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- Arguably Berserk goes from Low Fantasy to a heroic but dark fantasy at the end of the Golden Age arc where all the demons start coming out and become the main source of conflict.
- Or it was Heroic Fantasy all along without the characters noticing. After all Zodd the Immortal didn't exactly keep his existence a secret.
- Bikini Warriors: Which involves a group of heroines with typical fantasy roles, and go on an epic quest together, while clad in bikinis.
- Crimson Spell combines Heroic Fantasy with the Yaoi Genre.
- Fairy Tail focuses on the eponymous guild of wizard adventurers and the various quests they undertake for fun and profit.
- Fullmetal Alchemist started as this, though it quickly veered into High Fantasy territory. The 2003 anime version, on the other hand, stuck with Heroic Fantasy.
- Rune Soldier is a comedic Heroic Fantasy spin-off of the high fantasy Record of Lodoss War.
- Queen's Blade. The heroines rarely have magic on their side while the villains do and often the only way to win a fight is through sword battles. While there is a grand plot involving the fate of the land, the heroines are largely unaware of it and just want to fulfill their personal desires.
- Senyuu. A series with heroes, demons, swords and magic. Actually, more like a parody, but despite loads of gags and jokes remains heroic.
- The Tower of Druaga, based off of the video game of the same name.
- Quite averted in With Strings Attached, which is partially set on a continent that was once a place of Heroic Fantasy. However, by the time the four find themselves there, the skahs warriors have long since wiped out any threats, and are going crazy with boredom because they have nothing to do and refuse to become civilians. A major goal of some of the secondary characters is finding a way to restock the continent with monsters, since the gods refuse to do it.
- Played much more straight on Jim Hunter's world, but that's because it was built by a gamer.
- The Adventures of Sinbad.
- Army of Darkness, an Affectionate Parody of the genre.
- The Beastmaster (only the movie, not the science fiction books it was based on.)
- Clash of the Titans.
- Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Conan the Destroyer
- Conquest mix this with Dark Fantasy and Horror.
- Kull the Conqueror.
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
- Red Sonja.
- The Sword and the Sorcerer.
- The Bahzell series by David Weber.
- The Black Company series.
- Alison Croggon's Books of Pellinor.
- Codex Alera (quasi-Ancient Rome + Elemental Powers).
- Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Kull and Bran Mak Morn. To a large extent Howard invented the modern incarnation of this trope.
- Everything by David Eddings.
- David Gemmell's books are a prime example.
- Michael Moorcock's The Elric Saga (another Deconstruction).
- D. E. Wyatt's No Good Deed... has many elements of this.
- The Exile's Violin: A hero armed with mystical weapons that fights a power mad Evil Sorcerer doesn't sound like the kind of thing that would happen in a Steam Punk detective story but it happens and checks off the other markers such as personal trouble and grey morality.
- Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
- Robert A. Heinlein's Glory Road is a Reconstruction of these types of stories.
- Charles R. Saunders's Imaro.
- Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream (a Deconstruction geared towards showing just how screwy the genre's politics can get).
- C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry, the first major female character in Heroic Fantasy.
- Her husband Henry Kuttner was no slouch in the genre, with works like Elak of Atlantis, Valley of Flame and The Dark World..
- Karl Edward Wagner's Kane.
- Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle (although the protagonist is leaning toward Anti-Hero territory and may get worse in the upcoming book 3).
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen, especially during Karsa Orlong's storylines.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon is either a Darker and Edgier or Deconstructed Trope version (or possibly Distaff Counterpart) of the King Arthur story.
- Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit: While it later turns out that the fate of the kingdom is at stake, the story follows a lone mercenary on the run, who is trying to hide the prince from assassins send after him by his own father.
- The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks.
- Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series.
- Everything by R. A. Salvatore.
- Lynn Abbey's Rifkin series.
- The Shadowleague trilogy.
- Lord Dunsany's "The Sword of Welleran" and "The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth", as well as a few other short stories here and there.
- Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe.
Live Action TV
- GARO, though it is debatable, as it has various Dark Fantasy elements.
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
- Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire is a parody of the genre.
- Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger with dinosaurs and a Super Sentai twist.
- Legend of the Seeker.
- Roar (pre-Arthurian British Isles).
- Xena: Warrior Princess.
- Arguably Robin of Sherwood what with its use of archetypes and mysticism.
- Black Sabbath stands as the modern musical Ur-Example for this in their early batch of songs such as ''The Wizard''. They weren't alone, considering Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull were greatly inspired by Tolkien.
- Ronnie James Dio is the one who truly brought this to prominence, as Dio was a massive fantasy nerd and part of bands whose whole shtick revolved around muscular barbarians slaying dragons. This was most evident with his band Elf and his later solo work. See ''Holy Diver''.
- Heavy Mithril is either this or High Fantasy in rock form.
- The whole genre of Power Metal is defined by heroic tales of fantasy folk heroes and heroines, and takes Heavy Mithril Up to Eleven.
- ElvenQuest is a parody.
- Dungeons & Dragons. Though the game system is flexible enough that the enterprising DM can apply it to almost any fantasy subgenre, as printed it tends toward Heroic Fantasy.
- Exalted is what you get when you combine this with the tropes of wuxia, ancient myth, and a dash of shonen anime style to taste.
- As does On Mighty Thews, which even comes with a list of substitutions to make things more pulpy.
- Tabletop Game/Warhammer generally occupies this league of the fantasy landscape, though it is diverse enough to encompass both High Fantasy (the wars of Aenarion against the Daemons, the Great War Against Chaos) and Low Fantasy (the traditional WFRP millieu, involving cultists and ne'er-do-wells stabbing each other in the dark alleys of Altdorf) as well. Being a wargame, the "heroes" in Warhammer tend to be great military commanders and the conflicts wide-ranging wars, rather than bands of adventurers and their skirmishes, though there are plenty of the latter at work also (Gotrek and Felix, pretty much everyone from the Warhammer Quest spin-off).
- Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior.
- Demon's Souls.
- Dragon Age. While the first game has a "unite the people to fight an army of evil" main plot, the side plots that make up the biggest chunk of the game follow the genre pretty straight. The second game focuses completely on a single protagonist rising in power within the hierarchy of one city, with the main factions being Templar (sword) and Mage (spell).
- Fantasy Quest.
- God of War plays it pretty straight, though starting with the second game the scope of the events becomes considerably bigger, as it grows into a full blown war among the gods.
- Monster Hunter is mostly this as well. The levels of mysticism are very slight (down to the special mode of the Longsword in Tri and its derivatives), but everything else is totally straight: minimal overarching plot, for the most part it's just a world where people make a living slaying or capturing giant monsters for the chance at building more weaponry with which to slay or capture tougher giant monsters.
- Prince of Persia.
- The Reconstruction (Deconstruction, ironically).
- Skies of Arcadia is a Reconstruction of this setting, with Schizo Tech and Ocean Punk thrown in for flavour. Much of the world is equivalent to the real world 15th/16th Century, but there's also fantastical creatures, adventurers and explorers, myths, and widespread use of magic and magical weaponry. Not to mention the Sky Pirates, of course.
- Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
- The Witcher: A lone monster hunter hunting a sorcerer who stole the alchemical secrets from the witchers.