The Hero: Anime and Manga

  • Ken "G1 Eagle" Washio (or Mark) from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is a Trope Codifier for anime / manga heroes.
  • Son Goku from Dragon Ball. He always takes down the big bad of the arc(with the one exception of Gohan defeating Cell in which case he was a supporting role), and never ceases to continually get stronger. Many of his enemies become his friends after he defeats them. He's also very naive, qualifying him for Idiot Hero. He says that he does not want to be continually defending Earth, hence why he first trains Gohan to be the one to protect earth, and when that fails, he later trains Uub.
  • In the Mazinger franchise:
  • Seiya "Pegasus" Kido from Saint Seiya.
  • Shaman King: Yoh Asakura is the main good guy shaman. At one point, Anna compares him to a traditional knight hero going to defeat the evil king and save the princess. Except the princess is his evil Big Bad brother Hao and the evil king is called 'Hao's hatred.
    • Yoh actually takes this trope so far that he's practically a messianic character. He's so good-hearted, selfless and kind that his example is able to change even the most evil people over to the good side. As a matter of fact, he does actually change almost every single villain in the series over to the side of good, except Zeke/Hao, because Zeke/Hao is just that evil.
  • Allen Walker from D Grayman can stiil be qualified in this trope.
  • Hiroshi Shiba from Kotetsu Jeeg
  • Akira Hibiki from Raideen
  • In the Robot Romance Trilogy:
  • Banjo Haran from Daitarn 3.
  • Akira Kogane from GoLion. As is Keith in its counterpart Voltron.
  • Ryo Saeba from City Hunter.
  • Maka Albarn from Soul Eater fits this role well, and largely above all the other characters in the anime/manga. She is the only character of the main cast to have very noble and heroic personality traits, in addition to having the strong desire to help others and defeat evil.(See also The Leader.)
  • Yusei Fudo from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yugi Moto from Yu-Gi-Oh! fit this role well. The main protagonists of the other two series', Yuma Tsukumo and Jaden Yuki, didn't quite have the heroic or noble traits to fit the role, though. They were more closer related to the Idiot Hero.
  • Chrono Crusade: Rosette Christopher is front-and-center in The Team and the one that holds most of the group together.
  • Monster: Tenma spends the show hunting down a monster of a child to prevent him from hurting others.
  • Natsu from Fairy Tail. An interesting variation - Erza actually leads the team, and Lucy can be argued to be The Protagonist but Natsu is the traditional heroic figure.
  • Kenshiro from ''Fist of the North Star. His nickname is "The End-of-Century Savior".
  • The eponymous character of Black★Rock Shooter OVA is not an example of this trope. In fact, it's strongly implied that were she to follow this trope to the letters (always win, resolving everything with force) she will not get the girl.
  • Kazuma Shudo of Kagerou-Nostalgia steps into this role as the story progresses, shifting from a bitter, disillusioned, and nearly psychotic Anti-Hero, to The Leader of the reincarinated heroes, and a more or less altruistic (if still incredibly cynical) character.
  • In High School D×D, Issei Hyoudou is the hero of the group and the one guy that holds everybody together despite the fact that he's an Idiot Hero who is only capable of thinking perverted things.
  • Death Note presents an interesting case of Playing with a Trope. While Light Yagami is clearly The Protagonist and believes himself to be the hero that will cleanse the world of crime, the opinons of others in the show are varied. Some agree and other think he's a serial killer no better than the people he kills. L, the detective hunting him down, is then the Hero Antagonist to Light's Villain Protagonist.
  • Vividred Operation: Akane Isshiki is the series' main protagonist, being a cheerful, hardworking and athletic girl.