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[[caption-width-right:350:Respect the forest and the forest shall respect you.]]

->''Ahhh, the great outdoors!''
-->-- '''The Dryad''', ''{{Warcraft}} 3''

A hero who lives largely in isolation from human civilization in the wild. They have an uncanny [[FriendToAllLivingThings affinity]] with the local wildlife and can communicate with them easily and have them listen to their requests. This kind of hero spends time helping visitors survive the region and protecting the region and its wildlife from those who would exploit or destroy it. Quite likely to have been RaisedByWolves. Tends to have NoSocialSkills or become a SociallyAwkwardHero if they leave the wilds. Could be either male or female.

Sometimes this hero isn't quite as friendly as some others, and openly admits that [[NotGoodWithPeople most people get on his nerves]].

Often has WildHair, and either dresses in furs or {{Garden Garment}}s.

Subtrope of NatureLover. See also JunglePrincess, MountainMan, WildChild.

[[MotherNatureFatherScience Contrast]] with ScienceHero.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* San (pictured above) from ''PrincessMononoke''.
* Ikuto (Keenan in the English dub) of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' (Data Squad). As an infant, he was accidentally sucked into the Digital World [[spoiler:as a result of being too close to his parents' experimental Digital Gate]]. He was raised by Digimon (most notably Frigimon) to the point of thinking he was one. He sports a 'tribal' sort of look, carries a boomerang, and uses HulkSpeak, despite the fact that most digimon talk normally.
* ''DragonBall'''s [[IdiotHero Goku]] plays this to a T.
* A milder verison if Woli from ''HajimeNoIppo''.
* The title character from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* In the Asgard filler of the SaintSeiya anime, Albrerich was a Nature Villain.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': [[{{Superhero}} Elemental Hero]] [[{{BFS}} Wild]][[LeeroyJenkins heart]].
** ALL of the Elemental Heroes that Judai uses in the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga version]] are commonly referred to as the "Nature Elemental Heroes", although not all of them fit the traditional mold.
* ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' : Kakuma and his twin sister, Makana, are two of the last surviving members of the Hima Clan of Tera Guardians. Though it's just the two of them, they remain committed to protecting their Clan's Tera Stone and the surrounding forest.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ElfQuest, Teir in relation to the Wolfriders when they first meet him, in general the Wolfriders in relation to everyone else, particularly humans. Reversed in a one-issue story with Little Patch, a human boy raised by elves in what humans consider to be the wild.
* ''Jann of the Jungle''
* ''ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle''
* {{Sub-Mariner}} and, in some instances, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}
* Savage Land residents Ka-Zar and his wife ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil.
* ''Comicbook/SwampThing''
* ''Comicbook/ManThing''
* ''{{Wolverine}}'' subverts the trope in that his childhood was as a rich boy, but he then became an orphan wandering with his sort-of girlfriend, before retreating fully into the wilderness after she was killed. He's never lost his bestial side since.
** Eeexcept for that one time when a psychic assault reverted his mentality back to that of the little pampered rich boy. He quickly went back to normal after drinking some beer, thank God.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''QuestForCamelot'' has one of these in the person of Garrett, a blind hermit, complete with a song all about how he's no good with people.
* Torzonborz in the sequel of ''Animation/CatCity''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' lives not just in harmony with animals, he can control them too.
* Tom Cruise as Jack o' the Green in ''Film/{{Legend}}''. Ironically, he seemed to have no idea his forest was full of fairies until after his misguided attempt at romancing a princess backfired catastrophically...
* ''Film/CrocodileDundee''
* In the film ''Instinct'', Ethan Powell became one of these after he observed a gorilla family for a long time in the wild, leaving behind an estranged daughter.
* Radagast from the 2012 adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Daine from ''[[TortallUniverse The Immortals]]'' series starts out this way, but [[SheCleansUpNicely she cleans up nicely]].
* Literature/{{Tarzan}}.
* ''The Beast Master''
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium
** Not exactly heroes, but the wild men led by Ghan-buri-Ghan in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' come close.
** Beorn, the shapechanging bear-man from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (who is served by animals), fits the trope much better.
** Also, the [[ImmortalImmaturity carefree]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Master of the Forest]], Tom Bombadil, and his wife Goldberry, [[NatureSpirit Daughter of the River]].
* Firekeeper in Creator/JaneLindskold's ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga''. Raised by oversize, sentient wolves.
* Jasmine from the [[Literature/DeltoraQuest Deltora series]]. Is ''constantly'' described with WildHair. Talks to birds. Raised by ''trees''. (She can talk to them, too.) Eventually learns to live with humans, but doesn't have much patience for most of them even after falling ''hard'' for one....
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Mullet Fingers]], from ''Literature/{{Hoot}}'' by CarlHiaasen. He doesn't have egregious amounts of hair growing from his knuckles or anything. He got his nickname by having reflexes fast enough to catch a mullet with his bare hands. He lives in the woods by himself and protects the local wildlife from habitat loss in any way that he can.
* Hannah, the protagonist [[spoiler:and {{MacGuffin Girl}}]] of Meredith Ann Pierce's ''Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood''. She [[FertileFeet influences the seasons by her very presence]], and [[FlowerInHerHair grows useful plants in her hair]].
* Bunduki and Dawn from the ''Bunduki'' novels by JTEdson.
* Sorcha in the aptly named ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'' is a downplayed version of this. She loves nature and likes wandering the forest. But she isn't naturally reclusive except for a few years for a special reason, and her preferred lifestyle is as a TomboyPrincess who likes the forest but lives among humanity.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'', who's basically Tarzan if he had super sharp claws that cut into monsters and cause lots of "blood" to fizz out of them.
* Maya of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and Cole of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Both have animal (including animals of the transform-by-magic-into-HumongousMecha sort) communication and [[TheEmpath empathy]] powers ''without'' the [[BlessedWithSuck Deanna Troi head-clutching factor]], as well as high jumping ability and somewhat enhanced strength. Maya's an alien, but Cole's just RuleOfCool-powered.
* "[[TheLifeAndTimesOfGrizzlyAdams Grizzly Adams]]" (played by [[WildHair wild-haired]] Dan Haggerty) was the hero of two TV movies (1976 and 1982) and a two-season (1977-1978) series on NBC; the eponymous trapper lived in the wilderness with his pet {{bear|sAreBadNews}}.
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Sul from ''Webcomic/KissWood'' becomes one with the help of Ahbon. Originally a NatureLover, Sul is transported to an endless and hostile forest and he learns to adapt to survive. He already had the WildHair to begin with.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The druid and ranger classes (and [most of] their derivatives and enhancements) from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (and its derivatives). The Barbarian can also qualify, though he's more of TheBerserker.
** In the new edition, the Ranger has deemphasized this, becoming a mix of archer and the DualWielding swordsman. On the other side, there's now an entire power source (Primal) for NatureHero characters: Shaman, Barbarian, Druid and Warden. The PHB3 added the Seeker class, whose skill at ranged weapons invokes the Ranger of earlier editions.
* Any green-aligned hero in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is likely to be this, as are the nicer green planeswalkers.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''CityOfHeroes'' features The Woodsman, who can control plants and summon animals to fight for him. His evil [[AlternateUniverse Praetorian]] version is Shadowhunter, who can turn his skin to stone and is super strong, while commanding large packs of werewolves.
* Gau from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI''.
* Elanee and the rest of the Druids of the Mere in ''NeverwinterNights2''.
* Nakoruru and her sister Rimururu in ''SamuraiShodown''. Subverted that although they are very much aware that they fight for the preservation of nature, they are much more intelligent and aware of the outside world.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'' started as this, although he embraced technology more and more as the series progressed. He is still a nomadic character who disdains Dr. Eggman's work, however.
* Rexxar from the {{Warcraft}} universe. Druids and Shamans can count as well.
* [[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is either subverting this trope or playing it straight to a horrendous degree. She grew up in the swamplands, and found peace in living amongst the animals for short periods of time when not with her mother, and yet she lacks any sort of compassion for anything, will not hesitate to kill things that stand in her way, and strongly upholds her mother's SocialDarwinist beliefs.
* The Naturalist in ''TwilightHeroes'', although operating in primarily an urban environment, is capable of taming rather than defeating their foes, and uses skills inspired by animals (from such staples as wolves and sharks, to more obscure choices such as echidnas and starfish).
* Most ranger and druid characters from the ''BaldursGate'' series, including Jaheira, Minsc, Kivan, Valygar and Cernd. Faldorn was this in the first game, but underwent a FaceHeelTurn and became an extremist that ended up doing more damage to her local grove than she was saving it from.
* Ginger in ''VideoGame/ThePath'' seems to greatly prefer playing in the forest to listening to her family or visiting her grandmother.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Avadon}}'' there's no collective Gaia, and none of the animals are very bright, so Shamans rule over nature rather than seeking unity with it. However, the Shaman party member does talk about the importance of protecting nature against the various forces that would corrupt it.
* In DCUniverseOnline the Nature power set turns the PlayerCharacter that uses it into a NatureHero, at least in terms of powers. One of its skill sets allows the player to [[{{Animorphism}} turn into different types of animals]] and the other [[GreenThumb grants control of plants]].
* SuikodenII has [[NiceGuy Kinnison]], who can be recruited in the forest outside Ryukei Village, and [[BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins Ayda]], who hails from the Forest Village. As such, both archers have close ties to nature. And, during the best ending, it's possible to get a bonus scene [[spoiler: by recruiting Muku-Muku and the other 4 squirrels]], where Ayda visits him in his forest, causing him to become nervous and blush.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Udyr, who has the appearance of a WildMan (dresses in animal pelts) and the living in isolation part of the trope. Rather than an animal companion, he has four NatureSpirit stances he can rapidly switch between in combat. His lore paints him in a more heroic light, using the animal spirits to preserve the balance of nature and to protect his homeland.
* ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' has quite a selection of them: from the heroic [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Karroch]] TheBeastmaster, kind [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Aiushtha the Enchantress]], and peaceful [[WhenTreesAttack Rooftrellen, the Treant Protector]], to the [[TheNeedsOfTheMany somewhat grayer]] [[NatureSpirit Nature's Prophet]] and [[BearsAreBadNews Sylla]] [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom the Lone Druid]], and a [[SubvertedTrope Nature ]]''[[SubvertedTrope Villain]]'' Leshrac the Tormented Soul, an embodiment of GaiasVengeance [[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone wrong]].
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/07/19/4-07/ Kyri was raised like this.]]
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{Ketrin}}'' fits this trope to some extent. He is telepathically linked to his wolflike companions and wants to save both them and humanity from an evil force - when he isn't being [[TakenForGranite worshipped as a paralysed idol]], that is. (NB: stories contain sexual content).
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Tigatron and Airazor from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* Moss Man from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
** Beast Man is a villainous example.
* Wild Smurf in ''TheSmurfs''.
* Fluttershy in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She lives on the edge of the woods, has a special talent for communicating with animals, and has saved the lives of her friends and the Cutie Mark Crusaders utilizing this talent.
* The titular hero of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'' is a comedic example.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* J. C. "Grizzly" Adams
* ''Literature/DersuUzala''.
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