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->''"They'll write legends about you someday. When the world was at its darkest, there you came, fire in your eyes like something out a storybook."''
-->-- '''Shianni''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''

The geeky comic relief character who worships the hero and whose primary purpose is to stand around and marvel at every thing the hero does, explaining exactly why it should be so impossible. The Hero Worshipper is usually the one who explains the plot ''to'' a less intelligent hero. He rarely has much power of his own, if any, and sometimes is an even bigger ThisLoserIsYou character than the hero.

Often works as a stand-in for the audience, sometimes in the way of a American sidekick - but with a few notable differences.

May also be a CombatCommentator or MrExposition.

Compare IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery (if this character goes too far in an innocent way), LoonyFan (if he goes too far in a less-innocent way), TheKnightsWhoSaySquee (if the worshiper becomes a hero himself). Also see {{fangirl}} for a more gender specific variation of the trope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[LittleMissBadass May Chang]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a huge fangirl of Edward Elric... [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller Until she meets him]].
** Selim Bradley also fanboys Ed [[spoiler: which turns out to be an excellent cover for being a homunculus.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Isidro admires Guts to the point of wanting to copy Guts' fighting style, until Guts tells him that things like different height and speed would make {{BFS}}-wielding for someone as small as Isidro nearly impossible.
** Farnese's unrequited crush on Guts usually takes the form of a slavish craving for his approval, and she is often brought to the point of TearsOfJoy by any kind word from him.
* Thoroughly subverted in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' with Soifon, who was seen to worship Yoruichi [[SchoolgirlLesbians way too much]] before said mentor left without a word, leaving the devastated ninja girl to attempt to kill her during the storyline. Subversion supported by the fact that Soifon holds rank as a Captain in Soul Society, and is thus a very competent combatant.
* Gaboo from ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' admits he'd more afraid to travel around the war-torn continent of server if he wasn't with the two protagonists. He nags and frets for a long time before he gets any desire to be like them though.
* Krillin in later chapters of ''Manga/DragonBallZ''.
* Naomichi Yamada from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' started out as Ippo's biggest fanboy, then joined Kamogawa Gym to improve himself ''and'' be closer to his idol.
* Subverted in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', where [[StalkerWithACrush Gokudera]] worships the ground that Tsuna walks on, but is quite capable at fighting himself.
* Everyone that Misaki's ever [[DefeatMeansFriendship beaten]] in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' becomes her CombatCommentator and squealing fan, even those who would rather not admit it.
* Subaru Nakajima from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' towards that title character. With the amount of [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] the series does, one wonders if her fair resemblance to ''Franchise/StreetFighter'''s Sakura was intentional.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', there was a villain called Jin who claimed to be a Numbers Hunter who worked for Kaito. As it turned out, he had never even met Kaito, and simply idolized him. [[spoiler: When he finally did meet Kaito, he professed his loyalty, but Kaito was not impressed at all, and treated him like any other Numbers Holder.]]
* Joshua Christopher from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is an odd twisted example. He's incredibly devoted to Aion and often speaks about him in glowing terms, and is very excited when he gets a chance to watch him fight. The thing that makes this twisted is (a) Aion is the BigBad; (b) Joshua has been given incredible power by Aion in order to do his bidding, and (c) that power has turned him [[ComesGreatInsanity absolutely bonkers]]. He would maybe be a LoonyFan if it wasn't that Aion was the one that drove him nuts in the first place and doesn't actively discourage him.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Graham is pretty much convinced that Ladd is the second coming of Christ.
* Gau from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'''s devotion to Raikou is so strong that he's willing to ''[[SelfSacrificeScheme commit suicide if he thinks it'd make Raikou happier]]''.
* Kaorin is a bit of this to Sakaki in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Part of it's just SingleTargetSexuality, but she also does a fair bit of expositing on just how cool and athletic Sakaki is.
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Waver Velvet eventually becomes this to his Servant Rider, saying that he would follow the latter without hesitation and, to [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]], proudly declared himself to be Rider's follower rather than Master. He even keeps all of his Servant's video games as a memento and wears his colors [[spoiler:when he becomes Lord El-Melloi II]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', a large portion of the Miverva's crew look up to Athrun as a legend from the previous war. Meer Campbell does this as well.
* Sanae from ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'' worships "Mori Summer," a self-proclaimed mage who wrote the ''Mabinogion'', a journal of philosophical-sounding rants of the other dimension. This is the basis of her SitcomArchnemesis relationship with Shinka[[spoiler:, the girl behind "Mori Summer" who wants to purge that part of her life seen as her OldShame.]]
* [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Misa Amane]] is this toward [[AGodAmI Light]] [[VillainProtagonist Yagami]] of ''Manga/DeathNote''; fortunately for her, she is useful enough that he doesn't [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kill her]] for it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Eddie Bloomberg a.k.a. Kid Devil from Franchise/TheDCU used to worship ComicBook/BlueDevil, even in the earliest days of his hero career.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' has two: Ironfist and Pyro. Ironfist is an AscendedFanboy of the title Wreckers who finds that [[WarIsHell the reality of war]] is very different from reading about it. Pyro, on the other hand, has a borderline creepy obsession with Optimus Prime... he looks like Prime, imitates Prime's motto, references Prime's opinions, fantasizes about dying in a blaze of glory while Optimus watches....
** Apparently, hero-worshipping Optimus is a recognised Cybertronian personality disorder known as "primus apotheosis". There are even Decepticons who suffer from it.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': [[GreatGazoo Bat-Mite]] worships the ground the Dark Knight stands on, despite (and because of) the fact that he's a [[PhysicalGod god]] and could obliterate Batman with a thought (while Batman is a [[BadassNormal mere mortal]] who isn't intimidated by this for one second).
* In ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', Boomerang has an obsession with ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' villain, Dormammu. To the point where an ImagineSpot of Boomerang getting married to a girl he was dating featured Dormammu both as Boomerang's best man and as his baby's real father.
-->'''Speed Demon:''' It's ''always'' Dormammu with you.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'':
** Franchise/SpiderMan to Franchise/{{Batman}} in ''Marvel/DC After Hours'' and ''Happy Hour''. He was like this to Superman too back in the day.
** And Goblin has this going for Willem Defoe.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Buddy to Mr. Incredible of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', initially. Crosses over to LoonyFan territory eventually.
* Star to Steele from ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Carl with Muntz. As a kid, he adored him; however, [[spoiler:as an old man, he lost all respect for him, realizing what kind of man he was.]]
* Po to pretty much any famous master in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', but mainly the Furious Five. He retains this trait long after he becomes a famous master himself.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Kid from ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* Mako Mori in ''Film/PacificRim'' has this to both Raleigh Becket and Stacker Pentecost. Raleigh because she studied everything about his fighting techniques in hopes that [[spoiler: she could be his co-pilot]]. Pentecost because [[spoiler: he had saved her as a child from Onibaba and then adopted her.]]

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Colin Creevey toward Harry Potter.
** Wormtail during the Marauders' days.
* In poorly written adaptations of ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'', Dr. Watson is portrayed in this fashion.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella Swan towards Edward Cullen.
* Owen of Jesslaw, in Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', is an instant groupie of Keladry.
* In ''Literature/SammyKeyes and the Wild Things'', Sammy is somewhat unnerved to learn that her classmate Cassie Kuo has been eagerly watching her exploits all year, rooting for her against her ArchEnemy Heather, and basically enjoying Sammy's life as a soap opera.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Jill Mastrano is an admirer to both Rose and Christian, and aspires to be like her "heroes".
* A rare non-comedic literary example occurs in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. Ahlrada Ahn becomes [[DespairEventHorizon so broken by the atrocities]] he's commited while in the company of the Tiste Edur he focuses all the good he still manages to see in the world on Trull Sengar, the only Tiste Edur warrior he ever respected and admired. Ahlrada Ahn comes to basically worship Trull, convinced that the latter is dead and he himself will be soon as well. When they unexpectedly meet again, Ahlrada basically has a mental breakdown in the midst of a battle and becomes utterly focused on getting Trull's attention and begging him for forgiveness. [[KilledOffForReal It does not end well.]]
** And in the seventh book of the series it's revealed that Trull has a whole bunch of hero worshippers, which could get every single one of them executed when it becomes known. Considering the nature of worship in this series, it naturally spirals out of control. Trull Sengar himself is not amused in the least.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* J.D. from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' somewhat falls into this when it comes to Dr. Cox. He even admits himself that he is "prone to hero-worship". However, he's not incompetent by any means.
* Despite being an obvious FanGirl of his works, Detective Kate Beckett is ''not'' this to Richard Series/{{Castle}}, being his equal (and superior) in many ways and more likely to puncture his slightly-too-healthy ego and opinion of himself with [[DeadpanSnarker snarky quips]] than anything else. Instead, this trope falls to Detective Kevin Ryan, who seems to have taken Castle on as something of a mentor.
* Colonel Mitchell in ''Series/StargateSG1''. When he takes over command of SG-1 in season 9 (because Teal'c, Sam, and Daniel have all moved on), his first order of business is PuttingTheBandBackTogether. He apparently finagled his way into Stargate Command explicitly to work with them (it helps that he saved their lives previously; he could basically choose whatever assignement he wanted after that).

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Ragueneau has shades of this to Cyrano at Act II scene III:
-->'''Ragueneau:''' (''following him'') Bravo! I saw...\\
'''Cyrano:''' Well, what saw you, then?\\
'''Ragueneau:''' Your combat!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Which?]]\\
'''Ragueneau:''' That in the Burgundy Hotel, 'faith!\\
'''Cyrano:''' (''contemptuously'') [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Ah!... the duel!]]\\
'''Ragueneau:''' (''admiringly'') Ay! the duel in verse!...\\
'''Lise:''' [[LampshadeHanging He can talk of naught else!]]\\
'''Cyrano:''' Well! Good! let be!\\
'''Ragueneau:''' (''making passes with a spit that he catches up'') "At the envoi's end, I touch!... At the envoi's end, I touch!"... 'Tis\\
fine, fine!\\
(''with increasing enthusiasm'') "At the envoi's end--"\\
'''Cyrano:''' [[RuleOfThree What hour is it now, Ragueneau?]]\\
'''Ragueneau:''' (''stopping short in the act of thrusting to look at the clock'') Five minutes after six!... "I touch!"\\
(''he straightens himself'') ...Oh! to write a ballade!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' had that kid in Banner Village, who worshipped not one, but ''two'' heroes. Namely, Tir, the hero of ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'', and Riou, the hero of ''Suikoden II''. He's instrumental to getting Tir into your entourage.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Conrad Verner worships Shepard to an extreme that in the 2nd game he dresses up as Shepard. The third game reveals those photos and autographs he claimed he wanted in the first game to show his wife? Yeah, she doesn't actually exist. He ''does'' have a shrine to Shepard though, but they shouldn't worry, it's all done very tastefully.
** Invoked in the second game, where Shepard's [[BackFromTheDead return]] has lead to an in-universe BrokenBase, with much discussion on the extranet between those who are overjoyed, those who are angry, and those who just wonder what it all means?
** When Samantha Traynor first meets Shepard, she is quite nervous around him/her, but is quite eager to prove to Shepard that she can do her job well. It's also heavily implied that this is partly gratitude. She tells Shepard that she was on Horizon visiting her family when the Collectors hit, and when Shepard came in and saved the colony.
* Intentionally played for evil laughs with the [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Adoring_Fan Adoring Fan]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', who starts following you around doing nothing but babble about your greatness after you become the Grand Champion of the Arena. The guy was apparently so annoying that players compete with each other in brutality of the ways to kill him (and he always respawns, too). Here's an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1KAtuiKfL8 example]].
* Alyx Vance, along with being Gordon's sidekick, becomes this during ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode One'', commenting on Gordon's extraordinary feats.
* Shingo Yabuki in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series. The parallels between him and Sakura Kasugano (''see below'') (who debuted around the same time) are so strong he might be a DistaffCounterpart.
* Alex from ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete]]'' is a worshipper of the Dragonmaster Dyne. However, the trope's completely inverted in that Alex is the main character and actually gains the chance to live out his dream.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** Otacon in the first game, but he's very much a deconstruction of this too.
** Meryl was like this initially when she realized who the jerk that insulted her was.
** One of Mei Ling's first lines was her expressing delight at "being hit on by the famous Solid Snake."
* ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'':
** Dallas (a prisoner) to the hero Torque. Yes, admiring the guy who saves you from monsters is natural, but... it's notable in that genuine good emotions, like friendship and loyalty are darned hard to come by in the setting, due to Plot Reasons. Latter partners in the game are notably crazy-pants. Dallas is also notable for being comfortably bisexual.
** Luther would also count, having regressed to a childlike state in all the panic and chaos of the plot. At one point, he actually decides that Torque must be "an Angel of Vengeance come to save us all." [[GoodFeelsGood How sweet.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', one of the potential recruits for the heist crew, Norm Richards, is a huge fanboy of Michael Townley. In fact, he became a criminal specifically because he was inspired by Michael's exploits. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Norm is a terrible thief. He almost always dies during his first heist and has a high probability of somehow screwing up even if he lives.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Tails greatly respects and admires Sonic for much of the series, and thinks he's the coolest guy around ([[SmugSuper not that Sonic's about to tell him any differently]]). Though later installments, such as ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', has Tails grow out of it a bit and even has him snark on Sonic now and then.
* ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter: Alpha 2]]'': Sakura is Ryu's no.1 {{fangirl}} and aspires to become his student in hopes becoming just like him. Since he's refused to train her, she's become a capable martial artist in her own right by emulating his style. The fighting gloves she wears were even Ryu's old training pads, which he gave to her as a parting gift.
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'': Much like the preceding example, Tamao greatly admires [[TheProtagonist Yuka]] and wants to become just like her by emulating her heroine. Even after defeating Yuka, Tamao continues to look up to her, feeling she has more to learn from her and tests herself by challenging Yuka and her friends.
* The player characters of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series tend to inspire a lot of people:
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' both Soris and Shianni have shades of this towards City Elf Warden. This can be later subverted if you leave them both on mercy of humans.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''
*** Varric accuses Cassandra of becoming hero-worshipper towards Hawke. She is visibly captivated by the Champion's legend, especially [[spoiler: if the Arishok is defeated in a single combat.]] If Hawke is male, Varric additionally teases her about developing a little crush along the way.
*** If Hawke helps [[DreamWeaver Feynriel]] [[spoiler:and lets him go to Tevinter to learn how to control his abilities,]] it's hinted he develops a case of hero-worship toward the Champion as well.
*** If Hawke saves the elven girl Lia and kills her kidnapper, her father sends you later a letter thanking for rescuing her and claims she "has found a hero in you". She can reappear in Act 3 in the Alienage and if [[DaChief Aveline]] is in your party, it's revealed that Lia was inspired to join the City Guard and help protect the innocent the way she had been by you.
*** Many letters Hawke can receive are from people you've helped along the way, who developed similar attitudes.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' takes this to a practically literal level. Following a number of events over the course of the game, [[PlayerCharacter The Inquisitor]] comes to be seen by a very large part of the population as the Maker's chosen and hailed as "The Herald of Andraste". It's quite telling that they continue to do this, and the number grows, even after the Chantry denounces him/her as a false prophet and heretic, and even if the character is a non-human, considering the amount of FantasticRacism in the ''Dragon Age'' universe. Following the [[spoiler:fall of Haven]], in their DarkestHour, the people that s/he saved start kneeling to him/her in absolute reverence, whether the Inquisitor really believes or not.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' has Silver who hero worships Tails, having grown up hearing about Tails' adventures, [[spoiler:however some of what he belives are Tails' adventures are actully Sonic's adventures, this is because in Silver's future Sonic has been [[UnPerson Un-Personed]]]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* All three media of the ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' franchise have moments that give the impression that Omega Zell has nothing else going on in his life besides his obsession for [[TheAce Fantöm]]. He's actually a bigger source of trivia about Fantöm than Arthéon, ''who used to be Fantöm's guildmate''. The fourth novel still has Omega Zell get in "groupie mode" when he unexpectedly runs into Fantöm, despite [[spoiler:getting explicitly viewed as a friend by him and becoming his teammate in the later part of the story]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Cooper in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''... but worships TheChick.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Doofus idolizes Launchpad [=McQuack=].
* Deconstructed in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Legends", with Ray Thompson. [[spoiler:It turns out that Ray is a RealityWarper who couldn't cope with the fact that the Justice Guild were killed in battle, and has effectively turned the entire city into his own personal LotusEaterMachine.]]
* Junior, Sylvester's [[Film/AustinPowers mini-me]] son in a series of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Although his admiration tended to expire fairly rapidly once Dad actually started to ''demonstrate'' his mouse-catching abilities (or lack thereof)...
* Also from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, the page picture comes from a pair of cartoons, ''WesternAnimation/TreeForTwo'' and ''Dr. Jerkyl's Hide'', in which Spike/Alfie the Bulldog is hero-worshiped by Chester the Terrier. Their relationship is inverted after a series of humiliating defeats is inflicted on Spike, and he ends up hero-worshiping the smaller dog.
* Subverted with Lugnut in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. He's practically a one-mech Megatron cult to the point where even Megatron gets sick of his constant loud praises, but he's also the largest and strongest member of the Decepticons on Earth and his "Punch of Kill Everything" is not named ironically.
* Enzo Matrix in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' admired Bob the Guardian when he was a little sprite in the first two seasons. In the fourth season, the grown-up Enzo (Matrix) finds himself the target of admiration from... Enzo Matrix (it's a long story). Younger Enzo eventually learns to stop imitating his grown-up self and become his own Sprite.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** Paco is embodying this trope in regards to El Toro Fuerte. Granted, his worship waned when he found out the secret of his hero's strength, but it was soon revitalized, and he followed El Toro just about [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan everywhere]] he went.
** To a similar extent, Jade was often Jackie's loudest cheerleader, and once stated she wanted to be "a female Jackie Chan" (even though, technically, she was saying that after seeing [[DarkActionGirl Viper]] in action).
* Irving from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' worships the title duo to the point of dressing up like them, sneaking into their mom's car so he can go to the beach with them, and takes pictures of their exploits (one of which was eating some soup). Even BollywoodNerd Baljeet thinks he's an embarrassment.
* Scootaloo from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' idolizes Rainbow Dash. As far as she is concerned, Rainbow Dash is the best pony.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible was the object of hero worship from her younger cousin Joss Possible. By the end of the story, she began to see Ron as a hero instead, since Kim shrugs off the dangers she faces easily, while Ron has to [[CowardlyLion conquer his fear]] to fight alongside Kim.
* Sheldon from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. A variant in that he's smitten with TheHero as well as looking up to her in general.