The Hero / Anime and Manga

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monkey D. Luffy of One Piece fits this perfectly. He's an Idiot Hero, The Captain and The Leader of the Strawhat Pirates, and is always the one to take on the Big Bad in the end of every big story arc. His normal outfit, before and after the Timeskip, is even Red and Blue. In his own opinion, note  Luffy has explicitly stated that he isn't, and doesn't want to be, a hero. In fact, he only agrees to save Fishman Island by being bribed with food. Then again, Luffy has never been a 'traditional' hero...
  • Naruto from Naruto. His heroic qualities are weighted down by his inexperience and naivety. It takes Character Development and soul searching for him to truly become a heroic character. His personal ninja way is basically that he never abandons a friend and never goes back on his word. In Part two his Heroic Spirit breaks the Cycle of Revenge Pain is trapped in and he befriends Kurama, the nine tailed fox.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Kamina styles himself as the bold and charsimatc hero that will save the world from Beastmen. In a private moment with Youko, he says his dream is to create a world where children can look up at the stars without fear. Then he dies and Simon takes up the hero role after a Heroic B.S.O.D.. He slays the Physical God with a giant energy drill to save his princess.
  • 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.
  • Honoka Kousaka from Love Live!.
  • Saitama from One-Punch Man. He became a hero after his childhood dream to be able to beat bad guys with one punch. It turns out limitless power is "kinda boring actually". The intro theme for the anime is even titled 'The Hero!'
  • Shido Itsuka from Date A Live. Despite his desire for a normal life, Shido will risk life and limb to save the Spirits and allow them to experience happiness.
  • Lux Arcadia from Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle is defined by his righteousness and benevolence, to the point he destroyed the very kingdom he was supposed to inherit, simply because his father was an evil bastard.
  • The Macross series feature Love Triangles, usually involving two girls and one guy. That particular guy is usually the primary hero of the story. Unusually for a mecha anime, the hero is not necesarily the resident Ace Pilot.
  • Aoba Watase from Buddy Complex. Certainly more heroic than his buddy Dio. His story involves him saving a princess (Hina) from an evil king (Bizon).
  • Ayato Amagiri from The Asterisk War. His relationship with Julis is that of a Knight in Shining Armor protecting a princess.
  • Tatsuya Shiba from The Irregular at Magic High School. He's the leader of his group of friends, more powerful than his peers, protects his sister with intense devotion and defeats the bad guys with little difficulty.
  • Shimoneta: Ayame Kajou uses her 'Blue Snow' persona to rebel against the oppressive censorship laws enforced by the Public Morals Committee. She initially acts on her own, by spreading ecchi leaflets and publicly shouting obscenities. However, she soon realizes it isn't enough. So she co-founds the ero terrorist group, SOX, to spread awareness about lewd material and sex education in general - to the masses who no longer understand what any of it means.
  • Variable Geo centers on Yuka Takeuchi, a part-time waitress/full-time martial artist. She goes on a search once she learns that her childhood friend, Satomi Yajima, has gone missing and eventually learns she's being manipulated by The Jahana Group.

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