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[[caption-width-right:350:Respect the forest and the forest shall respect you.]]

->''"Ahhh, the great outdoors!"''
-->-- '''The Dryad''', ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''

A hero who lives largely in isolation from human civilization in the wild. They have an uncanny [[FriendToAllLivingThings 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 RaisedByWolves. Tends to have NoSocialSkills or become a SociallyAwkwardHero 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 [[NotGoodWithPeople most people get on his nerves]].

Often has WildHair, and either dresses in [[PeltsOfTheBarbarian furs]] or {{Garden Garment}}s.

Subtrope of NatureLover. See also JunglePrincess, MountainMan, WildChild, and ForestRanger. [[MotherNatureFatherScience Contrast]] with ScienceHero.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'': San provides the page image, having literally been RaisedByWolves, whom she regards as her family. During the film, she and the Wolf Clan are Eboshi's primary opposition to prevent her from destroying the forests and killing the spirits therein.
* Ikuto (Keenan in the English dub) of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' (Data Squad). As an infant, he was accidentally sucked into the Digital World [[spoiler: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 HulkSpeak, despite the fact that most digimon talk normally.
* In the Asgard filler of the ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' anime, Albrerich was a Nature Villain.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': [[{{Superhero}} Elemental Hero]] [[{{BFS}} Wild]][[LeeroyJenkins heart]].
** ALL of the Elemental Heroes that Judai uses in the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga version]] are commonly referred to as the "Nature Elemental Heroes", although not all of them fit the traditional mold.
* ''Manga/BlackGod'' : Kakuma and his twin sister, Makana, are two of the last surviving members of the Hiba 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 ''Manga/Brave10'', the Sanada ninja leader UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke was abandoned in a forest and [[RaisedByWolves lived there]] until UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura recruited him. He still spends most of his time there.
* Former villain Android 17 has become this by ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', being a ranger living on a isolated island filled with rare animals. He's the only ranger there, and more than capable of protecting the animals from space poachers.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/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.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} inverts 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. Except 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.
* ''Comicbook/XenozoicTales'': Jack Tenrec is partly this, with shades of ScienceHero (despite his general insistence that science is bad).
* In ''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}'', Eagle Free lives at one with nature and understands the ways of animals to the extent that he can tell them what to do. When Prez first encounters him, he's leading a group of forest animals against a corrupt developer's construction machinery.
* Ka-Zar from Creator/MarvelComics is a bit of a Tarzan CaptainErsatz (born the son of nobleman Lord Robert Plunder, lost in the jungle and raised by animals) except he was raised by ''sabre-toothed tigers'' and is the resident Nature Hero of the Marvel Universe's LostWorld, the Savage Land.
** Shanna the She-Devil is an interesting case. She's a college graduate and New York zoologist who went to an African nature preserve to raise two orphaned leopards. She got ''very'' into the role (her fur bikini is made from their mother's pelt), started fighting poachers, hooked up with Ka-Zar and is now arguably a bigger Nature Hero than he is.
* Kevin Sack, Lord Blackstock, in ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'' was a blatant pastiche of Tarzan, with a name riffing on Ka-Zar's (Sack = Plunder). As with everything in ''Planetary'' it gets a bit deconstructed; the ValuesDissonance of the MightyWhitey not having ... relations ... with the locals is [[DeliberateValuesDissonance played up]], and it's implied that he may have had ''less'' of a problem with [[BestialityIsDepraved his animal companions]].
* Not exactly "Hero," but ''Comicbook/AllNewXMen'' reveals that the Hand has an environmentalist wing... called [[IncrediblyLamePun the Green Thumb]].

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' 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 ''Animation/CatCity''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' lives not just in harmony with animals, he can control them too.
* ''Film/{{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 ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}''. Ironically, he seemed to have no idea his forest was full of fairies until after his misguided attempt at romancing a princess backfired catastrophically...
* ''Film/CrocodileDundee''
* In the film ''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 ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* Wolverine is the AntiHero kind in ''Film/TheWolverine''. Specifically, he beat the shit out of the hunter who killed his bear friend/companion.
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', ''Velociraptor''-trainer Owen Grady lives off the grid despite being well-paid at a luxury resort park and has a big dose of NotGoodWithPeople. His dilapidated trailer/shack implies that he spends far more time at the raptor paddock than at home and every aspect of his life appears to revolve around [[DomesticatedDinosaurs Blue, Delta, Echo, and Charlie.]]

* Daine from ''Literature/TheImmortals'' series starts out this way. With her AnimalTalk, 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.
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium
** Beorn, the shapechanging bear-man from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (who is served by animals), fits the trope.
** Also, the [[ImmortalImmaturity carefree]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Master of the Forest]], Tom Bombadil, and his wife Goldberry, [[NatureSpirit Daughter of the River]].
* Fitzchivalry Farseer from ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' 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 Creator/JaneLindskold's ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga''. Raised by oversize, sentient wolves.
* Jasmine from the [[Literature/DeltoraQuest Deltora series]]. Is ''constantly'' described with WildHair. 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....
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Mullet Fingers]], from ''Literature/{{Hoot}}'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen. 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 of Meredith Ann Pierce's ''Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood''. She [[FertileFeet influences the seasons by her very presence]], and [[FlowerInHerHair grows useful plants in her hair]].
* Bunduki and Dawn from the ''Bunduki'' novels by Creator/JTEdson.
* Sorcha in the aptly named ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'' 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 TomboyPrincess who likes the forest but lives among humanity.
* ''Literature/DersuUzala''.
* Eepersip (the name comes from the sound of a birdcall) in [[http://www.dreamshore.net/bluejay/barbara.html Barbara Newhall Follett]]'s 1927 novel ''[[https://sites.google.com/site/thehousewithoutwindows/home The House Without Windows]]'' is definitely a Nature Hero. She runs away from home to "live wild", incidentally gaining [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower almost superhuman abilities]] via lots of dancing, climbing and running around. She [[FriendToAllLivingThings communes with animals]], becomes spiritually attuned to her environment, and finally [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence dissolves into a cloud of butterflies]]. [[https://drmartinbooks.com/2015/04/10/eepersip-and-the-house-without-windows-the-brief-incredible-life-of-barbara-newhall-follett/ Miss Follett]] [[ChildProdigy wrote this when she was twelve]] -- it's an Expanded Edition of a novella she wrote at age ''eight'' but lost in a fire.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'', who's basically Tarzan if he had super sharp claws that cut into monsters and cause lots of "blood" to fizz out of them.
* Maya of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and Cole of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Both have animal (including animals of the transform-by-magic-into-HumongousMecha sort) communication and [[TheEmpath empathy]] powers ''without'' the [[BlessedWithSuck Deanna Troi head-clutching factor]], as well as high jumping ability and somewhat enhanced strength. Maya's an alien, but Cole's just RuleOfCool-powered.
* J.C. "Grizzly" Adams (played by [[WildHair wild-haired]] Dan Haggerty) is the hero of two TV movies (1976 and 1982) and a two-season (1977-1978) series on NBC (''Series/TheLifeAndTimesOfGrizzlyAdams''); the eponymous trapper lives in the wilderness with his pet {{bear|yFriendly}}.

* Sul from ''Webcomic/KissWood'' becomes one with the help of Ahbon. Originally a NatureLover, Sul is transported to an endless and hostile forest and he learns to adapt to survive. He already had the WildHair, to begin with.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The druid and ranger classes (and [most of] their derivatives and enhancements) from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (and its derivatives) and ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''. The Barbarian can also qualify, though he's more of TheBerserker.
** In 4th Edition, the Ranger has deemphasized this, becoming a mix of the archer and the DualWielding swordsman. On the other side, there's now an entire power source (Primal) for NatureHero characters: Shaman, Barbarian, Druid, and Warden. The [=PHB3=] added the Seeker class, whose skill at ranged weapons invokes the Ranger of earlier editions.
* Any green-aligned hero in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is likely to be this, as are the nicer green planeswalkers.
* The Wood Elves of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality For a given definition of "hero"]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' features The Woodsman, who can control plants and summon animals to fight for him. His evil [[AlternateUniverse Praetorian]] version is Shadowhunter, who can turn his skin to stone and is super strong, while commanding large packs of werewolves.
* Nakoruru and her sister Rimururu in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''. 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.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'' 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.
* [[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a UnscrupulousHero version. 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 SocialDarwinist beliefs.
* The Naturalist in ''VideoGame/TwilightHeroes'', 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 ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, including Jaheira, Minsc, Kivan, Valygar and Cernd. Faldorn was this in the first game, but underwent a FaceHeelTurn and became an extremist that ended up doing more damage to her local grove than she was saving it from.
* Ginger in ''VideoGame/ThePath'' seems to greatly prefer playing in the forest to listening to her family or visiting her grandmother.
** Her sister Rose is also enchanted by the forest's natural beauty, and talks a lot about how at home she feels there.
* In ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' the Nature power set turns the PlayerCharacter that uses it into a NatureHero, at least in terms of powers. One of its skill sets allows the player to [[{{Animorphism}} turn into different types of animals]] and the other [[GreenThumb grants control of plants]].
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has [[CountryMouse Kinnison]], who can be recruited in the forest outside Ryukei Village, and [[BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins Ayda]], who hails from the Forest Village. Both archers have [[FriendToAllLivingThings close ties to nature]] and are committed to defending their respective woodlands. So [[StealthPun it's only natural]] that they took a liking to each other; particularly during the best ending, where it's possible to get a bonus scene [[spoiler: by recruiting Muku-Muku and the other 4 squirrels]]. Ayda makes a surprise visit to Kinnison's forest, causing him to become [[CrushBlush nervous and blush.]]
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Udyr, who has the appearance of a WildMan (dresses in animal pelts) and the living in isolation part of the trope. Rather than an animal companion, he has four NatureSpirit 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.
** Same could be said for Nidalee.
* ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' has quite a selection of them: from the heroic [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Karroch]] TheBeastmaster, kind [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Aiushtha the Enchantress]], and peaceful [[WhenTreesAttack Rooftrellen, the Treant Protector]], to the [[TheNeedsOfTheMany somewhat grayer]] [[NatureSpirit Nature's Prophet]] and [[BearsAreBadNews Sylla]] [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom the Lone Druid]], and a [[SubvertedTrope Nature ]]''[[SubvertedTrope Villain]]'' Leshrac the Tormented Soul, an embodiment of GaiasVengeance [[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone wrong]].
* The Zoraï of ''VideoGame/{{Ryzom}}'' have this as a racial trait, though being in a world without a single scrap of metal (that's not in the hands of an off-world HigherTechSpecies) tends to give this feeling to everyone.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series gives us Rexxar, the Mok'nathal (half-orc, half-ogre) beastmaster, who vastly prefers the company of his many animals to that of the rest of the Horde.
* The [=PS4=] game ''VideoGame/WiLD'' puts players in the shoes of a Neolitic shaman who can possess animals.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' gives us the Druid class, who fights with the summoned spirits of plants and animals, elemental attacks of wind or fire, or by shapeshifting himself into a wolf or bear.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' has Eve, a skilled archer who has limited control over plants and animals, and can hypnotize people with a kiss.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2010/07/19/4-07/ Kyri was raised like this.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{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 [[TakenForGranite worshiped as a paralyzed idol]], that is. (NB: stories contain sexual content).

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Tigatron and Airazor from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* Moss Man from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
** Beast Man is a villainous example.
* Wild Smurf in ''TheSmurfs''.
* Fluttershy in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She lives on the edge of the woods, has a special talent for communicating with animals and has saved the lives of her friends and the Cutie Mark Crusaders utilizing this talent.
* The titular hero of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'' is a comedic example.