"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

  • Benevolent One
  • 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.


  • Batman (DC Comics)
  • Green Lanterns (DC Comics)
  • Superman (DC Comics)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Captain America (Marvel Comics)
    • Eilijah Bradley
    • Steve Rogers
    • James "Bucky" Barnes
    • Sam Wilson
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Jack (Samurai Jack)
  • Lion-O (Thundercats)
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers)
  • Hercules (Disney’s Hercules)
  • Moana (Disney’s Moana)
  • Ben Tennyson (Ben 10)

Live Movies

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



  • Harry Potter (Harry Potter)

Live Television

  • Wyatt Halliwell (Charmed)
  • Leo (Charmed)
  • Jon Snow (Game Of Thrones)
  • Hiro Nakamura (Heroes)
  • Peter Petrelli (Heroes)
  • Merlin (Merlin)
  • Arthur (Merlin)
  • Spartacus (Spartacus)
  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Bobby Singer (Supernatural)


  • Son Goku (Dragon Ball series)
  • Sairaorg Bael (Highschool DxD)
  • Dulio Gesulado (Highschool DxD)
  • Issei Hyodou (Highschool DxD)
  • Sirzechs Lucifer (Highschool DxD)
  • Vasco Strada (Highschool DxD)
  • Jonathan Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part I Phantom Blood)
  • Joseph Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Jotaro Kujo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Muhammed Avdol (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III Stardust Crusaders)
  • Jean Pierre Polnareff (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Hayato Kawajiri (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part IV Diamonds are Unbreakable)
  • Iihiko Shishime (Medaka Box); the original version
  • All Might (My Hero Academia)
  • Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
  • Mumen Rider (One Punch Man)
  • Saitama (One Punch Man)
  • Haru Glory (Rave Master); the Second Rave Master
  • Shiba (Rave Master); the First 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)