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->'''GreenArrow:''' I still don't think I belong up here.\\
'''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' That's the point. Someone like you will keep us honest.
-->-- ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "Initiation"

A personality aspect that comes up in just about any ensemble. Their personality is based on getting the others to recognize that there are more things at stake than their personal vendettas. Especially if TheTeam is starting to become KnightTemplar or if any individual becomes a WellIntentionedExtremist, this is the person who will argue and fight against the justification of "IDidWhatIHadToDo." Quite often The Heart character will also be an AllLovingHero, where they go out of their way to help all of the little people.

Within the ensemble this character will most often be merged with the role of TheChick. They are a good fit; since The Chick is usually a non-action character, having personality traits of The Heart will give them more to do. Especially if the team is always at each other's throats. For the same reason, The Heart can also be TheHero (in the case of the MagneticHero) or TheLeader as their leadership keeps them from falling apart. May be part of the CommandRoster.

The character whose death or loss is most likely to trigger LosingTheTeamSpirit (and sometimes for whom everyone on TheTeam moves heaven and earth). Hey, HeartIsAnAwesomePower, right?

Due to their usual relative introversion, and tendencies towards pacifism (whether [[TechnicalPacifist technical]] or [[ActualPacifist actual]]) this character is sadly often CListFodder and a prime target for a single-character (rather than the entire show) version of TheFireflyEffect. Many series will start out with a Heart character, but the writers will begin to view them as boring and impossible to write for, so they end up being either PutOnABus/kept OutOfFocus at best, or CharacterDeath at worst. This also tends to happen when studio executives want to replace the character with a [[TheCastShowoff more talented]] or [[FanService physically attractive]] character, in an attempt to boost ratings.

Given that said characters are usually sweet types, this also tends to seriously anger a certain portion of the fanbase, but because the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive studio executives]] care more about ratings than they do about upsetting what is normally a minority, the character will [[KilledOffForReal stay dead]]. If fan outrage is sufficiently vocal, and the executives haven't managed to completely alienate the actor, then the character may come back periodically as a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] or a [[ClonesArePeopleToo clone]].

Compare TheFace who does the talking on TheTeam. See also RestoredMyFaithInHumanity and MoralityChain. Compare TheConscience, TokenGoodTeammate. Not to be confused with WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway or HeartIsAnAwesomePower though this trope often overlaps with them. Contrast with LackOfEmpathy.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Francoise/003 from ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''.
** In the 2001 version, Professor Koizumi.
* Fuu from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''.
* Towards the end of ''Anime/GundamWing'' the Romefeller Foundation, as perplexed as ever by these strange things people call morals, instate Relena Peacecraft as their leader on the basis of this trope.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' provides us with Baam, the WideEyedIdealist and Rak, JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Rock from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. He isn't much for violence like Revy and Dutch are, but he makes up for it by being [[TheFace the Lagoon Company's negotiator]] and "Villain in Training". He's also the most idealistic of the crew, which occasionally puts him at odds with the more cynical Revy.
* Surprisingly, this is the role that is played by Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. After [[spoiler:his death]], he is replaced by Nia.
* Anzu/Téa in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. She used to be better than Jounouchi/Joey at everyone's favorite children's card game, and this point is made when she duels Mai for Yugi during his HeroicBSOD. Must've traded that in for her skill in making the CircleOfFriendship.
** Her constant "friendship speeches" are an object of humor in the AffectionateParody, ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
** Regular Yugi can also be considered The Heart, as his gentle kindness is what changes Yami Yugi from a dangerous psychopath to a noble hero and Jououchi from a bully to a NiceGuy.
** In [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]], Anzu never played competitively, thus the above mentioned duel against Mai was pure {{Filler}}.
* Hayate Yagami of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' in regards to her Wolkenritter group, particularly in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs the second season]], being the reason that said group even [[LoveRedeems have hearts in the first place]]. Unsurprisingly, she chastised them quite a bit [[ComicBookAdaptation in the supplementary manga]] when she found out what they were doing behind her back.
** It's unclear what exactly was said when they sat down to discuss what the Wolkenritter were doing (having put it off until after the final battle), but she [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Nanoha_A%27s_the_comics_ch6_page7.png mainly reminds them to take responsibility for their actions as well as the potential for problems for all of them down the line]], and in the Sound Stages, she seems more concerned about depriving them of their immortality ([[WhoWantsToLiveForever which they don't seem to mind]]).
* Manga/{{Naruto}} is an expert at DefeatMeansFriendship and tends to be so idealistic, honest, straightforward and caring that it causes people around him to catch on to it. Also odd, considering that he's also a bit of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. [[spoiler:After defeating Pain, he becomes something of a MessianicArchetype]].
* In ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', despite being a ScrewySquirrel at times, Suiseiseki fits this role best amongst the main cast.
* ''Manga/BambooBlade'' has Kirino, who is often thought of as this by her teammate Saya and Coach Toraji.
* Nao is this in ''Manga/LiarGame''. It is often because of her honest nature and her genuine desire that she would save everyone in the game and pay off their debts that helps turn the enemy/competitors towards her cause. A few of the dealers watching the games have commented that she is the key component to winning the games
* Wendy Garret plays this role in ''Anime/GunXSword''.
* As a part of her CharacterDevelopment, Ringo Oginome becomes this for the Takakura siblings (and specially [[spoiler: Shouma]]) in ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum.''
* Remy Shimada in ''Anime/GoShogun''. In ''Go Shogun: The Time Étranger'' she becomes also TheHeroine.
* Post-eclipse Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Guts' new TrueCompanions might squabble and even physically brawl out in some situations, all them are willing [[{{Protectorate}} to protect Casca,]] since she's not capable of protecting herself (most of the time, anyway) and the whole group was put together [[DeclarationOfProtection by Guts]] in the first place in order to do so.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Rey tends to be the one who is either encouraging or worrying over the others.
* Son Goku from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. He's the reason Sanzo, Gojyo, and Hakkai's past lives befriend each other at all, linking the affiliation of their current-day counterparts.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Kotetsu tends to act like this for all the Heroes, being an overly-idealistic Hero in a world of [[CorporateSponsoredSuperHero Corporate Sponsored Heroes]] who believes that saving lives and stopping bad guys is more important than earning points for heroism. He also tends to lend a sympathetic ear to his fellow Heroes' problems and help them with their own emotional difficulties. His role is somewhat [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] however since he tends to prioritize his work as a Hero and his relationship with his fellow Heroes, particularly his partner [[HeterosexualLifePartner Barnaby]], over [[WhenYouComingHomeDad his own family]]. Also, the fact that despite his willingness to help others, he has trouble being open about his own issues and ultimately hurts those close to him because of it.
* In the first ''Anime/SailorMoon'' movie, when it looks like Usagi [[spoiler: is dying]], each one of the Sailor Scouts remembers the different ways that Usagi helped them. The English dub actually has one of them say that she's the glue that keeps them all together.
* In ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', Kuroko tried to be this for the Generation of Miracles. He failed when they were teammates, but is slowly getting to them now.
* Gon Freecs from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''.
* Nanami from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is a PluckyGirl who is probably the most idealistic and optimistic person in the entire series. She also works hard to keep Tomoe on the path of heroism instead of jerk-ism.
* Shiranui in ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'' ends up in this role despite his poor interpersonal skills. As the reincarnation of Kagerou, who was an absolutely key player in the team that originally fought King Haku, he immediately grabs the attention of the other reincarnations, who find themselves drawn to him in one way or another.
* Rento of ''Manga/TokureiSochiDantaiStellaJogakuinKoutoukaC3Bu'' is the one keeping everyone spirits up in the club. She plays a large part in making it possible for [[spoiler:Yura to return to the club once she's abandoned them, and been kicked from Rin's team.]]
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Kurumu's character arc is how she transitions from a ClingyJealousGirl into a genuinely selfless friend who protects and supports her teammates/romantic rivals. Given that she's a succubus (and therefore biologically monogamous) who starts off spouting racist insults at the other monsters, this is suitably difficult for her.
* Komatsu from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is one of a select few who can be said to have a friendly relationship with all Four Heavenly Kings. All four are willing to go out of their way to protect Komatsu from danger generally, and he's become something of a MoralityChain for Zebra in particular, thanks to his cooking skills and honest nature ([[LivingLieDetector Zebra hates liars]]).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Spider-Man}}: Marvel's flagship hero is also the core personification of what it means to be truly kind and honest. The height of idealism and [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility]] for heroes and occasionally anti-heroes everywhere.
* Beak during his time with [[Comicbook/{{Exiles}} The Exiles]]
* Stargirl is the heart for the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica (it helps that she's the youngest hero with continuous membership on the team).
* MartianManhunter in the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. He was a full-time member of every incarnation of the League since its founding. One of the possible reasons that the JLA comics have not been received as well since 2006 is because he hasn't been on the team since then.
* When not J'onn, its (one of) the Flash(s) that do this. As seen in the Justice League TV series, but prior to that, it was the Flash, due to being a poster boy for NiceGuy and kept a smile on his face. in the Justice League ''Year One'' series, it was Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, who suggested forming the group, who arranged for everything to be set up, who went out of his way to approach potential candidates such as Superman, and when trust issues began to tear them apart, he was the one to pull them back together by revealing his identity to the group. In ''Crisis On Infinite Earths'', it was his death that signified that the DCU was on the cusp of changing. His successor, Wally West, eventually grew into this, but had to deal with some issues first.
* There's also Dick Grayson, aka the first Robin and later {{Nightwing}}, who is sometimes believed to be The Heart of the DCU.
* CaptainAmerica is not only TheLeader of Comicbook/TheAvengers, he's also The Heart seeing as the Mighty Avengers without him seemed more like a millitary institute (Which is somewhat FridgeLogic, considering Captain America is a MilitarySuperhero.) and he's the one that most people rally behind when someone cries AvengersAssemble!
* Nightcrawler often ended up in the position of being the one to call the other ComicBook/{{X-Men}} on it when the team was going too far. Shadowcat and the Beast also fit the role when Kurt isn't around.
** As well as them, there's Jean Grey. Having been the only one who could call both Wolverine and Cyclops into line and migate all their issues, she was the one who kept the team honest, which might explain why they became so DarkerAndEdgier after her death.
* Karolina in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. After her return from a brief [[PutOnABus bus trip]], Chase makes it clear he doesn't think things would have gone quite as bad as they did if she'd still been there.
* Rocket Raccoon and Groot often serve this role for the Guardians Of The Galaxy. They're the ones who usually call out the other members for doing morally ambiguous things. Groot arguably fits this better though since he's a GentleGiant who only fights when necessary, whereas Rocket is a BoisterousBruiser.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Nala in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures''. She is kind, beautiful, and holds the trio together.
* [[TheDarkChick The Dark Chick]] of the Decepticons' team in ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta-12.html Transformers Meta]]'', Slipstream fulfills this role within the the [[FiveBadBand Five Bad Band]].
* [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] is this to Supetastic 6 Unlimited in [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864527 Super Milestone Wars 2]]
* Kyon in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. His name also served as the one thing stopping [[spoiler: Haruhi from killing several people for shooting him.]]
* Discussed in WorldOfPonycraft, when Pinky Pie describes her role as a shaman in relation to the elements... and makes a brief CaptainPlanet spoof.
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' has Jun Shigeno. In ''A Month of Sundays'', she's the one comforting others. Her role is crucial in [[spoiler: stopping the conflict between Damballa and Quetzie and making them allies against Ophiuchus.]]
* In ''Fanfic/FallenKing'', Tea is still this, but the group also realizes Yugi was this.
* Lots of characters fill this role in ''FanFic/TwilightPrettyCure'' on occasion, but the one who fills this role the most is [[PerkyGoth Anzu]], who is the most down to earth and understanding of the cures, trying to make sure nobody gets into any fights before or after a battle.
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[[folder:Film]]
* According to Power Chick, Amok is the heart of Film/TheSpecials. He "keeps them from resting on their laurels".
* The Bowler could be seen as this in ''Film/MysteryMen''. Spleen or Invisible Boy might fit this too.
* Cambridge from TheHurtLocker attempts to be this. He fails.
* [[Creator/KevinSmith Silent Bob]] is the heart of the ViewAskewniverse.
* [[TheHero Sheriff Woody]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is definitely The Heart and soul of [[CheerfulChild Andy's]] toys.
* Film/TheMuppets establish Kermit as the Heart of the Muppets. So much that, when he went depressed, everything just fell apart.
* Towards the end of the first ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Venkman proudly declares Ray to be "The Heart of the Ghostbusters".
* The Echidna from ''Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole'' calls Mrs. Plithiver The Heart of the band.
* Ori in ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'' and presumably the next two films. Bilbo is initially set up to be this before he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and his mother Padme in the prequel trilogy are the only ones who still believe in Anakin's inner goodness even after his turn to the Dark Side.
* Agent Coulson in ''Film/TheAvengers'', and to a lesser extent in previous MarvelCinematicUniverse films. He helps to bring the team together, and eventually performs a [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]] that is used by Nick Fury to make the team overcome their [[HeadbuttingHeroes differences]] and work together for the final battle.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Storm and Iceman.
** Wolverine in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Cassie from the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' doubles as this and TheSmartGuy.
* Dameon from ''Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles''.
* [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] has several characters who will say "[[ScrewTheWarWerePartying Screw it, we're having a party]]" to raise morale when it's low. Wedge actually starts the twenty-four hour "Rebellion of Anonymity" to get General Han Solo's spirits back up during the pursuit of Warlord Zsinj.
* Sephrenia, in the ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy by DavidEddings, serves this role for literally hundreds of Pandion Knights--and has done so for generations. They don't call her "little mother" for nothing.
* Mary Palmer from Caleb Carr's ''Literature/TheAlienist''.
* The Tin Man from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' and its sequels. In fact, he greets old friends with no less than a "tender, loving embrace" ''every single time''.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': This is Ben's functional role in the group; emotional support.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Peeta Mellark. Later used as [[spoiler:a weapon against Katniss.]] The night before the 74th Hunger Games Peeta tells Katniss [[TemptingFate he doesn't want the games, or by extension anything the Capitol puts him through, to change him.]] In the third book of the series [[spoiler:President Snow, who probably overheard the conversation thanks to the Orvellian nature of Panem's rule, tortures Peeta and hijacks him, brainwashing him into hating Katniss. It's implied that one of the things that pains Katniss the most about seeing him that way is that the sweet boy who once took a beating to give her bread has been completely changed by the Capitol.]]
* Stevie Rae from ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight''.
* Liz from ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]''.
* Newt from ''[[Literature/TheMazeRunner The Maze Runner Trilogy]]''. [[spoiler:Although the WICKED operators call him "The Glue"...]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* As mentioned above in the film folder, Agent Coulson continues to be the Heart of the MarvelCinematicUniverse in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', as well as being the Heart of his own team (a role partially shared with Skye). In fact, this is even explicitly stated by Nick Fury in the [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E22BeginningOfTheEnd last episode of the first season]], where he tells Phil that he was always the heart of SHIELD, that he considers him [[spoiler: a true Avenger]] and that he's [[spoiler: the only man Fury trusts to rebuild SHIELD after the events of [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier ''The Winter Soldier'']].]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Cordelia. A supreme example of CharacterDevelopment, in that she was the AlphaBitch on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' and thought that hitting a cyclist with her car was all about her own pain. This change was addressed when she received a demonic curse that amplified her regular visions to see ''all'' the suffering of the human race, rendering her catatonic. When she was brought out of it, she became the glue that kept the team together and focused on [[WeHelpTheHelpless their mission]].
** Fred has this role as well, especially after Cordelia was no longer around. In a later episode Angel and Spike were having an intense argument, to the point that Spike was ready to travel the world and leave everyone behind. When she became infected with an ancient evil, the argument between the two dissipated instantly as the only thing they could agree upon was her.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Delenn.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Hodgins describes Angela as such in a season 2 episode.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Xander, which the other Scoobies readily acknowledge. In one episode his position in the gang as 'The Heart' was a key component of a spell - the others were [[TheSmartGuy 'The Mind']] (Giles), 'The Spirit' (Willow), and [[TheBigGuy 'The Hands']] (Buffy).
** Of course, Willow qualifies for this position too - she feels things deeply, and sees the best in everyone, although she doesn't really have the strong sense of morality common to this trope though, especially past the first few seasons.
*** Which is probably why she's 'The Spirit' and not 'The Heart'
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** None of the members of the study group is a flawless human being, but Britta, with her numerous causes, tries to act this trope more than the others (who may actually have more claim to it than her).
** A case could also be made that this is Troy's role. He's less actively aggressive than Britta, but still caring in a ditzy sort of way. As evidence, notice his timeline from "Remedial Chaos Theory"- when he leaves the group, everything goes to Hell, leaving everyone either dead, injured or traumatised.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor's usually human companions often play this role, regularly keeping him from going too far or losing his grip on right and wrong. This is most evident in "The Waters of Mars" where his lack of a companion means that there is nothing to stop him from [[spoiler: changing the course of history]].
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', this is Kaylee's role on ''Serenity''. As a result, everyone on the ship is fiercely protective towards her, even [[TokenEvilTeammate Jayne]], who harbours a secret crush on her according to WordOfGod.
* ''Series/HeyDad'': Betty, since the family lacks a mother.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly Shay.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Yuusuke/[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]] plays this role, since Tsukasa/Decade is a bit of a JerkAss. Unfortunately, it means he hasn't become Kuuga since leaving his homeworld, to the annoyance of the fans.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Hurley grows into this role, after initially being a self-doubting comic relief character. In the end, he arguably becomes the Heart for [[spoiler: the entire human race]].
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Gwen and Merlin share this role. Merlin also acts as TheMentor to Arthur but since Arthur thinks he's just a servant, it comes across as this.
* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'': Princess Deirdre.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Gives us Abby. Mascot, cheerleader, MoralityPet. Which makes her the target of choice for many an antagonist, even those who ''know'' she's not a pushover. When she's in trouble, the rest of the team drops ''absolutely everything.''
** For this reason, she is also their BerserkButton. While Gibbs functions as PapaWolf for his entire team, the entire team will turn into Papa Wolves (and MamaBear, in Ziva's case) with regard to Abby. It's mutual, too.
* ''NoahsArc'': This is Noah's role, as he's often the "peacekeeper" of the group and reminds everyone else how much they care about each other.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Rodney Trotter.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie Matheson. Despite her flaws, she was the one who brought Team Matheson together in the first place, inspired Miles Matheson to become TheAtoner, and helped a number of helpless people. "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat The Love Boat]]", and "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower The Dark Tower]]" are episodes that have her arguing for the moral decision
* ''Series/RobinHood'': Much: The character identifies himself as the "one who deals with little things". Djaq could also be considered this, since she's the resident healer and occasionally counsels the guys on their problems (especially Allan).
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Quinn Perkins and Huck share the role. Abby Whelan acts as this at times.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'': Cassie. She brings everyone together within the Circle.
* ''{{Smallville}}'': LoisLane and Chloe Sullivan share this role. The two cousins often act as voices of reason and compassion, and both become an essential part of the JLA family by the end.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Daniel Jackson, one of television's best ''male'' "heart"-examples.
* Though he could be tied with John Chrichton of ''FarScape''. John is instrumental in keeping the group of strange aliens together, his strange human perspective uniting them in a way none of them alone could have. Zhaan also gets a lot of credit in the Heart department.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=]. He's a doctor (not a lumberjack), and he provides the [[TheMcCoy emotional side]] of the show's PowerTrio.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester, when he is in danger every single major and recurring character on the show goes off the rails, despite the fact that he's the best fighter by far of all of them. When he's out of the picture? Sam Winchester becomes a inhuman killing machine, Bobby Singer falls into a epic depression and Castiel decides to try and become God in order to keep him safe.
** Sam fulfills the same function on occasion; it can be argued that the two of them switch around this role in the team dynamic.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Gwen.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Elena.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Dale Horvath. [[spoiler:He's one of two out of a group of about a dozen that doesn't want to kill a prisoner.]]
** Later, Herschel fills this role as well, arguably far better than Dale ever did.
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[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Quite a few characters in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG. Zenna filled this role rather nicely in the RPG's early days, as did Rex at first. The former of whom was a genuinely kind and compassionate agent who did everything she could for those around her, the latter a WideEyedIdealist (though granted this changed quite a bit near the end).
** Also nearly every medic in the RPG (the exception being the MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Deitrich "Medic" Luzweit) would qualify on some level. Pierce and Shaw do somewhat stand out, both being genuinely kind people that put their patients above all else.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'': Rinley, who is basically the entire group's goofy younger sister, is explicitly intended to serve this role in the Glass-Maker's Dragon campaign. When she's not breaking into everyone's house at the crack of dawn or meddling with the horror under the Titov shrine, anyway.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Princess Peach from the ''SuperMarioBros'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games. In ''The Subspace Emissary'' she makes herself useful by breaking up fights and turning potential enemies into friends.
** Case in point: She stopped Fox and Sheik from attacking each other by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome offering]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny them]] ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome tea]]''!
* Tidus and Rikku share this role in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Tidus acts as Yuna's [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]] and emotional support as well as having this effect on the rest of the group. The cynical Lulu eventually softens up through consistent meaningful talks to him. Rikku is the youngest of the team and the most innocent, keeping the team grounded. Tidus and Rikku both [[spoiler: believe that Summoners killing themselves to destroy Sin]] has to be stopped.
* Terra for the Warriors of Cosmos in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
** Laguna takes on this role for the newcomer heroes in ''Dissidia 012''.
* Kairi in the ''KingdomHearts'' series fits the bill. Aside from the personality, she is a Princess of Heart with ties to the heart of all worlds, Kingdom Hearts, and spends much of the first game [[spoiler: as a heart, inside of Sora's heart.]] Yeah, this trope is taken quite literally here.
** Ventus in BirthBySleep as well. [[spoiler: Unlike Aqua and Eraqus, he's willing to give Terra the benefit of a doubt with regards to him potentially falling into darkness. And like Kairi, he has no darkness in his heart (since it was forcibly extracted to make Vanitas). Further, by the end of the game, he ''also'' ends up as a heart, inside of Sora's heart.]] There's more than a few reasons to think that Ven's role more closely resembles Kairi's than Sora's.
* '''[[MeaningfulName Ai]]'''no '''[[LoveFreak Heart]]''' from VideoGame/ArcanaHeart. [[ThePowerOfLove Powered with love at that.]]
* Rather than any of the girls in the party, [[FriendlySniper Irvine]] [[TheGunslinger Kinneas]] occupies this role for Squall's team in in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'', serving as the group's emotional center from the last stages of Disc 2 onward.
* [[WhiteMagicianGirl Aerith]] [[AllLovingHero Gainsborough]] is this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Amazingly, she continues that role post mortem.
** In the spinoffs, anyway. Her personality in the original game is much more blunt, direct, and feisty. She is also quite clever, having grown up in the slums. [[WarriorMonk Tifa]] [[ShrinkingViolet Lockheart]] much better fits this role, what with her stabilising effect on the party (otherwise, Cloud and Barret would probably have killed each other already) and her being the single tether that prevents Cloud from completely losing himself when he goes off the deep end [[MindRape (...several]] [[TraumaCongaLine times).]]
* [[BadassNormal Shingo Yabuki]] has this role in TheKingOfFighters XI, keeping Kyo and Iori from pretty much killing each other when [[TeamMom Chizuru]], the original Heart of the PowerTrio, is gravely injured by Ash Crimson.
* Amy Rose from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series. In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', she almost single-handedly convinces Gamma to undergo a HeelFaceTurn. In ''Sonic Adventure 2'', her conversation with Shadow is what convinces him to help stop the ARK from plummeting into the Earth. In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', her companionship with Silver, and her subsequent WhatTheHellHero speech upon discovering that he was trying to kill Sonic, causes Silver to start rethinking that strategy.
* Mission from the first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. She's higher on the KarmaMeter than the party's Jedi, is first to defend your PC after TheReveal, and quick to point out GoodFeelsGood or call WhatTheHellHero if you're exploiting VideogameCrueltyPotential. It's no surprise that [[spoiler: you have to kill her in the Dark Side ending, symbolically killing the last bit of good in yourself.]]
* [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] fulfills this role best in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if the [[PlayerCharacter Grey Warden]] isn't doing the job him/herself.
* [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] and [[TeamMom Aveline Vallen]] share this role in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', with Aveline trying to keep the party on the ([[ToBeLawfulOrGood more or less]]) right side of the law and Hawke being the MagneticHero responsible for keeping them all together across all seven years. [[WarriorMonk Sebastian Vael]] often takes a tertiary role as this, espousing this philosophy due to being a member of the priesthood. [[spoiler: However, if Hawke doesn't execute Anders for destroying the Chantry during the endgame, Sebastian ends up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and turns into a ChurchMilitant]].
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, this is the job of Shepard, resident hero(ine). Unsurprising, given the DysfunctionJunction nature of the crew and Shepard's status as an extreme MagneticHero. Shepard's status as this is lampshaded heavily in the ''Citadel DLC'' for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', highlighting the sheer amount of TrueCompanions they've gained and turned into FireForgedFriends across the entire series.
* Stocke, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' starts off as TheStoic, but also starts off with a growing circle of friends who he cares about dearly. He helps his party members through a variety of internal and external conflicts, and is always sensitive to their issues. And at one point, he helps his best friend Roche and an NPC with [[MatchmakerQuest relationship advice.]]
* Emil from ''VideoGame/NieR'' does what he can to keep an upbeat attitude and help his friends get along.
* In the first three games of the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series, Lucy Stillman plays this role. In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', she works to keep Desmond's morale up against the hopelessness of the situation he finds himself in and helps to protect his sanity (and eventually his life) from Vidic's demands. In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', she acts as both the leader of the Assassin cell that she takes Desmond to and their moral/emotional compass, helping to keep the team's doubts and fears from overwhelming them. It even seems as if she and Desmond might be developing a romantic relationship. This makes the WhamEpisode of [[spoiler:her death at the end of ''Brotherhood'']] and the subsequent revelation in the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' "Lost Archive" DLC that [[spoiler:she was a Templar mole all along]] doubly shocking.
* [[MoralityPet Clementine]] is easily this in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', with the highlight being her insistence that, when a vote on leaving him behind comes up, [[spoiler: she argues that [[TheMillstone Ben is a nice guy]] and her friend,]] and friends don't leave each other behind. This gets another group member to change their vote against him to instead abstain.
* Lissa from FireEmblemAwakening, whose GenkiGirl and WhiteMage traits keep the morale of the BadassCrew up. Lampshaded openly by her brother Chrom and her bodyguard/[[BodyguardCrush possible love interest]] Lon'qu:
-->'''Chrom''': "You make people happy, Lissa. You motivate and inspire them just by your presence. I might instill confidence, but I don't make them happy. And neither would Emmeryn."
-->'''Lon'qu''': "Do you truly not see how your presence energizes the others? How your smile and demeanor put everyone at ease?"
* There's two layers in ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]''. [[TheHero Hamil]] and [[OurGodsAreGreater Tart]] are The Heart to their people, the Canaanites, while Charis is The Heart of TheTeam.
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* Oddly enough in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', Battler actually plays this role for the people trapped on the island, at least in the early arcs. Although he's relentlessly anti-fantasy ([[spoiler:again, in the early arcs]]), he also wants to think the best of everyone (a trait that's shown more in the original novel and manga than in the anime) and so constantly winds up jumping up in the middle of fights to explain a scenario in which person X might not be the culprit.
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* Elan, from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Clueless, but concerned for the rest of the group, and skilled in [[strike:Social-Fu]] Trope-Fu. Idealistic to a fault, occasionally ''TheLoad'' and a ''SpoonyBard'' to top it off, but he's a genuinely nice guy. Heck, you could make a case that he's the one person that everyone else on the team likes.
** Haley sums it up very well in a recent comic.
--->'''Haley''': ...But he's...I don't know. Pure. Honest. Better than I am, that's for sure. He makes me a better person just by being around, and I like feeling that way.
* Dave, in ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the others vote Dave out of NOES. Marsha says "I can't believe how MEAN you guys are being. Dave is our moral compass. We NEED him." To turn him into TheZeppo, The author, Maritza Campos, decided to {{Nerf}} his power but leave him as the most earnest, conscience-stricken and foolishly brave character. It's somewhat self-referential, as she killed off Dave but brought him back because her readers said that for all his flaws he was the "heart" of the series.
* Nathan Hale from ''TheDreamer''. Also Beatrice.
* Julie, the protagonist from ''OurLittleAdventure''...up to the end of book 2. The role of The Heart seems to have been passed to Jordie, [[TheMedic the group's Cleric.]]
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* [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]] is the moral compass of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]], and [[RubberMan Bungie]] is its enthusiasm and hope. Together, they form The Heart of the team.
* Kotashi, the NonActionGuy and love interest of [[TheSmartGuy the (female) Smart Guy]] in ''SailorNothing''.
* Generator, the CrazyAwesome and least powerful member of Team Kimba in the WhateleyUniverse. Has been know to use the Big Sad Puppy Dog eyes to get her way.
** She is this trope so much that she is Team Kimba's [[spoiler: Plan A to deal with Tennyo if she goes world-endingly evil.]]
* Doodlecute from ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn''. She seems to be the most emotional and fragile of the group.
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* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Ma-Ti]] from ''CaptainPlanet'', obviously.
** Parodied in [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=164 VGCats]].
* Katara of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', a [[TheMedic medic]] with HealingHands and LoveInterest of TheHero. begins as this. Her natural tendency is to help people ("Imprisoned", "The Painted Lady", "Crossroads Of Destiny"), but just like her role as an AllLovingHero, the role is debatably [[MessiahCreep given to]] ''Aang'' by the end of the series. In one of the final episodes, "The Southern Raiders", Katara is hellbent on finding her mother's killer and killing him in revenge, and ''Aang'' is the one who tells her it's not worth it. Katara only spares the man because she sees that letting the man live was a [[CruelMercy better punishment than killing him]]. He was literally NotWorthKilling, and given the importance of honor in the Fire Nation, letting him live in his dishonor was a FateWorseThanDeath.
** Bolin from the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', can be considered this.
* Toki Wartooth from ''{{Metalocalypse}}''. When he's not [[FreakOut going psycho and painting the walls with blood]], anyway. The rest of the band is so brutal that he's almost The Heart by default. It's made more clear twice, however:
** When Toki and Murderface are kicked out thanks to Murderface not doing anything, the others realize the band is made of their talent, Murderface's negativity, [[AndZoidberg And Toki]].
** In "Church of the Black Klok", when Toki [[spoiler: gets abducted, his contribution to the overall story is realized as being essential]].
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', when she's [[ActionGirl not kicking ass]]. A whole episode is dedicated to this: [[spoiler: upon being swallowed in a back hole and disappearing, she ends up in a BadFuture where the Titans have split ''specifically'' because she wasn't there to keep their spirits high enough.]]
* Quoted above: GreenArrow in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' was brought in to the team against his will because Franchise/{{Batman}} wanted someone who could look at the League critically. In his own words, someone to "Keep us honest." This pays off later when the League tried to disband after current events demoralized everyone. He got in their faces and forced them to remain dedicated to the ideal.
** Additionally, there's TheFlash, where in an AlternateUniverse his death pushes [[BatmanGrabsAGun Superman over the edge]] and the League became a KnightTemplar group. In the main universe his presence is implied to be the major factor keeping the rest of the original seven from JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. After a fair bit of {{foreshadowing}} in the fourth series, many fans got the gist and were [[SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld pretty much expecting him to be killed.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Wasp and Captain America]] tend to share this role. This is most apparent when [[spoiler: they are the only two team members who go to save Hulk during the Red-Hulk-joining-the-Avengers incident.]]
* Private is explicitly this for ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. Being the newest member of the team he also stands CloserToEarth and is less prone to JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope due to paranoia, often serving as a voice of reason.
* Dukey from ''JohnnyTest'' is an odd mix of this and a DeadpanSnarker.
* Graveheart from ''ShadowRaiders'' (or ''WarPlanets'') is TheHero but also acts as a stabiliser for the ''many'' cultural, personality and agenda clashes within his shaky team.
* Sheila the Thief, who doubles as this and TeamMom for the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
* Nutsy from ''BlinkyBill''. Also, Shifty Dingo in season 2 at times.
* Gus and Mikey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* Ed Otter and Lola Boa from ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' usually act as the moral center for the show.
* [[TheFace Bumblebee]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' fills this role when [[AllLovingHero Optimus Prime]] is absent.
** Optimus Prime generally fills this role, though, in fact, at the start of season 2, it's ''painfully'' clear that the Autobots are barely managing to keep it together without him.
* Goomo from ''JellyJamm'' is a Big Guy example.
* [[CowardlyLion Fluttershy]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Pinkie Pie is this too, arguably even moreso than Fluttershy - as "A Friend in Deed" and especially "Magical Mystery Cure" show, Pinkie isn't just one to the Mane Six, but to the ''whole town''.
* The fun loving Crazy Stunts from ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.
* [[HairTriggerTemper Believe]] [[LaserGuidedTykebomb it]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold or]] [[TheBerserker not]], Superboy from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. He may try to cover it up, but he's easily the most empathetic of the team. In the past, he's tried to reason with an insane clone trying to kill him, called WhatTheHellHero on M'gann [[spoiler: leaving an enemy in a catatonic state, even if the information was necessary]], adopted both an alien sphere and a genetically enhanced wolf, and even talked a rampaging alien golem out of suicide in one episode.
** In a slightly more conventional example, Virgil is this to the runaways. Unlike the his more HeroicNeutral companions, he genuinely wants to be a hero, enjoys having his powers, and is the first to go into danger to protect someone else.
* Max from CapitolCritters.
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* The now-departed President [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corazon_Aquino Maria Corazon "Cory" Aquino]] of the Philippines is claimed by many to have been a real-life The Heart. Even the critics shed genuine tears to her passing. [[MeaningfulName Her very name Corazon is in fact]], [[FridgeBrilliance the Spanish word for "heart"]].
** Let's tell the whole story! Mrs. Aquino was originally the spouse of high-ranked politician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benigno_Aquino,_Jr Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino]], who was messily and ''very'' publically murdered via BoomHeadshot in 1983. Three years after losing her husband, she rose to power through [[BadassPacifist one of the best remembered]] [[VelvetRevolution non-violent revolutions]]: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution People Power Revolution]], an uprising that included iconic images of nuns kneeling in front of tanks clutching rosaries and people walking up to soldiers to hand them flowers, all to depose the reignant tyrant Ferdinand Marcos (who may have been the one to order the assassination of Benigno in the first place, as [[TheRival Ninoy was the most popular opposition leader]]). Her presidency ended a regime of authoritarian rule and reinstated democracy in the Philippines.
* [[TheWisePrince George VI]] and [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Elizabeth]] shared this role for TheBritishEmpire during WorldWarII both in RealLife and in the film BertieAndElizabeth .
* RingoStarr was considered the least talented/helpful member of Music/TheBeatles by many. The band itself recognized him as a guy who helped them stick together even at the worst moments. They even put more focus on Ringo in the movies!
* Gandhi became this during the short period between Indian independence and his assasination, with Nehru taking up the role of TheHero.
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