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* ''Franchise/RoboCop'': Believe it or not, [[http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2010/04/paul-verhoeven-robocop-was-a-jesus-metaphor Robo's the American Jesus.]]. Paul Verhoeven said he wanted to make a film about an "American Jesus" and there are multiple allusions to this, like Murphy being mocked and tortured before he's killed (and the ImpaledPalm scene), his dying and being resurrected, and a scene where it looks like he's walking on water. He even gets pierced in his side with a spear.

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* ''Franchise/RoboCop'': Believe it or not, [[http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2010/04/paul-verhoeven-robocop-was-a-jesus-metaphor [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150923122229/http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2010/04/paul-verhoeven-robocop-was-a-jesus-metaphor/ Robo's the American Jesus.]]. Paul Verhoeven said he wanted to make a film about an "American Jesus" and there are multiple allusions to this, like Murphy being mocked and tortured before he's killed (and the ImpaledPalm scene), his dying and being resurrected, and a scene where it looks like he's walking on water. He even gets pierced in his side with a spear.


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* TrueCompanions who follow him.
* [[BetrayalTropes Betrayal by one of those followers]].
* [[CassandraTruth Persecution by nonbelievers]].
* CrucifiedHeroShot (or other parallels to the PassionPlay).
* [[DiedHappilyEverAfter Figurative]] or [[BackFromTheDead literal]] resurrection.
* A SecondComing.
* [[SignificantMonogram The initials JC]].

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* TrueCompanions who follow him.
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* [[BetrayalTropes Betrayal by one of those followers]].
followers]]
* [[CassandraTruth Persecution by nonbelievers]].
nonbelievers]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot (or other parallels to the PassionPlay).
PassionPlay)
* [[DiedHappilyEverAfter Figurative]] or [[BackFromTheDead literal]] resurrection.
resurrection
* A SecondComing.
SecondComing
* [[SignificantMonogram The initials JC]].
JC]]


* [[ByronicHero Oddly]] [[AntiHero enough]], [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has very strong (albeit incomplete) elements of this. He has a confrontation with a Satanic villain (Loki) who tries and fails to make him fall to TheDarkSide, he is betrayed by the WSC, who ruthlessly orders the entire island of Manhattan to be nuked, he carries the nuke on his back through the city, saves the island and everyone on it by sacrificing his life to haul the nuke into space--by rising up through a wormhole into deep space, dies (temporarily, when his heart and lungs fail), falls back to earth, and then comes back to life.

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* [[ByronicHero Oddly]] [[AntiHero enough]], [[Film/IronMan [[Characters/MCUIronMan Tony Stark]] in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has very strong (albeit incomplete) elements of this. He has a confrontation with a Satanic villain (Loki) who tries and fails to make him fall to TheDarkSide, he is betrayed by the WSC, who ruthlessly orders the entire island of Manhattan to be nuked, he carries the nuke on his back through the city, saves the island and everyone on it by sacrificing his life to haul the nuke into space--by rising up through a wormhole into deep space, dies (temporarily, when his heart and lungs fail), falls back to earth, and then comes back to life.



*** The reason his archetype is incomplete is because he's not the only hero in the film: most prominently, the person who actually saves the world is Natasha, the very non-Messianic GuileHero who turns Loki (who is something of a ShadowArchetype for her)'s weapon [[HoistByHisOwnPetard against him to close the portal]], and the person who [[BigGood actually leads the forces of good]] is [[TheHero Steve]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Rogers]], who also has some messianic stuff going on, some of which is carried over from his [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger solo movie]] where he was TheChosenOne, and also with his status as a legend and source of hope who sacrificed himself and has had a "second coming" by getting unfrozen from the ice.

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*** The reason his archetype is incomplete is because he's not the only hero in the film: most prominently, the person who actually saves the world is Natasha, [[Characters/MCUBlackWidow Natasha]], the very non-Messianic GuileHero who turns Loki [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] (who is something of a ShadowArchetype for her)'s weapon [[HoistByHisOwnPetard against him to close the portal]], and the person who [[BigGood actually leads the forces of good]] is [[TheHero Steve]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica [[Characters/MCUCaptainAmerica Rogers]], who also has some messianic stuff going on, some of which is carried over from his [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger solo movie]] where he was TheChosenOne, and also with his status as a legend and source of hope who sacrificed himself and has had a "second coming" by getting unfrozen from the ice.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALLE}}''. In the film, he unwittingly saves humanity when he discovers a small plant that Eve later discovers. He is also noteworthy as being the only function ''WALL-E'' unit that was still functioning, and much like Christ, WALL-E dies and has a "resurrection" of sorts. He also came into contact with two humans on the ''Axiom'' named John and Mary.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALLE}}''. In the film, he unwittingly saves humanity when he discovers a small plant that Eve later discovers. retrieves. He is also noteworthy as being the only function functional ''WALL-E'' unit that was still functioning, operating, and much like Christ, WALL-E dies and has a "resurrection" of sorts. He also came into contact with two humans on the ''Axiom'' named John and Mary.Mary who discover that there was more to life than luxury.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALLE}}''. In the film, he unwittingly saves humanity when he discovers a small plant that Eve later discovers. He is also noteworthy as being the only function ''WALL-E'' unit that was still functioning, and much like Christ, WALL-E dies and has a "resurrection" of sorts. He also came into contact with two humans on the ''Axiom'' named John and Mary.


* ''Film/TheLionKing'': There is Mufasa. He dies after saving his son from the wildebeest stampede and has an ascension of sorts by joining the past kings in the sky.

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* ''Film/TheLionKing'': ''Disney/TheLionKing'': There is Mufasa. He dies after saving his son from the wildebeest stampede and has an ascension of sorts by joining the past kings in the sky.

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* ''Film/TheLionKing'': There is Mufasa. He dies after saving his son from the wildebeest stampede and has an ascension of sorts by joining the past kings in the sky.


* [[ByronicHero Oddly]] [[AntiHero enough]], [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has very strong (albeit incomplete) elements of this. He has a confrontation with a Satanic villain (Loki) who tries and fails to make him fall to TheDarkSide, he is betrayed by the WSC, who ruthlessly orders the entire island of Manhattan to be nuked, he carries the nuke on his back through the city, saves the island and everyone on it by sacrificing his life to haul the nuke into space--by rising up through a wormhole into deep space, dies (temporarily, when his heart and lungs fail), falls back to earth, and then comes back to life. The reason his archetype is incomplete is because he's not the only hero in the film: most prominently, the person who actually saves the world is Natasha, the very non-Messianic GuileHero who turns Loki (who is something of a ShadowArchetype for her)'s weapon [[HoistByHisOwnPetard against him to close the portal]], and the person who [[BigGood actually leads the forces of good]] is [[TheHero Steve]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Rogers]], who also has some messianic stuff going on, some of which is carried over from his [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger solo movie]] where he was TheChosenOne, and also with his status as a legend and source of hope who sacrificed himself and has had a "second coming" by getting unfrozen from the ice.

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* [[ByronicHero Oddly]] [[AntiHero enough]], [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has very strong (albeit incomplete) elements of this. He has a confrontation with a Satanic villain (Loki) who tries and fails to make him fall to TheDarkSide, he is betrayed by the WSC, who ruthlessly orders the entire island of Manhattan to be nuked, he carries the nuke on his back through the city, saves the island and everyone on it by sacrificing his life to haul the nuke into space--by rising up through a wormhole into deep space, dies (temporarily, when his heart and lungs fail), falls back to earth, and then comes back to life. The life.
** In ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', Tony saves Earth and all of existence by [[spoiler:wielding the Infinity Gauntlet and wipes out Thanos' forces with it at the cost of his life]].
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reason his archetype is incomplete is because he's not the only hero in the film: most prominently, the person who actually saves the world is Natasha, the very non-Messianic GuileHero who turns Loki (who is something of a ShadowArchetype for her)'s weapon [[HoistByHisOwnPetard against him to close the portal]], and the person who [[BigGood actually leads the forces of good]] is [[TheHero Steve]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Rogers]], who also has some messianic stuff going on, some of which is carried over from his [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger solo movie]] where he was TheChosenOne, and also with his status as a legend and source of hope who sacrificed himself and has had a "second coming" by getting unfrozen from the ice.

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* Monika Schäfer from ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns Dragonfall'' is a subversion. At the beginning of the game Monika dies, and her death becomes key in averting a potentially world-ending plot, and in her home, the Kreuzbazar, people gush about how great she was and all the good things she did. However, as soon as you start digging, the cracks begin to appear. While she did do a great deal of good, her advice got Simmy Kim addicted to BTL sims, she never even took notice of Sam Beckenbauer's charity, seemingly because of anti-ork prejudice, and for all her claims of being an anarchist she essentially ran Kreuzbazar as her own little kingdom and clamped down hard on dissent.


** Creator/TomBaker (a [[RaisedCatholic former Catholic monk]] who thus tends to relate everything to religion) has commented that he found the Fourth Doctor to resonate with him as a messianic figure--he described the Doctor as a 'perfect man' with superhuman understanding and boundless magnanimity, who descends from the sky to defeat evil and save people with faith and love. In fact, the messianism is one of the aspects of the Doctor's character that the seriously LostInCharacter Baker struggled to live up to in his real life, to the detriment of his mental health. So that's the performance then; as for the writing, "The Ark in Space" casts him as a figure removed from humanity bringing chosen people back from the dead after the end of the world; "Genesis of the Daleks" pits him against a DarkMessiah; "The Masque of Mandragora" put him in a church-like TARDIS with a mirror as its centrepiece; "The Deadly Assassin" has a significant scene of being dunked under a river in a billowing white shirt; "The Face of Evil" has him acquiring a companion who is explicitly his disciple and saving her from being tortured with thorns in his name; and there are many other incidental scenes throughout the rest of the Hinchcliffe era. Note also that Baker makes a point of pronouncing "Gallifrey" to sound as close as he can make it to "Galilee". It's a lot more subtle than with the Tenth, though, and heavily lets up when Graham Williams takes over as producer.

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** Creator/TomBaker (a [[RaisedCatholic former Catholic monk]] who thus tends to relate everything to religion) has commented that he found the Fourth Doctor to resonate with him as a messianic figure--he figure he described the Doctor as a 'perfect man' "perfect man" with superhuman understanding and boundless magnanimity, who descends from the sky to defeat evil and save people with faith and love. In fact, the messianism is one of the aspects of the Doctor's character that the seriously LostInCharacter Baker struggled to live up to in his real life, to the detriment of his mental health. So that's the performance then; as for the writing, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace "The Ark in Space" Space"]] casts him as a figure removed from humanity bringing chosen people back from the dead after the end of the world; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks" Daleks"]] pits him against a DarkMessiah; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora "The Masque of Mandragora" Mandragora"]] put him in a church-like TARDIS with a mirror as its centrepiece; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin" Assassin"]] has a significant scene of being dunked under a river in a billowing white shirt; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil "The Face of Evil" Evil"]] has him acquiring a companion who is explicitly his disciple and saving her from being tortured with thorns in his name; and there are many other incidental scenes throughout the rest of the Hinchcliffe era. Note also that Baker makes a point of pronouncing "Gallifrey" to sound as close as he can make it to "Galilee". It's a lot more subtle than with the Tenth, though, and heavily lets up when Graham Williams takes over as producer.


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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jon Snow is set up this way, what with the noble nature and the mysterious parentage and the possibly being the only hope for a good future for the common folk and the looking like Jesus. And, of course, the whole "being betrayed by his followers and then brought back from the dead" thing.
** King Baelor Targaryen is a deconstruction. Many of the characteristics that made him a beloved ruler among the smallfolk also got in the way of his actual job of ruling and his responsibility to perpetuate the royal line.
** Daenerys Targaryen definitely invokes some Christ parallels. The Dothraki think she will give birth to the Stallion that Mounts the World and this seems to connect to a prophecy that she herself believes which marks her as the Dragon of the Targaryens, which seems to be confirmed when she successfully hatches three dragons. It's not clear yet if the prophesies surrounding her involve the good kind of messiah or the bad one. Jorah Mormont seems to think this. Out of everyone who's vying for the Iron Throne, he believes Daenerys is the only claimant with a good heart and the inner-strength that would win her the love of her subjects and the fear of her enemies. On the other hand, he's probably a little biased. It's taken even further in Season 3, where she's responsible for freeing the Army of the Unsullied from slavery, as well as liberating the slaves of Astapor and Yunkai. In all instances, the former slaves pledge their UndyingLoyalty to her and come to revere her as their saviour, and in Seasons 5 and 6, it is revealed that many of the Red Priests of Volantis consider her their religion's ChosenOne, in place of Stannis.
** Stannis Baratheon, according to Melisandre. Turns out she was wrong in identity, but right in general geography. Stannis wasn't the Chosen One but he would meet the true Chosen One, Jon Snow, and play an indirect role in his path to destiny.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', this is brought UpToEleven for [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]. Where to even start...
** He had a crucifixion pose at least twice ("Pilot", "Salvation"; yes, we are aware of the allusion in the second episode title).
** In "Hidden", [[spoiler:he is pronounced dead, covered by a sheet then the body disappears and is resurrected by his father]].
** All the talk about him being the "[[LightIsGood light]]" in "Finale".
** Him being an essentially NiceGuy who also leads his TrueCompanions against evil.



* Subverted with Brother Justin in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''; he's an outwardly saintly Methodist preacher with a "special destiny"... who turns out to be the Antichrist. It takes him, and us, a while to realize that.

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* Subverted with Brother Justin in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''; Captain Sheridan of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is referred to messianically several times, particularly after his return from the dead (following an intended HeroicSacrifice) at the beginning of season four. Whether or not he's an outwardly saintly Methodist preacher a true ChosenOne is up for argument. (He is often referred to as simply "the right person, in the right place, at the right time.") However, he does amass a loyal following, something necessary for his role as leader in both the war against the Shadows and LaResistance against Earth's totalitarian government. President Clark, his most important single enemy, was apparently "obsessed with a "special destiny"... him," and promoted vicious smear campaigns against him. Many people treated him like he was divine, and though he did try to dissuade them from that belief, it still influenced his soured relations with [[spoiler:Michael Garibaldi]], one of his most trusted friends, who eventually betrayed him for personal gains (though it turns out [[spoiler:he was a ManchurianAgent]].) When he sets the trap to capture Sheridan, he even comments, "I think the last guy got thirty pieces of silver for the same job." Flashforward segments in the episode "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars," show that 100 years later, academics are analyzing Sheridan's life in much the same way people today analyze the mythology surrounding Jesus, and 500 years later a group of monks are shown with an illuminated text, in which Sheridan is said to have "risen from the dead" and then "ascended into Heaven." Slight exaggerations in this case, but not entirely untrue.
** It is suggested that the Minbari also think this of Delenn, since she is one of the foremost spiritual and political leaders of her people, but is vilified by members of opposing clans. Once she proves herself willing to make a HeroicSacrifice to save their people, however, she is widely lauded as a hero. In fact, at one point a human who is plotting to kill Delenn comments that the Minbari "think she's like the Second Coming", and the reveal of her rebirth after the beginning of season two is accompanied by G'Kar reading a Yeats poem entitled "The Second Coming". Perhaps not a coincidence. The flashforwards mentioned earlier also indicate a similar mythology surrounding Delenn developing in the centuries following the events of the show.
** For the Minbari, Valen is a sort of Messiah. He appeared suddenly at a time of great need, accompanied by angelic beings, sometime around Earth year AD 1300. After saving the Minbari from the Shadows, he then reformed their society and government, taught them philosophy, and eventually vanished without a trace. There is belief among the Minbari that [[SecondComing Valen will come again]], and as is revealed in the course of the series [[spoiler:it's true, but not in the way they thought. Valen is actually Jeffrey Sinclair, who traveled through time to save the Minbari and transformed himself into one of them.]]
** To add to the messianic parallels, these three characters are referred to collectively as The One, because of the way they all play a crucial role in the defeat of the Shadows and the union of the Minbari and Human people. (Again, whether that definitively makes them {{Chosen One}}s is up for discussion, depending in whether one considers fate
to be involved.)
** G'Kar, as well, whose self-sacrifice for
the Antichrist. It takes him, and us, a while Narns leads to realize that.a religion being formed around him - he even gets 39 lashes.



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The Vulcan philosopher Surak is more of a Space Creator/{{Confucius}} than a Space Jesus (right down to his major work being titled ''Analects''), but we still have him saving a people from themselves through his teachings (despite those teachings having been misinterpreted, per ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''), acquired a cadre of followers, and died a violent death before his work was completed (specifically a nuclear detonation that gave him radiation poisoning). There was also a group that rejected his teachings, who became the Romulans.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Jean-Luc Picard was necessary for Earth's survival. Without him [[FateWorseThanDeath becoming Locutus]], Earth would have been [[FateWorseThanDeath assimilated by the Borg]].
*** The Klingon have a KungFuJesus archetype called Kahless. Everything relating to his backstory builds him up as a godlike warrior. Before his death, he promised to return in the future and help restore peace and honor to his people. In "Rightful Heir", a clone of him is made, sparking a controversy between the Klingon.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Benjamin Sisko is the Emissary of the Prophets, the messiah figure in the Bajoran religion. It turns out that [[spoiler:the Prophets even used their knowledge of the future to orchestrate the events of Sisko's birth]]. Sisko is initially put off by the idea of being a messiah, but eventually embraces the role.
* There is a strong suggestion that ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Locke is the AllLovingHero to the Others or the island itself. The Others have suggested they've been waiting for him, because he is very special. Also, as seen in season 4, [[spoiler:he dies, and must be returned to the island. Season 5 update: he appears to have resurrected and gained new knowledge and confidence (as you might expect a person to in such a circumstance), but it turned out to be nothing but a trick, with him still dead after a miserable life and some ancient...power, masquerading as him]]
** Season Six Jack seems to have taken over Locke's role in this archetype.
* An episode of ''Series/KingdomHospital'' involved the Reverend Jimmy being found crucified, followed by a series of miracles re-enacting those of the New Testament. Unusual in that his Messianic Archetype status only becomes evident ''after'' he's died.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The Vulcan philosopher Surak is more of
Subverted with Brother Justin in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''; he's an outwardly saintly Methodist preacher with a Space Creator/{{Confucius}} than a Space Jesus (right down to his major work being titled ''Analects''), but we still have him saving a people from themselves through his teachings (despite those teachings having been misinterpreted, per ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''), acquired a cadre of followers, and died a violent death before his work was completed (specifically a nuclear detonation that gave him radiation poisoning). There was also a group that rejected his teachings, "special destiny"... who became the Romulans.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Jean-Luc Picard was necessary for Earth's survival. Without him [[FateWorseThanDeath becoming Locutus]], Earth would have been [[FateWorseThanDeath assimilated by the Borg]].
*** The Klingon have a KungFuJesus archetype called Kahless. Everything relating to his backstory builds him up as a godlike warrior. Before his death, he promised to return in the future and help restore peace and honor to his people. In "Rightful Heir", a clone of him is made, sparking a controversy between the Klingon.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Benjamin Sisko is the Emissary of the Prophets, the messiah figure in the Bajoran religion. It
turns out that [[spoiler:the Prophets even used their knowledge of the future to orchestrate the events of Sisko's birth]]. Sisko is initially put off by the idea of being a messiah, but eventually embraces the role.
* There is a strong suggestion that ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Locke is the AllLovingHero to the Others or the island itself. The Others have suggested they've been waiting for him, because he is very special. Also, as seen in season 4, [[spoiler:he dies, and must be returned to the island. Season 5 update: he appears to have resurrected and gained new knowledge and confidence (as you might expect a person to in such a circumstance), but it turned out
to be nothing but a trick, with him still dead after a miserable life the Antichrist. It takes him, and some ancient...power, masquerading as him]]
** Season Six Jack seems
us, a while to have taken over Locke's role in this archetype.
* An episode of ''Series/KingdomHospital'' involved the Reverend Jimmy being found crucified, followed by a series of miracles re-enacting those of the New Testament. Unusual in that his Messianic Archetype status only becomes evident ''after'' he's died.
realize that.



** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]], Martha Jones walks the world alone for a year after The Master successfully takes over and reduces the planet to [[CrapsackWorld a living hell hole]] in preparation for his plan to go on to conquer the universe. She becomes something of a legend, considered to be a savior who will defeat the Master. Martha's means of saving the world however involves spreading stories about the Doctor ''"no weapons, just words"'', as well as leaving an instruction, and insisting the whole time that the Doctor is the actual saviour.
** The RTD era is a subversion as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] thoroughly demonstrates that [[spoiler: once the Doctor starts thinking of himself as a saviour or god, he becomes more of a DarkMessiah]] and that, ultimately, all the messiah metaphors scattered throughout Series 1-4 aren't meant to indicate anything good. In the post-S4 specials, the Tenth Doctor [[spoiler:receives notice of his own death, undergoes a final temptation (and succumbs, which Adelaide Brooke soon corrects him on), has an Agony in the Garden plea after he hears Wilf knock, and then finally -- angrily, but lovingly -- agrees to sacrifice himself, though it will be prolonged and painful and in the end he'll be alone.]] Hello allegory!



*** "The Face of Evil" also has him wipe the mind of an evil godlike computer using a crown-of-thorns-like device that fries his brain and leaves him unconscious for two days, leaving him to revive on the third day...
** The Creator/StevenMoffat era plays the Doctor-as-Messianic-Archetype concept straight until Series 9, when he undergoes another dark period in the three-part finale: In "Face the Raven" he is betrayed by someone who owes him his life -- specifically, [[spoiler: he ''brought her back to life'']] -- and to make matters worse [[spoiler: it accidentally gets his beloved Clara killed]]. Clara tells him he ''can't'' let his resultant anguish change him, even though he's being sent to a place where he'll have absolutely no one to help him. In "Heaven Sent" it turns out to be a torture chamber that torments him with his own nightmares, and he is DrivenToMadness, ultimately [[spoiler: undergoing a cycle of, effectively, death and revival ''billions of times over'']] until he's free. Having effectively been forsaken by the ''entire universe'', in "Hell Bent" he becomes a vengeful, heartsick WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who chooses to risk the safety of the universe on the TragicDream of [[spoiler: saving Clara, which violates a fixed point in time]], feeling he is owed this after all he's done for it and that he is no longer accountable to anyone. But he is ultimately convinced of the wrongness of these actions and not only repents, but [[spoiler: loses her ''and'' his key memories of her]] so he can return to his best self. The villains do not get the punishments they deserve (they get off lightly compared to their crimes or [[KarmaHoudini escape it altogether]]), and he sacrifices personal happiness in favor of continuing to serve the greater good -- even though he knows the universe will never make up for the horrors he's faced in this StoryArc alone, much less reward him for all the good he's done.
* Stefan Salvatore of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Stefan is depicted as a heroic, noble and selfless saviour and protector.
** Not to mention that his last name means "Savior" in Italian.
* Jack Harkness of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Betrayed by his team and killed, rose from the dead, sacrifices himself to basically stop the devil from killing everyone in the world, dies again, and comes back after exactly three days to tell his killer that he forgives him. That's just the series one finale. The second one does so a little bit too but then the third series utterly and totally subverts it.
* Dean Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. While he drinks, cheats, steals, and enjoys the company of loose women (at least in the first three seasons), he's also got a tendency to sacrifice himself and would do so to save a stranger's life without hesitation. He starts off as the only member of the Winchester family who hunts for the sake of saving people instead of revenge and is also the most selfless and martyr-like individual on the show. By Season 4, however, this becomes nearly WordOfGod as after he's sent to Hell, an army of angels descends to Hell to save him and resurrect him, complete with crucifix imagery as he claws his way from his own grave. The title of the episode this happened in brings even more religious allusions: Lazarus Rising.
** In season 5, the [[BatmanGambit angelic plan is revealed]], as [[spoiler:Dean is "destined" to be the human vessel for the archangel Michael, the only angel powerful enough to stop Lucifer]].
*** ''Sam'' also has his own share of Messianic imagery, as season 5 ends with [[spoiler:him in the crucifixion pose, sacrificing himself to seal away both Lucifer and Michael who were to bring about the Apocalypse]]. This becomes even more ironic as thanks to his demonic destiny that's alluded to throughout the seasons--[[spoiler:to be the vessel for Lucifer,]] he's also set up as an {{Antichrist}}.
* Captain Sheridan of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is referred to messianically several times, particularly after his return from the dead (following an intended HeroicSacrifice) at the beginning of season four. Whether or not he's a true ChosenOne is up for argument. (He is often referred to as simply "the right person, in the right place, at the right time.") However, he does amass a loyal following, something necessary for his role as leader in both the war against the Shadows and LaResistance against Earth's totalitarian government. President Clark, his most important single enemy, was apparently "obsessed with him," and promoted vicious smear campaigns against him. Many people treated him like he was divine, and though he did try to dissuade them from that belief, it still influenced his soured relations with [[spoiler:Michael Garibaldi]], one of his most trusted friends, who eventually betrayed him for personal gains (though it turns out [[spoiler:he was a ManchurianAgent]].) When he sets the trap to capture Sheridan, he even comments, "I think the last guy got thirty pieces of silver for the same job." Flashforward segments in the episode "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars," show that 100 years later, academics are analyzing Sheridan's life in much the same way people today analyze the mythology surrounding Jesus, and 500 years later a group of monks are shown with an illuminated text, in which Sheridan is said to have "risen from the dead" and then "ascended into Heaven." Slight exaggerations in this case, but not entirely untrue.
** It is suggested that the Minbari also think this of Delenn, since she is one of the foremost spiritual and political leaders of her people, but is vilified by members of opposing clans. Once she proves herself willing to make a HeroicSacrifice to save their people, however, she is widely lauded as a hero. In fact, at one point a human who is plotting to kill Delenn comments that the Minbari "think she's like the Second Coming", and the reveal of her rebirth after the beginning of season two is accompanied by G'Kar reading a Yeats poem entitled "The Second Coming". Perhaps not a coincidence. The flashforwards mentioned earlier also indicate a similar mythology surrounding Delenn developing in the centuries following the events of the show.
** For the Minbari, Valen is a sort of Messiah. He appeared suddenly at a time of great need, accompanied by angelic beings, sometime around Earth year AD 1300. After saving the Minbari from the Shadows, he then reformed their society and government, taught them philosophy, and eventually vanished without a trace. There is belief among the Minbari that [[SecondComing Valen will come again]], and as is revealed in the course of the series [[spoiler:it's true, but not in the way they thought. Valen is actually Jeffrey Sinclair, who traveled through time to save the Minbari and transformed himself into one of them.]]
** To add to the messianic parallels, these three characters are referred to collectively as The One, because of the way they all play a crucial role in the defeat of the Shadows and the union of the Minbari and Human people. (Again, whether that definitively makes them {{Chosen One}}s is up for discussion, depending in whether one considers fate to be involved.)
** G'Kar, as well, whose self-sacrifice for the Narns leads to a religion being formed around him - he even gets 39 lashes.
* The titlular character of ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati'' (note the "J.C.", although his actual surname is Monad) might be Jesus, or perhaps an angel or some other supernatural being, but the [[ShortRunners short-lived]]show never got around to giving a straight answer to that question, if indeed the creators ever intended to.
* It takes watching every episode of ''Series/KeyWest'' produced to realize it, but [=JoJo=] Nabouli is a MessianicArchetype. Everywhere he goes, good things happen to people who follow his advice. He hates no one and supports everyone. He always has a message to teach, even to people who don't think they need to learn. He is fortunate enough that, even when he falls ass-backward into piles of manure, he comes out spotless with a rose in his teeth. And when a friend needs a hand, he gives it without question.

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*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil "The Face of Evil" Evil"]] also has him wipe the mind of an evil godlike computer using a crown-of-thorns-like device that fries his brain and leaves him unconscious for two days, leaving him to revive on the third day...
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]], Martha Jones walks the world alone for a year after the Master successfully takes over and reduces the planet to [[CrapsackWorld a living hell hole]] in preparation for his plan to go on to conquer the universe. She becomes something of a legend, considered to be a savior who will defeat the Master. Martha's means of saving the world however involves spreading stories about the Doctor ''"no weapons, just words"'', as well as leaving an instruction, and insisting the whole time that the Doctor is the actual saviour.
** The RTD era is a subversion as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] thoroughly demonstrates that [[spoiler:once the Doctor starts thinking of himself as a saviour or god, he becomes more of a DarkMessiah]] and that, ultimately, all the messiah metaphors scattered throughout Series 1-4 aren't meant to indicate anything good. In the post-S4 specials, the Tenth Doctor [[spoiler:receives notice of his own death, undergoes a final temptation (and succumbs, which Adelaide Brooke soon corrects him on), has an Agony in the Garden plea after he hears Wilf knock, and then finally angrily, but lovingly agrees to sacrifice himself, though it will be prolonged and painful and in the end he'll be alone.]] Hello allegory!
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The Creator/StevenMoffat era plays the Doctor-as-Messianic-Archetype concept straight until Series 9, when he undergoes another dark period in the three-part finale: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven "Face the Raven" Raven"]] he is betrayed by someone who owes him his her life -- specifically, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he ''brought her back to life'']] -- and to make matters worse [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it accidentally gets his beloved Clara killed]]. Clara tells him he ''can't'' let his resultant anguish change him, even though he's being sent to a place where he'll have absolutely no one to help him. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent" Sent"]] it turns out to be a torture chamber that torments him with his own nightmares, and he is DrivenToMadness, ultimately [[spoiler: undergoing [[spoiler:undergoing a cycle of, effectively, death and revival ''billions of times over'']] until he's free. Having effectively been forsaken by the ''entire universe'', in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent" Bent"]] he becomes a vengeful, heartsick WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who chooses to risk the safety of the universe on the TragicDream of [[spoiler: saving [[spoiler:saving Clara, which violates a fixed point in time]], feeling he is owed this after all he's done for it and that he is no longer accountable to anyone. But he is ultimately convinced of the wrongness of these actions and not only repents, but [[spoiler: loses [[spoiler:loses her ''and'' his key memories of her]] so he can return to his best self. The villains do not get the punishments they deserve (they get off lightly compared to their crimes or [[KarmaHoudini escape it altogether]]), and he sacrifices personal happiness in favor of continuing to serve the greater good -- even though he knows the universe will never make up for the horrors he's faced in this StoryArc alone, much less reward him for all the good he's done.
* Stefan Salvatore of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Stefan ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jon Snow
is depicted as a heroic, set up this way, what with the noble nature and selfless saviour the mysterious parentage and protector.
** Not to mention that his last name means "Savior" in Italian.
* Jack Harkness of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Betrayed by his team and killed, rose from
the dead, sacrifices himself to basically stop the devil from killing everyone in the world, dies again, and comes back after exactly three days to tell his killer that he forgives him. That's just the series one finale. The second one does so a little bit too but then the third series utterly and totally subverts it.
* Dean Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. While he drinks, cheats, steals, and enjoys the company of loose women (at least in the first three seasons), he's also got a tendency to sacrifice himself and would do so to save a stranger's life without hesitation. He starts off as
possibly being the only member of the Winchester family who hunts hope for a good future for the sake of saving people instead of revenge common folk and is also the most selfless and martyr-like individual on the show. By Season 4, however, this becomes nearly WordOfGod as after he's sent to Hell, an army of angels descends to Hell to save him and resurrect him, complete with crucifix imagery as he claws his way from his own grave. The title of the episode this happened in brings even more religious allusions: Lazarus Rising.
** In season 5, the [[BatmanGambit angelic plan is revealed]], as [[spoiler:Dean is "destined" to be the human vessel for the archangel Michael, the only angel powerful enough to stop Lucifer]].
*** ''Sam'' also has his own share of Messianic imagery, as season 5 ends with [[spoiler:him in the crucifixion pose, sacrificing himself to seal away both Lucifer and Michael who were to bring about the Apocalypse]]. This becomes even more ironic as thanks to his demonic destiny that's alluded to throughout the seasons--[[spoiler:to be the vessel for Lucifer,]] he's also set up as an {{Antichrist}}.
* Captain Sheridan of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is referred to messianically several times, particularly after his return from the dead (following an intended HeroicSacrifice) at the beginning of season four. Whether or not he's a true ChosenOne is up for argument. (He is often referred to as simply "the right person, in the right place, at the right time.") However, he does amass a loyal following, something necessary for his role as leader in both the war against the Shadows and LaResistance against Earth's totalitarian government. President Clark, his most important single enemy, was apparently "obsessed with him," and promoted vicious smear campaigns against him. Many people treated him
looking like he was divine, and though he did try to dissuade them from that belief, it still influenced his soured relations with [[spoiler:Michael Garibaldi]], one Jesus. And, of his most trusted friends, who eventually course, the whole "being betrayed him for personal gains (though it turns out [[spoiler:he was a ManchurianAgent]].) When he sets the trap to capture Sheridan, he even comments, "I think the last guy got thirty pieces of silver for the same job." Flashforward segments in the episode "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars," show that 100 years later, academics are analyzing Sheridan's life in much the same way people today analyze the mythology surrounding Jesus, by his followers and 500 years later a group of monks are shown with an illuminated text, in which Sheridan is said to have "risen then brought back from the dead" and then "ascended into Heaven." Slight exaggerations in this case, but not entirely untrue.
thing.
** It King Baelor Targaryen is suggested that the Minbari also think this of Delenn, since she is one a deconstruction. Many of the foremost spiritual characteristics that made him a beloved ruler among the smallfolk also got in the way of his actual job of ruling and political leaders of her people, but is vilified by members of opposing clans. Once his responsibility to perpetuate the royal line.
** Daenerys Targaryen definitely invokes some Christ parallels. The Dothraki think
she proves will give birth to the Stallion that Mounts the World and this seems to connect to a prophecy that she herself willing believes which marks her as the Dragon of the Targaryens, which seems to make a HeroicSacrifice to save their people, however, be confirmed when she is widely lauded as a hero. In fact, at one point a human who is plotting to kill Delenn comments that successfully hatches three dragons. It's not clear yet if the Minbari "think she's like the Second Coming", and the reveal of her rebirth after the beginning of season two is accompanied by G'Kar reading a Yeats poem entitled "The Second Coming". Perhaps not a coincidence. The flashforwards mentioned earlier also indicate a similar mythology prophesies surrounding Delenn developing in her involve the centuries following good kind of messiah or the events bad one. Jorah Mormont seems to think this. Out of everyone who's vying for the Iron Throne, he believes Daenerys is the only claimant with a good heart and the inner-strength that would win her the love of her subjects and the fear of her enemies. On the other hand, he's probably a little biased. It's taken even further in Season 3, where she's responsible for freeing the Army of the show.
** For the Minbari, Valen is a sort of Messiah. He appeared suddenly at a time of great need, accompanied by angelic beings, sometime around Earth year AD 1300. After saving the Minbari
Unsullied from slavery, as well as liberating the Shadows, he then reformed slaves of Astapor and Yunkai. In all instances, the former slaves pledge their society UndyingLoyalty to her and government, taught them philosophy, and eventually vanished without a trace. There is belief among the Minbari that [[SecondComing Valen will come again]], to revere her as their saviour, and as in Seasons 5 and 6, it is revealed in the course that many of the series [[spoiler:it's true, Red Priests of Volantis consider her their religion's ChosenOne, in place of Stannis.
** Stannis Baratheon, according to Melisandre. Turns out she was wrong in identity,
but not right in general geography. Stannis wasn't the way they thought. Valen is actually Jeffrey Sinclair, who traveled through time to save Chosen One but he would meet the Minbari and transformed himself into one of them.]]
** To add to the messianic parallels, these three characters are referred to collectively as The
true Chosen One, because of the way they all Jon Snow, and play a crucial an indirect role in the defeat of the Shadows and the union of the Minbari and Human people. (Again, whether that definitively makes them {{Chosen One}}s is up for discussion, depending in whether one considers fate to be involved.)
** G'Kar, as well, whose self-sacrifice for the Narns leads to a religion being formed around him - he even gets 39 lashes.
* The titlular character of ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati'' (note the "J.C.", although
his actual surname is Monad) might be Jesus, or perhaps an angel or some other supernatural being, but the [[ShortRunners short-lived]]show never got around path to giving a straight answer to that question, if indeed the creators ever intended to.
* It takes watching every episode of ''Series/KeyWest'' produced to realize it, but [=JoJo=] Nabouli is a MessianicArchetype. Everywhere he goes, good things happen to people who follow his advice. He hates no one and supports everyone. He always has a message to teach, even to people who don't think they need to learn. He is fortunate enough that, even when he falls ass-backward into piles of manure, he comes out spotless with a rose in his teeth. And when a friend needs a hand, he gives it without question.
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** Of course, considering that ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' take a more [[GodisEvil cruel]] take on God with it's focus on horror and the macabre, Will Graham might not be the [[DarkMessiah messiah]] you're looking for.
* The main character Tendou in Series/KamenRiderKabuto. Born with amazing natural talent, trained to be the best in everything, told all his life that he will one day save mankind, and [[SubvertedTrope acts insufferably smug and superior as a result of it all.]]
* Emma Swan of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is known across several realms as "The Savior" a role which defines her destiny as breaking the Dark Curse and restoring happy endings. She has redeemed wicked souls, even in Hades through love and mercy. Emma choose to absorb the power of the Dark One in a selfless act to prevent its evil from corrupting any other soul. Her mother Snow White is renamed Mary Margaret under the curse. Her father David was a shepherd. (Jesus was born in the House of David and is called the Good Shepherd) If that was not enough, at the end of season six Emma has dinner with her friends and family which becomes an illustration that closely resembles The Last Supper in the story book.
* A number of heroes in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' fit -- compassionate and valiant [[AllLovingHero heroes who love and protect all of humanity]], even when they are aware of their imperfections. They also have a tendency to get crucified and resurrected as well, and usually have the defence team or friends as TrueCompanions supporting them against the monsters and aliens.

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** Of course, considering that ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' take a more [[GodisEvil cruel]] take on God with it's its focus on horror and the macabre, Will Graham might not be the [[DarkMessiah messiah]] you're looking for.
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* The titular character of ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati'' (note the "J.C.", although his actual surname is Monad) might be Jesus, or perhaps an angel or some other supernatural being, but the [[ShortRunners short-lived]]show never got around to giving a straight answer to that question, if indeed the creators ever intended to.
* The main character Tendou in Series/KamenRiderKabuto.''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''. Born with amazing natural talent, trained to be the best in everything, told all his life that he will one day save mankind, and [[SubvertedTrope acts insufferably smug and superior as a result of it all.]]
* Emma Swan It takes watching every episode of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' ''Series/KeyWest'' produced to realize it, but [=JoJo=] Nabouli is known across several realms as "The Savior" a role which defines her destiny as breaking the Dark Curse MessianicArchetype. Everywhere he goes, good things happen to people who follow his advice. He hates no one and restoring happy endings. She supports everyone. He always has redeemed wicked souls, a message to teach, even in Hades through love and mercy. Emma choose to absorb the power of the Dark One in a selfless act to prevent its evil from corrupting any other soul. Her mother Snow White is renamed Mary Margaret under the curse. Her father David was a shepherd. (Jesus was born in the House of David and is called the Good Shepherd) If that was not enough, at the end of season six Emma has dinner with her friends and family which becomes an illustration that closely resembles The Last Supper in the story book.
* A number of heroes in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' fit -- compassionate and valiant [[AllLovingHero heroes
people who love and protect all of humanity]], don't think they need to learn. He is fortunate enough that, even when they are aware he falls ass-backward into piles of their imperfections. They also have manure, he comes out spotless with a tendency to get crucified and resurrected as well, and usually have the defence team or friends as TrueCompanions supporting them against the monsters and aliens.rose in his teeth. And when a friend needs a hand, he gives it without question.



* An episode of ''Series/KingdomHospital'' involved the Reverend Jimmy being found crucified, followed by a series of miracles re-enacting those of the New Testament. Unusual in that his Messianic Archetype status only becomes evident ''after'' he's died.
* There is a strong suggestion that ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s Locke is the AllLovingHero to the Others or the island itself. The Others have suggested they've been waiting for him, because he is very special. Also, as seen in season 4, [[spoiler:he dies, and must be returned to the island. Season 5 update: he appears to have resurrected and gained new knowledge and confidence (as you might expect a person to in such a circumstance), but it turned out to be nothing but a trick, with him still dead after a miserable life and some ancient...power, masquerading as him]]
** Season Six Jack seems to have taken over Locke's role in this archetype.
* Emma Swan of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is known across several realms as "The Savior" a role which defines her destiny as breaking the Dark Curse and restoring happy endings. She has redeemed wicked souls, even in Hades through love and mercy. Emma choose to absorb the power of the Dark One in a selfless act to prevent its evil from corrupting any other soul. Her mother Snow White is renamed Mary Margaret under the curse. Her father David was a shepherd. (Jesus was born in the House of David and is called the Good Shepherd) If that was not enough, at the end of season six Emma has dinner with her friends and family which becomes an illustration that closely resembles The Last Supper in the story book.



* ''Series/StrangerThings'':
** Eleven is a girl with super powers (more like a yoda) who in the end of Season 1 [[spoiler: sacrifices herself to save her friends and kill a monster, only to come back in Season 2]]. Also, Mike pretty much prays to her every day for a straight year.

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* ''Series/StrangerThings'':
In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', this is brought UpToEleven for [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]. Where to even start...
** He had a crucifixion pose at least twice ("Pilot", "Salvation"; yes, we are aware of the allusion in the second episode title).
** In "Hidden", [[spoiler:he is pronounced dead, covered by a sheet then the body disappears and is resurrected by his father]].
** All the talk about him being the "[[LightIsGood light]]" in "Finale".
** Him being an essentially NiceGuy who also leads his TrueCompanions against evil.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The Vulcan philosopher Surak is more of a Space Creator/{{Confucius}} than a Space Jesus (right down to his major work being titled ''Analects''), but we still have him saving a people from themselves through his teachings (despite those teachings having been misinterpreted, per ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''), acquired a cadre of followers, and died a violent death before his work was completed (specifically a nuclear detonation that gave him radiation poisoning). There was also a group that rejected his teachings, who became the Romulans.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Jean-Luc Picard was necessary for Earth's survival. Without him [[FateWorseThanDeath becoming Locutus]], Earth would have been [[FateWorseThanDeath assimilated by the Borg]].
*** The Klingon have a KungFuJesus archetype called Kahless. Everything relating to his backstory builds him up as a godlike warrior. Before his death, he promised to return in the future and help restore peace and honor to his people. In "Rightful Heir", a clone of him is made, sparking a controversy between the Klingon.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Benjamin Sisko is the Emissary of the Prophets, the messiah figure in the Bajoran religion. It turns out that [[spoiler:the Prophets even used their knowledge of the future to orchestrate the events of Sisko's birth]]. Sisko is initially put off by the idea of being a messiah, but eventually embraces the role.
* ''Series/StrangerThings'':
Eleven is a girl with super powers (more like a yoda) who in the end of Season 1 [[spoiler: sacrifices herself to save her friends and kill a monster, only to come back in Season 2]]. Also, Mike pretty much prays to her every day for a straight year.year.
* Dean Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. While he drinks, cheats, steals, and enjoys the company of loose women (at least in the first three seasons), he's also got a tendency to sacrifice himself and would do so to save a stranger's life without hesitation. He starts off as the only member of the Winchester family who hunts for the sake of saving people instead of revenge and is also the most selfless and martyr-like individual on the show. By Season 4, however, this becomes nearly WordOfGod as after he's sent to Hell, an army of angels descends to Hell to save him and resurrect him, complete with crucifix imagery as he claws his way from his own grave. The title of the episode this happened in brings even more religious allusions: Lazarus Rising.
** In season 5, the [[BatmanGambit angelic plan is revealed]], as [[spoiler:Dean is "destined" to be the human vessel for the archangel Michael, the only angel powerful enough to stop Lucifer]].
*** ''Sam'' also has his own share of Messianic imagery, as season 5 ends with [[spoiler:him in the crucifixion pose, sacrificing himself to seal away both Lucifer and Michael who were to bring about the Apocalypse]]. This becomes even more ironic as thanks to his demonic destiny that's alluded to throughout the seasons--[[spoiler:to be the vessel for Lucifer,]] he's also set up as an {{Antichrist}}.
* Jack Harkness of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Betrayed by his team and killed, rose from the dead, sacrifices himself to basically stop the devil from killing everyone in the world, dies again, and comes back after exactly three days to tell his killer that he forgives him. That's just the series one finale. The second one does so a little bit too but then the third series utterly and totally subverts it.
* A number of heroes in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' fit -- compassionate and valiant [[AllLovingHero heroes who love and protect all of humanity]], even when they are aware of their imperfections. They also have a tendency to get crucified and resurrected as well, and usually have the defence team or friends as TrueCompanions supporting them against the monsters and aliens.
* Stefan Salvatore of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Stefan is depicted as a heroic, noble and selfless saviour and protector.
** Not to mention that his last name means "Savior" in Italian.



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** [[spoiler: [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovie The movie]] fulfills the 'betrayal' aspect of this trope for poor Madoka, and unlike many other examples of this trope, the effects of [[SatanicArchetype Homura's]] [[TheBadGuyWins betrayal stick]]. ''The messiah loses...''[[SequelHook at least for the moment.]]]]


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