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19th Jun '16 8:01:27 PM Arcana4th
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* All Might from ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'' fits and explores this trope: He decided that the only way to make society better, was to make them see something that they could believe and hold on to, so by becoming a Symbol Of Peace, he will inspire people to become better.
** His successor, Midoriya, shows signs of being this: During the time he was at UA, he helped Mineta to [[spoiler: outgrow his cowardice and fight as well]], Todoroki to [[spoiler: deal with the issues regarding his father and even visit his mother in the hospital]], Iida to [[spoiler: become a better hero by leaving aside his revenge and focusing on saving people]]. He is still a downplayed example, but it's all still there.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Rose Quartz, who lead the rebellion against the Homeworld to save the Earth. In regards to her followers, she helped Pearl, who was [[spoiler: member of a ServantRace]] to [[GrowBeyondTheirProgramming become more than just what she was meant to be]], "The Answer" reveals that she was also this to Garnet, [[spoiler: she gave Ruby and Sapphire a place to be themselves as a fusion and also accepted their fusion, stating that how they felt was more important then how she felt about it]]. This though borders deconstruction later, when it's revealed that she was [[spoiler: this just for her fellow Gems, up until she met Greg, she thought of human similar to puppies.]]
17th May '16 3:16:39 AM noheartxanother
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* Doc Thunder in [[Creator/AlEwing Al Ewing's]] ''Gods of Manhattan'' is America's Greatest Hero, a super-strong, super-smart, super-kind champion that's half [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, half Doc Savage, who's protected New York City for over half a century specifically with the intention of being a role model to others. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he has [[DarkAndTroubledPast very good reasons]] [[SuperHeroOrigin for hating fascism]], and by extension its belief that humanity is a witless, amoral herd to be ruled by strength without mercy. [[spoiler: Not to mention he's in a bisexual polyamorous relationship, meaning he and his closest loved ones would have no place under such a society]]. Plus, an inspired, well-intentioned citizenry actively makes his job easier, [[spoiler: such as at the end of the book where he gets them to clear out of Grand Central Station in advance of a battle and go around the city warning others to stay away]].
26th Apr '16 11:31:42 PM zequeins
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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, Captain America is of course this. In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', he gets on the PA system to inform SHIELD that [[spoiler:the organization has been corrupted by HYDRA from the very start]] and call them to action.

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Captain America is of course this. In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', he gets on the PA system to inform SHIELD that [[spoiler:the organization has been corrupted by HYDRA from the very start]] and call them to action.




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** From ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', we have [[spoiler: The Vision.]] Born to be Ultron's ultimate body, he nevertheless remained calm after his awakening, and explained that he is not the Avengers' enemies. They were right to distrust him at first, but he ''instantly'' gained their trust by [[spoiler: [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield casually handing Mjolnir to Thor.]]]]
16th Apr '16 3:00:30 AM Koveras
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* The sinister group of shady conspiracies, called The Syndicate in ''Series/TheXFiles'' views Fox Mulder as The Paragon of an ever-growing movement of conspiracy theorists-slash-whistleblowers (part of which are characters like Max Fenig and the Lone Gunmen). In fact, the main reason why they don't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]] is the fear that a dead paragon would become a banner to rally all the tinfoil-wearing nutjobs to start digging everywhere and eventually discovering their existence. Ironically, Mulder himself is hardly aware of this special status until well into the series.

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* The In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the sinister group of shady conspiracies, conspiracies called The Syndicate in ''Series/TheXFiles'' "the Syndicate" views Fox Mulder as The the Paragon of an ever-growing movement of conspiracy theorists-slash-whistleblowers (part of which are {{conspiracy theorist}}s-slash-whistleblowers (whose members also include characters like Max Fenig and the Lone Gunmen). Series/TheLoneGunmen). In fact, the main reason why they don't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]] Mulder]] is the fear that a dead paragon would become a banner an InspirationalMartyr to rally all the tinfoil-wearing TinfoilHat-wearing nutjobs to start digging everywhere and eventually discovering to discover their existence. Ironically, Mulder himself is hardly aware of this special status until well into the series.
29th Jan '16 8:24:19 PM Gamermaster
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* ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' fits this pretty well. She [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends]] several AntiVillain characters, and does her best to show them that there are better alternatives. In the third season and after, she becomes an instructor in magical combat, as she has come to the conclusion that the way she can help the most people is to pass on the skills and knowledge that she has acquired.

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* ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' fits this pretty well. She [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends]] several AntiVillain characters, and does her best to show them that there are better alternatives. In the third season and after, she becomes an instructor in magical combat, as she has come to the conclusion that the way she can help the most people is to pass on the skills and knowledge that she has acquired.
31st Dec '15 7:14:07 AM AirofMystery
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}, because, come on. '''Superman'''. Among others, he inspired ComicBook/{{Steel}} to take up his legacy when [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman he was dead]].

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}, because, come on. '''Superman'''. He is often called the Man of Tomorrow because [[EvolutionaryLevels it was once assumed]] that some day humans would evolve into superpowered beings like him, but also because he is an inspirational figure who humanity [[WorldHalfFull can become like]]. Among others, he inspired ComicBook/{{Steel}} to take up his legacy when [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman he was dead]].
9th Oct '15 10:39:31 AM H2SO4
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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': Korra's actions over the course of the series have inspired her teammates and other allies to follow her example of making the world a better place. This came across strongly by the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: Korra is severely injured after fighting Zaheer, but Tenzin is inspired to have the new Air Nation follow her example.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': Korra's actions over the course of the series have inspired her teammates and other allies to follow her example of making the world a better place. This came across strongly by the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: Korra is severely injured after fighting Zaheer, but Tenzin is inspired to have the new Air Nation follow her example.]] In the years that followed, people came to see that the Avatar is more than just a hero--she is an ideal]].
1st Oct '15 8:28:27 PM MadCat221
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** Wrex is noteworthy in that he had attempted to be a Paragon long in the past, but gave up. He tried to guide his people towards a path of rebuilding and reclaiming their world, but his own father tried to kill him for it. If he lives through the first game, Wrex establishes himself as a progressive clan leader with immense influence over the other clans. Notably, this was due to Shepard's example restoring his hope in making another attempt to save his people.

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** Wrex is noteworthy in that he had attempted to be a Paragon long in the past, but gave up. He tried to guide his people towards a path of rebuilding and reclaiming their world, but his own father tried to kill him for it. If he lives through the first game, Shepard's paragon-ism inspires him to try again. Wrex establishes himself as a progressive clan leader with immense influence over the other clans. Notably, this was due to Shepard's example restoring his hope in making another attempt to save his people.
1st Oct '15 8:27:01 PM MadCat221
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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Dwarves that distinguish themselves with truly awesome deeds and/or inventions are literally called Paragons. Revered as "Living Ancestors" (the Dwarves worship their ancestors instead of gods and regard Paragons as such whether or not they are actually dead), the Paragons are meant to serve as examples for Dwarven society to follow. The most recent Paragon Branka, for example, earned her status by inventing smokeless fuel which burned hotter and cleaner, simultaneously boosting production and reducing things like black lung. The Paragon Caridin earned his rank by building the Anvil of the Void, the key to creating Golems. [[spoiler: To gain the allegiance of the Dwarves, you have to get one of these Paragons to help you settle the SuccessionCrisis over Orzammar's throne]]. At the end of the game [[spoiler: provided you are playing as a Dwarf and didn't sacrifice yourself to slay the Archdemon, ''you'' become a Paragon. If you sacrificed yourself, you become a Paragon posthumously]].

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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Dwarves that distinguish themselves with truly awesome deeds and/or inventions are literally called Paragons. Revered as "Living Ancestors" (the Dwarves worship their ancestors instead of gods and regard Paragons as such whether or not they are actually dead), the Paragons are meant to serve as examples for Dwarven society to follow. The most recent Paragon Branka, for example, earned her status by inventing smokeless fuel which burned hotter and cleaner, simultaneously boosting production and reducing things like black lung. The Paragon Caridin earned his rank by building the Anvil of the Void, the key to creating Golems. The Paragon Aeducan made the hard call of cutting off Orzammar from the rest of the Deep Roads when the First Blight threatened annihilation while all the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Deshyrs]] argued over whose thaigs to save. [[spoiler: To gain the allegiance of the Dwarves, you have to get one of these Paragons to help you settle the SuccessionCrisis over Orzammar's throne]]. At the end of the game [[spoiler: provided you are playing as a Dwarf and didn't sacrifice yourself to slay the Archdemon, ''you'' become a Paragon. If you sacrificed yourself, you become a Paragon posthumously]].
17th Aug '15 3:04:54 AM Koveras
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* The Avatar in the ''{{VideoGame/Ultima}}'' games. This was explicitly the plot of #4.
* Depending on the ending, you turn out to be this kind of guy in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': ''Throne of Bhaal''. In the good ending, it is specifically mentioned that you'll end up spawning a host of imitators.

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* The Avatar in the ''{{VideoGame/Ultima}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games. This was Becoming the paragon of the Eight Virtues is explicitly the plot of #4.
''VideoGame/UltimaIV''.
* Depending on the ending, you turn out to be this kind of guy in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': ''Throne of Bhaal''.''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal''. In the good ending, it is specifically mentioned that you'll end up spawning a host of imitators.
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