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A protagonists, paragons usually aren't written with much nuance and CharacterDevelopment, but more than make up for it by inducing much character development in ''other'' characters, from their less paragon-y associates to ([[DefeatMeansFriendship former]]) antagonists.

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A As protagonists, paragons usually aren't written with much nuance and CharacterDevelopment, but more than make up for it by inducing much character development in ''other'' characters, from their less paragon-y associates to ([[DefeatMeansFriendship former]]) antagonists.

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*** In the manga she tends to present to the other Guardians as an invincible role model and [[StepfordSmiler hide her many, many problems]]. This not only takes a toll on her sanity and ties her self-esteem to her role as a superhero, in the Dream Arc it leads Rei, Ami and Makoto to take the Outers as role models because they see her as ''too good''.


A protagonists, paragons usually aren't written with much nuance and CharacterDevelopment, but more than make up for it by inducing much character development in ''other'' characters, from their less paragon-y associates to ([[DefeatMeansFriendship former]]) antagonists.



* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' fits this pretty well. She [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends]] several AntiVillain characters, and does her best to show them that there are better alternatives. In the third season and after, she becomes an instructor in magical combat, as she has come to the conclusion that the way she can help the most people is to pass on the skills and knowledge that she has acquired.

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* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' fits this pretty well. Nanoha Takamachi from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series is rarely the focus character in any of the shows named after her, but is almost always the catalyst of character development in antagonists and side characters whom she inspires to be better. She is perhaps best known for [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends]] befriending]] several AntiVillain characters, and does her best to show showing them that there are better alternatives. In the third season and after, she becomes an instructor in magical combat, as she has come to the conclusion that the way she can help the most people is to pass on the skills and knowledge that she has acquired.


** In the manga and Crystal she hides the fact she's around and instead opts to teach the others through the Sailor V Game and give Usagi a pep-talk (also through the Sailor V Game) the moment she's feeling down, only entering the battle personally the moment there's no other choice.

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** In the manga and Crystal she hides the fact she's around and instead opts to teach the others through the Sailor V Game and give Usagi a pep-talk (also through the Sailor V Game) the moment she's feeling down, only entering the battle personally the moment there's no other choice. Even then, for a while she still tries to show the others how to act so they'll be better heroes.
*** The manga shows that she's still doing it with Sailor Moon, taking her out superheroing as her ''sidekick''.

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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Minako/Sailor Venus initially takes this role in both the manga/Crystal and the live action:
** In the manga and Crystal she hides the fact she's around and instead opts to teach the others through the Sailor V Game and give Usagi a pep-talk (also through the Sailor V Game) the moment she's feeling down, only entering the battle personally the moment there's no other choice.
** In the live action she enters the frame earlier but tends to teach more to the others, especially Rei, as a consequence of [[spoiler:[[YourDaysAreNumbered being terminally ill]] and not having the luxury to watch from afar, especially as she needs to train Rei as her successor]].


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* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''Franchise/MetalGear''. The Boss' ideas for the world is grossly misinterpreted by her successor, resulting in conflict that led to the dawn of [[ForeverWar War]] [[WarForFunAndProfit Economy]].

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* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''Franchise/MetalGear''.''VideoGame/MetalGear''. The Boss' ideas for the world is grossly misinterpreted by her successor, resulting in conflict that led to the dawn of [[ForeverWar War]] [[WarForFunAndProfit Economy]].





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** However, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_Pi6OpNKU this video from]] Weboriginal/OverlySarcasticProductions argues that Captain America in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is a deconstruction as the ones on his side are following him because he's "Captain goddamn America", but the ones on the opposite side are opposing him ''because'' he's "Captain goddamn America" and thus realize there's no point trying to convince or persuade him otherwise because they're certain he believes he's doing the right thing.

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** However, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_Pi6OpNKU this video from]] Weboriginal/OverlySarcasticProductions ''WebAnimation/OverlySarcasticProductions'' argues that Captain America in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is a deconstruction as the ones on his side are following him because he's "Captain goddamn America", but the ones on the opposite side are opposing him ''because'' he's "Captain goddamn America" and thus realize there's no point trying to convince or persuade him otherwise because they're certain he believes he's doing the right thing.



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* This is practically a {{Universal Trope|s}} in Mythology. Without someone to aspire to be like, it's hard to worship anything.
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* The Istari in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were meant to be Paragons: "[[http://www.thetolkienwiki.org/wiki.cgi?Istari It was afterwards said]] that they came out of the far West and were messengers sent to contest the power of Sauron, and to unite all those who had the will to resist him; but they were forbidden to match his power with power, or to seek to dominate Elves or Men by force and fear." In the end, only Gandalf truly fulfilled this role.
** However letters Tolkien wrote towards the end of his life claim the two Blue Wizards were stirring up rebellions against Sauron in the East, which prevented his forces outnumbering those fighting him. And other notes of Tolkien imply Radagast was sent to protect the nature of Middle-Earth.

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* The Istari in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were meant to be Paragons: "[[http://www.thetolkienwiki.org/wiki.cgi?Istari It was afterwards said]] that they came out of the far West and were messengers sent to contest the power of Sauron, and to unite all those who had the will to resist him; but they were forbidden to match his power with power, or to seek to dominate Elves or Men by force and fear." In the end, only Gandalf truly fulfilled this role.
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role. However, letters Tolkien wrote towards the end of his life claim the two Blue Wizards were stirring up rebellions against Sauron in the East, which prevented his forces outnumbering those fighting him. And other notes of Tolkien imply Radagast was sent to protect the nature of Middle-Earth.



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--> '''Jaime:''' You'll be protecting Ned Stark's daughter with his own sword.

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* ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'': Izuku Midoriya, being the equivalent of Superman in this story, is obviously destined to become this. During the entry exam, the teachers watching comment on how his urge to help other people quickly becomes contagious and inspires the other students to do the same.
-->'''Principal Nedzu''': Midoriya-kun was the first one to make a habit of protecting people. In this society, good deeds like that become infectious when performed by someone who knows what they're doing, so from watching him, people started to think 'If someone as strong as him thinks that this is more important, then I should do it, too!' They start following his example, and they, in turn, inspire more people to protect their fellow man. Then those people inspire more people to inspire more people to inspire more people-well, you get where I'm going with this.

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** Michael Carpenter, modern-day KnightInShiningArmor has elements of this. His EvilCounterpart Nicodemus inverts it; he deliberately fashions himself as a paragon of ''evil'' rather than good.
** And Karrin Murphy, a policewoman and voice of morality to the protagonist, is also an example. Really, any Knight of the Cross is expected to be a paragon; it's basically their job to help people in need and battle evil. (If any Knight tells a lie or breaks a promise, the mystically-empowered blade they wield actually has a chance of breaking.)

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** Harry Dresden develops into this. Starting off the series as a loner who is one of the strongest wizards in his generation, as he does many more great, awesome, and necessary things to protect those who are his friends and allies, he gains a reputation among the younger generation of wizards and those with magical talent who don't have strength enough to be permitted into the White Council. Harry fights for the little guy. He fights for the single person against the darkest of odds and gravest of consequences. In the third book, ''Grave Peril'', when it came to a choice to sacrifice [[spoiler:the life of the woman he loves to stop a war from starting against vampires, he chose to save the woman he loves]]. After some vampires kill weak magical practitioners, driving them to commit suicide, he personally challenges the murderers in the court of vampires, and then establishes a group to train the weak magical users so they can band together and protect each other if a warden of the White Council is delayed from coming to help them. The young wardens of the White Council look up to him and respect him deeply.
** Michael Carpenter, modern-day KnightInShiningArmor has elements of this. His He lives his life humbly, but always strives to do the right and good thing. He takes his mission so save, not vanquish but rather save and redeem, the mortal hosts of thirty fallen angels seriously. If one surrenders to him and gives up the coin, even if it smells like a lie to not be killed, Michael will stop his assault and accept the surrender. Titular hero Harry Dresden even notes that if Michael had knocked out his EvilCounterpart Nicodemus inverts it; Nicodemus, the human leader of the possessed humans, Michael would not harm the man further. Michael knows he deliberately fashions himself as a paragon and Harry are not without sin and both have their own demons to face but believes that every person is capable of ''evil'' rather than good.
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And Karrin Murphy, a policewoman and voice of morality to the protagonist, is also an example. Really, any Knight of the Cross is expected to be a paragon; it's basically their job to help people in need and battle evil. (If any Knight tells a lie or breaks a promise, the mystically-empowered blade they wield actually has a chance of breaking.)example.

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**In ''Mitosis'', the short story that takes between the first and second books, David Charleston and the rest of the Reckoners become this for the people of Newcago. He's in a tough spot near the end, but the regular people band together and start to use the titular villain's WeaksauceWeakness against him.


* Durkon's mother Sigdi in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Throughout her life, she's been shown to be a kind, honorable and selfless individual. Even through she was retired and crippled with one arm, she managed to save another dwarf from falling to his death. [[spoiler:And when five miners she doesn't even know turn up dead after a tragic mining accident with no family to claim their bodies, she volunteers a large treasure given to her by her squad in order to raise them from the dead and spare them the FateWorseThanDeath of serving in Hel's domain, becoming TrueCompanions in the process.]]

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Durkon's mother Sigdi in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.Sigdi. Throughout her life, she's been shown to be a kind, honorable and selfless individual. Even through she was retired and crippled with one arm, she managed to save another dwarf from falling to his death. [[spoiler:And when five miners she doesn't even know turn up dead after a tragic mining accident with no family to claim their bodies, she volunteers a large treasure given to her by her squad in order to raise them from the dead and spare them the FateWorseThanDeath of serving in Hel's domain, becoming TrueCompanions in the process.]]]]
** O-Chul, one of the paladins of the Sapphire Guard. The fact that he is able to survive [[{{Determinator}} being tortured for weeks]] inspires prisoners to stay strong instead of giving up. In the prequel book "How the Paladin Got His Scar," he is able to stop a massive race war basically just by being polite to everyone he meets, and letting an insane paladin beat him up while he gives a speech.
--->'''O-Chul:''' A lot of people are going to get hurt tomorrow. All we can do is stand in the way of that and say, "Not them. Me. If you need to hurt someone, hurt me."


* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Rider]] gives a speech about this to [[Myth/KingArthur Saber]] and [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Archer]] as they debate which of them was the greatest king. Saber defines true kingship as nobly sacrificing everything to protect one's subjects and accuses Rider of being merely a tyrant. Rider, though he doesn't fight the accusation and even admits she may be right, counters that Saber was never really a leader and ultimately a failure as a king, [[spoiler:though Berserker would disagree with that assessment in his dying breathes]]. He explains to them that he pursued glory not just for its own sake but in order to inspire greatness in all those who followed him. He then dramatically ends the debate by revealing that his ultimate power is to summon the spirit of everyone to ever be inspired by him, an army of thousands of Heroic Spirits. By the end of the war, though he's ultimately killed by Archer, who proves to be mightier than even that army, Rider's friend Waver Velvet changes from a cowardly wimp to a true man thanks to his influence.[[note]]In the anime adaptation, it's shown that an older version of Waver is a member of Rider's army. Which fits perfectly with the established lore that the Throne of Heroes exists outside of space and time and the fact that a Heroic Spirit can easily be summoned into the time period when their human self is still alive.[[/note]]

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* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Rider]] gives a speech about this to [[Myth/KingArthur Saber]] and [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Archer]] as they debate which of them was the greatest king. Saber defines true kingship as nobly sacrificing everything to protect one's subjects and accuses Rider of being merely a tyrant. Rider, though he doesn't fight the accusation and even admits she may be right, counters that Saber was never really a leader and ultimately a failure as a king, [[spoiler:though Berserker would disagree with that assessment in his dying breathes]]. He explains to them that he pursued glory not just for its own sake but in order to inspire greatness in all those who followed him. He then dramatically ends the debate by revealing that his ultimate power is to summon the spirit of everyone to ever be inspired by him, an army of thousands of Heroic Spirits. By the end of the war, though he's ultimately killed by Archer, who proves to be mightier than even that army, Rider's friend Waver Velvet changes from a cowardly wimp to a true man thanks to his influence.[[note]]In the anime adaptation, it's shown that an older version of Waver is a member of Rider's army. Which fits perfectly with the established lore that the Throne of Heroes exists outside of space and time and the fact that a Heroic Spirit can easily be summoned into the time period when their human self is still alive.[[/note]][[/note]] In later works, it is revealed that Waver grew up to be a magic teacher who has a gift for bringing out his students' full magical potential, meaning he's become a paragon himself, though a grumpy one.

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* Creator/PaulDini takes this to a meta-level in ''ComicBook/DarkNightATrueBatmanStory'' in regards to Franchise/{{Batman}}. After suffering a real-life brutal mugging, Dini, a lead writer for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', imagines Batman encouraging him to get past his fear and self-pity, recognize his own self-worth, and get back to work.
-->'''Dini''' ''(to Batman)'': Itís taken me years to accept what you told me back then, that you were there for me that night. Not as a vigilante swinging to the rescue, but as an ideal, as an inspiration. A voice I heard in darkness, commanding me to stand up. The same voice that tells us when we get beaten down, we can accept being a victim or choose to be the hero of our own stories. And we make that choice by standing up.

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