"They call me the seeker
I've been searching low and high
And I won't get to get what I'm after
'Til the day I die"
—The Who, "The Seeker"A seeker quests for the truth, uncovering mysteries, lies, deception and gaining knowledge about themselves and the universe. They may sometimes consider themselves Above Good and Evil, being purely interested in facts and information, and not care about its meaning. The protagonists may need them to gain information, but this character may have become so distanced from humanity that they're reluctant to give it. At the same time, they may be searching for truth for its practical use- whatever it may entail for them. This could produce a character like the Intrepid Reporter, who will do anything to get to the bottom of a mystery. A list of subtypes can be found on the Seekers page.
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Anime & Manga
- In Wild Rose, Kiri grows tired of his small world and leaves his family to find out for himself the truth of things.
- Tim Hunter in The Books of Magic. In early drafts, his name was actually Tim Seeker.
- Simon in Equal Rites from Discworld.
- Liza from Bones of Faerie.
- The Sword of Truth series centers around the Seeker of Truth. It's The Seeker's job to be this trope. Notably, in that respect Richard wasn't the Designated Hero - in fact, most of the previous Seekers were only politically-appointed, and the latest was only appointed because he deserved to be. It turns out he had good upbringing and approximately thirty kinds of inherited or conferred destiny, so being qualified to be The Seeker is probably the least of his accomplishments, although it becomes more and more useful over the course of the series.
- Fox Mulder of The X-Files. The truth is out there.
- Many characters from Criminal Minds.
- Gil Grissom on CSI
- Both Alva Keel and Paul Callan from Miracles.
- Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote
- Locke on Lost
- Richard Cypher from, oddly enough, Legend of the Seeker. He is the Seeker of Truth, armed with, incidentally, the Sword of Truth.
- Spencer Sharpe in The Zack Files.
- The Science Club in Strange Days At Blake Holsey High, especially Lucas Randall (who, like Spence from The Zack Files, was played by Michael Seater) and Josie Trent.
Myths & Religion
- Odin of Norse Mythology.
- Neku from The World Ends with You; For 75% of the story he's trying to figure out how he entered the UG and how he was killed.
- Kingdom Hearts' "Ansem" has it in his job description, calling himself the Seeker of Darkness. He traces this back to his original incarnation Xehanort, who traces it back to HIS original incarnation Master Xehanort. It gets better. Dream Drop Distance tells us there will be thirteen Seekers of Darkness.
- Takius from Ragnarok Online: The Animation
- Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution; one of his more memorable lines in the game's trailer is "I'll never stop looking."
- In .hack//G.U. Games, the fluff sometimes describe Hasseo and Ovan as "Seekers of the Truth". Hasseo is driven to figure out the mystery behind the P Ker known as "Tri-Edge", and to save the coma victims (particularly Shino) he seems to leave in his wake; Ovan wishes to find "The Key of Twilight" as he is actually "Tri-Edge", or rather, his PC is infected with the malevolent AI that started the whole mess. He wants to find a way to purge it so as to save his little sister, who was the first coma victim.
- This is very much Templar Assasin's (Dota 2) shtick.
- The Seekers in general in the Dragon Age universe, and Cassandra and Leliana specifically.
- Merrill also fits the mould, seeking to uncover the lost history of the elves and restore her people's greatness, even if it means cutting deals with demons to do so.
- The Player Character of the third game; whatever their methods, half their job description is finding the Hidden Villain responsible for triggering several wars and opening a Hell Gate.
- The Jedi Consular from Star Wars: The Old Republic:
- Guile from Chrono Cross is always in search of enigmas. Even in his ending speech, he says that he will be searching for a new enigma.
- Seeing as Persona 4 is one big murder mystery that constantly implores you to "Reach out for the truth", the Investigation Team could be considered Seekers (especially Kid Detective Naoto.) Even the Golden Ending is only gotten by continuously seeking to uncover the truth, even after the main mystery is solved.
- The Elder Scrolls series has the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, an Imperial order based around divining the information contained within the Elder Scrolls, using a ritual known as the Ritual of the Ancestor Moth, at the eventual cost of their sight. These "Moth Priests", as they are known, organize and care for the Imperial Library within the White-Gold Tower in the Imperial City, where the Elder Scrolls are traditionally stored. In 4E 175 (26 years before the events of Skyrim), the Scrolls mysteriously went missing from the Library and were scattered across Tamriel. The Order has taken to searching for them ever since.
- Shin of Sailor Nothing. Seriously, her name means truth.
- Luigi of There Will Be Brawl, along with Badass Longcoat and Private Eye Monologue. He drives the plot with his inquiries into the disappearance of Princess Peach.
- J of Marble Hornets does some rather stupid things in his quest to find out what happened to Alex. Until Entry #23, where he swears off the whole thing, due to having the living crap scared out of him by Slender Man. It doesn't last, by the way.
- Arthéon from Noob due to being The Roleplayer, is very interested in the story and general background of the fictional MMORPG that he's playing. Especially noticeable due to him being surrounded by Play the Game, Skip the Story types. He seems to have picked this up from his former guildmates in Justice, in which all known members are very much like him in this aspect.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender brings us two, both from the same episode. The first is an anthropologist from Ba Sing Se University who is desperate to learn everything he can about the world. While he's not too distanced, he cares about knowledge much more than his own life. Eventually he finds the largest library in the world, the one belonging to Wan Shi Tong, He Who Knows Ten Thousand Things. The owl-spirit is one who has stopped allowing people access to his information, due to how people always use it to hurt others.
- Dipper from Gravity Falls. His online bio mentions how he's driven to solve any sort of puzzle he can, and Gravity Falls provides plenty of them.