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->'''Survivor:''' We're going to die here, aren't we?
->'''Demon Hunter:''' No. Because as long as I'm here, ''[[TheLegionsOfHell they]]'' are the prey... and I am the hunter!
-->-- '''''VideoGame/DiabloIII''''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WByqPqwBrzs Demon Hunter trailer]]

There is a group of beings that The Hunter hunts. Maybe it's because of a [[CynicismCatalyst traumatic event in their past,]] maybe it's been [[LegacyCharacter passed down through the family.]] Often, it's because those they hunt remind them too much of themselves, or the possibility of what The Hunter [[HeWhoFightsMonsters could become.]]

The prey of The Hunter tend to be criminals or supernatural monsters. Whether The Hunter is a good guy depends on the alignment of said prey, although almost all Hunters have to wrestle with [[WellIntentionedExtremist fanaticism.]] If they fail to control that fanaticism, they'll eventually discover what happens to HeWhoFightsMonsters.

The most common kind nowadays are {{Vampire Hunter}}s, though {{Demon Slayer}}s, and VigilanteMen who target criminals are also common. TheWitchHunter is the least sympathetic variety. TheDragonslayer, however, is almost never a subtrope of The Hunter. Some other non-supernatural varieties are the SerialKillerKiller and the NaziHunter.

The Hunter's motivation is usually one of the following:
* The creatures are a danger to humans (or innocent humans); the desire to protect others is what drives The Hunt.
* The creatures are tortured souls who [[ICannotSelfTerminate Cannot Self Terminate]]. The only thing you can do is to put them ''all'' out of their misery.
* A supernatural authority says that some being shouldn't exist -- or the individual believes that it says so, based on personal revelation or scripture -- so he becomes a ChurchMilitant on a MissionFromGod.
* The Hunter has suffered a terrible loss of some sort at the hands of the creatures, and now seeks {{revenge}}. This style of Hunter usually has a specific individual among the creatures who he [[ArchEnemy regards as his personal enemy]] (usually the creature responsible for the wrong in question), and is [[RevengeBeforeReason particularly vulnerable]] to HeWhoFightsMonsters.
* Just good old-fashioned prejudice or FantasticRacism. Maybe there is just one type of monster with a bad rep that is the target, maybe The Hunter [[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman hates everything that is]] NotEvenHuman. Even if the character is justified in hunting certain creatures, lumping all of one kind together may blind him to the fact that some of them are FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires, leading to the commission of VanHelsingHateCrimes.
* The Hunter is a BloodKnight who sees these beings as perhaps the ultimate challenge and test of his or her skills.
* They are themselves supernatural beings or human killers who are a HunterOfHisOwnKind.
* Just plain old profit. The character is a mercenary who hunts the target because it pays well.
* Pleasure. It was once acceptable for the GreatWhiteHunter to kill tigers, but today they are too endangered for that. So why not start hunting a creature that is just as dangerous as HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman but is much more ethical to kill?]]

Occasionally parallels BountyHunter, although for the Hunter, this is always ''very'' personal. (They don't always mind taking money for the endeavor, though. After all, equipment is expensive.)

A Hunter with no fixed home is probably also a KnightErrant. Depending on the Hunter, may end up committing VanHelsingHateCrimes. Not to be confused with a [[VideoGame/Left4Dead zombie using the same name.]] See also MarySueHunter for the [[MarySue sue killing]] type.

For actual ''animal'' hunters, see EgomaniacHunter, who hunts for [[InHarmsWay the hell of it]], EvilPoacher (who hunts endangered animals), and GreatWhiteHunter (the Victorian ideal of hunter-as-GentlemanAdventurer). Any of these tropes may overlap with this one, however.

See also OccultDetective, whose occupation is to investigate supernatural mysteries. May be a BlueCollarWarlock if he uses magic. For groups or organizations that specialize in killing monsters, see CreatureHunterOrganization.

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''VampireHunterD''
* ''VampirePrincessMiyu''
* ''WitchHunterRobin''
* ''VenusVersusVirus''
* This pretty much describes the position of Spirit Detective in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. After returning to life, Yusuke is hired to solve various supernatural cases, and all of them end with deadly fights against the perpetrators. The trope is abandoned during the Dark Tournament saga as he and his team are busy fighting other teams to death. Resumed once again in the Chapter Black Saga when a major conflict will test the characters' physical and intellectual skills in order to stop the fissure that threatens to bring demons from the Makai. It's also revealed in this latter arc that [[spoiler:Shinobu Sensui]] was a Spirit Detective in the past, and in fact he had been killing demons in self-defense since he was a very small child; Koenma just gave him some structure, and then moral relativism and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation confrontation with human evil]] broke his brain and he decided to KillAllHumans. Finally in the Three Kings saga, the concept of demon hunters and detectives is scrapped entirely for the rest of the main series (and not seen again until ''[[TheMovie Poltergeist Report]]'').
* Subversion: ''ThoseWhoHuntElves'' (in a T-74 main battle tank, to strip them naked).
* Subversion: Seishirou from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' hunts a certain set of vampires, [[spoiler:because he wants to become one.]]
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': half-demons hunting full-demons.
* Kamui in the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//]]'' series; Haseo, the star in the later ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGU G.U.]]'' series, is also a hunter of Player Killers.
* Many of the "monsters" in ''MugenDensetsuTakamagaharaDreamSaga'' are hunting ''humans'', in revenge for their near-extinction.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' begins as a series about vampire hunters (with the subversion being that two of the main characters are vampires themselves), but the manga plot eventually becomes a war story whose entire opposition just happens to be made up of the undead. [[spoiler:And/or robots.]]
* The Flame Haze of ''ShakuganNoShana'' hunt down the [[DemonicInvaders Guze no Tomogara]] in order to protect the balance of the world.
* Quent Yaiden from ''WolfsRain'' hunts wolves to the point of obsession. However, we feel sorry for him because of Blue, his constant companion and EmpathyPet, and the fact that [[spoiler:his wife and child were killed by wolves.]] Later on, it is revealed that [[spoiler:his family was actually killed by Darcia's soldiers, and the wolves had only been driven to his home because they were caught in the middle.]] It's an understandably tragic misunderstanding, especially considering that [[spoiler:it has long become his only reason for living. When Blue gains the ability to use a human disguise, he does not believe her when she tries to straighten things out. Nor does he (or any of the pack) enjoy Toboe's constant attempts to make peace between parties.]] And if you take it the right way, [[spoiler:this leads to Toboe's death near the end of the series.]]
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has dedicated his life to killing every state alchemist and singlehandedly defeating the nation of Amestris, to avenge their genocide of Ishval. Towards the end of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], the Elric brothers take it upon themselves to hunt down and destroy all the homunculi.
* The cast of ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' are alien hunters. They don't know why, hell, they don't even know what they're hunting half the time.
* After the Eclipse from ''{{Berserk}}'', Guts becomes the Black Swordsman, dedicating himself to hunting down the demonic Apostles of the Godhand and putting them to the sword. He also seeks revenge upon Griffith for the betrayal that led to having the Brand of Sacrifice put on his neck and [[spoiler:the utter destruction of his last group of TrueCompanions, not to mention his lover being driven insane]].
* Kurapika from ''HunterXHunter'' is dedicated to hunting down the Phantom Troupe/Genei Ryodan, (also known as The Spider, each member being a leg) the villainous TrueCompanions who are responsible for making Kurapika LastOfHisKind. His vendetta reaps about two of the twelve[note]not counting the fake 13th member Hisoka, who eventually leave the group, and his replacement Kalluto[/note] of them dead and their leader out of play for a considerable period. We visit them beating up a splinter group of the {{Big Bad}}s of the arc-after-next just because Togashi wanted to play with them and their powers more. He has a tendency to bond with his villains.
* Kuroe Kurose from ''BloodAlone'' was one of these before the series began, and it's something he tries not to bring up, especially considering his living with a vampire.
* The Exorcists in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', or anyone in the Black Order, including scientists and Finders, all joined the Order at one point or another mainly for personal reasons, usually because [[CynicismCatalyst their relatives died from Akuma attacks]], or they embody Innocence and want to put it to use. Occasionally some members of the Black Order have other goals, but the first two are most common.
* In theory, this is the central responsibility of shinigami from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', freeing the tortured souls that have become Hollows so they can reenter the cycle of reincarnation and stop killing and eating people, but what with their having been at war basically since actual shinigami characters started to be introduced, we haven't really seen them do much of it.
* Shinigami of YamiNoMatsuei are the government bureaucracy version of this; they manage to combine cop show tropes with The Hunter tropes, and also all those frilly shojou tropes. (And in [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs the manga]], ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs tropes. Matsushita's mind is strange.)
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', one of the original duties of the Wolkenritter was hunting mages or other magical creatures and stealing their mana from their Linker Cores. This process was not deadly and the victims eventually recover after some period of time, but gathering mana ment collecting pages for the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]]. If all [[NumberOfTheBeast 666 pages]] are complete, the ultimate destruction begins. Fortunately, [[NiceGirl Hayate Yagami]], the last master of this book, breaks the cycle and has overwritten the the system of the book and the four Wolkenritter don't have to collect pages anymore.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comic book/movie example: Comicbook/{{Blade}} (who also shows up in ''{{Spiderman}}''), a half-vampire hunting down full vampires and other supernatural creatures. His reasons are a serious combination of a few of the above mentioned ones.
** In ''{{ComicBook/The Tomb Of Dracula}}'', where Blade was first introduced, there's also Quincy Harker and ''his'' band of vampire hunters working occasionally alongside Blade.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher [[{{Determinator}} relentlessly hunts]] after all criminals. He's an equal opportunity VigilanteMan and OneManArmy.
* Ulysses Bloodstone was the premier monster hunter in the MarvelUniverse. Following his death, the mantle passed to his daughter Elsa.
* Graveyard Shift from ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'' is a church sanctioned organisation of vampire hunters.
* The ''{{Hellblazer}}'' John Constantine, who hunts down normal or supernatural badguys either to protect his beloved London, or just for his personal gain. Gods are no exception.
* Mordecai Chalk from ''ComicBook/AstroCity''. A cyborg monster hunter whose missing body parts were destroyed by occult creatures, Chalk makes quite an impression for a character who was only 'on screen' for a handful of panels.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The Hunter in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Downplayed in that his name is actually Jim Hunter, implying that Jeft chose to use him as a character because of his name. If he hunts anything specific (besides forest animals), we don't find out.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4764349/1/Mongoose Mongoose]]'' and its two sequels Harry was obsessed with killing vampires after one turned Ginny and he was forced to stake her.
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[[folder:Film]]
* When there's something strange in your neighborhood, Who you gonna call? Film/{{Ghostbusters}}. Except that they don't fight ghosts because of a traumatic event, mission from a higher power, or because they are afraid of becoming ghosts themselves. They fight ghosts because, well, ''they need money''. Also, ForScience.
* Robert Morgan, the protagonist from ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth'', spends his days hunting and staking the mindless, photophobic monsters known in-universe as vampires. [[spoiler:Unwittingly, he's also been depopulating Los Angeles of people that could be reasoned with despite being infected by TheVirus, since they, too, are nocturnal.]]
* ''TheBoondockSaints'' are VigilanteMan Hunters who hunt down and kill the scum of the earth, combining this with a MissionFromGod.
* A ''lot'' of Dracula adaptations turn Abraham Van Helsing from an [[TheSmartGuy aged professor of Medicine]] into this sort of character. The HammerHorror Dracula films are arguably the main culprit, and ''Film/VanHelsing'' follows in the tradition.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'', as in the comics, is a half-vampire who hunts full vampires.
* Hans is the titular character in ''TheTrollHunter''.
* General W.R. Monger from ''Film/MonstersVsAliens'', who heads a secret government program to capture monsters and lock them away so that the public doesn't have to worry about them and get on to more important things, like paying taxes. He is more sympathetic than most versions, as he doesn't seek to destroy them, and eventually grants them their freedom in exchange for battling the AlienInvasion.
* At the end of ''Film/LesbianVampireKillers'', Jimmy, Fletch and Lotte vow to become [[TitleDrop lesbian vampire killers]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Gerald Tarrant of the ''ColdfireTrilogy'' is named "The Hunter". Granted his prey of choice seems to run high on young attractive and terrified women, but hey if your going to scare the bejezzus out of someone and stalk them through a creepy forest they might as well be good to look at.
* ''Literature/ColtRegan'' is this to the various demons and other supernatural nasties that make a ruckus in his vicinity.
* Will Graham, the protagonist of ''Literature/RedDragon'', is an expert at tracking serial killers, able to perfectly empathize with them. He even captured Hannibal Lecter. The problem is that his empathy gets too strong, and he begins thinking like them even when he doesn't intend to. By the time of ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' he's a drunken, deformed wreck.
* What does Takeshi Kovacs of ''Woken Furies'' do after his ex-girlfriend is burnt at the stake by a fundamentalist religion? Why, he tracks down the priests involved, and kills them. Then he kills everyone in the village who was eighteen or older at the time, and could have reasonably been expected to speak up. Then the starts killing ''every member'' of the Knights of the New Revelation on the ''planet''. Because once you start killing people, it's hard to stop.
** He says this himself when the person whom he confessed it to asks "Where does it end?" The answer: "It doesn't."
* The title witchers of ''TheWitcher'' are traveling monster-slayers for hire, gifted with unnatural powers.
* The eponymous hero of [[http://www.vachss.com/ Andrew Vachss]]' "[[http://www.vachss.com/av_novels/index_theburkeseries.html Burke]]" novels is a Hunter by nature; having been raised by the state and horribly abused as a child, he has a pathological hatred of child molesters, but he doesn't hunt them full-time -- only when he's getting paid or he's been crossed somehow.
* Steel in "Eva Fairdeath" by Creator/TanithLee
* [[TwoWords Four words.]] ''AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': The Hunter Ned Land accuses Nemo of being TheButcher after observing [[KickTheDog him massacring the cachalots]]. Captain Nemo claims to be hunting dangerous plagues.
-->''"Well, sir," replied the Canadian, whose enthusiasm had somewhat calmed; "it is a terrible spectacle, certainly. But I am not a butcher. I am a hunter, [[TheButcher and I call this a butchery]]."''
-->''"It is a massacre of mischievous creatures," replied the Captain; "and the Nautilus is not a butcher's knife."''
* In Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan Without Remorse]]'', John Kelly is a retired Navy SEAL who goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the drug dealers who murdered his girlfriend, a recovering prostitute who used to work for them. His persona while doing this fits the trope to a tee: he stalks each target, learns their habits, snatches them up and interrogates them to learn about the next target, then executes them.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden evolves into this, and the Knights of the Cross are these.
* ''Literature/TheMemoryWars'': Nathan Shepherd and Elena De Santis have been these throughout multiple past incarnations.
* Kate of ''Literature/AdventuresOfADemonHuntingSoccerMom'' and the rest of the Catholic organization she belongs to. She's mainly driven by the need to protect her family.
* The antagonist of WarrenEllis' ''GunMachine'' is only referred to as this. His "prey" are human beings, although he doesn't seem to recognize them as such.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': The Shadowhunters protect humanity from supernatural creatures. Subverted somewhat in that the Shadowhunters are themselves supernatural in nature.
* The beasthunters of the ''Literature/JenniferScales'' series are an entire species of this.
* ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational''. The title says it all.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Holtz embodies this trope.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' features an organization called the Hunters, an evil offshoot of [[TheWatcher the Watchers]], that is dedicated to hunting down and killing Immortals.
* Dean and Sam Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and a large part of their supporting cast. The series places a heavy emphasis on how much the life sucks, to the point of ''{{Deconstruction}}''; Hunters typically make money by pool hustling and credit card fraud, often end up with criminal records, and generally end up emotionally traumatized to some degree due to the things they've seen. And if they die, there's a good chance no one will know how or dispose of their body but other Hunters.
* Pretty much the deal with the Argent family in ''Series/TeenWolf''. They are part of a larger community of such people as well.
* Eric van Helsing in ''YoungDracula''.
* The protagonist of the television series ''{{Werewolf}}''.
* Sylar on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' hunts down and kills superhumans to [[MegaManning take their abilities]].
** And now Volume 4: Fugitives will have a character actually named The Hunter, a U.S. Government Black Ops leader whose job it is to hunt down Superhumans for Uncle Sam to send to Super Guantanamo.
*** That's the official plan, but Danko is also perfectly happy to use lethal force in liberal amounts too.
* Series/{{Dexter}} for [[SerialKillerKiller killers not otherwise brought to justice]].
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Leroy Jethro Gibbs is like that. EVERY time he is tracking a criminal ItsPersonal. When one of his own team is endangered of course [[ItsPersonal Its Really Personal]]
* Van Mcnulty from the ''{{Smallville}}'' episode [[MeaningfulName Extinction]]. He hunts and kills anyone with superpowers, not caring if they are good or evil. Immediately after discovering Clark's secret ''and'' heroic career, Van attacks him with kryptonite bullets. After Clark defeats him and sends him to jail, he is [[KarmicDeath murdered by two superpowered foes Clark had defeated and jailed earlier in the series]].
** Technically they weren't jailed, they were thrown in the loony bin.
* The Auzora (Blue Sky) Association from ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' is this to the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent fangires]] and to a lesser extent the other monster races. How extreme it is taken varies between members though. Some are content to allow fangires to live as long as [[VegetarianVampire don't feed on humans]] whereas others will kill all fangires on site. Almost all of them warm up the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-fangire]] protagonist though.
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* [[Manhwa/WitchHunter Witch Hunters]] hunt witches. More like are the last bastion of humanity against a overpowered magical force, but the routine is still to hunt single witches.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Ranger character class in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is stereotypically The Hunter. Their "favored enemy" class ability gives them bonuses to finding and killing a specific category of creature. It is possible to [[SubvertedTrope subvert this trope]] by choosing favored enemies for reasons other than those of The Hunter.
** In the original AD&D, all rangers had goblinoids and giants as their enemy, owing to the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings roots]] of the class, but with the advent of Second Edition, one could choose which kind of enemy their ranger was dedicated to taking down. One could even have a human ranger who had certain kinds of evil humans as a favored enemy, such as pirates, brigands or slavers, or in the case of Drizzt, a drow ranger who rebelled against his own evil kind. The original 3E removed restrictions on alignment, but you could not choose your own race as a favored enemy unless you were evil, which was thrown out for 3.5.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' has Rudolph Van Richten (an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of [[{{Dracula}} Abraham Van Helsing]] in concept), a herbalist turned monster hunter after his son was sold to (and turned) by a vampire, who later killed his wife in revenge. Not only does Van Richten personally go after these deadly evil creatures, but had several books published detailing the results of his research to give others the needed edge to kill the things. And on other monsters he met and had to fight in process, such as werevolves and liches.
*** Depending on how the campaign is run, the PlayerCharacters could also fill this role.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', an TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness RPG by Creator/WhiteWolf where all the player characters are monster hunters who've been granted mystical powers and are driven by a new urge to protect mankind from the supernatural beings that live among us. They also have a tendency to be driven insane, and a lot of them (especially those of the Avenger creed) aren't fussy about whether the supernatural beings they hunt deserve to be slaughtered or not.
** While ''Reckoning'' is the main [=oWoD=] Hunter game, there are other hunter groups, many of whom come to the hunt for their own reasons and have their own avenues of power: the Inquisition, the Arcanum, the Benandanti, the Shih, Strike Force Zero, government agencies, criminal organizations, religious groups... In a world as supernatural-heavy as the [=oWoD=], there are a ''lot'' of hunters.
** In the historical ''Dark Ages'' setting, the Shadow Inquisition, predecessor to the modern Inquisition, is the primary hunter group, tasked to hunt the supernatural on behalf of the Catholic Church. Each of its constituent groups has their own set of supernatural knacks... and drawbacks.
* The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness has ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', which draws more on the [=oWoD's=] secondary hunter groups. In [=HtV=], player characters are generally bog-standard humans who become Hunters after some sort of incident breaks TheMasquerade for them (although some have [[DefectorFromDecadence some supernatural heritage]], others can call on some form of magic, and yet others have supertech developed to fight various types of monster).
* The Witch Hunters of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} go after their prey (witches, vampires, heresy, the forces of Chaos...) with little more than [[SwordAndGun their weapons]], their unshaking faith in Sigmar, and of course [[NiceHat their hats]]. Some are accompanied by a rabble of zealous henchmen, others work alone.
** The Inquisition of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} is this ([[UpToEleven on a much larger scale]]. Here the Inquisitor can essentially requisition entire planets, regiments of Guardsmen and even SpaceMarines if he so chooses (Though he is usually polite about it), and often the dangers they hunt require that kind of firepower to destroy. The Inquisition is divided into three groups or "Ordos" specializing in either rooting out traitors and heretics (Ordo Hereticus), dealing with Chaos Daemons and incursions (Ordo Malleus), or learning about/shooting aliens (Ordo Xenos).
* The children of ''TabletopGame/LittleFears'' are often driven to this on account of the fact that once they realize the monsters are out there, the monsters become aware of them, making it a matter of kill or be killed.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Samus Aran from the ''{{Metroid}}'' series of games hunts the SpacePirates who devastated her homeworld and left her the sole survivor of the whole planet. In Metroid Prime, files recovered from a Space Pirate ship indicates that they refer to her, literally, as "The Hunter." Since the Space Pirates are bug-like aliens, however, she can easily slaughter them by the thousands without worrying about the usual psychological problems. There's also her recurring troubles with the series' eponymous creatures. In ''{{Metroid}} II'', the entire point of the game was to commit xenocide, wiping Metroids off the planet one by one. Also in the ''Metroid Prime'' series, the Space Pirates [[ApocalypticLog react]] to the appearance of [[EvilTwin Dark Samus]] by referring to a "Dark Hunter." Hilarious to read at first, as they express their horror at being hounded by ''two'' Hunters... but by ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' Dark Samus has become their ''leader'', resulting in some nightmarish logs detailing the Pirates' blind fanaticism and devotion to her.
* The Belmont family in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, as well as the Belnades and Morris families. The Belmonts are described as a clan of vampire hunters, but in the end it's only really Dracula (and his countless minions) that they wind up hunting.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'''s Ashrah is a demon who hunts others of her kind. She wields a holy sword that cleanses her of her demonic essence bit by bit with every demon warrior she kills with it, and she hopes to become completely purified and holy this way.
* As the name implies, Witch Hunters from ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' hunt rogue witches.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'':
** The future Tohno(/Nanaya) Shiki becomes this, hunting down the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors (some of the most powerful beings on the planet) for the sake of the vastly-weakened Arcueid. He is ''good'' at it.
** Arcueid herself. She's been chasing one single vampire for 800 years, killing any of the others who get in her way. Even before going after him, she hunted the Demon Lords, fallen True Ancestors.
* The Maverick Hunters of the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series. Ironically, one of the organization's greatest hunters becomes a primary target of a similar organization, the Neo Arcadian military, in the SequelSeries ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''.
* The ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' features a faction called Hunters though they aren't the only ones out for demon blood.
* Videogame/{{Half-Life 2}}'s Father Grigori is clearly of the "putting a damned creature out of its misery" type. "A shepard must tend to his flock!", where his flock is the town of Ravenholm, who have all apparently become zombies.
* VideoGame/GabrielKnight is descended from the Ritters of Bavaria, a family line whose men were ''Schattenjägers'', a German word loosely translating to "shadow hunters".
* Juliet from ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw''; the game itself is ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' on [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs on acid instead of meth]], but she ''is'' a professional zombie hunter when she isn't a cheerleader.
* Some characters in GirlsLove VisualNovel ''AkaiIto'' and its sort-of sequel ''AoiShiro'' fits hunter archetype. [[LittleMissBadass Tsudura]] and Uzuki from ''AkaiIto'' are part of an ancient clan of demon hunters (the "[[DemonSlayer Onikiri]]"). [[spoiler: Tsudura is even ''the'' [[IJustWantToHaveFriends (unwilling)]] leader of it.]] From ''AoiShiro'', [[PluckyGirl Migiwa]] is also member of similar clan, except based in the southern islands. [[JerkAss Kohaku]] was turned into [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal oni]] long time ago by [[ViewerGenderConfusion her]] sorcerer foster-father, and now [[IHateYouVampireDad seek epic vendetta against him and his creations]]. Kaya is BackFromTheDead and is on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to avenge her little sister [[spoiler: that is, you]].
** The most dramatic example of The Hunter in this series is [[spoiler: the main character of ''AkaiIto'', Kei herself, in one of the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Sakuya]] routes. She was killed by the BigBad Nushi, and was given EmergencyTransformation by [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Sakuya]]. She returned to (un?)life and, with Sakuya, is now going to kick the asses of Nushi's cultists for all eternity.]]
** And hunters in this series are prone to all kind of moral problems that a hunter can expect to face in her career. [[VanHelsingHateCrimes Universally, they believe that all non-humans must be terminated]]. [[spoiler: It's strongly implied that Tsudura have [[ShootTheDog shot several dogs]]. Uzuki was DrivenToSuicide [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone after she accidentally killed Kei]], believing that she's NotSoDifferent from her quarries. Migiwa [[IDidWhatIHadToDo destroyed the astral body of Yasumi]], rendering her comatose for the rest of her life. Both Kohaku and Kaya will not stop at anything to exact their {{Revenge}}, and in Kaya's case she can tragically kill ''you''.]]
* AngryBlackMan and recruitable ranger Valygar Corthala in ''BaldursGate 2'' is a wizard hunter thanks to a long family history of magical obsession leading to evil and death, although his favoured enemy is "golems" (presumably because a lot of evil mages use them). The only real question that has to be asked is why he's a ranger given that there's a fighter subclass known as the Wizard Slayer and specifically geared up to kill mages.
* The Demon Hunter class from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' is a ranged class that is dedicated to DemonSlaying. They're typically recruited from among the survivors of villages ravaged by TheLegionsOfHell, and they're primarily motivated by vengeance against demons in general. The PlayerCharacter among them lost a sister to demon-induced madness after the two of them survived the destruction of their village.
* Eponymous characters of ''VideoGame/DragonValor'' hunt dragons, who represent the evil in the world.
* The Dragonborn from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', who is considered to be the ''ultimate'' Dragon Slayer and "''[[TheDreaded The One They Fear]]''". According to lore, the Dragonborn are sent by Akatosh, for the sole purpose of acting as a [[AlwaysABiggerFish natural predator]] to Dragons.
** The Blades, one of the factions the Dragonborn can ally with, are an even bigger example of this. Before becoming the personal bodyguard of the Emperor, the Blades started out as renowned dragonslayers who served the Dragonborn. Unfortunately, the remnant of the Blades that survived the Thalmor's purge seem more bent on revenge against all dragonkind than anything else, to the point that [[spoiler:after a certain point of the main storyline, they refuse to have anything more to do with you until you kill Paarthurnax, the leader of the Greybeards and the dragon who has likely become your greatest ally against Alduin, the true BigBad]].
** The Vigilants of Stendarr are also an order of these, except dedicated to taking out werewolves, vampires, the undead, and daedra/daedra worshippers. Unfortunately, they're [[TooDumbToLive not very good at their job]]. Depending on the side the player chooses, the [[DownloadableContent Dawnguard]] may fare better, though.
* Commander Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is revered across the Galaxy as the ''only'' person who has managed to kill ''several'' [[BigBad Reapers]], most of the time doing so entirely ''on foot'', either through clever tactics or while practically [[StaringDownCthulhu staring them down]]. Even the Reapers know her name and are frankly terrified of her.
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** Even [[spoiler:Leviathan, one of the beings who created the AI that eventually created the Reapers]] says that Shepard is the ''only'' being that the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] have ever [[TheDreaded feared]], in their billion plus years of existence.
* Rayne of the ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' series. She's dedicated her life to hunting down [[IHateYouVampireDad her vampire father]], Kagan, and his other offspring. She has since also become an assassin and agent for the Brimstone society, who dispatch her against supernatural threats. During WorldWarII she carried out assassinations of Nazi officers and scientists involved in paranormal warfare and research on behalf of the Allies on Brimstone's orders.
* Isaac Clarke becomes this over the course of the ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' series.
* WorldOfWarcraft has a playable class called a Hunter[[note]]ChuckNorris plays a hunter, but he does not hunt, because hunting implies the possibility of failure[[/note]], but this trope is more closely represented by the NPC demon hunters.
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* The Hunters in ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' believe TabletopRPG players are a menace to society, to be stamped out with deadly force.
* Both the Vatican and the Norse "Æsir" churches field specialist troops to hunt down and exterminate immortals in CryHavoc
* Abner Van Slyk, professional vampire hunter of ''HannaIsNotABoysName''. Bad news for [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Conrad]].
* In ''ErrantStory'', the elven rangers are this, hunting down half-elves because the elves believe they all inevitably go [[AxCrazy murderously insane]]. [[spoiler: It's suggested, though, that some rangers will let them go if the half-elf in question isn't a danger.]]
* Parodied with Tiffany Winters of ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' and ''Webcomic/MagickChicks''. Being an {{expy}} of [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy Summers]], she is dedicated to slaying vampire main character Layla [=DeLaCroix=], who in turn seems to be completely unaware of this fact. Aside from this, the two of them end up becoming best friends... with no small amount of LesYay. Speaking of which, Tiffany's attempts to stake Layla usually ends up in being distracted by adoration toward her "nemesis". Also, she seems to have [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/that_i_am_alive either addiction or fetish]] of [[KissOfTheVampire vampire bites]] and mostly [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/curse_you_hormones looks for excuses]] by now.
* Jordan in ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'' is a [[http://headtrip.keenspot.com/d/20090302.html Furry Slayer]] -in-training. Or at least wants to be.
* ''L.A.W.L.S.'' comic has [[PerkyGoth Autumn]], [[http://lawlscomic.com/a-bit-too-whedon/ The Slayer]] -- more specifically, [[FurryFandom Furry]] Slayer.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060315 Vespiary Squad]], an elite team specialized in hunting [[PuppeteerParasite Slaver Wasps]] and containing (or killing [[ZombieInfectee revenants]] if anyone is already infected. From what we saw, they're very good against wasp warriors -- established to be formidable even as battle constructs go -- but mediocre against experienced human opponents. They have the characteristic Hunter [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120611 attitude]] and even habitually strap [[BattleTrophy skulls of Hive Warriors]] over they helmets.
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* In {{WebAnimation/RWBY}}, the continent named Vytal trains teenagers into becoming Hunters of the [[TheHeartless Grimm]]. They are not directly called Hunters, however; it's "Huntsmen" if male and "Huntress" if female.
* Nightbane, of the WhateleyUniverse, hunts supernatural monsters: vampires, goblins, what-have-you. She's currently trying to kill Carmilla. Only one problem: [[spoiler: Carmilla is one of the heroes in this universe.]]
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* First Gillecomgain and Duncan, then the Canmore family, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are dedicated to hunting down and exterminating the titular creatures.
* Valerie Gray from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' who's under the delusion that all ghosts are evil--her job originally started with her getting revenge on one who [[FallenPrincess ruined her perfect life]].
** There's also Skulker, who generally hunts rare [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]]. During his first appearance, he made a comment roughly along wanting "to hang [Danny's] pelt at the end of [his] bed".
** Also Danny's parents, who are professional ghost hunters, and also happen to unknowingly supply him with all of his ghost hunting equipment.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' there's Jefferson Twilight, blacula hunter, dedicated himself to the elimination of black vampires after his mother was raped by a group of them when he was 10. He breaks off their fangs to add to his necklace before he kills them. He even has a "blood eye" that allows him to detect the presence of blaculas despite not being magic in any other significant way. Keep in mind, the eye only works on blaculas- vampires of other races are not his quarry, and so he can't magically detect them.
* Jet from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He gains an intense hatred for people of the Fire Nation after his village is destroyed and his parents are killed in a raid by the Rough Rhinos, spending most of his onscreen appearances attempting to kill or expose firebenders.
** Crosses into HeWhoFightsMonsters when he attempts to massacre an entire Fire Nation village, men, women, children, elderly, bender or not.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole'', it's a drunken redneck named Joe. He's mostly a VampireHunter but has FantasticRacism for most creatures.
* Gutner Van Halen from ''WesternAnimation/FrankensteinsCat''. Van Halen, the "Monster Man", is a monster hunter who, as he puts it, "dedicated his life and limbs to their destruction", which is saying something, as he has sustained a few scars in his career; he lost his left arm whilst capturing a Two-Headed Transylvanian Zombie and lost his nose to a Giant Blood-Sucking Leech of the Black Lagoon. How he lost his left eye and his right leg are not known.
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