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* In the Heaven's Feel path of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the protagonist Shirou Emiya [[spoiler:drops his ideals to protect Sakura first and foremost]]. This does not end well, as the entire point of the game (well, [[{{Hentai}} the other]] point of the game) is the CharacterDevelopment that Shirou undergoes as he tries to reconcile his ideals with reality. Discarding those ideals entirely sends other aspects of Shirou, like his sanity, OffTheRails very quickly.

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* In the Heaven's Feel path of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the protagonist Shirou Emiya [[spoiler:drops his ideals to protect Sakura first and foremost]]. This does not end well, as the entire point of the game (well, [[{{Hentai}} [[HGame the other]] point of the game) is the CharacterDevelopment that Shirou undergoes as he tries to reconcile his ideals with reality. Discarding those ideals entirely sends other aspects of Shirou, like his sanity, OffTheRails very quickly.


* in ''[[Literature/AmaranthineSaga Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox]]'', Argent eventually adopts this role towards Tsumiko, replacing the forced protection of their bond with a deliberate choice to put her safety and needs above his own.

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*** The Visarch is the chosen champion of Ynnead, the [[SpaceElves Eldar]] God of the Dead. It is the duty of the Visarch to fight the champions of his godís ArchEnemy Slaanesh, as well as lords of all those who oppose the Yannari.

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*** The Visarch is the chosen champion of Ynnead, the [[SpaceElves Eldar]] Aeldari]] God of the Dead. It is the duty of the Visarch to fight the champions of his godís god's ArchEnemy Slaanesh, as well as lords of all those who oppose the Yannari.

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See also LadyAndKnight, the more common kind of this. For when the "champion" represents a faction as a whole and is used to battle another as a "faction battle by proxy", see CombatByChampion.

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*in ''[[Literature/AmaranthineSaga Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox]]'', Argent eventually adopts this role towards Tsumiko, replacing the forced protection of their bond with a deliberate choice to put her safety and needs above his own.


** Although Elnor didn't make the Qowat Milat pledge to Hugh, he still acts like a qalankhkai to him. He defends Hugh from their mutual adversaries, and he takes on Hugh's cause, which is to free the xBs from their homicidal Romulan overseers. Despite the fact that there was no vow spoken, Elnor is no less loyal to Hugh than he is to Picard.

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** Although Elnor didn't make the Qowat Milat pledge to Hugh, he still acts like a qalankhkai to him. He defends Hugh from their mutual adversaries, and he takes on Hugh's cause, which is to free the xBs from their homicidal Romulan overseers. Despite the fact that there was no vow spoken, Elnor is no less loyal devoted to Hugh than he is to Picard.


* ''Series/StarTrekPicard'': A Qowat Milat in all but name (men are forbidden from becoming members), Elnor swears an oath to Jean-Luc Picard to serve as his qalankhkai. Elnor is thus Picard's protector, and he will do anything he can to help the latter fulfill his quest to rescue Soji.

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A Qowat Milat in all but name (men are forbidden from becoming members), Elnor swears an oath to Jean-Luc Picard to serve as his qalankhkai. Elnor is thus Picard's protector, and he will do anything he can to help the latter fulfill his quest to rescue Soji.Soji.
** Although Elnor didn't make the Qowat Milat pledge to Hugh, he still acts like a qalankhkai to him. He defends Hugh from their mutual adversaries, and he takes on Hugh's cause, which is to free the xBs from their homicidal Romulan overseers. Despite the fact that there was no vow spoken, Elnor is no less loyal to Hugh than he is to Picard.

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* ''Series/StarTrekPicard'': A Qowat Milat in all but name (men are forbidden from becoming members), Elnor swears an oath to Jean-Luc Picard to serve as his qalankhkai. Elnor is thus Picard's protector, and he will do anything he can to help the latter fulfill his quest to rescue Soji.


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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has several examples like [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Ecliptor for Astronema]] and [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Vilemax for Trakeena]].

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' ''Series/The100'' has several examples like [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Ecliptor Bellamy as Octavia's champion. This trope embodies their relationship (at least, at first) to the point that his refrain throughout much of the series is [[BigBrotherInstinct "my sister, my responsibility."]] Since he was six years old and she was placed into his arms moments after she was born, Bellamy's goal has been to protect Octavia at all costs. To wit, Bellamy shoots the chancellor to get on the dropship taking Octavia to Earth. She is horrified when he tells her in "Twlight's Last Gleaming":
--> '''Bellamy''': I did this
for Astronema]] you! To protect you. ''(reveals that he shot the chancellor)''
--> '''Octavia''': I didn't ask you to do that.... I didn't ask for any of this.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lennier serves as Delenn's champion, at one point risking death
and [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Vilemax then hiding the ugly truth from her when some religious caste members plotted against her rumored plans for Trakeena]].handling the Minbari civil war. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, when Lennier's [[AllLoveIsUnrequited devotion to Delenn]] leads him to [[MurderTheHypotenuse leave Sheridan to die,]] (Sheridan survives) after which Lennier went into self-exile.]]
** Ta'Lon to Sheridan, after Sheridan saved his life in the second season. Despite this, Ta'Lon has other duties that tend to take up most of his time, particularly helping G'Kar with LaResistance.



* In ''Series/{{Chuck}},'' Sarah is this for Chuck, as it's her mission to protect him, and eventually, Chuck is this for Sarah. And since this is a show where people do get KilledOffForReal, people are killed, often coldly, to protect each other.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rory is Amy's champion. The trope is deconstructed when [[VitriolicBestBuds the Doctor]] swerves into also being Amy's champion in "A Good Man Goes To War". His single-minded RoaringRampageOfRevenge across time and space in search for Amy when she's kidnapped, and the subsequent sadistic rage he unleashes on her captors when he finds them winds up being highly overkill and emotionally compromises him so badly he winds up accidentally screwing over everyone around him, including Amy, even worse than before. A champion who's TheDreaded and effectively one of the most powerful beings in the universe being dedicated to a rather normal human woman makes mountains out of molehills.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' Simon is River's champion.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Barry Allen is the [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstruction of this]]. The Speed Force, the one that Barry is supposed to be the champion to, is often very cold and aloof towards him. It expects him to always put the needs of everyone else above his and sees to it that he is punished for any misuse of his powers. Yet it doesn't do a thing about evil Speedsters who also uses its power and outright kills innocents. It finally reaches the breaking point when [[spoiler:a villain named Ramsay Rosso offers a last-minute reprieve for Barry before the [[Series/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths2019 Crisis]]. At first Barry seems willing to reject it believing it to be a lie, until the Speed Force informs him that Rosso isn't lying, causing Barry to explode into rage over being denied the chance to live happy with his family. At the end of Part 1, Barry ends up accepting Rosso's offer and lets himself get infected because it sounded better than anything the Speed Force has ever done for him]].



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** [[TheWatson John Watson]] is a champion for Sherlock Holmes - willing to kill to protect him, putting up with all of his crazy shenanigans and [[NightmareFetishist eccentricities]], [[BerserkButton defending him from some characters]] and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder apologising to others on his behalf]], and even offering to make a HeroicSacrifice to save Sherlock's life.
** [[BigBad Charles Augustus Magnuseen]] stupidly {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope with [[BadassBookworm Sherlock.]] "It's hard to find a pressure point for you. Look at how much you care about [[BadassAdorable John,]] your damsel in distress."

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** [[TheWatson John Watson]] is a champion
In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Luke was always there for Sherlock Holmes - willing to kill to protect him, putting up with all of his crazy shenanigans and [[NightmareFetishist eccentricities]], [[BerserkButton defending Lorelai since long before they started going out. At one point, she calls him from some characters]] and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder apologising to others her {{knight in shining armor}} merely for letting her cry on his behalf]], shoulder. Another time, she needed a replacement cook for her inn, and even offering to make a HeroicSacrifice to save Sherlock's life.
** [[BigBad Charles Augustus Magnuseen]] stupidly {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope with [[BadassBookworm Sherlock.]] "It's hard to find a pressure point for you. Look
at how much you care about [[BadassAdorable John,]] your damsel in distress."the end of the day, she called him her white knight.



* In ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' Simon is River's champion.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}},'' Sarah is this for Chuck, as it's her mission to protect him, and eventually, Chuck is this for Sarah. And since this is a show where people do get KilledOffForReal, people are killed, often coldly, to protect each other.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lennier serves as Delenn's champion, at one point risking death and then hiding the ugly truth from her when some religious caste members plotted against her rumored plans for handling the Minbari civil war. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, when Lennier's [[AllLoveIsUnrequited devotion to Delenn]] leads him to [[MurderTheHypotenuse leave Sheridan to die,]] (Sheridan survives) after which Lennier went into self-exile.]]
** Ta'Lon to Sheridan, after Sheridan saved his life in the second season. Despite this, Ta'Lon has other duties that tend to take up most of his time, particularly helping G'Kar with LaResistance.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Luke was always there for Lorelai since long before they started going out. At one point, she calls him her {{knight in shining armor}} merely for letting her cry on his shoulder. Another time, she needed a replacement cook for her inn, and at the end of the day, she called him her white knight.

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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' Simon ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Ethan Chandler is River's champion.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}},'' Sarah
Vanessa Ives' champion. He states several times throughout the series that his "one goddamned purpose in life" is this to protect her, he once took a knife stab to the shoulder meant for Chuck, her, and he is prophesied as it's Lupus Dei, her mission divine protector from Satan and Dracula. [[spoiler: Inverted, since he ends up having to kill her to avert the apocalypse.]]
* Several examples in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. The most notable is Reese, who is Finch's champion: he's hired to help Finch protect the [[VictimOfTheWeek numbers,]] but ends up devoted to protecting Finch from the many, ''many'' powerful people who want him dead. Similarly, Scarface is Elias' champion, and Root is the Machine's.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has several examples like [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Ecliptor for Astronema]] and [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Vilemax for Trakeena]].
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** [[TheWatson John Watson]] is a champion for Sherlock Holmes - willing to kill
to protect him, putting up with all of his crazy shenanigans and eventually, Chuck [[NightmareFetishist eccentricities]], [[BerserkButton defending him from some characters]] and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder apologising to others on his behalf]], and even offering to make a HeroicSacrifice to save Sherlock's life.
** [[BigBad Charles Augustus Magnuseen]] stupidly {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope with [[BadassBookworm Sherlock.]] "It's hard to find a pressure point for you. Look at how much you care about [[BadassAdorable John,]] your damsel in distress."
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Castiel
is this for Sarah. And since this is a show where people do get KilledOffForReal, people are killed, often coldly, to protect each other.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lennier serves as Delenn's champion, at one point risking death
the [[FamilyOfChoice Winchester brothers]], especially [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Dean]]. He considers himself their guardian and then hiding the ugly truth from her when some religious caste members plotted against her rumored plans there seems to be very little he's unwilling to sacrifice for handling the Minbari civil war. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, when Lennier's [[AllLoveIsUnrequited devotion to Delenn]] leads him to [[MurderTheHypotenuse leave Sheridan to die,]] (Sheridan survives) after which Lennier went into self-exile.]]
** Ta'Lon to Sheridan, after Sheridan saved his life in the second season. Despite this, Ta'Lon has
them -- he's died for them [[DeathIsCheap multiple times]] and suffers frequent rejection by Heaven and other duties that tend to take up most of his time, particularly helping G'Kar with LaResistance.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Luke was always there
angels for Lorelai since long before they started going out. At one point, she calls him her {{knight in shining armor}} merely for letting her cry on his shoulder. Another time, she needed a replacement cook for her inn, and at the end of the day, she called him her white knight.it, but remains steadfastedly devoted.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rory is Amy's champion. The trope is deconstructed when [[VitriolicBestBuds the Doctor]] swerves into also being Amy's champion in "A Good Man Goes To War". His single-minded RoaringRampageOfRevenge across time and space in search for Amy when she's kidnapped, and the subsequent sadistic rage he unleashes on her captors when he finds them winds up being highly overkill and emotionally compromises him so badly he winds up accidentally screwing over everyone around him, including Amy, even worse than before. A champion who's TheDreaded and effectively one of the most powerful beings in the universe being dedicated to a rather normal human woman makes mountains out of molehills.
* Several examples in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. The most notable is Reese, who is Finch's champion: he's hired to help Finch protect the [[VictimOfTheWeek numbers,]] but ends up devoted to protecting Finch from the many, ''many'' powerful people who want him dead. Similarly, Scarface is Elias' champion, and Root is the Machine's.
* In ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Ethan Chandler is Vanessa Ives' champion. He states several times throughout the series that his "one goddamned purpose in life" is to protect her, he once took a knife stab to the shoulder meant for her, and he is prophesied as Lupus Dei, her divine protector from Satan and Dracula. [[spoiler: Inverted, since he ends up having to kill her to avert the apocalypse.]]
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Castiel is this for the [[FamilyOfChoice Winchester brothers]], especially [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Dean]]. He considers himself their guardian and there seems to be very little he's unwilling to sacrifice for them -- he's died for them [[DeathIsCheap multiple times]] and suffers frequent rejection by Heaven and other angels for it, but remains steadfastedly devoted.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Barry Allen is the [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstruction of this]]. The Speed Force, the one that Barry is supposed to be the champion to, is often very cold and aloof towards him. It expects him to always put the needs of everyone else above his and sees to it that he is punished for any misuse of his powers. Yet it doesn't do a thing about evil Speedsters who also uses its power and outright kills innocents. It finally reaches the breaking point when [[spoiler:a villain named Ramsay Rosso offers a last-minute reprieve for Barry before the [[Series/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths2019 Crisis]]. At first Barry seems willing to reject it believing it to be a lie, until the Speed Force informs him that Rosso isn't lying, causing Barry to explode into rage over being denied the chance to live happy with his family. At the end of Part 1, Barry ends up accepting Rosso's offer and lets himself get infected because it sounded better than anything the Speed Force has ever done for him]].

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* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, Zero is the lone defender of all oppressed Reploids; the Resistance that he became a member of are mostly made up of civilians. He also fully supports RebelLeader Ciel's attempts to bring an end to the war through more peaceful means. By the end of the series, the remnants of humanity start to see him as one as well, since he's their last chance against the tyrannical Dr. Weil.

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Barry Allen is the [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstruction of this]]. The Speed Force, the one that Barry is supposed to be the champion to, is often very cold and aloof towards him. It expects him to always put the needs of everyone else above his and sees to it that he is punished for any misuse of his powers. Yet it doesn't do a thing about evil Speedsters who also uses its power and outright kills innocents. It finally reaches the breaking point when [[spoiler:a villain named Ramsay Rosso offers a last-minute reprieve for Barry before the [[Series/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths2019 Crisis]]. At first Barry seems willing to reject it believing it to be a lie, until the Speed Force informs him that Rosso isn't lying, causing Barry to explode into rage over being denied the chance to live happy with his family. At the end of Part 1, Barry ends up accepting Rosso's offer and lets himself get infected because it sounded better than anything the Speed Force has ever done for him]].

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* ''Literature/SaintGeorgeAndTheDragon'': Una set out alone from the safety of the castle walls to look for a champion who would face the terrible dragon. As a result, she returns with a knight who pledges to fight it for her.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry serve as this. Early on, he's prone to TheDulcineaEffect as part of his KnightInShiningArmour instincts, and even after it begins to moderate, he's platonically protective of Luna Lovegood [[spoiler: (which goes some way to explaining why he went berserk after she was killed)]]. Later, he becomes this [[CourtlyLove less]] [[ShipTease platonically]] to Carol, with it being made clear that he will do ''anything'' for her - she generally serves as a MoralityChain during those periods when he needs one, and if something were to happen to her, [[TheUnfettered it's made clear that the consequences could be downright horrifying.]]


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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' has Sir Mandorallen, Baron of Vo Mandor, marked down in the Prophecy as 'the Knight Protector', briefly championing a young Garion, then later becoming this full time to Ce'Nedra a.k.a. 'the Queen of the World'. He got the post by killing a lion to protect her ''with his bare hands''. He remains entirely devoted to her, though it is not remotely romantic on either part - though Ce'Nedra does intend for his devotion/attention to make Garion jealous (because she doesn't feel as if she gets much of reaction out of him otherwise), which she's [[WhatTheHellHero gently called on]] by the more worldly Durnik.

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* Within the limitations of their time and culture, [[Literature/BookOfRuth Ruth]] is this to Naomi. The younger woman gives up her native land and people to accompany her mother-in-law to a nation where, as a Gentile woman, she would be [[{{Understatement}} something of an outsider]], then goes to work to support both of them. It works out though -- Ruth goes on to [[spoiler: become an ancestor of both King David and Jesus.]]


* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', the primary ability of the Butterfly Miraculous is to create heroic champions to fight alongside the wielder via SuperEmpowering. At least, it's ''supposed'' to be. In the hands of BigBad Hawk Moth, the Miraculous creates villainous pawns.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', the primary ability of the Butterfly Miraculous is to create heroic champions to fight alongside the wielder via SuperEmpowering. At least, it's ''supposed'' to be. In the hands of BigBad [[BigBad Hawk Moth, Moth]], the Miraculous creates [[VillainPossessedBystander villainous pawns.pawns]].


** The Jedi Consular ends up being this for not just their companions, particularly [[ReligiousBruiser Qyzen Fess]] (who believes the Consular an avatar of his goddess) and [[SpoiledSweet Nadia]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Grell]], but to a minor house of Alderaanian nobility (representing them at a peace conference), a potential Voss Mystic as he undergoes his trial, and the entire Rift Alliance (a coalition of neutral worlds who were on the fence about siding with the Republic until the Consular showed up).

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** The Jedi Consular ends up being this for not just their companions, particularly [[ReligiousBruiser Qyzen Fess]] (who believes the Consular an avatar of his goddess) and [[SpoiledSweet Nadia]] Nadia [[BewareTheNiceOnes Grell]], but to a minor house of Alderaanian nobility (representing them at a peace conference), a potential Voss Mystic as he undergoes his trial, and the entire Rift Alliance (a coalition of neutral worlds who were on the fence about siding with the Republic until the Consular showed up).

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