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Culture Hero
A group icon that changes the world through invention/creation or discovery.


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A Culture Hero is a character that's an icon of a specific group (culture, ethnic, religious, etc.) due to being a discoverer or inventor that changes the world through what they found or made, respectively. They're usually one of the most important legendary figures of a people, and are sometimes it's founder. Prometheus may be the most iconic example, considering the fact that he stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans.

No Real Life Examples, Please!, as there's no set definition of an icon. Adding to the mythology section is fine, though.

See what The Other Wiki has to say on it in this article.


Examples

Film
  • Alfred Lanning is creator of US robotics which manufactures all the robots in the I, Robot movie universe. The robots in this movie would not exist if it wasn't for him.
  • In TRON and TRON: Legacy Kevin Flynn is known as the creator of the grid which is used by many characters in the original movie and its sequel.
Literature
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, there is an "Age of Heroes" of in-universe folklore, and one of them is Bran the Builder, who is believed to have constructed several important landmarks in the universe, including the nearly impenetrable fortress Storm's End, and the Wall which protects humans from the Others. It's believed that he imbued these structures with magic and/or built some of them with the aid of supernatural creatures.
  • In the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, the angel Raziel is the one who first created the nephilim/shadow hunters.
  • In Discworld, Mr. Shine is this to the trolls whenever he appears. More specifically he's a rare troll with a diamond body, which keeps his brain cool (troll brains are silicon based, making their intelligence inversely proportional to the temperature) and thus makes him a natural leader and diplomat. The fact he's shiny helps too, of course.

Live-Action TV
  • On Terra Nova, Commander Taylor, first man to set foot on Terra Nova's soil, is honored with a "Commander Taylor Day" being made a national holiday in the colony.
  • The Star Trek franchise has a few of these:
    • The Klingons have a warrior-Jesus analog in Kahless, the founder of the Klingon Empire and father of Klingon honor.
    • The father of Vulcan logic, Surak, is pretty much Space-Socrates.
    • Dr. Cochrane from Star Trek: First Contact. He's know of in the movie hundreds of years after his death, and without him there would be no warp drive.
    • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok," the Enterprise meets a race of beings who communicate solely by relating stories from their mythology, which means that their conversation basically consists of nothing but culture heroes.
Mythology and Religion
  • Moses from the Old Testament received the ten commandments from God and led the Israelites for forty years in the desert.
    • Just about every religious founder could qualify as well.
  • The gnostic traditions of Christianity had various figures who first teach mankind how to escape the imperfect reality created by the Demiurge. Who it is varied from sect to sect but some figures include Jesus, Sophia, and Lucifer.
Anime and Manga
  • Gold Roger in One Piece is a culture hero for starting the great pirate era which was started from him inspiring many to go to the sea and sfind his hidden treasure the one piece.
Video Games
  • In Homeworld, Karan S'jet sacrifices the use of her body to control the mothership as Fleet Command. She becomes symbolic of the Kushan / Hiigaran people as a whole.
  • Paragons of the dwarves in the Dragon Age series are cultural heroes who are declared Living Ancestors, usually for making epochal scientific discoveries, such as Caridin's invention of the golems and Branka's smokeless fuel.
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  • In Zero no Tsukaima, Founder Brimir, who apparently discovered void magic and the familiar summoning spell. He and his apprentices and sons are credited with founding not one, but four nations: Albion, Gallia, Romalia, and Tristain.

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