"Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. I will go where you go and live where you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God."
A character characterized by his or her loyalty. Can be a trait of both heroes and villains. Most of them are supporting characters, intended as sympathetic. Indeed, if used on a villain
, it can sometimes be used to flesh him out and give him redeeming qualities
. Alternatively, it can be negatively portrayed as a threat to conscience.
When given to a main character or one in an authority position, expect it to manifest itself in protective instinct: as a Papa Wolf
or The Caretaker
or someone who is A Father to His Men
. When given to a Sidekick
, expect it to be an unselfish willingness to support
the main character. It can also be given to friends who, despite their differences, are genuinely fond of the other, and bonus points if it works both ways.
Should the object of this loyalty die, expect generous helpings of Due to the Dead
as the loyal one works to honor the fallen one's memory.
See also: My Country, Right or Wrong
, My Master, Right or Wrong
, Thicker Than Water
, I Will Wait for You
, I Am Spartacus
. Similar to but not to be confused with Blind Obedience
, where a character follows unquestioningly believing their liege to be infallible.
Characters that may exhibit this trope: Battle Butler
, The Dragon
, Happiness in Slavery
, The Renfield
, The Igor
, Loyal Animal Companion
, Robot Buddy
, Sarcastic Devotee
, Psycho Supporter
, Extreme Doormat
, Worthy Opponent
, The Champion
, Sycophantic Servant
and most of the characters on the Submissive Badass
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Anime and Manga
- This is the defining trait of most Mons.
- In super robot anime, The Power of Friendship is pretty much one of the main themes, and there are quite a lot of episodes where people turn their backs on the protagonist, but there will ALWAYS be at least one character who will never abandon him.
- Code Geass: Jeremiah Gottwald, suicidally charges an enemy's giant robot with his own giant robot, ''detonates'' his giant robot, leaps out of his robot's cockpit seconds before the explosion and holds the enemy pilot captive at swordpoint. All out of loyalty to Lelouch.
- The dude takes his insulting nickname that shamed him and wears it as a badge of honor after his Heel-Face Turn and spiels the Hammiest one liners of this trope ever.
- And that loyalty comes from his loyalty to Marianne. Now that's truly undying.
- Guilford is the same towards Cornelia. He's just much quieter about it.
- Kallen also holds this toward Lelouch, such that he has to seriously go out of his way to have her stand against him during Zero Requiem.
- Patrick Colasour embodies this for his superior officer, Kati Mannequin in Gundam 00. The reason is love. The undying loyalty is his cockroach like tendency to survive any dangerous No One Could Survive That situation, especially on her orders. Eventually, it pays off big time with him winning her hand in marriage.
- Agnes to Henrietta in Zero no Tsukaima.
- Kabuto Yakushi from Naruto.
- Also White Zetsu and Kisame to Tobi/Obito.
- And Kimimaro to Orochimaru even after being resurrected.
- Even after death, Uchiha Itachi is still loyal to Konoha.
- Fate/Zero has an example with Alexander The Great's Reality Marble, Ionioi Hetaroi, which summons the Badass Army that he controlled in his life. It's literal undying loyalty. Later on, Waver Velvet proudly shouts that he is not Alexander's master, he is his follower. Gilgamesh spares him because of this.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Gokudera towards Tsuna is this trope, completely and totally. Heck, his whole character song seems to be a tribute to his undying loyalty towards Tsuna.
- Arguably, Squalo qualifies as this for Xanxus. Not only did he wait 8 years for Xanxus' return, but he grew out his hair and puts up with crap that would make a Bastard Boyfriend seem like a pleasant alternative.
- Literally the case of Koinosuke Odago in Jubei-chan, became undead to follow his master's directive through sheer force of will for 300 years.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has Setsuna acting like this toward Konoka.
- Fate's female minions act like this toward him as well. He took them all in as children after their parents were killed in the war.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- The Familiars and Wolkenritter. If it's for the sake of their master, the rightness or wrongness of an act doesn't matter, and if it will benefit or save their master, they will gladly give up their lives, powers, and/or freedom.
- In the Wolkenritter's case, this overlaps with My Master, Right or Wrong, as it was implied that some of the masters of the Book of Darkness were evil. This makes itself prominent in A's, where Signum stated they would gladly throw their honor away if it means saving their mistress as well as during StrikerS where Vita stated that she did not have any plans of outliving Hayate.
- Fate Testarossa as well, initially toward Precia, then Nanoha.
- Several of the Numbers have this towards each other, most of them going so far as to declare that where one goes, they'll follow. Case in point: Sette to Tre.
- R.E.O Speedwagon from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is extremely loyal to Jonathan Joestar via Defeat Means Friendship, combined with his selfless rescue of him from a burning building/Vampire attack. This loyalty would extend to the entire Joestar family, even more than half a century later.
- On the villain side, we have Vanilla Ice (Don't ask). How loyal is he? He CUTS OFF HIS OWN HEAD WHEN DIO SAYS HE NEEDS BLOOD. Dio actually turns Ice into a Vampire in thanks for this. When he fights Iggy and Polneraff, he delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Iggy just for making him destroy an effigy of Dio.
- Bjorn to Askeladd in Vinland Saga.
- In One Piece, each of the Straw Hats are fiercely loyal to their captain Luffy, ready to risk their lives for him as soon as he gives the word. At one point, when Kuma wanted to kill Luffy, both Zoro and Sanji, without a moment of hesitation, offered their lives instead. And, of course, this loyalty goes both ways. Luffy is willing to die for his crew, and ultimately, when he was at his very lowest, they were the only reason he bothered to keep on living.
- It seems Donquixote Doflamingo's crew have absolute loyalty and faith in Doflamingo, even to the point of death. Doflamingo himself seems to care for his crew (As long as they don't fail him, at least), but that does not stop him from letting them kill themselves for him.
- This includes Bellamy, who remains loyal to Doflamingo at all times, even when it becomes clear to him that Doflamingo doesn't share any affinity towards him.
- Also, Daz Bonez towards Crocodile.
- Trafalgar Law definitely has this for Donquixote Rocinante aka Corazon. It is to the point that he dedicates half his life to murdering Doflamingo in order to avenge him, and it is this Roaring Rampage of Revenge that culminates in the current Dressrosa Arc.
- Madlax: Elenore Baker to Margaret.
- Harry Ord from Turn A Gundam.
- Deconstructed in the anime Gungrave. Brandon's personal code which is this trope puts him under much torment when he has to choose between the best friend Harry and the father figure Big Daddy. Brandon's inability to choose ends up being one of the main causes of Brandon's downfall, which in turn leads to suffering of the people closest to Brandon. In the finale, Brandon admits that even though he is supposed to enforce the iron law of the syndicate to never betray, he just cannot shoot his best friend Harry.
- Berias' attitude towards King Saralegui in Kyo Kara Maoh seems to qualify.
- In Claymore, Jean would go to literally suicidal lengths for Clare, as a result of I Owe You My Life sentiment. Also, Miria tends to inspire this in most people she meets, especially fellow Claymores.
- Because they effectively picked him off the streets and brought him up as one of their own, Firo from Baccano! is unquestionably loyal to the Martillo camorra family to the point that he'd kill or give up his own life on their order.
- Loyalty is a big deal in the Sengoku Basara anime and games, given the subject matter, but Kojuuro and the rest of the Date clan really stand out in their loyalty to Date Masamune. In the anime's second season, Masamune's followers pile onto him bodily to protect him from Toyotomi Hideyoshi; a flashback in the following episode shows Kojuuro preparing to commit seppuku because he blamed himself for Masamune's arm being wounded in battle.
- Yukimura's loyalty to his master Shingen is completely unfathomable. He can't even imagine a world where the latter doesn't exist for him to serve.
- Hagi in Blood+ is characterized almost entirely by his unswerving loyalty to Saya. In something of a deconstruction, Hagi's devotion makes him reluctant to speak out when Saya makes decisions that might be bad for her; he even promises to kill her once she succeeds in killing Diva, and it takes being confronted and berated by Saya's brother Kai before Hagi will admit that he would much rather not go through with it.
- Habaek in The Bride Of The Water God gave his first bride Nakbin the right to order his death, tried to follow her in death when she died, endured being separated from his current love Soah just to be with the resurrected Nakbin and when she died again, he honored her command not to look at someone with the same loving eyes he used to look at her even to Soah when he specifically told her that he will look at Soah only with his one eye (metaphorically though since his damaged eye is completely healed as a god.)
- Several instances in Fullmetal Alchemist:
- The Mustang unit to their commanding officer (and also to one another). Particularly true of Hawkeye, who at one point, refuses Mustang's direct order to abandon him and save herself if his attempt to expose the Government Conspiracy fails. It cuts both ways: Mustang will do anything to protect his subordinates (again, particularly Hawkeye, to the point of jeopardising a secret mission to save her).
- Greed's minions
- Fu and Lan Fan to Ling
- And of course, the Elric brothers to one another.
- The Briggs Brigade to Major-General Armstrong; Pride to Father.
- A villain example but in Monster, Psycho for Hire Roberto is unfailingly loyal to his master Johan Liebert. Though given that this is Johan Liebert, a man often compared to Hitler and the Devil himself, it's unlikely that he feels the same.
- Yumichika is hiding his power because it betrays the divisional code of the 11th division. As a Blood Knight division, kidou and kidou-type zanpakutou are taboo but Yumichika's power is kidou-based. As a result, he fakes a shikai release so that he can adhere to the 11th division custom, meaning he doesn't use his abilities in battle and instead fights on sheer willpower alone. He's even willing to die rather than be caught betraying his division. When he does use his abilities, he's incredibly powerful.
- Tsukishima has an ability to deliberately invoke this trope to anyone he cuts. His power allows him to manipulate existing bonds so that a false bond between himself and the victim can be inserted and supersede the bond it's designed to override. He also has an Undying Loyalty of his own. Ginjou was everything to him, having found him and looked after him from the time Tsukishima had been a small child. Tsukishima admits that Ginjou had taught him everything...except how to live without him.
- When Byakuya is brainwashed, his loyalty to Ichigo is so extreme that it gives him the power to kill his enemy—not because the brainwashing failed, but because he would kill even someone he loved if they were an enemy of Ichigo's. Tsukishima learned the hard way that he had manipulated the wrong bond when he discovered that the emotional bond that most motivated Byakuya wasn't the bond between mentor and student, it was the bond between Byakuya and Ichigo.
- Komamura's Undying Loyalty to Yamamoto stems from Yamamoto having once saved his life and always treating him well despite his appearance. When Yamamoto enters battle against the Stern Ritters, both he and the Seventh Division are on the verge of catastrophic defeat. His response to Yamamoto's resolve to fight is to rally both himself and the entire Seventh Division, much to the disbelief of Bambietta, who had thought she'd won and all but killed the squad.
- Katagiri was raised to be Ryuuken's personal servant and bodyguard. She will protect him no matter what the cost and her loyalty is to Ryuuken personally, over and above her loyalty to the Ishida family. So, when he believes he's failed his entire clan and tries to slink off forever into the Grey Rain Of Depression, Katagiri tells him that if he leaves, she'll abandon everything to go with him. Her speech brings him back to his senses.
- Three of Shishio Makoto's Juppongatana in Rurouni Kenshin display undying loyalty to him. Yumi uses herself as a distraction so that Shishio can stab Kenshin through her. Kamatari had to be deceived so that he did not follow Shishio in death. These two were in love with Shishio. The last, Houji, thoroughly subverts Evil Chancellor. He is evil and he's Shishio's majordomo but he is utterly devoted to his leader. Enough to take the blame for an unpopular plan and risk the ire of the other Juppongatana. Enough to follow Shishio into hell. Even Shishio himself acknowledges Houji's loyalty.
- Many Specters from Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, notably Wyvern Rhadamanthys and Bennu Kagaho.
- After Kotetsu wins his trust in the first half of Tiger & Bunny, Barnaby develops a fierce loyalty towards him to the point that staying by his side becomes his only reason for remaining a hero.
- Dragon Ball: Puar for Yamcha. She's known him for ages, having been his partner in crime when the series first began.
- Mobile Suit Gundam's M'Quve is loyal unto death to his lady, Kycilia Zabi. He carries out every order she gives him to the letter, lives to serve her, and uses his Famous Last Words to will her his prized possession. Many suspect that Subordinate Excuse is in full effect here.
- Lupin III: Inspector Zenigata has the ability (Depending on the Writer) to inspire this in cops from all over the world. His subordinates in the Japanese police have ignored orders from the Interpol to follow Zenigata, and in the special Voyage To Danger the Italian police, after trapping Lupin in an unescapable trap (Lupin himself was desperate), packed and let him go when they learned that Zenigata had been pulled from the case because if they got him in that occasion it would have meant that Zenigata hadn't been the one who arrested him.
- Alucard of Hellsing has this for Integra Hellsing. On the Catholic side, the priests and nuns of Iscariot Section XIII are eternally loyal to Badass Preacher Alexander Anderson, most of whom were raised in his orphanage and view Anderson as a surrogate father.
- In Ronin Warriors, the true virtue the Ancient One imbued in Anubis' armor turns out to be Loyalty. After his Heel-Face Turn, Anubis shows why the armor chose him, remaining loyal to the Ronin Warriors and the Ancient One's memory to the point of sacrificing himself to save the Warriors and Lady Kyra, the last member of the Ancient One's clan.
- Rida to Veronica in Bokura no Kiseki. This is mirrored in their reincarnations, Takao and Harusumi, which tends to just make Harusumi uncomfortable.
- In Beelzebub, the King's Crest is granted to those whose allegiance is sworn to a demon lord, which gives them a massive power boost. As of Chapter 217, it has been revealed that all four members of the Tohoshinki bear Beel's King's Crest, all but stating that in some way, all of them are loyal to Oga (even if they never admit it).
- When questioned by Fuji on this, Himekawa laughs and states that Fuji's inability to comprehend the loyalty many of them have to Oga will be his downfall. Considering that Himekawa willingly allowed himself to be turned to stone in order to give Oga time to escape and stall Fuji, he certainly embodies the trope as well.
- In Soul Eater, Soul to his Meister Maka and vice versa, complete with Declaration of Protection and Taking the Bullets. This is also the general rule between Meisters and Weapons, and among Shibusen students at large.
- Despite the fact that their boss Dilandau treats them horrendously the Dragon Slayers in Vision of Escaflowne are this to him literally, since even after Van kills all of them their spirits intervene in order to protect Dilandau and allow him to escape.
- Sarah Zabiarov from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is devoted to her superior, Scirocco, something he actually reciprocates somewhat. She's so loyal in fact that not even death stops her, her soul attempting to stop Kamille's Newtype-infused waverider attack on Scirocco himself. It takes Katz for her to finally step aside.
- Gilbert Nightray from Pandora Hearts embodies the trope: he made a vow of loyalty to his master Oz Vessalius when they were kids, and still calls himself Oz's servant as an adult, even after being adopted into a rival noble family. Then it turns out that Gilbert has Trauma-Induced Amnesia and was brainwashed so he would serve his master unconditionally. When he failed, he decided to atone by protecting Oz. But then it turns out that Gilbert's previous master was Glen Baskerville, who forces him to shoot Oz. In the end, Gilbert breaks the spell binding him to Glen by burning off his left arm to make sure he will never betray Oz again.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Homura Akemi has a strong devotion to Madoka. She repeated the same month over and over again so that Madoka would be safe. Word of God confirms this, stating that she was nearing the 100th try by the time the series ended.
- In the third movie, Homura's descent into insanity is marked by a startling willingness to brainwash this same person and trap her in a Gilded Cage.
- In Magi Labyrinth of Magic, it's common that people of strong standing or character happen to draw others to them.
- Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana. They will drop everything and anything to go help each other in need.
- Justified with a dungeon conquer and his/her Household, as such loyalty is needed to activate the Household vessels, such as Sinbad and his Eight Generals.
- Koumei and Kouha towards their older brother Kouen. Likewise, Kouha's soldiers are fiercely loyal to him because he took them in and cared for them when they were outcasts.
- The Djinns are this to their chosen king candidates and they are and remained King Solomon's most loyal allies even when his actions motivated Al-Thamen to destroy Alma Torran.
- The Three Magi to King Solomon, having been his closest friends and two of them knowing him since he was a young child. Which makes it sadder that Arba aka Ren Gyokuen betrayed him in the end.
- Muu to Scheherazade and Word of God says it is his fate due to being a descendant of Pernadius, Scheherazade's first king vessel. Meanwhile, the Fanalis Corps will follow him to whatever ends.
- The Sailor Senshi have this towards Usagi and Mamoru as their future Queen and King in the manga. In the original anime the Inners have this towards Usagi, but Haruka and Michiru take an entire season to come around.
- Jadeite from the first season is a villainous example. While the other three Generals are relatively obedient to Queen Beryl, Jadeite is the only one who's never questioned her, mouthed off, or given her some sort of cryptic answer when she demands an explanation of his plans. Even when his last failure ensures nothing but punishment for him, he returns to her without question.
- Zoisite has this for his mentor and lover Kunzite, even stating at one point that he would throw away his life for him.
- In Cross Ange, Momoka is this for Ange, despite the latter found out that she's a Norma and thus removed from human society.
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- Anguirus is Godzilla's most loyal ally, even willing to risk his own life if it means helping his fellow kaiju.
- Ironically enough, Anguirus was the very first monster Godzilla ever fought. Defeat Means Friendship, indeed!
- A prime example of Anguirus's loyalty towards Godzilla can be seen in the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. In it, after losing to the Mechagodzilla (disguised as the real Godzilla) he goes to warn Godzilla about the impending danger even after Mechagodzilla had broken Anguirus's jaw and pretty much beat the living daylights out of him.
- In Godzilla Final Wars, Anguirus is released by the Xilians alongside Rodan and King Caesar (Godzilla's other two allies in the Showa series) to stop Godzilla at Mount Fuji. Anguirus and Godzilla have a short conversation before Godzilla gives a sharp backward jerk of his head after Anguirus roars something and charges into battle, as if he's shocked that Anguirus would actually fight against him. Fortunately, Godzilla leaves his three former allies in a comical heap, sparing them from death.
- Bob from the 1989 Batman film proves this trope isn't just for good characters. He always, always has The Joker's back covered and follows his boss' every order without question, even when Joker asks to borrow Bob's gun so he can shoot Bob dead just for the hell of it.
- Bane's henchmen display this in The Dark Knight Rises; one of them is willing to die in a plane crash just because Bane needs his enemies to find the right number of bodies in the wreckage, and another two dutifully carry out his orders even after he's made it perfectly clear that their actions have potentially jeopardized his plans and he intends to execute them as punishment.
- By the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, it's become obvious that the crew of the Enterprise have developed this with one another after they refused Spock's orders to abandon ship. Even early into the movie, both Scott and Spock continue to refer to Kirk as Captain despite him (temporarily) losing his rank.
- Holmes and Watson are this to each other in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
- The Wolverine:
Harada to Mariko, despite his allegiance with Viper. He pledges to protect her at her grandfather's funeral. He also chooses to help Mariko and Wolverine in the end of film at the cost of his life, despite it's also pretty clear for him that Mariko and Wolverine are already bordering on Official Couple.
Yukio To Mariko, her fictive and later officially adoptive big sister.
- Hank McCoy to Charles Xavier. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to the rise of the Sentinels in the Bad Future, Hank always remains at Xavier's and the X-Men's side. And he won't hesitate to protect him, either.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are plenty of other things that Hank could do with his time, yet he chooses to take care of Charles during the latter's decade-long Heroic BSOD. Hank may even be a little too loyal because he serves as an enabler by providing a serum which worsens his friend's already bad case of substance abuse.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, childhood best friends, are intensely devoted to one another. Steve went AWOL and went behind enemy lines alone just to go rescue Bucky, and Bucky would follow him through hell and back. The sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, highlights the strength of this relationship, where after it is revealed that Bucky is the Winter Soldier, Steve admits that "Even when I had nothing—I had Bucky." When Sam tries to tell Steve that no matter who Bucky used to be, Steve may have to stop him, not save him, Steve says that he recognizes that, but that he also recognizes that if it ever came to that point, he wouldn't be able to do it. In turn, the Winter Soldier's 70 years worth of programming and brainwashing started to crack from hearing Steve say his nickname once.
- Diaval maintains this for his oddly Evil-But-Benevolent Boss, Maleficent, after she saves his life. Even if he doesn't always like what she asks of him, he still does it, and when she tries to send him away rather than insist he risk his life fighting by her side, he (with comedic grumpiness) refuses. To her credit, Maleficent genuinely seems to appreciate his loyalty; he's pretty much the only one she trusts at all.
- Hagrid is extremely loyal to Dumbledore in Harry Potter, probably more so than any other person.
- Sirius Black has put himself through a lot out of loyalty to Harry and his father.
- Possibly the best example in the series of this trope is Severus Snape; we don't learn the circumstances until the end of the last book, though it has defined him the whole time.
- Also, Ron's loyalty to Harry is repeatedly mentioned. They have a couple of instances where they're on the outs (they are teenage boys), but on the whole they're practically brothers. The "practically" is erased after Harry marries Ginny in the epilogue.
- Harry's loyalty to Dumbledore is tested throughout books 5, 6, and 7. Even after learning about Dumbledore's Dark and Troubled Past and his Feet of Clay, Harry's loyalty to his mentor is unquestionable. "Dumbledore's man, through and through" indeed.
- Villainous example: Bellatrix Lestrange is completely loyal to Voldemort, to the point of proudly going to Azkaban for him.
- Sam Gamgee is Frodo's servant in The Lord of the Rings. He followed him into Mordor for no other reason then loyalty. It is proverbial among Tolkienites.
- Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas spend several days giving chase on foot to the orcs who captured Merry and Pippin. Aragorn outright states that they will continue looking for them even if in the end all they can do for them is starve to death together.
- Also, Merry towards Éowyn, Éowyn towards Théoden and Pippin towards Faramir.
- The Goblins of Goblin town in The Hobbit to the Great Goblin, even after he is killed by Gandalf trying to save the dwarves and Bilbo. The Great Goblin and his minions believed the dwarves were plotting against them when they discovered the dwarves in their territory, but we know they were really trying to head to the Lonely Mountains to confront Smaug the Dragon. This was cemented further when the Great Goblin saw the blade that slew many Goblins beforehand in possession of Thorin. When the Great Goblin was killed, all the other Goblins with their Wargs followed Thorin's company to avenge their ruler, and believed they were more of a threat when Smaug was killed and the dwarves' treasure was reclaimed, regardless of the fact that the dwarves, elves and men were not interested in sharing. The Goblins lost the battle of Five Armies to the allied dwarves, elves, men and Eagles despite managing to kill Thorin, Fili and Kili. Years later, they would get more revenge by wiping out the Moria dwarves, including Balin, Ori, and Oin.
- Boxer, the horse in Animal Farm. "Napoleon is always right." Unfortunately, Napoleon didn't return the sentiments... Particularly tragic because the reason Boxer outlived his use was he was working extra hard to please Napoleon.
- Mara Jade isn't the kind to give away her loyalty easily, but when she does, she'll defend whatever she chose with her life. She tends to be loyal to specific people rather than a large group; to Palpatine as an Emperor's Hand, to Talon Karrde as a smuggler, and to Luke and Ben as a Jedi, wife and mother.
- The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden and Thomas Raith, the first because he never had any family aside from his father who died when he was small, and Thomas because his family was so messed up that he always protected his siblings, and that was the attitude Lord Raith instilled in his family (as a method of control), especially, his younger siblings, i.e. Harry and Inari. Family is important.
Harry: [in Proven Guilty when they are about to attack Arctis Tor and, having given a you-don't-have-to-come-with-me speech, his companions all step forward] I don't care whose DNA recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family.
- Gunner Ferik Jurgen is completely loyal to Commissar Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, who trusts him more than himself (because he "knows" he isn't as trustworthy as people say). Jurgen will obey any order from Cain, no matter how crazy it sounds.
- Mary Ann Patten in The Captain's Wife . Which is Based on a True Story.
- Andrew LaFollet in Honor Harrington is the titular character's personal armsman, sworn to die for her service if necessary. Despite Honor's trying to save him as the last surviving original armsman by having him guard her son, he dies saving his half sister and Honor's son and mother
- Not just Andrew, but ALL of her armsmen display this. It's a 100% volunteer service and they all joined as they feel they owe a personal debt to her.
- Then there's Horace Harkness's loyalty to Manticore. Caught, given a chance to surrender and or die, he switches sides. Then proceeds to manipulate his keepers until he can personally free his commander in a rather epic way.
- Jacopo to Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as Haidee and Ali.
- Lord Byron wrote a poem dedicated to a beloved dog who died of rabies titled Epitaph to a Dog. The dog's unflinching love and loyalty are described in great detail:
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend
The first to welcome, foremost to defend
Whose honest heart is still his Masters own
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone
- In Dune, the servitors of the Atreides except Yueh are loyal to their House. And even Yueh took steps to ensure that Paul and Jessica would survive his betrayal. Duncan Idaho sacrifices himself to buy time for Paul and Jessica's escape, Gurney Halleck quickly renews his service to Paul when he discovers he is alive, and Thufir Hawat kills himself rather than follow through on orders from the Emperor to kill Paul.
Thufir: You see, your Majesty? See your traitor's needle? Did you think that I who swore my life to the Atreides would give them less now?
- The Atreides dukes are similarly loyal and protective toward their retainers. Paul Atreides is even willing to sacrifice his life to save the much, much older Hawat:
Paul: For I say to you, Thufir, that in payment for your years of service to my family you may now ask anything you wish of me. Anything at all. Do you need my life now, Thufir? It is yours.
- And it's ironically the Atreides' ability to command this sort of fanatical loyalty which makes the Emperor nervous enough for his own throne to assist the Harkonnens in their overthrow in the first place.
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Exaggerated with Conseil, The Professor Aronnax servant. He risks his life to save his employer not once, but twice in the novel. When Aronnax talks with Ned Land about the Great Escape, Lampshaded when Conseil considers himself one with her master decision.
"Your friend Conseil," the fine lad replied serenely, "has nothing to say for himself. He's a completely disinterested party on this question...He's in Master's employ, he thinks like Master, he speaks like Master, and much to his regret, he can't be counted on to form a majority. Only two persons face each other here: Master on one side, Ned Land on the other. That said, your friend Conseil is listening, and he's ready to keep score."
"I couldn't help smiling as Conseil wiped himself out of existence."
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Davos is forever loyal to King Stannis, even after losing four sons in his service.
- Catelyn orders Brienne to bring Sansa back to her from King's Landing. By the time she arrives, Sansa is no longer there, so she starts searching for her desperately, despite the dangers of the road and the fact that Catelyn is already dead by the time, and there is no safe place where she could bring Sansa anyway.
- House Manderly is the only Andal noble house in the North. They were taken in long ago by the Starks and given the key port of White Harbor. They have repaid the debt with utter loyalty. The North Remembers
- The entire North(except for the Boltons and possibly the Karstarks, Ryswells and Dustins) exhibit this trope towards the Starks. The Northmen,lord and commoner alike are prepared to march through blizzards,bone chilling cold in a state of near starvation or keep on fighting even when all hope is faded,for the sake of the Starks.
- Special mention should also go to Greatjon Umber, who is one of Robb's staunchest supporters and is furious if anyone even insults Robb.
- The Kingsguard are supposed to be this in regards to the King of Westeros. Jaime Lannister is reviled as The Oathbreaker for betraying his vows, even though everyone knows that Aerys II was a madman.
- Like the Northern Lords, the Vale Lords are completely loyal to House Arryn, in particular to Jon Arryn and by Proxy to his son Robert Arryn.
- Luca Brasi from The Godfather has this towards Vito Corleone. In the backstory it is mentioned that during the Olive Oil War some mobsters tried to kill Vito and Luca proceeded to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that only ended when Vito became well enough to call him off. However, this trait ultimatly backfires on him when Vito has him pretend to leave the Corleone family to inflitrate a rival mafia family and they see right through it.
- Sancho Panza claims to be this for Don Quixote, but there are limits for patience when in the service of a Lord Error-Prone who always manages to get himself and Sancho in an Humiliation Conga Once A Chapter. Several times in the book, Sancho considers leaving Don Quixote's service, but he is so fond of him he never does it.
"...if I were wise I should have left my master long ago; but this was my fate, this was my bad luck; I can't help it, I must follow him; we're from the same village, I've eaten his bread, I'm fond of him, I'm grateful, he gave me his ass-colts
, and above all I'm faithful; so it's quite impossible for anything to separate us, except the pickaxe and shovel
- The first book of The Sword of Truth series is dealing with a ritual the Big Bad uses to get into the world of the dead and back. It involves brainwashing a young boy into complete loyalty, killing him (by making him drink molten lead), and then using his spirit to travel to the underworld and back. As a case of taking the trope Up to Eleven, the boy must remain loyal until the traveler returns. In a later book, Richard uses this ritual as well, except he already had a spirit loyal enough to him since book one.
- Song at Dawn: According to Raoulf, all soldiers should have this for their liege lord.
Raoulf: She's just a woman. He's your liege Lord, my boy, and if it was you instead that he wanted, Viking fashion, why, you'd just have to bend over and take it.
- Lucy Pennykettle to David Rain in The Last Dragon Chronicles.
- Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes. He repeatedly risks his life to accompany Holmes, puts up with repeated cruel manipulations and deceptions from the man with little reaction except relief that Holmes is safe, and adamantly refuses to leave whenever Holmes suggests that what they're doing might be dangerous/illegal/insane and that Watson would be safer staying out of it. Once he even forces Holmes to take him along on a burglary, when Holmes is reluctant to risk Watson getting thrown in jail too if they're caught, by threatening to turn Holmes in himself. He doesn't only exhibit this loyalty towards Holmes, though—Watson also muses about being willing to die for Sir Henry Baskerville about three days after first meeting him, and vows to dedicate his life to searching for Mary Morstan's lost treasure equally quickly, even though it would put her far out of his league.
- It's worth noting that the loyalty is returned; Holmes is dearly fond of Watson, remarking that he would be "lost without my Boswell", and noting in one story that Watson is his only friend. In "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs", Holmes has a moment where he thinks Watson has been badly injurednote and pistol whips the person responsible, which shows that the moron's a complete idiot for doing so, remarking that "if you had killed Watson, you would never have left this room alive". Definitely works BOTH ways. Wow. Not just on one end-but both, and that is the ONE TIME a detective has helped out his friend. Way to go, Evans.
- Watson lampshades this:
- "It was worth a wound, it was worth many wounds, to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service cuiltimated in that of revelation."
- In Dangerous Spirits, Konstantine retains his loyalty to the Tsars even a hundred years after his death during the Revolution.
- Giovanna from Of Fear and Faith inspires this in the soldiers under her command, and they strive to follow her example (for better or worse).
- In Sweet Piglet, we have this with the piglet, after its master dies.
- The Age of Fire series:
- Shadowcatch takes his oaths seriously (in fact, those who willingly break them are a bit of a Berserk Button to him). As such, when he pledges himself as Tyr RuGaard's bodyguard, he stays utterly loyal even after RuGaard is ousted in a coup and exiled, following him into it. Years later, he says that he still considers RuGaard the only real Tyr.
- There's also RuGaard's pet bats. They might be easily bribed with blood meals from other dragons, but they're ultimately loyal to their original benefactor. This is best shown during the Final Battle with Infamnia and Rayg, who betrayed RuGaard, seemingly to his death. The bats end up swarming the two en masse, with shouts of "Revenge for our Tyr!", contributing to their demise. AuRon comments on his brother's ability to inspire loyalty in others, and seems impressed by it.
Live Action TV
- The VOCALOID song Servant of Evil is a companion song to Daughter of Evil tells of the loyalty a servant has to his twin sister, whose cruel and evil acts led to the destruction of her kingdom. The brother, despite being a good man, follows her into evil willingly because of his loyalty, even going so far as to murder the woman he loved by her order. In the end, when the sister's castle was about to fall to an army after her head, the brother switched places with her, allowing himself to be executed in her place.
- * VOiCE is a pretty upbeat song about a robot and his undying loyalty to his master (Hatsune Miku) who was taken away from him because of a war. Even till his last breath, he still protects his master's house, hoping to see her one more time.
- Bianca Ryan's song "I Will" is practically made of this:
I will come running to you
Nothing I wouldn't do.
I will never desert you, hurt you
I want you to know.
- Rick Astley is never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down...
- Heather Alexander summed up the core of what every pet owner sees in their friend's eyes in "Familiar's Promise".
If it's courage you seek, I am yours to command.
I don't outwardly speak, but I still understand.
Through your joy and your strife, I'll attend to any task;
I will lay down my life; all you need do is ask.
Lay your hand on my head
As the firelight dies,
And believe what I've said,
For this love never lies.
- The speaker of "Quiet Little Voices" by We Were Promised Jetpacks is this in full:
In any which direction, call me
I will run for you, I'll come for you
I'll die for you, I'll come for you
- Hanuman, as described in the Ramayana is completely devoted to Rama, to the point he swears he will live as long as Rama's name is spoken and revered, effectively becoming immortal.
- Penelope to Odysseus in The Odyssey.
- For that matter, Odysseus' dog in the same tale. The dog waited patiently for twenty years in abject neglect for his master to return, and when Odysseus does (albeit incognito), the dog recognizes him enough to wag its tail, then dies.
- Achates to Aeneas in The Aeneid.
- Hagen to Gunther in Nibelungenlied.
- In WHO dunnit, Butler has this for his employer, Victoria, despite her terrible treatment of him and her Black Widow tendencies. Justified, as he is secretly her father, and treasures her as his only surviving link to her late mother.
- AJ Styles was known for his loyalty to TNA, having been one of the few constants in the ever-changing company. However, their continued incompetence and misuse of his talents caused him to leave for good in December 2013. That was taken as a sign by many fans that TNA was going down the drain.
- In Gurps this is called "Sense of Duty".
- Legend of the Five Rings gives us the story of the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Ujiro and his bodyguard Shunsen. Ujiro issued a challenge to the other Clan champions to determine which clan best understood the concept of loyalty. The challenge involved all the champions and their bodyguards performing an action to be set by Ujiro. If the bodyguards do not follow through with the command, that clan is disqualified. So, Ujiro gives Shunsen the command, "Kill me". He did, then committed suicide. The gathered Clan champions and bodyguards, shocked, conceded defeat. And then the Crane go and adapt the event for Winter, because that's just how the Crane are!
- In the Planescape setting, the modrons (little, clockwork creatures native to Mechanus) are like this. As the living embodiments of Law, they obey the orders of their immediate superior without question, as that is part of their nature, and they cannot comprehend disobedience. Unfortunately, with some of the weaker, less intelligent ones, they can't use their own judgment to interpret orders, and have to be told to do everything. For example, if a group of monodrones (the lowest type) are told to "attack", they do so until they are slain or the superior tells them to stop attacking, even if that means fighting each other when all enemies are defeated. (Their description in the manual says that it is fortunate they don't have to eat, or they'd have to be ordered to do that.)
- In Transformers, Megatron usually has at least one Decepticon like this. Soundwave gets a gold star for consistency; GLORIOUS Lugnut for effort.
- The Heroine to the Hero in Shin Megami Tensei I. She ditches her role as the Messiah to follow whatever he believes in. She's a bro.
- Missile, from Ghost Trick, is literally this. After he dies for the second time, this time with ghost tricks of his own, he opts to stay dead just to help save Lynne and Kamila. If that's not enough, the ending reveals that Ray is actually Missile from a previous Bad Future where he couldn't save anyone with his swap trick, so he goes back in time and waits ten long years to make the black cat Sissel think he was the man in red, knowing that said main was tied to Lynne and Kamila's murders and Sissel is only concerned about discovering his identity. If that isn't the Crowning Moment of Undying Loyalty, what is?
- In Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, it's revealed at the end of the game that everything that Henry had done for the last 18 years was part of his effort to find Randall and prepare for his possible return. He even entered into a false marriage with Randall's girlfriend, Angela, just to save her from being essentially married-off to another man.
- T3-M4 in Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords (Contrast the first game, where his only sense of personality is as a foil to HK-47) is noted by other characters as being loyal to The Exile and becomes quite the sociopath (but played for laughs as his victims are droids) when she is captured by Goto and it needs to help rescue her.
- Also from the second KotOR every single member of your party except Kreia due to the Jedi Exile's unique force bonds with them, and even Kreia likes the exile for being The Force's Übermensch.
- HK-47 is himself an example, as he is loyal to Revan almost to the degree of hero-worship.
- In the Mass Effect series, the defining characteristic of Commander Shepard (apart from being the Ultimate Badass Of The Known Space) is the ability to inspire Undying Loyalty in his/her squad and crew members. This is Lampshaded a lot in Mass Effect 2 by the Illusive Man, and most of the second game is, in fact, spent gaining the complete loyalty of his/her crew members (or at least making sure they won't be distracted by any personal business). Or not.
- The two returning squadmates from ME1, Tali and Garrus, are already devoted to Shepard even before their loyalty missions in the second game. In particular, if you bring Garrus to the entrance of a quarantine zone for an epidemic that kills his species but not humans, he'll offer to follow you in even though you have human teammates available: "It's your call, Shepard. If you need me, I'm not going to let a damn cough keep me back."
- Tali makes her hatred for Cerberus, the terrorist organization that Shepard is forced to work with in Mass Effect 2, clear from the very beginning and tells Shepard that she's only joining the mission for his/her sake.
- Although she only joins the squad in DLC, you can learn that Liara's devotion to you drove her to absurd lengths between games. First, she went out of her way to find Shepard's body and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Then, she handed the body over to Cerberus despite her fears and mistrust of them because they were the only ones offering a small chance of Shepard coming back. Then, she embarked on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against said "wrong hands", namely the Shadow Broker, the mightiest crime lord in the galaxy for daring to try to harm Shepard. And the reason she was so cold to you in the second game? She was scared senseless that Shepard Came Back Wrong due to Cerberus' manipulation. But even with that fear, her loyalty to Shepard's cause never wavered, maybe even being the most loyal to Shepard's cause, which is saying a lot.
- In Grunt's case, even before his loyalty's solidified he pretty much already has nothing but total respect for Shepard and is quick to defend him/her to those who dare spit on his/her name. All thanks to their very first exchange, when Shepard stood up to him (when Grunt had him/her pinned against a wall) and had a gun on him without him noticing it. Being a total Badass will have that effect on krogan.
- Then there's Joker and Dr. Chakwas who are willing to follow Shepard into hell and back and even join Cerberus partly because they were bringing Shepard back.
- This loyalty also applies to Javik, the last of the Protheans. This is probably because Shepard helps Javik's personal mission to defeat the Reapers.
- And of course Shepard him/herself to his/her crew. Threatening the people under his/her command is not advised. EVER!
- Shepard can even inspire this in people (s)he's only worked with once or twice: in Mass Effect 3, speaking to Kirrahe on the salarian homeworld will result in him promising to support you in retaking Earth, regardless of the salarian government's decision on the matter. If the salarian government does decide not to support you, most likely because you cured the krogan genophage against their wishes, Kirrahe goes AWOL in order to join you... and takes the entire salarian Special Tasks Group with him!
- Both subverted and played straight with Miranda Lawson. Subverted with the Illusive Man, as while she consistently proclaimed her undying loyalty to him and Cerberus, she eventually lost her idealistic vision of the organization and made a Heel-Face Turn. Despite some initial tension, it is eventually played straight towards Shepard.
- In Mass Effect 3, if the genophage is cured (and Wrex is still alive), then the entire krogan species get this towards humanity and Shepard in particular, with Wrex even promising that the krogan people would gladly lend areas of Tuchanka for displaced human refugees from Earth. This is a pretty significant gesture, since the krogan are about to undergo a massive population boom and desperately need all the land they can get.
- This point is finally rather unsubtly driven home in the "Citadel" DLC for ME3, where it is demonstrated that the main difference between Shepard and his/her secret Shadow Archetype clone is that the former has friends who'd walk into a fire for him/her, while the latter only has minions. Shepard's ability to inspire this kind of loyalty is so great that his/her clone derisively refers to the Normandy crew as "The Cult of Shepard".
- The Geth to the Quarians, on a race-wide scale. Even though their Quarian creators once warred with them and are still to this day utterly hostile to them, the Geth value little more than the lives of their creators, and are horrified by the implications of having to destroy them, which makes that very possible scenario in Mass Effect 3 all the more tragic.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, every party member's opinion of you will fluctuate depending on your actions. Be too evil and some will hate you, too noble, others likewise. It is possible to get them all to 100% approval, but their approval can drop without warning if you do the wrong thing in their eyes. The sole exception is your Mabari war hound, whose approval of you is eternally maxed out. Additionally, if the player character is of Human Noble origin, the Dog will have Undying Loyalty from even before the game starts. Little Daddy's Boy/Girl got a purebred Mabari pup sometime in the past and by the time of the game, that pup has become Dog.
- Also, Alistair. All of the other humanoid party members can be asked/directed to leave the party, but that's not an option with him, and even if his opinion of you drops down to nothing he will stay with you. For Alistair, the Grey Warden order was the only family he ever truly had, and you are the only other surviving member of the group in Ferelden. He will only leave after the Landsmeet, if you decide to spare Loghain. It's actually a gameplay mechanic to ensure that there is at least one male Grey Warden at all times.
- Dragon Age II promotes it to a gameplay mechanic: once you've maxed out a companion's Friendship or Rivalry, it will remain permanently locked there, signifying his or her unyielding loyalty to Hawke. In the endgame, this means that with a single exception (Sebastian, whose loyalty to the Chantry is greater than to Hawke), party members will stick with Hawke no matter what agenda s/he pursues.
- Varric, in particular, never abandons Hawke and is even willing to kill old friends of his to protect him/her. At the end of the Legacy DLC, if done late in Act II or Act III, he tells of a conversation that Hawke has with his/her dead mother and admits that it didn't actually happen. He took the liberty because he wanted his friend to get the closure he felt s/he deserved but never got. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, it's revealed that, despite telling everyone he had no idea where Hawke was, even when being threatened, he knew all along where s/he was and could get in touch with him/her at anytime. He never said this because he wanted desperately to protect his closest friend.
- Dark Souls: Sif, the Great Grey Wolf. Sif stands watch over his master's grave and will fight to the death in a field of the rusted blades of would-be grave robbers to protect it, even if he is too weak to swing his sword without falling over.
- Generally, the noble antagonists in Fire Emblem have like this as a key character trait which leads to their death. Also Undying Loyalty to the main character is a common trait of most Jeigan characters including Jagen/Jeigan himself
- Wolf to Hardin in Mystery of the Emblem.
- Ishtar to Julius in Genealogy of the Holy War
- Brenya and Murdock to Zephiel in Sword of Seals.
- Selena to Vigarde in Sacred Stones
- Bryce to Ashnard in Path of Radiance
- Fire Emblem has a musical theme in several of the games called "A Knight's Oath." It plays when a character with a backstory in military service to the Hero's nation joins.
- In Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn there is also Soren, the very blunt, cynical tactician who is distant and distrusts everyone...except his commander and best friend, Ike. His loyalty is so undying that if he actually dies in the final chapter of the second game (he is ordinarily spared for plot reasons) his final words tell Ike that he must outlive Armageddon, he tells multiple people including Ike himself that he will never leave Ike's side, and if Ike chooses to leave him behind? He still thinks about Ike for the rest of his life. Well, it's hard not to be loyal to the guy who was the first to treat you with any dignity at all and saved your life.
- In New Mystery of the Emblem, My Unit is intensely loyal to Marth. In return, Marth considers him/her a trusted ally and friend.
- Ditto in Awakening between the Avatar and Chrom. Notably, Chrom returns the favor in a late-game confrontation, telling another hero who is threatening the Avatar that even if the latter is an unwilling Manchurian Agent for the Big Bad, he trusts him/her with his life.
- Youmu from Touhou is intensely loyal to her mistress, Yuyuko. In the fighting game, Immaterial and Missing Power, Youmu briefly questions Yuyuko's actions but just as promptly castigates herself harshly for it.
- Possibly the Trope Codifier for Video Game examples would have to be The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. "Loyalty To The End" is her Badass Creed and her primary motivation to the exclusion of all else. The sheer scale of the sacrifices she makes in the name of that creed border on ridiculousness. In short (no easy task), she killed her own lover and father of her child under orders, was irradiated during nuclear testing, shot in the head, horrifically injured while being a top secret participant in the Mercury Project, betrayed all of her friends to their deaths and ultimately murdered by her most beloved pupil after a lifetime of painful sacrifices without solace or reward, and condemned to be remembered as a traitorous war criminal. All in the name of the United States government, which she had known since childhood to be corrupt from within by a dying conspiracy, and purely so that conspiracy could steal a huge amount of money from Russia. And yet, "Loyalty To The End." The revelation in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker that she was suffering from brain damage may undermine all this an iota however.
- Her and the Sorrow's counterparts, Solid Snake and Otacon. Even when the entire world is against them, they will absolutely NEVER abandon each other. Even at the very end of the series—the very end of Snake's life—Otacon outright refuses to leave Snake's side. Snake's last word in the series is Otacon's name.
- Gray Fox is another great example in this series. Raised as a child soldier in Africa during the Mozambique Civil War during the 1960s where he was nicknamed Frank Jaegar by his enemies for his "frank" appearance as a boy which he tricked them with until he killed them as a fierce "hunter" (Jaegar is German for hunter). Big Boss defeated the young Frank when he attacked him on patrol one day and rescued him from the war and brought him back to a U.S friendly safe zone but unfortunately the Philosophers experiment on him and turn him into a mind-controlled super soldier and years later Big Boss rescues him from this fate as well. Frank joins Big Boss's FOXHOUND Unit and from the 1970s until the 1990s serves under Big Boss's command in conflicts all around the world and earns their highest title of Fox, but despite his prowess as a warrior Fox tells Snake of how once again Big Boss came to his rescue when he had been captured by the enemy and they tortured him. In Gray Fox's eyes Big Boss is a father figure and the man to whom he owes his life; this undying loyalty to the man is so extreme that he betrays America and joins Big Boss's Outer Heaven cause even going so far as to fight his friend Solid Snake in a battle to the death. Fox's loyalty wasn't to a country or an ideal but to a man, Big Boss.
- While he may be the Trope Namer for Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and a Magnificent Bastard of the highest order, Revolver Ocelot will never betray Big Boss.
- Lyon from Suikoden V is very devoted to the Prince, on whom she also develops Bodyguard Crush.
- Tales of Symphonia demonstrates both the good and bad sides of this trope:
- Kratos's feelings of loyalty toward Mithos have him lingering on the wrong side of morality for thousands of years, including nearly all of the game.
- Botta's loyalty to his leader is his primary character trait, and even leads to his Heroic Sacrifice in order to save the party and thus make sure someone gets a message back to said leader.
- An odd example considering how he spends a lot of the first game, but Zelos can become like this towards Lloyd if you play a path that earns his trust. While the first game shows this a little, the second game drives it home as Zelos is the only character to have complete faith Lloyd's innocent (even Colette is shown to have a few doubts). He even ditches the party twice: one time because he feels finding Lloyd is more important than their quest to save the world, and the other time simply because Emil badmouthed his friend.
- Guy to Luke in Tales of the Abyss. Sure, he has a brief moment of weakness after Luke destroys Akzeriuth, but he's the only one who returns to Luke's side voluntarily. After that, nothing will keep Guy from backing Luke up. When Jade - in-universe, easily the most terrifying party member - suggests that Luke pull a Heroic Sacrifice, Guy lifts Jade the Necromancer off the ground by his collar. It gets to the point where he'll willingly hold Tear back, despite his pathological fear of touching women, at Luke's request, so Luke can perform said Heroic Sacrifice uninterrupted. Of course, as it happens, he's on the verge of tears.
- And don't forget Mieu. He didn't give up Luke at any moment and recognized him as Master even when everybody got sick of him over the Tartarus when they first got into the Qliphoth.
- Deekin in Neverwinter Nights is able to resist the Big Bad, one of the rulers of the Nine Hells, and who is simultaneously offering him great power to crush the Dragons he served under and is using his True Name to force him into helping. Merely telling Deekin you will miss him grants him will enough to fight off the most powerful magic in the planes.
M: Come, join me. What has done but hold you back from your potential? I could make you a force that all dragons would bow down to in fear! All the world would know your name, Deekin, and fear it!
D: No! You may be bigger than the boss, but...but...DEEKIN NOT LIKES YOU!!
M: You dare defy me, reptile?!
D: "That's right! Deekin defies you! Deekin stands by the boss...to the end!
- In Final Fantasy IX, Steiner is portrayed as loyal to the royal family of Alexandria, there in which lies his personal conflict when he's forced to choose between loyalty to Queen Brahne and his sworn duty to protect Princess Garnet.
- In God of War 3, the spirits of the fallen Spartans will come to Kratos' aid when he invokes the "Army of Sparta" magic. Even in death his soldiers remain loyal to him.
- Sergei Vladimir to the Umbrella Corporation as a whole and Ozwell E. Spencer in particular in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, for a stark contrast with his rival, Albert Wesker. Unlike most of his coworkers, he is absolutely determined to go down with the ship that is Umbrella; this largely stems from Umbrella having given him a home and a purpose following the collapse of the USSR. By the end of the game he's the only person still trying to hold Umbrella together, and he goes so far as to deliberately transform into a monster to try and stop Wesker from taking over the remnants of the company. When he dies, the company falls apart, as Sergei was the only one who was really keeping it intact.
- Alfred Ashford displays similar tendencies with regards to his sister Alexia, to whom he is obsessively loyal, even going so far as to create a split personality version of her during her absence.
- The Heavy is intensely loyal to his teammates, especially towards the Medic.
- Fenrich to Valvatorez in Disgaea 4. Hell, Fenrich's Catch Phrase is "All is for my Lord". Doubles as a subversion to Fur Against Fang, with Fenrich and Valvatorez, respectively.
- This is showcased rather tragically in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The Ikana warriors encountered in the game guard the long abandoned and ruined Ikana Kingdom even in death, their ghoulish spirits still roaming the area out of a devotion to their commander. Link encounters the Captain of the Guards in this area and helps him find peace so he can pass onto the afterlife at long last; his last order as the Captain is for Link to let his soldiers know that the war is over. When told this, the soldiers in question finally let go of their obligation to the Kingdom and move on. The King of Ikana also still haunts his Kingdom, and even in death he protects his throne when he sees Link, thinking him to be an enemy. When Link defeats the King in battle, he laments to Link his sadness over the fall of his Kingdom and how foolish he was to let it happen, but he acknowledges that it is finally time to let go and rest in peace. As a parting gift, he gives Link the tools he needs to defeat the final dungeon of the game.
- Kid Icarus: Palutena, goddess of wisdom, gets this from her angel (who is pretty much her entire army) Pit. He is very quick to get into a shouting match with all sorts of divinities that insult her, and even when she was possessed and sent his lifeless body to slaughter untold amounts of innocent people, he gave everything to bring her back to herself again.
- Captured Pokémon will follow a trainer's every command, provided they like the Trainer enough.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 there is the Shadow Triad, three mysterious, shadowy figures who are utterly loyal to Ghestis for some unknown reason. Even when Ghestis is defeated and is driven mad, making him no longer a threat, they will show up at a spot every month, challenging you out of desire for revenge. (They won't force you, however.)
- Before them, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Archer, top Team Rocket executive, displayed this to Giovanni. Despite being the current boss of a powerful crime syndicate, his entire plan revolved around getting Giovanni to come out of hiding and reclaim his place as leader of the organization.
- You have the option of releasing a Pokemon into the wild from the PC. If you try to do this to your very first Pokemon, it will comes back and the game tells you "It was worried about you." Even if you've kept it in the PC ever since that was allowed.
- With the introduction of Pokemon Amie in Pokemon Xand Y, you can form close bonds with your Pokemon that can result in them overcoming status afflictions, dodging hits, hitting critically more often, and even REFUSING to faint all out of loyalty and love for their trainer.
- Gardevoir, in particular, deserves special mention. Throughout the games, one fact continually gets mentioned in the Pokedex: It will protect its trainer, even at the cost of its own life. Damn...
- A defining trait of the character Voldo is his great devotion to his long deceased master, Vercci.
- Three characters in BlazBlue exhibit this trope, all of which have good reasons for doing so.
- Iron Tager is a field officer and research assistant working under Professor Kokonoe, and would follow any order she gives him with minimal hesitation—he may question it at first, but that doesn't stop him from obeying. He was an Ikarugan officer who was horribly injured during an operation to recover Deus Machina: Nirvana from the NOL, and Kokonoe literally had to reconstruct him into a demon-esque cyborg. She wiped some of his memories of a particularly traumatic incident soon thereafter, and had programmed him into total loyalty, but that is not to say programming and personality cannot overlap—even when he finds out about that incident, he is still loyal to her.
- Valkenhayn R. Hellsing is one of the Six Heroes who fought off the Black Beast over ninety years ago and is a massively hardened badass, but well before it erupted from the cauldron in Japan he was a mere vigilante. One of his missions set him upon Claudius Alucard, who while trouncing him offered him a position as a butler to his house—Valkenhayn accepted and has been loyal to Claudius ever since. When Claudius set out to help Jubei and Hakumen banish Terumi to the Boundary, Valkenhayn swore to look after his daughter Rachel—ninety years in multiple timelines has passed and not once has he swayed from that vow, and he is one of the very few people Rachel genuinely respects.
- Makoto Nanaya had faced some of the worst Fantastic Racism in the world and had grown a Jerkass Façade just to get away from it all, but found herself opening up to Noel and Tsubaki when they stood up to the "noble" twats that took it upon themselves to bully her. The three became very close friends over the Academy years, and she came to accept Jin and Carl as well. To say that her friends are the framework of her new identity is not hyperbole - her "unyielding will" is all her own, but for their sake she is not afraid to make the rest of the world her enemy, going so far as to defect from the NOL and send a thinly-veiled threat to Sector Seven through Tager just to protect Noel, and these bonds are literally half the reason (said "unyielding will" is the other half) she manages to survive a round trip between timelines through the friggin' Boundary.
- Jak and Daxter: Though a coward who has a penchant for telling tall tales that primarily revolve around himself, Daxter is defined by his undying loyalty to his Heterosexual Life Partner Jak. Even if he has no qualms voicing his dislike of all the situations Jak drags him into.
- Billy Kane of Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters is the right-hand man of Geese Howard. Before everything else, he is the right-hand man of Geese Howard. In the Maximum Impact sideseries, he abandons Southtown for England when Geese dies... but as soon as a new gang moves into Southtown, Billy goes back, because only Geese can rule Southtown. When fighting Rock Howard, Geese's son, Billy's prefight dialogue is anger that Rock isn't taking up Geese's legacy.
- In Dishonored, there's a villainous example in the form of the Whalers to their leader, Daud. They are willing to risk their lives against a man more powerful and skilled than they are to defend Daud, and will only let Daud fight alone if he commands it; after being badly wounded so that he can no longer fight, Daud has to tell them to leave a second time to get them to back off. A heroic example is Corvo, who has Undying Loyalty to the Empress and her daughter, Emily.
- Fallout: New Vegas has the Ferocious Loyalty perk, which gives companions a serious boost to their damage resistance when the Courier is wounded badly.
- Members of Caesar's Legion are all fiercely loyal to Caesar, at least to a point. In certain cases, there's at least one Legionnaire who is not above considering Caesar a megalomaniac who is clearly losing it (due to a severe brain tumor) and Ulysses was a former Legionnaire who has lost faith in the Legion, but still feels a certain kinship with it's men.
- Over the course of the Kingdom Hearts series, Donald and Goofy form a undying loyalty towards Sora; a noticeable example is when they were forced to join Riku, who by that point has become a major antagonist, out of their King's orders. When Riku was about to finish Sora off, Donald and Goofy imminently rejoin their friend.
- They also hold undying loyalty towards King Mickey, but betray him at one point to help Sora fight alongside their allies in the Battle of the 1000 Heartless. At least Mickey understands why they defied his order and forgives them.
- And then, there's the Dream Eaters, particularly Meow Wow and Komory Bat, the respective starters of Sora and Riku.
- Boktai 3 reveals some of the undead who actively oppose Ratatosk due to their loyalty to Queen Hel. It turns out The Count is one of them and Stealth Mentors Django during their fight.
- Stern and Levi towards their Lord Dearche in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As Portable: The Gears of Destiny. While they may infuriate her her several times and will flatly refuse Dearche's orders if they don't agree with it, everything they do, they do it for Lord Dearche's benefit. If they need to sacrifice their lives to ensure that their king survives and achieves her goal, they will do so without hesitation.
Stern: I am the flame that opens the path of my king...Even if I am extinguished, I will have no regrets.
- The Companions guild of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim exhibit this in spades for one another. They refer to each other as "Shield-Brother" and "Shield-Sister," and most if not all of them consider the guild to be their true family. This is driven home when the player character goes through their initiation rite, and a senior guild member essentially swears to die defending him/her if necessary.
- Housecarls and stewards exhibit this uniformly toward the Jarl or Thane to whom they have pledged their service.
- The Phone Guy from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 loves the pizzeria (especially the animatronics) and just wants it to be a place where families can enjoy themselves. When he finds out that someone killed a lot of children and realizes that the pizzeria is going to be closed down, he sounds very upset in his sixth message. This motivates him to take the night shift at some point just to figure out what's going on.
- Several of the Servants in Fate/stay night would qualify. Saber, Berserker and Rider are probably the best examples, though the latter two are not immediately obvious. Archer has signs of this towards his master Rin from time to time despite flat out betraying her in the route centered around him.
- Especially notable in Saber's case, as she was betrayed by Kiritsugu in Fate/Zero along with Irisviel, who she had true loyalty to. But even in arcs where Saber is bound and/or corrupted by magic, she still has an overriding protectiveness of Shirou.
- None in the franchise embodies it more than the Fourth Grail War's Rider, Iskander, King of Conquerors, whose men are so loyal to him that he can create a Reality Marble from which to summon them to fight by his side once more. And later on, when Waver loses his Command Spells, Rider still sticks with him because, in his words, "Whether or not [you] are a Master, you are my friend, and that will never change."
- In Skins, Jordan has stood by her werewolf lover despite the terrible thing he did during the Kettletown mission. She risks her own career to use an upcoming mission to give him a chance to redeem himself.
- In Girl Genius Everyone in Mechanicsburg, from Jägermonsters to the town butcher to every minion and constructed monstrosity in between, are loyal to the Heterodyne family, to the point of twenty years later they are still waiting for them to come back.
- General Goomblast explicitly states that the Jägers are voluntarily loyal to the Heterodynes, having made a solemn decision to serve the house for the rest of their unending lives before drinking the Super Serum that transformed them. The sole exception to this is Vole, who abandoned his oath and is no longer considered a Jäger by the rest.
- It seems as though this, more than anything, is what gave the Heterodynes their power. Most Sparks use various flavors of mind control on their creations, who eventually turn on them. Most—if not all—Heterodyne creations serve their masters voluntarily, even after centuries of service.
- Heterodynes, apparently, gain the loyalty of both their own creations and those of others by NOT demanding it.
- Natural minions will remain loyal to their Sparks, even against their better judgment. Mechanicsburg, ancestral home of the Heterodynes, happens to be completely populated with natural minions loyal to House Heterodyne, each one of them as much a latent-blooded brigand as their masters.
- Something Positive: The entire oddball band of True Companions has this as their primary virtue. Whatever else you can say about them, they're devoted to each other.
- Homestuck: Becquerel, Jade's First Guardian dog, is so completely devoted to her that when he is prototyped, Jack Noir (the resulting creation) inherits his loyalty to her and not only can't bring himself to kill Jade, but actually puts into motion the process of reviving her after she is killed.
- In The Challenges of Zona, main character Mentl uses this trope to describe his feelings for Zona, swearing that he would die beside her, and ordering her never to tell her to save himself after wiping out an army of monsters in a fireball that was hot enough to MELT the cave they were in to slag.
- After the Kane arc in Sonic the Comic Online! Tails is the only person who still believes in Sonic.
- Durkon from The Order of the Stick is so loyal to his True Companions that he remains faithful to and helpful to them even after being killed, turned into a vampire, and his alignment shifted from Good to Evil. Sadly, it turns out that this was all an act by the evil High Priest of Hel possessing Durkon. The real Durkon is trapped in his own body.
- Crazy Awesome Jade Sinclair (Generator) to Person of Mass Destruction Billie Wilson (Tennyo), in the Whateley Universe. To the point that she now has a demon mark on her because part of Tennyo is not human, and feels Billie's pain through that mark.
- While the real people of That Guy with the Glasses show this off all the time (see real life), Ma-Ti in Kickassia lampshaded how The Nostalgia Critic will do anything for the people he cares about.
- A villainous example in Worm: Trickster, the leader of the Travelers, is incredibly devoted to his girlfriend, Noelle, whom he dosed with a power formula that turned her into an anorexic's nightmare, to the point that he's willing to betray everyone, including his own team, at her request, even when it means taking on the most powerful superhero on the planet.
- Dogs to mankind. This dog, for example, refused to leave the casket of his Navy Seal master.
- Marriage vows are often some form of a declaration of the trope:
"[Name], will you have this wo/man to be your husband/wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him/her, comfort him/her, honor and keep him/her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him/her as long as you both shall live?"
- The RCA logo is an example of this. Painter Francis Barraud inherited from his brother a cylinder phonograph player, a cylinder of his brother talking, and his brother's dog. Francis noticed that whenever he played the cylinder, the dog would instinctively go to it and listen intently. He painted the scene, and RCA used it as their logo.
- Joseph Goebbels. He remained at Hitler's side until the last minutes of the battle of Berlin and committed suicide two days after Hitler did.
- Ditto for his wife, Magda. And for that matter, Eva Braun, who committed suicide together with Hitler.
- One German officer told a story from World War II when he was attached to a unit of Finns. The Russians abducted a wounded Finn and subjected him to Cold-Blooded Torture to lure his comrades to come to his aid and walk into an ambush. The Finns instinctively grabbed their weapons and walked into the forest knowing perfectly well what the Russians were up to.
- At the beginning of the Winter War, a party of Finnish soldiers went to the house of an old peasant woman and told her that the Russians were coming and they had to be deprived of shelter. She went into her hut, solemnly cleaned and swept it and then lit the fire herself. She said, "This is my gift to Finland."
- During Stalingrad, a squad of Soviet troops were pinned down by German fire and tanks, with only one belt of ammo for their turret left. One of them gets captured by the Germans. The captured Soviet then lies to the Germans and tells them his squad is completely out of ammo, and leads them to the one place where he knows his squad will be able to mow down the Germans with what little firepower they have. The captured Soviet soldier was later executed in front of his still-pinned down comrades, who were eventually killed when the Germans called in tanks to run them out.
- Similar to the above - during the siege of Malta a knight was captured in the opening skirmishes and was tortured for information on which part of the wall was the weakest and least defended. He instead directed them to the strongest section in the wall resulting in heavy Ottoman casualties. He was executed in front of him comrades in a very drawn out and painful manner.
- During the filming of Suburban Knights, things looked so hopeless during filming do to inclement weather and other issues that Doug, Rob, and Mike Michaud were all fully prepared to scrap the whole thing and simply film everyone hanging out in Chicago as the special. Holly told them everyone wanted to get the film done, so they tried to have a vote. Linkara stood up to say the voting was pointless, because they already knew everyone would say yes. He then went into a speech saying that Doug is the reason that every one of them has a job on the site, and they're going to finish this thing for him no matter what. Doug thanked them profusely and left, newly energized to figure out the best way to finish the film.
- Many people are this way toward their family, be it their blood relatives or a family they have chosen for themselves.
- Some species of animal will remain faithful to their breeding partner for all its life. For example, the Shingleback has been known to even stay by the side of their partner if they die for days on end.
- Militaries are loyal to their countries, and servants are loyal to their maters.
- And people with no or few friends are loyal to their best friends.