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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 in comes this nobody. Hope Bringer is a living proof that one person can make a difference and even the odds. By their actions, they restore hope in the hearts of their allies and lead them into the fight and victory. They can be the BigGood, the MagnificentBastard, TheChessmaster, TheAce, the RebelLeader or the PersonOfMassDestruction - whatever makes them so special, it works. They can make the two sides not only fight on equal ground again, but even reverse the situation and make the side they help repay the other one for everything they did.

The Hope Bringer's motives may vary. They can help the good guys because [[ForGreatJustice they believe in justice]], [[PatrioticFervor love their fatherland]], [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge want revenge]], [[GoodShepherd tend to their flock]], [[TheMissionary spread the Good News]] or just BecauseDestinySaysSo. Often the Hope Bringer is the ChosenOne.

Note that this isn't always a good thing, since HopeIsScary and sometimes leads to a HopeSpot. And occasionally the hope bringer is a DarkMessiah whos willing to do ''[[TheUnfettered anything]]'' to bring hope- [[HappinessIsMandatory regulations,]] [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul brainwashing,]] [[LotusEaterMachine manufactured reality,]] whatever.

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 & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
** Kenshiro 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 were 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]].
* ''Anime/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 ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry 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}}'':
** Naruto himself becomes this during The Fourth Shinobi World War. [[TheAlliance The allied shinobi forces]] aren't getting their asses handed to them, [[BlatantLies per se]], but [[CurbStompBattle they're struggling and taking heavy casualties]], to the [[ZombieApocalypse Edo Tensei]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent resurrected]] ninja. Along comes our protagonist, who has finished his TrainingFromHell, [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential becoming even more capable]], and has 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 ''several'' [[BigDamnHeroes big damn hero]] moments wrapped in one. This quality was possibly first hinted at during Pain's Assault.
** [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]] is this to Naruto during some of the darkest moments of his life in the main series. Particular moments include right before his fight against Neji in the Chunin Exams finals, during his fight against Pain, and then when he [[DespairEventHorizon falls into despair]] after [[spoiler:Neji's HeroicSacrifice and Obito's subsequent attempt to BreakHimByTalking]].
* ''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.]]
* ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'' presents the eponymous [[Franchise/KamenRider Kamen Riders]] as this in the first chapter.
-->'''Taki''': Hey...won't you believe in him? That...even if there is no God or Buddha...there is Kamen Rider!
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', it's the title character herself. She inspires other people to fight on despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation.
** Early on, it was Sailor Venus: she debuted in the main series right when Zoisite and (in the old anime) Kunzite had the others almost resigned to die, and then she appears and saves the others by either killing Zoisite (manga) or sending him and Kunzite running for the hills in fear, and the others just ''know'' they have it in the bag.
* ''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.
* Franchise/DragonBall:
** Goku who inspires hope in those who know him. More than once, his friends and family break down into TearsOfJoy when they know he's coming.
** Although he is a FakeUltimateHero, Mr. Satan inspires hope for the people on Earth. He's the only thing that kept them sane during the Cell Games and Buu's onslaught.
** Gohan zig-zags this. Goku wants him to become this, but he's weighted down by his own self-doubt. However, Gohan inspires his friends to make one last stand against Cell and he restores hope in Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks when he returns to fight Buu.
* ''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 "[[JustForFun/{{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 to turn 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'']]
* In ''Game/InazumaEleven'' , [[TheAce Gouenji Shuuya]] ([[DubNameChange Axel Blaze]]), is often this to the team. Notable in one episode of the second season, when they are [[CurbStompBattle loosing]] against Epsilon, unable to score or to stop the opponent's offensive, with their striker having an HeroicBSOD. The team end up demoralized...until Gouenji come and quickly reverse the situation, raising up everyone's hope.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', [[spoiler: Eto explains to Kaneki that this is the true purpose of the One-Eyed King. Through a ThanatosGambit, Arima would elevate whoever his successor would be to the status of a legend. This person would then be capable of leading the revolution that Eto and Arima had planned, becoming the hope of all ghouls. After defeating Arima and learning the truth, Kaneki accepts the role of the One-Eyed King]].
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia,'' [[SupermanSubstitute All-Might]] is very conscious about being the "Symbol of Hope," which is why he strives to make sure that [[SecretlyDying the public doesn't realize]] [[BrokenAce how weak he really is]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' gives us [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=239961 Avacyn, Angel of Hope.]]
** As the color of light, religion, and martial courage, White is the color most likely to draw strength from hope.

[[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 '' The Franchise/IncredibleHulk: 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]].]]
* Franchise/GreenLantern: Not surprisingly this is part of the job description of the 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]] doesn't really help.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} are Franchise/TheDCU's biggest examples, bringing hope everywhere and showing there's a better way. In some continuities, the "S"-shield is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope".
* 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.
* ComicBook/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.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers:''
** In the early days of the war, the Decepticon war machine was marching across Cybertron. City-state after city-state fell to them. And then, at the last free city, one robot emerged to lead the battered Autobots into successfully pushing the Decepticons back. And his name was Optimus Prime.
** In the UK comics, at least, this was mildly exploited by [[MagnificentBastard Emirate Xaaron]], who made sure Optimus wouldn't be undermined by the remaining politicians and bureaucrats, and then left the rest to Optimus's sheer force of personality.
** Optimus' status as this is used again in the "Return to Cybertron" two-parter. The Autobot resistance on Cybertron have basically given up, with only Blaster still fighting the Decepticons, and not entirely for the right reasons. Then they learn Optimus is still alive, and their fighting spirit comes right back. Even when Optimus isn't present, he's still a Hope Bringer.
* In ''ComicBook/ZombiesChristmasCarol'' Scrooge's sister Fan was this in life, and his nephew Fred is seen as the last bastion of hope in the world through his cheeriness and goodwill towards men, regardless of their circumstances. In the end, Scrooge himself becomes this and is able to save humanity.
* Strangely enough, in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse this role is often given to ''Donald Duck''. After all, everyone who knows him has seen [[UnstoppableRage what happens when Donald gets angry]]... And their enemies often gets him mad.

[[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.
* One of the reasons Samantha Shepard is [[ThePardon pardoned]] rather than being [[CourtMartialed drummed out]] of the military/Spectres in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'' is because the Citadel Council and Trans-Galactic Republic authorities believe she still has the potential to be this, despite what she did during her HeroicBSOD.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/253045/i-am-going-to-save-and-or-destroy-equestria I Am Going To Save And/Or Destroy Equestria,]]'' this is the title character in a nutshell: After a year with Celestia and Luna both dead and gone, the fiends of Tartarus are loose with no one to stop them... until the main character is brought back from the dead.
* Each of the "protagonists" of ''Roleplay/DanganRoleplay'' becomes this over time, enough that Monobear stopped listing "optimistic children with ahoge" as a dislike in his profile. Round 1's [[ThePollyanna Jimmy]] was a contagious optimist to begin with, but Round 2's [[IdiotHero Beat]] and Round 3's [[BrokenHero Haruka]] had to grow into it; Haruka goes as far as promising to be Dave's hope during his HeroicBSOD, which extends to being hope for the rest of the surviving class, too.
* Victoria is described this way in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. Being the compassionate AllLovingHero of the group, she's big on giving people second chances; Blackwall describes her as "rare." As she herself points out to Cullen, [[MetaphorIsMyMiddleName Hope is literally her middle name]].
* The Avatar in ''Fanfic/ReluctantHero'' is the only one powerful enough to turn the tide of the war and restore balance to the world. When the newest one is found after a sixteen-years long search, the Water Tribes and Air Nomads immediately celebrate.
* In ''FanFic/FallOfStarfleetRebirthOfFriendship'', [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]]. She returns at the DarkestHour, and the moment anyone just ''see'' her they know [[BigBad Conquest]] is going to lose.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In all of its many incarnations, one [[Franchise/StarTrek starship]] comes immediately to mind...
--> '''Science Officer''': Sir, there's another starship coming in! [[GunshipRescue It's the]] ''[[BigDamnHeroes Enterprise!]]''
* Luke Skywalker in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Made explicit in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', when the repercussions of this are explored. Initially, Obi-Wan was thought to be the HopeBringer, but he found the real new hope in Luke and decided to sacrifice himself to help Luke escape from the Death Star.
** Luke was following in the footsteps of the main characters in ''Film/RogueOne''. When their achievement ends up in the hands of [[spoiler:Princess Leia]], she literally describes it as "hope". [[spoiler:Sadly, [[KillEmAll none of them live to celebrate their achievement]].]]
** In the end of ''Film/StarWarsTheLastJedi'', [[spoiler:Luke finally returns to bring everyone their hopes back and he ensures that his legacy will be the same]].
* 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 [[ATruceWhileWeGawk they stop a shoot-out between the army and some terrorists]] by simply walking nearby.
* Leonidas from ''Film/ThreeHundred''. 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.]]
* In ''Film/Ghostbusters1984''
** The titular heroes arrive downtown at the climax [[spoiler:at the apartment building]] where all the supernatural havoc are emanating from to the cheers of hundreds watching.
** In the sequel, when they arrive to take down the slime barrier covering [[spoiler:the museum that is the bad guy's base]], their proton packs aren't enough to dent it as the barrier feeds on negative emotions, like the despair people are feeling in this DarkestHour. They need a symbol to impact their fellow New Yorkers. [[spoiler:They choose to use good slime to animate the Statue of Liberty]].
--->'''Spengler:''' We need something that everyone can get behind, a symbol --\\
''His eyes fall on [[spoiler:ECTO-2's New York State license plate which features a line drawing of the Statue of Liberty.]]''\\
'''Stantz:''' ''(he sees it, too)'' Something that appeals to the best in each and every one of us --\\
'''Spengler:''' Something good...\\
'''Winston:''' Something decent.\\
'''Venkman:''' Something ''pure''.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', [[spoiler: Cira kisses Jerin]] and tells Jerin that he gives her hope. [[spoiler: Mostly because they've been imprisoned by the villains, and Jerin has remarkable lockpicking skills. But she seems to mean it in a more metaphorical sense, too.]]
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', unbeknownst to himself, Ward is considered a bringer of hope by the dwarves. They only have a vague prophecy, and he is the first member of the male line of his family since generations to have considerable magic abilities. (Magic isn't that rare in general, but it is in his family) He also becomes this to Oreg, [[MadeASlave his]] [[AWizardDidIt slave]], who eventually comes to trust Ward to do the right thing. [[spoiler: The right thing, inconveniently, is to kill Oreg to make the castle to which Oreg's life is bound collapse, and bury the eponymous dragon bones under it, along with the villains who were searching for those bones. Oreg wanted a MercyKill for a long time, but up to then, no one was selfless enough to do it - the collapsed castle is Ward's home.]]
* 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.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Olorin, a. k. a. Gandalf, is a LITERAL HopeBringer. It's said in ''Literature/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 ''Literature/{{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''.
* [[RetiredBadass Druss]] in Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Legend'' invokes this as much as he can. His role in the main conflict is not as much killing enemies [[OneManArmy (though he does well in that regard)]] but convincing soldiers that they are not doomed to fail, even when it sure looks like it. Various other characters also fit this role to a lesser degree.
* In ''Literature/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]].
* Saint Sabbat in the eponymous "The Saint" arc of the Literature/GauntsGhosts novels, especially the arc finale ''Sabbat Martyr'' where she appears in the flesh. Even her spiritual presence is noted for inspiring the Imperials to acts of conspicuous valor, but when she arrives in person on Herodor she acts as a hope bringer on a ''grand strategic'' scale. The Imperials' [[{{Determinator}} resolve]] combined with [[BatmanGambit Chaos knowing about her tactical and religious significance]] leads to a victory where a few thousand troops literally prevent the doom of the entire Crusade.
* In ''Literature/TheCodexAlera'''s sixth book, ''First Lord's Fury'' the titular First Lord, having returned from a mission abroad, is this to his nation under siege by a Zerg-like enemy known as the Vord. Using magic to make images of himself in every pool of water in the nation, he announces his return, gives the poor and defenseless of his people [[spoiler:permission to accept the clemency the Vord Queen offers so they won't die from starvation or her forces]], threatens noble who tries that with treason, and counters the fear-induced message the Vord Queen sent out before about the futility of their fighting her. Even his political enemy, the man leading the nation while the true First Lord was away, and former BigBad, before the Vord came into the picture, is impressed.
-->"Granted, his display of power was impressive . . ." [[spoiler:Aquitaine]] shook his head, his expression reminding [her] of a man preparing to eat something he found distasteful, "Not impressive. Inspiring. His words to our own people meant more than a simple declaration of his presence. He brought them courage. He brought them hope."

[[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 Franchise/{{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 Bullock's 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.
* ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'':
** Barry Allen/The Flash is this to the people of Central City. When he fully reveals his existence to the whole city, he embraces this. This can be especially shown in "The Man Who Saved Central City".
** Jay Garrick, [[spoiler:who's actually Zoom, a HopeCrusher. He impersonated Garrick, a genuine hero, with the aim of inducing hope in others so he could have the pleasure of taking it away. However, after his death, the real Garrick's freed, and he resolves to give the finger to Zoom by continuing the heroic work he didn't get the chance to wreck.]]
* Cameron, of all people, in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles.'' After saving John and Sarah and seeing them on the run and living in fear she leads them to something the human resistance sent back: hope. In this case a time machine, if they want to stop Skynet this is the way, [[RousingSpeech stop running, stay in one place, fight.]]

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* 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:Myths & Religion]]
* Moses to the enslaved Hebrews in the Tanakh.
* Jesus in the Christian Testament. Perhaps TheMostTriumphantExample of this trope.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Lots of top {{face}}s have played this role, such as Wrestling/HulkHogan with his "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve power of the hulkamaniacs]]" leading to his HulkingUp sequence, Wrestling/{{Sting}} in the rafters when the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo were running over Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/JohnCena during his "Never Give Up" or "Rise Above Hate" phases.
* Ohio Is For Killers and Jessicka Havok became such in Wrestling/{{CZW}} and Wrestling/{{WSU}} as the main opposition to DJ Hyde's takeover of both promotions, especially in the former where he [[AGodAmI demanded worship]].
* ''ROH Glory by Honor XI'' was titled "The Unbreakable Hope" on the fact everyone was betting on Michael Elgin to beat Wrestling/KevinSteen for the World Title after the combined forces of SCUM and The House Of Truth seemed incapable of holding Elgin back for long. For naught though as Steen would find a way to win a little after the thirty minute mark.
* Glamour Boy Shane's campaign against Monster Pain and Mistress Glenda Lee in the World Wrestling League was done not only for himself but to inspire the people of Puerto Rico, at least until it got derailed by "agent Haas's" attempts to have him deported.
* Caprice Coleman had a new message in 2014 after being ranked among the top ten Wrestling/RingOfHonor Wrestlers, paraphrased as if you're down and you need a sign, look to him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the grim darkness of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The {{Space Marine}}s are this to the Imperial Guard and common civilians when shit really hits the fan... unless they've been called in to perform [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]].
** There exists a literal embodiment of the emotion of hope. He's better known as Tzeentch, the Chaos god of mutation, sorcery, and backstabbers. Explains a lot, really.
** This is how the Tau see themselves, and to be fair, they can be - as long as the people they're bringing hope to are willing to join the Tau Empire. Otherwise, they're ScaryDogmaticAliens. Some of their underlings did sign up because the Tau offered them some kind of salvation or protection; others joined because the Tau offered them the choice between membership and death.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' fangame ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' is all about being this trope, in a world where [[WorldHalfEmpty evil has been winning since eternity and half]].
* This is literally a game mechanic in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. The monsters grow more powerful in areas overwhelmed with terror. By killing them and then revealing what they were and how they died, the player characters can bring hope to the Weird West, weakening the forces of evil in the process.
* The Solar TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} excel at this, whether by TrainingThePeacefulVillagers, curing the plague in an hour, or [[OneManArmy kicking the living hell out of the bad guys]]. Infernals are a twisted version; while some (especially ones who favour Cecelyne) ''can'' bring food, favours and defenses, there are [[DealWithTheDevil some pretty awkward things in the fine print]] (which, to be fair, they're not actually required to use). Abyssals are an inversion; they're Despair Bringers.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': John-117, and to a lesser extent, all the other Spartans; the arrival of just one can lift an entire Marine company's spirit.
* ''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. This is particularly true with the krogan (through Wrex) and the geth (through Legion). After traveling with Shepard for a time, Wrex rediscovers his long lost hope for the krogan people and decides to return to Tuchanka to make a second attempt to save his people from themselves (eventually becoming a Hope Bringer himself). Meanwhile, Shepard's interactions with Legion was the first time in 300 years that an organic ever interacted with the Geth with something other than hostility, bringing hope to the geth that peace could be made between them and organics, the quarians in particular.
--> '''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!
--> '''Legion''': Hope sustains organics during periods of difficulty. We find the concept... [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove admirable.]]
* In a very similar vein to Commander Shepard, Pathfinder Ryder in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' becomes this for everyone in the Andromeda Initiative. The plan to colonize Andromeda was fraught with adversity since the ark ships started arriving, with ships being crippled by the Scourge, the Golden Planets turning out to be inhospitable, the kett sabotaging every attempt at setting up settlements, and infighting reducing available manpower at the Nexus. Many started to believe they came to Andromeda, leaving behind their homes and families, in vain. When Ryder renders Eos habitable, however, hope begins to return...
* Marcus comes to be seen as this in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''.
* ''Videogame/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]]''.
* Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic: This is the way that the Jedi Consular comes across in their story. While the other Jedi class, the Knight, is more the sword of The Republic, defeating enemies and thwarting plans. The Jedi Consular rallies it's people and uses their knowledge of The Force to drive the darkside back.
* The Boss is this for the Saints in ''Videogame/SaintsRow2''.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is frequently seen as this in his games. A lot of [=NPCs=], especially in the Mario [=RPGs=], will be worried and panicked until Mario shows up, at which time they express relief that he's there. And even if someone doesn't know who he is, they quickly learn. Sometimes, Princess Peach pulls this trope too, being [[HundredPercentAdorationRating beloved by all of her subjects]].
* [[PlayerCharacter You]] are this in the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' games, which most noticeably began in ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies''. 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 ''VideoGame/AceCombatInfinity'', Reaper becomes this for the Allied ground forces, gaining a reputation for ensuring minimal casualties.
* [[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 ''VideoGame/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. The Nephalem, i.e. the player character, is also a hope bringer who inspires the human defenders wherever he or she goes to [[AdvantageBall fight more effectively]], by dint of being the only character in the series who isn't eternally [[YouAreTooLate too late]] to stop the demonic schemes.
* Spyro in ''VideoGame/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 ''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]].
** Flynn still remains this trope in the sequel, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', and several characters in Tokyo are shown to adore him just as much. [[spoiler:This is exploited by the Divine Powers, who kidnap Flynn early in the game and keep him hostage, only to replace him with their pet dragon, Shesha, who subsequently eats their souls once Merkabah and Lucifer are eliminated. The inspiration Flynn evokes in the Hunters actually makes it ''easier'' for him to pull their souls out of their bodies]].
** Cruelly deconstructed with ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'''s Aradia. She's the False Goddess of Freedom and imparts hope unto her followers. Unfortunately, that's ''all'' she does. Her followers are blinded by the shallow and hollow hope she provides, causing them to stop doing things by themselves.
* Brought up near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': [[spoiler:Morgana was created by Igor from the collective unconsciousness's hope for freedom from oppression.]]
* ''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 Makoto Naegi, who is pretty much the most optimistic member of the school and always tells 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]]']]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' 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.
** Taric is a straighter example. If the Aspect of Protection shows up to rescue you, you're as good as saved. Absolutely ''nothing'' will stop him from coming to your side and deploying the stars themselves to bring you out unharmed. Thus far, (as far as we know), Aatrox and Taric have never met on the same battlefield, but when they do it should be interesting.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The (translated) lyrics to the title song for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' 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!''
** In the series' backstory, the [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Snow Prince]] was one for the [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] in their seemingly HopelessWar against the invading [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]] ({{Precursors}} of the modern [[HornyVikings Nords]]), who were attempting to [[FinalSolution to outright drive the Falmer to extinction]]. After nearly wiping them out on the mainland, the Atmorans pursued the remaining Falmer to the barren, frozen island of Solstheim. During the Falmer's LastStand at the Battle of the Moesring, the Snow Prince [[OneManArmy single-handedly]] turned the tide of the battle, [[HeroKiller killing many prominent Atmoran heroes]] in the process. His very presence inspired the Falmer to turn the battle from a sure rout into a near-victory, but he fell during the battle. His death was what convinced many Falmer to turn to the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] for help against the Nords, and the [[TheMorlocks state of the modern Falmer]] shows just how that turned out...
* 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).
* As in other mediums, Batman is this in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. This is particularly shown in two entries. While he spends most of the game as a wanted fugitive who is feared by criminal and civilian alike, over the course of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' as he saves more and more people, opinions begin to shift and he becomes this by the end. As for ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', the GrandFinale, this is the very reason that [[BigBad Scarecrow]] does not want to kill him right away, [[DontCreateAMartyr believing that it will only turn him into a martyr]]. [[HopeCrusher He needs to break him first to shatter the beacon of hope he is to the world]].
-->'''Scarecrow''': How can the world know fear true dread when there is ''you''? A stalwart knight, ever ready to slay monsters. Fear isnt true biology, Batman. Its more than instinct. True fear in the absence of hope...and hope is the spread wings of a bat, shining in the clouds.
* Villainous version: [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is this for the Brotherhood of Nod in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries.'' Whenever he resurfaces after having been [[NotQuiteDead thought dead]], you can be sure of his followers' response: '''"Kane lives!"'''
* Asgore Dreemurr from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is certainly an example of when this trope takes its toll on the bringer. Being the King of all Monsters, his main mission statement is to keep his people happy and in high spirits, and despite monsterkind being trapped underground by a magic barrier by humans long ago, he does so. He even manages to raise a happy family with his wife Toriel, his son Asriel, and an adoptive human child who fell into the Underground. Unfortunately, tragedy struck as his children devised a plan to cross the barrier and possibly destroy it, which resulted in the death of them both to the hands of humans on the outside, terrified of their monstrous combined form. In a fit of pure anger, he declared war on humankind, stating that all humans who enter the Underground will have their souls taken, used by him to become godlike, and break the barrier, setting the monsters free. He becomes the unanimous beacon of hope for all monsters, but regretted his decision as soon as his anger calmed and realized what it entitled. He doesn't want to cause harm or rage war on anyone, but he feels that it's the only way to give his people hope, and it tears him up inside, especially since his wife left him due to his decision.
* ''Videogame/DragonQuestBuilders'' begins with the protagonist being woken up by the goddess Rubiss, who gives you the Banner of Hope.
* In the trilogy starting with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the ironically-named Hope Estheim was decidedly not this trope in the beginning, being horribly pessimistic. But as the story progressed, he learned to try and not let despair win and became a source of positive thinking for the group. Whenever things started looking down, he'd be the guy who'd say "Let's just give it a try, and things might turn out okay". In the sequel, he grew up to become the leader of the Academy and foremost pusher for its ideals of mankind marching towards a brighter tomorrow. [[spoiler:In the time between that and the third game, in a TimeCrash that made everyone ageless (but not invulnerable) in a dying world, Hope spent over three centuries assuring the rest of humanity that there was still a brighter future to strive towards, and this gave strength to people who would otherwise be lost in their respective hang-ups (Noel, Snow, and Sazh among them). When Hope disappeared 139 years ago, these ideals vanished with him, and the world seemed like a much darker place.]]
* [[AnAdventurerIsYou The Warrior of Light]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is directly stated to be this, acting as the primary shield against such threats as the [[PhysicalGod Primals]] and the [[TheEmpire Garlean Empire]]. To only a slightly less extent, the [[TrueCompanions Scions of the Seventh Dawn]]--an organization the player belongs to--also act as bringers of hope in tandem with the player, and were this before the Warrior of Light appeared in Eorzea.
* The Commander from ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'' starts as a SealedGoodInACan who is broken out in the first mission by LaResistance. They promptly restore XCOM's effectiveness with successful missions against the aliens, and establishes contact between all resistance groups on Earth to unite humans against the invaders.
-->'''Spokesman:''' I had high hopes for the resistance under your leadership Commander, and you have outdone yourself.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/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.
* In ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'', Xeus is often referred to a Hope Bringer by both the prophecy as well as Master Surya. He is later given this title by the villagers he saves from Sglutton's tyranny in [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/comic/issue-09-that-monster-my-friend/ Chapter 9.]]

[[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.
* ''Roleplay/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.
* Two for one in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', with Ezra whose RousingSpeech gets broadcast and spread throughout the entire galaxy as a message to stand up against the Empire, and Sabine, whose [[ThePhoenix starbird]] sigils become an IconOfRebellion in the same broadcast (to the point where the official Rebel Alliance sigil is a modification of it).
* Jack, from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is this. Aku had ruled the world for thousands of years, making life [[CrapSackWorld miserable for everyone on it, and it only spread through the galaxy]]. When Jack arrived in the future he began helping others, freeing them from Aku's rule and giving them hope. This is shown best in season 5 where after spending 50 years in the future, [[spoiler:Jack is no closer to getting home, every time portal has been destroyed, he has lost his sword and]] he has seen his quest as a failure and has begun to feel [[DespairEventHorizon that there is no hope anymore]]. Everyone Jack has helped though still believe in him though, even when he doesn't believe in himself, because he has still helped them even in his current state. Come the finale, [[spoiler:Aku has finally captured Jack and plans to broadcast his execution to kill everyone's hope, but instead everyone Jack has ever helped storms Aku's fortress to rescue Jack.]]