-->"The Grave is no bar to my call. Let he who sounds me think not of glory, but of salvation."
-->-- '''Inscriptions on the Horn of Valere'''

The Heroes of the Horn are the great heroes of the Pattern, bound to the Horn of Valere. They are summoned to battle for whoever blows the horn.

!'''Heroes in general'''

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Sort of in the case of the heroes, allowing them to help within an Age where they already died.
* TheHero: It's there in the job description.
* BadassArmy: When summoned by the Horn.
** BadassNormal: What got them the job as individuals and keeps them in it whenever they reincarnate, though Lews Therin Telamon is excluded from the "normal" aspect.
* BigDamnHeroes: They are known for this, though their aid in the nick of time has to be called upon via the Horn.
* FamedInStory: So much so that many of the people who saw them when the Horn was blown at Falme didn't even know who it was they looked at.
* HorsebackHeroism: They are known to ride into their battles.
* IHaveManyNames: An inevitable consequence of being constantly reincarnated throughout the Ages.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Often described as ghosts.
* PrecursorHeroes


[[folder:Artur Paendrag Tanreall / Artur Hawkwing]]
!'''Artur Paendrag Tanreall'''
Better known in legend as Artur Hawkwing, he is the king referred to in many legends who united all the lands west of the Spine of the World as a single Empire. After uniting the lands, becoming High King, his subsequent death sparked the War of the Hundred Years. His sign was a golden hawk in flight.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: A twofer. While many of his attributes harken to KingArthur, including his name, Hawkwing's empire and how it fell apart following his death also makes him a version of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat (or [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Charlemagne]]).
* HeroesPreferSwords: His Power-wrought sword, Justice, which is used in the Last Battle by [[spoiler:Tam]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Said to be such a strong ''ta'veren'' that people in his presence could ''see'' the Pattern shift around him.

[[folder:Birgitte Silverbow]]
!'''Birgitte Silverbow / Maerion / Teadra / Jethari Moondancer / The flaming Lady Birgitte Trahelion, if you flaming please'''

-->"I always say, if you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips"

Birgitte Silverbow is the heroine of many hundreds of gleeman's tales and legends. Like many of the great heroes of the Wheel of Time, she has been "spun out" into the Pattern many times, taking a different name but is always an archer and always falls for fellow Hero Gaidal Cain. When not being woven into the Pattern, or fighting in spectral form, she and all the other heroes of the Wheel reside in Tel'aran'rhiod, it is from here that she chooses to lend aid to Nynaeve and Elayne.
* ArcherArchetype: Her defining characteristic throughout the ages (along with her braid).
* [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]]: To Elayne.
* BigDamnHeroes: As noted above, but special mention goes to [[spoiler:her revival after the Hornsounding. Her first action was to save Elayne just as Mellar was about to cut her unborn children out of her, by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shooting him several times, killing him]]]].
* BraidsOfAction: One of her in-universe identifying features is her long braided hair.
* BreakoutCharacter: InUniverse, and rather literally. She was torn from the Horn by Moghedien to try to keep her from interfering in her attempted MadeASlave of Nynaeve, and subsequently became a more prominent character than any other Hero of the Horn (unless one counts Lews Therin Telamon via TheChosenOne).
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Defending Elayne from Mellar during Tarmon Gai'don. Especially nerve-wracking because no one's sure if being ripped from ''Tel'aran'rhiod'' as she was has resulted in her being severed from the Horn. Thankfully, she wasn't.]]
** [[OffWithHisHead Off With Her Head!]]: [[spoiler:How Mellar kills her.]]
* DistaffCounterpart: Has a personality very similar to Mat's. Fond of swearing, drinking, eyeing up those they find attractive in public, and not being nobility. [[spoiler:Also, over the course of the story, both of them lose that last one, and not of their own choice.]]
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: The "Shoot" to Gaidal Cain's "Smash".
* IHaveManyNames: As do all the Heroes but more of Birgitte's previous lives/adventures are brought up than any of the others.
** During the Age of Legends she was known as Teadra and foiled a plot of Moghedien's.
** In 47 AB, under an unknown name, Birgitte and Gaidal Cain helped to found the White Tower.
** Under the name Jethari, Birgitte once traveled into the Tower of Ghenjei in hopes that the Finn would heal Gaidal after he was injured in the battle of Lahpoint Hills. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding They both died.]]]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: She can shoot an arrow with such precision that it ''splits a previous one in two and goes through it''.
* {{Ladette}}: Part of why she and Mat are good friends.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: She loses her memories of her past lives progressively as she remains torn from the Horn. Eventually this includes Gaidal.
* OddFriendship: With Mat, the Hornsounder. Mat isn't even close to friends with Elayne, but he sometimes goes drinking with Birgitte.
* ReincarnationRomance: Always ends up with the Hero known as Gaidal Cain.
* RestrainingBolt: Tries to be this to Elayne's recklesness with limited results.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Decides to help Elayne and Nynaeve against the Forsaken in Tel'aran'rhiod despite ancient injunctions to the contrary.
* SirSwearsALot: "''This'' was Birgitte Silverbow, hero of a hundred legends? The woman was ''foul''-mouthed!"
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Is the Tomboy to Elayne's Girly Girl.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Is only attracted to ugly men, the uglier the better and always ends up with Gaidal Cain. Granted, being torn from the Horn by Moghedien probably renders that impossible. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is still in play, though, as she returns to the Horn once she dies, with all of her memories rejuvenated.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: She and Aviendha give Elayne and Nynaeve an epic chewing out for being {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s to Mat after he risked his life to rescue them.

[[folder:Gaidal Cain]]
!'''Gaidal Cain'''

Gaidal Cain, being bound to the Wheel of Time, is periodically spun back into the pattern. His incarnations take various forms, all of which share common themes. Most notably, he fights with two swords, and stories of him also include Birgitte Silverbow, his fated lover.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Has a "swarthy" build.
* DualWielding
* {{Gonk}}
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: The "Smash" to Birgitte's "Shoot".
* HeroesPreferSwords
* NameOfCain: Though this isn't seen as a bad thing in this series.
* ReincarnationRomance: The fated lover of fellow Hero Birgitte Silverbow.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The Ugly Guy to Birgitte's Hot Wife.

[[folder:Lews Therin Telamon / The Dragon / Kinslayer]]
!'''Lews Therin Telamon/The Dragon'''

Lews Therin Telamon was the incarnation of the Dragon during the War of Power. He was the leader of the forces of Light and was well-respected all over the world. He was as strong in the Power as it is possible to be and was the "First Among Servants." Though he was known for a long-running romantic liaison with Mierin Eronaile, the true love of his life, his eventual wife and the mother of his children, was Ilyena Moerelle Dalisar, called "Sunhair" for her [[HeroesWantRedheads red]]-and-[[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold gold]] tresses.

Lews Therin was responsible for ending the last War of Power, which he did with a back-up plan. The original thought was to create two obscenely powerful {{Amplifier Artifact}}s: the Choedan Kal, ''sa'angreal'' so potent that a man and a woman channeling through them could together [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ unmake all creation]]. With such tools at their disposal, the relatively modest goal of erecting a barrier around the Bore could be achieved, one strong enough to contain the Dark One until the Bore itself could be closed. Unfortunately, the Choedan Kal could not be safely used without special "access key" ''ter'angreal'', and these were seized (undoubtedly unknowingly) by the Shadow. Even worse, the women of the Hall of Servants refused to consider any other plan. This led Lews Therin to fish out his back-up plan: travel straight to the Bore and plug it with a makeshift cork anchored by seven pieces of ''cuendillar'', thus [[SealedEvilInACan Sealing Evil Back In Its Can]]. He and the Hundred Companions, men to a man, resolved to go.

Well, we know what happened next; and if Latra Posae Decume had not led the female Aes Sedai in their resistance, would ''saidar'' have been tainted as well? Rand's fight would be hopeless if so. In any case, after Lews Therin went insane, he killed all of his family and many friends, earning the epithet "Kinslayer." In the meanwhile, the seven seals themselves were passed to the next Amyrlin, which is why she's called "The Watcher of the Seals" today; it's something of a state secret, though, that they were lost during the Trolloc Wars and nobody's know where they've gotten to for about two thousand years.

* TheArchmage: Wore the Ring of Tamyrlin, signifying his authority over all of the Light-affiliated Aes Sedai in the Age of Legends. He also was the strongest male in the Power at the time, [[spoiler:and teaches Rand various advanced weaves]].
* AxCrazy: Though it's not really his fault, given the taint. This is especially evident [[spoiler:when sharing Rand's body]].
* BadassInCharge: Was an extremely high ranking official, including as TheArchmage and as a political officer in his own right, including as the High Seat of the Hall of Servants.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: [[spoiler:Develops it from the time in the box from Galina Casban and associated ColdBloodedTorture in Book 6.]]
* TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight: A lot of the things he rants and raves about to Rand are entirely accurate.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:As Rand's SplitPersonality, he often spoke of wanting to die, and also only agreed to help him to Tarmon Gai'don so that they could die there.]]
* TheDreaded: So much that he is feared thousands of years later as "Kinslayer" for his murder of his entire family and his friends. Even thousands of years later, Artur Hawkwing is still wary around his {{reincarnation}}.
** HeroWithBadPublicity: Posthumously, and not without reason.
* DrivenToMadness: Due to the Dark One's counterstroke, he went completely insane ''instantly'' after sealing the Bore.
* DrivenToSuicide: After killing his entire family he was healed of his madness by Ishamael, horrified by his actions he drew too much of the One Power and killed himself.
** MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* EccentricMentor: [[spoiler:Granted, that might be putting it very lightly, but he serves as something akin to this for Rand, helping him to learn the ways of the world of politics and how to use ''saidin''.]]
* FallenHero: After the taint.
* HappilyMarried: To Ilyena.
* HasAType: note the similarities between the names "Ilyena" and "Elayne." Both have the same hair color too.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one when he realizes what he did to his friends and family, causing his DrivenToSuicide. [[spoiler:Also has one in Book 12, when Rand draws on the [[MadeOfEvil True Power]].]]
* JustTheFirstCitizen: A variation, as he's not evil (at least intentionally), but he is still called the "First Among Servants".
* LastGirlWins: Ilyena, who he married after realizing that Mierin Eronaile (later known as [[PsychoExGirlfriend Lanfear]]) was just after his rank, even if she did also love him.
* TheLostLenore: Ilyena Sunhair, his wife. It doesn't help that he, you know, killed her himself.
* MasterSwordsman: ''Reinvented'' swordsmanship as an art with Be'lal.
* PaterFamilicide: He is called "Kinslayer" because, after he snapped, he killed everyone he ever loved, everyone who ever loved him, everyone who shared even a drop of his blood. The prologue of the first novel begins right after this event, as he stumbles mad through a mansion of corpses wondering where his wife went. [[TheAntichrist Ishamael]] [[CruelMercy curing him of his madness]] [[KickTheDog to make him]] [[HeelRealization realize what he had done]] was what caused his being DrivenToSuicide by way of SuperpowerMeltdown.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He lived approximately four hundred years.
* RedBaron: Accumulated quite a few titles of this sort, though some may be MeaningfulTitles from the Age of Legends. Among them are Lord of the Morning, Prince of the Dawn, the Dragon, Kinslayer, the Promised One, Champion of the Light, and First Among Servants.
* {{Reincarnation}}: The only one of the Heroes of the Horn known who is not summoned by blowing the Horn. This makes sense, since he was already incarnated into the Third Age.
* SatanicArchetype: He's the foremost champion of the Light who falls from grace. As an added reference, he is also known as "Lord of the Morning", while Lucifer, the name of Satan, is associated with the "morning star", and "Lews Therin" sounds similar to Lucifer as well. Subverted, as Lucifer made his fall voluntarily, while Lews Therin was DrivenToMadness.
* SmugSuper: His arrogance gained him a lot of envy for his power, which didn't help when the War of Power began. It's partially the reason why many of his friends turned to Shadow.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:Becomes one to Rand, as his own personal expression of madness.]]
** SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler:In the climax of Book 12. Afterwards, Rand gains the memories and perspective of Lews Therin without the associated madness.]]
* SuperpowerMeltdown: Killed himself by overloading his body with ''saidin'', causing it to explode and create Dragonmount at the spot.
** DefeatEqualsExplosion: Granted, he mostly defeated himself, but it counts.
* TragicHero: The world's greatest hero, who with his companions sealed the [[TheAntiGod Dark One]]... and who was driven by his counterstrike, killing all his family, wreaking havoc upon the world, and then committed suicide after Ishamael returned his senses.
* WalkingSpoiler: Not so much his existence, but rather [[spoiler:his existence as Rand's SplitPersonality as he is progressively DrivenToMadness by ''saidin'']].
* WarriorPoet: Wrote several successful books before the taint.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In the climax of Book 12. This line is notable because while [[TheChosenOne Rand]] was so insane that he was willing to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroy the world]], he was portrayed as completely lucid.]]
-->'''Lews Therin:''' [[spoiler:Why do we live again? [...] Why? Could it be... Maybe itís so that we can have a second chance.]]

[[folder:Shivan the Hunter and Calian the Chooser]]
!'''Shivan the Hunter and Calian the Chooser'''

Shivan and Calian are brother and sister Heroes, both of whom are only born at the end of an Age. Calian and Shivan respectively are assumed to be a parallels for Kali and Shiva of Myth/HinduMythology.
* ActionGirl: Calian.
* BrotherSisterTeam
* CoolMask: Calian rides wearing a red mask, while Shivan wears a black mask.
* EndOfAnAge: Only ever reborn when one Age moves into the next. [[spoiler:This has led to speculation that they may be Elayne's unborn twins.]]


The wielder of the Sword of the Sun, Amaresu is a female Hero. Heavily implied to be [[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} Amaterasu]] of Japanese Shinto fame.
* ActionGirl
* CoolSword: The Sword of the Sun glows in her hand.
* LadyOfWar: Implied by how she speaks to Mat in Book 14.

[[folder:Paedrig the Peacemaker]]
!'''Paedrig the Peacemaker'''

A golden-tongued peacemaker, this Hero is the Wheel of Time version of Saint Patrick.
* GuileHero: A "golden-tongued peacemaker".

[[folder:Mikel of the Pure Heart]]
!'''Mikel of the Pure Heart'''

Possibly the Wheel of Time version of Saint Michael, not much is known about this Hero besides his name.

* IncorruptiblePurePureness: If "the Pure Heart" is anything to go by.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Spelled as either Mikel or Michael.

[[folder:Buad of Albhain]]
!'''Buad of Albhain'''

The Wheel of Time parallel to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica Boadicea]].
* ActionGirl
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Heavily implied, especially in Book 14.


Nothing is known about this Hero except his name.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Rand knows him as Oscar or Otarin.

[[folder:Rogosh Eagle-Eye]]
!'''Rogosh Eagle-Eye'''

A Hero with a notably very sharp eye despite his age, Rogosh Eagle-Eye served Artur Hawkwing's court in his most recent life.
* BadassGrandpa: Or at least assumed to be old, since he is the only Hero noted as having gray hair.
* LoveInterest: Dunsinin.

[[folder:Hend the Striker]]
!'''Hend the Striker'''

A jovial hero who wields a hammer and spike. Possibly the Wheel of Time version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_(folklore) John Henry]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's known as dark skinned.
* DropTheHammer
* DualWielding: A hammer and a spike.
* PerpetualSmiler: Seemingly. His appearance in Book 14 consists mostly of his smile and laughter when he speaks.

[[folder:Jain Charin]]
->See Characters/TheWheelOfTimeIndependentCharacters