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28th Nov '16 10:45:48 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Literature/TheBFG, or Big Friendly Giant, is the only friendly member of his species, the rest of whom are AlwaysChaoticEvil brutes who [[ToServeMan prey on humans]].
21st Nov '16 2:41:43 PM margdean56
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** The two [[RunningGag stupid, stupid rat creatures]] that the Bones keep encountering. They are quick to surrender to human forces during a fight, are even quicker to avoid a fight in the first place, and in the end work out a tenative truce with the villagers that allows them to live in the woods on the condition that they don't eat anyone [[TalkingAnimal with a name.]]

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** The two [[RunningGag stupid, stupid rat creatures]] that the Bones keep encountering. They are quick to surrender to human forces during a fight, are even quicker to avoid a fight in the first place, and in the end work out a tenative tentative truce with the villagers that allows them to live in the woods on the condition that they don't eat anyone [[TalkingAnimal with a name.]]
10th Nov '16 7:22:39 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[MookFaceTurn Mook Rebel]]: Sometimes, if his race are {{mook}}-{{slave|Mook}}s for the BigBad, he may have rebelled and joined the opposition to fight his former evil master and free his people.

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* [[MookFaceTurn Mook Rebel]]: Sometimes, if his race are {{mook}}-{{slave|Mook}}s SlaveMooks for the BigBad, he may have rebelled and joined the opposition to fight his former evil master and free his people.
4th Nov '16 12:12:30 AM Raptorslash
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* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', Hekkle is a [[FeatheredFiend shryke]], a member of a usually antagonistic race. He actively serves as a respected, trusted and resourceful spy for the heroes. Another, female, shryke, Mother Bluegizzard, is also benevolent and kindly, in contrast to the other female shrykes met in the series, who are for the most part bloodthirsty warriors.

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* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', Hekkle is a [[FeatheredFiend shryke]], a member of a usually antagonistic race. He actively serves as a respected, trusted and resourceful spy for the heroes. Another, female, shryke, Mother Bluegizzard, is also benevolent and kindly, in contrast to the other female shrykes met in the series, who are for the most part bloodthirsty warriors. warriors and slave-traders. Even Mother Horsefeather, although a greedy {{Jerkass}}, is nowhere near as vile as the shrykes encountered later in the series, and has a friendly relationship with Cloud Wolf if nothing else.
26th Oct '16 4:20:09 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'', Strax could be considered this. His species, the Sontarans, are usually antagonists, but Strax serves as both this trope and Comic Relief in several episodes of new Series Seven.

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* In ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'', Who}}'':
** Considering the general moral bankruptcy of TimeLord society, heroic Time Lords like the Doctor, Susan Foreman, K'anpo Rimpoche, Romana, and Jenny could count.
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Strax could be considered this. His species, belongs to a hostile {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} called the Sontarans, are usually antagonists, Sontarans but Strax serves nonetheless appears as both this trope and Comic Relief an ally in several episodes episodes.
** One episode features a Dalek who makes psychic contact with the Doctor and becomes a HunterOfHisOwnKind (although the Doctor doesn't view this as a HeelFaceTurn so much as a redirection
of new Series Seven.the Dalek's inherent drive to kill).



* Creator/GaryGygax once related a tale of his original ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' group, where one of the players (Lord Robilar, played by Rob Kuntz) decided to try recruiting a lone orc named Quij. Fast forward a few sessions of play and some amazingly good rolls on Quij's behalf, and he was promoted to a full-on {{Sidekick}} follower in the party who started advancing in class levels, a pretty significant thing for the "monster races" at the time.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
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Creator/GaryGygax once related a tale of his original ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' group, where when one of the players (Lord Robilar, played by Rob Kuntz) decided to try recruiting a lone orc named Quij. Fast forward a few sessions of play and some amazingly good rolls on Quij's behalf, and he was got promoted to a the party's full-on {{Sidekick}} follower in the party who {{sidekick}} and started advancing in class levels, a pretty significant thing for the "monster races" at the time.time.
** Drizzt Do'Urden, a good Drow, started out as this before he inspired a horde of imitators and quickly lost his uniqueness.
15th Oct '16 5:51:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{V}}'' has Willie who was a Visitor, but played on the humans' team, as did Ryan from the new series. It turns out, though, that there is an entire underground of Visitors who resists the leaders from within.

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* ''Series/{{V}}'' ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' has Willie who was a Visitor, but played on the humans' team, as did Ryan from the new series. It turns out, though, that there is an entire underground of Visitors who resists the leaders from within.
11th Oct '16 10:45:36 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "The Times They Are A-Changeling" introduces a [[CaptainObvious good Changeling]] named Thorax, who spends the bulk of the episode trying to win over the trust of the ponies. In the season finale [[spoiler: he ends up causing a HeelRaceTurn for the rest of the changelings and ends up being their new leader, implying that most of their villainy was due to [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis' influence]].]]
3rd Oct '16 1:41:54 PM MrDeath
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* Cara the ex Mord-Sith in ''The Sword of Truth'' series.
22nd Sep '16 4:11:30 AM WanderingBrowser
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** Needless to say, token heroic orcs are very popular concepts for player characters in all edition, fueling an oft-contentious demand for legitimate monstrous player character race options. Indeed, the Half-Orc race was initially born out of a desire to support this, and this trope is why the Drow and Tiefling races became corebook options by 5th edition.


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* Hermann Wolff in ''VideoGame/ZombieArmyTrilogy'' is a rare ''human'' example of this, being a Captain in the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Wehrmacht]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- after Hitler desperately unleashes [[ZombieApocalypse "Plan Z"]], he immediately turns on his former commander in disgust and willingly allies himself with the rest of the Survivor's Brigade, who consist of Americans, Russians, and both a French and a German resistance fighter, in order to survive and stop the zombie outbreak.
9th Sep '16 12:03:22 PM Elfkaiser
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* Attikus from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is one of the hordes of Jennerit Thralls that commonly swarm against the eponymous Battleborn on the battlefield. Due to opposing the game's villain Rendain and being a Battleborn himself however, he's this.
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