A Hero or Heroine is a mortal blessed (and cursed, from another point of view) with a special fate and the ability to rule their own destiny. Heroes are closely related to the prophecies revealed in the Elder Scrolls, but are not bound by them. They often grow to become far more powerful than most other mortals.
The Eternal Champion, also known as Talin, was born in 3E 370. In 3E 399, during the Imperial Simulacrum, he reconstructed the Staff of Chaos and rescued Uriel Septim VII from his imprisonment at the hands of Jagar Tharn.
The Agent, born in 3E 375, was sent as an operative of the Empire to exorcise the spirit of King Lysandus, but ended on a quest that brought about the Warp in the West, changing all of northwestern Tamriel.
The Apprentice was sent to the Battlespire in 3E 398[OOG 1] to make way for the Shadow Legion. The Apprentice found the spire captured by the legions of Mehrunes Dagon, and fought an army of Daedra to rescue their companion.
Cyrus the Redguard was a mercenary born in 2E 831. He returned to the island of Stros M'Kai in 2E 864 to find his missing sister, but ended up leading his fellow Redguards in a rebellion against the Empire.
Also known as Blodskaal, the Nerevarine was sent to Vvardenfell as a prisoner of the Empire in 3E 427. His arrival was directly linked to a prophecy which dictated that Lord Indoril Nerevar would be reincarnated and return to Morrowind to defeat Dagoth Ur and restore the glory of Resdayn. As destiny unfolded, he battled against living gods, and then, in the frozen wastes of Solstheim, against the champions of the Daedric Prince Hircine.
Master Tunnel Rat
The Master Tunnel Rat was sent to Stormhold prison during the Third Era, where they were forced to clear the underground ruins in search of crystals. They slew the Mad Warden Quintus Varus, and used the Storm Crystal to remove the evil from the mining camp.
Hero of Dawnstar
The Hero of Dawnstar was sent to the exile post of Dawnstar during the Third Era, which was besieged by the Ice Tribes. They revealed which of the town's champions was a traitor in league with the tribes, and emerged victorious from the ensuing battle.
Soul of Conflict
The Soul of Conflict's destiny began when their home village of Azra's Crossing was attacked by bandits during the War of the Bend'r-mahk. The hero becomes entrenched in the war, and learns of an evil incarnation being created with shadow magic and the conflict caused by the ongoing war. This Shadow of Conflict, or Umbra' Keth, was sought by Jagar Tharn and Pergan Asuul for their own ends. The Soul of Conflict gathered the seven Star Teeth and destroyed the monster.
Champion of Cyrodiil
Also known as the Hero of Kvatch, Savior of Bruma, Divine Crusader, or Madgod of the Shivering Isles. Released by chance from prison in the Imperial City, this hero's tale began as a courier for Uriel Septim VII and ended in the salvation of all Tamriel from the forces of Mehrunes Dagon. The Champion saved Tamriel again by reuniting the Relics of the Divine Crusader and defeating Umaril the Unfeathered. This hero even visited Sheogorath's realm of insanity to battle the Daedric Prince Jyggalag, ending an eons-long cycle of order and chaos, becoming the new Sheogorath, Prince of Madness.
Also known as the Dragonborn, Dovahkiin or Ysmir, Dragon of the North. Attempting to cross the border into Skyrim, the Dragonborn was caught by the Imperial Legion and sent to the village of Helgen to be executed. Unexpectedly, Alduin attacked the settlement, which allowed the Dragonborn to escape. As destiny unfolded, this hero turned out to be the fabled Last Dragonborn from a prophecy inscribed into Alduin's Wall. With the help of the last Blades and the Greybeards, the Dragonborn entered Sovngarde and defeated Alduin. They also recovered lost Elder Scrolls related to a vampire plot to blot out the sun, and journeyed to Solstheim to stop the return of Miraak, the First Dragonborn.
Also known as the Vestige, the Soulless One was sacrificed to Molag Bal by Mannimarco as part of a dark ritual. With the aid of a mysterious man known as The Prophet, the Soulless One escaped their prison in Coldharbour in 2E 582. They then reformed the Five Companions and fought back against Molag Bal and the Planemeld, with help from the Mages Guild and Fighters Guild. The Soulless One also participated in the Three Banners War in some capacity, aided King Kurog in his rebuilding of Orsinium, foiled a plot to sap Vivec of his power, protected the Clockwork City from being taken over by Daedra, and prevented the Crystal Tower from falling into the hands of a triad of Daedric Princes.
The Forgotten Hero is an individual whose adventures are told by a moth priest named Kellen. The Hero was captured by a Dremora, Reive, and managed to escape with a fellow captive, a Blade named Tyr during the Great War. They discovered that Lord Naarifin tried to bring about a prophecy known as the Culling, for which he intended to sacrifice all of the Imperial City's inhabitants. They found the Emperor, and the hero, disguised in the Emperor's armor, led an attack on the Imperial City to defeat Naarifin.
The Forgotten Hero also played a role in the fall of the Dark Brotherhood during 4E 188. The Hero was recruited by a man named Uther, who asked him to infiltrate the Dark Brotherhood and kill his daughter Alisanne. He aided the citizens of Wayrest, captured a traitor in the Falkreath Sactuary, and was present when Alisanne got killed in Bravil.
Kellen's final tale tells about the Forgotten Hero's journey to Clockwork City in 4E 201. Here the Hero unfolded Mecinar's plans to achieve godhood with Sotha Sil's reconstruction of Lorkhan's Heart. Though Mecinar was defeated, the fate of the Heart, the City, and the Hero are unknown. 
- Messages given by Doomstones in Oblivion
- Remarks by Dyus and Jyggalag state that the fate of the Hero of Oblivion is blurred and uncertain, as the Hero defies all their logical formulae.
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Scenarist Guild
- Events of Arena
- Events of Daggerfall
- Events of Battlespire
- Events of Redguard
- Events of Morrowind
- Neloth's dialogue in Dragonborn
- Events of Tribunal
- Events of Bloodmoon
- Events of Stormhold
- Events of Dawnstar
- Events of Shadowkey
- Events of Oblivion
- The Oblivion Crisis — Praxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian
- Events of Shivering Isles
- Sheogorath's dialogue in Shivering Isles
- Arngeir's dialogue in Skyrim
- The Book of the Dragonborn — Prior Emelene Madrine
- Events of Skyrim
- Events of Dawnguard
- Events of Dragonborn
- Events of ESO
- Events of Orsinium DLC
- Events of the Morrowind Chapter
- Events of the Clockwork City DLC
- Events of the Summerset Chapter
- Events of the The Forgotten Hero story
- Events of the Fall of the Dark Brotherhood story
- Events of the Return to Clockwork City story
Note: the following references are not found in-game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- The official timeline, archived from Jan. 25, 1998