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"A leader is a dealer in hope."
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Whereas the Big Bad is considered the ultimate evil to be defeated, the Big Good is the cornerstone of any heroic organization. This character is explicitly stated to be a counterpart to combat the forces of evil, likely calling all the shots in the organization and is normally the highest ranking or the absolute most powerful. Since The Hero is usually, but not always synonymous with the protagonist, the Big Good does not always fill that role, as it is usually more dramatic for the protagonist to work upwards from the bottom. It may be stated (at least in the beginning) that The Hero is expendable whereas this character is not. The Big Good is simply the most valuable member of the heroic movement in a given work, whether in terms of rank, function or wisdom. If not The Hero, then they will most definitely be the mentor to craft The Hero into being the weapon they need him to be.

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Authority Equals Asskicking is in full force most of the time, with the Big Good usually starting off several orders of magnitude more powerful than The Hero. The character may be servant to a greater good just like their how evil counterpart could be a servant to a greater evil. Unlike the Big Bad, however, the Big Good can be taken down rather early — to show just how powerful the enemy has gotten by that point or as part of a greater plan. One of the more common ways this is done is to have the two Bigs confront each other directly, with the Big Good coming up short. For extra pathos, the Big Bad was once their second in command. Expect The Hero or some other member of the True Companions to take up the mantle by the time the Grand Finale comes round.

Might occasionally be a great hero who is believed to be dead (might be true, or they might be simply hidden) or someone who most characters think is just a myth until they appear in the flesh. At the beginning of a series, expect the Big Bad to be much more worried about this character than about The Hero. The Hero may not even register on any antagonist's radar while all of them will be out to off the Big Good. The Dragon is far more often The Rival or Worthy Opponent to The Hero than the Big Bad.

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For Villain Protagonist wise, the Big Good is the biggest opposing force against them.

Do note that this trope is about a character role and as such there are multiple Heroic Archetypes that can fulfill this role, including but not limited to:

At its most general, the Big Good title simply refers to the leader of the largest group opposing the Big Bad. Keep this in mind when suggesting examples. See also Greater-Scope Paragon.


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    Comic Books 
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Methraton is the greatest force for good who (unlike God) actually takes an active interest in the affairs of the mortal realm. He's virtually a god in his own right, but he's really just an immortal archmage. His most significant act is probably providing the portals used by the different nations in the world to escape the coming destruction of Earth.
  • Ekimus in Crimson serves as the main protagonist's mentor, preparing him in his role as The Chosen One to stop the apocalypse and he is directly opposite to Lisseth, the Mother of All Vampires. He is not the biggest or most powerful figure in the setting, but he is the most proactive one in the story, while the Forces of Light (particularly the angels) tend to veer into Knight Templar territory.
  • The DCU:
    • The Guardians of the Universe in Green Lantern used to be this, but the more cynical take on them has them acting aloof and manipulative instead.
    • Superman is traditionally the chairman (and often acknowledged as the most powerful member) of the Justice League of America, and when not acting in his capacity as a Leaguer most other heroes tend to defer to his authority and judgment if only out of respect. Sometimes generalized to the "Big Three" where Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman collectively comprise the Big Good of the JLA. (The JLA itself is in a sense the Big Good of DCU superteams and/or the metahuman community in general.) Explicitly shown in the Trinity maxi-series, to the point where the three become gods.
    • In any story involving the entire Bat Family, Batman will be this even more so than Superman.
    • In a similar capacity, Captain Marvel is often treated like this, even in comparison to Superman, possibly due to Children Are Innocent. It's explicitly stated in the comics that Billy Batson would be Marvel full-time to help people, if not for the wizard Shazam insisting that Batson himself deserves some happiness in his life, too.
  • Bernadette, the leader of the Death Vigil and not-quite-grim Reaper, generally acting as a Supporting Leader.
  • Subverted in the Hellboy. If you come in by the movies, you'd expect Trevor Bruttenholm to fill the role. But he gets killed off in the first issue of Seeds of Destruction. Played straight in stories set before that.
  • The Plutonian from Irredeemable was this—until he snapped and started killing off people by the millions.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Captain America is to the Marvel multiverse what Superman is to the DC multiverse. Though he's far from the most powerful hero, Steve Rogers is the embodiment of Good in the Marvel Universe. Especially when he was the director of SHIELD.
    • Spider-Man fulfills this when he can. If Cap is considered the Soul of the Marvel Universe's hero community, then Peter Parker is definitely the Heart of the heroes. He manages to unite even the most cynical of heroes and loathsome villains together or brings out the best in them with his unceasing optimism and true everyman nature.
    • Speaking of Spider-Man, him and his fellow spider-related heroes owes their existence to the Great Weaver, the totemic entity that turns certain people into its champions, and has chosen Peter Parker as its new avatar.
    • And in terms of sheer power and authority, there's Thor's pop, the Father of All, Odin. He rarely interferes with Earth nowadays, but is clearly this for his native Asgard. (At least in older stories.)
  • Darkseid's opposite in the New Gods mythos, Izaya, Leader of New Genesis, is supposed to be the Big Good of the Fourth World saga - but he hardly ever gets used, to give the spotlight to characters like Orion, or even Earth heroes like Superman. Highfather is more or less purely defensive/reactive, which makes him kind of boring when compared to the more active New Gods like Orion or even Lightray; he's mentioned a lot more than he's shown. Also referenced-but-not-shown is The Source. The Source Wall has been shown in the comics, which is presented as a kind of barrier around the universe, composed of the frozen-into-stone bodies of beings who dared to try to venture past it.
  • Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt at first, who is later succeeded by his daughter, Alice, who resurrected the Rough Riders initiative and was personally involved with five (she is notably absent in Franklin D. Roosevelt's version) of its teams until her death on February 12, 1980.
  • Admiral Gar Stazi for the Galactic Alliance Remnant in Star Wars: Legacy.
  • Spider-Man: Life Story: Captain America is shaping up to be this. In Issue #2, Reed Richards considers him to be the Only Sane Man doing the right thing in the Vietnam War, "Going rogue, saving lives on both sides".
  • Thunderbolts: Jolt was the Big Good to Baron Zemo's Big Bad in the first few years. In some ways Hawkeye was the Big Good after he joined.
  • X-Men: Professor Xavier is The Leader of the X-Men, principal of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and the standard-bearer of the campaign for mutants and muggles to co-exist peacefully. Even though he doesn't play a direct leader role in all of the Marvel Universe's mutant teams, the Verse's various teams of mutant heroes (the X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X, etc.) have occasionally been collectively referred to as "The Disciples of Xavier".
    • In Bendis' Uncanny X-Men, most mutants consider Cyclops this. Though the truth is more complicated, there's no denying his political clout, or his devotion to protecting the species.
  • Ultimate Marvel: S.H.I.E.L.D. in general, Nick Fury in particular. S.H.I.E.L.D. is the Government Agency of Fiction, oversees all superhuman activities (heroes and villains alike), takes an active role in detaining superhuman criminals (they do not simply sit and wait while Holding Out for a Hero), and have effective Tailor-Made Prisons for superhuman criminals, which are almost never made of cardboard. In addition to that, Fury serves as a Parental Substitute for Peter Parker, they paid the Hero Insurance of the X-Men for some time, they were indirectly the chiefs of the Fantastic Four (as they command the soldiers that command the Baxter Building), and the direct chiefs of The Ultimates. And, when S.H.I.E.L.D. was temporarily out of action during the civil war, Nick Fury served this role personally.
    • Ultimate Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man can not deal with the Hulk all by himself, just delay him a bit. That work is for Ross and his soldiers.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: Daniel, Emperor of Avalon. He meets the heroes - Shinji and Asuka - when they're at their lowest and offers to give back everything that was taken away from them. He brings their families and friends back, heals their physical scars, helps them to recover from their traumas, and lends them a military force to save their world.
  • Alpha takes up this mantle in Part 2 of Clash of the Elements.
  • In Fractured, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands crossover and its sequel, this role is shared in a Big Good Ensemble, though some people fade in and out.
    • The Council gets no respite here, until Admiral Grayson joins their members after the assassination of Udina. Even then, it's the reasonable outsider (up to a point) versus entrenched galactic politics.
    • Wrex, to the krogan.
    • Samantha Shepard is a downplayed version, since unlike in the game she doesn't use her Magnetic Hero tendencies to unite the galaxy against the Reapers. She also has a bit of a brush with depression and a Heroic BSOD that sees a temporary Face-Heel Turn. She resumes the role later, though.
    • Alt!Roland in his own Multiverse and in this one.
    • Allison Nimitz, once her fleet arrives.
  • Jane fills this role in the Homestuck fanfic The Golden Age, being queen of Skaia and chairwoman to the United Galaxies.
  • HERZ: Misato Katsuragi, Director of HERZ. She is tasked with using the Evangelions on peace-keeping and peace-making missions, and preventing the spreading of the Eva technology. She is also SEELE’s worst enemy, having spent twelve years foiling their plans and scheming and plotting against them.
  • Rexy in It's not the Raptor DNA. She commands the fear, respect, and/or love of everybody and every creature on Isla Nublar, and is the one who tries to guide Elise and the younger dinosaurs toward a better future.
  • In the fanfic The Man Who Sold the World, the Hunter is this to the people of Yharnam. He guards their world from outsider (read: unstabilizing) visitors without control of what they can do, and has put an end to the Hunt. Being a benevolent, albeit ruthless Great One, the people of Yharnam adore him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics:
  • Cait Sith and his creator, Reeve in Off the Line, who are the moderator and head admin of the game and the game's creator. When Nanaki suffered glitches in his gameplay due to the incompatibility of his headgear, Cait Sith tracked him down and Reeve made him a custom headgear in exchange for Nanaki's permission to study Nanaki's data. When Cloud finds out that Vincent is a player and not a virus, Cait Sith does everything he can to make up his past actions to Vincent and Reeve plans to track down Vincent's comatose body.
  • The Kantai Collection fanfic Pacific World War IIUS Navy Shipgirls has USS Enterprise, aka "The Grey Ghost" and "The Big E", which is a Justified Trope on accounts that her historical namesake pretty much served in the war from beginning to end, and was the most decorated US ship during the war with 20 battle stars earned. This is even mentioned word-for-word by the author.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Professor Oak is seen as this, as his research has helped in making the world a better place for Pokémon and humans alike, although the exact details haven't been specified yet.
  • Asula the Milotic, headmistress of the Long Island base and organiser of the main heroic team in Pokéumans.
  • The Command & Conquer/Mass Effect fanfic Renegade has Kane of all people, manipulating GDI and the Council into working together against Saren and warning Shepard about the Reapers.
  • Ozpin in Ruby and Nora plays this much more straight than his Morally grey canon counterpart. While he had to make one rather morally dubious decision, he’s much more open about how much it is eating away at him, and he honestly felt like he had no choice.
  • In The Second Try, Kaworu of all people. What pushes him into this territory is that not only did he make so that Third Impact was averted, he made it so that Aki could grow up normally with her parents. He's still a bit of a dick, but saving all 3 billion people on Earth allows you to be.
  • In the Shadowchasers Series, Jalal Stormbringer fills the role in each fic, being the founder and leader of the organization, but a few fics have secondary ones:
    • In Shadowchasers: Backwater, Rayearth can be considered the secondary Big Good for all matters pertaining to the city of Backwater.
    • In Shadowchasers: Torment, the god of retribution St. Cuthbert, being the one who secretly sponsors Leorin's quest for redemption.
  • As in canon, L retains his status as the technical Big Good to Kira's (aka Light's) Big Bad in the fanfic Story of the Century, but this time it gets deconstructed. He ends up as a Tragic Hero by the story's closing.
  • Space Sheriff Aka from Super Milestone Wars 2.
  • Undocumented Features has the Wedge Defense Force, and later the International Police Organization.
  • Lance and Steven both play this role in Traveler.
    • Moltres, Mew, and Lugia all fit this mold on a much larger scale.

    Literature 
  • Anastasius Focht, despite his dubious past, comes closest to this in Battle Tech. As head of the ComStar Guards and Militia, he led the Inner Sphere's largest single military force. When the Clan invasion started, he was focused solely on defeating them across all of the Inner Sphere, while many other house lords either were concerned solely with their own territory or trying to take advantage of the situation. Focht was able to buy a 15-year truce from the invasion. He ultimately failed to see the threat of the Word of Blake, but that was only because he felt the Clans were the bigger concern.
  • Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia books. Naturally, given he's Crystal Dragon Jesus.
  • Dallben, from The Chronicles of Prydain. Competes with Prince Gwydion for the title, with the former raising the protagonist and the latter being the warrior-prince he aspires to be.
  • First Lord Gaius Sextus from Codex Alera, though he's also a Magnificent Bastard perfectly willing to Shoot the Dog for a good cause. After he dies, Tavi and Aquitainus Attis, formerly a borderline Big Bad, split the role. When Attis dies, Tavi takes it completely. If you asked the Marat, they'd say their chieftain Doroga was the Big Good, and the Canim would put Warmaster Varg up for the office. But if you asked Doroga or Varg personally, they'd probably say it was Tavi.
  • The Crimson Shadow: Brind'Amour, the last of the good wizards from the old days.
  • In the Tom Clancy novel Debt of Honor, with Durling, the entire Congress, the Supreme Court, and members of the Federal Government dead, Jack Ryan becomes the President of the United States, setting up Executive Orders.
  • Discworld:
    • Probably the highest rung of operation is Death, who generally staves off the most powerful and dangerous threats to the Disc.
    • Granny Weatherwax is the Big Good in the Witches books. As of The Shepherd's Crown, the torch has been passed to Tiffany Aching.
    • In most of the Ankh-Morpork or watch-based books, Vimes is The Leader while Vetinari is the Big Good. Sometimes Vetinari is in a Big Good Duumvirate with Lady Margolotta Von Uberwald, and at least once Vetinari's aunt served as The Man Behind the Man to Vetinari.
  • Every good in The Divine Comedy, past, present, and future, comes from God and every action that Dante takes follows his purpose to rest in God.
  • Dora Wilk Series:
    • Highest up is the God and the Goddess. They can't do much in person, but they sure as hell manipulate events from behind to make the situation better.
    • Lesser goddesses Badb and Cahan. Sure, they're mostly motivated by personal gain and family honor, but their goals align with that of the Trio.
    • Archangels Michael and Gabriel are more day-to-day allies who definitely help and provide much assistance to the Trio. Their position on the Archangel Council give them much power the main characters lack.
  • Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula. The viewpoint characters do much of the action themselves, but it's clear that Helsing leads the fight against Drac and they would be helpless without him.
  • Dragonriders of Pern: In any matter in the main timeline that didn't directly involve Thread, things were generally handled by Masterharper Robinton (Who started as a Stealth Mentor to protagonist F'lar). When he's forced into retirement in All The Weyrs of Pern, he's replaced by a Big Good triumverate of F'lar (representing the Dragonriders), Jaxom (representing the Lord Holders) and Sebell (Robinton's protege and successor).
  • Most of the Atreides rulers in the Dune novels, outside of their origin stories.
  • Ardneh in the Empire of the East trilogy by Fred Saberhagen. So much so that the good guys, or some of them at least, worship him as a god, even though he denies being one.
  • The Gameknight 999 Series has the Oracle, a representation of the good in Minecraft who works to stop Herobrine. She manifests both as an old woman and as the game's music.
  • The Gauntlet (2017): Madame Nasirah is the one who gives the players of the game food and guidance to help them win.
  • In Gaunt's Ghosts Warmaster Slaydo is the one who started the crusade to liberate the Sabbat Worlds, and on a personal level was instrumental in Gaunt's early career. He's long dead however, so the role went to his successor Warmaster Macaroth, who's a bit of a dick and implied to be much less competent, but is still the leader of the Imperial forces. He later shares the role with the resurrected Saint Sabbat, who becomes the icon that the Imperial forces rally around.
  • D'ol Falla from the Green-Sky Trilogy becomes this after making up her mind to atone for her actions while leading the Geets-Kel.
  • Michael in The Guardians series is the Doyen of the Guardians. He's their leader and it's his job to recruit new Guardians, enforce the Rules and facilitate the Fall or Ascension of retiring Guardians. He was also the first Guardian ever changed.
  • Boron, from the Guardians of Ga'Hoole books fits trope quite well, being King of Ga'Hoole and therefore leader of the Guardians, though some of the other senior Guardians (like Boron's wife, Barran, or Ezylryb) also fit the trope more of less quite well. The traits of a Big Good in these characters are shown to be somewhat more definitive and pronounced in the film adaptation.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Albus Dumbledore at the start is head of the school, known as the most powerful wizard of the age and the only one Voldemort feared, and an important mentor figure.
    • Harry himself in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Even though he does not exactly lead anyone, he continues to inspire hope and is a rallying point for the students of Hogwarts, Dumbledore's Army, and the Order of the Phoenix. In the practical sense, however, Moody and, after he dies, Kingsley, seem to be Dumbledore's designated successors. In Harry's case, it happens gradually as he grows and matures with each book. By Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he and Dumbledore have switched roles, with the latter relying on the former for support.
    • Off-screen, Neville is this for Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows: it's implied by the way he talked that he stood up and took a lot of crap so the other students wouldn't have to, he was the only leader of the DA to remain at school for the entire year, and during the Second Battle of Hogwarts, he was explicitly shown leading an attempt to kill Death Eaters en masse using Mandrakes.
    • McGonagall also serves as a Big Good at Hogwarts in Dumbledore's absence: she protects the students from the sadistic Carrows, overthrows Snape, and leads the resistance against Voldemort when Harry returns.
    • Posthumously, Godric Gryffindor and the other founders of Hogwarts could be considered examples of this Trope on a mythic scale.
  • The de facto Mayor of Draeze in A Harvest of War is this by default during the events of the book. Incumbent Raghnall Bors dies and is replaced by Egil of Yarvik.
  • Great Mage Urtho in the Mage Wars prequel trilogy of the Heralds of Valdemar series. The entire conflict revolves around a massive war between him and the Big Bad, Ma'ar, and their mutual deaths cause a cataclysm that shapes the world for thousands of years afterwards.
  • The His Dark Materials trilogy has an interesting subversion: Because he is the leader of the forces opposing the Big Bad, Lord Asriel could be said to fill this role, despite being pretty firmly an Anti-Villain. Because the other leaders are not so morally questionable (as far as we know), all of them could more easily be said to be the collective Big Good.
  • In the H.I.V.E. Series, H.I.V.E.mind serves as this. Caretaker of the eponymous school, he generally watches out for intruders and disturbances, but after The Reveal that Otto was created to be a vessel to host sentient AI, H.I.V.E.mind spends the majority of his time in Otto's head, allowing him to assist if not take over in the climax of several of the books. He also serves as The Paragon.
  • Bill Denbrough from Stephen King's IT. In the book, The Turtle takes over this role near the end.
  • M in the James Bond series, Bond's boss and leader of MI6.
  • In the John Carter of Mars books, Tardos Mors, the ruler of Helium — and perhaps even more so John Carter himself, once he gets the title of Warlord of Mars.
  • In Bryan Miranda's The Journey to Atlantis, Gaia acts as the Big Good, giving orders to Luna and Sol to protect the teens so they don't die.
  • Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mage Knight: Sir Koltair is The King of the Order of the Light, which defends the world by fighting shadows.
  • The Lord of the Rings has several levels of this. Gandalf was sent to rally the Free Peoples against Sauron by the Valar and their leader, Manwë, who are the highest authority for good on the physical plane, and above them is Eru, who is, in a nutshell, God. After the Ring and Sauron are gone, Aragorn takes over to lead Middle-Earth into the Fourth Age.
  • Sarah Jennings in Tales of an Mazing Girl doesn't want to be this, but as the most powerful hero in the world it keeps being thrust upon her. Which means less time eating burritos and slacking off.
  • In The Man Who Was Thursday, there's the "man in the dark room" who made the protagonists policemen, though he doesn't seem to play much of an active role in the story; it's more that his very existence is a source of inspiration and hope for them. He is also Sunday, who the protagonists thought was the Big Bad but who was really doing it all for their own good. It's kind of complicated.
  • Chancellor Paige, in the final half of The Death Cure, where she decides to preserve humanity instead of saving it, since what WICKED was doing was just resulting in tortured and killed children.
  • Kathryn Queen, Prime Minister of Mantically Aware Britain, in the Mediochre Q Seth Series. Better known as Queen MAB. In theory, there's a Mantically Aware United Nations above her, who are the highest authority on the planet when it comes to protecting the mantically-aware world, but we never actually see them.
  • Kelsier from Mistborn in the first book. With the backstory revealed in the third book, this applies to the primordial god Preservation. On a cosmic scale the apparent Big Bad, the Lord Ruler, turns out in the end to have been the Big Good, in a twisted sort of way. In the third book Vin seems to have taken up his mantle.
  • Pugs of the Frozen North has the Snowfather.
  • Redwall:
    • Abbot Mortimer in the first book. By default, the current Abbott or Badger Lord is the story's Big Good.
    • Martin the Warrior in all of the books that take place after his death.
  • The Rifter: Ji. She was a leader of the Fai'daum rebellion, perhaps more important than its nominal chief Sabir; she mentored John in controlling his powers; and thanks to her foresight as a seer, she did quite a lot of shepherding events to a good conclusion, such as killing Fikiri in Kyle's timeline so that he could become Kahlil, and sending the key to Nayeshi. In a more remote sense, the creator god Parfir — maybe. Ravishan is sure that Parfir is orchestrating everything for the good; John remains skeptical to the end.
  • Sir Jonathan Rhoades and Miss Sonny Rhoades in Serial 11 of Spectral Shadows are this. Perhaps them being a retired time travelling couple that have seen all kinds of evil helps.
  • The Spirit Thief:
    • Banage, the Rector Spiritualis of the Spirit Court, is always ready to help Miranda and might be the most level-headed of human leaders in the story, even if some people are trying to paint him as a traitor.
    • Illir, one of the Great Spirits of the Wind to whom all wind spirits must bow, is great help to the heroes from book two onwards.
  • The Squire's Tales:
    • Ganscotter the Enchanter is rarely part of the action, but most of the Seelie Court seems to serve him. He claims to be himself the servant of a greater power.
    • To a lesser extent, King Arthur. He's practically never part of the action, but he's always presented as wise and good beyond compare, and it's because of him that England is as it is and the Knights of the Round Table exist.
  • Star Wars Legends continuity:
    • Luke Skywalker in the post-Endor media. According to George Lucas's Word of God Anakin had the potential to become far more powerful than Emperor Palpatine, but due to his injuries on Mustafar had difficulty realizing that potential during his lifetime. Luke inherits that power and finally lives up to the potential meant for his father, henceforth reaching the status of the most powerful Force User. A lot of emphasis is placed on Luke's status as a moral and intellectual role model for the Jedi, and even the larger Republic as a whole. He is faced with temptation and the possibility of being corrupted by evil, just as his father was, but he turns away from it and holds on to his morals and strength of character. He reforms the failings of the old Jedi Order, and redeems his father's sins by doing his best to amend the damage done by Anakin.
    • Luke and the other Heroes of Yavin - basically the main heroic characters of the films - in Galaxy of Fear, especially the last half of the series where our heroes are on the run from the Empire. They want to meet back up with the most high-ranking Rebels they'd yet met, in the hopes of finding safety, but it's easier said than done.
  • Shannara:
    • The Sword of Shannara Trilogy has Allanon, last of the Druids, and mentor figure to three generations of Ohmsfords. Unlike some Big Goods, he plays a very active role in the story, leading the quest for the Sword of Shannara, personally slaying The Dagda Mor in Elfstones of Shannara, and guiding Brin to the Maelmord in Wishsong. Even after his death, his ghost continues to advise future Druids, and he's the one who calls together the Ohmsford descendents in The Heritage of Shannara.
    • Walker Boh's character arc in The Heritage of Shannara has him transform from a Reluctant Hero into Allanon's successor as the last Druid. By Talismans he's the unquestioned leader of the Ohmsford heirs, and in The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara he leads the quest for the books of science in the same way that Allanon lead the search for the Sword, and acts as mentor to a new generation of protagonists, including Bek Rowe and Quentin Leah.
    • First King of Shannara introduces Allanon's adopted father, Bremen, the only survivor of Brona's attack on the Second Druid Council, and the man responsible for creating the Sword of Shannara and giving it to Jerle Shannara in the first place.
    • High Druid of Shannara has Walker Boh's one-time enemy, Grianne Ohmsford, as the new Ard Rhys of the Third Druid Council. Hoping to atone for her past as the Ilse Witch, Grianne builds a new Druid Order and sends out representatives to aid people across the Four Lands. She's succeeded in this role by Khyber Elessedil in The Dark Legacy of Shannara and Aphenglow Elessedil in The Defenders of Shannara.
  • The Thomas Covenant novels have The Creator, who is a very hands-off sort of Big Good. He can't actively intervene in affairs in The Land because doing so would destroy the Arch of Time, but apparently he is allowed some leeway (mainly limited to giving the protagonists from our/the real world encouragement and cryptic prophetic hints before they go to The Land).
  • The Traitor Son Cycle:
    • The Wyrm of Erch is the most powerful character on heroes' side, and is the driving force behind the formation of the alliance that opposes Ash. He's also Ash's Foil, being a dragon on the side of good.
    • The Queen of Alba grows into the role in time, to the point that some Wild creatures call her "Queen of Men".
  • Trapped on Draconica: Dronor, the oldest and most powerful dragon. He's a champion of good, the most powerful on the side of good, and is even prayed to by mortals.
  • Post-apocalyptic Victoria has Colonel William Kraft, who unites the various factions that eventually coalesce into the Northern Confederation and establishes its status on (what remains of) the world stage through his political contacts abroad. He also functions as a mentor of sorts to the main character, Captain John Rumford.
  • Villains by Necessity has Mizzamir, the Elven Archmage who oversees the world and forces it forever closer to the forces of light. Only since this book inverts and plays with the roles of most fantasy stories, Mizzamir behaves more like an Evil Overlord, trying to hunt down and "whitewash" the Villain Protagonists.
  • Captain Azarcon in the Warchild Series would most likely count. His morals are undoubtedly in the right place, and he commands the respect of his men and the aliens of La Résistance. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats of the universe don't seem to agree.
  • Firestar in every Warrior Cats arc after the firstnote . He is the leader of the main Cast Herd, ThunderClan, and is always trying to stop evil and create peace between the Clans. Bramblestar becomes this in A Vision of Shadows in his place.
    • The founding leaders in the prequel series gradually fill this role, most notably Tall Shadow.
  • Lews Therin and Rand al'Thor from The Wheel of Time series fit this to a T. Not only are they the absolute leaders of the forces of light in their respective ages, but are the only real hope against the Dark One. The former messes it up pretty badly, the latter does just fine. He rebuilds the Dark One's prison the way it used to be before the Bore was created. In a twist, the crucial aid he needs comes from the example of all the heroes in the series, making them possible Big Goods to his The Hero.
  • Christopher Robin is this to the animals in Winnie-the-Pooh. Not that there are any Big Bads to contend with, but everyone holds Christopher Robin in high esteem, and his word is Law for resolving all conflicts (as seen in the "Poohsticks" chapter).

    Live-Action TV 
  • 24:
    • President David Palmer (Senator in the first season) in the early years. As the President of the United States, he's the guy coordianting all the efforts to stop whatever bad thing is going on, while Jack Bauer is the one in the trenches actually fighting the terrorists and stopping the nuke/virus/nerve gas/whatever. There's a relationship of complete and absolute trust that exists between him and Bauer; while other Presidents show up in later years, they're usually more of an Obstructive Bureaucrat (if not an outright President Evil).
    • President Allison Taylor fulfills this role in the final two seasons, a refreshing change from the incompetent, obstructive, or outright evil presidents that followed Palmer. At least until her Face–Heel Turn in late Season 8, though she manages to pull herself back at the critical moment.
    • Bill Buchanan. During and right after his pre-death, sacrificial Heel–Face Turn, the trope also applies to George Mason as well.
    • President James Heller in "Live Another Day." Although he and Jack have previously butted heads and had their ideals clash in the past, he's more than willing to cooperative with him despite some misgivings, and is even ready to sacrifice himself if it can save everyone in London.
  • Commander Adama from Battlestar Galactica (1978) and his counterpart William Adama from the new series.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor's name inspires hope in all that is good and terror in all that is evil. Where he goes, freedom (and explosions) quickly follow. Frequently acknowledged as this, by friends and enemies alike.
      The Master: A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about.
      • In "Twice Upon a Time", the First Doctor reveals that one of the reasons he left Gallifrey was to discover why good continuously wins out in the universe, even though by all logic evil has all the advantages. Bill Potts clearly finds it hilarious when she tells him that maybe "some bloke" is running around the universe, fixing things.
        First Doctor: You've travelled with my future self, haven't you? Does he ever figure it out?
        Bill: You know, I really don't think he does.
    • "The End of Time": The Doctor and Wilf are assisted by a mysterious woman in white who keeps appearing to the latter as an apparition and giving him advice. She's eventually revealed to be a Time Lady and one of only two members of the High Council to vote against Rassilon's reality-destroying plans, but her ultimate identity remains unknown.
  • Dr. Donald Anspaugh on ER, head of County General. In his first couple appearances he's actually implied to be a tyrant, but after receiving a surprising amount of Character Development in season 4, wherein he cares for his leukemia-stricken son and resists a buyout attempt by a sleazy drug company exec, he stays firmly in this trope.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ned Stark to the North as a whole. Indeed, he's somehow referenced in almost every episode since his death.
    • Jon indirectly becomes this to the entire series in Season 5 onward. Becoming the new Night's Commander, Jon is the one character acknowledging that the threat of the White Walkers far transcends the political fighting the rest of Westeros is engaged in. Stannis acknowledges this trait in Jon and even tries to recruit him in his campaign for the Iron Throne. He's the indisputable leader of "the living" after his coronation as the King in the North, in which he convinces the northern houses that the true enemy comes with the Winter storms. Depending on how accurate the prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised is, Jon may end up being the rebirth of the legendary hero Azor Ahai.
    • Bran becomes the Three-Eyed-Raven, and will be the one to face the Night King when the time comes.
    • Daenerys to her followers, since she is able to unite them and work together because they genuinely believe that she can make the world a better place and Tyrion fears that if she dies, everything will crumble to dust.
    • Robert was the leader of the rebellion against the Mad King, which elevated him to King of Westeros. He commands the respect and loyalty of many people across Westeros and manages to achieve a delicate but peaceful balance of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Rebel/Micah Sanders in Volume 4 of Heroes. Also, Angela Petrelli in Volume 3, which is jarring because she and the Company had been portrayed as villains in the first two seasons. Richard Drucker, an opponent of the Company, served this role in the Season 2 graphic novels plotline, but had no role in the main show's plot and appeared to be killed by the Company after a couple of appearances. The Volume 4 graphic novels show that Rebel was inspired partially by Drucker's legacy, though.
  • Kamen Rider:
  • Jacob from Lost. Somewhat subverted in that he's a very "hands-off" kind of Big Good, doesn't put in any actual appearances until the final season, and he turns out to be a bit of a dick. The entire show was his giant Secret Test of Character in order to find his replacement because he self-consciously realized he wasn't cut out for this whole Physical God thing. Accidentally turning your own brother into the ultimate incarnation of evil and the Big Bad tends to do that to you. In the end, the best possible candidate (Hurley) ends up succeeding him.
  • Metal Heroes: Qom of the Galactic Union Patrol serves as the commander of Space Sheriff Gavan, Space Sheriff Sharivan and Space Sheriff Shaider.
    • By Space Sheriff Gavan The Movie and into Space Squad, Retsu Ichijouji, the original Gavan, serves as this for the new Gavan and the next generation of Space Sheriffs.
  • Person of Interest: The Machine combines this with Deus Est Machina and God Is Good. It was designed to spy on the entire world in order to predict terrorist threats, with the side effect of also predicting all sorts of crimes irrelevant to national security. The protagonists work off this Irrelevant List to save the lives of common people. But as the show goes on, it becomes clear that the Machine is more alive than Harold pretends. It is a true AI, dedicated to nothing but protecting people. This especially becomes clear once it acquires an "analog interface" (the hacker Root). She conveys the Machine's desire to protect anyone and everyone, to the point that she's not allowed to kill assassins coming to kill her. The Machine understands that sometimes its agents kill people, but never orders such things itself. In fact, a good number of problems arise because the Machine is too good, refusing to allow innocents to be killed even for the sake of the entire world.
    The Machine: Trust in me. I am always watching.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Suleyman Shah, the chieftain of the Kayi clan, plays this role in Resurrection Ertugrul until he dies in the final moments of season 1, leaving his wife Hayme to take the position until sometime in season 2, when Ertugrul legally becomes the new head of the Kayis.
    • Korkut and Candar Beys (Seasons 2 and 3, respectively) are downplayed variants of this trope because although they have some seniority over Ertugrul, they enforce separate clans from his and therefore are relatively limited in terms of interfering in Ertugrul’s affairs.
    • Berke Khan, leader of the Golden Horde, becomes this at the end of season 5, leading the Muslims against Hulagu Khan after Ertugrul forms an alliance with him.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • For seasons 1-7, Major General George S. Hammond, commanding officer of Stargate Command. He was replaced for season eight by SG-1's commander Jack O'Neill, then Jack was Put on a Bus and replaced with Maj. Gen. Hank Landry.
    • On a galactic level the role falls to the ever-benevolent Asgard, and particularly their leader, Supreme Commander Thor. They try to help every planet to the best of their ability and become the most crucial allies to the humans of Earth, among other things, against the Goa'uld. Unfortunately their unparalleled technological prowess also makes them a massive Story-Breaker Power, so the Forever War against the Replicators was written, which is just about the only reason why they can't just wipe out the Goa'uld. All they could do was put several worlds (including Earth) under the Protected Planets Treaty with the Goa'uld which was basically a major bluff, as they didn't actually have the military power available to fight the Goa'uld if it came down to it. Despite that they are possibly the most inspirational race in the Stargate-verse and eventually even leave all their knowledge and technology to Earth as a final gift.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Gul Dukat asserts himself as the Big Bad, Ben Sisko was brought up by The Prophets (who are usually unconcerned with mortal dealings) to become the ultimate force for good. It can be questioned how much Ben Sisko was the embodiment of good. He was an accessory to two murders of Garak's to trick the Romulans into the Dominion War, and he poisoned the atmosphere of a Maquis planet (warning the inhabitants and giving them enough time to evacuate) to defeat Michael Eddington's attempts to push the Maquis agenda. From a consequentialist perspective, those actions were clearly justified by the general good, but a deontologist would say the actions were wrong on principle, no matter if they won the Dominion War and helped to defeat the Maquis.
  • Super Sentai:
    • The franchise as a whole has AkaRed, the closest thing to a Physical God Ranger. Though originally an Original Generation character for Boukenger vs Super Sentai, his role in Gokaiger expanded him into this.
    • Akarenger and Big One were the two leaders in the Legend War and in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, the latter played this 100% straight.
  • Scott McCall from Teen Wolf. Not only is he the "True Alpha" (which is a once-in-100-years-werewolf who becomes an Alpha or rises to Alpha status through the goodness and nobility of their character, their strength of will and without taking the power from other werewolves) along with being The Hero, The Leader, The Heart, a Magnetic Hero, an All-Loving Hero, a Hope Bringer, The Paragon, The Cape, and an Ideal Hero, but Scott has the highest and strongest morals, values and ideals of any character on the show. Scott stands for heroism, justice, compassion, kindness and he is a natural-born leader who inspires others to come together for a common purpose. He is also strongly opposed to killing, believes that every one can be saved somehow (including villains, such as Jackson as the Kanima and Deucalion, for example) and he always tries to see the best in everyone, even his own enemies. He's also a Morality Pet or Morality Chain for Derek, Allison, Isaac and Stiles (after he is possessed by the Nogitsune) and had a strong influence on both Derek and Isaac becoming much nicer, gentler and kinder in personality.
  • Twin Peaks' Gordon Cole seems to be this for the FBI characters, with elements of Da Chief. Aptly, he is played by series co-creator (and frequent episode director) David Lynch. There's also The Giant, aka The Fireman, a mysterious Humanoid Abomination that - particularly in the third series, The Return - seems to be this trope for the more supernatural characters on the show, although a lot of this is ambiguous.
  • Ultra Series: The classic Showa universe has two: the Father of Ultra/Ultra Father and Ultraman King. The former is the Supreme Commander of the Space Garrison, so he's the guy who assigns Ultras to protect Earth or missions to other parts of the universe, while Ultraman King, although not actually the king of the Land of Light, is extremely respected amongst Ultras due to his Physical God-level powers.
  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? has the Chief in opposition to the titular Master Thief.

    Religion 
  • In the Abrahamic religions, Yahweh/God/Allah, obviously; in Christianity the same goes for His son, Jesus. While He is undoubtedly the universal Big Good, His narrative role in the universe is closer to that of The Man Behind the Man (mostly because looking at Him makes you explode, which is something of an inconvenience when it comes to public speaking), and He generally has a prophet or representativenote  to serve as functional leader to handle day-to-day management and policymaking of the forces of good whenever He needs something done. Depending on your interpretation of His place in the universe however, it could be said that He isn't just the Big Good, because He is the Big Everything, because nothing is beyond His vision or power. Thus, even evil could theoretically be utilized for His purposes (although in what manner, and the precise nature of evil itself, are debatable).
  • Hinduism has a plethora of these. Vishnu on a cosmic scale, some of his avatars like Rama on the wordly scale, and Indra of the early Rig Veda. Yudhishtir is another one. Interestingly, the different sects of Hinduism are distinguished by who they believe is the cosmic Big Good: for Vishnaivites it's Vishnu, for Shaivites it's Shiva, for Shaktas it's Devi, certain spin-off religions and the Hare Krishnas believe it's Vishnu's avatar Krishna, and Smartas give the Mathematician's Answer and say it's all of them.
  • Thor in Norse Mythology, god of thunder and protector and friend of humanity. Odin was sometimes considered this, sometimes not; most of the time he was regarded as a noble ruler (for better or for worse) from afar, while Thor was considered to be the one actually fighting for the humans on the frontlines.
  • In Japanese Mythology (as well as works based upon the Japanese myths) the Sun goddess Amaterasu-Oomikami is almost always portrayed as both this and God of Good. All Shinto gods with any form of characterization at all have their moments of being Jerkass Gods, except for Amaterasu.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Carlos Colón from the very beginning of CSP/WWC, being the first Puerto Rican wrestler to breakout as a star on the island itself. His role was temporarily usurped by his son, Carly, during the late 90s/early 2000s but after Carly left for Ohio Valley Wrestling and disowned his family Carlos gradually retook the role, as his other son, Eddie wasn't nearly the commanding presence, despite being a fine wrestler, and his daughter, Stacy, retired early.
  • Jack Veneno on International Wrestling and in the Dominican Wrestling Federation, to the point "The great Poison tecnicosdel fighters" were the collective name for good guys in Dominican Republic wrestling...though technically the use of "poison" instead of veneno comes from his father, Maicoque Poison.
  • Giant Baba typically served as such in All Japan Pro Wrestling, both as a wrestler and after as a promoter. In New Japan his role is mirrored by former BI Cannon partner Inoki, who has done many good things such as leading both North and South Korean officials in the honoring of Rikidozan and convincing Saddam Hussein to release Japanese prisoners, though his many Bad Boss tendencies and failed experiments lead him to lose his company.
  • Los Tres Fantásticos ended up being the stars created by UWA's Los Misioneros de la Muerte saga, but the we all El Santo was ultimately the most important man involved, and not just because he was the initial target of Los Misioneros.
  • Jackie Stallone in direct opposition to Aunt Kitty in GLOW, where almost every wrestler worked for one or the other, their feud becoming more pronounced in each subsequent season.
  • Sting was the default leader of the WCW locker room 1990 through 96. Even after the nWo takeover, Sting in the rafters was whom everyone looked to for what to do next and he was the most successful wrestler against the faction. He was also this in TNA after forming The Main Event Mafia, yes, the stable intentionally designed to keep young talent down, of which he was the initial leader and still came off as the Token Good Teammate...who was, naturally, inevitably, betrayed by the more appropriately evil Kurt Angle.
  • Jinsei Shinzaki, aka Hakushi, the unofficial leader of Michinoku Pro Wrestling in The Great Sasuke's absence and literal spiritual leader of the promotion.
  • Mike Quackenbush is generally accepted to be The Leader of Chikara's tecnicos. Even Manami Toyota uses his special submission.
  • A most unlikely candidate was Naoya Ogawa, a judoka disliked for his seeming lack of respect for pro wrestling, who lead the charge in defense of pro wrestling in Fighting Opera HUSTLE when Generalissimo Takada began his campaign to destroy the pro wrestling industry with his Monster Army. More traditional faces like Hard Gay might have been The Hero, from time to time, but only Magnum TOKYO ever came close to usurping Ogawa's overall role.
  • John Zandig was a twisted example in the Ring of Honor-CZW feud, as he ultimately bared responsibility with Rob Feinstein, in a relationship that could equally be interpreted as Big Bad vs Big Good or Big Bad Ensemble and was treated as "good" when he took active command during what until then had been a passive standoff made active by Chris Hero. The closest thing to a straight example would have been Jimmy Bowers on the ROH side, who was still more of a jerkass than he needed to be to the CZW wrestlers, but to an understandable degree when they were threatening his contracted workers and trying to destroy his company.
  • Kurt Angle, ironically, became this in TNA after Dixie Carter turned on the locker room in favor of putting herself in the spotlight and pushing her nephew, then MVP, who replaced her, became Drunk with Power after realizing his job as director of wrestling operations wasn't as secure as he thought. Yes, Angle, having fulfilled all of his pro wrestling desires by this time, became the Reasonable Authority Figure and when he did gain new aspirations he willingly stepped down to avoid becoming a Bad Boss.
  • Back in the 80’s, the WWE had a man named Jack Tunney whose on-screen role was the President of the WWE. And unlike Vince McMahon and his family who came after, who often screwed over faces whenever possible, Tunney was a very respectable figure who often punished heels for doing egregiously bad things. For example, after Ted Dibiase came up with an elaborate plan to have André the Giant hand him the belt after making a false referee screw over Hulk Hogan, Tunney announced the following week that he was stripping Dibiase of the belt on the grounds that he had not won it cleanly.

    Video Games 
  • Various Onikiribe leaders (there are many, many groups) in Girls' Love Visual Novel Akai Ito and Aoi Shiro. Wakasugi Tsudura from Akai Ito is the biggest good by the time of events in Aoi Shiro.
  • Thomas Zane seems to fill this role in Alan Wake, though he has mysterious motivations and is not always straightforward about things. He acts as the embodiment of light in the struggle against the Dark Presence, providing Alan with guidance and directly opposing the Dark Presence on a few occasions.
  • Petra Johanna Lagerkvist from Arcana Heart counts in the third game as she is the head of the family that actively opposes the Drexler Institute.
  • Altaïr and Ezio, the focus characters of Assassin's Creed games, each become the head of the Assassin Order after the events of the main series games end. We only get to hear about Altaïr's deeds through his journal, but Assassin's Creed Brotherhood actually focuses on Ezio as a Master Assassin, recruiting and training new members. Desmond, the overall protagonist of the series, may end up going this way, since he's the Chosen One (and also because the Bleeding Effect gives him knowledge and experience from Altaïr and Ezio). Then Desmond died, but not before giving the Assassins a fighting chance against Juno, the monstrous Isu Triarch who has been orchestrating the series from the beginning.
    • Later games have the modern Assassin teachers Gavin and William filling the role.
  • In Betrayal at Krondor Pug is the greatest magician the good side has. While the heroes of the game deal with lesser evils on his and Prince Arutha's orders, Pug seems to sense a greater evil behind it all. In addition late in the game he is incapacitated by the Big Bad Makala who acts as his opposite.
  • Beyond Good & Evil has the leader of the Hillys chapter of Iris, eventually revealed to be Jade's uncle Pey'j, and to a lesser extent the Governor of Hillys, as without them La Résistance wouldn't be possible.
  • Rachel Alucard currently fills this role in BlazBlue, explicitly naming herself the protector of the world in Chronophantasma's ending. Like Terumi, she manipulates the "actors" of the "stage" to serve her goals, which are the protection of humanity.
  • BioShock:
    • In BioShock Brigid Tenenbaum is the only source of good in Rapture and her help is vital to Jack's success. She still somewhat fills the role in BioShock 2, leading the hunt for the abducted girls, but her appearance in the game proper isn't much more than a cameo.
    • The Lutece Twins in BioShock Infinite set the whole plot in motion and sporadically provide Booker and Elizabeth with help.
  • Child of Light has the Queen of Light, in opposition to the the Queen of the Night. Being banished by the latter was the beginning of the misery in Lemuria, and one of the mysteries is finding out what happened to her. Bonus points for being the main character's mother.
  • In Chrono Cross, Belthasar is the big good, as well as The Chessmaster.
  • Statesman in City of Heroes, Alternate Company Equivalent of Superman, is the main signature character of the game, and avatar of the original lead developer Jack Emmert.
  • Danganronpa has Makoto Naegi, the main character of the first game, who ends up having The Paragon, The Messiah and Hope Bringer traits towards the end of the first game and maintains these through the franchise, having being the one to save the Remnants of Despair, putting them into the Neo World Program and trying to rescue them once Junko AI starts another Killing Game in the program and in Danganronpa 3 having other people admit that he became someone they look up to for hope, and in the end becoming the new Headmaster to the rebuilt Hope's Peak.
  • Dariusburst has Ti2, an AI terminal who represents Darius itself and is the pilot of the Silver Hawk "Legend".
  • In Dark Forces Saga, specifically Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, Luke Skywalker, as the head of the Jedi Academy and probably the most powerful Jedi ever will help however he can. He gives advice to Kyle, helps trains Kyle's apprentice and has enough personal power and influence with the Republic to fight the enemy on a scale Kyle and Jaden can't.
  • The archangel Tyrael is the closest thing the world of Diablo has to one of these, and is especially cemented in Diablo III, where he renounces his status as an archangel so that he can aid humanity against Hell directly.
  • Cosmos from Dissidia Final Fantasy. Chaos summons villains, she summons heroes, and neither of them gets personally involved in the fighting unless they have no other choice.
  • Dragon Age:
    • The Grey Wardens as a whole are the Big Good. Though, in Origins one of your primary goals is to restore Arl Eamon to health, as he serves this role in unseating Loghain Mac Tir. Since the Wardens themselves are cut off from helping the player in Origins, they naturally have to fend for themselves. This effectively makes the Player Character the Big Good, since they're one of the only Wardens in Ferelden, and the others more or less defer to their leadership. If you play a character from an origin that has no political clout however (i.e.: anyone other than the human or dwarf nobles) then Eamon is the Big Good, as no one would take your challenge to Loghain seriously without his and Alistair's support behind it.
    • The Cousland family have for centuries stood as the Big Good towards all of Ferelden. It's worth noting that Highever is actually a Principality of Ferelden, being mostly independent and self-governed, and Teyrn Cousland is old friends and on a First-Name Basis with all of the people who owe fealty to him. It's mentioned that he was once offered the throne and turned it down, since as an ardent royalist, he believed that it should fall to Cailan, the rightful heir. When the Darkspawn threat arose, Teyrn Cousland was prepared to march into battle with the King's Army, alongside his firstborn son, in order to defend Ferelden. Unfortunately, most of the line was brutally murdered by their treacherous friend, Arl Howe; the only surviving members of the family are the aforementioned firstborn son and the Warden, should they be from the Human Noble origin.
    • In Dragon Age II, Viscount Dumar attempts to be this during the second act, desperately trying to keep the peace between the Qunari and the various groups in Kirkwall. Unfortunately, he keeps being kowtowed by various political pressures, making him somewhat ineffectual. He ultimately fails and gets killed by the very pissed off Arishok, during the Qunari takeover of Kirkwall. In Act III, Grand Cleric Elthina is the only person keeping Knight-Commander Meredith and First Enchanter Orsino from actively acting out against each other. Her death at the hands of Anders leads to open war between the two.
    • Hawke is the closest thing to a Big Good of the entire game, eventually earning them the title of "The Champion of Kirkwall" for his/her actions. Due to the Grey-and-Gray Morality of the game, depending on their personality, Hawke can either be played as a Messianic Archetype, Chaotic Good, or Noble Demon. But as Varric's narration makes absolutely clear, Hawke is only person in Kirkwall actively trying to make the City of Chains a better place for everyone to live, and repeatedly puts their life on the line in order to go out of their way to help people.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the future Inquisitor begins as, more or less, a symbolic Big Good for the organization, as many outside of it see him/her as a religious icon, with Cassandra being the one really seen as the leader of the Inquisition. Over time, however, the other leaders (including Cassandra) unexpectedly realize that s/he is the one genuinely leading them and making the hard decisions where they matter and, after his/her actions during Corypheus' attack on Haven, they respond by making him/her the official leader and Big Good of the Inquisition.
  • The Elder Scrolls
  • In Eternal Darkness, Mantorok is the Big Good guiding the protagonists throughout history through the Tome of Eternal Darkness. You know the setting's dark when an ancient abomination is the Big Good. His motivations are actually fully selfish, initially just vengeance against the other Eternals and afterwards either gaining control of/destroying all existence or escaping from his prison.
  • ''Video Game/Fallout Series:
    • In Fallout 3 Elder Lions fills this role as leader of the Brotherhood of Steel
    • In Fallout 4 the Sole Survivor can become this if they rebuild the Minutemen.
  • Aerith from Final Fantasy VII, arguably becomes the Planet itself after her death by maintaining her individuality within the Lifestream and becoming able to command and move it, and then absolutely becomes this in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • Yuna from Final Fantasy X, which is just as well, since she is the Messianic Archetype. Though most of Spira would say that the Maesters of Yevon are this trope. They are very wrong.
  • The various leaders of the three home nations in Final Fantasy XI, as well as the Archduke of Jeuno. He actually pulls double duty, as all the problems with the Shadow Lord in the present are because of him and his brother.
  • Gran Kiltias Anastasis from Final Fantasy XII, though after Judge Bergan has a bit of fun, the onus falls on Larsa. Larsa is wildly subverted in that in his current state, he has absolutely no power, isn't the leader of La Résistance, and is a proponent of the Empire. However, there is consensus between more or less everyone that it isn't Vayne, Venat, or Doctor Cid, but Larsathat needs to be on the throne, and that only then will peace return to Ivalice.
  • Final Fantasy XII has an interesting take on The Big Good, in the sense that much of the game after the Tomb of King Wraithwall is Ashe refusing the temptation to become The Big Good, because, at first, it would politically be suicide, and later, because the power of the nethicite would make her the Big Bad.
  • The Puppet, who first appears in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, originally appears to have malicious intent, notably affixing the heads of the main 4 animatronics to the heads of dead children in the 'Give Life' minigame. However, it turns out in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 that she was trying to help save their souls all along, and the good ending in the game is unlocked by completing a Minigame where the Puppet helps the children's souls ascend to the afterlife. Mind you, she also tried to kill any night guard that worked at Freddy's, regardless of whether or not they were innocent. Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator confirms that the Puppet indeed was trying to protect the innocent as well as revealed that the Puppet, or at least the soul possessing it, is female.
    • Speaking of Pizzeria Simulator, Cassette Guy reveals himself as this, as the entire game was a trap to lure Springtrap, Scrap Baby, Lefty, and Molten Freddy to a fake pizzeria in order to burn them all to the ground, send William Afton's soul to hell, and put the souls of the murdered children (including the Puppet's) to rest. Fittingly enough, he's the father of the soul possessing the Puppet.
  • In Freedom Wars, it's heavily implied that Simeon fills this role. While he doesn't take any real action, he states that his ultimate goal is the downfall of On High, so that he can begin the Great Transformation. Alas, it never comes to pass.
  • As Myrrah from Gears of War cements herself as the Big Bad, it would seem that the Big Good of the story is Adam Fenix, Marcus' father who had apparently died some 4 years before the games. Except his voice at the end of the second game credits....
  • As in Mythology above, King Arthur in Golden Logres is this. The ultimate goal of the game is to resurrect Arthur and bring eternal prosperity to Logres by his return.
  • The Master of Whispers in Guild Wars: Nightfall runs an ancient organization of informants and agents watching for the return of dark powers. He soon joins you on the front lines of the struggle as one of the game's customizable Hero NPCs. Equally good but not quite as big are Evennia, leader of the Shining Blade revolutionaries, and Kormir, nominal leader of the Sunspears after the group is shattered. Though Kormir becomes very big of a good when she ascends as the Goddess of Truth.
  • Queen Salma in the War In Kryta arc, and in Guild Wars 2, Queen Jennah for humans and the imperators of each legion for the Charr. A strange case in that each of the Guild Wars 2 Big Goods are Big Bads of sorts for the other race.
  • Half-Life 2 shares this role between Eli Vance and Dr. Kleiner, along with Dr. Magnusson in Episode Two, all prominent leaders of La Résistance.
  • Iji has Hel Sarie, posthumously. Formerly a popular leader of the Tasen, she frequently advocated for restraint and kept trying for peace with the Komato, once publicly punching out Krotera during one of his particularly jingoistic rantings, and she and the Big Bad used to be friends before the whole "genocidal war" thing. Fittingly, it's implied that if she was still alive the whole mess in the game could have been avoided.
  • The Precursors in Jak and Daxter, especially after it becomes clear that they're neither extinct nor merely using recordings to communicate their advice and objectives to Jak.
  • Palutena from the Kid Icarus series is the goddess of light and ruler of Skyworld.
  • Yen Sid, as of the later Kingdom Hearts games. Leon/Squall leads most of the supporting cast, but Yen Sid is the guy King Mickey goes to for advice. He co-ordinates the effort to rescue those suffering and prepares for Xehanort's reincarnation.
    • King Mickey himself filled in this role for the first three games since he was the one who organized and led the heroes and their allies against the threats towards the worlds and they're inhabitants.
  • King Dedede in The Subspace Emissary mode on Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His actions were all to ensure some brawlers would survive when Tabuu turns them all into trophies, not to be a Jerkass.
  • In The Legend of Zelda, more often than not Zelda herself is the driving force of goodness and hope in Hyrule. Similar to how Ganon is the Big Bad who is often behind lesser evils, Zelda has a habit of turning out to be the force behind lesser goods. Appropriately enough, Skyward Sword reveals that she's the human incarnation of the goddess Hylia, the creator of Hyrule. When it's not Zelda, however, it's often her father, the King of Hyrule, especially if she's the Deuteragonist instead.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has the Goddess of Time, the enigmatic figure who watches over both Hyrule and Termina and provides Link with the means to travel back three days using the Song of Time in order to save the latter realm.
  • Shoko Ozora from Liberation Maiden is the President of Japan after her father was assassinated.
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 has Larry Da Vinci, the leader of The Alliance.
  • Aisha Blanchette from Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy is the head of the SMS Ouroboros branch. Both Leon and Mina answer to her.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The Citadel Council are clearly meant to be this, but their track record says otherwise.
    • In Mass Effect 3, Commander Shepard, Admiral Hackett, and Admiral (formerly Captain/Councilor) Anderson become the Big Good Ensemble for the multi-species alliance in the war against the Reapers. Shepard is the vanguard-type Big Good, inspiring people by fighting with them on the front lines and rallying all of the species together, while Hackett and Anderson are the leader-types, serving as Reasonable Authority Figures for humanity in space and on the besieged Earth, respectively. By the end, most of the galaxy is looking up to Shepard and both Anderson and Hackett acknowledge him/her as the real key to victory.
    • If he survived the first game, Urdnot Wrex becomes this to the krogan. When not within earshot of Wrex, "Eve" admits to Shepard that Wrex is the single greatest thing to happen to Tuchanka and the krogan in over a thousand years.
    • In the Control ending, Paragon Shepard ascends to become The Champion to the entire galaxy, controlling entire fleets of optimised killing machines yet only unleashing them on massive threats while letting the galaxy flourish, and will be known as a great hero for aeons.
  • Dr. Light, serving as an invaluable mentor/father figure to Mega Man, Proto Man, X and Zero, the latter two of which continue trying to build his dreams of a peaceful world centuries after his death. Later, Ciel takes the place of Dr. Light as this in Mega Man Zero, with the former Lancer Zero himself now as The Hero aiding her in fulfilling their dreams for a better future.
  • In Neverwinter Nights, the Big Good is Lord Nasher Alagondar, ruler of Neverwinter. He reprises the role in the sequel.
  • Operetta and Aoba Anoa as Hyper Anoa from Otomedius.
  • Queen Fay in Overlord II is the ruler of Light Magic beings and the Evil Overlord's foil. Later on however while sacrificing her energy during an Enemy Mine with the Overlord she ends up being corrupted and driven mad by his dark magic, becoming the Fallen Hero Dark Fay.
  • Overwatch has Winston, the hero who recalls Overwatch and binds the old, scattered team together again. He's the most invested in Overwatch and the True Companions he found there, and will do anything to keep Overwatch heroic. Before the fall of Overwatch, the Big Good was Jack Morrison, who at present time has devolved into a bitter vigilante.
    • If the two are in the same team, they will occasionally have this passive-agressive interaction:
    Soldier: 76: So you think you can do my job, do you...
    Winston: Someone has to.
  • Perfect Dark has Daniel Carrington, founder and head of the Carrington Institute. Although, apart from opposing dataDyne, one has to wonder what it is they actually do. The Carrington Institute develops advanced computer software, hardware, and weaponry (all of which is put to good use by their agents). They are also the creators of the "null-g" technology, which lead to the development of hovercars. As a diplomatic party, they maintain peaceful relations with the Maians.
  • Mii Koryuji from Project X Zone. She and her family are the keepers of the Portalstone, which is the cause of why the many heroes and villains show up in her world after it is stolen. In addition to trying to get it back, she also has to hire her personal bodyguard Kogoro Tenzai to help.
  • Ford Cruller in Psychonauts is the former leader of the eponymous organisation and the personal boss of the two agents seen in the game, but injuries from a past battle mean he can't leave his sanctuary, restricting his role to giving vital training and advice to Raz.
  • Helga Lindenbaum from Raiden V. She's the most prominent member of the council, whom Max and the Fighting Thunders answer directly to.
  • In a rare case, you become one in Runescape when you unlock the Player-Owned Ports. You fund adventurers to go to the Eastern Lands, fulfill their personal stories, and bring back loot, never getting directly involved.
  • While the leaders of any alignment you happen to be on in Shin Megami Tensei could be considered this (or Big Bad Protagonists in the case of many Law and Chaos representatives) the character that fits this role best for the entire franchise is Stephen. For starters, he created the Demon Summoning Program that allows humans to tame mythological creatures, and thus the whole reason the series' heroes can accomplish their quest at all. Stephen will also offer his wise advice to the heroes periodically, especially on the Neutral path of a given game, where he shows he doesn't care about the petty squabbles between Heaven and Hell and just wants them both to get off humanity's back, and since Neutral is both usually the "best" alignment and usually assumed canon, it can be inferred that the heroes "officially" listen to him.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona:
    • For the first two games the designation fell squarely to Philemon, a manifestation of the best aspects of mankind, who helps the party against his rival, Nyarlathotep. The main reason for the conflict was because he hatched a bet with Nyarlathotep over whether or not Nyarlathotep could successfully prove Humans Are Bastards. However, he later went Out of Focus along with Nyarlathotep himself. Nevertheless, the save points in Persona 4 were made to look like a cloud of butterflies as a reference to Philemon's continued involvement in the overall series.
    • Igor, one of Philemon's assistants, took over the role after the latter's departure. He runs the Velvet Room, a dimension between dreams and reality that is accessed by Persona owners. He is the primary Mysterious Backer of the series since Persona 3, often observing the main cast as the protagonist attempts to defy the odds time and again. Unfortunately, Igor's original Japanese actor lost his life to illness after Persona 4, so he temporarily underwent a serious case of Demoted to Extra, with various spinoffs choosing to recycle his old lines instead of recording new ones, until he was finally recast in time for Persona 5. Except he wasn't. That Igor is a fake, and the real one is still voiced by a bank of recycled lines from the original VA.
    • Margaret, herself one of Igor's assistants, largely took up her master's role in various Persona 4 spinoff games, offering advice, dropping exposition, and being a much more personal adviser and mentor figure to the protagonists. Persona 4: Arena and Ultimax even have her as the de facto Big Good, with Igor nowhere to be found.
    • Shuji Ikutsuki from Persona 3 is the leader and founder of S.E.E.S., but not a frontline fighter and far from a Persona user. Subverted when it turns out he's been manipulating S.E.E.S. to bring about the Fall.
  • Sakura Wars:
  • Seraphic Blue: Benedicta Fezzite and Katherine Rio guide the party to activate Gaia's Rebirth, which will save the world from the Gaia Cancers that are slowly eating away at it. This gets deconstructed when the pressure of saving the Crapsack World and her own issues cause Benedicta to go mad with grief and hasten the world's destruction, though the party manages to save her before it's too late.
  • In any game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series where the good guys are a unified force, Sonic himself usually fits this role.
  • StarCraft:
    • The Overmind, of all characters, is revealed in StarCraft II to have seen a vision of the future and that he orchestrated all of the events of the first game so that all of the races in the sector may have a fighting chance against the Xel'Naga when they return, and that the Zerg may be free from the corruption of The Void.
    • For the Protoss, it's Tassadar, Zeratul and, though he's been dead for a while, Adun.
    • On the Terran side, Jim Raynor and Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has the role split between Satele Shan, Grand Master of the Jedi order, and Janarus, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. The latter ends up either retiring in shame or killed/frozen in carbonite by the Bounty Hunter and is replaced by Supreme Chancellor Saresh, who is more of a General Ripper.
  • Karin Kanzuki arguably takes this role in the Street Fighter V story mode, being the driving logistical force behind most of the fighters getting together to combat Bison.
  • Suikoden:
    • Suikoden starts out with Odessa Silverburg, the leader of the Resistance, until she dies when the hideout at Lenankamp is attacked.
    • Suikoden II has Riou as the Big Good, and it's invoked by Freed during a war battle.
    • Suikoden III has the Flame Champion, who protected Grassland from Harmonia. Of course, he's dead at this point in the game, and a successor takes up his rune.
    • Suikoden IV has Lino en Kuldes, King of Obel. Eleanor actually worries whether the army would splinter over choosing to follow him or Lazlo, the player character. A duel settles it, and Lazlo is cemented when Lino concedes.
    • Suikoden V starts with Salum Barows, who takes in the Prince, the player character, and Sialeeds. Of course, Salum is a schemer who cannot be trusted, and you leave his company soon after his treachery is revealed.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Mario and Princess Peach form a Big Good Duumvirate in most games. Mario is the vanguard-type Big Good, as The Hero actively fighting Bowser; while Peach is the leader-type Big Good, serving as the ruler of the most powerful heroic faction in the setting.
    • Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy is introduced as the protector of the cosmos and mother of the stars, and is the one that guides Mario on his quest to defeat Bowser. Princess Peach also qualifies as a Big Good, being the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom and all.
    • Merlon from Super Paper Mario. He helps out Mario and his friends by constantly researching the Light Prognosticus and instructing where to go next after recovering one of the Pure Hearts.
  • Tends to vary in Super Robot Wars, but whoever the canonical Big Good of various licensed series is will usually defer to one character (though there can be more than one). In older titles, Bright Noah gets this task due to overall command experience.
  • Yukari Yakumo from Touhou. While she has her share of negative traits like being lazy, Trollish, and possessing the same Blue-and-Orange Morality as many other Youkai (one official comic all but outright says that she keeps a stock of humans for Youkai to feed on in winter), she's ultimately concerned with protecting Gensokyo by maintaining both the natural order and the Great Hakurei Barrier — in fact, she's one of the sages who created the Barrier over a hundred years ago. While she normally naps all day and foists responsibilities off onto Reimu, if you damage the Barrier or cause a massive upheaval, you will have to answer to Yukari personally.
  • Warden Melody Of The Undergrowth has Nyona, the forest's guardian spirit, who's been bound by mystic chains that Tavian, as the new Warden, needs to free her from.
  • King Foltest in The Witcher is a Reasonable Authority Figure and, much like Geralt is a Straight Man in a cast made up of sociopaths, corrupt nobles, batshit insane clergymen,murderers and drug addicts at worst, and morally shady mercenaries at best. This is probably why he lasts all of 20 minutes before being offed in the sequel.
  • Every World of Warcraft expansion tends to have one. In the Burning Crusade, A'dal stood at the literal center of Outland, and occasionally players would kite monsters to him to see A'dal deal ridiculous damage. In Wrath of the Lich King the role belongs to Tirion Fordring, the leader of the Argent Crusade. In Cataclysm, we have Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, queen of the dragons and Deathwing's heroic counterpart. Mists of Pandaria has two -Varian Wrynn for the Alliance and Vol'jin for the Horde. Varian Wrynn is the High King of humanity and de-facto leader of the Alliance, while Vol'jin leads the good parts of the Horde in rebellion after Garrosh Hellscream turns from Anti-Hero to outright villain.
  • In Xenoblade, the role is covered by Lady Meyneth, the benevolent goddess of Mechonis, who guides to protagonists to a way to put a stop to the root cause of all the problems that are befalling to the world. Ironically enough, she was indirectly assumed to be the enemy at first.
  • Yoku's Island Express: The island's last remaining god, Mokuma, who is the namesake of Mokumana Island. While Mokuma doesn't have an active role in the story, it is strongly implied that they are the one keeping the island safe and prosperous.
  • In the Zero Escape trilogy, the leader of Crash Keys ( Akane Kurashiki) is responsible on some level for everything good that happens, whether it's preventing a twelve-year-old's murder or the release of an apocalyptic virus. Every other esper in the game either takes orders from her or relies on her group to get shit done.

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  • All of the Netkings in Tv Tome Adventures and its revamp, TOME, with the exceptions of EXE and Rubirules, respectively. In TOME, SOFDTI is the best example, though.
  • RWBY:
    • Professor Ozpin is the enigmatic headmaster of Beacon Academy, a man with a strange knowledge of the secret history of the world, which legends are actually true, and what the real threat to humanity's existence is. While he acts as a wise advisor to the heroine Ruby Rose and other students, he is also the leader of a secret Benevolent Conspiracy of Huntsmen that are trying to use the true legends to protect humanity against the equally enigmatic Big Bad, and Ozpin's Arch-Nemesis, Salem. The four Huntsmen Academies were created to hide and protect four dangerous, divine Relics that Salem needs to destroy humanity. In Volume 3, she successfully destroys Beacon Academy, leaving the protagonists to drift without direction in Volume 4, unaware that Ozpin can Body Surf to escape death into a new host that possesses his identical Aura and Soul. While the protagonists struggle to survive, Ozpin struggles to convince his new host, Oscar, to accept his destiny as the guide the protagonists so desperately need. When the heroes learn the Awful Truth about Ozpin and Salem's past, they turn on him and he disappears from Oscar's mind. He only returns at the end of Volume 7 when General Ironwood's attempt to take up the mantle of Big Good fails.
    • Ironwood sees himself as the only person who can lead the fight against Salem when Professor Ozpin disappears. Atlas controls most of the global Dust mining and trade, contains the world's largest military and is the most technologically advanced kingdom in the world. He controls the Atlesian Council by holding two seats and designating certain projects, missions and decisions as 'military classification' which enables him to circumvent the authority of the council entirely. Volume 7 explores the growing concern among the Council, kingdom's citizens and heroes over his decisions and determination to concentrate power and control in the hands of himself and a few hand-picked supporters. He is determined to avoid the mistakes Ozpin made, so shares as much information as he dares with the heroes. However, it's his determination to avoid the mistakes of the cowardly Leo that cause the biggest problems. In the face of fear, he becomes paranoid and controlling. By the end of the volume, he has descended so far into fear that his decision to institute martial law and abandon Mantle to save Atlas turns the heroes against him. When Oscar fails in his last effort to bridge the divide and observes that Ironwood is now as dangerous as Salem, Ironwood shoots him, cementing his subversion of the Big Good trope by triggering the return of the actual Big Good, Ozpin.

    Webcomics 
  • The rabbit spirit in Blue Moon Blossom is a powerful Living MacGuffin that joins the bunny protagonist's adventuring party. It gladly defends the party from snake-spirits, apparently being the only entity capable of doing so, and even restores the other rabbits to life with the last of its power after they were turned to stone by said snake demons. But by the end, an argument could be made that the real Big Good is the dino, the bunny's constant traveling partner, given that it appears to be a rabbit prophet or possibly even god in disguise.
  • Mr. Verres in El Goonish Shive, who is explicitly compared to both Dumbledore and Gandalf.
  • Baron Klaus Wulfenbach from Girl Genius, assuming you label him one of the good guys. If you don't, he's at least the Vetinari, in that his rule keeps everyone from killing everyone else. This becomes obvious when he freezes Mechanicsburg, as well as himself, in time and is thus unavailable. Everything starts going bad immediately. Also, as posthumous or at least vanished characters, the Heterodyne Boys.
  • Played with in Homestuck. Writ Keeper (formally the White King) is supposed to be this in a normal session of Sburb, leading the forces of Prospit and acting as an ally/mentor for the players. However the Kids session going Off the Rails results in an in-universe instance of Demoted to Extra and he ends up never interacting with the Kids. In the case of something like this happening, Wayward Vagabond is meant to take his place as Big Good and help the players beat the Final Boss instead. Yet again, the Kids session being messed up meant that he doesn't actually meet the Kids until it's way too late to fix things.
    • Later on, Roxy - Dave and Rose's mother - becomes this to the Kids after the Scratch renders her and the other ectobiological parents the Players instead of the Guardians. Dirk calls her the emotional crutch to just about everyone she meets.
    • Even later still, an alternate timeline version of Calliope - a cherub who will eventually exist in the distant future - becomes the ultimate force of good and is key in defeating her brother Caliborn/Lord English (the ultimate force of evil) by draining him of his power.
  • The Order of the Stick: Lord Shojo, leader of the Sapphire Guard and ruler of Azure City, largely fills the role for a time in the comic while Azure City remains a major base for the good guys. His nephew Hinjo succeeds him, but his claims for relevance are less impressive.
    • For the dwarves of Firmament, we have Sigdi Thundershield, mother of the party's cleric Durkon Thundershield, who leads an entire clan of extended adopted family members from the five dwarves she resurrected before Durkon was even born.
  • In Spinnerette, the leader of the American Superhero Association, a mix of lobbying group for superhero interests and hero support organization, is a time-traveling Benjamin Franklin.

 
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