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->''"When I thought you were dead, I lost hope. I'm telling you. But when you came back? I was ready to believe anything."''
-->-- '''Ashley Williams''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

We have two sides of a conflict - TheEmpire is opposed by LaResistance or just common folks they oppress, TheLegionsOfHell fight with {{Church Militant}}s, the GalacticConqueror is in a war with TheFederation, the MultiversalConqueror fights against the GuardianOfTheMultiverse, the ScaryDogmaticAliens are opposed by TheMenInBlack and {{Space Marine}}s. And one side has a giant advantage; they win on every front and it's only a matter of time before they utterly annihilate their enemies. This is the DarkestHour for the weaker side, but fear not, because HopeSpringsEternal.

Then comes this guy. Hope Bringer is a living proof that one man can make a difference and even the odds. By his actions, he restores hope in the hearts of his allies and leads them into the fight and victory. He can be the BigGood, the MagnificentBastard, TheChessmaster, TheAce, the RebelLeader or the PersonOfMassDestruction - whatever makes him so special, it works. He can make the two sides not only fight on equal ground again, but even reverse the situation and make the side he helps repay the other one for everything they did.

His motives may vary. He can help the good guys because [[ForGreatJustice he believes in justice]], [[PatrioticFervor loves his fatherland]], [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge wants revenge]], [[GoodShepherd tends to his flock]], [[TheMissionary spreads the Good News]] or just BecauseDestinySaysSo. Often he is the ChosenOne.

Note that this isn't always a good thing, since HopeIsScary and sometimes leads to a HopeSpot.

Compare TheHero, MagneticHero, SupportingLeader and AllLovingHero. Can be created by SummonEverymanHero. Contrast with TheDreaded (although, from the villains' perspective, the Hope Bringer may well be TheDreaded), who is defined by how others fear them. The opposite of this trope is HopeCrusher, who delights on despair and destroying any semblances of hope.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is known as the "Savior of Century's End" for this very reason.
** Also, Raoh and TheDragon Ryuuga for those under Raoh's dominion: he may be the BigBad, but he protects his subjects from raiders and bandits. Best shown when he was believed dead, and his troops in two villages started brutalizing the civilians: in one, people was in despair until Ryuuga started killing the mutineers (note that ''Kenshiro'' was there, and people was still desperate); in another, Raoh shows up, and people start cheering, while the mutineers, after their boss got his head slapped off, ''kneel to receive their just punishment'' (death by stomping from a giant horse).
* Lelouch Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' - before he entered the scene, the Japanese LaResistance was weak, divided and didn't have a chance at defeating Britannia's army. Zero managed to not only create a force that the oppressing army in Japan had to reckon with, but during the course of the series [[spoiler:formed an alliance against Britannia with every single free country in the world.]] At the end of the series, Lelouch specifically [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]] - [[spoiler:only with ''himself'' as the [[TheEmpire evil emperor]] and [[MyHeroZero Zero]] (actually his ally Suzaku) as the HopeBringer.]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' started with humans forced to live underground by an army of Beastmen with HumongousMecha, who were slaughtering every single person they found on the surface. Then Kamina managed to create the Dai-Gurren Brigade, the first real LaResistance. [[spoiler:And when he died, Simon took his place and led them to the victory over the Beastmen and their master]].
* ''MobileSuitGundam'' - Amuro, with his Gundam, was a factor who helped balance the odds in the war between Zeon and Earth Federation. It was later {{retcon}}ned by saying that his Gundam wasn't the only one used in that time.
* At the end of ''[[HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi Higurashi Kai]]'' this trope is discussed when Rika says that [[spoiler:the only world when they managed to defeat BigBad was one where Hanyuu was a real person, not a ghost]]. Also, Keichii did do wonders to her resolve.
* Manga/{{Naruto}} becomes this during [[spoiler:The Fourth Shinobi World War]], [[TheAlliance the allied shinobi forces]] aren't getting their arses handed to them, [[BlatantLies per say]], but [[CurbStompBattle they're struggling and taking heavy casualties]], to the [[spoiler:[[ZombieApocalypse Edo Tensei]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent resurrected]] ninja]]. Along comes our protagonist, who's finished his TrainingFromHell, [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential becoming even more capable]] and improved his relationship to the [[EnemyWithin Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]. He summarily uses his cloning technique to cover most of the battlefield, kick ass, save lives and SpotTheImposter. Most, if not all, of his ninja comrades definitely see him as this now. Also counts as a ''several'' [[BigDamnHeroes big damn hero]] moments.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler:The title character [[AbstractApotheosis becomes the very embodiment of hope]] at the end of the series. That is, she brings hope to the verse's magical girls during their DarkestHour and turns it into their happiest moment with pure kindness and sympathy.]]
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', it's the title character herself. She inspires other people to fight on despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s titular character, whose [[DanceBattler Dance Battling]] [[WarriorTherapist Warrior Therapy]] either gets her opponents to return the prince's heart shards or stop before sacrificing their own hearts to the Raven. [[spoiler:It is eventually revealed that Princess Tutu's pendant was the prince's last heart shard, the shard of hope. However, even after giving up the heart shard, Ahiru becomes a symbol of hope to everyone in the story, and her actions help Mytho to finally defeat the Raven once and for all.]]
* Touma Kamijou from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. The man is a miracle worker.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Goku who inspires hope in those who know him.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a villainous example in [[spoiler: Fuhrer Bradley]]. After the good guys have successfully launched a coup, knocked the enemy mooks into complete disarray and are chanting "Victory", [[spoiler:Bradley]] simply says "[[{{Hello}} Greetings]]. [[HesBack I'm back]]" over the radio. Cue MassOhCrap from the good guys, and a HeroicSecondWind from the enemy soldiers.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Eren Yeager, [[spoiler: a human with the [[LovecraftianSuperpower ability into a Titan]]]]. Many people see him as the only viable weapon against the [[OurGiantsAreBigger titans]]. He is responsible for the first victory humanity has had in over a [[HopelessWar century of fighting]]. [[spoiler: As of chapter 50, this goes even futher when he gains the ability to ''control normal titans'']]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* V from ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' - nobody could ever dream of standing against the government, but apparently they forgot to tell him that.
* Used in ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk: Future Imperfect'' - LaResistance from a BadFuture uses a time machine to summon Hulk and ask him to defeat BigBad Maestro, [[spoiler:his [[FutureMeScaresMe evil future self]]]]. This happens again in the ''PlanetHulk'' arc, as Hulk ends up leading a rebellion against the Red King of Sakaar. [[spoiler:[[HopeSpot This one ended]] [[YankTheDogsChain in tears]].]]
* Not surprisingly this is part of the job description of the [[GreenLantern Blue Lanterns]] who literally channel the power of hope. The relatively few people who can "inspire great hope" has limited their membership quite drastically.
** The fact that [[spoiler:their planet and Power Battery got blown up in ComicBook/LightsOut]] [[{{Understatement}} doesn't really help.]]
* {{Superman}} is pulling this trope constantly.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} is perhaps the only reason ''anyone'' with an ounce of sense stays in [[WretchedHive Gotham City]]. The sheer impact of Batman's presence can become a tide turner in much grander battles, as well: in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', Batman's arrival (almost) brings victory to Superman's faction in the climatic Battle of Gulag, as TheNarrator points out.
* CaptainAmerica of course. He especially became this for the fractured and extremely distrusted [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] superhero community when he returned to life during ComicBook/DarkReign.
* ComicBook/CaptainBritain at ''least'' to the United Kingdom.
* Superheroes in general, at least when they aren't suffering from bad publicity.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange, especially as Sorcerer Supreme (it's practically his job description). If he shows up, things are either about to get a lot better or a whole lot worse.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Happens twice in [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], in which Celestia's speeches and very presence is said to return hope to Equestria during troubled times, namely being the reconstruction period after the Age of Discord, and during the Equestrian Civil War.
* This is close to the title Littlepip acquires in Fanfiction/FalloutEquestria 'Light bringer'. Wherever she goes trouble follows but the net result is usually good. There's definitely overlap with TheDreaded here as enemies start to react in fear whereas allies gain hope.

* Luke Skywalker in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Made explicit in ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', when the repercussions of this are explored.
* Batman in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* Neo in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* By ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Spider-Man was this for NYC.
* The protagonists of ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', and specifically the young mother with her baby, are this for the entire world, as no one has given birth in nearly 20 years. Near the end of the movie [[spoiler:they stop a shoot-out between the army and some terrorists by simply walking nearby]].
* Leonidas from ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]''. He does this by dying. But then, that was TheSpartanWay.
* Jakob from ''Film/JakobTheLiar'' ultimately serves as a deconstruction of the trope. Set during the 1940's during World War 2, Jakob fills his fellow Jews with hope over news that the Russians will soon liberate them from the Ghetto, telling them he got the information from his "secret radio." [[spoiler:In truth, while the initial news ''is'' true, it eventually snow balls into him having to fabricate news to keep up the charade. This torments Jacob because his new found status puts him at risk of being arrested by German soldiers, but at the same time his lies actually give the Jews inspiration to live on and suicide rates drops.]]

* Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib in Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. Or he was a cynical ManipulativeBastard who used his charisma to get primitive folk to follow him, took over the universe by threatening to destroy it and forcing a princess to marry him whom he intended from the start to treat dreadfully. Preceded by Imperial Planetologist Pardot Kynes, who gave the Fremen the idea that bringing water to Arrakis was possible in the first place.
* King Akio feels this about Sato in ''Literature/ForbiddenBook''. Unfortunately he's the only one who feels this way.
* Olórin, aka [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf]], is a LITERAL HopeBringer. It's said in ''TheSilmarillion'' that whenever he walks among Men or Elves, he inspires hope and courage. Unfortunately, his tendency to come to people when things are about to go wrong is often misunderstood, giving him the reputation as a "Herald of Woe." The Valar ''make'' Eärendil into one of these after he completes his epic voyage to Valinor. They turn his ship into a flying boat, and he is tasked to sail the skies forever carrying the Silmaril, appearing as a star of hope to all in need of it.
** Aragorn was even named ''Estel'' when he was adopted by the Elves: the Elvish word for "hope". This makes him a literal as well as actual hope-bringer.
* Rand al'Thor in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has always had shades of this, being the ChosenOne meant to stop the [[SealedEvilInACan Dark]] [[EldritchAbomination One]] from destroying reality. In some ways he is also a {{Deconstruction}} because of the chaos he causes and his growing insanity/ruthlessness. The trope, however, is taken UpToEleven following Rand's mountaintop epiphany, whereupon he enters [[EnlightenmentSuperpower full-on Zen Jedi Master Mode.]]
* [[GuileHero Kelsier]] in the ''{{Mistborn}}'' books is a rather extreme example in that he [[spoiler:set himself up as a martyr specifically to inspire hope in the downtrodden Skaa populace]]. He even informs [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler]] at one point that [[IAmTheTrope he is hope]].
* The Postman in ''Literature/ThePostman''.
* In ''TheHungerGames'' trilogy, Katniss Everdeen (and President Snow...) eventually realizes she has become this to the Districts, the spark that finally leads to actual uprisings and full-scale rebellion.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', Laura is this to Mal. By the end of the series she becomes this for the world.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Ghost Story'' Molly notes that Harry is this for the little guy in the supernatural world. He scares off so many power dark things from Chicago and [[spoiler:as a Warden]], taught the Paranetters how to band together to be able to take on stronger forces.
** Sanya, [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]], wields the sword ''Esperacchius'', the Sword of Hope, which contains in its hilt one of the nails that pierced Christ at his Crucifixion. His presence alone can give even the most cynical fighters a sense of hope and the idea the day may be saved. He also walks with the hope of redemption for his foes the Denarians because [[spoiler:he too was one before walking away]].
** ArchangelUriel is this when Harry was at a low point[[spoiler:, seeing Mab over him proclaiming her victory and malevolent plans for Harry to become her own monster and there was nothing he could do. Uriel gives Harry hope that he can remain who he is and still be the Winter Knight]].
** Mother Summer, the Progenitor of Life, assures Harry [[spoiler:he can choose to resist the pull of the Winter Mantle and remain himself. Her words also seem to imply any mortal who is given the Mantle of the Sidhe has the same choice]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'':
** Haruto Soma. He helps people keep from falling into [[DespairEventHorizon despair]] so as to prevent them from becoming [[MonsterOfTheWeek Phantoms]].
*** In Wizard's portion of ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderGaimAndWizardTheFatefulSengokuMovieBattle'', Haruto manages to stop an EvilDoppelganger of his friend Koyomi by telling her that she was always ''his'' Hope Bringer, and always will be no matter what form she takes.
** Less explicitly, this is a theme of {{Kamen Rider}}s in general:
-->[[Manga/KamenRiderSpirits "Won't you believe in him? Even if there is no God or Buddha... there is Kamen Rider."]]
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie's actions lead to the slaves being freed in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E2ChainedHeat Episode 2]], LaResistance getting an advanced weapon (a sniper rifle) in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter Episode 3]], children being rescued from indoctrination by the Monroe Republic in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade episode 7]], her brother Danny finally being rescued in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine episode 10]], and a scientist and his family being saved and released in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat episode 16]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Doctor himself, [[HeroicSelfDeprecation much to his own surprise]].
** The TARDIS, specifically, [[MostWonderfulSound its characteristic vworping sound]], [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor as described by]] [[spoiler:the Moment]].
* Jim Gordon is this in ''Series/Gotham''. He manages to gradually erode Bullocks cynicism, bringing him up to KnightInSourArmor status and also inspires his Captain by example. It's something of a ForegoneConclusion that he will eventually do this for the entire GCPD.

* In the animated video for ''Music/{{Disturbed}}'''s cover of "[[Music/{{Genesis}} Land Of Confusion]]", their {{mascot}}, The Guy, managed to turn people, who were previously running away and hiding from evil soldiers, into an angry mob who beat the hell out of their former oppressor, attack ONZ headquarters, punish corrupted politicians and bind the AnthropomorphicPersonification of {{Greed}}, who is then killed by The Guy.
* Moses in Peter, Paul and Mary's "Man Come Into Egypt."

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Moses to the enslaved Hebrews in the Tanakh
* Jesus in the Christian Testament. Perhaps TheMostTriumphantExample of this trope.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Lots of top faces have played this role, notably Hulk Hogan, Sting and John Cena.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the grim darkness of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the {{Space Marine}}s are this to the Imperial Guard and common civilians when shit really hits the fan...unless they been called in to perform [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]].
* MagicTheGathering gives us [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=239961 Avacyn, Angel of Hope.]]
* NewWorldOfDarkness fangame ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' is all about being this trope, in a world where [[WorldHalfEmpty evil has been winning since eternity and half]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{Halo}}'': John-117, and to a lesser extent, all the other [=SPARTAN-IIs=]. The Elites (and later the Brutes) are this for the Grunts.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'': Gordon Freeman does one better. He is seen basically as the second coming by ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' (the little bible references [[spoiler:like Judith Mossman betraying him (Judith is the female form of Judas)]] don't help stopping it).
* You can become like this to many in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
** Harold from the same game is weary of his existence bonded to a tree and wants to die. You can convince him to live by pointing out that he is a Hope Bringer to the Tree-minders thanks to the greenery he is producing.
* One quest in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is called "[[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Restoring_Hope Restoring Hope]]", and it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Some see Commander Shepard as this in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Paragon Shepard is an indisputable example of this trope. It helps that s/he's such an extreme MagneticHero.
--> '''Hackett:''' You can pay a soldier to fire a gun. You can pay him to charge the enemy and take a hill. But you can't pay him to believe.[...] When you went up against Sovereign, there was no good reason to believe you'd win. But your crew didn't seem to care. They went along anyway. Your trip through the Omega-4 relay? That was a suicide mission if there ever was one. Yet there your crew was, standing beside you, proud to serve. Why? Because they believed in YOU, their leader!
* Marcus comes to be seen as this in ''GearsOfWar''.
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Revan becomes this, then turns evil, then gets betrayed and mind wiped, then becomes this again. And ''then'' potentially sells the Republic out ''[[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor again]]''.
* StarWarsTheOldRepublic: That is the way that the Jedi Consular is depicted in his trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdKqKZCU9PY]].
* The Boss is this for the Saints in ''SaintsRow2''.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is frequently seen as this. Sometimes, Princess Peach pulls this trope too.
* [[PlayerCharacter You]] are this in the ''AceCombat'' games, which most noticeably began in ''Shattered Skies''. The radio chatter makes it very clear that everyone thinks your appearance guarantees a victory on your side.
** From ''Shattered Skies'' as well, Yellow Squadron, more specifically Yellow 13, was this for the enemy.
*** In Infinity Reaper Becomes this for the Allied Ground forces, gaining a reputation for ensuring minimal casulties.
* [[PlayerCharacter The Grey Warden]] is seen as one of these by most of the populace in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. [[TheHero Hawke]] becomes this for the Fereldan refugees, then later most of the population of Kirkwall, [[spoiler:and possibly most of the now-rebelling mages of Thedas]] by the end of [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]].
** This is ''really'' played up with the Inquisitor in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. As "Andraste's chosen", the Inquisitor is this for the people across all of Thedas. Blackwall explicitly describes them as such, even if the Inquisitor doesn't personally believe. This is really displayed after [[spoiler:the fall of Haven]] where, in the middle of their DarkestHour, the people s/he helped save look upon and kneel to him/her with religious reverence.
* [[PlayerCharacter The nameless bystander]] inspires everyone he meets on his path to becoming a true hero in ''ZettaiHeroProject''.
* Link is frequently this in several of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. Depending on the game, sometimes Zelda herself is too.
* VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'s Auriel is the Archangel of Hope, so this trope is natural to her - several characters, angelic or otherwise, have their spirits renewed once she is freed from Rakanoth's clutches.
* Spyro in ''TheLegendOfSpyro'' series. The Dragons are on the verge of losing. Only Ignitus has escaped [[BigBad Dark Cynder's]] clutches, and he's left in a HeroicBSOD, hiding in a cave awaiting the end. Then Spyro shows up and gradually manages to convince everyone the war can be won.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': LaResistance is facing extermination from a tyrannical government, so the RebelLeader decided to find the legendary hero she believes will save them all: Zero.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' the summoners act as bringers of hope as they go on their pilgrimages in a bid to defeat Sin and bring about the Calm. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it's a false hope since the Final Summoning that is used to slay Sin also ensures its rebirth. Yuna rejects this once she finds out the truth and resolves to find a real solution.]]
** In the sequel, Yuna is even more so. ''Everyone'' knows that she is the bringer of the Eternal Calm- something once believed, with good reason, to be impossible- and most are in awe of her. [[spoiler:When Vegnagun is threatening Spira, it is Yuna who convinces others to travel to the Farplane and fight it.]]
--> '''Yuna''' I'm tired of fighting battles which we have to [[HeroicSacrifice lose in]] [[PyrrhicVictory order to win]].
* ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' has the titular character, who through constant fighting to protect the Capital has become a potent symbol of hope. It's due to this that Shinado's Anger, a divine aspect of despair, continuously faces and taunts him to drop his title and duties, as they inspire too much hope for him to triumph. When that fails, Shinado's Anger starts dispatching assassins, which only further weaken him as they fall, strengthening Raidou and the people of the Capital's faith in him.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'''s Main Character becomes this in the Neutral Route by helping as many people and demons as he can both in Tokyo and the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, to the point of recreating one third of a divine entity's power by the sheer amount of hope he inspires. Then he proves ''[[{{Badass}} why]]'' he can generate so much hope by taking back the other two thirds from the Seraph Merkabah and the Demon Lord Lucifer. At the end of the Neutral Route, the people of Mikado believe so much in him that they are ready to evacuate their kingdom at his command. The HopeCrusher White are utterly furious at him, as they wanted to break his spirit so he would never again seek ''any'' form of renewal or continuity, and keep throwing divine monsters and even {{Alternate Timeline}}s in his path - [[KickTheSonOfABitch fat lot of good it did to them]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has its own in the form of Makoto Nanaya, whose presence in Kagutsuchi in ''Continuum Shift'' reinvigorates those who know her best to varying degrees. To drive the point home, her own Story in ''Extend'' is titled ''Slight Hope''. Examples include improving Noel's mood in ''Desperation'' and instilling true courage in her in the month between ''Continuum Shift'' and ''Chronophantasma'', causing Jin to '''stop thinking about his brother''' in proximity to her in ''Decision'' (though this wasn't [[ThePowerOfLove the only force at work]]), and renewing Tsubaki's spirits in ''Slight Hope'' [[spoiler:- the choice to interrogate Hazama after this last act caused [[AllPowerfulBystander Rachel]] to [[WeirdnessSearchAndRescue go out of her way to save her]] when Hazama's patience finally expired]].
** On the subject of {{H|opeCrusher}}azama, his plans for Jin, Noel and Tsubaki involved [[DespairEventHorizon breaking their spirits]] [[ManipulativeBastard so they would serve his interests]], [[DivideAndConquer and he intentionally sought to keep the girls isolated to make it happen]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Allowing Makoto to contact them in that time frame would greatly sabotage his plans]]. Needless to say, '''''they don't get along'''''.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has [[spoiler:Makoto Naegi]], who is pretty much the most optimistic member of the school and always tell people to never lose hope, even if Monobear has been pushing them to just fall into despair already. [[spoiler:He succeeded, making everyone stop playing Monobear's game of murders, and his title changed from 'Super High-School Level Good Luck' into 'Super High-School Level Hope'. A contrast from the BigBad, whose title is '[[HopeCrusher Super High-School Level Despair]]']]
* ''{{Kingdoms Of Amalur Reckoning}}'' has you what with being ImmuneToFate. Fateweavers treat you like Jesus and people you help say they're happy to have met you. Considering how most quests would have ended had you not appeared, it's clear that Amalur was very, ''VERY'', '''VERY''' close to becoming a CrapsackWorld.
* Aatrox from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' invokes but subverts this trope for the sake of increasing his power and sating his bloodlust; His appearances in history have him come and aid the losing side of a war by fighting back the enemies by himself and rallying them under his power. However, he brings ''too much'' hope and eventually the formerly losing side turns the war from a counterattack to a massacre in which the individuals often don't realize how far they've gone until they're staring at the corpses of the enemy sides' innocent civilians.
* The (translated) lyrics to the title song for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' play up the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] as this. The bard song "The Dragonborn Comes" does as well. A sample of the title track:
--> Dragonborn, Dragonborn, by his honor is sworn,\\
To keep evil forever at bay!\\
And the fiercest foes rout when they hear triumph's shout,\\
Dragonborn, for your blessing we pray!
* Kat in ''VideoGame/GravityRush'' became this shortly after her debut as the hero of Hekseville, both from protecting people from the Navi threat and restoring missing pieces of the town (along with the people trapped in those pieces when they were taken away).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''HolidayWars'', Tegan brings hope to those who have been fighting and losing the war against the EasterBunny as can be seen [[http://www.holiday-wars.com/blog/2010/11/01/2010-hw-081-2/ in this episode.]]
* Pharaoh City in ''{{Webcomic/Lightbringer}}'' was a CrapsackWorld ruled by a gang known as the Slavers. Things had gotten to the point where they were able to kidnap and sell anybody including police officers and their families. When the titular character became a superhero, his first mission was to bring the gang down - which he did.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The protagonist Asher Walters in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7153098/1/The_Chronicles_of_Utopia The Chronicles of Utopia]] is the Knight-Errant of Furyondy and one of Veluna's best generals. Rising through the ranks during the two world wars against the Big Bad he manages to to turn the tide and ultimately defeat the massive army of darkness poised to wipe out all life on the planet, though it does require the help of the gods in the end to pull it off.
* ''TheGunganCouncil'' has Bethany Kismet and Eden Kisori both acting for the inspiration of their respective groups of Jedi. While [[ActualPacifist Beth]] frequently gave reason for pacifist Jedi to believe they could change the galaxy, [[GoodIsNotNice Eden]] rallied more aggressive Jedi and inspired them to launch a crusade against the Sith and Empire.
* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Scion is this, as depicted in his EstablishingCharacterMoment. An [[MeaningfulName Endbringer]] is attacking Brockton Bay, and killing hundreds. Every parahuman for miles has shown up to fight it. Even the villains have established a [[EnemyMine truce]] to fight this OmnicidalManiac that threatens them all. And then Scion arrives, and the despair that lifts off everyone at this is palpable. [[spoiler: This trope is horribly subverted in the plot's finale, though.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Batman is this for the Gotham City Police Department (well, the non-corrupt parts) in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and, later on, for the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague.
** Terry from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is also a great example to the point that in the opening after all the words showing how crapsack things are HOPE flashes onscreen after his face is shown.
* Sonic The Hedgehog is this to the Freedom Fighters in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''.
* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* The Autobot who wields the full power of the [[{{MacGuffin}} Matrix]] in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise is seen as this.