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* Lelouch Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often compares himself to a Messiah who produces miracles (through his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry) and can be seen as a Messianic Archetype at the end of the series. Or more accurately, a DarkMessiah. [[spoiler:[[ZeroApprovalGambit He redirected all the entire world's hatred upon himself so that the world may be united against him as a common enemy, causing peace]].]]

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* Lelouch Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often compares himself to a Messiah who produces miracles (through his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry) and can be seen as a Messianic Archetype at the end of the series. Or more accurately, a DarkMessiah. [[spoiler:[[ZeroApprovalGambit He redirected all the entire world's hatred upon himself so that the world may be united against him as a common enemy, causing peace]].]]


* Eothas, god of light, renewal, and redemption, in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity''. He is a god particularly known for his forgiveness who took human form, walked among the poor, fed the starving, and [[spoiler:died attempting to save mankind]]. In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire'', he is even resurrected... though is resurrection involves him possessing a gigantic adra statue, destroying [[PlayerHeadquarters Caed Nua]], and leaving [[PlayerCharacter the Watcher]] near death, making him the game's de facto BigBad.

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* Eothas, god of light, renewal, and redemption, in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity''. He is a god particularly known for his forgiveness who took human form, walked among the poor, fed the starving, and [[spoiler:died attempting to save mankind]]. In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire'', he is even resurrected... though is his resurrection involves him possessing a gigantic adra statue, destroying [[PlayerHeadquarters Caed Nua]], and leaving [[PlayerCharacter the Watcher]] near death, making him the game's de facto BigBad.


** [[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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** [[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 [[FallenHero Homura's]] [[TheBadGuyWins betrayal stick]]. ''The messiah loses...''[[SequelHook at least for the moment.]]]]


* The UrExample might be Mithras, a god honoured in the period 200BC - 300AD, who was fathered by a god on a human virgin, lived in the world as a man, was killed through the machinations of his enemies and who rose to life again on the third day after his death. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Does this remind you of anyone]]?

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* ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' features a secularized reconstruction of the trope. [[spoiler:The Zero Dawn AI, [=GAIA=], is effectively "god" in the setting, recreating life on Earth after an ApocalypseHow total extinction. However, when ''some''thing causes all her subordinate functions (named after greek/roman gods) to go rogue, her prime concern is [=HADES=], a contingency function for wiping the slate clean in the event that [=GAIA=] creates a nonviable biome. To respond, she engages in a ThanatosGambit, self-destructing to contain HADES after causing the UterineReplicators that respawned the Human race to clone her creator, Dr. Elisabet Sobeck, to solve the problem. This clone, [[PlayerCharacter Aloy]], is effectively an immaculate conception by [=GAIA=] and is inherently able to access all the old Zero Dawn facilities due to her genetic match to the project's director.]] Combine this with the the benighted tribal religions of the time, and Aloy's [[spoiler:clone-]]inherited traits of intuitive genius, indomitable will, and a compassion to heal the world, and you have a secular Messiah.


* Brutha in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/SmallGods''. He may not be TheChosenOne -- he's only chosen by his god Om because there's no-one else around, and Om keeps wishing there was -- but hanging out with a god that [[BrokenPedestal turns out not to be what he'd always imagined]] and seeing a lot of things and new places makes him grow into a prophet [[TheUnchosenOne of his own accord]]. And then he gets something like a CrucifiedHeroShot...

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* Brutha in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/SmallGods''.''Literature/SmallGods''. He may not be TheChosenOne -- he's only chosen by his god Om because there's no-one else around, and Om keeps wishing there was -- but hanging out with a god that [[BrokenPedestal turns out not to be what he'd always imagined]] and seeing a lot of things and new places makes him grow into a prophet [[TheUnchosenOne of his own accord]]. And then he gets something like a CrucifiedHeroShot...


** Yuna from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Worshiped and loved by everyone around her? Check. [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]? Check. ''Walking on water''? Check. Tidus also qualifies: Son of a wrathful Godlike figure who professes love even for those in Spira who face discrimination, also associated with water (to the extent that his love scene involves both himself and Yuna going underwater baptismal-style), also gets [[spoiler: a HeroicSacrifice]] and [[spoiler:resurrection]].

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** Yuna from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Worshiped and loved by everyone around her? Check. [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]? Check. ''Walking on water''? Check. Tidus also qualifies: Son of a wrathful Godlike figure who professes love even for those in Spira who face discrimination, also associated with water (to the extent that his love scene involves both himself and Yuna going underwater baptismal-style), also gets [[spoiler: a HeroicSacrifice]] and [[spoiler:resurrection]]. Somewhat ironically, this is all present in a game that showcases the dangers of an [[ChurchOfEvil organized religion]].

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* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': Thor is a God made man, sent by his father Odin to purify the earth.


** And now we've got Hope Summers, the first mutant born after the [[BroughtDownToNormal Decimation]], prophesied to be the last hope of mutantkind. What this means at this point is still anyone's guess, but she's become a kind of a walking MacGuffin for everyone with ideas regarding the future of mutants. To really drive the point home, when she gets back to the present and must save the Mutant Race, the story arc is called Second Coming. After that, the fact that she was raised by the above mentioned Cable, and name-checked as the then-current Mutant Messiah by Nate Grey.
** ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, on the other hand, can very easily be called a [[DarkMessiah Dark Moses,]] fighting for the freedom of his people. (Bonus for the Moses parallel: he's Jewish.) Is killing a few humans that much worse than unleashing plagues and locust swarms and wiping out the firstborn of Egypt?
** And to round off the Messiahs of the X-universe, in the nineties when Magneto was pushed from Dark Messiah to AGodAmI territory he was given a messianic MouthOfSauron in [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]], who... well, the name's a little on the nose, isn't it? Despite not being pushed as hard in the messiah role since the 90s ended, he manages a traditional messianic feat that only Nate of the above-mentioned Messiahs can claim -- [[BackFromTheDead raising the dead]].

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** And now we've got Hope Summers, the first mutant born after the [[BroughtDownToNormal Decimation]], prophesied to be the last hope of mutantkind. What this means at this point is still anyone's guess, but she's become a kind of a walking MacGuffin for everyone with ideas regarding the future of mutants. To really drive the point home, when she gets back to the present and must save the Mutant Race, the story arc is called Second Coming. After that, the fact that she was raised by the above mentioned Cable, and name-checked as the then-current Mutant Messiah by Nate Grey.
Grey. Even Exodus, hardly the most humble of mutants, praises the power of the child he once tried to abduct and proselytizes about how "the prophecies ring true" when he is forced to fight her.
** ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, on the other hand, can very easily be called a [[DarkMessiah Dark Moses,]] Moses]], fighting for the freedom of his people. (Bonus for the Moses parallel: he's Jewish.) Is killing a few humans that much worse than unleashing plagues and locust swarms and wiping out the firstborn of Egypt?
** And to round off the Messiahs of the X-universe, in the nineties when Magneto was pushed from Dark Messiah to AGodAmI territory he was given a messianic MouthOfSauron in [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]], who... well, the name's a little on the nose, isn't it? Despite not being pushed as hard in the messiah role since the 90s TheNineties ended, he manages a traditional messianic feat that only Nate of the above-mentioned Messiahs can also claim -- [[BackFromTheDead raising the dead]].

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* In Peter Hamilton's ''Literature/NightsDawnTrilogy'', Joshua Calvert has impossibly "good luck" and defies the possessed at every turn. In the end, he [[spoiler: successfully petitions the Sleeping God and remakes the galaxy for the benefit of humanity.]]


Those who fall into this archetype are often {{Allegorical Character}}s. See AwayInAManger for Nativity parallels at an earlier point on the life timeline. Compare PietaPlagiarism, CrystalDragonJesus. Contrast FauxSymbolism. See AProtagonistShallLeadThem for the pre-Christian model of "messiah".

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Those who fall into this archetype are often {{Allegorical Character}}s. See AwayInAManger for Nativity parallels at an earlier point on the life timeline. Compare MadonnaArchetype, PietaPlagiarism, CrystalDragonJesus. Contrast FauxSymbolism. See AProtagonistShallLeadThem for the pre-Christian model of "messiah".

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* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Robin. They are [[spoiler:[[AntiAntiChrist born from the blood of the setting's biggest evil]], they sacrifice themselves to save all of humanity, and they come BackFromTheDead afterwards]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has Byleth. They are [[spoiler:the vessel of the setting's goddess, born from a divine miracle, they are betrayed by a close disciple, they rise from death to save the continent in its hour of need, and their primary enemy is either [[SatanicArchetype a woman who wears horns, dresses in red, and seeks to destroy the goddess]], or [[DarkMessiah a false prophet who has corrupted the church for her own selfish ends]]]].


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* AliensVsPredator(2010): Specimen Six serves as a Moses figure for the Xenomorphs. Six is more intelligent than the rest of her kin, she is spared as an infant from being executed at the insistence of a human who sees her as a slave, she is forced to kill many innocent humans on her master's orders before hearing the commands of the Matriarch who orders her to liberate her people and in doing so, unleashing a plague on their oppressors. When Six is taken off-world, she is born again as a Queen to lead the Xenomorphs into a new era, and she is briefly shown in a CrucifiedHeroShot at the beginning of the Alien campaign.

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* AliensVsPredator(2010): ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator2010'': Specimen Six serves as a Moses figure for the Xenomorphs. Six is more intelligent than the rest of her kin, she is spared as an infant from being executed at the insistence of a human who sees her as a slave, she is forced to kill many innocent humans on her master's orders before hearing the commands of the Matriarch who orders her to liberate her people and in doing so, unleashing a plague on their oppressors. When Six is taken off-world, she is born again as a Queen to lead the Xenomorphs into a new era, and she is briefly shown in a CrucifiedHeroShot at the beginning of the Alien campaign.


* Anakin Skywalker in ''Franchise/StarWars'' is TheChosenOne conceived by the Force itself. His character is a good example of why you generally want TheChosenOne to be paired with this trope. Of course, he turns to the dark side for a bit there, becoming a sort of DarkMessiah and AntiChrist, before ultimately turning back to the light side in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi." As such, this trope is DoubleSubverted.

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* Anakin Skywalker in ''Franchise/StarWars'' is TheChosenOne conceived by the Force itself. His character is a good example of why you generally want TheChosenOne to be paired with this trope. Of course, he turns to the dark side for a bit there, becoming a sort of DarkMessiah and AntiChrist, before ultimately turning back to the light side in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi." '' As such, this trope is DoubleSubverted.

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