Respect the forest and the forest shall respect you.
Ahhh, the great outdoors!
A hero who lives largely in isolation from human civilization in the wild. They have an uncanny affinity
with the local wildlife and can communicate with them easily and have them listen to their requests. This kind of hero spends time helping visitors survive the region and protecting the region and its wildlife from those who would exploit or destroy it. Quite likely to have been Raised by Wolves
. Tends to have No Social Skills
or become a Socially-Awkward Hero
if they leave the wilds. Could be either male or female.
Sometimes this hero isn't quite as friendly as some others, and openly admits that most people get on his nerves
Often has Wild Hair
, and either dresses in furs or Garden Garments
Subtrope of Nature Lover
. See also Jungle Princess
, Mountain Man
, Wild Child
with Science Hero
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Anime and Manga
- San (pictured above) from Princess Mononoke.
- Ikuto (Keenan in the English dub) of Digimon Savers (Data Squad). As an infant, he was accidentally sucked into the Digital World as a result of being too close to his parents' experimental Digital Gate. He was raised by Digimon (most notably Frigimon) to the point of thinking he was one. He sports a 'tribal' sort of look, carries a boomerang, and uses Hulk Speak, despite the fact that most digimon talk normally.
- Dragon Ball's Goku plays this to a T.
- A milder verison if Woli from Hajime No Ippo.
- The title character from Kimba the White Lion.
- In the Asgard filler of the Saint Seiya anime, Albrerich was a Nature Villain.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Elemental Hero Wildheart.
- ALL of the Elemental Heroes that Judai uses in the manga version are commonly referred to as the "Nature Elemental Heroes", although not all of them fit the traditional mold.
- Kurokami : Kakuma and his twin sister, Makana, are two of the last surviving members of the Hima Clan of Tera Guardians. Though it's just the two of them, they remain committed to protecting their Clan's Tera Stone and the surrounding forest.
- In ElfQuest, Teir in relation to the Wolfriders when they first meet him, in general the Wolfriders in relation to everyone else, particularly humans. Reversed in a one-issue story with Little Patch, a human boy raised by elves in what humans consider to be the wild.
- Jann of the Jungle
- Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
- Sub-Mariner and, in some instances, Aquaman
- Savage Land residents Ka-Zar and his wife Shanna the She-Devil.
- Swamp Thing
- Wolverine subverts the trope in that his childhood was as a rich boy, but he then became an orphan wandering with his sort-of girlfriend, before retreating fully into the wilderness after she was killed. He's never lost his bestial side since.
- Eeexcept for that one time when a psychic assault reverted his mentality back to that of the little pampered rich boy. He quickly went back to normal after drinking some beer, thank God.
- Xenozoic Tales: Jack Tenrec is partly this, with shades of Science Hero (despite his general insistence that science is bad).
Film - Animated
- Quest for Camelot has one of these in the person of Garrett, a blind hermit, complete with a song all about how he's no good with people.
- Torzonborz in the sequel of Cat City.
Films — Live-Action
- The Beastmaster lives not just in harmony with animals, he can control them too.
- Maleficent was once a kind fairy, who lived in the Enchanted Moors, living among the Fair Folk in trees. When her home is threatened by man, she summons warriors made from the forest itself, even a great dragon made of plants. When Maleficent falls to darkness, the woods forms her a throne made from roots and vines. After she turns good again, she gives her crown to Princess Aurora.
- Tom Cruise as Jack o' the Green in Legend. Ironically, he seemed to have no idea his forest was full of fairies until after his misguided attempt at romancing a princess backfired catastrophically...
- Crocodile Dundee
- In the film Instinct, Ethan Powell became one of these after he observed a gorilla family for a long time in the wild, leaving behind an estranged daughter.
- Radagast from the 2012 adaptation of The Hobbit.
- Wolverine is the Anti-Hero kind in The Wolverine. Specifically, he beat the shit out of the hunter who killed his bear friend/companion.
- Daine from The Immortals series starts out this way. With her Animal Talk, she's able to solve a lot of problems with four-legged (or winged) helpers, and she's much more comfortable with animals than she is with people. She's frequently described as being having animal hair, feathers, and occasionally bird crap on her clothes.
- The Beast Master
- Tolkien's Legendarium
- Fitzchivalry Farseer from "Realm of the Elderlings" fits this trope for much of his life, having bonded with a wolf and living off the land, far away from other humans.
- Firekeeper in Jane Lindskold's Firekeeper Saga. Raised by oversize, sentient wolves.
- Jasmine from the Deltora series. Is constantly described with Wild Hair. Talks to birds. Raised by trees. (She can talk to them, too.) Eventually learns to live with humans, but doesn't have much patience for most of them even after falling hard for one....
- Mullet Fingers, from Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. He doesn't have egregious amounts of hair growing from his knuckles or anything. He got his nickname by having reflexes fast enough to catch a mullet with his bare hands. He lives in the woods by himself and protects the local wildlife from habitat loss in any way that he can.
- Hannah, the protagonist and MacGuffin Girl of Meredith Ann Pierce's Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood. She influences the seasons by her very presence, and grows useful plants in her hair.
- Bunduki and Dawn from the Bunduki novels by J.T. Edson.
- Sorcha in the aptly named Daughter of the Forest is a downplayed version of this. She loves nature and likes wandering the forest. But she isn't naturally reclusive except for a few years for a special reason, and her preferred lifestyle is as a Tomboy Princess who likes the forest but lives among humanity.
Live Action TV
- Sul from Kiss Wood becomes one with the help of Ahbon. Originally a Nature Lover, Sul is transported to an endless and hostile forest and he learns to adapt to survive. He already had the Wild Hair to begin with.
- The druid and ranger classes (and [most of] their derivatives and enhancements) from Dungeons & Dragons (and its derivatives). The Barbarian can also qualify, though he's more of The Berserker.
- In the new edition, the Ranger has deemphasized this, becoming a mix of archer and the Dual Wielding swordsman. On the other side, there's now an entire power source (Primal) for Nature Hero characters: Shaman, Barbarian, Druid and Warden. The PHB 3 added the Seeker class, whose skill at ranged weapons invokes the Ranger of earlier editions.
- Any green-aligned hero in Magic: The Gathering is likely to be this, as are the nicer green planeswalkers.
- City of Heroes features The Woodsman, who can control plants and summon animals to fight for him. His evil Praetorian version is Shadowhunter, who can turn his skin to stone and is super strong, while commanding large packs of werewolves.
- Gau from Final Fantasy VI.
- Elanee and the rest of the Druids of the Mere in Neverwinter Nights 2.
- Nakoruru and her sister Rimururu in Samurai Shodown. Subverted that although they are very much aware that they fight for the preservation of nature, they are much more intelligent and aware of the outside world.
- Sonic the Hedgehog started as this, although he embraced technology more and more as the series progressed. He is still a nomadic character who disdains Dr. Eggman's work, however.
- Rexxar from the Warcraft universe. Druids and Shamans can count as well.
- Morrigan of Dragon Age: Origins is either subverting this trope or playing it straight to a horrendous degree. She grew up in the swamplands, and found peace in living amongst the animals for short periods of time when not with her mother, and yet she lacks any sort of compassion for anything, will not hesitate to kill things that stand in her way, and strongly upholds her mother's Social Darwinist beliefs.
- The Naturalist in Twilight Heroes, although operating in primarily an urban environment, is capable of taming rather than defeating their foes, and uses skills inspired by animals (from such staples as wolves and sharks, to more obscure choices such as echidnas and starfish).
- Most ranger and druid characters from the Baldur's Gate series, including Jaheira, Minsc, Kivan, Valygar and Cernd. Faldorn was this in the first game, but underwent a Face-Heel Turn and became an extremist that ended up doing more damage to her local grove than she was saving it from.
- Ginger in The Path seems to greatly prefer playing in the forest to listening to her family or visiting her grandmother.
- In Avadon there's no collective Gaia, and none of the animals are very bright, so Shamans rule over nature rather than seeking unity with it. However, the Shaman party member does talk about the importance of protecting nature against the various forces that would corrupt it.
- In DC Universe Online the Nature power set turns the Player Character that uses it into a Nature Hero, at least in terms of powers. One of its skill sets allows the player to turn into different types of animals and the other grants control of plants.
- Suikoden II has Kinnison, who can be recruited in the forest outside Ryukei Village, and Ayda, who hails from the Forest Village. As such, both archers have close ties to nature. And, during the best ending, it's possible to get a bonus scene by recruiting Muku-Muku and the other 4 squirrels, where Ayda visits him in his forest, causing him to become nervous and blush.
- League of Legends has Udyr, who has the appearance of a Wild Man (dresses in animal pelts) and the living in isolation part of the trope. Rather than an animal companion, he has four Nature Spirit stances he can rapidly switch between in combat. His lore paints him in a more heroic light, using the animal spirits to preserve the balance of nature and to protect his homeland.
- Defense Of The Ancients has quite a selection of them: from the heroic Karroch The Beastmaster, kind Aiushtha the Enchantress, and peaceful Rooftrellen, the Treant Protector, to the somewhat grayer Nature's Prophet and Sylla the Lone Druid, and a Nature Villain Leshrac the Tormented Soul, an embodiment of Gaia's Vengeance gone wrong.
- Ketrin fits this trope to some extent. He is telepathically linked to his wolflike companions and wants to save both them and humanity from an evil force - when he isn't being worshipped as a paralysed idol, that is. (NB: stories contain sexual content).