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"Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. I will go where you go and live where you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried."

A character characterized by his or her loyalty. Can be a trait of both heroes and villains. Most of them are supporting characters, intended as sympathetic. Indeed, if used on a villain, it can sometimes be used to flesh them out and give them redeeming qualities. Alternatively, it can be negatively portrayed as a threat to conscience.

When given to a main character or one in an authority position, expect it to manifest itself in protective instinct: as a Papa Wolf or The Caretaker or someone who is A Father to His Men. When given to a Sidekick, expect it to be an unselfish willingness to support the main character. It can also be given to friends who, despite their differences, are genuinely fond of the other, and bonus points if it works both ways.

Should the object of this loyalty die, expect generous helpings of Due to the Dead as the loyal one works to honor the fallen one's memory.


See also: My Country, Right or Wrong, My Master, Right or Wrong, Thicker Than Water, I Will Wait for You, I Am Spartacus. An Act of True Love will often be used to prove how loyal one character is to another, by having them perform a great sacrifice to show that they'll put someone else's needs before their own.

Similar to but not to be confused with Blind Obedience, where a character follows unquestioningly believing their liege to be infallible. A loyal character isn't necessarily defined as a perpetual Yes-Man, and may know when to defy or contradict the subject of their devotion, especially if it's as much for their well being as their own. At times this trope might actually come at the expense of those they follow, since they will generally not obey an order that comes at their expense or abandonment.


Characters that may exhibit this trope: Battle Butler, The Dragon, Happiness in Slavery, The Renfield, The Igor, Loyal Animal Companion, Robot Buddy, Sarcastic Devotee, Psycho Supporter, Extreme Doormat, Worthy Opponent, The Champion, Sidekick, Yes-Man, Sycophantic Servant and most of the characters on the Submissive Badass index.


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  • Zen from Akagami no Shirayukihime manages to inspire this in all three of his retainers, though most strongly in his first retainer the knight Mitsuhide. Kiki knows she will have to leave his side as one of his knights eventually due to being next in line as head of an important noble family. Obi originally intended to just stick around for a short time since he had a personal policy of never forming strong ties with people, considering them fatal for people in his line of work. Eventually, when he realizes he's stayed too long as he's completely devoted to Zen and Shirayuki, he says he stayed in a troublesome place but no longer regrets it. The men in the fortresses he manages are also very loyal to him.
  • Because they effectively picked him off the streets and brought him up as one of their own, Firo from Baccano! is unquestionably loyal to the Martillo camorra family to the point that he'd kill or give up his own life on their order.
  • In Battle Spirits Sword Eyes, each of the royal family has a loyal protector whom will gladly tear apart anyone who messes with them.
    • Tsurugi has Bringer. Of course, he was a droid and thus this is in his programming. However, he is dedicated to Tsurugi, to the point that "Bringer will protect Tsurugi" is his Catchphrase.
    • Yaiba has Brau, who is eternally grateful to the prince for accepting him despite his scarred face.
    • Grenada is protected by Amarello, who considers protecting the queen the thing that gave her life purpose.
  • In Beelzebub, the King's Crest is granted to those whose allegiance is sworn to a demon lord, which gives them a massive power boost. As of Chapter 217, it has been revealed that all four members of the Tohoshinki bear Beel's King's Crest, all but stating that in some way, all of them are loyal to Oga (even if they never admit it).
    • When questioned by Fuji on this, Himekawa laughs and states that Fuji's inability to comprehend the loyalty many of them have to Oga will be his downfall. Considering that Himekawa willingly allowed himself to be turned to stone in order to give Oga time to escape and stall Fuji, he certainly embodies the trope as well.
  • Black Butler: All of the Phantomhive staff are eternally devoted to Ciel, for various reasons — Tanaka because he'd been with the family since before Ciel was born, Sebastian because of their contract (though it's hinted he genuinely likes Ciel, in a Vitriolic Best Buds sort of way), and the rest because Ciel saved them from horrible lives and gave them a new purpose. Though that one's also a Tear Jerker when we find out that Ciel and Sebastian manipulated them for the sake of their loyalty.
    • Ciel himself is undyingly loyal to Queen Victoria. Whenever she has a mission for him, he drops everything on the spot in order to carry it out for her, even if he doesn't particularly like the assignment.
  • Bleach
    • Yumichika is hiding his power because it betrays the divisional code of the 11th division. As a Blood Knight division, kidou and kidou-type zanpakutou are taboo but Yumichika's power is kidou-based. As a result, he fakes a shikai release so that he can adhere to the 11th division custom, meaning he doesn't use his abilities in battle and instead fights on sheer willpower alone. He's even willing to die rather than be caught betraying his division. When he does use his abilities, he's incredibly powerful.
    • Tsukishima has an ability to deliberately invoke this trope to anyone he cuts. His power allows him to manipulate existing bonds so that a false bond between himself and the victim can be inserted and supersede the bond it's designed to override. He also has an Undying Loyalty of his own. Ginjou was everything to him, having found him and looked after him from the time Tsukishima had been a small child. Tsukishima admits that Ginjou had taught him everything...except how to live without him.
    • When Byakuya is brainwashed, his loyalty to Ichigo is so extreme that it gives him the power to kill his enemy — not because the brainwashing failed, but because he would kill even someone he loved if they were an enemy of Ichigo's. Tsukishima learned the hard way that he had manipulated the wrong bond when he discovered that the emotional bond that most motivated Byakuya wasn't the bond between mentor and student, it was the bond between Byakuya and Ichigo.
    • Komamura's Undying Loyalty to Yamamoto stems from Yamamoto having once saved his life and always treating him well despite his appearance. When Yamamoto enters battle against the Stern Ritters, both he and the Seventh Division are on the verge of catastrophic defeat. His response to Yamamoto's resolve to fight is to rally both himself and the entire Seventh Division, much to the disbelief of Bambietta, who had thought she'd won and all but killed the squad.
    • Katagiri was raised to be Ryuuken's personal servant and bodyguard. She will protect him no matter what the cost and her loyalty is to Ryuuken personally, over and above her loyalty to the Ishida family. So, when he believes he's failed his entire clan and tries to slink off forever into the Grey Rain of Depression, Katagiri tells him that if he leaves, she'll abandon everything to go with him. Her speech brings him back to his senses.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in this case. Even after being zapped by Auswählen, Haschwalth doesn't consider Yhwach's act as a betrayal, but rather an honor and point of pride that Yhwach sees him as an asset worth absorbing. Damn...
  • Blood+: Chevaliers are biologically wired to be absolutely dutiful and devoted to the Queen who turned them though it is possible to overcome this, as shown by Diva's Chevalier, Solomon, when he falls in love with the rival Queen, Saya.
    • Haji in particular is characterized almost entirely by his unswerving loyalty to Saya. In something of a deconstruction, Haji's devotion makes him reluctant to speak out when Saya makes decisions that might be bad for her; he even promises to kill her once she succeeds in killing Diva, and it takes being confronted and berated by Saya's brother Kai before Haji will admit that he would much rather not go through with it.
  • Rida to Veronica in Bokura no Kiseki. This is mirrored in their reincarnations, Takao and Harusumi, which tends to just make Harusumi uncomfortable.
  • In Brave10, many of the Braves end up feeling this towards Yukimura and the lands of Ueda, even Saizo, to his own surprise. The best examples of this trope among the cast are Sasuke, Rokuro and (in the sequel) Nanakuma, all of whom never waver and will pursue loyalty past the point of reason.
  • In The Bride of Adarshan, Alec is fiercely loyal to his brother, the king of his country, to the point of having few motivations outside of serving him. The idea that he, as the prince, is in a position where he could usurp his brother never even occurs to him, making it a surprise to him when he discovers that others fear this.
  • Habaek in The Bride of the Water God gave his first bride Nakbin the right to order his death, tried to follow her in death when she died, endured being separated from his current love Soah just to be with the resurrected Nakbin and when she died again, he honored her command not to look at someone with the same loving eyes he used to look at her even to Soah when he specifically told her that he will look at Soah only with his one eye (metaphorically though since his damaged eye is completely healed as a god.)
  • Dune in Casshern Sins. He was Luna's bodyguard and was extremely royal to her. When he reunited with her again in the ruined world, he keeps his loyalty until the very end, despite Luna becoming a jerk.
  • In Claymore, Jean would go to literally suicidal lengths for Clare, as a result of I Owe You My Life sentiment. Also, Miria tends to inspire this in most people she meets, especially fellow Claymores.
  • Code Geass:
  • In Cross Ange, Momoka is this for Ange, despite the latter found out that she's a Norma and thus removed from human society.
  • Hisoka Kurosaki from Descendants of Darkness, to his..."partner" Tsuzuki Asato. When the latter is going through the Despair Event Horizon, Hisoka assures him that he will always be there for him even if everyone else isn't. Later, when Tsuzuki tries to commit suicide, Hisoka, having given up on trying to reason with him, holds onto him so that he'll die right by his side.
  • In Destruction Flag Otome, Katarina went from a Spoiled Brat to a Cloud Cuckoolander almost literally overnight. Her personal maid Anne had pretty much given up on ever thinking of herself as more of a Yes-Man tool to more important people, but the new Katarina was impossible to predict or suck up to and, more importantly, began treating Anne like a big sister or close friend. Anne is occasionally exasperated at her charge but is secretly fiercely loyal and would do anything for her.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Puar for Yamcha. She's known him for ages, having been his partner in crime when the series first began.
    • In Dragon Ball Super Ginyu to Frieza. He waited almost two decades to find a proper body so he can return to Frieza's service once he's revived.
    • Kale to Caulifla.
  • In Endride, most of the Ignauts feel intense loyalty toward Demetrio, willing to offer their lives in exchange for his even, but Felix and Mischa especially embody this trope, going out of their way to distrust people on Demetrio's behalf because he tends to be quick to mercy.
  • Excel of Excel Saga has an undying loyalty to her boss, Il Palazzo. This is her most notable personality trait. Well, that and being Hot-Blooded.
  • Agnes to Henrietta in The Familiar of Zero.
  • Fate/Zero has an example with Alexander The Great's Reality Marble, Ionioi Hetaroi, which summons the Badass Army that he controlled in his life. It's literal undying loyalty. Later on, Waver Velvet proudly shouts that he is not Alexander's master, he is his follower. Gilgamesh spares him because of this.
  • Several instances in Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The Mustang unit to their commanding officer (and also to one another). Particularly true of Hawkeye, who at one point, refuses Mustang's direct order to abandon him and save herself if his attempt to expose the Government Conspiracy fails. It cuts both ways: Mustang will do anything to protect his subordinates (again, particularly Hawkeye, to the point of jeopardising a secret mission to save her).
    • Greed's minions
    • Fu and Lan Fan to Ling
    • And of course, the Elric brothers to one another.
    • The Briggs Brigade to Major-General Armstrong; Pride to Father.
    • The Homunculi (sans Greed) to the Big Bad of the series (Father in the manga and Brotherhood anime, Dante in the 2003 anime). Within the Homunculi, Gluttony has this for Lust in both series, and also in both series, her death affects him very badly.
      • In The Conqueror Of Shamballa, Gluttony completely ignores Alphonse and goes exclusively after Wrath - Lust's killer. Keep in mind that, after the events of the 2003 anime, Gluttony is supposed to be completely mindless.
  • Gintama have several exemples, often notable as it come from characters who are otherwise free-spirited and independent:
    • The most frequently seen exemple is perhaps, Hijikata and Okita's loyalty toward Kondo. In Okita's case, it is often shown that he is closer to being a assassin than a hero, he is on the side of the law mostly because this is where Kondo led them. And Hijikata made it clear in a early episode that his loyalty does not go to the government or the law, but to Kondo, as he is the one who gave them a place to stay and a way to keep their katana after the Shogunate made them illegal. This mindset extend to most of the core members of the Shinsengumi due to Kondo being A Father to His Men.
    • Both Gintoki, Takasugi and Katsura where extremely devoted to their mentor and father figure, Shoyo Yoshida. This was deconstructed when Oboro gave Gintoki a Sadistic Choice between killing Shoyo or watching Takasugi and Katsura die. He knew that both of them would've rather died than be the cause of Shoyo's death, and he would have himself prefered to save his teacher. But out of loyalty for his master, he chooses the first option, because he knew that was the choice Shoyo, willing to die so that his students be spared, wanted him to make.
    • Matako, Bansai and Henpeita of the kiheitai, are willing to follow Takasugi through anything and never let him down even in time of hardship. After the tendoshu and the harusame turned on them and try to have them eliminated while Takasugi is on the verge of death, they still stay on his side and do their best to save his life.
    • Mutsu, for how much she chastise and reprimand Sakamoto, is extremely loyal to him and never let him down. Same go for the rest of the Kaihentai, due to Sakamoto also being A Father to His Men.
  • Patrick Colasour embodies this for his superior officer, Kati Mannequin in Gundam 00. The reason is love. The undying loyalty is his cockroach like tendency to survive any dangerous No One Could Survive That! situation, especially on her orders. Eventually, it pays off big time with him winning her hand in marriage.
  • Deconstructed in the anime Gungrave. Brandon's personal code which is this trope puts him under much torment when he has to choose between the best friend Harry and the father figure Big Daddy. Brandon's inability to choose ends up being one of the main causes of Brandon's downfall, which in turn leads to suffering of the people closest to Brandon. In the finale, Brandon admits that even though he is supposed to enforce the iron law of the syndicate to never betray, he just cannot shoot his best friend Harry.
  • Alucard of Hellsing has this for Integra Hellsing. On the Catholic side, the priests and nuns of Iscariot Section XIII are eternally loyal to Badass Preacher Alexander Anderson, most of whom were raised in his orphanage and view Anderson as a surrogate father.
  • Byakuya from Inuyasha is the only one of Naraku's detachments shown to be completely loyal to him, and he's also the only character in the entire series who doesn't completely despise Naraku and does not betray him.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Robert E.O. Speedwagon is extremely loyal to Jonathan Joestar via Defeat Means Friendship, combined with his selfless rescue of him from a burning building/Vampire attack. This loyalty would extend to the entire Joestar family, even more than half a century later.
    • On the villain side, we have Vanilla Ice. How loyal is he? He cuts off his own head when Dio says he needs blood. Dio actually turns Ice into a vampire in thanks for this. When he fights Iggy and Polneraff, he delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Iggy just for making him destroy an effigy of Dio.
    • Enyaba is also extraordinarily loyal to Dio, to the point that she refuses to reveal the secret of his Stand even as she lays dying, having been killed in a really sadistic way on his orders.
  • Literally the case of Koinosuke Odago in Jubei-chan, became undead to follow his master's directive through sheer force of will for 300 years.
  • The defining trait of pretty much all Clansmen in K. This relationship between Kings and their Clans is a central theme of the series.
    • Kuroh Yatogami, who enters the story on a mission from his late master, and finding a new King to give his loyalty to. His faith in his King gives him strength. "I wield my sword only to protect him. My sword will open up the path and lead my to my King!"
    • Misaki Yata, third-in-command of the Red Clan, idolizes the Red King — both Mikoto and his successor.
    • And most notably, Saruhiko Fushimi, former Red Clansman and third-in-command of the Blue Clan. He felt none of this towards the Red King Mikoto, and scoffed at HOMRA's awe and loyalty towards him. When he left and joined Scepter 4, he didn't want to let himself feel this way towards the Blue King. It wasn't until Misaki, his friend-turned-enemy-turned-friend again, and the only HOMRA member not to realize he wouldn't stay with them, realizes it and tells him, "You're not a traitor — if you would go this far for the Blue King, that means he was your King all along!", that he realizes he feels this.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!: Gokudera towards Tsuna is this trope, completely and totally. Heck, his whole character song seems to be a tribute to his undying loyalty towards Tsuna.
    • Arguably, Squalo qualifies as this for Xanxus. Not only did he wait 8 years for Xanxus' return, but he grew out his hair and puts up with crap that would make a Bastard Boyfriend seem like a pleasant alternative.
  • Kill la Kill
    • The Elite Four are all unshakably loyal to Satsuki, each one ready to give his or her life for her at a moment's notice (especially Gamagoori).
    • Senketsu is completely devoted to protecting Ryuko (earning him the Fan Nickname "Broketsu").
    • Nui is undoubtedly loyal to Ragyo, by the finale she proves this by killing herself when Ragyo ordered her to.
  • Berias' attitude towards King Saralegui in Kyo Kara Maoh! seems to qualify.
  • Lupin III: Inspector Zenigata has the ability (Depending on the Writer) to inspire this in cops from all over the world. His subordinates in the Japanese police have ignored orders from the Interpol to follow Zenigata, and in the special Voyage To Danger the Italian police, after trapping Lupin in an inescapable trap (Lupin himself was desperate), packed and let him go when they learned that Zenigata had been pulled from the case because if they got him in that occasion it would have meant that Zenigata hadn't been the one who arrested him.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
    • The Familiars and Wolkenritter. If it's for the sake of their master, the rightness or wrongness of an act doesn't matter, and if it will benefit or save their master, they will gladly give up their lives, powers, and/or freedom.
    • In the Wolkenritter's case, this overlaps with My Master, Right or Wrong, as it was implied that some of the masters of the Book of Darkness were evil. This makes itself prominent in A's, where Signum stated they would gladly throw their honor away if it means saving their mistress as well as during StrikerS where Vita stated that she did not have any plans of outliving Hayate. It's also literally undying, since the first thing they said after being resurrected was a Badass Creed about their loyalty to Hayate.
    • Fate Testarossa as well, initially toward Precia, then Nanoha.
    • Several of the Numbers have this towards each other, most of them going so far as to declare that where one goes, they'll follow. Case in point: Sette to Tre.
  • Madlax: Elenore Baker to Margaret.
  • In Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, it's common that people of strong standing or character happen to draw others to them.
    • Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana. They will drop everything and anything to go help each other in need.
    • Justified with a dungeon conquer and his/her Household, as such loyalty is needed to activate the Household vessels, such as Sinbad and his Eight Generals.
    • Koumei and Kouha towards their older brother Kouen. Likewise, Kouha's soldiers are fiercely loyal to him because he took them in and cared for them when they were outcasts.
    • The Djinns are this to their chosen king candidates and they are and remained King Solomon's most loyal allies even when his actions motivated Al-Thamen to destroy Alma Torran.
    • The Three Magi to King Solomon, having been his closest friends and two of them knowing him since he was a young child. Which makes it sadder that Arba aka Ren Gyokuen betrayed him in the end.
    • Muu to Scheherazade and Word of God says it is his fate due to being a descendant of Pernadius, Scheherazade's first king vessel. Meanwhile, the Fanalis Corps will follow him to whatever ends.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has Setsuna acting like this toward Konoka.
    • Fate's female minions act like this toward him as well. He took them all in as children after their parents were killed in the war.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam's M'Quve is loyal unto death to his lady, Kycilia Zabi. He carries out every order she gives him to the letter, lives to serve her, and uses his Famous Last Words to will her his prized possession. Many suspect that Subordinate Excuse is in full effect here.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the three DOM Trooper pilots, Hilda, Mars, and Herbert, are very loyal to Lacus Clyne.
  • Sarah Zabiarov from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is devoted to her superior, Scirocco, something he actually reciprocates somewhat. She's so loyal in fact that not even death stops her, her soul attempting to stop Kamille's Newtype-infused waverider attack on Scirocco himself. It takes Katz for her to finally step aside.
  • A villain example but in Monster, Psycho for Hire Roberto is unfailingly loyal to his master Johan Liebert. Though given that this is Johan Liebert, a man often compared to Hitler and the Devil himself, it's unlikely that he feels the same.
  • Haku from Naruto to Zabuza, who rescued him while he was an orphan struggling to survive in the city.
    • Kimimaro to Orochimaru even after being resurrected.
    • Konan to Nagato.
    • Also Kisame Hoshigaki to Tobi.
    • Even after death, Uchiha Itachi is still loyal to Konoha.
    • Yashamaru to Hidden Sand Village. As a shinobi, he served as a member of Suna's black ops and as the right hand of the Fourth Kazekage, Gaara's father despite hating him for sealing Shukaku into his pregnant older sister and Gaara's mother. It was because of this loyalty that Yashamaru willingly went through the assassination attempt to test Gaara despite legitimately caring for him and objecting to them.
  • Himari from Omamori Himari combines this with a Bodyguard Crush (that also happens to be her Berserk Button) towards protagonist Yuuto. Her willingness to die for him borders on being a Death Seeker (partially due to her also being an Atoner), and in the finale of the manga her loyalty is literally undying, allowing her to come back from the afterlife.
  • One Piece:
    • Each of the Straw Hats are fiercely loyal to their captain, Luffy, ready to risk their lives for him as soon as he gives the word. At one point, when Bartholomew Kuma wanted to kill Luffy, both Zoro and Sanji, without a moment of hesitation, offered their lives instead. This loyalty goes both ways. Luffy is just as willing to die for his crew and, ultimately, when he was at his very lowest, they were the only reason he bothered to keep on living.
    • Donquixote Doflamingo's crew have absolute loyalty and faith in Doflamingo, even to the point of death. Doflamingo himself seems to care for his crew (as long as they don't betray him), but that does not stop him from letting them kill themselves for him.
    • One of his minions in particular, Bellamy, serves as a deconstruction; even back when he was little more than a thug with a devil fruit, the one redeeming quality he's always had is his loyalty. Unfortunately, his loyalty is wasted on Doflamingo, a man completely undeserving of it, who goes out of his way to spit on that loyalty whenever he can. Even as it becomes clearer to Bellamy that he admired the wrong guy (which he later fully admits to Luffy), his principles and his pride refuse to allow him to turn his back on the idol he has been devoted to for so long.
    • Also, Daz Bonez towards Crocodile. It's probably why out of all of Baroque Works, it was him Crocodile liked the most and why Crocodile made it a point to free him during the escape from Impel Down.
    • Trafalgar Law definitely has this for Corazon, a.k.a. Donquixote Rocinante. He outright states that Corazon is his most cherished person, that he only decided to continue living to fulfill Corazon's wishes, and that he would gladly destroy the entire world as long as it was for Corazon's sake. It is to the point that he dedicates half his life to murdering Doflamingo in order to avenge him, and it is this Roaring Rampage of Revenge that culminates in the Dressrosa Arc.
    • During the Dressrosa arc, several characters banded together to fight alongside Luffy against the Donquixote Family after having come to admire Luffy in the gladiator's tournament many of them participated in and after Usopp saved them from being transformed into Living Toys and made slaves for Doflamingo. At the arc's conclusion, all but a few of them swear formal fealty to Luffy. This is done over Luffy's own objection, as Luffy doesn't want to be some bigshot leader nor be responsible for tying them down. They simply reply that if being free to do as you please is the most important thing to Luffy, then they'll just do what they want and make their oath.
    • The entire Mink tribe were willing to all be tortured and killed, and let their entire civilization be destroyed because they wouldn't give up one of their allies to an enemy (said ally had to be physically chained up so he wouldn't be able to give himself up once he realized something was wrong).
  • In One-Punch Man, no matter the choices Saitama makes or how he acts, Genos will always be loyal to him, have his back when he needs it, and won't be afraid to stand up for him. After Saitama defeats the Deep Sea King and acts as a jerk to ensure that the other heroes get recognition, Genos has this inner monologue.
    Genos: Master Saitama. Are you really okay with this? But if this is the path you choose to take, master, I will accept your choice without a word. However, once you've turned the masses against you will you even be able to work as a hero anymore? I can't help but worry about what's to yet to come. If Master Saitama should ever find himself completely cornered, if it should ever come to that, I will.
  • Overlord (2012):
    • The Floor Guardians toward Momonga. It makes sense, considering they were originally NPCs created by Momonga and his fellow guild members, having their unwavering loyalty to their creators (or "Divine Beings," as they so lovingly refer to them) hardcoded into their personalities. Literally the only way to force one of them to turn against Momonga is to use a brainwashing World Class item on them, an item so powerful that a person could literally rewrite the original game's rules (well, ask the devs to do so) if they possessed one.
    • However, it should be noted that each of the Floor Guardians is infinitely more loyal to the guild member who created them than Momonga himself, and would instantly turn on him if their creator requested it. Momonga doesn't mind, as he sees it as proof of how much the NPCs care for his friends and their legacies just as much as he does. The sole exception is Albedo, due to Momonga jokingly rewriting her code to be deeply in love with him moments before being transported to the New World, and who is currently putting together a team of Guardians to hunt down and kill the other Supreme Beings except her own creator who they see as having betrayed them because they'd stopped playing the game, mostly due to real life getting in the way, and were never aware that their creations would become sentient, but Albedo's too far gone to understand that.
    • It runs both ways: Momonga's offline life was so crappy that the game was his only joy, spending large amounts of his income on it and managing the guild, so his guildmates' NPCs are the closest things he has to being with his friends again. On hearing Evileye nearly killed Entoma, he very nearly killed Evileye on the spot if she hadn't been necessary for the plan as a witness.
    • Their loyalty is such that Momonga finds it near impossible to get constructive criticism from them, because they're ready to off themselves and each other at the slightest hint of disrespect towards their master, even when said master is asking for them to have different opinions.
    • Demiurge is a scheming mastermind who puts together complex plans to take over the world... all because he misinterpreted an offhand comment by Momonga about how it might be interesting to do so as an official order from the Supreme Being. Despite everything about him screaming "eventual traitor", he also genuinely views Momonga as his superior as an Evil Genius (where he expected to bring the Empire to heel only after long attrition and horrendous casualties on both sides, Momonga convinces the Emperor to submit entirely by accident in a few hours just by showing up), and considers every time Momonga congratulates him on his plans working to be praise from Caesar.
  • Gilbert Nightray from Pandora Hearts embodies the trope: he made a vow of loyalty to his master Oz Vessalius when they were kids, and still calls himself Oz's servant as an adult, even after being adopted into a rival noble family. Then it turns out that Gilbert has Trauma-Induced Amnesia and was brainwashed so he would serve his master unconditionally. When he failed, he decided to atone by protecting Oz. But then it turns out that Gilbert's previous master was Glen Baskerville, who forces him to shoot Oz. In the end, Gilbert breaks the spell binding him to Glen by burning off his left arm to make sure he will never betray Oz again.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Homura Akemi has a strong devotion to Madoka. She repeated the same month over and over again so that Madoka would be safe. Word of God confirms this, stating that she was nearing the 100th try by the time the series ended. In the third movie, their descent into insanity is marked by a startling willingness to brainwash this same person and trap her in a Gilded Cage.
  • In Ronin Warriors, the true virtue the Ancient One imbued in Anubis' armor turns out to be Loyalty. After his Heel–Face Turn, Anubis shows why the armor chose him, remaining loyal to the Ronin Warriors and the Ancient One's memory to the point of sacrificing himself to save the Warriors and Lady Kyra, the last member of the Ancient One's clan.
  • Three of Shishio Makoto's Juppongatana in Rurouni Kenshin display undying loyalty to him. Yumi uses herself as a distraction so that Shishio can stab Kenshin through her. Kamatari had to be deceived so that he did not follow Shishio in death. These two were in love with Shishio. The last, Houji, thoroughly subverts Evil Chancellor. He is evil and he's Shishio's majordomo but he is utterly devoted to his leader. Enough to take the blame for an unpopular plan and risk the ire of the other Juppongatana. Enough to follow Shishio into hell. Even Shishio himself acknowledges Houji's loyalty.
  • In Saike Matashitemo, Hizu was only fighting on the good side due to his loyalty to Saike. At one point, he died just to get Saike out of amnesia, expecting Saike to not even return for him and at another, he was about the force someone to kill himself to save Saike.
  • The Sailor Senshi have this towards Usagi and Mamoru as their future Queen and King in the manga. In the original anime the Inners have this towards Usagi, but Haruka and Michiru take an entire season to come around.
    • Jadeite from the first season is a villainous example. While the other three Generals are relatively obedient to Queen Beryl, Jadeite is the only one who's never questioned her, mouthed off, or given her some sort of cryptic answer when she demands an explanation of his plans. Even when his last failure ensures nothing but punishment for him, he returns to her without question.
    • Zoisite has this for his mentor and lover Kunzite, even stating at one point that he would throw away his life for him.
    • Sailor Neptune has this for her partner and lover, Sailor Uranus. Given the choice between not risking dooming the entire world and not risking Haruka's safety, she happily chooses to protect Haruka at the potential expense of the world, even surprising the villain forcing her to make such a choice. Though it isn't clear whether Michiru knew the villain was bluffing.
    Sailor Neptune: Maybe you misunderstood...A world without Haruka isn't a world worth saving.
  • Many Specters from Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, notably Wyvern Rhadamanthys and Bennu Kagaho.
  • Loyalty is a big deal in the Sengoku Basara anime and games, given the subject matter, but Kojuuro and the rest of the Date clan really stand out in their loyalty to Date Masamune. In the anime's second season, Masamune's followers pile onto him bodily to protect him from Toyotomi Hideyoshi; a flashback in the following episode shows Kojuuro preparing to commit seppuku because he blamed himself for Masamune's arm being wounded in battle.
    • Yukimura's loyalty to his master Shingen is completely unfathomable. He can't even imagine a world where the latter doesn't exist for him to serve.
  • In Soul Eater, Soul to his Meister Maka and vice versa, complete with Declaration of Protection and Taking the Bullets. This is also the general rule between Meisters and Weapons, and among Shibusen students at large.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: All of the citizens of Tempest are fanatically loyal to Rimiru. Part of this is because he saved all of them from various disasters and drastically improved their living conditions, part of it is that he named every single one of them individually (which creates a bond of power between them), and part of it is simply because he's the strongest thing around; monsters greatly respect strength.
  • After Kotetsu wins his trust in the first half of Tiger & Bunny, Barnaby develops a fierce loyalty towards him to the point that staying by his side becomes his only reason for remaining a hero.
  • Occurs in multiple places in Tokyo Ghoul and its sequel, :RE.
    • The staff of Anteiku to Yoshimura. This results in two different outcomes, with Yomo given the responsibility of getting the younger members to safety while Koma and Irimi stay with Yoshimura during his Last Stand.
    • Banjou may be weak, but his trio of gas-masked followers are utterly loyal to him. When he swears loyalty to Kaneki, they follow suit without hesitation.
    • In :Re, the employees of the Tsukiyama Group are completely devoted to their master. This is hinted to be a result of the kindness shown to them over the years, and the business empire allowing an untold number of Ghouls to live stable, relatively normal lives in human society. When it all comes crashing down, Shuu is surprised at the massive number of Ghouls that show up to protect him out of loyalty to his father.
    • In a surprising twist, Yamori is revealed posthumously to have inspired incredible loyalty among his followers. His Number Two, Naki, likewise inspires incredible loyalty after taking over the gang.
  • In Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu, Akira and Yusuke are this to their boss, Karigari. They're happy to follow him around everywhere, and genuinely want to help him, even though they don't find his revenge necessary.
  • Harry Ord from ∀ Gundam toward Queen Diana. He develops this toward Kihel as well (during her time spent pretending to be Diana), but his feelings toward her are tinged with a romantic interest, while his loyalty to Diana is completely platonic.
  • Despite the fact that their boss Dilandau treats them horrendously the Dragon Slayers in The Vision of Escaflowne are this to him literally, since even after Van kills all of them their spirits intervene in order to protect Dilandau and allow him to escape.
  • Killua to Gon in Hunter × Hunter.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman has had his ups and downs throughout the years, and had his scrapes with many a hero, but he will never be abandoned by Alfred.
    • Perfectly demonstrated in Batman Begins:
      Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham. I've failed.
      Alfred: Why do we fall, sir?
      Alfred: So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.
      Bruce: You still haven't given up on me?
      Alfred: Never.
    • Well, usually. Sometimes Batman's jerkiness is too much for him and he'll leave for a time. "Venom" and "Officer Down" are two such stories where this happened.
      • Sometimes, Alfred quits when Bruce has decided to ruthlessly risk his own life only for his stubbornness. Alfred said that he would not allow him to destroy himself and so, by abandoning Batman he could show his true loyalty to him.
    • Red Robin/Tim Drake is this. Batman notes that loyalty is his prime motivation, and his loyalty to his father caused his 10-Minute Retirement. So when Batman apparently dies, he goes Darker and Edgier, and tries to prove he is alive. Undying loyalty doesn't change regardless of who dies.
    • In the story arc "Death of the Family", the Joker's torment of the Batfamily via Joker venom has shaken them physically and caused a great loss of faith in each other and in themselves. So when Bruce calls a meeting, no one except Alfred attends. However, outside the Wayne Manor, someone still stands, the first Robin, Dick Grayson.
  • If any Marvel Universe hero inspires and has this as a defining trait, it's Captain America. Every single hero worth his salt in the Marvel U trusts Cap unconditionally, cause Cap will go through hell and back to not leave any of them behind. Even someone as hard to work with as The Incredible Hulk has Cap as the one person he'd never raise a finger to.
    • Cap himself has undying loyalty to not America as a nation but rather America's ideals. When the government has asked him to do things that he felt were against those ideals, he's either quit being Captain America or gone rogue.
      Captain America: I'm loyal to nothing, General... except the Dream.
  • Krypto The Super Dog. Not even being cloned makes him less loyal to the Kryptonians.
    Max Lord: We talked about this! Don't clone the dog! Dogs are weird! The whole loyalty thing just seems to be branded right in on a genetic level, for Pete's sake!
  • Extreme loyalty (to Superman) was intended to be Jimmy Olsen's foremost quality. (Because of the Publicity Derailment of the Silver Age, it wasn't always portrayed very well.) This is exemplified in the Superman storyline, Superman: Truth, Jimmy Olsen stands by Superman's side after Lois Lane blows his secret identity to the entire world (it probably helps that Supes revealed his identity to him just prior to the shit hitting the fan). Jimmy also shows that there's an entire neighborhood who is happy to have Superman around and renamed their area as "Kentville".
  • Dexter of the Red Lantern Corps is a former housecat who actually became an Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain out of sheer loyalty to his former owner.
    I find ones who hurt you. I kill. I good kitty.
  • Doctor Strange
    • Wong, Strange's manservant and friend, is his one constant companion. He even sticks around after Strange relinquishes the title of Sorcerer Supreme and joins the New Avengers.
    • Wong's loyalty is most assuredly returned. In the Doctor Strange story, "The Oath", Strange goes through great lengths to save his manservant when he discovers Wong is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.
  • DuckTales: In "Down But Not Out in Duckburg", Scrooge comes home to discover that Glomgold has gotten control of all his businesses and even the city in his absence. Despite the fact that he's now just a poor old man, the others stick with him until he finds a way to restore the status quo.
  • This one panel strip.
  • In Tintin album Cigars of the Pharaoh, Loyal Animal Companion Snowy thinks that Tintin is dead, so he resigns himself to spending the rest of his life at his grave.
  • Richie Rich's butler, Cadbury. Try to bribe him, and you're entering Bullying a Dragon territory. Emphasized in one story where a foreign government did it to test him because they wanted to offer him a position as Prime Minister; he turned down the offer because he felt the test only showed he was needed in his current job.
  • Harley Quinn to her "puddin'". Of course given that this is the Joker we're talking about it is not returned. Death of the Family subverts it. She ends up fighting back, and escapes him. She also declares that while she may love him, that does not mean that she belongs to him.
  • In Star Wars Legacy, this is expected of all of the One Sith towards their Dark Lord, Darth Krayt, and his cause. In practice, however, considering how ambition is a cardinal Sith trait, the main Sith characters tend to interpret this very differently:
    • Darth Talon is easily the most loyal to Krayt personally; she makes it plain she'd kill herself if she thought he needed her to and after he comes Back from the Dead, she's the first he contacts.
    • Darth Stryfe is totally loyal to the position of Dark Lord, which normally means Krayt, and he's not exactly shy about making sure everyone knows. However, when Krayt and Wyyrlok fight it out for the title, Stryfe stays out of it, assuming that whoever wins will be the superior leader. When that's Krayt, Stryfe reaffirms his loyalty.
    • Darth Maladi is more ambiguous; she's loyal to Krayt, but unlike the above two she's perfectly willing to question his judgment or operate independently for a time if it suits her. At the end of the day, though, everything she does is ultimately put to the use of Krayt's cause, though Krayt himself thinks Maladi would do it all for its own sake anyway.
    • Darth Nihl defies this; he was an independant warlord before he was a Sith, and he's loyal to Krayt only for the power he grants his followers and fairly openly questions him and schemes against him. When Krayt dies his final death, Nihl immediately takes command, has Krayt's Elite Mooks killed when they object, and gets the heck out of dodge.
    • Darth Wyyrlok III is easily the most interesting. He is absolutely loyal — to the Sith cause, which Krayt and everyone else takes to mean loyalty to Krayt himself. Not quite. When Krayt goes into an extended Villainous Breakdown, Wyyrlok decides he's become a liability, promptly kills him off, and takes command himself, all in the name of the greater glory of the Sith. Pity for Wyyrlok that Krayt Came Back Strong.
  • It's rather disturbing to see how unflinchingly loyal most of the minions of the Red Skull are to their horrible monster of a boss. Of course, most of them are almost as evil as him. The most notable example of this is Crossbones, who hero-worships Red Skull, searched constantly for him when Magneto abducted him and nursed him back to health despite Skull being on the verge of suicide, and made it his mission to kill and destroy as much of America as he could after Skull's apparent death.
  • Time may pass, and hearts may break, but Victor Fries will always be a married man.
  • In the Transformers: Shattered Glass universe, Starscream is not just loyal, but almost disturbingly devoted to the heroic Megatron.
  • Doctor Aphra is absolutely devoted to Darth Vader. Not just out of fear (though there is a fair helping of that), but also because she's a massive fangirl. She continues to serve him, even knowing that he'll probably eliminate her eventually; in fact, she fully expects it, and at the end of their first mission together outright tells him to do it because she's now too much of a security risk, calling him stupid to his face when he refuses.

    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: It was because of their immense trust in Italy that Germany and Japan even agreed to share him. It was because of their immense trust in Italy that neither tried to undermine the other while being in a relationship with Italy. This leads to a polyamorous among the three with all being in love with each other.
  • A Crown of Stars: Shinji refuses leaving Asuka alone because he did it in the past and the consequences were horrible. She tried to commit suicide, she got torn into pieces and eaten alive, she was raped by monsters... so that he promised that he would always get her back and would never leave her side.
    • In chapter 54, after an episode of strong self-doubt Shinji declares Asuka he loves her, he is completely devoted to her, he would do anything for her and he is hers for as long as she wants her. Asuka feels utterly overwhelmed because she thinks she does not deserve that level of loyalty.
  • Advice and Trust: In Chapter 2 as — he believes — Asuka sleeps, Shinji swears he will be hers always and forever. Throughout the story he sticks by her through thick and thin, and insists he will go whenever she goes.
  • The Child of Love: Shinji told Asuka he would never leave her or cheat on her and if he hurts her he will only hurt himself.
  • Children of an Elder God: In chapter 23 Shinji pleaded Asuka not leaving him. She replied she will not leave him, ever. Later when they are considering leaving human civilization after the war, Asuka tells plaintively she will go wherever Shinji goes. She never considered parting with him.
    Shinji:"I love you too, Asuka. Don't ever leave me. Please."
    Asuka:"I won't, [...] Never."
  • The Differentverse: Coco has this to Applejack and her family after Applejack, on the way out of Manehatten, found her crying from being bullied (due to having recently lost her parents) and, knowing how she felt from personal experience, offered her a home.
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 13 Shinji pops the question to Asuka. She asks if he really wants to tie himself to a nutcase like her and if he can promise he will be true to her for the rest of his life. He does.
  • In Ghosts of Evangelion Shinji promised that he would take care of Asuka. And he looked after her until the end. He never dated other women, either.
  • HERZ: Since he met her Shinji was single-mindedly fixated on Asuka, even if for many years she seemed hating him. In chapter two, during a breakdown Asuka pleads Shinji not leaving her, and he answers he is and has always been hers and he would never leave her.
  • Last Child of Krypton: In Chapter 9 of the rewrite when Shinji confesses his feelings Asuka demands this from him. He answers she already has it.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • When Asuka tells Shinji that he should just leave her before she hurts him, he replies he will not leave her because he wants to be with her forever.
      Asuka: Please, leave. Just leave. I don't want to hurt you anymore.
      Shinji: I'm … not going to leave.
      Asuka: Then I'm just going to keep kicking you.
      Shinji: I am not going to leave! I don't care how much you hurt me. Break every bone in my body if it makes you happy, but I am not going to leave you!
      Asuka: But...
      Shinji: Why can't you understand? I want to be there when you need me!
      Asuka: I don't need you! I don't want to need you!
      Shinji: But I need you! And I want to be with you forever!
      Asuka: You … what? Why?
      Shinji: You told me that if I couldn't live for myself, then … I should live for those around me. I … I can't live for myself, Asuka. So I'll live for someone else instead. I'll live for you."
    • Argued by Misato and Ritsuko, and in Chapter 7 by Gendo and Fuyutsuki:
      Gendo: “Loyalty never dies.”
  • The One I Love Is: When Asuka falls in a coma after the Final Battle Shinjij promises he will always wait for her, not matter what.
    "I'll wait for you, Asuka. Even if it means waiting all my life..."
  • Scar Tissue: After Third Impact Shinji told Asuka his life was hers and she could do whatever she wanted with him. Unfortunately her mind was so broken due to all she had gone through that she abused him for months until she realized what her actions were wrong and stopped. Even so he remained by her side trying to support her until she got better.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen of All Oni, Left and Right (Left especially) feel this way towards Jade. As Left puts it, in his thoughts,
    "They were her bodyguards, she was the one who had raised them to awareness and granted them power. Thought and the power to act on it, boons that to Left could never be fully repaid."
    • Ozeki, the General of the Sumo Khan, feels this way to Jade as well, having only served Tarakudo until female Shadowkhan could rise again.
    • Hebi (formerly Viper) is specifically conditioned to be this to Jade as well.
  • Inner Demons: Trixie to Queen!Twilight, out of love. Until literally her last breath, as she takes a sword for her and dies.
    • As the sequels prove, it's a literal case of undying loyalty, Trixie's love for Twilight having lasted over millennia, due to Reincarnation.
  • The Peggy Sue fic Time Braid has this between Naruto, Hinata, and Sakura. It's especially prevalent with Hinata to Naruto as well as Sakura and Hinata to each other. Hinata whether she's brainwashed or has sold her soul refuses to fight Naruto. Sakura (to whom Hinata sold her soul) gives up a chance at godhood because Hinata is damned for selling her soul.
  • In Child of the Storm, while rarely explicitly stated, the Avengers all have this towards each other.
    • In reference to the above, Natasha's former mentor and father figure Ivan Petrovich comments on how the Avengers have her loyalty, in tones that imply that this is a very rare thing indeed.
    • If Harry decides that you're his friend, there is no limit to how far he will go for you.
    • The Winter Soldier's loyalty to Natasha is perhaps one of his defining traits, and she is a key motivator in his breaking free of his brainwashing and resultant Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Fallen King, Joey is constantly asking himself what Yugi would do, and a lot of his actions stem from wanting to honor Yugi's memory.
  • Taken to an unhealthy level in Zenith. Spike is always loyal to Twilight, even as she's lying comatose in the hospital.
  • In Cultstuck, Equius betrays Alternia to protect Nepeta, a suspected rebel against the Condesce.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic MLP Collateral Damage, Princess Ceymi feels this for the other Changelings of Hive Chrysalis, even as she is increasingly-alienated from Queen Chrysalis herself.
  • In Rising of the Dark Naruto, Hagwin, and Celia all share absolute loyalty for each other, going so far as to willingly wage war on roughly half the world for each other.
  • Mortality has this and definitely between Holmes and Watson, though Wiggins, Mary, Lestrade, Gregson and Mrs. Hudson qualify as well, but Holmes and Watson especially. If you think about it, despite the fact that Holmes was getting tortured with an inch of his life he wasn't afraid to exchange his life for his friend's. For his part, Watson calmly and coldly told the criminal he was interrogating "if your master's actions destroy him whom I regard as, as the best and wisest man I have ever known make no mistake that I shall hunt down, to a man, everyone who played a part in his destruction." He even killed Culverton Smith, most likely with his medical skills and also broke the law with no regrets.
  • Rose Of Pollux's Doctor Who fanfics have this between Jamie and all of the Doctors in spades. This makes for many heartwarming moments.
  • Queen of Shadows: The Shadowkhan race as a whole has this for the Queen lineage. Whatever other divisions they may have amongst themselves, they are all united in serving the Queens no matter what, and striking down anyone who threatens them.
  • Thousand Shinji: When Asuka tells Shinji that she is afraid of losing him, Shinji replies she will never lose him. When Asuka muses he can not promise that, Shinji replies he can and he does and, even if he died, his soul would find his way back to her from whatever afterlife he found.
  • In The Havoc Side of the Force, Harry Potter manages to inspire this in everyone he befriends on any level, partially because he's such a Benevolent Boss. Anakin's mother was offered a position in Chancellor Palpatine's retinue but turned it down so she could stay a kitchen hand on Harry's ship. A minister goes out of her way to have a former lieutenant in Naboo's military work for Harry and openly lies to the committee investigating him. Lastly, Anakin makes it clear that his friendship to Harry far outweighs his loyalty to the Jedi Order (at least partially because Harry's the reason Anakin could buy his mother's freedom).
  • In Robb Returns, Quill, one of Jon Arryn's men, has this towards the Lord of the Eyrie himself.
    • The North in general to Eddard Stark, particularly now that it is obvious that it will fall upon him the task of leading Westeros in the fight against the Others.
  • Chrono Reflect has Standard and Machine Rainbow Dash. However, with Standard Rainbow this is portrayed negatively, as she is a loyal friend to Standard Fluttershy, a bully who goes out of her way to treat her like dirt.
  • Theirs may be an Odd Friendship, but Fire-Forged Friends Mahanon and Victoria have this for one another without question in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird. Even when they're not anywhere near one another, they will defend each other without hesitation.
  • A Dragon's Flight gives this at House Velaryon for the Targaryens. When Visenya Targaryen comes to them for help, they immediately grant her shelter, showing her the respect a royal princess is due and already plotting to give her back the Iron Throne.
  • War of the Biju: Much like in canon, not even death will break Itachi's loyalty to Konoha. Even though Naruto is younger than him by several years and was named Hokage after his death, Itachi still willingly goes to one knee before him and acknowledges him as his Hokage.
  • Son Of The Seven Kingdoms: William tends to inspire this in those around him. The Blades, the Legions, and the Dawnguard are all loyal to him to the last member, and his closest friends view him as a brother.
  • Dauntless: Everyone who works for Lelouch is loyal to literally suicidal extremes. When Lelouch is badly injured in Area 11, his entire former squad (including their Number mechanic who'd be executed for it) go AWOL to be by his side, unknowing that Lelouch requested their transfer over a month prior and thus they wouldn't be court-martialed. One of Lelouch's squad mates was furious with another member because Lelouch had to put himself in danger to save him. Most notably, Lelouch's former comrade Lukas declines an offer to be Euphemia's knight (one of the highest honors any soldier can receive) because he wouldn't be able to serve under Lelouch if he accepted.
  • OGiNiM, the cheerful Keet Bulbasaur, towards the Dutch hypnotist YouTuber Nimja in Play The Game. Regardless of the circumstances, he absolutely adores Nimja and will make it absolutely clear. One sentence sums up how he feels about Nimja: Ik gehoorzaam u volledig, Mijnheer! note 
  • Tony Stark accidentally inspires this in The War is Far from Over Now with the former agents of SHIELD after Natasha dumps all of SHIELDs files on the internet, due to Tony spending countless hours saving as many of them and their families as possible, getting them jobs in Stark Industries, and re-encrypting all the online information about them.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Loved And Lost, Prince Jewelius turns the entire city of Canterlot against Princess Celestia, Luna, Shining Armor, the Mane Five (all but Twilight) and Spike, even managing to manipulate Twilight Sparkle into losing all trust in them. However, he's unable to destroy the esteem Twilight and Canterlot's citizens hold toward Princess Cadance.
    • Though the princesses as well as Twilight's friends and brother become scorned pariahs about everywhere, the town of Ponyville quickly shelters them. It helps that Jewelius has not inspired any loyalty there by making the life there miserable on flimsy excuses ever since his rise to power.
    • After Twilight finally realizes how evil Jewelius truly is and escapes from Canterlot to join the other heroes, Jewelius tries to label her as a traitor. Much to his surprise, however, Canterlot's citizens don't believe for one minute that Twilight doesn't have a good reason for turning against Jewelius. In fact, they start warming up to the idea of letting the other heroes back to the society now that Twilight has joined them.

    Films — Animation 
  • Coco: The animal companions of the Riveras.
    • Dante remains loyal to Miguel even after the latter refers to him as a dumb dog. It turns out Dante was trying to help Miguel stay away from the man who murdered his great-great-grandfather.
    • Pepita, Imelda's large alebrije cat, has remained loyal to the Rivera family since their deaths. She is ultimately the one who punishes Ernesto De La Cruz for the crimes he's committed against them since murdering her master's husband.
  • In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Gromit stays loyal to Wallace even after it turns out Wallace is the were-rabbit.
    Victor Quartermaine: Your loyalty is moving. Sadly, you won't be.
  • Epic has a brief moment: When MK and Nod are flying out of Wrathwood with Mub, Grub, and the pod, Ronin's hummingbird stays on a branch, unaware of the trouble he's in.
  • Olaf from Frozen; even when he discovers that fire will melt him, he still stays to warm Anna as her curse freezes her.
  • In the How to Train Your Dragon movies, this is the bond which develops between dragons and their riders, and most particularly between Hiccup and Toothless. In the second film, we see that this loyalty actually allows Hiccup to break the Mind Control being held over Toothless by the Big Bad.
  • In Inside Out, Bing Bong is faithful to Riley to the point of pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save her from her depression.
    • More humorously, Riley's imaginary boyfriends die to help Joy get back to headquarters.
  • Khan to Mulan. Seriously, he was prepared to go into the middle of a raging avalanche to go save her.
  • Toy Story: Woody to Andy. He won't, under any circumstances, ever turn his back on his owner and religiously believes it's his duty to be there when Andy needs him.
    • Slinky to Woody, to the point where it almost destroyed him.
    • Bullseye to Woody, fitting the television series they are toys of. In the beginning of Toy Story 3, he's the only toy who wants to return to Andy's with Woody, only to be stopped because Woody doesn't want him to be alone in the attic.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Back to the Future series, Marty McFly shows this towards anyone he cares about. No matter how much his parents' actions in both the past and present annoy or upset him, he will never let anyone get away with hurting George or Lorraine in the long run. He shows this towards Doc as well. In the first movie, he tried everything he could think of to make sure that Doc found out about his death in the future, and in the third movie, he refused to go straight home to the future once he found out that Doc was killed in 1885, insisting on going back to rescue him despite Doc's explicit directions to the contrary and saving Doc repeatedly from Buford once he got there.
  • Bob from Batman (1989) proves this trope isn't just for good characters. He always, always has The Joker's back covered and follows his boss's every order without question, even when Joker asks to borrow Bob's gun so he can shoot Bob dead just for the hell of it.
  • Bane's henchmen display this in The Dark Knight Rises; one of them is willing to die in a plane crash just because Bane needs his enemies to find the right number of bodies in the wreckage, and another two dutifully carry out his orders even after he's made it perfectly clear that their actions have potentially jeopardized his plans and he intends to execute them as punishment.
  • Villainous example in Big Game — Hazar's helicopter pilot refuses to leave his boss even after Morris shoots his fellow mook and threatens to do the same with him.
  • Anguirus is Godzilla's most loyal ally, even willing to risk his own life if it means helping his fellow kaiju.
    • Ironically enough, Anguirus was the very first monster Godzilla ever fought. Defeat Means Friendship, indeed!
    • A prime example of Anguirus' loyalty towards Godzilla can be seen in the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. In it, after losing to the Mechagodzilla (disguised as the real Godzilla) he goes to warn Godzilla about the impending danger even after Mechagodzilla had broken Anguirus' jaw and pretty much beat the living daylights out of him.
    • In Godzilla: Final Wars, Anguirus is released by the Xilians alongside Rodan and King Caesar (Godzilla's other two allies in the Showa series) to stop Godzilla at Mount Fuji. Anguirus and Godzilla have a short conversation before Godzilla gives a sharp backward jerk of his head after Anguirus roars something and charges into battle, as if he's shocked that Anguirus would actually fight against him. Fortunately, Godzilla leaves his three former allies in a comical heap, sparing them from death.
  • In Jurassic World:
    • Despite the I. rex standing right behind them, all it takes is some close contact with Parental Substitute Owen for Delta, Echo, and Blue to turn against the I. rex and fight to the death to protect him. Charlie also hesitates and appears to reconsider their betrayal as soon as she sees Owen in the firefight. It gets her killed.
    • Lowery Cruthers, the main member of Mission Control, has this towards both Claire and the titular park. Despite his less-than-pleased view on Claire's more questionable decisions (approving of the Indominus rex, for example) he's there for her until the very end, willingly staying behind even as the rest of the control room is evacuated because, as he puts it, "someone has to". It's a good thing he did, too, because Claire's next plan involved releasing the T. rex to fight the Indominus, something she never could have done if Lowery had left the control room.
  • One of Eggsy's strongest and most important traits in Kingsman: The Secret Service. His refusal to rat out his friends to the police nearly got him imprisoned and it's clear that even the threat of death won't make him betray the Kingsmen, particularly Harry. In this regard, his Evil Counterpart would be Gazelle.
  • Diaval maintains this for his oddly Evil-But-Benevolent Boss, Maleficent, after she saves his life. Even if he doesn't always like what she asks of him, he still does it, and when she tries to send him away rather than insist he risk his life fighting by her side, he (with comedic grumpiness) refuses. To her credit, Maleficent genuinely seems to appreciate his loyalty; he's pretty much the only one she trusts at all.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Arguably the biggest overarching theme of the three Captain America films is the relationship between childhood best friends Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. The level of devotion they have towards each other gives them both a reason to live, but also an incredible amount of pain.
    • In Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve went AWOL and went behind enemy lines alone just to go rescue Bucky, and Bucky would follow him through hell and back.
    • The sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, highlights the strength of this relationship, where after it is revealed that Bucky is the Winter Soldier, Steve admits that "Even when I had nothing — I had Bucky." When Sam tries to tell Steve that no matter who Bucky used to be, Steve may have to stop him, not save him, Steve says that he recognizes that, but that he also recognizes that if it ever came to that point, he wouldn't be able to do it. In turn, the Winter Soldier's 70 years worth of programming and brainwashing started to crack from hearing Steve say his nickname once.
    • The last film of the trilogy, Captain America: Civil War, establishes that there is nothing in the world Steve wouldn't do for Bucky. He becomes a fugitive, desecrating his reputation and legacy, and splits up the Avengers, all just to protect Bucky, who, after the death of Peggy Carter, is the last tie to his old life and the only family he has left. On Bucky's end, according to his actor, the only reason he hasn't put a bullet through his head after regaining his memories and committing suicide is because of Steve. He's so wracked up with guilt over the crimes he committed as the Winter Soldier that he believes that he isn't worthy of the lengths Steve is willing to go to protect him, and deliberately stays away because of that. That being said, killing himself would only cause Steve even more pain and make things worse. The entire conflict of the film boils down to the fact that Steve will never abandon Bucky, for as long as they live.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Caesar seems to inspire this in most of the apes he meets. He let the gorilla Buck out of his cage and Buck ended up sacrificing himself to protect him. He defeated Rocket and offered him a cookie and Rocket in time became one of Caesar's most loyal followers.
  • By the end of Star Trek: Into Darkness, it's become obvious that the crew of the Enterprise have developed this with one another after they refused Spock's orders to abandon ship. Even early into the movie, both Scott and Spock continue to refer to Kirk as Captain despite him (temporarily) losing his rank.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • The Wolverine:

      *** Harada to Mariko, despite his allegiance with Viper. He pledges to protect her at her grandfather's funeral. He also chooses to help Mariko and Wolverine in the end of film at the cost of his life, despite it's also pretty clear for him that Mariko and Wolverine are already bordering on Official Couple.

      *** Yukio to Mariko, her fictive and later officially adoptive big sister.
    • Hank McCoy to Charles Xavier. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to the rise of the Sentinels in the Bad Future, Hank always remains at Xavier's and the X-Men's side. And he won't hesitate to protect him, either.
      • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are plenty of other things that Hank could do with his time, yet he chooses to take care of Charles during the latter's decade-long Heroic BSoD. Hank may even be a little too loyal because he serves as an enabler by providing a serum which worsens his friend's already bad case of substance abuse.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Exaggerated with Conseil, The Professor Aronnax's servant. He risks his life to save his employer not once, but twice in the novel. When Aronnax talks with Ned Land about the Great Escape, Lampshaded when Conseil considers himself one with his master's decision.
    "Your friend Conseil," the fine lad replied serenely, "has nothing to say for himself. He's a completely disinterested party on this question...He's in Master's employ, he thinks like Master, he speaks like Master, and much to his regret, he can't be counted on to form a majority. Only two persons face each other here: Master on one side, Ned Land on the other. That said, your friend Conseil is listening, and he's ready to keep score."
    "I couldn't help smiling as Conseil wiped himself out of existence."
  • The Age of Fire series:
    • Shadowcatch takes his oaths seriously (in fact, those who willingly break them are a bit of a Berserk Button to him). As such, when he pledges himself as Tyr RuGaard's bodyguard, he stays utterly loyal even after RuGaard is ousted in a coup and exiled, following him into it. Years later, he says that he still considers RuGaard the only real Tyr.
    • There's also RuGaard's pet bats. They might be easily bribed with blood meals from other dragons, but they're ultimately loyal to their original benefactor. This is best shown during the Final Battle with Infamnia and Rayg, who betrayed RuGaard, seemingly to his death. The bats end up swarming the two en masse, with shouts of "Revenge for our Tyr!", contributing to their demise. AuRon comments on his brother's ability to inspire loyalty in others, and seems impressed by it.
  • Boxer, the horse in Animal Farm. "Napoleon is always right." Unfortunately, Napoleon didn't return the sentiments... Particularly tragic because the reason Boxer outlived his use was he was working extra hard to please Napoleon.
  • Mary Ann Patten in The Captain's Wife. Which is Based on a True Story.
  • Gunner Ferik Jurgen is completely loyal to Commissar Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, who trusts him more than himself (because he "knows" he isn't as trustworthy as people say). Jurgen will obey any order from Cain, no matter how crazy it sounds.
  • Jacopo to Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as Haidee and Ali.
  • In Dangerous Spirits, Konstantine retains his loyalty to the Tsars even a hundred years after his death during the Revolution.
  • Sancho Panza claims to be this for Don Quixote, but there are limits for patience when in the service of a Lord Error-Prone who always manages to get himself and Sancho in an Humiliation Conga Once A Chapter. Several times in the book, Sancho considers leaving Don Quixote's service, but he is so fond of him he never does it.
    "...if I were wise I should have left my master long ago; but this was my fate, this was my bad luck; I can't help it, I must follow him; we're from the same village, I've eaten his bread, I'm fond of him, I'm grateful, he gave me his ass-colts, and above all I'm faithful; so it's quite impossible for anything to separate us, except the pickaxe and shovel."
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden and Thomas Raith, the first because he never had any family aside from his father who died when he was small, and Thomas because his family was so messed up that he always protected his siblings, and that was the attitude Lord Raith instilled in his family (as a method of control), especially, his younger siblings, i.e. Harry and Inari. Family is important.
    Harry: [in Proven Guilty when they are about to attack Arctis Tor and, having given a you-don't-have-to-come-with-me speech, his companions all step forward] I don't care whose DNA recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.
    • In the later books, he develops this with Murphy, too.
      Murphy: Don't you start taking the highway to Hell. Because I'm going to be right there with you. All the way.
    • Molly to Harry. Harry's not too happy about this, given all of the questionable deeds she's done for his sake. Mab goes so far as to compare him to his old Evil Mentor Justin.
  • In Dune, the servitors of the Atreides except Yueh are loyal to their House. And even Yueh took steps to ensure that Paul and Jessica would survive his betrayal. Duncan Idaho sacrifices himself to buy time for Paul and Jessica's escape, Gurney Halleck quickly renews his service to Paul when he discovers he is alive, and Thufir Hawat kills himself rather than follow through on orders from the Emperor to kill Paul.
    Thufir: You see, your Majesty? See your traitor's needle? Did you think that I who swore my life to the Atreides would give them less now?
    • The Atreides dukes are similarly loyal and protective toward their retainers. Paul Atreides is even willing to sacrifice his life to save the much, much older Hawat:
      Paul: For I say to you, Thufir, that in payment for your years of service to my family you may now ask anything you wish of me. Anything at all. Do you need my life now, Thufir? It is yours.
      • And it's ironically the Atreides' ability to command this sort of fanatical loyalty which makes the Emperor nervous enough for his own throne to assist the Harkonnens in their overthrow in the first place.
  • Luca Brasi from The Godfather has this towards Vito Corleone. In the backstory it is mentioned that during the Olive Oil War some mobsters tried to kill Vito and Luca proceeded to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that only ended when Vito became well enough to call him off. However, this trait ultimately backfires on him when Vito has him pretend to leave the Corleone family to infiltrate a rival mafia family and they see right through it.
  • Melanie Wilkes towards Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. It doesn't matter what Scarlett does, what social norms she breaks, or how uncomfortable Melly might feel about some of these things. She is Team Scarlett 100% and she will cast aside people she has known and loved since childhood if they speak against Scarlett. She doesn't seem to notice that Scarlett for a long while despises her — they are sisters in law and family and to Melly that's that. Of course, it helps that Melly is the only one who was there and saw everything Scarlett suffered and all the sacrifices she made so that those in her household could have food, clothing and a roof over their heads.
  • Hagrid is extremely loyal to Dumbledore in Harry Potter, probably more so than any other person.
    • Sirius Black has put himself through a lot out of loyalty to Harry and his (now-deceased) father, who was Sirius' best friend.
    • Possibly the best example of this trope in the series is Severus Snape. Readers (and every character, except for Dumbledore) don't learn of Snape's loyalty, sacrifice, or the circumstances of it until the end of the last book, though it has defined him the whole time. In addition to Snape's loyalty to Dumbledore, he devoted the rest of his life to protecting Harry Potter, the son of his lost love Lily, and ultimately dies in his efforts to save him.
    • Also, Ron's loyalty to Harry is repeatedly mentioned. They have a couple of instances where they're on the outs (they are teenage boys), but on the whole they're practically brothers, and Ron stands wandless on a broken leg to get in between Harry and someone he thinks is trying to kill him in PoA saying they'd have to kill him to get at Harry. The "practically" is erased after Harry marries Ginny in the epilogue as they become brothers-in-law.
    • Harry's loyalty to Dumbledore is tested throughout Books 5, 6, and 7. Even after learning about Dumbledore's Dark and Troubled Past and his Feet of Clay, Harry's loyalty to his mentor is unquestionable. "Dumbledore's man, through and through" indeed.
    • Villainous example: Bellatrix Lestrange is completely loyal to Voldemort, to the point of proudly going to Azkaban for him.
    • Dobby is always willing to help Harry, whether it's helping him in the Triwizard Tournament, finding him training space for his rebellion, or warning him of danger, he'll do it. His loyalty eventually costs him his life.
  • Andrew LaFollet in Honor Harrington is the titular character's personal armsman, sworn to die for her service if necessary. Despite Honor's trying to save him as the last surviving original armsman by having him guard her son, he dies saving his cousin and Honor's son and mother
    • Not just Andrew, but ALL of her armsmen display this. It's a 100% volunteer service and they all joined as they feel they owe a personal debt to her.
    • Then there's Horace Harkness' loyalty to Manticore. Caught, given a chance to surrender and or die, he switches sides. Then proceeds to manipulate his keepers until he can personally free his commander in a rather epic way.
  • Peeta Mellark towards Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Their mentor Haymitch notes after their first arena that there was no point in trying to save Peeta because he didn't want it — he wanted Katniss to win. Even brainwashing (or "hijacking") designed to make him hate and fear Katniss, essentially turning him into a weapon against her, is able to change this for more than a few weeks or months at the most. This in comparison to every other person who has been subjected to this — Peeta is the only one who has been able to overcome it.
  • Lucy Pennykettle to David Rain in The Last Dragon Chronicles.
  • Lord Byron wrote a poem dedicated to a beloved dog who died of rabies titled Epitaph to a Dog. The dog's unflinching love and loyalty are described in great detail:
    But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend
    The first to welcome, foremost to defend
    Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own
    Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone
  • Sam Gamgee is Frodo's servant in The Lord of the Rings. He followed him into Mordor for no other reason than loyalty. It is proverbial among Tolkienites.
  • Spinnock Durav from Malazan Book of the Fallen will do pretty much anything Rake asks him to, even if that means not acting on his newly discovered feelings for Salind, or having to fight Kallor for a whole night straight.
  • Nightfall (Series): A villainous example –- Tristan is completely devoted to Vladimir, so much that many call him the Prince’s puppy.
  • Giovanna from Of Fear and Faith inspires this in the soldiers under her command, and they strive to follow her example (for better or worse).
  • Giacomo, the protagonist of Rebel Genius, is revealed to be a Tulpa, an artistic being of destruction near the end of the book. Instead of treating him coldly like they had before (though Aaminah had been friendly), his new friends (especially Savino, who is The Rival for Giacamo) decide that he's ultimately their friend, and they start seeing Tulpa in a different light.
  • Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes. He repeatedly risks his life to accompany Holmes, puts up with repeated cruel manipulations and deceptions from the man with little reaction except relief that Holmes is safe, and adamantly refuses to leave whenever Holmes suggests that what they're doing might be dangerous/illegal/insane and that Watson would be safer staying out of it. Once he even forces Holmes to take him along on a burglary, when Holmes is reluctant to risk Watson getting thrown in jail too if they're caught, by threatening to turn Holmes in himself. He doesn't only exhibit this loyalty towards Holmes, though — Watson also muses about being willing to die for Sir Henry Baskerville about three days after first meeting him, and vows to dedicate his life to searching for Mary Morstan's lost treasure equally quickly, even though it would put her far out of his league.
  • Song at Dawn: According to Raoulf, all soldiers should have this for their liege lord.
    Raoulf: She's just a woman. He's your liege Lord, my boy, and if it was you instead that he wanted, Viking fashion, why, you'd just have to bend over and take it.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Davos is forever loyal to King Stannis Baratheon, even after losing four sons in Stannis' service.
    • Catelyn orders Brienne to bring Sansa back to her from King's Landing. By the time Brienne arrives, Sansa is no longer there, so Brienne starts searching for Sansa desperately, despite the dangers of the road and the fact that Catelyn is already dead by the time, and there is no safe place Brienne could bring Sansa to anyway.
    • The entire North (except for the Boltons and possibly the Karstarks, Ryswells, and Dustins) exhibit this trope toward the Starks. The Northmen, both lords and smallfolk alike, are willing to march through blizzards, bone-chilling cold in a state of near starvation, or just keep on fighting even when all hope is faded, for the sake of the Starks. Special mention goes to House Manderly. The North's loyalty to the Stark family is the reason why King Stannis Baratheon wants to legitimize Lord Eddard Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow (who was openly raised by Eddard as his son alongside his trueborn offspring) so Stannis can win the North's support via a son of Eddard Stark — Jon — but Jon turns Stannis down out of loyalty to his father's gods, duty to the Night's Watch, and for the sake of his half-sister Sansa's claim on Winterfell. Special mention should also go to Greatjon Umber, who is one of Robb's staunchest supporters and is furious if anyone even insults Robb.
    • Like the Northern Houses, the Vale Lords are completely loyal to House Arryn — particularly to Jon Arryn and, by proxy, to his son Robert Arryn.
    • The Kingsguard are supposed to be this in regard to the King of Westeros. The last memeber of the kingsguard who actually did that was… maybe Ser Arthur Dayne?
  • In The Spirit Thief:
    • Nico and Josef are insanely loyal to one another, to the point that either is perfectly willing to put the fate of the entire world on the line for the other's sake.
    • For Miranda, her spirits will openly defy their all-powerful goddess.
  • Mara Jade isn't the kind to give away her loyalty easily, but when she does, she'll defend whatever she chose with her life. She tends to be loyal to specific people rather than a large group; to Palpatine as an Emperor's Hand, to Talon Karrde as a smuggler, and to Luke and Ben as a Jedi, wife and mother.
  • In Sweet Piglet, we have this with the piglet, after its master dies.
  • The first book of The Sword of Truth series is dealing with a ritual the Big Bad uses to get into the world of the dead and back. It involves brainwashing a young boy into complete loyalty, killing him (by making him drink molten lead), and then using his spirit to travel to the underworld and back. As a case of taking the trope Up to Eleven, the boy must remain loyal until the traveler returns. In a later book, Richard uses this ritual as well, except he already had a spirit loyal enough to him since book one.
  • The Wandering Inn: The Seven never stopped being loyal to Flos, the King of Destruction, even when he lost all motivation, and for 10 years just sat on his throne, letting his kingdom slowly waste away.
  • Wolf Hall portrays Thomas Cromwell as being very close to Cardinal Wolsey. After Wolsey is kicked out of his office and exiled north for failing to get Henry's marriage to Catharine of Aragon annulled, Cromwell spends most of his time trying to restore Wolsey to the King's good graces — unsuccessfully, and Wolsey dies on a journey back to a trial for treason. Cromwell often thinks about Wolsey and what he would do in a given situation and still refers to him as his "master". Later, when the King wants Anne Boleyn gone, Cromwell uses the opportunity to avenge Wolsey by having the five men who he deems most responsible convicted and executed alongside her.

  • Vocaloid:
    • "*VOiCE" is a pretty upbeat song about a robot and his undying loyalty to his master (played by Hatsune Miku) who was taken away from him because of a war. Even till his last breath, he still protects his master's house, hoping to see her one more time.
    • Evillious Chronicles:
      • The song "Servant of Evil" is a companion song to Daughter of Evil, and tells of the loyalty a servant has to his twin sister, whose cruel and evil acts led to the destruction of her kingdom. The brother, despite being a good man, follows her into evil willingly, even going so far as to murder the woman he loved by her order though the novels reveal that he actually didn't kill her. In the end, when the sister's castle was about to fall to an army after her head, the brother switches places with her, allowing himself to be executed in her place.
  • Bianca Ryan's song "I Will" is about the loyalty of the singer to the object of her affection and her support for him no matter what.
    I will come running to you
    Nothing I wouldn't do.
    I will never desert you, hurt you
    I want you to know.
  • "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders (and other artists) promises love and commitment no matter the mood and circumstances of the person to whom it is addressed.
  • Rick Astley is never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down...
  • Heather Alexander summed up the core of what every pet owner sees in their friend's eyes in "Familiar's Promise".
    If it's courage you seek, I am yours to command.
    I don't outwardly speak, but I still understand.
    Through your joy and your strife, I'll attend to any task;
    I will lay down my life; all you need do is ask.

    Lay your hand on my head
    As the firelight dies,
    And believe what I've said,
    For this love never lies.
  • The speaker of "Quiet Little Voices" by We Were Promised Jetpacks is this in full:
    In any which direction, call me
    I will run for you, I'll come for you
    I'll die for you, I'll come for you
  • Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark".
    If Heaven and Hell decide that they both are satisfied
    Illuminate the "No"s on their "Vacancy" signs
    If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks
    Then I will follow you into the dark

    Myths & Religion 
  • Hanuman, as described in the Ramayana is completely devoted to Rama, to the point he swears he will live as long as Rama's name is spoken and revered, effectively becoming immortal.
  • The Shahnameh When Manijeh's father, Afrasiab learns of her relationship with the Persian warrior Bijan, she is degraded, roughed up, kicked out of her home and all her possessions are confiscated. The princess goes door to door each day begging for food so she can keep Bijan, who's chained at the bottom of a hole sealed by a giant boulder alive.
  • Penelope to Odysseus in The Odyssey.
    • For that matter, Odysseus' dog in the same tale. The dog waited patiently for twenty years in abject neglect for his master to return, and when Odysseus does (albeit incognito), the dog recognizes him enough to wag its tail, then dies.

  • In WHO dunnit, Butler has this for his employer, Victoria, despite her terrible treatment of him and her Black Widow tendencies. Justified, as he is secretly her father, and treasures her as his only surviving link to her late mother.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • AJ Styles was known for his loyalty to TNA, having been one of the few constants in the ever-changing company. However, their continued incompetence and misuse of his talents and those of his coworkers caused him to leave for good in December 2013. That was taken as a sign by many fans that TNA was going down the drain. When AJ left, Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and Samoa Joe followed him, along with the founder of TNA, Jeff Jarrett. Then Bobby Roode, and Eric Young left. Leaving Abyss as the only original who refused to jump ship, even if it was sinking. Though James Storm left for monetary reasons, he came back to TNA when they offered him a deal no other company was willing to beat.
  • For most of 2004, when ROH happened to be going through its worst crisis, the Briscoes were not there, as Mark Briscoe was injured in a motorcycle accident and despite being considered the better wrestler ROH and other companies like CZW were willing to push solo, Jay refused to return to pro wrestling without his brother. This resulted in him only taking bookings for three months of the year and was the only time he voluntarily took an extended leave from ROH, a company he otherwise wrestled for his entire adult life.
  • Ring of Honor formed the Decade, comprising of Jimmy Jacobs, BJ Whitmer, and Roderick Strong, all three of whom had been with the company for ten years. They targeted wrestlers who left the company for WWE and/or TNA and then came back for whatever reason, more-or-less invoking this trope.
  • As for the WWE itself, today the only ones who can truly count are The Undertaker (who still wrestles whenever he can despite his broken down body), Kane, and John Cena (he stated that he would only ever wrestle for the WWE). The rest who have stuck for the WWE for so long are retired or got Kicked Upstairs.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In GURPS this is called "Sense of Duty".
  • Legend of the Five Rings gives us the story of the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Ujiro and his bodyguard Shunsen. Ujiro issued a challenge to the other Clan champions to determine which clan best understood the concept of loyalty. The challenge involved all the champions and their bodyguards performing an action to be set by Ujiro. If the bodyguards do not follow through with the command, that clan is disqualified. So, Ujiro gives Shunsen the command, "Kill me". He did, then committed suicide. The gathered Clan champions and bodyguards, shocked, conceded defeat. And then the Crane go and adapt the event for Winter, because that's just how the Crane are!
  • In the Planescape setting, the modrons (little, clockwork creatures native to Mechanus) are like this. As the living embodiments of Law, they obey the orders of their immediate superior without question, as that is part of their nature, and they cannot comprehend disobedience. Unfortunately, with some of the weaker, less intelligent ones, they can't use their own judgment to interpret orders, and have to be told to do everything. For example, if a group of monodrones (the lowest type) are told to "attack", they do so until they are slain or the superior tells them to stop attacking, even if that means fighting each other when all enemies are defeated. (Their description in the manual says that it is fortunate they don't have to eat, or they'd have to be ordered to do that.)
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! game, the appropriately-named Blindly Loyal Goblin, so named because he cannot be controlled by the opposing player. (In-Universe, he appears to work for Dark Ruler Ha Des, as seen on the Trap Card, Order to Smash.)
  • In Warhammer 40,000, many of the Space Marines felt this towards their Primarchs. Tragically, this meant that when the Traitor Primarchs turned to Chaos, they dragged their Legions down with them.
    • Ogryns (one of the Imperium's recognized abhuman subspecies) are so loyal to the God-Emperor that not one of them has ever betrayed the Imperium willingly. Unfortunately, this mostly means that traitorous comrades just lie to them about which side they're on.
    • Vargard Obyron of the Necrons has the distinction of being perhaps the single most loyal character in the setting: when he and his master Zahndrekh awoke, it quickly became clear that Zahndrekh had gone completely mad over the millennia of slumber, believing himself to still be alive and reliving his time as a Necrontyr. Even after it was apparent that it was impossible to convince his master of the truth, rather than defecting to one of the many in Zahndrekh's court who wished to use his madness to usurp him, Obyron remains unflinchingly loyal and proves it by ensuring any attempted usurpers are violently disassembled and seeing that the prisoners of war Zahndrekh feels compelled to take are 'killed attempting to escape' after a short while. And on the battlefield, he has a special rule that teleports him to Zanhdrekh's side should his lord be threatened at all. His character quote says it all:
    "Only the deathless can truly comprehend the burden of unfailing loyalty."

  • In Transformers, Megatron usually has at least one Decepticon like this. Soundwave gets a gold star for consistency; GLORIOUS Lugnut for effort.

    Video Games 
  • Balthazar's Dream has the titular Balthazar, a dog who stays by his best friend's side in the waking world, and is on a quest to save him in the dream world.
  • Three characters in BlazBlue exhibit this trope, all of which have good reasons for doing so.
    • Iron Tager is a field officer and research assistant working under Professor Kokonoe, and would follow any order she gives him with minimal hesitation — he may question it at first, but that doesn't stop him from obeying. He was an Ikarugan officer who was horribly injured during an operation to recover Deus Machina: Nirvana from the NOL, and Kokonoe literally had to reconstruct him into a demon-esque cyborg. She wiped some of his memories of a particularly traumatic incident soon thereafter, and had programmed him into total loyalty, but that is not to say programming and personality cannot overlap — even when he finds out about that incident, he is still loyal to her.
    • Valkenhayn R. Hellsing is one of the Six Heroes who fought off the Black Beast over ninety years ago and is a massively hardened badass, but well before it erupted from the cauldron in Japan he was a mere vigilante. One of his missions set him upon Claudius Alucard, who while trouncing him offered him a position as a butler to his house — Valkenhayn accepted and has been loyal to Claudius ever since. When Claudius set out to help Jubei and Hakumen banish Terumi to the Boundary, Valkenhayn swore to look after his daughter Rachel — ninety years in multiple timelines has passed and not once has he swayed from that vow, and he is one of the very few people Rachel genuinely respects.
    • Makoto Nanaya had faced some of the worst Fantastic Racism in the world and had acted like a bitch just to get away from it all, but found herself opening up to Noel and Tsubaki when they stood up to the "noble" twats that took it upon themselves to bully her. The three became very close friends over the Academy years, and she came to accept Jin and Carl as well. To say that her friends are the framework of her new identity is not hyperbole — her "unyielding will" is all her own, but for their sake she is not afraid to make the rest of the world her enemy, going so far as to defect from the NOL and send a thinly-veiled threat to Sector Seven through Tager just to protect Noel, and these bonds are literally half the reason (said "unyielding will" is the other half) she manages to survive a round trip between timelines through the friggin' Boundary.
  • Boktai 3 reveals some of the undead who actively oppose Ratatosk due to their loyalty to Queen Hel. It turns out The Count is one of them and Stealth Mentors Django during their fight.
  • N Gin is generally presented as such to Dr Neo Cortex in the Crash Bandicoot series, being both the Sycophantic Servant and The Igor. He ditched Cortex only once, and even then indirectly to collect treasure. When given a true opportunity to betray Cortex to serve Nina, he fights with his conscience, but ultimately cares about Cortex too much and willingly gives Crash info to stop Nina and get him back in control.
    • Tiny Tiger is a Characterization Marches On case. In the second game, he is Nitrus Brio's ally in stopping Cortex. Ironically, in all the games after, he is Cortex's most loyal and consistent mutant. Especially evident in Crash Nitro Kart when Nash and Real Velo try to threaten Cortex.
    • Pasadena Opossum in Crash Tag Team Racing is presented as such to Ebeneezer Von Clutch. She introduces herself in the racing contest as having competed solely to make sure Von Clutch keeps his park. Compare this to the rest of the park's workers, who openly despite Von Clutch and want to ditch the job the moment they can while his other Number Two, Willie Wumpa Cheeks, who is actually trying to off the guy and ruin the park by stealing its gems.
  • Dark Souls: Sif, the Great Grey Wolf. Sif stands watch over his master's grave and will fight to the death in a field of the rusted blades of would-be grave robbers to protect it, even if he is too weak to swing his sword without falling over, and even if he recognizes you as the one who saved his life in the DLC.
  • In Demon's Souls, there's the knight Garl Vinland and Maiden Astraea. When Astraea accepted the Demon's Soul, all of her knights turned on and tried to kill her, save for Garl, who remained by her side. Garl refers to her as "Dearest Astraea", and will defend her to the death. Astraea herself is equally devoted to her knight, and will commit suicide out of grief after the player kills him.
  • In Devil Survivor, Atsuro Kihara is the only character who will never abandon you no matter what path you take.
  • Fenrich to Valvatorez in Disgaea 4. Hell, Fenrich's Catch-Phrase is "All is for my Lord". Doubles as a subversion to Fur Against Fang, with Fenrich and Valvatorez, respectively.
  • In Dishonored, there's a villainous example in the form of the Whalers to their leader, Daud. They are willing to risk their lives against a man more powerful and skilled than they are to defend Daud, and will only let Daud fight alone if he commands it; after being badly wounded so that he can no longer fight, Daud has to tell them to leave a second time to get them to back off. A heroic example is Corvo, who has Undying Loyalty to the Empress and her daughter, Emily.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, every party member's opinion of you will fluctuate depending on your actions. Be too evil and some will hate you, too noble, others likewise. It is possible to get them all to 100% approval, but their approval can drop without warning if you do the wrong thing in their eyes. The sole exception is your Mabari war hound, whose approval of you is eternally maxed out. Additionally, if the player character is of Human Noble origin, the Dog will have Undying Loyalty from even before the game starts. Little Daddy's Boy/Girl got a purebred Mabari pup sometime in the past and by the time of the game, that pup has become Dog.
    • Also, Alistair. All of the other humanoid party members can be asked/directed to leave the party, but that's not an option with him, and even if his opinion of you drops down to nothing he will stay with you. For Alistair, the Grey Warden order was the only family he ever truly had, and you are the only other surviving member of the group in Ferelden. He will only leave after the Landsmeet, and only if you decide to spare and recruit Loghain. It's actually a gameplay mechanic to ensure that there is at least one male Grey Warden at all times.
  • Dragon Age II promotes this trope to a gameplay mechanic: once you've maxed out a companion's Friendship or Rivalry, it will remain permanently locked there, signifying his or her unyielding loyalty to Hawke. In the endgame, this means that with a single exception (Sebastian, whose loyalty to the Chantry is greater than to Hawke), party members will stick with Hawke no matter what agenda s/he pursues.
    • Varric, in particular, never abandons Hawke and is even willing to kill old friends of his to protect him/her. At the end of the Legacy DLC, if done late in Act 2 or Act 3, he tells of a conversation that Hawke has with his/her dead mother and admits that it didn't actually happen. He took the liberty because he wanted his friend to get the closure he felt s/he deserved but never got. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, it's revealed that, despite telling everyone he had no idea where Hawke was, even when being threatened, he knew all along where s/he was and could get in touch with him/her at anytime. He never said this because he wanted desperately to protect his closest friend.
  • As in Origins, it's possible in Dragon Age: Inquisition to max out the Inquisitor's friendship with any/all of the nine companions. The Trespasser DLC, which takes place two years after the end of the main game, can show just how deeply the loyalty runs. Possible outcomes include Dorian giving the Inquisitor a communication crystal that will let them talk to each other at any time, Iron Bull refusing to turn on the Inquisitor when ordered to do so by a high-ranking Qunari, and Varric presenting the Inquisitor with a noble title and estate in Kirkwall so they will always have a home.
  • The Companions guild of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim exhibit this in spades for one another. They refer to each other as "Shield-Brother" and "Shield-Sister," and most if not all of them consider the guild to be their true family. This is driven home when the player character goes through their initiation rite, and a senior guild member essentially swears to die defending him/her if necessary.
    • Housecarls and stewards exhibit this uniformly toward the Jarl or Thane to whom they have pledged their service.
  • Fallout: New Vegas has the Ferocious Loyalty perk, which gives companions a serious boost to their damage resistance when the Courier is wounded badly.
    • Members of Caesar's Legion are all fiercely loyal to Caesar, at least to a point. In certain cases, there's at least one Legionnaire who is not above considering Caesar a megalomaniac who is clearly losing it (due to a severe brain tumor) and Ulysses was a former Legionnaire who has lost faith in the Legion, but still feels a certain kinship with it's men.
  • Billy Kane of Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters is the right-hand man of Geese Howard. Before everything else, he is the right-hand man of Geese Howard. In the Maximum Impact sideseries, he abandons Southtown for England when Geese dies... but as soon as a new gang moves into Southtown, Billy goes back, because only Geese can rule Southtown. When fighting Rock Howard, Geese's son, Billy's prefight dialogue is anger that Rock isn't taking up Geese's legacy.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, Steiner is portrayed as loyal to the royal family of Alexandria, there in which lies his personal conflict when he's forced to choose between loyalty to Queen Brahne and his sworn duty to protect Princess Garnet.
  • Generally, the noble antagonists in Fire Emblem have like this as a key character trait which leads to their death. Also Undying Loyalty to the main character is a common trait of most Jeigan characters including Jagen/Jeigan himself.
    • Wolf to Hardin in Mystery of the Emblem.
    • Ishtar to Julius in Genealogy of the Holy War.
    • Brenya and Murdock to Zephiel in Binding Blade.
    • Selena to Vigarde in Sacred Stones.
    • Bryce to Ashnard in Path of Radiance.
    • Fire Emblem has a musical theme in several of the games called "A Knight's Oath." It plays when a character with a backstory in military service to the Hero's nation joins.
    • In Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn there is also Soren, the very blunt, cynical tactician who is distant and distrusts everyone...except his commander and best friend, Ike. His loyalty is so undying that if he actually dies in the final chapter of the second game (he is ordinarily spared for plot reasons) his final words tell Ike that he must outlive Armageddon, he tells multiple people including Ike himself that he will never leave Ike's side, and if Ike chooses to leave him behind? He still thinks about Ike for the rest of his life. Well, it's hard not to be loyal to the guy who was the first to treat you with any dignity at all and saved your life.
    • In New Mystery of the Emblem, My Unit is intensely loyal to Marth. In return, Marth considers him/her a trusted ally and friend.
    • Ditto in Awakening between the Avatar and Chrom. Notably, Chrom returns the favor in a late-game confrontation, telling another hero who is threatening the Avatar that even if the latter is an unwilling Manchurian Agent for the Big Bad, he trusts him/her with his life.
    • In Fire Emblem Fates, most playable characters will not join you if you turn against their country. Your retainers Felicia and Jakob, on the other hand, will follow you to the ends of the earth. In addition, Silas will join you on the Birthright and Revelation routes after you pummel him due to his intense personal loyalty to you.
    • Mae and Boey are Celica's mage bodyguards in Fire Emblem Gaiden and are among the few people who know she's actually the last surviving heir to the Kingdom of Zofia. While they only had a couple lines of dialogue in the original game, the 3DS remake Shadows of Valentia expanded their characterization and made it pretty clear they are willing to die for her sake.
  • The Phone Guy from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 loves the pizzeria (especially the animatronics) and just wants it to be a place where families can enjoy themselves. When he finds out that someone killed a lot of children and realizes that the pizzeria is going to be closed down, he sounds very upset in his sixth message. This motivates him to take the night shift at some point just to figure out what's going on.
  • Missile, from Ghost Trick, is literally this. After he dies for the second time, this time with ghost tricks of his own, he opts to stay dead just to help save Lynne and Kamila. If that's not enough, the ending reveals that Ray is actually Missile from a previous Bad Future where he couldn't save anyone with his swap trick, so he goes back in time and waits ten long years to make the black cat Sissel think he was the man in red, knowing that said main was tied to Lynne and Kamila's murders and Sissel is only concerned about discovering his identity. If that isn't the Crowning Moment of Undying Loyalty, what is?
  • In God of War 3, the spirits of the fallen Spartans will come to Kratos' aid when he invokes the "Army of Sparta" magic. Even in death his soldiers remain loyal to him.
  • Jak and Daxter: Though a coward who has a penchant for telling tall tales that primarily revolve around himself, Daxter is defined by his undying loyalty to his Heterosexual Life-Partner Jak. Even if he has no qualms voicing his dislike of all the situations Jak drags him into.
  • Kid Icarus: Palutena, goddess of wisdom, gets this from her angel (who is pretty much her entire army) Pit. He is very quick to get into a shouting match with all sorts of divinities that insult her, and even when she was possessed and sent his lifeless body to slaughter untold amounts of innocent people, he gave everything to bring her back to herself again.
  • Over the course of the Kingdom Hearts series, Donald and Goofy become very loyal to Sora; a noteworthy example is when they initially switch sides with Riku after his Face–Heel Turn because the Keyblade was intended for him all along and they have to serve whoever wields it. They immediately rejoin Sora and protect him when Riku tries to kill him, and as soon as this happens the Keyblade chooses Sora over Riku.
    • They also hold undying loyalty towards King Mickey, but betray him at one point to help Sora fight alongside their allies in the Battle of the 1000 Heartless. At least Mickey understands why they defied his order and forgives them.
    • And then, there's the Dream Eaters, particularly Meow Wow and Komory Bat, the respective starters of Sora and Riku.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Agarth is this to The Fateless One. As he admits he used to be a hero before he foresaw his own death and this flung him into a deep depression until he met you. He goes on to say that thanks to you he has a new lease on life and helps you more as a friend than because it's the right thing to do.
  • T3-M4 in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (contrast the first game, where his only sense of personality is as a foil to HK-47) is noted by other characters as being loyal to The Exile and becomes quite the sociopath (but played for laughs as his victims are droids) when she is captured by Goto and it needs to help rescue her.
    • Also from the second KotOR every single member of your party except Kreia due to the Jedi Exile's unique force bonds with them, and even Kreia likes the exile for being The Force's Übermensch.
    • HK-47 is himself an example, as he is loyal to Revan almost to the degree of hero-worship.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • This is showcased rather tragically in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, both with soldiers:
      • The Ikana warriors encountered in the game guard the long abandoned and ruined Ikana Kingdom even in death, their ghoulish spirits still roaming the area out of a devotion to their commander. Link encounters the Captain of the Guards in this area and helps him find peace so he can pass onto the afterlife at long last; his last order as the Captain is for Link to let his soldiers know that the war is over. When told this, the soldiers in question finally let go of their obligation to the Kingdom and move on. The King of Ikana also still haunts his Kingdom, and even in death he protects his throne when he sees Link, thinking him to be an enemy. When Link defeats the King in battle, he laments to Link his sadness over the fall of his Kingdom and how foolish he was to let it happen, but he acknowledges that it is finally time to let go and rest in peace. As a parting gift, he gives Link the tools he needs to defeat the final dungeon of the game.
      • Similarly are the Clock Town Soldiers who all know the moon is falling but, even on the night of the third day, as they tremble with fear with their hands on their hearts pleading to survive, to be allowed to leave, for any kind of salvation, they hold their positions until the bitter end knowing they're going to die.
    • About the only redeeming quality to the Big Bad of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Demon Lord Ghirahim, is his unwavering loyalty to his master the Demon King Demise. All of his efforts in game are to free his master from his imprisonment.
      • This continues in Hyrule Warriors, where he follows Ganondorf due to sensing he is his master reincarnated.
    • Since their introduction in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Sheikah tribe's loyalty to the Royal Family of Hyrule has been their cultural hat to the point of it making them a willing Servant Race. Impa's personal loyalty to Zelda in either's various incarnations is the most prominently portrayed, but there's also the devotion of the Sheikah Monks in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with them spending 10,000 years in meditative stasis waiting for Link to complete their trials and give him Spirit Orbs and other items to help him defeat Calamity Ganon.
      • Breath of the Wild also subverts it by introducing the Yiga Clan, an offshoot of the Sheikah tribe. Unlike the rest of the Sheikah, the Yiga could not forgive Hyrule for turning on them. They still have Undying Loyalty as their hat... but that loyalty is given to Ganon.
  • Stern and Levi towards their Lord Dearche in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny. While they may infuriate her her several times and will flatly refuse Dearche's orders if they don't agree with it, everything they do, they do it for Lord Dearche's benefit. If they need to sacrifice their lives to ensure that their king survives and achieves her goal, they will do so without hesitation.
    Stern: I am the flame that opens the path of my king... Even if I am extinguished, I will have no regrets.
  • In the Mass Effect series, the defining characteristic of Commander Shepard (apart from being the Ultimate Badass Of The Known Space) is the ability to inspire Undying Loyalty in his/her squad and crew members. This is Lampshaded a lot in Mass Effect 2 by the Illusive Man, and most of the second game is, in fact, spent gaining the complete loyalty of his/her crew members (or at least making sure they won't be distracted by any personal business). Or not.
    • The two returning squadmates from ME1, Tali and Garrus, are already devoted to Shepard even before their loyalty missions in the second game. In particular, if you bring Garrus to the entrance of a quarantine zone for an epidemic that kills his species but not humans, he'll offer to follow you in even though you have human teammates available: "It's your call, Shepard. If you need me, I'm not going to let a damn cough keep me back."
      • Tali makes her hatred for Cerberus, the terrorist organization that Shepard is forced to work with in Mass Effect 2, clear from the very beginning and tells Shepard that she's only joining the mission for his/her sake.
    • Although she only joins the squad in DLC, you can learn that Liara's devotion to you drove her to absurd lengths between games. First, she went out of her way to find Shepard's body and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Then, she handed the body over to Cerberus despite her fears and mistrust of them because they were the only ones offering a small chance of Shepard coming back. Then, she embarked on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against said "wrong hands", namely the Shadow Broker, the mightiest crime lord in the galaxy for daring to try to harm Shepard. And the reason she was so cold to you in the second game? She was scared senseless that Shepard Came Back Wrong due to Cerberus' manipulation. But even with that fear, her loyalty to Shepard's cause never wavered, maybe even being the most loyal to Shepard's cause, which is saying a lot.
    • In Grunt's case, even before his loyalty's solidified he pretty much already has nothing but total respect for Shepard and is quick to defend him/her to those who dare spit on his/her name. All thanks to their very first exchange, when Shepard stood up to him (when Grunt had him/her pinned against a wall) and had a gun on him without him noticing it. Being a total badass will have that effect on krogan.
      Grunt: Shepard is my battlemaster. S/he has no match.
    • Then there's Joker and Dr. Chakwas who are willing to follow Shepard into hell and back and even join Cerberus partly because they were bringing Shepard back.
    • This loyalty also applies to Javik, the last of the Protheans. This is probably because Shepard helps Javik's personal mission to defeat the Reapers.
    • And of course Shepard him/herself to his/her crew. Threatening the people under his/her command is not advised. EVER!
    • Shepard can even inspire this in people (s)he's only worked with once or twice: in Mass Effect 3, speaking to Kirrahe on the salarian homeworld will result in him promising to support you in retaking Earth, regardless of the salarian government's decision on the matter. If the salarian government does decide not to support you, most likely because you cured the krogan genophage against their wishes, Kirrahe goes AWOL in order to join you... and takes the entire salarian Special Tasks Group with him!
    • Both subverted and played straight with Miranda Lawson. Subverted with the Illusive Man, as while she consistently proclaimed her undying loyalty to him and Cerberus, she eventually lost her idealistic vision of the organization and made a Heel–Face Turn. Despite some initial tension, it is eventually played straight towards Shepard.
    • In Mass Effect 3, if the genophage is cured (and Wrex is still alive), then the entire krogan species get this towards humanity and Shepard in particular, with Wrex even promising that the krogan people would gladly lend areas of Tuchanka for displaced human refugees from Earth. This is a pretty significant gesture, since the krogan are about to undergo a massive population boom and desperately need all the land they can get. With the exception of humanity, they also provide more war assets than any other single race in the entire game.
    • This point is finally rather unsubtly driven home in the "Citadel" DLC for ME3, where it is demonstrated that the main difference between Shepard and his/her secret Shadow Archetype clone is that the former has friends who'd walk into a fire for him/her, while the latter only has minions. Shepard's ability to inspire this kind of loyalty is so great that his/her clone derisively refers to the Normandy crew as "The Cult of Shepard".
    • The geth to the quarians, on a race-wide scale. Even though their quarian creators once warred with them and are still to this day utterly hostile to them, the geth value little more than the lives of their creators, and are horrified by the implications of having to destroy them, which makes that very possible scenario in Mass Effect 3 all the more tragic.
  • Possibly the Trope Codifier for Video Game examples would have to be The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. "Loyalty To The End" is her Badass Creed and her primary motivation to the exclusion of all else. The sheer scale of the sacrifices she makes in the name of that creed border on ridiculousness. In short (no easy task), she killed her own lover and father of her child under orders, was irradiated during nuclear testing, shot in the head, horrifically injured while being a top secret participant in the Mercury Project, betrayed all of her friends to their deaths and ultimately murdered by her most beloved pupil after a lifetime of painful sacrifices without solace or reward, and condemned to be remembered as a traitorous war criminal. All in the name of the United States government, which she had known since childhood to be corrupt from within by a dying conspiracy, and purely so that conspiracy could steal a huge amount of money from Russia. And yet, "Loyalty To The End." The revelation in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker that she was suffering from brain damage may undermine all this an iota however.
    • Her and the Sorrow's counterparts, Solid Snake and Otacon. Even when the entire world is against them, they will absolutely NEVER abandon each other. Even at the very end of the series — the very end of Snake's life — Otacon outright refuses to leave Snake's side. Snake's last word in the series is Otacon's name.
      • Gray Fox is another great example in this series. Raised as a child soldier in Africa during the Mozambique Civil War during the 1960s where he was nicknamed Frank Jaegar by his enemies for his "frank" appearance as a boy which he tricked them with until he killed them as a fierce "hunter" (Jaegar is German for hunter). Big Boss defeated the young Frank when he attacked him on patrol one day and rescued him from the war and brought him back to a U.S friendly safe zone but unfortunately the Philosophers experiment on him and turn him into a mind-controlled super soldier and years later Big Boss rescues him from this fate as well. Frank joins Big Boss' FOXHOUND Unit and from the 1970s until the 1990s serves under Big Boss' command in conflicts all around the world and earns their highest title of Fox, but despite his prowess as a warrior Fox tells Snake of how once again Big Boss came to his rescue when he had been captured by the enemy and they tortured him. In Gray Fox's eyes Big Boss is a father figure and the man to whom he owes his life; this undying loyalty to the man is so extreme that he betrays America and joins Big Boss' Outer Heaven cause even going so far as to fight his friend Solid Snake in a battle to the death. Fox's loyalty wasn't to a country or an ideal but to a man, Big Boss.
    • While he may be the Trope Namer for Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and a Magnificent Bastard of the highest order, Revolver Ocelot will never betray Big Boss.
    • Whether it's MSF or the Diamond Dogs, there will always be soldiers under Big Boss' command that will never betray him, the ones who won't leave you even if you're in the red. Never is this more evident to the player than in the quarantine mission in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Once you get past the soldiers that are either too afraid or too far gone from the infection, you'll find yourself in the lowest level you can get on the platform, where there are soldiers who aren't sure of what to do and will leave it to Big Boss to decide (even if they all must die as there's no way to cure them). They then salute and wait for you to kill them, humming the theme song of Peace Walker the whole time.
      "We live and die by your order, Boss."
      • Also, the wandering Mother Base soldiers who are wandering the wilderness and have gone feral, only to come to their senses and salute when Big Boss comes around to rescue them.
        "I've been waiting for this day for so long!"
  • The final installment of Monster Girl Quest introduces Eden, The Dragon to Ilias. She is so unswervingly loyal to her master that it almost makes you Cry For The Angel when you learn Ilias doesn't care in the slightest about her and sees her as only a means to an end.
  • Deekin in Neverwinter Nights is able to resist the Big Bad, one of the rulers of the Nine Hells, and who is simultaneously offering him great power to crush the Dragons he served under and is using his True Name to force him into helping. Merely telling Deekin you will miss him grants him will enough to fight off the most powerful magic in the planes.
    M: Come, join me. What has done but hold you back from your potential? I could make you a force that all dragons would bow down to in fear! All the world would know your name, Deekin, and fear it!
    D: No! You may be bigger than the boss, but... but... DEEKIN NOT LIKES YOU!!
    M: You dare defy me, reptile?!
    D: "That's right! Deekin defies you! Deekin stands by the boss... to the end!
  • Captured Pokémon will follow a trainer's every command, provided they like the Trainer enough.
    • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, there is the Shadow Triad, three mysterious, shadowy figures who are utterly loyal to Ghestis for some unknown reason. Even when Ghestis is defeated and is driven mad, making him no longer a threat, they will show up at a spot every month, challenging you out of desire for revenge. (They won't force you, however.)
    • Before them, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Archer, top Team Rocket executive, displayed this to Giovanni. Despite being the current boss of a powerful crime syndicate, his entire plan revolved around getting Giovanni to come out of hiding and reclaim his place as leader of the organization.
    • You have the option of releasing a Pokemon into the wild from the PC. If you try to do this to your very first Pokemon, it will come back and the game tells you "It was worried about you." Even if you've kept it in the PC ever since that was allowed.
    • With the introduction of Pokemon Amie in Pokemon Xand Y, you can form close bonds with your Pokemon that can result in them overcoming status afflictions, dodging hits, hitting critically more often, and even REFUSING to faint all out of loyalty and love for their trainer.
    • Gardevoir, in particular, deserves special mention. Throughout the games, one fact continually gets mentioned in the Pokedex: It will protect its trainer, even at the cost of its own life. Damn...
      • Similarly, Unfezant's Pokedex entry states that it will never allow itself to be close to anyone but its trainer.
  • In Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, it's revealed at the end of the game that everything that Henry had done for the last 18 years was part of his effort to find Randall and prepare for his possible return. He even entered into a false marriage with Randall's girlfriend, Angela, just to save her from being essentially married-off to another man.
  • Sergei Vladimir to the Umbrella Corporation as a whole and Ozwell E. Spencer in particular in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, for a stark contrast with his rival, Albert Wesker. Unlike most of his coworkers, he is absolutely determined to go down with the ship that is Umbrella; this largely stems from Umbrella having given him a home and a purpose following the collapse of the USSR. By the end of the game he's the only person still trying to hold Umbrella together, and he goes so far as to deliberately transform into a monster to try and stop Wesker from taking over the remnants of the company. When he dies, the company falls apart, as Sergei was the only one who was really keeping it intact.
    • Alfred Ashford displays similar tendencies with regards to his sister Alexia, to whom he is obsessively loyal, even going so far as to create a split personality version of her during her absence.
  • In Saints Row, this is by far the most important quality of the Boss. They will never let the 3rd Street Saints as a whole or an individual Saint down. If you're one of the crew, they will stand beside you no matter the circumstance. Get hurt? They'll pull you back to your feet. Get in trouble? No one will stop them from helping you. Someone kills you? God forgive whoever did it, because they won't.
  • The Heroine to the Hero in Shin Megami Tensei I. She ditches her role as the Messiah to follow whatever he believes in. She's a bro.
    • Normally, in Shin Megami Tensei games involving demon summoning, your death means a Game Over, handwaved by your demons abandoning their now-dead master. However, in Shin Megami Tensei IV, should you fall in battle, any of your demons that are still alive will continue to fight until victory is achieved or they perish alongside you.
      The rest of the team is trying their best...
    • In Persona 3, Koromaru is a Fictional Counterpart of Hachiko. Even a year after his owner was killed, Koromaru would still go on the same walk that his owner used to take him on every day. Koromaru is eventually revealed have a human-like intelligence and joins the party as a Team Pet to avenge his master, who turns out to be killed by Shadows.
  • Throughout the multiple interpretations of Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails being Sonic's devoted right hand man is usually one consistent.
  • A defining trait of the character Voldo is his great devotion to his long deceased master, Vercci.
  • In older versions of Stellaris, you could sign an AI Rights Accord and permanently etch the rights of synth pops as thinking, sentient beings into your empire's legal framework so they could never be enslaved or destroyed. This meant that if the AI Uprising Crisis occurred in another empire, then your pops would refuse to join it and instead help their creators fight it.
  • Lyon from Suikoden V is very devoted to the Prince, on whom she also develops Bodyguard Crush.
  • In Super Paper Mario, Blumiere and Timpani have this. Even though Blumiere tried to destroy the multiverse, Timpani still loved him.
    • A one-sided example of this is Nastasia's love for Count Bleck.
      • All of Count Bleck's minions are like this, except for the ones who are brainwashed or named Dimentio.
  • Tales of Symphonia demonstrates both the good and bad sides of this trope:
    • Kratos' feelings of loyalty toward Mithos have him lingering on the wrong side of morality for thousands of years, including nearly all of the game.
    • Botta's loyalty to his leader is his primary character trait, and even leads to his Heroic Sacrifice in order to save the party and thus make sure someone gets a message back to said leader.
    • An odd example considering how he spends a lot of the first game, but Zelos can become like this towards Lloyd if you play a path that earns his trust. While the first game shows this a little, the second game drives it home as Zelos is the only character to have complete faith Lloyd's innocent (even Colette is shown to have a few doubts). He even ditches the party twice: one time because he feels finding Lloyd is more important than their quest to save the world, and the other time simply because Emil badmouthed his friend.
  • Guy to Luke in Tales of the Abyss. Sure, he has a brief moment of weakness after Luke destroys Akzeriuth, but he's the only one who returns to Luke's side voluntarily. After that, nothing will keep Guy from backing Luke up. When Jade — in-universe, easily the most terrifying party member — suggests that Luke pull a Heroic Sacrifice, Guy lifts Jade the Necromancer off the ground by his collar. It gets to the point where he'll willingly hold Tear back, despite his pathological fear of touching women, at Luke's request, so Luke can perform said Heroic Sacrifice uninterrupted. Of course, as it happens, he's on the verge of tears.
    • And don't forget Mieu. He didn't give up Luke at any moment and recognized him as Master even when everybody got sick of him over the Tartarus when they first got into the Qliphoth.
    • Luke himself had this towards Van, the only person to scold him and praise him and was his Parental Substitute. Then it turned out he had outlived his usefulness after Van used him to destroyed Akzeriuth and was just an Unwitting Pawn that he didn't even see as human.
  • Part of Tales of Xillia's plot revolves around deconstructing this trope. Jude falls into a slump after Milla dies as without the one he's loyal to he has no purpose. Muzet completely flips at being abandoned and is desperate enough to latch on to the Final Boss to give her a purpose and someone to be loyal to. Wingul, meanwhile, loses himself in his loyalty to the point he most likely does things that his King would actually not approve of considering certain actions and lines.
  • The Heavy is intensely loyal to his teammates, especially towards the Medic. In the supplemental comics, the Soldier is this too, albeit more out of his Comedic Sociopathy turning him into an Eagle Land-flavored idiot whose brain seems to only classify others as 'good people to trust' or 'people to violently kill.'
    • Ironically, the comics reveal that the RED Medic doesn't reciprocate.
  • Youmu Konpaku from Touhou is intensely loyal to her mistress, Yuyuko Saigyouji. In the fighting game, Immaterial and Missing Power, Youmu briefly questions Yuyuko's actions but just as promptly castigates herself harshly for it.

    Visual Novels 
  • Several of the Servants in Fate/stay night would qualify. Saber, Berserker and Rider are probably the best examples, though the latter two are not immediately obvious. Archer has signs of this towards his master Rin from time to time despite flat out betraying her in the route centered around him.
    • Especially notable in Saber's case, as she was betrayed by Kiritsugu in Fate/Zero along with Irisviel, who she had true loyalty to. But even in arcs where Saber is bound and/or corrupted by magic, she still has an overriding protectiveness of Shirou.
    • None in the franchise embodies it more than the Fourth Grail War's Rider, Iskander, King of Conquerors, whose men are so loyal to him that he can create a Reality Marble from which to summon them to fight by his side once more. And later on, when Waver loses his Command Spells, Rider still sticks with him because, in his words, "Whether or not [you] are a Master, you are my friend, and that will never change."

    Web Animation 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Despite how little Dave seems to think of him, Evil Balloon still sticks around with him.

    Web Comics 
  • In The Challenges of Zona, main character Mentl uses this trope to describe his feelings for Zona, swearing that he would die beside her, and ordering her never to tell her to save himself after wiping out an army of monsters in a fireball that was hot enough to MELT the cave they were in to slag.
  • In Girl Genius Everyone in Mechanicsburg, from Jägermonsters to the town butcher to every minion and constructed monstrosity in between, are loyal to the Heterodyne family, to the point of twenty years later they are still waiting for them to come back.
    • General Goomblast explicitly states that the Jägers are voluntarily loyal to the Heterodynes, having made a solemn decision to serve the house for the rest of their unending lives before drinking the Super Serum that transformed them. The sole exception to this is Vole, who abandoned his oath and is no longer considered a Jäger by the rest.
      • It seems as though this, more than anything, is what gave the Heterodynes their power. Most Sparks use various flavors of mind control on their creations, who eventually turn on them. Most — if not all — Heterodyne creations serve their masters voluntarily, even after centuries of service.
      • Heterodynes, apparently, gain the loyalty of both their own creations and those of others by NOT demanding it.
    • Natural minions will remain loyal to their Sparks, even against their better judgment. Mechanicsburg, ancestral home of the Heterodynes, happens to be completely populated with natural minions loyal to House Heterodyne, each one of them as much a latent-blooded brigand as their masters.
  • Homestuck: Becquerel, Jade's First Guardian dog, is so completely devoted to her that when he is prototyped, Jack Noir (the resulting creation) inherits his loyalty to her and not only can't bring himself to kill Jade, but actually puts into motion the process of reviving her after she is killed.
  • Durkon from The Order of the Stick is so loyal to his True Companions that he remains faithful to and helpful to them even after being killed, turned into a vampire, and his alignment shifted from Good to Evil. Sadly, it turns out that this was all an act by the evil High Priest of Hel possessing Durkon. The real Durkon is trapped in his own body.
  • In Skins, Jordan has stood by her werewolf lover despite the terrible thing he did during the Kettletown mission. She risks her own career to use an upcoming mission to give him a chance to redeem himself.
  • Something*Positive: The entire oddball band of True Companions has this as their primary virtue. Whatever else you can say about them, they're devoted to each other.
  • After the Kane arc in Sonic the Comic – Online!, Tails is the only person who still believes in Sonic.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Marceline is shown to be incredibly loyal to Simon (AKA The Ice King) in the 5th season premiere, where she, in an alternate reality where the Lich never existed, defended his body for 1000 years, making sure that nobody stole his crown.
  • Pets of the Avatar have been proven to be loyal until the very end.
    • Momo displays this for Aang and Appa. When Aang is captured in Book 1's finale, he chose to stay in the oasis and wait for him. During his time in Ba Sing Se, he desperately searched the city in hopes of finding his big, furry friend.
      • On the opposite end of the spectrum is Appa during the time he was captured. He did everything in his power to get away from his captors to rejoin Aang and his friends. He even developed some loyalty to the Kyoshi Warriors after they cleaned him up and fed him.
    • Roku's dragon, Fang, shows his loyalty by staying with his master while a volcanic eruption is taking place on his island. Even in his last moments, he curled around him (possibly trying to shield him from the eruption) and died with him.
    • Naga is this for team Avatar, especially to Korra in The Legend of Korra. She even goes outside of Republic City to find Korra when Tarrlok captures her.
  • Chris in Dan Vs. is this to the titular character. No matter how many times Dan has gotten him in a pickle, Chris still sticks by his side, even when he knows that Dan will never learn his lesson of his revenge schemes.
  • The titular Courage the Cowardly Dog is eternally grateful to Muriel Bagge for taking him in when he was abandoned as a pup. Since then, he has risked life and limb, faced countless threats, and used every bit of his wits to rescue her from all manner of danger. And occasionally, Eustace.
  • Darkwing Duck: Launchpad is always loyal to Darkwing, in spite of the duck knight's Hero with Bad Publicity status, Glory Seeker nature, and snarking at his expense. Even on the (extremely rare) occasions when he's angry at him, he'll usually step up to help him again if Darkwing is actually in trouble.
  • The DC Animated Universe:
    • Darkseid is as villainous as you can get. Yet, when Superman defeats him with his own Omega Beams and throws him down to the slaves in "Legacy", what do they do? Carefully carry him away, genuinely worried about his safety. When Superman seems confused as to why people he believed he had freed would help him, Darkseid himself musters enough strength to answer:
    Darkseid: I am many things, Kal-El. But here, I am God.
    • In Justice League Darkseid ends up killed by the explosion of Brainiac's base, leaving Apokolyps in a civil war. When he's resurrected and comes back, everyone kneels and reaffirm their loyalty to him.
    • A lighter DCAU example is Jimmy Olsen. His loyalty to Superman never wavers, not even after Darkseid's brainwashing him has made him a pariah to most of the planet. When asked for his opinion by a news crew, he vehemently retorts, "Superman's saved the world a million times. We owe him another chance!"
  • Duck Dodgers
    • The show used a variant which featured a robot (a rare Warner Bros. acknowledgment of The Iron Giant) serving as this to Dodgers, to the point of taking a meteor for Dodgers. In two different episodes.
    • The Cadet is also no slouch in this department. He keeps Dodgers out of trouble in spite of virtually never getting rewarded for it.
  • In DuckTales (1987):
    • By his own declaration, Duckworth "loves serving Mr. McDuck", and he'll continue under him even in cases like "Down and Out in Duckburg", "Super DuckTales", and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp where Scrooge loses his money and hence is not Duckworth's boss anymore. The 2017 reboot cranks this Up to Eleven by having Duckworth literally continuing to serve Scrooge as a ghost even after his death.
    • Although Mrs. Beakley originally came to the mansion because she needed work and a home for herself and Webby, she quickly becomes devoted to Scrooge, to the point of continuing with him even when he's lost his money and can't pay her as well as supporting him and helping him in ways (like saving him from drowning in shark-infested waters) that were not in the original contract.
    • Launchpad's loyalty to Scrooge goes above and beyond the call of duty, to the point where he's helped him in some pretty big ways (like letting him and his family "crash" at his house) even when Scrooge has lost his fortune and thus he has no monetary reason for doing so.
    • Doofus believes in Launchpad till the end, even when the whole world is picking on him. Launchpad returns the favor by being a Papa Wolf towards his "little buddy", to the point where he's willing to fight hostile aliens and the Beagle Boys to protect him.
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie might be rambunctious troublemakers at times, but they are infinitely loyal to Scrooge in his adventures. When Scrooge was framed for stealing a priceless painting (with very convincing evidence) neither the boys or any of the above in his employment believed it for a second and took measures to prove his innocence. This has been proven vice versa for Scrooge, as much as he treasures his fortune, it has been revealed his true worst nightmare is losing his nephews.
  • Double D in Ed, Edd n Eddy has a lot of patience and tolerance for his friends' antics. In spite of Ed's unhygienic and otherwise gross nature and Eddy's scheming ways, Double D still sticks by them, even when Eddy would screw him over. With that being said, it still doesn't stop him from getting back at Eddy whenever Eddy really goes far, as shown in "Brother, Can You Spare an Ed?".
  • Fry's dog Seymour in the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark". The night before Fry was frozen, he told Seymour to wait for him, and he does just that. The dog spent the rest of its life laying outside the pizza joint, year after year, waiting for his master to return until he ultimately dies of old age, and you have to watch it during the end credits. This was so heartbreaking that the creators ultimately retconned the entire thing with a complicated plot about time travel which involved a second Fry back in the past who stayed with the dog his entire life.
  • Owen to David Xanatos in Gargoyles. So much so that in "The Gathering" Owen, aka Puck in a mortal guise, eventually overcomes his own perfectly justified fear of Oberon and fights his former liege to protect Xanatos and his family.
  • PJ has this for Max on Goof Troop, to the point where he will go out of his way to help Max even after Max spends the entire episode blatantly ignoring him or decides that they aren't friends anymore by falsely accusing him of being disloyal. Overall, he's apprehensive to a fault but he has saved Max's life multiple times without hesitation. When taken in conjunction with the fact that he has an awful home life and a Friendless Background, and that Max provided a sanctuary for him to actually be happy sometimes, this is close to inevitable.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: After reforming, Tohru becomes devoted to the Chan family. In one such episode, Valmont uses an amnesia potion to make Tohru his servant again. It works until Jackie saves him after Valmont abandons him, and Tohru feels that "something inside" tells him Jackie is his friend.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash represents this as her Element of Harmony.
      • This is best demonstrated by the trial Nightmare Moon put her through in the second episode.
      • Deconstructed by Discord in the second season premiere through a Sadistic Choice and Conflicting Loyalty (what's more important — your friends or your hometown?), with brainwashing thrown in for good measure.
      • In the Season 3 episode where Rainbow Dash goes to the Wonderbolts Academy, after another recruit nearly kills her friends with a tornado and shows no remorse, she goes to Spitfire, the Wonderbolts' leader and says that if they're going to promote recklessness in the pursuit of improvement, then she quits! Rainbow Dash, who's been wanting to join the Wonderbolts since the pilot episode, is willing to give up her greatest and dearest wish if it promotes the behavior that put her friends in mortal peril.
    • Spike feels this way towards Twilight, as the 2nd episode of Season 3 shows that his greatest fear is her not needing him anymore. Twilight's greatest fear, as shown in the same episode, is the same but with Celestia.
  • While Pinky is usually a regular oblivious Bumbling Sidekick in Pinky and the Brain, his devotion to Brain is displayed in rather poignant levels at times. Despite the constant abuse and contempt Brain conveys over his stupidity, Pinky considers him his best friend and cheerfully goes through with every one of his orders. This is the guy who outright sold his soul to the devil in hope it could give Brain what he desired.
  • Ms Bellum is this to the Mayor in The Powerpuff Girls. In the Bad Future episode she's even shown becoming vicious and obsessed with his hat, years after he died.
  • TJ from Recess. He may seem like a thoughtless goof at times, but the heights he'll go to for people he cares about — mainly the Recess gang — are beyond belief.
    • Examples include ripping his own pants so Mikey won't endure humiliation alone, deliberately calling a teacher "Mama" so the bullies pick on him instead of Spinelli, pulling an all-nighter to get Gretchen the "A" she wanted and sending a telegraph message across the world to make sure Gus gets to the state fair. It even extends to authority figures and other random kids on the playground, as he refuses to befriend a cool new teacher out of loyalty to Miss Grotke, endures the Dodge Ball Wall while putting the rightful king back on the throne and pretends to be taken in by a public prank so playground order will be restored. He may be a pain in the arse for teachers, but as a friend, he will literally go to hell and back for you.
    • Let's not forget the episode "Some Friend". In that episode, it's revealed that TJ and Menlo were friends when they were four years old. As they got older, their interests changed, and they grew apart. At the time, TJ was such a huge part of Menlo's life that it was hard to let him go. So what does TJ do? Promise Menlo that, no matter what happened, TJ would come to Menlo's birthday party every year. He's still doing it.
  • A turning point in Riders Of Berk is when the dragons move to protect their riders, without being commanded to do so.
  • Though a bundle of nasty vices most of the time, one of the few virtues the character Imp displays in She-Ra: Princess of Power is a fanatical loyalty to his boss, Big Bad Hordak. This even applies to situations where it would be in the little guy's best interest not to be, something not always typical for bad guys.
  • Waylon Smither's loyalty and devotion to Mr Burns comes off as downright romantic in episodes of The Simpsons. In one episode, situations left Burns bankrupt and thus Smithers no longer his employee. He took Burns to live in his home and continued doting over him and referring to him as "sir" as usual. He's not blindly loyal however, as episodes like "Sideshow Bob Roberts" and "Who Shot Mr. Burns" demonstrate.
  • Kenny in South Park appears to be capable of this. In the movie, he goes to hell so his friends can go back to the world as it was before the war. Also, in a later episode, he acted as a guardian angel for his sister Karen and protected her from bullies at school and their abusive agnostic foster parents.
  • Steven Universe
    • Pearl had this for Steven's late mother, Rose Quartz. She accepted exile from her home planet to be with Rose. She threw herself into extreme danger to protect Rose. Even after Rose's death, she's staying to defend Earth and Steven out of that loyalty. In "Sworn to the Sword", we find out just how loyal Pearl was to Rose; she was loyal to the point where she considered herself inferior to Rose, and constantly let herself get "poofed" to protect her. And if an argument with Steven is anything to go by, it got to the point where even Rose herself was concerned for her.
    • Lapis also has this for Steven after he freed her and healed her gem. She warned Steven about two gems, namely Peridot and Jasper, that were coming to earth, and later fused with Jasper in order to keep her trapped in the ocean so she wouldn't hurt Steven, though it's later confirmed that her motives for doing this weren't entirely selfless, or at least she doesn't believe so.
    • Jasper, of all characters, is revealed at the end to have had this as a motivation in her hatred of Rose Quartz. Rose had allegedly shattered Pink Diamond, the original Diamond of both her and Jasper, in order to save the Earth. Thousands of years after her death, Jasper remains completely devoted to avenging her — because it's the entire reason she exists.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the Guardians were an organization of high-tech Ninja who were this towards the Utroms, acting as unflinchingly loyal agent bodyguards. Splinter's deceased master Hamato Yoshi was one of them, and was regarded as one of the most loyal. As such, he was trusted with their greatest secrets, which is why he was targeted by the Shredder. It turned out to be pointless for the villain, as Yoshi was willing to die before he told them anything. (And sadly, he did.)
  • From various Transformers cartoons:
    • Soundwave throughout the entire Transformers Generation 1 Animated Series, most notably in The Transformers: The Movie.
    • Cyclonus of The Transformers: Season 3 towards Galvatron. In contrast to his predecessor as second-in-command. This is repeatedly challenged throughout the series, as Galvatron is Ax-Crazy and Cyclonus is well aware his master repeatedly faces death or even mutiny if he can't keep swaying him to use a more stable command. Word of God states Cyclonus could easily solve this fiasco by usurping Galvatron and taking over leadership. His response? "All hail Galvatron."
    • Glorious Lugnut from glorious Transformers Animated Gloriously showed gloriously fanatical loyalty to glorious Megatron.
    • Inferno and Scorponok from Beast Wars. Both acted as The Dragon, and both were the only Predacons to never turn on Megatron. Inferno is simply incapable of treachery or disobedience. Megatron loved having a minion with that kind of attitude. This particular version of Megatron views his troops as expendable, but Inferno was the one pawn he wouldn't risk losing. As gleefully violent as Rampage and super loyal to boot? There's no wonder he's Megs' favorite.
    • Soundwave in Transformers Prime is undyingly loyal to Megatron, to the point where his presence is probably the only thing that stops Starscream from pulling the plug on the Big Bad. This is pretty typical for Soundwave across multiple continuities, actually. Villain of the Week Skyquake displayed similar loyalty (and in fact took it to Lawful Stupid levels), refusing to work for Starscream because only Megatron could give him orders, and following the last set of orders Megatron gave him to the letter.
    • Skyquake's twin Dreadwing is also loyal to Megatron but he reaches his breaking point after his sense of honor clashes with Megatron's ruthless pragmatism.
    • Predaking pledges undying loyalty to Megatron after revealing his sentience, but Megatron remains suspicious. He tries to reduce the potential threat Predaking poses by wiping out the other Predacons, which backfires once Predaking finds out.
    • Ravage in Beast Wars. A former Decepticon rebuilt as a Predacon, he still remains loyal to the original Megatron long after the Great War. He is unimpressed by the current Megatron. Seeing the message the original Megatron inscribed on the Golden Disk convinces Ravage to help the current Megatron. When Rattrap manages to blow up Ravage's ship, Ravage's last words are "Decepticons, forever!"
  • Taken to disturbing degrees by Cyclops on Wolverine and the X-Men wherein he refuses to give up hope that his missing long time girlfriend Jean Grey may still be alive, despite his then current comic girlfriend Emma Frost being on hand.

    Real Life 
  • Dogs to mankind. This dog, for example, refused to leave the casket of his Navy Seal master.
  • Marriage vows are often some form of a declaration of the trope:
    "[Name], will you have this wo/man to be your husband/wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him/her, comfort him/her, honor and keep him/her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him/her as long as you both shall live?"
    • They answer:
      "I will."
  • The RCA logo is an example of this. Painter Francis Barraud inherited from his brother a cylinder phonograph player, a cylinder of his brother talking, and his brother's dog. Francis noticed that whenever he played the cylinder, the dog would instinctively go to it and listen intently. He painted the scene, and RCA used it as their logo.
  • Joseph Goebbels, in contrast to Himmler and Goering. He remained at Hitler's side until the last minutes of the battle of Berlin and committed suicide two days after Hitler did.
    • Ditto for his wife, Magda. And for that matter, Eva Braun, who committed suicide together with Hitler.
  • One German officer told a story from World War II when he was attached to a unit of Finns. The Russians abducted a wounded Finn and subjected him to Cold-Blooded Torture to lure his comrades to come to his aid and walk into an ambush. The Finns instinctively grabbed their weapons and walked into the forest knowing perfectly well what the Russians were up to.
  • At the beginning of the The Winter War, a party of Finnish soldiers went to the house of an old peasant woman and told her that the Russians were coming and they had to be deprived of shelter. She went into her hut, solemnly cleaned and swept it and then lit the fire herself. She said, "This is my gift to Finland."
  • During Stalingrad, a squad of Soviet troops were pinned down by German fire and tanks, with only one belt of ammo for their turret left. One of them gets captured by the Germans. The captured Soviet then lies to the Germans and tells them his squad is completely out of ammo, and leads them to the one place where he knows his squad will be able to mow down the Germans with what little firepower they have. The captured Soviet soldier was later executed in front of his still-pinned down comrades, who were eventually killed when the Germans called in tanks to run them out.
  • Similar to the above — during the siege of Malta a knight was captured in the opening skirmishes and was tortured for information on which part of the wall was the weakest and least defended. He instead directed them to the strongest section in the wall resulting in heavy Ottoman casualties. He was executed in front of his comrades in a very drawn out and painful manner.
  • During the Sengoku Jidai, an ashigaru (non-samurai peasant foot soldier) named Torii Suneemon volunteered to go for help when the garrison at Nagashino, held by Tokugawa Ieyasu's forces, came under siege by Takeda Katsuyori. He successfully navigated his way through the Takeda defensive line and warned Ieyasu and Oda Nobunaga about the siege, then volunteered to go back to report to the garrison ahead of the combined Oda-Tokugawa relief force. He was captured during his return, strung up on a cross in front of Nagashino castle, and was told to shout to the garrison that no help was coming and that they should surrender instead. Instead, when the Takeda expected him to demoralize the garrison with such tidings, Suneemon instead loudly proclaimed that relief was coming and for the garrison to hold the castle. He was promptly exected by the Takeda, but after winning the battle for Nagashino, Ieyasu was so moved by reports of Suneemon's bravery and unflinching loyalty, even in the face of painful execution, that he elevated Suneemon's family from peasants to the ranks of the samurai.
  • Admiral Yi Sun-sin, arguably one of the most gifted naval strategists the world has ever seen, was repeatedly betrayed and brought down by a corrupt, Deadly Decadent Court and political infighting in a time when they could ill afford it: the Japanese invasion of Korea under Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He is renowned for setting very high standards for naval combat — namely, utter Curb Stomp Battles, costing the Japanese dozens of ships while suffering no losses among his own fleet. None of his court-appointed predecessors or replacements accomplished anything remotely close, instead suffering devastating losses. In a time where other men would've simply thrown in the towel and abandoned any further efforts to work to save a government that was effectively shooting itself in both feet with every decision, Admiral Yi continued to fight to save Korea even when he was demoted or accused of treason repeatedly by jealous individuals. He likely did not do so out of loyalty to the court, but instead did so out of loyalty to his nation and its people. Yi was loyal even unto death, his sheer charisma motivating his fleet to win the day after he had been killed by a Japanese rifle shot in the middle of his final battle.
  • Some species of animal will remain faithful to their breeding partner for all its life. For example, the Shingleback has been known to even stay by the side of their partner if they die for days on end.