Created By: Huthman on May 19, 2017 Last Edited By: Huthman on August 15, 2017

Moral Transcendence Horizon

A character commits an extremely virtuous act that puts them beyond any chance of corruption.

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Named after a a boundary in Heaven when crossed, the character cannot leave down to Earth; this trope uses it as a metaphor for good. The Moral Transcendence Horizon points to first good work to prove the character is incorruptibly good.

Glance the word incorruptible. It is a demonstration of permanent good, as in the first act for the story to tell that hero or particular character is always a good or holy person. Of course we're talking about heroes who stay good but this is about "there's nothing to smear it into pure filth"-type good. The particular character's existence is now a pure sacred object on humanity.

Because it is subjective, some characters thinks they crossed it while others wait for their corruption.

A truly good hero lives on the other side of the Moral Transcendence, but crossing it does not mean the crosser is a true hero. It just means it will be their white spot in the history which cannot be dirtied.

When a villain crosses the Moral Transcendance Jet and he's considered the villain, please point it to Designated Villain.

Contrast Moral Event Horizon.

Examples


Anime and Manga

Fan Fic
  • Digimon Regenesis: The Virtue Warriors and the partner Digimon defeat Lord Era's creation, Genesimon in the final chapters of the story.

Film - Live Action

Video Games

Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • May 19, 2017
    NightShade96
  • May 19, 2017
    Koveras
    I am pretty sure we've had a similar TLP entry here just a few months ago, though I don't think it ever got launched.
  • May 19, 2017
    Huthman
    Yeah, that's because it was a improvement on the poorly defined Moral Rubicon River.
  • May 19, 2017
    Getta
    This is Ymmv, right?
  • May 19, 2017
    Huthman
    Remember this is a YMMV trope, so expect any subjectivity and other things related to it,
  • May 20, 2017
    Arivne
    Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.
  • May 21, 2017
    Arivne
    Now your Moses example violates Example Indentation. :(
  • May 21, 2017
    Huthman
    I disposed the Religion example, can I remove the Zero Context Example
  • May 22, 2017
    hszmv1
    What about Moral Relativistic Jet (a Relativistic Jet being a high energy projecting away from a black hole, thought to be caused by the forces of matter interaction close to the event horizon.). Since the antithesis trope uses Black Hole terms, I wanted to try and keep the trope name in relation... Also works as a pun because it can pun with Moral Relativism. Essentially, it would be someone's crossing of the moral event horizon forcing someone close to it away as a rapid, very overt reaction... Could be a moral ambiguous character which finally crosses a threshold into a moral positive in the work.
  • May 22, 2017
    Getta
    "Could be a moral ambiguous character which finally crosses a threshold into a moral positive in the work."

    That sounds like Adopt The Dog
  • May 22, 2017
    Tuckerscreator
    • Captain America The First Avenger: Despite his scrawniness, Steve Rogers is reluctantly approved by Colonel Phillips for SSR supersoldier program when he passes his Secret Test Of Character by protecting his teammates from a (secretly fake) grenade. In this case, having incorruptibly good morals is imperative to the program, since the supersoldier serum will amplify the user's inner nature, turning a Nice Guy into a hero or a bully into an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • May 22, 2017
    Tuckerscreator
    This example's wording is weird.

    "Batman rejects the Joker's belief that Humans Are Bastards and thwarts the Joker's manipulations to prove that his one rule must be broken."

    Is Batman thwarting the Joker's attempts to prove Batman's One Rule must be broken, or is Batman thwarting the Joker's attempts therefore proving his One Rule must be broken?
  • May 23, 2017
    Getta
  • May 23, 2017
    Huthman
    Moral Relativistic jet is applied to an audience reaction or a trope where a hero or at least a morally neutral character becomes permanently good.
  • May 23, 2017
    KaputExaltation
    This is so subjective that pinning down a solid definition may actually be impossible.
  • May 23, 2017
    Getta
    ^ No, the definition is pretty clear: "Someone does an act that makes them seen as incorruptably good" (like Moral Event Horizon being "someone does an act that makes them seen as irredeemably bad"). Just that the exact act (and how it's presented and its relevancy to the bigger picture) would be subjective.
  • May 24, 2017
    Huthman
    Yeah, I kinda support Getta's opinion,
  • May 24, 2017
    Arivne
    Moral Relativistic Jet makes me think of a sapient plane that is into philosophy.

    When most readers see the word "jet" in the title, they're very unlikely to think of something coming out of a black hole.

    Still Needs A Better Title.
  • May 24, 2017
    Huthman
    Tell me, I don't want anymore bombs inside.

    What would be a better name for it?
  • May 24, 2017
    NightShade96
    Moral Redemption Horizon? That way it makes a clear contrast with Moral Event Horizon.
  • May 24, 2017
    Getta
    "A truly good hero lives on the other side of the Moral Relativistic Jet, but crossing it does not mean the crosser is a true hero. It just means it will be their white spot in the history which cannot be dirtied."

    This still talks as if the title was still Moral Transcendence Horizon. And yeah, not many people would get what "relativistic jet" means.

    And here we got a problem with Moral Event Horizon's name: it doesn't show that it's only for negative morals. Why shouldn't it have positive examples to count this draft in?
  • May 24, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Good point. Maybe that trope's definition could be edited so that characters going beyond any chance of corruption could be included as well?
  • May 24, 2017
    Getta
    ^ I wish it could, but that would need TRS. OTOH, it's more of a definition addendum rather than a whole change, which doesn't necessitate re-evaluating every example. I could see it working.
  • May 24, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ That's great.
  • May 25, 2017
    Huthman
    I already altered the names, so can you put a hat for this trope.
  • May 25, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Already did that.
  • August 15, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
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