"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They'll race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders."
― Jor-El, Man of Steel teaser trailer
"Ha! Not a memory to your name, yet you are as intent as ever to charge forward with only courage and justice on your side. You have not changed a bit. Once a hero, always a hero."
― Impa (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

The ability to use the powers and characteristics of a true hero archetype. Note that this is essentially a definition of an archetype. Opposite to Dark Lord.

Also Called

  • Blazing/Shining/Radiant/Luminous Hero
  • Emperor of Light
  • Hero/Lord of Light/Righteousness
  • Messiah/Redeemer/Savior
  • True Patriot/Hero/Heroine/Warrior/Soldier
  • White Knight
  • Light Lord


User is a True Hero, a person who lives to help others, but in a way that shows those people how to help themselves, in the face of danger, combats adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing their own personal concerns for a greater good. They possess benevolent abilities and often command loyal friends, allies and followers. These individuals also love to spread freedom, redemption and hope to others that are wrongfully enslaved by evil rulers even towards the evil rulers themselves. Anyone can be a True Hero; some are human, basically chosen ones, many have true and just nature and certain holders of the title are actually manifestations of their true, righteous goodness that lies within themselves.

True Heroes and Dark Lords are famously known as the perfect enemies throughout the fictional universe and reality.





  • Will be opposed by malevolent forces.
  • May be manipulated.
  • May be equal or in servitude to a more powerful being (another True Hero, a Transcendent Being or a Righteous Figure).
  • Temptation may either void the power or corrupt into a Dark Lord.

Known Users

See also: The Cape and The Paragon


  • Jack (Samurai Jack)
  • Lion-O (Thundercats)
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers)


  • Batman (DC Comics)
  • Green Lantern (DC Comics)
  • Superman (DC Comics)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Captain America (Marvel Comics)
  • Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)


  • Hercules (Hercules)
  • Moana (Moana)
  • Grandmaster Jedi (Star Wars)
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
  • Primes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)


  • Jesus Christ (Christianity)


  • Harry Potter (Harry Potter)

Live Action TV

  • Wyatt Halliwell (Charmed)
  • Leo (Charmed)
  • Jon Snow (Game Of Thrones)
  • Peter Petrelli (Heroes)
  • Arthur (Merlin)
  • Spartacus (Spartacus)


  • Son Goku (Dragon Ball)
  • Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
  • Mumen Rider (One Punch Man)
  • Saitama (One Punch Man)
  • Shiba (Rave Master); the First Rave Master
  • Haru Glory (Rave Master); the Second Rave Master

Video Games

  • Ryu (Breath of Fire I)
  • Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns)
  • Cole MacGrath (inFAMOUS Series); with Good Karma
  • Riku (Kingdom Hearts franchise)
  • Sora (Kingdom Hearts franchise)
  • Spyro (The Legend of Spyro)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda series)
  • Commander Shepard (Mass Effect); as a Paragon
  • Noishe (Tales of Symphonia); as one of his evolutionary states
  • Undyne (Undertale); as Undyne the Undying
  • Frisk (Undertale)
  • Adol Christin (Ys series)