->"They call me the seeker
->I've been searching low and high
->And I won't get to get what I'm after
->'Til the day I die"
->--'''Music/TheWho''', "The Seeker"

A seeker quests for the truth, uncovering mysteries, lies, deception and gaining knowledge about themselves and the universe. They may sometimes consider themselves AboveGoodAndEvil, being purely interested in facts and information, and not care about its meaning. The protagonists may need them to gain information, but this character may have become so distanced from humanity that they're reluctant to give it. At the same time, they may be searching for truth for its practical use- whatever it may entail for them. This could produce a character like the IntrepidReporter, who will do anything to get to the bottom of a mystery.

A list of subtypes can be found on the {{Seekers}} page.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/WildRose'', Kiri grows tired of his small world and leaves his family to find out for himself the truth of things.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Tim Hunter in ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic. In early drafts, his name was actually Tim Seeker.

* Simon in ''Discworld/EqualRites'' from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
* Liza from ''Literature/BonesOfFaerie''.
* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series centers around the Seeker of Truth. It's The Seeker's ''job'' to be this trope. Notably, in that respect [[spoiler: Richard]] wasn't the DesignatedHero - in fact, most of the previous Seekers were only politically-appointed, and the latest was only appointed because he deserved to be. It turns out he had good upbringing and approximately thirty kinds of inherited or conferred destiny, so being qualified to be The Seeker is probably the least of his accomplishments, although it becomes more and more useful over the course of the series.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Fox Mulder of ''Series/TheXFiles''. The truth is out there.
* Many characters from ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* Gil Grissom on ''Series/{{CSI}}''
* Both Alva Keel and Paul Callan from ''Series/{{Miracles}}''.
* Jessica Fletcher on ''Series/MurderSheWrote''
* Locke on ''Series/{{Lost}}''
* Richard Cypher from, oddly enough, ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''. He is the Seeker of Truth, armed with, incidentally, the Sword of Truth.
* Spencer Sharpe in ''Series/TheZackFiles''.
* The Science Club in ''StrangeDaysAtBlakeHolseyHigh'', especially Lucas Randall (who, like Spence from ''The Zack Files'', was played by Michael Seater) and Josie Trent.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Odin of Myth/NorseMythology.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Neku from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''; For 75% of the story he's trying to figure out how he entered the UG and how he was killed.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''' "Ansem" has it in his job description, calling himself the Seeker of Darkness. He traces this back to [[spoiler:his original incarnation Xehanort, who traces it back to HIS original incarnation Master Xehanort]]. It gets better. Dream Drop Distance tells us there will be [[spoiler:thirteen]] Seekers of Darkness.
* Takius from ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline: The Animation''
* Adam Jensen in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''; one of his more memorable lines in the game's trailer is "I'll never stop looking."
* In ''VideoGame/DotHackGUGames'', the fluff sometimes describe Hasseo and Ovan as "Seekers of the Truth". Hasseo is driven to figure out the mystery behind the PKer known as "Tri-Edge", and to save the coma victims (particularly Shino) he seems to leave in his wake; Ovan wishes to find "The Key of Twilight" [[spoiler: as he is actually "Tri-Edge", or rather, his PC is infected with the malevolent AI that started the whole mess. He wants to find a way to purge it so as to save his little sister, who was the first coma victim.]]
* This is very much Templar Assasin's (''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'') shtick.
* The Seekers in general in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' universe, and Cassandra and [[spoiler:Leliana]] specifically.
** Merrill also fits the mould, seeking to uncover the lost history of the elves and restore her people's greatness, even if it means cutting deals with demons to do so.
** The PlayerCharacter of the third game; whatever their methods, half their job description is finding the HiddenVillain responsible for triggering several wars and opening a HellGate.
* The Jedi Consular from ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
--> [[SeekerArchetype A Jedi will always seek the truth]]. I will study the mysteries of the Force, [[TheStoic and act with calm and clarity]]. I will expose the dark side's deceit... [[HopeBringer to unite our allies]], and with the Force on our side... JusticeWillPrevail!
* Guile from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is always in search of enigmas. [[spoiler:Even in his ending speech, he says that he will be searching for a new enigma.]]
* Seeing as ''VideoGame/Persona4'' is one big murder mystery that constantly implores you to "Reach out for the truth", the Investigation Team could be considered Seekers (especially KidDetective Naoto.) Even the GoldenEnding is only gotten by continuously seeking to uncover the truth, even after the main mystery is solved.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the [[TheOrder Cult of the Ancestor Moth]], an Imperial order based around divining the information contained within the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]], using a ritual known as the Ritual of the Ancestor Moth, at the eventual cost of their sight. These "Moth Priests", as they are known, organize and care for the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Imperial Library]] within the [[TheTower White-Gold Tower]] in the Imperial City, where the Elder Scrolls are traditionally stored. In 4E 175 (26 years before the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''), the Scrolls mysteriously went missing from the Library and were scattered across Tamriel. The Order has taken to searching for them ever since.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/HolidayWars'', Tegan is seeking The Holiday Spirit to end a war between all of the Holidays. An example of this [[http://www.holiday-wars.com/blog/2010/11/19/2010-hw-088/ can be seen here.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Shin of ''Literature/SailorNothing''. Seriously, her ''name'' means truth.
* Luigi of ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', along with BadassLongcoat and PrivateEyeMonologue. He drives the plot with his inquiries into the disappearance of Princess Peach.
* J of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' does some [[IdiotBall rather stupid things]] in his quest to find out what happened to Alex. [[spoiler: Until Entry #23, where he swears off the whole thing, due to having the living crap scared out of him by Slender Man.]] It doesn't last, by the way.
* Arthéon from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' due to being TheRoleplayer, is very interested in the story and general background of the fictional {{MMORPG}} that he's playing. Especially noticeable due to him being surrounded by PlayTheGameSkipTheStory types. He seems to have picked this up from his former guildmates in Justice, in which all known members are very much like him in this aspect.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' brings us two, both from the same episode. The first is an anthropologist from Ba Sing Se University who is desperate to learn everything he can about the world. While he's not too distanced, he cares about knowledge much more than his own life. Eventually he finds the largest library in the world, the one belonging to Wan Shi Tong, He Who Knows Ten Thousand Things. The owl-spirit is one who has stopped allowing people access to his information, due to how people always use it to hurt others.
* [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Dipper]] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Even before [[TownWithADarkSecret Gravity Falls]] provided him with plenty of mysteries to uncover and solve, he had a love of researching the paranormal.