A Messianic Archetype is expected to die and that would be in the hands of someone.
These characters would often be an antagonist and get karma treatment from their actions. Whether it's a death by their own fault, a conversion of sides, or something else that affects them greatly. Sometimes, they can even become a follower of the said Messiah.
May involve a long weapon or The Lance of Longinus, which features heavily in the legend. Contrast Don't Create a Martyr, when someone avoids killing the messiah figure to avoid them achieving their martyrdom.
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- Two of these in Code Geass:
- In One Piece, it's revealed that Hody Jones was the one who killed Queen Otohime, not the suspected human (Hody and Otohime are members of the prejudiced Fishmen/Merfolk race). Hody has a very contrasting view on human-fishman relationship when compared to Otohime, and being an extremist that he is, not only did he kill her - years later, when he attempts a coup on Fishman Island, he ordered its inhabitants to commit Fumi-e (stepping on an image) on their late queen. The "karma" part comes when Jinbe orchestrated Luffy and co (who are a crew of humans, and a reindeer-man) to defeat Hody and his crew to symbolize that Hody's views are wrong.
- Thymilph from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, who uses a Blade on a Stick to kill Kamina. He's killed right by the same man ten times over with with the series' first Giga Drill Break.
- In Stranger Than Fiction the Messiah is Harold Krick, an otherwise ordinary tax man who hears a constant omniscient narrator who spoilers him on his upcoming death. Long story short, it's his author who will be his Longinus, and once she finds out he's real and she means to kill him... well, lets just say the though of killing someone she knew intimately hit her hard. She's been building him up as an example of a man who redeems himself from an unhappy life (and his death would involve a heroic sacrifice). In this case her spear is her typewritter. Ultimately subverted in that she decides that because her original story didn't have Harold know of his death, and since the "real" Harold did know and was still willing to die... He was precisely the sort of person you should try to keep alive.
- Casca: The Eternal Mercenary, in the eponymous book series. Obviously, since Casca is the first name of Casca Rufio Longinus.
- There is a short story called, appropriately enough, "Judas" by John Brunner (part of Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions), which is the memoirs of a man who destroyed an artificial intelligence that had become a Messiah to the world though its multiple world-changing decisions and high charisma. A-46 (the Android Jesus of the tale) was just the symbol of humanity's dependency on technology gone way too far.
- The Bible:
- While Jesus is executed by the state, it's his apostle Judas Iscariot who sells him out so he can be executed, and Pontius Pilate who authorizes the crucifixion. Depending on the gospel Judas may have been possessed by Satan, or was Driven to Suicide from the guilt of his role in Jesus' death.
- Some texts state legionary who delivered a mortal blow to Jesus on the cross by stabbing him in the side with a spear(others just have him pierce an already dead Jesus). A later legend names this Roman soldier as Longinus, who on stabbing Christ was struck by a spurt of blood which struck him in the face and healed an unspecified illness - generally agreed to be an eye defect of some kind. The legend says that Longinus realised the enormity of what he had done, and converted to Christianity by way of atonement, later becoming a martyred saint.
- In the Dragon Age lore, the Tevinter Archon Hessarian was the one who convicted Andraste, the resident Messianic Archetype-slash-Jeanne d'Archétype, and ordered her burned at the stake (making him also a Pilate Archetype) but he was also the one who mercy killed her with a sword at the pyre and became the first ever convert to the Chant of Light, formed around her teachings.