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10 Anime Characters Who Have Beaten Gods

For anime characters, defeating entire armies can be a basic achievement. A handful of characters can wipe out thousands of enemies like it's a Dynasty Warriors game, and fans think nothing of it because of the sheer power they often on display. When something happens, it's easy for the power scaling to get way out of hand truly. Some anime characters don't stop until they've gone head to head with godsーand won.

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It could be a hero, villain, or even a mentorーregardless of who did it. These characters proved themselves to be either incredible in combat or tactical geniuses who showed they could defeat an existence as powerful as a god.

10 Majin Buu

Majin Buu was created by the magician Babidi, and for a time, he was easily the most fearsome being in the entire universe. He went through all the four major galaxies and laid waste to many planets. Majin Buu started punching higher and higher until he was battling literal gods, as the Supreme Kais are considered to be even above Kami and King Kai. He had no problem battling gods and absorbing a Supreme Kai.

9 Godou Kusanagi – Campione

The entire purpose of Campione is to defeat gods who have decided to start wandering the Earth and causing trouble for humanity. Godou Kusanagi is the lead character of the series and finds himself up against the Persian god of victory, Verethragna. After Verethragna explains that his blade can cut through divinity itself, Godou finds a way to steal the sword and uses it to take the god out once and for all. In doing so, he’s imbued with the power of the fallen god, which sets him on the road to battling other such gods and saving humanity.

8 Bahamut - Rage Of Bahamut

This anime is in a universe where there are gods and demons alike. They both exist in separate realms while occasionally interacting with the humansーbut regardless of how powerful they are. None of them want to even think about fighting Bahamut. The character has wiped out gods and demons alike with ease, and it took the combined effort of all of them to seal him off. But even with that, Bahamut successfully managed to take out Poseidon before he was sealed away.

7 Sherria Blendy – Fairy Tail

The Alvarez Empire’s Spriggan 12 possessed some of the most impressive mages Fairy Tail had ever faced. And Dimaria Yesta, in particular, was someone they didn’t even have the means to defeat on their own.

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As it turns out, she not only had control over time but access to the god of time. Fortunately, Sherria was a Sky God Slayer—but her magic wasn’t developed enough, and so she needed the help of the Third Origin to unlock all the magic she would ever master. She gave her potential to protect her friend, Wendy Marvell, using the boost to rout Dimaria.

6 Ange - Cross Ange

Ange was once a princess about to take over her country when they discovered she was a Normaーa being without magic. Banished to another island, Ange was forced to fight against monsters known as DRAGONs in giant robots called Para-mails. During the series, Ange battles against the world's creator, Embryo, whose goal is to wipe out humanity and start over. Despite his powers, once Ange figures out how to cut him off from his source of magic, she steals the victory.

5 Atem – Yu-Gi-Oh

When things began, Yu-Gi-Oh was about helping Yugi’s partner regain his memory. But Atem finally recovering his memory wasn’t enough. In the end, he had to return to his own time and battle against Zorc Necrophades, a being created from the hearts of the people of the time period. His power pre-dated that of the Millennium Items themselves, and he nearly managed to win yet again. But Atem took the power of the three Egyptian god cards and combined them to create Horakhty, the god of light, and save everyone by erasing Zorc for good.

4 Yato – Noragami

Most of Noragami is about Yato trying to earn a name as a fortune god by doing jobs for humans.

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But eventually, the series delves into Yato’s past, where it’s explained the character was once a god of calamity. In that role, the entire reason for his being was to kill every god that had ever lived, which means he has a history of taking out gods, even if that’s a past he’d rather forget.

3 Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

When Ed faced off against Father, it was after Father had achieved his ultimate goal and absorbed the being that described themselves as Truth. With that power, Father was essentially a god in terms of powerーbut his energy still ran off of the Philosopher Stone. It took the combined efforts of multiple characters in the show to exhaust his powers, but in the end, it was Edward Elric who struck the final blow, taking him out of action.

2 Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail

By the end of Fairy Tail, all of them are too strong to be threatened by a Dark Guild. And that’s why even when Avatar’s plan to raise the god Ikusa-Tsunagi, it didn’t matter. The group took out all of Avatar’s head mages, and then Natsu Dragneel faced off against the battle god with his own power. Despite being a massive titan, Natsu used his flame magic to destroy the battle god from its own head.

1 Zamasu - Dragon Ball Super

Zamasu and Goku Black’s “Zero Mortal Plan” required them to do quite a bit of work on the back end to make it a possibility. As Supreme Kai students, they actually didn’t have the power to take out the gods of destruction. But they had more than enough power to defeat the Supreme Kai of their universe, Gowasu. They sealed off the god of destruction for their universe by doing so. They would find themselves able to do the same in every universe in their timeline, leaving no one to stop them from wiping out all humans on Earth before moving on to other planets and universes.

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Messianic Archetype

"And lo, Jesus said unto them: thou shalt make many fictional characters in My likeness."

Kaladin:I'm putting it all on the long bet. If I die, then they'll come out, shake their heads, and tell themselves they knew it would happen. But if I live, they'll remember it. And it will give them hope. They might see it as a miracle.
Syl:Do you want to be a miracle?
Kaladin:No. But for them, I will be.

The Way of Kings (first book of The Stormlight Archive)

While the word "messiah" has different meanings in different cultures and there have been dozens of claimants to the title according to Wikipedia, for most Western intents and purposes, the term has been Hijacked by Jesus, with Jesus becoming the Trope Maker.

In media, the Messianic Archetype is a character whose role in the story (but not necessarily personality) echoes that of Christ. They are portrayed as a savior, whether the thing they are saving is a person, a lot of people or the whole of humanity. They endure a sizable sacrifice as the means of bringing that salvation about for others, a fate they do not deserve up to and including death or a Fate Worse than Death. Other elements may be mixed and matched as required but the Messianic Archetype will include one or more of the following:

Some takes on what makes a Messianic Archetype include All-Loving Hero, the Dark Messiah (the extreme Anti-Hero version), The Antichrist, the False Prophet (the lying scammer version), and the Anti-Antichrist. However, keep in mind that All-Loving Hero and the Messianic Archetype are not synonymous. All-Loving Hero is about a character type with certain personality traits. The Messianic Archetype is about the role the character has in the events of the plot and can have any personality traits, even overtly villainous ones. Even spawns of The Devil themselves can be Messianic Archetypes (such as the more messianic versions of the Anti-Antichrist).

It's also not necessary for the archetypal character to be even remotely Christian. The Ur Examples include Osiris (Egyptian) and Inanna (ancient Mesopotamia and the actual city of Ur) making this trope Older Than They Think.

This trope is the good counterpart to the The Antichrist, which are characters inspired by the being of the same name as portrayed in the Book of Revelationnote though the book itself only refers to him as "The Beast".

Those who fall into this archetype are often Allegorical Characters. See Away in a Manger for Nativity parallels at an earlier point on the life timeline. Compare Madonna Archetype, Moses Archetype, Pietà Plagiarism, Crystal Dragon Jesus. Contrast Faux Symbolism. See A Protagonist Shall Lead Them for the pre-Christian model of "messiah".

Remember that while many Messiahs die (and many then come back to life), this is still not a Death Trope, so spoilers should still be marked.


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  • The most obvious example of this in AKIRA is, of course, the titular character, a godlike psychic mutant child whose extraordinary power could mean the end of the world as easily as its utter salvation; in the end, he 'dies' to create a new universe to contain his own and Tetsuo's man-made superpowers. Bonus points for his frothing-at-the-mouth cult following and his short resurrection in the movie.
  • This is being rather horrifically subverted in the Berserk manga; the people of Midland are suffering. The plague is decimating the populace. Bandits groups — the remnants of mercenaries left without livelihood because of the end of the Hundred Years War — are preying on the people. The heart of Midland, the great capital city of Wyndham, itself has been assailed by the horrible demonic Kushan Empire. The Demon Emperor Ganeshka of the Kushan Empire has the Princess Charlotte captive and intends to marry her to legitimize his conquest. However, a dream is had in common every night by the entire nation, of the Hawk of Light, the White Hawk which burns away the darkness, and is acknowledged as a miracle and an omen even by the Holy See. When the White Hawk finally does arrive, he is both beautiful and powerful, rescuing the princess from the Demon Emperor of the Kushan Empire, and saving the forces of the Holy See from being utterly annihilated with his great Band of the Hawk, which consists of both Apostles, superhuman soldiers which can each destroy legions single-handedly, and of the common men. The heroes and the common people both support him, for his deeds are both kind and miraculous. One problem though; the messiah is really Griffith, now named Femto, a demonic demigod, the aforementioned Apostles are demons as well, and it was established earlier in the manga that he is going to save the world just to drop it even further into darkness (if that is even possible). To make it even worse, it's implied that he is the legitimate Messiah as well.
    • Guts, however, is becoming a straight example. Farnese decides to follow Guts after seeing his strength of will during the events at Albion, where he fought off a horde of demons while everyone else simply panicked. Isidro admires Guts' martial skill and strives to be as much like him as possible. Schierke grows a crush on him and her experiences with him change her misanthropic viewpoint that humanity is not worth saving. Even Serpico, who is initially a rival of Guts', slowly grows to admire him.
  • Chrono and Rosette of Chrono Crusade share duties for this, in a way. Chrono falls in love with a woman known as Mary Magdalene and after her death sleeps in her grave for 50 years until he's woken up by Joshua and Rosette. Rosette, on the other hand, is spending her lifespan to give Chrono his powers and in the manga does eventually die from it...but comes back to life partially through sheer force of will and partially with the help of Mary's soul. In the anime this is made even more obvious when Rosette receives stigmata marks that allow her to heal people and harm demons. Both her and Chrono die at the end of the series and don't come back to life...although Aion does.
  • Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass often compares himself to a Messiah who produces miracles and can be seen as a Messianic Archetype at the end of the series. Or more accurately, a Dark Messiah. He redirected all the entire world's hatred upon himself so that the world may be united against him as a common enemy, causing peace.
    • His "dark" aspects come from his deep love for his friends (and younger sisters in particular), but really to everyone - to the point where he becomes ruthlessly vengeful against those who threaten the innocent.
  • Death Note: L gets this when Light is about to kill him.
    • Lightis a failed Messiah. His death causes everything he's worked for to collapse. The lyrics to the first OP (full version) even include the line "Am I a broken Messiah?"
  • Son Goku of Dragon Ball. The guy came to Earth from the stars, saved the world three times before he turned twenty. Gave his lifetwice for the Earth and is described as like an angel by his friends and family. This is more evident in the English dub. During the Frieza Saga, Goku refers to himself as "Justice, peace, light, and truth". This isn't present in the original manga, however. The fifth movie Cooler's Revenge was even more blatant in portraying Goku as Christ-like as he resurrects a bird with his Healing Hands.
  • Fist of the North Star
    • Toki. When given the power of the Hokuto arts, he uses them for healing instead of harming and often performs miracles for sick people. When he has to kill, he uses a technique that causes the victims to experience great euphoria as they die.
    • Shu; he bears a cross of stone to his death for the sake of one hundred innocents.
    • Yuria, who bears the Star of the Mother, heals the villain's troops and bandages the villain, and voluntarily agrees to die when Ken-Oh wants to kill her.
    • Kenshiro himself is the strongest source of goodness in the series and one of the first things he does with his Healing Hands is cure a girl's muteness and another woman's blindness later.
  • Freezing: Chiffon Fairchild becomes one at the end of the E-Pandora Arc. After Amelia transforms into a Nova, Chiffon tries to convince her to forgive the Chevalier for plotting to dispose of her and the rest of the E-Pandora when they outlived their usefulness to them, arguing that the Chevalier couldn't help themselves because they're only human. When Amelia refuses and begins to self-destruct, Chiffon performs a Heroic Sacrifice and absorbs the explosion at the cost of her life, explaining that she will take on Amelia's punishment, which humanity deserves, in order to protect her True Companions.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: As the long-awaited Priestess of Suzaku, Miaka is definitely this to the people of Konan. Also, in the prequel, Takiko is this to the people of Hokkan when she becomes the Priestess of Genbu. She doesn't think she's worthy of it, though.
  • Happy Sugar Life has Shouko Hida. Shouko is the only morally upright character in a world infested with mentally disturbed psychopaths, and is very compassionate, taking it upon herself to free her best friend Satou Matsuzaka from the darkness in her life, only to get stabbed to death. Shouko is also the only character in the manga and anime series who performed a true act of love by snapping a picture of Satou and Shio and texting it to Asahi at the cost of her life.
  • Hanyuu from Higurashi: When They Cry is an interesting example. She used to be a Messianic Archetype, to the point where she had her daughter ritually sacrifice her as atonement for the sins of the inhabitants of Onigafuchi, but has since come to reject her former philosophy. She now believes that people cannot atone for their sins through the sacrifice of others.
  • I'm Gonna Be an Angel!'s Noelle. She even has a halo and is, in fact, an angel, or more accurately, a 1/3 of an angel.
  • Touya in In Another World with My Smartphone is this. It's actually God's choice to send him to the world that needed him most. And considering he helps lots of people (including freeing slaves) and stops two assassination plots to usurp the throne, multiple coups (one involving undead uprising) and Fraze/Phrase invasions, he's pretty much that world's savior. It also helps that he's a Nice Guy. can use healing magic, nice to children (and occasionally makes toys new in that world), he's a demigod and is considered as God's adopted grandson.
  • Etienne from Innocents Shounen Juujigun is designed to be this. The whole story is about his adventure as God's chosen child, and he goes on said adventure with an intentionally chosen twelve "disciples". Later, he is betrayed by one of said disciples, decreed a heretic by the church, captured and executed (after many failed attempts at killing him), and has his body mounted on a stake and displayed as an example. He also reincarnates as his own son, and goes on to play a major part in ending The Crusades.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • Shiro, the Silver King in K - he doesn't strike one as the type to fill this role at first. As his follower, Kuroh, says, he is "just hopeless, lazy, irresponsible, cowardly, and lacks commitment... yet, I find myself wanting to stand by his side and fight for him." He mostly fills the "salvation" and "resurrection" elements of this. Like Lelouch, he's an All-Loving Hero except to those who threaten the ones he loves the most.
  • Elenore in Madlax tragically becomes one.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: PLANT Chairman Gilbert Durandal certainly sees himself as this, and puts a huge amount of effort into convincing the world of it as well. It helps that his main opposition are so Obviously Evil that he's looked at as a saint just for fighting them. When he puts his Utopia Justifies the Means project into action, he even names his Kill Sat equipped space station "Messiah" just in case anyone still had any doubts.
  • Monster: Tenma, who takes him upon himself to save everyone around him through great personal sacrifice. Justified, in that the Big Bad of the series, Johan, really is the worst person ever, and is sometimes referred to by other characters in the series as the Second Hitler, The Anti-Christ and the Devil himself.
  • William of Moriarty the Patriot is a Dark Messiah version often compared directly to Jesus by others, and hoping to bear the sins of removing evil from the world himself and die to save everyone else
  • Tragic of Mythic Quest is believed to be this by the Church of the Seeker, which was founded on this belief alone, despite his quite publicized decision to Save The Girl Screw The World.
  • The titular character from Naruto. Let's count his Messiah credentials... He is The Chosen One by prophecy. He has a number of devoted followers. He's persecuted for most of his early life for being a Jinchuriki. He's technically dead with Kurama extracted from him and is about to be revived to save the world and most especially he is the reincarnation of the youngest son of the Sage of Six Paths, AKA the God of Shinobi, who was chosen as the Sage's successor.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Yui Ikari (especially if you ask Gendo), Rei Ayanami who was a clone of Yui and Kaworu "He Died for Your Sins" Nagisanote oddly enough, he was based on The Mysterious Stranger's Satan. Shinji also has some Messianic elements, but really doesn't want to be one of these, but ended up acting as the channel for all the souls of humanity, along with Rei and Yui who had let herself be trapped in Eva-01. The parallel goes as far as Shinji forgiving everyone and deciding to redeem them, despite all the shit the world put him through.
    • As in Rebuild of Evangelion, this is definitely Kaworu more than ever: a crown of thorn analogue, Mark 06 Bible reference, walking on water (the game spin offs of Rebuild), literally carrying Shinji's sin and representing the hope for salvation and redemption. There's a song of Shinji's mindset that compares our protagonist to Judas hilariously.
  • In One Piece
    • Portgas D. Ace out of all characters fits this bill. Not only is Ace the son of the Greater-Scope Paragon and god-like figure Gold D Roger, but Ace has a cross tattooed on his back, uses a cross symbol in his attacks and in the Arc War Marineford Ace gives his life for Luffy. Essentially Ace died for the sins of the previous era and even long past his death he is immortalized by his loved ones.
    • Kozuki Oden although he’s based off Real LifeOutlaw Ishikawa Goemon, very quickly becomes a Jesus-analogue in the Wano Flash Back. He’s considered a radical among his people, he gains a group of followers and travels the world, at the end of his journey he is executed by the corrupt people of his country and performs a Heroic Sacrifice which saves all his followers, and long after he is gone people to regard him as a symbol of hope and righteous goodness. Also to hammer the point home, one of his most loyal followers (Kanjuro) betrays him much like Judas. In the present day, Ascended Fanboy and a self-proclaimed Oden, Yamato even refers to Oden's Journal as his bible.
  • Himeno, as the White Prétear, falls into this archetype at the end of the series. She puts her heart and soul into saving the Dark Magical Girl and accomplishes it by feeding all of her life energy to the demon that Fenrir created. This causes her to fall into a deep sleep, but since this is based loosely on "Snow White", True Love's Kiss wakes her up.
  • In the prologue of Princess Tutu, we're told a fairytale about a good Prince and an evil Raven who were locked in a furious battle. The fairytale was unfinished because the writer had died in the middle of writing the tale, but the Prince and Raven escaped the story so as to finish their battle. In the end, the Prince used forbidden magic to stab himself in the heart and shatter it, which sealed away the Raven at the cost of the Prince's personality and emotions. The story revolves around the Prince—Mytho—having his heart restored piece by piece by the titular magical girl.
  • Madoka in Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a selfless omnibenevolent and pure Moe girl who suffered temptation underthe Incubator, and would always try to put her friends before her own life, but Homura, the analogue of St. Peter, kept preventing her from doing so to make her continue to live for herself ("Get thee behind me Satan"). In the finale, Madoka takes all the multiplying Debt of Despair and suffering of all Magical Girls at every point in Space and Time into herself, preventing their mutation into the very abominations they fought against, and then becomes a Goddess of hope and compassion but at the cost of her eternal punishment of absorbing the despair of the Universe with her own hands. Made more effective by the fact that the Ending was premiered on the Real Life Good Friday 2011. However, unlike the classical depiction of the Messianic Archetype, which depicted the Messiah vanquishing the Satan figure (Incubator) to annihilation or eternal torture, Madoka recognized that the Incubator gave mankind civilization, and without them, we would still be naked and living in caves, which was why, despite not liking it herself, she let them exist while she bore the fallout of despair created by their civilization into herself. There are also alternative timelines in the series where she assumes a Messiah role from the very start especially if you ask Homura.
  • Oscar de Jarjayes in The Rose of Versailles. She even has a December 25th birthday, has 12 "disciples" and dies at age 33.
  • Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon. Who is even called the Messiah in Sailor Moon S and for the duration of that series possesses an item called the "Holy Grail." All of this was naturally censored from The '90s US dub, though only by removing religious names and not the actual plot elements.
    • The ending of season 1—She uses the silver crystal to defeat Metalia, dies, and makes a wish on the crystal that she, Mamouru, and the other senshi be returned to life as normal people. That doesn't last long...
  • Saori Kido, the reincarnation of Athena in Saint Seiya has more in common with Jesus Christ rather than her mythological counterpart, mostly due to her willingness to sacrifice herself in order to protect earth and mankind from the other Jerkass Gods. In the fourth movie, she and her saints battle against Lucifer in order to save Earth.
  • Seraph of the End:
    • Mikaela Hyakuya has blonde hair and blue eyes, has a name that means Godlike, and is literally a Seraph. He also counts as immortal as he's a vampire
    • Gilbert Chartres, Crowley's comrade from the light novels. He has blonde hair and blue eyes, is a religious Christian and everyone looks up to him as a leader, has True Companions that follow him and is betrayed by one of his followers. Oh, and he's a part of THOSE guys
  • Yoh Asakura from Shaman King is practically Jesus Christ in human form. He is extremely kind, has a heart of pure gold, believes in the goodness of everyone, and always puts EVERYONE above himself, even his enemies. His example is so strong that he literally changes practically every villain in the show, no matter how evil, into a good guy.
  • Considering that Kirito from Sword Art Online often goes up against Satanic Archetypes, it's unsurprising he would be this.
    • In Fairy Dance, Sugou is the Satanic Archetype in the setting, having stolen an entire Virtual World and declared himself as God. Kirito is only able to beat Sugou with Divine Intervention from Kayaba the real God of this setting, by giving Kirito the tools he needs to take the bastard down.
    • In Alicization, Kirito defeats Quinella, the Immortal Ruler and tyrant of the Human Empire (and another Satanic Archetype), but at the cost of becoming an Empty Shell in the process. Later on, when Gabriel who is a God-Emperor and yet another Satanic Archetype arrives (aided by Vassago, another Satanic Archetype dating back to Aincrad), it takes Kirito returning from being brain-dead much like Christ's resurrection, to harness all of the belief of the people of the world to defeat this new threat. More fittingly, Kirito's recovery and victory over Vassago and his forces and later Gabriel fits in with the Second Coming of Christ and his victory against Satan and his forces in the Final Battle in the Book of Revelation.
  • D-boy or Takaya Aiba from Tekkaman Blade is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold version this combined with Fantastic Racism and being treated as nothing but mere weapons and experimental subject by the military. Although, when you actually see his backstory, his Jerkass tendency is VERY justified.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Kamina died for our sins! And Simon follows in his footsteps once he starts power-leveling in badassery. By the end of the series, the entire universe is calling out his name in joy, and while he doesn't die, he chooses to become a nameless hermit.
  • In Trigun obviously it's Vash the Stampede who is the clear-cut Christ-analogue, being an All-Loving HeroFriend to All ChildrenBadass Pacifist. Vash's sole mission in the series apart from fighting his Evil Twin is spreading "Love and Peace" across the Crapsack World he lives in. Thanks to the guidance of his surrogate mother, Vash refuses to kill, refuses to let people get hurt, and does his best to bring joy back to the downtrodden town he walks through. Hell by the end of the series Vash is carrying a huge cross on his back.
  • Ulysses in Ulysses 31. The original Ulysses from The Odyssey may not have necessarily been a Messianic figure, but this one certainly is.
  • Hiryuu the Red Dragon King from Yona of the Dawn is a deity who descended from the heavens to live as a human among mankind to make the world a better place. However, the ungrateful humans turned against him and would have killed him if it weren't for the four dragon warriors coming to his rescue. Despite the mistreatment he suffers, Hiryuu continues to love humankind and strives to free them from evil. He dies after achieving peace in his era, but returns to Earth (albeit reborn as Princess Yona) after 2000 years (a "Second Coming", if you will) in the midst of a great political upheaval to bring peace and happiness for the people once again.
  • Yugi Mutou of Yu-Gi-Oh! is a clever deconstruction of this. Everyone who knows him agrees that he's pure light and they would do virtually anything for him, but against the world as a whole, he's a tragically misunderstood innocent—his pacifism gets him beaten up by school bullies on a regular basis, for example.
    • Pharaoh Atem could also with the trope. Seeing as he sealed his soul away in an 'unsolvable' puzzle for 5000 years (or 3000 years depending)in order to save the world from being consumed by the shadow realm.
  • Watashi no Messiah-sama : Exactly What It Says on the Tin


  • Sistine Chapel:
    • Since The Last Judgement depicts Christ's resurrection, it's only natural for the painting directly above it to depict a figure seen as foreshadowing Christ: the prophet Jonah, who is sitting back as if too large for his portrait.
    • The handsome young man dressed in white in The Temptations of Christ is a stand-in for Christ. His interaction with a Moses-looking Jewish priest emphasizes one of the larger themes of the Sistine Chapel's artwork, that the Old Testament and New Testament are continuous with each other.

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  • From the DC Universe, Superman. He is also Moses.
    • Jor-El (God) cast Zod (Satan) out of Krypton (heaven) and into the Phantom Zone (hell). Kal-El arrives in a star-shaped spaceship (Star of Bethlehem) and is found by the infertile Martha Kent (Virgin Mary).
    • Superman also has this role in Legion of Super-Heroes, being the inspiration of the heroes of that century.
    • It's an especially big element in the Animated Adaptation (see Western Animation).
    • Also in Smallville (see live-action television).
    • Let's not forget the movies too (see Film below)!
  • In the Marvel Universe, Him a.k.a. Adam Warlock, especially in the Counter-Earth saga, to the point of acquiring the Fan Nickname of "Space Jesus".
  • Spider-Man becomes this in Ultimate Marvel, especially when he dies.
  • Prince Fly Catcher of Fables.
  • Cable in Cable & Deadpool, so much so that he tries to sacrifice his life to show humanity that they can rise above war and prejudice. But, that doesn't mean that he is above a little violence to get things done.
  • X-Men has four big ones, all from the same Tangled Family Tree:
    • The first and best-known is Jean Grey, who as Phoenix saved the entire universe from extinction and then committed suicide to keep herself from blowing it up...then got better.
    • Second came Cable, as mentioned above.
    • Third came Nate Grey, who basically was Cable from an Alternate Universe without the virus holding his powers back and took it upon himself to be a mutant shaman, helping out ordinary people with his powers. Oh, and he resurrected Maddie Pryor, by accident, and the Age of Apocalypse version of Gwen Stacy, briefly, and also by accident. He also, naturally, died and came back from the dead at least twice, both times sacrificing himself for others - in the latter case, for the entire world. Sound familiar?
      • He's so much this trope that on his grand return in Dark Reign when he's looking to take Norman Osborn down by force all by himself (and he very nearly succeeds), he stops and informs a HAMMER Agent that she should go for that UNICEF job she was considering. On his return in 2018, he's fully embraced the role, claiming to be the literal second coming and making other Biblical allusions, while wandering around in white robes. He also takes it to Well-Intentioned Extremist levels, meaning that he's entirely willing to kill anyone in his way if he feels he has to (though he'd prefer not to). Later in the series, it's suggested that at least part of it was playing up to the role - the entire reason he's doing it is because he's dying as a result of getting his powers back and desperate to save the world while he can. And ultimately, he seems to consider Hope to be the 'true' Mutant Messiah.
    • And now we've got Hope Summers, the first mutant born after the Decimation, prophesied to be the last hope of mutantkind. What this means at this point is still anyone's guess, but she's become a kind of a walking MacGuffin for everyone with ideas regarding the future of mutants. To really drive the point home, when she gets back to the present and must save the Mutant Race, the story arc is called Second Coming. After that, the fact that she was raised by the above mentioned Cable, and name-checked as the then-current Mutant Messiah by Nate Grey, who had her as this even in his own Age of X-Man. Even Exodus, hardly the most humble of mutants, praises the power of the child he once tried to abduct and proselytizes about how "the prophecies ring true" when he is forced to fight her.
    • Magneto, on the other hand, can very easily be called a Dark Moses, fighting for the freedom of his people. (Bonus for the Moses parallel: he's Jewish.) Is killing a few humans that much worse than unleashing plagues and locust swarms and wiping out the firstborn of Egypt?
    • And to round off the Messiahs of the X-universe, in the nineties when Magneto was pushed from Dark Messiah to A God Am I territory he was given a messianic Mouth of Sauron in Exodus, who... well, the name's a little on the nose, isn't it? Despite not being pushed as hard in the messiah role since The '90s ended, he manages a traditional messianic feat that only Nate of the above-mentioned Messiahs can also claim — raising the dead.
  • J'on from The Great Power of Chninkel is a deconstruction of the Messiah. He's the only survivor of the endless war that is being fought between three tyrants before he is tasked by God himself to free his enslaved species, the Chninkel, from bondage or it will destroy the world in three days. He's only picked to be the Chosen One because he happened to be in the right place at the right time and finds himself thoroughly unsuitable for the role destiny has seen fit for him. He ends up sentenced to death when it turns J'on's sacrifice was all done for the sake of God's vanity to secure eternal worship. God destroys the world out of spite and J'on's story is lost to the sands of time.
  • The Silver Surfer is one twice over: First, he accepted the role of Galactus's herald to save his home planet from being destroyed, then defied Galactus to save the Earth from the same fate and was stripped of much of his cosmic power and exiled to Earth to be shunned by the very people he gave his freedom to protect.
  • Paulie from Circles. He was a very kind and wise soul, he had many followers, many people looked up to him, he brought a change to his part of the world, and many regarded him as a pure person. He had a huge influence on so many people, that nearly the entire city of Boston knows Paulie and brought him gifts and visited him when he was bedridden at the hospital. He has a very meaningful death and his absence leaves a huge impact.
  • Judas (2017): Amazingly, for a story with Jesus in it, it is Judas who exhibits these traits. His entire time in Hell, the artistic style portrays him with a black halo similar to how saints and Jesus himself is portrayed in Christian iconography. By the end of the story, his forgiveness saves Jesus from Hell and Judas ends up becoming a shepherd to the damned, even beginning to resemble him as well.
  • The Ultimates: Thor is a God-made man, sent by his father Odin to purify the earth.

    Fan Works 

  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Lampshaded a couple times. Vivienne Graham coming Back from the Dead in an Inhuman Human case as part of Monster X is compared to Jesus, and it fits because she died in a Heroic Sacrifice and upon her death she descended into the Devil's (Ghidorah's) jaws and was presumed dead by her human friends until after her resurrection when she unexpectedly returned to them.

    Mark Russell: Jesus.
    Vivienne: yeah?

  • Child of the Storm has Harry as a somewhat reluctant and much more mercurial example than most: he's the son of a god, he tends to associate with those that others reject and he even comes back from the dead. He's instinctively nice and kind, protective of those without power, and judging on outward appearance is completely alien to him. However, his temper and his hatred for injustice lead to comparisons to Magneto and with good reason, meaning that he borders on being a Dark Messiah at times. And that's even before one gets into the small matter of his potentially being the Dark Phoenix...
  • Played with in Ultraman Moedari. Moedari is apparently killed when Lunaram kicks the moon into his face, but his connection with Jake saves him and gives him his Trinity Form. The motif is a circle with a triangle with three circles inside of it with triangles inside, etc, and the finisher is cross-shaped. Ultimately subverted.
  • Empath in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf. Lampshaded by Tapper in "Smurfed Behind: The Passion Of The Smurfs".

    Tapper: You sacrificed an only begotten son that you loved dearly and smurfed a much greater family, Papa Smurf. That's what God did with Jesus. He smurfed us His best from heaven so that we too could become part of His family through the blood of His only begotten Son.

  • In Diamond in the Rough (Touhou), Shinki tells this to Brolli in Makai, that he might die in order to save Gensokyo. Brolli doesn't want that, but You Can't Fight Fate.
  • The protagonist of Fallout: Equestria, Littlepip, fits this trope. From obscure and humble beginnings, she sets out to fix a broken world, gaining followers and battling corruption along the way. In the ending, there are many clear parallels to the story of Jesus: Pip endures a figurative death and rebirth by Spike's fire, sacrifices her freedom for the sake of Equestria, and ascends to the SPP tower where she takes Celestia's side in watching over the ponies and controlling the weather, having been given a greatly extended lifespan—perhaps immortality—through mutation. The afterword even refers to the preceding story as an in-universe text: the 'Book of Littlepip'.
  • Arturia Pendragon in A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor, as perfectly described by Mother Giselle in their first conversation, when Arturia questions why exactly they are so accepting of her as the The Chosen One.

    Revered Mother Giselle: Well, I do not think you can blame them considering what has occurred for them to presume you such: a giant hole in the sky suddenly and abruptly pierces the Veil between worlds, allowing demons to come and wreak havoc on all across Thedas without restraint or mercy. From what I've heard personally, people were forced to watch for hours as various mages and soldiers tried their damnedest but couldn't produce the slightest effect on the Rifts, which seemed to be bottomless doors of demons that allow them to our world. All was seemingly to all...until you came. You having physically entered the Fade, which has only ever happened once before in all of our history, during the Breach, before walking out unscathed at the Temple of Andraste's Sacred Ashes, one of the holiest places in Thedas from the explosion that killed all but you, with the ability to close the Rifts; able to destroy one in mere moments, with many claiming that it was Andraste, the Maker's bride, blessing you with that ability you bare now and guiding you out of the Fade herself. In addition to that, you wield a holy blade, one that brings shame to all other of its kind, beyond what the teachings and works of any mortal is capable of and shining gold brighter than any other treasure in the world, burning demons of any kind from a mere touch and cleansing the corruption of evil of all kinds. Can you exactly blame anyone for presuming you as a messiah of sorts after all that's said and done?

    Films — Animation 

  • Frozen:
  • How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III possesses these traits in allegory. He possesses a higher knowledge that could enlighten those around him (dragon-training), is considered a criminal and punished in his efforts to educate others (disowned by his father), sacrificing himself to save others from their own ignorance (nearly dying from his and Toothless' battle with the Red Death, which he tried to warn his father about), "dying" and then "resurrection" (waking from a coma) with signs of his sacrifice apparent on his body (his prosthetic leg) and not only "saves" his people but creates a new dawn for mankind (one of peace between the Hooligan Tribe and dragons) that is violently opposed or taken advantage of by those who disagree (The Outcasts and the Berserkers). Sound familiar?
  • The titular giant of The Iron Giant. The Iron Giant arrives one day to Earth, befriends a young boy, is initially hated by those perceiving him as being a monster, and ultimately performs a Heroic Sacrifice, sparing the town from being leveled by a missile. However, because of his Healing Factor, this death doesn't stick.
  • The Lion King (1994): There is Mufasa. He dies after saving his son from the wildebeest stampede and has an ascension of sorts by joining the past kings in the sky.
  • The Scarlet Queen in Strawinsky and the Mysterious House is the stand-in for Jesus, being the agent of Elohim who saves the day by destroying the Rat King's evil books and giving the cello a purpose in Heaven. Sympathetic characters constantly wax poetic about her, and the movie outright tells the audience to worship her. This is very odd considering that scarlet is usually associated with sin in the Bible.
  • WALLE. In the film, he unwittingly saves humanity when he discovers a small plant that Eve later retrieves. He is also noteworthy as being the only functional WALL-E unit that was still operating, and much like Christ, WALL-E dies and has a "resurrection" of sorts. He also came into contact with two humans on the Axiom named John and Mary who discover that there was more to life than luxury.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • James Cole of 12 Monkeys has, amongst other aspects, the JC initials, the Cassandra Truth aspect of being a time traveller from the future whom no one (initially) believes, and the sacrifice of his life in his efforts to save humanity. He doesn't actually stop the release of the virus that killed off most of humanity's population, because it turns out the entire film is a Stable Time Loop, but his efforts to do so enable scientists to locate a pure sample of the virus, thus enabling them to create a vaccine.
  • Aurora in Babylon A.D. fits this trope to a T, but that's because she's actually been genetically engineered by the Noelite sect who hope to create a real-life 'miracle' in order to become the Number One religion in the world.
  • Chance the Gardener in the film Being There subverts this by appearing noble, wise, compassionate, and brave — to everyone except his former co-worker (and the audience), who can see that he is actually The Fool — until the Twist Ending, which implies a more literal form of the trope.
  • Bright: Jirak is the orcequivalent of this trope. 2,000 years ago, he united the Free Peoples and defeated the Dark Lord to save the world and is revered by orcs as their messianic figure. Ironically, most orcs had sided with the Dark Lord and because of this, are victims of racism and prejudice today for their ancestors' actions, nevermind it was one of their own that saved the world from the setting's ultimate evil.
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman of The Dark Knight. He's motivated by an unflagging belief in the essential goodness of the people of Gotham. Twice he takes a bullet for someone else (albeit while he's inside his car), first intercepting Joker's bazooka, then protecting Mr Reese from that guy in the big truck (even though Reese had been trying to expose Bruce less than an hour before). And then at the end, he takes Harvey Dent's sins upon himself. The Dark Knight Rises plays this up even further, with Bruce even descending into a metaphorical hell in the form of Bane's prison and ascending once more (and leaving a rope for the wrongfully-imprisoned prisoners to escape with) before returning after his "death" at Bane's hands to save Gotham. And at the end, he seems to sacrifice himself to carry away the fusion bomb (except he didn't).
  • Mr. Carpenter in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  • Dennis Quaid's character Willis Davidge in Enemy Mine is a Messianic Archetype and dies halfway through the movie. Fortunately, he gets better.
  • In a twisted way, The Man with No Name from the Dollars Trilogy. A tough-as-nails anti-hero, yet willing to help those in need. In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, he is referred to by Angel Eyes as a "golden-haired guardian angel", resigns to Tuco's attempt on his life in a passive, Christlike manner, and offers the final judgement on Tuco's soul, which was sparing his life and undoing his "crucifixion". In A Fistful of Dollars, his beating reflects the flogging of Jesus while the party outside is staged to look like The Last Supper. He rides into town on a mule, and during the final duel he appears to "resurrect".
  • Max himself in Elysium. In his childhood, the nun that he lives with states that he's bound to change the world. He ends up on a quest to save humanity by hacking Elysium to make everyone its citizens, gets "crucified" with exosuit parts drilled into his body, willingly sacrifices himself at the end, which enables all the people on Earth to get access to Elysium's medical facilities, basically giving them access to heaven.
  • E.T. in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, right down to the resurrection and the Michaelangelo touching of fingers between man and the Divine. So blatant was the parable it was spoofed on The Simpsons:

    Rev. Lovejoy: I remember another gentle visitor from the heavens, he came in peace and then died, only to come back to life, and his name was... E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial. (cries) I loved that little guy.

    • Not necessarily. Steven Spielberg himself had denied the connections, claiming his Jewish mother would've been enraged at him for directing a Christian allegory.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Oddlyenough, Tony Stark in The Avengers has very strong elements of this. He has a confrontation with a Satanic villain (Loki) who tries and fails to make him fall to The Dark Side, he is betrayed by the WSC, who ruthlessly orders the entire island of Manhattan to be nuked, he carries the nuke on his back through the city, saves the island and everyone on it by sacrificing his life to haul the nuke into space—by rising up through a wormhole into deep space, dies (temporarily, when his heart and lungs fail), falls back to earth, and then comes back to life. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony saves Earth and all of existence by using the Infinity Gauntlet to wipes out Thanos' forces with it at the cost of his life. In Spider-Man: Far From Home Tony is worshipped by society as a savior, and courtesy of a major Adaptation Relationship Overhaul, someone named Peter is tasked with carrying on his spiritual legacy. Also, Tony's mechanic skill is fitting for this trope since it is analogous to carpentry.
    • Steve Rogers aka Captain America also has some messianic stuff going on, some of which is carried over from his solo movie where he was The Chosen One, and also with his status as a legend and source of hope who sacrificed himself and has had a "second coming" by getting unfrozen from the ice. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rogers continues this concept a fair bit with the betrayal element being the main plot of the movie. His near death in the end also fits this rather well, as he truly was dying for the sins of SHIELD.
    • Thor can be seen as this also being the son of Big Good-deity Odin and in his first movie performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save his loved ones which helped him get resurrected. Thor also humbles himself like most Christ figures and refusing to become a ruler himself, knowing that power corrupts people and he'd rather live his life without expectations cast upon him. Thor: Ragnarok goes the extra step further of depicting Thor with a very Jesus-likevisage in a mural complete with Holy Halo.
    • Black Panther has a lot of elements of this being an incorruptible force of righteous goodness. T'challa not only forgoes his hatred and shows mercy to the antagonist Zemo in Civil War but in his solo movie he atones for the sins of his father and ancestors by spreading the wonders of his country with the rest of the world.
  • Joe Kenehan from Sayles's Matewan. He's a charismatic leader who's also an Actual Pacifist, his first action when coming into town is to heal someone, and he dies at the end.
  • The Matrix:
    • The Matrix: Neo, the prophesied savior known as "the One" bears a close resemblance to Jesus. He came before, but was prophesied to come again, and resurrects close to the end. On the other hand, he's far more violent than the Christian depiction, but perhaps would be closer to Jewish views of the Messiah as a warrior king. Morpheus may also resemble John the Baptist, Trinity Mary Magdalene, and the Oracle the various prophets who are believed to have foretold Christ.
    • In Reloaded, there's a kiosk of religious pictures and statues and symbols that Neo passes by on his way to another adventure.
  • Subverted by Monty Python's Life of Brian. (He's a very naughty boy).
  • Aronofsky'smother! has two. The baby that mother conceives with Him is an obvious stand-in for Christ coming down from his birth to his killing and subsequent cannibalization by Him's followers. Mother can be seen as a representation of many different aspects such as Mother Nature, the Virgin Mary, and later a Satanic Archetype. The film makes a point in how mother continually gives and gives, culminating in her willingly giving her heart to Him so that he could start again. She is even carried by Him in a fashion similar to how the Virgin Mary is said to have held Jesus when he was removed from the cross.
  • The 1995 film Powder (not to be confused with the video game), which either replicates the story of Jesus Christ or replicates the story of ET. Either way, someone deserves some royalties for the story of a boy whose mother was struck by lightning when she was pregnant, leading to an outcast son with incredible intellect and human empathy, who can raise the dead by his touch, only to be raised to the heavens when he is struck by a bolt of lightning when refusing to bow to the laws of society... or something like that.
  • Enzo in Reality is seen by Luciano as a Messianic figure. There's even a sequence in which Enzo is suspended over a crowd with lighting suggestive of artistic depictions of Christ's Transfiguration, with his arms spread as if he is being crucified.
  • Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequels. He is the "saviour" of the Apes, conceived from a miraculous birth (the only ape born intelligent rather than artificial brain modification) gives all Apekind the gift of Intelligence (ALZ-113) and leads them to an exodus away from the Human oppressors to the "Promised Land" of the forests where they can live in peace. Everyone, even Koba, looked up to him as a sort of God-Emperor but despite all this, he retained an overwhelming sense of compassion, understanding, and tolerance to all sapient life — human and ape alike. He follows a strict self-imposed morality of Ape Shall Not Kill Ape, seeking to avoid war whenever is possible, though if you cause him trouble, he definitely knows how to kick your ass. Of course, no Ape version of Christ can be complete without a catastrophic betrayal caused by his most trusted "brother": Koba, who "killed" him, dismantled all of Caesar's work and led the Apes to immoral brutality and persecution of both humans and Caesar's remaining apostles. Caesar even metaphorically "rose from the dead" when Malcolm found him, brought him back to Heaven (Will Rodman's house), and returned to Apekind injured but stronger, ending in the apes "repenting" and Koba's damnation into Hell. His personal symbol, the sequin-like window of Rodman's house even became the universal symbol of Ape liberation ala the Chi-Rho of early Christians.
  • RoboCop: Believe it or not, Robo's the American Jesus.. Paul Verhoeven said he wanted to make a film about an "American Jesus" and there are multiple allusions to this, like Murphy being mocked and tortured before he's killed (and the Impaled Palm scene), his dying and being resurrected, and a scene where it looks like he's walking on water. He even gets pierced in his side with a spear.
  • Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman is both this and the Apocalypse Maiden.
  • Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars is The Chosen One conceived by the Force itself. His character is a good example of why you generally want The Chosen One to be paired with this trope. Of course, he turns to the dark side for a bit there, becoming a sort of Dark Messiah and Antichrist, before ultimately turning back to the light side in Return of the Jedi. As such, this trope is Double Subverted.
    • To a certain extent, Luke is as well. He is The Chosen One—the one whom Obi-Wan and Yoda train to become a Jedi. He gains a group of devoted followers (the Rebel Alliance, though mostly Han, Leia, Chewie, C3P0 and R2), and gallivants about spreading good and performing miracles like blowing up the Death Star. At the end of the sixth movie, he refuses to fight or resist his fate, then is zapped by the Emperor's lightning (his "death" scene). He manages to redeem evil while he's at it. The Last Jedi takes it to the logical end as Luke gives his life to save others, and becomes one with the Force.
      • Ironically, other Jedi expected both of them to bring balance to the Force. Perhaps they did, but it took a Prophecy Twist (Anakin having kids and turning evil) or two to get them there.
    • Cracked makes a good argument for Han Solo actually usurping the position of Messiah from Luke. When Luke heads off to Dagobah, Han takes over the role, is betrayed by a friend, tortured, "killed", and eventually resurrected.
    • You can also make a strong argument for Obi-Wan Kenobi being a Jesus figure, considering he is a wise and kind mentor who has walked the desert, been betrayed by his close friend, and performed a Heroic Sacrifice. It also helps Obi-Wan Looks Like Jesus especially in Attack of the Clones. Out-of-Universe some Real Life churches have even mistakenly used Obi-Wan’s visage to represent Christ.
  • Even though some elements of this are present in the comic book, the Superman movies take it much further:

    Jor-El: Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son.

    • Also, almost all of the versions of Superman have him assume the figure of Jesus on the cross, arms spread wide/one foot slightly higher than the other, whenever he is "absorbing" sunlight, or in a dangerous situation.
  • John Connor in Terminator has the initials going for him, and is a savior who will deliver humanity from the apocalypse. Much of the movies deal with the good guys trying to ensure he is born/lives to save humanity, with the villains trying to prevent that instead. And ultimately, no matter how much the timeline changes, John will be one to do it, and no one else, because You Can't Fight Fate. He's the linchpin of the rebellion and the world would be doomed without him.
  • Will Caster by the boatload in Transcendence. He was persecuted and then murdered for heresy, allegedly for the greater good but more for the benefit of the persecutors. He rises again from the dead and starts working miracles, starting with healing a dying man, a blind man, and a lame man (in that order) before eradicating pollution, purifying all of Earth's fresh water, and who knows what else. He is then killed again by those afraid of his gifts. It's later hinted he may rise again in the future, too.
  • Kevin Flynn in TRON. In the world of Tron, the Programs see Users in a divine light. Plus, as Jesus was God who became man, Flynn was a User who became Program... to save them from the Antichrist.
  • Selene in Underworld (2003) is a rather twisted example of this trope since she is a vampire anti-hero, but she qualifies: she is viewed as a traitor by fellow vampires and persecuted, but over the course of the movies she manages to perform "miracles" such as resurrect the dead using her blood, comes back to life and stronger than before and effectively becomes revered as her race's leader.
  • X-Men Film Series: Professor X's role is reminiscent of Christ. Xavier is an All-Loving Hero who suffers greatly to be a savior of mutants and humans alike, even though the latter persecute him. He is the leader of his True Companions, who live by and defend his philosophy, and he is betrayed by one of his followers.note Magneto is regarded as an Obvious Judas by the fandom. Charles is literally resurrected in The Stinger ofX-Men: The Last Stand. This association also extends to imagery, where he takes Jesus' position in a Pietà Plagiarism (X-Men: First Class), is briefly given a Holy Backlight and a Crucified Hero Shot (X-Men: Days of Future Past). When he has a beard and lets his hair grow long, he even Looks Like Jesus. For X-Men: Apocalypse (which deals directly with religious themes), Bryan Singer has made a reference to a figurative resurrection in this snapshot by calling it "Xavier reborn." The director explicitly says that Professor X is analogous to Christ in the franchise.

    "I've gotten to explore Professor X when he was an older, bald, wise man, when he's insecure, when he's defenseless, when he's powerful. He's more of a Christ figure. He chooses to be a teacher. He could go inside Cerebro and rule the world, but he chooses not to. He chooses to teach and preach and hope that people follow his message: peace and unity. And I've gotten to see him as a drug addict and a loser, and in this movie, you're going to get to see him prosperous and almost blindly optimistic, and how he changes."

    • James McAvoy was asked in this interview to boil down his character to only three essential elements, and the actor answered, "Empathetic, generous, and slightly suffering from a messianic complex. [...] He thinks he's the Second Coming of Christ, he thinks he's gonna save the world."


  • In Camouflage, Danilo starts off as a belligerent closet case, but as the novel progresses his actions become selfless to the point that he is remembered as an aspect of Jesus to the gay men he saved from execution.
  • Owen Meany from A Prayer for Owen Meany. He even quotes Jesus directly with John 11:26 when he is dying.
  • Jesus Christ from The Bible. No further explanation needed.
    • While most modern Messianic Archetype characters are explicitly or implicitly likened to Christ, Jesus himself was likened to various Old Testament figures — most explicitly King David and the obscure priest-king Melchizedek — of whom several took on messianic undertones. Some Jews even believe Melchizedek, or a Second Coming thereof to be one of four literally Messianic figures (usually alongside Elijah, the Son of David and the Son of Joseph) who between them will usher in the Messianic Age.
  • Mc Murphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Paul "Muad'dib" Atreides in Dune plays on this by manipulating people into thinking he's a Messiah to achieve his own goals. He genuinely does have several amazing powers, but the one that really ruins his whole life is his clairvoyance.
  • Pacifica Casull, the eponymous Scrapped Princess, follows this trope to the letter.
  • Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, a.k.a. Talking Lion Jesus, and/or Combat Jesus. As That Guy with the Glasses put it in his 5-second version:

    Susan: But Aslan, how?
    Aslan:Because I'm Jesus!

  • John Galt in Atlas Shrugged, complete with a Crucified Hero Shot as he's enduring Electric Torture at the hands of the villains. Subverted, since he's not acting out of altruism. Arguably Galt is an inversion of at least some components of the trope. His plan of going on strike in order to bring economic activity to a halt, and thus causing civilization to collapse and rebuild itself involves witholding a "salvation" and forcing society to confront the actual consequences of its morality of Comtean altruism (the morality which is at the core of the Messianic Archetype). Applying Fridge Logic to his plan's obvious consequences (i.e. lots of people die as a result of civilization's collapse) had led to some readers seeing Galt as a Dark Messiah instead of a Messianic Archetype.
  • Brutha in the Discworld book Small Gods. He may not be The Chosen One — he's only chosen by his god Om because there's no-one else around, and Om keeps wishing there was — but hanging out with a god that turns out not to be what he'd always imagined and seeing a lot of things and new places makes him grow into a prophet of his own accord. And then he gets something like a Crucified Hero Shot...
  • Father Zosima in The Brothers Karamazov is a mix of the Messianic Archetype and The Mentor.
  • Rand al'Thor (AKA "The Dragon Reborn", the "Car'a'carn", the "Coramoor", "He Who Comes With the Dawn"...) from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, a Chosen One in a never-ending reincarnation cycle. Prophecy states that his blood will be spilled to free mankind from the Dark One, most people think that means Rand must die, including himself. He does, but he comes back in another body due to Synchronization with the Nae'blis (he's actually that body's third inhabitant). Since prophecy also states that he will "break" the world, he is not always popular. He spends much of the series lamenting his status as the Chosen One but ends up an All-Loving Hero by the end.
  • Harry Potter. To finally vanquish Voldemort, Harry realises that he must sacrifice himself in order for the Horcrux within him to be destroyed. However, once he has "died", he chooses to come back to life to finish the job and kill Voldy in person. Phew — it is a tad complicated!
  • Bemossad in the Ea Cycle. And Estrella.
  • In Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • Coltaine of the Crow Clan in Deadhouse Gates. A hero to the Wickans whom they follow without questions and whom they almost worship, who leads tens of thousands of refugees he has no other connection to aside from being a Fist of the Malazan Empire across an entire continent, all while being under constant attack from religious fanatics. He then dies on a cross, his soul — too big to be taken in by one crow as would've been normal for his people — taken away by thousands of crows, and is reborn again on the Wickan Plains of Quon Tali.
    • Anomander Rake is the great hero of the TisteAndii race, who took it upon himself to lead and guide his race after their goddess, Mother Dark, had turned away from them. In book eight, Toll the Hounds, he sacrifices himself in order to bring back Mother Dark, thus bringing redemption to the Tiste Andii. Does this remind you of anyone?
  • In R. Scott Bakker's The Second Apocalypse, "Inrithism" is a Crystal Dragon Jesus version of Christianity. Anasûrimbor Kellhus learns to exploit the tropes of the religion to become exactly what Inrithi followers would see as a messiah. He preaches to the people and attracts thousands of followers until the people in charge feel threatened and convict him of heresy. He's hung up to die in a manner called "circumfixion," but comes back even stronger, now with the circumfix as his symbol. It's all just a means to an end for Kellhus, however.
  • Ender Wiggin in the Speaker for the Dead series, who connects three alien races together in peace, and always (with the exception of his unknowing xenocide as a child in Ender's Game) answers violence with love, stating that to vanquish an enemy, you have to know him, and in knowing him, end up loving him. An easy example is in Ender in Exile when he lets Achilles' son beat the shit out of him to prove that the boy is Bean's son, but refuses to fight back.
  • The White Prophet AKA the Fool in Robin Hobb's The Tawny Man trilogy.
  • Mistborn:
    • Playing around with this trope is one of the main threads of the book. A prophecy exists which refers to a figure called the Hero of Ages, but the prophecy has been tampered with by Ruin, the primordial god of entropy and destruction, who wants to trick the Hero into freeing him. As a result, several characters are identified as the Hero (and believe it) who really aren't. Most notably this includes Alendi, a legendary figure from the backstory, the Lord Ruler alias Rashek, the man who betrayed and killed Alendi and who is the current Evil Overlord, and the heroine, Vin. Ultimately, though, the Hero turns out to be Sazed, and even that doesn't really work out as expected and instead he picks up the literal pieces after the planets two Gods are killed fighting one another, becoming a single deity holding both of their powers and reforging the world.
    • Kelsier deliberately invokes this trope about himself in order to inspire rebellion but is unconnected to the Hero prophecy. It helps that he knew he was going to die, so hired a shapeshifter to impersonate him and inspire the people briefly after he was gone. In the Sequel Series there is an entire church devoted to him, plus the people near the south pole worship his revived self as a God after he saved them from freezing to death when Sazed fixed the planet's orbit.
  • Jim Conklin from The Red Badge of Courage. His initials are J.C., too.
  • Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. The scene where he is shot goes into great detail about how he bears his pool mattress on his shoulder to the pool, analogous to Jesus bearing the cross on his shoulder.
  • Aenea, from Dan Simmon's Endymion—referred as Messiah throughout the novels. Besides other supernatural attributes, clearly shows Messianic touch and gathers a large following throughout the galaxy in a short period of time. Willingly lets herself be tortured and burnt to death by... the Vatican.
  • Jim Casy from The Grapes of Wrath — a preacher whose name abbreviates to J.C. His last words are: "You don't know what you're doing."
  • Female example: Doyler's mother in At Swim, Two Boys. Among other things, when she's doing laundry, much is made about the transfer of the stains from the dirty clothes to her own apron.
  • Simon in Lord of the Flies.
  • Several examples in The Lord of the Rings, each fulfilling a different aspect of the Christ figure.
    • Played straight in Gandalf as the prophet, who is a divine being (Maia) in human form. He sees the virtues in little "children" (hobbits), leads the fellowship, drives the hypocrite from the "temple" (Wormtongue from King Théoden's court), and comes back from the dead-dressed in white, no less. However, when critics began drawing straight lines between Gandalf and Jesus, Tolkien stated explicitly that Gandalf is not meant as a Christ analogue.
    • Played with in Aragorn as the king; except for his ancestry, he is a normal human. He is the hidden descendant of a royal line, harrows hell (the Paths of the Dead), and restores the kingdom.
    • Frodo fulfills the role of high priest and sacrifice (or alternatively, the One Ring is the sacrifice and Mount Doom is the altar), a hobbit who bears a terrible burden and constant temptation through the darkness of Mordor, suffering for the salvation of all good things. He also suffers a symbolic 'death' at the hands of Shelob. Subverted in that he is the Unchosen One, and in the end, he fails, and only with the intervention of Gollum does he achieve his mission.
  • From the The Silmarillion:
    • Subverted with Fëanor. He was the mightiest, most skilled, most puissant of all the elven race... and the source of their greatest woes. The ultimate case of You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good.
    • Played straight with Eärendil. All the Elven and Human kingdoms had been destroyed by Morgoth. He realized that only the might of the Valar could save what was left of them. He finally managed to reach Valinor (which only The Chosen One could do); and then Eärendil asked the Valar for pardon and aid for all the besieged survivors in Beleriand, even the exiled Noldor, and they granted it, finally defeating Morgoth and casting him from the world. His ship, bearing the Silmaril, was put up into the sky as a star, as a sign of hope for all in Middle-Earth. He quite literally saved the world. Also, like Jesus had human and divine parentage, Eärendil is one of the Half-Elven. Another point is that when he is a child he escapes death, the Fall of Gondolin.
  • Thomas Jerome Newton in The Man Who Fell to Earth (both novel and film, though the novel makes this more explicit) is sent to Earth to save his people by masquerading as a human businessman, amassing a fortune through his homeworld's technology, and using the profits to build a rescue craft; not only will his people be saved, but humanity will benefit for their presence when they start new lives on Earth. He sacrifices, he suffers, he's betrayed...and in the end, it's all for nothing, as he can't complete the mission, leaving him a despairing alcoholic.
  • The Counselor in The War of the End of the World.
  • The main plot of Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult is about a little girl named Faith who starts showing signs of being the Messiah after her parents' divorce. It starts when she begins reciting Bible passages, even though the only religion she was exposed to was Judaism (and not very much at that). She then starts seeing her "Guard" (a female God), brings her dead grandmother back to life, heals an AIDS sufferer, and develops stigmata (holes in the hands where the nails went into Jesus' hands on the cross). However, after custody is given to her mother Mariah, all of her messianic acts stop, making it seem like they were just ploys for attention. But it is left ambiguous as to whether she still gets visits from her "Guard".
  • The Conciliator (Severian) in Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun is this, very likely as an Invoked Trope brought about by the 'powers from above the stage'.
  • Even aside from the films, Luke Skywalker is especially this in Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. It's a year after Return of the Jedi and Luke has lost much of his youthful idealism. He's been worn down towards despair and only becomes moreso during the book. Still, he's savior many times over and in many ways, he sacrifices a lot and quite willingly, he's the Hope Bringer for many characters, he's entombed in stone and experiences a severe And I Must Scream but rises again, he has a great many followers and numbers former enemies among them, some followers (unwillingly) betray him and in the end, he is alone... Also, he has a good dose of the personality, one who suffers greatly and still has great compassion. It's actually partly manipulated by the Big Bad, but here's a line-

    "My lord! Forgive me, I did not know you!"

  • Matt from The Power of Five. Both of him.
  • Creation Man And The Messiah by poet Henrik Wergeland has a divine Messiah, presented as the most divine of the celestial beings. He intervenes to inspire the earthly Jesus in his task. This presentation was so controversial it cost the author his priesthood (he wrote it while still a student). In 1845 he rewrote the work and renamed the being Akadiel.
  • Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games has shades of this. Beginning with almost sacrificing herself for her sister, she becomes a Hope Bringer for the nation through her actions and choices in the Games. She is all but legally persecuted by President Snow and the Capitol government and endures more physical and emotional trauma over the course of the trilogy. And there's a scene in Mockingjay of her in a makeshift hospital that echoes scenes of Jesus surrounded by desperate but adoring believers. The Catching Fire movie really hammers the point by having Katniss in a Crucified Hero Shot as she's being lifted from the arena.
  • Jake Chambers from The Dark Tower. He's an innocent boy who has the JC initials (although there's no proof that this was intentional). In the first book, he has to die for Roland to be able to catch the Man in Black and find out about the Tower, and he later "comes back to life" through a time paradox that prevents him from originally being sent to Roland's world. In the "argument" sections where the earlier books are summarized, Jake is referred to as a "symbolic son". And in the last book, Jake jumps in front of the van to save Stephen King, thus sacrificing himself to save all existence from being destroyed.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has several in-universe examples that have yet to be confirmed in the books, which have led to manyEpileptic Trees among the fandom.
    • The Targaryens believed in the Prince That Was Promised, a hero from their family line who would revive the dragons. Jaehaerys Targaryen married his sister and forced his children to marry each other because a woods-witch prophesied that the Prince would come from their line. Rhaegar Targaryen was heavily invested in this prophecy, initially believing he was the Prince but then comes to believe that it was his son Aegon. Aemon Targaryen believes that Daenerys is the Princess That Was Promised because she actually did bring three living dragons into the world after they had been extinct for a century.
    • The followers of the Lord of Light believe that Azor Ahai, a legendary hero from thousands of years ago, will be reborn and save the world from the Second Long Night and the Others with a Flaming Sword called Lightbringer. Melisandre, a red priestess, is currently backing Stannis Baratheon, whom she believed to be Azor Ahai reborn but other members of her faith seem to believe that Daenerys is Azor Ahai reborn.
    • The Dothraki believed that Daenerys and Drogo's unborn son was to be the Stallion Who Mounts the World, the greatest khal of khals. Then subverted when Rhaego was stillborn. But since khals are known for war, conquest, and general brutality, he may have been a Dark Messiah had he lived. Although, there are some hints that it actually refers to Daenerys' dragon Drogon..
    • Jon Snow, unlike the aforementioned examples, isn't connected to any prophesies in-universe, but he has all the classic messiah traits. He's heroic, honourable, good-hearted, is an outsider as the illegitimate son of a noble raised with a young lord's upbringing, learned to live humbly when he was with the Night's Watch and wildlings, suffers from Chronic Hero Syndrome, is trying to save everyone from the threat against humanity (the Others), and was stabbed by his own men. Since his last chapter in A Dance For Dragons ends in a cliffhanger, many fans think he'll survive or be resurrected. Another popular fan theory is that he's actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, which would put him in the running for the Prince That Was Promised, and since he's one of the few characters actually doing something about the Others, many fans believe he might be Azor Ahai reborn.
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull is about a seagull who discovers that the true purpose of life is to learn to fly as fast and as high as physically possible, then transcends his mortal existence and learns that his true path is to return in spirit to the world and teach others to do the same.
  • Lissa Dragomir from Vampire Academy, is a charming, beautiful, and naturally regal princess who heals the wounded, inspires the common people, and brings back Strigoi to their original state.
  • Myssia, in The Will Be Done, was a potential messiah. It doesn't work out, to put it mildly.
  • The Way of Kings (the first book of The Stormlight Archive): Kaladin invokes this trope when he's strung up in a Highstorm by telling his men he'll survive, despite knowing the chances are unbelievably low.

    Kaladin: I'm putting it all on the long bet. If I die, then they'll come out, shake their heads, and tell themselves they knew it would happen. But if I live, they'll remember it. And it will give them hope. They might see it as a miracle.
    Syl: Do you want to be a miracle?
    Kaladin: No. But for them, I will be.

  • In The Testament Of Jessie Lamb, in a world where a disease kills every single pregnant woman in a slow and painful way, Jessie Lamb decides that she wants to volunteer for carrying a frozen fetus that has been vaccinated against the disease, to term. Which means that she will lie in a medication-induced coma for nine months while the disease destroys her brain, then be allowed to die, while her child might possibly live. She does it so that mankind can live on. Her name is also quite symbolic.
  • Enjolras from Les Misérables. He leads a band of loyal friends/followers in a doomed attempt to fight the injustice of the monarchy, and when it becomes clear that he has no hope of succeeding, he chooses to Face Death with Dignity and ends up 'nailed' to the wall with bullets. His angelic beauty and Incorruptible Pure Pureness give off Too Good for This Sinful Earth vibes.
  • Darrow from Red Rising. Over the course of the trilogy, he gathers a group of friends who willingly follow him even after discovering his true origins, is betrayed by one of them in the second book, and has part-literal/part-figurative resurrections in books one and three.
  • A giant griffin represents Christ in The Divine Comedy. The griffin has two natures (lion and eagle) that mirror the two natures of Jesus (human and divine), it mightily denies to eat from the corrupting Tree of Knowledge, and the griffin guides a Sun-bright chariot that represents the Church. The griffin also is a mixture of three colors: gold and white to highlight its divinity and blood-red to make light of Christ's suffering in his death.
  • John Coffey from The Green Mile, a blatant example as stated by Stephen King himself. Coffey shares several traits with the biblical Christ. Aside from the initials, Coffey performs miracles by laying of the hands; he heals a woman of her terminal illness, he heals Paul of his urinary tract infection, and he even brings Mr. Jingles back to life. The only difference between Christ and Coffey, however, is that he chose to be executed on his own volition whereas Christ sacrificed himself for mankind as a whole. Coffey also does not get resurrected either.
  • In an ending of Romeo and/or Juliet where Juliet chooses not to commit suicide after waking from her induced coma, her supposedly miraculous resurrection after two days and her very public funeral make people believe that she was imbued with some sort of holy power and begin to create a cult forming around her in one ending. Despite all her attempts to deny and downplay her waking up on her deathbed, she ends up rolling with it. The narrator informs her that everyone is now hanging on to her every word and will fight wars over interpretations of what she said. Her Significant Monogram of JC further hammers in the Jesus allusion.
  • In Peter Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy, Joshua Calvert has impossibly "good luck" and defies the possessed at every turn. In the end, he successfully petitions the Sleeping God and remakes the galaxy for the benefit of humanity.
  • Crusade in Jeans: Subverted by Nicolaas. He was conned into believing he's on a Mission from God by the two monks accompanying him to send the children of the HRE on a crusade to liberate the Holy Land but actually to sell them into slavery. He's not particularly wise or noble, merely very pious and Holier Than Thou. One of the monks later points out that their "burning firebush" trick completely failed with the first two boys they tried it on, and it's only because Nicolaas was so full of himself already that he readily accepted that he must be some sort of savior.

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  • Octavia Blake in The 100 is born in secret, and hidden from her society since her birth was a crime. Already in the first season of the show she risks her life to save both her people and the enemy, the music of the scene having a hymn-like quality to it (as do many other of her pivotal scenes). By the end of season 4, she saves as many as she can of all of the clans instead of just her own to survive the coming apocalypse in a bunker. Six years in the bunker cross her over into Dark Messiah territory for awhile, where the actions necessary to save what they believe to be the last of the human race are extreme, but she takes all of their sins onto herself to spare her people the guilt. She is exiled on a new planet after being rejected and betrayed by her people, and then experiences a figurative crucifixion. Her people experience multiple events analogous to the Biblical plagues in her absence, and when she returns to her people in the series finale to prevent a war by getting the armies to stand down, she thus saves humanity again and they are literally Raptured into the heavens. Her season 5 and season 7 character posters also have Christian imagery not used for the other characters.
  • Jordan Collier in The 4400 believes he is sent to guide his people, dies, and is resurrected. His initials are, unsurprisingly, J.C. His temporary replacement, Shawn, also demonstrates Christ-like qualities, as he heals the sick and befriends drug addicts. In a slight subversion, Collier is presented as more sinister than most Messianic archetypes and is not above using terrorist tactics in his quest to improve the world. Is it any wonder he's a Dark Messiah? It is also worth noting he really was chosen to guide humanity by what are implied to be the closest thing to good guys from the future to save the world, and for all his sinisterness, the alternative is apparently worse in the long run.
  • Captain Sheridan of Babylon 5 is referred to messianically several times, particularly after his return from the dead (following an intended Heroic Sacrifice) at the beginning of season four. Whether or not he's a true Chosen One is up for argument. (He is often referred to as simply "the right person, in the right place, at the right time.") However, he does amass a loyal following, something necessary for his role as leader in both the war against the Shadows and La Résistance against Earth's totalitarian government. President Clark, his most important single enemy, was apparently "obsessed with him," and promoted vicious smear campaigns against him. Many people treated him like he was divine, and though he did try to dissuade them from that belief, it still influenced his soured relations with Michael Garibaldi, one of his most trusted friends, who eventually betrayed him for personal gains (though it turns out he was a Manchurian Agent.) When he sets the trap to capture Sheridan, he even comments, "I think the last guy got thirty pieces of silver for the same job." Flashforward segments in the episode "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars," show that 100 years later, academics are analyzing Sheridan's life in much the same way people today analyze the mythology surrounding Jesus, and 500 years later a group of monks are shown with an illuminated text, in which Sheridan is said to have "risen from the dead" and then "ascended into Heaven." Slight exaggerations in this case, but not entirely untrue.
    • It is suggested that the Minbari also think this of Delenn, since she is one of the foremost spiritual and political leaders of her people, but is vilified by members of opposing clans. Once she proves herself willing to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save their people, however, she is widely lauded as a hero. In fact, at one point a human who is plotting to kill Delenn comments that the Minbari "think she's like the Second Coming", and the reveal of her rebirth after the beginning of season two is accompanied by G'Kar reading a Yeats poem entitled "The Second Coming". Perhaps not a coincidence. The flashforwards mentioned earlier also indicate a similar mythology surrounding Delenn developing in the centuries following the events of the show.
    • For the Minbari, Valen is a sort of Messiah. He appeared suddenly at a time of great need, accompanied by angelic beings, sometime around Earth year AD 1300. After saving the Minbari from the Shadows, he then reformed their society and government, taught them philosophy, and eventually vanished without a trace. There is belief among the Minbari that Valen will come again, and as is revealed in the course of the series it's true, but not in the way they thought. Valen is actually Jeffrey Sinclair, who traveled through time to save the Minbari and transformed himself into one of them.
    • To add to the messianic parallels, these three characters are referred to collectively as The Onenote Sinclair is The One Who Was, Delenn is The One Who Is, and Sheridan is The One Who Will Be, because of the way they all play a crucial role in the defeat of the Shadows and the union of the Minbari and Human people. (Again, whether that definitively makes them Chosen Ones is up for discussion, depending on whether one considers fate to be involved.)
    • G'Kar, as well, whose self-sacrifice for the Narns leads to a religion being formed around him - he even gets 39 lashes. As it happens, G'Kar struggles to get his followers to listen to what he says rather than what they want to hear, echoing recurring themes from earlier seasons about G'Kar's problems with keeping his subordinates in line.
    • The main thing keeping Londo from quite qualifying for most of the series is that he lacks the moral courage to do the right thing rather than the thing he believes will increase his own power or that of his people. As events quickly spin out of control, Londo becomes indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions across the galaxy. In the fourth season he finally finds the will to sacrifice his own life to save his people, asking Vir to kill him and let the Vorlons know so they won't destroy Centauri Prime, the planet is spared due to outside circumstances. Eventually, his own death at G'Kar's hands is revealed to be an assisted suicide, as it's the only way to ensure his Keeper won't prevent Sheridan and Delenn from escaping Centauri Prime. G'Kar dies along with Londo when his Keeper fights back.
  • Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica could very well fall into this category — she is believed to be the "dying leader" destined to bring her people to Earth, and it doesn't get too much more messianic (specifically, Moses-like) than that. However, she tends more towards the morally grey end of the spectrum than most other messiahs, and that's before the recent revelation that her prophetic dreams are being shared by Cylons.
    • Also in Battlestar, the Number Threes see themselves as Messiahs who will find the Final Five Cylons. After proving that they consider themselves "above" the group consensus of the other Cylons, the line is deactivated.
    • This is all before the final season where Gaius Baltar, whose always had religious overtones to him, gains a cult and starts saying there is only one true God. It's a Jesus symbolism overload, seriously. D'Anna would have destroyed the fleet had she not proven susceptible to his religious urges in the past and subsequently backed down.
  • Subverted with Brother Justin in Carnivàle; he's an outwardly saintly Methodist preacher with a "special destiny"... who turns out to be the Antichrist. It takes him, and us, a while to realize that.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Tom Baker (a former Catholic monk who thus tends to relate everything to religion) has commented that he found the Fourth Doctor to resonate with him as a messianic figure — he described the Doctor as a "perfect man" with superhuman understanding and boundless magnanimity, who descends from the sky to defeat evil and save people with faith and love. In fact, the messianism is one of the aspects of the Doctor's character that the seriously Lost in Character Baker struggled to live up to in his real life, to the detriment of his mental health.
    • So that's the performance then; as for the writing, "The Ark in Space" casts him as a figure removed from humanity bringing chosen people back from the dead after the end of the world; "Genesis of the Daleks" pits him against a Dark Messiah; "The Masque of Mandragora" put him in a church-like TARDIS with a mirror as its centrepiece; "The Deadly Assassin" has a significant scene of being dunked under a river in a billowing white shirt; "The Face of Evil" has him acquiring a companion who is explicitly his disciple and saving her from being tortured with thorns in his name; and there are many other incidental scenes throughout the rest of the Hinchcliffe era. Note also that Baker makes a point of pronouncing "Gallifrey" to sound as close as he can make it to "Galilee". It's a lot more subtle than with the Tenth, though, and heavily lets up when Graham Williams takes over as producer. "The Face of Evil" also has him wipe the mind of an evil godlike computer using a crown-of-thorns-like device that fries his brain and leaves him unconscious for two days, leaving him to revive on the third day...
    • In "Last of the Time Lords", Martha Jones walks the world alone for a year after the Master successfully takes over and reduces the planet to a living hell hole in preparation for his plan to go on to conquer the universe. She becomes something of a legend, considered to be a savior who will defeat the Master. Martha's means of saving the world, however, involves spreading stories about the Doctor "no weapons, just words", as well as leaving an instruction, and insisting the whole time that the Doctor is the actual saviour.
    • The RTD era is a subversion as "The Waters of Mars" thoroughly demonstrates that once the Doctor starts thinking of himself as a saviour or god, he becomes more of a Dark Messiah and that, ultimately, all the messiah metaphors scattered throughout Series 1-4 aren't meant to indicate anything good. In the post-S4 specials, the Tenth Doctor receives notice of his own death, undergoes a final temptation (and succumbs, which Adelaide Brooke soon corrects him on), has an Agony in the Garden plea after he hears Wilf knock, and then finally — angrily, but lovingly — agrees to sacrifice himself, though it will be prolonged and painful and in the end, he'll be alone. Hello, allegory!
    • The Steven Moffat era plays the Doctor-as-Messianic-Archetype concept straight until Series 9, when he undergoes another dark period in the three-part finale: In "Face the Raven" he is betrayed by someone who owes him her life — specifically, he brought her back to life — and to make matters worse it accidentally gets his beloved Clara killed. Clara tells him he can't let his resultant anguish change him, even though he's being sent to a place where he'll have absolutely no one to help him. In "Heaven Sent" it turns out to be a torture chamber that torments him with his own nightmares, and he is Driven to Madness, ultimately undergoing a cycle of, effectively, death and revival billions of times over until he's free. Having effectively been forsaken by the entire universe, in "Hell Bent" he becomes a vengeful, heartsick Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who chooses to risk the safety of the universe on the Tragic Dream of saving Clara, which violates a fixed point in time, feeling he is owed this after all he's done for it and that he is no longer accountable to anyone. But he is ultimately convinced of the wrongness of these actions and not only repents but loses her and his key memories of her so he can return to his best self. The villains do not get the punishments they deserve (they get off lightly compared to their crimes or escape it altogether), and he sacrifices personal happiness in favor of continuing to serve the greater good — even though he knows the universe will never make up for the horrors he's faced in this Story Arc alone, much less reward him for all the good he's done.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jon Snow is set up this way, what with the noble nature and the mysterious parentage and the possibly being the only hope for a good future for the common folk and the looking like Jesus. And, of course, the whole "being betrayed by his followers and then brought back from the dead" thing.
    • King Baelor Targaryen is a deconstruction. Many of the characteristics that made him a beloved ruler among the smallfolk also got in the way of his actual job of ruling and his responsibility to perpetuate the royal line.
    • Daenerys Targaryen definitely invokes some Christ parallels. The Dothraki think she will give birth to the Stallion that Mounts the World and this seems to connect to a prophecy that she herself believes, which marks her as the Dragon of the Targaryens, which seems to be confirmed when she successfully hatches three dragons. It's not clear yet if the prophesies surrounding her involve the good kind of messiah or the bad one. Jorah Mormont seems to think this. Out of everyone who's vying for the Iron Throne, he believes Daenerys is the only claimant with a good heart and the inner strength that would win her the love of her subjects and the fear of her enemies. On the other hand, he's probably a little biased. It's taken even further in Season 3, where she's responsible for freeing the Army of the Unsullied from slavery, as well as liberating the slaves of Astapor and Yunkai. In all instances, the former slaves pledge their Undying Loyalty to her and come to revere her as their saviour, and in Seasons 5 and 6, it is revealed that many of the Red Priests of Volantis consider her their religion's Chosen One, in place of Stannis.
    • Stannis Baratheon, according to Melisandre. Turns out she was wrong in identity, but right in general geography. Stannis wasn't the Chosen One but he would meet the true Chosen One, Jon Snow, and play an indirect role in his path to destiny.
  • In Hannibal, Will Graham serves as this vis-a-vis Hannibal's satanic archetype. He's tested by a Satan figure (Hannibal), persecuted by Freddie Lounds, betrayed by one of the men he trusted most, and unjustly punished. In his daydreams in season 2, he's shown standing in a stream, as if to invoke the image of baptism. In "Hassun", Hannibal likens himself to Peter and Will to Jesus, telling Jack that he cannot deny Will a third time, a reference to Matthew 26:69-75.
    • Of course, considering that Hannibal take a more cruel take on God with its focus on horror and the macabre, Will Graham might not be the messiah you're looking for.
  • The titular character of John from Cincinnati (note the "J.C.", although his actual surname is Monad) might be Jesus, or perhaps an angel or some other supernatural being, but the short-livedshow never got around to giving a straight answer to that question, if indeed the creators ever intended to.
  • The main character Tendou in Kamen Rider Kabuto. Born with amazing natural talent, trained to be the best in everything, told all his life that he will one day save mankind, and acts insufferably smug and superior as a result of it all.
  • It takes watching every episode of Key West produced to realize it, but JoJo Nabouli is a Messianic Archetype. Everywhere he goes, good things happen to people who follow his advice. He hates no one and supports everyone. He always has a message to teach, even to people who don't think they need to learn. He is fortunate enough that, even when he falls ass-backward into piles of manure, he comes out spotless with a rose in his teeth. And when a friend needs a hand, he gives it without question.
  • Kingdom Adventure: The Jesus-analog of this Religious Edutainment show is named "The Prince", but interestingly, it's not him alone that functions as the lynchpin of The Emperor's plan to save the land: it's actually the love between The Prince and his wife-to-be that is going to save the land.
  • An episode of Kingdom Hospital involved the Reverend Jimmy being found crucified, followed by a series of miracles re-enacting those of the New Testament. Unusual in that his Messianic Archetype status only becomes evident after he's died.
  • There is a strong suggestion that Lost's Locke is the All-Loving Hero to the Others or the island itself. The Others have suggested they've been waiting for him because he is very special. Also, as seen in season 4, he dies, and must be returned to the island. Season 5 update: he appears to have resurrected and gained new knowledge and confidence (as you might expect a person to in such a circumstance), but it turned out to be nothing but a trick, with him still dead after a miserable life and some ancient...power, masquerading as him
    • Season Six Jack seems to have taken over Locke's role in this archetype.
  • Emma Swan of Once Upon a Time is known across several realms as "The Savior" a role which defines her destiny as breaking the Dark Curse and restoring happy endings. She has redeemed wicked souls, even in Hades through love and mercy. Emma chooses to absorb the power of the Dark One in a selfless act to prevent its evil from corrupting any other soul. Her mother Snow White is renamed Mary Margaret under the curse. Her father David was a shepherd. (Jesus was born in the House of David and is called the Good Shepherd) If that was not enough, at the end of season six Emma has dinner with her friends and family which becomes an illustration that closely resembles The Last Supper in the storybook.
  • The short-lived Netflix series Messiah has this trope as its premise with the key character Al-Masih. A preacher from the Middle East who claims to be the eschatological return of 'Isa (Jesus in Arabic). The series plays with, subverts, deconstructs and actually plays this trope straight, as Al-Masih walks the lines between this trope and Dark Messiah since he does several very un-Christ like things, but also inspires goodness and change in people (although he also brings out the worst in others). The show strongly hints that it’s all just a highly elaborate con and Al-Masih is a pretender who thinks he’s the Messiah, except he does actually perform miracles that are impossible to stage such as in the Ambiguous Ending where he survives a plane crash and seemingly revives the passengers (his kidnappers) with Healing Hands
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Saint Young Men

Japanese manga series by Hikaru Nakamura

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Cover of first volume as published by Kodansha

Written byHikaru Nakamura
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Morning Two
Original runSeptember 22, 2006 – present
Volumes19 (List of volumes)
Directed byNoriko Takao
Produced by
Written byRika Nezu
Music by
StudioA-1 Pictures
Released December 3, 2012 – August 23, 2013
Runtime15–26 minutes
Directed by
Produced by
  • Tomonori Ochikoshi
  • Masayuki Haryu
  • Yoshihiro Furusawa
  • Reo Kurosu
  • Akiko Yodo
  • Genki Kawamura
  • Hideharu Gomi
Written byRika Nezu
Music by
  • Keiichi Suzuki
  • Ryōmei Shirai
StudioA-1 Pictures
ReleasedMay 10, 2013 (2013-05-10TJapan)
Runtime90 minutes
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Saint Young Men (Japanese: ☆おにいさん, Hepburn: Seinto Oniisan) is a Japanese slice of lifecomedymanga series written and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura. Its plot involves Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, who are living as roommates in an apartment in Tokyo. It has been serialized by Kodansha in the monthly seinenmanga magazineMonthly Morning Two since September 2006, with chapters collected in nineteen tankōbon volumes as of March 2021. A-1 Pictures adapted the manga series into two original animation DVDs (OADs) and an anime film which was released on May 10, 2013. It also inspired a ten-episode live-action web series in 2018.

In Japan, the Saint Young Men manga has sold over 16 million copies. Individual volumes of the series have frequently appeared on lists of the weekly and annual best-seller manga in Japan. It received a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009 and was nominated for a Manga Taishō Award in the same year. It was also nominated for Best Comic at the 2012 Angoulême International Comics Festival. Its film adaptation has been well received by the Japanese public.


Jesus Christ (イエス・キリスト, Iesu Kirisuto, voiced by Mirai Moriyama in the anime[3]) and Gautama Buddha (ゴータマ・ブッダ, Gōtama Budda, voiced by Gen Hoshino in the anime[3]), the central figures of Christianity and Buddhism respectively, are living together as roommates in an apartment in Tachikawa, part of the suburbs of Tokyo. While taking a vacation on Earth, they attempt to hide their identities and understand modern Japanese society. Each chapter shows their lives during an average day, when they are sightseeing, drinking beer, blogging, or playing video games.[4][5]

While Jesus is portrayed as an impassioned person for his love for all (even for shopping), Buddha tends to be calm and thrifty, and also likes manga.[4][2] The comedy often involves visual gags and puns, as well as jokes in reference to elements of Christianity and Buddhism; for example, Jesus creates wine from water in a public bath and Buddha shines when excited.[4]


Before writing Saint Young Men, Hikaru Nakamura was working on Arakawa Under the Bridge, which began serialization on December 3, 2004, in the first issue of Square Enix's manga magazine Young Gangan.[6] It attracted the attention of an editor of the magazine Weekly Morning, who wanted Nakamura to publish a series for the magazine.[7] She accepted the offer because of her admiration for Kaiji Kawaguchi's works, such as Zipang and The Silent Service, that were serialized in Weekly Morning.[7] The series' title is derived from a song by Denki Groove and Scha Dara Parr called "Saint Ojisan" (聖☆おじさん, Seinto Ojisan, literally "Saint Old Man").[8] Starting from sketches of two friends wearing casual shirts, she conceived the idea of portraying Jesus and Buddha as average people.[7]

Nakamura envisioned a comedy manga in which the protagonist would be a "very very powerful character", and realized a divine character would fit this premise.[9] She first planned Jesus to be a character in the series, but to make the gags work well, Buddha was added to the series. Their opposing personalities was inspired by Nakamura's sister and her sister's husband; by observing their relationship, she saw some amusing situations.[9] She also saw a resemblance between her version of Buddha and Osamu Tezuka's version.[10]

Despite the religious references in the series, Nakamura stated she used only her personal knowledge and some aspects of modern society, such as yakuza and blogging, which were not intended to be critical but were added because they fit the story.[9] Similarly, secondary characters were only introduced in the series if a chapter needed a new character to introduce a topic. The themes of the chapters were created before the situations and jokes. However, if Nakamura had a specific theme, she created several jokes and then connected them to form a story. When creating a simpler chapter as compared to the more elaborate, thematic ones, she wrote without worrying about creating jokes and situations in advance. With the help of her four assistants, on average she took between ten days and two weeks to make a complete chapter.[9]



Saint Young Men, written and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura, began its serialization in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Monthly Morning Two on September 26, 2006.[11] The series was put on hiatus between September 22, 2011, and March 22, 2012, because of Nakamura's pregnancy.[12][13] Its first tankōbon (collected volume) was released by Kodansha on January 23, 2008, and the nineteenth volume was published on May 22, 2020.[14][15] A guidebook was released on April 23, 2013.[16] The manga series has been translated in other languages, including Chinese by Tong Li Publishing,[17] French by Kurokawa,[18] German by Egmont Manga,[19] Italian by J-Pop,[20] and Spanish by Norma Editorial.[21]

In 2010, Jason Thompson reported that Ed Chavez, editor of the American publisher Vertical, contacted the Japanese licensor of the series to request its publishing in North America. The Japanese licensor of the series refused to allow it to be published in North America, because it was thought that Americans might take offense to it.[22] However, in April 2019 Kodansha Comics announced that it acquired the rights to publish the manga digitally.[23] After two volumes were released digitally between April and June 2019,[24][25] the publisher announced in July its plans to publish the manga in print.[26] Nevertheless, a third digital volume was released in October[27] before the first 2-in-1 omnibus hardcover volume was released on December 17, 2019.[28]

Volume list[edit]

No.Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 23, 2008[14]978-4-06-372662-6December 17, 2019[28]978-1-632369-36-9
2 July 23, 2008[29]978-4-06-372720-3December 17, 2019[28]978-1-632369-36-9
3 March 23, 2009[30]978-4-06-372784-5March 17, 2020[31]978-1-632369-75-8
4 October 23, 2009[32]978-4-06-372842-2March 17, 2020[31]978-1-632369-75-8
5 May 24, 2010[33]978-4-06-372906-1September 1, 2020[34]978-1-632369-76-5
6 December 24, 2010[35]978-4-06-372962-7September 1, 2020[34]978-1-632369-76-5
7 October 21, 2011[36]978-4-06-387026-8November 10, 2020[37]978-1-632369-99-4
8 December 3, 2012[38]978-4-06-387168-5November 10, 2020[37]978-1-632369-99-4
9 August 23, 2013[39]978-4-06-387232-3March 9, 2021[40]978-1-64651-000-9
10 May 23, 2014[41][42]978-4-8124-5333-9
978-4-06-362274-4 (limited edition)
March 9, 2021[40]978-1-64651-000-9
11 February 23, 2015[43][44]978-4-06-388434-0
978-4-06-358762-3 (limited edition)
August 17, 2021[45]978-1-64651-164-8
12 November 20, 2015[46][47]978-4-06-388532-3
978-4-06-362317-8 (limited edition)
August 17, 2021[45]978-1-64651-164-8
13 October 21, 2016[48][49]978-4-06-388654-2
978-4-06-362339-0 (limited edition)
14 September 22, 2017[50][51]978-4-06-510272-5
978-4-06-397040-1 (limited edition)
15 June 22, 2018[52][53]978-4-06-512011-8
978-4-06-511313-4 (limited edition)
16 November 22, 2018[54][55]978-4-06-513787-1
978-4-06-511314-1 (limited edition)
17 July 23, 2019[56][57]978-4-06-516515-7
978-4-06-516517-1 (limited edition)
18 May 22, 2020[58][59]978-4-06-519418-8
978-4-06-519417-1 (limited edition)
19 March 23, 2021[15][60]978-4-06-522540-0
978-4-06-522565-3 (limited edition)


The production of an anime film was first announced in issue No. 44 of Weekly Morning.[61] Before the film release, a guidebook to the film was published on April 30, 2013.[62] The film was directed by Noriko Takao and written by Rika Nezu. Its characters were designed by Naoyuki Asano and the music was composed by Keiichi Suzuki and Ryomei Shirai.[63] The film was produced by Aniplex, Kodansha and Toho, was animated by A-1 Pictures, and distributed by Toho.[63] It premiered in Japan on May 10, 2013.[3] Its soundtrack was published by Aniplex on May 8, 2013.[64] Later, on October 23, 2013, it was released in DVD and Blu-ray formats.[65] In addition to the film, the same staff produced an original animation DVD (OAD) that was released along with the eighth manga volume.[63] A second OAD was released along with the ninth volume.[66]

In an interview with NHK World, the staff for the anime noted that they wanted to stay loyal to the artwork of the manga while creating the movie.[67] They decided to focus more on the art and character designs, and decided to give it a "sketched" look, instead of the traditional "bold, dark lines" typically used. All the shadows were colored by pencils, sometimes even scribbled to make sure that the "sketched" look came through. Like the manga, the anime film also recreates various attractions of Tachikawa, including the Showa Memorial Park.[67]


In November 2016, a live-actiondrama series adaptation of the manga was announced with no further details.[68] The following month, Yūichi Fukuda was revealed to be the director and screenwriter, while Takayuki Yamada was announced as the producer.[69] Only in February 2018, the main actors were unveiled; Ken'ichi Matsuyama playing Jesus and Shōta Sometani playing Buddha.[70] In April, it was set to debut in the summer of that year on Kakao Japan's streaming service Piccoma TV,[71] but, by June, it changed to fall.[72] Starting on October 12, 2018, the web series received a two-week limited screening in over 40 AEON theaters.[73] It was followed by the premiere on Piccoma TV on October 18;[73] the same day a special screening with staff and cast was also held in Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills.[74] The first six-minute episode out of ten was also made available through YouTube.[73]

In February 2019, a second and a third season were announced through the Monthly Morning Two magazine.[75] A teaser and a poster for the second season were released in April, when it was also announced that the ten-episode season would stream online on Piccoma TV on June 1 and in theaters starting on June 6.[76][77]NHK General TV rebroadcast the first season between June and July 2019,[78] and planned to show the second season on October 5 and 12, 2019.[79] Only the first half of the second season was broadcast in October because of the Typhoon Hagibis and it had to be rescheduled to January 25, 2020.[80] The ten-episode third season premiered and finished before it on NHK, on January 11 and 18, 2020 respectively.[80]



Saint Young Men received the 2009 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for Short Work Manga.[81] The 2009 edition of Takarajimasha's guidebook Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, which surveys people in the manga and publishing industry, named it the best manga series for male readers.[82] It was nominated for the 2009 Manga Taishō Award[83] and for the category "Best Comic" at the 2012 Angoulême International Comics Festival.[61] As the result of its popularity, issues of Monthly Morning Two started selling out on newsstands; because of this, in May 2009 Kodansha began making the magazine available online the day it is published.[84] It has been among the top 20 of best-selling manga series in Japan in 2009, 2011, and 2013.[85][86][87] All the first eleven individual volumes appeared on lists of the 50 best-selling manga of their respective year in Japan, while the 12th featured in the top 100;[88] volume 15 was also among the top 50 best-selling manga of the year,[89] and volume 16 was the 35th best-selling manga in the first half of 2019.[90] By June 2018, the manga had sold about 16 million copies in Japan.[91] The manga was also displayed at the British Museum in 2011.[67] In 2014, The Daily Dot reported a growing Western fandom that spread various TumblrGIFs of the series.[2]

Comics writer Paul Gravett chose it as one of the best comics of Japan in 2008,[92] while writers Shaenon Garrity and Jason Thompson elected it as one of the most wanted titles for licensing in 2010.[93] In 2014, writing for the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, German critic Anne Maren Delseit elected it the third best comic book of the year.[94] Japanese manga critic Kaoru Nagayama has noted that the manga is "fun to read" and commended Nakamura for keeping Jesus and Buddha faithful to their real character—of kindness—even when confronted by evil.[67] Carlo Santos from Anime News Network criticized it for its art and questioned its capacity to evolve into something other than "Jesus and Buddha hanging out, while normal people do embarrassing things to them". Santos complained that Jesus' and Buddha's philosophical differences and personalities are not explored. However, Santos praised the series' comedy, noting its simplicity and saying, "its brilliance comes not from purposely trivializing two of the world's great religions, but by highlighting the quirks of the secular world when these famous religious figures are placed in it". According to him, the series does not lose its capacity of making readers laugh as it progresses, unlike other manga.[5] Jolyon Baraka Thomas of The Guardian praised the constancy of "visual gags and puns", and wrote: "Her story is not an introduction to abstruse religious doctrines, nor does it feature much overt commentary on the role of religions in contemporary society."[4]


The anime film adaptation of Saint Young Men debuted at number nine in Japanese theaters, grossing ¥49,930,836 (US$491,369) on 75 screens.[95] In the subsequent weekends it decreased on its placement from nine to eleven,[96] and then to twelve,[97] closing its run with ¥300 million yen ($1,888,062) grossed.[98][99] Its DVD release ranked seventh on its first week on the list of best-selling anime DVDs in Japan, dropping to twenty-ninth place on its second week on the list.[100][101]


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David Sorenson has been one of the most successful artists in Christian posters. His fascination with the Holy Spirit and his love for visually depicting messages from God have been well accepted by the clients. But this Christian artist has some other ideas building up to his next project.

This time, he is treading a new path in Christian posters, starting with his skills in funny Anime posters. This might be a new dimension, but David Sorenson is pretty confident about the kind of content he is working on. In fact, he believes this could be helpful in expanding the market for Christian posters.

In fact, he is already at work for this, and the new line of posters will be unveiled very soon for the clients. These funny Anime posters are expected to reach out to all the struggling souls and instill confidence and courage in them. This could pave the way for more people to be relieved of stress while focusing on the funny Anime Christian posters.

Japanese Anime Characters

Japanese anime characters have always been a fan favorite for many years now. These characters have provided entertainment and brought a smile on the viewers’ faces. But now, when David Sorenson is en route to bringing Christian posters with Japanese anime characters, there is no doubt that the brand will do large business.

In fact, the most ideal fictional character chosen by the Christian artist is Madoka Magica. For enthusiasts in the anime world, this is one popular series revolving around the life of the female protagonist. In fact, this is similar to the most popular anime series, like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura.

The story follows that the middle school students in the series decided to become magical girls. However, there are a lot of dangers associated with their new role, including fighting their enemies in the form of the witches. The whole story is set in a fictional city in Japan, known as Mitakihara.

This magical series indeed can prove to be a source of entertainment, especially when Sorensen is bringing out the story in the form of his Christian paintings. Madoka Magica has been a very popular series in a number of different areas. It has also made its way in the Japanese gambling industry, in the form of the Pachinko Pachi slots, among others.

David Sorensen, the celebrated artist, has a lot of experience in the field of Christian posters. He believes Madoka Magica has the potential to get the attention of the users and forming a connection with them. In addition, it can help communicate the message of God to all the customers in the market.


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