats.
* ''StickinAround'' is noteworthy for having two messiahs as opposed to one. In this case, Stacy and Polly. Even if they have their moments of getting even with those around them (especially true for Stacy in regards to Bradley), these two are some of the more nicer girls you'll see in all of western animation, if not animated cartoons period.
* The titular character of ''JimmyTwoShoes''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Rigby's brother Don is overwhelmingly nice to everyone, even Rigby, who hates his guts for overshadowing him and unintentionally stealing his friends. When Rigby comes forward with his disposition towards his brother Don becomes upset because all he wanted was his brother's acceptance. Still, it is undebatable that Don would do anything for his little big brother or anyone else.
* T.J., Mikey, Gus, Cornchip Girl, and Miss Grotke from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'': Arnold. For that matter Lila, although she came off as an intentional {{parody|Sue}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy, embodying the Element of Kindness. She's endlessly kind ([[ExtremeDoormat sometimes to her own detriment]]). She is a friend to the animals. She was uncorrupted by [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 Discord's mind-games, forcing him to mind control her directly]]. She abhors violence, but [[MamaBear when others are threatened]] she will go to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy amazing lengths]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster to protect them.]]
** Pinkie Pie, the Element of Laughter, counts as well, given that this is the real reason why she got her cutie mark (the party thing is merely her bread and butter), exemplified by her IAmSong in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend in Deed"]].
** And last but not least, Twilight Sparkle. She's more cynical and grouchy than the norm, but fills this role in the places that count, moreso than even Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. She's the wielder of the Element of Magic (aka [[TitleDrop Friendship]]), the most powerful of the six; in the two-parter episode "The Return Of Harmony," she is the one who manages to break the others free of Discord's HatePlague by reminding them of the friendship they all share; in "A Canterlot Wedding", she is able to [[spoiler:see through the fake Cadance because she knew the real Cadance so well]]; and in "Magical Mystery Cure," her knowledge of friendship reaches the point that [[spoiler:she is deemed worthy to be transformed into an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]] and crowned a Princess of Equestria]].
* Peri from ''Spliced''. When the Wunny Sharbit, supposedly the most dangerous creature in existence, tries to eat him, his first reaction is to try and befriend it. And it ''works''. [[StatusQuoIsGod For a while anyway.]]
* Max from CapitolCritters is ridiculously nice to pretty much most people he meets. A cat was threatening a girl, he saved the girl at the cost of the cat beaten up. What does he do when the girl's family congratulates him? He starts crying because he thinks he killed the cat. Although he can be a DeadpanSnarker at times, Max has a very pure heart and is one of the sweetest cartoon mice ever created.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The book ''Strong Willed Child Or Dreamer?'' describes a personality type, dreamers, who are idealistic, sensitive, creative and empathetic. TheMessiah seems to basically a dreamer taken UpToEleven. [[http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/idealist_overview.asp This]] explains it nicely.
* As mentioned above, Fred Rogers. Despite all the cruel and completely untrue rumors going around about him on the web, the man you saw on TV was ''exactly'' who he was in RealLife. Patient, optimistic, and kind-hearted. Despite being an ordained reverend, he never brought it up on his show or as a status symbol, and when asked to denounce homosexuals or other groups people didn't like, Mr. Rogers would politely decline, replying that "God loves you just the way you are."
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%% Before adding an example, read the description carefully and make sure the character you're adding fits here rather than under Messianic Archetype. As a hint, if you feel the need to state your character is "literally" The Messiah, Messianic Archetype is probably where he or she belongs. While the tropes can certainly overlap (hence this one's name), they don't always.

->''"Nausicaä is the thread that joins us all together. Us, the Doroks, even Kushana and the wormhandlers. Without Nausicaä, we would only quarrel and splinter."''
-->-- '''Asbel''', ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga

The main character, simply put, [[LoveYouAndEverybody loves everyone]]. Loves them with a deep, spiritual love that means they will shake heaven and earth, destroy gods and planets, bring nations to their knees, etc. [[TheDulcineaEffect for the person they just met yesterday]]. They will [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter believe the best]] of [[TheIngenue everyone]], and constantly give someone [[LastSecondChance a second chance]] (though they ''will'' defeat the BigBad). They repay [[TurnTheOtherCheek cruelty with kindness and anger with calm]]. They are the ones who will suffer for the sins of their loved ones. Most people think they're insane, but somehow they pull it off. Even MarySue and MartyStu are impressed.

The EmpathicWeapon trusts them completely, as does [[FriendToAllLivingThings every animal they meet]]. Their [[FertileFeet every step causes flowers to bloom]]. Their [[TrueCompanions circle of friends]] are in awe of them, if not somewhat [[HaremGenre in love with them]]. They'll even [[MagneticHero attract]] an AntiHero or two who will stick around so they can at least figure out what drugs this person is taking -- and where ''they'' can get some. In their hands ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship can be an awesome force, they may be the standard bearer for the message that YouAreNotAlone and if anything can redeem a person against the odds by showing them the light of goodness, it will probably be TheMessiah.

On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, TheMessiah is a heavily idealistic character. Even in a dark world, they are [[IncorruptiblePurePureness ideal]]. They will always say SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers and [[HopeBringer inspire hope.]] In the hands of a bad writer, the character can easily be mutated into a MarySue.

In terms of the FourLoves, TheMessiah is Agape, or Unconditional Love for All, personified. However, by no means is the character exempt from the the [[ThickerThanWater other]] [[LoveInterest three]] [[TrueCompanions loves]].

TheFool is sometimes the embryonic state of TheMessiah doubled as the IdiotHero. A MagneticHero has the intangible quality of earning respect and followers that some Messiah characters do but without needing the "love and forgive everyone" part. TheMessiah who takes their idealism too far into {{Facepalm}}-worthy idiocy (like seriously trying to trade the ArtifactOfDoom if the villain [[ILied promises not to hurt anyone]]) may lapse into StupidGood or LawfulStupid. If such a character is still messianic but do have some more realistic flaws or moments in which they're NotSoAboveItAll, you're likely to be in front of a BrokenMessiah.

The protagonist in a WhiteMansBurden story will often be TheMessiah. For the character who only ''thinks'' they're TheMessiah, see the LoveFreak. TheCutie shares a lot of TheMessiah's characteristic personality type, but isn't as much of a paragon of idealism and may or may not have their overpowering charisma. Similarly, ThePollyanna has the Messiah's optimism and good heart, but doesn't have the same kind of charisma or deep spiritualism.

SubTrope to IdealHero. Compare MartyrWithoutACause, TheParagon, TheHeart, IncorruptiblePurePureness, PuritySue, LoveYouAndEverybody, NiceGuy. This trope is '''not''' about Jesus-analogs; that's MessianicArchetype. While they and TheMessiah sometimes overlap, a character with the MessianicArchetype can be far-flung from being TheMessiah in mind and behavior. Contrast DarkMessiah, which can stand in opposition to this but is more MessianicArchetype + AntiHero as well as MisanthropeSupreme (although a more AntiVillain version may have been a [[FallenHero former]] Messiah, who, came to believe that the only way to truly save everyone was [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans taking extreme measures]]).

In the context of methods of climax fulfillment, this may be referred to as a "Love Hero". May overlap with ForHappiness as a character motivation.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Amuro Ray in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' sacrifices himself to save people from an asteroid and show them "the light" helping them to gain hope. Lampshaded in the video game ''Gundam Dynasty Warriors 2'' where Amuro claims he is "no Messiah" before this storyline. His rival, Char Aznable, is pretty much a DarkMessiah in the film.
* ''RurouniKenshin's'' titular character is known for helping others and avoiding massacres. A friend of him thinks in one scene that he will save him life even if didn't want his help since there are several people in Japan who need him. Ironically, most of Kenshin's rivals tend to be DarkMessiah.
* Usagi Tsukino from ''Manga/SailorMoon'', though she started as TheFool. Not only that, she actually gets ''called'' the Messiah later.
** It should be noted, though, that Usagi is more of TheMessiah in the anime than in the manga, where despite still being very compassionate and a good person, she's ''much'' less forgiving of [[MamaBear those who hurt her loved ones]].
*** And if you want to know how much of a Messiah Usagi is in the live-action ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', look for signs from ''the second episode''. You've definitely got a Messiah in play when, in the middle of a fight, she's hanging by one arm off a balcony and trying to convince the next senshi-to-be ''[[ScrewDestiny not to become a senshi if she doesn't want to]]'', using lines like "Don't worry, it'll work out somehow!"
** Mistress 9 is TheAntiChrist to Usagi's Messiah, unless of course you want to be comprehensive and cover the other seasons, and then it's Chaos.
* Shinya from ''Manga/{{Watashi No Messiah-sama}}'' accepts his duty to save the planet of his beloved by defeating the BigBad, but refuses to harm anyone, including the BigBad [[spoiler:even after having ripped his heart off and being left off to die]].
** Earlier in the series [[spoiler:he fires a lightning at himself to make Hime, who was trying to kill him, to back off without harming her]].
*** And [[spoiler:when Sariel, one of the DarkMessiah subordinates, merely puts Hime to sleep, Shinya snaps, fights and actually manages to bruise him. Did we mention the fact that Sariel, being the Angel of Death, can see the future, wipe out armies by himself and is NighInvulnerable?]].
* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Kind to everyone, forgives even the most evil, saves everyone with her love.
* Kintaro from ''Manga/GoldenBoy''. He is a pervert, but [[ChivalrousPervert he has morals]], and is very sensitive and kindhearted
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
** And their counterparts from the Nanto Roku Seiken; Rei, the Star of Justice, who must live and die for others, and his best friend Shu, the Star of Benevolence, who sacrifices himself for the sake of one hundred innocents.
* Kikyo from ''Anime/InuYasha'' before her supposed betrayal and murder at the hands of Inu Yasha, who was really [[BigBad Naraku]] in disguise. Even after being revived from the dead, she is frequently seen helping weak and helpless people, although [[DarkMagicalGirl her personality undergoes]] [[BrokenBird significant change.]]
** Kagome. As the reincarnation of Kikyou, she has the Jewel of Shikon sealed inside her, and once she comes into Inuyasha's era she tries to help all the people she can while searching for the Shikon shards. A great example is her interaction with the '''very''' angry CuteGhostGirl Mayu, who died in a fire and is full of anger and pain at her grieving mother; Kagome singlehandedly turns Mayu back to the side of good and saves from being thrown into Hell.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[TheMedic Orihime Inoue]]. When she's captured by the Arrancar, she refuses to hurt them, shows them love, [[spoiler: ''resurrects their dead'' even after they were trying to torture her, and helps one of the most emotionless of them to discover what the heart is before he dies.]] In the ''Nestle to Night novel'', also, she [[spoiler: heals and saves Harribel and the girls of her AmazonBrigade.]] On the other hand, once her Messianic tendences were used ''massively'' against her: [[spoiler: she shielded ''a guy who had just tried to attack her'', Shishigawara, from his boss who was all "YouHaveFailedMe" mode with a badass GoThroughMe]]... but it turned out that [[spoiler: while Shishi survived, his boss Tsukishima did it as a way to go past Orihime's defenses and attack ''her''. [[MindRape The results]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy weren't pretty]].]]
** Also, Ichigo Kurosaki. Despite his protests on the contrary, he's the one who gives hope to others and saves them, and his main motivation is to protect the people he loves and cares for. [[spoiler: And he's also another case of using one's Messianic nature against someone else... again courtesy of Tsukishima, who has brainwashed his friends and family (including ) and renders poor Ichigo incredibly pissed and almost ''desperate''.]]
* Anime/{{Naruto}}, to the point where it makes you wonder why he had such an abnormally hard time making friends prior to the start of the series (although it can be because [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer nobody wanted to truly meet him after all]]).
-->'''Kakashi''': Naruto has a mysterious power. Everyone who meets him becomes his friend, no matter how little contact they have beforehand.
** Hinata, Shikamaru, Temari, Neji, and Gaara all note that he has the power to influence people. It's worth noting that Naruto tends to get off to a bad start with most of the people he befriends, and they're often completely dismissive of him for reasons typically unrelated to him having the fox inside him. Unlike many of the other examples, he's not always civil in response, but his determination and honesty cause many of these people to see him, and often themselves, in a new light.
** Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage, counts as well. Even as a child, his fondest wish was to bring an end to the constant fighting and dying that plagued the world by forming villages where kids could learn and grow instead of being slaughtered on the battlefield. When he was head of the Senju Clan, he was constantly trying to convince the Uchiha Clan to stop the fighting and join him, eventually succeeding. [[spoiler:When he and the other previous Hokage are brought back with ''Edo Tensei'' for Sasuke to question, Hashirama immediately realizes that Sasuke [[RevengeBeforeReason needs help]], and proceeds to [[WarriorTherapist sit the boy down and talk to him]]. He ends up proving his messiah-ness by succeeding where Naruto failed: with mere words and wisdom, he convinces Sasuke to pull a HeelFaceTurn.]] Dude earned his Hokage credentials, that's for sure.
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy Kaworu]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is an interesting example of this trope since he's actually [[AntiAntiChrist a humanoid alien sent to destroy humanity]]. He [[SpannerInTheWorks flat out rejects SEELE's plans to use him to trigger Instrumentality]], [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life in exchange for humanity]], then [[EndOfEvangelion returns later]] to help Shinji reject Instrumentality with the unconditional love and kindness he's shown the other boy.
* Vash from ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'' often has to be prodded into shooting the bad guys instead of trying to reason the virtues of life with them. Even then, he refuses to kill humans, even if it means bandaging up the people he just took down.
** [[BadassPreacher Wolfwood]] occasionally seems to see Vash in this light, and well beyond his TechnicalPacifist stance above he ''will do anything'' to save people. From diving into blows that carved the scars all over him to stripping naked and barking like a dog to get a hostage free to training constantly so that his skills are up to pulling off his signature miracles. His whole identity is tied up in saving people.
** ''And'' he's the primary defender of the human race on his planet, and main proponent of the creed that everybody can theoretically live in harmony. Even his TrueCompanions aren't a big help--Millie has a good measure of IncorruptiblePurePureness but doesn't do abstracts, Meryl tends to be a realist, and his best friend is an AntiHero. [[spoiler: And a [[ProfessionalKiller mercenary assassin]]. And ''TheMole''.]]
** Too bad he's got an opponent who's sole mission is to [[BreakTheCutie break him]] thanks to this, [[spoiler: and who eventually succeeds, if only temporarily.]]
** In a similar vein is Tendou Rushuna from ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'', who is a bit more {{Martial|Pacifist}} than Vash, but has likewise never killed anyone[[spoiler:, even in the face of them apparently killing a new friend of hers]]. Even her name is a play on this: Rushuna is a play on a Rushana Buddha, a statue exemplifying the essence of the Buddha, while her surname, Tendou, translates to "Heavenly Path."
* Mai Tokiha from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' is an interesting case. She spends much of the series struggling to come to terms with her feelings, and is capable of expressing a wide range of negative emotions, ranging from mere disgust to violent rage. In spite of this, she seems to be the type who wants to see the best in people, and never seems to be able to bring herself to feel actual hatred towards anybody, even those who have tried to hurt her. Furthermore, despite her claims that she doesn't have "the time or energy to deal with other people's problems," when push comes to shove she's just not the type of person who can abandon others when she has a chance to help them. In the end, it's her love that allows her to [[spoiler:save her possessed best friend/veritable little sister Mikoto, as she chooses to meet Mikoto's berserk rage with open arms and hope that her feelings can reach the other girl.]]
* Arika Yumemiya from ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}''. She initially [[JumpedAtTheCall takes on her newfound powers with relish]], but after she learns about what [[PersonOfMassDestruction an Otome's duties truly are]], she tries to keep up her vow to change the system in order to save the lives of her friends.
* Both Kanade and Rino from ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'', but the latter is also TheFool.
* Nanoha Takamachi from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''; this becomes especially apparent when you see how [[DefeatMeansFriendship she and her friends met]].
** It's worth mentioning that the Nanoha fanbase uses the term "befriend" as a synonym for "beat the hell out of". She does, however, possess an astounding success rate for [[HeelFaceTurn turning villains]] into lifelong allies.
** Not only that, but in the closing theme music of season 3, she walks on water, and then flowers bloom all around her. Subtle much?
* Nagisa Aoi from ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''.
* Milfeulle Sakuraba of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has many aspects of TheMessiah, along with the ones that clearly qualify her as TheDitz and TheFool.
* Yoh Asakura from ''Manga/ShamanKing''.
** Also subverted with Iron Maiden Jeanne, who's believed to be TheMessiah but is more of a KnightTemplar.
* Belldandy of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess!'' also generally falls into this trope; even her (astoundingly rare) bouts of anger are more likely to result in her forcibly healing the soul of whoever she's fighting, rather than actually harm them.
** When she's drunk (on cola), she goes around causing small miracles to help animals, children, the elderly, stray animals, demons, inanimate objects, and pretty much anything else she lays eyes on.
* Lucia Nanami from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''.
* Ginji Amano from ''Manga/GetBackers'' is even referred to by this moniker several times in the anime and manga, and is very much loved and respected by his allies as a result of his LoveFreak tendencies. But when his SuperPoweredEvilSide kicks in (partly ''because'' he's the kind to want to take on others' pain and suffering), you'd never be able to believe it...
* Misaki of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; not only her core circle of friends but ''everyone she's ever fought'' comes to every one of her matches, cheers for her to win (even the ones that hated her at first) and tries desperately to find out what her opponent's secret is, even though she can't accept any help during the match.
* Judai Yuki of the {{Post Modern|ism}} ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Originally used straight and frequently [[LampshadeHanging noticed and discussed]] by characters like Sameshima, Saiou, Asuka, Ryo, and Edo; but then {{deconstruct|ion}}ed by Season 3, when the pressure of being everyone's source of strength and inspiration is finally too much for him. His TrueCompanions' dependence on him was actually the key the next BigBad used to kill them, and Judai's heartbreak at his failure to live up to being this character contributed to his fall to TheDarkSide. [[spoiler: And it took him a lot to pull himself back from the despair.]]
* Subaru Sumeragi from ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' and ''Manga/{{X1999}}''. A subversion occurs when it doesn't work and, ''without'' losing the core of his kindness and compassion, he [[BreakTheCutie loses everything]] and [[FaceHeelTurn becomes the opposite]] of what he used to be.
* Kambei from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' inspires great loyalty with words alone, and he forgives and sees worthiness where no one else would. Just in case all that's not clear enough, he also sports white robes and a distinctly Jesus-like haircut.
** He's also given up on life, and largely on people. Broken Messiah? MessianicArchetype but not TheMessiah? TheMessiah isn't supposed to find young enthusiasm like Katushiro's so irritating and naive.
* Dr. Kenzo Tenma from ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. This is both a large advantage and similarly a large disadvantage to him because of the complex location on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism that ''Monster'' inhabits.
** This is epitomized by his decision in the ending: [[spoiler:rather than returning to private practice, Tenma signs up with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctors_without_borders MSF]], proving that he's willing to take bullets to help complete strangers. All this after a sociopathic ManipulativeBastard devotes himself to putting him through hell and showing him that this is a CrapsackWorld.]]
* Yuko Okonogi from ''Anime/DennouCoil''.
* Alphonse Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' generally is considered the level-headed brother who always looks on the bright side of life. He has also converted two chimera soldiers to his cause just by showing them that they are still human.
** 'course, Ed got two by a similar attitude and fighting until he collapsed, and Roy is AFatherToHisMen and it always works. Lots of ''that'' going around; Al is just the only sweet one.
* Gon Freeccs from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. He is extremely nice and forgiving, and has a tendency to make people like and admire him. He is also TheFool to an extent, mostly because of his brute strength and dumb luck.
** Also features some BlueAndOrangeMorality, or at least a major tendency toward MoralDissonance. Enhanced trait of [[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] above, of whom he is a {{Homage}} to.
* Kazuki Muto from ''Anime/BusouRenkin''. Declares the intention to protect ''everyone'', and will defend people who've been trying to kill him if he thinks they're redeemable. [[spoiler:One of them immediately turns around and offers her own life to save Kazuki from her brother -- so it works.]]
** Not only that. He's nice to everybody, he tries to save everybody, and even helps people who were killing him not five minutes before, even people who were killing him five minutes previously, then stop, then betray the truce, he'll still help them!
* Sora Naegino from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', despite being bullied by some of her companions and having to face TrainingFromHell to compensate for her lack of training compared to others, actually manages to win the hearts and respect to even her most bitter rivals.
** Sophie also has some elements of this, being a kind yet determined WhiteHairedPrettyGirl who alongside [[spoiler: her brother]] Leon works hard to fulfill her dreams. [[spoiler: Too bad she's also the SacrificialLamb.]]
* Sawada Tsunayoshi from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', though he was initially TheFool and the ButtMonkey. However, as the series [[GenreShift went on and got more serious]], he became this. Especially noticeable with his [[EasilyForgiven relationship with Mukuro]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' leads seem to have an element of this, more often than not. [[Anime/DigimonSavers Masaru]] manages to pick up where his father Suguru left off as far as reaching out to Digimon and trying to create the world where Digimon and humans can live together. [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Daisuke]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Takato]], and [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Takuya]] also have their moments.
** Taichi's younger sister Hikari plays TheMessiah role straight in ''Adventure'', but ''subverts'' it in ''02''. Her Crest of Light helps her channel spirits, reach for others and all, to the point of making her a borderline PuritySue at times. However, in ''02'' Hikari shows huge emotional damage as she's much less able to handle the stress, to the point of having two serious {{Heroic BSOD}}s that Takeru and Miyako have to pull her out from.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'''s protagonist, Allen Walker. Sure he's got a freaky deformed arm, but he's intensely dedicated to destroying Akuma, and by gum, he'll save everyone doing it.
** And not just the people; his EmpathicWeapon is powered by his will to fight for both the well-being of the living and for the salvation of the Akuma's souls, who systematically try to kill him and all of his friends. Without the will to save ''both'' of them, the weapon won't work. In fact, it pretty much showed him getting an epiphany and coming to the realization that he loves both humans and Akumas alike.
* Nana "Hachi" Komatsu from ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' can turn even the toughest punk rocker into silly putty just by smiling cheerfully.
* Kato in ''Anime/{{Gantz}}''. The twist? He's not the main character. The resident JerkAss is. [[spoiler: The JerkAss gets better though and becomes a [[TheMessiah Messiah]] himself in the Dinosaur arc.]]
* Although a very minor character in terms of screentime, Mary Magdalene from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' otherwise fits all of the requirements to a T. Gentle and constantly smiling (almost [[StepfordSmiler a little too much]]), Mary shows kindness even to the demons who kidnapped her, becoming like family to them. She even willingly helps them when a prophetic vision revealed to her that she [[spoiler:would be killed by]] one of them. In the anime, they decided to [[FauxSymbolism make it obvious who she is]] by giving her stigmata, as well.
* Basara from ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''... who is an odd mix of Messiah and JerkAss.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' series has got a lot of characters who can be classified as such, including:
** Nagisa Furukawa fulfills this role, especially in the original game and the movie. She gets it from her mother Sanae, who seems to support emotionally almost everyone who has problems.
** Kotomi is another example. She doesn't seem to hate anyone, especially after she gets rid of her fears.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': A constant inspiration to others? [[RousingSpeech Check]]. Never seems to express genuine rage even during combat? [[BoisterousBruiser Check]]. [[spoiler:Group starts to fall apart when he's gone]]? [[HeroicBSOD Yep]]. This may sound slightly insane, but that sounds a lot like ''Kamina''. After [[spoiler:his death]], the role is debatably shared by Nia and Simon.
** Further cementing things is Kamina [[spoiler:getting a final CrowningMomentOfAwesome from ''beyond the grave'' when he rescues the trapped Dai-Gurren Brigade from the Anti-Spiral's inescapable LotusEaterMachine, allowing them to save the day.]]
** And just in case you weren't sure, a) ''kami'' is the Japanese word for "God" and b) Jesus' best friend was called Simon Peter, who eventually took over the role of leadership. [[spoiler:The spear through the side was probably a bit much after all that...]]
** Also, as more fuel to the fire, the part of Giga Drill Breaker where the enemy mechs are immobilized is remarkably similar to crucifying... [[spoiler:and Kamina died during that]].
* The titular character from ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' is a prime example of this. An 9-year-old out-of-control android girl, Ayako, is destroying a hospital in a temper tantrum, and all the characters (almost all former enemies) are trying to contain the destruction and destroy the android. Not Yuna; she admonishes "You're going in to fight an enemy, I'm going in to make a friend!" And she does.
** Yuna's title, the "Savior of Light," can also be translated from Japanese to mean "''Messiah'' of Light".
* Jiyu Nanohana from ''Anime/JubeiChan''. She's the reincarnation of one eyed Ninja YagyuJubei, and she turns into a powerful swordswoman when she put on a magic eye patch she becomes a bad ass, busty version of her predecessor. Jiyu, who is nicknamed Jubei-Chan by her father who ghostwrites samurai novels, doesn't want to hurt anyone and [[RefusalOfTheCall hates turning into Jubei]]. She is pressured into it when she discovers that the Ryujoji clansmen who keep trying to kill/challenge her as Jubei end up living happier lives after she defeats them, because her HealingShiv frees them from the magically-enhanced hatred that dominated their (after)lives. Jiyu fits this archetype well; not only does she go to great lengths to avoid hurting the people who are trying to fight her, but everyone loves her -- even opponents she has defeated will go to great lengths to protect her.
* ''GundamWing'': Relena Peacecraft. Although by ''Endless Waltz'' she has abandoned the doctrine of [[ActualPacifist total pacifism]] as unrealistically idealist, she certainly tried to make it work, and went on to become an ambassador of peace. More importantly, she plays a large role in bringing Heero around from the emotionless "kill whoever it takes to accomplish the mission" mentality brought on by his implied TrainingFromHell into someone capable of sympathy.
** Quatre also counts a lot toward this, being the ApologeticAttacker and kind heart of the 5 Gundam pilots. Unlike others, however, he ''does'' have his limits: when [[spoiler: his father dies, his favorite sister is injured ''and'' he's betrayed by his colony]], he ''goes violently insane'' under the effects of the [[MindRape ZERO System]] and doesn't recover until a friend makes a [[spoiler: borderline]] HeroicSacrifice. ''Then'' he reaffirms his Messiah-ness by [[TheAtoner making what he can to atone]] and slowly but surely maturing into TheCaptain of the Gundam pilots, keeping the group together. [[spoiler: And snapping the aforementioned friend out of his EasyAmnesia.]]
* Shu from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. In a series so heavily on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism the cynical side of the sliding scale]], this is far less effective than it would be in other places.
* Makoto in ''Anime/{{El Hazard|TheMagnificentWorld}}'', to some extent.
* Mikan from ''Anime/GakuenAlice''
* Ryuubi and Chuubou from ''Manga/IkkiTousen''.
* Domon Kasshu from ''GGundam'', to an extent. Sure, the guy is REALLY NotGoodWithPeople and sometimes borders on JerkAss, but in the end he's the one who [[spoiler:pilots the ''God'' Gundam against the ''Devil'' Gundam Colony that has seized Neo Japan and saves his BrainwashedAndCrazy girlfriend [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight through a surprisingly wordy]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and well-done]] AnguishedDeclarationOfLove so they can use ''ThePowerOfLove'' against the BigBad.]] Impressive, huh?
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ''starts'' looking like one of these, but as the manga progresses, he starts becoming more painfully aware of his own weaknesses, and is willing to use [[BlackMagic questionable means]] to combat them. His motivation is pure as ever though, and he still falls into HonorBeforeReason a ''lot''.
** His father Nagi is a more straight example; he more-or-less saved the world singlehandedly, ending a world war in the process, and he's one of the most popular people in the magic world. So of course, he had to [[DisappearedDad go MIA]] right around the time Negi was born.
** And then the manga has another example: [[spoiler:Princess Arika, Negi's MissingMom. She was accused of being exactly the opposite, as well as tried and apparently executed, but the common people didn't buy it because she was genuinely kind to them.]]
* Sora from ''[[Manga/MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~]]''.
* Albert from ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' becomes something of this at the end. The Count destroys his family and his life, murders [[spoiler:his best friend who [[LoveMartyr loved him]]]], and tries to kill him in front of his father. However, instead of wanting revenge, he [[EasilyForgiven readily forgives The Count]] and uses the PowerOfLove and Forgiveness (along with a [[HoYay kiss]]) to save the day.
** Note that everything Albert ever does goes wrong, not entirely because of the Count's machinations. Even when he saves Edmond, he can't save him because [[spoiler: the end of Franz's sword is still in his heart]]. The only people he actually manages to save are Eugenie, and that's really all Peppo's doing, and Haidee. And the world from whatever Gankutsuou would have done with Edmond's body, but I don't think that was even on his radar.
*** Fernand's ''bombing'' of Paris is treated rather leniently compared to his sale of a princess into slavery.
** And Albert is in great pain, and nearly-alone in a shattered world at the end. The most you can say is that he ''survived'', without really ceasing to be himself. Which is something, but IncorruptiblePurePureness maybe, Messiah no.
* Isaac, Miria, and Jacuzzi from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' Isaac and Miria are the [[TheDitz clueless type]] who unwittingly tend to spread joy and inspire people (ie. Eve, Ennis, Jacuzzi and Czeslaw) whereas Jacuzzi is the type that proactively (and almost [[MartyrWithoutACause suicidally]]) goes out of his way to help even complete strangers...unless you hurt his TrueCompanions. In that case, [[BewareTheNiceOnes you're fucked]].
* Shibuya Yuuri of ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' transcends this trope. [[spoiler:He doesn't even kill the BigBad.]] He befriends dragons, breaks down race walls, has managed to overturn every foreign policy his country ever had in less than a year in favor of world peace, and trusts and loves ''everyone'' [[spoiler:even after he's been betrayed by them twice, then used as a PersonOfMassDestruction to wipe out an entire naval fleet]]. It gives his bodyguards migranes and is driving his [[AccidentalMarriage fiance]] [[{{Tsundere}} toward an aneurysm]].
** Susannah Julia Von Wincott, Yuuri's previous incarnation is the absolute embodiment of this trope. Yuuri is said to have inherited many of her former traits.
** In fact, apparently God [[spoiler: engineered him through several reincarnations for this. [[GodIsEvil Soushuu]] states that Yuuri himself was required to put the final seal of worthless mediocrity on his perfect vessel, but [[GodIsGood Shinou]] wanted him to outright surpass him so as to defeat Shoushuu.]]
* Mana Kirihara in ''Aquarian Age: Manga/JuvenileOrion''.
* Kitano from ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' manages to be this and a NightmareFuelStationAttendant.
* Akira from ''Manga/AoiHana'' has some of this, since she has the ability to be friends with most other girls. Later she is surpassed in that regard by Haruka, who drags everybody along [[GenkiGirl by sheer enthusiasm]].
* Marin from ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' is prone to randomly hugging people and saying that she loves them. Kanon, her sister, a giant turtle. It doesn't matter. The girl's got plenty of love to spread around.
* Both Garrod Ran and Tifa Addil in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''. Garrod, because he managed to [[spoiler:subvert almost any of poor Tiffa's horrendous visions and help humanity ScrewDestiny]]; Tiffa, because her kindness let her reach for Garrod and show people what was needed to get the peace they all needed. [[spoiler:No wonder they fall in love and get together in the end.]]
* Yuuto Amakawa from ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' is an example. While [[VanHelsingHateCrimes demon hunters and ayakashi]] are generally depicted as being very violent towards each other, Yuuto refuses to have anything to do with demon slaying, and strongly believes that demon hunters and ayakashi can live with each other in peace-[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and was willing to step into a fight]] armed with only his belief in [[spoiler:Shizuku]]'s ability to let go of her past and return to a peaceful life.
* Lute, the older brother of Flute and the son of Queen Horn in the ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln''.
* Keiichi, from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', falls into this [[VillainProtagonist eventu]][[MistakenForMurderer ally]].
* The Claw from ''Anime/GunXSword'' is an extremely rare villainous example of TheMessiah.
* Several characters on ''Anime/CodeGeass'' -- and they stick out all the more since most of the show is a nasty battle of either GreyAndGrayMorality or BlackAndGreyMorality, depending on your point of view.
** Lelouch's half-sister, Princess Euphemia vi Britannia: always chipper; loves everyone; doesn't get angry ''even when people threaten her with death'', which happens more often than you might think. To the annoyance of her family, she takes bolder and bolder steps to fight anti-Eleven (that is, anti-Japanese) prejudice, and eventually she even sacrifices her place in the royal line of succession to give herself the leverage to make an attempt at lasting peace between Britannia and Japan / Area Eleven. ([[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism Naturally,]] things don't go well for her.) She also places herself in danger for the sake of others on no less than three key occasions.
** Shirley Fennette. Unlike [[RebelliousPrincess Euphemia]], Shirley generally avoids discussions of politics and current events, but like her, she actively and bravely opposes prejudice and cruelty whenever and wherever she sees it; she feels tenderness toward pretty much everyone; she can't bear to see anyone get hurt; and she's nearly always chipper -- except when jealous (back to that in a moment) or when things are going ''really, seriously wrong''. Admittedly, she gets upset whenever she suspects [[ObliviousToLove her beloved "Lulu"]] of liking another girl more than her -- which is often -- but even then, she's never mean, just, at worst, sullen and gloomy. Shirley is a bit how Euphie might have turned out had Euphie not been stuck as a princess of the world's greatest superpower. ([[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism Naturally,]] things don't go well for her, either. Then ... things don't go well for her, all over again.)
** Princess Nunnally, Lelouch's younger sister and reason for living -- and, though she has no idea, for killing. Like her older half-sister Princess Euphemia, she's always chipper, always ready to think the best of everyone. Unlike Lelouch, she has no interest in revenge against her family (or anyone else) for the many ways they have wronged her; she just hopes the world will become a nicer place, where Britannians and Japanese can live side by side in peace, and she can return to the family that has betrayed her. ([[RuleOfThree You can probably guess]] [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism where this is going.]])
** RuleOfThree indeed, though, since [[spoiler:ultimately Nunnally comes to rule over Britannia and remake it into a good nation.]]
* Red from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. He accepts old foes (that practically tried to ''kill'' him) through EnemyMine situations a little ''too'' easily. His Messiah-ness is most prevalent in the FLRG arc, where he readily accepts [[spoiler:Deoxys since it shares his blood]], even though it nearly massacred his team.
** Dia shows some messianic traits, as when he [[spoiler:calls out Cyrus for trying to destroy all of existance with a simple yet very heartfelt speech, Dialga and Palkia decide that they'd rather listen to him than Cyrus and earlier his own courage inspired Regigigas to fight Team Galactic as his teammate!]] His actions are so moving that they [[spoiler:convince [[BigBad Cyrus]] [[NietzscheWannabe himself]] that the world was a beautiful thing as it is, provoking a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turn.]] ]] This incredible feat is shared by the below-mentioned Hareta (who admittedly ''is'' his AU Counterpart).
* Hareta in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. He apparently feels little-to-no hatred toward anyone and cares for everyone. [[spoiler:Your best friend's life was made miserable by these guys, she's probably dead due to being DrivenToSuicide, and this guy plans to destroy the whole world?]] Pff, no problem. Hareta just sheds some TenderTears-ManlyTears and brushes it off.
* Yuuna from ''Anime/{{Stitch}}''.
* Characters/AstroBoy from ''Anime/AstroBoy''.
* Nadja from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''.
* Aoi from ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''. She loves everyone, and everyone loves her.
* Rock from ''Anime/BlackLagoon'' (which explains one of the [[WMG/BlackLagoon WMGs about him]]). Since he lives in a CrapsackWorld, the universe tries to punish him for being this.
* Candy White Andree of ''Manga/CandyCandy''. She loves everyone, and ''almost'' everyone loves her.
* Hime Utsumiya of ''Anime/BrainPowerd''.
* Dorothy in ''Manga/ClearQualia''. She sees the good in everyone, and she is willing to give an eye to save a Plastica.
* Dai of ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken''. He is valued for this.
* [[spoiler:Kenji]], after [[spoiler:his return]], becomes a messiah in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. He [[spoiler:saves the world]] by travelling around singing a song (which in turn makes legions of people idolise and follow him), kills no one and [[spoiler:''apologizes'' to the BigBad for a past misdeed]].
** His attitude is much more BeAllMySinsRemembered and somewhere between bemused and irritated that people are looking to him to save the day.
** [[spoiler:Kanna]] also becomes a messiah as well as the story progresses.
* Toboe from ''Manga/WolfsRain.'' He's about the closest thing a predatory animal can get to a FriendToAllLivingThings, and, as a clincher, he's willing to protect and die for the guy who's ''actively trying to exterminate wolves!''
* Nao from ''Manga/LiarGame'', who is incredibly selfless and honest and willing to use the money that she has won to pay off the debts of people who had previously schemed, lied and tricked her. Her reason for continuing in the game is to essentially save everyone in the game.
* Tokidoki Rikugou of ''Anime/{{Amatsuki}}'' is either this or is taking the positive shell of StepfordSmiler to extremes. He has [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished gotten in trouble trying to help other people]] several times, with devastating consequences for him and his friends, but he still keeps it up.
* Maria Osawa of ''Anime/{{Canaan}}''.
* Pfil of ''Manga/BondageFairies''.
* In ''Manga/KoiCupid'', Ai can connect to almost anyone, and her greatest wish is to be friends with people. She even warmed a demon's heart.
* Yumi Fukuzawa from ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''. Everyone who isn't charmed by Yumi within an episode is either a JerkAss one-shot character, or a [[DesignatedLoveInterest Designated Part of a]] RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with a JerkAssFacade.
* Nausicaa, from the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' manga/anime quoted above, fits this trope to a T. An example: In a scene near the beginning of the manga she meets a cute squirrel-creature. It bites her hand, but she just smiles at it as it gets the biting out of its system, then feeds it. And the next thing you know it's her cute animal companion.
* Yusei from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is this even more so than his predecessors, despite his quiet and more mature nature. Hs father named him after a particle that bonded other particles together, because he wanted Yusei to be able to bond people together. And he did.
* ''Literature/MayoiNekoOverrun'''s Otome Tsuzuki. She brings in stray orphans, travels around the world, and is generally a force of derring-do and near impossible feats.
* Yuki of ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru''.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s Suou Tamaki is an exceptionally compassionate, friendly, and forgiving person with an often annoyingly optimistic outlook on life. All the Host Club members have him to thank for some of the positive changes in their lives. He's extremely genuine and can find the beauty in even the most ordinary thing or person--his compliments toward the girls he hosts or runs into are all honest. Despite his grandmother's verbal abuse toward him he remains motivated to earn her acceptance of him.
* Ayase of ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''. He forgives everyone, he cares for everything and everyone, and he will do anything he can to make someone happy.
* Drago from ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''.
* Honoka from ''Anime/TheThirdTheGirlWithTheBlueEye''. [[spoiler:Literally.]]
* The post- CharacterDevelopment Setsuna F. Seiei in ''{{Gundam 00}}''.
* Kira [[FanNickname "Jesus"]] Yamato in ''GundamSeed''. His girlfriend, Lacus Clyne, combines this trope with GuileHero for interesting results. As for Chairman Durandal...? He thinks he's this trope, but in truth he's more of a DarkMessiah.
* [[TheHeart Ky]][[PersonofMassDestruction rie]] from ''[[SandsOfDestruction World Destruction]]'' fits this to a T. Kind, gentle, and not wanting to fight anyone, he's always trying to find a way to talk things out instead of going on killing sprees like [[AxCrazy Morte]] wants to do. He thinks of everyone around him before thinking about himself (which Toppi {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the manga that Kyrie would give him the water bottle despite the fact he was thirty AND wandering the desert for three days straight.) Enforced and deconstructed in the manga where [[spoiler: when he leaves the group, everyone splits up with Toppi and Naja going with him and leaving Morte and Agan behind after Morte crossed the MoralEventHorizon by blowing an entire village up with innocent people.]]
* Haruka, the main character of the manga ''{{Agape}}''. It's explicitly said that her "talent" is unconditional love for everyone, even criminals, demonstrated when she immediately forgives and even comforts a man who had just [[spoiler: killed her father]]. For this reason she is sought out by a special negotiations team.
* Noelle from ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon'' is pure beyond pureness, loves everyone (especially Yuusuke) and [[spoiler: in the end saves everyone, especially the two most troubled individuals who caused her a lot of problems]].
* Madoka from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[spoiler: gave her existence to save the soul of every witch in time and space who fell]].
* The main character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Misaki of ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' spends his entire life caring and looking out for other people and will do whatever he can to help someone in trouble. This [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter backfires more than once for him]]. The one character in the entire series who actively dislikes (and bullies) him, he thinks is ''his own'' fault. By the time he's finished his university course he discovers that he's spent so much time looking after everyone else that he has absolutely no idea what he wants to do with his life. ... Until someone suggests that he gets a job where he spends day after day looking after highly volatile authors and managing their fragile psychological health while trying to extract from them some sort of publishable artifact that could somehow be construed as a piece of prose - i.e. become [[FateWorseThanDeath an Editor]].
* Kamijou Touma from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', who just wants to protect everybody. Also, Orsola Aquinas, who forgives everybody.
* One of Kotetsu's defining characteristics in ''TigerAndBunny'' is that he cares about the safety and wellbeing of ''everyone'' -- to the point that he'll be shaken even by the death of some nameless AssholeVictim.
* The titular character of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' seems to be this trope. She has a kind and cheery demeanor, she simply [[LoveYouAndEverybody loves everyone]]--and it's stated several times that [[PlatonicLifePartners they]] [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders love]] [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer her]] [[TrueCompanions back]]. She appears to be a firm believer in ThePowerOfFriendship, and is also quite a bit of a ReluctantWarrior when she is forced to battle rather than befriend. She also has quite a streak for granting second chances, [[DefrostingTheIceQueen defrosting several ice kings]], and wanting the best for her loved ones even if at her own expense--as illustrated by her actions toward [[DefeatMeansFriendship Yue]], [[EasilyForgiven Eriol]], and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Yukito]] in particular.
* Mighty from ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' is perhaps the nicest person to ever grace any form of media ever. According to his grandmother, she could never figure out his likes and dislikes because of how selfless he was. Despite being regarded as a remarkably powerful and calculating being, he has almost never shown anger to anyone, responds to a death threat from his enemy with a serious polite greeting, and despite his power, tries his hardest to never resort to violence except as a last resort. To top it all off, after seeing his younger brother playing one day, he was convinced that he ''wasn't kind enough''.
* Ginta of ''Manga/{{MAR}}''.
* Tomoki from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' is either a parody of this or a more humane one. While a complete pervert and having many, many flaws both in character and belief; he is the most loving, caring, compassionate being in the entire Verse and ready to put his life on the line for his friends and those in need without a second thought, to the point that nine out of ten CMOA and CMOH are done by him in the series.
* MonColleKnights has the eponymous Knights Mondo Ohya and Rokuna Hiiragi. Bonus points to the latter, since she is an empath and feels others' emotions. Shiru would also count, for being able to forgive Zaha and hope for his redemption when there was reason enough to believe that he had already crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
* Yuichi Aizawa and Ayu Tsukimiya from ''{{Kanon}}''. The former goes out of his way to help the girls he befriends with their problems, and the latter is the one who gives everyone a chance to live happily (aside from [[spoiler:Makoto, who is already dead, but implied to have been reborn as the fox she used to be]]).
* ''Popotan'' has a few, such as Ai, who sees Daichi as a son-figure and never gets angry even when she has a good reason to, [[spoiler: except for at [[{{Jerkass}} Keith]], after he tried to kill a then-fully-grown Daichi]]; Daichi himself, who seeks to make others happy (namely, Asuka, by finding proof of ghosts being real); and Mii, particularly when she assumes the guise of [[MagicalGirl "Magical Mii, the Girl of Love"]], and sees it as her duty to "help those in need".
* Behoimi from PaniPoniDash Main character Becky even asks her to ask herself if she really believes herself to be a MagicalGirl or just wants to help others.
* In {{Trinity Blood}}, Abel Nightroad is more of a {{Broken Messiah}}. After all, he does kill vampires who have done harm to others, not to mention some problems with losing control with his powers. However, Esther fits better thanks to {{character development}}. She starts out as a vampire hating sister who even kills someone, but she eventually learns the truth behind the man she blamed for losing her mother figure and decides to join the church and find a way to help vampires and humans co-exist. [[spoiler:Eventually she becomes a queen and starts this process, which is where the anime ends. The notes from the original novel author before his death paint a bleaker picture, however.]]
* Miyuki Takara from LuckyStar. Always remains the voice of reason among the four mains. Case in point: When she visits Kagami when she's sick during the first episode, Kagami explains to her some stuff that Konata said moments earlier. The way Miyuki interprets it leads Kagami to wonder if she's a saint.
* Nanami Momozono from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss.'' She starts out with ChronicHeroSyndrome and than gains actual divine powers early on in the story.
* Romeo from ''RomeoXJuliet''. This becomes obvious when [[spoiler: he is assigned to rule over the mine his father created to punish miscreants. Through his gentle nature he manages to befriend all the miners (despite their initial mistrust of him) and later he manages to start a farming village with not only them but also their former guards.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Superman}} is always portrayed in this fashion.
--> ''[[Heartwarming/{{Superman}} "If you knew how you are loved, not one of you would raise a hand in rage again."]]''
* Ditto Comicbook/WonderWoman, who in addition to being one of the strongest warriors, is a walking avatar of love and peace. This is particularly emphasized during the BlackestNight miniseries, where her love for all things in existence, as lampshaded by both [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] and [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Star Sapphire Carol Ferris]], leads to her being recruited into the Star Sapphire Corps.
* Comicbook/{{Shazam}} as well. In fact, kind, sensible, utterly selfless and cheerful Billy Batson just might be an even bigger example of TheMessiah than both of the above
* CaptainAmerica. He is the Marvel counterpart of Comicbook/{{Superman}} after all.
** At one point Magneto tried to erase his mind of all prejudice towards Mutants. Problem for Magneto: ''Captain America has no prejudice towards anybody.''
* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} is unarguably considered to be this, as he is ultimately the one most lovable human beings in Marvel and is pretty much the prolific easy going superhero. Throughout the entire Marvel community, he has teamed up and allied with almost every character based on his modesty, compassion, his sense of humor, and his devotion for being responsible.
** Plus, most stories about him when he's all grown up (considering even the main continuity Spidey, the oldest mainstream depiction, is still only about 24) depict him as the most "the greatest hero of all".
** Which opens up a case of {{Fridge Brilliance}} when you consider the future version of his {{DCU}} {{Expy}} {{Static Shock}} is portrayed the exact same way.
* Flycatcher, the frog prince of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', is universally kind and universally loved for it, and he's the only character who had no sins to absolve or remit under the Fabletown Amnesty. The Messiah Syndrome really kicks in when [[spoiler:he receives a purity-powered suit of armor that allows him to resurrect the dead, defeat massive armies without spilling blood, and establish the completely peaceful "Kingdom of Haven" in the middle of enemy territory.]]
* Death of [[Comicbook/TheSandman the Endless]] is quite possibly the friendliest, most compassionate entity in the DC Universe. She loves you, no matter who you are or what you've done.
* Zayne Carrick from ''StarWars Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is a good example of a fool who is actually an embryonic messiah. Initially a failing Jedi Padawan whose only power seems to be literal good luck (as in, he [[spoiler:spent an hour trying to catch a petty thief for the half-dozenth time, and thus arrived late to what should have been his own murder]]), over the course of the series he saves first himself; then a junk scavenger and his adopted daughter; then a bunch of captured Jedi; then several million people from [[spoiler:an orbital nuclear bombardment]]; then he tries to save one of the Jedi masters who were [[spoiler:trying to kill him]]. As one of them says:
-->"You...''You''... would save ''me''?"
* Luke Skywalker in ''In the Shadows of their Fathers'', part of ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars Rebellion]]''. He goes to Jabiim to help against the Empire, but the Jabiim people were abandoned by his father as tactically unwise during the Clone Wars, and a number of them [[http://images.plurk.com/c5eae9d887ce115524705d8dcc2f5252.jpg immediately want him dead]]. After he's locked up some taunt him and try to beat him up and he's rescued, the idea that his father was a monster seems to [[http://images.plurk.com/1a1501f0a848d97e9a6d37fcd20bf90e.jpg hurt]] [[http://images.plurk.com/86f3f3cf9a763ef796975a1465e95115.jpg worse]] than the beating... and when the Jabiim are attacked, he fights to defend them without hesitation despite their hostility. Later he tries to stay with them when it would be ''extremely'' unwise for the Rebellion, because [[IAmNotMyFather he is not his father]]. The Jabiim commander [[http://images.plurk.com/9aa311a5ec67c88d75e7d5ad5d585078.jpg agrees]](beware the ArtShift), basically telling Luke that he's not as tactical but vastly more humane, and they need him more out there.
* Saint Walker of the [[Characters/GLBlueLanternCorps Blue Lanterns]], specifically referred to as the Messiah of his homeworld. The worldwide hope that he inspired on his dying world was enough for him to be selected as the first to wield the Blue Light of Hope.
* From the MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'', Venus -- hey, it befits a goddess of love!
* Ice, of ''JusticeLeagueInternational'', is noted for her optimism and kindness, which remain steadfast even in the face of her death and resurrection.
* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Professor Charles Xavier]] is a perfect example.
** However, he also has a rather dark side. Admittedly though, this is a case of DependingOnTheWriter (given the inconsistency of long-running comics and shifting AlternateCharacterInterpretation).
* Christopher Rudd in ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'': He's a damned soul in {{Hell}} who manages through skill and luck to become one of Hell's nobility. What you guess he does then? He teaches demons compassion and kindness, gets them and the damned to get along, and finally leads their army to save the Silver City ''and'' conquer it in one fell swoop in the name of justice.
* Chubby Huggs from ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', he begins every day with hugging his pillow and thanking it for being so soft, and continues in the same way. Needless to say, Bucky is scared to death of Chubby Huggs.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Nausicaa from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind.''
* Also from Hayao Miyazaki, Ashitaka from ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' fits this trope perfectly (in fact if he didn't, his [[CursedWithAwesome curse]] would kill him).
* ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'': Riquinni Nonderaiko plays this trope as far as the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism dual-nature]] [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness rigidity]] of the film will allow.
* WesternAnimation/WallE.
* ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''. Mumble, ironically.
* Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is another great example he is an [[IdiotHero idiot]], [[TheFool a fool]] and [[TheChosenOne a chosen one]], but what really makes him a Messiah is that he doesn't hate anybody, Not even [[BigBad Shen]] [[spoiler: Who killed his parents, and trying to kill him, and yet he still forgave by telling to let go of the past]].
* Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Believing that humans and dragons can co-exist will definitely make him this.
* Moses from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''. Even after learning that his adopted family were responsible for killing and enslaving his people, he still didn't hate them. He wanted to believe that Ramses could change. He beg him to stop enslaving the Hebrews or the Egyptians and his son will be killed by the Plague. [[spoiler:Which happened]]. Also even when Ramses [[spoiler: betrayed him by going to kill all of his people, and had no choice but to close the Red Sea on him]], Moses was still worried if [[spoiler: Ramses was still alive]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Victor Laszlo in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. It says something about him that the only person in the entire movie who isn't in complete awe and admiration of the utterly heroic and saintly resistance leader and doesn't think he's the greatest thing since the invention of bread, sliced or otherwise, is the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] officer who has been sent to capture him, which is a [[AcceptableTargets ringing endorsement]] if ever there was one. He's so noble that he doesn't even hold a grudge that his beloved wife, believing that he was dead, has fallen in love with another man, and his example is so powerful that that other man is eventually quite willing to sacrifice his one chance at happiness [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy by convincing her to stay with him]].
* Sergeant Elias K. Grodin from ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' which makes his [[spoiler: dramatic death scene all the more powerful]].
* William Wallace from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. At first he wanted revenge for [[spoiler: his deceased wife]], but when other Scotts decided to fight with him, he knew that important thing wasn't not revenge. It was freedom. He inspired not only Scotland to fight for freedom, but other countries as well. And even [[spoiler: after his death]] his leadership and having faith in others were still kept alive.
* Terrence Malick's ''TheThinRedLine'' has this in the character of Pvt. Witt, a kind-hearted, wise, philosophizing soldier. (It should be said that he was noticeably less saintly in the novel.) Curiously enough, he's played by JimCaviezel, who would go on to star as Jesus in ''ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
* Poppy from ''HappyGoLucky''. It was half the point of the movie.
* Luke Skywalker in ''StarWars''. [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe may differ]], but consider that upon discovering his father is a Sith Lord and one of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, he decides--against the advice of everyone--that Dad can be saved from the Dark Side. He turns out to be right.
** For the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Luke was this in the early years, but not since the Legacy era, where he is even seen advocating for torture. The Messiah mantle seems to have been passed on to his son Ben, who wants to redeem people who his father would rather just kill. Ben's [[DarkActionGirl Sith girlfriend]] even [[ShutUpKirk explains to Luke]] how he's NotSoDifferent from them.
* Charlie from the TimBurton remake of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''.
** Applies just as much to Charlie in ''[[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory]]''.
* Shuya in ''Film/BattleRoyale.'' It's a strange place to find a character of this type, but he does love his classmates.
* Philip Swift from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
* Film/{{Unforgiven}}: His late wife Claudia was – is – this for William Munny… [[RedemptionFailure in all the extension he can be saved]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Bobby from the ''Pendragon'' series. He seems to be able to make friends with all of travelers in every world in a matter of minutes of meeting them. And, it was said on more then one occasion he would be the only one to beat Saint Dane. [[spoiler:He does.]]
* Rama, in ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}''. When a plot causes his rightful throne to go to his brother Bharata, Rama is delighted for his brother's good fortune, without any concern for his own loss of status. When he's exiled by this same plot, he has to talk ''the entire country'' (including Bharata) out of coming with him. He collects allies everywhere he goes, just by dint of his goodness. Rama and Sita are supposed to be the great lovers beyond time and space, but the effect is more that Rama loves everyone, everyone loves Rama, and Sita is a member of "everyone".
* Andy Dufresne, the main character of Creator/StephenKing's story ''Rita Hayworth and TheShawshankRedemption'' is TheMessiah of the story, which is remarkable considering the near hopeless circumstances that he finds himself in (one might even interpret him as TheWoobie). There are several symbolic parallels between him and Jesus Christ which shape the entire message of the book, that "hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies".
* Alyosha, the third and youngest of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'', loves all and is loved by all. Dostoevsky uses an entire chapter to illustrate how it would be impossible to not trust him. Everyone--and we mean '''everyone'''--in the book confides in Alyosha, and at times these discussions seem to resemble a priest taking confession. The story in the Bible of Jesus Christ being tempted in the desert by the devil has its parallels in some of Alyosha's discussions. For bonus points, he starts off as a novice monk in the nearby monastery. This was [[AuthorExistenceFailure almost]] [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky intended to write a full-length version of ''Literature/TheGambler'' with Alyosha (= Alexei) in place of Alexei Ivanovich, followed by a third novel redeeming him.
* Also by Dostoevsky: Sofya from ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', anyone?
** Again from Dostoevsky: Prince Lev Nikolaievich Myshkin from ''Literature/TheIdiot'' is a much darker interpretation of this character type. Myshkin himself is, of course, kind and full of love for humanity--which leads most everyone he meets to assume he's a fool and try to take advantage of him. [[spoiler:Then Myshkin himself ends up hurting Aglaya when a climactic MoralDilemma forces him to choose between his love for Agalya and his pity for the fallen Nastasya.]]
* Everybody in ''The Land'' except Thomas Covenant, the bad guys and [[TheStoic the Bloodguard]] is, personality-wise, TheMessiah.
* In Anne Bishop's ''BlackJewels'' trilogy, Jaenelle is the most recent (and implied to be the most powerful ever) incarnation of Witch, essentially born from the collective dreams of the races who facilitates their reconciliation [[spoiler:and eventually nearly kills herself in order to save her people.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' Both Frodo and Aragorn's attachment to the other members of the Fellowship, as well as a large number of people they encounter during the books, qualifies them for this trope.
* Adil, one of the main characters in Sahar Khalifeh's ''Wild Thorns''. A Palestinian who works in Israel (the book was written in the 70s') to support his nine family members, and always looking out for his fellow workers. He's more than once described as trying "to solve the Middle East conflict all by himself." Even his cousin who considers him a traitor for working in Israel cares strongly about him.
* Rand Al'Thor in Literature/TheWheelOfTime is a ''fantastic'' deconstruction of both this trope and TheChosenOne.
** He gets reconstructed near the end.
* Eriond in ''TheBelgariad'' and ''TheMalloreon''. He's a small child in the former, although he is very trusting and generous. (He's been raised to be a complete innocent, so that he can handle The Orb, which tends to destroy anyone who touches it with less than completely pure motives.) By ''The Malloreon'' he's grown into the position. He's very mild in temperament, and even when he gets very angry (at one point they're in a Temple of Torak and a major sacrifice ritual (human, of course) is going on all he does is put out the temple fires -- since if the hearts can't be burned, there's no way to continue the sacrifices.)
* Finny in ''Literature/ASeparatePeace'', who never sees anyone as an enemy, and believes that "when you really love something, then it has to love you back, in whatever way it has to love." Many readers (and English teachers) see him as a [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Christ figure]].
* Mike in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''. He's a walking Jesus allegory, but beside that he has an innocence so strong it even scares people a bit.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': Jean Valjean, who in turn learned forgiveness from the Bishop of Digne after 19 years of prison made Valjean bitter and hateful.
* ''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'': Samuel Pickwick, Esq. It's the main reason he's funny.
* [[Characters/{{Animorphs}} Cassie]] from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', who spends the most time grappling with the ethics of lethal force out of the entire team.
* [[EndersGame Ender Wiggin.]] Loves everyone, including the Buggers he's trying to kill. His friends semi-worship him.
* Aerich Tenma of the ''{{Dragaera}}''-verse.
* Goldmoon in ''Heroes of the Lance,'' a Literature/{{Dragonlance}} book.
* Luke Skywalker, in LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor. Nick Rostu, who was previously mind-controlled and begged Luke to kill him - but was instead saved - has the chance to blow away thirty-some innocent mind-controlled men and women to rescue Luke and return the favor, and he hesitates
--> because he had an overpowering intuition: if Luke Skywalker thought he might save thirty innocent lives by sacrificing his own, he wouldn't hesitate. Ten innocent lives.
--> One.
-->"Or, hell, one not-so-innocent life," Nick muttered. "Like mine." He flipped the carbine's power setting to stun. "I hate Jedi."
** Throughout that book, even when Luke is struggling with despair and mental trauma, he's consistently kind and compassionate to anyone not currently attempting to kill him. When someone is expressing their claustrophobia, he's completely sympathetic to them despite believing he's been through far worse himself. At the end, when to save the day he needs to destroy a [[PeoplePuppets mind-control device]] [[spoiler: knowing that doing so will kill the fifty thousand enemies being mind controlled]], he does so, but [[spoiler: in the Force he stays with all of them to feel them die, so that they won't die alone. And because it's all he can do for them.]]
** Another Star Wars example is Obi-Wan Kenobi in the CloneWarsGambit novels. Obi-Wan is quite the shining example of the Jedi philosophy of unconditional, unpossessive love, although he is a bit of a downplayed example. His messianic tendencies are usually hidden by his [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] and tendency to be less vocal about saving people than Anakin, but his actions speak louder than his words. He nearly kills himself healing the people of Torbel, despite having no training as a healer, simply because it is the right thing to do.
* Sorahb in the Literature/FarsalaTrilogy is supposed to be this, but the trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he never actually shows up- the person everyone believes is him is actually an ordinary man named Fasal.
* Jane Bennet in ''PrideAndPrejudice''.
* Tavi definitely wants to be this in ''Literature/CodexAlera'', though he does his smiting less with brute force and more with CrazyAwesome strategy and adaptation. If he were the son of a deity it undoubtedly would be a god of chaos. [[spoiler: Actually, he's just the son of the First Lord, which winds up giving him near-godlike furycraft. From a near-godlike fury.]]
* Mendel Shpilman, in ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' by Creator/MichaelChabon. [[spoiler: Literally. Until he went with [[DrugsAreBad being a crackhead]] instead.]]
* TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea: TheProfessor Aronnax is a humble WideEyedIdealist scientist that already had won the UndyingLoyalty of Counseil before he comes to the Nautilus, he also makes IdiotHero Ned Land do a MoreExpendableThanYou sacrifice when they are in the Pole, and he is ultimately the reason why Captain Nemo gets his VillainousBreakdown when Aronnax discovers the Nautilus is as WeaponOfMassDestruction..
* [[SwordOfTruth Richard]] [[spoiler: Rahl]] lives and breathes this trope. He's deeply moralistic (at least early on), believes strenuously in the freedom he's fighting for (to the point of not leading armies because they're fighting for him, not for freedom), and ''everyone'' he meets falls into lockstep with him, even bitter enemies.
** In fact, there are only a few select groups of people that permanently reject him. [[spoiler: Darken, Drefan, and Oba Rahl]], the Sisters of the Dark, the Blood of the Fold, the Imperial Order leadership, the Slide, and the [[spoiler: Anders]]. Over 10,000+ pages.
** For everyone else, the books go to great effort to repeatedly remind the reader that everyone likes Richard and that he unites people simply by being Richard.
** It also helps that he's the ChosenOne and a hilariously-powerful wizard, and the Seeker of Truth (with all of the combat prowess inherent to the position).
** As the Imperial Order's evil becomes more and more of an issue in the series, Richard actually becomes more of a militant leader and less of this.
* Uncle Tom from ''UncleTomsCabin'', who sacrifices his own chance of freedom several times, and eventually himself, when assisting two female slaves in escaping. When he dies, he prays for his torturers, and eventually converts them to a better life.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Daniel Jackson in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' and ''Series/StargateSG1''. No surprise that later, by the end of the fifth season, he evolves into a MessianicArchetype as well.
* Dr. Molly Clock in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Peter Petrelli of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' embodies this to a point that's almost GenreBlindness or even IdiotBall. He's so sweet and trusting that he'll even [[spoiler:cast his lot in with the villain if he has a [[FreudianExcuse convincing enough sob story.]]]]
* Series/FlashGordon from the Sci-Fi channel TV adaptation is very much TheMessiah, whose idealism and altruism inadvertently manages to bring together several tribes of highly eccentric crazies (including multiple members of the BigBad's faction), who've spent decades hating each other.
* Constable Benton Fraser from ''Series/DueSouth'' makes himself something of a local hero in the slum neighborhood of Chicago he lives in, unwittingly and unerringly winning the hearts of nearly everyone around him due to his constant, unwavering kindness to his fellow man. His partner, Ray Vecchio (and later Ray Kowalski), his friends, and even his boss are fiercely protective of him when danger arises. His lack of street smarts and general naievete can cause problems, though, and they sometimes wonder about his sanity.
-->'''Fraser:''' You mean you're using some promotional ploy to get something for nothing?
-->'''Ray:''' Welcome to the United States of America, Fraser.
* Despite being an [[TheAtoner atoning petty criminal and]] {{Jerkass}}, and a BookDumb hick, the titular character of ''MyNameIsEarl'' has a real knack for getting along with people, is actively working hard to become a better person by righting all his past wrongs, in the process making his town a better place, and is willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares about. Sometimes he relapses, but he brings up some interesting questions on morality and what makes a good person.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] is famous for being one of the nicest people ever, both on his show and off.
* [[SesameStreet Abby Cadabby]]. Her faith in Oscar the Grouch's heart is unshakable.
* Hakuya Ryouga / [=AbaRed=] of BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger. He was immune to the mind-screwing abilities of a MonsterOfTheWeek specifically because, in his niece's words, "he doesn't hate anyone or anything." Naturally, evil Ranger Nakadai Mikoto does everything in his power to crush the idealism out of him, but Ryouga never stops believing that Mikoto can be redeemed - and he's proven right.
* Most of the {{Ultraman}} fall under this.
* Gentaro Kisaragi, ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', who in his introduction stated his goal to befriend each and every single person in his new high school. This includes forgiving someone for throwing away a girl's love letter, and being nice to the JerkJock "king" and AlphaBitch "queen" of the school despite their harassment (both verbal ''and'' physical).
** He'll even do it with the MonsterOfTheWeek. You have to be really bad for him to not make a serious attempt at getting a villain to amend his ways. Pyxis, the guy who ''is the reason Fourze has a NightmareFuel [[NightmareFuel.KamenRiderFourze page]]'' is the only person he's not extended a hand of friendship to.
** He even extended his hand to several people who would probably be the last people to receive his handshake, [[spoiler:such as the man who ''killed him'', TheDragon who put two of his friends to the [[PhantomZone Dark Nebula]] and threatened death to the rest of his friends, and finally the BigBad. This is the same BigBad that ''killed his best friend Kengo Utahoshi''.]]
* [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Leslie Knope]] is such a generous, thoughtful, hardworking person, and so beloved by her friends and co-workers, that she might as well be characterized as the Messiah from Pawnee.
* Jo Jo Nabouli, from the short-lived ''KeyWest''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The lead singer of a rock band is sometimes played this way. Roger Daltrey of TheWho was arguably the TropeCodifier for his role in ''{{Tommy}}'', with Pete Townshend speculating that Robert Plant of LedZeppelin and Jim Morrison of TheDoors were influenced by him.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Baldr from Norse mythology was the original MarySue. A {{Bishonen}}, all-loving fertility god, he was such a nice guy that even physical weapons refused to harm him. A favourite pastime of the other gods was to throw weapons at him and watch them bounce off because even the weapons liked him too much to harm him. Then along came [[MagnificentBastard Loki]], the god of mischief, who finds one thing that can harm Baldr: a sprig of mistletoe. One prick from it and Baldr's dead. But then everyone in creation wept for him, even the nasty mistletoe that had done the deed: everyone of course, except Loki who was doomed to be chained to a rock and tortured by a snake until the end of time for his trouble.

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* Nurgle of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' holds a deep, paternal love for all living things. Unfortunately for said living things, he thinks infecting them with horrific diseases is the best way to express that love, and considers their cries of anguish and despair a form of thanks for these "gifts."
** One thing: bacteria, parasites - the things that cause diseases ARE living things. Nurgle loves every living thing equally and can't just kill those couple thousand bacteria that live within a sick person. That would be Something-cide!
* Similarly, both Devils and Deceivers in the third edition of ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' explore why loving '''absolutely everything''' is not necessarily a virtuous trait, or one that leads to the other traits of The Messiah. The Devils love the laughter of children and the beauty of a sunset... but they also love cancer and genocide. In fact, they love cancer and genocide '''more''', because who else is going to love them? As for the Deceivers... to make a long explanation short, let's just say that love doesn't have to be sane or healthy.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[TheHero Link]] from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' will help those around him, no matter what. Affiliation, race and different dimension mean little to him. To him helping is helping. This is quite possible why he’s the chosen of the Triforce Of Courage. It takes true courage to be willing to help so many people without a second thought for your safety.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': [[TheHero Mario]] and to a lesser extent, [[TheLancer Luigi]]. They are unarguably seen as the paragons of heroism and goodness across the Mushroom Kingdom. Whenever [[BigBad Bowser]] causes trouble, they will always stop him. The VideoGame/PaperMario games emphasize Mario's status as a MagneticHero.
* On the subject of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Terra Branford form ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a clear example of this late in the game. In the World of Ruin, she ends up caring for orphans whose parents were murdered by Kefka and eventually Terra finds her purpose. To fight to protect those who need it as well as ensure a better future. Love drives her.
*** Celes Chere could also fit this trope in the World of Ruin portion of the game.
** Zidane Tribal from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is an example, despite the fact that he is a [[HandsomeLech lecherous]] thief. His line in the game's character montage is "You don't need a reason to help people". In fact, multiple characters throughout the game actually complain about how kind Zidane is to everybody that he meets.
*** This carries over into ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Yuna. Every summoner has to have this to some degree to go on their pilgrimage in the first place, but Yuna takes it to a whole new level, never speaking harshly to anyone, while still exhibiting [[SilkHidingSteel a quiet, subtle strength]] that keeps her going even after [[spoiler: the church of Yevon brands her and her party traitors, once the truth comes out about the [[EvilAllAlong nature of the Maesters]]]]. Her [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome speech to Yunalesca]] breaks it down perfectly.]]
** Arguably, Serah Farron develops into this over the course of ''{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}''. At the start of the game, her main drive is to find Lightning and [[CassandraTruth prove that she's alive]]. By mid-Episode 3, Serah has decided that saving the world should be their goal first and foremost, it becoming her main motivation (but finding Lightning is still very important to her). By the end of Episode 5, she's even prepared to save the world despite [[spoiler:[[BlessedWithSuck the knowledge that doing so]] [[PowerDegeneration might doom her to die]]]].
* Lloyd from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. He eventually transforms everyone in the party (and the world) for the better. He gives corny speeches explaining that everyone has the right to live freely, and inspires comments from his circle of friends on how softhearted, kind, strong, etc. he is.
** Mithos, the legendary hero from the game's back story, was also a messiah. With his three companions and a belief in ThePowerOfFriendship, he saved the world from a {{magitek}} war. What subsequently happened to him is revealed later on in the game, and it's ''not'' pretty.
* [[TheGoodCaptain Captain Brenner/O'Brian]] from ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' commands the remnants of a military unit in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic earth]], held together by his own leadership ability and charisma, and uses it to unconditionally rescue survivors and help people. [[spoiler:After ThePlotReaper is through with him, main character Will/Ed picks up the torch as well]].
* Sora from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', who has friends all over the multiverse, and seems to hold them ''all'' in the same high regard. He even has an EmpathicWeapon that ''runs on'' ThePowerOfFriendship. How [[GenreSavvy savvy]] of you, SquareEnix!
* Kyle Hyde of ''HotelDuskRoom215'' is something of a messiah who [[AccidentalHero never planned to be]]. He only goes to the titular hotel on business with his company, Red Crown, and possibly to get a lead on the man he's been pursuing for three years, Brian Bradley. It turns out that all the other patrons of the hotel all have big problems tied to the hotel, Bradley, and [[spoiler:the art theft organization he joined, Nile,]] including [[spoiler:manager Dunning Smith, pining for his kidnapped daughter; Jeff Damon, who ran away from home with money and a gun after getting sick of his father's shady legal dealings; Kevin Woodward, trying to get his head around his malpractice suit and his wife somehow (through Nile) producing the money for a settlement; Helen Parker, searching for her lost son who loved to frequent the hotel; Martin Summer, who plagiarized that son's text for a novel and led to his disappearance]] and others. Through the course of one night at Hotel Dusk, Kyle Hyde manages to "take out [all of their] garbage" with evidence, questioning, and occasional tough love, and give them the strength to keep working to resolve their problems. He doesn't even want to arrest the person he's looking for despite what he did, he just wants to ask him "why?".
* The Main Character of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' can qualify if played properly. In addition to helping almost all of the individuals he meets to overcome their crippling emotional and psychological issues, he employs the PowerOfFriendship with the following means:
** in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[FanNickname Souji Seta]] / [[CanonName Yu Narukami]] [[spoiler:can convince his friends to spare the life of the man who kidnapped and almost caused his seven year old cousin to die, and, following his apparent death at the hands of [[BigBad Izanami]], his friends give him the willpower to summon Izanagi-no-Okami, whereby [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he uses Myriad Truths to banish all deceit and falsehoods from the hearts of man]].]]
* The Main Character from {{Persona 3}} also counts. His ultimate Persona is even named Messiah.
* Ion from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. [[spoiler:Luke]] eventually too, but to a lesser degree.
* Talim from ''SoulSeries''. It's most obvious when you play as her as protagonist, but in any case, she actually doesn't like violence and tries to find peaceful solutions, fights unreservedly for what's right when she has to, and can usually be counted on to help her opponent up, full of concern for their well-being, when the fight is over. It's arguably enough to make you wish the plot were a bit deeper.
* ''YggdraUnion'' has ''three.'' Yggdra, the titular character, becomes a wise and loving monarch over the course of the story; the main antagonist, Gulcasa, is one to his own people [[spoiler:to the point of dying trying to save them in a really twisted and tragic way]]; and then there's Nessiah, Gulcasa's friend and tactician (and [[spoiler:fallen angel, let's not forget]]), who is actually something of a fallen messiah figure--he was the real deal once, but [[spoiler:he essentially had the idealism and love for all living things [[BreakTheCutie tortured out of him]] when he was thrown out of Asgard for refusing to fight in its wars]].
** It's questionable how pure they are, however, when it's stated and shown outright that all three of them are willing to kill any innocent [[WhatTheHellHero standing in their ways to their "justice" or rightfulness]] just because they're on an enemy's side.
* Jaina Proudmoore in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series. She's probably the most basically decent person (that doesn't go crazy and try to kill everyone) in the entire series, even helping a race she was raised to hate kill her father for peace and to genuinely honor the bond that Theramore acquired with the orcs. This even carries into ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where it seems everyone has taken a level in jerkass/incompetent.
** Anduin Lothar was either this or TooDumbToLive in ''Warcraft II'', where he tried to negotiate peace with the orcs (who were still AlwaysChaoticEvil back then).
** Prophet Velen also counts, considering he basically sees into the future and to alternate universes in order to guide his people
** In the fourth expansion, [[RebelPrince Prince]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Anduin Wrynn]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn has evolved into one]], probably influenced by his aunt Jaina personality, his master Velen's teachings, and the fact [[RuleofThree he is named after Anduin Lothar]]. Opposing [[ConflictBall his father's ideology]], he actually wants to coexist pacifically with the Horde, which leads him to take the "[[MartialPacifist why cant we be friends?]]" stance in one crucial quest he's involved in Pandaria, which in the end allows him [[spoiler:to convince [[PhysicalGod Xuen]] to [[CrowningMomentofAwesome open the gates of the vale of eternal blossoms to the inhabitants of Pandaria]]]]. Also he may become the titular messianic caracter of the alliance since [[spoiler: Jaina may be becoming a {{Fallen Hero}} following [[DespairEventHorizon Garrosh Hellscream's nuking of Theramore]], and in Velen's short story he's the one who convinces him [[PrescienceisPredictable to stop worrying about the future]] and [[WeHelptheHelpless focus on helping people in the present]].]]
* Stocke, the main character of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria.''
* Erana from the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' games is a powerful mage whose pure and loving influence has remained throughout the different lands even after she is [[SealedGoodInACan gone]], exuding peace and harmony, planting flowers and generally encouraging selfless good deeds. Also, she [[spoiler:sealed away an EldritchAbomination by sealing herself away with it, forever locked inside an icy tomb in order to ensure that the evil being never returned to the world]]. And you learn all this without even meeting her.
* [[Characters/PokemonMysteryDungeon Wigglytuff]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon''.
* The Pikachu of ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii''. So cute and friendly, he unites the Pokemon with such love and friendship that it prevents a floating island from crushing their home.
* Oror from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}} 2''. So good, he might have been a MarySue-type if he hadn't been dead for three years at the beginning of the game.
* Hijiri Byakuren, the final boss of the 12th in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'', is identified as the "{{youkai}} Messiah", a living Buddha who preaches peaceful co-existence with humanity. Of course, [[LetsYouAndHimFight you end up having to fight her anyway, because that's just how they roll in Gensokyo]].
* Staying on the extreme high end of the morality scale in most BioWare {{RPG}}s will result in the PlayerCharacter coming across as one.
** Open Palm Spirit Monk in ''JadeEmpire'', who can [[spoiler:get a ''victory'' by sacrificing him/herself to the BigBad for the good of the Empire.]]
** The Lightside PC of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', most obviously in his/her interactions with Juhani on Dantooine and with Bastila on the Star Forge.
*** Additionally, well, his/her Dark Side has been implied to [[DarkMessiah try]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist his]] [[XanatosRoulette best]].
*** The Light-Side Exile in the sequel, despite the revelation about [[ThePowerOfTheVoid the source]] of their abilities.
*** Also, [[MinovskyPhysics Element Zero]], because it can ''make'' your [[IncrediblyLamePun Mass higher]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is notable as an exception, while there are usually 'right' options ([[spoiler:getting Zathrian to let go of his hate and release the werewolves from their curse]], [[spoiler:destroying the Anvil of the Void and allowing Caridin to depart from his [[AndIMustScream doomed existence]]]], [[spoiler:going out of your way to ensure that Eamon, Connor, and Isolde all survive]]), almost every choice is in [[GreyAndGreyMorality the grey area]] and many seemingly 'right' decisions (backing the honest, honorable dwarven lord over the [[spoiler:fratercidal]] tyrant of a Prince, helping a dwarven girl go off to study on the surface) have far-reaching and negative consequences ([[spoiler: destroying dwarven civilization]], [[spoiler:setting the stage for a Chantry crusade against the dwarves]]).
** One of the [[DarkerAndEdgier saddest]] parts of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is no matter how much of a Messiah [[TheHero Hawke]] ends up being, he/she still [[spoiler:looses his/her family, tears [[CityOfAdventure Kirkwall]] apart twice, and sets the stage for Thedas' first world war]].
* Shing Meteoryte from ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' is a perfect example of this. He even goes as far as [[spoiler:offering Creed, the BigBad, a second chance.]]
* Sera from the DigitalDevilSaga. She's a MysteriousWaif in your party whose singing soothes demonic beasts.
* Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' is a [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] believes the best in everybody. [[UntrustingCommunity Her kindness]] [[BullyingADragon is not repaid.]]
* Seliph is seen as both this and TheChosenOne in FireEmblemJugdral. Being a [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Blue Haired]] HumbleHero, the prospect scares him at the beginning, but he eventually lives up to it.
** In the backstory, the member of the Twelve Crusaders who fits the most is Blaggi the Arch bishop, who not only has a Holy Weapon able to resurrect the death (the Valkyrie Staff) but shows kindness even to the members of [[ReligionOfEvil the Lopto Sect]].
* FireEmblemElibe has four straight-up examples, only one of them being a main character.
** Princess Lilina from ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'' is always kind and compassionate, able to melt the hearts of everyone - even the brutally cynical Garret. She's specially sweet to Oujay and Gonzales, the second being an extreme {{Gonk}} who was hated by everyone.
** Nino from ''Rekka no Ken'' not only managed to defrost her best friend and prospect husband [[spoiler: Jaffar]] [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect by nursing him back to health instead of killing him]], but she's also unfailingly sweet and gentle to whoever she supports with, and cries when she has to face her adoptive family. The only person who doesn't get this privilege is Sonia, but well... [[EvilMatriarch this]] ''[[SmugSnake is]]'' [[YouKilledMyFather Sonia]] we're talking about. And Nino ''did'' seek her approval until she learnt the truth about her.
*** There's also the main character, Eliwood. He goes through incredible hardships and not only he manages to retain about 80% of his idealism, but he refuses to hate the BigBad even after [[spoiler: he kills his father Elbert ''and'' causes the death of his prospect love interest Ninian]] and constantly shows sweetness to his troupe.
** And in the backstory, the Seven Heroes of the Scourging have their own Messiah: Saint Elimine, their MagicalGirlWarrior and ChurchMilitant. She even founded both her own nation (Etruria) and her own religion (the Elimine church -- which still goes strong after centuries)!
*** To drive the point even further, ''Fuuin'' mentions that according to her legend, [[spoiler: Elimine never died. Once she believed her mission in life was over, she walked up to the top of a tower in the Etrurian capital of Aquleia and calmly {{ascend|ToAHigherPlaneOfExistence}}ed to a higher plane of existence. Said place is now known as the Tower of the Saint, and it houses [[LightEmUp her spellbook (Aureola)]] and her healing staff (Holy Maiden).]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' gives us the almost unfailingly plucky, kind and sensible Princess Eirika of Renais. Even when her naivete sometimes gets the worst of her (like when [[spoiler: Fomortiis in Lyon's body tricks her into giving him the Stone of Renais]]), Eirika keeps being sweet and gentle and willing to fight for the sake of Magvel. She also shows a spiritual side when talking to the local BadassBookworm, Saleh, and comforts Princess L'Arachel when she [[spoiler: gets depressed over the death of her parents when she was a little girl]].
** The aforementioned L'Arachel claims to be TheMessiah and has been raised as a ChurchMilitant, but she's more of a LoveFreak. She ''does'' show genuine Messiah traits when she [[spoiler: helps Eirika get over the HeroicBSOD caused by the Lyon/Fomortiiis incident described above]], though.
* ''FireEmblemTellius'' has one of its protagonist, Micaiah the maiden of dawn. The storyline spends quite a bit of time exploring the trope's negative sides, as the pressure of leading her country's army no matter her personal opinion weighs heavily on her shoulder. On top of that, her ennemies have an entirely different opinion of her, as they face her fanatically devoted soldiers that are ready to hold their ground no matter how hopelessly outnumbered as a result of their faith in their miraculous commander...
* And ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Emmeryn, the Exalt of Ylisse and Chrom and Lissa's older sister, who goes to the extreme of [[spoiler:calmly walking to a cliff ''and throwing herself off it'' in front of both Chrom's troops and the Plegian armies, essentially commiting suicide to stop both countries from going to war. ''And she succeeds'', becoming a folk heroine for her bravery and selflessness.]]
* ''StarCraft'' Tassadar who has ascended to this by the Protoss. Both figuratively and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence literally]].
* [[BigGood Aura]] from the DotHack conglomerate.
* Mithra from ''AsurasWrath'', who has shown no contempt for her imprisonment and immediately forgives her Uncle Yasha for going along with the plot of the Seven Deities.
* The Good Hero of ''Fable''. At first he simply smiles and is liked by others, but at max morality, entire cities cheer as you walk by, and you gain a halo and an aura of butterflies. You can also begin to look like Moses.
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* Deconstructed in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s "Unlimited Blade Works" route. Shirou is a Messiah who lives by the creed of 'I will save everyone!' while Archer, a DarkMessiah, points out that even Shirou knows you can't save every single person, so Archer will help the maximum number of people possible... Throwing innocent people to the wolves when necessary to prevent a larger crisis. [[spoiler:Archer is also Shirou's future self, so he knowws better than ''anyone'' that Sirou won't be able to cut it.]] Basically, you can follow the ideals of the Messiah but it's going to totally screw you up inside if you're not careful or don't have a clear reason to do so, and in any case it simply doesn't work if you follow the ideal exactly.
** The biggest part of the {{deconstruction}} is arguably Shirou's psyche. Basically, his personality and reason for existing was shattered when his parents and his entire life was destroyed in the fire ten years ago -- being saved by Kiritsugu made his entire being revolve around that event, to the degree that Shirou has no sense of self and can only define himself by helping others, even if the recipients neither want, appreciate nor need his help.
* Masayuki in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'' ''refuses'' to see the bad in people and places. People don't really know how to treat him because of it. One the one hand, it's kind of admirable, but on the other it's very difficult to understand or, in some cases, to tolerate.
* Mary Clarissa Crhristie in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'', who will even cry for the monsters trying to kill her and beg M not to kill them. She's pretty tough when it comes down to it, though, but that attitude only strengthens with time.
* VisualNovel/DanganRonpa is a very dark game with lots of death, murder and despair. Enter [[spoiler: Makoto Naegi]], who after [[spoiler: being accused of the first murder]], decides to fight back against this bleak world. [[spoiler: Just look at the last trial in Chapter 6, if you don't believe it: he delivers some lines about hope and love and refusing to give into the despair crafted by Junko aka the BigBad that would make SailorMoon '''proud'''.]] In fact, [[spoiler: finishing the game and getting the good ending has you-as-Naegi returning their hopes to the other living students, screaming '''You Must Not Lose Hope!!'' atop of his lungs, among other things. Kirigiri implies that this trait may mean that he may actually be Super High-School Level Hope instead of Super High-School Level Good (Bad?) Luck.]]
** Even more so: [[spoiler: in VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2, Naegi returns alongside Kirigiri, Togami and Alter Ego. He's as messianic as ever, and as a member of the Future Foundation he wants to save all the students who were the remnants of Super High-School Level Despair.]]
** And then we have the WhatIf side story ''Dangan Ronpa IF'', [[spoiler: where Naegi, having recovered his memories ''way'' before the others, ''tries to save TheMole Mukuro'' and gets [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice severely wounded]].. but this not only prevents the first death/execution (saving Sayaka and Leon), but it causes Mukuro to have a HeelFaceTurn. Yeah, kid is THAT messianic]].
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* The [[BigDamnHeroes Heterodyne Boys]] from GirlGenius. They show compassion and forgiveness to everyone,[[TooDumbToLive even]] [[BloodKnight Vole]].
* Rikk from ''{{Fans}}''.
* Grace from - all together now - ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* Maytag from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}''
* ''Webcomic/AxisMundi'' is supposed to have at least two.
* Mink from DanAndMabsFurryAdventures.
* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. He didn't even kill SmugSnake Kubota and called V out when he/she did.
** He probably gets that from his Mother, who is/was the sweetest, kindest person in his hometown
* John from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. In a comic with some [[TheChessmaster pretty]] [[OmnicidalManiac heinous]] [[EldritchAbomination villains]] - and some [[{{Antihero}} pretty]] [[SociopathicHero sketchy]] ''[[VillainProtagonist heroes]]'' - he stands out as the most cheerful, affable character, always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.
** Karkat starts out as John's foil, being perpetually angry, derogatory, unforgiving, and just plain mean to everyone. Then it turns out that he's actually a decent guy who cares about others, was the only thing keeping the trolls all working together instead of killing each other, convinced villains to work in his best interest, and is ultimately the least threatening or dangerous member of his group. Played completely straight when he stops a rampaging murder clown with the power of hugs and it's revealed that his Ancestor was a literal [[MessianicArchetype Christ figure]].
** John's replacement in the post-scratch universe overshadows those two in pure symbolism. Let's start with her name, [[SignificantMonogram Jane Crocker]].
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* The Dragon Emperor Prometheus in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7893756/1/The_Chronicles_of_Utopia_Volume_II The Chronicles of Utopia Volume II]] is a messianic figure who cares deeply for all people and actively works to bring all sentient beings, even evil ones, on his world into the light, though he will fiercely defend those under his protection.
* Shandala from ''BrokenSaints'' fits this to a tee. Hell, pretty much all the tropes used in the description at the top of the page apply to her. Of course, when in the course of the story, it comes time for BreakTheCutie, things get ''really'' ugly...
* {{Phantasia}} herself, exceptionally so after the reboot. At least, she presents herself this way.
* Neil Sinclair of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest V3''. No matter how many times he is knocked back by more [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical or pessimistic]] characters, he keeps on trying, time and again, to gather as many students he can in an attempt to escape. His hugely idealist approach includes but is not limited to inviting a classmate into the group who had previously ''killed'' one of the other members of his group - S.A.D.D. [[spoiler:And now, his group has fallen apart after his death.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The leading ladies in {{Disney|AnimatedCanon}} movies usually fall into the trope, when they aren't portrayed as {{action girl}}s (and sometimes even when they are).
* [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]. There's a reason why the Autobots look up to him and want him as their leader.
* Initially, Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', especially obvious in episodes like "Imprisoned," "The Desert," "Crossroads of Destiny," eventually reaching what was assumed by some villagers as literal messianic levels in "The Painted Lady." Then the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Scale]] tipped toward closer to Cynical, and TheLancer passed the Idealistic baton [[MessiahCreep to its proper character]], TheHero, Aang. Katara, meanwhile, slid some towards WellIntentionedExtremist territory...
** Aang himself is also one because not only he is [[TheChosenOne destined to savior the world]] or look as a [[AGodAmI God like figure]], he offered [[spoiler:BigBad Fire Lord Ozai a chance of redemption by telling him to he has the to end all of this during Sozin's Comet]]
* Kyle in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is often used with this trope in various forms. While a bit of a lower end JerkAss (compared to Cartman particularly) at times, he has the strongest moral code of [[BlackAndGrayMorality anybody on]] [[CrapsackWorld the show]]. Veers toward {{Insufferable|Genius}} KnightTemplar territory, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters particularly when Cartman is involved]].
** Stan may qualifies as well, if not the KnightInSourArmor type.
** Butters all the way.
* The Flash, from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. Don't believe us? [[{{dystopia}} Look at what happens when he's not around.]]
--->'''Wonder Woman''' (to villain, who has seemingly just killed Superman): I'm going to punch a hole through your head.\\
'''Flash''': We don't do that to our enemies.\\
'''Wonder Woman''': Speak for yourself.\\
'''Flash''': I'm trying to speak for Superman.
** The above is a fine example. A better one would be the fact that [[spoiler:his death causes an alternate-Superman to decide to try on the KnightTemplar boots...and disintegrate Lex Luthor. For starters]].
** [[FriendlyEnemy Flash is even nice to his villains.]] He plays darts with the Trickster, and can get him to go to jail just by asking. He knows every single person in his city, is willing to do mundane chores ([[MundaneUtility with his]] SuperSpeed, [[MundaneUtility of course]]) for them in between superheroing, [[FriendToAllChildren and kids adore him.]] He can even convince Ultra-Humanite to dress up as Santa for some kids and then surrender to the police with minimal effort.
* Starfire in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is said to be [[TheHeart the "heart"]] of [[TrueCompanions the team.]] Just like Flash above, [[BadFuture things aren't pretty if she disappears.]]
* Ma-Ti in ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', who's supposed to hold the group together with his [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway "awesome" power]]. His first appearance has him [[FriendToAllLivingThings gently subduing a jaguar to save a monkey]].
* Lazlo from ''CampLazlo''. Consider this line from the episode "Burpless Beans":
-->'''Edward:''' Lazlo, why do you hate me?
-->'''Lazlo:''' I don't hate you, Edward. I love all creatures, even whatever you are!
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Ben Tennyson has borrowed not only Manga/SailorMoon's TransformationSequence but her steadfast refusal to sacrifice lives and her power to heal the villains' victims with the EmpathicWeapon. He even once instantly handed over the MacGuffin ''with no hesitation'' to save his captured friends, just like Sailor Moon once did for Molly/Naru.
* Rex from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', despite his rebellious phase, and his sarcastic attitude, he is willing to risk his life to cure people with E.V.O, save people even when White Knight is going to kill them because they can't be cured [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Rex attacks instead]]. he helps people even [[JerkAss pricks]] that he doesn't like. He even shows sympathy towards [[spoiler:AntiVillain Garan-Set]], because he feels sorry.
* Optimus Primal of ''{{Transformers}} WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
* Waffle from ''{{Catscratch}}''. He (a cat) even befriends a dog that hates cats.
* ''StickinAround'' is noteworthy for having two messiahs as opposed to one. In this case, Stacy and Polly. Even if they have their moments of getting even with those around them (especially true for Stacy in regards to Bradley), these two are some of the more nicer girls you'll see in all of western animation, if not animated cartoons period.
* The titular character of ''JimmyTwoShoes''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Rigby's brother Don is overwhelmingly nice to everyone, even Rigby, who hates his guts for overshadowing him and unintentionally stealing his friends. When Rigby comes forward with his disposition towards his brother Don becomes upset because all he wanted was his brother's acceptance. Still, it is undebatable that Don would do anything for his little big brother or anyone else.
* T.J., Mikey, Gus, Cornchip Girl, and Miss Grotke from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'': Arnold. For that matter Lila, although she came off as an intentional {{parody|Sue}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy, embodying the Element of Kindness. She's endlessly kind ([[ExtremeDoormat sometimes to her own detriment]]). She is a friend to the animals. She was uncorrupted by [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 Discord's mind-games, forcing him to mind control her directly]]. She abhors violence, but [[MamaBear when others are threatened]] she will go to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy amazing lengths]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster to protect them.]]
** Pinkie Pie, the Element of Laughter, counts as well, given that this is the real reason why she got her cutie mark (the party thing is merely her bread and butter), exemplified by her IAmSong in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend in Deed"]].
** And last but not least, Twilight Sparkle. She's more cynical and grouchy than the norm, but fills this role in the places that count, moreso than even Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. She's the wielder of the Element of Magic (aka [[TitleDrop Friendship]]), the most powerful of the six; in the two-parter episode "The Return Of Harmony," she is the one who manages to break the others free of Discord's HatePlague by reminding them of the friendship they all share; in "A Canterlot Wedding", she is able to [[spoiler:see through the fake Cadance because she knew the real Cadance so well]]; and in "Magical Mystery Cure," her knowledge of friendship reaches the point that [[spoiler:she is deemed worthy to be transformed into an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]] and crowned a Princess of Equestria]].
* Peri from ''Spliced''. When the Wunny Sharbit, supposedly the most dangerous creature in existence, tries to eat him, his first reaction is to try and befriend it. And it ''works''. [[StatusQuoIsGod For a while anyway.]]
* Max from CapitolCritters is ridiculously nice to pretty much most people he meets. A cat was threatening a girl, he saved the girl at the cost of the cat beaten up. What does he do when the girl's family congratulates him? He starts crying because he thinks he killed the cat. Although he can be a DeadpanSnarker at times, Max has a very pure heart and is one of the sweetest cartoon mice ever created.
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* The book ''Strong Willed Child Or Dreamer?'' describes a personality type, dreamers, who are idealistic, sensitive, creative and empathetic. TheMessiah seems to basically a dreamer taken UpToEleven. [[http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/idealist_overview.asp This]] explains it nicely.
* As mentioned above, Fred Rogers. Despite all the cruel and completely untrue rumors going around about him on the web, the man you saw on TV was ''exactly'' who he was in RealLife. Patient, optimistic, and kind-hearted. Despite being an ordained reverend, he never brought it up on his show or as a status symbol, and when asked to denounce homosexuals or other groups people didn't like, Mr. Rogers would politely decline, replying that "God loves you just the way you are."
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16th Jun '13 9:50:20 AM MacronNotes
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* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy Kaworu]] from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is an interesting example of this trope since he's actually [[AntiAntiChrist a humanoid alien sent to destroy humanity]]. He [[SpannerInTheWorks flat out rejects SEELE's plans to use him to trigger Instrumentality]], [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life in exchange for humanity]], then [[EndOfEvangelion returns later]] to help Shinji reject Instrumentality with the unconditional love and kindness he's shown the other boy.

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* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy Kaworu]] from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is an interesting example of this trope since he's actually [[AntiAntiChrist a humanoid alien sent to destroy humanity]]. He [[SpannerInTheWorks flat out rejects SEELE's plans to use him to trigger Instrumentality]], [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life in exchange for humanity]], then [[EndOfEvangelion returns later]] to help Shinji reject Instrumentality with the unconditional love and kindness he's shown the other boy.
15th Jun '13 10:52:41 AM Sifr1889
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*** The Light-Side Exile in the sequels would probably be this, if not for, [[YourSoulIsMine well]]...

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*** The Light-Side Exile in the sequels would probably be this, if not for, [[YourSoulIsMine well]]...sequel, despite the revelation about [[ThePowerOfTheVoid the source]] of their abilities.
10th Jun '13 4:28:46 PM nighttrainfm
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* The Flash, from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. Don't believe us? [[{{dystopia}} Look at what happens when he's not around.]]

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* The Flash, from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. Don't believe us? [[{{dystopia}} Look at what happens when he's not around.]]



** [[FriendlyEnemy Flash is even nice to his villains.]] He plays darts with the Trickster, and can get him to go to jail just by asking. He knows every single person in his city, is willing to do mundane chores ([[MundaneUtility with his]] SuperSpeed, [[MundaneUtility of course]]) for them in between superheroing, [[FriendToAllChildren and kids adore him.]]
** He can even convince Ultra-Humanite to dress up as Santa for some kids and then surrender to the police with minimal effort.

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** [[FriendlyEnemy Flash is even nice to his villains.]] He plays darts with the Trickster, and can get him to go to jail just by asking. He knows every single person in his city, is willing to do mundane chores ([[MundaneUtility with his]] SuperSpeed, [[MundaneUtility of course]]) for them in between superheroing, [[FriendToAllChildren and kids adore him.]]
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]] He can even convince Ultra-Humanite to dress up as Santa for some kids and then surrender to the police with minimal effort.
5th Jun '13 4:01:45 PM MJTrooper
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* And FireEmblemAwakening gives us Emmeryn, the Exalt of Ylisse and Chrom and Lissa's older sister, who goes to the extreme of [[spoiler: calmly walking to a cliff ''and throwing herself off it'' in front of both Chrom's troops and the Plegian armies, essentially commiting suicide to stop both countries from going to war. ''And she succeeds'', becoming a folk heroine for her bravery and selflessness.]]

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* And FireEmblemAwakening ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Emmeryn, the Exalt of Ylisse and Chrom and Lissa's older sister, who goes to the extreme of [[spoiler: calmly [[spoiler:calmly walking to a cliff ''and throwing herself off it'' in front of both Chrom's troops and the Plegian armies, essentially commiting suicide to stop both countries from going to war. ''And she succeeds'', becoming a folk heroine for her bravery and selflessness.]]
5th Jun '13 4:31:15 AM MagBas
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* ''{{Merlin}}'', the titular character of the series. He was destined to be the greatest and most powerful sorcerer to ever exist on Earth. He is also destined to guide King Arthur and bring about a Golden Age in Albion, by using his powers to free the magical people and revive the Old Religion to co-exist with the New Religion. He is also destined to stand at Arthur's side as an advisor and partner, as he reunites all the kingdoms of the land back into Albion, calling forth an era of peace and prosperity. Merlin's destiny has been written since the dawn of Time and his destiny is known by the likes of the Druids, the seers, dragons, the magical people, and other magical creatures and beings.
4th Jun '13 6:06:25 PM Spidergirlx
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* ''{{Merlin}}'', the titular character of the series. He was destined to be the greatest and most powerful sorcerer to ever exist on Earth. He is also destined to guide King Arthur and bring about a Golden Age in Albion, by using his powers to free the magical people and revive the Old Religion to co-exist with the New Religion. He is also destined to stand at Arthur's side as an advisor and partner, as he reunites all the kingdoms of the land back into Albion, calling forth an era of peace and prosperity.

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* ''{{Merlin}}'', the titular character of the series. He was destined to be the greatest and most powerful sorcerer to ever exist on Earth. He is also destined to guide King Arthur and bring about a Golden Age in Albion, by using his powers to free the magical people and revive the Old Religion to co-exist with the New Religion. He is also destined to stand at Arthur's side as an advisor and partner, as he reunites all the kingdoms of the land back into Albion, calling forth an era of peace and prosperity. Merlin's destiny has been written since the dawn of Time and his destiny is known by the likes of the Druids, the seers, dragons, the magical people, and other magical creatures and beings.
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