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22nd Mar '17 1:17:11 PM gb00393
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** [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]]. Though the series has so many viewpoint characters claiming enough prominence (such as Tyrion, Arya and Daenerys) than having just a single protagonist, Jon fits the classic fantasy heroic archetype closer than everyone else and is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yarEbKyk8PU even acknowledged by the author himself]]. After serving under Jeor Mormont, Qhorin Halfhand, and the wildlings, he has some serious CharacterDevelopment and emerges as a skilled warrior, a natural leader, and a dutiful man committed to his vows with a strong moral code and sense of justice that earns the admiration of his fellow brothers.
** Ned is genuinely heroic and indisputably the hero for Season 1. Even three seasons after his death, he casts a long shadow with nary an episode gone by that his memory isn't invoked or referred to.
** Robb Stark is noble, kind, and a natural leader who fights for independence and justice.

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** The Starks are the most classical in terms of heroes, honor-bound warriors devoted to each other. Notable examples include:
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[[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]]. Though the series has so many viewpoint characters claiming enough prominence (such as Tyrion, Arya and Daenerys) than having just a single protagonist, Jon fits the classic fantasy heroic archetype closer than everyone else and is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yarEbKyk8PU even acknowledged by the author himself]]. After serving under Jeor Mormont, Qhorin Halfhand, and the wildlings, he has some serious CharacterDevelopment and emerges as a skilled warrior, a natural leader, and a dutiful man committed to his vows with a strong moral code and sense of justice that earns the admiration of his fellow brothers.
** *** Ned Stark is genuinely heroic and indisputably the hero for Season 1. Even three seasons after his death, he casts a long shadow with nary an episode gone by that his memory isn't invoked or referred to.
** *** Robb Stark is noble, kind, and a natural leader who fights for independence and justice.
20th Mar '17 11:48:26 AM Az_Tech341
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* In a fight, [[InvincibleHero they will ALWAYS win]] (say 99.99% chance...). Even if they lose, bet your life on it that they will win the HeroicRematch.

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* In a fight, [[InvincibleHero they will ALWAYS win]] (say ([[HeroKiller say 99.99% chance...).chance]]). Even if they lose, bet your life on it that they will win the HeroicRematch.
20th Mar '17 11:07:58 AM caribouchat
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* In ''Webcomic/KiddCommander'', despite acting sometimes silly or being impulsive, Phineas is more than she appears, knows much more than she shows, and is stubbornly and patiently gathering friends to reach her goal.
1st Mar '17 12:18:27 PM JulianLapostat
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This guy is a [[TitleDrop hero]], pure and simple. They're almost always right, are a friend to all their teammates, and [[IdealHero morally superior]]--''without'' the usual flaws of GoodIsDumb or WellIntentionedExtremist, unless it's a comedic work. They have a well-rounded skill set. They're not as [[SuperStrength strong]] as TheBigGuy, or as [[SuperIntelligence smart]] as TheSmartGuy, or as [[TheSocialExpert sensitive and socially adept]] as TheChick, but they're close. They can personally accomplish a variety of goals, but their real superpower is getting [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the whole diverse set of personalities]] to [[TheKirk focus and pull together]]. They'll always know who to ask for help, and when--and ''usually'' how.

Most often, they will be TheProtagonist but [[SupportingProtagonist there are exceptions]] [[VillainProtagonist to this rule]]. Just as often they will be TheLeader or otherwise the [[MagneticHero shining star]] that holds the RagtagBunchOfMisfits together, but [[SupportingLeader there are exceptions to this as well.]] In a [[PowerWalk team lineup]] they will be front and center.

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This guy is a [[TitleDrop hero]], pure and simple. They're almost always right, are a friend to all their teammates, and [[IdealHero morally superior]]--''without'' the usual flaws of GoodIsDumb or WellIntentionedExtremist, unless it's a comedic work. They have a well-rounded skill set. They're not as [[SuperStrength strong]] as TheBigGuy, or as [[SuperIntelligence smart]] as TheSmartGuy, or as [[TheSocialExpert sensitive and socially adept]] as TheChick, but they're close. They can personally accomplish a variety of goals, but their real superpower is getting [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the whole diverse set of personalities]] to [[TheKirk focus and pull together]]. They'll always know who to ask for help, and when--and ''usually'' how.

how. Most often, they will be TheProtagonist but [[SupportingProtagonist there are exceptions]] [[VillainProtagonist to this rule]]. Just as often they will be TheLeader or otherwise the [[MagneticHero shining star]] that holds the RagtagBunchOfMisfits together, but [[SupportingLeader there are exceptions to this as well.]] In a [[PowerWalk team lineup]] they will be front and center.
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[[ChickMagnet Almost invariably]], the Hero is male and TheChick is [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan in love with him]] (unless she's The Hero or his sister and sometimes [[BrotherSisterIncest even]] {{t|wincest}}hen), as are [[EvenTheGuysWantHim any other members]] who happen to be women or {{gay|Option}} or {{bi|TheWay}}.

The primary romantic plot in the team will be between The Hero and TheChick, with TheLancer [[LoveTriangle rounding out a triangle]]. (Bonus points if TheLancer is [[HoYay bisexual]] and is interested in ''both'' of them!) The Hero might also be a ChasteHero or a CelibateHero as an additional complication to romantic subplots.

If the Hero has too many of the "positive" qualities listed above, they may degenerate into a MartyStu. If they're too generic, then they're an EveryMan (but please note that the EveryMan does not have to be this trope or TheProtagonist). They are sometimes the OnlySaneMan trying to keep TheTeam together because they live in DysfunctionJunction.

Because TheLancer is, by definition, The Hero's foil, The Hero and TheLancer usually have a special chemistry, either a BashBrothers relationship or RedOniBlueOni. They are often [[TheRival rivals]] with a strong mutual respect for each other, and are sometimes HeterosexualLifePartners. They are likely to argue about who is TheLeader, but as stated above, this role usually goes to the hero.

The Hero does not ''have'' to be TheLeader, or the most intelligent. This is usually justified by them being [[KidHero the youngest]], [[IdiotHero most inexperienced]], and/or newest member of the team. Thus, their more senior teammates may reasonably see them as the TagalongKid or the SixthRanger, even if they're clearly [[TheProtagonist the central protagonist]] to the audience. They may even be something of TheLoad if they're a MouthyKid or TheFool, but don't worry--in time, they will reveal their great potential, eventually [[MagneticHero swaying]] friend [[DefeatMeansFriendship and foe]] alike to their cause. Even if they need [[CharacterDevelopment significant growing up]] to reach that point. Eventually, TheLeader they may very well become.

If there's a character [[RuleOfCool cooler]] than the Hero, that character is generally TooCoolToLive.

See also TheAce, TheKirk, MessianicArchetype, TheChosenOne, and HeroProtagonist. A {{superhero}} is, by the catch-all definition, a hero (often with superpowers) who dedicates their very life to... well, being a hero.

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[[ChickMagnet Almost invariably]], the The Hero is male most [[AlwaysMale often male]] and TheChick is [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan in love with him]] (unless she's The Hero or his sister and sometimes [[BrotherSisterIncest even]] {{t|wincest}}hen), as are [[EvenTheGuysWantHim any other members]] who happen to be women or {{gay|Option}} or {{bi|TheWay}}.

{{bi|TheWay}}.The primary romantic plot in the team will be between The Hero and TheChick, with TheLancer [[LoveTriangle rounding out a triangle]]. (Bonus points if TheLancer is [[HoYay bisexual]] and is interested in ''both'' of them!) The Hero might also be a ChasteHero or a CelibateHero as an additional complication to romantic subplots.

subplots. If the Hero has too many of the "positive" qualities listed above, they may degenerate into a MartyStu. If they're too generic, then they're an EveryMan (but please note that the EveryMan does not have to be this trope or TheProtagonist). They are sometimes the OnlySaneMan trying to keep TheTeam together because they live in DysfunctionJunction.

DysfunctionJunction. Because TheLancer is, by definition, The Hero's foil, The Hero and TheLancer usually have a special chemistry, either a BashBrothers relationship or RedOniBlueOni. They are often [[TheRival rivals]] with a strong mutual respect for each other, and are sometimes HeterosexualLifePartners. They are likely to argue about who is TheLeader, but as stated above, this role usually goes to the hero.

The concept of TheHero is [[OlderThanDirt very old]] and every culture and peoples have had individuals they identified as heroes. On account of SocietyMarchesOn and ValuesDissonance, the notion of what the hero signifies has changed and diverged a great deal from the ancient world to the early modern world to the present day. Heroes in the ancient world were compelling because they embodied virtues and qualities common to the experience of people at the time (War, Violence, Survival) whereas later generations would seek idealized values from their heroes because of their desire and yearning for a better world.

The Hero does not ''have'' to be TheLeader, or TheLeader. Indeed, since VillainsActHeroesReact, the most intelligent. This is usually justified by them being [[KidHero hero often arrives on the youngest]], [[IdiotHero most inexperienced]], and/or newest member of scene [[YouCantThwartStageOne a little too late]], so his role and function in the team. Thus, their story is more senior teammates may reasonably see them as the TagalongKid or the SixthRanger, even if they're clearly [[TheProtagonist the central protagonist]] less reactive and predetermined rather than ones that have been set or chosen by him which is counterintuitive to the audience. They may even role of TheLeader. When heroes are leaders expect them to be FrontlineGeneral or BadassInCharge. When they are merely part of a crew, expect them to start out as something of TheLoad if they're a MouthyKid or TheFool, but don't worry--in time, they will reveal their great potential, eventually [[MagneticHero swaying]] friend [[DefeatMeansFriendship and foe]] alike to their cause. Even if they need [[CharacterDevelopment significant growing up]] to reach that point. Eventually, TheLeader they may very well become.

become. If there's a character [[RuleOfCool cooler]] than the Hero, that character is generally TooCoolToLive.

TooCoolToLive. See also TheAce, TheKirk, MessianicArchetype, TheChosenOne, and HeroProtagonist. A {{superhero}} is, by the catch-all definition, a hero (often with superpowers) who dedicates their very life to... well, being a hero.
24th Jan '17 9:37:16 AM gb00393
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** Ned is generally heroic and indisputably the hero for Season 1. Even three seasons after his death, he casts a long shadow with nary an episode gone by that his memory isn't invoked or referred to.

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** Ned is generally genuinely heroic and indisputably the hero for Season 1. Even three seasons after his death, he casts a long shadow with nary an episode gone by that his memory isn't invoked or referred to.
24th Jan '17 9:36:32 AM gb00393
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** Daenerys Targaryen is intelligent, kind, charismatic, and a natural leader who fights for the freedom of the oppressed, though her treatment of those she views as evil can be harsh to say the least.
24th Jan '17 9:35:52 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]]. Though the series has so many viewpoint characters claiming enough prominence (such as Tyrion, Arya and Daenerys) than having just a single protagonist, Jon fits the classic fantasy heroic archetype closer than everyone else and is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yarEbKyk8PU even acknowledged by the author himself]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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[[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]]. Though the series has so many viewpoint characters claiming enough prominence (such as Tyrion, Arya and Daenerys) than having just a single protagonist, Jon fits the classic fantasy heroic archetype closer than everyone else and is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yarEbKyk8PU even acknowledged by the author himself]]. After serving under Jeor Mormont, Qhorin Halfhand, and the wildlings, he has some serious CharacterDevelopment and emerges as a skilled warrior, a natural leader, and a dutiful man committed to his vows with a strong moral code and sense of justice that earns the admiration of his fellow brothers.
** Ned is generally heroic and indisputably the hero for Season 1. Even three seasons after his death, he casts a long shadow with nary an episode gone by that his memory isn't invoked or referred to.
** Robb Stark is noble, kind, and a natural leader who fights for independence and justice.
** Daenerys Targaryen is intelligent, kind, charismatic, and a natural leader who fights for the freedom of the oppressed, though her treatment of those she views as evil can be harsh to say the least.
** Stannis Baratheon serves as a deconstruction. He is just, dutiful, and the rightful heir to the Baratheon dynasty, but his staunch commitment to duty and utter lack of charisma make him cold at best and villainous at worst. Despite apparently being TheChosenOne, he commands the smallest faction, which drives him to assassinate his younger brother and submit to Melisandre's ToxicFriendInfluence.
** Lord Beric Dondarrion, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners is a subversion. One of the most altruistic characters in the show, he fights for the smallfolk by killing and stealing from the armies occupying in the Riverlands, but he is also willing to do anything in service his cause and his new god, including holding Arya Stark for ransom and betraying Gendry to Melisandre.
** One more tricky example is Margaery Tyrell. While she is very ambitious and willing to use others to get her means, she is also a genuinely good person that cares about the smallfolk and her family. She becomes the main {{protagonist}} in King's Landing in seasons 5 and 6, with Cersei and later the High Sparrow as her antagonists.
12th Jan '17 7:45:11 AM Eievie
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->''"I donít just think Iím a hero. I will be'' the ''hero."''

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->''"I donít just think Iím a hero. I will be'' the ''hero.be '''the''' hero."''



This guy is a [[TitleDrop hero]], pure and simple. They're almost always right, are a friend to all their teammates, and [[IdealHero morally superior]] - ''without'' the usual flaws of GoodIsDumb or WellIntentionedExtremist, unless it's a comedic work. They have a well-rounded skill set. They're not as [[SuperStrength strong]] as TheBigGuy, or as [[SuperIntelligence smart]] as TheSmartGuy, or as [[TheSocialExpert sensitive and socially adept]] as TheChick, but they're close. They can personally accomplish a variety of goals, but their real superpower is getting [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the whole diverse set of personalities]] to [[TheKirk focus and pull together]]. They'll always know who to ask for help, and when -- and ''usually'' how.

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This guy is a [[TitleDrop hero]], pure and simple. They're almost always right, are a friend to all their teammates, and [[IdealHero morally superior]] - ''without'' superior]]--''without'' the usual flaws of GoodIsDumb or WellIntentionedExtremist, unless it's a comedic work. They have a well-rounded skill set. They're not as [[SuperStrength strong]] as TheBigGuy, or as [[SuperIntelligence smart]] as TheSmartGuy, or as [[TheSocialExpert sensitive and socially adept]] as TheChick, but they're close. They can personally accomplish a variety of goals, but their real superpower is getting [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the whole diverse set of personalities]] to [[TheKirk focus and pull together]]. They'll always know who to ask for help, and when -- and when--and ''usually'' how.



The Hero does not ''have'' to be TheLeader, or the most intelligent. This is usually justified by them being [[KidHero the youngest]], [[IdiotHero most inexperienced]], and/or newest member of the team. Thus, their more senior teammates may reasonably see them as the TagalongKid or the SixthRanger, even if they're clearly [[TheProtagonist the central protagonist]] to the audience. They may even be something of TheLoad if they're a MouthyKid or TheFool, but don't worry -- in time, they will reveal their great potential, eventually [[MagneticHero swaying]] friend [[DefeatMeansFriendship and foe]] alike to their cause. Even if they need [[CharacterDevelopment significant growing up]] to reach that point. Eventually, TheLeader they may very well become.

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The Hero does not ''have'' to be TheLeader, or the most intelligent. This is usually justified by them being [[KidHero the youngest]], [[IdiotHero most inexperienced]], and/or newest member of the team. Thus, their more senior teammates may reasonably see them as the TagalongKid or the SixthRanger, even if they're clearly [[TheProtagonist the central protagonist]] to the audience. They may even be something of TheLoad if they're a MouthyKid or TheFool, but don't worry -- in worry--in time, they will reveal their great potential, eventually [[MagneticHero swaying]] friend [[DefeatMeansFriendship and foe]] alike to their cause. Even if they need [[CharacterDevelopment significant growing up]] to reach that point. Eventually, TheLeader they may very well become.



'''Note:''' A character can be TheHero of the story without being part of a FiveManBand. Also the generic namesake for ThingsIWillDoIfIAmEverTheHero.

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'''Note:''' '''[[AC:Note:]]''' A character can be TheHero of the story without being part of a FiveManBand. Also the generic namesake for ThingsIWillDoIfIAmEverTheHero.
30th Nov '16 2:10:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Elizabeth Swann-Turner and Will Turner are the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' version of this. Used loosely, as heroes aren't as pure in their world.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Luke Skywalker fits this {{trope}} so well that Psychology textbooks show a picture of him in reference to the archetype of a hero. In parts of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, variations on "I won't leave you here. I have to save you" are his catchphrase.
** The fact that Luke is the Hero archetype was deliberate because Creator/GeorgeLucas is said to have been heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell's [[TheHerosJourney ''The Hero With a Thousand Faces'']]. He does subvert The Hero trope in one ''major'' way though - he DidNotGetTheGirl and TheChick ends up with TheLancer instead for [[BrotherSisterIncest one reason or another.]]
** The Prequel Trilogy makes it clear Obi-Wan Kenobi is the hero, not Anakin Skywalker. Obi-Wan is constantly praised as the ideal Jedi and a stalwart defender of the innocent, while Anakin has his own fair share of issues that keep from achieving his heroic destiny. [[ForegoneConclusion We all know well how it turns out.]]
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives us a new hero for the Sequel Trilogy, although the identity of TheHero is a bit of a spoiler: [[spoiler:Rey, who turns out to be a Force-sensitive Jedi-to-be in the same vein as Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy. The ending makes it clear that the next two films will be her story]].
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Jake Sully, who choses what's right over what's easy, by siding with the Navi over his own people.

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[[folder:Film]]
* Elizabeth Swann-Turner and Will Turner are the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' version of this. Used loosely, as heroes aren't as pure in their world.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Luke Skywalker fits this {{trope}} so well that Psychology textbooks show a picture of him in reference to the archetype of a hero. In parts of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, variations on "I won't leave you here. I have to save you" are his catchphrase.
** The fact that Luke is the Hero archetype was deliberate because Creator/GeorgeLucas is said to have been heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell's [[TheHerosJourney ''The Hero With a Thousand Faces'']]. He does subvert The Hero trope in one ''major'' way though - he DidNotGetTheGirl and TheChick ends up with TheLancer instead for [[BrotherSisterIncest one reason or another.]]
** The Prequel Trilogy makes it clear Obi-Wan Kenobi is the hero, not Anakin Skywalker. Obi-Wan is constantly praised as the ideal Jedi and a stalwart defender of the innocent, while Anakin has his own fair share of issues that keep from achieving his heroic destiny. [[ForegoneConclusion We all know well how it turns out.]]
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives us a new hero for the Sequel Trilogy, although the identity of TheHero is a bit of a spoiler: [[spoiler:Rey, who turns out to be a Force-sensitive Jedi-to-be in the same vein as Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy. The ending makes it clear that the next two films will be her story]].
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Jake Sully, who choses what's right over what's easy, by siding with the Navi over his own people.
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%%* 9 from... well, ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''.
%%* Manolo Sanchez, of the story Mary Beth tells the detention kids in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Elizabeth Swann-Turner and Will Turner are the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' version of this. Used loosely, as heroes aren't as pure in their world.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Luke Skywalker fits this {{trope}} so well that Psychology textbooks show a picture of him in reference to the archetype of a hero. In parts of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, variations on "I won't leave you here. I have to save you" are his catchphrase.
** The fact that Luke is the Hero archetype was deliberate because Creator/GeorgeLucas is said to have been heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell's [[TheHerosJourney ''The Hero With a Thousand Faces'']]. He does subvert The Hero trope in one ''major'' way though - he DidNotGetTheGirl and TheChick ends up with TheLancer instead for [[BrotherSisterIncest one reason or another.]]
** The Prequel Trilogy makes it clear Obi-Wan Kenobi is the hero, not Anakin Skywalker. Obi-Wan is constantly praised as the ideal Jedi and a stalwart defender of the innocent, while Anakin has his own fair share of issues that keep from achieving his heroic destiny. [[ForegoneConclusion We all know well how it turns out.]]
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives us a new hero for the Sequel Trilogy, although the identity of TheHero is a bit of a spoiler: [[spoiler:Rey, who turns out to be a Force-sensitive Jedi-to-be in the same vein as Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy. The ending makes it clear that the next two films will be her story]].
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Jake Sully, who choses what's right over what's easy, by siding with the Navi over his own people.



%%* 9 from... well, ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Nine}} 9]]''.



%%* Manolo Sanchez, of the story Mary Beth tells the detention kids in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
30th Nov '16 2:08:59 AM Morgenthaler
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** Alanna of Trebond, who is deliberately a female The Hero in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. Among other things, she uncovers a plot to usurp the throne, helps Jon improve relations between Tortallans and the Bazhir, and brings a number of {{Badass}}es back to the capital for the FinalBattle.

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** Alanna of Trebond, who is deliberately a female The Hero in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. Among other things, she uncovers a plot to usurp the throne, helps Jon improve relations between Tortallans and the Bazhir, and brings a number of {{Badass}}es badasses back to the capital for the FinalBattle.
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