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->''"I'm the guardian of this world! It's my job to see that you do no further damage to it!"''
-->--'''Lord Death''', ''Manga/SoulEater''

Whereas the BigBad 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 TheHero is usually, [[SupportingProtagonist but]] [[HeroAntagonist not]] [[VillainProtagonist 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 TheHero 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 TheHero, then they will most definitely be [[MentorArchetype the mentor]] to craft TheHero into being the weapon they need him to be.

AuthorityEqualsAsskicking is in full force most of the time, with the Big Good usually starting off several orders of magnitude more powerful than TheHero. The character may be servant to [[TheManBehindTheMan a greater good]] just like their evil counterpart is servant to a BiggerBad. Unlike the BigBad, however, the Big Good ''can'' be taken down rather early - to show [[TheWorfEffect just how powerful the enemy has gotten]] by that point or [[MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning 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 BigBad was [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels once their second in command]]. Expect TheHero or some other member of the TrueCompanions to take up the mantle by the time the GrandFinale comes round.

Might occasionally be a great hero who is [[PosthumousCharacter believed to be dead]] (might be true, or they might be simply hidden) or someone who most characters [[ArbitrarySkepticism think is just a myth]] until they appear in the flesh. At the beginning of a series, expect the BigBad to be much more worried about this character than about TheHero. TheHero may not even register on any antagonist's radar while all of them will be out to off the Big Good. TheDragon is far more often TheRival or WorthyOpponent to TheHero than the BigBad.

Do note that this trope is about a character ''role'' and as such there are multiple {{Heroic Archetype}}s that can fulfill this role, including but not limited to:

* AllLovingHero
* AncientTradition
* BenevolentPrecursors
* TheCaptain
* TheGoodKing
* TheHero (if they are the protagonist of the story as well)
* TheHighQueen
* TheLeader
* {{Mentors}}
* MissionControl
* MysteriousBacker - Who fulfils the same role but has their own agenda.
* TheParagon
* {{Precursors}} (So long as they aren't {{Neglectful|Precursors}} or {{Abusive|Precursors}})
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SupportingLeader

At its most general, the Big Good title simply refers to '''the leader of the largest group opposing the BigBad'''. Keep this in mind when suggesting examples.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{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 [[ByronicHero Guts]], acting as a sort of cynical mentor towards him.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' eventually graduates [[GoodIsNotNice 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 [[spoiler:he ends up dying at the hands of the BigBad]].
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': [[{{deuteragonist}} Sylia]] [[TheCaptain Stingray]] is both the leader of the Knight Sabres and the [[MegaCorp 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 [[TakeOverTheWorld dominating the globe.]]
* Captain Bravo from ''BusouRenkin''. 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 ''HumongousMecha'' suit of armor.
* [[ByronicHero Zero]] of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' provides a more uncommon AntiHero example. As a charismatic and brilliant revolutionary, Zero leads the [[LaResistance Black Knights]] in their campaign against [[TheEmpire 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 VillainWithGoodPublicity, as many civilians look to Zero as their hero, their savior and their leader, and to others, he's a HeroWithBadPublicity, since his actions, although gray, are considerably less atrocious than Britannia, but he gets flak for it anyway.
* [[TheHero Taichi Kamiya]] fulfills this role in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. 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 ''DragonballZ'''s run. He's a mentor to Goku, one of the {{Physical God}}s of the afterlife, and in most of the movies he takes time to inform Goku of various threats. Supreme Kai as well, though apparently [[TheGodsMustBeLazy anything that doesn't threaten the entire universe is beneath his notice]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' 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 FiveManBand with an occasional SixthRanger of the Arc, Erza filled the role by virtue of being TheAce. As the stakes grew higher and more members of Fairy Tail took the limelight, the Guildmaster [[TheObiWan Makarov Dreyar]] took over the position, and largely held onto it until [[PersonOfMassDestruction Gildarts Clive]] - ''the'' strongest guild member and one of the most powerful characters ever - was introduced. Once the TimeSkip rolls around, the role etched onto Mavis Vermillion, the founder and first master of Fairy Tail. She was introduced prior to the TimeSkip, when her ghost was freed from Sirius Island, but it was solidified once she froze Fairy Tail in time to save them from [[BiggerBad Acnologia]]'s attack; she's the reason the TimeSkip ever occurred and the reason ''anybody'' is still alive now. Doubly so, it was since revealed that she has a history with [[BigBad 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 BiggerBad, as seen when [[spoiler:he finally reveals himself and fights Acnologia.]]
* Kenshiro in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. 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 ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', against [[BigBad Father]], the role of Big Good is split between Colonel Roy Mustang and [[spoiler:Van Hohenheim]], the two filling the roles of SupportingLeader and AllLovingHero respectively. While [[spoiler:Hohenheim]] is the only one that can match the BigBad's sheer power, Mustang's efforts [[TheStrategist coordinating the Amestris military]] can't be ignored.
* Miaka Yuuki from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Indeed all of the Mikos are supposed to be this for their countries and warriors.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':
** The Queen in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. Couppe-sama and Granny Kaoruko[[spoiler:/Cure Flower]] jointly hold this position in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''.
** The ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movies gives the fairies one in the form of [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Tarte]], despite Coupe's position.
* Koutarou Taiga from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. (Not actually more powerful, but TheHero is a super-advanced cyborg and Taiga is a BadassNormal who can fight off the enemy boss with a golf club.)
* [[TheObiWan Dr. Riddles]] in ''GashBell'' for [[TheHero Kiyo, Zatch]] and Gang. He [[TricksterMentor trains the heroes]] and organizes them to fight against threats like ancient demons and Faudo.
* Dr. Saotome in ''GetterRobo'', 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 [[AppliedPhlebotinum Getter Rays]], and how to use them against the various threats to humanity.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** Lacus Clyne in both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' 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, [[GeneralRipper Patrick Zala]], and [[DarkMessiah Gilbert Durandal]]. Several of the villains are aware of the level of influence she has - in ''SEED'' both Patrick Zala and the genuine BigBad [[spoiler: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 BodyDouble named Meer Campbell to take her place.
** In the first part of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', 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 ''Anime/{{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 ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. 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.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' does not reveal the BigGood until the second half of the series. It turns out to be [[spoiler: Satsuki Kiryuin, seemingly the BigBad 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 LaResistance as the final battle to save mankind looms]].
* It's difficult to decide which lead from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' 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 TheHero. 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 TheHero.
* Pope Benedict in ''TheLegendOfKoizumi'', who leads the world's {{M|undaneMadeAwesome}}ahjong-based defense against the [[StupidJetpackHitler Fourth]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Reich]], who live on the moon and shoot meteors at major cities. ItsPersonal for him for some reason, probably due to his having grown up in the third one.
* In the various installments of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, this role is usually filled in by one of the high-ranking [[SpacePolice Time-Space Administration Bureau]] officials:
** In [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the original series]] and ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', the BigGood 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 ([[spoiler:her husband died in the previous such incident]]).
** In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', the BigGood role is split between Carim Gracia, Knight Commander of the [[SaintlyChurch Saint Church]], and Admiral Chrono Harlaown (Lindy's son). Hayate Yagami, as the leader of [[HeroesRUs Riot Force 6]], technically qualifies but it is Carim and Chrono who ultimately have the authority to remove the PowerLimiter from her and other aces.
** In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', Hayate is now the undisputed BigGood of the show, having been finally granted her own CoolStarship and [[TheCaptain full autonomy]] to deal with the Eclipse crisis however she sees fit. After she exposes herself to danger and is wounded by [[spoiler:Curren Hückebein]], Nanoha even calls Hayate out on such carelessness and basically reminds her of a BigGood's duties.
* [[spoiler:Ayano Tateyama]] in ''Anime/MekakucityActors'' is a posthumous Big Good, being the creator of the Mekakushi Dan [[spoiler:and her powers are key to defeat the Wide-Open Eyes Snake and end the time loop.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The various Hokages and other Kages, though the post changes hands relatively often. Chapter 515 has [[spoiler:the Raikage made the supreme leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces, making him the Big Good.]]
** In the latter half of the War, [[spoiler:Naruto]] becomes the Big Good and single handily turns the War around for the Alliance. He's also fighting both [[spoiler:Obito and Madara who was [[TheManBehindTheMan behind him all along]] at once along side with Kakashi, Gai, and Killer Bee.]]
** [[spoiler:The previous Hokages]] eventually join the party, and quickly take over the Big Good baton.
* In later chapters of ''Manga/OnePiece'', 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 [[TheHero Luffy]]. Rayleigh was merely a RetiredBadass 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 [[spoiler:until his death]] could also qualify. In particular, during the Whitebeard War, the rather morally-sound Newgate led the battle against the more reprehensible [[KnightTemplar Marines]] into battle, but it was Shanks himself that ended the war, simply by '''threatening to attack anyone that wanted to continue fighting'''!.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': The top brass of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Detective Matsui, and even the JSDF[[note]]the Japanese Self-Defense Force[[/note]] 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. [[MegaCorp Shaft Enterprises]] and his old mentor, [[spoiler: Kai]], know this better than anyone.
* The end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has [[spoiler:[[MessianicArchetype Ultimate Madoka]] after her AbstractApotheosis become the greatest force for good in the universe]], although only one person is aware of her existence and her role.
* The [[PowerTrio Three Dark Lords]] of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', or at least the two who are still alive.
* The title character of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''; 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 TrueCompanions) look to him for wisdom and [[HopeBringer hope]].
* Queen Serenity from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. 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 BigBad Shabranigdu to a draw (of sorts) 5,000 years ago, thus saving the world from being a rather [[CrapsackWorld 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.
* ''SoulEater'''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 [[TookALevelInBadass greater]] extent) Simon, from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Kittan fills Kamina's role while Simon is having his HeroicBSOD, and continues to be a secondary Big Good while Simon has the helm.
* In ''TokyoMewMew'', Ryou Shirogane, owner of Cafe Mew Mew and the head of Project Mew Mew, leads the heroes.
* [[PhysicalGod Primus]] serves this role in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' UnicronTrilogy; ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', and ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''.
* Hakuoro of ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}''. He was both TheHero and emperor of his country, which under his leadership went around smiting bad guys.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU:
** The Guardians of the Universe in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' used to be this, but [[DependingOnTheWriter the more cynical take on them]] has them acting aloof and manipulative instead.
** Franchise/{{Superman}} is traditionally the chairman (and often acknowledged as the most powerful member) of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, 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, {{Franchise/Batman}}, and Franchise/WonderWoman 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, [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is often treated like this, even in comparison to Superman, possibly due to ChildrenAreInnocent. 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 ''ComicBook/DeathVigil'' and not-quite-grim Reaper, generally acting as a SupportingLeader.
* Subverted in the ''ComicBook/{{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.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** ComicBook/CaptainAmerica 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.
** ComicBook/SpiderMan fulfills this when he can. If Cap is considered the [[MessianicArchetype Soul]] of the Marvel Universe's hero community, then Peter Parker is definitely the [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Heart]] of the heroes. He manages to unite even the most [[AntiHero cynical]] of heroes and [[MoralEventHorizon loathsome]] villains together or brings out the best in them with his unceasing optimism and true everyman nature.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s opposite in the ''ComicBook/NewGods'' 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 ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|ExpandedUniverse}}: ComicBook/{{Legacy}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{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.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': Professor Xavier is TheLeader of the X-Men, principal of the Xavier 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, ComicBook/XFactor, ComicBook/XForce, ComicBook/GenerationX, etc.) have occasionally been collectively referred to as "The Disciples of Xavier".
** In Bendis' ''Uncanny X-Men'', most mutants consider Cyclops this. Though [[GreyAndGreyMorality the truth]] [[DependingOnTheWriter is more complicated]], there's no denying his political clout, or his devotion to protecting the species.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[spoiler:Alpha]] takes up this mantle in Part 2 of ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics:
** Godzilla Junior has grown up into this by time we meet him in ''FanFic/TheBridge''. 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. [[TheGoodKing King of the Monsters indeed.]]
*** Celestia also has shades of this, but the title in this story really goes to [[spoiler: Harmony (the spirit of the Tree of Harmony)]], the entity who's provided DivineIntervention for the heroes, brought King Caeser to Equestria in the past to fight Tirek, and is trying to be TheConscience to the less evil members of the BigBad's forces.
** ''Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate'' has Amity, [[BigBad Ruinate]]'s [[CainAndAbel 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 [[spoiler:restore Twilight's soul after Ruinate [[EmptyShell destroyed it]]]], and then to [[SoLastSeason unlock their full power]] in order to help them defeat him again.
** The ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' crossover ''FanFic/FriendshipIsShowtime'' has Princess Celestia and the White Wizard both filling this role, though to their own separate apprentices. [[spoiler:It turns out that they're old friends.]]
** [[spoiler:The redeemed spirit of Horus]] in ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'', trying to keep Luna from falling to TheCorruption, and when that fails [[spoiler:he helps her [[FightingFromTheInside 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, [[spoiler:Horus]] continues to act as Luna's mentor as she adjusts to modern Equestria.
** ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': [[GodOfGood Athena]] is this for ''Princess of Themyscira'', guiding Soarin' and Diana against the machinations of [[BigBad Ares]]. [[spoiler: She's possibly also this for the series as a whole, having led the charge against [[BiggerBad Darkseid]] in the [[GreatOffscreenWar War in Heaven]].]]
** [[DesignatedHero All]][[AlternateCharacterInterpretation ege]][[GodModeSue dly]], the Grand Ruler in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
** The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
*** [[GodOfGood Fauna Luster and the Father of all Alicorns]] are this for the alicorns, and TheMultiverse as a whole.
*** The [[BadFuture Dark World]] has [[spoiler: [[TheVoice The Benevolent Interloper/Amicitia]], who serves as a [[GoodAngelBadAngel counterbalance]] to [[BiggerBad The Nameless Passenger/Nightmare Paradox]], and MissionControl in the FinalBattle]].
*** The Shining Armor Arc has [[PhysicalGod Mother Deer]], the leader of the anti-[[TheEmpire Hooviet]] LaResistance that eventually allies with Shining's group.
*** The series as a whole has [[MysteriousWatcher the Interviewers]], who guide the characters along to reach their happy endings. [[spoiler: They turn out to be Amicitia, having undergone a LiteralSplitPersonality as part of a gambit to create a more hopeful timeline separate from Dark World.]]
** ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum'':
*** Princess Celestia immediately declares war on [[MirrorUniverse Queen]] [[EvilCounterpart Celestia]] after witnessing the ponies of the Solar Empire [[MindRape enforce]] [[BalefulPolymorph Conversion]] upon humanity.
*** Prior to her execution, [[MirrorUniverse TCB!]][[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome Lyra]] [[MessianicArchetype Heartstrings]] not only [[RebelLeader founded]] the [[LaResistance Ponies for Human Life]], but gave humanity a reason to trust the [[DefectorFromDecadence Empire's defectors]]. Even death hasn't dampened her legacy, to the point that some members of the [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Human Liberation Front]] mourned for her despite their virulent anti-pony sentiments.
*** During the story, [[MirrorUniverse TCB!]][[BadassTeacher Cheerilee]] eventually becomes the new leader of the PHL, going so far as [[spoiler: taking a clone of the Solar Tyrant head-on and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beating her to a pulp]] thanks to [[PowerTattoos runic enhancement]]]].
** ''Fanfic/TheStarsAscendant'' is about Celestia struggling with whether or not she remains ''the'' Big Good now that Twilight Sparkle has surpassed her, and her guilt over unwittingly holding Twilight back from her true potential.
* Asula the Milotic, headmistress of the Long Island base and organiser of the main heroic team in ''FanFic/{{Pokeumans}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''/''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}}'' has [[spoiler:''[[DarkMessiah Kane]]'' of all people, manipulating GDI and the Council into working together against Saren and warning Shepard about the Reapers.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{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 ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersBackwater'', Rayearth can be considered the secondary Big Good for all matters pertaining to the city of Backwater.
** In ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersTorment'', [[spoiler:the god of retribution St. Cuthbert, being the one who secretly sponsors Leorin's quest for redemption.]]
* As in [[Manga/DeathNote canon]], L retains his status as the [[AntiHero technical]] Big Good to Kira's [[spoiler:(aka Light's)]] BigBad in the fanfic ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'', but this time it gets deconstructed. [[spoiler:He ends up as a TragicHero by the story's closing]].
* Space Sheriff Aka from ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864527 Super Milestone Wars 2]]''.
* ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' has the Wedge Defense Force, and later the International Police Organization.
* Cait Sith in ''FanFic/OffTheLine'', 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.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Tied in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', 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 Franchise/DisneyFairies films.
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': The Blue Fairy blesses the title character in the first place.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'': The Great Prince of the Forest [[spoiler:and later his son, Bambi himself]].
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' has the Fairy Godmother, who magics up Cinderella's ball gear and allows her to get her happily-ever-after.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': Merlin is the most powerful good guy and serves as TheMentor to Arthur.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': Bagheera is the opposing force to [[BigBad Shere Khan]].
** ''Disney/RobinHood'': 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.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': King Triton is the (mostly) benevolent ruler of the seas and the one Ursula ultimately targets in her quest for power.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': The Sultan is the ruler of Agrabah, his removal is what [[BigBad Jafar]] seeks to achieve for most of the movie, and a single sentence from him solves one of the movie's main conflicts.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has Mufasa, ruler of Pride Rock, whose death is what prompts everything to go to badly. Post-climax, at the end of the film [[spoiler:Simba takes on his role.]]
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': The Archdeacon serves as a counterpoint to [[KnightTemplar Judge Frollo]], although he's mostly absent.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has the Emperor of China, who all the heroes serve, and the BigBad targets him personally.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': Zeus, after he gets HijackedByJesus, is the loving GrandpaGod to Olympus and BumblingDad to Hercules, rather than the {{Jerkass God|s}} from [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the original stories]].
** ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': The Grand Councilwoman starts as a HeroAntagonist but falls into this by the end, [[spoiler:vowing to protect Stitch and his new family.]]
** ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': Cornelius Robinson [[spoiler:A.K.A. Lewis.]]
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Mama Odie serves as the counterpoint to [[BigBad Facilier]], with similar magic and less [[BiggerBad Friends on the Other Side]].
* Queen Tara from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''. The rulers of the forest are this in general.
* Creator/{{Pixar}} movies:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': 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.
** ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': The Queen leads the ants and tries to safeguard them from [[BigBad Hopper]], a role [[spoiler:then taken up by Atta.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Doc Hudson, and Finn [=McMissile=] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''[[note]]though maybe it's actually Lightning McQueen in this case[[/note]]
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'': Chef Auguste Gusteau (in a [[PosthumousCharacter posthumous fashion]]), being the founder of the restaurant and the motivation for the main character.
** ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': Captain [=McCrea=] takes up this role once he starts defying AUTO.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
** ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'': Dean Hardscrabble, although it takes most of the movie for Mike and Sully to realise it.
* Creator/StudioGhibli movies:
** ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'': Nausicaa herself.
** ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'': [[spoiler:Captain Dola, after her GoodAllAlong reveal.]]
** ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': The Big Totoro
** ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'': Osono
** ''Anime/PomPoko'': Seizaemon and Oroku
** ''Anime/TheCatReturns'': The Baron and Prince Lune both fit
** ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'': [[spoiler:Madame Suliman]], in stark contrast to her role in [[Literature/HowlsMovingCastle the book]].
** ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'': Sparrowhawk
** ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'': Granmamare is the benevolent goddess who gives Ponyo and Sosuke their happy ending.
* Creator/DreamworksAnimation movies:
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'': The Queen ant
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'': Cheif Tannabok
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' : Master Oogway, then Schifu after the former dies, serving as mentor and leader of the Furious Five ([[SixthRanger and Po]]).
** ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' : General W.R. Monger, although his role is limited to capturing the monsters and then directing them to the threat.
** ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Stoick is the Chief of Berk. In [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2 the sequel]] [[spoiler:the role is taken up by Hiccup.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'': Metroman is the great hero of Metro City whose absence sets the plot in motion. [[spoiler:Towards the end, Megamind fills the role.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'': 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The White Queen from the Disney and Creator/TimBurton version of ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' (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 ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', Victor Laszlo. ThoseWackyNazis 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 ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'': [[GodzillaThreshold In a very loose way]], Franchise/{{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=].
* Arthur from ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. He's the leader of the Kingsmen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he makes a FaceHeelTurn and joins Valentine]].
* Morpheus from the ''Film/TheMatrix'', shifting quite quickly to Neo after he reaches [[TheChosenOne The One]] status.
* Raiden from the ''Film/MortalKombat'' movies, which most people agreed was a great use of PragmaticAdaptation. The character in the games was not quite top-tier despite being a PhysicalGod. (And in some non-canonical video game endings involving him, he is depicted as being evil and/or blindly destructive.)
* Marshall Stacker Pentecost in ''Film/PacificRim'' 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 ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', Caesar has become this for the rest of the apes. He holds this position in ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', attempting to keep peace between the apes and humans.
* Fung from ''ShaolinSoccer''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda in the classic trilogy are opposed both thematically and in characterisation to [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] and [[BigBad The Emperor]] respectively, the last remnants of [[AncientTradition the Jedi Order]], and are both TheMentor to Luke.
** Yoda and [[Creator/SamuelLJackson 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 ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' films is fated to be one of these, and in ''Terminator Salvation'' he consequently is.
* Odin is portrayed this way in the 2011 ''Film/{{Thor}}'' film. Most of the film is about Thor proving himself worthy to succeed him as king of Asgard.
* King Leonidas in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' 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 InMediasRes by an UnreliableNarrator).
* In the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'', Optimus Prime takes on this role as leader of the Autobots. He is defined as a MartialPacifist, a particularly brutal one fighting the Decepticons because otherwise innocents will die. But many Autobots are borderline {{Blood Knight}}s themselves, which requires his leadership to keep them pointed at the right enemy. In ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', the surviving Autobots after ThePurge 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' [[GodzillaThreshold freeing the Dinobots]] to combat Galvatron's armies, only to watch Optimus take charge.
-->'''Crosshairs:''' ''"Ugh, you just want to [[AFatherToHisMen die for the guy]]. That's leadership... or brainwashing."\\
'''Drift:''' ''"No, that's Optimus Prime."''
* TRON from ''Film/{{Tron}}''. Kevin Flynn in ''Film/TronLegacy''.
* In ''Film/{{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 ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', helping Dorothy and is the opposite of [[BigBad the Wicked Witch of the West]].
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Professor X is this most of the time, but it's deconstructed to some degree in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. [[spoiler: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 IDidWhatIHadToDo in-order to suppress the Phoenix.]]
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Charles Xavier is the leader of the heroic team that eventually defeats the BigBad.
** Both future Professor X and future Magneto share this role in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. And past Charles is growing into this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Anastasius Focht, despite his dubious past, comes closest to this in ''Franchise/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 ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' books. Naturally, given he's CrystalDragonJesus.
* [[TheObiWan Dallben]], from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''. Competes with [[SupportingLeader 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 ''Literature/CodexAlera'', though he's also a MagnificentBastard perfectly willing to ShootTheDog for a good cause. [[spoiler: After he dies, [[TheHero Tavi]] and Aquitainus Attis, formerly a borderline ''BigBad'', split the role. When Attis dies, Tavi takes it completely]]. If you asked [[OurElvesAreBetter the Marat]], they'd say their chieftain Doroga was the Big Good, and the [[WolfMan Canim]] would put Warmaster Varg up for the office. But if you asked Doroga or Varg personally, they'd probably say it was Tavi.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Probably the highest rung of operation is [[DontFearTheReaper 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 TheLeader while Vetinari is the Big Good. Sometimes Vetinari is in a Big Good [[BigBadDuumvirate Duumvirate]] with Lady Margolotta Von Uberwald, and at least once Vetinari's ''aunt'' served as TheManBehindTheMan to Vetinari.
* Literature/DoraWilkSeries:
** Highest up is [[{{God}} the God]] and [[MotherNature the Goddess]]. They [[GodsHandsAreTied can't do much in person]], but they sure as hell manipulate events from behind to make the situation better.
** Lesser goddesses [[CleverCrows Badb]] and [[MamaBear Cahan]]. Sure, they're mostly motivated by personal gain and family honor, but their goals align with that of the Trio.
** Archangels [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] and [[ArchangelGabriel 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 ''Literature/{{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 ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels, outside of their origin stories.
* Ardneh in the ''Empire of the East'' trilogy by Creator/FredSaberhagen. So much so that the [[LaResistance good guys]], or some of them at least, worship him as a god, even though he denies being one.
* In ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' 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. [[PosthumousCharacter 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 Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy becomes this after making up her mind to [[TheAtoner atone]] for her actions while leading the [[KnightTemplar Geets-Kel]].
* Michael in ''Literature/TheGuardians'' series is the Doyen of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Guardians]]. He's their leader and it's his job to recruit new Guardians, enforce the Rules and facilitate the [[BroughtDownToNormal Fall]] or [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension]] of retiring Guardians. He was also the first Guardian ever changed.
* Boron, from the ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' 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 [[WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole the film adaptation]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Albus Dumbledore at the start is head of the school, known as the most powerful wizard of the age and the only one [[BigBad Voldemort]] feared, and an important mentor figure.
** Harry himself in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. 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, [[spoiler:Moody and, after ''he'' dies, Kingsley]], seem to be Dumbledore's designated successors.
** Off-screen, [[spoiler: 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 ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' is this by default during the events of the book. [[spoiler: Incumbent Raghnall Bors dies and is replaced by Egil of Yarvik.]]
* Great Mage Urtho in the ''Mage Wars'' prequel trilogy of the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. The entire conflict revolves around a massive war between him and the BigBad, Ma'ar, and their mutual deaths cause a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt cataclysm]] that shapes the world for thousands of years afterwards.
* The ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy has an interesting subversion: Because he is the leader of the forces opposing the BigBad, Lord Asriel could be said to fill this role, despite being pretty firmly an AntiVillain. 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 ''Literature/HIVESeries'', [=H.I.V.E.mind=] serves as this. Caretaker of the eponymous school, he generally watches out for intruders and disturbances, but after TheReveal that [[spoiler: Otto was created to be a vessel to host sentient AI,]] [=H.I.V.E.mind=] spends the majority of his time in [[spoiler: Otto's head]], allowing him to assist if not take over in the climax of several of the books. He also serves as TheParagon.
* Bill Denbrough from Stephen King's ''Literature/{{IT}}''. In the book, [[spoiler:The Turtle]] takes over this role near the end.
* M in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' series, Bond's boss and leader of [=MI6=].
* In the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' 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 ''Literature/TheJourneyToAtlantis'', 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 ''Literature/LandOfOz'' books.
* Mentor of Arisia in the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series.
* ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight'': Sir Koltair is The King of the Order of the Light, which defends the world by fighting shadows.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has several levels of this. Gandalf was sent to rally the Free Peoples against Sauron by [[CouncilOfAngels the Valar]] and their leader, [[ArchangelMichael 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 ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl'' [[RefusalOfTheCall 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 ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', 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. [[spoiler:He is also Sunday, who the protagonists thought was the BigBad but who was really doing it all for their own good]]. It's kind of complicated.
* [[spoiler: Chancellor Paige]] in the final half of ''[[Literature/TheMazeRunner The Death Cure]]'', where [[spoiler: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 [[TheMasquerade Mantically Aware Britain]], in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries''. Better known as [[PunnyName 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 ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' in the first book. With the backstory revealed in the third book, [[spoiler: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 ''Literature/NightWatch''.
* King Oberon and Queen Titania in the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'':
** 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 [[PosthumousCharacter after his death.]]
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': 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 [[spoiler:killing Fikiri in Kyle's timeline so that he could become Kahlil]], and [[spoiler: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.
* ''Literature/TheSquiresTales'':
** 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, [[TheGoodKing 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 [[TheKingdom England is as it is]] and the Knights of the Round Table exist.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Luke Skywalker in the novels. According to George Lucas's WordOfGod 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 ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', 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.
* ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'':
** ''Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy'' 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 [[BigBad 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 ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara''.
** Walker Boh's character arc in ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara'' has him transform from a ReluctantHero into Allanon's successor as the last Druid. By ''Talismans'' he's the unquestioned leader of the Ohmsford heirs, and in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' 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.
** ''Literature/FirstKingOfShannara'' 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.
** ''Literature/HighDruidOfShannara'' has Walker Boh's one-time enemy, Grianne Ohmsford, as the new [[TheArchmage Ard Rhys]] of the Third Druid Council. Hoping to [[TheAtoner 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 ''Literature/TheDefendersOfShannara''.
* 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).
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': 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 Literature/WarchildSeries would most likely count. His morals are undoubtedly in the right place, and he commands the respect of his men and the aliens of LaResistance. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats of the universe don't seem to agree.
* Firestar in every ''Literature/WarriorCats'' arc after the first[[note]]and excluding the fifth, which will be a prequel[[/note]]. He is the leader of the main CastHerd, [=ThunderClan=], and is always trying to stop evil and create peace between the Clans.
* Lews Therin and Rand al'Thor from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' 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 ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. Not that there are any [[BigBad 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).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Commander Adama from ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'' and his counterpart William Adama from [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined the new series]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Subverted with Giles, who is nominally this but in practice tends to defer to Buffy. Also subverted in that the Watchers Council seems to see themselves as this and is indeed traditionally in charge of the Slayer's fight against evil (a tradition Buffy never follows), but they also use [[IDidWhatIHadToDo cruel methods]] like torture and [[SecretTestOfCharacter rendering Slayers defenseless before locking them up with a vampire]].
** A further subversion, emphasized in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', is that the celestial PowersThatBe share similar WellIntentionedExtremist flaws as the Watcher Council.
** The presence of a greater Big Good is implied in the Season 3 episode where the [[FinalBossPreview First Evil]] was introduced. Angel is DrivenToSuicide by the First Evil reminding him of every innocent life he's destroyed when evil. He attempts to commit suicide-by-sunrise, but fails because it suddenly clouds over and starts snowing just before the sun comes up. [[LawOfConservationOfDetail When they spent the entire episode complaining about the unseasonably warm and sunny weather they were getting that Christmas.]]
* [[DaChief The Chief]], in opposition to ''Series/CarmenSandiego''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's name inspires hope in all that is good and terror in all that is evil. Where he goes, freedom (and explosions) quickly follow. Frequently acknowledged as this, by friends ''and'' [[WorthyOpponent enemies]] alike.
-->'''The Master''': A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about.
* Dr. Donald Anspaugh on ''Series/{{ER}}'', head of County General. In his first couple appearances he's actually implied to be a [[TyrantTakesTheHelm tyrant]], but after receiving a surprising amount of CharacterDevelopment in season 4, wherein he cares for his leukemia-stricken son and resists a buyout attempt by a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy drug company exec]], he stays firmly in this trope.
* Rebel/[[spoiler:Micah Sanders]] in Volume 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Also, [[spoiler:Angela Petrelli]] in Volume 3, which is jarring because she and the Company had been portrayed as villains in the first two seasons. Richard Drucker, an opponent of the Company, served this role in the Season 2 graphic novels plotline, but had no role in the main show's plot and appeared to be killed by the Company after a couple of appearances. The Volume 4 graphic novels show that Rebel was inspired partially by Drucker's legacy, though.
* Jacob from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Somewhat subverted in that he's a very "hands-off" kind of Big Good, doesn't put in any actual appearances until the final season, and he turns out to be a bit of a [[JerkassGods dick]]. The entire show was his giant SecretTestOfCharacter in order to find his replacement because he self-consciously realized he wasn't cut out for this whole PhysicalGod thing. [[spoiler:Accidentally turning your own brother into the ultimate incarnation of evil and the BigBad tends to do that to you]]. In the end, the best possible candidate ([[spoiler:Hurley]]) ends up succeeding him.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Zordon from the first series up to ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
** Supreme Commander Fowler/Doggie Cruger from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD''.
** Captain Logan [[spoiler:and Alex Drake]] from ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''.
** Captain William Mitchell from ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.
** Animus from ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''.
** Sensei Kanoi Watanabe from ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''.
** The Mystic Mother from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', [[spoiler:a famous villain and former BigBad after a HeelFaceTurn.]]
** Andrew Hartford from ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''.
** Gosei from ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce''.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** For seasons 1-7, Major General George S. Hammond, commanding officer of Stargate Command. He was replaced for season eight by SG-1's commander Jack O'Neill, then Jack was PutOnABus and replaced with Maj. Gen. Hank Landry.
** On a galactic level the role falls to the ever-benevolent Asgard, and particularly their leader, Supreme Commander Thor. They try to help every planet to the best of their ability and become ''the'' most crucial allies to the humans of Earth, among other things, against the Goa'uld. Unfortunately their unparalleled technological prowess also makes them a massive StoryBreakerPower, so the ForeverWar against the Replicators was written, which is just about the only reason why they ''can't'' just wipe out the Goa'uld. All they could do was put several worlds (including Earth) under the Protected Planets Treaty with the Goa'uld which was basically a major bluff, as they didn't actually have the military power available to fight the Goa'uld if it came down to it. Despite that they are possibly the most inspirational race in the Franchise/StargateVerse and eventually even leave all their knowledge and technology to Earth as a final gift.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' as Gul Dukat asserts himself as the BigBad, Ben Sisko was brought up by The Prophets (who are usually unconcerned with mortal dealings) to become the ultimate force for good. It can be questioned [[GoodIsNotNice how much Ben Sisko was the embodiment of good]]. He was an accessory to two murders of Garak's to trick the Romulans into the Dominion War, and he poisoned the atmosphere of a Maquis planet (warning the inhabitants and giving them enough time to evacuate) to defeat Michael Eddington's attempts to push the Maquis agenda. From a [[UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism consequentialist]] perspective, those actions were clearly justified by the [[TheNeedsOfTheMany general good]], but a [[ForGreatJustice deontologist]] would say the actions were wrong on principle, no matter if they won the Dominion War and helped to defeat the Maquis.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** The franchise as a whole has [=AkaRed=], the closest thing to a PhysicalGod Ranger. Though originally an OriginalGeneration character for ''[[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] vs Super Sentai'', his role in ''[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]]'' expanded him into this.
** [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Akarenger]] and [[Series/JAKQDengekitai Big One]] were the two leaders in the Legend War and in ''Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai'', the latter played this 100% straight.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** [[Series/KamenRider Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider Ichigo]] is the Big Good of the Showa Era and, to an extent, all Kamen Riders in general.
** The Heisei Era doesn't really have a single unified leader, though [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade]] probably comes closest thanks to his taking up the role of GuardianOfTheMultiverse. In ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen'' when Decade reverts to his original role as MultiversalConqueror and instigates a war with the Franchise/SuperSentai, the remaining heroes turn to Hongo for leadership. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that "Hongo" is actually Tsukasa in disguise. And ''then'' it turns out that Tsukasa is still a good guy and only pretended to be evil to lure out the real enemies.]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** President David Palmer (Senator in the first season) in the early years. As the President of the United States, he's the guy coordianting all the efforts to stop whatever bad thing is going on, while [[TheHero Jack Bauer]] is the one in the trenches actually fighting the terrorists and stopping the nuke/virus/nerve gas/whatever. There's a relationship of complete and absolute trust that exists between him and Bauer; while other Presidents show up in later years, they're usually more of an ObstructiveBureaucrat (if not an outright PresidentEvil).
** President Allison Taylor fulfills this role in the final two seasons, a refreshing change from the incompetent, obstructive, or outright [[PresidentEvil evil]] presidents that followed Palmer. [[spoiler:At least until her FaceHeelTurn in late Season 8, though she manages to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone pull herself back]] at the critical moment.]]
** Bill Buchanan. During and right after his [[spoiler:pre-death, sacrificial HeelFaceTurn]], the trope also applies to [[spoiler:George Mason]] as well.
** President James Heller in "[[Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay Live Another Day]]." Although he and Jack have previously butted heads and had their ideals clash in the past, he's more than willing to cooperative with him despite some misgivings, and is even ready to sacrifice himself if it can save everyone in London.
* Scott [=McCall=] from ''Series/TeenWolf''. Not only is he the [[TheChosenOne "True Alpha"]] (which is a once-in-100-years-werewolf who becomes an Alpha or rises to Alpha status through the goodness and nobility of their character, their strength of will and without taking the power from other werewolves) along with being TheHero, TheLeader, TheHeart, a MagneticHero, an AllLovingHero, a HopeBringer, TheParagon, TheCape, and an IdealHero, but Scott has the [[TheFettered highest and strongest morals, values and ideals]] of any character on the show. Scott stands for [[EmbodimentOfVirtue heroism, justice, compassion, kindness]] and he is a natural-born [[TheLeader leader]] who inspires others to come together for a common purpose. He is also strongly opposed to [[ThouShallNotKill killing]], believes that every one can be saved somehow ([[SaveTheVillain including villains, such as Jackson as the Kanima and Deucalion, for example]]) and [[AllLovingHero he always tries to see the best in everyone, even his own enemies]]. He's also a MoralityPet or MoralityChain for Derek, Allison, Isaac and [[spoiler:[[BigBadFriend Stiles]] (after he is possessed by the Nogitsune)]] and had a strong influence on both Derek and Isaac [[TookALevelInKindness becoming much nicer, gentler and kinder in personality]].
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* The Great Spirit Mata Nui in ''Franchise/{{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 TheHero 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.
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* Elluka Clockworker can be seen as this in the Evilious Chronicles series of {{Vocaloid}} songs by Akuno-P/{{mothy}}, considering how [[GreenEyedMonster the]] [[VillainousGlutton songs]] [[PrideBeforeAFall revolve]] [[HaremSeeker around]] [[DeathByMaterialism villains]] [[LazyBum representing]] [[UnstoppableRage the]] SevenDeadlySins.
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* KingArthur, 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 ([[BetrayalTropes when things are going well, anyway]]).
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* In the Abrahamic religions, [[Literature/TheBible Yahweh/God]]/[[Literature/TheQuran 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 TheManBehindTheMan (mostly because [[BrownNote 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 representative[[note]]Moses, The Kohanim, Kings Saul/David/Solomon, The Popes, Mohamed, etc.[[/note]] 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.
* {{UsefulNotes/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 MathematiciansAnswer and say it's all of them.
* Thor in NorseMythology, 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.
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'':
** 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 ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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 ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Urza fills out this role in the first several stories... in terms of leading the good guys anyway, since [[KnightTemplar he's far from]] [[SocialDarwinist being a nice guy]].
** Ever since Urza died, [[TheHedonist Sorin]] [[ThePowerOfBlood 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** 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.
** [[OldMaster Ethereal]] [[AFatherToHisMen Aun'va]] serves a similar role for the {{Animesque}} [[TheGreys Tau]] [[TheAlliance Empire]]. He's so beloved by his people that if Aun'va is killed in battle, all Tau soldiers within sight enter UnstoppableRage... [[BeamSpam 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 ''TabletopGame/TheWitcher'' is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and, much like [[TheHero Geralt]], is a StraightMan in a cast made up of sociopaths, corrupt nobles, [[KnightTemplar batshit insane clergymen]], murderers and drug addicts at worst, and [[AntiHero morally shady mercenaries]] at best. [[spoiler:This is probably why he lasts all of 20 minutes before being offed in the sequel.]]
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* The Puppet, who first appears in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', originally appears to have malicious intent, notably affixing the heads of the main 4 animatronics to the heads of dead children in the 'Give Life' minigame. However, it turns out in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' that [[spoiler: he was trying to help save their souls all along, and the good ending in the game is unlocked by completing a Minigame where the Puppet helps the children's souls ascend to the afterlife. Mind you, [[KnightTemplar he also tried to kill any night guard that worked at Freddy's, regardless of whether or not they were innocent]], although it ''is'' hinted that the protagonist of that game [[VillainProtagonist may have actually been the murderer himself]], in which case it's justified.]]
* Various [[TheOrder Onikiribe]] leaders (there are many, many groups) in GirlsLove VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'' and ''VisualNovel/AoiShiro''. [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', 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 ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' 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 ChosenOne (and also because [[spoiler:the Bleeding Effect gives him knowledge and experience from Altaïr and Ezio]]).
* In ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' 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 [[spoiler:late in the game he is incapacitated by the BigBad Makala who acts as his opposite.]]
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has the leader of the Hillys chapter of Iris, eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Jade's uncle Pey'j]], and to a lesser extent the Governor of Hillys, as without them LaResistance wouldn't be possible.
* ''Franchise/BioShock'':
** In ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' 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 ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', leading the hunt for the abducted girls, but her appearance in the game proper isn't much more than a cameo.
** [[spoiler:The Lutece Twins]] in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' set the whole plot in motion and sporadically provide Booker and Elizabeth with help.
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' has [[LightIsGood the Queen of Light]], in opposition to the [[DarkIsEvil 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 [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather the main character's mother]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', [[spoiler:Belthasar]] is the big good, as well as TheChessmaster.
* Statesman in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', AlternateCompanyEquivalent of Franchise/{{Superman}}, is the main signature character of the game, and avatar of the original lead developer Jack Emmert.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Outcast]]'' and ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'', 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 ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' has to one of these, and is especially cemented in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', where he [[spoiler:renounces his status as an archangel so that he can aid humanity against Hell directly]].
* Cosmos from ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''. Chaos summons villains, she summons heroes, and neither of them gets personally involved in the fighting unless they have no other choice.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The Grey Wardens as a whole are the Big Good. Though, in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins 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 [[spoiler: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 [[ModestRoyalty old friends]] and on a FirstNameBasis 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 ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', 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. [[spoiler: 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 [[KnightTemplar Knight-Commander Meredith]] and [[TheArchmage First Enchanter Orsino]] actively acting out against each other. [[spoiler: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 GreyAndGrayMorality of the game, depending on their personality, Hawke can either be played as a MessianicArchetype, ChaoticGood or NobleDemon 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 [[ChronicHeroSyndrome go out of their way to help people.]]
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', 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, [[spoiler: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 ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Emperor Uriel Septim VII served this role until Oblivion, where he is assassinated in the beginning of the game. In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Paarthurnax plays this role as a [[AscendedDemon dragon who chose to side with the mortals against Alduin]] and plays an important role in helping the Dragonborn defeat his brother.
* In ''Videogame/EternalDarkness'', [[EldritchAbomination 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. [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', which is just as well, since she is almost the MessianicArchetype. Though most of Spira would say that it were the Maesters of Yevon.
* The various leaders of the three home nations in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', as well as the Archduke of Jeuno. [[spoiler: 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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', though after [[spoiler: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 LaResistance, 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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' 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 [[spoiler: the power of the nethicite would make her TheBigBad]].
* As Myrrah from ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' cements herself as the BigBad, 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. [[spoiler: Except his voice at the end of the second game credits...]]
* As in Mythology above, KingArthur in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres'' 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 ''VideoGame/GuildWars: 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. [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', Queen Jennah for humans and the imperators of each legion for the Charr. A strange case in that each of the GuildWars2 Big Goods are [[BigBad Big Bads]] of sorts for the other race.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' shares this role between Eli Vance and Dr. Kleiner, along with Dr. Magnusson in ''Episode Two'', all prominent leaders of LaResistance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has Hel Sarie, [[PosthumousCharacter posthumously]]. Formerly a popular leader of the Tasen, she frequently advocated for restraint and kept trying for peace with [[spoiler:the Komato]], once [[TalkToTheFist publicly punching out]] [[GeneralRipper Krotera]] during one of his particularly jingoistic rantings, and she and the BigBad 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 ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', especially after it becomes clear that they're [[spoiler:neither extinct nor merely using recordings to communicate their advice and objectives to Jak.]]
* [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Yen Sid]], as of the later ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Leon/Squall]] leads most of the supporting cast, but Yen Sid is the guy ''King Mickey'' goes to for advice. He [[spoiler:co-ordinates the effort to rescue those suffering and prepares for Xehanort's reincarnation.]]
* [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]]] in ''The Subspace Emissary'' mode on ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''. His actions were all to ensure some brawlers would survive when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Tabuu]] turns them all into trophies,]] [[GoodAllAlong not to be a]] {{Jerkass}}.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', more often than not Zelda herself is the driving force of goodness and hope in Hyrule. Similar to how Ganon is the BigBad 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 TheAlliance.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The Citadel Council are clearly ''meant'' to be this, but their [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering track]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat record]] [[CommanderContrarian says]] [[UngratefulBastard otherwise]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[PlayerCharacter 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 [[AbusivePrecursors Reapers]]. Shepard is the vanguard-type Big Good, inspiring people by fighting with them on the front lines and [[{{Ambadassador}} rallying all of the species together]], while Hackett and Anderson are the leader-types, serving as {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s 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. When not within earshot of Wrex, "Eve" admits to Shepard that Wrex is the single greatest thing to happen to Tuchanka and the krogan in over a thousand years.
** In the Control ending, [[spoiler:Paragon Shepard ascends to become TheChampion 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 [[TheObiWan mentor]]/[[TeamDad father figure]] to {{VideoGame/Mega Man|Classic}}, Proto Man, [[VideoGame/MegaManX 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 ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', with the former [[TheLancer Lancer]] Zero himself now as TheHero aiding her in fulfilling their dreams for a better future.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', the Big Good is Lord Nasher Alagondar, ruler of Neverwinter. He reprises the role in [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 the sequel]].
* Queen Fay in ''OverlordII'' is the ruler of Light Magic beings and the EvilOverlord's foil. [[spoiler:Later on however while [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing her energy]] during an EnemyMine with the Overlord she ends up being corrupted and driven mad by his dark magic, becoming the FallenHero Dark Fay.]]
* Daniel Carrington, founder and head of the Carrington Institute in ''PerfectDark'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' could be considered this (or BigBad [[VillainProtagonist 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.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** For [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} the first]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} 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 HumansAreBastards. However, he later when OutOfFocus 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 MysteriousBacker of the series since ''VideoGame/{{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 DemotedToExtra 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. ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4 Arena}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax Ultimax]]'' even have her as the ''de facto'' Big Good, with Igor nowhere to be found.
** Shuji Ikutsuki from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is the leader and founder of SEES, but not a frontline fighter and far from a Persona user. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out he's been using S.E.E.S. to bring about the Fall.]]
* Monkey Penny in the ''VideoGame/SpyFox'' series of games.
* ''Franchise/StarCraft'':
** [[spoiler:The Overmind]], of all characters, is revealed in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' 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 [[spoiler:from the corruption of The Void.]]
** For the Protoss, it's Tassadar, Zeratul and, though he's been [[LongDeadBadass dead for a while]], Adun.
** On the Terran side, Jim Raynor and Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has the role split between Satele Shan, Grand Master of the Jedi order, and Janarus, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. [[spoiler:The latter ends up either retiring in shame or killed/frozen in carbonite by the Bounty Hunter.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' starts out with Odessa Silverburg, the leader of the Resistance, [[spoiler:until she dies when the hideout at Lenankamp is attacked.]]
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has Riou as the Big Good, and it's invoked by Freed during a war battle.
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has the Flame Champion, who protected Grassland from Harmonia. [[spoiler: Of course, he's dead at this point in the game, and a successor takes up his rune]]
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' 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.
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' starts with Salum Barows, who takes in the Prince, the player character, and Sialeeds. [[spoiler: Of course, Salum is a schemer who cannot be trusted, and you leave his company soon after his treachery is revealed.]]
* [[TheHighQueen Rosalina]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' 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 [[BigBad Bowser]].
* Merlon from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. 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 ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', 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, [[MobileSuitGundam 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 OriginalGeneration, even if the character(s) isn't necessarily part of a HeroicArchetype. In fact, it's rare to have an OriginalGeneration be this trope: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Blessfield Ardygun]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' is one example, yet he's the father to TheHero and co-shares it with [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Kotaro Taiga]], [[spoiler:until Blessfield is sent 15 billion years back into the past]].
** Zigzagged in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' saga: [[Anime/TurnAGundam Dianna Soreil]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lacus Clyne]] share it in the first game, while [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]] is appointed Supreme Commander of ZEXIS in the two-part ''Second Z''. However, events in the sequel are engineered to favor ZEXIS via [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Elgan Laudic]]]], making him the ''actual'' Big Good of the ''Second Z''.
** In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' series, it's [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Commander Randolph Laker]] of the Earth Federation Army rather than the president of TheFederation, since the government is visibly corrupt and inept. [[spoiler:When Laker is placed under house arrest after a government coup d'etat in the sequel]], [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Captain Daitetsu Minase]] becomes the impromptu Big Good [[spoiler:until he gets KilledOffForReal]].
** For the ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' duology, [[Characters/EndlessFrontier Sanuki Nanbu and John Moses]] in the first game and [[spoiler:[[Characters/EndlessFrontier Ezel]] [[TheAtoner Granada]]]] in the sequel.
** Come ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration [[Characters/MasouKishin Lord of Elemental Coffin of the End]]'', ''[[{{Troll}} Shu Shirakawa]]'' becomes the BigGood of the game as he rallies other characters in an attempt to solve the problems of La Gias.
* Lord British of the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series, who rules over Britannia. He is also the AuthorAvatar of creator Richard Garriot.
* Convoy in the ''{{Vigilante8}}'' games.
* King Folstet in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and, much like [[TheHero Geralt]] is a StraightMan in a cast made up of sociopaths, corrupt nobles, [[KnightTemplar batshit insane clergymen]],murderers and drug addicts at worst, and [[AntiHero morally shady mercenaries]] at best. [[spoiler:This is probably why he lasts all of 20 minutes before being offed in the sequel.]]
* Every ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' 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 [[BigBad Garrosh Hellscream]] turns from AntiHero to outright villain.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', the role is covered by [[spoiler:Lady Meyneth, the [[GodIsGood 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 ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''.
* Aisha Blanchette from ''VideoGame/Macross30TheVoiceThatConnectsTheGalaxy'' is the head of the SMS Ouroboros branch.
* Petra Johanna Lagerkvist from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' counts in the third game as she is the head of the family that actively opposes the Drexler Institute.
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* Mr. Verres in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', who is explicitly compared to both [[Literature/HarryPotter Dumbledore]] and [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
* [[AntiVillain Baron Klaus Wulfenbach]] from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', assuming you label him one of the good guys. If you don't, he's at least the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Vetinari]], in that his rule keeps everyone from killing everyone else. [[spoiler: 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 [[PosthumousCharacter posthumous or at least vanished characters]], the Heterodyne Boys.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{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 OffTheRails results in an in-universe instance of DemotedToExtra 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 FinalBoss 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.
** Later on, [[spoiler: Roxy - Dave and Rose's mother - becomes this to the Kids after the Scratch renders her and the other ectobiological parents the Players instead of the Gaurdians. Dirk calls her the emotional crutch to just about everyone she meets.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': 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 ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', the leader of the American Superhero Association, a mix of lobbying group for superhero interests and hero support organization, is a time-traveling Creator/BenjaminFranklin.
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* ''Literature/FineStructure'': [[spoiler:Mitch Calrus, AKA Xio, is one of two {{Eldritch Abomination}}s sealed in our universe. He's the one opposed to senselessly destroying all sentience.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MarioBrothers'', 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 ObviouslyEvil one) are considered this in ''{{Franchise/Neopets}}''.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' has Santa Christ, who atones for all our sins, also eats pancakes, saves puppies from a fire and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment also eats pancakes]]. And Critic himself, after taking on the PlotHole in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, 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.
* [[MessianicArchetype The Yostwell]] of ''TheQuestportChronicles'', according to legend. It disappeared after a HeroicSacrifice millennia ago, but left behind [[MacGuffin a relic]] with a portion of its power.
* ''ShadowhunterPeril'' has [[TheStoic Nuriel]], [[BrattyHalfPint Puriel]], [[ShellShockedVeteran Bezaliel]], and [[TheGoodKing 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 NobleBirdOfPrey. By the end of the final battle, [[PyrrhicVictory Nuriel and Ra are both dead.]] Bezaliel and Puriel each get a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. [[spoiler:Puriel kills Oblivion for killing Ra and Nuriel, and Bezaliel calls for much needed reinforcements with his voice.]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheSydneyScroungers'', [[spoiler:Rachel Zhu, the Marshall of the Sydney Shatterdome]] is revealed to be this after the first story arc.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Whateley Academy's headmistress Elizabeth Carson. Even the ''villains'' generally respect her.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** The triumvirate, made up of Alexandria, Legend, and Eidolon, are acknowledged as the most powerful heroes in the world, excepting Scion.
** Dragon, the world's finest [[GadgeteerGenius Tinker]], who supplies the [[CapeBusters PRT]] and [[SuperTeam 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 AIIsACrapshoot, 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.
** [[spoiler:Taylor/Skitter ends up as Khepri, and saves the world from being destroyed from Scion-turned-evil.]]
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* Billy from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[KidHero 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, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the eponymous [[AmazonianBeauty heroine]] takes up the position.
** [[CoolOldGuy Iroh]] is the wisest hero, and the leader of the [[TheOrder Order of the White Lotus]]. He retires at the end of the series, leaving the role to [[spoiler: Zuko, who shares the position with Aang after being crowned Fire Lord and taking [[BigBad 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 [[spoiler:the first Avatar was created when she merged with a human]].
* Three characters in the ''Franchise/{{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; [[BadassGrandpa Max Tennyson]], because he is TheMentor to Ben; and [[TimeMaster Paradox]] who acts more like a TricksterMentor helping Ben indirectly to solve conflicts on TimeTravel scale.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has Franz Hopper, the creator of the super computer and Lyoko. Unfortunately, he was also the creator of the [[AIIsACrapshoot evil A.I.]] [[BigBad XANA]], though Franz wasn't involved in XANA turning evil.
* Numbuh 0 from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', more specifically in TheMovie. [[spoiler: He's Numbuh 1's dad.]]
* White Knight on ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. While the same was true for [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2002 remake]], [[spoiler:King Greyskull, the true source of He-Man's power]] could be considered a secondary one.
* [[ActionGirl Amanda Carey]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}'' is arguably this since she leads the Hurricanes into most of their efforts against [[BigBad Stavros Garkos']] evil plots.
* The Eight Immortals of China fill the role in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed''. Her twin brother, Optimatus, is [[BigBad her exact opposite]].[[spoiler:.. until his HeelFaceTurn near the end of the series.]]
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Celestia]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is [[GodEmperor 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 God}}dess, 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, [[TheSacredDarkness Luna]], is technically equal in rank and power potential but has learned from [[SuperPoweredEvilSide personal experience]] to defer to her older sibling's superior wisdom. Toned down considerably in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW 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 ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' 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 CosmicEntity 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.
* Rose Quartz from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fills this role despite technically being dead (she gave up her physical form to reincarnate as half of Steven). She was the one who led the Crystal Gems in their battle to defend the Earth from Homeworld, and her past belongings still prove to be useful to Steven on multiple occasions.
* In season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', the Ninja Tribunal occupied this role--even though, as the the turtles point out, they're kind of dicks.
* Thundera's [[TheGoodKing King Claudus]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''. Though a NobleBigot and leader of TheEmpire, he fights the good fight against ancient evil SorcerousOverlord Mumm-Ra, becoming the SacrificialLion of Mumm-Ra's invasion of his kingdom.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', while Optimus was re-envisioned as [[TheHero a younger, rookie hero]].
** Prime is outranked by [[{{God}} Primus]], but it's relatively rare for Primus to involve himself in things for any significant length of time.
* The Justice League itself in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', 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. Franchise/{{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. Comicbook/CaptainAtom becomes the League Chairman in Season Two, and [[spoiler:ComicBook/BlackCanary]] is made the Chairman in the series finale.
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