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1->''"They can be a great people, 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."''²-->-- '''Jor-El''', ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]''²²A 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.²²Lest this Aesop break in the telling (a person with superpowers telling Muggles how to live their lives?), the understanding Paragon will emphasize that each person must strive to goodness within their abilities.²²A common form of this is a hero helping a town, and at the end, [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers the people are inspired by this character's courage]], and help fight off the BigBad.²²If The Paragon works under the BigGood and decides he could do a better job, beware TheParagonAlwaysRebels.²²ValuesDissonance can turn TheParagon into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold or a DesignatedHero. Usually a SmallStepsHero, and justified that doing individual acts of kindness makes the world a better place overall.²²As 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.²²Compare IdealHero, TheCape, CaptainPatriotic, FixerSue, InspirationalMartyr, AProtagonistShallLeadThem, ThePaladin, TheRealHeroes, TheAce, FollowingInTheirRescuersFootsteps.²²Contrast AntiRoleModel, NeverBeAHero, TheCorrupter.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* Medaka Kurokami from ''Manga/MedakaBox''. Medaka denies it of course. Later, it is implied that she may have dropped her paragonic tendencies.²* 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.²** 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.²** 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.²* 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.²* All Might from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fits and explores this trope: He decided that the only way to make society better, was to make them see something that they could believe and hold on to, so by becoming a Symbol Of Peace, he will inspire people to become better. Unfortunately, this also means that not only has he inspired fanatics such as [[HeroKiller Stain]], but [[spoiler:after he's forced to retire due to finally expending his powers]], it leads to a new era for supervillains and criminals to come crawling out of the woodworks and uniting.²** His successor, Midoriya, shows signs of being this: During the time he was at UA, he helped Mineta to [[spoiler: outgrow his cowardice and fight as well]], Todoroki to [[spoiler: deal with the issues regarding his father and even visit his mother in the hospital]], Iida to [[spoiler: become a better hero by leaving aside his revenge and focusing on saving people]]. While still a downplayed example because he's a rookie, he's already gotten plenty of his classmates to follow him and Aizawa himself lampshades how Midoriya is a large influence on his classmates. The fact that All Might saw this potential in Midoriya is precisely why he was chosen as his successor.²* The eponymous lead of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' seems to specialize in taking evil, psychotic, apathetic, or otherwise less-than-heroic characters and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talking to them]] or [[DefeatMeansFriendship beating them up]] until they decide to become heroes like Naruto. [[MyGreatestFailure The only person who seems immune to it is Sasuke.]] [[spoiler:Until the second to last chapter.]]²* 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.²* 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.²* 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.²** 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.²** 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.²* 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.²* 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]] 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.²* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The Revolutionary Army seem to follow that kind of philosophy. Rather than solving the problems of the people, they help and support people in a way so they can win their own battles.²* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Minako/Sailor Venus initially takes this role in both the manga/Crystal and the live action:²** 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.²*** The manga shows that she's still doing it with Sailor Moon, taking her out superheroing as her ''sidekick''.²*** 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''.²** 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]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ComicBook/SpiderMan, in addition to being one of the most morally upright characters in comics, is pretty much this for the concept of "self-sacrifice". One comic has a darker version of this, beginning with a mugger killing some woman in an alleyway and a [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante promptly killing the mugger. Spider-Man put him in jail, of course, and remarked, "What was he trying to do, anyway?" The answer is covered in the [[BookEnds bookend]] -- this time, a woman targeted by a mugger draws a knife and kills the mugger.²* Franchise/{{Superman}}, because, come on. '''Superman'''. He is often called the Man of Tomorrow because [[EvolutionaryLevels it was once assumed]] that some day humans would evolve into superpowered beings like him, but also because he is an inspirational figure who humanity [[WorldHalfFull can become like]]. Among others, he inspired ComicBook/{{Steel}} to take up his legacy when [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman he was dead]].²* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. ''Superman'' admires him.²* 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. ²* 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.²* 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.²-->'''Dini''' ''(to Batman)'': It’s 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* ''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.²-->'''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* In both the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies and the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', 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.)²* ''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.²* ''Film/KickAss'' is a straight example, his ReasonYouSuckSpeech going viral on Website/YouTube and ending up ultimately being responsible for the rise in costumed vigilantism [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and costumed villainy.]] ]]²* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: ²** Captain America is of course this. In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', he gets on the PA system to inform SHIELD that [[spoiler:the organization has been corrupted by HYDRA from the very start]] and call them to action.²--->'''Computer Tech:''' ...I'm sorry, sir. I can't launch those ships. Captain's orders.\²'''[[spoiler:Rumlow]]:''' ''[draws gun]'' Step away from the console.\²'''Agent 13:''' ''[as she and '''everyone''' else draw their guns]'' You heard him. Captain's orders.²** However, [[ this video from]] ''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.²** 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.]]]]²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* To some people, [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus was doing this]] in [[Literature/TheBible the New Testament]].²* The Istari in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' were meant to be Paragons: "[[ 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.²* In the ''Literature/HIVESeries'', [=HIVEmind=] grows to fill this role, eventually [[spoiler: sacrificing himself so that Otto can kill Overlord and get home safely.]]²-->'''H.I.V.E.mind:''' You are as strong as you wish to be. ²* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':²** 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.²** Michael Carpenter, modern-day KnightInShiningArmor has elements of this. 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, the human leader of the possessed humans, Michael would not harm the man further. Michael knows he and Harry are not without sin and both have their own demons to face but believes that every person is capable of redemption. Even Nicodemus.²%%** And Karrin Murphy, a policewoman and voice of morality to the protagonist, is also an example.²* 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.²* 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.²** 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.²* Doc Thunder in [[Creator/AlEwing Al Ewing's]] ''Gods of Manhattan'' is America's Greatest Hero, a super-strong, super-smart, super-kind champion that's half [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, half Doc Savage, who's protected New York City for over half a century specifically with the intention of being a role model to others. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he has [[DarkAndTroubledPast very good reasons]] [[SuperHeroOrigin for hating fascism]], and by extension its belief that humanity is a witless, amoral herd to be ruled by strength without mercy. [[spoiler: Not to mention he's in a bisexual polyamorous relationship, meaning he and his closest loved ones would have no place under such a society]]. Plus, an inspired, well-intentioned citizenry actively makes his job easier, [[spoiler: such as at the end of the book where he gets them to clear out of Grand Central Station in advance of a battle and go around the city warning others to stay away]].²* Wedge Antilles is this for ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''. If he disobeys orders from his superiors, you can take it for granted that these superiors were wrong, either morally or militarily (or both). If he resigns his commission to go after an enemy that the New Republic won't allow him to, you can trust that the enemy needed to be taken out. If there's a war on, he will pick the right side (though not necessarily start out there) even if it means creating the right side himself. To top it all, he's AFatherToHisMen, loyal to a fault to his friends, a devoted family man, and dedicated to the principles of the Rebellion and New Republic (sometimes more than they are themselves). It's hard to find a more consistent moral anchor in the Star Wars universe. ²* 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.²* In military thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', protagonist John Rumford takes up the old German ''Auftragstaktik'' and John Boyd's model of warfare as information management, with individual initiative as the key component. His leadership style heavily emphasizes the importance of getting his subordinates to think for themselves, and he always prefers to command by suggestion and example, rather than detailed orders. He also fills this role as a community organizer, helping [[SergeantRock Gunny Matthews]] rally the little people against the gangsters who terrorize their neighborhoods.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ned Stark's memory serves as this to many characters even after his death, lasting well into Season 4. All his children in various ways try to live up to his teachings and example, while the North thoroughly adores him. Even the Lords of the Vale, who knew him as a young man when he fostered with Jon Arryn, know him well. Even Jaime Lannister, who did not get along with him at all, resolves to try and redeem his honor by tasking Brienne with safeguarding Ned Stark's daughter Sansa with "Oathkeeper", a sword Tywin re-purposed from "Ice":²-->'''Jaime:''' You'll be protecting Ned Stark's daughter with his own sword.²* 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.²* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma's dubious about Henry calling her TheChosenOne, but she is racking up an impressive record inspiring the cowed townsfolk into standing up for themselves and making their own "happy endings."²* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' episode "Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine", the hero Azoth the Avenger encourages a boy to be brave enough to stand up to his abusive father, instead of relying on him to solve all his problems. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* The other swordswoman from Heather Dale's song, "[[ One of Us]]".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', The Unconquered Sun functions as the Paragon of all Virtues, and exists as an ideal for all other beings to strive towards. Interestingly, his creation as TheParagon was intended by [[GodOfEvil the Dragon's Shadow]] as an instrument of evil; his ultimate Virtue allowed the Dragon's ultimate evil to have something to define itself against, and his endeavors for people to emulate him gave the Dragon the opportunity to be against lots of people at once. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard This didn't work out well for the Dragon]].²* 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."²* Anyone reaching and holding [[KarmaMeter Humanity]] value of 10 in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' setting by default is this, as their sin threshold is 'selfish thoughts'.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* [[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]]²* The Avatar in the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games. Becoming the paragon of the Eight Virtues is explicitly the plot of ''VideoGame/UltimaIV''.²* Depending on the ending, you turn out to be this kind of guy in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal''. In the good ending, it is specifically mentioned that you'll end up spawning a host of imitators.²* 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]].²%%* Kyle Hyde in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''.²* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona 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.²* 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]].²** 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.²** 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.²* Though he does not talk much in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI The Warrior of Light]] is this to the other warriors. It's even the name of his fighting style.²* 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.]]²* 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.²* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':²** Commander Shepard can fit this trope depending on some choices made. Actions and dialogue choices include as much you resolving the situation as prompting others to get out and make a difference on their own. News reports after particular Paragon events often report how your influence has inspired those you met to do the right thing. Other examples include Captain Anderson and (for a Krogan) Urdnot Wrex.²** Wrex is noteworthy in that he had attempted to be a Paragon long in the past, but gave up. He tried to guide his people towards a path of rebuilding and reclaiming their world, but his own father tried to kill him for it. If he lives through the first game, Shepard's paragon-ism inspires him to try again. Wrex establishes himself as a progressive clan leader with immense influence over the other clans. Notably, this was due to Shepard's example restoring his hope in making another attempt to save his people.²** If you honestly assist him in the third game, Wrex (and Bakara) become the paragon leaders for all the Krogan.²** It's worth noting that the game's morality system literally refers to this particular style of action as "Paragon". (Actions taken from a less idealistic mindset are called "Renegade".)²** Every Pathfinder in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' is urged to become this, to set an example with a first step that the rest of the Initiative will follow. It's even truer for Ryder considering [[spoiler:they are the only ones establishing colonies and first contacts, and if none of the original made it, the new Pathfinders will learned as they go... the way Ryder did before them.]]²* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''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]].²* 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.]]²* 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.²* Vyse, TheHero from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', fits this trope so well that he may as well just marry it. He pretty much convinces ''everyone in the entire world'' to fight against [[BigBad Lord Galcian]] and [[TheEmpire Valua]] by the end of the game. Seriously, GondorCallsForAid taken to it's greatest extreme, and he doesn't really "call" as much as "everyone turns up and asks if they can help out".²* Hamil in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. His Aura plan is to revive all lost and suppressed knowledge and share and spread them far and wide. [[HegemonicEmpire His empire will be peaceful and rich not by loot, conquest, and military force, but by abundance in agriculture, industry, and trade.]]²* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is called such by the GreaterScopeVillain in the final battle. He certainly inspired Groose's better nature.²* In ''VideoGame/TinStarChoiceOfGames'', in the epilogue, your actions and personal KarmaMeter will influence the character and actions of the people you met during your time in Lander County. This means if you consistently acted with honor, upheld the law and maintained public order, people around you will take the lesson to heart; you can even get a character canonized as a saint for their virtues.²* 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: ²** Ysgramor, the [[{{Precursors}} Atmoran]] FounderOfTheKingdom who vanquished Skyrim's [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] which allowed the ancestors of the Nords to settle there. ²** 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}}.²** 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]]''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* 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.²* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':²** Durkon's mother 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.]]²** 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.²--->'''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."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* Princess Cadance does this for the Crystal Ponies in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who were too thoroughly broken by [[LivingShadow King Sombra's]] tyranny to resist him. After recovering the crystal heart, she offers it to them and rallies them to use it's power to defeat Sombra once and for all.²--> '''Princess Cadance:''' The crystal heart has returned! Use the light and love within you to ensure that King Sombra does not!²* ''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]]. ²* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Rose Quartz, who led the rebellion against the Homeworld to save the Earth. In regards to her followers, she helped Pearl[[spoiler:, a member of a ServantRace,]] to [[GrowBeyondTheirProgramming become more than just what she was meant to be]]. "The Answer" reveals that she was also this to Garnet: [[spoiler: she gave Ruby and Sapphire a place to be themselves as a fusion and also accepted their fusion, stating that how they felt was more important than how she felt about it]]. This though borders deconstruction later, when it's revealed that she was [[spoiler: this just for her fellow Gems. Up until she met Greg, she thought of humans the way we think of puppies]].²* 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. ²[[/folder]]²----


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