"I'm the guardian of this world! It's my job to see that you do no further damage to it!"
Whereas the Big Bad
is considered the ultimate evil to be defeated, the Big Good is the cornerstone of any heroic organization. This character is explicitly stated to be a counterpart to combat the forces of evil, likely calling all the shots in the organization and is normally the highest ranking or the absolute most powerful. Since The Hero
is usually, but not always
synonymous with the protagonist, the Big Good does not always fill that role, as it is usually more dramatic for the protagonist to work upwards from the bottom. It may be stated (at least in the beginning) that The Hero
is expendable whereas this character is not. The Big Good is simply the most valuable member of the heroic movement in a given work, whether in terms of rank, function or wisdom. If not The Hero
, then they will most definitely be the mentor
to craft The Hero
into being the weapon they need him to be.
Authority Equals Asskicking
is in full force most of the time, with the Big Good usually starting off several orders of magnitude more powerful than The Hero
. The character may be servant to a greater good
just like their evil counterpart is servant to a Bigger Bad
. Unlike the Big Bad
, however, the Big Good can
be taken down rather early - to show just how powerful the enemy has gotten
by that point or as part of a greater plan
. One of the more common ways this is done is to have the two Bigs confront each other directly, with the Big Good coming up short. For extra pathos, the Big Bad
was once their second in command
. Expect The Hero
or some other member of the True Companions
to take up the mantle by the time the Grand Finale
Might occasionally be a great hero who is believed to be dead
(might be true, or they might be simply hidden) or someone who most characters think is just a myth
until they appear in the flesh. At the beginning of a series, expect the Big Bad
to be much more worried about this character than about The Hero
. The Hero
may not even register on any antagonist's radar while all of them will be out to off the Big Good. The Dragon
is far more often The Rival
or Worthy Opponent
to The Hero
than the Big Bad
Do note that this trope is about a character role
and as such there are multiple Heroic Archetypes
that can fulfill this role, including but not limited to:
At its most general, the Big Good title simply refers to the leader of the largest group opposing the Big Bad
. Keep this in mind when suggesting examples.
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- Berserk: The Skull Knight, the most powerful opposition to the Godhand, a rival to both the leader of the Godhand and one of the strongest Apostles, and a particularly major ally to Guts, acting as a sort of cynical mentor towards him.
- Bleach eventually graduates Shigekuni Yamamoto into such a role in the final arc, because he serves as the rallying point of the Shinigami while the Sternritter decimate the Seireitei. He goes through it only briefly, however, because he ends up dying at the hands of the Big Bad.
- Bubblegum Crisis: Sylia Stingray is both the leader of the Knight Sabres and the Genom Corporation's chief opposition. She spends much of her screentime operating behind the scenes, meeting with business contacts in high-level positions, who act as her eyes and ears to keep tabs on Genom's activities. It's made clear that, were it not for Sylia's decision making, Genom would likely succeed in dominating the globe.
- Captain Bravo from Busou Renkin. Then the second half of the series introduced a Bigger Good Guy who was his captain. He even makes the bigger part somewhat literal — whereas Captain Bravo's weapon is a body-fitting armor, his superior's weapon is a Humongous Mecha suit of armor.
- Zero of Code Geass provides a more uncommon Anti-Hero example. As a charismatic and brilliant revolutionary, Zero leads the Black Knights in their campaign against Britannia, but he's very willing to utilize questionable methods against his enemies, and he's gotten some animosity from his immediate subordinates once they see how far he's willing to go to defeat Britannia. In some ways, he's a Villain with Good Publicity, as many civilians look to Zero as their hero, their savior and their leader, and to others, he's a Hero with Bad Publicity, since his actions, although gray, are considerably less atrocious than Britannia, but he gets flak for it anyway.
- Taichi Kamiya fulfills this role in Digimon Adventure. His status as the Big Good is best exemplified during his temporary disappearance after Etemon's defeat. Without their leader, the DigiDestined not only go separate ways, they also fail to accomplish anything significant for almost three months.
- King Kai from Dragon Ball Z's run. He's a mentor to Goku, one of the Physical Gods of the afterlife, and in most of the movies he takes time to inform Goku of various threats. Supreme Kai as well, though apparently anything that doesn't threaten the entire universe is beneath his notice.
- Fairy Tail plays a game of musical chairs between several characters over the position of "Strongest Hero on the side of the Heroes" over the years. When the series was restricted to a Five-Man Band with an occasional Sixth Ranger of the Arc, Erza filled the role by virtue of being The Ace. As the stakes grew higher and more members of Fairy Tail took the limelight, the Guildmaster Makarov Dreyar took over the position, and largely held onto it until Gildarts Clive - the strongest guild member and one of the most powerful characters ever - was introduced. Once the Time Skip rolls around, the role etched onto Mavis Vermillion, the founder and first master of Fairy Tail. She was introduced prior to the Time Skip, when her ghost was freed from Sirius Island, but it was solidified once she froze Fairy Tail in time to save them from Acnologia's attack; she's the reason the Time Skip ever occurred and the reason anybody is still alive now. Doubly so, it was since revealed that she has a history with Zeref, with the implication that they were an item back in the day. All the same, Igneel serves as the Bigger Good to Acnologia's Bigger Bad, as seen when he finally reveals himself and fights Acnologia.
- Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star. Any heroic organization in the series eventually has him front and center, inspiring and dishing out the biggest doses of whoop-ass. In the second series, Bat becomes this to the Hokuto Army.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, against Father, the role of Big Good is split between Colonel Roy Mustang and Van Hohenheim, the two filling the roles of Supporting Leader and All-Loving Hero respectively. While Hohenheim is the only one that can match the Big Bad's sheer power, Mustang's efforts coordinating the Amestris military can't be ignored.
- Miaka Yuuki from Fushigi Yuugi. Indeed all of the Mikos are supposed to be this for their countries and warriors.
- Pretty Cure:
- Koutarou Taiga from GaoGaiGar. (Not actually more powerful, but The Hero is a super-advanced cyborg and Taiga is a Badass Normal who can fight off the enemy boss with a golf club.)
- Dr. Riddles in Gash Bell for Kiyo, Zatch and Gang. He trains the heroes and organizes them to fight against threats like ancient demons and Faudo.
- Dr. Saotome in Getter Robo, being the one that invented the eponymous robot and currently employs the protagonists as its pilots. He's one of the few people in the setting with an almost complete understanding of the nature of Getter Rays, and how to use them against the various threats to humanity.
- Lacus Clyne in both Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny serving as the political face of the Clyne Faction/Three Ships Alliance & Terminal, while positioning herself as a philosophical counterpoint to the likes of Muruta Azrael, Patrick Zala, and Gilbert Durandal. Several of the villains are aware of the level of influence she has - in SEED both Patrick Zala and the genuine Big Bad Rau Le Creuset try to put her out of commission, while in SEED Destiny Durandal not only tries to have her killed, but hires a Body Double named Meer Campbell to take her place.
- In the first part of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Grödek Ainoa, the sole leader of the few willing resistance soldiers in the corrupt, incompetent Federation in the face of the mysterious enemies.
- Sir Integra Hellsing from Hellsing. As her name implies, she's the leader of an organization devoted to protecting mankind from supernatural horrors — acting as a militant branch of the Church of England.
- The Elder from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Almost certainly the strongest character in the series, it's fortunate that he's on the side of good. Lampshaded at one point when Sakaki, the tough-guy karate master, says he's going to capture Kushinada, the female jiujitsu master, and bring her to the Elder as a trophy. Kenichi has to remind himself that Sakaki is the good guy and Kushinada is evil.
- Kill la Kill does not reveal the Big Good until the second half of the series. It turns out to be Satsuki Kiryuin, seemingly the Big Bad of the series. In truth, she has spent almost her entire life preparing an army to defeat her mother and the alien threat of the Life Fibers. She later admits to Ryuko that her antagonism was entirely so she could become strong enough to help save humanity. Once rescued from her mother, Satsuki takes over leadership of La Résistance as the final battle to save mankind looms.
- It's difficult to decide which lead from Legend of Galactic Heroes better qualifies. While Reinhard continuously rises through the ranks and spends most of the series being the driving force of the Empire, he is much more morally flawed compared to Yang, who never attempts to rise past the rank of Admiral. Considering the later parts of the story, Yang is the Big Good to Julian as The Hero. Reinhard is an overall Big Good as the 'good' he does (the reformation of the Empire) remains at the periphery of the main narrative. In the earlier parts, where the narrative has a narrower focus on them, they each fill the role of The Hero.
- Pope Benedict in The Legend of Koizumi, who leads the world's Mahjong-based defense against the Fourth Reich, who live on the moon and shoot meteors at major cities. It's Personal for him for some reason, probably due to his having grown up in the third one.
- In the various installments of the Lyrical Nanoha franchise, this role is usually filled in by one of the high-ranking Time-Space Administration Bureau officials:
- In the original series and A's, the Big Good is Lindy Harlaown, the TSAB Admiral in charge of recovering the Jewel Seeds from Earth, who is then assigned to deal with the new Book of Darkness incident for personal reasons (her husband died in the previous such incident).
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, the Big Good role is split between Carim Gracia, Knight Commander of the Saint Church, and Admiral Chrono Harlaown (Lindy's son). Hayate Yagami, as the leader of Riot Force 6, technically qualifies but it is Carim and Chrono who ultimately have the authority to remove the Power Limiter from her and other aces.
- In Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, Hayate is now the undisputed Big Good of the show, having been finally granted her own Cool Starship and full autonomy to deal with the Eclipse crisis however she sees fit. After she exposes herself to danger and is wounded by Curren Hückebein, Nanoha even calls Hayate out on such carelessness and basically reminds her of a Big Good's duties.
- Ayano Tateyama in Mekakucity Actors is a posthumous Big Good, being the creator of the Mekakushi Dan and her powers are key to defeat the Wide-Open Eyes Snake and end the time loop.
- The various Hokages and other Kages, though the post changes hands relatively often. Chapter 515 has the Raikage made the supreme leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces, making him the Big Good.
- In the latter half of the War, Naruto becomes the Big Good and single handily turns the War around for the Alliance. He's also fighting both Obito and Madara who was behind him all along at once along side with Kakashi, Gai, and Killer Bee.
- The previous Hokages eventually join the party, and quickly take over the Big Good baton.
- In later chapters of One Piece, Silvers Rayleigh seems to operate in this capacity, being likely the strongest and most traveled ally of the Straw Hats, and taking on a mentor/trainer role for Luffy. Rayleigh was merely a Retired Badass despite being powerful enough to hold this role all along, until Luffy's determination (and similarity to Rayleigh's old captain, Gold Roger) impressed him enough to get him to come out of retirement. Two of the strongest pirates alive, "Red-Haired" Shanks and Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate until his death could also qualify. In particular, during the Whitebeard War, the rather morally-sound Newgate led the battle against the more reprehensible Marines into battle, but it was Shanks himself that ended the war, simply by threatening to attack anyone that wanted to continue fighting!.
- Patlabor: The top brass of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Detective Matsui, and even the JSDFnote all defer to Gotoh whenever there's an impending threat to the city, and with good reason. The man is military genius, having studied military strategy and tactics during his days at the academy. He's also keenly observant, often picking up on things before others do, and noticing details others might overlook. Shaft Enterprises and his old mentor, Kai, know this better than anyone.
- The end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Ultimate Madoka after her Abstract Apotheosis become the greatest force for good in the universe, although only one person is aware of her existence and her role.
- The Three Dark Lords of Rosario + Vampire, or at least the two who are still alive.
- The title character of Rurouni Kenshin; a rare example of the main protagonist being this. He goes out of his way to help those around him and many of the characters (especially his True Companions) look to him for wisdom and hope.
- Queen Serenity from Sailor Moon. Her daughter, Usagi Tsukino, takes on this role after the Queen makes her last appearance, both as Neo Queen Serenity and as the eponymous Champion of Justice herself.
- Ceiphied aka the Flare Dragon of Slayers. Fought the Big Bad Shabranigdu to a draw (of sorts) 5,000 years ago, thus saving the world from being a rather gloomy place. He also perished in the deed, but his released essence gave birth to a whole hierarchy of lesser dragonlords who still keep the Mazoku (demons) in check.
- Soul Eater's Big Good is Death, ironically. He's the head of the school that trains the heroes, gives them their missions and is the only one capable of going head to head with the Big Bad. Also, he's the one the villains are worried about; the heroes themselves are a much lower priority.
- Kamina, and later on (to a greater extent) Simon, from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Kittan fills Kamina's role while Simon is having his Heroic BSOD, and continues to be a secondary Big Good while Simon has the helm.
- In Tokyo Mew Mew, Ryou Shirogane, owner of Cafe Mew Mew and the head of Project Mew Mew, leads the heroes.
- Primus serves this role in Transformers Unicron Trilogy; Transformers Armada, Transformers Energon, and Transformers Cybertron.
- Hakuoro of Utawarerumono. He was both The Hero and emperor of his country, which under his leadership went around smiting bad guys.
- The DCU:
- The Guardians of the Universe in Green Lantern used to be this, but the more cynical take on them has them acting aloof and manipulative instead.
- Superman is traditionally the chairman (and often acknowledged as the most powerful member) of the Justice League of America, and when not acting in his capacity as a Leaguer most other heroes tend to defer to his authority and judgment if only out of respect. Sometimes generalized to the "Big Three" where Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman collectively comprise the Big Good of the JLA. (The JLA itself is in a sense the Big Good of DCU superteams and/or the metahuman community in general.) Explicitly shown in the Trinity maxi-series, to the point where the three become gods.
- In any story involving the entire Bat Family, Batman will be this even more so than Superman.
- In a similar capacity, Captain Marvel is often treated like this, even in comparison to Superman, possibly due to Children Are Innocent. It's explicitly stated in the comics that Billy Batson would be Marvel full-time to help people, if not for the wizard Shazam insisting that Batson himself deserves some happiness in his life, too.
- Bernadette, the leader of the Death Vigil and not-quite-grim Reaper, generally acting as a Supporting Leader.
- Subverted in the Hellboy. If you come in by the movies, you'd expect Trevor Bruttenholm to fill the role. But he gets killed off in the first issue of Seeds of Destruction. Played straight in stories set before that.
- Marvel Universe:
- Captain America is to the Marvel multiverse what Superman is to the DC multiverse. Though he's far from the most powerful hero, Steve Rogers is the embodiment of Good in the Marvel Universe. Especially when he was the director of SHIELD.
- Spider-Man fulfills this when he can. If Cap is considered the Soul of the Marvel Universe's hero community, then Peter Parker is definitely the Heart of the heroes. He manages to unite even the most cynical of heroes and loathsome villains together or brings out the best in them with his unceasing optimism and true everyman nature.
- Darkseid's opposite in the New Gods mythos, Izaya, Leader of New Genesis, is supposed to be the Big Good of the Fourth World saga - but he hardly ever gets used, to give the spotlight to characters like Orion, or even Earth heroes like Superman. Highfather is more or less purely defensive/reactive, which makes him kind of boring when compared to the more active New Gods like Orion or even Lightray; he's mentioned a lot more than he's shown. Also referenced-but-not-shown is The Source. The Source Wall has been shown in the comics, which is presented as a kind of barrier around the universe, composed of the frozen-into-stone bodies of beings who dared to try to venture past it.
- Admiral Gar Stazi for the Galactic Alliance Remnant in Star Wars: Legacy.
- Thunderbolts: Jolt was the Big Good to Baron Zemo's Big Bad in the first few years. In some ways Hawkeye was the Big Good after he joined.
- X-Men: Professor Xavier is The Leader of the X-Men, principal of the Xaiver Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and the standard bearer of the campaign for mutants and muggles to co-exist peacefully. Even though he doesn't play a direct leader role in all of the Marvel Universe's mutant teams, the Verse's various teams of mutant heroes (the X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X, etc.) have occasionally been collectively referred to as "The Disciples of Xavier".
- Alpha takes up this mantle in Part 2 of Clash of the Elements.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics:
- Godzilla Junior has grown up into this by time we meet him in The Bridge. While he might be a tad impulsive at times if he feels the situation is dire, he is a benign soul who has gone out of his way to protect the world numerous times. King of the Monsters indeed.
- A Future Of Friendship A History Of Hate has Amity, Ruinate's sister, who created the Elements of Harmony eons ago to originally defeat him. At the climax of Episode 2, she remotely communicates with the Mane Six as she uses the bonds between them to first restore Twilight's soul after Ruinate destroyed it, and then to unlock their full power in order to help them defeat him again.
- The Kamen Rider Wizard crossover Friendship Is Showtime has Princess Celestia and the White Wizard both filling this role, though to their own separate apprentices. It turns out that they're old friends.
- The redeemed spirit of Horus in The God Empress Of Ponykind, trying to keep Luna from falling to The Corruption, and when that fails he helps her break free long enough for Celestia to use the Elements of Harmony on her, and then acts as her guardian while she is imprisoned in the Warp. When Luna is set free in the sequel, Horus continues to act as Luna's mentor as she adjusts to modern Equestria.
- Justice League of Equestria: Athena is this for Princess of Themyscira, guiding Soarin' and Diana against the machinations of Ares. She's possibly also this for the series as a whole, having led the charge against Darkseid in the War in Heaven.
- Allegedly, the Grand Ruler in My Little Unicorn.
- The Pony POV Series:
- The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum:
- Asula the Milotic, headmistress of the Long Island base and organiser of the main heroic team in Pokeumans.
- The Command & Conquer/Mass Effect fanfic Renegade has Kane of all people, manipulating GDI and the Council into working together against Saren and warning Shepard about the Reapers.
- In the Shadowchasers franchise, Jalal Stormbringer fills the role in each fic, being the founder and leader of the organization, but a few fics have secondary ones:
- In Shadowchasers Backwater, Rayearth can be considered the secondary Big Good for all matters pertaining to the city of Backwater.
- In Shadowchasers Torment, the god of retribution St. Cuthbert, being the one who secretly sponsors Leorin's quest for redemption.
- As in canon, L retains his status as the technical Big Good to Kira's (aka Light's) Big Bad in the fanfic Story Of The Century, but this time it gets deconstructed. He ends up as a Tragic Hero by the story's closing.
- Space Sheriff Aka from Super Milestone Wars 2.
- Undocumented Features has the Wedge Defense Force, and later the International Police Organization.
- Cait Sith in Off The Line, the player character of Reese, who serves as the moderator and head admin of the game. When Nanaki suffered glitches in his gameplay due to the incompatibility of his headgear, Cait Sith tracked him down and made him a custom headgear in exchange for Nanaki's permission to study Nanaki's data. When Cloud finds out that Vincent is a player and not a virus, Cait Sith does everything he can to make up his past actions to Vincent and Reese plans to track down Vincent's comatose body.
Film - Animated
- Tied in The Book Of Life, between La Muerte, ruler over the Land of the Remembered who represents the positive side of the afterlife, and the Candlemaker.
- Queen Clarion for the Disney Fairies films.
- Disney Animated Canon:
- Pinocchio: The Blue Fairy blesses the title character in the first place.
- Bambi: The Great Prince of the Forest and later his son, Bambi himself.
- Cinderella has the Fairy Godmother, who magics up Cinderella's ball gear and allows her to get her happily-ever-after.
- The Sword in the Stone: Merlin is the most powerful good guy and serves as The Mentor to Arthur.
- The Jungle Book: Bagheera is the opposing force to Shere Khan.
- Robin Hood: Much like most adaptations, King Richard is the motivation behind the heroes fighting Prince John, and his absence is what allows everything to fall apart.
- The Little Mermaid: King Triton is the (mostly) benevolent ruler of the seas and the one Ursula ultimately targets in her quest for power.
- Aladdin: The Sultan is the ruler of Agrabah, his removal is what Jafar seeks to achieve for most of the movie, and a single sentence from him solves one of the movie's main conflicts.
- The Lion King has Mufasa, ruler of Pride Rock, whose death is what prompts everything to go to badly. Post-climax, at the end of the film Simba takes on his role.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Archdeacon serves as a counterpoint to Judge Frollo, although he's mostly absent.
- Mulan has the Emperor of China, who all the heroes serve, and the Big Bad targets him personally.
- Hercules: Zeus, after he gets Hijacked by Jesus, is the loving Grandpa God to Olympus and Bumbling Dad to Hercules, rather than the Jerkass God from the original stories.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Grand Councilwoman starts as a Hero Antagonist but falls into this by the end, vowing to protect Stitch and his new family.
- Meet the Robinsons: Cornelius Robinson A.K.A. Lewis.
- The Princess and the Frog: Mama Odie serves as the counterpoint to Facilier, with similar magic and less Friends on the Other Side.
- Queen Tara from Epic. The rulers of the forest are this in general.
- Pixar movies:
- Toy Story: Woody is the one all the toys look up to and they rely on his leadership. Andy serves as the Bigger Good, as the toys' relatively good lives are because of him and the conflict in the first two films is returning to him, with the conflict in the third being that they truly can't rely on him anymore.
- A Bug's Life: The Queen leads the ants and tries to safeguard them from Hopper, a role then taken up by Atta.
- Cars: Doc Hudson, and Finn McMissile in Cars 2note
- Ratatouille: Chef Auguste Gusteau (in a posthumous fashion), being the founder of the restaurant and the motivation for the main character.
- WALL•E: Captain McCrea takes up this role once he starts defying AUTO.
- Brave: Queen Elinor; you'd think it'd be King Fergus, but the movie is very keen on showing that Elinor is the real boss.
- Monsters University: Dean Hardscrabble, although it takes most of the movie for Mike and Sully to realise it.
- Studio Ghibli movies:
- Dreamworks Animation movies:
- Antz: The Queen ant
- The Road to El Dorado: Cheif Tannabok
- Kung Fu Panda : Master Oogway, then Schifu after the former dies, serving as mentor and leader of the Furious Five (and Po).
- Monsters vs. Aliens : General W.R. Monger, although his role is limited to capturing the monsters and then directing them to the threat.
- How to Train Your Dragon: Stoick is the Chief of Burk. In the sequel the role is taken up by Hiccup.
- Megamind: Metroman is the great hero of Metro City whose absence sets the plot in motion. Towards the end, Megamind fills the role.
- Rise of the Guardians: The Man in the Moon is treated as the leader of the Guardians and the source of their power, but it isn't clear how much, if any, of a role it has.
Films — Live-Action
- The White Queen from the Disney and Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland (There are hints, however, that the character's true nature may actually be just as evil - if not more so - as her sister the Red Queen, and keeping this true nature in check is a constant stuggle for her.)
- In Casablanca, Victor Laszlo. Those Wacky Nazis are willing to do just about anything, even violating Vichy "neutrality" (thus risking drawing the U.S. into the war) and letting known anti-fascist fighter Rick and Laszlo's "companion" Ilsa escape to America, if it means they can stop Laszlo.
- Joe Colton from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
- Godzilla (2014): In a very loose way, Godzilla is seen as this by Dr. Serizawa, who notes that the creature is humanity's best chance at survival and the only thing that can stop the MUTOs
- Morpheus from the The Matrix, shifting quite quickly to Neo after he reaches The One status.
- Raiden from the Mortal Kombat movies, which most people agreed was a great use of Pragmatic Adaptation. The character in the games was not quite top-tier despite being a Physical God. (And in some non-canonical video game endings involving him, he is depicted as being evil and/or blindly destructive.)
- Marshall Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim leads the Shatterdome and is the moral heart of the heroes; he refers to himself as a "fixed point" around which everyone else can focus.
- At the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar has become this for the rest of the apes. He holds this position in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, attempting to keep peace between the apes and humans.
- Fung from Shaolin Soccer.
- Star Wars:
- Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda in the classic trilogy are opposed both thematically and in characterisation to Darth Vader and The Emperor respectively, the last remnants of the Jedi Order, and are both The Mentor to Luke.
- Yoda and Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy, being the leaders of the still extant Jedi Council. In Episode 1 Chancellor Valorum tries for this, but is quickly deposed of by pre-Emperor Palpatine.
- The Rebels have Mon Mothma leading their political side, and Admiral Ackbar leading their military side.
- John Connor in the Terminator films is fated to be one of these, and in Terminator Salvation he consequently is.
- Odin is portrayed this way in the 2011 Thor film. Most of the film is about Thor proving himself worthy to succeed him as king of Asgard.
- King Leonidas in 300 leads the eponymous group of Spartans against the Persian army, and his legacy is what spurs on the Spartans in the current day (the movie being told In Medias Res by an Unreliable Narrator).
- In the Transformers Film Series, Optimus Prime takes on this role as leader of the Autobots. He is defined as a Martial Pacifist, a particularly brutal one fighting the Decepticons because otherwise innocents will die. But many Autobots are borderline Blood Knights themselves, which requires his leadership to keep them pointed at the right enemy. In Transformers: Age of Extinction, the surviving Autobots after The Purge are ecstatic once he comes out of hiding, with Crosshairs calling him "Leader of the free galaxy." Later in the film, him and Drift were cynical of Optimus' freeing the Dinobots to combat Galvatron's armies, only to watch Optimus take charge.
Crosshairs: "Ugh, you just want to die for the guy. That's leadership... or brainwashing."
"No, that's Optimus Prime."''
- TRON from TRON. Kevin Flynn in TRON: Legacy.
- In Valkyrie this role is filled by Ludwig Beck, the leader of the German resistance. Even when Stauffenberg assumes control of field operations, he still acknowledges Beck as his superior and the new head of state of liberated Germany.
- Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, helping Dorothy and is the opposite of the Wicked Witch of the West.
- Professor X is this most of the time, but it's deconstructed to some degree in X-Men: The Last Stand. He's called out about putting up mental blocks in Jean Grey's mind in-order to suppress the split persona that called itself the Phoenix. Needlessly to say, Xavier had more or less I Did What I Had to Do in-order to suppress the Phoenix.
- X-Men: First Class: Charles Xavier is the leader of the heroic team that eventually defeats the Big Bad.
- Both future Professor X and future Magneto share this role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And past Charles is growing into this.
- Anastasius Focht, despite his dubious past, comes closest to this in BattleTech. As head of the ComStar Guards and Militia, he led the Inner Sphere's largest single military force. When the Clan invasion started, he was focused solely on defeating them across all of the Inner Sphere, while many other house lords either were concerned solely with their own territory or trying to take advantage of the situation. Focht was able to buy a 15-year truce from the invasion. He ultimately failed to see the threat of the Word of Blake, but that was only because he felt the Clans were the bigger concern.
- Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia books. Naturally, given he's Crystal Dragon Jesus.
- Dallben, from the Chronicles of Prydain. Competes with Prince Gwydion for the title, with the former raising the protagonist and the latter being the warrior-prince he aspires to be.
- First Lord Gaius Sextus from Codex Alera, though he's also a Magnificent Bastard perfectly willing to Shoot the Dog for a good cause. After he dies, Tavi and Aquitainus Attis, formerly a borderline Big Bad, split the role. When Attis dies, Tavi takes it completely. If you asked the Marat, they'd say their chieftain Doroga was the Big Good, and the Canim would put Warmaster Varg up for the office. But if you asked Doroga or Varg personally, they'd probably say it was Tavi.
- Probably the highest rung of operation is Death, who generally staves off the most powerful and dangerous threats to the Disc.
- Granny Weatherwax is the Big Good in the Witches books.
- In most of the Ankh-Morpork or watch-based books, Vimes is The Leader while Vetinari is the Big Good. Sometimes Vetinari is in a Big Good Duumvirate with Lady Margolotta Von Uberwald, and at least once Vetinari's aunt served as The Man Behind the Man to Vetinari.
- Dora Wilk Series:
- Highest up is the God and the Goddess. They can't do much in person, but they sure as hell manipulate events from behind to make the situation better.
- Lesser goddesses Badb and Cahan. Sure, they're mostly motivated by personal gain and family honor, but their goals align with that of the Trio.
- Archangels Michael and Gabriel are more day-to-day allies who definitely help and provide much assistance to the Trio. Their position on the Archangel Council give them much power the main characters lack.
- Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula. The viewpoint characters do much of the action themselves, but it's clear that Helsing leads the fight against Drac and they would be helpless without him.
- Most of the Atreides rulers in the Dune novels, outside of their origin stories.
- Ardneh in the Empire of the East trilogy by Fred Saberhagen. So much so that the good guys, or some of them at least, worship him as a god, even though he denies being one.
- In Gaunt's Ghosts Warmaster Slaydo is the one who started the crusade to liberate the Sabbat Worlds, and on a personal level was instrumental in Gaunt's early career. He's long dead however, so the role went to his successor Warmaster Macaroth, who's a bit of a dick and implied to be much less competent, but is still the leader of the Imperial forces. He later shares the role with the resurrected Saint Sabbat, who becomes the icon that the Imperial forces rally around.
- D'ol Falla from the Green-Sky Trilogy becomes this after making up her mind to atone for her actions while leading the Geets-Kel.
- Michael in The Guardians series is the Doyen of the Guardians. He's their leader and it's his job to recruit new Guardians, enforce the Rules and facilitate the Fall or Ascension of retiring Guardians. He was also the first Guardian ever changed.
- Boron, from the Guardians of Ga'Hoole books fits trope quite well, being King of Ga'Hoole and therefore leader of the Guardians, though some of the other senior Guardians (like Boron's wife, Barran, or Ezylryb) also fit the trope more of less quite well. The traits of a Big Good in these characters are shown to be somewhat more definitive and pronounced in the film adaptation.
- Harry Potter:
- Albus Dumbledore at the start is head of the school, known as the most powerful wizard of the age and the only one Voldemort feared, and an important mentor figure.
- Harry himself in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Even though he does not exactly lead anyone, he continues to inspire hope and is a rallying point for the students of Hogwarts, Dumbledore's Army, and the Order of the Phoenix. In the practical sense, however, Moody and, after he dies, Kingsley, seem to be Dumbledore's designated successors.
- Off-screen, Neville is this for Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows: it's implied by the way he talked that he stood up and took a lot of crap so the other students wouldn't have to, he was the only leader of the DA to remain at school for the entire year, and during the Second Battle of Hogwarts, he was explicitly shown leading an attempt to kill Death Eaters en masse using Mandrakes.
- McGonagall also serves as a Big Good at Hogwarts in Dumbledore's absence: she protects the students from the sadistic Carrows, overthrows Snape, and leads the resistance against Voldemort when Harry returns.
- Posthumously, Godric Gryffindor and the other founders of Hogwarts could be considered examples of this Trope on a mythic scale.
- The de facto Mayor of Draeze in A Harvest Of War is this by default during the events of the book. Incumbent Raghnall Bors dies and is replaced by Egil of Yarvik.
- Great Mage Urtho in the Mage Wars prequel trilogy of the Heralds of Valdemar series. The entire conflict revolves around a massive war between him and the Big Bad, Ma'ar, and their mutual deaths cause a cataclysm that shapes the world for thousands of years afterwards.
- The His Dark Materials trilogy has an interesting subversion: Because he is the leader of the forces opposing the Big Bad, Lord Asriel could be said to fill this role, despite being pretty firmly an Anti-Villain. Because the other leaders are not so morally questionable (as far as we know), all of them could more easily be said to be the collective Big Good.
- In the H.I.V.E. Series, H.I.V.E.mind serves as this. Caretaker of the eponymous school, he generally watches out for intruders and disturbances, but after The Reveal that Otto was created to be a vessel to host sentient AI, H.I.V.E.mind spends the majority of his time in Otto's head, allowing him to assist if not take over in the climax of several of the books. He also serves as The Paragon.
- Bill Denbrough from Stephen King's IT. In the book, The Turtle takes over this role near the end.
- M in the James Bond series, Bond's boss and leader of MI6.
- In the John Carter of Mars books, Tardos Mors, the ruler of Helium — and perhaps even more so John Carter himself, once he gets the title of Warlord of Mars.
- In Bryan Miranda's The Journey to Atlantis, Gaia acts as the Big Good, giving orders to Luna and Sol to protect the teens so they don't die.
- Princess Ozma and Glinda the Good Witch in the Land of Oz books.
- Mentor of Arisia in the Lensman series.
- Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mage Knight: Sir Koltair is The King of the Order of the Light, which defends the world by fighting shadows.
- The Lord of the Rings has several levels of this. Gandalf was sent to rally the Free Peoples against Sauron by the Valar and their leader, Manwë, who are the highest authority for good on the physical plane, and above them is Eru, who is, in a nutshell, God. After the Ring and Sauron are gone, Aragorn takes over to lead Middle-Earth into the Fourth Age.
- Sarah Jennings in Tales of an Mazing Girl doesn't want to be this, but as the most powerful hero in the world it keeps being thrust upon her. Which means less time eating burritos and slacking off.
- In The Man Who Was Thursday, there's the "man in the dark room" who made the protagonists policemen, though he doesn't seem to play much of an active role in the story; it's more that his very existence is a source of inspiration and hope for them. He is also Sunday, who the protagonists thought was the Big Bad but who was really doing it all for their own good. It's kind of complicated.
- Chancellor Paige in the final half of The Death Cure, where she decides to preserve humanity instead of saving it, since the process of saving it was just resulting in tortured and killed children.
- Kathryn Queen, Prime Minister of Mantically Aware Britain, in the Mediochre Q Seth Series. Better known as Queen MAB. In theory, there's a Mantically Aware United Nations above her, who are the highest authority on the planet when it comes to protecting the mantically-aware world, but we never actually see them.
- Kelsier from Mistborn in the first book. With the backstory revealed in the third book, this applies to the primordial god Preservation. On a cosmic scale the apparent Big Bad, the Lord Ruler, turns out in the end to have been the Big Good, in a twisted sort of way. In the third book Vin seems to have taken up his mantle.
- Gesar from Night Watch.
- King Oberon and Queen Titania in the Rainbow Magic series.
- Abbot Mortimer in the first book. By default, the current Abbott or Badger Lord is the story's Big Good.
- Martin the Warrior in all of the books that take place after his death.
- The Rifter: Ji. She was a leader of the Fai'daum rebellion, perhaps more important than its nominal chief Sabir; she mentored John in controlling his powers; and thanks to her foresight as a seer, she did quite a lot of shepherding events to a good conclusion, such as killing Fikiri in Kyle's timeline so that he could become Kahlil, and sending the key to Nayeshi. In a more remote sense, the creator god Parfir — maybe. Ravishan is sure that Parfir is orchestrating everything for the good; John remains skeptical to the end.
- The Squire's Tales:
- Ganscotter the Enchanter is rarely part of the action, but most of the Seelie Court seems to serve him. He claims to be himself the servant of a greater power.
- To a lesser extent, King Arthur. He's practically never part of the action, but he's always presented as wise and good beyond compare, and it's because of him that England is as it is and the Knights of the Round Table exist.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- Luke Skywalker in the novels. According to George Lucas's Word of God Anakin had the potential to become far more powerful than Emperor Palpatine, but due to his injuries on Mustafar had difficulty realizing that potential during his lifetime. Luke inherits that power and finally lives up to the potential meant for his father, henceforth reaching the status of the most powerful Force User. A lot of emphasis is placed on Luke's status as a moral and intellectual role model for the Jedi, and even the larger Republic as a whole. He is faced with temptation and the possibility of being corrupted by evil, just as his father was, but he turns away from it and holds on to his morals and strength of character. He reforms the failings of the old Jedi Order, and redeems his father's sins by doing his best to amend the damage done by Anakin.
- Luke and the other Heroes of Yavin - basically the main heroic characters of the films - in Galaxy of Fear, especially the last half of the series where our heroes are on the run from the Empire. They want to meet back up with the most high-ranking Rebels they'd yet met, in the hopes of finding safety, but it's easier said than done.
- The Sword of Shannara Trilogy has Allanon, last of the Druids, and mentor figure to three generations of Ohmsfords. Unlike some Big Goods, he plays a very active role in the story, leading the quest for the Sword of Shannara, personally slaying The Dagda Mor in Elfstones of Shannara, and guiding Brin to the Maelmord in Wishsong. Even after his death, his ghost continues to advise future Druids, and he's the one who calls together the Ohmsford descendents in The Heritage of Shannara.
- Walker Boh's character arc in The Heritage of Shannara has him transform from a Reluctant Hero into Allanon's successor as the last Druid. By Talismans he's the unquestioned leader of the Ohmsford heirs, and in The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara he leads the quest for the books of science in the same way that Allanon lead the search for the Sword, and acts as mentor to a new generation of protagonists, including Bek Rowe and Quentin Leah.
- First King of Shannara introduces Allanon's adopted father, Bremen, the only survivor of Brona's attack on the Second Druid Council, and the man responsible for creating the Sword of Shannara and giving it to Jerle Shannara in the first place.
- High Druid Of Shannara has Walker Boh's one-time enemy, Grianne Ohmsford, as the new Ard Rhys of the Third Druid Council. Hoping to atone for her past as the Ilse Witch, Grianne builds a new Druid Order and sends out representatives to aid people across the Four Lands. She's succeeded in this role by Khyber Elessedil in The Dark Legacy of Shannara and Aphenglow Elessedil in The Defenders of Shannara.
- The Thomas Covenant novels have The Creator, who is a very hands-off sort of Big Good. He can't actively intervene in affairs in The Land because doing so would destroy the Arch of Time, but apparently he is allowed some leeway (mainly limited to giving the protagonists from our/the real world encouragement and cryptic prophetic hints before they go to The Land).
- Trapped on Draconica: Dronor, the oldest and most powerful dragon. He's a champion of good, the most powerful on the side of good, and is even prayed to by mortals.
- Captain Azarcon in the Warchild Series would most likely count. His morals are undoubtedly in the right place, and he commands the respect of his men and the aliens of La Résistance. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats of the universe don't seem to agree.
- Firestar in every Warrior Cats arc after the firstnote . He is the leader of the main Cast Herd, ThunderClan, and is always trying to stop evil and create peace between the Clans.
- Lews Therin and Rand al'Thor from The Wheel of Time series fit this to a T. Not only are they the absolute leaders of the forces of light in their respective ages, but are the only real hope against the Dark One. The former messes it up pretty badly, we'll have to read and find out how the latter fares.
- Christopher Robin is this to the animals in Winnie-the-Pooh. Not that there are any Big Bads to contend with, but everyone holds Christopher Robin in high esteem, and his word is Law for resolving all conflicts (as seen in the "Poohsticks" chapter).
- The Great Spirit Mata Nui in BIONICLE. Although he doesn't lead anyone for much of the story (partly due to being in a coma, and partly because that isn't his original purpose), he is regarded by all other beings as God and has numerous agents acting out his will, or what they perceive as his will. Later on he becomes an active character, even The Hero for a short while, taking on the usual attributes of a normal Big Good, before giving up his position to let society go its own way instead of worshiping him.
- King Arthur, in his capacity as King of the Britons. Many of the stories focus on individual knights of the Round Table, such as Gawain, Lancelot or Perceval, with Arthur as something of a background character. However, he represents the benevolent authority that they are all loyal to (when things are going well, anyway).
- In the Abrahamic religions, Yahweh/God/Allah, obviously; in Christianity the same goes for His son, Jesus. While He is undoubtedly the universal Big Good, His narrative role in the universe is closer to that of The Man Behind the Man (mostly because looking at Him makes you explode, which is something of an inconvenience when it comes to public speaking), and He generally has a prophet or representativenote to serve as functional leader to handle day-to-day management and policymaking of the forces of good whenever He needs something done. Depending on your interpretation of His place in the universe however, it could be said that He isn't the Big Good, because He the Big Everything, because nothing is beyond His vision or power, with Evil just being another tool in his toolbox.
- Hinduism has a plethora of these. Vishnu on a cosmic scale, some of his avatars like Rama on the wordly scale, and Indra of the early Rig Veda. Yudhishtir is another one. Interestingly, the different sects of Hinduism are distinguished by who they believe is the cosmic Big Good: for Vishnaivites it's Vishnu, for Shaivites it's Shiva, for Shaktas it's Devi, certain spin-off religions and the Hare Krishnas believe it's Vishnu's avatar Krishna, and Smartas give the Mathematician's Answer and say it's all of them.
- Thor in Norse Mythology, god of thunder and protector of humanity. Odin was sometimes considered this, sometimes not; most of the time he was regarded as a noble ruling (for better or for worse) from afar, while Thor was considered to be the one actually fighting for humans.
- Victor Steiner-Davion takes the role during the Clan Invasion, and the Fedcom civil war.
- Delvin Stone is this in the Jihad. He rallied every major faction in the Inner Sphere(except the Cappellan Confederation) against the Word of Blake.
- Many of the Good-aligned deities in Dungeons & Dragons can fulfill this role, depending on the campaign. Heironeous is especially heroic (being defined by his enmity with Hextor, Lawful Evil god of Tyranny), and Pelor (God of the Sun and ultimate enemy of unlife) makes an excellent Big Good in a campaign centered around Undead (for example, "The World Born Dead" from Elder Evils).
- The Unconquered Sun of Exalted was created to be an ultimate hero-type being in order to give the Cosmic Principle of Villainy, the Dragon's Shadow (eventually the Ebon Dragon) something to compare himself against and therefore the ability to actually do stuff.
- Magic: The Gathering:
- Urza fills out this role in the first several stories... in terms of leading the good guys anyway, since he's far from being a nice guy.
- Ever since Urza died, Sorin Markov of all people takes up the mantle. He's not much of a nice guy either, but while he is wholly and completely selfish, he tends to take the long view of things; he finds a (relatively) peaceful and un-destroyed multiverse to be more enjoyable than the alternative, and thus tends to be very proactive about stopping potentially apocalyptic threats before they get to the part where they start breaking his stuff.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- The Emperor of Mankind (almost) died for our sins and remains humanity's only defense against being snuffed out like a candle in a hurricane. As he's a near-corpse on a chair that eats humans, whose only real input on the Imperium is psychic landing lights through the warp, whether he's the actual "leader" as opposed to the figurehead whose will is interpreted by legions of bureaucrats and spread around the galaxy as literal gospel (as well as whether the Imperium itself is not the "Big Bad" itself) is uncertain.
- Ethereal Aun'va serves a similar role for the Animesque Tau Empire. He's so beloved by his people that if Aun'va is killed in battle, all Tau soldiers within sight enter Unstoppable Rage... with plasma guns.
- The Eldar goddess of life, Isha really wants to be this trope and actually has the power to make the 40K verse a better place. Too bad she is being held captive by Nurgle in the deepest pits of the warp and no one is even remotely strong enough to save her. And even if she was free, she would be on her own against four crazy powerful chaos gods...
- King Folstet in The Witcher is a Reasonable Authority Figure and, much like Geralt, is a Straight Man in a cast made up of sociopaths, corrupt nobles, batshit insane clergymen, murderers and drug addicts at worst, and morally shady mercenaries at best. This is probably why he lasts all of 20 minutes before being offed in the sequel.
- Various Onikiribe leaders (there are many, many groups) in Girls Love Visual Novel Akai Ito and Aoi Shiro. Wakasugi Tsudura from Akai Ito is the biggest good by the time of events in Aoi Shiro.
- Thomas Zane seems to fill this role in Alan Wake, though he has mysterious motivations and is not always straightforward about things. He acts as the embodiment of light in the struggle against the Dark Presence, providing Alan with guidance and directly opposing the Dark Presence on a few occasions.
- Altaïr and Ezio, the focus characters of Assassin's Creed games, each become the head of the Assassin Order after the events of the main series games end. We only get to hear about Altaïr's deeds through his journal, but Assassin's Creed Brotherhood actually focuses on Ezio as a Master Assassin, recruiting and training new members. Desmond, the overall protagonist of the series, may end up going this way, since he's the Chosen One (and also because the Bleeding Effect gives him knowledge and experience from Altaïr and Ezio).
- In Betrayal at Krondor Pug is the greatest magician the good side has. While the heroes of the game deal with lesser evils on his and Prince Arutha's orders, Pug seems to sense a greater evil behind it all. In addition late in the game he is incapacitated by the Big Bad Makala who acts as his opposite.
- Beyond Good & Evil has the leader of the Hillys chapter of Iris, eventually revealed to be Jade's uncle Pey'j, and to a lesser extent the Governor of Hillys, as without them La Résistance wouldn't be possible.
- In BioShock 1 Brigid Tenenbaum is the only source of good in Rapture and her help is vital to Jack's success. She still somewhat fills the role in BioShock 2, leading the hunt for the abducted girls, but her appearance in the game proper isn't much more than a cameo.
- The Lutece Twins in BioShock Infinite set the whole plot in motion and sporadically provide Booker and Elizabeth with help.
- Child of Light has the Queen of Light, in opposition to the the Queen of the Night. Being banished by the latter was the beginning of the misery in Lemuria, and one of the mysteries is finding out what happened to her. Bonus points for being the main character's mother.
- In Chrono Cross, Belthasar is the big good, as well as The Chessmaster.
- Statesman in City of Heroes, Alternate Company Equivalent of Superman, is the main signature character of the game, and avatar of the original lead developer Jack Emmert.
- In Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, Luke Skywalker, as the head of the Jedi Academy (and probably the most powerful Jedi ever, by other sources).
- The archangel Tyrael is the closest thing the world of Diablo has to one of these, and is especially cemented in Diablo III, where he renounces his status as an archangel so that he can aid humanity against Hell directly.
- Cosmos from Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Chaos summons villains, she summons heroes, and neither of them gets personally involved in the fighting unless they have no other choice.
- Dragon Age:
- The Grey Wardens as a whole are the Big Good. Though, in Origins one of your primary goals is to restore Arl Eamon to health, as he serves this role in unseating Loghain Mac Tir. Since the Wardens themselves are cut off from helping the player in Origins, they naturally have to fend for themselves. This effectively makes the Player Character the Big Good, since they're one of the only Wardens in Ferelden, and the others more or less defer to their leadership. If you play a character from an origin that has no political clout however (ie: anyone other than the human or dwarf nobles) then Eamon is the Big Good, as no one would take your challenge to Loghain seriously without his and Alistair's support behind it.
- The Cousland family have for centuries stood as the Big Good towards all of Ferelden. It's worth noting that Highever is actually a Principality of Ferelden, being mostly independent, self-governed and Teyrn Cousland is old friends and on a First Name Basis with all of the people who owe fealty to him. It's mentioned that he was once offered the throne and turned it down, since as an ardent royalist, he believed that it should fall to Cailan, the rightful heir. When the Darkspawn threat arose, Teyrn Cousland was prepared to march into battle with the King's Army, alongside his firstborn son, in order to defend Ferelden. Unfortunately, most of the line was brutally murdered by their treacherous friend, Arl Howe, aside from the Warden, should they have the Human Noble origin.
- In Dragon Age II, Viscount Dumar attempts to be this during the second act, desperately trying to keep the peace between the Qunari and the various groups in Kirkwall. Unfortunately, he keeps being kowtowed by various political pressures, making him somewhat ineffectual. He ultimately fails and gets killed by the very pissed off Arishok, during the Qunari takeover of Kirkwall. In Act III, Grand Cleric Elthina is the only person keeping Knight-Commander Meredith and First Enchanter Orsino actively acting out against each other. Her death at the hands of Anders leads to open war between the two.
- Hawke is the closest thing to a Big Good of the entire game, eventually earning them the title of "The Champion of Kirkwall". Due to the Grey and Gray Morality of the game, depending on their personality, Hawke can either be played as a Messianic Archetype, Chaotic Good or Noble Demon respectively. But as Varric's narration makes absolutely clear, Hawke is only person in Kirkwall actively trying to make the City of Chains a better place for everyone to live in and repeatedly puts their life on the line in order to go out of their way to help people.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the future Inquisitor begins as, more or less, a symbolic Big Good for the organization, as many outside of it see him/her as a religious icon, with Cassandra being the one really seen as the leader of the Inquisition. Over time however, the other leaders, including Cassandra, unexpectedly realize that s/he is the one genuinely leading them and making the hard decisions where they matter and, after his/her actions during Corypheus' attack on Haven, they respond by making him/her the official leader and Big Good of the Inquisition.
- In The Elder Scrolls series, Emperor Uriel Septim VII served this role until Oblivion, where he is assassinated in the beginning of the game. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Paarthurnax plays this role as a dragon who chose to side with the mortals against Alduin and plays an important role in helping the Dragonborn defeat his brother.
- In Eternal Darkness, Mantorok is the Big Good guiding the protagonists throughout history through the Tome of Eternal Darkness. You know the setting's dark when an ancient abomination is the Big Good. His motivations are actually fully selfish, initially just vengeance against the other Eternals and afterwards either gaining control of/destroying all existence or escaping from his prison.
- Yuna from Final Fantasy X, which is just as well, since she is almost the Messianic Archetype. Though most of Spira would say that it were the Maesters of Yevon.
- The various leaders of the three home nations in Final Fantasy XI, as well as the Archduke of Jeuno. He actually pulls double duty, as all the problems with the Shadow Lord in the present are because of him and his brother.
- Gran Kiltias Anastasis from Final Fantasy XII, though after Judge Bergan has a bit of fun, the onus falls on Larsa. Larsa is wildly subverted in that in his current state, he has absolutely no power, isn't the leader of La Résistance, and is a proponent of the Empire. However, there is consensus between more or less everyone that it isn't Vayne, Venat, or Doctor Cid, but Larsathat needs to be on the throne, and that only then will peace return to Ivalice.
- Final Fantasy XII has an interesting take on The Big Good, in the sense that much of the game after the Tomb of King Wraithwall is Ashe refusing the temptation to become The Big Good, because, at first, it would politically be suicide, and later, because the power of the nethicite would make her The Big Bad.
- As Myrrah from Gears of War cements herself as the Big Bad, it would seem that the Big Good of the story is Adam Fenix, Marcus' father who had apparently died some 4 years before the games. Except his voice at the end of the second game credits...
- As in Mythology above, King Arthur in Golden Logres is this. The ultimate goal of the game is to resurrect Arthur and bring eternal prosperity to Logres by his return.
- The Master of Whispers in Guild Wars: Nightfall runs an ancient organization of informants and agents watching for the return of dark powers. He soon joins you on the front lines of the struggle as one of the game's customizable Hero NPCs. Equally good but not quite as big are Evennia, leader of the Shining Blade revolutionaries, and Kormir, nominal leader of the Sunspears after the group is shattered. Though Kormir becomes very big of a good when she ascends as the Goddess of Truth.
- Queen Salma in the War In Kryta arc, and in Guild Wars 2, Queen Jennah for humans and the imperators of each legion for the Charr. A strange case in that each of the Guild Wars 2 Big Goods are Big Bads of sorts for the other race.
- Half-Life 2 shares this role between Eli Vance and Dr. Kleiner, along with Dr. Magnusson in Episode Two, all prominent leaders of La Résistance.
- Iji has Hel Sarie, posthumously. Formerly a popular leader of the Tasen, she frequently advocated for restraint and kept trying for peace with the Komato, once publicly punching out Krotera during one of his particularly jingoistic rantings, and she and the Big Bad used to be friends before the whole "genocidal war" thing. Fittingly, it's implied that if she was still alive the whole mess in the game could have been avoided.
- The Precursors in Jak and Daxter, especially after it becomes clear that they're neither extinct nor merely using recordings to communicate their advice and objectives to Jak.
- Yen Sid, as of the later Kingdom Hearts games. Leon/Squall leads most of the supporting cast, but Yen Sid is the guy King Mickey goes to for advice. He co-ordinates the effort to rescue those suffering and prepares for Xehanort's reincarnation.
- King Dedede in The Subspace Emissary mode on Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His actions were all to ensure some brawlers would survive when Tabuu turns them all into trophies, not to be a Jerkass.
- In The Legend of Zelda, more often than not Zelda herself is the driving force of goodness and hope in Hyrule. Similar to how Ganon is the Big Bad who is often behind lesser evils, Zelda has a habit of turning out to be the force behind lesser goods. When it's not Zelda, however, it's often her father, the King of Hyrule.
- LittleBigPlanet 2 has Larry Da Vinchi, the leader of The Alliance.
- Mass Effect:
- The Citadel Council are clearly meant to be this, but their track record says otherwise.
- In Mass Effect 3, Commander Shepard, Admiral Hackett, and Admiral (formerly Captain/Councilor) Anderson become the Big Good Ensemble for the multi-species alliance in the war against the Reapers. Shepard is the vanguard-type Big Good, inspiring people by fighting with them on the front lines and rallying all of the species together, while Hackett and Anderson are the leader-types, serving as Reasonable Authority Figures for humanity in space and on the besieged Earth, respectively. By the end, most of the galaxy is looking up to Shepard and both Anderson and Hackett acknowledge him/her as the real key to victory.
- If he survived the first game, Urdnot Wrex becomes this to the krogan.
- In the Control ending, Paragon Shepard ascends to become The Champion to the entire galaxy, controlling entire fleets of optimised killing machines yet only unleashing them on massive threats while letting the galaxy flourish, and will be known as a great hero for aeons.
- Dr. Light, serving as an invaluable mentor/father figure to Mega Man, Proto Man, X and Zero, the latter two of which continue trying to build his dreams of a peaceful world centuries after his death. Later, Ciel takes the place of Dr. Light as this in Mega Man Zero, with the former Lancer Zero himself now as The Hero aiding her in fulfilling their dreams for a better future.
- In Neverwinter Nights, the Big Good is Lord Nasher Alagondar, ruler of Neverwinter. He reprises the role in the sequel.
- Queen Fay in Overlord II is the ruler of Light Magic beings and the Evil Overlord's foil. Later on however while sacrificing her energy during an Enemy Mine with the Overlord she ends up being corrupted and driven mad by his dark magic, becoming the Fallen Hero Dark Fay.
- Daniel Carrington, founder and head of the Carrington Institute in Perfect Dark fits this. Although, apart from opposing dataDyne, one has to wonder what it is they actually do. The Carrington Institute develops advanced computer software, hardware, and weaponry (all of which is put to good use by their agents). They are also the creators of the "null-g" technology, which lead to the development of hovercars. As a diplomatic party, they maintain peaceful relations with the Maians.
- Ford Cruller in Psychonauts is the former leader of the eponymous organisation and the personal boss of the two agents seen in the game, but injuries from a past battle mean he can't leave his sanctuary, restricting his role to giving vital training and advice to Raz.
- In a rare case, you become one in Runescape when you unlock the Player-Owned Ports. You fund adventurers to go to the Eastern Lands, fulfill their personal stories, and bring back loot, never getting directly involved.
- While the leaders of any alignment you happen to be on in Shin Megami Tensei could be considered this (or Big Bad Protagonists in the case of many Law and Chaos representatives) the character that fits this role best for the entire franchise is Stephen. For starters, he created the Demon Summoning Program that allows humans to tame mythological creatures, and thus the whole reason the series' heroes can accomplish their quest at all. Stephen will also offer his wise advice to the heroes periodically, especially on the Neutral path of a given game, where he shows he doesn't care about the petty squabbles between Heaven and Hell and just wants them both to get off humanity's back, and since Neutral is both usually the "best" alignment and usually assumed canon, it can be inferred that the heroes "officially" listen to him.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona:
- For the first two games the designation fell squarely to Philemon, a manifestation of the best aspects of mankind, who helps the party against his rival, Nyarlathotep. The main reason for the conflict was because he hatched a bet with Nyarlathotep over whether or not Nyarlathotep could successfully prove Humans Are Bastards. However, he later when Out of Focus along with Nyarlathotep himself. Nevertheless, the save points in Persona 4 were made to look like a cloud of butterflies as a reference to Philemon's continued involvement in the overall series.
- Igor, one of Philemon's assistants, took over the role after the latter's departure. He runs the Velvet Room, a dimension between dreams and reality that is accessed by Persona owners. He is the primary Mysterious Backer of the series since Persona 3, often observing the main cast as the protagonist attempts to defy the odds time and again. Unfortunately, Igor's Japanese actor lost his life to illness, so all of his lines were recycled and he underwent a serious case of Demoted to Extra in nearly every appearance since.
- Margaret, herself one of Igor's assistants, largely took up her former master's screen time. As a result, she's slowly being groomed into Igor's successor, both in terms of role and overall story, because the creators resolutely refuse to change Igor's actor. Margaret since serves as a far more direct figure, offering advise, dropping exposition, and being a much more personal adviser or mentor figure to the protagonists. Persona 4 Arena and Ultimax even have her as the de facto Big Good, with Igor nowhere to be found.
- Shuji Ikutsuki from Persona 3 is the leader and founder of SEES, but not a frontline fighter and far from a Persona user. Subverted when it turns out he's been using S.E.E.S. to bring about the Fall.
- Monkey Penny in the SPY Fox series of games.
- The Overmind, of all characters, is revealed in StarCraft II to have seen a vision of the future and that he orchestrated all of the events of the first game so that all of the races in the sector may have a fighting chance against the Xel'Naga when they return, and that the Zerg may be free from the corruption of The Void.
- For the Protoss, it's Tassadar, Zeratul and, though he's been dead for a while, Adun.
- On the Terran side, Jim Raynor and Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic has the role split between Satele Shan, Grand Master of the Jedi order, and Janarus, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. The latter ends up either retiring in shame or killed/frozen in carbonite by the Bounty Hunter.
- Suikoden I starts out with Odessa Silverburg, the leader of the Resistance, until she dies when the hideout at Lenankamp is attacked.
- Suikoden II has Riou as the Big Good, and it's invoked by Freed during a war battle.
- Suikoden III has the Flame Champion, who protected Grassland from Harmonia. Of course, he's dead at this point in the game, and a successor takes up his rune
- Suikoden IV has Lino en Kuldes, King of Obel. Eleanor actually worries whether the army would splinter over choosing to follow him or Lazlo, the player character. A duel settles it, and Lazlo is cemented when Lino concedes.
- Suikoden V starts with Salum Barows, who takes in the Prince, the player character, and Sialeeds. Of course, Salum is a schemer who cannot be trusted, and you leave his company soon after his treachery is revealed.
- Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy is introduced as the protector of the cosmos and mother of the stars, and is the one that guides Mario on his quest to defeat Bowser.
- Merlon from Super Paper Mario. He helps out Mario and his friends by constantly researching the Light Prognosticus and instructing where to go next after recovering one of the Pure Hearts.
- Tends to vary in Super Robot Wars, but whoever the canonical Big Good of various licensed series is will usually defer to one character (though there can be more than one). In older titles, Bright Noah gets this task due to overall command experience.
- For some installments, either there is no definitive Big Good or the task is handed to the Original Generation, even if the character(s) isn't necessarily part of a Heroic Archetype. In fact, it's rare to have an Original Generation be this trope: Blessfield Ardygun in Super Robot Wars W is one example, yet he's the father to The Hero and co-shares it with Kotaro Taiga, until Blessfield is sent 15 billion years back into the past.
- Zigzagged in the Super Robot Wars Z saga: Dianna Soreil and Lacus Clyne share it in the first game, while Zero is appointed Supreme Commander of ZEXIS in the two-part Second Z. However, events in the sequel are engineered to favor ZEXIS via Elgan Laudic, making him the actual Big Good of the Second Z.
- In the Super Robot Wars Original Generation series, it's Commander Randolph Laker of the Earth Federation Army rather than the president of The Federation, since the government is visibly corrupt and inept. When Laker is placed under house arrest after a government coup d'etat in the sequel, Captain Daitetsu Minase becomes the impromptu Big Good until he gets Killed Off for Real.
- For the Endless Frontier duology, Sanuki Nanbu and John Moses in the first game and Ezel Granada in the sequel.
- Come Super Robot Wars Original Generation Lord of Elemental Coffin of the End, Shu Shirakawa becomes the Big Good of the game as he rallies other characters in an attempt to solve the problems of La Gias.
- Lord British of the Ultima series, who rules over Britannia. He is also the Author Avatar of creator Richard Garriot.
- Convoy in the Vigilante8 games.
- King Folstet in The Witcher is a Reasonable Authority Figure and, much like Geralt is a Straight Man in a cast made up of sociopaths, corrupt nobles, batshit insane clergymen,murderers and drug addicts at worst, and morally shady mercenaries at best. This is probably why he lasts all of 20 minutes before being offed in the sequel.
- Every World of Warcraft expansion tends to have one. In the Burning Crusade, A'dal stood at the literal center of Outland, and occasionally players would kite monsters to him to see A'dal deal ridiculous damage. In Wrath of the Lich King the role belongs to Tirion Fordring, the leader of the Argent Crusade. In Cataclysm, we have Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, queen of the dragons and Deathwing's heroic counterpart. Mists of Pandaria has two -Varian Wrynn for the Alliance and Vol'jin for the Horde. Varian Wrynn is the High King of humanity and de-facto leader of the Alliance, while Vol'jin leads the good parts of the Horde in rebellion after Garrosh Hellscream turns from Anti-Hero to outright villain.
- In Xenoblade, the role is covered by Lady Meyneth, the benevolent goddess of Mechonis, who guides to protagonists to a way to put a stop to the root cause of all the problems that are befalling to the world. Ironically enough, she was indirectly assumed to be the enemy at first.
- Mii Koryuji from Project X Zone.
- Mr. Verres in El Goonish Shive, who is explicitly compared to both Dumbledore and Gandalf.
- Baron Klaus Wulfenbach from Girl Genius, assuming you label him one of the good guys. If you don't, he's at least the Vetinari, in that his rule keeps everyone from killing everyone else. This becomes obvious when he freezes Mechanicsburg, as well as himself, in time and is thus unavailable. Everything starts going to shit immediately. Also, as posthumous or at least vanished characters, the Heterodyne Boys.
- Played with in Homestuck. Writ Keeper (formally the White King) is supposed to be this in a normal session of Sburb, leading the forces of Prospit and acting as an ally/mentor for the players. However the Kids session going Off the Rails results in an in-universe instance of Demoted to Extra and he ends up never interacting with the Kids. In the case of something like this happening, Wayward Vagabond is meant to take his place as Big Good and help the players beat the Final Boss instead. Yet again, the Kids session being messed up meant that he doesn't actually meet the Kids until it's way too late to fix things.
- The Order of the Stick: Lord Shojo, leader of the Sapphire Guard and ruler of Azure City, largely fills the role for a time in the comic while Azure City remains a major base for the good guys. His nephew Hinjo succeeds him, but his claims for relevance are less impressive.
- In Spinnerette, the leader of the American Superhero Association, a mix of lobbying group for superhero interests and hero support organization, is a time-traveling Benjamin Franklin.
- Fine Structure: Mitch Calrus, AKA Xio, is one of two Eldritch Abominations sealed in our universe. He's the one opposed to senselessly destroying all sentience.
- In Mario Brothers, Princess Toadstool rules over the Mushroom people and can produce life-giving mushrooms from nothing.
- Queen Fyora and the faeries in general (barring the occasional Obviously Evil one) are considered this in Neopets.
- The Nostalgia Critic has Santa Christ, who atones for all our sins, also eats pancakes, saves puppies from a fire and also eats pancakes. And Critic himself, after taking on the Plot Hole in To Boldly Flee, giving him higher ranking and therefore giving him the ability to ask Santa Christ to bring Spoony back from the dead and tell all his other friends that everything is fine now.
- The Yostwell of The Questport Chronicles, according to legend. It disappeared after a Heroic Sacrifice millennia ago, but left behind a relic with a portion of its power.
- Shadowhunter Peril has Nuriel, Puriel, Bezaliel, and Ra. The first three are angels of God, while Ra is the last King of the Phoenix Dynasty, and commands a great army made up of Noble Bird Of Prey. By the end of the final battle, Nuriel and Ra are both dead. Bezaliel and Puriel each get a Crowning Moment of Awesome. Puriel kills Oblivion for killing Ra and Nuriel, and Bezaliel calls for much needed reinforcements with his voice.
- In The Sydney Scroungers, Rachel Zhu, the Marshall of the Sydney Shatterdome is revealed to be this after the first story arc.
- Whateley Universe: Whateley Academy's headmistress Elizabeth Carson. Even the villains generally respect her.
- Dragon, the world's finest Tinker, who supplies the PRT and Protectorate with their advanced technology, coordinates their responses to large-scale threats, and mass-produces superhuman-tier combatant combat suits. She also happens to be a spectacular aversion of A.I. Is a Crapshoot, being secretly an artificial intelligence who is still one of the kindest and most moral individuals in the setting.
- Scion, the messianic golden man who spends all his time flying all over the world and helping people.
- Billy from Adventure Time was this until his death. Afterwards Princess Bubblegum fills this role, being the most resourceful and influential of the heroes who the others rally around.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Aang, along with any Avatar, has this as their job description, since their duty is to maintain peace and balance in the world. In the follow-up series, The Legend of Korra, the eponymous heroine takes up the position.
- Iroh is the wisest hero, and the leader of the Order of the White Lotus. He retires at the end of the series, leaving the role to Zuko, who shares the position with Aang after being crowned Fire Lord and taking his father's place.
- Raava, spirit of light and the source of all good in the world, serves as a sort of Bigger Good. It's eventually revealed that the first Avatar was created when she merged with a human.
- Three characters in the Ben 10 franchise qualify for the position: Azmuth, because he is the creator of the Omnitrix, and as such the one Ben got his powers from to begin with; Max Tennyson, because he is The Mentor to Ben; and Paradox who acts more like a Trickster Mentor helping Ben indirectly to solve conflicts on Time Travel scale.
- Code Lyoko has Franz Hopper, the creator of the super computer and Lyoko. Unfortunately, he was also the creator of the evil A.I. XANA, though Franz wasn't involved in XANA turning evil.
- Numbuh 0 from Codename: Kids Next Door, more specifically in The Movie. He's Numbuh 1's dad.
- White Knight on Generator Rex is nominally this, being in charge of the greatest force keeping the world from succumbing to destruction. He's also callous and calculating, willing to sacrifice just about everyone for the greater good. The show both highlights his flaws while showing that he does have a point with many parties trying to achieve power that justifies his fears. He comes to understand that while his goals are good, his methods need work, and softens into a more traditional example.
- The Sorceress in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983). While the same was true for the 2002 remake, King Greyskull, the true source of He-Man's power could be considered a secondary one.
- Amanda Carey from Hurricanes is arguably this since she leads the Hurricanes into most of their efforts against Stavros Garkos' evil plots.
- The Eight Immortals of China fill the role in Jackie Chan Adventures, being the ones who sealed away the Demon Sorcerers in the first place and leaving behind the magical items the heroes need to banish them a second (and final) time in the second season.
- Zadavia from Loonatics Unleashed. Her twin brother, Optimatus, is her exact opposite... until his Heel-Face Turn near the end of the series.
- Princess Celestia from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is ruler over the whole setting, Twilight's mentor, the one who more often than not tells the mane six they need to save Equestria and easily the most intelligent character on the show - and armed with the massive power that comes with being a Physical Goddess, to boot. The major villains see her as their chief opponent, and she's always the one to send out the heroes against them. Her less-often-seen younger sister, Luna, is technically equal in rank and power potential but has learned from personal experience to defer to her older sibling's superior wisdom. Toned down considerably in the official comics; both princesses are spotlighted more often, and while the "Good" is never in question, we see more of their personal hardships, arguments, and (occasionally cosmic) screwups.
- In Samurai Jack this role is filled by three gods, Odin of the Norse gods, Ra of the Egyptians, and Rama of the Hindu. As seen in "Birth of Evil" they worked as a team in prehistory to destroy a Cosmic Entity of pure evil, but missed one piece that fell to Earth and became Aku. Later, they forged a sword out of part of the Emperor's soul, which he used to defeat Aku the first time. (Later, it would be Jack's sword.) However, only Ra has made an additional appearance that had any bearing on the plot since then, and given his silent reaction to Jack's inquiry, it would seem the three cannot help Jack much more than they have already.
- In season 5 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003, the Ninja Tribunal occupied this role—even though, as the the turtles point out, they're kind of dicks.
- Thundera's King Claudus from ThunderCats (2011). Though a Noble Bigot and leader of The Empire, he fights the good fight against ancient evil Sorcerous Overlord Mumm-Ra, becoming the Sacrificial Lion of Mumm-Ra's invasion of his kingdom.
- Optimus Prime in any adaptation. Later parts of the classic series had the role pass to Rodimus Prime and Fortress Maximus.
- Ultra Magnus served this role in Transformers Animated, while Optimus was re-envisioned as a younger, rookie hero.
- Prime is outranked by Primus, but it's relatively rare for Primus to involve himself in things for any significant length of time.
- The Justice League itself in Young Justice, which the characters frequently mention as possible support when it looks like the situation is something they can not handle themselves. The League also has a rotating chairman who embodies the trope more then others. Batman’s the League Chairman in Season One, and while he may seem (and sometimes is) hard and strict on the team, he ultimately praises them and encourages them to work together. Captain Atom becomes the League Chairman in Season Two, and Black Canary is made the Chairman in the series finale.