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->''"Naruto has a strange power... to bring out the best in people."''
-->-- '''Kakashi''', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''

Occasionally, you get a hero with such personal magnetism that he is capable of persuading others, usually the BadassBystander, to [[HowToGatherCharacters join him in his quest]]. Of course, the new companion has no qualms about killing for, or even [[HeroSecretService dying]] for, the hero, despite having known him only briefly and facing many people who want him dead.

This is a staple of fiction that may well be OlderThanTheyThink. Many epics and legends chronicle the process by which a hero gathers a band of motley friends and allies of dubious background but doubtless courage and nobility. Even if the hero has no special quality compared to his subordinates, this is often his implied "power", [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Heart]].

There's a few variants of this:
# ''Beat them up.'' Because DefeatMeansFriendship, anyone the hero beats up on the way to the supermarket will become a lifelong friend and ally.
# Conversely, ''beat up their enemy along with them''. FireForgedFriends are always ready to come along.
# ''[[TastesLikeFriendship Give a kid a candy bar.]]'' Because hey, proving you're [[PetTheDog kind to cute orphans]] is the best way to get their [[TheCaretaker Caretaker]] to dump them and come with you!
# ''[[RecruitmentByRescue Save their life.]]'' Simple: save someone's life, or buy their freedom, and [[IOweYouMyLife they'll be your slave forever!]]
# ''Tell them your quest.'' Who knows? Maybe they too are out to put a stop to Doctor Demonica? A particularly idealistic or persuasive hero can pull this off with gusto on even [[JadeColoredGlasses the most jaded]].

Often at the center of a CharacterMagneticTeam. Contrast with TheDulcineaEffect, which usually involves the hero falling victim to a similar phenomenon at the hands of a member of the opposite sex, and HitchhikerHeroes. A female MagneticHero who leads male characters with TheDulcineaEffect may be a JeanneDArchetype. On a larger scale, the usual subject of AProtagonistShallLeadThem.

The resultant group generally turns out to be a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. If it actually sticks around for a while, you may get TrueCompanions or BadassCrew.

Contrast SociallyAwkwardHero.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In general, if it's a Shonen manga (especially those in ShonenJump), the hero will have this quality
* The ''DragonBall'' series uses this with TheAtoner to have a BadassCrew full of reformed bad guys. Oolong, Yamcha, Puar, Tien, Chaozu, Piccolo, and Vegeta started out as Goku's opponents, though not all of them turned face immediately after [[DefeatMeansFriendship being defeated by Goku]].
** Getting them to [[HeelFaceTurn give up their evil ways]] isn't usually the problem. [[CantCatchUp Keeping them relevant for more than the next plot arc,]] on the other hand....
** In the first ''DragonBall'' story arc, Bulma is the Magnetic Hero on a quest and Goku is one of companions she picks up.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' - The eponymous hero has used most of the tactics above.
** Beat Them Up: Gaara, [[spoiler:Nagato]], Neji.
** Fight With Them: Sai, Sakura, Sasuke, Lee.
** Being kind to Inari (an orphan) in the Zabuza Arc [[note]]Although it should be noted that Naruto accomplished this with a QuitYourWhining speech[[/note]] indirectly wins him a whole village who believes in him.
** He saves Konoha and gets their respect and adoration.
** Telling his goals tends to overlap with beating them up, as both Gaara and [[spoiler:Nagato]] are persuaded after they hear his plans.
** After he defeat the summoned Jinchūriki with his own method, [[spoiler: Kurama (Kyubi) actually willingly cooperate with him completely]]
** Naruto's crowning achievement? [[spoiler:Winning over Obito.]]
** This has actually become so common that forum goers have given it the name 'Talk No Jutsu', 'Therapy No Jutsu', or 'Jesus No Jutsu'.
* ''OnePiece'': Luffy. It's even directly acknowledged by Mihawk.
-->It's not some kind of special power, but he has the ability to make allies of everyone he meets. And that is the most fearsome power on these high seas!
* Tsuna from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', anyone? He's quickly building up a gigantic [[UnwantedHarem harem]] of [[HoYay incredibly loyal underlings]] (99% of which are [[MrFanservice male]]) whose main purpose in life is apparently to protect him. And most of his enemies/rivals, after [[DefeatMeansFriendship being defeated by him]], become... ''very'' friendly and affectionate towards him. In a creepy way though, since they're normally rather AxCrazy.\\
** One of the more... interesting examples is Spanner's sudden decision to switch sides and become a part of Tsuna's family. This decision was reached after the two spent a long, undisclosed amount of time alone together. With Tsuna naked, unconscious, and handcuffed to [[MemeticMolester Spanner's]] bed. You figure out the reason and method of how Tsuna unwittingly managed to convince him to join.
* Ichigo from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Turning the Shinigami who was initially antagonistic to acceptance to willingly give him his power back.
* Even though Gin from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is basically a jobless dirty-old man with the body of a twenty something, he was still able to attract many followers as the Emperors of Kabuki-cho arc demonstrated.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' and Kamina. A Type 4 except most of his group came because of his [[BadAss sheer power of awesome]]. Kittan and Simon each get a turn with the magnet.
* ''TowerOfGod'': Twenty-fifth Baam, who recruited a MagnificentBastard of a BlueBlood, a TomboyPrincess, her haughty little sister and a giant bipedal alligator. And that's just his close friends.
* ''ShamanKing'': Virtually all of Yoh's team, especially Ren Tao.
* Yugi of ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'''s Jaden/Judai. Every single character he ever disputes with is converted, seemingly by the sheer force of his personality, either to a friend or a [[TrueCompanions hardcore devotee]] by the end of the episode/duel/season.
* Yusei of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', and even more naturally than Yugi. He grew up with Kiryu's TrueCompanions, formed one of his own that we meet at the start of the series, then quickly gets separated from them to form an entirely new one. We also see he recruits using all five methods.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' - Nanoha is apparently at her best accompanied by former foes she's thrashed to within an inch of their lives. Of course, she's very nice about it.
** Subaru also has this quality, befriending not only the {{Tsundere}} Teana, who initially dislikes her and tries not to bond with her, and the initially socially awkward Erio and Caro, but also the reformed Combat Cyborgs, four of whom become her adopted sisters. She also manages to befriend Ixpellia and change her worldview. Lampshaded by Teana.
-->'''Teana''': (to Erio and Caro) You don't have to become friends with everyone like the Stars' front attacker.
* Sagara Sousuke from ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic!''. He ''actively'' tries to discourage people from becoming his friend, and is generally ''very'' [[MarriedToTheJob business-like]] and unfriendly, disliking chit chat. Yet somehow, he always manages to attract a bunch of people to him. And all of them ''really'' like him (many times, to the point of being willing to die for him). Even his ''enemies'' are [[FoeYay attracted to him]]. In the novels, as Lemon puts it, "even though he is so expressionless, he's oddly charming."
* Negi Springfield of ''MahouSenseiNegima''. He starts out working pretty much on his own, but by this point he has a troop of around 15 or so primary allies (mostly various students) in addition to an absurd number of secondary characters. He has tried on many occasions to ditch his TrueCompanions but that just starts fights and he sees himself as the PapaWolf now since they keep hanging around.
** Of course, it doesn't hurt that most of his group (which tend to be female) find him attractive [[ChickMagnet the usual way]].
* Tenma in ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
* Haru slowly accumulates buddies in ''RaveMaster''. Elie by [[MeetCute the power of love]], Musica (more or less) by uniting him with his grandfather, Let with an impressive display of belief, Celia by pulling her out of a rock, Lazenby by showing him he was working for the villain, Shuda by motivating him to live (and also some stuff with his dad), Julia by his determination, Julius by... [[WhatAnIdiot *cough*]], and Belnika by being cute and friendly.
* Ash of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' always has unbelievable luck in finding traveling companions. It's basically episodic.
** Not just humans. Most of the Pokemon he captures, he does so by getting them to like him and follow him. Not to mention the god-like powerful legendary Pokemon he has befriended, listing Arceus, Mewtwo, Giratina and Lugia to name a few.
* Touma from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' even if they don't fight alongside him all the time, many people would rally to his cause, something that a magic cabal took note of and [[spoiler:tried to have someone use magic to pose as someone in the group to assassinate him and split it up]] even though there is no real group. Others he's beaten take new paths in life.
* ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' has Genki who is able to see the good in the most evil-seeming enemies, and then get them to see it. Notable examples include [[spoiler:Pixie and Big Blue]] as well as a large number of mooks and lesser villains as well as [[spoiler:Tiger and Hare (Maybe even Golem if you think about it)]].
* Sengoku from ''Manga/CageOfEden'' starts off as another goofy schoolboy, but begins to come into his own as he pulls more of the survivors into his group.
* Jacuzzi Splot from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has a natural ability to draw people towards him, unconsciously forming his own street gang largely off of this tendency. The LightNovels point out that this has less to do with any extraordinary amount of charisma so much as he gives people the impression [[{{Moe}} that he'd be helpless on his own and is in constant need of coddling]].
-->He wasn't especially charismatic, but he had a strange way of gathering people about him — or, to be more specific, it was like they gravitated to him. His appeal didn't spring from any sort of trustiness, but instead from the feeling that, if left to his own devices, he'd probably end up walking off a cliff somehow. He evoked a strange sort of protective instinct in people.
** Firo Prochainezo a [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] version of this. For whatever reason, Firo is able to win the trust, admiration, and respect of people with little to no effort on his part. The only problem is that this ability seems to apply exclusively to complete nutbars and dangerous lunatics that he'd rather stay very far away from, and any attempt to dissuade them only seems to encourage them.
-->'''Christopher:''' That's so mean, Firo. I just wanted to be helpful to the first friend I made here in this city - you!
-->'''Firo:''' ...I can't trust you. Frankly, you're the type that'd just march into the casino and shoot the place to hell.
-->'''Christopher:''' Wow! That's amazing, Firo! You know me so well! I ''knew'' we were friends!
* A villainous version comes from The Claw in ''GunXSword'', where nearly everyone he meets considers him to be a kind man.
* Light from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a Magnetic [[VillainProtagonist Villain]]:
** Give the Shinigami an apple – Ryuk
** Beat them up (and get kicked in the face) - his "[[FriendlyEnemy friendship]]" with L [[spoiler: while it lasted]].
** Kill their enemy - Misa
** Save their life - [[spoiler: his promise to save Misa eventually wins Rem's loyalty.]]
** Beat up their enemy along with them – [[spoiler: the conclusion of the Yotsuba arc he has won the trust and loyalty of the Kira taskforce.]]
** Tell them your quest - Mikami and Takada
* The PowerTrio that was Guts, Griffith, and Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'' were this and still are even after their fellowship was tragically (and horrifically) split apart. When they aren't attracting their share of enemies ([[WeirdnessMagnet in several]] [[DoomMagnet different]] [[AllMenAreRapists ways]]), all three have amassed rather devoted followings due to their stature, conquests, and overall heroism and bravery [[spoiler: though its misled in the [[DarkMessiah case of Griffith]]]]. Guts is revered due to his [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower raw strength]] and [[TheDeterminator sheer determination]] to overcome his obstacles; Griffith is exalted because of his [[TheChessmaster military prowess]] and natural charisma as a leader; and Casca is adored because of her [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask capability of commanding an army of men]] but also for retaining [[LadyOfWar her beauty and grace.]]
* Miria, the SupportingLeader of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', has this quality: wherever she goes, other Claymores follow, often without exactly understanding why. Perhaps the best example is when [[spoiler:she rallies the entire current generation to rebel against the Organization--despite their standing order to kill her on sight]].
* Tatara(Sarasa) in ''{{Basara}}''; some other charaters may also counts: Shuri, Raizo, etc.
* Subverted by ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', at least for the first arc. TheProtagonist, Kirito, is a solo player. It's seen most dramatically in the chronologically ordered Anime. Klein, the new friend Kirito just taught how to swordfight: "Kirito!" *Kirito walks away.* It's played fairly straight in later arcs, though.
* Josuke of JojosBizarreAdventure Part 4. His network of allies just keeps growing, usually by means of DefeatMeansFriendship, but not only. An egregious case is the case of a guy who was in a hospital: Josuke healed him fully, then beat the crap out of him, leaving him again in the hospital, then came back asking for his help and healed him again... and the guy followed him.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Superman}} is at, or near, the forefront of nearly every major event in the [[TheDCU DCU]] since he began his career of heroics. If not just because of his incredible power, then for who he is as a symbol, and the sheer number of other heroes he's befriended and/or inspired through the years.
* John Constantine of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' attracts friends with his charming and magnetic personality, but they all eventually either get offed by the many CosmicHorrorStory villains or screwed over by Constantine himself. He gets [[LampshadeHanging called out]] on this many times, but despite constantly flirting with the MoralEventHorizon, he's never quite passed it in 20 years of stories.
* CaptainAmerica is so well-respected by the superhero community that they usually follow his lead whether he's their official leader or not. This is because he's both [[BadassNormal incredibly competent despite not having superpowers]] and because they trust him to [[TheCape always be true to the right ideals]]. It comes to a point that when he fails them, the whole community gets demoralized (ex. in ComicBook/CivilWar.)
* {{Nightwing}} is a huge one too, to the point where some believe his superpower is charisma. When he showed up to a fight with multiple generations of Comicbook/TeenTitans, Superboy noted how everyone instantly followed his lead. He also once convinced every hero on Earth, without question, to jump into a parallel dimension (saving them all). Batman even said it's one of the reasons he's proudest of Dick--unlike Bats, he can gain and keep allies. So essentially he's "Batman with social skills."
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the X-Men, especially in recent years. With the mutant population decimated, he was able to unite every one of them who remained under his flag, took them to a Utopia to keep them safe, and use each one of their skills and powers in the most useful manner possible to fight off attackers and aggressors. Even when the X-Men were schism'd, and eventually he was possessed by a Cosmic God and discredited after he went insane with power, he's able to get a lot of support from the public, partially because of the [[InformedWrongness good deeds he did while 'evil']] and because of his unique ability to make charismatic speeches without fuddling words at the drop of a hat.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In Manga/RurouniKenshin and StarWars crossover [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4031223/1/Shadows_in_Starlight Shadowsin Starlight]] by {{Vathara}} Kenshin has an ability to easily form [[PsychicLink force-bonds]], which means he can inspire UndyingLoyalty and quickly make friends. [[spoiler: It’s one of the reasons his former employers fear him so much and will do anything to either eliminate or have him under their control.]]
* Popular ''{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''{{Forward}}'' says this is Mal's talent--attracting talented, brilliant people, and winning their loyalty.
* In StarWars FanFic [[http://vadersmask.homestead.com/ladyvader.html By the Grace of Lady Vader]] Padme inspires [[UndyingLoyalty fanatic loyalty]] in her subjects and wins allies for her case with astonishing ease. This later leads her to [[spoiler: become a new Empress, when Palpatine is overthrown.]] It is deconstructed, when she goes down the SanitySlippage and her fanatic subjects lose their moral compass.
* In ''FanFic/GodsOfThisNewWorld'' a ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic Light is a Magnetic [[VillainProtagonist Villain]]. He already had the loyalty of Misa (killed the guy that murdered her parents), but he also wins over the allegedly neutral Ryuk (give the Shinigami an apple), his ArchEnemy L (because DefeatMeansFriendship), and later [[spoiler: Near, L's successor]].
* More examples of "Magnetic Villains" in ''FanFic/TheDarknessSeries'': Voldemort, [[spoiler: being the magically appointed Dark Lord which all darksiders are magically bound to follow]] has this naturally. Also Harry.
* [[NiceGirl Vale Whitaker]], the heroine of the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', is a Magnetic Hero. Even in the midst of the Games, she manages to make plenty of allies: [[NonActionSnarker Kit]], [[FieryRedhead Fen]], [[NiceGuy Lark]], [[TheSneakyGuy Phlox]] ([[spoiler: though she quickly betrayed her]]), and finally, [[spoiler: PrivilegedRival Obsidian]].
* Harry in ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'', even more than he is in canon: even when he's going into rages that make CAPSLOCK!Harry from ''Order of the Phoenix'' look calm and [[ClusterFBomb effing and blinding at everyone in sight]], everyone who's not a DesignatedVillain thinks he's wonderful and they all fall over themselves to join him.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' Loki notes this of Captain America, Thor and Harry - he's charismatic, but they have a magnetic x-factor that draws people in. Since Harry has so far drawn in [[spoiler: Carol Danvers, Jean-Paul Beaubier a.k.a. Northstar and Diana of Themyscira , a.k.a. Wonder Woman (and daughter of Marvel's Hercules, who can go toe to toe with Thor and the Hulk), Uhtred Ullrson - a young Asgardian warrior with an inferiority complex and a protégé of Sif herself - with Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker on the edge of matters]]. Though they're all young (early teens/late preteens), considering the people that they become... Loki's spot on.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** In Act II, it's revealed that when Dark first defected from Fairy Tale, several other former agents decided to follow his example, with Kenzo Shikazan's gang idolizing him.
** In Act III, during the big fight to prevent Fairy Tale from destroying Yokai Academy, Tsukune and co.'s efforts to do so inspire the vast majority of the student body to aid them.
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[[folder:Film]]

* Played remarkably straight (along with several other tropes) in the movie ''Film/{{Krull}}''. Prince Colwyn got an Ergo TheMagnificent, a group of escaped prisoners intent on robbing him, a BlindSeer and a cyclops to join his party.
* About the first third of ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' consists of this.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series -- This seems to sum up Captain Jack Sparrow's recruiting technique.
* Morpheus in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* KingArthur in most of his incarnations in film, but most notably John Boorman's ''Film/{{Excalibur}}''. If you're fighting a fully-armed knight, get the better of him, and demand he swear faith to you with your sword at his neck, you generally ''don't'' ask him to knight you ''and hand over your InfinityPlusOneSword to him'' when he objects to giving you his allegiance because you're a squire and thus he outranks you. On the other hand, if you're the knight in question you generally don't use said sword to knight said squire when he ''kneels before you to accept your knighting and then kiss his hand in fealty'' ... unless the squire, of course, is a MagneticHero.
* Buckaroo Banzai, the hero of ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'', has already gathered a team of variously awesome people, and collects another one in the course of the movie.
* The 1982 ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' film. Conan releases Subotai from chains in exchange for his companionship. The two of them meet Valeria while robbing a temple of [[BigBad Thulsa Doom]]. Conan later runs into [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the wizard]] on his journey to assassinate Thulsa Doom. The sequel, ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'', relies more on AvengersAssemble, but Zula's recruitment is an example of this trope.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'''s Keladry of Mindelan. Seriously. This BadassNormal girl makes friends with EVERYONE (except the bad guys) and those that don't befriend her at least respect her (save the bad guys). Kids, Commonfolk, pages, birds... Kel will never be one of those heroes that fights alone in dark places, because while she may not be a Wild Mage or have the Gift, she's got the superpower of building one of the most loyal band of TrueCompanions in a few hundred pages. They won't ''let'' her go off and do anything stupid without them.
* PercyJackson and TheHeroesOfOlympus: Percy Jackson. He's even described as the 'glue' that holds the TrueCompanions together.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Cohen the Barbarian has this sort of power. As Rincewind explains it, when you interact with him for long enough, you see the world the way he does... and want to be part of it.
** Carrot is the driving force behind the expansion of the City Watch, and its large presence of non-humans.
*** This trope is played with in Carrot's case, as it is mentioned that he ''could'' get people to do just about anything but does not, possibly because of the negative consequences of this trope. He's a MagneticHero who doesn't believe that heroes are a particularly good solution. In ''Men at Arms'' he remarks to the Patrician that people only need a hero when times are bad; they need peace and stability every day.
** Speaking of, Corporal Nobbes is probably an inversion. He's so horrible, he's fascinating, and people are drawn to him just to see what he might do next.
** Moist Von Lipwig has traces of this as well, as evident by how he gradually rebuilds the postal service in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.
* Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter of ''HisDarkMaterials'' are both imbued with an uncanny ability to persuade people over to their side, to command and convince them to obey. Their daughter, Lyra, is nothing if not more so, as almost everyone who meets her takes an immediate liking to her and wants to help her.
* It's a plot-point that ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'''s Rand Al'Thor and his friends have this quality. Of course, [[JustifiedTrope this magnetism is but one manifestation of reality itself warping around them.]]
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series calls this effect "Ka", with a good bit of YouCantFightFate thrown in. [[AntiHero Roland]] is magnetic, possibly in addition to ka. His [[TrueCompanions ka-tet]] all end up seeing him as a father, despite knowing that he would off them at any point to reach the Tower. Of course, [[CharacterDevelopment this might be different towards the end.]]
* ''Literature/TheChosen'': Rebbe Saunders. Not only is he a charismatic and beloved [[PreacherMan "Rabbi Man"]] but the BackStory shows HiddenDepths that reveals he is more then just the demanding father we see. In Russia during the [[RapePillageAndBurn many excesses]] of the [[WarIsHell chaos there]] he had led his people to immigrate to America. Reuven finds it odd that a rabbi would have such autocratic power and it is; Danny's sect is odd in that respect. In a way though Reuven is CompletelyMissingThePoint that Rebbe Saunders was also the first one in his community to think of a good idea about how to get out of their difficulties.
* In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'' Russian officers and men had once competed to get berths with Ramius and he was accused of forming a "cult of personality". Once the Americans board his sub there is a sense of him recuiting ''them''!
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels the elven princess Laurana is a remarkably charismatic figure whose incredible beauty, charm, and courage inspires thousands to join her army.
* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'' novels, [[spoiler: Ce'Nedra becomes this trope as well, albeit that it's much more consciously manipulated by those supporting her, and she actually feels some remorse over ''being'' the Magnetic Heroine to her army.]]
* RobinHood
* [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]]
* [[Literature/TheIliad Achilles]]
* ''Literature/JudgeDee'': Three of Judge Dee's trusted lieutenants are criminals who abruptly reformed after their first encounter with him. He occasionally has trouble getting shut of attractive young women who've assisted him too. Magnetic is definitely the word.
* Paul Atreides of ''{{Dune}}''.
* Amaurn of the ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' books, though, unusually for this trope, he's very much an AntiHero.
* Jenna in the ''Literature/GreatAltaSaga'' attracts followers everywhere she goes; they eventually declare her a MessianicArchetype.
* TheWonderfulWizardOfOz; Dorothy and pals all want to see the Wizard, but for different reasons.
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', although a very powerful wizard in his own right, one of his most valued assets might be the staggering number of allies he has acquired/known/converted over the years.
* Jim Eckert, the DragonKnight, is surprised to find a band of TrueCompanions coalescing around him in ''The Dragon and the George''.
* In ''Literature/MythAdventures'', Skeeve's generosity and caring draws in a fiercely loyal group of associates, many of whom were originally his adversaries. Massha defines the process in ''M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link'':
-->''He's always gettin' in over his head tryin' ta do what he thinks is right, and a body gets the feelin' ... I don't know, that if you stand beside him he just might be able to pull it off. Even if it don't work out, you feel you've been doin' somethin' good with your life instead of just hangin' in there for the old number one.''
* Athos in ''Twenty years after'', the sequel to Alexandre Dumas' {{Literature/The Three Musketeers}}. He and Aramis go to England to help King Charles I while d'Artagnan and Porthos (acting on Mazarin's orders) are supposed to be on Oliver Cromwell's side. It takes Athos one scene to convince d'Artagnan that a true gentleman can only fight on the king's side.
* An [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] example would be Robert Baratheon from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', who is described as a charismatic charmer who can make friends of his enemies.
* Jason from ''Literature/TheBeyonders.'' Unlike most of the people he meets, he's 100% [[ArthurDent normal]]--no special powers, no special skills, no lifelong training, nothing. However, he's ''extremely'' good at persuading others to join his cause, and serves as the [[TheHeart rallying point and emotional glue]] of [[LaResistance the entire resistance group.]] Notably, all of his group consider this an extremely valuable trait, and when he begins to worry that he doesn't have much to offer them, [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower they're quick to remind him that without him, there'd be no "them."]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Janeway does this, first getting Chakotay and the crew from his ship to join, then Neelix, then later Seven of Nine, then even later, they pick up several children who were assimilated by the Borg. Most of them return to their various homeworlds, but one remains on Voyager.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia Pope fixes things, including people. Said people explicitly say that they would follow her off cliffs.
* Definitely happens on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', but it's hard to say exactly which attribute it is that draws people to John Crichton. It's probably a mix of all of the above, and a just general lack of what to do without him.
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''. This is how he picks up nearly all of his Companions. Also how he picks up the majority of non-companion allies. People usually start doing what he tells them within minutes of meeting him, however batshit insane he may have been acting.
** The trope is subverted occasionally, particularly in the disturbing episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]. Though ironically the end of the episode provides a slight reconstruction, when the first person to turn on the Doctor is the ultimately one who sacrifices herself to save him.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] provided a decontruction then a reconstruction. The Doctor is [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]] by [[spoiler:Davros]] of all people, who asks how many have died in the Doctor's name. Cue flashbacks of nearly every MauveShirt in the revived series. The reconstruction is how the story is resolved: every major character in the revived series comes together to save the universe, ''without'' having to do any of the morally gray things the Doctor or companions are sometimes forced to do.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "The Vampires of Venice"]]. Rory: "It's not that you make people take risks, it's that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don't want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves!" [[spoiler:This is {{Foreshadowing}}: in spite of his concerns about Amy, Rory's the one who sacrifices his life to save the Doctor's. He gets better.]]
** Lampshaded in the novelisation of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada "Shada"]], where Clare, who is [[MetaGuy unusually clever]], notices the magnetic effect that the Doctor has on her mind (depicted as being borderline EmotionControl) and finds it a bit creepy, not to mention a bit sexist as she finds herself acting like a NeutralFemale as a result. Her attempts to ''defy'' her desire to love and trust the Doctor and do everything he says drive her to start solving the mystery herself, leading to her accidentally launching the TARDIS of a retired Time Lord.
* Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. His whole team says so. But he only uses his powers for good. Ask Abby.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is highly magical, but also seems to possess the innate ability to make every man, woman and child that he comes across fall hopelessly in love with him. With the exception of Prince Arthur and King Uther, Merlin has made immediate and life-long friends with cast regulars such as Guinevere, Lancelot and Gwaine, as well as guest stars such as Freya and Gilli. Most, if not all, are willing to die for him within mere moments of their meeting. At least one has ''come back from the dead'' in order to aid him on his quest.
* Steve [=McGarrett=] in the re-imagined ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' recruits his team in the pilot by basically going to each of them and saying "Come work for me". In the second season premiere after being framed for murder, even characters like Dr. Max who he's only ever interacted with on a professional level, are willing to put themselves on the line to keep him out of jail and help him prove his innocence. Even ne'er-do-well informant Kamekona offers to invoke BolivianArmyEnding on his say so.
* [[TheHero Gentaro Kisaragi]] from ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' makes it his personal goal to make friends with ''everyone'' at his high school. He's lived up to that promise as he has saved some of his new friends' lives from Monsters of the Week, as well as getting to know the personal issues of some of them as well. The villain even compares him to a gravitational lens It's to the point where the MidSeasonUpgrade deals with magnetism.
* His reputation might have been tainted by his boneheaded move in the ''Heroes vs. Villains'' season, but back in ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Tocantins'', J.T. was ''the'' epitome of a Magnetic Hero who had even the members of the ''opposing tribe'' willing to sacrifice their chances of winning for him and who could backstab his allies and have them still completely trust him afterwards to the point that some viewers wondered if he had some supernatural CharmPerson ability to make everyone around him fall in love with him. Heck, even in the ''[=HvV=]'' season where he became a lot less heroic and should have had a HUGE target on his back due to his FlawlessVictory in ''Tocantins'', he somehow managed to avoid being even ''considered'' as someone who needed to be voted out by his tribemates until the merge and even then would likely have made it even farther if not for his moronic idol play.
* John from {{Series/Sherlock}}. He seems to have this "you can completely confide in me" aura around him. Sherlock befriends him. Mycroft confides in him. Government scientists will tell him about their experiments even if they're aware John is just an average guy. The only person we've seen him talk with that was completely immune to John's charming skills is [[spoiler:Moriarty]], who's an AxCrazy psychopath bordering OmnicidalManiac.
* Stefan from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. He has always been popular, well-liked and respected since his human life. He has the ability to charm others and persuade people to listen to him without the use of mind control. Not to mention that many people find Stefan likeable.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has Daenerys Targaryen. This is a somewhat [[DoubleStandard sexist version of the trope]], since half her followers like her for her anti-slavery position, and the other half are just physically attracted to her.
** Well, a reasonable amount were inhabitants of the cities she's conquered, and a few just think she's the best option compared to Westeros' ''other'' would-be monarchs. Jorah joined her initially so he could get his position in Westeros back, and only became attracted to her later. Daario is her only follower who joined her solely because he found her attractive.
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* In ''ForgottenRealms'' Cormyrean dynasty [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Obarskyrs]] are born charismatic. Once ''very'' young princess Alusair slipped from her guards while in Waterdeep. The city watch found her in ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dripping Dagger]]''--a mercenary hangout with door covered in blood stains and weapon marks. During this time patrons played with her, let her taste local beverages and taught some tricks with weapons. The watchman who had to dodge a dagger she was throwing at the door marveled no one here knew who she is. Her father was amazed only by amount of salty language she learned in about one hour. Of course, ''adult'' Obarskyrs in ''their'' land are even more popular--no wonder they remained in power about millennium and half.
* One of the main points behind the charisma stat is to turn you into one of these.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has this with cards like Seraph, which [[DefeatMeansFriendship steals your opponent's creatures when they die]]. It's AwesomeButImpractical because of the high mana cost, at which time your opponent's biggest creatures should be much bigger than 4/4.
* In TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons third edition and TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, the Leadership feat turned you into one of these by granting you loyal followers.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A DeconstructedTrope in ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights Of The Old Republic II]]''. The main character is (in)famous for creating bonds like this subconsciously by using the Force, sometimes creating bonds strong enough for a {{Synchronization}}. Further deconstructed when it's revealed that [[spoiler:you're regaining your connection to the Force by basically pulling the Force into yourself through said bonds.]]
** This trope is played straight in the original. But there is some mild deconstruction and AscendedFridgeHorror involved;[[spoiler: your character is ''Darth Revan'', whose legendary charisma and skills all but destroyed the Jedi Order and the Republic by dragging half the Jedi Order and a third of the Republic military with you when you made a FaceHeelTurn. ]]
* Also deconstructed in ''[[{{Planescape}} Planescape: Torment]]'', which ''KOTOR II'' took many notes from. The Nameless One's allies are drawn to his torment by torments of their own. He literally is branded with the Rune of Torment, which draws tormented souls to him. [[spoiler:Furthermore, with the exception of Annah, Nordrom and Fall-From-Grace, their torments are mostly ''your'' fault.]]
* Likewise, subconsciously attracting allies is a [[spoiler:semi-divine]] power of ''[[BreathOfFire Breath Of Fire IV's]]'' hero.
* Every Lord in a ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' game. Enough so to attract [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters more allies]] than your party has room for.
** The [[PlayerCharacter Avatars]] of the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia twelfth]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening thirteenth]] games are able to [[RelationshipValues support]] with every other playable character of their respective game - and the latter can even ''[[RomanceSidequest marry]]'' any of the opposite sex. [[spoiler:Even the {{Secret Character}}s that don't as much as get supports with ''anyone else''.]]
* Commander Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has natural talent for influencing other people. Whether that talent is for charm or for intimidation -- and to what uses Shepard puts it -- is up to the player. Paragon Shepard even recruited from supposedly AlwaysChaoticEvil races. [[note]]Certain player actions can lead to HitchhikerHeroes instead.[[/note]]
** Hackett himself even notes that this is exactly why he essentially made him/her the BigGood to the other species. Because he knew that s/he could get them to believe in the cause and follow him/her, no matter what the cost or odds.
** Lampshaded by Miranda in the second game as the reason why Cerberus spent billions in credits in order to resurrect Shepard;
--> '''Miranda''': But Shepard? They'll follow him/her.... s/he's a bloody ''icon''!
** Shepard's ability to do this is seemingly a RunningGag in the third game, whereas most characters react with astonishment, only Wrex and Mordin's reaction to Shepard having a ''Prothean'' squadmate is essentially boiled down to, "It's ''Shepard''... what else is new?!"
** Archangel is another example, recruiting a multi-species band of vigilantes to [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]] all over Omega. It worked fairly well until a traitor left them wide open to retaliation. [[UndyingLoyalty Since he's Garrus,]] [[WhatWouldXDo you can guess where he picked up the multi-lateral team idea from.]]
* The hero in ''{{Suikoden}}'' gathers [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] people towards them BecauseDestinySaysSo. Well, that and if you [[GottaCatchThemAll play the game right.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', only a few of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 40+ characters]] join Serge because their own ambition drives them to seek the [[McGuffin Frozen Flame]] (and even then, they become subservient to him instantly.) The others join up simply for the reasons described above, or BecauseDestinySaysSo.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' - Snake can recruit any soldier he come across, including the BigBad, and his bosses.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' is similar, except with fewer hero units.
** One of the reason for such to happen is that he was willing to accept anyone, even those that was once his enemy; in fact, sometime before VideoGame/MetalGear2, he recruited Kyle, who was antagonistic in VideoGame/MetalGear.
* ''ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''. The protagonist has no problem whatsoever in recruiting people to cheerfully abandon their livelihoods and trudge along, carrying crateloads of gear into dangerous situations and swinging weapons at all manner of ungodly foes and beasts, and not even say anything when you're announcing your plans to go to the next "no-one-ever-came-back-alive" destination, such as the Vendigroth Wastes, Island of Despair, ultra-secret enclave of the dark elves, or the Void. (Those are NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, people.) The protagonist will also usually inform the latest recruit that they're hunted by an ancient order of assassins who want them, and everyone associated with them, dead. This fails to deter anyone. I guess living in Dernholm must suck majorly if this is the preferred choice.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' - Link is made of this trope. All sentient characters except Ganondorf are required to help him in some way.
* Fei of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' falls into this, since he recruits quite a large party of people from all over the world, including at least a couple who try to kill him at first.
* The MC of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' can become one, depending on dialogue choices and in some paths, end up recruiting more humans than the player can deploy in battle. A good example is Haru, who happens to be [[spoiler:suicidally depressed]], but nevertheless opens her heart up to the protagonist almost from the moment they meet.
** Same goes for the protagonist of the sequel, ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''. [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Invest time in someone]] and most of them will follow you into hell itself, even if your alignments don't quite match up.
* Yuri from ''InfiniteSpace'' seems to have natural air of leadership that draws people to him... or have him to do dirty work for them.
* Reimu and Marisa from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' are extreme examples of this trope - every game introduces about 8 new characters, and the series is a dozen games long, not even counting the {{Gaiden Game}}s leading to [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters roughly a hundred characters]] (117 named characters as of this writing), and DefeatMeansFriendship is practically ironbound law in Gensokyo, leading to them having massive numbers of SuperpowerLottery winners to call on for allies. Although only a fraction of these characters actually wind up fighting directly alongside the heroines in any of the regular games (doujin games like ''VideoGame/TouhouLabyrinth'' that have real party systems being an exception), and often are more [[TheRival friendly rivals]] in function, the sidestories like ''Silent Sinner In Blue'' feature essentially half of Gensokyo teaming up in a massive jumble to take on the Lunarians.
* The Grey Wardens of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' have far less clout in Fereldan then they enjoy in other countries, so they rely on this for their recruitment. Duncan and the player are two such examples. Arl Eamon also owes his political influence to being one.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' - Not only does he have his main PowerTrio of [[Characters/SonicTheHedgehogMainTrio Team Sonic]], he has plenty of other friends and allies.
* According to [[FortuneTeller Rose]] in (''Super'') ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series lead Ryu is an unintentional variant of trope and mixes this with TheChosenOne. [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne According]] [[BecauseDestinySaysSo to]] [[PsychicPowers Rose's]] [[TarotTroubles fortune]] [[CrystalBall telling]], Ryu is designated as [[TarotMotifs The Fool]], the only one who can possibly hope to defeat [[BigBad Bison]], but ''only'' when "the stars align to herald his coming." Rose would attempt to do the deed herself (and in fact, has tried at least ''three'' times beforehand), [[LateArrivalSpoiler but seeing as]] [[EnemyWithout she's the good half of Bison's soul]], [[NoSell her Soul Power and his Psycho Power simply stamp each other out at best]], so she can only hope to stall Bison as she [[TheObiWan lends her power to Ryu's quest]] (and [[FightingYourFriend sometimes prevents him from preemptively facing Bison]]). Addition, Rose notes that ''anyone'' who's crossed paths with Ryu (which is practically ''everyone'', ranging from the likes of [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Chun-Li and Guile]] to [[VideoGame/FinalFight Guy]] to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Sakura]]) will have their life's path altered accordingly; Ryu's [[HeterosexualLifePartners best]] [[TheLancer friend]] Ken will apparently play a role in the final battle and Sagat's destiny was ultimately changed when he met Ryu back [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI in the first World Warrior tournament]]. In a sense, Ryu's a BlackHoleSue minus the MarySue qualities.
* Cloud Strife in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Despite the fact that he's a former soldier for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Shinra]], not to mention a jerk, [[LaResistance AVALANCHE]] accepts his help and eventually admit him as their leader. It gets even harder to swallow when they find out that his memory of certain important events is *wrong*, and even when they discover that [[spoiler: he can be mind-controlled by the BigBad]] they ''still'' trust him!
* It's observed early on that the protagonist of ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' has a knack for this. After he defects to the opposing army, his superiors don't even bother assigning troops to him, since he's so good at finding new recruits. At the end of the game, your crew count will be [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters somewhere between 40 and 75]].
* Tactical [=RPGs=] love this. In ''OgreBattle'', your hero does it with main characters, and you can also do it with neutral encounters, and occasionally you'll get an item called Love and Peace that lets you do this to enemies.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series, where he gets some pretty helpful allies, most of them [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch belonging to a usually antagonistic race]].
* Valvatorez of ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' has an extreme knack for bringing people to his side. Apart from drawing in Fuka, Emizel, Vulcanus, and Desco, he also manages to unconsciously amass an entire ''army'' willing to fight for him. For [[PurposelyOverpowered Tyrant Valvatorez]], it's taken to an even higher level - he can get a passive ability to turn any enemy he defeats into an ally for the rest of the battle.
* Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' seems to have an unerring ability to gravitate people towards them. Besides their regular companions, it's shown that Bodahn Feddic vowed complete UndyingLoyalty after Hawke rescued his adopted son, Sandal, in the Deep Roads, becoming their man-servant and official TeamDad of their estate, despite Hawke's [[HumbleHero protests]] [[ThinkNothingOfIt that it really wasn't necessary]]. Hawke's maid, Oriana, was a former slave that s/he rescued from an insane Tevinter Magister. She's naturally bewildered when Hawke informs her she's now free, [[BenevolentBoss proceeds to offer her a job]]... and more astoundingly, is actually going to ''pay'' her for her service.
* The New Kid, from ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', has an uncanny ability to make friends on Facebook. [[spoiler:Gets PlayedForDrama / [[PlayedForLaughs Laughs]] when it's revealed that the government hunted him to exploit his ability, and that his family transferred to South park to escape from its agents]].
* ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'': [[AProtagonistShallLeadThem Hamil]] TheLeader and TheHero
** [[DefeatMeansFriendship Beat Them Up]]: Aemilia
** RecruitmentByRescue: Charis in a bit of back story, when he saved her and her father from an oppressive Imperial soldier. Artio, Elissa, and Daphnis by jumping into their fight and saving them from certain death.
** Tell Them Your Quest: He convinces Tartetos he is a worthy successor to the Barcids, so Kleito offers her support. His dream of creating a HegemonicEmpire wins over Aemilia.
** FireForgedFriends: Artio, Elissa, and Daphnis. See above.
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* "[[MadScientist Sparks]]" of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' have this as an explicit power; it was described as "a strange charisma".
--> '''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040308 Mr. Rovainen]]''': Ah--it is part of the ''power'' of the gifted. Those around them wish to aid them. To ''serve'' them. Even when we ''know'' them to be ''monsters''. Heterodyne Sparks are alleged to be even more charismatic than the average Spark.
* This trope is precisely how the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' was formed.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', of course, is named for this sort of occurrence. It takes place there, too but not a lot.
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': November is quite talented at this.
* In ''Webcomic/WakeTheSleepers'', [[http://wakethesleepers.com/comics/59 Oralee attaches herself to Locke]].
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' is all over this like an axe on a bad guy's neck. His recurring sidekick (variously Flute Cop, Dinosaur Soldier, Avocado Soldier, Uni-Avocado Soldier, Viking Cop...) is secretly his brother, and I don't think there's been an explanation for Wexter yet, but any time anything bad happens, Axe Cop announces "we need to have more try-outs" and people pour out of the woodwork to join him. Examples: the Moon Ninja Brothers, Sockarang, Uni-Man and his family, Chihuahua Soldier, that cyborg lion, the King of the Mermaids, "a wrestler", Leaf Man, Mr. Wilkins, those various aliens from the Bad Guy Planet Two arc...
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2679 Monique manages, briefly, to attract the other characters to protest.]]
* In ''BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1629451/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-32/ a villain thinks Jared is this -- winning him some respect -- when he sees that other heroes showed up to help him.]]
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* There are people in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who would follow Global Guardians team leader Achilles into the fires of Hell just because the man said it might be necessary.
* Rob from ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' brings a group together, not because he has any particularly appealing qualities, but because he unintentionally put them under fire from the enemy, thereby forcing them to become involved as part of the group.
* Sasha Hunter in GreekNinja, although shown and claiming to not like people and even being rude to them a lot of the time, somehow manages to gather a group of capable fighters around her. The twist is, most of them join her on her quest even though she was unwilling to accept them. The only character she actually asked to join her on her own accord was Electra.
* [[MarySue Chaka]] of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' seems to have this. She pulled Fey and Lancer along in her wake when they first met, and then helped pull Team Kimba together. Since then, she's also pulled in more boyfriends and girlfriends than any fourteen-year-old could possibly handle.\\
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Recently, her team-mates have begun pointing out that this is ''not'' a good thing, as far as her relationships go. Ayla does not expect it to end well, if/when Chaka's significant others all find out about each other, and has had to explicitly forbid Chaka from bringing both of them to his birthday party.
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* The protagonists of ''Westernanimation/HereComesTheGrump'' travel [[AdventureTowns from town to town]] enlisting the local folk to aid them in escaping from the eponymous Grump, who is [[SternChase always hot on their tail]].
* ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' - Although we don't know much about how the band was actually formed, Nathan Explosion seems to be capable of getting virtually ''any''one to do ''any''thing purely by his personal magnetism, at one point even convincing the most homophobic of his bandmates to attempt autofellatio in front of the others with a brief pep talk. Even the villains often comment on his so-called Stalinlike ability to galvanize the masses, and how dangerous that is.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' has TJ who frequently saves the playground through personality alone and is adored even by his enemies.
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight Sparkle barely walked into Ponyville before her friends-to-be started flocking around her. She's even deliberately trying to keep them at a distance due to her mild antisocial tendencies, but the magnetism is too great. They're not taking no for an answer.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Any great leader fits this trope. No leader can be great without it.
* Innumerable ordinary heroes. You probably know a couple personally.
* Both Churchill and Hitler were MagneticHeroes, in the eyes of their followers. Hitler was not heroic in any other sense. They had tens of millions of followers. Both managed to array great world powers behind them on the issue of the largest war in human history, based largely on the force of their personality and oratory. Hitler was a decorated soldier in WW1, Churchill fought as a soldier/reporter in the Sudan and Boer Wars.\\
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Several people who met Hitler said he was magnetic. Of course, really, you should wonder about the testimony of someone who was granted an audience with Hitler. One of the chief appeals of Nazism was to give people a way to try to live fantasy in RealLife . That was one of the main points of the torchlight parades and the hocus-pocus. Thus if one is to convince factory workers that they were ProudWarriorRace guys, they need to have a MagneticHero just like the ones in poems did. If Hitler didn't foot the bill, the Ministry of Propaganda could easily enough pretend he did.
** True, but some of the Nazis' attempts to create LesCollaborateurs led to a ShutUpHannibal moment.
* Horatio Nelson. The man was heavily into self promotion, but he earned every accolade, and his ability to inspire men was even termed 'the Nelson effect'.
* Stonewall Jackson. This is a man who, when his men are outnumbered 10 to 1, turns a full rout into a counter-attack through ''sheer force of personality''.
* Canada had Isaac Brock in the WarOf1812, a savy general who was able to persuade the Aboriginal leader, Tecumseh, to join forces with him so effectively that the Native Leader stood up, patted Brock on the shoulder and proclaimed, "This is a man!"
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