Created By: DhanaRagnarok on March 8, 2012 Last Edited By: DhanaRagnarok on March 16, 2012

Devoted Unofficial Bodyguard

He\'ll stand in your way if you try to hurt the one he decided to protect - no matter what.

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"Stay behind me"

The Devoted Unofficial Bodyguard will not let someone he vowed to protect die. Heck, most of the time he wouldn't let a bystander get hurt if he can be the one Taking the Bullet. Prone to make a Heroic Sacrifice, this kind of character will not hesitate to put his life on the line to do what he has to. To have their place here, they don't even need to be Badass, but they'll probably become one along the way.

He is however different from The Messiah, as he isn't here to defend everyone, but only a few selected characters, such as children or his Nakama. He will not usually get out of his way to protect someone he doesn't know, nor will he go fight the local Evil Overlord. Except if he was dumb enough to harm anyone under his protection. He's not the Sacrificial Lamb either, as he will not usually go down peacefully.

Will sometimes overlap with Papa Wolf, as they can see their protegee as their child.

Most of these characters die, so beware of spoilers.


Anime & Manga
  • Kenpachi to Yachiru in Bleach. When she was still a toddler, she came to him without fear, and stayed with him, so he took care of her. She doesn't really needs his help anymore, but he did keep her alive in the worst, most dangerous place in Soul Society. And for this guy, it's already a lot.
  • Kazuki from Busou Renkin saw a monster lurking behind a girl. What does he do ? Throw the girl he never saw before away and get himself impaled, of course ! He became much more Badass after the incident, but he does that AGAIN to save Earth as a whole.
  • Luffy from One Piece is this to his Nakama and other people he befriended - And his crew took his example. Declaring war upon The World to save a friend ? Check. Avenging another one in a way that would probably result in fighting one of the strongest men in the world ? Check. And many more...
    • Bon Kurei became this to Luffy himself. If putting not one but two Heroic Sacrifice for him isn't enough, then the grief and the Big Damn Hero moment following the one time he ran away definitely earns him a place here.

  • The Iron Giant wanted to become Superman. If taking a nuke to the face to save a town doesn't make you Superman, nothing will.

Video Games
  • Mario. He's not technically the Princess' bodyguard, nor her boyfriend. He isn't even some kind of legendary hero (well, most of the time...). And yet he'll go save her. Every. Single. Time.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • March 8, 2012
    Comic Books
    • The Human Target was an expert bodyguard who specialized in foiling murder plots, ofen by misdirection or even impersonating the target.
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  • March 8, 2012
    Chronic Hero Syndrome and/or Samaritan Syndrome: as most heroes are badasses of various stripes... I think we're covered.
  • March 11, 2012
    Don't think we need this one, but if we did we need to stop using "Badass" for trope names. It's gotten to the point where it means exactly nothing, or at least no more or less than "cool and I like it."
  • March 11, 2012
    Allen Walker of D Gray Man
  • March 11, 2012
    Laconic is misleading.
  • March 11, 2012
    I think this is a trope, but it needs a better description and laconic. This is the devoted bodyguard type, often self-appointed.
  • March 11, 2012
    Keladry in the Tortall books. She doesn't care that she's throwing away her life- if her people are in trouble, no oath of loyalty to the Crown is going to keep her from saving them.
  • March 12, 2012
    ^ That sounds like Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • March 12, 2012
    • Syaoran Li of Cardcaptor Sakura, after being rejected as Master Of The Cards, finds himself inclined to act as this for Sakura for increasingly blatant reasons. This is despite the fact she already has two official guardians and is pretty formidable herself due to her increased magical skill (though he actually isn't always redundant and manages to rescue or at least assist her on several occasions). He is shown to have this treatment towards Meiling in the anime adaption as well, and takes an attack from a Clow Card spirit for her as one of his first Pet The Dog moments.
  • March 13, 2012
    This sounds very much like The Champion, if I'm not mistaken.
  • March 13, 2012
    • Mori's family used to be under a Legacy Of Service to Honey's family in Ouran High School Host Club, but that was dissolved after the two families were joined in marriage. Doesn't stop Mori from being extremely devoted to Honey, though.
  • March 14, 2012
    ^ That always got me as a mix of True Companions with Legacy Of Service thrown in, even though it was supposed to be finished. Old habits die hard. That, and Honey is just so cute, he switches any number of protective switches. ;) Possibly even this one v.

    The Dulcinea Effect. I believe this is what you're talking about? True, this is geared mainly to protecting females... So, you might be able to argue for a supertrope of sorts for protecting both males and females. But that's where Chronic Hero Syndrome steps up to the plate.

    Until you can get the description to the point where this is distinct from Chronic Hero, Dulcinea, Campion, etc., I'm not biting.
  • March 14, 2012
    The guardians in Final Fantasy X are close associates of summoners who protect them. They are not officially members of the church of Yevon, so a summoner can posit any of their friends as a guardian, even if they are not Yevonites.
  • March 15, 2012
    ^ That's not quite this trope, though, I don't think: they are officially bodyguards to those summoners, even if they start out as just friends. There's little ad hoc about that system, as it's codified in the society. <shrugs> Unless I'm misunderstanding the proposed trope via its name. Am I getting mixed up, here?
  • March 16, 2012
    ^If they officially become their bodyguard, it doesn't count. You can be a Devoted Unofficial Bodyguard only if you're the only one to think you assume this role. (Which is still a bit different from The Champion I think)