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->''"Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. I will go where you go and live where you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God."''
-->--'''[[Literature/BookOfRuth Ruth]]''', ''Literature/TheBible''

A character characterized by his or her loyalty. Can be a trait of both heroes and villains. Most of them are supporting characters, intended as sympathetic. Indeed, if used on a [[EvilVirtues villain]], it can sometimes be used to [[MoralityPet flesh him out and give him redeeming qualities.]] Alternatively, it can be negatively portrayed as a threat to conscience.

When given to a main-character or one in an authority position, expect it to manifest itself in protective instinct; as a PapaWolf or as TheCaretaker or as someone who is AFatherToHisMen. When given to a {{Sidekick}}, expect it to be an unselfish [[SubordinateExcuse willingness to support]] the main character.

Should the object of this loyalty die, expect generous helpings of DueToTheDead as the loyal one works to honour the fallen one's memory.

See also: MyCountryRightOrWrong, MyMasterRightOrWrong, ThickerThanWater, IWillWaitForYou, IAmSpartacus. Similar to but not to be confused with BlindObedience, where a character follows unquestioningly believing their liege to be infallible.

Characters that may exhibit this trope: BattleButler, TheDragon, HappinessInSlavery, TheRenfield, TheIgor, LoyalAnimalCompanion, RobotBuddy, SarcasticDevotee, PsychoSupporter, ExtremeDoormat, WorthyOpponent, TheChampion, {{Sidekick}}, YesMan, SycophanticServant and most of the characters on the SubmissiveBadass index.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This is the defining trait of most {{Mons}}.
* In [[SuperRobot super robot anime]], ThePowerOfFriendship is pretty much one of the main themes, and there are quite a lot of episodes where people turn their backs on the protagonist, but there will ALWAYS be at least one character who will never abandon him.
** The major {{Aversion}} to this rule is ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', where the protagonist [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne Shinji Ikari]] desperately lacks this, partially because [[CrapsackWorld everyone is terrible]] and partially because he [[SelfFulfillingProphecy alienates people by refusing to believe they care about him]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Jeremiah Gottwald, [[RammingAlwaysWorks suicidally charges]] an enemy's [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] with his own giant robot, [[SelfDestructMechanism ''detonates'']] his giant robot, [[OutRunTheFireBall leaps out of his robot's cockpit seconds before the explosion]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome holds the enemy pilot captive at swordpoint]]. All out of loyalty to [[spoiler:Lelouch]].
** The dude takes his [[InsultOfEndearment insulting nickname]] that shamed him and wears it as a ''[[AppropriatedAppellation badge of honor]]'' after his [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]] and spiels the [[LargeHam Hammiest]] one liners of this trope ''ever.''
-->'''Jeremiah:''' '''''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner TASTE THE]] [[LargeHam STORM]] OF [[EmphasizeEverything MY LOYALTY!!!]]'''''
** And that loyalty comes from his loyalty to Marianne. Now that's truly undying.
** Guilford is the same towards Cornelia. He's just ''much'' quieter about it.
** Kallen also holds this toward Lelouch, such that he has to seriously go out of his way to have her stand against him during Zero Requiem.
* Patrick Colasour embodies this for his superior officer, Kati Mannequin in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. The reason is love. The undying loyalty is his cockroach like tendency to survive any dangerous NoOneCouldSurviveThat situation, especially on her orders. Eventually, it pays off big time [[spoiler:with him [[ThePowerOfLove winning her hand in marriage.]]]]
* Agnes to Henrietta in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''.
* Kabuto Yakushi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** Also [[spoiler:White]] Zetsu and Kisame to [[spoiler:Tobi/Obito]].
** And Kimimaro to Orochimaru [[spoiler: even after being resurrected]].
** Even after death [[spoiler:Uchiha Itachi]] is still loyal to Konoha.
* ''FateZero'' has an example with Alexander The Great's [[MentalWorld Reality Marble]], Ionioi Hetaroi, which summons the BadassArmy that he controlled in his life. It's ''literal'' undying loyalty. Later on, [[spoiler:Waver Velvet]] proudly shouts that he is not Alexander's [[spoiler:master]], he is his follower. [[spoiler:''[[ItsAllAboutMe Gilgamesh]]'']] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spares him because of this.]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Gokudera towards Tsuna is this trope, completely and totally. Heck, his whole character song seems to be a tribute to his undying loyalty towards Tsuna.
** Arguably, Squalo qualifies as this for Xanxus. Not only did he wait 8 years for Xanxus' return, but he grew out his hair and puts up with crap that would make a BastardBoyfriend seem like a pleasant alternative.
* Literally the case of Koinosuke Odago in ''{{Jubei-chan}}'', became undead to follow his master's directive through sheer force of will for 300 years.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has Setsuna [[BodyGuardCrush acting]] [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship like this]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians toward]] Konoka.
** Fate's female minions act like this toward him as well. [[spoiler:He took them all in as children after their parents were killed in the war.]]
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** The {{Familiar}}s and [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Wolkenritter]]. If it's for the sake of their master, the rightness or wrongness of an act doesn't matter, and if it will benefit or save their master, they will gladly give up their lives, powers, and/or freedom.
** In the Wolkenritter's case, this overlaps with MyMasterRightOrWrong, as it was implied that some of the masters of the Book of Darkness were evil. This makes itself prominent in ''[[NanohaAs A's]]'', where Signum stated they would gladly throw their honor away if it means saving their mistress as well as during ''[[NanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' where Vita stated that she did not have any plans of outliving Hayate.
** Fate Testarossa as well, initially toward Precia, then Nanoha.
** Several of the Numbers have this towards each other, most of them going so far as to declare that where one goes, they'll follow. Case in point: Sette to Tre.
* R.E.O Speedwagon from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is extremely loyal to Jonathan Joestar via DefeatMeansFriendship, combined with his selfless rescue of him from a burning building/Vampire attack. This loyalty would extend to the entire Joestar family, even more than half a century later.
** On the villain side, we have Vanilla Ice (Don't ask). How loyal is he? He CUTS OFF HIS OWN HEAD WHEN DIO SAYS HE NEEDS BLOOD. Dio actually turns Ice into a Vampire in thanks for this. When he fights Iggy and Polneraff, he delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Iggy just for making him destroy an ''effigy'' of Dio.
* Bjorn to Askeladd in ''VinlandSaga''.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', each of the Straw Hats are fiercely loyal to their [[TheCaptain captain Luffy]], ready to risk their lives for him as soon as he gives the word. At one point, when Kuma wanted to kill Luffy, both Zoro and Sanji, without a moment of hesitation, [[HeroicSacrifice offered their lives]] instead. And, of course, this loyalty goes both ways. Luffy is willing to die for his crew, and ultimately, when he was at his very lowest, [[WorthLivingFor they were the only reason he bothered to keep on living]].
** It seems Donquixote Doflamingo's crew have absolute loyalty and faith in Doflamingo, even to the point of death. Doflamingo himself seems to care for his crew ([[YouHaveFailedMe As long as they don't fail him]], at least), but that does not stop him from letting them kill themselves for him.
** Also, Daz Bonez towards Crocodile.
* ''{{Madlax}}'': Elenore Baker to Margaret.
* Harry Ord from ''Anime/TurnAGundam''.
* Deconstructed in the anime {{Gungrave}}. [[spoiler:Brandon's personal code which is this trope puts him under much torment when he has to choose between the best friend Harry and the father figure Big Daddy. Brandon's inability to choose ends up being one of the main causes of Brandon's downfall, which in turn leads to suffering of the people closest to Brandon. In the finale, Brandon admits that even though he is supposed to enforce the iron law of the syndicate to never betray, he just cannot shoot his best friend Harry.]]
* [[SubmissiveBadass Berias']] attitude towards [[MagnificentBastard King Saralegui]] in ''KyoKaraMaoh'' seems to qualify.
* In ''{{Claymore}}'', Jean would go to literally suicidal lengths for Clare, as a result of IOweYouMyLife sentiment. Also, [[TheCaptain Miria]] tends to inspire this in most people she meets, especially fellow Claymores.
* Because they effectively [[StreetUrchin picked him off the streets]] and brought him up as one of their own, Firo from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is unquestionably loyal to [[TheMafia the Martillo camorra family]] to the point that he'd kill or give up his own life on their order.
* Loyalty is a big deal in the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime and games, given the subject matter, but Kojuuro and the rest of the Date clan really stand out in their loyalty to Date Masamune. In the anime's second season, Masamune's followers pile onto him bodily to protect him from Toyotomi Hideyoshi; a flashback in the following episode shows Kojuuro preparing to commit {{seppuku}} because he blamed himself for Masamune's arm being wounded in battle.
** Yukimura's loyalty to his master Shingen is completely unfathomable. He can't even imagine a world where the latter doesn't exist for him to serve.
* Hagi in ''[[BloodPlus Blood+]]'' is characterized almost entirely by his unswerving loyalty to Saya. In something of a deconstruction, Hagi's devotion makes him reluctant to speak out when Saya makes decisions that might be bad for her; he even promises [[spoiler:to kill her once she succeeds in killing Diva]], and it takes being confronted and berated by Saya's brother Kai before Hagi will admit that he would ''much'' rather not go through with it.
* Habaek in ''TheBrideOfTheWaterGod'' gave his first bride Nakbin the right to order his death, tried to follow her in death when she died, endured being separated from his current love Soah just to be with the resurrected Nakbin and when she died again, he honored her command not to look at someone with the same loving eyes he used to look at her [[spoiler:even to Soah when he specifically told her that he will look at Soah only with his one eye (metaphorically though since his damaged eye is completely healed as a god.)]]
* Several instances in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The Mustang unit to their commanding officer (and also to one another). Particularly true of [[BodyguardCrush Hawkeye]], who at one point refuses Mustang's direct order to abandon him and save herself if his attempt to expose the GovernmentConspiracy fails. It cuts both ways: Mustang will do anything to protect his subordinates (again, particularly Hawkeye, to the point of jeopardising a secret mission to save her).
** Greed's minions
** Fu and Lan Fan to Ling
** And of course, the Elric brothers to one another.
** The Briggs Brigade to Major-General Armstrong; Pride to Father.
* A villain example but in Anime/{{Monster}}, PsychoForHire Roberto is unfailingly loyal to his master Johan Liebert. Though given that this is Johan Liebert, a man often compared to Hitler and the Devil himself, it's unlikely that he feels the same.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Yumichika is [[CoverBlowingSuperpower hiding his power]] because it betrays the divisional code of the 11th division. As a BloodKnight division, [[FunctionalMagic kidou]] and [[MagicKnight kidou-type zanpakutou]] are taboo but Yumichika's power is kidou-based. As a result, he fakes a shikai release so that he can adhere to the 11th division custom, meaning he [[WillfullyWeak doesn't use his abilities]] in battle and instead fights on [[{{Determinator}} sheer willpower alone]]. He's even [[HonourBeforeReason willing to die]] rather than be caught betraying his division. When he does use his abilities, he's [[AlmightyJanitor incredibly powerful]].
** Tsukishima has an ability to deliberately invoke this trope to anyone he cuts. His power allows him to manipulate existing bonds so that a false bond between himself and the victim can be inserted and supercede the bond it's designed to override. He also has an Undying Loyalty of his own. [[spoiler: Ginjou was everything to him, having found him and looked after him from the time Tsukishima had been a small child. Tsukishima admits that Ginjou had taught him everything... except how to live without him.]]
** When Byakuya is brainwashed, his loyalty to Ichigo is so extreme that it gives him the power to kill his enemy - not because the brainwashing failed, but because he would even kill someone he loved if they were an enemy of Ichigo's. [[spoiler: Tsukishima learned the hard way that he had manipulated the wrong bond when he discovered that the emotional bond that most motivated Byakuya wasn't the bond between mentor and student, it was the bond between Byakuya and Ichigo.]]
** Komamura's UndyingLoyalty to [[BigGood Yamamoto]] stems from Yamamoto having once saved his life and always treating him well despite his appearance. [[spoiler: When Yamamoto enters battle against the Stern Ritters, both he and the Seventh Division are on the verge of catastrophic defeat. His response to Yamamoto's resolve to fight is to rally both himself ''and the entire Seventh Division'', much to the disbelief of Bambietta who had thought she'd won and all but killed the squad.]]
** Katagiri was raised to be Ryuuken's personal servant and bodyguard. She will protect him no matter what the cost and her loyalty is to Ryuuken ''personally'', over and above her loyalty to the Ishida family. [[spoiler: So, when he [[HeroicBSOD believes]] he's failed his entire clan and tries to slink off forever into the GreyRainOfDepression, Katagiri tells him that if he leaves, she'll [[YouAreNotAlone abandon everything]] to go with him. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Her speech]] brings him back to his senses.]]
* Three of Shishio Makoto's [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Juppongatana]] in Manga/RurouniKenshin display undying loyalty to him. [[spoiler: Yumi uses herself as a distraction so that Shishio can stab Kenshin through her. Kamatari had to be deceived so that he did not follow Shishio in death. These two were in love with Shishio. The last, Houji, thoroughly subverts EvilChancellor. He is evil and he's Shishio's majordomo but he is utterly devoted to his leader. Enough to take the blame for an unpopular plan and risk the ire of the other Juppongatana. Enough to follow Shishio into hell. Even Shishio himself acknowledges Houji's loyalty.]]
* Many Specters from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', notably [[MyMasterRightOrWrong Wyvern Rhadamanthys]] and [[NobleDemon Bennu Kagaho]].
* After Kotetsu wins his trust in the first half of ''TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby develops a fierce loyalty towards him to the point that staying by his side becomes his only reason for remaining a hero.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Puar for Yamcha. She's known him for ages, having been his partner in crime when the series first began.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'''s [[SissyVillain M'Quve]] is loyal unto death to his [[LadyAndKnight lady]], [[LadyOfWar Kycilia Zabi]]. He carries out every order she gives him to the letter, lives to serve her, and uses his FamousLastWords to will her his prized possession. Many suspect that SubordinateExcuse is in full effect here.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Inspector Zenigata has the ability (DependingOnTheWriter) to inspire this in cops from all over the world. His subordinates in the Japanese police have ignored orders from the Interpol to follow Zenigata, and in the special ''Voyage To Danger'' the Italian police, after trapping Lupin in an unescapable trap (Lupin himself was desperate), packed and let him go when they learned that Zenigata had been pulled from the case because ''if they got him in that occasion it would have meant that Zenigata hadn't been the one who arrested him''.
* Alucard of ''{{Hellsing}}'' has this for Integra Hellsing. On the Catholic side, the priests and nuns of Iscariot Section XIII are eternally loyal to BadassPreacher Alexander Anderson, most of whom were raised in his orphanage and view Anderson as a [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]].
* In ''Anime/RoninWarriors'', the true virtue the Ancient One imbued in Anubis' armor turns out to be Loyalty. After his HeelFaceTurn, Anubis shows why the armor chose him, remaining loyal to the Ronin Warriors and the Ancient One's memory [[spoiler:to the point of sacrificing himself to save the Warriors and Lady Kyra, the last member of the Ancient One's clan.]]
* Rida to Veronica in ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''. This is mirrored in their [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnations]], Takao and Harusumi, which tends to just make Harusumi uncomfortable.
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', the King's Crest is granted to those whose allegiance is sworn to a demon lord, which gives them a massive power boost. [[spoiler:As of Chapter 217, it has been revealed that all four members of the Tohoshinki bear Beel's King's Crest, all but stating that in some way, all of them are loyal to Oga (even if they never admit it).]]
** When questioned by Fuji on this, Himekawa laughs and states that Fuji's inability to comprehend the loyalty many of them have to Oga will be his downfall. [[spoiler:Considering that Himekawa willingly allowed himself to be turned to stone in order to give Oga time to escape and stall Fuji, he certainly embodies the trope as well.]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Soul to his Meister Maka and vice versa, complete with DeclarationOfProtection and [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Bullets]]. This is also the general rule between Meisters and Weapons, and among Shibusen students at large.
* Despite the fact that their boss Dilandau treats them ''horrendously'' the Dragon Slayers in ''VisionOfEscaflowne'' are this to him [[spoiler:literally, since even after Van kills all of them their spirits intervene in order to protect Dilandau and allow him to escape]].
%%* All of the Senshi to Franchise/SailorMoon.
* Sarah Zabiarov from ''MobileSuitZetaGundam'' is devoted to her superior, Scirocco, something he actually ''reciprocates'' somewhat. [[spoiler:She's so loyal in fact that ''not even death'' stops her, her soul attempting to stop Kamille's Newtype-infused waverider attack on Scirocco himself. It takes Katz for her to finally step aside.]]
* [[BattleButler Gilbert Nightray]] from ''PandoraHearts'' embodies the trope: he made a vow of loyalty to his master [[LonelyRichKid Oz Vessalius]] when they were kids, and [[SubordinateExcuse still calls himself Oz's servant as an adult,]] even after being adopted into [[FeudingFamilies a rival noble family.]] Then it turns out that [[spoiler: Gilbert has TraumaInducedAmnesia and was brainwashed so he would serve his master unconditionally. [[FailureKnight When he failed,]] he decided to [[MyGreatestSecondChance atone by protecting Oz.]]]] [[WhamEpisode But ''then'']] it turns out that [[spoiler: Gilbert's previous master was Glen Baskerville, who forces him to shoot Oz. In the end Gilbert breaks the spell binding him to Glen [[AnArmAndALeg by ''burning off his left arm'']] [[ReconstructedTrope to make sure he will never betray Oz again.]]]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has had his ups and downs throughout the years, and had his scrapes with many a hero, but he will ''never'' be abandoned by Alfred.
** Perfectly demonstrated in ''Film/BatmanBegins'':
---> '''Bruce Wayne''': I wanted to save Gotham. I've failed.
---> '''Alfred''': Why do we fall, sir?
---> ({{beat}})
---> '''Alfred''': So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.
---> '''Bruce''': You still haven't given up on me?
---> '''Alfred''': Never.
** Well, usually. Sometimes Batman's jerkiness is too much for him and he'll leave for a time. "Venom" and "Officer Down" are two such stories where this happened.
*** Sometimes, Alfred quits when Bruce has decided to ruthlessly risk his own life only for his stubborness. Alfred said that he would not allow him to destroy himself and so, by abandoning Batman he could show his true loyalty to him.
** [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]/Tim Drake is this. Batman notes that loyalty is his prime motivation, and his loyalty to his father caused his TenMinuteRetirement. So when Batman apparently dies, he goes DarkerAndEdgier, and tries to prove he is alive. Undying loyalty doesn't change regardless of who dies.
* If any MarvelUniverse hero inspires and has this as a defining trait, it's CaptainAmerica. Every single hero worth his salt in the Marvel U trusts Cap unconditionally, [[{{No One Gets Left Behind}} cause Cap will go through hell and back to not leave any of them behind]]. Even someone as hard to work with as the {{Hulk}} has Cap as the one person he'd never raise a finger to.
* KryptoTheSuperDog. Not even being cloned makes him less loyal to the Kryptonians.
--->'''Max Lord''': "We talked about this! Don't clone the dog! Dogs are weird! The whole loyalty thing just seems to be branded right in on a genetic level, for Pete's sake!"
* Darkseid may have his minions, but Superman has his pal. Through [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind-controlled rampages]] or the ups and downs of daily publicity, Jimmy will never give up on Superman.
* Dexter of the [[GreenLantern Red Lantern Corps]] is a former housecat who actually became an AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain out of sheer loyalty to his former owner.
--> I find ones who hurt you. I kill. [[TearJerker I good kitty]].
* Wong, Comicbook/DoctorStrange's manservant and friend, is his one constant companion. He even sticks around after Strange relinquishes the title of Sorcerer Supreme and joins the New Avengers.
** Wong's loyalty is most assuredly returned. In the Doctor Strange story, "The Oath", Strange goes through great lengths to save his manservant when he discovers Wong is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.
* [[http://9gag.com/gag/2478950 This]] one panel strip.
* In ''TheAdventuresOfTintin'', when LoyalAnimalCompanion Snowy thinks that Tintin is dead, he resigns himself to spending the rest of his life at his grave.
* Harley Quinn to [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker her "puddin'"]]. Of course given that this is the Joker we're talking about it is not returned. [[spoiler: ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'' subverts it. She ends up fighting back, and escapes him. She also declares that while she may love him, that does not mean that she belongs to him]].
* In ''StarWars'' ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', this is expected of all of the [[ReligionOfEvil One Sith]] towards their Dark Lord, [[DarkMessiah Darth Krayt]], and his cause. In practice, however, considering how ambition is a cardinal Sith trait, the main Sith characters tend to interpret this very differently:
** [[DarkActionGirl Darth Talon]] is easily the most loyal to Krayt personally; she makes it plain she'd kill herself if she thought he needed her too and [[spoiler: after he comes BackFromTheDead, she's the first he contacts]].
** [[BloodKnight Darth Stryfe]] is totally loyal to the position of Dark Lord, which normally means Krayt, and he's [[LargeHam not exactly shy about making sure everyone knows]]. [[spoiler: However, when Krayt and Wyyrlok fight it out for the title, Stryfe stays out of it, assuming that whoever wins will be the superior leader. When that's Krayt, Stryfe reaffirms his loyalty]].
** [[MadScientist Darth Maladi]] is more ambiguous; she's loyal to Krayt, but unlike the above two she's perfectly willing to question his judgment or operate independantly for a time if it suits her. At the end of the day, though, everything she does is ultimately put to the use of Krayt's cause, though Krayt himself thinks Maladi [[ForTheEvulz would do it all for its own sake anyway]].
** [[TheStarscream Darth Nihl]] defies this; he was an independant warlord before he was a Sith, and he's loyal to Krayt only for the power he grants his followers and fairly openly questions him and schemes against him. [[spoiler: When Krayt dies his final death, Nihl ''immediately'' takes command, has Krayt's EliteMooks killed when they object, and gets the heck out of dodge]].
** [[TheConsigliere Darth Wyyrlok III]] is easily the most interesting. He is ''absolutely'' loyal- to the Sith cause, which Krayt and everyone else takes to mean loyalty to Krayt himself. [[spoiler: Not quite. When Krayt goes into an extended VillainousBreakdown, Wyyrlok decides he's become a liability, promptly kills him off, and takes command himself, all in the name of the greater glory of the Sith. Pity for Wyyrlok that Krayt CameBackStrong...]]
* It's rather disturbing to see how unflinchingly loyal most of the minions of the RedSkull are to their horrible monster of a boss. Of course, most of them are almost as evil as him.
* [[TragicVillain Time may pass, and hearts may break,]] [[{{Batman}} but Victor Fries]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy will always be a married man.]]
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[[folder:FanFic]]
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', [[CoDragons Left and Right]] (Left especially) feel this way towards Jade. As Left puts it, in his thoughts,
-->"They were her bodyguards, she was the one who had raised them to awareness and granted them power. Thought and the power to act on it, boons that to Left could never be fully repaid."
** Ozeki, the General of the Sumo Khan, feels this way to Jade as well, having only served Tarakudo until female Shadowkhan could rise again.
** [[DarkActionGirl Hebi]] [[spoiler: ([[FaceHeelTurn formerly Viper]])]] is specifically [[BrainwashedAndCrazy conditioned]] to be this to Jade as well.
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': [[TheDragon Trixie]] to [[BigBad Queen!]][[FaceHeelTurn Twilight]], out of [[BodyguardCrush love]]. [[spoiler: Until literally her last breath, as she [[TakingTheBullet takes a sword]] for her and dies.]]
* The PeggySue fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5193644/1/Time-Braid Time Braid]]'' has this between [[AllLovingHero Naruto]], [[{{Yandere}} Hinata]], and [[DivineParentage Sakura]]. It's especially prevalent with Hinata to Naruto as well as Sakura and Hinata to each other. Hinata whether she's [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] or has [[DealWithTheDevil sold her soul]] refuses to fight Naruto. Sakura (to whom Hinata sold her soul) gives up a chance at godhood because [[YouAreWorthHell Hinata is damned for selling her soul]].
* In ''FanFic/FallenKing'', Joey is constantly asking himself what Yugi would do, and a lot of his actions stem from wanting to honor Yugi's memory.
* Taken to an unhealthy level in ''{{FanFic/Zenith}}''. Spike is always loyal to Twilight, [[spoiler:even as she's lying comatose in the hospital]].
* In ''Fanfic/{{Cultstuck}}'', [[NobleBigot Equius]] betrays [[TheEmpire Alternia]] to protect Nepeta, a suspected rebel against the Condesce.
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic Fanfic/MLPCollateralDamage, Princess Ceymi feels this for the other Changelings of Hive Chrysalis, even as she is increasingly-alienated from Queen Chrysalis herself.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6348510/1/Rising-of-the-Dark Rising of the Dark]]'' Manga/{{Naruto}}, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Hagwin]], and [[OurElvesAreBetter Celia]] all share absolute loyalty for each other, going so far as to willingly wage war on roughly half the world for each other.
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Khan to Disney/{{Mulan}}. Seriously, he was prepared to go into the middle of a raging avalanche to go save her.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Woody.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Gromit stays loyal to Wallace even after it turns out [[spoiler:Wallace is the were-rabbit.]]
--> '''Victor Quartermaine''': Your loyalty is moving. Sadly, you won't be.
* [[PluckyComicRelief Olaf]] from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''; even when he discovers that [[spoiler:fire will melt him, he still stays to warm Anna as her curse freezes her.]]
* In the ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' movies, this is the bond which develops between dragons and their riders, and most particularly between Hiccup and Toothless. In the second film, we see that this loyalty [[spoiler:actually allows Hiccup to break the MindControl being held over Toothless by the BigBad]].
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* [[BadassNormal Anguirus]] is Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s most loyal ally, even willing to risk his own life if it means helping his fellow kaiju.
** Ironically enough, Anguirus was the very first monster Godzilla ever fought. DefeatMeansFriendship, indeed!
** A prime example of Anguirus's loyalty towards Godzilla can be seen in the 1974 film ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla''. In it, after [[spoiler:losing to the Mechagodzilla (disguised as the real Godzilla)]] he goes to warn Godzilla about the impending danger even after [[spoiler:Mechagodzilla had broken Anguirus's jaw and pretty much beat the living daylights out of him.]]
** In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Anguirus is released by the Xilians alongside Rodan and King Caesar (Godzilla's other two allies in the Showa series) to stop Godzilla at Mount Fuji. Anguirus and Godzilla have a short conversation before Godzilla gives a sharp backward jerk of his head after Anguirus roars something and charges into battle, as if he's shocked that Anguirus would actually fight against him. Fortunately, Godzilla leaves his three former allies in a comical heap, sparing them from death.
* Bob from the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film proves this trope isn't just for good characters. He always, ''always'' has The Joker's back covered and follows his boss' every order without question, even when Joker asks to borrow Bob's gun so he can [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog shoot Bob dead just for the hell of it]]]].
* Bane's henchmen display this in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''; one of them is willing to die in a plane crash just because Bane needs his enemies to find the right number of bodies in the wreckage, and another two dutifully carry out his orders even after he's made it perfectly clear that [[YouHaveFailedMe their actions have potentially jeopardized his plans and he intends to execute them as punishment]].
* By the end of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', it's become obvious that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' have [[TrueCompanions developed this with one another]] [[spoiler: after they refused Spock's orders to abandon ship]]. Even early into the movie, both Scott and Spock continue to refer to Kirk as Captain despite him (temporarily) losing his rank.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':\\\
Harada to Mariko, despite his allegiance with Viper. [[DeclarationOfProtection He pledges to protect her at her grandfather's funeral.]] He also chooses to [[spoiler:help Mariko and Wolverine in the end of film at the cost of his life, despite [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy it's also pretty clear for him]] that Mariko and Wolverine are already bordering on OfficialCouple.]]\\\
Yukio To Mariko, her fictive [[spoiler: and later offically adoptive]] big sister.
** Hank [=McCoy=] to Charles Xavier. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to the rise of the Sentinels in the BadFuture, Hank always remains at Xavier's and the X-Men's side. And he won't hesitate to protect him, either.
*** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', there are plenty of other things that Hank could do with his time, yet he chooses to take care of Charles during the latter's decade-long HeroicBSOD. Hank may even be a little ''too'' loyal because he serves as an enabler by providing a serum which worsens his friend's already bad case of substance abuse.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, childhood best friends, are intensely devoted to one another. Steve went AWOL and went behind enemy lines ''alone'' just to go rescue Bucky, and Bucky would follow him through hell and back. The sequel, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', highlights the strength of this relationship, where after [[spoiler:it is revealed that Bucky is the Winter Soldier]], Steve admits that "Even when I had nothing -- I had Bucky." [[spoiler:When Sam tries to tell Steve that no matter who Bucky used to be, Steve may have to stop him, not save him, Steve says that he recognizes that, but that he also recognizes that if it ever came to that point, he wouldn't be able to do it. In turn, the Winter Soldier's 70 years worth of programming and brainwashing started to crack from hearing Steve say his nickname ''once''.]]
-->"[[MeaningfulEcho I'm with you to the end of the line.]]"
* Diaval maintains this for his oddly Evil-But-BenevolentBoss, {{Film/Maleficent}}, after she saves his life. Even if he doesn't always like what she asks of him, he still does it, and when she tries to send him away rather than insist he risk his life fighting by her side, he (with comedic grumpiness) refuses. To her credit, Maleficent genuinely seems to appreciate his loyalty; he's pretty much the only one she trusts at all.
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* Hagrid is extremely loyal to Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', probably moreso than any other person.
** [[spoiler: Sirius Black]] has put himself through a ''lot'' out of loyalty to Harry and his father.
** Possibly the best example in the series of this trope is [[spoiler: Severus Snape]]; we don't learn the circumstances until the end of the last book, though it has defined him the whole time.
** Also, Ron's loyalty to Harry is repeatedly mentioned. They have a couple of instances where they're on the outs (they ''are'' teenage boys), but on the whole they're practically brothers. [[spoiler:The "practically" is erased after Harry marries Ginny in the epilogue.]]
** Harry's loyalty to Dumbledore is tested throughout books 5, 6, and 7. Even after learning about Dumbledore's DarkAndTroubledPast and his FeetOfClay, Harry's loyalty to his mentor is unquestionable. "Dumbledore's man, through and through" indeed.
** Villainous example: [[TheDragon Bellatrix Lestrange]] is completely loyal to Voldemort, to the point of proudly going to Azkaban for him.
* Sam Gamgee is Frodo's servant in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. [[{{Determinator}} He followed him into]] ''{{Mordor}}'' for no other reason then loyalty. It is proverbial among Tolkienites.
** Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas spend several ''days'' giving chase on foot to the orcs who captured Merry and Pippin. Aragorn outright states that they will continue looking for them even if in the end all they can do for them is starve to death together.
** Also, Merry towards Éowyn, Éowyn towards Théoden and Pippin towards Faramir.
** The Goblins of Goblin town in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' to the Great Goblin, even after he is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero killed by Gandalf trying to save the dwarves and Bilbo.]] The Great Goblin and his minions believed the dwarves were plotting against them when they discovered the dwarves in their territory, but we know they were really trying to head to the Lonely Mountains to confront Smaug the Dragon. This was cemented further when the Great Goblin saw the blade that slew many Goblins beforehand in possession of Thorin. When the Great Goblin was killed, all the other Goblins with their Wargs followed Thorin's company to avenge their ruler, [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse and believed they were more of a threat when Smaug was killed and the dwarves' treasure was reclaimed, regardless of the fact that the dwarves, elves and men were not interested in sharing.]] The Goblins lost the battle of Five Armies to the [[EnemyMine allied dwarves, elves, men and Eagles]] despite managing to kill Thorin, Fili and Kili. [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Years later, they would get more revenge by wiping out the Moria dwarves, including Balin, Ori, and Oin.]]]]
* Boxer, the horse in ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. "Napoleon is always right." Unfortunately, Napoleon didn't [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness return the sentiments]]... Particularly tragic because the reason Boxer outlived his use was he was working extra hard to please Napoleon.
* [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Mara Jade]] isn't the kind to give away her loyalty easily, but when she does, she'll defend whatever she chose with her life. She tends to be loyal to specific people rather than a large group; to Palpatine as an [[ProfessionalKiller Emperor's Hand]], to Talon Karrde as a smuggler, and to Luke and Ben as a Jedi, wife and [[MamaBear mother]].
** The ThreeAmigos (Luke, Leia and Han) of the [[StarWars Original Trilogy]] qualify even better. It's what Palpatine used to tempt Luke to fall to TheDarkSide, and almost succeeded.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden and Thomas Raith, the first because he never had any family aside from his father who died when he was small, and Thomas because his family was so messed up that he always protected his siblings, and that was the attitude Lord Raith instilled in his family (as a method of control), [[spoiler: especially, his younger siblings, i.e. Harry and Inari]]. Family is important.
-->'''Harry''': *in Proven Guilty when they are about to attack Arctis Tor, and having given a you don't have to come with me speech, his companions all step forward* I don't care whose DNA recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family.
** In the later books, he develops this with Murphy too.
-->'''Karrin''':[[spoiler:"Don't you start taking the highway to Hell. Because I'm going to be right there with you. All the way."]]
** Molly to Harry. Harry's not too happy about this, given all of the questionable deeds she's done for his sake. Mab goes so far as to [[NotSoDifferent compare him]] to his old EvilMentor Justin.
* Gunner Ferik Jurgen is completely loyal to Commissar Literature/CiaphasCain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, who trusts him more than himself (because he [[HeroicSelfDeprecation "knows"]] [[FakeUltimateHero he isn't as trustworthy as people say]]). Jurgen will obey any order from Cain, no matter how crazy it sounds.
* Mary Ann Patten in ''Literature/TheCaptainsWife'' . Which is BasedOnATrueStory.
* Andrew [=LaFollet=] in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is the titular character's personal armsman, sworn to die for her service if necessary. [[spoiler: Despite Honor's trying to save him as the last surviving original armsman by having him guard her son, he dies saving his half sister and Honor's son and mother]]
** Not just Andrew, but ALL of her armsmen display this. It's a 100% volunteer service and they all joined as they feel they owe a personal debt to her.
** Then there's Horace Harkness's loyalty to Manticore. Caught, given a chance to surrender and or die, he switches sides. Then proceeds to manipulate his keepers until he can personally free his commander in a rather epic way.
* Jacopo to Dantes in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', as well as Haidee and Ali.
* Creator/LordByron wrote a poem dedicated to a beloved dog who died of rabies titled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitaph_to_a_Dog Epitaph to a Dog]].'' The dog's unflinching love and loyalty are described in great detail:
-->''But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend\\
The first to welcome, foremost to defend\\
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own\\
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone''
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' the servitors of the Atreides [[spoiler:except Yueh]] are loyal to their House. [[spoiler:And even Yueh took steps to ensure that Paul and Jessica would survive his betrayal.]] Duncan Idaho sacrifices himself to buy time for Paul and Jessica's escape, Gurney Halleck quickly renews his service to Paul when he discovers he is alive, and Thufir Hawat kills himself rather than follow through on orders from the Emperor to kill Paul.
--->'''Thufir:''' You see, your Majesty? See your traitor's needle? Did you think that I who swore my life to the Atreides would give them less now?
** The Atreides dukes are similarly loyal and protective toward their retainers. Paul Atreides is even willing to sacrifice his life to save the much, ''much'' older Hawat:
---->'''Paul''': "For I say to you, Thufir, that in payment for your years of service to my family you may now ask anything you wish of me. Anything at all. Do you need my life now, Thufir? It is yours."
*** And it's ironically the Atreides' ability to command this sort of fanatical loyalty which makes the Emperor nervous enough for his own throne to [[spoiler:assist the Harkonnens in their overthrow]] in the first place.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Exaggerated with Conseil, TheProfessor Aronnax servant. He risk his life to save his employer not once, but twice in the novel. When Aronnax talks with Ned Land about the GreatEscape, Lampshaded when Conseil considers himself one with her master decision.
-->''"Your friend Conseil," the fine lad replied serenely, "has nothing to say for himself. He's a completely disinterested party on this question... He's in Master's employ, he thinks like Master, he speaks like Master, and much to his regret, he can't be counted on to form a majority. Only two persons face each other here: Master on one side, Ned Land on the other. That said, your friend Conseil is listening, and he's ready to keep score."''
-->''I couldn't help smiling as Conseil wiped himself out of existence.''
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Davos is forever loyal to King Stannis, even after [[spoiler: losing four sons in his service]].
** Catelyn orders Brienne to bring Sansa back to her from King's Landing. By the time she arrives, Sansa is no longer there, so she starts searching for her desperately, despite the dangers of the road [[spoiler: and the fact that Catelyn is already dead by the time, and there is no safe place where she could bring Sansa anyway]].
** House Manderly is the only Andal noble house in the North. They were taken in long ago by the Starks and given the key port of White Harbor. They have repaid the debt with utter loyalty. ''The North Remembers''
*** The entire North([[spoiler:except for the Boltons and possibly the Karstarks, Ryswells and Dustins]]) exhibit this trope towards the Starks. The Northmen,lord and commoner alike are prepared to march through blizzards,bone chilling cold in a state of near starvation or keep on fighting even when all hope is faded,for the sake of the Starks.
*** Special mention should also go to Greatjon Umber, who is one of Robb's staunchest supporters and is furious if anyone even insults Robb.
** The Kingsguard are ''supposed'' to be this in regards to the King of Westeros. Jaime Lannister is reviled as TheOathbreaker for betraying his vows, even though everyone knows that Aerys II was a [[TheCaligula madman]].
** Like the Northern Lords, the Vale Lords are completely loyal to House Arryn, in particular to [[TheGoodChancellor Jon Arryn]] and by Proxy to his son [[IllGirl Robert Arryn]].
* [[TheDreaded Luca Brasi]] from ''Literature/TheGodfather'' has this towards [[TheDon Vito]] [[TheChessmaster Corleone]]. In the backstory it is mentioned that during the [[MobWar Olive Oil War]] some mobsters tried to kill Vito and Luca proceeded to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge that ''only'' ended when Vito became well enough to call him off. However, this trait ultimatly backfires on him when Vito has him pretend to leave the Corleone family to inflitrate a rival mafia family and they see right through it.
* Sancho Panza claims to be this for ''Literature/DonQuixote'', but there are limits for patience when in the service of a LordErrorProne who always manages to get himself and Sancho in an HumiliationConga [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Chapter]]. Several times in the book, Sancho considers leaving Don Quixote's service, but he is so fond of him he never does it.
-->''...if I were wise I should have left my master long ago; but this was my fate, this was my bad luck; I can't help it, I must follow him; we're from the same village, I've eaten his bread, I'm fond of him, I'm grateful, [[ItMakesSenseInContext he gave me his ass-colts]], and above all I'm faithful; so it's quite impossible for anything to separate us, [[NeverSayDie except the pickaxe and shovel.]]''
* The first book of ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series is dealing with a ritual the BigBad uses to get into the world of the dead and back. It involves brainwashing a young boy into complete loyalty, killing him (by making him drink molten lead), and then using his spirit to travel to the underworld and back. As a case of taking the trope UpToEleven, the boy must remain loyal ''until the traveler returns''. In a later book, Richard uses this ritual as well, except he already had a spirit loyal enough to him since book one.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn:'' According to Raoulf, all soldiers should have this for their liege lord.
-->'''Raoulf''': ''She’s just a woman. He’s your liege Lord, my boy and if it was you instead that he wanted, Viking fashion, why you’d just have to bend over and take it.''
* Lucy Pennykettle to David Rain in ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].''
* Dr. Watson to SherlockHolmes. He repeatedly risks his life to accompany Holmes, puts up with repeated cruel manipulations and deceptions from the man with little reaction except relief that Holmes is safe, and adamantly refuses to leave whenever Holmes suggests that what they're doing might be dangerous/illegal/insane and that Watson would be safer staying out of it. Once he even forces Holmes to take him along on a burglary, when Holmes is reluctant to risk Watson getting thrown in jail too if they're caught, by threatening to turn Holmes in himself. He doesn't only exhibit this loyalty towards Holmes, though -- Watson also muses about being willing to die for Sir Henry Baskerville about three days after first meeting him, and vows to dedicate his life to searching for Mary Morstan's lost treasure equally quickly, even though it would put her far out of his league.
** It's worth noting that the loyalty is returned; Holmes is dearly fond of Watson, remarking that he would be "lost without my Boswell," and noting in one story that Watson is his only friend. In "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs," Holmes has a moment where he thinks Watson has been badly injured[[note]]He gets shot, but the bullet only grazes him[[/note]] and ''pistol whips'' the person responsible, remarking that "if you had killed Watson, you would never have left this room alive."
* In Literature/DangerousSpirits, Konstantine retains his loyalty to the Tsars even a hundred years after his death during the Revolution.
* Giovanna from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' inspires this in the soldiers under her command, and they strive to follow her example ([[HonorBeforeReason for better or worse]]).
* In Literature/SweetPiglet, we have this with the piglet, after its master dies.
* The ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series:
** Shadowcatch takes his oaths seriously (in fact, those who willingly break them are a bit of a BerserkButton to him). As such, when he pledges himself as Tyr [=RuGaard's=] bodyguard, he stays utterly loyal [[spoiler: even after [=RuGaard=] is ousted in a coup and exiled, following him into it. Years later, he says that he still considers [=RuGaard=] the only real Tyr.]]
** There's also [=RuGaard's=] pet bats. They might be easily bribed with blood meals from other dragons, but they're ultimately loyal to their original benefactor. This is best shown [[spoiler: during the FinalBattle with [[BigBadDuumvirate Infamnia and Rayg]], who betrayed [=RuGaard=], [[NeverFoundTheBody seemingly to his death]]. The bats end up swarming the two in mass, with shouts of "Revenge for our Tyr!", contributing to their demise.]] [=AuRon=] comments on his brother's ability to inspire loyalty in others, and seems impressed by it.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Chloe O'Brian towards Jack Bauer.
* In ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', Stacy is the goddess Fulla, handmaiden to the goddess Frigg. So when she meets Frigg, not only is she the only one who is one hundred percent sure of who she is (everyone else can immediately tell she's a powerful goddess, but everything else is up in the air), she's also perfectly willing to do anything for her despite having known her for less than a day. Example: Stacy hates taking orders, but the episode after Frigg is introduced, she's seen helping her with her hair without a word of complaint. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, that's not Frigg. Whoops]].
* ''Series/TheATeam'': So very much. Their loyalty to one another is so strong that in the beginning of Season 5, [[spoiler: Hannibal, Face, and B.A. are willing to face the firing squad so Murdock won't have to. Don't worry. They all make it out just fine.]] And in the second season episode, ''Curtain Call'', Face makes it quite clear that he is willing to risk capture/being sent to prison in order to get the proper medical supplies to save Murdock's life. And those are just two examples. The whole show is filled with moments like those.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lennier to Delenn, Vir to Londo.
** Also Ranger Marcus Cole to Delenn, who once fought a DuelToTheDeath against a rival Warrior who wanted to assassinate her. The fact that she could inspire such loyalty, particularly in a human, convinced her rival that she deserved leadership of the Rangers.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': This trope is {{lampshaded}} with near OnceAnEpisode regularity regarding Walt and Jesse. It's a rather interesting case, as they're frequently at each other's throats, sometimes just because they're mad at one another, and sometimes much more seriously than that. Mike mentions it more than others as he is fond of Jesse's loyalty, but loathes who the loyalty is directed at. Towards the end of the half-fifth season, [[spoiler:Jesse breaks it when he finally realizes [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain how far Walt has gone and]] and he, himself, becomes TheAtoner.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Spike has this towards Buffy. After the Scoobies kick Buffy out of the house in favor of Faith, Spike is the only one of them to remain by her side; his support actually helps Buffy get back her self-confidence and win back the Scoobies' loyalty.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Loyalty is a common theme, but perhaps most notable in Morgan. He repeatedly risks life and limb for the gang without a moment's hesitation. He's so loyal and daring that even [[spoiler: [[ColonelBadass Casey]]]] is impressed.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Rory Williams. Rather than jumping forward in time with the Doctor, quick and easy, he chooses to stay behind and guard the Pandorica for 2,000 years (knowing that he will be conscious the whole time) to ensure that Amy is safe locked inside of it, despite the Doctor assuring him that Amy will be fine and warning him that the wait will drive him insane. Not even a little inconvenience like [[RetGone being erased from history]] is going to keep him away from Amy.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Dr. Simon Tam is devoted to being TheCaretaker and when required the PapaWolf to his disturbed little sister River. Naturally she responds in the BigDamnMovie. In his case he usually leads because he is of course the big brother. He is like Sam Gamgee very much of a {{Determinator}}.
** Effectively he [[HeroicSpirit takes on]] the traditional jobs of [[BigBrotherInstinct Brother]], [[DaddysGirl Father]], [[DotingParent Mother]], [[TheMedic Doctor]], [[TheCaretaker Therapist]], and [[PapaWolf Bodyguard]], [[{{Determinator}} all at once, probably for the rest of his life]], all the while [[NobleFugitive fleeing from the law]]. All [[HeroicSacrifice for Mei-Mei]].
--->"Mei Mei, all I have is right here."
*** And he gives up a guaranteed life of safety, prestige, power, luxury and riches to do it.
** River herself does this, as well.
--->''"No. You take care of me Simon. You've always taken care of me. [[YouShallNotPass My turn.]]"''
** And Mal. Because if you turn on '''any''' of his crew, ''[[ThrownOutTheAirlock you turn on him.]]''
** Zoe's characterization is primarily based on her loyalty to Mal. The main source of tension in her marriage is that she seems more devoted to Mal than to her husband.
* The whole ''{{Friends}}'' gang: They'll defend and support each other against anything and anyone, and several times drop outsiders for the sake of the gang. Joey is probably the most stand out example.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** Most of the team [[spoiler: (actually, both teams)]] towards each other, but especially the core family of Peter, Walter, and Olivia.
** In later seasons, Lincoln Lee [[spoiler: in both universes]] comes to be one of the most loyal characters in the show.
** Also, heartbreakingly, [[spoiler: Nina]] towards the end of Season 5.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** While House Tyrell [[spoiler: joined the Lannisters out of a desire to gain more political power, Ser Loras Tyrell himself only wanted to avenge Lord Renly Baratheon's murder. Commanding a cavalry charge while wearing his deceased lover's armour is quite a GrandRomanticGesture, as it was Loras' way of honouring the vow he had made to Renly in Season 1]].
** In season 4, [[spoiler:Tyrion's squire Podrick Payne]] refuses to betray or abandon him even after [[spoiler:Tyrion himself]] warns him that remaining loyal to him will likely lead to his death. [[spoiler:Tyrion has no choice but to ''[[ShooTheDog order]]'' Podrick to leave his service and King's Landing since he does not want Podrick to die for him.]]
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': Dorota is always loyal to Blair on , no matter what happens. [[{{Jerkass}} Chuck Bass]] is also incredibly loyal...most of the time.
* ''InspectorLynley'': DI Thomas Lynley and his partner DS Barbara Havers, to each other. Any attempt to turn them against each other ''will'' fail.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'':
** The crew are amazingly loyal to Captain Marvelous, but especially the first mate, Joe Gibken/Gokai Blue.
** Later in the series this is proven to be a trait of [[spoiler: [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Gai Yuuki]]]], who keeps his former teammates from getting involved in further fighting, [[spoiler: [[DeadAllAlong despite not even being alive]]]].
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': The partnered detectives on these shows frequently exhibit this toward each other, although Goren and Eames on ''[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Criminal Intent]]'' are perhaps the franchise's TropeCodifier. Eames even went so far as to [[spoiler: resign from the force after Goren was fired in the season 9 opener]].
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': Kai is a dead assassin who has been reanimated. He has no emotions and no motives, but for some reason, he always sets out to save Stan and Xev.
* ''Series/LogansRun'': Rem: In the first episode of the TV series, Logan and Jessica meet Rem, an android. He helps them escape from other androids, then is completely loyal to them for the rest of the series, although he has no reason to do so, even putting himself at risk of being destroyed several times to save them, sometimes harming other humans in the process. He's not programmed to do this. He just does it.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'': Al Bundy is this toward his wife Peggy, even if he hates the marriage with a passion and wish for it to be undone, as since anytime another woman offer herself to him, he'll (grudgingly) reject the offer in respect to his wife. Sure, he'll cry afterward but you've to give him credit for the loyalty he shows to something he always says he hates with every fiber in his body.
* ''TheMentalist'': Lisbon towards her entire team - but especially towards Jane. For him she's blackmailed one of her closest friends, blackmailed her ''boss's boss'', punched a robber in order to get his case thrown out of court, gotten locked in a box, and repeatedly gotten suspended from the job that is basically her whole life. Not to mention six months of anger management classes.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** Merlin to his loved ones, particularly Arthur, Guinevere, Morgana (before her HeelFaceTurn) and Gaius.
** No matter what happens, he always stands by Arthur, and by extension albeit very reluctantly, Uther.
** Lancelot to Gwen and the Knights to Arthur.
** Against all legendary expectations, Guinevere to Arthur. Morgana had to resort to enchantments to force her into cheating on him with Lancelot. Even after Arthur banishes her from Camelot after believing her unfaithful, she continues to wear her engagement ring around her neck, and comes to his aid in his hour of need.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Gibbs in has this toward his team. Abby undoubtedly does too, as she is just that kind of person, but has fewer chances to show it spectacularly.
** When Ziva is accused of a non-sanctioned assassination of a defected Syrian official in Witness Protection the whole team forms an extra-legal "conspiracy" to rescue her.
** [=McGee=] risks his career in another episode to [[BigBrotherInstinct save his sister.]]
--> '''[=McGee=]'s Sister:''' But he loves NCIS...
--> '''Gibbs:''' Evidently he loves you more.
** Tony to Gibbs. When he refused the chance to a promotion in a location of a life-time, on the knowledge that another promotion wasn't going to come up again anytime soon.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'':
** [[EliteMooks The Guardians]], along with [[TheBrute Roan]], are completely loyal to [[BigBad Percy]], and remain so even after [[GovernmentConspiracy Oversight]] [[spoiler: locks him up]] at the beginning of Season 2, [[spoiler: eventually helping him escape]].
** Michael, when he was TheDragon, also qualified, remaining loyal to Percy despite his misgivings about the latter's methods. That is, until he discovered [[spoiler: that Percy was behind the murder of his family]], which is what prompted his HeelFaceTurn.
* ''OrphanBlack'': Foster siblings Sarah and Felix are very loyal to one another, mostly to Felix's detriment.
* ''PrisonBreak'': Linc and Michael.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': A number of Monroe militia soldiers display this toward Sebastian Monroe. However, it seems to be mostly due to fear rather than an actual loyalty, considering how foolish and deranged Monroe is. Still, Jeremy Baker, one of his oldest friends stuck with him in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]". [[spoiler: When Monroe is about to have Baker executed out of paranoia, Baker gives him a speech about how Miles Matheson and Tom Neville betrayed Monroe because Monroe made them do so, Baker stuck with him through it all because he thought they were making a better world, Monroe will be all alone when he conquers the continent, and that Baker wouldn't wish that on his worst enemy, let alone his friend]].
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': Vorenus. Once he swears fidelity to a cause or a person he will remain loyal to the end. Or as Octavian puts it, "''The man turns loyalty into a vice.''"
* ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'': [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is completely loyal to John Connor, and perfectly willing to be destroyed to protect him, to the point that she [[spoiler: implants a bomb in her head and gives the detonator to John]] in case she "goes bad." This is juxtaposed with a termination protocol that Skynet hardwired into her to kill John Connor specifically, which activates when she takes severe damage at the start of the series' second season. She is eventually able to override this protocol, but her fears that the damage she took will make her hostile again form a major part of her internal conflict over the series.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': JD towards Dr. Cox, one of the most prominent hallmarks of their relationship, especially whenever Cox is pitted against an outsider (or Kelso).
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': John Watson. He refused to believe that his best friend was a fraud, [[spoiler: even when ''Sherlock himself''[[note]]under duress from Moriarty, who'd threatened to kill John and everyone else Sherlock cared about[[/note]] was telling him so before jumping off a rooftop to his [[FakingTheDead 'death']].]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** He only appeared in six episodes, but [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Regan Matthews]] was characterised by his complete and undying loyalty to LexLuthor.
** Chloe Sullivan may be PlatonicLifePartners with Clark Kent, but she demonstrated this more than once.
-->'''Chloe''': I'd never tell anyone (about his secret). I'd die before I'd ever betray you.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Samantha Carter would walk through fire for Jack O'Neill. Jack O'Neill "would rather die than lose Carter." And of course, SG-1 "is a team. No one else can begin to understand what that really means."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The crew of the "USS Enterprise". This has three major variations: [[HeterosexualLifePartners Kirk]] and [[HoYay Spock's]] loyalty to each other, [[PowerTrio Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=]'s]] loyalty to each other, and [[TrueCompanions the whole crew's]] loyalty to each other. It only gets more blatant the more films you watch.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The Winchester boys take the "undying" part ''literally.''
** This is Meg's central defining character trait, and possibly the only reason she's been able to slide so far into [[SociopathicHero heroic sociopath]] territory, despite committing numerous atrocities completely unapologetically and being Lucifer's staunchest supporter. At one point, she gives Dean a speech about why she didn't sell them out, ending with the line: "I'm talking cause, douchebag, as in reason to get up in the morning"
** Since the show is basically about family relationships, this trait is fairly common. Other characters who exhibit strong tendencies towards loyalty include John, Bobby, Cas (before and after the civil war lead to the complete breakdown of his moral code), Balthazar (towards Cas), Gabriel (towards Lucifer and Michel), Rufus (towards his dead wife and Bobby), Ellen and Joe. The MonsterOfTheWeek episodes frequently feature humans and monsters who readily sacrifice their lives or hang around after death in order to protect their loved ones.
*** Castiel's loyalty to Dean is so strong that when Naomi attempted to brainwash him into killing Dean, she had to force him to [[NightmareFuel kill hundreds of realistic facsimiles]] in order for the brainwashing to take--[[spoiler: [[ThePowerOfLove and it still didn't hold! ]] ]]
* In ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', a series where every other professional alliance and relationship is completely destroyed at least once, Sam stays on as Malcolm's PA for the entirety of the show's eight year run.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** The White House senior staff are strongly characterized by their devout, unshakable loyalty to President Bartlet ([[AFatherToHisMen who is similarly loyal to them, freely risking political capital rather than throw members of his staff under the bus]]), occasionally to the point of MyMasterRightOrWrong. However, they are also [[TrueCompanions similarly protective of each other]], putting their loyalty to their fellow staffers [[HonorBeforeReason before morality or reason]], comparing their relationships to [[ThickerThanWater family ties]].
** Special note must be taken of Charlie Young and his utter devotion to the President. How strong is this man's loyalty to his boss? The Secret Service cannot keep him away from President Barlett during a White House lockdown. And in the episode "Two Cathedrals", Charlie forgoes wearing a raincoat out into a hurricane's bow, just because the president chooses not to wear one.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': It doesn't seem to matter what you throw at them, nothing so far discovered can break Mulder and Scully apart for more than a few hours - and even then, they just rebound with a tighter bond than before.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The {{VOCALOID}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwnyPIbt1BA Servant of Evil]] is a companion song to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q46Osg9C4pA Daughter of Evil]] tells of the loyalty a servant has to his twin sister, whose cruel and evil acts led to the destruction of her kingdom. The brother, despite being a good man, follows her into evil willingly because of his loyalty, even going so far as to murder the woman he loved by her order. In the end, when the sister's castle was about to fall to an army after her head, the brother switched places with her, allowing himself to be executed in her place.
* Creator/BiancaRyan 's song "I Will" is practically ''made'' of this:
-->''I will come running to you''
-->''Nothing I wouldn't do.''
-->''I will never desert you, hurt you''
-->''I want you to know''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR-83S-WDhQ VOiCE]] is a pretty upbeat song about a robot and his undying loyalty to his master (HatsuneMiku) who was taken away from him because of a war. Even till his last breath, he still protects his master's house, hoping to see her one more time.
* Rick Astley is [[RickRoll Never gonna give you up]], never gonna let you down...
* Heather Alexander summed up the core of what every pet owner sees in [[LoyalAnimalCompanion their friend's]] eyes in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx0ap6PBHac&list=PL-vqfuntBkU4qeN37YvabisSpsO8emVWk Familiar's Promise]]''.

--> If it's courage you seek, I am yours to command.
--> I don't outwardly speak, but I still understand.
--> Through your joy and your strife, I'll attend to any task;
--> I will lay down my life; all you need do is ask.

--> Lay your hand on my head
--> As the firelight dies,
--> And believe what I've said,
--> For this love never lies.

* The speaker of "Quiet Little Voices" by We Were Promised Jetpacks is this in full:
--> In any which direction, call me
--> I will run for you, I'll come for you
--> I'll die for you, I'll come for you
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Hanuman, as described in the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'' is completely devoted to Rama, to the point he swears he will live as long as Rama's name is spoken and revered, ''effectively becoming immortal''.
* Penelope to Odysseus in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
** For that matter, Odysseus' dog in the same tale. The dog waited patiently for twenty years in abject neglect for his master to return, and when Odysseus does (albeit incognito), the dog recognizes him enough to wag its tail, then dies.
* Achates to Aeneas in ''TheAeneid''.
* Hagen to Gunther in ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'', Butler has this for his employer, Victoria, despite her terrible treatment of him and her BlackWidow tendencies. [[spoiler:Justified, as he is secretly her father, and treasures her as his only surviving link to her late mother.]]
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[[folder:Poetry]]
* ''Literature/TheBattleOfMaldon'':
-->Here lies our [[MagneticHero leader]]\\
In the dust of his [[WarriorPrince greatness]]\\
Who leaves him now be [[HonorBeforeReason shamed forever]]\\
I who am [[BadassGrandpa old]] will not leave this [[LastStand battle]]\\
But will lie by his side in the dust with my [[MyMasterRightOrWrong Master]]
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[[folder:ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Wrestling/AJStyles was known for his loyalty to Wrestling/{{TNA}}, having been one of the few constants in the ever-changing company. However, their continued incompetence and misuse of his talents caused him to leave for good in December 2013. That was taken as a sign by many fans that TNA was going down the drain.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In {{Gurps}} this is called "Sense of Duty".
* LegendOfTheFiveRings gives us the story of the [[MagnificentBastard Scorpion Clan Champion]] Bayushi Ujiro and his bodyguard Shunsen. Ujiro issued a challenge to the other Clan champions to determine which clan best understood the concept of loyalty. The challenge involved all the champions and their bodyguards performing an action to be set by Ujiro. If the bodyguards do not follow through with the command, that clan is disqualified. So, Ujiro gives Shunsen the command, [[WhatTheHellHero "Kill me."]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He did, then commited suicide.]] The gathered Clan champions and bodyguards, shocked, conceded defeat. And then the Crane go and adapt the event for [[TheMovie Winter,]] because that's just how the Crane are!
* In the ''{{Planescape}}'' setting, the modrons (little, clockwork creatures native to Mechanus) are like this. As the living embodiments of Law, they obey the orders of their immediate superior without question, as that is part of their nature, and they cannot comprehend disobedience. Unfortunately, with some of the weaker, less intelligent ones, they can't use their own judgment to interpret orders, and have to be told to do ''everything''. For example, if a group of monodrones (the lowest type) are told to "attack", they do so until they are slain or the superior tells them to stop attacking, even if that means fighting each other when all enemies are defeated. (Their description in the manual says that it is fortunate they don't have to eat, or they'd have to be ordered to do ''that''.)
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In ''{{Transformers}}'', Megatron usually has at least one Decepticon like this. Soundwave gets a gold star for consistency; '''GLORIOUS''' [[TransformersAnimated Lugnut]] for effort.
** And Starscream. [[spoiler: In the [[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]] universe, at least...]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Heroine to the Hero in ''ShinMegamiTenseiI''. She ditches her role as the Messiah to follow whatever he believes in. She's a bro.
** Normally, in ''Shin Megami Tensei'' games involving demon summoning, [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou your death means a Game Over]], handwaved by your demons abandoning their now-dead master. However, in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', should you fall in battle, any of your demons that are still alive will continue to fight until victory is achieved or they perish alongside you.
---> ''The rest of the team is trying their best...''
* Missile, from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', is ''literally'' this. After he dies [[spoiler:for the second time, this time with ghost tricks of his own, he opts to stay dead just to help save Lynne and Kamila]]. If that's not enough, the ending reveals that [[spoiler:Ray is actually Missile from a previous BadFuture where he couldn't save anyone with his swap trick, so he [[TheSlowPath goes back in time and]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}} waits ten long years]] to make the black cat Sissel think he was the man in red, knowing that said main was tied to Lynne and Kamila's murders and Sissel is only concerned about discovering his identity]]. If that isn't the Crowning Moment of Undying Loyalty, what is?
* In ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask, it's revealed at the end of the game that [[spoiler: everything that Henry had done for the last 18 years was part of his effort to find Randall and prepare for his possible return. He even entered into a false marriage with Randall's girlfriend, Angela, just to save her from being essentially married-off to another man.]]
* T3-M4 in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': The Sith Lords (Contrast the first game, where his only sense of personality is as a foil to HK-47) is noted by other characters as being loyal to The Exile and becomes quite the sociopath (but played for laughs as his victims are droids) when [[spoiler:she is captured by Goto]] and it needs to help rescue her.
** Also from the second ''[=KotOR=]'' [[spoiler:every single member of your party except Kreia due to the Jedi Exile's unique force bonds with them]], and even [[spoiler:Kreia likes the exile for being The Force's {{Ubermensch}}.]]
** HK-47 is himself an example, as he is loyal to Revan almost to the degree of hero-worship.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, the defining characteristic of [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] (apart from being the Ultimate {{Badass}} Of The Known Space) is the ability to inspire UndyingLoyalty [[MagneticHero in his/her squad and crew members.]] This is {{Lampshaded}} a lot in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' by the Illusive Man, and most of the second game is, in fact, spent gaining the complete loyalty of his/her crew members (or at least making sure they won't be distracted by any personal business). [[WhatAnIdiot Or]] [[DownerEnding not.]]
** The two returning squadmates from ''[=ME1=]'', Tali and Garrus, are already devoted to Shepard even before their loyalty missions in the second game. In particular, if you bring Garrus to the entrance of a quarantine zone for an epidemic that ''kills his species but not humans,'' he'll offer to follow you in even though you have human teammates available: "It's your call, Shepard. If you need me, I'm not going to let a damn cough keep me back."
*** Tali makes her hatred for Cerberus, the terrorist organization that Shepard is forced to work with in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', clear from the very beginning and tells Shepard that she's only joining the mission for his/her sake.
** Although she only joins the squad in {{DLC}}, you can learn that Liara's devotion to you drove her to absurd lengths between games. First, she went out of her way to find Shepard's body and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Then, she handed the body over to Cerberus despite her fears and mistrust of them because they were the only ones offering a small chance of Shepard coming back. Then, she embarked on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against said "wrong hands", namely the Shadow Broker, the mightiest crime lord in the galaxy [[BerserkButton for daring to try to harm Shepard.]] And the reason she was so cold to you in the second game? She was scared senseless that Shepard CameBackWrong due to Cerberus' manipulation. But even with that fear, her loyalty to Shepard's cause never wavered, maybe even being the most loyal to Shepard's cause, which is saying a lot.
*** Can also fit into ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend to Shepard if s/he romanced Liara in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''.
** In [[SuperSoldier Grunt's]] case, even before his loyalty's solidified he pretty much already has nothing but total respect for Shepard and is quick to defend him/her to those who dare spit on his/her name. All thanks to their very first exchange, when Shepard stood up to him (when Grunt had him/her pinned against a wall) and had a gun on him without him noticing it. Being a total {{Badass}} will have that effect on [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]].
** Then there's [[AcePilot Joker]] and Dr. Chakwas who are willing to follow Shepard into hell and back and even join Cerberus partly because they were bringing Shepard back.
** This loyalty also applies to Javik, the [[spoiler: last of the Protheans.]] This is probably because Shepard helps Javiks personal mission to defeat the Reapers.
** [[PapaWolf And of course Shepard him]] / [[MamaBear herself to his/her crew]]. [[BerserkButton Threatening the people under his/her command]] is ''not'' advised. [[{{Badass}} EVER!]]
** Shepard can even inspire this in people (s)he's only worked with once or twice: in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', speaking to Kirrahe on the salarian homeworld will result in him promising to support you in retaking Earth, regardless of the salarian government's decision on the matter. [[spoiler:If the salarian government does decide not to support you, most likely because you cured the krogan genophage against their wishes, Kirrahe goes AWOL in order to join you... and takes the ''entire salarian Special Tasks Group with him!'']]
** Both subverted and played straight with Miranda Lawson. Subverted with the Illusive Man, as while she consistently proclaimed her undying loyalty to him and Cerberus, she eventually lost her idealistic vision of the organization and made a HeelFaceTurn. Despite some initial tension, it is eventually played straight towards Shepard.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:if the genophage is cured (and Wrex is still alive), then the entire krogan species get this towards humanity and Shepard in particular, with Wrex even promising that the krogan people would gladly lend areas of Tuchanka for displaced human refugees from Earth. This is a pretty significant gesture, since the krogan are about to undergo a massive population boom and desperately need all the land they can get.]]
** This point is finally [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped rather unsubtly driven home]] in the "Citadel" DLC for ''[=ME3=]'', where it is demonstrated that the main difference between Shepard and [[spoiler:his/her secret ShadowArchetype clone]] is that the former has ''friends'' who'd walk into a fire for him/her, while the latter only has ''minions''.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', every party member's opinion of you will fluctuate depending on your actions. Be too evil and some will hate you, too noble, others likewise. It ''is'' possible to get them all to 100% approval, but their approval can drop without warning if you do the wrong thing in their eyes. The sole exception is your [[BigFriendlyDog Mabari war hound]], whose approval of you is eternally maxed out. Additionally, if the player character is of [[BlueBlood Human Noble]] [[MultipleChoicePast origin]], the Dog will have UndyingLoyalty from even before the game starts. Little Daddy's Boy/Girl got a purebred Mabari pup sometime in the past and by the time of the game, that pup has become [[HelloInsertNameHere Dog]].
** Also, Alistair. All of the other humanoid party members can be asked/directed to leave the party, but that's not an option with him, and even if his opinion of you drops down to nothing he will stay with you. For Alistair, the Grey Warden order was the only family he ever truly had, and you are the only other surviving member of the group in Ferelden. [[spoiler:He will only leave after the Landsmeet, if you decide to spare Loghain. It's actually a gameplay mechanic to ensure that there is at least one male Grey Warden at all times.]]
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' promotes it to a gameplay mechanic: once you've maxed out a companion's Friendship or Rivalry, it will remain permanently locked there, signifying his or her unyielding loyalty to Hawke. In the endgame, this means that with a single exception ([[spoiler:Sebastian, whose loyalty to the [[TheChurch Chantry]] is greater than to Hawke]]), party members will stick with Hawke no matter what agenda s/he pursues.
*** Varric, in particular, never abandons Hawke and is even willing to kill old friends of his to protect him/her. At the end of the Legacy DLC, if done late in Act II or Act III, he tells of a conversation that Hawke has with his/her [[spoiler:dead mother]] and admits that it didn't actually happen. He took the liberty because he wanted his friend to get the closure he felt s/he deserved but never got.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Sif, the Great Grey Wolf. ([[spoiler:Sif stands watch over his master's grave and will fight to the death in a [[FieldOfBlades field of the rusted blades]] of would-be grave robbers to protect it, even if he is [[PlayerPunch too weak to swing his sword without falling over.]]]])
* Generally, the noble antagonists in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' have like this as a key character trait which leads to their death. Also UndyingLoyalty to the main character is a common trait of most [[CrutchCharacter Jeigan characters]] including Jagen/Jeigan himself
** [[spoiler:Wolf to Hardin]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]''.
** Ishtar to Yurius in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]''
** Brenya and Murdock to Zephiel in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]''.
** Selena to Vigarde in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]''
** Bryce to Ashnard in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]''
** FireEmblem has a musical theme in several of the games called "[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome A Knight's Oath]]." It plays when a character with a backstory in military service to the Hero's nation joins.
** In ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' there is also Soren, the very blunt cynical tactician who is distant and distrusts everyone... except his commander and best friend, Ike. His loyalty is ''so'' undying, that if he actually ''[[FinalDeath dies]]'' in the final chapter of the second game (he is ordinarily spared for plot reasons) his final words tell Ike that he must outlive armageddon, he tells multiple people including Ike himself that he will ''never'' leave Ike's side, and if Ike [[RelationshipValues chooses to leave him behind?]] He still thinks about Ike for the rest of his life. [[spoiler: Well, it's hard not to be loyal to the guy who was the first to treat you with any dignity at all ''and'' saved your life.]]
** In ''[[VideoGameRemake New]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'', [[HelloInsertNameHere My Unit]] is ''intensely'' loyal to [[TheHero Marth]]. In return, Marth considers him/her a [[TheConfidant trusted ally and friend]].
** Ditto in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' between [[HelloInsertNameHere the Avatar]] and [[TheHero Chrom]]. [[spoiler: Notably, Chrom returns the favor in a late-game confrontation, telling another hero who is threatening the Avatar that even if the latter is an unwilling ManchurianAgent for the BigBad, he trusts him/her with his life.]]
* Youmu from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is intensely loyal to her mistress, Yuyuko. In the fighting game, ''Immaterial and Missing Power'', Youmu briefly questions Yuyuko's actions but just as promptly castigates herself harshly for it.
** The same can also be said of Sakuya and her mistress Remilia. ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu II'', one of the franchise's fangames, has her going on a RoaringRampageOfRescue for her ''ojou-sama'''s sake.
* Possibly the TropeCodifier for Video Game examples would have to be The Boss from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. "Loyalty To The End." is her BadassCreed and her primary motivation to the exclusion of all else. [[SerialEscalation The sheer scale of the sacrifices she makes in the name of that creed border on ridiculousness]]. [[spoiler: In short (no easy task), she killed her own lover and father of her child under orders, was irradiated during nuclear testing, shot in the head, horrifically injured while being a top secret participant in the Mercury Project, betrayed all of her friends to their deaths and ultimately murdered by her most beloved pupil after a lifetime of painful sacrifices without solace or reward, and condemned to be remembered as a traitorous war criminal. All in the name of the United States government, which she had known since childhood to be corrupt from within by a dying conspiracy, and purely so that conspiracy could steal a huge amount of money from Russia. And yet, "Loyalty To The End." The revelation in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' that she was suffering from brain damage may undermine all this an iota however.]]
** Her and the Sorrow's [[GenerationXerox counterparts,]] Solid Snake and Otacon. Even when the entire world is against them, [[HeterosexualLifePartners they will]] [[HoYay absolutely NEVER]] abandon each other. [[spoiler: Even at the very end of the series - the very end of Snake's life -[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Otacon outright refuses to leave Snake's side.]] Snake's ''last word'' in the series is Otacon's name.]]
*** Gray Fox is another great example in this series. Raised as a child soldier in Africa during the Mozambique Civil War during the 1960s where he was nicknamed Frank Jaegar by his enemies for his "frank" appearance as a boy which he tricked them with until he killed them as a fierce "hunter" (Jaegar is German for hunter). Big Boss defeated the young Frank when he attacked him on patrol one day and rescued him from the war and brought him back to a U.S friendly safe zone but unfortunately the Philosophers experiment on him and turn him into a mind-controlled super soldier and years later Big Boss rescues him from this fate as well. Frank joins Big Boss's FOXHOUND Unit and from the 1970s until the 1990s serves under Big Boss's command in conflicts all around the world and earns their highest title of Fox, but despite his prowess as a warrior Fox tells Snake of how once again Big Boss came to his rescue when he had been captured by the enemy and they tortured him. In Gray Fox's eyes Big Boss is a father figure and the man to whom he owes his life; this undying loyalty to the man is so extreme that he betrays America and joins Big Boss's Outer Heaven cause even going so far as to fight his friend Solid Snake in a battle to the death. Fox's loyalty wasn't to a country or an ideal but to a man, Big Boss.
** While he may be the TropeNamer for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and a MagnificentBastard of the highest order, Revolver Ocelot will never betray [[spoiler:Big Boss.]]
* Lyon from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' is very devoted to the Prince, on whom she also develops BodyguardCrush.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' demonstrates both the good and bad sides of this trope:
** Kratos's feelings of loyalty toward [[spoiler:Mithos]] have him lingering on the wrong side of morality for [[spoiler:thousands of years,]] including nearly all of the game.
** Botta's loyalty to his leader is his primary character trait, and even leads to [[spoiler:his HeroicSacrifice in order to save the party]] and thus make sure someone gets a message back to said leader.
** An odd example considering how he [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor spends a lot of the first game]]]], but Zelos can become like this towards Lloyd if you play a path that earns his trust. While the first game shows this a little, the second game drives it home as Zelos is the ''only'' character to have complete faith Lloyd's innocent (even ''Colette'' is shown to have a few doubts). He even ditches the party ''twice'': one time because he feels finding Lloyd is more important than their quest ''to save the world'', and the other time simply because Emil badmouthed his friend.
* Guy to Luke in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss.'' Sure, he has a brief moment of weakness after [[spoiler: Luke destroys Akzeriuth,]] but he's the only one who returns to Luke's side voluntarily. After that, ''nothing'' will keep Guy from backing Luke up. When [[ColonelBadass Jade]] - in-universe, easily the most terrifying party member - suggests that Luke [[spoiler: pull a HeroicSacrifice,]] Guy lifts ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Jade the Necromancer]]'' off the ground by his collar. It gets to the point where he'll willingly hold Tear back, despite his pathological fear of touching women, at Luke's request, so Luke can [[spoiler: perform said HeroicSacrifice uninterrupted]]. Of course, as it happens, he's on the verge of tears.
** And don't forget [[TeamPet Mieu]]. He didn't give up Luke at any moment and recognized him as Master even [[spoiler:when everybody got sick of him over the Tartarus when they first got into the Qliphoth]].
* Deekin in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights is able to resist the BigBad, one of the rulers of the Nine Hells, and who is simultaneously offering him great power to crush the Dragons he served under and is using his TrueName to force him into helping. Merely telling Deekin you will miss him grants him will enough to fight off the most powerful magic in the planes.
-->''M: "Come, join me. What has done but hold you back from your potential? I could make you a force that all dragons would bow down to in fear! All the world would know your name, Deekin, and fear it!"
-->D: "No! You may be bigger than the boss, but... but... DEEKIN NOT LIKES YOU!!"
-->M: "You dare defy me, reptile?!"
-->D: "That's right! Deekin defies you! Deekin stands by the boss... to the end!" ''
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Steiner is portrayed as loyal to the royal family of Alexandria, there in which lies his [[ConflictingLoyalty personal conflict]] when he's forced to choose between loyalty to Queen Brahne and his sworn duty to protect Princess Garnet.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 3'', the spirits of the fallen Spartans will come to Kratos' aid when he invokes the "Army of Sparta" magic. Even in death his soldiers remain loyal to him.
* [[DragonInChief Sergei Vladimir]] to the Umbrella Corporation as a whole and [[BiggerBad Ozwell E. Spencer]] in particular in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles'', for a stark contrast with his [[TheRival rival]], [[WildCard Albert]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Wesker]]. Unlike most of his coworkers, he is absolutely determined to go down with the ship that is Umbrella; this largely stems from Umbrella having given him a home and a purpose following the collapse of the USSR. By the end of the game he's the only person still trying to hold Umbrella together, and he goes so far as to deliberately transform into a monster to try and stop Wesker from taking over the remnants of the company. When he dies, the company falls apart, as Sergei was the only one who was really keeping it intact.
** [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Alfred Ashford]] displays similar tendencies with regards to his sister Alexia, to whom he is obsessively loyal, even going so far as to create a split personality version of her during her absence.
* [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 The Heavy]] is intensely loyal to his teammates, [[HeterosexualLifePartners especially]] [[HoYay towards]] [[FanPreferredCouple the Medic.]]
* Fenrich to Valvatorez in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}''. Hell, Fenrich's CatchPhrase is "All is for my Lord". Doubles as a subversion to FurAgainstFang, with Fenrich and Valvatorez, respectively.
* This is showcased rather tragically in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. The Ikana warriors encountered in the game guard the long abandoned and ruined Ikana Kingdom even in death, their ghoulish spirits still roaming the area out of a devotion to their commander. Link encounters the Captain of the Guards in this area and helps him find peace so he can pass onto the afterlife at long last; his last order as the Captain is for Link to let his soldiers know that the war is over. When told this, the soldiers in question finally let go of their obligation to the Kingdom and move on. The King of Ikana also still haunts his Kingdom, and even in death he protects his throne when he sees Link, thinking him to be an enemy. When Link defeats the King in battle, he laments to Link his sadness over the fall of his Kingdom and how foolish he was to let it happen, but he acknowledges that it is finally time to let go and rest in peace. As a parting gift, he gives Link the tools he needs to defeat the final dungeon of the game.
* ''KidIcarus'': Palutena, goddess of wisdom, gets this from her angel (who is [[OneManArmy pretty much her entire army]]), Pit. He is very quick to get into a shouting match with all sorts of divinities that insult her, and [[spoiler:even when she was possessed and sent his lifeless body to slaughter untold amounts of innocent people, he gave everything to bring her back to herself again.]]
* Captured {{Pokemon}} will follow a trainer's every command, provided they like the Trainer enough.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' there is the Shadow Triad, three mysterious, shadowy figures who are utterly loyal to Ghestis for some unknown reason. Even when Ghestis is defeated and is [[VillainousBreakdown driven mad]], making him no longer a threat, they will show up at a spot every month, challenging you out of desire for revenge. (They won't force you, however.)
** Before them, in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', Archer, top Team Rocket executive, displayed this to [[TheDon Giovanni]]. Despite being the current boss of a powerful crime syndicate, his entire plan revolved around getting Giovanni to come out of hiding and reclaim his place as leader of the organization.
** You have the option of releasing a Pokemon into the wild from the PC. If you try to do this to your very first Pokemon, it will comes back and the game tells you "It was worried about you." Even if you've kept it in the PC ever since that was allowed.
** With the introduction of Pokemon Amie in ''VideoGame/PokemonXandY'', you can form close bonds with your Pokemon that can result in them overcoming status afflictions, dodging hits, hitting critically more often, and even REFUSING to faint all out of loyalty and love for their trainer.
** Gardevoir, in particular, deserves special mention. Throughout the games, one fact continually gets mentioned in the Pokedex: It will protect its trainer, even at the cost of its own life. Damn...
* A defining trait of the character [[SoulSeries Voldo]] is his great devotion to his long deceased master, Vercci.
* Three characters in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' exhibit this trope, all of which have [[JustifiedTrope good reasons]] for doing so.
** [[GeniusBruiser Iron]] [[HollywoodCyborg Tager]] is a field officer and research assistant working under [[MadScientist Professor Kokonoe]], and would follow any order she gives him with minimal hesitation - he may question it at first, but that doesn't stop him from obeying. [[spoiler:He was an Ikarugan officer who was horribly injured during an operation to recover [[ArtifactOfDoom Deus Machina: Nirvana]] from the NOL, and Kokonoe [[WeCanRebuildHim literally had to reconstruct him]] into a demonesque cyborg. She wiped some of his memories of a particularly traumatic incident soon therafter, and had programmed him into total loyalty, but that is not to say programming and personality cannot overlap - even when he finds out about that incident, he is still loyal to her.]]
** Valkenhayn [[BattleButler R. Hellsing]] is one of the Six Heroes who fought off the [[EldritchAbomination Black]] [[{{Orochi}} Beast]] over ninety years ago and is a massively hardened {{badass}}, [[spoiler:but well before it erupted from the cauldron in Japan he was a mere vigilante. One of his missions set him upon Claudius Alucard, who while trouncing him offered him a position as a butler to his house - Valkenhayn accepted and has been loyal to Claudius ever since. When Claudius set out to help Jubei and Hakumen banish Terumi to the Boundary, Valkenhayn swore to look after his daughter Rachel - ninety years in multiple timelines has passed and not once has he swayed from that vow, and he is one of the very few people Rachel genuinely respects.]]
** [[GenkiGirl Makoto]] [[NuttySquirrel Nanaya]] had faced some of the worst FantasticRacism in the world and had grown a JerkassFacade just to get away from it all, but found herself opening up to Noel and Tsubaki when they stood up to the [[UpperClassTwit "noble" twats]] that took it upon themselves to bully her. The three became very close friends over the Academy years, and she came to accept Jin and Carl as well. To say that her friends are the framework of her new identity is not hyperbole - her "[[{{Determinator}} unyielding will]]" is all her own, but for their sake she is not afraid to make the rest of the world her enemy, going so far as to [[spoiler:defect from the NOL and send a thinly-veiled threat to Sector Seven through Tager]] just to protect Noel, and these bonds are literally ''half'' the reason (said "unyielding will" is the other half) [[spoiler:she manages to survive a round trip between timelines '''through the friggin' [[EldritchLocation Boundary]].''']]
* ''JakAndDaxter'': Though [[DirtyCoward a coward]] who has a penchant for [[MilesGloriosus telling tall tales]] that primarily [[ItsAllAboutMe revolve around himself]], Daxter is defined by his undying loyalty to his HeterosexualLifePartner Jak. Even if he has no qualms [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick voicing his dislike]] of all the situations Jak drags him into.
* Billy Kane of ''FatalFury'' and ''TheKingOfFighters'' is the right-hand man of Geese Howard. Before everything else, he is the right-hand man of Geese Howard. In the ''Maximum Impact'' sideseries, he abandons Southtown for England when Geese dies... but as soon as a new gang moves into Southtown, Billy goes back, because ''only Geese can rule Southtown''. When fighting Rock Howard, Geese's son, Billy's prefight dialogue is anger that Rock isn't taking up Geese's legacy.
* In ''{{Dishonored}}'', there's a villainous example in the form of [[ProfessionalKiller the Whalers]] to their leader, Daud. They are willing to risk their lives against a man more powerful and skilled than they are to defend Daud, and will only let Daud fight alone if he commands it; [[spoiler:after being badly wounded so that he can no longer fight, Daud has to tell them to leave a ''second'' time to get them to back off]]. A heroic example is [[PlayerCharacter Corvo]], who has UndyingLoyalty to the Empress and her daughter, Emily.
* In ''AssassinsCreed'' you gain people who will serve your cause with complete loyalty by saving them.
* VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas has the Ferocious Loyalty perk, which gives companions a serious boost to their damage resistance [[BerserkButton when the Courier is wounded badly.]]
** Members of Caesar's Legion are all fiercely loyal to Caesar, at least to a point. In certain cases, there's at least one Legionnaire who is not above considering Caesar a megalomaniac who is clearly losing it (due to a severe brain tumor) and Ulysses was a former Legionnaire who has lost faith in the Legion, but still feels a certain kinship with it's men.
* Over the course of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, Donald and Goofy form a undying loyalty towards Sora; a noticeable example is when [[spoiler: they were forced to join Riku, who by that point has become a major antagonist, out of their King's orders. When Riku was about to finish Sora off, Donald and Goofy imminently [[{{HeelFaceTurn}} rejoin]] their friend]].
** They also hold undying loyalty towards [[{{MickeyMouse}} King Mickey]], but [[spoiler: betray him at one point to help Sora fight alongside their allies in the [[{{TheWarSequence}} Battle of the 1000 Heartless]]. At least Mickey understands why they defied his order and forgives them]].
** And then, there's the [[{{Mon}} Dream Eaters]], particularly Meow Wow and Komory Bat, the respective starters of Sora and Riku.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 3]]'' reveals some of the undead who actively oppose [[BigBad Ratatosk]] due to their loyalty to Queen Hel. [[spoiler: It turns out ''[[TheMole The Count]]'' is one of them and [[StealthMentor Stealth Mentors]] Django during their fight.]]
* Stern and Levi towards their Lord Dearche in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny''. While they may infuriate her her several times and will flatly refuse Dearche's orders if they don't agree with it, everything they do, they do it for Lord Dearche's benefit. If they need to sacrifice their lives to ensure that their king survives and achieves [[SheIsTheKing her]] goal, they will do so without hesitation.
--> '''Stern''': I am the flame that opens the path of my king... Even if I am extinguished, I will have no regrets.
* The Companions guild of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' exhibit this in spades for one another. They refer to each other as "Shield-Brother" and "Shield-Sister," and most if not all of them consider the guild to be their true family.
** Driven home by their initiation rites, in which a senior guild member essentially swears to die defending you if necessary.
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* Several of the Servants in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' would qualify. Saber, Berserker and Rider are probably the best examples, though the latter two are not immediately obvious. Archer has signs of this towards his master Rin from time to time [[spoiler:despite flat out betraying her in the route centered around him.]]
** Especially notable in Saber's case, as she was betrayed by Kiritsugu in ''FateZero'' along with Irisviel, who she had true loyalty to. But even in arcs where Saber is bound and/or corrupted by magic, she still has an overriding protectiveness of Shirou.
** None in the franchise embodies it more than the Fourth Grail War's Rider, [[spoiler:Iskander, King of Conquerors]], whose men are so loyal to him that he [[spoiler:can create a Reality Marble from which to summon them to fight by his side once more. And later on, when Waver loses his Command Spells, Rider still sticks with him because, in his words, "Whether or not [you] are a Master, you are my friend, and that will never change."]]
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Skins}}'' Jordan has stood by her werewolf lover despite the terrible thing he did during the Kettletown mission. She even risks her own career to use an upcoming mission to give him a chance to redeem himself.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' '''Everyone''' in Mechanicsburg, from [[SuperSoldier Jäger]][[BloodKnight monsters]] to the town butcher to every minion and constructed monstrosity in between, are loyal to the Heterodyne family, to the point of twenty years later they are still waiting for them to come back.
** [[LargeAndInCharge General Goomblast]] explicitly states that the Jägers are ''voluntarily'' loyal to the Heterodynes, having made a solemn decision to serve the house for the rest of their unending lives before drinking the SuperSerum that transformed them. The sole exception to this is Vole, who abandoned his oath, and is no longer considered a Jäger by the rest.
*** It seems as though this, more than anything, is what gave the Heterodyne's their power. Most [[MadScientist Sparks]] use various flavors of mind control on their creations, who eventually [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn on them]]. Most--if not all--Heterodyne creations serve their masters voluntarily, even after centuries of service.
*** Heterodynes, apparently, gain the loyalty of both their own creations and those of others by [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130710 NOT demanding it.]]
** Natural minions will remain loyal to their Sparks, even against their better judgment. Mechanicsburg, ancestral home of the Heterodynes, happens to be completely populated with natural minions loyal to House Heterodyne, each one of them as much a latent-blooded brigand as their masters.
* ''SomethingPositive'': The entire oddball band of TrueCompanions has this as their primary virtue. Whatever else you can say about them, they're devoted to each other.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Becquerel, Jade's [[PhysicalGod First Guardian]] dog, is so completely devoted to her that [[spoiler:when he is prototyped, [[OmnicidalManiac Jack Noir]] (the resulting creation) inherits his loyalty to her and not only can't bring himself to kill Jade, but actually ''[[NiceJobFixingItVillain puts into motion the process of]] [[CameBackStrong reviving her after she is killed]]''.]]
* In ''TheChallengesOfZona'', main character Mentl uses this trope to describe his feelings for Zona, swearing that he would die beside her, and ordering her never to tell her to save himself after [[spoiler: wiping out an army of monsters in a fireball that was hot enough to MELT the cave they were in to slag.]]
* After the Kane arc in SonicTheComicOnline Tails is the only person who still believes in [[HeroWithBadPublicity Son]][[BrokenPedestal ic]].
* Durkon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is so loyal to his TrueCompanions that he remains faithful to and helpful to them even after [[spoiler: being killed, turned into a vampire, and his alignment shifted from Good to Evil. Sadly, it turns out that this was all an act by the evil High Priest of Hel possessing Durkon. The real Durkon is trapped in his own body]].
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* CrazyAwesome Jade Sinclair (Generator) to PersonOfMassDestruction Billie Wilson (Tennyo), in the WhateleyUniverse. To the point that she now has a demon mark on her [[spoiler:because part of Tennyo is not human]], and feels Billie's pain [[spoiler:through that mark]].
* While the real people of WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses show this off all the time (see real life), Ma-Ti in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' lampshaded how WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic will do anything for the people he cares about.
* A villainous example in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': Trickster, the leader of the Travelers, is incredibly devoted to his girlfriend, Noelle, [[spoiler: who he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero dosed with a power formula]] that [[BodyHorror turned her into an anorexic's nightmare]]]], to the point that he's willing to [[spoiler: [[CavalryBetrayal betray ''everyone'']], including his own team,]] at her request, even when it means [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu taking on the most powerful superhero on the planet.]]
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* TJ from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. He may seem like a [[ClassClown thoughtless goof]] at times, but the heights he'll go to for people he cares about - mainly [[TrueCompanions the Recess gang]] - are beyond belief.
** Examples include ripping his ''own'' pants so Mikey [[SelfSacrificeScheme won't endure humiliation alone]], delibrately calling a teacher 'Mama' so the [[TakeMeInstead bullies pick on him instead of Spinelli]], pulling an all-nighter to get [[AFriendInNeed Gretchen the A she wanted]] and sending a ''telegraph message across the world'' to make sure Gus [[IGaveMyWord gets to the state fair]]. It even extends to authority figures and other random kids on the playground, as he refuses to befriend a cool new teacher out of [[MyMasterRightOrWrong loyalty to Miss Grotke]], [[SomeoneHasToDie endures the Dodge Ball Wall]] while putting the rightful king back on the throne and [[ZeroApprovalGambit pretends to be taken in by a public prank]] so playground order will be restored. He may be a pain in the arse for teachers but as a friend, he will literally go to hell and back for you.
* WesternAnimation/AdventureTime: Marceline is shown to be incredibly loyal to Simon (AKA The Ice King) in the 5th season premier, where she, in an alternate reality where the Lich never existed, defended his body for 1000 years, making sure that nobody stole his crown.
* ''DuckDodgers'' used a variant which featured a robot (a rare Warner Bros. acknowledgment of ''TheIronGiant'') serving as this to Dodgers, to the point of taking a meteor for Dodgers. In two different episodes.
** The Cadet is also no slouch in this department. He keeps [[{{Jerkass}} Dodgers]] out of trouble in spite of virtually never getting rewarded for it.
* From various ''{{Transformers}}'' cartoons:
** Soundwave throughout the entire ''[[WesternANimation/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1 Animated Series]]'', most notably in ''TransformersTheMovie.''
** Cyclonus of ''[[WesternANimation/TheTransformers The Transformers: Season 3]]'' towards Galvatron. In contrast to [[TheStarscream his predecessor]] as second-in-command.
** Glorious Lugnut from glorious ''TransformersAnimated'' Gloriously showed gloriously fanatical loyalty to glorious Megatron.
** Inferno and Scorponok from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Both acted as TheDragon, and both were the ''only'' Predacons to never turn on Megatron.
** In the ''[[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]'' continuity, where the Autobots are the villains and the Decepticons the heroes, Starscream is this to Megatron.
** [[SilentAntagonist Sound]][[EvilGenius wave]] in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is undyingly loyal to Megatron, to the point where his presence is probably the only thing that stops Starscream from pulling the plug on the BigBad. This is pretty typical for Soundwave across multiple continuities, actually. VillainOfTheWeek Skyquake displayed similar loyalty (and in fact took it to LawfulStupid levels), refusing to work for Starscream because only Megatron could give him orders, and following the last set of orders Megatron gave him to the letter.
** Skyquake's twin Dreadwing is also loyal to Megatron [[spoiler:but he reaches his breaking point after his sense of honor clashes with Megatron's ruthless pragmatism.]]
** Predaking pledges undying loyalty to Megatron after revealing his sentience, but Megatron remains suspicious. He tries to reduce the potential threat Predaking poses [[spoiler:by wiping out the other Predacons]], which backfires [[spoiler:once Predaking finds out.]]
** Ravage in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. A former Decepticon rebuilt as a Predacon, he still remains loyal to the original Megatron long after the Great War. He is unimpressed by the current Megatron. [[spoiler:Seeing the message the original Megatron inscribed on the Golden Disk convinces Ravage to help the current Megatron. When Rattrap manages to blow up Ravage's ship, Ravage's last words are "Decepticons, forever!"]]
* Fry's dog Seymour in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Jurassic Bark." The night before Fry was frozen, he told Seymour to wait for him, and [[spoiler:he does just that. The dog spent the rest of its life laying outside the pizza joint, year after year, waiting for his master to return until he ultimately dies of old age, and ''you have to watch it during the end credits'']]. This was so [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] that the creators ultimately [[spoiler: retconned the entire thing with a complicated plot about time travel which involved a second Fry back in the past who stayed with the dog his entire life.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Rainbow Dash represents this as her Element of Harmony.
*** This is best demonstrated by the trial Nightmare Moon put her through in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony the second episode]].
*** It is deconstructed by Discord in the second season premiere through a SadisticChoice and ConflictingLoyalty [[spoiler:what's more important -- your friends or your hometown?]], with brainwashing thrown in for good measure.
*** In the season 3 episode where [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash goes to the Wonderbolts Academy]], after another recruit nearly kills her friends with a tornado and shows no remorse, she goes to [[spoiler: Spitfire, the Wonderbolts' leader]] and says that if they're going to promote recklessness in the pursuit of improvement, then she quits! Rainbow Dash, who's been [[spoiler: wanting to join the Wonderbolts since the pilot episode, is willing to give up her greatest and dearest wish]] if it promotes the behavior that put her friends in mortal peril.
** Spike feels this way towards Twilight, as the 2nd episode of season 3 shows that [[spoiler: his greatest fear is her not needing him anymore]]. Twilight's greatest fear, as shown in the same episode, [[spoiler: is the same but with Celestia.]]
* [[NonHumanSidekick Naga]] is this for team Avatar, especially to Korra in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra.'' She even goes outside of Republic City to find Korra when [[spoiler: Tarrlok captures her]].
* Kenny in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' appears to be capable of this. In the movie he goes to hell so his friends can go back to the world as it was before the war. Also in a later episode he acted as a guardian angel for his sister Karen and protected her from bullies at school and their abusive agnostic foster parents.
* While Pinky is usually a regular oblivious BumblingSidekick in ''PinkyAndTheBrain'', his devotion to Brain is displayed in rather poignant levels at times. Despite the constant abuse and contempt Brain conveys over his stupidity, Pinky considers him his best friend and cheerfully goes through with every one of his orders. This is the guy who outright ''sold his soul to the devil'' in hope it could give Brain what he desired.
* PJ has this for Max on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', to the point where he will go out of his way to help Max even after Max spends the entire episode blatantly ignoring him or decides that they aren't friends anymore by falsely accusing him of being disloyal. [[TheSoCalledCoward Overall, he's apprehensive to a fault but he has saved Max's life multiple times without hesitation.]] When taken in conjunction with the fact that he has an [[AbusiveParents awful home life]] and a FriendlessBackground, and that [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Max provided a sanctuary for him to actually be happy sometimes]], this is close to inevitable.
* {{Darkseid}} is as villainous as you can get. Yet, when Superman defeats him with his own Omega Beams and throws him down to the slaves, what do they do? Carefully carry him away, genuinely worried about his safety. When Superman seems confused as to why people he believe he had freed would help him, Darkseid himself musters enough strength to answer:
---> '''Darkseid''': I am many things, Kal-El. But here, I am God.
** A lighter DCAU example is Jimmy Olsen. His loyalty to Superman never wavers, not even after Darkseid's {{brainwash}}ing him has made him a pariah to most of the planet. When asked for his opinion by a news crew, he vehemently retorts, "Superman's saved the world a million times. We ''owe'' him another chance!"
* Taken to disturbing degrees by Cyclops on ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' wherein he refuses to give up hope that his missing long time girlfriend Jean Grey may still be alive, despite his then current comic girlfriend Emma Frost being on hand.
* [[BattleButler Owen]] to David Xanatos in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. So much so that in "The Gathering" [[spoiler:Owen, aka ''Puck'' in a mortal guise, eventually overcomes his own perfectly justified fear of Oberon and fights his former liege to protect Xanatos and his family.]]
* A turning point in ''Riders Of Berk'' is when the dragons move to protect their riders, without being commanded to do so.
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* Joseph Goebbels. He remained at Hitler's side until the last minutes of the battle of Berlin and committed suicide two days after Hitler did.
** Ditto for his wife, Magda. And for that matter, Eva Braun, who committed suicide together with Hitler.
* One German officer told a story from WorldWarII when he was attached to a unit of [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finns]]. The Russians abducted a wounded Finn and subjected him to ColdBloodedTorture to lure his [[TrueCompanions comrades]] to come to his aid and walk into an ambush. The Finns instinctively grabbed their weapons and walked into the forest ''knowing perfectly well'' what the Russians were up to.
** At the beginning of the Winter War, a party of Finnish soldiers went to the house of an old [[DeterminedHomesteadersWife peasant woman]] and told her that the Russians were coming and they had to be [[KillItWithIce deprived of shelter]]. She went into her hut, solemnly cleaned and swept it and then lit the fire herself. She said, "This is my gift to Finland."
* During Stalingrad, a squad of Soviet troops were pinned down by German fire and tanks, with only [[EmergencyWeapon one belt of ammo]] for their turret left. One of them gets captured by the Germans. The captured Soviet then lies to the Germans and tells them his squad is completely out of ammo, and leads them to the one place where he knows his squad will be able to mow down the Germans with what little firepower they have. The captured Soviet soldier was later executed in front of his still-pinned down comrades, who were eventually killed when the Germans called in tanks to run them out.
* Similar to the above - during the siege of Malta a knight was captured in the opening skirmishes and was tortured for information on which part of the wall was the weakest and least defended. He instead directed them to the strongest section in the wall resulting in heavy Ottoman casualties. He was executed in front of him comrades in a very drawn out and painful manner.
* Marriage vows are often some form of a declaration of the trope:
--> ''Name, will you have this wo/man to be your husband/wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?''
** They answer
--> ''I will.''
* Dogs to mankind. [[http://www.theblaze.com/stories/heart-wrenching-image-dog-keeps-watch-over-fallen-seals-casket-during-funeral/ This dog]], for example, refused to leave the casket of his Navy Seal master.
** [[http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/k9-police-dog-casket-paw-162733198.html/ This dog Fido]] was the canine companion to Jason Ellis, a police officer killed in the line of duty. [[TearJerker Fido put his paw on Jason's casket at the funeral, to show respect for his fallen friend.]]
* The RCA logo is an example of this. Painter Francis Barraud inherited from his brother a cylinder phonograph player, a cylinder of his brother talking, and his brother's dog. Francis noticed that whenever he played the cylinder, the dog would instinctively go to it and listen intently. He painted the scene, and RCA used it as their logo.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachiko Hachiko]].
* During the filming of ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', things looked so hopeless during filming do to inclement weather and other issues that Doug, Rob, and Mike Michaud were all fully prepared to scrap the whole thing and simply film everyone hanging out in Chicago as the special. Holly told them everyone wanted to get the film done, so they tried to have a vote. [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] stood up to say the voting was pointless, because they already knew everyone would say yes. He then went into a speech saying that Doug is the reason that every one of them has a job on the site, and they're going to finish this thing for him no matter what. Doug thanked them profusely and left, newly energized to figure out the best way to finish the film.
* Many people are this way toward [[ThickerThanWater their family]], be it their blood relatives or [[TrueCompanions a family they have chosen for themselves]].
* Some species of animal will remain faithful to their breeding partner for all its life. For example, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiliqua_rugosa Shingleback]] has been known to even stay by the side of their partner if they die for days on end.
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