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** The fact that All Might saw this potential in Midoriya is precisely why he was chosen as his successor. Midoriya even chose the hero name "Deku" because it sounds like "you can do it" in Japanese. Some of his most prominent examples include inspiring All Might to act even when exhausted, Todoroki to [[spoiler:deal with his father issues and visit his mother again]], Endeavor to [[spoiler:become TheAtoner after realizing how all that he's done has hurt his family]], Iida to [[spoiler:put aside his revenge and focus on saving people]], Kota to [[spoiler:believe in heroes]], Todoroki and Yoarashi to [[spoiler:put aside their personal grudges to do what's right]], and Eri to [[spoiler:see herself as a blessing and not a curse]]. While still a downplayed example because he's a rookie, he's already gotten plenty of his classmates to follow him, and Aizawa himself notes Midoriya is a large influence on his classmates.

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** The fact that All Might saw this potential in Midoriya is precisely why he was chosen as his successor. Midoriya even chose the hero name "Deku" because it sounds like "you can do it" in Japanese. Some of his most prominent examples include inspiring All Might to act even when exhausted, Todoroki to [[spoiler:deal with his father issues and visit his mother again]], Endeavor to [[spoiler:become TheAtoner after realizing how all that he's done has hurt his family]], Iida to [[spoiler:put aside his revenge and focus on saving people]], Kota to [[spoiler:believe in heroes]], Todoroki and Yoarashi to [[spoiler:put aside their personal grudges to do what's right]], and Eri to [[spoiler:see herself as a blessing and not a curse]]. While still a downplayed example because he's a rookie, he's already gotten plenty of his classmates to follow him, and Aizawa himself notes Midoriya is a large influence on his classmates. [[spoiler:As of the Villain Hunt Arc, he's essentially the leader of the heroic resistance against [[BigBad All for One]], who explicitly identifies Izuku as the main obstacle to his plans.]]


* [[BigGood Makoto Naegi]] in the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' series. Excusing his cleverness, [[{{Determinator}} insane willpower]] and [[RousingSpeech speech-making]] [[BreakThemByTalking abilities]], he's extremely good at bringing allies over to his side by understanding the things that make them tick [[TheConfidant through simple listening]], [[TheReliableOne by allowing himself to be relied on]] and [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre unpretentiously helping people move past their pain and insecurity]] and instead towards a hope-filled path. It's for these reasons that by the end of the [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc first game]] he's earned the title of "Ultimate Hope".

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* [[BigGood Makoto Naegi]] in the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' series. Excusing Putting aside his cleverness, [[SmarterThanYouLook intelligence]], [[{{Determinator}} insane willpower]] and [[RousingSpeech speech-making]] [[BreakThemByTalking abilities]], he's extremely good at bringing allies over to his side by understanding the things that make them tick [[TheConfidant through simple listening]], [[TheReliableOne by allowing himself to be relied on]] and [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre unpretentiously helping people move past their pain and insecurity]] and instead towards a hope-filled path. It's for these reasons that by the end of the [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc first game]] he's earned the title of "Ultimate Hope".


* Despite being a franchise rife with [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]], ''ComicBook/XMen'' still manages to have a fair few of these. Most notable are ComicBook/{{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}, ComicBook/{{Colossus}}, and ComicBook/KittyPryde]]. Special mention has to go to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, who ''used to be'' the Paragon for the entire mutant race. However, TheChainsOfCommanding and a long TraumaCongaLine [[BrokenAce have made him into an]] AntiHero who the X-Men disassociate themselves from.

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* Despite being a franchise rife with [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]], ''ComicBook/XMen'' still manages to have a fair few of these. Most notable are ComicBook/{{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}, ComicBook/{{Colossus}}, and ComicBook/KittyPryde]].ComicBook/KittyPryde. Special mention has to go to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, who ''used to be'' the Paragon for the entire mutant race. However, TheChainsOfCommanding and a long TraumaCongaLine [[BrokenAce have made him into an]] AntiHero who the X-Men disassociate themselves from.


* Despite being a franchise rife with [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]], ''ComicBook/XMen'' still manages to have a fair few of these. Most notable are {{ComicBook/Storm}}, [[FunPersonified Nightcrawler]], [[GentleGiant Colossus]], and [[BadassBookworm Kitty Pryde]]. Special mention has to go to Cyclops, who ''used to be'' the Paragon for the entire mutant race. However, TheChainsOfCommanding and a long TraumaCongaLine [[BrokenAce have made him into an]] AntiHero who the X-Men disassociate themselves from.

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* Despite being a franchise rife with [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]], ''ComicBook/XMen'' still manages to have a fair few of these. Most notable are {{ComicBook/Storm}}, [[FunPersonified Nightcrawler]], [[GentleGiant Colossus]], ComicBook/{{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}, ComicBook/{{Colossus}}, and [[BadassBookworm Kitty Pryde]]. ComicBook/KittyPryde]]. Special mention has to go to Cyclops, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, who ''used to be'' the Paragon for the entire mutant race. However, TheChainsOfCommanding and a long TraumaCongaLine [[BrokenAce have made him into an]] AntiHero who the X-Men disassociate themselves from.

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* [[BigGood Makoto Naegi]] in the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' series. Excusing his cleverness, [[{{Determinator}} insane willpower]] and [[RousingSpeech speech-making]] [[BreakThemByTalking abilities]], he's extremely good at bringing allies over to his side by understanding the things that make them tick [[TheConfidant through simple listening]], [[TheReliableOne by allowing himself to be relied on]] and [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre unpretentiously helping people move past their pain and insecurity]] and instead towards a hope-filled path. It's for these reasons that by the end of the [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc first game]] he's earned the title of "Ultimate Hope".


* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Dwarves that distinguish themselves with truly awesome deeds and/or inventions are literally called Paragons. Revered as "Living Ancestors" (the Dwarves worship their ancestors instead of gods and regard Paragons as such whether or not they are actually dead), the Paragons are meant to serve as examples for Dwarven society to follow. The most recent Paragon Branka, for example, earned her status by inventing smokeless fuel which burned hotter and cleaner, simultaneously boosting production and reducing things like black lung. The Paragon Caridin earned his rank by building the Anvil of the Void, the key to creating Golems. The Paragon Aeducan made the hard call of cutting off Orzammar from the rest of the Deep Roads when the First Blight threatened annihilation while all the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Deshyrs]] argued over whose thaigs to save. [[spoiler: To gain the allegiance of the Dwarves, you have to get one of these Paragons to help you settle the SuccessionCrisis over Orzammar's throne]]. At the end of the game [[spoiler: provided you are playing as a Dwarf and didn't sacrifice yourself to slay the Archdemon, ''you'' become a Paragon. If you sacrificed yourself, you become a Paragon posthumously]].

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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Dwarves that distinguish themselves with truly awesome deeds and/or inventions are literally called Paragons. Revered as "Living Ancestors" (the Dwarves worship their ancestors instead of gods and regard Paragons as such whether or not they are actually dead), the Paragons are meant to serve as examples for Dwarven society to follow. The most recent Paragon Branka, for example, earned her status by inventing smokeless fuel which burned hotter and cleaner, simultaneously boosting production and reducing things like black lung. The Paragon Caridin earned his rank by building the Anvil of the Void, the key to creating Golems. The Paragon Aeducan made the hard call of cutting off Orzammar from the rest of the Deep Roads when the First Blight threatened annihilation while all the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt [[DecadentCourt Deshyrs]] argued over whose thaigs to save. [[spoiler: To gain the allegiance of the Dwarves, you have to get one of these Paragons to help you settle the SuccessionCrisis over Orzammar's throne]]. At the end of the game [[spoiler: provided you are playing as a Dwarf and didn't sacrifice yourself to slay the Archdemon, ''you'' become a Paragon. If you sacrificed yourself, you become a Paragon posthumously]].


** The fact that All Might saw this potential in Midoriya is precisely why he was chosen as his successor. Midoriya even chose the hero name "Deku" because it sounds like "you can do it" in Japanese. Some of his most prominent examples include inspiring All Might to act even when exhausted, Todoroki to [[spoiler:deal with his father issues and visit his mother again]], Iida to [[spoiler:put aside his revenge and focus on saving people]], Kota to [[spoiler:believe in heroes]], Todoroki and Yoarashi to [[spoiler:put aside their personal grudges to do what's right]], and Eri to [[spoiler:see herself as a blessing and not a curse]]. While still a downplayed example because he's a rookie, he's already gotten plenty of his classmates to follow him, and Aizawa himself notes Midoriya is a large influence on his classmates.

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** The fact that All Might saw this potential in Midoriya is precisely why he was chosen as his successor. Midoriya even chose the hero name "Deku" because it sounds like "you can do it" in Japanese. Some of his most prominent examples include inspiring All Might to act even when exhausted, Todoroki to [[spoiler:deal with his father issues and visit his mother again]], Endeavor to [[spoiler:become TheAtoner after realizing how all that he's done has hurt his family]], Iida to [[spoiler:put aside his revenge and focus on saving people]], Kota to [[spoiler:believe in heroes]], Todoroki and Yoarashi to [[spoiler:put aside their personal grudges to do what's right]], and Eri to [[spoiler:see herself as a blessing and not a curse]]. While still a downplayed example because he's a rookie, he's already gotten plenty of his classmates to follow him, and Aizawa himself notes Midoriya is a large influence on his classmates.

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* Deconstructed in ''FanFic/ARabbitAmongWolves''. Jaune [[InternalReformist manages to reform]] the Vale branch of [[WellIntentionedExtremist the White Fang]] into more of a freedom fighting organization, and becomes beloved across Vale's faunus. However, while he is a genuinely decent guy, he has no real interest in the cause of Faunus: because he accidentally killed Adam Taurus, he was forced to join the Fang and reform them to prove to society he wasn't a monster. To his frustration, each success just leads him to be irrevocably tied to his movement, [[spoiler: to the point where if he were to quit, the White Fang could slip back into its old violent ways]].


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* Subverted with Griffith in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. He's introduced as a very charismatic person and he seems to be a very good example of this in how he raises up the members of the Band of the Hawk. In particular, in his first meeting with Casca, he gave her a sword to kill her attempted rapist, and he helps transform Guts from a brute into a thoughtful soldier. However, he ultimately seems to only view others as pawns and in his epic FaceHeelTurn during the Eclipse, he betrays the people he previously motivated in the most horrific way possible.
* Everyone around Asta in ''Manga/BlackClover'' can't help but follow his example and put 100% of every waking moment into becoming a better person. Most notably, he's this to all the Black Bulls, even his own captain Yami, who by following his example, went from being by far the worst Magic Knight squad in history into being the second most decorated in one year. He's even this to other squads, some of their captains, most of the enemies that try to fight him, and his own greatest rival Yuno, who all become much stronger and more heroic by trying to be just like him. Even Zora notes that Asta is the one closest to what he considers to be the ideal Magic Knight.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma Kamijou seems to have an unconscious gift for turning the people around him into heroes. Most people he defeats or saves eventually become inspired to do the right thing, using him as an example.
* Ironically, Vegeta wants to invoke this towards the end of the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. When Goku suggests that Gotenks or Gohan could come and help them kill Buu, Vegeta tells him that it's now humanity's turn to shoulder some responsibility and has all humans share their energy with Goku so he can blast Buu with an enormous ki attack.
** Also averted, as Goku attempts twice to do this -- once with Gohan during the Cell Saga and again with Goten and Trunks during the Buu Saga -- but both times fail as those Goku chooses just don't have the fighting drive he does. This is why he recruits Uub at the end.
** Averted again with aforementioned ki attack. A majority of the human population don't even know who Goku is and don't know about any of his exploits despite him saving the world countless times, due to his efforts to keep a low profile. All they know is that some disembodied voice is asking them to give up their energy, and when they raise their hands and feel said energy draining away, naturally they get scared and assume said voice is malevolent. It's only when the FakeUltimateHero Hercule/Mr.Satan asks them to do it that they comply.
* ''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 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 breaths]]. 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. 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.
* 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 befriending]] several AntiVillain characters, and 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.



* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', while widely recognized as a hero, mostly sought to bring out the heroism in other people. Having self-confidence rather than relying on a hero is actually a major theme in the series.
** Ironically, he is also somewhat of a subversion. He did not believe in himself all that much. However, he did believe in Simon and recognized his potential far before anyone else have. Seeing Simon's potential was what gave Kamina the assurance of being so confident, which in turn, allowed Simon to be more confident and bring out both of his potential.
** Indeed, it gets obvious that while Kamina was a paragon to both Simon and the whole Dai-Gurren Brigade, Simon was just as much of a paragon to Kamina, both relying on each other's support to be able to do good. [[spoiler:Kamina's death later on was one of the main reasons Simon learned to become a true hero, stating that he still lives on in his heart.]] Kamina did, in fact, put up most of the show in front of Simon to inspire him to true heroism.
* Hakuoro in ''{{VideoGame/Utawarerumono}}''. His opposite number actually gets sort of pissed at him for teaching the people all sorts of things and rapidly advancing their civilization, the logic being that it will create more conflicts. Inventions shared: Agriculture, steel production, teaching people to lead their own countries, medicine, modern chemistry, etc. Note, shared. He teaches the people to make these things for themselves.



* Subverted with Griffith in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. He's introduced as a very charismatic person and he seems to be a very good example of this in how he raises up the members of the Band of the Hawk. In particular, in his first meeting with Casca, he gave her a sword to kill her attempted rapist, and he helps transform Guts from a brute into a thoughtful soldier. However, he ultimately seems to only view others as pawns and in his epic FaceHeelTurn during the Eclipse, he betrays the people he previously motivated in the most horrific way possible.
* 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 befriending]] several AntiVillain characters, and 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.
* Ironically, Vegeta wants to invoke this towards the end of the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. When Goku suggests that Gotenks or Gohan could come and help them kill Buu, Vegeta tells him that it's now humanity's turn to shoulder some responsibility and has all humans share their energy with Goku so he can blast Buu with an enormous ki attack.
** Also averted, as Goku attempts twice to do this -- once with Gohan during the Cell Saga and again with Goten and Trunks during the Buu Saga -- but both times fail as those Goku chooses just don't have the fighting drive he does. This is why he recruits Uub at the end.
** Averted again with aforementioned ki attack. A majority of the human population don't even know who Goku is and don't know about any of his exploits despite him saving the world countless times, due to his efforts to keep a low profile. All they know is that some disembodied voice is asking them to give up their energy, and when they raise their hands and feel said energy draining away, naturally they get scared and assume said voice is malevolent. It's only when the FakeUltimateHero Hercule/Mr.Satan asks them to do it that they comply.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma Kamijou seems to have an unconscious gift for turning the people around him into heroes. Most people he defeats or saves eventually become inspired to do the right thing, using him as an example.
* ''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 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 breaths]]. 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. 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.



*** 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''.

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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 Ami, and Makoto to take the Outers as role models because they see her as ''too good''.



* Everyone around Asta in ''Manga/BlackClover'' can't help but follow his example and put 100% of every waking moment into becoming a better person. Most notably, he's this to all the Black Bulls, even his own captain Yami, who by following his example, went from being by far the worst Magic Knight squad in history into being the second most decorated in one year. He's even this to other squads, some of their captains, most of the enemies that try to fight him, and his own greatest rival Yuno, who all become much stronger and more heroic by trying to be just like him. Even Zora notes that Asta is the one closest to what he considers to be the ideal Magic Knight.

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* Everyone around Asta in ''Manga/BlackClover'' can't help but follow his example and put 100% of every waking moment into becoming a better person. Most notably, he's this to all the Black Bulls, even his own captain Yami, who by following his example, went Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', while widely recognized as a hero, mostly sought to bring out the heroism in other people. Having self-confidence rather than relying on a hero is actually a major theme in the series.
** Ironically, he is also somewhat of a subversion. He did not believe in himself all that much. However, he did believe in Simon and recognized his potential far before anyone else have. Seeing Simon's potential was what gave Kamina the assurance of
being by far so confident, which in turn, allowed Simon to be more confident and bring out both of his potential.
** Indeed, it gets obvious that while Kamina was a paragon to both Simon and
the worst Magic Knight squad in history into being whole Dai-Gurren Brigade, Simon was just as much of a paragon to Kamina, both relying on each other's support to be able to do good. [[spoiler:Kamina's death later on was one of the second most decorated main reasons Simon learned to become a true hero, stating that he still lives on in one year. He's even this to other squads, some of their captains, his heart.]] Kamina did, in fact, put up most of the enemies show in front of Simon to inspire him to true heroism.
* Hakuoro in ''{{VideoGame/Utawarerumono}}''. His opposite number actually gets sort of pissed at him for teaching the people all sorts of things and rapidly advancing their civilization, the logic being
that try to fight him, and his own greatest rival Yuno, who all become much stronger and it will create more heroic by trying conflicts. Inventions shared: Agriculture, steel production, teaching people to be just like him. Even Zora notes that Asta is lead their own countries, medicine, modern chemistry, etc. Note, shared. He teaches the one closest people to what he considers to be the ideal Magic Knight.make these things for themselves.



* 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.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, what with his incorruptible moral purity and all. This actually became one of the problems with ComicBook/CivilWar: Whether the Pro-Registration side was in the right, or if they were going for something more gray-area, they put Cap on the anti side, so most readers, and some writers, naturally assumed ''they'' were the Good Guys.
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. He's been repeatedly stated as being the hero every other crimefighter in the ''world'' is willing to trust. Even ''Superman'' admires him.



* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. He's been repeatedly stated as being the hero every other crimefighter in the ''world'' is willing to trust. Even ''Superman'' admires him.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, what with his incorruptible moral purity and all. This actually became one of the problems with ComicBook/CivilWar: Whether the Pro-Registration side was in the right, or if they were going for something more gray-area, they put Cap on the anti side, so most readers, and some writers, naturally assumed ''they'' were the Good Guys.



* 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.



* In both the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies and ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', this is the heroes' goal. (Although in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Bruce expresses disapproval of the groups of men who dress like Batman in groups, A. because they often get hurt or killed, and B. because they use guns.)
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'': Though he doesn't set out with this as a goal, Spider-Man tends to succeed at this at least [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Movie]], typically with nearby New Yorkers not known for their friendliness working together to save his life or even fending off some rather nasty villains.

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* In both the ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies and ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', movies, this is the heroes' goal. (Although in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Bruce expresses disapproval of the groups of men who dress like Batman in groups, A. because they often get hurt or killed, and B. because they use guns.)
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'': Though ''Film/GleahanAndTheKnavesOfIndustry:'' ZigZagged. Gleahan acts as a DeconReconSwitch, rushing into things that he doesn't set out knows are right and by doing so getting himself into danger. However, once everyone (especially Mark) is on the same page as him, they're generally on board with this as a goal, Spider-Man tends to succeed at this at least [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Movie]], typically with nearby New Yorkers not known for their friendliness working together to save his life or even fending off some rather nasty villains.quest. ''However'' however, toward the end Gleahan gets pretty ruthless as he carries out the final stages of his quest.



** From ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', we have [[spoiler: The Vision.]] Born to be Ultron's ultimate body, he nevertheless remained calm after his awakening, and explained that he is not the Avengers' enemies. They were right to distrust him at first, but he ''instantly'' gained their trust by [[spoiler: [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield casually handing Mjolnir to Thor.]]]]
* ''Film/GleahanAndTheKnavesOfIndustry:'' ZigZagged. Gleahan acts as a DeconReconSwitch, rushing into things that he knows are right and by doing so getting himself into danger. However, once everyone (especially Mark) is on the same page as him, they're generally on board with his quest. ''However'' however, toward the end Gleahan gets pretty ruthless as he carries out the final stages of his quest.

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** From ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', we have [[spoiler: The Vision.]] Born to be Ultron's ultimate body, he nevertheless remained calm after his awakening, and explained that he is not the Avengers' enemies. They were right to distrust him at first, but he ''instantly'' gained their trust by [[spoiler: [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield casually handing Mjolnir Mjölnir to Thor.]]]]
* ''Film/GleahanAndTheKnavesOfIndustry:'' ZigZagged. Gleahan acts ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'': Though he doesn't set out with this as a DeconReconSwitch, rushing into things that he knows are right and by doing so getting himself into danger. However, once everyone (especially Mark) is on the same page as him, they're generally on board goal, Spider-Man tends to succeed at this at least [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Movie]], typically with nearby New Yorkers not known for their friendliness working together to save his quest. ''However'' however, toward the end Gleahan gets pretty ruthless as he carries out the final stages of his quest.life or even fending off some rather nasty villains.



* 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.
* In the ''Literature/HIVESeries'', [=HIVEmind=] grows to fill this role, eventually [[spoiler: sacrificing himself so that Otto can kill Overlord and get home safely.]]
-->'''H.I.V.E.mind:''' You are as strong as you wish to be.



%%** And Karrin Murphy, a policewoman and voice of morality to the protagonist, is also an example.
* Many of Creator/TamoraPierce's [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] heroines are this, particularly Alanna from ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. She even says in the third book, ''Woman Who Rides Like A Man'', something to the effect of "If I waited for things to change, they never would have," as an explanation for why people should work for change. Her success inspires numerous girls in and ''out'' of Tortall, and her BadassNormal successor Keladry from ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' inspires even more.
* Superman in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Note that Superman doesn't actually exist in this universe. But in a world where every superhuman is, without exception, [[BewareTheSuperman a sociopathic mass-murderer]], some people still carry around his ''S'' symbol under the firm belief that some day, heroes ''will'' come. It's the closest thing to a religion left.
** 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.

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%%** And Karrin Murphy, a policewoman and voice of morality * The Virgin Mary saves souls in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' not by forcing them to the protagonist, is also an example.
* Many of Creator/TamoraPierce's [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] heroines are this, particularly Alanna from ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. She even says in the third book, ''Woman Who Rides Like A Man'', something to the effect of "If I waited for things to change, they never would have," as an explanation for why people should work for change. Her success inspires numerous girls in and ''out'' of Tortall,
be good, but by showing them her paradisiacal happiness and her BadassNormal successor Keladry from ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' inspires even more.
* Superman in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Note that Superman doesn't actually exist in this universe. But in a world where every superhuman is, without exception, [[BewareTheSuperman a sociopathic mass-murderer]], some people still carry around his ''S'' symbol under the firm belief that some day, heroes ''will'' come. It's the closest thing to a religion left.
** In ''Mitosis'', the short story that takes between the first and second books, David Charleston and the rest
mastery of the Reckoners become SevenHeavenlyVirtues. In this work, Mary is presented by art throughout Purgatory as the cure for the people of Newcago. He's in a tough spot near SevenDeadlySins and Mary herself allows Dante to travel through Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise so he understand the end, but the regular people band together and start to use the titular villain's WeaksauceWeakness against him.importance of accepting God's love.



* In the ''Literature/HIVESeries'', [=HIVEmind=] grows to fill this role, eventually [[spoiler: sacrificing himself so that Otto can kill Overlord and get home safely.]]
-->'''H.I.V.E.mind:''' You are as strong as you wish to be.
* 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.
* Superman in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Note that Superman doesn't actually exist in this universe. But in a world where every superhuman is, without exception, [[BewareTheSuperman a sociopathic mass-murderer]], some people still carry around his ''S'' symbol under the firm belief that some day, heroes ''will'' come. It's the closest thing to a religion left.
** 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.
* Many of Creator/TamoraPierce's [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] heroines are this, particularly Alanna from ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. She even says in the third book, ''Woman Who Rides Like A Man'', something to the effect of "If I waited for things to change, they never would have," as an explanation for why people should work for change. Her success inspires numerous girls in and ''out'' of Tortall, and her BadassNormal successor Keladry from ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' inspires even more.



* The Virgin Mary saves souls in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' not by forcing them to be good, but by showing them her paradisiacal happiness and her mastery of the SevenHeavenlyVirtues. In this work, Mary is presented by art throughout Purgatory as the cure for the SevenDeadlySins and Mary herself allows Dante to travel through Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise so he understand the importance of accepting God's love.



* The Doctor of ''Series/DoctorWho'' is this. Beings from across time and space look up to and admire the Doctor as a hero, and countless people have become heroes because of his influence, whether being a SmallStepsHero or stepping up to defend their world. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong one story,]] River Song broadcasts a message saying that the Doctor needs help, and a ''million, million'' responses come back offering their support.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the sinister group of shady conspiracies called "the Syndicate" views Fox Mulder as the Paragon of an ever-growing movement of {{conspiracy theorist}}s-slash-whistleblowers (whose members also include characters like Max Fenig and Series/TheLoneGunmen). In fact, the main reason why they don't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot Mulder]] is the fear a dead paragon would become an InspirationalMartyr to rally all the TinfoilHat-wearing nutjobs to start digging everywhere and eventually to discover their existence. Ironically, Mulder himself is hardly aware of this special status until well into the series.



* The Doctor of ''Series/DoctorWho'' is this. Beings from across time and space look up to and admire the Doctor as a hero, and countless people have become heroes because of his influence, whether being a SmallStepsHero or stepping up to defend their world. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong one story,]] River Song broadcasts a message saying that the Doctor needs help, and a ''million, million'' responses come back offering their support.

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* The Doctor In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the sinister group of ''Series/DoctorWho'' is this. Beings from across time shady conspiracies called "the Syndicate" views Fox Mulder as the Paragon of an ever-growing movement of {{conspiracy theorist}}s-slash-whistleblowers (whose members also include characters like Max Fenig and space look up to and admire Series/TheLoneGunmen). In fact, the Doctor as main reason why they don't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot Mulder]] is the fear a hero, and countless people have dead paragon would become heroes because of his influence, whether being a SmallStepsHero or stepping up an InspirationalMartyr to defend rally all the TinfoilHat-wearing nutjobs to start digging everywhere and eventually to discover their world. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong one story,]] River Song broadcasts a message saying that existence. Ironically, Mulder himself is hardly aware of this special status until well into the Doctor needs help, and a ''million, million'' responses come back offering their support. series.



* Even ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has one in [[WingedHumanoid Sanguinius]], Primarch of the Blood Angels. Though his brother Horus was put in command of all the Imperium's forces, as Horus lay dying, he remarked "Sanguinius. It should have been him. He has the vision and strength to carry us to victory, and the wisdom to rule once victory is won. For all his aloof coolness, he alone has the Emperor's soul in his blood. Each of us carries part of our father within us, whether it is his hunger for battle, his psychic talent or his determination to succeed. Sanguinius holds it all. It should have been his."



* Even ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has one in [[WingedHumanoid Sanguinius]], Primarch of the Blood Angels. Though his brother Horus was put in command of all the Imperium's forces, as Horus lay dying, he remarked "Sanguinius. It should have been him. He has the vision and strength to carry us to victory, and the wisdom to rule once victory is won. For all his aloof coolness, he alone has the Emperor's soul in his blood. Each of us carries part of our father within us, whether it is his hunger for battle, his psychic talent or his determination to succeed. Sanguinius holds it all. It should have been his."



* [[PlayerCharacter Amaterasu]] of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. [[SamusIsAGirl She]], as the Matron [[SheIsTheKing God]] of Nippon, can bestow all sorts of blessings upon the world, such as slicing obstacles in half (up to and including boulders blocking roads) and revitalizing dead flora. Very often, she (and by extension, the player) employs her powers in a way that makes it look as though the ones ''actually'' achieving her feats are mortals, in order to give them the initiative and confidence to keep striving for the greater good of the land and to praise the gods. [[spoiler: This does backfire at least once, namely with Susano, a rather incompetent warrior that misinterprets Amaterasu's help as mockery from the Gods for his laziness and uneffectiveness]]
* The Avatar in the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games. Becoming the paragon of the Eight Virtues is explicitly the plot of ''VideoGame/UltimaIV''.



* Garlot (Gulcasa)'s usual messianic behavior verges on this at certain points of ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', especially when the mission of the day involves lecturing some sense into the local townspeople (as in the battlefield "Waves in the Grain") or a despairing teammate. This is a kind of inverse CerebusRetcon -- ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' demonstrates that all of his allies and the citizens he winds up ruling are all willing to follow his example and take up arms for him and Bronquia in times of need [[YouShallNotPass in the most depressing way possible]]; ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' is just going back to explain how this came about.



%%* Kyle Hyde in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''.
* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'': The player protagonists in ''VideoGame/Persona3'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', and ''VideoGame/Persona5'' are these, to the point where the entire Social Link/Confidant system revolves around them serving as a guide for their friends and allies.
* The Prophet/[[spoiler:Medivh]] in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: Reign of Chaos''. His entire goal was to help the Horde, Alliance, and night elves stand against the Burning Legion without needing the aid of [[spoiler:a Guardian]].
** In the manual, it also says the tauren are trying to provide an example for the no-longer demon-possessed orcs, so as to avoid their falling back into corruption.
** Though since the world is ending around them and yet the Horde and Alliance are fighting more than ever, it becomes a little odd that the Prophet hasn't shown up again to knock some sense into them.

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%%* Kyle Hyde in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''.
* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'': The player protagonists in ''VideoGame/Persona3'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', and ''VideoGame/Persona5'' are these, to In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the point where the entire Social Link/Confidant system revolves around them serving as a guide for ProudWarriorRace [[HornyVikings Nords]] hold several of their friends greatest historical heroes up as prime examples for what every Nord should aspire be. These include:
** Ysgramor, the [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] FounderOfTheKingdom who vanquished Skyrim's [[OurElvesAreDifferent Falmer (Snow Elves)]] which allowed the ancestors of the Nords to settle there.
** Talos, the Nord name for Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire, who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended after his death]] to become the "[[SaintlyChurch Ninth Divine]]"
and allies.
* The Prophet/[[spoiler:Medivh]] in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: Reign
[[WarGod God of Chaos''. His entire goal was to help War]] and [[TheGoodKing Good Governance]]. Banning the Horde, Alliance, worship of Talos is a major cause of the 4th Era Skyrim {{Civil War}}.
** Those who are Dragonborn, rare mortals gifted with immortal [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[DragonsAreDivine Dragon]] souls by the [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Divines, Akatosh, to serve as [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]] toward Dragonkind. Many great leaders
and night elves stand against heroes in Nordic history were said to be Dragonborn, including the Burning Legion without needing the aid PlayerCharacter of [[spoiler:a Guardian]].
** In the manual, it also says the tauren are trying to provide an example for the no-longer demon-possessed orcs, so as to avoid their falling back into corruption.
** Though since the world is ending around them and yet the Horde and Alliance are fighting more than ever, it becomes a little odd that the Prophet hasn't shown up again to knock some sense into them.
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.



* Turning the main character into this is the end goal in ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject''. Starting off as a spineless bystander, he ends up helping the people help themselves and inspiring the entire world into not giving up hope against the Final Boss. As an aside note, [[spoiler:he was actually a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass BEFORE he got the belt, having protected his little sister at the age of 8 by being a meat shield from a cannibal/rapist/killer. The only reason he seems spineless is because of a HORRIBLE home life that basically snuffed his Heroic Spirit down to a tiny ember.]]
* Garlot (Gulcasa)'s usual messianic behavior verges on this at certain points of ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', especially when the mission of the day involves lecturing some sense into the local townspeople (as in the battlefield "Waves in the Grain") or a despairing teammate. This is a kind of inverse CerebusRetcon -- ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' demonstrates that all of his allies and the citizens he winds up ruling are all willing to follow his example and take up arms for him and Bronquia in times of need [[YouShallNotPass in the most depressing way possible]]; ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' is just going back to explain how this came about.

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* Turning the main character into In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[BigGood Emmeryn]] fulfills this is role [[spoiler:when she throws herself off the end goal cliff in ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject''. Starting off as a spineless bystander, he ends up helping the people help themselves and Chapter 9, inspiring much of the entire world into not giving up hope against the Final Boss. As an aside note, [[spoiler:he was actually a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass BEFORE he got the belt, having protected his little sister at the age of 8 by being a meat shield Plegian army to desert from a cannibal/rapist/killer. The only reason he seems spineless is because of a HORRIBLE home life that basically snuffed his Heroic Spirit down King Gangrel's plan to a tiny ember.destroy Ylisse.]]
* Garlot (Gulcasa)'s usual messianic behavior verges on this at certain points ** Another example would be the ancient ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Hero King Marth]]'', enough so that one thousand years since his original adventures, his name was able to inspire the shattered remnants of ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', humanity [[spoiler:in the BadFuture that Lucina and company came from]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has Professor Byleth Eisner, aka the player character. Due to the games [[StoryBranching multiple routes]], we are able to see how Byleth is able to inspire whichever of the titular Three Houses they choose to teach. This is
especially when apparent in the mission Blue Lions route post TimeSkip, as Byleth spends most of the day involves lecturing some sense into route [[spoiler:pulling Dimitri from his suicidal depression and helping him become a Hero King of the local townspeople (as in United Fodlan.]]
* The ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' expansion, Nightfall, adds
the battlefield "Waves in Paragon profession- more often than not, the Grain") or a despairing teammate. This Paragon is a kind of inverse CerebusRetcon -- ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' demonstrates used less for the martial skills and more for their party-wide buffs, so it could be argued that all of the Paragon uses his speech to inspire his allies and to be the citizens he winds up ruling are all willing to follow his example and take up arms for him and Bronquia best they can be.
* Link
in times of need [[YouShallNotPass ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is called such by the GreaterScopeVillain in the most depressing way possible]]; ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' is just going back to explain how this came about.final battle. He certainly inspired Groose's better nature.



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[BigGood Emmeryn]] fulfills this role [[spoiler:when she throws herself off the cliff in Chapter 9, inspiring much of the Plegian army to desert from King Gangrel's plan to destroy Ylisse.]]
** Another example would be the ancient ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Hero King Marth]]'', enough so that one thousand years since his original adventures, his name was able to inspire the shattered remnants of humanity [[spoiler:in the BadFuture that Lucina and company came from]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has Professor Byleth Eisner, aka the player character. Due to the games [[StoryBranching multiple routes]], we are able to see how Byleth is able to inspire whichever of the titular Three Houses they choose to teach. This is especially apparent in the Blue Lions route post TimeSkip, as Byleth spends most of the route [[spoiler:pulling Dimitri from his suicidal depression and helping him become a Hero King of the United Fodlan.]]
* The ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' expansion, Nightfall, adds the Paragon profession- more often than not, the Paragon is used less for the martial skills and more for their party-wide buffs, so it could be argued that the Paragon uses his speech to inspire his allies to be the best they can be.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[BigGood Emmeryn]] fulfills this role [[spoiler:when [[PlayerCharacter Amaterasu]] of ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. [[SamusIsAGirl She]], as the Matron [[SheIsTheKing God]] of Nippon, can bestow all sorts of blessings upon the world, such as slicing obstacles in half (up to and including boulders blocking roads) and revitalizing dead flora. Very often, she throws herself off (and by extension, the cliff player) employs her powers in Chapter 9, inspiring much of the Plegian army to desert from King Gangrel's plan to destroy Ylisse.]]
** Another example would be the ancient ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Hero King Marth]]'', enough so
a way that one thousand years since his original adventures, his name was able to inspire makes it look as though the shattered remnants of humanity [[spoiler:in ones ''actually'' achieving her feats are mortals, in order to give them the BadFuture that Lucina initiative and company came from]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' has Professor Byleth Eisner, aka the player character. Due
confidence to the games [[StoryBranching multiple routes]], we are able to see how Byleth is able to inspire whichever of the titular Three Houses they choose to teach. This is especially apparent in the Blue Lions route post TimeSkip, as Byleth spends most of the route [[spoiler:pulling Dimitri from his suicidal depression and helping him become a Hero King of the United Fodlan.]]
* The ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' expansion, Nightfall, adds the Paragon profession- more often than not, the Paragon is used less
keep striving for the martial skills greater good of the land and more to praise the gods. [[spoiler: This does backfire at least once, namely with Susano, a rather incompetent warrior that misinterprets Amaterasu's help as mockery from the Gods for his laziness and uneffectiveness]]
* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'': The player protagonists in ''VideoGame/Persona3'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', and ''VideoGame/Persona5'' are these, to the point where the entire Social Link/Confidant system revolves around them serving as a guide
for their party-wide buffs, so it could be argued that the Paragon uses his speech to inspire his allies to be the best they can be.friends and allies.



* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is called such by the GreaterScopeVillain in the final battle. He certainly inspired Groose's better nature.



* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the ProudWarriorRace [[HornyVikings Nords]] hold several of their greatest historical heroes up as prime examples for what every Nord should aspire be. These include:
** Ysgramor, the [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] FounderOfTheKingdom who vanquished Skyrim's [[OurElvesAreDifferent Falmer (Snow Elves)]] which allowed the ancestors of the Nords to settle there.
** Talos, the Nord name for Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire, who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended after his death]] to become the "[[SaintlyChurch Ninth Divine]]" and [[WarGod God of War]] and [[TheGoodKing Good Governance]]. Banning the worship of Talos is a major cause of the 4th Era Skyrim {{Civil War}}.
** Those who are Dragonborn, rare mortals gifted with immortal [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[DragonsAreDivine Dragon]] souls by the [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Divines, Akatosh, to serve as [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]] toward Dragonkind. Many great leaders and heroes in Nordic history were said to be Dragonborn, including the PlayerCharacter of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', The Avatar in the ProudWarriorRace [[HornyVikings Nords]] hold several of their greatest historical heroes up as prime examples for what every Nord should aspire be. These include:
** Ysgramor,
''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games. Becoming the [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] FounderOfTheKingdom who vanquished Skyrim's [[OurElvesAreDifferent Falmer (Snow Elves)]] which allowed the ancestors paragon of the Nords to settle there.
** Talos,
Eight Virtues is explicitly the Nord name plot of ''VideoGame/UltimaIV''.
* The Prophet/[[spoiler:Medivh]] in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: Reign of Chaos''. His entire goal was to help the Horde, Alliance, and night elves stand against the Burning Legion without needing the aid of [[spoiler:a Guardian]].
** In the manual, it also says the tauren are trying to provide an example
for Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire, who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended after no-longer demon-possessed orcs, so as to avoid their falling back into corruption.
** Though since the world is ending around them and yet the Horde and Alliance are fighting more than ever, it becomes a little odd that the Prophet hasn't shown up again to knock some sense into them.
* Turning the main character into this is the end goal in ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject''. Starting off as a spineless bystander, he ends up helping the people help themselves and inspiring the entire world into not giving up hope against the Final Boss. As an aside note, [[spoiler:he was actually a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass BEFORE he got the belt, having protected
his death]] to become little sister at the "[[SaintlyChurch Ninth Divine]]" and [[WarGod God age of War]] and [[TheGoodKing Good Governance]]. Banning the worship 8 by being a meat shield from a cannibal/rapist/killer. The only reason he seems spineless is because of Talos is a major cause of the 4th Era Skyrim {{Civil War}}.
** Those who are Dragonborn, rare mortals gifted with immortal [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[DragonsAreDivine Dragon]] souls by the [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Divines, Akatosh,
HORRIBLE home life that basically snuffed his Heroic Spirit down to serve as [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]] toward Dragonkind. Many great leaders and heroes in Nordic history were said to be Dragonborn, including the PlayerCharacter of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.a tiny ember.]]



* ''Webcomic/IDontWantThisKindOfHero'': Young Jeong is a dark example. She tries to inspire Naga to be more devoted to being a hero... [[spoiler: and reacts ''badly'' when she realizes he's content as he is now, because as far as she's concerned, he should be like her and abandon his entire humanity so that he can focus solely on being the perfect hero.]] It's evident that she's shoving her own ideals onto others without any regard for their actual desires.



* ''Webcomic/IDontWantThisKindOfHero'': Young Jeong is a dark example. She tries to inspire Naga to be more devoted to being a hero... [[spoiler: and reacts ''badly'' when she realizes he's content as he is now, because as far as she's concerned, he should be like her and abandon his entire humanity so that he can focus solely on being the perfect hero.]] It's evident that she's shoving her own ideals onto others without any regard for their actual desires.



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has Blue Beetle become this for a race of aliens, who have been rescued by other Beetles in the past but always find themselves under someone's thumb the instant their hero leaves.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': Korra's actions over the course of the series have inspired her teammates and other allies to follow her example of making the world a better place. This came across strongly by the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: Korra is severely injured after fighting Zaheer, but Tenzin is inspired to have the new Air Nation follow her example. In the years that followed, people came to see that the Avatar is more than just a hero--she is an ideal, inspiring other heroes to come out of the woodwork, some good, and some bad in the case of Kuvira]].



* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'': Korra's actions over the course of the series have inspired her teammates and other allies to follow her example of making the world a better place. This came across strongly by the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: Korra is severely injured after fighting Zaheer, but Tenzin is inspired to have the new Air Nation follow her example. In the years that followed, people came to see that the Avatar is more than just a hero--she is an ideal, inspiring other heroes to come out of the woodwork, some good, and some bad in the case of Kuvira]].



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has Blue Beetle become this for a race of aliens, who have been rescued by other Beetles in the past but always find themselves under someone's thumb the instant their hero leaves.


->''"They can be a great people, Kal-El, if they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you.... my only son."''

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->''"They can be a great people, Kal-El, if Kal-El; they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you.... my only son."''


A character who lives to help others, but in a way that [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn shows those people how to help themselves]]. This character does not believe in HoldingOutForAHero. This character's ultimate goal is that one day, when the people need a hero, they can be the heroes themselves.

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A character who lives to help others, but in a way that [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn shows those people how to help themselves]]. This character does not believe in HoldingOutForAHero. This character's ultimate goal is that one day, when the people need a hero, they [[PayingItForward can be the heroes themselves.
themselves]].

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* ''Webcomic/IDontWantThisKindOfHero'': Young Jeong is a dark example. She tries to inspire Naga to be more devoted to being a hero... [[spoiler: and reacts ''badly'' when she realizes he's content as he is now, because as far as she's concerned, he should be like her and abandon his entire humanity so that he can focus solely on being the perfect hero.]] It's evident that she's shoving her own ideals onto others without any regard for their actual desires.


** Ysgramor, the [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] FounderOfTheKingdom who vanquished Skyrim's [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] which allowed the ancestors of the Nords to settle there.

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** Ysgramor, the [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] FounderOfTheKingdom who vanquished Skyrim's [[OurElvesAreBetter [[OurElvesAreDifferent Falmer (Snow Elves)]] which allowed the ancestors of the Nords to settle there.



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* Mike from ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan''. When the passengers from the [[CoolShip Traveler]] woke up, Mike come to the conclusion that he was a superhero. He gave that up when he realized that he was causing HoldingOutForAHero and set up an order of paladins.

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* Mike from ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan''.''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'': Mike. When the passengers from the [[CoolShip Traveler]] woke up, Mike come to the conclusion that he was a superhero. He gave that up when he realized that he was causing HoldingOutForAHero and set up an order of paladins.


* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. He's been repeatedly stated as "the hero every other crimefighter in the ''world'' is willing to trust". Even ''Superman'' admires him.

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* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. He's been repeatedly stated as "the being the hero every other crimefighter in the ''world'' is willing to trust".trust. Even ''Superman'' admires him.

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