Created By: EkuranJanuary 26, 2014 Last Edited By: EkuranJanuary 27, 2014
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The Guardian

Someone who looks after, protects, or defends someone or something.

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The Guardian is a character who's devoted to protecting a person, place, or object. This often gives them a heroic inclination in fiction, since someone who willingly devotes their life to protection most likely does so for a worthy reason. Even (anti-)villainous guardians are often more noble than the average villain, since guarding someone they love (who may also be a villain that may likewise be devoted protecting the other) or protecting something they cherish makes them more sympathetic.

Some guardians may not be performing their duty willingly, though. They may be cursed to act as a guardian, often times as a punishment for some transgression against the one who cursed them.

Threshold Guardians are a common sub-type that act as an obstacle the heroes need to overcome, making sure Only The Worthy May Pass.
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  • January 26, 2014
    Koveras
    The variation with a character devoted to protecting another person is covered by Protectorate. But the other meanings (place or object) are tropable... Just to get the ball rolling:

    • The Guardian in Dragon Age Origins is the unaging disciple of Andraste who stands vigil over the entrance to the Gauntlet—a dungeon built around the prophetess' ashes. He can prepare you for the trials inside the Gauntlet but he will also fight you if you prove unworthy of touching the Sacred Ashes.
  • January 26, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ you're misreading it.

    Protectorate is the "place, person thing, etc" being protected.

    This would be the other half of the trope, the guy protecting those things.
  • January 27, 2014
    Koveras
    No, I am not. :) I did not say that the "Protectorate" equals "Guardian", I pointed out that the variation where the Guardian protects another person is covered by the existing trope. Because that trope is ultimately about a relationship between the protected and the protector (rather than just the former), and a "protectorate" cannot exist without a "guardian", I think a separate trope for the "other half" is not necessary for this particular variation.
  • January 27, 2014
    frosty
    • From the revival of Doctor Who: Rory spends about 1900 years guarding a box (the Pandorica) that his girlfriend Amy is trapped inside of. He is so good at it and so dedicated that he manages to insert himself into the collective mythologies of humanity.
  • January 27, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ hmm, you're right, the trope seems skewed on people as opposed to objects... despite opening with the inclusion of objects. must be because things would be a Mac Guffin or Mac Guffin Location.
  • January 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Pretty sure this is covered by many tropes in Protective Tropes and This Index Is In The Way. And particularly, whenever there's a Protec Torate, there'll be a guardian.
  • January 27, 2014
    robinjohnson
    This title is going to be easily confusable with the British Newspaper The Guardian, but there's such a thing as context I suppose.
  • January 27, 2014
    Earnest
    ^ There's also a DC hero named The Guardian.
  • January 27, 2014
    Ekuran
    This seems covered, so I'll scrap it.

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