Incorruptible Pure Pureness
"Holy Moley! You are pure pureness in its purest form. It's almost irritating."
This is a character who is completely and utterly incorruptible, often in a world with Grey and Gray Morality
or Black and Gray Morality
. The natural bane of The Corrupter
While the people around them can be tempted by power, fame, sex, money
, or love
, this character is immune to succumbing to temptations. More rounded characters
may feel the temptation and still resist. They will always do the right thing
for the greater good, if not necessarily the nice thing
Even if they're in a Crapsack World
, they'll never lose their moral compass or idealism. Even having to engage in morally ambiguous acts, such as deceiving someone for a good cause, appears as Dirty Business
to them. They greet fame with Think Nothing of It
, and often tell people to Keep the Reward
; working for the Glory Hound
causes, at most, mild annoyance. What You Are in the Dark
poses no difficulties to them. If they are tortured
, they will endure. They will even — reluctantly — step aside and let others be More Hero Than Thou
, for good cause. If the character can manage to succeed in spite of everything, they will likely have earned their happy ending
Moral conflict in such a character, or between two such characters, is possible, but is driven by a conflict between two moral principles
. One argues for mercy - or that justice in this case will harm innocents; another may attempt to enforce justice, arguing that in the long run, knowing justice will be done to prevent harm to more innocents. While they are unlikely to slander
in any circumstance, some will let a lie or half-truth stand to prevent harm; others will tell the truth and damn the consequences.
Often, this is a key element of an Idiot Hero
, The Ace
, The Cape
, All-Loving Hero
and The Pollyanna
. Heroes like these are often sneered at
as being unrealistic
when compared to Anti Heroes
- and regardless of whether they actually are
. They are likely to respond that it's better than giving up
A flaw in this mindset is they might not partake in the daily ethical compromises others make, find it difficult to interact with the rest of society, and thus be a Socially-Awkward Hero
. They may also use their belief (if they hold one) in the fundamental goodness of humanity as basis to offer second chances to people who would abuse it
or reach out to help people who they should really be running away from. Ironically, a certain brand of Anti Hero
can approach this type. When writing them, take care to develop their personalities or they risk becoming a Purity Sue
In fantasy stories, this might allow the hero access to holy weapons
or magic for Only the Pure of Heart
. Might lead to a Hundred Percent Adoration
or Heroism Rating
. Be wary that they might be Too Good for This Sinful Earth
. Also very likely to be a Celibate Hero
— this is one of the cases where A Man Is Not a Virgin
does not apply.
This is what the Knight Templar
and the Well-Intentioned Extremist
tend to think they are.
See also Honor Before Reason
and Good Is Not Dumb
. Contrast Pure Is Not Good
. This is the trope the Wide-Eyed Idealist
aims for and falls short of reaching. This character is the exact opposite of the Complete Monster
, while the Complete Monster is pure evil and never is redeemed, the Incorruptible Pure Pureness is pure goodness and never falls into malicious and Jerkass
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Anime and Manga
- Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess defines the concept of a pure-hearted person. In the Season 1 Finale against the Lord of Terror, when Keiichi is infected by the Lord of Terror and possessed, she offers to take his place as the host. Seeing the opportunity to get rid of the human body he was using, the Lord of Terror separated himself from Keiichi to infect Belldandy, but couldn't. She is simply too pure. But because he had to move into something else, having detached himself, he moves into a nearby Floppy disk, leading to his defeat... at the hands of Skuld, armed with a small magnetic bar. Her pureness also shows when, in the OVA, her angel is ripped out and replaced by a demon. Two minutes later, the demon radiates happiness and sparkles.
- Deconstructed in Baccano! with the unfailingly messianic Anti Nihilist Elmer C. Albatross. Elmer never strays from his goal to make all people happy and never falters even in the face of endless suffering and complete moral depravity, but the only reason he's able to do this is because he's a sociopath, and other people's suffering never meant much to him to begin with.
- Battle Royale has the main character Shuuya, who despite the horrible things going on never gives up hope and faith in humanity. The novel and manga (but not film) also have Yuichirou Takiguchi, though his purity actually leads to deadly results.
- You could also count Noriko Nakagawa, the most archetypal Mary Sue in manga history. She's similar in the movie and novel, but nowhere near so blatantly.
- Soichiro Yagami from Death Note is a particularly heroic example; in spite of being surrounded by Death Gods and being manipulated by his own son, he's one of the only specs of white in a show that's otherwise Grey and Black Morality. Even when making a deal with Ryuk and getting his hands on the Death Note, he never uses it and dies with a clear conscience. Ryuk points out that since the Death Note brings misery and fear to whoever uses it, Soichiro refusing to be corrupted is probably what let him die happy; not knowing his own son was the mass-murder Kira.
- Son Goku from Dragon Ball. Apart from being able to ride the Nimbus, he also once survived an attack that worked by exploding one's heart with evil by the merit of not having a single shred of evil in him. His friends attributed this to him being really, really dumb.
- Goten. Just like his father, this is what allows him to ride the Nimbus cloud before he learns how to fly.
- Son Gohan, as well.
- Nana from Elfen Lied adheres to this entirely, never mind the fact that she is near-genetically predispositioned towards genocide, or the fact that she is always being made to suffer horribly. She's so good you could probably consider it a psychological disorder for her.
- It has been stated that her personality was crafted as a mental defense to avoid going mad due to the horrific conditions of her life, so yeah, it might just be a mental disorder. Poor Nana...
- One of Kenshiro's defining traits in Fist of the North Star. Kenshiro does NOT do anything evil, will NOT tolerate any evil around him and trying to tempt him out of the righteous path will NOT end well for the offending party. He does, however, kill lots of people all the time.
- Weed from Ginga Densetsu Weed definitely counts. Unlike his father Gin, who would only kill if a villain would not redeem themselves, Weed won't kill anyone EVER. Even if a certain Big Bad villain named Hougen killed many dogs to climb his way up to power. He even stopped Gin from killing Hougen!
- Marina Ismail in Gundam 00 is an Actual Pacifist who refuses to kill anyone by any means and wishes to change the world by peaceful means if possible. She is notable for raising a group of orphans (a trait that defines her as an expy of Frau Bow) and composing a song that heals whoever hears it, including the emotionally wounded Setsuna, who undergoes a Character Development into a Messianic Archetype for the rest of the 2nd season. At one point Marina even prevents one of her children from firing a pistol even at the cost of her own life, although her bodyguards later shoot down the villains trying to kill them, allowing them to escape.
- Gundam SEED: Lacus Clyne. First, she appears to be a very naive innocent girl. Later, it is obvious she's way smarter than she acts, but she's still an Actual Pacifist (aware that sometimes you need to use weapons to bring everyone to peace negotiations), and she can forgive everything once you join her fight for peace. Actually, everyone who sides with her is so much under her influence that they welcome former enemies with open arms. Athrun implied in Gundam Seed Destiny that she has little interest in sex, and she acts with Kira as if she doesn't even kiss on the mouth before wedding.
- Shibuya Yuuri in Kyo Kara Maoh starts out pretty decent, kind of dumb, and nearly flat useless. Once Serious Business in fantasyland shakes a few layers of normality off him, he starts to be determined to save everyone and prevent war no matter what, and before long becomes so shinily all-fired good that people can come around to his way of thinking within five minutes of exposure, and he's making a fair bid to forever overset politics as fantasyland has known them. In the season two climax the Big Bad reveals that he was expressly designed to be utterly pure and so average he's not good for anything, to make good possession fodder. Then he turns out to be the Messiah. That was the other plan.
- In the manga version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Akira Himekawa, Link is pure-hearted enough to resist being transformed into a beast by the Dark World. However, it's eventually subverted. He is pure of heart, but he can be corrupted, a trait Agahnim used to his advantage to try and get rid of him.
- Protagonist Nao Kanzaki in the manga series Liar Game not only acts as the moral compass for the other characters, she also never lies. As a consequence, she veers dangerously close to Purity Sue territory.
- As of late, she has learned to lie, but still only for "the greater good."
- As an aristocrat and a leader of his country's military, Taki Reizen from Maiden Rose is expected to be this.
- Doctor Tenma from Monster. He is one part of the morality triangle in which Johan has given in to completely evil, and Nina dives into Grey and Gray Morality for all that it's worth.
- Kaworu Nagisa in Neon Genesis Evangelion is a very peculiar (and unforgettable) example. The anime version, at least.
- In the several occasions she could wish for anything to herself, Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica ususally asked something for the sake of others, like saving a dead cat, saving the city from destruction, or saving all Magical Girls from past and future from a tragic fate.
- In one Ranma ½ OVA, Kasumi Tendou is possessed by a demon, which gives her horns. She's so pure hearted the demon can't make her do anything evil.
- This is played straight and then averted with the titular heroine of Revolutionary Girl Utena. It almost seems as though she strives to be this because of her desire to become a prince. It also helps that she is thoroughly naive and often refuses to give a deeper look into the problems of the people surrounding her. Several characters try to take advantage of her because of this. Akio, who will sleep with anyone and whom Utena has fallen in love with, succeeds. She sleeps with him in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene from a clip show episode.
- Good Is Not Nice posterboy Saitou from Rurouni Kenshin constantly works for the good of Japan without seeking any credit and lives for Aku Soku Zan - "swift death to evil".
- As he says when one of his targets tries to buy his mercy: "you can tame a dog with food and a man with money, but you can never tame a Wolf of Mibu."
- Sailor Moon. Usagi Tsukino is the embodiment of unconditional love and forgiveness.
- Subverted in Soul Eater: Justin Law is apparently naturally lacking in madness but ends up being corrupted and defects to follow the Kishin.
- Noelle from Tenshi Ni Narumon is goodness and pureness incarnated - unfortunately with a side effect of having brain capacity of a 3 year old (while technically being 15).
- Vash from Trigun takes this to ridiculous levels. He's so pure it's utterly contagious.
- In Umi Monogatari, the Elder Turtle thinks Marin is this, and strives to protect her from the darkness. Instead she falls into it.
- Cheza from Wolf's Rain is a pure character. She does not hate or do evil.
- Mutou Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh! has this vibe going on. With the saving and the forgiving everybody all the time and big sweet eyes and not letting people get killed.
- And apparently purifying the psycho spirit who possessed him, through soul contact alone, because "other-Yugi" stopped coming up with creative ways to get people to cheat and get either killed or insane, and turned into a normal (self-righteous and hyperdramatic) human being who happened to have a high school kid's body on timeshare. On the other hand, when he gets the puzzle his first wish that comes to mind is seeing Anzu's panties. Our protagonist, ladies and gentlemen!
- Then there's chapter 2, where he is a bit too excited at the "movie" Jounouchi brought him. Pixilation played an important part in this episode by the way. Our protagonist, ladies and gentlemen!
- "The Little Mermaid" in the older versions of the story represented purity. She gave up her underwater kingdom, her wealth, and her fins all for love. At the end of the story she is unable to kill the Prince, even though he has fallen in love with a another woman. Refusing to murder him out of revenge she instead commits suicide, jumping into the sea and becoming sea foam.
- Also from Hans Christian Andersen, Eliza in "The Wild Swans". When her stepmother uses cursed toads on her:
Had not the creatures been venomous or been kissed by the witch, they would have been changed into red roses. At all events they became flowers, because they had rested on Eliza's head, and on her heart. She was too good and too innocent for witchcraft to have any power over her.
- Most straight-on depictions of Snow White have her as this. She's characterized by her innocence, her kindness, and her pure beauty, and nearly everyone is charmed by her. Of course that makes her a prime target for Deconstruction.
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Prison Island Break, the prison doctor Amy Rose Blossom is intended to be this.
- What keeps her from being a Purity Sue is her Sympathy for the Devil, a flaw which has her sympathising with the convicts whom the story actually revolves around, since she is clearly not The Protagonist, instead playing a supporting role.
- In Diaries of a Madman, Shining Armor is pretty much the only unambiguously good character, and dedicated to making sure everyone receives justice regardless of their rank.
- In Nosflutteratu, not even being turned into a blood sucking creature of the night can stop Fluttershy from being Fluttershy.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Shirley Temple: Shirley Temple's characters are usually the ones who make the villains have a change of heart, because she is so innocent and well meaning.
- 'Star Wars'' Bail Organa 'Leia's adoptive father and Senator of the Republic. An unwavering supporter of the rights of the people and of the Jedi Order, Bail puts himself in danger multiple times during the rise of the Empire by either criticizing Palpatine's policies or aiding the Jedi. When Order 66 began, the safe thing to do was to stay as far away from the Jedi as possible. What Bail did was head straight for the spaceport and embark on a mission to the Coruscant temple to find any Jedi who had survived, and then to help them however he could. It was because of his incorruptible moral fiber that he became an enemy of the Empire and it eventually led to all of Alderaan being destroyed.
- The Skywalker Twins: Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo. It's this very trait that allows them to defeat the Empire: Leia, despite being tortured for information refuses to break and give up the rebels, even though it could mean her life, later when the love of her life is tortured she still refuses to give in to Vader's demands. Luke's utter inability to even comprehend power for it's own sake and ability to love and forgive anyone, is what ends the Emperor's life: he would fight his father to protect others and give his sister the time she needed to stop the Emperor's plans, but he would not kill him or seek to replace him. This leads Anakin to remember who he is and kill the Emperor himself to protect his son.
- Peekay from The Power of One. He is distinguished by the traits of extreme generosity and a love for people of all types of races, but he rarely passes judgment on others.
- Peter Cushing's portrayal of Dr. Van Helsing in the various Hammer Horror films.
- Sgt. Howie in The Wicker Man. A pure hero.
- Scooby-Doo, according to the live action movie. It is for this specific reason the daemons go after him.
- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid: As a 2 1/2 year old, Adam Szalinski is purely good and innocent and thus drives the desires of most of the characters to protect him. He's only provoked by Wayne mentioning naps.
- Joe Friday in the 1987 movie version of Dragnet is incorruptible. His only vice is cigarettes, which he warns others against taking up. Although as for pureness, at the very end of the movie he does end up de-flowering The Virgin Connie Swail (consensually and respectfully).
- Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire. Interestingly it is well done enough to make him more likable because of this instead of making him "sueish".
- Utterly subverted in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in that Sir Galahad wants to be corrupted after some convincing by the women of Castle Anthrax, only to be "saved" by Sir Lancelot just in time, much to his - and the women's - chagrin.
- The fact that when Galahad was created Lancelot was his father always makes that sequence especially hilarious.
- The Golden Child is such a character. As a Buddhist monk with mystical powers, his mere existence serves to prevent the forces of evil from taking over the world. The only way they can kill him is if he becomes corrupted by committing an evil act, but despite starvation and isolation, he holds firm for The Chosen One to rescue him, and manages to convert a mook to the side of good in the process.
- Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He keeps his principles in the face of Washington corruption. And he suffers for it.
- Astronaut John Glenn from The Right Stuff. "Mr. Clean the Marine" lived on the straight and narrow, was devoted to his shy, stuttering wife, and when he was approached by a couple of prostitutes who were working their way through the entire flight crew, he drove them away. (Even in the straight-laced 1950s he was considered remarkable.)
- Ophelia and her baby brother from the movie Pans Labyrinth both represent purity.
- Informed Attribute of the title character in Warrior of the Lost World.
- Batman in The Dark Knight is called incorruptible by Joker. Granted, Batman is the epitome of Good Is Not Nice, but Bats in the Nolanverse absolutely Will. Not. Kill.
- Implied to be the case with Princess Tamina and her ancestresses in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. According to the backstory she tells to Prince Dastan, she is descended from a girl who managed to prevent the gods from destroying all of mankind through the wish of her pure heart that humanity would be spared.
- This is the reason why Steve Rogers became the ideal Super-Soldier in the form of the heroic Captain America. The serum that enhanced him was explicitly stated to amplify everything about the subject. Steve, a genuinely nice guy who lives by an innate and nigh infallible moral compass, was chosen specifically because he would never allow that power he would gain go to his head.
- Pvt. Witt, the messianic protagonist of The Thin Red Line. A case of Adaptational Heroism, since he is a fairly regular guy in the book.
- Barbarella can not be consumed by the Mathmos because of her innocence.
- St. Therese of Lisieux would appear to most viewers to exemplify this trope in the 2004 Leonardo Defilippis film Therese. The two relatively tame sins that vex young Therese's conscience (picking a slightly larger piece of cake for herself, and continuing to read a novel when her sister had asked her to clean up) are about as scandalous as this movie gets. Once she enters the convent, Therese's entire existence is consumed with spending every moment serving others and living in humility.
- Aurora in Maleficent, thanks to being magically gifted with beauty and happiness by the Three Good Fairies. As a result, she sees nothing but the good in everyone, allowing her to be friends with both animals, The Fair Folk, and ultimately Maleficent herself.
- The Canterbury Tales does us a favor by introducing the characters in order of how pure and noble they are. The first character is a knight who is the epitome of perfection. He is spiritually perfect, and wears shabby clothes because he has transcended his desire for material possessions. Compare him to the next few pilgrims, such as his son who is perfect but for his lust, and a nun who is devout but loves fine clothes.
- While most of the knights in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur are not exactly corrupt, when the Grail quest arrives, it finds that they are proud, violent, and unchaste. The honor of actually finding the Grail is reserved for Galahad, Percival and Bors. (Even Bors was not perfect, but was allowed because of the perfection of his repentance).
- Kendra, of Fablehaven. Because of her pure heart, she is not turned into dandelion fluff for entering the Fairy Queen's shrine. It comes in really handy when the end of the world as we know it is imminent (in all the following books).
- Guan Yu from Romance of the Three Kingdoms is an incorruptible and extremely honorable character. When he manages to fight his way up to Cao Cao from the opposing army, Cao Cao, being unarmed, does not fear him, since he knows Guan Yu would never attack someone who was not prepared to defend himself.
- Furthermore, he later captures Guan Yu and recruits him as an officer. However, Guan Yu states that he will return to the other side as soon as he finds his leader Liu Bei, despite Cao Cao constantly trying to tempt him to stay with elaborate gifts and promises of high status.
- Who Censored Roger Rabbit?. Eddie Valiant is an utter Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold, but apparently, he's incorruptible, since only one with the purest of hearts can resist the genie's magic. He does so, despite thinking that maybe he'd luck out and that the "pure heart" requirement won't be needed that one time. However, when he defeats the genie and it offers him any wish with no skullduggery, all Eddie wants is evidence to prove his client and his slutty wife were innocent, just like Roger asked. No wealth, no youth, no women, no immortality. He only wants to finish his case.
- Carrot Ironfoundersson in Discworld, who has become less naive and more savvy but has retained all of his purity since coming to Ankh-Morpork. (Apart from his ability to become so terrifying people fall down to get out of his way when he flips his lid over his girlfriend leaving him... but he doesn't seem to know he's doing that.)
- Additionally, Carrot's cynical boss Sam Vimes may be about as far from a Purity Sue as you can possibly get, but he's renowned the world over for being completely incorruptible. (In The Truth, after a couple of out of town criminals suggest bribing Vimes, the zombie lawyer Mr Slant responds with, "The last person who tried to bribe Commander Vimes is yet to regain full use of his fingers.") This is not out of a higher purity, but rather the development of a construct in his own mind to keep watch over his actions, created by his own willpower. Who watches the watchmen, indeed.
- A short list of things Vimes has resisted: The Gonne (which corrupted everyone else who held it except its creator and Carrot), The Summoning Dark (a quasi-demonic entity of pure revenge which managed some control before being kicked out by said construct), and, several times, the urge to ignore the law, including one time when his boss was secretly standing behind him.
- Even criminals know him as incorruptible, and consider him so even if he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He suspects privately that he's a spoon.
- Brutha from Small Gods as well. He's the Moral Orel of Discworld. He is also essentially the Jesus-equivalent of his religion—except he manages to avoid the impending martyrdom, and hence the impending bloody crusades. Perhaps unique in that he challenges his god to uphold the principles he claims to stand for.
- Also Leonard da Quirm who has been described as having "priceless, enquiring amber of Leonard's massive mind, underneath all that bright investigative genius was a kind of wilful innocence that might in lesser men be called stupidity. It was the seat and soul of that force which, down the millennia, had caused mankind to stick its fingers in the electric light socket of the Universe and play with the switch to see what happened and then be very surprised when it did." He has also been shown to create designs of war machines in great detail but trust absolutely that no one would be evil enough to use them. Instead he treats the design of such things as an intellectual excercise.
- Aziraphale from Good Omens is supposed to be like this (well, he's an angel, after all) but Crowley manages to tempt him slightly away from the path of righteousness with classical composers and decent films (the only movie you can watch in Heaven, apparently, is The Sound of Music).
- Tom and Eva from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. This type of character was common when the book was written, but has fallen out of favor since.
- Henry Darger's seven little Vivian Girls in In The Realms Of The Unreal are explicitly this and are compared to little Eva many times, as are other valiant girls in the tale.
- A couple of these are featured in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, namely Lucie Manette and Charles Darnay.
- Absolute incorruptibility is one of the qualifying traits for Lensman. It is one of the hardest to find among human candidates, with only one hundred Earth Lensman graduating per year, though some other species have trouble even understanding the concept of corruptibility. (Though most of those races have troubles with other traits.)
- The amazing frequency with which it is found in otherwise absurdly Grimdark world of Warhammer 40,000 is one of the few reasons why the Imperium still stands. Unsurprisingly, novels set in this universe feature it quite often:
- This is a trait shared by all the Heralds of Valdemar; they're famous for it. One cannot be Chosen as a Herald without it, or at least the potential for it, and the Companions make sure it stays intact. However, the Heralds are not plaster saints. They frequently suffer the downsides of Samaritan Syndrome (for some, like Vanyel, it goes all the way into Chronic Hero Syndrome), have interpersonal conflicts and moral crises like anyone else, and are anything but chaste. Further, they are first in the line of fire when Valdemar needs defending. While their Companions help them keep a moral compass, they also counsel against falling into the Lawful Stupid trap, and many a Herald is recruited from a shady or morally questionable background, including a con artist, a thief, an outland mercenary leader, an enemy officer, and more than one individual on their way to the gallows for murder.
- The Dresden Files
- Michael Carpenter, along with his fellow Knights of the Cross. Before agreeing to work with Harry, he insisted on a soulgaze (which is exactly what it sounds like; two people looking into each other's souls). Apparently Michael's soul was so beautiful it drove Harry to tears. Throughout the series, Michael maintains his faith in God and keeps being an honest, loving man despite all the horrors and evils he faces. However, as he is still a flawed man, there do exist things which would tempt him. The most prevalent is harming his children. When a priest went rogue and tried to steal two holy swords Harry had in his possession, the man kidnapped Michael's daughter and put a bomb on her. So enraged, after beating the man with his old blade and a baseball bat, Michael was tempted to smite him in vengeance. He likely would have if Harry hadn't pleaded with him to not do it, or if it had to be done let Harry be the smiter. The words are enough for Michael to step back.
- Harry himself seems like he would qualify. He spends three to four years being tempted by the shadow of a fallen angel. During that time, she was slowly putting pressure on his temper to make it even more hair trigger. And while he did enjoy some of the perks the shadow gave him, like being able to speak dead languages, he never gave into the darker aspects of this. Eventually he converts the shadow angel to good, or at least good enough to sacrifice herself to save him. Though he hypothesizes that the actual angel would be as impossible to change as she claims, but as the shadow is imprinted in his mind, it's as malleable as that medium. For this action and his resistance, he was rewarded with Soulfire, Hellfire's opposite and called repeatedly "the fires of Creation."
- Later, Morgan, who unrelentingly harassed him when he feared Harry to be a warlock, comes to him for help. Lara even knows he is sheltering Morgan because people in trouble go to Harry, and Harry helps them. Though the White Council is bent on executing Morgan even if he might be innocent — politics demands — Harry sticks through thick and thin trying to exonerate him. After Morgan's Heroic Sacrifice, he does not try to argue with the Malicious Slander that portrays Morgan as a traitor, but he clearly regards it as Dirty Business.
- Alas, Dresden no longer qualifies. After his daughter is kidnapped, and he is physically incapacitated, he calls on Mab, and accepts the position of Winter Knight. And he points out to Mab that she's the LEAST EVIL of his choices. He's willing to take up Lasciel, or even use the Darkhallow to get his daughter back. However, as told by Archangel Uriel, if he made his choice out of love, he will not wander so far from the path he couldn't make it back.
- Morgan also easily qualifies. Yes, he is a Jerk Ass, but Good Is Not Nice; he really, truly believes in the Laws of Magic, and follows them without fear and without fail to whatever end they bring him.
- William Laurence from the Temeraire series (Napoleonic wars fought with the addition of dragon-powered airforces). He's also brave, clean-living, thrifty and very astute - astute enough to understand the tension between Fair and Expedient. Oh, and his country is on the line. Angel walking through hell, anyone?
- Marina from Pericles, Prince of Tyre. First off, she's so beautiful, sweet and talented that another character tries to have her killed for being too perfect. She mentions having cried after accidentally stepping on a worm. When she ends up in a brothel, she keeps her virginity by convincing every man who tries to bed her that he should follow the path of virtue instead. The brothel's owners let her go in disgust because she's driving them out of business.
- Tycho Celchu, to the point where Wedge trusts him above anyone else. Suspected of being brainwashed and a secret traitor.
Lusankya conversion records: RI: Resistant in primary phase. Notes: Though the subject's initial response to Imperial icons was positive, this appeared to be an artifact of his years spent at the Imperial Academy. It did not last long. Subject aggressively attacked Imperial icons. When those icons were overlaid with Alliance datastreams, the contradiction caused the subject to become catatonic. Subject is unsuitable for conversion.
- This is proved beyond a doubt with the way he handles the trial.
- Darryl McAllister from Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. As an Abdal, an avatar of the One, he directly channels the One's energy for pure good.
- "Reality might hit him, might, indeed, have hit him hard already — but it might be what shattered."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky loves this trope. It fits characters from no less than three of his major books: Sofia Marmaledova from Crime and Punishment, Prince Myshkin from The Idiot, and Alyosha Karamazov from The Brothers Karamazov. Such a character tends to be paired alongside a Nietzsche Wannabe, with subtle hints given that the types are Not So Different. (Hi, Mind Screw!) The outcome for such a character tends to vary highly.
- In How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, the American teenage heroine is sent to live with her English cousins on the eve of World War Three. Nearly all her newfound relatives are full of Incorruptible Pure Pureness, especially 9-year-old Piper, and 14-year-old Edmond, with whom the heroine falls in love.
"If anyone feels like arresting me for corrupting an innocent kid then all I can say is Edmond was not corruptible. Some people are just like that and if you don't believe me it just means you've never met one of them for yourself. Which is your loss."
- Enjolras, the Rebel Leader from Les Misérables.
- Melanie Wilkes from Gone with the Wind was originally supposed to be like this; not exactly by today's standards.
- There are a lot of individual moments that would make one question this, including outright mental health troubles, but, seriously, Drizzt Do'Urden. He was raised in an Always Chaotic Evil city, escaped it and lived for years as shunned and in harsh conditions before being accepted by anyone at all, and after that has lived a life that has constantly involved violence by necessity. And yet, just listen to him. Most people couldn't sound like a more exaggerated saintly hero if they tried, and he's entirely sincere.
- John Hemry's Paul Sinclair. In A Just Determination, he testifies on behalf of a captain whom he neither liked nor respected, did not think a good officer, and never wanted to serve under again, because while the man had done wrong, he was being hammered. By the fourth book, Against All Enemies, another character explains to him that his superior finds it a little intimidating to have a subordinate with such a reputation for always doing the right thing.
- In The Lord of the Rings, several people are able to overcome the temptation of claiming the One Ring for themselves, or simply are not tempted at all. In the movies, the One Ring's powers of seduction are dialed Up to Eleven to be almost active rather than passive and the characters' reactions are adjusted accordingly.
- Faramir, despite what some might claim, is tempted by the Ring in the original. When he finds out Frodo has it, he smiles strangely, slowly thinks out loud that the Ring is in his hands and the hobbits at his mercy, his eyes gleam, and he draws up to his full height. This alarms the hobbits who reach for their swords. However, Faramir rejects the Ring, because he understands the temptation and danger of the rings, partially thanks to tutelage from Gandalf.
- Gandalf and Galadriel are tempted at Bag End and Lothorien, but they are able to resist because they, like Faramir, are Wise with a capital W. Galadriel also doesn't go radioactive.
- Aragorn never explicitly voices desire for the Ring either, though much like Faramir his eyes gleam and he stands up straight when he says he could get it for himself if he wanted to, alarming the hobbits. In light of the Faramir sequence above, he could also have resisted temptation at that moment. At the Council of Elrond he denies that the Ring is his by right when Frodo suggests it.
- At one point Sam has the Ring all to himself, and the Ring gives him visions of becoming a mighty lord, overthrowing Sauron and transforming Mordor from a wasteland to a gigantic garden. But Sam rejects this because he only wants to tend a garden on his own, not to lord it over others (and have them do the gardening).
- And Tom Bombadil is not tempted by the ring at all, and is probably the truest example of Incorruptible Pure Pureness in the book, but it's unclear as to exactly why or how that is. Maybe he was significantly older than the Ring. Or maybe he was in a whole other ballpark power-wise (he's Inexplicably Awesome - see the WMG for Lord of the Rings).
- Frodo is given the task of delivering the Ring to Mount Doom specifically because of this trait, but he actually turns out to be a deconstruction. Not only is the constant process of resisting the Ring's influence an enormous psychological and even physical burden on him, he eventually succumbs to its lure after lugging it all the way across Middle-earth to Mount Doom. No one, not even Frodo, is that pure.
- Deconstructed by Galad in The Wheel of Time after he inadvertantly sparks a city destroying riot (with a side helping of war) to help his sister. Apparently this is a recurring theme with him, and that was just the most dramatic example. Elayne introduces him as being perfect and good ... no matter the cost to himself (or others).
- Unless you count her brief foray into normality (or, at least, her own brand of normality), Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl could be considered incorruptible.
- Jane from Pride and Prejudice is, throughout the entire story, the most pure, incorruptible character, constantly believing in the good of everyone (yes, everyone). Her sister Elizabeth, the heroine, adores Jane but sometimes admits that this particular trait drives her a bit nuts. It creates problems for Jane and her Love Interest, unfortunately, when someone persuades the gentleman that because Jane is so sweet and kind to everyone, the way she treats him isn't anything special.
- The Bible:
- Jesus is offered dominion over all the Earth if He'll just bow down and worship Satan. His response is predictable, given that it's Jesus.
- Other Biblical examples include Noah, Job, and Daniel.
- John Milton's Paradise Lost featured, in Satan's legions, one Rebellious Rebel who revolted against the notion of revolting:
So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless, faithful only he;
Among innumerable false, unmoved,
Unshaken, unseduced, unterrified,
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;
- Arthur, from Keys to the Kingdom, spends a great deal of time trying to be this, both physically & mentally. He does have some moments where he fails—big time. To be fair, it's not easy when magical forces that run the universe are trying to assert their dominance over you. As far as personal will goes, he never chooses to do anything malevolent or be dissuaded from his course of action.
- Ten Ox from Bridge of Birds. Master Li says that he suffers from "an incurable case of purity of heart". It's also the reason for him subconsciously recognizing and worshipping Lotus Cloud as a goddess in disguise, whereas Master Li, the one with a "slight flaw in his character", did not for a long time.
- The titular heroine of the Honor Harrington universe is this. Many characters in-universe have commented on her parents' apparent precognition at having named her Honor.
- In Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the Beast explains that his ancestors claimed to have this, and were so obnoxiously holier-than-thou about it that a local wizard decided to curse them in order to teach them some humility. But it didn't stick, because they actually were every bit as pure and good as they claimed to be. So the wizard settled down and waited, figuring that sooner or later someone in the family was bound to step out of line enough for the curse to stick.
- This is interestingly the quality about women that Ambrosio lusts after in The Monk. When it turns out that purity can indeed be corrupted, he turns petulant and spiteful. And violent.
- Cassie from Animorphs is presented this way: while all five of the other main characters experience significant Character Development over the course of the fifty-four book series, Cassie stays the same from start to finish. Her particular brand of morality, while not always black and white, is portrayed as always right, and though she criticize her teammates from start to finish and puts them at risk several times to justify her worldview, she is never faulted for it or called out on it. At one point she makes the call to sentence an enemy to a Fate Worse Than Death and it's Rachel who takes the blame, even though Rachel was just doing Cassie's dirty work.
- Seemingly played straight in Harry Potter with Dumbledore... until the final book: Dumbledore, the personification of everything that's Wise and Good, turns out to have been just as bad as Voldemort during his youth, as he was willing to enslave the Muggles with his friend Grindelwald. A fight on this matter with his brother resulted in the death of their sister, and was the defining event in his entire life, which led him to become the man we see in the books.
- Raamo from the Green-Sky Trilogy is a naive dreamer who hadn't any aspiration higher than to be a weaver, didn't understand the "why" behind all the ritual in his society, and thought his psychic gift was merely "average." He's shocked to discover he's been chosen to become one of the elite and secretive cabal of society leaders. A year's worth of indoctrination, rituals, and honors follow, but it only confuses him more. At the ceremony that "elevates" him to be permanently above and apart from other Kindar, he panics, telepathically shouts to everyone that he doesn't want to be "above" anyone and sends an "I love you" to his family. Neric, the closest thing this society has to Agent Mulder, hears Raamo's mental pleas and is delighted that Raamo hadn't succumbed as so many others had. The whole reason for choosing him in the first place? A Batman Gambit on the part of High Priestess D'ol Falla to find someone who could not only handle the truth, but could help her remedy the things she had done during her career that she had come to regret.
- In Gene Stratton Porter's Freckles, Angel. (Also Freckles himself, as Angel urges later.)
He lifted his eyes with a shadowy pain in them to hers, and found them of serene, unconscious purity. What she had said was straight from a kind, untainted, young heart. She meant every word of it.
- In Gene Stratton Porter's Michael O'Halloran, Mickey
I heard a little lad saying the things that are in the blood and bone of the men money can't buy and corruption can't break.
- Barbara Everette, the main hero of the Special Circumstances series, regularly faces and defeats temptations great and small even when fighting Evil that would destroy your average person, aided by the unbreakable faith in God that makes her such an effective force of Good.
- The main protagonist of The Mark of the Lion trilogy is Hadassah, a young Jewish-Christian slave girl in Ancient Rome. Her studiously pious ethical standards cause quite a few snags in her romance arc.
- Wanderer from The Host.
- Prim from The Hunger Games, which unfortunately leads to her being Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
- Liz Pennykettle from The Last Dragon Chronicles, right to the core.
- Guinevere. From what we know from the legend, this seems to stand. Pretty much confirmed as of her appearance in The Fire Ascending.
- Lizzie in Goblin Market. When her sister, Laura, succumbs to Food Chains, Lizzie wants to bring her some more goblin fruit to ease her suffering. The goblins refuse to sell any more fruit, but try to force Lizzie to eat it. By successfully resisting them, she manages to return home unharmed — with her face covered in pulp for her sister to eat. Since this permanently cures Laura, the poem can be interpreted as being about Lizzie's incorruptibility making up for Laura's corruptibility, Paradise Regained-style.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dawn had this when she was the Key.
- Tara is a better example. Even in Season 5 Dawn was stealing and playing hookey.
- Clark Kent, being Superman and all. The related acts are too numerous to list, but here are a few: First of all, there's the fact that he's the most powerful being on Earth, and yet he never tries to take over or dominate the world or other people in any way. His main worries are: A. how to best help people, and B. how to protect his secret for the sake of his loved ones. Darkseid realizes that Clark is the single greatest threat to his power on Earth, as Clark is so good that he inspires the rest of Earth's population, and can potentially get them to rise up and reject the darkness being emanated from Apokolips and Clark succeeds at this. A desperate and frustrated Darkseid bellows in the Grand Finale to Clark that "Eons have passed since I came face-to-face with a force that could possibly tip the balance to the light. You are the light! You cast out the darkness from Oliver Queen, and you will obliterate my darkness from the rest of the world if you are not stopped!"
- Jonathan and Martha Kent, naturally. They are the canonical reason why Clark himself becomes so incorruptible. Jonathan, as Clark's adoptive father, serves as a moral compass for Clark and serves as an example of what a man should be. He's not perfect, but he overcomes his very human flaws and serves as a guiding light in Clark's life. Martha is also a moral compass for Clark, and in "Beacon" Clark is in awe of her as she single-handedly rallies support for heroes all over the country. Lionel tried to tempt Martha to the dark side, but his attempts failed and Martha remained a hero. It really says something that while the rest of the world reveres Clark (or rather, The Blur) as their hero, Clark himself reveres his parents as his heroes.
- Lois Lane is naturally this trope as well. During Season 6, she is mingling at a political gathering, and rather than play nice with a corrupt tycoon (like she was asked to do for the sake of not making a scene), she bluntly calls him out for his unscrupulous dealings. In another episode, Lois gets the ultimate power: she absorbs Clark's abilities. But rather than be corrupted by it like Lana was in another episode, Lois is eager to be a hero. She's so fiercely loyal to her loved ones and doing the right thing that even Darkseid failed to corrupt her, much to his frustration. She also never resents Clark for hiding his powers from her, and when she finds out about them, she actively tries to help him in his missions and notes that she completely understands his reasons for keeping them a secret. Lois even helps him brainstorm ways to preserve his identity going forward.
- Kara Zor-El, aka the future Supergirl, is also this trope. When Darkseid attempts to mind-control her early in Season 10, she—like Lois Lane in the same episode—has a heart pure enough to resist it.
- Even the "evil" versions of Clark (usually due to Green Rocks of varying actual color) cause him, to, at worst, be a little more willing to entertain himself and slack off than normal, but still basically never at anyone else's expense. Sort of Poke the Poodle personified, as red-k Clark and brainwashed Kal-el are still noticeably better people than average.
- Kenneth the page in 30 Rock retains his sunny optimism despite being surrounded by unscrupulous business men and jaded industry types.
- Probably the best example is the season 4 finale, in which he is unjustly fired. He crashes a party and announces that he's finally going to tell everyone present how he really feels about them and the way they have treated him over the years...he loved every minute of it and will see them all in heaven. Combines Crowning Moment of Funny and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- In another episode, Jack, who is actively trying to corrupt Kenneth and test his virtue, traps him in an elevator with eight other people and informs him that since there is only enough oxygen for eight to survive long enough to be rescued, one person has to die (via the conveniently placed pistol in the phonebox). Kenneth immediately grabs the pistol and tries to blow his own brains out, and when it turns out to be unloaded (duh), tries to strangle himself with his belt. This causes Jack to flee from the elevator, completely unnerved and spluttering "What is wrong with you??"
- Fred Rogers might very well have been a real-life version of this trope. Let's face it, the man was just GOOD. Pure and simple. (But the man never did put his street shoes back on when he left for the day. Go ahead, check.)
- Fraser in Due South. He's a mountie, gosh darn it!
- The 1998 Merlin series repeatedly subverts this, as Vortigern, Uther, Lancelot, and Guinevere do not turn out to be the saintly people they were originally thought to be. Played straight with Arthur, however, and implied with Galahad.
- Alexis, Castle's daughter in Castle. In one episode, Castle gets paranoid about his teenage daughter having done something illegal, like drugs. Alexis assures him that she's not and hasn't been in any kind of trouble. The next morning, Alexis wakes him up, tearful and guilt-ridden about having lied to him in their earlier heart-to-heart, and painfully forces herself to confess the truth... she once jumped a subway turnstile without paying when she had a desperate need to catch the train. (The next day she swiped her card twice and didn't ride to make up for it.) He punishes her... with mandatory ice cream for breakfast. She has to punish herself with being grounded for a week.
- Captain Sheridan in Babylon 5, so much so that in the show's universe he becomes a mythical figure himself, after Earth is bombed back to the middle ages.
- Edith Bunker in All in the Family is sweet and nice to everyone and completely honest, providing a contrast to her bigoted, Jerk Ass husband, Archie, whom she tolerates with endless patience. In the episode "Archie and Edith Alone", Archie even calls out her for it: "Good thing, that's you all over! Always doing good! Edith the Good! You never get mad at nobody, you never holler at nobody, you never swear, no, nothing! You're like a saint, Edith! You think it's fun living with a saint? It ain't!" He challenges her to "do something rotten"; she tries to insult him, then crash a bowl of flowers, but she can't do either.
- Rick from The Walking Dead refuses to betray his ideals or leave a man - even a jerk like Merle - behind.
- Subverted beginning mid-way through season 2, where Rick is a lot more willing to get his hands dirty and thrown out the window by the season's end, where Rick is effectively done being the nice guy.
- Martha M. Masters from House.
- Ximena Fernandez, the teacher from Carrusel. She never does anything objectionable and is always kind and follows her good morals. Also, Daniel Zapata and Carmen Carrillo never seem to get into trouble, are kind to everyone, and do well in school.
- My Wife and Kids has Tony, Claire's boyfriend, as this.
- Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger has Hakuya Ryouga, whose character is defined by his inability to hate anyone, no matter what. A monster-of-the-week weapon that showed Yukito visions of his emotionally abusive father didn't affect Ryouga at all. His opposite number is Abarekiller, who terrorizes people because he thinks it's more exciting than being a good guy...but this just means Ryouga can prove his All-Loving Hero cred beyond doubt.
- Felix from the The Odd Couple. He's one of the most innocent characters on the show, quite possibly the most innocent. He's shown to always want to do the right thing, and often serves as a moral compass to the others. Even when Oscar tries to get him to lie to help someone, he's extremely hesitant. He ends up doing it, but he feels so guilty about it that he cries, and later finds himself unable to stand the guilt, so he goes and tells the truth. There are several other instances where he outright refuses to do morally questionable things.
- Samson En Gert: All other cast members will lie, cheat and fight with each other, but Samson always remains the voice of reason and feels himself to be above all this quarreling and dishonestness.
- Willow Jenks from House of Anubis is so pure that, no matter what they tried, Miss Denby and Robert Frobisher-Smythe couldn't get her to sin and turn into a Sinner.
- The song "Next To Me" by Emeli Sandeseems to characterize a man who fits this trope. The lyrics list all the virtues he possesses, all the vices he doesn't, and speaks of his undying loyalty and devotion. In fact, many Christian listeners have picked up on this and interpreted this song to be about God himself.
- For many of her music video clips, Taylor Swift would often wear a white dress signifying this trope. But times change.
- Rey Mysterio Jr. Has been a babyface for his entire WWE career (nearly 10 years by this point) and hardly ever cheats in matches (and when he does, it's couched as justified). Kids love him.
- John Cena is commonly portrayed as this, and for the most part he really is. However, he's still a thug at heart, and will occasionally Pay Evil unto Evil if you get him angry enough.
- His feud with Kane hinged on the big monster attempting to get Cena to "embrace the hate", in order to corrupt him, as it were.
- Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres. The only two major Divas in modern WWE history to have never, ever been heels.
- Eve recently averted this by turning heel in 2011 and becoming Teddy Long's personal assistant. Many fans consider this character change a Growing The Beard for Eve, who was known more for her booty-popping than anything else.
- WWE was planning on turning Kelly heel in 2011. It would have had Kelly being revealed as the one behind bringing Kharma coming to WWE (which is why Kelly was never attacked by her) and would have led to Kelly having a long reign as Divas Champion with Kharma as her muscle. When Kharma got pregnant in real life, it was scrapped and Kelly remained a face.
- Sting. (He has been a heel a few times, but many fans either don't remember or don't care.)
- Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat spent his entire career as a babyface, from his debut in the mid 1970s all the way through his retirement in 1994. Even in his recent appearances on WWE TV, he has never been the heel.
- In Riders Radio Theater, Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth) has the whitest metaphorical hat of any white hat cowboy you could ever meet.
- Jesus (represented in the main image on the page) always had this characterization for years. Of course as God in Human Form he would be free from sin, but some Christian theologians believe that he also resisted temptations without drawing on any reserves of divine power, in order to model what godly behavior could be for us mere humans.
- The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception states that Mary was free from Original Sin from the moment of her conception, so that she would be fit to be the Mother of Jesus. Mary embodies this trope especially in Catholicism and (to a lesser extent) in other churches.
- Out of many examples in Mormon literature, Alma the Younger stands out. He began as an outspoken enemy of Christianity, but after a miraculous conversion that parallels that of St. Paul, he becomes Christianity's greatest advocate. He eventually becomes so righteous that he is transformed into an angel and never dies.
- In Buddhism, beings that have achieved nirvana are said to be free from desires.
- In the 1st through 3rd Editions of Dungeons & Dragons, members of the Paladin class were required to maintain their Incorruptible Pure Pureness or lose their class abilities. Unfortunately, many problems arose when people played them as merciless, smite-happy, Lawful Stupid Knight Templars and GMs didn't call them on it, or when GMs interpreted even the slightest bit of grey morality as an excuse to strip the paladin of their powers and players didn't call them on it. 4th Edition abolished this restriction, but they are expected to stay in line with the ideals of their patron god (so if your patron god expects you to be a bastion of Incorruptible Pure Pureness, then think twice about putting the orc kids to death. If your patron god is a slaughter-happy maniac, then think twice about petting those puppies unless you intend to snap their necks while doing so)
- 3.5 has a series of feats for monks that grant absurd bonuses if they follow incredibly strict disciplines. The feat Vow of Poverty is the most extreme one, which grants the character a few bonuses in exchange for them never owning any material possessions save for the very basic essentials. The result is a character who will never break his chosen vow no matter what.
- That's not a monk-only feat. Vow of Poverty, along with Vow of Peace (a feat requiring you to never deal lethal injury to a living thing, in exchange for tremendous numerical bonuses) appear in the Book of Exalted Deeds, and anybody can take them. Enforcing 'fluff' rules (like non-mechanical penalties for starvation) is the only thing that limits them (other than the whole "can't lethally injure something or own shinies" things).
- Anybody who remains Exalted, (i.e. To Good characters what regular Good characters are to Neutral ones) on top of the additional restrictions for the Vow itself, yes.
- The end of 3.5 gave us Heroes of Horror and the near-definitive ruleset for the taint of evil, which treated evil that was vile enough as a physical thing that could corrupt the bodies and minds of characters. Characters with the Pure Soul feat were incorruptible, and immune to taint.
- Ravenloft has a class of characters called "Innocents" who share this trait. They get a certain amount of protection from the horrors of the Demiplane of Dread, but they lose it if they do evil or even get exposed to it in certain circumstances. The goal of the PCs is usually to keep that from happening. There's also a "True Innocent" Prestige Class that jacks this up to eleven. Paladins are brought back closer to this trope as well in said campaign setting: Paladins are such beacons of goodness that they slightly dissolve the fabric of Ravenloft itself enough to make the various Darklords able to sense their general location...
- Deconstructed by the Unconquered Sun in Exalted. He's pure in four different ways that don't interact well, and deals with the stress by hanging out playing the Games of Divinity for, oh...about the last two thousand years.
- While Warhammer tends to subvert these kinds of characters whenever they can, the High Elf Everqueen seems relatively immune. Helps being Friend to All Living Things, and she's so pure her very presence dissolves daemons and dark magics. The powers of the Everqueen come directly from the elven Mother Goddess Isha, so in a very real sense the Everqueen is the living avatar of a fragment of a divinity.
- Outside of Warhammer 40,000 literature mentioned above, there were the Sensei, descendants of the Emperor who can't even have negative feelings like hate and envy, and the Star Child, the incorruptible innocence of the Emperor that he had to discard in order to kill his favourite son after purging him of all the evils that led to the fighting.
- The Grey Knights Chapter subjects its recruits to the equivalent of 666 Mind Rapes as part of their training, then erases their personalities at the end of it, on top of the nightmarish training regimes of a Space Marine, ensuring their complete incorruptibility. For the whole millenia-long history of their chapter not a single Grey Knight has ever fallen to Chaos, despite this being a setting where reading the wrong book or talking to the wrong person leaves one open to Chaos taint. Supposedly their purity and piety is so extreme that demons find it physically painful to even get near them (apart from the physical pain caused by the boltguns and flamethrowers, that is).
- The 5th edition codex adds another layer of pureness, the Purifiers, who are considered even more incorruptible than their fellow brethren. And then there's their champion, Castellan Crowe, who's so pure that he carries around a daemon sword with no ill effect.
- The Sisters of Battle have had only a single Sister fall after many thousands of years of constantly battling Chaos.
- Darnath Lysander, Captain of the Imperial Fists 1st Company, was lost in the Warp for a millennium. When he finally got spat out again, he was captured by the Chapter's arch-enemies and tortured. He broke out of his prison, unarmed, and returned to his Chapter. The Chaplains and Apothecaries tested him for six months for any sign of taint. He passed, and was given command of his old company. He then proceeded to hand the asses of his captors to them on a silver platter.
- The thirteenth company of the Space Wolves have been fighting in the Eye of Terror, uncorrupted, for approximately ten thousand years.
- Tau as well. Epileptic Trees about Commander Farsight aside, their unshakeable belief in the "Greater Good", their resistant neurology and limited contact with Chaos in the short time they've been a spacefaring species mean they cannot be corrupted by it's effects. This is used to underscore their naïveté in the setting, as such in one short story where they believed they had slain "Slaanesh", when they had really just mistaken the patron Chaos god of some cultists for the name of their leader. Were it not for their anti-Chaos physiology and Greater Good philosophy protecting them, the Tau would be Too Dumb to Live.
- The Knight character in the board game Talisman represents this trope by starting the game with the Good alignment, and this cannot be changed throughout the game by any spell or effect that would normally change the alignment of a character. In practice, this means that the Knight can never use objects or followers that Good-aligned characters are prohibited from, they always take damage when encountering the Graveyard board space, and they are not affected by any board space, creature, stranger, event, or place card that specifically benefits or hinders characters of neutral or evil alignment.
- Sarah Brown from Guys and Dolls is an example of this, and this trope is parodied by her mission band's inability to "save" any souls until Sky makes the other gamblers come to the testimonial.
- The protagonist Violaine in the play L'Annonce faite à Marie (The Tidings Brought to Mary) by Paul Claudel. Violaine is moved by pity to kiss a leper, and gives him her engagement ring to help finance the church. This does not sit well with her fiancé Jacques — especially now that she has contracted leprosy herself. Jacques marries Violaine's sister instead, but when their child dies, the saintly Violaine, blind and forsaken in the lepers' colony, brings the kid back to life.
- Desdemona in William Shakespeare's Othello is the embodiment of rational virtue. As such, she is as incorruptible as it gets.
- Terra Branford, of Final Fantasy VI. While she was mentally enslaved by the Empire and forced to do horrible things while being controlled, when she is freed she later becomes a pure-hearted protector. She ends up caring for a group of orphans in Mobliz whose parents were murdered by Kefka after the Apocalypse. Once she finds out who she is, she becomes a protector, who fights not to kill, but to protect and to ensure hope. Completely driven by love, she never has hatred in her heart.
- Co-star Celes Chere is described as having a spirit as pure as snow, but she plays more of The Atoner as she has done past evil actions under free will due to being a general for the Empire. It can be said that she does fall under this trope later in the game, as the Empire tries to bring her back to their side on the Floating Island, but she refuses.
- Aerith of Final Fantasy VII is probably the only person alive in the world who could get The Planet to condone a Holy, besides the fact that she's the only person alive with the means and knowledge of how to do so. Nevertheless it seems that this might have been common among the Cetra when there were a lot of them.
- Link in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. His true form / inner animal is a pink bunny, in a world where humans are usually distorted as monsters or crippled abominations.
- The Links in general are described as having pure hearts. Combined with the Triforce of Courage, it's why only he/they can wield the Master Sword.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess he is forcibly transformed into a wolf. Even in this bestial form, various characters note that it hasn't diminished his nobility one bit.
- Interestingly enough, those characters who DON'T freak out when they see Wolf Link are usually innocent characters themselves (Agitha the wide-eyed bug collector and the innocent simpleton lantern salesman at Faron, among others)
- Princess Zelda herself also qualifies; in the linked games of The Legend of Zelda Oracle games, she is specifically sought by the villain to be a human sacrifice for this precise reason.
- The whole point of Ultima IV is for the main protagonist to become this.
- Kingdom Hearts has quite a few examples, due to being about the nature of the heart:
- The Princesses of the Heart (Alice, Jasmine, Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Kairi) are, by definition, seven maidens of Incorruptible Pure Pureness. There is no darkness in their hearts whatsoever, which gives them strange powers and makes them a Cosmic Keystone when assembled.
- In Birth by Sleep, several characters observe that Ventus's heart is similar to theirs - because his corruptible impureness was removed and molded into Vanitas a few years earlier.
- By 3D, Riku has gone from being The Corruptible to a strange example of this. He may not have a heart of pure light, but he is in complete control of his darkness. Not even Master Xehanort can turn him into a vessel, he can dive into the very deepest and darkest abyss without anything happening to him, and he can freely use its power now without any detrimental effects to him.
- Sora and Mickey are the "regular" version of this - though their hearts may not be pure light, they have pure and incorruptible spirits. Same goes for Aqua, being the only keybearer of the BBS Power Trio to achieve the rank of Keyblade Master. Her purity isn't quite as much a part of her character as it is with Ventus or Sora, but it was still sufficient to allow her to survive for more than a decade in the Realm of Darkness without her armor or her normal keyblade.
- In addition Vanitas considered her a possible "backup" for Ventus, should the latter not become strong enough to join with him. Which means that her heart is, or can become, pure enough to be considered "pure light"
- Adell from Disgaea 2, at least by the standards of the Disgaea universe.
- Artina from Disgaea 4 was a nurse who risked her life to save enemy soldiers during a war, unwilling to let anyone suffer if she could help it. She's noted as being so selfless she starved herself in order to buy medicine for those who couldn't afford it. Upon encountering the vampire Valvatorez, she offered him her blood willingly rather than see him feed on someone else. When she was eventually accused of being an enemy spy and executed, she was reborn as an angel in Celestia (implied to be an extremely rare occurrence in this Crapsack World).
In a weird way, Valvatorez himself becomes this thanks to her. He was a bloody tyrant, and so offended when Artina expressed no fear that he swore he would drink no blood until he showed her true terror. His failure to take this promise seriously led to her death (he was supposed to protect her, because he needed her alive to scare her). Remorseful, he keeps his promise and abstains from blood for 400 years. In the process he lost all his power, and is now a lowly Prinny instructor. He is now completely determined to keep any promises he makes at all costs. He also cares for the Prinnies (who are the butt monkeys of the universe), and enacts a Netherworld-wide campaign of reform to protect them.
- Flonne may be a ditzy otaku, but she was personally selected by the Seraph to "assassinate" the Overlord because he knew she would be the one angel who utterly refused to believe that demons are incapable of love, befriend her target to prove it, and by doing so forge peace in the endless conflict between Celestia and the Netherworld.
- Somewhat more weirdly, Raspberyl might be this, at least according to her DLC. She's a demon "delinquent", so she always attends class, obeys a self-inflicted curfew, and does volunteer work. This is delinquency because Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad in the Netherworld, and it's initially implied that this is merely a way to show how badass she and her friends are. But Raspberyl Mode reveals that it's more than that; she and Mao have been rivals since childhood, and it's this rivalry that keeps him motivated. When he drops into a funk after the events of the game, she strives to be even more delinquent by charging into Celestia and demanding to know how she can have the "heart of an angel". When Flonne gets her to admit that the reason she works so hard to be good is because she cares about Mao that much, she reveals that Raspberyl already has the heart of an angel.
- Nanako Dojima of Persona 4, perhaps by virtue of being 7 years old, loves everyone unconditionally and sincerely.
- Imoen does take a turn for the morbid at times, but her genuine cheer and goodness was, apparently, enough to keep the piece of the God of Murder inside her at bay.
- Princess Peach, especially in the RPG games. In the first Paper Mario game, her love for her kingdom is enough to counter Bowser's defensive spell, and in the second one her purity is what makes her the chosen vessel for the Shadow Queen.
- The eight potential player characters in Darkstone are known as the Pure of Heart, a group of special fighters whose souls cannot be tainted by evil.
- The MOTHER series gives us a lot of examples. MOTHER 1 has Ana and Queen Mary, EarthBound has Paula, and MOTHER 3 has Hinawa.
- Marth and his love interest Caeda were portrayed like this in Fire Emblem Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light, and especially Mystery of the Emblem. He was fair to everybody and was always innocent minded despite the evil things that happened to and around them. Reduced just slightly in Shadow Dragon but brought back in the remake of Mystery of the Emblem.
- Paz from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a subversion, since she's really a nihilistic mole for The Patriots and was just using the Incorruptible Pure Pureness personality as a cover.
- Colette Brunel from Tales of Symphonia combines this with Love Freak and The Ditz.
- Byakuren Hijiri is probably a Deconstruction of this trope. Sure, she's like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. combined, but even ZUN questions whether her equality paradigm makes a lick of sense in Gensoukyou, where humans are at the mercy of the youkai that outnumber and outpower them.
- Definitely Deconstructed with Hinanawi Tenshi. She's a celestial, and a celestial is supposed to be this trope; it's even a requirement to be a celestial to begin with. But she sure doesn't live up to it...
- Kasen Ibara strives to be this trope, with mixed results. One hand missing notwithstanding...
- Hermits must follow the training of Shuugyou (abandoning worldly desires to pursue enlightenment) in order to preserve their existence. It is far more difficult than being a celestial, as they must be diligent in their training lest an assassin from Hell comes every century to kill them as their powers weaken when they stray or they will even turn to ash. The Touhou universe is more lenient with them.
- Hatou Yumei in the Girls Love Visual Novel Akai Ito. Listing the many, many reasons why she's this trope will take too long.
- A species of Incorruptible Pure Pureness: the Pokémon Absol. They watch humanity from their mountain dwellings only to warn us disasters both natural and man made. And what do we do to repay them? The human villagers falsely and mistakenly accuse them of causing these disasters then persecute and abuse them. Yet they still warn us in hope that one day we'll finally pay attention and heed their warnings. If that's not Incorruptible Pure Pureness I don't know what is.
- In Fate/stay night, Gilgamesh is this. Gilgamesh reveals he managed to stop '''all the evils of the world''' corrupting him when he was hit by the Holy Grail's curse via his willpower and purity. Fate!Shirou manages to be this, surviving the same curse by will alone once, then using Avalon to block it when it hit him a second time.
- Shirou only barely survived being hit with a few people´s worth of curse and had to live through the second barrage with Avalon , whereas Gilgamesh was submerged in 6 billion people´s worth as he had ALL of the grail´s contents poured upon him and not just the thin strands of mud that Kirei use against him.
- Amberle in the Elder Wars of Lusternia. Sadly, she didn't realize she was in a Cosmic Horror Story - while attempting to reach out to a Soulless God, she was murdered and devoured whole, providing Elder War protagonist Meridian with a dead little sister.
- Jun Kazama from the Tekken series. It may be such an incredible level of purity that even becoming Unknown hasn't eliminated it.
- Even if she was manipulated by Iris and later ends up being Right for the Wrong Reasons and gets her own Heroic BSOD upon being attacked and badly wounded by Iris, Tia of RosenkreuzStilette is shown to be this, seeing how she not only refuses to take part in RKS's rebellion but also condemns it, and is willing to protect the people of RKS as much as she's willing to protect the people from RKS, that without letting anybody be sacrificed. She seems not to have a slight inch of hatred in her heart, despite refusing to forgive Iris for using everybody to attack one another for her own amusement. It's later revealed that Tia was reincarnated from another form of Incorruptible Pure Pureness in the form of Rosenkreuz, born with his greatest ability of all; the ability to tap into the strength of others'. It's no wonder Iris recognizes her as his other incarnation besides herself, the "Blade of Rosenkreuz".
- While he does tend to be quite an Idiot Hero of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, Kirby is revealed to be this in Kirby Mass Attack. Reason? He has the Heroic Heart, which resembles a star, that got separated from his main body when Kirby was split into ten and almost wiped out of existence by Necrodeus. Even after he was split, his heroic heart remains, and offers for itself and the ten Kirbys to fight Necrodeus together.
- Pit and Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising have shown themselves to be this. The best example is the Mirror of Truth, which is supposed to reflect the dark side of someone who looks into it. Pandora tricked Pit into breaking it and creating Dark Pit, but Dark Pit ends up being neutral at worse. However the game implies that Dark Pit is just as pure or more pure hearted than Pit as shown in the Chaos Kin arc. Viridi says that the Chaos Kin only feeds on the purest of souls and the Chaos Kin idol states that Dark Pit was needed to be revived. Hades also says that Pittoo's soul is different from the rest of the souls he could eat. In other words, Pit's darkness is also pure which says something about his character.
- In The Binding of Isaac, tears will turn bloody after damage goes over a certain value. With Sacred Heart, tears will stay white and holy no matter how, as long as Isaac shoots tears. It will also negate the aesthetic effect of many powerups.
- Daisy of Bittersweet Candy Bowl is perceived this way, especially by Paulo, but she isn't quite as incorruptible as it might seem, though she is very chipper and generally chipper and happy. Though in her dreams...
- Tony the Tiger in Breakfast of the Gods. Sadly, Trix Rabbit is not an example.
- The entire citizenry of the eponymous City of Reality is like this, as part of a deliberate Deconstruction of a Mary Sue Topia.
- After his Magic World adventure, the citizens of Reality have declared Todo this, calling him "The Soul of Reality."
- Piffany the cleric in Nodwick is so full of incorruptibly pure pureness that she had only one utterly trivial entry in the universal Book of Misdeeds.
- She's so pure, in fact, that she's been known to motivate those with terminally tarnished souls just by the threat of making her cry.
- She's so pure she can make Artax and Yeager do good.
- From her official bio: Piffany is the epitome of goodness, sweetness, and light. Her birth was said to be heralded by rainbows, songbirds singing in three-part harmony, and her entire village having a "nice day." She was given to her clerical order by her parents, who reportedly were sleep-deprived due to Piffany's 300-watt halo of purity keeping them (and most surrounding farm animals) awake at night.
- Suffice it to say, Piffany is such a pure example of this trope, there's justification to rename it "The Piffany".
- Piffany was upstaged by a paladin, whom she referred to as too pure when he was killed in a fight with an anti-paladin; essentially, the anti-paladin was anti-matter to him, and they both blew up
- Despite never having been referred to as being Incorruptibly Pure, Elan from The Order of the Stick is pretty clearly this, especially recently. He's too naive/innocent/adorably ditzy to even dream of committing evil acts.
- To the point where he's a little morally torn by the fact that he had to steal new clothes after escaping from prison. Haley (the rogue)'s reaction to this is... enthusiastic.
- O-Chul is another good example. Even after being imprisoned and tortured for months, he sticks to the Paladin code and is ultimately rescued with his honor intact.
- Jesus, Buddha, and Criminy in Sinfest. While Jesus and Buddha are self-explanatory, Criminy is a young, nerdy bookworm. Fuchsia, a servant of the Devil, has fallen in love with him and shifted from Chaotic Evil to nearly Neutral Good as a result.
- Claire of Sister Claire has but one vice in all the world; she loves cats, and can't help stopping to play with them should she meet any outside the walls of the convent (which is actually more serious than you might think, since the nun who is her mentor and mother-figure is flagrantly allergic to cats and a little bit of fur on Claire's clothes will cause her to swell up like something funny that swells up really big). She's vaguely aware of the existence of evil but has difficulty conceiving of it in others (with the possible exception of Sister Marguerite, with whom an antagonistic relationship would be an improvement for poor Claire). Her chipper innocence almost gets her in serious trouble when Gabrielle takes her to a supernatural nightclub.
- Kiki from Sluggy Freelance has never intentionally caused anyone any harm and seems to love everyone. Unfortunately, she's also a colossal idiot and Genki Girl, so the amount of harm she causes unintentionally can be quite staggering.
- Her counterpart Good Bun-Bun from the Dimension of Lame has a similar purity, although he's smarter than she is. Actually, all of the people in that dimension are completely non-violent, kindhearted and incorruptible, which turns out not to be a good thing. When he's about to leave that world, Torg said to Good Bun-Bun, "You're the only one who's been straight with me in this entire world."
- Somewhat subverted or parodied with Joyce from the Walkyverse. She was so innocent that she was the only one immune to the Aliens' torture of choice: being forced to watch The Sound of Music. So they showed her pornography instead. Despite being a college student, she had no idea of how human sexuality worked, and this messed her up so badly that she used an alien memory erasure device to delete all her memories, and it takes her years to get them back. Although she has since matured to the point where "pre-marital hanky-panky" no longer bothers her (and she frequently engages in such with her fiance Walky), she is still the nicest, sweetest, most innocent person you are likely to ever meet.
- In Freefall, Florence.
- Kayla from Zoophobia. Compassionate and kind to a fault, she goes out of her way to make others feel accepted.
- Madeline Goodlaw, the paladin from Rusty and Co. is so pure that a spell designed to give the evil inside her physical form results in an "Anti-Madeline" that is two inches tall.
- Faen'arae Val'Sullisin'rune from Drowtales probably qualifies. This poor girl has been to hell in a hand basket and she is still the nicest character in that entire series. Adding to her problems is that when she actually has to fight to defend herself and her allies, because of her lack of control over her Empathy she tends to end up hurting her friends as much as her enemies.
- Tower of God: Koon Maria Zahard. That's what her brother Agero thinks, at least.
- Mickey Mouse: Walt Disney famously described Mickey as "a character so good and nice that you can't help liking him."
- Dora the Explorer: Dora is so kind and nice to everyone that she even forgives villains for stealing.
- Miss Go from Kim Possible. Justified Trope because she is the exact opposite of Shego via a Mirror Morality Machine.
- Optimus Prime. There's a reason no other leader of the Autobots has gone uncontested.
- Moral Orel, as stated in the above quote. Orel lives in a Crapsack World of Stepford Smilers but continues to be a genuinely nice, moral, faithful, and kind person... and it pisses his father off to no end. Even after he's become disillusioned after trying so hard and failing to find any reason to honor his selfish, abusive, philandering asshole of a father, and the series ends with a grown-up Orel with his wife and children, there's a picture of said asshole father still on the wall, implying that Orel's come to graceful terms with it, and keeps him in his life.
- Even when demonstrated to not be fully immune to corruption, leading to acts like storing his masturbation leavings in a pastry bag and using this to artificially inseminate women, it is never his fault, but always due to some adult giving him terrible advice.
- Most poignantly, Orel's grandfather views this trope as a Hope Spot for Orel, that he's too pure to be corrupted by the screwed up teachings in Moralton, particularly since Clay forced Orel to be estranged from him.
- Butters Stotch stands out, especially in a Crapsack World full of jerks and sociopaths such as South Park. The show keeps on using him as The Chew Toy, but he remains relatively well-adjusted despite almost hitting the breaking point a couple of times. Even when he tries to be evil, he fails miserably.
- Samurai Jack, to the point where he could resist being stabbed through the chest by his own weapon because of his purity.
- There was an instance of Aku manifesting Jack's evils (anger and battle-lust - the sin of Wrath - which culminates in a frustrated Jack attacking his shoe) as Dark Jack. The episode turns into a Double Subversion when Jack defeats the Dark clone by simply calming down and purging himself of those thoughts. Not completely incorruptible, but very close.
- Aang of Avatar: The Last Airbender aims for this. He has faltered (especially when Appa and Katara were endangered), but in the end he achieves this.
- Maggie Simpson from The Simpsons. Even in an episode it is implied that she's pure goodness.
- Ned Flanders, in the early seasons at least. In the later and current seasons after Maude's death: Not so much.
- Lisa Simpson for the most part. She has utterly refused to watch cable with the rest of the family, work together with Mr. Burns' plan to fish the oceans clean of all animals and remained the voice of reason in crisis situations. Though sometimes tempted into giving in, she mostly remains an example of hope for humanity. Matt Groening even admitted this symbolism during an interview, saying that she might be the only character who will eventually be able to escape Springfield.
- Ralph Wiggum also falls in this category, though mostly because he is so naïve.
- The Zeta Project gives us Zeta, who in essence becomes this after his moral epiphany during the pilot. Though he did immoral things before hand, once he obtains sentience he becomes a soft spoken, loving, gentle, compassionate person who is innocent to the ways of the world. He seems to have a self imposed moral code of never killing anyone and doing his best not to hurt anybody, and his sincerest wish is to live his life peacefully.
- Princess Tenko from Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic is "always pure of heart and soul" and a good example of a Purity Sue.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes. The entire show is about a guy who is The Pollyanna while being trapped in Hell.
- The Duke of Nuts from Adventure Time. Despite a crippling pudding deficiency that causes him to occasionally steal pudding from Princess Bubblegum (and earn her undying hatred), the Duke is shown to be a genuinely good soul, going so far as trying to turn himself in for a crime he didn't commit just so Finn and Jake wouldn't get in trouble. His first time offering this was while helping a family of ducks across a pond with his own cloak.
- Finn himself. He is implied to be this on multiple occasions. Particularly the episode Goliad. When Princess Bubblegum's golem that she created turns evil, what does she do to stop it? Make a new one with Finn's DNA instead of her own. The original tries to invoke We Can Rule Together, but because of the Incorruptible Pure Pureness, it refuses and sacrifices itself to stop the other. Although with Finn, it's subverted on at least one occasion, when he had to put on Marceline's dad's amulet, which is made of pure Always Chaotic Evil and may very well be Satan. Although he did manage to hold out long enough for his friends to escape.
- The Flash in Justice League. Word of God said that they had to kill him off in the Justice Lord timeline because they couldn't think of anything that would make him willingly Face-Heel Turn. In-universe, Wally's absence is what lets the normally incorruptible League fall off the path.
- As noted in the Comic Book section, Captain Marvel in this series as well.
- In the season 2 premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Discord goes out to corrupt the mane six. He easily brainwashes four of them into becoming the opposite of their respective Elements of Harmony (for example, Applejack, the Element of Honesty, becomes a compulsive liar). Fluttershy, however, is so pure and nice that he has to brainwash her with brute force. Though she is "corrupted" into a Jerkass in "Putting Your Hoof Down," proving that even Fluttershy has her limits.. This also extends to her being able to befriend Discord and allow the latter to perform a Heel-Face Turn
- In an episode of Spliced, Smarty Smarts attempts to take advantage of Peri's destructive nature by creating a movie which when watching, would turn anyone evil, and shows it to Peri. He is even shown washing Peri's brain. It had absolutely no effect.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Simply injecting himself with DNA from one of SpongeBob's tears was enough to make Plankton pull a Heel-Face Turn, and his heart is so pure that he's immune to jerktonium (a chemical which turns people into jerks.) Of course, this is Depending on the Writer. In some episodes he Took a Level in Jerkass, or goes insane. And it hasn't stopped him from inadvertently causing a lot of trouble.
- Of all the characters of Daria (including the titular character, who is not quite a saint), Tom Sloane is the most prevalent in this trope, and certainly he avoids Jerk Ass tendencies. In fact, he strives to get along with anyone, even if they are hostile to him.
- Celebrity Deathmatch shows Tom Hanks in this light. In an effort to make himself evil enough to win his fight with Sean Penn, he trapped himself in an iron cage where he would be constantly proked with a cattle prod for 6 months before the match. It has absolutely no effect.
- Galahad in Arthur, King of Time and Space:
Morgan: According to my scrying you exist in a permanent state of Christian grace. It is impossible for you to do wrong, be wrong, lie, or be deceived by a lie.