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->'''ComicBook/GreenArrow:''' I still don't think I belong [with the ComicBook/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}].\\
'''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' That's the point, someone like you will keep us honest.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''

This personality aspect 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 becoming a group of [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]], 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. Like TheHero and TheLeader, they aren't one and the same, but they often overlap since they are a good fit. If TheChick 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 skills keep the team from falling apart. May be part of the CommandRoster. The character whose death or loss is most likely to trigger LosingTheTeamSpirit. Where ElementalPowers come into play, other characters may be in for a HeartBeatdown.

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 (and peacekeepers), 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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Francoise/003 from ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''.
** In the 2001 version, Professor Koizumi.
* Fuu from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''.
* Towards the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' 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 has a positive effect on much of the central cast.
** In [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]], Anzu never played competitively, thus the above mentioned duel against Mai was pure {{Filler}}.
** Its sequel series played with this trope through various characters:
*** This role is filled by Sho Marufuji / [[DubNameChange Syrus Truesdale]] in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', who is [[TheHero Juudai's]] best friend and sidekick. Unusual for this trope, he is very competent and still kept this role even after the humongous CharacterDevelopment and TakeALevelInBadass in later seasons, though not as prevalent.
*** The role of keeping everyone together is now strangely held by TheHero Yusei Fudo in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' as he is the person that lead a team consist of [[PragmaticHero Jack]], [[DarkMagicalGirl Aki]], [[TagAlongKid the twins]] and [[PluckyComicRelief Crow]].
*** In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', this role is held by Kotori / Tori in Yuma's group. The fact that she is also really [[NeutralFemale useless]], [[TheLoad irritating]] and is MsFanservice despite being only ''[[{{Squick}} 13]]'' is understandable why she is [[TheScrappy hated]] even more than Anzu.
*** This trope is downplayed by Hiragi Yuzu in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' due to the fact that she is the {{Deuteragonist}} whose plotline and CharacterDevelopment doesn't revolve around this trope but she is still the one who was forced to control the You Show Duel School more manic personalities. Probably why [[spoiler:her disappearance in episode 50]] hits them so hard, especially TheHero [[ShipTease Yuya Sakaki]].
* Hayate Yagami of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' 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}}'':
** Naruto himself 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 was a bit of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in Part I. After defeating Pain, he becomes something of a MessianicArchetype.
** [[NiceGirl Hinata Hyuga]] can be considered this for the Hyuga clan and Team 8, even after she TookALevelInBadass in Part II. This is one of the reasons why she is [[BreakoutCharacter very popular with the fanbase]].
* 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'', thanks to his nigh-undying innocent and cheerful attitude as well as him being an absolute {{Determinator}}. [[FailureHero Despite not being that strong of a fighter]], his existence attracts, enlights, and gives hope to many people, [[CrapSackWorld even the most cynical and the most hopeless ones.]]
* 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]]).
* Madoka, who spends most of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' trying to keep Mitakihara's magical girls from killing each other (and/or themselves). [[spoiler:Upon failing at this, she sacrifices her human identity to become the goddess of hope, whose job is to comfort the dying.]] This is why [[spoiler:Homura]] remembers her more fondly than the other girls: [[spoiler:no matter what timeline she fought in]], Madoka was always kind and always willing to listen to her.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' both deconstructs and reconstructs the trope: Tohru's unceasing desire to help others stems from a GuiltComplex and leads her to ignore her own pain. She eventually realizes this and achieves catharsis, becoming a positive example who nurtures happiness in herself and everyone around her. Notably, [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Sohmas]] realize that she is this trope and cherish her fiercely.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' when the Earth warriors make their final stand against Cell each of them muse about how they were change into better people because of Goku and Gohan's good hearts and kindness.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' since ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' has the recurring "Pink Cure" - usually representing love or willpower - acting as this trope as well as the central protagonists due to the common traits of being GenkiGirl and/or FriendToAllLivingThings.
* ''Anime/BubukiBuranki'' has Azuma Kazuki filling this position among the protagonists, as well as being TheHero within the series (so far). This is also an unusually literal case of the trope, since his [[EmpathicWeapon Bubuki]] is explicitly [[CombiningMecha Oubu's heart]] - they can't summon/form Oubu to fight other [[HumongousMecha Buranki]] without working in unison, and it's Azuma who has to unite and coordinate them in combat.
* In ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'', Emma is the emotional element of the main trio, notably demanding that they help ''all'' the children escape, not just themselves. Norman and Ray, while not completely insensitive, appear more coldly rational most of the time.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/SpiderMan: 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 ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica (it helps that she's the youngest hero with continuous membership on the team).
* ComicBook/MartianManhunter in the Franchise/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.
* Especially in modern times, it's (one of) the Flash(es) 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 keeping 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.
** Wally West is an interesting case. After receiving a lot of CharacterDevelopment he was certainly up to role but it wasn't until his erasure that it was understood just how vital he was to overall tone of DCU. His return in ''DC Universe Rebirth'' is cited as the return of "love, hope and legacy" and comic books following after make a huge emphasis on Wally being the heart of Flashfamily and beyond. Writer Geoff Johns admits that's why he chose Wally as the lead character of DC Universe Rebirth one-shot.
--> '''Creator/GeoffJohns:''' There's no single character in the DC universe that represents legacy, hope, and optimism as well as Wally West does. He's been my favorite character since I was a kid. I grew up reading Wally West and the Flash, and the whole reason that change comes in the DC universe is always led by a Flash story. Showcase #4, Crisis on Infinite Earths when Barry died, Flashpoint when Barry was back and the universe changed again. It just felt ... Everything fell into place very quickly, he was the representative of everything I thought was missing, and again, you need a Flash on the forefront, it just feels natural to have a Flash on the forefront of change in the DC universe.
* There's also Dick Grayson, aka the first Robin and later ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, who is sometimes believed to be The Heart of the DCU. Of course its normal for someone who is best friends with Wally West.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is not only TheLeader of ComicBook/TheAvengers, he's also The Heart, seeing as the Mighty Avengers without him seemed more like a military institute (which is somewhat FridgeLogic, considering that Captain America is a MilitarySuperhero), and he's the one that most people rally behind when someone cries AvengersAssemble!
* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} often ended up in the position of being the one to call the other ComicBook/XMen on it when the team was going too far. [[ComicBook/KittyPryde Shadowcat]] and the Beast also fit the role when Kurt isn't around.
** As well as them, there's ComicBook/JeanGrey. Having been the only one who could call both Wolverine and Cyclops into line and mitigate all their issues, she was the one who kept the team honest, which might explain why they became so much DarkerAndEdgier after her death.
** Oddly enough, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} served this role in [[ComicBook/XForce Uncanny X-Force]]. It says [[MoralEventHorizon a lot]] about a team when the person who has to remind everyone of the moral implications of their actions is a notoriously amoral degenerate mercenary.
** Another shocking example would be ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'', after his inversion during ''{{ComicBook/AXIS}}''. He does what he can to atone for his past, but nobody trusts him. He finally joins Magneto's X-Men in ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen2015'', and [[WordOfGod Bunn]] says that Creed was this for the team -if they wanted to kill someone, Creed would be trying to convince them otherwise. We see a glimpse in the first chapter when the team fights guards to get to their fellow mutants. Everyone is perfectly at home using lethal force. Creed just settles for scaring the guards, and eventually warning them to play dead if they want to get out alive.
* 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.
** The 2017 reboot shifts this over to Gert as the team actually fell apart in between her death and her resurrection. It's lampshaded as she can't believe it happened because of her, claiming she was the "appendix" of the group. Both Nico and Chase claim that she wasn't the appendix -- Chase was.
* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Scott Pilgrim is more or less this in his group of friends. While he isn't perfect, prone to making dumb decisions and being insensitive, he still means well and is learning to be a better person. Furthermore, from an initial glance, the most open and friendly out of his group of friends, especially when compared to the stoic Stephen Stills, the moody Kim Pine and the quiet Neil Young among others. He's also the glue that holds the circle of friends together (since they all met each other through Scott).
* Deconstructed/subverted in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''. Getaway seems like this at first, being a voice of reason who helps direct the others and gives them encouragement. However it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: he's actually a ManipulativeBastard who's [[ExploitedTrope exploiting]] this trope to seemingly sabotage the crew, starting with demolishing Cyclonus and Tailgate's friendship.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Steven'' in ''Fanfic/ATriangleintheStars'' works like this, much like his canon counterpart. Even in spirit, he provides emotional motivation for the Crystal Gems to return to him safely and as quickly as they can. And, most importantly, he consistently provides Bill with warmth and kindness and support. [[spoiler: It eventually leads to Bill unwittingly regrowing his own heart.]] He also settles [[spoiler: Connie's quiet hostility and distrust towards Bill down]] in Chapter Forty-Six, and is overall relatively quick to resolve conflicts in the first place.
* ''FanFic/DreamingOfSunshine'': Shikako is the emotional and moral center of Team Seven, and on a larger scale, of the Konoha Twelve. Hinata and Ino are as well, in different ways. Hinata because she is a rallying point for the others, someone they gather around to support. Ino, because she is someone who supports everyone else.
* 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 WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}} 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.
* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Riza Hawkeye]] takes on this role in the Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy, particularly in the second and third installments.
* [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Elissa]] is this for her companions in ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose.'' Regardless of how the rest of the group feel about each other, they all care about her, and are willing to tolerate one another for her sake. It becomes especially evident when [[spoiler:she's taken prisoner in Denerim]].
* While Ringo was this in RealLife for [[Music/TheBeatles the four]], in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' he's so fucked up that he doesn't serve this function as much as he should (though he does at least once). It ends up falling to Paul, who is also fucked up but dealing with it better, to keep them focused and at least marginally hopeful when everything looks blackest.
** It helps that Paul has a built-in calm-down factor in his "background noise."
* While her counterpart Mahanon is more of a MagneticHero, Victoria holds this position in [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the Inquisition]] in the ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'' series. It's remarked upon by more than one character.
* Kurama in ''Fanfic/BlackkatsReverse'' reminded the jinchurikis they were people and could have a family in each other. The jinchurikis return the favor by being ready to stand against their own villages for his sake.
* This is Jaune's roll in ''Fanfic/ForgedDestiny'' along with TheHero and TheLeader. He is often the first one to act when there are lives to save and [[WhatTheHellHero the most likely to call the others out for their actions]]. His consideration of others and ability to unite [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits such a diverse group]] is the primary reason The Hunters guild was formed.

* 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 ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' attempts to be this. He fails.
* [[Creator/KevinSmith Silent Bob]] is the heart of Film/TheViewAskewniverse.
* [[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 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', Venkman proudly declares Ray to be "The Heart of the Ghostbusters".
* The Echidna from ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' calls Mrs. Plithiver The Heart of the band.
* Ori in ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' 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/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', and to a lesser extent in previous Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse films. He helps to bring the team together, and eventually performs a [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] which is used by Nick Fury to make the team overcome their [[HeadbuttingHeroes differences]] and work together for the final battle.
** In the sequel Clint (ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}) fulfills this role as the only emotionally stable member of the group. He even admits to [[spoiler: his wife]] that the others may be the most powerful collection of beings in the world, and he's just a guy with a bow and arrows, but they still need him.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Professor X is this in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' and in all the other team films to a lesser extent. The X-Men obey him because his warmheartedness is the glue that keeps the team unified even when there are internal disagreements, such as between Beast and Havok or Cyclops and Wolverine.
** Wolverine in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Ironically, it's his major role in the film, with very few fight scenes. He's more there to galvanise the young Charles Xavier into action.
* In ''Metropolis (1927)'' this was Freder's role. The trope was even referenced by name with the film's classic tag line, "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart."
* ''Film/{{Juice}}'': It's clear that Raheem is the level-headed leader who holds the group together. [[spoiler: After his death, the tensions between the group escalate.]]
* Heihachi of ''Film/SevenSamurai'' was hired to be the moral support of the samurai. However, over the course of the film, Kikuchiyo upstages this role more and more.
* Amazing from ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck''. Normally in a story like this, you'd expect the kid (Chuck) to fill this role and the adult (Amazing) to act as the real leader. But in this case, its reversed, with Amazing serving to remind people ''why'' the fight is worth fighting and inspiring them to keep going, and Chuck making the actual decisions and leading the protest movement. The dynamic becomes clear when [[spoiler: Amazing dies and the movement takes on a notably more somber tone but nobody questions whether Chuck is still the one to decide whether it continues and what they will do next]]
* This bit of dialogue from ''[[{{Film/Red}} Red 2]]'' (2013).
--->'''Marvin:''' Frank, c'mon. A little trust. She has talents you and I will never have.\\
'''Frank:''' What talents?\\
'''Marvin:''' People ''like'' her.
* In ''Film/KayfabeAFakeRealMovieAboutAFakeRealSport'', heel Randy Tyler is this behind the scenes. When the promoter, Al, suddenly disappears, Randy is the one who steps up and ensures that the matches get booked. [[spoiler:He also changes the ending of the final match so that Justice can go out with the belt because he realizes that it's what the fans want and what Justice needs]].
* By the end of ''Film/TheWaterboy'', Bobby's team sees him as this. Even the quarterback, who up until that point had been a major JerkAss to Bobby, straight up tells him this as he apologizes for the hard time he gave Bobby the entire season.

* Cassie from the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is pretty adept at reading people and uses the ability to keep everyone together. One of her main struggles is how she starts to inverse this trope and more become more callous and, instead of nurturing, manipulative.
%%* 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 himself starts the "Rebellion of Anonymity"[[note]]a roughly 36-hour rolling celebration in which off-duty personnel don't acknowledge rank, so even flag officers can be equal to junior crewers[[/note]] to get General Han Solo's spirits back up during the pursuit of Warlord Zsinj.
* Sephrenia, in the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' trilogy by Creator/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/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Percy the hero from the [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians previous series]] becomes this. Although he's a capable fighter and one of the most powerful demigods in existence, he's [[TheChosenOne picked]] because of his ability to hold the team of heroes together rather than his physical powers. His girlfriend Annabeth is actually TheLeader.
--> Hazel: "Percy had been their backbone. He'd given them confidence."
* ''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"...]]
* Mina in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' keeps the men's morale high and reminds them of why they're fighting.
* Clay from ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' is this, having hatched first and being the "[[BigBrotherInstinct bigwings]]" of the group. He's a cheerful guy who keeps the peace between the Dragonets Of Destiny.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* As mentioned above in the film folder, Agent Coulson continues to be the Heart of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', as well as being the Heart of his own team (a role partially shared with Skye/Daisy). 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'']].]]
** Later confirmed in an exchange between May and Daisy in Season 4, when May calls Daisy out on her recklessness:
--->'''May''': I know what you're doing. Trying to distance yourself from everyone else so they don't drown in your wake? [[WroteTheBook I invented that move.]] It doesn't work, for one simple reason: Phil Coulson. He found me in that cubicle and dragged me out. He didn't give up on me, and he won't give up on you.\\
'''Daisy''': I never wanted that--\\
'''May''': Un-uh, no. You don't get to choose who cares about you. And Coulson... he's got a bigger heart than most.
* ''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 8 and 9, Clara Oswald explicitly takes on the role of "the heart" following the Doctor's transformation into a somewhat colder, less socially adept incarnation, to the point where she even creates a set of CueCards for the Doctor to crib from during social interactions. After she is [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]], her absence as the heart of the partnership turns the Doctor into TheUnfettered.
** In the 2016 Christmas special, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", new companion Nardole acts somewhat as the heart, and it is heavily implied that this is why he is now travelling with the Doctor.
* 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/GameOfThrones'': Subtle, but there with Jaime Lannister ([[ALighterShadeOfGrey of all people]]). He's the only Lannister who likes ''all'' the other Lannisters, and the only Lannister whom ''all'' the other Lannisters like. When he's captured by Robb and imprisoned for a season and a half, the rest of his family start tearing each other to pieces. Indeed in Season 4, during the course of Tyrion's trial, he's become the go-between between Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, though his public support for Tyrion rankles his father and Cersei. And once he's forced to choose loyalties between different family members, things really fall apart.
* ''Series/HeyDad'': Betty, since the family lacks a mother.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly Shay.
* ''Series/JamAndJerusalem'': Kate frequently tries to be this, much to the chagrin of her less emotionally open guildmates.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': This is often the role of a primary rider. Examples include:
** [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Shotaro Hidari]] is acknowledged as such by his [[TrueCompanions companions]]. He is emotional, hot headed and devoted to protecting the city he loves.
** [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Emu Hojo]] has this position among the Doctor riders, a group consisting of DoctorJerk, FallenHero and ConsummateLiar. He is also the teamwork guy. His efforts are usually have only mixed success, though.
** If the primary rider is a jerk, then it's up to someone else:
*** ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'': Arata Kagami/Kamen Rider Gatack is this to Souji Tendou, who is somewhat justified in [[AGodIAm his smugness]]. This goes alongsides with Arata being an IdiotHero ButtMonkey.
*** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Yuusuke Onodera/[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]] plays this role, since Tsukasa/Decade is GuileHero and Tendou's {{Expy}}. 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|2008}}'': 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.
* ''Series/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/OneTreeHill'': Mouth basically all the time, and Brooke after she TookALevelInKindness.
* ''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/Sherlock}}'': John definitely, in comparison to Sherlock since John is kind, patient and caring but [[BewareTheNiceOnes you really don't want to piss him off by messing with his friend. It'll end badly if you do]]. He's also [[MoralityPet getting Sherlock to question his sociopathic tendencies.]] Also TheLancer since he's the one of the few people Sherlock can trust to help him solve a case. It's implied if Sherlock's incapable to solve one or whatever, he'll put his "best man" to it.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'': Cassie. She brings everyone together within the Circle.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': Wade is this trope to a T, right down to being PutOnABusToHell because execs wanted someone with more sex appeal.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': ComicBook/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 ''Series/{{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/StrangerThings'': Will Byers to a T. He's a sweet and sensitive kid and the putting him in danger is the easiest way to distress the rest of the Party.
* ''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 (a rarity for the NumberTwo).
* ''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.
** Glenn Rhee has been this role in Rick's group ever since the beginning, as well as being a great strategist and scavenger.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'':
** Pete Lattimer is pretty much a gender-flipped version of TheChick: whereas his female teammates are all professional, rational, and supremely competent, he is intuitive, emotional, and highly protective of the relationships between them all.
** Leena is practically the TeamMom, serving as the spiritual and emotional center of the group. [[spoiler: Her death is the catalyst for a major change in everyone's relationships.]]

* 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.

[[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.
* This is the function of the Mundane label in ''TabletopGame/MasksANewGeneration''. Characters with a high Mundane label basically function as amateur therapists for their teammates, helping them through insecurity, fear, and doubt to get them back in the game.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Princess Peach from the ''Franchise/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 [[MundaneMadeAwesome offering 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''.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Kairi 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 ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** [[WhiteMagicianGirl Aerith]] [[AllLovingHero Gainsborough]] is this 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. Amazingly, she continues that role post mortem.
** [[WarriorMonk Tifa]] [[ShrinkingViolet Lockheart]] 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 ''VideoGame/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 ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', she almost single-handedly convinces Gamma to undergo a HeelFaceTurn. In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', 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.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** [[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]].
** The Inquisitor can become this in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', not only for the Inquisition itself but arguably for most of Thedas. It's their cunning, charisma, and/or willpower which unites warring factions under one banner and makes allies from enemies.
* 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Reinhardt was the original strike team's most optimistic and idealistic member, upholding the organization's values of peace and justice. After being forced into retirement, Overwatch began to collapse under the weight of its internal corruption.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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?"
** The [[KidFromTheFuture second generation]] gives us Cynthia, who cranks the genki up to eleven. While her endless HeroicWannabe antics "[[TheDitz impacted the world of comedy more than the world of legend]]" as the game itself puts it, everyone from your army to random [=NPCs=] love her for the sheer happiness she radiates. Even Gerome, whose goal in life seems to be emulating Franchise/{{Batman}} as much as possible, can't help but smile when thinking about her.
-->'''Gerome''': Please don't misunderstand me. I don't dislike you. Your good humor raises people's spirits and dispels the horrors of war. You are a shining beacon of hope, reminding us there can be a better future. You light the fires of optimism and inspire us to keep striving.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the younger sisters of the Hoshidan and Nohrian royal familes, Sakura and Elise (respectively). While their brothers and sisters are itching to go to war and lay low the PlayerCharacter out of duty or vengeance, they steadfastly believe the PC is doing the right thing and hope against hope that their families can be made whole once more. [[spoiler:In the case of Elise in ''Birthright'', she even [[HeroicSacrifice takes a mortal blow from her brother Xander to save the PC]] in the hopes that it will snap him out of his desire to kill her beloved sibling.]]
* There's two layers in ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]''. [[TheHero Hamil]] and [[OurGodsAreDifferent Tart]] are The Heart to their people, the Canaanites, while Charis is The Heart of TheTeam.
* Aisha Blanchette from ''VideoGame/Macross30TheVoiceThatConnectsTheGalaxy''. She's [[NiceGuy extremely friendly and caring]], especially to [[TheHero Leon]] and especially to [[MysteriousWaif Mina]].
* Would you believe a pompous egotist can be this? In the world of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', it turns out that Johnny Cage of all people has an unusually strong sense of morals, especially by the time of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. He dislikes killing (at least in the storyline canon) to the point that he [[spoiler:has to stop Sonya from nearly strangling Kano to death, because he knows that it's not the right thing to do, and that he knew she would regret it once she wasn't blinded by her MamaBear tendencies]].
* [[HuskyRusskie The Heavy]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is the core of his team. He's certainly [[LargeHam big and boisterious]] enough to be the natural center of attention, and he brings along a strong sense of being "credit to team" as well as a freshly-made [[SatiatingSandwich Sandvich]] for teammates who demonstrate the same.
* [[AllLovingHero Alonai]] from ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' is The Heart to the greater angelic alliance, keeping their technocratic and KnightTemplar tendencies in check by constantly reminding them of what they're fighting to protect.
* In ''VideoGame/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyTheTelltaleSeries'', Gamora believes Peter is this, as without him, the group will fall apart. [[spoiler: In a TearJerker fashion, she is right. When everyone thought Peter was dying in episode 1, the team almost immediately dissolved fighting among themselves, blaming each other for Peter's condition.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Oddly enough in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', 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.
* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'' Michiru quietly made herself into the heart of the group without anyone noticing by supporting Sachi so she wouldn't collapse from exhaustion and acting as a mediator between Yumiko and Makina. Without her assistance, the group tends to fall apart into bickering. However, in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' she's demoted to comic relief and Amane takes her position by acting more as an anchor of stability while the rest of the girls all run around.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Any, from ''Webcomic/M9Girls,'' is setting herself to be the heart of the group, trying to get Professor T.X. to come out of his isolation, even after sensing he has a darker nature.
* 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 ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''. Also Beatrice.
* Julie, the protagonist from ''Webcomic/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.]]
* Bina from ''Webcomic/MonsterPulse'' keeps her group together. Her drive is so strong that when one of them is dragged into a flashbacky dreamscape, she subconsciously joins him and drags the rest of the group with her. Also, her {{mons}}ter is her heart, now a rhinoceros-sized quadruped.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', Dirk characterizes Roxy as the heart of the alpha kid team, saying that her efforts to keep the group together despite the teen relationship drama that threatened to tear them apart made her the true [[TheLeader leader]] of the alpha session.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Tuuri is the CunningLinguist in a team where the LanguageBarrier means everyone else has at least one other person with whom they're unable to converse. She also frequently uses TactfulTranslation to keep things harmonious in the crew, to the point that it frequently falls into TranslationWithAnAgenda. Furthermore, since she isn't TheImmune, and most of the other people on the crew are, she holds a downplayed {{Protectorate}} status.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]] is the moral compass of the [[Roleplay/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 ''Literature/SailorNothing''.
* Generator, the CrazyAwesome and least powerful member of Team Kimba in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, has been known to use 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.
* In his analysis of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. the blogger Bladekind [[http://bladekindeyewear.tumblr.com/post/114721173059/steven-universe-homestuck-classes-and-aspects explores this trope]]:
-->''Many carve their wills into reality by helping others find strength, and in the process finding strength through others. There was an entire episode, "Coach Steven", devoted to the concept of being "strong in the real way", showing that Stevenís true strength wasnít the muscle he hoped to earn, but his skill at motivating and strengthening others. He works to help others live up to what he believes they can be as well, working to help the alien gems act more human and relate to humanity because thatís what he personally sees in them.''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Ma-Ti]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'', 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 him 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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]]. The episode "How Long is Forever?" is dedicated to this: [[spoiler: upon being flung through time 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.]]
* ComicBook/GreenArrow in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' was forcefully recruited to the League 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 ComicBook/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 (the creators admitted Flash's death in the Alternate Universe was, in part, due to not seeing the character become a WellIntentionedExtremist). 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/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' is an odd mix of this and a DeadpanSnarker.
* Graveheart from ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill''. Also, Shifty Dingo in season 2 at times.
* Mikey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* Ed Otter and Lola Boa from ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/JellyJamm'' is a Big Guy example.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Fluttershy is FriendToAllLivingThings and represents the Element of Kindness. For example in the episode ''Bats!'' she is the one arguing that the vampire fruit bats are important to the orchard and should be moved to a sanctuary. She'll also put her foot down and be resolute if she thinks it'll be important in the long run, such as with her brother and The Breezies.
** 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''.
** When Twilight becomes the Princess of Friendship, she and the Mane Six become the Heart for all of Equestria.
* [[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 ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Steven himself plays this role. While Garnet can keep [[OrderVersusChaos Amethyst and Pearl]] away from each other's throats, it takes Steven to make them actually get along. It appears that he inherited this from his mother. Fittingly, his unique powers are all defensive in nature - healing spit, force bubbles, and a summoned shield.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. It's been shown on more than one occasion that everything in Hillwood would fall apart if not for him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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'' publicly 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 regnant 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 UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII both in RealLife and in the film ''Film/BertieAndElizabeth''.
* Music/RingoStarr was considered the least talented/helpful member of Music/TheBeatles by many. The band itself recognized him as the 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 assassination, with Nehru taking up the role of TheHero.