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A MessianicArchetype is expected to die and that would be in the hands of someone.

These characters would often be an antagonist and get karma treatment from their actions. Whether it's [[KarmicDeath a death by their own fault]], [[HeelFaceTurn a conversion of sides]], or [[LaserGuidedKarma something else that]] [[FateWorseThanDeath affects them greatly.]] Sometimes, they can even become a follower of the said Messiah.

May involve a long weapon or The [[PublicDomainArtifact Lance of Longinus]], which features heavily in the legend. Contrast DontCreateAMartyr, when someone avoids killing the messiah figure to ''avoid'' them achieving their martyrdom.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Two of these in ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** The beginning one is [[spoiler: Lelouch, who kills the MessianicArchetype Prince Euphemina when Zero.]] A lot of shit happens to him involving the mess he created that leads to his DespairEventHorizon and eventual death.
** [[spoiler: Suzaku]] also is this for killing [[spoiler: Lelouch.]] But he already became the man he hated by then.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', it's revealed that Hody Jones was the one who killed [[TheMessiah Queen Otohime]], not the suspected human (Hody and Otohime are members of the prejudiced Fishmen/Merfolk race). Hody has a very contrasting view on human-fishman relationship when compared to Otohime, and being an extremist that he is, not only did he kill her - years later, when he attempts a coup on Fishman Island, he ordered its inhabitants to commit Fumi-e (stepping on an image) on their late queen. The "karma" part comes when Jinbe orchestrated Luffy and co (who are a crew of humans, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and a reindeer-man]]) to defeat Hody and his crew to symbolize that Hody's views are wrong.
* [[spoiler: Thymilph]] from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who uses a BladeOnAStick to [[spoiler: kill Kamina.]] [[KarmicDeath He's killed right by the same man]] ten times over with with the series' first Giga Drill Break.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[spoiler: Finch]] in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' is this for shooting V. At first, he is overjoyed, but this is after experiencing everything Norsefire has done and what drove V to a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. He leaves the regime's wing afterward as he decides it's no longer his place.

* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' the Messiah is Harold Krick, an otherwise ordinary tax man who hears a constant omniscient narrator who [[{{Spoiler}} spoilers]] him on his upcoming death. Long story short, it's his author who will be his Longinus, and once she finds out he's real and she means to kill him... well, lets just say the though of killing someone she knew intimately hit her hard. She's been building him up as an example of a man who redeems himself from an unhappy life (and his death would involve a heroic sacrifice). In this case her spear is her typewritter. Ultimately subverted in that she decides that because her original story didn't have Harold know of his death, and since the "real" Harold did know and was still willing to die... He was precisely the sort of person you should try to keep alive.

* ''Literature/CascaTheEternalMercenary'', in the eponymous book series. Obviously, since Casca is the first name of Casca Rufio ''Longinus''.
* There is a short story called, appropriately enough, "''Judas''" by John Brunner (part of Creator/HarlanEllison's ''Literature/DangerousVisions''), which is the memoirs of a man who destroyed an artificial intelligence that had become a Messiah to the world though its multiple world-changing decisions and high charisma. A-46 (the Android Jesus of the tale) was just the symbol of humanity's dependency on technology gone way too far.

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** While Jesus is executed by the state, it's [[EtTuBrute his apostle Judas Iscariot]] who sells him out so he can be executed, and Pontius Pilate who authorizes the crucifixion. Depending on the gospel Judas may have been [[DemonicPossession possessed by]] {{Satan}}, or was DrivenToSuicide from the guilt of his role in Jesus' death.
** Some texts state legionary who delivered a mortal blow to Jesus on the cross by stabbing him in the side with a spear(others just have him pierce an already dead Jesus). A later legend names this Roman soldier as Longinus, who on stabbing Christ was struck by a spurt of blood which struck him in the face and healed an unspecified illness - generally agreed to be an eye defect of some kind. The legend says that Longinus realised the enormity of what he had done, and converted to Christianity by way of atonement, later becoming a martyred saint.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' lore, the Tevinter Archon Hessarian was the one who convicted Andraste, the resident MessianicArchetype-slash-JeanneDArchetype, and ordered her burned at the stake (making him also a Pilate Archetype) but he was also the one who [[MercyKill mercy killed]] her with a sword at the pyre and became the first ever convert to the Chant of Light, formed around her teachings.

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